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1 PETA lawyers take a human to court over a monkey's selfie
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | September 21st, 2017

Who owns the copyright to a selfie photograph taken by a monkey? After two years in court, a complex and potentially precedent-setting legal battle addressing this issue has finally reached a settlement.
   
2 America's forgotten holiday: What is Labor Day about?
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | September 14th, 2017

Labor Day is a funny holiday. It marks the end of summer and the beginning of school. It is the cut-off date for wearing white, swimming pools close, and there are some great sales. Labor Day is also the day when many people, ironically, don't have to work.
   
3 Look at your windshield: Where have all the bugs gone?
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | September 7th, 2017

Two weeks ago, I stepped out onto our front porch, glanced up at the ceiling and stopped dead in my tracks. I had seen things like this before, but not since I was a kid. It was like seeing a VW microbus, or Elvis, or an encyclopedia - you know - made on paper.
   
4 Eclipse creates miraculous three minutes of darkness
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | August 31st, 2017

I know it sounds ridiculous to take off from work on a Monday and drive four hours just to see the sun disappear for three minutes. After all, if you're willing to wait for it, darkness isn't that much of a novelty. But estimates were that about half the population of the United States alone was planning to stop what they were doing to watch the moon's shadow briefly cover the sun, making this one of the most widely observed events in all of human history.
   
5 The race is on to choose a new Iowa license plate
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | August 24th, 2017

Iowans will soon be getting new license plates. Who cares? Well, it turns out a lot of people care. At the Iowa Department of Transportation booth at the Iowa State Fair (yes, the IDOT had its own booth) more than 85,000 people voted on Aug. 10 alone for their favorite of three possible license plate designs.
   
6 Greycee, the young mare, ain't what she used to be, but at least she can stay home
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | August 17th, 2017

You can't blame Greycee for making such a fuss. All she wanted was to stay with her people in Iowa.
   
7 The cautionary tale of The Mooch reminds us we're not so bad
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | August 10th, 2017

Let us raise our glasses to outgoing White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. By the end of his short tenure, The Mooch had thrown himself onto the funeral pyre of history, sacrificing what appeared to be a promising career to show us that, no matter what we've seen lately, it doesn't pay to be a jerk.
   
8 State Fair: a tribute to calories and fat in all its forms
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | August 3rd, 2017

The Iowa State Fair is just a couple of weeks away, which will be a relief to Iowans desperately seeking new ways to instantly raise their cholesterol. The fair has earned a reputation for extravagantly caloric snacks like deep fat fried Twinkies on a stick and fried Snickers bars.
   
9 Nothingburger no substitute for the real thing
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | July 20th, 2017

"Nothingburger: Something lame, dead-end, insignificant, especially something with high expectations that turns out to be average, pathetic or overhyped. Two pieces of bread with nothing in between. A news story hyped by the mainstream media for ratings or political agenda." - Urban Dictionary.
   
10 We vacation in the land of gators and moss, and encounter two creatures
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | July 13th, 2017

After seven years without a vacation, I finally realized the perfect occasion to take time off was never going to come, so I just dropped everything and went. I didn't carefully plan what would be the most fun or the best value. I didn't care.
   
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