Saturday, January 31, 2015
Health officials: Measles still possible here

Iowa hasn’t seen a measles case since 2011. But public health officials say it isn’t a stretch to think that the outbreaks happening ... »

Ebola expert to speak at Coe College

Ebola may not dominate the headlines like it did over the summer, but that doesn’t mean the disease isn’t still a concern.

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CDC installing cameras in labs in agency-wide safety push

ATLANTA — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has introduced camera monitoring of workers in its highest-level biosafe ... »

Lawmakers skeptical over closing mental health facilities

DES MOINES — Lawmakers’ reactions to a proposal to phase out services at the Mount Pleasant and Clarinda mental health institutions r ... »

Court petitioned to liquidate CoOportunity Health

Iowa Commissioner Nick Gerhart filed a petition with the Polk County District Court on Thursday, seeking the liquidation of not-for-profit health i ... »

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Review: Caribbean Kitchen

At the Caribbean Kitchen, the jerk chicken is smoked for several hours in pimento wood, harvested from the allspice tree.

Owner and chef Pa ... »

Who knew? Pasta made from veggies can offer great taste

If you resolved to eat better this year, maybe you're wondering where to start. How can you eat more vegetables without eati ... »

Cooking up changes for Cook Club in 2015

Just as many of you do this time of year, we reflected on the past year and resolved to improve The Gazette KCRG-TV9 Cook Club.


Cook Club: Wow with wontons

In my family, it's not a new year until we've gathered around a table to play games, watch football and eat finger foods.

It's appropriate, ... »

Sunday, February 01, 2015
Pants-Free Parenting: ‘Beating the crowds’ with young kids doesn’t always work

Taking a road trip with your children across the country should be punishment for stealing. I have met some people who really enjoy long car rides ... »

Area programs turn used license plates into money for local charities

Iowa drivers go through a lot of license plates.

Every month, Johnson County Treasurer Thomas Kriz’s office collects hundreds of used ... »

PFLAG plans to continue bibliotherapy program

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids chapter of PFLAG is examining the initial impact of its bibliotherapy program.

The program, which bega ... »

Miss Iowa kicking off series on diversity

Nina Yu still remembers the moment that stung, a moment when she was made to feel she shouldn’t be proud of who she is.

“I reme ... »

Robins sixth-grader takes runner up prize in national writing contest

CEDAR RAPIDS — Joanne Lee, a sixth-grader at Regis Middle School in Cedar Rapids, recently received a guitar and CD signed by pop star Taylo ... »

Sunday, February 01, 2015
‘Horrorstor’: Novel is crafted to look like catalog

Grady Hendrix manages to both send up corporate retail life and deliver some genuinely scary stuff in “Horrorstor” (Quirk Books, 250 ... »

Local Best Sellers


1. “Lila” Robinson

2. “Descent” Johnston

3. “Wapsipinicon Almanac #21 ... »

‘Blood-Drenched Beard’: Dog saves narrator and the book

It’s easy to draw comparisons between Brazilian author Daniel Galera’s recently translated novel “Blood-Drenched Beard” ... »

‘My Mother’s Secret’: Story reminds us of hope during horror’s of Holocaust

Every time I read a story based on the Holocaust, I am riveted and in awe of the horrific acts perpetrated on the Jewish people. Every story I have ... »

‘The Same Sky’: Novel based on real experiences reminds readers we all live under ‘The Same Sky’

Best-Selling author, Jodi Picoult has said, “This is the timeliest book you will read this year ... This one’s going to haunt me for ... »

Saturday, January 31, 2015
From the Ground Up: Be sure to evaluate mail order purchases

When shopping online or in catalogs for plants, it’s important to understand what you are buying. Know both common and botanical names of pl ... »

From the Ground Up: Caring for birds in the winter

LINN COUNTY — As we move though the coldest days of winter — we need to remember our wildlife friends. Although birds are well adapte ... »

From the Ground Up: These plants are easy to grow at home

Green plants inside your house are a great way to keep your spirits up and get a start on spring.

Remember, though, that houseplants need th ... »

From The Ground Up: Protect your trees, shrubs from winter harsh salt damage

De-icing salts are one of the necessities of winter in Iowa.

De-icing compounds, such as NaCl, CaCl2, KCl and MgCl2, can damage landscape pl ... »

From the Ground Up: From onlooker to insider

Shortly after I moved to Iowa, I attended the Linn County Master Gardener Winter Gardening Fair in February, 2012. You may not know it, but the LCM ... »

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