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Local pool player among the best in the country

Sam Anderson an 11 year old from Bettendorf is one of the best Junior pool players in the country.  Sam spends several days at the pool hall working on his game.  He has been so good this year that McDermott cues asked him to use their cues, making Sam 1 of 32 pool players world wide to be sponsored by McDermott,

Reward fund for missing Iowa woman at record over $300,000

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A spokesman for a central Iowa nonprofit says the reward fund for a missing University of Iowa student has grown to more than $300,000 and is likely to continue climbing.

Greg Willey, spokesman for Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa, says the Mollie Tibbetts reward fund has reached $301,363, which is a record for the organization that was incorporated in 1982.

Willey says donations have come from more than 180 individuals and businesses from across the country.

The fund has been established to help return Tibbetts to her family. The 20-year-old woman went missing on July 18 from her hometown of Brooklyn, about 70 miles east of Des Moines.

Officers from the FBI, state and local law enforcement agencies are working to find her.

She was last seen jogging on the city streets in the town of 1,400.

US-led coalition admits airstrikes killed 77 civilians in Raqqa, Syria

(CNN) — After previously slamming a June report by Amnesty International for its methodology, the US-led military coalition fighting ISIS is now acknowledging findings by the human rights group that 77 civilians were in fact killed during airstrikes conducted in Raqqa, Syria, last summer.

An investigation prompted by Amnesty International’s research revealed that the 77 civilians were killed in five separate incidents between June and October 2017, according to a coalition casualty report released on July 26.

“The investigation assessed that although all feasible precautions were taken and the decision to strike complied with the law of armed conflict, unintended civilian casualties regrettably occurred,” the coalition report stated.

“Throughout our air and ground campaigns, we have used deliberate targeting and strike processes to minimize the impact of our operations on civilian populations and infrastructure. Our assessments of civilian casualties are transparent, and we hold ourselves accountable through regularly published strike press releases and civilian casualty reports,” the report said.

According to Amnesty International, 24 children and 25 women were among those killed in the aerial bombardments — specific cases documented by the human rights group’s field investigations in Raqqa, including interviews with 112 civilians at the sites of 42 coalition airstrikes.

Initially, the Pentagon pushed back against the findings outlined in Amnesty International’s “War of Annihilation” report, which accused the coalition of killing and injuring thousands of civilians in attacks that it said were at times “disproportionate or indiscriminate,” during the offensive to flush ISIS militants from their de facto capital.

In June, a spokesman for the coalition originally took issue with the report, saying that Amnesty never approached the Pentagon about its findings and was out of line for suggesting the coalition has violated international law.

“They are literally judging us guilty until proven innocent. That’s a bold rhetorical move by an organization that fails to check the public record or consult the accused,” Col. Thomas Veale told reporters at the Pentagon via a video briefing from Baghdad, Iraq.

“They never asked us for a comment, an interview or a courtesy check of the draft. They also failed to check the public record thoroughly,” Veale said.

At the time of the original report, Veale did say the military was looking into the claims. “People are looking at that article and trying to correlate those claims to the strike log,” Veale said, “and — and how the battle of Raqqa unfolded, as our participation went in it, and so that will continue to be evaluated.”

The coalition casualty report released late last month indicates that many of Amnesty International’s findings were ultimately deemed credible.

Fellow farmers pay respect to a Milan farmer with equipment salute

MILAN, Illinois - Almost two dozen local farmers came together Tuesday to honor a 44 year-old farmer who lost his fight after two years battling cancer.

Tractors lined a three-mile funeral procession route for Christopher Rudsell along Illinois 94, from the U.S. 67 intersection to Chapel Grove Cemetery.

The procession was organized by Brad Sunken, a friend and customer of Rudsell.  He reached out to nearby farmers Saturday night after he received the news that his friend had passed.  All were more than happy to help out.

"One guy that I had sent a message to, I didn't realize he didn't know him," said Sunken.  "But when I talked to him yesterday he said, "I didn't know Chris, but sure. I'd be glad to bring a tractor"."

Rudsell always dreamed of running his own farm, which he achieved.  He now leaves behind that farm, a wife, and two young daughters.

Today, he's remembered for the well-liked farmer he was and his contributions to his neighbors.

"He was just a friend of the community," recalls Sunken. "The farm community comes together in time of crisis. The farming community cares."

New Clinton County Law Center construction to highlight safety and security

CLINTON, Iowa - This county knows what it's like to lobby for a new jail, but that patience is paying off with a nearly $24-million project.

From high above the site, construction is beginning to take shape. Steel, cement, bricks and lots of labor make it a reality.

"The concept of just putting somebody in a box and expecting them to change - those days are over," said Clinton County Sheriff Rick Lincoln, on Tuesday, August 7.

At first glance, spectators can tell this isn't a typical office building. As a jail, it's all about security. And after getting voter support on the first try in 2016, it's moving right along.

"Right now, the big focus is getting the building enclosed by mid to late October, and have the roofs on it by the first part of November," said Facilities Director Corey Johnson.

New pods will be able to house inmates for up to a year. The size nearly triples current capacity. It's a modern approach to a tough situation.

"While these individuals are staying with us, maybe we have an opportunity to help them get some education, to learn how to fill out a resume, or how to apply for a job," said Sheriff Lincoln.

The project will take about two years from start to finish. It should be ready to open in April 2019.  hat's quite a new look at law enforcement for the Clinton County Sheriff's Department.

"Safety and security of the staff and the inmates is our big thing," concluded Sheriff Lincoln.

At this site, a view well-suited for protecting and serving.

Residents of Lafayette Apartments in Clinton ordered to vacate

CLINTON, Iowa — Residents of a downtown apartment building got a sudden notice of eviction this week after being told they had to vacate their apartments due to non-payment of utility bills by their landlord.

The city of Clinton’s Building and Neighborhood Services organization is hosting an emergency meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7 for residents of the five-story Lafayette Apartments at 143 6th Avenue South to help them relocate on short notice.

Clinton City Administrator Matt Brooke said the apartment’s landlord, Jim Trimble, has not paid Alliant Energy for electricity to the building or the city for sewer services since last February. Alliant announced it will be shutting off utilities and residents need to vacate. Brooke believes that around 25 of the building’s 98 listed apartments are currently occupied.

In a release sent Tuesday afternoon from the Building and Neighborhood Services organization, city leders said they will “work jointly with other agencies in our community to reduce the amount of stress for residents that will be affected by the move.”

Residents with questions on assistance can contact BNS at (563) 242-2144 ext. 3.

This is a developing story.

Moline businesses worry about future after Best Buy closes

MOLINE-- Businesses are wondering what's next for them after Best Buy announced it was closing its Moline store off John Deere Road.

Store managers say a lack of business is forcing the closure on November 3, 2018. This announcement comes more than a month after neighboring Toys-R-Us shut down.

Step inside Sport Clips in Moline, they'll give you the MVP treatment. But the real MVP when it comes to foot traffic for this shop is the big store you see out the window, Best Buy.

"That's how we get about 20-percent of the foot traffic from Best Buy alone," says employee Brittany Prado.

On Monday Monday August 6, 2018 the store made the announcement it's closing the Moline store in a few months. Store representatives tell WQAD News 8 that a lack of business is forcing the company to close the retail store for good.

Best Buy spokesperson John Vomhof said the stores 35 full-time employees can apply to work at other Best Buy locations or take a severance agreement. The lease on the company's Davenport store on Elmore Avenue was renewed and it will remain open, he added.

"Overall, the Davenport retail market is dominant in this region, and we believe that our Davenport store will be able to serve both sides of the river," the statement read. "Davenport also has a more expansive product selection, offering customers a better shopping experience," says Vomhof.

This isn't the first time a valuable player has left.

Toys-R-Us next door shut down June 29, 2018. And Younkers across the street is getting cut too.

"The big businesses, big box stores are closing up. It feels weird because it seems like its going to be a wasteland around here," says Rollin Metzger from Jayde's Vapor Lounge.

Jayde's is in the same shopping hub as the retail giant. Their secret weapons are electronic cigarettes.

"It does take a bunch of explaining, just in what a vape is, how it works, what the ingredients are," says Metzger.

They're not as concerned about Best Buy closing.

"We're more of a specialty shop, and so I'm not too worried about us being hurt by it," says Metzger.

But others are left throwing a Hail Mary.

"It's sad because Moline's dying while Iowa is growing," says Prado.

Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri tells WQAD News 8 that she believes Best Buy will try to move to another location in the city. Meanwhile, the Davenport Best Buy on Elmore Avenue will stay open.

Snapchat sees revenue soar 44%

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(CNN Money) — Snapchat’s revenue climbed 44% year over year even as it lost users in the last quarter because of a rocky app redesign and increased competition from rivals.

Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, on Tuesday reported $262 million in revenue during the three months ending in June. Snap stock soared over 10% in after-hours trading following the report.

However, its daily active user base declined by 2% in the same period. The company reported 188 million daily active users, falling short of analysts’ expectations of about 193 million.

The disappointing user numbers came as Snapchat faces mounting competition from Instagram. That platform, owned by Facebook, recently announced that more than 400 million peopleuse its popular Story feature every day to post photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours.

Related: The worst may be over for Snapchat: Even a short seller likes it

Snapchat has experienced a string of declines after lackluster earnings reports since going public in March 2017. Snap stock was trading at just over $13 a share ahead of Tuesday afternoon’s report, down from a 52-week high of $21.22.

The company has struggled with a rocky redesign widely criticized by users. The makeover was meant to attract new users while addressing concerns about lackluster audience growth and criticism that the app was too difficult to use.

Snapchat responded with a few design tweaks to appease users, such as making it easier to find Stories. The company also grapples with heightened competition from Instagram, which regularly copies its most popular features.

“Snap has a major app redesign in process which remains one of the linchpins for future success and monetization, although it has encountered clear speed bumps on this front,” said Daniel Ives, chief strategy officer at GBH Insights.

Other social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter recently reported disappointing earnings. Facebook suffered the single biggest wipeout in stock market history following its earnings report.

Why Sherrard High School is stepping in to provide basics to students

SHERRARD, Illinois -- Four teachers at Sherrard High School have come together to take a load off students' minds.

The teachers have been working to make a resource room, which is like a free store, offering necessities like clothes, hygiene products, school supplies and food.

Meaghan Jackson, who teaches special education, said they wanted to help students focus on education, not financial struggles.

"Instead of worrying about, "Okay, I need to go to work right after school to be able to financially assist my family," we’re gonna give them the chance to get that at school so they can go home and worry about education not financial needs," she said.

Sherrard High School's resource room, called the Tiger Room, will be accessible to high school students, junior high school students and their families.

According to the Riverbend Food Bank, 27 schools in the area have food pantries. During the 2017-2018 school year, those school pantries alone provided 300,000 meals.

Boy dead, toddler sister critically injured after hit by freight train in NW Indiana

PORTAGE, Ind. (WGNtv)— A 3-year-old boy was killed and his 2-year-old sister was seriously injured after they were struck by a freight train Tuesday morning, police confirm.

While responding to calls of a child struck by a train around 9:30 a.m., the first officer to arrive on the scene found a 3-year-old boy had been killed and his sister was injured but actively crying, Portage Police Department Chief Troy Williams said in a statement. Portage Fire Department personnel provided treatment for the girl before she was airlifted to Comers Children’s Hospital.

Police say the boy, identified by the Porter County Coroner as Caleb Wilson, lived with his sister at the Woodland Village Mobile Home Park, just north of where the accident occurred. According to a preliminary investigation, the toddlers snuck out of a screen door of their home and made their way to the railroad tracks.

The conductor of the eastbound CSX train told police that when he saw the children on the tracks he blew the horn and attempted to stop the train, but he was unable to avoid striking them.

“This tragedy undeniably affected the first responders as several were visibly shaken by what occurred but worked through those emotions to provide every possible resource and effort throughout the entire incident,” Chief Williams said.

Several other departments assisted in the investigation and emergency response, Williams said.

“The Porter County Coroner’s Office would like to remind parents of small children to please keep a vigilant eye on their children during these summer months when they are more likely to roam outside,” the coroner said in a statement.

Survey: Back to school price tag tops $500 per family

(Illinois News Network) — The price tag for parents to send their kids back to school this year is estimated at more than $500.

The back-to-school shopping list seems to grow every year, and never seems to get any cheaper.

Liz Verrill, an audit partner with accounting and consulting firm Deloitte, said a new survey puts the back-to-school price tag at about $510 per family this year – $28 billion in all.

Verrill said that includes everything from shoes, computers, pens, pencils, glue sticks, plastic bags, and all the new technology.

“Compared to when you and I were kids, we were not spending on computers or cell phones, or anything like that,” Verrill said. “And that does make up almost $4 billion of the $28 billion back-to-school spend. So that’s kind of a change over time.”

Verrill says the back-to-school shopping season, essentially July and August, is second only to the holiday shopping season.

But unlike the holidays, Verrill says parents will buy most of their back-to-school supplies in brick-and-mortar stores.

“Shoppers are spending more money in stores than online,” Verrill said. “We continue to hear about the trend away from brick-and-mortar stores and toward online. But shoppers plan to spend almost double, about $300 in stores nationally, compared to what they spend online.”

Verrill says their survey shows that kids will have a big impact on what parents buy, if not how much they spend.

Bolton: US still ‘waiting’ for North Korea to start denuclearizing

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(CNN) — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton said on Monday that the administration does not feel North Korea is living up to its end of an agreement to denuclearize.

The comments from Bolton came as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been stressing the process will take time, revealing a possible split within the administration over how to handle Pyongyang.

“We’re waiting for the North Koreans to begin the process of denuclearization, which they committed to in Singapore and which they’ve not yet done,” Bolton told CNN the same day.

Bolton also stressed in the CNN interview that Trump had been willing to have a dialogue with North Korea and likened the US approach to North Korea with its pressure on Iran.

“Maximum pressure on both governments to give up their pursuit of deliverable nuclear weapons, but a willingness to talk to their leaders to see if there’s a way out,” Bolton said.

‘Closer’

CNN reported earlier this week that North Korea was hopeful for a second summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and Trump. The news came shortly after Pompeo said he had a quick exchange with his North Korean counterpart and that the US delegation had delivered a letter from Trump to the North Koreans in response to a letter Kim had sent the US. Bolton told Fox News Tuesday morning that the US letter said Pompeo is prepared to go back to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong Un. He also said that the President “is prepared to meet at any point.”

Pompeo said last week that North Korea was “closer” to denuclearization, but that “the ultimate timeline for denuclearization will be set by Chairman Kim, at least in part.”

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Pompeo told his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho that they should talk again soon and that Ri replied, “There are many productive conversations to be had.”

Pompeo’s comments came on the heels of a report from The Washington Post that officials believe new indicators showed North Korea could have been in the process of building new intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Tracking a few showers into the evening hours

A couple of disturbances coming out of the west will pose a chance for a few scattered showers as we head into the evening hours.  Nothing severe I see, in fact rain could be heavy in a couple of areas during this period.  Afterwards, any rain leftover will end before midnight leading to the possibility of patchy fog by Wednesday morning.

Once the patchy fog lifts, a fair to partly cloudy sky will take over for your Wednesday with highs around the middle 80s.

The week’s warmest comes Thursday with highs around 90 before dropping around the mid 80s for the rest of the week including the weekend.  Only an isolated storm chances I see Friday and Sunday night.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Solving Everest’s mounting poop problem

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When climbing enthusiasts take a stab at the highest mountain in the world, thinking about their bodily waste is probably low on their list of priorities.

This season, porters working on Everest schlepped 28,000 pounds of human waste — the equivalent weight of two fully-grown elephants — from base camp down to a nearby dumping site, according to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC), a local NGO tasked with cleaning up Everest.

At Gorak Shep, a frozen lakebed 17,000 feet above sea level, waste matter is dumped in open pits where it shrivels and dehydrates. But there is a risk that it will leak into a river and contaminate the water supply system, explains Garry Porter, a retired mountaineer and engineer from Washington state.

“It’s unsightly and unsanitary, it’s a health issue and an environmental nightmare,” Porter tells CNN.

“I experienced the thrill and grandeur of Mount Everest, but I also saw what happens when we, the Western world, leave, as if our waste doesn’t stink.”

But Porter doesn’t fault climbers, as he says their main preoccupation is summiting and returning home in one piece.

Nor are Nepalese authorities to blame, says Porter, as there are no waste treatment plants nearby.

Yangji Doma, of the SPCC, agrees that the current human waste management system is problematic.

“We make sure that it’s not dumped on the glacier itself,” she tells CNN. “But the main problem is … it’s very cold and it doesn’t naturally degrade, we understand that. It’s managed but it’s not sustainably managed.”

So Porter, along with fellow climber Dan Mazur, established the Mount Everest Biogas Project almost eight years ago to try get rid of this “environmental hazard.”

Over the years they have been toying with the idea of installing a biogas digester at Gorak Shep to convert human waste into methane gas.

While biogas digesters are used around the world, and fairly easy to make, they are difficult to operate at altitude in sub-zero temperatures.

This is because the process requires bacteria to feed on organic waste, and these living microorganisms need to be kept warm, explains Porter.

The Mount Everest Biogas Project plans to use a solar array panel to transmit heat into the digester. There will also be a battery array to store energy at night when the sun sets.

The end products will be methane gas, which can be used for cooking or lighting, and effluent that can be used as fertilizer for crops.

“It takes a nasty product and makes two products that can be used by the Nepali people,” explains Porter.

However, Porter says climbers often take antibiotics, and he was initially concerned that antibiotics in the poop might impact the microbes’ ability to break down the waste.

But he says mini digesters at Kathmandu University successfully converted human waste from base camp to methane gas.

The team still needs to test whether the effluent will be free of hazardous microorganisms and therefore safe to use as fertilizer. Porter says they will begin testing the effluent this year and if it is dangerous, the plan is to filter out contaminants in an underground septic system.

The Mount Everest Biogas Project has a signed agreement with the SPCC and is ready to break ground once they have raised the necessary funds.

Porter estimates that the first digester will cost around $500,000, mostly because of the transportation cost to lug the materials up to Gorak Shep.

Thereafter the cost will come down and Porter plans to “hand the keys” to the SPCC.

Doma hopes the project will be a success: “It is a very innovative solution to address human waste in the long run, because right now the way we do it is not that good. It is not sustainable.”

For Porter, it is about paying off a debt to the Nepalese people.

“I was part of the problem, so hopefully now I can be part of the solution,” he says.

Woman helps stranger pay for food at gas station — then learns he’s Keith Urban

MEDFORD, N.J. -- A New Jersey woman helped a stranger short on cash only to learn it was country music star Keith Urban, according to CBS Philly.

Ruth Reed and her husband have made it a habit to pay it forward to customers at a Wawa convenience store in New Jersey.

"We decided when we saw military people we would treat them at Wawa or Dunkin Donuts or whatever," Reed told CBS Philly.

On Friday, when a customer at the Wawa on Route 541 in Medford, New Jersey, had an issue at the register, she offered to help pay his bill.

"It looked like he was using a card and it didn't go through and then he asked a young lady for five dollars and I thought this is it so I said 'No I'll get it,'" Reed said.

Reed told CBS Philly she thought he looked familiar but did not immediately recognize him.

"And he said what's your name? Ruth, he said 'Ruth I'm Keith' and I said 'That's who you look like Keith Urban do people ever tell you that you look like Keith Urban' and he said 'I am Keith Urban," Reed said.

Reed was not convinced and even asked why his wife, Nicole Kidman, was not with him. She then noticed Urban's bodyguards and realized it was him.

"And I just fell apart, fell apart and he was gracious," Reed said.

Reed says she hopes her story will help people realize the importance of doing acts of kindness.

News 8 crew returns to the trampoline park

ELDRIDGE, Iowa- It was time for another News 8 at 11 Coffee Break Tuesday, August 7. Meteorologist Eric Sorensen and I returned to the park where I wiped out...on the Wipe Out...live on the air, less than a month ago.

We did a Web Redemption on the Wipe Out Tuesday. I think it went okay, but see for yourself below.

The park, at 400 South 14th Avenue, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursdays and on Sundays. It's also open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. To buy jump time, click here.  

Win tickets to Marvel Universe Live at the TaxSlayer Center

Marvel fans, assemble for a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil with the Moline debut of Marvel Universe LIVE! Age Of Heroes.  The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands in this all-new, spectacular arena stunt show.

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes is performing at the TaxSlayer Center from Friday August 31 – Sunday, September 2, 2018 for six action-packed, family-friendly performances in Moline:

  • Friday, Aug. 31          7:00 PM
  • Saturday, Sept. 1       11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, Sept. 2              11:00 AM & 3:00 PM

Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot and Drax make their live production debut bringing their courage and misfit wit to Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes. Alongside Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk, Black Widow, Wasp and Iron Fist, the Guardians of the Galaxy help fight the scheming, menacing and loathsome villains Loki, Yondu and Green Goblin. Audiences will join in the quest that sparks new feuds with old foes, pitting student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother.

Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial maneuvers, pyrotechnics, martial arts, motorcycle stunts and vast 3D video projection mapping in this completely new thrilling adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family…LIVE! 

Tickets start at $15 each!  Kids (age 2-12) tickets available for only $15 on select seating (not valid for premium/VIP levels). Tickets will be available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the TaxSlayer Center Box Office.  

*Ticket prices subject to change; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

You could win tickets to opening night on Friday, August 31st!  Three winners will be selected to receive 4 tickets to opening night (8/31/18).  Deadline for entry is August 26th.

For contest rules, click here.

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Federal agency fines Iowa nursing home over deficiencies

BUFFALO CENTER, Iowa (AP) — The federal government has fined an Iowa nursing home nearly $77,500 over deficiencies in care for residents.

The Globe Gazette reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services notified Timely Mission in Buffalo Center about the fine on Friday. Buffalo Center is located near the Minnesota border, northwest of Mason City.

The letter cites findings from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, which surveyed the facility in June. Officials said they found conditions that constituted “immediate jeopardy” to resident health and safety.

Officials say 87-year-old Virginia Olthoff was dehydrated, in severe pain and weighed less than 100 pounds prior to her February death.

The facility has 60 days to appeal the federal fine. The CMS letter says the fine will be reduced by 35 percent if nursing home officials waive their right to an appeal.

Timely Mission President Lorie Bierle declined to comment to the newspaper.

Win Tickets to See Marvel Live Sweepstakes 2018 – Official Rules

Win Tickets to See Marvel Live Sweepstakes 2018

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  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, Feld Entertainment (“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 Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. CT and runs through Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CT (the “Sweepstakes Period”).
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Received entries become the property of WQAD News 8 and will not be returned.  Entrants will also be given the option to opt in to receiving additional information from WQAD and from the Sweepstakes prize providers.  Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Multiple entries by means of software-generated or other automated processes will be disregarded.  Detection of said automated entry will lead to such entries being voided in Sponsor’s sole discretion.  Only one registered account per entry.  If multiple accounts are detected for a single entrant, the accounts will be voided and the entries will be disqualified in Sponsor’s sole discretion.  In the event of a dispute as to any registration, the authorized account holder of the email address or account used to register will be deemed to be the registrant.  The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.  Sponsor reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Sweepstakes, including information on entrants obtained through the Sweepstakes, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.  Sponsor reserves the right to contact entrants and all other individuals whose email address is submitted as part of this promotion.

  1. Winner Selection and Notification:  On or about Monday, August 6, 2018, 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, August 6, 2018. 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.
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There are three winners. Each winner receives 4 tickets to see Marvel Live at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Illinois on Friday, August 31, 2018.

The approximate retail value of the prize is $100.

  1.  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 no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018. 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-transferrable.  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 8/26/18.  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 http://www.wqad.com.
  9. 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 8/27/18. Requests for winner’s name must be received by November 30, 2018.
  10. 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.

 

  1. Sponsor: WQAD, 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265

Feld Entertainment, 800 Feld Way, Palmetto, FL 34221

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NFL’s first male dancers will hit the sidelines this season

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(CNN) — NFL fans will see history made this season, and it has nothing to do with what goes on between the goalposts.

The Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints will have male cheerleaders dancing on their squads for the first time.

Dancers Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies have been preparing for the NFL season since they made the Rams cheerleading squad in March.

“Still can’t believe I’m one of the first males in history to be a pro NFL cheerleader!” Jinnies tweeted after being selected.

Other teams, like the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens, have stuntmen, USA Today reported, but Peron and Jinnies will be dancing alongside their female teammates and doing the same moves.

Peron and Jinnies’ success inspired 25-year-old Jesse Hernandez to try out for the New Orleans Saints’ Saintsations cheerleading team.

He told CNN affiliate KATC that his mom sent him a link with their story.

“She told me it was my time to shine,” he said in a video posted before his final audition.

“The process has been great, everyone has been really nice to me and I can’t wait to see where this goes.”

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