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City Council cites failed attempts at curbing drinking in 21-ordinance push

GRACE SAVIDES

March 4, 2010

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Iowa City city councilors say the 21-ordinance is a last resort after years of failed attempts to regulate alcohol consumption downtown. The most prominent recent examples — the PAULA-per-police visit ratio policy and 500-foot...

At Senior Center, never too old to get a groove

MARY HARRINGTON

March 4, 2010

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While halftime Hawkeye courts and Homecoming parade routes are typically center stage for university cheer squads, another dance team in town is serving up some competition. And not one of these ladies is under 60 years old. For...

UI’s grant money increasing

MORGAN OLSEN

March 4, 2010

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Ronald Mirr asks for money for a living. Since he started in 1987, he’s made $106 million. But he doesn’t keep the money; he writes grants for Iowa City schools and human-service agencies. Mirr passes on his success to University...

Provost defends grad report

MICHELLE HILLENBRAND

March 4, 2010

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In a public forum Wednesday night, University of Iowa Provost Wallace Loh and Graduate College Dean John Keller addressed student concerns about the recently released task-force reports. Most questions raised by those attending...

Schiefer testifies in abuse case

SAM LANE

March 4, 2010

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Jonathan Schiefer never tried to have non-consensual sex with his accuser, he testified Wednesday. Speaking quietly as he sat in a Johnson County courtroom on Wednesday, the 34-year-old was one of three witnesses to testify on...

County delays building new ambulance facility

JOSEPH BELK

March 4, 2010

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Budget cuts for fiscal 2011 led the Johnson County Board of Supervisors to propose holding off on pledging funds for a new building to house the ambulance and medical examiner facilities. The supervisors’ proposed budget for fi...

Forum addresses mental maps of Southeast Side

ARIANA WITT

March 4, 2010

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A panel of University of Iowa faculty members doesn’t think many Iowa City residents have a good “mental map” of the city’s Southeast Side. So, on Wednesday night, they asked the roughly 50 people at a forum to put pencil...

Spotlight Iowa City: ‘WorldCanvass’ host loves meeting people

SARAH LARSON

March 4, 2010

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You may not know her, but Joan Kjaer likely wants to know you. The Iowa City resident is curious about others. “I’ve just always, always been interested in meeting people,” said Kjaer, who has a warm, motherly air about...

Birthday cake triggers alarm

DI STAFF

March 4, 2010

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A birthday cake left on the second floor of the Becker Communication Studies Building triggered a heavy response from the Iowa City Fire Department on Wednesday. The cake allegedly belonged to Sarah Nebel, 26, a graduate teaching...

Teen pleads not guilty in slaying

DI STAFF

March 4, 2010

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A 17-year-old charged with first-degree murder has pleaded not guilty, according to online court records. Charles William Curtis Thompson was charged with the October 2009 shooting death of John Versypt, a landlord who was checking...

Lombardo finalist for Mass. position

DI STAFF

March 4, 2010

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Former Iowa City City Manager Michael Lombardo is one of three finalists for position of the first town manager for Hamilton, Mass., according to the Salem News. Search-committee members said Lombardo’s tenure in Iowa City...

Alexander brings more than points and rebounds to Bluder’s Bunch

JORDAN GARRETSON

March 4, 2010

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Kachine Alexander’s gaudy statistics can be listed for hours. And those accomplishments didn’t go unnoticed this season. On Monday she became the 18th Hawkeye ever to be named to the first-team All-Big Ten. But her 16 double-doubles,...