The Gazette (Cedar Rapids)

  • Athletic donations include limo and bus rides
    Saturday - 01/19/2019 - 05:04 PM

    Athletic boosters have donated limo rides and bus trips to University of Iowa and Iowa State University sports programs in recent years. LimoLink Incorporated, a chauffeur service headquartered in Marion, donated $48,442 worth of rides to various UI sports from Aug.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Despite student death, UI fraternities kept party going
    Friday - 01/18/2019 - 08:14 PM

    IOWA CITY — Tucked inside the Kinnick Stadium neighborhood that transforms into a beer-soaked bacchanal during Hawkeye home football games sit three adjoining houses that combined last fall to host “the largest tailgate in Iowa City.”

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  • Rising drug prices said to strain hospitals
    Saturday - 01/19/2019 - 01:54 PM

    Rising costs of prescription drugs have strained hospital budgets and operations, forcing health systems to cut costs by reducing staff, a new study found.Hospital drug spending increased by 18.5 percent between 2015 and 2017, a rate far exceeding medical inflation for the period, according to a report prepared for three health associations by the research group NORC at the University of Chicago.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Iowa campaign pros await word from three B’s
    Saturday - 01/19/2019 - 02:09 PM

    Iowa Democrats are bracing for a wide-open 2020 presidential race that will spread millions of dollars across the state as hopefuls continue making the rounds here leading up to the first-in-the-nation caucuses — but uncertainty about the plans of a few big-name potential candidates has left many political operatives in a state of suspension.

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  • King’s fearmongering views drive the GOP
    Saturday - 01/19/2019 - 10:44 AM

    As U.S. Rep. Steve King roasted over the flames of public condemnation this past week for the latest un-hooding of his white nationalist obsessions, among the most stinging rebukes was the suggestion he’s accomplished nothing.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Ann Oleson HER profile:‘Put your warrior self out there’
    Friday - 01/18/2019 - 04:45 PM

    When asked if she is proof that women can have it all, Ann Oleson referred to a quote by journalist and former California first lady Maria Shriver.“Women can have it all; they just can’t do it all at the same time,” Oleson said.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Gillibrand launches exploratory trip in Sioux City, says Steve King should resign
    Friday - 01/18/2019 - 09:52 PM

    SIOUX CITY — In her first trip to Iowa as a possible presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said the area’s congressman, Steve King, has become too controversial for his racial comments and should resign.Gillibrand was asked about King, a Republican who has faced calls to resign since his Jan.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Iowa lawmakers see pushback on restoring felon voting rights
    Friday - 01/18/2019 - 07:21 PM

    DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds believes Iowa is a place where “if you’ve made mistakes, you can find a second chance.”That applies to felons, she said Tuesday in her Condition of the State speech, and asked legislators to begin the process of amending the state constitution that currently takes away the voting rights of anyone convicted of a felony.

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  • U.S. special counsel disputes BuzzFeed report Trump told lawyer to lie
    Friday - 01/18/2019 - 08:00 PM

    WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office on Friday disputed a report in BuzzFeed News that President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen said Trump directed him to lie to Congress.BuzzFeed, citing two unnamed law enforcement sources, said Cohen, who is going to prison for lying to Congress, told investigators working for Mueller that Trump had directed him to lie about efforts to build a skyscraper in Moscow while he was running for president.

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  • More stores opening to sell CBD
    Friday - 01/18/2019 - 03:34 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS — As of this month, 10 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and 33 states of legalized medical marijuana. Iowa — not one of those states — recently expanded its strict cannabidiol program to more Iowans in December.As more conversations about cannabis occur across the state, public interest in cannabis products — such as oils, tinctures, creams — grows.

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  • Gifts of private plane time favor men's college sports
    Friday - 01/18/2019 - 02:46 PM

    Wealthy Iowans donated use of their private planes to fly University of Iowa and Iowa State University coaches to recruiting visits, news conferences and meetings nearly 70 times in a two-year period from Aug.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Cold lingers as snow is cleared off Eastern Iowa roads
    Saturday - 01/19/2019 - 04:01 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS — The state unleashed 468 snowplows early Saturday to clear blowing snow off Iowa’s roads, but there is no brushing aside another aspect of the winter storm that hit this weekend — a cycle of bitter wind chills.By Saturday morning, the Burlington area had recorded the state’s heaviest snowfall at 7 inches, according to the National Weather Service.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Time Machine: Steeplejack sets pole-sitting world record in Strawberry Point in 1930
    Saturday - 01/19/2019 - 02:06 PM

    By 1930, William H. “Bill” Penfield had been a professional steeplejack for 20 years in 1930 and had lived in and near Strawberry Point for 25 years. In July that year, the 50-year-old Kansas native set out to break the world pole-sitting record that, at the time, stood at 23 days, a record set by Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly of New York.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • New supervisor’s insights could help keep children secure
    Saturday - 01/19/2019 - 02:10 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS — A drawing of a dog, colored in with a brown marker, hung on the third-grade classroom’s door. Above it, a glass panel provided a view inside Mr.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Question: Do Legos deliver huge market returns?
    Saturday - 01/19/2019 - 10:48 AM

    A lot of fancy things can be built with Lego sets nowadays. Such as a diversifying portfolio that loads on the Fama-French size factor.Collecting Lego — yes, the plastic toys made of interlocking bricks that become cars and castles and robots — returned more than large stocks, bonds and gold in the three decades ending in 2015, says a study by Victoria Dobrynskaya, an assistant professor at Russia’s Higher School of Economics.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Moonves will fight for severance: CBS
    Friday - 01/18/2019 - 03:29 PM

    CBS Corp. said former Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves has demanded arbitration, challenging the withholding of his $120 million severance when he left the broadcaster last year amid allegations of sexual misconduct.Moonves resigned in September after complaints about his alleged harassment, and the CBS board last month denied his severance payment, saying he hadn’t complied with an internal probe.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Fallout from controversial 1999 Cedar Rapids civil rights vote offers lessons for today
    Friday - 01/18/2019 - 07:18 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS — Predictions were extreme — expensive litigation, employers forced to hire or keep bad employees, creating special rights, erosion of morals, pedophile teachers in elementary schools, and workers dressed like “Christmas trees.”

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  • ’Super Blood Wolf Moon’ to get star billing in weekend lunar eclipse
    Friday - 01/18/2019 - 07:58 PM

    NEW YORK — Look up into the night sky on Sunday and — if it is clear — you may witness the so-called “Super Blood Wolf Moon” total lunar eclipse, which will take a star turn across the continental United States during prime time for viewing.The total eclipse, which will begin minutes before midnight on the East Coast and just before 9 p.m.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Schedule: Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Eastern Iowa
    Friday - 01/18/2019 - 05:43 PM

    Marches, workshops, service opportunities and church services are planned throughout Eastern Iowa Monday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Here is a list of area activities.Cedar RapidsService Above Self awards luncheon• Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 350 First Ave.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Regulators discuss record-setting fine against Facebook
    Friday - 01/18/2019 - 03:42 PM

    WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for violating a legally binding agreement with the government to protect the privacy of its users’ personal data, according to three people familiar with the deliberations but not authorized to speak on the record.

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  • Interactive: University of Iowa coaches fly where?
    Saturday - 01/19/2019 - 02:44 PM

    Charter flights take college coaches across state lines or across the country exactly when they need to fly, allowing them to see recruits play and make it back to their own teams’ practices.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Some corporations use charitable donations to tilt regulations
    Saturday - 01/19/2019 - 01:39 PM

    Back in 2011, when AT&T and T-Mobile were attempting to gain approval from the Federal Communications Commission for an ultimately doomed $39 billion merger deal, an unusual coalition of interest groups submitted comment to the agency in support of the merger — including the NAACP.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • City starting to receive massage license applications
    Saturday - 01/19/2019 - 02:01 PM

    BACKGROUNDIn an effort to eliminate the operation of illicit massage businesses, the Cedar Rapids City Council passed its long-discussed massage ordinance in November.The ordinance calls for local businesses that offer massage services to be licensed through the city in addition to the required state license.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • American factories brace for sting of 2019 trade war
    Saturday - 01/19/2019 - 02:16 PM

    Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS)America’s manufacturers are scrambling to change the way they do business — from finding new suppliers to shifting more finishing work overseas — as the sting of tariffs begins to take a bigger toll on their bottom lines.A range of recent reports have underscored fault lines in what had been a growing part of the economy.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Iowa Democratic leaders disappointed by what isn’t on Reynolds’ agenda
    Saturday - 01/19/2019 - 10:46 AM

    JOHNSTON — Iowa Democratic legislative leaders were encouraged by the shared priorities Gov. Kim Reynolds addressed in her Condition of the State speech to them last week, but at the same time they were disappointed by issues the GOP governor didn’t address.

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  • A rare peek into M&M’s $70 billion future
    Friday - 01/18/2019 - 04:11 PM

    Mars Inc., the closely held company best known for treats such as M&M’s and Snickers bars, aims to double the size of the business over the next 10 years as it expands deeper into pet care and non-confectionery nutrition.CCEO Grant Reid announced the goal in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, offering a glimpse into the ambitions of a family-owned company that isn’t required to disclose its financial data.

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  • Man in Waterloo standoff shot Cedar Rapids police officer in 1998
    Friday - 01/18/2019 - 07:13 PM

    WATERLOO — Waterloo police coaxed a former Cedar Rapids man from a Waterloo home early Friday following a domestic dispute that led to an hourslong standoff.No injuries were reported in the standoff.The last time the man barricaded himself from officers — in 1998 in Cedar Rapids — the confrontation didn’t end well.Waterloo police identified the man as Mitchell Ray Langel, 51, who was arrested for domestic assault causing injury and first-degree harassment.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Pentagon report details climate change risks to bases, but critics say it’s short on detail
    Friday - 01/18/2019 - 08:03 PM

    WASHINGTON — Dozens of military installations around the country already are experiencing the impacts of climate change, and rising seas, wildfires and other climate-fueled disasters are likely to cause increasing problems for the armed forces, the Defense Department said Thursday in a report to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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  • Area teens to be honored at MLK Day ceremony
    Friday - 01/18/2019 - 06:12 PM

    Eight area teenagers — all female — will be honored Monday at the annual Service Above Self awards ceremony. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids, the awards honor students’ contributions to their schools and community.

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  • Podcast: On Iowa Politics talks Rep. Steve King reaction, and the Condition of the State
    Friday - 01/18/2019 - 03:37 PM

    On Iowa Politics discusses the most recent fallout from Rep. Steve King's remarks on white supremacy, and discuss Gov. Reynolds' Condition of the State.
    On Iowa Politics is a weekly news and analysis podcast which re-creates the conversations that happen when Iowa's political reporters get together after deadlines have been met.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share