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Makeda Scott

21 year- old Makeda Scott was found dead in lake MacBride Monday, June 9. (image via @majaxella on Twitter)

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Douglas: Garza’s return spells historic upcoming season for Iowa

Iowa athletics hasn’t seen a decision of this magnitude in 35 years. Not since the winter of 1985 to be exact when star quarterback Chuck Long announced he would return to Iowa to help the Hawkeyes get a shot at a national championship and a Heisman Trophy. Instead of the gridiron, this decision came on the hardwood, and the subject of the decision was Luka Garza. His decision? It’s time to ramp up for the winter of 2020-21 as the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year. The consensus 1st-team All-American is returning to Iowa City for his senior season. … Continued

Music
The Best Releases of July – Music Staff Picks

Written contributions from Jaden Amjadi, Sydney Sjobakken, and Derek Tate Illuminati Hotties – Free I.H: This is not the One You’ve Been Waiting For Everything about the presentation of this new record from Illuminati Hotties–from its status as a mixtape to its name–implies it is meant to be taken more as an interim before their real sophomore album. And yet, this may go down as one of the most memorable punk records of the year. Core member Sarah Tudzin takes the foundation of power-pop and plays with its boundaries with songs that are still fun and immediate. The opener, “will … Continued

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Free Duke

28-year-old Tremayne “Duke” Clemons has been falsely accused of a shooting in Coralville, and eight months later is still in jail. He has not been able to post bail or bond even thought he has already been proven innocent. Police raided Duke’s home and took him into custody January 7. He was questioned and was able to prove that he had no connection, but was held in jail. Polices obtained an illegal urine sample, and since Duke had marijuana in his system they felt that they could keep him in custody. Duke’s trial is set for August 17, and he … Continued

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Opinion: No football spells danger for student-athletes and local economies

Is there going to be a college football season at all in the 2020 calendar year due to the COVID-19 pandemic? In my short answer: yes, there absolutely should be. The time on the calendar that sports fans begin to set their sights on the upcoming college football season has been the debate that has been raging hot since the 4th of July holiday. However, we can’t deny the reality of our current situation. National cases are on the climb, over 130,000 Americans have died from the virus and the closest vaccine is likely on hold until this upcoming winter. … Continued

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LGBT Youth in Iowa City

By KRUI News Reporter Michael Gerald “It gets better” – Helping Queer Youth Life for Trae Krum would most likely be considered normal given the traditional American narrative. The southern California native grew up in a religiously conservative household with her 3 sisters and mother and father, who affectionately referred to her as Tracy. Trae attended church, kept her hair long, wore dresses, showed cleavage, and dated boys. None of this, however, was normal for Trae. “Living in the closet is almost as painful as what happens after coming out.” Trae said. Her adolescence, a confusing and traumatic enough experience … Continued

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By KRUI contributing reporter Mike Mendenhall and KRUI News Director Betsy Penisten Betsy and Mike spoke with the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund Cecile Richards in a 2-part on-air phone interview about the interest of Planned Parenthood in the November presidential election. Cecile weighs in on the issues greatly affecting women and discusses science, fact and belief on the basis of conception. Planned Parenthood part 1 Planned Parenthood part 2

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By KRUI News Director Betsy Penisten News Director Betsy Penisten spoke with legendary American singer, songwriter and guitarist James Taylor in a two-part on-air phone interview about the importance of early voting. _James Taylor Interview 1   James Taylor Interview 2

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By staff writer Jen Hoch Local News Speeding and other drugs Two men were arrested in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and caught in possession of 52 grams o f marijuana as the result of a high speed chase. According to Johnson County criminal complaints, 19-yeard-old Patrick D. James Jr., and 21-year-old Bernard J. Butler II were speeding on Interstate 380, traveling 80 mph in a 70 mph zone before being caught with more than a 10th of a pound of marijuana. The men allegedly exited the Interstate onto the North Liberty exist and onto Penn Street before driving around 70 mph … Continued

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By staff writer Snovil Dong State News Bullying in schools under fire In order to stop bullying in schools, all Iowa middle schools and high schools have been invited to submit a video about what their school has done to prevent bullying. By using on social networking sites, citizens will be able to vote on their favorite video, and the winning school will get $500 for bullying prevention. The government officer who is in charge of this event also said parents have a responsibility to monitor their children at home to stop bullying both on and off campus. Local News … Continued

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By KRUI news reporter Betsy Penisten Johnson dismissed from football Sophomore running back for the Iowa Hawkeyes De’Andre Johnson has been dismissed from the team, Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz said Wednesday. Johnson was suspended Sunday upon earning two tickets in the past week. Johnson played four games in 2011, rushing 18 times for 79 yards. According to reports Johnson received a ticket for eluding arrest after being ticketed for speeding on Saturday. Just two days earlier, Johnson was ticketed again after countless  noise complaints were reported to the Iowa City police. Johnson received a ticket for maintaining a disorderly … Continued

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By reporter Betsy Penisten Local news Closing day at Johnson County Fair Today is the last day of the Johnson County Fair. If you haven’t had a chance to make it out to the fair yet this week, tonight will be a great night to do so with evening temperatures dipping into the upper 60’s. With the significant lack of rain during the past two weeks fair organizers have been tossing around the idea of whether or not cancel the annual fireworks show as they believe it poses some threats. No word this morning on any cancellation yet. The fireworks … Continued

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By reporter Betsy Penisten Fair Queen Crowned The Johnson County Fair officially crowned its queen Monday.  Out of 8 contestants, 18-year-old Rebecca Haugland from Solon, was awarded the crown. Haugland was just a young 4-Her when she watched her first queen competition, she says, “Being in 4-H, I always watched the queen competition. So when I got that old, I knew I wanted to compete.” Monday’s competition marked Haugland’s third year taking part in the contest. The running for the crown includes undergoing a personal interview with the judges a week before the fair, then from that point, the judges … Continued

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