Here's the afternoon forecast from the National Weather Service.
It will be mostly sunny, hot and breezy with a high near 89 degrees. South winds between 15 to 20 mph will gust as high as 30 mph.
Tonight there's a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5 a.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy and breezy with a low around 66 degrees.
Campbell's Island Historic Site gets a spruce up
Improvements are being made today to the State Historic Site on Campbell’s Island.
Site Manager Scott Roman and a maintenance crew have been removing dead trees from the site that have taken away from the beauty of the location and posed a possible liability.
This morning members of the Mary Little Deere-Fort Armstrong Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, or MLDFA, are cutting weeds and brush from the area surrounding the Site Monument which is in honor of the American soldiers and two civilians who died during a battle there against Native Americans led by the warrior Black Hawk.
The soldiers and civilians were headed up river to deliver supplies to a fort when their boat ran aground on the island during a storm and the Native Americans, who had sided with the British during the War of 1812, attacked them.
The MLDFA Chapter continues the effort to raise money to restore the monument, which is in desperate need of repair. It was dedicated in 1908 and is the only evidence that one of the western most battles of the War of 1812 even took place there.
Rock Island murder suspect waives extradition
A man arrested Monday in Davenport on charges that he killed his grandmother and uncle Sunday night in Rock Island has waived extradition.
John Patrick Conwell, 39, appeared briefly in a Scott County courtroom via closed-circuit video Tuesday morning and said he would willingly return to Rock Island County to await trial on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Eleanor M. “Petty” Conwell, 90, and Steve D. Conwell, 69.
It is not yet known when he will be brought back to Rock Island County. Read more.
New toy has spun out of control
Stores can't keep them in stock. Parents are scrambling to find them. And some schools have banned them.
The mania for fidget spinners — the 3-inch twirling gadgets taking over classrooms and cubicles — is unlike many other toy crazes. They're not made by a major company, timed for the holiday season, or promoted in TV commercials. They're more easily found at gas stations or 7-Eleven than at big toy chains.
"It just took off," says Richard Gottlieb, a consultant at Global Toy Experts in New York.
Fidget spinners have been around for years, mostly used by kids with autism or attention disorders to help them concentrate. But they exploded in popularity this spring.
Shannan Rowell, a sixth-grade special education teacher, says that after a weeklong break in late April more than half of her 25 students suddenly had one.
"They seem to be taking over classrooms," says Rowell, who lives in North Grafton, Massachusetts.
Gottlieb thinks it's likely a kid brought one to a playground and the craze spread from there. Recent YouTube videos of people spinning them on their noses, foreheads and shoes also helped.
Helen Holden heard about fidget spinners last month when her 7-year-old twins demanded she stop at a 7-Eleven to buy them. "I thought it was a drink," says the bank vice president and blogger from Los Angeles.
That store was sold out, and so were several other 7-Eleven locations that she called. The chain says spinners have "been flying off the shelves" since they went on sale in March.
At Funky Monkey Toys, owner Tom Jones says he got a phone call about the fidget spinners in April. About 30 minutes later, another person called. "I said, 'Whatever they are, I need to get them.'"
Now, the phone has been ringing 20 to 30 times a day with people checking if they're in stock. His shop in Oxford, Michigan, can sell up to 150 in a day.
On Amazon.com, 18 of the top 20 best-selling toys and games were fidget spinners, ranging from ones that cost just a few dollars to $12 versions touting stainless steel bearings.
Toys R Us flew fidget spinners in this month from China, rather than wait for ship transport. It says Rubik's Cubes, yo-yos and other toys to occupy restless hands have been hot sellers since the beginning of the year. It also started selling $12.99 fidget cubes — the items that made up the rest of the Amazon best-sellers — which fit in the palm of a hand and have clickers, wheels and switches on the sides.
Unlike hot toys at the holiday season, which are often made by one company, manufacturers — mostly in China — are making the fidget spinners as fast as they can. Jim Silver, the CEO and editor-in-chief of toy review website TTPM, expects the fad to last into the summer and then fade as more of them flood into the market.
Despite being marketed as a concentration aid, some teachers say fidget spinners have become a distraction.
Rowell, the sixth-grade teacher, says students twirled them too fast, banged them against desks or tried to whirl them on top of each other. She lets students bring them into the classroom, but only if they spin them under their desks and follow the rules she hung on the wall: "YOU MUST BE LOOKING AT THE TEACHER," ''YOU MUST BE LOOKING AT YOUR WORK" and "YOU MUST BE DISCREET."
Some schools have banned them. A middle school in Williamstown, New Jersey, wrote that spinners needed to stay in backpacks because they were a distraction in classrooms, hallways and during lunch periods. An elementary school in New York told parents to keep the gadgets at home because they were twirling into children's faces.
It's not just kids spinning them. Gottlieb thinks adults are reaching for spinners because they are more stressed out. "People don't smoke as much, so they have to figure out a way to work out their stress," he says.
Kim Juszczak, a lawyer from New York, whirls her red-and-black spinner on the subway or while she's thinking up legal arguments for a case.
"I'm naturally kind of fidgety," says Juszczak, who used to bend paperclips in her hand.
She first saw a spinner on Instagram, and got hers for about $6 on Amazon. Then she bought six more for friends and relatives.
"They're addictive," she says.