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Posted February 28, 2014in Iowa Watchdog

Man’s good deed lands his home on a list of meth labs

DES MOINES, Iowa —  On Jan. 5, 2012, Paul Valin called the police to report he’d found a backpack containing what he believed to be meth-making equipment. That simple act of good citizenship landed his and wife Cindy’s house on the National Clandestine Laboratory Register, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of

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Posted February 27, 2014in Iowa Watchdog

Farm income declines while ethanol profits boom

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hard work and determination may be traditional ingredients for success, but they’re no match for having the federal government force customers to buy your product. Consider these economic numbers. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted farm income will decline by 27 percent in 2014.

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Posted February 26, 2014in Rap Sheet

On the clock 02.26

Play the “Name the Crime” Quiz!   WOMAN BEATER Police were called to an alley at the 1400 block of East Walnut on Feb. 15 around 3:45 p.m. An injured woman on scene was transported to the hospital. There, police talked to her boyfriend, the witness. He said they had

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Posted February 26, 2014in Book Review

‘The Real Boy’ brings fantasy and magic back to the heart

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Harriet Leitch Walden Pond Press Sept. 24, 2013 Hardcover $16.99 341 pp. Anne Ursu’s “The Real Boy” is a work of magic and fantasy that revolves around numerous themes of friendship, self-esteem, self-reliance and societal over-dependence on life-saving magic. Oscar is the “hand” for

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Posted February 26, 2014in Tech Talk

The cost of ‘cool’

If you’ve been waiting for a sign you need to take up coding, consider the story of the messaging application WhatsApp. In its five-year history, WhatsApp was only able to raise a paltry $8 million from a single investor, yet spring forward to last week, with its purchase by Facebook

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Posted February 26, 2014in Sound Circuit

Double duty with Cirrus Minor

It’s been a long day, and Rich Cantrell is uncomfortable. The Cirrus Minor keyboardist/hype man has been on set recording the band’s new music video since the early hours, and now his socks are wet. “It’s from all that slush outside,” the ever-smiling Cantrell said. “Bringing everything in from the

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Posted February 26, 2014in Sound Notes

Tickets to the Civic Music Association’s presentation of Philip Glass went on sale on Feb. 24. Glass kicks off the Civic Music Association’s 90th anniversary season with a performance at Sheslow Auditoriuma on Sunday, April 6. Tickets range from $25 to $50 and are available through or by calling

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Posted February 26, 2014in Sound Check

Love Songs For Lonely Monsters Self-Titled Independent After a couple years of delays and issues, LSFLM’s studio debut is here with some surprising results. For starters, the album’s a triumph of production: It’s the best they’ve ever sounded. LSFLM’s live shows are often hit-or-miss affairs, but with all the levels

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Posted February 26, 2014in Center Stage

‘Venus in Fur’ finds its goddess

On a recent stop at Chicago’s Art Institute, I spent time with the Greco-Roman antiquities. Most bare a picture of some god — or is it an actor, playing a god? Theater, with its masks and props, turns up all over these ancient wares, and such pictures came to mind

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Posted February 26, 2014in Your Money

Paid for by taxpayers in… Des Moines.

Amount: $5,720 To: All Country Construction For: Payment for services for conducting a final inspection of a residential property at 3120 E. Washington Ave., in Des Moines.   Amount: $205.50 To: Forestry Suppliers Inc. (Mississippi) For: Purchase of three bark scrapers, including $12.93 in shipping charges, for the Public Works

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