The Daily Iowan

Rabbi on Fry verdict, expected today: ‘It’s a no-win situation’

ZHI XIONG

April 3, 2009

Rabbi Jeff Portman plans to be at the Johnson County Courthouse this morning. It would be the fifth time in the last month. After a trial that concluded March 13, Curtis Fry, 22, will hear today whether 6th District Judge Mitchell...

Faces of the UI: Peter Nathan has 40 years eyeing the effect of booze

TESSA McLEAN

April 3, 2009

UI Professor Emeritus Peter Nathan just can’t stop thinking about alcohol. But the former interim UI president and provost isn’t thinking about it in the way most UI students do on the weekends. He has spent more than 40...

Counseling appointments up in UI employee program

JENNIFER DELGADO

April 3, 2009

More UI employees and their family members are seeking counseling from the UI Employee Assistance Program — and officials expect the number to climb. In March, the program’s officials hired a temporary therapist to accommodate...

North Side takes step toward some history

CLARK CAHILL

April 3, 2009

Iowa City’s North Side neighborhood is one step closer to being accepted as a historic district. The Iowa City Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend a proposal for the neighborhood to be designated as...

Kirkwood works to lower dropout rate

MEGAN DIAL

April 3, 2009

The first few weeks of class are crucial to the success of new students at community colleges, and officials at Kirkwood Community College are already gearing up for a bigger welcome event next semester. “It is very important,”...

Center focuses on deaths caused by injuries

KASSIE FRIEDRICHS

April 3, 2009

An average of 1,500 Iowans — 6 percent of the state’s population — die each year from injury-related deaths, according to a recent report by the UI Injury Prevention Research Center and the Iowa Department of Public Health. The...

Delta Sigma Theta sorority 90 and still blazing

ASHLEY HAUGO

April 3, 2009

Courageous trailblazers. For Quinnetta Claytor, those two words define her fellow Delta Sigma Theta sisters, nearly 100 of whom will descend upon the UI campus this weekend to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the university’s...

Ask the DI: Flat-screen TVs in Main Library for computer availability?

DI STAFF

April 3, 2009

Q: “Why did the UI Main Library install a flat-screen TV to show which computers were open?” A: The ITS staff in the UI Main Library added a 52-inch monitor in late fall 2008 at the entrance to the second-floor computer lab, ho...

Weinberg pleads guilty to possession of child porn

ZHI XIONG

April 2, 2009

Iowa City psychologist Howard Weinberg pleaded guilty to felony possession of child pornography — a federal offense — on March 31 and promised to turn over the material to the government. Weinberg, 60, is free until June...

UISG tickets campaigning at full speed

MICHELE DANNO

April 2, 2009

L Party Neither Ryan Kopf nor running mate Gary Ohrt hold positions in UI Student Government. But the two leaders of the L Party are confident this will help them bring a new voice to the group. “Most of our members aren’...

UI emphasizes quality as cuts loom

ANNA LOTHSON

April 2, 2009

With Tuesday’s projected state budget cuts shaving more from education, UI officials are working to keep up with the ever-changing budget proposals. And while the Iowa Legislature is inching nearer to completing the numbers,...

Local restaurants stay afloat in spiraling economy

CHRIS CLARK

April 2, 2009

Though frigid winter weather and a spiraling economy have rocked the restaurant industry, local owners are cooking up new ideas to bring in more customers this spring. The recession has restricted spending, forcing owners to...