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Posted June 24, 2015in Cover Story

Saving a bridge

This is a story of corporate bid-rigging (absolutely), municipal corruption (allegedly), political in-fighting (definitely), opportunistic land-owners (seemingly), nasty lawsuits (certainly) and east-side-vs.-west-side chauvinism (naturally) in Des Moines. And of salvation. [...]

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Posted June 24, 2015in On The Tube

Bad robot

“Humans” Sunday, June 28 (AMC) Series Debut: It’s not the future; it’s a “parallel present”(?). Whenever it is, “Humans” is a British production, which means a more subtle take on [...]

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Posted June 24, 2015in Center Stage

Exotic and erupting with beauty

For one show this year, Des Moines Metro Opera brought in a woman from the Czech Embassy in Chicago. She spent a week teaching the cast her language. For another, [...]

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Posted June 24, 2015in Sound Circuit

Step by step

We spend a lot of time talking about “the next big thing.” But while many people are busy debating what it takes to be successful, the Holy White Hounds have [...]

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Posted June 24, 2015in Food Dude

New Honduran, Moroccan and Jamaican options

Growing up in Des Moines during the 1950s and ’60s, I graduated from college before I knew what an avocado tasted like. Ashamed that I did not know what this [...]

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Posted June 24, 2015in Rap Sheet

Two of a kind

Rapper Rick Ross was pulled over by a Fayette County deputy in Georgia on June 10 for a window tint violation. The deputy alleged that upon the opening of Ross’ [...]

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Posted June 24, 2015in Belly Up To...

Above the call of brewery

What’s better than free craft beer after a bike ride? Raising money for charity and drinking free craft beer after a bike ride. Firetrucker Brewery is working to create community [...]

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Posted June 24, 2015in Locker Room

Conquering calm waters

Polk County Conservation (P.C.C.) is offering kayaking classes and events throughout the summer. While it’s true that anyone can rent a kayak and begin to paddle, most people don’t take [...]

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Posted June 24, 2015in Book Review

‘East of West Volume 4: Who Wants War?’

Comic books have been a lot more than cavorting caped crusaders and kitschy kids for decades now, yet serious artists and writers who go beyond superheroes and cartoons don’t always [...]

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Posted June 24, 2015in Political Mercury

13 things I learned in Washington, D.C.

1. The political spectrum of influences in the Iowa congressional delegation has lurched to the right. For the last 30 years, Iowans, or businesses, needing Democratic and Republican influence on Capitol Hill [...]

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