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Nothing trivial about this effort

March 27, 2016 Useless trivia? Answers to questions that have no real purpose other than to impress colleagues and friends, or the chance to showcase just how much fluff and nonsense you gathered while watching TV... more »»

Crowdsourcing caption catastrophe quelled

March 27, 2016 Cartoons in The New Yorker are funny ... well, they CAN be funny, sometimes they’re incomprehensible to those without enough New York cred to have been a staffer for Mayor Dinkins. more »»

Just for the shelf of it

March 27, 2016 Home improvement project tip #47: shelves. Each year, hundreds of unsuspecting men find themselves in a precarious position: forced to put shelves on walls. more »»

Gasoline market burns hot

March 26, 2016 Drivers won’t be happy to hear this, but gasoline prices recently touched the highest price since last summer. April gasoline futures, which exclude taxes and other costs, pushed over $1. more »»

Black and white, left and right

March 26, 2016 Much is made of the fact that liberals and conservatives see racial issues differently, which they do. more »»

Terrorists and their privacy

March 26, 2016 One inevitable sequel to a terrorist attack is seeing the ugly mugs of creeps-turned-monsters thrust before us over a multitude of news cycles. Another is a debate over cellphone encryption. more »»

Relief in a bottle

March 25, 2016 Dear Heloise: Thank you, Mitch and Heloise! Where was this WATER-BOTTLE HINT when I was spending countless hours stuck in traffic? -- Bernie in Fountain Valley, Cali. more »»

Can automakers redefine mobility again?

March 25, 2016 DEARBORN, Mich. — If Mark Fields’ theory is correct, his industry faces novel challenges. His theory about the changing role of driving in Americans’ lives is one reason Ford Motor Co. more »»

Mr. Trump goes to Washington

March 25, 2016 WASHINGTON — The visit Monday wasn’t quite like Jimmy Stewart’s in the famed movie. But Donald Trump’s day in D.C. more »»

Providing a final resting place for all veterans

March 25, 2016 A change in Iowa law will give all veterans the respect and final resting place they deserve. more »»

True intimacy in marriage is worth the sacrifices

March 24, 2016 Q: I'm getting married in June. My fiancee and I want to have a great lifelong relationship, so we're asking various people for advice and input. more »»

Lamenting the right wing in Europe

March 24, 2016 The smoke hasn’t even cleared from the airport in Brussels, and already the press is issuing its typical lament: This will only stoke Europe’s right wing and spread rampant Islamophobia. more »»

The heckler’s veto

March 24, 2016 On Feb. more »»

An important come-from-behind victory

March 24, 2016 On Friday when most Iowans were celebrating this team’s or that team’s victory in the NCAA basketball tournament, I was celebrating a come-from-behind victory for the people of Iowa. more »»

Donald Trump has 37 percent. Hard to get to 270 electoral votes

March 23, 2016 Many Donald Trump supporters think he is a slam dunk to beat Hillary Clinton in the general election. The candidate himself certainly takes this vie. more »»

Hey, Hillary: Smile, girl

March 23, 2016 You know, the world would be a happier place if a girl would just smile more. Just ask the guys on Twitter. Now, by "girl," I mean a former U.. more »»

Sector strategies align programs with workforce needs

March 23, 2016 Iowa Valley Community College District recognizes the importance of bringing together community partners to identify and align programs and strategies to meet current workforce demands. more »»

Gov. Scott’s unwritten policy on climate change — don’t talk about it

March 22, 2016 Dear Florida Gov. Rick Scott: So it turns out the experts were mistaken. more »»

Arguing with data

March 22, 2016 For seven months, Republicans — myself included — have argued against the data. The data showed that Donald Trump would be a viable candidate. Many of us presumed he would eventually fad. more »»

Tricks to dissipate dirt and debris

March 22, 2016 DEAR MARY: I live in Florida and LOVE your blog. I look forward getting it in my inbox every day. My question is, what is the best tool, machine or method to clean tile? Thank you. more »»



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