Panel Says the Iowa City School District Could Improve How it Deals with Race: Iowa City Daily News Links, May 3

A quick rundown of local news.

Ever since I read a Gazette article about how healthy popcorn is I've been craving popcorn. Thanks alot, Meredith Hines-Dochterman!

On to the Links!

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Miss Iowa hails from Iowa City at the moment. Learn more about for the Miss America Crown.

The University of Iowa (and subsequently the federal government) paid a whole lot of money to maintain Hancher Auditorium, despite the fact that it was .

Iowa City Police have released the name of an infant who died Monday. on what charges, if any, will come as a result. Police have said they are treating the death as "suspicious."

New Life Fitness World is now a new Core Fitness location. of Core about this change.

We've got a new Readers' Choice up this week, asking what spot in Iowa City is the best place to take mom for mother's day . Note the restaurant doesn't have to have a specific brunch menu to compete.

In our Patch book club this week, we're asking for submissions of authors that

In a personal post this week, local editor Jody Gifford asks how she should talk to her children ? Patch blogger Courtenay Baker-Olinger also has a up on the subject.

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Gregg Hennigan of the Gazette reports that a local panel that met Wednesday said more could be done to improve the treatment of minorities in the Iowa City school system.

The aforementioned Meredith Hines-Dochterman had a nice article up yesterday about the Iowa City girls choir.

Speaking of the Iowa City School District, Patrick Hogan writes that Iowa's application to receive a waiver from No Child Left Behind has received some criticism from the Feds (it wasn't all bad, though.) If a waiver is received by the state, this could have an effect on schools in the district that have been hurt by the mandatory transfer policy.

Tara Bannow of the Iowa City Press-Citizen writes about Iowa City's potential for filling second-story (or higher) business vacancies.

Bannow also reports that the Johnson County justice center committee is working on how to present the language for the $48 million new jail and courthouse bond vote.

Thankfully nobody was hurt (except for the deer) when a vehicle carrying Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds collided with a deer Wednesday.

Are the fire and police departments in North Libery going downhill?

A former University of Iowa woman rower who claims she was injured due to poorly supervised workouts is suing the university.

Here are some Press-Citizen recommendations for what to get out and do in town this weekend.

In late March a dead body was fished out of the Iowa River to the south of Iowa City.

Stephanie Wise of the Press-Citizen has some fried chicken recommendations for you. Great, now I'll be craving that, too.

Daily Links Excerpt (of the Day)

People at a panel discussion on the black community in Iowa City Wednesday night said they believed children of color are treated differently in local schools.

No one explicitly said racism was to blame, but several people said it was a matter of school officials not knowing how to deal with black youth, having lowered expectations and not teaching black culture.

“I don’t think that we encourage African-American children as much as we encourage other children to be successful,” said Kenya Badgett, who has a son at City High School.

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