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Posted August 30, 2013in Iowa Watchdog

Iowa public pensions on shaky ground

Public pensions in Iowa may be in a much deeper hole than previously thought. A new Moody’s Investor Service report shows the state portion of unfunded liabilities in the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System is $2.3 billion, more than double the IPERS’ estimate of $1.1 billion. If the same holds true for

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Posted August 28, 2013in On The Tube

Cops vs. cops

London police turn against their own in “Luther” “Luther” (Tuesday-Friday, 9 p.m., BBC America) features Idris Elba as the hulking London detective John Luther, whose crime-solving intensity sometimes leads to questionable tactics. Season three begins with a scary scene that made me cover my eyes, as Luther plunges into a

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Posted August 28, 2013in Film Review

Tapering off

“The World’s End” 3 stars Rated R 109 minutes Action Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman Although it exhibits nowhere near the level of inspired deconstructionist comic sophistication of “Shaun of the Dead” or “Hot Fuzz,” the latest effort from the writing team of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

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Posted August 28, 2013in Rap Sheet

On the Clock

Published arrest charges are obtained from official law enforcement records, which are available to the public. All who are charged are innocent until proven guilty. Play the “Name That Crime” Quiz! FAKING IT Sometime between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., an unknown suspect visited Earthgrains Baking Co.,

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Posted August 28, 2013in Duffy

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Posted August 28, 2013in Belly Up

Johnny’s Hall of Fame, a Court District champion

One of the best things about Court District carousing — aside from the scenery, and we’re not talking about the pretty lights — is the history. The old architecture of the buildings and the stories that come with each brick and bar stool are likely lost on the 20-something crowds

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Posted August 28, 2013in Joe's Neighborhood

A priceless painting

Thirty-three is an auspicious age. Even if you’re not going to be kissed by Judas, it seems to carry its own baggage. You know exactly what I mean, right? We all take out the yardstick to measure ourselves at different times of our lives. “Where am I professionally?” “What do

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Posted August 28, 2013in Sound Check

O’Brother “Disillusion” Triple Crown Records Ambient acts can sometimes be difficult sells. They don’t tend to produce tracks that are easily digestible by a radio audience, and their propensity to meander through songs can often lead to listener fatigue if you’re not actively doing something besides just listening to the

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Posted August 28, 2013in Book Review

‘The Shining Girls,’ brilliant genre-bending

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Julie Goodrich Mulholland Books 6/4/13 $26 375 pp. Lauren Beukes’ first two books, “Moxyland” and “Zoo City,” were tragically overlooked. For those of us who caught on early, the enormous success of this gritty suspense novel is no surprise. Damaged characters slink into your

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Posted August 28, 2013in Civic Skinny

Odd questions for would-be judges.

The 17-member Iowa Judicial Nominating Commission met last week to interview the 22 persons who want to succeed Larry Eisenhauer on the Iowa Court of Appeals. It sent three names to Gov. Terry Branstad, who will pick the judge from among those three. The three are Assistant Attorney General Jeanie

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