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Friday Morning Read: Cedar Rapids restaurants compete at Dinner of Champions, Iowa could be in the landing zone of falling Chinese space lab, Russian wrestlers might not make it to Iowa City for United World Wrestling World Cup

Nonprofit Cafe 361 participants Dynasty Roundtree, 14 (right), and Ronisha Techau, 15, prepare Nutella pain perdu with orange anglaise and cornflake crumble during Thursday’s Dinner of Champions. The entry by the Pig and Porter was named best desssert. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Nonprofit Cafe 361 participants Dynasty Roundtree, 14 (right), and Ronisha Techau, 15, prepare Nutella pain perdu with orange anglaise and cornflake crumble during Thursday’s Dinner of Champions. The entry by the Pig and Porter was named best desssert. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

Uncontrolled Chinese space lab drops toward Earth - and Iowa could be in the landing zone- 

“Iowa is one of many, many, many places where we have high population density and we are in the possible re-entry path,”said University of Iowa assistant physics and astronomy professor Allison Jaynes. “We are just going to have to wait and see.”

Scientists are tracking the lab’s path in hopes of informing the public as they get more clarity.

“Although, in all likelihood, it will impact the water, the ocean, because most of our planet is made up of ocean,” Jaynes said.

Even if it doesn’t come down in the United States, skygazers might catch a glimpse of its arrival. It’s supposed to be bright enough to see even during the day, according to Jaynes. Read more...

Dinner of Champions: Cedar Rapids restaurants slice and dice their way to top- At Thursday’s Dinner of Champions, the night ostensibly was about which of seven competing restaurants had the best dish. But for many of the participants, winning wasn’t the point.

Rather, it was about the local restaurant scene as a whole.

“Of course you want to win, but it’s always good to see someone else doing well, too,” said Daniel Dennis, executive chef at the Cedar Grille at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. “The most fun part of these events is what happens when the event is over. It’s always a great time when you get together with other chefs.” Read more...

Doubts raised if Russian wrestlers will make it to Iowa City for United World Wrestling World Cup- Thousands of athletes from around the world will converge next week on Iowa City, except now perhaps not Russian wrestlers.

While the city and USA Wrestling prepare to host the wrestling World Cup, the Russian Foreign Ministry claims the United States is refusing to schedule visa interviews for its athletes to attend.

The United World Wrestling Senior Men’s Freestyle Wrestling World Cup traditionally is an eight-team tournament, and is scheduled for April 7 and 8 at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

But this week’s Cold War-style tension among Russia and the United States is exacerbating a dispute over travel visas that began weeks ago. Read more...

Mission Creek returns to Iowa City: 2018 lineup- This annual six-day festival showcases performance, literature and community events around Iowa City. See the scheduled lineup here.

Ferentzes, neighbors ordered to court- University of Iowa Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz and his wife have been ordered to appear in court, along with their neighbors, after a settlement in a lawsuit apparently fell through.

Kirk and Mary Ferentz were scheduled to go to trial Feb. 6 in Johnson County for a lawsuit over road repairs and other issues in their rural Johnson County neighborhood. But the evening before the trial, the parties said they reached a resolution.

Six neighbors who sued the Ferentzes were to file dismissals by March 8, but when that wasn’t done, the trial was put back on the court calendar. Read more...

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