ROCK ISLAND -- A U.S. Navy band has been forced to pull out of the Red, White & Boom celebrations in Rock Island because of government spending cutbacks known as sequestration.
The Horizon Great Lakes Navy Band was due to play at Schwiebert Park on July 3 as part of the annual festivities.
But Rock Island parks director Bill Nelson said he has been told that the band would not be coming because of the sequester.
The Department of Defense has reduced spending on aerial demonstrations, bands and color guards as a result of the cutbacks. Sequestration slashed $85 billion in federal spending for the 2013 fiscal year after lawmakers failed to reach a compromise to avoid across-the-board budget reductions.
Today is Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done by hogs that are running at large about town. The marshal will take them up and sell them if their owners do not contain them. 1889 -- 125 years ago: George Newberry, Daniel Strecker, Al Webb and James Dixon returned from a voyage down the Mississippi River as far as Memphis, Tenn., on a flat. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Augustana College was put out of the running for the state collegiate basketball title when defeated by Millikin. The Viking lineup included Sten, Samuelson and Swanbeck, forwards, and Holtgren, Johnson and Berg, guards. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The coronation of Pope Pius XII and preliminary ceremonies were broadcast by WHBF on the Mutual Radio Network. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Reactivation of a portion of the J.I. Case Co, plant in Rock Island as a supplier for component parts for the firm's manufacturing centers at Racine, Wis., or Burlington, Iowa, is under consideration. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Downtown Moline business owners will have a chance to help shape the city's future through a survey being done by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission.