1. Cooler temps returning to Q-C


A good Wednesday to all. Fear not, the sun will shine today even after a Chicago Cub loss to the Dodgers in the NLCS.

Here's the forecast from the National Weather Service.

Today will be partly sunny with a high near 70 degrees.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 47 degrees. There's a 20 percent chance of showers before 1 a.m.

Thursday will be mostly sunny with a high near 59 degrees. North winds will gust as high as 20 mph.

Thursday night patchy frost will be possible after 5 a.m. Otherwise it will be mostly clear with a low around 36 degrees.

2. What's up with the Cubs?


Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon looks around Dodgers Stadium before Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Los Angeles Dodgers bested the Chicago Cubs 6-0 Tuesday night, giving L.A. a 2-1 National League Championship Series lead.

After winning a big league-high 103 games during the regular season and sparking belief they could win the World Series for the first time since 1908, the Cubs have been shut out in consecutive games for the first time since May 2014, managing just six hits — five of them singles. Their 18 straight scoreless innings mark the longest postseason drought in franchise history. Do you still believe? Read more.

3. Brady Street update: Asphalt resurfacing delayed


Construction work on Brady Street continues with changes ahead this week

The city of Davenport is reporting on its website that despite being ahead of schedule there will be a delay to the application of asphalt on the two west lanes of Brady Street.

On Tuesday, while preparing the lanes for asphalt resurfacing, crews discovered additional infrastructure damage that will extend the closure of all side streets as they intersect with Brady between 7th and Lombard streets through Oct. 28.

With additional repairs being completed this week, resurfacing work is rescheduled to begin on Monday, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 28.

Once resurfacing along this stretch is complete, resurfacing work will switch to the two right/east lanes with an expected completion date in mid-to-late November.

Sewer repairs will continue on Brady between River Drive and 6th Street through November with resurfacing in this area scheduled for Spring 2017.

4. Vertical farming venture proposed near Davenport riverfront


Boc Choy growing in the hydroponic, vertical farming operation in a 40-foot, insulated shipping container located on Hickory Grove Road in Davenport.

An unconventional, innovative farming venture is looking to sprout along the Davenport riverfront.

Friday’s Fresh Market has begun preliminary discussions with the Davenport Levee Commission about the possibility of bringing a hydroponic, vertical farming operation in a 40-foot, insulated shipping container down on Freight House property. Read more.

5. Bettendorf's Coffee Hound finds its niche with barks and brews


Beth Aronson owns Coffee Hound with her husband, Greg. The Bettendorf shop recently began serving wine and beer in addition to a variety of artisan coffees. 

You can’t go to Coffee Hound without overhearing or reading at least one dog pun. The Bettendorf cafe’s tagline is “bark and brew,” recent flavored coffees include the Bulldog Butter Rum and Peanut Butter Pup, and owner Beth Aronson is quick to call her shop “paw-some." Read more.

6. Quad-City Times presidential debate watch party tonight


File-This file photo combo of file images shows U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump, left, and Hillary Clinton.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Chuck Burton, File)

This election is almost history with one more presidential debate tonight. The Quad-City Times editorial board invites Q-C voters to the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, to watch the debate. The editorial board will be there, including Editorial Page Editor Jon Alexander, Publisher Deb Anselm and Editor Autumn Phillips.

The debate is 90 minutes long and runs from 8-9:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for socializing. There will be a cash bar and light snacks. There also will be the opportunity for discussion and socializing for an hour after the debate.

Viewers guide to debate: Candidates hone final arguments for Round 3

It was barely three weeks ago that Donald Trump opened the first presidential debate by asking, with faux deference, if it was OK to refer to his opponent as "Secretary Clinton."

By Round 2 he was back to calling Hillary Clinton "the devil." Since then, the Republican candidate's scorched-earth campaign tactics have left all sides wondering just how low things will go in tonight's final presidential debate.

For her part, Clinton steps up as a flood of hacked emails provides an unprecedented real-time look into the machinations of a presidential campaign — hers. In the disclosed material, Clinton is shown taking positions in paid, private speeches at odds with some of her public pronouncements. And she is revealed as resistant to advice by aides to apologize for her email practices and clear the air. That's all fodder for the debate.

Trump, never known for self-censorship, has pronounced himself "unshackled" at last in the final weeks of the campaign. That has people wondering what Trump possibly has left to unleash.

Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News will have new information about both candidates to delve into during this debate. For Trump, there is the drip-drip drama of women who have come forward to allege that he went after them with unwanted sexual advances. For Clinton, there is the drip-drip of WikiLeaks.

Some things to watch for in tonight's 90-minute faceoff at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas:

• RIGGED: Trump in recent days has tried to deflect attention from the allegations about his sexual advances by complaining that the election process is rigged against him. Without providing any evidence, he wraps together the potential for voter fraud with assertions that his female accusers are part of a plot to smear him. With millions of viewers tuning in, will Trump dwell on conspiracy theories or give voters a more positive reason to vote for him?

• HACKED: Largely overshadowed by the allegations against Trump has been WikiLeaks' day-after-day release of thousands of hacked emails from the Clinton campaign. The emails include excerpts of Clinton's closed-door speeches to Wall Street interests and lots of campaign strategizing over how to contain the political damage related to her handling of classified emails and her use of a private email server. Trump has responded with a scattershot series of criticisms about "Clinton corruption," but he has yet to hone a disciplined line of attack. Wednesday night gives him a fresh opportunity to try to synthesize his message and find a way to make the email controversy stick.

• BREATHE: The campaign took a dramatic detour last week when a series of women came forward with allegations about Trump's sexual advances. Trump's combative response, calling the women "sick" and "liars" and alleging that there's a global conspiracy against him, overtook all other aspects of the campaign for a time. How much oxygen will it suck up in the final debate?

• CIVIL WAR: With a number of Republican officials in open revolt against Trump and worried that he will be a drag on the rest of the ticket, watch to see whether Trump gins up more discord with his party — and whether Clinton steps in to make the case for Democratic control of the House and Senate.

• FINGERS CROSSED: Immigration was hardly mentioned in the first two debates. Social Security never came up. The national debt has gotten only passing notice. Policy wonks have their fingers crossed that neglected issues will finally get an airing in the final debate. Wallace's list of potential topics includes debt and entitlements, immigration, the economy, the Supreme Court and foreign hot spots.

• IT'S BAAACK: A subject that both candidates love to dwell on also is teed up for Round 3: "fitness to be president." Trump and Clinton already have made plain their disdain for each other's qualifications to occupy the Oval Office, but they can be counted on to look for new ways to inveigh against each other's fitness for office.

• CLOSING ARGUMENTS: The first debate attracted a record 84 million viewers and the second 66.5 million. Whatever the viewership for Round 3, it is sure to be the candidates' last chance to speak to such a large audience before Election Day on Nov. 8. Watch what messages the candidates choose to drive home as their closing arguments.

• MIND GAMES: Both candidates have used the debates to try to rattle their opponents — Clinton baited Trump by questioning his wealth and his business acumen. Trump tried to throw off Clinton by seating three women who have accused her husband of sexual impropriety in the front row of the audience at the second debate. Odds are both candidates have saved some fresh theatrics for the final debate.

• MODERATION: Wallace has served notice he won't try to "truth squad" the debate. Given Trump's habit of skirting the truth, that may put the onus on Clinton for more real-time fact checking. So far, she's largely punted, pointing viewers toward her website.

• BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: By the time the debate gets under way, more than 1.6 million Americans already will have voted. For those viewers, the debate could serve to validate their choices — or give them buyer's remorse.

• WANNA PLAY COMEDY WRITER? Keep an eye open for the most mimic-worthy moments: They're likely to show up on "Saturday Night Live's" next parody of the Trump-Clinton contest, featuring Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon as the candidates. "SNL" got an unintended boost when Trump tweeted that Baldwin's Trump impersonation stinks.


Early morning online guy at the Quad-City Times. Muscatine native and Hawkeye fan.