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Posted January 29, 2014in Locker Room

Weapons of mass digestion

Sooey, pig pig pig! It’s that time once again. Time to forget all about the New Year’s resolutions of eating healthy and exercising. Time to put away your skinny jeans [...]

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Posted January 29, 2014in Food Dude

Jethro’s still growing

Earlier this month the City of West Des Moines erected a sign just west of Jethro’s Jambalaya and BBQ: “Welcome to West Des Moines.” The city felt a need to [...]

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Posted January 29, 2014in Political Mercury

Could you (today) handle the truth of Lincoln?

At Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership in Washington, D.C., visitors encounter a overwhelming visual — a 34-foot tower of books written about Abraham Lincoln, 6,800 titles representing less [...]

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Posted January 29, 2014in Film Review

James Bond’s placeholder

“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” 3 stars Rated PG-13 105 minutes Action Starring: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley For a no-frills spy thriller, Kenneth Branagh directs a respectable rendering of [...]

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Posted January 29, 2014in On The Tube

Sticking the ending

On the eve of the Winter Olympics, Lifetime dramatizes one of the greatest stories from the 2012 summer games. Gabby Douglas (Sydney Mikayla, Imani Hakim) became the first African American [...]

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Posted January 29, 2014in News of the Weird

Self-Appreciation Everyone’s Above Average: Ask Americans how they stand compared to their fellow countrymen, and in survey after survey, the vast majority rank themselves “above average” in such areas as [...]

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Posted January 29, 2014in Sound Notes

The Des Moines Symphony Academy is hosting its first ever open house on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Temple for Performing Arts. It’s a [...]

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Posted January 29, 2014in Sound Circuit

Growing Mint

As far as origin stories go, Mint — the Des Moines three-piece consisting of guitarist Bradford Johnson, drummer Christian Peters and bassist Brandon Wade — isn’t anything new. “Christian and [...]

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Posted January 29, 2014in Joe's Neighborhood

February requiem for your January vows

New Year’s vows are tricky for most of us. Particularly after that first failed month down the rocky road of virtue and clean living. You probably know what I’m talking [...]

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Posted January 29, 2014in Tech Talk

Networking replaces privacy with Nametag-ware

Privacy is officially dead. Never mind domestic spying by the National Security Agency or social network over-sharing; those threats can only stalk you online. The real-world, real-time menace is facial-recognition [...]

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