Thursday, June 25, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court upholds key Obamacare insurance subsidies

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation o ... »

Volunteering at hospice brings both tears and rewards
He can’t say why he chose it. All he wanted to do was serve others. So Todd Betzer, 72 of Marion, found himself volunteering at a hospice.Just ... »
University of Iowa plans to develop early screening test for pregnancy disorder
IOWA CITY — The American Heart Association announced Thursday a $3.7 million grant to fund a team of University of Iowa researchers investigati ... »
No backup should Supreme Court scrap ACA subsidies
By the end of this month, the Supreme Court will announce its decision in King v. Burwell, the latest high-stakes fight over the Affordable Care Act. ... »
Caregivers Part Two: Don’t forget to take care of yourself
IOWA CITY — For many caregivers, the time involved in caring for a loved one often means juggling employment with a whole new list of at-home r ... »
Sunday, July 05, 2015
Pants-Free Parenting: Chasing toddlers — The joys of running away

Yes, I know my baby is running away. Thank you.

These words should be tattooed on my forehead. Everywhere I go, there my son goes, toddling ... »

Antique shows hope to fill void left by longtime Hanson’s Grove show
Three area antique shows hope to pick up where Solon’s former Hanson’s Grove antique show left off last year when it closed for good aft ... »
Springville student heads to Naval Academy
The moment Andrew Lorimer found out he was accepted into his dream college wasn’t exactly what he had imagined.Instead of celebrating or callin ... »
Travel: Brown, Indiana
Indiana’s Brown County doesn’t deserve its prosaic name, for this scenic region south of Indianapolis is anything but brown. Especially ... »
Iowa All Over: Schools of the past
MOUNT VERNON — Minutes away from Cedar Rapids, just down Mount Vernon Road, a historic building offers visitors a look at the Abbe Creek School ... »
Sunday, July 05, 2015
‘The Land of Milk and Honey’: A binge book for those with farming background

Eating food has become political. Whether you choose organic or not, choose to buy food at a large chain or a small market, our choices seem to div ... »

‘Playlist for the Dead’: Book loses its footing over tunes
In Michelle Falkoff's new young adult novel “Playlist for the Dead,” Sam finds his best friend Hayden dead after a disastrous encounter at ... »
‘Elimination’ should be added to reading list
Jessica Bradshaw, a U.S. Congressman, is engaged in a tight election battle when someone fires shots at her after a televised debate. The shots miss, ... »
Kids explore America’s culture at the library
While the world awaits the arrival of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” many of us are rereading her classic “To Kill a Mo ... »
‘The Eternal City’: Novel worthy of teen obsession
There’s a tween in my family who is obsessed with books featuring mythological characters. She’s been casting about for her next book. P ... »
Saturday, July 04, 2015
At Home: Granite, quartz countertops offer durability, beauty in the kitchen

Ready for a fresh look in your kitchen? New countertops are a good place to start.

Donna Hamm, owner of Hamm's Home Interiors in Iowa City, ... »

From the Ground Up: ‘Go native’ when it comes to landscaping your yard
Q: Everyone keeps talking about planting native plants. What are they and why should I plant them? A: Good question. The emphasis on planting native ... »
At Home: Maintenance tips for your mid-summer garden
Summer is officially here, and gardens are in full bloom. Jennifer Shull, manager at Culver's Garden Center and Greenhouse, offers some advice to keep ... »
From the Ground Up: When to bring summer blooming flowers indoors
Last month we shared tips for spring bouquets, this week is tips for long lasting summer blooms. Always cut flowers in early morning when they contain ... »
Lowe Park will be one of six stops on Linn County Garden Walk
LINN COUNTY — Just a short drive from downtown Marion, a tranquil destination awaits. Lowe Park's demonstration gardens are home to nearly ever ... »