Tuesday morning read: Mayoral candidates face each other at forum, open heart surgery takes place at Mercy, another year of higher alcohol sales in Iowa

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Mayoral forum: Hart vs. Vernon - Cedar Rapids mayoral candidate Monica Vernon absorbed criticism about her involvement in partisan politics during a forum Monday night but scored that experience as an asset.

Vernon, who’s well known for her runs for higher office as a Democrat, said when it comes to building relationships in the Statehouse in Des Moines or inside the beltway in Washington, D.C., officials know a person’s politics before they arrive, and it is “naive” to assume one can conceal his or her political affiliation. Read more...

First open heart surgery performed at Mercy - About a year after receiving state approval for a cardiovascular surgical program, Mercy Medical Center successfully performed its first open heart surgery this month.

The surgical team — led by Dr. C.C. Lee, the hospital’s medical director of cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery services — performed a triple coronary artery bypass grafting on Nov. 1. Read more...

Iowans continue to drink more - State policymakers are toasting another year of higher alcohol sales in Iowa.

The 2017 annual report by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division won’t be released until the agency’s oversight commission approves it, but division administrator Stephen Larson gave Gov. Kim Reynolds a taste of the numbers Monday during a budget presentation. Read more...

Cedar Rapids homicide victim about to be new father - Tarrence Newman wanted one more baby, said his girlfriend, Stephanie Rinearson.

Last week, the couple learned she was pregnant. But that happy news quickly turned to tragedy when Newman was found slain Sunday night in his northeast Cedar Rapids home in what police say is the fourth homicide this year in Cedar Rapids.

“They took him away,” Rinearson said through tears. “They took him away from my unborn baby. What am I supposed to tell my baby?”

Predictions for this week in Iowa football - Maybe there’s an amount of time that will make what happened to Iowa at Camp Randall Stadium OK. And maybe there isn’t.

A lot went into the No. 8 Badgers (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten) defense holding No. 20 Iowa (6-4, 3-4) to 66 yards of total offense. So far, that’s a low that keeps going. There was a Michigan game in 1978 that ended 34-0 for the Wolverines. That box score shows 69 yards of total offense for the Hawkeyes. Read more...

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