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2009-07-16 15:56:34

The Iowa State Fair is allowing residents to vote online on whether a butter sculpture of the late Michael Jackson will be displayed at the August event. Fair organizers had originally announced the sculpture of Jackson would appear alongside the traditional life-size butter cow, a staple of the fair since 1911. But after objections from some residents the organizers said they are leaving the decision up to online voters at iowastatefair.org, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday. We are not...

2009-06-18 07:30:00

Thormeier continues Centerplate's 35-year history with the Kansas City Chiefs STAMFORD, Conn., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Centerplate, the foodservice partner to North America's premier convention centers and sports stadiums, announced today the promotion of Bob Thormeier to general manager of Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium. Continuing the venue's 35-year history with Centerplate, Thormeier returns to Kansas City after serving as concessions manager at Kansas City's Truman Sports Complex in...

2009-06-12 12:38:40

An artist in Des Moines, Iowa, who makes sculptures with chainsaws says he is enraged over the theft of eight of his dangerous tools. Chainsaw artist Ken Tynan said he discovered last weekend that eight of his most powerful chainsaws were stolen from his shop, leaving him with angry emotions akin to the comic book character the Incredible Hulk, the Des Moines (Iowa) Register said Friday. I can't carve today. We're losing thousands of dollars, Tynan told the Register in a recent interview....

2009-05-23 14:15:12

At least one resident of Norwalk, Iowa, says a new ordinance that allows residents to keep chickens in residential areas is ill-advised. Norwalk resident Bev Frideres said she is completely against the ordinance passed by the Norwalk City Council Thursday, saying chickens are not advisable residents for an urban area, the Des Moines (Iowa) Register said Saturday. I'm baffled that we're even considering chickens within city limits, Frideres said. We're an urban area, not agricultural. We're...

2009-04-08 06:30:00

MOLINE, Ill., April 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Deere & Company said today that 160 employees of the John Deere Des Moines Works will be placed on indefinite layoff later this month due to reduced market demand for the factory's products. Deere said the layoffs affect production workers with the least seniority and that employees were told of the plans in meetings today at the factory. The layoffs are effective April 27th. The John Deere Des Moines Works manufactures tillage, planting,...

2009-03-24 13:05:13

A pair of Domino's Pizza managers in Des Moines, Iowa, said they followed an alleged robber and recovered most of the money he took from the store. Store manager Steve Huebner and district manager Mark Forder said they decided to follow the suspect, identified by police as David Edward Williams, 55, despite the fact that he had told an employee that he had a gun, the Des Moines Register reported Tuesday. The managers said the robber had taken $2 from the pocket of an employee and $115 from a...

2009-02-02 08:45:00

DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Alliance Technologies, a Des Moines-based full-service information technology solutions firm, announced today several key business initiatives and milestones that were successfully accomplished in 2008, including revenue growth of 31% year over year. The company has already begun to reap the rewards of the previous year's successes by recently being named a finalist in two categories of the Prometheus Awards, Iowa's most prestigious technology...

2009-01-15 17:24:24

Police in Des Moines, Iowa, said a quick-thinking woman took pictures with her cell phone when a man allegedly exposed himself to her. Investigators said the victim was offered a ride home while a remote starter was being installed in her car Jan. 5 at Elite Styling and Sound, the Des Moines Register reported Thursday. The woman told police Kyle Matthew Thompson, 20, showed up at her home to drive her back to the business later in the day when the work on her car was completed. She said that...

2009-01-14 07:00:00

DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP), the leading media and marketing company serving American women, plans to report fiscal 2009 second quarter results on Thursday, January 22, 2009, prior to the opening of U.S. stock markets. A conference call will be held that day at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss the results. To listen, visit Meredith Corporation's Investor Information section at http://www.meredith.com prior to the start of the call. An...

2008-09-25 12:00:43

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, headquartered in Des Moines, IA and doing business in Iowa and South Dakota, is the first employer and health plan in the United States to engage in a well-being analysis of both its employees and plan members using the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ: HWAY) and Gallup today announced the results of analysis from the Index, which was introduced in January and shows that improved employee health and engagement lead to...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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