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1. Rain gives way to cooler temps

\"NWS\"
NWS

A good Friday to all. Early-morning thunderstorm are leaving the Quad-City metro area after a dazzling natural fireworks display of thunder and lightning.

What's next?

Here are the weather details from the National Weather Service.

Today scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible before 7 a.m. Otherwise the day will be mostly sunny with a high near 79 degrees. North winds between 10 to 15 mph will gust as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 55 degrees. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 73 degrees and a low around 51 degrees.

Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 71 degrees and a low around 52 degrees.

2. Hundreds hit the pavement in first Bix at Six

\"062217-Bix-at-Six-010\"

Runners wait in the starting area to head west on 4th Street, Thursday, June 22, 2017, as the first Bix at Six practice is about to begin. The Quad-City Times Bix 7 race is Saturday, July 29, 2017.

The first Bix at Six training run kicked off last night along 4th Street in Davenport. Hundreds of runners were rerouted up Pershing Avenue while construction on Brady Street continues. The Quad-City Times Bix 7 race is Saturday, July 29. Check out these photos from the Bix at Six.

3. Bustos: Q-C rail garners more support

\"The

Moline Planning and Development Director Ray Forsythe, right, talks to U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., during a tour of The Q and Element Hotel earlier this year in downtown Moline.

A Federal Railroad Administration official said Thursday the agency is committed to working with the state of Illinois to complete a passenger rail connection between the Quad-Cities and Chicago.

Meanwhile, a state official said a much anticipated agreement between the state and the railroad that owns much of the track between here and Chicago has been signed. Read more.

4. Davenport woman charged with child endangerment

\"Felicia

Felicia Ann Brown

A Davenport woman was arrested Thursday after police say she assaulted her 12-year-old daughter with an extension drop cord Wednesday.

Felicia Ann Brown, 40, was booked into the Scott County Jail at 1:52 p.m. Thursday on one count of child endangerment, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Read more.

5. Walmart extends pickup service to Silvis store

\"Walmart

The west Davenport Walmart launched free pickup service for customers in May. The same service now is available at the Silvis Walmart.

Shopping just got easier at the Walmart Supercenter in Silvis, which became the latest store in the chain to offer online grocery pickup service. The store, located at 1601 18th St. in Silvis, launched the free pickup service this week. It allows shoppers to order groceries ahead online and pick them up at the store without leaving their car.

The service first launched in Illinois in May as well as in the Iowa Quad-Cities at the West Kimberly Walmart in Davenport. Read more.

6. He doesn't remember killing a man

\"Curtis

Curtis Fry plays the guitar from time to time and even formed a band while in prison to perform at a volunteer event. The strap on the guitar bears the acronym CHOICES, which stands for Choosing Him Over I Changes Every Situation.

Curtis Fry lost a couple of hours in 2008. He wishes he could get them back. The former Wilton High School and St. Ambrose University athlete doesn\u2019t remember anything about what took place in the wee hours of Feb. 7, 2008. What he does know is that he was exceedingly drunk and killed a man he didn\u2019t know.

Fry, raised in a Christian ministry by parents who have devoted their lives to helping troubled boys, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Jerome \u201cPatrick\u2019\u2019 McEwen of Iowa City.

Although he doesn\u2019t recall exactly what happened, he does not deny being responsible for McEwen\u2019s death.

Fry, 30, served 4\u00bd years of a 10-year sentence and now is determined to devote the rest of his life to making sure others don\u2019t make the same mistake he did.\u00a0 Read the rest of his story later today at qctimes.com and Sunday in print editions of the Quad-City Times.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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1. Rain gives way to cooler temps

\"NWS\"
NWS

A good Friday to all. Early-morning thunderstorm are leaving the Quad-City metro area after a dazzling natural fireworks display of thunder and lightning.

What's next?

Here are the weather details from the National Weather Service.

Today scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible before 7 a.m. Otherwise the day will be mostly sunny with a high near 79 degrees. North winds between 10 to 15 mph will gust as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 55 degrees. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 73 degrees and a low around 51 degrees.

Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 71 degrees and a low around 52 degrees.

2. Hundreds hit the pavement in first Bix at Six

\"062217-Bix-at-Six-010\"

Runners wait in the starting area to head west on 4th Street, Thursday, June 22, 2017, as the first Bix at Six practice is about to begin. The Quad-City Times Bix 7 race is Saturday, July 29, 2017.

The first Bix at Six training run kicked off last night along 4th Street in Davenport. Hundreds of runners were rerouted up Pershing Avenue while construction on Brady Street continues. The Quad-City Times Bix 7 race is Saturday, July 29. Check out these photos from the Bix at Six.

3. Bustos: Q-C rail garners more support

\"The

Moline Planning and Development Director Ray Forsythe, right, talks to U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., during a tour of The Q and Element Hotel earlier this year in downtown Moline.

A Federal Railroad Administration official said Thursday the agency is committed to working with the state of Illinois to complete a passenger rail connection between the Quad-Cities and Chicago.

Meanwhile, a state official said a much anticipated agreement between the state and the railroad that owns much of the track between here and Chicago has been signed. Read more.

4. Davenport woman charged with child endangerment

\"Felicia

Felicia Ann Brown

A Davenport woman was arrested Thursday after police say she assaulted her 12-year-old daughter with an extension drop cord Wednesday.

Felicia Ann Brown, 40, was booked into the Scott County Jail at 1:52 p.m. Thursday on one count of child endangerment, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Read more.

5. Walmart extends pickup service to Silvis store

\"Walmart

The west Davenport Walmart launched free pickup service for customers in May. The same service now is available at the Silvis Walmart.

Shopping just got easier at the Walmart Supercenter in Silvis, which became the latest store in the chain to offer online grocery pickup service. The store, located at 1601 18th St. in Silvis, launched the free pickup service this week. It allows shoppers to order groceries ahead online and pick them up at the store without leaving their car.

The service first launched in Illinois in May as well as in the Iowa Quad-Cities at the West Kimberly Walmart in Davenport. Read more.

6. He doesn't remember killing a man

\"Curtis

Curtis Fry plays the guitar from time to time and even formed a band while in prison to perform at a volunteer event. The strap on the guitar bears the acronym CHOICES, which stands for Choosing Him Over I Changes Every Situation.

Curtis Fry lost a couple of hours in 2008. He wishes he could get them back. The former Wilton High School and St. Ambrose University athlete doesn\u2019t remember anything about what took place in the wee hours of Feb. 7, 2008. What he does know is that he was exceedingly drunk and killed a man he didn\u2019t know.

Fry, raised in a Christian ministry by parents who have devoted their lives to helping troubled boys, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Jerome \u201cPatrick\u2019\u2019 McEwen of Iowa City.

Although he doesn\u2019t recall exactly what happened, he does not deny being responsible for McEwen\u2019s death.

Fry, 30, served 4\u00bd years of a 10-year sentence and now is determined to devote the rest of his life to making sure others don\u2019t make the same mistake he did.\u00a0 Read the rest of his story later today at qctimes.com and Sunday in print editions of the Quad-City Times.

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States' rights be damned.\u00a0

Those are the Cliffs Notes of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' letter to Congress that could undermine burgeoning medical marijuana programs in Iowa and Illinois.

In a letter to Congress made public last week, Sessions sought the lifting of protections from federal prosecution for state-run programs. And the entire basis for Sessions' argument for a federal crackdown flies in the face of accepted science.

No surprises there.

Sessions talks of a \"drug crisis.\" He mentions spiking crime. And likens state-licensed growers to \"dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives.\"

Apparently, the U.S. attorney general isn't one for nuance.

The \"drug crisis\" Sessions hits has nothing to do with medical marijuana. It's an opiate epidemic that's overtaking small-town America, birthed by the medical industries' over-reliance on powerful pain killers. Heroin has become the fallback for those whose prescriptions\u00a0run out. By linking the opiate epidemic to state-run pot programs, Sessions is giving voice to an outdated, flatly false narrative that's militarized police and ruined millions of lives.

But, perhaps, it's even more shocking that Sessions' apparent desire for crackdown would do real harm to so many Iowans and Illinoisans. From veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress to those battling cancer, the clinical application of marijuana is all but established fact.

It's these people whom Sessions hopes to rob of valuable treatment. And, ironically, his backward policy would leave many with few options but the very prescription drugs that actually are damaging communities.\u00a0

The U.S. attorney general has been all over the map on state's rights and the 10th Amendment. One day, he's shouting from the rooftops about the importance of local control. The next, he's seeking a federal crackdown.

It all boils down to whether he personally\u00a0supports the state-level policy. Such inconsistency smacks of a lack of principle.

It would be an understatement to call Illinois' medical marijuana\u00a0program cautious. The state's multi-year pilot program was rolled out slowly. Only now is it getting legitimately established. Iowa's program is downright prudish, considering the growing scientific consensus\u00a0on pot's medical value. Just this year, did lawmakers finally OK a licensing program for growers, and this program is only for the oil extracted from the plant.

To hear Sessions tell it, both states are slinging joints to toddlers.\u00a0

Some states are certainly testing the feds. Colorado and Washington state have both adopted full-fledged legalization, an effort designed to address draconian\u00a0laws that sent a disproportionate number of young, black men to prison. Many others have followed suit. More than half the states in the country now tout a medical or recreational program.

In short, the Nixonian drug war is heading toward its rightful home, the trash heap of misguided policy.\u00a0

Marijuana's place in society has changed drastically in the past decade. So, too, has the public's opinion on it, polls show.\u00a0

Thousands of Iowans and Illinoisans benefit from the state-run programs. And thousands more stand to as research continues to legitimate its place as a viable treatment for those in pain.

But Jeff Sessions doesn't seem to care about the collateral damage. He's too busy fighting a war that never should have existed.\u00a0

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It was uncharted territory for this Davenport Assumption softball team.

The Knights have clobbered opponents all summer, compiling a run differential of plus-190 and trailing only three times in their first 26 games. They never had been down multiple runs late in a game.

Faced with the situation for the first time Thursday night against Class 5A ninth-ranked Davenport West, Assumption didn't panic.

They rallied and conquered.

After tying the game with a two-run sixth, Emma Valainis muscled a bases-loaded single to score Anna Wohlers in the eighth inning for a 4-3 victory at the St. Vincent Center.

The top-ranked team in 3A finished the sweep with a 7-0 triumph in the nightcap to inch closer to their first Mississippi Athletic Conference crown.

\"Honestly, I don't think any of us really worried (down 3-1),\" Valainis said. \"We knew we were going to get our at-bats.

\"In that state semifinal comeback (against Solon) last year, we know as long as we have an at-bat, we have the ability to change the game. Our returners keep that in mind, and something we've passed down to our younger girls as well.\"

Assumption (27-1, 14-0 MAC) has a three-game lead over Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley with four league contests remaining.

The Knights can seal an outright conference title with a sweep over Davenport Central on Monday.

\"This doesn't change anything,\" Assumption coach Ron Ferrill said. \"We still need wins to finish it out. We'll approach Monday the same way we did tonight, the way we did last week against Bettendorf and before that against PV or Muscatine.

\"If it comes, we'll be real excited. Still, there is work to do.\"

West (18-8, 10-4) made Assumption work for it in the opener.

Assumption senior Nicole Timmons stymied West for five innings, but the Falcons busted through with a three-run sixth on a bases-clearing double from Lexy Monty to go ahead 3-1.

The Knights answered in the bottom half. They strung together three hits and tied the game on a bases-loaded walk to Hannah Kelley.

\"Coming back is something we've expected of ourselves the whole season,\" Kelley said. \"It wasn't until now that we were put in that situation we realized we are very capable of doing that and coming through late in a game.\"

Valainis popped out with the bases loaded to keep the game tied in the sixth.

Two innings later, after two singles and a walk, Valainis came to the plate with the bags packed again.

Jammed on a 2-0 pitch from Monty, Valainis blooped it into short center for the game-winner.

\"I just try to calm myself up there and tell myself nobody is going to beat me up there besides myself,\" said Valainis, who homered off the scoreboard earlier in the game. \"I knew as long as I hit the ball hard and got it somewhere in play, we were going to walk away with a victory.\"

The first contest featured good execution, defense and pitching on both sides.

\"They're the best we've played all year,\" West coach Steve Saladino said. \"My team knows that. That was a good regional final-type game, a good setting to be in and something we can definitely learn from. I'm proud of my girls.\"

Kelley baffled West in the nightcap. She pitched a three-hitter and struck out seven.

\"I was just trying to mix my speeds and mix my spins a lot to keep them off balance,\" Kelley said.

Ferrill said Kelley has elevated her game to another level this summer. She is 14-1 with an ERA under 0.50.

\"That was huge, not only for my confidence but the whole team's confidence,\" Kelley said.

Assumption had run-scoring hits from Sophie VanSeveren and Olivia Wardlow in the second inning. It broke it open with a five-run sixth, set up by three West miscues.

The Knights are on the verge of a title and four wins from becoming the first MAC team since Muscatine in 2013 to run the table in conference play.

Valainis won't be there to celebrate a championship with her teammates if it happens Monday. She'll be at Northern Iowa for her college orientation.

\"Missing a conference game really does stink,\" she said, \"but I know we'll get the job done.\"

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Help!

It's happened again.

King's Harvest Pet Rescue, 2504 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport, is dealing with another cat-hoarding case.

Two years ago, shelter workers rescued more than 100 cats from one mobile home. This time, they could take only half the 50-some cats discovered in another Scott County home.

The 24 they were able to take to the shelter this week include three moms with litters. Many are not healthy enough for adoption just yet, but they are being well cared for at King's Harvest. The problem is: They don't have the space to rescue the other 30 kitties from conditions that would be unkind to describe.

\"We desperately need to get some of our cats adopted, so we can go get more of the others,\" said Terri Gleize, director of the King's Harvest shelters.

Although they haven't done a head count in a few days, rescuers estimate there are 70 to 90 cats at the shelter now. (I lightened their load by one adoption, naturally.)

These hoarding situations are desperately sad. The hoarders always mean well and believe they are saving the animals. But it's just terribly unhealthy for human and feline to have so many cats in a home.

Cats and kittens that arrived Tuesday were so full of fleas, the bottom of the shelter's bath sink was covered in the insects. Many also have eye problems and upper-respiratory concerns.

Besides needing people who are willing to adopt, King's Harvest is in dire need of supplies. They especially need clumping cat litter and kitten formula. Cash is always appreciated, because vet bills are a constant challenge.

Walking through the shelter Wednesday, I thought about a refugee camp. Cats and kittens were everywhere, but no one was complaining. A kitten would occasionally let out one of those high-pitched baby mews that make your palms sweat, but the giant pride was otherwise content. They watched the workers and volunteers buzz from room to room, their hands cradling some sorry-looking babies.

\"We're in dire need of the clumping litter,\" said Chris Bone, director of the rescue. \"The Tidy Cat clumping litter does not emit dust, which can be a problem for kittens' upper respiratory system.

\"We are over-run by cats and kittens.\"

You can find the rescue at the address above or at kingsharvest.net/pets or on Facebook at King's Harvest Pet Rescue (No Kill Shelter).

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Daily Record routinely publishes public records available through government agencies.

Births

GENESIS BIRTHCENTER, DAVENPORT

Kentayona Burkes, Davenport, girl, June 6.

Kerriana Morgan, Davenport, girl, June 19.

Kayla Hobert and Kaleb Bowdry, Davenport, girl, June 19.

Chauntae Skelley and Shad Murphy, Davenport, boy, June 19.

Stephanie Knutsen, Davenport, girl, June 19.

April Hull, Davenport, girl, June 19.

Rebecca Showalter and Jared Bailey, Davenport, boy, June 18.

Anntonet Kraus and Benedict Diahn, Rock Island, boy, June 18.

Michelle Ohl, Davenport, boy, June 18.

Christine Walsh and John Sales, Bettendorf, boy and girl twins, June 13.

Ashley and Alex Flores, Bettendorf, girl, June 16.

Mollie Bonney and Tristen Finch, LeClaire, boy, June 18.

Beannah and Anthony Shiltz, Davenport, boy, June 17.

Rachel Hayes, Davenport, boy, June 15.

TRINITY MOLINE

Kaitlynn Horton and Douglas Dreifurst, Matherville, Illinois, girl, June 19.

Ramya Subramaniam and Jeyan Ramachandran, Silvis, boy, June 19.

Lara and Jonathon Swanson, Aledo, Illinois, girl, June 19.

Sabrina and Jeremy Watkins, Colona, girl, June 20.

Fire calls

DAVENPORT

Wednesday

7:18 a.m., 2235 N. Thornwood Ave., lock-out.

11:28 a.m., 1030 Berg Place, smoke scare.

6:01 p.m., 3170 Marion St., outdoor trash fire.

False alarms: 5.

Investigations: 3.

EMS calls: 33.

MOLINE

Thursday

False alarm: 1.

Investigation: 1.

EMS calls: 2.

Wednesday

4:59 p.m., 4912 7th St., vehicle fire.

False alarm: 1.

EMS calls: 9.

ROCK ISLAND

Thursday

5:48 a.m., 777 Jumers Drive, vehicle accident.

EMS calls: 4.

Wednesday

8:38 a.m., 1798 Illinois 92/18th Avenue, vehicle accident.

9:45 a.m., 3800 11th Ave., structure fire.

4:06 p.m., 1404 17th St./18th Avenue, vehicle accident.

False alarm: 1.

Investigations: 2.

EMS calls: 7.

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During its annual meeting Wednesday, the Regional Development Authority adopted a new mission statement, elected new officers and board members and approved a memorial scholarship gift offer in honor of Ellis Kell, RDA President Matt Mendenhall announced in a news release.

The Regional Development Authority gift will be used to start an endowment at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend to honor Kell\u2019s legacy. The endowment can received additional gifts. The annual distributions will be used by the River Music Experience to provide opportunities for low income children and youth to take part in music lessons and other musical experiences.

The RDA also elected three new board members. The new members are A. J. Loss, Fran Maus, and Sean Moeller.

Elected officers are: Dana Wilkenson as chair, Marie Ziegler as vice chair, Brock Earnhardt as treasurer, Becky Bray as secretary, Cal Werner as governance chair, and Frank Clark as past chair.

A full listing of the board can be seen on the RDA website at www.rdauthority.org.

The board also adopted a new mission statement: The RDA strategically funds initiatives to create a vibrant, inclusive, and growing community.

Mendenhall said the new mission reflects a focus on working strategically and including community stakeholders in decision-making.

Also, beginning Sept. 1, the RDA will be moving to an online grants application system. Details on the change can be seen on the RDA website.

--Thomas Geyer

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MUSCATINE\u00a0\u2014 Muscatine City Administrator Gregg Mandsager says Mayor Diana Broderson needs approval from the city council to hold Coffee with the Mayor.

Broderson plans to hold one Saturday at 9 a.m. at Happy Joe's at 203 Lake Park Blvd., Muscatine, her first since being returned to office by a district court judge.

The public events were one of the issues that led the city council to remove her from office last month.

Mandsager said under city code, if the events qualify as a committee or task force, which require city council approval.

\"[I] simply wish that the mayor would follow the process,\" Mandsager said. \"It either is an official committee that needs council approval or, if it is not a committee, then it is outside the scope of her authority.\"\u00a0

Mandsager said the city code was updated in 2015, and places the sole authority to form ad hoc committees or task forces with the council.

Broderson has argued \"previous mayors...had radio or T.V. shows,\" and she contends this is just another way to to that outreach.

\"It's two different codes you're dealing with,\" Mansager said. \"For example former Mayor (DeWayne) Hopkins and the Chinese committee he established, he took that committee and turned it over to a private group of citizens.\"

In an interview, Alderman Michael Rehwaldt dispute other contentions Broderson has made, and added city officials should not be blamed for the high legal fees related to her removal, and her pending appeal.

\"The expense is not caused by the council spending money, the expense is caused by her conduct,\" he said. \"Her conduct has caused the spending of, on average, $12,000 a month in legal fees.\"\u00a0

Mandsager and Rehwaldt said they do not plan to attend Coffee with the Mayor on Saturday, but cannot speak for other council members. Mandsager emphasized every elected official has their own opinion.\u00a0

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The Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center has a new commander.

Colonel Kenneth W. Letcher became the 49th commanding officer of the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center during a ceremony held Thursday at the Arsenal.

Letcher takes over the command from Col. Donald K. Wols, who has served as commanding officer since June 2015.

Letcher comes to the Rock Island Arsenal after completing the Army Advance Strategic Planning and Policy Program, or ASP3, Fellowship, and working on Ph.D. in international history at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Letcher has 20 years of experience in the Army, including tours in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Before completing his ASP3 fellowship, Letcher commanded the 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas, and Kandahar, Afghanistan.

-- Thomas Geyer

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A Davenport woman was arrested Thursday after police say she assaulted her 12-year-old daughter with an extension drop cord Wednesday.

Felicia Ann Brown, 40, was booked into the Scott County Jail at 1:52 p.m. Thursday on one count of child endangerment, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Davenport police responded to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport, for an assault that had occurred at Brown\u2019s home in the 1800 block of Esplanade Avenue.

Police claim in an arrest affidavit that she intentionally struck the girl with an orange-colored extension drop cord multiple times on the buttocks and then grabbed a separate cord and struck her all over her body using \u201cunreasonable force,\u201d resulting in injuries to the child.

The girl said Brown struck her because she did not get to the kitchen quickly enough to do the dishes, police said in the affidavit.

She was treated for injuries, which included small cuts and bruising to her right knee, left thigh, abdomen, lower back and the upper portion of both her right and left arms, police said in the affidavit.

Brown admitted to police that she struck the girl with her fists, a belt and an extension cord, police said in the affidavit.

She was arrested in March 2015 in Bettendorf after police say she was driving while intoxicated and had her 9-year-old daughter in the front seat of the vehicle at the time.

She pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated in May 2015 and was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation. As part of her plea, Scott County prosecutors dismissed a charge of child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Police declined to say whether the child in that case is the same child in the new case.

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American Airlines Group Inc., up 54 cents to $48.97. The company said Qatar Airways wants to take a 10 percent stake in it.

Oracle Corp., up $3.97 to $50.30. The business software company reported revenue and earnings for its latest quarter that were stronger than analysts expected.

Staples Inc., up 54 cents to $9.20. Reuters reported that private equity firm Sycamore Partners is in talks to acquire the office supplies retailer.

Barnes & Noble Inc., up 50 cents to $7. The bookseller reported a smaller loss for its latest quarter than analysts expected.

Accenture PLC, down $5.03 to $122.08. The consulting company trimmed the top end of its forecast for revenue growth this year.

Steelcase Inc., down $2.20 to $14.10. The office furniture maker reported earnings and revenue that fell well short of what analysts were looking for.

-- Associated Press

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IOWA CITY, Iowa \u2014 President Trump's putdown of wind energy at his Cedar Rapids rally was denounced Thursday across the state, which takes pride in its position as a national leader in wind generation.

Trump was talking up his support for coal during his speech Wednesday night when he said: \"I don't want to just hope the wind blows to light up your homes and your factories.\" He paused before adding, \"as the birds fall to the ground,\" a reference to birds killed by turbines.

The remark drew some cheers and laughs inside the arena but didn't go over well across Iowa, where the rapid growth of the state's wind energy industry has been a bipartisan success story. Environmentalists and politicians said the president's suggestion that wind is unreliable was outdated and off-base, and noted that bird deaths have been minimized and aren't a source of controversy in Iowa.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy McGuire called Trump's comment \"an attack on Iowa's economy.\" Iowa Environmental Council executive director Ralph Rosenberg called the president \"inaccurate and misinformed.\"

Iowa's senior Republican senator, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is considered the father of the federal wind production tax credit that has subsidized the expansion of the industry since the 1990s, again vowed to oppose any anti-wind policies Trump may pursue.

Through a spokesman, Grassley reiterated his year-old pledge that Trump would succeed in ending the production tax credit in Congress \"over my dead body.\" Last month, Grassley took issue with a study ordered by Energy Secretary Rick Perry into the reliability of the electric grid, saying he believed it was meant to undermine wind. Grassley argued that Iowa's utilities have proven wind can be dependable.

In the most ever for any state, Iowa last year generated 36.6 percent of its electricity from wind. That figure is expected to keep growing, with the state's two largest utilities having already started $4 billion in additional wind expansion projects.

Des Moines-based Mid American Energy, a leader in wind, said that using a balanced mix of traditional and renewable energy sources allows the company to deliver power to customers regardless of whether the wind blows.

MidAmerican says its adoption of wind has helped make its rates among the lowest in the nation. That has also made Iowa an attractive state for companies that use lots of power but want it to be clean. Microsoft, Facebook and Google have each built large data centers in Iowa in recent years.

A recent state report says 6,000 Iowa workers are employed in the wind energy industry, including those who manufacture and install wind turbines. Farmers also benefit from receiving payments for leasing their land to host them.

\"Wind has been a great story in Iowa in every aspect,\" said Josh Mandelbaum, an attorney in Des Moines for the Environmental Law and Policy Center. \"For everyone else who has looked at this \u2014 policymakers across the political spectrum \u2014 all those things make supporting wind a no-brainer.\"

He said the state is proving that the environmental and economic benefits of wind can be achieved without compromising the grid's reliability. He said wind farms have been located in areas designed to avoid routes flown by migratory birds.

\"There are way more bird deaths from birds striking tall buildings, like the type of towers that the president owns, than there are from birds striking wind turbines,\" Mandelbaum said. \"If the president's concerned, maybe he should take a look at his own portfolio.\"

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that between 134,000 and 327,000 birds die in wind turbine collisions annually, while at least 365 million die from window collisions.

Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, who appeared with Trump on Wednesday, recently helped develop a state energy plan that calls for building upon the \"tremendous growth of Iowa's wind energy industry.\" The plan recommends developing more energy storage infrastructure to house excess wind generated by turbines, which operate best during daylight.

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A Federal Railroad Administration official said Thursday the agency is committed to working with the state of Illinois to complete a passenger rail connection between the Quad-Cities and Chicago.

Meanwhile, a state official said a much anticipated agreement between the state and the railroad that owns much of the track between here and Chicago has been signed.

Paul Nissenbaum, associate administrator in the Federal Railroad Administration's office of railroad policy and development, said Thursday there have been challenges in implementing the project, but \"you absolutely have our commitment that we\u2019ll continue to partner with the state on it.\"

Nissenbaum made his comments while answering questions from Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., at a congressional hearing on Thursday.

The federal government awarded $177 million to Illinois in 2010 to establish the connection between here and Chicago. But after seven years, much of the work is left to be done.

Bustos noted the commitment comes even as the Trump administration has proposed cuts to Amtrak.

\"Securing passenger rail for the Quad-Cities has always been among my top priorities, and I'm pleased the Federal Railroad Administration is committed to bringing this project across the finish line,\" she said in a statement.

It's not clear when work will begin on upgrading track to accommodate passenger traffic.

The state of Illinois has been working toward an agreement with the Iowa Interstate Railroad that would allow the railroad to be reimbursed for costs associated with planning on the project, such as for engineering and environmental studies.

Kelsea Gurski, a spokesman for the Illinois DOT, said in an email Thursday that the agreement was signed last month. She said \"discussions regarding the project are ongoing.\"

Previously, local officials have said that securing the agreement was an important step to moving the project forward.

Jeff Nelson, general manager for MetroLINK, said Thursday the news was encouraging.

\"That's fabulous. I'm very excited to hear that,\" he said, adding that the next step would be to design the rail corridor.

Last year, the state recommitted to the rail project and got a yearlong extension from the federal government on spending down the grant money. That extension expires at the end of September.

It's not clear whether another extension will be needed, but Bustos' office said it is important to have received a pledge of support like she got Thursday.

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Professional, not political.

That's the slogan Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos intends to campaign on as he seeks a second-term as the county's top law enforcement officer in the 2018 election.

\u201cMake no mistake, I am a Democrat with Democratic values, but law and order and public service comes first,\u201d the 57-year-old told a large crowd of law enforcement officers, county officials and court personnel whogathered in front of the Rock Island County Justice Center Thursday.

Bustos has overseen every division within the Sheriff\u2019s Office over more than 30 years.

\"I am keenly aware of the responsibilities I have to you to be fiscally responsible with your tax dollars,\" he said. \"This office has performed extremely well, coming in under budget and returning over a million-and-a-half dollars to the county during the past few years, and we've done this to assist the overall health of our county, while still maintaining our high level of service to the community.\"

Bustos was appointed to serve as acting sheriff after former Sheriff Jeff Boyd\u2019s resigned in September 2014.

Bustos said Thursday that the biggest challenge facing his department is that the county \"financially is in bad shape.\"

He said he intends to continue to work on the budget and is \u201cmore than willing to work with the county to work on any revenue source that they feel necessary to help make ends meet.\u201d

Bustos also pledged to continue to work hand-in-hand with law enforcement throughout the county and substance abuse facilities to \u201caddress and combat the heroin epidemic sweeping into our community.\u201d

He said plans are moving forward to establish a Safe Passage program, which will get addicts into treatment, rather than putting them in jail.

Bustos also said he will continue to work with mental health providers to help divert \u201cthose law violators who suffer from mental illness and get them the appropriate treatment they need.\"

He also said he will work with the judicial system to address changes in the landscape of criminal justice reform and with the county\u2019s public building commission and \u201cour friends in labor\u201d on the construction of the expansion of the justice center.

Bustos is married to U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., who represents the Illinois Quad-Cities. The couple has three adult sons.\u00a0

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The protesters say increasingly corporate pride celebrations prioritize the experiences of gay white men while ignoring issues facing black and brown LGBT people.

6. US JUDGE HALTS DEPORTATION OF IRAQI CHRISTIANS

The U.S. district judge halted the deportation for 14 days while he decides whether his court has jurisdiction to hear the plight of 114 Iraqis who fear torture and possible death if they are sent back to Iraq.

7. PENCE TO VISIT FOCUS ON THE FAMILY AT KEY TIME FOR RELIGIOUS RIGHT

The vice president is celebrating the anniversary of the group, which has dialed back political involvement in an effort to withdraw from partisan culture wars.

8. WHERE EVERY HOTEL ROOM IS BOOKED FOR THE SOLAR ECLIPSE

As many as 100,000 people are expected to visit the Oregon town of Madras, predicted to be one of the best viewing locations for the Aug. 21 eclipse.

9. 76ERS TAKE FULTZ WITH NO. 1 PICK; LAKERS GRAB BALL

Fultz and Ball led a record-setting run of college freshmen opting for the NBA draft.

10. MASSIVE SEQUOIA TREE IS MOVING TWO BLOCKS

The tree, sent to Idaho's capital as a seedling by naturalist John Muir more than a century ago, is being moved Friday to make way for a hospital's expansion.

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1. Rain gives way to cooler temps

\"NWS\"
NWS

A good Friday to all. Early-morning thunderstorm are leaving the Quad-City metro area after a dazzling natural fireworks display of thunder and lightning.

What's next?

Here are the weather details from the National Weather Service.

Today scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible before 7 a.m. Otherwise the day will be mostly sunny with a high near 79 degrees. North winds between 10 to 15 mph will gust as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 55 degrees. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 73 degrees and a low around 51 degrees.

Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 71 degrees and a low around 52 degrees.

2. Hundreds hit the pavement in first Bix at Six

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Runners wait in the starting area to head west on 4th Street, Thursday, June 22, 2017, as the first Bix at Six practice is about to begin. The Quad-City Times Bix 7 race is Saturday, July 29, 2017.

The first Bix at Six training run kicked off last night along 4th Street in Davenport. Hundreds of runners were rerouted up Pershing Avenue while construction on Brady Street continues. The Quad-City Times Bix 7 race is Saturday, July 29. Check out these photos from the Bix at Six.

3. Bustos: Q-C rail garners more support

\"The

Moline Planning and Development Director Ray Forsythe, right, talks to U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., during a tour of The Q and Element Hotel earlier this year in downtown Moline.

A Federal Railroad Administration official said Thursday the agency is committed to working with the state of Illinois to complete a passenger rail connection between the Quad-Cities and Chicago.

Meanwhile, a state official said a much anticipated agreement between the state and the railroad that owns much of the track between here and Chicago has been signed. Read more.

4. Davenport woman charged with child endangerment

\"Felicia

Felicia Ann Brown

A Davenport woman was arrested Thursday after police say she assaulted her 12-year-old daughter with an extension drop cord Wednesday.

Felicia Ann Brown, 40, was booked into the Scott County Jail at 1:52 p.m. Thursday on one count of child endangerment, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Read more.

5. Walmart extends pickup service to Silvis store

\"Walmart

The west Davenport Walmart launched free pickup service for customers in May. The same service now is available at the Silvis Walmart.

Shopping just got easier at the Walmart Supercenter in Silvis, which became the latest store in the chain to offer online grocery pickup service. The store, located at 1601 18th St. in Silvis, launched the free pickup service this week. It allows shoppers to order groceries ahead online and pick them up at the store without leaving their car.

The service first launched in Illinois in May as well as in the Iowa Quad-Cities at the West Kimberly Walmart in Davenport. Read more.

6. He doesn't remember killing a man

\"Curtis

Curtis Fry plays the guitar from time to time and even formed a band while in prison to perform at a volunteer event. The strap on the guitar bears the acronym CHOICES, which stands for Choosing Him Over I Changes Every Situation.

Curtis Fry lost a couple of hours in 2008. He wishes he could get them back. The former Wilton High School and St. Ambrose University athlete doesn\u2019t remember anything about what took place in the wee hours of Feb. 7, 2008. What he does know is that he was exceedingly drunk and killed a man he didn\u2019t know.

Fry, raised in a Christian ministry by parents who have devoted their lives to helping troubled boys, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Jerome \u201cPatrick\u2019\u2019 McEwen of Iowa City.

Although he doesn\u2019t recall exactly what happened, he does not deny being responsible for McEwen\u2019s death.

Fry, 30, served 4\u00bd years of a 10-year sentence and now is determined to devote the rest of his life to making sure others don\u2019t make the same mistake he did.\u00a0 Read the rest of his story later today at qctimes.com and Sunday in print editions of the Quad-City Times.

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