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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 21, 2015, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 2A The Gazette œ Thursday, May 21, 2015 IOWA TODAY ® ( USPS 95- 680) Established January 10, 1883, and published daily at 501 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401. Periodicals postage paid at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Gazette is a publication of The Gazette Company. Subscription rates by carrier $ 7 per week; $ 364 per year, 7- day delivery. Out- of- state delivery $ 468 per year, 7- day delivery. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Gazette Co. Inc., P. O. Box 511, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406 Subscription Service: ( 319) 398- 8333, ( 319) 339- 3150 or 1-( 800) 397- 8333. General number: ( 319) 398- 8211. THE GAZETTE © 2015 The Gazette Due to the Memorial Day holiday, The Gazette Circulation Customer Care department will close at 10 a. m. Monday. Any changes to your subscription — starts, stops, vacation packs — for Tuesday, May 26, will need to be called in by 10 a. m. Monday. You can contact Customer Care at ( 319) 398- 8333 or 1-( 800)- 397- 8333. Or you can email customercare@ thegazette. com. MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY HOURS By Maddy Arnold, The Gazette CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa writer Molly Rideout saw something missing from public art. Rideout, a co- director for Grin City Collective, an artist- in- residency organization, saw a lack of opportunities for displaying writing as public art. To solve this, Rideout and Grin City Collective started an initiative to install writings in the windows of 12 Iowa libraries. Cedar Rapids Public Library staff members read through multiple pieces from Rideout and chose a creative non- fiction story. The story, about Grin City Collective itself, was installed Wednesday on the library’s windows. It will remain up through the summer, but the end date has not been set. Dara Schmidt, the library’s director, said that would be determined by community response. The project started when Rideout began working with vinyl as a way to place text on windows. Grin City Collective decided to launch the project after a similar one was successful last year in Grinnell. Public writings, including fiction and non- fiction pieces, were created by four authors. Most of the pieces were not published before the project, or even written specifically for each library or town. The Cedar Rapids library piece is the biggest of the 12 chosen for the project. Rideout’s story is about 2,000 words of white text and takes up an estimated 250 square feet of window space at the front of the library. Rideout’s story is set at Grin City Collective and discusses a unique dock, which doesn’t lead to water, on a farm and the culture that surrounds it. She said her story is funny but with a “ dark twist” at the end. “ It’s also just very, very casual. You get a lot of short stories that are kind of pretentious and that makes them a little less accessible. And this one is about a bunch of people on a farm that sometimes maybe drink a little more than they should,” Rideout said. Schmidt said Rideout’s piece was chosen because of the surprising and unexpected emotions it brought up. She said this mimics the experiences people feel while reading in the library. “ We want people to do more than just come and get books, but to really have experiences when they come to the library. So this is a perfect example of this kind of thing,” said Amber Mussman, the library’s public relations manager. œ Comments: ( 319) 398- 5872; maddy. arnold@ thegazette. com PUBLIC ART Liz Martin/ The Gazette Molly Rideout of Grinnell, co- director of Grin City Collective ( top), and artist in residence Becky Garner install a short story by Rideout on the windows of the Cedar Rapids Public Library on Wednesday in downtown Cedar Rapids. By Trish Mehaffey, The Gazette CEDAR RAPIDS — A Hiawatha woman’s conviction for her role in the death of toddler Kamryn Schlitter in 2010 was upheld Wednesday by the Iowa Court of Appeals. The court dismissed seven claims by Amy Parmer, who was convicted in 2013 of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment resulting in death, after Kamryn died from head injuries caused by abuse. Parmer is serving a 50- year sentence. Parmer argued there was insufficient evidence and inconsistencies about who was responsible for Kamryn’s abuse and death. An expert’s testimony changed at trial, and the court erred in not allowing certain statements and giving the jury an Allen charge — telling them to go back and try to reach a verdict after they said they couldn’t. The court previously upheld the 2012 conviction of Kamryn’s father, Zyriah Schlitter, on charges of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment resulting in death. He also is serving 50 years in prison. According to the ruling, the prosecution’s theory — that Parmer, along with Schlitter, either abused Kamryn or did nothing to stop it — wasn’t inconsistent, as Parmer claimed. At Parmer’s trial, the state argued that either one could have been responsible for the blows causing the child’s fatal injury or the other injuries leading up to her death. Parmer had the opportunity to testify and challenge the theory before the jury, the court added. She also had the same opportunity to question the opinion of an expert who Parmer claimed changed his prior testimony without notice. The doctor didn’t repeat verbatim the exact times the injuries occurred from his deposition or in the Schlitter trial, but his testimony was consistent with the original and additional minutes of testimony provided by the state, according to the ruling. The doctor’s opinion that Kamryn’s second fatal injury occurred within 12 to 24 hours before the child was taken to the hospital never changed, the court said. The court said the child’s injuries occurred during times Kamryn was in Parmer’s care. In supporting the jury’s verdict, the court also cited the testimony of doctors about significant bruising, which Parmer said she didn’t see; Parmer’s inconsistent statements; and witnesses who said Parmer had anger toward the child and had confessed. œ Comments: ( 319) 398- 8318; trish. mehaffey@ thegazette. com COURTS $ 50 million project to break ground in June By Chelsea Keenan, The Gazette ConAgra Foods is planning a $ 50 million, 99,000- square- foot expansion at its Waterloo facility, city officials announced Wednesday. The plant, in the Waterloo MidPort Industrial Park, makes snacks marketed under the Snack Pack and Swiss Miss brand names. The expansion will increase production by 30 percent, allowing the facility to add DAVID snack seed production to its line, the city said in a statement. The expansion will add up to 55 positions, city officials estimated. “ It does so many things for us,” Mayor Buck Clark said. “ It adds jobs and adds tax base, and it’ll put people to work in the construction process. But what it really does is amplifies to death that Waterloo is doing very, very well.” The proposed expansion project will add processing, packaging, warehouse and administrative space. In addition, the new production line will create a highly automated manufacturing platform designed to offer more flexibility in packaging options as business needs change, city officials said. ConAgra has been in Waterloo since 1997. This expansion project will be the facility’s third. ConAgra Foods officials have asked for state incentives with the Iowa Economic Development Authority as well as financial assistance from the city of Waterloo. Pending incentives approval, the project is expected to break ground in mid- June and be complete by late 2016. “ We get chided quite a bit, you know, that we don’t do anything right up here or we’re giving away land,” the mayor said. “ If you listen to the naysayers, you’d think you’d have busloads of people leaving town every day. But that’s just not the case.” œ Comments: ( 319) 398- 8331; chelsea. keenan@ thegazette. com Sarah McCarthy of KCRG- TV9 contributed to this report. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Conviction upheld in toddler’s 2010 death Amy Parmer Conviction upheld The writing’s on the WINDOW C. R. Public Library display turns short story into visual art ConAgra to expand Waterloo facility Lindale Mall ( Just inside the NE Entrance by Sears) ~ Since 1922 Critchett’s continues to serve and bring Iowa Seniors together with music~ Call the NEW Lindale Mall Location at 319- 393- 4686 to reserve your spot! WANTED : 20 Seniors Who Love Music & Fun! 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