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Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 ran ... »

Medical marijuana bill advances in Iowa Senate

DES MOINES — A Senate committee voted Thursday to establish a comprehensive medical cannabis program for Iowans seeking relief from debilita ... »

Report: Doctors skittish of revealing Alzheimer's diagnosis

Someone develops Alzheimer's disease every 67 seconds in the United States, according to the Alzheimer's Association. But a »

Iowa Senate approves ban on minors using tanning beds

DES MOINES — Iowa minors under 18 years of age would be banned from commercial tanning salons under a bill that narrowly won bipartisan appr ... »

Report shows Medicaid expansion helping reduce uncompensated care

The number of uninsured or self-pay hospital admissions and emergency department visits has fallen substantially in states that chose to expand Med ... »

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Maple: It’s not just for syrup

In coffee, tea and barbecue sauce, with duck, turkey and salads, it’s become a go-to flavor.

Growing up, I associated maple flavor wit ... »

Cooking Club: Make-ahead chicken salad satisfies all week

Lunch is breaking free of its boring brown bag. Photoworthy midday meals streaming on social media make us drool all over our computer keyboard. En ... »

COOK CLUB: Gently poached salmon tops trendy grain bowl

Poaching outside of the kitchen is illegal, a practice of thieves and other ne’er-do-wells.

In the kitchen, though, poaching becomes ... »

Veterans Building project benefits from donated equipment

Furnishings left behind when a Ruby Tuesday restaurant closed in May 2012 will help the Cedar Rapids Veterans Memorial Commission replace chairs, t ... »

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
History advocates left with questions after meeting

DES MOINES — The largest assessment of the State Historical Society of Iowa’s 157-year-old archives still is far from complete. But s ... »

Iowa All Over: Gladbrook changing, evolving with the times

A lot has changed over the years in Gladbrook.

Businesses have come and gone. Others have changed hands. A school building recently closed as ... »

Off the Map: Wilder Museum a ‘special treasure’

STRAWBERRY POINT — Contrary to popular assumption, the Wilder Memorial Museum is not connected with Laura Ingalls Wilder, but with Frank and ... »

Travel: Chart your summer flight plan

Planning an international trip starts with determining an itinerary. Remember, flights are the means to an end. Selecting them wisely will enhance ... »

Newstrack: School shooting victim went on to have ‘long, happy life’

BACKGROUND

On the morning of Nov. 5, 1963, a little more than two weeks before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, 15-year- ... »

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Iowa City neurologist pens tales inspired by patients

Up until 15 years ago, Morgantown, WV, hosted an annual rattlesnake sacking competition.

Those brave — or foolhardy — enough t ... »

‘Splinters of Light’: Author finds joy in tragic tale

Imagine you are a successful 44-year-old woman. You have overcome raising your daughter alone after your husband left for a younger woman and start ... »

‘The Unraveling of Mercy Louis’: Writer is one to watch

Growing up is complicated, especially for young women in Texas, or so it seems in Keija Parssinen’s second novel, “The Unraveling of ... »

Stormin’ Norman back for second children’s book

We first met Andy Allen and his dog Norman in “Stormin’ Norman: The Soggy Doggy.”

Allen, an elementary school teacher ... »

Mark the end of the Civil War at Iowa City library

This April marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. After four years of war with more than 620,000 Americans dead, the ship, accord ... »

Saturday, March 28, 2015
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 ... »

From the Ground Up: Enjoy the fruits of spring labor

Spring is a good time to prune fruit trees. Pruning should be done before the fruit trees begin to break bud (leaf out) in early spring. Summer pru ... »

4 tasks you can do now to spruce up your yard

Once the snow melts, it can be tempting to start puttering in perennial beds and tackling other outdoor tasks.

Hold on to your hoe, though, ... »

Want dream home? Don’t move

HACKENSACK, N.J. — David Shanks longed for a bigger house. A roomy kitchen was on the list — he loved to cook and had a hard time whi ... »

From the Ground Up: There are plenty of activities for gardeners to do now

As we know, March can serve up a wide range of weather. Once it starts to warm up, gardeners are itching to get outside. Here are some guidelines a ... »