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Feature Story
Cuddling therapy

When intermingling with people and getting hugs isn’t enough, this therapeutic and platonic touch may be the answer. Michelle White was looking for a way to fulfill her need for personal connection and touch. She had been single for several years and wanted affection. “Intermingling with people and getting hugs just wasn’t enough as a [...]

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Feature Story
Winter Arts & Entertainment Guide

CITYVIEW’s quest to eradicate hibernation continues. Wicked arctic blasts have invaded central Iowa, and Old Man Winter now occupies the region. This evil bully rules with an ice-cold fist while brandishing bad intentions and intimidating the citizenry with malicious sub-zero temperatures. Be on high alert, but fear not! Although CITYVIEW couldn’t fit every worthy event [...]

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Business Feature
A cloud of uncertainty

EDITOR’S NOTE: After this story went to press, President Donald Trump signed a bill that raises the federal legal age for purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21. Beginning in the summer of 2020, it will be a violation of federal law to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. This change includes [...]

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Civic Skinny
Jeff Young’s spotty record. Tirrell’s sentencing date set. Kauffman is a reporter again. Godfrey bills. Dog treats.

The Des Moines City Council on Dec. 16 gave the go-ahead for the plan by developer Jeff Young to turn the old Franklin Junior High School into an entertainment center, gathering place, office building and hotel. There were a few questions about signage and sidewalks before the unanimous vote, but there were no questions about [...]

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Political Mercury
A coffeehouse Q&A with Biden

The former vice president talks small-town retail, future of ag and nuclear arms. American agriculture can get to net-zero carbon emissions and make money doing it while still feeding the world, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says. “It’s hard for people to get their head around it because it’s so new, and it’s so, in [...]

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Film Review
‘Knives Out’

A whodunit with a lot on its mind besides catching a killer Director Rian Johnson shows his love for the murder mystery genre but avoids falling into its predictable plot mechanics in his latest feature, “Knives Out.” When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th [...]

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Food Dude
Ingersoll scene still evolving

Bartender’s Handshake and Lucky Lotus add personality to Des Moines’ most eccentric street. No other restaurant neighborhood in Des Moines has changed more, and more often, than Ingersoll Boulevard. It was home to the first franchise food joint in town — Henry’s. Many others followed including Burger King, Hardee’s, Howard Johnson’s, Baskin Robbins, Dairy Queen, [...]

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Your Neighbors
Killing orcs while complaining about your boss and warping around the galaxy

Local Dungeon Master Paul Privitera works to build the popularity of polyhedral dice in central Iowa. Maybe you pretend that Earth’s oceans have flooded, the ice caps have melted, the skies have emptied and dry land no longer exists…. Or that WWIII brought about nuclear Armageddon, and you’ve tunneled underground in order to survive an [...]

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Joe's Neighborhood
The real free stuff

A little love here, a little push there, a little encouragement wherever it was needed. “So, you want to try the Fernet?” the bartender asked as he leaned across the bar with a small shot of dark liquid. Why not? Although, I must admit that I’ve never quite taken to serious drinking. Years ago, an [...]

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Center Stage
‘Superstar’ truly is

50th anniversary tour visits Des Moines. Anyone who has followed the world of musical theater for any length of time recalls the opening rock guitar riff that signaled a dynamically different spin on the Jesus story. “Jesus Christ Superstar” is celebrating its 50th anniversary, rejuvenating memories of those who have grown to love this iconic [...]

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CITYVIEW's Question of the Week

CITYVIEW’s question of the week

If you had to endorse one of the top 10 Democratic Presidential candidates, which one would you pick?

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