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Posted December 24, 2014in Cover Story

Our annual Christmas Classic

The waterbug had grown old and weary. And he was alone. He was the only one of his kind left in the house. He knew he would never survive the next spring cleaning. He could not scurry away from the poison sprays anymore. Still, the waterbug had been so clever

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Posted December 17, 2014in Cover Story

People Making a Difference

There are two primary aspects to any non-profit organization or social program: the money, and the work. Most of the former comes in through donations from private donors, businesses and charitable trusts. It’s the side of things that gets all the press. Organizations will mention how much money they raised

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Posted December 10, 2014in Cover Story

Where do they go?

Deciding which bathroom to use isn’t a concern for most people. They see the corresponding sign and walk in — no big deal. But for some, it’s not that simple. Society has divided many places and activities — restrooms, sports teams, locker rooms, college communities, clothing stores and dressing rooms

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Posted December 03, 2014in Cover Story

Can anyone beat Hillary?

Fresh off the historic 2014 midterm election, Iowa’s non-stop political cycle has been reset to the 2016 race for the White House. The Iowa caucus kicks off the presidential nominating process on Feb. 1, 2016 — less than 14 months away. The paramount political question is: Can anyone beat Hillary

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Posted November 26, 2014in Cover Story

Des Moines’ Sexiest People 2014

We’ve learned from the last five years of Des Moines’ Sexiest People candidates that sexy is more than just a description of one’s appearance (although that certainly helps). This year’s nominees take sexy even further with their impressive resumes, outstanding skills and charming personalities. Most of our nominees say their

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Posted November 19, 2014in Cover Story

Doing time in Des Moines

Editor’s note: The following includes excerpts from the diary of Steve Clemens, a self-described peace and justice activist from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who was arrested for criminal trespass while condemning the use of drones while with the Des Moines Catholic Worker group this past summer. He chose to be booked into

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Posted November 12, 2014in Cover Story

Social status

The Des Moines Social Club is one of the highest profile nonprofit organizations in the city. It is backed by some of the wealthiest and biggest names in the metro, and its offices and operations reside in a gorgeous, historically significant building in the heart of downtown Des Moines at

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Posted November 05, 2014in Cover Story

Atheism in Iowa

As this holiday season approaches, so will the annual news rush about “the war on Christianity.” Lawsuits, or the fear of them, will encourage government entities of all sizes to ban Christmas trees, songs that mention Christmas, nativity scenes, etc. What motivates such atheist activists? Why commit so much time

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Posted October 29, 2014in Cover Story

30 years of terror

Sometimes, watching Merlyn Linn move, it’s not hard to see each and every one of his 74 years. “I’ve had 11 surgeries, you see,” he said, sitting in the tiny break room of his Highland Park supermarket. “I had cancer and had part of my jaw removed. But really the

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Posted October 22, 2014in Cover Story

Who will win?

Only a few weeks remain until the Nov. 4 election decides the fate of the U.S. Senate, the Iowa Congressional delegation, control of the Iowa General Assembly and the future of Iowa politics. Iowans couldn’t have a closer — or more closely watched — election. This election cycle has become

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