Monday Morning Read: Democratic hopefuls descend on Iowa, 'chaotic' ped mall shooting, robbery reported Sunday morning

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TODAY’S WEATHER — Partly cloudy, slight chance of rain. High 73, low 56.

DEMOCRATIC HOPEFULS DESCEND ON IOWA — For some Trump-weary Democrats, 2020 can’t come soon enough. Iowa, which famously launches the nation’s presidential selection process, already is starting to see the formative stages of the next White House sweepstakes more than three years out. Read more:

‘CHAOTIC’ PED MALL SHOOTING — A chaotic scene unfolded early Sunday morning as three people were shot in the Iowa City Pedestrian Mall just as hundreds of people — including newly-arrived University of Iowa students — were emptying out of downtown bars. Iowa City Police Capt. Troy Kelsay said the shooting appeared to be the result of some conflict between two groups. Two men are in custody in connection with the shooting. Read more:

ROBBERY REPORTED SUNDAY MORNING — Iowa City police are looking for information on a robbery alleged to have occurred early Sunday morning. According to police, two men were walking in the area of Market and Lucas streets around 2:30 a.m. when they were approached by two men. The two unidentified men assaulted the victims and took their phones, police said. Read more:

NEWEST KERNEL BRINGS SMILES — It’s a Sunday postgame at Veterans Memorial Stadium, which means Royce Lewis is standing in the outfield with Cedar Rapids Kernels teammates, signing autographs. The line for his signature is the longest, as always, Everyone wants a piece of a first-overall draft pick, which is the main reason for the length of his line. But there’s also something else. Read more:

QUOTABLE“We just like to build those relationships and we want them to feel comfortable. We never want them to be afraid of us.” Cedar Rapids police officers Shannon Sampson, on the Cedar Rapids PAL program, which visits each classroom at each elementary school to teach the students about a variety of topics related to student safety

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