10 homeless after fire

An apartment building on College Street is likely destroyed after residents discovered the flames around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The apartments received nine citations, including a missing smoke alarm, last month during an inspection by the Department of Housing and Inspection Services, records show.

UI class sizes under scrutiny

Because of the diminishing numbers of faculty positions and teaching assistants, UI officials said they need faculty to pick up the slack and teach more students.

Hayek highlights budget, crime

Preventing crime and balancing the budget are the two main issues facing Iowa City, Mayor Matt Hayek told the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday evening.

UI scrambles to better serve Latinos

Latinos will be the largest minority population in Iowa by 2050, Census Bureau says.

Cohen to step down as head of downtown board

“I’m ready to cut back on things,” said Leah Cohen, who has been president since January 2009. “I have a couple of challenges with my own business, so I decided it’s time for me to exit public life.”

Center gets gift for gifted

The Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, which works to accelerate gifted students in school, recently received a $1 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The grant will expand on work of the Institute for Research and Policy on Acceleration, a program in the Belin-Blank Center.

New fee panel praised

The a new committee will help determine how much funding groups with a shared interest will receive.

Material-witness system faces criticism

Though uncommon, material witnesses can garner significant attention.

Slim pickings found in social work

But many agree required field work for social work students is crucial during hard economic times.

Spotlight Iowa City: Around the world with her pen

UI graduate fellow Stephanie Griest has a thirst for traveling, nonfiction writing.

Man charged with animal abuse

Iowa City police arrested a man last week after he allegedly beat a dog.

Student charged with burglary

A UI student and IMU Catering employee was charged last month after allegedly using someone’s ID to steal items from Mayflower Market.

Woman charged with theft

Iowa City police charged a woman with theft after she allegedly falsely reported stolen student-loan checks.

Man accused in shooting gets 2 suspended sentences

An 18-year-old accused of shooting an Iowa City man outside the now-closed Los Cocos bar has accepted a plea agreement, said assistant Johnson County prosecutor Deb Minot.


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