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Who is Fred Clarke?

Baseball card collecting, Iowa style with John Liepa BABE RUTH OR FRED CLARKE? Babe Ruth is arguably the most important player in baseball history. And since it can take a lifetime to find and attain the Great Bambino’s rare and valuable rookie card, you might surmise a big-time collector wouldn’t voluntarily part ways with it. [...]

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Keys to the Cubdom

I-Cubs preseason preview One year ago, as the Iowa Cubs trotted onto the green grass of Principal Park for opening day, the roster included four of minor league baseball’s top prospects — catcher Willson Contreras, outfielder Albert Almora Jr., first baseman Dan Vogelbach, and relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. All four players finished the season [...]

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CHOICE Awards – Cityview’s Hall Of Iowa Culinary Excellence

Culinary trend setters — Third Annual CHOICE Awards The idea for the CHOICE awards originated 14 years ago and was inspired by Japan’s Living National Treasures. That program honors “preservers of important intangible cultural properties.” In the years after World War II, anxiety arose in Japan that their unique cultural traditions — noh, kabuki, origami, [...]

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Civic Skinny
Register daily and Sunday circulation falls another 10 percent. Jailed Kent Sorenson praises God but not Judge Pratt.

Circulation of The Des Moines Register continues in its free fall. For the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016, home delivery and mail and single-copy sales of the Sunday Register totaled 112,317, down an alarming 11.1 percent from the 126,400 of a year earlier, according to the latest filing with the Alliance for Audited Media. And [...]

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Political Mercury
Think it pays to be white in Steve King’s Iowa? Think again.

I was somebody else’s baby. Until I wasn’t. Born to teen parents in Cedar Rapids in 1969, the first motherly play-call in my life was a handoff to a nurse who took my swaddled self from the young-and-distressed hands of Biological Mom at Mercy Medical Center to an on-deck circle for adoption. Having escaped the [...]

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Film Review
Turn back into an 8-year-old

“Power Rangers” brings life lessons to the big screen Even if you didn’t grow up watching the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” during the 1990s, you certainly were aware of their presence. Bold colors, spandex onesies and some of the best monster costume work since the original “Godzilla” brought life lessons and mirth each week on [...]

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Food Dude
Chicago muscles in

Two new eateries — Windy City Style In Carl Sandburg’s America, Chicago was the “stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders.” Recently, its larger-than-life persona begat two local restaurants that cater to big appetites. Pete Faber is a Sandburg-sized native of Des Moines who returned in 2016 after a dozen years and a quartet [...]

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Your Neighbors
Securing the food insecure

Thank God it’s Monday morning What’s up at East High School on Monday mornings? That’s what onlookers are wondering while witnessing the school parking lot packed with police cars. It’s not a bird and it’s not a plane, but it is Des Moines Police Department Sgt. Lori Neely and her Fuel Up First Program. Neely [...]

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Joe's Neighborhood
In search of Mother’s Day

“Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.”  — William Makepeace Thackeray. Mother’s Day cards in the card aisle at the grocery store are something to behold. Funny. Sincere. Loving. You can choose any flavor. You just sign your name at the bottom and pop it in the mail. [...]

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Center Stage
Songs, shadow and sharp pangs, with a passel of awards

Robert Petkoff doesn’t worry about bringing what might be the weirdest musical ever made to Des Moines. He recalls that when he toured with “Spamalot,” a few years back, he found the Civic Center audience was “really on the ball.” A New York native who’s played on Broadway and in London, Petkoff loved Des Moines. [...]

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