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Court records reveal College sued for discrimination in Title IX

Two lawsuits, one dismissed and the other settled out of court, describe details in Grinnell College Title IX proceedings which a federal court has found could make the College liable for sex discrimination and violations of its own sexual misconduct policy. A third lawsuit against the College, on the same counts, was dismissed prior to a court ruling on the evidence.

The lawsuits were each terminated in 2019, 2020 and 2021 respectively. After 2015, the College’s Title IX office shifted from us

In Iowa, Voters Set Their Sights on Gun Rights

This November, Iowans will vote on an NRA-sponsored ballot initiative to incorporate the right to keep and bear arms into the Iowa state Constitution. The amendment goes beyond just incorporating the language of the Second Amendment into Iowa’s law books, as many other states have done, but will instead make any push for gun regulations nearly impossible, while undermining any existing restrictions. “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The sovereign state of Iow

PolitiFact - Fact-checking Rep. Miller-Meeks claims that Democratic bill would allow abortion up until birth

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, state and national lawmakers have scrambled to introduce legislation that either restricts or secures access to abortion. Some Iowa Republicans, including U.S. Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks, stand firmly against the procedure.

In a July 17 newsletter that addressed several topics, Miller-Meeks wrote:

Here, we’ll focus instead on whether or not the abortion bill that was passed by the U.S. House — and sent to the Senate, where

ChatGPT’s potential to rewrite the classroom

Since ChatGPT’s public launch on Nov. 30, colleges and universities across the U.S. have reckoned with the widespread use of the chat bot, capable of writing complex texts powered by artificial intelligence (AI). Already, the New York Times has reported that a Northern Michigan University professor caught a student submitting a religious studies essay written by ChatGPT just weeks after the software’s release. Further, a January survey with nearly 5,000 Stanford University respondents showed tha

Violent end marks year that saw more than 20 Des Moines slayings

The city of Des Moines experienced a deadly end to 2022.

In the span of several hours Dec. 19, three people were killed in two separate episodes of violence in Des Moines. Danielle Remily and her 20 year-old daughter Emily Parker were shot to death in their home by what police said was an ex-boyfriend of Parker, who then committed suicide. Later in the day, 22-year-old D’Anthony Coleman was killed in what police said was a robber

PolitiFact - Build Back Better tax break in play for some millionaires

The U.S. House passed President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan 220 to 213 on Friday, Nov. 19. The bill now heads to the 50-50 Senate, where it is expected to face unanimous GOP opposition. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, has been critical of the bill, tweeting on Nov. 16:

"Hardworking #Iowa taxpayers shouldn’t foot the bill for millionaires to get a tax break, but that’s exactly what Democrats are proposing in their reckless tax-and-spending bill."

She also tweeted on Nov. 18:

"D.C. Democrats wa

Tenants at Housing Kitsap's Poulsbo complexes say mold, other hazards ignored

Tenants at Housing Kitsap's Poulsbo complexes say mold, other hazards ignored

When Windsong Apartments resident Debbie Daves, 55, pushes her finger against her living room wall, the wall squishes and leaves her finger sticky. The wall turned wet four years ago and has never been repaired despite requests lodged with maintenance technicians multiple times, she said.

Daves has lived at Windsong for five years. When she moved in, she immediately noticed mold and dirt in her bathroom. She cleaned

'This takes us back to those terrible days:' Kitsap residents protest the end of Roe

'This takes us back to those terrible days:' Kitsap residents protest the end of Roe

Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court issued the 6-3 decision that overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, over 200 protesters gathered at the ends of the Manette Bridge in Bremerton, condemning the decision that eliminated the constitutional right to abortion that had lasted nearly 50 years.

The controversial decision sparked protests and celebrations in front of the Supreme Court building and in cities across the cou

Grinnell College names new off-campus dorm after pioneering 108-year-old alum

It took Grinnell College 91 years to graduate its first Black female student.

Eighty-five years later, and with growing recognition of her as a figure in the history of the college, she's still around to tell her story.

Edith Renfrow Smith, age 108, was honored Monday as college leaders announced she would be the namesake for the new Civic Engagement Quad at the prestigious Iowa liberal arts school, founded in 1846.

Smith remains healthy and engaged, though she's among the oldest Americans. S

College gives little explanation for some students’ hundreds of dollars in unpaid wages

College gives little explanation for some students’ hundreds of dollars in unpaid wages

Lilli Morrish `25 worked 42 hours as a Scarlet & Black staff writer in the fall semester. In September, she received paychecks from the College for the wages she earned during the first two pay periods. Then, in October, the College stopped paying her.

Morrish started sending emails to the payroll office and to her supervisor Ashley Adams, associate director of student involvement, to solve the problem. Mor

Supply, vehicle cost make new $7,500 EV tax credit out of reach of most in Kitsap

Supply, vehicle cost make new $7,500 EV tax credit out of reach of most in Kitsap

The Inflation Reduction Act, which passed the U.S. House on Friday and awaits President Joe Biden's signature, extends a $7,500 consumer income tax credit for the purchase of new electric vehicles (EV) and implements a $4,000 credit for used electric vehicles. But for many Kitsap County residents looking to buy an EV, the tax credit won't apply — at least, not immediately.

The credit for new vehicles is limited t

Iconic downtown Poulsbo clock renovated after years of malfunction

On Wednesday, just before 6 a.m., clock maker George Pease arrived at Front Street in downtown Poulsbo, across from Liberty Bay Books and down the block from Sluys Bakery. That morning, Pease was to install the inner-mechanics of the refurbished Rotary City Clock, a large, iconic clock that has become a recognizable monument of Poulsbo.

Within a year of the clock's installation in 2008, when it had been designed to honor the 100th anniversary of the city of Poulsbo, it began to display incorrec

Meet the 77-year-old Woman Keeping Her Town's Newspaper Alive

A two-story, brick building lies empty. Only darkness appears through the cracks on the shuttered windows. Large, white letters reading The Montezuma Record span the building’s exterior.

In a white, one-room building across the road, a short, 77-year-old woman named Shirley Dunham shuffles amid stacks of newspapers. Static, yellow light pours through the windows. A hand-painted, wooden sign reading “The Record” hangs from the banister.

Dunham is the last remaining employee of The Montezuma Rec

Threat of $200 rent increases leaves Poulsbo public housing tenants on edge

On April 29, Housing Kitsap placed a change-of-rent notice on the doors of Fjord Manor, a Poulsbo apartment complex designated for low-income residents who are disabled or 62 and older. The notice listed a $218 and $262 rent increase for one- and two-bedroom apartments respectively, sparking anxiety and confusion among many tenants who hadn't faced rent changes in nearly a decade.

"When I received that letter, all I could think was 'I'm reliving my nightmare,'" said Laurie Olster, who was homel