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Books for children that highlight race and kindness

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 6:49pm
In the midst of this trying time, I am looking for books that can give us all hope. Hope because of the care and the passion that went into their creation, hope because they remind us that we can do...
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Don’t plant mystery seeds you receive in the mail

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 6:40pm
Q. I saw on social media that some people are receiving unsolicited seeds in the mail. Is this a real thing? A: Yes, it is. We heard from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and...
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Woman convicted in 1979 West Branch murder shouldn’t go free, victim’s sister says

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 6:34pm
Family of a man slain in West Branch in 1979 say one of the killers imprisoned decades ago should not be allowed the possibility of parole. Judy White, 74, has asked Gov. Kim Reynolds to commute her...
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Court documents reveal details of fatal Christmas shooting in Coralville

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 6:23pm
IOWA CITY — The arraignment of two brothers charged in the fatal shooting last Christmas of a 30-year-old Iowa City man will be delayed. Elijah McAbee, 18, is charged with first-degree murder,...
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Meet the newest babies of the pandemic: The ducklings at Old MacDonald's farm

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 5:32pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — At the duck house at Bever Park in Cedar Rapids, something rare happened this year: one of the canvasback ducks in the park’s Old MacDonald’s Farm duck exhibit...
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Rothrock & Friends livestreaming performance from Opus Concert Cafe

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 4:26pm
Lynne Rothrock doesn’t mind being a guinea pig, if it means getting music out of her basement and into the virtual world. The Cedar Rapids singer will be returning to one of her favorite...
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Suspect sought after man grabs woman, steals her phone at Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 4:18pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Police are investigating a robbery reported Thursday night near Noelridge Park. According to the Cedar Rapids Police Department, a woman told police she was walking on the...
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Five issues Iowa’s federal candidates must address between now and Election Day

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 1:39pm
Iowans started 2020 during a historic Iowa caucus season and we’re heading toward a historic general election in November. In between, there has been an infectious disease pandemic and a mass...
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Xavier Catholic students will return to classrooms for pre-K through 8th grade

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 1:27pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Students in prekindergarten through eighth grade at Xavier Catholic Schools of Cedar Rapids and Marion will return to on-site learning, and high school students will attend a...
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Cedar Rapids schools have finalized plans for returning. Here’s what you need to know

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 1:09pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Community School District announced its final return to learn plan Friday, which includes options of in-person learning for elementary and middle school...
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The bigger problem behind Rep. Ashley Hinson’s plagiarism

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 12:47pm
State Rep. Ashley Hinson, Republican candidate for the U.S. House in Iowa’s First District, is a plagiarist. According to the New York Times digital edition on July 20, 2020, Hinson’s...
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Raising the issue of ‘food system brutality’ in Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 12:43pm
In a time when racial prejudice and widespread social inequities are finally being acknowledged as unacceptable, I want to draw attention to a kind of systemic injustice we have gotten used to in...
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Cedar Rapids attorney objects to virtual hearing on former police Sgt. Lucas Jones’ appeal

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 12:12pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The city Civil Service Commission will hold the appeal hearing for fired Cedar Rapids police Officer Lucas Jones entirely online in August despite objections from his attorney,...
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Iowa confirms 11 more coronavirus-related deaths, 8 in Polk County

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 12:07pm
Iowa reported 11 additional deaths due to COVID-19 at 11 a.m. Friday, the most in a 24-hour period since July 15. There have been 865 coronavirus-related deaths in the state since the start of the...
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Murphy USA planning major upgrade in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 11:52am
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Murphy USA station in southwest Cedar Rapids has been reduced to a pile of rubble in preparation for a major upgrade and expansion. The El Dorado, Ark., company will replace...
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Linn Supervisors and Board of Health to discuss mask mandate proclamation at joint meeting Wednesday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 11:30am
The Linn County Supervisors have written up a draft proclamation, calling on Gov. Kim Reynolds to allow local control and enforcement to issue face mask mandates. The supervisors plan to discuss the...
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Iowa Libertarians taking sides in conflict between police and BLM movement

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 9:17am
As the nation grapples with complicated issues of racial justice, so too does Iowa’s third-largest political party. The Libertarian Party is facing an internal crisis over how to respond to...
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BAE Systems completes acquisition of Collins Aerospace’s military GPS business

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 8:30am
BAE Systems’ $1.9 billion acquisition of Collins Aerospace’s military Global Positioning System business is complete, the company announced Friday morning. “The Military GPS...
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Iowa stymies public information requests in pandemic

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 31, 2020 - 8:04am
COVID-19 has Iowans wanting more information from federal, state and local governments to guide life-or-death decisions raised by the unprecedented pandemic. Is it safe to go to the store? Do masks...
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Cedar Rapids Kennedy is the 5A state softball champion

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 30, 2020 - 8:15pm
FORT DODGE — Their roses were red. Their new T-shirts are pink. And the Kennedy Cougars are the state’s best softball team in Class 5A. Without debate. Second-ranked Cedar Rapids...
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