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The Davenport Incident Map and the Scott County Inmate listings are now in one convenient location. The Incident Map represents all of the incidents in Davenport that officers filed yesterday. More information on the map can be found on its standalone page.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa \u2014 Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is collecting both a\n$130,000 salary as governor and a state pension worth more than\n$50,000 per year for earlier service \u2014 a legal practice, but one\ncritics say is hypocritical given the governor's plans to slash\npublic spending and his calls for shared sacrifice.

Branstad has been receiving pension payments that reflect his\nprior 26-year tenure as governor, lieutenant governor and state\nlawmaker since he was sworn in for a fifth term last month\nfollowing a 12-year hiatus from state service, spokesman Tim\nAlbrecht said Tuesday. The Republican's salary will not reduce his\nretirement benefits, unlike other retired state workers under age\n65 who return to service, because of a provision he signed into law\nas governor in 1992 that exempts retirees who return as elected\nofficials from pension cuts.

Albrecht said Branstad \"made a significant personal sacrifice\"\nby stepping down as president of Des Moines University to run for\ngovernor. The university position paid $357,000 in 2008, according\nto the school's most recent tax filing. Albrecht said Branstad did\nnot earn a salary in 2010 and paid for his own health insurance as\nhe campaigned across the state.

As for his decision to keep his pension, Albrecht said: \"If\nsomebody earns that income, they are entitled to it.\"

Critics concede that point. But a spokesman for the Democratic\nParty of Iowa and one top labor leader said Branstad is\ndisingenuous for \"double-dipping\" as he moves forward with plans to\nlay off up to 1,500 employees, take away wage increases negotiated\nby his predecessor, and end universal preschool.

\"He's asking for state employees to give up pay raises which are\nmodest, at best, and to pay more for their insurance. I guess,\nGovernor Branstad, where is your shared sacrifice?\" said Danny\nHoman, president of the largest state employees union. \"If you are\na public servant, why are you even taking a salary as governor? Why\naren't you living off your already earned pension?\"

\"At a time when Branstad is increasing the burden on Iowa\nfamilies through unprecedented cuts to education, including\neliminating universal preschool, receiving what amounts to two\npaychecks from the state is absolutely hypocritical,\" added Sam\nRoecker, the Democratic Party spokesman.

More than 7,000 public workers were receiving both pensions and\nsalaries as of June 30, 2010, according to the Iowa Public\nEmployees' Retirement System. Retired workers who return to public\nemployment and are under age 65 have their monthly retirement\nearnings reduced by 50 cents for every dollar they earn over\n$30,000 under Iowa law.

But elected officials were exempted from that reduction under a\nprovision included in an overhaul of IPERS that was passed with\nbroad support in the Legislature and signed into law by Branstad in\nApril 1992, according to the Legislative Services Agency.

That means the 64-year-old governor will not have his monthly\nbenefits reduced this year. Without that exemption, Branstad's\npension income would have been mostly wiped out before he turns 65\nin November because of his salary. For all workers ages 65 and\nolder, retirement earnings are not affected by the size of their\nsalaries.

Former Democratic Rep. Eugene Blanshan, a sponsor of that 1992\nmeasure, said the provision was meant to allow retired public\nworkers to run for the Legislature without facing financial\npenalties.

\"It was done mainly to open up the way for people that have\ncollected IPERS as teachers, county supervisors and hospital staff\nmembers to be able to serve in the Legislature,\" he said. \"We\ncertainly didn't imagine the governor doing it.\"

Critics of Branstad's arrangement note the state last year\nbanned 2,000 workers who accepted early retirement incentives from\nreturning to service because of abuses in which employees retired\nand returned almost immediately to other jobs to earn pensions and\nsalaries. The practice of \"double-dipping\" has come under fire\nacross the nation as cities and states look for ways to save money\nand respond to complaints about public employees' pay and benefits\nbeing out of line with the private sector.

Branstad himself used such rhetoric during last year's campaign,\nquestioning whether Iowa's retirement benefits were too burdensome\nfor taxpayers. In his budget address last month, he called for\n\"significant immediate shared sacrifice\" with cost-cutting measures\nacross state government.

Ken Sagar, president of the Iowa Federation of Labor, said he\ndid not fault Branstad for collecting pension benefits he had\nearned. But he questioned why the governor was allowed to\n\"double-dip\" while recent state retirees could not do the same.

\"It's a parenting model that says 'do as I say, not as I do',\"\nhe said.

Albrecht said it was ridiculous to compare the two. He noted\nthat employees who took early retirement last year received $1,000\nper year of employment, up to $25,000, and health benefits for five\nyears.

Branstad's tax return for 2009, released during the campaign\nlast April, showed he reported nearly $52,000 in income for a state\npension reflecting his service between 1973 and 1999. Monthly\nbenefits stay the same in the IPERS system but retirees receive a\nlump sum payment every January instead of a cost-of-living\nincrease.

Albrecht said the precise value of Branstad's 2010 pension would\nbe released in April in his tax return.

Branstad was one of three former governors elected to their old\njobs in November. Gov. John Kitzhaber of Oregon stopped collecting\nhis pension the day he was sworn in because state law prohibits\ncollecting both, a spokeswoman said. In California, Gov. Jerry\nBrown said during last year's campaign he was not yet collecting a\nstate pension.

Branstad's return to the governor's office will also boost his\nfuture pension earnings, which increase for years of service and\nare based on a worker's highest three years of earnings. Branstad's\nsalary was $105,000 when he left the governor's office in 1998.

Albrecht said Branstad has learned since taking office that he\ncannot voluntarily give up any future pension increase, and he\nwould support legislation enabling him to do so.

\"He does not believe it's right for state employees to be able\nto double-dip into a retirement fund like that,\" he said.

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CORALVILLE, Iowa \u2014\u00a0Todd Isador Zambrano, 38, of Coralville, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, in Davenport.

Todd was born Aug. 28, 1978, in Iowa City, to Bonnie Dandridge and Antonio Zambrano. He graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1997. He attended the University of Iowa and received a bachelor\u2019s degree in sociology and a master\u2019s degree in education. He was currently enrolled at the University of Iowa, working on his second master\u2019s degree in special education. After moving to Coralville, Todd began working for the Iowa City School District as a substitute teacher and also was employed at the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Center. His passions included his family and children, playing and coaching football, lifting weights and cheering for the Hawkeyes. He also loved traveling and being outdoors.

Todd was preceded in death by his grandmother, Elsie Dandridge, and his parents, Bonnie (Dandridge) Abbott and Antonio Zambrano.

Todd is survived by his children, Sara Zambrano, Serena Zambrano, Madeleine Anderson and Antonio Zambrano; fianc\u00e9, Monique Holtkamp; grandmother, Isabel Zambrano; sister, Erin Zambrano; nieces, Zaitha Burroughs and Amaya Zambrano; stepfather, Rod Abbott; his close friend, Nicole Bornhoft; along with many extended family members.

A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Salvation Army ARC Chapel 4001 N. Brady St., Davenport. There will be a small dinner to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family is respectfully asking for donations toward funeral costs.

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CLINTON \u2014\u00a0Hannah N. Birt-Steeg, 17, of Clinton, passed away Tuesday Nov. 29, 2016, at her home. Funeral services will be\u00a011 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.\u00a0until the time of service Saturday\u00a0at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Burial will be at Springdale Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Corry Bailey, Todd Schau, Travis Birt, Lane Boisen, Matt Cordes and Luke Boyd. Honorary pallbearers will be her friends and classmates. A memorial fund has been set up at Vibrant Credit Union, Clinton. Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at papefh.com.

Hannah was born Sept. 7, 1999, in Clinton, the daughter of Melissa and Paul Steeg. She was a junior at Clinton High School, where she was involved in softball, tennis, CHS yearbook and orchestra. She worked at Papa Murphy\u2019s in Clinton. She danced at Dance Makers in Clinton. She would attend Camp Shalom in Maquoketa. Hannah was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where she was involved in church youth activities.

Hannah is survived by her parents, Melissa and Paul Steeg, Clinton; two brothers, Keegan Birt and Karson White, both of Clinton; a sister, Kaylee White, Clinton; her grandparents, Ronald and Sandra Birt, Ada Steeg, Jeff White and Ann White, all of Clinton; her great-grandmother, Hazel Sturtz, Clinton and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandpa, Marc Steeg, uncle, Phil Heine, and her great-grandparents.

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Chad Pregracke makes it clear he respects the Davenport riverfront request for proposals process, but he's excited about a plan he has come up with in the event the city wants to go in another direction.

Davenport received two proposals for the barge and porte cochere at the former Rhythm City Casino, one from Muscatine's U.S. Inland Marine and the other from Restoration St. Louis, but the response has been lukewarm at best.

A review committee found one of the proposals did not meet its criteria, and only half of the committee thought the other proposal shared in the city's long-term vision for the riverfront.

Enter Pregracke, who envisions a floating park with concepts similar to Philadelphia's Spruce Street Harbor Park on the Delaware River waterfront.

\"People are looking at (the former Rhythm City Casino site) and saying, 'That's ugly. I don't want that,'\" Pregracke said. \"All I'm looking at is the barges and what that could be.\"

Pregracke worked in Philadephia and saw firsthand the amount of traffic that was attracted to Penn's Landing.

As Pregracke looked out from Davenport's skybridge on the cold and windy Friday morning, he spotted a man slumped over the rails trying to fish.

\"It'd be like a fishing pier like in Santa Monica where it's cool to see what people are catching,\" Pregracke said. \"Go to San Francisco and ride your bike out on those piers. It's people of all economic backgrounds, all races, diversity, and that is what's cool about those places.\"

Pregracke points out the lack of signs, which he views as a missed opportunity, but is open to suggestions and uses because as he sees it, this is chance to benefit the downtown area.

As someone who has lived and worked on more waterfronts than he can count, Pregracke also has a perspective on what works and what doesn't.

He rattles off restaurant after restaurant located on barges from St. Paul to New Orleans that have failed.

\"If I wasn't sure it wouldn't work or people wouldn't come here, I wouldn't waste my time,\" Pregracke said. \"Davenport would be setting a trend, and they would be trying to duplicate this elsewhere because there's nothing else like it. If worst comes to worst and nobody came on it or the fishing sucked, there would be 10 other cities that would want this because every city is missing this.\"

After speaking to Muscatine-based Stanley Consultants, Pregracke received a set of renderings within a week, and he has been showing them around and getting positive feedback about.

\"I've sent some feelers out there and talked to some people about,\" Pregracke said. \"I've gotten nothing but good feedback. Based on that, I think if the city was to say, 'Hey, we want to go down that road or check into that,' I would be able to build a great team of people to make this happen.\"

Rene Gellerman, senior vice president of the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber was supportive of the plan because it leverages the Mississippi River as an asset and fits in with the chamber's Q2030 regional action plan.

With his renderings in hand, Pregracke is a bundle of energy and stops Rock Island's Amy Brown and her husband, who are walking on the skybridge to ask them what they think.

Brown, who recognized Pregracke from photos she has seen, thinks the vision is a great idea.

\"I've got one condition,\" she said. \"If Davenport turns this down, can you bring it over to Rock Island or try there?\"

Ten minutes later, Pregracke sees two younger men are making their way to the elevator.

He quickly whips out his plans out of their cylindrical container and asks if they would visit the riverfront if a floating park was there.

The response again is overwhelmingly positive, only this time delivered with more expletives and vigor.

The Davenport City Council will meet on Nov. 29 to look at the one proposal that has not been removed from consideration, but Pregracke is hoping to get his opportunity to present his vision in December.

Pregracke, who was named 2013 CNN Hero of the Year and a recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service, said he is not a developer and sees the riverfront vision as a community project.

He wants to hear what people want and who wants to contribute or partner in his plan.

He's even willing to put in the resources to help tear down some of the existing structures, which will cost between $70,000 and $100,000, according to estimates he has received.

\"This isn't going to make me any money,\" Pregracke said. \"It's only going to take a lot of time and energy, but I'm willing to put my resources to help facilitate it if this is something the city wants to do.\"

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The dream began outside the Gas-N-Dash Mart.

That\u2019s where 14-year-old Torrian Ball took stacks of his CDs, fresh off of the burner, to peddle to passersby.

He\u2019d wave down vehicles on East Moline's 19th Street and offer to freestyle for anyone who rolled down their windows, saying, \u201cCan I rap for you for 30 seconds? Oh, you don\u2019t know who I am? I\u2019m gonna be a big-time rapper.\u201d

A teenager from Watertown, Ball could have been doing other things. Down the street, there were drugs to buy and gangs to join.

But he wanted something different.

\u201cYou say you\u2019re going to be a rapper, and everybody thinks you\u2019re a joke,\u201d Ball, now 30, said. \u201cWhere I\u2019m from, not a lot of people tell you to dream big. You just get by. You just do what everyone else is doing.\u201d

It matters to Ball where he\u2019s from. But what matters more is where he\u2019s going.

Watertown, where hustle is born

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Torrian Ball and four other 20-something men from Watertown will tell you what it\u2019s like to grow up in a Quad-City neighborhood where crime competes with career.

\"Everybody looks out for each other in Watertown,\" Ball said. \"It\u2019s this close-knit community where everybody knows your name. But there\u2019s still a lot of struggle. We\u2019re used to being the underdog and generally having less.\u201d

In Watertown, the men said, nobody expected much from them.

\u201cThey don\u2019t teach you to succeed in the \u2019hood,\u201d Tayvian Johnson, 23, said. \u201cYou\u2019re only taught to survive.\u201d

They grew up hustling for food, cash, clothes, a place to sleep. They grew up hearing they\u2019d be dead or in jail by the time they turned 25.

\u201cThat\u2019s why people don\u2019t make it out of Watertown,\u201d Jordan Atwater, 22, said. \u201cIt\u2019s easy to get sucked in. A lot of my friends have had big dreams, but they lost them to the streets.\u201d

But all that hustling taught them something. They learned they wanted more.

\u201cWhen you have so much less, you find ways to keep going \u2026 I mean, you gotta eat,\u201d Johnson said. \u201cNow, no one out-hustles me.\u201d

The men are at different stages in their music careers: Ball has been rapping for 14 years; Johnson released his first single about a year ago; Atwater got his start in middle school.\u00a0

Each is chasing a similar dream.

\u201cWe can\u2019t do it alone,\u201d Atwater said. \u201cIf we all keep working hard, we\u2019ll make this ripple in the Quad-Cities, and we\u2019ll prove ourselves.\u201d

Collectively, they say their dreams are what save them.

Making it in music would mean making enough to pay the bills, maybe buy houses for their moms. They imagine performing on stage to big crowds and hearing their own voices on the radio.

\u201cMusic has saved my life over and over,\u201d Ball said. \u201cSo, it\u2019s not something you give up on.\u201d

That\u2019s how Keith Simmons, whose stage name is Poodie Ville, feels about rapping, too.

\u201cBeing from a small city like that ... people put limits on you,\" the 22-year-old said. \"They say you can\u2019t do it. When I started doing music, I always felt like I could reach any height I wanted to. I had the vision. I just needed people to believe in me.\u201d

A bad rap

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In many circles, rap has a bad rep.

Some judge the language, the messages about partying and the culture that surrounds hip-hop music.

\u201cOur music is like that, because it\u2019s our environment,\u201d Atwater said. \u201cIt\u2019s rough around the edges because where we\u2019re from is rough. It\u2019s real, and it\u2019s our story.\u201d

Simmons says those stories \u2014 the heart of the genre \u2014 often get negative attention.

\u201cRap music is cliche in some ways: It\u2019s violence, drugs, money, girls,\u201d he said. \u201cBut all rap music is is stories. Yes, I use profanity, but there are stories there, and there is substance. You have to pay attention and be open-minded.\u201d

Paul Pierre of Davenport is a former performer who now manages Torrian Ball. He has been confronting the rap reputation for many years.

\u201cAs a whole, the genre has always had a stigma,\u201d he said. \u201cIn the Quad-Cities, it has this association with trouble and bringing out the bad crowd. That\u2019s why it\u2019s so hard to get rap shows booked here.\u201d

But that\u2019s not stopping them.

\u201cRap music is not something we do,\" Pierre said. \"It\u2019s who we are, and it\u2019s in our DNA. It\u2019s a side of life that\u2019s real and that needs to be represented.\u201d

Josh Graves of Davenport owns Graveyard Studio, where Atwater cut his recent album, \u201cChampagne Gold.\u201d

He sees Atwater put in long days in the studio on top of working part-time jobs, so he can afford the recording time.

\u201cYou\u2019ve got these guys pushing harder than ever because it\u2019s now or never,\" Graves said. \"Music gives them an alternative, rather than selling drugs or joining a gang or whatever. They have this potential to make a name for themselves \u2026 and that\u2019s everything to them.\u201d

This month, Graves launched a monthly rap battle called Proving Grounds to give Quad-City rappers an opportunity to test their stuff. After seeing a surge of area talent, he now plans to start a record label called East Moline Entertainment.

\u201cThe hip-hop community is overlooked in the Quad-Cities, but it\u2019s on the verge of blowing up,\u201d Graves said. \u201cIt\u2019s on the verge of being a mainstream force. There\u2019s a gold mine of talent that\u2019s hidden here if we can just find ways to tap it.\u201d

The spirit of Watertown

Nate Lawrence says music has always been a part of life in Watertown.

When the 69-year-old was growing up in the neighborhood, everybody sang in the church choir and skipped school on Fridays to go to shows.

He has made music his life\u2019s work.

He organizes concerts and festivals, including the Blues in the \u2019Hood festival in 2002. Now, Lawrence is the director of the Polyrhythms, a nonprofit group dedicated to keeping jazz music alive in the community.

\u201cWatertown is a unique little community,\u201d he said. \u201cThere\u2019s a spirit to living there. For some, there\u2019s always been this desire to do better and to make something of yourself. Music has always been an outlet.\u201d

Some people take that desire more seriously than others.

\u201cIt\u2019s easy to say you\u2019re going to make it,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s not easy to do the hard work.\u201d

So, when Lawrence heard about this group of young rappers, he wasn\u2019t surprised that they were from Watertown.

\u201cThe impressive thing is that they decided they didn\u2019t want that typical life,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019m proud of these kids. If they keep working at it, they\u2019ll be successful, and they very well might make it on TV.\u201d

The options are limited in Watertown, and there\u2019s a \u201cconstant brain drain\u201d of talented people who feel they need to leave to be successful, he said.

\u201cSeeing people that are doing music is invaluable for the next generation,\u201d Lawrence said. \u201cThe likelihood of being a famous musician is like winning the lottery. But as you\u2019re honing your craft and aspiring to be that \u2026 you\u2019re learning something along the way.\u201d

Making it

When it comes to music, Ball already has won the lottery a handful of times.

When he was 14, he won a rap contest and went on tour with Twista, a now-formidable name in mainstream hip-hop. He has performed at the iWireless Center, formerly The Mark, three times: He opened for Ja Rule in 2004; Soulja Boy and T-Pain in 2007; and Lil Wayne in June.

In 2014, he recorded a Wiz Khalifa single, \"Wings.\"

More recently, Ball\u2019s family life is taking the spotlight.

He used to perform under the name Calliko, but he transitioned to his given name in January to honor his mother. She died from a drug overdose two years ago.

After living in Chicago and L.A. for five years, Ball moved back to Watertown. He bought his grandmother\u2019s house\u00a0\u2014 the same one he grew up in \u2014 and spends his days taking care of her, along with his 3-year-old daughter, while working on music from his home studio.

\u201cA dad is what I longed to have as a kid,\u201d he said. \u201cNot very many people really value being a father here.\u201d

Ball\u2019s dad has been in and out of jail for most of his life. He was adopted by his grandparents when he was 2.

\u201cThe thought that I can be there for my daughter and provide for her \u2026 it\u2019s priceless,\u201d he said. \u201cThere\u2019s no higher feeling.\u201d

The move back home has changed Ball\u2019s sound, too.

\"I\u2019m getting a lot more personal and raw with my music,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019m looking at my experiences, all the hard times, and turning them into positive energy. I believe that no matter what you go through in life, you can still make it through.

\u201cMusic has opened so many doors for me, and I\u2019m still fighting. I\u2019m still hungry.\u201d

One in a million

The guys know the chances of making it in music are slim.

\u201cIt\u2019s one in a million,\u201d Atwater said. \u201cPeople tend to laugh at you when you say you\u2019re going to be famous.\u201d

\u201cIt\u2019s dumb luck, in a way,\u201d Johnson said. \u201cYou could have all the talent, but how do you get people to listen?\u201d

Right now, Atwater\u2019s dream is to quit his day job to pursue music full time.

\u201cI can\u2019t let society\u2019s idea of a norm scare me away from a dream,\u201d he said. \u201cYou endure, and you cannot quit. You face rejection, you hear no\u2019s, but you keep going.\u201d

Johnson very nearly followed society\u2019s \"idea of a norm.\"

At Augustana College, he was president of his fraternity. He was a starting forward on the basketball team and on course to attend medical school. He was the first one from his family to graduate from college.

But he\u2019s not going to medical school. He\u2019s staying in the Quad-Cities to pursue music.

\u201cMost of my friends are not achieving the things I\u2019m doing,\u201d Johnson said. \u201cMusic is the one thing that\u2019s never felt like a task. There\u2019s something about hip-hop that\u2019s addicting, and I just have to see where it goes.\u201d

He wants to open his own recording studio and make enough money to take care of his mom and siblings.

\u201cFor me, that would be making it in life,\u201d he said. \u201cMy mom put so much value in me, which is why I stayed out of trouble. I feel responsibility to give back to her.\u201d

And then, there\u2019s Simmons, or Poodie Ville.

Earlier this year, he appeared on BET\u2019s rap competition show, called \u201cOne Shot.\u201d

Last month, after going through a breakup with his girlfriend, he sat in his car, turned the camera on and rapped for a minute and a half.

He posted the video on Facebook, just like he did every week for the past several years.

As of this writing, the video had more than 30 million views. It was featured in XXL magazine and on BET.com.

.@_poodieville tells us about how his cheating freestyle took over the internet and earned him a whole new fan base https://t.co/kLp1XzASSn pic.twitter.com/Un2gHIOe8Z

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\u201cThe totally unexpected happened. It went viral. That\u2019s what you dream of,\u201d Simmons said. \u201cA lot of people related to it. It blew up because a lot of people are going through that situation \u2026 terrible relationships where they\u2019re cheating on each other. I said everything they wanted to say.\u201d

On Nov. 15, Simmons, who splits his time between Akron, Ohio, and the Quad-Cities, released his latest album, \u201cFlex on My Ex.\u201d

In the future, it is his dream to support his family, travel the world and be a full-time musician.

\u201cFor the first time, I think that\u2019s actually within reach for me,\u201d he said. \u201cI know a lot of people don\u2019t think they can reach the ultimate heights. You can see I never stopped. I kept going.\u201d

Giving back

Torrain, Tayvian, Jordan and Keith might have escaped the Watertown path, but they don\u2019t want to leave their hometown behind.

Kannon Burrage, 26, doesn\u2019t do music, but he grew up in Watertown, learning from Ball\u2019s attitude.

\u201cWe were kind of the forgotten kids and the after-thoughts in the Quad-Cities,\" Burrage said. \"Nobody was doing what Torrian was doing, so that really opened my eyes. Now, we\u2019re the cream of the crop, actually making something of ourselves.\u201d

At the basketball court at Hereford Park in Watertown, what he calls his sanctuary, Burrage found his own way out.

He put plenty of hours in on the court and got a full-ride scholarship to play ball at University of Texas at San Antonio. He plays professional basketball in Australia and spends the off-season at home with family, mentoring children from the neighborhood.

Earlier this year, Burrage, a 2009 United Township graduate, challenged officers from the East Moline Police Department to a friendly game of hoops. His event, \"United We Ball,\u201d was featured on CNN.

\u201cMy dream is to give back to Watertown,\" he said. \"It\u2019s \u2019hood, but it\u2019s beautiful to me. I\u2019m not just from here; I am East Moline. I think we\u2019re all trying to be better and give back.\u201d

Johnson is another example.

He didn\u2019t have a role model, so he wants to be one for other East Moline youth. He works as a residential director at Augustana College, his alma mater, and works at the Boys and Girls Club of Moline.

He wants to show young people there are ways out \u2014 through music, sports, school and other routes.

\u201cI might\u2019ve heard gunshots a lot going to sleep, but Watertown is where I can be myself,\u201d Johnson said. \u201cIf we do make it, we\u2019re making it for East Moline. We\u2019re going to turn it around.\u201d

And Atwater wants to lead by example.

\u201cI want to let people, young kids, know that they\u2019re not alone,\u201d he said. \u201cSomewhere in the world, someone is trying not to fall into the streets \u2026 and that someone needs to hear us and see what is possible.\u201d

Out of the mud

Ask Torrian Ball to show you the heart of Watertown, and he'll head for the Gas-N-Dash Mart.

He points to the crack houses, the gang signs, the alley where his sister\u2019s boyfriend was shot and the parking lot where he was arrested.

Those same scenes appear in the music video for one of his latest songs, \u201cOut the Mud.\u201d

\u201cThis is the mud I\u2019m from,\u201d Ball said. \u201cMan, this is Watertown \u2014 the good and bad. It\u2019s home.\u201d

Earlier this month, he stood outside the Gas-N-Dash Mart with his buddy Will Lather, also an artist on Ball\u2019s entertainment label, called the Good Fly Young.

\u201cHe keeps pushing the envelope,\u201d Lather said. \u201cEverything he\u2019s been through, and he hasn\u2019t given up. It inspires you.\u201d

Before Ball could get back in the car, he was stopped a dozen times by people walking in and out of the gas station, saying \u201chey\u201d or looking for a high-five. They all wanted to know what he\u2019s up to and what\u2019s next for him.

At the very spot where he used to beg people for a chance to rap, everyone knows his name.

One older guy nodded his way, walking to his car with a six-pack of beer, and asked, \u201cHey, you still rapping?\u201d

Ball cracked a smile.

\u201cYeah,\u201d he replied. \u201cI couldn\u2019t stop if I tried.\u201d

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Clay and Tamieka Grafft\u2019s 3-year-old son Jet is full of energy at lunchtime \u2014 and it\u2019s not from sugar or soda.

As Jet jumps back and forth from his dad\u2019s arms to his mom\u2019s lap, they attribute his smiley spark to natural sources: He drank a shot of wheatgrass and a cup of kombucha an hour earlier.

\u201cAnd he won\u2019t get one of those crashes,\u201d Tamieka Grafft said. \u201cIt\u2019s our daily routine.\u201d

The Graffts' clean-eating routine includes whole foods and super-foods that are allergy-conscious, dense in nutrients and loaded with fruits and vegetables.

Over the past 20 years, Clay Grafft has developed recipes for cold-press juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, sprouted grains and voodle (vegetable noodle) bowls. It began when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.\u00a0

\"At that point, my dad and I started researching how to beat diseases and just eat healthier, and applied that in the kitchen,\" he said. \u201cWe came up with things that seem to be really working for us and that we eat every day.\u201d

And, as of this year, his recipe list is no longer a family exclusive.

The Graffts, who have been married for five years, took their recipes and so-called healthy-eating movement public at Simple Superfood Cafe, which they opened Aug. 12.

\u201cEveryone\u2019s going out four or five a days a week because they\u2019re too busy to cook at home anymore,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd you look around for healthy things and it\u2019s like, what are your options?\u201d

The simple way\u00a0

One option is the \"simple and super\" way. Walk into the vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurant on Belle Avenue in Davenport, and the menu doesn't look all that simple.\u00a0

On the menu, smoothies contain raw and \"alive\" ingredients such as dragon-fruit seeds, adaptogens, maca, chia and honey carob. Drink options include alkaline water, which comes with this description: \u201cMade in house with a 10-stage reverse osmosis system and UV filter and then mineralized and boosted with antioxidants.\u201d There\u2019s also simple golden milk, which contains turmeric root, ginger root, honey, pepper and coconut milk.

It can be daunting, but the Graffts and their staff say they\u2019ll take the time to break it down. They also might talk you into a three-day juice cleanse, which they call a \"juice feast.\"

\u201cIn a one-day cleanse, one person is taking in about 10 pounds of fresh vegetables,\u201d Clay Grafft said. \u201cThat\u2019s something that normal people don\u2019t come close to in a week, so it really is a feast.\u201d

For ingredients, the Graffts order online and partner with Brammeir Farms in Wilton, Gilbert's Grapes in Bettendorf and Fresh Friday's Market in Davenport.

They call it a foodie\u2019s dream without steep prices.

\u201cThere\u2019s been a really big movement of people wanting to understand what they eat,\u201d Tamieka Grafft said. \u201cOur mission is to bring real and healthy food to the average person.\u201d

'Let food be thy medicine'

It goes beyond cutting calories. They say items on the menu help with anti-aging, digestion and energy, as well as fighting (and healing from) disease.

\"I hate to say that we've lost our culture, but we\u2019ve lost the idea of eating foods from our ancestors,\" said Clay Grafft, adding his food philosophy is \u201csuper everything.\"

\"The things we use have cultural significance from all over the world, which means that people have been eating them for thousands of years to be healthy,\" he said. \"That has to mean something.\u201d

Keeping culture alive means something to the Graffts, who are both in their 40s and have full-time jobs outside the food business. Clay Grafft was born in Korea and Tamieka Grafft was born in Vietnam. They both were adopted and came to America as young children.

\u201cHealthy eating was instilled in me from a young age,\u201d Tamieka Grafft said. \u201cMy parents eat that way and they\u2019re in their 90s, so it seems to work for them.\u201d

On the back wall, a chalkboard message sums it up: \"Let food be thy medicine.\"

Take this small example from Tamieka Grafft.

\u201cI haven\u2019t had soda in years or coffee in years,\u201d she said. \u201cAnd I used to really rely on that, like a lot of people.\u201d

Instead, she sticks to three or four cups of kombucha, a fermented and lightly fizzy probiotic made out of black tea, that contains a variety of healthy bacteria, she said. The cafe has homemade kombucha on tap and offers kombucha from Agri-Cultured, a health-food store in Dallas Center, Iowa.

\u201cIn Asia, they call kombucha the golden tonic,\u201d she said. \u201cIt gives energy, fights cancer, fights inflammation. So I drink it every day.\u201d

A food journey\u00a0

So far, they say, plenty of people are buying in. Clay Grafft already is talking about opening additional cafes in the future.

\u201cWe were nervous, because not everyone thinks about food the way we do,\u201d Tamieka Grafft said. \u201cBut we so believe in the power of this food that we want to share it.\u201d

\u201cWe thought we were a small sliver of the population that wanted these options,\u201d Clay Grafft said. \u201cTurns out, there\u2019s a lot more interest.\u201d

It helps that there\u2019s an addicting factor to eating healthy.

\u201cThe more you eat clean, the more that when you put junk into your body, it\u2019s going to reject it,\u201d Tamieka Grafft said. \u201cOnce you experience the natural energy and the effects, you see that value and want to keep feeling that way.\u201d

But it will likely take time to convert many Quad-Citians.

\u201cThe absolute best thing that could happen is people could change their lifestyle and feel better,\u201d Tamieka Grafft said. \u201cIt\u2019s amazing what food can do. And it\u2019s a journey that lasts a lifetime.\u201d

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\u00a0This date is significant on the Quad-City\u00a0calendar. Cary Grant died here, 30 years ago, Nov. 29, 1986, of a stroke. It was headline news and thousands of stories have been since written on the death of the matinee idol in Davenport. Every angle has been touched\u00a0\u2014 all but one\u00a0\u2014 the story of the hospital administrator who was steps away on that night.

Historic photos: Cary Grant

James Stuhler, then administrator of St. Luke\u2019s Hospital, now Genesis East, has kept the moments tightly to himself. This week he said for the first time, \u201cI suppose you could call it my three minutes of fame.\u201d It included a call from actor Van Johnson and a reported attempt by another matinee idol,\u00a0Gregory Peck, to reach him.

A year ago Stuhler and I lunched together at Venice, Florida, I cajoled him: \u201cI will buy your lunch if you give me your version\u00a0\u2014 not until the 30th anniversary\u00a0\u2014 of the night Cary Grant died.\u201d He shook my hand.

Sunday afternoon, he told what he remembered.

\u201cI was at home with my wife, Leeta, when a phone call came for me from the nursing superintendent of my hospital. She thought I should know that Mr. Grant had just been admitted. Mr. Grant? The name of \u2018Mr. Grant\u2019 meant nothing to me. It was a jolt when she added, \u2018You know, Mr. Grant, Cary Grant,\u00a0the movie star.\u2019

\"1986:

In 1986, actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82.

\u201cI was in my grubs, my clothes for hanging out around the house. I quickly changed into suit and tie. I hurried to the hospital and the area where Cary Grant was being cared for. I wasn\u2019t sure of his condition. It was such a secret. The chaos was only beginning. The word was leaking out to the press. Grant\u2019s wife, Barbara, would say nothing.\u00a0Reporters and photographers were coming in from all over, flown from Chicago and Des Moines and then the West Coast. They all demanded to know everything, was he dead or alive? I was in the middle.

\u201cI couldn\u2019t tell the press anything. This was big time, so I called my public relations\u00a0officer, who was in Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving with his parents. He was frantic, said he was going to fly to Davenport immediately. I told him to stay where he was; by the time he got here it would all be over. Mercy Hospital sent over their public relations person who was trying to calm the angry press. He brought in sandwiches and pop; that didn\u2019t help.

\u201cWord that Grant was dead was rumored. His wife had told his lawyer, but she refused to release the news to me at my hospital,\u201d says Stuhler. \"It put me in an awful situation.

\"She wasn\u2019t going to tell of his death to anyone but his daughter. She had to know it first. But no one could find her; she was on a date at a restaurant but no one knew the restaurant.\u201d

Stuhler, always a patient person, said he tried to keep the reporters at bay. Reuters News Agency in London got through to Stuhler, insisting on confirmation of death. Phone calls buzzed their way through hospital lines.

\u201cOne was a call to me from Van Johnson, who apparently was a close friend of Cary Grant,\u201d says Stuhler.

Finally, in the early morning hours, there was confirmation of death.

\u201cI remember how determined his widow was to get her husband out of Davenport,\u201d\u00a0 Stuhler says. A plane was chartered from Peoria and Cary Grant was quickly flown home to Los Angeles.

Stuhler stayed at the hospital until after dawn. \u201cBy 3 a.m., I had answered all the questions and tried to field all the calls.\u201d One\u00a0call that didn't get through\u00a0was said to be from Gregory Peck, who\u00a0had told an operator that he would keep trying.

Stuhler admits to being numbed by the experience. Her slept restlessly that night. At daybreak,\u00a0his home phone\u00a0started ringing, movie stars, agents and\u00a0celebrities wanting to give condolences. There were names Stuhler can no longer remember. He wanted to leave the house that Sunday afternoon to escape the turmoil.

\u201cMy wife insisted, \u2018You better stay around because an important call is to be coming soon.\u2019 \u201d It could have been Gregory Peck,\u00a0or it could have been from a fellow movie star friend who made it to the White House, Ronald Reagan.

The important call never came, so Jim and Leeta Stuhler went on an outing.

They visited Quad-City Arts Festival of Trees. It was the event that was to star Cary Grant the night before

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A 23-year-old Davenport man is facing a mandatory 25 years in prison after he beat and robbed a man last month, Davenport police said.

Anthony Michael Duyvejonck is charged with one count of first-degree robbery, a Class B felony under Iowa law that carries a mandatory 25-year prison sentence, 70 percent of which, or 17\u00bd years, must be served before parole can be granted.

Duyvejonck also is charged with one count of willful injury causing serious injury, a Class C felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years. A judge could run the sentences consecutively, meaning that Duyvejonck could be sentenced to as many as 35 years in prison.

According to arrest affidavits filed by Davenport Police Detective Bill Thomas, at 9 p.m. Oct. 18, Duyvejonck was with several friends near the Marquette Street boat ramp at 300 S. Marquette St.

Duyvejonck and the others were talking to the victim about selling his motorcycle. According to the affidavit, Duyvejonck then told his friends he was going to beat up and rob the victim.

Duyvejonck knocked the man to the ground and then stood over him and continuously punched him in the face and head. After the victim was unconscious, Duyvejonck went through the man\u2019s pockets and took his wallet and some personal papers, according to the arrest affidavit.

The victim was later found and taken to a hospital by ambulance, the affidavit states. The victim has a shattered orbital socket around his right eye, broken bones in his face and two of his teeth were knocked out. The victim also had damage to his right eye and had to have surgery to try to repair it. The man will need more surgery and medical treatment on his right eye.

Duyvejonck was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Scott County Jail where he was being held without bond.

This is not the first time Duyvejonck has been charged with assaulting and robbing someone.

According to Scott County District Court electronic court records, in 2009, Duyvejonck pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree theft, a Class C felony, and a charge of assault causing serious injury, a Class D felony, for an incident that had occurred on July 2 of that year. A charge of first-degree robbery was dropped in the plea agreement.

Duyvejonck was sentenced to five years in prison on the Class D assault charge and 10 years in prison on the theft charge. The sentences ran concurrently. According to the Iowa Department of Corrections website, he was placed on parole in Sept. 13, 2013, and released from parole on April 2, 2014.

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Officers were on scene Monday at the Kraft Heinz plant construction site in north Davenport to investigate possible theft, police Capt. Brent Biggs said.

Officers were dispatched around 8:18 a.m. to the Kraft plant construction site, 2300 Slopertown Road. Over the weekend, several construction trailers were broken into, Biggs said.

Although some of the trailers were broken into, nothing appeared to be taken, Biggs said, adding it was unknown Monday afternoon what was actually missing until inventories are conducted.

Kraft Heinz announced plans a year ago to build a new facility in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center in north Davenport.

Progress has continued this month on construction of the $203 million facility, with the city of Davenport contributing $10 million over 15 years through tax increment financing. The facility will replace an aged plant on Rockingham Road in Davenport.

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