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Iowa City wants to address possible discriminatory use of dress codes at bars and restaurants

The Iowa City Office of Equity and Human Rights reissued a three-year-old memorandum providing guidance on “Dress code, admittance policies and public accommodations” on Thursday. “We originally put the memo out [in 2016] because we would hear concerns about places of public accommodation using the dress code as a pretext to discriminate,” Iowa City Equity Director Stefanie Bowers told Little Village. […]

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Iowa City’s weekly Party in the Park comes to Thornberry Off-leash Dog Park

Humans are welcome to attend Thursday’s Party in the Park as the summer-long series of weekly events goes to the dogs. Literally. This week’s party will be at the Thornberry Off-leash Dog Park. Tennis balls and treats will be provided for the attending pups. Humans can enjoy music, dog-toy crafting and […]

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Where to park for free and which streets and bus stops are closed for the Iowa City Downtown Block Party

Parking will be free in the downtown ramps on Saturday, as the third annual Downtown Block Party takes over the streets, Iowa City Transit announced on Monday. Finding a spot may be a challenge though, because 42,000 people attended last year’s party, according to the Iowa City Downtown District (ICDD), which produces the event. […]

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Johnson County Attorney rules ICPD officers were justified in shooting suspect

The shooting of a criminal suspect by two Iowa City Police Department officers last month was justified, Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness announced on Friday. ICPD Officer Alex Stricker and ICPD Officer Travis Neeld “acted with reasonable force in defending themselves and others,” when they discharged their weapons on May 9, striking Michael Cintron-Caceres, according to a statement from the county attorney’s office. […]

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White supremacist flyers distributed on Iowa City’s north side

Flyers promoting the neo-Nazi National Alliance started appearing on Iowa City’s north side Monday night. A resident out for a walk along the 900 block of N Governor Street spotted one of the flyers on the sidewalk. It was contained in the sort of clear, plastic bag used to deliver newspapers, and wrapped around an […]

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Wear Orange: Moms Demand Action will rally for gun safety on Saturday

Four years ago, when the Iowa City chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America tried to persuade people participate in the national Wear Orange weekend to protest gun violence, they had little success, according to Holly Sanger, the group’s leader. The group asked downtown businesses to put “Wear Orange” signs in their windows—only three did. […]

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Former ICAD employee misappropriated over $500,000, according to audit

A former employee of the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD) misappropriated over $500,000 of the organization’s money, according to a new report from the Iowa State Auditor’s Office. Sheri Jelinek, who worked at ICAD for 15 years and was the group’s office manager when she resigned in January 2017, used an ICAD credit card to make $466,875 in clearly improper purchases, and rack up another $46,903 in suspect purchase for which auditors could not find documentation, according to the report published on Thursday. […]

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Street closures for Iowa Arts Festival announced

Street closures have been announced for the Iowa Arts Festival in downtown Iowa City. The festival doesn’t kick off until Friday at 4:30 p.m., when the Iowa City Carnival Parade starts, but street closures will start on Thursday so crews can start to set up the fair. According to a press release from the city, […]

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