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GOP Convention Update: Clearwater

Katie McGowan and Jon Winet are in Tampa to document the 2012 GOP National Convention. Below is their first dispatch. Tampa, Florida August 27, 2012. While waiting on the Iowa delegation during the day off, we head to Hilton Clearwater Beach to visit the New York delegates. A group of volunteers welcome us to the […]

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Haulin’ Ass: Keeping Your Ride

It’s always fun to explain what “SFP” means to a cop. “Dispatch said she was headed SFP,” for example. The cop turns his ear on that, “Where’s that?” “‘Some Fucking Place.’” “Ah.” This is out on Bartelt Road where I’ve been stopped by police. Five officers swarm my taxi, each swinging an assault rifle. Squad […]

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Sporting Life: The Archer’s Paradox

Learning to do archery is more than learning a skill. Learning to do archery affects how you see yourself and your body. I was fortunate enough when I was young to have received a bow-and-arrow set from my parents for a birthday. They must have noticed my mimicking the motions and speaking the British accent […]

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Pro-Tips: Why are drivers in Iowa City so bad?

Wayne Diamante, Tony Award winning playwright of Underpants: A Visual Reference Guide and The Cautionary Tale of Juggy Capone: North America’s Last Yeti Stripper answers his readers’ enquiries with equanimity and joie de vivre in Pro Tips, with Wayne Diamante. This week, in a special in-depth riposte, Wayne has dedicated his time to one question […]

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Your Town Now: Red Light Caution

Many of us subject ourselves to forms of surveillance on a daily basis. Every time we post a picture on Facebook or send out a tweet, we are contributing to vast digital archives of data about ourselves, observable to those both within and beyond our social circles. While we do this voluntarily, what a lot […]

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UR Here: Summer of Fire

Fire came early this year. Before the summer solstice brought its long light to North America, Colorado was ablaze. This spring, I wrote about multiple 90-degree days in Iowa in March. And in May, Johnson County played host to a weeks-long curtain of flame and plume of black, acrid smoke rising from its landfill, reminiscent […]

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Astrology Forecast for August 2012

FOR EVERYONE—Resistance is futile. The creative among us are inventing new and better ways to put the pieces of our lives together, including the financial pieces. Their ideas are going to shake things up. And annoy the powers that be. We can ignore what they are doing, for awhile. Or, we can join them and […]

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