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With everything from pie contests to monster trucks, the 90th annual Johnson County Fair starts on Sunday

The 90th annual Johnson County Fair will bring ugly cakes, excellent pies and monster trucks to Johnson County Fairgrounds starting on Sunday, July 21. The fair run through Wednesday night, and will conclude with a concert by Spencer, Iowa’s Casey Muessigmann, who appeared on season three of NBC’s The Voice, as well as the traditional fireworks display. […]

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Riverfront Crossings Park will have its grand opening on Saturday

Riverfront Crossings Park, the newest addition to Iowa City’s public park, will have its grand opening on Saturday. The opening day festivities are scheduled to start at 3 p.m., with an art project in the park’s Nature Play Area for kids to participate in, as well as other family-friendly activities. […]

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George’s Buffet is celebrating its 80th anniversary on Saturday

It wasn’t a surprise that George’s Buffet won “Best Home Away from Home” in the inaugural Best of the CRANDIC Awards last year. The Northside bar with its old-fashioned wooden booths, Skyscraper-Moderne style back bar, 60s-era flocked wallpaper and welcoming atmosphere seems like it’s always been a part of Iowa City. […]

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Track premiere: Dana T’s “When I Trust The Written Word”

Dana Telsrow, who works as an engineer at Flat Black studios, has released several albums of his own songs as Dana T. He also records and performs with Karen Meat. He’s a busy guy, with some big musical ideas. The pair of instrumental songs, the recently released “YouTube For Self-Help Idiot” and “When I Trust […]

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Five questions with: Author Caite Dolan-Leach

Reading: Caite Dolan-Leach, We Went to the Woods Prairie Lights — Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. Caite Dolan-Leach’s second novel, We Went to the Woods, focuses on the cyclicity of the young person’s desire to abandon all and run with those who share their beliefs. She will read from her newest work at Prairie […]

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Dance for Our Lives, mixing music and politics to fight gun violence

In the past year, the young activists of March for Our Lives Iowa have staged a die-in, taken part in marches, lobbied lawmakers and stayed active on social media in an attempt on keep people’s attention focus on gun violence and the need for political action to address the problem. On Saturday, they are trying something new: a dance. […]

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Album Review: Land of Blood and Sunshine — House of Bellow

Listening to Land Of Blood and Sunshine is being taken on a journey through a fantasy world of damaged misfits moving through surrealist landscapes. From their first album, 2009’s Magick Carcass Ride, through their last, 2015’s Lady and the Trance, they’ve continued to spin fables in song form. […]

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Sen. Joni Ernst says Trump’s tweets are racist, but that doesn’t change her support for him

Sen. Joni Ernst wants to make one thing clear: President Donald Trump’s latest racist statements haven’t diminished her support for him. “I’d love for you to make that clear,” Ernst told Politico on Tuesday. “While I don’t appreciate the tweets, but I still support the president.” […]

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Get ready to laugh with ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]’ at the CRPL

The Cedar Rapids Public Library will put on a PG-13-rated play, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised], on July 20 and 21. The performance — full of local and mature humor — represents both the billowing theater community in Cedar Rapids and the need for programming for library-goers in between
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Jury finds Gov. Terry Branstad violated the state’s LGBTQ discrimination laws, awards former employee $1.5 million

Gov. Terry Branstad illegally discriminated against the former Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Christopher Godfrey when he slashed Godfrey’s salary in 2011 in an attempt to force Godfrey to resign, a Polk County jury decided on Monday. The jury agreed with Godfrey that Branstad had singled him out because Godfrey is gay, and awarded him $1.5 million in damages.

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