Friday, March 27, 2015

Annual Manual

Posted January 14, 2015in Cover Story

Two Sides of the Coin

Des Moines has been at the top of multiple national listings in varying “best of” categories recently — everything from “best up-and-coming city for foodies” to “best city for young professionals.” It’s nice to see Iowa’s capital city recognized for its progress — scores of people have put in a

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Posted January 07, 2015in Cover Story

The Metro’s Greatest Bathrooms

  Let’s be honest: It doesn’t matter how hardcore or badass you are, nobody relishes the idea of being in a bar and realizing “I have to poop.” For most places, restrooms are an afterthought, a section of floor space that makes your business absolutely no money, but that you

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Posted December 31, 2014in Cover Story

Records and Rankings

  It was once believed that the media created trends. People thought that “facts are facts” and things were popular because some old white guy who gets paid too much at Hollywood Studios put the suggestion into the media sphere. Well, we are here to tell you that things are

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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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