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Deere & Co. is scaling back production at some of its major North American plants, with heightened trade tensions and harsh weather hurting farmers' incomes and lowering equipment demand.

Moline-based Deere on Friday cut its full-year profit forecast. The agriculture-equipment manufacturer reported second-quarter earnings of $1.13 billion, or $3.52 per share. That's lower than the $1.21 billion, or $3.67 per share, reported during the same quarter last year.

The revised forecast is another indicator that farmers, and those in the Midwest in particular, are suffering the brunt of the Trump administration's trade battles. On Friday, the president sought to ease fears over the escalating trade confrontations by lifting tariffs on industrial metals with Mexico and Canada, and he has pledged another aid package for farmers hurt by tariffs.\u00a0

Deere said it lowered its forecasts because farmers aren't buying as much equipment. Farmers are worried about plummeting crop prices, international trade disputes and extreme weather events that have delayed planting, including here in Iowa.\u00a0

Deere's earnings were lower than Wall Street expectations, causing shares to drop more than 7 percent in afternoon trading.\u00a0

\"Ongoing concerns about export-market access, near-term demand for commodities such as soybeans and a delayed planting season in much of North America are causing farmers to become much more cautious about making major purchases,\" Chairman and CEO Samuel Allen said in the report.\u00a0

On a Friday morning call with analysts, Josh Jepsen, director of investor relations, said in response to market dynamics Deere is reducing production in its agriculture business to levels below retail sales. Production will be lower at some of its large North American plants for the remainder of the year.

He said the changes are mostly affecting the production of large agriculture equipment, with its major plants shipping around 20% less than the previous year.\u00a0

Locally, Deere manufactures large agriculture equipment, such as combines and tractors, at its factories in East Moline and Waterloo.\u00a0

Deere spokesman Ken Golden said the company is not specifying where production cuts are being made, only that it plans to under-produce market demand in the second half of the year.\u00a0

\"Production changes can be accomplished without changing the size of the workforce,\" Golden said in an email. \"We have not announced any change in workforce.\"\u00a0\u00a0

Deere lowered its earnings outlook to $3.3 billion for the year, down from the previous forecast of around $3.6 billion. It also lowered its expectation for revenue to increase 7%, now anticipating 5% growth.

Jepsen said in reporting the lower forecast and decision to cut production, Deere is not assuming a trade agreement will be reached in the second half of the year.\u00a0

\"As a result, we're taking down production in an effort to calibrate our field inventory where we want to end the year for 2020,\" he said. \"The 20% ... that's just as an example of our large ag factories, that's not broadly across the division, but on a production-unit basis. That's the magnitude we're seeing in a few of our larger facilities.\"\u00a0

The cuts come as the U.S. and China impose escalating tariffs on billions of dollars in imports, largely taking a toll on soybean farmers, as around 60% of U.S. soybeans are shipped to China.\u00a0

Soybean prices dropped to a 10-year low this week.

Deere isn't the only major agriculture manufacturer hurt by the trade war. Stocks of Caterpillar also are trading lower this year.

Jepsen said scaling back production is the first step in responding to the uncertain market.\u00a0

In the second quarter, worldwide revenue rose 6% to $11.34 billion, from $10.72 billion the same period last year.\u00a0

Deere saw improved sales in the construction and forestry division in the second quarter. Sales rose 11% to $2.99 billion, driven by higher shipment volumes and prices.\u00a0

Despite the lower forecast for the year, Ryan Campbell, chief financial officer, said the company expects a \"full, gradual recovery\" as challenges\u00a0\u2014 including trade tensions, harsh weather conditions and lower equipment demand\u00a0\u2014 are abated.\u00a0

\"Although we did reduce our net income forecast for the year, the $3.3 billion we now forecast for the year would still be the second largest in our history. Our second quarter sales and revenues represent the largest second quarter in company history,\" Golden said in an email. \"We believe more agriculture equipment customers are taking a pause in purchasing due to the short term uncertainties. We continue to believe that the long-term factors remain intact to drive higher sales.\"

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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You probably know some of the most famous people who have ties to the Quad-Cities: Leon \u201cBix\u201d Beiderbecke, Ronald Reagan and John Deere are often rattled off by residents as part of the very fabric of the Quad-Cities.

But there are plenty of famous athletes and entertainers who also hail from the Q-C, including several who have made national names for themselves in recent years. Here is the next generation of famous people from the Quad-Cities, plus some old timers who have stayed in the news.

Scott Beck and Bryan Woods

The co-writers of the 2018 science-fiction/horror hit \u201cA Quiet Place\u201d hail from Bettendorf.

Beck and Woods, who wrote the script with star John Krasinski, graduated from Bettendorf High School in 2003 and from the University of Iowa in 2007.

Beck says living in the Quad-Cities \u201cgave me the experience to form my own voice as a filmmaker, far removed from the Hollywood industry.

\u201cTo this day, I trust artistic instincts and work ethics that were instilled during these early years. I always find myself reflecting on the land, the people, and the Quad-Cities creative community in order to inspire the stories I want to tell.\u201d

\u201cThe Quad Cities taught me the power of community from a very early age,\u201d Woods said. \u201cI owe my entire filmmaking career to all of the incredible hardworking artists, journalists, and teachers who encouraged my artistic voice, and inspired me to grow in ways I couldn't do alone.\u201d

\u201cThere is nothing more rewarding than collaborating on a project with my hometown against the gorgeous backdrop of the Mississippi River, and it's something I look forward to doing many more times in the future,\u201d Woods said.

Madison Keys

At the tender age of 24, Madison Keys already can lay claim to one distinction. It\u2019s really not even close.

She is the best tennis player ever produced by the Quad-Cities.

\"US

Madison Keys reacts after defeating Dominika Cibulkova, of Slovakia, during the fourth round of the 2018 U.S. Open in New York.

Keys was born in Rock Island and although she moved to Florida at the age of 10 to begin training at the Evert Tennis Academy, she still considers the Quad-Cities home.

She has earned a reputation for having one of the most powerful serves and forehands in the sport, and through the years has won four Women\u2019s Tennis Association tournaments, earned more than $10 million in prize money and has consistently ranked in the top 25 of the WTA rankings since 2015. She was ranked as high as No. 7 in the fall of 2016.

She has yet to win a major tournament but made the finals of the U.S. Open in 2017, losing to Sloane Stephens.

Off the court, Keys also has become a spokesman for Fearlessly Girl, a national organization that battles against the bullying and cyber-bullying of high school girls. In 2016, she co-hosted the organization\u2019s first summit in the Quad-Cities.

Margo Price

Margo Price is another QCA native who has achieved national name recognition in recent years.

Price, born in Aledo, was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2019 Grammy Awards, and won Song of the Year at the 2018 Americana Music Honors & Awards for her single \u201cA Little Pain.\u201d The song was included in her second studio album, titled \u201cAll American Made,\u201d released in Oct. 2017. Her debut album, \u201cMidwest Farmer\u2019s Daughter\u201d was released in March 2016.

\"Spotify

Margo Price performs at the Spotify Best New Artist 2019 Party at The Hammer Museum on Feb. 7 in Los Angeles.

After attending Northern Illinois University, Price moved to Nashville, Tenn., where she has lived for 16 years.

Since breaking through in the second half of the 2010s, she\u2019s performed as a musical guest on \u201cSaturday Night Live\u201d and shared a stage with such stars as Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn.

Price last performed in the Quad-Cities in Oct. 2017, when she opened for fellow country artist Chris Stapleton at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline.

\u201cI grew up 30 minutes from here, so it feels real good to be home,\u201d she said from the stage during the concert. \u201cThat\u2019s right, Aledo, Ill.\u201d

Roger Craig

He\u2019s still waiting for the call. More than 25 years after playing his final game in the National Football League, Roger Craig still has not been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

But the former Davenport Central athlete has renewed hope now that he is a senior candidate for induction.

Few dispute that he has the credentials.

\"Roger

Davenport native Roger Craig, a three-time Super Bowl Champion with the 49ers, helps with the final delivery of the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the NFL Experience ahead of the Super Bowl in the San Francisco Bay area.

After starring in football, wrestling and track at Central from 1975-79, Craig had a standout football career at the University of Nebraska and embarked on an 11-year career in the NFL in which the team he played for made the playoffs every season.

As the workhorse running back for the San Francisco 49ers dynasty of the 1980s, he did things no one had ever done before. He was the first player to score three touchdowns in the Super Bowl. In his third pro season, he became the first running back to lead the league in receiving and the first player (one of only two ever) to collect 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season.

He was the Associated Press offensive player of the year and first-team All-Pro in 1988.

In retirement, he has been involved in a long list of charitable endeavors.

He now makes his home in California, but he\u2019s never strayed far from his roots.

\u201cI\u2019m still a Midwest guy at heart,\u2019\u2019 Craig said recently. \u201cI still have Midwest values. I\u2019ve never forgotten the way I grew up back in Davenport.\u2019\u2019

David Johnson

It\u2019s hard to believe now, but recruiters for the largest college football programs in Iowa didn\u2019t really think much of David Johnson when he was coming out of Clinton High School.

So Johnson took his talents to the University of Northern Iowa and has been making the Hawkeyes and Cyclones recruiters look bad ever since.

\"APTOPIX

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) breaks a tackle by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes (26) during a game in Minneapolis.

Johnson, who scored 42 touchdowns as a senior at Clinton in the fall of 2009, performed similar heroics at UNI, rushing for 4,682 yards and collecting 64 touchdowns in four years.

He now is entrenched as one of the best running backs in the NFL as he enters his fifth season with the Arizona Cardinals.

Johnson had to prove himself all over again when he reached the pros. He didn\u2019t become a starter until the final five games of his rookie season in 2015, but he still finished with 581 yards rushing, 457 receiving and 13 touchdowns.

In 2016, he was named first-team All-Pro after rushing for 1,239 yards, catching 80 passes for 879 yards and scoring 20 TDs. He missed almost all of the 2017 season with an injury but came back last fall to enjoy another strong season.

Johnson, now 27, has used his celebrity status for charitable purposes. He and his wife, Meghan, founded the Johnson Family Mission 31 Foundation, whose mission is \u201cto provide opportunities, support and resources to seriously ill children and their families by offering daily support and life-changing experiences.\u2019\u2019

Julia Michaels

Julia Michaels, given name Julia Carin Cavazos, was born in Davenport but didn\u2019t stay here long.

She moved to Santa Clarita, Claif., when she was 4 years old, but her Facebook, which has more than 140,000 likes, still lists her hometown as Davenport, and both she and her parents have referenced her Midwestern roots in several interviews with the Times.

When she was 17, Michael received her big break, co-writing the theme song for the Disney show \u201cAustin & Ally.\u201d

\"Julia

The cover art for Davenport native Julia Michaels' single \"Issues\" is shown.\u00a0

In 2017, Michaels released a smash hit titled \u201cIssues,\u201d for which she was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2018 Grammys. As a songwriter, she has collaborated with some of the biggest names in pop music, including Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo and Kelly Clarkson.

Michaels also performed during the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Seth Rollins

WWE star Seth Rollins, given name Colby Lopez, still has a strong presence in the Quad-Cities.

A graduate of Davenport West High School, Rollins joined the main WWE roster in 2012. Since then, he\u2019s won several championships, including the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

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Davenport's Colby Lopez, who wrestles in the WWE as Seth Rollins,\u00a0 is introduced during a WWE event in front of a packed house at the i Wireless Center April 28, 2015, in Moline.

In 2014, Rollins opened The Black & The Brave Wrestling Academy in the Quad-Cities. Next door to the Davenport academy sits a coffee shop called 392 Caffe, in which Rollins is a partner.

Rollins frequently references the Quad-Cities as a great place to live, and in April he returned to Moline\u2019s TaxSlayer Center as a performer for the first time in several years, when he competed in WWE Live.

Bill Fennelly

Growing up in the Quad-Cities and playing basketball at Davenport West High School, Bill Fennelly may have envisioned himself someday having a legendary coaching career.

As it turns out, he built that legendary career in women's basketball.\u00a0

Coaching at Iowa State since 1995, Fennelly has carved out a reputation as one of the most respected coaches in the country.

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Iowa State women's basketball coach Bill Fennelly talks with a supporter May 23, 2016, during the Iowa State Cyclone Tailgate Tour outing at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.

Before he arrived, Iowa State had enjoyed only five winning seasons and never had made the NCAA tournament. Under him, the Cyclones have made the tournament 18 times, advancing to the Sweet 16 three times and the Elite Eight twice.

He has a record of 504-261 at Iowa State and, including seven previous seasons as the head coach at Toledo, he is 670-321.

His teams also have been a hit at the box office. The Cyclones regularly rank among the top 10 women\u2019s teams in the country in attendance. In 2011, they ranked third.

Fennelly, 61, has coached three U.S. national teams to championships, winning gold medals at the 2008 FIBA Americas 18-under championships, the 2009 FIBA 19-under World Championships and the 2011 World University Games.

Chasson Randle

At least for the moment, Chasson Randle can make the claim he's the only player on an NBA roster from the Quad-Cities.

After leading Rock Island to a state championship in 2011, Randle went on to star at Stanford. The point guard led the Cardinal to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament during his junior season and to a National Invitation Tournament championship as a senior.

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Rock Island native and Washington Wizards guard Chasson Randle dribbles the ball against Chicago Bulls guard Ryan Arcidiacono during an April 3 game in Washington.\u00a0

Randle closed his career with 2,375 points, which happened to be a school record at the time of his graduation.

Since then, Randle has been all over the globe trying to make it in professional basketball. He played in the Czech Republic's National Basketball League and spent a year with Real Madrid in helping them win a EuroLeague title.

Randle, 26, has had several stints in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks and currently with the Washington Wizards. The 6-foot-2 Randle earned his first guaranteed contract with the club last January and played in 49 games. He averaged 5.5 points and 2.0 assists per game.

\"There was never a time when I thought this wouldn't happen,\" Randle said. \"I just stayed ready for when it would happen. I have always believed it is God's plan. I put in the time and He did the rest.\"

Randle also has given back to the community. He hosts a camp each summer called the \"Chasson Randle Dream Big Camp.\"

Eric Christian Olsen

Eric Christian Olsen, star of \u201cNCIS: Los Angeles,\u201d is a Bettendorf High School graduate.

He is married to actress Sarah Wright (she starred opposite Tom Cruise in \u201cAmerican Made\u201d), and they have two children.

\u201cFoundationally, the Quad-Cities is a harbor for me,\u201d he said. The Quad-Cities, including his experiences at Bettendorf High School and with the ComedySportz improvisational troupe, gave him the strong foundation of self-confidence. \u201cWhatever happens in the world, that\u2019s home. I\u2019m very proud to say I came from the Quad-Cities, from the Midwest. I was never escaping anything,\u201d he said.

Olsen, who has been part of the cast of \u201cNCIS\u201d since 2010, enjoys doing feature-film work, but his \u201cNCIS\u201d shooting schedule generally prevents that. \u201cWe shoot for 10 straight months,\u201d he said.

In addition to acting, Olsen continues to develop projects with his production company, Cloud Nine Productions.

Development, he said is like a glacier. \u201cFor 10,000 years it doesn\u2019t move, and then everybody says, \u2018It\u2019s about to fall into the ocean!\u2019\u201d

With Cloud Nine, he wants to find common threads of humanity and tell those stories, Olsen said.

Among them is \u201cWoke,\u201d a pilot for HULU, about an African-American cartoonist whose two-dimensional cartoons come to life.

Robbie Lawler

Robbie Lawler has kept the Quad-Cities mixed martial arts legacy alive in recent years.

The Bettendorf graduate has been one of the most electric fighters in the UFC since his return to the sport's top promotion in 2013, reaching the pinnacle when he became the welterweight champion with a split decision win over Johny Hendricks in 2014.

\"It was a long road. It wasn\u2019t easy,\" Lawler said after winning the title. \"There were points in time where I could have given up and just given in and just been another guy, been happy with not fulfilling my potential. But I always believed in myself, just kept pushing forward and just kept training and knew one day I would be able to do this.\"

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Bettendorf graduate, Robbie Lawler, right, hits Carlos Condit during his welterweight championship bout at UFC 195 in Las Vegas in January 2016.\u00a0

Lawler's journey brought back memories of the days of fellow Bulldog Pat Miletich, who became the sport's first welterweight champion in 1998. Along with manager/promoter Monte Cox, the Bettendorf duo put the Quad-Cities at the forefront of the MMA movement in the early 2000s.

The best in the world came to train with Miletich at his Bettendorf gym, including former UFC titleholders Matt Hughes, Tim Sylvia and Jens Pulver. That gym, which Miletich sold in 2010, is where Lawler got his start at age 16.

Lawler broke into the UFC in 2002 and was billed as a true up-and-comer, one of the fiercest knockout artists in the sport.

But Lawler's path wasn't without some lumps, as he left the UFC in 2004 and spent the next eight years bouncing from promotion to promotion.

He returned to the UFC in 2013 with a bang, winning eight of his first nine fights, including capturing the welterweight title. After his win over Hendricks, Lawler defended his title twice before suffering a first-round knockout to Tyron Woodley in 2016.

Since then, Lawler, now 37, has gone 1-2 in the UFC and is 28-13-0 in his career. He is now the 10th-ranked welterweight in the UFC.

Kevin McKee

The rise of the United States national sled hockey team has had a distinct Quad-Cities flavor.

What started with Bettendorf's Andy Yohe winning a bronze medal at the Paralympics as a member of the team in 2006 and a gold medal in 2010 has continued with Davenport's Kevin McKee.

McKee made his Paralympic debut in 2014, partnering with Yohe as the U.S. captured another gold medal with a 1-0 win over Russia at the Sochi Paralympics.

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Davenport native Kevin McKee skates in a game against Germany during the 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships in Buffalo, NY.\u00a0

After Yohe retired in 2017, McKee helped the U.S. to another gold medal with a 2-1 win over Canada at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea.

Born with caudal regression syndrome, McKee has been a member of the U.S. national team for 10 seasons and outside of the Paralympics, has also won six titles at the Para Hockey Cup and has also won three gold medals and two silvers in five World Championships.

He most recently played in four games at the 2019 World Championships earlier this month in the Czech Republic, tallying a pair of assists to help the national team win a gold medal.

In 115 games with Team USA, McKee has scored 40 goals and added 64 assists for 104 points.

Dayton Moore

Dayton Moore has been the general manager of the Kansas City Royals for nearly 13 years.

But his love of baseball was nurtured and cultivated in the Quad-Cities.

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Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore is a 1985 graduate of Moline High School.

Moore was a three-year starter at shortstop for the Moline High School baseball team. He graduated in 1985 and although he had a chance to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he chose instead to play baseball at Garden City Community College and later George Mason University.

After four years as an assistant coach at George Mason, he got his chance to work in professional baseball when the Atlanta Braves hired him as an area scouting supervisor in 1994. He worked his way up through the Braves organization as assistant director of scouting and player development, director of international scouting, director of player personnel and assistant general manager of baseball operations.

The Royals named him as their general manager on June 8, 2006.

Operating in one of major league baseball\u2019s smallest markets is daunting, but Moore has risen above the challenges. Kansas City appeared in the World Series in consecutive years, in 2014 and 2015, and defeated the New York Mets to win their first world championship in 30 years in 2015.

Don Nelson

When Don Nelson graduated from Rock Island High School in 1958, his father wanted him to become a watchmaker.

Nelson chose to pursue a career in basketball instead. He made the right choice.

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Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns greets his former coach Don Nelson in 2004. Rock Island High School Class of 1958 graduate Nelson coached Nash when he played for the Dallas Mavericks.\u00a0

Nelson, who lived on a farm near Sherrard and in Rock Island as a kid, became an all-time great at the University of Iowa, averaging 21.2 points per game and departing in 1962 as the school\u2019s career scoring leader.

He played 15 years in the NBA, most of that with the great Boston Celtics teams of the 1960s and 1970s. In 1974-75, he became the oldest (34) and shortest (6-foot-6) player ever to lead the league in field goal percentage.

He then spent 31 years as a head coach in the NBA, with the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks, winning more games (1,335) than any coach in the history of the league.

The free-spirited Nelson, now 78 and retired, has made headlines in recent years for things other than basketball.

In 2012, he went through graduation exercises at Iowa, finally completing his degree 50 years after leaving the university. In 2018, he spoke openly about his frequent use of marijuana and the celebrity poker games he hosts at his home on Maui.

Lara Flynn Boyle

Davenport native Lara Flynn Boyle is likely best-known for her role as Donna Hayward in the hit television series \"Twin Peaks.\"

She portrayed Assistant District Attorney Helen Gamble in the 1997 series, \"The Practice.\"

In 2002, Boyle played a lead role in \"Men in Black II\" as the shapeshifting alien Serleena. Boyle has been among the cast members of many other popular movies, including \u201cWayne\u2019s World\u201d and \u201cPoltergeist III.\u201d

According to www.imdb.com, Boyle was born in Davenport on March 24, 1970. Her most recent feature film was the 2014 \u201cLucky Dog\u201d romantic comedy.

Lissie

Born in Rock Island, Elisabeth Corrin Maurus, known by her stage name Lissie, released her fourth studio album in March 2018. Two singles off of her 2010 album \"Catching a Tiger\" cracked singles charts in the United Kingdom.\u00a0

Mary Beth Peil

Davenport native Mary Beth Peil has put together a long and storied career in film, television and theater.

After attending Northwestern University in Evanson, Ill., Peil spent several years touring with opera companies. She first received major theater recognition when she played Anna Leonowens in 1983\u2019s The King and I, a role for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

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Mary Beth Peil

She has acted in more than 15 feature-length movies since then, including 2004\u2019s \u201cThe Stepford Wives.\u201d She broke into mainstream television when she played Evelyn \u201cGrams\u201d Ryan in \u201cDawson\u2019s Creek,\u201d which ran from 1998 to 2003. She was also a recurring character on \u201cThe Good Wife,\u201d a critically acclaimed legal and political drama that aired on CBS from 2009 to 2016.

Matthew Ashford

Matthew Ashford, born in Davenport, has acted in several soap operas but playing Jack Devereaux on \u201cDays of Our Lives\u201d for more than 15 years brought him mainstream fame. He won several Soap Opera Digest Awards for his role as Devereaux, including Outstanding Daytime Villain and Favorite Daytime Supercouple, an award that he shared with actress Melissa Reeves. He also was the presenter for the 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 1996.

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She was known not by her name, but by her face. For 50 years she was \u201cthe powder puff lady,\u201d or \u201cthe clown woman,\u201d or more starkly, the woman who always wore a white face.

She puzzled most everyone, but was a gentle friend to many. However and whatever, she was the Quad-Cities\u2019 most unique personality.

Now, Martha Davis of Davenport is dead at 90.

True to her wishes, she was laid to rest Saturday with her face in white makeup.

She was an enigma. Martha was a black woman who chose to cover her face in heavy white makeup. It was so thick that it often looked like white pancake batter was spread over her face. She would not bare her hands. Always, even on the hottest summer days, she wore white gloves.

Why? Why?

STORIES ARE ENDLESS. Most are urban legends, because Martha herself was a legend.

She would shop at Walgreen\u2019s or Aldi in white makeup, wearing one of her assortment of wigs \u2014 some flowing black, some curly, often an outrageous blonde. \u00a0Often, her white cheeks were rouged in bright red. People stared, usually shocked, but Martha would shrug them off as if nothing about her was unusual.

Even after talking to dozens of people, mostly relatives, the reason for Martha\u2019s white makeup is not clear. \u00a0The riddle was buried with her Saturday at Oakdale Cemetery, after services at Bethel AME Church, Davenport.

Some believed she covered her face in white because she had been scarred in a fire or accident. That is not true. A niece, Darlene Goins of East Moline, described her Aunt Martha as a beautiful woman. \u201cWhen she was younger, she looked like Lena Horne, the movie star.\u201d

Tyrone Orr, the mortician who knew Martha well, says, \u201cWhen we found her dead in her home, she was not in white face. But there was a little bit of white in her wrinkles. There was no scarring. \u00a0She was a beautiful woman.\u201d

FAMILY MEMBERS agree that they don\u2019t know why she chose to look white. They say it was her secret. One says it began in the late 1950s. Of all the reasons, the most logical one comes from her niece, Darlene: \u201cShe always wanted to be an angel. Angels are white, and that\u2019s what she wanted to be, an angel.\u201d\u00a0

Martha\u2019s sister, Lula Rose of Rock Island, says, \u201cShe just liked to do it; that\u2019s what she wanted.\u201d\u00a0

Being what she wanted could be startling to others. \u00a0Capt. Dave Struckman of the Davenport Police Department was a kid in 1963 working at Murray\u2019s supermarket. Employees would say, \u201cThe white-face woman is in the store.\u201d

It\u2019s remembered that she carried large amounts of money, mistrusting banks. \u201cOh, she always had a big wad, thousands of dollars,\u201d Lula says. Her income came from rental properties and cleaning houses.

Dozens of comments have been posted on her obituary at qctimes.com, most offering condolences. But some frankly questioned the photos with it, one of Martha in younger days, the other of her in white makeup. Those who handle such things at this newspaper say they’ve never seen so many responses to an obituary.  Some were cruel, recalling ugly rumors. Most were kind, along the line of “you can’t judge a book by its cover.”

Several times I had approached Martha, asking for an interview. \u00a0She smiled, cracking the heavy makeup, but always waved me away with her gloved hand.

Those who knew her said that despite eccentricities, she was a good neighbor, a kindly person who loved to talk endlessly on the phone. One remembers seeing her, about 1990, at the old \u00a0Fun Shop in Davenport. \u00a0She was buying makeup.\u00a0

Her niece, Darlene, says, \u201cAunt Martha always said, \u2018Promise, put me away right.\u2019 \u201d

Darlene says she was put away right, in smooth white makeup and wearing a frosted blonde wig.

Contact Bill Wundram at (563) 383-2249 or bwundram@qctimes.com.

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Some people have mowed their lawns five times or more this season.

Tara Witherow hasn't mowed hers once. And she doesn't plan to.

Witherow is anti-lawn. She looks up and down her Davenport street at the nicely shorn rectangles of bright green in front of the homes and she sees \"wasted space.\"

That is because mowed turfgrass provides no habitat or food for pollinators, and this is important to Witherow because she is deeply concerned that, as natural habitats and biodiversity shrink worldwide, the future of life on Earth is at risk.

So instead of mowing her lawn, she is bit by bit replacing the grass with other kinds of plants. At first she planted just about anything, without regard to whether it was native or not.

Then she learned that in order to quality for the city of Davenport's Native Roots program in which a homeowner can be exempted from the mowing ordinance, her yard had to contain at least 80 percent specifically native plants.

So she moved the hostas and daylilies to her backyard and concentrated on buying \u2014 or acquiring free from friends \u2014 native plants such as asters, goldenrod and spiderwort.

Native plants are preferred because they provide food for native insects and birds. They generally are deep-rooted, helping to reduce reduce storm water runoff by infiltrating water into the soil and reducing pollution. They provide habitat and their long-roots sequester more carbon than short-rooted varieties.

\"Now is the time to bring back biodiversity, to feed pollinators, to catch carbon and put it back into the soil,\" Witherow said, standing on her sidewalk, looking up and down the street. \"They (scientists) say we have only a few years left.\"

By this she means the urgency of reducing greenhouse gases to keep the rise of the Earth's temperature below 1.5 degrees C, thereby avoiding the worst effects of runaway climate change.

By the amount of space they cover, lawns are this country's biggest single crop \"and they don't do anything for us,\" Witherow said.

\"My dream is to get lawns switched over to where (they are) helping the environment, not hurting the environment. Imagine the impact we could have. That would be huge. I'd like to see people at least add flowers.\"

A United Nationals science report issued earlier this month says 1 million species of plants and animals are at risk of going extinct. Planting native species, even in window boxes or patio containers, encourage the native insects upon which birds depend, particularly for feeding their young, according to the National Audubon Society.

As Witherow gets started talking, the words just pour out. No wonder she feels so comfortable speaking to groups, such as churches, libraries or service groups. And her concern is palpable.

\"We're in a climate crisis, and now is the time. Don't put it off.

\"There's no reason we can't. It's easier than you think. If I can do it anyone can do it. I'm not a scientist, I'm not a botanist. I'm just a regular person. It's something you can do. It's tangible.\"

Another reason Witherow is critical of manicured lawns is that they require inputs to maintain the \"carpet\" look \u2014 extra water in dry times, which she sees as a waste of resources, plus fertilizer and weed and bug killers that can wash away and affect water quality. Not to mention the greenhouse gas emissions produced by most lawn mowers.

Between agriculture and cities, \"we've pretty much eliminated all the wilderness,\" she said. \"The one empty spot we could use to re-wild is the front lawn.\"

She said she hasn't received any complaints from neighbors, just questions about what she is doing and why.

She is more than happy to explain.

Recycling, native plantings help the planet
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Scott County Sheriff\u2019s investigators arrested another alleged methamphetamine dealer Tuesday.

Mark Steven Maynard Jr., 35, of Pleasant Valley is charged with two counts of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Both charges are Class C felonies under Iowa law, each of which carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Maynard also is charged with interference with official acts when the vehicle he was riding in tried to flee police.

According to the arrest affidavit filed by Scott County Sheriff\u2019s Sgt. Daniel Furlong, on Dec. 19, agents of the Sheriff\u2019s Department were watching Maynard\u2019s apartment in Pleasant Valley. At 9:50 a.m., they saw Maynard meet with a Robert Andrew Balzer in a parking lot near Maynard\u2019s residence.

Officers were able to stop Balzer after he met with Maynard and found 0.2 grams of methamphetamine.

Balzer, 54, of 4690 Criswell St., Bettendorf, was arrested Thursday on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, a serious misdemeanor that carries a jail sentence of up to one year. Balzer was released after posting a $100 cash bond.

In searching Maynard\u2019s residence, investigators seized digital scales and packaging materials. Maynard also told officers he sold methamphetamine to Balzer.

Maynard was being held Tuesday night in the Scott County Jail on bonds totaling $50,300, cash or surety.

The investigation is continuing.

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On an August night in 2017, way past Ken Hopper's bedtime, No. 5 called.

\"His spot in formation with the Blue Angels,'' Hopper explains of the late-night caller's moniker.

\"We want to fly in your show,'' Hopper recalled No. 5 saying to Hopper, founder of the Quad City Air Show.

The Blue Angels were flying a show in California, which means there was the time difference. \"He was awake and I wasn't,'' Hopper said. \"Half-asleep, I said OK. So now we have a show.''

So with that, Hopper had secured the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, arguably the world's greatest tactical flying team, to headline the 31st Quad City Air Show.

The event, which has traditionally drawn approximately 100,000 spectators, returns after a two-year hiatus, Saturday-Sunday, June 29-30, at Davenport Municipal Airport.

\"It's been a challenge to bring this to life,'' said Hopper, who leads the aviation division of a medical company, and has been doing cross-country, double-duty the past two years. In 35 years of bringing air shows to life, Hopper has guided over 225 shows from start to finish.

\"I'm not complaining,\" he said, but his day job deserves \"60-plus hours a week, and my end of the air show at least 45; so you do the math,'' Hopper added. \"Still, though, it's going to be a great weekend.''

The Quad City Air Show has been selected as one of only 12 sites to host 2019 Navy Week. It begins June 24 and culminates with the Blue Angels dazzling the QC Air Show crowd June 29-30.

In addition to the Blue Angels, the weekend features a long list of top air show performers.

Some of the featured acts are:\u00a0

\u2022 U.S. Navy Parachute Team \"The Leap Frogs\"

\u2022\u00a0Aerobatic pilot Kirby Chambliss.

\u2022\u00a0Red Bull SkyDive Team.

\u2022 U.S. Air Force C-17 Demonstration Team.

\u2022\u00a0USAF Heritage Flight, featuring the P-38J and the A-10.

\u2022\u00a0Aftershock Jet Truck.

\u2022 Class of 1945\u00a0\u2014 The P-51 Mustang and the FAU-5 Corsair.

\"Great acts, all of them,'' Hopper said of the show's line-up. \"You take some time off and then come back, you had better come back with something really special. That's what we did. It's safe to say this is our best show, but after two years away, it had better be.''

In addition to air-related acts, the 2019 Quad City Air Show has a pair of special twists planned.

The \"Pulling for Hope Plane Pull'' will benefit Gilda's Club of the Quad Cities. Teams will compete by pulling a 30,000-pound airplane 12 feet down the airport's runway.

Teams can consist of a maximum of 10 members but can choose to pull with less than 10 if desired. Groups will compete to see who can pull the plane 12 feet in the fastest amount of time with two consecutive pulls. For information, go to\u00a0https://www.gildasclubqc.org.

Since 2014, the band Electric Shock has been performing an AC/DC tribute show faithfully replicating AC/DC musically and visually. At 6 p.m. on Air Show Saturday, Electric Shock will perform. Admission is included with an Air Show pass.

\"My family has been amazing with all this,'' Hopper said. \"And the community has responded in great fashion. We are all looking forward to bring our community a show it deserves and it deserves the best.''

As far as the future, Hopper, at age 62, says he has one long-term goal.

\"I know at 65, I'm retiring,'' he said. \"Until then we'll see what lay ahead.''

Tickets for the 2019 Quad City Air Show are available online at www.quadcityairshow.com. At Costco a one-day adult pass costs $25, $10 for a one-day youth pass.

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Six people face charges after a large disturbance erupted early Monday in the Harrison Street parking ramp in downtown Davenport.

Davenport police were called at 2 a.m., Monday, to 202 Harrison St. to a report of a large group fighting, according to a news release from the Davenport Police Department.

Initial information reported a possible gun involved, but this information was not substantiated, police said.

Upon arrival police encountered about 100 people screaming and yelling profanities, according to court documents.

Six adults were arrested for their involvement.

Arrested were:

\"Lakishya

Lakishya Howard

\u2022 Lakishya Howard, 34, of 1530 N. Ripley St. Howard was charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

\"Halbert

Halbert Jackson

\u2022 Halbert Jackson, 33, no address given. Jackson was charged with disorderly conduct.

\"Kandace

Kandace Lester

\u2022 Kandace Lester, 30, 3237 Orchard Ave. Lester was charged with failure to disperse.

\"December

December Quinn

\u2022 December Quinn, 32, 1028 E. 14th St. Quinn was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to disperse.

\"Deontrice

Deontrice Overstreet

\u2022 Deontrice Overstreet, 27, no address given. Overstreet was charged with public intoxication and failure to disperse.

\"Charlotte

Charlotte Burrage

\u2022 Charlotte Burrage, 43, of 706\u00bd W. 16th St. Burrage is charged with public intoxication and stopping, standing or parking where prohibited.

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A Davenport felon arrested earlier this year after police say they found marijuana and guns in his motel room has been indicted in federal court.

A federal grand jury on May 8 handed up a three-count indictment that charges Curtis Lee Smith, 25, with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and felon in possession of a firearm.

Court records show that he made an initial appearance on the charges Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Davenport. He will be arraigned Friday.

A detention hearing also will be held that day.

Smith initially was charged in Scott County District Court with trafficking stolen weapons, possession of a firearm by a felon, failure to affix drug stamp, and possession with intent to deliver marijuana in connection with the case.

Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a motion to dismiss those charges because of the federal indictment.

According to arrest affidavits filed in the state case, Davenport police executed a search warrant on Jan. 25 at Smith\u2019s room at the Quad-City Inn, 6111 N. Brady St. He detained in connection with an investigation into a shots fired incident that occurred in October.

During a search of the room, detectives found two glass jars that contained 128.2 grams of marijuana concealed inside a vent.

Detectives also found a loaded Ruger LCP .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun, a loaded Lorcin L380 semi-automatic handgun, and a Taurus PT1911 .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the vent.

A records check revealed the Taurus PT1911 and Lorcin L380 had been reported stolen.

Detectives also found in the room several other jars with marijuana residue and multiple digital scales. Smith also was in possession of $2,060 in cash.

He has previous felony convictions for third-degree burglary and escape, which prohibits him from possessing or owning a firearm.

Smith also was charged in January with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, and going armed with intent in the shooting case.

According to arrest affidavits, at 1:21 p.m. on Oct. 20, Smith got out of a vehicle and chased another person across Taylor Street. Smith was armed with a .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol and fired two rounds at the person.

Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a motion to dismiss the charges without prejudice, meaning that charges could be brought again.

They also filed a motion to dismiss charges in a separate drug case, according to court records.

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