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October 2014

Iowa City Holiday Markets still on at a new location, but Winter Farmers Markets canceled

The Holiday Markets, operated by Iowa City's Parks and Recreation Department, are still on for 2014, but will be moving to a new location. The weekly Winter Farmers Market program, however, will not be held this season.

The annual Holiday Markets, where vendors sell foods and gift items for the holidays, are scheduled Saturday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year, they'll be held at the former Ben Franklin store site at the Iowa City Market Place (formerly Sycamore Mall).

The Winter Farmers Market, which was held each week at the Iowa City Market Place last winter, has been discontinued. Shoppers who want continued access to produce, meats, eggs, baked goods, crafts, and other Farmers Market-type items may opt to attend a different winter market at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. These markets are scheduled the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Building C.

For more information, contact Tammy Neumann, Parks and Recreation Administrative Secretary, at 319-356-5210 or

After Halloween, compost your pumpkins

Don't just throw out that pumpkin after Halloween! The City of Iowa City Solid Waste Division reminds you to compost it instead.

Pumpkins must be placed in a City of Iowa City Yard Waste bag or a container with a current yard waste sticker. There is a 50-pound weight limit per bag. Pumpkins should not be put in your regular household garbage container.

Yard waste bags, priced at $1.25 each, are available for purchase at participating Iowa City grocery, hardware and general merchandise stores, and at the Iowa City City Hall Cashier, 410 E. Washington Street. Generic paper yard waste bags cannot be substituted for City-branded yard waste bags if you wish curbside pickup.

After Oct. 1, yard waste stickers cost $12 and can be placed on a container no larger than 35 gallons that you supply. Stickers can be purchased in person at the Customer Service Cashier, City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Written orders may also be mailed to the Cashier at the above address, including name, service address, mailing address (if different), and check in the amount of $12.50 to cover postage/handling fee for each sticker ordered. Persons may order by phone at 319-356-5066 with a MasterCard or Visa credit card between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit or call 319-356-5180.

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The Democrats' Ground Game May Be Falling Short in Iowa - The Atlantic

NEWTON, Iowa—These are not easy times for a Democratic canvasser, and Cindy Pollard knows it. For months, she has been working the neighborhoods of this hollowed-out former manufacturing town east of Des Moines, driving up and down its streets in her black Toyota 4Runner. The vanity plate says "CINDY." One sticker says, "I'll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one." Another says, "I (Heart) My Wife."

At one house Pollard visits on an evening last week, a man shakes his head and says, "Just go along." At another, a woman says, "Technically, yes, I'm a Democrat, but I don't feel like we've got a good selection this year." In a sketchy apartment complex after dark, the man who answers the door yells inside, "Momma, some people here want to talk to you about voting," only to turn back to us and shake his head: "Naw, she don't want to talk to you." These are the people the Democrats have identified as the midterm voters they need.


Ex-Iowa field hockey coach, athletics administrator confirm relationship | KCRG-TV9

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A top University of Iowa athletic administrator and the college’s recently fired women’s field hockey coach say their long-standing relationship was not a conflict of interest.

The relationship between senior associate athletics director Jane Meyer and coach Tracey Griesbaum has come under scrutiny following Griesbaum’s recent firing over allegations of player mistreatment.


Asking for a Budget Cut

Faculty at the University of Iowa are bothered that their president publicly backed a plan to cut the university’s budget by nearly $50 million.

Privately, some faculty were horrified by seeing President Sally Mason’s signature on the letter endorsing cuts to the university. Other professors understood that Mason may have signed the letter at the insistence of the state university system's Board of Regents.

Read on....

J.K. Rowling delivers new 'Harry Potter' tale -

(CNN) -- No tricks here, just the treat: In honor of Halloween, J.K. Rowling is delving into the back story of one of "Harry Potter's" more twisted Hogwarts professors.

On Rowling's Pottermore website, the best-selling author has crafted a story about the life of Dolores Umbridge, whom fans will remember for her toad-like appearance, her hair bows and the gruesome way she chose to punish students.

It turns out that Umbridge was inspired by a real person. There was a teacher of Rowling's whom she "disliked intensely on sight," and it seems the feeling was mutual.


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Crucial Iowa Senate race tied; Romney, Clinton lead for 2016: Reuters/Ipsos poll | Reuters

(Reuters) - The high-profile U.S. Senate race in Iowa is a dead heat, with Democratic Representative Bruce Braley and Republican state Senator Joni Ernst each garnering the support of 45 percent of likely voters, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Braley and Ernst have been locked in a tight race that has seen an influx of outside money and appearances from prominent national figures on both sides of the aisle.

Republicans, who need to pick up six seats to take control of the Senate from Democrats, see the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Senator Tom Harkin as one they could move to their column.


Eric Frein to make first court appearance on cop-killing charge

After 7 weeks living off the land in a state forest, fugitive Eric Frein woke up Friday in a jail cell for his first court appearance on a capital murder charge of killing a Pennsylvania trooper.

For law enforcement in Pennsylvania, the capture of the 31-year-old self-trained survivalist Thursday night by U.S. Marshals was personal. He was placed in handcuffs belonging to the state trooper he is accusing of killing, Cpl. Byron Dickson, and placed in Dickson's patrol car.