[ ]
[ ]
[ {"id":"9f3ed91f-0487-5c16-bbc7-cfa46e54fa13","type":"article","starttime":"1487412900","starttime_iso8601":"2017-02-18T04:15:00-06:00","lastupdated":"1487711558","sections":[{"local":"news/local"}],"flags":{"editors_pick":"true","featured":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"Warm temps mean semi-hardy birds stick around","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/article_9f3ed91f-0487-5c16-bbc7-cfa46e54fa13.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/warm-temps-mean-semi-hardy-birds-stick-around/article_9f3ed91f-0487-5c16-bbc7-cfa46e54fa13.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/warm-temps-mean-semi-hardy-birds-stick-around/article_9f3ed91f-0487-5c16-bbc7-cfa46e54fa13.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":7,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Alma Gaul\nagaul@qctimes.com","prologue":"Results of the Christmas Bird Count\u00a0in the Quad-City region are in, and they once again show evidence of\u00a0overall warmer weather in the area during December-January. In years past, so-called semi-hardy birds such as robins, winter wrens and eastern bluebirds would not be common\u00a0because they would have flown south, but this year they were counted in large numbers,\u00a0said\u00a0Kelly McKay, the Hampton, Illinois,\u00a0field biologist, who tabulated seven counts in the region. He was helped by Steve Hager, biology professor at Augustana College, Rock Island.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["kelly mckay","christmas","mississippi river","buffalo","canada","odessa","lincoln sparrow","national audubon society","harriers","ornithology","waterfowl","bird","count","steve hager"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"91a1ad77-4c97-5e87-a4ec-bbf49ff2397b","description":"A female eastern bluebird was among the so-called semi-hardy species that was counted in the Quad-Cities during the\u00a0Christmas Bird Count.","byline":"CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY STEVE HAGER, AUGUSTANA COLLEGE","hireswidth":1763,"hiresheight":1175,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/1a/91a1ad77-4c97-5e87-a4ec-bbf49ff2397b/58a76c9f27d27.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1763","height":"1175","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/1a/91a1ad77-4c97-5e87-a4ec-bbf49ff2397b/58a76c9f27376.image.jpg?resize=1763%2C1175"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/1a/91a1ad77-4c97-5e87-a4ec-bbf49ff2397b/58a76c9f27376.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/1a/91a1ad77-4c97-5e87-a4ec-bbf49ff2397b/58a76c9f27376.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/1a/91a1ad77-4c97-5e87-a4ec-bbf49ff2397b/58a76c9f27376.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}},{"id":"8b0f607b-a173-5299-9741-8e21a7893202","description":"About 400 rock pigeons were counted atop this\u00a0giant agricultural processing structure in the Sterling/Rock Falls, Illinois, count.","byline":"CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY STEVE HAGER, AUGUSTANA COLLEGE","hireswidth":1763,"hiresheight":1175,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/b0/8b0f607b-a173-5299-9741-8e21a7893202/58a76c9c3268f.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1763","height":"1175","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/b0/8b0f607b-a173-5299-9741-8e21a7893202/58a76c9c31919.image.jpg?resize=1763%2C1175"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/b0/8b0f607b-a173-5299-9741-8e21a7893202/58a76c9c31919.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/b0/8b0f607b-a173-5299-9741-8e21a7893202/58a76c9c31919.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/b0/8b0f607b-a173-5299-9741-8e21a7893202/58a76c9c31919.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}},{"id":"2eeb858a-097c-547c-97ec-d3de127ccdd3","description":"A red-headed woodpecker alights on a utility pole.","byline":"CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY STEVE HAGER, AUGUSTANA COLLEGE","hireswidth":1763,"hiresheight":1175,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/ee/2eeb858a-097c-547c-97ec-d3de127ccdd3/58a76c9c9e342.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1763","height":"1175","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/ee/2eeb858a-097c-547c-97ec-d3de127ccdd3/58a76c9c9d7e9.image.jpg?resize=1763%2C1175"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/ee/2eeb858a-097c-547c-97ec-d3de127ccdd3/58a76c9c9d7e9.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/ee/2eeb858a-097c-547c-97ec-d3de127ccdd3/58a76c9c9d7e9.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/ee/2eeb858a-097c-547c-97ec-d3de127ccdd3/58a76c9c9d7e9.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}},{"id":"77bd3ac3-211b-5b9c-b101-fd4d1db8733b","description":"A hermit thrush throws the photographer a\u00a0quizzical look.","byline":"CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY STEVE HAGER, AUGUSTANA COLLEGE","hireswidth":1763,"hiresheight":1175,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/7b/77bd3ac3-211b-5b9c-b101-fd4d1db8733b/58a76c9d0e314.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1763","height":"1175","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/7b/77bd3ac3-211b-5b9c-b101-fd4d1db8733b/58a76c9d0d4e2.image.jpg?resize=1763%2C1175"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/7b/77bd3ac3-211b-5b9c-b101-fd4d1db8733b/58a76c9d0d4e2.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/7b/77bd3ac3-211b-5b9c-b101-fd4d1db8733b/58a76c9d0d4e2.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/7b/77bd3ac3-211b-5b9c-b101-fd4d1db8733b/58a76c9d0d4e2.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}},{"id":"a2a9ca07-bb3d-5306-a868-da48b31fcae2","description":"This year's\u00a0Christmas Bird Count in the Quad-City region produced a high number of sparrow species, including this white-throated sparrow counted in the Quad-Cities.","byline":"CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY STEVE HAGER, AUGUSTANA COLLEGE","hireswidth":1763,"hiresheight":1175,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/2a/a2a9ca07-bb3d-5306-a868-da48b31fcae2/58a76c9d83cf7.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1763","height":"1175","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/2a/a2a9ca07-bb3d-5306-a868-da48b31fcae2/58a76c9d82e86.image.jpg?resize=1763%2C1175"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/2a/a2a9ca07-bb3d-5306-a868-da48b31fcae2/58a76c9d82e86.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/2a/a2a9ca07-bb3d-5306-a868-da48b31fcae2/58a76c9d82e86.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/2a/a2a9ca07-bb3d-5306-a868-da48b31fcae2/58a76c9d82e86.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}},{"id":"460e5697-bc51-5ca5-9ac9-8e5da617a5bc","description":"A red-breasted nuthatch sits on a twig.","byline":"CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY STEVE HAGER, AUGUSTANA COLLEGE","hireswidth":1763,"hiresheight":1175,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/60/460e5697-bc51-5ca5-9ac9-8e5da617a5bc/58a76c9eafb0e.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1763","height":"1175","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/60/460e5697-bc51-5ca5-9ac9-8e5da617a5bc/58a76c9eaefd0.image.jpg?resize=1763%2C1175"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/60/460e5697-bc51-5ca5-9ac9-8e5da617a5bc/58a76c9eaefd0.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/60/460e5697-bc51-5ca5-9ac9-8e5da617a5bc/58a76c9eaefd0.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/60/460e5697-bc51-5ca5-9ac9-8e5da617a5bc/58a76c9eaefd0.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}},{"id":"93a29c0f-d409-50d0-9c20-e672c148348e","description":"Kelly McKay","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"mugshot","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"338","height":"512","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/3a/93a29c0f-d409-50d0-9c20-e672c148348e/58a4dfceececa.image.jpg?resize=338%2C512"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"151","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/3a/93a29c0f-d409-50d0-9c20-e672c148348e/56b400bfc731d.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"454","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/3a/93a29c0f-d409-50d0-9c20-e672c148348e/58a4dfceececa.image.jpg?resize=300%2C454"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1551","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/3a/93a29c0f-d409-50d0-9c20-e672c148348e/58a4dfceececa.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":19,"commentID":"9f3ed91f-0487-5c16-bbc7-cfa46e54fa13","body":"

Results of the Christmas Bird Count\u00a0in the Quad-City region are in, and they once again show evidence of\u00a0overall warmer weather in the area during December-January.

In years past, so-called semi-hardy birds such as robins, winter wrens and eastern bluebirds would not be common\u00a0because they would have flown south, but this year they were counted in large numbers,\u00a0said\u00a0Kelly McKay, the Hampton, Illinois,\u00a0field biologist, who tabulated seven counts in the region. He was helped by Steve Hager, biology professor at Augustana College, Rock Island.

\"Their winter range is shifting north,\" he said. \"Here is a piece of evidence that is very strongly connected to climate change.\"

The exception to the \"generally warmer\" scenario\u00a0was the\u00a0period of near zero temperatures the region experienced in mid-December.\u00a0During that time, the Mississippi River froze over, leading to a lower-than-usual number of waterfowl and gulls in the count.

The Christmas census of bird populations has been conducted nationally for 117 years under the auspices of the National Audubon Society. On designated days in December and January, volunteers count birds at feeders and in the field, taking note of both numbers and species. Over time, the data reflect trends.

The seven counting areas compiled by McKay and Hager each\u00a0encompass an expanse of about 117 square miles.

The total number of birds counted this year\u00a0was 146,872, compared to 153,295 in 2015-16, 163,881 in 2014-15 and 159,644 in 2013-14.

McKay offered two reasons for the lower total, first being the frozen river on the days the\u00a0counts were made in the Quad-Cities and Clinton, Iowa/Savanna, Illinois, two\u00a0typically\u00a0high\u00a0water-bird spots.

Second,\u00a0red-winged black birds that have traditionally roosted in the thousands in the wetlands near Barstow, Illinois, are no longer there because of habitat loss, McKay said.

Among the \"best finds\" in this year's count were a golden eagle in the Princeton/Camanche, Iowa,\u00a0count and an osprey and two mountain bluebirds in the Clinton, Iowa/Savanna, Illinois count.

While semi-hardies were counted in good numbers,\u00a0previously common winter birds was a mixed bag, McKay reported. Finches were in poor numbers across the region, but there were large numbers of American tree sparrows and dark-eyed juncos.

"}, {"id":"ee08f6eb-f5eb-5fb0-a229-f0d76118ce4f","type":"article","starttime":"1487268000","starttime_iso8601":"2017-02-16T12:00:00-06:00","lastupdated":"1487272030","sections":[{"bettendorf":"news/local/bettendorf"}],"flags":{"editors_pick":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"Mother plans mega birthday bash for autistic son","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/bettendorf/article_ee08f6eb-f5eb-5fb0-a229-f0d76118ce4f.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/bettendorf/mother-plans-mega-birthday-bash-for-autistic-son/article_ee08f6eb-f5eb-5fb0-a229-f0d76118ce4f.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/bettendorf/mother-plans-mega-birthday-bash-for-autistic-son/article_ee08f6eb-f5eb-5fb0-a229-f0d76118ce4f.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":5,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Jack Cullen\njcullen@qctimes.com","prologue":"Signs of a busy household \u2014 a child\u2019s pink bicycle and kick scooter \u2014 are scattered across the front lawn at Holly Kay\u2019s rental home in Bettendorf. A closer inspection of the landscape reveals handprints enshrined in five separate decorative stones, which the single mother received as gifts last Mother\u2019s Day from her five children.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["health","holly kay","mitchell","bettendorf middle school","rock island","analog arcade bar","u.s. postal service","lisa reid","social media","bettendorf community center","bettendorf","scott community college","jennifer simmons","autism","post","school","education","invitation","birthday","bash","classmate"],"internalKeywords":["#free"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"881681ee-9d18-513f-8549-2c0a6011e5e4","description":"Holly Kay looks through some of the hundreds of birthday cards that arrived this week for her autistic son, Mitchell, who turns 14 later this month. In the past, none of Mitchell's classmates attended his birthday parties, so his mother took to social media in hopes of surprising her son with cards from family members and friends.","byline":"Kevin E. Schmidt, QUAD-CITY TIMES","hireswidth":1600,"hiresheight":1294,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/81/881681ee-9d18-513f-8549-2c0a6011e5e4/589cb227ec759.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1600","height":"1294","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/81/881681ee-9d18-513f-8549-2c0a6011e5e4/589cb227eb8ae.image.jpg?resize=1600%2C1294"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"81","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/81/881681ee-9d18-513f-8549-2c0a6011e5e4/589cb227eb8ae.image.jpg?resize=100%2C81"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"243","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/81/881681ee-9d18-513f-8549-2c0a6011e5e4/589cb227eb8ae.image.jpg?resize=300%2C243"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"828","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/81/881681ee-9d18-513f-8549-2c0a6011e5e4/589cb227eb8ae.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C828"}}},{"id":"b54162aa-e564-5931-9fe2-1872ee0e983c","description":"Holly Kay greets U.S. Postal Service carrier Jennifer Simmons at her front door in Bettendorf and takes delivery of hundreds of birthday cards for her autistic son, Mitchell, who turns 14 this month. Kay reached out to friends on Facebook last month in hopes they would write Mitchell a birthday card. The post since has been shared more than 7,000 times.","byline":"Kevin E. Schmidt, QUAD-CITY TIMES","hireswidth":1770,"hiresheight":1171,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/54/b54162aa-e564-5931-9fe2-1872ee0e983c/589cb22773a49.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1770","height":"1171","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/54/b54162aa-e564-5931-9fe2-1872ee0e983c/589cb22772bf5.image.jpg?resize=1770%2C1171"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"66","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/54/b54162aa-e564-5931-9fe2-1872ee0e983c/589cb22772bf5.image.jpg?resize=100%2C66"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"198","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/54/b54162aa-e564-5931-9fe2-1872ee0e983c/589cb22772bf5.image.jpg?resize=300%2C198"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"677","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/54/b54162aa-e564-5931-9fe2-1872ee0e983c/589cb22772bf5.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C677"}}},{"id":"23870458-5d8a-5f13-9bb9-68fd694d94c1","description":"Sitting in the living room of her Bettendorf home, Holly Kay goes through some of the hundreds of birthday cards that have arrived this week for her autistic son, Mitchell, who turns 14 this month. On Monday, Kay found 181 letters in a large U.S. Postal Service box outside her front door.\u00a0","byline":"Kevin E. Schmidt, QUAD-CITY TIMES","hireswidth":1178,"hiresheight":1759,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/38/23870458-5d8a-5f13-9bb9-68fd694d94c1/589cb22869a62.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1178","height":"1759","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/38/23870458-5d8a-5f13-9bb9-68fd694d94c1/589cb22868e0f.image.jpg?resize=1178%2C1759"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"149","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/38/23870458-5d8a-5f13-9bb9-68fd694d94c1/589cb22868e0f.image.jpg?resize=100%2C149"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"448","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/38/23870458-5d8a-5f13-9bb9-68fd694d94c1/589cb22868e0f.image.jpg?resize=300%2C448"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1529","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/38/23870458-5d8a-5f13-9bb9-68fd694d94c1/589cb22868e0f.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1529"}}},{"id":"d323c579-32c0-5ba9-a05b-893d9d038b7c","description":"Mitchell Kay","byline":"CONTRIBUTED PHOTO","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"mugshot","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"480","height":"380","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/32/d323c579-32c0-5ba9-a05b-893d9d038b7c/589cb2274cadd.image.jpg?resize=480%2C380"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"79","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/32/d323c579-32c0-5ba9-a05b-893d9d038b7c/589cb2274cadd.image.jpg?resize=100%2C79"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"238","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/32/d323c579-32c0-5ba9-a05b-893d9d038b7c/589cb2274cadd.image.jpg?resize=300%2C238"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"811","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/32/d323c579-32c0-5ba9-a05b-893d9d038b7c/589cb2274cadd.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"3f627707-bf84-580c-9664-3a64638b0c69","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":500,"hiresheight":500,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/f6/3f627707-bf84-580c-9664-3a64638b0c69/589cf386c8882.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"500","height":"500","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/f6/3f627707-bf84-580c-9664-3a64638b0c69/589cf386ccb11.image.jpg?resize=500%2C500"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"100","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/f6/3f627707-bf84-580c-9664-3a64638b0c69/589cf386ccb11.image.jpg?resize=100%2C100"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"300","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/f6/3f627707-bf84-580c-9664-3a64638b0c69/589cf386ccb11.image.jpg?resize=300%2C300"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1024","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/f6/3f627707-bf84-580c-9664-3a64638b0c69/589cf386ccb11.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":8,"commentID":"ee08f6eb-f5eb-5fb0-a229-f0d76118ce4f","body":"

Signs of a busy household \u2014 a child\u2019s pink bicycle and kick scooter \u2014 are scattered across the front lawn at Holly Kay\u2019s rental home in Bettendorf.

A closer inspection of the landscape reveals handprints enshrined in five separate decorative stones, which the single mother received as gifts last Mother\u2019s Day from her five children.

Inside, an overwhelmed Kay, 33, has a moment to herself at her kitchen table, where she\u2019s jotting down a list of Quad-City contacts she has made this week in preparation for her teenage son\u2019s upcoming birthday.

In years past, Kay has sent party invitations to her son\u2019s classmates, but no one ever showed. So, for his 14th birthday this month, the devoted mother took to Facebook and asked her network of family and friends to send her son, Mitchell, birthday cards to help lift his spirits.

Within the past week, Kay\u2019s request has gone viral, and the public\u2019s response has blown her away.

\u201cI thought, even if Mitchell ended up with 10 cards, he would be so excited,\u201d Kay said, her phone ringing with notifications.

Since Jan. 9, her initial post has been shared more than 7,000 times, and as of last week, Kay had received more than 800 cards\u00a0in the mail from friends and strangers across the country.

On a single day, Jennifer Simmons, a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier, delivered Kay a box of nearly 130 cards for Mitchell.

\u201cThis is the best part of my day,\u201d Simmons told the smiling mother, who plans to surprise Mitchell with the snail mail next week.

The eighth grader turns 14 on Feb. 20, but Kay rented out three rooms\u00a0 Friday, Feb. 17, at the Bettendorf Community Center, where she plans to host a public birthday bash for her son. Several Quad-City businesses and organizations, including Happy Joe's Pizza and Analog Arcade Bar, already have reached out to volunteer their services, Kay said.\u00a0

Because she does not allow Mitchell to use social media, the teenager has no clue what's coming, except that his family is throwing him a party.

\"I know the party is going to be huge, but that protective mom in me makes me worried that nobody's going to come,\" said Kay, a hairdresser who formerly managed the Great Clips in Rock Island.

Last year Kay, whose\u00a0children range in age from 2-16, moved her family from Rock Island to Bettendorf. She is taking a break from work and relying on savings, and the help of the father of three of her children, to support them. In March, she plans to enroll at Scott Community College in hopes of becoming an ultrasound technician.

When Mitchell's new classmates at Bettendorf Middle School noticed Kay's post on social media, they immediately banded together, temporarily ridding the mother's fears of bullying and her son\u2019s loneliness at the lunch table.

\"I've never seen anything like this,\" said Lisa Reid, principal\u00a0of Bettendorf Middle School, who noted the call for help has empowered students.

\"They\u2019re taking on something they read about on social media that wasn\u2019t negative,\" she said. \"It\u2019s really refreshing.\u201d

On Feb. 6, his peers gave Mitchell a cake and\u00a0a tri-fold poster board adorned with dozens of signatures and\u00a0short notes, including one that asks him to connect on Snapchat.\u00a0

Kay praised the students and faculty for their efforts.

She said Mitchell, who enjoys video games and Japanese culture, has struggled to make friends, but she thinks these acts of kindness will give him a boost of confidence \"he's never had before.\"

\u201cIt's so much more than a $2 card,\u201d she said. \u201cHe\u2019s going to wake up in the morning and not be bummed about having to go to school.\u201d

"}, {"id":"23acf094-e58a-580a-8351-46610d0d5c70","type":"article","starttime":"1487184300","starttime_iso8601":"2017-02-15T12:45:00-06:00","lastupdated":"1487281417","sections":[{"government-and-politics":"news/local/government-and-politics"}],"flags":{"editors_pick":"true","featured":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"Grassley: U.S. hands aren't clean","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/article_23acf094-e58a-580a-8351-46610d0d5c70.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/grassley-u-s-hands-aren-t-clean/article_23acf094-e58a-580a-8351-46610d0d5c70.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/grassley-u-s-hands-aren-t-clean/article_23acf094-e58a-580a-8351-46610d0d5c70.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Ed Tibbetts\netibbetts@qctimes.com","prologue":"U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said Wednesday the idea of Russian involvement in U.S. election is bothersome, but he added the United States doesn't come to the table with clean hands, noting the CIA's involvement in an Italian election in the 1940s. Grassley, R-Iowa, on a conference call with Iowa reporters, was responding to questions about new revelations that the Trump campaign had contacts with Russian intelligence agents before Election Day. The New York Times, citing unidentified sources, reported Wednesday that four Trump aides and associates had contacts with Russian agents. But the newspaper also reported those sources said they had found no evidence of collusion in order to affect the result of the election.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["chuck grassley","iowa","soviet union","italy","michael flynn","russia","russian intelligence","vice president","mike pence","trump administration","national security adviser","dave loebsack","the new york times","central intelligence agency","politics","institutes","parliament","democrat","dianne feinstein","investigation","cheri bustos"],"internalKeywords":["#free"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"c64a6f83-e942-537d-9848-27cacee4bb30","description":"Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks in February on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.","byline":"AP","hireswidth":1763,"hiresheight":1175,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/64/c64a6f83-e942-537d-9848-27cacee4bb30/58b8a9960e2d0.hires.jpg","presentation":"mugshot","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1763","height":"1175","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/64/c64a6f83-e942-537d-9848-27cacee4bb30/5892269e07e05.image.jpg?resize=1763%2C1175"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/64/c64a6f83-e942-537d-9848-27cacee4bb30/5892269e07e05.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/64/c64a6f83-e942-537d-9848-27cacee4bb30/5892269e07e05.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/64/c64a6f83-e942-537d-9848-27cacee4bb30/5892269e07e05.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}}],"revision":14,"commentID":"23acf094-e58a-580a-8351-46610d0d5c70","body":"

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said Wednesday the idea of Russian involvement in U.S. election is bothersome, but he added the United States doesn't come to the table with clean hands, noting the CIA's involvement in an Italian election in the 1940s.

Grassley, R-Iowa, on a conference call with Iowa reporters, was responding to questions about new revelations that the Trump campaign had contacts with Russian intelligence agents before Election Day. The New York Times, citing unidentified sources, reported Wednesday that four Trump aides and associates had contacts with Russian agents. But the newspaper also reported those sources said they had found no evidence of collusion in order to affect the result of the election.

For months, Democrats have been raising concerns about Russian involvement in the election. Those concerns have amplified in recent days. In Iowa, the state's lone Democratic congressman, Rep. Dave Loebsack, said Wednesday that Americans are demanding accountability and a new investigation ought to be launched into the matter.

\"It has become clearer with each passing day of the Trump Administration that there must be a full, independent investigation of his administration and campaign\u2019s connection to Russia,\" Loebsack said.

Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., also has called for an independent investigation.

On the conference call Wednesday, Grassley said that Russian involvement in U.S. elections should be taken seriously, but he also added it's not new that Russia has tried to influence U.S. public opinion. He said the French are worried about Russian meddling, too. And he also told about reading how the CIA supported one political party in Italy's 1948 election, while the Soviet Union backed another.

\"We don't come to this table hands free,\" Grassley said. Still, he added, \"None of this should be going on, so the answer is, yes, it is bothersome to me.\"

Later, Grassley tweeted that \"ANY Russian meddling in US election UNACCEPTABLE.\"

On the conference call, Grassley also expressed concerns about leaks to the news media, which played a part in the abrupt resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The Republican senator also said Wednesday that Flynn also had to be held to account for misleading statements to Vice President Mike Pence, which led to his resignation late Monday.

Grassley, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat, requested the Justice Department provide documents and a briefing on the circumstances leading up to Flynn's resignation.

"}, {"id":"b5258d4e-e2ce-5253-9edc-ca448cca2c52","type":"article","starttime":"1487052900","starttime_iso8601":"2017-02-14T00:15:00-06:00","lastupdated":"1487193480","sections":[{"crime-and-courts":"news/local/crime-and-courts"}],"flags":{"editors_pick":"true"},"geolocation":{"latitude":"41.523796","longitude":"-90.563316"},"application":"editorial","title":"Police: Car heist in RI ends with rollover crash in Davenport","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_b5258d4e-e2ce-5253-9edc-ca448cca2c52.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/police-car-heist-in-ri-ends-with-rollover-crash-in/article_b5258d4e-e2ce-5253-9edc-ca448cca2c52.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/police-car-heist-in-ri-ends-with-rollover-crash-in/article_b5258d4e-e2ce-5253-9edc-ca448cca2c52.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":3,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Jack Cullen\njcullen@qctimes.com","prologue":"A Toyota Camry stolen late Monday in Rock Island crashed 30 minutes later off East River Drive in Davenport, flipping onto its roof, police said.\u00a0 Authorities from both cities responded to the scene of the single-vehicle accident at 9:52 p.m.\u00a0 The eastbound car left the roadway just east of the intersection of East 4th Street and East River Drive and landed on the western edge of\u00a0the Block Ready Mix Group property.\u00a0","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["rollover","block ready mix group","iowa","rock island police department","toyota camry","kirk pattison","james quick","davenport police department","eugenio barrera","davenport","rock island police","rock island","police","motor vehicle","car","crime"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"d0ce98bc-4569-5a3c-b21a-efe24991c38e","description":"Rock Island Police Officer Eugenio Barrera dusts the right rear door of a stolen Toyota Camry for fingerprints late Monday.\u00a0","byline":"Jack Cullen, QUAD-CITY TIMES","hireswidth":1662,"hiresheight":1246,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/0c/d0ce98bc-4569-5a3c-b21a-efe24991c38e/58a2a2887f3bf.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1662","height":"1246","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/0c/d0ce98bc-4569-5a3c-b21a-efe24991c38e/58a2a2887e61f.image.jpg?resize=1662%2C1246"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"75","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/0c/d0ce98bc-4569-5a3c-b21a-efe24991c38e/58a2a2887e61f.image.jpg?resize=100%2C75"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"225","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/0c/d0ce98bc-4569-5a3c-b21a-efe24991c38e/58a2a2887e61f.image.jpg?resize=300%2C225"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"768","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/0c/d0ce98bc-4569-5a3c-b21a-efe24991c38e/58a2a2887e61f.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C768"}}},{"id":"762874cb-b1af-56f5-918d-52c1f45b8a06","description":"Rock Island and Davenport police officers responded to the same scene of an accident late Monday off East River Drive in Davenport.","byline":"Jack Cullen, QUAD-CITY TIMES","hireswidth":1662,"hiresheight":1246,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/62/762874cb-b1af-56f5-918d-52c1f45b8a06/58a2a287b9cd4.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1662","height":"1246","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/62/762874cb-b1af-56f5-918d-52c1f45b8a06/58a2a287b8c1d.image.jpg?resize=1662%2C1246"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"75","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/62/762874cb-b1af-56f5-918d-52c1f45b8a06/58a2a287b8c1d.image.jpg?resize=100%2C75"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"225","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/62/762874cb-b1af-56f5-918d-52c1f45b8a06/58a2a287b8c1d.image.jpg?resize=300%2C225"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"768","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/62/762874cb-b1af-56f5-918d-52c1f45b8a06/58a2a287b8c1d.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C768"}}},{"id":"2a6e75a2-a28a-5a7e-a18c-24bd92b668cb","description":"Rock Island Police Officer Eugenio Barrera lifted a fingerprint from the exterior surface of the right rear passenger door of a stolen Toyota Camry late Monday.\u00a0","byline":"Jack Cullen, QUAD-CITY TIMES","hireswidth":1662,"hiresheight":1246,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/a6/2a6e75a2-a28a-5a7e-a18c-24bd92b668cb/58a2a28836032.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1662","height":"1246","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/a6/2a6e75a2-a28a-5a7e-a18c-24bd92b668cb/58a2a288352f5.image.jpg?resize=1662%2C1246"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"75","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/a6/2a6e75a2-a28a-5a7e-a18c-24bd92b668cb/58a2a288352f5.image.jpg?resize=100%2C75"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"225","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/a6/2a6e75a2-a28a-5a7e-a18c-24bd92b668cb/58a2a288352f5.image.jpg?resize=300%2C225"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"768","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/a6/2a6e75a2-a28a-5a7e-a18c-24bd92b668cb/58a2a288352f5.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C768"}}}],"revision":11,"commentID":"b5258d4e-e2ce-5253-9edc-ca448cca2c52","body":"

A Toyota Camry stolen late Monday in Rock Island crashed 30 minutes later off East River Drive in Davenport, flipping onto its roof, police said.\u00a0

Authorities from both cities responded to the scene of the single-vehicle accident at 9:52 p.m.\u00a0

The eastbound car left the roadway just east of the intersection of East 4th Street and East River Drive and landed on the western edge of\u00a0the Block Ready Mix Group property.\u00a0

When police arrived, an unknown number of occupants\u00a0had fled the scene, Davenport Police Cpl. James Quick said.\u00a0

The beige Camry with Illinois plates was reported stolen at 9:22 p.m. from\u00a0a 7-Eleven convenience store at 1700 18th Ave., Rock Island, about three miles south of the eventual crash site.\u00a0

Rock Island Police Sgt. Kirk Pattison said the owner of the vehicle left it running in the parking lot.\u00a0

At the scene of the accident, Rock Island Police Officer Eugenio Barrera inspected the severely damaged car for evidence, including fingerprints, before a tow truck removed it from the premises shortly before 11 p.m.

The Rock Island and Davenport\u00a0departments are investigating the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Rock Island Police Department at 309-732-2677 or the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125.

"}, {"id":"e75684a0-6e1a-5165-bcba-d57003d49234","type":"article","starttime":"1487014200","starttime_iso8601":"2017-02-13T13:30:00-06:00","lastupdated":"1487109602","sections":[{"government-and-politics":"news/local/government-and-politics"}],"flags":{"editors_pick":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"Court orders Bettendorf to pay attorney's fees in creek case","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/article_e75684a0-6e1a-5165-bcba-d57003d49234.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/court-orders-bettendorf-to-pay-attorney-s-fees-in-creek/article_e75684a0-6e1a-5165-bcba-d57003d49234.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/court-orders-bettendorf-to-pay-attorney-s-fees-in-creek/article_e75684a0-6e1a-5165-bcba-d57003d49234.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Devan Patel\ndpatel@qctimes.com","prologue":"The city of Bettendorf continues to take hits as a result of an Iowa District Court's ruling in the Stafford Creek stream bank stabilization case. Four months ago, the Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed the Scott County District Court's November 2015 ruling that the city did not have right to work along the waterway under its existing easements.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["bettendorf","attorney's fee","stream bank stabilization","scott county","judy skogman","iowa court of appeals","jennifer hamner","susan himes","stafford creek","scott county district court","mike meloy","stream bank stabilization case","rex ridenour","iowa district court","stream bank improvement project","everett hamner","law","legislation","attorney","fee","eminent domain","court of law"],"internalKeywords":["#free"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"bfc60a83-0a07-5530-98d5-39065ba974e9","description":"A Scott County District Court judge in November 2015 ordered work to stop on private property along a portion of Stafford Creek near 18th Street and Tanglefoot Lane in\u00a0Bettendorf.\u00a0","byline":"Kevin E. Schmidt, QUAD-CITY TIMES FILE PHOTO","hireswidth":1500,"hiresheight":690,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/fc/bfc60a83-0a07-5530-98d5-39065ba974e9/5653aedb9bc67.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1500","height":"690","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/fc/bfc60a83-0a07-5530-98d5-39065ba974e9/58a209bae6118.image.jpg?resize=1500%2C690"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"46","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/fc/bfc60a83-0a07-5530-98d5-39065ba974e9/5653aedbd72c8.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"138","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/fc/bfc60a83-0a07-5530-98d5-39065ba974e9/58a209bae6118.image.jpg?resize=300%2C138"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"471","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/fc/bfc60a83-0a07-5530-98d5-39065ba974e9/58a209bae6118.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C471"}}}],"revision":10,"commentID":"e75684a0-6e1a-5165-bcba-d57003d49234","body":"

The city of Bettendorf continues to take hits as a result of an Iowa District Court's ruling in the Stafford Creek stream bank stabilization case.

Four months ago, the Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed the Scott County District Court's November 2015 ruling that the city did not have right to work along the waterway under its existing easements.

Last week, the court awarded $42,873.90 in attorney fees and costs to the plaintiffs, Everett and Jennifer Hamner, Judy Skogman and Susan Himes.

Bettendorf had adopted the Stafford Creek stream bank improvement project to slow down the velocity of the creek and prevent further erosion.

The court, however, ordered a halt to work more than 16 months ago and ruled that the city must condemn land along easements and compensate homeowners for the \"devaluation of their property that taking will cause.\"

The plaintiff's attorney, Mike Meloy, was satisfied with the court's decision after it granted 97 percent of the fees, he argued last month.

\u201cBettendorf violated the eminent domain Bill of Rights, article 1, section 18, to the Iowa Constitution by attempting to take privately owned land without paying just compensation,\" Meloy said. \"Bettendorf\u2019s legal position was rebuked twice by Iowa courts of law, first in 2015 by the Iowa District Court for Scott County and a second time by a three-judge panel of the Iowa Court of Appeals in 2016.\u201d

Rex Ridenour, attorney for the city of Bettendorf, submitted proposed reductions to attorney hours claimed, including attorney fees relating to temporary injunctions despite the court not granting them.

The court, however, sided with the plaintiff's on most of the reductions when looking at the full scope of the case.

\"The Court finds that although the Plaintiffs lost the battle with regard to the temporary injunction, they still won the war with regard to the eminent domain challenge,\" court documents state.

As a result of the Court of Appeals decision in October, options for stream bank stabilization in Bettendorf have become murkier.

During a special work session in October, the city had discussed eliminating projects and looking at regional detention ponds that would benefit stream corridors or implementing a policy that would require 100 percent voluntary participation from homeowners.

Bettendorf city officials have not responded to request for comment.

\u201cOur local government has a duty to follow state law and the Iowa Constitution,\" Meloy said. \"Landowners should expect nothing less.\u201d

"} ]
[ ]
[ {"id":"aaea8446-2a91-11e7-952a-abfd0b6d4e1b","type":"article","starttime":"1493375400","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-28T05:30:00-05:00","lastupdated":"1493381769","sections":[{"local":"news/local"},{"traffic":"traffic"},{"weather":"weather"}],"flags":{"alert":"true","featured":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"Rick's Six: More rain, I-74 bridge bids, Elton John coming to Q-C","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/article_aaea8446-2a91-11e7-952a-abfd0b6d4e1b.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/rick-s-six-more-rain-i--bridge-bids-elton/article_aaea8446-2a91-11e7-952a-abfd0b6d4e1b.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/rick-s-six-more-rain-i--bridge-bids-elton/article_aaea8446-2a91-11e7-952a-abfd0b6d4e1b.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":6,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":1,"gallery":0},"prologue":"1. Wet weather hangs around NWSA good Friday to all. It's the end of the work week, so what does the weekend hold? Here's the forecast from the National Weather Service. Today there's a chance of sprinkles before 9 a.m., then showers likely after 1 p.m. There's the possibility of patchy frost before 7 a.m. for areas north of the Quad-Cities. Otherwise the day will be cloudy with a high near 53 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent with new precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["drill","education","university","student","loud noise","east moline fire department","bhc police department","east moline police department","emergency medical services","black hawk college police department","ems program","police","fire department","health sciences center","garage sale","rock island","criminal law","crime","juwan attron johnson","joel barrows","meteorology","shower","thunderstorm","forecast","rainfall","wind","national weather service","rain"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"ce713c42-5f05-11e0-9c03-001cc4c03286","description":"","byline":"Contributed photo","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"136","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/e7/ce713c42-5f05-11e0-9c03-001cc4c03286/4d9a3e5b037b9.image.jpg?resize=300%2C136"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"45","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/e7/ce713c42-5f05-11e0-9c03-001cc4c03286/4d9a3e5b04cab.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"136","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/e7/ce713c42-5f05-11e0-9c03-001cc4c03286/4d9a3e5b066c5.preview-300.jpg"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"464","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/e7/ce713c42-5f05-11e0-9c03-001cc4c03286/4d9a3e5b037b9.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"300","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/a4/ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0/ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0.image.jpg?resize=300%2C300"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"100","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/a4/ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0/ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"300","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/a4/ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0/ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0.preview-300.jpg"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1024","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/a4/ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0/ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"1db39b93-e653-5c9b-a802-11a644ea6a45","description":"Juwan A. Johnson (Rock Island County Jail)","byline":"Contributed photo","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"480","height":"600","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/db/1db39b93-e653-5c9b-a802-11a644ea6a45/55f872e8a67f3.image.jpg?resize=480%2C600"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"125","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/db/1db39b93-e653-5c9b-a802-11a644ea6a45/55f872e8b1e40.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"375","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/db/1db39b93-e653-5c9b-a802-11a644ea6a45/55f872e8a67f3.image.jpg?resize=300%2C375"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1280","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/db/1db39b93-e653-5c9b-a802-11a644ea6a45/55f872e8a67f3.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"772a58b5-9bb3-57b5-b90d-ec23828fdc2f","description":"FILE - In this March 25, 2017 file photo, Elton John arrives at Elton John's 70th Birthday and 50-Year Songwriting Partnership with Bernie Taupin celebration in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)","byline":"Jordan Strauss","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"512","height":"377","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/72/772a58b5-9bb3-57b5-b90d-ec23828fdc2f/58fe7cd129458.image.jpg?resize=512%2C377"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"74","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/72/772a58b5-9bb3-57b5-b90d-ec23828fdc2f/58fe7cd129458.image.jpg?resize=100%2C74"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"221","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/72/772a58b5-9bb3-57b5-b90d-ec23828fdc2f/58fe7cd129458.image.jpg?resize=300%2C221"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"754","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/72/772a58b5-9bb3-57b5-b90d-ec23828fdc2f/58fe7cd129458.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"26a21337-4ed4-5ef9-89fa-cf8542ba3a66","description":"Stairs and an elevator will take cyclists and pedestrians to the new Interstate 74 bridge, scheduled for 2020 completion.","byline":"CONTRIBUTED PHOTO","hireswidth":1600,"hiresheight":900,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/6a/26a21337-4ed4-5ef9-89fa-cf8542ba3a66/55b2893187e4a.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"348","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/6a/26a21337-4ed4-5ef9-89fa-cf8542ba3a66/55b289318a723.image.jpg?resize=620%2C348"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/6a/26a21337-4ed4-5ef9-89fa-cf8542ba3a66/55b289319474c.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"168","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/6a/26a21337-4ed4-5ef9-89fa-cf8542ba3a66/55b289319512f.preview-300.jpg"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"575","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/6a/26a21337-4ed4-5ef9-89fa-cf8542ba3a66/55b289318a723.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"222e34de-2bfb-11e7-9021-9fed4d81b13a","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"960","height":"740","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/22/222e34de-2bfb-11e7-9021-9fed4d81b13a/5903328372168.image.png?resize=960%2C740"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"77","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/22/222e34de-2bfb-11e7-9021-9fed4d81b13a/5903328372168.image.png?resize=100%2C77"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"231","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/22/222e34de-2bfb-11e7-9021-9fed4d81b13a/5903328372168.image.png?resize=300%2C231"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"789","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/22/222e34de-2bfb-11e7-9021-9fed4d81b13a/5903328372168.image.png"}}}],"youtube":[{"id":"b2c501e0-2bf5-11e7-934e-dbd6a469cdf3","starttime":"1493371980","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-28T04:33:00-05:00","title":"First Alert Friday Forecast","description":"","byline":"","video_id":"0_FWKbfNzv0"}],"revision":14,"commentID":"aaea8446-2a91-11e7-952a-abfd0b6d4e1b","body":"

1. Wet weather hangs around

\"NWS\"
NWS

A good Friday to all. It's the end of the work week, so what does the weekend hold? Here's the forecast from the National Weather Service.

Today there's a chance of sprinkles before 9 a.m., then showers likely after 1 p.m. There's the possibility of patchy frost before 7 a.m. for areas north of the Quad-Cities. Otherwise the day will be cloudy with a high near 53 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent with new precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight there's a 40 percent chance of showers before 10 p.m. Skies will be cloudy with a low around 44 degrees. Northeast winds will gust as high as 20 mph.

Saturday showers are likely after 1 p.m. The high will be near 48 degrees. Northeast winds will gust as high as 30 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent with new precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm are likely with a low around 43 degrees. Northeast winds will gust as high as 30 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent with new rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Sunday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm are likely with a high near 55 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent with new rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

\u2022 7 day forecast

\u2022 Area river levels

2. Elton John returning to Quad-Cities

\"Bacterial

FILE - In this March 25, 2017 file photo, Elton John arrives at Elton John's 70th Birthday and 50-Year Songwriting Partnership with Bernie Taupin celebration in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Elton John will perform at the iWireless Center on Nov. 10 as part of a six-city concert tour. The Friday night show will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets go on sale May 5 at 10 a.m. Visit Ticketmaster.com for more information. Read more.

3. Iowa DOT gets bids on I-74 project

\"I-74

Stairs and an elevator will take cyclists and pedestrians to the new Interstate 74 bridge, scheduled for 2020 completion.

The Iowa Department of Transportation said this week it received 16 bids for various elements of a new Interstate 74 bridge and a pair of affiliated projects.

Although some of the 16 bids overlap, the response appears to have been a robust one. Ten different companies or joint ventures submitted 16 bids on four different packages. Read more.

4. Teen sentenced to prison in 2015 fatal shooting in Davenport

\"Juwan

Juwan A. Johnson (Rock Island County Jail)

A Rock Island man was sentenced Thursday to up to 20 years in prison for the September 2015 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Louis K. Woodson Jr.

Juwan Attron Johnson, 19, declined to make a statement before District Court Judge Joel Barrows handed down the sentence during a short hearing in Scott County District Court.

Barrows sentenced Johnson to up to 10 years in prison on charges of voluntary manslaughter and intimidation with a dangerous weapon, both Class C felonies. Read more.

5. Rock Island cancels weekend garage sale event

\"Garage
Garage sale signs

A Spring Community Garage Sale event organized by the Rock Island Parks and Recreation Department has been canceled because of the threat of rain this weekend.

The event was scheduled for Saturday at Longview Park with a rain date for Sunday, but the weather forecast for both days has prompted the department to cancel the sale.

The next Community Garage Sale is scheduled for Sept. 30. For more information, call 309-732-7275.

6. Emergency drill\u00a0 today at Black Hawk College

\"Black
Black Hawk College logo

There will be a\u00a0full-scale emergency exercise at Black Hawk College this morning. The excise will take place at the college\u2019s new Health Sciences Center on the Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline.

The drill will allow EMS students to participate in a mass casualty incident. The students will assess and treat fictitious injuries on volunteer actors (college staff and students). The EMS students will be graded on their response to the scenario.

There may be sirens, flashing lights and loud noises as part of the drill. There will be activity inside and outside the Health Sciences Center.

The EMS Program and Black Hawk College Police Department have partnered with the Moline Police and Fire departments, the\u00a0 East Moline Police and Fire departments, Genesis Ambulance and MedForce helicopter to conduct the drill.

So, if you see a bunch of emergency vehicles on campus, remember, it's just a drill.\u00a0

"} ]
[ {"id":"521a9536-0117-5629-a6f7-fdcbc87c6f1c","type":"article","starttime":"1493355600","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-28T00:00:00-05:00","lastupdated":"1493393703","sections":[{"publicrecords":"news/local/publicrecords"}],"application":"editorial","title":"DAILY RECORD: births, fire calls, drunken driving","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/publicrecords/article_521a9536-0117-5629-a6f7-fdcbc87c6f1c.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/publicrecords/daily-record-births-fire-calls-drunken-driving/article_521a9536-0117-5629-a6f7-fdcbc87c6f1c.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/publicrecords/daily-record-births-fire-calls-drunken-driving/article_521a9536-0117-5629-a6f7-fdcbc87c6f1c.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Daily Record routinely publishes public records available through government agencies. BirthsTRINITY MOLINE Lyndie Crimmins and Kyle Burke, Moline, girl, April 24. Fire callsBETTENDORF Wednesday Investigation: 1. EMS calls: 11. DAVENPORT Wednesday 2:19 a.m., 2105 W. 68th St., assist. 10:27 a.m., 2819 W. 68th St., assist.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["law","ems","crime","music","moline","criminal law","investigation","drunken driving","driving under the influence","cleveland","andrew a. marner"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":5,"commentID":"521a9536-0117-5629-a6f7-fdcbc87c6f1c","body":"

Daily Record routinely publishes public records available through government agencies.

Births

TRINITY MOLINE

Lyndie Crimmins and Kyle Burke, Moline, girl, April 24.

Fire calls

BETTENDORF

Wednesday

Investigation: 1.

EMS calls: 11.

DAVENPORT

Wednesday

2:19 a.m., 2105 W. 68th St., assist.

10:27 a.m., 2819 W. 68th St., assist.

11:20 a.m., 2503 W. 46th St., assist.

2:46 p.m., 300 S. Elmwood Ave., outdoor trash fire.

8:51 p.m., 5600 Jersey Ridge Road, lock-out.

Investigations: 5.

EMS calls: 49.

EAST MOLINE

Wednesday

1:08 p.m., 4100 block Archer Drive, vehicle accident.

Investigation: 1.

EMS calls: 6.

MOLINE

Wednesday

2:04 p.m., 3545 49th St., assist.

False alarm: 1.

Wednesday-Thursday

EMS calls: 11.

ROCK ISLAND

Thursday

12:29 a.m., 1300 4th St., structure fire.

Wednesday

11:18 a.m., 914 19th St., structure fire.

Wednesday-Thursday

Investigation: 1.

EMS calls: 9.

Drunken driving

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY

Andrew A. Marner, 53, Cleveland, Illinois, judgment withheld, driving under the influence. Charge filed Oct. 26, 2016. Sentenced April 3, $1,495 fine, 12-month supervision, alcohol treatment.

"}, {"id":"dd7be727-1245-59f8-a743-61e1ca7dfb63","type":"article","starttime":"1493333100","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-27T17:45:00-05:00","lastupdated":"1493340785","sections":[{"business":"business"},{"local":"news/local"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Unemployment falls to 4.8 percent in Q-C","url":"http://qctimes.com/business/article_dd7be727-1245-59f8-a743-61e1ca7dfb63.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/business/unemployment-falls-to-percent-in-q-c/article_dd7be727-1245-59f8-a743-61e1ca7dfb63.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/business/unemployment-falls-to-percent-in-q-c/article_dd7be727-1245-59f8-a743-61e1ca7dfb63.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Jennifer DeWitt\njdewitt@qctimes.com","prologue":"The Quad-Cities' unemployment rate fell in March to its lowest level for that month since 2008 as a continued decline in the size of the labor force drove some of the decrease, a labor analyst said Thursday. The Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES, reported that unemployment in the four-county Quad-City metropolitan statistical area was 4.8 percent in March. That was down 1.2 percent from the 6.0 percent reported a year ago. In February, unemployment was at 5.3 percent.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["economy","unemployment","tom austin","illinois department of employment security","manufacturing sector","quad-city","quad cities","unemployment rate","ides","scott county","work","labor force","job","quad-citians","march"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"c792595b-5c4e-58ef-a349-75b3d3537992","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"177","height":"92","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/79/c792595b-5c4e-58ef-a349-75b3d3537992/585c202456acd.image.png?resize=177%2C92"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"52","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/79/c792595b-5c4e-58ef-a349-75b3d3537992/585c202456acd.image.png?resize=100%2C52"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"156","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/79/c792595b-5c4e-58ef-a349-75b3d3537992/585c202456acd.image.png"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"532","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/79/c792595b-5c4e-58ef-a349-75b3d3537992/585c202456acd.image.png"}}}],"revision":4,"commentID":"dd7be727-1245-59f8-a743-61e1ca7dfb63","body":"

The Quad-Cities' unemployment rate fell in March to its lowest level for that month since 2008 as a continued decline in the size of the labor force drove some of the decrease, a labor analyst said Thursday.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES, reported that unemployment in the four-county Quad-City metropolitan statistical area was 4.8 percent in March. That was down 1.2 percent from the 6.0 percent reported a year ago. In February, unemployment was at 5.3 percent.

\"We're still experiencing a decline in the overall labor force, which is related back to some of the things we have seen happening in the area \u2014 such as declines in the manufacturing sector,\" said Tom Austin of IDES.

The local manufacturing sector lost 800 jobs over the year and now employs 22,400 Quad-Citians. But the sector gained 200 jobs between February and March, according to IDES statistics.

\"One of your largest industries is manufacturing. With declines continuing over a long time, people have had to look at what their other options are,'' he said.

In addition to a decline in the total labor force, the Quad-Cities saw a decline in the number of people unemployed and an increase in the number employed, he said.

The number of Quad-Citians unemployed declined 21 percent in March to 9,108 versus 11,503 a year ago and 10,075 in February. The statistics also show a total of 180,855 were employed, which compared to 179,813 a year ago and 179,142 in February.

The labor force declined by 1,353 people, or less than 1 percent, to 189,963 in March from 191,316 a year ago. In February, it totaled 189,217.

The labor force decline could be due to fewer people still looking for work, retirements, and others returning to school or waiting for other opportunities. \"Manufacturing typically has older workers in it. So they might be in a situation where they can retire,\" Austin added.

The other sectors posting declines were wholesale trade, transportation-warehousing-utilities and other services, which each lost 100 jobs over the year.

\"Overall, you're ahead,\" he said.

The area's non-farm jobs grew by 800 from 180,700 a year ago to 181,500 in March. The strongest gains were in educational-health services (+900); professional-business services (+400); financial activities and government (+300 each).

The last time the March rate was equal or lower was in 2008 when it was 4.8 percent.

The unemployment rate identifies people in Rock Island, Mercer and Henry counties in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa who are out of work and seeking employment.

"}, {"id":"9d423ad6-c405-5abe-ab77-1c5709a2496c","type":"article","starttime":"1493332080","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-27T17:28:00-05:00","sections":[{"local":"news/local"},{"notebook-digest":"print-specific/notebook-digest"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Habitat housing workshop is May 6","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/article_9d423ad6-c405-5abe-ab77-1c5709a2496c.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/habitat-housing-workshop-is-may/article_9d423ad6-c405-5abe-ab77-1c5709a2496c.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/habitat-housing-workshop-is-may/article_9d423ad6-c405-5abe-ab77-1c5709a2496c.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Habitat for Humanity Quad-Cities is looking for families interested in earning/buying a Habitat house. A free partner family application workshop will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Habitat for Humanity Administrative Office, 3625 Mississippi Ave., Davenport. For more information, call Barb at 563-359-9066.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["habitat for humanity quad-cities","low-income housing","housing workshop","workshop","economics","commerce","habitat","housing","mortgage","partner","applicant","application"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","revision":1,"commentID":"9d423ad6-c405-5abe-ab77-1c5709a2496c","body":"

Habitat for Humanity Quad-Cities is looking for families interested in earning/buying a Habitat house. A free partner family application workshop will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Habitat for Humanity Administrative Office, 3625 Mississippi Ave., Davenport.

For more information, call Barb at 563-359-9066.

The workshop will cover the application process and the qualifications required to be considered for the program. Applications will be available at the workshops as well as at the Habitat Quad-Cities administrative office after the workshop.

Qualified applicants need to have a strong desire to own a home, a stable income of at least $26,000 and be willing to work alongside Habitat volunteers to build the home. Partner families earn \u201csweat equity\u201d performing volunteer hours while working with a mentor throughout the duration of the building process, and attend classes on home ownership. Applicants will have the ability to purchase their new home at a reduced rate and zero percent interest mortgage.

Habitat for Humanity Quad-Cities is a non-profit Christian housing organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing.

"}, {"id":"e83a5635-ca60-53d0-938b-26271a00a50e","type":"article","starttime":"1493330400","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-27T17:00:00-05:00","lastupdated":"1493348404","sections":[{"government-and-politics":"news/local/government-and-politics"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Hogg says Democrats will defend IPERS","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/article_e83a5635-ca60-53d0-938b-26271a00a50e.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/hogg-says-democrats-will-defend-ipers/article_e83a5635-ca60-53d0-938b-26271a00a50e.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/hogg-says-democrats-will-defend-ipers/article_e83a5635-ca60-53d0-938b-26271a00a50e.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Ed Tibbetts\netibbetts@qctimes.com","prologue":"Iowa legislative Democrats warned Thursday they are planning to do battle next year if Republicans seek to make major changes to state's public employee retirement system. Iowa Sen. Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids, the Democratic leader in the Senate, joined a handful of Quad-City area Democratic legislators in Davenport on Thursday for a post-mortem on the 2017 session, which Hogg called \"brutal\" for working families.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["rob hogg","terry branstad","voter identification law","democrats","republicans","governor","quad-city","ross paustian","iowa","kim reynolds","lt. gov.","davenport","democratic leader","parliament","institutes","politics","ipers","senate","legislation"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"f034609c-d155-563c-b96e-2522ba219c77","description":"Iowa state Sen. Rob Hogg","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"mugshot","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"750","height":"1050","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/03/f034609c-d155-563c-b96e-2522ba219c77/59026c7838c6f.image.jpg?resize=750%2C1050"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"55","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/03/f034609c-d155-563c-b96e-2522ba219c77/59026c7838c6f.image.jpg?crop=740%2C409%2C3%2C182&resize=100%2C55&order=crop%2Cresize"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"166","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/03/f034609c-d155-563c-b96e-2522ba219c77/59026c7838c6f.image.jpg?crop=740%2C409%2C3%2C182&resize=300%2C166&order=crop%2Cresize"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"566","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/03/f034609c-d155-563c-b96e-2522ba219c77/59026c7838c6f.image.jpg?crop=740%2C409%2C3%2C182"}}}],"revision":5,"commentID":"e83a5635-ca60-53d0-938b-26271a00a50e","body":"

Iowa legislative Democrats warned Thursday they are planning to do battle next year if Republicans seek to make major changes to state's public employee retirement system.

Iowa Sen. Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids, the Democratic leader in the Senate, joined a handful of Quad-City area Democratic legislators in Davenport on Thursday for a post-mortem on the 2017 session, which Hogg called \"brutal\" for working families.

The Republican-controlled Legislature adjourned last weekend after making sweeping changes on several fronts, including reductions in collective bargaining rights for most public employees, a voter identification law and a host of other changes.

Democrats still have to wait another 19 months before they'll get a chance to compete with Republicans at the polls. But asked what they expected were major issues to come in the 2018 session, Hogg said water quality and income taxes will be big topics. He also raised the idea Republicans, much like they did with collective bargaining, could seek to make changes swiftly to Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System, or IPERS.

\"We will be defending IPERS,\" he said.

Both Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have said a task force will review the future of IPERS. Reynolds also has raised the prospect of shifting to a 401k-like system, while protecting retirees and employees who are relying on the current system.

Locally, Hogg blamed Republicans for failing to get a bill passed addressing per-pupil inequities in Iowa's school funding formula. The Senate passed legislation, 47-0, to eliminate the inequity over 10 years, as well as imbalances in transportation funding. Its first year cost was $14 million. Currently, some school districts, including Davenport, can't spend as much as some others.

The legislation failed to get a vote in the House, with officials there blaming new revenue projections that prompted the state to make mid-year budget cuts for fiscal 2017, as well adjustments for 2018.

Hogg, however, said Republicans devoted money to such things as targeting Planned Parenthood, so there were funds that could have gone to the legislation.

State Rep. Ross Paustian, R-Walcott, rejected Hogg's criticism, saying that when Democrats controlled the Senate, they didn't move on the inequity issue.

\"That's just plain politics,\" he said.

"}, {"id":"058f43c9-f652-5d4d-8223-507b80a7e906","type":"article","starttime":"1493325000","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-27T15:30:00-05:00","lastupdated":"1493330462","sections":[{"crime-and-courts":"news/local/crime-and-courts"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Davenport man charged in federal court with selling heroin","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_058f43c9-f652-5d4d-8223-507b80a7e906.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/davenport-man-charged-in-federal-court-with-selling-heroin/article_058f43c9-f652-5d4d-8223-507b80a7e906.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/davenport-man-charged-in-federal-court-with-selling-heroin/article_058f43c9-f652-5d4d-8223-507b80a7e906.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Tara Becker\ntbecker@qctimes.com","prologue":"A Davenport man has been charged in federal court after police and prosecutors say he sold heroin to a confidential informant in December and January. Prosecutors on Thursday unsealed a one-count complaint for distribution of heroin against Larry Lazzle Bolden, 48, in U.S. District Court, Davenport. A preliminary hearing and a detention hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.\u00a0","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["heroin","larry lazzle bolden","iowa division of criminal investigation criminalistics laboratory","rock island county","iowa","scott county district court","u.s. district court","davenport","scott county","rock island","criminal law","law","police","count","crime","sentence","detention","hearing","preliminary hearing"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"e8ea6dd7-e67a-5d67-ae3a-56d9bc9a6959","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"mugshot","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"700","height":"466","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/8e/e8ea6dd7-e67a-5d67-ae3a-56d9bc9a6959/572a9f59a978f.image.jpg?resize=700%2C466"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"66","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/8e/e8ea6dd7-e67a-5d67-ae3a-56d9bc9a6959/56df73a09468a.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/8e/e8ea6dd7-e67a-5d67-ae3a-56d9bc9a6959/572a9f59a978f.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/8e/e8ea6dd7-e67a-5d67-ae3a-56d9bc9a6959/572a9f59a978f.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":2,"commentID":"058f43c9-f652-5d4d-8223-507b80a7e906","body":"

A Davenport man has been charged in federal court after police and prosecutors say he sold heroin to a confidential informant in December and January.

Prosecutors on Thursday unsealed a one-count complaint for distribution of heroin against Larry Lazzle Bolden, 48, in U.S. District Court, Davenport. A preliminary hearing and a detention hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.\u00a0

According to the criminal complaint, Bolden sold a substance suspected to be heroin to the informant three times and facilitated a fourth sale between December and January in Davenport.

The suspected heroin was tested at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory on Jan. 31 and Feb. 3, according to the complaint.

The lab determined that one of the substances tested positive for heroin and fentanyl and another substance tested positive for acrylfentanyl, according to the complaint.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain medication that is said to be up to 100 times more potent than morphine.

The other substances submitted to the lab tested positive for heroin, according to the complaint.

Bolden was arrested in February and initially charged in Scott County District Court with two counts of controlled substance violation. The charges were dismissed Thursday when the federal case was unsealed.

He has multiple felony convictions for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, aggravated battery and forgery in Rock Island County.

In August, Bolden was charged in Rock Island County with obstruction of justice. He posted 10 percent of a $2,000 bond and remained out of custody until his arrest in the Scott County case.

In March 2002, he was sentenced\u00a0in U.S. District Court, Rock Island, to more than 13 years in federal prison on charges of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. The sentence was reduced to more than 10 years in 2006, according to court records.

He was released in 2011 and was ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release. In August 2013, he was sentenced to almost 21 months in prison for violating the terms of his supervised release.

Bolden was released from custody in November 2014, according to Bureau of Prisons online records.

"}, {"id":"06690671-fa90-556b-ac8a-1484a146cb48","type":"article","starttime":"1493322300","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-27T14:45:00-05:00","lastupdated":"1493340786","sections":[{"business":"business"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Q-C earns spots in \"Big Muddy Cup\" ranking","url":"http://qctimes.com/business/article_06690671-fa90-556b-ac8a-1484a146cb48.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/business/q-c-earns-spots-in-big-muddy-cup-ranking/article_06690671-fa90-556b-ac8a-1484a146cb48.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/business/q-c-earns-spots-in-big-muddy-cup-ranking/article_06690671-fa90-556b-ac8a-1484a146cb48.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Three Quad-Cities communities have been recognized for their new investments along the Mississippi River in 2016 by Site Selection magazine. The economic development magazine annually ranks metropolitan and micropolitan areas by number of projects per capita and by number of total projects. Awards are based on growth in the industries of manufacturing, call centers, headquarters, data centers, distribution warehouse, office, and research and development, according to a news release from the Quad-Cities Chamber.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["big muddy cup","quad-cities chamber","site selection magazine","publishing","muscatine","sociology","company","rock island","sport","metro","fourth","sixth","seventh","economic development"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"1a899839-f7f0-5d82-ac55-a2bc7b7a90d5","description":"","byline":"Heather Overman","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"200","height":"665","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/a8/1a899839-f7f0-5d82-ac55-a2bc7b7a90d5/59024607a2a5c.image.jpg?resize=200%2C665"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"333","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/a8/1a899839-f7f0-5d82-ac55-a2bc7b7a90d5/59024607a2a5c.image.jpg?resize=100%2C333"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"998","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/a8/1a899839-f7f0-5d82-ac55-a2bc7b7a90d5/59024607a2a5c.image.jpg"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"3405","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/a8/1a899839-f7f0-5d82-ac55-a2bc7b7a90d5/59024607a2a5c.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":5,"commentID":"06690671-fa90-556b-ac8a-1484a146cb48","body":"

Three Quad-Cities communities have been recognized for their new investments along the Mississippi River in 2016 by Site Selection magazine. The economic development magazine annually ranks metropolitan and micropolitan areas by number of projects per capita and by number of total projects.

Awards are based on growth in the industries of manufacturing, call centers, headquarters, data centers, distribution warehouse, office, and research and development, according to a news release from the Quad-Cities Chamber.

The Davenport-Moline-Rock Island metro ranked sixth in total projects with 19, Muscatine ranked fourth in projects per capita (42,903) with three and Clinton ranked seventh in projects per capita (48,051) also with three.

Companies in the six-county region of Scott, Clinton and Muscatine in Iowa, and Rock Island, Mercer and Henry in Illinois, invested $247.92 million and created 186 new jobs in 2016.

"}, {"id":"b6a89478-fde1-5f22-bbb5-ec6e9a2d7a05","type":"article","starttime":"1493318460","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-27T13:41:00-05:00","lastupdated":"1493340063","sections":[{"education":"news/local/education"}],"application":"editorial","title":"RI hosts kindergarten roundup","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/education/article_b6a89478-fde1-5f22-bbb5-ec6e9a2d7a05.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/education/ri-hosts-kindergarten-roundup/article_b6a89478-fde1-5f22-bbb5-ec6e9a2d7a05.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/education/ri-hosts-kindergarten-roundup/article_b6a89478-fde1-5f22-bbb5-ec6e9a2d7a05.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Parents of youngsters in the Rock Island-Milan School District are invited on Wednesday, May 3, to a kindergarten roundup for the 2017-18 school year. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 in order to qualify. Specific times at each school are as follows: Denkmann Elementary, 4 p.m.; Earl Hanson Elementary, 3 p.m.; Eugene Field Elementary, 4:30 p.m.; Frances Willard Elementary, 3:30 p.m.; Longfellow Liberal Arts, 3 p.m.; Rock Island Academy, 3 p.m.; Rock Island Center for Math & Science (by invitation), 3 p.m.; Ridgewood Elementary, 3 p.m.; Thomas Jefferson Elementary, 2:45 p.m.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["rock island-milan school district 41","rock island academy","earl hanson","frances willard","rock island center for math & science","rock island-milan school district","eugene field","kindergarten","school","roundup","rock island","elementary","hanson elementary","parents","center for math"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"bd54c8b1-0e09-5ca9-a2ab-01d0ec183dea","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"770","height":"433","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/d5/bd54c8b1-0e09-5ca9-a2ab-01d0ec183dea/573fd5874dc69.image.jpg?resize=770%2C433"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/d5/bd54c8b1-0e09-5ca9-a2ab-01d0ec183dea/56bebee6716d7.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/d5/bd54c8b1-0e09-5ca9-a2ab-01d0ec183dea/573fd5874dc69.image.jpg?resize=300%2C169"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/d5/bd54c8b1-0e09-5ca9-a2ab-01d0ec183dea/573fd5874dc69.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":3,"commentID":"b6a89478-fde1-5f22-bbb5-ec6e9a2d7a05","body":"

Parents of youngsters in the Rock Island-Milan School District are invited on Wednesday, May 3, to a kindergarten roundup for the 2017-18 school year.

Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 in order to qualify.

Specific times at each school are as follows: Denkmann Elementary, 4 p.m.; Earl Hanson Elementary, 3 p.m.; Eugene Field Elementary, 4:30 p.m.; Frances Willard Elementary, 3:30 p.m.; Longfellow Liberal Arts, 3 p.m.; Rock Island Academy, 3 p.m.; Rock Island Center for Math & Science (by invitation), 3 p.m.; Ridgewood Elementary, 3 p.m.; Thomas Jefferson Elementary, 2:45 p.m.

Find school boundary information and other requirements at rockislandschools.org. For questions on the Center for Math & Science, call the school at 309-793-5995.

"}, {"id":"bc3e64f8-3e70-50e2-855e-c4de376f2aaa","type":"article","starttime":"1493316000","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-27T13:00:00-05:00","lastupdated":"1493373743","sections":[{"crime-and-courts":"news/local/crime-and-courts"}],"flags":{"top_story":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"Teen sentenced to prison in 2015 fatal shooting in Davenport","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_bc3e64f8-3e70-50e2-855e-c4de376f2aaa.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/teen-sentenced-to-prison-in-fatal-shooting-in-davenport/article_bc3e64f8-3e70-50e2-855e-c4de376f2aaa.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/teen-sentenced-to-prison-in-fatal-shooting-in-davenport/article_bc3e64f8-3e70-50e2-855e-c4de376f2aaa.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Tara Becker\ntbecker@qctimes.com","prologue":"A Rock Island man was sentenced Thursday to up to 20 years in prison for the September 2015 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Louis K. Woodson Jr. Juwan Attron Johnson, 19, declined to make a statement before District Court Judge Joel Barrows handed down the sentence during a short hearing in Scott County District Court.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["scott county","juwan attron johnson","louis k. woodson jr.","genesis medical center","joel barrows","rock island county","scott county jail","scott county district court","davenport","fatal shooting","manslaughter","criminal law","law","crime","prison sentence","felony","probation","sentence"],"internalKeywords":["#free"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"017a985b-2cc2-59fd-a93d-05e809da32fd","description":"Juwan Johnson","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"mugshot","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"198","height":"248","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/17/017a985b-2cc2-59fd-a93d-05e809da32fd/58cc595755575.image.jpg?resize=198%2C248"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"125","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/17/017a985b-2cc2-59fd-a93d-05e809da32fd/55f8946f48211.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"216","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/17/017a985b-2cc2-59fd-a93d-05e809da32fd/58cc595755575.image.jpg?crop=194%2C140%2C1%2C62"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"739","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/17/017a985b-2cc2-59fd-a93d-05e809da32fd/58cc595755575.image.jpg?crop=194%2C140%2C1%2C62"}}}],"revision":7,"commentID":"bc3e64f8-3e70-50e2-855e-c4de376f2aaa","body":"

A Rock Island man was sentenced Thursday to up to 20 years in prison for the September 2015 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Louis K. Woodson Jr.

Juwan Attron Johnson, 19, declined to make a statement before District Court Judge Joel Barrows handed down the sentence during a short hearing in Scott County District Court.

Barrows sentenced Johnson to up to 10 years in prison on charges of voluntary manslaughter and intimidation with a dangerous weapon, both Class C felonies.

The sentences will be served back-to-back. He will be required to serve at least five years of the sentence on the intimidation charge before he is eligible for parole.

He was given credit for time already served in the Scott County Jail and was ordered by Barrows to pay $150,000 in restitution to Woodson\u2019s heirs.

As part of his plea agreement with prosecutors, Johnson will not appeal the sentence.

About 1:24 a.m. Sept. 2, 2015, officers responded to the Brady Mart, 3107 Brady St. for a report of a shooting, according to police.

Johnson had a 9mm handgun and waited in the parking lot for three people to leave the store, police said.

Three people ran from the business, and two of them got into a waiting vehicle. Johnson fired several rounds into the vehicle and struck Woodson, who was in the back seat, according to police.

Johnson was identified by witnesses at the scene, according to police.

Woodson, of Quincy, Illinois, suffered two gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport.

At a plea hearing in March, Johnson said he acted in a sudden or irresistible passion because of serious provocation, which is an element of the voluntary manslaughter charge.

In November 2012, Johnson was adjudicated as a delinquent juvenile on a felony charge of mob action in Rock Island County.

In February 2015, Johnson pleaded guilty in Scott County to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to two years of probation and a suspended five-year prison term.

A petition to revoke his probation was filed Sept. 10, 2015, and a bench warrant was issued for him the following day.

On April 20, his probation was revoked, and he was ordered to serve the original prison sentence.

"}, {"id":"2f4949a3-f418-571c-aaf6-ce05997d8daa","type":"article","starttime":"1493314260","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-27T12:31:00-05:00","lastupdated":"1493339942","sections":[{"government-and-politics":"news/local/government-and-politics"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Rock Island cancels spring garage sale event","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/article_2f4949a3-f418-571c-aaf6-ce05997d8daa.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/rock-island-cancels-spring-garage-sale-event/article_2f4949a3-f418-571c-aaf6-ce05997d8daa.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/rock-island-cancels-spring-garage-sale-event/article_2f4949a3-f418-571c-aaf6-ce05997d8daa.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"A Spring Community Garage Sale event organized by the Rock Island Parks and Recreation Department has been canceled because of the threat of rain this weekend. The event was scheduled for Saturday at Longview Park with a rain date for Sunday, but the weather forecast for both days has prompted the department to cancel the sale.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["garage sale","rock island parks and recreation department","rock island","spring community garage sale","longview park","commerce","spring","parks","community","event","weather forecast"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"e0a2db07-8200-54c1-81ae-326d1376824a","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"216","height":"136","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/0a/e0a2db07-8200-54c1-81ae-326d1376824a/59028f642f1aa.image.jpg?resize=216%2C136"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"62","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/0a/e0a2db07-8200-54c1-81ae-326d1376824a/5515cf24a0c23.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"188","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/0a/e0a2db07-8200-54c1-81ae-326d1376824a/5515cf24a1b34.preview-300.jpg"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"645","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/0a/e0a2db07-8200-54c1-81ae-326d1376824a/59028f642f1aa.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":3,"commentID":"2f4949a3-f418-571c-aaf6-ce05997d8daa","body":"

A Spring Community Garage Sale event organized by the Rock Island Parks and Recreation Department has been canceled because of the threat of rain this weekend.

The event was scheduled for Saturday at Longview Park with a rain date for Sunday, but the weather forecast for both days has prompted the department to cancel the sale.

The next Community Garage Sale is scheduled for Sept. 30. For more information, call 309-732-7275.

"}, {"id":"db6e17e8-0e41-5e52-ab08-1240a3068f4f","type":"article","starttime":"1493312400","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-27T12:00:00-05:00","lastupdated":"1493373856","sections":[{"noonnotes":"news/local/noonnotes"}],"flags":{"top_story":"true"},"geolocation":{"latitude":"41.574627","longitude":"-90.581047"},"application":"editorial","title":"Davenport YMCA employee 'just one of those guys'","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/noonnotes/article_db6e17e8-0e41-5e52-ab08-1240a3068f4f.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/noonnotes/davenport-ymca-employee-just-one-of-those-guys/article_db6e17e8-0e41-5e52-ab08-1240a3068f4f.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/noonnotes/davenport-ymca-employee-just-one-of-those-guys/article_db6e17e8-0e41-5e52-ab08-1240a3068f4f.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":3,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"Jack Cullen\njcullen@qctimes.com","prologue":"Whether you frequent the North Family YMCA in Davenport or exercise there once every few weeks, you probably know Mr. Lewis \u2014 the smiling man behind the front desk \u2014 and he probably knows you. \u201cHow we doing, sunshine?\u201d he asked one member earlier this week as she arrived for her workout. \u201cBehave yourself today,\u201d he said jokingly to a man on his way out the door.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["ymca","lewis bell","genesis medical center","kathie heaps","medicare","dialysis","linda garrett","frank klipsch iv","chance moen","davenport","upper iowa university","university hospitals","eldridge","work","anatomy","medicine","kidney","lewis","usular lewis bell","evaluation"],"internalKeywords":["#free"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"f096f8b4-3cb6-5707-9067-1b3b99e59d1a","description":"Davenport North YMCA employee Usular \"Lewis\" Bell, left, talks with members Denise and Willie McNeal Wednesday morning about equipment at the facility. Bell, who underwent a kidney transplant in 2013, has battled a slew of health issues this year and is need of another kidney. To help pay for medical expenses, Kathie Heaps and other members are throwing him a benefit Sunday at the Y off West 53rd Street. Meanwhile, Heaps offered to donate her kidney to Bell, whose cadaver organ is failing.\u00a0","byline":"Kevin E. Schmidt, QUAD-CITY TIMES","hireswidth":1951,"hiresheight":1061,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/09/f096f8b4-3cb6-5707-9067-1b3b99e59d1a/5902253ce9c68.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1951","height":"1061","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/09/f096f8b4-3cb6-5707-9067-1b3b99e59d1a/5902253ce8d29.image.jpg?resize=1951%2C1061"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"54","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/09/f096f8b4-3cb6-5707-9067-1b3b99e59d1a/5902253ce8d29.image.jpg?resize=100%2C54"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"163","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/09/f096f8b4-3cb6-5707-9067-1b3b99e59d1a/5902253ce8d29.image.jpg?resize=300%2C163"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"557","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/09/f096f8b4-3cb6-5707-9067-1b3b99e59d1a/5902253ce8d29.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C557"}}},{"id":"4f71f04a-431b-50fb-ac83-295eb628b1ef","description":"Benefit organizers Linda Garrett, left, and Kathie Heaps load the last of 200-plus raffle prizes into a trailer outside of Heaps' rural Eldridge home Thursday. The items will be transported to the Davenport North YMCA for the Lewis Bell fundraiser on Sunday.","byline":"Kevin E. Schmidt, QUAD-CITY TIMES","hireswidth":1907,"hiresheight":1086,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/f7/4f71f04a-431b-50fb-ac83-295eb628b1ef/5902253c76746.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1907","height":"1086","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/f7/4f71f04a-431b-50fb-ac83-295eb628b1ef/5902253c75694.image.jpg?resize=1907%2C1086"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"57","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/f7/4f71f04a-431b-50fb-ac83-295eb628b1ef/5902253c75694.image.jpg?resize=100%2C57"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"171","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/f7/4f71f04a-431b-50fb-ac83-295eb628b1ef/5902253c75694.image.jpg?resize=300%2C171"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"583","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/f7/4f71f04a-431b-50fb-ac83-295eb628b1ef/5902253c75694.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C583"}}},{"id":"10fa805b-fdfe-5ad0-a7d3-1a8c44d78e57","description":"Usular Lewis Bell","byline":"Kevin E. Schmidt, QUAD-CITY TIMES","hireswidth":1153,"hiresheight":1795,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/0f/10fa805b-fdfe-5ad0-a7d3-1a8c44d78e57/5902253d61737.hires.jpg","presentation":"mugshot","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1153","height":"1795","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/0f/10fa805b-fdfe-5ad0-a7d3-1a8c44d78e57/5902253d608d0.image.jpg?resize=1153%2C1795"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"156","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/0f/10fa805b-fdfe-5ad0-a7d3-1a8c44d78e57/5902253d608d0.image.jpg?resize=100%2C156"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"467","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/0f/10fa805b-fdfe-5ad0-a7d3-1a8c44d78e57/5902253d608d0.image.jpg?resize=300%2C467"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1594","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/0f/10fa805b-fdfe-5ad0-a7d3-1a8c44d78e57/5902253d608d0.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1594"}}}],"revision":10,"commentID":"db6e17e8-0e41-5e52-ab08-1240a3068f4f","body":"

Whether you frequent the North Family YMCA in Davenport or exercise there once every few weeks, you probably know Mr. Lewis \u2014 the smiling man behind the front desk \u2014 and he probably knows you.

\u201cHow we doing, sunshine?\u201d he asked one member earlier this week as she arrived for her workout.

\u201cBehave yourself today,\u201d he said jokingly to a man on his way out the door.

For those who never have stepped foot in the facility at 624 W. 53rd St., meet Usular Lewis Bell, a part-time employee there whose greetings crack smiles as big as his.

\u201cI like to know everybody that I come in contact with,\u201d said Bell, sporting a pair of red Nike sneakers with a crimson uniform polo to match. \u201cAll of us have an interesting story.\u201d

But the 52-year-old Davenport man's story, which has been riddled with health issues requiring medical leave throughout his 13-year career at the YMCA, may soon take another turn.

Unlikely friendships

Following five years of tri-weekly dialysis treatments at Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport,\u00a0Bell received a new kidney on Jan. 1, 2013.

Two days later marked his last session of dialysis, a procedure that filters toxins and other substances from the blood.\u00a0

The father of two and grandfather of three, who said he never was a heavy drinker or illicit drug user, later was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, or FSGS. The rare disease attacks the kidney\u2019s filters and causes serious scarring, which ultimately can lead to kidney failure.

He takes medicine to keep the disease at bay, but his cadaver organ is on the brink of failure, functioning at 20 percent of normal. Last week, he underwent a kidney transplant evaluation at University Hospitals in Iowa City and is awaiting a response from his nephrologist.

\"It's a process,\" said Bell, who treasures his independence. \"I'm trying to stay healthy right now until I get that call.\"\u00a0

Meanwhile, a couple of his biggest fans at the Y recently stepped up to help their friend in need.

At the lead, retired hairdresser Kathie Heaps, along with fellow Y member Linda Garrett, have planned a benefit for Bell.

\"Kathie

Benefit organizers Linda Garrett, left, and Kathie Heaps load the last of 200-plus raffle prizes into a trailer outside of Heaps' rural Eldridge home Thursday. The items will be transported to the Davenport North YMCA for the Lewis Bell fundraiser on Sunday.

Heaps, 65, joined the Y in 2010 to take up swimming, which has turned into an everyday activity for her. Although the North Y\u2019s pool is closed temporarily\u00a0for electrical work, the retiree has not had any time for water aerobics lately.

Bell\u2019s event has consumed a lot of her energy the past couple months.

\u201cI\u2019ve worked on it every day,\u201d said Heaps, who has filled 100-plus gift baskets for the gathering on Sunday. \u201cHe\u2019s just one of those guys. You can\u2019t help but love him.\u201d

Proceeds from the bash will help Bell, who receives disability benefits, pay for his medical expenses, which\u00a0Medicaid and Medicare both partially cover.\u00a0

Life-saving offer

On top of the hundreds of hours and dollars she already has invested for the cause, Heaps told Bell she wants to give him one of her healthy kidneys.

\u201cIt blew me away,\u201d Bell, still stunned, said in response. \u201cYou don\u2019t know how someone truly feels about you until something happens, and I\u2019m just in awe.\u201d

Heaps, who lives in Eldridge, said she has interviewed with Bell\u2019s physician but will not undergo an evaluation until his test results come back.

\u201cI realized that this man is in deep trouble, and this is something that I\u2019m called to do,\u201d she said. \u201cIt could save Lewis\u2019 life, and he touches far more lives than I do.\u201d

The tried-and-tested volunteer has done her fair share of good deeds.

Dubbed the \u201corganizational queen\u201d around town, Heaps has organized four benefits in the past, raising $20,000 to $37,000 at each of them. In 2005, her second fundraiser supported her then-3-year-old grandson, Chance Moen, who had acute myeloid leukemia.

Since the community comforted her family then, Heaps, who has solicited donations and assistance from friends and businesses, believes it is her mission to pay it forward.

Anticipation builds\u00a0

Bell usually opens about 4:45 a.m. on the days he works at the Y, where he clocks in for about 29 hours a week.

At his post, he listens to the goings-on around him. The intuitive observer, who earned his liberal arts degree from Upper Iowa University in 2016 with a focus on psychology, said he has forged numerous bonds with guests over the years.

The Y's corporate communications director and branch executive, Frank Klipsch IV, called Bell \"one of the best relationship builders around.\"

Although not much gets past him at his workplace, he does not know what to expect this weekend. In the meantime, he is just trying to keep his emotions in check.\u00a0

\"I'm a doer and a giver, so it\u2019s been an extra humbling moment for me in my life,\" Bell said. \"I've never had so many people go out of their way to do something like this for me.\"

"} ]
[ {"id":"386c38dd-ca8c-5af0-829c-60dc19b08175","type":"article","starttime":"1493379133","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-28T06:32:13-05:00","lastupdated":"1493381784","priority":0,"sections":[{"national":"news/national"}],"flags":{"ap":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"10 Things to Know for Today","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/national/article_386c38dd-ca8c-5af0-829c-60dc19b08175.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/national/things-to-know-for-today/article_386c38dd-ca8c-5af0-829c-60dc19b08175.html","canonical":"http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2017/Among-10-Things-to-Know-Pope-heads-to-Egypt-House-won-t-vote-on-health-care-US-economy-probably-slowed/id-c10ab301e90a46dbbe8b736fb68bfa90","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":3,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By The Associated Press","prologue":"Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["wire","general news","economy","business"],"internalKeywords":["#lee"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"427f9f82-812f-5b51-95fe-f112573076e2","description":"The stage is set and tested for the keynote by President Donald Trump at the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum in the Georgia World Congress Center on Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Atlanta. As the NRA holds its annual convention, opposition groups are sending a clear message that gun rights supporters will not go unchallenged in the age of Trump. On Friday, he'll become the first president to appear at an NRA convention since Ronald Reagan in 1983. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)","byline":"Curtis Compton","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"512","height":"341","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/27/427f9f82-812f-5b51-95fe-f112573076e2/590319ec10f8e.image.jpg?resize=512%2C341"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/27/427f9f82-812f-5b51-95fe-f112573076e2/590319ec10f8e.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/27/427f9f82-812f-5b51-95fe-f112573076e2/590319ec10f8e.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/27/427f9f82-812f-5b51-95fe-f112573076e2/590319ec10f8e.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"ca4d7602-8e56-5c6c-8f26-54fe290e5fe4","description":"A billboard with a picture of Egyptian Coptic Pope Tawadros II, left, welcomes Pope Francis, at St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, April 27, 2017. On Friday, Francis is scheduled to begin a two-day pilgrimage to Egypt aimed at lifting the spirits of Christians in the Middle East, whose numbers have rapidly dwindled in recent decades due to war, displacement and emigration. The visit will include a meeting with Egypt's president and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar as well as a Mass in a stadium on the outskirts of Cairo. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)","byline":"Amr Nabil","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"512","height":"335","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/a4/ca4d7602-8e56-5c6c-8f26-54fe290e5fe4/5902ec2d3388c.image.jpg?resize=512%2C335"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"65","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/a4/ca4d7602-8e56-5c6c-8f26-54fe290e5fe4/5902ec2d3388c.image.jpg?resize=100%2C65"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"196","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/a4/ca4d7602-8e56-5c6c-8f26-54fe290e5fe4/5902ec2d3388c.image.jpg?resize=300%2C196"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"670","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/a4/ca4d7602-8e56-5c6c-8f26-54fe290e5fe4/5902ec2d3388c.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"86cbf5d3-f0d9-5717-9fd9-993222f3ce92","description":"NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, center, and former Pittsburgh Steelers' Jerome Bettis, left, and Franco Harris pay tribute to Dan Rooney during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)","byline":"Julio Cortez","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"512","height":"341","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/6c/86cbf5d3-f0d9-5717-9fd9-993222f3ce92/590319ec94e4c.image.jpg?resize=512%2C341"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/6c/86cbf5d3-f0d9-5717-9fd9-993222f3ce92/590319ec94e4c.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/6c/86cbf5d3-f0d9-5717-9fd9-993222f3ce92/590319ec94e4c.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/6c/86cbf5d3-f0d9-5717-9fd9-993222f3ce92/590319ec94e4c.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":4,"commentID":"386c38dd-ca8c-5af0-829c-60dc19b08175","body":"

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. TRUMP HEADS TO NRA CONVENTION IN ATLANTA

Gun control advocates say they are ready to rumble now that the president, a darling of the National Rifle Association, is in the Oval Office.

2. ARKANSAS COMPLETES SERIES OF EXECUTIONS

The state concludes an aggressive lethal injection schedule, executing a fourth inmate in eight days.

3. WHO WON'T SHOW THEIR HAND ON PUNITIVE NORTH KOREA ACTION

China has refused to confirm or deny U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's assertion that Beijing has threatened to impose unilateral sanctions on Pyongyang if it conducts further nuclear tests.

4. WHAT THE POPE IS SEEKING IN EGYPT

Francis aims to present a united Christian-Muslim front that repudiates violence committed in God's name during his two-day trip to Cairo.

5. THE HOUSE WON'T VOTE ON A HEALTH BILL THIS WEEK

The decision deals a setback to the White House, which has pressured congressional Republicans to pass the bill by Saturday \u2014Trump's 100th day in office.

6. NEW NUMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO SHOW THE US ECONOMY SLOWED IN LAST QUARTER

But economists foresee a sharp rebound in the current April-June quarter on the strength of solid job growth, higher consumer confidence and stock-market records.

7. A TRUMP TOWER IS FATED NOT TO RISE IN BALI

Trump's organization is promising that its first resort in Asia will have breathtaking views overlooking a famed nearby temple, but Bali's height restrictions prohibit structures higher than coconut palms \u2014 about 49 feet.

8. THE WAIT FOR A CALORIE COUNT ON THAT BURGER OR PIZZA MIGHT GET LONGER

New FDA rules to help people find out how many calories are in their restaurant meals are set to go into effect next week. But they could be pushed back if grocery stores, convenience stores and pizza delivery chains get their way.

9. MEET NEW, HIGH-TECH METHODS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST INVASIVE SPECIES

Examples including a robot that zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda, and a helicopter that pelts Guam's trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake.

10. NFL TEAMS GO ON OFFENSIVE IN DRAFT

Despite defensive studs everywhere in pro football's annual draft, teams went after offensive talent, especially quarterbacks like North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky.

"} ]
[ {"id":"5b49d88a-2296-593b-a863-e562750a6bee","type":"collection","starttime":"1493382600","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-28T07:30:00-05:00","priority":0,"sections":[{"history":"now/today/history"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Today\u2019s top pics: King's Day celebrations in Netherlands and more","url":"http://qctimes.com/now/today/history/collection_5b49d88a-2296-593b-a863-e562750a6bee.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/now/today/history/today-s-top-pics-king-s-day-celebrations-in-netherlands/collection_5b49d88a-2296-593b-a863-e562750a6bee.html","canonical":"http://host.madison.com/tncms/asset/editorial/402f6f4c-2c0b-11e7-8864-1b137f11aea6/","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":10,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["wire"],"internalKeywords":["#lee","#slideshow","#gallery","#nosale"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"25fcec43-7086-5b6d-a568-464f817bf416","description":"Protestors enter into the parliament building in Skopje, Macedonia, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Scores of protesters have broken through a police cordon and entered Macedonian parliament to protest the election of a new speaker despite a months-long deadlock in talks to form a new government. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)","byline":"Boris Grdanoski","hireswidth":1800,"hiresheight":1151,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/5f/25fcec43-7086-5b6d-a568-464f817bf416/590348430b68a.hires.jpg","presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1800","height":"1151","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/5f/25fcec43-7086-5b6d-a568-464f817bf416/59034843094d4.image.jpg?resize=1800%2C1151"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"64","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/5f/25fcec43-7086-5b6d-a568-464f817bf416/59034843094d4.image.jpg?resize=100%2C64"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"192","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/5f/25fcec43-7086-5b6d-a568-464f817bf416/59034843094d4.image.jpg?resize=300%2C192"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"655","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/5f/25fcec43-7086-5b6d-a568-464f817bf416/59034843094d4.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C655"}}},{"id":"462845a6-1d85-59dd-aeb9-073938e2163b","description":"A country road cuts across the snow-covered landscape near Apfeltrang, Germany, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Wednesday night was cold and humid in Bavaria. The German Weather Service recorded temperatures as low as 0 degrees Celsius and heavy snow-fall around Munich and southern Allgau. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/ dpa via AP)","byline":"Karl-Josef Hildenbrand","hireswidth":1847,"hiresheight":1122,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/62/462845a6-1d85-59dd-aeb9-073938e2163b/59034843dc2ba.hires.jpg","presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1847","height":"1122","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/62/462845a6-1d85-59dd-aeb9-073938e2163b/59034843db2b6.image.jpg?resize=1847%2C1122"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"61","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/62/462845a6-1d85-59dd-aeb9-073938e2163b/59034843db2b6.image.jpg?resize=100%2C61"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"182","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/62/462845a6-1d85-59dd-aeb9-073938e2163b/59034843db2b6.image.jpg?resize=300%2C182"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"622","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/62/462845a6-1d85-59dd-aeb9-073938e2163b/59034843db2b6.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C622"}}},{"id":"ae91486a-3be8-5bc8-9b29-4c594a4281cd","description":"Kashmiri villagers protest demanding bodies of militants killed in a gun-battle after a group of militants stormed a military camp in Panzgam 127 Kilometers (79 miles) northwest of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, April 27, 2017. A 70-year-old civilian was killed and seven people were injured during an anti-India protest that erupted Thursday following a gun-battle that killed three Indian soldiers and two suspected rebels in disputed Kashmir, police said. Scores of villagers assembled outside the army camp in Panzgam in solidarity with the militants and chanted pro-freedom slogans and demanded that the bodies of the slain militants be handed over to them for their last rites. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)","byline":"Mukhtar Khan","hireswidth":1700,"hiresheight":1219,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/e9/ae91486a-3be8-5bc8-9b29-4c594a4281cd/59034844a5c6c.hires.jpg","presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1700","height":"1219","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/e9/ae91486a-3be8-5bc8-9b29-4c594a4281cd/59034844a4d16.image.jpg?resize=1700%2C1219"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"72","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/e9/ae91486a-3be8-5bc8-9b29-4c594a4281cd/59034844a4d16.image.jpg?resize=100%2C72"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"215","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/e9/ae91486a-3be8-5bc8-9b29-4c594a4281cd/59034844a4d16.image.jpg?resize=300%2C215"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"734","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/e9/ae91486a-3be8-5bc8-9b29-4c594a4281cd/59034844a4d16.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C734"}}},{"id":"6848aad4-0b14-56fb-b4fc-2d89753939be","description":"A helper competes with dog 'Charlie of Greydon' of owner Zsolt Erdei, Jersey, during the IPO competition at the Belgian Shepherd World Championships in Halle (Saale), Germany, Thursday, April 27, 2017. IPO is a three part sport which includes tracking, obedience and protection phases. Dog sportsmen from 40 countries take part at the six different competitions until April 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)","byline":"Jens Meyer","hireswidth":1735,"hiresheight":1194,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/84/6848aad4-0b14-56fb-b4fc-2d89753939be/59034845bf338.hires.jpg","presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1735","height":"1194","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/84/6848aad4-0b14-56fb-b4fc-2d89753939be/59034845be5ad.image.jpg?resize=1735%2C1194"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"69","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/84/6848aad4-0b14-56fb-b4fc-2d89753939be/59034845be5ad.image.jpg?resize=100%2C69"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"206","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/84/6848aad4-0b14-56fb-b4fc-2d89753939be/59034845be5ad.image.jpg?resize=300%2C206"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"705","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/84/6848aad4-0b14-56fb-b4fc-2d89753939be/59034845be5ad.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C705"}}},{"id":"a1878d86-1a11-5c31-b5f2-2fa27c374df0","description":"A fan of Uruguay's Penarol, right, fights with fans of Brazil's Palmeiras at the end of a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Palmeiras won the match 3-2. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)","byline":"Matilde Campodonico","hireswidth":1732,"hiresheight":1196,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/18/a1878d86-1a11-5c31-b5f2-2fa27c374df0/5903484685401.hires.jpg","presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1732","height":"1196","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/18/a1878d86-1a11-5c31-b5f2-2fa27c374df0/59034846843ab.image.jpg?resize=1732%2C1196"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"69","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/18/a1878d86-1a11-5c31-b5f2-2fa27c374df0/59034846843ab.image.jpg?resize=100%2C69"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"207","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/18/a1878d86-1a11-5c31-b5f2-2fa27c374df0/59034846843ab.image.jpg?resize=300%2C207"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"707","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/18/a1878d86-1a11-5c31-b5f2-2fa27c374df0/59034846843ab.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C707"}}},{"id":"69618627-e441-5b5d-9d83-bd1b75a1b1e0","description":"Two customers of the Hamam Alil spa south of Mosul, Iraq, take a break from bathing after covering themselves with mud from a nearby sulphur well, Thursday, April 27, 2017. The mud is supposedly healthy for the skin. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)","byline":"Bram Janssen","hireswidth":1763,"hiresheight":1175,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/96/69618627-e441-5b5d-9d83-bd1b75a1b1e0/5903484739cce.hires.jpg","presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1763","height":"1175","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/96/69618627-e441-5b5d-9d83-bd1b75a1b1e0/5903484738f5d.image.jpg?resize=1763%2C1175"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/96/69618627-e441-5b5d-9d83-bd1b75a1b1e0/5903484738f5d.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/96/69618627-e441-5b5d-9d83-bd1b75a1b1e0/5903484738f5d.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/96/69618627-e441-5b5d-9d83-bd1b75a1b1e0/5903484738f5d.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}},{"id":"2d6dfae5-79b3-5a22-bc02-8e3bf1486f67","description":"Isabella Tolley, 8, center, holding a blanket with a picture of her father, her mother, Marie Tolley, center left, and other family and friends watch as William Tolley's casket is loaded onto a truck at his funeral in Bethpage, N.Y., Thursday, April 27, 2017. The 42-year-old Tolley was on the roof of an apartment building during a fire when he fell. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused him to fall to his death. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)","byline":"Seth Wenig","hireswidth":1549,"hiresheight":1337,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/d6/2d6dfae5-79b3-5a22-bc02-8e3bf1486f67/59034847e1160.hires.jpg","presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1549","height":"1337","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/d6/2d6dfae5-79b3-5a22-bc02-8e3bf1486f67/59034847e02e0.image.jpg?resize=1549%2C1337"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"86","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/d6/2d6dfae5-79b3-5a22-bc02-8e3bf1486f67/59034847e02e0.image.jpg?resize=100%2C86"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"259","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/d6/2d6dfae5-79b3-5a22-bc02-8e3bf1486f67/59034847e02e0.image.jpg?resize=300%2C259"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"884","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/d6/2d6dfae5-79b3-5a22-bc02-8e3bf1486f67/59034847e02e0.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C884"}}},{"id":"ed70ef1f-2e0b-520c-87de-b1a6eb2b2560","description":"A demonstrator throws back a teargas canister during clashes after a protest, in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in the West Bank city of Hebron, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)","byline":"Nasser Shiyoukhi","hireswidth":1709,"hiresheight":1213,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/d7/ed70ef1f-2e0b-520c-87de-b1a6eb2b2560/590348488af90.hires.jpg","presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1709","height":"1213","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/d7/ed70ef1f-2e0b-520c-87de-b1a6eb2b2560/590348488a1f5.image.jpg?resize=1709%2C1213"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"71","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/d7/ed70ef1f-2e0b-520c-87de-b1a6eb2b2560/590348488a1f5.image.jpg?resize=100%2C71"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"213","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/d7/ed70ef1f-2e0b-520c-87de-b1a6eb2b2560/590348488a1f5.image.jpg?resize=300%2C213"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"727","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/d7/ed70ef1f-2e0b-520c-87de-b1a6eb2b2560/590348488a1f5.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C727"}}},{"id":"694190ab-fb63-5d12-a80e-f3716da7ed8d","description":"Arrested Indian fishermen look out at a lock up at a police station in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency (MSA) has arrested 29 Indian fishermen along with confiscating five fishing boats from the Arabian Sea for violating its territorial waters, a Pakistani police officer said. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)","byline":"Fareed Khan","hireswidth":1963,"hiresheight":1055,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/94/694190ab-fb63-5d12-a80e-f3716da7ed8d/590348493770b.hires.jpg","presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1963","height":"1055","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/94/694190ab-fb63-5d12-a80e-f3716da7ed8d/59034849368e1.image.jpg?resize=1963%2C1055"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"54","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/94/694190ab-fb63-5d12-a80e-f3716da7ed8d/59034849368e1.image.jpg?resize=100%2C54"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"161","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/94/694190ab-fb63-5d12-a80e-f3716da7ed8d/59034849368e1.image.jpg?resize=300%2C161"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"550","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/94/694190ab-fb63-5d12-a80e-f3716da7ed8d/59034849368e1.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C550"}}},{"id":"98b43971-c8c7-5746-822b-73c24241b699","description":"People dance on a boat during King's Day celebrations in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, April 27, 2017. The Netherlands is marking the 50th birthday of King Willem-Alexander with orange-clad citizens holding parties and street sales throughout the country. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)","byline":"Muhammed Muheisen","hireswidth":1763,"hiresheight":1175,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/8b/98b43971-c8c7-5746-822b-73c24241b699/59034849d8a0a.hires.jpg","presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1763","height":"1175","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/8b/98b43971-c8c7-5746-822b-73c24241b699/59034849d7b3a.image.jpg?resize=1763%2C1175"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/8b/98b43971-c8c7-5746-822b-73c24241b699/59034849d7b3a.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/8b/98b43971-c8c7-5746-822b-73c24241b699/59034849d7b3a.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/8b/98b43971-c8c7-5746-822b-73c24241b699/59034849d7b3a.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}}],"revision":1}, {"id":"436e97b9-e00a-51b8-b31d-929d750e2fb5","type":"collection","starttime":"1493377200","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-28T06:00:00-05:00","priority":0,"sections":[{"today":"now/today"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Your daily 6: A magic stamp, a posh bathroom and a surprise from Jack Sparrow","url":"http://qctimes.com/now/today/collection_436e97b9-e00a-51b8-b31d-929d750e2fb5.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/now/today/your-daily-a-magic-stamp-a-posh-bathroom-and-a/collection_436e97b9-e00a-51b8-b31d-929d750e2fb5.html","canonical":"http://www.stltoday.com/news/your-daily-a-magic-stamp-a-posh-bathroom-and-a/collection_50dd1b10-b84b-59d4-bae3-55ce30ba8992.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":6,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"People also are talking about the Pope's trip, the president's first 100 days and the NFL draft.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#lee","#slideshow"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"paging_gallery","revision":1} ]
[ {"id":"aaea8446-2a91-11e7-952a-abfd0b6d4e1b","type":"article","starttime":"1493375400","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-28T05:30:00-05:00","lastupdated":"1493381769","sections":[{"local":"news/local"},{"traffic":"traffic"},{"weather":"weather"}],"flags":{"alert":"true","featured":"true"},"application":"editorial","title":"Rick's Six: More rain, I-74 bridge bids, Elton John coming to Q-C","url":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/article_aaea8446-2a91-11e7-952a-abfd0b6d4e1b.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/rick-s-six-more-rain-i--bridge-bids-elton/article_aaea8446-2a91-11e7-952a-abfd0b6d4e1b.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/news/local/rick-s-six-more-rain-i--bridge-bids-elton/article_aaea8446-2a91-11e7-952a-abfd0b6d4e1b.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":6,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":1,"gallery":0},"prologue":"1. Wet weather hangs around NWSA good Friday to all. It's the end of the work week, so what does the weekend hold? Here's the forecast from the National Weather Service. Today there's a chance of sprinkles before 9 a.m., then showers likely after 1 p.m. There's the possibility of patchy frost before 7 a.m. for areas north of the Quad-Cities. Otherwise the day will be cloudy with a high near 53 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent with new precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["drill","education","university","student","loud noise","east moline fire department","bhc police department","east moline police department","emergency medical services","black hawk college police department","ems program","police","fire department","health sciences center","garage sale","rock island","criminal law","crime","juwan attron johnson","joel barrows","meteorology","shower","thunderstorm","forecast","rainfall","wind","national weather service","rain"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":"","images":[{"id":"ce713c42-5f05-11e0-9c03-001cc4c03286","description":"","byline":"Contributed photo","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"136","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/e7/ce713c42-5f05-11e0-9c03-001cc4c03286/4d9a3e5b037b9.image.jpg?resize=300%2C136"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"45","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/e7/ce713c42-5f05-11e0-9c03-001cc4c03286/4d9a3e5b04cab.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"136","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/e7/ce713c42-5f05-11e0-9c03-001cc4c03286/4d9a3e5b066c5.preview-300.jpg"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"464","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/e7/ce713c42-5f05-11e0-9c03-001cc4c03286/4d9a3e5b037b9.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"300","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/a4/ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0/ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0.image.jpg?resize=300%2C300"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"100","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/a4/ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0/ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"300","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/a4/ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0/ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0.preview-300.jpg"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1024","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/a4/ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0/ba4438ba-3908-11df-a4ec-001cc4c002e0.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"1db39b93-e653-5c9b-a802-11a644ea6a45","description":"Juwan A. Johnson (Rock Island County Jail)","byline":"Contributed photo","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"480","height":"600","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/db/1db39b93-e653-5c9b-a802-11a644ea6a45/55f872e8a67f3.image.jpg?resize=480%2C600"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"125","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/db/1db39b93-e653-5c9b-a802-11a644ea6a45/55f872e8b1e40.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"375","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/db/1db39b93-e653-5c9b-a802-11a644ea6a45/55f872e8a67f3.image.jpg?resize=300%2C375"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1280","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/db/1db39b93-e653-5c9b-a802-11a644ea6a45/55f872e8a67f3.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"772a58b5-9bb3-57b5-b90d-ec23828fdc2f","description":"FILE - In this March 25, 2017 file photo, Elton John arrives at Elton John's 70th Birthday and 50-Year Songwriting Partnership with Bernie Taupin celebration in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)","byline":"Jordan Strauss","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"512","height":"377","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/72/772a58b5-9bb3-57b5-b90d-ec23828fdc2f/58fe7cd129458.image.jpg?resize=512%2C377"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"74","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/72/772a58b5-9bb3-57b5-b90d-ec23828fdc2f/58fe7cd129458.image.jpg?resize=100%2C74"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"221","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/72/772a58b5-9bb3-57b5-b90d-ec23828fdc2f/58fe7cd129458.image.jpg?resize=300%2C221"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"754","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/72/772a58b5-9bb3-57b5-b90d-ec23828fdc2f/58fe7cd129458.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"26a21337-4ed4-5ef9-89fa-cf8542ba3a66","description":"Stairs and an elevator will take cyclists and pedestrians to the new Interstate 74 bridge, scheduled for 2020 completion.","byline":"CONTRIBUTED PHOTO","hireswidth":1600,"hiresheight":900,"hiresurl":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/6a/26a21337-4ed4-5ef9-89fa-cf8542ba3a66/55b2893187e4a.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"348","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/6a/26a21337-4ed4-5ef9-89fa-cf8542ba3a66/55b289318a723.image.jpg?resize=620%2C348"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/6a/26a21337-4ed4-5ef9-89fa-cf8542ba3a66/55b289319474c.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"168","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/6a/26a21337-4ed4-5ef9-89fa-cf8542ba3a66/55b289319512f.preview-300.jpg"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"575","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/6a/26a21337-4ed4-5ef9-89fa-cf8542ba3a66/55b289318a723.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"222e34de-2bfb-11e7-9021-9fed4d81b13a","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/png","width":"960","height":"740","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/22/222e34de-2bfb-11e7-9021-9fed4d81b13a/5903328372168.image.png?resize=960%2C740"},"100": {"type":"image/png","width":"100","height":"77","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/22/222e34de-2bfb-11e7-9021-9fed4d81b13a/5903328372168.image.png?resize=100%2C77"},"300": {"type":"image/png","width":"300","height":"231","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/22/222e34de-2bfb-11e7-9021-9fed4d81b13a/5903328372168.image.png?resize=300%2C231"},"1024":{"type":"image/png","width":"1024","height":"789","url":"http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/22/222e34de-2bfb-11e7-9021-9fed4d81b13a/5903328372168.image.png"}}}],"youtube":[{"id":"b2c501e0-2bf5-11e7-934e-dbd6a469cdf3","starttime":"1493371980","starttime_iso8601":"2017-04-28T04:33:00-05:00","title":"First Alert Friday Forecast","description":"","byline":"","video_id":"0_FWKbfNzv0"}],"revision":14,"commentID":"aaea8446-2a91-11e7-952a-abfd0b6d4e1b","body":"

1. Wet weather hangs around

\"NWS\"
NWS

A good Friday to all. It's the end of the work week, so what does the weekend hold? Here's the forecast from the National Weather Service.

Today there's a chance of sprinkles before 9 a.m., then showers likely after 1 p.m. There's the possibility of patchy frost before 7 a.m. for areas north of the Quad-Cities. Otherwise the day will be cloudy with a high near 53 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent with new precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight there's a 40 percent chance of showers before 10 p.m. Skies will be cloudy with a low around 44 degrees. Northeast winds will gust as high as 20 mph.

Saturday showers are likely after 1 p.m. The high will be near 48 degrees. Northeast winds will gust as high as 30 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent with new precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm are likely with a low around 43 degrees. Northeast winds will gust as high as 30 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent with new rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Sunday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm are likely with a high near 55 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent with new rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

\u2022 7 day forecast

\u2022 Area river levels

2. Elton John returning to Quad-Cities

\"Bacterial

FILE - In this March 25, 2017 file photo, Elton John arrives at Elton John's 70th Birthday and 50-Year Songwriting Partnership with Bernie Taupin celebration in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Elton John will perform at the iWireless Center on Nov. 10 as part of a six-city concert tour. The Friday night show will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets go on sale May 5 at 10 a.m. Visit Ticketmaster.com for more information. Read more.

3. Iowa DOT gets bids on I-74 project

\"I-74

Stairs and an elevator will take cyclists and pedestrians to the new Interstate 74 bridge, scheduled for 2020 completion.

The Iowa Department of Transportation said this week it received 16 bids for various elements of a new Interstate 74 bridge and a pair of affiliated projects.

Although some of the 16 bids overlap, the response appears to have been a robust one. Ten different companies or joint ventures submitted 16 bids on four different packages. Read more.

4. Teen sentenced to prison in 2015 fatal shooting in Davenport

\"Juwan

Juwan A. Johnson (Rock Island County Jail)

A Rock Island man was sentenced Thursday to up to 20 years in prison for the September 2015 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Louis K. Woodson Jr.

Juwan Attron Johnson, 19, declined to make a statement before District Court Judge Joel Barrows handed down the sentence during a short hearing in Scott County District Court.

Barrows sentenced Johnson to up to 10 years in prison on charges of voluntary manslaughter and intimidation with a dangerous weapon, both Class C felonies. Read more.

5. Rock Island cancels weekend garage sale event

\"Garage
Garage sale signs

A Spring Community Garage Sale event organized by the Rock Island Parks and Recreation Department has been canceled because of the threat of rain this weekend.

The event was scheduled for Saturday at Longview Park with a rain date for Sunday, but the weather forecast for both days has prompted the department to cancel the sale.

The next Community Garage Sale is scheduled for Sept. 30. For more information, call 309-732-7275.

6. Emergency drill\u00a0 today at Black Hawk College

\"Black
Black Hawk College logo

There will be a\u00a0full-scale emergency exercise at Black Hawk College this morning. The excise will take place at the college\u2019s new Health Sciences Center on the Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline.

The drill will allow EMS students to participate in a mass casualty incident. The students will assess and treat fictitious injuries on volunteer actors (college staff and students). The EMS students will be graded on their response to the scenario.

There may be sirens, flashing lights and loud noises as part of the drill. There will be activity inside and outside the Health Sciences Center.

The EMS Program and Black Hawk College Police Department have partnered with the Moline Police and Fire departments, the\u00a0 East Moline Police and Fire departments, Genesis Ambulance and MedForce helicopter to conduct the drill.

So, if you see a bunch of emergency vehicles on campus, remember, it's just a drill.\u00a0

"} ]