Wednesday Morning Read: Fireworks use ban, sales restricted in Cedar Rapids; prison for lottery scammer; church's 'end of an era'

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TODAY’S WEATHER — Mostly sunny. High 77, low 54.

FIREWORKS USE BANNED, SALES RESTRICTED IN CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids has voted to ban use of fireworks after a noisy first-run with legalization turned sour. The Cedar Rapids City Council at its meeting Tuesday voted 6-1, with Mayor Ron Corbett opposing, to ban fireworks use in city limits and restrict sales to industrial zones. Read more:

PRISON FOR LOTTERY SCAMMER — Admitted lottery fraudster Eddie Tipton expressed regret and sorrow Tuesday for his lead role in rigging drawings, but a district judge turned a deaf ear to his attorney’s call for leniency in sentencing him to serve up to 25 years in prison for pleading guilty to a felony count of ongoing criminal conduct. Read more:

CHURCH’S ‘END OF AN ERA’ — Nearly 10 years after floodwater fatally damaged the Trinity United Methodist Church building, the congregation will gather one last time to celebrate family and community before moving into a new worship era. Read more:

PARKER BULLISH ON D-LINE — If you were looking for someone on the Iowa football coaching staff to douse the flames of excitement over a defensive front seven that features a wealth of experience and a five-star recruit, keep looking. If anything, defensive coordinator Phil Parker fanned the flames Tuesday morning. Read more:

QUOTABLE“The solar eclipse really had no significance until (Claire) was born. When Dawn was born, it was just another day, but when (Claire’s birth) aligned on another eclipse, that’s what piqued the interest.” Jonathan Gettler, whose daughter was born just after Monday’s solar eclipse and whose wife was born on the day of a solar eclipse in 1979

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