The Daily Iowan

Officials expect increased Insight Bowl travel

SAM LANE

December 5, 2011

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Ticket and travel package sales for the Hawkeyes' trip to the Insight Bowl this year will increase over last year, officials predict. The Hawkeyes learned Sunday night they're heading back to Tempe, Ariz., for the second-consecutive...

UI breast milk bank reaches low levels

DORA GROTE

December 5, 2011

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Twin boys. Two pounds. Two and a half months early. Tightly nestled in mother's embrace, with their miniature hands pressed gently against their tiny faces, Piers and Paul received a dose of human donor breast milk. Holding...

Iowa caucus candidates want to secure border and restrict immigration

ASMAA ELKEURTI

December 5, 2011

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Most GOP candidates eyeing the party's presidential nomination want to secure the United States against illegal immigration. A fence that would surround the southern border is one solution most candidates in the race agree...

Police officer allegedly fired at armed man

DI STAFF

December 5, 2011

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Iowa City police have placed an officer on paid administrative leave after he fired a handgun at an armed subject early Sunday morning. According to a release by police, officers responded to 1009 N. Summit St. at 6:11 a.m....

Friends say attempted-murder suspect had troubled past

ERIC MOORE

December 5, 2011

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Friends of Branden Plummer said he experienced a few rough patches growing up. Plummer, a University of Iowa student, was charged last week with attempted murder of an Iowa City police officer. Kelly Rapp, 20, who has known...

Officials: Focus on preventing sexual abuse

DORA GROTE

December 5, 2011

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Focusing on preventing sexual assault trumps stricter mandatory-reporting policies, one state official said. After an alleged sexual assault controversy broke at PennState University last month, Gov. Terry Branstad asked...

Owners of "sex-positive" shop petition to stay open

KRISTEN EAST

December 5, 2011

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Owners of Iowa City's new "sex-positive" shop may soon be without a space, following a termination of lease notice from their landlord. The Toolbox, 1281⁄2 E. Washington St., opened its doors last week, despite...

Rubber ducks inspired author to travel

JORDAN MONTGOMERY

December 5, 2011

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Author Donovan Hohn heard a story about thousands of yellow rubber ducks that were lost at sea. His desire to follow the story lead him on a year-and-a-half-long adventure through the Arctic and into China. And from that journey,...

Rainey helps veterans find their voices

SAMANTHA GENTRY

December 5, 2011

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When Emma Rainey was a graduate student in the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, she remembers reading articles about soldiers returning from war. It seemed to her that some soldiers survived the horrors of war...

Regents to consider tuition proposals again

DI STAFF

December 5, 2011

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The state Board of Regents is scheduled to again look at the tuition and fee proposals for the state's three universities. In its October meeting, the board considered conditional tuition and fee proposals for the 2012-13...

Thompson pleads guilty to lesser charge

DI STAFF

December 5, 2011

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Charles William Curtis Thompson has entered a plea deal with the state following the 2009 shooting death of an Iowa City landlord. He was originally charged with first-degree murder. Court documents said Thompson, 19, pleaded...

Regents to consider UI purchase of Melrose properties

DI STAFF

December 5, 2011

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UI officials are seeking the regents' approval to purchase two properties on Melrose Avenue for $1.1 million. The UI plans to purchase the two properties — 711 Melrose Ave. and 1 Melrose Place — in order to eventually...