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Monday morning read: Mount Trashmore transformation enters final phase, bills involving Iowa universities stall, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visits University of Iowa

Ayres Associates illustration Trails of crushed rock, 12 feet wide, will allow walkers and bicyclists to go 2 miles to the top of Mount Trashmore. Work on the trail system is expected to start May 1.
Ayres Associates illustration Trails of crushed rock, 12 feet wide, will allow walkers and bicyclists to go 2 miles to the top of Mount Trashmore. Work on the trail system is expected to start May 1.

Cedar Rapids' Mount Trashmore transformation enters final phase- Officials are preparing for the final phase of the conversion of the city’s infamous, looming mountain of trash dubbed Mount Trashmore into a recreation destination with bike trails to the top and an overlook pavilion once you get there.

The top offers splendid panoramic views — the downtown skyline, the city’s canopy of trees, smokestacks of factories and distant water towers.

The new landing at the top is complete, although some surrounding landscaping work remains. Now it is time to begin work on the trails, which will offer a challenging workout for hikers and bikers. Read more...

Many bills involving Iowa universities stall, but not all- A second legislative hurdle has come and gone and taken with it several proposed bills that would have altered operations and the student experience at Iowa’s public universities and community colleges.

But at least two Board of Regents-related measures have survived the self-imposed legislative funnel deadline of March 16 — including a contentious bill seeking to regulate how public institutions of higher education handle free speechRead more...

 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Iowa students: Make friends that don't look like you- It wasn’t the first time he publicly said it and it happened a half-century ago, so it didn’t feel like a bombshell here Sunday afternoon.

Yet, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar still got quite an audience reaction here Sunday afternoon when he responded to a question about how he handled life as a UCLA student who didn’t get paid to play basketball there.

“I got through college without being paid because I had season tickets for my college games and I gave them to one of the boosters..." Read more...

Cedar Rapids police investigating Sunday shooting incident- The Cedar Rapids Police Department is investigating a shooting incident on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids, which occurred at around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

According to a news release, police responded to a report of gun shots being fired near Cedar Valley Townhomes, 3000 J St. SW. Read more...

Neighborhood Chef: Michelle Madden has a passion for food- Michelle Madden, 41, has been cooking all her life.

“As a child, I watched Julia Child on TV. I would rather watch her than cartoons,” she said. “Then I found Martha Stewart and fell in love with her. From age 10 and up, I made the cakes for my grandma at the holidays.”

When she was 18, living in Chicago and cooking meals for her young son and his father, she often found herself with leftovers she wanted to share.

“I don’t know how to cook small,” she said. “I guess I was made for this.” Read more...

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