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Where are the local Easter Egg hunts?

Before you find any eggs, you need to know where the Easter Egg Hunts are happening. Check this list for upcoming Easter activities in your area.

April 7

Rock Island’s 2nd Annual Underwater Egg Hunt: It turns out the Easter Bunny is an excellent swimmer. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. thousands of colorful eggs will be ready to grab at the Rock Island Fitness & Activity Center. Bring a swimsuit and a bag for the eggs. Participants will receive a goody bag and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. The hunt is $5 and pre-registration is required.

Register online or call RIFAC at (309) 732-7275

April 13

Nahant Marsh’s Spring Celebration and Eco-Egg Hunt: From 9 a.m. to noon, kids can tromp around a nature preserve while they search for eggs. The Nahant Marsh Education Center in Davenport will hold a Spring Celebration for kids 3-12. In addition to the egg hunt there will be nature themed activities for families to learn about local wildlife. It is $7 per child or $5 for members. Children two and under can get in for free. Money raised will support environmental education and natural resource projects.

Pre-registration is recommended. Register online or call 563.336.3370.

Muscatine Third Annual Parks & Recreation Easter Egg Hunt: From 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. the Muscatine Parks & Rec Depaertment will hold a family friendly event in Weed Park. The hunt begins at the Rose Garden playground at 10 a.m. The event is free.

For more information call the Parks & Rec department at (563) 263-0241

April 14

Downtown Davenport Egg Hunt: Eggs with candy, live music, face painting, food trucks, and bouncy houses- the CITY Church will hold an Easter extravaganza in downtown Davenport. The celebration will take place after the Sunday service from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Click here for more information.

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Masked robber flees on foot from Bettendorf credit union

Bettendorf, Iowa- A robbery took place March 23 at the IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union.

At approximately 1 p.m. a man robbed the credit union north of the Palmer Hills Golf Course. He wore a gray hoodie, glasses, and a partial mask. The robber had a handgun.

The suspects fled on foot before the Bettendorf PD arrived. He left with an undisclosed amount of money.

Nobody was hurt in the robbery.

The FBI and Bettendorf PD have arrived on scene. They’re canvassing the surrounding area to try and find the escaped suspect.

 

Job to pay $1K for watching all 20 Marvel movies back-to-back

Do you have the strength to binge more than 40 hours of superhero movies?

CableTV.com will pay someone $1,000 to watch all 20 previously-released movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) back-to-back before the highly-anticipated “Avengers: Endgame” hits theaters on April 26.

The ideal candidate is a Marvel superfan who is also an active, outgoing social media personality who’d be thrilled to live-tweet their marathon experience while tagging CableTV.com (@CableTV, #CableTV). Once you’re done, the site will ask for your takeaways from the movies to make rankings.

To participate, you must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen.

You’ll be watching movies from each of the three phases from the current MCU:

Phase 1

  • “Iron Man” (2008)
  • “The Incredible Hulk” (2008)
  • “Iron Man 2” (2010)
  • “Thor” (2011)
  • “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011)
  • “The Avengers” (2012)

Phase 2

  • “Iron Man 3” (2013)
  • “Thor: The Dark World” (2013)
  • “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014)
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)
  • “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015)
  • “Ant-Man” (2015)

Phase 3 

  • “Captain America: Civil War” (2016)
  • “Doctor Strange” (2016)
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017)
  • “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017)
  • “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017)
  • “Black Panther” (2018)
  • “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018)
  • “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018)

In addition to the money, you’ll also get every Marvel MCU Blu-Ray film, including all three MCU Blu-Ray box sets; and a “Marvel Marathon Survival Kit,” which consists of:

  • A Captain America popcorn popper
  • Orville Redenbacher popcorn
  • A Thanos Infinity Gauntlet mug
  • An Iron Man Snuggie
  • A $100 Grubhub gift card
  • And more Marvel gear

To apply, fill out CableTV’s application form with approximately 200 words including your level Marvel expertise and the social media platforms on which you’re active.

Click here to apply and to learn more about the position.

Man accused of lacing co-workers’ drinks with LSD

ARNOLD, Mo. – Authorities continue to investigate after a Missouri rental car agency employee allegedly slipped LSD into his co-workers’ drinks last Thursday.

On Monday, Arnold police questioned a 19-year-old Enterprise Rent-A-Car worker accused of spiking the beverages, according to KMOV, but he hasn’t been charged pending laboratory tests.

Police got a call from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car manager who reported that two employees, a 24-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, had both been hospitalized after they began to feel “weird and dizzy,” according to the Jefferson County Leader.

The manager told police she noticed the suspect “acting weird” and holding a dropper. After she saw him “messing with” her bottle, she decided not to drink out of it, according to the paper.

The 19-year-old admitted to adding LSD to the drink, police said. He allegedly told investigators he did it because “they were too uptight, and needed to have better energy,” according to the Leader.

Mercy Hospital South workers treated and released the two workers.

Sgt. Tony Dennis with the Jefferson County Sheriff Department said their symptoms sounded similar to those of someone on LSD – shaking or tremors, as well as high blood pressure and heart rate, according to KOLR.

LSD is often administered as a clear, odorless liquid.

The co-workers reportedly started feeling better after the effects of the drugs wore off.

The suspect could face charges of assault and possession of a controlled substance.

Iowa with come from behind win over Cincinnati

Iowa was down by 13 in the first half of the NCAA Tournament to Cincinnati.  The Hawkeyes rallied for a 79-72 win to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  Hear what the Iowa players had to say about that win.  Also, two players from the WQAD viewing area were a big part of the comeback.  Bettendorf's Nicholas Baer scored 10 points, Muscatine's Joe Wieskamp with some big 3-pointers, scoring 19 in the win.

Wilton Police getting calls about ‘rough-looking’ foxes

WILTON, Iowa-- Sergeant David Clark with the Wilton Police Department says people are used to seeing a few foxes here and there around town. But over the past week, the police station has been getting a lot of calls from people seeing them everywhere.

"It's just not normal," Sgt. Clark says. "This year we seem to have an influx. On average, we get at least a few calls, but sometimes it's upwards of six or ten calls a day, reference just people seeing foxes in the area."

The canines have been spotted near the elementary school playground and by the cemetery across town. People commenting on Facebook have seen them near a trailer park and in their own neighborhoods.

Sgt. Clark says people have been calling in about the foxes because of their somewhat frazzled appearance.

"They're looking a little rough," he says.

Several photos on Facebook show foxes that are thin, losing their fur and missing their trademark fluffy tails.

"They're having that winter coat start to come off so they might be shedding some of that fur," says Derrick Slutts, a conservation officer with the Iowa DNR. "I know it's hard to talk about mange but that could be a possibility though."

Slutts says mange is a skin disease caused by mites. It can be fatal for foxes and can transfer to coyotes and dogs. He says that's rare and people don't have much reason to be concerned.

"It seems like we get an uptick in animals getting out and about," Slutts says. "It's their mating season, coming up here, especially with fox."

Slutts reminds people not to leave food out for the foxes. He says if they start damaging property, you can pay to have them trapped and relocated. Otherwise, they typically avoid people, pets and children.

"They're solitary animals," he says. "They don't want to be around people or pets. And they're gonna be more scared of you than you are of them."

Couple married for 56 years die hours apart while holding hands

MELVINDALE, Mich. – A Michigan couple passed away on the same day after 56 years of marriage in a true tale of everlasting love.

Judy and Will Webb, both 77 years old, died just hours apart while holding hands on March 6, 2019.

Judy’s health had begun to suffer after a medical procedure, and, without explanation, so then did Will’s, according to WXYZ. They spent their final hours together in hospice care after both battling a series of health complications.

The Webbs were parents to three daughters and loved their five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A service for the couple happened in early March at the Michigan Memorial Funeral Home in Huron Township.

YOUR HEALTH: A better way to take chemo? Perhaps cows have the answer

DENVER, Colorado – We all know someone who's had chemotherapy.

Many people who have gone through it can tell you getting those IV drips in the hospital is one of the worst parts.

But what if you could take those powerful chemotherapy drugs right in your own home?

That's just one of the benefits of an innovative therapy coming from an unlikely source.

It's helped Ana Garcia Gustafson who is fighting pancreatic cancer.

"I'm giving it all I can give!   Kickin' it in the derriere."

To keep hope alive, she takes a mix of potent chemo drugs.  Treatment days are six-hour infusions.

"That's pretty tough for an old lady."

Some chemo drugs can be given orally, but many must be given by IV.

"Some drugs just cannot survive the condition in the stomach," explained Tom Anchordoquy, a pharmaceutical scientist at the University of Colorado's Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

"It'd make things a lot easier and cheaper."

He's putting powerful drugs into raw milk.

Milk particles can survive harsh stomach conditions and make it to the bloodstream, right where cancer drugs need to be.

"This particle goes in and it protects it," he explained.   "It's like you'd be surrounded by a shield."

That means patients could take powerful drugs that normally have to be given by IV orally at home.  And potent drugs too dangerous for humans could now work when attached to milk particles.

"By putting them in these particles, we can hopefully minimize their toxicity a little bit and make them a little more amenable to human use, said Anchordoquy.

NEW RESEARCH: Extensive research is now being conducted using particles from raw milk, attempting to encapsulate chemotherapy drugs in them.  This creates a barrier or shield that could protect the drug from the acidic enzymes in the stomach, allowing the drug to move from the digestive tract into the blood.  If successful, the drug would then circulate in the bloodstream and treat the cancer patient in this way.  Right now researchers are focused on one particular drug, Irinotecan.

His biggest supporter is Ana.

"What a great mind to think outside the box!"

With hope intact, Ana's learning to live a new normal.

"We'll take it one day at a time.  I want to live."

Scientists say getting treated at home is a big plus for patients undergoing chemotherapy.   But researchers are even more excited about what this technique could mean for future treatments.

Very powerful drugs that cannot be used in humans right now could soon be a real option just by attaching them to milk particles.

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.

Rock Island to introduce new regulations for Airbnb users

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- With some local homeowners using Airbnb to earn extra money, disagreements over how the popular online booking service should be regulated has put some neighbors at odds.

The city of Rock Island in considering new rules for home sharing platforms like Airbnb. City Manager Randy Tweet said city staff would present a proposal to city council sometime next month.

Airbnb host Debbie Freiburg said she loved having guests in the lower unit of her home.

"It's been the most exciting thing I've ever done in my life," she said. "I love it. Love the people. And I hope to continue someday."

She advertised it as a "Private Hideaway in the Woods" on the platform until recently -- she's been barred from using it since Rock Island city council voted 4-3 in January to deny her a special use permit.

"My view is that it's just a bad idea," said Rock Island 4th Ward Alderman Stephen Tollenaer. "I'm here to protect the neighborhoods. That's what the special permit does, it's the perfect system the way it is," he said.

One of Debbie's neighbor's started a petition, signed by seven people, complaining about the traffic coming down their dead-end street and the strangers coming to stay on their block. The neighbor declined to be interviewed by News Eight, but said that most people wouldn't want such a business on their block.

Debbie says her guests are wonderful people.

"They want to stay with a family. They want to stay in a home," she said.

She's hopeful that the city will rethink how it handles the gig economy and services like Airbnb. But until then, her private hideaway is an empty nest.

 

 

Local veteran gets free car

 

MOLINE- A local car salesman gave a two-time Purple Heart recipient the gift of mobility.

Local army veteran Leo Kaalberg is the proud new owner of a Honda Accord.

Kaallberg served 4 combat tours in Iraq and has since come upon hard times, he says he couldn't transport his family around town.

But now automotive Central in East Moline gifted him a car.

The first thing Kaalberg says he will do with his new car is to pick up his kids from school.

 

Brewed: How New Glarus Brewing Co. came to be

Brewed Host Dave Levora joined us in the studio to talk about his visit to New Glarus Brewing Company in Wisconsin.

He said the episode about the brewing company was so important that it had to be split into two part.

They talked with Dan Carey from New Glarus and he talked about how they got started and how everything they do starts with taking care of their community.

Catch the episode on WQAD Saturday, March 23 at 10:35 p.m.

Rep. Bustos addresses Rock River flooding

 

MOLINE- The Rock River in Moline is expected to be back under flood stage by March 29.

The Rock River hit its crest over the March 16 weekend. Floodwater still surrounds homes and covers streets.

March 22, Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos toured the QC area to get a better idea of the impact from the rising waters.

Bustos says it's important to see and hear the needs of communities on both the Rock and Mississippi Rivers.

The Quad City National Weather Service is predicting a higher risk of flooding this spring, as well as wetter conditions at the end of March.

Floods are expected to last until the first half of April.

Iowa snags comeback win in first round of NCAA tournament

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Iowa Hawkeyes survived round one in the NCAA tournament, after trailing at halftime.

The celebration on Friday, March 22, however, will be short lived, because the team is set to face second-seed Tennessee on Sunday.

Nicholas Baer, Joe Wieskamp, and Jordan Bohannon all made plays down the stretch, giving the Hawks a come-from-behind win against the Cincinnati Bearcats: 79-72.

A win on Sunday would put Iowa in the Sweet 16 for the first time in 20 years.

Woman claims mother is being mistreated at Rosewood Care Center

MOLINE, Illinois -- A woman staying at Rosewood Care Center in Moline says she has been mistreated by staff.

Rosewood Care Center is a place where people can go through rehab with the goal of going back home. So Angie Huff thought her mother, Glenda, would be home by now.

"In an ideal world we were hoping she would be there maybe 4 to 6 weeks," Huff said.

Instead, Angie says her mother is missing scheduled appointments, not getting her proper medicine, and staff is being too rough getting her in and out of bed.

"When she told me that they had mistreated her with the hoyer, and dropped her in her chair too hard and she lost her breath," Huff said. "I just, I felt frantic because I don't know how to stop this stuff."

Since 2016, Rosewood Care Center has been fined more than $54,000 after several patients reported verbal abuse and neglect.

"I don't understand how a facility that helps people can do things like that and get by with it," Huff said. "I want to go stay there all day and watch to make sure they don't do anything like that... but I can't."

News 8 reached out to Rosewood Care Center for comment. Administrator, Janet Holmberg, said our inquiries would need to go through corporate. News 8 has not yet heard back.

White House again claims defeat of ISIS caliphate in Syria as fighting continues

(CNN) — The White House announced Friday that the ISIS caliphate in Syria has been 100% defeated, but CNN’s team on the ground reported that US-backed forces are still working to clear final pockets of fighters holed up in tunnels alongside the now-cleared village of Baghouz, the group’s last stronghold.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan had briefed President Donald Trump on the development as he flew to Florida on Friday and additional information would “soon” come from the Pentagon.

Hours after the announcement the Pentagon had not commented.

Later Friday, a US Defense official told CNN that the Syrian Democratic Forces supported by the US-led coalition are still fighting the last remnants of ISIS in eastern Syria.

“The SDF is still encountering fighting in the caves under Baghouz. The fighting is still going on,” the official said.

The CNN team on the ground in eastern Syria said Friday that it continues to see airstrikes and hear heavy gunfire.

“There has been gunfire coming out of the ISIS positions, which are, admittedly, a very small piece of territory on the edge of a hill outside the eastern end of this town of Baghouz,” CNN Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman reported from his position overlooking the village.

“If you were to look at the amount of territory, it is very small indeed, but the fighting goes on,” he added.

Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Mustafa Bali told CNN that while the battle is all but over, some final ISIS holdouts remain.

“The WH statement doesn’t contradict ours: we also believe that ISIS was defeated. There are some groups that refuse to surrender. Our Forces with the assistance of the Coalition forces are working to force them to surrender and defeat them,” he said.

Earlier this month, Trump declared that US backed-forces had retaken 100% of the territory once claimed by ISIS in Syria, an announcement that surprised US officials and regional allies leading the fight, who told CNN at the time that the battle was not over.

“We just took over, you know, you kept hearing it was 90%, 92%, the caliphate in Syria, now it’s 100%. We just took over 100% caliphate, that means the area of the land we’re just have 100%, so that’s good,” Trump said while addressing US troops at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska on his return trip from Hanoi, Vietnam.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the President had pulled out a sheet of paper to demonstrate the success against ISIS, showing two maps of the terror group’s territorial control in Iraq and Syria, maps he said: “just came out 20 minutes ago.”

“Election night in 2016, everything red is ISIS,” Trump said, pointing to the red on the map.

“Now on the bottom, there is no red,” he said, adding, “Actually, a tiny spot, which will be gone by tonight.”

Sanders showed reporters aboard Air Force One a similar map Friday depicting ISIS-held territory in Syria in 2014 compared with today.

Earlier this week, Trump also disputed the characterization that he had changed his strategy in Syria by leaving some US troops there for a period, despite previously announcing that all US troops would be withdrawn.

“No, no. We’re leaving 200 people there and 200 in another place closer to Israel,” he told reporters Wednesday on the White House South Lawn when asked if he had reversed course.

One contingent of troops will be stationed in northeast Syria, where they will be part of a multinational force tasked with helping to prevent an ISIS resurgence and helping to prevent clashes between Turkey and America’s Kurdish-led Syrian allies.

The remainder will be at At Tanf, Syria, a base near the Syria-Jordan border that allows the US to monitor and target some of the ISIS remnants who operate west of the Euphrates River. The US presence there also denies Iran and its proxies access to a strategic highway connecting Syria and Iraq that runs near the base, a US presence that Iran’s adversary Israel is seen as keen on keeping in place.

Appeal halts movement on Rock Island County Courthouse demolition

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois — The pending demolition of the Rock Island County Courthouse remains on hold because of an appeal.

In early February, a handful of preservation groups filed a lawsuit against the Rock Island County Public Building Commission and the Rock Island County Board.  

Click here to see the lawsuit. 

But on Tuesday, March 19 a Peoria County Judge dismissed all counts against the Rock Island County Board and Public Building Commission.  According to County Attorney John McGehee, the lawsuit claimed the county and the building commission violated the Historic Resources Preservation Act, but the judge ruled the county is not subject to that act.

In response, Landmarks Illinois, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed an appeal; it was filed Thursday, March 21 in Peoria County.   The appellate court has five days to decide how to move forward.

According to Rock Island City Manager Randall Tweet, should an application for demolition be filed, the city has all the paperwork needed to approve it.

As the appeal remains in limbo, there is a hold on any activity regarding the courthouse, so the demolition will not be allowed for the time being.

Woman who was smallest baby born in Texas now works at NICU that saved her life

TEMPLE, Texas – When Tammy Lewis was born, she was 3½ months early and weighed in at only 1 pound 4 ounces. Her family faced the harsh reality their newborn’s survival rate was 5-10%.

But Lewis beat the odds and now, 34 years later, she works in the same NICU that saved her life.

“I was the smallest surviving baby in the state of Texas, at the time,” Lewis said. “I was born at 24 weeks. Normal gestation is 40 weeks.”

When Tammy Lewis was born, she was 3 1/2 months early and weighed in at only 1 pound 4 ounces. (Courtesy of Tammy Lewis)

Lewis spent the first 3½ months of her life in the NICU at Scott and White Hospital, now named McLane Children’s Medical Center Baylor Scott & White. She was a micro-preemie and had tubes hooked up to her to help her tiny lungs breathe.

Years later, she works alongside some of the same doctors and nurses who treated her as an infant.

“I wanted to be able to give back to the patients and families in the same situation that I was in,” said Lewis.

When deciding what career she wanted to pursue after high school, it was between teaching and the medical field.

“Once I started researching the medical field, I talked to a program director and immediately fell in love with it,” said Lewis.”This is where God was leading me to be.”

Tammy Lewis (Baylor Scott & White Health)

in 2009, Lewis started working as a respiratory therapist at McLane, in Temple, Texas, which serves central Texas. It’s home to a level four NICU, which is the highest level of care.

In her daily job, she connects ventilators and breathing tubes, just like the ones that helped her breathe as a baby.

“As I work, I get daily remainders of how blessed I am to be here today,” she said.

Lewis has two children, 6 and 3, but neither was a micro-preemie. “My oldest threatened to be a preemie at 37 weeks.”

As she treats patients, she brings hope to the families as she shares her story of survival and motherhood with them.

“You see parents get rough news and need some brightness and hope in the day,” she said. “There are success stories and I am one of them.”

The hospital features her on its “Hall of Hope,” where it highlights babies with difficult journeys who have survived. Lewis said workers in the NICU become like a part of the patients’ families, because they work so closely monitoring the infant, all with the goal of getting the babies healthy enough to go home.

“There are lots of long hard days that everyone puts in and it’s very rewarding to see them grown up.”

A highlight of her work, Lewis said, is seeing those babies come back to visit. She said that process has come full circle for the doctors and nurses who took care of her.

“It doesn’t get much better than to take a 1 pound baby and then watch it grow up to a little human being.”

‘The Scream’ may not actually be screaming, museum says

Edvard Munch’s The Scream may be one of the most recognizable images in art history, but the British Museum thinks most people have got it all wrong.

The figure isn’t screaming—he’s hearing a scream, the curator of a new exhibit tells the Telegraph.

Have we made a howler with the Scream? https://t.co/R5xPRPhNLa

— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 21, 2019

This debate has actually been going on for years, but the museum says Munch’s own words make things clear. As Quartz explains, the museum is featuring a rare black-and-white lithograph that predates the more famous later painting.

Below the lithograph, Munch wrote: “I felt the great scream throughout nature.” He was referring to the anxiety he felt one day while walking in nature when the sky turned red. Basically, the figure is hearing, or sensing, a scream from nature, according to this interpretation.

If you see a man screaming when you look at Edvard Munch's The Scream, you may have been looking at it all wrong – and here's why https://t.co/TiPsCHqtUh@BritishMuseum pic.twitter.com/OWMOz9Mr4n

— ITV News (@itvnews) March 21, 2019

The inscription “makes clear that Munch’s most famous artwork depicts a person hearing a ‘scream’ and not, as many people continue to assume and debate, a person screaming,” says Giulia Bartrum of the museum.

“He was trying to capture an emotion or moment in time. Through the inscription we know how he felt. People think this is a screaming person, but that’s not what is going on.”

Both the Telegraph and Quartz stories include the views of those who aren’t entirely convinced. “It is a question of interpretation,” says the former head of the Munch Museum in Oslo. (Read more Edvard Munch stories.)

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