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Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham in "Happy Days," dies at 56

NEW YORK (AP) — Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," died Saturday at age 56.

A statement from the sheriff's department in Harrison County, Indiana, said the dispatcher "received a 911 call about an unresponsive female. Upon arrival of first responders, it was determined that Erin Moran Fleischmann was deceased. An autopsy is pending."


Today's Weather Outlook for the Corridor

Today's weather forecast and a four day outlook.  Check this page for the latest weather reports in the corridor area.  Up-to-date weather conditions for the Iowa City area are observed at the Iowa City, Iowa City Municipal Airport, IA.  For weather conditions specific to other cities outside the corridor area, just type in your zip code below.

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Universal Mulling 'Fate of the Furious' Spinoff With Dwayne Johnson

The Fast & Furious world is getting a little bigger.

After a year of contemplating ways to expand the massive franchise, Universal is in early talks to have writer Chris Morgan pen a spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

Shaw (Statham) and Hobbs (Johnson) went from mortal enemies to genuine pals in this month's The Fate of the Furious, where they established crowd-pleasing onscreen chemistry.

Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the Fast series, had the biggest global launch of all time last weekend and has taken in more than $685 million to date. The main franchise is expected to run for two more films, with Fate kicking off what star Vin Diesel has described as a new trilogy. Universal has dated a ninth installment for 2019 and a tenth for 2021.

Johnson has been a part of the franchise since 2011's Fast Five, and Statham's character made a brief debut in 2013's Fast & Furious 6 before becoming the chief bad guy in 2015's Furious 7.


Trump says 'massive tax cut' plan coming as soon as Wednesday

President Trump told The Associated Press on Friday that he intends to release a tax reform plan next week that includes a "massive tax cut" for businesses and individuals.

Trump said the plan would be unveiled "Wednesday or shortly thereafter" and would involve tax cuts that would be "bigger I believe than any tax cut ever."

The president added later Friday at the Treasury Department that the administration will “be having a big announcement Wednesday having to do with tax reform."


Verizon loses wireless customers for first time

Verizon Communications Inc., once the untouchable leader of the U.S. wireless industry, is struggling to hold onto customers and getting them to pay a premium for its service.

The carrier posted its first ever quarterly net loss of wireless subscribers during the first three months of 2017, showing the extent of the damage resurgent rivals T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. have inflicted on the nation's largest carrier by subscribers.

Verizon unexpectedly brought back unlimited data plans in February, which it had stopped selling in 2011, seeking to blunt the appeal of similar offers from T-Mobile and Sprint. That offer hit financials: Verizon had a 5.1% decline in revenue in its wireless business, to $20.9 billion.


Paul's Discount Iowa City Weekly Update: April 19, 2017

Paul's Discount

Spring weather is finally here! Save this week on a variety of lawn & garden, sporting goods, spring apparel & footwear and much more! Also save on Charmin Basic bathroom tissue, Taste of the Wild dog food, Sterzings potato chips, Ace wild bird food and more!
Our greenhouse is now open for the season!  We have the best buy in town on bedding plants! Large 4-packs of vegetables and flowers for only $1.19!!

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 Weekly Specials

Bill O’Reilly: “Disheartening” To Exit Fox News “Due To Completely Unfounded Claims” | Deadline

In FNC’s Mediabuzz coverage of today’s announcement, Howard Kurtz reported that his bosses severed ties to O’Reilly “after mounting allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior prompted the network to end his program.”

O’Reilly’s statement:

Over the past 20 years at Fox News I have been extremely proud to launch and lead one of the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and significantly contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television. It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.

I will always look back on my time with Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers. I wish only the best for Fox News Channel.


Project GREEN’s homegrown sale No. 48

IOWA CITY – Spring is here which means it’s time for area gardeners to start making lists for the Project GREEN annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale. The annual event will be held Saturday, May 6, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.  

The 48th annual GREEN Garden Fair offers gardeners a wide variety of hardy plants that have been grown and acclimatized to thrive in our area. Shoppers come back year after year for plants they know will grow well.

The Garden Fair will again offer a variety of creative items for a very special Mother’s Day gift. This year, Project GREEN gifts will include wooden birdhouses, herb gardens for your garden patios, painted clay pots, along with kokedama – a Japanese moss hanging that makes a great hanging plant made of a combination of peat soil and akedama, or bonsai soil.

For the first time, outside vendors will offer wood trellises and patio furniture, as well as cement garden designs for the lawn and patio. 

Watch Project GREEN’s website and Facebook page for a listing of plants, trees and shrubs that will be available at this year’s sale.

Since 1970, this annual event has offered thousands of plants perfectly suited and grown by volunteers that do especially well in our area. Gardeners will find sunny perennials, shade perennials, hosta and companion plants, groundcovers, shrubs and trees. Shoppers will find selection areas are marked by colorful hanging banners.

Java House will provide coffee and refreshments for sale. Shoppers can “park” purchases at one of two designated Plant Sitter areas while shopping for garden treasures or enjoying a treat. Cashiers will be located in three areas of the arena.

Johnson County Master Gardeners, DNR district forester, and representatives from Iowa City East Side Recycling Center / Landfill, Kent Park and Johnson County Bur Oak Land Trust, Johnson County Conservation, Monarchs in Eastern Iowa representatives will be available to answer questions concerning the environment, woodland management, tree pruning, wildlife and gardening. Iowa City staff will have displays of the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, and the special event facility, Ned Ashton House. Both projects are supported by Project GREEN. Landscape architect Laura Hawks display includes plans for Ashton House and Project GREEN Garden improvements that are supported by REAP Grant funds.

Since launching in 1968, the nonprofit Project GREEN (Grow to Reach Environmental Excellence Now) has funded $2 million in public landscape improvement and beautification projects and maintenance. The mission continues: enhance and beautify green spaces, parks, major entryways, roadsides, riverfront and median parkways. Through the years, the all-volunteer Project GREEN effort has grown to include public school grounds. Project GREEN also supports efforts to educate citizens about the importance of beautifying private property as well. The organization will celebrate 50 years of service to the community in 2018.

Grilling Good Eats - Grilling Basics and Recipes

By Mike Thayer

Some people call it grilling, others call it BBQ (I’ll talk about the difference later), but to borrow a snippet from the United States Postal Service creed, rain or shine, snow or sleet… you can deliver great grilled eats on any given day! It’s true, sunny days are optional. Anytime is grilling season, even if there’s a foot of snow on the ground where you live! Any day is a great day to light the charcoal, fire up the gas grill, load up the smoker, take the lid off the portable Weber, heck, rub two sticks together - it doesn’t matter how - put some meat on the fire!

Don’t forget the tongs…..