Monday, July 25, 2016


Posted July 13, 2016in Homepage Cover Story

Coolest Beer Festival Around!

Indoor air conditioned venue, unlimited beer samples, food vendors and live music take Des Moines’ original beer festival to a new level. Cityview’s annual Summer Brewfest returns this Saturday, July 16 with unlimited beer samples, an assortment of food options, live music, and, for the first time ever, the climate-controlled

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Posted July 06, 2016in Homepage Cover Story

80/35
Your complete guide to who’s who, what’s where, and when you can see it

      It is time once again, boys and girls. Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, the 80/35 Music Festival has returned to Western Gateway Park. For two days — July 8 and 9 — downtown will become a bastion of music, art and street food, as the Des

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Posted June 29, 2016in Cover Story, Homepage Cover Story

Independence
Our look at the day, the declaration, the people and the promise of our American scripture

Odd as it may seem, the first published news about the Declaration of Independence and our glorious Fourth of July was the top “Twitter” post of 1776. In 13 words and 78 letters, the Pennsylvania Evening Post squeezed some late-breaking news onto its Page 4: “This day the CONTINENTAL CONGRESS

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Posted May 11, 2016in Homepage Cover Story

Keeper of the Legacy

  Beach Boys frontman Mike Love talks about the good — and bad — vibrations of the past 50 years. It can be easy to forget how great the Beach Boys were. People remember the fun-loving surfer sound, and they remember the album “Pet Sounds.” But when discussing the greatest

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Posted May 04, 2016in Cover Story, Homepage Cover Story

SoundOFF Stands Out

Twenty years and 1,000 episodes of sports-fueled lunacy on Sunday night TV. In the summer of 1999, I was obsessed with WHO-TV’s offbeat sports call-in show, “SoundOFF.” Every week, WHO sportscaster Keith Murphy and local funny man Steve “The Round Guy” Pilchen would talk about virtually anything people called in

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Posted April 27, 2016in Homepage Cover Story

Traveling in Iowa

Our annual guide to some of Iowa’s famous, quirky and lesser-known attractions   It’s almost summer. Playing hooky is underrated. Life is short. Gas is $2 a gallon. Pick whatever reason you want, but if you take a vacation day and head west on Interstate 80, Highway 6 or anywhere

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Posted April 06, 2016in Featured Story, Homepage Cover Story, Political Mercury

Grassley says guns OK on Republican convention floor

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, tells Political Mercury he’s leading efforts on a bill that would allow delegates to carry firearms into the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July.   Ohio is an open-carry state, but Quicken Loans Arena, the convention venue, prohibits firearms. Asked if attendees should be able to take guns into

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Posted March 23, 2016in Homepage Cover Story, Joe's Neighborhood

The Dutch bike

The Dutch bike stands outside the bike store just off the Frederik Hendrikplein in The Hague. Solid. Sturdy. Immovable. It is unclear if the bike is resting against the wall or the wall against the bike. The bike has seen better days. Scratched and scraped, it has certainly never heard

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Posted March 23, 2016in Film Review, Homepage Cover Story

No allegiance

“Allegiant” is supposed to be the penultimate film in the grand climax of the “Divergent” series based on the young adult novels by the same name. Instead, all it manages to be is a kind of sympathy-generation device for series lead Shailene Woodley. She did an admirable job in the

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Posted March 23, 2016in Homepage Cover Story, Tech Talk

The cloud keeps the content coming

How many times have you found yourself complaining about the limited amount of space on your phone? Across the planet, billions of smartphone users have encountered this frustrating experience. If you can get past your personal frustrations for a second, consider the firestorm of rage the companies that power the

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