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  • WHO: Ebola outbreak is a public health emergency

    LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that r ...
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 10:48 am
  • The war on the homeless

    “Anti-government types” are often accused of not caring about poor people because we suggest that communities and charities can help them better than ...
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 10:43 am
  • Happiness is a choice

    Last Wednesday was my birthday, and I have to admit, the week leading into it had me setting any birthday expectations as low as ever.
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 10:42 am
  • The other immigrant youth crisis

    Senator Ted Cruz says that eradicating an executive decision he blames for creating the humanitarian crisis on the border is his top priority. And lot ...
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 10:16 am
  • Its time for men and colleges to step up

    During my senior year of college, the big news in Iowa City was "the campus grouper." A male subject would lurk in the shadows on paved trails and Uni ...
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 10:15 am
  • Ty’s Take: Hanging with the haulers

    I hate missing out on unique and rare opportunities in life, which is why I try as many new things as I possibly can.
    Aug. 6, 2014 - 11:16 am
  • The meaning of meaningless

    Let me ask you a question: What’s the best part of your job?Is it your paycheck? Not hardly. Is it t ...
    Aug. 6, 2014 - 11:16 am
  • Adventures in shopping

    It puts a lump in my throat to say this: my oldest daughter is starting preschool this year. She is 3 years old and will go to class two days a week f ...
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 10:50 am
  • The guitar case over in the corner

    There was an old, soft vinyl guitar case that sat over in the corner of my father-in-law’s house for as long as anyone could remember. It was covered ...
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 10:50 am
  • Saved by a hedge post

    Rex’s uncle drove to Ottumwa with the three horses in an old truck that didn’t have much for side boards. When he screeched to a halt at the corner of ...
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 10:55 am
  • New wheels

    I have a Starbucks drive-thru nemesis.I’ve been in line directly behind her four times, despite my g ...
    Aug. 4, 2014 - 11:23 am
  • National video

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