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Friday Morning Read: Opening of renovated University of Iowa athletic learning center, Carberry apologizes, Cedar Rapids Police ask for public's help to solve burglaries

The Gerdin Athletic Learning Center is a place where student-athletes can come to study, collaborate and receive tutoring. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
The Gerdin Athletic Learning Center is a place where student-athletes can come to study, collaborate and receive tutoring. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

Renovated University of Iowa athletic learning center a hit with student-athletes- If you have to study on a balmy spring afternoon, there are few nicer places to do it than the Gerdin Athletic Learning Center at the University of Iowa.

The center, built in 2003, reopened last month after a $6.8 million renovation designed to make the space more appealing to student athletes.

Days before finals week, apostrophe-shaped study carrels and sunny chairs with foot stools were occupied by student athletes preparing for tests, presentations or final projects. Read more...

Carberry apologizes for comments made in 2010- Johnson County Supervisor Mike Carberry, who is running for re-election, is calling attention to a 2010 incident when he told a co-worker her “tricking days were over” and “could not work the pole as effectively” as she used to, according to an administrative law judge’s ruling from the time.

In a statement released Thursday, Carberry’s campaign recounted the incident and apologized to the co-worker and his employer at the time, the Iowa Renewable Energy Association.

Carberry said he decided to release the statement because a link to the ruling was posted earlier Thursday in a private Johnson County Democratic Party Facebook group. Read more...

Cedar Rapids Police ask for public's help to solve burglaries that occurred around time of homicide- Police are asking for the public’s assistance in the investigation of several burglaries that occurred on the southwest side around the time Gina Frederiksen was brutally assaulted and killed Sunday.

The burglaries occurred between 4 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Sunday, according to police. Investigators are asking anyone in the geographic area, generally east of I-380 to the Cedar River and between 16 Avenue SW and 33 Avenue SW to review any surveillance photographs or video they may have.  

Police are asking anyone that has recordings or photos of “suspicious activity” from surveillance footage during these times to contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at 319-286-5491. Read more...

Airport, The Arc team up for 'Wings for All' program- Travelers with intellectual and developmental disabilities will get a chance to participate in a flying “dress rehearsal” at a special event Saturday.

The Eastern Iowa Airport is collaborating with The Arc of Southeast Iowa, Allegiant Air and the Transporation Security Administration (TSA) to host Wings for All, a national program of The Arc.

The program is designed to help alleviate some of the stress people with disabilities and their families may experience when flying. Participants can practice entering the airport, obtaining a boarding pass, going through security and boarding a plane. The Allegiant Airbus 320 that will be used in the demonstration will not leave the gate, but will give participants about an hour on the plane. Read more...

Murphy brothers 'a powerful force' for undefeated Marion boys' soccer- Jaffer Murphy has long envisioned days like this one.

Having spent countless hours playing soccer in the Murphy family backyard alongside younger brothers Levi and Sam, the Marion sophomore was always committed to his mother’s dream of the three boys playing together for the same team.

“I’ve been surprised at how they just stepped in and filled their roles perfectly, doing what I know they can do,” Jaffer Murphy said after Class 2A No. 2 Marion defeated 1A No. 3 Williamsburg in overtime, 1-0, in a Wamac Conference boys’ soccer game Thursday at Marion High School. “Just having all three of us up there is really a powerful force.” Read more...

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