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Iowa City to cut 4 to 5 reading teacher positions

LUKE VOELZ

March 29, 2011

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Budget cuts and exhausted federal funding in the Iowa City School District may lead to teacher cuts for the upcoming school year. School District officials told reading teachers at a Central Office meeting last week that four...

Vigil honors victims of Japan disasters

NINA EARNEST

March 29, 2011

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Deshaun Thompson’s candlelight flickered as he said a heartfelt prayer. Around a dozen people held small dripping candles Monday evening as part of a vigil for the victims of the 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan. “The...

Study abroad sees difficult semester

ALISON SULLIVAN

March 29, 2011

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Political uprisings in numerous Middle Eastern countries and a disaster in Japan have kept study-abroad offices on their toes and in touch with students abroad this semester. “This semester has had the most challenges in terms...

Local, national officials push outdoor jobs to youth

KATIE HEINE

March 29, 2011

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Tree lopping wasn’t something Kelsey Boyce did growing up in cities around New York. But the UI sophomore volunteered four hours of her weekend chopping dead wood off trees at Hickory Hill Park on March 26. Though the project...

UIHC brings nearly $700 million to area

ARIANA WITT

March 29, 2011

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The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics contributed nearly $700 million to Johnson County’s economy over the last year, according to a statewide report. The Iowa Hospital Association’s annual study suggested the UIH...

Mother of fallen soldier petitions against funeral protesters

KATIE HEINE

March 29, 2011

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Protesters gathered outside the 2006 funeral of Patty Sourivong’s 20-year-old son, an Iowa City West High graduate who was killed in Iraq, including members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church. Though the Iowa City mot...

Spotlight: Local woman makes purses out of ties

BEN ROSS

March 29, 2011

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At 66 years young, Sherry Carpenter is living proof that age truly is just a number. The Coralville native volunteers at her local church and Chatham Oaks, sits on the committee of RAGBRAI, helps plan the parade for the Coralville...

Work in progress for many freshman throwers

AMY TIFFANY

March 29, 2011

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The wisp of a discus off the hands of an Iowa thrower drove down the inner-field at the Cretzmeyer track on Monday afternoon. With a cool breeze and temperatures around 40 degrees, it was, according to the throwers waiting for...

Boys of Summer tackle Weather of Winter

SETH ROBERTS

March 29, 2011

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Tonight’s forecast predicts a wind chill of 32 degrees — not exactly ideal weather for baseball. The hand-numbing cold will make it more difficult for pitchers to grip the ball. Muscles will grow stiff as players sit in the...

New softball assistant a hit with players

SAM LOUWAGIE

March 29, 2011

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Iowa softball head coach Marla Looper said she brought in Stacy Johnson as an assistant this season because Johnson has “great character, great energy,” and as an Iowa alumna, “a lot of pride in the program.” Another...

Watkins named Big Ten co-Player of the Week

SAM LOUWAGIE

March 29, 2011

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Iowa softball catcher Liz Watkins was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Monday. The junior hit .714 while leading Iowa to a two-game sweep over Ohio State this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio, to earn the award for the second...

Sporting Discourse: March Madness shows football’s need for playoff

IAN MARTIN

March 29, 2011

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THE SPORTING DISCOURSE is a new weekly column that will discuss relevant issues in the college sporting world. Virginia Commonwealth is preparing for a Final Four game against Butler University, which is trying to return to its s...