The Daily Iowan

Councilors back converting Vito’s to retail or office space

ALISON SULLIVAN

April 20, 2011

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Some downtown business owners and city officials said renovating a former bar space and turning it into a retail spot is a step toward diversifying downtown Iowa City. And they're willing to use public money to help fund the investment. The...

Iowa’s education chief takes questions from City High students

HAYLEY BRUCE

April 20, 2011

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Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass came into his job ready to reform Iowa's education system. But a group of City High students and teachers wanted to challenge him first. Upon the request of City High history teach...

Branstad signs redistricting bill

ALLIE WRIGHT

April 20, 2011

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Gov. Terry Branstad approved Iowa's Congressional and legislative redistricting plan Tuesday — which garnered bipartisan support from the state House and Senate — and the state now has one fewer seat in the U.S. House and...

Speaker pushes for more activism

LUKE VOELZ

April 20, 2011

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When Kevin Powell was a child, he fixed his torn sneakers by filling them with cardboard and newspaper. The New Jersey native often walked to school through snow while wearing such shoddy footwear. These trials gave him a steadfastness...

Vendors, Melrose reps speak at city council meeting

ALISON SULLIVAN

April 20, 2011

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Melrose Neighborhood Association representatives said Tuesday they are willing to work with city officials and vendors to determine the best option — even if that means vendors remain on Melrose Avenue for another football season....

Spotlight: Researcher works for male sexual-abuse victims

ALLIE WRIGHT

April 20, 2011

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Mental problems can sometimes keep people from reaching their full potential. Scott Easton's job is to stop that. The University of Iowa Ph.D. student just finished his dissertation about male sexual-abuse victims and the mental...

County program unveils male mentor program

KATIE HEINE

April 20, 2011

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Johnson County officials and some residents say they hope a new program to connect young men with adult role models will help their transition to the Iowa City area. Around a dozen men participated in a recent training session...

UI director named to defense board

MADISON BENNETT

April 20, 2011

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In 1967, John Fraser was a search and rescue helicopter pilot in charge of looking for John McCain during the Vietnam War. "When you're 22, 23, 24, and you've been trained, and you're invincible — it's just something y...

Police: Man tried to sell 60 morphine pills

DI STAFF

April 20, 2011

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Police arrested a Coralville man after he allegedly tried to sell morphine for rent money. Xavier Bailey, 22, 421 Sixth Ave. Apt. 3, was charged April 18 with a controlled-substance violation. Police reports said officers allegedly...

Council moves for transit funding

DI STAFF

April 20, 2011

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The Iowa City city councilors approved a motion for the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County to apply for funding from the Iowa DOT for fiscal 2012 on behalf of Iowa City Transit. Iowa City Transit will receive...

Former UI playwright Pulitzer Prize finalist

DI STAFF

April 20, 2011

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Former University of Iowa playwright-in-residence Lisa D'Amour was a finalist in the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for playwrights in the drama category. According to a UI press release, her play Detroit is a "tragicomic" play...

Council approves trail construction project

DI STAFF

April 20, 2011

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The Iowa City City Council approved plans for the construction of the Iowa River Trail at its meeting Tuesday. The trail would run from Napolean Park to the Trueblood Recreation Area. A river lookout area and trail connections...