This Week in the Village: March 31-April 6

Catch up on the biggest headlines, videos and photos published by Little Village in the past week.

A year after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, Iowa City students are still marching for gun control

Member of Students Against School Shootings march from College Green Park to the Pedestrian Mall for the March for Gun Safety. Tuesday, March 30, 2018. — Zak Neumann/Little Village

Published Monday, April 1

The marchers who braved the cold weather and biting wind early Saturday afternoon for the March for Gun Safety were almost all members of Students Against School Shootings (SASS), the group that organized it. It was a noticeable change from last year’s march. Continue reading…

House built more than 150 years ago on Iowa City’s north side to be torn down

House at 603 E Market St, built before 1867. Apr. 2, 2019. — Jav Ducker/Little Village

Published Wednesday, April 3

A demolition permit has been issued for the house that has stood at the corner for E Market and N Johnson Streets in Iowa City for more than 150 years. The house is still in good shape, but Mercy Iowa City, which bought the property for $240,000 in November, has no use for the structure. Continue reading…

A conversation with Kate and Trish Varnum, 10 years after Varnum v. Brien

Kate (blue shirt) and Trish Varnum. — courtesy of the Varnums

Published Wednesday, April 3

Cedar Rapids couple Kate and Trish Varnum celebrate their 18th, 15th and 10th anniversaries this year: they’ve been together since 2001, had a religious marriage ceremony in 2004 and were legally married in 2009, after a landmark Iowa Supreme Court case that bore their name. Little Village caught up with Kate and Trish on the eve of Varnum v. Brien’s own 10th anniversary. Continue reading…

President Trump said wind turbines cause cancer, Gov. Reynolds said it’s ‘not my place’ to disagree with Trump

Wind turbines in Iowa. — photo courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Published Wednesday, April 3

During a televised speech to the National Republican Congressional Committee, President Donald Trump made the bizarre and unfounded claim that sounds made by wind turbines cause cancer. Multiple news organizations asked the White House what evidence on which the president was relying, but the Trump administration has so far not responded. Continue reading…

Room to play: Critical Hit Games moves to larger space in heart of downtown

Ready for play! Familiar mats adorn the gaming tables at Critical Hit. — Talitha Ford/Little Village

Published Friday, April 5

The mosaic of uncommon and spectacular local business gems that line the Iowa City Downtown District has just been expanded. Critical Hit Games, an emporium of board, card and role playing games, has just moved from South Gilbert, and now occupies a central spot at 115 S Linn St. Continue reading…

Iowa Supreme Court rules Cedar Rapids turnover records in police shooting, but sharply limits the public’s right to access other records

Photo by John via Flickr

Published Friday, April 5

On Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the Cedar Rapids Police Department must turn over investigative records to a man suing the city after being shot by a CRPD officer. But as part of their decision, the justices ruled police departments in Iowa can permanently withhold from the public almost all records related to their investigations. Continue reading…

Photos: Mission Creek Festival, Day One

Kent Smith, head usher at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City, awaits the Mission Creek Festival crowds on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. — Zak Neumann/Little Village
Jenny Lewis takes the Englert Theatre stage for Mission Creek Festival. Tuesday, April 2, 2019. — Zak Neumann/Little Village
R.O. Kwon, author of ‘The Incendiaries,’ hosts a reading at Prairie Lights Book Store on the first day of Mission Creek Festival. Tuesday, April 2, 2019. — Zak Neumann/Little Village
Noura Mint Seymali performs at The Mill for Mission Creek Festival. Tuesday, April 2, 2019. — Zak Neumann/Little Village

Out this week: Little Village issue 261

Now on stands: Bread & Butter 2019

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