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Nepotism and Iowa politicians back in the news, after Gov. Reynolds gives her father a job

When most adults give an elderly parent a job, it’s usually as a babysitter. Not Gov. Kim Reynolds. This week it was revealed that Reynolds has appointed her 78-year-old father to a state panel that will vet judicial candidates in District 5A to replace retiring Judge Paul Huscher of Waukee. Charles Strawn will serve on […]

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Nellie McKay and her dog Bessie are coming to Cedar Rapids

When delightful East Coast songstress Nellie McKay makes a tour stop in Cedar Rapids this weekend, she won’t be alone. “She will be coming to Iowa, her first time in Iowa,” McKay said in a phone call of her travel partner, her beloved rescue dog Bessie. “She’s looking forward to lots of skips and rolls.” […]

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Cinco da Blues supports KCCK’s blues library

One listen to Gloria Hardiman’s voluminous voice is really all the impetus you need to head out to the Mill on Saturday, May 5 for the first Cinco da Blues fundraiser for radio station KCCK (tickets $20). But the Chicago blues great isn’t just performing for Cinco da Blues — she was also a driving force behind its creation. […]

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Dear Kiki: A fake Tinder profile got me a real catch (maybe)

A few days ago, I made a joke Tinder account with friends, with a fake age, job, etc., but all the pictures were my own. Turns out, I really hit it off with a guy and he was still interested after I told him my real information. The thing is, he’s 23 and I’m 17. Is there any hope for a relationship? […]

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Review: ‘Between Gravity and What Cheer’ showcases Iowa’s quirks and charm

Shot over the course of four years, Barry Phipps’ new book, Between Gravity and What Cheer: Iowa Photographs (published by University of Iowa Press), is a lovely 112 page book with 105 color photographs showcasing the quirks and charm found in small towns across the state. […]

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Chalk the Walk festival will celebrate Cinco de Mayo by covering Mount Vernon with chalk art

Mount Vernon is embracing street art — at least the kind drawn in chalk. The city’s 13th annual Chalk the Walk festival will see 500-plus artists turn more than half a ton of chalk into temporary sidewalk art, spanning roughly three city blocks. […]

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Album Review: Koplant No — Elker

The opening track “Before We Go” on the reunited Koplant No’s new album “Elker” is a compound of skittering synth decay and dripping percussion flitting around a lone trumpet carrying a mournful melody. It’s a track that would fit perfectly on a Jack Lion record — which seems obvious when you consider that fellow Iowa City group Jack Lion shares Brian Lewis Smith on trumpet and Drew Morton on bass.
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‘My God, doesn’t it feel good when Republicans vote like Republicans?’: Iowa legislature passes extreme anti-abortion bill

The Republican-controlled Iowa House and Senate passed a bill containing the most aggressive restriction on abortion in the nation during sessions that started Tuesday night and lasted into the early hours of Wednesday. SF 359 would ban almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which typically happens less than two months into […]

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