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Posted February 28, 2014in Iowa Watchdog

Man’s good deed lands his home on a list of meth labs

DES MOINES, Iowa —  On Jan. 5, 2012, Paul Valin called the police to report he’d found a backpack containing what he believed to be meth-making equipment. That simple act [...]

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Posted February 27, 2014in Iowa Watchdog

Farm income declines while ethanol profits boom

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hard work and determination may be traditional ingredients for success, but they’re no match for having the federal government force customers to buy your product. Consider [...]

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Posted February 26, 2014in Rap Sheet

On the clock 02.26

Play the “Name the Crime” Quiz!   WOMAN BEATER Police were called to an alley at the 1400 block of East Walnut on Feb. 15 around 3:45 p.m. An injured [...]

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Posted February 26, 2014in Book Review

‘The Real Boy’ brings fantasy and magic back to the heart

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Harriet Leitch Walden Pond Press Sept. 24, 2013 Hardcover $16.99 341 pp. Anne Ursu’s “The Real Boy” is a work of magic and fantasy [...]

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Posted February 26, 2014in Tech Talk

The cost of ‘cool’

If you’ve been waiting for a sign you need to take up coding, consider the story of the messaging application WhatsApp. In its five-year history, WhatsApp was only able to [...]

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Posted February 26, 2014in Sound Circuit

Double duty with Cirrus Minor

It’s been a long day, and Rich Cantrell is uncomfortable. The Cirrus Minor keyboardist/hype man has been on set recording the band’s new music video since the early hours, and [...]

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Posted February 26, 2014in Sound Notes

Tickets to the Civic Music Association’s presentation of Philip Glass went on sale on Feb. 24. Glass kicks off the Civic Music Association’s 90th anniversary season with a performance at [...]

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Posted February 26, 2014in Sound Check

Love Songs For Lonely Monsters Self-Titled Independent After a couple years of delays and issues, LSFLM’s studio debut is here with some surprising results. For starters, the album’s a triumph [...]

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Posted February 26, 2014in Center Stage

‘Venus in Fur’ finds its goddess

On a recent stop at Chicago’s Art Institute, I spent time with the Greco-Roman antiquities. Most bare a picture of some god — or is it an actor, playing a [...]

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Posted February 26, 2014in Your Money

Paid for by taxpayers in… Des Moines.

Amount: $5,720 To: All Country Construction For: Payment for services for conducting a final inspection of a residential property at 3120 E. Washington Ave., in Des Moines.   Amount: $205.50 [...]

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