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Burlington 9th Grader Found at Dad’s Place

A 14-YEAR OLD BURLINGTON GIRL WITH A PENCHANT FOR DISAPPEARING WAS FOUND YESTERDAY(SUN) AT HER DAD’S HOUSE, ONE WEEK AFTER BEING REPORTED MISSING BY HER FAMILY. POLICE LOCATED BHS FRESHMAN TAYLOR AVERY AT THE GREEN ACRES MOBILE HOME PARK NORTH OF BURLINGTON LATE SUNDAY MORNING AND SHE WAS OKAY.   AUTHORITIES SAY SHE’S RUN AWAY MORE THAN A-HALF-DOZEN TIMES SINCE LAST SUMMER. Continue Reading

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Most Weekend Snow Went North of Us

WE GOT OUR SNOW…AND, AS PREDICTED, WE DIDN’T GET A LOT OF IT. BURLINGTON RECEIVED UP TO AN INCH…FORT MADISON 1.3…MUSCATINE GOT AS MUCH AS 2 1/2 INCHES…BUT MOST OF THE OTHER REPORTING STATIONS IN OUR LISTENING AREA RECEIVED AN INCH-AND-A-QUARTER OR LESS. NEW WINDSOR IN MERCER COUNTY RECEIVED 1.2…AN INCH FELL ON GOOD HOPE IN MCDONOUGH COUNTY AND NEAR CAMBRIDGE IN HENRY COUNTY, ILLINOIS…EIGHT-TENTHS-OF-AN-INCH IN VAN BUREN COUNTY’S VILLAGE OF CANTRIL…AND POINT-4 INCHES IN THE COLUSA AREA.  

THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF WEATHER-RELATED TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS ALREADY, SOME SERIOUS AND OTHERS NOT SO MUCH…AND BURLINGTON POLICE CHIEF DOUG BEAIRD SAYS YOU NEED TO SLOW DOWN…INCREASE YOUR FOLLOWING DISTANCE…AND DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE CITY’S PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AT 753-8119 DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS. Continue Reading

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Burlington Council to Consider VenuWorks Contract…at Last

THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE THIS(MON) AFTERNOON ON A 123-PAGE CONTRACT WITH VENU-WORKS, TO MANAGE AND MARKET MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM. VENU-WORKS SPOKESMAN JOE BRIGLIA SAYS THE AGREEMENT WILL MEAN MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, MORE SHOWS AND, PRESUMABLY, MORE REVENUE.  

TODAY’S(MON) SPECIAL MEETING BEGINS AT 4:30 AND WILL DEAL WITH THAT MATTER ONLY. AFTERWARDS, THE COUNCIL WILL TRANSITION INTO ITS EVERY OTHER MONDAY WORK SESSION, DURING WHICH NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET WILL BE DISCUSSED, ALONG WITH A NUMBER OF OTHER TOPICS.  

THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO ATTEND. Continue Reading

Science Announces Success Against Blood Cancers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Doctors are reporting a major advance against leukemia and other blood cancers.  

They say an experimental treatment, gene therapy, is giving strikingly high success rates in tests on more than 120 patients with various types of leukemia, lymphoma and other blood and bone marrow cancers. The treatment involves removing certain white blood cells from a patient, altering them in a lab to contain a gene that attacks cancer, and returning them to the patient. In one study, all five adults and 19 of 22 children with one type of leukemia had a complete remission, meaning no cancer could be found after treatment, although a few have relapsed since then. Doctors will describe the studies at an American Society of Hematology conference that began Saturday in New Orleans. Continue Reading

National Weather Forecast an Icy One

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Virginia Emergency Management spokeswoman says a major, incoming storm has the potential to be a “historic ice event” today.  

In Tennessee, police in Memphis are urging motorists to stay home altogether this morning if they can. Many roads in the state are icy. The powerful storm system is aiming at the densely populated Eastern seaboard today and Northeast after that. Forecasters said the potent system already has blamed for numerous power outages and thousands of weekend flight cancellations. Continue Reading

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Mandela Honored on Day of “Prayer and Reflection”

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans flocked to houses of worship for a national day of prayer and reflection to honor former President Nelson Mandela, starting planned events to commemorate the liberation struggle icon that will culminate in what is expected to be one of the biggest funerals in modern times. A national memorial service for the man who, as the country’s first black president, forged a new multiracial South Africa after helping to dismantle apartheid, will be held at a Johannesburg stadium on Tuesday. His body will lie in state at the Union Buildings, the seat of government, in the nation’s capital, Pretoria, from Wednesday to Friday, followed by his funeral and burial in the village where he spent his childhood in a remote rural part of the country next Sunday. Continue Reading

Storms Blamed for Broken Illinois Wind Turbines

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The company that operates an eastern Illinois wind-energy farm where two blades recently broke off a turbine near a school says last month’s severe storms may be to blame.  

Invenergy says the 159-foot blades broke off the turbine north of Oakwood and near Oakwood Junior High on the night of November 20th, three days after powerful storms tore across Illinois. Oakwood is about 30 miles east of Champaign. The company tells The News-Gazette in Champaign that the storms may have been damaged by the November 17th storms.

No one was injured by the falling blades. Continue Reading

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Frigid Weather Makes for Slow Towboat Salvage

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Salvage operations for a sunken towboat on the Mississippi River at LeClaire have been slowed as workers cope with below-freezing temperatures expected to linger for days.  

The Quad-City Times reports that workers had hoped to raise the bow of the sunken Stephen Colby by Friday, but were unable to do so. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jaclyn Young says workers are able to spend only two hours outside before they must be cycled through a warming tent. Divers are only allowed only 30 minutes in the water. A second salvage team arrived Saturday to help float the 144-foot towboat that sank November 25th off the LeClaire levee. Continue Reading

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Snow Possible in SE Iowa; Mainly Just Cold

The National Weather Service said high temperatures in the single digits would continue Saturday in most of the state, while southern portions of Iowa had temperatures forecast around 20 degrees. Snow is expected overnight and will likely continue throughout Sunday, with accumulations of 4 to 5 inches in western Iowa. Most of the state is expecting between 1 and 3 inches. Bitter cold will hang on well into the week, with the weather service predicting lows to hover around zero Monday and Tuesday before falling to 10-below in northern Iowa on Wednesdays. Lows in the south on Wednesday should climb to 15 degrees. Continue Reading

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Blackhawks Lose Another Road Game; Mepo Dominates Mellinger Meet

IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL: THE SCC MEN LOST TO KIRKWOOD 79-68, WHILE THE SCC WOMEN BEAT JEFFERSON COLLEGE IN OVERTIME 74-71.  

THE IOWA MEN DEFEATED DRAKE 83-66…IOWA’S WOMEN DEMOLISHED IDAHO STATE 95-47. THE IOWA STATE MEN BEAT NORTHERN IOWA 91-82 IN OVERTIME…AND IT WAS THE WESTERN ILLINOIS MEN HANDLING GRACE BIBLE COLLEGE 77-43.  

AT THE DICK MELLINGER INVITATIONAL WRESTLING MEET IN BURLINGTON, THE TOP-RANKED(IN 2A) MEDIAPOLIS BULLDOGS EASILY OUTSCORED THE HOST GRAYHOUNDS 436 TO 314. KEOKUK PLACED THIRD WITH 301 TEAM POINTS, FOLLOWED BY DEWITT CENTRAL, OTTUMWA AND DAVENPORT NORTH. Continue Reading