Crime Stoppers offering reward for Jason Roberts homicide information

Update: Crime stoppers of the Quad Cities need your help, and they're offering up to $5000 for it.

Davenport Police are looking for the person or people responsible for the murder of Jason Roberts. They are taking any information that could lead to the identification and arrest of those responsible.

All information regarding the Jason Roberts homicide should be directed to the tip line at 309-762-9500. All tips are anonymous. If your tips leads to an arrest, you will be rewarded.

Earlier: Police responded to a call just after 2 a.m., where they found Jason Blair Roberts suffering from life-threatening injuries. He had been shot.

He was then transported to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. His family says he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Roberts was one of the founders of "Boots on the Ground," a grassroots effort to combat gun violence in the Quad Cities. The organization says they are ramping up efforts after the death of their fellow leader.

Davenport is also planning on hosting a Youth Action Summit this coming Thursday, where Davenport Police and other local city organizations will discuss the first steps to combating crime in the city. You can register for the summit here.

Kittens take over King’s Harvest, how you can help

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- King's Harvest Pet Rescue is a no kill shelter that's beyond capacity.

The shelter took in more than 100 kittens during the spring of 2018, and with that many kittens comes a lot of medical bills.

More than $4,600 was spent on medications and spaying and neutering.

"That's really the number one thing," said assistant director Rochelle Dougall. She said getting pets fixed is the best way to stop the homeless cycle.

Roughly 130 kittens have been taken in, 30 remain on site and over 100 are in foster care around the Quad Cities.

"It's really hard to say no," said Dougall. "We are at max capacity and we shouldn't be taking any more, but our needs are always met with the community, so we do the same for them. We always want to reciprocate that."

Right now the shelter is in need of cash and adult cat and dog food.

Click here to find out how you can adopt, foster, volunteer and donate.

Niabi Zoo – Zoo Fun Day Sweepstakes – Official Rules

Niabi Zoo – Zoo Fun Day Sweepstakes

Official Rules



WQAD News 8 (“Sponsor”) will conduct the Niabi Zoo – Zoo Fun Day 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, Niabi Zoo (“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 Friday, June 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. CT and runs through Friday, August 31, 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 the following dates: Friday, June 29, 2018, Tuesday, July 31, 2018 and Friday August 31, 2018, the 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 Monday, July 2, 2018,  Wednesday, August 1, 2018, and Tuesday, September 3, 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.

  1.  Prize:

There are three prize packages.  One package to be awarded on each of the drawing dates.  The prize package includes 4 admission passes to Niabi Zoo (13010 Niabi Zoo Rd, Coal Valley, IL), 4 train passes, and 4 carousel.

The approximate retail value of each prize package is $65.

  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 6/6/17. 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.
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  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 8/31/18.  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 8/31/18. Requests for winner’s name must be received by October 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.


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    Niabi Zoo, 13010 Niabi Zoo Rd, Coal Valley, IL 61240


Domino’s now paving potholes to protect pizzas

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Domino's Pizza is stepping in to help repair America's infrastructure – filling potholes to make sure your pies make it home safely.

The company launched "Paving for Pizza" on Monday and it's asking people to nominate their town for road repairs.

"Have you ever hit a pothole and instantly cringed? We know that feeling is heightened when you're bringing home a carryout order from your local Domino's store. We don't want to lose any great-tasting pizza to a pothole, ruining a wonderful meal," said Russell Weiner, president of Domino's, in a news release on Monday. "Domino's cares too much about its customers and pizza to let that happen."

The pizza giant already worked with Bartonville, Texas; Milford, Delaware; Athens, Georgia and Burbank, California to patch potholes.

To nominate your city, go to pavingforpizza.com. Selected locations will receive a grant for repairs.

Davenport’s application for $20-million federal grant could build RiverVision

DAVENPORT --The City of Davenport plans to try for a $20-million federal BUILD Grant that could revitalize the riverfront and downtown streets.

Riverfront land near downtown Davenport offers a blank slate for ideas. If approved, a federal grant could go a long way to develop RiverVision.

"This would be an absolute game changer, not only for the riverfront, but for the downtown," said Alderman at Large Kyle Gripp, on Tuesday, June 12.

The much-discussed RiverVision ideas are back in sight. A large portion of the proposal ($14-million) would fund a riverfront park.

"I think the word is iconic that people like to use to make it really be that attractive spot along the riverfront that people want to go to and visit," said Parks and Recreation Director Scott Hock.

Reason enough for a Davenport advisory board to endorse the application on Tuesday. The city will submit it in about a month, but there's no telling how long the screening process will take.

"It's going to be a process to get there, but the end goal is going to be just amazing," said Hock.

Another big chunk of the proposal ($10-million) would improve downtown streets. Among other things, it would add two-way traffic to 3rd and 4th Streets, rebuild a 12-block stretch of Main Street and upgrade other downtown corridors for drivers and pedestrians.

With more people living downtown these days, it also includes establishing quiet zones for train traffic.

"This BUILD Grant will be a great way to leverage those federal dollars to get that world class riverfront we've been dreaming about for a long time," Ald. Gripp said.

After a lot of discussion and planning, the future could join two impressive features in Davenport.

"It's the downtown," Hock concluded.  "It's the riverfront. It's all connected together."



K-9 officer retiring sooner than expected

PRESTON, Iowa– Hondo, the Dutch Shepherd, is adjusting to a slower life. He recently retired from the Jackson County Iowa Sheriff’s Department.

“I think if I came out with my uniform on, he’d want to go out to the car and go to work,” his partner Deputy Chad Gruver said.

The 8-year-old dog joined the force when he was just 18 months old. He and Deputy Gruver bonded quickly.

“I never thought I’d become that attached to dogs,” Gruver said. “It’s not something I can really explain. We had a week where we just bonded. I took him for walks, took him to work. Just got to know each other. And our bond was like instant.”

Hondo is retiring earlier than expected after tearing his ACL last month. He and Gruver were playing Frisbee in the yard when it happened, and it’s his second knee injury.

“The sheriff felt that, since he had the second injury and due to his age, he just decided he would retire him and we’d be looking at getting a new one in the fall,” Gruver said.

Hondo is looking at three months of recovery before catching Frisbees again. Unlike his last injury, he won’t be returning to work.

“We’ll see how he reacts,” Gruver said. “But I think he’s going to still have that drive. He had a lot of drive in him.”

During his time with the force, Hondo helped with break-ins and recovered narcotics. He was trained by North Iowa K-9 and can detect nearly a dozen drugs, track and bite on command.

“He works so fast,” Gruver said. “And you’re constantly trying to watch his nose and his tail and his posture. If we go into a room and he smells it (a drug), he’s just going to go right to it.”

Gruver won’t be getting a new partner. A different deputy will be paired with a K-9 later this year. The department is accepting donations for the trained dog, which will cost over $12,000.

Häagen-Dazs, hotels and Dennis Rodman: Scenes from the US-North Korea summit

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(CNN) — Tuesday’s meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was one surreal summit. At one point, Kim even told Trump that people would view the Singapore talks as something out of “a science fiction movie.” From Häagen-Dazs ice cream to Trump’s suggestion that North Korea could develop some of “the best hotels in the world” to an emotional Dennis Rodman, here are memorable scenes from the summit.

A historic handshake

In a moment that might have been unthinkable just months ago, Trump and Kim walked toward each other to shake hands. Trump warmly touched Kim’s arm during the handshake. Afterward, the two men posed together against a backdrop of American and North Korean flags lined up side by side.

North Korean officials who negotiated the summit logistics with US counterparts were “very conscious” of the optics of presenting the US and North Korea on level footing, a US official involved in the discussions told CNN.

“They wanted to make sure both in ceremony and in security and every other way that we’re presenting to the world an image that presents them as equals,” the official said. “The North Koreans were very conscious of that.”

The US largely agreed to North Korea’s demand for parity in all aspects of the summit, from the number of officials during the bilateral meetings to the number of US and North Korean flags side by side during the arrival ceremony. North Korean propaganda undoubtedly will use the images of the six US and six North Korean flags in the background of the Trump-Kim handshake to suggest the US and North Korea are on level footing.

‘A very important document,’ a movie trailer-like video

Trump and Kim signed a joint statement as part of the summit, which Trump described as “a very important document.”

The document says the US and North Korea will join together “to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.” It also says North Korea will “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

The agreement is vague, however, and does not include a timeline for achieving the stated goals.

Before leaving Singapore, Trump spoke to reporters at a news conference, which started with a video that resembled a movie trailer.

The video, which shows images of Trump and Kim, features a narrator’s voice saying, “A new world can begin today, one of friendship, respect and goodwill. Be part of that world, where the doors of opportunity are ready to be opened. … Can history be changed?”

A menu that featured Häagen-Dazs and fried rice

Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream was on the menu for a working lunch attended by Trump, Kim, and the US and North Korea delegations. According to a copy of the menu, options for the main course included beef short rib confit with red wine sauce or sweet and sour crispy pork and Yangzhou fried rice with a homemade chili sauce.

Trump’s pitch for ‘the best hotels in the world’

During his news conference, Trump talked about making a pitch for peace based on a vision of what North Korea could look like with real estate investment and development.

“They have great beaches,” he said. “You see that whenever they’re exploding their cannons into the ocean. I said, ‘Boy, look at that … wouldn’t that make a great condo. … Instead of doing that you could have the best hotels in the world right there. Think of it from a real estate perspective.’ ”

Rodman feeling it

In another memorable moment, former NBA player Dennis Rodman grew emotional during an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo during “Cuomo Prime Time.”

Rodman is perhaps the only person in the world who has personal relationships with both the US President — he participated in Trump’s pre-presidency reality TV show, “The Celebrity Apprentice” — and Kim.

Rodman has visited North Korea previously and traveled to Singapore for the summit, though an administration official told CNN he had no official role in it.

He wore a red “Make America Great Again” cap during the interview.

“I knew things were going to change,” Rodman said.

“It’s a great day. I am here to see it. I’m so happy,” he said.

GOP congressional candidate: Diversity is ‘a bunch of crap’

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(CNN) — A Republican running for New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District thinks diversity is “a bunch of crap and un-American,” according to comments he made in a video posted to YouTube by a progressive super PAC.

“In my view, the best way to bring diversity to the Republican Party is for Republicans to openly say that the whole idea of diversity is a bunch of crap and un-American,” Seth Grossman can be seen saying in the video uploaded on June 6 by American Bridge 21st Century, which monitors GOP candidates.

In the video, Grossman goes on to quote the Declaration of Independence and says, “the Constitution was designed to incorporate that idea of the Declaration of Independence that everybody is treated equally under the law. Now, what diversity has become, it’s been an excuse by Democrats, communists and socialists, basically, to say that we’re not all created equal, that some people, if he — if somebody is lesser qualified, they will get a job anyway, or they’ll get into college anyway because of the tribe that they’re with, what group, what box they fit into.”

Grossman’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment. He won the Republican primary in New Jersey, and the National Republican Congressional Committee endorsed his bid for Congress on June 6.

“Congratulations to Seth Grossman on his victory tonight. I look forward to working with Seth to expose Trenton insider Jeff Van Drew for his record of shady backroom deals and tax increases on New Jersey families,” NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers said in a statement, referring to Grossman’s Democratic opponent, state Sen. Jeff Van Drew.

In the just over two-minute video, Grossman goes on to discuss why he thinks diversity has become “an excuse by Democrats” to say “we’re not all created equal.”

“You know, women, African American, Hispanic; they’re chopping us up in these different pieces and getting us fighting against each other instead of spending our time saying everybody should be judged by their own talent,” Grossman said.

Grossman also tells the room, “Once we say that the Republicans want these traditional ways that made America great for all these years, then maybe African Americans would realize when we enforce our immigration laws, there will be more opportunity for Americans of all backgrounds.

“When we talk about women saying, well, we need special care for child care, we need this credit and that credit, say, wait a minute, when America was great, one parent alone earned more than enough money to comfortably support a family,” he continued. “That’s what happened before we chopped Americans into these different boxes and saying, I’m entitled to something because I’m part of this group.”

Best days of the week coming before the high heat returns

More of a muggy sun at times this afternoon as temperatures climbed in the 80s in the immediate Quad Cities.  Farther east, temperatures once again did not even get of the 70s.

We’ll have low to mid 60s for overnight lows before we head to the best days of the week as we’ll see plenty of sunshine, low humidity and highs in the lower 80s both Wednesday and Thursday.

Then comes the heat and humidity starting on Friday and continuing right through the Father’s Day weekend.  In this transition, isolated storms are possible Thursday and Friday nights.  After seeing highs around 90 on Friday comes mid 90s both Saturday and Sunday with lower 90s anticipated on Monday.  During this period, dew points temperatures will be the warmest its been this season with readings around 70.  That means the heat index could be as high as 105 degrees.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence

CHICAGO (AP) — With frustration mounting over lawmakers’ inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as way to fight what it calls a public health crisis.

At its annual policymaking meeting, the nation’s largest physicians group bowed to unprecedented demands from doctor-members to take a stronger stand on gun violence — a problem the organizations says is as menacing as a lethal infectious disease.

The action comes against a backdrop of recurrent school shootings, everyday street violence in the nation’s inner cities, and rising U.S. suicide rates.

“We as physicians are the witnesses to the human toll of this disease,” Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency-medicine specialist at Brown University, said at the meeting.

AMA delegates voted to adopt several of nearly a dozen gun-related proposals presented from doctor groups that are part of the AMA’s membership. They agreed to:

— Support laws that would require licensing and safety courses for gun owners and registration of all firearms.

— Press for legislation that would allow relatives of suicidal people or those who have threatened imminent violence to seek court-ordered removal of guns from the home.

—Encourage better training for physicians in how to recognize patients at risk for suicide.

— Push for eliminating loopholes in laws preventing the purchase or possession of guns by people found guilty of domestic violence, including expanding such measures to cover convicted stalkers.

Many AMA members are gun owners or supporters, including a doctor from Montana who told delegates of learning to shoot at a firing range in the basement of her middle school as part of gym class. But support for banning assault weapons was overwhelming, with the measure adopted in a 446-99 vote.

“There’s a place to start and this should be it,” Dr. Jim Hinsdale, a San Jose, California, trauma surgeon, said before the vote.

Gun violence is not a new issue for the AMA; it has supported past efforts to ban assault weapons; declared gun violence a public health crisis; backed background checks, waiting periods and better funding for mental health services; and pressed for more research on gun violence prevention.

But Dr. David Barbe, whose one-year term as AMA president ended Tuesday, called the number of related measures on this year’s agenda extraordinary and said recent violence, including the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and the Las Vegas massacre, “spurred a new sense of urgency … while Congress fails to act.”

“It has been frustrating that we have seen so little action from either state or federal legislators,” he said. “The most important audience for our message right now is our legislators, and second most important is the public, because sometimes it requires public pressure on the legislators.”

While it is no longer viewed as the unified voice of American medicine, the AMA has more clout with politicians and the public than other doctor groups. It counted more than 243,000 members in 2017, up slightly for the seventh straight year. But it represents less than one-quarter of the nation’s million-plus physicians.

AMA members cited U.S. government data showing almost 40,000 deaths by gun in 2016, including suicides, and nearly 111,000 gun injuries. Both have been rising in recent years.

By comparison, U.S. deaths from diabetes in 2016 totaled almost 80,000; Alzheimer’s, 111,000; and lung disease, 155,000. The leaders are heart disease, with 634,000 deaths in 2016, and cancer, about 600,000.

Migrant rescue ship standoff in Mediterranean divides Europe

POZZALLO, Sicily (AP) — Italy’s populist government on Tuesday lashed out at France for criticizing its refusal to allow safe harbor for a rescue ship with 629 migrants, instead sending two military vessels to take on some of the migrant passengers in the waters off Sicily and escort the ship on a dayslong voyage to Spain.

The standoff over the fate of the Aquarius, turned away by both Italy and nearby Malta but welcomed by Spain, has raised political tensions in Europe as the new Italian government wants neighbors to share more of the burden of migrant arrivals.

In a strongly worded statement, Premier Giuseppe Conte’s office said “Italy cannot accept hypocritical lessons from countries that on the topic of immigration have always preferred to turn their heads.” It singled out France, whose leader earlier was quoted as calling Italy’s response “cynical,” as having adopted migrant arrivals policies “much more rigid and cynical.”

The government also said Italy had “never abandoned” the migrants as two patrol boats had accompanied the ship from the start.

Meanwhile, hundreds of the migrants aboard the Aquarius were being transferred late Tuesday to two ships operated by the Italian navy and coast guard, which will accompany the rescue ship to the Spanish port of Valencia some 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) away, a journey of some three to four days. It was unclear when the voyage might begin.

The Italian military chased a boat hired by The Associated Press away from the Aquarius. The Aquarius also declined to engage, responding with a radio message: “I kindly ask you to stay away from the Aquarius and not to complicate the situation. Thank your for your understanding.”

Many of the migrants remained on the deck of the overcrowded rescue ship. Their safety was at risk for the longer voyage given the forecast of bad weather, said Mathilde Auvillain, a spokeswoman for the charity SOS Mediterranee that operates the ship with Doctors Without Borders.

A volunteer, Alessandro Porro, said the people on the ship — most of them from sub-Sahara Africa — welcomed the announcement Tuesday that their destination would be Spain.

“The news was received with a certain sense of relief among our passengers. The fear of being brought back to Libya was very strong,” Porro said.

Doctors Without Borders, meanwhile, appealed to both Italy and Malta to reconsider their refusal to allow the stranded passengers landfall and then safe passage by other means to Spain.

Doctors Without Borders said the migrants — 123 unaccompanied minors, 11 children with family members and six pregnant women among them — were “exhausted and stressed” and warned of severe health risks to a significant number.

Fresh provisions including 950 bottles of water, 800 boxes of noodles and snacks, blankets, hats and socks were delivered to the Aquarius on Tuesday, SOS Mediterranee said.

Italy’s new anti-migrant, right-wing interior minister, Matteo Salvini, is making good on a campaign pledge to close Italian ports to non-governmental organizations that pick up migrants at sea, which he has likened to taxi services for migrant smugglers.

The dramatic move to block the arrival of the 629 migrants — some of whom had been rescued by the Italian Coast Guard and handed over to the Aquarius — comes as arrivals in Italy are at a five-year low: 14,441 since the beginning of the year, an 84 percent decline over 2017.

Salvini, whose League is part of the populist coalition that took office June 1, promised voters that other European countries would be made to share the burden of caring for asylum-seekers arriving in Italy on unseaworthy boats mostly from lawless Libya, while taking particular aim at the aid vessels.

“These are all foreign ships flying foreign flags that bring this human cargo to Italy,” Salvini told private television La7 on Monday. “We have hosted 650,000 migrants in recent years alone, all of whom pass by Malta, an EU country, and the government says, ‘Ciao, Ciao, go to Italy.’ … I am happy to have given a small, first response.”

Official ministry figures show that Italy has accepted 640,000 migrants since 2014.

While Salvini turned away the Aquarius, an Italian Coast Guard vessel with more than 900 migrants rescued in seven operations is expected to reach Italy’s shores on Wednesday.

The emergency was prompting vastly different reactions in European capitals.

Hungary’s radically anti-immigrant prime minister praised Salvini’s move. Viktor Orban said his initial reaction was a sigh of “Finally!” He called it “a great moment which may finally bring changes in Europe’s migration policies.”

French President Emmanuel Macron criticized what he called Italy’s cynicism and irresponsibility for leaving the migrants at sea, while also deflecting criticism for not allowing the ship to dock in France.

Macron’s spokesman, Benjamin Griveaux, said France doesn’t want to “start a precedent” that would allow some European countries to breach international laws and rely on other EU member states. But he quoted Macron as telling Tuesday’s weekly Cabinet meeting: “If any ship was closer to France’s shores, it could obviously dock on the French coast.”

The new Spanish foreign minister, Josep Borrell, said the decision to offer a docking port in the eastern city of Valencia had been a “personal and direct” move by the new prime minister, the Socialist Pedro Sanchez.

Borrell said he hoped his country’s gesture of solidarity would help push other EU members to re-examine migrant policy at a summit later this month.

Many Spanish regions and cities have offered long-term support to the migrants, said Valencia’s regional vice president, Monica Oltra. The Red Cross was preparing shelter and medical assistance to meet immediate needs on their arrival.

Doctors Without Borders expressed particular concern for patients who had been resuscitated and risked developing “significant pulmonary disease after swallowing sea water.” Another 21 patients suffered severe chemical burns from exposure to sea water mixed with fuel, while others need immediate surgery for orthopedic issues.

SOS Mediterannee said that moving the Aquarius from a busy Mediterranean crossing was also risking lives.

“People are still fleeing Libya while the Aquarius is away from the search and rescue area in the Central Mediterranean, where rescue capacities are already totally insufficient,” said the charity’s vice president, Sophie Beau.

Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer get worst ratings in crash test

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(CNN Money) — Two of America’s most popular SUVs earned “poor” ratings in a crash test designed to show how well drivers are protected in a violent collision.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer were among eight SUVs the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently subjected to its small overlap front crash test, which mimics a particularly violent and dangerous type of collision. They were the only ones to earn the rating of “poor,” the worst of four possible ratings.

In the test, a vehicle is propelled at 40 miles an hour and strikes a barrier with just the outermost part of the bumper on the driver’s side. It is designed to mimic the impact of a vehicle with another car or a tree or pole with just the outer part of the bumper.

The Explorer’s door frame was crushed inward during the impact by more than a foot in some places. The Insurance Institute found that injuries to the right hip were very likely while lower leg injuries were also possible based on readings taken from the crash test dummy.

In an email, Ford said that the Explorer is safe, and has earned top scores in all other crash tests. The automaker added that a new version of the Explorer will go on sale next year, and that it expect that car will earn top scores in all Insurance Institute and government crash tests, including the small overlap test.

Ford Escape fails passenger crash test

The occupant compartment on the Grand Cherokee was also crushed inward in the test. The crash test dummy’s head sunk into the front airbag so far it hit the dashboard. Also, the side airbag failed to deploy while driver’s side door also opened. That allowed the dummy’s head to move outside the vehicle. Leg injuries were seen as likely and head injuries possible.

“All FCA US vehicles meet or exceed federal safety standards,” said Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which makes Jeeps, in a statement. “FCA US vehicles are engineered to address real-world driving situations. No single test measures overall vehicle safety.”

In the same test, the Kia Sorento, Volkswagen Atlas and GMC Acadia all earned the best possible rating of “good.” Three other SUVS, the Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder and Honda Pilot, earned “acceptable” ratings.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a private group financed by the auto insurance industry. The crash tests it performs are different from those mandated by the federal government.

Illinois Republicans to Trump: Don’t pardon Blagojevich

PEORIA, Illinois (Illinois News Network) — Illinois’ Republican congressmen are on the record as opposing any kind of mercy for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The state’s Republican congressmen all signed a letter to President Donald Trump this week that makes the case for keeping Blagojevich in prison.

“We ask that you give thoughtful attention to our fear that granting clemency for the former governor would set detrimental precedent and a damaging message,” the letter states.

Congressman Darin LaHood helped write the letter. A former federal prosecutor, LaHood said Blagojevich shouldn’t be a candidate for clemency.

“You think about commuting someone’s sentence when there’s complete remorse. Where they take responsibility for what they did wrong,” LaHood said. “Rod Blagojevich has done absolutely the opposite. He’s never been remorseful. He’s never admitted that he did anything wrong.”

LaHood also worried that mercy from Trump would send the wrong message to other prosecutors investigating public corruption.

“We are fighting public corruption in the state every single day,” LaHood said. “It has been a problem when four of your last seven governors have gone to prison, both Republicans and Democrats. And to think that the president is thinking about pardoning or giving Blagojevich a commutation is just wrong.”

The letter – the full version of which can be read here – goes on to remind the president of the evidence against Blagojevich, including his shakedown of a Children’s Memorial Hospital for a $50 thousand campaign contribution and the delay in signing a new law for the state’s horse tracks until he had secured $10,000.

“During his tenure, Rod Blagojevich participated in several pay-to-play practices in which he attempted to solicit money in exchange for official public acts,” the congressmen wrote in their letter to Trump, who raised the idea of ending Blagojevich’s 14-year sentence last month. He said the former governor shouldn’t be in prison for “saying something stupid.”

The men have a history. Blagojevich was a guest on the president’s TV show “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Baseball player consoles friend after striking him out to advance to state championship

In a heartwarming display of sportsmanship, a Minnesota high school baseball player skipped celebrating with his teammates to console the batter he had just struck out to move on to the state championship.

The batter, Jack Kocon, just happens to be an old friend of the pitcher, Ty Koehn, according to Jim Moberg, who shared a video of the sweet moment.

Koehn told Bring Me The News that he and Kocon have known each other since they were 13 and even played on the same little league team together.

"I knew the game was going to keep going or it was going to end right there," Koehn said to Bring Me The News. "I knew I had to say something. Our friendship is more important than just the silly outcome of a game. I had to make sure he knew that before we celebrated."

Ever wanted to make ice cream in a bag? Here’s how…

MOLINE- We’ll be doing another Ag in the Classroom activity Wednesday, June 13 during Good Morning Quad Cities, and DeAnne Bloomberg, Manager of the Rock Island County Farm Bureau, will show us how to make ice cream in a bag.

Here’s the recipe from the Ag In the Classroom website.

Next Generation Science Standards: Matter and its Interactions: 2-PS1-1; 2-PS1-4

Ice cream freezes at -6 degrees C (21 degrees F). Ice cream can be made in the classroom with the understanding that the freezing point of water is actually lowered by adding salt to the ice between the bag walls. Heat energy is transferred easily from the milk through the plastic bag to the salty ice water causing the ice to melt. As it does so, the water in the milk freezes, resulting in ice cream.

-1/4 cup sugar – 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract – 1 cup milk
– Duct tape – Bath towel
– 1 cup whipping cream, half & half or Milnot
– crushed ice (1 bag of ice will freeze 3 bags of ice cream)
– 1 cup rock salt (approximately 8 cups per 5 lbs.)
– 1 quart and 1 gallon size Ziploc freezer bags (Ziplocs are usually stronger & work best)

1. Put the milk, whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla in a 1 quart freezer bag and seal. For security, fold a piece of
duct tape over the seal.
2. Place the bag with the ingredients inside a gallon freezer bag.
3. Pack the larger bag with crushed ice around the smaller bag. Pour ¾ to 1 cup of salt evenly over the ice.
4. Wrap in a bath towel and shake for 10 minutes. Open the outer bag and remove the inner bag with the ingredients.
Wipe off the bag to be sure salt water doesn’t get into the ice cream.
5. Cut the top off and spoon into cups.
6. Makes about 3 cups. (1 bag will serve approximately 4 students)
7. Serve plain or top with nuts, coconut or fruit. ENJOY!

Several generations of Davenport firefighters reconnect over breakfast

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Dozens of active and retired Davenport firefighters shared a meal together at Central Fire Station in downtown Davenport on June 12.

The men and women who dedicate their careers to fighting fires, and saving lives, attended the 36th annual retired firefighters breakfast.

The breakfast is like a family reunion, says Davenport Fire Chief Mike Carlsten.

Several generations of firefighters enjoyed pancakes and sausage, coffee and conversation.

The men and women who spend their careers saving lives were reconnecting and recounting their memories.

"It is almost like a family reunion for them to come together and share stories and talk about the fire station." said Carlsten. "These are the men and women that they grew up with so it is good for them to see their brothers and sisters again."

The event also featured a short presentation that honored the retired firefighters who were there.

Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump made at least $82 million last year while serving in the White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, both senior advisers to President Donald Trump, disclosed new details of their vast wealth on Monday, reporting a long of list of real estate, fashion and investment assets.

Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, reported assets of at least $174 million at the end of 2017, according to a person familiar with the couple’s financial disclosure documents. His holdings could reach more than $710 million. CNNMoney’s own calculations confirm those numbers.

At the end of 2017, the president’s daughter held assets of at least $55 million that could reach more than $75 million, the source familiar with the documents said.

The topline numbers of their wealth don’t vary greatly from similar documents the couple made public last July.

“[T]heir net worth remains largely the same, with changes reflecting more the way the form requires disclosure than any substantial difference in assets or liabilities,” said Peter Mirijanian, a spokesperson for Abbe Lowell, the ethics counsel for Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

Ivanka Trump earned at least $82 million in income in 2017, according to the documents. Kushner’s filing reported many of the same income sources and amounts.

It’s important to note several caveats to the disclosure documents.

For one, some line items appear on both Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s filings. It’s also impossible to calculate precise totals of income and assets because the documents — which are used throughout government — ask officeholders to disclose figures in ranges, such as “$100,000 to $1,000,000.” Some disclosures are open ended, like “over $50,000,000.”

The Trump family’s far-reaching business interests, and the potential for conflicts of interest they present, have been a point of controversy since President Trump took office. The president turned over the operation of his business, the Trump Organization, to his two eldest sons.

Since the election, Kushner and Ivanka Trump have also stepped away from the management of their businesses, though they have retained numerous ownership stakes. While they aren’t legally required to sell all their assets to work in the White House, rules prohibit federal employees from participating in matters in which they have a financial interest.

“Since joining the administration, Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump have complied with the rules and restrictions as set out by the Office of Government Ethics,” Mirijanian said.

The new documents reveal that in 2017, Ivanka Trump earned $3.9 million from her stake in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC. The asset is valued at between $5 million and $25 million.

She also made at least $5 million from a trust, created in March 2017, called Ivanka M. Trump Business Trust. The trust is valued at more than $50 million.

Trump said on her forms that she had trademarks related to her name and initials registered around the world, including in Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, China, Russia, Qatar and the Philippines.

Trump recently scored a batch of trademarks in China as her father continues trade talks with Beijing, garnering scrutiny from some ethics experts. The president of the Ivanka Trump brand has said the fashion line regularly files for trademarks, especially in areas where trademark infringement is common.

Kushner, meanwhile, reported $1.5 million in income from Westminster Management, which owns and manages over 20,000 apartments in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The documents also list the couple’s 2017 liabilities — a dozen loans and credit lines in amounts ranging from $1 million to $5 million or $5 million to $25 million.

The filings are currently under review by the Office of Government Ethics and need to be certified by the agency.

Fareway: Razz Crush – Top 10 ways to ‘crush’ on frozen berries

Berry season is here and we have a fun way of incorporating berries!

Top Ten Ways to “Crush” on Frozen Berries

1. Make it a PB & Crush

2. Stir into Oatmeal

3. Pour over a stack of pancakes as a ‘syrupy’ topping

4. Top on grilled meats or seafood

5. Use as a base of a sweet-savory salsa

6. Raise the bar with raspberry cocktails

7. Whisk into a salad dressing

8. Make into a marinade

9. Use for a natural food coloring in batters or frostings

10. Elevate simple desserts like vanilla ice cream or parfaits

Tourist rescues driver from car dangling over edge of California parking structure

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – A tourist rescued a woman from her car as it dangled precariously off the side of a multi-story parking garage in Santa Monica late Monday morning, officials said.

A car was dangling from a Santa Monica parking structure on June 11, 2018. (Courtesy Merle Stadnyk)

Fire Capt. Patrick Nulty told KTLA the driver, a woman in her 60s, was parking in a space when she inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brake. That nearly propelled the vehicle off the fifth floor of the structure, but safety cables that serve as a barrier prevented the car from plummeting off, he said.

A bystander helped open the door and managed to get the woman out the dangling car.

“There was … probably a 3-foot gap between where the passenger door was to where she could be pulled over to the fifth floor,” Nulty said, describing the dangerous conditions. He added the gap was basically a “straight shot down.”

The bystander, described only as a tourist, didn't want any recognition and quickly left the scene.

The woman was unharmed but shaken up.

About two dozen firefighters were dispatched to the scene, including search and rescue personnel, to stabilize the car. The vehicle was safely removed shortly before 11:40 a.m., according to a KTLA photographer at the scene.

Amid the operation, fire officials were warning people to stay away from the area until the operation was complete, citing possible hazards.

Fourth Street was blocked off between Broadway and Santa Monica Boulevard, video from the scene showed. Several Fire Department vehicles and ambulances could be seen parked on the street.

The street has since been reopened.

SMFD responding to an USAR Incident at 1400 Block of 4TH. Avoid the area, possible delays, hazards. Inc.#18008259

— Santa Monica Fire (@santamonicafd) June 11, 2018

INCIDENT ALERT: @santamonicafd is on scene of a vehicle hanging off of the 4th floor of Parking Structure 5 on 1400blk of 4th St. Occupants unharmmed. USAR team is stabilizing vehicle and working to remove from the edge. Please avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/EfwYmaYFcv

— Santa Monica Fire (@santamonicafd) June 11, 2018

Incident Update: Vehicle has been safely removed. No injuries reported. @SantaMonicaPD are securing the area. 4th street will remain closed for approx. 1 hour. pic.twitter.com/dMFv8z6Cjt

— Santa Monica Fire (@santamonicafd) June 11, 2018

Kids busted for selling lemonade without permits can turn to Country Time’s ‘Legal-Ade’

Summertime and sunny skies can only mean one thing for the nation’s youngest business owners: lemonade stands.

It’s a hallmark tradition of American childhood. But in recent years, kids selling this cool drink are getting heat for not having proper permits.

Now a company known for its lemonade mix is stepping in to keep these sidewalk shops running.

Country Time Lemonade is creating a team to help pay fines and permits for kids nationwide who want to run their own lemonade stands. And in the spirit of the drink’s name, they’re calling their initiative Legal-Ade.

Kids across the country are getting busted for operating lemonade stands without a permit. We're taking the lead to #SaveLemonadeStands by paying for kids' fines + permits this year. For every RT this gets we’ll donate $1 (up to $500,000) to help kids next year + beyond.

— CountryTime (@CountryTime) June 7, 2018

The group will cover fees up to $300 for stands that were fined in 2017 or 2018 or for permits bought this year.

“Life doesn’t always give you lemons, but when it does, you should be able to make and share lemonade with the neighborhood without legal implications,” Legal-Ade says on its website. “That’s why we’re here to take a stand for lemonade stands across the nation.”

In a video posted on YouTube, Country Time said the team is “making sure no kid is denied their right to a lemonade stand.”

Last week, two Denver brothers selling lemonade for charity saw their stand get shut down because they didn’t have a permit. In Texas, two sisters set up a lemonade stand to raise money for a Father’s Day present, but they were shut down and fined for not having a permit or health department approval. And in Maryland, fines for permitless stands have reached a hefty $500.

Kids outside of the US are also getting in trouble for selling lemonade, including a girl from East London who was fined 150 pounds.

Adam Butler, Kraft Heinz’s general manager of beverages and nuts, said the Denver incident is an example of what inspired the company to help. Kraft Heinz owns Country Time.

“When we saw these stories about lemonade stands being shut down for legal reasons, we thought it had to be an urban myth. After looking into it and seeing even more instances, we realized these weren’t myths, they were real stories,” Butler told CNN. ” A very real response seemed the best way to shine a light on the issue.”

To apply for reimbursement, parents or guardians can upload a picture of their child’s permit or fine to Legal-Ade’s website. The team will cover up to $60,000 in total.

“So when life hands you arcane laws, make lemonade,” the video says.

The Legal Ade team has received a small number of submissions so far. Butler did not elaborate on exactly how many.