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LGBTQ forum brings marginalized issues into mainstream of 2020 presidential campaign

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 7 hours 11 min ago
CEDAR RAPIDS — Members of the LGBTQ community are relishing their chance to swim in the political mainstream. For two hours Friday evening, issues often marginalized but important to Americans...
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10 candidates in Cedar Rapids forum vow to embrace LGBTQ policies

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 20, 2019 - 10:36pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls promised Friday to reverse policies of the Trump administration they said discriminate against LGBTQ people and to instead support policies...
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Crowd at Coe welcomes LGBTQ discussion

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 20, 2019 - 10:02pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The audience at the LGBTQ Forum on Friday was eager to hear 10 presidential candidates answer questions on violence against trains women, the military ban on trains soldiers and...
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FilmScene’s new venue hosts grand opening in Iowa City

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 20, 2019 - 8:58pm
IOWA CITY — If you build it, he will come. The line from W.P. Kinsella’s novel, “Shoeless Joe,” later adapted into the quintessential Iowa movie, “Field of...
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LGBTQ Presidential Forum ‘moving us into the next century’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 20, 2019 - 7:01pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Owen Masternak drove with his mother, Jen Masternak, from Grand Rapids, Mich., for Friday’s LGBTQ Presidential Forum. The 14-year-old, who is transgender and pansexual,...
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Iowa officials: Anamosa prison staffer assaulted by inmate

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 20, 2019 - 5:59pm
ANAMOSA, Iowa — Iowa state prison officials say an Anamosa State Penitentiary corrections officer has been assaulted by an inmate. Officials say in a news release that the officer was working...
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Cedar Rapids custodian pleads not guilty to sex abuse of 13-year-old girl

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 20, 2019 - 3:58pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids schools custodian charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl over a two-year period last week pleaded not guilty and faces a Jan. 6 trial. Michael Lynn...
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Johnson County settles with former employee

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 20, 2019 - 3:47pm
IOWA CITY — Johnson County and a former employee have settled a lawsuit the employee filed against the county. Shanti Sellz, the county’s former local food and planning coordinator, has...
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New program allows those who age out of foster care to bypass housing voucher waitlist

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 20, 2019 - 2:44pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A new federal initiative will earmark housing vouchers for those aging out of foster care, who are at “extreme risk” of becoming homeless. “Aging out of...
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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ends presidential quest

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 20, 2019 - 1:09pm
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Friday after struggling to gain traction in a sprawling field of candidates. Announcing his...
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Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ embraces elegance, humor and heart at Theatre Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 20, 2019 - 12:44pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — “Hello, Dolly!” is the hottest ticket in town. It deserves to have every seat filled from now through Oct. 13 at Theatre Cedar Rapids. So grab a ticket before the...
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Iowa band members say they received verbal, physical, sexual abuse from ISU fans

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 20, 2019 - 12:39pm
IOWA CITY — Members of the Hawkeye Marching Band say they were subject to racial slurs, verbal and physical sexual harassment and assault, shoves that sent one woman to the hospital and thrown...
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As candidates talk LGBTQ issues in Cedar Rapids, Belle’s Basix will be watching

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 20, 2019 - 6:08am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Michael Young attends presidential debate viewing parties at Belle’s Basix whenever possible. Young, 41, has been coming to the gay bar since it opened about 22 years...
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Cedar Rapids school custodian accused in sexual abuse of teen

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 19, 2019 - 8:55pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A man arrested last month and accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl over a period of two years is a longtime Cedar Rapids schools custodian. Michael Lynn Beard, 53, has...
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Elizabeth Warren addresses girl’s concerns about school shootings at Iowa City stop

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 19, 2019 - 8:39pm
IOWA CITY — Six-year-old Avery Brower had practiced a question all day in case she met 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren at her rally on the University of Iowa campus...
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President, re-election campaign send mixed messages on ethanol

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 19, 2019 - 8:32pm
While Sen. Joni Ernst was expressing optimism that President Donald Trump will honor his commitment to Iowa farmers and ethanol, the president’s campaign was touting the benefits of fossil...
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List: School board candidates on the Nov. 5 ballot in Linn and Johnson counties

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 19, 2019 - 8:30pm
School board elections are Nov. 5, the same day as municipal elections in Iowa. The deadline for filing school board nomination papers was 5 p.m. Thursday. Here are the candidates for eight school...
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Tipton woman found guilty in 1992 slaying

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 19, 2019 - 8:22pm
MUSCATINE — A Muscatine County jury on Thursday found a woman guilty on second-degree murder in the 1992 slaying of her boyfriend. Annette Cahill, now 56, of Tipton, was arrested in May 2018...
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Kamala Harris up for a good fight, and Iowa will be her battlefield

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 19, 2019 - 7:34pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Kamala Harris is up for a good fight, and her campaign is promising that Iowa will be her battlefield for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Harris, who is ramping up...
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Where do 10 candidates stand on LGBTQ issues?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - September 19, 2019 - 6:12pm
With 10 Democratic presidential candidates gathering Friday evening in Cedar Rapids for a forum on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues, The Gazette reviewed their past comments,...
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