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A U.S. District Court judge Thursday sentenced seven men to sentences ranging from time served to 30 months in prison for their role in a large dog-fighting venture in the Quad-Cities dating back at least to 2011.

Although Judge Sara Darrow said that the operation appeared to be amateur in terms of sophistication, there was evidence to suggest that things were ramping up, such as the breeding of and promotion of the pit bulls.

Dogs, she said, rely on humans for care and love. Pit bulls are especially vulnerable because they are loyal dogs.

\u201cYou and your co-defendants repaid that loyalty by turning that against them and abusing them,\u201d she said during the hearing for Demarlo A. McCoy, who prosecutors say was one of the bigger players in the dog-fighting venture and hosted several fights in his basement.

\u201cI just wanted to say I\u2019m sorry for my actions,\u201d McCoy said in\u00a0Rock Island federal court\u00a0before Darrow handed down a 24-month prison sentence and three years of supervised release. \u201cA lot was said that wasn\u2019t true \u2026 I never killed a dog.\u201d

McCoy, 30, of Rock Island, who is free on bond, must turn himself in Oct. 30.

Another defendant, Willie E. Jackson told the judge that the entire ordeal has been traumatic for him, his family and close friends. He said he lost his job, as well as a \u201cdream\u201d internship. He has since found a new job, he said.

The news of his involvement in the dog-fighting ring led to his son being bullied at school, where kids \u201cbarked\u201d at him and called him the \u201cdog man\u2019s son.\u201d

\u201cI feel like my sentence already has been handed down,\u201d the 35-year-old Rock Island man said.

Jackson, who pleaded guilty to hosting a dog fight in his home in November 2014, was sentenced to time served, three years of supervised release and was ordered by Darrow to spend time in a halfway house.

The sentencing hearing began Thursday and continued Friday.

Also Friday:

\u2022 Ryan M. Hickman, 43, of Rock Island, who pleaded June 13 to possessing dogs for participation in dog fighting, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

\u2022 Andre Keywan Lidell, 41, of Rock Island, who pleaded guilty June 13 to sponsoring and exhibiting dogs in dog fighting, was sentenced to 20 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

\u2022 Simmeon Terrell Hall, 29, of Rock Island, who pleaded guilty May 22 to sponsoring and exhibiting dogs in dog fighting, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

\u2022 Terrill Onterial McDuffy, 44, of Davenport, who pleaded guilty July 12 to conspiracy, was sentenced to one year and a day in prison and three years of supervised release.

\u2022 Jaquan Leontae Jones, 28, of Rock Island, who pleaded guilty May 18 to knowingly attending a dog fight, a misdemeanor, was sentenced to six months in prison, two of which will be spent in a halfway house, and one year of supervised release.

Sentencing for two of the men, Stantrel Vontrez Knight, 31, and Sherrick Cornelius Houston, 44, both of Rock Island, was continued until Tuesday.

The case against a 10th man, Algerron Lee Goldsmith, 47, of Rock Island, is pending. He is charged with conspiracy to sponsor/exhibit pit bulls in an animal fighting venture and possessing dogs for participation in dog fighting.

The men were indicted Jan. 24.

On April 14, 2016, investigators seized 64 pit bull-type dogs from 10 homes in Rock Island and one in Davenport as part of an investigation into a dog-fighting ring that began a year earlier through information developed by the Rock Island Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Quad-Cities Federal Gang Task Force.

The seized dogs were placed into the custody of the American Society for the Prevention and Cruelty of Animals.

No dog-fighting charges were filed immediately following the seizures, but Hickman and Jackson were arrested on drug offenses.

Federal prosecutors on April 15, 2016, filed a civil complaint seeking forfeiture of the seized dogs. They said in the civil complaint that the dogs were involved in and used to commit or facilitate the dog-fighting venture.

The dogs have since been forfeited. More than half of them had to be euthanized because of behavioral or serious medical issues. Thirty were able to be adopted, FBI Special Agent Samantha Maxwell testified Thursday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney C. Ryan Finlen argued for lengthy sentences for the men Friday, saying that dog fighting is a \u201cgrotesque activity that grows over time.\u201d

If the venture had not been\u00a0broken up\u00a0in April 2016, he said, it would have continued to grow.

Some of the men hosted dog fights in their homes, while others promoted dogs through a short-lived website.

Many of the dogs that were seized had scars and wounds indicative of organized dog fighting and several of the men had \u201cparaphernalia,\u201d such as medical supplies, dog sporting magazines and treadmills in their homes.

Some dogs who didn't make the cut were killed, according to prosecutors.

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A Davenport man's family in Puerto Rico is now digging out from Hurricane Maria and its aftermath, day by day.

Francisco Soto, 42, of Davenport, is a pressman at the Quad-City Times, and his entire family lives in Puerto Rico. The hurricane has devastated his homeland.

Soto is waiting to fly home, but the airport in San Juan is damaged, and he's not sure when regular flights will resume.

There is still spotty cellphone service in Puerto Rico. His son called on Friday, but that was when the son was driving on the roads, Soto said, and found a signal and stopped to make a call.

The worst damage in the family came at the home of his parents, Francisco Soto Sr. and his mother, Carmen Luna. Their one-story, three-bedroom home is not located in a flood plain, but there was so much rain, it swamped the house.

The parents, who live in Levitown -- a suburb of San Juan -- and are now retired, climbed on the roof and spent the night there on Wednesday, Soto said. They were pelted with rain and water swamped all the furnishings inside.

The family has no flood insurance, Soto said, because it is such a normally dry location. The flash flooding came from the river, Rio de la Plata.

\"I grew up in that house. It's just shocking to me what happened to it,\" he said.

Soto's home is on a hill, near a natural area, and now it has 24-foot palm trees that landed on it. He hopes that when he gets home, he can help with clean-up.

He knows about the home's condition because a neighbor called, after driving many miles to get a cellphone signal to contact him.

He spoke to his family on Friday. \"My wife said, 'be prepared,'\" he said.\u00a0

Soto is waiting for the airport to open. \"I have to go. This is something that has to be. I can't let others take care of what I need to take care of,\" he said.

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Q.\u00a0Several readers have asked about construction on West 53rd Street near Pine Street in Davenport. What is going up there? \u2014\u00a0Readers

A. According to information on NAI Ruhl Commercial Co. website,\u00a0bit.ly/2xaDf5c, the property at 2225 W. 53rd St., Davenport, is a building with 1,000 to 2,300 square feet retail or office space. Coffee Revolution is an anchor tenant.\u00a0

We have contacted NAI Ruhl Commercial Co. for additional information. We will include any response in a follow up.

Q. Is there any plan to resurface the bike path through Junge Park? It's by far the worst section between Emeis and Duck Creek. \u2014\u00a0Rick

A. We contacted the city of Davenport to find out. Scott Hock, parks and recreation director, responded:

\"Thank you for asking about improvements to Duck Creek bike path. We are systematically working our way through the trails in Davenport and currently improving three of the spur connections that connect the bike path to the neighborhoods. These improvements should be completed soon, and staff has already began preparing documents for our next improvements, which will be in the Junge Park area. Our plan is to have bid information out soon and work to coordinate a spring construction project.

\"Thank you again for asking and enjoy the trails.\"

Q. I don't understand why we are testing the new I-74 bridge supports by pouring a test pier. Why was this test pouring not done before approval of the bridge design? What happens if it does not work? Does the bridge require a design change? Seems to me that the engineers are just dreaming up ideas, with no thought to if the design will work. \u2014\u00a0Donald

A. We contacted the Iowa Department of Transportation regarding your questions. Danielle Mulholland, I-74 project manager, Iowa DOT District 6, responded:

\"The mock pier is not a test of capacity, strength, or design. Rather, it is a quality control procedure used to verify the adequacy of the concrete placement techniques proposed by the contractor (in this case, Civil Constructors). Iowa DOT visually inspects and takes samples from the mock pier to obtain a definitive verification that the contractor\u2019s means and methods comply with the conditions set forth in our design and specifications. This is something that we are not able to test prior to construction because there are several contractor-driven factors that influence the quality of the completed pier such as concrete delivery and placement methods and form design, erection, and removal.\"

Quad-City Times reporter Ed Tibbetts has been covering the story. For more information, visit qctimes.com/askthetimes to read his full articles.

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I asked my smartphone to direct us to Muscatine City Hall, and it cheerfully replied that my GPS connection failed.

We swung into a downtown parking space to look at a map, not realizing we were practically within spitting distance of our destination.

The passenger door flew open just then, and photographer John Schultz hustled out of the car with his camera. He spotted a shot \u2014 a woman in a red apron, sweeping the sidewalk on East 2nd Street \u2014 downtown's main street \u2014 with a red broom. I got out of the car, too, seeing an opportunity for a \"man on the street\" interview about the mess made of Muscatine's city government by its leaders.

Schultz was asking for the woman's name, and she was telling him how she would have brushed her hair if she'd known a photographer was coming.

\"Muscatine

Domenica Vitale, of Salvatore's Ristorante in downtown Muscatine, sweeps the sidewalk in front of the restaurant.

I told Domenica Vitale why we were in town and asked if she had an opinion of local politics. A member of the family that owns Salvatore's Italian Ristorante at 313 E. 2nd St., Vitale said her English isn't great, and she would prefer I spoke with her manager. She disappeared into the restaurant, and her manager emerged.

I repeated my question to the man before me: Do you have an opinion of local politics? Are the people of Muscatine divided over the dispute between the mayor and City Council?

\"I have put myself out of the mix,\" he said. \"No one can't not know about it. But I want to focus on what we can fix. That's why I'm running.\"

Wait.

\"You're a candidate in the City Council election?\" I asked.

\"Yes. I'm Larry Murray,\" he answered. \"We spoke on the phone yesterday.\"

What are the chances? We drive 30 miles to pursue a story about Muscatine politics, and the second person we encounter is a candidate?

But the very reason for our visit \u2014 to find out how the quarrels at City Hall are affecting the election and the electorate \u2014 made it more likely we would happen upon a candidate.

In 2015, six people ran for five seats. This year, at least 11 candidates have declared for just four available spots.

An outsider might guess that the field is fat, because everyone has an opinion of where things went wrong in Muscatine.

But there's more to it than that.

First, the mayor

We darkened the doorway to the unusually small office of the Muscatine mayor, and Diana Broderson hurried to her feet.

It was a hot day for mid-September, and it showed on my red face. Broderson flipped on the window-unit air conditioner and closed the office door.

Anyone who has followed her disputes with the seven-member City Council and city administrator got a whiff of a power struggle early on. The mayor thought she was doing her job when she tried to form committees of residents to study various city issues, she said, and she thought she was doing the right thing when she went over city officials' heads to report concerns.

But councilmen thought Broderson went too far. Her whistleblowing was unnecessary, they argued, and she was out of line.

Broderson's actions were so egregious to the all-male council, they impeached her, threw her out of office. But a district judge sent her back, saying the council failed to supply the mayor with her constitutionally guaranteed due process. It now is possible the Iowa Supreme Court will have a say, and, until then, the multi-layered matter remains unresolved.

As a result, the hallway outside the mayor's office feels like a carpet of egg shells. It is best, many have learned, to walk softly.

But Broderson said the anxiety began long before she got sideways with the council. The first sign of trouble came when City Administrator Gregg Mandsager walked into her office.

\"He came in my first week here,\" she said. \"I was putting pictures of my grandkids on the bulletin board.

\"He said, 'I run this town. What I say goes. The mayor doesn't have any responsibility here.'\"

\"Muscatine

Muscatine Mayor Diana Broderson works at her desk in her office before a City Council meeting at City Hall.

Mandsager declined to be interviewed for this story, citing ongoing/pending litigation.

Broderson said her first in-office interaction with him set a certain tone. At one time, the Muscatine mayor's post was a full-time job. Over the years, she said, the mayor has been stripped of more and more responsibility and authority.

But she never dreamed her hands would be tied so tightly. Shortly after taking office in early 2016, Broderson suggested putting together a committee to take a close look at Muscatine's form of government.

And she says that is when things started to really get ugly.

'No one reports to you'

One of the first signs that Mayor Broderson was raising the council's ire came from a couple of city workers, she said.

They \"leaked\" to the mayor what Mandsager had told them during a staff meeting in 2016: No one was permitted to speak to Broderson. If they saw her in the hallway, they could say hello. But that was it.

In the absence of comment by the city administrator, 2nd ward Councilman Michael Rehwaldt was asked about the bizarre ban that prohibits the mayor from speaking to city workers.

\"That's right,\" he confirmed of the hallway-contact-only rule. \"And she wanted to have staff meetings. No. You (Broderson) are nowhere in the chain of command. No one reports to you.\"

In fact, according to Muscatine's organizational structure, the city administrator reports to Broderson.

The citizens of Muscatine reside at the top of the flow chart. Next is the mayor and City Council and, below them, the city administrator, Mandsager.

But Rehwaldt said the chart should be ignored.

\"It's never been accurate,\" he said. \"I don't know why in the hell we haven't changed it.\"

So, why not change it now?

\"One guy can't change it,\" Rehwaldt said. \"We could ask Gregg (Mandsager) to change it. He could do it.\"

Interesting. And what is the mayor's rightful role?

\"Cut ribbons, kiss babies, say nice things,\" Rehwaldt said.

Rehwaldt continued

One problem the Muscatine City Council has with its removal of the mayor from office is that councilmen appear to have assumed the roles of victim, judge, jury and executioner.

No system of justice works that way.

And Broderson said she couldn't possibly get a fair hearing at her impeachment proceedings, because the council members who decided the matter harbor such animosity toward her.

Rehwaldt's remarks about the mayor support her concern. Although incumbent aldermen were not contacted for this story, Rehwaldt called, offering an off-the-record \"perspective.\" (The off-the-record offer was declined.)

\"She never called me once,\" he said of the mayor.

Asked whether he has ever called Broderson, Rehwaldt responded that he had not.

\"She's never consulted with anybody,\" he continued \u2014 a claim that is counter to the ones made by the council and its representatives that Broderson was talking to too many people, which earned her the no-contact order.

\"Muscatine

Muscatine 2nd Ward Alderman Michael Rehwaldt before a city council meeting in the council chambers.

And speaking of that, I asked Rehwaldt whether Broderson's predecessor, DeWayne Hopkins, was permitted to speak to city workers.

\"He was careful to run things through with Gregg (Mandsager),\" he said.

So, Hopkins never spoke with any staffers unless clearing it with the city administrator?

\"I was not on his lap all day, every day,\" he said. \"I could not answer that.\"

But Rehwaldt is certain the mayor is responsible for the city's problems, including both parties' legal action in the impeachment and other matters. He was critical of her for \"recruiting\" residents to run for office in the upcoming election, but he acknowledged he also worked to recruit candidates.

\"One of the most serious consequences of all this controversy is the mayor has introduced partisan politics in the city,\" the councilman said, adding that political contributions to Broderson by labor unions are evidence. \"What the hell do they want in local politics?\"

On the other hand, Rehwaldt is a big supporter of the city administrator.

\"He's very careful to not have a whiff of politics in anything he does,\" he said of Mandsager. \"He's too smart for that.\"

Rehwaldt said the council is so pleased with the administrator's performance, they gave him a \"higher than usual\" raise recently.

In 2011, Mandsager was making a base salary of $124,142.98. Today, he is paid a base of $154,350, which grows to $208,541 with benefits, according to the city finance department.

Given the obvious, ongoing entanglements and the firm taking of sides, I asked Rehwaldt what might happen if both he and Broderson win re-election.

\"She's going to continue on the same course, having learned nothing,\" he said.

And him?

\"One guy can't do much of anything.\"

Candidates stake claim

An outsider easily can find the unseemly thread that runs through today's leadership in Muscatine.

But just as apparent is the desire by those who have declared their council candidacy to pull the city out of it.

Charlie Harper, a businessman, is challenging Broderson.

He said he would be satisfied to serve in a \"public relations\" role as mayor.

\"We have a city administrator that's running the city,\" he said, adding that he also is satisfied with Mandsager's performance.

He previously has said Broderson has problems working with the City Council, not vice versa. He said he has been friends for 50 years with the former mayor, Hopkins, who lost to Broderson in 2015.

\"There's a lot of good things happening in Muscatine,\" Harper said. \"A lot more is happening in the future.\"

\"Harper\"

Charlie Harper, owner of Harper's Cycling and Fitness, is running for mayor of Muscatine in the November election.

The 81-year-old, who still rides his high-wheel bicycle, said he has been disappointed by voter turnout in the past. He has been annoyed, he said, by those who complain about their elected leaders.

\"Be part of the problem or part of the solution,\" he said. \"If you didn't vote, you're part of the problem.\"

In the 2nd Ward, Rehwaldt's challenger is Osmond \"Oz\" Malcolm. He did not respond to requests for an interview. The emergency disaster commander for the Salvation Army in Muscatine, Malcolm's office indicated he likely is on the road and out of reach.

Candidates in the 4th Ward said it's time to leave the quarrels behind and move Muscatine forward.

Until about two weeks ago, Vance Crumly was a mayoral candidate. But he dropped out of that race and joined three others in the battle for the 4th Ward. Incumbent Bob Bynum is not seeking re-election.

\"Crumly\"

Vance Crumly switched from running for mayor of Muscatine to running for the 4th Ward.

\"As a council member, I'll be able to represent people better,\" he said of switching from the mayor's race. \"I'll have a vote and the opportunity to change the laws. I'm a common man, representing the common man.

\"What I want to do is bring civility. I personally have friends that are very liberal and very conservative, and I get along with everybody. I tend to have an open mind. With many people, if they don't take your stance, they immediately berate you. I don't get that.\"

Nadine Brockert is the second woman in the election, along with Broderson, and also is bidding for the 4th Ward seat.

\"In the spring, I said, 'Anyone who would run in this climate would be crazy,\" she said of Muscatine politics.

But she changed her mind.

\"Brockert\"

Nadine Brockert is one of four candidates to have announced to date that she is running for Muscatine City Council in the 4th Ward.\u00a0

\"There are some in both camps that feel very passionately,\" she said of the mayor-council controversy. \"I think the majority in the middle are tired of it and want to move on.

\"Move forward, start conversations, rebuild trust. People want to be heard. And I intend to hear them.\"

People's desire to be heard came up again and again in interviews with candidates. Broderson touched on it repeatedly, saying regular citizens have no voice, because they are roundly ignored.

Larry Murray, the manager of the Italian restaurant downtown, said the town isn't so much divided over the City Hall controversy as it is worn out.

\"I think people are just tired of not being listened to,\" he said. \"Not everyone's wrong; not everyone's right. I'm not the best candidate in the world, but I'm not the worst, either. I'm just an average guy who wants to represent average people.\"

\"Murray\"

Muscatine resident Larry Murray is running for Muscatine City Council in the 4th Ward.\u00a0

He wanted to steer entirely clear of party affiliation, so he was careful to keep red and blue out of his campaign materials. His son helped design his yard signs, and they used the city's colors.

\"They are Muscatine yellow and purple,\" Murray said. \"That's what it's about \u2014 Muscatine, not politics.\"

Brian Freitag also is running for the 4th Ward. He agreed that residents are hungry to be heard, but he said it's obvious to him that most want to see the current council go and take Mandsager with them.

He needed 25 signatures for his petition for candidacy, but Freitag collected 327. He figures he made it to just about every door in his ward.

\"I listened to people's wants and needs,\" he said. \"They were just astounded someone was actually talking to them. They (city council/administrator) make decisions on their own. People are upset. They have no representation.\"

\"Freitag\"

Brian Freitag is one of four candidates to have declared, so far, as a candidate in Muscatine's 4th Ward in the November city election.

Freitag, who is endorsing Broderson, said he asked his constituents to list their top three concerns. First, he said, was the need for a grocery store in the so-called food desert of the Southend.

\"Second was to replace the current council, and third was to get rid of Mandsager,\" he said. \"Why did she (Broderson) need permission from him (Mandsager) for anything? The mayor and City Council are his boss.\"

'They must go'

In the one of two at-large seats that will be on the ballot, incumbent Scott Natvig is facing at least two challengers. And they are very different candidates.

Kerry Denison is a disabled veteran, retired football coach, salesman and musician. He does not mince words.

\"Our city administrator, using our city attorney, has been subverting and altering our city code ... to give himself more power,\" he said. \"I have no idea why the council is allowing it. They must go.\"

As a military man, Denison said he never was relieved of his duty to defend the Constitution. By running for office in Muscatine, he said, he continues to defend it.

\"Denison\"

Kerri Denison is running for Muscatine City Council's at-large seat in November.

\"It's not that Ms. Broderson is the greatest thing,\" he said of the mayor. \"But she's the CEO of the city \u2014 the city administrator's immediate boss. It's her responsibility to question what's happening in the city. Everybody wants the new City Council to fire the city administrator.\"

Paraphrasing NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson, Denison said, \"We're one people: We're just Muscatinians. We need to choose to be for each other, not against one another.\"

The other at-large challenger, Kelcey Brackett, became a committed follower of city government shortly before the mayor-council controversy began. For two years, he said, he attended every council and committee meeting he could.

\"I didn't run because of this,\" he said of the disputes. \"I'm running in spite of it.\"

\"Kelcey

Kelcey Brackett is one of two challengers for Muscatine's at-large seat on the City Council. Incumbent Scott Natvig also is running.

A senior network analyst with Stanley Consultants, Brackett said he also has encountered many in Muscatine who are ready to put the controversy behind them. And he wants to lead by example.

\"Some candidates are running, because they're mad,\" he said. \"We can't go in with the intent to break it. We have to fix it.

\"Throwing everything in the trash is fine when you know it's all rotten.\"

As a general rule, Brackett said, he tries to work with two sides that are in disagreement and help them find common ground. He said he would like to use that common ground to bridge differences.

When it was pointed out that both sides in the mayor-council debate already have Muscatine in common, he replied, \"Some people just need a little push.\"

Silver lining

Mayor Broderson's challenger, Charlie Harper, said those who don't vote are \"the problem.\"

He was one of several candidates who said low voter turnout in Muscatine municipal elections must change.

Brockert, running in the 4th Ward: \"I believe Muscatine, like a lot of other communities, had municipal elections, and 5 percent showed up. The good news with this (controversy): More people will come out.

\"That might be our silver lining.\"

Murray agreed, acknowledging he did not vote in the last election and now is a candidate.

In fact, voter turnout improved considerably in the 2015 election. Nearly 11 percent of registered voters cast ballots, which was more than double the turnout in the prior election. In 2013, only 5 percent of voters showed up.

If forefathers are to be taken into consideration, Muscatine's were big advocates of citizen involvement.

The council chamber at City Hall has the most seats I've ever seen. In addition to the 50 on the main floor that face the dais, the balcony contains another 150-plus seats. To accommodate 200 people in Davenport, council meetings would have to move to a school gym.

During the two-day impeachment hearing against Broderson, I'm told, the seats at City Hall were either filled or close to it. People were interested.

The mayor and council surely saw them. Come Nov. 7, they'll hear them, too.

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Try this: Stand on your tippy toes and at the same time, bend one of your legs. Then, go ahead, take a few steps.

It\u2019s not easy to walk this way, as Meikeila Kincaid, who will turn 18 next week, has every day since she was 7, when she walked for the first time in the living room of her Silvis home.

It\u2019s not easy to have her legs.

When Meikeila, who has cerebral palsy, walks, her left foot drags. As her mother Kim says, each step is hard and zaps her energy.

\u201cMost people could do it for a short time,\u201d Kim said. \u201cImagine doing it your whole life.\u201d

Kim has learned something about her daughter: She doesn\u2019t do things the easy way.

Thousands of spectators found out that same thing about Meikeila\u00a0last year near the end of the 5k race affiliated with the Quad-Cities Marathon.

With about 100 yards to go, Meikeila got out of her wheelchair, grabbed her mother\u2019s hand and walked. Seeing the struggle on Meikeila\u2019s face, race director Joe Moreno jogged out to hold her other hand.

Together, with their arms joined and held high, they accomplished Meikeila\u2019s only goal that day: Crossing the finish line.

Beyond what is expected

When Kim got back into running about five years ago, her daughter wanted to join. So, they came up with a plan for participating in area 5k races: Kim, or her husband, Dale, or Meikeila\u2019s twin brother, Christian, pushes her in a wheelchair for the first mile and Meikeila walks the second mile. And the final mile? It\u2019s up to her to walk more or get back in her chair.

But, no matter what, near the end, Meikeila walks the final steps with her mother by her side, sometimes essentially holding her up.\u00a0

\u201cThat\u2019s her biggest thing,\u201d Kim said. \u201cShe wants to cross the finish line.\u201d

For Kim and Meikeila, who participate in several community races each year, ditching the wheelchair and walking in has become a routine.\u00a0

To others, such as Moreno, there\u2019s nothing ordinary about seeing Meikeila cross the finish line.

\u201cNon-runners may never understand it, but a marathon is a lot like life. There\u2019s a start and end and there\u2019s trials and tribulations to overcome in the middle,\u201d he said. \u201cFor some people like Meikeila, running a 5k is their marathon.\u201d

Meikeila made an instant impression on Michelle Russell, who founded the nonprofit Live Uncommon, at the Silvis Home Run 5K in 2014.

During that race, Meikeila got out of her wheelchair and didn\u2019t just walk. She ran.

\u201cAnd then she fell right in front of the finish line and right in front of everyone,\u201d Russell said. \u201cThere were gasps and people running up to help her, but she wasn\u2019t fazed at all. She got back up and she finished. I was so impressed and moved by that.\u201d

Months later, Kim and her two children joined the nonprofit\u2019s team and wore Live Uncommon gear during the Quad-Cities Marathon.

\u201cOur mission is to inspire people to make this world a better place,\u201d Russell said. \u201cMeikeila and her mom personify what Live Uncommon is all about. It\u2019s about those people who are doing more and pushing further than what is expected.

\u201cTo be inspired like that is like a magic pill. You just feel better about the world. I know she made my day.\u201d

Never quitting

When Meikeila was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, her mother\u2019s first thought was, \u201cCan she still get married and can she have kids and be able to do everything else? Will she able to do everything like everyone else will?\u201d

When it comes to her daughter, Kim has learned this: \u201cWhatever she starts, she wants to finish.\u201d

\u201cThere were times they said she may never be able to walk, but she has proven them wrong,\u201d Kim said. \u201cI\u2019ve never told her she can\u2019t do something; we just modify things for her.\u201d

When she was 10, Meikeila had surgery that severed roots in her spine -- known as a rhizotomy -- and had to learn how to walk all over again.

\u201cShe just did it,\u201d Kim said. \u201cShe just didn\u2019t quit.\u201d

Now, in her senior year at United Township High School, she walks the hallways every day. She can\u2019t stand using her wheelchair when she doesn\u2019t have to. She likes reading, studying history, making friends with \u201cunderdogs,\u201d and hopping on the treadmill for a mile or two after school each day. She has competed in beauty pageants for several years and won a big one -- the National Miss You Can Do it pageant, held at the River Center -- in July.

After high school, Meikeila plans to enroll at Black Hawk College. She wants to be a lawyer.

\u201cSome people have been like, \u2018She can\u2019t do that,\u2019\u201d Meikeila said. \u201cI\u2019ve shocked several people by doing it and proving to them that even though I am different from other people, I can still do what they can do.\u201d

There\u2019s a reason she walks, sometimes runs, and shares her story. She wants people to look at what she\u2019s capable of, and not just her disability.

\u201cI\u2019m stubborn and determined to make something of myself,\u201d Meikeila said, \u201cto not be the stereotype that almost everyone kind of perceives me to be at first. I want to break the mold.\u201d

Some students her age don't talk to her because she's different. Others know, Kim said,\u00a0\u201cThat\u2019s just how Meikeila is.\u201d

There have been times, after a harder-than-usual day, where Meikeila looks at her mom and asks, \u201cWhy can\u2019t I be like everyone else?\u201d

\u201cI tell her,\" Kim said, \"that God made you the way you are.\"

Meikeila says that encouragement keeps her going.\u00a0

\u201cMy mom probably always will be one of my biggest role models,\u201d she said. \u201cIf it wasn\u2019t for her, I wouldn\u2019t be doing half of the stuff I\u2019m doing now because I wouldn\u2019t have the confidence to do it.\"

A moment to remember

A framed photo of last year\u2019s finish line moment with Kim and Meikeila sits on Moreno\u2019s desk inside his East Moline office space.

The Kincaids have completed the four other races he organized this year, including the Resolution Run, Ganzo\u2019s Cinco de Mayo 5k, Firecracker Run and Freedom Run, and they plan to return for the Quad-Cities Marathon\u2019s 5k on Sunday to run as part of a team with the Children's Therapy Center of the Quad-Cities, where Meikeila went for therapy sessions for more than 12 years.\u00a0

\u201cTo me, it\u2019s emotional,\u201d Moreno said. \"When a young lady like her crosses your path, they do something to you. They inspire you. As a race director, people like that keep me going.\u201d

At the marathon, Moreno has a tradition of high-fiving everyone -- typically 6,000 runners -- who crosses the finish line.

Last year, when he saw Kim and Meikeila, he offered more than that.

\u201cYou could tell it was a struggle for her,\u201d Moreno said. \u201cThere was a grimace on her face. But she was also happy, she was smiling.\u201d

Talking about crossing the line holding Meikeila\u2019s hand, Moreno \u201cgets goosebumps again.\u201d

\u201cA moment like that with her means so much,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s what this is all about. It makes the work worthwhile.\u201d

\u201cShe needs to know that just by being out there, she\u2019s motivating people.\u201d

That includes her mother.

\u201cI always say that I have no room to be a downer or upset because I have those two kids and they wake up every morning in a good mood,\u201d Kim said. \u201cI wish there was a word for beyond proud.\u201d

For Meikeila, walking alongside her mom is one of her favorite things to do.

\u201cIt\u2019s very inspiring to do it with my mom,\u201d she said. \u201cI wouldn\u2019t have it any other way.\u201d

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CEDAR RAPIDS \u2014 If education funding in Iowa received a grade, some education experts and legislators said Friday it would be a poor one.

Discrepancies in funding equality affects almost half of Iowa\u2019s 333 school districts, Davenport Community School District Superintendent Art Tate said during a panel at The Gazette\u2019s Iowa Ideas conference.

Tate said his district has been shortchanged $2.7 million a year because of the spending formula. With 66 percent of his students receiving free or reduced-price lunches, he said, \u201cThere are not enough assets to serve our students.\u201d

Before the 1970s, public schools in Iowa mostly were funded through local property taxes until the state increased its aid as a portion of the school funding formula.

The formula allows some districts to spend as much as $175 more per student than others, meaning an additional hundreds of thousands of dollars for some schools\u2019 general funds.

Although state lawmakers review the funding system every five years, state Rep. Mary Mascher, D-Iowa City, said nothing has been fixed.

\u201cThe Legislature does not have the political will to get it done,\u201d Mascher said.

Friday\u2019s panel came on the heels of school board elections and several bond votes throughout eastern Iowa last week. The Iowa City Community School District, for example, passed the biggest bond in state\u2019s history when voters approved $191.5 million for facilities projects. Linn-Mar School District, however, failed to pass its $80 million bond.

The panel discussion also turned to how funding should be allocated, a topic to be discussed in the upcoming state legislative session. School districts currently receive an increase in the percentage of state supplemental aid from the budget, depending on overall revenue.

State Rep. Walt Rogers, R-Cedar Falls and chairman of the Iowa House education committee, said he predicts legislators to start at the current standing of 44 percent of the state\u2019s general budget \u201cand go from there.\u201d

\u201cThe biggest thing tightening our budget is Medicaid,\u201d Rogers said. \u201cThere\u2019s been a 6 percent increase overall budget-wise (in Medicaid funding) over the last 10 years.\u201d

But Tammy Wawro, Iowa State Education Association president, pushed back, saying that having a percentage of an unknown number \u2014 as the general budget depends on still-incoming revenue \u2014 leaves much to the unknown.

\u201cThat doesn\u2019t help us plan or make me feel comfortable about where we\u2019re at,\u201d Wawro said.

Instead, Wawro said teachers should be guaranteed a baseline within their incomes and benefits. This would be key, she said, in recruiting and retaining quality educators in the state\u2019s districts.

\u201cIf we cannot be competitive with states outside of Iowa, we are going to be in a world of hurt, and we are not going to see kids staying in the state to teach here,\u201d Wawro said.

In a discussion on school transportation, Rogers said there\u2019s a need for more innovation and efficiency.

Allocating large portions of their state aid on their transportation can force some school districts to cut Advanced Placement courses and other programs, Wawro said.

Mascher also said a solution for rural schools, which struggle to offer more programs, can be found in an initiative through the Iowa Department of Education that offers high school courses online.

However, just having conversations on these issues could show that effort is being made in the right direction.

\u201cPutting the stake in the ground is huge, but I think we\u2019re there,\u201d Tate said.

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CEDAR RAPIDS \u2014 Students attending Iowa\u2019s public universities likely will see tuition increases, but they won\u2019t be the annualized 7 percent over five years that two of the institutions are seeking, according to the Iowa regent who chaired a tuition task force over the summer.

Larry McKibben of Marshalltown, a former state senator, told those at The Gazette\u2019s Iowa Ideas conference that Iowa\u2019s public universities need a combination of higher tuition, increased state funding and savings from efficiencies to maintain quality and top faculty at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.

\u201cWill it be 7 percent? The answer is no,\u201d McKibben said. \u201cWe certainly don\u2019t want that to happen, and we don\u2019t want to ask for that. It\u2019s way too soon to say what it will be.\u201d

The regents, a nine-member volunteer board, must first approve its request for state funding for the next budget year \u2014 which it will tackle in a special meeting next week \u2014 before considering tuition rates for the fall of 2018. The board is scheduled to consider tuition rates in October, with a final vote in December.

The Board of Regents Office last week released its proposed appropriations request, which includes a $12 million increase that would be earmarked for resident undergraduate student financial aid to cushion a tuition increase.

The action comes after the GOP-run Legislature during the last legislative session cut the institutions\u2019 base appropriations by more than $30 million.

Iowa and Iowa State leaders have requested a 7 percent annual increase for resident undergraduates, and Northern Iowa has suggested a 5 percent annualized increase, which some argue would make more financial aid imperative for the schools to accomplish their missions of being accessible and diverse.

At Friday\u2019s conference, Iowa student body president Jacob Simpson said he hoped any boost in tuition could be held in the range of 3 percent to 5 percent.

After the meeting, McKibben said he would have preferred the student leader had set his sights a little lower, such as in the 2 percent to 4 percent range, but higher tuition at some levels appears inevitable.

\u201cWe can\u2019t get the numbers together and continue the high level of education and faculty and staff that they want if we don\u2019t,\u201d McKibben said. \u201cThere is going to be some increase in tuition. I don\u2019t know exactly what it\u2019s going to be. I would hope 5 (percent) is on the high end.\u201d

Sen. Herman Quirmbach, D-Ames, who serves on legislative education committees, said Friday the cuts in state aid to Iowa\u2019s three regent universities have effectively been a \u201ctuition tax increase\u201d on Iowa students and their parents.

\u201cFor the sake of Iowa\u2019s future, we have to keep our state universities affordable to all without compromising the quality of their education. That will take money,\u201d said Quirmbach, who pointed to nearly $332 million in tax credits the state divvies up to attract businesses and high-quality jobs as a possible source of future funding for higher education.

Tom Mortenson, a Pell researcher who has studied trends in funding for higher education, said Iowa\u2019s support for its public colleges is about the same as it was decades ago and is on a downward arc. He said higher education is losing the competition for taxpayer dollars to health care, corrections and unfunded pensions.

\u201cIowa has become a national leader in the defunding of higher education,\u201d said Mortensen, noting Iowa is tied with four other states for the worst financial support for colleges. He said the shift began in 2000 when then-Gov. Tom Vilsack took money from higher education to boost funding for K-12 teachers\u2019 salaries.

\u201cWe\u2019re shifting the cost of higher education from taxpayers back onto students,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd from my perspective as someone who studies higher educational opportunity and especially college affordability for students from low-income family backgrounds, this is a disastrous set of choices.\u201d

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A 20-year-old is dead and another person is injured, after a shooting Friday morning in Davenport.

Police responded at 7:34 a.m. to the 1300 block of South Nevada Avenue, where Brady Tumlinson was pronounced dead. A second adult was transported to Genesis Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

The shootings are being investigated by Davenport police.

A neighbor who heard screams for help summoned police to the scene in the west end of Davenport.

Joe Devlin, 1317 S. Nevada Ave., was watering his tomato plants about 7 a.m. when he heard a woman scream for help.

The door to the neighboring house at 1321 Nevada Ave. was open, he said, so he went in. He saw a man and woman on the bed. The woman, he said, told him both of them had been shot.

Devlin didn't see a phone, so he went back to his house and called police, who arrived quickly.

The house where the incident happened is in a quiet working-class neighborhood. Blinds protruded from a window where shattered glass lay underneath.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app titled \u201cCityConnect Davenport, IA\u201d or \u201cCrimeReports by Motorola.\u201d

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\u201cI loved it, I loved it.\u201d

So says Moline\u2019s Diana Lovett, who spoke of the work she accomplished on her first medical mission trip to Haiti in 1982. She was first motivated by seeing pictures of the work by another nurse. When told she was interested, the leader of a local group soon to leave on that trip asked her, \u201cHow fast can you get a passport?\u201d

Since that first trip, Lovett has made a habit of it and is leaving Saturday for her 37th\u00a0\u2014 and final\u00a0\u2014 mission trip to Haiti. She goes not to convert people\u2019s faith, to build roads or houses but to save lives.

And she says you can do the same, whether in Haiti or here.

Granted, she was a longtime trauma nurse and immediately qualified to go. She was hooked up with Friends of the Children of Haiti, based in Rockford, Illinois, a nonprofit group designed specifically to give health care in the fall and spring in remote places in Haiti. They\u2019ve been working in La Montagne, Haiti, since 1998, a full 90 minutes away from the closest town of Jacmel.

Her Friends group is the primary health care for that village, so if the patients\u2019 conditions are stable, medical personnel end up leaving them with six months worth of medicines until they return. The group coordinates with a doctor in Jacmel if villagers need more follow-up work.

Lovett said the government is too unstable, changes too often to offer any help beyond the three main cities, and even then, patients must pay up front before receiving any medical attention or tests. She claims it\u2019s the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Most Haitians don't have enough money to feed their families, much less pay for health care, so they forego it.

\u201cIf someone needs an operation, like an appendectomy, if we weren\u2019t there at the time, they\u2019d just stay home and perish,\u201d she said.

It\u2019s much like the M*A*S*H military medical outfits on TV\u00a0\u2014 they have to think on their feet.

\u201cWe can only take just so much in the way of supplies, so you have to think out of the box, dealing with whatever supplies you might have,\u201d she said.

Because they can afford to take only 12 people on these trips, they must have a medical background.

But now, \u201cwe need younger people,\u201d said Lovett, 69. She promised her husband she would stop when she \u201cwas old and gray.\u201d She has a pacemaker and needs her own medicine, which she can deplete if the group gets stuck in Haiti because of weather. And, with these two-week mission trips, she\u2019s taken very few vacations with her husband.

She also emphasizes that over the years her group has taught the local emergency technicians, the Caritas and midwives what to do, how to suture, resuscitate babies and more. They also have purchased medical equipment and supplies for them, including gauze, malaria medicine and pain relievers. The Americans know that \u201cif you don\u2019t have any skin in the game, any involvement, there\u2019s no incentive for them to do anything differently.\u201d

On this trip, they will fly from Chicago to Miami, then to Port au Prince and Jacmel before driving hours over rough roads to La Montagne. There are risks to such a trip.

Why does she endure hurricanes, torrential rains, the tarantulas (which are more afraid of us, she said, than we are of them), the lack of modern technology, bad roads and political problems?

\u201cI can\u2019t answer that beyond that fact that I need to,\u201d she said.

She said the 2,500 Haitians she sees are so appreciative, so patient and kind, that it\u2019s her pleasure to serve them.

\u201cI\u2019ve been blessed with this skill set, but you can still help by looking around, going to the men\u2019s shelter in downtown Rock Island or their local food pantry,\u201d she said.

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PENN STATE AT IOWA |\u00a0WEEK 4: 6:30 P.M., KINNICK STADIUM

TV: WQAD

RADIO: WOC 1420 AM

LINE: Penn State by 12.5

SERIES: Penn State 14-12

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

Akrum Wadley\u2019s work: An ankle injury he labels \u201cnothing major\u2019\u2019 sidelined the Iowa senior running back throughout the second half of last week\u2019s win over North Texas. With a need to work the clock and put together sustained drives against a potent Penn State offense, the Hawkeyes need a productive game from Wadley. He currently ranks eighth in the Big Ten with an average of 86 yards per game.

Saquon Barkley\u2019s feet: The 5-foot-11, 228-pound junior carries the ball, catches passes and returns kicks. Only one player in the Football Bowl Subdivision \u2014 San Diego State\u2019s Rashaad Penny \u2014\u00a0averages more than the 218.3 all-purpose yards per game Barkley gives the Nittany Lions. In addition to averaging 102.3 rushing yards, his improved skill as a receiver is opening things up for fellow preseason all-American Mike Gesicki.

How clean can Iowa be?: Turnovers and penalties have been an early-season issue for Iowa. One of each negated first-quarter touchdown plays in last week\u2019s win over North Texas and improvements in both areas are an emphasis this week. Six turnovers \u2014\u00a0five fumbles and an interception \u2014\u00a0have led Iowa to 10th in the Big Ten in turnover margin and only four Big Ten teams average more than the 57.3 penalty yards Iowa averages.

Trace McSorley\u2019s containment: Keeping Trace McSorley in the pocket is a point of emphasis for the Hawkeyes, who got a taste of the 6-foot junior\u2019s abilities in a 41-14 loss at Penn State a year ago. McSorley has been dominant this season, completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 753 yards and nine touchdowns while being intercepted twice. He is also Nittany Lions\u2019 second-leading rusher, averaging 45.7 yards per game.

Iowa\u2019s possession time: Last week\u2019s work against North Texas serves as a blueprint for the Hawkeyes against Penn State. Iowa owned the football for 40 minutes, 45 seconds against the Mean Green, using a series of long, methodical drives to keep North Texas\u2019 pass-first offense off the field. Expect the approach to be the same against the Nittany Lions, who held a 10-minute edge in possession time against Iowa last season.

\u2014\u00a0Steve Batterson

STATISTICAL LEADERS

Iowa (3-0)

PASSING;COMP;ATT;YDS;TD;INT

Nate Stanley;51;83;655;10;1

RUSHING;NO;YDS;AVG;TD

Akrum Wadley;60;258;4.3;1

James Butler;36;158;4.4;0

Toren Young;19;78;4.1;0

Ivory Kelly-Martin;11;74;6.7;2

RECEIVING;NO;YDS;AVG;TD

Nick Easley;16;162;10.4;2

Matt VandeBerg;8;80;10.0;1

Noah Fant;7;89;12.7;3

Akrum Wadley;6;152;25.3;1

INTERCEPTIONS: Josh Jackson 2, Parker Hesse 1, Brady Reiff 1

SACKS: Josey Jewell 2, A.J. Epenesa 1.5

TACKLES: Josey Jewell 28, Ben Niemann 22, Bo Bower 18, Miles Taylor 17, Parker Hesse 14, Josh Jackson 14

PUNT RETURNS: Matt VandeBerg 3-37-12.3-0; Josh Jackson 2-21-10.5-0

KICKOFF RETURNS: Akrum Wadley 4-100-25.0-0; Ivory Kelly-Martin 4-83-20.8-0

Penn State (3-0)

PASSING;COMP;ATT;YDS;TD;INT

Trace McSorley;51;76;753;9;2

RUSHING;NO;YDS;AVG;TD

Saquon Barkley;38;307;8.1;3

Trace McSorley;23;137;6.0;2

Miles Sanders;5;57;11.4;1

Andre Robinson;4;36;9/0;1

RECEIVING;NO;YDS;AVG;TD

Mike Gesicki;12;123;10.2;4

Saquon Barkley;11;241;21.9;2

DaeShaun Hamilton;9;163;18.1;1

Juwan Johnson;7;105;15.0;0

INTERCEPTIONS: Grant Haley 2

SACKS: Shareef Miller 2, Grant Haley 1, Brandon Smith 1, Daniel Joseph 1, Troy Apke 1, Ryan Buchholz 1

TACKLES: Marcus Allen 18, Jason Cabinda 15, Manny Bowen 15, Nick Scott 13, Troy Apke 11, Koa Farmer 11

PUNT RETURNS: DeAndre Thompkins 10-202-20.2-1

KICKOFF RETURNS: Saquon Barkley 4-107-26.8-0

MARQUEE MATCHUP

Iowa QB Nate Stanley vs. Penn State DB Marcus Allen: The Hawkeyes\u2019 sophomore quarterback faces a multitude of challenges against a Nittany Lions defense that ranks second in the Big Ten with 11 sacks. That includes making plays against a secondary led by safety Marcus Allen, a senior who leads Penn State with 18 tackles. He has recorded one pick and two pass break-ups during his team\u2019s 3-0 start.

BY THE NUMBERS

5: Iowa has won its last five Big Ten openers, dating to a 13-3 loss at Penn State in 2011. It is chasing its fifth 4-0 start under coach Kirk Ferentz

19-to-1: Ratio of touchdowns scored to the number of touchdowns Penn State has allowed through three games this season

QUOTABLE

\u201cThere is always something special about a night game at Kinnick. When the lights go on, the fans are unbelievable and we do feed off of that energy. That was the case a year ago against Michigan and I\u2019m sure it will be the same this week. It\u2019s the kind of environment that gets you going.\u2019\u2019

\u2014\u00a0Iowa defensive end Parker Hesse

THE SEASONS

Iowa (3-0)

Sept. 2;Iowa 24, Wyoming 3

Sept. 9;Iowa 44, Iowa State 41 (OT)

Sept. 16;Iowa 31, North Texas 14

Sept. 23;Penn State, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 30;at Michigan State, 3 p.m.

Oct. 7;Illinois, 11 a.m.

Oct. 21;at Northwestern, TBA

Oct. 28;Minnesota, TBA

Nov. 4;Ohio State, TBA

Nov. 11;at Wisconsin, TBA

Nov. 18;Purdue, TBA

Nov. 24;at Nebraska, 3 p.m.

Penn State (3-0)

Sept. 2;Penn State 52, Akron 0

Sept. 9;Penn State 33, Pittsburgh 14

Sept. 16;Penn State 56, Georgia State 0

Sept. 23;at Iowa, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 30;Indiana, 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 7;at Northwestern, 11 a.m.

Oct. 21;Michigan, TBA

Oct. 28;at Ohio State, 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 4;at Michigan State, TBA

Nov. 11;Rutgers, 11 a.m.

Nov. 18;Nebraska, TBA

Nov. 25;at Maryland, TBA

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IOWA CITY \u2014\u00a0Pink and black and gold. It promises to be a colorful night under the lights tonight at Kinnick Stadium.

Fourth-ranked Penn State begins defense of the Big Ten football championship it won a year ago with a night game at Iowa, which hopes to recapture the magic it had in upsetting second-rated Michigan under the lights at Kinnick Stadium last season.

\u201cNight games at Kinnick, they\u2019re special,\u2019\u2019 Iowa center James Daniels said.

He went on to talk about how the white gloves most players wear seem to take on a bluish hue under the lights.

\u201cI noticed that right away my freshman year,\u2019\u2019 Daniels said. \u201cEverything looks and feels a little different for a night game.\u2019\u2019

Iowa has a 10-4 record all-time under the lights at Kinnick Stadium, including wins in the four games it has hosted at night in the past two seasons.

The last team to beat the Hawkeyes at home at night was Penn State, which started quickly and rolled to a 38-14 win in its most recent visit to Kinnick Stadium in 2012.

Nittany Lions coach James Franklin will bring a talent-rich team to Iowa tonight, pairing an aggressive defense with an offense led by veteran quarterback Trace McSorley and a pair of preseason all-Americans in running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Mike Gesicki.

He will also bring a curiosity about a venue he has heard a lot about but has never visited before.

Franklin brought up the topic of Kinnick Stadium\u2019s storied pink locker rooms during his weekly news conference of Tuesday, calling it one of the \u201ccooler, historical kind of things in college football from a tradition standpoint.\u2019\u2019

Like the former Hawkeye coach who first slapped pink paint on the locker room walls at Kinnick Stadium, Hayden Fry, Franklin received an undergraduate degree in psychology.

The East Stroudsburg State graduate said he planned to discuss the pink locker rooms with his players this week before the Nittany Lions arrived in Iowa City.

\u201cI\u2019m going to talk to our guys about it being a really, really nice gesture by the University of Iowa to welcome Penn State since our original school colors are pink and black ...\u2019\u2019 Franklin said. \u201cI\u2019m not going to make a big deal about it, but I am going to have some fun with it, then just kind of move on.\u2019\u2019

Franklin has had his team focusing on the atmosphere it can expect while looking to add to its 3-0 record in Penn State\u2019s first road game of the season.

\u201cI wanted to educate myself on what to expect. I\u2019ve talked to a lot of people, asked a lot of questions, and I know that place is going to be rocking,\u2019\u2019 Franklin said.

The Nittany Lions have prepared with plenty of loud music on the practice field this week, attempting to simulate the environment they will face tonight.

\u201cWe expect it to be a pretty crazy scene,\u2019\u2019 Barkley said. \u201cWe know it will be loud and that the sidelines are tight. We\u2019ve seen what it was like against Michigan last year. We\u2019ve got to be ready to deal with that.\u2019\u2019

Iowa has won its last three home games against top-five teams, including last season\u2019s 14-13 win over the Wolverines.

Linebacker Josey Jewell said the confluence of football under the lights and the challenge presented by a top-level opponent seems to bring out the best in the Hawkeyes.

\u201cTo me personally, I don\u2019t care if we play at night or 11 in the morning. I always want to be on top of my game, but there is a unique atmosphere and usually a pretty good opponent when we do get the chance to plat night,\u2019\u2019 Jewell said. \u201cIt\u2019s a pretty cool thing, but it\u2019s even better when we play our best.\u2019\u2019

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Iowa\u2019s insurance commissioner said Friday he has lost faith in Congress\u2019 ability to fix the nation\u2019s health care system.

Moreover, he thinks it would be better if federal money was distributed among states as block grants so officials closer to the people most affected by the uncertainty could take needed action.

Commissioner Doug Ommen said there are structural issues that need to be addressed \u2014 and addressed soon \u2014 to stabilize the insurance market, particularly for people with individual private coverage. But he added that he doesn\u2019t see a consensus building in Washington, D.C., to get that done.

\u201cThis has got to be fixed,\u201d Ommen said during a discussion of the challenges facing affordability, access and other issues dogging the health care arena during a panel at The Gazette\u2019s Iowa Ideas conference. \u201cI\u2019m a lot less optimistic that Congress can fix this, and I\u2019m sorry to say that.

\u201cSending it back to the states is probably our best option right now.\u201d

Ommen is awaiting word after having submitted the state\u2019s final plea \u2014 its stopgap proposal \u2014 to the federal government, asking for permission to make changes he thinkss will buoy Iowa\u2019s struggling Affordable Care Act marketplace.

This November, the majority of the 72,000 Iowans purchasing plans through the exchange will have only one option \u2014 Minnesota-based Medica, which recently asked the state for an average rate increase of 56.7 percent because of the uncertainty over cost-sharing reductions.

Nick Gerhart, a former state insurance commissioner now working in the private sector, said there is a lot of anxiety as Iowans are getting insurance cancellation notices amid the current uncertainty.

\u201cThere are real people at the end of these contracts,\u201d he said. \u201cThey\u2019re getting crushed. They don\u2019t know where to go. They don\u2019t know where to turn.\u201d

Under Iowa\u2019s ACA marketplace, federal payments are made to insurers to help cover costs and expand access for low-income individuals, but the future of the payments is now in jeopardy.

Ommen\u2019s stopgap proposal seeking a federal waiver seeks to provide consumers with age- and income-based tax credits as well as use a reinsurance mechanism for insurers for costly medical claims.

Ommen said the proposal is not meant to fix all the issues. But he thinks it can stabilize the market by bringing more healthy and young individuals into the ACA marketplace, which would help better spread out costs.

In addition, the use of reinsurance would attract insurers back to the marketplace, he said.

Given the tight timeline \u2014 as open enrollment is rapidly approaching \u2014 Ommen said the state agency is moving forward as if it had been given the go-ahead.

\u201cIt\u2019s crippling. It\u2019s crazy,\u201d he said of Congress\u2019 inaction on the health care issue. \u201cIt\u2019s uncharted waters in the middle of a hurricane.

\u201cThe work we have, it doesn\u2019t hold a candle to what families in Iowa are facing. This is really a serious problem.\u201d

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DES MOINES\u00a0\u2014 It took three patches totaling more than $260 million in spending cuts and borrowing, but the books on the state budget year that ended June 30 finally were closed last week.

Yet more difficult budget work lurks ahead.

When state lawmakers return to the Capitol in January, they will work on the state budget that begins next July 1 and starts with a $111 million repayment to the state\u2019s reserve accounts.

That puts the state budget behind the 8-ball from the start and will create significant hurdles for lawmakers who hope to increase funding for short-staffed state agencies, public education and water quality initiatives and pay for new budget elements such as tax reform and school choice programs.

\u201cI believe we\u2019re going to have challenges for (the next budget year),\u201d David Roederer, the budget director for Gov. Kim Reynolds, told reporters Wednesday. \u201cIt\u2019s probably going to be a challenge.\u201d

During the budget year that ended June 30, less money than expected came into the state\u2019s accounts, and because of that, lawmakers and the governor had planned to spend more than, as it turned out, they could afford. In order to balance the budget, they made $118 million in spending cuts and borrowed another $144 million from the state\u2019s reserve accounts.

Lawmakers will be watching revenues in hopes of avoiding a repeat during the current budget year.

When they return to Des Moines for the 2018 legislative session, lawmakers will debate and set spending for the state budget year that begins next July 1.

The state budget\u2019s future will be cloudy until next month, when the nonpartisan panel responsible for estimating future revenues is scheduled to meet and publish its financial forecast. The panel will meet again in December and, if necessary, revise its estimates.

That December estimate will be used by state lawmakers when they draft next year\u2019s budget.

Before writing a single item into the budget, they will start with a $111 million payment back to the state\u2019s reserve accounts to repay money borrowed to fix this past fiscal year's budget issues.

\u201cI\u2019m preparing for a challenging budget year,\u201d said Sen. Charles Schneider, who heads the Iowa Senate\u2019s budget committee.

Schneider added, however, that he is hopeful revenues will remain steady and perhaps even increase beyond expectations, which would lessen the burden on those responsible for drafting the next state budget. Schneider is hoping, for example, that federal tax reform, if passed, could result in additional state revenue.

Reynolds said she plans to recommend state agencies plan for a status quo budget\u00a0\u2014 no increases but no reductions\u00a0\u2014 and she and her staff will continue to monitor revenues as they come into the state.

Meantime, Reynolds said she will do what she can to spur growth in Iowa\u2019s economy.

\u201cWe\u2019ll have the departments come in with a status quo budget, and then we\u2019ll take a look at the revenues that we have to put our budget together with in December,\u201d Reynolds said. \u201cIn the meantime, what I\u2019m doing is looking for ways that we can grow the economy, and that means creating a competitive business environment.\u201d

If the next budget turns out be another tight one, Reynolds and lawmakers will face significant challenges in funding not only basic services that Iowans expect, but also to find money for new initiatives.

Primary among the latter is tax reform, a top priority of Republicans who in the 2016 elections gained full lawmaking control at the Iowa Capitol for the first time in two decades. Republican lawmakers strongly crave tax reform that includes lowered rates, but such action typically comes with a hefty price tag because it reduces the amount of revenue coming into the state.

Republican leaders acknowledged passing tax reform during the 2018 legislative session could prove challenging, given the current state of the budget. However, they remain hopeful they can pass something.

Doug Gross, who was former Gov. Terry Branstad\u2019s chief of staff in the 1980s and the Republican gubernatorial candidate in 2002, put it more bluntly:

\u201cNext to impossible,\u201d Gross said. \u201cTax reform costs money, and when you don\u2019t have any money, it\u2019s hard to pay for it. ... You might tinker, but you won\u2019t do reform without money.\u201d

Schneider is not yet ready to give up on passing tax reform and said Republican senators are working on a plan, but he acknowledges passing anything with a high cost will prove difficult.

Schneider said other states have passed tax reform measures that do not kick in until the state budget is sufficiently healthy, and that could be a model for Iowa next year. For example, he said a reform package could lower income tax rates by a certain percentage if the state\u2019s general fund revenue grows a certain percentage.

\u201cI think we\u2019ll be able to do something, I just don\u2019t know how significant it will be,\u201d Schneider said.

The recent need for budget adjustments, especially midstream, may lead Republican leaders in the near future to be stingier with state spending.

State law forbids spending more than 99 percent of the money available. Most years, state spending is set at or near that 99 percent level.

But key Republican lawmakers said they think it may be more prudent to set spending levels slightly lower in case revenues do not match expectations.

\u201cI think that definitely needs to be a part of our conversation right now,\u201d said Rep. Pat Grassley, who leads the Iowa House\u2019s budget committee. \u201cFrom my perspective, I think it is something that we definitely have to entertain, maybe being a little more conservative with our budget. ... We need to be prepared to spend less if this trend continues.\u201d

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The last filing deadline for municipal elections in Scott County has passed, setting the field for the upcoming races in October and November.

The most intrigue comes from Davenport's 6th Ward where five candidates have submitted filing papers to replace former Alderman Jeff Justin, who resigned from his post in July in order to relocate to Cape Coral, Florida.

Those candidates are Richard Clewell, Dale Gilmour, Ben Jobgen, Sean Liddell and Chris Webster. They will face off in the only primary election on Oct. 10 in which the top two vote-getters will advance on the ballot to the Nov. 7 regular election.

Within the city of Davenport, the other contested races in November involve the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wards and the at-large aldermen positions.

In the 2nd Ward, incumbent Maria Dickmann will run against Mike Prunchak. Meanwhile, in the 4th Ward, Susan Weir is challenging Davenport's longest-sitting alderman Ray Ambrose.

Marion Meginnis, fresh off winning a special election in July to become the 3rd Ward alderwoman, will have a quick turnaround as Wil Patton has filed to run against her.

Meginnis defeated Carlton Wills in the special election after former alderman Bill Boom was forced to resign after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of making a false declaration to a federal grand jury.

In Davenport's at-large races, four candidates will do battle for the two positions at stake.

Kyle Gripp is the only incumbent running for re-election after Jason Gordon announced his decision not to seek re-election last month. In the race to fill the two spots, Gripp is joined by Andrew Arnold, J.J. Condon and Toby Paone.

Incumbents Rick Dunn, Rita Rawson, Mike Matson and Kerri Tompkins are all running unopposed in the 1st, 5th, 7th and 8th wards, respectively.

Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch also is unopposed as he seeks a second term.

As in Davenport, Bettendorf's races this election season are tame.

Aldermen Scott Naumann, 2nd Ward, and Greg Adamson, 4th Ward, are running opposed.

The only contested race is for the city's at-large position, which pits incumbent Lisa Brown against Kylah Rasche. Brown and Rasche had submitted their resumes at the beginning of the year as Bettendorf chose to appoint a replacement for former Alderman Gary Mohr.

Mohr resigned as alderman on Dec. 31, 2016, after he was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives to represent District 94.

After multiple elimination rounds, the Bettendorf City Council appointed Brown to fill the seat.

For information on the upcoming elections, visit the Scott County Auditor's Office at scottcountyiowa.com/auditor.

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A new Trump administration analysis says that Iowa would initially lose money under the latest Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act.

The analysis, which Axios and The Washington Post reported came from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is the latest in a string of reports trying to predict the impact of the Cassidy-Graham health care overhaul. The other projections come from private organizations. President Donald Trump has urged that the bill be passed.

This latest analysis measures how block grant funding would be allocated among the states in the individual years of 2020 and 2026.

The figures say that Iowa would lose $59 million in 2020, but by 2026, the state would gain $5 million over projected funding levels under the current law. Illinois would lose $264 million in 2020, growing to $345 million by 2026.

The GOP legislation, authored by Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., would eliminate Obamacare's premium subsidies and Medicaid expansion funding, beginning in 2020. It would then reduce the funding levels and repackage the money into block grants to be sent to the states. The money then would be reallocated among the states.

California and New York would be the biggest losers, according to the new analysis. The biggest gainers would be states, including Texas, that didn't expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. That finding is similar to other analyses over the past week.

Iowa fits somewhere toward the middle, and the various studies, which use different methods and all have a level of uncertainty, are predicting different results for Iowa. A Kaiser Family Foundation study projected Iowa would gain in the period between 2020 to 2026. All of the analyses have said that most states will lose money under the bill.

A Brookings Institution study, released Friday, predicted 21 million Americans nationwide would lose insurance from 2020 to 2026. After 2026, funding for the block grants would run out unless Congress renewed it.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said Thursday she was leaning toward voting for the legislation. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has praised it, although his office has said he's still studying it. Both senators have voted for previous GOP replacement plans.

The new Senate bill also would convert traditional Medicaid to a per-capita funding system, which several studies this week predicted would result in spending reductions, including in Iowa.

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Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch has been elected as a co-chair for the Mayors of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative.

Klipsch will share the duties with Mayor Lionel Johnson of St. Gabriel, Louisiana.

Bettendorf Mayor Robert Gallagher has been elected as an executive committee member for the initiative.\u00a0

The mayors will push an infrastructure agenda for the cities of the Mississippi River, which have brought hundreds of millions of dollars back into the 2,500-mile corridor.

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A former Davenport man was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel.

Michael Scott Parker, 32, was sentenced Thursday by Chief U.S. District Court Judge John A. Jarvey. Parker also was ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay $100 to the Crime Victims\u2019 Fund.

Here\u2019s what happened, according to VanderSchel:

On Aug. 28, 2016, Davenport police responded to a disturbance call and encountered Parker, who tried to flee while he was in possession of a loaded Taurus .38-caliber revolver.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Davenport Police Department conducted the investigation in the case, which was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney\u2019s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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The Quad-City Mallards re-signed defenseman Alexander Kuqali and traded the rights to defenseman Desmond Bergin to the Adirondack Thunder Friday.

Kuqali rejoins the Mallards after tallying six assists in 28 games after he was acquired by Quad-City in a trade with the Florida Everblades. All told last year he tallied 16 assists in 63 games.

\u201cIt\u2019s great to have Alexander back in the Flock on our blue line. I expect his game to improve and his minutes to increase during his second pro season,\u201d Mallards coach Phil Axtell said. \u201cHe\u2019s well liked, he\u2019s respected by our seven other returners and he's great in the community. I\u2019m thrilled to have him in a Mallards sweater again this year.\u201d

Bergin was sent to Adirondack in exchange for future considerations after being acquired by the Mallards in a trade with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Aug. 14.

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A Rock Island police officer responding to a domestic violence incident was injured and knocked unconscious Thursday.

The officer suffered\u00a0facial and head injuries and was hospitalized overnight for observation, according to a news release issued by Deputy Chief Jason Foy. The officer, who was not identified, has been released from the hospital, but he will not return to duty until he recovers from his injuries.

Cartier J. Leflore, 35, has been arrested and charged with aggravated battery-great bodily harm to a peace officer, a class 1 felony; aggravated battery, a class 2 felony; and disarming a peace officer, a class 1 felony.

At 6:17 p.m. Thursday, the Rock Island Police Department received a 911 call and later determined that it related to a domestic disturbance. Officers were dispatched to 219 21st St., and the first officer on scene immediately went to an apartment in the residence where he encountered Leflore, according to the release.

The officer attempted to arrest Leflore for domestic battery, but Leflore began battering the officer, the release stated. The officer was knocked unconscious, and Leflore took the officer's stun gun before fleeing the apartment. He was located in the area of 23rd Street and 3rd Avenue\u00a0by other officers shortly thereafter and was taken into custody after the officers subdued him with their stun guns.

Leflore is in custody at the Rock Island County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.

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There\u2019s a little more to this serviceable horror flick than meets the eye.

To all appearances, it\u2019s just another creepy movie about nice-looking young people being killed in horrific ways. But there\u2019s something a little more substantial to \u201cFriend Request\u201d than you might imagine.

The story begins with Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey, television\u2019s \u201cFear the Walking Dead\u201d) sitting among other students in a college psychology class. When the professor announces that a student who was in the class has committed suicide, Laura has quite a reaction.

The story then flashes back to two weeks prior. We see Laura as a popular, happy student with a bevy of friends, including hundreds on Facebook, and a handsome boyfriend. She has noticed a shy girl in the psychology class who takes an interest in Laura.

During a class, the professor teases Laura and her friend about having \u201cinternet addiction disorder.\u201d It\u2019s about that time that the bashful Marina (Liesl Ahlers, television\u2019s \u201cThe Crossing,\u201d) a transfer student, makes Laura\u2019s acquaintance.

Marina sits removed from the rest of the students, and hides under a black hoodie much of the time. The artistic student has no Facebook friends, but it\u2019s evident that she spends a lot of time on Facebook, because her Facebook site contains a lot of disturbing images and creepy, albeit beautiful, animation.

After Laura accepts Marina\u2019s friend request, Marina becomes needy and possessive. Disaster ensues.

Director Simon Verhoeven co-wrote the screenplay with Philip Koch and Matthew Ballen. These writers \u2014\u00a0or at least one of them \u2014\u00a0have a knack for bringing a bit of paranormal history and contemporary realism to the script.

Although the movie devolves into clich\u00e9s and, ultimately, exactly the resolution we anticipate \u2014\u00a0it\u2019s a lot like \u201cUnfriended\u201d \u2014\u00a0it has some intelligent and thought-provoking features.

Marina is well-written and will be familiar to many, if not most, viewers, especially to teachers (sadly, I have seen students like her in my own classrooms.)

The film also uses animation to a wonderful effect to create a chilling, surreal atmosphere. Some of the \u201cBoo!\u201d moments have been used in other horror movies, but some of them are pretty effective nonetheless. And I like the way Verhoeven creates claustrophobic environments.

Parents and guardians should be warned that this is not the \u201cPG-13\u201d material that it may seem to be. It\u2019s hardcore \u201cR\u201d and is not suitable for children or the squeamish.

If you\u2019ve already seen \u201cIt\u201d and seek a few more scares before the Halloween horror shows hit the screen, you\u2019ll find some scares and smarts here.

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\"NWS:
NWS: Weather summary

Here's the afternoon forecast from the National Weather Service. It will be sunny with a high near 93 degrees and a low around 68 degrees.

The Quad-City region is under a National Weather Service heat advisory. The heat advisory is in effect until 7 p.m.

Hot and humid conditions will combine to produce heat indices in the upper 90s to 100 degrees this afternoon.

Those exposed to the heat could suffer heat-related illnesses if special precautions aren't taken.

A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures and high humidity is expected. This combination will lead to possible heat illnesses.

\u2022 Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check on relatives and neighbors, especially the elderly.

\u2022 Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

\u2022 To reduce risk during outdoor work the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

\u2022 Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 911.

For the weekend, see above, for the forecast is virtually the same through Sunday.

Updated: River Drive detour today in Moline

\"detour
detour sign

The city of Moline reports that repairs to a water main is causing a detour today on westbound River Drive.\u00a0

The signed detour is in place for westbound traffic on River Drive from 34th to 55th streets.

Repairs are expected to be completed time for the Quad-City Marathon.

\u2022 See detour map

CrimeStoppers updates 'most wanted' list

CrimesStoppers of the Quad-Cities has updated its \"Most Wanted\" list with two additions.

They are:

\"JOSHUA

JOSHUA JORGESEN

Joshua Jorgesen, 35, is wanted by East Moline Police for burglary and theft. He is accused of breaking into the Carpenter's Training Center and stealing 6 welders valued at $1,000 each. Four were recovered.

\"JAMES

JAMES RICHARD CLARK III

James Richard Clark III, 19, is wanted by police on warrants for probation violation and aggravated battery.

If you have any information about this person, or any other felony fugitives, call the tip line (309) 762-9500 or submit your secure tip on our facebook home page by clicking on the \"Submit a Tip\" tab.

ACLU of Iowa files suit on behalf of Q-C transgender woman

\"EerieAnna

EerieAnna Good

The ACLU of Iowa has filed a lawsuit to challenge the Iowa Department of Human Services\u2019s ban on Medicaid coverage for surgical care for transgender Iowans, including a Quad-Cities woman.

Under current Medicaid rules, sex reassignment surgery is considered a cosmetic treatment and is not included in the government-sponsored insurance program that covers 600,000 low-income and needy Iowans.

The ACLU of Iowa filed the lawsuit on behalf of EerieAnna Good, who lives in the Quad-Cities, and Carol Ann Beal of northwest Iowa. The organization argues that excluding Iowa Medicaid coverage for the medical care sought by transgender people is a violation of the Iowa Civil Rights Act, which specifically prohibits discrimination based on gender identity, and the Iowa Constitution, which assures equal protection for all Iowans. Read more.

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Four things the football teams from Iowa and Penn State can do to put themselves in a position to win Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium:

Penn State (3-0)

1. Be Penn State

The Nittany Lions won a Big Ten championship last season with a collection of explosive playmakers on offense, a sound defense and solid special teams. Many of those pieces return heading into this season's Big Ten opener.

Running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Mike Gesicki are preseason all-Americans for a reason. Barkley has averaged 102.3 rushing yards per game and his 11 catches trails only the 12 balls that Gesicki has caught this season.

Quarterback Trace McSorley finds himself with plenty of options, including receiver DaeSEan Hamilton who arrives at Kinnick Stadium with 170 catches on his resume.

That all adds up to an offense which has had 30 plays of 20 or more yards through three games, including the nine by Barkley which shares the national lead.

If Penn State's skill can spread the Iowa defense, the Hawkeyes will be in for a long night.

2. Repeat the feat

Penn State ground the Iowa running game to a halt a year ago in its 41-14 win over the Hawkeyes.

Iowa totaled just 30 yards on 26 carries, creating a one-dimensional offensive approach which played into the Nittany Lions' hands.

Penn State leads the Football Bowl Subdivision with 34 tackles for a loss so far this season, an effort led by Shareef Miller and his four tackles for a loss.

The team's defensive strength is in its linebackers, where Jason Cabinda leads the way with 15 stops through three games.

3. Be a pace setter

Penn State averages 469 yards of offense per game, helping itself by challenging defenses with a variety of tempos.

The Nittany Lions will go from zero to 95 in minimal time, mixing and matching pace within drives with great success in its effective run-pass option attack.

Quarterback Trace McSorley, the team's second-leading rusher at 45.7 yards per game, has completed 67.1 percent of his 76 passes this season. He's contributing 296.7 yards per game to lead an offense which has averaged 47 points per game. McSorley has thrown nine touchdown passes and has been intercepted twice this season.

4. Have special special teams

The Nittany Lions don't overlook this segment either and the work of DeAndre Thompkins on punt returns and Saquon Barkley on kick returns is positioning Penn State for success.

Thompkins has averaged 20.2 yards on 10 returns this season - nearly nine yards more than what Iowa has averaged - while Barkley is returning kicks at an average of 26.8 yards in four run backs through three games.

On the flip side, Penn State has allowed just one punt to be returned this season.

Iowa (3-0)

1. Establish the run, and them some

The Hawkeyes couldn't get anything going on the ground a year ago at Penn State, averaging 1.1 yards per carry.

That number has to change for Iowa to have a chance against the fourth-rated Nittany Lions. The Hawkeyes ability to gain ground on the ground and work the clock are critical components to Iowa's needs in this game.

Akrum Wadley is expected to be good to go after suffering a minor ankle injury during last Saturday's win over North Texas, but Iowa will be without back-up James Butler until mid-October.

Redshirt freshman Toren Young and true freshman Ivory Kelly-Martin will see the field today in a complementary role to Wadley and the Hawkeyes need production from each in addition to greater cohesion from an offensive line which has started three lineup combinations in Iowa's first three games because of injuries.

2. Clean up at Kinnick

Iowa positioned itself for last season's 14-13 victory over second-rated Michigan by playing a relatively clean football game.

The Hawkeyes and Wolverines traded one interception in that game, but Iowa had no fumbles and was penalized just three times for 24 yards in the victory.

Both are areas that have been bothersome for Iowa during its 3-0 start this season. The Hawkeyes had two touchdowns taken off the board last week against North Texas, the first because of a Nick Easley fumble out of the end zone and the second because of a penalty called on Akrum Wadley for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Iowa currently ranks 10th in the Big Ten in turnover margin, losing five fumbles and one interception through three games. The Hawkeyes have also been the fifth-most penalized team in the Big Ten, averaging 57.3 penalty yards and 6.3 penalties per game.

3. Deal with the heat

Temperatures in the 90s won't be the only heat the Hawkeyes are feeling today.

Penn State's defense is second in the Big Ten with 11 sacks through three games, an effort that includes contributions from 12 Nittany Lions and a team-leading two from Shareef Miller.

Expect Penn State to put some heat on Iowa sophomore quarterback Nate Stanley, who has been intercepted just once and has been sacked four times through three games.

Iowa's ability to keep the heat off of Stanley will be important as he faces a defense which will test his quick decision making as well as his physical abilities.

4. Rule the night

There is something special about night games at Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa is 10-4 all-time in home games played under the lights including a pair of wins in each of the last two seasons and a 3-0 record all-time at night against top-five opponents there.

Penn State is the last road team to win at Kinnick at night, beating Iowa 38-14 in 2012 in the Nittany Lions' most recent visit.

The Hawkeyes' ability to make the most of what promises to be a special atmosphere will center in part around Iowa's ability to contain Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley and make him work out of the pocket. Iowa was able to make that happen in its opener against Wyoming and Josh Allen. A repeat performance of that effort will be needed.

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CEDAR RAPIDS \u2014 Iowa\u2019s human services chief took a tough negotiating stance Thursday, saying he will not ease the state\u2019s oversight and accountability requirements for private companies managing Iowa\u2019s $5 billion Medicaid program and \u201cwrite them a blank check\u201d in the interest of getting a new contract.

Jerry Foxhoven, director of the Iowa Department of Human Services, conceded it is well past the time he expected it would take to negotiate Medicaid rates with three managed care organizations that will be retroactive to July 1.

The state has contracted with Amerigroup, AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa and UnitedHealthcare Plan of Iowa to manage care since April 2016 for 767,000 Iowans. Human Services negotiators have reached tentative agreement for a new contract with one company, but talks are continuing with the two others.

\u201cWe have to be firm,\u201d Foxhoven said during a discussion on the future of Medicaid in Iowa that was part of the two-day Iowa Ideas conference, organized by The Gazette, that ends Friday.

\u201cWe have to be willing to say if you don\u2019t actually manage care, if you don\u2019t actually keep it below fee-for-services, if you don\u2019t actually allow us to manage it to make sure that we have some oversight of you, we will not give up that oversight ,and if you\u2019re not willing to do that and you need to walk, then you need to walk, and we\u2019ll replace you.\u201d

Foxhoven noted that other states have been unable to reach agreements with insurers once they had privatized their Medicaid programs, which he said can be a sign of success if the government agency is standing up for the interest of patients, providers, caregivers and clients being served. In Iowa\u2019s case, that\u2019s one out of every four residents, he said.

Foxhoven, a lawyer and a litigator who took over the Human Services reins in June, said he has been absorbed in talks over the 100-page plus contracts, including Thursday morning before the conference and on the car ride from Des Moines to Cedar Rapids to the point where \u201cI feel like I have PTSD right now\u201d from working with the companies.

He said he was \u201cvery, very optimistic\u201d about reaching agreements, but if not, \u201cthen we\u2019ll get other people to do it.

\u201cIf that has to happen, I\u2019m hoping it doesn\u2019t, but if that happens, it\u2019s not going to be a pretty transition, but we will hold the (companies) accountable,\u201d he told conference participants.

Foxhoven\u2019s comments came during a segment in which co-panelist state Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Robins, raised concerns about problems Iowans and health care providers have faced during Medicaid\u2019s transition to privately managed care.

She expressed concern about the potential for future problems if federal officials shift to funding the system to block grants given the states.

A representative of one of Iowa\u2019s largest health care providers, Jean Robillard, vice president for medical affairs of the $1.9 billion University of Iowa Health Care enterprise and dean of the university's Carver College of Medicine, said Iowa\u2019s biggest and most-profitable hospital saw a spike in denials from Medicaid managed-care payers and a corresponding drop in the hospital\u2019s collection rate.

Speaking during a separate health care discussion, Robillard said the working relationship with the Medicaid companies has improved over time but added, \u201cit\u2019s still not all resolved.\u201d

\u201cWe\u2019d like to see a stabilization of some of the payment issues,\u201d he said. \"We\u2019re gradually making progress with the (companies) on that front. We still have a little ways to go, but we\u2019d like to get past that.\"

Robillard and Jennifer Vermeer, University of Iowa assistant vice president for health policy and population health, said the health care industry is facing considerable uncertainty as policymakers revamp the Affordable Care Act and shift the focus to valued-based delivery rather than a fee-for-service system.

Robillard said health care providers are paid based on quality and the ability to decrease costs, but he said the focus has to continue to include safety and outcomes.

\u201cWe don\u2019t set the price, the insurance companies do. I understand that. We are the price-taker, we\u2019re not the price-setter. We are probably the only business in this world where we don\u2019t set the price,\u201d he said. \u201cImagine if you were going to Target and you could go in the store and set the price of what you want to buy. Well, this is a little bit the way it is for us. We have to adjust our cost based upon what we have.\u201d

Vermeer said fee-for-service drove a lot of costs and fragmentation of services and the system is in the process of being re-engineered.

\u201cIt\u2019s going to be a long journey,\u201d she said. \"We\u2019ve been at it for a number of years, and we\u2019re beginning to make progress, and I think you\u2019re seeing this across the country. But I think it\u2019s also apparent that it\u2019s going to take quite some time to get there.\"

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Tom Brands believes wrestling facilities at Iowa are in need of a serious upgrade and in announcing a three-year contract extension for the Hawkeye coach, administrators have agreed to study the matter.

\u201cWe are working in a 34-year-old facility that doesn\u2019t have a lot of what it needs for this day and age,\u2019\u2019 Brands said Monday during an appearance at the Davenport Grid Club. \u201cThe truth of the matter is that we do not have a top-10 facility anymore.\u2019\u2019

Iowa director of athletics Gary Barta said his department will conduct a feasibility study that could lead the Hawkeyes to training grounds outside of the second-floor wrestling room at Carver-Hawkeye Arena where Iowa wrestlers have trained since the building\u2019s opening in 1983.

\u201cThe study will allow us to evaluate our options for the continued enhancement of Iowa wrestling,\u2019\u2019 Barta said in a statement announcing the study, which will look at the potential development of a wrestling practice facility.

That could include the creation of additional space within or adjacent to Carver-Hawkeye Arena or elsewhere on campus.

Brands said during his Quad-Cities visit that the facility, which could also house workout space for athletes training with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club, is an important component to the continued growth of the program.

\u201cIt\u2019s an important piece in a competitive environment,\u2019\u2019 Brands said. \u201cA number of schools have made substantial investments into their facilities. That\u2019s the reality of the situation. If we want to be the best, top-level facilities need to be a part of it.\u2019\u2019

Brands senses momentum behind the development of a facility. He calls it a \u201ctestament to the support and vision of our fans and leadership.\u2019\u2019

With the extension announced Friday, Brands is now under contract at Iowa through the 2022-23 season.

Since taking over the program in 2006, Brands has coached the Hawkeyes to three NCAA team championships and has coached 10 individual national champions.

The Hawkeyes finished fourth in the 2017 NCAA meet and continued to lead the nation in attendance, something Iowa has done in each of Brands\u2019 11 seasons as the program\u2019s coach.

Barta praised Brands\u2019 commitment in announcing the contract extension.

\u201cTom embraces the challenges and responsibilities associated with leading the Iowa wrestling program,\u2019\u2019 Barta said. \u201cHe is committed to our philosophy of \u2018Win, Graduate, Do it Right.\u2019 There is tremendous momentum behind our wrestling program and I\u2019m excited about the future.\u2019\u2019

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The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Quad-City region. The heat advisory is in effect from noon to 7 p.m.

Hot and humid conditions will combine to produce heat indices in the upper 90s to 100 degrees this afternoon.

Those exposed to the heat could suffer heat-related illnesses if special precautions aren't taken.

A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures and high humidity is expected. This combination will lead to possible heat illnesses.

\u2022 Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check on relatives and neighbors, especially the elderly.

\u2022 Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

\u2022 To reduce risk during outdoor work the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

\u2022 Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 911.

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The Army commander\u00a0who\u00a0gained\u00a0national recognition in 2005 as the\u00a0military leader in charge of cleanup after Hurricane Katrina, will bring his no-nonsense,\u00a0take-charge\u00a0approach to the Quad-Cities on Friday, speaking at the kickoff event of the First Army's 100th birthday celebration.

Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honor\u00e9,\u00a0the 33rd commanding officer of the First Army who retired in 2008, is the keynote speaker at the\u00a0formal ball Friday at the iWireless Center, Moline.

In an interview\u00a0with the Quad-City Times, the Louisiana native who served two years in South Korea as commander of the Second Infantry, shared his\u00a0thoughts on dealing with North Korea.

\"We've got to\u00a0make it clear to the North Koreans that 'If you shoot first, hell and damnation will come your way,'\" Honor\u00e9 said.

\"And we've got to work with the South Koreans. There can be no daylight between us and the South Koreans. Because they're going to take the first fire, and it's going to be awful bloody. We'll win that war, but the first days will be bloody.

\"And it won't be like the last time, fighting hilltop to hilltop. We're going to the heart of that nation and cut it out.\"

Eventually, he said,\u00a0there will be reunification.

\"That is the inevitable,\" he said. \"That is\u00a0going to happen. Both states want it, for different reasons.

\"China doesn't want it because\u00a0it brings a unified, democratic\u00a0nation to their borders. We're maybe going to have to compromise on that. Maybe we don't go to the border. But if we go into this war, there's going to be no DMZ (demilitarized zone). We got to finish this thing.\"

He\u00a0advocates increasing the size and readiness of the armed forces.

\"We can't cut back,\" he said. \"We're the world's leader, whether we want it or not. We're the big dog. If not us, then who? Who else do we want to give this to?\"

In speaking at the formal ball, he will recognize the nation's\u00a0entry into World War I, which is when the First Army was born. He also will speak about leadership in the \"new normal,\"\u00a0which is also the title of his second book.

The \"new normal\" world is one\u00a0in which the global population is expected to grow from 7 billion to 10 billion, where there is less clean drinking water, less arable land and oceans polluted with plastic.

The number one challenge of leadership is to create change, and that applies to others as well as\u00a0oneself, he said in the interview.

And\u00a0\"we are part of the problem,\" he said.\u00a0

\"Every time we accept a plastic bag, we are part of the problem,\" he said. \"Every time we pump gas, we are part of the problem. We can't do anything about the pumping gas, but we sure as hell can do something about the plastic bag.

\"We can all make a difference.\"

The \"new normal\" world\u00a0is a threat to national security,\u00a0creating \"haves\" and\u00a0\"have-nots.\"

\"Wars start and are proliferated in places where there are the have-nots,\" he said. \"That's where the terrorist can go in.\"

Asked about the highlights of his 37-year career, number one is\u00a0the \"400,000 soldiers we trained\u00a0(when he was commander of the First Army) and sent off to war and greeted when they came back,\" he said.

Second are the\u00a0years he spent commanding\u00a0the 2nd Infantry in South Korea.

And third was his work as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, with a mission to coordinate the command and control of all Department of Defense relief efforts in the hurricane's aftermath \"and seven storms after that.\"

His presence was especially welcome\u00a0after Katrina when the civilian response had been less than stellar. Honor\u00e9 was characterized as a \"John Wayne dude\" by the then-mayor of New Orleans.

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The city of Moline reports that repairs to a water main is causing a detour today on westbound River Drive.\u00a0

The signed detour is in place for westbound traffic on River Drive from 34th to 55th streets.

Repairs are expected to be completed time for the Quad-City Marathon.

\u2022 See detour map

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CrimesStoppers of the Quad-Cities has updated its \"Most Wanted\" list with two additions.

\"JOSHUA

JOSHUA JORGESEN

Joshua Jorgesen, 35, is wanted by East Moline Police for burglary and theft. He is accused of breaking into the Carpenter's Training Center and stealing 6 welders valued at $1,000 each. Four were recovered.

\"JAMES

JAMES RICHARD CLARK III

James Richard Clark III, 19, is wanted by police on warrants for probation violation and aggravated battery.

If you have any information about this person, or any other felony fugitives, call the tip line (309) 762-9500 or submit your secure tip on our facebook home page by clicking on the \"Submit a Tip\" tab.

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Plans by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend to help strengthen area nonprofits while igniting more charitable giving just got larger.

Early this summer, the foundation rolled out its 2017 Community Impact Fund Challenge Grants to award five nonprofits each with a $10,000 matching grant. But after the applications began pouring in, the foundation upped the ante and doubled the recipients to 10 nonprofits and the grant total from $50,000 to $100,000.

\"The response to this challenge was overwhelmingly positive from applicants and donors alike,\" said Kelly Thompson, vice president of grantmaking and community initiatives. In a one-month application period, she said the foundation received 46 applications \u2014 the largest pool of challenge grants to date.

\"There were so many excellent ones, we could have funded them all,\" she said, adding that the board of directors voted earlier this week to double the grants. \"We were not just encouraged, but genuinely moved, by the variety and excellence of the work happening across the community.\"\u00a0

The Community Impact Fund 2017 Challenge Grant recipients are Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley, Center for Active Seniors, Child Abuse Council, Children's Therapy Center of the Quad-Cities, Dress for Success Quad-Cities, Family Resources, German American Heritage Center, River Action, Robert Young Center and WVIK Quad-Cities NPR.

\"This year, there was so much change\u00a0\u2014 positive and negative, we thought it was important to make changes to how we donate our dollars out and help the organizations bring in more support from their donors to support their mission,\" Thompson said.

In the past several years, nonprofits have been stretched to work with tighter budgets and fewer resources, make up shortfalls in state and federal funding, and facing increased competition for funding.

To apply for the 2017 Challenge Grants, applicants had to identify their greatest needs or opportunities.

But according to Thompson, \"the real work begins now for the nonprofits.\" Each recipient must raise their $10,000 match through new or increased giving from other donors by Dec. 31 to receive the challenge grant.

Nisha Ladlee, the development director for Family Resources, Davenport, is ready to do the work necessary to match the award. She said the funding will be spread across the board to the agency's various programming, including its shelter for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse or human trafficking to its foster group care, mental health services, counseling programs and a 24-hour hotline.

With the state of Illinois' budget woes and a lack of a budget for so long, she said \"That all played an impact on us being able to provide services. We're constantly looking for ways to continue our programming. It's about sustainability.\"

Family Resources served more than 45,000 clients from children to adults across the Quad-City region.

Regina Haddock, the founder and executive director of Dress for Success Quad-Cities, said the grant opportunity came as the startup agency was completing its own strategic development process that identified a need for more individual donations. The organization provides career clothing to help women get a new or better job, and services to help them build a career and move toward financial independence. \u00a0

Almost six years old now, Dress for Success Quad-Cities has largely relied on grant funding. But with the foundation grant, she hopes to use this funding to attract new donors and giving, she said. \"Community Foundation has been there from the beginning,\" Haddock said, recalling the first grant it provided for a computer for Dress for Success.

\"The point of a challenge grant is to stir increased giving,\" Thompson said. \"That's the power a challenge grant gives an organization to be able to tell a donor everything you give will be matched.\"\u00a0

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Moline-Coal Valley schools are dismissing classes early today because of the forecasted weather.\u00a0

All schools with the exception of Bicentennial, Hamilton, Roosevelt, John Deere and Wilson are dismissing at 1 p.m.

Also, there will be no afternoon pre-school at Jefferson Early Childhood Center and there will be no YMCA after school program at those schools that are dismissing at 1 pm.

Durant, Iowa, schools are also dismissing classes at 12:40 p.m. today because of the weather.

Also dismissing classes early today are Alwood, Amboy and Dixon schools in Illinois.

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A good Friday to all. Goodbye, summer, hello, fall. Fall officially arrives at 3:02 p.m. today, but is summer really over? Two words describe the weekend forecast\u00a0\u2014 hot AND humid. That's not a fall forecast by any means. Forging ahead, here are the weather details from the National Weather Service.

1. Unseasonably warm and muggy

\"NWS:
NWS: Weather summary

Today will be sunny with a high near 92 degrees and a low around 68 degrees as unseasonably warm temperatures and high humidity combine to produce heat-index readings in the low- to mid-90s Friday and in the lower 90s for Saturday afternoon.

Durant community schools and non-air conditioned schools in the Moline-Coal Valley School District are dismissing classes early today because of the heat.

Saturday will be sunny with a high near 90 degrees and a low around 68 degrees.

Sunday will be sunny with a high near 88 degrees and a low around 66 degrees.

2. So long, summer, hello, fall

\"seasons\"
seasons

The autumnal equinox and fall officially arrive today at 3:02 p.m.

There are only two times of the year when the Earth's axis is tilted neither toward nor away from the sun, resulting in a \"nearly\" equal amount of daylight and darkness at all latitudes.

These events are referred to as equinoxes (vernal & autumnal). The word equinox is derived from two Latin words\u00a0\u2014 aequus (equal) and nox (night). At the equator, the sun is directly overhead at noon on these two equinoxes.

The \"nearly\" equal hours of day and night is due to refraction of sunlight or a bending of the light's rays that causes the sun to appear above the horizon when the actual position of the sun is below the horizon.

Additionally, the days become a little longer at the higher latitudes (those at a distance from the equator) because it takes the sun longer to rise and set.

Therefore, on the equinox and for several days before and after the equinox, the length of day will range from about 12 hours and six and one-half minutes at the equator, to 12 hours and 8 minutes at 30 degrees latitude, to 12 hours and 16 minutes at 60 degrees latitude.

\u2014 The National Weather Service

3. Assumption's quick burst before half buries Wahlert

\"092117-Assumption-FB-012\"

Assumption's Ryan Wohlers (22) straight arms Dubuque Wahlert's Zachary Kemp Thursdayduring first half action at Brady Street Stadium in Davenport.

Davenport Assumption\u2019s football team was in an absolute dogfight for 22 minutes Thursday night. In a span of 100 seconds, the Knights scored three touchdowns to turn a deficit into a rout.

Thanks to two key plays on special teams, Assumption cruised past Dubuque Wahlert 35-10 in a Class 3A District 4 contest at Brady Street Stadium. Read more.

\u2022 Miss last night's game? Check out these photos from Brady Street Stadium.

4.\u00a0First Army to celebrate 100 years

\"First

The headquarters for the First Army has been on Arsenal Island since 2011, moving to the Quad-Cities\u00a0from Georgia.

With a formal dress ball at\u00a0Moline's\u00a0iWireless Center tonight, the\u00a0First Army kicks off a yearlong celebration of its 100th birthday, an\u00a0observance that will include public events\u00a0and special exhibits on Arsenal Island.

First Army is the entity that\u00a0mobilizes, trains, validates, deploys and demobilizes all continental U.S.-based Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve forces, training them to\u00a0the same readiness standards as the regular Army. Read more.

5. More sentencing in Quad-City dog-fighting case

\"Dog-fighting

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provided this photo of a dog being rescued in April 2016 in Rock Island.

A sentencing hearing continues today for nine of 10 men who have admitted in federal court to their role in a dog-fighting ring in the Illinois and Iowa Quad-Cities. The men were indicted Jan. 24.

On April 14, 2016, investigators seized 64 pit bull-type dogs from 10 homes in Rock Island and one in Davenport as part of an investigation into a dog-fighting ring that began a year earlier through information developed by the Rock Island Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Quad-Cities Federal Gang Task Force. Read more.

6. Health care, DACA main topics discussed at Ernst town hall

\"Iowa

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, covers her heart during the Pledge of Allegiance before a town hall meeting, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Charles City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

CHARLES CITY, Iowa\u00a0\u2014 With a Senate vote on the Cassidy-Graham health care bill looming, that topic was the main focus of discussion Thursday afternoon for Sen. Joni Ernst and about 100 people at a town hall.

Many audience members expressed concerns to Ernst about losing coverage and rising premiums under Obamacare, along with the time it has taken Republicans to repeal and replace the law.

Another major topic covered Thursday was DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Ryan Wolfe of Charles City asked what Ernst thought about President Donald Trump's decision to end the program earlier this month.

Ernst said she agreed with Trump's decision to end the executive order, but she thinks Congress needs to determine a pathway to legal permanent status for DACA recipients. She \"draws the line with citizenship,\" however. Read more.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico \u2014\u00a0The eye of Hurricane Maria was nearing the Turks and Caicos early Friday as Puerto Rico sought to recover from the storm's devastation.

Two days after Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, flooding towns, crushing homes and killing at least two people, millions on the island faced the dispiriting prospect of weeks and perhaps months without electricity. The storm knocked out the entire grid across the U.S. territory of 3.4 million, leaving many without power.

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The loss of power left residents hunting for gas canisters for cooking, collecting rainwater or steeling themselves mentally for the hardships to come in the tropical heat. Some contemplated leaving the island.

\"You cannot live here without power,\" said Hector Llanos, a 78-year-old retired New York police officer who planned to leave Saturday for the U.S. mainland to live there temporarily.

Like many Puerto Ricans, Llanos does not have a generator or gas stove. \"The only thing I have is a flashlight,\" he said, shaking his head. \"This is never going to return to normal.\"

Maria's death toll across the Caribbean, meanwhile, climbed to at least 19, nearly all of them on the hard-hit island of Dominica. In Puerto Rico, the government said at least two were killed but media on the island were reporting additional deaths and the actual toll appeared unlikely to be known for days.

As of Friday morning, Maria was moving toward the Turks and Caicos with winds of 125 mph (205 kph). The storm was expected to move near or just east of the Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas on Friday. From there, it is expected to veer into the open Atlantic, no threat to the U.S. mainland.

In Puerto Rico, the grid was in sorry shape long before Maria \u2014 and Hurricane Irma two weeks ago \u2014 struck.

The territory's $73 billion debt crisis has left agencies like the state power company broke. It abandoned most basic maintenance in recent years, leaving the island subject to regular blackouts.

\"We knew this was going to happen given the vulnerable infrastructure,\" Gov. Ricardo Rossello said.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it would open an air bridge from the mainland on Friday, with three to four military planes flying to the island every day carrying water, food, generators and temporary shelters.

\"There's a humanitarian emergency here in Puerto Rico,\" Rossello said. \"This is an event without precedent.\"

He said his administration was trying to open ports soon to receive shipments of food, water, generators, cots and other supplies.

The government has hired 56 small contractors to clear trees and put up new power lines and poles and will be sending tanker trucks to supply neighborhoods as they run out of water. The entire island has been declared a federal disaster zone.

Mike Hyland, senior vice president of engineering services for the American Public Power Association, a utility industry group that is sending repair crews into the Caribbean, refused to speculate on how long it would take to restore power in Puerto Rico.

\"Let's see what the facts tell us by the end of the weekend,\" he said. But he acknowledged: \"This is going to be a tall lift.\"

Maribel Montilla already had two large barrels filled with water but worried about how long it would last for her, her daughter, her son-in-law and six grandchildren.

\"You know what I think? We're going to be without power for six months now,\" she said.

Cellphone and internet service collapsed in much of Puerto Rico. The only radio station that remained on the air during the hurricane \u2014 WAPA 680 AM \u2014 was relaying messages to help connect friends and families.

Other concerns were more prosaic. Across the street, someone yelled at a neighbor, \"Listen, do you have Netflix?!\"

Jaime Rullan, a sports commentator, has a gas stove at home but tried not to think about the lack of air conditioning on an island where the heat index has surpassed 100 degrees (37 Celsius) in recent days.

\"We're used to the lights going out because of storms here in Puerto Rico, but this time, we're worried,\" he said. \"We should prepare ourselves mentally to be at least a month without power.\"

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Deysi Rodriguez, a 46-year-old caretaker for elderly people, does not have a gas stove. And unlike others who have been lining up at the few fast-food restaurants that have reopened, Rodriguez is a diabetic and has to be more careful about what she eats.

Rodriguez said she might temporarily move to New Jersey if the situation gets worse.

Pedro Cartagena, a 57-year-old dock supervisor, said he planned to shower, eat and sleep at his company's office. He plans to buy food at the few restaurants that are open and operating on generators.

\"That's going to drain my bank account,\" he said, \"but if I want to eat, that's my only option.\"

In an upscale neighborhood in San Juan, 69-year-old retiree Annie Mattei's condominium has a generator. But she said maintenance will shut it off between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to save fuel.

\"This has been devastating,\" she said as her eyes welled with tears.

In the Dominican Republican, Maria knocked down trees and power lines. But Joel Santos, president of the country's hotel association, said the hurricane did not damage the tourism infrastructure, even though it passed close to Punta Cana, the major resort area on the eastern tip of the island.

In Dominica, where Maria laid waste to hundreds of homes and was blamed for at least 15 deaths, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit wept as he spoke to a reporter on the nearby island of Antigua.

\"It is a miracle there were not hundreds of deaths,\" he said. He added: \"Dominica is going to need all the help the world has to offer.\"

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Daily Record routinely publishes public records available through government agencies.

Births

TRINITY BETTENDORF

Sara and Tyler Johnson, Bettendorf, boy, Sept. 19.

Fire calls

BETTENDORF

Thursday

False alarm: 1.

EMS call: 1.

Wednesday

10:01 p.m., 10th Street/Jones Street, vehicle accident.

False alarm: 1.

Investigation: 1.

EMS calls: 3.

DAVENPORT

Wednesday

No report available.

EAST MOLINE

Wednesday

EMS calls: 6.

MOLINE

Thursday

False alarm: 1.

EMS calls: 4.

Wednesday

8:49 p.m., 3605 26th Ave., assist.

9:21 p.m., 744 23rd Ave. Court, structure fire.

Investigation: 1.

EMS calls: 13.

ROCK ISLAND

Thursday

4:12 a.m., 1601 6th St., assist.

EMS call: 1.

Wednesday

8:29 p.m., 3503 7th St./John Deere Road, Moline, vehicle accident.

False alarm: 1.

EMS calls: 17.

Building permits

BETTENDORF

Dave\u00a0Stoakes, 3621 Deer Ridge Court, deck, Backyard Vinyl Co., $9,400.

Aspen Homes, 3509 Cobblestone Drive, single-family dwelling, $322,045.

Regency Plaza II, 3565 Utica Ridge Road, sign, Mr. Detail Signs, $8,383.

Pleasant Valley Elementary, 6333 Crow Creek Road, institutional addition, Excel Deck & Fence, $17,500.

Richard Jr. and Lisa\u00a0Cooksey, 505 Riverview Trail, pool, Pleasure Pools of Iowa, $32,000.

Peter\u00a0Marty, 1407 Olde Freeport Place, deck, Pearson Enterprises of Q-C, $15,000.

Advance Homes, 4317 Prestwick Court, single-family dwelling, $303,000.

Kent Johnson Builders LLC, 5710 Texas Drive, single-family dwelling, $241,000.

Tom and Adelaide\u00a0Tkatch, 4365 Happiness Lane, residential remodel, $30,000.

5477 Julie Ann Court, pool, Gannon Pool & Spa, $22,000.

Platinum Design and Development, 5497 Pigeon Creek Road, single-family dwelling, $428,287.

Beaver Builders Inc., 4310 Happiness Lane, single-family dwelling, $187,000.

Aspen Homes LC, 3776 Cobblestone Drive, single-family dwelling, $336,955.

1144 Meadow Lane Drive, residential remodel, JS Service Lift & Construction, $111,082.

Clark Design & Development, 4781 Mason Run, single-family dwelling, $291,500.

Charles\u00a0Clark, 3314 Wakonda Drive, deck, $2,000.

Thomas\u00a0Morrell, 3565 Park Ave., single-family dwelling, $131,500.

Gastroenterology Associates, 2222 53rd Ave., commercial addition, $16,000.

Charles\u00a0Rathje, 1120 Pineacre Drive, residential remodel, Newton Custom Homes, $42,103.

Keiren and Juli\u00a0Smith, 3769 Raleigh Ave., pool, Sentry Pool & Chemical Supply, $27,911.

Mike\u00a0Burchett, 5751 Judge Road, residential remodel, Lank Construction, $19,000.

Larry\u00a0Yudis, 1307 14th St., deck, $4,000.

Shawn and Allison Dormire Revocable Trust, 2631 Heather Glen Circle, pool, BPI Development Group LLC, $50,000.

Xue\u00a0Jin\u00a0and Al Yun\u00a0Jin, 2316 Pinehurst Drive, pool, Q-C Pools & Spa, $4,000.

Ryan\u00a0Vretis\u00a0and Alyssa\u00a0Rauch, 4958 Heatherstone Road, residential remodel, Q-C General, $6,300.

Advance Homes, 4201 Prestwick Court, single-family dwelling, $319,600.

Midwest Development & Investment Corp., 312 17th St., sign, Acme Sign Company, $4,500.

Legacy Development of the Q-C, 3255 Fields Drive, commercial remodel, Precision Builders, $40,000.

3871 Sparrow Court, single-family dwelling, J.P. Condon Inc., $188,650.

E.T.\u00a0Arndt, 2726 Central Ave., residential remodel, Build Master LCC, $14,500.

Derrick\u00a0Cockrell, 2087 Ashford Road, deck, Sampson Construction, $4,500.

Kerkhoff Homes, 6261 Settlers Pointe Circle, single-family dwelling, $350,000.

Craig\u00a0Mueller, 3614 Greenbrier Drive, deck, Dream Builders, $1,200.

James\u00a0Johnson\u00a0and Liberty\u00a0Streeter, 7040 Nottingham Lane, residential addition, $21,625.

Aspen Homes, 3619 Cobblestone Drive, single-family dwelling, $240,972.

Beaver Builders, 4296 Happiness Lane, single-family dwelling, $176,000.

Tom and Caroll\u00a0Beeks, 2901 Oak St., residential remodel, $30,000.

Jeff and Paula\u00a0Peters, 6210 Buckskin Trail, deck, Sampson Construction, $4,500.

George and Tammy\u00a0Henry, 830 State St., sign, Allen Sign Company, $2,240.

DG Storage LLC, 108 35th St., new commercial, Build To Suit, $251,000.

Falcon Lot Strip Center LLC, 2211 Falcon Ave., commercial remodel, $14,900.

Greg and Tammy\u00a0Powell, 2995 Red Wing Court, residential remodel, $3,700.

Erik\u00a0Kidd, 3820 Parkdale Drive, residential remodel, 242 Home Improvement, $15,500.

Marjorie Elizabeth\u00a0Pratt, 1568 30th St., residential remodel, Blaze Restoration, $7,400.

Charles\u00a0Clark, 3314 Wakonda Drive, residential remodel, $15,500.

Charles\u00a0Clark, 3314 Wakonda Drive, residential addition, $11,300.

Martin and Lourdes\u00a0Vazquez, 2190 Crow Creek Road, deck, $1,925.

Brian and Amy\u00a0Knutson, 6829 Prairie Grass Lane, pool, QCA Pools & Spa, $30,000.

Chris and Melanie\u00a0Wilkins, 1705 Susan Court, pool, QCA Pools & Spa, $30,000.

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY

Tony\u00a0Brooks, 8114 256th St. N., Port Byron, pool, $3,000.

Dean\u00a0Korthals, 1703 36th Ave., East Moline, residential addition, $5,760.

Fred\u00a0Bawden, 3226 214th St., residential addition, Matzen Construction, $21,000.

James and Linda\u00a0Kiesow, 3512 214th St. N., Port Byron, residential additions, $19,850.

Myron\u00a0Hazen, 10102 58th St. W., Milan, pole building, $35,200.

Mike\u00a0Bollaert, 10921 104th St., Coal Valley, residential remodel, McManus Development, $188,100.

Gary\u00a0Nordick, 13300 28th St., Milan, single-family dwelling, Morton Buildings Inc., $268,000.

Ryan and Julie\u00a0Fuhr, 2529 113th Ave. C, Milan, residential remodel, Larry Fuhr Siding Co., $8,000.

Gerald\u00a0Allen, 704 176th Ave. W., Milan, residential addition, $5,642.

Drue\u00a0Kampmann, 1400 9th Ave., Andalusia, pool, Gannon Pools, $28,000.

Steve\u00a0Smothers, 12026 78th Ave. W., Taylor Ridge, residential addition, Wilson Construction, $178,001.

Chase\u00a0Schwigen, 1320 11th Ave. E., Andalusia, pool, $10,800.

Brian and Eliza\u00a0Hughes, 9226 78th Ave., W., Taylor Ridge, residential remodel, Carson Construction, $19,073.

Jeff\u00a0Parchert, 13223 204th St. W., Illinois City, residential addition, Top to Bottom Construction, $10,989.

Jayme\u00a0Massa, 4021 Friendship Farm Road, East Moline, pool, $3,000.

Business licenses

BETTENDORF

Allied Building Products Corp., 438 Devils Glen Road, issued in August.

Honest Wellness Center, 2435 Kimberly Road, issued in August.

Champs Trophy & Awards, 1604 Grant St., issued in August.

Coral Haven LLC, 2365 Cumberland Square Dr. No. 77, issued in August.

Grant Street Enterprises LLC, 344 11th St., issued in August.

Headlinez, 2708 Central Ave., issued in August.

KB Auto Tech, 3400 State St., issued in August.

Lennox Industries Inc., 891 40th Ave., issued in August.

Tastes 2 Go LLC, 3525 Raleigh Ave., issued in August.

DAVENPORT

Carter Auto Sales, 2637 Rockingham Road, issued in June.

Smokin\u2019 Joe\u2019s Tobacco & Liquor, 902 W. Kimberly Road, issued in June.

Computers Are Us, 2501 N. Lincoln St., issued in June.

Hobby Lobby, 5611 Elmore Ave., issued in August.

FedEx Office, 4730 Elmore Ave., issued in August.

Olderog Tire & Performance, 2316 Rockingham Rosd, issued in August.

Jeff\u2019s Auto Sales, 3430 Rockingham Road, issued in August.

ELDRIDGE

Kline Sewer and Drain, 308 N. 12th Ave., issued in Aug.

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Football

Thursday's score

Iowa metro

Assumption 35, Dubuque Wahlert 10

Today's games

Iowa metro

Bettendorf at Muscatine

Clinton at Iowa City High

Davenport North at Davenport Central

Davenport West at Dubuque Senior

Dubuque Hempstead at North Scott

Western Dubuque at Pleasant Valley

Iowa area

Anamosa at West Liberty

Bellevue at West Branch

Durant at North Cedar

Louisa-Muscatine at Wilton

Maquoketa Valley at Tipton

Marion at Maquoketa

Mid-Prairie vs. Camanche at Ashford University Field

Northeast at Mount Vernon

Wapello at Columbus Community

West Delaware at Central DeWitt

Midland at Iowa Valley

Springville at Easton Valley

Western Big Six

Alleman at United Township

Moline at Galesburg

Quincy at Rock Island

Illinois area

Erie-Prophetstown at Kewanee

Fulton at Morrison

Galena at West Carroll

Geneseo at Sterling

Mercer County at Annawan-Wethersfield

Princeton at Orion

Ridgewood at Stark County

Riverdale at Bureau Valley

Sherrard at Monmouth-Roseville

West Central at Mid-County

Saturday's game

Rockridge at Sterling Newman, 2 p.m.

Assumption 35, Dubuque Wahlert 10

Dubuque Wahlert;0;3;0;7;--;10

Assumption;0;21;14;0;--;35

Second Quarter

Wahl -- Joe Friend 32 FG, 9:17

Assum -- Jayce Levy 13 run (Nate McMullen kick), 1:45

Assum -- Levy 1 run (McMullen kick), 1:13

Assum -- Ryan Wohlers 17 punt return (McMullen kick), 0:06

Third Quarter

Assum -- Wohlers 75 run (McMullen kick), 7:43

Assum -- Levy 1 run (McMullen kick), 1:09

Fourth Quarter

Wahl -- Coby Adams 7 run (Friend kick), 0:53

Team statistics

;Wahl;Assum

First downs;9;17

Rushes-yards;35-103;47-279

Passing yards;67;100

Comp-Att-Int;5-15-1;6-13-0

Punts-avg.;7-32.7;4-42.2

Fumbles-lost;4-1;2-1

Penalties-yards;4-30;7-45

Individual statistics

Rushing

Wahlert -- Kolton Bartow 17-87, Coby Adams 4-28, Kelan Dickson 7-19, Dino Oneyuwkwu 1-3, Danny McDermott 1-(-2), Bryce Osterberger 3-(-9), Team 2-(-23)

Assumption -- Ryan Wohlers 15-172, Jayce Levy 13-61, Johnny Hua 11-39, Seth Adrian 1-9, Logan Klemme 3-6, Adam Metivier 1-1, Brandon Schlichting 1-(-3), Team 2-(-6).\u00a0

Passing\u00a0

Wahlert -- Osterberger 5-15-1, 67

Assumption -- Levy 6-13-0, 100

Receiving\u00a0

Wahlert -- Will Hutchinson 1-29, Matt Bandy 2-21, Dickson 1-15, McDermott 1-2

Assumption -- Klemme 2-36, Ray Thrapp 2-23, Wohlers 1-22, Nick Gottilla 1-19\u00a0

Volleyball

IGHSAU rankings

Class 5A

Team;Record;LW

1. Cedar Falls;18-2;1

2. Cedar Rapids Jefferson;16-1;3

3. West Des Moines Valley;26-4;6

4. Ankeny Centennial;16-3;2

5. Linn-Mar;17-4;4

6. Dubuque Hempstead;13-4;5

7. Pleasant Valley;17-1;7

8. Bettendorf;12-1;9

9. Iowa City West;12-7;8

10. Dowling Catholic;17-4;10

11. Indianola;16-6;11

12. Ankeny;13-10;12

13. Waukee;18-12;13

14. Urbandale;13-6;14

15. Johnston;9-7;15

Dropped out: none

Class 4A

Team;Record;LW

1. Cedar Rapids Xavier;17-3;1

2. Pella;18-2;2

3. Waverly-Shell Rock;17-3;4

4. Dubuque Wahlert;10-3;3

5. Sioux City Heelan;13-6;5

6. Council Bluffs Lewis Central;14-3;6

7. Center Point-Urbana;17-5;7

8. Sergeant Bluff-Luton;18-1;9

9. Independence;19-2;8

10. Charles City;8-6;10

11. Dallas Center-Grimes;12-3;11

12. Marion;12-7;12

13. North Scott;14-7;13

14. Fort Madison;15-4;NR

15. Fairfield;12-5;14

Dropped out: Bondurant-Farrar (15)

Class 3A

Team;Record;LW

1. Carroll Kuemper;23-0;1

2. Sioux Center;15-2;2

3. Waterloo Columbus;16-4;3

4. Davenport Assumption;11-3;4

5. Mount Vernon;10-5;5

6. Tipton;14-2;6

7. Gilbert;14-7;7

8. Osage;9-6;8

9. Red Oak;7-5;9

10. West Liberty;12-2;10

11. Dyersville Beckman;17-9;11

12. Iowa Falls-Alden;12-1;13

13. New Hampton;15-3;14

14. Humboldt;19-3;NR

15. Shenandoah;15-3;NR

Dropped out: South Central Calhoun (12); Camanche (15)

Class 2A

Team;Record;LW

1. Dike-New Hartford;23-2;1

2. Western Christian;11-3;2

3. Grundy Center;21-1;3

4. Council Bluffs St. Albert;15-2;4

5. Sidney;15-3;5

6. Unity Christian;6-4;6

7. Lake Mills;22-1;7

8. Treynor;17-3;10

9. Hinton;10-4;9

10. Iowa City Regina;18-5;13

11. Wilton;19-4;8

12. Tri-Center;14-2;15

13. Clarinda;12-6;11

14. Bellevue;11-3;NR

15. Van Meter;10-3;NR

Dropped out: Pella Christian (12); Sumner-Fredericksburg (14)

Class 1A

Team;Record;LW

1. Janesville;12-4;1

2. Springville;20-1;3

3. LeMars Gehlen;14-4;5

4. Starmont;9-4;4

5. New London;16-3;6

6. Holy Trinity;14-2;2

7. Tripoli;15-6;7

8. North Tama;17-3;8

9. Montezuma;16-3;10

10. Iowa Valley;13-7;12

11. Dunkerton;14-3;9

12. Algona Garrigan;11-6;13

13. Harris-Lake Park;11-4;15

14. Iowa Mennonite;8-7;11

15. Central Elkader;10-4;NR

Dropped out: East Union (14)

Boys cross country

Rock Island Invite

at Saukie Golf Course (3 miles)

Team scores\u00a0\u2014 1. Moline 62 (won on tie-breaker); 2. Alleman 62; 3. Davenport West 63; 4. Bettendorf 108; 5. Bettendorf 108; 6. Davenport Central 145; 7. Rock Island 203.

Top 10 individuals\u00a0\u2014 1. Spencer Smith (Alleman) 15:31.5; 2. Andrew Wright (Davenport West) 15:56.3; 3. Andrew Ellison (Moline) 16:02.9; 4. Andrew Thompson (Davenport Central) 16:28.0; 5. Kameron Morgan (Davenport West) 16:48.1; 6. Max Murphy (Pleasant Valley) 16:48.1; 7. Ben Weaver (Alleman) 16:50.4; 8. Aaron Mickelson\u00a0 (Alleman) 16:51.0; 9. Nikola Stojanovic (Moline) 16:53.7; 10. James Baker (Bettendorf) 16:54.0.

Moline (62) -- Ellison 16:02.9; 9. Stojanovic 16:53.7; 14, Phelps Bolman 17:14.8; 17. Jackson McClellan 17:19.7; 19. Tim Wolf 17:29.6; 29. Michael Aumuller 17:57.5.

Alleman (62) -- 1.Smith 15:31.5; 7. Weaver 16:50.4; 8. Michelson 16:51.0; 15. Brendan Hird 17:16.5; 31. Diego Portillo 18:00.7 35. Pierre Azar\u00a0 18:34.0.

Davenport West (63) -- 2. Wright 15:56.3; 5. Morgan 16:48.1; 13. Jordan Gravert 17:08.9; 20. Michael Anfinson 17:38.8; 23. Brett Wisor 17:43.1.

Pleasant Valley (66) -- Murphy 16:48.1; 11. Eric Zabel 16:58.1; 12. Collin Kuebrich 17:06.5; 16. Mitchell Strobbe 17:18.0; 21. Tommy Ashby 17:38.9.

Bettendorf (108) -- 10. Baker 16:54.0; 18. Kyler Castro 17:24.5; 24. Brendan Scott 17:45.3; 26. Jonny Swarm 17:48.0; 30. Joey Parker 17:58.9.

Davenport Central (145) -- 4. Thompson 16:28.0; 22. Will Reemstma 17:42.4; 32. Danny Frandsen 18:13.2; 43. Landon Atkins 19:44.2; 44. Marty Leyhe 19:55.3.

Rock Island (203) -- 37. Amina Mashimango 18:36.0; 38. Donovan Garro 18:39.4; 41. Ben Claude 19:11.0; 42. Miguel Serna 19:11.3; 45. Dionicio Guerrero 20:21.9.\u00a0

Girls cross country

Rock Island Invite

At Saukie Golf Course (3 miles)

Team scores \u2013 1. Moline 39; 2. Geneseo 49; 3. Rock Island 80; 4. Alleman 90; 5. Davenport Central 118; 6. Davenport West 167

Top 10 individuals --\u00a01. Addie Pulley (Alleman) 18:40.5; 2. Josie Brown (Geneseo) 19:04.9; 3. Alexandra Cajigal (Alleman) 19:47.7; 4. Madison Lodico (Moline) 19:50.8; 5. Lylia Gomez (Moline) 19:51.0; 6. Jayla Hathorn (Rock Island) 19:54.4; 7. Kileigh Burge (Moline) 20:06.5; 8. Anna Girten (Geneseo) 20:22.2; 9. Lauren Belvel (Geneseo) 20:22.2; 10. Ava Soliz (Davenport Central) 20:34.0.

Moline (39) -- 4. Lodico 19:50.8; 5. Gomez 19:51.0; 7. Burge 20:06.5; 11. Alexis Wolf 20:41.7; 12. Grace Vinzant 20:47.9.

Geneseo (49) -- 2. Brown 19:04.9; 8. Girten 20:22.2; 9. Lauren Belvel 20:22.2; 14. Julia Poel 21:02.0; 16. Anna Pierce 21:30.9.

Rock Island (80) -- 6.Hathorn 19:54.4; 13. Jade Ford 20:55.3; 15. Breanna Homan 21:26.2; 22. Laney Benson 22:08.6; 24. Kayla Canning 22:26.5.

Alleman (90) -- 1. Pulley 18:40.5; 3. Cajigal 19:47.7; 21. Ella Darrow 22:04.4; 29. Emma Beardsley 22:47.0; 36. Brianna Waller 23:34.4.

Davenport Central (118) -- 10. Soliz 20:34.0; 18 Emma Berger 21:31.6; 28. Tessa Goodwin 22.42.4; 30. Elizabeth Barfels 22:49.8; 32.Keely Behan 23:04.1.

Davenport West (167) -- 26. Pam Friede 22:30.1; 27. Savanna Strunk 22:35.1; 35. Jessie Chalupa 23:20.4; 39. Malayna Carstens 24:55.6; 40. Katlynn Sparks 27:06.4.

Boys Golf

Alleman 149, Rock Island 182

Medalist \u2013 Ryan Rochholz (Alleman) 34

Alleman \u2013Rochholz 34, Gabe Beardsley 38, Hunter Love 38, Nate Musal 39

Rock Island \u2013 Andrew Polito 42, Colton Sigel 45, Lucas Thieme 47, Carson james 48

Records \u2013 Alleman (11-1), Rock Island (0-9)

Ridgewood 163, Knoxville 207

Medalist \u2013 Thomas Bumann (Ridgewood) 38

Ridgewood \u2013 Bumann 38, Levi Swanson 38, RBill Bumann 43, Ganon Greenman 44

Knoxville \u2013 L. Thompson 47, G. Dredge 51, N. Erickson 53, J. Betz 56

Girls Tennis

Alleman 5, Sterling 0

Singles \u2013 Lily Schoeck (Alleman) def. Katelyn Grell 6-0, 6-0; Noely Baumann (Alleman) def. Abby Aitken 6-3, 6-2

Doubles \u2013 Lauren Hird/Brooke Mckeown (Alleman) def. Sonia Chino/Saryn Seeley 6-1, 6-0; Cloie Jennings/Emma Williams (Alleman) def. Hannah Chromek/Maya Reter 6-0, 6-0; Sydney Andersen/Lucy Rector (Alleman) def. Lauren Humphreys/Sam Spaulding 4-6, 7-5, 10-2

Record \u2013 Alleman (10-1)

Volleyball

Annawan 25-25, Henry Senachwine 19-9

Cedar Valley Christian 25-25-25, Midland 12-15-13

Riverdale 20-25-25, Fulton 25-9-16

Fulton stats only

Kills \u2013 Emily Schipper 6, Brooke Huizenga 5; Assists \u2013 Kylee Sweenie 5, Brooke Huizenga 4, Kearston Norman 2. Digs \u2013 Brooke Huizenga 7, Emily Schipper 5, Kylee Sweenie 4. Blocks \u2013 Daekota Knott 7, Rachel Huizenga 3, Megan Bailey 3. Aces \u2013 Brooke Huizenga 3, Kearston Norman 1, Kylee Sweenie 1

West Liberty 25-25-25, Mid-Prairie 12-8-11

Kills \u2013 Brianna Morales 14, Martha Pace 6, Hallie Mueller 5; Digs \u2013 Macy Akers 18, Maya Morales 5, Emma Martin 3; Assists \u2013 Morgan Peterson 28; Blocks \u2013 Brianna Morales 2; Aces \u2013 Macy Akers 3, Maya Morales 3, Emma Martin 3

Sherrard 22-25-25, Erie 25-17-21

Kills \u2013 Sherrard, Callie Minch 18, Justice Kinder 13; Erie, Ella Heyvaert 18, Sophia Sullivan 15, Skylar Steimle 11. Digs \u2013 Sherrard, Jenna Vestal 17, Karsen Elgas 10, Callie Minch 8; Erie, Sophia Sullivan 15. Assists \u2013 Sherrard, Emma Hofmann 18, Audrey Epperly 16; Erie, Jenna Saad 6. Blocks, Sherrard, Courtney Whitsell 3, Callie Minch 2, Carley Whitsell 2. Aces \u2013 Sherrard, Jenna Vestal 5; Erie, Skylar Steimle 11

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It was no surprise that Alleman swept the top individual spots in the Rock Island Invite field in the boys and girls divisions.

But when Moline cross country coach Tauwon Taylor learned his boys had won the team title to match the Maroon girls, he was stunned.

\u201cIt came down to the sixth guy,\u201d he said as he examined the stat sheets in disbelief Thursday at a soggy Saukie Golf Course. \u201cWow. Impressive.\u201d

Both Alleman and Moline finished with 62 points through their top five finishers in the boys division, but Moline\u2019s sixth-place runner, Michael Aumuller finished 29th, six spots ahead of Alleman\u2019s Pierre Azar and that was the tie-breaker.

\u00a0\u201cCompeting today, both teams just kind of brought it,\u201d Taylor said. \u201cI am really surprised how well we handled ourselves today being overly humid and a little warm.

\u201cBut overall we were very, very competitive from our No. 1 guy, our No. 1 girl all the way to our No. 28 guy or No. 18 girl. Very pleased with our performances overall. The kids have been working hard.\u201d

The win certainly pleased his leaders.

\u201cA day like this is great,\u201d said Moline\u2019s Andrew Ellison (16 minutes, 2.9 seconds), who took third behind Alleman\u2019s Spencer Smith (15:31.5) and Davenport West\u2019s Andrew Wright (15:56.30). \u201cWe were not expecting to win. Our mentality was to race strong and finish strong. I am very proud of my team.\u201d

Alleman coach Scott Stoll was pleased with the day that also saw Pioneer first-year cross country performer Alexandra Cajigal take third place.

The Pioneers were missing their No. 4 boys runner, Tony VandeWalle, due to injury and illness.

\u201cThat\u2019s hurting us on the boys\u2019 side,\u201d \u00a0Stoll said. \u201cOverall, I am happy. I still thought our runners looked good on a tough day to run.\u201d

The Moline girls, with four of its top five girls being freshman, were led by Madison Lodico, who took fourth.

\u201cIt\u2019s just fun to look forward because we have a really strong freshman class and knowing that we have four more years to get better,\u201d Lodico said.

Alleman senior Addie Pulley easily took individual honors for the girls with a time of 18:40.5 for the three-mile course.

\u201cIt wasn\u2019t a PR,\u201d Pulley said. \u201cBut for this course, this is the fastest I ever ran here, so I am way more than pleased with it.\u201d

The near 90 degree temps and heavy humidity did not thrill Pulley.

\u201cAs long as you keep in mind that everybody is feeling the same thing, you just come out here and battle through it,\u201d she said. \u201cI am really happy with how it turned out.\u201d

Geneseo\u2019s Josie Brown took second place, nearly leading the Maple Leaf girls to the title as they finished 10 points behind Moline. Brown's time was within 25 seconds of Pulley, but well ahead of the rest of the pack.

\u201cI was kind of iffy coming into this one, like how high I should set my expectations because of the heat,\u201d Brown said. \u201cBut I just didn\u2019t think about it and just kept a positive attitude.

\u201cPulley\u2019s a great runner. I just tried to stay up there as long as I could. I thought I did good trying at least.\u201d

One runner who did very well was Smith, who was injured a year ago at the same race. He, too, found the heat a bit of a challenge.

\u201cAt the beginning, the first mile, I would say I didn\u2019t really realize it,\u201d he said. \u201cBut then it really hit me after that and I was really spent and I had to go through the \u2018hurt locker.\u2019\u201d

The top finishing Iowa team was Davenport Central\u2019s girls who took fifth, led by the top Iowa girls finisher, Ava Soliz, who finished 10th.

The top Iowa boys team was Davenport West, which took third with 63 points, just one spot behind Moline and Alleman.

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1. Bettendorf (3-1, LW: 1)

The Bulldogs overcame a three-point deficit in the fourth quarter last week with two touchdowns to upend rival Pleasant Valley, 27-17. Bettendorf is averaging more than 15 yards per reception (34 completions) and 7.4 yards per rush in the first four games.

This week:\u00a0at Muscatine (0-4)

2. Pleasant Valley (3-1, LW: 2)

PV's defense leads Iowa Class 4A with nine interceptions but was unable to get one in last week's contest against Bettendorf. Arthur Braden has rushed for 411 yards in four games while quarterback Max Slavens has accounted for 570 total yards.

This week:\u00a0vs. Western Dubuque (3-1)

3. Alleman (3-1, LW: 4)

In their three victories, the Pioneers are beating opponents by an average score of 29-13.3. Alleman's lone loss was to Class 5A second-ranked Sterling. John West had 152 rushing yards and two scores in last week's 35-21 win over Rock Island.

This week:\u00a0at United Township (1-3)

4. North Scott (3-1, LW: 5)

Since a Week 1 loss to Assumption, North Scott has won three straight by at least three scores. Jared Rus and Jacob Porth each were over 100 rushing yards last week at Muscatine. QB Nile McLaughlin has passed for 491 yards and rushed for 227 in four games.

This week:\u00a0vs. Dubuque Hempstead (2-2)

5. Rock Island (2-2, LW: 3)

If the Rocks have designs of competing for a league title, they can't afford another conference loss. The challenge this week is containing a Jirehl Brock-led Quincy offense that scored 49 points last week. Rock Island has given up at least 35 points in three of four games.

This week:\u00a0vs. Quincy (2-2)

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Davenport North (2-2) at Davenport Central (2-2)

Basics:\u00a0Approx. 7:15 p.m., Brady Street Stadium

Last week: North fell behind 10-0 but rallied for a 25-10 victory over Davenport West. Central lost to state-ranked Cedar Rapids Prairie, 35-21.

Last meeting: Central 31, North 0 (2016)

Twitter: @QCVarsity

Overview: Both teams have victories over the same two schools -- Burlington and West. North's Akendre Abbey is sixth in Class 4A rushing yards with 616 and has surpassed 100 yards in each game. He's averaging more than 7 yards per carry. Central is looking to snap a two-game losing streak. The Blue Devils are expected to get 6-foot-5, 350-pound lineman Maurice Hughes back after missing last several games.\u00a0

Dubuque Hempstead (2-2) at North Scott (3-1)

Basics: Approx. 7:15 p.m., Lancer Stadium

Last week: Hempstead trounced Waterloo East 46-18. North Scott cruised past Muscatine 44-7.

Last meeting: Hempstead 27, North Scott 24 (2016)

Twitter: @mattcoss78

Overview: This is the district opener for both teams and North Scott's homecoming. Hempstead has averaged 38 points in wins over Davenport North and Waterloo East but just seven in losses to Waterloo West and Cedar Rapids Kennedy. Chase Sabers leads ground attack with 347 yards. The Lancers have won three straight, outscoring foes 127-27 in that span. Jared Rus is fourth in 4A rushing with 657 yards and eight scores.\u00a0

Western Dubuque (3-1) at Pleasant Valley (3-1)

Basics:\u00a0Approx. 7:15 p.m., Spartan Stadium

Last week: Western Dubuque lost at home to state-ranked Cedar Falls 38-18. PV suffered its first setback with a 27-17 loss at No. 4 Bettendorf.

Last meeting: Western Dubuque 22, PV 18 (2016)

Twitter: @sbatt79

Internethttps://www.network1sports.com/station/qcsportsnetpv

Overview: A playoff qualifier last year, Western Dubuque opened with three straight wins and trailed Cedar Falls 7-3 at halftime last week. Quinn Baumhover has passed for 745 yards and thrown only one pick. Drake George and Kyle Cleary have teamed for 43 catches and 556 yards. PV led Bettendorf early in the fourth quarter last week. PV linebacker David Mathews is among the district leaders with six tackles for loss.\u00a0

Bettendorf (3-1) at Muscatine (0-4)

Basics: Approx. 7:15 p.m., Muscatine Community Stadium

Last week: Bettendorf used a strong start and finish to clip PV 27-17. Muscatine lost at home to North Scott 44-7.

Last meeting: Bettendorf 44, Muscatine 16 (2016)

Twitter: @EvanRRiggs

Radio: KWPC 860 AM, 95.1 FM

Overview: The Bulldogs are the only team in their district with a winning record through four weeks. Carter Bell is completing more than 66 percent of his passes and has yet to throw a pick. Jatten Kuhrt, Alex Blizzard and Rocky Schoenfelder lead a defense that has allowed three touchdowns in last three games. Muscatine has lost all four games by continuous clock. Receiver Gavyn Ashley has been over 100 yards each of the past two weeks.

Davenport West (1-3) at Dubuque Senior (3-1)

Basics: Approx. 7:15 p.m., Dalzell Field

Last week: West was dealt a 25-10 loss to Davenport North. Senior upended Clinton on the road, 28-14.

Last meeting: Senior 56, West 13 (2016)

Overview: Senior Leon Simpson has rushed for more than 100 yards each of the past two games for West, which was held scoreless in the final three quarters last week. The Falcons are seeking their first district win since 4A schools adopted that model in 2014. Senior is led by two-headed attack of QB Chaz Hancock (537 yards passing) and tailback Sam Schnee (525 rushing). Schnee is also team's leading receiver.

Clinton (1-3) at Iowa City High (1-3)

Basics: Approx. 7:15 p.m., Bates Field

Last week: Clinton fell at home to Dubuque Senior 28-14. City High suffered a 52-6 loss to city-rival and No. 2 Iowa City West.\u00a0

Last meeting: City High 49, Clinton 28 (2016)

Radio: KROS 1340 AM and 105.9 FM

Overview: Both teams are vying to end three-game losing streaks. Clinton hung close in the first half with Cedar Rapids Prairie and Dubuque Senior the past two weeks. Brennan Lemke has passed for more than 400 yards and Clinton has three receivers over 100 yards for season. City High receiver Zach Jones leads state with 37 receptions and is fourth with 521 receiving yards.

Moline (2-2) at Galesburg (2-2)

Basics:\u00a07:30 p.m., Galesburg (Sophomore game moved to 9 a.m. Saturday)

Last week: Moline is coming off its best game of the year, a 49-0 win over United Township. Galesburg fell to Quincy 49-24.

Last meeting:\u00a0Galesburg 29, Moline 0 (2016)

Twitter:\u00a0@ness_DA

Internet: https://www.network1sports.com/station/qcsportsnetmol

Overview:\u00a0Moline\u2019s resurgence gets a test. Galesburg running back Kobe Ramirez has rushed for 442 yards and scored 10 TDs, including 176 rushing yards and 105 receiving versus Quincy. Maroon sophomore Aboubacar Barry rushed for 147 against UT and has 328 for the season. Eddie Doran adds another 276 to the Maroon attack. Moline has a plus-3 turnover margin. Galesburg has only three turnovers all year.

Quincy (2-2) at Rock Island (2-2)

Basics:\u00a0Approx. 7:30 p.m., Almquist Field

Last week: Rock Island lost to Alleman 35-21 at home. Quincy beat Galesburg 49-24.

Last meeting:\u00a0Quincy 52, Rock Island 37 (2016)

Twitter: @Meens55

Internet: https://www.network1sports.com/station/qcsportsnetri

Overview:\u00a0 Rock Island gave up nearly 400 yards rushing to Alleman. Behind Jirehl Brock and what Rocky coach Ben Hammer calls a physical offensive line, Brock rushed for 244 yards against Galesburg last week. He\u2019s averaging 6.9 yards per carry this year. Rocky QB Ian Purvis, who left last week\u2019s game late, will play. Quincy has passed for nearly 500 yards and has two other solid running backs. Quincy defense has given up 137 points.

Alleman (3-1) at United Township (1-3)

Basics:\u00a0Approx. 7:30 p.m., Soule Bowl

Last week: Alleman is coming off a 35-21 win at Rock Island. UT lost to Moline 49-0

Last meeting: Alleman 47, UT 27 (2016)

Twitter: @doogie448

Overview:\u00a0Alleman has rushed for 1,150 yards and passed for just 74. UT has rushed for just 374 but passed for 501. The big difference is UT has committed eight turnovers and Alleman only one. UT is healthier than it has been but not yet at full strength. Panthers hope to get offense back on track. \u201cWe are going to add a few wrinkles,\u201d coach Jim DuPage said, \u201cand see if we can spark something.\u201d \u00a0

Bellevue (4-0) at West Branch (4-0)

Basics: Approx. 7 p.m., Little Rose Bowl, West Branch, Iowa

Last week: Bellevue handled Durant 42-12. West Branch held off a rally to beat Maquoketa Valley 38-21.

Last meeting: Bellevue 26, West Branch 13 (2016)

Twitter: @BobbyMetcalf88

Overview: Bellevue beat West Branch for the first time in program history last year. Now, the Comets are looking to continue exerting their strength over their district rival. Bellevue's Cade Daughtery is second in Class 1A with 842 yards and has thrown for nine touchdowns while West Branch counterpart Beau Cornwell is third with 783 yards and has thrown for 10 scores. Bellevue running back Hunter Clasen leads Class 1A with 14 rushing touchdowns.

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District play commences in Class 4A

After four weeks of non-district games, the five-week race for the playoffs begin this week in Iowa Class 4A.

In District 6, five of the six teams are .500 or better going into district play -- Dubuque Senior (3-1), North Scott (3-1, Pleasant Valley (3-1), Western Dubuque (3-1) and Dubuque Hempstead (2-2).

The two marquee games this week are Western Dubuque visiting PV and Hempstead traveling to North Scott. The Bobcats capitalized on four turnovers to upend the Spartans last year, including a fumble in the final couple of minutes.

\"We'll need to be ready to go,\" PV coach Rusty VanWetzinga said after last week's game. \"Western Dubuque has some nice athletes and always a pretty physical club.\"

North Scott managed to make the playoffs last year with four straight wins but did lose to Hempstead in the district opener.

In District 7, Bettendorf is the only team with a winning record through four weeks. The other five teams are a collective 6-14.

Battle for mythical city title

They both have wins over Davenport West. So when Davenport Central entertains Davenport North at Brady Street Stadium, the winner will get a leg up in Class District 7 play and bragging rights as the best among the Davenport public schools in 2017.

Central (2-2) won last year's mythical city championship. West was the champion two years ago.

North beat both Davenport schools in 2001 and 2002. The Wildcats' Akendre Abbey has been over 100 yards in each of the first four contests and quarterback Rudy Juarez has yet to throw an interception in 55 passes.

\"We definitely have to respect their quarterback and running back,\" Central coach Ben Sacco said. \"They're both good players.\"

The Blue Devils are expected to get some added depth on the offensive line this week.

Can Pioneers\u00a0ruin another homecoming?

Alleman spoiled Rock Island's homecoming last Friday. The Pioneers look to do the same Friday against United Township at the Soule Bowl.

Can the Pioneers (3-1, 1-0) repeat the feat? Or is UT (1-3, 0-1) finally healthy enough to begin to resemble the team that opened the season with some flash and a victory? The Panthers are healthier than they\u2019ve been in recent weeks when they\u2019ve had as many as 10 players injured.

\u201cif we are healthy this week, it will help,\u201d Panther coach Jim DuPage said. \u201cWe have been a little banged up in our front seven.\u201d

Travon Banks is expected back this week.

\u201cThat will help with our D-line and our outside linebackers,\u201d he said.

Alleman has rushed for 1,150 yards this season; UT has rushed for only 374 while passing for 510. UT has eight turnovers and Alleman has one.

\u201cI think they are a lot like Rock Island in terms of their speed,\u201d Alleman coach Todd Depoorter said. \u201cWe always felt like if we get to them before they get started, we are in pretty good shape.\u201d

Rocks host difficult Brock, Quincy

After giving up nearly 400 yards to Alleman last Friday, Rock Island (2-2, 0-1) hosts Quincy (2-2, 1-0), a team that has just as strong a rushing attack. Quincy features the best running back in the conference in Jirehl Brock, who rushed for more than 1,300 yards last year.

Linebacker Javontae Rush is not back yet for the Rocks. Neither are RB/LBs Tavion Brooms and DeAngelo Horne.

\u201cYou have to make sure you wrap him up and tackle him,\u201d Rocky coach Ben Hammer said of Brock. \"We\u2019ve got to get some penetration into their backfield.\u201d

The Rocks also must rebound from a loss to Alleman and face another team that is physical up front.

\u201cYou\u2019ve got to take responsibility for what happened,\u201d Hammer said of what he\u2019s trying to get across to his players. \u201cEverybody had a part in it. We\u2019ve got to move forward and be ready for the (Quincy) game.\u201d

Big-time battles in Sterling

Football fans in Sterling, Illinois get a double dose of meaningful football games this weekend at Roscoe Eades Stadium.

Friday night, the Class 5A second-ranked Sterling Golden Warriors host Class 4A No. 10 Geneseo with the Maple Leafs looking to snap a two-game losing streak to their Northern Illinois Big 12 rival. Sterling won 17-14 two years ago and 49-7 last year.

The Golden Warriors look every bit as dangerous this year, winning their first four games by a combined score of 182-28.

Saturday, the Class 2A top-ranked Sterling Newman Comets host Rockridge for the first time as division rivals.

The Comets and Rockets are each 4-0 and have met each of the last four years, with Sterling Newman winning the last three, including a 36-13 win last year.

Rockridge will look to try and exploit some weaknesses in a very stout Sterling Newman defense as the Comets have allowed just 21 points this year, all coming in a win over Orion.

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Andover church celebrates Reformation

Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover, Illinois, is the site of an area-wide service at 4 p.m. Sunday, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Sister Sandra Brunenn, head of the Sisters of St. Benedict, Rock Island, will give the message, and the service will include portions of the Common Prayer Service.

Presiders are the Rev. Michel Clark, a Lutheran minister, and the Rev. James DeBisschop, a Catholic priest. A 60-voice ecumenical choir directed by Ben Holmes will perform. Activities begin at 3:30 p.m with a praise band from First United Methodist Church, Geneseo. Golf cart rides are available and light refreshments will be served.

New lectures begin on Middle East status

Countries, faiths and political movements in the Middle East, including ISIS, the Shia of Iran, as well as Israel and Yemen, are topics discussed starting Sept. 27 by Dr. Art Pitz. Lectures by Pitz, with St. Ambrose University, begin at 6 p.m. at the Davenport Public Library, 6000 Eastern Ave., or the Rock Island Public Library, 401 19th St.

The line-up: Isis, Davenport, Sept. 27; The Shia of Iran, Rock Island, Oct. 10; Israel and the Quad-Cities, Rock Island, Oct. 17 and Yemen, Oct. 23, in Davenport.\u00a0

Big sale benefits Humility of Mary Housing

The Fresh Start Benefit Sale kicks off Sept. 29-39 with a record amount of merchandise donated, all to benefit Humility of Mary Housing, supportive housing in the Quad-Cities for single-parent families.

The event is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Humility of Mary Housing headquarters, 3805 Mississippi Ave., Davenport. Shoppers are encouraged to save money on Christmas presents. All information is online, and proceeds support the families served by the organization.

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The Scott County Board of Supervisors approved principles for reviewing and commenting on proposed tax increment financing districts during its regular meeting Thursday.

The unanimous 5-0 vote reinforces long-standing county policy in favor of TIF plans that benefit the Quad-Cities area through economic growth, bring or retain high-quality jobs and reverse blight.

Proposals that create only retail- or service-sector jobs, give an unfair advantage to businesses that compete with established existing local businesses or rebate infrastructure costs for municipal projects or residential development are generally not encouraged or supported under the policy.

The action comes just after Riverdale approved a TIF district for a residential development that brought objections from the supervisors and the Pleasant Valley Community School District. Although the county and school district opposed the plan, they could not stop Riverdale from going forward with it.

Supervisors also approved a resolution to reapply for an ongoing $50,000 grant from the Iowa Governor\u2019s Traffic Safety Bureau. Grant funds cover the cost of overtime hours for traffic control as well as officer training, equipment and public education and outreach.

The board approved funding for a $298,600 contract with Sterling Commercial Roofing to replace the courthouse roof and the purchase of 550 PC desktops from Riverside Technologies in the amount of $407,000.

County Administrator Mahesh Sharma informed supervisors of a $9,600 emergency repair required on the county jail\u2019s HVAC system at the end of August.

\u201cState code requires climate control, and the chiller is critical for maintaining surveillance,\u201d Sharma said. The county administrator assured supervisors that jail operations continued without incident.

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A sentencing hearing continues Friday for nine of 10 men who have admitted in federal court to their role in a dog-fighting ring in the Illinois and Iowa Quad-Cities.

Those being sentenced are:

\u2022\u00a0Demarlo A. McCoy, 30, of Rock Island, who pleaded guilty July 14 to sponsoring and exhibiting dogs in dog fighting. He is represented by attorney William Loeffel.

\u2022 Ryan M. Hickman, 43, of Rock Island, who pleaded June 13 to possessing dogs for participation in dog fighting. He is represented by attorney Robert Hanauer.

\u2022 Andre Keywan Lidell, 41, of Rock Island, who pleaded guilty June 13 to sponsoring and exhibiting dogs in dog fighting. He is represented by attorney Sharbel Rantisi.

\u2022 Simmeon Terrell Hall, 29, of Rock Island, who pleaded guilty May 22 to sponsoring and exhibiting dogs in dog fighting. He is represented by attorney Michelle Schneiderheinze.

\u2022 Stantrel Vontrez Knight, 31, of Rock Island, who pleaded guilty May 18 to sponsoring and exhibiting dogs in dog fighting. He is represented by attorney Andrew Larson.

\u2022 Sherrick Cornelius Houston, 44, of Rock Island, who pleaded guilty June 27 to conspiracy and possessing dogs for participation in dog fighting. He is represented by attorney Donovan Robertson.

\u2022 Willie Earl Jackson, 35, of Rock Island, who pleaded guilty June 13 to sponsoring and exhibiting dogs in dog fighting. He is represented by attorney Jack Dusthimer.

\u2022 Terrill Onterial McDuffy, 44, of Davenport, pleaded guilty July 12 to conspiracy. He is represented by attorney John Lonergan.

\u2022 Jaquan Leontae Jones, 28, of Rock Island, pleaded guilty May 18 to knowingly attending a dog fight, a misdemeanor. He is represented by attorney David Treimer.

The case against a 10th man, Algerron Lee Goldsmith, 47, of Rock Island, is pending. He is charged with conspiracy to sponsor/exhibit pit bulls in an animal fighting venture and possessing dogs for participation in dog fighting.

The men were indicted Jan. 24.

On April 14, 2016, investigators seized 64 pit bull-type dogs from 10 homes in Rock Island and one in Davenport as part of an investigation into a dog-fighting ring that began a year earlier through information developed by the Rock Island Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Quad-Cities Federal Gang Task Force.

The seized dogs were placed into the custody of the American Society for the Prevention and Cruelty of Animals.

No dog-fighting charges were filed immediately following the seizures, but Hickman and Jackson were arrested on drug offenses.

Federal prosecutors on April 15, 2016, filed a civil complaint seeking forfeiture of the seized dogs. They said in the civil complaint that the dogs were involved in and used to commit or facilitate the dog-fighting venture.

FBI Special Agent Samantha Maxwell testified Thursday during the first day of sentencing that two of the dogs had puppies after the seizure.

She said that 30 of the dogs have been adopted, 44 have been euthanized and four died.

Maxwell said the dogs that were euthanized were those that either had serious medical issues or behavioral issues that made them too dangerous to adopt.

Many of the seized dogs, she testified, had injuries that were consistent with dog fighting, such as scarring to the face and head. Many of the dogs also had internal parasites, she said.

In some of the homes, investigators found dog-fighting paraphernalia, such as veterinarian supplies to help dress wounds and canine vitamin supplements, she said.

U.S. District Court Judge Sara Darrow is expected to hand down sentences for the nine men Friday.

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CHARLES CITY, Iowa\u00a0\u2014 With a Senate vote on the Cassidy-Graham health care bill looming, that topic was the main focus of discussion Thursday afternoon for Sen. Joni Ernst and about 100 people at a town hall at the Charles City Schools' North Grand Auditorium.

Many audience members expressed concerns to Ernst about losing coverage and rising premiums under Obamacare, along with the time it has taken Republicans to repeal and replace the law.

Ernst told them that bipartisan efforts, led by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., were thwarted last week, after the two had held \"roundtable\" discussions with politicians, activists and those in the insurance industry nationwide to attempt to reach a bipartisan solution.

\"The Democrats rejected every offer that came up on the table,\" Ernst said. \"The bottom line (they had) is, 'We just want the money right now' ... and it all imploded last week.\"

Those in attendance, however, continued to express doubts with the Cassidy-Graham bill, including Laura Wright of Decorah, who fears she will lose valuable medication under the new plan.

\"If I don't have that, I become a cripple at 55 or 60,\" she told Ernst through tears. \"Ethically, do you see it as your responsibility to ensure the state cannot offer a waiver so that they abandon me?\"

She added that rural areas are at risk of losing a significant part of Medicaid funds through the new bill. Ernst answered that the Secretary of Health and Human Services would decide whether state insurance would offer a waiver for medication and added that many rural areas throughout Iowa are facing similar issues.

Ernst also said the medication issue is complex because it is more of a health care issue, versus health insurance, which is what the Affordable Care Act is focused on.

Despite audience members voicing displeasure about health care throughout, the overall discussion was civil, with a few chirping in that it is time for Republicans to stop blaming Democrats for every issue that arises with drafting a new bill.

Another major topic covered Thursday was DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Ryan Wolfe of Charles City asked what Ernst thought about President Donald Trump's decision to end the program earlier this month.

Ernst said she agreed with Trump's decision to end the executive order, but she thinks Congress needs to determine a pathway to legal permanent status for DACA recipients. She \"draws the line with citizenship,\" however.

One area Ernst has disagreed with the president on is how he uses his Twitter account. Her response when Karie Shoop of Mason City asked about it was simple: \"He needs to put the phone down.\"

Ernst told reporters after the town hall that she was particularly upset when Trump tweeted about the transgender ban on service members, surprising Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

\"That's not something you should send out in a tweet,\" she said. \"He does work quite well with his Cabinet, but when he does that, he needs to stop and think about it before he does it.\"

Ultimately, Ernst said the main important issue facing Congress right now is health care. She said she is \"leaning yes\" on supporting the current Cassidy-Graham bill but is unsure whether it will pass.

\"We need to figure this out,\" she said. \"This has been one of the toughest issues we have been wrangling with all year, and if it's brought up, I hope we have the votes to pass it. ... If it fails, it fails, and we try something else.\"

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The plight of students sometimes called \"Dreamers\" is a hot topic on college campuses across the country, according to a diversity expert who spoke Thursday at Western Illinois University-Quad-Cities, Moline.

Jose Soto, an administrator at Southeast Community College, Lincoln, Nebraska, spoke to about 65 students and others.\u00a0

Although Soto's talk was on diversity, in a separate interview, he talked about DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, started in 2012 by former President Barack Obama. Participants in it sometimes are called \"dreamers.\"

The DACA program protected people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families who overstayed visas.

In early September, President Donald Trump moved to rescind the program, and now, participants have been told it will end in six months, and they face possible deportation. The delay is meant to give Congress time to pass legislation to help them, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said earlier this month.

Soto is Southeast Community College's vice president for access, equity and diversity, and he's been in the job for 26 years.\u00a0

He has several DACA students on campus and also at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

\"First, we throw them a bit of a lifeline, telling them to work hard and be part of the community and don't worry about being deported, and then we pull the rug out from under them,\" he said of Trump's declaration.

\"I think that's unfair; the young people are not getting the support they deserve for doing the right thing.\"

When he speaks to students, Soto said, there is fear and uncertainty about the future. These DACA students have shared a great deal of personal information with authorities, and Soto said they are worried that information will be used against them.

The president's actions on DACA and immigration travel bans are creating an unfriendly climate, Soto said.

\"We say we'll ban them, we'll put up a wall, we'll deport them,\" he said. \"The undercurrent is that the presence of immigrants is not wanted or not legitimate.\"

Soto's visit was sponsored by the Quad-Cities Cultural Alliance and is part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Explosion injures four

The Gerdau Ameristeel plant in Wilton has temporarily suspended operations following an explosion that occurred Wednesday night.

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An explosion at Ameristeel in Wilton left four injured.

Three employees and one contractor were injured in the explosion, then immediately transported to local hospitals. Two employees have been released so far, according to a press release.

The company said it is working with local authorities to investigate the incident and determine its cause.

Get the details on this breaking story\u00a0here.

Stytz's perfect leg

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Stytz

Three games into the 2017 college football season and there is good news and bad in regards to the kicking game for the Augustana Vikings.

The good news is that senior Jacob Stytz has yet to miss a kick.

The bad news is that he has more field goals (six) than extra-point kicks (five). Four of those six field goals, including a personal-best of 52 yards, came in Saturday's 28-25 setback at Carroll and earned him CCIW special teams player of the week honors.

Reporter Tom Johnson\u00a0profiles the kicker here.

Rain at last

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A barge and tow pushed up against the Bettendorf shore during Wednesday night's lightning and rain.

After nearly two months without a soaking rain, many Quad-City lawns, gardens and fields got what they needed overnight Wednesday\u00a0with anywhere from 2.15 inches of rain reported\u00a0in Sherrard,\u00a0Illinois, to 6.5 inches in west Davenport and Buffalo.

The precipitation is expected to put a dent into the National Weather Service drought report that, coincidentally, was issued Thursday morning showing moderate drought conditions in the Quad-Cities and an expansion of the area of severe to extreme drought in southeast Iowa,\u00a0Ray Wolf, meteorologist with the weather service in\u00a0Davenport, said. The cutoff for data used in the report was\u00a0Tuesday morning.

Get the story from\u00a0Alma Gaul here.

Weather

After the rains we face a night with some cloud coverage before giving way to\u00a0mainly clear skies.\u00a0\u00a0

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IOWA CITY\u00a0\u2014 A clock-watching Iowa football team hopes to play keep away Saturday night against fourth-rated Penn State.

The Hawkeyes believe the best defense against a talent-rich Nittany Lions\u2019 attack in the 6:30 p.m. Big Ten opener at Kinnick Stadium may be keeping the Penn State offense off the field.

\u201cAnything we can do to work the clock and keep the ball in our hands is only going to help us,\u2019\u2019 quarterback Nate Stanley said. \u201cWe\u2019ve put some good drives together this season and in this game, being able to do that is going to be important.\u2019\u2019

That approach has already benefited the Hawkeyes this season.

In last week\u2019s 31-14 win over North Texas, the football was in Iowa\u2019s hands for 40 minutes, 45 seconds including more than 21 of the 30 minutes in the second half.

\u201cThose long drives when you\u2019re just chipping away at an opponent, they wear the other defense down. You can sense that on the field,\u2019\u2019 Iowa offensive lineman Boone Myers said. \u201cIt\u2019s a way we can help keep the playmakers from the other team on the sidelines, too.\u2019\u2019

Penn State will challenge Iowa with plenty of playmakers, from quarterback Trace McSorley to preseason all-Americans Saquon Barkley at running back and Mike Gesicki at tight end the Nittany Lions have big-play, quick-strike potential whenever they touch the football.

\u201cWe\u2019re capable of putting points on the board at any time,\u2019\u2019 Barkley said. \u201cWe\u2019ve got all sorts of guys who can make big plays.\u2019\u2019

As Stanley has settled in at the controls of the Hawkeye offense as a first-year starter, the sophomore has orchestrated a series of lengthy scoring drives which have led Iowa to a 3-0 start.

Slow, methodical, clock-chewing drives have allowed an Iowa offense with a number of new pieces in place this season to grow, giving time for a sophomore quarterback and a collection of new receivers and tight ends a chance to get comfortable and gain confidence.

Iowa has had nine scoring drives of 75 yards or more in its first three games and has reached the end zone on five times on drives of 85 yards or more.

That includes a 16-play, 87-yard drive during the second half of the North Texas game which ran 8 minutes, 50 seconds off the clock.

\u201cWhen you put a drive like that together, it\u2019s a great feeling,\u2019\u2019 receiver Nick Easley said. \u201cYou keep pounding away at the defense, making plays and moving the chains. It\u2019s what we work all week to be able to do.\u2019\u2019

This week, that will be as important as it has been at any point this season.

Having an effective ground game is where it begins, something Iowa was unable to accomplish a year ago in Penn State\u2019s 41-14 rout of Iowa at Beaver Stadium.

The Nittany Lions limited the Hawkeyes to 30 rushing yards on 26 carries.

\u201cThat\u2019s not Iowa football,\u2019\u2019 Myers said. \u201cWe have to find a way to turn those numbers around.\u2019\u2019

That is a collaborative effort.

And, the Hawkeyes don\u2019t expect it to be easy.

\u201cWith all due respect to the teams we\u2019ve played so far this season, we haven\u2019t played a team like Penn State yet,\u2019\u2019 Iowa center James Daniels said. \u201cThey\u2019ll challenge us, but we will have to be ready to work together as a team to achieve our objectives.\u2019\u2019

That includes working the clock and holding onto the football, both in terms of maintaining possession and in reducing turnovers.

\u201cYou can\u2019t give the ball away and hope to win against great teams,\u2019\u2019 Easley said. \u201cWe know we have to do a better job with that. It\u2019s the start of the Big Ten season and we have to be on top of our game.\u2019\u2019

Stanley believes that starts with a ball-control approach on offense that will help limit what the Penn State offense can accomplish.

\u201cWe\u2019d like to be able to establish the run game and be able to hold the ball,\u2019\u2019 Stanley said. \u201cObviously, they have a pretty high-powered offense. Obviously, if we could keep guys like McSorley and Barkley off the field, that\u2019s going to be a pretty big advantage for us.\u2019\u2019

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