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September 23, 2014 - 07:29 PM
Q-C Local News Summary

`Always remember': Anne Frank's stepsister speaks at Rock Island event :   Her message, in a thick European accent, was clear for the hundreds listening on Sunday evening at the Tri-City Jewish Center. Eva Schloss, Holocaust survivor and Anne Frank's stepsister, spoke about her own memories, about her stepsister, and why it's important for people to remember these things today. She was the featured speaker at Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Q-C bike commuters raise awareness :   Each weekday morning, Bob Tallitsch hops on a bicycle and pedals five miles from his Moline home to his job as a biology professor at Augustana College in Rock Island. It's a year-round routine the 32-year prof has enjoyed for three years, since he gave his daughter his car to use at college in Indianapolis. "It's fun," Mr. Tallitsch said. "It's healthy for me."

R.I. schools losing friend in retiring band director :   He's known for quirky novelty ties -- he has more than 120 -- and is called "Mr. Wonderful" by his students. Dave Hamburg, band and orchestra director for the Rock Island-Milan School District, is retiring at the end of the school year, after nearly 12 years of service. Mr. Hamburg teaches sixth-graders at Ridgewood, Longfellow, Audubon and Francis Willard elementary schools. He was band director for the Orion School District for 18 years before moving to the Rock Island district.

These mowers don't cut, they cruise :   In his own words, Russ Wailand's lawnmowers "don't go putt-putt, they go vroom-vroom." His mowers don't clip, crop or cut either. They can, however, race and can clear a lap or two in the time it takes a typical mower to roll out of the garage.

AIDS Project gets new leader :   AIDS Project Quad Cities has a new executive director and agency officials didn't have to look far to fill the position. Wendy Kelly, former director of programs, who joined the agency in 2004, replaces Polly Meagher, who said it's time for someone else to lead the agency.

Autocross brings racing to i wireless parking lot :   For the drivers, it's an experience they want to repeat. They were driving at the i wireless Center's parking lot at 1201 River Drive on Sunday, moving their cars and a rare truck through a course made with pylons.

Police & courts

Crime Stoppers has been taking a bite out of crime :   Gang shootings, armed robberies, drug deals. It's a world Moline police Detective Scott Williams has dealt with for years. For the past eight years, he has been in charge of Crime Stoppers of the Quad-Cities, and the last few months have resulted in a record number of anonymous tips.

Pachino Hill arrested after police say he was part of brawl :   A Quad-Cities man arrested more than 60 times on charges ranging from traffic violations to attempted murder was arrested again Sunday morning after allegedly participating in a brawl in Davenport. Pachino Tehran Hill was charged by Davenport police with disorderly conduct and failure to disperse, according to a Davenport police spokesman.

Jobs & money

`Smart' power meters herald future of our electricity use :   As more utilities install "smart" power meters that track how much electricity flows into a home in real time, they are freer to offer alternatives to the average monthly rate that they traditionally charged to consumers. The pilot programs are the first step in what's expected to be a complete transformation of the century-old power grid. Once a silent supplier of electrons to homes and businesses, it's gaining the ability to talk back -- not only to power companies, but to consumers and their appliances.


Missed chances haunt 'Wheelers in 2-point loss :   The Steamwheelers passed up a go-ahead, fourth-quarter, 3-ball attempt in favor of a fourth-and-goal offensive snap from the Louisville 15-yard-line. The resulting pass-breakup in the endzone helped seal QC's fate late, with the 'Wheelers comeback attempt from a 21-point, third-quarter deficit falling just shy, 55-53 in an early-season, af2 Midwest Division rematch at Moline's i wirless Center.

Moline baseball, softball win Big 6 crowns :   With 16-0 and 5-0 wins over the Silver Streaks in Galesburg, the Moline softball team won its fifth consecutive Western Big 6 Conference championship. An hour later, the Maroons baseball team wrapped up its second consecutive conference crown and fifth title since 2000 with a pair of wins over Galesburg -- 8-5 and 6-2.

Taube's last softball game so close to perfection in doubleheader sweep :   Courtney Taube was so close to softball perfection, both on the mound and at the plate, Saturday afternoon that she could taste it. And yet, close enough was good enough to close out the Western Big 6 Conference portion of the Moline senior's high-school softball career. Moved from the No. 9 spot to the leadoff spot in the Maroons' lineup, Taube went 7-for-8 at the plate in a doubleheader sweep -- 16-0 and 5-0 -- of Galesburg. On the mound, only an infield error and a last-inning relief pitcher, kept her from throwing a perfect game.

Alleman sweeps RI in pair of slugfests :   On a chilly and wind-swept Saturday, the Alleman Pioneers and Rock Island Rocks' bats were hot in a Western Big 6 Conference baseball doubleheader at Rock Island High School. In Alleman's 15-9 and 8-5 sweep, the teams combined for 37 runs on 49 hits. Alleman's balanced offense was led by Justin Hauer (4-for-7, home run, double, and an RBI), Mitch VanNatta (4-for-8, RBI), Elliott Kelso (4-for-9, 2 RBIs), Evan Garrett (3-for-6, 2 RBIs) and Jake Hemmen (3-for-7, two-run homer, two doubles).

Moline clinches second straight Big 6 title :   Their post-game celebration wasn't boisterous. The Moline High School baseball team believes there is more left to tell of their 2008 tale. For the second season in a row, and for the fifth time this decade, the Maroons (18-5, 9-1) secured the Western Big 6 Conference championship -- that after Saturday's 8-5 and 6-2 wins over Galesburg (10-13, 4-6). But Moline senior Seth Hood said the road doesn't stop there. "This is two years in a row, but we're going to try to go a little further in the regionals this year," said Hood.