Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Best Shots: Our readers submitted their finest photography, and we publish a few of our favorites this month

It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Whether it’s a painting, a poem or even a person, beauty surrounds us in all of its subjective glory. As an art form, photography can be equally as moving, from landscapes to portraitures to photojournalism.  With that in mind, we asked Cityview readers [...]

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Iowa Ingenuity: Inventors and inventions in our state’s history

“How could I manufacture 30,000 hot dogs every hour?” That must have been the question Ray Townsend asked himself before inventing his trusty “frank-o-matic,” the machine that stripped skin away from pork, enabling the mass production of linked meats. His Townsend Model 27 turned the meatpacking industry on its ear, but Townsend isn’t the only [...]

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Show me the money

The dollars and sense of high school sports in Iowa Iowa high school athletics has grown into a multi-million dollar industry. Combined, the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) take in more than $10 million per year. The IHSAA, an organization that facilitates and supports boys’ high [...]

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Political Mercury
New state chair: Democrats on all-Iowa connection mission

Party can’t just bash Trump, Reynolds and expect to win, Derek Eadon says The key to resurrecting the Democratic Party in Iowa in the wake of two devastating campaign cycles in which presumed favorites Bruce Braley and Hillary Clinton fell on the swords of their own poor messaging is greater connectivity with voters on the [...]

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Film Review
Building a perfect Batman

Combine DC’s knack for storytelling with LEGO Studios’ affinity for tapping into the cultural imagination, and the result is a film you had no idea you wanted. “The LEGO Batman Movie” is easily the gloomiest film of the Dark Knight franchise. When he isn’t fighting crime as masked vigilante Batman, Bruce Wayne (Will Arnett) lives [...]

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Food Dude
30 years ago…

Trostel’s Greenbriar celebrates an anniversary in style When Paul Trostel moved his brand from Ingersoll (Colorado Feed & Grain, Rosie’s Cantina) to Johnston in 1987, there wasn’t much variety in the local dining scene. In fact, Trostel introduced the appetizer menu at Colorado Feed & Grain. Before that, appetizers in Des Moines consisted of a choice of [...]

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Your Neighbors
Kidney Cousins

One is not the loneliest number Whoever said “one is the loneliest number” didn’t consider every aspect of life. When it comes to kidneys, “none” is the loneliest number. Curt Ricketts didn’t know he was sick. The only reason he went to the doctor in August 2015 was for treatment on his throbbing big toe. [...]

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Joe's Neighborhood
What does democracy look like?

Bundled against the cold, with a pink pussy hat, pink gloves and pink scarf, the woman looks over the crowd of 26,000 gathered at the foot of the Iowa State Capitol. She raises the bullhorn to her mouth and calls out: “WHAT DOES DEMOCRACY LOOK LIKE?” Wow. Not really a chant to storm a building, [...]

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Center Stage
Upping the game everywhere

Just how big of a splash has local theater made during the last decade? The best measure may be how far the ripples have reached. Community stages in Ames, Winterset, Newton and Ankeny have all recently upped their games — to enthusiastic applause. A case in point came over the weekend of 9/11. As a [...]

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Civic Skinny
Drake ousts a longtime trustee after son is expelled. Sorenson appeals, decides not to ‘take it a like a man.’

Good news for Steve Leath: Auburn University, where he will be the new president, owns at least 15 airplanes, according to records at the Federal Aviation Commission. … Drake University has ousted long-time trustee Tom Rossley after he claimed that his son was expelled after being unfairly treated in a campus sexual-assault investigation. The fired [...]

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