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Fortnite gives away $3 million to its first-ever solo world champion, a 16-year-old from Pennsylvania

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Fortnite has wrapped its first-ever massive sporting event in New York’s Arthur Ashe tennis stadium. It was anyone’s game: It didn’t matter how famous a player was nor what large organization was backing each member of the playing field.

Beating out other pros and famous streamers, Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, 16, made a name for himself by dominating from the first round and ultimately taking home the $3 million grand prize for individual players. That’s the largest-ever payout for a single player in an esports tournament.

After securing a victory in the first round and nine in-game kills, Giersdorf went on to rack up dozens of in-game kills each round, until he ended up with 59 points — a huge lead over the second-place winner.

“Words can’t really explain it. I’m so happy,” Giersdorf said. “Everything I’ve done in the grind has all paid off and it’s just insane.”

He said that in the last round, after finding a safe spot to scope out enemies and collecting a lot of loot to use as ammunition, his championship win “was pretty much sealed from there.” After celebrating his win, he turned around to hug his family members who had traveled from his hometown in Pennsylvania to see him play.

In second place, 24-year-old Harrison “Psalm” Chang — a former professional Heroes of the Storm player — won $1.8 million. Epikwhale took third, winning $1.2 million. He has not publicly disclosed his full name. In fourth, Nate “Kreo” Kou, 18, from Parkland, Florida, won $1.05 million.

At 24, Chang was one of the oldest competing on Sunday.

“It’s great representing the old dudes: Experience and composure trump everything,” Chang told CNN Business. “Fortnite is a young man’s game though.”

He said he plans to either “gamble it all or invest” his money, but hasn’t decided yet.

The stadium was more packed Sunday than on previous days, when Epic games hosted a duos tournament and an amateurs vs. pros competition. More than a million viewers tuned in to watch online, according to Twitch, YouTube and Fortnite in-game stats.

Giersdorf’s social media accounts, including YouTube and Twitter, have grown exponentially in followers after his win. He’s signed to Sentinels, an esports organization based out of Los Angeles.

Unlike Saturday’s European duo champions, Aqua and Nyhrox, who were relatively lesser known on the global stage, Giersdorf already has established a presence in the competitive Fortnite scene — but the World Cup certainly solidifies it more.

“He’s such a good player, it’s impossible to not know who he is,” said Perri Cox, 17, who attended the Fortnite World Cup for all three days with several of her friends she met online playing the game. “I don’t think casual players knew of him. But if you were following the competitive side of things, you definitely were aware of him.”

In fifth place was 13-year-old Thiago Lapp — also known as “King.” Lapp is the only non-American to make top five, and represents Argentina and, more broadly, the South American Fortnite region. Thirteen is the minimum age to compete in the World Cup.

Lapp made waves during Sunday’s competition for playing extra aggressive, chasing down enemies at times when he didn’t need to pick fights. He accumulated dozens of points from in-game kills alone, earning $900,000.

“I’m still shook. At such a young age, I can really say I’m living the dream,” Lapp told CNN Business. “I want people to recognize that there are pros in South America, since we’re basically not considered relevant in the esports world.”

He said he played aggressively because in South America “most of the players I faced were of average skill level so it’s been easy to outplay them.”

Everyone who participated in the games on Sunday, including those who placed last with no points at all, takes home at least $50,000 for playing. That makes this one of the biggest tournaments in esports so far. Epic Games is promising there will be more competitive events later this year.

Refreshing temps in the days ahead… No rainfall for a while

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Sun is returning in our afternoon skies as plenty of subsidence or drying builds in from the departing cool front.

Skies will be mostly clear this evening and continue for the rest of the night with overnight lows around 60 degrees.

Steering winds aloft out of the northwest will remain so for the next couple of days allowing daytime highs to only reach around 78 to 83 degrees.

Flow will become more zonal in the days to follow resulting in temperatures slowly improving each day.  The mercury will peak by the weekend with highs approaching 90 degrees.

What about any needed rainfall?  Well, we certainly missed out on most of our towns early this morning, and it appears to be the trend not only the rest of this week but into the weekend.  Next potential chance may not be until this time next week.  Ugh!

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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A woman woke up in her Memphis hotel room to find a snake on her arm

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Melinda Major was asleep in her hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee, on Friday morning when she felt something moving around on her arm.

She was in town from Nashville for a doctor’s appointment and at first she thought it might have been her husband, until she remembered he wasn’t there with her. When she finally opened her eyes, what she saw was the stuff of nightmares.

A thin, green garden snake was stretched out across her arm.

“I’m not a snake person,” Major told CNN. “I can deal with spiders and all the icky things, but snakes are not my thing.”

Major said she immediately jumped up and slung the snake off her arm. It hit the headboard and bounced back onto the bed, she said. She then leaped onto the other bed in the room and snapped a picture.

The snake then started moving under the blanket, Major said, so she jumped onto the desk in the room and called the front desk at the Hampton Inn Walnut Grove in East Memphis.

Hotel staff soon came up to her room and escorted her out, and Major said that the manager went back into the room shortly after and called pest control.

Hampton Inn Walnut Grove confirmed the incident to CNN and said that “everything has been resolved.”

“It was a scary, scary situation,” Major said.

Despite how frightening the incident was, Major said she had stayed at the hotel many times over the years and that she would “most definitely” go back.

“As horrified as I am of snakes, they acted on it quickly,” she said. “They were very helpful.”

McDonough County two-car collision injures four

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MOUND TOWNSHIP, Illinois — A late night crash in McDonough County harmed three people and seriously injured one.

According to an Illinois State Police press release, the two cars collided on Route 95 near Mount Township, Illinois and injured all involved.

The driver of the first car, a 49-year-old male from Adair, IL, did not stop at an intersection and was struck by the second car, driven by a 25-year-old St. David, IL male. The second car also had two passengers, a 46-year-old Bushnell, IL female and a 21-year-old female from Bardolph, IL.

The driver of the first car was flown out from the scene with serious injuries, while everyone from the second car was taken to a hospital with less serious damage.

No charges have been pressed. News8 will follow the incident as the Illinois State Police release more information.


Meet Greta Thunberg: 16-year-old activist sailing on a zero-emissions yacht to the UN climate summit

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(CNN) — Swedish cimate activist Greta Thunberg will cross the Atlantic on a zero-emissions sailboat on her way to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23.

Setting off mid-August from an undisclosed location in the UK, Thunberg and the crew of the Malizia II yacht will sail to New York City, where the summit will take place at UN headquarters, according to a tweet from Thunberg.

The Swedish 16-year-old has become the figurehead of a burgeoning movement of youth climate activists after her weekly protests inspired student strikes in more than 100 cities worldwide. In the UK, parliament declared a climate emergency and adopted new emission targets, partly in response to the protests.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on world leaders to present concrete plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the upcoming summit.

Thunberg doesn’t fly due to high levels of emissions from air travel, according to a statement, and the Malizia II will allow her to make a zero-emissions journey thanks to solar panels and underwater turbines that generate electricity.

Cutting emissions is key to reducing climate change, which could pose an existential threat to human societies by 2050 if swift and dramatic action isn’t taken, according to a report published in June.

“The science is clear and all we children are doing is communicating and acting on that united science,” said Thunberg in a statement. “Our demand is for the world to unite behind the science.”

Thunberg looked into the most environmentally friendly way to get to New York before settling on the Malizia II. The boat will be captained by Boris Herrmann, a professional race skipper, and Pierre Casiraghi, founder of the Malizia team.

“Greta is amazingly courageous to be standing up against ignorance and injustice regarding the climate crisis,” said Herrmann. “I feel humbled that Greta accepted our offer as the lowest-carbon option to cross the Atlantic — despite the lack of comfort for her.”

Thunberg’s appearance in New York City will be the first stop in a string of engagements in the Americas over the next few months, according to a statement.

Climate economics

Despite rallying student’s efforts across the world, the Czech government was among the nations that blocked the EU’s net zero emission proposal. Yet in Sweden, one of the countries that pushed for the plan, 76% of people think climate change is the single most serious problem the world is facing.

A protester holds up a sign reading “How did we become so stupid ” during a “Fridays for Future” demonstration in Berlin to protest for climate action in Berlin, on July 19, 2019. Launched by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, “Fridays for Future” has seen pupils “strike” against school teaching each Friday for months across Europe. (Photo by PAUL ZINKEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Thomas Bernauer, the director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Policy at ETH Zurich university, said the divide comes down largely to economics.

“In the wealthier European countries like Switzerland, or Germany, or Scandinavia, people have reached a certain level of well-being and pay attention to issues that go beyond their daily needs,” he said.

“If you’re in a very rich, liberal society, and you have a certain job, a sufficient income, enough food, housing, and so on, basically, you’re contained on the material level, of course you can redefine things like climate change into something that is a basic need,  he said.”

“But say you’re in Bulgaria or Portugal, and there’s a 30% unemployment, and you have no prospects of finding a job, then it’s a very different calculus,” he said.

The current European divide over climate policy illustrates much deeper economic, political and cultural divisions within the bloc, according to Mike Hulme, professor of Human Geography at the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom.

“You have 28 countries at very different stages of economic development… . It’s partly about political leadership, it’s partly about cultural values, norms, partly about religious beliefs, it’s partly about geopolitics, and the perceptions of who holds power and influence in the world,” he said.

It’s a practical question, too. Poland is the second largest coal producer in Europe. As much as 80% of its electricity comes from coal-burning plants. The sector employs tens of thousands of people, and is seen as strategic, allowing Poland the freedom of not relying on gas from Russian.

“It’s a much easier thing to become emissions free when a country has other alternatives,” said Darrick Evensen, lecturer in Environmental Politics at the University of Edinburgh.

Climate change policies generally suffer from the discrepancy between their costs and benefits. The costs are high and imminent. Phasing out fossil fuels, which scientists say is necessary in order to limit global warming, will require huge investments into new technologies.

The benefits, on the other hand, might only become apparent by the end of the century, when most of those paying the costs now will be long gone. That makes it hard for politicians to push for a change.

“With environmental issues you’re not seeing any near-term payout, that’s the problem,” said Darrick Evensen, lecturer in Environmental Politics at the University of Edinburgh.

“But that’s something that may be changing because of the protests, the politicians are starting to see, and we’re seeing this in the UK, they do see a near-term payout for climate change legislation, because it can get them into power,” he said.

It’s a calculation that works only when there are no other major issues. “If there’s an economic crisis, urgency to create jobs, high inflation, or other things that create a lot of misery for people, those are the things that the electorate wants to be dealt with as a priority, but that doesn’t mean that climate change is irrelevant,” said Bernauer.

Sweden is one of only a handful of countries that have adopted emission reduction targets in an effort to tackle climate change. On the international stage, the Swedes have been championing action on fossil fuels.

Still, Greta Thunberg continues to spend her Fridays sitting in front of the Swedish parliament.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg reacts during a debate with the EU Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee during a session at the European Parliament on April 16, 2019 in Strasbourg, eastern France. She urged Europeans to vote in next month’s elections on behalf of young people like her who cannot yet cast ballots but demand decisive action against climate change. During a visit to the European Parliament in the French city of Strasbourg, Thunberg, 16, told a press conference that time is running out to stop the ravages of global warming. (Photo by FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

She says she won’t stop until Sweden is in line with the Paris Agreement. The 2015 accord aims to limit a global temperature rise this century to 1.5 degrees Celsius by dramatically cutting carbon emissions.

According to Climate Action Network Europe, a coalition of NGOs, no European country, not even Sweden, is on track to fully meet its targets.

“We will probably sit there for years to come,” Thunberg told CNN.

Songwriting with The 1975

On July 25 Thunberg and UK band The 1975 released a song in she calls for mass civil disobedience to force action on greenhouse gas emissions.

In the track, titled “The 1975,” Thunberg recites an essay over ambient music, urging listeners to join a popular rebellion against climate change.

“Solving the climate crisis is the greatest and most complex challenge that homo sapiens have ever faced,” she says. “To do your best is no longer good enough. We must all do the seemingly impossible, because there are no gray areas when it comes to survival.”

The rules have changed, says the climate activist, and people need to wake up.

She spoke at the Extinction Rebellion climate protests in London, which brought the British capital to a standstill in April. Proceeds from the song will be donated to the UK-based grassroots organization.

Thunberg says a decisive effort is needed to prevent “unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people,” and calls for plain speaking about the scale of the disaster facing the planet.

The track will form part of The 1975’s upcoming album “Notes on a Conditional Form,” scheduled for release in August. Singer Matt Healy said meeting Thunberg had been “such an inspiration”.

The song follows a call from prominent climate scientists to make environmental damage a war crime.

International lawmakers should agree a fifth Geneva convention that would include wildlife safeguards in conflict areas, control the spread of weapons, and make armed forces accountable for environmental damage they cause, according to a letter in the journal Nature.

The letter was co-signed by 24 scientists and published ahead of a meeting of the United Nations’ International Law Commission.

Davenport ponders a wall it has long rejected

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of communities line the Mississippi River on its 2,348-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico, but Davenport, Iowa, is unique because people there can actually dip their toes in the river without scaling a flood wall, levee or other impediment.

It's a point of pride for the city, calling itself Iowa's front porch, and which has repeatedly tolerated the floods that have long since convinced all other major riverfront cities to build concrete or dirt walls.

"It's the personality of the community," said Kelli Grubbs, who runs a business a few blocks from the nearly half-mile-wide river. "There is just a great love of the river."

That love is being tested this summer after record-setting floods broke through temporary barriers and for weeks inundated some of Davenport's trendiest restaurants and shops with foul-smelling water. Now that the river has finally seeped back to its banks, business owners and city officials are confronting a painful question: Can they still remain connected with the river without being overwhelmed by it?

Of the 15 biggest floods in Davenport's history, seven have occurred since 2008.

Looming over the discussions is an acknowledgement of what's likely coming from climate change: heavier rainstorms that, combined with spring snowmelt, will swell the river to ever higher levels.

Davenport is one of the many communities across the nation struggling with their past assumptions about the weather. Even as residents scoff at the prospect of a concrete wall or rocky levee replacing the gently sloping lawn that dips down to the river, they wonder if a downtown that has seen roughly $500 million in investment in recent years can survive being awash and cut off from the rest of the city so frequently.

This spring a main road was closed for 100 days and fans couldn't reach the Quad Cities River Bandits minor league baseball stadium. Great River Brewery, credited with spurring a downtown revival, is still closed because its equipment was submerged.

"Obviously, the weather is not getting any better," said Kyle Carter, executive director of the Downtown Davenport Partnership, a business group. "Regardless of why you think it's happening, it's happening."

Davenport owes much of its roughly 200-year-old history to the Mississippi River, which was instrumental in the area's selection as a fort. The river allowed steamboats to reach the community and later led to bridges that connected people and products to large cities to the east.

That history is one reason that despite repeated flooding in the last 40 years — especially severe in 1969, 1975, 1993 and 2001 — Davenport residents have largely supported a modest containment system that includes a wide strip of grass and Nahant Marsh, a 305-acre wetland.

Flooding from the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa in 2019.

During more serious flooding, large sand-filled temporary barriers can be placed on River Drive, which runs parallel to the river, to protect the low-lying business district. Most homes are safely perched on the hills rising steeply to the north.

But this spring, separate crests repeatedly pressured and finally breached the barriers, causing an estimated $30 million in lost revenue and damage.

"For a week or two, people were boating down the street," said Grubbs, who rushed to save expensive equipment in her virtual reality gaming business when water began surging inside.

Davenport residents also couldn't help but notice that across the river in Rock Island, Illinois — where a permanent floodwall was erected after floods in 1993 — the city stayed almost completely dry. Bettendorf and Moline, Illinois, also have floodwalls and didn't flood.

Mayor Frank Klipsch has formed a task force to consider options, which include setting aside more land that could be open for flooding and improving the system of temporary barriers protecting the city's nine miles of riverfront.

"It's not so simple as 'let's go build a wall,' " Klipsch said. "Our riverfront is one of the major attributes of our community. We want to be able to maintain that and embrace the Mississippi River."

One factor is the $175 million or higher cost of a flood wall that would have to be mostly locally funded. But another is that an expanded buffer would be less reliable and require a lot of property.

Environmentalists support giving the river more room instead of a wall, but the pragmatic concerns weigh heavy.

"We saw water go where water has never gone before, so it really shook the community and it awakened all of us to say, 'What are we doing? Is this a new reality for us?'" said Paul Rumler, the leader of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.

Becca Clark said she supports the city's go-slow approach, even though the flooding forced workers and customers to frantically haul items up a narrow staircase to the second floor of her clothing and jewelry shop.

"The city is all about the natural flow of the river and green space. It would ruin that," said Clark, who grew up in the area.

But, as they settled into a new location a block farther from the river, her business partner Nicole Perez noted, "We fixed our problem. We moved up higher from the river."

Investment Adviser has unique obsession with Barney Fife…

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MOLINE, Illinois-- The latest gross domestic product report's out, and the number has dropped off a bit.

Investment Advisor Mark Grywacheski joined us Monday, July 29 during Good Morning Quad Cities. The annual rate of economic growth was just 2.1% for the second quarter. It's a 1% drop from the 3.1% the country saw in the first quarter of this year.

Gtrywacheski says despite the number, the economy's not in dire straights.

"This is a strong economy that's going through a rough patch that needs a quick fix," he said Monday morning. "That quick fix is the Federal Reserve lowering interest rates. As the Fed lowers interest rates, it lowers the cost of borrowing, which stimulates consumer spending, business spending, and helps boost economic growth."

The Fed's next meeting is Wednesday, July 31. They're expected to lower interest rates by a quarter of a percent.

I also think Grywacheski has a very unique infatuation with Barney Fife from The Andy Griffith Show. If you don't know what I mean, watch the entire video above.

Vettes on the River Announced As Three Degree Recipient for August

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Vettes on the River has been selected as the August recipient for the Three Degree Guarantee.

Vettes on the River will receive $20 from Eriksen Chevrolet Buick for each day of the month that the actual temperature is within three degrees of the high temperature forecasted.  Every night Storm Team 8 will predict the next day’s high temperature. The forecast temperatures are compared to the actual temperatures recorded by the National Weather Service.

Vettes on the River is an all-Corvette car show with judging done by Quad Cities veterans. All proceeds from this annual event are donated to local Quad Cities veterans’ organizations. Corvette drivers come from all over the country to gather along the Mighty Mississippi River in LeClaire, Iowa, and show off their pride and joy while supporting veterans. This year’s event is August 24.

If you would like to learn more about the Vettes on the River or on how to participate, please click here.

If your charity or organization would like to be considered for the Three Degree Guarantee, please click here.



Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo to remain free until mid-century

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo will remain free to all until mid-century under an agreement zoo operators reached with the city’s park district.

The Lincoln Park Zoological Society, which operates the zoo, and the Chicago Park District, which owns the zoo’s land and buildings on the city’s North Side, extended their operating agreement to Dec. 31, 2049.

Zoological society CEO Kevin Bell says keeping the zoo free is a great thing for the city and for people visiting Chicago.

The zoo has its origins in 1868 with a gift of swans. With about 3.42 million visitors in 2018, Lincoln Park is by far the most popular of Chicago’s museums and nature parks. Of the others, only Shedd Aquarium (1.9 million) and Brookfield Zoo (1.91 million) approached the 2 million-visitor threshold last year.

Oakland became the second city in US to decriminalize ‘magic mushrooms’ and other psychedelic drugs

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(CNN) — You may not see them popping up in dispensaries yet, but Oakland just allowed the use of “magic mushrooms” and other natural psychedelics.

On June 4, 2019, Oakland’s City Council voted unanimously to decriminalize the use of ‘shrooms and other natural psychedelic or hallucinogenic drugs, including cacti, becoming the second city in the country to take this step.

The drugs still aren’t necessarily legal, but the resolution means police cannot impose criminal penalties for using the natural drugs or use any city funds to investigate or enforce the criminal penalties. Even people currently being prosecuted for these kinds of drugs are now off the hook, according to the resolution.

Denver was the first city to enact this kind of ordinance, in May. But Oakland’s goes further: where Denver’s ordinance was focused on ‘”magic mushrooms” — which contain psilocybin — Oakland is decriminalizing any plant or fungi that has hallucinogenic or pschedelic properties. That’s a first for any US city, but it doesn’t apply to drugs such as LSD or MDMA, which are synthetic.

Backers are hoping it saves the city money

The resolution was introduced by City Council member Noel Gallo and backed by Decriminalize Nature Oakland, a group that promotes natural psychedelics for health benefits.

In Gallo’s agenda report, he referenced the use of peyote in Native American communities. The evening of the resolution’s signing, over 100 people testified about the way natural psychedelics have helped them.

Gallo is from a Native American family, and he told CNN these kinds of natural psychedelics were familiar to him while growing up in Oakland.

“We didn’t go to Walgreens for medication,” he said. “My grandma had plants in her backyard that would heal us.”

He also said that implementing the resolution would reduce the resources Oakland police use in investigating these crimes, so they could focus on more pressing matters in the city instead.

The drugs have been shown to have health benefits

The push for decriminalizing these natural psychedelics comes following research that they have health benefits, notably for people experiencing mental health issues, such as depression.

Last year, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that psilocybin, which is in ‘shrooms, have medicinal benefits and a low risk for abuse.

Niabi Zoo Fun Day Sweepstakes

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Win a fun day at Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley, Illinois!

WQAD will select one winner each month, August, September, and October to win a family fun pack from Niabi Zoo including 4 admission passes, 4 train tickets and 4 carousel tickets.

Deadline for entry is October 14, 2019.  One entry per person. Winners will be selected on August 15, September 15 and October 15.

From train and carousel rides, to Zookeeper Chats, face painting and more, Niabi offers a variety of interactive experiences to enhance your visit to the zoo. Connect with the natural world at Niabi Zoo. During your visit you can see over 600 animals representing 200 species from around the world, all encompassed on more than 40 acres of picturesque forest preserve.

To learn more about the Niabi Zoo and to plan your visit please click here.

For sweepstakes rules click here.


Niabi Zoo Fun Day Sweepstakes – Official Rules

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Niabi Zoo – Zoo Fun Day Sweepstakes

Official Rules



WQAD News 8 (“Sponsor”) will conduct the Niabi Zoo – Zoo Fun Day Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) in accordance with these Official Rules (“Rules”).  Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Rules.  The Sweepstakes is intended for participation in the United States only and is void where prohibited and outside the Sweepstakes Area set forth below.  Do not participate if you are not eligible and located in the United States at the time of entry.

  1. Eligibility:  Entrants must be legal US residents, at least 18 years old or above, as determined by Sponsor and reside in the Davenport, IA – Moline, IL – Rock Island, IL Designated Market Area as defined by The Nielsen Company (the “Sweepstakes Area”). The Sweepstakes Area includes 17 counties in Iowa and Illinois.  In Illinois – Jo Daviess, Carroll, Whiteside, Bureau, Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Warren and Knox. In Iowa – Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Muscatine, Louisa, Des Moines, and Henry. Employees of WQAD, Niabi Zoo (“Sponsor”), and Tribune Media Company, employees of other television or radio stations, and members of the immediate families of such persons are not eligible to participate and win.  The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren, and any other person residing at the same household whether or not related.  Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
  2. Sweepstakes Period: The Sweepstakes begins on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. CT and runs through Tuesday, October 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CT (the “Sweepstakes Period”).
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  4.  Winner Selection and Notification:  On or about the following dates: Friday, August 30, 2019, Tuesday, September 30, 2019, and Wednesday October 16th, 2019, the Sponsor will select one winner by random drawing from among all eligible entries. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Sponsor will attempt to notify the Sweepstakes winner via telephone or email on Monday, September 2, 2019, Tuesday, October 1, 2019, and Friday, October 18th, 2019.  Winner must have a valid email address where he or she can be notified.  If the potential winner: (a) is unreachable after seven days, (b) is not in compliance with these Rules, (c) does not meet the eligibility requirements, (d) does not provide required documentation and sign any required documents by the deadline established by Sponsor, or (e) is unavailable for prize fulfillment, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize to another winner selected by random drawing from among remaining eligible entries. Sponsor will conduct up to two alternate drawings. If Sponsor cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, the prize will not be awarded.  All results are unofficial until winners are verified.
  5. Prize:There are three prize packages.  One package to be awarded on each of the drawing dates.  The prize package includes 4 admission passes to Niabi Zoo (13010 Niabi Zoo Rd, Coal Valley, IL), 4 train passes, and 4 carousel. The approximate retail value of each prize package is $65
  6.  Prize Acceptance/Restrictions:   Winner is subject to verification by WQAD of the winner’s name, age, address, phone number, and Social Security number (where the prize value is equal to or greater than $600.00). In order to claim his or her prize, winner must appear in person at the business offices of WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL during regular business hours by 6/6/17. Prior to receipt of prize, winner will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity, and may be required to provide a completed W-9, per Section 9 below.  Prize cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items by any winner.  Prize is non-assignable and non-transferable.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value, including cash, for prize, for any reason.  Costs of transportation and accommodations, where applicable, and any other cost not specifically included in the prize are the sole responsibility of the winners.  Properly claimed prize will be awarded, provided a sufficient number of eligible entries are received, but in no event will Sponsor award more prizes than are provided for in these Rules.
  7. Publicity Release: By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant acknowledges that his/her entry in the Sweepstakes constitutes that entrant’s consent to use, publish, reproduce and for all purposes, including publicity, promotion and advertising, in any media (including without limitation, the Internet, television or offline promotions), winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state, and any portion thereof, each extending throughout the universe and in perpetuity without further compensation, credit or right of review or approval, except where prohibited by law.
  8. Taxes: Any valuation of the prize stated above is based on available information provided to Sponsor, and the value of prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law.  All taxes, including federal, state, and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Any person winning over $600.00 in total prizes will receive a 1099 form from Sponsor at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form should be filed with the IRS.  Winner must provide Sponsor with valid identification, and a valid taxpayer identification number or Social Security number for total prizes valued at $600.00 or more, before prize will be awarded.  Sponsor will have the right, but not the obligation, to require winner to complete and submit an IRS form W-9.  Sponsor reserves the right to withhold prizes until the completed W‑9 form is received.
  9. Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Sweepstakes or any portion hereof, or to disqualify any individual implicated in any of the following actions, if for any reason:  (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, (b) the Sweepstakes or any website associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper processing of entries per these Rules, (c) the Sweepstakes becomes corrupted due to interruption in wireless calling devices or wireless service for any reason, or (d) the Sweepstakes is otherwise not capable of running as planned.  By entering, entrants represent that they are eligible and agree to be bound by and comply with the Rules and the decisions of any judges, which are final on all matters pertaining to the Sweepstakes.  Any entrant who attempts to tamper with this Sweepstakes in any way or use fraudulent means to participate in and/or win the Sweepstakes will be disqualified.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time, for any reason, including, without limitation, language, activities or behavior deemed inappropriate. Sponsor and its advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for cancellations, postponements, or delays.  Other than the prize received by the winner, no entrant will be entitled to receive any wages, benefits, fees or other compensation whatsoever as a result of participating in the Sweepstakes.  Sponsor will have the sole discretion to administer the Sweepstakes and interpret and apply the Rules.  This Sweepstakes is not intended for gambling.  Neither the failure of Sponsor to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Rules nor the failure, delay or omission by Sponsor in exercising any right with respect to any term of these Rules, will be construed as a waiver or relinquishment to any extent of Sponsor’s right to assert or rely upon any such provision or right in that or any other instance. If there is any conflict between any term of these Rules and any marketing or entry materials used in connection with the Sweepstakes, the terms of these Rules will govern.
  10. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to release, discharge, and hold harmless Sponsor, Tribune Media Company, prize providers, and their respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, death or property damage resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, delivery, possession, misuse or use of a prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), or from participation in and/or entry into or creation of an entry for the Sweepstakes and/or the broadcast or exploitation or use of entry or any other Sweepstakes-related activity; and (b) that the Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to prize.
  11. Limitation of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for: (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information or other errors in the printing, offering or administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prize(s), (b) any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation or transmission at any website, or wireless calling service, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other conditions, (c) failure of any entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems, telephone service problems, human error, or wireless calling service, (d) mechanical, technical, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions, or failures of any kind, including but not limited to failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed transmission of entries, traffic congestion, viruses, sabotage, satellite failures, electrical outages, on telephone lines, on the Internet, at any website, or application or lost or unavailable network connections or natural disasters or acts of God or man, which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Sweepstakes,  (e) communication line, hardware and/or software failures, malfunction of phones (including wireless phones/handsets), phone lines, other communications malfunctions, unavailable network connections, cellular equipment towers, telephone systems or wireless service, (f) damage to any computer (software or hardware) resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes, or damage to mobile phone or other PDA device, (g) theft or destruction of, tampering with, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries and/or entry information, (h) entries that are late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, and/or unintelligible (or any combination thereof), or (i) any change of email address, mailing address, telephone number and/or any other contact information provided by entrant.  Any expenses incurred by the entrant during the entry process are the sole responsibility of each entrant and the Sponsor will not issue reimbursement for any expenses.
  12. Dispute Resolution: By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. All entrants agree, by participation in the Sweepstakes, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of Illinois.  Illinois law will govern this Sweepstakes, without regard Illinois’s choice of law rules.  The courts of Illinois will be the exclusive forum for any dispute regarding any Rule or activity associated with the Sweepstakes.
  13. Official Rules: To request a copy of the Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL by 8/31/18.  Written copies of these Rules are also available during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at WQAD’s business offices or online at
  14. Name of Winner: For the name of the prize winner, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL, or appear in person at that location between normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) after 8/31/19. Requests for winner’s name must be received by November 15, 2019.
  15. Rights Reserved: The content, information, data, designs and code associated with the Sweepstakes and Sweepstakes website are protected by intellectual property and other laws. Any unauthorized use of copyrighted materials, trademarks, or any other intellectual property of Sponsor.
  16.  Sponsor: WQAD, 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265.
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Eat the seeds: Why the germs found inside apples may be good for you

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(CNN) -- Apples overflow with bacteria -- about 100 million bacteria, many of which are healthy. Apple aficionados who swallow the core not only get extra fiber, flavonoids and flavor, they also ingest about 10 times more bacteria than people who discard the rough bits at the center, new research finds.

And for those hoping to "keep the doctor away," go organic, suggests the new study, which was published in Frontiers in Microbiology. Organic varieties carry a more diverse community of germs than the conventional and so could be healthier for us to eat.

Apples are fruit celebrities, with more people eating them worldwide -- 83 million were grown in 2018 alone -- than any other fruit, say the Graz University of Technology scientists who compared store-bought conventional apples with fresh-picked organics of the same size.

For each fruit, they analyzed bacteria found in the stem, peel, flesh, seeds and calyx -- the straggly bit at the bottom where the flower used to be.

Overall, both organic and conventional apples were host to a similar number of bacteria, with most of the 100 million germs hiding in the seeds, the researchers say. Discard the core, then, and an apple contains just 10 million species, mostly contained within the flesh.

Freshly harvested organic apples shelter a more diverse bacterial community than conventional -- about 40% more categories and orders of germs, according to the study. A greater diversity of bacteria is known to be good for the health of our colons, past research has shown.

Known pathogens, including those in the Escherichia-Shigella family which can cause diarrhea and intestinal disease, were found in most of the conventional apple samples but not in the organic. And the reverse was true for beneficial probiotic bacteria, Lactobacilli.

Finally, Methylobacterium, a type of bug that plays a role in helping strawberry flavor compounds mature, was significantly more abundant in organic apples, especially on the peel and in the flesh, the researchers say. This might improve the taste of the more natural fruit compared to conventionally grown varieties.

The "differences between organic and conventional apples could certainly be attributable to a variety of factors within farming and storage conditions," concluded the study authors. When shopping, they say, choose organic.

Munchie Mondays: Snacks from the United Kingdom

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MOLINE, Illinois -- "Munchie Mondays" went international for a second time on "Good Morning Quad Cities" on Monday, July 29.

A few weeks ago, News 8's Jonathan Ketz, Angie Sharp and Storm Track 8 Meteorologist Eric Sorensen tried some snacks from Spain. This time, they tried food from the United Kingdom.

Special thanks to GMQC Producer Tory Philbin's aunt and uncle who offered to bring these back from England. Side note: These are not the same relatives who traveled to Spain.

One of the snacks they tried was something that may look like Fritos to you, but taste like Pringles. They're called "Hula Hoops," and they are made out of potatoes. You can also find them in the Republic of Ireland, South Africa and even Belgium.

"Hula Hoops" are part of the KP Snacks brand, that's been around since the 19th century. Click on this link to learn a fun fact about this brand.

The anchors also tried a mini malt loaf, which is like a soft bread, and often has raisins. It's usually eaten sliced and spread with butter.

Malt loaves have been around for more than 80 years, most commonly made under the Soreen brand. It is known as a healthy snack in the United Kingdom. A lot of people also like to pair it with their tea.

The last thing they tried was a peanut butter flavored "Kit Kat" bar, which you can only get in the United Kingdom and Canada.

If you aren't able to make a trip across the pond, you can always order these snacks online.

Click on the video above to see if the anchors enjoyed these snacks!


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