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Silvis residents evacuated from their homes after fire breaks out in garage and trees

SILVIS, Illinois — Residents from a Silvis neighborhood were evacuated from their homes after a fire broke out in a garage.

Silvis Police Chief Mark VanKlavern said crews were called to the 400 block of 2nd Avenue C around 1:25 p.m. In that area there was a garage and trees on fire.

“Numerous houses in the area were evacuated as a precaution,” said Chief VanKlavern.

Ultimately two garages and a van were damaged, said Chief VanKlavern.

There were no reported injuries.

Mini cow regains mobility thanks to an Iowa man’s compassion and a set of wheels

MARENGO, Iowa --  This mini-cow is getting around just fine, despite having been born with a deformity. Why? A set of strong wheels and a "dad" who didn't give up on her.

Jered Camp, from Maregno, Iowa, spends his afternoon doing chores, cleaning, and making sure his one-year-old eats her vegetables.

"She loves broccoli. Broccoli is her favorite food," says Jered.

Angel is a broccoli-loving, one-year-old mini cow, spoiled enough to be eating in Jered's living room.

"She's a miniature zebu which is like an Asian ox," says Jered. "People think of them with the big humps on their backs."

And just like any toddler, with the help of dad, Angel's running the place, sort of.

Angel was born with deformed back legs. Her original owners tried getting her help, but after the vet said there was nothing they could do surgically, they were told it would be best to put Angel down.

But then Jered stepped in with a big idea for his rescued baby. He got her custom-made wheels.

"Her wheelchair she got came from Walkin' Wheels. They typically do wheelchairs for dogs," says Jered .

Now the second set of legs give Angel a second chance at life. With dad close by, Angel is ready to conquer every bump that tries to get in her way, and she's not doing it alone.

"This is Iowa Farm Sanctuary. We rescue farm animals here in the Midwest," says Jered .

The more than 10-acre plot of land is home to 60 of what Jered calls his "misfit miracles."

"These animals are victims to semi accidents, neglect situations just like companion animals are," said Jered, "and we're here to provide them safety and shelter like companion animals."

Now that this family is two legs and two wheels larger, there's only one requirement- every member has to have the will to move forward together.

"Everybody goes through struggles," said Jered. "Everyone has that thing they have to get over. For people to see her overcome those struggles, overcome not being able to walk, and now she has her freedom in her wheelchair to get around, it's just a really inspiring story, and I think people find peace in that and motivation as well."

Community reacts after WIU President announces he will step down

MACOMB, Illinois - Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas announced he will step down on June 30.

The announcement came during a Board of Trustee's meeting in the gymnasium at Western Illinois University's Macomb Campus on June 14.

In a statement, Thomas said in part, "I believe the University would best be served by new leadership,"

That statement was read aloud to a gym packed with on-lookers.

Thomas will enter into administrative leave for the next two years. He will keep his full presidential salary and will have the option to return to work as a faculty member.

The announcement comes just days after a letter was sent to the Board of Trustee's asking for the removal of Thomas if he did not step down by June 30. The letter was written by the WIU Alumni Council.

WIU Alumni Council President John Sanders was present during the Board of Trustee's meeting on June 14.

He addressed the board saying, "We stand ready and willing to support and engage with the Board of Trustees," and also said, "We will not talk our way out of this, we will not cut our way out of it, but we can grow our way out of it,"

The chairman of the Board of Trustees, Greg Aguilar, spent time praising President Thomas for his hard work as president of the university.

At the end of the speech, Aguilar said, "it is vital that the final decisions regarding this university fall on the board of trustees and no one else."

Many people in the Western community are looking forward to a fresh start at the university.

"We need to let people know that we are here for the long-term. That there is no threat of the university closing and we stop talking about the university closing and we talk about the university growing," said Mark Bernards, Associate Professor.

Retired faculty member Jim Keeney said new leadership is needed at Western Illinois University.

"I think its important that the university have new leadership. There is a large amount of distrust between the current administration and the faculty and staff because of the way decisions," said Keeney.

The Board of Trustees will now need to meet to discuss the next steps in finding a new president for Western Illinois University.

 

Indiana teen shot to death in front of his father while trying to sell Xbox

GARY, Ind. — A 16-year-old Indiana boy was shot and killed Thursday while attempting to sell his Xbox.

The teen, identified as Johnny Peluyera, of Gary, was with his father when they met up with two men near 51st and Maryland streets to sell the teen’s Xbox. They arranged the meeting using an online sales app.

The boy’s father said he knew something wasn’t quite right. He spotted a gun and tried to warn his son, but the teen was shot in the back as he tried to run back to his father’s car.

Peluyera was pronounced dead shortly after.

His mother, Kelly Arroyo said she can't believe her son is gone. She said he was a wonderful kid who loved video games and cars. He had just gotten his license and was about to get his own Trans Am.

His parents and sister were heartbroken.

“I just completely don’t understand,” his mother said. “I don’t understand how somebody, over an Xbox, can take somebody’s life.”

The men were described as two black males in their late teens to early 20s. No further description was provided. Police believe the men are from the area, and are asking for the public’s assistance.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

Police want the public to remember to always meet at a safe place — like a police department’s parking lot — when dealing with online sales.

Peluyera was set to be a junior at Merrillville High School in the fall.

An alligator is swimming in a Texas lake with a knife in its head

The American alligator populates nearly every swamp, lake and river (and occasional kitchen) in the southeastern US. But when Erin Weaver spotted one swimming near her Houston home, she suspected it was the one in danger.

“It looked like a steak knife that was sticking out of his head,” she told CNN affiliate KTRK.

Alligators are frequent, almost welcome guests around the neighborhood. For the six years she’s lived there, Weaver said she’s never seen them act aggressively or attack, so she’s not sure why someone would stick a knife in this one’s skull.

“I feel that somebody did this on purpose.”

A Texas wildlife agency is expected to check out the gator next week, but until then, Weaver and her neighbors are acting as its advocates.

“I want to get help for this alligator. I don’t want to see an alligator swimming around with a knife in its head and suffering.”

Luckily for the gator, it’s one of the wild’s most resilient species. Alligator skin is covered in osteoderms, or bony plates similar to a turtle’s shell, that act as bodily armor, alligator researcher Frank Mazzotti told CNN.

Gator skulls are made of heavy, thick bone, too, so potential attackers have only a “very small target” to do serious damage. Otherwise, objects will get lodged in its skull rather than its brain, maiming but not killing the creature.

In most cases of injury, gators bounce back. The reptile’s blood contains antibiotic properties, which speed up the healing process and render substantial damage as mere flesh wounds.

In other words, don’t mess with a gator.

Mazzotti said he couldn’t determine the extent of the damage for this particular gator. The length of the blade and its placement were difficult to decipher based on the photo.

Amid measles outbreak, New York ends religious exemptions for vaccines

Amid an ongoing measles outbreak, New York is requiring schoolchildren to be vaccinated, even if parents have religious objections.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Thursday that removes nonmedical exemptions from school vaccination requirements. The law goes into effect immediately, his office said.

The move, which comes despite opposition from anti-vaccination activists and religious freedom advocates, puts New York alongside other states that do not allow nonmedical exemptions: California, Mississippi, West Virginia and Maine.

“The science is crystal clear: Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to keep our children safe. This administration has taken aggressive action to contain the measles outbreak, but given its scale, additional steps are needed to end this public health crisis,” Cuomo said in a statement Thursday.

Read More: CDC says that measles cases in the US surpassed 1,000 this year

“While I understand and respect freedom of religion, our first job is to protect the public health and by signing this measure into law, we will help prevent further transmissions and stop this outbreak right in its tracks,” he said.

Cuomo signed the bill immediately after the Legislature passed it; the Senate voted 36-26 and the Assembly voted 77-53. The bills were introduced in January.

“We are dealing with a public health emergency that requires immediate action,” state Sen. Brad Hoylman, sponsor of the Senate bill, said during the vote.

New York has become the epicenter of a measles outbreak in the United States that is now in its ninth month. More than 800 people in New York have become sick, and New Yorkers have infected people in four other states.

This year, 1,022 measles cases have been confirmed in 28 states, marking the greatest number of cases reported in the country since 1992 and since the measles virus was declared eliminated in the country in 2000, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The following states have reported cases to the CDC: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.

Regarding the new legislation, “this is a great step forward in protecting the public health here in New York,” Ed Day, Rockland County executive, said in a written statement. His county is among those with the highest number of measles cases in the state.

“This law should lead to a substantial increase in vaccination rates and to improved protection of our most vulnerable residents; infants, the immunocompromised and those who have legitimate medical issues. With Rockland being an epicenter of the current measles outbreak, we greatly appreciate that our advocacy and local efforts were heard and acknowledged,” he said.

Most of the cases in New York have been in Orthodox Jewish communities In Brooklyn and Queens with low vaccination rates.

Health authorities in New York say they’ve faced formidable challenges to quell the outbreak: anti-vaxers who specifically targeted the state’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, bombarding them with lies that vaccines cause autism.

“We are now countering not only the vector of the measles virus, but we’re countering the vector of the anti-vaxers, and that message — that insidious message — is just as challenging as the most contagious virus on the face of the earth,” said Dr. Oxiris Barbot, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

New York health authorities face an additional challenge: ultra-Orthodox Jews travel frequently to Israel and Europe, where there have been more than 100,000 measles cases this year.

When asked whether she thought the outbreak would end by the fall in order to keep the country’s measles elimination status intact, Barbot didn’t answer.

“We are working every day, day and night, to ensure that we get the message out that vaccines are safe, effective, and the best way to keep families and communities safe,” she said.

Related; New York City declares a public health emergency amid Brooklyn measles outbreak

Woman driving toy truck pulled over, arrested for public intoxication in South Carolina

WALHALLA, S.C. — Police in South Carolina pulled over a woman driving a child’s Power Wheels truck on the street.

Wahalla Police Chief Sean Brinson said officers arrested 25-year-old Megan Holman Monday. She was charged with public intoxication.

Brinson told WYFF officers responded to the scene after someone called authorities about a suspicious person.

He said Holman was about a mile from her house at the time of her arrest, and she was under the influence of a narcotic.

This Honda lawnmower is the fastest in the world, hitting 100 mph in 6 seconds

Honda’s new lawnmower is faster than some Ferrari models — and can still proficiently cut grass.

The Japanese motor company’s Mean Mower V2 reclaimed the Guinness World Record for fastest lawnmower, hitting 100 mph in six seconds.

In addition to its speed, to earn the title the lawnmower still needed to look like one and, of course, be used to mow a lawn.

British stunt driver Jessica Hawkins completed two runs, racing the mower in opposite directions within an hour, at a top speed of 110.5 mph at a German racetrack. Her acceleration from zero to 100 mph averaged just 6.29 seconds.

The mower is outfitted with the same four-cylinder, 200-horsepower engine as Honda’s Fireblade “superbike,” hidden in the body of a tractor. It achieves a top speed of 150 mph, while the company’s top-rated standard lawnmowers top out at 4 mph.

The first Honda Mean Mower held the fastest lawnmower title in 2014, with a top speed of 116 mph, but was dethroned in 2015 by a Norwegian man who built and raced his own vehicle at 133 mph.

Illinois sisters thought they took brother off life support; then he walked in the front door

CHICAGO — A group of Chicago sisters made funeral arrangements for a man they thought was their deceased brother.

They were told he died after they’d made a series of medical decisions for him in the hospital.

On May 13, Rosie Brooks said she got a phone call no one ever wants to receive, WBBM reports. 

“She identified herself as Jennifer from Mercy Hospital,” said Brooks. “She was a social worker. She was looking for relatives of Alfonso Bennett, and I told her that was my brother. Well she said he was here in ICU.”

Brooks rushed to the hospital with her sister, Brenda Bennett-Johnson.

“They had him on a ventilator, and they had a tube in his mouth,” Brooks said.

The sisters looked at the man, who was brought in as a “John Doe.” Brooks said they told them they couldn’t identify the man as their brother.

“They kept saying, ‘CPD identified this person as our brother’,” said Johnson.

Brooks said the hospital staff said the man had been beaten badly, especially in the face.

He was found without ID and naked on April 29. Their brother is rarely in touch with his four sisters.

Bennett-Johnson said a nurse told her police identified him through mugshots and not fingerprints because of budget cuts.

“You don’t identify a person through a mugshot versus fingerprints,” said Johnson. “Fingerprints carry everything.”

The sisters said the man responded to commands by raising his hand, but he never opened his eyes. He eventually started to weaken.

The sisters signed papers to take him off of a ventilator and gave permission for doctors to perform a tracheotomy. He went into hospice.

“Within minutes, he was ice cold,” said Johnson.

The sisters purchased a casket and made funeral arrangements. Around the same time, they received a phone call from one of their other sisters. The sister said their brother was alive and well and had just walked through her front door.

“It’s sad it happened like that,” said Johnson. “If it was our brother, and we had to go through that, that would have been a different thing. But we made all kinds of decisions on someone who wasn’t our family.”

The sisters said the man they’d been caring for was later identified at the morgue through fingerprints. They said police are now looking for his relatives.

“I can’t conceive of how a budgetary issue would drive whether or not a person who was a John Doe would be fingerprinted before they’re taken off of life support. If that’s the situation, something’s got to be done,” said the family’s lawyer, Cannon Lambert Sr.

A spokesperson from the hospital said the family positively identified the man. Police reportedly do not take fingerprints unless someone commits a crime or when they go to the morgue.

Thunderstorm chances return to start of the weekend

Breezy conditions we’ve been experiencing throughout but we’ve kept it dry for the area as temperatures will hover in the 70s for the rest of the afternoon.   The broken cloudiness out there could sneak a light shower or two by rush hour, but won’t be until after dark when the coverage becomes more scattered with showers and a few non-severe thunderstorms.

Shower and thunderstorm chances will be scattered during the day on Saturday and Saturday night.  During the evening hours we do run the risk of a thunderstorm or two becoming strong to severe  with wind and hail the primary threats.

Sunday looks dry with just an slight chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm. Otherwise, the weekend temperatures for highs will remain in the upper 70s.

Early next week remains dry before will slowly increase the chance for showers and thunderstorms starting as early as Wednesday evening.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: How to Enjoy the FRUITS of Your Labor

What's better than benefiting from all the hard work (and determination) you put into your garden?

On Friday, June 14th, we took NAILED IT OR FAILED IT on the road to Wallace's Garden Center in Bettendorf. Store Manager and "Garden Girl" Kate Terrell showed us how to grow strawberries and gave us her expert advice when it comes to making this sweet fruit even sweeter. Click the video above to see if we NAILED IT or FAILED IT!

Since we're growing strawberries, we thought we'd incorporate them into our Cocktail of the Week. This week, we're making Strawberry Pretzel Whiptinis. You'll need non-alcohol strawberry daiquiri mix, vodka, pudding mix, milk, strawberry ice cream sauce, pretzels, whipped cream, and of course - strawberries! Click the video below to see how we put all those ingredients together:

This isn't the first time we've taken Nailed It Or Failed It on the road to Wallace's. Click here to see how to make your own terrarium and click here to see how to make your own cocktail herb garden!

One woman, eight men charged as accomplices in the shooting of David Ortiz

Prosecutors charged eight men and one woman as accomplices to the attempted murder of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in a brazen attack at a nightclub in the Dominican Republic.

The nine suspects were charged in the shooting of Ortiz and television host Jhoel Lopez in Santo Domingo, the local prosecutor’s office said.

They all appeared in court Thursday in the city. A 10th suspect remains on the run. The relationship between the suspects is unclear.

One of the suspects, Rolfi Ferreira Cruz, 25, is wanted by New Jersey authorities for two armed robberies in 2017, prosecutors in the Dominican Republic said in a statement.

Ortiz, 43, was at a Santo Domingo nightclub Sunday night when a bullet struck him in the back and went through his stomach.

While the motive of the shooting is unclear, the Dominican National Police have said the suspects were offered 400,000 Dominican pesos — about $7,800 — to carry out the hit.

Ortiz is in ‘guarded condition’

Shortly after the shooting, Ortiz was rushed to a local hospital and treated for bleeding in his liver; portions of his intestines and gallbladder were removed, said Leo Lopez, his spokesman.

The next day, the Red Sox sent a plane to have him flown to Boston, where he had a second surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

He was in “guarded condition” Thursday in the hospital’s surgical intensive care unit, his wife said.

“He continues to heal and make progress,” Tiffany Ortiz said. “David will continue to recover in the ICU and future updates on his condition will be provided when necessary.”

In addition to the doctors who treated her husband, she thanked Eliezel Salvador, the man who drove Ortiz to the hospital and held his hand in the car as he bled and struggled to breathe.

“Your heroism and selflessness were the first steps to ensuring David could get the urgent care he required,” she said. “For that, we are eternally grateful.”

Jhoel Lopez, who was also shot, is recovering, his wife has said.

Arrests made over several days

The arrests have been trickling in over several days.

The first came Sunday night shortly after the shooting. Eddy Vladimir Féliz Garcia, who is accused of driving the alleged gunman to the club on the back of a motorcycle, was held down by witnesses and viciously beaten shortly after the shooting. He was then handed over to police with a bloodied and bruised face.

Féliz Garcia and Cruz, the alleged gunman, tried to leave on the motorcycle after the shooting, but it fell to the pavement. Cruz fled and was arrested days later and charged Thursday.

The arrests came after investigators spoke with Féliz Garcia at a hospital, police said. Investigators found the firearm allegedly used in the shooting buried in the home of one of the suspects near the city of Mao, police said.

Féliz Garcia’s attorneys have said he is a motorcycle taxi driver and may have unwittingly driven the shooter, but he did not shoot Ortiz.

A witness told police he saw Féliz García and the gunman get into a car parked near the scene of the shooting before gunfire erupted, the charging documents say.

Suspect is wanted in New Jersey

Hundreds of miles away in New Jersey, Cruz faces charges of armed robbery, possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property, among others. The alleged incidents occurred in Passaic County.

A grand jury indicted him on the charges in 2018, said Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office. A bench warrant without geographic limitations was issued by a Superior Court at the request of the prosecutor’s office.

Husband and wife brew team leading the way in Knox County

GALESBURG, Illinois-- There's an all new Brewed episode airing Saturday night, June 15 on WQAD News 8, and Friday, June 14 you got a sneak peak at what the show's going to offer by hearing from two of the brewers.

Husband and wife team Matthew and Sarah Hansen, owners of the Knox County Brewing Company, joined us during WQAD News 8 at 11 to talk about their business and how they got started.

You can catch the new episode Saturday at 10:35 p.m. Also learn more about the show by clicking here. 

Freight House businesses excited for re-opening of River Drive

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Davenport Public Works crews worked to take down HESCO barriers along River Drive.

The city said it was waiting for the Mississippi River to fall below 17.5 feet and show signs of a downward trend. As of June 13th, the Mississippi is sitting just below that -- at 17.47 ft.

The business owners in the Freight House downtown are some of many owners banking on River Drive to re-open. They said the road is essential when it comes to business.

Giovanni Sgro is the co-owner of Antonella's Pizzeria II in the Freight House. He said it's a good thing to see public works crews working rather quickly to open up River Drive.

"We're hoping River Drive at least opens up here within this month," Sgro said. "'Cause that really is our main point. Without the traffic going by we don't get the publicity from up front -- the signs we have up front -- for everybody down here."

Steve Ahrens, with the Riverfront Improvement Commission,  said these businesses have had a rough few months.

"You know there have been a couple of episodes where the water has nearly surrounded the entire building," Ahrens said. "While the businesses have remained open for the most part here at the Freight House, access has been a major issue and that has hurt their businesses."

"It was hard on us because we wanted to open but we couldn't do anything," Sgro said. "Like we want to work, we're here to work. We're here to make money, we're here to serve the community, we're here for all that."

Finally, the Freight House is ready for a wave of business just in time for the Farmer's Market to return to their parking lot this weekend. All thanks to what businesses are calling a much needed clean up crew.

"Without (Public Works) none of this would even be possible. We'd probably be closed down for a little longer," Sgro said.

The Farmers Market will return the the Freight House on Saturday, June 15th opening at 8:00 a.m.

Rock Island resurfacing project to close part of 38th Street today

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- A resurfacing project will cause part of 38th Street in Rock Island to close on Friday, June 14.

Crews are expected to start work around noon, blocking 38th Street to northbound traffic between 18th and 21st Avenues.  Southbound traffic will continue to flow.

According to the city, the work should last between three and four hours.

Davenport EMT being honored by Genesis and River Bandits

DAVENPORT, Iowa  --  Tonight's Quad Cities River Bandits game is a special one. The team is partnering up with Genesis Hospitals to recognize community members with inspiring stories.

At Friday, June 14th, fans will be introduced to Austin Bird, a Davenport EMT, who is being honored for his incredible medical journey. Two years ago, Bird said he felt tingling in his feet, but 4 days later he was completely paralyzed.

He had Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves. Bird said it is extremely rare and that only about 1 and 100,000 people get it. Bird was diagnosed at Genesis Emergency Rooms.

"Thankfully that was one of the first things that they thought of," Bird said. "A quick diagnosis at Genesis probably saved my life."

Then, he was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and was placed on a ventilator. He was given his last rites, but Bird recovered.

He credits his recovery to Genesis Hospitals.

"Genesis gave me my life back and for that I am eternally grateful," Bird said. " I am grateful for all the doctors, nurses, CNA's, and everyone that worked with me."

Bird did his physical therapy at Genesis West Rehab center and says they are the reason he is back to working full time as an EMT.

"At Genesis West Rehab, they did a lot of work with me," Bird said. "Not only physically, but mentally and spiritually. They helped me realize I was going to get better."

Bird now visits the rehab center in his free time to help work with other patients in recovery. He says he should be honoring Genesis at the game, but will happily accept the honor.

Tonight's game is at Modern Woodman Park at 6:30 p.m.

GM to announce $150 million investment in Michigan plant, reports say

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — General Motors says it will spend $150 million so it can make more heavy-duty pickup trucks at its Flint, Michigan, assembly plant.

The money will improve the factory's conveyor system and for other equipment to boost output.

The factory builds heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups which are all-new for the 2019 model year.

No new jobs are tied to the Wednesday announcement, but GM announced earlier this year that it would add 1,000 workers at the plant. The factory now runs three shifts per day and employs about 5,000.

Sales of the Sierra were down 2.2 percent through March and the Silverado fellpoho nearly 16 percent as factories switch to the new models. GM expects increased sales and plans to increase factory capacity by 60,000 trucks per year.

The ocean on Jupiter’s moon Europa has table salt, just like Earth’s seas

(CNN) -- Although Jupiter's moon Europa looks alien to us, it contains an ingredient familiar to us: sodium chloride, otherwise known as good ol' table salt.

It's also a main component of sea salt. Europa is one of the intriguing water worlds in our solar system and potentially a place where life could exist in a subsurface ocean. The discovery of sodium chloride means Europa's ocean could look more like those on Earth and even possibly include salt. Now, astronomers may have to think differently about the composition of Europa's ocean.

Planetary scientists did a visible-light spectral analysis of the yellow spots on Europa to find the salt. A study published Wednesday in Science Advances sheds light on the discovery.

Previously, NASA's Voyager and Galileo spacecraft performed flybys of Europa, which led scientists to discover that the moon has a salty liquid water ocean beneath an icy shell. An infrared spectrometer aboard Galileo studied the shell and detected water ice and magnesium sulfate salts, which are similar to Epsom salts. It was believed that the shell was similar in composition to the same ingredients that made up the ocean.

"People have traditionally assumed that all of the interesting spectroscopy is in the infrared on planetary surfaces, because that's where most of the molecules that scientists are looking for have their fundamental features," said Mike Brown, study co-author and the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, in a statement.

You can see Jupiter and its largest moons with just your binoculars this month

But the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii provided new data with higher spectral resolution to show that the salts weren't magnesium sulfates.

"We thought that we might be seeing sodium chlorides, but they are essentially featureless in an infrared spectrum," Brown said.

Kevin Hand, a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, took ocean salt samples from Earth and hit them with radiation to simulate what it might be like on Europa. The sea salt changed color and could be identified in the visible light spectrum as yellow.

This was similar to an area on Europa called Tara Regio, which has a distinct yellow color.

"Sodium chloride is a bit like invisible ink on Europa's surface. Before irradiation, you can't tell it's there, but after irradiation, the color jumps right out at you," Hand said.

Follow-up observations with the Hubble Space Telescope confirmed that the yellow color of Tara Regio was due to irradiated table salt on Europa's surface.

"Magnesium sulfate would simply have leached into the ocean from rocks on the ocean floor, but sodium chloride may indicate the ocean floor is hydrothermally active," said Samantha Trumbo, lead study author and California Institute of Technology graduate student, in a statement. "That would mean Europa is a more geologically interesting planetary body than previously believed."

Burger King will sell upside-down Whoppers to celebrate ‘Stranger Things’

(CNN) -- Burger King has figured out how to serve Whoppers upside-down in 1980s-era packaging and turn that into a marketing opportunity.

In a partnership with Netflix's "Stranger Things," the hamburger chain announced it will soon sell an "Upside-Down Whopper" sandwich, which is just a regular Whopper served with the bottom of the bun on the top of the burger and the top of the bun on the bottom. It's just like a normal Whopper, but upside-down.

The Upside-Down is an alternative universe in "Stranger Things," a show set in the 1980s that centers around the lives of four adolescent boys and their friends. The new season premieres on the streaming service on July 4.

If the upside-down part of the promotion isn't grabbing people, the nostalgia factor might: The upside-down Whoppers will be served with Burger King's classic packaging from the mid-1980s.

The special burger will be sold starting June 21 at certain restaurants in several US cities: Miami, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. Restaurants in those cities will also have limited-edition ketchup packets and t-shirts inspired by "Stranger Things."

The promotion comes as competition tightens in the fast food business.

Quick-serve restaurants like Burger King are hyper-competitive, fighting for the same audience. Customers are not typically loyal to any particular brand, so fast-food companies resort to oddball, sometimes outlandish marketing tactics or crazy food creations to draw in customers.

In 2017, Wendy's famously challenged a teen to get 18 million retweets to score free nuggets for a year (he got the nuggets and set a record for the most retweeted tweet). And Domino's is chasing new clients by rewarding them for eating pizza — even if they buy it from a competitor.

Promotions like the upside-down Whopper get people to flock to restaurants to ensure they get a peek at the strange new offering before the deal ends.

For Netflix, the partnership is a way to advertise in new spaces. Netflix is an internet company, so associating its brand and shows with physical products helps customers think about its shows even when they're offline, Barry Smyth, head of global partner marketing at Netflix, previously told CNN Business.

The streaming platform is also partnering with a number of other companies, including Lego, H&M, Schwinn and Baskin-Robbins, to promote the upcoming season.

Netflix also teamed up with Coca-Cola to celebrate the show's upcoming third season. The beverage company rebooted New Coke because the new season takes place during the summer of 1985 — when Coca-Cola debuted the new recipe that flopped.

Coca-Cola pulled New Coke it from shelves after a few months and it was rebranded as Coke II. The drink was sold in some places after 1985. But this is the first time Coca-Cola brought back New Coke with that branding.

Burger King will also include DoorDash delivery as part of the promotion. Beginning Wednesday for a week, it will sell a Whopper meal, which includes a small drink and small fries, for $5 on the app with $0 delivery fees if the whole order costs more than $10. Customers need to enter the code "STRANGER" to access the deal on the DoorDash app or website, where they will be able to watch previews of new season of "Stranger Things."

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