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Layla’s Hero’s blood drive inspires donations

Nearly 200 people will benefit from a blood drive in Geneseo, thanks to a four-year-old girl and her family.

Layla O'Bryant was diagnosed with post viral acute cerebellar ataxia just before her third birthday. After months of looking for a treatment, they found IVIG, which uses antibodies from blood donations to keep Layla healthy.

It's made a world of difference, and now the family is giving back to the community.

"We're really dedicated to this process because this treatment has given Layla her life back and allowed her to live a safer life," said Molly O'Bryant, Layla's mom. "Anything we can give back to say thank you and continue this process to happen down the line, we want to do that."

Blood donations are lower during the summer months. The family plans to continue this blood drive twice a year, here in the Quad Cities and back home in Las Vegas.

For every person donating blood, about three people can receive that donation. More than 60 people turned out to the blood drive.

Iowa WWII veteran remains identified and returned after 75 years

AMES, Iowa — A World War II veteran finally made his way home for a memorial after his death in 1944.

Ames, Iowa saw the return of Corporal Ralph Bennet to his hometown after he was deployed to the Pacific Theater. He was last seen in June 1944 after he participated in the siege of Myitkyina in present-day Burma. U.S. forces were unable to recover his remains until after the war a sweeping effort was made to recover troop remains across the Pacific.

Bennett’s remains were transferred to a barracks in Hawaii in 1947, where they were unable to be identified and were subsequently buried in Honolulu in 1949.

In July 2018, the remains were identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency thanks to improving technology and new evidence. A memorial for Bennett was held on Saturday, August 3rd. in Ames.

Bennett has a long list of military honors, including the Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Metal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and Honorable Service Lapel Button.

3 killed after cliff collapses on California beach

ENCINITAS, Calif. – Three people were killed after a cliff collapsed in Encinitas, California, the city said on Twitter.

Authorities rescued five people from a rubble pile in Grandview Beach Friday evening, Encinitas Fire Chief Mike Stein said.

One person was confirmed dead on the beach, and three others were transported to nearby hospitals; a fifth person declined treatment on the scene.

“Two of the three victims that were transported to local area hospitals earlier today have succumbed to their injuries,” the city said.

San Diego County Sheriff Search and Rescue Dogs continued to search the debris later that day in case any more people were trapped underneath the rubble, authorities said.

The collapse from the cliff left nearly 20 yards of debris material on the beach, Stein said.

Stein said the visitors were “recreating right underneath the bluffs.”

Update as of 8/3/19 at 10:45 a.m. – Grandview Beach access is now open with the affected area remaining cordoned off and additional signage posted. For more details, check the City's News webpage at https://t.co/urYZsHKyi1

— City of Encinitas (@EncinitasGov) August 3, 2019

Naturally eroding cliffs

The naturally eroding bluff is common across the San Diego County coastline and along the California coastline, Encinitas Lifeguard Capt. Larry Giles said.

“Encinitas lifeguards here along with the state park lifeguards, we warn people excessively throughout the year… we tell people over and over and over to stay back from these naturally eroding cliffs,” he said. “A lot of times people don’t take the warning.”

The natural erosion makes it difficult to predict when pieces will slide off, Giles said.

Five suicides linked to college student’s depression counseling, lawsuit alleges

ST. LOUIS — A Missouri University, a fraternity, and a former student are being sued in connection with a series of suicides on campus. The deaths occurred at Truman State University.

“He participated, aided and abetted these people in committing suicide,” said Nicole Gorovsky, the attorney representing some of the parents of the deceased students.

Gorovsky was commenting on Brandon Grossheim and five suicides that occurred at Truman State University between 2016 and 2017. Three of the deaths happened at the Alpha Kappa Lambada fraternity house. Brandon Grossheim was a fraternity member at the time.

Gorovsky argues that what he was allegedly did was manslaughter and has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the parents of Alexander Mullins and Joshua Thomas, two young men took their own lives. The lawsuit claims student Grossheim was "fascinated" with death.  Grossheim told police he counseled the students, giving step-by-step directions on how to deal with depression, including advice on how to commit suicide, the lawsuit says.

“Which of course has very strong implications that he was counseling them on how to commit suicide,” said Gorovsky.

Alex’s mother, Melissa Bottorff-Arey said, “I would want him (Brandon Grossheim) to face his day in court and be held accountable for the death.”

The attorney said the university and fraternity knew about Grossheim’s close relationships to the students and did nothing to stop him.

“There was clear foreseeability to the university that there was somebody dangerous on this campus and they didn't do anything about it," Gorovsky added,

“He (Grossheim) was involved and kind of bending their ear, if you will, just kind of planting thoughts in their head,” said Melissa Bottorff-Arey.

The two other people who took their lives were apparently friends of Grossheim. The lawsuit says Grossheim was one of the last people to see each victim before their deaths and was reportedly seen wearing one of the victims clothing. All the suicides were in the same manner.

“He needs to pay for what he’s done,” said Melissa Bottorff-Arey.

The university released a statement that says: “We strongly disagree with the allegations and will defend the suit vigorously.”

The school added that it will become clear the university is not responsible for the deaths of these students. A spokesman for the fraternity says they've yet to receive the lawsuit and had no comment.

Vietnam veteran’s family surprises him by replacing lost medals

Alexandria (WCPO) — Seventy-six-year-old Army veteran John Guttridge doesn’t get excited about much, he said Friday. When he was drafted and sent to Vietnam in 1965, he was scared only once — then never again. He did his job as a rifleman and counted the minutes until his discharge in 1966.

In the 11 months and 25 days between his arrival and departure, he earned a Purple Heart, a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam campaign medal and a small collection of Overseas Service Ribbons.

In the 53 years between then and Friday, his family lost them all. His daughter and grandson surprised him Friday by replacing them.

“We spent a year and a half talking about it behind his back,” daughter Amanda Moore said.

She isn’t sure when her family lost the originals, she added. It might have been when their house was robbed during their childhood; it might have been later, during one of their moves.

When she decided she wanted to have them replaced, she verified her father’s service with the National Archives and submitted a request to the Army.

They arrived 18 months later, and she had a new challenge on her hands: Figuring out how to surprise her father, a man so stoic he spent less than 10 days recovering from being shot during his time in the war.

She managed it by inviting him to an American flag retirement ceremony held by her son’s Cub Scout troop.

“We got it over on him,” she said. “We said, ‘Hey, dad. We’re doing to retire that flag for you.’”

When he got there, she asked her son, Eli, to give him the medals.

Guttridge didn’t have much to say except: “I will for sure cherish all this.”

He admitted it was a little bit of a surprise. Just a little.

Multiple people have been killed in a shooting in El Paso, Texas, a city official says

(CNN) — Multiple people were killed Saturday in a shooting at a shopping center in El Paso, Texas, according to local officials.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo and police Sgt. Enrique Carrillo said there were multiple fatalities.

Authorities do not believe there is an ongoing threat, Carrillo told reporters.

One suspect is in custody, according to Sgt. Robert Gomez.

At least 23 people were injured, spokesmen from two hospitals told CNN.

Eleven victims were transported to the Del Sol Medical Center, hospital spokesman Victor Guerrero said. Nine of them are in critical but stable condition, he said.

Thirteen people were taken to the University Medical Center of El Paso, spokesman Ryan Mielke told CNN, and one of them has died.

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Police began receiving reports of an active shooter around 10 a.m. (noon ET), Gomez said in a brief news conference at the scene. Authorities were initially given multiple possible locations for the shooting, Gomez said, at a Walmart and the Cielo Vista Mall next door.

They also received reports of an incident at a second mall, several miles away from the Cielo Vista mall, but they confirmed that scene was safe.

“This is a large crime scene, a large area,” Gomez said. “So we are systematically going through it and making sure that anybody in the area — number one, we’re ruling out that no one is a suspect, and we’re also making sure that those people that were separated or hurt are getting the care that they need.”

A family reunification center has been set up for families who might have been separated at MacArthur Elementary School, Gomez said.

Multiple agencies, including the FBI, and the local sheriff’s department, have responded to the scene to assist El Paso authorities.

“This was a massacre,” US Rep. Veronica Escobar, who represents the area, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Escobar has received conflicting reports on the numbers of casualties, she said, but added, “The numbers are shocking.”

‘You don’t think it could happen here’

Walmart issued a statement regarding the shooting, saying, “We’re in shock over the tragic events at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso. … We’re praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders.”

At least three businesses were on lockdown in the area, about three miles south of El Paso International Airport.

Three Walmart employees took refuge at a nearby Landry’s Seafood house, restaurant manager Oscar Collazo told CNN. The women appeared “shook up” but not injured.

Landry’s had already gone on lockdown, he said, but opened its doors when the employees ran there.

“We never thought it would be so close to us this time,” Collazo said. “You see on the news all the time, but you don’t think it could happen here until it does.”

The nearby Hooters and Red Lobster were also on lockdown. Employees at those restaurants told CNN they were safe and saw a lot of police, helicopters and people running around outside.

In a shaky Snapchat video aired by CNN, a woman holding the camera frantically runs with a small group of girls or women through a Cielo Vista mall department store and into a parking lot.

As the group hurries past racks of clothes and cases of merchandise, voices off camera shout, “Hands up!”

Once in the parking lot, one member of the group asks, “What happened?”

“I don’t know,” the woman holding the camera responds. “I don’t know.”

Man gets 60-day jail sentence for poisoning wife’s coffee after she caught him on video

DETROIT – A woman living near Detroit noticed that the days she felt tired and ill coincided with the days her husband made her coffee. So she hid cameras in the kitchen. When she watched the video, she moved out.

Brian Kozlowski, 46, pleaded guilty to poisoning his wife’s coffee and was sentenced this week to 60 weekend days in jail, per Fox 2 Detroit. An analysis of the last cup of coffee Kozlowski made for her found it contained 127 milliliters of diphenhydramine, a primary ingredient in antihistamines. That’s about eight sleeping pills’ worth, per Click on Detroit.

Kozlowski’s wife had filed for divorce two months earlier, and she said in court that “Brian was trying to kill me to keep his comfortable life from slipping away.”

Blurred vision was among her symptoms after drinking the coffee, and she said she had nearly fallen asleep on the highway.

“This defendant’s actions were despicable,” the prosecutor said, per WXYZ. “We are all thankful this sneak attack didn’t cause the victim to fall asleep behind the wheel.”

He added that per the state’s criminal guidelines, Kozlowski should have been handed 19 to 38 months. (Read more poisoning stories.)

Hiker being stalked by cougar blasts Metallica to scare cat away

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – It’s no secret that Metallica’s music can be kind of intense — so much so, one hiker says, that it scared off a curious cougar on Vancouver Island.

Dee Gallant, 45, was on a hike in South Duncan with her dog, Murphy, on July 23.

She said she was only a few miles into the woods when she turned around and realized that they had company: They were being stalked by a cougar.

At first, she was intrigued; she’d never seen one that close before. But then she realized that the animal was approaching her.

She yelled, and the cougar stopped moving. But it didn’t retreat.

Gallant tried waving her arms and yelling at the cat, saying things like “bad kitty!” and “get out of here!” but the cougar stood its ground.

That is, until Gallant opened her phone and chose the loudest band she could think of: Metallica.

The song: “Don’t Tread On Me.”

It was both a warning and an appeal.

And that, apparently, was what did it. The cougar scurried off after the first few notes, the combination of heavy drums and James Hetfield’s vocals apparently too much to handle.

The incident lasted a total of five minutes, but Gallant said she wasn’t scared.

“I actually thought it was really cool that I got to see a cougar for so long,” she said. “I thought it was exciting.”

Gallant kept the song on loop for the rest of her hike, making sure to stay in the middle of the road and keeping Murphy close.

“I definitely think Metallica saved the day there, for sure,” she said.

Salvation Army “Stuff the Bus” collect school supplies in the Quad Cities

The Salvation Army was at Walmart stores across the Quad Cities collecting school supplies for its annual “Stuff the Bus” event on Saturday.

Members were at the four metro QC Walmart locations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. collecting donated supplies to be distributed to low-income, homeless, and other children in desperate need of supplies for the upcoming academic year. The Salvation Army has said that they were especially looking for pencils, pens, wide-ruled notebooks, loose-leaf paper, crayons, glue, glue sticks, erasers, and dry erase markers. They are also accepting monetary donations at the Davenport Salvation Army location.

The items will be distributed on August 7th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and August 8th from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. at the Davenport and Moline locations. parents are asked to bring identification for each child from kindergarten to eighth grade.

A$AP Rocky free to leave Sweden ahead of assault trial ruling

(CNN) — A court in Stockholm has allowed A$AP Rocky to await the outcome of his assault trial in the United States, releasing the American rapper who has spent the past month in Swedish jail.

The Stockholm District Court has not yet made a ruling in the case, but said Friday that A$AP Rocky and his two co-defendants were free to leave Sweden. Rocky, David Rispers and Bladimir Corniel are currently on their way back to the US, according to a US State Department official.

A judgment will be delivered on August 14.

The 30-year-old artist — whose real name is Rakim Mayers — has been in custody since July 3. After his release, he thanked the court and his supporters in a message posted on his Instagram account.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of my fans, friends and anyone across the globe who supported me during these last few weeks,” he said. “This has been a very difficult and humbling experience,” he added.

The alleged victim in the case was “very satisfied” with how the trial had been conducted, according to his lawyer Magnus Stromberg.

“My client has nothing against these gentlemen. He wishes them all the best in life. He feels that he has been able to tell his view of events,” Stromberg told reporters outside the court room. “We are very satisfied with the actual trial. Then we’ll see what the court decides.”

His case had fueled a diplomatic quarrel after repeated interventions from US President Donald Trump, who publicly demanded the rapper’s release, even raising the issue with the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Swedish authorities have repeatedly stressed that the country’s judiciary is independent and that the government is “not allowed, and will not attempt, to influence the legal proceedings.”

After the court’s decision on Friday, Trump tweeted: “A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden. It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!”

In theory, the rapper could still face a prison sentence in Sweden, as the prosecutor asked for a six-month prison sentence. However, the court said he will not be required to be in Sweden for the judgment hearing.

Slobodan Jovicic, A$AP Rocky’s lawyer, said he was “satisfied.” “We had two goals — one goal was that my client was going to be a free man today,” he said. “And then we are hoping for an acquittal in 14 days, but we have to wait and see.”

The allegations against A$AP Rocky

A$AP Rocky was accused of committing assault during a June street brawl in Stockholm. He pleaded not guilty and has argued that he, Corniel, and Rispers were only defending themselves.

But prosecutor Daniel Suneson told the Stockholm District Court on Friday that he had proven the accused were not defending themselves and therefore could not claim self-defense. “In a putative self-defence situation, the violence must still be proportionate. Here we have three people delivering kicks and punches to a person lying down,” Suneson told the court in his closing statement.

“The three should be convicted of assault according to my description of events,” Suneson said, adding that previous sentences for such crimes ranged between six to 10 months in jail. The maximum penalty under Swedish law is two years in prison.

The alleged victim told the court A$AP Rocky and his entourage assaulted him by kicking and beating him with a glass bottle or part of one while he lay on the ground.

The rapper himself, who was cross-examined by prosecutors on Thursday, admitted he briefly held a bottle during the altercation, but put it down without using it as a weapon. Jovicic has also said there was no evidence of the bottle hitting him.

The three suspects told the court they would accept community service if they had to. However, Suneson said that was not an option.

A high-profile trial

The trial had been moved to a special secure courtroom because of the huge media attention it attracted. However, Jovicic said the case shouldn’t be handled in a special way. “When they ask me who is my client, I say Rakim Mayers, I never say A$AP Rocky. This is just like any other trial.”

The trial was monitored from the courtroom by Trump’s top hostage negotiator, Robert C. O’Brien, who also wrote a letter to the Swedish Prosecution Authority earlier this week, saying the US government wanted to “resolve this case as soon as possible to avoid potentially negative consequences to the US-Swedish bilateral relationship.”

O’Brien’s letter also asked for a humanitarian release from prison to a “supervised detention in a local Stockholm hotel pending final disposition of the case” — a request rendered moot by today’s ruling.

The letter was leaked to Swedish media and its authenticity was confirmed to CNN by the Swedish Prosecution Authority.

In a response to the letter, Petra Lundh, Sweden’s Prosecutor-General, stressed the independence of the prosecutor, and said “no other prosecutor, not even I, may interfere with a specific case or try to affect the prosecutor responsible.”

Following the decision, O’Brien said Friday was “a good day for the United States of America and a good day for the Kingdom of Sweden.”

Boy chooses to wear ‘I will be your friend’ shirt for first day of elementary school

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. — A little boy from Georgia is going viral for the shirt that he wore on his first day of school.

WCNC reports that Blake Rajahn’s mom, Nikki, owns her own personalization business and told her son she would make him any kind of shirt for his first day of school at North Fayette Elementary.

“He thought a while and said, ‘Will you please make me a shirt that says “I will be your friend” for all the kids who need a friend to know that I am here for them?'” she said. “Never underestimate your kid’s heart for others! I love my sweet Blake.”

Nikki said that Blake has experienced bullying and hard times at school before.

She’s sold several shirts like Blake’s since posting the photo.

“I told him that there are some people who are ordering his shirt and he said, ‘Oh that’s good because more and more people are going to have more and more friends!'” Nikki said.

In the Kitchen with Fareway: How to Find the Perfect Watermelon, Plus 3 New Ways to Eat August’s Fruit

August is National Watermelon Month! On Tuesday, August 3rd during Good Morning Quad Cities, Dietitian Caitlyn Ferin from Fareway Food Stores showed us how to find the perfect watermelon while grocery shopping, three fun ways to prepare it, and the reason why watermelon is good for you:

Finding the Perfect Watermelon

  1. Pick up the watermelon – a good watermelon should be surprisingly heavy for its size.
  2. Knock on the watermelon with your knuckles and you should hear an echo sound as if you are inside of a cave. If you hear a ‘thud,’ try a different watermelon.
  3. Check the bottom – there should be a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.

Health Benefits of Watermelon

  • Excellent levels of Vitamin A and C to boost immunity
  • Watermelon is 92% water and a great way to stay hydrated in the summer sun
  • Watermelon contains lycopene, an antioxidant that plays a role in protecting your skin from harmful UV rays

New Ways to Eat Watermelon

  • Grill it! Slice your watermelon in chunks and place on the grill for 2-5 minutes. The char from the grill will add a delicious, exciting flavor!
  • Add diced watermelon to your fresh summer salads.
  • On wooden skewers or large toothpicks, layer watermelon, cheese and prosciutto for a mouthwatering appetizer.

Click here for some more recipes!

Sportscast August 2, 2019

Central DeWitt beats Assumption 4-1 to advance to the 3A State Championship game for the first time in school history.

Assumption's bid for a 3-peat fall short, but the Knights have plenty to be proud of with what they have accomplished over the last three years.

YOUR HEALTH: New cancer therapy could eliminate HPV virus before it becomes dangerous

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – Once someone is infected with the human papillomavirus, or HPV, there's been absolutely nothing that cleared the infection.

Until now.

For Sandy LaLonde, cancer was the last thing she was thinking about in her early 30's until months of irregular periods convinced her to see her doctor for testing.

"She said we have bad news. Your high-risk HPV test came back positive and we're pretty sure you have cervical cancer."

The cancer was Stage Two-A and had spread.

Sandy needed eight rounds of chemo and 25 rounds of external radiation to treat it.

CANCERS:   High-risk HPV is more likely to cause cancer.  For most people, the immune system is able to get rid of this type of infection but some people develop a lasting infection.   Over many years, the infection transforms normal cells into precancerous lesions or cancer.   HPV infection causes nearly all cervical cancers.

Dr. Diane Harper is studying a new therapy that she hopes will wipe out cervical cancer by eliminating the HPV virus that can cause it.

"Unlike chlamydia or gonorrhea where you can take an antibiotic and get cured, we don't have anything that will get rid of HPV," explained Dr. Harper, Senior Associate Director at the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research and a University of Michigan professor of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Researchers enrolled 200-women with pre-cancerous cervical lesions and gave them three injections one week apart.   The therapy was a protein that triggered an immune response.

"It activates the immune system to go in and find the cells that are infected with HPV or the cells that have started to change because of HPV and attack them," said Dr. Harper.

At the end of six months between 25% and 33% of the participants were cleared of lesions and HPV.

Additional trials are needed before this new vaccine could be considered by the FDA for approval.

Sandy is impressed.

"I think having the ability to clear the body of HPV is amazing because just because they don't have cancer from it doesn't mean they don't have a whole host of other complications."

Dr. Harper says it's important to note that the vaccine researchers are testing is different from Gardasil, the vaccine given to preteens to prevent HPV.   The vaccine that is being tested clears tissue that already has HPV.

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at jim.mertens@wqad.com or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at mthomas@ivanhoe.com.

 

I-74 bridge workers take advantage of nice weather to catch up on “critical construction”

BETTENDORF, Iowa - At the start of the summer in 2018, construction crews were ahead of schedule and working to open the westbound lanes of the new I-74 River bridge between Illinois and Iowa by the end of 2019.

However, leaders admit that a freezing winter and a spring full of historic flooding knocked plans off course and caused delays.

"Definitely weather is a challenge and Mother nature`s not been kind over the past 6 months or so," said I-74 Project Manager Danielle Alvarez who works for the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Crews took advantage of the sunny, dry weather during the week of July 29.

On August 2, crews were working to install a stay system in the middle of the river.

"All we can ask for is a nice sunny, summer day to help us keep working out there," said Alvarez.

A stay system is like a pulley-system. Thick wires connect to temporary structures. The wire can help crews align the arches that are being erected both vertically and laterally, according to project leaders.

It's a challenging process. One that Alvarez calls critical.

"We need to make sure that we are making all the right decisions, taking a little bit of extra time to do that to make sure that we are able to steer the arch, get the thing put together as efficiently as possible," said Alvarez.

Through the delays, Alvarez says progress is still being made.

"We have taken some hits from the weather, we are in a critical stage of construction progress right now with setting up the stay system which will help us align the arch as we erect it,"

By the end of August, the goal would be to have the stay systems installed on both sides of the river. Once those systems are installed, crews can continue to construct the arches.

As the arches come together, many other pieces will fall into place as well, Alvarez tells News 8.

Project leaders say they expected Westbound traffic from Illinois into Iowa to be driving across the new I-74 River Bridge in the first half of the year 2020.

Want to watch the progress? Click here.

Tesla drummer pays a visit to QC music students before performing in front of thousands

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Troy Luccketta, the drummer for Tesla, will perform in front of thousands Friday night at the Mississippi Valley Fair. But before then some local Quad City students had the chance to hang out with the famous drummer.

Luccketta made a stop at the QC Rock Academy and talked to over a dozen students about his career, tours, and even jammed out with the participants.

The drummer started a program for students last September called "Troy Shows Up", which teaches people the key to success is simply showing up - a lesson he learned after dealing with substance abuse.  Luccketta has been sober for 26 years and continues to spread his message of persistence.

"I`ve turned my overcoming addiction into overcoming adversity," Luccketta says. "The kids have so much going on with social media, teenage suicide, and all the real issues at hand.  And all the issues I think are so much bigger and I believe it all stems from people-pleasing and just saying yes when we should say no."

Visitors across the world come to remember the legacy of Bix Beiderbecke

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Tourists from all over the world are in town for the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, but also to take part in some Bix jazz history.

This week, dozens of visitors from across the country visited the Bix Beiderbecke Museum – in the basement of River Music Experience.  Some visitors traveled internationally coming from places like Australia, Canada, and even Germany.

The museum was closed after the 2019 flood pushed three inches of water into the basement.

Some visitors, like Carl Sutcliffe, are returning for another visit.  Sutcliffe is back from Toronto after attending the festival last year as well.

“Musically the guy was a genius, just fantastic,” Sutcliffe says. “And how can you not love this music? I can’t see how anyone could not not appreciate hot jazz. It’s just such happy, vibrant music that’s part of American culture – that’s why I’m here.”

The Bix Beiderbecke Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.

East Moline Public Works battles 38 water main breaks so far this year

EAST MOLINE, Illinois -- East Moline's Director of Maintenance says public works crews have repaired 38 water main breaks so far this year.

"I think a lot has to do with the drought and the dry weather we've been experiencing," Dave Lambrecht said, director of East Moline's Public Works.

In the past seven months, the city has had 38 water main breaks -- averaging to more than one main break a day. Lambrecht said, "peak season" for water main breaks typically occurs in winter months. However, in his more than 30 years with the department, he knows many breaks can be unpredictable.

"We've had them on new water mains, we've had them on, of course, very old water mains," Lambrecht said. "It just depends on the area, the usage - I mean there's so many factors."

The many factors contributing to each break also causing a domino effect on repairs. The manpower, machinery, and materials cost the city on average $5,000 each time.

As of Friday, a boil order was issued for surrounding businesses and residents in the area.

"Not having water, not having lights... (it) put us in a panic mode," said Connie Cornmesser, owner of Hey Bryans Bar.

In order to open, Cornmesser needed to bring in portable bathrooms and sanitation systems, buy bagged ice and even resort to plastic cups.

Lambrecht said the boil order should be lifted by Monday, August 5th.

East Moline fire: tenants and business owners search through the ashes

EAST MOLINE, Illinois -- As the East Moline Fire Department conducts its investigation into a massive fire that destroyed two buildings on 15th Avenue, firefighters have been guiding tenants and business owners as they search for valuables in the rubble.

"We try to protect when we can, we’ll give access when we can," said East Moline Fire Chief Rob DeFrance. "Maybe assist guiding residents in and out when it’s safe to do so, once we’re done or when that area is not part of our investigation," he said.

Bus driver Irving Landry lived on the first floor of the Johnson Apartment Building before the blaze. He said his apartment was spared from the worst, only sustaining water damage.

"Man I'm looking up here and it must be my glasses, it's like there's still smoke in the air," he said with a smile. "You know what I mean? You definitely can smell it," said Landry.

He could be seen in relatively good spirits gathering belongings from his home Friday with the help of his daughter-in-law and the East Moline Fire Department.

"Photographs are sentimental so families want to have heirlooms, photographs and things that are important to them," said Chief DeFrance. "And I mean it’s all different. People are attached to different things," he said.

Renters insurance should help protect many of the tenants from sustaining major financial losses in the fire. Of course, nothing can replace treasured family heirlooms.

"So being able to help people get those out after a fire, it's a good service," said Chief DeFrance.

The chief said the investigation into the cause of the fire was ongoing, but that he could confirm it began on the second floor of the apartment building. He said the investigation would last a few more days.

Here’s who has qualified for the September debates so far

(CNN) — With the second debate wrapped up, the third Democratic debate hosted by ABC and Univision will happen during the second week of September. The candidates are still working to qualify and have another month to reach the polling threshold and grassroots fundraising thresholds as laid out by the Democratic National Committee.

Eight candidates have qualified for the debates in September: 10 candidates on the fundraising side and eight on the polling side. Candidates need to reach both to be on the stage.

Candidates who have qualified for the September debates in both polling and fundraising:

  1. Former Vice President Joe Biden
  2. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
  3. Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  4. California Sen. Kamala Harris
  5. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  6. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke
  7. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
  8. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren

There are now 10 Democrats who say they received contributions from at least 130,000 individuals, coming from at least 400 unique donors in 20 or more states.

Businessman Andrew Yang and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro have reached their fundraising threshold, but still need to hit their polling minimum to qualify, with having received three of their four necessary polls. Billionaire Tom Steyer has two qualifying polls, and former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Hawaii Sen. Tulsi Gabbard each have one. All other candidates haven’t reached above 2% in any qualifying polls.

The DNC requires that all polls be conducted by an approved pollster, released between June 28 and August 28, 2019, conducted nationally or in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and/or Nevada, and fit a certain question structure.

The candidate must get above 2% support in four or more polls of this nature, and they cannot be conducted by the same pollster in the same region. There is still a month for candidates who have not yet hit the polling threshold to do so.

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