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Posted on Just Cruisin 2, 20-Sep '14, 12:12AM

This week has gone well at the Cruiser household. The family and our friends are healthy, there have been no major malfunctions, and even with the increase in our property taxes we could afford to get groceries. It also looks like I will be rich beyond my wildest dreams soon. Emails have alerted me that ...

Posted on QC Ghost, 19-Sep '14, 2:48PM

A real-life horror story is playing out in Africa as Ebola spreads, and President Obama's decision to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to combat the virus could very well put Americans at risk of contracting the deadly illness at home.According to the World Health Organization, at least 4,985 people ...

Posted on QC Examiner, 19-Sep '14, 11:46AM

QCOnline: “But Rock Island County Democratic Party Chairman Doug House said it was ‘ridiculous’ for Mr. Bloom to suggest that politics played a role in the timing of Mr. Boyd’s resignation.” Just as it was “ridiculous” to suggest politics played a ...

Posted on Jame's 1948 , 18-Sep '14, 8:09PM

  Psalm 20:1-9 "The Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand,"¯  Psalm 20:6. An agnostic mountain climber in the freezing Alps, holding to his rope, fell from a … Continue reading →

Posted on The Scoundrel, 18-Sep '14, 11:55AM

According to an article I read in The Dispatch/QCOnline a whistle-blower lawsuit has been filed against Rock Island Co.   Board Chairman Banaszek and County Clerk Kinney; alleging that they falsified documents in order to assist County Board members inflate pension benefits that they could ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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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