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UNITYPOINT HEALTH-TRINITY MOLINE

Cassandra and Matthew\u00a0Douglas,\u00a0Kewanee, Ill., boy, Monday, Sept. 17.

Ashley and Jake\u00a0Hebbeln,\u00a0Bettendorf, boy, Thursday, Sept. 20.

LaVonne\u00a0Nimrick\u00a0and Jeremy\u00a0Stach,\u00a0Cambridge; boy, Thursday, Sept. 20.

Amanda and Bradley\u00a0Barker,\u00a0Milan; boy, Thursday, Sept. 20.

Lacey and Gary\u00a0Jackson,\u00a0Moline; girl, Thursday, Sept. 20.

Natalie and Nathan\u00a0Bates,\u00a0Moline; girl, Friday, Sept. 21.\u00a0

Gabrielle\u00a0Neitzel\u00a0and Joshua\u00a0Palmer,\u00a0East Moline; girl, Friday, Sept. 21.\u00a0

UNITYPOINT HEALTH-TRINITY BETTENDORF

Santana\u00a0Carrillo\u00a0and Abriah\u00a0Williams,\u00a0Davenport; girl, Thursday, Sept. 20.

Danielle and Brett\u00a0Vacek,\u00a0Rock Island; boy, Tuesday, Sept. 18.\u00a0

Maria E. and Angel\u00a0Vasquez,\u00a0Rock Island; girl, Tuesday, Sept. 18.\u00a0

Ashley and Jared\u00a0Cole,\u00a0Erie; boy, Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Ashley\u00a0Beechum,\u00a0Bettendorf; boy, Thursday, Sept. 20.

Amanda and Michael\u00a0Treimer,\u00a0New Liberty; girl, Thursday, Sept. 20.\u00a0

Jordyn Mae and Alexander Rowland\u00a0Pappel,\u00a0Bettendorf; girl, Thursday, Sept. 20.\u00a0

Melissa\u00a0Olsen\u00a0and Shawn\u00a0Vermeire,\u00a0Davenport; girl, Thursday, Sept. 20.\u00a0

Justice\u00a0Henson,\u00a0Davenport; boy, Thursday, Sept. 20.\u00a0

Stephanie\u00a0Vergara\u00a0and Christopher\u00a0Kraft,\u00a0Davenport; boy,\u00a0Thursday, Sept. 20.

Samantha\u00a0Olson\u00a0and Kyle\u00a0Nickels,\u00a0Davenport; girl, Friday, Sept. 21.

Jenny and Zachary\u00a0Knight,\u00a0Clinton; boy, Friday, Sept. 21.

Sara and Jacob\u00a0Clark,\u00a0Davenport; girl, Sunday, Sept. 23.

GENESIS BIRTHCENTER, SILVIS

Markel\u00a0Joiner\u00a0and Kayelyn\u00a0Berryman,\u00a0Moline, girl, Tuesday, Sept. 18.

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Two weeks ago, Moline-Coal Valley Superintendent Lanty McGuire asked school board members to consider prioritizing upgrading physical education facilities at Moline High School. On Monday, board members directed administrators to return with more details and rough financials for the potential project.

Board members on Monday heard a facilities update from chief financial officer Dave McDermott, including information on the $22 million in projects the board has already bonded out for and the possible funding mechanisms the board could consider using for future projects.

McDermott said of the five projects that the $22 million in bonds will pay for, the completed projects are the $2.5 million for the district's contribution for the repair and renovation of Franklin Elementary and the $800,000 for the resurfacing of parking lots and playgrounds throughout the district. Still to come from this funding, he said, are the $15 million HVAC upgrade at the high school, the $3 million for the Bartlett Performing Arts Center, and $900,000 to upgrade to LED lighting across the district.

McDermott said the performing arts center project remains on time and on budget, with $116,254 remaining of the district's $500,000 contingency budget. The $12.1 million project is being funding by $8.1 million from the Bartlett Family Trust and $4 million from district funds.

Looking to the future, McDermott said if board members choose to accept McGuire's proposal to consider a new multi-purpose exercise facility at the high school, they have two options for funding. He said board members can choose to sell Rock Island County Facility Revenue Bonds, the same way it did for the $22 million in projects already underway. Under this path, he said, the board would again leverage the $3.8 million in anticipated annual revenues from the one percent Rock Island County facilities tax.

McDermott said the second option, funding bonds, is another familiar option to the board because it is how the district funded upgrades in recent years at Hamilton Elementary, both middle schools, and Bicentennial Elementary.

McDermott said if the board chose to issue Rock Island County Facility Revenue bonds, it would add years onto the district's existing repayment schedule. Currently the district plans to repay the $22 million in bonds by 2029. If the new multi-purpose exercise facility project costs the district $6 million, a number he said was just an example, the district could then expect to pay back the total amount by fiscal year 2030 or 2031.

McDermott asked board members to consider the financials and what their leanings are for pursuing the multi-purpose exercise facility. He also suggested the board aim to keep its plans \u201ctax neutral\u201d by not increasing the tax rate and to \u201clive within your means\u201d so that future school boards do not have their hands tied.

\u201cI'm asking you if this is something you want to explore,\u201d he said. \u201cLet us come back, go out and seek some outside guidance and get a cost proposal for this and then come back with some options.\u201d

School board president Kate Schaefer, along with other board members, said she wanted more information on the project and rough financial projections. Board member Erin Waldron-Smith asked if there were locations to examine other than the North Scott School District facility, which McGuire previously used as an example for what the board could consider.

\u201cYes, lots of places,\u201d McDermott said. \u201cNow we can go explore more options.\u201d

In addition to photos of North Scott facilities, McGuire shared photos with the board during a Sept. 10 presentation of Moline students walking outside for gym class or exercising in the building\u2019s hallways when weather did not permit class to be held outdoors. He also presented photos of students crowded in outdated weight rooms and an aging locker room space.

McGuire told board members previously that he believed improving high school physical education space will increase building security and student safety, and reduce distractions. The improvements, he said, would also make Moline-Coal Valley a more attractive choice when those from outside the area are choosing between neighboring school districts of the Quad-Cities.

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A group of students from Germany will visit West High School next year after Davenport West students visited Germany in June.

The Davenport School Board on Monday heard a presentation from students and teachers who traveled to Germany and what they experienced there.

In April 2019, Kaiserlautern students will be at West for a reciprocal exchange, and next year Davenport will hold events to celebrate its Sister City\u2019s 60th anniversary. In 1960, Kaiserslautern, joined Davenport in one of the first Sister City partnerships in the United States.

Greg Smith, STEM teacher at West, said that 14 of the 15 students who traveled to Germany in June\u00a0 were involved in robotics, and another student who went is taking German classes.

\u201cIt\u2019s a really wonderful opportunity to connect two countries,\u201d said Craig Kohl, German teacher at West.

Ten students from Germany will come to Davenport and West High School, he said.

Davenport students were filmed during their visits to various German locations, which included a robotics competition and a\u00a0 Deere & Co. site, for a documentary that will be shown at the German American Heritage Center in Davenport.

In other business, the board:

\u2022 Discussed renewing the 10-year Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) and asking for an increase from 97 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation to $1.34 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The money is earmarked for specific purposes, including facility purchase, improvement\u00a0 and repair. State law requires a vote on whether to renew the levy, which expires June 30, 2019.

The board will vote on the renewal at a later meeting.

\u2022 Heard three people, including Sally Ellis of Davenport, speak against outsourcing during an open forum. \u201cWhen you outsource, you lose control,\u201d Ellis said. They spoke in response to Superintendent Art Tate\u2019s request, as a cost-saving measure, for letters of interest to provide services to the district that currently are done in-house. Classroom instruction is not included.

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DES MOINES\u00a0\u2014 A group of Iowa attorneys says an eastern Iowa district court judge\u2019s rulings are subject to endless legal challenges because his appointment by Gov. Kim Reynolds did not meet the timeline specified in the state constitution.

The attorneys said Justice Jason Besler lacks the authority to serve because Reynolds did not submit his appointment in the timeframe laid out in the constitution.

The attorneys made the claims Monday during a conference call with Iowa reporters. Collectively, the attorneys have donated more than $72,000 to Democratic candidates in Iowa since 2003, state campaign finance records show.

\u201cHe\u2019s not a duly appointed judge pursuant to the constitution of the state of Iowa, and as such his ability to issue rulings doesn\u2019t actually exist,\u201d said Mark Keller, an attorney in Des Moines.

Reynolds says she made the decision to appoint Besler within the required timeframe but she and her staff neglected to notify Belser or officials in the judicial system.

Iowa Supreme Court Justice Mark Cady accepted Reynolds\u2019 explanation, his counsel said in a letter to the governor\u2019s chief of staff.

The four attorneys on the Democratic Party\u2019s conference call on Monday asserted that Besler\u2019s appointment did not meet constitutional standards.

\u201cYou can\u2019t read the Iowa Constitution and believe that Judge Besler has been duly appointed under the constitution. It\u2019s just impossible,\u201d Keller said.

Said George Appleby, an attorney in Des Moines, said failure to meet deadlines set for the courts by the Iowa Constitution his \u201cdire consequences\u201d for individuals involved in the judicial system.

\u201cAs practitioners we all know that the constitution and the rules and the laws of Iowa, when they provide deadlines they are definite. They\u2019re not discretionary and they\u2019re not waveable,\u201d Appleby said. \u201cIt does underscore that Judge Besler\u2019s legitimacy is really at question here.\u201d

The attorneys said attorneys who lose cases tried by Besler could file appeals questioning his authority to deliver a ruling or to approve warrants.

\u201cWhen that evidence is going to come into the case at trial, that\u2019s going to be challenged. Did (Besler) or did he not have the authority to issue a search warrant? ... That\u2019s the kind of uncertainty we don\u2019t need in our judicial system,\u201d said Ray Blase, a former prosecutor. \u201cIt would expect there\u2019s going to be, unless this is cleared up somehow ... hundreds and hundreds of appeals on the criminal side of things.\u201d

The Iowa Constitution calls for the governor to make a district judge appointment within 30 days of receiving recommendations from the state\u2019s judicial nominating committee.

The committee on May 22 notified Reynolds of its nominees for a vacancy to the state\u2019s 6th Judicial District in eastern Iowa.

Reynolds announced her appointment of Besler to the district court on June 25, four days after the 30-day window had closed.

The liberal political website Bleeding Heartland first reported that Reynolds missed the deadline for appointing Belser to the district court.

Reynolds told reporters she made the decision on Belser\u2019s appointment in sufficient time by informing her chief of staff, but failed to notify Belser or officials in the judicial branch.

Counsel to Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady on July 6 wrote to Reynolds\u2019 chief of staff Ryan Koopmans that although Reynolds failed to notify Belser or judicial officials within 30 days, \u201cthe chief justice respectfully defers to and accepts the decision by Gov. Reynolds that this appointment was made on June 21.\u201d

The governor\u2019s office declined to comment Monday.

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CEDAR RAPIDS \u2014 An annual report on mental illness and access to care gives Iowa high marks, ranking it sixth among the states.

The new ranking comes as candidates for governor battle over the adequacy of the state\u2019s efforts to meet the mental health needs of Iowans.

Gov. Kim Reynolds has been touting comprehensive mental health legislation unanimously approved by lawmakers earlier this year. It called for an expansion of services, including the addition of six regional \u201caccess centers\u201d that would provide assistance to people with mental health crises but who do not require hospitalization.

In addition, she signed an executive order creating a Children\u2019s Mental Health Board and strengthened mental health services provided by the state\u2019s managed care providers.

\u201cGovernor Reynolds wants to create the best mental health care system in America,\u201d campaign spokesman Pat Garrett said.

Reynolds called the new mental health plan a road map for developing a more complete and robust mental health system for Iowa.

Reynolds may have the road map, but her Democratic challenger Fred Hubbell said it lacks the funding necessary it implement the changes under the GOP budget.

His campaign cited an Iowa Poll that found 73 percent of Iowa adults believed the state\u2019s mental health system is in crisis and pointed out that in March 2018, Reynolds cut the Department of Human Services budget by $4.3 million.

\u201cThese cuts compounded the problem as access to mental health care for thousands of Iowans, particularly those living in rural communities, was already being threatened,\u201d Hubbell spokeswoman Emilie Simons said.

Mental Health America, a 109-year-old community-based not-for-profit, ranked Iowa based on 15 measures including the number of adults and children with mental illness, dependence on drugs and alcohol, and adults who did not receive treatment, who report unmet needs or lack insurance coverage.

According its annual report, Iowa\u2019s top 10 ranking indicates a lower prevalence of mental illness and higher rates of access to care. Iowa has shown improvement, moving up from 13th in 2011 and seventh in 2014.

Massachusetts received the top rating from Mental Health America followed by South Dakota, Minnesota, Vermont and Connecticut.

But Mental Health America cautioned against reading too much into the report.

\u201cJust because you rank high doesn\u2019t mean you are necessarily doing well,\u201d spokeswoman Theresa Nguyen said.

The rankings show how states are doing relative to each other, she noted.

\u201cSo just because Iowa is doing better doesn\u2019t mean it is doing well,\u201d she said.

The governor understands there\u2019s still room for improvement, Garrett said.

\u201cWhile Iowa saw progress this year, Governor Reynolds understands that there\u2019s much more work to be done to help the vulnerable Iowans who rely on this care,\u201d Garrett said.

In addition to the regional centers, House File 2456 also calls for \u201cassertive community treatment\u201d to help people with mental illness stay on their medication and in treatment so they don\u2019t need hospitalization. The bill changes commitment rules and encourages the development of subacute care for patients released from hospital care, but who need assistance to prevent a subsequent hospitalization.

Hubbell has proposed investing in community-based treatment, including adding 50 to 75 long-term care beds, establishing a new youth mental health system and investing in diversion and substance abuse programs, Simons said.

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As soon as you step into the cozy Argrow's House of Healing and Hope, 1545 W. 2nd St., intoxicating scents of homemade soaps wash over you.

That's fitting, since women served by the new nonprofit \u2014 and who make the all-natural soaps, among other bath-and-body products \u2014 are looking for a fresh, cleansing start in life.

After opening last December in the former single-family, two-story home in west Davenport, the organization founded and directed by Kit Ford produces 300 soaps a week, in 11 different scents. Six women are trained and paid to make the soaps. Other women have been helped to find jobs, and all are recovering from violence and abuse.

\u201cThese women are smart; many have degrees,\u201d Ford said Monday as she prepared for Argrow's first fundraising gala, Wednesday night at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport. \u201cThey have entered relationships that literally beat them down in mind, body and spirit.\u201d

\u201cSometimes in making of a bath bomb or soap, these women are gaining their confidence back,\u201d she said. \u201cOur goal is to empower them so they can continue to move forward with their personal goals. Our goal is to literally help women get back on their feet. We want them to follow their passion and heart, and for them to know they are fearfully and wonderfully made.

\u201cThey can do whatever they put their mind to,\u201d Ford, a sexual-violence survivor, said. \u201cWhat happened to them was not their fault. No one deserves to be treated that way.\u201d

Argrow's House is named after her grandmother, the Rev. Argrow Margaret Warren, according to the group's website, argrowshouse.org, and it's also Ford's given first name. The North Carolina native celebrates her 35th birthday the same day as the gala.

\u201cShe is the reason I believe in God. The reason I believe in love,\u201d Ford wrote on the site. \u201cGrandma Argrow was married at the age of 14, and lived through violence throughout her marriage. However, she embraced such courage and love throughout her life.\u201d

Her grandmother, who died in 2004, was a deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal church in North Carolina, and Ford saw how she was impacted by abuse at the hands of her grandfather.

\u201cIt stayed with me, so I wanted to do something to help women,\u201d Ford said. \u201cShe preached compassion, even in the midst of trials and suffering.\u201d

\u201cThere's two sides to it \u2014 either you do become bitter and become angry, and that's something you carry the rest of your life, or it's the opposite,\u201d Ford said of healing and overcoming. \u201cYou can use it as energy to do something good in the world, to help someone else.

\"With my situation, of being a survivor of extremely violent crime (in 2008), it's like, OK, I'm a nice person. I was literally in the Peace Corps, working to help other people.\u201d

Free services are offered daily at Argrow's House, including grief support counseling, a support group for domestic-violence survivors, one-on-one counseling, Bible study, yoga, spiritual direction, horticultural therapy, art therapy, massage therapy, cooking and sewing classes and chiropractic care.

Counselors and a minister donate their time, and Ford has four part-time employees. She personally leads free sessions as well.

Her five post-secondary degrees include a master of divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, and her doctor of ministry from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Ford's husband is Rev. Dwight Ford, pastor of Grace City Church, Rock Island, and they have two children. a 1-year-old boy, Justice, and 3-year-old girl, Imani.

She wanted Argrow's to be in a quiet, home setting \u201cbecause it's comfortable,\u201d Ford said. \u201cThere has to be a safe space for people to be able to speak their truth, to keep it real.\u201d

Wednesday's benefit is to raise funds to pay off the $60,000 mortgage, as well to help pay for new windows and gutters. The Figge event includes heavy hors d\u2019oeuvres, a silent auction, survivor testimonials, survivor-made bath and body products, and gift bags.

Rozanne Robinson, 50, of East Moline, helped Ford on Monday gather items for the gala.

A survivor of rape, assault and domestic violence, she's a former CNA, a mother of seven and grandmother of three.

\u201cI want to get back into counseling and learn to make the products. I survived and I want to give back,\u201d Robinson said. \u201cIt's not about the money. It's about giving back, helping others.\u201d

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Comedian Ron \u201cTater Salad\u201d White will return to the Adler Theatre, Davenport, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10.

Tickets priced at $43, $53, $73 will go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Adler box office, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport; at Ticketmaster.com; and 800-745-3000.

White, a 61-year-old Texas native who performed the Adler in 2009 and Moline's TaxSlayer Center in 2014, rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, according to a Monday release. Over the past 15 years, he has been one of the top-grossing stand-up comedians on tour in the country, the release said. His recordings have more than 14 million units, solo and with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.

He's been nominated for two Grammys, was featured in the Cameron Crowe Showtime Series \u201cRoadies\u201d and authored a book that appeared on the New York Times bestseller list: \"I Had the Right to Remain Silent But I Didn't Have the Ability.\"

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An exhibit showcasing fashions, interests and lives of some of literature\u2019s most famous female characters will open Oct. 13 at the Putnam Museum, Davenport.

The Putnam received a $10,000 grant from Humanities Iowa, a state affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities, for \u201cLiterary Heroines: Their Times, Their Fashions.\" Apparel and accessories from the Putnam\u2019s collection dating back to the early 1800s and from as far as China\u2019s Imperial City will be staged in vignette displays that tell the story of several heroines, according to a news release.

Featured books include \u201cPride and Prejudice,\u201d \u201cMemoirs of a Geisha,\u201d \u201cThe Help\u201d and \u201cLittle Women.\u201d The exhibit will look at the wardrobes and interests of memorable characters such as Hermione Granger of the Harry Potter books, Laura Ingalls from the \u201cLittle House on the Prairie\u201d series and Jo March from \u201cLittle Women.\u201d

The exhibit, which runs through early January, will include a tribute to \u201cHometown Heroines\u201d through a series of pre-recorded oral history excerpts featuring successful women of the Quad-Cities.

Videos include histories by Regina Tsosie, a Navajo activist for indigenous peoples; Maggie Tinsman, former Iowa state senator and political activist; and Zenaida Landeros, a Latina who works for women\u2019s empowerment, and is executive director of the Greater Quad-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The full list of books from which the exhibit draws inspiration and pays homage to is available at putnam.org/LiteraryHeroines.

The exhibit will be included in the price of general admission. Clubs and other groups may reserve a time to visit the museum. Other extra events include a catered lunch and a curator presentation, according to the Putnam. To learn more, contact Relationship Advancement Director Michele Darland at 563-336-7295 or mdarland@putnam.org.

More information on the Literary Heroines exhibit and featured events, such as a Japanese Tea Ceremony on Nov. 3 and Afternoon Tea and a Movie featuring “Little Women” on Nov. 24, can be found at putnam.org.

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The chief election officials in the Quad-Cities are teaming up Tuesday to hold a rally to celebrate National Voter Registration Day and to get people signed up to vote.

Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz and Karen Kinney, the Rock Island County clerk, are both hosting an event called, \"Our Voice, Our Vote, YOU Matter,\" a voter registration event in Lafayette Park in Davenport.

The park is at 4th and Gaines streets in Davenport. The rally will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Moritz said there will be food, speakers and a local DJ.

National Voter Registration Day is held the fourth Tuesday in September. This year it is Sept. 25th.

Residents who are 18 by Nov. 6th, 2018, can register to vote at the event in Lafayette Park. People also can confirm or update their registrations or request an absentee ballot and more, according to the Scott County Auditor's office.

\"Voting is a fundamental value that unites all of us because you matter and therefore your vote and your voice matters,\" Moritz said Monday.

She said the event Tuesday may be the only \"bi-state event in America celebrating America's right to vote.\"

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate also said Monday that his office is reaching out to 300,000 eligible but unregistered people in the state in an attempt to get them registered. More than 90 percent of eligible Iowans already are registered to vote.

The office is sending postcards to unregistered voters urging them to use Iowa's online voter registration system.

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About 50 people demonstrated outside U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley's Davenport office Monday, calling for a more thorough investigation into sexual assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as well as an end to the abuse women face.

The demonstration comes just days before Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford are scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

She has said Kavanaugh held her down and tried to take off her clothes at a party they were both at while in high school in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied the claim.

Several women spoke at the Davenport demonstration about how they'd been harassed and abused and raped. And they called for an end to the violence and to be believed.

Connie Gowan of Davenport said there's a reason women might not report sexual assaults.

\"The trauma that is inflicted on you sometimes doesn't allow you to do that,\" she said.

Several demonstrators asked an employee of Grassley's office to join them on the street to hear their concerns. And at one point, they told him the allegations against Kavanaugh ought to be investigated as were the claims that Anita Hill made in 1991 against Clarence Thomas during his confirmation hearings to the Supreme Court.

An FBI investigation was undertaken then, but last week the Justice Department, which oversees the bureau, said that no federal crime was involved in this instance.

Grassley, meanwhile, said in a letter last week that it's up to the Senate to assess a nominee's credibility and the FBI is not tasked with investigating a matter \"simply because the Committee deems it important.\"

Several of the demonstrators called on Grassley, who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, to push for fair treatment. And some said they didn't believe that he and other Republicans wanted to get to the truth, only to get Kavanaugh confirmed.

\"Tell him to be a statesman this time, not a politician,\" said Joanie Demmer, of Davenport.

Rabbi Henry Karp added, \"If there's taint and degradation in the highest court in the land, then there is no justice anywhere in the land.\"

Michael Zona, a spokesman for the senator, responded to the demonstration, saying, \"Senator Grassley believes it\u2019s important to hear from anyone who comes forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. That is why as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Grassley, is holding a hearing on Thursday where Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh will both testify.\"

The New Yorker magazine also published an account Sunday from a woman who said that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party when they were students at Yale University in the early 1980s.

Kavanaugh also denied that claim. He called the allegations \"smears, pure and simple.\"

In addition to the demonstration in Davenport, there was a similar protest at Grassley's office in Des Moines.

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WATERLOO, Iowa \u2014 Stanley Liggins was tried and convicted twice in the murder of 9-year-old Jennifer Lewis, but on the third try, a jury could not agree on a verdict.

Judge Marlita Greve declared a mistrial Monday afternoon after the seven-woman, five-man jury could not arrive at a unanimous verdict after three days of deliberations.

Lewis\u2019 mother, Sheri McCormick, and family friend, Mary Maxwell-Rockwell, cried and embraced as the judge declared the mistrial.\u00a0

Scott County Attorney Mike Walton said after the jury was dismissed that \u201cwe will reschedule it for trial and we will prepare for the next trial.\u201d

\u201cCertainly we would have liked it to be concluded, but again, that\u2019s part of trial work, that\u2019s part of prosecution,\u201d he said. \u201cWe run into it, we\u2019ll try again.\u201d

He said it\u2019s too early to tell when, or where, the next trial will be. Liggins has a right to a speedy trial within 90 days.

When asked if he was confident that he could win a conviction at the next trial, Walton said, \u201cI am confident in the evidence.\u201d

Liggins, who was being held in the Black Hawk County Jail during the trial, will be returned to Scott County.

His attorneys, Black Hawk County public defenders Aaron Hawbaker and Nichole Watt, declined comment Monday.

Testimony began Aug. 30 in Liggins\u2019 trial, which had been moved from Scott County to Black Hawk County due to extensive pretrial publicity.

Walton and Assistant Scott County Attorney Julie Walton called more than 50 witnesses during the 3\u00bd-week trial. Prior trial testimony transcripts of more than a dozen witnesses\u00a0 that have either died or were unavailable for trial were read to the jury\u00a0

Hawbaker and Watt called 12 witnesses.

Lewis\u2019 burning body was discovered in a field near Jefferson Elementary School in Davenport around 9 p.m. Sept. 17, 1990. She had been sexually abused and strangled before being doused with gasoline and set on fire, according to prosecutors.

A search for Lewis began when she did not return home for buying a pack of gum for Liggins at a liquor store near her Rock Island home earlier that night.

Liggins, who knew Lewis\u2019 mother and her then-husband, Joseph \u201cAce\u201d Glenn, was quickly developed as a suspect.

Prosecutors say witnesses saw Liggins in a maroon Peugeot talking to Lewis, who was on her bike, about a block from her home before she disappeared.

Witnesses at trial also said they saw the Peugeot near Jefferson school around the time of the fire and that the vehicle smelled like gasoline a day after Lewis was killed.

The defense argued at trial that police quickly zeroed in on Liggins as their suspect, ignored evidence that would exonerate him and tried to amplify any evidence that might suggest otherwise. They also argued that police failed to investigate other suspects.

The jury began to deliberate Wednesday afternoon.

They first indicated in a note to the judge on Friday that they were at an impasse. Early Monday afternoon, they sent another note saying they were deadlocked.

Greve sent them back to continue deliberations after bring jurors back into the courtroom to question them on their progress.

More than an hour later, the jury sent another note to the judge that read, \u201cin spite of our wishes to agree on a verdict, we are no longer making progress. Opinions and beliefs are firmly entrenched on both sides of this issue.\u201d

The note, which was signed by the jury foreman, said that three jurors were\u00a0 \u201cset and are not willing to move towards consensus\u201d and nine jurors were \u201calso entrenched on the other side.\u201d

When Greve brought the jury back into the courtroom, the foreman said that jurors remained deadlocked and were not able to reach a unanimous decision.

After dismissing the jury, Greve told attorneys to set a trial setting conference as soon as possible.

Liggins, now 56, was tried and convicted in Lewis' death in 1993 and 1995. Both convictions were overturned.

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Bettendorf Alderman Scott Naumann, 2nd Ward, has been chosen to serve as the executive board president of the Iowa League of Cities, an organization that represents several municipalities around the state, according to a statement the organization issued Monday.

\u201cI am so excited to serve Iowa cities in an advocacy role over the next year,\u201d Naumann said in a news release. \u201cWe are facing tough challenges regarding funding cuts and challenges to local control on both the state and federal level. It\u2019s important the league provide a strong presence for city interests in Des Moines, including excellent lines of communication with the legislature.\u201d

The league lobbies Iowa lawmakers on behalf of partner cities across the state, advocating for additional state funding for towns and cities and more control for local governments. The executive board Naumann will lead is responsible for adopting organization policies, setting its annual budget, setting membership fees and giving direction to the organization.

Naumann is in his second term on the organization\u2019s board, and was selected as its president Sept. 14. He took his seat on Bettendorf\u2019s city council in 2010.

\u2014 Times staff\u00a0

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