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Posted January 30, 2013in Sore Thumbs

‘NI NO KUNI: WRATH OF THE WHITE WITCH’    (E10+) **** Namco Bandai PlayStation 3 When Level-5 (the game developer responsible for the “Professor Layton” series) and Studio Ghibli (the animation house responsible for “Princess Mononoke” and “Spirited Away”) team up, you know the result will be something special, and “Ni

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Posted January 29, 2013in Uncategorized

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Posted January 28, 2013in Featured Story, Iowa Watchdog

Iowa’s failure to track welfare benefits risks $6.6M in federal aid

DES MOINES – Iowa leaders have yet to crack down on where and how welfare dollars are used, putting the state at risk of losing at least $6.6 million in federal dollars next year. States have until 2014 to find ways to police where welfare recipients make transactions under a

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Posted January 25, 2013in Featured Story, Iowa Watchdog

Iowa fails in teacher prep, earning below-average grades

DES MOINES – Iowa’s teacher-preparation programs fail to produce graduates who are ready to lead a classroom, according to a new study that has quickly drawn criticism from some educators. The National Council on Teacher Quality released its “2012 State Teacher Policy Yearbook” this week, giving Iowa overall grades for

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Posted January 23, 2013in Featured Story, Food Dude

Andrew Meek’s Gramercy Tap

Andrew Meek makes a short list of people responsible for turning the local culinary scene into a source of civic pride. At the turn of millennium, Meek and John Ross’ Sage brought the public a level of service and fine dining that had only been available at private clubs. That

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Posted January 23, 2013in Cover Story

Radio killed the radio star

When MTV announced its presence in August of 1981 with The Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star,” it seemed like a simple declaration of truth: Technology changes. Music video was here to stay, and it was just a matter of time before radio would fall by the wayside. Sure, it

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Posted January 23, 2013in Sore Thumbs

‘DMC: DEVIL MAY CRY’ (M) **** Capcom Xbox 360 It’s the age of the reboot, and even gun-toting demonslayers are not immune to the occasional reimagining. Corny, albino-haired Dante has been reborn as aloof, brunette Dante amid the objections of outraged fanboys everywhere. However, those who abstain from this latest

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Posted January 23, 2013in Duffy

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Posted January 23, 2013in Your View

Was the Water and Land Legacy Bond a bait-and-switch?

Amber Williams’ article (“Turn It Over,” Oct. 17) captured the essence of what most voters believed about the $50 million Polk County Water and Land Legacy Bond and why they ultimately passed the bond by 72 percent approval margin. I think voters would be very surprised to know that half

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Posted January 23, 2013in Locker Room

Battle at the Barn V returns to Des Moines, NASCAR style

Thick, black ooze steadily crawls across the floor of the Iowa State Fairground’s Jacobson Event Center, leaving in its wake a sticky wasteland that would surely slow any who pass over it. At first glance one might assume a pipe burst or something spilled, but the black ooze is actually

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