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Good Thursday morning to you!

Facebook recently announced a massive effort to counter misinformation about climate change. The social media giant says it will improve its global Climate Science Information Center, which it says was developed to connect users with "science-based news and resources from the world's leading climate change organizations." Facebook also stated that it had recruited climate communication experts to "debunk the myths with current and specific facts." Now I am as concerned as anyone about clean air, clean water and the need to take care of this planet Earth, but I don’t trust Facebook to be the judge or jury. Sharing photos of your cousin's baby? Spouting off about bad service from a local business? Or selling a used dishwasher? Facebook has those things covered. But if there is any organization that should take responsibility for the spread of misinformation in recent years, it is Facebook. And we don’t need them to make up for their misgivings now, regardless of whom it may please or displease. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stated in the past that he didn't think Facebook, or Internet platforms in general, should be arbiters of truth. Let’s hope he remembers that. Until then, let’s all do our part to ensure that our planet is here for generations to come while keeping a healthy skepticism of anything that comes from Facebook.

Thanks for reading.


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Under the Umbrella

Aaron Burns joined Big Green Umbrella Media in 2019 as an account executive for CITYVIEW. Coming from a newspaper background, Aaron was a natural fit at  CITYVIEW! He studied journalism and graphic design at Buena Vista University and managed the student news organization his senior year. This started his career in print and media, working for the Charles City Press and the Iowa Newspaper Association. Aaron is definitely looking forward to summer getting here so he can start getting outside more with his dogs, Ivy, Luna, Stevie and Echo, and his sand volleyball team. (For those keeping track of the crew Under the Umbrella: Cyclones, 2; Beavers, 1. Cats, 4; Dogs, 4)

Des Moines Weather
High 40. Low 26. Clouds during the day moving out for a clear night. UV index will be 3 out of 10. Fear not, sunburn weather will be here before you know it.
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: School officials could lose their job if violating reopen orders in new bill

Sen. Amy Sinclair, a Republican from Wayne County, introduced Senate Study 1213, which calls for penalties for superintendents and elected school board members for "knowingly and willingly" violating state education law. Superintendents could have their license revoked and school board members could be removed from their position. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: ‘New Providence’ Film on Iowa’s Six-on-Six Girls’ Basketball Premieres This Week

NEW PROVIDENCE, IOWA — Iowa girl’s basketball history will play out on the big screen in a limited engagement premiere of the film “New Providence” this week. The film tells the story of the final six-on-six girls basketball game played in the town of New Providence. Roger Riley has more on the buzz in the town. 'New Providence’ premieres at the Palms Theater in Waukee.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Medical examiner: ISU student found in sorority parking lot died of 'acute alcohol intoxication and hypothermia'

AMES, Iowa — A a female Iowa State University student found in a sorority parking lot in late January died of acute alcohol intoxication and hypothermia, according to the State Medical Examiner's Office. 21-year-old Olivia Chutich's death was rule accidental by the medical examiner, Ames police announced Tuesday.. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll. CITYVIEW readers have voted:

Best Local Burger

1. B-Bop’s
2. Zombie Burger + Drink Lab
3. Dirt Burger

Find all the Best Of Des Moines 2021 winners in February’s CITYVIEW!


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Reggio family takes pride in DCG community:
New Orleans native finds home in the heart of Iowa

If you have children involved with DCG Soccer Club or do your banking at the Charter Bank location in Grimes, chances are you know Nick Reggio.
He and his wife, Darci, have been part of the Dallas Center Grimes community for about six years now. Nick serves as the president of the soccer club, while Darci works as the administrator. Nick is also the VP market manager at Charter Bank.
The Reggios previously lived in New Orleans, where Nick is from, and made the move to Iowa because they desired to live in a safer place to raise their three daughters (ages 10, 11 and 12) with a better public school system. Darci is originally from a small town in northwest Iowa, so coming back to Iowa was a bit of a homecoming.


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Things To Do
Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.
Premiere: nature of the dream, Black Iowan Stories
At: The Playhouse, at the 42nd Street exit of I-235
nature of the dream, a devised film exploring Black identity in Iowa, will be available for viewing through Sunday, March 7. Directed by Miriam Randolph and produced by Two Steps to the Left Productions with assistance from The Des Moines Playhouse, the film is an exploration of maintaining Black identity in predominantly white spaces. nature of the dream video-on-demand will be available at dmplayhouse.com. nature of the dream has its origins in devised theatre. Devised theatre is a freeform style in which all members of the creative group work collectively and collaboratively to create a performance completely from scratch. Immediately following the premiere, there will be a live conversation with the creators on The Playhouse's Facebook page. A Facebook account is not needed to view this conversation, nor do individuals need to purchase the film to participate. Ticket prices range from $5 to $100.

This squirrel is happy to have found a treat on a cold winter's day. — Photo by Brenda Duree

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