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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 and fog possible today

\"NWS:
NWS: Weather summary

A good Monday to all \u2014 Rick's Six is back and ready to go. So let's get going.

There's a 50 percent chance of rain today with patchy fog before 11 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Otherwise the day will be cloudy with a high near 54 degrees.\u00a0

Tonight will be cloudy with a low around 42 degrees.

Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 56 degrees and a low around 38 degrees.

2. Davenport road work update

Kimberly & Division map

\u2022 Brady Street: The road will remain reduced to one lane between between 2nd and 3rd streets for sewer repairs through Tuesday afternoon. Then beginning April 3, the two left/west lanes of Brady between River Drive and 7th Street will be closed. During this time travel will be reduced to two lanes, and parking will not be permitted on the east or west side for the majority of the project. Work will flip to the two right/east lanes on or about April 24 with the entire project completed by the end of May.

\u2022 Kimberly Road and Division Street widening project: Beginning today the southbound lane of Division Street south of the intersection will be closed. As work progresses, on or before April 10, one eastbound lane on Kimberly will close, and later drivers will see the closure of one northbound lane of Division Street. Drivers should expect delays and consider taking an alternate route.

\u2022 Marquette and High streets: Beginning today and continuing until April 10 there will be a lane reduction at the intersection for catch basin repairs.

\u2022 Fairmount Street between Kimberly and Hickory Grove roads:\u00a0 Beginning Tuesday, Fairmount will be closed to southbound traffic between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. and will re-open March 30.

\u2022 Main Street from 16th to 17th street: \u00a0The northbound lane of Main will be closed one day on Tuesday for fiber optic work.

3. ICYMI: The Big Story \u2014 Off Limits places, under I-74

\"Interstate

Clyde Tobey, a highway maintenance supervisor, and Ben Petty, a senior equipment operator, both with the Iowa Department of Transportation, pass through the walkway that connects two offices that were built into a concrete bridge pier. The spaces were used for toll takers and other bridge officials until 1970.

If you drive over the Interstate 74 bridge, you drive right over the top of them.

Columnist Barb Ickes has long been curious about the row of windows that are built into the underbelly of the bridge. So, she went looking for an answer.

From 1935 to 1970, the bridge was a tollway. The concrete \"plaza\" in the middle of the twin spans formerly was the toll plaza. And to accommodate the toll takers' needs, offices were built into the concrete pier directly under the plaza.

When the tolls had paid off the construction of both spans, the toll booths were removed, and the offices no longer were needed.

To begin her occasional series of Big Story columns on Off Limits Places in the Quad-Cities, Ickes landed a tour of the toll offices that time forgot. The photos from the spacious underbelly workplace gives readers a look at a place many Quad-Citians likely did not know exist. Read more.

\u2022 Inside the I-74 bridge's underbelly photos

4. Follow-up file: Moline's 'Baby Girl April' case still unsolved

\"0321-Baby-April-002\"

The grave marker for Baby Girl April is in Section 11 at Riverside Cemetery,\u00a0Moline. The community rallied to provide burial for the newborn, whose body was discovered\u00a0April 11, 1992, in a plastic bag in the Mississippi River in Moline.

On April 11, 1992, a man walking his dog found the body of a full-term baby girl in a plastic bag floating along the bank of the Mississippi River off 17th Street in Moline. The girl, dubbed Baby Girl April, died from a combination of suffocation and hypothermia.

Twenty-five years later, her killer has not been found. However, her case is still very much on the minds of police and prosecutors. Read more.

5. Explosion damages home in Moline

\"Siren\"
Siren

No one was injured in an explosion that damaged a Moline home Saturday evening.

According to Moline Battalion Chief Kevin Irby, firefighters responded at 6:16 p.m. to 3303 38th Ave. for a report of an explosion that\u00a0produced\u00a0smoke, but no fire.

Crews found a moderate amount of smoke coming from the\u00a0roof line of the single-story residence, and quickly extinguished a small fire in the basement. In one room of the basement, the walls had been pushed out, giving the impression that an explosion had occurred. Also, there was some charring of structural parts.

Three people were home at the time of the explosion but no one was hurt.

The cause of the explosion still had not been determined as of Sunday night.

Assisting Moline firefighters were crews from East Moline, Moline Second Alarmers, Rock Island County Sheriff\u2019s Department, Moline police and MidAmerican Energy.

6. Woman faces charges in stabbing

\"Shebra

Shebra Waters

A Davenport woman was being held\u00a0 Sunday in Scott County Jail in connection with a stabbing shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday.

According to Scott County records, Shebra Denise Waters, 34, of 1834 W. 5th St., faces felony charges of domestic abuse assault/display or use of a weapon and willful injury causing serious injury.

Davenport police\u00a0who responded to\u00a0the address for a call of a stabbing found a\u00a0man with a stab wound to his chest. Officers learned the\u00a0man had been in a physical altercation with a woman.

The fight escalated and the\u00a0woman allegedly armed herself with two kitchen knives, then stabbed the\u00a0man in the chest. The stab wound resulted in a life-threatening injury, damaging an artery in the man's heart that required surgery to repair.

Waters is being held on a $10,000 cash-only bond. Her arraignment is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 13 in Scott County District Court.

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Lucas Harrison, a beautiful 15-month-old from Clinton, has sustained devastating facial injuries.

On March 15, the boy was attacked by a dog that had been adopted just hours earlier from the Clinton County Humane Society, according to the gofundme page set up by family and friends (gofundme.com/lucas-harrison-picu-recovery).

As of Sunday night, more than $169,000 had been raised, and the goal was $100,000. Between the heartbreaking photos and the following description, it's easy to see why so many people want to help:

\"While playing with a friend's newly adopted dog, 15 month old Lucas was suddenly attacked, with the dog biting off a large portion of Lucas' face. He was airlifted to the University of Iowa Childrens' Hospital where he had a 6 hour surgery involving at least 3 surgeons. A large part of his gum/bone including permanent teeth were ripped out, most of his nose cartilage was destroyed, and he will have lifelong damage. He will not have any upper front teeth, will need dental reconstruction to hopefully support false teeth when he is an adult, and have more facial surgeries in the future.

\"Lucas will stay sedated for many days and remain in the hospital for weeks to come. Holly and Tyler (his parents) remain at his side while their other two boys stay with family. They are from Clinton, Iowa, and will need all the help they can get with paying for medical bills, transportation costs, food, and everything else that comes up in emergency situations like this one.

\"The extent of damage is beyond belief, and the pain associated with it all is unimaginable! Pray, pray, pray! He has a long road of recovery and many surgeries ahead.\"

Though the dog has been described by some as a boxer-Labrador mix, it appears in photos and has been described by activists as a pit bull mix.

In fact, members of the National Pit Bull Victim Awareness campaign emailed us at the Quad-City Times this past week, urging an investigation. The campaign's website indicates its mission is to bring \"awareness and attention to the injuries and deaths caused by pit bull-type dogs in the United States and Canada.\"

On Friday, Clinton Police Chief Kevin Gyrion confirmed an investigation has been completed, and the owners of the dog have been cited for having a dangerous dog. We can presume this will be challenged, given the Clinton Humane Society permitted the dog to be adopted. And this also is the source of considerable controversy.

The dog that attacked Lucas was a rescue dog. He came to Iowa from Louisiana in late February, according to reports, which is quite typical. Many Iowa dog rescuers travel to southern states to collect death-row dogs. In states like Missouri, spay and neuter habits are woefully lacking.

But, according to one rescuer, they have to be picky about what dogs they spare, because they have to find them homes.

Diane Guy Viaene is vice president of Davenport-based Ruff Life Dog Rescue. She said all dogs are temperament tested, but that's no guarantee aggressive behaviors won't arise.

\"I don't know what tests were done with this dog, but a thorough temperament test means exposing the dog to (human) males and females, dogs, cats and children,\" she said. \"These tests are an indicator, and that's about it.

\"They are a safeguard, but they are not 100 percent.\"

Ruff Life will not accept any dogs with a bite history, she said, acknowledging rescuers can't always be sure whether a dog has previously shown aggression.

\"In the case of owner surrenders, you're dealing with someone who left their dog at a shelter, so who knows?\" she said. \"Not wanting them euthanized, they're not always forthright.

\"The other alternative is strays, and you know nothing about them.\"

While Viaene wanted no part in blaming anyone for what happened to Lucas, she did say, \"We do try to remind people there's a transition period. Usually, our dogs are in foster care first, so we have a good idea of temperament.

\"You can't tell a dog's temperament in a shelter.\"

Little information has been made available, regarding the circumstances of the attack. Whatever happened, the result was devastating.

\"I'm sure those poor parents are wondering about all the what-ifs,\" Viaene said. \"It's every dog rescuer's worst nightmare.

\"I just feel so bad for them \u2014 from shelter workers to transportation people. I'm sure they're just beside themselves. And I'm sure everybody in the case thought they were doing the right thing.

\"I feel terrible for everybody involved. Those parents; I can't imagine.\"

A Facebook page devoted to Lucas's recovery had 8,100-plus followers on Sunday. When the administrator of the page posted that the boy had \"an unexpected setback,\" hundreds of people offered their prayers.

Chief Gyrion said the dog was in quarantine Friday at the Clinton Humane Society. Even so, according to the Facebook page, Lucas has been undergoing rabies shots.

While some will use the attack as more evidence that pit bull breeds are inherently dangerous, others will come to their defense. Some will blame the well-meaning rescuers, and some will point to the shelter as responsible. Some will even blame the parents.

Fortunately, it has become obvious that most people are thinking only of Lucas.

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Illinois State Police have announced the results of alcohol countermeasure enforcement and roadside safety check patrols at different times in Rock Island County.

According to Illinois State Police District 7 Commander Capt. Victor Markowski, alcohol-countermeasure enforcement patrols in February resulted in:

\u2022 1 driving-under-the-influence citation

\u2022 3 alcohol/drug citations

\u2022 4 occupant restraint offenses

\u2022 7 registration offenses

\u2022 7 driver\u2019s license offenses

\u2022 2 insurance violations

\u2022 27 total citations/arrests

\u2022 25 written warnings,,

According to Markowski, roadside-safety checks from late night Saturday to early morning Sunday at Illinois Route 92 and 34th Street, Moline, resulted in:

\u2022 3 driving-under-the-influence citations

\u2022 12 other alcohol/drug citations

\u2022 3 registration offenses

\u2022 3 driver\u2019s license offenses

\u2022 5 insurance violations

\u2022 20 total citations/arrests

\u2022 6 total written warnings.

The project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation. Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor-vehicle crashes in Illinois, according to Markowski.

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\u00a0A Davenport woman was being held\u00a0 Sunday in Scott County Jail in connection with a stabbing shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday.

According to Scott County records, Shebra Denise Waters, 34, of 1834 W. 5th St., faces felony charges of domestic abuse assault/display or use of a weapon and willful injury causing serious injury.

Davenport police\u00a0who responded to\u00a0the address for a call of a stabbing found a\u00a0man with a stab wound to his chest. Officers learned the\u00a0man had been in a physical altercation with a woman.

The fight escalated and the\u00a0woman allegedly armed herself with two kitchen knives, then stabbed the\u00a0man in the chest. The stab wound resulted in a life-threatening injury, damaging an artery in the man's heart that required surgery to repair.

Waters is being held on a $10,000 cash-only bond. Her arraignment is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 13 in Scott County District Court.

\u2014\u00a0Linda Cook

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\u00a0No one was injured in an explosion that damaged a Moline home Saturday evening.

According to Moline Battalion Chief Kevin Irby, firefighters responded at 6:16 p.m. to 3303 38th Ave. for a report of an explosion that\u00a0produced\u00a0smoke but no fire.

Crews found a moderate amount of smoke coming from the\u00a0roof line of the single-story residence, and quickly extinguished a small fire in the basement. In one room of the basement, the walls had been pushed out, giving the impression that an explosion had occurred. Also, there was some charring of structural parts.

Three people were home at the time of the explosion but no one was hurt.

The cause of the explosion still had not been determined as of Sunday night.

Assisting Moline firefighters were crews from East Moline, Moline Second Alarmers, Rock Island County Sheriff\u2019s Department, Moline police and MidAmerican Energy.

\u2014\u00a0Linda Cook

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1. Neighbors dispute

United Neighbors Inc. suffered another setback last week when the Iowa Finance Authority demanded the Davenport agency return all of a grant being used for a rental assistance program. That totals $235,000. Current Executive Director Evelyn Nelson spotted problems in the rental program soon after she took over leadership of United Neighbors and asked the Finance Authority to check the books. The authority now is saying the management of the program was flawed.

2. Tiff over TIF

Scott County's elected leaders were ready to object to tax increment financing plans for a project that includes a park plan and a $45 million indoor-outdoor sports complex at Interstate 80 and Middle Road in Bettendorf. But city officials provided additional information to the county that convinced the Board of Supervisors that the use of a TIF district will be OK. The supervisors reiterated that TIF should not be used to fund amenities such as parks, and Bettendorf assured them it would not be.

3. No deal

Early this month, everyone seemed happy that state officials finally were going to address school funding inequities that forced Davenport to spend $175 less per pupil than some other districts in the state. A bill passed the Iowa Senate that would fix the inequities over a 10-year period, and a short-term solution also was being pursued. Then, the state released new revenue estimates that created a $131 million shortfall in the budget. Then last week, Quad-City-area House members said the revenue problem would kill the Senate's bill.

4. Mayoral hearing

The Muscatine City Council's effort to oust Mayor Diana Broderson resulted in a hearing that lasted 11 hours on Thursday. After all that time, they're not done yet. The hearing will resume at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 1. The council charges against her claim her actions and performance as mayor show willful misconduct, maladministration in office or \"willful or habitual neglect or refusal to perform the duties of her office.\"

5. Serious injuries

The top story on our website last week appeared in Friday's newspaper and reported on a fight that left a 28-year-old man with permanent brain injuries. Anthony Jordan Keckler, 21, of Davenport was arrested Thursday in connection with the fight and was charged with willful injury causing serious injury. The fight occurred early March 5 outside Rookies Sports Bar. An arrest affidavit said Keckler knocked the man out with a punch and then punched the man in the face again while the man's head was resting on pavement. At least one witness stated that Keckler also kicked the man in the head.

6. School assaults

Another item that attracted lots of attention on our website was a column by Barb Ickes about parents of two students of Rock Island's Washington Junior High who were upset about how the school handled incidents in which the girls were assaulted by a fellow student. The school district and Rock Island police said they couldn't talk about the specifics of the incidents, but the parents detailed their issues with the response to the assaults.

7. Devastating fire

A family lost everything but the clothes on their backs when their rental home in rural Donahue was destroyed by fire March 16, and last week, reporter Jack Cullen told their story. Michael Schmidt, 35, was picking through the rubble left behind by the blaze as Jack talked with him. Luckily, Schmidt, his wife and 10-month-old son weren't home, but several pets died. The homeowner, former Davenport Alderman Barney Barnhill, had the house insured, but the family didn't have renters insurance. They are seeking help at gofundme.com/6s2c2-house-fire-lost-everything.

8. Easy catch

It's not often that police have to investigate a break-in at a courthouse, but in a case that unfolded Monday, Rock Island County Sheriff's deputies didn't have to go far to find their suspect. In fact, the person accused in the crime still was at the scene, locked in a holding cell in an office used by security at the county courthouse. Flavio Barona Jr. faces charges of burglary and criminal damage to state-supported property.

9. New homes

Ross Chapman is working to become an Eagle Scout, which requires a community project. So, Chapman, 17, who is in Troop 383 in East Moline, built a couple of nests for osprey, large fish-eating hawks whose numbers declined because of pesticide use decades ago. The birds are rebounding, and last Monday, Chapman got a bunch of help, including from MidAmerican Energy workers, to put the nests on utility poles and plant them on land owned by the Quad-City Conservation Alliance in East Moline.

10. Fish and chaos

There are a lot of fish fries out there, but the one during Lent at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 2618 Boies Ave., Davenport, is legendary. This year is the 35th that the folks at the church have been serving hundreds of people every Friday between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Our food writer, Amanda Hancock, profiled the chaotic scene for Wednesday's editions. You have two more opportunities this year: March 31 and April 7.

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The 32nd annual St. Patrick's Society Grand Parade drew huge crowds Saturday, March 18, as the bistate event started in downtown Rock Island, crossed the Centennial Bridge and ended in downtown Davenport.

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1. WHAT TRUMP IS WILLING TO DO WITH 'OBAMACARE'

The U.S. president's aides open the door to working with moderate Democrats on the health care issue.

2. AP: 'BATHROOM BILL' COSTLY FOR NORTH CAROLINA

The law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.75 billion in lost business over a dozen years, an AP analysis finds.

3. POLICE SEARCH FOR SUSPECTS IN DEADLY NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING

Cincinnati officials say that several men got into a dispute inside the crowded Cameo club, escalating into gunfire.

4. RUSSIAN OPPOSITION LEADER EXPECTED IN COURT

Alexei Navalny, who recently announced he's running for president, was detained while walking to a rally from a nearby subway station as tens of thousands protested across the country against corruption.

5. SOUTH KOREA PROSECUTORS PUSH TO ARREST EX-LEADER

The move comes after Park Geun-hye was questioned over suspicions that she colluded with a jailed confidante to extort from companies and other wrongdoings.

6. WHO WILL RUN NEW 'INNOVATION' OFFICE

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, will lead a division that will seek to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector.

7. EVANGELICAL CHURCHES BOOMING IN CUBA

The building of churches conflicts with a communist government that recognizes freedom of religion but not the right to erect houses of worship, an AP investigation finds.

8. SOME RESISTING SEATTLE HOMELESS PLAN

Those opposed to $55 million a year in new taxes to fight the problem say the city already spends millions to combat homelessness, and things have gotten worse.

9. TRUMP SEEKING TO ELIMINATE NEA

The National Endowment for the Arts is diverse and decentralized, with a significant part of its budget distributed to state and local organizations.

10. UPSTARTS REACH FINAL FOUR

After knocking on the door a few times, Gonzaga makes its first national semifinal. South Carolina, meanwhile, enters having never been close to this deep a run.

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1. Rain and fog possible today

\"NWS:
NWS: Weather summary

A good Monday to all \u2014 Rick's Six is back and ready to go. So let's get going.

There's a 50 percent chance of rain today with patchy fog before 11 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Otherwise the day will be cloudy with a high near 54 degrees.\u00a0

Tonight will be cloudy with a low around 42 degrees.

Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 56 degrees and a low around 38 degrees.

2. Davenport road work update

Kimberly & Division map

\u2022 Brady Street: The road will remain reduced to one lane between between 2nd and 3rd streets for sewer repairs through Tuesday afternoon. Then beginning April 3, the two left/west lanes of Brady between River Drive and 7th Street will be closed. During this time travel will be reduced to two lanes, and parking will not be permitted on the east or west side for the majority of the project. Work will flip to the two right/east lanes on or about April 24 with the entire project completed by the end of May.

\u2022 Kimberly Road and Division Street widening project: Beginning today the southbound lane of Division Street south of the intersection will be closed. As work progresses, on or before April 10, one eastbound lane on Kimberly will close, and later drivers will see the closure of one northbound lane of Division Street. Drivers should expect delays and consider taking an alternate route.

\u2022 Marquette and High streets: Beginning today and continuing until April 10 there will be a lane reduction at the intersection for catch basin repairs.

\u2022 Fairmount Street between Kimberly and Hickory Grove roads:\u00a0 Beginning Tuesday, Fairmount will be closed to southbound traffic between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. and will re-open March 30.

\u2022 Main Street from 16th to 17th street: \u00a0The northbound lane of Main will be closed one day on Tuesday for fiber optic work.

3. ICYMI: The Big Story \u2014 Off Limits places, under I-74

\"Interstate

Clyde Tobey, a highway maintenance supervisor, and Ben Petty, a senior equipment operator, both with the Iowa Department of Transportation, pass through the walkway that connects two offices that were built into a concrete bridge pier. The spaces were used for toll takers and other bridge officials until 1970.

If you drive over the Interstate 74 bridge, you drive right over the top of them.

Columnist Barb Ickes has long been curious about the row of windows that are built into the underbelly of the bridge. So, she went looking for an answer.

From 1935 to 1970, the bridge was a tollway. The concrete \"plaza\" in the middle of the twin spans formerly was the toll plaza. And to accommodate the toll takers' needs, offices were built into the concrete pier directly under the plaza.

When the tolls had paid off the construction of both spans, the toll booths were removed, and the offices no longer were needed.

To begin her occasional series of Big Story columns on Off Limits Places in the Quad-Cities, Ickes landed a tour of the toll offices that time forgot. The photos from the spacious underbelly workplace gives readers a look at a place many Quad-Citians likely did not know exist. Read more.

\u2022 Inside the I-74 bridge's underbelly photos

4. Follow-up file: Moline's 'Baby Girl April' case still unsolved

\"0321-Baby-April-002\"

The grave marker for Baby Girl April is in Section 11 at Riverside Cemetery,\u00a0Moline. The community rallied to provide burial for the newborn, whose body was discovered\u00a0April 11, 1992, in a plastic bag in the Mississippi River in Moline.

On April 11, 1992, a man walking his dog found the body of a full-term baby girl in a plastic bag floating along the bank of the Mississippi River off 17th Street in Moline. The girl, dubbed Baby Girl April, died from a combination of suffocation and hypothermia.

Twenty-five years later, her killer has not been found. However, her case is still very much on the minds of police and prosecutors. Read more.

5. Explosion damages home in Moline

\"Siren\"
Siren

No one was injured in an explosion that damaged a Moline home Saturday evening.

According to Moline Battalion Chief Kevin Irby, firefighters responded at 6:16 p.m. to 3303 38th Ave. for a report of an explosion that\u00a0produced\u00a0smoke, but no fire.

Crews found a moderate amount of smoke coming from the\u00a0roof line of the single-story residence, and quickly extinguished a small fire in the basement. In one room of the basement, the walls had been pushed out, giving the impression that an explosion had occurred. Also, there was some charring of structural parts.

Three people were home at the time of the explosion but no one was hurt.

The cause of the explosion still had not been determined as of Sunday night.

Assisting Moline firefighters were crews from East Moline, Moline Second Alarmers, Rock Island County Sheriff\u2019s Department, Moline police and MidAmerican Energy.

6. Woman faces charges in stabbing

\"Shebra

Shebra Waters

A Davenport woman was being held\u00a0 Sunday in Scott County Jail in connection with a stabbing shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday.

According to Scott County records, Shebra Denise Waters, 34, of 1834 W. 5th St., faces felony charges of domestic abuse assault/display or use of a weapon and willful injury causing serious injury.

Davenport police\u00a0who responded to\u00a0the address for a call of a stabbing found a\u00a0man with a stab wound to his chest. Officers learned the\u00a0man had been in a physical altercation with a woman.

The fight escalated and the\u00a0woman allegedly armed herself with two kitchen knives, then stabbed the\u00a0man in the chest. The stab wound resulted in a life-threatening injury, damaging an artery in the man's heart that required surgery to repair.

Waters is being held on a $10,000 cash-only bond. Her arraignment is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 13 in Scott County District Court.

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