Local musicians rally to sound guy's side

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Butch Bos

Butch Bos, area sound engineer and owner of Bos Electronics, looks over the damage fire caused to his Port Byron house and repair shop. He lost nearly everything in the fire, including electronics of his own and those he was repairing for clients. 

Fans of local music may have seen Q-C audio expert Butch Bos at more shows than they realize. Maybe it was manning the soundboard at the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Fest, or for a bar band, the Quad-City Air Show, or even theater performances. Unfortunately, this under-the-radar fixture of the music scene is struggling to rebuild after a Friday, July 28, fire claimed his Port Byron home. Reporter Amanda Hancock has the story here.

A voice for indigenous people in the Quad-Cities

The Native American Coalition of the Quad-Cities wants Davenport to become the latest and intends to petition the Davenport City Council to make that happen. Coalition President Regina Tsosie and board member Tom Morrell attended Tuesday's Civil Rights Commission meeting to seek its recommendation before approaching the Council. "Everyone knows that Columbus did not discover America," Morrell said. "He was not a very nice person and he was a slave trader. So should we even be recognizing this guy at all?"

Still more evidence of climate change

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Iowa Climate Statement

Gene Takle, director of Iowa State University's climate science program and a professor of geological and atmospheric sciences in the ISU Department of Agronomy, left, Betsy Stone, a University of Iowa associate professor in areas of chemistry and biochemical engineering, and David Courard-Hauri, an associate professor and director of Drake University's environmental science and policy program, discuss the seventh annual Iowa Climate Statement released with the endorsement of 190 science faculty, researchers and educators from 39 Iowa colleges and universities during a news conference Wednesday at the state Capitol building in Des Moines.

Gene Takle, director of Iowa State University’s climate science program and one of the architects of the 7th annual Iowa Climate Statement told a Statehouse news conference that “absolute humidity”  — measured by dew-point temperature — has increased statewide by 8 percent to 23 percent since 1971 and scientists have “good evidence” the rise is because of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that likely will increase in the future. The statement was released with the endorsement of 190 science faculty, researchers and educators from 39 Iowa colleges and universities.

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