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Philip Roth (1933-2018) on Iowa City

Philip Roth, one of the major figures of 20th century literature, died of congestive heart failure on Tuesday night. The author, known for his darkly comic novels and short stories, was 85. His first book, Goodbye Columbus, a collection of five short stories and a novella, won the National Book Award in 1960. The title […]

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Video: Students Against School Shooting host candlelight vigil at City High

On Monday night, Students Against School Shootings Iowa (SASS) held a candlelight vigil at Iowa City High School. The vigil had been quickly organized on Friday morning following the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas that killed 10 people and wounded a further 13. […]

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UI President Bruce Harreld finally meets with non-tenure track faculty protesting working conditions

A basement room in a police station isn’t typically the setting for negotiations between equals, but that’s the location University of Iowa officials chose for their Wednesday morning meeting with members of Faculty Forward Iowa (FFI). FFI, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, represents members of UI’s non-tenure track faculty seeking better working […]

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RAGBRAI needs volunteers to host riders during the overnight stop in Iowa City

You don’t have to pedal a bike to participate in RAGBRAI. The hosting committee for the overnight stop in Iowa City is looking for volunteers willing to open their homes — or at least, their backyards — to riders when they roll into town on Friday, July 27. “There will be a campground, and that […]

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The New Pi Co-op to Co-op Ride will take over Dubuque Street on Wednesday evening

The New Pi Co-op to Co-op Ride kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at College Green Park near the downtown New Pioneer Co-op, and riders will head to Coralville’s New Pi. The popular annual event is part of both Bike Month and national Bike to Work Week.

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Oasis Falafel is opening a second location

A piece of Iowa City is coming to Nebraska this summer, as local favorite Oasis Falafel opens a second location in Omaha. The Omaha Oasis is the first expansion for the restaurant founded in 2004 by Naftaly Stramer and Ofer Sivan. The new restaurant will be a partnership between Stramer and Sivan and former Iowa […]

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Casa Azul opens new location in downtown Iowa City

Just in time for Taco Tuesday, Casa Azul Restaurante & Cantina has opened a new location in downtown Iowa City at 335 S Gilbert St. The first Casa Azul in Coralville, owned by Carlos and Allysa Tijerina, is known for its authentic Mexican food, and its 99-cent tacos on Tuesdays. Making sure Casa Azul’s food […]

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UI non-tenure track faculty stage a sit-in at President Bruce Harreld’s office (updated)

Update: This story has been updated since it was first published with information on the outcome of the sit-in protest. On Wednesday, members of the University of Iowa’s non-tenure track faculty staged a sit-in at UI President Bruce Harreld’s office. It was not the sort of raucous sit-in familiar from university protests in the 1960s. […]

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West High teacher wins national science education grant

An Iowa City West High School science teacher is one of 50 educators nationwide to be awarded an Advocate grant by the Society for Science and the Public. Carolyn Walling will receive $3,000 from the Society’s Advocate program, which attempts to “expand opportunities for underrepresented and low-income students by helping them to develop STEM projects,” […]

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Early voting starts for the June primary

Early voting for the June 5 primary started on Monday, just 29 days before election day. Early voting in Iowa used to start 40 days before an election, but the early voting period was trimmed by the Iowa legislature as part of the new restrictions on voting it passed last year. “That absentee window has […]

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