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Bandits move closer to playoff spot, North beats Bettendorf in baseball, PV Softball preparing to defend

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Quad Cities River bandits move closer to a first half playoff spot with a 3-0 win over Burlington.  Bandits getting some help as Clinton and Peoria both lose.

Davenport North and Bettendorf resume a delayed game.  The Wildcats beat the Bulldogs 9-2.

Pleasant Valley softball has won 12 straight to improve their record to 18-5.  The Spartans are preparing to defend their State Championship.

America’s Run for the Fallen, passes through Galesburg to honor military heroes

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GALESBURG, Illinois--For two hours Marcy Gorsline waited off highway 41 outside of Galesburg under an American flag with a poster of her son Caleb Lufkin in her hands, Friday June 15.

Her son, Army Pfc. Lufkin served in the Iraq War in 2006 but was injured in combat, he later died from those injuries three years later.

“I miss him terribly; our family misses him terribly…. You never want them forgotten ever,” says Gorsline.

That’s why she waited for people running in America’s Run for the Fallen, who felt the same way.

The run is a 6,000 mile run stretched across 19 states over the span of four months. Organizers from Honor and Remember started to run in Irwin, California in April and plans to end at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, August 5.

Organizers of the run say it's also a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Honor and Remember organization, which is why a run this lengthy is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

The goal is to honor 20,000 men and women who served and died since the 9/11 attacks, stopping at every mile to honor one service member at a time.

Most of the runners only stay with the group for a few miles before more volunteers take continue the run.

“I started at about Cameron Illinois I’m not sure If I ran maybe 10 miles today, but those guys started about six this morning,” says Knox County runner Carrie Walters.

Runners stopped in Altona, Illinois Friday night, the group will continue Saturday, June 16 to  head to Princeton.

Click here to live stream America's Run for the Fallen. 

$8,000 donation springboards Quad Cities Autism Center renovation

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MOLINE, Illinois – With a little help from a family-run Mexican food restaurant, the Quad Cities autism Center is planning some long-awaited renovations.

Michelle Smyth started working with children with autism more than 12 years ago, by simply spending time with her son in their basement. She connected with a friend of a friend, and her number grew to two.

Soon, Smyth was working with several children, and needed a better-suited space. She rented a room at what was once New Hope Community Center. Ten years later, her team bought the building and turned it into the Quad Cities Autism Center.

The donation came after Ganzo’s owner, Pat Puente, and his wife toured the facility. Smyth said Ganzo’s Mexican Restaurant in Davenport has sponsored a 5K race to celebrate Cinco De Mayo for the past six years. This year, the owner of Ganzo’s chose to give all the proceeds, $8,000 to QCAC.

(Ganzo’s hands the $8,000 check to QCAC)

Puente, who has a child with autism, invited the team at the center to be a part of the race committee.

“They kind of adopted us, so to speak,” Smyth said.

(QCAC at their booth at Ganzo’s Cinco de Mayo 5K)

The center was still leasing rooms to different organizations until two months ago when the last renter moved out. Smyth said she has already begun work on the space.

“The paint is already on the walls,” she said. “I’d like to move on this very quickly now that the money is in our hands.”

Smyth said the couldn’t have done this without the help of Ganzo’s.

“Due to the incredible generosity of Ganzo’s, the QCAC will now purchase top quality audio/video equipment, conference tables and chairs, toys and additional training materials for this dedicated space,” she wrote in an email.

The space will be used as a parenting training suite. The center will be able to purchase video and audio equipment as well as other necessities for a workshop area.

(The space before renovation)

Smyth’s goal is for autism education to go “beyond the walls” of the center, so parents can learn how to better interact with their children and apply this knowledge out in the community.

US Open: Dustin Johnson leads as Woods, Spieth, McIlroy miss cut

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(CNN) — He showed why he is ranked the best in the world as Dustin Johnson surged into a four-shot lead heading into the weekend of the 118th US Open at Shinnecock Hills.

The 33-year-old was the only player left under par after another challenging day which claimed the scalps of Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy on Long Island.

The 2016 champion shot a round of 67 through a burst of cold morning rain to set the bar at four under par ahead of fellow American Scott Piercy, the runner-up two years ago, and compatriot Charley Hoffman.

As rain gave way to a still, warm afternoon conducive to scoring, Johnson was hunted down by a pair of Englishmen in New York. But Ian Poulter undid all the effort of clawing to within one shot of the with a triple-bogey on his penultimate hole, while Justin Rose ended with two bogeys to finish alongside his countryman on one over.

Another Englishman Tommy Fleetwood shot the low round of the week — a 66 — to also finish on one over with former Open champion Henrik Stenson and defending US Open champion Brooks Koepka.

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‘Patience a virtue’

Phil Mickelson, still searching for a first US Open win to complete the set of all four majors after six runner-up spots, carded a one-under 69 to inch to six over, two shots inside the cut. Mickelson has been runner-up in four US Opens in the New York area, including at Shinnecock Hills in 2004, and is a firm favorite of the local crowds who would love nothing more than a trademark charge on his 48th birthday Saturday.

But the tournament for now is in the hands of Johnson, who has married an impressive short game with his prodigious length to open up a sizeable gap after sharing a four-way tie for the lead after round one.

Johnson was reminiscent of playing partner Woods in his prime as he strode the fairways in complete control, seemingly impervious to the trials befalling others. He carded just one bogey and four birdies, including a monster 45-foot effort across the green of the short seventh.

The key, he said, was not getting angry.

“It’s a tough golf course, tough conditions, so it’s very important to stay patient all day,” he said.

“Why am I going to get upset about a bad shot I hit? I do it every day when I play. So you just got to go find it and hit it again.”

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‘Can’t fake it’

Woods, playing his first US Open since 2015 after multiple back surgeries, resumed at eight over, looking to make some amends for Thursday’s disappointing opening round. A birdie at his first hole, the 10th, suggested he was in the mood to claw his way back up the leaderboard on the 10th anniversary of his 14th and last major title.

He also birdied the 16th but two bogeys canceled out his good work to reach the turn level par for the day, and he hit the buffers early in the back nine.

He made a double bogey on the first hole — scene of Thursday’s opening triple — and also bogeyed the short second to plummet to 11 over.

Another shot went on the sixth, but like the Woods of old he kept fighting to the end and closed with back-to-back birdies to end 10 over.

“I’m not very happy the way I played and the way I putted,” Woods told reporters.

“You don’t win major championships by kind of slapping all around the place and missing putts. You have to be on.

“You just can’t fake it at a major championship.”

‘Sour taste’

McIlroy, who won the last of his four majors in 2014, had effectively played himself out of the tournament with that career-worst major round of 80 Thursday, and despite improving by 10 shots he was still comfortably outside the cut at 10 over.

“I felt like my game was good coming in here. I just felt like I was blown away by the wind Thursday,” he told Sky Sports.

His playing partner Spieth began the day eight over and had slipped to 11 over after 11 holes before four straight pars set up a late scramble to make the cut. But back-to-back bogeys to finish punched an early ticket home for the three-time major champion who will defend his British Open title at Carnoustie next month.

Poulter was fuming with himself after following his triple-bogey with a bogey at the last as he chases a first major title following second in the British Open in 2008.

“Finishing like that is really disappointing,” he told Sky Sports.

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“It’s a sour taste to what was a great day. Up to that point I felt very in control. It’s frustrating to finish like that but I’m not going to think about it.

“I’m up there hunting in a major so I’m doing the right thing.”

Teen catches 400-pound marlin at North Carolina fishing competition

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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – A teenager reeled in a 400-pound blue marlin at a North Carolina fishing competition Wednesday.

WNCT reported that 16-year-old E.J. Nettles caught the massive fish at the 60th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament in Morehead City.

The marlin barely made the cut because the minimum eligibility for a big blue is 400 pounds, according to WNCT.

“I was expecting a crazy lot going into this tournament," Nettles said. "Being able to bring fish back especially from my last ride, it is awesome."

Nettles is the first known junior angler to bring in a marlin in this tournament. He said it took about 45 minutes to reel the fish.

YOUR HEALTH: Treating chronic morning sickness

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LOS ANGELES, California – Both of Jennie and Andreas Karrer's children are healthy.

But Jennie was so sick during her pregnancies that some days, she couldn't get out of bed.

"It feels like a very bad stomach flu where you want to die because you can't do anything. You can't move, you know?"

Moms with hyperemesis gravidarum, or HG, get nausea and vomiting and lose their appetites and drop weight.

It can get so bad, they need IV's, medication, and feeding tubes.

UCLA researcher Marlena Fejzo studied thousands of pregnant moms' DNA and noticed that proteins from two genes are abnormally high in women with HG.

"The protein then goes to the brain and signals this loss of appetite and nausea and vomiting in extreme cases," said UCLA/USC associate researcher Marlena Fejzo.  "So there's quite a bit of evidence now that it is a cause."

Her discovery doesn't mean relief is coming soon, but it's a start.

"Finally, we have some answers so we can start to look at therapies that will target those proteins and hopefully lower them safely in pregnancy," said Fejzo.

Back in 1999, Fejzo lost her baby because of extreme morning sickness.  Since then, she's worked tirelessly to find a reason behind the condition that affects 2% of women.

With the help of the DNA company "23 and Me", she believes she's zeroed in on a cause and the first step toward a treatment.

NEW RESEARCH:  Marlena Fejzo, PhD, an associate researcher at UCLA and USC, said "many years ago I talked to the personal genetics company 23andMe and asked them to add questions related to nausea and vomiting in pregnancy in their surveys.  We have partnered with them to analyze the data.  By last year they had over 50,000 women that had reported on their levels of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.  We compared the genetic variation in women with no nausea and vomiting to women with very severe nausea and vomiting or hyperemesis gravidaram.  And what we found then was that the women with hyperemesis had difference in their DNA around the two genes GEF15 and IGF57.'

Jennie says treatment for HG would be amazing.

"I would be so happy for other moms and if I were supposed to have another kid, I would be happy for myself, obviously."

Fejzo says the two genes she's linked to morning sickness are also responsible for a form of extreme nausea that occurs in cancer patients.   She hopes that link will expedite the drug's development.

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.

Quad City golfers tee off to raise funds for inclusive baseball field

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DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Dozens are teeing off to raise money for a new kind of baseball field.

On June 15th, supporters organized a  game of golf and a 50-50 raffle to help raise money to bring a Miracle Field to the City of Davenport.

The inclusive baseball field would be for players with special needs and it would be the first one in the Quad City Area.

The design of a Miracle Field removes all barriers by utilizing special rubberized surfacing and fully accessible dugouts.

"We have a lot of young kids that want to enjoy the sport of baseball and be on teams and have parents come cheer for them. Because of all the challenges and difficulties with a traditional field they can't really do that...the miracle field helps give them that opportunity to come and play baseball," said Scott Hock, Davenport Parks and Rec Director.

The city of Davenport  has been working to raise almost $1,000,000 dollars for the project. So far the city has raised about 80 percent of funds.

Organizers hope to start construction in the fall.

Robbery of Davenport CVS ends in four arrests

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DAVENPORT, Iowa – One adult and three juveniles were arrested for the robbery of a CVS Pharmacy on Friday morning.

At 10:45 a.m., officers discovered the pharmacy had been robbed by several people who implied they were armed. The suspects fled the scene with undisclosed items. Four minutes later, police identified the suspects, made a traffic stop and made the arrests.

Chatori Laury, 22, was charged with 2nd degree theft and taken to Scott County Jail. Three minors in the car with her at the time were also charged and detained. All four suspects are from Indianapolis, Indiana.

No one was injured. No additional information is available, but an investigation is underway. Any information on the crime should be directed to the Davenport Police Department at (563) 326-6125.

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