The Daily Iowan

Arrested brokers had IPERS money

TESSA MCLEAN

February 26, 2009

Iowa residents worried about their retirement funds during the economic recession were given another scare this week. Two New York investment brokers were arrested Wednesday, charged with allegedly operating a $1.3 billion investment...

Lawmakers eye sales-tax repeal for textbooks

SHAWN GUDE

February 26, 2009

Cash-strapped students know the biennial feeling all too well. After searching through the crowded bookstore for their textbooks each semester, they stare at the cash register, dreading the inevitably astronomical total for those...

City holds on big park project

AMANDA MCCLURE

February 26, 2009

Across the state, local governments are trimming funding previously set aside for parks and leisure activities to meet decreasing budgets. In Iowa City, construction for the Sand Lake Park — on Sand Road Southeast, at the south...

UI officials promise transparency in budget cuts

ANNA LOTHSON

February 26, 2009

Although budget cuts will not be completed until at least the end of the semester, UI Provost Wallace Loh said there is one certainty now: The university community will be included in the discussion, whether in private or public...

Report criticizes U.S. crime labs

REGINA ZILBERMINTS

February 26, 2009

The forensic-science system is “badly fragmented” and in need of reform, according to a national report, and local officials hope the findings will help move the field forward. With the exception of DNA evidence, which has...

Obama strikes chord locally

ANNA LOTHSON

February 25, 2009

President Obama on Tuesday stressed to members of Congress and the American people that the solution to the nation’s many economic challenges lies within reach — something two UI faculty members say brought a positive tone...

Local chefs compete for March of Dimes

TIFFANY HUNG

February 25, 2009

Armed with all different types of citrus — blood oranges, limes, and lemons — three local chefs showcased on Tuesday their special ingredient in a medley of dishes, including orange-flavored chocolate cake and key-lime marinated...

UI ethics system little used

MEGAN DIAL

February 25, 2009

A UI system that allows students, staff, and faculty to anonymously report policy violations remains relatively unknown to portions of the university population it’s meant to serve. The UI adopted the system, called EthicsPoint,...

ER doctor delves into Lincoln assassination

CAITLIN LOMBARDO AND EMILY MELVOLD

February 25, 2009

When it comes to the death of former President Abraham Lincoln, Cedar Rapids doctor Blaine Houmes takes a special interest. And on Tuesday at the UI Main Library, the emergency-room physician discussed the famed president’s...

Sales tax to go on ballot

AMANDA McCLURE

February 25, 2009

After weeks of debate, the Iowa City City Council approved the language for a 1-cent sales-tax increase to be placed on May 5 special-election ballot. “It’s important that people know there’s no way we can fund these three...

School plan sparks dissent

CLARK CAHILL

February 25, 2009

Frustration and confusion swept over the standing-room only crowd of community members during discussion Tuesday about what to do about Roosevelt Elementary. The Iowa City School Board was met with strong opposition to its strategic...

‘Transparency’ the word of the day for city council

AMANDA McCLURE

February 25, 2009

As Iowa City officials prepare to allocate funds from the federal economic-stimulus plan, they aren’t worried about the transparency of their actions. President Obama has told officials across the country that he would use...