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A baby stroller sold at Target and Amazon was recalled because of a possible fall hazard

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(CNN) — Baby Trend has recalled four models of their strollers due to the potential for a fall hazard, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The company issued the recall Thursday for four models of the Tango Mini Stroller because the hinge joints can release.

If the hinge joints release, the stroller could collapse when under pressure, posing a fall hazard for a child, the recall says.

The company says anyone who has the stroller should immediately stop using it and contact Baby Trend for a full refund or replacement.

Those with stroller models Quartz Pink (Model Number ST31D09A), Sedona Gray (Model Number ST31D10A), Jet Black (Model Number ST31D11A), and Purest Blue (Model Number ST31D03A) are under recall. Model numbers are printed in black on a white sticker located on one of the stroller’s legs.

The strollers were manufactured in China and sold at Target and Amazon between October and November of 2019. The product retailed for between $100 and $120.

Dwayne Johnson opens up about his dad’s ‘quick’ death and thanks supporters

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(CNN) — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says he is “full of gratitude” for the love and support he’s received in the wake of his father’s death.

The actor’s legendary pro-wrestling father, Rocky Johnson, passed away last week at age 75.

The younger Johnson posted an almost eight-minute video Sunday on his official Instagram account in which he expressed his appreciation.

“Hard to express how deeply grateful I am for all your love, mana & support,” the caption read. “My family and I thank you. Go hug your loved ones hard, while you still can. I love you. DJ #ripsoulman.”

The wrestler-turned-actor said during the video, “My heart is so full of gratitude.”

“As you know, I lost my old man a few days ago, I lost him just like that, didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to him,” Johnson said. “I’d give anything right now to give him a big ol’ hug and a big ol’ kiss before he crossed over and just say thank you and I love you and I respect you. But I didn’t get a chance to say that. But such is life, as many of you know, based on the messages that you have shared with me, that many of you understand this pain when you lose a parent.”

Johnson acknowledged people were curious about how his dad died. He said his father’s death was “quick.”

“He had not been feeling well, had been battling a cold and infection, and on Tuesday he had what’s called a deep vein thrombosis, which is essentially a blood clot in the leg,” Johnson said. “It was a big ol’ blood clot that broke free, traveled up his body, and went right to his lung, clotted his lung, and he died very quickly from a massive heart attack, just like that.”

Johnson said he planned to start writing the eulogy he will give at his father’s funeral on Tuesday.

“I’ve written a lot of speeches for myself over the years, but I have no idea where to start with this one,” Johnson said. “But I do have my tequila and I can hear him now, ‘Good, that’s the way you’ve got to do it.’ I can also hear him now, ‘Make sure you put me over in the speech, say good stuff about me.'”

Screen Actors Guild Awards make history as ‘Parasite’ claims its top prize

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(CNN) — “Parasite” became the first foreign-language movie to win SAG’s coveted best ensemble prize on Sunday night, capping a 26th annual ceremony that otherwise closely followed the script in terms of the individual victories.

The event’s most surprising element might have been the acceptance speeches, which were virtually devoid of politics, other than Robert De Niro’s remarks in receiving a life achievement honor.

The win for “Parasite” broke up what had been a night that saw people of color entirely overlooked, as the industry comes under increased scrutiny for a lack of diversity in its awards.

“I’m so honored to receive this award in front of such amazing actors that I admire. I will never forget this beautiful night,” cast member Song Kang Ho said through a translator.

Five members of the 10-person “Parasite” cast were on stage to accept the award.

Director Bong Joon Ho was shown proudly recording the cast’s win from his seat in the audience.

The guild awards are watched closely for clues on how the Oscar race might turn out, but the perceived Oscar frontrunner, the World War I epic “1917,” doesn’t really lend itself to the “ensemble” designation, and wasn’t among SAG’s nominees.

Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger received the top acting prizes for “Joker” and “Judy,” playing the comic-book villain and the tormented singer Judy Garland.

“Judy Garland, 50 years later, your community is thinking of you tonight,” Zellweger said.

After a number of politically oriented speeches at the Golden Globes earlier this month, the ceremony hewed much more toward the personal than the political. That changed briefly when De Niro accepted his award, giving a full-throated defense of actors wading into the public arena, offering no apology for having “a bigger voice” because of his stardom, noting, “As a citizen, I have as much right as anybody … to voice my opinion.”

The supporting movie awards also went to presumed favorites, as Laura Dern and Brad Pitt claimed awards for “Marriage Story” and “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.” (Jennifer Lopez — overlooked by the Oscars for her role in “Hustlers” — was among those she overcame.)

Pitt offered a humorous acceptance speech, opening by saying, “I’ve got to add this to my Tinder profile.” He proceeded to joke that the role — a guy who takes off his shirt with a spotty marital track record — really wasn’t much of a reach for him.

As if on cue, Pitt’s ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston, later picked up a trophy for the backstage drama “The Morning Show,” marking the first win for fledgling programming service Apple TV+.

The win was indicative of a night in which SAG voters spread the wealth among a variety of services. Amazon snagged its second best comedy ensemble prize for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” as well as actor Tony Shalhoub, and added Phoebe Waller-Bridge for the Emmy-winning “Fleabag.”

Netflix’s history of the British Royal family, “The Crown,” was crowned for the first time as best drama ensemble.

Peter Dinklage, meanwhile, won for the first time — after six nominations — for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

In another sign that Hollywood tends to enjoy watching its own stories, Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams were both recognized in the movie/miniseries category for FX’s “Fosse/Verdon.”

Although SAG is the only televised awards of the four guilds representing actors, writers, directors and producers, it’s not the most reliable barometer in terms of predicting the Academy Awards.

On Saturday, the Producers Guild of America honored “1917,” following its win at the Golden Globes.

Among the guilds, the producers have been the strongest Oscars bellwether, with its best-picture winner lining up the eventual Oscar choice eight of the last 10 years, including “Green Book” in 2019. SAG chose “Black Panther” for the ensemble award last year.

During that span, the Directors Guild has coincided with the Oscar winner six times, and SAG and the Writers Guild four each. The DGA and WGA will weigh in on Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, respectively.

The film and TV awards for stunt ensemble — presented prior to air — went to “Avengers: Endgame” and “Game of Thrones.”

Malaysia has sent back tons of plastic waste to rich countries, saying it won’t be their ‘garbage dump’

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(CNN) — Malaysia has sent back 150 shipping containers of plastic waste to rich countries including the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada, insisting it won’t be the “garbage dump” of the world.

The country has been inundated with shipments of illegal plastic waste since 2018, when China cracked down on a large recycling industry.

Malaysia subsequently emerged as a major target of illegal waste trafficking, but its government has attempted to tackle the reputation and has returned shipments of waste in the past.

On Monday the country’s environment minister, Yeo Bee Yin, said she ordered 3,737 metric tons of trash to be returned to 13 countries.

Of the 150 containers, 43 were sent back to France and 42 to the UK, while the US will receive 17 and Canada 11.

The government will seek to ensure that “Malaysia does not become the garbage dump of the world,” Yeo added in a lengthy Facebook post.

The countries from which the waste originated and the shipping companies covered the cost of the returns, she added.

China banned imports of plastic waste two years ago, as part of an initiative to clean up its environment. That move caused a ripple effect through global supply chains, as middlemen sought new destinations for their trash, including Malaysia.

A recent Greenpeace report found that during the first seven months of 2018, plastic waste exported from the US to Malaysia more than doubled compared with the previous year.

The row is also playing out in the Philippines, which locked horns with Canada over tons of plastic trash last year.

In May, the governments of 187 countries, including Malaysia, agreed to add plastic to the Basel Convention, a treaty that regulates the movement of hazardous materials from one country to another, to combat the dangerous effects of plastic pollution worldwide. The US was not among them.

China confirms new coronavirus can spread between humans

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(CNN) — A mysterious respiratory virus that has killed at least three people and sickened more than 200 in China can be transmitted between humans, a Chinese government-appointed expert has said, fueling fears about the possibility of a deadly epidemic as millions prepare to travel for the Lunar New Year holiday.

Zhong Nanshan, head of the team set up by China’s National Health Commission to investigate the pneumonia-like virus, confirmed that at least two cases had been spread from person to person and medical staff had also been infected.

Authorities had previously said that the new strain of coronavirus, which was traced by health officials to a seafood market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, was primarily passed from animals to humans.

But at least two people have become infected in recent days, despite living hundreds of miles from Wuhan.

“The current cases show there is definitely human-to-human transmission,” Zhong told Chinese state-run CCTV, explaining that two people in China’s Guangdong province were infected by a family member who had recently returned from Wuhan.

Zhong, who helped discover the severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (SARS) in 2003, said the infectiousness of this virus was not as strong as SARS, but that the disease was “climbing” and suggested that the “death rate at the moment is not so representative.”

SARS infected more than 8,000 people and killed 774 in a pandemic that ripped through Asia in 2002 and 2003.

Earlier on Monday, Chinese authorities reported that the number of cases had tripled over the weekend to 218. The outbreak has spread to Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzen, hundreds of miles from Wuhan, where the virus first surfaced last month.

Thailand has also reported two cases, while Japan and South Korea reported one each, taking the global total to 222.

Fears of major outbreak amid busy travel period

The spread of the outbreak comes as the country gets ready for the Lunar New Year holiday later this week. On Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that there was evidence of “limited human-to-human transmission” of the new virus raising fears of a wider regional outbreak. The holiday period typically sees hundreds of millions of Chinese travel throughout the country and overseas.

The three cases outside China have all been linked to Wuhan. On Monday, South Korea also confirmed its first case of the virus.

According to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a 35-year-old Chinese woman was detected by temperature screening upon arriving Sunday at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport from Wuhan. She has been quarantined and is in a stable condition, the CDC said.

The woman, a Wuhan resident, had planned to go on holiday in South Korea and Japan with five others. She said she developed a fever and muscle pains on Saturday and was prescribed cold medicine by a doctor in Wuhan, according to the CDC.

Almost 7 million Chinese were estimated to have traveled overseas last year during the Lunar New Year holiday season. “I believe Chinese tourists will bring the virus to many other countries in Asia in the coming days, due to their overseas travels during the Lunar New Year holiday,” Professor David Hui Shu-cheong, a respiratory expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, told CNN Monday.

Study suggests infections may be underestimated

The pneumonia outbreak emerged last month in Wuhan, the largest city in central China and a major transportation hub. Officials in China have linked the viral infections to a Wuhan seafood and wildlife market, which has been closed since January 1 to prevent further spread of the illness.

Chinese scientists on January 8 identified the pathogen as a new strain of coronavirus, in the same family of the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

While the new virus has not shown death rates like SARS, a new study by Imperial College London suggests the number of infections in Wuhan is likely to have been grossly underestimated.

“The detection of three cases outside China is worrying. We calculate, based on flight and population data, that there is only a 1 in 574 chance that a person infected in Wuhan would travel overseas before they sought medical care. This implies there might have been over 1,700 cases in Wuhan so far,” Imperial College London’s Neil Ferguson, a disease outbreak scientist, told CNN.

On Friday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced three US airports — in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles — will start screening passengers arriving from Wuhan to check for signs of the new virus, following similar measures taken by governments in Asia.

In Wuhan, infrared thermometers have been installed at the airport, train stations, coach terminals and passenger piers to measure the temperature of passengers departing the city since January 14, Chen Xiexin, deputy mayor of Wuhan, was quoted as saying by state-media China Daily on Sunday.

The measures were only imposed five weeks after the onset of the outbreak, with countless passengers having left the city without screening.

Kansas City shooting leaves 2 dead, possibly including gunman, and 15 others injured

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(CNN) — A gunman opened fire on people waiting in line to get into a Kansas City bar Sunday night and was stopped by an armed security guard, police said.

A man, who police believe was the shooter, and a woman were found dead in the bar’s parking lot. Kansas City police Capt. David Jackson said the armed security guard engaged the gunman in the parking lot.

The shooting came hours after the Kansas City Chiefs clinched a trip to Super Bowl LIV, beating the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

Business records show the bar, 9ine Ultra Lounge, is owned by former Chiefs cornerback Alphonso Hodge, CNN affiliate KCTV reported.

Officers were nearby when the call about the shooting came in just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Jackson said. Officers were not involved in the shooting and did not fire any shots, Jackson said.

At least 15 people arrived at nearby hospitals with injuries, three of whom were in critical condition, Jackson said.

Police don’t know if there was a specific person targeted or if there was a disturbance that led up to the shooting. It’s unknown what type of firearm was used.

“Detectives and crime scene investigators will be collecting evidence and talking with witnesses to gather evidence and more information to see what lead to this shooting,” Jackson said.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas expressed his condolences on Twitter.

“My thoughts are with the families and friends of those whose lives were lost or impacted by last night’s mass shooting.” Lucas tweeted Monday. “Thankful security appears to have kept the situation from being even worse.”

‘Dancing dragon’ feathered dinosaur fossil discovered in China

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(CNN) — About 120 million years ago, a “dancing dragon” lived in China’s Jehol Province. The discovery of a fossil belonging to the small feathered dinosaur is new to science and helps bridge the gap between dinosaurs and birds.

Researchers named the dinosaur Wulong bohaiensis, which translates to “a dancing dragon.”

The dinosaur was about the size of a raven but double its length with a long, bony tail. Its entire body was covered with feathers, complete with two plumes at the tail’s end.

Despite its small size, it had a fierce, narrow face and a mouth full of sharp teeth. Like a bird, it had small, light bones and wing-like forelimbs. And there were also a number of feathers on its legs.

The fossil was initially discovered in the fossil-filled Jehol Province a decade ago by a farmer and was placed in China’s Dalian Natural History Museum.

Researchers, including Ashley Poust, a postdoctoral researcher at the San Diego Natural History Museum, later analyzed the fossil (at the time, Poust was still a student at Montana State University).

The findings were published last week in the journal The Anatomical Record.

“The new dinosaur fits in with an incredible [range] of feathered, winged animals that are closely related to the origin of birds,” Poust, the study’s author, said. “Studying specimens like this not only shows us the sometimes surprising paths that ancient life has taken, but also allows us to test ideas about how important bird characteristics, including flight, arose in the distant past.”

This dinosaur was a juvenile when it died, according to its bones, but its feathers resembled that of a mature adult. This suggests that the feathers grew quickly, unlike modern birds, which take time to grow their mature feathers.

“Either the young dinosaurs needed these tail feathers for some function we don’t know about, or they were growing their feathers really differently from most living birds,” Poust said.

The dinosaur was an early relative of Velociraptors, which lived 75 million years ago. Its contemporaries would have been Microraptors, small feathered dinosaurs that resembled birds.

The researchers actually sliced into several bones from the fossil and studied them with microscopes to understand the different regions of the skeleton. They also compared it to a close relative that also appeared more mature, known as the Sinornithosaurus.

Surprisingly, that dinosaur was also still growing when it died. The researchers said that histology, or cutting up the bones, was the only way for them to truly know the life stage of the dinosaurs when they died.

“We’re talking about animals that lived twice as long ago as T. rex, so it’s pretty amazing how well-preserved they are,” Poust said. “It’s really very exciting to see inside these animals for the first time.”

Fossils from the Jehol Province have painted a portrait of the diverse life that once flourished there. It’s an area in northeastern China full of exceptionally preserved fossil discoveries that has been studied for the past 90 years.

Researchers learned that birds, pterosaurs and bird-like dinosaurs all lived in the environment at the same time. This is also when flowering plants initially began to flourish.

“There was a lot of flying, gliding and flapping around these ancient lakes,” Poust said. “As we continue to discover more about the diversity of these small animals, it becomes interesting how they all might have fit into the ecosystem. It was an alien world, but with some of the earliest feathers and earliest flowers, it would have been a pretty one.”

Virginia gun-rights rally concludes peacefully despite earlier fears of extremist violence

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(CNN) — A large gun-rights rally in Virginia’s state capital unfolded peacefully Monday despite earlier fears of the kind of violence that took place in nearby Charlottesville three years ago.

Security was tight as gun-rights advocates descended on Richmond for “Lobby Day” to oppose legislation that would restrict access to firearms in the state. The commonwealth braced for the potential of extremist and white nationalist groups to disrupt the peaceful demonstrations with violence and riots, and the state’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, declared a temporary state of emergency last week to ban open and concealed firearms and other weapons from the state capitol grounds.

The crowd, however, was peaceful, with no immediate reports of arrests or violence.

In addition to the people on the capitol grounds, there was a large group outside the fenced area, which was not under the ban on weapons and is an open carry area. They were chanting “Northam out” and outnumbered the group on the capitol grounds. There was a heavy police presence among this crowd, and law enforcement could also be seen on the rooftops, providing extra security to the area.

Several protesters brandished rifles and held signs extolling gun rights.

“We came unarmed … this time,” one read. “Patriots unite! They ban, we fight,” read another.

A petition was circulating calling for Northam’s recall, an effort unlikely to succeed given that it would require the signatures of hundreds of thousands of registered Virginia voters to trigger a court process.

Manny Vega of Richmond, who was outside the secured area, said he and his fellow protesters were “here to represent every citizen here that wants to keep the right to bear arms.”

Authorities would not immediately give estimates on the crowd size. But some streets surrounding the capitol grounds, several of which were closed ahead of the event, were packed with protesters.

Speakers at the event concluded their remarks around noon, and crowds began dispersing shortly afterwards.

Concerns about threats

People began lining up around 6 a.m. ET to go through security, an hour before gates to the capitol grounds were opened. Security was very thorough, as officers went through bags and made people remove their jackets to be searched despite the frigid temperatures. Law enforcement confiscated items like lighters as people passed into the secured area.

State Capitol Police urged attendees on social media that if they “SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING,” and posted a list of prohibited items.

Despite fears of potential violence, President Donald Trump urged his followers to stand up to state Democrats’ gun control efforts.

“The Democrat Party in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia are working hard to take away your 2nd Amendment rights,” Trump tweeted late Monday morning. “This is just the beginning. Don’t let it happen, VOTE REPUBLICAN in 2020!

According to Northam, law enforcement had learned of credible threats of violence surrounding Monday’s rally, made from mainstream and alternative dark web channels used by violent groups and white nationalists outside of Virginia.

That led the Democratic governor to issue a temporary state of emergency last week through Tuesday, banning open and concealed firearms and other weapons from the state capitol grounds.

When announcing the ban on Wednesday, Northam said he hoped to prevent incidents like the violence that erupted three years ago at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, which left one counter protester dead and several others injured.

On Thursday, the FBI arrested three alleged members of a white supremacist group, including two men accused of possessing a machine gun, over 1,000 rounds of ammunition and body armor parts.

Sean Restatter, 22, told CNN on the capitol grounds Monday that the protest was intended to be peaceful.

“There might be far-right and far-left groups that might be out here today, but the vast majority of the message is ‘guns save lives’ and we believe in the 2nd Amendment,” he said.

Right to gun ownership for ‘law abiding citizens’

The gun rights group — the Virginia Citizens Defense League — who organized protests on so-called Lobby Day said their demonstrations would be peaceful and intended to draw attention to “Second Amendment sanctuaries,” or what they refer to as localities that vow not to enforce “unconstitutional” gun laws.

One of the speakers invited by VCDL included Stephen Willeford, the man who shot and chased the shooter in the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church massacre in 2017.

The group’s president, Philip Van Cleave, previously told CNN that they’ve been attending Lobby Day since 2003 to advocate for guns rights by “law abiding citizens,” and the “grassroots” effort hasn’t had any incidents of violence.

Northam’s executive order was quickly challenged in court by VCDL, the Gun Owners of America and three private individuals, who argued that the ban violated their rights under the First and Second Amendments. A judge upheld the governor’s temporary ban on Thursday, leading them to file an appeal with Virginia’s Supreme Court. On Friday, the Supreme Court of Virginia refused their petition, leaving Northam’s ban in effect.

Following a mass shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal building last year, Northam called for a special session to debate gun control, but it was adjourned by Republicans without action.

But since winning control of the state legislature in November, Democrats have more successfully advanced gun control measures in the 2020 legislative session.

The Virginia Senate, along party lines, approved several gun measures last week, including background checks for private firearm transfers, limiting gun purchases to one handgun a month and allowing localities to ban firearms in public during a permitted event.

The bills now head to the Virginia House of Delegates.

Sterling Police Department warns of counterfeit money in the community

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STERLING, Illinois — The Sterling Police Department has received reports of counterfeit currency being presented to area
businesses.

The Sterling Police Department is encouraging all businesses to review the security features of U.S. Currency and how to authenticate money. Be wary of persons who attempt to pass along large bills and ask for bills to be traded out or make unusual requests for change. You can learn the security features of U.S. Currency as well as other safety tips by visiting uscurrency.gov.

If counterfeit currency is suspected, please contact the Sterling Police Department (815-632-6640) or your local law enforcement authorities.

Riverdale High robotics competition stacks Lego and donates toys to Iowa children’s hospital

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PORT BYRON, Illinois -- Riverdale High School was a playground for Legos on Sunday afternoon for both the robots stacking them and the children the event was benefiting.

The FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics League Competition took place on Sunday, January 19th at Riverdale High School and it united about a dozen robotics teams from across the area to compete.

The competition involved the teams guiding their robots through obstacles and having them stack Lego blocks onto the correct mats, with bonus points award if they could successfully stack the blocks on top of each other.

As simple as that might seem, getting a robot to work exactly how you want it to involves a lot of work. As Riverdale High School's Robotic Rams team member Boston Leighty puts it, "There's like basically little divisions of the team, like we have the whole coding team that spends months going through trying to make the code that works, that can do the stuff, or the building team, and the prototyping; trying to find what works best. Like, you have to build designs, You have to have a notebook keeping track of everything you do. You have to design the whole robot and the build it, and then test it, then design, then build, then test."

In addition to the competition, the event had a second purpose. The Robotic Rams continued their annual Lego Fundraiser to raise money to buy Lego sets for kids in the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. Previous years' fundraisers raised over $6,000 and donated over 240 Lego sets to the hospital.

Next system on track for the later half of the week

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Winter sunshine for most has been noticed throughout the day as temperatures will top out in the upper teens to around the 20 degree mark.  Cold, yes.  But trending in the right direction which will be noticing in the days ahead.

Promising another cold night with overnight lows into the single digits.  Fortunately, no big wind to produce any nasty wind chills.

Tuesday will try to melt some of that ice along neighborhood streets with sunshine and temperatures as high as the middle 20s.

Our next weather system is still on track for the later half of the week with snow as early as Wednesday night to a mix of rain and snow for Thursday then back to snow that night heading into Friday.  We will likely see some accumulation out of this which will make roadways slick in spots.

What we also continue to notice is no real cold with the passage of this system as we head into the weekend and into next week.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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8-year-old Rock Island girl starts business to save the turtles

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COAL VALLEY, Illinois-- A Quad City animal enthusiast is taking her love of wildlife to the next level. She's created a company and  a product that's helping save aquatic animals near and far. And she's only 8-years-old.

Nicolina Pappas has always loved animals, but when she saw a video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose, she knew she had to do something to help. So she created Nicolina's Turtle Co.

Her mom, Lori, taught Nicolina how to sew, and now she's created more than 100 metal straw pouches with a turtle twist on each one.

"About 500 million [plastic straws] are used in a day in America, and they take 500 years to decompose," explains Nicolina.

"Because when you offer things like metal straws, it decreases the 500-million plastic straws, and when you offer her bags, it makes a convenient place to put them," explains Joel Vanderbush from the Niabi Zoo.

Nicolina is selling her straw pouches at the Niabi Zoo gift shop, the Botanical Center and Nahant Marsh. All the money she raises will go to help even more turtles.

"When we talk about the impact, it isn’t just the oceans. Nicolina may have seen a video with a sea turtle with a straw in its nose but that can happen to local turtles that can happen to local fish, otters, and our mink and any local animal," explains Vanderbush.

So far with the some of the money Nicolina has raised, she's sponsoring seven local turtles, some at the Niabi Zoo and at the Botanical Center. Money from Nicolina's project goes towards food and care costs for the turtles.

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