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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 29, 2015, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Saturday, August 29, 2015 Eastern Iowa’s independent, locally owned newspaper www. thegazette. com $ 1.00 Daily KCRG- TV9 FIRST ALERT WEATHER, 13C TODAY 75/ 60 Showers early, m/ cloudy Sunday Monday 80/ 62 84/ 64 Confession dispute Defense in the Bobbie Little case wants admission of slaying excluded Iowa Today , 8A High school teams were ready for openers, Mother Nature wasn’t Sports, 1B Football washout • BUSINESS 380 .............................. 1C • CLASSIFIEDS ................................. 5C • COMICS ....................................... 11A • DEAR ABBY ................................. 14C • DEATHS ....................................... 10A • LIVING ........................................... 3C • LOTTERY ........................................ 7A • PUZZLES ..................................... 14C • RIVER LEVELS ............................. 13C • SPORTS ......................................... 1B • TV ................................................ 13C • WEATHER .................................... 13C VOL. 133 NO. 232 © 2015 The Gazette © 2015 The Gazette By Rick Smith, The Gazette CEDAR RAPIDS — Roadkill is only one challenge for this group of artists. Even so, earlier this summer John Freeman couldn’t help painting over a dead squirrel in the middle of the street near Johnson Avenue NW and Wiley Boulevard NW. “ It’s a hell of a place to take a nap,” Judd Toll chimed in. Freeman, a crew chief on Cedar Rapids’ street- paint striping operation, is the main guy behind the wheel of the city’s $ 150,000- plus paint striping apparatus as it works each year to paint almost all 1.4 million linear feet of yellow centerlines, white- edge lines and white- skip lines that separate traffic lanes going in the same direction. Toll, who like Freeman has been on the city street paint crew for more than 25 years, spends most of his time these days painting the city’s 1,700 arrow markings, 1,000 stop lines at intersections, more than 200 crosswalks and High art on city streets Andy Abeyta photos/ The Gazette Traffic control maintenance worker Scott Kullander operates the paint sprayer on the line truck Wednesday on First Avenue in Cedar Rapids. Each year, road crews try to paint almost all 1.4 million linear feet of the city’s yellow centerlines, white edge lines and white skip lines. ROAD WORK Paint crews fuss over lane lines like artists WORKING THE STREETS The city’s paint operation includes these facts: The city spends about $ 50,000 for paint and $ 15,000 for beads each year. White “ skip” lines that separate lanes of traffic going in the same direction are 9 feet long with 27 feet between them. Glass beads with a composition to reflect in water are too expensive for the city to buy. ; STREETS, PAGE 10A Crew chief John Freeman begins his day by cleaning the nozzles on the truck to ensure it works properly before filling the truck with fresh paint. He has worked on the city’s street paint crew for more than 25 years. Branstad asks experts to recommend justice system reforms for legislative session By Rod Boshart, Gazette Des Moines Bureau ANKENY — Leaders of minority groups in Iowa left a daylong summit on racial disparity issues Friday with newfound hope that Gov. Terry Branstad and other officials will take steps to remove inequalities within the state’s criminal justice system and curb troubling law enforcement tactics. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds joined more than 200 people from minority, social- justice and faith- based groups, academia, law enforcement agencies and all three branches of state government for a wide- ranging discussion. Topics included racial profiling, “ ban the box” employment screening, a school- to- prison pipeline, personal responsibility, implicit bias and Iowa’s worst- in- the- nation ranking, per capita, for incarcerating African Americans. Branstad used the annual Iowa Summit on Justice and Disparities — an event organized by the Iowa- Nebraska State Conference of Branches for the NAACP — to announce the formation of a working group to research and recommend ways to improve Iowa’s criminal justice practices. “ We understand that this is long range, but we also know that there are some ‘ quick wins’ that can happen,” said Betty Andrews, president of the Iowa- Nebraska NAACP conference, “ So we’re looking at both of those. It’s really good to see that the governor is taking a hard look at this. We hope they don’t just take this as a moment and that they do take it as a movement.” Iowa takes on ‘ troubling’ disparities CRIMINAL JUSTICE Source: City of Cedar Rapids EDUCATION ; SUMMIT, PAGE 10A Cedar Rapids schools expanding the option this academic year By Andrew Phillips, The Gazette CEDAR RAPIDS — In the first year of broad implementation in Cedar Rapids schools of projectbased learning programs, participating students were more engaged, and in some cases, more academically successful than their peers, district data show. The programs — the Iowa BIG high school and the option programs started last year at Roosevelt Middle School and Jefferson High School — allow students to spend part of the school day learning about English, math and other subjects through large- scale business and community projects, rather than traditional lessons. Similar initiatives are starting this year at Johnson STEAM Academy, now a magnet elementary, and Metro High School. ( The Gazette’s parent, The Gazette Company, is a financial sponsor of Iowa BIG.) The idea, Associate Superintendent Trace Pickering said, is that when students are given more freedom with their schedules and the projects they work on, they will be more passionate about what they learn and more likely to retain the information. Preliminary test score and survey data seem to support that argument. Project- based students more engaged, data show Andy Abeyta/ The Gazette Kennedy High student Baileigh Allen ( left) discusses a project Thursday in Cedar Rapids with operations managers Nate Etten ( center) and Todd Pierce of Van Meter Inc. ; EDUCATION, PAGE 10A

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