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Posted on Greasy Joints, 29-Aug '14, 4:25PM

 Looking for yet another solid burger joint, The River House in Moline (1510 River Dr) beckoned to us from across the Mississippi River.  We obliged, and found ourselves there for lunch one fine summer day.There is a nice outdoor patio area, but ragweed is raging and my body revolting, so we headed inside and found a nice booth by the front window. Our waitress was fast to greet us and get us drinks, but seemed a bit overwhelmed by the lunch rush. Much of the menu looked appealing, but the fried pickles were recommended by friends who said they were amazing. BE RIGHT THERE  That ...

Posted on The Complacency Chronicles, 28-Aug '14, 12:15PM

When I got off work last Monday, I had no idea it would be one of the greatest nights of my life. Not until I got the text.

Once upon a Shane many moons ago, my first serious girlfriend made me a mixtape. It included a quick three-minute jam called "A New England" by the British singer/songwriter Billy Bragg. It's a break-up song, and I recall being somewhat concerned at the time about the message it was sending. Still, there was something compelling about the harsh minimalism of a thickly accented guy violently strumming an electric guitar while wailing, "I don't want to change the world; I'm not

Posted on View Finders - Dispatch/Argus Photo Blog, 22-Jul '14, 9:45AM

Some of my favorite golf photos from this year's John Deere Classic.Zach Johnson always has a big gallery following him around the course. Always looking for new angles to show all the people surrounding him. Brian Harman pulled a local high school basketball coach out of the crowd when is caddie suddenly got sick on the course. Harman won the tournament and says he'll share some of his winnings with his impromptu bag handler. Three-time JDC champion Steve Stricker still commands attention whenever he's on the course. Being paired with reigning JDC champ Jordan Spieth, right, didn't dilute ...

Posted on Taking a Crack At It, 22-Jun '14, 11:51AM

Recently the Rock Island School District #41 received news that it will receive federal funds to improve the test scores of the students throughout the system, which has a below average national rating. School teachers are now teaching to the test. This means students can memorize the answers without having to use any critical thinking. A sad commentary on the education system we are paying for with our local and federal taxes. Students who make it to college often ask their instructors: " What is going to be on the test?" They have no intention to read the entire text. They just need to know the ...

Posted on Quad City Images, 20-Jun '14, 8:28AM

 The Bettendorf Library is hosting a celebration of Charlie Chaplin's silent films this afternoon and evening. They've made this clever video as well. This is one of those great examples of the small world that is the Quad Cities, as this video involves people from my childhood and adult life who are connected by the Bettendorf Library. There are activities in both the afternoon and evening - drop in for any or all! All library events are free, family friendly, and open to the public. Bettendorf Room3:00 pm: Lecture: Charlie Chaplin and Slapstick ComedyOn Faye's Field4:30 " 6:00 ...

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  Today is Saturday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2014. There are 102 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.






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