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January 2014

Coralville council to review report on bond rating strategies | TheGazette

The Coralville City Council will receive a report Tuesday from a consultant trying to help the city improve its poor bond rating.

Barry Fick of Minnesota-based Springsted Inc. has spent recent months reviewing the city’s finances and policies and has developed a plan that includes recommendations dealing with debt, economic development, tax increment financing and more.

The council will discuss the report at a work session that starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 1512 Seventh St.


Iowa's First Congressional District: Who is your pick in the GOP primary race for the U.S. House?

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If you were to vote today in the GOP primary for Iowa's First Congressional District, who would you vote for?

Rod Blum
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UI studying needs of Graduate College

Faced with sluggish graduation rates, budget restraints and more federal restrictions, the University of Iowa's Graduate College is wondering if there is a better way to budget its money and prepare students for a more diverse job market.

"How can we utilize our resources to complete the mission set before us?" said John Keller, associate provost for Graduate Education and dean of the Graduate College. "Maybe we need to prepare fewer, better supported doctorates with skills to pursue a multitude of employment opportunities.

"It used to be heresy to say that we need fewer graduate students," he told the Iowa City Press-Citizen ( "But maybe it's what we will have to do to prepare for the employment market."


Tolbert conversion gives Rice 22-21 Pro Bowl win - Yahoo Sports

HONOLULU (AP) -- Jerry Rice has fresh bragging rights on Deion Sanders nearly a decade after both players retired from the NFL.

Dallas running back DeMarco Murray caught a 20-yard touchdown pass with 41 seconds left and Carolina running back Mike Tolbert plunged into the end zone for a 2-point conversion to give Rice a 22-21 win over Sanders in the first schoolyard-style Pro Bowl on Sunday.

''They called my number the whole way,'' Tolbert said on the field after the game. ''Philip (Rivers) told them to give it to me. My old teammate, he told them to give it to me.''

Baltimore's Justin Tucker missed a 67-yard field goal on the game's final play after missing a 66-yarder earlier in the game.


Grammys 2014: The Best and Worst Moments | Yahoo Music - Yahoo Music

It was all about the love… and the robot-helmeted Frenchmen who made off with the night's biggest award.

From Beyoncé and Jay Z opening the 2014 Grammys with a sizzling duet that proved why they're the most powerful — and sexiest — couple in the music biz, to Macklemore's mass wedding/performance of his hit "Same Love," Valentine's Day came early with sultry and sweet Grammy performances.

And the three-hour-plus telecast packed with superstar performances and superstar pairings ended with a surprise Album of the Year winner: "Random Access Memories" by French electronic music duo Daft Punk, the robot-attired act who charged collaborator Pharrell Williams with making their acceptance speeches for their five Grammy wins.


Paul & Ringo Bring Beatlemania Back to the Grammys | Yahoo Music - Yahoo Music

Any time Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr get together, it's a Big Deal. And they did just that at Sunday's 56th Grammy Awards, teaming up for "Queenie Eye" from McCartney's album "New."

The crowd served up a rousing ovation at the rare Beatles reunion.

The last time the last surviving members of the Fab Four got together was a July 2010 concert, where McCartney sang "Birthday" to celebrate Starr's 70th. The two performed together at a 2009 charity event and at a 2002 memorial concert for George Harrison in 2002.


Bonnie Raitt, Skylar Grey, Joy Williams Shine at GRAMMY Foundation's 'A Song Is Born' Event | Billboard

Songs, specifically the ones that become smash hits, were the focal point of the Grammy Foundation's "A Song is Born" program on Jan. 23. Seventeen artists, most of them writers rather than interpreters, performed an astounding number of top 40 tunes, Grammy winners and beloved tracks.

GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Thursday | GRAMMY HUB

The four-hour show - it was initially billed as a 90-minute concert -- at the Wilshire Ebell Theater had numerous highlights. Bonnie Raitt thanking the writers of "I Can't Make You Love Me," Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin, who demonstrated the original uptempo honky tonk version of the song that sounded like a polka. Kris Kristofferson, who griped that 77 is a tough age, silenced the crowd with a chilling rendition of "For the Good Times." JD Souther, the country-rock oracle, gathered Dan Wilson (Grammy winner for his Dixie Chicks and Adele songs), Joy Williams (Grammy winner for Civil Wars) and the night's band leader, guitarist Waddy Wachtel, for a harmony rich rendition of the hit he co-wrote with the Eagles, "New Kid in Town."


Helping Smokers Quit, or Not Start in the First Place -

“Even 50 years after the first surgeon general’s report on smoking and health, we’re still finding out new ways that tobacco kills and maims people,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently told me. “It’s astonishing how bad it is.”

Dr. Frieden and public health specialists everywhere are seeking better ways to help the 44 million Americans who still smoke to quit and to keep young people from getting hooked on cigarettes. “Fewer than 2 percent of doctors smoke. Why can’t we get to that rate in society as a whole?” he wondered.


Nite Ride sees spike in ridership - The Daily Iowan

Officials with the University of Iowa Nite Ride shuttle service said they have noticed an increase in the number of women taking up the blue leather seats every night.

But the Public Safety Department wants to see more riders using the service.

“I’d like to see a lot more riders, more people using it,” said Ken Friedhoff, coordinator of the Security Division of Public Safety. “It’s a service provided to the university community, and I’d like to see people take advantage of the service provided for them.”