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August 20, 2014 by Lindsey in Iowa Watchdog

Drunk teacher wins unemployment benefits; gets to keep license

DES MOINES, Iowa — If Dennis Pagel had taken a box of school supplies while working as a teacher at Dallas-Center Grimes Middle School, he could have gotten in serious trouble. Luckily for Pagel, he just showed up for work drunk and on OxyContin. For lighting up a breath test at three times

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August 20, 2014 by Lindsey in Center Stage

A do-over done Latin-style

Broadway loves a do-over. The Tony awards include “Best Revival,” and every season sees former hits rejiggered. “South Pacific” may have been a smash in 1949, but there’s a streamlined version coming soon to the Playhouse. At the Civic Center this weekend, theatergoers can catch what sounds like “Evita” with

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August 20, 2014 by Lindsey in Belly Up

Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar: not your average live show

One piano is good. Two pianos are better. But two pianos, a drum set, maybe a guitar and definitely some comedic relief in the form of parodies and improvised songs? Now you’ve got something. That’s what Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar and Restaurant has to offer its customers. On weekend

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August 20, 2014 by Lindsey in Book Review

‘The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances’

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Harriet Leitch Houghton Mifflin August 5, 2014 $24 304 Pages It took a while, but eventually this book started to fascinate me. At first it seemed as though the main character, Evie, acquired an understanding of the dogs far too quickly. Also, she seemed

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August 20, 2014 by Lindsey in What the?

Next week’s photo: Think you’re funny? Send us your best caption… Email to:   This week’s winner: “Lin Wi kept wondering why her love for Being Japanese was always met with scoffs and chuckles while visiting America.” –Colby R.   Runners-up: “She must be a bird watcher. My dad

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August 20, 2014 by Lindsey in Your Money

Paid for by taxpayers in… Polk County.

Amount: $871.84                  To: Dowco Valve Company Inc. For: One kunkle valve Amount: $1910 To: CDW Government (Illinois) For: Two Kodak scanners Amount: $544.86 To: People Works Staffing For: Payment for regular and overtime hours for a maintenance painter Amount: $1,000 To: Heritage Flower Company (Indiana) For: More than 100 flower

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August 20, 2014 by Lindsey in Film Review

Straight man — funny man — both

“The Trip to Italy” 4 stars Rated PG 98 minutes Comedy Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner You couldn’t pick two more entertaining companions for a cinematic road trip in Italy than Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Following on the success of “The Trip” (2010), in which the duo

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August 20, 2014 by Lindsey in Political Mercury

Rye Spirits plans to build distillery, museum in Templeton

Just hours before celebrating the opening of a $1.7-million community center they helped fund, members of the Templeton Rye Spirits brain trust gathered at their distinctive facility in this southern Carroll County city. What emerged from that meeting were some big announcements for the future of the legal incarnation of

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August 20, 2014 by Lindsey in News of the Weird

Think your own last flight was unpleasant? The May 28 U.S. Airways flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia had to be diverted to Kansas City after a passenger’s service dog did what dogs do, in the aisle, twice (an hour apart). One passenger used the terms “lingering smell,” “dry heaving”

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August 20, 2014 by Lindsey in Locker Room

Blood, sweat and beers

A little dirt never hurt anyone. Add in blood, sweat and beers, and you’ve got the makings of a high-octane day that’ll leave you a weathered warrior. So what is Titan MOB? For those who skipped Mythology 101, the Titans were elder gods who ruled earth before being overthrown by

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