1. Q-C connection
Within hours of the tragic shooting that targeted Republican lawmakers and staff members Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, we learned that the man who opened fire had spent time in the Quad-Cities, volunteering for the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders before the 2016 Iowa caucuses. James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, died after he was shot by police at the scene of the shooting. As the news unfolded, former Davenport Alderman Wayne Hean recalled meeting Hodgkinson during the caucus campaign.
2. Back in office
The Muscatine mayoral saga continued last week with major developments. On Wednesday, lawyers for the City Council and ousted Mayor Diana Broderson argued their cases before a Muscatine County District Court judge. On Thursday, the council members who removed Broderson from office took the first steps toward appointing her replacement. Then, Friday, Judge Mark Smith rules that Broderson must be reinstated immediately while her appeal of the council's decision is heard in court. Stay tuned for more.
3. Primary winners
Marion Meginnis and Carlton Wills will move on to another election on July 11 as they vie to represent Davenport's 3rd Ward on City Council. Meginnis and Wills finished in the top two in Tuesday's primary, which eliminated four other candidates in the race. Turnout was low with 513 people casting ballots out of 7,716 registered voters in the ward. Meginnis received 260 votes, or 50.1 percent, to Wills' 147 votes, or 28.6 percent.
4. Big development
Costco Wholesale's plans for a warehouse store north of 53rd street to the west of Elmore Avenue in Davenport got a big boost Friday as city staff recommended that a rezoning request and development plan be approved. The next step in the process comes at 5 p.m. Tuesday when the city's Plan and Zoning Commission takes up the plans. After that action, the project moves to the City Council.
5. Road to success
Davenport's Veterans Memorial Parkway project also took a big step forward last week as the City Council awarded a $6.1 million contract to Valley Construction Co. of Rock Island for the final phase of the roadway. This will complete the section from Jersey Ridge Road to 500 feet east of Elmore Avenue. It was more than 12 years ago that the council gave its authorization for the project, which has taken several twists and turns since then.
6. High-level meeting
There's no question the project to build a new Interstate 74 bridge over the Mississippi River is a big one. Still, another sign of its importance is that it will bring the governors of Iowa and Illinois together for their first joint appearance here in memory. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner are expected to be in the Quad-Cities on June 26 for the groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction of the new bridge.
7. 'Fighting for her life'
We learned more last week about the seriousness of the injuries Sharica Hamilton, 25, suffered when she was struck by a car June 7 at River Drive and Division Street in Davenport. Her former partner, Marquise Begley, told reporter Tara Becker that "My baby is fighting for her life." Hamilton is being treated at University Hospitals, Iowa City. Meanwhile, Hamilton's current partner, Shonda Rena Carter, 40, is accused of willful injury causing serious injury, serious injury by vehicle and operating while under the influence-second offense.
8. Wedding rescue
The most popular story on our website last week was about a groomsman taking a break from wedding photos to rescue a toddler who fell into the lagoon at Vander Veer Botanical Park in Davenport. Lance Wilden, 24, of Davenport, was with his sister and the rest of her wedding party when Wilden saw the boy head toward the water and fall in. Wilden was able to reach in and pluck the toddler out of the lagoon, but that did a bit of a number on his rented tux. An usher loaned Wilden his jacket so the photo shoot could continue while a bridesmaid called Ducky's to arrange for another tux.
9. Lots of rods
Hundreds and hundreds of hot rods, muscle cars and vintage vehicles took over the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds on Monday. It was all part of the 23rd annual Hot Rod Power Tour, sponsored by Hot Rod Magazine. Davenport was the third stop on the weeklong tour that started in Kansas City, Missouri, and ended Friday in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
10. Neighborhood pantry
A new trend is moving into the Quad-Cities, patterned after the Little Free Libraries that began popping up in the area and across the country a few years ago. Except, these boxes contain food for those who need it. Reported Jack Cullen profiled a Little Free Pantry that Nancy Barton has spearheaded at Grace Lutheran Church, 1140 E. High St., across from Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street. While reporting on that pantry, Jack learned that there are several other Little Free Pantries scattered across the Quad-Cities.