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Posted August 27, 2014in Political Mercury

Sarah Palin, Joni Ernst’s political jukebox hero

Political question of the day for Iowans: What’s worse, being Sarah Palin, or wanting to be like Sarah Palin? Many opponents of Joni Ernst, the Red Oak Republican seeking a [...]

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Posted August 27, 2014in Belly Up To...

Malo: The ‘bad’ bar that’s really damn good

Naming a restaurant “bad” might seem like a strange way to start out a business, but for downtown Des Moines’ new Latin-inspired bar and restaurant, the name couldn’t be more [...]

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Posted August 27, 2014in Locker Room

Say goodbye to the dog days of summer

Too often, man’s best friend is unable to join its master in fun and camaraderie. While the family piles in the car heading out for adventures, the dog is left [...]

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Posted August 27, 2014in Your Money

Paid for by taxpayers in… the Des Moines Public School District

Amount: $1,632.50 To: A Team Apparel For: Baseball shirts Amount: $31,579.50 To: A+ Lawn & Landscape Inc. For: Mowing needs for 2013-2014 Amount: $6,844.14 To: Academy Roofing & Sheet Metal [...]

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Posted August 27, 2014in Civic Skinny

Catching up: Fair’s sidewalk evangelist appeals. Tirrells file for bankruptcy. Gortz Haus update.

Jason Powell, who was told by Iowa State Fair officials and then by Federal Judge Robert Pratt that his sidewalk preaching interfered with traffic, last week appealed Pratt’s ruling to [...]

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Posted August 27, 2014in Duffy

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Posted August 27, 2014in News of the Weird

It’s Facebook’s world now Up-and-coming Sicilian mobster Domenico Palazzotto, 28, was outed in August by Italy’s L’Espresso magazine as the owner of an ineffectively pseudonymous Facebook page showing off his [...]

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Posted August 27, 2014in Sound Check

Ill Way “Something New To Do” Independent Ill Way is a local band that, admittedly, I came into this listen knowing nothing about. It’s always a gamble when you’re reviewing [...]

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Posted August 27, 2014in On the Move

Self-serve dog wash opens in Urbandale

Canine Clean, located at 2311 Rocklyn Drive, offers everything needed to make your dogs look and smell great, including professional tubs, aprons, towels, brushes, shampoo, conditioner and dryers. All dogs [...]

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Posted August 27, 2014in The Sound

Secretly good

The Secret Sisters — a neotraditional country duo consisting of not-so-secret sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers — have all the right hallmarks to appeal to anyone with a sense for [...]

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