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Linn County reports increase in community spread of COVID-19; local officials preparing for a second wave of the virus

Linn County has seen an increase in community spread of COVID-19, Heather Meador, Linn County Public Health’s supervisor of Clinical Services, said during a press conference on Monday. More than half of the newly reported cases of the virus over the weekend were connected to community spread, according to Meador. “This is a clear indication […]

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‘I’m still terrified for my future’: Cedar Rapids climate protesters want solutions on local, national level

Chants of “Green New Deal,” “this is what democracy looks like,” and “fossil fuels have got to go” filled the streets of Cedar Rapids on Friday night, as part of climate strikes organized around the country on Dec. 6. It was an emotional night for many, as marchers shared the reasons why they’re striking and the need for accelerated action to combat climate change. Around 120 people attended […]

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Linn County Board of Supervisors declares a climate crisis ahead of Friday’s national climate strikes

The Linn County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on Wednesday declaring a climate crisis in light of increased drought and heatwaves, decrease in the bird population and flooding throughout Iowa. The action by the supervisors occurred just days before people around the country — including in Cedar Rapids — prepare for the next […]

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‘Don’t let this remarkable story ever die’: The Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building in Cedar Rapids is now open

When his mother was growing up, she vowed she’d never marry a doctor, Peter Harris said. Lileah Furgerson was the daughter of a doctor, and knew the long hours they worked. The audience at the dedication ceremony for the new Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris building laughed when Peter mentioned his mother’s vow. Lileah did, in fact, end up marrying a doctor: Percy Harris, the first black physician in Cedar Rapids. The couple […]

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The Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building, named in honor of two Cedar Rapids civil rights pioneers, will open on Friday

“Every now and again it seems the universe bestows upon humanity one of those ethereal and affable personalities that end up changing the world for the better. Here in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, we had one of those personalities in Dr. Percy Harris. As far as heroes go, he was the exemplar,” Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker wrote in a Little Village letter […]

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Sen. Kamala Harris is ‘fucking moving to Iowa’ in an effort to finish in the top three in the Iowa Caucus

Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris stressed the importance of electing a leader who will help unify the country and said it’s “time to turn the page on the current administration.” “The greatest fights we face in terms of challenges are not each other, and we must invest in the strength of our nation, understanding the commonalities […]

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