"Carnivore" is the name of a new Federal Bureau of Investigation system designed to covertly search e-mail messages to and from targeted suspects, but it could also be used to compromise the privacy of millions of Internet users.

The City of Davenport is no stranger to tiffs over development, but perhaps none has been as strange as this: Turn lanes and stoplights have put a stop to development of some of the hottest commercial property in the Quad Cities.

Two local arts groups are joining forces on an ambitious public-art project in the remodeled Quad City International Airport. The key remaining issue is raising enough money to turn the vision into reality.
The Quad City International Airport's eight-member board voted unanimously July 18 to team up with Quad City Arts and MidCoast Fine Arts to populate the renovated airport with both permanent and rotating artwork and exhibits.

The concept behind ArtStroll isn't revolutionary or new. It just never happened. "We all felt there was a need," noted Donna Lee, special-events coordinator for MidCoast Fine Arts. "It's not that it hasn't been thought of.

U.S. Cellular is regrouping after a third setback in its effort to put a cellular-phone tower in East Davenport, but residents of that village who've fought the company expect it to come back again. "We'll re-evaluate the situation," said Scott Van Roekel, a project manager for U.

Eddie Condon was as much a wisecracker as a guitar player, but when he met Bix Beiderbecke, his irony took the first train. "The players fell over themselves greeting Beiderbecke," he reported in his 1947 memoir We Called It Music.

Every month for 13 years, Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wisconsin) gave his renowned "Golden Fleece Awards" for "wasteful, ridiculous or ironic use of the taxpayers' money." Sadly, the awards ended when Proxmire retired in 1989.

Last week, the 7th District Judicial Court upheld Davenport's Zoning Board of Adjustments' (ZBA) rulings (November/December 1999) that declared five of Revolutions' billboard placements out of compliance with Davenport's zoning ordinances.

KBOB radio personality Mike Kenneally has reason to be unhappy with his employer. He was let go from the country station in January 1999 because management was "basically firing salaries," he said. When he was re-hired in August with a pay cut, he says he was verbally promised some things by Connoisseur Communications, the station's owner.

In this giddy era of Internet success where multimillionaires are made over night and company valuations triple every 5 days, no one is more giddier than Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com. In it's fifth year of existence, Seattle-based Amazon.

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