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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 28, 2015, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Saturday, March 28, 2015 KCRG- TV9 FIRST ALERT WEATHER, 11B TODAY 44/ 33 Sunday 54/ 37 Monday 60/ 41 Eastern Iowa’s independent, locally owned newspaper www. thegazette. com $ 1.00 VOL. 133 NO. 78 © 2015 The Gazette INDEX • BUSINESS 380 ........ 10A • CLASSIFIEDS ............. 1C • COMICS ................... 10B • DEAR ABBY ............. 12B • DEATHS ..................... 8A • LOTTERY .................... 7A • PUZZLES ................. 12B • RIVER LEVELS ........... 7A • SPORTS ..................... 1B • TV ............................ 11B • WEATHER ................ 11B Court in Italy overturns murder conviction of Amanda Knox Nation/ World, 4A Surprise verdict IN THE NEWS Daily © 2015 The Gazette By Lee Hermiston, The Gazette IOWA CITY — Among the screening questions for new clients at the Domestic Violence Intervention Program’s shelter are a few about cellphones. Who had access to the phone? Who gave it to you? DVIP Executive Director Kristie Doser said the reason for the questions are simple — batterers, in an attempt to track their victims, often will add applications to the phone that allow them to follow its owners. “ It’s common for us to see batterers give phones as gifts to victims,” Doser said. Doser said stalking someone with a phone is frequent enough that all new DVIP clients are asked about their phones. “ That’s how often it’s happening,” she said. “ It’s become a regular part of our screening.” Tracking someone’s whereabouts — whether through smartphone apps or a GPS tracker placed on a vehicle — is just one of the ways batterers can revictimize their partners, Doser said. When batterers threaten that they’ll always know where the victims can found, it keeps the victims “ off balance” and in a “ hypervigilant state,” she said. “ It reinforces that sense that you can never escape that person,” Doser said. “ You’re always looking over your shoulder.” But now a new bill working its way through the Iowa Legislature would penalize anyone who places a GPS tracking device on someone’s vehicle without that person’s consent and “ with intent to intimidate, annoy or alarm another person.” Violating the law would be a serious misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. The bill was written by Sen. Liz Mathis, D- Robins. Mathis said her interest in the measure was born out of calls from two constituents — women who were afraid they were being stalked. One believed an ex might have placed a GPS tracking device on her vehicle. “ She asked me if that was illegal,” Mathis recalled. “ I started looking up some things about the illegality of it.” What Mathis found was that PUBLIC SAFETY STOPPING THE STALKERS Law enforcement, victim advocates praise GPS tracking bill er kn be ti wa fr en Shutterstock By Vanessa Miller, The Gazette IOWA CITY — When the state Board of Regents decided this month to proceed with a $ 95 million residence hall at the University of Iowa, it turned to an increasingly popular way of launching projects without going through a traditional bidding process — one that some legislators say is an inappropriate way of spending public money. The regents, who oversee Iowa’s three public universities, are exempt from the portion of Iowa Code regulating competitive bids for public improvement contracts. That law requires most of Iowa’s boards and commissions to follow a traditional “ design- bid- build” process, which obliges an engineer or architect to prepare plans and specifications, estimate project costs and make those plans and costs available to bidders interested in constructing the project. The regents instead have used a “ design- build” process for approving several recent projects. That method differs in that it uses a single contract with one company to provide design and construction services. Proponents say the method can cut costs, increase speed and improve efficiency. The board operates under a separate section of the Iowa Code that requires it Lawmakers scrutinize regents’ project bidding GERMANWINGS CRASH HIGHER EDUCATION State Sen. Liz Mathis ; STALKING, PAGE 9A ; REGENTS, PAGE 9A Washington Post MONTABAUR, Germany — The co- pilot suspected of intentionally crashing Germanwings Flight 9525 apparently tried to hide his medical treatments from the airline, including tearing up a “ sick note” that covered the day of the crash, a German prosecutor said Friday. The statement gave no details on the medical issues, but Germany’s Bild newspaper reported that Andreas Lubitz had been treated for at least one “ serious depressive episode” in the past and had to suspend his flight training because of psychological issues. The twin accounts added to growing suspicions that the 27- year- old pilot had a series of psychological treatments over the years as he moved up the ranks from flight attendant to the cockpit of an Airbus A320. Ralf Herrenbrack, a senior prosecutor in Dusseldorf, said it appears Lubitz had “ existing illness and medical treatment” and had tried to conceal them from the airline and colleagues. Herrenbrack said “ tornup, current sick notes were found, including from the day of the incident.” He gave no other details about the contents of the notes, but Prosecutors say German co- pilot hid medical issues Andreas Lubitz ; CRASH, PAGE 4A IOWA TODAY Farmer’s commitment honored Steve Berger of Wellman, a no- till practitioner for 40 years, has received the American Soybean Association’s National Conservation Legacy Award, Page 2A TOP STORIES Twin astronauts, 1 study Astronaut Scott Kelly blasted into space Friday for a yearlong study that also will involve his twin brother, former astronaut Mark Kelly, back on Earth. Scientists will study them to determine effects of space on humans, Page 4A BUSINESS 380 Jobless rates fall in Corridor and Iowa Nonfarm employment rose in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City last month but slipped statewide, Page 10A LIVING Holocaust survivor remembers When Renata Laxova was just 8 years old, a train took her away from everything she had ever known. She said goodbye to her country, her language and her parents, unsure if she would ever see them again, Page 7B Quest ends for UI women Sports, 1B

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