Tuesday Morning Read: Support for mosques, 'second shot at life,' emergency alert goes awry

The Mother Mosque of America in Cedar Rapids on Monday, March 20, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
The Mother Mosque of America in Cedar Rapids on Monday, March 20, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

SUPPORT FOR MOSQUES — Though the Islamic Center of Des Moines received a handwritten letter this past weekend calling Muslims “vile” and “filthy,” mosques in Cedar Rapids said they have received messages of support in the past few months. To underscore that community connection, a multifaith rally is set for this Sunday in Cedar Rapids when participants plan to form a symbolic shield around the Mother Mosque. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2nMedSo

‘SECOND SHOT AT LIFE’ — Dan Clarahan probably shouldn’t be here today. The crash last December caused by a heart attack could have killed him. The passers-by who saw the wreck could have kept on driving instead of stopping. The first responders who rendered first aid to him could have been farther away. “All of these things came together,” said Clarahan, a 59-year-old business consultant from Greenleaf, Wis. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2nKNG7L

EMERGENCY ALERT GOES AWRY — What was originally intended as a missing person alert in Johnson County triggered a false civil emergency alert on phones in Johnson, Polk and Iowa counties Monday night. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2nMzKdD

DOYLE PICKS HAWKEYES — There are no Ferentzes with college football eligibility, at least right now. The next family that the Iowa program has the highest degree of familiarity with is probably named Doyle. That’s head strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle, who does have three sons and, yes, one of them committed to play football at Iowa on Monday evening. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2movm7y

QUOTABLE“This now is in the hands of the Polk County Attorney’s Office and the last thing we ought to do is have the politicians screw this up and not cause justice to be done for this tragic incident.” Governor Terry Branstad, referencing Natalie Finn, 16, who died last October of emaciation, in urging Democrats not to investigate state child welfare services



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