The Daily Iowan

Warm March temperatures trigger early blooming and fear of frost

DORA GROTE

March 28, 2012

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Daffodils have bloomed, and white apple blossoms dot the meadows at the local Wilson's Apple Orchard. Typically, these harbingers of spring make their appearance in April — but warm weather has brought them out a month early...

Johnson County on mental health service waitlist

JENNY EARL

March 28, 2012

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Those seeking mental-health aid in Johnson County may have to wait. The county has joined 10 others placing such residents on a waiting list this year for mental-health services. And after the Iowa Legislative Services Agency...

Apartments Downtown plaintiffs to take charges to small claims court

ELDON GIANNAKOUROS

March 28, 2012

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Sophie Borer knew she was not allowed to bring a pet to her apartment complex on South Johnson Street, but she didn't expect a short visit from her father and dog would lead to more than $1,000 in fines and a protracted legal...

Local bar owners enforce alcohol compliance training

KRISTEN EAST

March 28, 2012

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Local bar owners believe the state's first online alcohol-training course will help curb underage drinking in Iowa City. The state Alcoholic Beverages Division launched I-PACT — the Iowa Program for Alcohol Compliance Training—...

JECC director resigns

DI STAFF

March 28, 2012

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Gary Albrecht resigned Monday as the second executive director of the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center. Albrecht went on medical leave last week for undisclosed reasons, and he officially announced his resignation...

Hawkeye Caucus makes second-annual trip to Des Moines

BETH BRATSOS

March 28, 2012

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Des Moines — Iowa policymakers mingled with University of Iowa students at the Capitol Tuesday as students pitched the importance of their programs' impact at the state level. At the UI's second Hawkeye Caucus Day, 38 divisions...

Judge: UI must put suspended radiology professor back on paid leave

DI STAFF

March 28, 2012

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A judge ordered a suspended University of Iowa radiology professor be returned to paid leave until the university decides his status. Malik Juweid, 50, was placed on paid leave on the recommendation of a Threat Assessment Team...

Local chefs and bartenders compete for Top Chef award

JULIA JESSEN

March 28, 2012

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The sounds and smells of sizzling meat, chopping vegetables, and shaking drink mixers will tease the taste buds of those in attendance at the Top Chef: Downtown event today. "It's really neat to see people support local...

Magnetic Fields to play at Mission Creek Festival

DI STAFF

March 28, 2012

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The Magnetic Fields, an American indie-pop group led by musical auteur Stephin Merritt, will perform today as one of the first headliners of Mission Creek Festival. The quintet's performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the Englert...

Diving ‘legend’ bids farewell

TORK MASON

March 28, 2012

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The Iowa swimming and diving team will have a new face in the 2012-13 season. Diving coach Bob Rydze — the longest-tenured coach in the Iowa Athletics Department at 37 years — on Tuesday announced his retirement, effective...

Yacinich battling fielding woes, crushing opposing pitching for Hawkeye baseball

BEN SCHUFF

March 28, 2012

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Jake Yacinich's ability to slow down in the field is speeding up the Iowa offense. The freshman has emerged as Iowa's top option at shortstop, a position for which Iowa manager Jack Dahm didn't have a set starter heading into...

Looper gives Iowa softball control on the field

MOLLY IRENE OLMSTEAD

March 28, 2012

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Johnnie Dowling slapped a pitch into shallow center field for a single with the game tied, 3-3, on March 24. It was a routine play for Wisconsin's Maria Van Abel; the Badger scooped the ball up and casually tossed it back to hurler...