When Mike and Amy Finders began playing music together four years ago, they were playing folk rock in the bars around Dubuque and Galena, where they lived.

But they decided to change direction. "Let's not just try to be loud and entertaining to people who aren't exactly paying attention," Finder said of the thought process behind the decision.

• Construction of the Putnam Museum's IMAX Theatre has been moving steadily forward since breaking ground in January. Over the past several months, work has focused on earthwork and concrete foundations. Drilled caissons, concrete footings, and walls that establish the initial "footprint" for the entire building have been completed.

Minor-league baseball has erupted into a major-league furor in the Quad Cities.

On the one hand, Davenport Mayor Phil Yerington has complained about the composition of a task force appointed by Moline Mayor Stan Leach to explore ways to keep professional baseball here when the Quad City River Bandits pack up for Ohio in the next two years.

The movie-theatre landscape in the Quad Cities might have changed significantly
when the Nova 6 opened last weekend in Moline - in the old home of the Super Saver second-run theatre.

Nova 6, located at 2018 36th Avenue (near SouthPark Mall north of John Deere Avenue, behind Key Auto Mall), is an "intermediate run" theatre, somewhere between the first-run shows at National Amusement's theatres in Davenport and Milan and the months-old product of cheaper , second-run houses.

• The State of Iowa will lose $3.4 million in road-construction money from the federal government because it decided not to change a law requiring certain penalties for third-offense drunken drivers. Legislators didn't wanted to tinker with the law, concerned about possible amendments, including proposals to lower the level at which a person is legally intoxicated.

After several years of development and project changes, The Quarter riverfront-revitalization project in East Moline is nearly ready to break ground.

Last week, the East Moline City Council directed city staff to begin the process of issuing bonds that will be used for infrastructure improvements to the brownfield development.

The Quad Cities lost a great writer and friend of the written word with the passing of David R. Collins of Moline on Tuesday, July 17, at the age of 61. The short list of his achieve-ments include writing more than 75 published books and being a founding member of Writers Studio, a founder of the Mississippi Valley Writers Conference, and a much-loved teacher of 35 years.

In its first year, the ArtStroll street-fair event in downtown Davenport drew an estimated 2,000 people.

"That's pretty good for a first-year event," said Dean Schroeder, executive director of MidCoast Fine Arts.

At the inaugural ArtStroll, MidCoast Fine Arts and the River Cities' Reader gathered 110 visual artists and their supporters for a group portrait by area photographer Dennis Fretty. Now we're bringing the music community together for a picture at the site of the planned River Music History Center, coming even closer to the spirit of the famous 1958 photograph "A Great Day in Harlem.

• The State of Iowa will become one of the first states in the country to charge for nuclear shipments across state lines. A rule by the Iowa Department of Public Health would charge fees from $250 to $1,750 to ship radioactive materials across the state, depending on the type of material and whether it's shipped by highway or rail.

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