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Friday, February 12th, 2016

WQAD.com LogoRocky wins over rival Alleman

Rocky wins over rival Alleman

Rocky wins over rival Alleman, 69-56…

WQAD.com LogoDavenport Central stays in MAC race with win over North Scott

Davenport Central stays in MAC race with win over North Scott

Davenport Central gets a 14-point win to stay two games back in the MAC race.

WQAD.com LogoPV Spartans rally to defeat West, claim share of MAC title

PV Spartans rally to defeat West, claim share of MAC title

Pleasant Valley trailed at the half to West, but Will Carius led the way with 30 points as the Spartans win 69-50, to claim a share of the MAC title for the 1st time since 2006.

WQAD.com LogoBettendorf boys win close game at Muscatine

Bettendorf boys win close game at Muscatine

  Bettendorf holds on for a 2-point win over Muscatine.  …

WQAD.com LogoNorth with a 6-point win over Assumption

North with a 6-point win over Assumption

North gets their 5th MAC win.

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Conditions abominable aboard slave ships

In the early days of slavery, Britain and other European countries sent slave ships to West Africa to kidnap Africans and sell them to Americans. The first slaves were brought to Jamestown, Va., in 1619 to aid in production of crops such as tobacco.

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Letter: Protect your precious right; be sure your vote counts

Election season is upon us once more.  I urge every voter to make sure their voting privilege is in order before the March 15 primary election. …

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WWII women pilots deserve to rest at Arlington

Here’s a World War II story featuring an unsung protagonist: Jill McCormick was piloting an A-24 dive bomber/scout plane out of Baltimore when she heard the loudest sound ever -- an explosion -- followed by terrifying silence. “I got on the radio and yelled, 'Dingy, dingy, I’m gonna ditch it.' Then I put it into Delaware Bay.”…

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Letter: Forester reminds R.I. Hauberg not just a building

Hauberg Center Park is more than a building. It’s six acres of open space with the oldest large Douglas fir, Canadian hemlock, white pine, northern white cedar and canoe birch in the area. These trees were planted by Jens Jensen, a world-renowned landscape architect.

WQAD.com LogoQuincy claims key road win at UT

Quincy claims key road win at UT

Quincy claims key road win at UT…

WQAD.com LogoAnnawan stays in front in the LTC race

Annawan stays in front in the LTC race

Annawan rolls to a 37-point win.

WQAD.com LogoSterling races past Ottawa

Sterling races past Ottawa

Sterling bests Ottawa 71-58…

WQAD.com LogoRockridge edges Kewanee

Rockridge edges Kewanee

Rockridge edges Kewanee, 48-46…

WQAD.com LogoSherrard holds on for win against Prophetstown

Sherrard holds on for win against Prophetstown

Sherrard with a win at home 56-50.

WQAD.com LogoWethersfield falls to Amboy by two in Regional championship

Wethersfield falls to Amboy by two in Regional championship

Wethersfield falls to Amboy by two in Regional championship…

WQAD.com LogoPleasant Valley girls close our MAC play with win

Pleasant Valley girls close our MAC play with win

Pleasant Valley girls best West.

WQAD.com LogoMuscatine girls score 3-point win

Muscatine girls score 3-point win

Muscatine girls get a road win at Bettendorf.

WQAD.com LogoRidgewood tops Wethersfield in LTC play

Ridgewood tops Wethersfield in LTC play

Ridgewood tops Wethersfield in LTC play…

WQAD.com LogoDavenport West gets coaching assist from a special young man

Davenport West gets coaching assist from a special young man

Davenport West makes Bryson Mayfield honorary coach for game against Pleasant Valley.  Bryson Mayfield is an 8th grader with downs syndrome and younger brother and Falson standout Mariah Mayfield.

WQAD.com LogoBravettes claim Regional title over Roanoke Benson

Bravettes claim Regional title over Roanoke Benson

Annawan wins 58-43 for Regional title over R-B…

WQAD.com LogoBurlington edges Clinton girls

Burlington edges Clinton girls

Burlington edges Clinton girls…

WQAD.com LogoNorth Scott girls win at Central

North Scott girls win at Central

North Scott Lady Lancers with a fast start as they run past Central, 75-26.

WQAD.com LogoErie wins instant classic to claim Regional crown

Erie wins instant classic to claim Regional crown

The Erie Cardinals claim their first Regional title since 1985 with a 42-40 win over Eastland.

WQAD.com LogoGalesburg clinches share of Western Big 6

Galesburg clinches share of Western Big 6

Galesburg wins a share of the WB6 for the first time since 1998. The Silver Streaks beat Moline 67-48.

KWQC-TV6 LogoHighlight Zone Basketball “Senior Night”

Highlight Zone Basketball “Senior Night”

With several schools across the QCA having senior night, we honored them on the Highlight Zone this week. We have all your highlights and scores on the Highlight Zone. You can watch them in the videos above. Here are some of the highlights from this week: Pleasant Valley and Galesburg boys clinched shares of their respective conference titles. Annawan boys remains undefeated in the Lincoln Trail Conference. Erie girls win their first regional since 1985. Be sure to tune in next Friday at 10:15 p.m.

WQAD.com LogoLady Lancers grab win at Central

Lady Lancers grab win at Central

North Scott defeats Central, 75-26…

KWQC-TV6 LogoDavenport girl with rare condition only wants cards for her birthday

Davenport girl with rare condition only wants cards for her birthday

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – A little girl from Davenport is about to turn four years old, but this girl doesn’t have any big ticket items on her birthday wish list. She just wants cards. Olivia McCormick doesn’t care if they are homemade or store bought. She doesn’t care if they have photographs, hand drawn pictures or play music when they open. she is simply crazy about all types of cards. “All of them put a big smile on her face and help her forget about something she has been dealing with since she was just a baby,” said Katy McCormick, Olivia’s mother. …

KWQC-TV6 LogoCertain schools replace Valentine’s Day parties with generic celebrations

Certain schools replace Valentine’s Day parties with generic celebrations

DAVENPORT, Iowa, ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – You might remember passing out cards and candy for Valentine’s Day at school. But certain school districts nationwide are replacing those parties with generic celebrations. The school district in Ankeny, Iowa, has a new policy banning both homemade and store-bought treats from classroom celebrations. On this last school day before the holiday, people from our area are weighing in on whether treats and parties should be allowed. “We had a party,” kindergartener Cambree Anderson said. “We danced and we listened to song…

KWQC-TV6 LogoLocal photographer gives shelter animals better chances for adoption

Local photographer gives shelter animals better chances for adoption

MILAN, Ill. (KWQC) — We all know how popular animal pictures and videos are on the web. Now, a local photographer is tapping into our love of dogs and cats, and letting would-be animal owners share the love at the same time. You may know Jeremy Moss from his time on air here in the QCA, he worked at FOX18 from 2000 to 2006. But now, he works behind the camera. “I loved journalism. I loved telling stories,” he says. “And when you’re shooting weddings, it’s pretty much the same thing.” As for shooing cats and dogs, he says, “We might sometimes t…

WQAD.com LogoTarget to offer Caroline’s Carts for special needs shoppers nationwide

Target to offer Caroline’s Carts for special needs shoppers nationwide

Beginning March 19, the majority of Target stores will roll out the new line of Caroline’s Carts. The red carts are modified in order for shoppers to accommodate older children or adults with special needs without having to maneuver both a cart and a wheelchair. The statement on Target’s website says the carts have been in use since February of 2015 and due to customer requests, the carts will be made available in most stores nationwide. The number of Caroline’s Carts available in each store will depend upon store size and guests’ needs. A Target employee raising a …

KWQC-TV6 LogoDemocratic majority chaired by Madigan attacks Hotle

Democratic majority chaired by Madigan attacks Hotle

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – The Illinois Primary is coming up in just over a month and already the political mailers and attack ads are inundating mailboxes. One of those attacks is making waves here in the QCA. It’s an attack targeting Rock Island Alderman Katelyn Hotle, one of the four democrats running for State Representative in the 72nd district. The fliers are paid for by her own party, the Democratic Majority a fund-raising committee chaired by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. “This is nothing new for the entire history of politics in this country, especially i…

Quad-City Times LogoRI Co. expects rare surplus in general fund

RI Co. expects rare surplus in general fund

For the first time in at least five years, Rock Island County’s general fund may end up with a small surplus instead of a deficit for the last fiscal year.

WQAD.com LogoMan guilty of impersonating cop and molesting young girls sentenced to 7 years

Man guilty of impersonating cop and molesting young girls sentenced to 7 years

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man accused of impersonating a police officer and enticing young girls and inappropriately touching them has been sentenced to seven years in prison. The Sioux City Journal reports that 31-year-old Joey Alberts pleaded guilty Wednesday to enticing away a minor, indecent contact with a child and three counts of impersonating a public official. According to court documents, Alberts was arrested in March 2014 after authorities say he approached girls in 2012 and 2013, telling them he was a police officer. Alberts was accused of inappropriately touching two 1…

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Annawan shoots for Regional Championship

Annawan is going for a Regional Championship without a key player…

WQAD.com LogoTrial for man charged with murdering girlfriend will not be moved out of Dubuque County

Trial for man charged with murdering girlfriend will not be moved out of Dubuque County

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A man charged with murder has lost his bid to move his trial out of Dubuque County. On Wednesday a judge denied Eddie Hicks’ motion for a change of venue. Hicks is accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend, Kahdyesha Lemon, on June 17 in Dubuque. His motion said extensive media coverage would make it difficult to pick a fair jury in Dubuque County, and his attorneys provided Judge Thomas Bitter with copies of media stories and documents from online media. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that the judge wrote in rejecting the motion that a change of venue is wa…

KWQC-TV6 LogoDittmer’s parts with Shell to keep family tradition alive

Dittmer’s parts with Shell to keep family tradition alive

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — The familiar sound of a bell rings every time a car pulls into Dittmer’s Service Inc. on Locust Street. It’s one of the few full service gas stations left in the Quad Cities. William Dittmer bought the property in 1963 and turned the gas station and auto shop into a local favorite. Since then, William Dittmer has passed away, but his two sons Matt and Scott Dittmer have taken over the business. They work alongside with his grandson, Billy Dittmer. The family business has always sold Shell gasoline until recently. “Their direction of the compan…

KWQC-TV6 LogoIowa lawmakers proposing death with dignity

Iowa lawmakers proposing death with dignity

QUAD CITIES, Iowa (KWQC) – A heated debate hit the Iowa Senate this week. A “Death With Dignity Act” is being proposed by a senate subcommittee. If enacted, terminally ill patients, with less than six months to live, would be able to take a lethal dose of prescription drugs. The widely controversial topic hitting the senate is a good thing in the eyes of a local hospice care provider. “Everyone will die,” said Executive Director of Hospice Compassus in the Quad Cities, Margi Carlson. It is a reality and topic that can be hard for some to face. “As a society we have h…

KWQC-TV6 LogoOrange lobster finds a permanent home in Dubuque

Orange lobster finds a permanent home in Dubuque

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC) – An orange lobster was found among thousands of live brown lobsters at Hy-Vee’s perishable distribution center in Ankeny. This is a remarkable find because only about one in 10 million lobsters are orange. Orange lobsters are among the rarest of colored lobsters. It was decided that this lobster was too rare to be sent to a store. The lobster will be sent to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa. The lobster is getting acquainted to her new surroundings and is not on display for the public at this time, but officials at th…

WQAD.com LogoAlleged teen thief loses arm after being run over by Craigslist seller

Alleged teen thief loses arm after being run over by Craigslist seller

**Warning: Some may find the details of this incident disturbing NEW YORK --  A Brooklyn teenager lost his arm in a Craigslist robbery gone wrong on Friday afternoon, February 12, 2016 authorities said. Police say the 17-year-old boy connected with a man on Craigslist who was selling a pair of Air Jordan sneakers.  They met about 1 p.m. near Avenue M and East 84th Street in Canarsie, where the teen got into the seller's SUV and pulled out a gun, police said. The teen stole the sneakers and then walked away. The teen managed to make it only 100 yards or so when the driver made a U-turn, st…

KWQC-TV6 LogoKewanee Youth Center faces closure; possibly reopening as adult prison

Kewanee Youth Center faces closure; possibly reopening as adult prison

KEWANEE, Ill. (KWQC) – Illinois plans to close the youth prison outside of Kewanee in a decision that took staff and lawmakers by surprise. About 200 people work at the facility which had been built in 2001. TV-6 has learned there is a possibility the facility could be reused by the state as an adult prison. The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice says it currently has 989 beds for young offenders, but as of Wednesday, the agency only held 436 youth. The agency says closing the Kewanee facility will leave Illinois with 683 bunks for youth prisoners. The state says that’s plen…

KWQC-TV6 Logo“Better Call Saul” star’s nephew pursues acting at Augustana College

“Better Call Saul” star’s nephew pursues acting at Augustana College

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – Keenan Odenkirk wanted to make sure he was prepared for his first TV interview. So, a few days before we met up, he decided he better call Saul. “I just wanted to make sure I didn’t say anything stupid, mostly,” the 20-year-old explains with a smile. Keenan sought advice from his famous uncle, Bob Odenkirk, who plays sleazy attorney Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. At the risk of violating uncle-nephew privilege, I ask what Bob said. “What he basically told me was, ‘You can’t say anything stupid.  The way these interviews go……

KWQC-TV6 LogoLast Swim at Central

Last Swim at Central

(KWQC)- Central High School is getting a new pool and– today is the last swim in the old one. The school district approved a brand new state of the art 8 lane pool — complete with swim lockers, a wet classroom, and a diving well . Officials at Central say — it’s bittersweet for students who had many memories in this old pool — but at the same time are looking towards the future. Officials at Central expect the team to be moved into the new pool by next fall. The plans for the old pool area include raising the floor and making it into a weight room.  …

KWQC-TV6 LogoAnonymous Iowa couple challenges Battleship Iowa to raise money

Anonymous Iowa couple challenges Battleship Iowa to raise money

L.A. WATERFRONT, CA (KWQC) – The Pacific Battleship Center (PBC), the nonprofit owner and operator of the Battleship Iowa Museum, announced that a generous couple has offered to donate more than $100,000. There is however a catch. The couple from the State of Iowa has challenged them to raise $100,000 in donations by June 30, 2016 in order to receive matching funds. The total amount raised must exceed the $100,000 mark before the total will be matched by the anonymous couple. If the PBC fails to raise $100,000 they will not receive any matching funds. “As a non-profit organization, we …

WQAD.com LogoIllinois youth soccer group bans ‘heading’ the ball for players 10 and under

Illinois youth soccer group bans ‘heading’ the ball for players 10 and under

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — The group that governs 81,000 young soccer players in Illinois says it will no longer let athletes age 10 and younger use their heads to strike the ball. Illinois Youth Soccer representatives say the change is meant to promote safety. The group made the announcement this week. Read the announcement – click here. The Chicago Tribune reports that the change agrees with recommendations that U.S. Soccer made in November after it faced a lawsuit by parents who claimed the organization wasn’t doing enough to protect children from concussions. Illinois Yo…

WQAD.com LogoIllinois priest accused of sexually abusing children under 13

Illinois priest accused of sexually abusing children under 13

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors outside Chicago have charged a Catholic priest with sexually abusing two children under age 13. The Kane County State’s Attorney’s office announced charges Friday against the Rev. Alfredo Pedraza Arias, who served at Sacred Heart Church in Aurora. The 49-year-old was taken into custody Thursday, February 11, 2016, in Rockford. He faces two counts of felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse and his bail was set at $50,000. Prosecutors say the abuse happened between 2009 and 2014 at the home of one of the victims and the church. The Rockford Diocese i…

WQAD.com LogoFormer Virginia Gov. Gilmore ends bid for the White House

Former Virginia Gov. Gilmore ends bid for the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore says he is dropping out of the race for the White House. The Republican says in a statement he plans to support his party’s nominee and will continue to speak out about what he called the dangers of electing Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, the two candidates for the Democratic nomination. Gilmore announced his candidacy in July, saying his record as a national security expert and a fiscal conservative would set him apart in a crowded Republican field. But his campaign failed to win any support, and Gilmore qualified for only two s…

KWQC-TV6 LogoBud’s Skyline Inn is demolished

Bud’s Skyline Inn is demolished

MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – A landmark Quad City restaurant is gone. Bud’s Skyline Inn near the Quad City International Airport has been torn down. All that’s left of the restaurant, known for its view of the airport runways, is its iconic sign. The owner, Bud Canfiled, sold the property to the airport. He operated the restaurant for 30 years. Before that, it was owned by Joe & Rose Roberts. At that time, it was called Joe’s Skyline Inn. Airport officials have said they would like to see a restaurant or retail development for the property.  …

WQAD.com LogoNo outside treats allowed in some Iowa schools

No outside treats allowed in some Iowa schools

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — The school district in Ankeny has adopted a new policy banning homemade and store-bought treats from classroom celebrations. The Des Moines Register reports that the decision comes on the heels of schools nationwide eliminating Valentine’s Day parties to replace them with generic celebrations. Ankeny schools’ chief operating officer, Matt Adams, says the policy change ensures that every student can participate, including those with allergies or those who are unable to afford store-bought snacks. The district’s policy says permitted food must be purchased…

WQAD.com LogoLatest Order of Lincoln awards announced on Lincoln’s birthday

Latest Order of Lincoln awards announced on Lincoln’s birthday

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former U.S. transportation secretary, the founder of a breast cancer charity and an NPR host are recipients of this year’s Order of Lincoln Awards. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday announced the six people receiving the state’s highest honor this year for professional achievement and public service. This year’s winners include Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Nancy Goodman Brinker, former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and CME Group chairman emeritus Leo Melamed. Other recipients include NPR “Weekend Edition Sunday” h…

WQAD.com LogoIllinois could get nearly $85-million in extra highway money

Illinois could get nearly $85-million in extra highway money

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Illinois transportation planners are awaiting details of how they could use a potential multi-million windfall for the state. A spending bill approved by Congress in late 2015 contains a clause allowing unused transportation earmarks to be dispensed to states for related work. The earmarks must be more than 10 years old and less than 10 percent of the total must have been spent or obligated. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has determined that the total amount of cash available could be nearly $2.2 billion. The Daily Herald…

WQAD.com LogoUniversity of Iowa athletics accused of favoring men’s teams over women’s teams

University of Iowa athletics accused of favoring men’s teams over women’s teams

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa is facing a broad federal civil rights investigation into allegations that its athletics department does not provide equal opportunities for female athletes. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the Office for Civil Rights is looking into gender bias allegations in 13 areas, including how the department counts participation levels, awards scholarships, and schedules practices and games. Investigators will visit Iowa in April. The review comes as Iowa's highly ranked men's basketball and football teams have been showered with attention…

WQAD.com LogoIran makes Valentine’s Day celebrations a crime

Iran makes Valentine’s Day celebrations a crime

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says it is cracking down on Valentine’s Day celebrations and shops engaging in them will be guilty of a crime. Iranian news outlets reported the police directive Friday warning retailers against promoting “decadent Western culture through Valentine’s Day rituals.” Police informed Tehran’s coffee and ice cream shops trade union to avoid any gatherings in which boys and girls exchange Valentine’s Day gifts. The annual Feb. 14 homage to romance, which tradition says is named after an early Christian martyr, has become popular in …

KWQC-TV6 LogoMoline police ask for help in solving 2014 murder case

Moline police ask for help in solving 2014 murder case

MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – It’s a murder mystery that police haven’t forgotten.  Moline police are reminding the public that a homicide from two years ago is still an active case. On Feb. 12, 2014, police found 39-year old Michelle Woods dead inside her home in the 200 block of 53rd St. She died of neck and head trauma. At first,  the death was considered suspicious. A short time later, it was called a murder, but no one has been charged. On Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, Moline police issued a statement saying they are still investigating and asking for any information from the public…

WQAD.com LogoGoodwill wants singles to donate their ex’s stuff for Valentine’s Day

Goodwill wants singles to donate their ex’s stuff for Valentine’s Day

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Is a breakup bringing you heartache for Valentine’s Day? Goodwill stores in the Sarasota and Las Vegas areas have an anti-Valentine’s Day antidote. They’re asking people to donate their ex’s stuff with a “don’t hate, donate” campaign. In a news release, Goodwill Manasota Foundation Vice President Veronica Brandon Miller says the agency is “having a little fun at the expense of Valentine’s Day.” But she notes that breakups are never easy and that it is important to “get rid of the items that keep exes stu…

WQAD.com LogoSnow emergencies declared in local cities

Snow emergencies declared in local cities

Snow emergencies were declared ahead of snowfall forecast for Valentine’s Day weekend. Village of Coal Valley: From Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10 a.m. until Monday, February 15 at 8 a.m.  While snow is falling, parking is prohibited on an street, avenue, alley or cul de sac within the village. Davenport: From Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10 a.m. until Monday, February 15 at 8 a.m. During a snow emergency parking on Posted Snow Routes is prohibited. Vehicles in violation may be ticketed or towed.  Drivers are encouraged to park off-street wherever possible. Click here for more i…

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Wind Chill Advisory followed by snow

QUAD CITIES – (KWQC) – Windy and cold weather is moving in to the QCA and that will be followed by snow for the weekend. KWQC Meteorologist Erik Maitland says wind gusts of 30 to 40 with wind chills of 5 to -10 will finish Friday. A Wind Chill Advisory will be in effect. By Saturday morning, lows will be 0 or below with wind chills as cold as -10 to -20, north of I-80. Then, expect snow to arrive late Saturday into Sunday. Amounts could be 3 to 6 inches across most of area. Another chance for light snow returns early next week with a warm up arriving later in the week. Some cities …

WQAD.com LogoPublic asked to help identify ‘persons of interest’ in Scott County incident

Public asked to help identify ‘persons of interest’ in Scott County incident

Authorities are seeking help from the public to identify two people. The two are considered “persons of interest” who were involved in an incident on Saturday, January 30, 2016 near the 4400 block of State Street in Bettendorf, Iowa and a motorcycle dealership in Riverdale, Iowa. The two were captured on surveillance video; according to the time stamp it was at 7:45 p.m. The Scott County Sheriff’s Department took to Facebook asking for help. If you have any information, you are asked to call the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at 563-326-8211.

WQAD.com LogoHow much we spend on Valentine’s Day may surprise you

How much we spend on Valentine’s Day may surprise you

Experts expect Americans to spend nearly $20 billion for Valentine’s Day, including $680 million on our pets. It may be true that you can’t buy love, but over half of women surveyed say they would dump their man if they didn’t get a Valentine’s Day gift. This article was provided by our partners at moneytips.com. More: Financial Tips For Engaged Couples 5 Hidden Budget-Busters When Not to Compare Prices…

WQAD.com LogoKanye West insists Taylor Swift is ‘cool with’ lyrical dis

Kanye West insists Taylor Swift is ‘cool with’ lyrical dis

What’s a day without a bizarre Kanye West Twitter rant? Luckily the rapper got this one out of the way early Friday morning (Feb. 12) and in the process somehow made his insults aimed at Taylor Swift seem even worse. Yeezy took to Twitter to defend himself after a lyric in one of his new songs — “Famous” — was revealed as, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that b**** famous.” After the Internet and Swift’s own brother took offense to the line, the rapper then went on a tweeting spree like only he can. RELATED: Taylor Sw…

WQAD.com LogoShoveling snow still targeted for Sunday

Shoveling snow still targeted for Sunday

What a cold night it will be.  The arctic front has swept through producing some blustery conditions out there.  Wind chills are already dropping below zero in areas just north of the Quad Cities, and will continue to spill southward this evening and overnight.  The coldest wind chills will be felt right around sunrise with numbers as cold as -15 to -25 degrees.  The coldest will be more north where a Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until 9am Saturday. Saturday will be quite cold still. Even with full sunshine, temperatures will only reach the lower teens that afternoon.   Not much wind…

WQAD.com LogoCheap and Easy Chicken Spaghetti

Cheap and Easy Chicken Spaghetti

This Cheap and Easy Chicken Spaghetti recipe is great for the upcoming cold temperatures. Full recipe below. Ingredients: 1 rotisserie chicken, deboned 1 package of spaghetti 1 block (1 lb) of Velveeta 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes with green chilies ½ teaspoon garlic powder Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Bring a pot of water to boil, add pasta While the pasta is cooking, debone chicken and cut Velveeta cheese block into cubes Strain pasta when it’s finished, and add chicken, Velveeta, cream of mushroom soup, garlic powder, salt, and pepper Cook the pasta mi…

WQAD.com LogoWoman wins $100,000 when she buys lottery ticket her friend rejected

Woman wins $100,000 when she buys lottery ticket her friend rejected

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- A Virginia woman won $100,000 when she purchased a lottery ticket her friend rejected. Lucille Harrelson and some of her friends went to a Wawa to buy some scratch-offs. One of her friends started to buy the ticket but changed her mind and purchased a different ticket, according to WTKR. Harrelson bought the winning scratch-off ticket and took it back to her office. She scratched off the ticket, but did not believe it was a winner until workers at the Virginia Lottery’s Hampton Roads Customer Service Center confirmed it was worth $100,000. She said she has no imme…

WQAD.com LogoHow an 8-year-old found true love before dying of cancer

How an 8-year-old found true love before dying of cancer

CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- Eight-year-old David Spisak, who made headlines after finding his "true love" while battling terminal cancer, has died. The boy's family posted the following statement in a Facebook group devoted to his life: "There's never been a morning with such sadness as today and no words will do it justice but I'll try. Our little man's last moments were laying with his mommy and daddy in the middle of the night, with a house full of family, friends and loved ones after days of being surrounded by love. This day was supposed to come about 9-10 months ago but David just wasn't done …

Quad-City Times LogoMeet the millenial couple who calls the Wapsi home

Meet the millenial couple who calls the Wapsi home

At first sight, you’d think Sean Santiago grew up with woodsmen. He sports the classic look. With an American flag bandana wrapped around his neck, the bearded 26-year-old mentions his passion for hauling tree chunks, deploying a chainsaw and training……

WQAD.com LogoTwo teens dead in Arizona school shooting, authorities say there’s no active threat

Two teens dead in Arizona school shooting, authorities say there’s no active threat

Police say the two 15-year-old girls were found dead Friday morning at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale. Authorities didn’t know what led to the shooting but say they’re not looking for anybody else. A gun was found near the bodies. Hundreds of concerned parents have been waiting outside stores near the school. School district Superintendent Brian Capistran told reporters that parents will be bused to campus to meet their children. He says families then will be taken off campus by bus. Students may also ride their normal buses home. Our hearts remain…

WQAD.com LogoVisiting musician sings out to save Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

Visiting musician sings out to save Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

On a frigid February day at Wilson Middle School in Moline, the sound of the blues is pretty hot inside the auditorium on Friday. That’s where you’ll find Rev. Robert B. Jones. The Detroit-based musician and minister is wrapping up a week in the Quad Cities. In between school and community performances, he’s lobbying hard to save the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. “People, when they come to the Quad Cities, they’re really coming to a place that has so much history,” he said. Starting back in 1985, the Blues Fest became one of the best in the country. But…

KWQC-TV6 LogoMoline Special Olympics basketball team advances to state competition

Moline Special Olympics basketball team advances to state competition

MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – After winning gold in the district tournament, the Moline Special Olympics basketball team is on to the next tournament. A state competition. For the second year in a row the Moline Special Olympics team will compete at the state level. “Our Special Olympics basketball team is so excited to make it to the State Competition tow years in a row,” said Jerilyn Hocker, Special Olympics Basketball Coach. “The excitement, determination and teamwork they show on and off the court makes me so proud to be part of their continued success.” Moline High S…

WQAD.com LogoJefferson Awards: A Community With A Cause

Jefferson Awards: A Community With A Cause

It started with a basketball game. Then another. Then another. However, for nearly three decades, there's only been one winner - the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Every year, the small town of Camanche, Iowa puts up big numbers by raising tens of thousands of dollars in honor of two people. "31 years ago, Jason and Joshua were diagnosed with Becker's Muscular Dystrophy," explained Cheryl Paasch, the twin's mother. "At that time, we had some friends who played basketball with my husband and some of the guys on the team wanted to help our family out, so they thought they would have a basketba…

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Quad City Area Snow Emergency Information

Snow emergency information from Quad City area municipalities will be posted here when we receive it. Check back for information on snow routes, snow removal and other city services that might be affected by the weather. COAL VALLEY, Ill. – The Village of Coal Valley has declared a snow emergency effective Saturday 2/13/16 at 10:00 p.m. until Monday 2/15/16 at 8:00 a.m..   It shall be unlawful for any person to allow a vehicle to remain on any Village Street, Avenue, alley, cul de sac or village  parking lot within the Village  following a snowfall occurrence of two inches or more…

WQAD.com LogoAlleged drunk driver crashes into fire truck in Bettendorf

Alleged drunk driver crashes into fire truck in Bettendorf

A 60-year-old Bettendorf man was arrested after he allegedly drove a truck through a working fire scene and crashed into a fire truck. Firefighters were at a call in the 1100 block of 16th Street, and reported the incident to their dispatcher just after midnight Friday morning, February 12, 2016. Robert Sikma allegedly drove his Chevrolet Silverado through the fire scene and clipped a parked fire engine before he backed up, drove through his yard, and parked in his driveway, according to a spokesperson for the City of Bettendorf. Sikma then want into his house, where police found and arrested …

Quad-City Times LogoWind chill advisory in effect until Saturday morning

Wind chill advisory in effect until Saturday morning

Good afternoon, Quad-Cities. Here is your National Weather Service forecast.

WQAD.com LogoHundreds of jobs cut as state decides to close juvenile detention center in Kewanee

Hundreds of jobs cut as state decides to close juvenile detention center in Kewanee

More than 200 jobs will be lost as the Illinois Youth Center in Kewanee is being closed by the state. Cost efficiency and a change in youth offender rehabilitation were among reasons behind the decision, according to Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Director Candice Jones.  She says closing the Kewanee facility is a move toward using smaller and less-restrictive facilities for youth offenders. Employees of the facility did not see it coming. “At 6:00 roll call, the director announced they’re closing the facility. That was it,” said Dino Leone with AFSCME. Leone said about 210…

KWQC-TV6 LogoKewanee Youth Detention Center to close

Kewanee Youth Detention Center to close

KEWANEE, Ill. (KWQC) – In a statement released Friday morning, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) Director Candice Jones announced the closure of the Youth Center in Kewanee. “The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice today announced it will be closing its Youth Center in Kewanee. The decision to close IYC-Kewanee was difficult, but it is the right decision for the State of Illinois. We considered many factors in arriving at this conclusion, including: national best practices; optimal youth outcomes; ongoing challenges at the facility as highlighted by court-appointed…

Quad-City Times LogoDavenport declares snow emergency

Davenport declares snow emergency

The city of Davenport has declared a snow emergency in advance of a snowstorm expected to hit the Quad-Cities over the weekend, according to the city's website.

KWQC-TV6 LogoEight Shot Dead: 2016 Sees Year-Over-Year Spike In Cops Killed By Gunfire

Eight Shot Dead: 2016 Sees Year-Over-Year Spike In Cops Killed By Gunfire

(NBC) – Already this year, eight on-duty police officers have been killed by gunfire — including five this week alone. The 2016 gunfire fatalities mark a notable increase from the same Jan. 1 through Feb. 11 period last year, when just one officer was shot dead, according to theNational Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Photo: NBC News In total, 11 officers have died this year, versus 13 officers in the same time frame last year. But most of the deaths last year were traffic-related, not firearms-related like they are this year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers …

WQAD.com LogoFire forces trash carrier to dump load in street

Fire forces trash carrier to dump load in street

Trash truck dumps load on 9th Street in Moline (WQAD Photo by Jaawan Arrington) When it caught fire, a private trash hauler had no choice but to dump a load of garbage in the street in Moline, Illinois. That closed 9th Street between 17th and 18th avenues shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, February 12, 2016. The area is residential. Heavy equipment was summoned to clean up the debris in the street. No injuries were reported.

KWQC-TV6 LogoPolice: No more danger after 2 teens shot at Arizona school

Police: No more danger after 2 teens shot at Arizona school

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Police say two teens have been shot at a high school in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, but there is no more danger to the rest of the campus. Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters Friday that she doesn’t know whether the victims at Independence High School are students. She didn’t discuss the conditions of the teens. She didn’t say who fired the shots but said there is no active shooter situation now. The school is on lockdown. Police and fire units have descended on the school. Streets are closed to traffic in the residential area aroun…

WQAD.com LogoMoline woman’s death remains unsolved after two years

Moline woman’s death remains unsolved after two years

Police were sent to 250 53rd Street at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2014 after someone called 911 and reported finding a woman’s body at the house.  Investigators determined the woman was 39-year-old Michelle Woods, and her death was called suspicious. Police said Michelle Woods died of traumatic injuries to her head and neck. Maurice Hines, who lived with Michelle Woods at the time of her death, identified himself as a person of interest in the case. An ex-girlfriend said Hines had a violent temper when they were together, and court records showed at least five women had bee…

WQAD.com LogoSurprise party from students brings teacher to tears

Surprise party from students brings teacher to tears

Threw our teacher a surprise party. He doesn't remember the last time he has a bday cake 🎈😊🎉🎁 pic.twitter.com/yR3jOGByTw — Sae (@Saeya8) February 11, 2016 BURLESON, Texas — A teacher at a high school in Texas told his students he couldn’t remember the last time he had a birthday cake — so the students surprised him and the video is going viral. Kyle Simpler, 56, an English teacher at Burleson High School, had to wipe back tears this week when he walked into his classroom and heard students singing “Happy Birthday!” Students also decorated…

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MUST SEE: Cockpit View Of Blue Angels Super Bowl Flyover

Now you can see and feel what it was like to be a Blue Angels pilot during the team’s flyover of the Super Bowl. The U.S. Navy squadron released a video showing the flight from inside the cockpit high above Santa Clara, California. You can see in the video as the team moves into formation and then holds for their pass over the stadium. Check it out here: …

KWQC-TV6 LogoPolice: Carbon Cliff felon found with loaded handgun hidden under toddler’s bed

Police: Carbon Cliff felon found with loaded handgun hidden under toddler’s bed

CARBON CLIFF, Ill. (KWQC) – After a weeks long investigation, police say a search warrant was obtained and then executed early Thursday morning, February 11, 2016, in the 1000 block of Rebecca Avenue. Police say they found 40 grams on cannabis, 3 grams of crack cocaine and a loaded .25 caliber hand gun. They say the handgun was found in a 4-year-old’s bedroom under a bed. According to police, 23-year-old Sylvester G. T. Staples was arrested and charged with being an armed habitual criminal, a class X felony; felon in possession of a firearm, a class 2 felony; and possession with in…

WQAD.com LogoGenesis Healthy Heart Kitchen: Valentine’s Day Surf and Turf

Genesis Healthy Heart Kitchen: Valentine’s Day Surf and Turf

On Friday, February 12, the Good Morning Quad Cities crew made Valentine’s Day Surf, Surf & Turf: Balsamic Beef Tenderloin & Pan Seared Scallops, Wilted kale, crab & asparagus / warm German potatoes Here are the ingredients: 2 (6 oz.) beef tenderloin filets 8 large scallops ¼ cup balsamic vinegar ¼ cup dry red wine 1 tablespoon coconut sugar   Warm German Potato Salad 2 lbs. baby red potatoes, large dice 1 medium red onion ¾ cup cider vinegar 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons coconut sugar ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil ½ cup green onions thinly sliced ¼ cup …

WQAD.com LogoGrocery Giveaway – Pam Hargrave

Grocery Giveaway – Pam Hargrave

Pam Hargrave was selected as a winner in our Grocery Giveaway. She was given two minutes to fill her cart with groceries  during our Grocery Giveaway at Jewel-Osco, at 1307 N. 2nd Street in Clinton, Iowa. There are more grocery giveaways coming up, and there are three ways to enter! Get entry details - click here.

WQAD.com LogoGrocery Giveaway – Benevolent Society of Clinton

Grocery Giveaway – Benevolent Society of Clinton

  Unfortunately, our 3rd winner today declined her prize so this 2 minute shopping spree benefited the Benevolent Society of Clinton, IA. There are more grocery giveaways coming up, and there are three ways to enter! Get entry details - click here.

WQAD.com LogoGrocery Giveaway – Ashley Gordon

Grocery Giveaway – Ashley Gordon

Ashley Gordon was selected as a winner in our Grocery Giveaway.  Ashley was given two minutes to fill her cart with groceries at Jewel-Osco, at 1307 N. 2nd Street in Clinton, Iowa. There are more grocery giveaways coming up, and there are three ways to enter! Get entry details - click here.

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Indiana man found guilty of Muscatine bank robbery

A jury has found an Indiana man guilty in federal court in Davenport of the Nov. 28, 2012, robbery of the US Bank branch in Muscatine.

KWQC-TV6 Logo2016 Illinois Iowa Regional Auto Show kicks off this weekend

2016 Illinois Iowa Regional Auto Show kicks off this weekend

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC)- The 22nd Annual Illinois Iowa Regional Auto Show kicks off on Friday at 10 a.m. The show has over 150 cars and trucks under two roofs at the River Center. On that list, the 2016 Motor Trend Car, Truck and SUV of year. To celebrate the 2016 Motor Trend Car of the year, the Chevy Camaro, The QC Camaro club has lined up five generations of Camaros. For the first time, the show has an exotic car area that includes an Aston Martin, a Bentley and two Alpha Romeo’s. Adult Tickets are just $8. For more information, click here.

KWQC-TV6 LogoWind Chill Advisory issued for parts of KWQC viewing area

Wind Chill Advisory issued for parts of KWQC viewing area

(KWQC) – Dangerously cold wind chills are expected later today and tonight for the QCA.  A wind chill advisory will go into effect at 9 p.m. for areas along and north of highway 30 and continue until 9 a.m. Saturday.   Wind chills could approach -25° at times and will routinely be -15°.  Frost bite could set in, in as little as 30 minutes in conditions like this, make sure you take to necessary precautions if you are outdoors for a long duration. For more information, check out KWQC Weather Alerts.  …

WQAD.com LogoMore than 3 inches of snow possible Sunday

More than 3 inches of snow possible Sunday

NOON Update: Latest model guidance has really bumped up the potential for snow on Sunday. Some solutions (including Futuretrack) now have six inches falling. Watch James Zahara tonight at 5 & 6 for updates on this potential. Still looks like it will come down over a longer timeframe so travel won't be too terribly impacted. -ES Good morning! We're gearing up for a chill-filled weekend. But snow is also on the way for Saturday night into Sunday. Snow will begin to fall in the Quad City region by 9pm Saturday night, lasting on and off straight through Sunday. Even though 3-4 inches may fall…

Quad-City Times LogoTraffic alert: West Central Park closure

Traffic alert: West Central Park closure

Drivers who use West Central Park Avenue are warned to look for other routes today because of a planned closure, according to the city of Davenport's website davneporttoday.com.

WQAD.com LogoThe Pledge from Mrs. Hillyer’s class at Jane Addams Elementary

The Pledge from Mrs. Hillyer’s class at Jane Addams Elementary

First graders in Mrs. Hillyer's class recite the Pledge of Allegiance at Jane Addams Elementary in Moline, Illinois. Submit your school to participate in the Daily Pledge – click here.

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WQAD.com LogoValentine’s Day weekend specials on the Hilltop

Valentine’s Day weekend specials on the Hilltop

The Hilltop Campus Village is celebrating Valentine's Day weekend with deals and dinners. It's the second year for the event, Cupid Comes to the Hilltop. After the tough fall season with the Harrison Street construction, the Hilltop businesses are hoping to make a comeback this weekend. About a dozen different merchants are participating in this year's festivities, many of them spanning all month long. Organizers hope by promoting the Hilltop Campus District as a whole, more people will be interested in shopping in the area. "We need to highlight the Hilltop Campus Village as an entity and we…

Quad-City Times LogoCookie sales build business skills in Girl Scouts

Cookie sales build business skills in Girl Scouts

Sure they're delicious, but those Thin Mints and Caramel deLites cookies also are teaching valuable life and business lessons to the Girl Scouts selling them.

WQAD.com LogoDangerous wind chills coming Friday night

Dangerous wind chills coming Friday night

Here we go! The roller coaster continues as an Arctic cold front sweeps through the area. You’ll feel it this afternoon as temperatures will likely top out around 21 degrees during the lunch hour. Then, we’ll be in free-fall mode…falling to 15 degrees by 5pm and all the way down to zero by Saturday morning. Wind chills will go as far down as -15 degrees which means that frostbite can occur in about 30 minutes. Be careful if you’re going to be out and about Friday night and early Saturday morning. -Meteorologist Eric Sorensen …

Quad-City Times LogoBlustery, cold with weekend snow

Blustery, cold with weekend snow

A good Friday to all. Bundle up and break out the snow shovel — it looks like we are going to need it this weekend.

Quad-City Times LogoIntroducing your new website

Introducing your new website

Welcome to the future of local news. After intense research and testing, we're excited to introduce you to our new design.

Quad-Cities Online LogoBreak the teeth-whitening monopoly

Break the teeth-whitening monopoly

WASHINGTON -- It is frequently said that, unfortunately, Americans disdain government. It is more usefully said that, unfortunately, they have abundant reasons for doing so. In coming days, the Supreme Court, by deciding to hear a case from Connecticut, can begin limiting a contemptible government abuse that the court's passive deference to legislatures has encouraged.

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View from QCA: Let's show our flyover pride with fitting monument

Last week I was mourning the death of Bob Elliott, last of the Bob and Ray comedy duo, and watching their routines preserved on YouTube.

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Letter: It's time for workers to demand justice, fairness

The workplace is the only environment where the encouraged response to being the victim of fraud is to not expect justice, but to simply walk away. I don’t know about the rest of you middle-to low-income workers out there, but I am sick and tired of hearing from Republicans that the only reasonable solution to unfairness by ones employer is to find a new job.

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Letter: Presidential election about winning by any means

People, have you been paying attention to this year's presidential race?…





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