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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Obama administration proposes removing hurdle to ‘wellness’ penalties

By Sharon Begley, Reuters

NEW YORK — In what would be a significant and hard-fought victory for U.S. businesses, the Obama administrat ... »

Mercy, Rockwell open telehealth clinic
CEDAR RAPIDS — A different kind of health care clinic will open on the Rockwell Collins’s campus.The Cedar Rapids-based avionics and inf ... »
Linn County offering free STI testing
CEDAR RAPIDS — In an effort to reduce Linn County’s high sexually transmitted infection rate, the health department will offer free test ... »
$130,000 grant intended to improve bmix of planning and public health
CEDAR RAPIDS — The American Planning Association-Iowa Chapter recently received a $130,000 grant from its parent organization to implement two ... »
University of Iowa hospitals ranks among nation’s best employers
IOWA CITY — Forbes this week unveiled its 2015 list of America’s best employers, and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics ranked ... »
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
COOK CLUB: A shortcake treat to make skeptics sweet on rhubarb

It’s appropriate that April — the month that brings us fools and jokes — is also rhubarb season.

Rhubarb is no joke. It ... »

Monday, April 13, 2015
Strong African American Families focuses on goal setting, positive interactions

CEDAR RAPIDS — A new program aims to help African American families set goals, plan for the future and interact in a positive environment. »

Kites for Kids Festival taking place in Iowa City, North Liberty
This year’s Kites for Kids Festival will take place this year to North Liberty, in addition to its original location in Iowa City.The impetus b ... »
Pants-Free Parenting: Despite our fears, kids really are resilient
When I called poison control after my baby ate a cigarette, the woman on the line just laughed. “You’d be surprised at how much nicotine ... »
For the trees
While savoring a chicken roulade dinner in Lied Lodge’s Timber Dining Room we watched the setting sun illuminate distant Arbor Lodge, the home ... »
Library is central to L.A.’s heart
Los Angeles vacations generally include Disneyland, Universal Studios and other attractions with hefty admission fees. You can, though, visit a place ... »
Sunday, April 12, 2015
‘Autumn Dead’ and ‘The Night Remembers’: Two of Ed Gorman’s best recently re-released together

Two of Ed Gorman's finest novels are out in an omnibus offering that gives longtime fans an opportunity to revisit them and new readers a chance at ... »

Local Best Sellers
FICTION/NON-FICTION1. “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others” Laymon2. “On Immunity” Biss3. “A Wrestling Life ... »
Iowa City woman consulted to create story for current American Girl of the Year
IOWA CITY — For nearly 30 years, American Girl dolls and their stories have charmed America's girls. The doll collection started with historic ... »
‘The Distant Marvels’: Acevedo is a true storyteller in every sense
When I was in graduate school in Syracuse, our best nights seemed to always involve a guy named Phil LaMarche. He wasn’t a partyer or a wild gu ... »
“Snippets”: A life told in ‘Snippets’
Gordon Strayer, known to many from his long career with the University of Iowa News Services, has collected memories from his long life into “S ... »
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Plan to plant

Just like you should avoid grocery shopping when hungry, you shouldn’t start a landscape project without a plan.

“You may end u ... »

From the Ground Up: Feed hummingbirds and they will come
Q: I love seeing hummingbirds, and I’d like to attract more of them to my garden. How do I do that? A: Hummingbirds are wonderful creatures to ... »
Tips for making choosing cabinets easy
Kitchen cabinets do more than store dishes and hold up countertops, they are literally the foundation of a kitchen, both functionally and aestheticall ... »
From the Ground Up: Gardening for butterflies
Milkweed is a well-known way to lure monarchs to our yard.Other plants, though, attract local butterfly and moth species and support bees. Research wh ... »
From the Ground UP: Pinning down proper time to prune is tricky
Proper pruning time is one of the hardest landscape tasks to pin down. March is ideal because it is the late dormant season, just before the onset of ... »