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150th anniversary of U.S. Transcontinental Railroad celebrated

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 12, 2019 - 1:50pm
  PROMONTORY, Utah — As train bells clanged and steam whistles tooted, thousands of people on Friday witnessed the re-enactment of a ceremony in Utah’s high desert that marked the...
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What in blazes? Smoking pizza billboard in Cedar Rapids not actually on fire

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 12, 2019 - 10:54am
Cedar Rapids police Sunday were letting people know via social media that a billboard advertising Casey’s Pizza, viewable on northbound Center Point Road NE south of Blairs Ferry Road, was not...
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150th anniversary of U.S. Transcontinental Railroad celebrated; Connected Council Bluffs and Sacramento

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 12, 2019 - 8:42am
PROMONTORY, Utah (Reuters) — As train bells clanged and steam whistles tooted, thousands of people on Friday witnessed the re-enactment of a ceremony in Utah’s high desert that marked...
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Legal Matters: ‘Limited scope’ consultation can help in divorce, custody cases

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 12, 2019 - 5:11am
In the United States today, many people find themselves in court with a divorce, custody, domestic abuse, juvenile or adoption case. In Iowa, 37,285 domestic cases were filed in 2018, and a similar...
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What They’re Thinking: Marion ordinance aims to limit firework sales to industrial areas

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 11, 2019 - 7:58pm
MARION — In April, the Marion City Council voted to limit the sales of fireworks to the city’s industrial areas. The ordinance came about a year after Cedar Rapids passed a similar...
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Iowa won’t check new school security plans

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 11, 2019 - 7:38pm
Iowa schools are creating emergency plans or updating existing ones to satisfy a June 30 deadline set in a new law, but then no one at the state level is required to approve the strategies —...
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Another growing season for Iowa gambling?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 11, 2019 - 7:29pm
Ah, spring, a time when a certain four-letter state we all know and love has, historically, set its sights on gambling, and more gambling. This spring, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is considering a bill...
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Learn more about the birth of the Ped Mall

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 11, 2019 - 7:24pm
What has two thumbs and is ready for another round of Ped Mall construction? This gal. Iowa City begins its 25-week plan for Phase 2, the portion that will tear up the bricks along the College...
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Prolific T.C. Boyle takes fresh look at LSD, its role in 1960s and today

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 11, 2019 - 7:16pm
T.C. Boyle’s new novel, “Outside Looking In,” looks in on Dr. Timothy Leary and his adherents in the early 1960s as they investigate the effects of LSD — using themselves...
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Boyle skewers LSD king Timothy Leary

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 11, 2019 - 7:11pm
In 1997, a few grams of Timothy Leary’s ashes were blasted into orbit aboard a Pegasus rocket. As a metaphor of the grand showman’s spaced-out antics, it was the perfect conclusion. And...
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Increased minimum wage could decrease suicides, study shows

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 11, 2019 - 4:27pm
Since 2000, the suicide rate in the United States has risen 35 percent, primarily because of the significant increase in such deaths among the white population. There are hints that these deaths are...
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Iowa group honors Cedar Rapids magnet school leader

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 11, 2019 - 4:23pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Before Candace Lynch, most of the oldest students at Johnson STEAM Academy had seen three different elementary principals and lost many trusted teachers to staff turnover. The...
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ImOn working to expand broadband offerings in Iowa City area

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 11, 2019 - 4:19pm
In January, Cedar Rapids-based ImOn Communications announced plans to expand residential broadband services to Iowa City and Coralville. The service will include fiber-to-the-home installations for...
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REVIEW: Kelsea Ballerini en pointe as she packs Cedar Rapids arena

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 11, 2019 - 1:41pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — If Katy Perry and Taylor Swift had a love child, it would be Kelsea Ballerini. This country pop princess rolls angsty relationship anthems into candy-colored wrappings that had...
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Democratic hopefuls staff up for Iowa ground game

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 11, 2019 - 9:15am
DES MOINES — Winter is coming. Even though it’s May, activists in the Iowa Democratic Party are setting their sights on February. Since Iowa took the leadoff slot in the nation’s...
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Amana Heritage Society plans expansions at Communal Kitchen Museum

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 11, 2019 - 9:01am
MIDDLE AMANA — On a wall of the Amana Communal Kitchen Museum in Middle Amana hangs a black and white photograph from 1926. It shows a row of women sitting on the kitchen’s porch,...
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Time Machine: Iowa desperadoes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 11, 2019 - 7:10am
Four men roamed the Midwest in the late 1890s, thieving in Stanwood and Cedar Rapids, changing their names as often as they changed their hats, being arrested and repeatedly trying to break out of...
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Plumb Supply provides ‘everything but water’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 11, 2019 - 7:06am
Plumb Supply long has been a familiar name to Iowa’s professional plumbers, homebuilders and remodelers. Not so much to do-it-yourselfers and homeowners, but the company’s set out to...
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Reynolds appoints supporter of judicial nominating changes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 10, 2019 - 8:47pm
Gov. Kim Reynolds’ first appointee to the State Judicial Nominating Commission since signing legislation giving her more control over the appointment of judges is a corporate counsel who wrote...
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