Police seek information about vandalism at Moline’s Riverside Park

MOLINE, Illinois -- Multiple bouts of vandalism at Riverside Park has prompted police to ask for the public's help in finding the culprit.

Sometime Monday and Tuesday evening, January 1st and 2nd, police said damage was done to the amenities at River Side Park. Riverside Park is located at 5th Avenue in Moline between 27th Street ad 34th Street.

In a Facebook post, the Moline Police Department said the damage was found at the warming shelter at Riverside Skating Park and at Riverside's Little League concession stands.

If you see anything suspicious at the park, police ask you to report it so officers can check it out.  Any information about the damage can be relayed to the Moline Police Department at 309-797-0401 or Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500.

‘Swatting’ victim’s mother to police: Please let me see my son

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Nearly a week after police shot and killed a Kansas man while responding to a prank call, the victim’s mother pleaded with authorities to allow her to see her deceased son.

Lisa Finch wrote in a letter to the Wichita, Kansas, mayor and police chief that she doesn’t know where they’re keeping his body and that she wants to give her son “a proper funeral service and burial.”

She questioned “why Wichita City leadership is compounding our grief and sorrow, by keeping my son from us?”

“Please let me see my son’s lifeless body,” she wrote in a letter dated Tuesday. “I want to hold him and say goodbye. Please immediately return his body to us.”

Her son, Andrew Finch was killed by police last week in his home in a case of swatting. Swatting refers to when a person makes a false report to draw a major police response or SWAT teams to a certain location.

On Thursday, a hoax call was placed to the 911 center in Wichita, with a man saying he’d shot his father and was holding his mother, sister and brother hostage inside a house, authorities said.

Police went to the address they were given, and that’s where Andrew Finch, 28, was shot to death. Police said that the responding officer shot him because he moved his hands toward his waist. Finch was not armed.

A California man, Tyler Barriss, 25, was arrested Friday in connection with the incident after Wichita police issued a fugitive warrant. Police believe he may have placed the fake call. Barriss is expected to have a court hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Barriss’ digital footprint suggests he was familiar with swatting, as a cached copy of his now-suspended Twitter account had multiple references to it. In 2015, he was arrested for calling in fake bomb threats to CNN affiliate KABC, according to Glendale Police. He received a two-year sentence.

A dispute over a video game, that didn’t involve Barriss and Finch, may have led to last week’s swatting call. Lisa Finch said her son didn’t even play video games, and the house where he lived didn’t match the alleged description in the hoax call to police.

Mother: We don’t know where his body is

Lisa Finch said the Wichita Police Department hasn’t been forthcoming with the family about her son’s death.

She listed eight questions for Wichita’s mayor Jeff Longwell and Police Chief Gordon Ramsay. They included why the officer who killed her son hadn’t been identified, why officers placed the family in handcuffs and interrogated them after police shot her son, and the whereabouts of her son’s body.

“When will our family be allowed to see Andy?” she wrote.

She also asked when the police would return their belongings, which include two cell phones and a computer, seized from the house and whether the local district attorney’s office was looking into criminal charges against the officer who shot her son.

Wichita Police Department has said it will not be releasing any comments other than what is released in press conferences or via its social outlets.

Finch had told CNN earlier this week that the police reached out to her for the first time on Sunday when Ramsay visited her and offered condolences.

“He said this should not have happened,” Finch had said.

The officer who opened fire “should be held liable and held accountable for the unjustified shooting of Andrew Finch,” the family’s attorney Andrew M. Stroth told CNN on Tuesday.

“The city of Wichita and the Police Department are liable because of their policies and practices as it relates to this shooting. Swatting is not new, just like prank calling is not new,” Stroth said.

Iowa livestock farmers manage subzero temperatures

FARLEY, Iowa (AP) — Frigid temperatures are creating challenges for Iowa farmers who say animals can endure cold winter conditions but need extra attention to stay healthy and productive.

Iowa entered 2018 with subzero temperatures. The National Weather Service reported a Jan. 1 record temperature in Dubuque of 21 degrees below zero (-29 Celsius). And wind chills on the first two days of the year reached negative 30 degrees (-34 Celsius).

Dairy farmer Wayne Kramer tells the Telegraph Herald that his livestock needs to be partially protected from the frigid conditions. He says the cold weather can make cows uncomfortable and cut into productivity.

According to South Dakota State Uuniversity Extension Dairy Specialist Alvaro Garcia, lactating cows are at greatest risk in the cold weather. Lactating cows that are adequately fed should withstand cold conditions provided they are kept dry and not exposed directly to winds. Keep the housing area dry and free of manure and provide ample supply of dry clean bedding daily.

Livestock farmer Craig Recker says the wind poses a threat to his cattle. Recker uses corn stalk fodder for his cattle’s bedding, which he says helps them generate heat.

How to keep your poinsettia alive after Christmas

Those poinsettias look so perfect when you buy them before the holidays, but it seems as the decorations get packed up and Christmas spirit dwindles, so does your plant.

According to multiple gardening blogs the care you give to poinsettias needs to change with the seasons.

At Christmastime, your poinsettia needs to be in a sunny room, getting at least six hours of bright, indirect sunlight each day.  Make sure it’s kept between 65 and 70 degrees during the day and slightly cooler at night.  Water the plant when the soil is dry to the touch, and allow plant to drain.

Local plant and garden expert Craig Hignight recommends taking off the decorative wrap that often comes with poinsettias.  He also notes that poinsettias are averse to drafts: both warm and cold.

During the springtime, in either March or April cut the plant back (recommendations come between four inches and eight inches tall).  Water your poinsettia regularly, keeping the soil moist, not soggy. Once each month fertilize the plant with an all-purpose fertilizer.  By the end of May it should be growing, leading you to your next step…

In the summer re-pot your plant into a larger container. Once you’re certain you can count on nighttime lows that don’t stoop under 55 degrees, you can put your poinsettia outside.  Continue to water regularly and start fertilizing more often, every two or three weeks.  To keep your plant bushy, not tall, prune stems that grow beyond four or five inches, clipping off just the tips. Stop doing this once you near fall.

The fall months are when you need to start reducing the plant’s sunlight exposure.  Poinsettias need to be in the dark for at least half the day (at least 12 hours) and need strong sunlight for six to eight hours. Craig Hignight recommends putting the plant in a dark room or underneath a box.  That extra time in the dark is what causes poinsettias to start budding and producing flowers.  Make this your regular practice for about 10 weeks before the holidays.  Continue to water and fertilize as you did during the summer.

If you do all of this, your poinsettia should be ready for Christmas once again.

Poinsettia care tips come from Gardening Know How, She KnowsMother Nature Network, and Lowe’s

Quad Citians get the chance to win a free furnace

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Residents in Rock Island County and Scott County have the chance to win a free furnace if they can convince a local business they deserve it.

For several years Northwest Plumbing-Heating-AC has been giving away a free furnace in the “I Hate My Furnace” contest.  The winner gets a new high-efficiency furnace installed in their home, a $3,600 value.

Entrants must fill out a form including their name and contact information as well as an explanation of why they should win a new furnace.  A picture of the existing furnace is also requested when you enter.

“I Hate My Furnace” contest winners from 2016.

“Bonus points awarded for stories that make us chuckle,” reads the contest instructions.  Click here to enter the contest.

Northwest’s marketing coordinator Hannah Barney said they look for the entries that stand out among the rest.   In 2016 the Bauercamper family from Bettendorf won.  They had a 19-year-old furnace that was very noisy.  But as Barney explained, what made their entry extra unique was the angry face they added to their furnace.

Cubs sued for better wheelchair access at Wrigley Field

CHICAGO (AP) — A 20-year-old Chicago Cubs fan is suing team owners to force them to provide better wheelchair access at Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Tribune the lawsuit was filed last month in federal court on behalf of David F. Cerda. His lawyer is his father, David A. Cerda.

The lawsuit says the owners are violating of the Americans with Disabilities Act that it alleges requires greater wheelchair accessibility. It contends a $750 million stadium renovation eliminated wheelchair-accessible sections behind home plate and in right-field bleachers.

A Cubs spokesman declined to comment to the Tribune on the pending civil case.

The plaintiff has muscular dystrophy. His father told the Tribune his son has had to watch games from a standing-room-only section that he says has obstructions blocking part of the view.

Mega Millions drawing: No big winner as jackpot hits $418 million

(CNN Money) — Another day, another huge lottery jackpot gets larger still.

There was no grand prize winner in Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing. It’s the 23rd straight drawing without a jackpot winner in the game, dating back to Oct. 13. So the $361 million jackpot will grow to $418 million for Friday.

The winning numbers Tuesday were 1, 42, 47, 64 and 70, and the Mega Millions number was 22.

But you won’t have to wait till Friday for a chance at a big prize.

The competing Powerball game will have a drawing at 11 p.m. ET Wednesday, with a $440 million jackpot at stake.

The combined total of $858 million between the two games is one of the largest combined payouts on record. It’s also the first time both games have had $400 million jackpots at the same time.

Both games offering prizes over $300 million at the same time has been rare in the past. But it’s about to become more common. That’s because there are now longer odds in both games, leading to less frequent jackpot winners and thus more frequent large jackpots.

The Mega Millions jackpot hasn’t risen above $400 million since the summer of 2016, according to the lottery, when a winner in Indiana received a $536 million prize.

Related: 20 biggest lottery jackpots in U.S. history

In October, Mega Millions changed the numbers that players could choose from, bringing the odds of picking all six numbers to 1 in 302.6 million, from 1 in 258.9 million under the old format. It also raised the price of a single ticket to $2.

The idea was to increase the size of the top prize. And so far, it has worked.

The move was similar to one made by Powerball in October 2015. That took the odds of winning that game from 1 in 175 million to 1 in 292 million.

Related: Why billions of dollars go unclaimed in lottery

Of course, if the chance of winning either game is ridiculous, the chance of winning both is ridiculous on steroids — 1 in 88 quadrillion, or 1 in 88,412,922,115,183,000 to be precise.

If you’re one of those people who do better with percentages: You have a 0.0000000000000011% chance of winning both games.

But the longer odds haven’t been stopping people from buying tickets. In fact, the larger jackpots are just encouraging more sales. And Americans do love buying lottery tickets. They spent more than $80 billion on them in 2016. That’s more than they spent on movies, video games, music, sports tickets and books — combined.

‘Fixer Upper’ stars Chip and Joanna Gaines expecting fifth child

WACO, Texas – It’s official!

Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper announced they are expecting their fifth child.

“Gaines party of 7.. (If you’re still confused.. WE ARE PREGNANT),” Chip Gaines said in an Instagram post.

The Gaines have four children: Drake, Ella Rose, Duke, and Emmie Kay.

Back in September, they announced the show, Fixer Upper, would end after its 5th season, but they would continue to renovate homes.

“Though our Fixer Upper chapter is coming to a close, we aren’t done with Waco. We aren’t done renovating homes. We aren’t done designing things to make your home your favorite place on earth. We aren’t done working towards restoration in all things or helping out those who could use a hand. In fact, in all of these of things, we are just getting started.”


Davenport’s vision for economic development on two different sites

DAVENPORT - Two years ago the city set a goal to start making plans for the empty lots in two locations, on North Elmore and on the west side off of I-280 and Locust, now Davenport has a vision of what these two areas could become.

The city plans to make the area it calls, "Elmore Corners" a mix used space.

They would like to see an entertainment district with retail and hotel, a mixed use neighborhood with more senior housing and an Urban Greenway that would connect the trails.

At the West Davenport Industrial Park planners are designing where different industries could go that includes office and technology companies and manufacturers.

"Both of those are gonna take time but we're setting up if someone wants to come to our community and say I like that idea I know it's gonna take a while and I want to be part of that and I want to be apart of the future of that this is what were attempting to do here on both of those areas," said Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch.

The city next plans to hold a neighborhood meeting to unvel its plans for the "Elmore Corners" area in Northeast Davenport, the designs would then go to the Planning and Zoning Commission and finally city council.

The next steps for the I-280 Industrial Park are to plan out and get funding for sewer extension and develop a partnership with the land owners.

Northeast Iowa town lost water service when tower froze

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Water pressure has returned in a northeastern Iowa town after its water tower froze in the arctic freeze that's covering the Midwest.

The Waterloo suburb of Evansdale lost water service for a time Monday, but it's back to a nearly normal level. Mayor Doug Faas said Tuesday that water is being run directly from the wells into the system, bypassing the suspected ice blockage in the tower. A city staffer is expected to climb up to the tower later Tuesday to see what's wrong and determine how to fix the problem.

He also says the boil order will remain in effect until Thursday.

The National Weather Service says the temperature at the Waterloo airport got down to 20 below zero Monday morning.

Muscatine Police investigate complaints of businesses selling products containing CBD oil

MUSCATINE, Iowa -- Police in Muscatine are investigating several businesses accused of selling products containing marijuana.

Officials have not said what the products are but say they received several complaints of businesses selling products that contained cannabinoid oil, or CBD. Police say the products investigated are marijuana under Iowa law and are illegal to possess or distribute.

Although the possession was illegal, the Muscatine County Attorney has decided to not file charges against anyone with possession of the CBD products.

Officials say anyone currently in possession of CBD products should promptly and securely destroy them but may also turn them over to the Muscatine Police Department for destruction.


New Jersey woman wins $5M from lottery ticket she didn’t mean to buy

New Jersey mom Oksana Zaharov won $5 million with a lottery ticket. (NYS Lottery)

EDGEWATER, N.J. — A New Jersey mother of two used a lottery ticket as a bookmark for weeks, unaware that the numbers on it would bring her a life-changing windfall.

Oksana Zaharov, 46, asked a clerk at a Manhattan store for a $1 scratch-off ticket, but the worker gave her a $10 Set For Life ticket, according to WPIX. She decided to keep it anyway.

“When the clerk handed me the wrong ticket I felt bad so I decided to just go ahead and buy it,” Zaharov said. “I actually used the ticket as a bookmark for a couple weeks before I decided to scratch it.”

She couldn’t believe it when she saw that she’d won $5 million.

“I never win anything,” she said. “I was sure the ticket was fake. It wasn’t until I brought it into the office that I knew it was for real.”

Zaharov plans to celebrate her win with a family vacation to the Bahamas and put money toward her children’s college education.

NEWS 8 TRIO: Cocktails (and mocktails!)

Catch the NEWS 8 TRIO every Tuesday and Thursday night on “News 8 at 6:30” for three great ideas to make your life better and more interesting.

Denise and Johnnie are back in the News 8 kitchen to toast to 2018 with delicious cocktails (and a mocktail!) with Alex from Cru in downtown Davenport.

  1. Pomegranate and Orange mocktail
  2. Champagne cocktail
  3. Bourbon cocktail

Join News 8's Denise Hnytka and Johnnie Jindrich every night for your top news, weather, health, and lifestyle ideas on "News 8 at 6:30".

Trump to Kim Jong Un: My nuclear button is ‘much bigger’ and ‘more powerful’

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Tuesday taunted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, warning Kim about the US’ nuclear capabilities as tensions worsen between the two nations.

“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” Trump tweeted.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018

The evening message followed more than a dozen others Trump had sent throughout the day on issues ranging from The New York Times’ coverage of his administration to conflict in the Middle East.

Kim had said Monday in his annual New Year’s Day address that “The entire mainland of the US is within the range of our nuclear weapons and the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office. They should accurately be aware that this is not a threat but a reality.”

I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018

NBC names Hoda Kotb as Lauer replacement on ‘Today’

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News opened the new year Tuesday by appointing former WQAD reporter Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the "Today" show's first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November.

Hoda Kotb and Chris Minor

Kotb worked as a morning anchor and general assignment reporter for WQAD, in Moline, from 1988-1989.

Kotb, 53, will continue to co-host the show's fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford.

It will be the first all-female team headlining "Today" in the show's 65-year history. Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts blazed that path for ABC's "Good Morning America" in the 2000s, but morning shows have traditionally paired a man and a woman as host. With an audience dominated by women in an era where news of badly behaving men is frequent, the Guthrie-Kotb pairing may be particularly timely.

"Today" won't be an all-female zone in its first half, however, with longtime weather forecaster Al Roker and correspondent Carson Daly as regulars. Megyn Kelly hosts the show's third hour.

"This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made and I am so thrilled," Guthrie said on Tuesday, announcing the appointment on the air.

"I am pinching myself," said a beaming Kotb, sitting beside her. "I think we should send some medics to Alexandria, Virginia, where my mom has likely fainted."

Lauer's eventual replacement had long been the subject of internal angst but with a sudden decision forced upon the network, Kotb's performance made it easier. She's subbed for Lauer since the day he was fired and "Today" has won four straight weeks in the ratings, after having spent much of the past few years in second behind ABC.

"Hoda has seamlessly stepped into the co-anchor role alongside Savannah, and the two have quickly hit the ground running," NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said in a memo to staff on Tuesday. "They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of 'Today.'"

Lack said Kotb "has the rare ability to share authentic and heartfelt moments in even the most difficult news circumstances. It's a tribute to her wide range and her innate curiosity."

It's common for television shows with job openings to hold informal tryouts of potential hosts. With Kotb's immediate success, potential replacements like Willie Geist or Craig Melvin didn't get that chance.

Lauer had been a fixture at "Today" since the mid-1990s before his abrupt firing for what NBC called "inappropriate sexual behavior" with a colleague. Other complaints and reports of crude behavior followed.

He was the second television morning host fired in a week, after CBS News axed Charlie Rose just before Thanksgiving on sexual misconduct charges. Rose was one of three "CBS This Morning" hosts with Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell, and CBS has yet to name his replacement. Substitutes have included Vladimir Duthiers, Bianna Golodryga, Dana Jacobsen, John Dickerson and Anthony Mason.

Kotb joined NBC News in 1998 as a "Dateline NBC" correspondent, after working in local news in New Orleans. Her public profile increased with her wine-soaked pairing with Gifford on the show's informal fourth hour.

She was born in Norman, Oklahoma, to parents of Egyptian descent, and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Ben Bogardus, a journalism professor at Connecticut's Quinnipiac University, said Kotb's selection was a good one "because it reinforces the sense of a family coming together after a shared trauma." The timing is important for NBC, because "Today" will get a burst of attention next month with the Winter Olympics.

Plumbing companies swamped with busted pipe calls

ROCK ISLAND - The relentless rounds of frigid temps have swamped local plumbers with calls of pipes that have burst.

Deanna Hall called Crawford Company as soon as the business opened this morning over a busted pipe in the wall of her bathroom.

"Last night, all of a sudden we saw gushing water by the spigot, and I yelled at my husband and he went and shut down the water," said Hall.

"Luckily, we were home. Our insurance company told me about a family that just returned from vacation, and their upstairs bathroom was literally now in their dining room," she said.

Repairs can cost between $500 to $1,000.

Experts say you can usually prevent pipes from freezing if you keep a faucet running very slowly.

"As long as there's a flow of water, it should not freeze," said plumber Joe Reese.

If a pipe does freeze, use a hair dryer, heat gun, heating pad, or hot towels to thaw it.

Never use a device with an open flame.

Trump throws full US support behind protesters in Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday threw the weight of the U.S. government behind the protesters taking to the streets of Iran, rooting them on despite the risk of helping Iranian authorities dismiss a week of major demonstrations as the product of American instigation.

As Iran’s supreme leader accused “enemies of Iran” of trying to destabilize his country, the State Department pressed Tehran to unblock social media sites used by the protesters. It even offered advice to tech-savvy Iranians on circumventing state internet controls.

President Donald Trump declared it was “time for change” in Iran, and other officials floated the possibility of additional sanctions. At the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki Haley sought a Security Council meeting to show support for those protesting in the Islamic Republic.

“We want to help amplify the voices of the Iranian people,” said Haley, who appeared before cameras to recite the chants of protesters across Iran. She said Iran’s claim that other countries were fomenting the unrest was “complete nonsense,” describing the dissent as homegrown.

Borrowing from a response playbook it has used before, Iran’s government blamed the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Britain for the protests. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the 78-year-old supreme leader, said Iran’s enemies were using money, weapons, politics and spies “to create problems for the Islamic system, the Islamic Republic and the Islamic Revolution.”

Trump was undeterred, praising Iranians for “finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime.” In an allusion to possible sanctions in response to human rights violations, Trump said the United States would closely monitor the situation.

“The U.S. is watching!” the president tweeted.

Beyond rhetoric, though, it wasn’t clear what the Trump administration could do substantively to empower the protesters, who are railing against corruption, mismanagement and economic woes including higher food prices. His support also sets up a potential test of his presidential leadership if the protests — already deadly — grow more violent.

At least 21 people have died and hundreds have been arrested over six days of demonstrations, the largest in Iran since the “Green Movement” that erupted in 2009 following a disputed presidential election. The new outbreak started in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city, and has expanded to many others.

Iranian authorities have sought to suppress the protests in part by shutting down key social media sites protesters use to communicate, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and the messaging app Telegram. On Tuesday, Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein urged Iran’s government to unblock the sites.

“They are legitimate avenues for communication,” Goldstein said. He said the U.S. has an “obligation not to stand by.”

Iranians seeking to evade the blocks can use virtual private networks, Goldstein said. Known as VPNs, the services create encrypted data “tunnels” between computers and can be used to access overseas websites blocked by the local government.

The primary U.S. goal is to ensure enough global attention to deter Iranian authorities from violently cracking down on protesters with impunity, said a senior State Department official involved in Iran policy. The official wasn’t authorized to comment by name and demanded anonymity.

For Trump, the protests have served as an unexpected but welcome opportunity to rally the world against Iran, and U.S. officials said the administration was actively encouraging other countries to back the protests. Early U.S. attempts to get European allies to coordinate their messaging with the U.S. ran into obstacles, but several countries including France and Italy have joined in expressing concerns.

In the U.S., Trump’s full-throated support for the protesters has renewed the debate about how best to encourage change in Iran, whose government Trump deems a top national security threat.

Under President Barack Obama, the U.S. took a more cautious approach during the last major wave of anti-government protests. It was concerned about enabling Iranian authorities to exploit longstanding suspicions of the U.S., dating back to American and British support for a 1953 coup toppling Iran’s elected prime minister.

Ben Rhodes, Obama’s former deputy national security adviser, said “too much ownership” of the protests by Trump would likely be counterproductive.

“I can’t imagine that the people marching in the streets of Iran are looking to Donald Trump for inspiration or support,” Rhodes said. “I just don’t think it helps things for the White House to make this into a U.S.-versus-the-Iranian-government circumstance.”

But former Sen. Joe Lieberman, a staunch Iran critic, said it’s a given Tehran will portray dissent as externally provoked.

“That’s a very weak excuse for American inaction and inconsistency with our own interests and values. I’m glad President Trump is not following that advice,” Lieberman said in an interview.

It wasn’t immediately clear what effect Trump’s support was having on the protests, although Iran’s state TV reported his tweets and some Iranians shared them online.

When it comes to supporting the Iranian aspirations, Trump’s credibility may be dented by his hostility to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement and his inclusion of Iranians in his travel bans.

Trump’s insistence in an October speech on using the term “Arabian Gulf” in place of the Persian Gulf also riled the Iranian public. There also was criticism of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for saying America was working with people in Iran for a “peaceful transition of that government.”

The Rock Island Music Association (RIMA) announced as Three Degree recipient for January

The Rock Island Music Association (RIMA) has been selected as the January recipient of the Three Degree Guarantee sponsored by Eriksen Chevrolet in Milan, IL.

For each day of the month that the actual temperature is within three degrees of the forecasted high temperature, the Rock Island Music Association (RIMA) will receive $20 from Eriksen Chevrolet. Each night, Storm Team 8 will predict the next day’s high temperature. The forecasted temperatures are compared to the actual temperatures recorded by the National Weather Service.

The Rock Island Music Association’s mission is to facilitate communication between the music faculty, parents and the community; provide financial support for special projects; and build great spirit throughout the Rock Island/Milan School District’s music departments and our organization.

If you would like to learn more about the Rock Island Music Association, please click here.

If your charity or organization would like to be considered for the Three Degree Guarantee, please click here.