News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Davenport Public Library

Big changes are coming to the Main Library in downtown Davenport. Friends of the Davenport Library have raised nearly $1.6 million to create individual study rooms, a new first floor public meeting room, a new teen space, and an expanded computer area. 

Pecking Order

Sep 28, 2020

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Anyone who has raised chickens understands "pecking order." A hundred new baby chicks let loose in a farm yard will run around nervous and upset until each chicken knows exactly her place, content—except for the bottom three who have been pecked to death—content to know they are number ten, number 58, and so on.

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Sep 26, 2020

Local Grad Keynotes Global Suicide Prevention Event

Sep 25, 2020

Haley DeGreve graduated from Augustana College in May, but the Alleman High alum already has become a national advocate in the fight for suicide prevention.

The Grand Tour

Sep 25, 2020

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To cooperate or to compete is one of those dilemmas at the heart of the American experience. Is that classroom best which turns students into rugged individuals competing for the single A, or should students be put in groups to solve problems as a team?

City of Rock Island

The former YMCA in downtown Rock Island is now a local landmark. The Rock Island Preservation Commission has approved the designation for the building at 5th Avenue and 20th Street, now owned by Dan Vinar Furniture.

The Battle of Bad Axe

Sep 24, 2020

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For a nine-year-old cowboy—me in the 1940s—there was no badder bad guy than an Indian. Cap guns blazing, my buddies and I regularly put away dozens of Indians every summer evening, skillfully avoiding a massacre.

Goodbye Nala

Sep 23, 2020
Niabi Zoo

A long-time and popular resident of the Niabi Zoo has died. On Monday, a 17 year old female African Lion, Nala, was euthanized due to her advanced bone cancer. 

In addition to this year’s coronavirus pandemic, catastrophic unemployment, social isolation, and extreme weather, the nation has been convulsed for months over the Black Lives Matter movement and related protests. United Way Quad Cities has capitalized on this unique time to offer a 21-Day Equity Challenge.

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In July of 1863, Union troops arrived on this island to build a prison. By December, some 5,600 Confederates—many captured during the Battle of Lookout Mountain—had arrived here to face one of the worst winters on record in Rock Island. By March, 679 prisoners had died.