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Monday morning read: Fatal shootings test Iowa law, Englert nearly full for The Miracle Season screening, building a green home

Sixth District Court Judge Paul Miller speaks Oct. 27, 2017, during a hearing for Lamar Wilson at the Johnson County Courthouse. Because Iowa's stand your ground law is not clear on how to determine immunity, “we're making it up as we go along,” the judge said recently. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Sixth District Court Judge Paul Miller speaks Oct. 27, 2017, during a hearing for Lamar Wilson at the Johnson County Courthouse. Because Iowa's stand your ground law is not clear on how to determine immunity, “we're making it up as we go along,” the judge said recently. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

Two fatal shootings test Iowa's "stand your ground" law- Two early tests of Iowa’s new “stand your ground” deadly force law have exposed the measures’s ambiguities, leading different judges to apply it differently and raising concerns it could be invoked to shield dubious behavior.

“We’re making it up as we go along,” said 6th Judicial District Judge Paul Miller recently in overseeing the ongoing case of a fatal shooting last year on Iowa City’s Pedestrian Mall and who could decide this week whether the shooter will go to prison or go free. Read more...

Englert nearly full for The Miracle Season screening- What would Caroline have thought of all this hubbub?

Ernie Found smiled, lowered his head for a moment, then gazed forward.

“She’d say, “What, a movie about me? Hell, yeah!’”

Dozens walked the red carpet Sunday at Englert Theater, and hundreds more stood in line for a hometown screening of The Miracle Season, based on the life and death of Caroline Found, and Iowa City West’s unlikely march to a state volleyball championship that followed.

The movie will open nationwide April 6. Read more...

Building green: Energy efficiency, sustainability can be incorporated into home design-When Del Holland’s children moved out and he retired from teaching, he decided it was time to downsize. He wanted to live in the most environmentally-friendly, energy efficient house he could.

“I just really feel like it’s important to do things to make the world better and not to be exploiting the resources we have,” he said. “I need to try and align my way of living with my values.”

That’s what attracted him to Prairie Hill Cohousing, a new development of homes built around a communal-living concept in Iowa City. Read more...

LUNAFEST film festival in Iowa City highlights women, raises money for Girls on the Run-Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa on Wednesday will host LUNAFEST, a traveling film festival featuring award-winning short films by, for and about women.

The event at Iowa City’s Englert Theatre will include nine films with diverse stories, including one about a young Pakistani woman who helps girls in Silicon Valley design video games and another about Lois Weber, the highest-paid silent film director at Universal Studios in 1916.

The festival, created by LUNA bar, will visit more than 175 cities this year to help local organizations raise money. Read more...

Iowa City house fire under investigation-A Sunday night residential fire in Iowa City is under investigation.

According to an Iowa City Fire Department news release, crews responded to a fire at 2160 Davis St. at 7:52 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters said smoke and fire were coming from the residence. Authorities confirmed all of the occupants were out of the home and adjacent home before putting the fire out within 30 minutes of arriving on the scene. Read more...

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