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A good Wednesday to all. The impact of this brutal winter is still being felt this morning. Here are the weather details from the National Weather Service.

1. Winds whip up wind chills

NWS: Summary

Today will be mostly sunny and breezy with a high near 28 degrees and wind-chill values as low as -5 degrees. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a temperature rising to around 35 degrees by 4 a.m.

Thursday brings a slight chance of rain showers after noon mixing with snow after 5 p.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a high near 39 degrees. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. The chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Thursday night will be mostly cloudy and blustery with a low around 8 degrees and wind-chill values as low as -5 degrees. Northwest winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

2. No power leaves many of us out in the cold

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Sam Murray, of Asplundh, trims tree branches near power lines in the 900 block of 27th Street Jan. 24 in Moline. Asplundh is doing the trimming for Midamerican Energy.

Some 500 Alliant Energy and 500 MidAmerican Energy Quad-City area customers remain without power early this morning, down from the more than 10,000 customers that were without power Tuesday.

North Scott's John Glenn Elementary School is closed today by the outage.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Scott County Emergency Management Agency report the following road closures due to downed power lines:

• 257th Avenue between Territorial Road and 205th Street.

• 162nd Avenue (1st Street in Eldridge) between Sheridan Park north to 255th Street.

• 230th Street near 60th Avenue north of the Walcott Truck Stop

A warming center has been set up at the Eldridge Community Center (400 S. 16th Avenue).

3. Another day of late school starts

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Augustana College student Guilherme Calixto scrapes ice off his driver's side window Tuesday in Rock Island. The sophomore from Brazil describes his second winter in the Midwest as "brutal." "This year is much worst than last year," Calixto said.

Some area schools are delaying the start of classes today because of the weather. Is your school are on the list? Check it out.

4. New appointees to Davenport Civil Rights Commission sidelined, ‘legal options’ considered

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Davenport Assistant City Attorney Brian Heyer notifies Davenport's Civil Rights Commission members of their legal responsibilities to maintain all documentation relating to the Commission during their meeting in their Davenport City Hall offices Tuesday.

A few minutes before the meeting was supposed to begin, Lee Gaston tried to take a seat at the conference table beside members of Davenport’s Civil Rights Commission, a panel on which he was placed by the mayor and aldermen late last year.

Several matters were to be discussed, including a sexual harassment case involving an area department store, two monthly reports from the city’s civil rights department head, and a request to begin holding commission meetings in the City Hall chambers.

But as Gaston was taking off his winter coat, he was politely asked by Susan Greenwalt — a commissioner whose term expired last year — if he would instead sit in one of the chairs designated for members of the public. Observing lawyers from the city’s legal department scribbled on yellow notepads.

“OK, I would ask permission to speak, though,” Gaston replied, promising not to take too long or “be disruptive.” Greenwalt assured him he could say his piece during a portion of the meeting set aside for public input, and Gaston took a seat on the sideline.

The brief encounter Tuesday prefaced several actions that the city’s legal department says are unlawful because Greenwalt, the commission’s presiding chairwoman, has no authority to act on any official business. Under the position the city’s lawyers have taken publicly, the same goes for Clyde Mayfield and Helen Roberson, who have also made official actions during meetings over the past two weeks, records show. Read more.

4. Q-C drama queen bakes passion into her desserts

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Becca Johnson, owner of The Green Room Bakery, shows off a rosetta wedding cake, left, salted caramel cookie bars and a traditional wedding cake.

Becca Johnson is a drama queen, but mellow. And she bakes that style and theatricality into her tasty treats.

The energetic 25-year-old Davenporter is owner/founder of The Green Room Bakery, and special events coordinator and building manager for its home, The Spotlight Theatre and Event Center at 1800 7th Ave., Moline, which opened last spring in the former Scottish Rite Cathedral.

“Ever since I was 10 years old, owning a bakery has been a dream of mine and is finally becoming a reality,” Johnson said recently. Read more. 

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5. 8th grader plays great-grandfather's WWII violin

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Charis Gonyo, an eighth-grader at North Scott Junior High School, practices with the school's orchestra, playing a violin her great-grandfather brought back from Italy during World War II. The orchestra is taught by Linda Hoppe.

When Charis Gonyo picks up her violin to play with the North Scott Junior High School Orchestra, she picks up a piece of family history.

Her great-grandfather, John Eugene "Gene" Cross, bought the violin she plays today somewhere in Italy during World War II when he was serving as a machinist in the Navy.

He died about four decades before she was born, but playing his violin has made a connection and brought to light stories about his life and his time in the war that Charis had no knowledge of. Read more.

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