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Posted May 13, 2014in Civic Skinny

How can ‘Girls’ sully U of Iowa’s reputation? No spoilers here, but you can fill in the blanks.

Before we get into this, it should be noted that the University of Iowa was voted this year as the top party school in the nation. Just to put things in perspective. Now, with that in mind, the story: the university this spring turned down the request of HBO’s “Girls”

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Posted May 07, 2014in Civic Skinny

A Des Moines house sells for $1.4 million. Register raises prices. Candidates report.

A home on Lincoln Place Drive in Des Moines sold for $1.4 million the other day, the highest price for a house in the Des Moines city limits in more than a year and a half. It was only the fourth million-dollar-plus residential sale in the city limits in the

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Posted April 30, 2014in Civic Skinny

Change coming at Iowa Energy. Duffy is irked. Is Kay-Decker the Mistress of All Evil?

A guy told Cityview that Jerry Crawford has sold or is selling the Iowa Energy basketball team. Asked about it, Crawford at first said, “Your question isn’t a yes or no answer.”  Then: “There is an expansion of the ownership group under way, and we are going to be able

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Posted April 23, 2014in Civic Skinny

Hotel gains ground. Dorm rates rising. Who is Bob Wilson? The Bisignano case.

The planned convention hotel near the Hy-Vee center downtown is a step closer to reality. Last week, Polk County completed the purchase of land where the hotel would go. The purchase of the old Allied Building and adjacent grounds was for $3,338,896. The seller was Des Moines Redevelopment Corp., a

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Posted April 16, 2014in Civic Skinny

Who are top docs getting Medicare money? Fees in the Godfrey case now top $500,000.

First of all, the disclaimer. Just because a doctor gets oodles of money from Medicare doesn’t mean he takes it all to the bank. Doctors have to buy medicines, pay staffs, buy equipment and pay the rent, among other things. Doctors would really, really want Cityview to tell you that

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Posted April 08, 2014in Civic Skinny

How indicted Bauder pharmacist spent his money. And how lawyer Brooke Timmer talked too much.

Let’s say, just to make conversation, that you’re a pharmacist and that over four-and-a-half years you sold more than 700,000 highly addictive pills out the back door of your pharmacy. Let’s say you made a small fortune doing that — a minimum of nearly $1 million — and you added

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Posted April 02, 2014in Civic Skinny

Little-known PER Board about to be in news. Another suit for Wahlert. IRS files on Tirrell.

Gov. Terry Branstad gave the labor people one more reason to be pissed at him the other day. He nominated former Fort Dodge Republican legislator Mike Cormack for the three-person Public Employment Relations Board, and he didn’t reappoint Jim Riordan, the Democrat who has chaired the board for 12 years.

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Posted March 19, 2014in Civic Skinny

Kum & Go eyes downtown, Microsoft Willow Creek. U.S. Judges Gritzner and Bennett to step down

Don’t be surprised if the undisclosed site of that data project being proposed for West Des Moines turns out to be the south part of Willow Creek Golf Course along Highway 5. And don’t be surprised if the company is Microsoft. … No one will confirm anything, but the Kum

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Posted March 12, 2014in Civic Skinny

They’re back! Marty Tirrell, Jackson Pollock, LaMarca & Landry — and a jaw-dropper!

Updates: But first, the news. It was just a couple of weeks ago, it seems, when we explained how Indianola sports broadcaster Marty Tirrell gets those tickets for big sports events that he then gives or sells to listeners and advertisers. He has a simple procedure: He stiffs the sellers.

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Posted March 05, 2014in Civic Skinny

Who owns the furniture at Terrace Hill? Agency and mansion’s friends squabble.

The state commission that oversees Terrace Hill and the nonprofit group that raises money for the governor’s mansion have parted ways. It’s unclear who now owns and controls the valuable collection — art and furniture and artifacts — that the nonprofit group has collected, maintained and insured over the decades

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