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Posted December 31, 2014in Civic Skinny

Register circulation numbers hit a 90-year low.

  The year was 1925. Des Moines was booming; its population had soared to more than 125,000. It had 110 churches, 16 movie theaters and three vaudeville houses. Nine railroads [...]

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Posted December 31, 2014in Belly Up To...

New Flix Brewhouse offers dinner and a show

Cutline: Flix Brewhouse brings dinner and a movie in a one-stop shop to Merle Hay Mall. How many times have you gone out on a date with your partner only [...]

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Posted December 31, 2014in Political Mercury

Identity politics weighs heavily in Iowa Democrats choice of narrator

  The least-known candidate for chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party is the best choice.   And that stands to reason. The party must re-acquaint itself with Iowa’s countryside, the [...]

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Posted December 31, 2014in Center Stage

Uproarious Africa

  It might seem a long way from South Park — that town full of filthy-mouthed kids — to the Mormon tabernacles. Yet the same two talents, Matt Stone and [...]

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Posted December 31, 2014in On the Move

Mars Coffee Bar to open in East Village during spring

  Mars Café announced plans recently to open the new coffee bar next to the future site of Raygun and Thelma’s Treats at 505 E. Fifth St. in late March. [...]

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Posted December 31, 2014in Duffy

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Posted December 31, 2014in The Sound

On the road again

Whitey Morgan just spent part of his Christmas week stranded in the Rockies with a broken down car. It was a minor set back, and one that the Flint, Michigan, [...]

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Posted December 31, 2014in What the?

Next week’s photo:   This week’s winner: “Follow the white line to Budget’s drive-through window. Grab your frozen embryo. Instructions not included. Enjoy!” -Susie Anderson   Runners-up: “Cheap labor.” -Heidi [...]

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Posted December 31, 2014in Film Review

A Decent Imitation

  Two films have been released this winter that are best described as character studies on real-life geniuses. The first was the Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything,” and [...]

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Posted December 31, 2014in On The Tube

The Best of TV 2014 Pt. 2

  “You’re the Worst”(FX) Like the equally surprising “Broad City,” “You’re the Worst” shattered preconceptions of the “edgy” cable comedy with smarts, heart, bracing moments of relationship realism (and outright [...]

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