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Grassley Seeks Details Behind IRS Official’s Apology for Targeting Tax-exempt Groups PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 08:39

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today asked the IRS for details on the agency’s move to disclose the targeting of tax-exempt groups for scrutiny and apologize for the targeting at a legal conference, after refusing to fully answer questions about such activity from members of Congress who have been asking about the targeting for more than a year.  Grassley also asked for communications on the issue between the IRS and the White House or other organizations.

“An IRS official apologized for activities the IRS previously denied,” Grassley said.  “She explained the activities in a detailed way.  Why now, and why at a conference instead of to Congress?  Congress has been asking the same questions.   The IRS has to answer for its behavior and its failure to disclose its behavior.”

The IRS’ screening of tax-exempt groups with certain political leanings came to light on Friday, when the head of the IRS’ tax-exempt division disclosed the practice at an American Bar Association conference and apologized for it.  The disclosure came days before an inspector general report on the issue is expected to become public.

Key members of Congress have written to the IRS and heard testimony from top IRS officials in denial of the targeting practice over the past year.

The text of Grassley’s letter is available here.


SECC Agenda for Board meeting on May 16th at 4:30 p.m. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Nugent   
Monday, 13 May 2013 13:32
Board Room, 1st Floor, Scott County Administrative Center,
600 West Fourth Street, Davenport, Iowa
MAY 16, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.


Roll Call: Gallagher, Gluba, Lehman, Minard, and O’Boyle.
Ex officio members: Bruemmer, Frederiksen, Malin, and Ploehn

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Approval of a Proclamation recognizing James Lehman for his dedicated service to the Scott Emergency Communications Center Board. (Chair)
  4. Approval of Wireless 911 equipment from TCS Communications for the SECC back-up center in the amount of $14,000.00. (Brian)
  5. Director’s report
  6. Discussion of strategy of upcoming labor negotiations with the SECC’s organized employees pursuant to Iowa Code Section 20.17(3). – CLOSED SESSION (Mary)
  7. Next meeting date – June 20, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
  8. Adjourn

Spring / Summer Master Classes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kim Furness   
Friday, 10 May 2013 09:14
This season the Curtainbox will be offering two acting master classes, each appropriate for all levels of acting experience. In each class the student will learn how to analyze the written material to build a compelling performance. We will discuss and practice creating a character, defining relationships, determining specific intentions, and making bold, yet appropriate choices which will all lead to a strong and effective performance.
Monologue and Song Performance Class
Tuesday, June 28th from 6pm–9pm
The novice actor should come prepared to learn. We will provide you with a short monologue on the day of the class.
The actor with experience or who has taken class before should bring in a memorized monologue or song. The material should not exceed 2 minutes and 29 seconds. If the student chooses to bring a song, he/she must provide either a CD with the recorded accompaniment or bring in their own method of reproducing the accompaniment. Cuts of songs are appropriate if the full song is too time consuming. Whether preparing a song or monologue the student is encouraged, though not required, to bring in the written version of the material for reference during class.The student may bring one additional monologue or song which will be addressed as time allows.
CLASS FEE: $75.00 / Student
Scene Study
Tuesday, June 11th from 6pm–9pm
The student will be assigned a particular part in a scene well in advance so that the student has sufficient time to memorize the scene before the night of the class. Come prepared to learn and explore along with your classmates and scene partners.
CLASS FEE: $75.00
PLEASE NOTE: If you sign up for both classes you will get a $25.00 discount. Both classes for $125.00 .
To register:  Please call Kim Furness with any questions you may have regarding our upcoming classes. You may register by downloading the registration form and mailing it in with payment.  Or you may reserve a place in the class by phone, however, your place is not secure until payment is recieved.  Please feel free to call with any questions you may have.  Registration form is attached.
Looking forward to seeing you all in class!!
Kim Furness

Auditions for Brucemore Outdoor Children’s Theater: The Amazing Story Machine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Thursday, 09 May 2013 14:33

Auditions for Brucemore Outdoor Children’s Theater production of The Amazing Story Machine will be held on Sunday, May 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Monday, May 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Bookbindery/Squash Court located near the Brucemore Visitor Center, 2160 Linden Dr. SE. Various roles are available for males and females at least 18 years of age and prepared to interact with young audiences.  This is a cold-reading audition; no advance preparation required.

The Amazing Story Machine will pull audiences out of their seats and into the action as Arthur and his pet mouse, Rusty, bring well-known fairytales and favorite stories to life with the amazing story machine.  With just the right turn of a knob or pull of a lever, the machine will transform individuals into Cinderella, Hansel, Gretel, or original characters right on the spot.

Directed by Nathan Nelson, the performances will be Wednesday, July 24, through Saturday, July 27, at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.  Rehearsals will begin mid-June.  For further information on auditions, contact Brucemore at (319) 362-7375 or Artistic Director Nathan Nelson at (415) 226-9319.

About Brucemore Outdoor Children’s Theater

Since 2003, people of all ages have enjoyed the annual production of Brucemore Outdoor Children's Theater, a premier family event in Eastern Iowa. Characters from the show often seek help from the audience, creating an evening of hilarious and interactive fun.

About Brucemore

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit

Students perform in "The Pirates of Penzance" at Augustana PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 13:51

ROCK ISLAND, IL (05/07/2013)(readMedia)-- Opera @ Augustana will present Gilbert and Sullivan's

Performing in this show include:

Rowan Crow, a first year from Coal Valley, Ill., majoring in history education. Crow will play the role of Maiden.

Ely Powers, a sophomore from Silvis, Ill., majoring in psychology. Powers will play the role of Pirate.

The daring, yet tenderhearted Pirates of Penzance are sure to take you on a hilarious adventure where you will encounter an unconventional major general, his doe-eyed daughters and a group of blundering policemen. As the pirates attempt to retain Frederic, their formerly apprenticed pirate, this cackle of sidesplitting characters battle the principles of honor and duty.

Brian Jozwiak, a sophomore music education major from Vernon Hills, Ill., who plays the Pirate King, is looking forward to sharing Gilbert and Sullivan's unique British humor with the audience. "The rehearsal process for this production has been extremely rewarding. Each of the cast members brings a unique perspective and together, we know how to have a really good time. We have worked hard for the past two months and are looking forward to finally presenting our finished product!"

Tickets for The Pirates of Penzance can be purchased through the Augustana Ticket Office at (309) 794-7306 or by visiting For more information, contact Sam Schlouch, manager of arts events and communication, at (309) 794-7833 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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