When it became public in late May that Compass Facility Management had discovered $14,000 in misappropriated funds in its management of the RiverCenter/Adler Theatre in Davenport, the timing could scarcely have been worse for the Ames-based company.
The group's first fundraiser brought in $126, and its organizers thought that was a pretty good number. And relatively speaking, it is. After all, the group's operating expenses to this point have totaled $6.
The committee exploring options for the River Music Center in downtown Davenport is about to undertake a feasibility study to see if the community will support its concept for the planned facility. The concept for the $7 million project is still vague, but it should give the community some sense of the project as it moves toward its scheduled completion in summer 2004.
Live music isn't an endangered species, but there are certainly fewer and fewer venues offering it these days. That's a stark contrast to a time when music was everywhere in the community. "These are significantly different times," said Nate Lawrence.
Even though it's the second-oldest festival in The District of Rock Island - it's now in its 10th year - Gumbo Ya Ya is still serving up new things as it brings a belated Mardi Gras to the Quad Cities. The most notable addition this year will be a lot more food.
When last we left the local ambient-art-rock group INTENSITY!, it had just released a two-song album of nearly 50 minutes with the title The Stone of Madness. So we might call It All Starts Tomorrow progress toward something that at least acknowledges convention.
In a televised debate on Saturday, May 25, at St. Ambrose University's Galvin Fine Arts Center, the three Republican candidates for Iowa governor took plenty of shots at incumbent Tom Vilsack, but they frequently failed to establish specifics on their own agendas.
Voters in the June 4 Democratic primary for Iowa's First District seat in Congress have a difficult choice ahead of them. Each of the three candidates has positive attributes, yet each also has significant political liabilities.
We Care Weekend is in its 14th year, and much has changed in that time. AIDS went from being an epidemic in the United States to seemingly an afterthought in that time period, but even so, We Care has grown. The weekend in its first year raised $6,000 for the Quad Cities AIDS Coalition, and now it brings in $40,000 for AIDS Project Quad Cities.
Iowa state Senator Maggie Tinsman shares many of the concerns of Niky Bowles, her opponent in the June 4 Republican primary. (There is no Democractic Candidate.) The big difference between the candidates is Tinsman's understanding of the nuances of state policy, the practical issues associated with solving problems, and the legislative process.

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