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BY DI STAFF | JULY 03, 2014 5:00 AM

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UI ranked as ‘Best Buy’

The University of Iowa has been named a “Best Buy” for the 10th-straight year.

The UI is one of the 23 public universities from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada on the list, according to Fiske Guide to Colleges, which was created by a former New York Times education editor.

The UI was also one of three Big Ten schools named, along with Purdue University and Indiana University.

A “Best Buy” designation requires schools to have high academic rankings, an inexpensive or moderate price, and a high quality of student life on campus.

— by Rebecca Morin

Woman charged with identity theft

Authorities have accused a Cedar Rapids woman of cashing a fraudulent check for more than $1,000.

Lasha Lekin, 20, was charged April 12 with identity theft.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Lekin cashed a fraudulent check at Walmart.

The check was valued at $1,232.23. The check was allegedly fictitious, and it had the victim’s bank account information on it.

Identity theft is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Iron Hawk to close

A downtown Iowa City restaurant and bar founded on made-from-scratch, locally raised meats is closing its doors, the owner confirmed Tuesday.

Aric Kos, a co-owner of Iron Hawk, 122 E. Washington St., said the restaurant will move to a new undisclosed location outside of downtown at an unknown date.

The restaurant, which put heavy emphasis on pork dishes, opened on Sept. 22, 2012, in the space previously occupied by Mia Za’s Italian Café.

— by Quentin Misiag

Victim of fall may pursue legal redress

Litigation is pending against the University of Iowa on behalf of a former student who suffered injuries falling from the rock-climbing wall at the university’s Recreation & Wellness Center.

Spencer Bean, who had been enrolled as a UI senior last winter, fell from the facility’s 52.5-foot rock wall between 30-40 feet off the floor on the evening of Nov. 8, 2012, The Daily Iowan has previously reported.

Bean, a former climbing instructor with the UI Recreational Services spent more than two months recovering from the nearly paralyzing fall. He returned to class on Jan. 22, 2013.

UI spokesman Tom Moore said the university has a longstanding practice of not discussing matters that involve pending litigation.

In an interview with the DI that January, Bean praised the UI for cooperating with his recovery process.

He attributed his planned May 2013 graduation with a degree in finance and a certificate in entrepreneurial management to the help and supportive nature of the UI and Rec Center communities.

“The university as a whole just really helped out the process, especially with registering for classes, contacting my professors, and getting my parents a hotel room during a game-day weekend,” Bean told the DI on Jan. 22, 2013. “[UI officials] cared above all how my well-being was.”

— by Quentin Misiag

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