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[ {"id":"5cda1fec-2c1b-562e-8f84-e24967ed8195","type":"article","starttime":"1519111800","starttime_iso8601":"2018-02-20T01:30:00-06:00","sections":[{"letters":"opinion/letters"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Gun laws don't fit the times","url":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/article_5cda1fec-2c1b-562e-8f84-e24967ed8195.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-gun-laws-don-t-fit-the-times/article_5cda1fec-2c1b-562e-8f84-e24967ed8195.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-gun-laws-don-t-fit-the-times/article_5cda1fec-2c1b-562e-8f84-e24967ed8195.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"As a mother of three children in elementary and high school, I worry daily when my kids go to school that there is a chance they might have to endure trying to survive a school shooting. My mother never had to worry about such a thing, and the thought of these kids having to do drills to survive a massacre tears at my heart. There are many suggestions to solve this plague on our nation. What we have to do is attack this problem from every angle possible.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":2,"commentID":"5cda1fec-2c1b-562e-8f84-e24967ed8195","body":"

As a mother of three children in elementary and high school, I worry daily when my kids go to school that there is a chance they might have to endure trying to survive a school shooting. My mother never had to worry about such a thing, and the thought of these kids having to do drills to survive a massacre tears at my heart. There are many suggestions to solve this plague on our nation. What we have to do is attack this problem from every angle possible.

Change one is outlawing any semi-automatic assault rifle\u00a0\u2014 period.

Change two is funding our community health care resources and health departments to intervene when individuals need help. There are laws in place for mandatory reporters for child abuse, and there need to be mandatory reporter laws for anyone suspected of potential violence. All this administration is doing about health care, including mental health, is making it more difficult to access.

Another part of solving this puzzle is to implement background checks universally, with consistency for anyone who wants to buy a gun from any vendor. The age to buy a gun must be 21. Eighteen is too young for many to be left legally owning a gun.

The Second Amendment was never fully defined because the Founding Fathers never intended any of the Constitution to be set in stone. Times change\u00a0\u2014 we need to change. We need to evolve into the compassionate country we were intended to be.

Erinn Crane

Davenport

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If something is broken, we fix it. Changes are needed in the U.S. Congress to make it work for us again. These are a few of my opinions:

Have term limits so that there are fewer sitting members who are campaigning, and no more \u201clifers.\u201d Limit campaign financing and eliminate corporate donations. It is appalling to spend billions of dollars on campaigns. I would even go so far as to federally fund campaigns, giving every candidate an equal amount to work with. This would give someone who is not rich and powerful a chance and hopefully result in better representation. Also, shorten the length of the campaigns. Canada does this. We can, too.

Require members of Congress to work five days a week, all day. Once a month, have a five-day weekend for all members to return home to meet with constituents. Complaining about not seeing one\u2019s family enough? Move your family to Washington as was common in the past.

Unfortunately, the people who would need to enact these changes are the very ones who won\u2019t want them. It would take a huge movement from a vast number of U.S. citizens make it happen.

I have been complaining about this for years. Now it is time to try to do something about it. I will be looking for an organization to join to work on this, and I hope others will, too. The time is ripe.

Donna Rod

Bettendorf

"}, {"id":"b94e5347-530b-5cc5-8c33-27fc29e01052","type":"article","starttime":"1519111800","starttime_iso8601":"2018-02-20T01:30:00-06:00","sections":[{"letters":"opinion/letters"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Immigrants need primary care","url":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/article_b94e5347-530b-5cc5-8c33-27fc29e01052.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-immigrants-need-primary-care/article_b94e5347-530b-5cc5-8c33-27fc29e01052.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-immigrants-need-primary-care/article_b94e5347-530b-5cc5-8c33-27fc29e01052.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Patient care is the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians\u2019 top priority. Our 4,800 members statewide belong to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the nation\u2019s largest medical specialty society. IAFP recognizes that health is a basic human right and the right to health includes universal access to timely, acceptable and affordable health care.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":4,"commentID":"b94e5347-530b-5cc5-8c33-27fc29e01052","body":"

Patient care is the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians\u2019 top priority. Our 4,800 members statewide belong to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the nation\u2019s largest medical specialty society. IAFP recognizes that health is a basic human right and the right to health includes universal access to timely, acceptable and affordable health care.

Access to health care for immigrants, whether documented or not, is important to everyone who has health insurance and pays taxes. The June 2013 article, \u201cUnauthorized Immigrants Spend Less than Other Immigrants and US Natives,\u201d in Health Affairs noted: \u201cThe safety net available to immigrants consists largely of hospital EDs [i.e., emergency departments] and federally qualified health centers.\u201d Patients without coverage wait until their medical conditions are so serious that they have no alternative but to seek care at a local emergency room. Many times, the pain and expense of this approach could be avoided by access to a primary care practice.

The Health Affairs article also notes that the lower costs for undocumented immigrants could be due to undiagnosed and uncontrolled illnesses for which the person delays seeking treatment. Therefore, the AAFP/IAFP believes that the nation\u2019s health care system should encourage everyone, for reasons of efficiency and quality, to have a relationship with a primary care practice and to have the appropriate health coverage that makes such a relationship financially possible.

Asim K. Jaffer

Peoria

Editor\u2019s note: Dr. Jaffer is president of Illinois Academy of Family Physicians in Bolingbrook

"}, {"id":"8a32d959-622a-514b-a29a-4f5f71a8d8ab","type":"article","starttime":"1519111800","starttime_iso8601":"2018-02-20T01:30:00-06:00","sections":[{"letters":"opinion/letters"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Bustos over Boyd","url":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/article_8a32d959-622a-514b-a29a-4f5f71a8d8ab.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-bustos-over-boyd/article_8a32d959-622a-514b-a29a-4f5f71a8d8ab.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-bustos-over-boyd/article_8a32d959-622a-514b-a29a-4f5f71a8d8ab.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"I was driving down 30th Street in Rock Island when I was surprised to see a sign for Jeff Boyd. I can't believe he is running for a public office. Then I was shocked to realize he is running for sheriff. This is the same man who had brought shame to the office and the uniform he wore. I wondered how the woman he had harassed felt about his running for the same office he held while stalking her.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["gerry bustos","work","politics","sheriff","faith","dora larson","office","rock island","jeff boyd"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":1,"commentID":"8a32d959-622a-514b-a29a-4f5f71a8d8ab","body":"

I was driving down 30th Street in Rock Island when I was surprised to see a sign for Jeff Boyd. I can't believe he is running for a public office. Then I was shocked to realize he is running for sheriff.

This is the same man who had brought shame to the office and the uniform he wore.

I wondered how the woman he had harassed felt about his running for the same office he held while stalking her.

We have to elect a sheriff we can trust, have faith in, and bring pride to the office he holds. My vote will be for Gerry Bustos. Please join me to support the man who has proven to be a man of integrity and a true professional.

Dora Larson

Rock Island

"}, {"id":"0df25a72-be98-5c5c-a92b-4ea3820c35d5","type":"article","starttime":"1519111800","starttime_iso8601":"2018-02-20T01:30:00-06:00","sections":[{"letters":"opinion/letters"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: When will change come?","url":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/article_0df25a72-be98-5c5c-a92b-4ea3820c35d5.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-when-will-change-come/article_0df25a72-be98-5c5c-a92b-4ea3820c35d5.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-when-will-change-come/article_0df25a72-be98-5c5c-a92b-4ea3820c35d5.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Another school shooting: 17 people dead, more injured, some critically, most of them children. Untold others condemned to months or years of struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. Dozens of parents condemned to a lifetime of sorrow and wondering \u201cwhat if...?\u201d When are our elected representatives finally going to step up and do something about the slaughter of innocents in what should be a place of safety? When are our elected officials finally going to stop ignoring the gorilla in the room and acknowledge that semi-automatic assault weapons have no place in the hands of ordinary citizens? What hunter needs an assault weapon to kill a dove, a rabbit or even a deer?","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":2,"commentID":"0df25a72-be98-5c5c-a92b-4ea3820c35d5","body":"

Another school shooting: 17 people dead, more injured, some critically, most of them children. Untold others condemned to months or years of struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. Dozens of parents condemned to a lifetime of sorrow and wondering \u201cwhat if...?\u201d

When are our elected representatives finally going to step up and do something about the slaughter of innocents in what should be a place of safety? When are our elected officials finally going to stop ignoring the gorilla in the room and acknowledge that semi-automatic assault weapons have no place in the hands of ordinary citizens? What hunter needs an assault weapon to kill a dove, a rabbit or even a deer?

When are we citizens finally going to say, \u201cenough is enough\u201d and stop electing politicians who say the victims are \u201cin our thoughts and prayers,\u201d but take no action to address the problem? When are we citizens finally going to exert some influence on our representatives by refusing to financially support or vote for candidates who accept contributions from the National Rifle Association?

Karen Beetham

Davenport

"}, {"id":"fc004d52-b6fe-5eb3-9113-3b16e839aa4e","type":"article","starttime":"1519111800","starttime_iso8601":"2018-02-20T01:30:00-06:00","sections":[{"letters":"opinion/letters"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Regulate men's bodies","url":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/article_fc004d52-b6fe-5eb3-9113-3b16e839aa4e.html","permalink":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-regulate-men-s-bodies/article_fc004d52-b6fe-5eb3-9113-3b16e839aa4e.html","canonical":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-regulate-men-s-bodies/article_fc004d52-b6fe-5eb3-9113-3b16e839aa4e.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"It seems that the Iowa Legislature has turned its malevolent eye toward regulating women's bodies with Senate Study Bill 3143, a bill that would prevent a woman from terminating an unwanted pregnancy. Obviously, this is discriminatory. Why not regulate men's bodies as well? A woman does not become pregnant by herself.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":3,"commentID":"fc004d52-b6fe-5eb3-9113-3b16e839aa4e","body":"

It seems that the Iowa Legislature has turned its malevolent eye toward regulating women's bodies with Senate Study Bill 3143, a bill that would prevent a woman from terminating an unwanted pregnancy.

Obviously, this is discriminatory. Why not regulate men's bodies as well? A woman does not become pregnant by herself.

They should pass a law requiring men to pass a virility test once a year. Those men who cannot procreate could be conscripted and immediately sent off to fight in our endless wars.\u00a0Or checking to see if a man has a problem with impotence? Once again, conscription. Why should men think that their bodies belong to them?

It should not be just women who are required to overpopulate the earth\u00a0when the men may not be holding up their end. Think about that, Republicans.

Marilyn Schroeder

Bellevue, Iowa

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National security adviser H.R. McMaster is in the news -- and apparently in the presidential doghouse -- for stating the obvious: that evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election is \"now really incontrovertible.\" So it is appropriate to take, as this column's theme, the title of McMaster's book on the Vietnam war, \"Dereliction of Duty.\"

McMaster was writing about military leaders' failure to stand up to presidents who insisted on pursuing an unwinnable war. Now, in the White House in which McMaster serves, the dereliction of duty starts at the top. And, as the past several days have shown, President Trump's failure is dereliction on a grand, unprecedented scale: We find ourselves at war without a commander in chief; in national mourning without a consoler in chief; and in political gridlock without a negotiator in chief.

The first is the most appalling and most terrifying. \"Incontrovertible,\" McMaster said, and so it is for anyone who bothers to read the indictment of 13 Russians for running a massive operation not only to disrupt the election but to do so to Trump's benefit. But of course Trump never has and apparently never will be able to accept this. Is it his fragile ego that cannot tolerate the implicit challenge to his legitimacy? Is it something more sinister?

This much is clear: For whatever reason, Trump is unwilling to accept the reality of what happened in 2016 and, more alarming, unwilling to do his duty to seek to prevent it from happening again. We are at war with an enemy plotting to undermine our democracy, and our supposed leader, far from working to halt this, seems determined to ignore it. Where is Trump's outrage now that the evidence against Russia is public, not that he needed to wait for that? It is invisible.

Instead, Trump's anger is directed against McMaster, for omitting the untrue party line: \"General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems. Remember the Dirty Dossier, Uranium, Speeches, Emails and the Podesta Company!\"

Trump's anger is directed against the democratic institutions that have rallied to discover what happened and seek to prevent its recurrence: \"If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!\"

Laughing their asses off in Moscow, indeed. There has been not one word, not one syllable of presidential anger directed toward the people who did this.

But there is no depth to which Trump will not sink in defense of the only thing he holds dear: himself. And so, the nation witnessed a tweet in which the president, a leader to whom the country once looked for healing in times of national tragedy, instead used innocent victims, high school children mowed down in their own school, to make his bogus, self-interested point: \"Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign -- there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!\"

Did he? Did he really use dead children to attack an investigation into his campaign and his conduct in office? Yes, he did. This is a person devoid of empathy. He can experience the world only through the prism of his own ego. He can read the requisite words from a teleprompter -- \"To every parent, teacher, and child who is hurting so badly, we are here for you -- whatever you need, whatever we can do, to ease your pain\" -- but he is incapable of feeling them. No one who imagines the shattered heart of a grieving parent could have written that despicable tweet.

Finally, a word about the \"dreamers,\" and the impending, unnecessary tragedy of Trump's own making. He wanted a \"bill of love\" to protect the dreamers, Trump told us. \"I will be signing it,\" he said of any congressional deal to allow these promising innocents to remain. Trump broke the inadequate status quo for dreamers when he rescinded President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals order allowing them to stay. Then he failed to fix it. Then, with an unnecessarily belligerent and premature veto threat, Trump got in the way of lawmakers of good faith attempting a solution.

\"Dereliction of duty\" is not a strong enough term to describe this man's abysmal performance.

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Last year's state budget caused some real consternation among local government leaders because the General Assembly cut their funding.

The budget slashed their share of the state income tax by 10 percent for one year and skimmed two percent off the top of several local sales taxes.

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed that budget. His veto was overridden, but the governor's new budget recycles those same two ideas as well as the overall concept of off-loading state costs onto local taxpayers.

The biggest is Rauner\u2019s proposal to shift some teacher and higher education pension costs down to the local and university/college levels. The pension cost shift idea has been around for years, but Rauner's new proposal hugely accelerates the process.

The governor would shift 25 percent of costs per year to school districts and universities over just four years. That means, in four years, taxpayers in Downstate and suburban school districts would be paying over $1 billion a year for pension payments that they don\u2019t pay now. And Chicago Public Schools would lose 100 percent of its state pension assistance in the first year, costing the city\u2019s taxpayers an extra $228 million.

I just don't see how the governor could ever pull this one off. And that means whoever drafts the final budget will have to patch a $591 million hole. Not impossible, but these little things do add up.

The governor\u2019s budget proposal for next fiscal year also relies on an assumption that the General Assembly will pass an emergency $1.1 billion supplemental appropriations bill for this fiscal year by March. Much of that money is for the Department of Corrections, which operated on spit and bailing wire during the two-year budget impasse. Rauner\u2019s administration signed lots of contracts without appropriations to keep the doors open. Now that a new budget is in place, creditors are demanding payment and you can feel a growing sense of panic about all those chickens finally coming home to roost. Where the governor and legislators are going to find that $1.1 billion in the next month or so is still a huge unknown.

Not to mention that other creditors are going to be forced to wait in long lines until somebody can figure out how to reduce the state's current $9 billion backlog of unpaid bills because the governor's budget proposal almost totally punts that problem into the future.

However, this budget is not the end of the world. After two years of an extremely painful budgetary impasse, it's just difficult for me to get too fired up about a budget that doesn't literally include a line of almost $5 billion in presumed savings from \u201cworking together on \u2018grand bargain,\u2019\u201d like the governor\u2019s budget proposal did last year.

Yes, the governor has lots of new money from the tax hike, so he should've been able to propose a far more balanced budget without all these gimmicks that probably won't pass (like the pension cost shift) and the deferrals (like the backlog problem) which have to be dealt with eventually. But that would've required making some very real and very painful cuts in an election year. Not gonna happen.

Rauner also cleverly avoided making direct budgetary cuts with his tax reduction proposal. It's a one-off plan that claims to cut the income tax rate by a miniscule quarter of a percentage point by relying on revenues from a pension reform idea that may be unconstitutional and has not yet been endorsed by House Speaker Madigan.

In Silicon Valley, they'd call that \"vaporware.\" But Rauner is already running a brand-new TV ad claiming he's \"leading the charge to reverse\" the \"Madigan tax increase\" to provide \"one billion dollars in tax relief for Illinois.\"

We're now left with two major unanswered questions.

First, is the governor finally serious about negotiating the budget? He had the legislative leaders over to his office last week, which is the first time that's happened in 14 months. But it was just a quickie budget briefing.

Second, will the Democrats work with Rauner to solve those problems in an election year or will they wait to see if Rauner loses?

Senate President John Cullerton issued a statement last week that may answer both questions: \"I met with the governor this morning. He said he wants to roll back taxes and put more money in education. Here's the problem. His budget does the opposite. He spends the entire tax increase. And he cuts money for education. It's almost like he doesn't know what his budget does. I can't explain the disconnect. It seems intentionally deceptive and it's troubling.\"

So, probably a \u201cNo\u201d on both.

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Inside the bright blue Mexican cafe and underneath the pink \u201cOrder here\u201d sign, a black-and-white photo might catch one's eye.

It shows there\u2019s a history behind this cafe, which opened last month on 4th Avenue in Moline.

The photo, which is labeled Veracruz, Mexico, shows a restaurant with the same name\u00a0\u2014 the original Coya\u2019s\u00a0\u2014 and a woman, who went by Coya, standing in front of the eatery. To the left of the woman, if one squints a little, a baby is visible.

\u201cAnd that\u2019s me,\u201d says Blanca Moran, pointing to the photo.

Moran, 43, keeps the photo near the front counter to remember her mother, Cordelia \"Coya\" Limon Alor, and remember why she opened this cafe.

When the small building at 4320 4th Ave, Moline, became available, owner Nirmal Singh thought of Moran.

\u201cHe knew me and how I cooked,\u201d Moran, who owns a Moline-based tax services business, said. \u201cAt first, I told him no. I didn\u2019t want to do a restaurant. I thought, \u2018That\u2019s my past.\u2019\u201d

Singh, who also owns the neighboring JNJ Food & Liquor, said he knew a restaurant by Moran would be a \u201cgood fit\u201d for the vacant spot. So, he kept calling her.

Before saying \u201cno\u201d again, Moran thought about her mother. She thought about her mother having to give up her restaurants, including Coya\u2019s, when the family moved from Mexico to Moline in 1979 because her father got a job at Deere and Co. Moran was 3 years old at the time.

Moran\u2019s mother, who later was a single parent, worked in kitchens at area Mexican eateries and the money she earned went toward putting her two kids through college. Her mom also teamed up with her cousin, Angel Moran, to open a tiny restaurant on 4th Avenue in 1993. They called it Jalape\u00f1o\u2019s, making it the first in the popular Quad-City franchise.

\u201cMy mom did everything for me,\u201d Moran said. \u201cI\u2019ve been a single mom, too, and it\u2019s hard. My mom never complained. She always found a way to provide for us.\u201d

Moran decided she wanted to honor her mother, who passed away two years ago, by opening an authentic Mexican-style cafe and naming it after her.

\u201cI didn\u2019t want to name it after a pepper or a place in Mexico,\u201d she said. \u201cI wanted the name to have meaning.\u201d

She opened Coya\u2019s Cafe on Jan. 20 at\u00a0\u2014 here\u2019s the kicker\u00a0\u2014 the same spot as the original Jalape\u00f1o\u2019s, where her mother had served customers 25 years year earlier.

Moran says her cafe is a not just another Mexican restaurant.

\u201cIt\u2019s a different concept,\u201d she said. \u201cYou\u2019re not just going to get hard shelled tacos and enchiladas. It\u2019s more authentic and there are more options.\u201d

Her menu offers a selection of \u201cstreet food\u201d and Mexican-style breakfast and coffees that she often sees being sold at stands and markets during her yearly visits to Mexico.

In the morning, Coya\u2019s offers fresh-squeezed orange juice and smoothies and coffee brewed with beans from Chiapas, Mexico.

Food options include chilaquiles, breakfast burritos and tortas (as well as burritos and tortas for lunch and dinner), homemade soups, Mexi-yogurt, corn or flour quesadillas, and, yes, tacos. There also are freshly-made pieces of flan and cake and bowls of pudding for dessert.

\u201cIt\u2019s more like what your grandmother in Mexico would cook for you,\u201d she said.

Coya\u2019s Cafe, which is decorated with items she picked up on a recent trip to Mexico, is modeled after fonditas, which are cozy, family-run diners or cafes, common in Moran\u2019s hometown of Puebla.

\u201cI wanted to bring a taste of Mexico here,\u201d she said. \u201cIt\u2019s not a big restaurant. It\u2019s meant to be homey.\u201d

The cafe, which has a capacity for 40 people and is less than 1,000 square feet, certainly has the feel of family.

Her husband, Alvaro, helped remodel the building, which hadn\u2019t served as a restaurant in 15 years.

Moran\u2019s 11-year-old son, Pablo, helped created a list of Mexican frappes, or iced coffees, with flavors such as cajeta, the Spanish word for caramel, and bombon, the Spanish word for marshmallow. There\u2019s also a frappe made with Gansitos, the Mexican snack cake similar to a Twinkie.

On a recent morning, her daughter Daisy, who is 21, stopped by for breakfast before heading back to school at University of Illinois.

And then, there\u2019s Moran, who says she is trying to follow in her mother\u2019s footsteps. You could also count the steps of her grandmother, who owned a restaurant in Mexico called Las Tres Mar\u00eda\u2019s. Many of Moran\u2019s recipes are passed down from both of them.

\u201cMy mom taught me everything I know about cooking,\u201d she said. \u201cHer thing wasn\u2019t so much making money. It made her happy when people liked her food.\u201d

As it turns out, that\u2019s what makes Moran happy, too.

\u201cPeople have come here because they know my mom and myself,\u201d she said. \u201cAnd they notice I\u2019m selling things that they can\u2019t find anywhere else.\u201d

After nearly a month in business, Moran is glad she listened to her mother, for all those years, when she said, \"Never give up.\"\u00a0

\u201cI always tell my kids that, too. Anything you want in life, just go for it,\u201d she said. \u201cIf I tell them that, I should do that, too.\u201d

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What\u2019s the best way to spend your allowance?

Candy or a juicy burger could sound good about now. You might prefer buying a video game, a popular app, or even a new pair of kicks for yourself. Or maybe you\u2019re a savings-account kind of kid, which truly describes Conor MacRae \u2013 although, in the new book \u201cChecked\u201d by Cynthia Kadohata, he\u2019s into saving something more important.

All Conor MacRae ever wanted to do was to play hockey.

He officially started skating when he was six-and-a-half, but he knew before then that he wanted to be like his dad, who was in the NHL for three weeks and the AHL for four years. That was a \u201cmillion miles\u201d ago, though; long before Dad quit hockey and became a cop, years before Conor\u2019s mom died. Still, Conor\u2019s dad understands what it means to Conor to play, and he sacrifices to make it happen.

Conor worries about that. He knows the reason Jenny, Conor\u2019s step-mom, divorced Conor\u2019s dad: hockey took up too much time and money. New skates are $500, a stick is $250. There are travel expenses, lesson fees, tons of extras; just skate-sharpening has a price. Even without Jenny or the cost of tuition for her college classes, money is really, really tight in the MacRae household.

Nonetheless, all Conor wants to do is play hockey.

And hang out with his Doberman, Sinbad.

Because Conor\u2019s dad does shiftwork a lot, he\u2019d gotten Sinbad for Conor for protection, and they\u2019re as close as dog and boy could be. Sometimes, Conor feels as though he can mind-meld with his 90-pound sleek black pup, which sounds kind of weird but it makes Conor feel safer. Sinbad goes everywhere possible with Conor and his dad. Hockey might be Conor\u2019s soul, but Sinbad is his heart.

And so, it was especially frightening when Conor \u2014 who\u2019d taken over complete care of his dog, including financially \u2014 noticed that Sinbad\u2019s leg was swollen. He was terrified to hear the veterinarian\u2019s diagnosis of cancer, although the disease is treatable.

But it wasn\u2019t going to be cheap. Seven thousand dollars \u2014 the cost of Sinbad\u2019s chemo \u2014 would buy a lot of hockey sticks. With his talents and his reputation growing, will 12-year-old Conor have to choose?

So is \u201cChecked\u201d a hockey book with a dog\u2026. or a dog book with hockey?\u00a0

That\u2019s going to depend on the interest of the reader.

On one side, author Cynthia Kadohata unabashedly includes explanations, exercises, terms, and hockey plays in her story, which won\u2019t mean nearly as much to non-fans as it will to kids who suit up. Indeed, this book is double-deep on the details, which lends an authentic tone but doesn\u2019t go far at all in explanation.

On the other side, this story wouldn\u2019t be anything without Conor\u2019s love for his dog. It\u2019s powerful, and it drives much of the tale, including the character development, in the end.

And so, hockey book or dog story?\u00a0 You decide. Either way, for your 12-to-15-year-old \u201cChecked\u201d is a good way to spend some time.

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A space inside the Freight House marketplace near Davenport\u2019s riverfront will soon offer something new: A taste of Antonella\u2019s Ristorante & Pizza.

The Sicilian restaurant that has served pastas and pizzas in Davenport since 2002 is planning to open a second, more casual, location in the space formerly housed by the Quad-Cities Food Hub, which closed its doors in December.

The Davenport Riverfront Improvement Commission, which rents out the city-owned Freight House, discussed a lease agreement with Antonella\u2019s during a Jan. 23 meeting.

The commission plans to approve the agreement at its next meeting, on Tuesday, Feb. 27, according to executive director Steve Ahrens.

The owners of Antonella's will then likely take possession of the 2,000 square foot space, about half of the main level that was formerly occupied by the Quad-Cities Food Hub, on March 1 with hopes of opening a quick service version of its restaurant, called Antonella\u2019s 2, in time for opening day of the summer farmers market in late April.

Ahrens said the restaurant will complement the other neighboring establishments inside the Freight House, including Front Street Brewery and Fresh Deli.

\"I think it's a perfect fit to offer this type of food service by an established restaurateur,\u201d Ahrens said, adding that Antonella\u2019s participated as a vendor at the farmers market for several years. \u201cIt will be well-received with what\u2019s already there, especially since it\u2019s a quick grab and go. People love that at the Freight House.\u201d

Antonia Vitale, who owns Antonella\u2019s and has grown up in the restaurant business, jumped at the opportunity to expand her business and accommodate customers who have a \u201cfast-paced lifestyle.\u201d

\u201cPeople are always in a hurry,\u201d she said. \u201cWe want to keep up with that.\u201d

The new spot will offer a similar menu of house-made pizzas and pastas, but with speedier service.

The Antonella\u2019s on West Third Street in downtown Davenport, which is typically more of a sit-down place, will remain open, Vitale said. The restaurant has been at that location since 2006, after originally opening on East Kimberly Road in 2002.

\u201cWe\u2019re not at all moving this location,\u201d Vitale said. \u201cWe want to stay here. We feel molded into the downtown.\u201d

Vitale, who was born in Venezuela, began working at Italian eateries well before she opened Antonella\u2019s with her business partner John Sgro. Her father Reno Vitale, who grew up in Sicily, Italy, has been making pizzas, as she says, \u201cthe right way,\u201d since 1971, when he opened his first restaurant in Carlinville, Illinois. Vitale, known in his restaurants as \u201cPapa Reno,\u201d opened Salvatore\u2019s in Muscatine in 1985.

\u201cWhat we do is authentic Sicilian Italian and it\u2019s very rare in the Quad-Cities,\u201d she said.

And Vitale said longtime customers as well as first-timers have noticed.

\u201cYou know how people ask, \u2018What\u2019s good here?\u2019 You don\u2019t say that here,\u201d she said. \u201cYou walk in and you say, \u2018That smells so good.\u2019\u201d

Vitale\u2019s motto for her restaurant used to be the \u201cbest kept secret in the Quad-Cities,\u201d until then-President Barack Obama stopped by for lunch in 2012 after a campaign rally.

Now she also mentions this motto: \u201cIn this business, family is everything.\u201d

Antonia Vitale certainly followed suit in the family business and she says her kids, Giovanni and Samanta Sgro, who are both 25, may do the same.

\u201cThey were born and raised doing this,\u201d Vitale said. \u201cWe do everything as a family.\u201d

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OK, I\u2019m going to admit that I was one confused moviegoer before I walked in to the auditorium for \u201cSamson.\u201d

A couple of weeks back, I first glimpsed the promo poster for this film. And I thought, \u201cWhat in the heck is Matt Damon doing as Samson?\u201d Honestly. See for yourself whether this one shot doesn\u2019t look like a little like it\u2019s Damon in chains.

Then I figured out that I was mistaken. I heard the name \u201cTaylor\u201d associated with the film, and thought that the leading man was Taylor Lautner, from the \u201cTwilight\u201d franchise. I mean, look at those abs, right?

Except it isn\u2019t Taylor Lautner, but Taylor James, a British actor I\u2019ve never seen before, in the lead role.

And now that I\u2019m all straightened out as to who is in this movie, I\u2019m happy to report that it\u2019s pretty entertaining and, in some sequences, it\u2019s quite a spectacle with some solid action scenes.

I\u2019m going to guess that most audiences will be at least familiar with the story of Samson, which is told in the Book of Judges in the Bible. This follows the biblical version closely.

Samson is born as a man blessed by God. To retain his incredible strength, he must refrain from touching the dead, drinking wine and cutting his hair. He was born to save the Israelites from the Philistines.

The film then shows Samson as a grown man. The first action sequence, which is somewhat light-hearted, smacks a bit of a \u201cPirates of the Caribbean\u201d escapade \u2013 not that that\u2019s necessarily negative.

But the show becomes more dramatic when Samson falls in love with a Philistine woman, much to the dismay of his parents (Lindsay Wagner and Rutger Hauer.) On his way to his bride, he encounters a lion, and kills it with his bare hands.

His strength continues to be super-human. When the Philistines eventually capture Samson and tie him up, he kills soldier after soldier with the jawbone of a donkey. This is one of the most memorable scenes in the Bible, or at least it has been for me, and it\u2019s one that makes the film worth seeing: It\u2019s a wonderfully choreographed action scene.

All the while, the cold-blooded Prince Rallah (Jackson Rathbone, \u201cTwilight\u201d) is astonished and angered by Samson\u2019s strength. He marvels at Samson: \u201cI have seen a real God in a real man,\u201d he says to his father, King Balek (Billy Zane).

Eventually, he meets a woman named Delilah. And you probably know something about that.

The acting is good \u2013 I like the way it connects the love interests in Samson\u2019s life \u2013 and the acting is fine all the way around, with Zane and Rathbone giving intensity to their characters.

Please note this movie\u2019s rating, which is because of a strong element of violence, which makes it unsuitable for children. But it is suitable for anyone who wants to take in a watchable biblical epic.

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British filmmaker Nick Park (\u201cChicken Run\u201d) gives us a family-friendly look at \u201cEarly Man\u201d and the fiery beginnings of soccer.

This is a good-hearted stop-motion-animated film which, even though is isn\u2019t as strong as his \u201cWallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit,\u201d is well worth seeing with your family and/or the Anglophile-film fans and soccer aficionados in your life.

We first see the demise of the dinosaurs. And then we see a tribe of Neanderthal hunters, including Dug (the voice of Eddie Redmayne), a well-meaning youth who encourages the tribal chief (Timothy Spall) to hunt something bigger than rabbits \u2013 say, mammoths \u2013 by using a team approach.

But then the Stone Age people are invaded by an army from the Bronze Age whose leader Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) wants to search for precious metals on the Stone Age tribe\u2019s land.

But Dug, accompanied by his pet wild boar Hognob (the voice of Park) has an idea: he challenges the Bronze Age soccer team to a match. If the Stone Age team loses, they\u2019ll be dispatched to work in the mines. If they win, they get their land back. The problem is, the Stone Age people don\u2019t know anything about soccer except for the drawings left behind by their ancestors.

In the meantime, Goona (Maisie Williams) comes along. She can\u2019t play on the Bronze team, because they don\u2019t allow women. But the Stone Age folks welcome her.

I\u2019m a longtime Park fan, so I was tickled to see this solid film. I love the look of the characters, with their grotesque teeth and wild hair. The differences between the way the Stone Age folks and the Bronze Age folks are built is notable, but they all share goofy physical qualities that make them quite endearing.

For kids, this has a nice message about never giving up and working as a team, although it\u2019s never preachy. Adults will get a kick out of it, too. My favorite parts were the \u201cinstant replays,\u201d created with stick puppets, during the soccer match, and the appearance of a \u201cmessage bird\u201d as a part of prehistoric technology.

The painstaking attention to detail shows in every frame. Because of his approach, Park\u2019s whimsical, funny movies have an old-school feel, but they\u2019re also endearing to contemporary audiences.

It\u2019s both clever and silly simultaneously, with monstrous ducks, wily rabbits and snooty royalty.

It doesn\u2019t have a mean bone \u2013 or should I say fossil? \u2013 in its body, and it will give you some chuckles, particularly if you\u2019re already familiar with Park\u2019s other work. It\u2019s well worth a trip back in time.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) \u2014 Lawyers for a Wisconsin inmate featured in the \"Making a Murderer\" series on Netflix asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to review a federal appeals court decision that held his confession was voluntary.

Brendan Dassey's legal team told the high court in their petition that the case raises crucial issues that extend far beyond Dassey's case alone and that long have divided state and federal courts.

Dassey's lawyers claim investigators took advantage of his youth and intellectual and social disabilities to coerce him into falsely confessing that he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005 in the Avery family's junk yard in Manitowoc County. Dassey was 16 at the time. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2007.

\"Too many courts around the country, for many years, have been misapplying or even ignoring the Supreme Court's instructions that confessions from mentally impaired kids like Brendan Dassey must be examined with the greatest care \u2014 and that interrogation tactics which may not be coercive when applied to an adult can overwhelm children and the mentally impaired,\" his attorney, Steven Drizin, said in a statement.

A federal court in Wisconsin overturned Dassey's conviction in 2016, and a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that decision last June. While the full 7th Circuit voted 4-3 to reverse the panel's decision to grant him a new trial, one dissenting judge called the case \"a profound miscarriage of justice.\"

The legal odds remain high against Dassey. The U.S. Supreme Court grants only a tiny fraction of the petitions for review that it receives.

Avery, who insists police framed him, is appealing his conviction in Wisconsin state courts.

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) \u2014 Author Stephen King on Tuesday called a Maine congressman an \"NRA sweetheart\" for receiving thousands of dollars from the gun rights advocacy group.

King urged residents in a tweet to not vote for Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in November, citing his support from the National Rifle Association. The Maine-born novelist has posted several tweets about gun policy since a Florida high school shooting last week that left 17 people dead.

Poliquin adviser Brent Littlefield said the incumbent congressman is a strong Second Amendment supporter and that he will not respond directly to a \"Hollywood person.\"

\"There are literally thousands and thousands of National Rifle Association members throughout Maine,\" Littlefield said. \"And Congressman Poliquin has been happy to have those Maine people's support. Maine has a long tradition of responsible and peaceful firearms ownership.\"

The New York Times has identified Poliquin as a top House recipient of NRA funding. The newspaper last fall said the association reported spending more than $200,000 to help Poliquin's political career, including $68,000 spent attacking his opponents.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 In the Oscar-nominated documentary \"Strong Island,\" Yance Ford stares back at the camera with profound sorrow and calm resilience.

\"Strong Island,\" a Netflix release, is Ford's investigation into the killing of his brother, William Ford, in 1992 in Central Islip, New York. Ford, a 22-year-old black man, was shot and killed by a 19-year-old white man \u2014 a mechanic named Mark Reilly \u2014 after a verbal altercation. But an all-white grand jury declined to indict Reilly and the investigation has remained sealed.

\"I'm not angry,\" Yance Ford says into the camera. \"I'm also not willing to accept that someone else gets to say who William was. And if you're uncomfortable with me asking these questions, you should probably get up and go.\"

Ford's film is a kind of investigative memoir that burrows into not only the justice of his brother's death but also the still-quaking reverberations that William's loss has had on their family, one that moved from South Carolina to Brooklyn before settling in the suburbs of Long Island.

Much of the film's power comes from the raw, emotional first-person filmmaking of Ford, a 44-year-old former producer for the PBS documentary program \"POV,\" making his feature film debut. By framing himself in searing close-ups, Ford dares viewers to analyze their own biases, fears and tolerance for injustice.

On a recent winter day, Ford spoke about making \"Strong Island\" and making Oscar history. Ford is the first transgender filmmaker nominated by the Academy Awards. \"I am as proud of my occupying this place as the first transgender director,\" said Ford, \"as I am of the nomination itself.\"

Associated Press: Did you always know that you would take this deeply personal approach in \"Strong Island\"?

Ford: It turned into this realm of a personal film because in the absence of due process, in the absence of justice, the personal film is the only thing that you have left. My producer Joslyn Barnes says it really well when she says personal filmmaking is the language of the dispossessed. Yes, it was a film based in personal experience but it's not really personal. It's just an illustration of what many, many people have gone through.

AP: Tell me about your brother.

Ford: The funny thing about answering that question, now, 25 years later, what you see in the film is my character attempting to get to know William better. So my answer has to be tempered with what I remember of my brother. The cruel thing about time is that it does things like: I've forgotten what his voice sounds like. Thankfully my sister and I have his diaries. I can tell you that he was a kind, compassionate, loyal person, that he believed in defending his family but also he had aspiration of being a law enforcement officer. He was a young man who was trying.

AP: Your film does much to reclaim his story from the narrative described by investigators. Has there been any catharsis for you in making the documentary?

Ford: Grief is a very complicated monster. There's no real exorcising of it. It has a different form every day. But one of the things that I am really happy about is 'Strong Island' has pushed something that is consistently sidelined back into our conversation, which is: Why it's so easy to take the life of black people in the United States and be unpunished for it. What systemic bias looks like when it's lived by ordinary people is this. It looks like my family.

AP: Your film very directly asks the audience to question itself.

Ford: Someone pointed out \u2014 Scott MacDonald, the film theorist \u2014 that I've brought the audience closer to my face than anyone can actually get with the human eye. So you really do have to confront blackness. And for some people it's a foreign experience. And for some people it's a familiar experience. That proximity puts me into direct conversation with you. I'm speaking directly to you. I wanted to be talking to each individual in the audience.

AP: Have you heard from any of the authorities?

Ford: (Laughs) No. No, and I don't expect to. (The) Suffolk County criminal justice system is in trouble right now. The police chief was arrested \u2014 I won't even list what he was arrested for. But the DA was also arrested. The Suffolk County criminal justice system is broken right now.

AP: A video captured your excitement on Oscar morning. What was that moment like?

Ford: That moment was brought to you by my social media consultant \u2014 a millennial who I essentially do whatever she tells me and then it winds up on the five o'clock news. I had absolutely no idea I would have the reaction I did. But to have that kind of once-in-a-lifetime thing happen, it was just incredible.

AP: You made history that day as the first trans filmmaker ever nominated for an Oscar. What did that mean to you?

Ford: My transgender identity is new to you because I don't live a public life. It's not new in my life but it's new publicly. I'm incredibly proud to be the first trans director to be nominated for an Oscar. I'm also incredibly proud to occupy a place in what is actually a historic class of nominees for many reasons \u2014 to share the space with Daniela Vega, (a trans actress whose \"A Fantastic Woman\" is nominated for best foreign language film), the oldest woman to be nominated (Agnes Varda) and the first woman to be nominated in cinematography (Rachel Morrison). Steve James' nomination is historic. Firas Fayyad with 'Last Men in Aleppo,' his nomination is historic. So much that cracked open this year.

AP: What kind of reactions to the film and your nomination have you experienced?

Ford: At every screening since we premiered, at least one person identifies as having survived homicide. And that's been happening for a year. The thing that tells me is that we are a culture awash in violence. We need to look at how to fix, once and for all, the systemic brokenness of our criminal justice system.

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Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

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WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) \u2014 Rhode Island is marking the 15th anniversary of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200 others.

The Feb. 20, 2003, fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick started when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White set fire to flammable foam installed as soundproofing.

The site of the fire is now a memorial park.

On Tuesday, some survivors, victims' relatives, fire officials and fire safety advocates gathered there to discuss a new federal tax incentive meant to make it easier for small businesses to install sprinklers.

Gina Russo, a fire survivor, is president of the group that built the memorial park. She says that if there had been sprinklers in the club, \"life would be completely different\" for many of the people gathered there.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 A 64-year-old man has been convicted of stealing Grammy winner John Legend's Louis Vuitton bag containing $25,000 Cartier cufflinks from an airport luggage cart in New York.

District Attorney Richard Brown said Agustin Hilario was convicted on Tuesday of criminal possession of stolen property. He's accused of swiping the bag last March when it was momentarily left unattended on a luggage cart at Kennedy Airport. Hilario was identified through surveillance camera footage.

Legend is a singer, songwriter, musician and actor who co-starred in the film \"La La Land.\"

Prosecutors say Legend's possessions, including the $25,000 panther-head cufflinks, were returned to him.

Legend testified in court the cufflinks were given to him by his wife, model Chrissy Teigen.

A message left with Hilario's attorney wasn't immediately returned.

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Vance Joy, \"Nation of Two\" (Atlantic)

If ukuleles make their way back onto the pop charts, you can probably thank Vance Joy.

The Australian singer-songwriter delivers an exciting sophomore effort with \"Nation of Two,\" a 13-track collection in which he proves he isn't too cool to play a little uke, banjo or even that guitar-ukulele hybrid known as a guitalele.

Joy, born James Keogh, had a breakout hit with 2013's ukulele-led \"Riptide\" and became the opening act for Taylor Swift. This is his time to really shine \u2014 and he seizes it.

The sensitive strummer links up with several veteran songwriters \u2014 including three tunes with Dave Bassett and three with Dan Wilson \u2014 for an album of very personal love songs. Joy is all over the CD, writing or co-writing every song and even contributing to the cover art.

The clear standout track is the alt-rock anthem \"We're Going Home\" but other beauties include the uke-led ditty \"Saturday Sun,\" the slow-burning \"Alone With Me\" and the achingly beautiful \"I'm With You.\"

If you yearn for music by Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and even early Ed Sheeran, these are your jams \u2014 earthy, folky and honest. Joy's songs are nicely not overly produced, allowing a little charming vocal strain every once in a while.

Joy's co-writers tend to elevate his songs into something a bit more substantial, whether it's with a brass section or strings, pushing him to go bigger. The four tunes he is credited with writing alone are clearly the weakest, but also the most personal.

It all adds up to an appealing album from an artist with a promising future. \"Won't you take your time on me?\" he sings in one song, and it seems absolutely rude not to.

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Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits

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Audible.com best-sellers for week ending February 16:

Fiction

1. The Dispatcher by John Scalzi, narrated by Zachary Quinto (Audible Studios)

2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton (Random House Audio)

3. Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, narrated by Stephen Fry (Audible Studios)

4. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, narrated by Julia Whelan (Macmillan Audio)

5. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, narrated by Julia Whelan (Macmillan Audio)

6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, narrated by a full cast (Listening Library)

7. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, narrated by Anne Marie Lee (Harper Audio)

8. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, narrated by Emily Rankin and Catherine Taber (Random House Audio)

9. Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman, narrated by John Rubenstein (Random House Audio)

10. Zero Hour by Craig Alanson, narrated by R.C. Bray (Podium Publishing)

Nonfiction

1. West Cork by Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde, narrated by Sam Bungey andn Jennifer Forde (Audible Originals)

2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F(asterisk)ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson, narrated by Roger Wayne (HarperAudio)

3. Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel S. F. Heller, narrated by Walter Dixon (Gildan Media, LLC)

4. Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker, narrated by Arthur Morey (Penguin Audio)

5. Unf(asterisk)ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop, narrated by the author (Harper Audio)

6. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, narrated by Andrew MacMillan (Simon & Schuster Audio)

7. Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, narrated by the author and Holter Graham (Macmillan Audio)

8. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, narrated by Mike Chamberlain (Random House Audio)

9. Principles by Ray Dalio, narrated by the author and Jeremy Bobb (Simon & Schuster Audio)

10. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish, narrated by the author (Simon & Schuster Audio)

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iBook charts for week ending February 18, 2018: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher :

iBooks US Bestseller List - Paid Books

1. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen - 9781250130938 - (St. Martin's Press)

2. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah - 9781250165619 - (St. Martin's Press)

3. Unraveled by Helen Hardt - 9781947222120 - (Waterhouse Press)

4. The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn - 9780062678447 - (William Morrow)

5. Look for Me by Lisa Gardner - 9781524742065 - (Penguin Publishing Group)

6. Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman - 9780345541475 - (Random House Publishing Group)

7. Darker by E L James - 9780385543989 - (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

8. Still Me by Jojo Moyes - 9780399562471 - (Penguin Publishing Group)

9. Embrace by Stacey Lynn - 9780996275118 - (Stacey Lynn)

10. Melt by Helen Hardt - No ISBN Available - (Waterhouse Press)

(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.

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App Store Official Charts for the week ending February 18, 2018:

Top Paid iPhone Apps:

1. Minecraft, Mojang

2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.

3. Pocket Build, MoonBear LTD

4. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations

5. NBA 2K18, 2K

6. Bloons TD 5, Ninja Kiwi

7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB

8. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.

9. Florence, Annapurna Interactive

10. iSchedule, HotSchedules

Top Free iPhone Apps:

1. Bitmoji, Bitstrips

2. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google, Inc.

3. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.

4. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.

5. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.

6. Facebook, Facebook, Inc.

7. Baseball Boy!, Voodoo

8. Google Maps - GPS Navigation, Google, Inc.

9. Gmail - Email by Google, Google, Inc.

10. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.

Top Paid iPad Apps:

1. Minecraft, Mojang

2. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd

3. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB

4. Pocket Build, MoonBear LTD

5. Notability, Ginger Labs

6. NBA 2K18, 2K

7. Terraria, 505 Games (US), Inc.

8. Five Nights at Freddy's, Scott Cawthon

9. The Game of Life, Marmalade Game Studio

10. Goat Simulator, Coffee Stain Studios AB

Top Free iPad Apps:

1. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.

2. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google, Inc.

3. ROBLOX, Roblox Corporation

4. Kick the Buddy, Chill Fleet

5. Run Sausage Run!, Crazy Labs

6. Rules of Survival, NetEase Games

7. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.

8. Facebook, Facebook, Inc.

9. My Bakery Empire, Coco Play

10. UNICORN 3D - Color by Number, AppsYouLove

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(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.

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iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending February 18, 2018:

iTunes Movies US Charts:

1. Justice League

2. Coco (2017)

3. Wonder

4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

5. Lady Bird

6. Darkest Hour

7. A Bad Moms Christmas

8. Roman J. Israel, Esq.

9. Dunkirk (2017)

10. Only the Brave

iTunes Movies US Charts - Independent:

1. Lady Bird

2. Darkest Hour

3. The Florida Project

4. Good Time

5. My Friend Dahmer

6. Home Again (2017)

7. Wind River (2017)

8. LBJ

9. The Square

10. Permission

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(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.

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This Presidents Day, take a deep dive into American history with one or more of these fantastic reads. From picture books to novels, silly tales to serious ones, these titles draw on America\u2019s heritage to create entertaining stories for kids of all ages.

\u201cPresidents\u2019 Day\u201d

By Anne Rockwell, Lizzy Rockwell

Age-appropriate intro to four of our most famous presidents.

Recommended for ages 4+

Harper Collins, 2009

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\u201cAbe Lincoln\u2019s Dream\u201d

By Lane Smith

Girl\u2019s journey with Lincoln\u2019s ghost applauds U.S. progress.

Recommended for ages 5+

Roaring Brook Press, 2013

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\u201cDear Mr. Washington\u201d

By Lynn Cullen

Artist\u2019s kids get George to smile in funny historical romp.

Recommended for ages 5+

Dial, 2015

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\u201cAbraham\u201d

By Frank Keating

Powerful bio of Abraham Lincoln uses his own words.

Recommended for ages 6+

Simon & Schuster/Paula Weisman Books, 2016

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\u201cThomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything\u201d

By Maira Kalman

Lively, frank portrait of Jefferson, flaws and all.

Recommended for ages 6+

Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014

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\u201cRad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History \u2026 and Our Future!\u201d

By Kate Schatz

Artful profiles of groundbreakers are fresh, inspiring.

Recommended for ages 7+

City Lights Publishers, 2015

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\u201cThe Founding Fathers!: Those Horse-Ridin\u2019, Fiddle-Playin\u2019, Book-Readin\u2019, Gun-Totin\u2019 Gentlemen Who Started America\u201d

By Jonah Winter

History this lively should be required reading in school.

Recommended for ages 8+

Antheneum, 2015

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\u201cMadam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics\u201d

By Catherine Thimmesh

Stories of strong women to inspire tween politic.

Recommended for ages 9+

Houghton Mifflin Children\u2019s Books, 2008

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\u201cAlexander Hamilton: The Making of America\u201d

By Teri Kanefield

Succinct, kid-friendly bio of America\u2019s trendiest founder.

Recommended for ages 10+

Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2017

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\u201cGrover Cleveland, Again! A Treasury of American Presidents\u201d

By Ken Burns

Lively, engaging intro to each U.S. president through Obama.

Recommended for ages 10+

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2016

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Perennials is topic talk

A free presentation on perennial plants will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Wallace's Garden Center, Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf.

Staff will explain how to\u00a0plan and plant a perennial border or garden, whether you have sun, shade or an in-between spot. You'll also learn how to combine perennials,\u00a0shrubs and evergreens for year-round interest and beauty and receive suggestions for the\u00a0best perennials for the Quad-Cities.

Antique, vintage show is March 2-4

An\u00a0Antique Spectacular Vintage Market will be Friday-Sunday, March 2-4 at the\u00a0QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave.,\u00a0Rock Island, featuring about 70 vendors.

Categories include\u00a0furniture, art pottery, country, stoneware, books, prints, primitives, jewelry, silver, antique glassware, American Indian items, china, postcards, coins, quilts, dolls, toys, advertising, marbles, rugs, vintage textiles and period pieces.

Hours are\u00a04-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $8 for a weekend pass. For more information and a $1 off coupon, go to\u00a0antiquespectacular.com. The show is\u00a0presented by Melting Pot Productions, Inc.

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SCOTT COUNTY

Sophie Ventures LLC to Midwest Living LLC, 642 E. 12th St., Davenport, $50,000.

Derek M. Schnorrenberg to Edgebrooke Homes LLC, 6314 Forest Road, Davenport, $50,000.

Dorothy Stanger to Norse Series LLC, Series B, 514 S. Clark St., Davenport, $51,500.

Wehr Management LLC to Donna J. Carlson, 607 S. Elsie Ave., Davenport, $55,000.

John C. Voss Survivor's Trust to Cristian J. Gonzalez, 721 Iowa St., Davenport, $57,000.

MC751 Properties LLC to Steven J. Cooley, 2510 Harrison St., 003I, Davenport, $59,000.

Lynn M. Geerts to David L. Gibson, 600 E. 8th St., Davenport, $59,000.

Third Missionary Baptist Church to Future Capital LLC, 1428 Main St., Davenport, $60,000.

MC Timber Ridge LLC to BM Bagby Inc., 1694 Iowa Drive, LeClaire, $60,000.

MC Timber Ridge LLC to BM Bagby Inc., 1692 Iowa Drive, LeClaire, $60,000.

MC Timber Ridge LLC to BM Bagby Inc., 1690 Iowa Drive, LeClaire, $60,000.

MC Timber Ridge LLC to BM Bagby Inc., 1688 Iowa Drive, LeClaire, $60,000.

Anthony M. Depardo Jr. to NJES LLC, 2107 W. Lombard St., Davenport, $61,000.

Legacy Development of the Quad-Cities LLC to Silverthorne Development Co., 14 Joan Rose Court, LeClaire, $61,750.

Marilyn E. Valerius to Ignacio Rico, 1111 W. 14th St., Davenport, $62,500.

Mary Ann Tyler 2013 Estate Trust to Erin L. Burchett, 1125 N. 2nd St., LeClaire, $63,000.

Billie G. Schlegel to Timothy Charles Jones, 2404 N. Elsie Ave., Davenport, $65,000.

Jeffery W. Lassiter to Hawk-I Properties LLC, 726 3rd St., Princeton, $68,000.

Townsend Farm Developers LC to Portico Homes LLC, 918 W. Pinehurst Drive, Eldridge, $68,500.

Heather N. Burkhart to Steven P. Luper, 5042 Ricker Hill Road, Davenport, $70,000.

Deanna S. Harper to Brian L. Mills, 1940 W. 1st St., Davenport, $70,000.

Michael J. Miller to Danielle E. Freund, 716 S. Clark St., Davenport, $70,000.

Townsend Farm Developers LC to Portico Homes LLC, 1000 W. Pinehurst Drive, Eldridge, $72,000.

Blue Sky Iconic Development LLC to Ernest Hooper, 1803 Bridge Ave., Davenport, $72,000.

Judith K. Winegar to Covered Bridge Properties LLC, 775 W. 43rd St., Davenport, $75,000.

Mico Partners LLC to Higher Heights Missionary Baptist Church,\u00a0address not listed, $75,000.

Aaron C. Edmark to Craig Guinn, 2113 W. 75th Place, Davenport, $75,500.

Virginia Herbst to Wade Schneider, 1529 Mississippi Ave., Davenport, $75,500.

John C. Voss Survivor's Trust to Cristian J. Gonzalez, 719 Iowa St., Davenport, $77,000.

AK Properties LLC to Bradley J. Kloppenborg, 7102 Oak St., Davenport, $77,500.

Nancy Reed to Jessica L. Wahlen, 2211 Pacific St., Davenport, $78,000.

Andrew D. Herrin to Dean Herrin, 3030 Central Ave., Bettendorf, $79,500.

June M. Baum Trust to James D. Montgomery, 2615 Westwood Place, Davenport, $80,000.

Middle Road Developers LC to Robert Ryan Schumacher, 4661 Mason Run, Bettendorf, $80,000.

Billie J. Sims to Audreanna T. Dominguez, 919 Farnam St., Davenport, $80,000.

Ann E. Gomez to David Kirschbaum, 2129 Fillmore St., Davenport, $80,000.

Patricia L. Plambeck to Dawn Evans, 6522 W. River Drive, Davenport, $80,000.

Middle Road Developers LC to Dan Brown Fine Home Building Inc., address not listed, Bettendorf, $81,000.

Kelly Brand to Arthur R. Rogers, 2304 Grand Ave., Davenport, $82,000.

Craig B. Hahn to Kelly M. Gunderson, 408 E. 12th St., Davenport, $82,000.

Gloria Dahms to Chris S. Dittmer, 840 E. Iowa St., 003D, Eldridge, $82,500.

Hong V. Le to George W. Thompson, address not listed, $83,000

Bayview Loan Servicing LLC to Judy Tovrea, 2705 W. High St., Davenport, $83,000.

April Samp to R & D Investment Limited LLC, 2501 Cypress Drive, Bettendorf, $83,500.

Eugene D. Druehl to Genesis Health System, 1230 E. Denison Ave., Davenport, $83,500.

Sweta Banerjee to Asa Investments LLC, 641 E. 46th St., A-9, Davenport, $84,500.

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One of the pieces in the Figge Art Museum exhibit is titled \"Ant Farm III,\" a vessel decorated with rows of cubicles, each of which contains a \"worker ant.\"

To get from a block of wood to this finished piece involved innumerable steps, beginning with turning and hollowing of the wood on the lathe to create the vessel.

After the first turning and hollowing, artist Steve Sinner hung the vessel upside down in his studio to dry because wood often changes shape as it dries. Once dry, Sinner turned and hollowed it a second time, giving it its final shape.

He then varnished and sanded the vessel, then coated it with a spray-on masking material, creating a kind of latex coating.

With a graph paper-like grid as a guide, he used an X-acto knife to cut out the masking to form the three dimensional-looking cubicles, then painted them with an air-brush, a precise tool that can apply a line of paint as thin as that of a pencil line.

The number and spacing of the cubicles was totally arbitrary.

To get to the ant part, Sinner applied silver leaf to the squares, then laid atop each square a flat, paper ant.

He then applied a mild acid, which caused an oxidation reaction on the surface of the silver, leaving the image of the ant, in patina, in place on the vessel.

He then applied baking soda to stop the chemical reaction and, after about 45 minutes, he was ready to move on to the next ant.

After all the ant images were in place, he removed the masking and applied the horizontal and vertical lines.

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Pet and pet parents that have visited their veterinarian in the past month are undoubtedly aware that February is Pet Dental Month. As we have discussed in the past, most pets over the age of two will have some degree of periodontal disease and will benefit from having their teeth examined and cleaned resulting in a healthier mouth and potentially longer life expectancy.

For owners who\u00a0fail to take advantage of a dental cleaning for their pet, the reluctance stems from a fear of anesthesia and the necessity of it for a dental procedure. To help explain why your pet needs some type of sedation for dentistry, consider these points:

1. When you are going to the dentist, the dentist can ask you how you feel and adjust techniques to make you more comfortable. Pets can\u2019t comprehend the benefits of a dental cleaning and can become stressed, fail to lie still and even bite.

2. Most pets will require X-rays to identify teeth that have problems not visible from the surface. To get a diagnostic X-ray, pets must be very still \u2014 a situation not possible without anesthesia. Additionally, pets that may move to escape the procedure could injure themselves, the dental technician and even the dental equipment by suddenly jerking their head about. In fact, the American Veterinary Dental College doesn\u2019t recommend cleaning without anesthesia for these reasons.

3. The risks of anesthesia should always be thoroughly discussed with your veterinarian but modern medications are safer now than ever. Additionally, cardiac and respiratory monitoring of a pet under a general anesthetic is commonplace to assist in quickly identifying issues that might arise during a procedure.

Treating your pet\u2019s dental disease involves a thorough exam, X-rays and dental cleaning which means the administration of some type of anesthetic. Make sure you have a discussion with your veterinarian to decide the best and safest way to accomplish dentistry and improve your pet\u2019s dental health.

Questions? Send them to Dr. Sandeman, Home & Garden, Quad-City Times, 500 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA 52801. Or, email to papertrained@mchsi.com. Dr. Sandeman cannot answer letters or email personally, but questions of general interest will be answered in this column.

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DES MOINES \u2014 To deal with a fivefold increase in cases of skimming devices being placed on ATMs and fuel pumps to steal credit card information, the Iowa House has approved language to make it easier to prosecute those crimes.

House File 2199 was approved 97-0 Tuesday to clarify intent to defraud language bill manager Rep. Zach Nunn, R-Bondurant, said made it \u201cnearly impossible to prosecute the last 32 charges of fraudulent skimmers in the past decade.\u201d

Skimmers are scanning devices attached to payment terminals to harvest data from every card swiped. The information, whether it is manually removed from the ATM or fuel pump or retrieved though a Bluetooth connection, can be used to clone the card or break into bank accounts.

Use of skimmers has exploded in recent years, Nunn said. The 32 charges filed have resulted in seven convictions. He called it unacceptable that \u201ccriminals are more effective using the technology than our attempts to safeguard it.\u201d

The bill also removes the requirement that anyone using a scanner have the intent to defraud the card user, issuer, or merchant.

The full extent of skimming is not known because it is reported to local authorities and there is no central tracking, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores. The association estimates 37 million Americans refuel each day with 29 million paying with a credit or debit card. A single compromised pump can capture data from as many as 100 cards a day.

During the first six months of 2017, the number of compromised fuel pumps and ATMs jumped more than 20 percent from the same period a year earlier, according to FICO, an analytics software company. That comes on the heels of a 30 percent increase in compromised devices from 2015 to 2016, and a 70 percent increase in compromised cards during the same time periods, FICO reported.

The bill, similar to similar to Senate Study Bill 3024, was supported by convenience stores, bankers, business groups and county attorneys. No lobbyists were registered in opposition.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) \u2014 A Democratic state senator ripped Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday over the Legionnaires' disease crisis at the Quincy veterans home, saying the Republican's administration has been sitting on viable options for more than a year and officials \"need to make a decision and get it done.\"

Sen. William Haine was incensed Rauner cabinet members did not attend a committee hearing to answer questions about an August 2016 report obtained by The Associated Press last week. It showed replacing antiquated plumbing would cost $8 million, far less than what Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Erica Jeffries has repeatedly told lawmakers was the cost listed in the report.

Legionnaires', caused by bacteria in water vapor that's inhaled, has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents at the Quincy home since 2015, and sickened dozens more. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced late Tuesday that another case has been diagnosed, the fourth in a week. One of the new cases includes a veteran who was Rauner's guest at his Jan. 31 State of the State address.

\"They have the facts, they need to make a decision and get it done,\" said Haine, a veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star for combat heroism in Vietnam. \"People are suffering with this state of affairs and we're spinning around with alternatives that should have been decided years ago.\"

Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Cullerton called the hearing in response to the AP's report last Friday. The Villa Park Democrat said it wasn't until after the AP obtained the report through the Illinois Freedom of Information Act that senators were given copies.

Cullerton said the Veterans' Affairs Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Capital Development Board \u2014 which ordered the 2016 survey by Belleville-based engineers BRiC Partnership \u2014 told him they could not attend the hearing. CDB spokeswoman Leslie Strain said BRiC should provide input but short notice made it impossible.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted in reports since the crisis began in 2015 that decades-old, galvanized steel pipes that have corroded and filled with sediment are likely Legionella bacteria breeding grounds. When WBEZ Chicago reported in December that the malady had returned in 2016 and 2017, contributing to another death last fall, Jeffries said that new plumbing could cost more than $500 million. When questioned in January, Jeffries said that number was a wild speculation and that an engineering report estimated a cost of $25 million to $30 million.

Her spokesman did not respond last week when the AP questioned why she used those numbers when the BRiC report estimated $8 million for plumbing replacement and nearly a dozen more options \u2014 from drilling a well for a new source of water to additional high-tech filtration \u2014 for a total of $17 million.

\"Why didn't we get that information from the get-go if they've been sitting on it?\" asked Sen. Cristina Castro, an Elgin Democrat, holding up the BRiC report. \"I don't even know if they've read this.\"

Sen. Paul Schimpf, a Waterloo Republican, defended the administration, saying cabinet agencies were just invited on Sunday to testify. But even Schimpf, a Marine lieutenant colonel in the Iraq War, didn't receive the report until Tuesday morning.

Rauner spokeswoman Rachel Bold said the administration continues \"work to eliminate risks to residents\" and that \"as we solidify our options in coordination with CDC scientists, our plans will be laid out.\"

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, was scheduled to tour the Quincy home Tuesday with CDC staff members. A letter she sent last week urges the CDC to step up its involvement in responding to the problem.

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) \u2014 A 53-year-old Illinois man who fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park last year was looking for a supposed hidden cache of gold and jewels that has inspired thousands to hunt in vain across remote corners of the Western U.S., according to a report by park authorities.

Billings, Montana, news station KULR-TV reports that Jeff Murphy of Batavia, Illinois, was looking for the treasure that antiquities dealer and author Forrest Fenn said he stashed somewhere in the Rocky Mountains several years ago.

The investigation by Yellowstone officials into Murphy's death was kept private, but KULR-TV obtained it through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The investigative report reveals Murphy's wife told park authorities that Murphy was looking for the treasure when she called to report him missing.

Murphy's body was found June 9, 2017. He had fallen about 500 feet (152 meters) down a steep slope.

The report ruled the death an accident.

The lure of the treasure, which is said to be worth nearly $2 million, has prompted thousands to comb areas of New Mexico, Yellowstone National Park and elsewhere.

Murphy is one of at least several people who have died while looking for the treasure. Two Colorado men died in New Mexico while searching for it.

The deaths have led some to call for an end the treasure hunt. Besides the danger to the treasure hunters, they note that search and rescue efforts for missing treasure hunters are costly.

Fenn has dropped clues to the chest's whereabouts in a cryptic poem in his memoir, \"The Thrill of the Chase.\"

Treasure hunters have shared their experiences on blogs and have brainstormed about the clues.

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Information from: KULR-TV, http://www.kulr8.com

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Pay rates, capital projects and an unfunded state grant topped the Scott County Board of Supervisors\u2019 agenda at Tuesday\u2019s committee of the whole meeting.

Assistant County Administrator Mary Thee reviewed county compensation board recommendations for a 2.25 percent annual salary increase for elected officials, deputy office holders and non-union represented employees and a 4 percent pay hike for Sheriff Tim Lane. All salary increases would take effect with the new fiscal year on July 1.

Supervisors Brinson Kinzer and Diane Holst objected to the pay increase for supervisors. \u201cI think that money could go somewhere else to compensate somebody else,\u201d Kinzer said.

Supervisors Ken Beck and Carol Earnhardt supported the compensation board\u2019s recommended increase for supervisors. \u201cWe\u2019re getting good quality people who deserve to be paid,\u201d Earnhardt said.

Supervisors unanimously supported an increase in hourly pay rate for precinct election officials and poll workers. Auditor Roxanna Moritz said the current hourly wage of $8.71 for precinct chairs and $7.92 for poll workers and was last increased in 2010.

\u201cThis past election cycle I had to recruit eight new precinct chairs,\u201d Moritz said. \u201cWe\u2019ve lost dozens of poll workers in the last few years because our current pay rate is too low.\u201d

Tammy Spiedel, director of facility and support services, recommended Tricon General Construction of Dubuque, Iowa, be awarded a contract to remodel space in the south bays of the former jail annex at 4715 Tremont Ave. Spiedel said six bids were submitted, ranging from Estes Construction\u2019s high bid of $450,000 to Tricon's $364,000 low bid. The remodeled area will store election equipment storage, and includes upgrades to facility lighting, the addition of access control and CCTV cameras. IT equipment will be relocated from a sprinkler mechanical room to a climate-controlled area with new heating and cooling units. Existing walls in the old Sheriff Patrol area, vacated when patrol headquarters moved to the new facility in Eldridge last May, will be demolished to prepare for future use of the space, Spiedel said.

Budget and Administrative Services Director David Farmer told supervisors the state of Iowa has not released Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG) grant funds the county shares with the cities of Bettendorf and Rock Island. The delay could put a staff position in the sheriff\u2019s office in jeopardy, although a staff retirement in that department or future job opening left unfilled would avoid a possible layoff, Farmer said.

Farmer asked supervisors to consider a time frame for continuing to fund the position, which is in drug enforcement operations, without the grant support that was due last October.

Holst suggested a June 1 deadline and other supervisors agreed.

Supervisors will vote during Thursday\u2019s regular 5 p.m. meeting on a plan to pay poll workers $10 per hour and precinct chairs $12 per hour. A public hearing and possible vote to approve the fiscal year 2019 budget also will be included that night's agenda.

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CHICAGO (AP) \u2014 The Latest on severe weather in the Midwest (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

Two weak tornadoes have hit North Texas, demolishing at least one mobile home and damaging about a dozen others in a rural area near Joshua and damaging the roofs of homes in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto.

At least two people were injured.

The National Weather Service said they were EF0 tornadoes with winds ranging from 65 to 85 mph (105 to 137 kph).

The most damage was caused by the storm that struck mobile homes early Tuesday just outside Joshua, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Fort Worth. James Woolard, fire chief from nearby Godley, told the Cleburne Times-Review that a mobile home \"was completely ripped apart\" and neighbors had to dig a mother and her disabled daughter from the wreckage. Both were taken to a Fort Worth hospital for treatment of their injuries.

A short time later, the storm hit the southern Dallas suburb of DeSoto, damaging the homes' roofs.

The storms occurred in advance of a strong cold front that threatened to bring wintry precipitation and freezing temperatures to parts of North Texas.

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2 p.m.

A storm system that's brought rain, ice and snow to the Midwest and Great Plains is being blamed for a Nebraska traffic crash that left four people dead along with fatal crashes in Kansas and Minnesota.

The accidents happened as a storm system stretching from Texas to the Great Lakes states.

In eastern Nebraska, authorities blamed speed and slippery pavement for a Tuesday morning collision between a pickup truck and semitrailer that killed four people on Interstate 80. Police say the three men and one woman killed were from Colorado. Roads were snowy and icy.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says a 38-year-old woman died and two other people were injured late Monday in a collision on an icy highway.

In Minnesota, state police say winter weather has contributed to 400 crashes and 250 spinouts, including two fatal accidents.

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11:40 a.m.

A storm system stretching from Texas to the Great Lakes states with risks of flooding, freezing rain and snow is causing fatal accidents and forcing schools to close.

The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories Tuesday for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Flood warnings were in effect in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan with flood watches in Texas and Arkansas.

In Minnesota, state police say winter weather has contributed to 400 crashes and 250 spinouts, including two fatal accidents. As much as a half-foot of snow is expected in some areas. Arkansas weather service forecasters say some areas could see 8 inches or more of rain this week.

Schools in Missouri and Wisconsin canceled classes or delayed start times Tuesday. High water closed roads in Michigan.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that Nebraska is not under a winter weather advisory.

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) \u2014 Authorities blame discarded smoking materials for an apartment fire that killed a Cedar Rapids man.

Cedar Rapids Fire Department investigators on Tuesday said the smoking materials ignited a chair inside the apartment, causing the Saturday morning fire.

When firefighters entered the apartment, they found 57-year-old Thomas Jones inside, near the chair.

Jones was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, where he died Saturday afternoon.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) \u2014 The Latest on the Illinois Senate's inquiry in the Legionnaires' disease crisis at the Quincy veterans' home (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Officials with Gov. Bruce Rauner's cabinet agencies invited to a hearing on the Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the Quincy veterans' home say they couldn't attend because of the short notice.

Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Cullerton called the hearing Tuesday in response to an Associated Press report last week about replacing potentially problematic plumbing at the home where 13 have died from the pneumonia-like illness since 2015.

The fourth case diagnosed in the past week was confirmed Tuesday.

The AP reported that a 2016 report by Belleville-based BRiC Partnership estimated plumbing updates at $8 million. That's far below what officials have said the report listed as the cost.

No one from Veterans' Affairs, the Public Health Department or the Capital Development Board attended the hearing. CDB hired BRiC. Spokeswoman Leslie Strain says officials want BRiC experts to offer input but couldn't attend Tuesday.

Spokesmen for Public Health and Veterans' Affairs both said their agencies' directors told Cullerton they couldn't attend but will cooperate and attend a rescheduled meeting.

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4:45 p.m.

Illinois officials have confirmed a fourth case of Legionnaires' disease at the Quincy veterans home in a week.

The Departments of Public Health and Veterans' Affairs announced late Tuesday that a resident has been diagnosed with the pneumonia-like malady.

It's the fourth case announced by state officials since Feb. 13. The illness caused by Legionella bacteria inhaled from water vapor first appeared in 2015 and has returned each year since.

It has led to the deaths of 13 residents at the 130-year-old home and had put Gov. Bruce Rauner under intense scrutiny about his response to the problem.

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2:20 p.m.

Senate Democrats blasted Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration for failing to appear to answer questions about a report showing a possible fix for a veterans' home beset by Legionnaires' disease would cost far less than what officials have repeatedly said.

Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Cullerton called the hearing for Tuesday after the Associated Press obtained the report last week. He says the administration told him officials couldn't attend on such short notice.

The AP reported the August 2016 engineering estimate shows replacing plumbing that likely harbors the deadly Legionella virus at the Quincy home would cost $8 million. Officials told lawmakers it would be at least $25 million.

Democrats said there's no reason the administration can't answer questions about a report they've had 18 months. Republicans say they want answers but understood the timing problems.

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12:05 p.m.

The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee plans a hearing Tuesday on a 2016 engineers' report that estimated an $8 million cost to replace plumbing at a veterans' home stung by Legionnaires' disease.

The Associated Press reported last week that the estimate is far below the $25 million to $30 million cost Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration had cited to lawmakers. Experts have said since the first outbreak at the Quincy home in 2015 that antiquated plumbing could house Legionella bacteria responsible for the deadly pneumonia-like malady.

Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Erica Jeffries initially told WBEZ Chicago that new plumbing could cost more than $500 million.

Elgin Democratic Sen. Cristina Castro requested a copy of the report. The administration gave her one only after AP obtained it under the public-records law.

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) \u2014 Two brothers from St. Louis have been charged in the death of an acquaintance whose body was found in Glen Carbon, Illinois.

First-degree murder charges were filed against 29-year-old Ralph Evans and 31-year-old Julius Evans in the death of 45-year-old Tyrone Grady, also of St. Louis.

Madison County Sheriff John Lakin on Tuesday refused to detail the shooting or a possible motive, but said an overdose death on Feb. 8 of a St. Louis woman is connected.

Authorities did not specify the relationship between the woman, the Evans brothers and Grady, other than saying the four have been acquainted for years.

Authorities say the men have been in custody since Feb. 14 and were formally charged on Feb. 16. The warrants for the arrests were sealed until Tuesday. The brothers are being held in lieu of $2 million bail.

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