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Posted July 30, 2014in Duffy

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Posted July 30, 2014in Belly Up

Barcadium travels back in time with vintage arcade games

Remember back when you and all your friends would hole up in somebody’s living room to play games and drink? There were good people, a variety of things to do so no one got bored, the comfort of your own home and your favorite seat — what more could you

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Posted July 30, 2014in Sound Notes

Single tickets to all of the concerts in the Civic Music Association’s 90th Anniversary season are on sale starting Friday, Aug 1. Ticket prices range from $15 to $50 for adults, with discounts for students. A limited number of student rush tickets will be available at the box office for

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Posted July 30, 2014in Sound Circuit

Guitar gods

It doesn’t matter what profession you’re talking about, whether it’s sports or roofing or writing or sales, every successful person can be broken down into two categories: those who became successful because they flat-out worked harder then everyone around, and those who seem to pick things up naturally — the

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Posted July 30, 2014in News of the Weird

Cat nanny Facial recognition software, increasingly important to global anti-terrorism operations, is being brought to…cats. Taiwanese developer Mu-Chi Sung announced in July plans for marketing the software as part of a cat health device so that owners, especially those with multiple cats, can better monitor their cats’ eating habits. Sung

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Posted July 30, 2014in Food Dude

Dungeons and dragons

Is the Downtown Farmers Market even a market anymore? Are farmers still its main feature? Are its administrators a clan of overpaid bullies? These questions are being asked since Lee Rood of the Des Moines Register broke a story about how certain vendors had been singled out for punishments. Among

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Posted July 30, 2014in Your Money

Paid for by taxpayers in… Polk County

Amount: $608.85 To: Nationwide Insurance For: A settlement to John Locke, who was driving under a pedestrian overpass on S.W. Ninth Street and Park Avenue when a piece of concrete fell off the overpass and broke the windshield of his car Amount: $2,028.53 To: Travelers 13607 Collections (Illinois) For: A

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Posted July 30, 2014in Civic Skinny

Trump helps Branstad. Family helps Adam Gregg. Gannett might sell papers. No sweat for chicken.

Gleanings from the latest campaign-finance reports: Eldon Roth, the Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, founder of Beef Products Inc. — maker of the beef product unfortunately known as “pink slime” — has given the Terry Branstad campaign $110,000 since the last election. Bruce Rastetter, the ag entrepreneur who is head of

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Posted July 30, 2014in Political Mercury

How can Koch-bottled Ernst be ‘philosophically opposed’ to what’s right for Iowa?

About the only thing Gov. Terry Branstad didn’t do for energy production on a recent Wednesday in west-central Iowa was to check the porch bulbs or flip on the night lights for residents in Glidden and Coon Rapids before leaving the region. Branstad spent most of a working day involved

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Posted July 30, 2014in Locker Room

On a full stomach

Sometimes runners take extra care about what they eat and drink in the weeks and days leading up to a race. Maybe they’ll carbo-load, order extra servings of broccoli and beans or drink gallons of water. Then there are races that buck the traditional triathlon style for something a little

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