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Poll finds increasing number of Iowans disapprove of Reynolds’ handling of COVID-19, as another 1,341 cases are reported

Almost half of all Iowans disapprove of how Gov. Kim Reynolds is handling the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Iowa Poll. Forty-seven percent of respondents in the poll published by the Des Moines Register on Thursday disapproved of Reynolds’ performance, an increase of 11 percentage points since the last time the Iowa Poll surveyed […]

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Weekender, Sept. 24: ‘Dear Broadway,’ printmaking for kids and teens and more local events this weekend

The Weekender The editor’s pick of this weekend’s virtual and physically distanced local events! Local theatre is back 2020-style, and we’re here for it. Check out our review of “The Parking Lot” here. If you’d like to receive the Weekender in your inbox every Thursday, sign up for our newsletter. Online Linda Oatman High and […]

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Lucas Jones claims he didn’t lie, just ‘misremembered’ events, as he appeals his firing by CRPD

The Cedar Rapids Civil Service Commission heard nearly 21 hours of testimony over two days as it considers the appeal filed by fired Cedar Rapids police officer Lucas Jones. The testimony, beginning Tuesday, centered around what happened during a traffic stop on Oct. 30, 2016. The Cedar Rapids Police Department said Jones lied about turning […]

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1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones discusses Waterloo schooldays, ‘reckoning’ with slavery and hopes for the Biden presidency

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones spoke to the University of Iowa community about her renowned 1619 Project in a free livestream hosted by the University Lecture Committee Tuesday evening. Originally published in New York Times Magazine in August 2019, the collection of essays, poetry, short fiction, photos, podcast episodes and classroom curricula that make […]

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White supremacist propaganda disguised as a health warning distributed in Coralville

Some Coralville residents found flyers with white supremacist messages thrown onto their lawns and driveways on Wednesday. The adhesive-backed flyers from the National Alliance, a neo-Nazi group, were wrapped around copies of the Muscatine Parks & Recreation newsletter. Muscatine Parks & Rec, of course, has nothing to do with the National Alliance, but in addition […]

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Democrats are a third of Iowa’s registered voters, but 55 percent of those who have requested absentee ballots

For the 2016 general election, a total of 286,268 Democrats requested absentee ballots. As of Wednesday morning — 41 days before the Nov. 3 election — 306,927 Democrats had requested absentee ballots, according to the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. That is more than the number of absentee ballot requests from Republicans and people registered […]

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Linn County hires Tamara Marcus as its first sustainability program manager

The Linn County Board of Supervisors has hired Tamara Marcus as the county’s first sustainability program manager. Marcus is a Ph.D. candidate in the Natural Resources and Earth System Sciences program at the University of New Hampshire. “Her research interests include using bioinformatic techniques to understand the impact of warming on microbial mediation of carbon […]

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Riverside’s ‘Buyer and Cellar’ sets the stage for a fall of fantastic virtual performances

According to the first result that loads on Google (bless you, Wikipedia), a utopia “is an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens.” The hilariously absurd, one-man tale that unfolds in Riverside Theatre’s Buyer and Cellar is just that, a utopia. Starring the sensational Patrick DuLaney and […]

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