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Governor Quinn Attends Muslim Eid PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Monday, 20 August 2012 14:58

Governor Renounces Attacks on Houses of Worship, Signs New Law to Foster Religious Tolerance

BRIDGEVIEW, IL – Governor Pat Quinn today joined the Muslim community to observe the completion of the Holy Month of Ramadan at the Eid-ul-Fitr prayer service in Bridgeview. During the occasion, the governor renounced recent incidences of violence against Muslim places of worship and signed a new law to foster religious tolerance.

“To the more than 400,000 Muslims across our state, ‘Eid Mubarak!’” Governor Quinn said. “Ramadan is a time of fasting, sacrifice and self-reflection. We honor your commitment to your faith and will vigorously protect your right to practice it without fear of intimidation.”

Ramadan is observed during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is considered the holiest month of the year in the Islamic faith. During Ramadan, Muslims fast each day from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan ends with a three-day festival known as “Eid”, which means “the feast of the breaking/to break the fast”.

Following the recent massacre at the Sikh temple near Milwaukee, gunfire at a Morton Grove mosque, a bomb thrown at a Lombard Islamic school and the desecration of a Muslim gravesite at Evergreen Cemetery, Governor Quinn issued a call for respect, tolerance and harmony. In addition, he signed Senate Bill 2949, to protect college students who miss a class or exam due to their observance of a religious holiday.

“No student should be disciplined, penalized or fined for observing a sacred day,” Governor Quinn said. “This new law celebrates our nation’s basic principle of ‘freedom of religion, as well as the notion that diversity makes us stronger.”

The new law, sponsored by Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) and Rep. Sidney Mathias (R-Arlington Heights), passed both chambers unanimously with the support of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities (FIICU). The law is effective Jan 1, 2013.

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FFA State Fair Horse Show Results PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 20 August 2012 08:16

DES MOINES, IA (08/17/2012)(readMedia)-- Mikayla Pfab of Granger was named Champion High Point Exhibitor in the FFA Horse Show held Wednesday, August 8, and Thursday, August 9, as part of the 2012 Iowa State Fair.

Jane Hoffman of Deloit was Reserve Champion High Point Exhibitor.

Pfab competed with 129 exhibitors from 62 FFA chapters who showed a total of 175 animals.

Complete results below:

DRAFT BREEDS

Aged Horses

1) Kim Blackford, New Virginia

DRAFT SHOWMANSHIP

Draft Showmanship

1) Kim Blackford, New Virginia

2) Ethan Bair, Keswick

HIGH POINT AWARDS

Champion High Point Horse – Mikayla Pfab, Granger

Champion Hight Point Exhibitor – Mikayla Pfab, Granger

Reserve Champion Hight Point Exhibitor – Jane Hoffmann, Deloit

MULE

Aged Mules

1) Arion Schnabel, Sheffield

Champion Mule – Arion Schnabel, Sheffield

OTHER LIGHT HORSE BREEDS

1, 2 and 3-Year-Olds

1) Dustin Bigler, Decorah

Aged Horses

1) Leslie Marvin, Bellevue

2) Rachel Ostrem, Radcliffe

3) Morgan Franzen, Decorah

4) Dalton Frana, Decorah

Broodmares

1) Dustin Bigler, Decorah

Champion Other Light Breed – Leslie Marvin, Bellevue

Reserve Champion Other Light Breed – Dustin Bigler, Decorah

PERFORMANCE

2 to 5-Year-Old Walk/Trot

1) Shania Roush, Newton

2) Caitlin Kuehn, Durant

3) Leah Paulson, Grinnell

4) Russell Seekins, Hudson

5) Tayler Foster, Riverside

Trail

1) Rebecca Ness, Muscatine

2) Kourtney Smith, Cresco

3) Russell Seekins, Hudson

4) Abbey Smith, Adel

5) Micki Dunkin, Bussey

Draft Horse Single Pleasure Driving

1) Kim Blackford, New Virginia

Light Horse/Pony Pleasure Driving

1) Micki Dunkin, Bussey

2) Rachel Ostrem, Radcliffe

Pony Western Pleasure

1) Makayla Johnston, Baxter

2) Larissa Volz, Norway

3) Alexandra Cleverley, Newton

4) Roger Kyte, Eldora

5) Sierra Kubik, Traer

English Pleasure

1) Crystal McGarry, Muscatine

2) Mikayla Pfab, Granger

3) Kim Wilson, Muscatine

4) Amy Turner, Knoxville

5) Meredith Puls, Jewell

English Equitation

1) Jane Hoffmann, Deloit

2) Mikayla Pfab, Granger

3) Britnni Wyma, Malcom

4) Meredith Puls, Jewell

5) Kayla Wyma, Malcom

Hunter Hack

1) Katelyn De Haan, Otley

2) Amy Turner, Knoxville

3) Rachel Ostrem, Radcliffe

4) Katey Havens, Greenfield

5) Jessica Hanrahan, Prole

Heavy Hitch Draft Team

1) Ethan Bair, Keswick

2/3-Year-Old Junior Horse Western Pleasure

1) Mikayla Pfab, Granger

2) Jane Hoffmann, Deloit

3) Caitlin Kuehn, Durant

4) Kaedon Volz, Norway

5) Jessica Hanrahan, Prole

4/5-Year-Old Junior Horse Western Pleasure

1) Derek Heitland, Sheffield

2) Ceara Hudnut, Deep River

3) Bailey Collins, Ames

4) Britnni Wyma, Malcom

5) Deven Heitland, Sheffield

Senior Western Pleasure

1) Kourtney Smith, Cresco

2) Rebecca Ness, Muscatine

3) Kim Wilson, Muscatine

4) Crystal McGarry, Muscatine

5) Meredith Puls, Jewell

Ranch Horse Pleasure

1) Brady Angstman, Dumont

2) Kirk Hatfield, Leon

3) Morgan Quick, Redding

4) Kaedon Volz, Norway

5) Arion Schnabel, Sheffield

Western Equitation

1) Amy Turner, Knoxville

2) Mikayla Pfab, Granger

3) Kourtney Smith, Cresco

4) Jane Hoffmann, Deloit

5) Rebecca Ness, Muscatine

Reining

1) Derek Heitland, Sheffild

2) Amy Turner, Knoxville

3) Katey Havens, Greenfield

4) Shelby Kinman, Clarinda

5) Katelyn De Haan, Otley

Bareback Pleasure

1) Mikayla Pfab, Granger

2) Kim Wilson, Muscatine

3) Ceara Hudnut, Deep River

4) Rebecca Ness, Muscatine

5) Krista McKusker, Marengo

PONY BREEDS

1, 2 and 3-Year-Olds

1) Jane Hoffmann, Deloit

2) Dalton Frana, Decorah

3) Jane Hoffmann, Deloit

4) Jannell Huebbe, Maquoketa

Small Aged Ponies

1) Micki Dunkin, Bussey

2) Jannell Huebbe, Maquoketa

Large Aged Ponies

1) Taylor Jacobs, Runnells

2) Makayla Johnston, Baxter

3) Jane Hoffmann, Deloit

4) Larissa Volz, Norway

5) Amy Turner, Knoxville

Champion Pony Breed – Jane Hoffmann, Deloit

Reserve Champion Pony Breed – Makayla Johnston, Baxter

SHOWING

Showmanship

1) Taylor Jacobs, Runnells

2) Kim Wilson, Muscatine

3) Amy Turner, Knoxville

4) Brittany Nicholson, Ellsworth

5) Rebecca Ness, Muscatine

SPEED EVENTS

Barrel Racing

1) Morgan Quick, Redding

2) Madison Waldo, Whittemore

3) Adam Drain, Danville

4) Jannell Huebbe, Maquoketa

5) Hunter McCullough, Knoxville

Flag Race

1) Adam Drain, Danville

2) Hunter McCullough, Knoxville

3) Victoria Eckley, Hedrick

4) Jessica Hanrahan, Prole

5) Russell Seekins, Hudson

Pole Bending

1) Adam Drain, Danville

2) Jannell Huebbe, Maquoketa

3) Kelsey Knoblock, Larchwood

4) Jessica Hanrahan, Prole

5) Emma Pullen, Clarinda

WESTERN-TYPE HORSES

1-Year-Olds

1) Madison Wood, Rudd

2) Kim Wilson, Muscatine

3) Katey Havens, Greenfield

2-Year-Olds

1) Larissa Volz, Norway

2) Caitlin Kuehn, Durant

3) Liz Beatty, Creston

4) Ashtyn Dove, Dike

5) Shelby Keyes, Van Wert

3-Year-Olds

1) Danielle Nemmers, Earlham

2) Kaedon Volz, Norway

3) Mikayla Pfab, Granger

4) Jessica Hanrahan, Prole

5) Shania Roush, Newton

Aged Mares

1) Madison Wood, Rudd

2) Katelyn De Haan, Otley

3) Amy Turner, Knoxville

4) Lauren Stewart, Marengo

5) Danielle Fulsaas, Decorah

Aged Geldings

1) None Awarded

2 tie) Taylor Springer, Iowa Falls

2 tie) Kim Wilson, Muscatine

3) Katey Havens, Greenfield

4) Julie Long, Belle Plaine

5) Rebecca Ness, Muscatine

Champion Western – Madison Wood, Rudd

Reserve Champion Western – Taylor Springer, Iowa Falls

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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Science on TV Boosting U.S. Fascination with Space, Spirituality PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 20 August 2012 08:10
Expert Points to Science-Validated Answers in Ancient Texts

Thanks to popular documentaries and programs like “Fearless Planet” and “Through the Wormhole” on TV’s Discovery and Science Channel, studying the universe is no longer reserved for academicians in lecture halls.

“Because filmmakers and producers have made it entertaining and present science in language everyone can understand, there’s an increased interest in the genesis of the universe, and its future,” says Sanjay C. Patel, (www.SanjayCPatel.com), author of God Is Real, a book that explores similarities between modern science and ancient cosmology.

What many people don’t realize, says Patel, is that ancient Indian yogis, Israelites and early Christians all agreed on the origins of life and the universe. Moreover, new studies indicate many of their ancient beliefs correspond with the findings of modern science
For instance, the scientific age of the universe is 13.7 billion years old, says Patel. When comparing this age to the Bible, if it is divided into six equal days spanning 2.28 billion years each, biblical Genesis’s timeline across all seven “days” suddenly corresponds with past and future episodes in our galaxy and Earth. In total, 21 major correspondences emerge.

One among them is the following timeline:

• Science says: the Sun and moon formed about 4.6 to 4.5 billion years ago.

• Bible says: On Day 4 – “God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.” This would be 4.56 billion years ago. (2 days or eons ago since we are currently at the beginning of day 7.)

Other interesting correspondences:

• Science says: Volcanic fire scorched India about 118 million years ago. Nearby oceanic volcanoes submerged about 100 million years ago. These submarine volcanoes suck in seawater through cracks and pores and remove salt from the water. They then expel the desalinated water back into the ocean through hydrothermal vents.

• Ancient Yogis said: Volcanic fire scorched India about 120 million years ago. Related volcanoes in the ocean south of India submerged about 117 million years ago. “The submarine Fire exists in the ocean. It drinks the seawater and removes its saltiness. It then expels the desalinated water from another opening.”

For those who believe 2012 marks an end – be it because of the Mayan Long Calendar’s end or some other prophecy – Patel offers this far-future convergence:

• Science says: In about 2 billion years time, Earth will be so hot there will be no life on it. Volcanism will be common and the planet’s surface will be scorched by the fire of lava and sulfur.

• Ancient Yogis said: In about 2.35 billion years time, there will be no life on Earth due to volcanic fire.

• Bible says: in about 2.28 billion years – by the end of day 7 – life on Earth will end in volcanic fire and brimstone (sulfur).

Patel has found 121 points of agreement across 30 years of analysis and research based on expert translations of yoga literature dating back to 1500 B.C., biblical texts which date back to about 1000 B.C., and translations of the Talmud – an equally ancient biblical tradition.

“So many correspondences cannot be coincidence,” says Patel, whose research has appeared in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including Marine Scientist in the United Kingdom.

About Sanjay C. Patel

Sanjay C. Patel studied theology, Sanskrit, ancient cosmology, advanced yoga and meditation techniques, among many other subjects, earning a degree in Divinity at the BAPS Swaminarayan Ashram in India. He continued studies of modern science and ancient spiritual texts for 30 years. His discoveries regarding the convergence of science and ancient texts were published in mainstream science journals and presented at the 22nd International Congress of History of Science in Beijing.

 
Davenport Man Sentenced to 120 Months Imprisonment for Drug Offenses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Friday, 17 August 2012 13:41
DAVENPORT, IA – On August 15, 2012, Bernard Anderson, Sr., age 47, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment, having previously pleaded guilty to all counts of a four-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute crack, distribution of crack, and possession with intent to distribute crack, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Senior United States District Judge Robert W. Pratt also sentenced Anderson to 5 years supervised release following imprisonment and ordered him to pay $400 to the Crime Victims Fund.

On October 24, 2011, when Anderson pleaded guilty, he admitted that he had conspired with other persons to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine. He further admitted that he distributed crack in Davenport on April 23 and again on April 24, 2011. On April 24, 2011, members of the Davenport, Iowa Vice and Narcotics Unit executed a search at a residence used by Anderson and recovered 25 packages of crack ready for distribution.

The case was investigated by the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department, and it was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Bettendorf Woman Sentenced to 240 Months Imprisonment for Child Exploitation Offenses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Friday, 17 August 2012 13:39
DAVENPORT, IA – On August 15, 2012, Amanda Diener, age 37, of Bettendorf, Iowa, was sentenced to 240 months imprisonment, having previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sexually exploit a child, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Senior United States District Judge Robert W. Pratt also sentenced Diener to 15 years supervised release following imprisonment and ordered her to pay $100 to the Crime Victims Fund.

On October 24, 2011, when she entered a plea of guilty, Diener admitted that she met a man on-line who identified himself as Gary King from Massachusetts. After conversing for months, King, who was later identified as Hobart Yates, asked to chat with a minor female to whom Diener had access. During on-line chats, Yates asked Diener to have the minor female perform sexual acts with her, photograph them, and send the images to him. Deiner complied and produced images of child pornography and sent them to Yates. Diener and Yates admitted that Deiner had performed sex acts on a live webcam in Bettendorf, Iowa, that were seen by Yates in Massachusetts.

The case was investigated by the Bettendorf, Iowa, Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and it was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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