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Waterloo teacher who posted ‘sniper rifle’ Facebook comment about Greta Thunberg’s Iowa City visit resigns

The Waterloo West High School chemistry teacher who commented “Dont [sic] have my sniper rifle,” on a Facebook post about Greta Thunberg’s Oct. 4 visit to Iowa City has resigned, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported on Friday. […]

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Cedar Rapids breaks ground on the next phase of its flood control system

Fifteen months after securing $117 million in federal funding for its flood control system, Cedar Rapids held a groundbreaking ceremony for the first project paid for by that money, the 16th Avenue SE floodgate. City officials were joined by U.S. senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, Rep. Abby Finkenauer and officers from the Army Corps of Engineers for the ceremony at Lion Bridge on Tuesday afternoon. […]

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Johnson County Democrats’ Fall BBQ Fundraiser to have lots of food, two (or possibly three) candidates for Congress and one presidential hopeful (Updated)

The Johnson County Democratic Party will hold its annual Fall BBQ Fundraiser on Sunday at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. State Sen. Kevin Kinney of Oxford will be handling the grill, and Johnson County Supervisor Royceann Porter is making the sides. Food will be plentiful, but somewhat surprisingly, presidential candidates won’t be. […]

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Joe Tiefenthaler steps down as executive director of FilmScene

FilmScene announced on Friday its executive director Joe Tiefenthaler resigned last week, after five years at the nonprofit cinema. “On Friday, October 4th, I stepped down from my duties at FilmScene—an emotional but necessary move as I turn my focus to new endeavors in our community and beyond,” Tiefenthaler said in a written […]

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Letter to the editor: Megan Alter will broaden access in an at-large council seat

Iowa City has seen dramatic changes in the last decade. Many of us are proud to see a place we love growing a little more modern. But this growth brings concerns, too, mostly boiling down to one overarching question. Why does it feel like these changes are only for the benefit of a few? We take pride in being an inclusive place, but Iowa City has […]

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Your Village: What is the crosswalk signal on Clinton Street saying?

“I cannot understand what the voice is saying at the downtown crosswalks after it announces the street name. It bugs me every time I hear it. It says something like ‘Clinton, Clinton, walk standing on the blocks.'” (Anonymous, Iowa City, via email) Well, the “Clinton” part is right. The rest is… close. Sort of. […]

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Taylor Bergen returns to Legion Arts as its interim director

After Taylor Bergen saw a show put on by Legion Arts at CSPS Hall in 2011, he decided he wanted to work for the Cedar Rapids arts organization. He called the next day to see if they were hiring. They weren’t. But a little over three months later, Bergen was hired as a program associate, and worked for Legion Arts for almost four years. Now, Bergen is back at CSPS. He was named interim director of Legion Arts on Wednesday. […]

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Cedar Rapids issued more than 26,000 traffic tickets during first month after its speed cameras were reactivated

Cedar Rapids issued more than 26,000 citations in the first month of operating its traffic cameras since 2017, potentially bringing in more than $1.4 million in revenue. From the 26,424 citations issued in July, 26,103 were for speeding and 321 were for running a red light. Around 25,800 of the speeding tickets were issued from the cameras on I-380. […]

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Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack now selling bottles of its barbecue sauces

After 14 years of going to Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack to enjoy their signature sauces, barbecue fans can now bring bottles of those sauces home. “We’ve been working on this for about a year and a half,” co-owner Jack Piper told Little Village. Unlike some barbecue restaurants that outsource their bottling operations, Piper and his partner James […]

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Letter to editor: City council is a thankless job. Thankfully, Iowa City has Laura Bergus

I can wax on about policy positions, but that’s what campaign websites and candidate forums are for. So. Let me tell you about Laura, the human I trust. I met Laura more than a decade ago when I was working as a mediator, but I have gotten to know her as a community member and, later, a friend. There is much to wonder at […]

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Sen. Cory Booker returns to eastern Iowa after ‘a decisive moment’ for his campaign

Sen. Cory Booker is returning to Cedar Rapids and Iowa City on Monday. The New Jersey senator’s campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination gained a new lease on life at the end of last month, when it reached a fundraising goal of $1.7 million, Booker announced on Sept. 21. […]

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