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Video of cow chip throwing at Iowa State Fair August 13, 2008

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Because “Looking in at Iowa” wouldn’t be complete without it?

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Militant: ‘Flood cleanup workers fight job agency rip-off’ July 8, 2008

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According to The Militant, socialist newsweekly:

Hundreds of workers hired by a temporary agency here for flood cleanup in Cedar Rapids, 115 miles away, were left stranded with no pay at the end of their assignment. In response a number of the workers assembled in Des Moines at the agency’s parking lot to demand their promised pay. The company locked the doors and called the police to break up the crowd. …

[Mary] Butler said she received one phone call from a worker reporting that 17 Command Center employees were housed in one motel room. They were sleeping in shifts. …

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Compiled AP videos about Cedar Rapids, Iowa City Floods of 2008 June 17, 2008

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Associated Press videos listed here in chronological order. I’ll add to this post if more become available.

VIDEO: First Person: Iowa Hospital Evacuated ( 1:10 )
High water has flooded a hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, forcing officials to move patients to other facilities. (June 13)

VIDEO: Cedar Rapids Remains a City Under Water ( 1:39 )
The view from above says it all, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is drenched and it may be weeks or months until it dries out completely. (June 14)

VIDEO: Cedar Rapids Office Workers Return for Valuables ( 2:08 )
Hundreds of business people who work in flooded portions of Cedar Rapids, Iowa were allowed to briefly return to certain offices to retrieve their work and belongings. The AP’s Mark Carlson reports. (June 14)

VIDEO: Iowa’s Cedar River Receding, but Woes Remain ( 1:32 )
Although Iowa’s Cedar River is slowly receding, floodwaters continue to plague Cedar Rapids, the state’s second-largest city. Meanwhile, a levee in Des Moines failed, forcing hundreds of homes to be evacuated. (June 14)

VIDEO: Iowa Governor: Flooding Exceeds 500 Year Level ( 1:31 )
Iowa Governor Chet Culver says the flooding seen in Cedar Rapids is unprecedented, and exceeds that of a 500 year flood level. He’s also concerned about flooding along the Mississippi River, which is getting worse. (June 15)

VIDEO: Iowa City Residents Battle Rising Waters ( 1:18 )
The National Weather Service predicts the Iowa River will top at about 31 and a half feet and then hold there until it starts to fall Monday evening. Still, the situation remains dangerous for Iowa City. The AP’s Rich Matthews reports. (June 15)

VIDEO: First Person: Volunteers Help Sandbag Auto Shop ( 0:55 )
Amanda Carney just celebrated the grand opening of her Iowa City auto repair shop last week. Now, she’s trying to guard her store against the flooding that’s plagued the state. (June 15)

VIDEO: Iowa Residents Get First Look at Flooded Homes ( 1:35 )
In Cedar Rapids, where flooding has forced the evacuation of about 24,000 people, residents are beginning to tour the places they use to call home. (June 16)

VIDEO: Rising Waters Heading South in Midwest ( 1:39 )
Sandbagging is still under way in communities south of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and along the Mississippi River where water levels are still rising. Meantime, some residents in Cedar Rapids have been allowed to get some belongings. (June 16)

VIDEO: Iowa Residents Anxious to Return Home ( 1:40 )
The recent flooding in the midwest has displaced over 25,000 residents in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As The Associated Press’s Mark Carlson reports, a few of them are getting anxious to get back home. (June 16)

VIDEO: Iowa Rescuers Save Animals From Flooded Homes ( 1:59 )
Humane Society is on the ground in Iowa facing the aftermath of the worst flooding ever seen. Even as severe thunderstorms pass through and tornado warnings circle, The HSUS is working nonstop to save and shelter displaced pets. (June 16)

VIDEO: Raw Video: Inside Hard-hit Downtown Cedar Rapids ( 0:46 )
In Cedar Rapids, Iowa hazardous conditions forced officials on Monday to stop taking residents into homes where the water had receded. Broken gas lines, sink holes and structural problems with homes made conditions unsafe, officials say. (June 16)

VIDEO: Bush to Visit Iowa Flood Site ( 2:03 )
President Bush announced on Tuesday that he and his team will travel to Iowa on Thursday to inspect flood damage. (June 17)

VIDEO: FEMA: ‘We’re Gonna Be There Til the End’ ( 2:08 )
As residents in Illinois and Iowa deal with unrelenting floodwaters, FEMA officials are reassuring residents of the flood zone that the government’s response will be better than in 2005 when Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. (June 17)

VIDEO: First Person: FEMA Helps Iowa Flood Victims ( 1:10 )
Flood water in Cedar Rapids, Iowa had begun to recede and FEMA says it is prepared to offer homeowners assistance. ( June 18 )

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Automatically updated stream of Iowa flooding photos from wire services June 15, 2008

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featuring flood pictures from Associated Press (AP), Reuters, and AFP/Getty Images.

Iowa areas photographed: Cedar Rapids, Iowa City (including the University of Iowa), Coralville, Des Moines, Columbus Junction, Burlington, Hills, Palo, Loveland, Thurman, Johnson County, Linn County, Polk County, and more.

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NYT on C. Vivian Stringer, Iowa State’s Bill Fennelly March 24, 2008

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From New York Times:

Wherever he goes, from Algona to Zwingle, Fennelly is following the path blazed by C. Vivian Stringer. She built the University of Iowa women’s program into a national title contender and an attendance leader in the 1980s before leaving to coach the Rutgers women in 1995.

On Monday night, their paths will converge for only the second time since Stringer left Iowa and since Fennelly, a native Iowan, returned. …

“When the brackets came out, one of the very first things I heard was excitement that we were in and that Coach Stringer was coming back to Iowa,” Fennelly said Sunday. “She has a great amount of respect, and deservedly so.” …

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