Firefighters throw a surprise party for a boy whose house burned down on his birthday

(CNN) — Erick Hill was supposed to spend his 6th birthday celebrating at a cookout with family and friends. Instead, tragedy struck as a fire ripped through his Buffalo, New York home.

While everyone got out safely, Erick’s family lost almost everything, including all of his birthday presents.

Erick’s mother, Jamia Jones, was out buying balloons and decorations for the party when her cousin called alerting her to the fire. By the time she returned, the flames had gutted their home.

Knowing that Erick spent his birthday watching his house burn down, the local firefighters decided to make sure he had some happy memories of turning 6. They wasted little time throwing him the celebration that the fire took away.

Songs and gifts

Just two days later, they opened the doors of Engine 33 to surprise Erick with dozens of firefighters singing to him and trucks full of gifts.

When they found out that Erick’s favorite superhero is Batman, they made that a theme of the party and even welcomed the Caped Crusader along with some of his “super” friends.

Firefighter Brian Madison went above and beyond, building Erick a brand new custom toy box to keep his gifts. Madison put so much work into it that he was late to the party, waiting for the paint to dry.

The whole community came together for Erick. Buffalo’s Birthday Squad along with The Buffalo Peacemakers showed up to celebrate and bring gifts.

… and dance battles

Jones told CNN that Erick was shocked and a little overwhelmed at the surprise. With the party coming just two days after the fire, he was unsure whether he should be happy or sad. But as the party went on, Erick opened up and had plenty of fun. He even challenged some of the firefighters to dance battles.

“The fact that they took time out of their busy schedules shows that they love what they do,” Jones said.

John Otto, the vice president of Buffalo Fire Fighters Local 282, helped organize the party.

“if we can take his mind off the stress for an afternoon, then it was a job well done. Mission Accomplished,” he told CNN.

The Buffalo community is also helping Erick’s family get back on their feet. They are donating money through a Go Fund Me fundraiser.


Dog dropped off at shelter in cereal box, given new name of ‘Razz Berry’

RIVERSIDE, Cali. – About 20 families were determined to adopt a small pooch with a sweet story.

‘Razz Berry’ as she is now named, was brought to the Riverside County animal shelter in a cereal box.

Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries to be exact.

The odd way she was transported quickly went viral on social media and captured the hearts of many. This weekend, “Razz Berry” got to go home with her new family.

We have seen some creative pet carriers in our days. This ⁦@RealCapnCrunch⁩ cereal box has to be one of the oddest ways a pet came to us as an over-the-counter dropoff. We handled all its fleas and now hope an owner arrives. #RivCoNOW pic.twitter.com/yr2CHczswB

— RivCO animalSERVICES (@helpinRIVcoPETS) July 10, 2019

The Sheets family (Hayden, Teresa & James) of Riverside picked the highest number in a “lottery” for Razz Berry, the pooch that came to us inside a ⁦@CapnCrunchBerry⁩ cereal box. Roughly 20 families came to our shelter in #JurupaValley this morn to adopt Razz. #RivCoNOW pic.twitter.com/wd13spfoBt

— RivCO animalSERVICES (@helpinRIVcoPETS) July 13, 2019

Video shows pendulum ride breaking at amusement park, killing 2 and injuring dozens more

AHMEDABAD, India – A broken ride at an amusement park in India killed two people and injured more than two dozen, according to the Times of India.

The incident occurred Sunday evening at Ahmedabad’s Kankaria lakefront.

(WARNING: Graphic video below. Viewer discretion advised.)

#Ahmedabad video two dead more than fifteen injured as pendulum ride broke down at Kankaria Lakefront @MumbaiMirror pic.twitter.com/rLl3xYcu6Q

— Vinay Dalvi (@VinayMIRROR) July 15, 2019

Police are investigating how the ride was operated, maintained and inspected, the Times reported.

Central Indiana church wipes out $5 million in Hoosiers’ medical debt

KOKOMO, IN (CNN) — A church in central Indiana is planning to help a lot of Hoosiers in need by wiping out millions of dollars in medical debt.

Fuel Church of Kokomo says they donated $20,000 to RIP Medical Debt, a non-profit organization that purchases medical debt for pennies on the dollar and then forgives those loans completely.

“We had some money allotted in our budget to do some renovations here at the church this summer and our board of directors agreed to take that and give it to help eliminate $5.2 million in medical debt for people in Howard County and Miami County,” said Jacob Burgei, pastor of Fuel Church. “My wife and I were in thousands of dollars in medical debt at one point in our lives. I’ve had two back surgeries and it impacted our lives, it impacted our marriage and our parenting and I know the stress that it brings.”

That donation will wipe out the medical debt for 3,400 Hoosiers, most of them Burgei says he will probably never meet.

“It’s random. We don’t pick whose debt gets eliminated,’ Burgei said. “It very well likely could be people within our church and it could probably be alot of people outside of our church. They may never walk through our church and we’re fine like that.”

He says it’s the church’s way of paying it forward.

“We just want them to know because of what Jesus did, paying our debt, your debt has been forgiven,” Burgei said.

This isn’t the first time an Indiana church has wiped out debt for Hoosiers. Last week, a southern Indiana church purchased $6.2 million of debt for four surrounding counties and wiped it clean.

The next Bond? Captain Marvel star to take over role after Daniel Craig’s departure, reports say

With the James Bond movie franchise approaching the age of 60, there have long been rumors that producers will try to refresh the formula with a black Bond or a female Bond. It now appears that the next 007 will be both, TMZ reports.

According to the Daily Mail and other UK outlets, British actress Lashana Lynch, most recently seen as a fighter pilot in Captain Marvel, will play an agent named Nomi who inherits Bond’s old code name.

“There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says ‘Come in 007,’ and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful, and a woman,” one insider claims. “It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.”

Insiders say Daniel Craig’s James Bond is brought out of retirement in the new Bond movie—and makes an unsuccessful attempt to seduce the new 007.

GQ notes that Idris Elba was rumored to be in the running to replace Craig in the role, though there was plenty of pushback from Rush Limbaugh, among others.

The new Bond movie, known for now as Bond 25, is currently filming in London and is expected to be released in April 2020. Besides Craig, other actors believed to be reprising their roles include Ralph Fiennes as M and Christophe Waltz as villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Variety reports. (Read more James Bond stories.)

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Feds warn UFO enthusiasts against storming Area 51: The military ‘stands ready’

They’ve got a plan to raid Area 51 and “see them aliens.” But what will happen if they actually do it?

Over one million people have signed up to a joke Facebook event, calling on users to meet at Area 51, the US Air Force base in Nevada that’s long been a source of alien conspiracy theories, in September.

“If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets,” the page says, referencing the Japanese manga-inspired running style with arms outstretched backwards and heads forward. “Let’s see them aliens.”

A pinned post on the page attempts to cover its bases, reading “Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan. I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet.” But as the event has gained traction — inspiring dozens of memes and jokes — the profile of the situation has risen, so much so that the US Air Force has been made aware of the potential impending raid.

And they’re not as lighthearted about the situation as folks on the internet are.

“[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” a spokeswoman told The Washington Post. “The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”

CNN has reached out to the Air Force and is waiting to hear back.

Area 51 has been a source of alien conspiracy theories for decades

Area 51 was officially acknowledged as an Air Force base in 2013, but has spurred conspiracy theories as an unidentified flying object and alien holding site for decades. In short, it’s thought that Area 51 holds all the government secrets about aliens — though the CIA has published documents confirming its use as a test base.

But it has since been confirmed that the US government has spent $22 million researching UFOs. Just last month a group of US senators were briefed on UFO encounters the US Navy has had, too.

Authorities identify Clinton, IA 12-year-old killed in off-roading crash

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified a 12-year-old boy who died after being thrown from an off-road vehicle in eastern Iowa.

The crash occurred Saturday afternoon outside Bellevue. Authorities say Gavin Milder was riding in a Chevrolet Suburban driven by a 15-year-old when the crash happened. Milder was ejected when the modified sport utility vehicle rolled, and he became pinned underneath it. Three other people in the SUV were not hurt.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says the boy was a student at Clinton Middle School in Clinton.

The district will be hosting a vigil for Milder tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Clinton Middle School LRC. School counselors and therapy dogs will be available for those in need of emotional support.

Remnants of ‘Barry’ to break the heat for one day… Year’s hottest to follow

Another scorcher of  a day it has turned out to be with temperatures approaching 90 for the fourth straight day, with enough humidity to make it feel well into the 90s. We’re still on track in breaking this heat wave for one day tomorrow before the hottest stretch of weather in 7 years bakes the area for the rest of the week and into the weekend.

High clouds of what is left of ‘Barry’ will slowly push in from the south as early as tonight and linger throughout our skies on Tuesday.  This will naturally trim down the heat with daytime highs in the mid to upper 80s.  Any showers we see will not only be isolated but light and mainly south and east of the Quad Cities.

The departure of this disturbance will quickly bring the highest heat of the season across the area. Highs in the low to mid 90s on Wednesday will be replaced with upper 90s… possibly reaching 100 heading heading into the weekend.  Heat index values could peak near 110!  Signs of a few storms on Sunday will eventually break the heat sending temperatures to more seasonal summer weather next week.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Giant jellyfish the size of a human spotted by divers off English coast

A giant jellyfish the size of a human has stunned a diver off the south-western coast of England.

The incredible creature — a barrel jellyfish — was spotted near Falmouth by broadcaster and biologist Lizzie Daly, who described the encounter as “breathtaking.”

“What an unforgettable experience,” she added. “I know barrel jellyfish get really big in size but I have never seen anything like it before!”

“It was the best thing I’ve ever done,” she said in a video of the meeting.

Daly, who was exploring the waters as part of her campaign “Wild Ocean Week,” added the jellyfish was a big as she is.

Barrel jellyfish are the largest species of jellyfish in British seas, but it is extremely rare to spot one of the size Daly did.

They typically grow up to one meter (3.2 feet) and weight up to 25 kilograms (55 lbs), according to The Wildlife Trusts. Barrel jellyfish are frequently washed up on the UK’s coastlines during the summer months.

Four kids steal parent’s car and run away on 600-mile road trip

Four adventurous children aged between 10 and 14 packed a stolen family car with fishing rods and took off on an epic 600-mile road trip along the Australian coast, authorities have said.

One of the children left a goodbye note for their parents before leaving for the mammoth journey, which ended several hours later when police tracked down the parked car along a highway in New South Wales, authorities told CNN.

The kids likely shared driving responsibilities during the 930-kilometer (578-mile) trip from Rockhampton in Queensland to Grafton in New South Wales, police added, after taking a four-wheel-drive Nissan Patrol car belonging to one of their parents.

The runaways were taken into custody at 10:40 p.m. on Sunday evening (8:40 a.m. ET) and could now face charges.

“It’s a pretty big journey. It’s a long way for a person to do it, but I suppose a couple cans of Red Bull and you’re likely to do anything,” inspector Darren Williams told CNN affiliate Nine News.

Police triangulated a cell phone signal to find the vehicle, Williams said. “When we got there, they wouldn’t open up … they’ve come under notice because of illegal behavior, doing drive-offs at petrol stations,” he added.

Missing person appeals were made by police in Queensland after the children were reported missing.

The journey made by the youngsters usually takes more than 10 hours, hugging the eastern Australian coast line and crossing through the cities of Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Rock Island – Milan schools to continue free food program

Kids and parents in the Rock Island – Milan school district will continue to enjoy free school meals for the upcoming school year.

In a release sent out by the district, school officials confirmed that all schools from elementary through senior high will be able to continue in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program and serve students free meals at no extra cost to them.

The district first entered this program in 2015 when the amount of students eligible for reduced-cost lunches, about 70% of the student body, allowed it to receive the CEP grant for the first time. The grant would last for four years, after which the school had to re-apply.

With the 2019-2020 school year approaching, the district was able to successfully renew the grant, with reduced-cost meal eligibility still above the program’s required 40%, and will keep all of its students fed without breaking their families’ banks.

Adults who vape are more likely to quit cigarettes, study finds

(CNN) -- Adult smokers who vape are more likely to quit using cigarettes, according to a study released Monday. But e-cigarettes also increase the risk of relapse in some former smokers, the researchers found.

"This study is the first to point out that even if smokers may succeed in stopping smoking with the aid of electronic cigarettes, they still need to be monitored by doctors and health professionals to prevent a relapse in the long term," said Ramchandar Gomajee, the paper's lead author and a researcher at France's Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health.

The findings suggest that e-cigarette use may affect current and former smokers differently: helping people addicted to cigarettes kick the habit, perhaps, but also drawing some who had already quit back to smoking.

The study, published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine, tracked more than 5,000 daily smokers for an average of two years in France. It found that smokers who vaped used fewer cigarettes per day and were more than one and a half times as likely to quit completely.

But researchers also looked at more than 2,000 former smokers and found that those who used e-cigarettes were more likely to relapse back to smoking. "Thus, while [e-cigarette] use can help persons reduce their smoking levels in the short term," the researchers wrote, "there is no evidence that it is an efficacious smoking cessation aid in the long term."

Newer e-cigarettes may reduce the risk of relapse

The study did find that the heightened risk of relapse disappeared in those who quit smoking more recently, which the researchers said may be due to improved e-cigarette technology.

For example, the study as a whole considered anybody who quit smoking from 2010 onward and found that, in that sample, vaping increased the risk of relapse. But when researchers only considered people who quit cigarettes as of 2013, former smokers were not more likely to relapse if they vaped.

The researchers noted in their study that "measures of plasma nicotine levels have shown that, compared with older models of [e-cigarettes], the new generation delivers higher levels of nicotine to the bloodstream," which may make them more satisfying.

Other "technical improvements in [e-cigarettes] over time," they said, may also explain why people who recently quit smoking and switched to e-cigarettes were less likely to relapse than those who quit earlier.

Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, said that e-cigarettes have undergone drastic changes in recent years. "Prior to technological advancements made around 2013, e-cigarette devices were difficult to use and only effective for the most dedicated of would-be quitters," he said.

Devices used years earlier "bear no resemblance to current technology," he said, "so using ancient data is not particularly helpful to understanding whether vaping products can help smokers quit today."

The great vape debate

It's unclear why vaping heightened the risk of relapse in some former smokers, but Gomajee noted that "[people] who are using electronic cigarettes are still addicted to nicotine." If they have withdrawal symptoms but can't vape, or if their vape isn't satisfying, then "they are likely to smoke again," he said.

Prior research has highlighted some of those same risks while also showing that e-cigarettes may be an effective tool to quit smoking.

Earlier this year, for example, researchers in a separate study found that e-cigarettes were almost twice as effective at helping smokers quit cigarettes than traditional nicotine-replacement therapy, such as nicotine patches. But 82% of people who vaped didn't quit smoking after a year. Among those who did quit cigarettes, 80% continued vaping.

That's consistent with other research on "dual users," which suggests that vaping may temporarily lead to lower cigarette consumption without convincing users to quit smoking entirely. For example, one study published in 2017 found that a majority of dual users abandoned e-cigarettes and continued to smoke only tobacco after two years.

And while smoking fewer cigarettes may reduce exposure to cancer-causing chemicals, new research also suggests that vapes can pose significant long-term risks to heart and lung health.

study published this year in the Journal of the American Heart Association, for example, found that vaping and smoking were both linked to a similar increase in the risk of heart attacks. Using both, the study found, was riskier than using either alone.

The research comes at a time of intense scrutiny for e-cigarette companies.

On Friday, a US district judge placed a ten-month deadline on e-cigarette companies to apply to the US Food and Drug Administration for public health review. Products that don't submit applications by the May 2020 deadline can be removed from the market by the FDA, while those that submit applications can stay on the market for up to one year while under review.

Critics say aggressive marketing tactics have fueled an epidemic of teen vaping, but manufacturers maintain that their products are an alternative for adult smokers.

To Dr. Robert Jackler, founder of the group Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising, that alternative comes at a cost.

"While e-cigarettes may be a potential off ramp for adult smokers," he said, "they have proved to be a heavily traveled on ramp to nicotine addiction among youth."

Video shows pendulum ride breaking at amusement park, killing 2 and injuring dozens more

AHMEDABAD, India – A broken ride at an amusement park in India killed two people and injured more than two dozen, according to the Times of India.

The incident occurred Sunday evening at Ahmedabad’s Kankaria lakefront.

(WARNING: Graphic video below. Viewer discretion advised.)

#Ahmedabad video two dead more than fifteen injured as pendulum ride broke down at Kankaria Lakefront @MumbaiMirror pic.twitter.com/rLl3xYcu6Q

— Vinay Dalvi (@VinayMIRROR) July 15, 2019

Police are investigating how the ride was operated, maintained and inspected, the Times reported.

Enter to win tickets to Sister Act at Quad City Music Guild

Sister Act will premiere at the Quad City Music Guild August 9th through the 11th, and August 15th through the 18th. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and show time is 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $16  for adults and $11 for children. To make reservations call 309-762-6610.  The show will be held at Prospect Park Auditorium in Moline, Illinois.

The feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent!

Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

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ICE has begun raids to round up undocumented immigrants, official says

(CNN) -- Immigration authorities have begun conducting raids, a senior administration official said Sunday, in an operation expected to target about 2,000 undocumented immigrants ordered by courts to be removed from the country.

The raids, which will focus on recent arrivals to the country, are slated for Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco, a senior immigration official said. New Orleans is also on the list, but the city tweeted last week that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it would suspend operations through the weekend in areas hit by Tropical Storm Barry, which weakened to a tropical depression Sunday.

As of early Sunday evening, there weren't any confirmed reports of migrants being apprehended in Baltimore, Chicago or New York, immigrant advocacy groups in those cities told CNN.

"For the most part, it's quiet," Cara Yi, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights said. "We've been dispatching rapid response teams out to meet with people who have reported ICE activity over our hotline. None have been confirmed as of yet."

Most of the reports were about sightings of government vehicles, Yi said, but advocates had confirmed they were not ICE.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New York said earlier on Twitter that it had received "some reports of ICE at subway stations, but none have been substantiated."

Acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services director Ken Cuccinelli took issue with referring to the targets of the raids as undocumented.

Mayors 'in the dark' on raids

"They're not undocumented. They've got a court order on a piece of paper -- federal order -- that says they've gotten due process, and (there are) over a million people with removal orders. That's the pool that ICE is drawing from," he told CNN.

ICE will not comment on operational details of the raids, Cuccinelli said, adding that the priority will be apprehending violent criminals and aggravated felons. ICE agents are not "utilizing" allegations of crossing the border illegally, a misdemeanor, as cause for arrest in the raids, he said.

Explaining the raids

Asked if children would be separated from their parents, Cuccinelli said that information constituted an operational detail. But he did say families are among the 1 million people facing removal orders.

Immigrants have been hunkering down

News of the raids has left many undocumented immigrants frightened. They've been stocking up on groceries and making plans to stay in their homes with the lights off and the blinds down. Some are staying home from work. Others are posting signs inside their homes reminding them what to do if ICE agents show up. Unsure of where to turn, they're flooding hotlines with calls.

In some cities, local governments and advocacy groups were assisting the immigrants. Supporters in the Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen were posting "know your rights" fliers and encouraging residents to post the fliers, which say, "The family that resides in this home knows their legal rights," at their homes.

Advocates with the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights in Atlanta on Sunday were at a popular Latino shopping center, handing out fliers that read, "ICE free zone."

The fliers also asked immigration authorities to present a signed warrant if they wanted to come inside, adding "This is OUR Constitutional Right!"

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas said Sunday that immigration law experts would be on hand at her office in Houston to provide legal resources to individuals looking for information regarding the raids, which she called "draconian."

In New York City, staff members with the mayor's office of immigrant affairs are also informing immigrants of their legal rights and of city resources that are available in the event they encounter an immigration enforcement official.

"In the face of heartless raids that would tear families apart, we remain steadfast in our commitment to support and defend immigrant communities," Bitta Mostofi, the office's commissioner, said in a statement.

Cuccinelli characterized the raids as normal ICE business and pointed to statistics showing ICE has deported fewer people under President Donald Trump than it did under President Barack Obama.

"This is their job every day. We've got compassionate, loyal ICE agents who are just doing their job," he said. "It shows you how far we've fallen in that it's become news that they would actually go deport people who have removal orders."

Raids were postponed from last month

ICE had planned to arrest and deport families with court-ordered removals in late June, according to the senior immigration official, but Trump delayed the raids to give Congress time to "work out a solution" on what he said were asylum and loophole problems with the country's immigration policy.

Mark Morgan, acting commissioner for US Customs and Border Protection who was acting ICE director at the time, said the raids were postponed because operations details had been leaked. Former acting ICE director John Sandweg also expressed concern.

"You never want the target to know you're coming. You want that element of surprise because it keeps you safe," he said. "From an effective perspective, that's why you don't announce these things."

While Trump has repeatedly tweeted about the impending operation, he hasn't jeopardized officer safety, Cuccinelli said, explaining that the situation in June was different than what is happening now.

"The level of detail in the information that came out publicly (last month) was way beyond these general comments the President is making," he said.

In February, ICE sent around 2,000 letters to families who already had received final orders of removal by judges in absentia, asking them to self-report to ICE offices by March. The upcoming operation is expected to target approximately 2,000 people, the senior immigration official said.

Despite reports of overcrowding at some ICE detention facilities along the southern border, Cuccinelli said ICE has made preparations in anticipation of the raids.

"ICE plans these things superbly," he said.

According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement statistics, 256,085 people were deported in fiscal year 2018, up from 226,119 removals in fiscal year 2017.

Boxing legend Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker dies after being hit by vehicle in Virginia Beach

Pernell Whitaker at the 1984 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Norfolk native and boxing legend Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, 55, died Sunday evening after being hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach.

A family member confirmed to WTKR that the Olympic gold medal winner and four-weight world champion was killed in the 10 p.m., crash.

Police said the driver of the vehicle that allegedly struck Whitaker stayed at the scene and is cooperating with officers.

Whittaker graduated from Booker T. Washington high school before excelling globally as an amateur and professional boxer.

Whitaker would find a name for himself, along with international boxing recognition, by winning an Olympic gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games and winning gold at the 1983 Pan American Games.

His time as a professional would see him fight and become a champion in four different WBC weight classes including, Lightweight, Light welterweight, Welterweight and Light middleweight.

Professional bouts for Whitaker would include matches against the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Greg Haugen, Jose Luis Ramirez and Julio Casar Chavez.

By the time he retired in 2001, Whitaker would post a professional record of 40 wins (17 by knockout), four losses and one draw. All of this on top of 214 recorded amateur fights, according to sportreference.com.

Just as important as his career, Whitaker would help inspire local boxers. He also helped promote and train boxers in the later years of his life.

The boxing publication Ring Magazine in 2002 ranked Whitaker as the tenth greatest boxer of the last 80 years.

Whitaker was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.

The investigation into Whitaker’s death is ongoing.


Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker pic.twitter.com/gBNKt3gfgS

— Aaron Rouse (@AaronRouseVaBch) July 15, 2019

Munchie Mondays: Gelato Burger

MOLINE, Illinois -- We went back in time for this week's "Munchie Mondays" on "Good Morning Quad Cities" Monday, July 15.

News 8's Jonathan Ketz, Angie Sharp and Storm Track 8 Meteorologist Eric Sorensen tried the Gelato Burger.

You may remember watching it on GMQC back in April, but if you don't, the burger is mainly found at the Amorino ice cream shop in Europe. Side note: If you click on this link, you can change the website's language by clicking the square on the top right of the page.

If you don't want to travel all the way to Europe, you can find the gelato burger at Amorino's New York City location.

The official sweet treat features a soft bun made with chocolate, two scoops of gelato and your choice of caramel, dark chocolate or hazelnut chocolate sauce. You can also make it however you want, as long as it has a hamburger bun, gelato and dessert sauce.

The gelato burger will cost you around seven dollars if you stop at the restaurant.

It's unclear if it's a limited item.

Road work in two areas may impact your commute in Muscatine

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Drivers in Muscatine may have a longer commute as road work gets underway.

Starting on Monday, July 15, crews will be performing sealing operations on Cedar Street between Wood Creek Lane and the roundabout at Logan Street.  In this area, traffic will be down to one lane, so expect delays, according to Kevin Jenison with the city of Muscatine.

That project should be done by the middle of the week.

Another project that could cause delays is asphalt laying at the intersection University Drive and Highway 22.   Crews were expected to start this on Monday as part of a project that started in 2018.

Jenison said that eastbound traffic on University Drive will be detoured to Colorado.  If you’re driving on Highway 22, you may see lane restrictions throughout the day.

The intersection will remain closed until the asphalt has cooled.  Expect delays and take other routes if possible.

American Airlines extends Boeing plane flight cancellations

WASHINGTON (AP) — American Airlines said Sunday that it will keep the Boeing 737 Max plane off its schedule until Nov. 3, which is two months longer than it had planned.

In a statement, American said the action will result in the cancellation of about 115 flights per day. It said it "remains confident" that the Boeing plane will be recertified this year. But some airline executives are growing doubtful about that timetable.

United Airlines announced Friday that it was extending its cancellations until Nov. 3, a month longer than it had planned.

United has 14 Max jets while American has 24 of them. Southwest Airlines, which has 34 Max jets — more than any other carrier — is canceling about 150 flights per day.

The plane was grounded in March following two deadly crashes.

The announcement Sunday marked the fifth time that American Airlines has pushed back the expected time that the Max would resume flying.

"American Airlines remains confident that impending software updates to the Boeing 737 Max, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing in coordination with our union partners, will lead to recertification of the aircraft this year," the airline said.

In its previous announcement of further flight cancellations last month, American Airlines had said it had expected the recertification to be accomplished "soon."

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines, said, "I expect it's going to take longer than people expect" before the Max is certified to fly again. He said he could not venture a guess as to when that might occur.

Delta does not fly the Boeing Max plane and has not had to contend with the flight cancellations faced by other airlines that do fly the Max. In late 2007, Delta was considering ordering the Max plane but ended up ordering 100 Airbus planes with an option to buy 100 more.

Federal Aviation Administration has said it is following a thorough process but has no timetable for when the recertification will be completed.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that fixing the 737 Max's faulty flight-control software and completing other steps to start carrying passengers will likely stretch into 2020.

Unnamed officials at the FAA and pilot-union leaders were quoted as saying that no firm timeline has been established, but one scenario anticipates the plane could return to the air in January 2020.

We need your vote! Who has the best Pork Tenderloin in our area?

The crew of Good Morning Quad Cities decided to celebrate the best tenderloin sandwich in our region. The problem: we all had our favorites. So last week, we asked you to give us your favorite spot. Below are the top 13 finalists.

And now it’s your turn to vote so we can get the top spots. And if you see your favorite on the list, be sure to tell the restaurant so they can do some campaigning with customers!

Later this week when we know the top spots, we’ll coordinate some live shots to show our viewers who has the best Pork Tenderloin in the region so stay tuned!!!

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