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‘Iowa City Police Log’: An amusing and enraging view of law enforcement in Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 7, 2020 - 5:32pm
Iowans rely too much on police to solve our petty problems. The proof now comes in book form. “The Iowa City Police Log: Life and Strife in a Midwestern College Town,” is scheduled to...
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Pro-Trump boat gathering draws hundreds at Coralville Lake

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 7, 2020 - 4:37pm
SOLON — Hundreds of people gathered for a pro-Trump boat parade at Coralville Lake on Monday. More than 100 boats trickled into the lake by Mehaffey Bridge with Trump signs, “Make...
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Iowa universities report hundreds more COVID-19 cases

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 7, 2020 - 3:06pm
IOWA CITY — All three of Iowa’s public universities reported more cases of COVID-19 among students, faculty and staff Monday, following a weekend in which several national media outlets...
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Guaranty Bank block development talks resume with Cedar Rapids officials

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 7, 2020 - 3:00pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A $50 million project to restore the historic Guaranty Bank Building and partially restore the Old World Theater into hotels — put in jeopardy for months by the COVID-19...
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Other derechos have raked Iowa over the years

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 7, 2020 - 1:13pm
Though most of us hadn’t heard the word “derecho” before Aug. 10, earlier hurricane-like, straight-line winds have caused millions of dollars in damage in Iowa at least five times...
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As Iowa City schools start online, parents unsure what to do with their kids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 7, 2020 - 12:53pm
IOWA CITY — Ashley Eichelberger was “crushed” when the Iowa City Community School District announced students would start classes virtually for the first two weeks of school,...
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The coronavirus in Iowa, six months and counting

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 7, 2020 - 12:46pm
Tuesday marks six months since state officials announced the first cases of COVID-19 in Iowa. One family has lived and breathed every moment. Neil and Jeanne Bennett of Iowa City were among the...
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Iowa coronavirus spike eases, but positive rate remains high

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 7, 2020 - 12:08pm
After days of spiking COVID-19 cases, the number of new infections and deaths declined Monday but the percentage of coronavirus tests that prove positive remains alarmingly high. The statewide 17.37...
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Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre teams up with native star to launch virtual series

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 6, 2020 - 10:40pm
Singing from an apartment window to people gathering down below isn’t Janara Kellerman’s usual venue. But in old-school European style, she had a grand time doing just that for part of...
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As virus cases drop, governors may gamble on bars

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 6, 2020 - 10:21pm
AUSTIN, Texas — A guy walks into a bar, which still isn’t allowed in Texas. But Jeff Brightwell owns this bar. Two months into an indefinite shutdown, he’s just checking on the...
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Is Sen. Chuck Grassley’s annual ‘Full Grassley’ tour of 99 Iowa counties the gold standard or gaslighting?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 6, 2020 - 9:21pm
Forty-some years ago, Chuck Grassley overheard a diner in a restaurant remarking that it must be election year because the politicians were in town. “I don’t remember exactly where it...
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Drop in Johnson County hotel stays crimps city budgets

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 6, 2020 - 8:30pm
CORALVILLE — FRYfest — a celebration of all things Hawkeye — should have been last week in Coralville, drawing thousands of fans to the annual block party, trade show and pep...
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‘Scary’ time inside 911 center after derecho

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 6, 2020 - 6:44pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — In the hours following the Aug. 10 storm and leading into the next day, the Cedar Rapids Fire Department responded to 547 calls for service including six structural collapses,...
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Johnson County drop ends 11-day streak of triple-digit coronavirus cases

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 6, 2020 - 2:39pm
The percentage of COVID-19 tests in Iowa that proved positive exceeded 10 percent for the 17th day in a row Sunday, but the seven-day average of new infections declined. Johnson County, which has...
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Outside money pours into Iowa’s U.S. Senate race

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 6, 2020 - 2:37pm
While the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Joni Ernst and challenger Theresa Greenfield can at times feel like a contest between who can be more “aw shucks Iowa,” the biggest money being...
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Iowa looks to $100M in federal aid to continue coronavirus testing ‘Test Iowa’ on verge of providing all tests called for in contract

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 5, 2020 - 10:04pm
DES MOINES — A $100 million infusion of federal funds will maintain Iowa’s COVID-19 testing capacity through the coming months, Gov. Kim Reynolds and her staff say. The state’s...
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Brad Kunkel to run unopposed for Johnson County sheriff

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 5, 2020 - 3:01pm
IOWA CITY — Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Brad Kunkel will run opposed in the November election for county sheriff. The Johnson County Auditor’s Office confirmed...
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University of Iowa dentistry college dean to leave in 2022

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 5, 2020 - 3:01pm
IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa is losing another top administrator in the departure of its long-serving College of Dentistry dean, who announced via email Friday plans to leave by mid-2022...
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How to tell if that tree or shrub be saved after the derecho

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 5, 2020 - 2:04pm
When the debris is removed from your property, the damage to the remaining trees and shrubs becomes clear. The Aug. 10 derecho sliced through tall canopy trees with 1 foot to 3 feet diameter trunks,...
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Drought and derecho deal dual blow to Iowa farmers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 5, 2020 - 1:57pm
Jason Fagle’s farm near Midway stretches to just under 200 acres, 100 of which were growing corn before the derecho flattened all but 4 acres. As the farmer works to mitigate the damage and...
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