Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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Civic Skinny
Your ISU alumni dollars at work: $1.1 million was paid to foundation bosses Leath ordered fired without cause.

The Iowa State University Foundation has spent more than $1.1 million to buy out the contracts of two Foundation presidents fired by university President Steve Leath. The two men were fired for no cause — other than the fact that Leath apparently didn’t like them. Both raised millions for the university and were widely admired [...]

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Feature 1
It’s a Wild Thing

To: Our competitors in the American Hockey League From: The Iowa Wild Just to let you know, there’s a new sheriff on our bench who knows one thing and one thing only — winning. You know, that thing you’ve done against us here at Wells Fargo Arena in the past, way too often, much to [...]

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Feature 2
Des Moines’ Tallest People

Vincent Lucas is a 6-foot-10-inch grade school teacher. He was born in Lander, Wyoming, and attended Eastern Oregon University on a basketball scholarship where he earned a master’s degree. He teaches English language learning for kindergarten at Perkins Elementary School in Des Moines. If only he had a nickel for every time someone asked him, [...]

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Feature 3
Fall books guide

There are few things more comforting than wrapping your body in a blanket and ensconcing your mind in literary bliss during a cool fall evening on the couch with a good book. You know the feeling. You’ve had it many times, as have millions of others. The feel, the scent, the beauty of a book. [...]

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Political Mercury
Pro-Clinton super PAC seeks to cut into Trump’s growing margin

Medical technology entrepreneur Dr. Steven Kraus has founded an independent political action committee to boost Hillary Clinton’s White House candidacy. The super PAC — Iowans For A Prosperous & Safer America — launched a website (www.I4PSAmerica.org)  and began placing newspaper ads throughout Iowa. The PAC intends to finance advertising in all of Iowa’s 99 counties to advocate [...]

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Food Dude
Magnolia and Marlene know what ladies like

Before dinner after a high school homecoming in the mid 1960s, my date advised me on subjects I knew nothing about. First she told me that it was unseemly for a lady to order for herself. Since I would be ordering for both of us, she also added that no lady should ever eat in [...]

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Your Neighbors
Happy birthday, Beaverdale

Beaverdale has a birthday coming up, and it’s a big one. Sean Bagniewski is the president of the Beaverdale Neighborhood Association. He moved to Beaverdale in 2009, and he’s the man in charge of planning the celebration. He says the planning for the event is still in the early stages, but it will probably happen [...]

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Joe's Neighborhood
‘I am Iowa’?

“ ‘Gov. Robert Ray was a phenomenal governor and a true statesman,’ said [Gov. Terry] Branstad.” – Office of the Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, Sept. 26, 2012. “In his speech, [Gov. Terry] Branstad said, ‘Throughout his career, Ambassador Quinn has displayed leadership in protecting the world’s most vulnerable, working for causes to ensure we [...]

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The Sound
Power to the partiers

Music and politics make for strange bedfellows. It’s a double-edged sword, with the outspokenness of musicians like Ted Nugent and Beyonce endearing them to half their fanbase and alienating them from the other half. Party enthusiast Andrew WK wants to shift the focus away from the partisan elements and toward what truly unites us: partying. [...]

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Joe's Neighborhood
Joe’s Neighborhood: George Arvidson

George Arvidson died the other day. Most of you probably didn’t know him. I barely did. He floated around my legal career as an older fellow lawyer, but we rarely had contact. I picture him in the courthouse with his traditional suit, glasses, and an easy smile. A defense lawyer down to his toes. But [...]

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