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A Quad-City developer's plans for a housing development near West Lake Park hit a roadblock Thursday after the Scott County Board of Supervisors denied a rezoning request.\u00a0\u00a0

By a 4-1 vote, the board turned down Grunwald Land Development's application to rezone 60 acres of farmland near the county-owned park from C-2 (commercial and light industrial) to R-1 (single-family residential).\u00a0

Developer Dale Grunwald, of Long Grove, and his partners who own the land have proposed building a 50-lot housing subdivision known as West Lake Park Settlement. North of the county's West Lake Park, south of Locust Street and along the west side of Interstate 280, the ground is farmed by Engelbrecht Farms.

Before the vote, Grunwald and Kevin Engelbrecht, of Eldridge, discussed with the board the lack of development on the site.\u00a0

\"It has not developed because it does not have sewer,\" Engelbrecht said. \"We came up with the most feasible solution for the property.\"

He added that building 50 new homes would generate new taxes with 33 percent going to the county. He estimated the subdivision also would add 100 students to the Davenport schools.\u00a0 \u00a0\u00a0

\"What's the benefit for the county, city of Davenport or Davenport schools if it sits vacant 20 more years?\" Engelbrecht asked.

Grunwald said the site also could attract workers from the nearby Sterilite and Heinz Kraft plants. \"Where are they going for a new house? They're not staying in Davenport. They're going to Bettendorf,\" he said.\u00a0\u00a0

Supervisor Ken Croken, the only vote in support of the rezoning, said he's \"loathed to undermine the wisdom of the Planning & Zoning Commission.\"

The commission previously voted unanimously to recommend approval of the rezoning.\u00a0

But Supervisor John Maxwell, a farmer, said the board's forefathers intended for the property to be zoned commercial. \"What we'll see in the future, we don't know,\" he said.\u00a0

After the meeting, Grunwald said the project will continue forward. \"We'll go back to the drawing board, back to figure it all out.\"

But he was surprised the county board did not follow the advice of its planning commission.\u00a0

\"Davenport thinks it's urban sprawl,\" he said, adding that the property is surrounded by development on all sides. \"We're just filling in a gap.\"

The county board's denial also came on the heels of the city's Plan and Zoning Commission's 9-0 vote (with one abstention) recommending the preliminary plat be denied. Their decision will be forwarded to the Davenport City Council, which ultimately will make a recommendation to the county board.

In an interview earlier Thursday, Matt Flynn, Davenport's senior planning manager, said the city has the authority to review the plat because the site is within two miles of city limits. He said staff recommended denial because the project's infrastructure does not meet city standards and, although it is adjacent to city limits, the site falls outside the city's Urban Service Boundary.

Among the infrastructure issues were a lack of curb/gutter and sidewalks as well as inadequate stormwater detention.

He compared the case to the neighborhood behind where Portillo's restaurant is being built on 53rd Street. Flynn said that neighborhood also was developed as a rural subdivision and faces issues with stormwater runoff filling up the ditches.\u00a0

\"We're not supportive of doing large-scale developments on septic tanks,\" he said of Grunwald's proposal for septic systems for each home.\u00a0\u00a0

Annexation would require extending sewer to the site at an estimated cost of $4.5 million, which Flynn said, \"We're not in a position to do, and nor is the developer.\"

In the county, he said, the site would have to \"to rely on rural services, including possibly volunteer fire service from Walcott or Blue Grass.\"\u00a0

In other business, the county board:

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In court testimony, Latrice Lacey said she \u201cdidn\u2019t feel like I had a choice\u201d but to go see the man she is accused of attacking with a sledgehammer, because he kept harassing her.

She also said police \"didn't help at all\" when she reported the abuse.

Lacey, 34, director of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, is charged with three counts of domestic abuse assault and one count of first-degree harassment in Scott County Court. Prosecutors say Lacey was the aggressor when she assaulted the man outside of his workplace, McDonnell Property Management, formerly McDonnell & Associates, on Pershing Avenue the morning of April 30.

The Times does not identify alleged victims in domestic cases. The man did not testify in the case, which will begin closing arguments Friday.

Lacey testified she and the man lived together off and on for years and once had a romantic relationship. He moved out in April 2017, she said, but occasionally stayed at the house. Things turned ugly when he discovered she was dating a white man. He began to harass her, choked her in her home in late January 2018, and broke out windows on her boyfriend\u2019s vehicle three times between February and April 30.

Assistant Scott County Attorney Samuel Huff asked if she followed up with police after each alleged incident to tell them the man continued to contact her and was \u201cconfessing to things\" in text messages.

\u201cIs that the normal course of a police investigation?\u201d she asked, before saying no.

\"So you feel like you did everything you could do with law enforcement, and that the reason things went the way they did on April 30 is that law enforcement couldn\u2019t possibly have helped you anymore?\u201d Huff asked.

\u201cWell, they didn\u2019t help at all,\u201d Lacey replied.

No charges were filed against the man regarding any of the incidents Lacey alleged.

During her testimony, she recounted the events of that day. She was on the phone with a friend when her boyfriend said his car, parked in the garage, had been damaged again.

Her friend came over after her boyfriend took her car to take her daughter to school. While the pair were in the garage, they found a sledge hammer near his car. She picked up the hammer, put it in her friend\u2019s car and they drove to the Davenport Police Department to turn it over as evidence. On the way, they drove past the man\u2019s workplace and she told her friend to pull over.

\u201cI said, \u2018This has got to stop, just pull over there,\u2019\u201d Lacey testified. \u201c\u2019I\u2019m going to talk to him about this because he needs to stop coming to my house. This is ridiculous.'\u201d

When the man came out of the building, she told him, \u201cyou need to stay away from my house, and, he said \u2018I don\u2019t know what you\u2019re talking about,\u2019\u201d and pushed her.

Lacey testified she asked him, \u201cAre you looking for a reaction, is this the reaction that you\u2019re looking for?\u201d

One of the times he pushed her caused her ankle to roll, she testified. Lacey said she pushed him against the building window and held his arms because he kept hitting and pushing her.

Her friend tried to stop him from assaulting her and tried to get between them. His co-worker, Mark McDonnell, who testified earlier in the week, had come out of the building and was standing back.

She testified that she said, \u201cI am going to make sure that the police arrest him. They haven\u2019t followed up on any of the other things, but I\u2019m going to go down there and demand that they come and arrest him.\u201d

Lacey said opened the car door, but the man started to assault her, and her friend ran back around because \u201cWe\u2019re supposed to be talking, and he\u2019s consistently attacking me.\u201d

She thought McDonnell was trying to calm the man down. The man started to argue with her friend, and she got between them and then got into the car. At one point, he got on top of her.

Lacey said her friend told him to stop and retrieved a baseball bat from the back seat of the car. He eventually got out of the car, saw her friend with the bat, and threatened to \u201cbeat the hell out of both of us,\u201d Lacey said.

She told the man he was \u201cnot going to touch her,\u201d and she grabbed the sledgehammer from the back seat of the car.

\u201cHe says, \u2018You\u2019re not going to hit me with that.\u2019 I said, \u2018If you hit her, I will hit you with it,\u2019\u201d Lacey said. \u201cHe said, \u2018No you won\u2019t,\u2019 and he lunged forward and grabbed the hammer, and I tried to swing it to move him back.\u201d

Lacey said he finally got the sledgehammer from her hand. He pushed her down and was \u201cattacking me\u201d until McDonnell and another co-worker restrained him. Lacey and her friend left and called 911 and had police meet her at her house.

When questioned by Huff, Lacey said she intended to go to his workplace that day to talk to him, not confront him. She also denied she hit him in the face with her hand.

Lacey said after the April 30 incident, she provided some of her text messages to Scott County Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Roloff, then a detective, to compare them to messages from the man\u2019s phone. She did so on the condition they would not be shared with anyone.\u00a0She said text messages sent after the strangling incident were threatening, sometimes apologetic, and sometimes begging her not to send him to jail.

She said Thursday when Roloff asked if the pair were in an intimate relationship, she told him no. That was not true, she acknowledged, when questioned by Defense attorney Murray Bell.

Testimony wrapped up Thursday and closing arguments are expected to begin Friday. If convicted, Lacey could face up to two years in prison on two domestic abuse assault charges, which are aggravated misdemeanors. The third domestic abuse assault charge is a serious misdemeanor. The harassment charge is an aggravated misdemeanor.

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With construction season in the rear view and a slew of summertime projects on the way, city officials want to make progress on the next piece of Davenport's riverfront.

A resolution on next week's city council\u2019s agenda would establish an eight-member task force assigned to approving a design firm and design plan for a piece of land between Harrison and Perry streets. The land is now called the Regional Activity Area of Main Street Landing.

The task force would also be assigned two city staff members for advice as they evaluate options.

City officials have long expressed a desire to build attractive event spaces along the city-owned stretch of downtown riverfront property, promising a boon for the regional economy through increases in tourism and population. Several iterations of riverfront plans have been commissioned, including one in 2004 and another in 2014, but elected officials have yet to find a clear path to pay for it.

The city planned to spend $5 million in capital improvement funds over the next five years for developing Main Street Landing, but that figure falls far short of the grand visions outlined in riverfront plans. In recent years, city officials have begun taking a piecemeal approach to developing the riverfront by funding one part at a time. Last year\u2019s project, dubbed Celebration Plaza, is a still-under-construction flexible space meant to house food trucks, parking and outdoor events.

In mid-February, the Figge and Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce, showed off the latest riverfront pitch, which carries a price tag of roughly $53 million. That plan is slated to be accepted by the city council next week as an option for the task force.\u00a0

Two council members\u00a0\u2014 at-large Alderman Kyle Gripp and Alderwoman Marion Meginnis, 3rd Ward\u00a0\u2014 will join the task force. Also to be added are members from the city\u2019s commissions and boards, a representative of Davenport School District and someone from the Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce.

Gripp, who has been involved with Riverfront planning as a liaison between the council and Riverfront Improvement Commission, said Wednesday during a city council meeting that whatever gets done will be inspired by public input in the coming months.\u00a0

\u201cWe\u2019re going to set the bar pretty high on this, and if we put something on the riverfront, it\u2019s going to be top notch and it\u2019s going to be supported by the community,\u201d he said.

Gripp also said there needs to be another working group dedicated to finding money through grants, private investments and non-profits so that \u201cfive years from now, Main Street Landing is a reality rather than a dream or a concept on paper.\u201d\u00a0

Mayor Frank Klipsch, whose professional career was in the nonprofit world, has said he wants to lead that smaller companion group. He has emphasized a need to get private investors to put money toward a solid plan for the city\u2019s riverfront\u00a0\u2014 something he says should be like Davenport\u2019s version of Chicago\u2019s Millennium Park.

\u201cWe know as a city we can\u2019t fund it all,\" he said, \"but I think the community at large would be interested in being involved.\"

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Scott County has joined a growing list of Iowa counties lining up in opposition to proposed state legislation that would put heavier trucks on rural roads.\u00a0

At its meeting Thursday night, the Scott County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve a resolution opposing Senate Study Bill 1045 and Senate File 184.\u00a0

\"This is a threat to public safety that we, on a county level, are not equipped to respond to,\" Supervisor Ken Croken said.\u00a0

The bill, which is making its way through the Iowa Senate, would allow heavy trucks carrying raw forestry products to obtain a permit to haul up to 130,000 pounds on primary and non-primary highways.\u00a0

At Tuesday's county board meeting, County Engineer Jon Burgstrum said the load limit is an increase of 50,000 pounds from the current 80,000 pounds.

If the legislation is approved, he said trucks would be able to haul from a job site on any secondary road. \"There's potential of having these loads run on the county roads and county bridges,\" he said.\u00a0

Burgstrum said counties would not be notified of the occurrences or be allowed to restrict them.\u00a0The Iowa Department of Transportation would issue the permits.

\"It's taking secondary roads out of the loop,\" he said.\u00a0

Scott County owns and maintains 115 bridges, including 21 that are considered structurally deficient.

In the resolution, Scott County indicated there is not adequate funding to replace or rehabilitate the county's bridges at the rate they are deteriorating and the increased loads would accelerate deterioration. The document also points out that Scott County's bridges were designed for loads that were legal back when they were constructed\u00a0\u2014 50 years ago in some cases.

County officials say the added loads could create problems across Iowa.\u00a0\u00a0

\"This has a huge impact for bridge failures \u2014 maybe not in Scott County, but elsewhere,\" said Burgstrum, also a former president of the Iowa County Engineers Association.\u00a0

In opposition to the bill are organizations such as the Iowa State Association of Counties; Iowa State Association of County Supervisors; Iowa County Engineers Association; BSNF Railway Co. and Union Pacific Railroad. County boards across the state also are voicing objections, including Clinton and Linn counties, which have already passed similar resolutions. Supporting the bill is the Iowa Wood Industry Association.\u00a0

The bill has passed the Senate's Transportation Committee and is now working through the Senate\u2019s Ways and Means Committee.

Supervisor John Maxwell told fellow board members that he has already reached out to the Scott County delegation. \"I tried my best to get them to hear us,\" he said.\u00a0

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City officials and area public transportation provider MetroLINK are pursuing a $1.2 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to rebuild Davenport\u2019s Lindsay Park dock, a 24-year-old structure that the city says has been worn by age and ice.

\u201cThese are large-ticket items that don\u2019t happen with regularity, thankfully, but when they do you really want to leverage all that you can, and this is a really good shot to make this happen,\u201d said Steve Ahrens, development director for Davenport\u2019s Riverfront Improvement Commission.\u00a0

The Channel Cat, a seasonal ferry that runs along the Mississippi River, has long been an experience for tourists who visit the Quad-Cities during warmer months. Service usually begins in May and goes until September, with stops in Moline, Davenport and Bettendorf.

By building a new Davenport dock, Ahrens said he hopes the ferry will continue to serve as a fun way to travel up and down the Mississippi. If the grant is obtained, he said the goal would be to complete the project by spring 2020.

The city owns the dock, but MetroLINK has used it for its Channel Cat service for years. When Davenport approached MetroLINK with the idea to go for the grant, the opportunity was viewed as a mutually beneficial venture, said Jennifer Hirsch, a company spokeswoman.

\u201cFrom our conversations with the city, there is a need,\u201d Hirsch said. \u201cWe do understand the dock to be older and that there would be an opportunity to definitely upgrade it, and so with this grant opportunity we thought we could collaborate together and come up with a viable project that would meet the intent of the federal passenger ferry grant program.\u201d

Administered by the Federal Transit Administration, the grant would come with a 20 percent match requirement, meaning the city would have to invest an estimated $300,000 of local taxpayer dollars. Along with the rebuild of the dock are outlined needs for new lighting, an awning and railings.

Last month, the FTA announced there would be $30 million in available funds this year for U.S. public transit providers that are looking to shore up their ferry operations. The program aims to improve the quality of existing passenger ferry services by repairing and modernizing ferry boats, terminals and equipment, according to the federal agency.

During the most recent award period, the agency received 22 project proposals from 12 states. Of those, 20 projects were given federal grants, amounting to a total of $58.2 million. Agency officials are expected to decide on this year\u2019s grants by the end of this summer, Davenport\u2019s Ahrens said.

MetroLINK has received federal money for its ferry operation before.

In 2016, the company got federal assistance to build its $1.3 million Moline home dock, a place that now has a variety of passenger amenities and houses MetroLINK\u2019s three boats. And it was awarded another FTA grant for nearly $2 million last year for terminal improvements.

Meanwhile, Davenport city council members this week put an enabling resolution to apply for this year\u2019s grant on their consent agenda, a list of to-dos for next week. That is expected to pass Wednesday.

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. \u2014 The Steel City. it's an Iowa Hawkeye wrestling team kind of town.

Iowa brought its hard helmets to PPG Paints Arena on Thursday for the first-round of the NCAA wrestling championships, and they will keep on bringing them.

Using several workmanlike efforts, and garnering some gritty victories, the Hawkeyes sit in third place with seven quarterfinalists after the first two sessions.

\"Two sessions in the books, seven of nine, seven in the quarters,\" Iowa coach Tom Brands said. \"We have to come back strong in the other two weights, we have to be strong in the quarters.

\"Here is the thing. We have a lot of work to do.\"

Iowa did show a little flash, Thursday, too. The Hawkeyes got two bonus point wins from Spencer Lee at 125 and Kaleb Young at 157, and Alex Marinelli, top-seeded at 165, showed resolve in rallying from a 4-1 deficit to beat Joe Smith of Oklahoma State, 7-4, in his first match, and a bullied Thomas Bullard of North Carolina State, 12-4.

In all, Iowa was 16-2 on the day and scored 24 points. Defending champion Penn State leads with 32.5 points, and Ohio State is second with 25.5.

Silver linings were not in Brands' words, however.

\"We don't look at it that way,\" Brands said of the teams 16-2 match record. \"We get ready for every match, and we believe we are going to win every match and that is how you win titles.\"

Young, a sophomore, and one of four Pennsylvania natives on Iowa's roster, was definitely one of the Hawkeyes' catalysts. He won by technical fall in his opener over Dan Reed of Columbia, and he crushed Ke-Shawn Hayes of Ohio State, 12-4.

\"It's a hell of a lot more fun wrestling than it is sitting in the bleachers watching,\" said Young, who was not a varsity regular for Iowa last season. \"So, it's awesome. I Love it.

\"I feel like we definitely feed off each other,\" he added. \"Spencer Lee is a pretty good guy to start us. He goes out and gets big wins, and DeSanto (Austin) follows him up. He's a hammer himself. Those two start us off well each round and we just keep it rolling.\"

Lee, the defending 125 champ, had a technical fall and major decision. DeSanto had a pin in the first round, and then beat Penn State's Roman Bravo-Young, 7-2.

But if there was a surprise, sophomore Max Murin provided it at 141. Seeded 22nd, Murin opened with a 3-2 win over No. 11 Tristan Moran of Wisconsin in his opener, and then for the second time in two weeks he knocked off Illinois' Michael Carr, this time he edged the six seed, 4-3.

\"The whole year, I kind of felt like I could've done better, I could've done better and I kept on losing close matches,\" Murin said. \"Finally found a win these closes matches.

\"It is unreal.\"

Iowa opened the day with a perfect first round, going 9-for-9, highlighted by technical falls from Lee at 125 and Young at 157. Additionally, DeSanto high-energy, fast-paced style was too much for Appalachian State's Codi Russell, as he scored a first-period disqualification over Russell, who was flagged for stalling five times, which is an automatic DQ.

\"Nine wins,\" Brands said after the first session. \"It is as good as we could've done. We left some points out there, maybe, but we will get better as the tournament goes on.\"

Pat Lugo at 149 and Sam Stoll at heavyweight also made the quarterfinals for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa State managed to go just 4-5 during the opening session, but the Cyclones rebounded in session two and have all nine of their wrestlers still alive.

\"We got nine guys scrapping still, so it is still too early to get too high or too low,\" Cyclone head coach Kevin Dresser said. \"I was really excited and proud of our fight tonight. Especially in the wrestlebacks. We had five guys lose this morning, and five guys came back and two of them bonus pointed. We got to keep doing that because that is ultimately what is going to get you on the podium.\"

Returning national qualifier Jerrett Degen at 149 and sophomore Samuel Colbray at 184 are the Cyclones quarterfinalists.

Degen decked Justin Oliver of North Carolina State 11-8 in the second round, and Colbray moved on with a 7-4 win over Dakota Geer of Oklahoma State.

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Dillon Turner knows exactly what the Quad-City Steamwheelers are facing tonight in South Dakota.

\"We're walking into a great atmosphere,\" the backup quarterback said about returning to his college and rookie home for an Indoor Football League showdown with the unbeaten Sioux Falls Storm.

\"They're a great organization, reaching the last nine championship games and winning six. They're just great from the owners down to the equipment managers. They've got great players, great coaches and great fans.

\"It's the home opener, so there will be a lot of people, and it will be loud and rowdy. I've had a lot of fans reach out to me, and they're excited for this game.\"

Ditto for Turner, who gets to visit friends such as his former roommates at nearby Dakota Wesleyan, and the Storm teammates and fans he bonded with during his pro debut last season.

\"I'm excited to go back to my old stomping grounds,\" Turner said. \"I love that area and the people there.\"

However, Turner decided to leave after last season, looking for a chance to both start and get closer to family.

\"Lorenzo Brown has been there for awhile, and he's not going anywhere,\" Turner said about the Sioux Falls quarterbacking institution. \"So I looked around, and this is closer to home, so I can get back easier (to Arkansas).

\"My mom (Jamie Louck Turner) also is originally from Bettendorf and was a Pleasant Valley student before moving to Missouri, so I still have family here. In fact I stay with my great uncle (Behne's) family. It's great to get back with family. It's why I chose here over other options.\"

Turner also saw in the Wheelers the same attributes that make the Storm great.

\"We have some great athletes, great coaches and a great owner here,\" Turner said. \"The community is very supportive. When you go out, it's fun to meet people because everyone is talking Steamwheelers.

\"We have good coverage from the newspapers, TV and radio. Just like Sioux Falls, all of that helps make for a winning environment.\"

Turner has pushed incumbent QB E.J. Hilliard to greater heights this year, but he's also making an impact beyond the practice field, playing on special teams and last week filling in during the second half at running back because of an injury.

\"I've always been able to run the ball, but I'd never lined up as a running back before last weekend,\" said Turner, who rushed 8 times for 38 yards in a win at Cedar Rapids.

\"I just want to help my team out any way possible. I played special teams last week, too, and I played special teams last year for the Storm. I just want to get out there and play and be physical.\"

While preferring to keep his backup QB healthy and on the sidelines, Q-C coach Cory Ross does love the mentality of the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder.

\"Dillon's just a football player,\" Ross said. \"He's not a pretty-boy quarterback. That's why guys love to play with him and for him.\"

Turner played both ways in high school, pairing quarterback with linebacker, and relished the chance to run over opposing linebackers.

A host of Division II schools recruited him to play tight end, but during a camp visit to the University of Sioux Falls, he expressed his wish to focus on the quarterback position. The coaches directed him to nearby Dakota Wesleyan, where he became an NAIA Player of the Year candidate and All-American.

\"I'm a big outdoorsman, too,\" said Turner, who majored in wildlife management and worked two years for the South Dakota Gaming & Fishing Park. \"So it was a great fit for me.\"

The latest stop also is working out well for the 22-year-old.

\"I'm very comfortable with the (offensive) system,\" Turner said. \"E.J.'s also a great guy and a really good football player, so it's been good to team up with him, and push each other to make each other better. E.J.'s getting most of the snaps now, but I'm ready when my time comes.

\"Coming from a small school, I didn't get many if any (pro) looks, so this is my chance to get recognized by the bigger leagues, like the CFL, and now the AAF, and the FFL will be coming up soon. Whatever happens, I just want to get a tryout with one of those leagues and see where it goes.\"

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CAMBRIDGE\u00a0\u2014 The finance committee chairman resigned from the Henry County Board on Thursday.

Loren Rathjen of Colona resigned effective immediately, saying he\u2019d always said if he couldn\u2019t give the job his all, he wouldn\u2019t do it.

\u201cHe is definitely going to be missed, but we\u2019ll go on. We\u2019ll go on,\u201d said county board chairman Marshall Jones.

Jones said since Rathjen was a Republican, he will notify the Henry County Republican Central Committee of the vacancy and that body will give suggestions, then the county board will vote. \u201cWe may also suggest some people that we think would be good to (the Central Committee),\u201d he said. \u201cWe will discuss it here and make the final decision.\u201d

The finance committee chair appointment is up to Jones, who said there are members of the committee with longevity and he would be making a couple of phone calls.

\u201cIt is a very key committee, keeping track of the finances, helping us with our budget. Very key. We will miss Loren\u2019s leadership, but we have some members that have been on there for a long time,\u201d he said.

Board member Roger Gradert reported on Bi-State and the Hennepin canal, noting the recent break in the Green River levee that washed out the canal again at Colona. He said it\u2019s a question of responsibility for the break. He encouraged the rest of the board to get on the Friends of the Hennepin Canal website for updates. He said the biggest problem is that the state\u2019s manpower on the canal has gone from 15 people to four. Activities such as organized kayaking at Rock Falls and Annawan and the Hennepin Hundred race mean the canal generates revenue, he said.

Gradert is on a Bi-State trails committee that’s setting up a strategic plan for four or five areas including Muscatine, Eldridge and the canal. He said one of his issues is that QCTrails.org carries a map of all trails in the area but “unfortunately it stops at Colona.”

Jones said he also talked to Colona Fire Chief John Swan about the canal, and planned to have something presented to the county board in April. He said the reason funds were found very quickly to fix a break on the canal in Tiskilwa was that it affected a navigable river, the Illinois.

Board member Bill Preston reported on proposed state legislation coming out of the United Counties Council of Illinois. House Bill 348 would provide a process for any township in McHenry County or any township road district in McHenry or Lake Counties to be dissolved. Duties would be transferred to the counties except municipalities within the dissolving township may decide to take on the duties and responsibilities of the road districts. Senate Bill 90 addresses drainage district dissolution.

The county should start receiving income from the public safety tax in the next couple of weeks. Public safety chairman Shawn Kendall said Sheriff Kerry Loncka updated the committee on his needs that would be addressed by the new revenue. The department also has extra income from out-of-county inmates, which currently number 95\u2014about five to ten percent above normal.

Kendall also remarked on the additional costs that could be anticipated with the potential passage of recreational marijuana laws in Illinois, saying it\u2019s a gateway drug to harder drugs. Speaking of other drugs, he noted the Kewanee and Colona locations for the Henry County Health Department accept old prescription drugs daily, year round. \u201cIt needs to be disposed of and disposed of properly,\u201d he said.

The first state lottery for solar farm special use permits has been put off to mid-April, according to plan and development chair Lynn Sutton. He said the first group will be a minimal number. \u201cThere will be subsequent waves of approvals,\u201d he noted.

The executive committee will soon meet with the Henry County Economic Development Partnership to discuss the changes in the job description for the new economic development director. A new round of interviews is planned.

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IOWA CITY\u00a0\u2014 Iowa and Mercer are part of the NCAA women\u2019s basketball tournament field for the second consecutive year, but today\u2019s opening-round match-up is a first for one Hawkeye.

Senior guard Tania Davis watched last year\u2019s opening-round loss to Creighton from the bench as she rehabbed from her second ACL repair in as many years, making today\u2019s 1 p.m. NCAA opener against Mercer at Carver-Hawkeye Arena that much more significant.

\"To get this chance, to finally be out there in an NCAA game, it means the world to me,\" Davis said. \"It\u2019s what I came to Iowa for, to play in games like this and be part of teams that can make a deep run in the tourney.\"

Davis averages 10.7 points and leads Iowa with 144 assists during the Hawkeyes\u2019 26-6 season.

\"This is what I\u2019ve been working toward since coming back. It\u2019s why I came back,\" Davis said. \"To get a chance to play in an NCAA tournament game, it\u2019s a great feeling, something I am really looking forward to taking part in. We\u2019re all hoping to make the most of it.\"

Big challenge: While Iowa deals with a four-guard lineup and solid shooting from all spots on the floor in its match-up with Mercer, dealing with Iowa all-American post player Megan Gustafson is among the Bears\u2019 greatest challenges.

\"She averages 28 points per game. Who does that? I\u2019m trying to convince my inside players that it\u2019s OK if she scores some points. That\u2019s what she does,\" Mercer coach Susie Gardner said.

Gardner said she appreciates not only Gustafson\u2019s scoring ability but also her ability to pass out of the post position.

\"I hadn\u2019t seen a lot of her until we found out we were coming here, but she is a special, special talent,\" Gardner said. \"I\u2019ve watched a lot of teams try to do different things against her, double teams, triple teams. Like everybody else, we\u2019ll try what we think might work and see how it goes.\"

Home cooking: There are a few more NCAA logos and a few more rules to deal with about when they can and can\u2019t be on their own court, but Iowa players welcome the chance to begin postseason play at home.

\"It\u2019s still our gym, still the court we\u2019ve played on all year, and it will still be our fans in the stands. We\u2019re good with that,\" Iowa forward Hannah Stewart said.

The Hawkeyes are 15-0 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena this season and have won their last 19 games at home.

\"People are coming into our house, and we don\u2019t plan on losing here,\" Davis said.

Close to home: Drake coach Jennie Baranczyk, whose team faces Missouri in today's 3:30 p.m. opening-round game, believes a nonconference schedule that includes wins over South Carolina and Rutgers can only help the Bulldogs.

\"Our energies and focus is on Missouri, but this is a team that can do special things,\" Baranczyk said. \"We're glad to be here at a place where there will be a lot of blue in the crowd.\"

Nearing records: Gustafson is nearing several Big Ten records as the NCAA tourney begins.

The Iowa senior is 20 points away from tying the conference single-season scoring record of 917 set by Minnesota\u2019s Rachel Banham during the 2015-16 season and is two rebounds away from tying the league single-season record of 426 set by Amanda Zahui B of Minnesota during the 2014-15 season.

Guastafson is all of 19 rebounds away from matching the Big Ten career record of 1,422 set by Jantel Lavender of Ohio State between 2008-11.

Matinee audience: As of\u00a0late Thursday afternoon, Iowa has sold 9,800 tickets for today\u2019s first-round games.

Gardner, Mercer\u2019s ninth-year coach, hopes a few Drake and Missouri fans might want to support the only non-Midwestern team assigned to the Iowa City site.

\"You\u2019d think y\u2019all would rather play Mercer on Sunday than Iowa,\" Gardner said. \"We have great fans back home, but it\u2019s a long drive. I\u2019m sure we\u2019ll be outnumbered so we\u2019ll take whatever support we can get.\"

Gardner prefaced her opening remarks Thursday by expressing an appreciation for what women\u2019s basketball means in Iowa. She singled out the impact Dr. Christine Grant and former Iowa coach C. Vivian Stringer had in growing the game and creating opportunities for female athletes.

Bluder is finalist: Iowa coach Lisa Bluder was named Thursday as one of four finalists for the Naismith Women\u2019s College Coach of the Year Award presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Wes Moore of North Carolina State, Kim Mulkey of Baylor and Vic Shaefer of Mississippi State join Bluder as finalists for the honor, which was won by Stringer in 1993.

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IOWA vs. MERCER

WHEN:\u00a01 p.m.

WHERE: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City

TV:\u00a0ESPN2

SERIES:\u00a0First meeting

FYI:\u00a0Iowa and Mercer are in the NCAA field for the second straight season. \u2026 The Bears\u2019 Amanda Thompson and KeKe Calloway shared most valuable player honors in the Southern Conference. \u2026 Mercer enters the game on a 17-game win streak. \u2026 Mercer takes care of the basketball, ranking fifth nationally with an average of 11.3 turnovers per game. \u2026 Hawkeye seniors Tania Davis, Megan Gustafson and Hannah Stewart combined to average 52.3 points, 25 rebounds and 7.7 assists in Iowa\u2019s three Big Ten tourney wins.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS

MERCER (25-7)

F: Amanda Thompson;5-10;sr.;13.1

F: Linnea Rosendal;6-1;sr.;9.9

C: Rachel Selph;6-3;sr.;8.7

G: KeKe Calloway;5-9;sr.;17.9

G: Shannon Titus;5-11;soph.;12.1

IOWA (26-6)

F: Hannah Stewart;6-2;sr.;11.3

C: Megan Gustafson;6-3;sr.;28.0

G: Tania Davis;5-3;sr.;10.7

G: Kathleen Doyle;5-9;jr.;12.3

G: Makenzie Meyer;5-9;jr.;8.9

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IOWA CITY\u00a0\u2014 Lisa Bluder isn\u2019t playing favorites this weekend.

If the Iowa women\u2019s basketball coach is able to win the 750th game of her career today when the eighth-ranked Hawkeyes host Mercer in a 1 p.m. opening-round game of the NCAA tournament, she knows one of her former players will be on the opposing bench for Sunday\u2019s second-round game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Missouri, coached by former St. Ambrose player and coach Robin Pingeton, and Drake, led by former Iowa player Jennie Baranczyk, meet in today\u2019s 3:30 p.m. opening-round game at Iowa.

\"When you coach long enough, you start running into your former players, and that\u2019s a good thing,\" Bluder said. \"It means they loved the game and they wanted to continue coaching it. That\u2019s a terrific thing.\"

But coaching against a former player?

Bluder uses the word \"awkward\" to describe it.

A loss by the Tigers allowed Bluder to avoid coaching against Pingeton when Missouri played in the Hawkeye Classic during the 2017-18 season, but Bluder has coached annually against Baranczyk since she became the Bulldogs coach in 2012. Iowa is 6-1 against Drake since that time.

\"I don\u2019t love playing against my former players, but at the same time we cheer for each other,\" Bluder said. \"All year long, we cheer for each other. It\u2019s just that one time when you play against each other, it\u2019s awkward.\"

Both Pingeton and Baranczyk are Iowa natives. Pingeton is from Atkins, Iowa. Baranczyk, formerly Jennie Lillis, grew up in Urbandale, Iowa.

Bluder, whose coaching career began at St. Ambrose 35 years ago, coached Pingeton in college where the then Robin Becker established a school career scoring record that still stands.

When Bluder left St. Ambrose after that season for an opportunity at Drake, Pingeton followed and spent two seasons as an assistant there before returning to her alma mater and coaching the Bees to a 191-76 record over eight seasons.

\"Lisa opened my eyes to what coaching was all about. She gave me a great opportunity to learn as a player and a coach, first at St. Ambrose and then Drake,\" Pingeton said.

\"I\u2019ve learned from a lot of good coaches in my career, my high school coach, Lisa, Bill Fennelly (as an assistant at Iowa State), but it was with Lisa that I gained an understanding that there is so much more to it than just Xs and Os. This all started with what I learned from Lisa.\"

Barancyk graduated from Iowa in 2004 and worked as an assistant at Kansas State, Marquette and Colorado before being named as the head coach at Drake.

\"I\u2019m where I\u2019m at today because of what I learned from Lisa and the staff here,\" Barancyzk said. \"The love she has for the game, it\u2019s a part of why I\u2019m here today. \u2026 I\u2019m proud to be an Iowa girl, and I\u2019m proud that women\u2019s basketball matters so much in this state.\"

Bluder, who grew up in Marion, Iowa, appreciates the passion both have for the game.

She saw a potential coach as she worked with Pingeton at St. Ambrose but wasn\u2019t sure what the future would hold for Baranczyk as she coached her at Iowa.

\"Robin was born to be a coach. When I went from St. Ambrose to Drake, she was a natural hire, and she did a good job there for two years before going back to Ambrose,\" Bluder said.

\"Jennie had that same competitiveness, but I could have seen her going off in a lot of directions after college and being successful. I\u2019m glad she is coaching, doing such a good job, and has that love for the game that it takes.\"

Pingeton won the 500th game of her coaching career earlier this season and brings\u00a0a 505-275 career record into Missouri's fourth straight NCAA tourney appearance.

Baranczyk has a 152-75 record in her only head coaching stop and will be leading Drake into its third consecutive NCAA appearance today.

The only other former Bluder player currently leading an NCAA Division I program is former Hawkeye Cara Consuegra, whose eighth team at Charlotte carried an 18-12 record into the WNIT on Thursday.

Both Pingeton and Baranczyk played power forward at the college level, Pingeton earning NAIA all-American honors in basketball and softball at St. Ambrose and Baranczyk earning first-team all-Big Ten recognition at Iowa.

\"They were both pretty tenacious, both very similar as players,\" Bluder said. \"Both of them were incredibly competitive, both terrific rebounders, playing a very similar game.\"

Despite their similarities, the teams they coach play very different games.

Missouri has built its 23-10 record around a rock-solid defensive approach that limits opponents to 57.9 points while Drake\u2019s 27-6 mark is fueled by a high-octane offense that averages 80.7 points.

Those traits have been constants throughout Pingeton\u2019s nine seasons with the Tigers and throughout the seven Bulldogs teams Baranczyk has coached.

\"A contrast of styles, it should be an interesting match-up,\" Bluder said, insisting she will only be an interested bystander late this afternoon. \"I\u2019ll be rooting for them both, though.\"

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HAWKEYE GAMEDAY

IOWA VS. CINCINNATI | AT NATIONWIDE ARENA, COLUMBUS, OHIO

TIME: 11:15 A.M. | TV: CBS | RADIO: WOC (1420 AM), WMT (600 AM)

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

Capable Cumberland: Cincinnati\u2019s Jarron Cumberland may be one of the best players that people outside the American Athletic Conference haven\u2019t heard much about. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound junior leads the Bearcats in scoring (18.8), assists (3.6), steals (39) and 3-point field goals (77) and has improved immensely each year he\u2019s been in college. His development was rewarded last week when he was named the AAC player of the year.

Differing styles: The game is a study in contrasts in some ways as Iowa ranks 48th in the country in scoring offense while Cincinnati is 12th nationally in scoring defense. The Hawkeyes have had some good moments at the defensive end of the court but have not been consistent in that area and allow 73.6 points per game. Cincinnati occasionally has been offensively challenged, ranking 240th in the country in field goal percentage, 178th in free throw percentage and 146th in 3-point percentage.

Excitable coaches: This is a matchup of two coaches who have a reputation for occasionally volatile sideline behavior. One columnist described Cincinnati\u2019s Mick Cronin last year as having \"a serious chip on his shoulder, coupled with a bad temper and some sort of Napoleonic complex.\" When Iowa played Ohio State in Columbus three weeks ago, Iowa\u2019s Fran McCaffery ended up being suspended for two games for a postgame tirade against one official.

Homecourt advantage?: With the game being played about 100 miles away from its campus, it\u2019s reasonable to assume that Cincinnati will have considerably more fans in the stands than Iowa. The question is how much of an impact that actually will have on the game. Tennessee and North Carolina also have large, rabid fans bases, and the presence of those fans in Nationwide Arena may mitigate the impact of the Bearcats\u2019 faithful.

Common opponents: Iowa and Cincinnati have two common opponents and they have comparable records against those teams. Iowa defeated Connecticut in the championship game of the 2K Classic in New York and split with Ohio State during the Big Ten season. Cincinnati lost to Ohio State in November but defeated UConn twice, by a combined total of six points. The Bearcats are 5-5 against teams in the NCAA tournament field, the Hawkeyes 4-9.

LINEUPS

IOWA (22-11)

Starters

Tyler Cook;6-9;jr.;14.9

Luka Garza;6-11;so.;12.9

Joe Wieskamp;6-6;fr.;10.8

Isaiah Moss;6-5;jr.;9.1

Jordan Bohannon;6-1;jr.;11.3

Top reserves

Nicholas Baer;6-7;sr.;6.7

Ryan Kriener;6-9;jr.;5.8

Connor McCaffery;6-5;fr.;4.6

Maishe Dailey;6-7;jr.;2.6

CINCINNATI (28-6)

Starters

Keith Williams;6-5;so.;10.1

Tre Scott;6-8;jr.;9.3

Nysier Brooks;6-11;jr.;8.0

Jarron Cumberland;6-5;jr.;18.8

Justin Jenifer;5-10;sr.;8.2

Top reserves

Cane Broome;6-0;sr.;8.3

Trevor Moore;6-5;so.;2.3

Rashawn Fredericks;6-5;jr.;2.4

Eliel Nsoseme;6-9;so.;1.3

BY THE NUMBERS

51: Victories by No. 10 seeds over No. 7 seeds in NCAA tournament history. The No. 7 seed has won 85 times.

3.5: Points is how much Cincinnati is favored by, according to the oddsmakers.

260: 3-point field goals in three years by Iowa\u2019s Jordan Bohannon. He needs three more to become the school\u2019s career leader.

62.2: Points allowed per game by Cincinnati, 12th best in the country.

QUOTABLE

\"They have a toughness about them that is unique. But I\u2019ve really been impressed with how they share the basketball.\"

\u2014 Iowa coach Fran McCaffery on Cincinnati

\"Just really excited and appreciative. Always nervous. Then, when I watch Iowa make 3s on film, I get a lot more nervous.\"

\u2014 Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin on playing in the NCAA tournament

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COLUMBUS, Ohio \u2014 This phrase actually came tumbling out of Joe Wieskamp\u2019s mouth at one point Thursday.

\"Just another game.\"

One of the youngest, least experienced members of Iowa\u2019s basketball team actually uttered those words when talking about playing in his very first NCAA tournament game today. But in his next breath, the freshman from Muscatine admitted that the Hawkeyes\u2019 11:15 a.m. clash with 22nd-ranked Cincinnati at Nationwide Arena might be a little more than that.

\"Growing up, you always dream of playing in the NCAA tournament, the biggest stage in college basketball,\" Wieskamp said. \"Now that it\u2019s finally here, it\u2019s pretty special.\"

Iowa (22-11) has only one player \u2014 senior Nicholas Baer \u2014 who ever has appeared in an NCAA tournament game.

Baer, junior guard Jordan Bohannon and freshman Connor McCaffery also attended a lot of NCAA tournament games before they ever reached college. Bohannon had three older brothers who played in the Big Dance seven times and McCaffery was at most of the dozen previous NCAA games in which his father coached.

But for most of Iowa\u2019s players, the first NCAA game they attend will be one in which they\u2019ll play.

So, no, it's not just another game.

\"It\u2019s a huge stage for us all,\" junior forward Tyler Cook said. \"We\u2019re just super excited and blessed to be in this position. And I think we\u2019re going to take full advantage of it.\"

While the Hawkeyes are venturing into what Cook referred to as \"uncharted territory,\" the Hawkeyes all said they feel well-prepared for the moment.

\"We\u2019re used to playing on a big stage in our league,\" Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. \"We\u2019re used to playing in big arenas, used to playing on television, so it\u2019s a little bit different.

\"With all that said, the NCAA tournament is different. We all aspire to get here. I want all my guys to have that opportunity, and it\u2019s a tremendous accomplishment. I think the key is not to be satisfied with that and play the best you can play.\"

This is a little more of a normal occurrence for Cincinnati (28-6), which won the American Athletic Conference tournament Sunday and received the No. 7 seed in the South Regional. This is the Bearcats\u2019 ninth straight NCAA appearance.

They were surprised and delighted to be placed in the Columbus regional, a little more than 100 miles from home.

\"It\u2019s basically like a home game \u2026,\" senior guard Justin Jenifer said. \"When we saw it was in Columbus, we called it backyard basketball.\"

Cincinnati, under 13th-year head coach Mick Cronin, prides itself on two things: Tough, hard-nosed defense and relentless rebounding.

\"They have some qualities of Michigan State in terms of rebounding and toughness, but they\u2019re just really active and aggressive like Illinois,\" Iowa center Luka Garza said. \"They\u2019re just really sort of a combo of some of the good teams in our league, but they\u2019re really unique.\"

The Hawkeyes all agreed that there is one single factor that very likely will determine the outcome of today\u2019s game.

\"Rebounding for sure,\" Wiekamp said.

\"They\u2019re one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the country,\" Garza said. \"They beat everybody in that aspect of the game. They get three or four shots in a possession, tip it around, kick it out for a 3. That\u2019s how they win games, and they\u2019re really, really good at that.\"

McCaffery said the Bearcats are known for their \"relentless pursuit.\"

\"They do have long-armed athletes who just go after everything, and if you don\u2019t, they\u2019re going to get it,\" he added. \"It\u2019s pretty simple.\"

The Bearcats are fairly balanced with five players averaging between 8 and 10 points per game, but the unquestioned star is 6-foot-5 junior Jarron Cumberland. He averages 18.8 points per game, leads the team in assists, steals and 3-point field goals, and was named the AAC player of the year.

Iowa guard Isaiah Moss said he thought Cook would get the job of defending Cumberland at the outset of the game but said it would be a group effort, with everyone playing a role in slowing down the Cincinnati star.

\"He really just plays at his own pace, never gets sped up, kind of just slow, methodical, reads the defense and makes plays when they\u2019re there,\" Wieskamp said.

The Hawkeyes enter the game with losses in five of their past six games, a stretch that dropped them from possibly being a No. 6 or 7 seed to being a No. 10.

Despite that, they feel ready.

\"I\u2019m very confident in our team,\" Moss said. \"What other people are saying right now doesn\u2019t mean anything to us.\"

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BRUSSELS (AP) \u2014 Worn down by three years of indecision in London, European Union leaders on Thursday grudgingly offered the U.K. more time to ease itself out of the bloc, delaying by several weeks \u2014 but not eliminating \u2014 the threat of a chaotic British exit.

After a meeting that stretched through the afternoon and over dinner, the bloc said Britain could postpone its departure, due on March 29, until May 22 \u2014 if the U.K. Parliament approves Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal with the bloc next week.

If the twice-rejected deal is thrown out again, the bloc says Britain has until April 12 to \"indicate a way forward.\" May agreed to the plan, European Council President Donald Tusk said.

The deep uncertainty among leaders at an EU summit in Brussels was exceeded only by the high anxiety being felt by politicians, businesses and citizens in Britain. The British military has even set up a command post in a bunker under the defense ministry in London to help coordinate \"no-deal\" planning.

Thursday's summit opened with ominous warnings from EU leaders about the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

French President Emmanuel Macron warned it was the responsibility of U.K. lawmakers to approve a Brexit deal and make sure Britain does not crash out of the bloc without an agreement.

\"In case of a 'no' vote ... it will guide everybody to a no-deal for sure,\" Macron cautioned. \"This is it.\"

The House of Commons is split, both among and within its political parties, over whether and how to leave the EU. It has twice rejected the deal Prime Minister Theresa May brokered with the bloc's leaders late last year.

\"We are all waiting, waiting for what the British intend to do,\" said EU Parliament President Antonio Tajani. \"We are all concerned.\"

This week, May finally acknowledged the Brexit gridlock and asked the EU to delay Britain's departure until June 30 \u2014 enough time, she hopes, to win parliamentary approval for her deal in a third attempt and then pass the legislation necessary for a smooth departure.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May, center, speaks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, right, and /Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, left, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, March 21, 2019. British Prime Minister Theresa May was trying to persuade European Union leaders to delay Brexit by up to three months, just eight days before Britain is scheduled to leave the bloc. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

But opposition to May's the agreement among British politicians appeared to be hardening, rather than softening, after she blamed Parliament for the Brexit impasse.

In a televised address Wednesday night, May accused lawmakers of \"infighting,\" ''political games\" and \"arcane procedural rows,\" but acknowledged no personal error in creating the deadlock.

A lawmaker from May's Conservative Party called the speech \"toxic.\" Legislator Anna Soubry, of the breakaway Independent Group, described it as the \"most dishonest and divisive statement from any prime minister.\"

In response, May hunkered down, calling on lawmakers to back her agreement and refusing to rule out a no-deal exit if they did not back her.

\"What matters is that we recognize that Brexit is the decision of the British people. We need to deliver on that,\" May said as she arrived in Brussels. \"I sincerely hope that will be with a negotiated deal.\"

Businesses and economists say a no-deal Brexit would cause huge disruptions and billions in costs to the economies of both Britain and the EU.

Underscoring the sense of dread gripping the nation, one of Britain's biggest business lobbies and a major trade union federation said in a rare joint appeal that the \"country is facing a national emergency.\"

The Confederation of British Industry and the Trades Union Congress warned May that if Britain crashes out of the EU, \"the shock to our economy would be felt by generations to come.\"

Britain's military said the command post under the ministry of defense was set up as a continuation of earlier planning operations, called Operation Redfold, designed to minimize disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The ministry said in a statement it had 3,500 troops on standby to help with any disruptions if the government asks for assistance.

Worry about a chaotic departure is rising among EU leaders, who fear May no longer has the clout in Parliament to get her way.

\"Nobody wants no-deal here,\" Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told reporters.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to work \"until the last hour\" to try to ensure that Britain doesn't leave without a deal, even though her government has enacted emergency measures to deal with such a scenario.

May plans to make a third attempt to get her deal through Parliament next week. But many pro-Brexit legislators still oppose it, saying it does not deliver the clean break they long for. And Pro-EU lawmakers will try to derail May and wrest away control of the Brexit process to steer Britain toward a close relationship with the bloc.

It's a struggle that has been going on for almost three years and has brought the U.K. to within eight days of a chaotic Brexit.

EU leaders are watching with disbelief, horror \u2014 and, for some, sympathy.

\"I never got frustrated with Theresa May. I have the highest respect for her,\" said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. \"Her tenacity is enormous. But she is working in an extremely difficult situation.

\"It's not her mistake that we are where we are \u2014 it's because too many people have so far played party politics on this issue.\"

___

Associated Press writers Samuel Petrequin and Lorne Cook in Brussels, Geir Moulson in Berlin, Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz in London and Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 A Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to sending pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump in a wave of attacks that harmed no one but spread fear of political violence across the U.S. for days leading up to last fall's midterm elections.

Cesar Sayoc, 57, sobbed as he entered the plea before a federal judge in New York.

\"I'm extremely sorry,\" he said, adding that he never intended for the devices to explode.

He could get life in prison at sentencing Sept. 12 on 65 counts, including using weapons of mass destruction and mailing explosives with intent to kill. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a charge that carried a mandatory life sentence.

Sayoc sent rudimentary bombs \u2014 none of which detonated \u2014 to 16 targets, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, several members of Congress, former President Barack Obama and actor Robert De Niro. Devices were also mailed to CNN offices in New York and Atlanta.

The bombs began turning up weeks before the hotly contested midterms, contributing to an already tense political environment.

Sayoc was arrested in late October at a Florida auto parts store. He had been living in a van plastered with Trump stickers and images of Trump opponents with crosshairs over their faces.

On Thursday, he told the judge he made objects designed to look like pipe bombs and filled them with explosive powder from fireworks.

\"Did you intend they would explode?\" U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff asked.

\"No, sir,\" Sayoc said.

\"What would prevent powder from fireworks from exploding?\" Rakoff asked.

\"I was aware of the risk they would explode,\" Sayoc said.

\"Cesar

This Aug. 30, 2015, file photo released by the Broward County Sheriff's office shows Cesar Sayoc in Miami. Sayoc, who is charged with sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump, is expected to plead guilty at a hearing in New York on Thursday, March 21, 2019. (Broward County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

The first of the bombs was discovered Oct. 22 in a mailbox at an estate in New York City's northern suburbs owned by the billionaire George Soros, a liberal political activist and frequent subject of conspiracy theories.

A device addressed to the Clintons was discovered the following day, followed a day later by a slew of bombs found at the homes or offices of prominent Democrats. One, addressed to former CIA director John Brennan, was sent to CNN in New York.

Others targeted included California Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.

Over several days, investigators tracked the packages to a mail center in Florida. Prosecutors said the evidence against Sayoc included DNA that linked him to 10 of the devices and fingerprints on two of them.

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This story has been corrected to fix the wording of the first quote from the defendant.

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DES MOINES \u2014 Despite criticism it wasn\u2019t robust enough, didn\u2019t identify funding and fell short of meeting the need, legislation creating a children\u2019s mental health system in the state won overwhelming support Thursday from the Iowa House.

\u201cWe are starting a foundation for children\u2019s mental health for every child across the state to be able to access equal services,\u201d Rep. Joel Fry, R-Osceola, told colleagues before they voted 83-14 to approve House File 690. The bill establishes a system just for children, lays out what core services must be provide, and creates a state board to oversee it.

A companion bill, Senate File 479, awaits final action in the Senate.

Fry acknowledged the House bill was just a start and did not address every concern. But he said lawmakers could \u201cstand proud of the work we\u2019ve done.\u201d

Still, Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames, was \u201cdisappointed in the lack of substance\u201d because children with mental health issues and their families need more from the state.

An amendment by Rep. Mary Mascher, D-Iowa City, would have addressed many of those concerns \u2014 providing transportation for children to and from service providers, in-school services and home visits.

Schools are more likely to be staffed by police officers than mental health professionals, Wessel-Kroeschell noted. Too often, if there are problems, the students enter the juvenile justice system rather than a children\u2019s mental health system, she said.

Lawmakers have been working toward establishing a children\u2019s mental health system for 30 years, Mascher said.

\u201cI don\u2019t want us to look back and say \u2018Where did we fail?\u2019\u201d she said. But her amendment was rejected.

HF 690 would create a system to serve children up to age 18 who have serious emotional disturbances. It would not cover brain injury, intellectual disability or substance and developmental disorders unless they also occur along with a diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorder.

The plan would cover services to children from families with incomes up to 500 percent of the federal poverty level. If family income is between 150 and 500 percent of the poverty level, there would be a copay, a sliding fee scale or other cost-sharing requirements as later approved by the state Department of Human Services.

Many of the questions about the bill dealt with funding. While Mascher saw the bill as a step in the right direction, \u201cuntil we know where those dollars are coming from, we all should feel a little insecure.\u201d She voted against HF 690.

It wasn\u2019t the best bill lawmakers could have written, Rep. Lisa Heddens, D-Ames, said, but she supported it for families and children with mental health needs.

\u201cI certainly would have liked one that was more comprehensive,\u201d she said. One in five people have mental illness; half of the illnesses occur by the age of 17, but 79 percent of children go without mental health services, Heddens said.

\u201cI think families want to take the risk because they are so desperately seeking something for their kids,\u201d she said. \u201cThey need support and their kids need support.\u201d

HF 690 only scratches the surface of what needs to be done, said Rep. Timi Brown-Powers, D-Waterloo, the lead Democrat on the bill.

\u201cWe have a lot of work to do,\u201d Brown-Powers said. \u201cWe have taken a small step forward (but) don\u2019t go home to your forums and say we have passed this robust legislation because we aren\u2019t today. We have a lot of work today, so everybody better keep their work boots on and get busy.\u201d

Gov. Kim Reynolds agreed passage was a step in the right direction toward an integrated children\u2019s mental health system.

\u201cWe\u2019ve been talking about this for decades, but now is the time to act,\u201d said Reynolds, who in January made children\u2019s mental health a priority in her Condition of the State speech to the Legislature.

Regardless of the size of the step, Fry reminded House members that HF 690 is not the only thing lawmakers have done for children\u2019s mental health. They\u2019ve expanded the statewide crisis hotline, provided additional funding for increasing the number of mental health professionals in rural Iowa and eliminated the waiting list for children\u2019s mental health home- and community-based services waivers.

In the end, 52 Republicans and 31 Democrats voted for HF 690, and 14 Democrats voted against.

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Presidential candidate John Delaney plans to open a campaign office in Davenport at the end of March, adding his eighth this year as he continues building his support network in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

Delaney will be on hand for a speech during the office\u2019s grand opening from 3-4:30 p.m. on March 31 at 2720 W. Locust St. Suite 2B in Davenport. A former Maryland Congressman and businessman, Delaney has visited all 99 of the state\u2019s counties as he seeks to gain recognition in a crowded field of Democrats seeking to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020.

Delaney has billed himself as a pragmatist with a campaign message largely centered around the spirit of bipartisanship. He has also compared his Iowa campaign strategy to that of President Jimmy Carter, who was a relatively unknown candidate until he won the Iowa caucus in 1976, propelling him to victory.

Delaney is also scheduled to open a campaign office in Dubuque and do a meet-and-greet in Iowa City during his next Hawkeye State tour.

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For its 20th year, the International Comic Arts Forum will be April 4-6 on the campus of St. Ambrose University, Davenport.

The annual conference is devoted to the study of comics in all varieties.\u00a0

The three-day symposium consists of scholarly panels discussing topics such as Spanish comics and cartoonists, women and girls in comics, comics scholars in academia along with other topics.

Additionally, five prominent comic and graphic-novel artists will give artist talks:

\u25cf Alberto Ledesma, Ph.D., professor and graduate diversity director for the arts and humanities at University of California-Berkeley. Author and illustrator of \u201cDiary of a Reluctant Dreamer: Undocumented Vignettes from a Pre-American Life\u201d

\u25cf Marnie Galloway, award-winning comic artist, illustrator and print maker from Chicago.

\u25cf Jaime Hernandez, co-creator of alt-comic \"Love and Rockets,\" recipient of several awards including the LA Times Book Prize (2014) for Best Graphic Novel/Comics

\u25cf Fernando \u201cKohell\u201d Iglesias, comic artist from Galicia, Spain. His latest project is the series \"Distopias for A Vi\u00f1eta de Schr\u00f6dinger\" (Schr\u00f6dinger\u2019s Magazine).

\u25cf Rob Guillory is illustrator and co-creator of \"CHEW\" as well as writer and artist for \"Farmhand,\" both by Image Comics. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Harvey Award for Best New Talent.

The forum will be presented in collaboration with St. Ambrose, the Baecke Endowment for the Humanities, the Rev. Kokjohn Endowment for Catholic Peace and Justice, ICE CREAM and the College of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the 2018-2019 annual theme, \"Visual Narratives.\" Additional support comes from the St. Ambrose Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Department of Women and Gender Studies.

For more information, go to www.internationalcomicartsforum.org

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Are you looking out for a place to go, where they play the right music? You can dance, you can jive, and you can have the time of your life at 7 p.m. Friday at the new Rust Belt, 533 12th Ave., East Moline, with ABBARAMA, an ABBA tribute band that comprises young musicians from the '70s supergroup's home of Sweden, as well as the U.K. and U.S.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["tribute band","eric louiselle","music","ballet","singing","diana ebe","dustin koester","josephine forsman","alison garner","nathan arling"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"7d19048c-3b59-5128-b1f2-ae4aef2f9a4f","description":"The female singers in ABBARAMA.","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"960","height":"640","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/d1/7d19048c-3b59-5128-b1f2-ae4aef2f9a4f/5c92a91ec1f5a.image.jpg?resize=960%2C640"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/d1/7d19048c-3b59-5128-b1f2-ae4aef2f9a4f/5c92a91ec1f5a.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/d1/7d19048c-3b59-5128-b1f2-ae4aef2f9a4f/5c92a91ec1f5a.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"683","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/d1/7d19048c-3b59-5128-b1f2-ae4aef2f9a4f/5c92a91ec1f5a.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":5,"commentID":"8cd3b715-47ef-51b6-bce1-d054c94e8788","body":"

It's Friday night and the lights are low. Are you looking out for a place to go, where they play the right music?

You can dance, you can jive, and you can have the time of your life at 7 p.m. Friday at the new Rust Belt, 533 12th Ave., East Moline, with ABBARAMA, an ABBA tribute band that comprises young musicians from the '70s supergroup's home of Sweden, as well as the U.K. and U.S.

The show is performed with a modern electronic sound produced by Grammy-winning Greg Collins (U2, No Doubt), with art and video projections by pop artist KII Arens (Lady Gaga, Katy Perry).

The story of ABBARAMA began in 2017, when Josephine Forsman\u00a0\u2014 Grammy-nominated Swedish musician and drummer of the all-female rock band Sahara Hotnights\u00a0\u2014 and Nathan Arling\u00a0\u2014 American drummer of Urge Overkill, The Last Vegas and from the international Emmy-winning Swedish TV show \u201cAllt F\u00f6r Sverige\u201d \u2014 envisioned creating the ultimate ABBA show.

The act features Diana Ebe, a Swedish pop singer living in Los Angeles, the UK singer Alison Garner, the Chicago artist Evan Hand and Swedish guitar player Adam Skeppar. With Swedish guitar player Niklas Karlin, U.S. drummer Dustin Koester and American bass player Eric Louiselle, they gathered in a big white mansion in the Hollywood Hills and started creating their own sound around the classic ABBA songs.

\u201dIt was important for us to take the sound of ABBA into the new generation, adding a big electronic dance vibe to the already ultimate pop song along with visual art, fashion, and the style of ABBA,\u201d Garner said in a tour release.

\u201cWe\u2019re here to pay homage to ABBA while making it modern, color explosive, youthful and stylish,\u201d Ebe said in the release.

For more information, visit abbarama.com or facebook.com/abbaramaworld.

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DES MOINES \u2014 A week after a \u201cbomb cyclone\u201d triggered major flooding across Iowa, lawmakers say they will follow Gov. Kim Reynolds\u2019 lead in responding to what is expected to be more than $1 billion in damage to communities, farms, businesses and infrastructure.

\u201cI am looking forward to sitting down with the governor and talking through that,\u201d House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, said Thursday. \u201cShe\u2019s been out assessing this really effectively, I think, and understanding what\u2019s going on.\u201d

\u201cRight now, the governor is on the ground evaluating the situation and we expect to work with her as she comes back to figure out what any appropriate or necessary legislative response is.\u201d added Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny.

Floodwaters have inundated a large swath of western Iowa and eastern Nebraska along the Missouri River, North America\u2019s longest river, prompting about half of Iowa\u2019s counties to declare states of disaster. The flooding has killed at least four people and untold numbers of livestock, destroyed corn and soybeans in storage and cut off access to farms because of road and rail damage.

According to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa has suffered at least $150 million in damage to agricultural buildings and machinery, and 100,000 acres of farm land are under water.

Reynolds toured the devastation Sunday and Monday, and again Tuesday with Vice President Mike Pence. She said the flooding \u201clooked like an ocean\u201d and has declared 43 of Iowa\u2019s 99 counties disaster areas, which opens funding streams.

However, a key lawmaker in the Legislature\u2019s response to 2008 flooding thinks the response this time is slow.

\u201cI\u2019m all ears waiting to hear what Gov. Reynolds and legislators are going to do in response to this flood,\u201d said Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, who chaired the Senate Rebuild Iowa Committee. \u201cWe need a major response to this. I haven\u2019t heard anything about how we are going to address this problem.\u201d

The state and the Legislature have options, Upmeyer said, and they all will be considered. She doesn\u2019t know if it is necessary to revive the Rebuild Iowa Committee because many of the resources lawmakers created then remain available. They could include tapping the economic emergency fund, Upmeyer said.

\u201cThis genuinely, in my opinion, does classify as an emergency, so if we need to access those resources we could,\u201d she said.

Whitver said he\u2019s getting constant updates from southwest Iowa senators on the situations in their districts.

\u201cIt is a tough situation, a dire situation in southwest Iowa,\u201d he said. \u201cThey\u2019re sharing stories about how bad it is down there and bringing forward thoughts on what we can do.\u201d

The response may require adjustments to the state budget, but Upmeyer said it\u2019s too soon to know whether that would affect the current budget, which ends June 30, or the budget lawmakers are preparing for fiscal 2020.

Upmeyer, who is concerned this is not the last flooding the state will experience this spring, senses some Iowans are \u201cflood weary.\u201d

After one flood, she said, people tend to be willing to rebuild. But after another they\u2019re less likely to stay.

\u201cIt\u2019s hard to keep people energized and I worry that people will, you know, leave,\u201d Upmeyer said.

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Quad-City Music Guild has created its own version of a Moline High School reunion by casting the trinity of Moline alums \u2014 Chase Austin, Adam Sanders and Emily Majetic\u00a0\u2014 to play the leads in the rock opera \u201cJesus Christ Superstar,\u201d opening March 22 and running for two weekends.

The first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice produced for the professional stage, \"Superstar\" debuted on Broadway in 1971. The show covers the days leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus, as seen through the eyes of his betrayer, Judas Iscariot.

Austin, 21, plays Jesus; his 2016 Moline classmate Sanders, 20, plays Judas; and 2013 Moline grad Majetic plays Mary Magdalene.

\u201cJesus and Judas\u00a0\u2014 before all this happens, they're so close to each other. Judas is basically his right-hand man,\u201d Sanders said in a recent interview at the Prospect Park theater. \u201cIt was easy to come into this show and have that chemistry. It's hard to be mean to him. It's felt very organic.\u201d

He and Austin were in musicals at MHS together. Their senior year, Sanders played Tevye in \u201cFiddler on the roof,\u201d while Austin was Fyedka. The prior year, Sanders was Teen Angel in \u201cGrease,\u201d and Austin played Sonny. They both were in the 2018 spring show at Music Guild, \u201cCatch Me If You Can\u201d; Sanders was the lead, Frank Jr., and Austin was Agent Cod.

Sanders' credits also include last fall's \u201cHunchback of Notre Dame\u201d at Moline's Spotlight Theatre and last summer's \u201cA Chorus Line\u201d at Music Guild, which he called his \u201csecond home.\u201d

In the \u201cSuperstar\u201d program, he wrote: \u201cI want to thank my Lord. He has given me the strength and courage to get on this stage each time to portray a character. Without his guidance, I would not be where I am today.\u201d

\u201cThis show is so incredibly moving and powerful and beautiful,\u201d Sanders said. \u201cMy family grew up Catholic. My now-fiancee's family, her father is a pastor. It's definitely just getting to tell the story is something I love hearing, being a Christian myself.\u201d

\u201cThe way I want to portray him is someone that's real, someone who felt influenced to do this,\u201d he said of Judas. \u201cJesus knew this was going to happen. Judas felt that power come over him, and ultimately made that decision. In the end, it ended up being a good thing.\u201d

\u201cYou see the humanity of Jesus,\u201d said Austin, who has played Rocky in The Speakeasy's \u201cRocky Horror Show\u201d two years in a row. \u201cThis was his mission, the fulfillment of his destiny.\u201d

Mary Magdalene comforts Jesus during the chaos that surrounds the call for crucifixion.

\u201cMary is the humanity that he's trying so hard to save,\u201d Majetic said. \u201cHe's not so much returning what she feels toward him. How she feels, she's infatuated with him romantically, but he doesn't return that. It's a different type of love, a preservation of humanity.\u201d

\u201cIt's a lot of emotion I may feel internally but have never expressed,\u201d Austin said of the show. \u201cTo play such a loved character around the world, it's hard to play. It's stressful for me.\u201d

Director Mike Turczynski said in the program his goal was \u201cto find the humanity in characters that most people are familiar with due to their biblical context. We read and hear stories about people like Jesus and Judas, but it is hard for us to equate that with an actual person of flesh and blood who walks the earth.\u201d

Majetic was in a similar music-filled Guild show, \u201cLes Miserables,\u201d in 2014. \u201cI had such a wonderful experience in that cast. That was the best summer of my life. ... I'm so happy to be back involved in Music Guild. It's such a wonderful organization,\u201d she said.

This is the first time since 2009's \u201cThe Producers\u201d that Music Guild has staged a spring show over two weekends.\u00a0

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Here's the afternoon forecast from the National Weather Service.

It will be sunny with a high near 52 degrees and a low around 31 degrees. Northwest winds will gust as high as 20 mph.

Friday will be sunny with a high near 49 degrees and a low around 27 degrees. North winds will gust as high as 20 mph.

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\"Mosul,

At least 55 people have died, including 12 children, as an overcrowded ferry capsized in Iraq's Tigris river in Mosul.

BAGHDAD (AP) \u2014 A ferry overloaded with people celebrating the Kurdish new year sank in the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mosul on Thursday, killing at least 71 people, mostly women and children, officials said.

Col. Hussam Khalil, head of the Civil Defense in the northern Nineveh province, told The Associated Press the accident occurred as scores of people were out in a tourist area celebrating Nowruz, which marks the Kurdish new year and the arrival of spring.

Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Saad Maan said 71 people died, adding that 55 have been rescued, including 19 children.

Earlier Thursday, Health Ministry spokesman Seif al-Badr said the dead include 33 women, 12 children and 10 men. He said 30 people were rescued, adding that search operations are still underway as it is not known how many people were aboard the ferry.

Khalil said the ferry sank because of a technical problem, and that there weren't many boats in the area to rescue people. He said more than 80 people were on the ferry when it sank.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi ordered an investigation and expressed deep condolences to families of the victims.

The river's level was high because of a rainy season that brought more precipitation than in previous years.

The U.S. Embassy said Charg\u00e9 d'Affaires Joey Hood and the entire mission \"express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the tragic ferry accident on the Tigris River near Mosul.\"

Nowruz, or the Persian new year, dates back to 1700 B.C. and incorporates Zoroastrian traditions. It is celebrated across territories that once made up the ancient Persian empire, stretching from the Middle East to Central Asia.

Iraqi forces drove the Islamic State group from Mosul in 2017 after a devastating campaign that left entire neighborhoods in ruins.

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A good Thursday to all. Here's what is in store for us today weatherwise.

1. Dry weather for the Q-C

\"NWS:
NWS: Week

Today will be mostly cloudy through mid morning then gradually clearing with a high near 52 degrees and a low around 31 degrees. Northwest winds will gust as high as 20 mph.

Friday will be sunny with a high near 49 degrees and a low around 27 degrees. North winds will gust as high as 20 mph.

\"NWS:
NWS: Northern Lights

2. Latest river levels

\"NWS:
NWS: Flooding

Quad-City area rivers remain under National Weather Service flood warnings. Here's the latest.

\u2022 Mississippi River at Rock Island: Flood stage 15 feet. Currently at 16.85 feet. To rise to 17.4 feet Saturday, then begin slowly falling.\u00a0 At 17.5 feet water affects the railroad tracks in downtown Davenport and River Drive, Pershing Avenue, and Federal Street. Water also affects Bettendorf`s Leach Park.

\u2022 Rock River in Moline: Flood stage 12 feet. Currently at 15.02 feet and falling. To fall to 14.6 feet Friday. At 15 feet water affects business parking lots on 52nd Avenue in Moline. Water also affects most homes on South Shore Drive and North Shore Drive.

\u2022 Wapsipinicon River near DeWitt: Flood stage 11 feet. Currently 13.04 feet and steady. To remain steady through Saturday then begin falling. Fall below flood stage Wednesday morning.\u00a0 At 13 feet water affects many residences along the river.

\u2022 Iowa River at Wapello: Flood stage 21 feet. Currently 26.4 feet and rising. To rise to 26.7 feet today then begin falling.\u00a0 At 25 feet there is widespread flooding of agricultural land. Numerous secondary roads are under water.

\u2022 Cedar River near Conesville: Flood stage is 13 feet. Currently 16.25 feet and rising. To rise to 16.6 feet today then begin falling. At 16.5 feet water affects County Road G28.

\u2022 Monitor area river levels.

3. Bridge lane, interstate closure delayed until Monday

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Evening rush-hour traffic on Moline's River Drive near 19th Street is backing up as drivers work their way towards the Iowa bound on-ramp to Interstate 74 bridge. One westbound lane of the bridge now is expected to close Monday.

A couple of last-minute changes are occurring in the new traffic pattern announced last week for Interstate 74 and bridge work in Moline and Bettendorf.

The closure of one westbound (Iowa-bound) lane of the I-74 bridge now is expected to occur Monday, weather permitting. Officials from the two-state Departments of Transportation previously said the closure would occur this week.

Also delayed is the closure of the westbound section of the interstate between the bridge and Middle Road in Bettendorf. Read more.

When will the Iowa-bound bridge be reduced to one lane? Monday, weather permitting. We're finishing some work on local roads & preparing traffic signals & signs in Bettendorf first. Next week, motorists heading to Iowa must exit at Grant St/US 67 and take Kimberly Rd. #QCtraffic pic.twitter.com/WeLUcsdKFX

\u2014 I-74 River Bridge (@I74RiverBridge) March 20, 2019
New I-74 bridge construction: Hundreds of images

\u2022 Moline's Avenue of the Cities might get center turn lane

4. Man sentenced to 2 years prison, 10 years parole in sex abuse case

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Brandon Banks

A Bettendorf man accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl has been sentenced to two years in prison and 10 years on a special parole after he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a plea agreement Friday in Scott County District Court.

Brandon Wesley Banks, 46, has been sentenced by Scott County District Judge Mark Smith.

Banks had been charged with one count of third-degree sexual abuse in February 2018. The charge is a Class C felony under Iowa law that carries a 10-year prison sentence.

According to the arrest affidavit filed by Bettendorf Police Detective Jeff Buckles, at about 1 a.m. Feb. 14, 2018, the victim was awakened to Banks abusing her.

The victim was able to kick at Banks and shove him away and he eventually left the room.

During a hearing Friday in Scott County District Court, Banks pleaded guilty to a charge of assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse. The charge is an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a prison sentence of up to two years.

Smith sentenced Banks to two years in prison and imposed a $5,000 fine.

Banks also must serve 10 years on parole when he completes his prison sentenced. Smith imposed the special parole as it is allowed under Iowa law for those convicted of a sexual abuse offense that is a Class D felony or aggravated misdemeanor.

Banks also must register as a sex offender and as under a 5-year no contact order with the victim.

Banks was being held Thursday night in the Scott County Jail as he awaits transport to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center at Oakdale, where he will be processed into the prison system.

5. Why does KWQC's Matt Hammill look so familiar?

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Matt Hammill. (Contributed photo)

A Quad-City Times reader inquires, \"I see that Matt Hammill is now with KWQC-TV6. Where do we know him from? I can remember him, but don\u2019t know where he was.\" Ask the Times columnist Roy Booker is back with the answer.

Photos: Q-C media through the years - Matt Hammill returns to Q-C

6. Quad-City Times Bix 7 to honor first responders, thank Froehlich in 45th year

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Quad-City Times Bix 7 race director Ed Froehlich speaks to members of the media during the Quad-City Times Bix 7 news conference at the Isle Casino in Bettendorf on Wednesday.

When Ed Froehlich was introduced as race director of the Quad-City Times Bix 7 race 40 years ago, he remembers three people at the press conference, held at the now-demolished Clayton House.

How things have changed.

On Wednesday, Froehlich gave what he called his \"last press conference\" at The Isle Casino and Hotel in front of about 60 people, the majority of whom were wearing shirts with Froehlich's likeness and the slogan \"40 and out, give Ed a shout\" on the front.

Froehlich will be stepping down as race director following the 45th running of the seven-mile road race on July 27. Assistant race director Michelle Juehring has already been appointed to take his place, and though the date is quickly approaching, Froehlich says his emotions aren't getting the better of him\u00a0\u2014 yet.

Froehlich and the other race organizers helped turn a race that had 84 runners in its inaugural running in 1975 to the largest non-marathon race in the Midwest.

They've maintained the success of the event since largely by keeping it fresh, adding several different events over the last 20 years.

This year is no exception, as the race is presenting the First Responders Competition. The first responders from all five cities and Scott and Rock Island counties will compete as teams for a donation from Premier Buick GMC dealers. Read more.

Photos: Quad-City Times Bix 7 Press Conference

Trending headlines

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Today's photo gallery: Moline Avenue of the Cities Corridor Plan

Photos: City of Moline Avenue of the Cities Corridor Plan
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UNITYPOINT HEALTH-TRINITY MOLINE

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UNITYPOINT HEALTH-TRINITY MOLINE

Ashley Swarts and Josh Phillips, Milan; boy, Saturday, March 2.\u00a0

UNITYPOINT HEALTH-TRINITY BETTENDORF

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WHAT WE KNOW: Orion High School recently installed sensors in restrooms to detect vaping; they ring into the principal's and superintendent's phones. They went off twice Wednesday. Middle school principal Scott Briney said his building could use the equipment, too. The sensors cost $800 each and were paid for through donations.

WHAT'S NEW: Marty Morris with the Future Green Energy Consortium told board members about the new organization brought about by the Triple \"I\" state school associations. The non-for-profit renewable energy consortium could expand to all 852 school districts in the state. A three-tiered approach would permit the district to save 15 percent on its electric bill of $30,000 to $35,000 per year by signing up at the first level. Districts could recruit residents and businesses in Illinois to sign up for a two-year commitment for 10 percent savings (with the district reaping five percent savings) at the second level. At the third level, the district would install renewable energy--currently solar--at their facility for additional savings. The consortium would take care of all the maintenance. He said so far since the school board convention in November, 180 districts are interested, ten have signed up and four of those 10 are starting phase two sign-ups.

WHAT'S NEXT: The energy consortium wasn't on the agenda as an action item but Superintendent Joe Blessman asked the board to think of their questions and consider it.

LISA HAMMER

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The head of Muscatine County\u2019s communication center known as MUSCOM was arrested Wednesday allegedly for falsifying her timesheet indicating that she was at work when she was instead at a second job tending bar.

Beverly S. Griffith, 46, is charged with one count of tampering with records. The charge is an aggravated misdemeanor under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to two years.

According to the arrest affidavit, on multiple occasions during January and February, Griffith is alleged to have filled out her official time sheet for MUSCOM indicating that she was at work when in fact she was \u201cworking at a licensed liquor establishment in Muscatine County as a bartender.\u201d

The Muscatine County Joint Communications Commission hired Griffith as the new manager of MUSCOM on May 31. She was chosen by a board appointed search assembly to manage the area\u2019s emergency dispatching service.

Her job is to supervise emergency communication services for Muscatine County\u2019s public safety agencies and partners.

Griffith began working in dispatch at the Mineral Wells Police Department in Texas in 2000. But in 2002, she came to the Poweshiek County Sheriff\u2019s Office.

Before taking the job in Muscatine, she spent the past 10 years as the dispatch supervisor in Naples, Florida.

Griffith was booked into the Muscatine County Jail, and was released on her own recognizance.

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The Indoor Football League's Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week award winners are squaring off this weekend.

Quad-City Steamwheelers wide receiver Quinton Pedroza became the local franchise's first weekly IFL award winner Wednesday when he was honored for a six-touchdown performance in last weekend's victory at Cedar Rapids.

This week's defensive honoree is Sioux Falls Storm defensive back Matt McKoy, who clashes head-to-head Friday night with Pedroza when the Wheelers (2-1) visit last season's IFL runners-up in South Dakota.

\"It's going to be a great matchup,\" Q-C coach Cory Ross said. \"Q didn't get many passes thrown his way the previous game against Iowa, but last weekend was the continuation of him playing great so far this season. He's in great shape. The hard work is really starting to pay off.\"

Pedroza caught six passes for 105 yards and four touchdowns last weekend, plus rushed for two more scores on jet sweeps.

McKoy had a pick-six and tackle-for-loss to highlight a 52-18 defensive dismantling of Bismarck last weekend for Sioux Falls (3-0). Q-C defensive back Danzel McDaniel and former Wheelers DB Joseph Blount Jr. (Bismarck) also were candidates for the defensive honor.

Pedroza's quarterback, E.J. Hilliard, also was considered for the offensive award after tossing six TD passes. The Special Teams POW went to Bismarck kick returner Mike Tatum.

\"The great thing is anybody can go off in this offense every week,\" Ross said. \"Every route is live, and like we talk about all of the time, when one thing starts to hit, they'll try and take that away, so just stay patient and the ball will come your way.\"

Exit: Q-C's returning all-conference defensive end, Kewan Alfred, had to head home this week to take care of a family emergency in Texas. Ross said there is no timetable for his return.

\"But it's family first on our team, and hopefully things work out for him. That's the biggest worry right now,\" the coach said. \"Guys don't make a lot of money in this league. They're here just trying to get film and get looks from the next level, and none of that is as important as family.\"

Alfred has been placed on the Refused-to-Report list for now. Michael Lasker Jr., a 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive lineman, was signed to take the roster spot left open by the unexpected exit.

\"He had a short stint in the CFL, and he played at Syracuse, so he can play,\" said Ross, whose staff found Lasker when the National Gridiron League delayed the start of its season to May.

\"Great size. Great film. Moves well. We're excited. He's a great addition. We might suit him this week. Connor Hart is kind of banged up, so we figured we needed to bring in another offensive lineman just in case.\"

Trade: The Wheelers also completed their first IFL trade this week, sending reserve defensive back Lynn Williams to Bismarck for linebacker/rush end Howard Stephens.

Q-C defensive coordinator Larry Hendrix, formerly the head coach of the Dallas Marshals in Q-C's old Champions Indoor Football, coached Stephens last season.

\"It was the perfect fit,\" Ross said. \"Bismarck needed some secondary help and we needed somebody up front.

\"We already have five really good guys in the secondary. Lynn's just as good and really wanted to play, but just wasn't going to crack our lineup.

\"Howard played some linebacker for Bismarck, but we're going to have him put his hand on the ground like he did in college. He has great size and quickness. Hopefully he'll get some work this weekend and he'll have an impact.\"

Injury report: Hart remains \"a little banged up,\" Ross said. The Wheelers will review the offensive lineman's health today before setting the travel roster and leaving for Sioux Falls.

Newly signed running back Juwan Lewis also avoided any serious knee damage from the uncalled horse-collar tackle that ended his night and longest run last weekend at Cedar Rapids.

\"It's not as bad as it looked,\" Ross said of the diagnosed knee strain. \"He's moving around this week. But I'm not sure if he'll play.\"

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Latrice Lacey testified Wednesday that the relationship she had with a man whom she described as a longtime, on-again, off-again roommate had remained friendly even after he moved into a new apartment in spring 2017.

But things took a turn that October, she said, when he learned she was dating a white man.

\u201cHe became very angry,\u201d the 34-year-old testified Wednesday.

Things began to deteriorate between the two, ultimately leading to a confrontation that turned physical in front of the man\u2019s Pershing Avenue workplace on April 30.

Prosecutors say Lacey, upset because she believed the man had damaged her property, assaulted him and swung a two-pound sledge hammer at him, striking him in the arm and stomach.

But the defense argues the man started the aggression that morning and that she swung the hammer in self-defense when he climbed on top of her inside her friend\u2019s car.

Lacey testified for about 30 minutes Wednesday on the second day of testimony in her trial in Scott County Court. She is charged with three counts of domestic abuse assault and one count of first-degree harassment, all misdemeanors.\u00a0The man did not testify.

Lacey will return to the stand Thursday morning.

Assistant Scott County Attorney Samuel Huff rested Wednesday after calling eight witnesses over two days. Defense attorney Murray Bell called several witnesses before Lacey began her testimony in the late afternoon.\u00a0

Lacey testified that she met the man through her cousin when she was a child in Chicago. The two later reconnected and sporadically lived together beginning in 2009.\u00a0

At one point, things turned romantic. The last time they were intimate was in 2012, she said.\u00a0

Lacey, the director of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, moved to the Quad-Cities nearly five years ago. The man again lived with her on-and-off before moving into his own Davenport apartment in April 2017, she said.\u00a0

The man sometimes stayed at her house and things appeared to be fine between them until October 2017, when she began dating her boyfriend, Charles Davis. The man began to make statements about her boyfriend and the nature of their relationship.\u00a0

Lacey said the last time she spoke to the man was Jan. 29, 2018, after he had forced his way into her home to retrieve something from the attic.

When they both were at that back door, the man told her that he would leave only if she gave him her video game system.

\u201cI told him that if he didn\u2019t leave he was going to be leaving involuntarily because I was going to call the police,\u201d she testified. \u201cHe said, \u2018I should kill you, I should push you down the stairs, you stupid b\u2014.\u2019\u201d

Lacey said she tried to call 911 on her Apple Watch, but he grabbed her wrist. She then called out to her teenage daughter to call 911 and bring her her phone.

That\u2019s when the man began to strangle her, she said. He left when her daughter came over with the phone.

Davis testified Tuesday that he saw \u201charassing\u201d text messages from the man to Lacey starting in January 2018.

He said his vehicle, which he parked at Lacey\u2019s house, was damaged three times between February and April 30. They believed it was the same man doing the damage.\u00a0

Police were called twice about the damaged vehicle, as well as the incident in late January, but no charges were ever filed.\u00a0

The morning of April 30, they discovered that the side door of Lacey\u2019s garage had been kicked in and Davis\u2019 car inside the garage had been damaged. Water also was in Lacey\u2019s gas tank.

Scott County Sheriff\u2019s Sgt. Eric Roloff testified Tuesday and Wednesday that he interviewed Lacey about the altercation at the man's workplace.\u00a0

He said Lacey told him that the man had pushed her when she showed up at his workplace. She testified Wednesday that her ankle had been injured, which required her to wear a boot.\u00a0

She said that her friend took out a baseball bat and Lacey took out a sledge hammer and swung it after the man had gone towards her friend, Roloff said.

A co-worker of the man testified this week that it was Lacey who had assaulted the man in front of their workplace and at one point retrieved a sledge hammer and began to swing it at him, hitting him in the arm and stomach.

During the course of the investigation, Roloff said he looked at text messages between the two that ended in January 2018. The man continued to text while Lacey did not respond, he said.

\u201cIn my experience, it appeared to be an argument of a romantic relationship,\u201d he testified Wednesday.

Some of the messages, he said, could be perceived as a threat.

When questioned by defense attorney Murray Bell, Roloff said Lacey had told him that the man was \u201cterrorizing\u201d her.

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MUSCATINE\u00a0\u2014 Sen. Charles Grassley stopped Wednesday in Muscatine to talk with county farmers as part of his annual 99-county tour. One thing he's taking back to Washington D.C., he said, is local concerns about African swine fever.

Not enough is being done behind the scenes to prevent the spread of the virus, Grassley said response to a question from a member of the Muscatine County Farm Bureau. The Republican senator frequently holds similar meetings with various Iowa groups.

The hemorrhagic disease is highly contagious and deadly, but not transferable to humans. ASF has not been found in the U.S., but has spread through sub-Saharan Africa, China, Vietnam and some parts of the European Union, according to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The virus does not present a food safety issue, but if it were to enter the U.S., it could wipe out livestock. For Iowa's hog producers that market around 50 million animals per year, it's a real concern. A vaccine has not been developed, so prevention is the only method available to keep animals healthy.

Grassley said the state needs a \"bank of vaccines\" to be prepared, and money to develop them was included in the farm bill, but not nearly enough. Research has shown the development of a vaccine is still eight to 10 years away, but one member of the farm bureau said, \"We've got to live in the here and now.\"

Grassley said he didn't know vaccine development would take that long, or that there were multiple variants of the disease.

\"Then based upon what you're telling me, the only thing we can do is take steps to make sure it doesn't get into our country,\" he said. \"That's all we can do.\"

\"This ASF is a life changer,\" the man said. \"It potentially is a life-changing event for agriculture.\"

Grassley also discussed trade on Wednesday. \"Muscatine is a very international community,\" he said, \"and they would appreciate agreements on trade.\"

He said China has returned to the soybean market, but some rehabilitation between U.S. soybean farmers and China will need to be done to restore trade to close to what it was before President Trump's tariffs. Grassley said an agreement is expected to be reached by the end of April.

Tariffs will also need to go to improve trade with Canada and Mexico. Grassley said not enough movement is being made on that front, and the uncertainty of trade is the biggest concern constituents have.

Another farm bureau member asked about progress on the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

\"Not 2,200 miles,\" Grassley said, \"...right now, 55 miles for sure.\"

He said President Donald Trump \"muddied up\" the initiative by declaring a national emergency to secure funding for the wall, and Americans have blamed the president when congress is actually responsible.

\"Congress has been giving too much power to the president,\" Grassley said.

Revisions to the National Emergenices Act of 1976 and the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 need to be made, Grassley said, and he will help make those changes to restrict a future president's ability to to use those acts as \"subterfuge\" to progress an agenda.

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When Ed Froehlich was introduced as race director of the Quad-City Times Bix 7 race 40 years ago, he remembers three people at the press conference, held at the now-demolished Clayton House.

How things have changed.

On Wednesday, Froehlich gave what he called his \"last press conference\" at The Isle Casino and Hotel in front of about 60 people, the majority of whom were wearing shirts with Froehlich's likeness and the slogan \"40 and out, give Ed a shout\" on the front.

Froehlich will be stepping down as race director following the 45th running of the seven-mile road race on July 27. Assistant race director Michelle Juehring has already been appointed to take his place, and though the date is quickly approaching, Froehlich says his emotions aren't getting the better of him\u00a0\u2014 yet.

\"I don't think it will get to me until race weekend,\" he said. \"I'm holding up very well, but when people show their appreciation toward me, it's very special.\"

Froehlich and the other race organizers helped turn a race that had 84 runners in its inaugural running in 1975 to the largest non-marathon race in the Midwest.

They've maintained the success of the event since largely by keeping it fresh, adding several different events over the last 20 years.

This year is no exception, as the race is presenting the First Responders Competition, sponsored by Premier Buick GMC dealers. The first responders from all five cities and Scott and Rock Island counties will compete as teams for a donation from Premier Buick GMC dealers.

\"One of the things I think about when I think about the Bix is community. The reason we want to be a part of it is it's one of the top community events in the Quad-Cities,\" said Eric Dresing, co-owner of Green Buick GMC. \"What better way to honor community and the people that take care of community \u2014 our firefighters, our EMTs, our police officers and sheriff's departments?\"

There are still a few things to be worked out, namely the size of each team and whether the $5,000 awarded will be the grand prize or split up by place-winners. It's a way to recognize the first responders but also helps the friendly rivalry that exists between each city.

\"It's an honor to represent our community in the Bix race. This will be fun because this will be a time for us to partner with our brothers in the fire department,\" Davenport Police Sgt. Andrew Harris said. \"It's going to be a lot of fun. We're looking forward to it and have already spoken to a couple of firefighters and police officers to make the best team possible to represent the city of Davenport.\"

Even with all the palpable anticipation for the upcoming event, the news conference still served as a way for many to start recognizing the work Froehlich has put into making the race an event one sponsor called a \"holiday.\"

\"We would not be here to the extent that we are today if it wasn't for (Ed) and the winning preparations (he) set before us,\" Juehring said. \"I have no doubt these 45 years are just the beginning.\"

Photos: Quad-City Times Bix 7 Press Conference
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Davenport aldermen advanced a proposal to give as much as $450,000 to the acting manager of the financially-beleaguered Fairmount Cemetery on Wednesday, avoiding a scenario that city staff warned would\u2019ve put the city in charge of maintaining the 80-acre grounds.

Under the proposed agreement, which is expected to pass next week, the city would pay a maximum of $450,000 to Pine Hill Cemetery in annual installments over the next six years. The agreement would require yearly reviews of the cemetery\u2019s business plan, annual spending caps based on its operating losses, and that its ownership be retained.

City officials say the incentive deal is a desirable alternative to running a cemetery, which would happen under state law concerning cemeteries that go belly up. Fairmount Cemetery, a historic staple of Davenport\u2019s west side, was placed under state control a little more than a year ago after it fell into financial disarray.

Since late 2017, the Iowa Insurance Division, which oversees such matters, has paid Pine Hill to manage the cemetery\u2019s day-to-day operations. Pine Hill officials say they want to restore the cemetery and some of the neglected structures on the grounds to make it a sustainable business once again.

Carvel Morgan, with Pine Hill, presented a business plan to city officials on Tuesday, noting the cemetery was in poor shape just months ago and there were many unpaid bills that have since been paid off. Still, he said the cemetery ran a $76,000 deficit in 2018 alone, and the city\u2019s help is needed as they seek to invest in the cemetery\u2019s mausoleum and storage space.

The cemetery\u2019s crematorium, once a big moneymaker, was also repaired under Pine Hill\u2019s management and now handles pet remains. Morgan said many local funeral homes have bought their own furnaces, and the local market for cremating human bodies is not large enough to justify what it would cost to buy equipment enabling them to do that service again.

Brandon Wright, Davenport\u2019s assistant city administrator and financial director, commended Pine Hill on Wednesday, saying they\u2019ve been \u201cgood partners\u201d who\u2019ve \u201cstepped up to the plate.\u201d

Meanwhile, alderwoman Marion Meginnis, 3rd Ward, said she wants to add language to the existing agreement that would make the cemetery\u2019s mausoleum and crematorium historically protected places. She says that\u2019s necessary to ensure \u201cthe historic nature of these buildings be retained\u201d and could assist the managers with obtaining tax credits to help pay for improvements.

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With the regular season winding down, Quad-City Storm head coach Dave Pszenyczny isn't quite ready to turn his focus to the summer.

The Storm were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday but still have six games left to close out the regular season. Once April 7 hits and the offseason fully arrives, Pszenyczny can then put his full attention on who he wants to re-sign, protect and target for next year, but right now, he's focused on Friday's home game against the Peoria Rivermen.

\"I'm still cutting film, still doing what I've got to do to get these guys ready to win games,\" Pszenyczny said. \"It's kind of hard to figure out who you're going to protect off a team that doesn't make playoffs.\"

Barring the addition of another expansion team to the Southern Professional Hockey League, Pszenyczny will be able to protect 13 players for next season, and though he's still evaluating who he wants to bring back, forward Shane Bennett has emerged as one player the head coach would like to see in a Storm jersey again this fall.

\"He's one, there are a few others I have in mind as well,\" Pszenyczny said. \"I've got to fit the pieces of the puzzle that we didn't have this year as far as a leader. Need a power play defenseman, that's for sure, and we need a leader up front.\"

Bennett has emerged as one of the offensive leaders since being acquired by the Storm from the Fayetteville Marksmen on Dec. 30.

In 20 games with the Marksmen, Bennett scored three goals and added six assists, but since joining the Storm, the 25-year-old from Grand Island, New York, has scored 12 goals and added 14 assists in 29 games, nearly a point-per-game player.

He leads the Storm in points this season and is second on the team in goals, despite playing just half a season in the Quad-Cities.

\"When I was in Fayetteville, I don't really know what the problem was, I just didn't feel like myself I guess,\" Bennett said. \"Then I came here and Chezy gave me all the opportunity in the world to play, and with all the trades he's been making, he's been bringing in a lot of talent so I think everything all together has really helped me.\"

Though Bennett credits Pszenyczny with bolstering his confidence, the Storm head coach only admits to granting his players chances to make the most of their skills.

\"It's funny because people always say you gave him confidence, and I don't give anybody anything,\" he said. \"Just put them in an opportunity where I think they can succeed, and it's what they want to make of it.\"

Bennett had a strong rookie season last year, putting up 11 points in 16 games with the Marksmen before being traded to the Mississippi RiverKings, where he tallied 26 points in 39 games.

Though he returned to Fayetteville in the offeason, Bennett didn't get the opportunities he expected, buried on the third line and sometimes as a 10th forward. When he came to the Storm, the opportunity to play more and the trust Pszenyczny allowed him helped him break out.

\"He just kind of told me to trust my instincts,\" Bennett said. \"I've been playing a long time\u00a0\u2014 we all have\u00a0\u2014 and he just trusts me, and I guess playing the way I want to play helps me out.

\"It feels good. I didn't know what was wrong earlier in the year. I didn't know if I didn't have it any more or I wasn't motivated or what it was, but now it feels great. I just feel better all around. At the rink, away from the rink, everything's a lot better.\"

Bennett's speed is his most noticeable skill on the ice, but Pszenyczny also credited his hockey intelligence as what's allowed Bennett to succeed for the Storm.

It's never a guarantee the forward will return next year, a shot in the ECHL the goal and a strong possibility to start next season. But if Bennett plays next year in the SPHL, he'd welcome another chance to play for the Storm, and for Pszenyczny.

\"I've been lucky to have him as a coach this year,\"\u00a0 Bennett said. \"He's definitely been the best coach I've had in a while. I wouldn't want to get away from him after all the opportunities he's given me.\"

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A Bettendorf man accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl has been sentenced to two years in prison and 10 years on a special parole after he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a plea agreement Friday in Scott County District Court.

Brandon Wesley Banks, 46, was sentenced Friday by Scott County District Judge Mark Smith.

Banks had been charged with one count of third-degree sexual abuse in February 2018. The charge is a Class C felony under Iowa law that carries a 10-year prison sentence.

According to the arrest affidavit filed by Bettendorf Police Detective Jeff Buckles, at about 1 a.m. Feb. 14, 2018, the victim was awakened to Banks abusing her.

The victim was able to kick at Banks and shove him away and he eventually left the room.

During a hearing Friday in Scott County District Court, Banks pleaded guilty to a charge of assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse. The charge is an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a prison sentence of up to two years.

Smith sentenced Banks to two years in prison and imposed a $5,000 fine.

Banks also must serve 10 years on parole when he completes his prison sentenced. Smith imposed the special parole as it is allowed under Iowa law for those convicted of a sexual abuse offense that is a Class D felony or aggravated misdemeanor.

Banks also must register as a sex offender and as under a 5-year no contact order with the victim.

Banks was being held Thursday night in the Scott County Jail as he awaits transport to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center at Oakdale, where he will be processed into the prison system.

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ROCK ISLAND COUNTY \u2014 The challenge is finding the proper dateline, those words in capital letters at the start of this paragraph.

The dateline lets the reader know where the reporting for this feature story about Ethan Happ \u2014 small-town kid makes it big with the University of Wisconsin men\u2019s basketball team \u2014 took place. That's typically a no-brainer part of a piece, but it\u2019s complicated this time.

Technically, Happ is from Milan, a village in Illinois that is just south of the Quad-Cities. Poll its 5,800 residents and you\u2019ll find a cross-section of two Big Ten fan bases: Iowa \u2014 its campus in Iowa City is only 60 miles away \u2014 and Illinois.

Duane Dawson, who has been Milan\u2019s mayor for 34 years, hasn\u2019t met Happ but says \u201che\u2019s a big name around here\u201d and is more than happy to claim the star as one of the town\u2019s own.

\u201cEverything I\u2019ve heard about him is he\u2019s just a great young man,\u201d said Dawson, who reveals his rooting interests with his next sentence. \u201cThe only disappointment was he didn\u2019t go to the University of Iowa.\u201d

Another dateline option is Taylor Ridge, an even smaller town located southwest of Milan. Depending on which recruiting site you were looking at back when Happ committed to the Badgers back in 2012, Taylor Ridge might have been listed as Happ\u2019s hometown. That\u2019s because it\u2019s in the mailing address for Rockridge High School, where Happ made a name for himself prior to his arrival at Wisconsin.

Rockridge is a must-stop when searching for details on how Happ\u2019s upbringing made him who he is, but it\u2019s not actually located in Taylor Ridge. It\u2019s in Edgington, an unincorporated blink-and-you\u2019ll-miss-it hamlet a little to the west.

The compromise for this dateline is Rock Island County, which encompasses all of these aforementioned stops on the trail. But even that\u2019s a cop-out, because Happ will tell you he\u2019s from South Milan, which doesn\u2019t appear on any maps but is a very real place to the people who live there.

While coining his rural neighborhood as South Milan began as a running joke, Happ takes pride in telling people that\u2019s where he\u2019s from and has gone out of his way more than once to shout it \u2014 or, rather, have someone else shout it \u2014 to the masses.

Early in his redshirt freshman season with the Badgers, knowing some neighborhood friends were going to be at the game, Happ pulled aside Wisconsin public-address announcer Mike Mahnke and asked that he change Happ\u2019s hometown to South Milan for the day. Mahnke agreed to do it, and the only few souls at the Kohl Center who probably even noticed during starting lineup introductions were tickled pink.

On Senior Day earlier this month, with over 30 of Happ\u2019s family members and friends in attendance, Mahnke did it again.

From South Milan, Illinois \u2026 Ethan Happ!

\u2018Bean-bag boy\u2019

The headquarters of the unofficial Ethan Happ Fan Club is a red pole barn, and its owner, Kelly Stevens, is the self-proclaimed mayor of South Milan. The way he describes it, it\u2019s more state of mind than location.

\u201cWe figure the south side of any town is kind of the rougher side,\u201d Stevens said, \u201cso we like to be considered the worst of the worst.\u201d

The original purpose of the pole barn, built in 2005, was as a practice area for Kelly and Sandy Stevens\u2019 two sons when the weather turned cold. There\u2019s a basketball hoop and enough space for a 3-point line, with plenty of room to work on shooting and ball-handling drills.

These days, the building\u2019s primary function is for watch parties hosted by the Stevens. One of the corners includes three televisions, along with couches and chairs. The room is filled with Rockridge nostalgia, from the eight team photos on the wall to an old scorer\u2019s table from the school that holds pot-luck items when family and friends gather there.

There\u2019s even an adjacent VIP room that includes a designated brown leather chair for Happ\u2019s father, Randy. While Iowa d\u00e9cor dominates the room \u2014 Kelly and Sandy are Hawkeyes at heart \u2014 there\u2019s a Wisconsin section above the TV in the corner.

For proof that the star of South Milan doesn\u2019t get preferential treatment, Stevens shares an anecdote from early in Happ\u2019s career with the Badgers. He was a redshirt freshman at the time, and the Stevens had traveled to Madison with the Happs to watch Ethan play.

They hung out with him beforehand and gave him a ride to the game in the Happs' van, which only had four seats. No problem: Happ folded up his 6-foot-10 frame and took a seat in the back on a bean-bag chair that was taped in spots to prevent it from spilling beans all over the place.

When the group arrived in front of the Kohl Center, Kelly opened up the back of the van and helped out Happ. After swatting him on the rear end and telling him to have a good game, Kelly\u2019s parting shot was a reality check of sorts.

\u201cYou might be big (expletive) up here in Madison,\u201d Stevens told him, \u201cbut you\u2019re bean-bag boy back in South Milan.\u201d

Big target

An all-state player during his high school days in Illinois, Toby Whiteman was on a break from coaching basketball when in May 2011 he interviewed for a teaching position in the Rockridge school district.

Whiteman\u2019s hiatus ended when school officials, who were having trouble filling the boys basketball coaching position, asked Whiteman if he\u2019d be interested. There was a pretty big selling point: Whiteman was told over and over the Rockets were going to be good the next few seasons because there was a lot of talent in the district.

The player touted the most was a tall eighth-grader who already could dunk. Bryan Heath did end up being an excellent player both at Rockridge and his next stop, scoring more than 1,400 career points as a four-year starter at NCAA Division II Michigan Tech.

But the better college prospect ended up being a fast-growing forward who was a year older than Heath. Happ, who\u2019d sprouted from 5-foot-11 to 6-7 in two years, averaged 15.1 points and 10.6 rebounds as a sophomore in Whiteman\u2019s first season and was drawing recruiting traffic the following spring.

It\u2019s been well-documented how that process didn\u2019t take long to play out. Happ had scholarship offers from UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay before landing one from the Badgers; he took less than two weeks to accept it in June 2012.

\u201cThat raised the hype and kind of put a target on him, but he handled it so well his junior and senior year,\u201d said Katy Hasson, the principal at Rockridge. \u201cHe\u2019d always get the opponents\u2019 best, without a doubt.\u201d

One particular anecdote is so bizarre it seems too good to be true, but Happ and others confirmed it: At some point during his high school career, Happ arrived at midcourt for the opening tip and was standing across from an opponent who was giving up at least five inches to Happ. That didn\u2019t stop the kid from pretending he was starting a chainsaw, noises and all, and informing Happ he was going to cut him down to size.

Happ stood in stunned silence, then promptly won the tip and spent the rest of the game dominating.

What was no laughing matter to Whiteman was how much Happ was being hacked during his junior season. Whiteman drew a lot of technical fouls during games and once was ejected when he broke through Happ\u2019s grip and charged an official to complain about a no-call. Frustrated and concerned about Happ\u2019s safety, Whiteman even placed a call to the Illinois High School Association to complain.

Off the court, Happ didn\u2019t let the success go to his head. He was a future Division I athlete, but both Whiteman and Hasson said he never showed it.

When it came time to sign his national letter of intent early in his senior year at Rockridge, Happ said he didn\u2019t want to have a ceremony. He simply signed it and faxed it to Wisconsin.

\u201cHe didn\u2019t want the show,\u201d Whiteman said. \u201cHe\u2019s just that kind of guy.\u201d

Two-on-two

Randy and Teresa Happ moved to their home in rural Milan in 1997. The family had lived in Rock Island but wanted to move to a smaller district. Rockridge, which has 365 students in its high school and about 1,000 in kindergarten through 12th grade, was a good fit.

Across from the street from the Happs lived the Johnsons, who had two sons the same age. It\u2019s notable that the first person Ethan called after receiving a scholarship offer from Wisconsin during an advanced camp back in 2012 was Luke Johnson. They\u2019d been friends for as long as they could remember.

Each day after school, the Happ and Johnson boys would hop off the bus and start playing football or Wiffle ball or basketball. It was always 2-on-2: Ethan and Luke, who were the same age, were on one team; Eric Happ and Alex Johnson, who were each two years older, were on the other.

\u201cI won\u2019t lie to you, it definitely got heated,\u201d Luke Johnson said. \u201cThere were a lot of times where the night was cut early because someone got too mad and the parents said we were done for the night.\u201d

All four kids ended up playing college athletics. Eric Happ played basketball at Carl Sandburg College, while Alex and Luke Johnson both played football at UW-Platteville.

\u201cWe loved the competition,\u201d Luke said. \u201cWe loved the challenge of trying to beat our older brothers. If we did, they wouldn\u2019t hear the end of it until we played the next day.\u201d

Tough skin

That competitive nature \u2014 along with Ethan\u2019s dogged work ethic and tendency to be stubborn \u2014 comes from his father. Nobody disputes that.

Randy Happ can be gruff and demanding, he fully admits, but he\u2019s a softie compared to his father.

James Happ was a youth coach who would make his Little Leaguers do duck walks around the outfield to strengthen their lower bodies. Another childhood memory for Randy is the time his dad sat his best players so his team would lose. Why? Because he held a grudge from the previous season and didn\u2019t want a team coached by his best friend to make the playoffs.

Given that backdrop, it\u2019s easy to see why Randy is the way he is and, by extension, why Ethan is the way he is.

Some of Randy\u2019s motivational tactics were subtle. He\u2019d take Eric and Ethan to games at nearby Augustana College, pointing out how great the crowd was and noting how cool it would be to play in an atmosphere like that someday.

\u201cIt was kind of an inspiring moment and like, \u2018Wow, I want to be one of those kids when I grow up,\u2019\u201d Eric Happ said. \u201cThat was our motivation. \u2018OK, if you want to get to this level, then this is what you need to do.\u2019\u201d

That carrot dangling on the end of the stick gave the Happ brothers some perspective during the daily grind of Randy\u2019s summer workout program.

Before leaving for work each day, he\u2019d attach a sheet of paper to a clipboard and hang it in the garage. It contained a spreadsheet filled with drills Eric and Ethan needed to complete that day, a list that ranged from shooting to defensive slides to dribbling around cones. For every drill they\u2019d do with their right hand, Eric and Ethan had to do twice as many with their left hand.

As both a coach and a father, Randy expected a lot from his sons. His favorite line when a chore wasn\u2019t done properly or the boys\u2019 work ethic didn\u2019t match his expectations was, according to Ethan: If I was your boss, I\u2019d fire your ass.

Still, Ethan calls Randy his best friend, and they speak every day. That relationship speaks to how a father pushed his kid hard without going overboard and how his son developed a thick skin through sharp critiques because he saw the purpose behind those words and actions.

\u201cIt\u2019s on the kid,\u201d Ethan said. \u201cAt times, I would be like, \u2018Oh, my God, I can\u2019t stand this guy.\u2019 And then an hour would pass or depending on how mad I was, a day would pass and I\u2019d realize he did it because he loves me. He wasn\u2019t doing it to piss me off. He\u2019s trying to help me.\u201d

These days, Randy still offers coaching points but is mindful not to overdo it. He missed only two Wisconsin home games during the four seasons Ethan played, offering non-verbal support from his spot high in section 125.

After games, win or lose, they\u2019ll go out to grab something to eat and try to focus on non-basketball topics. Randy will remember the past five years as 99 percent great. The other one percent has been tough because he hasn\u2019t been able to block out the noise as criticism of his son has mounted, particularly when it comes to Ethan\u2019s free throw struggles.

\u201cBut I would do it all over again,\u201d Randy said. \u201cWe\u2019d do another five years if we could do it.\u201d

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IOWA CITY \u2014 It\u2019s been a different season for Spencer Lee, but the endgame remains unchanged.

The Iowa wrestler is looking to accomplish something at the NCAA Championships beginning today that no Hawkeye has done in more than a decade\u00a0\u2014 win consecutive national titles.

Lee overcame some in-season setbacks a year ago to win the 125-pound NCAA crown, and as he prepares to face Northern Illinois\u2019 Bryce West \u2014 a former Solon prep with a 15-14 record \u2014 in today\u2019s 11 a.m. opening round, he\u2019s dealing with more of the same.

\"It\u2019s been kind of a crazy year with more losses than I\u2019ve ever had, but I feel good about where I am right now,\" Lee said. \"I\u2019m in an almost identical spot to where I was a year ago. It\u2019s time to go to work.\"

Lee finished his 22-2 freshman season with a 5-1 victory over Nick Suriano of Rutgers in the 2018 finals.

He\u2019ll take the mat today at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh with an 18-3 record, a mark that includes a pair of losses to top-seeded Sebastian Rivera of Northwestern, the last by a 6-4 decision in sudden victory in the Big Ten Championships finals.

\"I\u2019ve been in this situation before. I\u2019ve dealt with a little adversity during the season and then came back to accomplish what I\u2019ve been working all season to do,\" Lee said. \"That gives me confidence going in that I can do what I need to do.\"

That starts with delivering on a desire to dictate the pace of the match.

\"The other guy will try not to let that happen, but that\u2019s something we\u2019ve been focusing on and something I need to be able to control,\" Lee said. \"I know what I have to do.\"

Iowa coach Tom Brands said Lee\u2019s ability to cope with whatever comes his way during a match makes a difference.

He points to Lee\u2019s last world championship victory as an example.

\"He overcame an 8-3 deficit and criteria and all that stuff to win the match. That says something about where Spencer Lee is coming from,\" Brands said. \"You\u2019ve got to have your wits about you to accomplish that, and he\u2019s a cool customer through and through.\"

This is the type of situation when that mindset works for Lee.

\"It\u2019s not always going to be easy,\" he said. \"It never is, never has been, but you have to believe in your abilities and be ready to go when you step onto the mat.\"

Lee has recorded 16 bonus-point victories for the Hawkeyes this season, including seven pins, six technical falls and three major decisions.

He enters the NCAA Championships with a 22-4 record against the tourney field in his weight class.

If Lee is able to return to the top of the podium in Saturday\u2019s 6 p.m. championship session, he will become the first Hawkeye to win back-to-back national titles since Mark Perry won at 165 in 2007 and 2008.

Brands sees the challenge that Lee faces this season to be unchanged from the one he encountered a year ago prior to his first NCAA tourney.

\"There\u2019s a different perspective the second time around, but the challenge that is out there, it\u2019s the same,\" Brands said. \"He\u2019s a defending national champion, and the path that\u2019s out there is the same path he\u2019s traveled before. He has to get ready to wrestle a tournament at the highest level.\"

Lee believes he's equipped to accomplish that.

He said preparations have been good since his last match nearly two weeks ago in the Big Ten finals.

Physically and mentally, Lee said he is ready for what lies ahead.

\"It\u2019s going to be a good week,\" he said. \"I feel good with where everything is at right now. It\u2019s time to go compete.\"

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Amy Harksen, a school counselor in Bettendorf, won\u2019t refuse to fill out a standardized test accommodation request, but she tries to be straightforward with parents.

\u201cThe process [for approval] has changed, and it is pretty strict,\u201d she said. \u201cI guess that\u2019s in response to people who have tried to get accommodations when they don\u2019t need them.\u201d

Some parents might reach out to Harksen about an accommodation, citing a student with test anxiety, for example, but that usually won\u2019t be enough for an accommodation, which might mean extended or unlimited time, having the test read aloud or another arrangement. Students with accommodations typically have a documented learning disability or are an English learner.

While Harksen will complete applications for an accommodation to the best of her ability, if there is not documentation of a diagnosis, an individualized education plan (IEP) or a 504 learning plan for her to upload, the chances of accommodation are slim.

\u201cI need to provide or upload documents -- it\u2019s never just my opinion -- and verify they have used these accommodations in the high school,\u201d she said.

After the FBI arrested and charged around 50 people for participating in a massive bribery scheme to secure a seat for their child at an elite school, it was revealed that one way the -- extremely rich -- parents manipulated the admissions system was by having their children fake a need for an accommodation, whether to get extra time, or have a proctor give or change test answers.

Parents would also bribe their way into fake documentation for accomodations.

In the Midwest, most students take the ACT, but Harksen said the process to get an accommodation for the SAT is \u201cpretty similar,\u201d and students for both tests receiving accommodations will take the tests in separate rooms than their peers.

While most students Harksen helps have an active IEP that\u2019s \u201csupportive of legitimizing their need,\u201d she\u2019ll occasionally get an email from the ACT about a student that\u2019s \u201ckind of a head scratcher.\u201d

\u201cI\u2019ll reach out [to the parent] and see if there\u2019s a diagnosis I\u2019m not aware of. I\u2019m always really straight with them,\u201d she said. \u201c \u2026 I would never say \u2018you shouldn\u2019t try,\u2019 I just try to be honest. If they need an accommodation, of course they should ask for it.\u201d

On the colleges' end, admissions counselors no longer see which students receive accommodations on their standardized test. A\u00a0lawsuit against the ACT ended the practice of reporting student demographics -- including learning disabilities -- to colleges.

\u201cOnce upon a time, admissions counselors and admissions professionals were made aware when standardized tests were administered in a nontraditional way,\u201d said Kent Barnds, executive vice president of external relations at Augustana College. \u201cIt was called non-standardized testing. \u2026 At this point, colleges don\u2019t have any access to that information.\u201d

In some cases, Barnds said an applicant might disclose they have a learning difference on their own, such as in an application essays.

\u201cWe are unaware at the time we receive a student\u2019s scores if they\u2019ve had extended time or any other sort of accommodation,\u201d he said.

The ACT\u2019s website states: \u201cDetails about your test accommodations and English learner supports will be shared only with the testing staff and will not be released to anyone else, including your chosen score report recipients.\u201d

While colleges cannot ask for information about IEPs or 504 plans during the admissions process, Augustana, like many colleges, has seen an increased number of students seeking accommodations once they\u2019re enrolled.

\u201cA place like Augustana is no different,\u201d Barnds said. \u201cThere certainly is an increased number of students who seek some sort of accommodation once they enroll. \u2026 There\u2019s all sorts of different learning accommodations that we find out post-enrollment.\u201d

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