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Middle school student sent to principal's office after refusing to get weighed in front of her classmates.

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Junior high revolutionary. (screengrab via Des Moines Register) When her junior high class was told to line up to have their height and weight taken a few weeks ago, student Ireland Hobert-Hoch objected. Ireland told the Des Moines Register she felt like it was none of the school's business. Show More Summary

Mapping The Crazy Web Of Trade Between U.S. Cities

Why Los Angeles traffic makes problems in Des Moines. Look around your office or living room: There's a good chance that almost nothing you see, including the clothes you're wearing, was made locally. Inside the U.S. alone, $17 trillion of goods are shipped back and forth between cities; another $3 trillion are exported and imported. Show More Summary

Virtual reality is journalism's next frontier

Gannett Digital/Des Moines Register Virtual reality is ascendant, and it's time for media outlets to take notice. Why? Consumer access to VR devices is about to take off thanks to ambitious prototypes from Oculus Rift and, in the past year, several major projects have redefined immersion journalism. In September, The Des Moines Register released Harvest of Change, a detailed...

Stay away from Steve King, 2016 contenders

The Des Moines Register reports, “Iowa’s Steve King is expanding his footprint as a presidential kingmaker. The conservative congressman with the fitting last name is launching his own annual multicandidate forum for presidential hopefuls.” The report continues: “It’ll be an event that all the nation stops and looks at,” King told The Des Moines Register in a […]

Girl Sent to Principal for Refusing to Get Weighed in Front of Classmates

Post by Jenny Erikson. One 13-year-old girl in Des Moines, Iowa, is my new hero today, after refusing to be weighed at school in front of her classmates. Yeah, apparently that's a thing now, you know, to combat the obesity epidemic. Ireland Hobert Hoch absolutely refused and even got sent to the principal's office over it. Show More Summary

Open Thread: King of the Pig Factories

He’s common as pig tracks, and happy as a pig in… muck. The Des Moines Register on their hometown hero’s current plans: Iowa’s Steve King is expanding his footprint as a presidential kingmaker. The conservative congressman with the fitting last name is launching his own annual multicandidate forum for presidential hopefuls… The inaugural Iowa Freedom [Read more...]

Hardee's CEO Congratulates Senator-Elect Joni Ernst With Full Page Ad In Des Moines Register

The Fast Food chain Hardee's recognized Joni Ernst, the first woman to represent Iowa as a United States Senator, with a full page ad in the Des Moines register, Thursday. Ernst had given a shout-out to her former employer at her victory party, Tuesday night, saying; “well, Iowa — we did it. Show More Summary

FREE MP3 DL: The Maytags’ “Anthem”

They are a soul band and they’re from Des Moines, Iowa. How did that happen? Regardless of how it happened, they call themselves The Maytags and like a washing machine, they are planning to spin circles around those who become hooked to their music with the release of their album on December 2nd called Nova. […]

Press Held Story Of Ernst Aide’s DUI Arrest Until Post-Election

Gretchen Hamel was a top aide to Iowa Senator-Elect Joni Ernst until she was arrested for DUI with a.181 alcohol level on October 30. This was her second DUI arrest, the first being October 13. The Des Moines Register published the story November 6. Hamel tried to get away with it the first time [...]

Top Ernst Aide Arrested For Drunk Driving; Story Buried Until After Election

Koch operative Gretchen Hamel seems to have a bit of a problem with alcohol and driving, according to this tardy story from the Des Moines Register. Hamel was Joni Ernst's spokeswoman until October 30, when she resigned after being arrested for driving under the influence. Show More Summary

Igor Offers Intelligent Wireless LED Lighting Control

This post is part of CleanTechnica’s series on Midwest Cleantech Open winners. Igor, a strong entry in the power-over-internet lighting arena from the Des Moines, Iowa metro, came into the Midwest CTO in a very strong position with its...Show More Summary

Donating Appreciated Assets

Year-end giving will be in full swing in just a few weeks. And a recent article in The Des Moines Register did a good job explaining the benefits of donating appreciated assets. The article sums it up with the following example: Let's say Scott is in the 25 percent federal tax bracket and has $5,000 in appreciated stock he wants to donate. Show More Summary

A response to the editor who doesn’t like news that makes her feel sick to her stomach

Clark Kauffman, an editorial writer at Gannett’s Des Moines Register, saw the comments I posted yesterday from just-appointed Tennessean engagement editor Beth Inglish. They “struck a nerve with me,” he writes in an email, and explains why: From CLARK KAUFFMAN: Beth Inglish, the new engagement editor at the Nashville Tennessean, says the problem with newspapers … Read More

Joni Makes ’Em Squeal

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa—“It’s a long way from Red Oak to Washington, from the biscuit line at Hardee’s to the United States Senate,” Joni Ernst exulted on Tuesday night to a ballroom filled to capacity with her supporters. The soon-to-be freshman U.S. Show More Summary

WHO Creates Fake Political Ad Attacking Its Own Anchor

Post by WHO TV Channel 13 News. Des Moines NBC affiliate WHO knows how much viewers hate all the political ads taking up precious air time around the country. So the station decided to have a little fun and created their own spoof ad...Show More Summary

WHO Creates Fake Political Ad Attacking Their Own Anchor

Post by WHO TV Channel 13 News. Des Moines NBC affiliate WHO knows how much viewers hate all the political ads taking up precious air time around the country. So they decided to have a little fun and created their own spoof ad against...Show More Summary

Restaurant Offers No-Phone Discount, Wants Customers to Actually Talk to Each Other

Diners receive a 10 percent discount for surrendering their phones. A restaurant in Iowa is offering a discount to customers who give up their cell phones while dining. According to the Des Moines Register, Sneaky's Chicken owner Dave...Show More Summary

I Do Not Believe That Word Means What You Think It Means

DES MOINES -- In today's Des Moines Register, columnist Kurt Munson presents a very good idea for a very wrong reason. It was a revelation to me that there was no monument at the state capitol to honor Harold Hughes, the liberal -- and quite literal...

Climate Climax

DES MOINES -- Ho-hum. Another year. Another warning from the United Nations that we're turning the planet into an uninhabitable. disease-ridden, waterlogged cinder floating dead as Mars through the solar system until the sun itself curses us with...

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