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Arrest made in beating of 91-year-old who reportedly was told to ‘Go back to Mexico’

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A week after a 91-year-old Mexican man says he was beaten with a concrete block in Southern California, a woman has been arrested in connection with the assault, authorities said.

Laquisha Jones, 30, was arrested Tuesday night in Los Angeles on suspicion of beating Rodolfo Rodriguez last week, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

She was being held on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, with bail set at $200,000.

'I just passed her .... and she hit me'

Rodriguez, who is recovering at his relatives' Willowbrook home south of Los Angeles, said he was walking to a park on July 4 when he passed a woman and a girl.

Without warning, the woman hit him with a concrete block, he said, and enlisted a group of men to kick him.

"I didn't even bump into her kid," Rodriguez said. "I just passed her, and she pushed me and she hit me until she was done."

A witness, Misbel Borjas, said she saw a woman hitting Rodriguez in the head with the block.

"I heard her saying, 'Go back to your country; go back to Mexico,' " she told CNN by phone.

Authorities said Jones is black and a Los Angeles resident.

Rodriguez, who said he travels about twice a year from his home in Mexico to visit relatives in Willowbrook, suffered a broken jaw, broken cheekbones, two broken ribs and bruises on his face, back and abdomen, his family said.

He spent five or six hours in a hospital, his family said.

Rodriguez said he doesn't know why he was attacked. He said that at one point, the woman ran up to some men and told them Rodriguez was trying to take her daughter away from her - so the men joined her and started kicking him as he lay bleeding on a sidewalk.

"But that's not true," he told CNN about the woman's allegation, through tears. "In the years I have been alive I have never offended anyone."

'I'm in so much pain'

The sheriff's department said it is trying to determine a motive for the attack, and it hasn't specified what led to Jones' arrest.

Earlier, the department said it was looking for a woman seen in a photo that Borjas had taken. In the photo, a woman is holding what appears to be a piece of concrete or a brick.

Borjas also posted to Facebook a video of a bloodied Rodriguez sitting on grass between a sidewalk and a street shortly after the attack.

"When I tried to videotape her with my cell phone," Borjas said of the attacker, "she threw that same concrete block, tried to hit my car."

The sheriff's department said it was trying to determine if others were involved in the attack.

Rodriguez's family started a GoFundMe campaign to help cover his medical costs.

Rodriguez said he'd never been hurt like this before in a life working fields with cattle and corn. He recalled the attack while lying back in a reclining chair at his relatives' Willowbrook home.

"I can't walk," Rodriguez said. "I'm in so much pain."

Pfizer puts prescription drug price hikes on hold

(CNN Money) — In a surprising turnaround, Pfizer said Tuesday that it will defer raising prices on multiple drugs after heavy pressure from President Donald Trump.

The pharmaceutical company’s announcement came after Trump tweeted that he spoke with Pfizer’s CEO and his own Health and Human Services secretary, Alex Azar.

“Pfizer is rolling back price hikes, so American patients don’t pay more. We applaud Pfizer for this decision and hope other companies do the same,” Trump tweeted.

The company said it made the decision “following an extensive discussion with President Trump.”

Pfizer, which hiked prices on nearly three dozen drugs on July 1, said it will give the administration more time to work on its plan to overhaul the pharmaceutical supply chain.

The prices will revert to what they were before July 1 “as soon as technically possible,” according to Pfizer. The new prices will remain in place until the end of the year or until Trump’s plan goes into effect, whichever is sooner, the company said.

The day before, Pfizer stressed that it was only “modifying” the prices of about 10% of its medicines and vaccines, including reducing the cost of some. It also noted that most insurers and patients don’t pay the list price thanks to manufacturer rebates.

The pharmaceutical industry has been under assault in recent years because of the ever-increasing cost of drugs. Trump has ramped up that pressure. He promised to lower drug prices during his presidential campaign and after he took office.

However, his administration did little until May, when it rolled out its 44-page “blueprint” for increasing competition, reducing regulations and changing the incentives for all players in the drug industry.

While the plan contains some concrete steps the administration can take to lower prices, it was criticized by industry observers as containing more ideas for consideration than actions to take. Also, experts said it didn’t do enough to rein in the list prices of drugs.

Related: Trump lays out his vision for lower drug prices

Still, the president kept focusing his attention on the issue. At the end of May, he said big drug companies would announce “voluntary massive drops in prices” in two weeks. That didn’t happen.

But then on Monday, Trump took up the matter again.

“Pfizer & others should be ashamed that they have raised drug prices for no reason,” he tweeted. “They are merely taking advantage of the poor & others unable to defend themselves.”

Speaking with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday, Azar called the company’s decision “constructive, professional [and] appropriate.”

Pfizer is far from alone in raising pharmaceutical prices this year. Manufacturers increased the cost of 104 drugs in June and the first two days of July alone, according to a Wells Fargo Securities report.

And while Pfizer agreed to temporarily halt its July increase, it did not roll back the price hikes it implemented early this year on popular medications like Viagra, Lipitor, Xanax and Chantix.

The list price for Viagra, for example, was $1,846 for 30 pills last year, but then Pfizer raised it 9.44% on January 1 to $2,021. The July 1 hike brought it to $2,211. Tuesday’s move will take it back down to $2,021.

Some industry experts were not impressed with Pfizer’s move, since it only temporarily delayed the most recent price hike. Calling it a “nice gesture,” Stephen Schondelmeyer, a drug price expert at the University of Minnesota, questioned whether the company would reverse earlier increases or forgo future ones.

It also remains to be seen whether the move by Pfizer, one of the nation’s largest drug maker, will prompt its peers to do the same.

Surging humidity in the days ahead… Will feel around 100 degrees!

Another bright and warm day it turned out to be at Pro-Am Day at the John Deere Classic as daytime highs are approaching the 90 degree mark. We did witnessed some slightly lower humidity this afternoon but only slight.

Tonight will be fair with overnight lows in the upper 60s.

We’re back around 90 degrees under plenty of sun on Thursday for tournament play.  Just enough humidity to make it feel a few degrees warmer.

Friday will be the hottest day, especially when you factor in the humidity. We will have highs approaching the mid 90s with a peak heat index values around 100 degrees.

After Friday, temperatures for daytime highs will average around 90 degrees with heat index values approaching 100.

As far as rain chances for the John Deere Classic, I’m still expected to see that chance in later tournament play.  I am making a few tweaks as to the timing though.  Still appears to be isolated later Friday… possibly Friday evening and again during the day on Saturday.  Any coverage increasing appears to have shifted into Saturday night into early Sunday morning.  After that, any storm chance on Sunday will likely happen after a champion is crowned.  Fingers crossed.

Don’t forget the SPF if you’re headed out to TPC Deere Run for Round 1 Play at the John Deere Classic. UV index will be on the high side.

Still, get the Storm Track 8 Weather App to be notified about lightning or rain when you’re on the course.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Senate overwhelmingly rebukes Trump with tariff vote

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(CNN) — For the second day in a row, the Senate pushed back on President Donald Trump, showing stiff resistance to his key policy decisions on tariffs and NATO even as the President is at a summit in Europe wrestling with allies over those same issues.

Senators voted overwhelmingly Wednesday calling on Trump to get congressional approval before using national security as a reason for imposing tariffs on other nations, as he did recently with steel and aluminum levies against Mexico, Canada and the European Union.

The bipartisan 88-to-11 tally on the non-binding resolution sends a message to the White House about how frustrated senators are over Trump’s disruptive moves on tariffs.

However, future efforts to pass enforceable legislation likely face an uphill battle over Trump’s objections.

“Let’s be clear, this is a rebuke of the President’s abuse of trade authority,” said Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican and a frequent and vocal critic of Trump’s policies. “Can you imagine being Canada and being told your steel and aluminum exports to the United States (are) a national security threat?”

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 97-2 in favor of a pro-NATO resolution, just as Trump was touching down in Brussels and blasting the security alliance on Twitter for a host of reasons, including that many nations don’t spend 2% of their GDP on defense.

The tariffs measure was written by Sen. Bob Corker, a retiring Tennessee Republican who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Pat Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican and a free-trader from a steel producing state. They believe this vote will help build momentum for future tougher legislation, although it is not clear if they could get supermajority support in the Senate and House to override a likely veto, especially if Trump worked actively against it.

“This is a vote for Congress to assume its rightful role,” Corker said. “It’s a baby step.”

The measure would require congressional approval of tariffs issued under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which requires national security concerns to be the driving reason for imposing the tariffs.

Mexico, Canada and the European Union — longtime allies of the US — were incredulous they were considered a national security risk to the United States and issued tariffs against US goods in response.

Exclusive: Trump invokes War of 1812 in testy call with Trudeau over tariffs

The vote on the tariffs measure helps clear up another matter for Senate GOP leaders and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, who are working diligently to get Trump’s judicial nominees confirmed.

Flake used his ability in the narrowly-divided chamber to block appeals court judges as leverage for forcing a vote on the tariffs measure. That stalled action in the Judiciary Committee and on the floor while GOP leaders worked to find a way to assuage Flake.

Flake initially insisted he would only accept a vote on a “substantive” measure but accepted the non-binding resolution instead. He told CNN he would lift his “holds” on those judges following this vote.

Veterans job fair set for Friday in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (Illinois News Network) — Veterans will get the first opportunity to check out job openings for dozens of corporations Friday in Springfield.

The American Legion, alongside the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Guard Employment Support Program, are hosting the event at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield.

IDES spokesman Bob Gough said many companies are looking for employees.

“Archer Daniels Midland, AT&T, Bridgestone, several municipalities including the city of Peoria, Coca-Cola, Home Depot, Niemann Foods, the parent corporation out of Quincy who owns all the County Market stores,” Gough said just to name a few.

Altogether, there will be more than 60 employers.

The event is free for job seekers. It is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

“And for the first hour of it it is exclusively for veterans,” Gough said. “But we’ll also be looking at non-vets as well because the job demands are that great.”

If you plan on going, Gough said bring plenty of copies of your resume. You can also pre-file your resume online at IllinoisJobLink.com.

“Because what we do there is we can cross match that and employers who have enrolled on IllinoisJobLink can go in and find your résumé and if you have the skill set that matches what an employer needs the employer can handle you directly,” Gough said.

 

Trump suggested NATO countries double their defense spending

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(CNN) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested NATO leaders increase their defense spending to 4% — doubling the 2% target that many NATO countries have yet to meet.

“During the President’s remarks today at the NATO summit he suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of 2% of their GDP on defense spending, but that they increase it to 4%,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed in a statement.

Sanders said Trump “raised this same issue” at NATO last year.

“President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations,” Sanders said.

But according to the latest numbers from NATO, the US doesn’t even spend as much as Trump is calling on other countries to.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump said the US, “in actual numbers,” is spending 4.2% of its GDP on defense. However, according to numbers just released by NATO on Tuesday, the US is expected to spend an estimated 3.5% of the GDP on defense in 2018. That is lower than last year’s number, which was at 3.57%. Germany’s estimated for 2018 is 1.21%, slightly higher than last year’s.

“On top of that, Germany is just paying a little bit over 1%, whereas the United States, in actual numbers, is paying 4.2% of a much larger GDP,” Trump said during a breakfast with the NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg.

“So I think that’s inappropriate also. You know, we’re protecting Germany, we’re protecting France. We’re protecting everybody. And yet we’re paying a lot of money to protect,” Trump said.

One senior European diplomat said Trump’s suggestion was “not good.”

“The summit should send a strong signal to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, and now show strong differences between allies. We would prefer a different situation,” the diplomat told CNN’s Michelle Kosinski.

“But we’re not worried about it. We compare it to fights among families. Things can get nasty, but it’s still a family,” the diplomat added.

Trump has long complained that NATO members are not meeting their fiscal obligations to the alliance.

“Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made. Will they reimburse the U.S.?” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Trump singled out Germany for particular criticism as he continued to assail NATO allies for failing to spend 2% of their GDP on defense spending, a target NATO allies agreed to meet by 2024.

Trump erased that timeline Wednesday as he stepped up his calls for increased defense spending, saying allies should do so “immediately.”

“I think these countries have to step it up, not over a 10-year period, but they have to step it up immediately,” Trump said, pointing to Germany in particular as a “rich country” that “could increase (defense spending) immediately tomorrow and have no problem.”

Addressing reporters within hours of Trump’s comments, German Chancellor Angela Merkel touted German contributions to NATO and in defense of US interests.

“Germany also does a lot for NATO. We are the second largest donor of troops, we put most of our military abilities into the service of NATO and we are strongly committed in Afghanistan, where we also defend the interests of the United States of America. Because the deployment in Afghanistan has to do with the only example of Article 5,” Merkel said upon arriving at NATO headquarters Wednesday.

RICO board to consider resolution to demolish historic courthouse

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - The Rock Island County board is expected to meet on July 11 at their committee-of-the-whole meeting, to discuss a newly drafted agreement between the county board and the Public Building Commission (PBC) that would allow the county to hand over the deed of the courthouse.

If the agreement is approved tonight, the deed will be handed over to the PBC who would pay $1.6 Million to tear down the building, pending Tuesday night's vote.

The PBC will also pay to construct green space and additional protection outside of the newly constructed justice center in Rock Island, right next to where the historic courthouse still stands.

That money comes from the initial $28 Million the PBC bonded to start construction on the justice center back in 2016.

This agreement will be the fourth agreement to be presented to the board in recent months. Other agreements have been rejected by the board for various reasons.

If this version is rejected, time could run out and contractors could move on. Board members say if that happens, the county would then be responsible for the cost of demolishing the courthouse, and currently there is no money to take on that extra cost.

Meanwhile, preservationist still believe the courthouse should be saved and hope to persuade the county to find ways to re-purpose the 123-year-old building.

The board is scheduled to make a final decision on the fate of the courthouse, and vote on the resolution to demolish the building on Tuesday, July 17.

Zsa Zsa dies weeks after being dubbed ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’

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Zsa Zsa, whose bodacious tongue recently won her the 30th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, died in her sleep, the English bulldog’s owner said Tuesday.

Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, delivered the sad news about the 9-year-old dog. “I’m in shock still,” she told CNN sister network HLN. “I haven’t even processed her winning and fame.”

A news release announcing Zsa Zsa’s victory in late June in Petaluma, California, said: “Nine years young with a swaggering tongue, Zsa Zsa delivered a shower of slobber as she claimed this year’s title.”

At the time, Brainard said in an email to CNN that Zsa Zsa — who has two fur brothers, a pug and a Frenchie — owed her impressive tongue to her almost horizontal upper teeth and heavily pronounced underbite, which made it difficult to keep the pink, fleshy mass in her mouth.

Zsa Zsa’ winnings included $1,500, “a very large trophy” and a flight to New York, where she and Brainard appeared on the “Today” show.

Zsa Zsa spent five years at a puppy mill in Missouri before being purchased by the nonprofit Underdog Rescue.

“From the moment we saw her beautiful face, we knew we would be her forever home,” Brainard said.

A firefighter has died after a gas explosion turned a street into rubble

(CNN) -- One firefighter died and several others were injured Tuesday in a gas explosion that tore through Sun Prairie, Wisconsin's, business district, shooting up a plume of orange flames and white smoke and blowing wood and concrete debris across half a city block.

The blast, which reportedly could be felt a mile away from downtown Sun Prairie, happened around 7 p.m. Tuesday after a private contractor hit a natural gas main, officials said early Wednesday during a news conference.

Fires were still burning but contained on Wednesday morning in at least one of five buildings, including restaurants and a home, that were heavily affected, city officials said.

Meantime, one firefighter was still hospitalized and in stable condition, said police Lt. Kevin Konopacki of Sun Prairie, a suburb of Madison. Other injuries were minor.

Some of the city's 30,000 residents have been temporarily evacuated from their homes, Konopacki said.

'We will come back'

At least five firefighters, a police officer and six others were hurt in the explosion, which happened about 45 minutes after first responders were alerted to the smell of gas around a main line operated by We Energies, a private operator, Konopacki said.

"The incident came in as a gas leak, and that's what we were responding to," Sun Prairie Fire Assistant Chief Bill Sullivan said. "The fire itself is a result of the explosion."

Officials set a half-mile perimeter around the scene as fire crews controlled the area. After it's deemed safe, officials will investigate what caused the explosion.

The contractor that caused the leak isn't affiliated with We Energies, company spokeswoman Amy Jahns told CNN affiliate WMTV. The gas main was shut off, and about 500 natural gas customers were without service as of about 5:30 a.m., she said.

Sun Prairie Fire Chief Christopher Garrison said the firefighter who was killed had served more than 10 years with the department. His name wasn't immediately released.

"We are hurt," Garrison said of his team's loss of one of its veterans, "but we will come back."

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Fatal Dixon natural gas explosion caused by human error

DIXON, Ill. (AP) — Federal officials say human error caused a natural gas pipeline explosion that killed two men and left two others seriously injured in northern Illinois last year.

Sauk Valley Media reports that workers operating a tiling plow ruptured the high-pressure pipeline, causing the Dec. 5 explosion near Nachusa, about 95 miles west of Chicago. The workers were installing drainage tile.

Investigators with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration determined the owner of the land failed to contact the Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators before beginning the project.

Fifty-nine-year-old Rory Miller of Amboy and his son, 30-year-old Ryan of Oregon, were killed. Kyler Ackland of West Brooklyn and Michael Koster of Sterling were injured.

The Millers had farmed the leased land for decades.

Dancing FBI agent accused of accidental shooting at Denver nightclub allowed to carry gun again

DENVER – FBI agent Chase Bishop made his second court appearance after his gun discharged and shot a bar patron while he was doing a backflip last month, according to KDVR.

Chase Bishop waived his right to a preliminary hearing and a judge granted an exception to a protection order so he could carry his service weapon.

Bishop's lawyer, David Goddard, said prosecutors had offered Bishop a plea deal but didn't disclose details.

Goddard said the FBI strongly encourages its agents to carry guns when they're not working. Prosecutors didn't object so Judge Fran Simonet said Bishop could be armed while on- and off-duty.

Denver District Attorney's Office spokesman Ken Lane said toxicology tests on Bishop "do not support further charges." Bishop is due back in court on Aug. 21.

Bishop was partying at Mile High Spirits Distillery on the morning of June 2nd.

Cellphone video shows the 29-year-old agent doing a backflip, the gun flying out of its holster. When Bishop went to pick it up, the gun discharged, hitting a man in the leg.

The man, identified as Tom Reddington, is recovering. Bishop was released to an FBI supervisor that night.

Bishop turned himself in on June 12th and the next day, a judge granted the lowest level of supervision, freeing him on a $1,000 bond and allowing him to return to Washington where he lives and works.

He has been charged with second-degree assault, a felony that could send him to prison for up to six years.

The FBI has not commented on the case, other to say it is cooperating with the Denver Police Department.

JDC Birdies for Charity program set to hit major milestone this year

The John Deere Classic is as much about golf as it is about giving.

The Birdies for Charity Program is the fundraising vehicle for the golf tournament, which is a non-profit event that raises money for more than 500 charities in our area.

After breaking a record last year, this year the Birdies for Charity Program could hit a major milestone of $100 million raised since the tournament began.

We had "Breakfast With..." Program Director, Kristy Ketcham Jackson last week live on Good Morning Quad Cities. She said she wants you to keep that major milestone in mind as you walk around and see this at TPC Deere Run this week:

"We've always listed our donors on signs, but this year our charities have been given the opportunity to have a sponsor purchase a sign for a fee that will go into our bonus fund," she explained. "That sign will go on a spot on the golf course that will give a short blurb about what the charity does - spotlighting some of the great work that all of our charities do around here."

100% of your donation to the Birdies for Charity Program goes to whatever charity you choose. Plus, if you guess the correct number of birdies shot during this year's tournament, you get the chance to win a two-year lease on a Lexus this fall.

Ag in the Classroom: How to make corn plastic

MOLINE- Wednesday, July 11, Rock Island County Farm Bureau Manager DeAnne Bloomberg will show me how to make corn plastic during Good Morning Quad Cities.

According Ag in the Classroom, Corn plastic is a ''more environmentally friendly plastic than that made from petroleum. Producing corn plastic generates less greenhouse gases and no toxins since it is made from corn. It is also completely biodegradable. Biodegradable means that it breaks down into little pieces that become part of the soil, instead of adding to our landfills. Styrofoam and petroleum-based plastic products are not biodegradable. 3D printers create forms out of PLA fiber. That fiber is made from corn starch!''

According to Ag in the Classroom, here are the instructions on how to make it.

Materials:
-1 cup cornstarch
- Mixing bowl
- ABOUT 1/4 cup water
- Spoon
- Pie plate
- Food coloring

Directions for Corn Putty:

1. Place 1 cup of cornstarch in a bowl.

2. Add ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon of water to the cornstarch.

3. Add a few drops of food coloring to the bowl.

4. Blend mixture with a fork. It should flow when the bowl is tipped but feel solid when you touch it. If it is too thick, add a little water. If it is too runny, add a little cornstarch.

5. Play with it like clay, then watch it become liquid again.

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donors

MOLINE, Illinois - An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for blood donors to give their blood and help save lives.

The escalated call comes after the Red Cross says the blood supply dwindled after donations lagged during the Fourth of July holiday week.

Companies and organizations that normally host blood drives stepped away to celebrate the holiday and enjoy the summer.

Meanwhile, as many as 15,000 fewer donations were given, which means the Red Cross may need to distribute blood to hospitals faster than donations come in.

The need for blood is especially critical for type O blood donors, the American Red Cross said in a press release.

Type O negative is the universal blood type that emergency rooms use when the most critical patients need blood, and there is no time to determine the patient's blood type and the Red Cross says Type O positive is the most common blood type.

More than 20 donations locations have already been set up in the WQAD viewing area.

Clinton County:

Clinton, IA.

7/10/2018:  1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 439 3rd Avenue South.

7/24/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.,  Zion Lutheran Church, 439 3rd Avenue South.

8/1/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., The Alverno, 848 13th Avenue N.

Henry County:

Cambridge, IL.

7/19/2018: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. John's Vianney Church, 313 S West Street.

Kewanee, IL.

7/11/2018: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 105 Dwight Street.

8/8/2018: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 105 Dwight Street.

8/9/2018: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Kewanee OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, 1051 W South Street.

8/9/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Kewanee OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, 1051 W South Street.

Lee County:

Dixon, IL.

7/12/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Dixon Post House, 100 W. Second Street.

7/24/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Elk's Lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Road.

7/31/2018: 12:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 506 West Third.

Mercer County:

Aledo, IL.

7/17/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., VFW Hall. 106 SW 3rd Avenue.

Rock Island County:

Moline, IL.

8/1/2018: 1 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., American Red Cross of Quad Cities, 1100 River Drive.

Whiteside County:

Morrison, IL.

7/19/2018: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., United Methodist Church, 200 West Lincolnway

Rock Falls, IL.

7/11/2018: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th Street.

7/18/2018: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th Street.

8/1/2018: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th Street.

Sterling, IL.

8/2/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road.

8/2/2018: 2:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road.

Tampico, IL.

7/12/2018: 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Tampico United Methodist Church, 202 Lincoln Street, PO Box 336.

Family of Rock Falls man killed in officer involved shooting reacts to released dash cam video

ROCK FALLS, Illinois--Chon Edwards says his cousin Nathaniel Edwards was like a brother to him.

“That was my blood, that was my spirit,” says Chon,

Which is why seeing the police dash cam video of Nathaniel being shot in January, stirs emotions for all over again

“I was out raged by what I saw and how everything was handled… (Nathaniel Edwards) had his life issues just like we all have, he didn’t deserve to die just because he was having issues,” says Chon.

Police cameras recorded Nate’s car weaving in and out of lanes, it leads to a slow pursuit and ended in a drive way.

Investigators say the video released July 10, shows Nathaniel backing up a white Cadillac after police told him to get out of the car. Officer Jonathan Cater fired six shots.

Chon says five shots hit his cousin in the back that night.

The Whiteside County State’s Attorney says Officer Cater feared for his life and found his deadly use of force justified. However, the Edwards’ family disagrees with the report.

When I reviewed the dash cam footage I didn’t even see an officer in the path of the vehicle…Five times is way too many for there to be any impending threat from somebody that is sitting in the car and you’re shooting him in close range, you can see exactly what he is doing,” says Chon.

The Whiteside County Attorney ruled the shooting was justified last week, but the Edwards family plans to hold a justice walk Saturday, July 14 at Rotary Park in Rock Falls.v

Justin Bieber confirms engagement to Hailey Baldwin

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(CNN) — Justin Bieber has broken his silence about his relationship with Hailey Baldwin and confirmed their engagement.

The 24-year-old pop star posted a long note on his Instagram along with photos of him with his 21-year-old fiancee.

“Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you,” the caption began. “So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY.”

Bieber wrote that he vows “to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make.”

“My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first!” Bieber wrote. “You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else.”

TMZ was the first to report Sunday that Bieber had popped the question to Baldwin, who is the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin, during their trip to the Bahamas.

A source close to Bieber confirmed the engagement to CNN.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are engaged

In his posting Monday, Bieber said he and his future wife complement each other, adding “It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense!”

“Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts?” he wrote. “By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured!”

Bieber and Baldwin have been friends for years and previously dated in 2016.

Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber: A timeline

Baldwin tweeted her delight soon after Bieber posted.

“Not sure what I did in life to deserve such happiness but I am so utterly grateful to God for giving me such an incredible person to share my life with!” she wrote. “No words could ever express my gratitude.”

Here’s what happened today heading into the start of the 2018 John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Illinois - It was a busy day at TPC Deere Run on Tuesday, July 10, and we haven't even reached the Pro-Am yet! From insight on who to keep an eye on this week to special events involving the community, here's what is on our mind.

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JOAQUIN NIEMANN:

This 19-year-old from Chile has made a big impact on the tour over the last three months. Boasting four top-10 finishes in only nine starts, is impressive, and his success at the Greenbrier earned him his tour card for next season. Now, he prepares for his first John Deere Classic.

ZACH JOHNSON:

Johnson is a familiar face at the John Deere Classic. He was back this afternoon preparing for his 17th straight year. He sits just behind Steve Stricker on the John Deere Classic all-time money list, which should grow this week.

JOHN DEERE POWER FOR GOOD SCHOLARSHIP

Three high school golfers were honored today with a ceremony and a $5,000 check. The John Deere Power for Good Scholarship is a program run through First Tee, an organization focused on teaching golf and leadership.

According to First Tee's website, the scholarship focuses on "how the students are a ‘Power for Good’ through service to their communities, schools, and/or neighborhoods." Only First Tee members are eligible.

The winners were Neeve Chen of the Greater Sacramento Chapter, Serena Chen of the Greater Trenton Chapter and Varsha Nekkanti of the Silicon Valley Chapter.

"It forced me to really push myself in a new area both in the sport and in my own skills and my own development," Nekkanti said.

First Tee's Quad Cities Chapter is based at Davenport's Red Hawk Golf Course with lessons taught at the Moline YMCA and Rock Island's Highland Springs Golf Course.

MCDONALD'S KIDS CLINIC

This year's clinic brought hundreds of young golfers to TPC Deere Run. Golfer's Wesley Bryan, and Des Moines' own, Broc Everett, hosted the event.

Both pros entertained the kids with fun tricks and competitions.

Tab Hunter, iconic 1950s actor, dead at 86

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(CNN) — Tab Hunter, who rose to fame as a Hollywood heartthrob in the 1950s, died Sunday at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, Allan Glaser, his partner of 35 years, confirmed to CNN.

He was 86.

Glaser said the cause of death was a blood clot that caused cardiac arrest.

“We were walking home and he collapsed in my arms in our front yard,” Glaser said. “He said he couldn’t breathe, so I called 911, and we went to the hospital.”

“This was sudden and unexpected,” Glaser added. “He was athletic, more like a 60-year-old not an 86-year-old.”

With his blond hair, blue eyes and magnetic smile, Hunter set fans’ hearts aflutter in films like “Battle Cry” and “Damn Yankees.”

He also was the subject of speculation that he was gay, a fact he would confirm later in his 2005 autobiography “Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.”

Role in ‘Battle Cry’ brought stardom

Born Arthur Andrew Kelm in New York City, Hunter was raised in California.

His parents split when he was young and he, his mother and his brother began using her maiden name of “Gelien.”

At the age of 15 Hunter ran off to join the Coast Guard, but was dismissed from service after it was discovered he had lied about his age.

He was working at horse stables near Los Angeles when actor Dick Clayton spotted him while there to do a photoshoot.

Clayton encouraged a young Hunter to consider acting and set him up with agent Henry Willson.

It was Willson who gave him his stage name of “Tab Hunter” and he soon signed with Warner Bros., which is now owned by CNN’s parent company AT&T.

By 1950 the new actor had nabbed a small role in the film “The Lawless.” His only line in the movie was cut.

Playing a WWII soldier in 1955’s “Battle Cry,” adapted from the Leon Uris novel of the same name, made Hunter a star and he followed with roles in films including “The Burning” and “The Girl He Left Behind,” both opposite a young Natalie Wood.

Hunter also launched a career in music and had his first hit single “Young Love” in 1957.

The following year he enjoyed another star turn as Joe Hardy in the film adaptation of the musical “Damn Yankees!”

Shifted focus to TV

Hunter paid to get out of his contract with Warner Bros. and starting in 1960 he shifted his focus ton television with the sitcom “The Tab Hunter Show,” which lasted a season.

The switch carried him through to roles on several shows during the 1970s, including “Hawaii Five-O,” “The Love Boat,” and “The Six Million Dollar Man.”

The 1980s brought a new kind of fame as avant garde director John Waters cast him in several movies opposite transvestite performer Divine.

Years later Hunter would speak about how the entire time he was being hailed as a sex symbol, he was keeping his sexuality a secret.

“I never mentioned my sexuality to Warner Bros. at all and they never mentioned it to me, thank God,” Hunter told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015.

He had been at the height of his career when “Confidential” magazine published a story about him attending a “pajama party,” which was meant to out him to fans.

Forthcoming on sexuality in autobiography

The actor came fully out in his autobiography and confessed to a relationship with “Psycho” star Anthony Perkins.

In June it was announced that JJ Abrams and Zachary Quinto are producing the movie “Tab & Tony” about the secret love affair.

Hunter and Glaser collaborated on the 2015 documentary “Tab Hunter: Confidential” about the actor’s career and closeted life in Hollywood.

The actor told Slant Magazine at the time that he still wasn’t entirely comfortable discussing being gay.

“I just have never been comfortable talking about my sexuality,” Hunter said. “I think it was easier with the movie because it was quite a few years later after the book. But it’s still not my comfort zone. I was just brought up that way. I’m very old-fashioned.”

Watch: Dashcam video shows moments surrounding deadly Rock Falls shooting

ROCK FALLS, Illinois -- More than six months after a Sterling, Illinois man was shot and killed by a Rock Falls police officer, dashcam video of the situation was released.

In late June, the Whiteside County State's Attorney determined that the January shooting happened in self-defense, and that Officer Jonathan Cater would not face charges.

In the state's attorney's investigation report, it was noted that police were trying to pull over a white Cadillac driven by 43-year-old Nathaniel Edwards, after seeing him drift across lanes of traffic. This led into a "slow-speed pursuit," ultimately ending in a driveway on Franklin Street after several minutes.

The report said officers approached the car, initially commanding Edwards to not move and then later to get out of the car.

"Mr. Edwards did not comply," read the investigation report.

In the dashcam video, you can see that the Cadillac pulled out of view before the shooting happened.  According to the investigation report, the Cadillac was surrounded by three Rock Falls police officers, two that were behind the vehicle.

In the video, you can hear one officer command "Do not back up!." Moments later you hear a series of shots fired, and see the Cadillac pull into view and then stop.

Officer Jonathan Cater fired six shots into the back of the car, according to the investigation report.  Five of those shots struck Edwards; an ambulance was called and sheriff's deputies administered CPR until EMS arrived.  Edwards was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The state's attorney said in his report that "Officer Cater's actions in discharging his weapon resulting in the death of Nathaniel T. Edwards is valid as self-defense. Considering the totality of the circumstances Officer Cater faced, he reasonably believed that his and Officer Riley's (the other officer reportedly standing behind the car) lives were in danger."

Nevada to execute inmate with fentanyl in U.S. first

LAS VEGAS – Critics are warning about the “very real risk of a botched execution” in what is to be the first US case of capital punishment using fentanyl.

With manufacturers unwilling to sell any drugs to be used in executions, Nevada’s Department of Corrections quietly purchased small doses of fentanyl from Cardinal Health over several months and plans to use the prescription painkiller in combination with paralytic drug cisatracurium and sedative midazolam in the state’s first execution in 12 years, scheduled for Wednesday, per the Guardian and Vice.

Critics, however, are putting up a fuss, and not only due to the secretive way officials went about acquiring the drug. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid well known for its role in the opioid epidemic, has “never been used in an execution before. It’s extremely experimental,” as Amy Rose of the American Civil Liberties Union puts it.

Especially concerning is the fact that the fentanyl will be mixed with midazolam, which “has been at the center of executions that have gone visibly wrong in every single state in which it has been used,” says Maya Foa of anti-death penalty group Reprieve. She tells the Guardian execution strategies are normally reviewed by courts through inmate appeals.

Not so in this case, as double murderer Scott Dozier—convicted of second-degree murder in 2005 and first-degree murder in 2007—accepts his fate and says he wants to die.

It’s unclear if there’s enough opposition to stave off the execution, though the ACLU is looking into the legality of how Nevada obtained the fentanyl.

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