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2008-07-10 09:00:35

By Scott Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 10--IOWA CITY -- The Big Ten Network and Mediacom, Iowa's largest cable provider, have jump-started negotiations this week with the possibility of ending a yearlong impasse. "We are in active discussions," Phyllis Peters, Mediacom's senior communications manager wrote in an e-mail response. "Whether that is face-to-face or the exchange of printed documents -- it's really a combination of various kinds of contact and a real serious...

2008-07-09 12:00:32

By George C. Ford, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 9--CEDAR RAPIDS -- A panel of airport directors that includes an Eastern Iowan today will meet in Washington to discuss the need for a national air service policy and a related national energy policy. Eastern Iowa Airport Director Dan Mann will join his colleagues on the American Association of Airport Executives Energy/Air Service Task Force for two days of meetings. "This is a national problem," Mann said. "The airlines cannot...

2008-07-05 12:00:22

By Meredith Hines-Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 5--IOWA CITY -- Derek Thuecks met supermodel Cindy Crawford when he was a teenager. He met her twice more in his 20s. A photograph was taken at each meeting. As an undergraduate college student, they were displayed in his dorm room. "That was pre-marriage," said Thuecks, 28. The University of Iowa graduate student will take a fourth picture today. Thuecks, who lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife, Suzanne, will...

2008-07-03 12:00:39

By George C. Ford, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 3--C EDAR RAPIDS -- With members of the Cedar Rapids Symphony Follies "Rockettes" dancing to Frank Sinatra singing "New York, New York," American Eagle Airlines on Wednesday inaugurated non-stop service between Cedar Rapids and New York's LaGuardia Airport. Airport Director Dan Mann said New York is one of the top 10 destinations for business and leisure travelers using the regional airport in Cedar Rapids. He thanked the airline...

2008-07-03 09:00:54

American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, has launched a non-stop service between the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and New York's LaGuardia Airport. American Eagle operates the round-trip service with its 37-seat Embraer ERJ-135 jets. The new service will operate daily except Saturdays. Peter Bowler, president and CEO of American Eagle, said: "We are pleased to be adding service to Cedar Rapids. With service to Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, St...

2008-07-01 09:00:50

By Dave DeWitte, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jul. 1--CEDAR RAPIDS -- Employees of Clipper Turbine Works decided not to join a union in a weekend vote that represented one of the first attempts to unionize a wind power supplier in Iowa. The National Labor Relations Board conducted elections Friday and Saturday at the plant in southwest Cedar Rapids on representation by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 204. The vote was 45 in favor of the union and 125 opposed...

2008-06-30 09:03:18

By Pat Shaver, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jun. 30--CEDAR RAPIDS -- Elementary students in the United States have a hard time imagining walking six to eight miles a night to sleep in a safe place. While students here have many educational resources, Ugandan children have very few. Third-grade students at Prairie Ridge Elementary School, 401 76th Ave. SW, packed and shipped about 200 books they wrote and 150 donated books to their sister school in Gulu, Uganda, before the school...

2008-06-27 12:03:03

By Dave DeWitte, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jun. 27--CEDAR RAPIDS -- Downtown businesses should have a better idea today when their electricity will be restored, as Alliant Energy officials continue to assess the damage caused by flooding this month. Hundreds of downtown businesses have been without power since Alliant powered down its downtown electric distribution system June 12. Floodwaters in the underground vault system that carries Alliant's power lines and other utilities...

2008-06-26 12:03:13

By Dave DeWitte, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jun. 26--Downtown businesses should have a better idea tomorrow when their electricity should be restored, as Alliant Energy officials continue to assess the damage caused by flooding more than two weeks previous. Hundreds of downtown businesses have been without power since Alliant powered down its downtown electric distribution system on June 22. Floodwaters that filled much of the underground vault system that carries Alliant's power...

2008-06-26 12:00:00

By James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jun. 26--CEDAR RAPIDS -- A federal emergency jobs program will match five Iowans who are out of work due to recent flooding with the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa, which needs help recovering from the flood. "They'll be able to help us with some of the lifting and carrying to put the place back together," Tom Moore, the museum's executive director, said about the workers who will be hired through a $17.1...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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