Looking for the one ingredient that'll make your Web site "sticky" - that elusive amalgam of graphics, text, and audio that keeps online visitors from leaving? The answer lies in online content, and of all the Internet truisms, the truest is the Content Is King.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has recently given a $9,300 grant to the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science to continue work on the Bix Beiderbecke Exhibition. Money from the grant will be used to assemble a group of humanities scholars and programming specialists to assist in developing the exhibition.

I ask Carter Brown where he wants to take his Lazer Vaudeville troupe.
"Australia," he says.
I clarify the question: artistically. He thinks for a moment and says that he and his two collaborators have been working on a piece that is as much about percussion as it is juggling, "actually creating music" with the objects being juggled and a sound processor.

Last week's Davenport City Council approval of an agreement with the Isle of Capri Casino sets the stage for a new riverboat casino opening next year - and possibly more money for community projects.
"We're just happy we can move forward," said Mary Ellen Chamberlin, president of the Riverboat Development Authority (RDA).

Iowa's "brain drain" might be a thing of the past, according to recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Estimates show Iowa now ranks 37th among the states and the District of Columbia in the percentage of population with a bachelor's degree, up from 42nd 10 years ago.

An interfaith group representing more than 20 congregations unveiled two platforms on Sunday to stop the destructive effects of urban sprawl and address inequities in the criminal-justice system.
Quad Cities Interfaith presented the plans to several hundred people at a "Proclaim Jubilee" gathering at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport.

It was meant to be a bonus for consumers - faster Internet connections at the same price - but some people got significantly less than they were promised, and a few local Internet providers aren't happy about it, either.

Is Crime Back?

The refrain has gotten pretty old, to the point that most people react with indifference. Crime is down. Crime falls even more. Crime drops again.
That's true nationwide, in Illinois and Iowa, and in the Quad Cities.

The Davenport City Council last week tentatively approved a $3.7 million incentive package for Sentry Insurance to relocate from Moline, claiming that without the deal the company might have left the Quad Cities altogether.

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), in conjunction with the Federal Railroad Administration and eight other states, is studying the possibility of a high-speed Midwest rail system. State DOT Director Mark Wandro has said he wouldn't recommend the state spend the money to establish a line between Des Moines and Omaha because it wouldn't break even financially.

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