We have a lot of big news out of Cedar Rapids today. The first is that a controversial liquor store on First Ave. SE has had its license pulled because it’s too close to a church. Opinion has been divided about the decision. Is it a case of government infringing on business or regulations helping to clean up a neighborhood?

The City Council has also agreed to move ahead with some buyouts. People have been getting antsy; it’s been nearly four months since the floods, and they want to see progress. This is the first step. Is it enough?

On a much lighter note, today is the last day to vote in our poll about the best of tailgating. Where are the best places to hang out before (and during, and after) Hawkeye games in Iowa City? We’ll announce the winners Oct. 18.

We have lots of things going on here this week.

Today from noon to 1 p.m., we’ll have our first reporter chat. Visit GazetteOnline to chat with Diane Heldt about college students and the disappearance of landline phones in dorm rooms.

Tomorrow from noon to 12:30 p.m., chat with David Faribault about the state of the economy.

And finally, don’t forget to give Steve Buttry your opinion about The Gazette’s possible withdrawal from the Associated Press. There are a few ways to give your opinion here.