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11/21/2012

The good

The White Eagle Multicultural Pow Wow recently received the GuideStar Exchange Seal, provided by GuideStar U.S.A. Inc. The Seal demonstrates the White Eagle Multicultural Pow Wow’s vast support-base and commitment to non-profit transparency and accountability. In order to earn this award, the Waukee-based pow-wow had to measure up to every required field. The White Eagle Multicultural Pow Wow was founded in 2000 and is sponsored by Native Americans whose goals are to mend the “sacred hoop” of life: to bring families of all races together, to bring down the walls of misunderstanding, to share a little of all heritages through the universal language of drumming, music, dance, story and foods — to make the world a better place to live. Sounds good to us! 

A 69-year-old Clive man named Don King is the first person in Iowa to receive bionic feet. King is a bilateral amputee and is now thriving since the release of the élan, a new microprocessor-controlled prosthetic foot. Eight years ago, complications from Charcot foot resulted in the amputation of King’s left leg below the knee. Four years later, he lost his right leg below the knee. Since being fit with the élan microprocessor-controlled feet by Hanger Clinic this spring, King says he is able to walk easier with increased confidence, and the new devices give him a sense of security and stability to navigate inclines and declines as well as various types of terrain. Getting around his two farms, taking camping trips with his wife, tending to his garden, volunteering at the state fair and keeping up with his grandchildren come with more ease. King is even considering trying to golf again, something he hasn’t done since his amputations.

 

The bad

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Des Moines cops are in search of two individuals from two separate crimes — a burglary and a shooting — that occurred on Nov. 4 and Nov. 6. Christopher’s Fine Jewelry, 2816 Beaver Ave., was burglarized. Laptop computers and i-Pod MP3 players were stolen. Photos from video surveillance show an adult, white man wearing a dark, hooded jacket and blue jeans. Cops are also in search of Daveion Trell Smith, 21, (pictured). He’s considered a person of interest in the shooting of Joseph Lewis, who was shot in the face last week while sitting in the back seat of a car at the 2100 block of Forest Avenue. Lewis survived the shooting but suffered serious injury. Anyone with information is asked to call Polk County Crime Stoppers at (515) 223-1400 or the Des Moines Police Detective Bureau at (515) 283-4864.

A Salvation Army Red Kettle was stolen from the south side of Des Moines overnight last week. The kettle and its stand were taken from the Hy-Vee Store at Southeast 14th Street and Park Avenue. It was reported missing by the bell ringer scheduled for the 8 a.m. shift. The sign from the kettle stand was found in an alley behind the store. Fortunately the kettle was empty, as Salvation Army workers pick up Red Kettles at the end of the day and replace them with empty kettles for the next day, which only put the Salvation Army out $235 for the cost of the kettle and the stand. Still, though, stealing from charity?

 

The ugly 

Ladies, if you’ve suspected that men are packing less in the pants than they used to, it may not be just your imagination. A new study finds that penis sizes are shrinking, according to a CBS news report. The average sizes today are 10 percent smaller than they were 50 years ago. The study points to obesity, smoking, booze, stress and air pollution as a few of the causes for this unfortunate “shrinkage.” 

The U.S. Postal Service is defending once of its own after a mail carrier stepped around a Denver man who had collapsed and died near his front door. Dale Porch was dropped off at home after working the night shift for the Regional Transportation District but never made it inside. Family members say hours later, a mail carrier walked by Porch (who coincidentally was dead on his porch) to deliver the mail but did nothing to help. The family says the carrier told them he thought the body was a mannequin, a decoration left over from Halloween. Oops.CV

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