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NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Liquid Kaleidoscope Paintings

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This one was promised to be "super fun, super quick, super easy, and super "Jon proof" - ha!

On Friday, June 15th, Chuck Gillespie from ArtsyBug Studio in Davenport was our Special Guest on WQAD News 8 at 11am's Nailed It Or Failed It Segment. He showed Jon and Chief Editor Amber Mathias a simple craft with a big "Wow" factor. Check out the video above to see how to make liquid kaleidoscope paintings (and if it really is "Jon proof").

Chuck also talked about the studio's new location inside NorthPark Mall, located between JCPenney and Von Maur. For more information, check out ArtsyBug's Facebook Page or website.

Jonathan had planned on making one of his Ketz's Concoctions to wrap up the show, but he ran out of time during at the end! Here's his recipe for a RumChata Martini, according to Liquor.com:

2 oz RumChata 1 oz Vanilla vodka Glass: Cocktail HOW TO MAKE THE RUMCHATA MARTINI COCKTAIL

Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.

Shake, and strain into a cocktail glass, and enjoy!

Serious heat and humidity will settle in this weekend

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The heat and humidity will be no joke this weekend! Starting this afternoon, a Heat Advisory will be in place until Sunday evening. Highs on our Friday will top out in the low 90s, but the humidity will make it feel over 100 at times. We’ll see plenty of sunshine, but an isolated shower isn’t out of the question.

It will remain warm and muggy tonight with lows in the mid 70s.

We’ll be back in the mid 90s on Saturday and Sunday. Once again, the humidity will make our heat index around 100-105. Don’t expect much of a break from the heat since full blast sunshine will stay for the entire weekend.

If you have any outdoor plans for your Father’s Day weekend, it’s imperative to stay hydrated! Along with drinking plenty of water, be sure to take frequent breaks indoors or in air conditioning. In addition, do not leave any children or pets in your cars!! It would take only a matter of minutes to become overheated.

Meteorologist Taylor Graham

Looking for something FREE for your kids to do this summer? Try bowling

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BETTENDORF- The Kids Bowl Free program started Monday, June 11, and a number of local bowling alleys are taking part.

Kids Bowl Free allows children to enjoy two free games of bowling every single day, all summer long, as long as the bowling alley is open.

Friday, June 15, High 5 Lanes & Games Owner Scott Emley from Texas, joined us during Good Morning Quad Cities to talk about the program. High 5 Lanes & Games is located inside the new TBK Bank Sports Complex.

High 5 Lanes & Games, along with other local alleys like these, are participating in the program.

To find out how to register for the program for your child, click on the bowling alley in your state, and follow the link from there.

Pleasant Valley SB, Bandits Sweep Clinton, David Robinson talks about taking over West BB

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Pleasant valley Softball sweeps Clinton to stay atop the MAC race.

Bandits take three from Clinton Lumberkings to move into a tie for first with three games remaining in the first half.

Opening round of the 118th U.S. Open has four golfers tied for the lead at 1-under.

David Robinson takes over the Davenport West Basketball program. He talks about what fans and players can expect this season.

Musk company to build Chicago-to-O’Hare express transport

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CHICAGO (AP) — Entrepreneur Elon Musk said Thursday a high-speed transportation system that will whisk people between downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport at speeds of up to 150 mph could be operational in about three years.

Musk joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to formally announce that a Musk-owned enterprise, The Boring Company, was selected for the project and will fully fund it. They say electric vehicles will carry passengers through underground tunnels in about 12 minutes each way.

Emanuel called the new transit system “the fast lane to Chicago’s future,” and said it will create jobs and make the city more competitive.

He scoffed at critics who question the still-unproven technology or the city’s ability to achieve what’s been a goal at City Hall for more than a decade. He noted there were doubters when the city set out to reverse the flow of the Chicago River or build the first skyscraper — other seemingly impossible tasks the city now boasts of having accomplished.

“Chicago is always looking at what’s possible and then making it achievable,” Emanuel said. “There are doubters along the way all the time who sit on the sideline and then when the thing gets built and opportunities come and the job growth happens you can’t find them.”

Musk, who’s CEO of electric car maker Tesla and aerospace company SpaceX, noted he’s successfully completed other “pretty tricky” projects .

He said he expects the company will begin digging the dual tunnels after it’s received all the necessary regulatory approvals, a process he expects to take a few months. Once construction begins he’d like to see the system operational in 18 months to two years, but said it should be no more than three years.

“This is a different thing that we’re doing, it’s a hard thing, it’s a new thing,” Musk said. “I’d hope that you’d cheer us on, because if we succeed it’s going to be a great thing for the city, and if we fail, well I guess me and others will lose a bunch of money.”

Thursday’s news conference was held in the mothballed shell of an underground station that the city constructed years ago. The site, in a downtown development known as Block 37, will serve as the downtown station for the new express service. The Boring Company will create a new station at O’Hare.

Vehicles will depart the airport and downtown as often as every 30 seconds, and each vehicle will accommodate up to 16 passengers and their luggage.

The 12-minute ride — which Emanuel equated to “three songs on your iPod” — compares to the roughly 40 minutes it currently takes to make it from O’Hare to the city via the Chicago Transportation Authority’s Blue Line train. The alternative — by road — can take more than twice as long.

The company plans to collect ticket and advertising revenue, and Deputy Mayor Robert Rivkin said the estimated fare will be $20 to $25 per ride, which is significantly less than a taxi ride to or from the airport. A Blue Line ticket from O’Hare costs $5.

Making the long-discussed express route a reality — and at no cost to taxpayers — would be a major accomplishment for Emanuel, who’s seeking his third term next year. The project’s timeline will allow him to campaign on the initiative, with its success or failure unknown until well past the election.

Some critics already have emerged. Alderman Scott Waguespack, a member of the City Council’s progressive caucus, said Emanuel was again putting the interests of billionaires and big corporations ahead of the needs of neighborhoods and taxpayers. He said the caucus is demanding hearings on the “potential boondoggle.”

In May, Musk said a tunnel built under a Los Angeles suburb to test a transportation system was almost complete and that the public would be offered free rides in a few months. Musk also touted a possible high-speed tunnel project connecting Washington, D.C., and New York last summer.

Musk’s flagship electric car company Tesla Inc. struggled last year to turn an annual profit for the first time in its 15 years of doing business. Musk announced Tuesday that Tesla would be laying off about 3,600 workers mainly from its salaried ranks as it slashes costs. He said the cuts amount to about 9 percent of the company’s workforce of 40,000.

For nearly all of its history, Tesla has put up losses while investing heavily in technology, manufacturing plants and an extensive car-charging network.

-CNN contributed to this article

Kellogg recalls Honey Smacks cereal over salmonella risk

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Kellogg Company is voluntarily recalling one of their breakfast cereals over possible salmonella contamination.

Click here to read about recent previous discoveries of salmonella in pre-cut melon.

The Michigan-based company announced that they are recalling 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce packages of Honey Smacks cereal, but no other products are believed to be affected.

The Food & Drug Administration said in a press release Thursday that the company launched an investigation into a third-party manufacturer that makes Honey Smacks after the FDA asked about reported illnesses. It’s not clear how many people reported being sickened.

The potentially-tainted Honey Smacks were distributed across the United States as well as in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan. Cereal boxes with the following UPC Code and “best by” dates are part of the recall:

Kellogg is asking that people who purchased the potentially affected cereal discard it and contact the company for a full refund. Consumers seeking more information, including images of these products, can visit kelloggs.com/honeysmacksrecall or call 1-800-962-1413 from Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET.

According to the CDC, salmonella can produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses.

Each year, about 1.2 million people are sickened, 23,000 hospitalized and 450 killed by salmonella, the CDC says.

Why Rock Island County leaders say Hope Creek’s debt is growing

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EAST MOLINE, Illinois -- Hope Creek Care Center is a county-run nursing home that's been serving the area for over a century.

But in recent years, the center's debt has been growing.  On Thursday, June 14, county board members confirmed that the latest debt figure stands at $4.4 million.

Board members said some of the issues that the facility is facing include lack of staffing, low enrollment, management problems and the State of Illinois making timely payments.

"The business model has changed so much and it's so integrated on finance and things like that today, when it wasn't in the early 1900s, or back when that facility was started," said Rock Island County Board member, Don Johnston, District 11.

But some board members said there's something else that's causing problems for Hope Creek.

"The biggest problem we've got is the negative press," said Rock Island County Board member, Robert Westpfahl, District 25. "Every time something goes wrong out there, it's in the paper."

"It’s kind of a perfect storm," said Johnston, "we got some bad publicity for one thing, I’m not blaming the news media but you get a report and it sounds bad and quite honestly we just got a review and we did real well, but nobody publicizes that, but they just publicize the lack of beds we have."

Although both board members acknowledged that the reports have been factual, Johnston said he feels the information could potentially deter potential residents or employees.

"They print the facts," said Johnston, "I think they dig a little deeper into a county facility than what they would into a private entity; and it's understandable."

In 2015, the Rock Island County Board decided against selling the county nursing home, but it's a topic that may be revisited.

"We've been advised one way or the other, it's such an emotional issue in shutting the facility down," said Johnston. "You have to be financially secure to even close something, I don't think we're to that point."

"I'm not saying what the county should do or shouldn't do, but we've got to do something different," said Westpfahl.

Hope Creek has a shut down one wing of the facility, leaving 35 beds unoccupied.  Johnston said about 40 beds out of an available 210 remained unoccupied.

Click here to read the Hope Creek Care Center Board of Director's report, which was presented to the Committee of the Whole Wednesday, June 13.

The 5 key takeaways from the Justice Department IG report

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(CNN) — On Thursday afternoon, the Department of Justice’s Inspector General released a 500+-page report detailing the conduct of then-FBI Director James Comey — among others — during the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

The report, which had been eagerly awaited by President Donald Trump and a number of Republican members of Congress as proof positive that the FBI had been biased against him, was less a bombshell than a confirmation of already known information — sprinkled with a handful of interesting revelations.

Here are five key lines from the report that you need to know:

1. There was no evidence that the investigation into Clinton’s email server was influenced by political calculations.

“We found no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations; rather, we determined that they were based on the prosecutors’ assessment of the facts, the law, and past Department practice.”

2. Comey broke with protocol by publicly announcing that Clinton would not be prosecuted.

“We found that it was extraordinary and insubordinate for Comey to do so, and we found none of his reasons to be a persuasive basis for deviating from well-established Department policies in a way intentionally designed to avoid supervision by Department leadership over his actions.”

3. There’s no evidence Comey’s protocol breaks were driven by politics or partisanship.

“While we found no evidence that Comey’s statement was the result of bias or an effort to influence the election, we did not find his justifications for issuing the statement to be reasonable or persuasive.”

4. Peter Strzok’s texts were worse than we thought.

We knew that Strzok, an FBI agent who was involved in both the Clinton investigation and the FBI probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, had engaged in an extramarital affair with an FBI lawyer named Lisa Page. And that the two had exchanged texts mocking Trump. But, in texts released Thursday, Page asks Strzok whether Trump might actually win the White House. Strzok responds: “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”

5. The IG report couldn’t say whether Strzok’s texts biased him in the investigation.

“Under these circumstances, we did not have confidence that Strzok’s decisions to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Midyear-related investigation lead discovered on the Weiner laptop was free from bias.”

The Point: The IG report is, largely, a confirmation of previously known information. But Strzok’s text message will give Trump fodder for his case that the “deep state” was out to get him all along.

Free admission for military service members at John Deere Classic 2018

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MOLINE, Illinois-- The John Deere Classic is coming up in just a few weeks and they're making sure military service members get the VIP treatment.

As part of the JDC's Military Appreciation program, they've teamed up with Ray'z Barber Shop in Moline and Lowe's to give back to those who serve.

All military personnel currently holding a Common Access Card (CAC), as well as those who have retired from Armed Services and Veterans who have a valid ID card, will be given free admission along with 1 guest each day Thursday - Sunday during the John Deere Classic.

"Its for their families as well. There's a lot of military active and retired in this community, and its just something we wanted  to do here at Ray'z to give back."

Service members will be invited to a military outpost behind the number 18 tee for VIP viewing in an air conditioned suite.

Appropriate identification must be shown at the front gate to receive daily ticket or you may register online through SheerID. Veterans may display Department of Defense Uniform Services or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs cards, or copy of DD214 form.

 

Third viewing area added to Red White and Boom event

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DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Quad City leaders are gearing up for another memorable year of Red White and Boom.

On June 14th QC leaders held a press conference at Modern Woodmen Park, on the new happenings with this years firework event on July 3rd.

They announced Red White and Boom will host a unique fireworks display on the Mississippi River with two of the barges dueling off the celebratory show on the river beginning at 9:30 p.m.

A third viewing option called Vanderboom was added to the list of areas to watch the fireworks. The viewing area will be located in LeClaire Park in Downtown Davenport and open at 5 p.m.

"That's going to be a great addition for people who want to spread a blanket, sit on the ground bring a picnic basket and enjoy the fireworks," said Ken Croken, Chair of Red White and Boom. He said the area will also

Family Friend activities will start at 5 p.m for both Schwiebert Park and Modern Woodmen Park. Activities at Schwiebert include inflatables, food vendors and a beer garden by Bent Brewery.

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