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Posted November 28, 2012in Sound Stage

Kingston’s Benefit

Sometimes you just need to be loud. Few places do loud as well as House of Bricks, and few bands do it as masterfully as Dead Horse Trauma. And while DHT may have turned in the performance of the night, what made the evening really stand out for Des Moines’

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Posted November 28, 2012in Joe's Neighborhood, Recent Posts

Fairy godmother

Convenience is not a bad thing. You can buy your milk, pick up your dry cleaning, fill your prescriptions, gas your car and — is that your girlfriend in the canned-goods aisle? — go on a date, all in the name of one-stop shopping. Not bad. Moreover, the neon and

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Posted November 28, 2012in Locker Room

Iowa Energy open home play at the Well on Saturday, Dec. 1.

After a disappointing loss to the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the first round of the playoffs last season, the Iowa Energy retooled over the summer with hopes of getting back to its championship ways of two years ago.  “In 2011-12, the Energy went from top in the league to almost

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Posted November 28, 2012in Civic Skinny, Featured Story

Ferentz gets $100,000 raise; Rhoads misses $200,000 bonus

Don’t feel too bad for Kirk Ferentz. Sure, the stony-faced, gum-chewing University of Iowa football coach won only four games this fall, giving the Hawkeyes their worst season since 2000. And sure his team isn’t going to a bowl game for only the second time in 12 years. And sure

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Posted November 28, 2012in Cover Story

Foaming Over

There is a time and a place for heavy drinking: weddings, break-ups, reunions, birthdays, Daylight Savings, Spring Equinox, stepping in gum with a new pair of shoes or the classic “days that end in ‘y.’ ” But whatever the reason, one thing is true for most beer-lovers: Beer is good,

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Posted November 28, 2012in Duffy

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Posted November 28, 2012in Your Money

Paid for by taxpayers in…City of Des Moines

Amount: $1,650 To: The CTK Group For: Payment for registration for Interview and Interrogation held at the police academy.   Amount: $211.25  To: Embassy Club For: Payment for refund on balance of Class C liquor license for the Embassy Club.   Amount: $455.70 To: JWB Marketing LLC.  For: Purchase of

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Posted November 28, 2012in Sore Thumbs

‘DISNEY EPIC MICKEY 2: THE POWER OF TWO’ (E)  ** Disney Interactive Studios  Xbox 360  The Disney Corporation is a massive entity, owning the intellectual property rights of Pixar’s CG characters, Marvel’s comic book superheroes and, most recently, Lucas film’s Jedi Knights. Yet the face of the company still resides

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Posted November 28, 2012in Good Bad Ugly

The good Central Iowans donated 216,605 pounds of food (108.3 tons) to benefit the Food Bank of Iowa during the 22nd annual Combat Hunger drive last week. The donations were made from thousands of central Iowans and nearly 200 local businesses and schools. The Food Bank of Iowa will distribute

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Posted November 28, 2012in Featured Story, Food Dude

New places for pizza, burritos and tacos

When my colleagues ask one another what kind of restaurant they think Des Moines needs, answers almost always reflect worldly hopefulness such as Basque, Moroccan, vegan, Brazilian, dim sum, Ethiopian and molecular. However when real world restaurateurs put their money on the line to open a new place here, they

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