Texas man buys pizza for 54 immigrants discovered in back of 18-wheeler

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Armando Colunga was watching the news in San Antonio when he saw a report Tuesday night about authorities discovering 54 undocumented immigrants in the back of an 18-wheeler truck.

The men were being detained, sitting in a group on the ground, while they waited for authorities to interview and transport them.

Colunga felt compelled to act. The tow truck driver hopped in his vehicle and drove across town to help.

“My main motivation was, ‘Who knows how long they’ve been in there?'” he said.

When Colunga got to the scene, he noticed a Little Caesars nearby and bought seven pizzas.

He was worried authorities wouldn’t let him give the pizzas to the immigrants, but two detectives escorted him past the yellow crime scene tape, where a third detective handed the pizzas off to a fireman, who distributed them to the group.

As it turned out, the migrants had been given water, but had not been fed.

“I didn’t think about if it (the seven pizzas) would be enough — I just figured everyone would have something to eat,” Colunga told CNN.

He said officers told him he didn’t have to do what he was doing.

“No I didn’t have to, but they’re my people,” he said.

Colunga, who is of Mexican descent, sympathizes with the struggles many Latinos face in immigrating to the United States. But he said he would have taken action regardless of the group’s racial or ethnic background.

“If they were black or African people or white people coming from London … I would have done the same thing,” he said. “It’s not about race.”

Although Colunga didn’t get the names of the three detectives who helped him complete his mission, “I just want to thank them,” he said.

Here are a few need-to-knows for this weekend’s coming heat

"Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate." Our very own chief meteorologist, James Zahara, said it best. A heat wave it on its way.

This Father's Day weekend is going to be on of the hottest on record. With the heat index likely to reach over 100 degrees, here are some helpful tips for beating the heat from Genesis Medical Center emergency physician David Dierks.

  • Stay out of the heat when possible. The young and old are particularly vulnerable. People with other chronic conditions, for example, heart disease, mental health conditions, asthma and high blood pressure are at higher risk for heat illnesses.
  • Make certain you don’t leave small children or pets in a vehicle.  Temperatures can rise quickly to fatal ranges.  One tip is to put something vital to your day in the back seat with a child, including a phone, a shoe or work materials.
  • If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, visit friends or relatives, go to a cool public place like a shopping area or the library.
  • Eat smaller meals, but eat more frequently.
  • Check on elderly and sick friends, neighbors and relatives several times a day during a hot spell. Invite them to your home if you are concerned about their safety.
  • Drink plenty of water, particularly when exercising or working outdoors. One guideline is 8 ounces of water for every 20 minutes of outdoor activity.
  • When possible, complete outdoor work either early in the day or late in the day.
  • If you go out to walk, jog or bike, take a "buddy" so that if you get into trouble, help is close by.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine drinks.  Both speed up the loss of fluid.
  • Make sure children take breaks from outdoor activity.  Take a break from outside activity during the hottest part of the day to play games, or watch a movie together inside.
  • Take care of your skin if you are outdoors.  Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and wear a wide-brimmed hat.  Reapply sunscreen frequently, especially if you are swimming.
  • Seek shade or air conditioning if you begin to feel dizzy or nauseous.
  • Seek medical treatment immediately if you are disoriented, have a high body temperature, are vomiting, or have stopped perspiring.
What to Watch For

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale, or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; and exhaustion. Body temperature may be normal, or is likely to be rising.

Symptoms of heat stroke include hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid, shallow breathing.  Body temperature can be  105 degrees F or higher.  If the person was sweating from heavy work or exercise, skin may be wet; otherwise, it will feel dry.

Check out what the new Portillo’s will look like and when it will open

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The commercial real estate folks at NAI Ruhl Commercial have offered up a sneak peek of what the new Portillo’s in Davenport is going to look like, via their Facebook page.

They also noted that the targeted opening of the much-anticipated restaurant is the spring of 2019.

The restaurant will be located across from Costco at the intersection of Fairhaven Road and 53rd Street in north Davenport.

There is a meeting scheduled on Thursday, June 14 at 6 p.m. at Davenport City Hall regarding the re-zoning of the location to accommodate Portillo’s.

QC Teen replaces 100th American flag with Gov. Rauner’s help in Silvis

SILVIS - A local teenager got a surprise and a celebration on Flag Day, June 14.

As Liam Willcox was preparing to retire and replace his 100th flag, he got a surprise visit from Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

"I had no idea he was coming out here," said Liam, who will be an Eighth Grader at East Moline Christian School. "It was just a great honor."

Liam started the Flag Restoration Project nearly a year ago after being inspired by a veteran during a school visit.

"Liam has done a wonderful job," said Gov. Rauner.  "You know what? It's so wonderful to celebrate the American flag."

Family, friends and officials joined the celebration, which hit the 100 mark during the stop in Silvis.

"It felt like a victory," said Liam.  "It was a milestone for our project."

As Liam retired the next flag, there were cheers and the Pledge of Allegiance.

"Everybody that came here supported me enough so I could get to this point," Liam said.  "It wasn't me that did it.  It was everybody that helped me out."

Now that he reached 100 flags, he isn't about to stop.

"As long as people need flags, I hope I'll be here to help them out," Liam said.

And what about Gov. Rauner's visit?

"It's amazing," Gov. Rauner concluded.

"I'm glad he did because I had a little trouble getting that one down," Liam concluded.

To help the Flag Restoration Project, the Moline VFW is accepting new flags or monetary donations.  The Moline VFW is at 1721 7th Street, Moline, IL, 61265.


Flowers on the River remembers lives lost to domestic abuse

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – The 7th annual Flowers on the River event was held on June 14 at Schwiebert Park.

The event, hosted by local organizations, allows a chance to remember loved ones who are lost to domestic abuse.

Family Resources’ Engaging Males program and the Elephant Club honor local victims who are killed. They remember them by reading aloud the victim’s names then placing a flower, in their honor, into the river.

In the past couple of years, almost 50 women were killed in Illinois, and at least 15 were killed in Iowa at the hands of a domestic abuser.

In most cases, the abuser is a spouse or an ex-spouse.


Pension reform, recreational marijuana efforts stall at statehouse

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (Illinois News Network) -- Illinois state lawmakers from opposite sides of the aisle have different takes on what didn't get done at the statehouse this session.

Legislators are back in their districts for the summer and won’t be back in action until November for fall veto session. When they were in Springfield, they passed a budget, some ethics reforms, named roads and honored people who died.

What did lawmakers neglect to address? State Rep. Allen Skillicorn said lawmakers failed to tackle reforms for the state’s underfunded public pension systems.

“Pensions are the No. 1 issue that are driving up costs and driving down services,” said Skillicorn, R-East Dundee. “By ignoring the real issue of pensions, ignoring the need to change the [state] constitution to diminish pensions is the biggest thing we’re dropping.”

Illinois has $130 billion in unfunded pension liability, more than any other state and a main debt driver for the state’s poor credit rating. Reforming the pension programs has been difficult, in part, because the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled the state constitution does not allow for the diminishment of promised benefits.

There were several resolutions for a statewide ballot question to ask voters if the state constitution should be amended to address the pension issue, but none were advanced, let alone debated, on the floor or in committees.

“Raising prices [and] lowering the services, it’s just going to drive more and more millennials, working families and seniors out of the state,” Skillicorn said.

As part of the budget for the coming fiscal year, lawmakers did offer up pension buyout plans they say will save taxpayers money, but the plans are optional and critics say the savings can’t be guaranteed. It’s unclear how much, if any, the plans will lower the amount of unfunded liability.

State Rep. Christian Mitchell, D-Chicago, said one measure lawmakers dropped the ball on was instituting his bill to provide a child care tax credit for parents and providers.

“A sort of market-based solution to provide more incentives to parents to find the best programs and for those programs to create additional slots I think could really be useful in moving the middle-class, lower-middle class forward in terms of having more money for child care and better quality child care in the state,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell also said another ball he thinks lawmakers dropped was legalizing recreational marijuana.

Lawmakers passed more than 600 bills so far this year alone. Taking into account last calendar year, which was the first of two years for the 100th General Assembly, lawmakers passed more than 1,220 bills.

Greg Bishop reports on Illinois government and other statewide issues for INN.

Southern Baptists, Mike Pence and the quest for unity

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(CNN) — If there was a buzzword at Southern Baptists’ annual meeting this week, it was “unity.”

It showed up in resolutions advocating for immigration reform, renouncing the racist “Curse of Ham” doctrine and calling for “Christlike communication,” particularly on social media.

In response to #MeToo scandals besetting Southern Baptists, they also passed resolutions condemning the mistreatment and abuse of women.

Unity was on the lips of experts in evangelism, as they urged Southern Baptists to put aside differences in service of gaining converts.

Unity was highlighted in a tweet summing up the meeting by Russell Moore, who leads the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy arm. The word was also tweeted by the new president of the SBC, J.D. Greear, as he expressed concern about one of the annual meeting’s more controversial moments, Wednesday’s speech by Vice President Mike Pence.

The focus on “unity” may seem a bit odd. After all, the Southern Baptist Convention is less a denomination than a fellowship of some 47,000 churches, all of which are autonomous. It’s been said that trying to lead Baptists, of any stripe, is somewhat like herding cats — or, more poetically, “like being president of a flight of butterflies.”

I caught up with the man who now has that difficult job minutes after he was handed the gavel, marking the beginning of Greear’s presidency of the nation’s largest Protestant movement, with more than 15 million members.

At 45, Greear, a megachurch pastor from Durham, North Carolina, is the youngest SBC president in nearly four decades, and the first from Generation X.

He’s friendly and informal, preferring button-downs and sneakers to fancy suits. He speaks quickly, and packs a lot of ideas into even short interviews.

I asked Greear about the focus on unity, and why he thought Pence’s appearance sent “a terribly mixed signal” about Southern Baptists. This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

I’ve been hearing about “unity” a lot at this meeting. Why is that on so many people’s minds?

Jesus prayed for the church in John 17 that it be unified, and so what we have is a unity around a shared gospel doctrine and our Baptist Faith & Message, which we believe is narrow enough that it unites us on the particulars, but also broad enough that there can be some latitude on things that are secondary and tertiary in importance.

We don’t endorse political platforms; some of us have different strategies in how to deal with various political issues. Obviously, there’s cultural diversity, stylistic diversity, and without getting into a big taxonomy of which doctrines are central and which are not, there is kind of a hierarchy of doctrines, where we can say, “This may be important, but we can come together even if we disagree on that.”

So it’s not unity for unity’s sake. It’s unity around the gospel and the mission. And what we’ve seen challenged in recent days is people who want to disunify over secondary and tertiary things.

Such as?

Such as particular doctrines like Calvinism and the Reform movement. In the Baptist Faith & Message, we believe there is room for divergence there. On political questions, some people think the best strategy to empower the poor is this, and some think it’s this over here. And we just think it’s wise in those things where the Bible doesn’t draw a direct line to show restraint.

We believe that the Bible draws a direct line, for example, on the pro-life question. But when it comes to things like health care and empowering the poor, we say, “Let’s show some restraint in our strategy.” At the same time, we can agree that all Christians should care about the empowerment of the poor and the full equality and rights for all people in the United States.

Is the unity message in any way a response to the hyperpartisanship and argumentative online culture we see so much of these days?

Yeah, social media certainly hasn’t helped that, because it used to be that most of our disagreements would come with context. Now we reduce all of these conversations into little snippets. People talk past each other. People are virtue-signaling and trying to posture.

One of the things that we want to do is, when it does come to disagreement on some of those secondary issues, we want to have empathy and charity with each other. Which means that I want to be able to understand why your cultural perspective may make you see a particular issue differently than I do. That’s empathy. Charity means that I’m going to give you the best benefit of the doubt about your motives in why you think that. What you see on social media is an absence of those things. In the church, we ought to have a better way.

You sent out a message about unity after Vice President Pence spoke here. You also said that his appearance sent mixed messages. What were those messages?

Because the SBC has been identified in the past, rightly or wrongly, as part and parcel of the Republican Party, the committee on order of business (at Southern Baptists’ national meeting) tried to be very clear that their reason for accepting Mike Pence’s invitation was to say that we respect and honor our civic leaders. We honor his position and appreciate certain stands that he has taken that all Southern Baptists would agree on. And we would do the same thing for a Democrat.

However, a lot of people see (Pence’s address) as a campaign speech to celebrate all the things the administration has done, as if the SBC was saying that this is our platform and our candidate. There are certainly things in the Trump administration that Southern Baptists can appreciate, but we want to be very clear that we do not identify with that. That is not our political platform. We want to make sure that we don’t send out a signal that part of our unity is around the particular political policies or strategies of any administration.

How much does the political debate harm unity within the SBC?

It does when it becomes too large in how we relate. It ought to be that the gospel and our shared set of beliefs and mission are so large that the other things, while they may make for great discussions, are secondary.

The illustration that I always use is that Jesus had 12 disciples. One of them was identified as Matthew the tax collector, another as Simon the zealot. That puts them on opposite sides of the most explosive political question of Jesus’ day (whether to cooperate with the Roman Empire). Jesus called them both as disciples and they are identified by their positions, and I’m sure they had some really spicy discussions around the campfire. But they had more in common in their love and faith in Jesus and their commitment to his mission.

It’s not that we want to say that (political) questions don’t matter. It’s just that we’ve got something bigger and more important to unify around. I hope Southern Baptists will have robust discussions about the best education policies, for example. But we should be able to disagree and at the end of the day unify around the gospel mission.

Father’s Day weekend will be one of the hottest on record

Strong thunderstorms that broke through the dry air during the midday and afternoon hours  drenched areas in southeast Iowa and west central Illinois.   Great news for this portion of the area where it has been pretty parched of late.  The system has moved off which will leave behind some broken cloudiness overnight.

Humidity stayed low for the second straight day but that will be just a memory heading into the Father’s Day weekend.

Overnight lows will drop into the upper 60s as the broken cloudiness will linger through the night.  Could see a shower or storm before sunrise, otherwise no relief expected until early next week.

We’ll turn on nature’s oven slowly with highs in the lower 90s on Friday with mid 90s both Saturday and Sunday. Throw in that humidity and heat index values will have no problem reaching over 100 degrees.

Let me stress again, we haven’t seen this  stretch of  high humidity this season so if your outdoor plans take you outside for a long period of time take plenty of breaks.  Look for those shady spots and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Trump pick for South Korea ambassador says North Korea remains a nuclear threat

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(CNN) — Harry Harris, the Trump administration’s nominee to be ambassador to South Korea, said North Korea continues to be a nuclear threat and that major military exercises should be paused to give Kim Jong Un a chance to prove whether he is “serious.”

President Donald Trump announced in Singapore that the US would suspend “war games” with South Korea and Japan, taking Seoul, Tokyo, lawmakers and parts of the US military by surprise.

“In my previous capacity, I spoke very strongly about the need to continue military exercises, most notably in 2017,” Harris said at his nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday. But he noted that, “we were in a different place in 2017. North Korea was launching missiles … if war wasn’t imminent, it was likely.”

“Today, following the summit, we are in a dramatically different place,” said Harris, a former commander of Pacific Command who was an admiral when he left the Navy. “The whole landscape has shifted. I believe we should give exercises, major exercises, a pause to see if Kim Jong Un is in fact serious about his part of the negotiations.” He added that, “I’ve spoken in the past about the need to bring Kim Jong Un to his senses and not to his knees.”

“We have to continue to worry”

Harris added that, “for the first time in my career we’re in a place where peace is a possibility. We can be hopeful, we can be optimistic as long as we are realistic as well,” he said, stressing that sanctions pressure on North Korea should not be lifted.

The summit in Singapore “wasn’t designed to solve all issues at once, but to be a starting point to start serious negotiations,” Harris said, meant “to establish the modalities for what a complete verifiable irreversible denuclearization means and how we’re going to go about that.”

Sen. Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked Harris whether North Korea is still a nuclear threat.

Trump declared on Twitter that the country was no longer a nuclear threat and that the US is safer in the wake of his summit meeting with the North Korean leader, but Menendez noted Pyongyang still retains its missiles, its command of the nuclear fissile process and other capabilities.

“We have to continue to worry about that,” Harris said. He noted that the US installed an anti-missile system in South Korea “because of the threat from North Korea… it’s based solely on the ballistic missile threat from North Korea.”

Harris was also asked about language Trump has used, describing the military exercises as “war games” and calling them “provocative,” as China and North Korea do.

“I would call them major exercises,” Harris said. And asked if they were provocative, Harris said, “they are certainly of concern to North Korea and to China, but we do them in order to exercise our ability to work and interoperate with our South Korean allies.”

Harris said his understanding is that regular training and readiness and service-related exercises would continue, “but I don’t know that for a fact,” he said, adding that would be a decision for the administration and the Pentagon.

Harris stressed that even if some exercises are paused temporarily, “our alliance commitments to South Korea remain and are ironclad,” but added that, “we do need to create some breathing space for the negotiations to continue.”

Staying diplomatically aligned with South Korea is also crucial, Harris said in response to questions from Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who raised concerns about China trying to divide the US and South Korea.

It is important that the US stays “synchronized and aligned with our ally in South Korea,” Harris said, and that “decisions that we make are alliance decisions, decisions are made with our South Korean ally and not made unilaterally. And they need to make their decisions based on the alliance as well.”

Harris said the administration was committed to continuing sanctions against North Korea until it sees clear evidence that the regime is acting on denuclearization.

“The maximum pressure campaign that was led by the State Department and the enforcement of UN sanctions, and pretty harsh enforcement of sanctions by many countries … is what brought Km Jong Un to the negotiating table in Singapore,” Harris said.

Defining “denuclearization”

“We need to maintain those sanctions until there’s some concrete demonstration” that North Korea is moving toward denuclearization, Harris added. He said that, to him, “denuclearization” means the “complete denuclearization” of all equipment, stockpiles, and the means to deliver weapons.

And he said he wasn’t sure yet what the benchmark should be for declaring that North Korea was acting in good faith and making progress. “I don’t know where along that timeline to complete denuclearization we should start to relax those sanctions,” Harris said, adding that it would certainly be part of the negotiations and deliberations here in Washington.

Harris expressed concern about pressure from China. “I am concerned that China is starting to relax sanctions and they want further relaxation of sanctions by all the parties,” he said. That shouldn’t happen “until we come to the point that we can believe that Kim Jong Un is serious about negotiations.”

That point, Harris said, should come within a year.

Noting that North Korea has a history of playing out talks while it pockets concessions — a hallmark of talks in 1994, 2005 and 2012 — Harris said he thinks Trump is “spot on when he says he’s not going to wait that long” and that he’ll know within a year … the seriousness with which Kim Jong Un approaches this deal.”

If you love squeegees and horrifying heights, the Space Needle has the job for you

SEATTLE --Wanted: Windex aficionado with extensive experience in not looking down.

Actually, four of them.

The Space Needle is in the process of hiring four 'courageous employees' to clean the 176 tons of glass that were added during its recent redesign. That adds up to more than 20,000 square feet of glass that will have to be cleaned every day.

“This isn’t a job for the faint of heart,” Paul Best, who leads the Space Needle’s glass-keeping team, said in a statement. “All of the tower’s recently installed glass is located 500 feet in the air or higher, which will require my team to reach, climb and crawl on more than 300 panels of glass to keep the tower’s floor-to-ceiling views pristine for every guest.”

The position pays $15 an hour, the minimum wage in Seattle.

The $100 million renovation project is focused on preserving and improving the Needle. There are lots of jobs available as the summer tourist season ramps up, ranging from guest experience specialists to maintenance engineers to admissions agents.

“From operating an elevator to changing the Space Needle’s signature aircraft warning beacon, our employees scale every inch of the of the structure to maintain its beauty and legacy,” vice president of human resources Nancy Hawman said in a statement.

Flag bearers line Centennial Bridge to honor America’s military members

DAVENPORT, Iowa - On June 14, the United States flag turned 241-years-old. A local woman had a dream of honoring the people who fight for America's freedom by lining the Centennial Bridge with American flags.

More than 130 people lined the Centennial Bridge just before 8 a.m. to help Karen Buchanan make her dream come true this morning.

Cars honked and spectators cheered as they passed by and took a look at all of the red, white, and blue.

After marching into position, the flag bearers stood holding their flags high.

For over an hour, the flags were held with pride and honor.

The goal was to pay respect to the nation's veterans and soldiers who fight for American freedom every day.

Buchanan said her dream came true and she feels that the event came at a time where so many people in the Quad Cities community are searching for an outlet to show patriotism.

"A lot of people want to express patriotism right now, they want to show our country is great, our country is wonderful and they don't get an outlet to do that really and this is an outlet where they get to physically be a part of it. " said Buchanan.

It was the first time the "Fly the Flag High" event was held, and Buchanan said she hopes to continue to grow the event.

She said long-term goals are to someday line the new I-74 bridge in honor of the nation's military.

Fun fact: Flag day became an official holiday back in 1949 when President Trumann signed an Act of Congress. However, the holiday stems from the anniversary of the Flag Resolution in 1777.

Honduran woman says federal officials took her daughter while she breastfed the child in a detention center

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(CNN) — The undocumented immigrant from Honduras sobbed as she told an attorney Tuesday how federal authorities took her daughter while she breastfed the child in a detention center, where she was awaiting prosecution for entering the country illegally.

When the woman resisted, she was handcuffed, Natalia Cornelio, the attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, recalled from her interview with the woman, who had been detained under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy to refer anyone caught crossing the border illegally for federal prosecution.

Since the policy was announced in May, some 500 children have been separated from their parents within the last month, according to Miguel A. Nogueras, an assistant federal public defender for the Southern District of Texas in McAllen, citing an unofficial count by an attorney in his office.

Some parents who are under arrest tell public defenders they don’t know what happened to their children, Nogueras said. Some parents also claim they have been told their children are being taken to be bathed or cleaned up, then the adults don’t see them again.

“The government is essentially torturing people by doing this,” Cornelio said.

In an interview outside the federal courthouse in McAllen, Nogueras said: “It depends on who the agent is on that day. They’ll be told, ‘We’re going to separate your kids so they can bathe.’ And that’s not true.”

He added: “It’s really hard to look in the eye of a mother or father who would plead for you — help me get my child back.”

‘My daughter is here’

Inside the crowded federal courtroom, another undocumented Honduran immigrant stood in shackles Tuesday pleading with a judge preparing to sentence him for illegally entering the United States.

Authorities had separated Oman Rodriguez-Avila from his 8-year-old daughter when they caught him and other immigrants crossing the border a day earlier.

“I would ask that you give me a short sentence because my daughter is here,” he told a judge in Spanish, speaking through a translator.

The federal judge sentenced Rodriguez-Avila to 15 days in jail because Rodriguez-Avila was previously convicted for the same misdemeanor offense in 2012 and deported.

In a statement released Wednesday, Carlos Diaz, a US Customs and Border Protection spokesman, disputed the claims against immigration officials.

“Nothing could be further from the truth and these allegations are unsubstantiated,” he said in an email.

In Texas, Cornelio recalled how quickly the tears flowed when the Civil Rights Project interviewed immigrants, whose children had been taken from them, after their arrest for illegally entering the country.

“All the women would start crying and would need to take a couple of minutes before being able to continue talking about it,” Cornelio said.

This week, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department’s Southern District of Texas said her office could not comment on the number of parents who had been separated from their children or how families were separated because of the zero-tolerance policy.

‘It should never happen’

Children generally are separated from parents who are awaiting prosecution for crossing illegally, so prosecuting more parents will result in the separation of far more children from their parents at the border than before the policy took effect.

Those children become the charges of the Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (specifically, the Office of Refugee Resettlement).

In an interview with NPR last month, when asked what he would say to people who say it would be “cruel and heartless” to separate a mother from her children, White House chief of staff John Kelly said: “I wouldn’t put it quite that way. The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever. But the big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States, and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long.”

The administration said it seeks to reunite the families as much as possible after court proceedings, but it puts the onus largely on the parents to locate their children within government custody and seek their return.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the administration’s policy last month.

“So, if you cross the border unlawfully, even a first offense, we’re going to prosecute you,” Sessions told a gathering of the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies. “If you’re smuggling a child, we’re going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law. If you don’t want your child to be separated, then don’t bring them across the border illegally.”

The new policy does not apply to asylum seekers who enter the United States through an official port of entry without paperwork; those people would only be placed into immigration proceedings.

It has long been a misdemeanor federal offense to be caught illegally entering the country, punishable by up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine. But previous US administrations generally didn’t refer everyone caught for prosecution. Those who were apprehended were put into immigration proceedings and faced deportation from the country, unless they qualified to pursue an asylum claim.

Supporters of the new program credited it with reducing the number of crossings and repeat offenders, while critics said it overwhelmed the courts and US attorneys’ offices with low-level crimes that made it difficult to use resources to go after serious and dangerous crime, like drug smuggling and cartels.

Nogueras said he has seen a shift in the caseload. During the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, public defenders in the federal courthouse in McAllen handled about 20 to 30 cases a day involving defendants facing charges for minor crimes, he said.

On Monday, public defenders handled 170 cases of undocumented immigrants who were charged with illegally entering the country and about 120 on Tuesday. At least 60 children have been separated from their parents over the past two days, according to the federal public defenders in McAllen.

“I’m outraged about it. I’m angry. It should never happen,” Nogueras said. “I don’t think that this represents the values of the American people.”

‘Nationally important facility’ coming to Downtown Davenport

DAVENPORT- Downtown leaders are trying to continue the momentum of developments that have opened up recently.

The Quad Cities Chamber held its annual Downtown Davenport Partnership meeting Tuesday morning, June 12. Leaders say The Current Iowa hotel and the new Scott Community College Urban Campus were two big projects for the downtown area.

Chamber leaders say those developments along with the city's partnership to get more lights in the area have helped to make it grow.

"This is a really big systemic thing that we've been working on forever," partnership Executive Director Kyle Carter said Tuesday. "To see a lot of that come to fruition, the Adler Marquee, it all stacked up really well this year, and we have a lot to be excited about."

Carter also hinted at a surprise business coming to East 2nd Street right next to the Great River Brewery. He would not go into detail, only calling it a "nationally important facility."

CHEF SCOTT: Vietnamese crab cakes

BETTENDORF, Iowa – It's time to kick up the flavor and serve some unique crab cakes.

"The Vietnamese are known for their banh mi, which essentially means bread," explained Chef Brad Scott, director of Scott Community College's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center.

"So what we're going to do today, we're going to upscale that a little bit with some spicy crab cakes."

1. Mix 2 lbs of crab meat (both lump and white) into a bowl
2. Mix together 1 Tbsp Jalapeno, onion, parsley, cilantro, and ginger into the bowl
3, Mix together some torn basil and torn mint
4. Add 1 tsp fish sauce
5. Add 1 Tbsp of corn starch
6. Add 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
7. Add 1 egg
8. Add 1/2 cup bread crumbs
9. Mix together, let rest for five minutes
10. Form small balls and bread with Panko crumbs
11. Add 1/2 cup corn oil to a fry pan and heat
12. Add each crab cake, fry for three minutes each side
13. Slide croissants, add mayo
14. Serve crab cakes on top, add a slice of tomato

"I like to serve this with some thinly sliced cucumber, thinly sliced tomato, and spinach," said Chef Scott.

Add sopa noodles to complete the meal.


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Quad Cities Music Guild “A Chorus Line” Sweepstakes

Official Rules



WQAD News 8 (“Sponsor”) will conduct the Quad Cities Music Guild “A Chorus Line” Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) in accordance with these Official Rules (“Rules”).  Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Rules.  The Sweepstakes is intended for participation in the United States only and is void where prohibited and outside the Sweepstakes Area set forth below.  Do not participate if you are not eligible and located in the United States at the time of entry.

  1.  Eligibility:  Entrants must be legal US residents, at least 18 years old or above, as determined by Sponsor and reside in the Davenport, IA – Moline, IL – Rock Island, IL Designated Market Area as defined by The Nielsen Company (the “Sweepstakes Area”). The Sweepstakes Area includes 17 counties in Iowa and Illinois.  In Illinois – Jo Daviess, Carroll, Whiteside, Bureau, Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Warren and Knox. In Iowa – Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Muscatine, Louisa, Des Moines, and Henry. Employees of WQAD, Quad City Music Guild (“Sponsor”), and Tribune Media Company, employees of other television or radio stations, and members of the immediate families of such persons are not eligible to participate and win.  The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren, and any other person residing at the same household whether or not related.  Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
  2. Sweepstakes Period: The Sweepstakes begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. CT and runs through Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CT (the “Sweepstakes Period”).
  3.  Sweepstakes Entry:  Viewers can fill out the entry form found in the contest section of WQAD.COM.

Limit one entry per person.  Received entries become the property of WQAD News 8 and will not be returned.  Entrants will also be given the option to opt in to receiving additional information from WQAD and from the Sweepstakes prize providers.  Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Multiple entries by means of software-generated or other automated processes will be disregarded.  Detection of said automated entry will lead to such entries being voided in Sponsor’s sole discretion.  Only one registered account per entry.  If multiple accounts are detected for a single entrant, the accounts will be voided and the entries will be disqualified in Sponsor’s sole discretion.  In the event of a dispute as to any registration, the authorized account holder of the email address or account used to register will be deemed to be the registrant.  The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.  Sponsor reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Sweepstakes, including information on entrants obtained through the Sweepstakes, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.  Sponsor reserves the right to contact entrants and all other individuals whose email address is submitted as part of this promotion.

  1. Winner Selection and Notification:  On or about June 1, 2018, Sponsor will select one winner by random drawing from among all eligible entries. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Sponsor will attempt to notify the Sweepstakes winner via telephone or email on June 29, 2018. Winner must have a valid email address where he or she can be notified.  If the potential winner: (a) is unreachable after seven days, (b) is not in compliance with these Rules, (c) does not meet the eligibility requirements, (d) does not provide required documentation and sign any required documents by the deadline established by Sponsor, or (e) is unavailable for prize fulfillment, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize to another winner selected by random drawing from among remaining eligible entries. Sponsor will conduct up to two alternate drawings. If Sponsor cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, the prize will not be awarded.  All results are unofficial until winners are verified.
  2.  Prize:

There is one prize. 2 tickets to see “A Chorus Line” at the Quad City Music Guild at Prospect Park in Moline on Friday, July 6, 2018.

The approximate retail value of the prize is $32

  1.  Prize Acceptance/Restrictions:   Winner is subject to verification by WQAD of the winner’s name, age, address, phone number, and Social Security number (where the prize value is equal to or greater than $600.00). In order to claim his or her prize, winner must appear in person at the business offices of WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL during regular business hours by 7/5/18. Prior to receipt of prize, winner will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity, and may be required to provide a completed W-9, per Section 9 below.  Prize cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items by any winner.  Prize is non-assignable and non-transferrable.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value, including cash, for prize, for any reason.  Costs of transportation and accommodations, where applicable, and any other cost not specifically included in the prize are the sole responsibility of the winners.  Properly claimed prize will be awarded, provided a sufficient number of eligible entries are received, but in no event will Sponsor award more prizes than are provided for in these Rules.
  2. Publicity Release: By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant acknowledges that his/her entry in the Sweepstakes constitutes that entrant’s consent to use, publish, reproduce and for all purposes, including publicity, promotion and advertising, in any media (including without limitation, the Internet, television or offline promotions), winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state, and any portion thereof, each extending throughout the universe and in perpetuity without further compensation, credit or right of review or approval, except where prohibited by law.
  3. Taxes: Any valuation of the prize stated above is based on available information provided to Sponsor, and the value of prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law.  All taxes, including federal, state, and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Any person winning over $600.00 in total prizes will receive a 1099 form from Sponsor at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form should be filed with the IRS.  Winner must provide Sponsor with valid identification, and a valid taxpayer identification number or Social Security number for total prizes valued at $600.00 or more, before prize will be awarded.  Sponsor will have the right, but not the obligation, to require winner to complete and submit an IRS form W-9.  Sponsor reserves the right to withhold prizes until the completed W‑9 form is received.
  4. Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Sweepstakes or any portion hereof, or to disqualify any individual implicated in any of the following actions, if for any reason:  (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, (b) the Sweepstakes or any website associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper processing of entries per these Rules, (c) the Sweepstakes becomes corrupted due to interruption in wireless calling devices or wireless service for any reason, or (d) the Sweepstakes is otherwise not capable of running as planned.  By entering, entrants represent that they are eligible and agree to be bound by and comply with the Rules and the decisions of any judges, which are final on all matters pertaining to the Sweepstakes.  Any entrant who attempts to tamper with this Sweepstakes in any way or use fraudulent means to participate in and/or win the Sweepstakes will be disqualified.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time, for any reason, including, without limitation, language, activities or behavior deemed inappropriate. Sponsor and its advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for cancellations, postponements, or delays.  Other than the prize received by the winner, no entrant will be entitled to receive any wages, benefits, fees or other compensation whatsoever as a result of participating in the Sweepstakes.  Sponsor will have the sole discretion to administer the Sweepstakes and interpret and apply the Rules.  This Sweepstakes is not intended for gambling.  Neither the failure of Sponsor to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Rules nor the failure, delay or omission by Sponsor in exercising any right with respect to any term of these Rules, will be construed as a waiver or relinquishment to any extent of Sponsor’s right to assert or rely upon any such provision or right in that or any other instance. If there is any conflict between any term of these Rules and any marketing or entry materials used in connection with the Sweepstakes, the terms of these Rules will govern.
  5. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to release, discharge, and hold harmless Sponsor, Tribune Media Company, prize providers, and their respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, death or property damage resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, delivery, possession, misuse or use of a prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), or from participation in and/or entry into or creation of an entry for the Sweepstakes and/or the broadcast or exploitation or use of entry or any other Sweepstakes-related activity; and (b) that the Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to prize.
  6. Limitation of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for: (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information or other errors in the printing, offering or administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prize(s), (b) any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation or transmission at any website, or wireless calling service, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other conditions, (c) failure of any entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems, telephone service problems, human error, or wireless calling service, (d) mechanical, technical, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions, or failures of any kind, including but not limited to failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed transmission of entries, traffic congestion, viruses, sabotage, satellite failures, electrical outages, on telephone lines, on the Internet, at any website, or application or lost or unavailable network connections or natural disasters or acts of God or man, which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Sweepstakes,  (e) communication line, hardware and/or software failures, malfunction of phones (including wireless phones/handsets), phone lines, other communications malfunctions, unavailable network connections, cellular equipment towers, telephone systems or wireless service, (f) damage to any computer (software or hardware) resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes, or damage to mobile phone or other PDA device, (g) theft or destruction of, tampering with, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries and/or entry information, (h) entries that are late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, and/or unintelligible (or any combination thereof), or (i) any change of email address, mailing address, telephone number and/or any other contact information provided by entrant.  Any expenses incurred by the entrant during the entry process are the sole responsibility of each entrant and the Sponsor will not issue reimbursement for any expenses.
  7. Dispute Resolution: By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. All entrants agree, by participation in the Sweepstakes, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of Illinois.  Illinois law will govern this Sweepstakes, without regard Illinois’s choice of law rules.  The courts of Illinois will be the exclusive forum for any dispute regarding any Rule or activity associated with the Sweepstakes.
  8. Official Rules: To request a copy of the Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL by 7/30/18.  Written copies of these Rules are also available during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at WQAD’s business offices or online at http://www.wqad.com.
  9. Name of Winner: For the name of the prize winner, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL, or appear in person at that location between normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) after 6/29/18. Requests for winner’s name must be received by August 31, 2018.
  10. Rights Reserved: The content, information, data, designs and code associated with the Sweepstakes and Sweepstakes website are protected by intellectual property and other laws. Any unauthorized use of copyrighted materials, trademarks, or any other intellectual property of Sponsor.


  1. Sponsor: WQAD, 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265.
    Quad City Music Guild, 1584 34th Ave, Moline, IL 61265


Win Tickets to see A Chorus Line at Quad City Music Guild

For the first time on the Music Guild Stage, A Chorus Line explores the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, vying for a spot in a Broadway show. With music by Marvin Hamlisch, it features one powerhouse number after another. Memorable musical numbers include “What I Did for Love, “One,” “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror,” and “I Hope I Get It.”

A Chorus Line was instantly recognized as a classic.  An unprecedented box office and critical hit, the musical received twelve Tony Award nominations and won nine, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Dazzling dance and beautiful music, you won’t want to miss it.

Quad City Music Guild’s performance of A Chorus Line will be on July 6 – 8 and July 12 – 15 at Prospect Park Auditorium in Moline, IL.  Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Thurs, Fri and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.    Tickets are $16 for adults and $11 for children.  Call 309-762-6610 for reservations.

You can win tickets to the show!  Register to win 2 tickets to opening night on Friday, July 6, 2018.  One entry per person.  Deadline for entry is Thursday, June 28th at noon.

Click here for complete rules.

Dixon Police K9 sports bulletproof vest thanks to charity sponsor

DIXON, Illinois — Dixon Police Department’s K9 Hery has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by The Marshall Family of Dixon, IL and embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love – Trained to Serve – Loyal Always”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,800 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.4 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

New York attorney general sues Trump Foundation

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s foundation served as a personal piggy bank for his businesses, legal bills and presidential campaign, New York’s attorney general said Wednesday as she sued the charity and its directors–Trump and his children Eric, Donald Jr., and Ivanka.

The Donald J. Trump Foundation “was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” Democratic AG Barbara Underwood said as she sued to dissolve the foundation and seek $2.8 million in restitution.

The lawsuit says the foundation illegally helped support the Republican’s campaign by raising money at a nationally televised fundraiser in January 2016, then allowing campaign staffers to dictate how the money was spent in grants.

Foundation attorney Sheri Dillon and a Trump Organization spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment. She still represents the foundation.

Underwood’s predecessor, Democrat Eric Schneiderman, began investigating the foundation in 2016 following Washington Post reports that foundation spending personally benefited the presidential candidate. Schneiderman ordered the foundation to stop fundraising in New York.

The Trump campaign, at the time, said the foundation intended to cooperate with the investigation. The campaign had previously called Schneiderman “a partisan hack” who backed Trump’s 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

Widower of ‘Marry My Husband’ author speaks out one year after her death

It’s been more than a year since author Amy Krouse Rosenthal died of ovarian cancer shortly after writing a viral essay in which she encouraged readers to consider marrying husband Jason after her passing.

Now Jason Rosenthal is speaking out, in a TED talk he gave at the TED 2018 conference as well as an interview with Today.

Asked whether he’ll remarry, he said, “I have no idea. I don’t know.” But he says several women did reach out after reading his late wife’s column. “A group of women reached out to me and professed their commitment,” he told Today, per People. “Some of it provided a nice bit of levity and some humor.”

He says one of the women even promised to outlive him.

As for the TED talk, Rosenthal recounted his grief and said he’s learning to smile again after losing his partner of 26 years, Today reports.

His father also died just four months after Amy, leading him to wonder, “How much can the human condition handle? What makes us capable of dealing with this intense loss and yet carry on? Was this a test? Why my family and my amazing children?”

But Amy had made it clear to the world at large that he needed to persevere.

“Because Amy gave me very public permission to also find happiness, I now have experienced joy from time to time,” he said in the talk.

“Pay It Forward” salutes Quad City Veterans Outreach Center in Davenport


One can at a time, Sandy Van Atta is helping veterans.

“We opened this in honor of our father, who was a World War II veteran,” she recalled recently.

Sandy and her sister Lola opened the Quad City Veterans Outreach Center in 2016.  After outgrowing their space, they moved to a storefront location at 2720 W. Locust Street in Davenport.  Phone: (563) 529-4782.

“We were really surprised by the need,” she continued.  “The need is mainly your next door neighbor.”

The Center offers a food pantry and much more.

“This side over here is where we keep our non-perishable items,” she said.

It’s an all-volunteer operation.  Businesses and individuals also pitch in with donations.

“This is new stuff coming in,” she gestured.

There’s clothing, household items, even a walk-in barber shop.  These days, the Center serves more than 600 clients.

“There’s a lot of homeless,” said Helen Rider, Davenport.  “There’s a lot of people that are looking for jobs.”

Reasons enough for Helen to nominate the Center for a Pay It Forward award.

“All of that is exactly what it means to be listening, caring and doing what’s right, which is our core values at Ascentra Credit Union,” said Megan Guldenpfennig.  “For that reason, on behalf of Ascentra, I would love to present you with $300, so you may Pay It Forward to them.”

While Sandy gets ready for an event at the Center on Saturday, June 16, 2018, Helen enters with a big surprise.

“On behalf of News Eight and Ascentra Credit Union, I would like to Pay It Forward for all the work you do at the Veterans Center,” Helen said.

“We’ll be able to buy even more food for the pantry giveaway on Saturday,” Sandy said.

She’s grateful for a kind community that continues to step up for veterans.

“It’s our way of saying thank you for your service,” Sandy concluded.  “If you’re needy or not, you’re always welcome here.”

Can-by-can, Paying It Forward in Davenport.

For more information on the Quad City Veterans Outreach Center, check http://www.qcvetsoutreach.com.