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Good Monday morning to you!

I have a dog. His name is Kobie. And I like him a lot. But as much as I care for him, he is still a dog. So if I had to make a choice between my dog receiving a COVID-19 vaccination or a person, there is no question that I would choose the human. I am sure many of you agree with me, and I am most certain that some of you don’t. People love their pets.
   But what about apes?
   The Boston Globe reported last week that the San Diego Zoo vaccinated nine great apes for the coronavirus after a troop of gorillas in its Safari Park became infected. The story stated that the vaccine was created by a firm that produces medicine for animals, and that it is experimental. The story was not clear on this, but I am assuming that this vaccine is not the same as what humans receive. Even so, it has to be similar, and there has undoubtedly been much time and money put into this cause.
   Now before you send me nasty animal rights responses, let me be clear — I don’t have anything against apes. In fact, I have seen all their movies. We even published a wonderful story on apes in our city in April of 2009 that you should be sure to check out (www.dmcityview.com/archives/2009/04apr/04.02.09/cover.shtml). But speaking as someone who has not yet been vaccinated, I find this ape vaccinating a bit disturbing, especially as people continue to die from this pandemic.
   If you are curious, the Boston Globe story also stated that "the gorillas had symptoms ranging from runny noses to coughing and lethargy, but they are recovering." Thank goodness.
   Have a marvelous Monday, and, as always, thanks for reading.


Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
Des Moines Weather
High 68. Low 51. Mostly sunny. And not too windy. Seriously, what more can you ask for? Good air quality? Got that, too. Low allergy rating? Yep. Enjoy!
The Score
Hoops action yesterday: Iowa men beat Wisconsin, 77-73.
Iowa Wild (3-5-2-0; 8 pts.) grabbed one point but fell in overtime to the Rockford IceHogs (3-7-1-0; 7 pts.), 4-3 at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Ill.
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: New documents state 20 rounds were shot into home when 2-year-old was injured

DES MOINES, Iowa — New court documents filed this weekend reveal additional details about the drive-by shooting that critically injured a 2-year-old on March 1. Five men have been charged in the shooting, including Owo Robin Nyal Bol, Thon Robin Bol, Caine William Dominguez-Shiesl, Reath Stephen Yak and Odol Lual Othow. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: INSIDERS: ‘I Do,’ Iowa Health Leader Says All Who Want COVID-19 Vaccine Should Get It by May

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Public Health Interim Director Kelly Garcia said that she believe every adult resident who wishes to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus should be able to do so by May. She also shared why she received the new Johnson and Johnson vaccine. … READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Thinking about hitting the trail? You might want to hold off for little while

DES MOINES, Iowa — With the absolutely gorgeous weather central Iowa has been experiencing over the last week, many are hoping to hit the trails and get some much-needed time outdoors. However, with snow still melting, the dirt trails can be a muddy mess. … 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 Tenderloin

1. Smitty’s Tenderloin Shop
2. Goldie’s Ice Cream Shoppe
3. Jethro’s


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Joe Logsdon at La Mie

Joe Logsdon is owner of the French-style bakery and café La Mie. He is part of a local restaurant family that also includes his brother Steve (Lucca) and nephew Andy (Basil Prosperi). I asked him to lunch recently, and he picked La Mie since he was working that day. We ordered in the bakery and moved down two doors south to a new La Mie annex, a comfortable room that allows more social distancing than the main bay. Over coffee and croissants (it was too late for Joe’s favorite green quinoa), we talked about the state of the restaurant art in the year of the viral nastiness.


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Things To Do
Monday, March 8-12
At: Wells Fargo Arena
Info: www.iahsaa.org/calendar; www.iowaeventscenter.com

Best pastry in the world: Dutch Letters. Convince me otherwise. Photo by Tammy Pearson

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Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Tattoo Artist Kat Von D; Actor Freddie Prinze Jr.; Actor James Van Der Beek; Journalist Lester Holt; Actor Camryn Manheim; Basketball Player Kenny Smith; Drummer Micky Dolenz

Poll of the Week

Should apes receive COVID-19 vaccinations before humans?

Not sure

How many video conferencing calls are you on per week?

11 or more -14%
6-10 - 19%
1-5 - 32%
none - 35%

-Morning Chuckle
I named my horse Mayo!

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