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Posted March 26, 2014in On The Tube

The dark and damp side of polygamy

For the life of me, I will never understand polygamy. Never mind that I watch TV for a living and thus am both intellectually and physically undesirable to a woman not vying for American citizenship and destined to be a bachelor for life. I won’t pretend that is by choice,

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Posted March 26, 2014in Center Stage

Playhouse turned ‘Animal Farm’

“Four legs — woof! Two legs — ba-a-a!” Recognize the refrain? It’s from “Animal Farm,” by George Orwell, one of those books kids are supposed to read in middle school. On the page, this slogan reads differently: It’s “good” and “bad,” not “woof” and “baa.” But that’s the kind of

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Posted March 26, 2014in Your Money

Paid for by taxpayers in… Iowa

Amount: $1,200 To: McDonald’s For: Salt packets to cover local roads following the depletion of the city of Des Moines’ salt stock.   Amount: $1,593.22 To: Fred Hoiberg For: Purchase of a life-sized, hand-painted self portrait cardboard cut-out of the Iowa State Men’s Basketball coach to be displayed at the

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Posted March 26, 2014in Cover Story

Snake Bite

Traffic is flowing across the Grand Avenue Bridge as freely as the Walnut Creek waters below it. But thousands of local and commuting motorists traversing the creek via winding residential detours caused by bridge construction last year remember a time when travel between Des Moines and West Des Moines was

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Posted March 26, 2014in 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, except for this dude.   SIAMESE CAT FIGHT Police were called to Merle Hay Mall around 6:30 p.m. on March 22 responding to several

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Posted March 26, 2014in Political Mercury

Cars for Casseroles plan

One of the Iowa conservative movement’s more skilled tacticians is expected to roll out a controversial new legislative initiative that would bar women from driving motor vehicles in the State of Iowa. The measure, the brainchild of Bob Vander Plaats, president of the Family Leader and a former Republican candidate

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Posted March 26, 2014in The Sound

80/35 Music Festival 2014 lineup uncovered

The Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) is notoriously tight-lipped regarding the lineup for each year’s 80/35 Music Festival. While the bands are booked months in advance, details are kept under lock and key until about a month before the festival, at which point the DMMC lets information out in a

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Posted March 26, 2014in Book Review

‘No Pulp, Please’ is less than enlightening

Review by Kris Kelly Gannett, Inc. 2/29/14 80 pp. First-time author and former Gannett Inc. staff writer Aric Jones squeezes the pulpy backstory out of one of the Des Moines metro’s free publications with his new book, “No Pulp, Please.” Jones said he got the idea he wanted to be

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Posted March 26, 2014in Your View

Pucker up, Vander Prude

Last week’s issue was completely and utterly, positively and without a doubt a pointless waste of ink and paper (“God and Gays,” March 20). On the cover, the subhead reads: “Why Bob Vander Plaats and his merry men may soon be irrelevant.” It begs the obvious question: When were they

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Posted March 26, 2014in News of the Weird

San Francisco’s No. 1 Problem The ecology-conscious city (having recently encouraged routine composting of dinner leftovers) is now considering environment-friendly public urinals such as the PPlanter created by engineer Brent Bucknum. Users urinate into a ceramic basin and flush the waste with run-off hand-washing water into a bed of bamboo

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