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    When I was a kid, riding in the backseat of our station wagon, my brother and I would sing “California, here we come, right back where we started from … ” incessantly until Mom threatened to turn the car around and go home. And we never headed to California. The trips were usually to visit g…

      Cabbage, bok choy and collards … although there isn’t much, if any, resemblance among these plants, they’re all part of the Brassica family. It is considered one of the most prolific genera of vegetables in the world, according to the National Garden Bureau.

        In Victorian times, many women made wax flowers as a hobby. After melting white wax into sheets and adding pigment for color, they painstakingly separated flowers petal by petal, traced the shapes on paper and made patterns to create their wax flowers.

        Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a pair of laws restricting the bathrooms transgender students can use and banning gender-affirming medical care amid a flood of legislation nationwide targeting the trans community. Doctors will have six months to cease prescribing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. And transgender students will be barred from using public school restrooms that align with their gender identity. Students will need parental consent for special accommodations like using a faculty or single-occupancy restroom. Iowa LGBTQ advocacy groups, civil rights organizations and the state’s teachers’ union have condemned both laws.

        A man has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend and another man during a crowded birthday party at an Iowa nightclub where he was working security. Timothy Rush agreed this week in a motion to a deal in which he pleaded guilty to two charges of involuntary manslaughter. KWWL-TV reports that a judge accepted the plea deal Thursday. Three people were killed and nine others were wounded in the April 10 shooting in Cedar Rapids. Rush initially was charged with two counts of second degree murder for two of the deaths. A second suspect was sentenced last year to life in prison for killing the third victim.


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