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Protesters complete night of peaceful marching without police clash, march onto I-80

A march to support the Black Lives Matter movement and protest police brutality begins at the Pentacrest in downtown Iowa City on Thursday, June 4. The crowd, which contained about 2,500 people according to organizers, is seen here beginning the march by exiting the east side of the Pentacrest before they would head south on Clinton St.

Josie Fischels and Rylee Wilson

June 4, 2020

After a tense exchange Wednesday in which Iowa City police used flash-bangs and tear gas on peaceful protesters approaching Interstate 80, Iowa City’s fourth consecutive night of protesting Thursday night saw no clashes with law enforcement. Protesters marched peacefully for nearly five hours and ended t...

Law enforcement officers use tear gas and flash-bangs on protesters marching toward I-80 in Iowa City Wednesday night

A protestor puts their bicycle on the ground before sitting down in front of police officers. Officers fired tear gas on the crowd after protestors disobeyed an order not to advance. Several protestors reported that none of the protestors made physical contact with officers before being tear gassed unexpectedly. This protestor sat on the ground amid a cloud of tear gas for several minutes.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

June 3, 2020

Law enforcement officers set off flash-bangs and tear gas Wednesday night on protesters who, according to multiple people on the front lines of the protest, had not been physically violent. A march that began on the Pentacrest at 6 p.m. covered a great distance throughout Iowa City until a standoff wit...

Peaceful marching, some damages during second night of protesting in Iowa City

A group of protestors spray paint the intersection of Linn and East Burlington St. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The group marched to various locations in Iowa City, including several city and county buildings. This marks the second night of protest in the community.

Josie Fischels, Summer Editor

June 3, 2020

Hundreds marched through Iowa City Tuesday night for the “Black Live Matter Black Out Protest” that began at St. Morrison Park at 7 p.m. in Coralville. At least one arrest was made and some protesters were pepper sprayed later in the night. An Iowa City police officer told a small group that an in...

Businesses can reopen — but some in Iowa City are having second thoughts

Brothers patio is seen on May 15, the first day Johnson County restaurants were allowed to reopen at limited capacity.

Josie Fischels, Arts Editor

May 15, 2020

Iowa City businesses are split on the decision to reopen their doors after Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that nearly all businesses in Iowa will be allowed to open at half capacity beginning May 15.  Johnson County had previously been one of the 22 counties where restrictions still ...

Big Grove to donate proceeds from new beer to Iowa Restaurant Association Employee Relief Fund


Marissa Smith, News Reporter

May 13, 2020

Iowa City- and Solon-based brewery and restaurant Big Grove Brewery is set to donate proceeds from its newest beer to a relief fund for out-of-work Iowans. Funds from the new beer, called “All Together”, will go to the Iowa Restaurant Association’s Employee Relief Fund, designed to help ...

Happy Hollow Park’s “skinned” infield converted to turfgrass

Happy Hollow Park’s “skinned” infield converted to turfgrass

Riley Davis, News Reporter

May 11, 2020

Community pushback to converting one of Iowa City’s “skinned infield” ball parks to turf grass is prompting an Iowa City city councilor to look into restoring the field. Between Brown Street Historic District and Oakland Cemetery on the northside of Iowa City, Happy Hollow Park is known...

UI student governments ask Iowa City to forgive utilities for unemployed students, residents


Riley Davis, News Reporter

May 6, 2020

The University of Iowa Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate and Professional Student Government wrote a joint letter April 29 asking the Iowa City City Council to consider forgiving utility fees for unemployed students and residents, amid financial uncertainty in the COVID-19 pandemic. The lette...

Downtown Block Party changed, Summer of the Arts programming cancelled due to COVID-19

Emmy Knutsson reaches for bubbles at the silent disco during Block Party in downtown Iowa City on June 22, 2019. Several blocks of Iowa City were reserved for games, performances and vendors.

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

May 1, 2020

Summer in Iowa City is going to look a little different this year.  Both the Iowa City Summer of Arts and the Iowa City Downtown District announced event changes this week to keep the community safe amid the spread of COVID-19.  The Downtown District is breaking up the normally massive Downtown Block Party, whi...

Local parks departments discuss fate of summer programs, safety measures amid COVID-19 spread

The Robert A Lee Community Center is seen on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter

April 30, 2020

With summer around the corner, local Parks and Recreation departments have canceled summer sports activities, and are discussing options for other summer youth and recreation programs. Iowa City Parks and Recreation will still have its summer day camp program for school-aged children since it se...

Food With Love project aims to serve freshly prepared meals to Johnson County residents in need

Table to Table program Assistant Andrew Winkers oversees a delivery from St. Burch Tavern for the Food with Love Program on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. The program supplies hot meals to shelters in Iowa City while reimbursing the resterants that participate.

Marissa Smith, News Reporter

April 28, 2020

Iowa City restaurants are partnering with nonprofit food pantries and the Community Foundation of Johnson County to provide freshly prepared meals to those experiencing food insecurity amid community spread of the virus. Former Iowa kicker and NFL player Nate Kaeding and Deluxe Cakes and Pastr...

Iowa’s Ride cancels first statewide bike ride

Bicycles are seen in Solon during the Big Rove bicycle event on Saturday, June 29, 2019. The route, which is part of the RAGBRAI training series, was 36 miles long starting in Iowa City with stops in North Liberty and Solon.

Lauren White, News Reporter

April 28, 2020

Iowa’s Ride has canceled its inaugural bike ride across Iowa to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Iowa’s Ride, created in October by former RAGBRAI staffers, was scheduled for July 12-18 to go through eight towns across Iowa, but the team decided it would be in the best interest of riders and vo...

As Iowa’s bars and restaurants close, Hawkeyes are drinking from home

The wine aisle at Bread Garden Market is seen in downtown Iowa City on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

Charles Peckman, Senior Reporter

April 23, 2020

It was around 4 p.m. on a rainy Tuesday afternoon when I held the Kum & Go door open for a college-aged man holding a half-dozen cans of Four Loko, a caffeinated, liquor-infused concoction that remains a favorite among college students. “Stocking up?” I asked. “Yeah, man,” he re...