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Your Town Now: The Month that was January 2011

Four Words Worst. Prosecution. Witness. Ever. Piano Lounge Chief Revenuer Sam Hargadine wants your tipples served with a chaser of good moral character. In recent months, Hargadine has lobbied for the non-renewal of liquor licenses to several Mike Porter-owned establishments on the grounds that Porter’s financial troubles and failure to meet city building codes demonstrated […]

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UR Here: Brigid Sends a Flaming Birthday Poem to Little Village

Congratulations to Little Village on its 100th issue! February is a wonderful month to celebrate this milestone. Here in the middle lands, most people moan and groan about February. Shoveling more snow, chipping more ice, wrapping up for another foray into a sub-zero morning–“Enough!” is the cry heard round the Heartland from Columbus to Wichita, […]

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The Simple Truth of Dr. Star

I have a dodgy relationship with astrology. I was introduced to metaphysics via backwater superstition. My parents believed that one of their son’s eyes wandered because he had been “imprinted” in my mother’s womb when she was startled in a stairwell by their cross-eyed landlord early in her pregnancy. Astrology was fortunetelling, designed primarily to […]

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I went for a walk, on a winter’s day

BLIZZARDMAGGEDON ’11 has officially come and gone, and holy crap, people, we’re still alive! That sucker would’ve flattened some pioneers. Remember in The Long Winter when Pa had to dig a man-sized tunnel to the barn so he could feed the animals? And when they finally had a road cleared to town, they had to stop the wagon every few feet and defrost the horses’ nostrils? Thank goodness those days are over and now all we can do is marvel at the efficiency of our snow-removal crew. I, for one, was impressed. City of Iowa City: Nicely done. […]

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Speed Freak

In October, Iowa’s drug “czar” Gary Kendall issued an alert that methamphetamine labs are again plaguing our state–this time utilizing a new, easy and highly explosive manufacturing technique. The “shake and bake” method requires only a two liter bottle, a handful of chemicals and a serious lack of common sense. In November, the U.S. Food […]

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