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BY DI STAFF | APRIL 24, 2014 5:00 AM

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Hookah lounge gets the hook

An Iowa City Hookah lounge and tearoom is closing.

After nearly a decade in Iowa City, Red Poppy, 341 E College St., will closing its doors on April 27.

The store is closing because the managers are moving out of Iowa City.

However, before they go, they are having a closing sale. They will sell used Mya Hookahs for $150 and accept bids on other items.

The sale will run from now until the store closes.

They owners will also sell the furnishings of the store, including furniture, wall hangings, rugs, floor pillows, tea pots, and lamps.

— by Daniel Seidl

Pollock’s Mural popular in LA

Jackson Pollock’s Mural might not be in its normal University of Iowa home, but officials say it is still getting attention.

The mural is currently housed at the Getty in Los Angeles, where it has become the second-most trafficked visiting exhibit in the history of the institute, behind only visiting works from Leonardo da Vinci, said Rod Lehnertz, the director of planning, design, and construction in the UI Facilities Management.

Lehnertz said Getty officials expect the painting to become the most popular traveling exhibit by June 1 of this year.

The painting will be returned to the UI when a new museum is built.

Archaeological search ongoing

Construction crews continue to turn over archeological artifacts during the ongoing flood repairs at the University of Iowa, officials told property and facilities committee at the state Board of Regents’ meeting.

This time, a stone foundation was found at the site of permanent flood wall being constructed near the IMU.

Rod Lehnertz, director of planning, design, construction for UI Facilities Management, said sites had been found as recently as Wednesday.

When artifacts are found, the Office of the State Archaeologist has 15 days to determine whether further excavation is need.

“They really hit the sites hard to make sure the next day we can continue construction activities,” Lehnertz said.

Health care head: UIHC doesn’t look at credit scores

UI Hospital and Clinics officials denied looking into patients’ credit scores after reports surfaced of the hospitals doing so.

Vice President for UI Health Care Jean Robillard told the regents’ Hospitals and Clinics Committee that the hospital does not look at credit scores, and doctors do not have access to them, either.

Robillard said the hospital receives an index score ranging from one to five, which is used to determine whether patients can pay their bill.

Patients with a score of one are likely to pay without problems. Patients with scores from two to four may have difficulty paying, and Robillard said they are put on a payment plan if necessary.

Robillard said this practice is used by other large hospitals including hospitals at Duke University, Emory Hospitals in Atlanta, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Romantix robbed

Iowa City authorities were dispatched Tuesday to Romantix, 315 Kirkwood Ave., after receiving a report of a robbery.

A lone male had reportedly entered the business, threatened a female employee, and demanded she give him money. The employee retreated from the suspect, who grabbed cash from the register and fled.

The employee was shaken by the incident but not physically harmed. No weapon was displayed.

Authorities flooded the area of the business but could not find the suspect. The investigation is ongoing.

— by Rebecca Morin

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