Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Employees praise Iowa Mental Health Institutes, lament closures, at hearing

DES MOINES – Former and current employees at Iowa mental health institutes targeted for closure Wednesday refuted claims that the facilities ... »

Years later, Anchor Center finally opens
CEDAR RAPIDS — Sitting empty more than six years because of a lack of funding, the Anchor Center — a residential treatment center for pa ... »
St. Luke’s, PCI team up for advanced cardiac care
CEDAR RAPIDS — Specialists from two of Cedar Rapids’ major health care providers are partnering to provide better cardiac care, official ... »
Rural health part 4: Budgets are a balancing act for rural hospitals
When it comes to a rural hospital's budget, it's all about balance. These hospitals generally have more narrow financial margins in addition to large ... »
Obama administration proposes removing hurdle to ‘wellness’ penalties
By Sharon Begley, ReutersNEW YORK — In what would be a significant and hard-fought victory for U.S. businesses, the Obama administration on Thu ... »
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 ... »

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
A pair of local Girl Scouts earn top awards

In order to earn a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must plan a sustainable project that benefits the community and complete at least 80 hours of volunteer ... »

Freedom Festival parade moves to NewBo
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Freedom Festival parade has a new route this year. Planned construction in Greene Square Park is displacing the annual event ... »
Pants Free Parenting: How do you raise a boy? Just like a girl
Before I had a boy a lot of people said to me, “What will you do with a boy?” This comment was probably prompted by my complete disregard ... »
It was in Iowa where he discovered barbershop
Even a pending open heart surgery can’t keep Bob Nance from singing.For the past 63 years, Nance has made it to nearly every Thursday night Har ... »
New life, look for old Bohemian cabin
ELY — A log cabin that was built in the 1800s is getting a face-lift on Paul Morf’s property near Palisades-Kepler State Park. The cabin ... »
Saturday, April 18, 2015
REVIEW | ‘Vano and Niko and Other Stories’

A hot topic in education is divergent thinking. Often a 1968 study by George Land and Beth Jarman is cited. In this study, researchers asked 1,600 ... »

‘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 di ... »
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 ... »
Saturday, April 18, 2015
From the ground up: Address the carbon dioxide factor in garden

Your carbon footprint or CO2 output is important. As a gardener, do you contribute to the problem or solve the problem? The answer depends on how y ... »

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 up with wha ... »
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 ... »