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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 6, 2015, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Monday, April 6, 2015 KCRG- TV9 FIRST ALERT WEATHER, 9B TODAY 63/ 45 Showers possible late Tuesday Wednesday 54/ 42 54/ 42 Eastern Iowa’s independent, locally owned newspaper www. thegazette. com $ 1.00 VOL. 133 NO. 87 © 2015 The Gazette INDEX • CLASSIFIEDS ............. 5B • COMICS ................... 12A • DEAR ABBY ............. 10B • DEATHS ................... 10A • HOROSCOPE.............. 6B • LOTTERIES................. 9A • PUZZLES ................. 10B • RIVER LEVELS ........... 9A • SPORTS ..................... 1B • TV .............................. 9B • WEATHER .................. 9B Program allows legal immigrants to bring relatives to U. S. Top Stories, 3A Immigration IN THE NEWS Daily © 2015 The Gazette LEGISLATION Reuters A sign outside Brown Street United Methodist Church in Lafayette, Ind., on Tuesday notes that all people are welcome. Indiana has been embroiled in controversy because of its religious freedom law. The Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization that works to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals, rates Iowa’s laws in its second- highest class, “ solidifying equality.” By Erin Murphy, Gazette- Lee Des Moines Bureau DES MOINES — One way Rich Eychaner measures Iowa’s progress in the treatment of gay individuals is how often his life is threatened. “ I don’t get nearly the number of death threats I used to get back in the ’ 70s,” said Eychaner, a prominent Des Moines businessman who has been open about being gay since 1978. A new law enacted in Indiana thrust into the national spotlight the discussion of the treatment of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people. Supporters of the Indiana law said it would protect the religious freedoms of individuals and their businesses. Critics said it would allow businesses to discriminate against gay people, using religious beliefs as a shield. But on Thursday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed revisions that amended that state’s law. Iowa does not have a religious freedom law. Its laws addressing LGBT rights and protections are Religious freedom law unlikely here Erin Murphy/ Gazette- Lee Des Moines Bureau Former Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the first openly gay head of government, receives a gift basket from state Sen. Rita Hart, D- Wheatland, Thursday at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines. With them is Sen. Bill Dotzler, D- Waterloo. Sigurðardóttir, who was prime minister from 2009 to 2013, was in Des Moines to speak at the Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth. The “ Q” stands for those questioning their sexual identity. Iowa’s non- discrimination protection ‘ very robust’ SCIENCE IOWA TODAY Shootings reported in Waterloo and Hiawatha Police officer involved in shooting outside bar in Waterloo; man shot in stomach in Hiawatha parking lot, Page 2A NATION/ WORLD California drought takes toll on Yosemite Parks officials expect the popular destination to go dry in June, two months earlier than normal, Page 5A COMMUNITY Students sew dresses for Haiti A suggestion from one teacher to another at I. C. West High School turns crisis into a class project with purpose, Page 7A IOWA TODAY Food trucks coming to D. M.? Des Moines City Council will vote tonight on pilot program for food truck vendors, Page 8A SPORTS Badgers prep for Duke in title game Bo Ryan and Wisconsin must refocus for championship game after becoming the first team to beat Kentucky this season, Page 1B Officials say more time is needed to prepare fighters By Missy Ryan, Washington Post. WASHINGTON — For months, U. S. military officials had been vetting the first unit of Syrian fighters slated to join a new force to be trained by the United States and allied nations. But when violence flared up in the unit’s home area, the fighters made a decision to stay home and defend their communities, forcing U. S. military officials to line up an alternate unit. That last- minute scramble delayed the launch of the training program by several weeks to some time in May, according to military officials. It also is a sign of the obstacles the United States and its allies face as they try to build a rebel force, from a distance, in the midst of Syria’s civil war. A senior military official said that training preparations were held up “ due to the fluid environment in Syria” but were now moving ahead. Training sites eventually will open in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss military planning, said the alternate unit had been identified but not fully vetted when the first unit pulled out. “ So it will take more time to prepare the support for this group,” he said. On the eve of its longawaited launch, U. S. officials acknowledge the program will have to overcome a host of challenges, including the relatively small size of the force being trained — up to about 5,000 fighters — and the fact that they will return to a multi- sided conflict characterized by shifting allegiances and battle lines. A similar program, run covertly by the CIA, has not resulted in a visible impact on the war. Hurdles lie ahead for training of Syrians MILITARY ; LGBT, PAGE 11A ; SYRIA, PAGE 11A UI, ISU researchers worked on 2 of its particle detectors Tribune News Service BASEL, Switzerland — The Large Hadron Collider restarted Sunday after two years of work to make the biggest machine ever built even faster in the hope that it will unspin the secrets of the creation of the universe. Particles were pushed through the collider’s 17- mile tunnel for the first time since February 2013, said the European Organization for Nuclear Research, also known as CERN. “ There is great joy here,” CERN Director General Rolf- Dieter Heuer said at the control center in Meyrin, near Geneva. “ It came off brilliantly.” The collider, which is under the Swiss- French border, accelerates subatomic particles to nearly the speed of light and smashes them together with the aim of clarifying the theory of the Big Bang, believed to be the moment the universe sprang to life 14 billion years ago. Scientists from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University helped prepare the collider by working on two of its four particle detectors. A team of about 25 UI researchers worked on the Compact Muon Solenoid detector, building some of the parts at the university before shipping them to Switzerland. World’s biggest, fastest particle collider restarts ; COLLIDER, PAGE 11A Cards spoil Cubs’ home opener Sports, 1B s k i n c a r e

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