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DES MOINES \u2014 In Des Moines, several hundred high-school students, adults and others gathered on the west steps of the Iowa Capitol building to waive placards, chant slogans, share songs and hear speeches promoting safety in Iowa schools in the wake of violent attacks like the one at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.

Chants of \"no more silence, end gun violence\" rang across the Capitol complex and signs declaring: \"No more thoughts & prayers,\" \"Done being Iowa nice,\" and \"Am I Next?\" dotted the throng of area students who walked out of class Friday to deliver their messages to Iowa's policy-makers.

The Iowa Legislature was not in session Friday and only a handful of legislators were at the Capitol. One of them was Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen of Des Moines who said the day belonged to the students and she was there to listen.

\"I'm excited to see kids speaking up. I think it's an important time in our country as kids are getting more civically engaged so it's exciting to see,\" Petersen said. \"I think all Iowans want to make sure that our kids are safe in their schools and so it's time for us to listen to what our kids have to say.\"

Gov. Kim Reynolds said she shared concerns about school safety and was pleased lawmakers this session approved legislation requiring all public and private schools to have high-quality safety plans in place and to conduct practice drills once a year to prepare for active shooter and disaster situations.

\"There's no one single answer to this. We need to look it from a holistic perspective and that's mental health, that's background checks - making sure that they're effecti ve - making sure that we're communicating,\" she told reporters Thursday. \"It's really about implementing the laws that are on the books. If you take a look at what happened in Florida, it failed at every single level so even with existing laws on the books it didn't stop that from happening.\"

The governor said that when she talks with young people, she asks them what they're doing at their schools to make sure there aren't young people who are being left out of activities and to encourage an inclusive environment.

\"I mean there are a lot of things that we need to do to make sure that our kids are safe,\" Reynolds said. \"My daughter's a teacher, I want to make sure that she has the opportunity to teach in a safe environment as well.\"

Senate President Charles Schneider, R-West Des Moines, said he believed the new school-safety requirements passed this year will help along with more flexibility the Legislature gave K-12 school district to use up to $35 million in grant money to make safety improvements in they so choose.

\"This is always something that we have to be looking at and we always have to take into consideration the balance of school safety and constitutional rights as well,\" Schneider said.

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The largest passenger boat on the Upper Mississippi River \u2014 Moline's Celebration Belle\u00a0\u2014 has a new calling.

As the vessel heads downstream from its home port for the first cruises of the season, passengers are getting something many didn't expect: They find themselves smack in the middle, literally, of a billion-dollar spectacle on the water.

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The Intestate 74 bridge is seen from aboard the Celebration Belle on the Mississippi River in Bettendorf on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Beginning on the Bettendorf and Moline shorelines, miniature cities made of platforms, cranes, portable toilets, shipping containers, cement trucks and workers press inward toward the channel. But they have to keep the passageway clear so boats and barges can use the river, too.

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Construction workers on the Interstate 74 bridge project wave at passengers aboard the Celebration Belle in Bettendorf on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Some of the workers who are building the new Interstate 74 bridge took a moment last week to acknowledge the Celebration Belle passengers who waved at them from the boat's upper decks.

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Some boaters have called for a no wake zone near the barges in place for I-74 bridge construction, to protect workers.

As the pleasure-boating season approaches, many Quad-Citians soon will get their chance to see for themselves what's been going on in the water. And, just like the people driving cars and trucks in construction zones on land, boat pilots are likely to encounter an obstacle or two that tries their patience.

The bustling scene on the water is a chaotic display of human ingenuity, and it is in our nature to want a closer look. \u00a0

Welcome aboard

For the lunchtime cruise on Friday, April 13, the Celebration Belle boarded 104 passengers.

Most were staying at the Isle of Capri on the Bettendorf riverfront; in town for a weekend of square and round dancing.

Though the four-floor vessel typically departs from its home port on the Ben Butterworth Parkway in Moline, the crew spared their passengers the commute and powered across the Mississippi for a special pickup.

When everyone was aboard, Captain Patrick Kroeger stepped out of the warmth of the enclosed captain's bridge and onto the port side of the vessel. The top-level cabin is flanked by \"wings,\" which are equipped with steering capabilities.

Kroeger needed to see the Isle's docks as he pulled off, and the wings make that possible. The outdoor steering area also made it possible for the captain to communicate directly with the crew below as they untied the Belle from her mooring. As rain began to fall in a sprinkle, the captain turned the bow of the boat downriver.

\"We'll be in the construction zone in no time,\" he said, stepping back inside the heated captain's bridge.

A native of LeClaire, Kroeger comes from a boating family and got his first vessel at 14. He earned his pilot's license about 10 years ago and said, \"I'm the luckiest guy in the world.\"

Even on a cold, windy day, the view from his \"desk\" of the Mississippi River stretching out before him was solid evidence of Kroeger's claim.

As crew members cleared away the lunch buffet on the first deck, a couple dozen passengers headed for the dance floor, swirling and twirling to the tune of 'Rollin' on the River.'

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Square dancers get up and dance to a version of Robin Thicke's \"Blurred Lines\" after lunch aboard the Celebration Belle in Bettendorf on Friday, April 13, 2018.

A dozen-or-so others wandered onto the captain's bridge. Between Kroeger's narration about the Rock Island Arsenal and other local history, the curious slipped in their questions.

\"Is it going to be a whole new bridge?\" one out-of-town passenger asked.

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Marisa Llaca, 5, of Austin, Texas, climbs up the railing in the bridge as captain Patrick Kroeger offers her a chance to drive the Celebration Belle in Bettendorf on Friday, April 13, 2018.

\"Will they take the old bridge down?\" asked another.

\"Do you really think the thing will ever get done?\" inquired a skeptic.

And Kroeger answered them all \u2014 mindful that his expanding expertise will be in demand for the next several seasons.

Bridge bookings

Scott Schadler grew up in the riverboat business that his father, Joe Schadler, built.

He knows his boat, and he knows the Mississippi River. He hopes he knows his customers, too, because his gut tells him people will book his cruises, at least in part, to get a good look at the bridge construction.

\"I think we'll get a lot of people who aren't just from the Quad-Cities who want to see it,\" he said. \"It's pretty amazing to look at. The project is huge.\"

Boat manager Bob Martinez said he's typically too busy during cruises to step outside and gawk at the birth of the new I-74. But, when he's not running up and down the four floors of the Belle, he steps out and takes a few pictures with his phone.

\"I've posted some pictures on Facebook, and friends ask what's going on with the construction,\" he said. \"I think we'll get people onboard who want to see it, but I think we'll get even more next season.

\"Passengers can look at what's going on now and compare it next season \u2014 when the new bridge will actually be coming out of the river.\"

'At night, it's like an airport'

Anyone who spends time on the Mississippi River is aware of it dangers, especially for boaters.

During the next several years, beginning this season, boaters are going to have to be extra vigilant when in the water near the I-74 bridge.

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A system of barges are seen on the Mississippi River for the Interstate 74 bridge project from aboard the Celebration Belle in Bettendorf.

\"It can be dangerous out there,\" Schadler said of the construction areas. \"At night, it's like an airport. The big lights are on, and they're moving all over the place.\"

Also a licensed captain, he said everyone needs to be hyper aware when the amateurs hit the water.

\"They'll have their hands full with the recreational boaters,\" Schadler predicted of the construction crew.

\"The main thing they'll have trouble with is keeping them off the Illinois shore,\" Kroeger said, adding that most area boaters know the river is plenty deep in areas around the bridge; not just in the channel. \"I wouldn't want to be on a construction barge and have some 20-foot boat come by and throw a 4-foot wake.\"

Scott Clements is a longtime boater and has served multiple terms on the board of the Lindsay Park Yacht Club on the Davenport riverfront. He said this year's late start to the boating season gives him time to get word out about any changes to the navigation channel in the area of the I-74.

And he thinks the Coast Guard should make some changes, agreeing with Kroeger that recreational boats could threaten worker safety.

\"The crew is running small boats at the construction zone,\" Clements said. \"If somebody zips through and throws a wake, those guys could be thrown right off the boat or against a fixed structure. It's definitely a concern.

\"As it is, when boats fly through there, they're rocking the Isle of Capri docks, too.\"

He said the Coast Guard last season indicated they might close the main channel near the bridge and divert boat traffic toward the Illinois side and into the old lock. The old structure still is apparent from its narrow passageway with crumbling concrete walls.

Using the old lock would be fine, Clements said, but the Coast Guard should go one step further: \"The whole area, from upstream of the bridge and through the old lock, should be flagged as no wake. It should be flagged from the rock pile to below the bridge. No-wake buoys would be a good start.

\"It's not that there's bad water at the old lock. But any kind of wake gets amplified against those walls. I've seen inexperienced pilots try to follow the big boats like the Channel Cats through there, and they can get into trouble real quick.\"

No-wake zone a no, for now

So far, the plan is twofold: Put up signs to notify boaters of the work in the water and light up the construction sites.

\"Signing and buoys will be installed this spring on both sides of the lateral dam as well as between the new and old bridges,\" said Danielle Mulholland, I-74 project manager for the Iowa DOT. \"We also use lighting to provide visual identification of the added barges and equipment during nighttime hours within the construction area.\"

For now, at least, the primary contractor for the bridge is not asking for a no-wake zone.

\"From the way I understand it, the request has been dropped,\" said Pete Sambor, bridge management specialist in the Coast Guard's St. Louis office.

The main bridge contractor, Lunda Construction, initially inquired about a no-wake zone, Sambor said, adding he thinks they abandoned the request after becoming aware of all the paperwork that's needed to get such a request approved by the Coast Guard.

\"I will say, there's the possibility the state (DOT), using the DNR (Department of Natural Resources), could request a navigation review for issuance of a state-level no-wake zone,\" he said.

Last year, he said, Lunda also asked about the possibility of closing off portions of the river along the Illinois shore to accommodate a \"slick line.' The term refers to the flow of concrete from the shore into the water, using barges to keep the concrete path above water and eliminating the need for concrete trucks for especially big jobs.

Again, the necessary paperwork was so daunting, Sambor said, the contractor backed off the request for now. Plus, he said, the Coast Guard would be hesitant to restrict use of the old lock, because many boaters prefer it over the main channel.

The contractor could elect to pursue restrictions as the work proceeds, he said, and there's plenty of time for that to happen, given the multi-year construction.

At Sambor's office, the Coast Guard manages projects for 22 states, he said. From end to end, he said, the I-74 bridge will be 5,668 feet, which is more than a mile. But bridges over the Lower Mississippi can be twice as long, because the river is so much wider.

During the Celebration Belle's 90-minute lunch cruise last week, workers at the bridge made radio contact several times with boats that were coming upstream from Lock & Dam 15.

\"They're letting them know they're out here; as a courtesy,\" Capt. Kroeger said. \"In our case, we just stay out of each other's way.\"

And Sambor said boating courtesy, along with the signage and buoys, should do the trick this season.

\"Floating work plants usually give plenty of navigation space,\" he said. \"At the discretion of the applicant, a no-wake zone could be pursued again. It's a pretty long project.\"

Photos: From the Celebration Belle
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The Bridges loft apartments will soon begin construction on its second building months ahead of schedule after half of first building apartment building has rented at a quicker pace than expected.\u00a0

\"We've been thrilled with the velocity of reservations especially as the weather is starting to warm,\" developer Frank Levy, president of Newbury Living, said Friday during a hard hat tour of the downtown Bettendorf lofts project. The $22 million project is being built on the site of the former Twin Bridges Motor Inn.

\"Bridges\"

Construction workers make progress on the Bridges lofts Friday in Bettendorf.

The West Des Moines developer was so excited to see the latest progress and views that he as soon as he arrived Friday morning, he grabbed a hard hat and climbed up a wooden ladder to the second floor. He was so quick, the construction workers didn't have a chance to tell him the stairs were accessible.\u00a0

Of the 76 units being built in the first phase, he said 38 have been spoken for and months ahead of the building's Thanksgiving Day completion. \"You don't generally plan months and months ahead of your move if you're a renter,\" he said, adding typically renters commit to move two or three months ahead.

\"The interest has been earlier than we were told we would get,\" Levy said. The commitment level now has pushed up construction of the second building, which will be located on the far east of the site and complete the design's U-shape. In the outdoor center courtyard will be a swimming pool and patio, also looking out at the Mississippi River.\u00a0 \u00a0

Levy said the renter mix has been more empty-nesters relocating from within and outside the Quad-Cities as opposed to a more young professional clientele that the building had expected. \"The higher price point units have gone first. That's exciting for us because it means we'll have nice, long-term tenants.\" In addition, he said it leaves more affordable units still available. Monthly rents range from $750 to $1,750. Covered parking stalls also are available for rent. Surface parking will be provided.\u00a0

The five-story Bridges will provide parking on the ground floor as well as some enclosed common space and a retail space. \"Three-fourths of the units will have a river view,\" said Levy, who snapped cellphone photos from a number of vantage points, including a prime river views from what will be a roof patio deck overlooking the ongoing Interstate 74 bridge construction.\u00a0

\"Frank

Frank Levy, president of Newbury Living, snaps cellphone photos from the Bridges loft, under construction Friday in Bettendorf.

Steve Pennock, the project manager with Build to Suit, the Bettendorf-based general contractor, said the weather had caused a few delays but the project caught up after the framers brought in light towers, and increased their hours and work force. He said the framing crew should finish on the first building this week and now can move directly to the second phase, or Building B. Construction will begin on the roof next week and when it is complete, other interior work can begin.\u00a0 \u00a0

Scott Haynes, the building superintendent for Build to Suit, said nearly 50 to 60 tradesworkers are on the site now, but the crew should reach as many as 80 at a time as the work moves inside.\u00a0

The second building will be tied into the first building with the elevator shafts in the middle. In all, the Bridges will have 132 units \u2014 56 units in the next structure. There are micros, studios, and one- and two-bedrooms.

The building was designed by ASK Studio, a Des Moines-based architect.\u00a0

\"It turns out that we're attractive to a wider demographic than we anticipated,\" Levy said. \"It's been a lot of empty-nesters and people re-locating to the Quad-Cities as opposed to primarily young people. That's exciting for us because it means they'll be nice, longer-term renters.\" He said the expectation was for a tenant mix with more young professionals and a few baby boomers.

Pennock said the construction has been sped up by the use of pre-constructed panel walls. They are built off-site in a controlled environment by Lumber Specialities in Dyersville, Iowa.\u00a0

\"They bring them here and they're ready to go right in place,\" he said. \"They go up faster, but they cost more upfront.\"\u00a0

Levy said moving up the second phase means the entire building should be ready to move in by April or May 2019. He said tenants will live in the first building during about four to six months of construction on the second building.

He is enthused by all the other construction activity downtown, including plans by Build to Suit's Kevin Koellner to demolish the dilapidated buildings directly across the street from the Bridges. Levy said it is the first time he and Koellner, who also is an investor in the Bridges, have worked together in the Quad-Cities. Koellner has not disclosed his plans across the street.

Pennock said demolition should begin next month.\u00a0\u00a0

In addition, Ascentra Community Credit Union is building a new headquarters down the street and a fire department expansion is underway at Bettendorf City Hall, right next door to the Bridges.

For information on renting, contact Lori Morris through bettendorflofts.com

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Annual Pet Fest set for Two Rivers Church

The annual Pet Fest, a celebration of animals and the humans who love them, will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at Two Rivers United Methodist Church, 1820 5th Ave., Rock Island.\u00a0

The Rock Island Animal Hospital will co-sponsor the event. A doctor and staff from the hospital will be available for questions, and can meet animals, although they will not be able to do check-ups.

Vendors of pet-related goods are invited to set up booths in the parking lot. At a photo booth, people can pose with their animals.

The Rev. Robb McCoy will lead a blessing of the animals at 3:30 p.m. with readings and a special time for prayer with each pet.

At last year's event, most of the animals were dogs, although one person brought a chicken and at least two people brought pictures of their cats.

All animals at the Pet Fest must be leashed or caged at all times. They also must be properly vaccinated, and well-socialized to other animals. As a safety measure, retractable leads are not allowed.

For more information, call 309-788-9384.

Church of Peace and Two Rivers Church Choirs to Join Voices Again

The choirs of Two Rivers United Methodist Church and the Church of Peace, both of Rock Island, will perform jointly at both churches.

Both choirs will sing together at the Church of Peace\u2019s service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 29 and Sunday, May 6 at Two River\u2019s 9:30 a.m. service.

Third Missionary Baptist Church holds spring revival

The Third Missionary Baptist Church, 222 W. 14th St., Davenport, will hold its annual spring revival Monday,-Wednesday, May 7-9, at 6 p.m. nightly.

The Rev. Greg Oliver Sr., pastor of True Vine Baptist Church in Monroe, Louisiana will be the guest evangelist. The theme, \"Doing Ministry in the 21st Century, with an Emphasis on Worship, Fellowship and Discipleship,\" was inspired by Acts 2:41-47.

St. Alban's holds trivia night

St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 3510 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport, will hold a trivia night Saturday, June 23. Doors open at 6 p.m. and play starts at 7 p.m.

Cost is $10 per person for teams of up to eight players. Bring your own snacks and drinks. Baked goods will be available for purchase. Proceeds will support church outreach programs.

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With three freshmen in the starting lineup, Bettendorf head coach Todd Hornaday called Friday's match against Ankeny Centennial a baptism by fire.

The Class 3A fourth-ranked Bulldogs suffered their first setback Friday night, falling to No. 3 Ankeny Centennial 4-0 at TouVelle Stadium.

\"Centennial looked hugely motivated to play tonight,\" Hornaday said. \"We're disappointed, but I think it showed some things we need to work on, a good opportunity for this team to work on plowing through adversity.\"

It had been relatively smooth sailing for the Bulldogs up to this point. Despite graduating over 60 percent of its offense from last season, Bettendorf had won its first five games, including a win over then No. 1 Ames.

The Bulldogs never could get any momentum against the Jaguars, falling behind 1-0 just six minutes in on a goal from Lexie Gutknecht and 3-0 at halftime.

Bettendorf keeper Justine Pearson made eight saves, but the Jaguars took advantage of second and third opportunities, with three of the four goals coming off loose balls in front of goal.

\"It's more communication in the back, knowing where you're supposed to be, keeping your mark and trying to stay on the ball, stay tight and don't get too spread out in the defense,\" Pearson said. \"Now we have a lot of insight how we work as a team in tough situations. We can use that to move forward in practices and adapt to what we know is coming for us.\"

The speed of Centennial (2-1) took its toll on the Bulldog offense as Bettendorf (5-1) mustered just four shots all night.

\"Losing to a team that played better than we obviously did tonight, that doesn't bug me because we know we'll be a better team in the long run,\" Hornaday said. \"Obviously we've got to clean up some things, make a few less mistakes and have confidence bringing the ball forward against good teams. When you're doing it against teams that are a little slow bringing pressure on you, not nearly as physical as Centennial is, that's one thing.\"

It's important Bettendorf doesn't let this loss do too much to deflate the early season success.

Hornaday pointed out last year's state champion Ames fell to West Des Moines Valley 5-0 early last season before beating Valley 1-0 in the state championship.

Last year Bettendorf beat the Jaguars early only to fall to them in the state quarterfinals.

So plenty can change between now and June.

\"They're aggressive, and we were just hoping to match that aggression coming in from what we saw on film coming in,\" Centennial head coach Chris Allen said. \"I think as they gain confidence as a team and become more relentless, they're going to take what they're good at and just be able to do it for a longer time.\"

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When the Iowa State and Illinois women\u2019s volleyball teams met up for an exhibition match on Friday night at Bettendorf High School, there was one player who felt right at home.

Former Bulldog all-stater Josie Herbst, now playing for the Cyclones, was back on the court where she left her own mark with one of the best high school volleyball programs in the state.

The junior-to-be gave her hometown fans a good showing with 13 kills, several digs and some big-time serves as the Cyclones and Illini each won two sets. Iowa State claimed the first and third sets 25-22, 25-19 while the Illini won the second and fourth sets, 28-26, 25-21, respectively.

But Herbst said the best part was just playing in front of family and friends again, which included a near-capacity crowd in the Bulldogs\u2019 gym.

\u201cIt was really great, just a lot of good memories,\u201d Herbst said. \u201cIt was actually really weird because I forgot how big the gym was. I am used to Hilton (Coliseum), but I don\u2019t remember it being this big. There is just so many memories of my high school team, friends. \u2026 It was just a really good feeling to be playing here again.\u201d

The match at Bettendorf was organized through the head coaches of both Iowa State and Illinois and Bettendorf coach Diane Lichtenberg. Lichtenberg also played at Iowa State. Herbst said once the match was announced she couldn\u2019t wait for the chance to play close to home again.

\u201cI was really excited when I talked to Diane about it,\u201d she said. \u201cI knew it was going to be a lot of fun.\u201d

Lichtenberg, unfortunately, did not get a chance to see the match as she had a commitment to an out-of-state event. Bettendorf assistant coach Mike Grannen helped run things in her place.

Iowa State coach Christy Johnson-Lynch said playing at Bettendorf was a good opportunity to showcase the sport with two programs that are a regular part of the NCAA tournament.

The Cyclones have spent many springs playing across the state of Iowa. Plus, Johnson-Lynch said Bettendorf also made sense since it is roughly the same distance between Ames and Champaign.

\u201cWe love playing around the state because these fans don\u2019t get to see this kind of volleyball,\u201d she said. \u201cTwo Division I schools don\u2019t come here very often so it was a great opportunity. We love getting out and promoting our sport.\u201d

As for Herbst, Johnson-Lynch said this fall could be a breakout year for the outside hitter. Herbst actually started her career at UNLV but transferred to Iowa State in 2017. Johnson-Lynch said the Cyclones initially did not recruit Herbst heavily because she committed fairly early to UNLV.

But once the chance arrived to bring Herbst into the program, Iowa State did not hesitate. Herbst said her decision to transfer was simply based on being closer to home.

\u201cWe just remembered Josie being a great athlete and hard worker so we said let\u2019s see if this could work out,\u201d Johnson-Lynch said. \u201cJosie is just super dynamic, she has a big jump and a fast arm and we know with her and (teammate) Jess Schaben, they are both very good outside hitters and both do it in very good but different ways.

\u201cIt\u2019s great to have two different (attacking) looks, and Josie has a lot of different varieties in her shots, and it makes our offense more dynamic. Plus, she is just an awesome athlete who plays all out at 100 percent all the time, which is wonderful.\u201d

Grannen said it was just nice to watch Herbst as a fan for once instead of being a coach.

\u201cToo see her as a spectator instead of a coach is a completely different experience,\u201d he said. \u201cI was happy to enjoy watching her play instead of critiquing how she played.\u201d

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Moline police continued to interview witnesses late Friday about a shooting incident that occurred in an area between two apartment buildings in the 4500 block of 12th Avenue earlier in the evening.

No one was injured, police said, but one of the buildings was struck by a bullet that had gone through the window of a utility room.

Moline Police Sgt. Aron Burns said officers responded to the apartment buildings located at 4503 12th Avenue and 4519 12th Avenue.

Police received the call at 6:36 p.m.

Officers found that a bullet had pierced the window of a utility room on the west side of the apartment building at 4519 12th Avenue.

Officers searched the area, including the wooded areas behind the buildings, for the alleged shooters.

The Silvis Police Department\u2019s K9 unit helped in searching the woods and areas around the buildings.

Officers also interviewed witnesses at the scene and later had some of the witnesses at the police station for further interviews.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Moline Police Department at 309-797-0401 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad-Cities at 309-762-9500.\u00a0

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IOWA CITY \u2014 It\u2019s frequently said that the most popular player on a football team is the backup quarterback.

It\u2019s very much a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately position. One or two bad plays by the starter and everyone is calling for the No. 2 guy.

So even though Iowa fans are very happy to have an established veteran quarterback returning in Nate Stanley, a fair share of them undoubtedly turned out Friday night hoping to be impressed by the two promising freshmen directly below him on the depth chart.

What they saw probably didn\u2019t send them into the night gushing about the kids. But it was at least a little bit encouraging.

Peyton Mansell and Spencer Petras both showed little slivers of potential in the Hawkeyes\u2019 spring game.

Iowa was supposed to just have an ordinary practice, but it ended up staging more of a scrimmage. The estimated crowd of 9,300 even stood at the end of the first quarter and waved to the kids at the Stead Children\u2019s Hospital across the street, just as they do for regular games.

Stanley played that entire first segment, throwing the only two interceptions of the night, before giving way to Mansell, Petras and junior walk-on Ryan Schmidt.

First impression: The two youngsters are very different types of players.

Mansell, who first arrived on campus from Belton, Texas, last fall and currently is listed as the No. 2 quarterback, is 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, but seems smaller. However, he's very nimble afoot. He darts around in the pocket in a style somewhat reminiscent of Drew Tate and may be the most elusive QB the Hawkeyes have had since Tate.

He also appears to be very accurate on short and medium range passes. He rifled a nice completion to Dominique Dafney on a slant, hit tight end Drew Cook for another first down and scrambled for about a 15-yard gain up the middle.

He also badly overthrew freshman Nico Ragaini for what could have been an easy touchdown. Then again, Ragaini might have run the wrong route. It was hard to tell.

Quarterbacks coach Ken O\u2019Keefe was raving last week about how much Mansell has progressed in terms of footwork and his grasp of the offense, and head coach Kirk Ferentz reiterated that Friday.

\"He really was struggling in August. I mean really struggling \u2026\" Ferentz said. \"But he\u2019s really progressed so I think he\u2019s a lot closer to being able to go into a game than he was then.\"

Petras, who just enrolled at Iowa for the second semester, is 6-5, 227, but looks bigger. He seemed to tower over his linemen when he first stepped into the huddle Friday.

If Mansell resembles Drew Tate, Petras looks more like Dan McGwire, another tall Californian who came to Iowa with glowing credentials in the 1980s but never quite fulfilled them.

Petras\u2019 high school numbers are no less luminous than McGwire's were. He passed for 4,157 yards and 50 touchdowns with only two interceptions last fall at Marin Catholic High School in San Rafael, California, and his high school coach said he had the strongest arm of any player he has coached. That includes Jared Goff, who was the first player selected in the 2016 NFL draft and who now is the starting QB of the Los Angeles Rams.

Petras, who won\u2019t turn 19 until late next season, broke most of Goff\u2019s records at Marin, and while he\u2019s still feeling his way in the Hawkeyes\u2019 offense, he was anything but awful Friday.

He had a few completions, had a perfect pass over the middle that was dropped by a receiver and nearly connected with a well-defended Ragaini on a deep pass down the sideline.

\"Spencer has really surprised us a little bit,\" Ferentz said. \"He\u2019s caught on to things a little quicker than you might imagine. We\u2019ll see what happens but those guys have both done some good things.\"

Among those who came away impressed was Stanley, who passed for 2,432 yards and 26 touchdowns in an up-and-down sophomore season and is expected to build on that this fall. With Tyler Wiegers and Ryan Boyle transferring, he is the only quarterback on the roster who has anything close to game experience.

If Mansell or Petras had to go into a tough game right now, it would be an adventure. But Stanley said that will change with time.

\"Obviously, it\u2019s tough to come in mid-semester and get thrown into the fire a little bit,\" Stanley said of Petras. \"But Spencer is a great kid, and he continues to get more and more comfortable every single day, and the same with Peyton. He\u2019s obviously going from the scout team in the fall to practicing on offense every single day, and he continues to build confidence and continues to be more comfortable.\"

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United Township senior Logan Francis usually runs a leg of the 4x100 relay for the Panthers. On Friday night at the Rock Island Invitational, he did not; however, he probably felt like he had done so several times over.

Francis started his track and field day at 4:15 p.m. with warmups in the pole vault, an event he won with a height of 13 feet. A half hour later, he went across the 100 yards of the Almquist Field turf to the long jump pit, where he placed third. Then it was back and forth from the pole vault and high jump, ending his night at 8:45 p.m. with a victory leap of 6 feet, 6 inches.

\u201cI was focused, but it was a pain,\u201d he said of covering at least eight 100s to get from event to event.

Francis\u2019 double gold, along with state-qualifying-distance wins by Xavier Wickersham in the shot put (personal best 56-1/2) and discus (156-10), helped UT place fourth in the 13-team field. Moline was fifth, Rock Island sixth and Geneseo seventh.

Francis says he knows of no other local athlete who combines the events that he does, especially at an elite level. His 6-6 in the high jump was a personal best and state-qualifying height. His pole vault is six inches short of state height. His long jump is 13 inches off, but it is just his first year in that event.

Of all of his success, Francis says the pole vault excites him the most.

\u201cIt\u2019s the thrill of going high,\u201d he said. \u201cThat along with all of the technical aspects; it takes so much to get a good jump.\u201d

Two others with multiple golds on the night were Rock Island\u2019s Courtney Lindsey \u2014 with a triple crown of sprints, winning the 100, 200 and 400 \u2014 and Geneseo\u2019s Reed Vanderheyden, with a sweep of the hurdles, the 110 and the 300.

Lindsey was at his fastest. His 100 time of 10.57 was just .04 off the invite record, set in 2008 by Rocky\u2019s Richard Lewis. His 200 time of 21.63 was just .13 off the invite record, set 29 years ago by Rocky\u2019s Tim Newsone.

The 400? He hadn\u2019t run that since his sophomore year, yet he ran down Geneseo\u2019s Nick Swartzendruber, a seventh-place state finisher in 2A a year ago, edging him at the finish despite being behind by 10 yards on the curve before the home stretch.

\u201cI wanted to kick it in with 150 to go,\u201d Lindsey said, \u201cbut it turned out to be with just 50 left.

\u201cI came in wanting the invitational\u2019s records in the 100 and 200, but I just missed both.\u201d

All three of Lindsey\u2019s dashes were state qualifying times, with his 100 and 200 being medal-worthy times.

Moline picked up gold medals in the 800 relay, with the team of Marcelius Williamson, Jabari Rogers, Fred Henderson and Boubacar Barry putting up a time of 1:32.39.

Alleman\u2019s Spencer Smith, usually a staple in the winner\u2019s circle in the 1600 and 3200, just ran a leg of the Pioneers\u2019 4x800, which placed fourth. That is because today he will be participating in elite races at the Distance Night at Palatine.

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IOWA CITY \u2014 As the Iowa football team worked through the last of its 15 spring practices, safeties Amani Hooker and Jake Gervase left the Iowa offense with a reminder that there is work to be done.

Linebacker Amani Jones then added the exclamation point.

Hooker and Gervase intercepted Nate Stanley passes and Jones \"delivered the boom\" as promised in his newfound role at middle linebacker Friday night in front of an estimated crowd of 9,300 at Kinnick Stadium that watched the Hawkeyes\u2019 only public appearance of the spring.

\"We were in game uniforms, but we were hardly game ready,\" Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.

Preparing for his 20th season as the Hawkeyes head coach, Ferentz said his team made strides this spring but will return to the field this summer with plenty of work to do before a Sept. 1 season opener against Northern Illinois.

Ferentz used the Hawkeyes\u2019 offensive line as an example.

Iowa returns starters at the tackle positions in Alaric Jackson and Tristan Wirfs, and Ferentz said Keegan Render has exceeded expectations in his transition to center, but the Hawkeyes will continue to work to solidify the guard positions and develop depth when fall camp opens.

\"We have a chance to have a good line, but it\u2019s a lot like our entire football team, we have a ways to go to get there,\" Ferentz said. \"It\u2019s like a lot of years. We have a chance to be a good team, but we\u2019re not very deep right now.\"

With a north end zone grandstand project restricting use of a portion of the field, Iowa simply ran one series of plays after another as it worked from north to south throughout the 90-minute workout.

Stanley quarterbacked through a timed half that opened the practice and reserves Peyton Mansell, Spencer Petras and Ryan Schmidt ran the offense the remainder of the evening.

None led Iowa on a drive of 60-plus yards for a touchdown, although Schmidt had an 18-yard pass to Dominique Daffney called back by a penalty.

When early drives stalled, Miguel Recinos converted on a 31-yard field goal and Caleb Shudak hit from 40 yards while Keith Duncan just missed from 43 yards.

Hooker and Gervase were disruptive on defense. Hooker picked off a pass and later recovered a fumbled reception by T.J. Hockenson one play before Gervase intercepted a Stanley pass.

\"Just trying to make those guys work,\" Gervase said. \"Nate was working a little short-handed with Nick (Easley) out, but the idea is to challenge them just like they challenge us.\"

Ferentz liked that Hooker\u2019s pick came on a play Iowa\u2019s offense had not run much during the spring.

\"It shows that he was into it, is making progress, and we\u2019ve seen that from those guys this spring,\" Ferentz said.

Stanley, who found a reliable replacement for Easley in sophomore Max Cooper, believes the spring has been productive for the Hawkeye offense.

\"We made steady progress,\" Stanley said. \"It\u2019s been a little different this spring, going through it a second year. I\u2019m more comfortable, and I feel like I\u2019m ahead of where I was a year ago at this time. I\u2019m feeling good about where things are headed.\"

Ivory Kelly-Martin and Toren Young rotated with the first team at running back, working behind a line that included Cole Banwart and Landon Paulsen as starting guards with Jackson and Wirfs opening at tackle and Render playing center.

Bettendorf\u2019s Mark Kallenberger saw time with the starting unit at a guard spot as well.

\"Nate, you can tell, is more comfortable out there,\" Render said. \"He\u2019s in charge and confidence-wise, that is helping bring us all along. We know we have work to do, but I think we come out of spring feeling like things are headed in the right direction.\"

On the other side of the ball, Jones added to that comfort level as well, delivering a couple of strong hits from the middle linebacker position Josey Jewell has filled for the last three-plus seasons.

\"Amani\u2019s settling in there,\" Ferentz said. \"He\u2019s stepped in and has done a good job. Nick (Niemann) outside has done the same thing. ... Amani loves the game, and you can see it in the way he plays.\"

And like the rest of the Hawkeyes, Ferentz views the work that Jones does between now and the start of the season as the critical component to just how good this Iowa football team can be.

\"We\u2019ve done a good job to get to where we are now, but I think we all realize that we have so much more to do,\" defensive end Anthony Nelson said. \"I think we can all see the potential. Now, it\u2019s all about turning that potential into reality with the work we put into it over the next few months.\"

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Ben Pennington sensed his team was in for a battle Friday night.

As Bettendorf prepared to host Davenport Central, the Bulldogs head coach saw a confident Blue Devil team coming off a big win over Pleasant Valley on Tuesday night.

\u201cWe knew we were in for a game,\u201d Pennington said. \u201cCentral was going to make some noise tonight. When they showed up, you could just tell. They just defeated PV, which they hadn\u2019t done in a long time, and we were next on the list.\u201d

Bettendorf made sure not to become the next victim, opening up a three-goal lead by halftime and hanging onto a 6-3 win over the Blue Devils at TouVelle Stadium, Bettendorf's 22nd straight MAC win.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes on a pair of goals from Blake Rollinger. Rollinger took a pair of through balls from Joey Parker and blew past the Central defense for open looks at the net.

\u201cIt\u2019s the mentality we\u2019ve had. The majority of this senior group has played together since seventh grade and that\u2019s how we\u2019ve always started games. We\u2019ve always punched teams in the mouth early and see how they respond,\u201d Parker said. \u201cWe knew that with how they played against PV, they\u2019re a very quality side, and everyone knew coming into this game, I\u2019d say this was the most focused we\u2019ve been.\u201d

Central keeper Ben Krogman made a big stop on a penalty kick shortly after, but Parker helped put the Bulldogs up 3-0 when his free kick went off a Central player for an own goal in the 20th minute.

\u201cWe are very young in a lot of key spots, and it shows against a team like that,\u201d Central coach Sean Harkness said. \u201cThey\u2019ve got experienced guys that can make us pay for small mistakes. They\u2019re very good at keying in on our weak spots, and they took advantage of it.\u201d

Though the Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0) grabbed the win, the Blue Devils (6-5, 2-2) snapped a pretty impressive streak from the Bulldogs. Bobby Nikolopoulos\u2019 goal in the 26th minute was the first conference goal allowed by the Bulldogs since May 10, 2016, a 14-match conference shutout streak.

Bettendorf took a 4-1 lead into halftime on a goal from Dustin Harris and went up 5-1 in the 50th minute on a goal from George Elias before the Blue Devils attempted a late comeback.

Nikolopoulos scored his second goal of the match in the 70th minute and Diwash Thapa made it 5-3 in the 71st minute.

Harris put the game away with his second goal in the 75th minute.

\"After those two goals, they definitely had momentum, and we had to calm them down a little bit because they were putting pressure on our defense,\" Harris said. \"I think my goal kind of chilled it out, that three-goal deficit with five minutes left is pretty hard to overcome.\"

Though it's a loss, the game is another sign of progress from Davenport Central, one that has Harkness confident his team is doing the right things to be ready come postseason.

\u201cI think scoring six goals in a week against PV and Bettendorf is something to hang your hat on,\u201d Harkness said. \u201cObviously, giving up eight between the two games isn\u2019t ideal but definitely strides in the right direction.\u201d

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Hotter and dryer weather is what Quad-City region farmers are hoping for as what is traditionally the first week of planting season has arrived without any seeds going into the fields.

\u201cApril 20 is always our traditional start date and we\u2019ve tucked our planter back in the shed,\u201d New Liberty, Iowa, farmer Bryan Sievers said Friday.

Cold weather along with doses of rain, sleet and snow during what is supposed to be the first few weeks of spring have kept farmers out of their fields and, critical to planting, has kept soil temperatures well below the levels it will take for seeds to germinate.

\u201cA week ago, soil temperatures here were in the middle 30s, and that represented some of the coldest temps in well over 20 or 30 years,\u201d Sievers said.

Soil temperatures need to be at a steady and consistent 50 degrees or above for seeds to germinate, he said. Sievers said it is the first several inches, that first two to four inches, are what farmers are most concerned about.

According to the soil temperature map of Iowa State University\u2019s Iowa Environmental Mesonet, the temperature of the first four inches of soil in Scott County were at an average of 42 degrees on Thursday. Soil temperatures in the rest of the Quad-City region ranged from 42 in Muscatine County to 41 degrees in Clinton and Jackson counties.

But the cold has not affected just farmers locally, Sievers said.

\u201cIt encompasses the entire Corn Belt,\u201d he said. \u201cThere isn\u2019t anybody planting in the Midwest.

\u201cWe here in east central Iowa and western Illinois have it better than most,\u201d Sievers said. \u201cThere are places in the Midwest west that have 8-10 inches of snow on the ground because it recently fell.\u201d

Sievers said that with the warm weather over the weekend he was hoping to be back in his fields this weekend.

\u201cWe\u2019ve got a week\u2019s worth of more fertilizer to put on and we\u2019ll do our strip tilling,\u201d he said.

Iowa State University Extension agronomist Virgil Schmitt said historically, corn needed to be planted no later than May 5-10, as yields would drop off after that date.

\u201cSome recent data suggests that yields don\u2019t drop off as sharply with the genetics of today\u2019s seeds,\u201d Schmitt said.

In more specific terms, he said, the yield penalty for pollinating later in the season has improved with the hybrids.

\u201cWith the hybrids we don\u2019t necessarily need to be in as much of a hurry and we don\u2019t need to worry about switching hybrids,\u201d he added.

\u201cBut the genetics didn\u2019t change the temperature setting,\u201d Schmitt said. \u201cThe soil needs to be at 50 degrees or higher with the likelihood that it will stay there and not drop below that again for the seeds to germinate.

\u201cSeeds planted in poor soil conditions can haunt us for the rest of the season,\u201d he said.

Sievers said he planted some corn in June last year, \u201cand that yielded really, really well.\u201d

But a lot had to do with the excellent conditions during the second half of the growing season, he added.

Regardless of the seeds, though, the soil temperatures still have to be warm enough for the seed to grow.

According to data kept by the National Weather Service, Davenport, through April 19 the average temperature for May in the Quad-Cities has been 36.9 degrees, with high temperatures averaging 45.7 degrees and overnight lows averaging 28.1.

The average temperature for the month of April locally is 12.5 degrees cooler than normal.

National Weather Service's Dave Cousins said that so far, April 2018 has been the second coldest on record.

\u201cIf the month were to come to an end now, this April would be the second coldest on record,\u201d he said.

The coldest April on record was back in 1881 when the average temperature for the month was 36.3 degrees. The third coldest was in 1926 when the average temperature was 38.9 degrees.

Sievers said to get back on track the weather needs to cooperate and it needs to warm up significantly.

High temperatures in the middle 60s are nice, but the National Weather Service is forecasting that rain is expected Tuesday night through Thursday with highs only in the upper 50s and overnight lows dipping the upper 30s to lower 40s.

\u201cThat\u2019s not what\u2019s needed to get the soil temperatures where they need to be,\u201d Sievers said.

While farmers may be itching to get into the fields now, Sievers said it\u2019s not too late. \u201cBut in seven to 10 days, if it doesn\u2019t really warm up, there will be a lot more farmers moving from being itchy to being very nervous,\u201d he said.

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The personal and health information of approximately 16,000 patients were potentially compromised by a cybersecurity attack on UnityPoint Health, according to a public notice released this week.

On Feb. 15, UnityPoint Health discovered a phishing attack had compromised the organization\u2019s email system, according to the notice sent earlier this week.

The affected email accounts may have been accessed sometime between Nov. 1, 2017, and Feb. 7 of this year.

It was later determined that the email accounts contained patient information that included patients\u2019 names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, treatment information, surgical information, diagnoses, lab results, medications, providers, dates of service and insurance information.

Social Security numbers and other financial information may have been viewed for a limited number of affected individuals, the notice stated.

As of Friday, officials were not aware of any inappropriate access to the electronic medical record system, UnityPoint Health Spokeswoman Teresa Thoensen said.

Impacted individuals were sent a written notification of the breach starting Monday.

According to the public notice, UnityPoint Health took immediate action to secure those email accounts when the breach was discovered.

\u201cWe are working with outside cybersecurity experts to learn from the incident and help our system \u2014 and other health systems \u2014 prevent the kinds of cybercrimes that affect health care and other sectors every day,\u201d Thoensen said.

UnityPoint Health officials are encouraging affected officials to carefully review account statements for fraudulent or irregular activity.

Individuals can contact UnityPoint Health to learn if their emails were affected by calling 855-331-3612 any time between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

UnityPoint Health has locations in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.

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FOREST CITY, Iowa \u2014 Nearly 100 students walked out of class at Forest City High School and Middle School in Forest City, Iowa, Friday morning for 13 minutes \u2013 one minute for each person killed in the Columbine High School shooting 19 years ago.

The Forest City students stood quietly in front of the high school/middle school building during the walkout.

\"I think it's a good thing to show that we recognize this is a problem, and it's nice to show that we care about those who have passed away,\" said sophomore Sophia Kudej, one of the walkout participants at Forest City on Friday.

Freshman Max Blaze said he walked out because of all of those who have died in school shootings.

\"They got shot for no reason,\" he said.

Forest City school officials say the walkout was student-led and not sponsored by the school.

\"The students were very respectful,\" said Middle School Principal Zach Dillavou.

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Long before last weekend's last-second, game-winning touchdown reception, Quad-City Steamwheelers coach Cory Ross knew Quinton Pedroza was a great catch.

After all, the just-turned 25-year-old possesses the kind of size (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) and speed (4.57-second 40-yard dash) that caught the attention of NFL scouts in college and once even earned mention from ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr.

However, after having a steady stream of career curveballs thrown his way, Pedroza arrived at the TaxSlayer Center in late February believing the local indoor football team might be his last chance professionally.

\"I joke that I'd make a great 30-for-30,\" documentary film, Pedroza said ahead of tonight's home game with Sioux City.

Pedroza pulled into town with quarterback E.J. Hilliard a week after Q-C opened training camp.

Pedroza had just been released, and Hilliard faced an uncertain future, 90 minutes away in Cedar Rapids of the rival Indoor Football League.

\"I'd cut my hand and had 12 stitches, so I couldn't participate in camp,\" with the Titans, Pedroza said. \"But I was healthy and ready to play when they cut me.\"

The pair heard about the Champions Indoor Football revival of the Wheelers, after a nine-year absence from another Cedar Rapids castoff who was in camp with Q-C.

\"I'd thought last summer my football journey might be over,\" said Pedroza, who played sparingly as a rookie and fourth receiver last spring with the IFL's Iowa Barnstormers.

Pedroza had the same feeling late in 2016 after the Arena Football League's L.A. Kiss folded beneath him after only two weeks on the team's practice squad.

The California native only turned indoors when no NFL or CFL teams opted to take a chance on a free agent receiver who'd suffered a knee injury as a college senior in 2015.

Pedroza led Hawaii in receptions (59) as a junior, and added 23 more grabs in the first four games as a senior before the injury, including a whopping 10 catches for 134 yards against nationally ranked Wisconsin.

\"I rehabbed and got healthy enough to work out at the pro day,\" Pedroza said, \"but I wasn't fully healed, and I know that turned teams off.\"

Pedroza also did himself no favors in his first Division I college stop at Utah.

\"I made a foolish mistake when I was 18-19,\" said Q-C's leader in receiving yards (183) and TD receptions (5).

\"I got a drinking ticket out there, and they're a no-tolerance school, so I got released from the team. I was young and still learning, which is no excuse. I just learned a real hard lesson.

\"It's part of my story and makes me who I am today. I think about it all of the time; it motivates me to keep my eye on the prize and just work every day.\"

Three of Pedroza's five housemates from his two-year stay in Utah are in the NFL now \u2014 Miami offensive guard Isaac Asiata, Jacksonville defensive end Hunter Dimick and Carolina linebacker Jared Norris.

\"I feel like the odd-man out,\" said the CIF's leader at 14.1 yards-per-catch.

\"It's motivating. All of us talk about every other day on a group message. We all have a strong bond. They see my clips from here, and they keep encouraging me. But it just kills me not to be up there with them.\"

Pedroza hopes the latest clip helps him climb the sport's ladder, though.

\"I know it's out there, but it hasn't gone viral yet,\" Pedroza said about last weekend's highlight. \"But if the right people see it, I'll be happy.

\"My career is full of setbacks, but it feels like I'm finally in the right place, and it's the perfect time for me, with things really falling into place.\"

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WATERLOO \u2014Hundreds of students walked out of West High School in Waterloo, Iowa, Friday for nearly half an hour to protest against gun violence.

Participating students at West faced an unexcused absence for leaving class, but some said it was important to raise awareness about the toll of gun violence at schools.

Junior Ajla Sivic said she walked out \u201cto get the 17 lives that were lost (in Parkland, Florida) the 17 minutes they deserve, to show that we care.\u201d

\u201cNo longer is it shocking to see school shootings,\u201d said Parker McNally, a senior. While people advocate for reform of gun laws following each shooting, McNally noted those efforts fade away after a few weeks.

\u201cWe have yet to make a difference, a palpable difference, since Columbine,\u201d he said. \u201cThe time is now. Today we march out of school without regard for the punishment we may face.\u201d

McNally urged the students to become active voters once they turn 18, suggesting this issue is about \u201cour own survival.\u201d He added, \u201cWe deserve an education more than they deserve to own weapons.\u201d

Sophomore Edina Kuduzovic said politicians are still accepting a \u201cpocket full of checks\u201d from the National Rifle Association, which advocates for gun owners\u2019 rights. \u201cBut as the youth of America, we have to let them know that we are not backing down.\u201d

She and other speakers called for improving background checks for gun purchasers, banning bump stocks and large ammunition magazines for semi-automatic rifles, and requiring extensive gun training for anyone who owns a weapon.

\u201cIt is time for us to open our eyes that gun violence has gotten out of control,\u201d said sophomore Maya VanErem. \u201cWhen will people realize that guns are becoming an issue?

\u201cI push every single person to try and make a difference in our world. I encourage each of you to demand action from our politicians.\u201d

After the rally, freshman Allyssa Norman said times have changed since her parents and other adults were kids.

\u201cEven something that happened in Florida is affecting us today,\u201d she said. \u201cWe need to stop it.\u201d

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Glenview Middle students Adreian Roper, 14, Damahz Slater, 14, and Jeremie Bond, 13, bow their during a moment of silence in honor of those killed in the Columbine shooting. The students who chose to participate, held a walk out against gun violence and commemorate the shooting at Columbine High School 19-years ago. The Quad Cities Big Table initiative brought people together for conversation about the future of the Quad-Cities Area.

EAST MOLINE \u2014 Glenview Middle School eighth-graders found a way Friday to get their voices heard by community leaders.

Students shared gun-violence concerns with five members of a community panel before observing a 13-second silence in memory of a 1999 shooting at Columbine (Colorado) High School and a 17-minute walk around the school in memory of victims of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting two months ago.

Students questioned Brandon Kutmas of the Robert Young Center, Kristin Terrell-Tylor of East Moline schools, the Rev. Scott Culley of the Faith Walk Outreach Center, East Moline school board member Kai Killam, and school police liaison officer Kirk DeGreve.

\"They gave voice to their concerns that was valuable socially and psychologically,\" Kutmas said of the students.

Questions ranged from metal detectors to what would happen if people with guns entered the school.

\"The fact that it was student-generated and student-led speaks to the empowerment they feel, while knowing that their school and community cares for what they say they need,\" said Terrell-Taylor.

\"This was a big form of the Big Table conversation we know was weighing heavily on the minds of our students,\" Terrell-Taylor said.

When students Riley Verstraete and Leslie Moreno wrote school administrators about plans to participate in a national walk-out, \"we knew we wanted to get in front of it,\" said Glenview counselor Gaye Dunn.

So the school developed \"17 Ways to Care\" in memory of the Parkland deaths and added it to the Big Table agenda.

\"It was all about making the lives of all students count, because enough is enough,\" said Moreno. \"It takes that one student to say they will.\"

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Genesis Health Systems is eliminating 48 positions across the system, system spokesman Craig Cooper said Friday.

Genesis has a number of campuses in the Quad-City region including in Davenport and DeWitt in Iowa and Silvis and Moline in Illinois.

Cooper said that the positions eliminated include 12 executive and management positions. Reducing costs was the reason given.

The jobs being eliminated represent about 1 percent of the Genesis workforce, he said.

Genesis, however, has more than 300 open positions to be hired. \u201cHopefully they will be a match for one of these other jobs and stay,\u201d Cooper said.

Those who do not find another position within Genesis will be provided severance benefits as per policy, he said.

\u201cHealth care organizations across the country, including Genesis, are challenged by a rapidly changing health care environment with shrinking reimbursements and escalating costs\u201d\u2019 Cooper said in a news release. \u201cDespite many successful cost-saving measures in recent years, Genesis now must take additional action to position the organization for continued financial viability.

\u201cThis adjustment will reduce costs and align our workforce to ensure sustainable financial performance,\u201d he said. \u201cAt the same time we make this difficult announcement, we are maintaining our ability to deliver excellent patient care.\u201d

Cooper said that workforce reductions are always a last resort to cut costs.

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Sheri Curran, Augustana College legal counsel and cabinet member; Kris Kizer, Augustana College senior; Angie Sharp, WQAD anchor; and Liesl Fowler, Augustana College registrar pose for a group photo with their fellow Big Table participants at Augustana College Friday.

Among the 50 participants at the Big Table at Augustana College in Rock Island were Augustana President Steve Bahls and U.S. Rep Cheri Bustos, D-Moline.

Key discussions included what people can people do to make the college and the community better, and what Augustana and the community can do to keep students in the region.

\"It starts in the classroom by encouraging students to feel comfortable enough to use your voice for others in the community,\" said Sierra Scanlan, of Romeoville, an upperclassmen and cross country runner at the school.

Some students don't venture off campus, she said. She expressed how much she likes the Quad-Cities music scene, echoing another participant's comment\u00a0about how much the area\u2019s art and music scene has improved in 20 years.

That scene will continue to grow and provide local musicians opportunities, said Jay Pearce of WVIK and River Music Experience.

Scanlan said there needs to be more dialogue and more students need to immerse themselves in the community.

\"Forcing yourself out of your comfort zone, students will see that there's more out there,\" she said. \"I really enjoy the community. I enjoy everyone I've interacted with.\"

Fernando Rios, of Augie's information technology department, said the day's discussion was great. \"We found a lot of things we agree on and things we need to improve on to get the Quad-Cities to grow,\" he said.

Among them, he said, are encouraging more minority businesses and convincing minority students that private colleges are for them, too. They need to be invited to the campus, he said.

A look inside at Quad-City Big Tables: Part I
Quad Cities Big Table
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\"QUAD-CITIES

Community members gathered at the River Bend Foodbank, Davenport, to discuss hunger and ideas to stop throwing food away

The statistics were eye-opening: 1 in 8 people in the Quad-Cities do not have enough food, 1 in 5 children.\u00a0

So nine Quad-Citians from various walks of life gathered at a Big Table Friday to explore ways for the community to combat hunger, including raising public awareness, increasing food donations and helping others see the problem is real and here.\u00a0

\"Hunger is a solvable problem. There is enough food to feed everyone if we just stop throwing it away,\" said Michael Miller, president and CEO of the River Bend Foodbank, Davenport, which hosted the discussion.\u00a0

\"I deal with kids who are hungry,\" said Susie Vens, a teacher at Davenport's Monroe Elementary School. \"But most people who are affluent do not realize that is a problem.\"\u00a0

She is saddened to see all the food wasted at school by the kids and because of federal regulations that require the lunch staff to throw away food that has been served, even unopened packages.\u00a0

It is an issue that is being addressed with the Iowa Board of Education, Lea Hensel of the Iowa Waste Reduction Center said.\u00a0

The group discussed several ideas for new partnerships with the area grocery stores, restaurants and others to donate food.

Pastor Karen Ullenstead of Zion Lutheran Church, Davenport, suggested area stores or churches could offer collection boxes for ongoing donations of non-perishable food.\u00a0

Jared Rafferty, who manages the HyVee store on Moline's Avenue of the Cities, said consumers need to understand the expiration dates on food. \"People don't understand 'use by' date, 'best by' and 'eat by,'\" he said suggesting an education campaign.\u00a0

Miller said the foodbank is talking to a major manufacturer about replacing the \"best sold by\" date with a \"donate by\" stamp on food items.\u00a0

\"Your BOGO (buy one, get one) sales\u00a0\u2014 I like to think of those as buy one, give one,\" Miller told Rafferty.\u00a0

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\"Table\"

The Big Table at Donuts & More on Brady Street in Davenport focused on positivity.

Maybe it was the cherry-glazed doughnut holes or the hazelnut coffee up for grabs or maybe it was the \"Donut worry, be happy\" sign outside Donuts & More on Brady Street in Davenport.\u00a0

Talk around this table, occupied by a Moline police offer, a TV news anchor, a college student, a couple who just bought their first house and a local comedian, among others, turned out to be nothing but positive.\u00a0

The dozen or so Quad-Citians who gathered for an hour-long conversation said they were proud of being \"Quad-Citizens.\"\u00a0

And they want more of that to go around.\u00a0

\"This can kind of go wherever we want it to,\" said Rachel Thomas, an area Realtor and table discussion host, before opening with this question: \"What would you like to see more of in the Quad-Cities?\"\u00a0

The answers? More community involvement and awareness of the good that's happening here.\u00a0

Andrew King, an area stand-up comedian who works at Donuts & More, said he moved back to the Quad-Cities several years ago because \"it was growing so much.\"\u00a0

When Ashton Barker worked in downtown Davenport about 10 years ago, she called the area \"a ghost town.\"\u00a0

\"It's not like that at all anymore,\" she said. \"I think there's a lot here that people take for granted.\"

The group came up a few ideas: Starting a community-wide pay-it-forward movement, getting area college students more involved in community happenings and sharing more \"good news\" with the local media.\u00a0

For the final 20 or so minutes of the talk, one topic dominated conversation: \"What's next for the Quad-Cities Big Table?\"\u00a0

Hopefully, Barker said, more discussions are scheduled.\u00a0

\"When I first heard about this, I thought, 'Well I'm not anybody important in the Quad-Cities. I'm not going to go to that, because nobody cares what I have to say,\" Barker said. \"But then, learning about it, if this would happen again in two months, I think it would be times 10 bigger and you would see even more people coming out.\"\u00a0

As Thomas said, \"This is a good start.\"\u00a0

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\"Big

QCAIR, Quad-Cities Alliance for Immigrants & Refugees, hosted a Big Table at The Center, Davenport. From left, participants included: Michelle Yates, Jenny Garlach, Rebecca David and Tami Petsche.

It didn't take long to warm up.

The group of 11 who filled out the Big Table at The Center near 14th and Brady streets shared a thread from the start. Most, if not all, were drawn to the Quad-Cities Alliance for Immigrants & Refugees' discussion, because they care about making people feel welcome.

The one question that took most of the hour was this: Is the Quad-Cities welcoming?

\u2022 Kim Brown said, \"It depends on who you see.\" Some simply aren't comfortable among strangers.

\u2022 Jane I. Duax said the Quad-Cities is \"overall welcoming,\" adding, \"the haters are in the minority.\" The presence of yard signs, welcoming all people, are evidence.

\u2022 Terry Loughrin grew up on a farm, moved to a Chicago suburb, then the Quad-Cities. He has experienced \"guardedness,\" and Quad-Cities often interact only when it serves a purpose.

\u2022 Jillian McCleary said the Quad-Cities has many multi-generational families, making it difficult for newcomers.

\u2022 Tami Petsche: \"It's hard to say. As a white female, it's easier for me. Not everyone has the same opportunities as I do (to interact).\"

\u2022 Jenny Garlach said, \"I think it's getting better. Overall, it's more positive here than negative.\"

\u2022 Michelle Yates, a physician, said friends who aren't doctors are treated differently. Coming from Chicago, she was surprised when a neighbor delivered treats. More long-time locals should welcome newcomers, because, \"A plate of brownies goes a long way.\"

\u2022 Elizabeth Dougherty moved here in late 2015. \"I'm made to feel like an outsider every day,\" she said. The only place she feels welcome is at her job. Some were surprised by her disclosure. To try to assimilate, she said, she is involved in dog rescue and the farmer's market.

\u2022 Grant Curtis, president of QCAIR, said, in his experience, Quad-Citians are \"inclusive, yet stand-offish.\"

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DES MOINES\u00a0\u2014 Iowa\u2019s most powerful state and federal government leaders have an ally in the White House thanks to political unity forged in the 2016 elections.

There is a Republican in the White House and a GOP-led Congress to team with Iowa Republicans in both of the state\u2019s U.S. Senate seats and the governor\u2019s office, as well as its own GOP-led state legislature.

That Republican symmetry has helped produce significant conservative reforms on the federal and state levels.

But while President Donald Trump\u2019s administration completed Republicans\u2019 power trifecta in the nation\u2019s capital, it also has, on occasion, put Iowa leaders on the defensive against their own party.

Trump administration moves, for example, to weaken the federal mandate for ethanol in the nation\u2019s fuel supply and on international trade have caused concerns in Iowa. That has prompted the state\u2019s Republican leaders\u00a0\u2014 in particular Gov. Kim Reynolds and U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst\u00a0\u2014 to oppose the president, who also just happens to be their party\u2019s leader.

And there\u2019s always having to face questions about said party leader\u2019s occasional verbal or social media outbursts that spark outrage and consternation across the country.

For Iowa\u2019s Republican leaders, it has all made for an eventful year-plus under this administration.

\u201cIt has been quite a year,\u201d Ernst said. \u201cI\u2019ve actually been pleased with a number of the policies that we\u2019ve seen.\u201d

When asked about working with Trump and his administration, Ernst and Grassley were quick to point to what they consider significant achievements, including the placement of a conservative justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, federal tax cuts, reduced regulations on businesses and farmers, and boosted national defense spending.

\u201cThere have been a lot of wins,\u201d Ernst said.

But there also have been battles that Iowa Republicans may not have thought they would have to fight given their party\u2019s control of the federal government.

Iowa Republicans have spent the majority of the Trump administration\u2019s tenure working to preserve the Renewable Fuel Standard, a federal requirement for a certain level of ethanol in the nation\u2019s fuel supply. The corn-based fuel is important to the state\u2019s economy, so when the Trump administration considered reducing the required levels, Iowa Republicans were put in a position to push back against their party\u2019s leader.

They did: Grassley, Ernst and Reynolds all made multiple public statements and private pleas to Trump to preserve the ethanol mandate. Eventually, the Trump administration relented and the mandate remained intact.

However, Iowa Republicans find themselves fighting a second round in the same bout; the administration has granted waivers to some oil refineries that allow them to skirt the ethanol mandate. That has Iowa leaders concerned all over again, and once more raising their concerns about the potential impact to Iowa\u2019s agriculture economy.

The state\u2019s ag economy also is in jeopardy because of another Trump administration move: to announce new taxes on trade deals with China. Trump said the proposed tariffs are needed to balance some international trade deals and hold China accountable for years of alleged intellectual property theft. China in retaliation has proposed tariffs on soybeans, one of Iowa\u2019s top crops.

Once again, Grassley, Ernst and Reynolds have pleaded with Trump to reconsider an action that, in the case of this budding trade war could be devastating to Iowa farmers.

In both cases, the trio showed a willingness to speak out against the president\u2019s policies in order to defend the interests of their state. Whether that has been sufficient is a matter of debate.

\u201cThis is all about policy. You agree sometimes, sometimes you disagree,\u201d Grassley said.

Ernst said she is willing to note her occasional disagreements with Trump\u2019s policies, and said she has found the president to be a willing listener.

\u201cEven on the issues where I may disagree with the president, I am blessed to have such a relationship with him that I can disagree and do it in a respectful manner. And you know what? He will actually listen to some of those issues and visit with me about them, and I\u2019ve had quite an open ear from the president,\u201d Ernst said. \u201cI am glad that he takes my thoughts and he takes my feedback, he works through those and hopefully we come out with a good product at the end.\u201d

These Iowa Republicans are not navigating uncharted waters. It is not necessarily unusual for a political leader to have to take a stance against a president of his or her own party, said Timothy Hagle, a political science professor at the University of Iowa.

\u201cThat\u2019s not entirely unusual,\u201d Hagle said. \u201cThe question is how you handle that.\u201d

Hagle noted while some Republicans have been publicly and highly critical of Trump, Grassley, Ernst and Reynolds have taken stances against those Trump policies they felt would hurt Iowa but did so in a more low-key and respectful manner. Hagle said that may have been more productive because when other politicians have lashed out at Trump, the president often has responded in kind.

Jeff Kaufmann, the chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, said he thinks Iowa\u2019s Republican leaders have found the ideal recipe for working with and, when they feel necessary, standing up to Trump.

\u201cI think they have struck a perfect balance. Even when it means they have to disagree with the president, sometimes vigorously and publicly. I actually think he respects that,\u201d Kaufmann said. \u201cI believe (Trump) knows that it\u2019s not personal. I think the balance and the nature of the relationship is perfect.

\u201cOne thing is for sure: all three of those leaders have proven Iowa comes before party. They have definitely not hesitated to publicly call out the president, even when it\u2019s the president of their own party.\u201d

Troy Price, the chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, said he thinks those Iowa Republican leaders have given mere lip service to standing up for the state in the aforementioned instances. Price said Grassley, Ernst and Reynolds\u2019 actions have amounted to little more than \u201cempty rhetoric\u201d in news releases.

Price said despite the Iowa GOP\u2019s efforts, the ethanol mandate remains under attack and the threats of trade tariffs already are causing fluctuations in the agricultural markets.

Price also questioned what he said was a lack of concrete plans to counter any potential harmful impacts on Iowa farmers.

\u201cWords are words. Where is the action? What is being done to help shore up rural Iowa right now?\u201d Price said. \u201cThey cozied up to the Trump administration, they\u2019ve heaped praise upon the president, yet what do they have to show for it?\u201d

Democrats and Republicans will disagree on whether the Trump administration has been good for Iowa, and whether Iowa Republicans are putting their state above politics.

As for working with the Trump administration, Grassley said he is comfortable disagreeing with the president on some policies but overall said Trump is following through on his campaign promises.

\u201cI think this president is doing more than any other president, to have a list of things he promised in the campaign,\u201d Grassley said. \u201cA lot of presidents get elected and don\u2019t stand on their promise, and he\u2019s standing on his promise.\u201d

Said Ernst, \u201cIt\u2019s been an interesting dynamic, but I do see a very open administration. So I\u2019ll take those wins and we\u2019ll keep working hard for the Iowa public to make sure that we see additional wins for us in the future.\u201d

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\"042018

Nine Davenport residents gathered during one of the Quad Cities Big Table forums held at the Davenport Downtown Library Friday, April 20, 2018. The events, held at dozens of locations across the Quad-Cities hoped to promote civic conversation, foster new relationships and inspire collaborative action across the region.

Thousands of Quad-City area residents stopped what they normally would have been doing on Friday to gather at a \"big table\" to talk about what they think needs to be improved in the community, and how that might happen.

Dr. Michelle Yates, a Quad-City physician, expressed concern about health care for minorities.

Deshawn Sanders, a sixth grader at Bettendorf Middle School, shared his desire to promote recycling and help the homeless.

A Pleasant Valley High School student talked about the need for equality and his willingness to give up some privileges so others can have more. His high school has iPads in its weight room, for example, while Moline High School doesn't have air-conditioning.

The conversations were part of the Quad-Cities Big Table, a community-wide initiative of the QC2030 Regional Action Plan, a shared vision endorsed by about 240 business, nonprofit, academic, business and community leaders to make the Quad-Cities a cool, creative, connected and prosperous place.

The initiative was modeled after a similar program originating in Columbus, Ohio.

Quad-City leaders set a goal several months ago of getting 500 tables with about 5,000 total participants from various backgrounds, neighborhoods and interest groups, but by Friday morning, they had exceeded that number with 525 tables registered.

\"It's been outstanding,\" Rene Gellerman, Q2030's loaned executive, said Friday afternoon after spending the day dropping in at \"Big Tables\" throughout the area. Particularly inspiring was listening to the concerns of 300 high school students at Deere World Headquarters, she said.

\"People are energized talking about what matters to them and about meeting new people,\" she said. She also picked up a sense among participants that Quad-Citians should, overall, take more pride in the good things the area has to offer.

\"How do we help one another have more swagger about living in the Quad-Cities?\" she said.

About half the tables convened on Friday, with the remainder meeting Saturday. Locations ranged from a Davenport union hall and doughnut shop to Grace City Church in Rock Island.

All participants will receive a brief email survey asking them to explain what they talked about, if their group offered any possible solutions to the challenges they discussed and whether they would be willing to do further work.

These surveys will then be analyzed by a third party consultant who will give a report to the Q2030 steering committee, a group of about 65 people, Gellerman said.

The committee will sift through the report to see what issues/possible solutions rise to the top, Gellerman said. Depending on what they find, they might make changes to the Q2030 plan, she said.

The committee will then make a report to the community, probably in July, that will be available online and announced at an event, Gellerman said.

An important goal of the conversations is for people to feel empowered to tackle the problems/challenges they discuss themselves.

\"The goal is not to develop an agenda for others to implement, necessarily, but for people (to see how they) can work together and as individuals themselves. We hope they feel a sense of responsibility to help shape the future of the Quad-Cities.\"

A look inside at Quad-City Big Tables: Part I
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\"Bettendorf

About 100 students from Bettendorf Middle School and Pleasant Valley Junior High School gathered last Friday during a Quad-Cities Big Table event in the cafeteria at Bettendorf Middle School. The students discussed topics including bullying and school safety.

Casual, civil and compelling conversation Friday afternoon in the cafeteria at Bettendorf Middle School briefly interrupted the sometimes-bitter Bettendorf/Pleasant Valley rivalry.

The break lasted about an hour, surprising Bettendorf Middle and Pleasant Valley Junior High students who participated in the engaging discussions inspired by the Quad-Cities Big Table initiative.\u00a0

\"I came here thinking it's going to be Bettendorf kids and PV kids in just a screaming match,\"\u00a0said Ellie Hinch, an eighth-grade Bettendorf Middle student.\u00a0

Spearheaded by Bettendorf Schools Superintendent Mike Raso and Pleasant Valley Schools Superintendent Jim Spelhaug, the moderated chatter involved about 100 students at 10 tables. Exchanges touched on school security, stereotypes, recycling and helping the homeless among other topics.

\"Elias

Elias Lightfoot, a sixth-grade student at Bettendorf Middle School, shares his thoughts about improving school security Friday afternoon during a Quad-Cities Big Table event in his school's cafeteria.

Coinciding with National School Walkout Day on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, students at one table talked about conducting more safety drills. An adult moderator mentioned the possibility of adding metal detectors to prevent shootings.

\"The sad part about our world is that we have to even talk about this situation,\" said Elias Lightfoot, a sixth-grade Bettendorf Middle student said.\u00a0

Students at another table brainstormed strategies to help protect the environment. The group posed holding community-wide cleanup days once every season.

\"We need to have more recycling bins around here,\" Deshawn Sanders, a sixth-grade Bettendorf Middle student said.\u00a0

Will Fairman, an eighth-grade student at Pleasant Valley Junior High, called for higher recycling payouts.

\"People aren't going to take action unless it benefits them directly,\" he said, impressing Bettendorf Middle Principal Lisa Reid. \"Maybe we go from 5 cents to 10 cents.\"

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From Quad-City history to the current state of the Quad-City region along the Mississippi River, the lively discussion at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, continued as Quad-Citians who had been strangers an hour before talked together while they left the room.

Gaye Shannon Burnett, executive director/curator at The Azubuike African American Council for the Arts, was the host. Among those attending and their perspectives were:

\u2022 Burnett: Much like items that are labeled \u201cMade in the USA,\u201d \u201cI think it would be even nicer to have it labeled \u2018Made in the Quad-Cities.\"

\u2022 Kathleen Conway, retired teacher: \u201cThere is so much food wasted,\u201d she said, adding that Augustana College, Rock Island, has a food program that involves a local farmer who provides fresh food and uses leftovers as compost and for animals. She hopes children can start gardening and composting in schools.

\u2022 Nick Cox, of Frontier Hospitality Group: \u201cThe idea of a major tourism campaign is so important to us.\u201d

\u2022 Maria Dickmann, Davenport alderwoman: \u201cThat\u2019s something that you can\u2019t duplicate: Our mighty Mississippi River.\u201d

\u2022 Jessica Gordon, regional field manager, for Understood, whose goal is to help parents of children ages 3\u201320, who struggle with learning: \u201cWe don\u2019t take the perspective of people who haven\u2019t lived here their whole lives as much as we should.\u201d She added that the Quad-Cities needs \u201ca central repository for services.\u201d

\u2022 Nate Lawrence, executive director of Polyrhythms, a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing exposure to the arts that includes a monthly jazz series: \u201cThe bridge right down here, the first railroad bridge, across the Mississippi River, the lawyer there was Abraham Lincoln. Dred Scott lived here.\u201d He added that the Quad-Cities needs to market itself as a single entity. \u201cThere\u2019s no marketing plan. Everyone wants their little piece of turf. We\u2019re supposed to be joined by a river.\u201d

\u2022 Shirley McLemore: For 30 years several of the inner-city parks provided activities for at-risk young people. But now that the nonprofit organization that provided the activities is gone, \u201cFor the first time in 30 years, this is not going to happen.\u201d

\u2022 David Ricci, owner of Liberty Anodizing, West Liberty, Iowa: \u201cWe\u2019re right in the middle of the world, of the interstate.\u201d He added that part of the plan going forward should be promotion of the region\u2019s talent pool. \u201cA major part of the vision should emphasize manufacturing.\u201d

Linda Cook

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It began with worries about shootings and troubled youth, kids who come from broken homes and how to help them.

There was talk of mentoring and finding transitional housing, so they don't end up back to where their problems began.

Then, Sue Ketelsen, a Davenport retiree, wondered why people couldn't be kinder to each other.

At Davenport's Fairmount Library, a dozen people, most of whom didn't appear to know each other before they walked into a sunny meeting room, hashed out a variety of issues at their own Big Table.

They included retirees, an executive, a hair dresser, an advocate for victims of domestic violence, among others.

They sought more kindness and a greater sense of community. They talked about the need to recognize the good things that are happening here, and wondered how to resolve the things that are worrisome, like shootings.

\"This community is generous, so overwhelmingly generous,\" said Anne Calder, vice president of development for the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.

Calder lives in Geneseo, but as she put it, \"I'm a Quad-Citizen. I'm part of this. I own this, too.\"

Bill Churchill, a retired educator and coach from Davenport who led the discussion, stressed the idea wasn't to come up with solutions to problems but start a discussion.

Sandy Liagre, a retired teacher from Davenport, talked about the need to connect.

\"We used to have block parties,\" she said. \"Maybe we need to think about having these big tables in the neighborhoods.\"

There were complaints about people burying their heads in their smartphones and a bit about traffic frustrations. But parks, libraries, charitable groups and free things to do for families and a handful of other Quad-City offerings got praise, too.

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DES MOINES\u00a0\u2014\u00a0Barbara Bush was every bit the \u201cenforcer\u201d that her family lovingly called her, but she also was a woman with a great sense of humor and a heart of gold, according to a Des Moines woman who knew her.

For roughly four years, Becky Beach was the personal assistant of the former first lady.\u00a0Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92 and is one of just two women to have a husband and son in the White House. Abigail Adams is the other.

Beach worked as Barbara Bush\u2019s personal aid from 1978 to 1982. During that time, Bush\u2019s husband George H.W. Bush ran for president and served as vice president under President Ronald Reagan.

Beach had come to know the Bush family through her grandmother, Mary Louise Smith, who was co-chair of the national Republican Party when George H.W. Bush was chair. Beach volunteered for George H.W. Bush\u2019s 1978 presidential campaign, and later that year was hired as Barbara Bush\u2019s personal aid.

Beach traveled across the country with the woman who years later would become first lady when George H.W. Bush was elected president in 1988.

\u201cShe was very funny, very witty, great sense of humor,\u201d Beach said. \u201cShe worshiped her family, and they her.\u201d

The Bush family lovingly called its matriarch \u201cthe enforcer,\u201d and Beach said she could live up to the name.

\u201cIf she was unhappy with you, she would give you the look,\u201d Beach said. \u201cBut she was gracious and understanding. She\u2019s just a wonderful person with a heart of gold. Absolutely a heart of gold.\u201d

Beach is one of the 1,500 individuals who were invited to Barbara Bush\u2019s private funeral, scheduled for Saturday in Texas. She spoke to the bureau from Houston and said she plans attend the funeral.

Beach said she last saw Barbara Bush at a lunch gathering a little more than a year ago, and said at the time the former first lady \u201cwas doing great.\u201d Beach said when she heard the news this week of Bush\u2019s passing, she cried.

\u201cI was very sad,\u201d Beach said. \u201cShe made the decision to not have any more medical treatment, and true to herself that\u2019s what she wanted and that\u2019s what she did. To me, that took a lot of courage for her to say I don\u2019t want to go back to the hospital, enough is enough.\u201d

Beach said after landing in Texas, she learned that George H.W. Bush, who is 93 years old and has had health issues recently, greeted mourners Friday at the public viewing for his late wife.

\u201cThat\u2019s just extraordinary. Just amazing,\u201d Beach said. \u201cThat\u2019s the kind of people they are. They want to thank people, show appreciation. They\u2019re the most selfless, kind people I\u2019ve ever met.\u201d

Kathy McCoy of Waterloo worked for then-Vice President George H.W. Bush\u2019s advance team in 1982 and 1983. McCoy recalled to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier how much Barbara Bush loved children.

\u201cIf there were five or 105 kids (at an event), both Mr. and Mrs. Bush would focus on the children and beamed such heartfelt smiles,\u201d McCoy said.

McCoy also recalled Barbara Bush\u2019s role as \u201cthe enforcer,\u201d especially when it came to protecting the family\u2019s grandchildren, including Jenna and Barbara Bush, the daughters of George W. and Laura Bush.

\u201cGeorge H.W. was the softy. Barbara was the enforcer, and everyone wanted her approval,\u201d McCoy said.

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BURLINGTON, Iowa \u2014 On Education Day at Burlington\u2019s Community Field, the Quad-Cities River Bandits didn\u2019t make the grade.

Burlington scored eight runs in the first inning and added five more in the fifth, sixth and eighth to club Quad-Cities 28-7 in a Midwest League rout Friday watched by a crowd of 2,246.

The Bees pounded River Bandits pitching for 24 hits.

Burlington sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning and extended its lead later in the game with a pair of grand slams, one by Jo Adell in the sixth inning and another two innings later by Brandon Marsh.

The 28 runs marked the first time Quad-Cities had surrendered more than 20 runs in a game since Peoria beat the River Bandits 21-3 in Davenport on July 4, 1994.

It was also the first time since Burlington won a 16-15 game over Quad-Cities on June 10, 2012, that the River Bandits had been involved in a game in which the two teams combined for more than 30 runs.

On Friday, Quad-Cities actually led 1-0 when Corey Julks opened the game with a single and took third on a throwing error as he stole second base. Julks then scored on a wild pitch before things got really wild for the Bees.

Burlington mustered just three singles during its eight-run first inning, but the start for the River Bandits' Cesar Rosado ended after he hit a batter and walked three more Bees.

The third, to Harrison Wenson, tied the game at 1-1 before Spencer Griffin moved Burlington ahead to stay with an RBI single off of reliever Cole Watts.

Runs scored on an error, a wild pitch and run-scoring singles by Gleyvin Pineda and Adell added to the Bees' lead, which grew to 10-1 during a second inning that included a homer by Wenson.

Five of the six pitchers Quad-Cities used in the game allowed at least three runs.

The River Bandits scored four of their runs in the top of the ninth inning, including Jake Adams\u2019 first home run of the season. The All-American from Iowa belted a three-run shot to left, his first home run at the full-season level as a professional.

Quad-Cities collected 10 hits from eight players, including two apiece from Julks and J.J. Matijevic.

The River Bandits and Bees play doubleheaders the next two days at Community Field, beginning with a 3 p.m. twin bill today.

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MASON CITY \u2014 Mason City High School students joined a national movement Friday in a short, school-supported walkout followed by a discussion panel of adult decision-makers.

The walkout was meant to protest gun violence and seek safer schools.

Characterized as a protest elsewhere, the differences in Mason City were striking. There were no signs. There was no chanting.

One of the student leaders, sophomore Daniel Stephenson, spoke briefly before leading the short walk to the gym about 12:30 p.m. He noted that Friday was the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre before leading the walk.

There were several students along the way, looking at the cameras, saying \u201c4/20\u201d while imitating smoking a joint and referencing the Friday also fell on the unofficial holiday for marijuana aficionados.\u00a0

Police vehicles and officers were visible at the front of the school and closer to the entrance of the gym.

Students entered the gym and listened to panel discussion that lasted more than an hour. Some 200 students attended the event.

\u201cI was thinking it would be around 75,\u201d senior student activist and organizer Natalia Cadena said.

According to the school district, the student-led question-and-answer listening post and panel discussion was meant to \"provide students with an opportunity to voice their concerns, questions, and statements regarding the safety of our school and how they can make a difference.\"

Panelists included Sen. Amanda Ragan, D-Mason City; Rep. Sharon Steckman, D-Mason City; Mason City Mayor Bill Schickel; Mason City Police Chief Jeff Brinkley; Mason City Superintendent Dave Versteeg; and Mason City High School Principal Dan Long.

Mason City High School Student Activist Group organized the event as an optional event for students and parents.

\u201cWe wanted everyone to feel comfortable attending,\u201d Cadena said.

Stephenson said the group got started one day at Cabin Coffee after the Parkland shooting.

\u201cWe decided we needed to do something,\u201d he said. \u201cI know what it feels like to feel like you\u2019re not doing enough.\u201d

The student event touched on the complicated topic of North Iowans and guns.

While several student leaders, including Stephenson, wore shirts saying \u201cAmerica needs gun safety,\u201d one student in the crowd sported a black shirt reading, \u201cI\u2019m pro-gun. Change my mind.\u201d

The event itself was held in the Mason City school gym with a Trap Shooting State Champions banner hanging on the wall among other sports.

Stephenson opened the event with a speech, saying that many in the room might feel that they can\u2019t make a difference because \u201cwe\u2019re just kids.\u201d

\u201cYou have the power to change the world,\u201d he said.

The panel discussion featured several panelists congratulating the students for opening up for discussion and coming forward.

The members, answering vetted questions from students, discussed: how safe Mason City is, communicating threats to officials, the district's response to threats, conflict resolution, gun control and gun-free zones, bullying, and mental health.

\u201cI wish we could hear more interaction from these students here,\u201d Ragan said about half way through the discussion. Steckman said she wished she could speak directly with the students more, as well.

But the organizers were satisfied.

\"We were open to asking the tough questions, and we did,\u201d Cadena said. \u201cI feel really great about the whole thing.\u201d

After the event, students quickly filed out of the gym and back to class. No chanting, no signs, no protest.

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An unusually virulent strain of E. coli bacteria on romaine lettuce has sent 31 people to hospitals in 16 states, and health officials are urging consumers to throw out any of the lettuce they may have bought recently.

No grower or distributor has been identified as the source of the outbreak, which has been traced to the Yuma, Ariz., area where California\u2019s major produce companies cultivate winter lettuce, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The health agency this week added 18 more victims, including nine with serious kidney failure, from five states \u2014 Alaska, Arizona, California, Louisiana and Montana \u2014 to an outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 that started in late March.\u00a0

In Montana, cases have been reported in Missoula, Flathead, Lincoln and Ravalli counties. Three people have been hospitalized.

E. coli is a type of bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal cramps, vomiting and low-grade fever.

Besides those hospitalized, 22 people have been sickened in Washington, Idaho, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Virginia, according to the CDC.

Here\u2019s what the CDC advises:

\u2014Consumers anywhere in the United States who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.

\u2014Before purchasing romaine lettuce at a grocery store or eating it at a restaurant, confirm with the store or restaurant that it is not chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Ariz., growing region. If you cannot confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it.

Most people recover within one week although some illnesses can be more severe, resulting in a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

Call a doctor if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection and report your illness to your local health department.

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\"dawn,

Dawn Cameron, who directs federal housing programs for the city of Davenport, makes a point about how everyone, regardless of income, wants to feel safe in their neighborhood. In center is Lee Marbach, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity-Quad-Cities and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, and at right is Jim Richardson, president of the Ecumenical Housing Group.

Several action issues rose to the top Friday as a group of 15 people discussed affordable housing in the Quad-Cities at the Quad-Cities Housing Cluster office in Davenport.

Of the 15, most represented nonprofit groups that work on housing, but there also was a landlord, a city of Davenport employee and a mental health expert.

The issues:

\u2022 Cities need to better enforce housing codes so landlords keep their property in good repair. There also was recognition that some landlords slip beneath the inspection radar because they don't register.

\u2022 Buy-in from a neighborhood is essential for any outside program to succeed, but achieving that can be difficult.

Kristi Crafton, executive director of Habitat for Humanity-Quad-Cities, said her experience is that sometimes \"what they (residents) wanted was really different from what people thought they needed.\"

\u2022 Many people, renters as well as would-be homeowners, need consumer education; that is, help with budgeting or knowing the responsibilities of renting an apartment or owning a home.

\u2022 Systemic problems in society that keep some people from earning a living wage need to be addressed. A person can't save money if paying for essentials takes everything.

\u2022 No one wants to live in a neighborhood with crime, and that includes poor people. Dawn Cameron, with the city of Davenport, said she has seen some success with the police department's NETS (Neighborhoods Energized to Succeed) program in which residents of a neighborhood get to know police officers, so they feel comfortable calling and nipping problems in the bud.

\u2022 Churches might be enlisted to work more on issues in their neighborhoods.

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Terrace Myles laughs as he participates in a QC Big Table event Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Esperanza Center in Moline. The Quad Cities Big Table initiative brought people together for conversation about the future of the Quad-Cities Area.

MOLINE -- Reversing residents' migration from Illinois to Iowa, taxes and school district disparity were the focus of Big Table conversations Friday at the Esperanza Center in Moline.\u00a0

Brooke Sweeney, of Bettendorf, felt inspired by the event.

\"I really haven't seen anything like this large community-wide discussion full of diverse groups of people from all walks of life,\" said Sweeney. \"This feels like the next big thing. How could you not want to be part of it if?\"

Sweeney said the focus should be on the whole community, not one side of the river or the other.

\"At the end of the day, we are all choosing to live here,\" said Betsey Morthland, Black Hawk College Executive Dean.\u00a0

Community Foundation of the Great River Bend President Sherry Ristau said she loves the community and encouraged the group to be positive about what Illinois has to offer.\u00a0

\"It won't always be like this --\u00a0 at least, I hope it won't always be like this,\" she said. \"The two largest employers are on the Illinois side. And the airport is here. TaxSlayer Center is here. The zoo is here. It's beautiful here -- the parks, the trails, and Augustana (College.)\"

Pete Murphy, of Moline, said there is a financial gap between the Iowa and Illinois sides of the river.\u00a0

\"Iowa is growing,\" he said. \"Millennials have enough money; that's where they tend to go.

\"You can get the same house here about 30 to 40 percent cheaper than you can in Iowa,\" he said. \"If you have a young family, the place to be is in Bettendorf or Pleasant Valley. They are putting more money into the schools.\"

Mike Osler, of Bettendorf, said he moved to the area from South Carolina a few years ago.\u00a0

\"The best thing about living here are the people,\" he said. \"I know all of my neighbors.\"

With two pages full of detailed notes, retired school teacher Denise VanDaele said she was glad she joined the conversation.

\"This is the beginning of something that will be a process,\" she said. \"I'm really glad to see it happening because we need it.\"

Quad Cities Big Table
A look inside at Quad-City Big Tables: Part I
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To submit an event for the Outdoors calendar, contact Quad-City Times reporter Jack Cullen at\u00a0jcullen@qctimes.com.

Bass fishing tournament

WHEN:\u00a0Today and Sunday

WHERE:\u00a0Big Slough Recreation Area,\u00a0Riverview Road, Thomson, Illinois

DETAILS:\u00a0Go to\u00a0www.quadcitybassclub.com\u00a0for more information.

Bandits Race to Home

WHEN:\u00a09 a.m. today

WHERE:\u00a0Modern Woodmen Park,\u00a0209 S. Gaines St., Davenport

DETAILS:\u00a05K run/walk and Children's fun run; Go to\u00a0goo.gl/vo6iJ7\u00a0for more information.

Sylvan Island Cleanup Day

WHEN:\u00a08 a.m. to noon today

WHERE:\u00a0Sylvan Island,\u00a0101 1st Ave., Moline

DETAILS:\u00a0The city of Moline is co-hosting a major cleanup at Sylvan Island to celebrate Earth Day, Sunday, April 22. Trash bags, gloves, tools and light refreshments will be provided. Interested volunteers should contact Greg Johnson at 309-524-2410 or\u00a0gjohnson@moline.il.us. Go to\u00a0goo.gl/94XqgM\u00a0for more information.

Nahant Marsh's Spring Cleanup

WHEN:\u00a08:30-11:30 a.m. today

WHERE:\u00a0Nahant Marsh Education Center,\u00a04220 Wapello Ave., Davenport

DETAILS:\u00a0Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome to help. Projects include trash removal from Nahant's newly acquired 40 acres, garlic mustard removal, clay pigeon removal and litter removal along South Concord Street and Wapello Avenue. Gloves, tongs, safety gear, water and snacks will be provided. Wear appropriate clothing and bring a water bottle. Call 563-336-3374 to register large groups. Register online at\u00a0goo.gl/MG2fxZ.

Spring Volunteer Workday

WHEN:\u00a09 a.m. to noon today

WHERE:\u00a0Wapsi River Center,\u00a031555 52nd Ave., Dixon, Iowa

DETAILS:\u00a0Celebrate Earth Day with Scott County Conservation staff and Friends of the Wapsi Center as they clean up the grounds and spruce up the facilities for upcoming events. Wear appropriate clothing and bring work gloves and a water bottle. Volunteers also will be filling and installing insect \"hotels.\" A light lunch will be provided. Call 563-328-3286 to register.

Rooftop yoga

WHEN:\u00a09-10 a.m. Saturdays April 21-Sept. 29

WHERE:\u00a0UP Skybar, The Current Iowa,\u00a0215 N. Main St., Davenport

DETAILS:\u00a0Class size limited to 40. $15 per person, $3 mat rentals. Go to\u00a0goo.gl/wb2w7d\u00a0for more information.

Spring Refuge Float

WHEN:\u00a011 a.m. to 1 p.m. today

WHERE:\u00a0Rock Creek Marina and Campground,\u00a03942 291st St., Camanche

DETAILS:\u00a0Paddle the quiet backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Bring water and a snack. Call\u00a0563-259-1876 for more information.

Spring Scrabble Social Ride

WHEN:\u00a012-3 p.m. today

WHERE:\u00a0Ruby's Beers, Bikes & Brats,\u00a0429 E. 3rd St., Davenport

DETAILS:\u00a0Fundraising ride benefits the Children's Therapy Center of the Quad-Cities. Registration costs $25. Go to\u00a0goo.gl/vGtcjS\u00a0for more information.

Disc golf tournament

WHEN:\u00a0Today and tomorrow

WHERE:\u00a0Multiple Quad-City area parks

DETAILS:\u00a0Players\u00a0of various skill levels (92 pros and 192 amateurs) will flood area courses, including ones at West Lake Park and Devils Glen Park, for a tournament called The Rumble, organized by Iron Lion Disc Golf Supply in Moline. Total purse is $13,000. Go to\u00a0ironliondgs.com\u00a0for more information.\u00a0

Turkey hunting

WHEN:\u00a0Regular season dates in Iowa: April 20-24; April 25-May 1; May 2-20; April 16-May 20 (archery). Regular season dates in northern Illinois: Today-April 26; April 27-May 2; May 3-May 9; May 10-May 17.\u00a0

WHERE:\u00a0Iowa and Illinois

DETAILS:\u00a0Bring your bird to E-Z Livin' Inc. to enter the store's contest. Heaviest bird wins a new turkey decoy. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a Winchester SXP shotgun. Call 309-787-2244 for more information.\u00a0

Public Astronomy Night

WHEN:\u00a07:30-11:30 p.m. today

WHERE:\u00a0Niabi Zoo parking lot,\u00a013010 Niabi Zoo Road, Coal Valley

DETAILS:\u00a0Join the Popular Astronomy Club after sunset for a free tour of the spring night sky. Weather permitting, the Moon and Venus among \"other beautiful objects\" should be visible. Go to\u00a0www.facebook.com/QCPAC\u00a0for more information and updates.

Gilda's Run for Laughs

WHEN:\u00a08 a.m. Saturday, April 28

WHERE:\u00a0The District of Rock Island

DETAILS:\u00a05K run/walk and 1-mile fun run; Go to\u00a0goo.gl/F31utv\u00a0for more information.\u00a0

Corpuscle Shuffle\u00a0

WHEN:\u00a08 a.m. Saturday, April 28

WHERE:\u00a0Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center,\u00a05500 Lakeview Parkway, Davenport

DETAILS:\u00a05K and 1-mile run/walk; Go to\u00a0goo.gl/96CMtn\u00a0for more information.\u00a0

Girls on the Run Celebration

WHEN:\u00a09 a.m. Saturday, April 28

WHERE:\u00a0Credit Island Park,\u00a02200 W. River Drive, Davenport

DETAILS:\u00a05K; Go to\u00a0gotrquadcities.org/5K\u00a0for more information.\u00a0

Prairie Hike

WHEN:\u00a02:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28

WHERE:\u00a0Geneseo Prairie Park, Roos Hill Road, Geneseo

DETAILS:\u00a0Walk along a woodland bluff that overlooks the Hennepin Canal with members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club. Water provided; bring your own cup. Go to\u00a0blackhawkhikingclub.org\u00a0for more information.

Onesie Ride

WHEN:\u00a03 p.m. Saturday, April 28

WHERE:\u00a0Front Street Brewery Taproom,\u00a0421 W. River Drive, Davenport

DETAILS:\u00a0Join members of the River Benders Cycling Group on this 15-mile ride with stops at Driftwood Pub, My Place the Pub, Bleyart's and Armored Gardens. Go to\u00a0www.facebook.com/riverbenderscycling\u00a0for more information.

Walleye fishing tournament

WHEN:\u00a07 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29

WHERE:\u00a0Riverside Park,\u00a0101 W. Mississippi Drive, Muscatine

DETAILS:\u00a0Call E-Z Livin' Inc. at\u00a0309-787-2244 to register. Go to\u00a0www.facebook.com/qcwc16\u00a0for more information about the Quad-City Walleye Club.\u00a0

RUN CRANDIC

WHEN:\u00a06:30 a.m. Sunday, April 29

WHERE:\u00a0NewBo City Market, Cedar Rapids

DETAILS:\u00a0Marathon, half marathon and 5K; Go to\u00a0runcrandic.com\u00a0for more information.\u00a0

Spurthi\u00a0\u2013 A Race to Inspire\u00a0

WHEN:\u00a09 a.m. Sunday, April 29

WHERE:\u00a0Veterans Memorial Park, Bettendorf

DETAILS:\u00a05K run/walk; Go to\u00a0goo.gl/2hTUQE\u00a0for more information.\u00a0

Full Pink Moon Hike

WHEN:\u00a06:30-8 p.m. Monday, April 30

WHERE:\u00a0Phipps Prairie Park,\u00a012th Avenue of the Cities, East Moline

DETAILS:\u00a0Join members of the Quad-Cities Women's Outdoor Club on this wildflower hike. Participants may also visit the nearby Sisters Park in Silvis. Contact event coordinator Chris Ciasto at\u00a0events@qcwoc.com\u00a0to register. Go to\u00a0www.qcwoc.com\u00a0for more information.

Hunter Education Course

WHEN:\u00a07-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE:\u00a0Wapsi Valley Ikes, 2454 260th Ave., DeWitt

DETAILS: Go to register-ed.com/events/view/114127 for more information.

Tailwind Century

WHEN: 6:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Ben Butterworth Parkway, 5466 Old River Drive, Moline

DETAILS: 100-mile ride hosted by the Quad-Cities Bicycle Club. Participants and their bikes will be transported by bus to starting point before pedaling back to the Quad-Cities. Go to www.qcbc.org/tailwind/spring for more information.

Cornbelt Running Club 24-Hour Run

WHEN:\u00a07 a.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE:\u00a0North Scott High School, Eldridge

DETAILS:\u00a0\"Very long\"; Go to\u00a0cornbelt.org\u00a0for more information.\u00a0

Catfish Tournament

WHEN:\u00a07:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Marquette Street boat landing,\u00a0473 S. Marquette St., Davenport

DETAILS:\u00a0Entry fee costs $130 per boat. Up to three people allowed in each boat, which may carry a max of four rods. Five fish limit. Hosted by Twisted Cat Outdoors based in Warsaw, Illinois. Go to goo.gl/7cpAqA or call 217-242-5305 for more information.

Steve Klooster Memorial Run/Walk at Dutch Days

WHEN:\u00a07:45 a.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE:\u00a0Robert Fulton Community Center, Fulton, Ill.

DETAILS:\u00a05K run/walk and children's 1/4-mile fun run; Go to\u00a0goo.gl/KgRTue\u00a0for more information.

Muscatine Community School District Race for the Schools

WHEN:\u00a08 a.m.\u00a0Saturday, May 5

WHERE:\u00a0Muscatine High School

DETAILS:\u00a05K run/jog/walk and 1-mile timed race; Go to\u00a0goo.gl/dqpXkJ\u00a0for more information.

Cinco de Mayo 5K

WHEN:\u00a08:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE:\u00a0Ganzo's Mexican Restaurant, Davenport

DETAILS:\u00a05K run/walk and children's 1-mile or 1/2-mile fun run; Go to\u00a0ganzos5k.com\u00a0for more information.\u00a0

Tour de Brew Q-C

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: The fifth annual ride begins at Rock Island Brewing Company, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island

DETAILS: Ride will span about 40 miles along the Mississippi River and include stops at breweries and pubs in Iowa and Illinois. Proceeds will benefit three cancer charities: Camp Kesem at Augustana College, the LIVESTRONG Foundation and Children's Cancer Connection based in Des Moines. Go to www.facebook.com/QCTourdebrew for more information.

Walk MS

WHEN:\u00a010 a.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE:\u00a0Veterans Memorial Park, Bettendorf\u00a0

DETAILS:\u00a0Go to\u00a0goo.gl/vz2KQK\u00a0for more information.\u00a0

Mississippi Palisades Hike

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Mississippi\u00a0Palisades State Park (south entrance),\u00a016327A Illinois 84, Savanna, Illinois

DETAILS:\u00a0Enjoy a spectacular display of wildflowers and breathtaking views of the Mississippi River during this outing on challenging trails with members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club. Bring picnic gear and a dish to share for the potluck. Beverages provided. Bring your own cup. Go to\u00a0blackhawkhikingclub.org\u00a0for more information.

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First off, the bad news. ...

It was another morning of record setting cold. The low at Moline was 24 degrees; the previous record was 25 set in 1983. At Cedar Rapids the low was 25 degrees, which broke the previous record of 27 last set in 2013.

\u2014 NWS Quad Cities (@NWSQuadCities) April 20, 2018

Now the good news. ...

Here's the afternoon and weekend forecasts from the National Weather Service. Don't delay, get out and enjoy enjoy the change in weather.

Today will be sunny with a high near 61 degrees and a low around 39 degrees.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 59 degrees and a low around 39 degrees.

Sunday will be partly sunny with a high near 64 degrees and a low around 42 degrees.

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CLIVE \u2014 Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich, who has led the state gambling enterprise since February 2009, announced Thursday he intends to retire in late 2018 or early 2019.

Rich, 65, is only the second person to serve as lottery chief operating officer since its 1985 inception. Edward Stanek was the operation\u2019s first leader from 1985 to October 2007.

\u201cOver the past years, I\u2019ve had the privilege of serving three Iowa governors while achieving some significant milestones at the lottery, helping with projects to address some of the state\u2019s biggest challenges, and driving meaningful increases in the vital state proceeds generated by the lottery,\u201d Rich said in a statement. \u201cI\u2019ve done everything I\u2019d hoped to accomplish at the Iowa Lottery. With that success, it\u2019s time to move on.\u201d

Besides spending more time with family and friends, Rich said there are other professional opportunities he would like to pursue. That transition might mean joining an organization as a member of its board of directors or management staff or to produce one more national television show while continuing to present keynote speeches at local and international conferences.

\u201cI\u2019ve thoroughly enjoyed providing Iowans with entertainment as CEO of the Iowa Lottery. It has been our pleasure to help design successful games with the highest degree of integrity and accountability,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019ve been lucky enough to lead the most prominent national lottery organizations, and my signature has appeared on hundreds of millions of lottery tickets \u2013 and checks for Iowa\u2019s biggest lottery prizes. I\u2019m announcing my retirement now so that transition plans can be made at the lottery.\u201d

Under Rich\u2019s leadership, the lottery\u2019s annual sales increased by $100 million \u2014 from the $240 million range to over $350 million currently. The lottery proceeds to state causes also increased from the $60 million range in 2009 to the $80 million range now \u2014 driven in large part he noted by repeated record sales of instant-scratch tickets.

Fiscal year 2016 went into the books as the lottery\u2019s best year to date \u2014 with record sales, proceeds to state causes, prizes to players and retailer commissions. The lottery generated a record $88 million in proceeds that year and annual sales reached a record $366.9 million.

\u201cI\u2019m grateful for Terry\u2019s steady leadership at the Iowa Lottery and wish him well as he begins to plan for his well-deserved retirement,\u201d said Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Under Rich\u2019s watch, the lottery also logged its long-running jackpot investigation that uncovered fraud against U.S. lotteries and resulted in guilty pleas from three men who admitted they illegally claimed prizes by rigging lottery drawings in five states. The Iowa Lottery was named the 2018 winner for an international Gaming-Compliance Award for its work in the case, which spanned seven years.

The jackpot investigation case began with a lottery ticket purchased in Des Moines in December 2010 and culminated in 2017 with guilty pleas from three men who admitted they illegally claimed prizes by rigging lottery drawings in five states. Eddie Tipton, the man at the center of the investigation, installed malicious computer code that allowed him to predict winning numbers in some lottery drawings.

\u201cThis case will remain an important reminder to organizations everywhere to keep monitoring and making improvements to stay ahead of those who would try to beat the system,\u201d Rich said. \u201cI\u2019m absolutely proud of the unwavering focus our lottery kept on security and integrity to ensure that our games are fair.\u201d

Tipton pleaded guilty to three felony charges in Iowa and Wisconsin and was sentenced in August 2017 to up to 25 years in prison. He had conspired with friends and family to claim lottery prizes in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin and attempt to claim a lottery jackpot in Iowa, which ultimately was not paid.

Tipton\u2019s younger brother, Tommy Tipton, also pleaded guilty in the case, as did Tipton\u2019s long-time friend, Robert Rhodes.

\u201cIt\u2019s appalling that the person at the center of the case once worked at a lottery-industry vendor organization and willingly committed crimes,\u201d Rich said. \u201cHe was brought to justice and we have moved forward with an even greater understanding that we must trust but verify in all areas of our operations. We\u2019re pleased that this international award recognizes the team for that effort.\u201d

In addition to his career at the lottery, Rich was chief executive officer of Iowa's Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines; president and CEO of Rich Heritage Inc., a national marketing and television production company based in Des Moines; and vice president of marketing for Heritage Communications Inc. in Des Moines.

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Not a train wreck, certainly, but far inferior to her incredible \u201cTrainwreck,\u201d \u201cI Feel Pretty\u201d is a serviceable Amy Schumer comedy that takes an all-too-obvious turn toward its finale in a show that\u2019s more sitcom than feature film.

Renee Bennett (Schumer) is woman with whom many women can relate. She tries the best she can to gain confidence, but she struggles in so many situations, from a chance encounter with a fellow in a store to simply ordering a beer in a crowded bar.

At one point, she decides she will exercise. After she falls and conks her head during the session, she wakes up and sees herself as a gorgeous woman when she looks in the mirror.

Suddenly, she oozes confidence \u2014 so much so that she meets a man (Rory Scovel) in a dry-cleaning establishment who becomes her boyfriend. And she also dares to apply as a receptionist at a luxurious cosmetics company, where she becomes the darling of the family that runs the company (real-life model Lauren Hutton plays the company matriarch, with Michelle Williams as her granddaughter who runs the daily operations).

Her best friends (Busy Philipps and Aidy Bryant) aren\u2019t sure what has gotten into Renee. Eventually, they are horrified when she begins to condescend to them.

Part of the reason this doesn\u2019t pack the punch that \u201cTrainwreck\u201d did is that it wasn\u2019t written by Schumer. Screenwriters/directors Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein have come up with enough clever lines for Schumer to deliver a few laughs. They also wisely let us see Schumer herself, rather than the woman her character sees, at all times.

At first, I giggled at the over-exuberant Renee, who shocks those around her with her newfound effervescence. Then I began to think it wasn\u2019t so funny, because the joke still remains on Renee, who blissfully enters a bikini contest and misinterprets remarks from the people around her. Essentially, the movie asks: How dare a woman who isn\u2019t a classic beauty have confidence in herself, or think that she\u2019s pretty?

All the major players turn in enjoyable performances. Schumer, as always, has great comedic timing\u00a0\u2014 no one could look more apprehensive in a gym setting than she does, to great effect. Also, it was nice to see Hutton along with model Naomi Campbell.

The silly, predictable ending does emphasize the message that \u201cWe\u2019re all in this together\u201d and that women of all sizes face the same kinds of life issues.

The script talks out of both sides of its mouth, if you will, in this movie that\u2019s sure to stir conversation about what it\u2019s really trying to say.

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Sangeetha Rayapati, right, smiles while listening to Daniel Cousins, left, share some ideas about life in the Quad-Cities during a Big Table session at the Moline Library Friday, April 20, 2018.

MOLINE \u2014 Inspiration and positivity filled the gorgeous Platinum Room during Friday's Big Table gathering at the Moline Public Library.

Ideas flowed. And a passion about a diverse, two-state, five-city-plus community came to light in a spirited 60-minute discussion.

Sangeetha Raypati, a music instructor at Augustana College in Rock Island and an engaged community volunteer, moderated the event.

The discussion covered a variety issues, including mental health \u2014 especially among young people \u2014 diversity, immigration, the boundaries of five cities and two states, and the uniqueness of each individual community.

Lori Luna, executive director of the Youth Service Bureau, noted the need for local mental-heath services to continue to grow, even while funding continues to drop.

Annaka Whiting, a housing grant compliance analyst for Moline, then offered Luna a chance to apply for a Community Development Block Grant to assist her agency.

And just like that, a healthy discussion was full steam ahead.

Dave Rossa, a Moline-based real-estate agent with Mel Foster Co., said he can offer a client the neatness of a community of approximately 400,000 parceled into five cities with plenty to offer.

\"I sell them on the Quad-Cities and then let them decide which town is right for them,'' said Rossa, a Wisconsin native who settled in Moline 21 years ago. \"Each city provides something unique and special, but there is nothing we don't have in our area.''

Despite the specialness of each community, the Mississippi River remains a divide, some group members said.

A need to promote the unique attributes of the Quad-Cities was discussed.

\"I go to Disney World, and I have a map of everything it has to offer,'' said Joe Taylor, outgoing CEO of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, told the table. \"We don't have that here. Maybe we should.''

Quad Cities Big Table
A look inside at Quad-City Big Tables: Part I
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This week\u2019s show includes discussion on whether Democrats can re-unite with rural Iowans, Rep. Dave Loebsack's decision to not vote to impeach of President Donald Trump, and a checkin on fundraising for the 2018 election cycle.

On Iowa Politics is a weekly news and analysis podcast that aims to re-create the kinds of conversations that happen when you get political reporters from across Iowa together after the day\u2019s deadlines have been met.

The show features James Q. Lynch, Todd Dorman, Ed Tibbetts, Bret Hayworth and Erin Murphy. The show was produced by Max Freund and music heard in the podcast is courtesy of Copperhead and The Olympics.

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