The Daily Iowan

Courts look for ways to cut

OLIVIA MORAN

February 27, 2009

Judicial officials are even more fearful after recently hearing about some additional budget cut scenarios. Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus held a press conference on Feb. 19, warning the state courts of additional...

Visiting consul general wants better U.S.-French ties

SHANE ERSLAND

February 27, 2009

How Americans perceive France’s religious conceptions is detrimental to good relations between the two countries, says Jean-Baptiste Main de Boissiere, the French consul general in Chicago. Main de Boissiere addressed French-American...

Johnson County would see 4-year tax, if approved

SHANE ERSLAND

February 27, 2009

In a contentious decision, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 in favor of a four-year plan for the proposed local-option sales tax in the event that voters approve it. Voters will decide whether they will pay an...

Matthews faces life for kidnapping, sexual abuse

OLIVIA MORAN

February 26, 2009

A judge found Micah Matthews guilty of kidnapping and burglary on Wednesday. Sixth District Judge Douglas Russell filed the ruling, convicting Matthews, 33, of first- and second-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary. Russell...

GM shakeup may kill ‘classics’

ADAM SULLIVAN

February 26, 2009

Rex Brandstatter’s father bought the family’s first Pontiac half a century ago, trading in their detested Chevy for a bright and shiny 1960 Pontiac Star Chief, with a white top and a blue bottom. The 59-year-old has been...

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...