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2008-07-23 12:00:54

By Eric Clark, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 23--IOWA CITY -- Good thing it was The Apples in Stereo playing into the wee hours Tuesday morning at The Picador. A less effervescent band might have put the Monday night party crowd to sleep. Hitting the stage after midnight following three opening bands (including up-and-coming Ames indie-poppers Poison Control Center), the Denver-based Apples in Stereo bounced through a 75-minute set of bright and sunny powerpop, the kind of...

2008-07-22 12:00:58

By Kristina Andino, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 22--CEDAR RAPIDS -- If Taylor teachers' placements are any indication, the school's students may be scattered throughout schools this fall. Three feet of Taylor's first floor, at 720 Seventh Ave. SW, flooded during the historic June floods. It will not open in 2008-09. Beyond that, it could open or not as a grade school. It could also reopen as an early child hood center or administrative offices, Superintendent Dave Markward...

2008-07-19 15:00:32

By Gregg Hennigan, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 19--IOWA CITY -- The Iowa City school district should not hire armed security guards for its high schools, a district committee has concluded. In fact, the group decided there was no need for any guards, commonly called school resource officers, even if they did not carry guns, Associate Superintendent Jim Behle said Friday. The district began studying the issue last fall after a sharp increase in fights among high school...

2008-07-18 18:00:35

By Gregg Hennigan, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 18--IOWA CITY -- The Iowa City school district should not hire armed security guards for its high schools, a district committee has concluded. In fact, the group decided there was no need for any guards, commonly called school resource officers, even if they did not carry guns, Associate Superintendent Jim Behle said Friday. The district began studying the issue last fall following a sharp increase in fights among high school...

2008-07-18 12:01:08

By Dave DeWitte, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 18--The price of gas in Iowa climbed 1.8 percent in the state's latest monthly survey as energy price records continued to fall. The average price of ethanol Tuesday was $3.93 per gallon, up 1.8 percent from the average of $3.86 found in the mid-June survey by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. State Energy Policy Analyst Tommi Makila said gasoline and diesel prices remain in record territories, but oil prices have dampened...

2008-07-18 12:00:57

By Trish Mehaffey, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 18--CEDAR RAPIDS -- Two Agriprocessors Inc. supervisors charged with aiding and abetting illegal workers at the Postville meatpacking plant pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. Juan Carlos Guerrero-Espinoza, 35, and Martin De La Rosa-Loera, 43, were charged with aiding and abetting another in knowingly possessing, obtaining, accepting and receiving a resident alien card, knowing the card had been...

2008-07-16 12:01:29

By Jim Ecker, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 16--from his job this summer and early fall while he receives treatment at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for tonsillar cancer. Patterson, 57, spent 20 years as an assistant coach at Iowa from 1979 through 1998 under Hayden Fry, helping the Hawkeyes compile a 143-89-6 record with 14 bowl games and three Big Ten titles. Patterson began two days of medical tests at the UI hospital on Monday and is scheduled to begin seven...

2008-07-16 12:01:08

By George C. Ford, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 16--At a time when the airline industry is struggling with soaring fuel costs, airports across Iowa on Tuesday were awarded state funding for a variety of construction projects. The Iowa Transportation Commission approved $4.5 million in funding for commercial aviation, general aviation and airport improvements. The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids received $317,526 to help pay for $2,871,920 of renovation to the upper level...

2008-07-15 18:00:38

MADISON, Wis., July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Energy Corporation announced today that the estimated impact of last month's unprecedented flooding in its service territory will reduce its utility business earnings per share by approximately $0.20 in 2008. While almost 75 percent of the counties in the three states that Alliant Energy provides service were declared federal disaster areas, the most significant damage was experienced in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the company's largest load...

2008-07-11 12:00:51

By James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 11--CEDAR RAPIDS -- Attorney General Tom Miller is defending more than $6 million in payouts to companies claiming to have been harmed by Iowa's ban of TouchPlay video gaming machines. A pair of settlements totaling about $3 million that Miller announced this week brings the state's payout to companies that invested in the video games to about $6.5 million. "Six million dollars is a significant amount of money, but the context is...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'