Despite the setback of having developer Kaizen Company of America pull out of the commercial portion of The Quarter riverfront re-development effort (see City Shorts in this week's issue), the City of East Moline could be moving forward on other components of the project in the coming weeks.

• Saturday, June 30, will mark the end of LeClaire Ambulance Service. In December, the company, which has been in business for 36 years, had its license suspended for six months by the Iowa Department of Public Health after an incident in which the former ambulance-service director took 23 minutes to respond to a call.

The unanimous choice of the search committee and mayor for Davenport's
new city administrator appears to be well on his way to city-council confir
mation next week.

Craig Malin, currently the county administrator in Douglas County, Wisconsin, has wide support among Davenport city-council members surveyed by the River Cities' Reader.

Oh, the perils of outdoor theatre.

There are the mosquitoes. The heat. And of course,the threat of rain.

At a rehearsal for two one-act plays on Monday, director David Wooten told the cast he wanted strong efforts for the next few days.

• Plans are continuing for a high-speed Amtrak passenger railroad route across Iowa that would connect Chicago and Iowa City. The route - which would cost $4 billion - would reach Omaha and would be part of a network that would include Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

When the City of Moline requested developers in 1999 for
its mixed-used riverfront project known as Bass Street
Landing, it didn't get any responses that met its requirements - primarily that applicants have experience developing and operating a similar project.

• The Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association has picked Davenport's River Center as the site of its 2002 Symphony in Bloom fundraiser. The show, to be renamed the Midwest Regional Lawn, Garden, & Flower Show Featuring Symphony in Bloom, will be held March 1 through 3, to coincide with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's March Classical Series concerts.

Last month in Washington, D.C., Bettendorf resident Scott Morschhauser ran into people a lot like him.

"I can't sleep at night," somebody would say to him.

"I can't sleep at night, either!" Morschhauser would reply.

In 1998, David Glass, the chief operating officer of Wal-Mart, outlined his company's objective: "First we dominate North America, then South America, then Europe and Asia."

If Glass had been speaking of any other enterprise, his words might have seemed far-fetched.

• The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) and Southeast Iowa Blood Center this week merged their operations to create the largest not-for-profit blood center in Iowa, with service to 25 hospitals in 23 counties throughout eastern and southeastern Iowa and western Illinois.