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Posted April 24, 2013in Duffy

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Posted April 24, 2013in Locker Room

Drake Relays time

Once again we find ourselves rounding the curve and getting ready for another exciting weekend of track and field at the famous blue oval. This year’s Drake Relays, presented by Hy-Vee, is shaping up to be one to remember, especially since the announcement of several 2012 London Olympic Games rematches

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Posted April 24, 2013in Geek Chic

Drones, the misunderstood gadget

If such a thing as the “ethics of war” exists, the modern fringe is defined by unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as “drones.” Besides spying on people, keeping pilots out of the sky and being extremely efficient killing machines, drones have another trait — they’re really cool. Before you

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Posted April 24, 2013in Your View

I stand with the opposition on the Better Bottle Bill debate

Interesting column on the recycling of bottles (“Bottled Up,” April 18). Hard to make a decision as to which way it should go, but I’m siding with those who are against it (the ones you reference as: “They care about the economy — especially their own.”) I find that insulting,

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Posted April 24, 2013in Sound Stage

Gas Lamp goes acoustic

We can forget sometimes about the simple pleasure of an acoustic set. The hard rock and metal acts that dominate Des Moines’ landscape aren’t predisposed to an acoustic sound — a simple fact for which they can’t really be faulted — and the indie acts that dip a toe into

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Posted April 24, 2013in Good Bad Ugly

The good The IMT Des Moines Marathon held a group run/walk last weekend to show its solidarity with those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing. Bright and early on Saturday morning, volunteers met at Nollen Plaza for a moment of silence and reflection before proceeding with a support walk/run of

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Posted April 24, 2013in Sound Check

CD Reviews

Rob Zombie ‘Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor’ Zodiac Swan Rob Zombie has smeared his fingerprints all over heavy metal, industrial and three-chord garage rock, as well as the realms of film and the written word. Not everything he has done with his career has necessarily been a rousing success, but Zombie

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Posted April 24, 2013in Featured Story, Political Mercury

King: GOP has numbers, strength to stand on principle

Republicans, actively conducting an autopsy of the last presidential election, should be cautious about throwing overboard long-held principles and core constituencies in a chase for quick political fixes with younger voters and Hispanics, U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, says. Bottom line: Count King out on the head-turning facelift some key

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Posted April 24, 2013in On The Tube

Novelty night

‘American Idol’ emphasizes silliness over singing The “American Idol” season is heading into its final stretch (Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m., Fox), but it’s not the must-see TV of yore. Ratings are dropping, rival singing competitions are coming on strong, and the last half-dozen winners have been nondescript. We’ve been

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Posted April 24, 2013in Your Money

Paid for by taxpayers in… Polk County

Amount: $26,827.44 To: Anderson Erickson Dairy Co. For: The purchase of milk, lemonade and yogurt for the Polk County Jail and Polk County Youth Services.   Amount: $730 To: Arthritis Foundation For: Registration fees for eight Polk County Senior Services employees to attend the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Training.  

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