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US COVID-19 deaths top 400,000 as Trump leaves office

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 19, 2021 - 4:48pm
As President Donald Trump entered the final year of his term last January, the U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Not to worry, Trump insisted, his administration had the virus...
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Iowa House panels advance gun, abortion constitutional amendments

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 19, 2021 - 4:43pm
Constitution Day isn’t until Sep. 17. However, Tuesday was constitutional amendment day at the Iowa Capitol as proposals to let Iowans vote to create a state-level Second Amendment and reject...
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Amana Winterfest is on this weekend, with some changes for social-distanced fun

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 19, 2021 - 4:39pm
It’s time to bundle up and shake off cabin fever during Saturday’s Winterfest in Amana. In light of social distancing challenges, some events have been put on hold this year, like the...
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‘Nobodies’ and ‘neighbors’ — are LGBTQ Iowans welcome in Christian communities?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 19, 2021 - 4:35pm
I  recently left a job at a faith-based nonprofit after being involved in it for over half my life. It came down to two realities for me. Reality one: My former job and large portions...
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Cedar Rapids man charged in U.S. Capitol riot released pending trial with special conditions, including GPS monitoring

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 19, 2021 - 3:59pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A federal magistrate judge Tuesday released a Cedar Rapids man, charged for his part in the violent attack of the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago, without bond but with special...
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Biden bids an emotional farewell to Delaware as he heads to Washington

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 19, 2021 - 3:16pm
WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden offered an emotional farewell to his home state Tuesday, weeping openly several times as he spoke in front of a bank of Delaware flags before...
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Yellen pushes $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 19, 2021 - 2:53pm
WASHINGTON — Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice as Treasury secretary, said Tuesday that the incoming administration would focus on winning rapid passage of its $1.9...
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Arrest made in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Marisa Doolin

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 19, 2021 - 1:27pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — An arrest has been made in the death of an 18-year-old woman who suffered fatal gunshot wounds Dec. 22 at a southwest Cedar Rapids apartment. Larenzo L. Burnett, 20, faces...
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Iowa adds 955 coronavirus cases, eight deaths Tuesday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 19, 2021 - 1:07pm
Iowa reported 955 new, confirmed coronavirus cases and eight deaths Tuesday, according to data analyzed by The Gazette. The new numbers bring the total number of cases in the state to 306,236 and the...
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Musical family’s home remodel reflects their many interests

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 19, 2021 - 12:50pm
When John and Rebecca Schultz moved into their Cedar Rapids home three years ago, they loved the location. “We can see the Cedar River from the house,” Rebecca said. The home, built...
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Watch Inauguration Day live: Joe Biden sworn in as 46th president, events starting at 10 a.m.

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 19, 2021 - 12:02pm
Wednesday is Inauguration Day for Joe Biden. Watch it live in the video player above.  The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Central, with President-elect Biden and Vice...
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2nd-largest per-capita group of amateur radio operators in the world call Eastern Iowa home

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 19, 2021 - 9:11am
When a derecho packing winds of 80 to 100 miles per hour — and gusts topping 140 miles per hour — hit Eastern Iowa in August, about 400,000 Iowans were left without power and many had no...
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Gazette Daily News Podcast, January 19

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 19, 2021 - 2:07am
Be sure to subscribe to The Gazette Daily news podcast, or just tell your Amazon Alexa enabled device to “enable The Gazette Daily News skill" so you can get your daily briefing by simply...
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Martin Luther King Jr. service in Cedar Rapids honors ‘neighbors’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 18, 2021 - 9:12pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A virtual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration hosted Monday by St. Paul’s United Methodist Church challenged viewers to think about ways they can peacefully push for...
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‘Treasuring Our Trees’ Prairiewoods online series explores healing, understanding derecho changes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 18, 2021 - 6:35pm
While winter’s landscape appears to lie dormant under the snow, don’t let that fool you. A subterranean network is buzzing, which makes winter an ideal time to build on the past to...
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Time Machine: Fawcett Building in Cedar Rapids twice housed clubs for teenagers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 18, 2021 - 5:43pm
Charles E. Fawcett — who would become a successful Cedar Rapids businessmen — moved to the city from Benton County as a teenager in 1880 with just $3 to his name. He landed a job at...
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Jan. 6 Capitol attack evokes memories of 1954 attack that wounded Iowa rep, 4 others

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 18, 2021 - 5:40pm
Images of the violent Jan. 6 incursion of the U.S. Capitol, in which five people died, evoked recollections of previous brutal attacks at the congressional chambers — including one that badly...
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Eastern Iowa Airport sees 53% drop in passengers in 2020, fewest in at least 25 years

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 18, 2021 - 5:15pm
The Eastern Iowa Airport saw the fewest total passengers in 2020 in at least 25 years as coronavirus wreaked havoc on the commercial aerospace industry. The 615,935 passengers marked a 53 percent...
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How not to respond to an attack against democracy

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 18, 2021 - 4:09pm
After Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol in a bid to undermine the 2020 election results, a few observers likened Jan. 6 to Sept. 11. Whether or not that’s a reasonable comparison...
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Iowa Democrats ask U.S. House ethics body to investigate Rep. Ashley Hinson

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 18, 2021 - 4:01pm
DES MOINES — The Iowa Democratic Party has asked a nonpartisan U.S. House ethics body to investigate Republican U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson over what the Democrats say are ethics violations, an...
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