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The good
Kraig McPeek, former project leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Iowa Private Lands Office, was recently honored as one of 18 winners of a Recovery Champion Award. The national award recognizes achievements in endangered species recovery, which McPeek was honored for his efforts to recover the Topeka shiner, a small fish, in Iowa’s Raccoon River watershed.


The Des Moines-West Des Moines metropolitan area was recently honored as tied for 24th on the list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of energy efficient buildings that earned EPA’s Energy Star in 2009. The metropolitan area has 36 Energy Star labeled buildings, which save owners money and fights climate change. Since the EPA awarded the first Energy Star in 1999, approximately 9,000 buildings across the United States have earned the Energy Star.


The bad
Hopefully size doesn’t matter. Condomania, which sells custom-fit condoms, released rankings of states based on average penis size, which Iowa ranked No. 48. In 2004, the company launched TheyFit Condoms, selling to more than 27,000 men in 70 countries. Previously the largest formal survey of penis size was conducted in 1948 by Kinsey researchers, when 2,500 men participated. According to the survey, New Hampshire ranks No. 1 in penis size, while New Orleans ranks No. 1 for cities in the United States.


The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) will stop issuing drivers’ licenses over the counter beginning April 19. The new renewal system will make motorists wait about two weeks for their ID to arrive in the mail. During that time, motorists will be presented with a temporary document that will be valid for 30 days. The DOT says the goal is to protect Iowans against identity theft, but we think it’s just another hassle in the process of getting a license renewed. We live in such an ID-present world as it is, will these paper documents really help? Will we be able to get through airport security with this paper? Will law enforcement allow these papers to work? Will we be able to enter an establishment that requires patrons to be 21 and over with this paper? At least before, the long wait ended with receiving a license. Now we’re going to have to wait in line at the DMV and then wait a few more weeks for our license. This is just another hassle at the DMV, instead of a solution.


The ugly
It’s bad enough we have to worry about intoxicated drivers, but now we have to worry about intoxicated police officers on patrol. Last week, Sgt. Daniel Herbert Edwards lost control of his marked police SUV, smashed into another driver and went into a ditch near U.S. Highway 65 and East University Avenue. Edwards was transported by helicopter to a Des Moines hospital where drugs were found in his possession. Although officials declined to identify the substance in his possession, the drug was described as “white and powdery.” Witnesses stated they saw Edwards driving erratically, swerving wildly and striking another vehicle. Edwards then hit a concrete divider and went into a ditch. Edwards was promoted to sergeant last year but now faces charges of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. Edwards could also face a charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, but test results are not expected to be available for several weeks.


Two people participating in an Easter egg hunt over the holiday weekend found something more than a colorful egg full of candy — a dead body. More than 100 children were participating in the annual neighborhood Easter egg hunt at Beaverdale Park when the body was found in the woods. Two teenagers who were helping their younger siblings search for eggs found the body about 300 yards away from the hunt. Fortunately, none of the kids found the body, or it would have been an Easter egg hunt they would never forgotten.CV

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