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Ex-public defender: Mistrial in murder case could cost county more than $50,000

ERIC MOORE

September 28, 2011

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The state may have to spend upwards of $50,000 to retry homicide suspect Charles William Curtis Thompson, according to a former head of the Public Defender's Office for Johnson County. Sixth District Judge Sean McPartland approved...

Ron Paul: U.S. involvement in foreign conflicts drains economy

ALLIE WRIGHT

September 28, 2011

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MUSCATINE — Jesse Shattuck is skeptical about Ron Paul's foreign-policy stances. "I'm sort of iffy," the 19-year-old Coal Valley, Ill., native said as he stood in line to shake the Texas congressman's hand after he...

Downtown fire shows importance of renters’ insurance

ASMAA ELKEURTI

September 28, 2011

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Andrew Havey, a 22-year-old Iowa City resident, lost everything in the fire that destroyed Bruegger's Bagel Bakery in the early morning hours of Sept. 24. While Havey admits some things cannot be replaced — including his cat...

No Child changes could be positive for Iowa City schools

MELISSA DAWKINS

September 28, 2011

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Iowa City school district officials said a plan that would leave No Child Left Behind up to the states might help local students. Following President Obama's Sept. 23 announcement of a new plan allowing states to apply for waivers...

UI named a top university for special needs

JORDAN MICKLE

September 28, 2011

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The University of Iowa is improving its assistance for students with special needs. The UI was recently ranked as one of the top universities in the nation for special-needs students. The rating comes after the UI's Realizing...

Speculative-fiction writer returns ‘home’ for reading

MADISON BENNETT

September 28, 2011

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Author Neal Stephenson managed to link computer hacking, the Russian Maffia, video games, and terrorism all in one story. But he also managed to give Iowa a shout out in his newest novel, Reamde, as well. "Neal spent mo...

School District renews MECCA contract

DI STAFF

September 28, 2011

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The Mid-Eastern Council for Chemical Abuse has renewed its contract with the Iowa City School Board to provide on-site counselors and outreach services at City High and West High. MECCA has provided substance-abuse prevention...

Woman charged with domestic abuse after boyfriend refuses to have sex with her

DI STAFF

September 28, 2011

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An Iowa City woman was charged Monday with second-offense domestic-abuse assault after an alleged altercation with her boyfriend. According to a complaint by Iowa City police, Melissa Minarsich, 28, started the altercation after...

Obama presents award to UI researcher

DI STAFF

September 28, 2011

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President Obama has named a University of Iowa researcher as one of 94 scientists and early engineers to receive the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, according to a press release. The release said...

Coker returning to 2010 form

JORDAN GARRETSON

September 28, 2011

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Marcus Coker appears to be finding a rhythm. Iowa's sophomore tailback is averaging 4.85 yards per carry in his last two games. He busted a season-long run of 26 yards against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 24. It's taken a while,...

Iowa’s 77th-rated defense seeks improvement

MATT COZZI

September 28, 2011

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In the last three years, Iowa has never finished lower than 25th nationally in total defense. It finished 12th in 2008, 10th in 2009, and then 25th in 2010. Through the first four games of this season, the Hawkeyes' defense ranks...

Iowa golf disappointed with sixth-place finish

BEN SCHUFF

September 28, 2011

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BURLINGTON — The Iowa men's golf team entered the Golfweek Conference Challenge hoping for a top-five finish. The squad left Spirit Hollow Golf Course with mixed emotions in sixth place. After starting the final round at 1-over,...