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Posted March 27, 2013in Your Money

Paid for by taxpayers in… Des Moines

Amount: $1,852.42 To: YMCA shelter For: Purchase of 18 cases of Morning-After Plan B pills and three crates of assorted condoms.   Amount: $200 To: Belle Salon For: Mustache grooming for Gov. Terry Branstad, as per the city’s 28E agreement with the State of Iowa.   Amount: $28,450.98 To: Department

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Posted March 27, 2013in The Sound

The man who would be king

“Sit back and do nothing if that’s what you want to do. That’s never been my style.” Corey Taylor has done a lot in his life. As the front man for both Slipknot and Stone Sour, he’s travelled the world, built a fortune and cemented a legacy. He could become

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Posted March 27, 2013in Your View

A hard copy, please?

I’m writing from Newton Correctional Facility, where I’ve been locked up for the past three years. The day Cityview arrives in our library is a highlight of my week, except for those Nightlife pictures. They just make me horny. Speaking of horny, after reading about the Nancy Sebring sex scandal

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Posted March 27, 2013in Film Review

Cinema is dead

“Strap-On” 3 stars Rated NC-17 152 mins. Drama Trashmeister writer/director John Waters takes ironic comedy and social commentary to an all-time sleazy low in his new movie “Strap-On.” Waters deviates from his Baltimore roots to urban and rural areas of Afghanistan where Maya Stain (played by former SLA member Patty

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Posted March 27, 2013in Sore Thumbs

Microsoft unveils its next-gen game console: the Xbox…5?

On the heels of Sony’s PlayStation 4 announcement, Microsoft unveiled its next-gen game console at a New York City press event last week. Curiously, the system was christened the Xbox 5, despite only being the third iteration of the company’s gaming platform. Chief of Xbox Marketing and Propaganda Alan Douglas

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Posted March 27, 2013in Good Bad Ugly

The good In the wake of her departure from the superintendent’s seat for Des Moines Public Schools, Nancy Sebring has recently announced she will be making a comeback by running for office. She’s kicking off her campaign for governor with a waffle breakfast at the St. Hypocrethius Episcothic Church at

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Posted March 27, 2013in Sound Notes

Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week

April is “Daycare Month” at ZZZ Records. Drop your children — ages 3-9 — off at the record store any time during business hours for complimentary daycare all day long. Children will be provided with meals and a free LP of their choice. The Des Moines Civic Center has announced

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Posted March 27, 2013in Joe's Neighborhood

Defeat death today!

Reading obituaries feels a little like reading the daily racing form at Prairie Meadows. You quickly scan the page to see how many of the departed are your age or younger. If that number is 50 percent or greater, you realize it may not be a good time to double

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Posted March 27, 2013in Featured Story, Political Mercury

Risky Republican strategy with Reynolds

Iowa Republican insiders tell Political Mercury they’re planning on rolling out an unconventional political makeover of Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, one fraught with potential trip wires that could confound her ambitions to become the first female governor or U.S. senator in Hawkeye State history. But GOP sources see the move

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Posted March 27, 2013in Duffy

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