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January 21, 2015 by Lindsey in Sound Circuit

Ready To Conquer

For Chris Ford, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year. As the front man of Christopher the Conquered, Ford has already proven himself to be the guy who ruins the bell curve on creativity in this city, but he has also never been one to rest on his

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January 21, 2015 by Lindsey in Belly Up

Sip margaritas during your shopping break at On the Border

In order to be classified as a first-rate dining locale, a Mexican restaurant must have two things: warm, fresh tortilla chips served with a deliciously spicy salsa and queso combo — and kickass margaritas. On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina in West Des Moines offers both, not to mention

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January 21, 2015 by Lindsey in Your View

There are indeed are two sides of the coin

While others want to fight over who gets credit for the latest “best of” ranking and to brag nonstop about every single solitary thing, there is another part of the region, where jobs, homes and health care issues are primary day-to-do challenges. Rankings on the stylish neighborhood, tech hubs and

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January 21, 2015 by Lindsey in Cover Story

Breached! The Dangers of the Digital Era

Can anyone truly prepare for a crisis? One can purchase insurance, open a rainy day savings account or plan an escape route in case of a fire. But being prepared for a crisis, in a way, changes the very definition of the word. For instance, imagine reaching for your phone

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January 21, 2015 by Lindsey in Your Money

Paid for by Taxpayers…

Paid on Jan. 13 Amount: $120.58 To: Ellison Educational Equipment Inc. For: One 5.5-inch by 6-inch shield for the Des Moines Public Library Amount: $747.18 To: Construction & Aggregate Products Inc. For: One semi-trash pump, 25 PVC suction hoses, two alum couplers and adapters and eight preform clamps for the

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January 21, 2015 by Lindsey in The Sound

Driven By Faith

Jeremy Camp has heard it all before. Christian music artists are not cool. Christian music is just the purview of home-schooled Jesus freaks. You cannot be successful — not really successful anyway — by singing Christian music. That is the reason why any Christian act that has attained a level

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January 21, 2015 by Lindsey in Locker Room

Battle at the Barn 2015

With floors sticky enough to remove the shoes from your feet, you might think you’re in a low-rent movie theatre. But this is just how they like it on the racetrack. The roar of tiny engines is sure to impress even the causal spectator, as everything from motorcycles to lawn

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January 21, 2015 by Lindsey in Guest Commentary

Straw Poll kept alive by money, press and religious right

Brace yourself: The Iowa Straw Poll, endorsed by the State GOP, will return this summer in its role as a quadrennial horror story. Given how the maligned Poll was brought back to life, perhaps Zombie Burgers will be catered in. The Iowa Straw Poll, which, even Republicans admit, gouges presidential

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January 21, 2015 by Lindsey in Tech Talk

Hasta la vista translation concerns

Tech generally comes in two flavors: useful and exciting. Microsoft Word? Useful. Microsoft’s XBox One? Exciting. But of course, just like a soft-serve machine mixes chocolate and vanilla to create delicious twist ice cream, some tech mixes the common flavors. Streaming media, social networking and text messaging are easy examples

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January 21, 2015 by Lindsey in News of the Weird

Spidey Sense Gets Real

Among the breakthroughs demonstrated by the computer chip company Intel’s RealSense system is a cocktail dress from Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht that not only senses the wearer’s “mood,” but also acts to repel (or encourage) strangers who might approach the wearer. Sensors (including small LED monitors) measure respiration and 11

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