“Lizzie Gilday, Fort Dodge, Ia. May this reach my true love.” The message was written on an egg that Charles Percy H. Smith held in his hands in his office in Guines, Cuba, in 1900. It came to him in an unusual way, and his curiosity led him to a woman who might have been his true love. Iowa History, a weekly column, appears at IowaWatch on Saturdays. Cheryl Mullenbach is a former history teacher, newspaper editor, and public television project manager.
IowaWatch will host forums on Sept. 14 and 15 in North Liberty and Iowa City, respectively, that give the public a chance to talk with local newspaper editors about decisions editors make about news, and how to get news into the papers.
IowaWatch assistant editor and data analyst Lauren Mills and Iowa City Press-Citizen reporter Stephen Gruber-Miller were guests on the Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, “Your Town” segment of Jay Capron’s morning show on KXIC radio, AM 800, in Iowa City.
The Katie Kuntz documentary for IowaWatch, “Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland,” premieres at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, on Iowa Public Television’s World channel – .3 on the statewide network’s three digital television channels. Iowa has seen an increasing use of methamphetamine, a dangerous, synthetic concoction of chemicals that can give users an artificial high. “Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland,” shows the impact meth has on Iowa children raised in a home with an addicted parent. This IPTV site tells you six different air times for the 30-minute report on World in January.
Deborah Case-Schutzman will be the first to tell you her home is crowded. She lives in a two-bedroom mobile home near Cedar Rapids with her six children and ex-husband. Right now, she said she feels there are no other options.
Many of those working to solve Iowa City’s need for more affordable housing agree that a regional policy for Coralville, North Liberty and other communities in addition to Iowa City would be beneficial.
At 53, Rose LaGrange is living her dream.
She became a first-time homeowner in November 2009 with the help of a program administered by the Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County, an organization that supports affordable housing by funding affordable home ownership, rental and transitional housing.
In another case involving a University of Iowa faculty member and allegations of sexual misconduct, an assistant professor who has been on paid leave for two years went on trial to face charges that he assaulted and sexually abused his lab assistant.
Toshiki Itoh, 47, a faculty member in the Department of Pathology, draws a salary of $93,000 a year and was put on paid leave after he was charged in 2008.