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Davenport Man Sentenced on Felon in Possession of Firearm and Drug Trafficking Charges PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Friday, 20 June 2014 15:00
DAVENPORT, IA – On June 20, 2014, Thuan Van Nguyen, age 28, was sentenced by United States District Judge John A. Jarvey to 34 months’ imprisonment for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Nguyen was also ordered to serve two years supervised release following the imprisonment, forfeit $2,010 in cash and the firearm he possessed, and pay $200 towards the Crime Victims Fund.
On April 12, 2013, Davenport police searched Nguyen’s vehicle and residence pursuant to search warrants. In the vehicle, police located approximately 2 pounds of marijuana. In Nguyen’s residence, police located a rifle under Nguyen’s bed, packaging materials consistent with marijuana distribution, and $950 in currency. Police also seized $1,060 in currency on Nguyen’s person. Prior to April 12, 2013, Nguyen had been convicted of two felony crimes.
This case was investigated by the Davenport Police Department and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

4 Must-Haves for Every Wedding PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 20 June 2014 11:46
With Costs for Guests Skyrocketing, Couples Need to Ensure a Great Experience

Watch any of the popular wedding reality shows – Say Yes to the Dress, My Big Fat American Gyspy Wedding, Four Weddings – and the common denominator is money.

“The focus has always been on saving, borrowing or budgeting so that the bride can have her ‘perfect’ wedding,” says Eric Gulbrandson, a wedding photographer and author of the new book, “Dream Wedding Secrets: The All Important G.S.F,” (,

“But weddings now cost more than ever for the guests – the average cost jumped 75 percent over the past two years!”

Wedding guests now spend an average $592 per wedding on clothing, gifts, transportation, hotels, etc., up from $339 in 2012, according to a just-published American Express survey.

“If you want people to actually attend, you have to make sure it’s the perfect wedding for them, too,” says Gulbrandson, whose book is a compilation of tips for doing just that based on interviews with hundreds of wedding guests.

Gulbrandson shares four must-haves for achieving a high G.S.F – Guest Satisfaction Factor:

•  Have plenty of food and drink.

If you have to choose between paying for more food versus paying for better food, go for quantity. Nobody will mind if the food’s not stellar, but they will if you run out!

Taste and presentation are important, but having enough food and drink and having it available throughout the event is more important, Gulbrandson says.

“I had one woman who said that, toward the end of one reception, the caterers brought out a nacho bar.  She said, ‘It was cheap … and perfect!’ ” he says.

•  Have details that show appreciation.

“One woman I interviewed talked about being greeted by trays of hors d’oeuvres and champagne as soon as they arrived for the wedding, and how it made the guests feel appreciated,” Gulbrandson says.

“Another went to a wedding in a foreign country. The bride and groom had a welcome bag  filled with helpful items, like a survival translation dictionary, insect repellant and maps of the local area in the hotel rooms for their guests as they arrived.”

When people take the time and expense to attend your wedding, details that show how much you appreciate that go over very well, Gulbrandson says.

•  Have on hand whatever’s necessary to make people comfortable while they wait.

One couple Gulbrandson interviewed talked about arriving at the reception venue following the wedding and waiting for more than two hours for the bride and groom. Not only was there no food or drink available while they waited, there was no entertainment or information about when the wedding party would arrive.

“When they finally did arrive, it was clear they’d all been out drinking and joyriding in their limo,” Gulbrandson says. “Many of their guests had left!”

Some delays are unavoidable: Photos taken after the wedding, for instance, can delay the reception.

“Make sure food and drink is available for those waiting, and entertainment,” Gulbrandson says. “It could be an acoustic musician or a disc jockey, and slide shows of the bride and groom growing up.”

•  Have entertainment that almost everyone can enjoy.

Usually, the choice is between a live band or a DJ. Since DJs can usually provide more musical variety than a band, they stand a better chance of giving all of your guests a good time.

“A DJ can play music that appeals to different generations and different styles of music,” Gulbrandson says. “One compromise, if you’d really like a band, is to have live music for an hour or two, then switch to the DJ – although that’s not the most economical choice!”

Gulbrandson also recommends taking the time to choose your own music rather than giving the DJ carte blanche. Be sure to choose songs from a variety of genres and styles. If there are some wedding standards you dislike, create a “do not play” list for the DJ.

About Eric Gulbrandson

Eric Gulbrandson is a longtime wedding photographer who began compiling interviews for “Dream Wedding Secrets: The All-Important G.S.F,” (, in 2009. As a wedding photographer, he heard many happy guests – and many unhappy ones – and realized that most publications offering wedding advice focused on making the bride and wedding more beautiful, or saving money. He interviewed hundreds of guests and includes more than 200 of their quotes about essential Guest Satisfaction Factors.

Iowa Supreme Court Opinions June 20, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Friday, 20 June 2014 11:45
Notice: The opinions posted on this site are slip opinions only. Under the Rules of Appellate Procedure a party has a limited number of days to request a rehearing after the filing of an opinion. Also, all slip opinions are subject to modification or correction by the court. Therefore, opinions on this site are not to be considered the final decisions of the court. The official published opinions of the Iowa Supreme Court are those published in the North Western Reporter published by West Group.

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Governor Quinn Signs Legislation Strengthening Oversight of Used Tire Facilities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Friday, 20 June 2014 08:36

New Environmental Protections Signed on Anniversary of Hoopeston Fire

CHICAGO – On the anniversary of a devastating fire in Hoopeston, Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to strengthen oversight of used tire processing and storage facilities. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

“The destructive fire that shook Hoopeston last year proved the need for increased oversight of our used tire facilities,” Governor Quinn said. “This new law will help safeguard against any disaster of this magnitude and ensure our communities are protected. It will protect the environment and homeowners, and help find alternative uses for used and waste tires.”

On June 19, 2013, a large accumulation of tires at J&R Used Tire Service in Hoopeston ignited and burned for more than a month. Nearby residents were evacuated, a railway and local roads were blocked off and emergency responders occupied the site to prevent the fire from spreading. The resulting damage to the facility required demolition of all structures on-site. The response action, clean-up of debris and demolition took until November 2013 to complete. SB 2671 was proposed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) in response to the Hoopeston fire.

“This bill helps us ensure these facilities are meeting requirements to protect Illinois residents,” IEPA Director Lisa Bonnett said. “The IEPA will also be able to initiate a market development program for used tires, resulting in increased economic activity and job creation.”

Senate Bill 2671, sponsored by State Senator Michael Frerichs (D-Champaign) and State Representative Will Davis (D-Hazel Crest), requires used tire storage sites with more than 10,000 passenger tires, or that process 500 tons of used tires in a calendar year, to acquire a solid waste permit to operate in Illinois. As part of the permitting process, these facilities will be required to comply with regulations by maintaining records, allowing inspections and submitting documentation, including a tire storage plan and a contingency plan, to the IEPA. Any tire facility that does not comply with financial assurance requirements could be ordered to immediately cease operations to prevent any threat to the public health and the environment. The new law also authorizes the IEPA to establish a program to develop new markets for used and waste tires. The legislation is effective immediately.

“We were able to quickly respond to last year’s tire fire in Hoopeston and institute new guidelines to prevent other communities from experiencing similar accidents,” Senator Frerichs said. “This new law will help save state funds that would otherwise have to be spent on environmental clean-up.”

“Illinois residents want to make sure our neighborhoods are protected from harmful waste and pollution,” Representative Davis said. “If we want to maintain our neighborhoods for generations to come, we have to improve sustainability efforts, hold corporations accountable for their impact on the environment and hold them to strict environmental standards.”

Each year, the IEPA co-sponsors approximately 20 county-wide tire collections where local governments can give used tires the state to remove. The agency also forces the removal of waste tires from dumps that pose an immediate threat to human health and the environment. Already in 2014, IEPA has removed more than 875 tons of waste tires, equivalent to more than 70,000 passenger tires.


IRAQ - Share your thoughts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Dave Loebsack   
Friday, 20 June 2014 08:34

Dear Friend,

As you may have recently seen in the news, sectarian violence has dramatically increased between warring factions in Iraq. As a military parent and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am closely following the situation and have deep concerns about the use of troops in Iraq. While there are many ideas about how involved the United States should be, I want to know what you think.

Take this quick poll and tell me your opinion.

I have traveled to Iraq multiple times to meet with the troops and receive on the ground briefings from the commanders who were leading the war. I believe that when United States troops left Iraq, we set the stage for the Iraqi government to make their own decisions. I am disappointed in the failure of Iraq’s current leaders for not creating a more inclusive and peaceful partnership.

I will continue to monitor the situation and hope that you will take a quick poll to let me know your thoughts.


Dave Loebsack
Iowa's Second District

PS- Your voice matters. Please click here to take the poll.

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