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Tell Iowa City who should be honored on a new feature planned for the Ped Mall

Iowa City wants to know who its most prominent citizens are. Or were. And it wants to know by Nov. 1. As part of the Ped Mall improvement project, two walls will be installed to hide utility cabinets and transformers from public view. In addition to hiding ungainly bits of infrastructure, those walls are supposed to tell “the story of Iowa City.” […]

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‘I’m Not Racist…Am I?’ documentary screening and discussion will examine attitudes about race

A free Oct. 23 screening of the documentary ‘I’m Not Racist…Am I?,’ followed by a group discussion, will address questions about the nature of racism and help viewers recognize and respond to it in their own lives. […]

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Early voting starts in Johnson County

Early voting in Johnson County for the Nov. 7 election started on Wednesday. Voters will be able to cast ballots at the Auditor’s office in the Johnson County Administration Building in Iowa City. The office will be opened from7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office will also be open on Sunday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]

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Iowa City Council to vote on smoking ban for city parks

The Iowa City Council will vote on a proposed ordinance banning the use of tobacco products in city parks at its Tuesday night meeting. In addition to prohibiting smoking, the measure will also ban the use of smokeless tobacco. And because of an existing city regulation, if smoking in parks is banned, vaping in parks will also be automatically banned. […]

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Sen. Grassley skips town hall meetings in Johnson, Linn and other big Iowa counties for the fifth straight year

Last week, the office of Sen. Chuck Grassley announced Iowa’s senior U.S. Senator had completed another annual tour of all the state’s 99 counties. But once again, he skipped town halls in the biggest counties. […]

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Iowa City will likely keep City of Literature designation despite U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO

The U.S. plans to withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, but Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature Executive Director John Kenyon said he doesn’t believe the decision will have much of an impact on the local designation or the activities of the local organization. […]

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