Friday, October 20, 2017

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Featured Story
Watch, listen… & be afraid

Des Moines filmmaker Kristian Day reveals his creepy playlist of Halloween movies and music I just wanted to watch some scary movies The year was 1992, I was in first grade at Jordan Catholic School in Rock Island, Illinois. This was the first Halloween I ever took seriously. There had been previous Halloweens of course, but this was the first time I [...]

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Featured Story
Celebrating the harvest

Iowa’s role in the tradition, religion and transition of the crops An overwhelming percentage of the counties in Iowa peaked in population more than 100 years ago. In this state, the 20th century was a time of wild transition as people moved from farms to towns, cities and suburbs. The average Iowan is now four [...]

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Featured Story
Welcome to the jungle

Crowds are preparing to go Iowa Wild for the team’s fifth anniversary season On many occasions since arriving before the 2013 season, Iowa Wild President Todd Frederickson imagined what Wells Fargo Arena would look like if it was packed with fans that were donned in forest green. But last season, as the team set a new single [...]

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Civic Skinny
Winners (Waukee, Apple) and losers (Iowa) in Apple deal. Massachusetts issues larceny warrant for Tirrell arrest.

That Apple deal with Waukee is a whole lot richer for the town than even its biggest advocates say. Perhaps at least 10 times richer than the biggest figures being bandied about. And it could be a whole lot sweeter for Apple than the papers and blogs and TV stations have been reporting. But it [...]

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Political Mercury
A baby bump? Think twice, fetus carrier, says Democratic candidate

J.D. Scholten considers himself generally under the pro-choice rubric as a candidate on the position of abortion. This puts him at odds with staunchly pro-life Congressman Steve King, a Kiron Republican who has represented similarly unbending anti-abortion political territory in western and central Iowa for eight terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Abortion remains [...]

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Film Review
“Kingsmen: The Golden Circle”

A steady shot of adrenaline from start to finish Following the success of its first installment, “Kingsmen: The Golden Circle” takes the best parts of the universe it’s created for itself, and gives a few simple spins to keep things exciting and fun. The action begins right out of the gate, as Charlie (Edward Holcroft) [...]

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Food Dude
Marlene’s new chef

Jacob Demars is a New Englander who comes to town via Denver, Chicago and Charleston Until the first freeze, October is the best month for food in Iowa. The overlap of summer and fall fruits and vegetables provides a happy feast. It’s also the return of soup season, and it’s not too hot to eat [...]

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Your Neighbors
Intention is the key to witchcraft

Modern-day witch simmers on cauldrons, potions and broomsticks “You can call me a witch,” says Hannah Thomas. The Drake University junior practices witchcraft and identifies as a Wicca. “A lot of people don’t think witches are real,” she says. “When they picture us, it’s with big noses and warts and the hats. And when they [...]

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Joe's Neighborhood
Firetrucks and firefighters

“You can sit behind the wheel if you want to. Go ahead.” The firefighter, younger than my youngest child, is grinning broadly as he encourages me. He has me pegged. Yup, beneath my bald head is a tow-haired 5-year-old making firetruck noises while playing on the linoleum floor. Do I want to climb up? Please, [...]

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Center Stage
We’ve never seen such ‘choices’ like this

World premiere at Des Moines Playhouse Through playwright Karen Schaeffer’s productive pen flows a rare wit and a penchant for comedy. She epitomizes the saying, “The harder I work, the luckier I get,” as the Des Moines Playhouse playwright-in-residence prepares for the world premiere of her latest stage work, “Choices.” “I’m blessed to be part [...]

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