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Welcome to the New Total Security State PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John W. Whitehead   
Wednesday, 13 May 2009 06:01

"You had to live - did live, from habit that became instinct - in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized." - George Orwell, 1984

The U.S. government now has at its disposal a technological arsenal so sophisticated and invasive as to render any constitutional protections null and void. And these technologies are being used by the government to invade the privacy of the American people.

 
Spring 2009 Dining Guide PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 10:21

Our 40-page spring 2009 Dining Guide can be downloaded here.

You can also search our online listings by clicking here: RiverCitiesReader.com/dining.

 
Finally Telling the Story: Former Augustana Professor Discusses the Holocaust PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 07:28

Ralph Troll. Photo by Marla Neuerburg, Augustana CollegeRalph Troll spent 40 years teaching biology at Augustana College, and he only told the story there twice.

The first time was in the late 1980s, when he was asked to speak to a German class, because he was from Germany.

"It was just kind of part of the story," he said last week.

And then in the 1990s, the college asked him to give a senior-recognition talk. "I'm a biologist," he said. "They didn't want to hear about anything like that.

"I decided: This is a good day to do this. ... That's really the first time I told the whole story."

In all, Troll - who is now 77 years old and an emeritus professor at Augustana - said that he's told about his family's experiences in Germany during World War II five times, which is five more times than his mother talked to her children about her stay in a concentration camp. He'll lecture twice next week, on Sunday at Davenport's Temple Emanuel and on Monday at Augustana College.

 
Best of the Quad Cities 2009: Introduction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 07:30

You might notice that our Best of the Quad Cities looks a little different this year.

For one thing, in the interest of making the ballot less intimidating, we broke up voting into two parts: winter and summer. This also allows us, over the course of both rounds, to write about more winners.

 
Best of the Quad Cities 2009: Food and Dining PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 07:30

Restaurant

1. Faithful Pilot Café & Spirits

2. DJ's Steakhouse

3. Antonella's Pizzeria & Ristorante

3. Granite City Food & Brewery

3. Johnny's Italian Steakhouse

 

Best restaurant, fine dining -- The Faithful Pilot Cafe & SpiritsBest restaurant

Best fine dining

The Faithful Pilot Café & Spirits

It can seem tough in this town sometimes for us foodies. Sure, chains are ubiquitous anywhere you go in the country. But for the Quad Cities' secret little society of gastronomes, the ratio here seems tilted a bit too far in favor of the usual, the expected, the unsurprising - the previously frozen. I have nothing against the Applebee's of the world, really. They clearly have a market hungry for their product. But give me attention to detail, attention to nuance, and above all, attention to flavor. Mix that with a locavore consciousness, fresh, seasonal menus, and something really interesting to fill the stemware. According to the voters in this year's Best of the Quad Cities poll, the place to find all of these things is The Faithful Pilot Café & Spirits in LeClaire - which won the "best restaurant" and "best fine dining" categories and placed in the top three for seafood, desserts, and Sunday brunch. After a recent date-night visit with my girlfriend (not our first, by any means), I can attest that Reader voters know what they're talking about.

 
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