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Dash cam video captures four-vehicle crash on Avenue of the Cities in East Moline

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The crash happens around 1 minute and 45 seconds into the video

EAST MOLINE, Illinois -- A dashboard camera captured a crash that happened at Kennedy Drive and Avenue of the Cities Thursday, January 17.

Police said two people in the crash suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  Four vehicles were involved.

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Brinkley the emotional support police dog celebrates her 2nd birthday

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STERLING, Illinois- Brinkley the Sterling PD emotional support dog turned two-years-old this month.

Wednesday, January 16, Brinkley was at PetSmart in Sterling Illinois from 5-7 p.m.

Why? for a birthday party of course! The first 100 dogs that helped Brinkley celebrate got free pupcakes and cake, along with ice cream and punch! Of course, Brinkley got lots of new toys!

Hazardous road conditions overnight… Season’s coldest this weekend

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A Winter Storm WARNING goes is in effect from now through noon Saturday.

A  strip of some light snow is already being noticed on the radar around the U.S. 20 corridor from Waterloo to Galena. Snow will overspread the rest of the area from west to east by sunset with moderate to heavy snow developing during the overnight hours.  Winds will be increasing during the overnight as well with gust around 30 mph.  Naturally, this will cause plenty of blowing and drifting resulting in limited visibility and hazardous road conditions.

Snowfall will taper off during the morning hours on Saturday with totals ranging from 4-8 inches. The higher amounts expected just north and west of the Quad Cities.

The departure of this system will allow temperatures to plummet during the day with teens in the morning to single digits heading into the evening hours.  Throw in the wind and wind chills could be as cold as the minus teens.

After a quiet and very cold Sunday comes another system still on track to arrive early next week. This will bring another round of shoveling snow Tuesday morning as well followed by another reinforcing shot of arctic cold.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: It’s Girl Scout Cookie Season!

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Thin Mints. Samoas. Do-Si-Dos. Shortbread. No matter which Girl Scout Cookies you order, don't throw away the box!

You can up-cycle all those boxes (because who orders just one?) into some really cute crafts. On Friday, January 18th during Nailed It Or Failed It on Good Morning Quad Cities and WQAD News 8 at 11am, we transformed boxes of our favorite cookies into tiny purses and bookmarks! Click the video above to see how to make a little change purse (or click here if I went too fast!) and click the video below to see how we made bookmarks (or click here).

We continued the Girl Scout Cookie theme for our Cocktail of the Week. Here's the recipe for Thin Mint Shooters:

  • Cover Rim of Glass with Chocolate Frosting
  • Dip Glass into Bowl of Crushed Thin Mints
  • Shake Up 1/4 Cup Baileys Irish Cream, 1/4 Cup Creme de Cocoa, 1/4 Cup Creme de Menthe, and 3/4 Cup Milk
  • Pour Mixture into Glasses
  • Enjoy!

Teen pulls more than 50,000 golf balls from ocean near golf courses

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Two years ago, a central California teen began what NPR calls a “Sisyphean task”—hauling hundreds of pounds of golf balls off the ocean floor, only to have them reenter the sea as golfers from five nearby golf courses (including Pebble Beach) hit them right back in.

Alex Weber was just 16 when she first discovered the shocking sight while free diving. “You couldn’t see the sand,” she says, noting the seafloor was “completely white” from the sheer number of balls.

And thus began Weber’s self-appointed chore of removing the balls from the water—what calls akin to an “Easter egg hunt”—with the help of her dad, a friend, and even a scientist that got wind of her efforts. Their total haul hit the 50,000-ball mark in September, gathered in grueling, cold conditions with sharks nearby and an “aerial barrage” of new balls flying their way during the collection process.

What makes the golf ball-filled waters more than just a disturbing visual is the fact that not only do the balls contain potentially harmful zinc compounds, they’re also coated with a thin polymer layer that’s eroded over time by the rough waters.  As the balls degrade, they turn into microplastics that marine creatures can ingest.

Weber’s website documents the stages of golf ball degradation, from those “fresh off the golf course” to Stage Five, when they’ve lost their paint and dimples and their cores are exposed. Weber, now 18, says she wishes the balls would float, so everyone could see the extent of the pollution. “People would be outraged,” she told Vice last summer, adding she hopes laws are soon passed holding golf clubs responsible for cleanup. (Could there be golf balls in your … hash browns?)

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