At a forum May 24 at the Family Museum of Arts & Science, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Anita Walker made clear that those deflating practical considerations weren't welcome. No pesky questions about whether something can be done, or from where the money might come to pay for it.

For a year and a half, Davenport citizens have been witness to the ongoing saga of Niky Bowles versus the City of Davenport, as Bowles has attempted to rezone 10 acres of property her family owns as Cypress Points Developers just south of 53rd Street on Eastern Avenue.

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• The City of Davenport will make a presentation on its River Renaissance on the Mississippi proposal to the Vision Iowa board on Wednesday, June 13, at the Hotel Savery in Des Moines.

• The Adler Theatre will be closed down from approximately July 9 through the first week of September to allow for renovation of the theatre's seating. This $353,460 capital-improvement project will ensure that each seat is reupholstered, foam padding and panes are replaced, seat backs are refinished, and self-rising mechanisms are installed.

If there was any doubt, the past month has shown that the Quad Cities have pretty sophisticated taste in movies.

After a months-long dry spell in which the local cineplex showed no independent or limited-release movies (excepting the blink-and-you-missed-it one-week run of the Oscar-nominated Before Night Falls), audiences were treated to The Tailor of Panama and Memento in consecutive weeks.

• On May 15 at 10:13 p.m., the Scott
County Sheriff's Department was notified by concerned citizens that they saw flashlights and what they believed to be people in distress in the middle of the Mississippi River in the Princeton area.

• Based on the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau's estimate that it costs $28,000 per working day after a session is scheduled to end, the cost of the Iowa legislature's overtime comes to $196,000. (Legislators were scheduled to finish business on April 27.

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• Mayor Stan Leach has formed a task force to explore the future of professional baseball in the Quad Cities. The impending sale (and subsequent relocation) of the River Bandits has given the issue some urgency, with a battle looming over the best site if a new team is found.

Sometimes things with good intentions end up
huge mistakes. That might be the case with
an agreement between Wal-Mart and the City of Davenport dealing with the store the company will likely be abandoning in a little more than a year.

At Thursday's meeting of the Davenport Community & Economic Development Committee, developer THF Realty of St. Louis provided the city council with documents that should allow the construction of a Super Wal-Mart at Elmore Avenue and 53rd Street to proceed.

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