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Paddle Power

“Some of us older people have problems with our knees, so we don’t want to jog, and racquetball is out,” Hinds said. It works the whole upper body and even the legs if the paddling is done correctly. Hinds would recommend the sport to anyone of any age, whether it’s for exercise or relaxation. Entry-level […]

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Border Dispute

Since 1992, Panchero’s Mexican Grill in downtown Iowa City has been serving burritos and other south-of-the-border foods to customers ranging from homegrown Iowa City residents to drunken college kids. It’s the flagship location for a restaurant that has branched into 17 states across the country. A year ago, a new “hombre” rolled into town—one with […]

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Green Light

Energy crisis? This phrase makes the nightly news every week. The rising costs of nearly everything, including food, gasoline and home energy, has become a slow, insidious flood of its own that shows no signs of receding during the long winter months ahead. Both presidential candidates produce sound bites saying they understand the challenges facing […]

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Mix It Up

[audio:Double_Dee_Steinski_-_Lesson_1_The_Payoff_Mix.mp3] Double Dee & Steinski – The Lesson 1 – The Payoff.mp3 [audio:Double_Dee_Steinski_-_Lesson_2_The_James_Brown_Mix.mp3] Double Dee & Steinski – The Lesson 2 – The James Brown Mix.mp3 [audio:Double_Dee_Steinski_-_Lesson_3_History_of_Hip_Hop_Mix.mp3] Double Dee & Steinski – The Lesson 3 – History of Hip Hop.mp3 The most unlikely outsiders to make a distinct, lasting impact on hip-hop were two ad […]

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The Sit-Down with Paul Street

Iowa City author Paul Street’s latest book, Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics, is a critical report on the phenomenal rise of the junior senator from Illinois. Street is a historian and former Chicagoan who worked for the Chicago Urban League as a policy researcher. Obama fanatics will read this book at their […]

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On the Beat: Spirited shows

Welcome to the War on Xmas, pt. II. If it were up to me, starting every Oct. 1st, every department store–and one random radio station–would start playing Halloween music all damn day and night. From the classics (Boris Pickett’s “Monster Mash”) to unheralded gems (Bob Marley’s “Dracula”) to the downright stupid (Zacherley’s “Dinner with Drac”), […]

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Movie Review: Edge of Heaven

The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite) Directed by Fatih Akin October 3-5, Bijou There is an old poem by Horace that celebrates simple country living; its surprise ending is that the whole thing turns out to be the pitch of a city dweller trying to sell some rural property. During the Olympics, there […]

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Free Rice and Ennui

Can’t seem to focus on work today and wish you could feed the hungry and test your vocabulary at the same time? Then check out FreeRice.com, prove you know what an “eland” is, and get 20 grains of rice donated to the United Nations World Food Program for each correct answer. Oh, and, if vocabulary […]

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Iowa City Weekender – September 19-21

Either you’re helping me rebuild my house [wink, wink] or you’re looking for some good times on the weekend. Either way, there’s no home game, so you can praise/curse the lack of a tailgate and enrich yourself with a different kind of entertainment. Friday, September 19 (Movie Night) Final Season Movie at the Ballpark | […]

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Iowa City Weekender – September 13-14

Little Village is going to monopolize this week’s weekender by highlighting I-Renew’s 2008 Energy and Sustainability Expo. No, it’s not the only thing to do this weekend, it’s just the only thing you SHOULD do. Keep your eyes on the sustainable prize of an earth that loves its inhabitants. Saturday, September 13 – Sunday, September […]

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