The Gazette (Cedar Rapids)

  • Agreement envisions new ‘Cedar Rapids Tourism Office’
    Monday - 10/22/2018 - 07:54 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS — The city of Cedar Rapids would pay the VenuWorks management company $6,000 a month over the next year to continue marketing the area and drawing visitors through conventions, events and sports, a plan from city staff proposes.

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  • Rep. Rod Blum sees term limits as answer to lack of political courage
    Monday - 10/22/2018 - 06:54 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS — One of Rep. Rod Blum’s biggest surprises in his four years in the United States House has been what he sees a the lack of political courage among his colleagues.“Oh my gosh, probably near the top is the lack of political courage,” the Dubuque Republican said in response to a question while speaking to the Cedar Rapids Downtown Rotary on Monday afternoon.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • John Waters: Cedar Rapids mayor’s comments ‘amazingly entitled’
    Monday - 10/22/2018 - 04:36 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS — John Waters, one of the top acts at the doomed “newbo evolve” festival, criticized Cedar Rapids’ mayor for attempting to expose confidential financial details of his contract, which he said were wrong anyway, and for making “amazingly entitled comments” about the value of money during a television interview last week.

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  • Mariana Lesnic sentenced to life in prison in truck driver’s fatal shooting
    Monday - 10/22/2018 - 05:46 PM

    MARENGO — A woman convicted in August in the fatal shooting of a Monroe truck driver last year was sentenced Monday to life in prison.Mariana Lesnic, a U.S. citizen originally from Moldova, a border country of Romania, declined to speak during sentencing, though she did ask 6th Judicial District Judge Andrew Chappell if she could go ahead and dismiss any appeal when told a public defender would be appointed to help her file an appeal.Chappell said she could dismiss the appeal later but he was going to appoint a public defender.

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  • One Iowa, Kirkwood Community College to host LGBTQ in Workplace summit
    Monday - 10/22/2018 - 04:02 PM

    One Iowa, a statewide not-for-profit that promotes equality for LGBTQ Iowans, will host its second-annual Eastern Iowa LGBTQ Workplace Culture Summit at Kirkwood Community College this Tuesday.The summit features keynote speeches and breakout sessions focusing on how employers can support and retain LGBTQ employees, and what rights LGBTQ employees have and how they can make their workplaces more inclusive.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Linn County party leaders raise concern of Auditor’s Office sample ballots
    Monday - 10/22/2018 - 12:53 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS — Chairs of the three major political parties in Linn County have expressed concern over sample ballots mailed out by the county Auditor’s Office — which have confused hundreds of residents.In a Monday news release, Linn County Democrats Chair Bret Nilles, Linn County GOP Chair Justin Wasson and Linn County Libertarian Party Chair Matthew Cannon shared “extreme concern” about the Auditor’s Office handling of sample ballots mailed out in late September.

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  • Gubernatorial campaigns confident heading into final stretch
    Sunday - 10/21/2018 - 07:01 PM

    Confidence was high on the gubernatorial campaign trail Sunday in the wake of the third and final debate between Gov. Kim Reynolds and Fred Hubbell.“I think it’s still going to be a tight race,” Hubbell’s running mate, Sen.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Power of TV political ads limited, Iowa State report says
    Sunday - 10/21/2018 - 07:11 PM

    The political advertising on your television right now is relentless.Those campaign ads can appear to be effective, but they cannot buy an election, a new Iowa State University study suggests.The study examined campaign ads leading up to the 2016 Iowa caucuses and found the candidates who spent more on television advertising generally received more support on caucus night.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Trump says U.S. to exit landmark nuclear arms pact, Russia threatens retaliation
    Sunday - 10/21/2018 - 02:30 PM

    ELKO, Nev/MOSCOW — President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from a landmark Cold War-era treaty that eliminated nuclear missiles from Europe because Russia was violating the pact, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow.The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, required elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries.

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  • Bio::Neos bridges the gap by developing a marketable bioinformatics software
    Saturday - 10/20/2018 - 05:10 PM

    CORALVILLE — On any given day, the tight-knit work group at Bio::Neos pours a lot of energy into its latest custom software project for the research community.So much energy, said Bio::Neos co-founder and President Steven Davis, that the team sometimes would forget the need to have a new project lined up when the current one ended.“We’d go through a crunch period at the end of a project and spend every available moment finding the next project,” he said.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Joining a lottery pool? You may want to put it in writing
    Monday - 10/22/2018 - 08:13 PM

    As Tuesday’s Mega Millions lottery drawing nears — with an estimated $1.6 billion jackpot — many hopeful winners are pooling their resources with office buddies or friends to purchase tickets with the understanding that the money would be shared if they win.

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  • Wine Gala and Auction to support Horizons Survivors’ Program this week
    Monday - 10/22/2018 - 07:23 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS — After losing her son in a fatal shooting in 2016, Nina Woods said she couldn’t have made it through the last two years without the victim advocates from the Horizons Survivors’ Program.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Alliant announces plans to buy Cedar Rapids-based Hybrid Transit freight company
    Monday - 10/22/2018 - 05:22 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS — Alliant Energy’s transportation subsidiary has announced plans to buy Cedar Rapids-based Hybrid Transit Systems.Alliant Energy Transportation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alliant, announced in a Monday news release the company had entered into a purchase agreement with the Cedar Rapids company.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Mariana Lesnic sentenced to life in prison in truck driver’s fatal shooting
    Monday - 10/22/2018 - 03:33 PM

    MARENGO — A woman, convicted in August for killing a Monroe truck driver last year, was sentenced Monday to life in prison.Mariana Lesnic, a U.S. citizen originally from Moldova, a border country of Romania, declined to speak during sentencing, and even asked 6 Judicial District Judge Andrew Chappell if she could just dismiss any appeal now when told he would appoint her a public defender to help file the appeal.Chappell said she could dismiss the appeal later.

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  • F&M Bank taps third generation to lead
    Monday - 10/22/2018 - 03:23 PM

    Manchester-based F&M Bank has promoted Nathaniel Dunn to president and CEO, the third generation of the Dunn family to lead the regional financial institution. The F&M Bank board of directors unanimously approved the appointment of Dunn, who joined the bank 11 years ago to focus on business development, client relations and commercial banking.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • U.S. lottery jackpots climb to combined $2.2 billion
    Monday - 10/22/2018 - 11:30 AM

    Who wants to be a billionaire?For $2 a ticket, lottery players have a chance to be among the richest people in the world if they beat the long-shot odds of 1 in 303 million to win the Mega Millions jackpot of $1.6 billion Tuesday night.The sum reached a world record for lottery jackpots after there were no winning numbers for the $1 billion prize on Friday.About 280 million tickets were sold for Friday’s drawing, with about 60 percent of all winning number combinations covered, said Seth Elkin, a spokesman for the Maryland Lottery.

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  • Lou King, golfer who helped launch Amana VIP Pro-Am and founder of veterans program, dies at 93
    Sunday - 10/21/2018 - 07:01 PM

    Louis (Lou) King Jr., who elevated the Amana Refrigeration brand worldwide, helped create one of the most significant events in Iowa sports history and founded a model golf rehabilitative programs for veterans, died Saturday evening at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City following a brief illness.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Trump administration trying to define transgender out of existence: NY Times
    Sunday - 10/21/2018 - 02:27 PM

    The government of U.S. President Donald Trump is attempting to strip transgender people of official recognition by creating a narrow definition of gender as being only male or female and unchangeable once it is determined at birth, The New York Times reported on Sunday.The Department of Health and Human Services has undertaken an effort across several government departments to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans discrimination on the basis of sex, the Times said, citing a government memo that it obtained.

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  • Thousands of Hondurans in U.S.-bound migrant caravan head into Mexico
    Sunday - 10/21/2018 - 02:31 PM

    TAPACHULA, Mexico — A U.S.-bound caravan of thousands of mostly Honduran migrants who have been condemned as unwelcome by President Donald Trump, began moving into Mexico on Sunday, shadowed by hundreds of Mexican police en route to the border city of Tapachula.The migrants have defied threats by Trump that he will close the U.S.-Mexico border if the caravan advances and warnings from the Mexican government that they risk deportation if they cannot justify seeking asylum in Mexico.

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  • A call to action: World War II documentary with Cedar Rapids ties to have local showing
    Sunday - 10/21/2018 - 02:56 PM

    In 1939, George Landau was a little boy living in Poland when his life was upended — in the middle of the night, his family was forcibly removed from their homes and sent to slave labor camps in Siberia.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share