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January Story Lines You Loved – Gabby Douglas, Shawn Johnson, Valley’s Jake Campos in All-American Bowl – And Others That Made You Think

Much of the news in January was celebratory. But with Iowa and the rest of America still under the cloud of mass shootings, some argued as the state’s Legislature opened, the conversation about mental-health reform wasn’t broad enough.


Sports-related stories ruled on West Des Moines Patch in January.

You clicked on stories about already famous West Des Moines athletes, like Olympic gold medal winners Shawn Johnson, a native, and Gabby Douglas, who trained here. And you also loved the story about West Des Moines Valley senior Jake Campos, who’s headed for Iowa State University and the Cyclone football team in the fall.

  • West Des Moines Valley Senior Jake Campos to Play in Army All-American Bowl

With the Iowa Legislature back in session, some Iowans argued that the Sandy Hok Elementary School tragedy in Connecticut and other mass shootings offered a narrow window to expand the conversation on reforming Iowa’s mental health-care delivery system:

  • Legislators Say $20 Million in Mental Health Funding Needed; DHS Says Only $1.5 Million Required

This has been one long, drawn out election season and it won’t come to an end until Feb. 12 when the last domino falls in a special election to fill a vacancy on the West Des Moines City Council. A bit of background: Because the late Senator Pat Ward died too late for her name to be removed from the November general election ballot, a special election was held to fill the Iowa Senate District 22 seat. Charles Schneider, at the time the Ward 2 council representative, won that race and an election was called to fill his unexpired term.

  • Two-Way Race Shaping Up in West Des Moines Ward 2 Special Council Election

The West Des Moines Police Department blotter offered this helpful reminder that Internet – unlike true love in this case – is forever:

  • West Des Moines Woman Says Naked Pictures Resurfaced Now That She’s Moved On

And it made you wonder:

  • Self-Employed Musician Wants to Know Who'll Pay for Finger Surgery Following Bathroom Line Bar Brawl

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A.G February 04, 2013 at 12:29 PM
What the hell did Shawn do ?? But collect massive amounts of money for advertising ??? She couldnt even defend her title !! Dont understand it. Shawn WAS great in her time,...but Gabby is the " it " now.
Lewis Mc Laren February 04, 2013 at 02:13 PM
love shawn but her career is over hope she finds her right way as for gabby,please, get back gym ,miss you so much

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