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Local actress hits playhouse stage in “South Pacific”

September 2, 2014 Amber Duimstra is hitting the stage in Des Moines again as she takes a lead role in the musical “South Pacific.” The musical opens Friday and runs through Sept. more »»

 
 
 
Storms roll through Midwest with strong winds

September 2, 2014 DES MOINES — A storm spotter remained hospitalized in Sioux City Monday after he was struck by lightning while watching a system that left swollen rivers, power outages, trees down and campers... more »»

Salsa creation a service project for Iowa students

September 2, 2014 DUBUQUE — The basement of St. more »»

No gray area: Beliefs shape views of Brown killing

September 2, 2014 ST. LOUIS — Lamont Jones and Keith Stephens stood 60 feet from each other, separated by four lanes of pavement and a thousand miles of perceptio. more »»

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

September 2, 2014 PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke —... more »»

Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

September 2, 2014 MOSCOW — Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow’s desire to... more »»

Pakistan’s premier challenged by raging protests

September 2, 2014 ISLAMABAD — Ahead of a joint session of parliament, Pakistan’s prime minister and army chief held marathon meetings Monday over violent anti-government protests that could force the premier of this... more »»

City negotiates with five bargaining units

September 1, 2014 Editor’s Note: Sept. 1 marks the 120th anniversary of Labor Day’s official designation by Congress as a legal holiday. The day is synonymous with organized labor’s victories and defeats. more »»

Gus the cat needs a caring and loving forever family

September 1, 2014 This feline is trying to find a family. “Gus,” a 1- to 2-year-old cat, has been up for adoption at the Marshalltown Animal Rescue League for about a year. more »»

Attendance counts in September

September 1, 2014 Students will be awarded for attendance this month. As part of the Spread the Words-Read by Third campaign, September has been named Attendance Awareness Month for local elementary school students. more »»

Some Iowa driving instructors have criminal record

September 1, 2014 DES MOINES — At least 10 driving instructors licensed in Iowa have criminal records or driving infractions in their past, but they’ve been allowed to keep working with teens because of a forgiving... more »»

Brace yourselves: Campaign cash buying tons of ads

September 1, 2014 DES MOINES — Iowa’s airwaves are already jammed with ads, most of them negative, in one of the Senate races nationwide that will decide which party claims the majorit. more »»

University of Iowa makes room for more dorms

September 1, 2014 IOWA CITY — The Aspire at West Campus residence complex is the latest addition to University of Iowa housing — for now. more »»

University of Iowa makes room for more dorms

September 1, 2014 IOWA CITY — The Aspire at West Campus residence complex is the latest addition to University of Iowa housing — for now. more »»

Ferguson’s flashpoint sparks national outrage

September 1, 2014 LOS ANGELES — They were killed in Wisconsin, New York and California. Some were shot on the street. One was killed in a Wal-Mart. Another died after being placed in a chokehol. more »»

US trained Alaskans as secret ‘stay-behind agents’

September 1, 2014 WASHINGTON — Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. more »»

Iraqi forces break militant siege of Shiite town

September 1, 2014 BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, as a suicide bombin... more »»

Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

September 1, 2014 TRIPOLI, Libya — An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya’s capital now guards the U.S. more »»

Ukraine: rebels fire on border guard vessel

September 1, 2014 KIEV, Ukraine — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. more »»

Philippine troops pull ‘greatest escape’ in Golan

September 1, 2014 BEIRUT — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. more »»

 
 

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September 1, 2014 Our kitchen was a busy one over the Labor Day weekend. My wife and I were busy making all kinds of goodies inside, while many were grilling outside. more »

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