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Posted June 27, 2014in Iowa Watchdog

School employees earn ‘wellness’ dollars without a breaking a sweat

DES MOINES, Iowa — Employees of the Des Moines Public Schools can forget about “no pain, no gain” when it comes to working out. Next school year, both the fit and flabby will be eligible to receive a Fitbit, one of the trendiest pieces of workout gear, and the only

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Posted June 25, 2014in On the Move

Jordan Creek to add trendy fashion store

Charlotte Russe is expected to open in the fall near Dillard’s on the upper level of the Jordan Creek Town Center mall. The popular women’s fashion retailer offers clothes, jewelry, shoes and accessories at affordable prices. Based in San Francisco, Charlotte Russe has more than 500 stores in the U.S.

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Posted June 25, 2014in Rap Sheet

Metro’s most wanted NAME: Dionicio Martinez-Montero SEX: Male RACE: Hispanic AGE: 53 HEIGHT: 5’ 8” WEIGHT: 170 HAIR: Black EYES: Brown DOB: 10/9/1960 CHARGES: Sex Abuse Crimestoppers This information was obtained from the Polk County Crime Stoppers website. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Posted June 25, 2014in Tech Talk

Breaking the law

Why is it so many cool technologies force you to break the law? Force might be a little much, but at the very least, cloud storage, social GPS, web-based DVR, web video platforms and many, many more new technologies put users in situations to make illegal choices, and so many

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Posted June 25, 2014in Joe's Neighborhood

Summer solstice with a witch

The witch sits across from me at the table, smiling. No pointed hat. No flying broom. Not a single cackle is recorded during our long conversation. She is smart, open, answers each question carefully, and is aware of “being made a fool” by others. She does suggest that I don’t

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Posted June 25, 2014in Food Dude

El Cameron, Taqueria Jalisco — indoors, outdoors

Food trucks are more American than apple pie. Actually invented here, the trucks evolved out of the Great Plains cattle drives’ chuck wagons. Those were invented by the legendary Charles Goodnight, the real-life model for Woodrow Call (Tommy Lee Jones) in Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove saga. In the east, their

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Posted June 25, 2014in Sound Circuit

Tearing it Down

Dead Horse Trauma is not a band to rest on its laurels. Even among people who aren’t fans of the band’s sound, DHT is generally regarded as one of the hardest working bands in the state. Even as they released last year’s excellent “ViOps” album, they were already working on

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Posted June 25, 2014in Center Stage

Baseball and fireworks: Across history and in the heart

Landmarks of African-American experience turn up all through August Wilson’s drama, “Fences,” which helped it win the 1987 Pulitzer Prize. But the story of the player who broke baseball’s color line, Jackie Robinson, fits especially well. The time is the 1950s, the protagonist is a former Negro Leagues star, and

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Posted June 25, 2014in Sound Check

Cerebral Ballzy “Jaded & Faded” Cult If hardcore skater punk is your thing, Cerebral Ballzy is your band. The longest song they’ve ever written is just over three minutes long, and lead singer Honor Titus carries a kind of lyric drawl that’s somewhere between Joey Ramone and Mike Muir. “Jaded

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Posted June 25, 2014in Cover Story

Creative geniuses

In his “Act of Creation,” Arthur Koestler defined the creative process as a Hegelian dialectic in which an idea is subjected to an antithetical environment from which something original is synthesized. He showed that great discoveries in science, art and humor all resulted from such a similar process. On my

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