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Time Machine: The Alley Inn

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 25, 2017 - 11:13am
The tiny building at 416 Third St. SE in downtown Cedar Rapids has survived the urban renewal and development that has gone on all around it for more than 95 years. Its slightly more than 1,100...
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USDA makeover raises Iowa rural development questions

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 25, 2017 - 11:02am
DES MOINES — Leaders of the Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake were planning a renovation project. Then along came a federal loan program that gave them the resources to not...
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America's magnificent mounds

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 25, 2017 - 10:34am
As we stood amid a few acres of blooming wild blackberry vines a bumblebee buzzed between us. We’d just walked a few hundred yards up a narrow footpath and emerged into a sunlit meadow. The...
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Bungalow in paradise in northeast Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 25, 2017 - 10:08am
Drive to the outskirts of Fayette in northeast Iowa, meander around a bend, and you’ll see the small house Wayne Barness, 72, and Sharon Danielson, 73, call their paradise. Their bungalow is...
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Man beaten, robbed after responding to online ad, Iowa City police say

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 25, 2017 - 7:31am
IOWA CITY — Police are investigating an Iowa City man’s report that he was beaten and robbed by two men Saturday night after he responded to an online ad. Officers were called to the...
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Campaign against pollution vows to work until last straw

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 24, 2017 - 8:15pm
It started so innocently. A kid ordered a soda in a restaurant. “It came with a plastic straw in it,” Milo Cress recalled. He glared at the straw for a while. “It seemed like...
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Senate health care bill faces serious resistance from GOP moderates

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 24, 2017 - 8:12pm
WASHINGTON — A small group of moderate Republican senators, worried that their leaders’ health care bill could damage the nation’s social safety net, may pose at least as...
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U.S. judge asked to expand order blocking Iraqis’ deportation

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 24, 2017 - 7:54pm
June 24 — The American Civil Liberties Union asked a U.S. judge on Saturday to expand an order that temporarily blocks the deportation of 114 Iraqis in Michigan to cover Iraqis nationwide,...
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Set to die, his mental illness has set off a new death penalty battle

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 24, 2017 - 5:53pm
Someone was trying to kill him. William Morva was certain of it. He couldn’t breathe and he was withering away, he told his mother in a jailhouse call. “Somebody wants me to die and I...
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‘X’ serves as engaging, smart commentary on life

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 24, 2017 - 5:46pm
Chuck Klosterman’s writing is an engaging combination of style and substance. Sometimes the style seems to be Klosterman’s dominant concern, but reading a collection of his cultural...
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How to reuse your old flower pots, bring new life to old favorites

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 24, 2017 - 3:34pm
When pushing my cart through the nursery aisles, I find myself filling it with a variety of sizes and colors of plants that need a new home. Then, at home, after a day of planting pots and beds, I...
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Find the hidden gems in the library’s collection

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 24, 2017 - 3:08pm
If you’re used to running into the library to pick up your holds and head out the door, you’re missing out on some great lesser-known book sections. If you want to learn more about...
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Interactive medical drones no longer science fiction

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 24, 2017 - 12:58pm
WASHINGTON — The towering tornado that struck Hattiesburg, Miss., in 2013 ripped roofs off houses, twisted steel girders as if they were Play-Doh, obliterated buildings and tossed cars through...
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News Track: Pollock’s ‘Mural’ returning stateside

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 24, 2017 - 12:41pm
Like the rest of the University of Iowa Museum of Art’s expansive collection since the devastating flood of 2008, its Jackson Pollock “Mural” has been in a nomadic state for...
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Even with Whole Foods, Amazon would need many more warehouses to reshape grocery delivery

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 24, 2017 - 12:36pm
June 23 — If Amazon.com Inc hopes to revolutionize grocery delivery, then its bid to buy Whole Foods Market Inc for $13.7 billion will be just the start of a long and costly process. The...
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Iowa City author’s attraction to ruins in the Bahamas leads to first novel

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 24, 2017 - 12:32pm
When Iowa City writer Rebecca Entel first traveled to San Salvador, Bahamas, for an academic workshop, she learned about small ships carved into plantation ruins throughout the island. Hundreds of...
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Cinematic symbols of ‘Wonder Woman’ show our strengths need not be superhuman

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 24, 2017 - 12:13pm
I don’t think I can overstate how much I loved “Wonder Woman.” For those who haven’t seen it yet, it’s the story of Diana Prince, immortal princess of Themyscria, a...
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In Iowa City, a quiet movement against massive school bond

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 24, 2017 - 12:00pm
IOWA CITY — As the mother and grandmother of children with special needs, Heather Young has never voted against a school bond issue. But she’s actively campaigning against the $191.5...
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Historical fiction novel taps into Iowa history

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 24, 2017 - 7:43am
Most of the World War II stories I read are set in Europe. A few are set in the United States, but usually on the coast. What grabbed my attention about this particular World War II novel —...
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Job market strength enables ‘gap years’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 24, 2017 - 7:35am
As many of Iowa’s new university graduates peer out over the employment landscape, they’re finding a workers’ market. Replacing the stress that saturated job searches during and...
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