The Daily Iowan

Right notes behind bars in choir group

MARY HARRINGTON

March 26, 2009

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Life inside Oakdale Prison is rarely bright for Jason Wheeler. But now, the 20-year-old inmate looks forward to several hours of congregation, reflection, and song every week. Joining voices with UI students, community volunteers,...

Summer job may lower teen suicide

TESSA McLEAN

March 26, 2009

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Summer jobs may be more than a way for teenagers to make some extra cash. According to a UI study released Wednesday, a summer job can also make at-risk teens less likely to commit suicide. The study notes summer employment is...

CEO still bullish on economy in lecture

SHANE ERSLAND

March 26, 2009

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The key to fixing the sour U.S. economy could be in the hands of the consumers. Americans may need to increase consumption to help solve America’s current economic problems, said Roger Ferguson, the president and CEO of the...

IC Airport funded with stimulus money

KATHLEEN SERINO

March 26, 2009

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A project to rebuild Iowa City Municipal Airport’s runway is finally taking off. Iowa City’s airport will receive $2.5 million in federal stimulus funds to reconstruct its more than 50-year-old runway, Rep. Dave Loebsack,...

Sustainability certificate to become available

JUSTIN SUGG

March 26, 2009

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Undergraduate students from every corner of the UI can now make their degrees greener with a certificate in sustainability. Providing a multidisciplinary approach to the subject by including courses from the College of Engineering...

UI tests sanitizer tracking system

CAITLIN LOMBARDO

March 25, 2009

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Goodbye germs. Professors in the UI Carver College of Medicine and the computer-science department of recently teamed up to create a tracking system that would monitor whether health-care professionals sanitize their hands. “It’s...

Birth Control law misses the UI

KATHLEEN SERINO

March 25, 2009

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UI students likely won’t see much of a difference in cost for birth control on campus, despite a bill recently signed by President Obama that would allow pharmaceutical companies to consider selling discounted contraceptives. Obama...

Condos a trend downtown

AMANDA McCLURE

March 25, 2009

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Renovating a set of condominiums in downtown Iowa City is part of the city’s long-term goal to bring more people into the area. In an effort to boost economic development downtown, officials say the project — the Grandview...

New loan plan means pay now for students

ANNA LOTHSON

March 25, 2009

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For some student loans, the buy now, pay later era is changing. Sallie Mae — the nation’s largest student-loan provider — introduced on Monday the new Smart Option Student Loan, which seeks to reduce student debt by changing...

Farmers’ Market not going anywhere

AMANDA McCLURE

March 25, 2009

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Community members prepared to contest a change in the location of the Iowa City Farmers’ Market were silenced by a swift City Council decision to cancel the proposed move. The Iowa City City Council unanimously voted to kill...

Plugge presents 9 Roosevelt options

CLARK CAHILL

March 25, 2009

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The fate of Roosevelt Elementary may be a bit clearer. Iowa City School District Superintendent Lane Plugge shared nine options with the School Board on Tuesday for how to handle the ongoing issue. In its Strategic Facilities...

Supervisors talk tax, jail

SHANE ERSLAND

March 25, 2009

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The Johnson County Board of Supervisors elected Tuesday to not take an official position on a proposed local-option sales tax. Johnson County Auditor Tom Slockett asked the supervisors to endorse the proposed tax, which would...