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Adopt or shop: The specter of puppy mills looms over local debates about pet stores

How does a dog become a pet? The ways in which an owner may meet their new best friend are as varied as dog breeds, ranging from a meticulous, months-long quest to claim a corgi from a rescue organization states away, to a neighbor casually asking if you want to pick a pup from their mutt’s latest litter. But debates around dog ownership […]

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Three candidates will be on the November ballot for two at-large seats on the Iowa City Council

The field of candidates is now set for the Iowa City Council election in November. Incumbents Pauline Taylor, who represents District A, and District C’s John Thomas are both unopposed, and there are three candidates for the two at-large council seats: Megan Alter, Laura Bergus and Janice Weiner. […]

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Iowa City asked to approve a $9 million TIF for a Ped Mall-adjacent apartment complex

At its Wednesday meeting, the Iowa City Council Economic Development Committee (EDC) will consider a proposed nine-story apartment building that Tailwind Group wants to construct behind the three Ped Mall buildings that stand between the Graduate and the Wells Fargo building. […]

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Janice Weiner is running for the Iowa City Council

On Monday, retired diplomat Janice Weiner announced she is running for an at-large seat on the Iowa City Council. “I’m running because public service matters,” Weiner said in an announcement video on Facebook. Weiner grew up in the Iowa City area and attended Iowa City West High School, before going on to Princeton University and Stanford Law School. After 26 years in the U.S. foreign service, […]

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Laura Bergus announces run for Iowa City Council

Attorney Laura Bergus announced on Tuesday that she is running for Iowa City Council. A life-long resident of Iowa City, Bergus is seeking one of the two at-large council seats that will be on the ballot in November. […]

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Mayor Jim Throgmorton won’t seek reelection

Mayor Jim Throgmorton announced on Tuesday that he won’t run for reelection this fall. “This has been a very hard decision for me,” Throgmorton said in written statement. “When running for office 4 years ago, I said I wanted to help lead Iowa City toward becoming a more just city. We have made great strides […]

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Following backlash, the Iowa City Council has decided to replace some of the new Ped Mall benches

The Iowa City Council decided to alter the Ped Mall Improvement Plan to include benches with no center armrest, during its work session on Tuesday. Twenty percent of the 70 new benches, or a total of 14, will be without center armrests. The council also directed the city engineer’s office to determine how many of […]

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Group asks Iowa City to remove ‘hostile’ new Ped Mall benches

A group demanding the removal and replacement of the new Ped Mall benches met with Iowa City Manager Geoff Fruin on Monday morning. Organized by Iowa City’s Catholic Worker House, the group believe the design of the new benches, which have armrests in the middle, are a form of hostile architecture, intended to stop people […]

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Bruce Teague is holding a reception on Saturday to thank his supporters

Bruce Teague will be sworn in as the newest member of the Iowa City Council on Saturday, during a reception at the Church of the Nazarene on Wade Street. Teague said he’s holding the two-hour reception, which starts at 3 p.m., to thank everyone who supported him in the special election to fill the vacant at-large seat on the city council. […]

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Bruce Teague wins the special election for Iowa City Council

Bruce Teague won a decisive victory in the special election for the at-large seat on the Iowa City Council. Teague received 2,277 votes, or 54.3 percent of the total ballot case, according to the preliminary totals from the Johnson County Auditor’s Office. Ann Freerks, who finished first in the special election’s Sept. 4 primary, garnered […]

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