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Posted December 31, 2013in Rap Sheet

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Posted December 31, 2013in Civic Skinny

Rick Clark to resign as city manager

Des Moines City Manager Rick Clark will retire later this year and move to the Cleveland area, where his wife, Mary Grace Herrington, has taken a job in public broadcasting. [...]

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Posted December 27, 2013in Sore Thumbs

WII FIT U    (E) ***1/2 Nintendo Wii U It’s the dawn of a new year, but it won’t be for long, so it’s important to make the most of those [...]

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Posted December 26, 2013in Film Review

Staring blank

“Her” 2 stars Rated R 120 minutes Comedy Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson Where Spike Jonze once soared using magical realism — albeit written by someone else — [...]

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Posted December 26, 2013in Belly Up To...

A scenic view inside and out at Cityscape Lounge

Very few people of today’s world show enough respect to measure up to the standards of their grandparents. Many young adults prematurely presume, for example, that they are at a [...]

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Posted December 26, 2013in Joe's Neighborhood

Skating like a Rooster

Skating is a terrifying activity wrapped in a bow-tied package of exhilaration. Certainly there is all that floating and gliding and whooshing-air-past-rosy-cheeks stuff — a giddy time to be sure. [...]

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Posted December 26, 2013in Civic Skinny

The suddenly open Congressional seat. More woe for Tirrell. Tom Miller and gays.

Here’s an astounding fact: The last time there was a Congressional race in Polk County without an incumbent seeking re-election was in 1940. GOP Rep. Cassius Dowell, a Des Moines [...]

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Posted December 26, 2013in Political Mercury

Can Hatch dish-towel Brand Branstad?

He’s Uncle Ben. The rice. Charmin. Ivory soap. The Folgers in Iowa’s cup. For about 20 years — with a clear-seas-ahead shot at 24 — Brand Branstad is the reliable [...]

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Posted December 26, 2013in Food Dude

Food Dude’s top new restaurant of 2013

Central Iowa’s restaurant boom has fully recharged. The year should end up ranking with the best years ever for new restaurant openings, and 2014 is already looking like a big [...]

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Posted December 26, 2013in The Sound

The End, a Beatles rock revival

Let’s face it, tribute bands can be kind of a joke. Most spend more time honing the aesthetic of their chosen band than on the actual sound. Tribute bands tend [...]

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