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On Syria, politicians have shifting interpretation of Constitution

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 16, 2018 - 11:36am
President Donald Trump was right about Syria. No, not last week when he ordered airstrikes against Syrian government assets. I mean back in 2013, when he firmly cautioned former president Barack...
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Cedar Rapids, Coralville Younkers stores at risk of closure

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 16, 2018 - 8:27am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Younkers stores in Cedar Rapids and Coralville are at risk of closing if Younkers’ parent company does not find a buyer to pull it out of bankruptcy. Bon-Ton Stores Inc.,...
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Monday morning read: Opioids on the rise in Iowa, victim identified in fatal Cedar Rapids crash, Iowa City church marks 150th anniversary

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 16, 2018 - 7:16am
Fentanyl, similar powerful opioids are on the rise in Iowa- In autumn 2016, Rod Courtney had a long conversation with his son, Chad. Chad was on his way home from a 28-day drug treatment program. He...
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Victim identified in Cedar Rapids fatal crash

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 16, 2018 - 7:09am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Authorities have identified the man killed in a rollover crash on Saturday. Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said 18-year-old Jacob L. Markwell was ejected from...
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GALLERY: Iowa City Polar Plunge 2018

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 15, 2018 - 9:27pm
Plungers at the Special Olympics Iowa’s Iowa City Polar Plunge raised over $30,000 for Special Olympics Iowa this year. The brave souls got their swim in on Saturday, one day before yet...
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Bethel AME Church marks 150th anniversary in Iowa City

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 15, 2018 - 6:46pm
IOWA CITY — With smiles and exclamations of “Welcome!”, parishioners of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Iowa City spent several minutes clasping hands and embracing...
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Review: Ax, Orchestra Iowa combine artistry for explosive evening

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 15, 2018 - 6:13pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — “You just saw God,” Maestro Timothy Hankewich told a standing-room-only crowd as Emanuel Ax left the Paramount Theatre’s Encore Lounge on Saturday...
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Russia’s Putin predicts global ‘chaos’ if West hits Syria again

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 15, 2018 - 4:21pm
By Jack Stubbs and Laila Bassam MOSCOW/DAMASCUS (Reuters) — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as...
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Barbara Bush, former first lady, turns to ‘comfort care’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 15, 2018 - 4:16pm
Barbara Bush, the 92-year-old former first lady of the United States, is in failing health and will not seek further medical care, according to the office of former President George H.W. Bush. A...
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Release more facts behind government firings, opinion finds

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 15, 2018 - 1:54pm
The state’s governmental bodies should give more than a one- or two-word response to explain why public employees were fired or demoted to comply with a new provision of Iowa’s public...
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Green canvas: Nonprofit helping Iowa City park neighbors design community gardens

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 15, 2018 - 1:52pm
IOWA CITY — An area nonprofit is helping residents design their own community spaces in a few local Iowa City parks. Backyard Abundance is working with community members during open meetings...
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Emerald ash borer found in 2 more Iowa counties

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 15, 2018 - 12:48pm
Emerald ash borer, the invasive pest responsible for killing millions of ash trees in 32 states, has been found in two more Iowa counties. The discoveries in Taylor and Carroll counties, both on the...
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Truck backs over two in Cedar Rapids parking lot

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 15, 2018 - 11:28am
Cedar Rapids police officers responded to an accident at the Butterfly Café parking lot, 1616 1st Ave NE, at around 10 a.m. where it was reported that two people were pinned underneath a...
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‘A plague on its citizens’ Drug executives to testify before Congress about their role in opioid crisis

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 8:40pm
WASHINGTON — Current and former executives with the pharmaceutical distributors that are accused of flooding communities with powerful prescription painkillers have been summoned to testify...
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Linn-Mar to again ask voters for school bond

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 8:38pm
MARION — While property tax rates will drop in the Cedar Rapids and Clear Creek Amana school districts, the Linn-Mar district continues to cope with a small tax base and a high property tax...
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Public’s help sought pursuing possible lead in disappearance of teen in La Porte City

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 6:16pm
LA PORTE CITY — Authorities are seeking the public’s help in a possible lead in the disappearance of Jake Wilson, 16, a week ago. Anyone in La Porte City around 8:30 p.m. April 7 who...
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Serious rollover accident reported near Cedar Valley Park

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 6:15pm
An individual sustained life-threatening injuries Saturday after a single-vehicle rollover accident. According to a media release from the Cedar Rapids police, at 12:57 p.m. police received a call...
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Battling an Epidemic: Fentanyl, similar powerful opioids are on the rise in Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 4:54pm
IOWA CITY — In autumn 2016, Rod Courtney had a long conversation with his son, Chad. Chad was on his way home from a 28-day drug treatment program. He was an artistic guy who loved to write...
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Many Corridor school districts see lower tax rates

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 3:03pm
Economic growth in some areas of the Corridor, coupled with state rules on education spending, are causing many school districts’ property tax rates to fall. Property owners in both the Cedar...
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Capitol Ideas: Iowa’s sole House speaker also left in a hurry

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 14, 2018 - 3:01pm
By Erin Murphy, Gazette-Lee Des Moines Bureau DES MOINES — The news last week that U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election captured headlines across the country. It reminded one...
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