The Daily Iowan

Iowa City adoptive parents experience prejudice

CHASTITY DILLARD

November 17, 2011

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Megan Schwalm-Bell loves her son's hair. It's thick, black, and curly. But the white mother — who adopted her 15-month-old black son, Maddox, soon after he was born — promptly discovered not everyone is as attached to his...

Students to Mason: move beyond coal

MARY KATE KNORR

November 17, 2011

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Campus environmentalists delivered a petition with 2,500 signatures to President Sally Mason's office on Wednesday, urging the University of Iowa administration to curb the school's coal use sooner than later. That petition brings...

Iowa City VA Health Care sees uptick in patients

MELISSA DAWKINS

November 17, 2011

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A recent increase in the number of patients seeking treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals locally and nationwide may mean backups at those facilities, one expert said Wednesday. Valerie Buckingham, a public-affairs officer...

Cain’s 9-9-9 would mean less in taxes for some in Iowa City

RISHABH JAIN

November 17, 2011

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Iowa caucus hopeful Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan would put a sales tax on basic food items in Iowa and Johnson County, where no such tax now exists. Cristi Gleason, a University of Iowa accounting associate professor, said Cain's...

Officials: University keeps no record of HawkAlert usage

KRISTEN EAST

November 17, 2011

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Though University of Iowa police said they are working to improve the HawkAlert system, the university keeps no records of previously issued alerts. And UI spokesman Tom Moore said there is no "operational need" to...

Iowa City musician uses alter ego as muse

JORDAN MONTGOMERY

November 17, 2011

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Local musician Mitchell Gardner has produced several LP records of his original songs. But his new project — set to be completed in February — is a rock opera based on conversations with his alter ego. The Iowa City resident...

Coralville woman charged with murder following fire

DI STAFF

November 17, 2011

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Police arrested a Coralville woman Wednesday alleging that she intentionally set a fire that killed a 14-year-old boy. Lillie Will Williams, 49, 419 10th Ave., was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder, a Class A felony. According...

Grinnell woman charged after alleged football ticket fraud

DI STAFF

November 17, 2011

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A Grinnell woman has been charged after allegedly posted a fraudulent Craigslist ad for tickets to the Iowa/Nebraska football game Nov. 25. Tabitha Jensen, 28, was charged Oct. 28 with second-degree theft. According to an Iowa...

Coralville man charged with false imprisonment

DI STAFF

November 17, 2011

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Police charged a Coralville man after he allegedly assaulted a woman at her residence. Martel Horton, 25, 954 Boston Way No. 11, was charged Nov. 16 with false imprisonment, domestic abuse assault with intent, and third-and-subsequent...

UNI student charged with credit card fraud

DI STAFF

November 17, 2011

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A Cedar Falls man was charged after he allegedly used his ex-girlfriend's banking information to pay off his credit card. Aaron Stockstell, 22, was charged Nov. 3 with identity theft and third-degree theft. According to an Iowa...

Binns leads with perfectionism — and really big hands

SETH ROBERTS

November 17, 2011

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Broderick Binns has really, really big hands. Saying they're like plates sounds cliché, but it's a measurement that applies to the Iowa defensive end; from fingertip to the heel of his wrist, his hands stretch 9.5 inches. "I...

Bluder’s Bunch takes bite out of Great Danes

BEN WOLFSON

November 17, 2011

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Iowa and Albany were tied, 23-23, with five minutes left in the first half of the Hawkeyes' Wednesday night game against the Great Danes. Over the next five minutes, the Black and Gold scored 14 unanswered points and headed into...