The Daily Iowan

P. Barry Butler named UI provost finalist, to speak on campus today

ALISON SULLIVAN

April 26, 2011

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University of Iowa interim Provost P. Barry Butler may not have to pack up his desk in Jessup Hall at the end of the university's search for a permanent second-in-command. UI officials announced Monday that Butler, former dean...

New group aims to help the gay elderly community

EMILY HOERNER

April 26, 2011

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Jerry Baughman said he lives a comfortable life as a member of the Iowa City gay community. But it hasn't always been that way. "It hasn't always been easy to be out [in Iowa]," the 62-year-old said. "[Community...

College Republicans’ Ginty stunned by attention to ‘f-word’ e-mail controversy

MADISON BENNETT

April 26, 2011

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A University of Iowa anthropology/women's studies professor ignited a firestorm when she hit "reply" to a universitywide e-mail from the College Republicans last week. But UI junior Natalie Ginty, who was on the receiving...

UI Theater Department hosts benefit to aid Japan

KATIE HEINE

April 26, 2011

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Colorful paper cranes dangled from the ceiling as disastrous scenes from Japan projected on a stage behind them. A woman stood nearby, playing a somber melody on the violin, before performers took the stage. More than 60 people...

Downtown post office may close

JON FRANK

April 26, 2011

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A handful of customers stood in line, surrounded by paper scales, stamps, and folded package containers neatly tucked away in cubbyholes at the U.S. Post Office's downtown Iowa City location last week. A book celebrating 200 years...

School Board eyes savings fund to avoid cuts

LUKE VOELZ

April 26, 2011

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The majority of Iowa City School Board members said Monday they'd support using reserve-fund money to avoid cutting 22 full-time-equivalent positions for the upcoming school year. The board will likely vote on the matter at tonight'...

Spotlight: Local man shares love for dirt with kids

ALISON SULLIVAN

April 26, 2011

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Peeling back a wooden crate door, Scott Koepke reveals a stacked, layered mixture of hay, decomposing vegetables, and warm castings. He reaches into the heap. A hunk of tiny worms โ€” squirmy red wigglers โ€” recoil in shock...

UI J-school director finalist for position in North Carolina

ALLIE WRIGHT

April 26, 2011

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David Perlmutter may soon leave the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication after fewer than two years as its director. Perlmutter, who began as head of the UI journalism school on June 30, 2009, is one...

Man charged with OWI, endangerment

DI STAFF

April 26, 2011

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Iowa City police arrested a local man after he allegedly drove drunk with young children in the car. Michael Ray, 36, 436 Southgate Ave., was charged April 24 with OWI and child endangerment without injury. According to reports,...

Carbon monoxide closes Longfellow

DI STAFF

April 26, 2011

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Officials closed Longfellow Elementary Monday after carbon monoxide was detected. Students were not allowed to enter the building and were sent home, and parents were contacted to make sure children got home safely. The cause...

Branstad asks regents to delay Harkin center decision

DI STAFF

April 26, 2011

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Gov. Terry Branstad has asked the state Board of Regents to delay its decision on a proposed center named for Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, according to the Associated Press. On April 23, Sen. Sandra Greiner, R-Keota, sent a letter...

Barbour won’t run

DI STAFF

April 26, 2011

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Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will not make a run for the Republican presidential nomination, he said in a released statement Monday. "This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for...