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Posted January 29, 2014in Locker Room

Weapons of mass digestion

Sooey, pig pig pig! It’s that time once again. Time to forget all about the New Year’s resolutions of eating healthy and exercising. Time to put away your skinny jeans and break out the sweats. It’s time for bacon — lots and lots of bacon. Since its inception in 2008,

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Posted January 29, 2014in Food Dude

Jethro’s still growing

Earlier this month the City of West Des Moines erected a sign just west of Jethro’s Jambalaya and BBQ: “Welcome to West Des Moines.” The city felt a need to clarify that Jethro’s occupied West Des Moines real estate, because that restaurant bills itself as “Waukee’s Sports Bar.” Waukee is

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Posted January 29, 2014in Political Mercury

Could you (today) handle the truth of Lincoln?

At Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership in Washington, D.C., visitors encounter a overwhelming visual — a 34-foot tower of books written about Abraham Lincoln, 6,800 titles representing less than half of the 15,000 volumes published on the Great Emancipator. So it seems something of a fool’s errand to

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Posted January 29, 2014in On The Tube

Sticking the ending

On the eve of the Winter Olympics, Lifetime dramatizes one of the greatest stories from the 2012 summer games. Gabby Douglas (Sydney Mikayla, Imani Hakim) became the first African American to win the individual all-around gold medal in artistic gymnastics, while her mother, Natalie (Regina King), offered conspicuous emotional support

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Posted January 29, 2014in Film Review

James Bond’s placeholder

“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” 3 stars Rated PG-13 105 minutes Action Starring: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley For a no-frills spy thriller, Kenneth Branagh directs a respectable rendering of Tom Clancy’s well-worn Jack Ryan superspy character. Still, Branagh is no action-film director, and it shows. Chase-scenes cut away too

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Posted January 29, 2014in News of the Weird

Self-Appreciation Everyone’s Above Average: Ask Americans how they stand compared to their fellow countrymen, and in survey after survey, the vast majority rank themselves “above average” in such areas as driving skill, sexual prowess and general honesty. A recent study of English prisoners, published in the British Journal of Social

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Posted January 29, 2014in Sound Notes

The Des Moines Symphony Academy is hosting its first ever open house on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Temple for Performing Arts. It’s a chance to meet Academy faculty, see musical performances and learn about how the Academy engages with Des Moines youth. For

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Posted January 29, 2014in Sound Circuit

Growing Mint

As far as origin stories go, Mint — the Des Moines three-piece consisting of guitarist Bradford Johnson, drummer Christian Peters and bassist Brandon Wade — isn’t anything new. “Christian and I were playing in a church together,” Johnson explained. “We always had really good musical chemistry together, and it had

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Posted January 29, 2014in Joe's Neighborhood

February requiem for your January vows

New Year’s vows are tricky for most of us. Particularly after that first failed month down the rocky road of virtue and clean living. You probably know what I’m talking about. Vows made over holiday turkey and stuffing are long gone by the time the grey clamminess of February oatmeal

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Posted January 29, 2014in Tech Talk

Networking replaces privacy with Nametag-ware

Privacy is officially dead. Never mind domestic spying by the National Security Agency or social network over-sharing; those threats can only stalk you online. The real-world, real-time menace is facial-recognition software that can connect strangers to your online social presence without your knowledge. To this point, facial-recognition software has primarily

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