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July 30, 2014 by Lindsey in The Sound

Defining success

Success is a relative term. For example, by being signed to a major label, Sevendust can ostensibly be deemed more successful than 90 percent of the bands out there. However, by any purely commercial measure, the band’s success has always been of the middling variety. But it’s safe to say

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July 30, 2014 by Lindsey in Center Stage

Ring-a-ding-ding yet right at home

“One thing we’ve learned,” declares Jo Reid, the director, “is that folks in Ankeny just love Neil Simon.” Really? Granted, “Come Blow Your Horn” is far from the first Simon piece that Reid has done. She’s been with Ankeny’s Community Theater for 30 years. Still, the match hardly seems made

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July 30, 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: “Ma’am, I understand what our sign says, but we ask that you pull your vehicle up to the service station for the recall fix.” –Brian K. Runners-up: “Iowans make use of the

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July 30, 2014 by Lindsey in Joe's Neighborhood

‘Are you all right?’

Every four years she resurfaces, magically it seems. Not a sighting for months and months, then “bang,” there she is on our TV screens, surprising us with her raw power, her vertical jump, her quick reflexes. Suddenly we are rooting and cheering as if she’d never left. Our long lost

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July 30, 2014 by Lindsey in Book Review

Em and the Big Hoom

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Fay Jones Penguin Books 06/24/14 $16 224 pp In a tiny one-bedroom apartment in Bombay, India, a family does its best to coexist and contend with madness. Pinto’s elegant debut novel features Imelda (“Em”), a mother with manic depression, her husband Augustine (“the Big

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July 30, 2014 by Lindsey in On The Tube

Spreading the wealth

In the reality series “#RichKids of Beverly Hills,” the rich kids aren’t icky in that Kardashian way (Sunday, 9 p.m., E!). They’re smart and self-aware, even self-mocking at times. As a result, you don’t laugh at them, but with them. It’s fun to hang out with Dorothy, Morgan, EJ and

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July 30, 2014 by Lindsey in Your View

Library should buy local

In the “paid for by taxpayers in Des Moines” column last week, it appears Eurest Services of Illinois was paid nearly $5,000 for janitorial services for the Public Library of Des Moines and AmSam of Florida picked up another $500 for bath tissue and other sanitation items for the library. Are

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July 30, 2014 by Lindsey in Tech Talk

The tablet revolution that never was

The tablet is a quandary; it’s a stretched out smartphone that supposedly offers a computing environment similar to a laptop or desktop. Its size allows for easier reading, and its mobility offers the ability to work practically anywhere imaginable. Even with these advantages over smartphones and stationary computing systems, tablets

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July 30, 2014 by Lindsey in On the Move

Candy shop offers wine-flavored cotton candy

The Chocolate Storybook is a candy shop in West Des Moines whose owners have been making good use of 18 cotton candy machines they inherited after buying another candy company last year. Meg and Steve Shearer own the shop, and they just developed chardonnay and Merlot flavored cotton candy, along

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July 30, 2014 by Lindsey in Rap Sheet

Metro’s most wanted NAME: Marcella Varee Hubbard SEX: Female RACE: Black AGE: 36 HEIGHT: 5’ 6” WEIGHT: 120 HAIR: Black EYES: Brown DOB: 12/18/1977 CHARGES: Forgery 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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