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Monday morning read: Young voices becoming voters?, Iowa lawmakers won't regulate campus free speech, traveling to Alaska during winter

Students from Iowa City High approach the Old Capitol on the University of Iowa campus after walking out of class Feb 19 to protest gun violence and call for gun control. Millennials and the postmillennial generation, like those in the Iowa City walkout, have become politically active but experts say it’s still unclear if activism will translate into votes. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Students from Iowa City High approach the Old Capitol on the University of Iowa campus after walking out of class Feb 19 to protest gun violence and call for gun control. Millennials and the postmillennial generation, like those in the Iowa City walkout, have become politically active but experts say it’s still unclear if activism will translate into votes. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

Young voices becoming young voters would buck history- They marched for their lives, numbering in the hundreds of thousands. But will they vote?

The March for Our Lives, a series of demonstrations across the country to bring attention to calls for gun control laws, have put young people at the forefront of U.S. politics. Students from a Florida high school where 17 people were shot to death in February have led the charge, and young people across the country have followed their lead. Read more...

 

Iowa lawmakers won't regulate campus free speech- 

If Iowa had legislation regulating how its Board of Regents handles free speech issues, maybe the University of Iowa and Iowa State University could have avoided recent costly legal battles that have attracted national attention, according to a lawmaker who proposed such regulations this session.

The contentious bill that Sen. Amy Sinclair, R-Allerton, said would have protected “ideas with which you radically disagree or even detest” seemed on track for passage this legislative session. After its introduction Feb. 19, a Senate Education Committee approved Senate Study Bill 3120 before the full Iowa Senate did so on Feb. 28Read more...

Alaska in Winter: The Iditarod is the premier event but there's lots else to do- ‘We are beginning our descent into Anchorage,” announced the pilot. As we sleepily stirred from our red eye flight, he added, “Folks, take a look out the left side of the plane. That’s the light of the full moon reflecting off glaciers.” Passengers were now fully awake and craned their necks to capture the view. This marvelous sight was just the beginning of my four perfect winter days in Alaska.

I headed to Anchorage in early March to visit our daughter and son-in-law and take in Alaskan winter activities. Anchorage has been described as a city not surrounded by wilderness but enveloped in wilderness. Awesome views are in every direction. Read more...

The Early Bird offers space for people to come together in downtown Cedar Rapids- For many, a cup of coffee fuels their morning. For Brooke Fitzgerald, it takes a whole coffee shop. 

As owner of The Early Bird in downtown Cedar Rapids, Fitzgerald has learned in the five years since opening her coffee shop, that creating a space for community is what gets her excited about work each day.

“We want this to be safe, comfortable space, like at home where you can have safe conversations,” said Fitzgerald. “We want magic to happen here. We want to create the environment for that. I want The Early Bird to have a cool vibe and have a purpose for our customers.” Read more...

Center Point-Urbana girls' soccer 'sisterhood' as strong as ever after state runner-up season- The Center Point-Urbana girls’ soccer team is about as tight-knit a bunch as one will find.

Some are sisters by blood, others bonded from a life together in competition from their beginnings in youth leagues to multiple varsity-level high school sports.

As the defending Class 1A girls’ soccer runner-up reconvenes for the start of another promising season, the message amongst the group is clear.

There is one more step to climb on the state-championship ladder. Read more...

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