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Posted August 28, 2013in Food Dude

Akebono 515 continues Des Moines’ sushi roll

The last 10 years brought a sushi renaissance to Des Moines. I realized the depth of our town’s craving for raw fish and rice at a food court this summer. A child who looked to be about 4 years old was throwing a full-fledged tantrum, pushing things over and kicking

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Posted August 28, 2013in Sound Notes

We’ve been nothing short of foolish for not mentioning it before now, but congratulations are due to central Iowa’s own musician/artist/renaissance man Chad Elliott for being the 2013 Iowa Blues Challenge Champion. Elliott will move on from here to Memphis this January to compete in the International Blues Competition. Give

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Posted August 28, 2013in Political Mercury

Will ‘family values’ folks embrace a bare branch?

There’s a term in China and India for men like me and U.S. Senate candidate David Young: bare branches. We’re single, never-married, with no kids — branches on a family tree with no leafs or splintering twigs. Bare. Nothing. Lineage dead-enders. Young is 45. I turned 44 last week. Young,

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Posted August 28, 2013in Cover Story

Ultimate Noodle Challenge

Noodles have stabilized Iowa’s diet since our ancestors first cleared fields and planted seeds. Their simple paste of flour and water has stretched food dollars through 200 winters, a Civil War, two World Wars and a Great Depression. Today there are more fancy names for this once humble food than

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Posted August 28, 2013in Tech Talk

The gift of GIFs

If there is one thing technology is not, it’s cyclical. Once it becomes outmoded, technology is more or less immediately forgotten. Bulky computer monitors, floppy discs and audio cassettes are but a few tech innovations that can only be found in landfills, never to return. Still, the last few years

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Posted August 28, 2013in Your View

Another birther movement?

Ted Cruz is the first Hispanic to be elected to the U.S. Senate from Texas. He wants to be President of the United States. But is he eligible? He was born in Calgary, Canada. His father was Cuban and had fought for Castro. Ted Cruz went to Harvard and was

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Posted August 28, 2013in Good Bad Ugly

The good Leaders from Des Moines Public Schools, Drake University and Des Moines Area Community College are working together to form a new partnership to recruit, educate and hire more minority teachers. The goal of this “3D Coalition” is to guide aspiring minority teachers through the postsecondary education needed to

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Posted August 28, 2013in Sore Thumbs

‘DUCKTALES REMASTERED’ (E) **** Capcom PlayStation Network If upon hearing the word, “DuckTales,” your first thought is, “woo-hoo,” then this game was made specifically for you. Such was the refrain from the theme song to the Disney Afternoon TV series that aired from 1987 to 1989. And though this game

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Posted August 28, 2013in Sound Stage

A tale of two shows

This past Saturday, downtown Des Moines was witness to two big shows at different ends of the downtown corridor, and attending both was an exercise in contrasts, to be sure. Starting down on Fourth and Court, Vaudeville Mews was home to “Shoot the Chutes,” an event that struck many in

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Posted August 28, 2013in The Sound

Parlours games

“I’ll be driving in the car, and I’ll have a melody. Last night as I was going to bed, I had a melody idea in my head, so I just grabbed my phone and recorded it.” She pauses in the briefest flicker of reflection, then nods. “A lot of voice

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