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How to capture the Solar Eclipse with a camera

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ROCK ISLAND - The countdown is on for the once in a lifetime experience that will take place in the sky.

Eric Pohl at United Camera Repair Services in Rock Island knows the ins and outs of a camera and like many, he's hoping to get the perfect shot.

"It's going to be a once and a lifetime experience. The next one's not for another 90 years," said Pohl.

On Monday, thousands will stand outside to look at the sun to catch a Solar Eclipse.

"It should be a crazy event like Woodstock and a science fair rolled into one," said Dr. Lee Carkner, a professor of physics and astronomy at Augustana College and Director of John Deere Planetarium.

If you want to capture the rare moment with a camera you're going to need a special solar lens to not only protect your eyes but your equipment too.

"It`s just like if you took a magnifying glass with the sun and it concentrates that light to where you can burn things, well it can burn the shutter it can burn the sensor and it can burn your eye," said Pohl.

The Solar Eclipse is expected to be one of the biggest days for selfies, but before you snap a photo there are some things you'll need to know.

"You could do a little damage to the sensor on your camera phone if you`re not careful but for the most part a phone will work just fine," said Pohl.

Pohl recommends using solar glasses as a lens for your phone, but don't count on capturing an amazing photo, "The Phone lens are so small you`re going to get a little dot."

In the end, Dr. Carkner says you can just go the cheap and safe route by grabbing some cardboard and a pin.

"Just take a piece of cardboard poke a hole in it with a pen you can make what`s called a pin hole camera let the sun shine through the hole onto a piece of paper and you`ll see a little image of the sun with the moon covering it."


How Monday’s eclipse will affect your pet

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AUGUST 21, 2017-- Humans might not be the only ones reacting to the dramatic changes in the sky this Monday. Your pet may be affected, too.

Although astronomers have been studying the phenomenon of a solar eclipse for hundreds of years, they still don't have definitive knowledge of how animals will react to it.

Veterinarians believe most animals and birds will react to a total or partial eclipse much like they do to nighttime; cows will return to their barns and crickets will chirp, but what about house pets?

Animal hospitals say they've been getting lots of calls from pet owners asking for preventative prescriptions to treat anxiety, like sedatives or tranquilizers. Vets say those likely won't be needed.

"Dogs and cats don't normally look at the sun," Dr. Evan Morse explained. "It's something they don't do under normal conditions, so I would not expect them to look at the sun during this phenomenon."

People are advised to wear protective glasses, but as far as pets are concerned, vets say they'll be pretty hard to keep on your animal.

The best advice they give is to keep your pets inside, with the blinds closed.

The whole eclipse is only expected to last two and a half minutes after all.

WQAD News 8 will have team coverage of Monday's solar eclipse. Denise Hnytka will be heading south towards Carbondale, following the path of the total eclipse. Meteorologist James Zahara will be tracking the event locally.

YOUR HEALTH Creating a new pancreas for diabetics

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PALO ALTO, California – Researchers, developing an "artificial pancreas", are finding it could be a game-changer for those with Type One Diabetes.  And now, the youngest diabetics are taking part in the trials to see if it's effective.

For 13-year-old Jamie Kurtzig and her mom Sara, checking her blood sugar level during the day is routine.  They've been doing it since she was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes at just 19 months.

The problem is at night, if blood sugars drop, Jamie could easily have a seizure.  Or worse: she could fall into a coma.

"For ten years we just set alarms and get up, ya know every, usually every two to three hours to do a check to make sure that she's in a safe range," says Jamie's mother, Sara Kurtzig.

But a device, just under Jamie's shoulder, is changing all that.

Dubbed an artificial pancreas, or closed-looped insulin delivery system, it checks glucose levels every five minutes and wirelessly alerts Jamie's pump, which then delivers the correct dose of insulin.

The device is the MiniMed® 670G system by Medtronic.    It's the first FDA-approved hybrid closed loop system.

It's approved for the treatment of people 14 years and older, but Jamie is part of the trial to test the system for use in children with Type 1 Diabetes who are at least seven years old.

"And so I can just go to bed, and wake up, and be in auto mode and perfect blood sugar," says Jamie.

For pediatric diabetics, most of their seizures occur at night.   Researchers hope the artificial pancreas will cut those numbers dramatically.

Jamie is part of a trial at Stanford Children's Health, which helped prompt the FDA to approve the device.  It's being hailed as an historic step towards treating diabetes but doctors warn this is not a cure.

"This is a car analogy that you are still driving, putting on the gas, putting on the brakes, and making the turns, and it is not an autopilot car," explained Dr. Bruce Buckingham, an endoctrinologist at Stanford Children's Health.

The system is not an option for most people with type two diabetes, which is the more common form of the disease.

The pancreas helps to digest food, and if the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or glucose builds up in the bloodstream, it can leave cells without any energy.  When glucose builds up in the bloodstream, it can result in hyperglycemia, which may cause symptoms such as nausea, shortness of breath, or thirst.  Hypoglycemia is the result of low glucose and can produce shakiness, loss of consciousness, and dizziness.  Both of these conditions can be life-altering to those who suffer from them.

Jamie will have to manage her diabetes her entire life but, at least for now, she and her family can get a good night's sleep.

NEW TECHNOLOGY: An artificial pancreas can help those with Type-1 diabetes manage glucose levels. The artificial pancreas automatically checks blood sugar levels and releases the correct amount of insulin when needed. The device works from a smart phone or tablet, and uses a computer program to direct it. There is only one type of artificial pancreas, and it is called the 'hybrid system.'. The system includes a sensor attached to the body to measure glucose levels every five minutes, which automatically gives or withholds insulin via a catheter attached to the body. Because the system is hybrid, it is not fully automatic. This means the patient using it has to manually confirm insulin doses. Researchers are currently looking into a fully-closed loop system to give correct insulin amounts without human input.  (Source:

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Couple hired teen to babysit, then forced her to have sex with at least 5 men a day: officials

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NEW JERSEY — A New Jersey couple hired a teenager as a babysitter but then allegedly forced her into prostitution until she escaped from the motel where they were keeping her, according to WPIX.

Christopher White, 19, and Adria Regn, 28, asked the 17-year-old girl to babysit Regn’s two children in October of 2016, officials said. The teen, who knew White, went to a New Jersey motel, believing she would be babysitting the children.

When she arrived, the couple allegedly forced her to work as a prostitute for them, officials from the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office said. They told her if she didn’t make them money, Regn’s children would end up on the street.

“This is a classic case of human trafficking where these defendants allegedly trapped an underage girl in dehumanizing circumstances in which they gave her drugs and forced her to have sex with multiple men per day,” said Attorney General Christopher Porrino. “It’s terrible for anyone to be exploited in this manner, but it’s especially heartbreaking when the victim is so young and vulnerable.”

White also allegedly threatened to beat the victim if she did not take crystal meth, officials said.

The couple advertised the teenager on and arranged for her to have sex with at least five men each day, officials said. They took all the money and didn’t give any to the teen.

She eventually escaped while White and Regn were asleep in a Wrightstown motel, officials from the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office said. The teen reported what happened to police who began investigating the pair.

White and Regn were indicted on conspiracy, human trafficking, prostitution and child pornography charges, officials said Tuesday.

Charlie Gard’s parents set up foundation with $1.7 million in donations

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(CNN) — Over the past six months, $1.7 million in donations has poured into the treatment fund for Charlie Gard, a British baby whose life was the subject of a legal tug of war in British courts before his death in July.

His parents are now using the money to start a foundation to help other children with mitochondrial diseases and rare childhood illnesses by funding research and providing information about parental rights, according to their website.

“We feel that the foundation will be a lovely legacy for Charlie, and we hope that you will all continue to support us in honouring the life of our little warrior as he helps other poorly children and their families,” Connie Yates and Chris Gard said in an update on their site Monday.

The Gards intend to provide parents who are in similar situations with information on their rights regarding their children’s care, the update said.

“There needs to be more clarity for parents about parental rights when it comes to making life-saving decisions about their children,” the couple said. “Access to medical treatment, and expert clinicians, should never be denied if funds are available. We will be looking at ways in which we can help make things clearer for families and hospitals alike.”

The fund began as a GoFundMe campaign in January. Now, has donated £10,000 — about $13,000 — to the foundation, the site and the Gards said. All prior and future donations on the GoFundMe page will go toward the foundation, according to an update on the page posted Monday.

Charlie was born August 4, 2016, and soon diagnosed with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, a rare inherited condition that causes muscle weakness and loss of motor skills.

He eventually lost the ability to move his arms and legs or breathe on his own and began experiencing seizures. His parents wanted to take him to a doctor in the United States for an experimental treatment and started the GoFundMe page to raise money to do so.

But doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where Charlie had been since October, said that the treatment was unlikely to benefit him and that it was in his best interest to be removed from life support. His parents did not agree, so the hospital took Charlie’s case to the UK High Court, where in April a judge ruled that he should be removed from the ventilator that kept him alive.

In the months that followed, the world watched and weighed in as the case was revisited, with the potential US treatment used as evidence. Charlie’s parents gave up their fight to take him to the United States in July after new scans revealed that he had deteriorated to the point where he was less likely to benefit from the experimental treatment.

However, the battle continued as they fought for the right to have Charlie at home when he died, rather than in hospice. Charlie died July 28, one day after a judge’s order to remove life support and move him to hospice took effect.

“Our beautiful, little boy has gone. We are so proud of you, Charlie,” his mother said in a statement.

Alorica to announce the addition of 150 new jobs at Davenport location

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DAVENPORT -- There are 150 new jobs making their way to Davenport.

Alorica, the largest provider of customer service solutions, is expected to announce that it's adding 150 jobs at it's Davenport location.

Company leaders are also expected to announce, in a news conference scheduled for Thursday, August 17, a new partnership with Military Veteran Project.

The Military Veteran Project is a charity that funds research to find cures for things like P-T-S-D.

You can find more on the charity here.


Janda Motors adds to reward fund for burned dog found in Davenport

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DAVENPORT -- Janda Motors is offering a $5,000 reward for any information about a dead dog found partially burned in Davenport last month.

The dog's body was found on South Concord St. near Credit Island.

The head of Janda Motors says he's offering the reward because he wants police to find whoever is responsible.

With Janda Motors donation, the reward fund is now up to $11,000.


City of Silvis passes resolution for a safe, welcoming, diverse community

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SILVIS-- The city of Silvis is making sure all of its citizens feel welcomed in their community.

On August 15th the city council unanimously passed a resolution declaring the city a safe, inclusive and diverse community.

The resolution has been in the works for a month and city leaders say it couldn't have come during a better time.

"It has nothing to do with any violence that's going on in the united states(...)it's to make sure that everybody knows that Silvis is a welcoming and diverse community," says Jim Nelson, Silvis City Clerk.

City leaders says they want to build a community that celebrates residents of all different backgrounds including race, gender identity, age, disabilities, and financial socioeconomic status.

"We want to welcome everybody in our community regardless of anything. and that's basically's nothing earth-shattering. It's kind of a old onto others as you want them to do onto you," says Jim Nelson, Silvis City Clerk.

For the full interview see below.





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