More from the Cedar Rapids Gazette

The front page of Saturday's Cedar Rapids Gazette

On the heels of last Saturday’s Iowa Watch report, today’s  Gazette ran a nice editorial on the need for some level of consistency in the responses of police, media and universities when students go missing.

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Gone Phishing

Today I had an email exchange, seen below,  that provides a good glimpse of the power of a ‘your face’-related retort. And I must note that I did nothing beyond responding to the first email.

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— On Tue, 6/1/10, CIBC.Online.Request@cibc.com wrote:

From: CIBC.Online.Request@cibc.com
Subject: Your account is on restricted status !
To: booerns2005@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 5:46 AM

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From: booerns2005@yahoo.com
Sent: 01 Jun 10 16:36:08
To:
Cc:
Subject: Re: Your account is on restricted status !

Your face is on restricted status.

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CGRER’s Bolkcom hits the road for Green Bike Tour in Slovenia

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It's time for Bolkcom to pump up his tires and get back out on the road - this time in beautiful Slovenia. There, he will learn and discuss alternative energy.

From June 5 to 11, State Senator and CGRER Outreach and Community Education Director Joe Bolkcom will try to conserve his own energy while learning about energy efficiency in Europe, as he bikes with colleagues across Slovenia in this year’s Green Bike Tour.

“Climate change is real,” says Bolkcom. “People everywhere are responding.”

Bolkcom, a veteran of previous bike events, including a 2002 tour in Northern Europe, joins four Iowans – led by David Osterberg, executive director of the nonpartisan Iowa Policy Project – in peddling to renewable energy sites and meetings with public officials and scholars in several Slovenian cities.

The tour gives participants a chance to learn about world-leading innovation in Slovenia, while spreading the news about Iowa’s own advances in promoting wind and solar energy.

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Iowa Watch: When Students Go Missing

When Students go missing: an Iowa Watch reportCheck out my multimedia package in the Cedar Rapids Gazette – the first collaborative effort of The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism: “Study in Contrasts: 2 Students Go Missing, and the Responses are Incredibly Different.”

And read about the collaboration on Gazette editor Lyle Muller’s  blog. For the past few months, I’ve been blogging here about missing students. But thanks to Iowa Watch and the Gazette, I finally got the chance to put everything together.

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Carmichael addresses Chinese dignitaries, world representatives on chemical weather

CGRER co-director Greg Carmichael addressed some top Chinese officials in Shanghai.

CGRER co-director Greg Carmichael

On May 9, Greg Carmichael spoke in China to help clear the air – or at least improve its quality around the globe.

The CGRER co-director and UI professor of chemical and biochemical engineering addressed a slew of international leaders – including China’s vice premier and meteorological heads from over 30 countries – as the key speaker at the Honor Day for the MeteoWorld Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

The only non-governmental attendee, Carmichael spoke on “Chemical Weather — A Challenge and an Opportunity for Service Delivery and Risk Reduction.”

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Research may bring flood of attention to Iowa City

Literature, art, football and partying – Iowa City is a leader in slew of categories. But soon the jewel of the Midwest could claim another title – the nation’s center of flood research.

Researchers at the UI’s Iowa Flood Center, birthed after the devastation of the 2008 floods, hope to put the city on the map for its ability to develop some potentially lifesaving maps of its own. And success in this latest project could bring a national flood center to Iowa City.

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Cedar Rapids is burning

An elevator fire rages in Lisbon. --photo by Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS – What a rough start. Cedar Rapids’ new fire chief, Stephen Reid, was sworn in on a day in which two blazes – at least one of which was fatal – have raged in the area.

Early this morning, Rodney Noye, 35, was found dead after a fire started inside his second-story apartment at 901 Oakland Rd. NE. And now, fire crews are trying to extinguish the huge flames engulfing Wilkin Elevator in the adjacent town of Lisbon.

I’m sensing a theme on the front page of tomorrow’s Gazette.

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