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Posted on Reading 2.0, 31-Jul '13, 9:43AM

The Night Gwen Stacy Died is the story of two young runaways who are modeling their lives after Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Sheila is 17 yrs old and works at a gas station in Coralville Iowa. She dreams of moving to Paris one day, but then comes to realize how unrealistic that dream is. Peter Parker is a 20-something taxi driver who often stops in at the gas station where Sheila works. He lives with his mother and is still haunted by his brother's suicide many years before. Though Peter and Sheila rarely talk, she finds herself oddly attracted to him.One night Peter Parker comes in with a gun. He wants ...

Posted on LuckyDog Poker, 28-Nov '12, 10:04PM

Thank you all for coming to the tournament! We had a great turnout and raised $1000 toward Jason’s Box! Thank you all again for your support, and best wishes! Jody Newkirk

Posted on Random thoughts of an Iowa boy , 2-Jul '12, 11:25AM

I've wanted to go to the Mississippi River Motorcycle Rally each year since I moved to Davenport. After putting it off the last three years, I finally said this is the year.I had a great time. Unfortunately I had to leave early for another commitment but I could have easily spent the whole night there.Let me back up just a bit. I did have a motorcycle once upon a time, back in my college days and when I was first married. But, as Darling Daughter (DD) got older and more of my time was spent on her activities, my time on the bike became less and less.I have to admit too, that I was becoming more and more nervous ...

Posted on Love and Work by Suzanne Roush, 28-Jun '12, 9:46PM

I started working for a well known bar and grill restaurant whose uniforms resembled a cross between a soccer referee and a circus performer.  Stripes are supposedly slimming, but I never felt attractive donning the black, red and white monstrosity.  I suppose the circus get-up was appropriate considering the employees and customers made you feel like you were in a big top performance.             Servers are a unique breed.  They are a mixture of people with Peter Pan syndrome, gay men, lifers and college ...

Posted on Dispatch/Argus Sports Blog, 28-Feb '12, 1:17PM

By Steve Tappa, stappa@qconline.com Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus prep basketball writer Posted Online: Feb. 27, 2012, 11 p.m. ===================================================== Davenport Assumption finished the final month ranked No. 1 in the boys’ portion of the Quad Cities Prep Basketball Power Poll. Monmouth-Roseville also remained a strong second fiddle for the last two votes in the bi-state ballot, administered for a fifth [...]

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  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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