The Daily Iowan

Voters to decide fate of sales tax today

CHRIS CLARK

May 5, 2009

Filed under News

Today’s vote on a local-option sales tax will provoke a clash between the two biggest stories in the Iowa City area: the economy and the flood. Locals face a difficult decision — vote to increase taxes in the middle of an...

Sales-tax vote could affect new jail plans

SCOTT MILLER

May 5, 2009

Filed under News

The laundry room at the Johnson County Jail is small. Smaller than a dorm room. More crowded than the Pedestrian Mall at bar close. And more frequently used than Port-a-Potties on a football Saturday. Essentially, the laundry...

City Council shelves $15,000 budget survey

CHRIS CLARK

May 5, 2009

Filed under News

The Iowa City City Council won’t ask residents for input on city projects — at least, not right now. The council decided against spending money for a public survey at its Monday night work session. Initially, the council...

City police receive grant to reduce downtown violence

REGINA ZILBERMINTS

May 5, 2009

Filed under News

Iowa City police will use an expected $193,000 in federal grant money to purchase equipment and pay for overtime officers working to combat increasing violence in the community, authorities said. A portion of the funding —...

IC a center for seniors

MARY HARRINGTON

May 5, 2009

Filed under News

Iowa City is known to pull writers and doctors, athletes and artists to the community. Now, the little Midwestern city is making its name nationally as a senior-citizen hub, seducing retirees with activities for the aging. Iowa...

Food rules may cost IC schools $200,000

SCOTT RAYNOR

May 5, 2009

Filed under News

A new state regulation to restrict junk food in public schools means the Iowa City School District will lose almost $200,000 in profit, an official estimated Monday. “Based on a strict interpretation of these new guidelines,...

UI dentists aid Hawaiian children

MAGGIE PETERS

May 5, 2009

Filed under News

When UI dentistry postdoctoral research fellow Donald Chi asked a first-grade class in Honokaa, Hawaii, how many of them had ever experienced a toothache, he was shocked to see all the students raise their hands. Last week, Chi...

Tracksters on Cloud 9 in new digs

JAKE KRZECZOWSKI AND ZACH SMITH

May 5, 2009

Filed under Sports

If the Recreation Building were an older version of Wayne Maynor, than the track and field team’s new addition would be its “Bat Cave.” “It’s just amazing,” senior All-American John Hickey said about the track and...

Baseball Hawks hoping to end eight-game losing streak

JEFF PAWOLA

May 5, 2009

Filed under Sports

After getting swept by Minnesota over the past weekend, the Iowa baseball team returns to Banks Field today to take on Wisconsin-Milwaukee at 6 p.m. The injury-depleted Hawkeyes (14-30, 3-14) have lost eight-straight games, and...

Point/Counterpoint: Should college coaches use Twitter?

DI SPORTS STAFF

May 5, 2009

Filed under Sports

NO Although I myself have gone cuckoo and logged on to Twitter (follow me @amiekiehn for useless tidbits like I watched Homeward Bound I and II Saturday … or save your mind space and don’t), college coaches should NOT be Tw...

Color of the world

BRIAN DAU

May 5, 2009

Filed under Arts

With a reading of The Boy in Black, UI playwright Tony Meneses illustrates a different kind of existence as part of the Iowa New Play Festival. Today’s staged reading of The Boy in Black is part of the Iowa New Play Festi...

Panic and hype have reached pandemic levels

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

May 5, 2009

Filed under Opinions

People with runny noses, congestion, or a bad cough can be a common sight in spring. Along with sunnier days, the occasional rainy day, and warmer temperatures, spring allergies are a rite of passage — oddly, a sign of good...