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Posted December 23, 2015in Cover Story

‘Twas the night before…

Publisher’s note: Thirty-eight years ago, when Michael Gartner was editor of The Des Moines Register, he walked over to the desk of writer Bob Hullihan and said, “How about writing [...]

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Posted December 23, 2015in Joe's Neighborhood

The artist and the doctor who sits next to his patients

The door pushes inward to warmth and people and noise. The young men in front of us are momentarily stuck at the entrance. The cold of the outside is fighting [...]

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Posted December 23, 2015in On the Move

Zombie Burger expands to Ankeny

Zombie Burger announced plans to open a restaurant in the Northview Centre II at 1550 N. Ankeny Blvd. in Ankeny sometime before May 2016. The 2,400-square-foot space will seat 60 [...]

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Posted December 23, 2015in Food Dude

The year of really big stories

2015 will be remembered as the end of an era in Iowa. The $130 billion merger of Dow and Dupont killed off the state’s most identifiable icon — the company [...]

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Posted December 23, 2015in Belly Up To...

Bar top Burlesque meets L.A. at London Underground

One step into London Underground gives guests a feel of the dream that owner Jess Clyde set into motion nine years ago. The English-themed pub is decorated in British memorabilia [...]

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Posted December 23, 2015in Sound Check

Cage the Elephant “Tell Me I’m Pretty” Sony The title pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the album. Cage the Elephant’s entire career has seemed to [...]

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Posted December 23, 2015in Rap Sheet

Two of a kind

Madison Loftis, a former contestant on “Ink Master” known as Maddie la Belle, turned herself in four days after police responded to a call of a domestic dispute at the [...]

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Posted December 23, 2015in The Sound

Letting the kids play

In case you missed it, the Des Moines City Council held a vote a couple of weeks ago regarding the city’s all-ages show ordinance. For those unaware, the city ordinance [...]

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Posted December 23, 2015in Book Review


When successful New York magazine and book editor George Hodgman returns to his hometown of Paris, Missouri, for his mother’s 91st birthday, he comes to the heartbreaking realization that his [...]

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Posted December 23, 2015in Locker Room

Monster Jam rolls into Wells Fargo Arena

Some might say that the size of a car is a reflection of a man’s…confidence. The flashier the ride, the sloppier the control. Sure, there might be a few folks [...]

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