The District of Rock Island kicks off its festival season this weekend with Hornucopia, an event whose only musical parameter is that the bands must feature horns. Hornucopia this year features a wide variety of bands from throughout the Midwest, as well as a pair from Canada.

Welcome to the Best of the Quad Cities 2003! The River Cities' Reader received nearly 300 valid ballots for our poll this year - more than ever before - and we're proud to present the winners here.

At 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 19, Democrats will get together at locations throughout Iowa to officially kick off campaign 2004.

Iowa's caucus has taken on inflated importance, as a bad showing can kill a candidacy.

We received nearly 80 entries in response to the first-ever River Cities' Reader photo contest, and we couldn't be more pleased with the results. We divided the contest into three categories - people, Quad Cities places, and digitally altered - and the diversity of the entries shows the wide range of possibilities for the photographic arts.

The Davenport Community School District (DCSD) will hold its election for the new board next Tuesday, September 9. It is more important than ever for voters to participate because this new school board will be making decisions that will have long-term impact not only on the quality of our children's education, but also on our community as a whole.

I have written to the Federal Communications Commission to urge Chairman Michael Powell and all other FCC commissioners to stop plans to end the critical safeguards that are designed to help ensure diversity of media ownership.

As the first large-scale United States military operation to take place in the age of the Internet, the current conflict in Iraq is for many of us an overwhelming experience. We not only have a virtually unlimited supply of news sources, but the minute-by-minute coverage rarely pauses.

For the seventh annual Best of the Quad Cities issue, we've gotten bigger than ever. We've added categories, and voting this year brought in the largest number of ballots we've ever had. (We allowed online voting for the first time.

You know the big stories of 2002: Eminem is the King of Most Media. The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Vines, and The Hives are cool (or at least music magazines think so). Springsteen can still matter (or at least newsmagazines think so).

Last week, the Riverboat Development Authority (RDA) announced more than $1.3 million in grants for its fall cycle. The RDA makes decisions about how to distribute a percentage of gambling proceeds from the Rhythm City Casino.

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