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Mom credited with inventing gender reveal parties begs people to stop

LOS ANGELES – Jenna Karvunidis, a Los Angeles blogger who is credited with creating the gender reveal party, now wants the trend to end, according to a post she put on Facebook.

She was expecting her first child in 2008 and decided to have a party. The party was covered by Bump Magazine, Karvunidis was interviewed and then she says the idea spread from there.

“I’ve felt a lot of mixed feelings about my random contribution to the culture,” Karvunidis said. “It just exploded into crazy after that. Literally – guns firing, forest fires, more emphasis on gender than has ever been necessary for a baby.”

In the decade since Karvunidis popularized the trend, it has traveled all over the world, including to Australia where a gender reveal party took a dramatic turn as a car used to spew blue smoke suddenly ignited.

"Who cares what gender the baby is?" Karvunidis said. "I did at the time because we didn't live in 2019 and didn't know what we know now - that assigning focus on gender at birth leaves out so much of their potential and talents that have nothing to do with what's between their legs."

Tracking a few showers and thunderstorms for parts of the area overnight

Today marks the 24th day of temperatures 90 or better for daytime highs.  This has already surpassed the average of 22 days for the the year.

Now, our eyes will be focused on the skies as we head into the evening and overnight hours as we have a chance for seeing a few showers and thunderstorms.  With the exception of a stray shower or storm this evening the better coverage is still on track after midnight.  The question will be how much coverage for the area.

Storms will be strong along the northern quarter of the Hawkeye state this evening as they slowly move to the southeast.  By the time these same storms arrive across the area they will lose some of its punch and coverage.  At this point, we’ll focus that coverage along and north of the I80 corridor.

By Tuesday, any activity left over will be in the morning before skies slowly improve.  Still looking pretty warm and humid with highs in the upper 80s.  These temperatures won’t change much on Wednesday until a slightly cooler and less humid air mass slides in briefly for the rest of the work week.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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El Paso shooting death toll rises to 21 in anti-immigrant massacre

(CNN) -- The 21-year-old white supremacist suspected of killing at least 21 people and injured 26 others at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas wanted to stop a "Hispanic invasion of Texas," according to a political document police believe he wrote.

The massacre on Saturday was one of at least three mass shootings to kill and maim residents across the US in the past week.

But even among that horrific trio, the shooting in El Paso stood out as a domestic terrorist attack designed to inspire fear among Hispanic immigrants to the US. The killing took place at a place along the US-Mexico border frequented by Mexicans and by a man who police believe posted a political document explaining his hatred of immigrants and race-mixing.

The suspect -- who sources identified to CNN as Patrick Crusius -- has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bond, El Paso Police Sgt. Robert Gomez said.

He was arrested without incident Saturday after getting out of his vehicle and approaching police unarmed as they arrived at the Walmart. He has been cooperating with authorities, Gomez said.

Crusius was from Allen, a suburb of Dallas, and had no apparent ties to El Paso County, where 83% of residents are Hispanic or Latino, according to the US Census Bureau.

For his target, the suspect chose one of the largest and safest cities on the US-Mexico border, a place central to the Trump administration's hardline stance on immigration and a city that state Rep. Cesar Blanco called "ground zero" of the administration's family separations policy.

During the shooting, shocked shoppers slid under tables, others ran for their lives, one mother shielded her infant from the spray of bullets while another ran away with her 7-year-old daughter.

As El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen walked into the shooting's aftermath, the scene was "horrific," he said.

"When I first got to this job," he said, "I never knew there was an odor to blood, but there is ... It will leave an impression that you'll never forget."

Adria Gonzalez, who is being hailed as a hero for leading some Walmart customers to safety, speaks to the crowd during a prayer and candle vigil organized by the city, after the shooting that left 20 people dead at the Cielo Vista Mall WalMart in El Paso, Texas, on August 4, 2019. - The United States mourned Sunday for victims of two mass shootings that killed 29 people in less than 24 hours as debate raged over whether President Donald Trump's rhetoric was partly to blame for surging gun violence. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Suspect wrote a 'manifesto' police say

Authorities are investigating a racist, anti-immigrant document they believe was posted online by the suspect. That document states it took less than a month to plan the shooting.

The four-page document, titled "The Inconvenient Truth," was published on the online message board 8chan about 20 minutes before the shooting. The writing is filled with white supremacist language and racist hatred aimed at immigrants and Latinos, and the author says he opposes "race mixing" and encourages immigrants to return to their home countries.

The 2,300-word "manifesto," as police called it, was attached to a post that read: "I'm probably going to die today."

Some of the language of the manifesto reflects ideas from President Trump, Fox News and the modern Republican party. For example, the document warns of a "Hispanic invasion" and says Democrats are using "open borders" and "free healthcare for illegals" to attract new voters.

The writer cited a fear that an influential Hispanic population in Texas would make the state a "Democratic stronghold" and said "the Republican Party is also terrible" because the GOP is in his mind pro-corporation, which could lead to more immigration.

The writer said he held these beliefs before Donald Trump became President.

He could face the death penalty

Federal authorities are treating the shooting as a case of domestic terrorism, the US Attorney for the Western District of Texas said Sunday, as it seems to fit the statutory domestic terrorism definition. It "appears to be designed to intimidate a civilian population, to say the least," US Attorney John Bash said.

The Justice Department is also "seriously considering" bringing federal hate crime and federal firearm charges, which carry a possible death penalty, he said.

"We're going to do what we do to terrorists in this country, which is to deliver swift and certain justice," US Attorney John Bash said.

Following a week of deadly shootings in Texas, Ohio and California, FBI Director Chris Wray ordered the agency's offices across the country to conduct a new threat assessment in an effort to thwart future mass attacks, law enforcement sources told CNN.

The agency also said it's concerned that these and other attacks may inspire US-based domestic violent extremists to "engage in similar acts of violence."

The FBI already established a "fusion cell" this past spring to focus on white supremacists and hate crimes and help coordinate information and investigative efforts across divisions.

Mexico explores legal action against US

On Sunday, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard called the shooting an act of terrorism against Mexicans in the US and said in a press conference that the Mexican government will look into whether there is enough evidence to solicit the extradition of the gunman to face charges in Mexico.

In a video posted on his Twitter, Ebrard said what happened in the Texas city was "unacceptable" and that "the first judicial actions" the government will take will be in accordance with international law.

"Mexico would like to express its utmost profound condemnation and rejection of this barbaric act where innocent Mexican men and women were killed," Ebrard said. "We are outraged. We do not support the culture of hate."

He also said Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador instructed him to take swift legal action in order to first protect the families who were affected and then "so that Mexico can demand that the United States protect the Mexican community in the United States."

Among the victims was a mother shielding her baby

Police are still in the process of notifying the families of victims in the El Paso shooting, Sgt. Robert Gomez said. Police have said only that the victims are different ages and genders.

Some families have begun sharing their loved ones' stories.

Jordan and Andre Anchondo were shopping for school supplies in Walmart Saturday after dropping off their 5-year-old daughter at cheerleading practice.

The couple was killed in the massacre, but their 2-month-old son survived after his mom shielded him from the gunfire.

"The baby still had her blood on him. You watch these things and see these things and you never think this is going to happen to your family," Elizabeth Terry, Jordan Anchondo's aunt, told CNN.

Angie Englisbee, 86, was also killed.

Her son, Will Englisbee, told CNN his brother spoke with Angie Englisbee at 10:31 a.m. when she was in Walmart's check-out line. The first reports of an active shooter went out at 10:39 a.m. local time, the police chief said.

A 60-year-old Army veteran and bus driver, Arturo Benavides, was also killed, his niece told CNN.

"He was an absolutely caring and strong-willed man," Jacklin Luna said. "He was the person that would give any dime and shirt off his back, a meal and a home to anyone."

He loved telling stories of his Army days as a staff sergeant and life with his family.

"He deserves nothing less than the world to know everything he did and the love he had left to share," Luna said. "My nino didn't deserve this, neither did any of the beautiful people that were taken from us."

Leo Campos and Maribel Hernandez were also among those killed, according to CNN affiliate KFOX/KDBC.

They had dropped off their dog at the groomer before heading to Walmart, Hernandez's brother, Al Hernandez, told the affiliate. The family didn't know anything was wrong until the groomer called them and said the dog hadn't been picked up.

Seven Mexican nationals also lost their lives.

Ebrard identified them via Twitter as Sara Esther Regalado, Adolfo Cerros Hernández, Jorge Calvillo García, Elsa Mendoza de la Mora, Gloria Irma Márquez, María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe and Ivan Filberto Manzano.

Biden campaign to host community events in Iowa

Former Vice President Joe Biden  and his wife, Jill, are making stops in several Iowa cities as part of the 2020 Presidential Campaign on August 7th and 8th.

The campaign is hosting a community event to open discussions with Iowans as well as opening local campaign offices throughout the day on Wednesday, August 7th,  capped off with a visit to the Iowa State Fair on the afternoon of Thursday, August 8th.

The schedule for campaign events, as given in a campaign press release, are as follows:

Wednesday, August 7th:

  • Burlington – Joe Biden is hosting a community event at Barn on the Ridge at 14133 Irish Ridge Road from 1:00 pm. to 3:00 p.m. Click here for more information and to sign up for the event. Some details are suspect to change.
  • Davenport – Jill Biden is opening a local campaign office at 1706 Brady Street at 4:45 p.m.
  • Dubuque – Jill Biden is opening a local campaign office at 799 Main Street at 7:00 p.m

Thursday, August 8th:

  • Des Moines – Joe and Jill Biden are attending the Iowa State Fair beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Davenport police warn of home theft scammers

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Davenport Police Department is warning residents of home burglary scams occurring in various neighborhoods.

People have been knocking on doors asking “for money for diapers, for a drink of water or offer to assist with lawn care or outside projects,” the department said in a Facebook post from Friday, August 2. The person will then insist on entering your home in order to commit a theft, according to police.

Police are encouraging people to call 9-1-1 if scammers refuse to leave or continue asking to be let inside.

The department also included this list of recommendations for Davenport residents to follow to avoid becoming a victim of burglary:

– Always keep your windows and doors locked, even when you are home. Keep your doors locked while working out in the yard.
– Always look out a window to see who is at your door. Make sure the person sees you. This lets them know that someone is actually home.
– Never open your door to anyone you do not know. Do not give them an opportunity to push the door in.
– Do not be fooled by “phony” uniforms, work vests, or ID badges. If you did not call or request the service, do not open the door.
– Never allow anyone who you do not know or a business who you did not request, enter your home.
– If the scammer refuses to leave and/or continues to pressure you into letting them in, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Half-staff flag order issued for August 8th to honor weekend shooting victims

Flags across the nation will be lowered on Thursday, August 8th until sunset in honor of the 29 lives lost and many more injured in the mass shootings that took place over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and, Dayton, Ohio.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued the mandate in the morning on Monday, August 5th, ordering public facilities to fly their flags at half-staff on Thursday. She also recommends private citizens and buildings do the same.

This coincides with President Trump’s proclamation for half-staff flags throughout the country on the same day.

Teen drowns in swimming pool at Chestnut Mountain Resort

GALENA, Illinois — A teenage boy drowned in a pool at Chestnut Mountain Resort.

A 15-year-old boy was unresponsive when he was pulled from the pool around 9:20 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, according to a statement from the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department.

Multiple people called 911 to report the drowning, said the sheriff’s department.  The teen had gone under water in the swimming pool “for an unknown period of time” before being pulled out.

Someone performed CPR on the teen before he was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Investigators said the drowning was accidental.

Chestnut Mountain Resort is located at 8700 West Chestnut Mountain Road in rural Galena, Illinois.  According to the resort website, the pool is indoor and is included in a facility with a sauna and Jacuzzi.

Looking to help QC Crime Stoppers? Run in their 5K this month

MOLINE, Illinois– The Crime Stoppers 5K Run is returning for another year.

Moline Police Detective Jon Leach is joining us Tuesday, August 6 during Good Morning Quad Cities to talk about the event. It takes place Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 8:00 am at Bass Street Landing downtown.

There will be 5K run, 1 mile fun run and 1/4 mile fun run.  There will be great food and entertainment post-race.   The 5K’s in support of P3 tip reporting app.

To register for the 5K, fun run, or just make a simple donation, click here. 

Boil order issued for Village of Carbon Cliff

CARBON CLIFF, Illinois — A boil order has been issued for parts of Carbon Cliff.

The boil order, which is considered precautionary, is for Merry Oaks Additions, Villa Pines Circle, Old Orchard Apartments, Comfort Inn, Super 8, Deerfield Restaurant, and the BP Gas Station on John Deere Road.

The notice was issued on Sunday, August 4, and advised that residents in certain areas should boil their water before cooking or drinking.  It’s advised that the water be boiled for five minutes before use.

There was a malfunctioning chlorine pump, according to the notice.   The boil order will remain in effect until the necessary repairs are made and tests from the Environmental Protection Agency come back clear.

 

El Paso couple shopping for school supplies dies trying to shield their baby from gunfire

Jordan and Andre Anchondo brought their infant son to Walmart on Saturday as they shopped for school supplies. But only the little boy would survive the visit, their relatives told CNN.

The Anchondos were killed after a gunman opened fire in an El Paso shopping center on Saturday, aunt and uncle of Anchondo, Elizabeth Terry and Jesse Jamrowski said.

The couple — who had just celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary — went to the store after dropping off their 5-year-old daughter at cheer practice, Terry said.

As the gunfire erupted, Jordan shielded her 2-month-son old, Terry said. Andre, meanwhile, jumped in front of his wife, Jamrowski said.

“The baby still had her blood on him. You watch these things and see these things and you never think this is going to happen to your family,” Terry, sister of Anchondo’s father, Paul, for whom the injured infant is named, said.

“How do parents go school shopping and then die shielding their baby from bullets?”

The Anchondos were among those killed Saturday in what authorities are investigating as an act of domestic terrorism. It was the third mass shooting in the United States in a week — and less than 24 hours later, another deadly shooting spree in Dayton, Ohio, left nine dead.

The family of 86-year-old Angie Englisbee told CNN she was also killed in the shooting. Her son, Will Englisbee, said authorities informed the family of her passing on Sunday. Will Englisbee told CNN his brother spoke with Angie at 10:31 a.m. when she was in the check-out line at Walmart.

Arturo Benavides, 60, was also killed in the shooting, his niece Jacklin Luna told CNN Sunday. Luna described her uncle as well- known and well-loved. “He was an absolutely caring and strong-willed man,” she said. “He was the person that would give any dime and shirt off his back, a meal and a home to anyone.

Benavides was an Army veteran and a bus driver who loved telling stories of his days in the service as a staff sergeant.

“He deserves nothing less than the world to know everything he did and the love he had left to share,” Luna said. “My nino didn’t deserve this, neither did any of the beautiful people that were taken from us.”

Leo Campos and Maribel Hernandez also among those killed, according to CNN affiliate KFOX/KDBC.

They had just dropped their dog off at the groomer before going to Walmart, Hernandez’s brother Al Hernandez told the affiliate. He said the family didn’t realize anything was wrong until the groomer called them and said the dog hadn’t been picked up.

One of their family members was able to track the GPS of their vehicle to the Walmart parking lot, KFOX/KDBC reported. Police told the family that both Campos and Hernandez died in the shooting, according to the affiliate.

The family had trouble confirming their deaths

The first call of an active shooter went out at 10:39 a.m. local time, El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said. Around 2 p.m., Anchondo’s relatives started calling each other, saying the couple was not answering their phones, Terry said.

The baby was “pulled from under her body,” said Terry. The infant suffered broken fingers but is home with family, Terry said. It took longer to figure out the couple’s fate, she said.

Jordan Anchondo died alone at the hospital because no one was able to immediately find her, her aunt said. “It took us a while to confirm and identify her throughout all the chaos,” she said.

Later Sunday, after holding out hope for hours that Andre Anchondo might still be alive, Terry told CNN that he was confirmed dead. She did not provide further details.

In addition to their 2-month-old son, the couple had two more children, ages 5 and 2.

Andre Anchondo owned a mechanic shop in El Paso, Terry said. Originally from Odessa, Texas, Anchondo loved being a mother to her children, Terry said.

“She had the most contagious smile and laugh,” Terry told CNN. “We lost the light of our family and the light of our heart.”

Seven Mexican nationals identified as victims

Of the 20 people killed, seven were Mexican nationals, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard said.

He identified them on Twitter as:

Sara Esther Regalado

Adolfo Cerros Hernández

Jorge Calvillo García

Elsa Mendoza de la Mora

Gloria Irma Márquez

María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe

Ivan Filberto Manzano

WATCH: President Trump addresses nation after 2 US shootings leave 29 dead

(CNN) — President Donald Trump called on the nation to condemn racism and white supremacy in a speech on Monday following two mass shootings, but stopped short of acknowledging his own divisive and racist rhetoric.

“The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online, consumed by racist hate,” Trump said in remarks from the White House. “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.

“These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul,” Trump continued.

Trump’s comments followed tweets he sent earlier Monday, which suggested tying immigration legislation to strengthening background checks on gun owners following a weekend in which the alleged shooter in El Paso, Texas, is believed to have authored a racist, anti-immigrant document targeting Hispanics.

Trump also cited violent video games as a contributing factor to a series of deadly mass shootings dating back to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy separately also cited video games in the wake of two massacres in Texas and Ohio that left at least 29 people dead.

Can’t see the stream? Watch on YouTube.

YOUR MONEY with Mark: How a Slowdown in Manufacturing, Jobs Growth is Impacting the Economy

When it comes to YOUR MONEY, we want to take it a step further. That's why Mark Grywacheski appears on Good Morning Quad Cities every Monday to give us his analysis of the latest business, economic, and financial news.

On Monday, August 5th, Mark talked about the July Employment Report that was just released by the U.S. Department of Labor. It showed 164,000 new jobs were added in July 2019 - down from 193,000 jobs created in June 2019. However, Grywacheski said the labor market is still red-hot:

"So far this year, we're averaging a very strong 165,000 new jobs a month, the unemployment rate of 3.7% is still at a 50-year low, and annual wage growth is still at a 10-year high."

There were two more big announcements that took place last week - the latest manufacturing data was released and the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates. Click the video above to hear Grywacheski's analysis and what he thinks the future holds.

Doctor rebuilds child’s voice box in historic surgery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two-year-old Cooper Kilburn was born without a natural way to talk or even breathe. Now, with a doctor's help, he can do both.

Cooper's mom and dad, Brooke and Brad Kilburn, got into a bad car accident when she was 16 weeks pregnant with him. An ultrasound from her doctor in Adamsville, Tennessee revealed something was wrong with Cooper's airway, but her doctor wasn't sure what it was and he sure didn't know how to fix it.

The concerned parents came to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.

Dr. Jerome Thompson figured out that Cooper had a rare condition that would leave him with no way to talk or breathe once born. He and his team performed a C-section, but they left the umbilical cord attached and implanted a tube in Cooper's throat known as a trach.

With that device and the help of a ventilator, Cooper would be able to breathe, but he still wouldn't have a voice and was still at risk.

"Eight out of every 100 children who are totally trach dependent die," Thompson told WREG.

That's why, two years later, he performed another surgery. Using parts of Cooper's own ribs, the surgeon sculpted a voice box. It was the first time a procedure like that had ever been done.

"We snatched victory from the jaws of defeat," Thompson said.

The new airway means Cooper can eventually learn to talk and breathe without a ventilator. Right now, he only needs that at night. Thompson says he'll always have the trach but he'll be able to do most things, even play sports if he wants.

His parents are grateful.

"One day, Cooper's going to be telling this and we're not going to have to," Brooke Kilburn said.

Munchie Mondays: The Fluff Screamer

MOLINE, Illinois -- We tried a unique burger from Pennsylvania on Monday, August 5.

News 8's Jonathan Ketz, Angie Sharp and Storm Track 8 Meteorologist Eric Sorensen tried the "Fluff Screamer."

You can get it at Tony's Lunch in Girardville. Fun Fact: The restaurant is not open during lunch. You can find more fun facts about this special sandwich, and the restaurant by clicking on this link.

The burger comes with raw onions, spicy chili sauce and marshmallow fluff. We added chili pepper to ours because the store didn't have any spicy sauce.

Cheese is optional, and Tony's restaurant workers recommend adding a pad of butter on top. It's also recommended to wash down the burger with some TrueMoo chocolate milk.

Click on the video above to find out if the anchors enjoyed it. Hint: The answer may surprise you!

French inventor makes ‘beautiful’ flight across Channel on hoverboard

(CNN) — French inventor Franky Zapata has successfully crossed the Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard for the first time, after a failed attempt last month.

Zapata took off from Sangatte, northern France early on Sunday morning and landed in St. Margarets Bay, near Dover in England. The journey took just over 20 minutes, according to Reuters news agency.

“I had the chance to land in an extraordinary place. It’s beautiful. My first thought was to my family. It was huge. Thanks to my wife who always supports me in crazy projects. We worked very hard,” he told CNN affiliate BFMTV.

The inventor said that he tried to “take pleasure in not thinking about the pain,” even though “his thighs were burning.”

Franky Zapata on his jet-powered “flyboard” lands at St. Margaret’s Bay in Dover, on August 4, 2019, during his attemp to fly across the 35-kilometre (22-mile) Channel crossing in 20 minutes, while keeping an average speed of 140 kilometres an hour (87 mph) at a height of 15-20 metres (50-65 feet) above the sea. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Zapata, a former jet ski racing champion, took to the skies in July on his Flyboard Air vehicle but missed a platform mounted on a boat as he tried to land midway for refueling. The 40-year-old was uninjured in the fall into the sea, and said that he worked “15 to 16 hours a day to rebuild the machine.”

In an interview after he completed his journey across the Channel, Zapata said that for his next challenge he was working on a flying car and had signed contracts, but for now he “was tired” and “wants a vacation,” he told BFMTV.

The inventor captured the world’s imagination when he took to the skies above Paris at Bastille Day parade in July with the board that can reach an altitude of nearly 500 feet — with the potential to go much higher — and a speed of 87mph.

Zapata has worked with the US and French militaries, with the French investing $1.4 million to pay for tests of the board. French special forces are interested in the flying board for several uses, including as a possible assault device, said Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV.

The English Channel has been crossed in many innovative ways over the years — including by hovercraft, hot air balloon, monoski, gondola, pedalo and glider and parachute.

On 25 July 1909, French aviator Louis Blériot made the first airplane flight between continental Europe and Great Britain in a monoplane.

In 1875, British marine captain Matthew Webb was the first to swim from Dover to Calais, completing the journey in 21 hours and 45 minutes.

Franky Zapata poses with his wife Krystel and other team members as he signs a register at the end of a press conference on August 4, 2019 in Sangatte after he succeeded earlier today on his second attempt to cross the English Channel on a jet-powered “Flyboard” hoverboard. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump claims he wants ‘strong background checks’ on guns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Washington "must come together" in the wake of two mass shootings this weekend to "get strong background checks" for gun users. But he is providing no details on what sort of legislation he would support.

Trump, who will make remarks later Monday, tweeted about the weekend shootings in Texas and Ohio that left 29 dead and dozens wounded. He said: "We can never forget them, and those many who came before them."

The Democrat-led House has passed a gun control bill that includes fixes to the nation's firearm background check system, but it has languished in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Trump suggested Monday that a background check bill could be paired with his long-sought effort to toughen the nation's immigration system. But he didn't say how.

A soccer player called out Congress on gun control during a game

(CNN) -- A Major League Soccer player took a moment to call out Congress over gun control after scoring a goal Sunday.

Alejandro Bedoya, who plays for the Philadelphia Union, scored a goal during his team's match against D.C. United in Washington.

Immediately after the goal, Bedoya sprinted over to the field microphone in Audi Field.

"Hey Congress, do something now. End gun violence, let's go," he yelled into the microphone.

It wasn't the first time the US men's national soccer team member issued his opinion on the issue of gun violence.
Earlier on Sunday, he took to Twitter to express his thoughts, saying "Seeing more thoughts and prayers bullsh*t. Words without actions are just worthless," the tweet reads.

Bedoya continued to say that it was time for legal action to be taken. "America, it seems, is becoming a dystopian society. Do something!!! Enough!!!"

One person responded to his initial tweet, saying Bedoya didn't have a plan or "real input."

Bedoya replied that he isn't a policymaker but hopes that stricter gun laws can be enacted.

"You want some plans," the tweet said. "We can start with stricter background checks, red flag laws, making a registry for gun purchases, closing gun show loopholes, and taxing ammunition. Better for you?"

Here’s the timing for the first storms in nearly three weeks

July 17th was the last time we had more than a tenth of an inch of rain. Before that? July 3rd! Rainfall amounts will not be significant unless you are one of the lucky ones who get rain for more than a few hours.

As the atmosphere heats up today, a few showers and storms will be possible.  Notice, I used the word "few." I believe the more numerous activity will remain out in Central Iowa for the day ahead. After 6pm, storms will be more numerous in our local area of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

There's a chance for severe weather across Central and Northern Iowa today, mainly for damaging wind potential. As storms enter our airspace this evening, they should be in a weakening phase...but still could produce some locally damaging wind.

It will remain warm Tuesday with an isolated storm. Storm chances remain moot for the remainder of the week.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

Roof burned away in fire, homeowner escapes

BETTENDORF, Iowa-- Firefighters are trying to figure out what caused a house fire over the weekend.

Crews were called to the 4800 block of Kynnelworth Drive around 2 a.m. Saturday, August 3. Investigators say the fire started on the deck. Much of it was burned away. Our News 8 Drone showed the flames extended up the back wall to the roof of the house.

Crews say the home was heavily damaged. The homeowner was able to get out along with his dogs. No one was hurt.

Nickelback fan goes up on stage to play with band for the (second) chance of a lifetime

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – It’s the kind of thing that happens once in a lifetime, but in Mitch Paulsen’s case it happened twice.

“It was the Jones County Fair back in 2017,” Paulsen remembers. “I got to sing ‘Rockstar’ with them.”

He sang with Nickelback once at the Jones County Fair and now a played guitar with them for a second time at the Mississippi Valley Fair Saturday night.

“I went from vocals to guitar last night,” Paulsen explains.

Out of 28,000 fans at the Nickelback concert Saturday night, Paulsen was the lucky one. But it wouldn’t have been possible without his creative idea that paid off, literally.

“Here’s the sign I made up,” he explains. “It says “1 Canadian nickel each if I can play ‘Animals’ with you”.”

Paulsen has played the guitar for 20 years and last week he practiced Nickelback’s song ‘Animal’ 24 times to live his dream once again.

“Once I got up on that stage and got that guitar strapped on me, it just all went away,” Paulsen says.

The band may not remember Paulsen from the first time he debuted with them, but everyone in Saturday night’s crowd will.

“At one point they even said my name,” reminisces Paulsen. “Hearing 28,000 people say “let’s go Mitch” was very powerful.”

For now, he’s taking his claim to fame with a new nickname.

“I’m calling myself “Mitch from Nickelback” just because I it sounds funny – if it catches on it catches on,” Paulsen comments.

Paulsen says his advice if you want to get on stage with Nickelback is: get up front, grab their attention, bring a neon green sign, and carry some Canadian nickels.

 

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