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July 23, 2014 by Lindsey in Duffy

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July 23, 2014 by Lindsey in Belly Up

Enjoy the Zombiance at Des Moines’ favorite horror-themed restaurant

Zombies started taking over pop culture with books, movies and video games a while ago, and they’ve maintained a strong following through the years. They’ve even spawned apocalypse-themed races and running apps — in case the only thing that gives you the desire to run a 5K is the threat

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July 23, 2014 by Lindsey in Civic Skinny

Tony Bisignano’s case: Anatomy of an OWI, a messy and odd detour on way to election.

What do you do if you’re a politician picked up for drunken driving? How does it all play out? Here’s how it played out — sometimes minute by minute — when Tony Bisignano was stopped for driving erratically in the early hours of Monday, Sept. 30, last year. It’s a

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July 23, 2014 by Lindsey in Your View

Snake oil always sells

Civic Skinny (July 17) asked if the $40 million settlement with buyers club was an indication that the 864,000 adult Iowans, “Are so gullible… and can be snookered in a deal like this?” I think that if you look at past elections the question should not be can Iowans, but

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July 23, 2014 by Lindsey in Your Money

Paid for by taxpayers in… City of Des Moines

Amount: $76.32 To: DEMCO (Wisconsin) For: Four aluminum directional arrow signs Amount: $18,425 To: Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (Illinois) For: Analytical services Amount: $127.08 To: Carpenter Uniform Co For: Various polo shirts and “Community Ambassador” clothing transfers Amount: $61.02 To: Best Buy For: Logitech wireless keyboard shipped to the

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July 23, 2014 by Lindsey in Political Mercury

Branstad egg-cited about modern Iowa agriculture

Over-hard or scrambled. That’s how the governor likes his eggs — which are part of his breakfast diet one or two days a week, he says. Gov. Terry Branstad talked about his own taste for eggs at the end of an hour-long tour of Rose Acre Farms outside Guthrie Center

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July 23, 2014 by Lindsey in Book Review

‘The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry‘

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Shirley Shiffler Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill April 1, 2014 $ 24.95 260 Pages The very charming “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” is a delightful story of a bitter, crabby, middle-aged man who welcomes loneliness and isolation but, in spite of himself, is

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July 23, 2014 by Lindsey in Tech Talk

Do it yourself with 3D printers

Everyone has that one gadget in the house that runs perfectly for years and then unexpectedly falls apart. It might be the disc tray on your Blu-ray player or the ceiling fan that pops a screw. For me it was a waffle iron that snapped its hinge in the middle

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July 23, 2014 by Lindsey in On the Move

College student starts water accessory business

Austin Hayden, a 21-year-old Iowan and a senior at Truman State College in Missouri, created a company called ParadisePad to sell thick foam pads used as floating devices. Currently assembling and delivering the pads to 15 boat dealers and marinas in Iowa and Missouri, Hayden’s business has about $250,000 in

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July 23, 2014 by Lindsey in On The Tube

R.I.P. Hercule Poirot

Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) returns to “Masterpiece Mystery!” with his waxed mustache, three-piece suit and formal manner — so formal that he even refers to himself in the third person (Sunday, 8 p.m., PBS). Poirot cuts an odd figure, but he’s so good at piecing together

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