Friday Morning Read: Council voted extra funds to help libraries, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids take steps to get people in housing, Farmers 'deeply concerned' about tariffs

Aerial view of the Cedar Rapids Public Library in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)
Aerial view of the Cedar Rapids Public Library in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)

Council voted extra $100,000 to help downtown and Ladd locations- Flush for now with an unexpected and unrequested funding boost, trustees for the Cedar Rapids Public Library voted Thursday to expand hours to include Sundays at the downtown location and early morning hours at the westside Ladd Library.

The decision, which takes effect July 1, doesn’t bring back all of what was lost two years ago when hours and staff were cut after voters rejected a levy increase that would have stabilized the budget. But it’s a start, said Library Director Dara Schmidt. Read more...

Iowa City, Cedar Rapids take steps to get people in housing- Ground was broken Thursday in Iowa City on an apartment building for the chronically homeless, while construction continued in Cedar Rapids on new apartments that will house five homeless families.

“Access to safe, quality and affordable housing, and the supports necessary to maintain that housing, constitute one of the most basic and powerful social determinants of health,” Shelter House executive director Crissy Canganelli said at the Iowa City groundbreaking.

“Today is a demonstration that there is growing understanding and recognition that housing is not a privilege but that housing is indeed a right.” Read more...

 Farmers 'deeply concerned' about tariffs, Iowa ag leader says- Iowa farmers are “deeply concerned” about the potential for increased trade taxes and a possible trade war between the U.S. and China, the state’s top agriculture official says.

Mike Naig, Iowa’s secretary of agriculture, said this week that China’s tariff on pork and proposed tariff on soybeans — both of which came in response to proposed U.S. tariffs on Chinese metal and technology — already are impacting the value of some of Iowa’s biggest exports.

That makes Iowa farmers, who have been operating with slim profit margins for roughly four years, uneasy, Naig said. Read more...

Tabooleh buffet in Coralville offers cuisine from Egypt and beyond- At Tabooleh Mediterranean Buffet, the tables are laden with choices.

Diners can try North African and Middle Eastern dishes like turly (lamb with diced potatoes), mesa’a’ah (eggplant with meat and tomato sauce), shakshuka (eggs simmered in spiced tomato sauce), and goulash (in this case the word refers to an Egyptian phyllo meat pie, rather than the European stew by the same name). Read more...

Review: The Miracle Season tells emotional story of Caroline Found and Iowa City West volleyball- If you see The Miracle Season this weekend, the best advice I can give is this:

Don’t leave too early.

The most emotional part of the movie is during the closing credits. It is there Hollywood ceases, and reality takes over.

Real photos and real video of Caroline Found, and of Iowa City West’s run to a state volleyball championship that follows. And the bittersweet memories of 2011 rush back.

As Ernie Found was quick to point out during an interview March 18 at the hometown screening at the Englert Theatre, The Miracle Season is not a documentary. Read more...


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