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Close to 200 people came Sunday to Vander Veer Botanical Park in Davenport to honor the lives of local people killed by gun violence.

It was the second annual Walk/Run Against Gun Violence in Memory of Dwight McCall Jr., who grew up in Rock Island and was killed in Peoria five years ago.

Some came to bring awareness to the issue. Some to speak for those who lost their lives. Still others said they came despite the pain they have lived with since their tragic stories began.

\u201cIt is very hard. Very emotional,\u201d said Janice Bryson of Davenport. \u201cBut it was going to be an emotional time any way. I have to work it through myself.\u201d

She is the grandmother of Ayana Culbreath, 15, who was shot to death June 26, 2016, in Davenport. Monday is the first anniversary of the teen's death.

Culbreath was shot in the backyard of a home in the 4200 block of Warren Street. Two teens have been charged with first-degree murder. Their trial is expected to begin July 31.

The event was organized by Lisa Nimmers of Peoria, and her daughter, Ebonie Wilmington of Davenport. They are McCall's mother and sister.

Last year, they had about 70 people participate. But this year, they invited many local families who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

Before the walk around the park, Wilmington gathered everyone for a group prayer circle.

\u201cThis is something that definitely needs to continue,\u201d she told the crowd. \u201cI just want to say thank you. It is important to all of us to remember our loved ones.\u201d

\u201cLord Jesus, we want to thank you for uniting the community,\u201d her husband, Vernon Wilmington, said in prayer.

\u201cWe just want to be here and support, to help support the fact that we want to stop the violence in Davenport,\u201d said Sharday Burkhart of Davenport, a sister of Ayana Culbreath.

Among those participating was Cheryl Dittmer, the mother of Michelle Jensen, who was killed in 1993 by six male teens. She said the story gained national attention at the time because it brought to light the existence of white gangs in communities like Davenport.

\u201cThis summer started creepy with all the gun violence, like the summer Michelle was murdered,\u201d she said. \u201cAfter 24 years, I am tired of it.\u201d

Dittmer said everyone deals with such tragedies differently.

\"I am the worst example of getting through this, though,\" Dittmer said. \"I tried to kill myself at least five times and it split my family.\u201d

Yvette Jackson of Davenport is the daughter of Brenda Guyton who was killed in a murder-suicide in 2005. She said her mother's name never was brought up in previous events remembering gun violence victims.

\u201cThis is the first time somebody reached out to us like this,\u201d she said. \u201cNobody ever puts my mom in things like this. She faded away and nobody cared any more.

\u201cBut I brought her with us today, her ashes,\u201d Jackson said. \u201cMy sister died in January and we also brought her ashes with us.\u201d

Nimmers said the event was difficult but needed.

\u201cI was crying as I was counting (the participants),\u201d she said. \u201cIt was very emotional. It is hard to explain the pain that goes with it. To see them all come together like this, I could not ask for more.\u201d

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Mike Doyle was looking for a guinea pig last year, and he found one in the John Deere Classic.

He will be forever grateful to the local PGA Tour event for helping him add one more facet to an already thriving business. And to be honest, JDC officials are grateful to Doyle for taking one task off their plate.

\u201cIt\u2019s really been a win-win situation for both of us,\u2019\u2019 JDC assistant director Andrew Lehman said.

Doyle is the CEO of Rent Like a Champion, a company that for years has been helping college football fans arrange alternative forms of lodging when they attend games in places such as South Bend, Indiana, and Iowa City.

Last year, the company wanted to branch out into providing similar services for PGA Tour events and it found a willing partner in the JDC.

Rent Like a Champion lines up homeowners who are willing to rent out their homes for a short period of time. It then links them with out-of-town visitors who would prefer to stay in a nice home rather than a hotel room.

For college football, it\u2019s mostly fans who rent out the homes. With the PGA Tour, Doyle\u2019s company primarily has accommodated sponsors, vendors and the golfers themselves.

\u201cOverall, it was a very good experience,\u2019\u2019 Doyle said of last year\u2019s trial run at the JDC. \u201cWe ended up signing up and working with about a dozen homes in the Quad-Cities area, most of them close to the course.\u2019\u2019

He said the golfers, in particular, loved it.

\u201cFor the golfers, especially if they\u2019re traveling with families and children, it makes for a better experience to have a house,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cOne of the houses we did, it had a pool out back and a big yard with a grill, things you\u2019re just not going to get if you\u2019re split up into a couple of hotel rooms. That was a big perk for the golfers.\u2019\u2019

Some of the touring pros enjoyed the experience so much they left behind autographed souvenirs \u2014 balls, visors, assorted other items \u2014 for the homeowner.

\u201cIt\u2019s a nice way for people in the Quad-Cities to make some additional income but then on top of that, it\u2019s sort of a cool way, even tangentially, to be connected to the tournament and involved with the tournament by having the actual competitors staying in your home,\u2019\u2019 Doyle said.

Lehman said he heard nothing but positive comments from golfers who reserved homes through Rent Like a Champion.

He said since the tournament is in the middle of summer, many golfers like to bring their families with them and are looking for connecting rooms or suites in a hotel. As Lehman said, \u201cthis isn\u2019t downtown Chicago.\u2019\u2019 There just isn\u2019t much of that type of lodging available in the Quad-Cities.

Lehman said that in addition to the golfers, Rent Like a Champion also rented a house to an operations vendor that has a crew of four people in town before, during and after the tournament for a period of about a month.

\u201cThat just made their life away from the golf course much more enjoyable,\u2019\u2019 Lehman said. \u201cThey were able to grill out at night and hang out together in the evening rather than being in four separate hotel rooms.\u2019\u2019

He said partnering with Rent Like a Champion also took one thing off his plate. The JDC has worked for many years with golfers who wanted to stay in a house rather than a hotel. Finding homes and handling the logistics was a small headache that has been eliminated.

Rent Like a Champion, which partnered with billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on a 2015 episode of the TV show \u201cShark Tank,\u2019\u2019 is able to provide photos and virtual tours of the available properties, and facilitates the payment procedure.

\u201cThis really has taken a lot of the legwork and a lot of the accountability out of the tournament\u2019s hands \u2026\u2019\u2019 Lehman said. \u201cThey\u2019re really professional in the way they\u2019ve gone about it.\u2019\u2019

The success that the company found at the JDC has led to additional PGA Tour opportunities. It provided lodging for people at the Honda Classic and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida, the Genesis Open in California, the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston and the Quicken Loans Invitational outside Washington, D.C. In September, it will work with the BMW Championships north of Chicago.

\u201cThe team at the John Deere Classic was really instrumental in making that happen \u2026\u2019\u2019 Doyle said. \u201cThey were willing to give us their endorsement and it\u2019s really opened up a lot of doors for us.\u2019\u2019

Doyle expects to rent even more homes for this year\u2019s JDC, scheduled to be held July 13-16 at TPC Deere Run on the outskirts of Silvis.

\u201cWe\u2019ve had a fair number of requests already, more than at a comparable time last year,\u2019\u2019 Doyle said. \u201cWe\u2019ve got a lot of repeat business. A lot of the golfers who were with us last year are coming back and saying \u2018Hey, we want to rent another home, potentially the one we had last year.\u2019

\u201cJohn Deere is the first one we did and I think the first one is always the hardest,\u2019\u2019 Doyle said. \u201cNobody wants to be the first one to give you a shot so we are super-appreciative of the team over there to be willing to work with us. Overall, it\u2019s been a really good relationship. We\u2019ve enjoyed working with those guys a lot.\u2019\u2019

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The new History Book Club had its first meeting in April, and has selected a book for its second meeting.

The group will read \u201cThe Autobiography of Black Hawk\u201d and meet again at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Col. Davenport House. The public is welcome. A guided tour of the house will be included.

The Rock Island Arsenal is an active military installation. All visitors must enter through the downtown Moline gate. Visitors who do not have an approved Department of Defense identification card and are 18 years old or older must obtain a visitor pass at the Arsenal Visitor Center. For more information, visit www.davenporthouse.org.

Because of new housing construction on Arsenal Island, visitors must take Davenport Drive from Rodman Avenue to reach the Col. Davenport House. To see a map, visit www.davenporthouse.org.

For more information, visit Jessica Waytenick, 309-737-4280 or coloneldavenport1833@hotmail.com.

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MUSCATINE\u00a0\u2014 Residents stood and applauded as Mayor Diana Broderson entered Happy Joe's in Muscatine Saturday morning.

Holding the Coffee with the Mayor event was the first action Broderson has taken since returning to office last week.\u00a0Around 50 people turned out, offering congratulations to Broderson on her reinstatement, and support and their votes, should she run for re-election.\u00a0

\"I'm really planning on [running again] this time,\" Broderson said. \"That is really my hope. It's been my pleasure to serve the people and reach out and have conversations...The interactions have been heartwarming and I'd love to have the opportunity to continue.\"\u00a0

As she began the event, she said \"I want to clarify, this is not a committee or a task force.\"\u00a0

In an interview last week, City Administrator Gregg Mandsager said from his understanding, Coffee with the Mayor would qualify as a committee and require council approval, per city code.\u00a0

Broderson said the meetings are public and only intended to set a time for residents to share their concerns and thoughts with the mayor.\u00a0

Muscatine city code does not state the mayor is prohibited from holding public meetings or forums without council approval. Nor does it have a definition or description of what requirements are needed to qualify a group as a committee or task force.

During the event, several residents said they respect Broderson for persevering through the City Council's process of removing her from office.\u00a0

\"Thank you for everything you've done,\" Muscatine resident Alexis Huscko said. \"As a young woman, it's been great to see everything you've done. You've woken up Muscatine to local politics and a lot of people my age are starting to wonder what's going on.\"\u00a0

Muscatine resident Max Kauffman said he and several other residents feel frustrated that their voices are not being heard by the city council.\u00a0

\"I believe it's become a...conclusion by the public that going to the city council meetings and listening, and even voting, is senseless,\" Kauffman said. \"Because the council and the powers that are have their minds made up and what we the public have to say is moot...We really have no say in it.\"\u00a0

Kauffman said \"that is something that's going to have to be overcome if we're going to get the public involved again.\"\u00a0

\"I think we need to share our voices, do the best we can, and come out and vote in November,\" Broderson said. \"And have conversations with the people you're thinking about voting for. If they're not willing to discuss with you what their ideas are, that's a red flag to me.\"\u00a0

Residents also said they were concerned about the potential roundabout at 2nd Street and Mulberry Avenue, which will soon be under environmental review; construction downtown and limited access to businesses; clean-up efforts after the latest thunderstorm; and health issues resulting from the controlled burn at the Transfer Station a few weeks ago.\u00a0

David Metz, with the Friends of Greenwood Cemetery Stairs group, updated the public on the project to replace the stairs at Greenwood Cemetery. He said the $82,000 project is nearing completion, as handrails have been installed and the final painting will be done Monday.\u00a0

Commemorative bricks cost $35 and will support the project. For more information, contact Robert Bromwell at 563-299-0720.\u00a0

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MUSCATINE\u00a0\u2014 On Saturday, Mayor Diana Broderson held her first Coffee with the Mayor since being court-ordered to return to office, pending the court appeal of her ouster in May. Around 50 people turned out, offering congratulations to Broderson on her reinstatement, and support and their votes, should she run for re-election.\u00a0

\"I'm really planning on [running again] this time,\" Broderson said. \"That is really my hope. It's been my pleasure to serve the people and reach out and have conversations...The interactions have been heartwarming and I'd love to have the opportunity to continue.\"\u00a0

She began the event by saying it was \"not a committee or a task force,\"\u00a0 but a time for the public to share concerns and thoughts with the mayor.

Last week Muscatine City Administrator Gregg Mandsager said the event seems to qualify as a committee or task force, and would require council approval, per city code.\u00a0

Muscatine city code does not state the mayor is prohibited from holding public meetings or forums without council approval. Nor does it have a definition or description of what requirements are needed to qualify a group as a committee or task force.

-- Sarah Ritter, Muscatine Journal

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The Federal Reserve finds itself in an unenviable position: Playing cheerleader. For every part of the economy that shows strength, there seems to be a part that struggles. Yes, the economy is expected to grow at a moderate rate and the labor market should continue to remain strong. But the Fed has a consistent thorn in its side that won\u2019t go away \u2014 a lack of inflation.

Inflation represents the year-over-year change in prices for goods and services. Now, one might wonder why the Fed, or the financial markets, would be rooting for rising prices. Inflation is not always a bad thing, and in moderation, it represents a driving consumer demand for goods and services. This helps propel the economy forward.

Unfortunately, higher inflation still remains on the Fed\u2019s proverbial wish list, as evidenced by the core Personal Consumption Expenditures Index, or PCE. Core PCE is the Fed\u2019s preferred method of tracking inflation. It measures the annualized change in prices paid by consumer households for goods and services, excluding the more volatile and seasonal food and energy prices. Currently, the Fed\u2019s target rate of inflation is around 2 percent. However, in the last two reported months, March and April, core PCE reflected an inflation rate of 1.6 and 1.5 percent, respectively. April\u2019s number was the lowest since December 2015. For all of 2016, the inflation rate was just 1.65 percent. This recent decline has forced the Fed to lower its 2017 inflation projections from 1.9 to 1.7 percent.

The Fed continues to argue that the weakness in inflation is transitory. Understandably, the financial markets are increasingly tired and frustrated with this hopeful rhetoric. In fact, the rate of inflation has not met the Fed\u2019s target level in more than 5 years.

So where does the Fed go from here? To answer, we need to more closely examine its interest rate agenda.

At its June meeting, the Fed raised the benchmark Fed Funds rate by 0.25 percent, to a range of between 1.00-1.25 percent. It was the third rate hike since December. The Fed Funds rate is the overnight lending rate used by banks and institutions to lend money to each other. The hike was expected, as part of the Fed\u2019s publicized agenda to enact three rate hikes each year for 2017, 2018 and 2019. The third hike in 2017, presumably, would be in December.

The Fed serves as America\u2019s central bank and establishes U.S. monetary policy. While implementing its rate hike agenda, the Fed must walk a tightrope of balancing economic growth and inflation. The ideal pace allows for a steadily growing economy that keeps excessive inflation in check through targeted and measured rate hikes. If the Fed raises rates too fast, it risks prematurely stunting economic growth. Too slow, the Fed risks the economy overheating with runaway inflation. Each scenario would force the Fed to take more sudden and drastic measures to correct, greatly impacting the economic welfare of consumers and business.

However, the Fed\u2019s agenda requires an economy, and an American consumer, that can withstand the pressures of continued rate hikes. For businesses and consumers, higher interest rates result in increased borrowing costs on capital expenditures, equipment, property mortgages, loans and credit cards, among others. Rising rates also create incentives for saving, as higher returns on interest bearing investments attract investor funds. Either way, the end result is a reduced demand for goods and services that drags on economic growth.

Simply put, the Fed needs to be extremely careful its interest rate hikes don\u2019t impede an already hesitant consumer. The Fed realizes the weakness in inflation is an extension of the weakness in demand for goods and services, most notably by the American consumer. It hopes that at some point, strength in the labor market, high consumer optimism, and a moderately expanding economy will reach a tipping point. And once that is breached, realized demand for goods and services will drive prices higher, pushing up inflation.

Yes, cheering along with the Fed for higher prices may indeed seem counter-intuitive. But compare that to the current state of Venezuela, which saw inflation skyrocket to 800 percent in 2016 and is expected to reach over 2000 percent in 2018. Suddenly a target inflation rate of 2.0 percent doesn\u2019t sound all that bad, does it? And most importantly, you won\u2019t need an actual wheelbarrow full of cash to buy that single loaf of bread.

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1. Paper deal

We're used to reporting the news, not making it, but the owner of the Quad-City Times, Lee Enterprises, made a big splash last week. On Monday, the company announced that it was acquiring The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, long competitors of the Times on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. The purchase is expected to close at the end of the month, and Lee officials say both the Times and the Dispatch-Argus would retain separate editorial voices.

2. New leader

The Diocese of Davenport has a new bishop, after Thomas Zinkula's ordination and installation Thursday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Bettendorf. If was a ceremony steeped in tradition. For his part, Zinkula brought self-deprecating humor to the event, as he talked about when he told his siblings that he was going to be a bishop and asked them to pray for him. \"Pray for you?\" they said. \"We should pray for the people of Davenport.\" And if you didn't see Deirdre Cox Baker's profile of the bishop in last Sunday's newspaper, along with Jeff Cook's photos, you should check it out.

3. Ready to run

The Quad-City Times Bix 7 season is kicking into high gear with the start of the Bix at Six training runs last Thursday. Three more prep runs are scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursdays, June 29, July 6 and July 13, before the real deal starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 29. You can sign up to take part in the fun by going to qctimes.com/bix.

4. Presidential rally

President Donald Trump returned to Iowa on Wednesday for a rally in Cedar Rapids. He drew a large and enthusiastic crowd to the U.S. Cellular Center and touted the \"amazing progress\" he is making in improving the economy, lowering unemployment, curtailing illegal immigration and delivering on his promise to \"Make America Great Again.\" The rally drew supporters from a wide area, including the Quad-Cities.\u00a0

5. Complex development

Work is beginning at the Interstate 80-Middle Road location for a $45 million, 79-acre sports complex and entertainment center in Bettendorf. The City Council is giving the go-ahead to a final plat and site development plan for BettPlex, which will include indoor and outdoor athletic facilities when completed in August 2018. More development at the site is expected after that.

6. On the trail

Meanwhile, Bettendorf celebrated the completion of another project last week. The last section of the Mississippi Riverfront Trail in Bettendorf officially opened with a ribbon-cutting on Tuesday. Walkers and bicyclists already were using the section of trail, but Bettendorf officials and other community leaders turned out to mark the milestone. The portion of trail runs along U.S. 67 and includes a trail bridge over Crow Creek.

7. Fight violence

On Wednesday, we told you about a run and walk scheduled for today to bring more awareness to gun violence and its victims. Family members of more than a dozen gun violence victims are taking part in the second annual Walk/Run Against Gun Violence in Memory of Dwight McCall Jr. The event\u00a0begins at 11 a.m. today at Vander Veer Botanical Park at West Central Park Avenue and Brady Street in Davenport. Organizers are hoping for a turnout by the public and also invite families of other gun violence victims to participate.

8. VA report

Brandon Ketchum's family still is waiting for answers about the events that led up to the Davenport man's suicide nearly a year ago. The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General said it would have its delayed report finishing by spring, but the first day of summer came last week with nothing released publicly. Ketchum, who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, shot himself hours after asking to be admitted to the psychiatric unit at the VA hospital in Iowa City. He was told there was no room for him. Columnist Barb Ickes updated us on the situation last week and is staying on top of the story.

9. No privacy

On Tuesday, Barb brought us a disturbing story out of East Moline. The Forest Hill Health & Rehab center folded in 2013 and has been vacant since. But it was abandoned as if people would be returning any moment. City officials had to get a court order to be allowed to go in to secure medicine and sharps that were left behind. But other things remain, including people's medical records. Teens have been breaking in and rummaging around the place. Some of those medical records have been passed around among schoolchildren. Still, nothing seems to be done about it. The owner isn't around, and the state and federal governments can't agree on who is responsible.

10. Sugar high

Our resident foodie, Amanda Hancock, was back at it on last Wednesday's Food page, giving us a rundown on the sweet treats available each week at the Freight House Farmers Market. Just reading the story will get your taste buds dancing, so be sure to check it out before heading to the market, which is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at 421 W. River Drive, Davenport.

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Technically speaking

A thunder head drops its rain in one part of the county as sun shines on a barn in another on Monday, June 19, near Scott County Park. Camera: Canon EOS-1D X; Lens: EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM at 16mm; Exposure: 1/2000 sec, f/7.1; ISO 400 Aperture priority; Evaluative metering.

\u2014\u00a0John Schultz

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Q-C Junetopia, a festival celebrating underground artists, showcased events Friday through Sunday, June 16-18, at various venues in the Quad-Cities. The third annual event kicked off June 16 at the Figge Art Museum in downtown Davenport and moved on to The Village Theater in the Village of East Davenport and Rozz-Tox and Rooster's in Rock Island. More than 30 musicians along with comedians and visual artists performed over the three days. Proceeds benefited the Humility of Mary Shelter, Humility of Mary Housing, King's Harvest Ministries and the King's Harvest Pet Rescue No-Kill Shelter.

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Chelsea Dubczak, 23, of Urbandale, Iowa, became Miss Iowa 2017 after competition\u00a0ended Saturday night\u00a0at Davenport\u2019s Adler Theatre.

Dubczak, this year\u2019s Miss Metro, is the daughter of Lori Dubczak. She attends Drake University where she is pursuing a bachelor\u2019s of music in vocal performance.

Her future goals include being a nutritional therapy practitioner, strength and conditioning coach, and cruise ship entertainer. Her platform is Ladies Who Lift: Encouraging young women to pursue their strongest selves. Her talent is opera.

Dubczak will represent Iowa in the Miss America Pageant in September in Atlantic City.

First runner-up was Emmy Cuvelier, 21, of Collins, Iowa, who is this year\u2019s Miss Central Iowa.

Second runner-up was Maggie Gehlsen, 21, of DeWitt. She is this year\u2019s Miss Clinton County.

Third runner-up was Jessica Baker, 24, of Coralville. She is this year\u2019s Miss Lake Cooper.

Fourth runner-up was Johannah Vittetoe, 22, of Washington. She is this year\u2019s Miss Southeast Iowa.

Miss Iowa\u2019s Outstanding Teen 2017 is Lydia Fisher, this year's Miss Muscatine's Outstanding Teen. Fisher, 14, of Wapello, attends Wapello High School. Her goal is to be a cardio-thoracic surgeon. Her platform is Educating the Voters of Tomorrow. Her talent is tap dance.

Fisher will represent Iowa in the Miss America\u2019s Outstanding Teen pageant in Orlando, Florida, in August.

First runner-up was Cali Wilson, 16, of Norwalk, Iowa. She is this year\u2019s Miss Polk County\u2019s Outstanding Teen.

Second runner-up was Alexis Ashton, 17, of Solon, Iowa. She is this year\u2019s Miss Greater Des Moines\u2019 Outstanding Teen.

Third runner-up was McKenna Tackes, 17, of Keokuk, Iowa. She is this year\u2019s Miss Southeast Iowa\u2019s Outstanding Teen.

Fourth runner-up was Carissa Johnson, 15, of Muscatine. She was this year\u2019s Miss Scott County\u2019s Outstanding Teen.

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Randy Moore remembers his grandmother telling him that the best thing he can expect out of life is for a white lady to give him a can of lard.

Back in those days, Moore said, lard was used to help sooth hands chapped by hard labor.

But Moore knew he had the talent to go far in life. Earning his bachelor\u2019s degree at Indiana State University, and then earning his master\u2019s in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, Moore today is president of Iowa American Water.

Moving past the racism, Moore fought the battle not only for equality, but for equity.

Speaking before the start of the 11th annual Freedom Fund Banquet presented by the Rock Island County NAACP Branch 3268, at Jumer's Casino, Rock Island, Moore, the night\u2019s keynote speaker said his speech would focus on how to get from equality to equity.

Moore\u2019s talk was in keeping with the theme of the evening, \u201cIn This Together: Taking Action For Equity.\u201d

In 1961, he said, President John Kennedy signed the Executive Order 10925 authorizing affirmative action in that government contractors would hire equally and not based on race, creed, color or national origin.

\u201cSo how were black people in 1961 compared to how they are today,\u201d Moore said. \u201cAmong the gaps is between home ownership for blacks and whites. In 1961, that gap was about 41 percent. In 2017, the gap is the same.\u201d

The fight for equality has been successful even though there is still work to be done on that front, he said.

\u201cWe\u2019re able to go places and do things today that we couldn\u2019t do back then,\u201d Moore said. \u201cBut the equity piece is what we need to work on.

\u201cIf you look at America today, there are 47 million black Americans,\u201d he said. \u201cThe net buying power of that group is $1.1 trillion. If you took black America out of America and made it a separate country it would be the 10th or 12th largest economic power in the world.

\u201cThe question is, how do we pull that together and do something with it,\u201d Moore said. \u201cWe\u2019ve got knowledge and we have understanding, but there are things we don\u2019t know when it comes to how to get equity.\u201d

For instance, he said, 67 percent of black Americans who apply for a mortgage are turned down. \u201cWe understand that there are a number of things in place that we have to focus on, such as a person\u2019s credit score. If we focus on those things then we can have equity.\u201d

Another example, Moore said, lies in the fact that about 19 percent of all small businesses in the country are owned by blacks. \u201cThat may sound small, but it\u2019s huge. If you consider there are 320 million Americans, 47 million of which are African American, that\u2019s huge.\u201d

But harnessing the economic power of black America and using it to obtain equity on top of equality is the key.

Going back to 1955, Moore pointed out that the 13-month long bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, worked because it hit the right people in their pocketbooks.

\u201cThat kind of got lost over time, but when you start talking from the financial perspective you get the attention of the right people,\u201d he said. \u201cThen you can demand that the doors be really open, not half open.\u201d

But there are issues in the African American community that harken back to the days when Moore said he heard his grandmother talk to him about what he could expect out of life.

It\u2019s an idea called Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome, a theory introduced by Joy DeGruy, and it is both societal and, in some instances, also familial.

During slavery, blacks were beaten down, Moore said, and then suddenly they had freedom. Despite that freedom, they were always told that they were lesser in society than others. And sometimes, those that want to move forward don\u2019t or can\u2019t because their family still thinks that way.

Getting past that idea of being a lesser person because of skin color is tough, but it must be done.

\u201cMy mother was told she\u2019d never be anything more than a maid, but she got a job at a utility in Indianapolis and retired very well,\u201d he said.

Even to this day, Moore said, \u201cYou walk into a room as a black American and you\u2019re automatically at the bottom because of the perceptions of everybody else.

\u201cWhen I go into a room, and I\u2019m the only black person there, I\u2019m asking myself, \u2018Am I going to be articulate? Are they going to understand what I\u2019m saying?\u2019 I can\u2019t let it slip. When I\u2019m talking to my wife at home I can just let go. But when I\u2019m in venues where I\u2019m the only black man in the room I can\u2019t let it slip.\u201d

Additionally, the white executive who makes $100,000 and more a year, when that person leaves their job their not really concerned about anything but their families, on average, he said.

But when a black Americans leave their jobs, their concerned about all of these equality and equity things, Moore said. \u201cHow do I get into the mainstream,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019ve got a college degree, I\u2019ve worked hard; how do I get the $100,000-a-year job.\u201d

\u201cThe thing is we do it by working together as a group,\u201d he said.

\u201cI\u2019ve been fortunate to get to where I am now,\u201d Moore said. \u201cI\u2019ve worked very hard and put with some things. I tell people today, don\u2019t go in half-cocked. Get qualified and go in and demand it.

\u201cWe need to take the intellect that we have and our financial strength and move forward,\u201d he added.

\u201cMaybe in my life time I don\u2019t\u2019 see much change,\u201d Moore said. \u201cBut the millennials coming up behind me will see the change if I\u2019m opening doors and making opportunities available for them, as I feel like I have. Those that come from behind can go further and drive deeper.\u201d

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DALLAS CENTER, Iowa \u2014 It\u2019s the epitome of the idyllic Iowa country household.

The man of the house is a former standout athlete, who earned a college football scholarship and was a starter on the only Iowa high school baseball team in the past 44 years to go through the season undefeated. His wife is a former Miss Rodeo Iowa who attended South Dakota State on an equestrian scholarship.

They have a modest ranch home on an 11-acre plot in a rural area northwest of Des Moines. Out back is a building, from which Curtis Fry operates his framing and cabinetry business, and a horse ring where Jordanne Fry gives horseback riding lessons.

They have two adorable children, ages 2 and under, five horses and a docile 12-year-old Austrian shepherd named Dakota. There are hints everywhere of the family\u2019s religious convictions. They attend church every Sunday and host a neighborhood Bible study group in their wood shop every Tuesday morning.

There is nothing to indicate that a convicted killer lives here.

Mistakes and choices

More than nine years ago, Curtis Fry made a mistake that haunts him still. In a drunken stupor on his 21st birthday, he killed a stranger with his bare hands.

On that night, he found himself in the Iowa City apartment of 75-year-old Jerome \u201cPatrick\u2019\u2019 McEwen. McEwen later was found dead on the floor of his bathroom. The exact details of what occurred are murky and open to conjecture.

Fry doesn\u2019t remember any of it, accepts full responsibility for all of it and is intent on spending the rest of his life helping others avoid the same kind of mistakes.

\u201cI wish I could take back that night and what happened to Mr. McEwen,\u2019\u2019 Fry said. \u201cI wish I could take that back. But going through all of this that I have gone through, being in jail, being in prison, I wouldn\u2019t be \u2014 it\u2019s hard to say this and really understand \u2014 I wouldn\u2019t be who I am. I wouldn\u2019t believe in God the way that I do now had I not gone through something like that.\u2019\u2019

Fry, who grew up in Wilton and briefly attended St. Ambrose University, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and served 4\u00bd years of a 10-year sentence. Released in 2012, he now makes his living framing and trimming houses and building cabinets.

He also does between 30 and 40 speaking engagements a year in which he candidly lays out the details of a cautionary tale that redirected his life.

\u201cI\u2019ve grown up in ministry my whole life,\u2019\u2019 Fry said. \u201cI enjoy it because, ultimately in my life, in our life, God is first. Whatever I can be doing to help teach people, I will do.

\u201cWhen I go to talk, the main message is CHOICES: Choosing Him Over I Changes Every Situation. Especially the kids getting out of high school and going to college; it just kind of lets them know that every choice you make has an impact. It doesn\u2019t only affect you. I talk about how it affected Mr. McEwen that night and how it affected Mr. McEwen\u2019s family and friends, how it affected my family and then ultimately, obviously, how it\u2019s affected me.\u2019\u2019

Growing up with God

His Christian faith isn\u2019t something Curtis Fry stumbled upon after the night of Feb. 6-7, 2008. He was immersed in it from birth.

His parents, Jim and Cathy Fry, have been helping troubled young people turn their lives around through Christianity since 1992. They housed four boys at a time for two-year periods on their 50-acre farm north of Wilton.

\u201cWe would get legal guardianship in front of a district judge and stress Christian values and good work habits,\u2019\u2019 Jim Fry said. \u201cThey\u2019d live right here in the house with us.\"

At one time, they had as many as 60 boys on a waiting list, and their only regret is that they were unable to take in all of them. As it is, they helped 50 boys through the years.

\u201cWe\u2019ve got every one of their pictures up here on the wall that we look at every day,\u2019\u2019 Jim said.

For the past 11 years, they also have hosted a one-week summer camp for similarly troubled boys who have had some sort of behavioral or criminal issue.

Curtis, as the youngest of three Fry children, was a part of the effort to put those boys on the right path.

\u201cGrowing up, I was kind of that older brother, role model for the guys,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cI was kind of in ministry even while I was in high school. But even after I graduated, I ended up working at my parents\u2019 ranch for about a year.\u2019\u2019

On the field

The other big thing in Curtis\u2019 life was sports. He lettered in football, baseball and golf at Wilton High School, and in 2005, he was the starting right fielder on a Beavers team that went all the way through the season without losing, going 42-0. No Iowa team had done it since 1973, and none has done it since.

Fry had been a shortstop at lower levels, but Wilton coach Jake Souhrada said Fry had no problem moving to the outfield for the good of the team.

\u201cCurtis was just a quiet kid who went about his business,\u2019\u2019 Souhrada said. \u201cHe was a team-oriented person who cared about winning and the team being successful more than the individual.

\"He was a great kid, and other kids looked up to him. Good football player, good baseball player, just a good kid in general.\u2019\u2019

Fry\u2019s favorite sport was football. He played quarterback in his first three years of high school before switching to running back as a senior, and he accepted a scholarship offer to play for St. Ambrose. At 6-foot and 200 pounds, he was one of the few freshmen to see much playing time for the Bees in the fall of 2005 and was projected to start at outside linebacker the following year.

But he couldn\u2019t find anything in the college curriculum that excited him, and he quit school. A several-year period of drifting from one activity to another followed.

Barn party scene

Fry had several different jobs over the next two years, including a brief move to Texas to work as a rancher and counselor at a boys ranch where his sister, Cassie, worked. He finally took a job at the Gerdau Ameristeel plant in Wilton in 2007 while continuing to work as a volunteer leader for the Young Life group at his parents\u2019 ranch.

He began going to \u201cbarn parties\u2019\u2019 with old friends on weekends, although in the beginning he didn\u2019t drink. He was everyone\u2019s designated driver, the guy who made sure everyone got home safely at the end of the night.

\u201cThat\u2019s what there was in small-town Iowa,\u2019\u2019 he said.\u00a0

He eventually found ways to rationalize a role in the drinking scene.

\u201cWhat\u2019s it going to hurt if I have a beer?\u2019\u2019 he asked himself. \u201cIt\u2019s not going to matter. Yeah, I\u2019m underage, but it\u2019s not that big of a deal. That just kind of progressed from July until February to my 21st birthday, where I decided, \u2018I\u2019ve been this good kid my whole life. I deserve one night to just go and let it out. Everyone does it. It\u2019s your 21st birthday. You\u2019re supposed to do it. I\u2019m going to do it. It\u2019s not going to hurt anything.\u2019\"

He went to Iowa City the night of Feb. 6, 2008, with his brother Cory and four high school friends who shared an apartment there.

Jim Fry had a bad feeling about it from the very beginning. As his sons were about to leave, he made a point of speaking to Curtis.

\u201cI just told him, \u2018When God waves red flags, it\u2019s never good to push red flags or push through them,\u2019\u2019\u2019 Jim Fry recalled. \u201cI said, \u2018He\u2019s waving red flags, Curtis.\u2019 Curt being a 21-year-old said, \u2018Aw, Dad, don\u2019t worry about it.\u2019 We\u2019re all invincible at that age, aren\u2019t we?\u2019\u2019

The conversation remains engraved in Curtis\u2019 memory.

\u201cI should have listened. Obviously,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cBut I had it in my mind that I deserved this one night \u2026 Little did I know what actually was going to happen.\u2019\u2019

A wild night

Curtis Fry\u2019s birthday party began with some drinking games at his friends\u2019 apartment, then moved to The Vine, a popular bar and restaurant on Prentiss Street, where more beer and appetizers were ordered. His five friends each bought him a shot of liquor and lined them up in front of him. Two girls in a neighboring booth joined in and each bought a shot.

In a span of minutes, Curtis downed all seven shots. The party then moved to Brothers Bar and Grill on Dubuque Street. That\u2019s pretty much where Fry said his memory begins to fail. The group visited at least two other bars that night, but he said he has no memory of them.

\u201cI don\u2019t remember going anywhere. I don\u2019t remember talking to anyone. I don\u2019t remember if I had another drink,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cI don\u2019t remember anything until that next morning when I woke up. The next morning, I woke up at my buddy\u2019s house.\u2019\u2019

He didn\u2019t have most of his clothes or his wallet and was told by his friends that they had lost him for about an hour-and-a-half the night before.

There are photos taken about 1:30 a.m. of Cory Fry and Kevin Anson carrying a glassy-eyed Curtis down the street. At one point, he leaped to his feet and took off running, but his brother caught up with him and knocked him into a snowdrift. Curtis took off running again. This time, his friends let him go.

\u201cMy brother figured, \u2018Oh, he\u2019s just running back to the house. I\u2019m not going to chase him,\u2019\u2019\u2019 Fry said. \u201cSo he went back and met up with everyone else, and they went the original way back to the house. They got there expecting me to be there. I wasn\u2019t there.\u2019\u2019

Over the next hour or so, they walked the streets looking for Curtis and called his cellphone about 30 times. He answered a few times but gave mostly unintelligible answers. During one of those calls, Curtis told his friends he heard someone making gurgling noises and said the person sounded like they were dying.

When they finally found Curtis staggering down the middle of the street, he was wearing only his underwear, a tank top and two coats, one of which was wrapped around his legs. Neither of the coats was his.

The whirlwind begins

The next day, Fry felt well enough to shovel the sidewalks at his Wilton apartment complex and had dinner that night at his sister\u2019s house.

About 9:30 a.m. the following day, Feb. 8, he was awakened by police officers knocking on his door. They asked what he had been doing on the night of Feb. 6, asked if he had lost anything and invited him to follow them back to the police station in Iowa City.

Fry complied, having no idea what any of it was about. In Iowa City, he answered more questions and finally was told that his clothes and wallet had been found in an apartment. The officers added that they also found a man beaten to death inside the apartment.

\u201cIt was at that point that I just felt like my whole world was in a whirlwind,\u2019\u2019 Fry said. \u201cI could hardly breathe. My whole body started shaking. I started bawling.

\u201cBut at that point, I turned back to who I knew would be there for me, and I started praying and asked God to forgive me for whatever I did that night but also to show me what happened so I can tell them the truth, and we can get this figured out.\u2019\u2019

He was placed in handcuffs and was charged with second-degree murder.

Going to trial

The shock waves reverberated throughout eastern Iowa, striking hardest on a small farm north of Wilton.

\u201cIt felt like a nightmare,\u2019\u2019 Cathy Fry said. \u201cI thought it was a dream, and I wanted to wake up from it.\u2019\u2019

Jim Fry said the most difficult thing was watching his wife cry on almost a daily basis.

\u201cAnother of the toughest parts probably was the separation between Curtis and us, not being able to give him a hug, not understanding why this all took place, because we knew this was totally out of character for Curtis,\" he said.

Fry pleaded not guilty and waived his right to a jury trial. His bench trial in front of Sixth Judicial District Court Judge Mitchell Turner took place more than a year later. For five days, Turner heard arguments from prosecutors and from public defenders Peter Persaud and Quint Meyerdirk, representing Fry.

By coincidence, McEwen\u2019s address was very similar to that of the friends with whom Fry was staying in Iowa City. McEwen lived at 513 S. Van Buren, Apt. 1, and his friends lived at 513 Bowery St., less than a block away. Fry\u2019s address in Wilton was 503, and he also lived in apartment 1.

Turner wrote in his ruling that he thought Fry, in his intoxicated state, figured he was at his friend\u2019s apartment or perhaps his own, broke into McEwen\u2019s place, shed most of his clothes and collapsed into bed. The door of the apartment clearly had been kicked in.

McEwen was 75 and \u201chad a lot of health issues,\u2019\u2019 according to his rabbi, Jeff Portman. Various reports indicated he suffered from asthma, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression and possibly Parkinson\u2019s disease. He wore a back brace and walked with a cane.

Turner speculated that when McEwen tried to rouse Fry to get him out of his apartment, Fry seemingly thought he was being attacked by an intruder and reacted violently, punching McEwen several times.

\u201cThat\u2019s the best explanation still to this day of what happened that night,\u2019\u2019 Fry said. \u201cUltimately, there is no doubt in my mind that I did it. I don\u2019t know how it happened. I\u2019ve never been in a fight in my life. In high school, a kid hit me in the face 10 times, and I just stood there. So even in the face of aggression, it\u2019s not me, but I know because I made the choice to go and drink that I ended up in Mr. McEwen\u2019s area, and because of that, he died.\u2019\u2019

'Brutal beating'

McEwen was found to have a broken nose, two fractured cheekbones and a broken rib. Injuries on his neck indicated Fry probably also choked him.

Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness, who prosecuted the case, said she questioned Fry's story that he blacked out because of intoxication. She pointed to the conversation with friends in which he mentioned hearing gurgling noises.

\"Do I think he (Fry) knew what was going on at the time?\" she asked. \"Yes.\u2019\u2019

It was suggested that McEwen may have regained consciousness at some point, might have gone outside briefly \u2014 there was a blood stain found in the snow in front of his apartment \u2014 and finally stumbled into his bathroom, where he was found by police.

Lyness doesn't believe that was possible either. She said McEwen's injuries were too extensive.

\u201cHe beat him badly, and this is an older man, frail, troubled balance, that would have presented no threat to Mr. Fry,'' Lyness said. \"Probably couldn\u2019t have even stood very well, probably was absolutely terrified from the time he realized Mr. Fry was in his apartment until his last breath.

\"I have no doubt he suffered tremendously, physically as well as emotionally, throughout the time that Mr. Fry was in that apartment. And it was a brutal, brutal beating. Beating and choking. The bones in his neck were actually broken ... It had to have been an extremely, extremely brutal beating.\u2019\u2019

Judge Turner rejected the charge of second-degree murder, which would have called for a maximum sentence of 50 years. Instead, Fry was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years. He also was ordered to pay $150,000 in victim restitution to McEwen's estranged older sister, who is now deceased.

\u201cI was surprised at the verdict,\" Lyness said. \"I think some of the facts that the judge referenced were different from what I remembered hearing in testimony.\u2019\u2019

Many voiced their disapproval over the controversial verdict. Rabbi Portman said he thought Fry's age and background affected Turner's decision.

\"They made it manslaughter,\" he said. \"I think it was pure murder myself. I think the guy was drunk obviously, but I don\u2019t think that excuses anybody from murder.\u2019\u2019

Finding blessings

With time off for good behavior, Fry served about 4\u00bd years. He spent 15 months in the Johnson County Jail, about 2\u00bd years in state facilities (split between Fort Dodge and Rockwell City), about five months in a halfway house in Coralville and another seven months on parole.

During his time in Rockwell City, a woman named Joanne Blair visited the prison to take part in a Bible study group and was so impressed by the pious young inmate from Wilton that she went back and told her daughter about him.

It was the first Jordanne Blair ever heard of Curtis Fry, but it would not be the last. During the summer of 2012, while Fry was on parole, he spoke at the church Jordanne and her brother attended in the Des Moines area, and he spent the night at their house.

They stayed up talking until the wee hours of the morning, and they started dating about a week later. The following June, 2013, they married.

Fry isn\u2019t surprised that Jordanne felt comfortable committing her life to a convicted felon.

\u201cIt wasn\u2019t (surprising) with her as much as it was with her parents, just because, once we got to know each other, she knew my heart right away,\u2019\u2019 Fry said. \u201cShe knew that my desire was for God to be the center of my life. But for her parents to say, \u2018Yeah, my daughter can marry someone who\u2019s been convicted of manslaughter, yeah, go ahead\u2019 \u2026 that spoke a lot.\u2019\u2019

Fry began working with his father-in-law, Lee Blair, in his cabinetry business in Lake City, Iowa. About a year ago, he and Jordanne moved to the Des Moines area, where he opened his own business, doing framing, construction, remodels, trim work and custom cabinets.

Business is good. Life is good.

In March 2015, Jordanne gave birth to a daughter, Avery. In March of this year, Avery got a little brother, Brayton.

\u201cBeing in jail, my whole thought about life changed,\u2019\u2019 Fry said. \u201cIt\u2019s not about me anymore. It\u2019s about God and whatever he wants me to do, wherever he wants me to go, I\u2019m willing to go \u2026 I\u2019m just a family guy. I really am. They\u2019ve been a blessing. Jordanne has been a blessing. The kids are a blessing.

\u201cOne message that I share when I speak is \u2018All of us are going to screw up. Some of us more than others. But even though we screw up, if we\u2019re willing to admit our faults and know that we\u2019re forgiven by God and forgive ourselves, we can move on, and we\u2019re going to get blessings.\u2019 My wife, my kids, the place that we have here\u00a0\u2014 it\u2019s a blessing.\u2019\u2019

Gus Henrici, the pastor at Crossroads Community Church, where the Frys now worship, has been amazed at how open Curtis is about sharing his ordeal. He said he has spoken about it to the entire congregation and to the church\u2019s youth group, and he discusses it almost weekly in his Tuesday morning gathering in his wood shop.

\u201cCurtis had the choice to let this event define his life in a negative or positive way,\u2019\u2019 Henrici said. \u201cHe continues to choose to speak out about and share his story, to share what happened and impact young people so that they are aware of the choices they make. Curtis is not bitter or angry but quick to share that he has received grace and quick to share that same grace with others.\u2019\u2019

Moving forward

The people who know and love Fry aren\u2019t at all surprised that he has risen above a choice and a chain of events that might have ruined his life.

\u201cIt was not his character from the very beginning,\u2019\u2019 his father said. \u201cIt was a one-night choice. It broke our hearts, but we had to go through it. I knew he\u2019d be successful when he got out and had paid his time.\u2019\u2019

Cathy Fry, who came up with the CHOICES acronym that her son uses in his ministry, said the family\u2019s faith is the only thing that carried them through. She is thinking of writing a book to help other mothers cope with crises such as this.

She said that night in 2008 still comes up in conversation sometimes.

\u201cWe\u2019re not just going to shove it under a rug and forget about it,\u2019\u2019 she said. \u201cWe\u2019re going to use it for God\u2019s glory.\u2019\u2019

Curtis would love to speak with friends or family members of Patrick McEwen to express his remorse. He said he was prohibited from doing so by a no-contact order and was advised that it wouldn\u2019t be a good idea.

McEwen does not have any surviving relatives, only a few friends and acquaintances from his synagogue who still are baffled and bothered by how things played out in court. Rabbi Portman said he hopes Fry learned from his mistake.

\u201cHe\u2019s getting a second chance, and I hope he makes the most of it,\u2019\u2019 he said.

Fry knows there always will be people who say he got off easy; that he didn\u2019t get what was really coming to him.

\u201cI would say everyone has the right to their opinion,\u2019\u2019 Fry said. \u201cI know what happened that night was wrong. But I also know that God is able to use our mistakes and make something good out of them.

\u201cI can\u2019t dwell on what other people think of it. I just know it was enough time for me to realize my mistake and move on from there. Knowing that God forgave me, I was able to forgive myself for what I did to Mr. McEwen, and now all I can do is move forward and live the best I can.\u2019\u2019

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