Beginning on Thursday August 19th, the City of Davenport will begin charging the rate of $5 dollars for all downtown event parking. This will replace the old rate of $2 dollars. After studying downtown parking trends and surveying several cities, we feel like this new rate will bring us current with surrounding communities pricing for event parking.

For more information, contact Eric West, Parking System Supervisor at (563) 888-3030.

On Tues Sept 7th from 3-6pm the Modern Language Department at St. Ambrose University is holding an Open House to share opportunities to study and use
foreign languages.

Interested students, their families, and individuals who use a foreign language in their professions are invited to attend this informal event and enjoy free pizza and refreshments. It will be held in 120 McMullen Hall on the St. Ambrose campus (the corner of Gaines and Locust Streets).

For more information contact Sharon Meilahn Bartlett at

Conference Keynote: The Psychology of the Social Media User

This fall, Wappow! is hosting the annual Search and Social Woot! conference from September 27th-30th.  For three days on the island of Kauai, an all-star round table of speakers will discuss basic tactics and strategies to advanced techniques all intended to be used on search engines and social networking websites.  This opportunity is available to anyone who is looking to gain an edge in their social media marketing as well as promoting their businesses.  

Included in our fine panel of speakers is David Evans, Lecturer, MCDM at University of Washingtonand the founder and CEO of Psychster.  As Sr. Business Analyst for, David performed usability testing and analyzed the psychology of the user experience to inform strategic decisions for the company. He is able to bring his unique perspective to the understanding of the audience that social media marketers are focusing on. David has used his Ph.D. in social psychology to provide market and user research with the addition of psychographic segmentation, targeting algorithms, and remote usability testing. Thus providing Search and Social Woot! attendees a unique opportunity to learn from a rising star in the search marketing and social media marketing community.

Wappow! conferences offer visionary keynotes such as David's "The Psychology of the Social Media User - Digging into understanding what social media users (from Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, etc) react to positively and negatively", as well as roundtable-like panel discussions designed to engage the audience and encouraging them to push themselves in marketing and PR strategies in a relaxed and intimate setting. At these conferences, attendees enjoy the opportunity to connect with industry experts face-to-face while examining and discussing the tools available in today's fast-moving interactive world. The event delivers a program rich with case studies, up-and-coming product demonstrations, interactive learning sessions, and networking activities with leading experts in the field. For more information about Wappow! and the Search and Social Woot! conference in September 2010 visit

The conference takes place at the Kauai Marriott Resort, Hawaii, September 27 - 30, 2010, with a companion conference the following week on Emerging Media. We hope you can join us.

For a complete speaker lineup visit:
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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Zoe Harris - Public Relations at

Jenn Mathews

Wappow!, Inc
P: (877) 592-7769
Through this annual award, the Quad City Heritage League recognizes an individual who has made contributions of lasting significance toward the promotion and preservation of the Quad Cities' rich heritage.

Through his/her activities, the nominee shall have contributed one or all of the following:
• Increased awareness and appreciation for local or community history
• Promoted interest in the history of the community and continues to generate enthusiasm
• Provided long-term preservation of the community's history
• Encouraged collaboration and support from a cross-section of individuals and groups in the community


The award recipient will be recognized at the QCHL's annual meeting which is held in November or December.

Selection Process

A committee of the Quad City Heritage League Board of Directors will review the submissions. The committee selects the finalists, and the Board of Directors will name the winner.

Members of the Board of Directors are not eligible for nomination during their terms on the board.

The deadline for nominations is September 1, 2010. Nominations must be submitted on the attached form and mailed to: Quad City Heritage League
PO Box 414, Davenport, IA 52805-0414

For more information, contact Eunice Schlichting, Award Committee Chair at 324-1043 ext. 223 or

Fire Chief, Doug Vroman, announced his retirement today as Fire Chief for the Rock Island Fire Department. His retirement will become effective October 5th, 2010.

Vroman has served as a member of the Fire Department for 29 years and was appointed Fire Chief in September, 2006.

Chief Vroman stated that he has had a great career with the Rock Island Fire Department. "I could not have imagined a career more filled with opportunity, challenge and pride".

City Manager John Phillips said that Chief Vroman has demonstrated strong leadership as Chief of the department and his good work is why the Rock Island Fire Department is so highly regarded in the region and the state. "Doug has played an important role in helping the City of Rock Island and our entire region to be better prepared for natural or man-made disasters. He has been very effective in working with other Fire Departments to improve our level of preparedness".

Phillips said that the process for filling the Chief's position will begin immediately. He plans to have the next Chief selected by the end of the year.

Law prevents inmates from using technology to commit crimes outside of prison walls.

Washington, D.C. - President Obama today signed into law legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to prevent inmates from using cell phones to commit crimes from inside prison walls.

The Cell Phone Contraband Act closes a loophole in federal law by prohibiting the use or possession of cell phones and wireless devices in federal prisons. It also classifies cell phones and wireless devices as contraband material.  Whoever provides or attempts to provide an inmate with a cell phone could face imprisonment of up to one year.

"Now that this bill has become law, prison gangs will no longer be able to use cell phones to direct criminal attacks on individuals, to decide territory for the distribution of drugs, or conduct credit card fraud." Senator Feinstein said. "It is my hope that this new law will help put an end to this criminal activity and punish those who would profit from smuggling cell phones and other wireless devices into our federal prisons."

"This common sense bill, signed into law today, makes sure drug dealers and gang members in federal prisons can't continue conducting their crimes from behind bars," Senator Grassley said.  "Making it illegal for criminals to use cell phones and wireless devices in federal prison cuts their communications link and helps to keep our communities safe."

Inmates pay hundreds of dollars for contraband cell phones. Last May, California Inspector General David Shaw released a report which found that California prison inmates pay $500 to $1,000 per cell phone.

The report also noted that one corrupt correctional officer received approximately $150,000 in one year to smuggle cell phones to inmates.

Currently, cell phones found in prisons are not specifically defined as contraband material.  As a result, guards and inmates found smuggling or possessing a cell phone in a federal prison are rarely punished.

In 2009, Federal Bureau of Prisons staff confiscated 2,607 cell phones from minimum security facilities and 591 cell phones from secure federal institutions.

In the first four months of 2010, federal prison staff recovered 889 phones from minimum security facilities and 299 phones from secure institutions.

So far this year, authorities have discovered more than 3,200 cell phones among inmates in California prisons.  There are presumably thousands more that were not discovered.

The law also requires the Government Accountability Office to study state and federal efforts to prevent the smuggling of cell phones and other wireless devices into prisons and jails as well as efforts to minimize the trafficking of cell phones by guards and other prison officials. The report is due one year from enactment of the legislation.


ROCK ISLAND, IL (08/10/2010)(readMedia)-- 85 Augustana students were honored recently at the Recognition of Student Honors Program. The annual ceremony highlights exceptional students from various academic departments through scholarships and awards.

Peter Wessels was awarded with the scholarship from the Business Administration department at Augustana College. The scholarship was established by Mrs. Thomas C. Montgomery in memory of her husband. The award is to be made annually, upon approval of the president and department heads, to students who exhibit academic achievement, integrity and disciplined effort in the pursuit of careers in the fields of economics and business administration. Wessels was also awarded with the Deere and Company Scholarship from the Accounting department. The scholarship is awarded from funds provided by the Deere Foundation. Wessels is a junior from Bettendorf, IA majoring in business administration-advising and accounting.

DES MOINES, IA (08/10/2010)(readMedia)-- The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation containing emergency funds to help states cope with the Great Recession and stave off massive layoffs of educators. The House joined the Senate in passing H.R. 1586, the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, legislation that will keep educators working and help states with Medicaid funding. It provides $10 billion for educators' jobs and $16 billion for a Medicaid funding assistance program known as FMAP.

The legislation would provide $96 million in federal funding for Iowa and help save an estimated 1800 jobs.

A Congressional Budget Office analysis found that the legislation, which is fully paid for, will reduce the deficit by $1.4 billion over 10 years. The bill, which the Department of Education estimates will save some 161,000 educators' jobs, now goes to President Obama for his signature.

"This is a great day for Iowa's kids and schools. $96 million will go a long way toward reducing overcrowded classrooms, improving program offerings and bringing educators back into their buildings so they can do what they do best, help Iowa's kids to learn and grow," said Chris Bern, President of the Iowa State Education Association. "Everyone wins with this important legislation," Bern added.

"We deeply appreciate Senator Harkin's leadership in moving this legislation forward and keeping the best interests of students ahead of politics. We also appreciate the support from Congressmen Boswell, Braley, and Loebsack and Governor Culver's strong commitment to Iowa's kids and public educators," Bern said.


Bill Saves 1,800 Jobs in Iowa, Delivers Medicaid Assistance

Washington, DC - Congressman Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) voted today to cut the nation's deficit by $1.4 billion while saving nearly 2,000 Iowa jobs and delivering essential Medicaid Assistance to Iowa. The Education, Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act will create opportunities for middle-class workers while significantly reducing the nation's debt.

"I came back to Washington today to pass legislation that prioritizes education, community safety and middle-class family values," Braley said. "Investing in education is investing in our state's economy. This bill is fully paid for and will save 1,800 jobs in Iowa. Cutting the national deficit and putting teachers back to work are common-sense, important steps to getting our nation's economy back on track. This legislation directly benefits families and children in Iowa, and I look forward to President Obama signing it into law."

The Education, Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act will give Iowa $96 million to fund as many as 1,800 jobs and deliver $128 million in Medicaid assistance. The bill is fully paid for by closing tax loopholes that currently reward companies for shipping jobs overseas.

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BOSTON?It's normal for to the death of a close friend or family member to bring sadness, mood changes, or trouble sleeping and eating. For some people, though, grief and bereavement can evolve into clinical depression, according to Coping with Grief & Loss: A guide to healing, a newly updated report from Harvard Health Publications.

While most people pass through grief or bereavement without professional help, it's important to seek a helping hand if troubling or long-lasting symptoms of depression begin to interfere with daily life. Talk with your doctor or a mental health professional if you have suicidal thoughts or experience any of these other symptoms of bereavement-related depression:

  • persistent feelings of worthlessness, which is generally felt with depression but not with healthy grief
  • ongoing guilt
  • marked mental and physical sluggishness
  • persistent trouble functioning
  • hallucinations, other than occasionally thinking you hear or see the deceased.

Small studies suggest that psychotherapy, antidepressant medication, or both may ease symptoms of depression associated with grief.

Sometimes people feel so mired in grief that months or even years go by with little or no let-up. This may be a sign of complicated grief, a term mental health professionals use when grieving proves especially difficult. Complicated grief combines features of depression with those of post-traumatic stress disorder. Among adults who suffer a significant loss, about one in 11 experiences complicated grief. Symptoms include

  • intrusive, upsetting memories, thoughts, and images of the deceased
  • constant, painful yearning for the deceased
  • an inability to accept the reality of the death
  • frequent nightmares
  • detachment from others
  • desperate loneliness and helplessness, anger, and bitterness
  • thoughts of suicide and wanting to die.

Other reasons to seek professional help include drug abuse, increased use of tobacco or alcohol, gaining or losing a significant amount of weight, experiencing uncontrollable anxiety, and failing to feel somewhat better after a year has passed. Talk to your doctor or a mental health professional if you think you may have complicated grief or depression related to grief or bereavement.

This updated Special Health Report also covers these topics:

  • The health effects of grief
  • A guide to grieving at different stages in life
  • Practical coping strategies

Coping with Grief & Loss is available for $18 from Harvard Health Publications (, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School. Order it online at by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).