‘Superhero’ 4-year-old donates bone marrow to baby twin brothers

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – A Philadelphia 4-year-old is being called a “superhero” after he was a match to donate life-saving bone marrow to his twin baby brothers.

Michael Pownall’s 4-month-old twin brothers, Santino and Giovanni, have chronic granulomatous disease, which is diagnosed in one in 500,000 people every year.

He will undergo the transplant to save his brothers in two weeks, WTXF reports.

“He’s just like I’m a real-life superhero. He says I’m going to save my baby brothers,” their mother Robin Pownall told WTXF.

AMAZING! Michael is donating bone marrow to his 4-month-old twin brothers Since Michael and his family appeared on #FOX29GoodDay this morning, their GoFundMe has raised $10,000! How you can help: https://t.co/KmBUgiK3jd pic.twitter.com/bPpayqB9ZB

— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) February 23, 2018

“He goes to the doctor when he gets the labs for the pre-testing and he says look how strong I am and he gives them willingly his arm to get blood work,” their mother said.

“The nurses are amazed. They’re like I cannot believe how brave he is and he really is. It gives me chills.”

Santino and Giovanni have been at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since they were born in October.

They haven’t been able to leave because the boys could be exposed to a pathogen outside of the hospital.

Michael’s older brother, Dominick, was also born with CGD, but received a stem donation from an outside donor. Michael doesn’t have the disease.

When doctors determined Michael was a match for both his brothers, he was ready to go.

“He could have said no mommy I’m too scared and I don’t want to but he’s ready to go and he’s our real-life superhero,” Pownall said.

Pownall and her fiance have had to quit their jobs to spend time at the hospital with the twins. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help them with medical bills.

The surgery takes place on March 8th.

Trump on Florida shooting: ‘I really believe I’d run in there, even if I didn’t have a weapon’

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(CNN) — President Donald Trump said Monday he would have stormed into the Florida high school to stop the gunman perpetrating the nation’s latest mass shooting “even if I didn’t have a weapon” as he lambasted the inaction of a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the school.

“I really believe I’d run in there, even if I didn’t have a weapon, and I think most of the people in this room would have done that too,” Trump told a gathering of US governors at the White House.

Signaling more than one sheriff’s deputy was at fault, Trump said they “weren’t exactly Medal of Honor winners” and said “the way they performed was frankly disgusting.”

Trump’s comment came as he addressed a gathering of US governors at the White House, where he stressed a need for action in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and listened to governors’ proposals.

Trump has signaled his support for raising the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic rifles, improving the background check system and arming teachers in the wake of the Parkland shooting, but has yet to back specific legislation that would accomplish those goals.

Last week, Trump called out Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer who stayed outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as the shooting unfolded, saying he “didn’t have the courage.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper reported last week that three other Broward County Sheriff’s deputies were also outside the school and had not entered. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them went into the school.

Let’s Move Quad Cities: Knee surgery gets U.T. basketball player back in the game


One free throw at a time,  Anuar Salinas is getting back in the game.

The sophomore at United Township High School, 16,  plays junior varsity basketball, but a pre-season knee injury put him on the bench.

"In the summer, one day, I fell on it really hard," Salinas recalled.  "I slipped, and I think I extended it.  After that, I kept on limping."

U.T.'s team doctor, Dr. Waqas Hussain, an orthopedic surgeon at ORA Orthopedics, sees more teens getting hurt playing year-round sports.

"When kids really focus on one specific sport and really dedicate themselves only to that sport, the degree of injuries has actually gone up quite a bit," said Dr. Hussain.

In this case, Dr. Hussain diagnosed a torn meniscus.  Unfortunately, non-surgical options, like physical therapy, weren't helping.

"There are certain types of injuries that don't do well unless you do surgery, and Anuar's was one of those situations," he said.

Before the operation, though, the student-athlete had some anxiety about the outcome.

"Just kind of worried to see what the future is going to hold after the surgery," he said.

During the knee surgery, Dr. Hussain used a scope and special procedure.

"He had a tear," Dr. Hussain continued.  "We were able to basically remove just the torn part of the cartilage itself, maintaining the rest of it in place."

After about two weeks of recovery at home, Anuar got back to shooting baskets.  After a month, he was cleared to play.

"He got back to playing quickly," Dr. Hussain said.  "A lot of that is not only our technique and what we do, but a testament in terms of his desire to recover."

Much like on the basketball court, it took teamwork between doctor and patient.

"Every question I had, he answered," Salinas said.  "He was a really good doctor."

Back to basketball, now, and feeling better. Something that's also rewarding for Dr. Hussain.

"It really makes you feel good," he concluded.  "That's really the reason why you go into medicine is you want to try to help people get better.  Help them get back to things that are important to them."


Thousands of dead shad choke Burlington marina

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — The late-winter thawing of an eastern Iowa marina has left anglers and birds with a smelly surprise: thousands of tiny dead shad.

Fish in Burlington’s Bluff Harbor Marina slowly ran out of oxygen during two months of freezing temperatures and ice build-up. Harbormaster Jon Billups tells the Hawk Eye that using bubblers to churn air and oxygen into the marina and keep ice down didn’t help this winter.

The ice thawing exposes the silvery fish, not much bigger than minnows, frozen where they were swimming. Billups says fishermen are invited to collect the shad to use as bait. Pelicans, gulls and eagles have already begun to make meals out of the dead fish.

The shad will likely flow into the Mississippi River as currents return to the marina.

The Mississippi River level was at about 13.3 feet Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. It rose closer to 14 feet earlier this week due to thawing ice, but is set to decline in the next few days.

Methamphetamine investigation in McDonough County results in arrest

MACOMB, Illinois — A Bushnell, Illinois man is in jail and facing multiple drug and firearms charges stemming from a months-long methamphetamine investigation conducted by the McDonough County Sheriff’s Department and other area law enforcement agencies.

According to a release from the sheriff’s department, “Operation Icemelt” began seven months ago and has led to one arrest so far with more pending.

Arrested on Feb. 22 in Bushnell was Jack E. Cooper, 35, who was taken into custody after a search warrant was executed on his home. Cooper is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm without a FOID card, possession of ammunition without a FOID card and possession of an altered firearm.

During the search, officers seized 246.7 grams of meth, morphine pills, cannabis, LSD and Psilocybin mushrooms from the home.

Cooper remains in the McDonough County Jail pending a bond hearing.

Wisconsin woman charged in Moline man’s opiod overdose death

MOLINE, Illinois — Illinois investigators are trying to extradite a Wisconsin woman wanted on a charge of drug-induced homicide for allegedly supplying the Fentanyl her estranged husband overdosed on, leading to his death.

The victim, Manuel Rico of Moline, died of the overdose at the Motel 6 on Moline’s 52nd Avenue on Dec. 9, 2017.

Detective Michael Griffin of the Moline Police Department said an autopsy revealed that Rico, 30, died of an opiod overdose. All such deaths are treated as homicides and turned over to the state’s attorney office, he added.

Facing charges in Rico’s death is Kayla Kundert, 25, of Brooklyn, Wisconsin. Griffin said Rico and Kundert are married, but had been “estranged for some time.” She is accused of procuring the drugs that Rico overdosed on.

Griffin said drug-induced homicide cases can be difficult to prove and that investigators must be able to show that the OD was caused by drugs given to the victim by the suspect.

Kundert was arrested on Feb. 24 by the Green County Wisconsin Sheriff’s Department and transported to the county jail, where she awaits an extradition hearing. Her bond is set at $100,000.

‘Underpaid’ teachers resume walkout in West Virginia as state considers injunction

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(CNN) — After a tense weekend without talks, West Virginia’s public school teachers resumed their strike on Monday — closing schools for a third day — and state officials said they may consider an injunction to stop the walkout.

Teachers and school service employees first hit the picket lines Thursday in all of the state’s 55 counties to demand better pay and benefits.

West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine said local superintendents met on Sunday to discuss the work stoppage and the possibility of legal action, which could involve an injunction.

Representatives for the state and the teachers did not meet Saturday and Sunday to work on hammering out a solution, according to Christine Campbell, president of the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia.

Teachers held a candlelight vigil at the steps of the state capitol in Charleston Sunday night, and planned to go inside the capitol on Monday to stage protests, as they did last week.

“You know, as a professional degreed teacher, working two jobs, I qualify for WIC and food stamps,” said Jacob Fertig, an art teacher at Riverside High School in Belle, in Kanawha County. WIC is the Women, Infants and Children food and nutrition service, a federal program.

“We collected on the WIC, so that’s how low teacher pay is. There were a lot of times where we got to choose between groceries and health coverage for my family. This isn’t just an issue of a bunch of people squabbling over a little bit of insurance benefits or a little bit of pay — we are really in a bad place here as far as that stuff goes.”

Governor defends legislation

The work stoppage came after Gov. Jim Justice signed legislation late Wednesday night granting teachers a 2% pay increase starting in July, followed by 1% pay increases over the next two years.

“We need to keep our kids and teachers in the classroom,” Justice said in a statement after signing the pay raise bill. “We certainly recognize our teachers are underpaid and this is a step in the right direction to addressing their pay issue.”

But the bill did not address further concerns of teachers, including issues with the teachers’ public employees insurance program, the rising costs of health care, and a tax on payroll deduction options, Campbell said.

The pay raise, which amounts to 4% over the next few years, is a reduction from an earlier version of the bill that proposed a 5% total increase in wages, Campbell said, noting that teachers in surrounding states make anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 more than teachers in West Virginia.

The state employs nearly 20,000 classroom teachers in its public schools and has more than 277,000 students enrolled, according to Alyssa Keedy of the West Virginia Department of Education.

While their teachers are picketing, students are getting some support in their communities.

Teachers’ unions organized educators and service staff members to work with food pantries to send children home with extra food in advance of the school closures. Some community centers and churches are also hosting programs for students so working parents don’t have to stay home.

Teachers walked out before, in 1990, and that strike lasted 11 days.

See all restaurants and discounts for QC Restaurant Week

It’s no secret we have world-class dining in the Quad Cities. Whether it’s lunch, dinner, casual or elegant dining, the choice is yours during the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau’s 6th annual Quad Cities Restaurant Week, now through March 4.

More than thirty Quad Cities area eateries are participating with most offering $7-$10 lunches and $15-$30 multi-course dinners! Enjoy from these great establishments.

Here is a complete list of the restaurants and discounts offered this week:

YOUR PIE LUNCH – $8.55 Select your ingredients for your 10″ Pizza, including a 20 ounce pop, and your choice of a side salad, 2 scoops of glato, or chips. You pick your dough, sauce, cheese, and toppings! (Excludes craft pizza ingredients; Add $3.95 for Gluten-free crust)

THUNDER BAY GRILLE LUNCH – $10 per person Choice of: Salmon BLT: Peppercorn seared Atlantic Salmon, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Garlic Mayo, Wholegrain Toast. All-American Burger: Certified Angus Beef, American Cheese, Thick-cut Bacon, Gourmet Bun. Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich: Buttermilk chicken breast, Chipotle Ranch, Brioche Bun, Crispy Slaw, Spicy Honey for dipping. Add an Appetizer of Gouda Mac N Cheese Bites for Only $6.00! DINNER – $20 per person Includes a choice of entree, side salad, and dessert. Drunken Sirloin Tips: Sam Adams marinated Sirloin Tips, Onion, Roasted mushroom medley, Demi-glace, Provolone, Buttermilk mashed potatoes – Chicken Marsala Ravioli Chicken filled ravioli, Roasted Mushroom Medley, Marsala cream, Peas, Shaved parmesan, Crusty bread. Chicken Tchoupitoulas Cajun: Spiced Chicken breast, Roasted potatoes, Tasso ham, Green onion, Béarnaise sauce, Blackened green beans. Dessert: Chocolate Lava Cake Warm chocolate cake, Molten chocolate center, Vanilla ice cream, Chocolate drizzle.

SIPPI’S DINNER – $20 per person. All entrees served with a choice of Salad or Soup, and a piece of our Nearly Famous Bread Pudding. Choice of Entree: Stuffed 14 oz Tomahawk pork chop with Monterey sauce served with house garlic toast and potato. Grilled 8 oz. yellow fin tuna fillet with cucumber wasabi sauce, served with house garlic toast and rice. 8 oz ribeye steak with shrimp scampi: Served with house garlic toast and potato

PAGALO’S PIZZERIA LUNCH – $8 per person. Enjoy a Lunch Special of Pick Two (personal-sized pizza, salad or soup) and a small gelato flavor of your choice Serving lunch 11 am-3 pm. DINNER – $25 Choose any 1 large pizza from their Traditional, Specialty, or Gourmet Pizzas (no substitutions) and Get a warm Chocolate Chunk Cookie from their wood-fired oven. Serving dinner 3 pm to close.

ME & BILLY LUNCH – Darn Big Grilled Cheese or Deluxe Grilled Cheese with Soup $10. Substitute fries for a side salad or soup for FREE with purchase of any sandwich or burger (excluding Toasted Brie Salad). DINNER – FREE Old Fashioned Cheese Curds, Pomme Frites, or Salad with purchase of 2 Trademarks.

LAVENDER CREST WINERY LUNCH – $9.99 per person Pick Two Combo. 1/2 Deli Sandwich or 1/2 Vegetarian Wrap with a Cup of Soup or Garden Salad. Receive your choice of one complimentary item: Wine sample, refillable coffee or iced tea, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream with topping.

JOHNNY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE LUNCH – $10 per person. 1/2 of the Johnny Sandwich, 1/2 Harvest Salad. The Johnny Sandwich is grilled chicken breast and sliced tomato topped with Johnny’s own Caesar salad and crisp prosciutto on grilled sourdough. This sandwich is worthy of the namesake! 1/2 Harvest Salad: Frenched chicken breast, spring mix, candied pecans, sliced apples, goat cheese crumbles, dried cranberries, honey cider vinaigrette. DINNER – $30 per person. Appetizer: 1/2 order of Skillet Potatoes. Entree: Stuffed French Pork chop stuffed with goat cheese, spinach, and pine nuts with Madeira sauce. Served with Johnny’s Brussel Sprouts. Dessert: Mini Cannolis.

COOL BEANZ COFFEEHOUSE LUNCH – $10 per person. Gourmet Grilled Cheese with a Cup of Soup and Coffee or Tea.——————- DINNER – $15 Flatbread Pizza, Glass of Wine/Beer or Latte, Mixed Berry Blossom Dessert.

BREW IN THE VILLAGE LUNCH – 30% OFF Brew Flatbreads: Chicken Pesto, Buffalo Chicken, BLT, Brie & Prosciutto, Veggie, Chipotle BBQ Pork Belly. DINNER – $15 per person. Smoked Chicken Breast with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Asparagus Side Salad Dessert (Brownie or Cookie).

BASS STREET CHOP HOUSE DINNER – $30 per person (Three Course Dinner). Appetizer: Single Serving of Portabella Fries Choice of House Salad or Soup. Choice of Entree: 6 oz. Filet Mignon, 12 oz. USDA Choice NY Strip, Grilled Chutney Salmon, 20 oz. Double Cut Bone-in Iowa Pork Chop, Chef’s Fresh Fish Feature.

BARLEY & RYE BISTRO DINNER – $30 per person (Four Course Dinner) Choose any appetizer, soup or salad, and entree from the regular menu. Dessert is Chef’s Choice. Choice of Appetizer: Fried Pickles, Boetje’s Whiskey Cheese Curds, Bacon Cheddar Corn Dogs, Warm Spinach & Goat Cheese, Roasted Turkey Nachos, Asian Calamari, Smoked Bacon Poutine, Sweet Potato Skins. Choice of Soup or Salad: Bistro Salad or Soup of the Day. Choice of Entree: Country Fried Chicken Sandwich, Turkey Burger, Duck Burger, Bison Burger, Smoked Bacon Poutine Burger, Alaskan Cod Fish & Chips, Brisket & Cornbread, Duck Marsala, Steak & Frites, Crispy Chicken & Smoked Gouda Linguine, Steak Carbonara, Scallop & Bacon Linguine

APPLEBEE’S LUNCH Spend between $7-10 (per check) at Lunch, and receive a FREE Brownie Bite Dessert!

THE MACHINE SHED LUNCH – $8 per person. Choose one of the following sandwiches served with French Fries: Pork Tenderloin Sandwich (breaded or unbreaded), Beef Brisket Chicken Bacon Dijon Reuben, Turkey Reuben. DINNER – $15 per person (Two Course Dinner) Served with the Shed’s fresh baked bread and Family style fixins’ Choice of Entree: Old Fashioned Pot Roast, Cattleman’s Sirloin Tips, Hand-Battered Chicken Tender Dinner, Grilled Chicken Breast Dinner, Classic Fried Chicken, Beef Liver & Onions, Plowman’s Meatloaf Dinner, Roast Turkey & Dressing, Country Fried Steak or Chicken. Finish with the Shed’s Famous Homemade Apple Dumplings.

THE J BAR LUNCH – $10 per person Choose one of the following: The J Bar Prime Burger, Bacon Jam BLT Sourdough, Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich. Sandwiches include Chips and a Cup of Homemade Soup. DINNER – $25 per person (Three Courses) First Course: Tossed Salad Choice of Entree. Steak Gorgonzola: Grilled Top Sirloin, Smashed Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, Mushroom Gorgonzola. Demi-Glaze Buttermilk Sage Chicken: Pan-Fried Chicken, Smashed Potatoes, Buttermilk Sage Sauce, Roasted Corn O’Brien. Herb Spiced Salmon: Moroccan Spiced Faroe Island Salmon Filet, Brown Rice, Roasted Vegetables, Saffron Aioli – Bacon Cheddar Mac Bacon, Cheddar Cheese Dessert: Petite Tequi-lime Cheesecake Lime Zest, Tequila Creme, Candied Key Lime.

PANINI & FRIENDS LUNCH – $8.50 Panini of Choice, 20 oz. Drink, and 8 oz. Side (macaroni or pasta salad, coleslaw, or chips).

MISS MAMIE’S LUNCH 1/2 Sandwich & Soup – $8: Our 1/2 Sandwich of the Day paired with a Bowl of Soup. Burger du jour – $10. Chef’s choice of burger of the day served with fruit or fries. Lunch served 11 am-4 pm. DINNER All entrees are served with one salad choice and dessert. Entree Choices: 1/2 lb. Boneless Catfish Fillet: $15. Breaded and deep-fried with house made tartar sauce. Includes choice of side.  Shrimp & Grits: $15. A Southern favorite. Medium shrimp in a creole tomato sauce over creamy stone ground grits topped with crumbled bacon. Caribbean Steak & Shrimp – $20. Jerk-seasoned 7 oz. sirloin and three jumbo coconut battered shrimp with choice of side. Salad Choices: Caesar, Tossed, Spinach, Walnut, Garlic Dessert Choice: Mini Cheesecake.

JUMER’S – BLUE SQUARE CAFÉ All Day Special – $12 First Course: Choice of Soup of the Day or House Salad Entree: 1/2 Reuben or 1/4 lb. Western Burger.

JUMER’S – DJ’S STEAKHOUSE DINNER – $25 First Course: Choice of Wedge Salad or Caesar Salad Entree: Choice of Pan-Seared Salmon with Risotto or 12 oz New York Strip.

VIVA LUNCH – $9.99 per person Includes a soft drink. Choose from Nachos Your Way: Agave BBQ Pork carnitas or chorizo chili served on House-fried tortilla chips, Gaujilo chili creme, House made Pico de Gallo, and micro cilantro. Santa Fe Salad: Fresh ripped iceburg lettuce with black beans, corn, cheese, and tomatoes tossed in a spicy ranch, topped with 16-spice chicken. Veggie Chili Rellenos Burrito: Roasted pepper stuffed with cheese and rolled with avocado, rice, and creme in a housemade flour tortilla. Served with black beans and Lupe rice. Add steak, shrimp, or chicken for $3.95. DINNER – $24.99 per person. Includes a soft drink. NY Steak Pepian 14 oz cumin dusted New York Strip steak seared to perfection, served on housemade Yucatan inspired Pepian sauce and chayote succotash. Before or after dinner, visit the rooftop bar “UP” for the best view in the Quad Cities!

THE PHOENIX DINNER – $25 per person. Includes Choice of Salad, Entree, and Cheesecake. Pistachio Salmon: 8 oz wild caught Atlantic salmon filet topped with Boetje’s mustard, lemon, panko bread crumbs and ground pistachios, baked and paired with our rice pilaf & vegetable medley.  Lemon Basil Salmon: 8 oz wild caught Atlantic salmon filet grilled with herbs & topped with lemon basil crème sauce. Served with mushroom rice pilaf & vegetable medley. Sesame Encrusted Ahi Tuna: 8 oz wild caught Ahi Yellow Fin tuna filet pan seared with sesame oil & blackening spices & topped with a pineapple orange sesame glaze. Served with mushroom rice pilaf & Asian slaw. Shrimp Scampi Alfredo: Sauteed shrimp, broccoli & bruschetta mix tossed with fettuccine in a garlic herb Alfredo & served with garlic cheese toast. Cody Road Bourbon Pork: Grilled pork steak topped with our house-made Mississippi Distillery Cody Road Bourbon sauce. Served with vegetable medley & mushroom rice pilaf. Cajun Panko Whitefish: A meaty white Swai filet coated with Cajun panko breading & baked. Served with mushroom rice pilaf, our signature vegetable medley & drizzled with chipotle pineapple glaze. Phoenix Marsala: Grilled chicken breast atop our savory mushroom rice pilaf, covered in a non-traditional orange marsala wine sauce with carrots & bell peppers. Dessert: A piece of our made from scratch cheesecake

RIVER HOUSE ALL DAY SPECIAL – $7.99 per person Fish and Chips Special

MO BRADY’S – All entrees are served with one salad choice, one side choice, and dessert. Choice of Entree: BBQ Baby Back Ribs – $15 – Half rack, tender baby back pork ribs. Hickory smoked in house, then glazed with our house-made barbeque sauce.  Pan-Seared Salmon – $20 –  Perfectly grilled fresh salmon from the Faroe Islands. 12 oz. New York Strip – $25 – Grilled to perfection. Choice of Salad: Caesar, Tossed, Spinach, Garlic, Bleu Cheese Wedge. Choice of Side: Loaded Baked Potato, Rice Pilaf, Mashed Potatoes, French Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Steamed Broccoli, American Fries, Seasonal Vegetables, Mac & Cheese. Dessert: Mini Cheesecake

KELLER’S DINNER – $24.95 per person. Cast-iron Seared NY Strip, Shrimp Scampi, and your choice of two sides.

JOHNNY’S PIZZA LUNCH – $7 per person. Slice of Pizza, Side Salad, and a soda or water. DINNER Dinner for Two for $20. 10″ Pizza, Salad, and a Slice of Cheesecake. Family Combo – $25. 20″ pizza, One Pazzo, and one 2-liter of Pop (add 10″ dessert Strudel for $5). Pizzas can be upgraded to specialty pizzas for an additional $1.50 for a 10″ and $2.50 for 20″.

IGOR’S BISTRO LUNCH – $8.99. Each entree is served with your choice of side. Choose from cup of soup, house-cut fries, jalapeno coleslaw, or pasta salad. Choice of Entree: The Goblin: Brat Burger topped with pepper jack cheese and jalapeno coleslaw. Burger Basket: 1/4 lb. of fresh, premium beef, cheese, pickle, and onion on a toasted Kaiser roll. Frankenstein Fry Basket: House-cut fries tossed with onion, peppers, spices, and crispy chicken tenders. Croissant Sandwich: Enjoy your choice of ham and Swiss or turkey and provolone – Cobb Salad (excludes sides).

CAFÉ ONE ELEVEN LUNCH – $8 per person. Chopped Salad, Southwest Chicken Salad, Fettuccini Alfredo, or Marinara Buffalo Style Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich, One Eleven Burger, or American Burger Pork Tenderloin Sandwich, Grilled Raspberry Chicken Wrap, One Eleven Club Sandwich, Tuna Melt Grilled, or Breaded Chicken Sandwich. Soup or Salad and ½ Sandwich Grilled Breast of Chicken.

BIERSTUBE (MOLINE AND LECLAIRE) LUNCH – $8 per person – Sausage Dinner: Two specialty sausages, served with homemade sauerkraut, marble rye bread, and one side. Award Winning Reuben: Choice of Corned Beef, Turkey, or Boston. Served with a side. Portabella Sandwich: Marinated portabella mushroom, sautéed peppers & onions, munster cheese on marble rye. Served with a side. European Splitter: Grilled bratwurst topped with marinated roast beef and munster cheese. Served with one side. Salads: Bierstube Garden, Hawaiian, Southwest, Grilled or Crispy Chicken. All served with cheese toast. – Burgers Classic with cheese, Bierstube Burger, Old West Burger, Portabella Bleu Cheese Burger, or Patty Melt. Served with a side. DINNER – Dinner for Two for $25. Choose One Appetizer to Share: Bavarian Pretzels & Cheese, Onion Rings, Wing Dings, Tater Tumblers. Each Choose a Specialty Meal: Sausage Dinner: Two specialty sausages, served with homemade sauerkraut, marble rye bread, and two sides. Award Winning Reuben Choice of Corned Beef, Turkey, or Boston, served with one side. Brat Sliders: 2 award-winning bratwurst slider patties on pretzel buns served with two sides. Jagerschnitzel: Beer-battered pork cutlet served with portabella mushroom gravy or traditional with lemon. Served with two sides. Shrimp Po Boy: Battered shrimp with lettuce, tomato & homemade remoulade inside a sourdough hoagie. Served with one side. Portabella Sandwich: Marinated portabella mushroom, sautéed peppers & onions, munster cheese on marble rye. Salads: Bierstube Garden, Hawaiian, Southwest, Grilled or Crispy Chicken. All served with cheese toast.

GRANITE CITY LUNCH – $9.99 per person. Includes choice of entree; choice of cup of soup, cole slaw, Caesar salad, or French Fries, and choice of dessert. Entree Choices: Bennie Mac & Cheese, Bedda Chedda Burger, Margherita Flatbread, Buffalo Chicken Wrap. Dessert: Choice of Cookie Sundae or Brownie Sundae. DINNER – $25 (Three Course Dinner) First Course: Choice of House Salad or Cup of Soup of the Day. Second Course: Choice of Entree: Ponzu Glazed Salmon – Broad Axe Stout-Braised Beef Short Ribs – Top Sirloin – Chicken Asparagus Linguini. Third Course: Mini Desserts – Choice of Cookie Sundae or Brownie Sundae.

DRIFTWOOD PUB LUNCH/DINNER Specials – Fish Tacos – $9. Catfish Basket – $9. Pork Tenderloin – $8. Pulled Pork Sandwich – $7. Classic Burger Basket – $6. Starter Specials: Warm Pretzel – $6. Wings – $8.

BIX BISTRO LUNCH Includes choice of French Fries, Pasta Salad, House Chips, or Fresh-cut Fruit. Soba Bowl – $7 Soba noodles, Fresh market vegetables, Sweet chili. Lemon Lobster Roll – $9 Fresh chilled lobster salad, Lemon grass mayo, Watercress leaf, Peppadew peppers. DINNER Each entree includes choice of Caesar salad, Davenport club salad, or Soup, and a house made dessert from our pastry chef. Forest Mushroom Filet – $25. Grilled fillet of Angus beef tenderloin, dill cream sauce, forest mushrooms, pan-fried Yukon Gold potatoes. Single Barrel Salmon – $22. Grilled fillet of fresh Atlantic salmon, single barrel whiskey glaze, pan-fried Brussel sprouts, carrots, prosciutto, Meyer lemon parmesan whipped potato. Black Truffle Fettuccini – $15. Italian black truffles, black & white al dente pasta, roasted cauliflower, mushroom, lemon gremolata, truffle butter cream sauce.

BIAGGI’S LUNCH – $8.00 per person. Half and Half Combo: Choice of two of the following per guest: Choice of Soup or Salad, Any 1/2 Sandwich,  Any 1/2 Pizza, or 1/2 Pasta Selection (Farfalle Alfredo, Lasagna Bolognese, Ziti Al Forno, Rigatoni Bolognese, Toscana, Spaghetti, Wild Boar Ragu). DINNER – $30 per person (Three Course Dinner) Choice of Soup or Starter Salad, Choice of Any Pasta or Entree (excluding 8 oz Filet Mignon), Choice of Any Dessert.

BENT RIVER BREWING CO. – MOLINE LUNCH – $10 per person. Taki-dusted Panko Breaded Pork Tenderloin with House brined pickles and onions with choice of side.



Naked man on ATV goes on wild ride in Kansas City

CLAYCOMO, MO (KCTV) -- Authorities took a man into custody on Sunday after he led them on a pursuit riding naked on a stolen ATV.

He was arrested at the old Sam's Town Casino location near Interstate 435 and Highway 210. The effort to contain the man lasted about 20 minutes.

Around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the pursuit went near the Ford Assembly Plant in Claycomo. The pursuit continued and flew past Worlds of Fun. The ATV driver also went on and off I-435 multiple times.

Police followed the driver closely until they were able to make an arrest.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office confirms the man was taken into custody near the old Sam's Town Casino location.

Police say the bizarre incident started at about 2:18 p.m. after Shoal Creek police officers were dispatched after the naked man was seen driving the ATV through people's yards. Officers attempted to stop the man but he sped off and made his way to the interstate.

Officers pursued the man to a set of train tracks near the casino where he hit two railway junction boxes and was thrown from the ATV.

The man tried to run from authorities but was arrested and taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Videos of the bizarre scene have been shared hundreds of times on social media.

Jess Fishell's video has been viewed over one million times on Facebook. The driver flew past them on I-435.

"I look over and I see a yellow ATV just come up on the road," Fishell said. "I said, 'dude you're gonna get arrested on the highway.' He was naked. It's something my grandma used to say - naked as a jaybird."

Fishell and his friend were on their way home from the shooting range and running late to a family dinner.

He said what struck him about the driver - outside of being naked, of course - was how calm he was.

"I couldn't be that calm in public naked," Fishell said. "I'd be freaking out having an anxiety attack."

No one was injured.

Officers say the man stole the ATV from the 9000 block of Sam Ray Road.

Police are unsure at this time why the man was naked.

Authorities say the man was involved in an earlier car chase with Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers, where he bailed from a vehicle.

Here to go, from @KCTV5 https://t.co/3qVG7BJXfU pic.twitter.com/is1Ycvr80V

— Clay County Sheriff (@SheriffClayCo) February 25, 2018

The banana phone is back! There’s a new Nokia 8110

(CNN Money) — The banana phone is back.

A startup that licenses the Nokia phone brand has unveiled a new version of the 8110, a curved mobile phone that was first released in 1996 and featured in “The Matrix.”

The phone, which is offered in banana yellow and black, will sell for $97. It comes loaded with a new version of the game Snake, Finnish startup HMD said in a statement.

“This is a return to the glory years of Nokia,” said Ian Fogg, senior analyst at IHS Markit. “But it also includes all the new technology.”

The 8110 comes with 4G, and a handful of apps including Google Maps, Facebook and Twitter. But it doesn’t have a flashy operating system and users won’t be able to download other popular apps.

Fogg said that basic — or “feature” — phones are appealing because they are reliable, and can run for a long time on a single charge. The 8110 goes 25 days in standby mode, for example.

Nokia used to be the world’s largest maker of mobile phones, but it struggled to adapt to the era of smartphones and compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung.

Microsoft purchased the company’s handset business in 2013, but later unwound the deal. Nokia now focuses on making technology for telecommunications networks.

HMD, which has licensed the Nokia brand since 2016, sold over 70 million handsets in 2017, according to IHS. That puts its sales, on an annualized basis, in the same league as Sony and Lenovo.

“HMD’s strategy clearly aims to return Nokia to be a mobile market leader, even if it’s too early for HMD to realistically target displacing Samsung or Apple,” Fogg said.

Related: Remember the first phone you owned?

Nokia marketed the original 8110 as “the first of its kind in terms of its ergonomics.” Its battery lasted up to six days, and it was able to store 16 ring tones and up to 324 names and numbers.

“It feels good in the hand and fits into any pocket. The revolutionary curved design fits the natural shape of your face,” the company said in a press release at the time.

Officials: Iowa flu death toll triple what it was last year

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Public Health Department says in its latest report that 157 Iowa residents have died of flu-related illnesses since Oct. 1 — the worst flu season since the swine flu outbreak in 2009.

The department says that at this point last flu season, just 50 confirmed flu deaths had been reported in Iowa.

A federal report released Friday says there are signs the national outbreak could be easing, but illness rates remain higher than normal.

Public health experts say a flu shot is still worth getting. Vaccinated patients can still come down with the flu, but their symptoms are likely to be briefer and less severe.

Symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. The illness typically lasts two to seven days.

GMQC starts Restaurant Week at The Phoenix

All week long, Good Morning Quad Cities is taking you on a culinary trip across the QC! This morning, we were live at The Phoenix Restaurant in downtown Davenport.

The restaurant has been a staple in downtown Davenport for eight years now. Their best-seller is the Blackened Chicken Alfredo and house-made cheesecake. And they aren't small slices around here!

Chef Justin Burns has more than 13 years of experience in the kitchen and he's a local guy, born and raised in the Quad Cities. He is most proud of his gourmet soups.

With hand-crafted food, you'd expect a high price-point but entrees average around twenty dollars. Heather Doxstader, the event coordinator of The Phoenix says, "People think we are super fancy, but we are quite affordable. We have a price point for everyone."

If you're in the mood for a night out, the restaurant is busiest when there are events at the nearby Adler Theatre. People rave about the "Purple Nerd Martini," which is one of more than 40 different martinis on the menu.

Here is the dining special for The Phoenix during Quad Cities Restaurant Week (February 26-March 3):

DINNER - $25 per person

Includes Choice of Salad, Entree, and Cheesecake

Choice of Salad:
House, Caesar, Bacon Brussel Sprout, Cranberry Walnut

Choice of Entree:
- Pistachio Salmon
8 oz wild caught Atlantic salmon filet topped with Boetje’s mustard, lemon, panko bread crumbs and ground pistachios, baked and paired with our rice pilaf & vegetable medley.

- Lemon Basil Salmon
8 oz wild caught Atlantic salmon filet grilled with herbs & topped with lemon basil crème sauce. Served with mushroom rice pilaf & vegetable medley.

- Sesame Encrusted Ahi Tuna
8 oz wild caught Ahi Yellow Fin tuna filet pan seared with sesame oil & blackening spices & topped with a pineapple orange sesame glaze. Served with mushroom rice pilaf & Asian slaw.

- Shrimp Scampi Alfredo
Sauteed shrimp, broccoli & bruschetta mix tossed with fettucini in a garlic herb alfredo & served with garlic cheese toast.

- Cody Road Bourbon Pork
Grilled pork steak topped with our house-made Mississippi Distillery Cody Road Bourbon sauce. Served with vegetable medley & mushroom rice pilaf.

- Cajun Panko Whitefish
A meaty white Swai filet coated with Cajun panko breading & baked.  Served with mushroom rice pilaf, our signature vegetable medley & drizzled with chipotle pineapple glaze.

- Phoenix Marsala
Grilled chicken breast atop our savory mushroom rice pilaf, covered in a non-traditional orange marsala wine sauce with carrots & bell peppers.

A piece of our made from scratch cheesecake.

This offer is only valid during QC Restaurant Week.

Story of the ‘worst roommate ever’ is a must-read

Jamison Bachman (Montgomery County DA’s Office)

New York magazine calls it “the worst roommate story you’ll ever read”—and that’s no exaggeration, as many readers of the viral piece have pointed out on Twitter.

William Brennan’s harrowing longform on Jamison Bachman starts with the story of Alex Miller, a Philadelphia woman looking for a roommate via Craigslist last March. “Jed Creek” responded to her ad and the 60-year-old seemed like a perfect fit—but, as Miller discovered after he started exhibiting bizarre and threatening behavior toward her, “Creek” was actually Bachman, a “serial squatter” who used his knowledge of tenancy laws to terrorize roommates, ultimately sending a dozen of them “into court and often from their home.”

His motivation did not seem to be financial, Brennan writes: Rather, “he seemed to relish the anguish of those who had taken him in without realizing that they would soon be pulled into a terrifying battle for their home.”

Bachman started by making ever-so-slightly unsettling changes to his roommates’ homes, things like moving furniture or taking lightbulbs from common areas for his own use. Eventually his behavior escalated—he would clog toilets with his cat’s litter, refuse to pay rent based on something minor like a messy living room or a cigarette butt in the toilet bowl, threaten legal action, and even sometimes get violent.

All the while he would refuse requests to move out, ultimately forcing the roommate to sue him. Brennan’s piece delves into Bachman’s affluent upbringing and how a promising childhood and adolescence devolved into a paranoid young adulthood after he witnessed the murder of a friend in college, a fractured relationship with his family—and from there, the roommate exploits.

As the situation between Bachman and Miller crescendoed, things took a sharp and tragic turn. Brennan’s full piece is absolutely worth a read.

This article originally appeared on Newser: Story of the ‘Worst Roommate Ever’ Is a Must-Read

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9 million fewer Americans expected to have health insurance in 2019

(CNN Money) — About 9 million fewer Americans will have health insurance next year thanks to the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress, a new report estimates.

Congress’ elimination of the individual mandate, which takes effect in 2019, and a trio of moves by President Donald Trump are expected to fuel the decrease, the Urban Institute said.

Trump’s actions include the discontinuation of federal support of a key Obamacare subsidy, the reduction of advertising and assistance for Obamacare’s open enrollment season and the proposed expansion of short-term insurance policies. The Congressional Budget Office does not consider consumers with such policies to be insured.

The president and Congressional Republicans say they want to give Americans more options when it comes to health insurance, including the choice of whether to buy insurance at all.

The individual mandate, one of Obamacare’s least popular provisions, requires nearly all Americans to get coverage or pay a penalty. The CBO estimated in November that 4 million fewer people would be insured in 2019 because healthier people would be less likely to buy policies without the mandate in place.

Related: 8 ways Trump hurt Obamacare in his first year

The Urban Institute estimated that the mandate’s elimination, as well as the reduced federal support of open enrollment, would leave 6.4 million fewer people with coverage by 2019.

Last week, the Trump administration proposed regulations that will make it easier to obtain short-term health insurance plans by allowing insurers to sell policies that last just under a year. The duration of these policies, which don’t have to adhere to the Affordable Care Act’s consumer protections, had been limited to three months by the Obama administration.

Health Secretary Alex Azar said that short-term policies will give Americans more choices so they can find coverage that meets their needs. Rates will likely be lower for younger and healthier Americans since these policies’ premiums are based on consumers’ health status and the plans don’t have to offer as many benefits as those on the Obamacare exchanges.

Related: Trump administration unveils alternative to Obamacare

About 2.5 million people who would have been otherwise insured will opt for short-term policies next year instead, the Urban Institute estimates.

Combined, the elimination of the individual mandate and the expansion of short-term plans will likely cause premiums for Obamacare policies to increase an average of 18.2% next year in the 43 states that do not prohibit or limit such policies, according to the Urban Institute.

Your Money: What’s Going Wrong With Walmart?

MOLINE - Every Monday on Good Morning Quad Cities, Investment Advisor Mark Grywacheski joins us live on the air to talk about a range of financial issues and topics.

On Monday, February 26th, "Your Money With Mark" focuses on Walmart's worst daily stock price decline in its 48-year history. He also talked about why we should continue to expect volatility in the stock market, due to some news that came out last week.

Animal rescuers demand justice for neglected and abused dogs

CLINTON, Iowa-- On Sunday afternoon Clinton residents and local animal activists are showed support for dogs that were abused earlier on Wednesday February 21st.

They gathered at the home where animal rescuers from the Clinton Humane Society say eight dogs were found in a home with no power, no heat, or water. One dog was found dead in a trash can.

Officers from the Clinton Police Department charged Teresa Muhs with nine counts of animal neglect Friday, February 23.

But some residents and animal rescuers say the charges is not enough.

"We owe them to fight for them now we owe them they were tortured," said Shai Lemke, animal rescuer.

They are pushing for an Iowa Bill SF 2181 in the Senate to increase harsher punishment for animal abusers.

"We just don't have those laws it's not like (police) want to give these people a slap on the wrist, it's that they dont have the ability to charge them with anything other than what's on the books," Margaret Stafford, Clinton resident and Professional Humane Educator.

Jennifer Gerdes from the  Clinton Humane Society say the surviving dogs are being treated for infections and are on pain medication.

"They were in very horrible shape with many wounds and very defeated," said Gerdes.

Gerdes says the humane society has received an overwhelming response from the community in donations for the animals. For now the dogs will be kept in area away from the public for their well being and to help their road to recovery.





A warm end to February, but a chilly start to March

What a gorgeous end to the weekend! We’ll remain mostly clear tonight, and it will be chilly with lows in the mid 20s.

However, we’ll warm up quickly tomorrow into the mid 50s! On top of that, there will be plenty of sunshine. Highs will peak on Tuesday as temperatures climb into the low 60s! Cloud cover will begin to increase late on Tuesday and into Wednesday. We may see a few showers on Wednesday, and that will knock our highs back into the upper 50s.

Our next storm system will be bringing in widespread rain on Wednesday night into Thursday morning. As this system passes, much cooler air will be filtering in during the day. In addition, it’s likely that the rain will completely change to snow on Thursday. We’ll see temperatures fall into the 40s and 30s for the first day of March.

Meteorologist Taylor Graham