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Posted on The Scoundrel, 8-Apr '14, 10:42AM

The local experts have all huddled together, sang kumbaya, then patted each other on the back while whispering sweet-nothings into each others ears. Their decision? Well according to an article over on QCOnline -   “Organizers of a merger between United Township, East Moline, Silvis and Colona schools unanimously approved a petition for consolidation on Monday.” […]

Posted on The Complacency Chronicles, 31-Mar '14, 10:47AM

As a general rule, I am not what you would call a "deep thinker."

I can't wax poetic about philosophy. I'm not the sort who willingly enters into theological debate. The way I see it, there are some folks out there equipped to handle complex intellectual discussions about the meaning of life, and then there's those of us better suited to tell you what happened on this week's episode of "Pretty Little Liars." I know my place.

That said, a funny thing happened yesterday. I think I just accidentally disproved the theory of evolution. Whoopsie-daisy.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the argument

Posted on Quad City Images, 26-Mar '14, 4:57PM

With today's news that the former River Bend Antiques/Hibernian Hall building is being renovated into more apartments, I put together this map of what's been happening in this corner of downtown Davenport.Blue are completed renovations, yellow-ish orange boxes are projects currently under construction, and red are announced but not yet started. Labels below the image. These are all residential conversion renovations of existing buildings.1. Renwick Building2. Times Democrat Building3. John Forrest Block4. Mississippi Lofts/Adler Theatre5. Hotel Blackhawk6. Pershing Hill ...

Posted on View Finders - Dispatch/Argus Photo Blog, 19-Nov '13, 4:05PM

In the past two years I've watched the news coverage from Joplin, Missouri, and Moore, Oklahoma, after tornados struck those communities. On Monday I got to whiteness the kind of destruction that powerful tornados can have when they strike populated ares. Our reporter, Tyler, and I went to Washington, Illinois, the day after an F4 tornado destroyed nearly four hundred homes in the suburban neighborhoods northeast of Peoria. The footage and photography from Joplin and Moore was astonishing, but after having been in the heart of a similar disaster zone - and worked to document the aftermath - ...

Posted on Greasy Joints, 23-Aug '13, 1:54PM

Don't worry, we are still alive. We still eat food, but it's usually microwaved or served in a white paper bag. Our weights our down, but our cholesterol and BP are through the roof. Truthfully, Richie has been to a lot of delicious food places lately, but refuses to write a blog, so I had to wait until we actually went somewhere together.Holes in the wall (hole in the walls?) aren't easy to visit when your child is a picky eater who despises high chairs. So we finally decided to leave her in the car while we ate and got lunch at Lee's on 14th. (Is she joking?) (Yes.)Photo from Road ...

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  Today is Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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