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PODCAST: Armed man causes lockdowns; purse snatcher; Jack Mayne & more

PODCAST: Armed man causes lockdowns; purse snatcher; Jack Mayne & more

Here’s episode #77 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Do We Really Need to Talk About the O Line Again?

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Do We Really Need to Talk About the O Line Again?

By Greg Wright A decidedly strange thing happened in the first quarter of Sunday’s dismal loss to Tampa Bay. No, it wasn’t the fact that the defense gave up two porous TDs to the opposing team.... [Read more]

REVIEW: <i>The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)</i> is a holiday gift within a gift

REVIEW: The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) is a holiday gift within a gift

Review by John Van de Ven. The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged), is a holiday gift within a gift – or a pageant within a play. The premise of the play (written by Reed Martin) is a pageant featuring a number of acts…

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Of Doug Baldwin, Russell Wilson, Mike Huard, and 1978

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Of Doug Baldwin, Russell Wilson, Mike Huard, and 1978

By Greg Wright I’m not always 100% certain I’m writing about something other journalists have failed to cover. But this week, I’ve got it locked… because I’m not going to... [Read more]

Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park Food Drive is Saturday, Dec. 3

Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park Food Drive is Saturday, Dec. 3

The Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park will be again helping the Des Moines Area Food Bank in their ‘Square Meal Partner Fund Drive,’ which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>Moana</i> is Disney’s Delightful Animated Ocean Getaway

Past the Popcorn: Moana is Disney’s Delightful Animated Ocean Getaway

by Jeff Walls The new Disney animated film Moana may just be the movie that finally proves once and for all that Dwayne Johnson can do anything.  The wrestler-turned-actor has done action well, he’s... [Read more]

Rotary Club’s annual ‘Coats for Kids Coat Drive’ will be Friday, Dec. 2

Rotary Club’s annual ‘Coats for Kids Coat Drive’ will be Friday, Dec. 2

The Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park will be conducting its annual ‘Coats for Kids Coat Drive,’ happening at Parkside Elementary School on Dec. 2, 2016 from 6 – 8 p.m. Parkside is located... [Read more]

Watch the Christmas Ships at Holiday Open House at MaST Center Dec. 15

Watch the Christmas Ships at Holiday Open House at MaST Center Dec. 15

As the festively-decorated Argosy Christmas Ships make their annual trip past Redondo Beach and the MaST Center, all are invited to a bonfire on the beach – or to stay warm inside and visit the aquarium... [Read more]

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Were You Screaming at Your TV Sunday Night, Too?

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Were You Screaming at Your TV Sunday Night, Too?

By Greg Wright Just before halftime. New England takes the lead 14-12. Seattle with the ball at their own 25-yard line and 1:05 to go. Three timeouts available. A key third-down looms with 9 yards to go. Wilson... [Read more]

Des Moines/Normandy Park Rotary donates $15,000 to Highline Music4Life

Des Moines/Normandy Park Rotary donates $15,000 to Highline Music4Life

David Endicott, CEO of Music4Life, accepts an oversized check for $15,000 from Des Moines/Normandy Park Rotarians Dan Johnson and Carri Litowitz. On Wednesday Nov. 16, 2016, the Rotary Club of Des Moines... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Pretending.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Pretending.

by Dave Markwell I walked into my house and sensed disaster…again. Opening the front door, I was met with shredded napkins and a trail of rice leading up the stairs. At the top of the stairs, my old... [Read more]

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Des Moines Police seeking help finding mail theft suspect

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Des Moines Police seeking help finding mail theft suspect

The Des Moines Police Department is seeking the community’s help identifying this suspected mail thief: http://waterlandblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/16-10855-1.mp4 On Nov. 9, 2016 at 10:42... [Read more]

PODCAST: Businesses shot at; Jack Mayne on interim city managers & more

PODCAST: Businesses shot at; Jack Mayne on interim city managers & more

Here’s episode #76 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Des Moines Police Department holding Toy Drive to benefit HCSATS

Des Moines Police Department holding Toy Drive to benefit HCSATS

The Des Moines Police Department is again sponsoring a Toy Drive to benefit the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress (HCSATS). Among the many other things they do, HCSATS provides... [Read more]

The Elephant in the Locker Room: About That “Roughing the Kicker” Thing, and Fines

The Elephant in the Locker Room: About That “Roughing the Kicker” Thing, and Fines

By Greg Wright Whew! I was almost certain that some intrepid journalist would scoop me on my chosen topic this week. When I saw the teaser for Danny O’Neil’s column on Thursday, I thought for... [Read more]

Wear your Pajamas to the annual Des Moines Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 2!

Wear your Pajamas to the annual Des Moines Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 2!

All are encouraged to wear Pajamas to the annual Des Moines Tree Lighting – to be held Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Big Catch Plaza. This is a FREE event for all, and will be fun for the whole... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD VETERAN’S DAY: Empty Plate.

FEEL GOOD VETERAN’S DAY: Empty Plate.

by Dave Markwell A couple of years ago, after an evening out, my wife and I headed to Denny’s for the obligatory late-night gut-bombing. Per normal procedure, my wife drove as I was, once again, over-served... [Read more]

Normandy Park’s annual ‘Winterfest’ will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3

Normandy Park’s annual ‘Winterfest’ will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3

Normandy Park’s ‘Winterfest’ will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at two locations: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Manhattan Village (17847 1st Ave South): Cookie decorating at QFC Carolers Santa! 5 –... [Read more]