Cutest Pet Contest – Official Rules

Cutest Pet Contest

Official Rules



Sponsors will conduct the Cutest Pet Contest (“Contest”) in accordance with these Official Rules (“Rules”).  Participation in the Contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Rules.   The Contest is intended for participation in the United States only and is void where prohibited and outside the Contest Area set forth below.  Do not participate if you are not eligible and located in the United States at the time of entry.

  1.  Eligibility:  Entrants must be legal US residents, at least 18 years old or above, as determined by Sponsors and reside in the Davenport, IA – Moline, IL – Rock Island, IL Designated Market Area as defined by The Nielsen Company (the “Contest Area”). The Contest Area includes 17 counties in Iowa and Illinois.  In Illinois – Jo Daviess, Carroll, Whiteside, Bureau, Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Warren and Knox. In Iowa – Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Muscatine, Louisa, Des Moines, and Henry. Employees of WQAD, Rock Island Animal Hospital and Tribune Media Company, employees of other television or radio stations, and members of the immediate families of such persons are not eligible to participate and win.  The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren, and any other person residing at the same household whether or not related.  Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
  2. Contest Period:

Submission period: Begins on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. CT and ends Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT

Voting period: Begins on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT

Final Judging Event: Thursday, May 23, 2019 at WQAD News 8, 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  1.  Contest Entry:  To enter, accurately complete the entry form available online at the contest section of wqad.com and submit a photo of your pet.

To vote, access the voting ballot on the contest section of WQAD.COM. One vote per IP address per day during the voting period.

All received entries become the property of WQAD and will not be returned.  Entrants will also be given the option to opt in to receiving additional information from WQAD and sponsor. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.  Multiple daily entries by means of software-generated or other automated processes will be disregarded.  Detection of said automated entry will lead to such entries being voided in Sponsors’ sole discretion.  If multiple accounts are detected for a single entrant, the accounts will be voided and the entries will be disqualified in Sponsors’ sole discretion.  If there is a dispute as to any entry, the authorized account holder of the email address or account used to register or enter online will be deemed to be the registrant.  The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.  WQAD reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Contest, including information on entrants obtained through the Contest, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.  WQAD reserves the right to contact entrants and all other individuals whose email address is submitted as part of this Contest in connection with the Contest.

  1. Winner Selection:

The top three vote getters will be asked to appear live on News 8 at 11 on Thursday, May 23, 2019.  The top three vote getters must be available to attend the final judging event with their pet on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  If any of the top three vote getters are unable to attend the final judging, the entrant with the next highest vote total will be selected as a substitute.  The top three vote getters will be contacted after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

The final winner will be selected by a panel of judges on Thursday, May 23, 2019 during News 8 at 11.

  1. Winner Notifications:  Sponsors will attempt to notify finalists by email on or about Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Winners must have a valid email address where they can be notified. If a winner: (a) is not in compliance with the Rules, (b) does not respond within 24 hours of initial contact attempt, (c) is unwilling or unable to attend the final judging event on the designated date at the designated time, (d) does not sign and return any required documents or provide required identification to Sponsors by deadlines set by Sponsors, or (e) does not meet the eligibility requirements, Sponsors may elect selecting another entrant (with the next highest vote total)from the remaining pool of eligible entries for that drawing, time permitting. If Sponsors cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, that prize will not be awarded.  All results are unofficial until winners are verified.
  2.  Prizes:

There is one winner.  Winner will receive Gold PAW Plan including wellness care that covers vaccines, and MORE for one year!  ARV = $300

  1.  Prize Acceptance/Restrictions:  Only one winner per household. Winners are subject to verification by Sponsors of the winner’s name, age, address, phone number, and Social Security number (where the prize value is equal to or greater than $600.00). Winners will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity prior to participating in the Live Shopping Event, and may be required to provide a completed W-9, per Section 9 below.  Failure to do so will disqualify the winner.  Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items by any winner.  Prizes are non-assignable and non-transferrable.  Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value, including cash, for any prize, for any reason.  Costs of transportation and accommodations, where applicable, and any other cost not specifically included in the prize are the sole responsibility of the winners. All properly claimed prizes will be awarded, but in no event will Sponsors award more prizes than are provided for in these Rules.
  2. Publicity Release: By participating in the Contest, each entrant acknowledges that his/her entry in the Contest constitutes that entrant’s consent to use, publish, reproduce and for all purposes, including publicity, promotion and advertising, in any media (including without limitation, the Internet, television or offline promotions), each winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state, and any portion thereof, each extending throughout the universe and in perpetuity without further compensation, credit or right of review or approval, except where prohibited by law.


  1. Taxes: The value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law.  All taxes, including federal, state, and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Any person winning over $600.00 in total prizes will receive a 1099 form from Sponsors at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form should be filed with the IRS.  Each winner must provide Sponsors with valid identification, and a valid taxpayer identification number or Social Security number for total prizes valued at $600.00 or more, before any prize will be awarded.  Sponsors will have the right, but not the obligation, to require any winner to complete and submit an IRS form W-9.  Sponsors reserve the right to withhold prizes until the completed W‑9 form is received.
  2. Conditions: Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the online portion of this Contest or to disqualify any individual implicated in any of the following actions, if for any reason:  (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in Sponsors’ sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, (b) the Contest or any website associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper processing of entries per these Rules, (c) the Contest becomes corrupted due to interruption in wireless calling devices or wireless service for any reason, or (d) the Contest is otherwise not capable of running as planned.  If Sponsors determine, in their sole discretion, that technical difficulties or unforeseen events compromise the integrity or viability of the Online Method of entry in the Contest, Sponsors may void the entries at issue, and/or terminate the Online Method of entry. If Sponsors terminate the Online Method, they will determine the Online Method winner for that Weekly Entry Period by random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect Online Method entries received for that Weekly Entry Period as of the termination date and will not conduct the Online Method of entry for subsequent Weekly Entry Periods (if any). If Sponsors terminate or modify the Online Method of entry, Sponsors will post notice on the official Contest website. By entering, entrants represent that they are eligible and agree to be bound by and comply with the Rules and the decisions of any judges, which are final on all matters pertaining to the Contest.  Any entrant who attempts to tamper with this Contest in any way or use fraudulent means to participate in and/or win the Contest will be disqualified.  Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify any entrant at any time, for any reason, including, without limitation, language, activities or behavior deemed inappropriate. Sponsors and their advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for cancellations, postponements, or delays in the Contest.  Other than the prizes received by the winners, no entrant will be entitled to receive any wages, benefits, fees or other compensation whatsoever as a result of participating in the Contest.  Sponsors will have the sole discretion to administer the Contest and interpret and apply the Rules.  This Contest is not intended for gambling.  If Sponsors determine that an entrant is using the Contest for gambling purposes, such entrant may be disqualified and reported to the authorities. Neither the failure of Sponsors to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Rules nor the failure, delay or omission by Sponsors in exercising any right with respect to any term of these Rules, will be construed as a waiver or relinquishment to any extent of Sponsors’ right to assert or rely upon any such provision or right in that or any other instance. If there is any conflict between any term of these Rules and any marketing or entry materials used in connection with the Contest, the terms of these Rules will govern.
  3. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: In consideration for his or her participation in the Contest, each entrant agrees: (a) to release, discharge, and hold harmless Sponsors, Tribune Media Company, the participating retailers in the Retail Method of entry, and their respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, death or property damage resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, delivery, possession, misuse or use of a prize (including any travel or activity related thereto and including participation in the Live Shopping Event), or from participation in and/or entry into or creation of an entry for the Contest and/or the broadcast or exploitation or use of entry or any other Contest-related activity; and (b) that the Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.
  4. Limitation of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for: (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information or other errors in the printing, offering or administration of the Contest or in the announcement of the prize(s), (b) any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation or transmission at any website, or wireless calling service, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other conditions, (c) failure of any entry to be received by Sponsors due to technical problems, telephone service problems, human error, or wireless calling service, (d) mechanical, technical, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions, or failures of any kind, including but not limited to failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed transmission of entries, traffic congestion, viruses, sabotage, satellite failures, electrical outages, on telephone lines, on the Internet, at any website, or application or lost or unavailable network connections or natural disasters or acts of God or man, which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Contest, (e) communication line, hardware and/or software failures, malfunction of phones (including wireless phones/handsets), phone lines, other communications malfunctions, unavailable network connections, cellular equipment towers, telephone systems or wireless service, (f) damage to any computer (software or hardware) resulting from participation in the Contest, or damage to mobile phone or other PDA device, (g) theft or destruction of, tampering with, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries and/or entry information, (h) entries that are late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, and/or unintelligible (or any combination thereof), or (i) any change of email address, mailing address, telephone number and/or any other contact information provided by entrant.  Any expenses incurred by the entrant during the entry process are the sole responsibility of each entrant and the Sponsors will not issue reimbursement for any expenses.


  1. Dispute Resolution: By entering the Contest, entrants agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Contest, or any prizes awarded, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. All entrants agree, by participation in the Contest, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of Illinois.  Illinois law will govern this Contest, without regard Illinois’ choice of law rules.  The courts of Illinois will be the exclusive forum for any dispute regarding any Rule or activity associated with the Contest.
  2. Official Rules: To request a copy of the Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265 by May 23, 2019.  Written copies of these Rules are also available during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at WQAD’s business offices or online at http://www.wqad.com.
  3. Names of Winners: For a list of prize winners, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265 or appear in person at that location between normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) after May 23, 2019. Requests for winner’s lists must be received by July 31, 2019.
  4. Rights Reserved: The content, information, data, designs and code associated with the Contest and Contest website are protected by intellectual property and other laws. Any unauthorized use of copyrighted materials, trademarks, or any other intellectual property of Sponsors. This Contest, and all Contest material, is © 2019 by Tribune Media Company.  All rights reserved.



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Mom gets $115 parking ticket while breastfeeding in her car

NEW YORK CITY – A Manhattan woman said she was given a $115 ticket while breastfeeding her baby in the backseat of her SUV.

Guillermina Rodriguez told WPIX she was driving when her 3-week-old daughter started crying and needed to be fed. With an end to traffic nowhere in sight, Rodriguez decided to pull over and park.

Rodriguez said she pulled over on in a no-standing commercial zone, just down the block from Penn Station in midtown.

While she was breastfeeding her daughter in the backseat, Rodriguez said a traffic officer pulled up with a tow truck, without looking to see if anyone was inside. She honked her horn to alert the officer that the car was not empty, she said, before taking cell phone video.

“I showed him the baby and my breast, and I’m like, ‘I’m breastfeeding the baby.'”

She said the officer said nothing, left the ticket on the windshield, and walked away.

The mom told WPIX she did what she had to do for her hungry baby and doesn’t believe she should have gotten a ticket for it.

Rodriguez said she plans on fighting the ticket.

WPIX did talk with police about the incident, who said the traffic agent issued the ticket before he realized anyone was in the vehicle. It’s still unclear if the ticket will be dismissed.

Enter your pet in our Cutest Pet Contest

Oak Knoll Animal Hospital wants you to send us a picture of your cutest pet!

From April 15 – May 5, 2019,  you can submit your photo by clicking the link below.

10 semifinalists will be selected and viewers can go online and vote for their favorite from May 8 – May 14th.

The top 3 vote getters will be invited to appear live in studio during News 8 at 11 with their pet for a final judging event.

One winner will be announced and will receive a Free Gold PAW Plan including wellness care that covers vaccines, and MORE for one year!

At Oak Knoll Animal Hospital, we believe that we can improve the overall lives of our clients and patients. We believe that we can extend the health and well being of your furry family members. We are devoted to providing compassionate care and guidance for pet parents.  To learn more about Oak Knoll Animal Hospital, click here.

Click here for contest rules.

Click here to register to win.

Does a year in space make you older or younger?

(THE CONVERSATION) — Daily life aboard the International Space Station moves fast. Really fast. Traveling at approximately 17,000 miles per hour, 300 miles above the Earth, astronauts watch 16 sunrises and sunsets every “day” while floating around in a box with a handful of people they depend on for survival.

One need look no further than Hollywood blockbusters like “The Martian,” “Gravity” and “Interstellar” for futuristic visions of life beyond Earth as we venture longer and deeper into outer space. But what about the human body’s response to real-life spaceflight – what are the health effects? Will space travelers age at different rates than those of us on Earth? Just how adaptable to the space environment are we?

Certainly these are concerns for NASA. How space travel and long-duration missions might change the human body, and whether those changes are permanent or reversible once astronauts return to Earth, is largely unknown. The opportunity to explore these intriguing questions arose with identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly.

In November of 2012, NASA selected astronaut Scott Kelly for its first one-year mission. At a press conference not long thereafter, it was Scott who hinted that that this mission might provide the chance to compare the impact of space living on his body with his Earth-dwelling identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, who had also been an astronaut and former Navy test pilot. Remarkably, the Kelly twins were individuals of similar “nature (genetics) and nurture (environment),” and so the perfect space experiment was conceived – featuring “space twin and Earth twin” as the stars. Scott would spend a year in space aboard the International Space Station, while his identical twin brother, Mark, would remain on Earth.

The NASA TWINS Study represents the most comprehensive view of the human body’s response to space flight ever conducted. Results will guide future studies and personalized approaches for evaluating health effects of individual astronauts for years to come.

As a cancer biologist at Colorado State University I study the impact of radiation exposure on human cells. As part of the TWINS Study, I was particularly interested in evaluating how the ends of the chromosomes, called telomeres, were altered by a year in space.

Teasing apart health effects of space living

NASA put out a call and selected 10 peer-reviewed investigations from around the country for the TWINS Study. Studies included molecular, physiological and behavioral measures, and for the first time ever in astronauts, “omics”-based studies. Some teams evaluated the impact of space on the genome – the entire complement of DNA in a cell (genomics). Other teams examined which genes were turned on and producing a molecule called mRNA (transcriptomics). Some studies focused on how chemical modifications – which do not alter the DNA code – affected the regulation of the genes (epigenomics). Some researchers explored the proteins produced in the cells (proteomics), whereas others scrutinized the products of metabolism (metabolomics).

There were also studies examining how the space environment might alter the microbiome – the collection of bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in and on our bodies. One investigation examined the immune response to the flu vaccine. Other teams searched Scott’s biological samples for biomarkers of atherosclerosis and upward fluid shifts in the body due to microgravity, which can affect vision and cause headaches. Cognitive performance was also evaluated using computer-run cognition tests specifically designed for astronauts.

More than 300 biological samples – stool, urine and blood – were collected from the twins at multiple times before, during and after the one year mission.

The Kelly twins are without a doubt one of the most profiled pairs – on or off our planet. They are also one of the most interviewed. One question often asked is whether Scott will return from space younger than Mark – a situation reminiscent of “Interstellar” or Einstein’s so-called “Twin Paradox.” However, because the ISS is not traveling anywhere near the speed of light relative to us, time dilation – or the slowing of time due to motion – is very minimal. So any age difference between the brothers would only be a few milliseconds.

Even so, the question of spaceflight-associated aging and the accompanying risk of developing age-related diseases like dementia, cardiovascular disease and cancer – during or after a mission – is an important one, and one that we aimed to address directly with our study of telomere length.

Telomeres are the ends of chromosomes that protect them from damage and from “fraying” – much like the end of a shoestring. Telomeres are critical for maintaining chromosome and genome stability. However, telomeres naturally shorten as our cells divide, and so also as we age. The rate at which telomeres shorten over time is influenced by many factors, including oxidative stress and inflammation, nutrition, physical activity, psychological stresses and environmental exposures like air pollution, UV rays and ionizing radiation. Thus, telomere length reflects an individual’s genetics, experiences and exposures, and so are informative indicators of general health and aging.

Telomeres and aging

Our study proposed that the unique stresses and out-of-this-world exposures the astronauts experience during spaceflight – things like isolation, microgravity, high carbon dioxide levels and galactic cosmic rays – would accelerate telomere shortening and aging. To test this, we evaluated telomere length in blood samples received from both twins before, during and after the one year mission.

Scott and Mark started the study with relatively similar telomere lengths, which is consistent with a strong genetic component. Also as expected, the length of Earth-bound Mark’s telomeres was relatively stable over the course of the study. But much to our surprise, Scott’s telomeres were significantly longer at every time point and in every sample tested during spaceflight. That was exactly the opposite of what we expected.

Furthermore, upon Scott’s return to Earth, telomere length shortened rapidly, then stabilized during the following months to near pre-flight averages. However, from the perspective of aging and risk of disease, he had many more short telomeres after spaceflight than he did before. Our challenge now is to figure out how and why such spaceflight specific shifts in telomere length dynamics are occurring.

Our findings will have relevance to earthlings as well, since we all grow old and develop age-related conditions. These TWINS Study results may provide new clues into the processes involved, and thereby improve our understanding of what we might do to avoid them or extend health span.

The long-term health effects of long duration spaceflight are yet to be determined, but the TWINS Study represents a landmark step in humankind’s journey to the moon, Mars and beyond…and to making science fiction science fact.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here: http://theconversation.com/does-a-year-in-space-make-you-older-or-younger-111812.

DA: Police officer ‘excused’ after mistakenly using gun instead of Taser to shoot unarmed inmate in cell

BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. – A small-town Pennsylvania police officer will not face charges after shooting an unarmed man during a struggle because the officer honestly believed at the time he was using his Taser, not his service weapon, the Bucks County district attorney’s office said in a statement.

District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said the March 3 shooting was “was neither justified, nor criminal, but was excused,” according to the statement posted on the DA’s office website.

“Weintraub said the law excuses the shooting officer’s conduct from criminal prosecution because of his ‘honest but mistaken’ belief he was deploying his Taser at the time he discharged his service weapon,” the statement said.

The wounded man, Brian Riling, was hospitalized in critical condition for several days after being shot in the stomach but has since been released, the statement said.

The New Hope officer, who was not identified because he wasn’t charged, was placed on paid administrative leave and retired from the department April 10, the statement said.

The investigation conducted by detectives employed by the DA’s office was partly based on a video shot inside a holding cell in the police station in New Hope, a town of 2,500 people about 40 miles north of Philadelphia. The statement refers several times to a letter Weintraub sent to the New Hope police chief, but the DA’s office won’t release that letter, said James O’Malley, the communications director for the DA’s office.

CNN reached out to Riling’s lawyer and has yet to receive a response. CNN also tried to contact Weintraub and the New Hope police chief, Michael Cummings, but did not receive a response.

Struggle inside a holding cell

Riling was in police custody after being charged March 3 with intimidation and retaliation against a victim, simple assault and related offenses stemming from an incident on the same day, the district attorney’s statement said. He was also charged with burglarizing the same victim’s home in mid-February, the statement said.

The video shows Riling removing his belt inside the cell at an officer’s direction when a white, rectangular object falls from his pants to the floor. Riling puts his foot on the object. The DA’s statement said the object was “consistent with a drug baggie.”

The video shows the officer pushing Riling onto a concrete bench but Riling resists and the men struggle. The DA’s statement said Riling threw the object into the toilet, but the toilet is not visible in the video.

A second officer entered the cell to help the first officer. While holding his service weapon in his right hand, the second officer yells “Taser” and shoots Riling in the stomach, the video shows. The two officers leave the cell for a moment. The DA’s statement says Riling flushes the toilet during this time, but the toilet can’t be seen.

The first officer comes back into the cell and at first orders Riling to get onto the seat. But Riling lies on the floor, saying, “I don’t want to die, dude,” and “Why’d you shoot me? Are you kidding me?” Later he asks, “What the [expletive] is wrong with that guy?”

‘He did not possess the criminal mental state’

The DA’s statement discusses the officer’s “mindset” during the incident.

The officer who shot Riling was aware of Riling’s “criminal episodes” before the shooting and heard Riling make violent threats during a phone call with the “previously mentioned victim,” the statement said.

“Given the totality of circumstances, the officer would have been justified in using his Taser to regain control of Riling inside the holding cell, DA Weintraub said in his letter [to the police chief], as the officer had a reasonable belief the scuffle posed a danger to his fellow officer,” the statement said.

“The use of a firearm must be an officer’s last resort, Weintraub wrote, and was not justified in this case. However, the letter [to the police chief] continues, because the officer believed he was deploying his Taser and not wielding his service firearm, he did not possess the criminal mental state required to be guilty of a crime under state law.”

The statement mentions a section of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code which says a person has a defense to a criminal charge if he makes a mistake for which there is “a reasonable explanation or excuse.”

The DA’s statement said the officer violated a department policy by wearing the Taser on his right side, in front of his firearm, instead of on the “non-dominant side, in what is known as a cross-draw position.”

That policy violation didn’t constitute a violation of law, though, the statement concludes.

“Weintraub also considered the officer’s decades of exemplary service to the citizens of New Hope as evidenced by dozens of commendations and letters, as compared to relatively few minor historical infractions on his service record,” the statement said.

The New Hope Police Department posted this statement on its website: “The Department thanks District Attorney Weintraub and the members of his office for their thorough investigation and report. The police department has no further information to release, and no further comment on this matter.”

Previous cases

This is not the first time an officer has shot a suspect with a gun, thinking he was using a Taser.

Robert Bates, a reserve deputy with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma, said he meant to use his Taser stun gun, not his revolver, on suspect Eric Courtney Harris, who had been tackled by other deputies and was being held on the ground on April 2, 2015.

Bates was convicted of second-degree manslaughter and given a four-year sentence.

In a 2009 case, a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer fired his gun instead of his Taser, killing 22-year-old Oscar Grant in Oakland, California.

The former officer, Johannes Mehserle, testified that he had meant to use his Taser but drew his gun instead. Mehserle was sentenced to two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter but was released early due to good conduct.

Rare bird attacks and kills Florida man

GAINESVILLE, Florida — A cassowary, a giant bird with long claws on each foot, killed its owner after he fell in the backyard of his home, officials told CNN.

The bird’s owner, Marvin Hajos — who is 75, according to CNN affiliate WCJB — made the initial call to 911 Friday about 10 a.m. ET. A second call came from another person at the scene who reported a medical emergency involving a large bird, said Lt. Joshua Crews of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

Hajos was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died, the lieutenant said. The cassowary remains on Hajos’ property as authorities conduct an investigation into the attack, he said.

The owner was a breeder of the rare bird that is native to Australia and New Guinea, Alachua County Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Taylor said.

The death was an accident, officials said. It appears the man fell, and the cassowary attacked him after the fall, Taylor said.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission considers cassowaries Class II wildlife, meaning they pose a danger to humans and are subject to specific cage requirements. Owners must also have “substantial experience” with the animals, the commission says.

Class II is the same category as alligators, honey badgers and clouded leopards, while Class I includes more traditional predators such as a lions, tigers and bears.

The cassowary is a “large, flightless bird most closely related to the emu,” according to the San Diego Zoo. It can run up to 31 mph through dense underbrush, jump almost 7 feet into the air and is a skilled swimmer, so it can deftly fend off threats, the zoo says.

They can grow more than 5 feet tall and the heaviest females can weigh more than 160 pounds, the zoo says. Males weigh up to 120 pounds.

“The cassowary is rightfully considered the most dangerous bird in the world!” the zoo says. “Each 3-toed foot has a dagger-like claw on the inner toe that is up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) long! The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick.”

Warmer temperatures to create an active weather pattern this week

Winter made a spectacular return to parts of the Quad Cities region on Sunday with a few heavy swaths of snowfall! While we didn't see any flakes here in the metro, just travel an hour to the east a parts of Bureau and Lee counties were inundated with heavy snow and even thundersnow at times.

The heaviest axis of snow fell roughly along a 50-mile radius surrounding I39 between Princeton and Chicago. That's where several reports of at least five inches were common. Princeton, IL came in with the highest total in the local area with 8 inches measured.

While inconvenient and downright ugly to some, snow isn't impossible during the month of April. Looking back at the statistics for the latest snowfall in the Quad Cities, here is where the records stand:

Record latest (1.0"+) snowfall in the Quad Cities: April 23, 1967
Record latest (0.1") snowfall in the Quad Cities: May 3, 1935

Yes, you can even have snow in May! Let's hope that doesn't happen this year.

Whatever snow may be on the ground will quickly vanish in the next 24 to 48 hours as significant warmth finds its way back into the Midwest. By Tuesday afternoon high temperatures will be well into the 70s area wide.

Along with the warmth will come another risk of strong to severe storms as we get into Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. An area of low pressure moving along a cold front will increase the amount of moisture in the region. That combined with a bit of instability will drive a cluster of storms to the west by Wednesday afternoon. This activity will then move into the local area after dark and into Thursday morning. Large hail and gusty winds will be the primary threat, along with heavy rainfall.  We'll be tracking this potential and be able to fine-tune the timing and threats by Tuesday morning.

Speaking of heavy rain, another round of it looks likely to our north which will keep area rivers running high. The National Weather Service now expects flooding to continue on the Mississippi River through May at this rate, which is no surprise given how active our pattern has been as of late. We'll be learning more about the next potential incoming crest in the next few days. Stay tuned!

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

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House passes measure to give tuition assistance to undocumented immigrants, transgender students

SPRINGFIELD (lllinois News Network) -- Non-citizen students and transgender individuals not eligible for federal student loan aid because they’ve failed to register for the selective service would be able to access tuition assistance in Illinois under a plan passed by the House.

State Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez, D-Chicago, has the Retain Illinois Students Act which would give Monetary Award Program money to non-citizen students who have not obtained lawful permanent residence.

“They are residents of Illinois,” Hernandez said. “Universities across the state and community colleges are supportive of this bill.”

Universities and community colleges would benefit from the taxpayer-funded MAP grants for qualifying students attending those institutions.

House Bill 2691 would also give the benefit to transgender students who are disqualified for the benefit for failure to register for the selective service, which all males 18 and older are required to register for in case of a military draft.

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, supported Hernandez’s bill.

“Because transgendered students have paperwork with different sex and gender identities on their record, any confusion about a student’s sex can significantly delay their federal aid,” Cassidy said.

State Rep. Norine Hammond, R-Macomb, said there are already concerns that there’s not enough MAP money to go around and Hernandez's bill will compound that.

“That would certainly increase the number of eligible students for the MAP grant program and I have serious concerns about that,” Hammond said.

State Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, said Illinois is broke.

“We currently don’t have a revenue estimate, the governor predicts revenue is going to be $3 billion less than expected spending for next year and that’s without this,” Skillicorn said.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission said the measure would increase demand by about $9 million to cover an estimated 3,500 students.

The measure passed 66 to 47.

Birdies = Dollars For Your Favorite Charity During John Deere Classic

FACT: There will be THOUSANDS of birdies during the John Deere Classic. FACT: That means MILLIONS of dollars will go to charities across our area.

In exactly three months, we’ll know who the 2019 John Deere Classic Champion is. However, there’s a lot of work that needs to happen before the magic happens. On Monday, April 15th, 2019, the golf tournament is launching its annual Birdies for Charity fundraising drive at John Deere World Headquarters in Moline.

During the event, representatives from more than 500 participating charities pick up their fundraising materials so they can start distributing them throughout the community. That means you’re going to start seeing pamphlets and information about Birdies for Charity at your workplace, in your mailbox, and more. Your small pledge makes a big difference for these groups and it gives the John Deere Classic and the Quad Cities some “bragging rights” as we try, once again, to become one of the top charitable events on the PGA Tour.

Your pledge is based on the number of birdies recorded in the actual golf tournament, as well as lump sum donations to specific charities. On top of that, a Bonus Fund consisting of tournament profits and a matching donation from the John Deere Foundation is distributed proportionately to each charity, with a minimum five perfect guarantee. John Deere underwrites all administrative expenses for the Birdies for Charity Program, making it possible for 100% of every donation – plus the bonus – to go to the donor’s designated charity.

2018 was another record-breaking year for Birdies for Charity. The tournament raised $13.45 million in 2018 for more than 500 area charities, meaning it has raised $107 million since 1971. Let’s help break a record in 2019!

For more information about the Birdies for Charity Program, click here.

John Deere Classic Week is July 8th through the 14th at TPC Deere Run in Silvis.

Nearly half of Illinois students leave the state for college, QC to curb outgoing traffic

MOLINE, Illinois -National College Decision Day is on May 1, which means high school seniors are in the process of choosing where to spend the next four-years of their lives.

The City of Moline, home to Western Illinois Universities Quad Cities Campus, was recently named one of the best cities in the country for college students.

However, data from the Illinois Board of Higher Education shows that nearly half of the state's high school students who plan on attending a 4-year college or university, will leave the state and pursue out-of-state higher education.

News 8 went right to the source, and spoke with students at Moline High School about what they consider when picking a college.

Aiden Olson visited several schools both in-state and out-of-state. Ultimately, she decided to attend the University Of Illinois to study chemistry.

"I found that Illinois had on of the top-ranked chemistry programs in the nation, so that was a big fit for me," Olson said.

He said price and distance were also both very big factors in his search. Being the son of veterans, Olson said he will receive a full-ride by attending University of Illinois. This decision that will save him tens-of-thousands of dollars.

His classmate, Oyniso Bakhriddinova said she won't stay in Illinois though.

Bakhriddinova will attend Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. She said she is just ready for a change of scenery.

"I feel way too comfortable in Moline," she said. "I love it here, but I need change."

Bakhriddinova said she did consider staying in the Quad Cities.

"I always knew that Augustana would be a great fit, and that was my second choice, but I do want to move away and reinvent myself and be independent."

That need for independence is an issue local leaders say they must face head-on.

Greg Aguilar is the director of the Q2030 Regional Action Plan at the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. He is also the chair of the board at Western Illinois University.

Aguilar says the trick is to find ways to get students connected to the greater community.

"What we have heard from the students is that they want to be engaged with the community but can't find things to do," he said.

Aguilar's team is currently leading Quad Cities Big Table initiative, looking at ways to improve the Quad City area. Additionally, the regional action plan, Q2030, focuses heavily on creating a place that attracts and retains young talent in the area.

Aguilar also said financial troubles at public colleges and universities don't help keep students in Illinois.

"Of course it is challenging. It is very sad any times there are cuts, when we ahve to lay people off, that is not anything we want to do. But, the challenges taht we have experienced in the state, not having a budget for nearly two years, lower enrollment, lower numbers of graduates, these are the realities we are facing in Illinois." said Aguilar.

However, he said focusing on putting the students first should be a main priorities for state and local leaders..

"We can build relationships with (high school students), which makes it harder for them to leave, because they will see that they are in a community that truly cares about them and their academic success."

A time full of tough decisions for the next generation of college students.

Tiger Woods on Masters victory: ‘It’s going to take a bit of time to sink in’

(CNN) — “Surreal.”

That is how Tiger Woods attempted to describe an extraordinary Sunday. A fifth green jacket, his first major win in 11 years; a story that the world had resigned itself to never seeing again.

It has already been coined by many as the greatest sporting comeback of them all — a journey that has included career-saving spinal fusion surgery and a tumultuous series of personal problems that threatened to bring an end to the career of a golfing icon.

As he completed a composed two-putt on the 18th for — almost certainly — the greatest bogey of his distinguished career, he thrust his arms aloft, his club above his head. He gave a trademark fist-pump, before taking the acclaim of his playing partners, all accompanied by a fervent roar from an adoring public.

Then, he found his family. It was an image for the ages — the completion of a cycle that many feared would never reach its natural end. Woods famously embraced his late father Earl after winning his first Masters in 1997. Now, Woods — the father — was embracing his children, his mother, his girlfriend and anyone else in his vicinity.

“I did the same thing to my dad and now I’m the dad with my son doing the same thing,” he reflected to CNN’s Andy Scholes. “It’s amazing how life evolves, changes.

“That was 22 years ago, when my dad was there and then now my son’s there, my daughter was there, my mom’s there. My mom was there 22 years ago and the fact that she’s still around, still kicking, still fighting, goes to show you her resiliency.

“It’s hard to comprehend right now. I mean, honestly it’s only been a few hours out of winning the tournament. I’m still trying to enjoy it and figure out that I actually won it.

“I know I have the green jacket on but it’s just, it’s still, I think it’s going to take a little bit of time to sink in.”

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The battle for glory

Midway through Woods’ fourth round, it was a dream that looked like coming up short. Francesco Molinari — the American’s scourge at the 2018 Open Championship — looked like holding him off yet again.

But as the Italian found water on the perilous 12th hole and Woods located the heart of the green, it represented a changing of the tide rarely seen. A path opened up and the atmosphere on the famous old course changed as Augusta’s patrons began not just to hope, but to believe.

“I did think it would come,” the 43-year-old told CNN of his everlasting dreams of a 15th major.

His battle with Molinari at Carnoustie had given him that belief. He had also finished second behind Brooks Koepka at Bellerive in the 2018 PGA Championship.

READ: Tiger Woods: I don’t need to win the Masters, but I really want to’

“I knew it was in me, now did I know it was going to be this week? No. But I had a good feeling that the way I was shaping the golf ball that I was going to be in the mix,” Woods, who will now climb to No.6, added.

“Now being in the mix and winning a championship are two totally different things. The last two major championships, yeah I was in the mix, but I didn’t win.

“It all flipped at 12 you know when Franky made a mistake there. He just let everyone back in the tournament. And with six or seven guys with a chance to win the championship it got a little complicated but fortunately I was able to hit some of my best golf shots all week.”

Catching Nicklaus…

Sunday’s thrilling victory puts the former world No.1 just three majors behind the all-time record of Jack Nicklaus.

Only fellow American Nicklaus has won more Masters, with six. Woods also joins Nicklaus as the only player to have won the Masters in three different decades after he clinched his first as a 21-year-old in 1997.

“It’s overwhelming just because of what has transpired,” Woods added in the Green Jacket ceremony in the Butler Cabin.

“Last year I was very lucky to be playing again. At the previous Champions Dinner I was really struggling and missed a couple of years of not playing this great tournament and now I’m the champion.”

“It’s been an epic Sunday here at the Masters and a great day for golf, just one of the most amazing days in our history,” said Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley.

Greatest ever?

Many wrote off Woods’ career as the injuries took their toll on his form, world ranking — he plunged to outside the top 1,000 in 2017 — and quality of life.

He admits he struggled with everyday tasks such as getting out of bed, driving and taking his kids to school, and is widely reported to have confided at the pre-Masters Champions Dinner a couple of years ago: “I’m done.”

But after seeing a specialist in England, Woods underwent fusion surgery, his fourth back procedure, in the US. However, if things looked bleak from a playing point of view, Woods looked to have hit rock bottom when he was arrested on a driving under the influence charge in May 2017. He pleaded guilty to reckless driving and was put on a diversion program, but from that nadir, Woods’ trajectory has reached sky high.

On doctor’s advice he made a tentative return to hitting golf balls at home in late August 2017, and returned to the circuit in 2018 with remarkable success,. He briefly led the Open at Carnoustie before finishing second to Koepka in the US PGA and winning the Tour Championship for his 80th PGA Tour title, just two behind the record of Sam Snead.

And now this.

“This will be up there with one of the hardest I’ve had to win because of what transpired over the last couple of years,” he added.

“it was just an amazing buzz out there, trying to figure out what was going on but to stay present and focused on what i was trying to do. I kind of liked it.”

Two people injured after car accident, police chase

DAVENPORT, Iowa- Police are looking for a suspect who led them on a chase.

It started Sunday night, April 14, when the suspect was involved in an accident on 46th Street and Welcome Way, near the NorthPark Mall.

Both drivers suffered minor injuries, and both cars were totaled. After the accident, the suspect ran away from the scene.

This is a developing story. 

Jackie Joyner-Kersee sends message of strength to Geneseo track star

MOLINE, Illinois – Three-time Olympic gold medalist, Jackie Joyner-Kersee paid a visit to the Taxslayer Center Sunday evening to talk with Quad City locals and high school athletes at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Gala - Geneseo track star Tori Verbeck one of them.

Verbeck has had four separate injuries during her high school sports career.

“I just run my body down,” says Verbeck. “My first major one was my freshman year of basketball.”

Her first injury was a tear to her ACL and would require months of therapy for the three-sport athlete to bounce back.

Verbeck has always looked up to Joyner-Kersee who is the keynote speaker at the event and a heptathlon athlete like herself.

The heptathlon lasts two days and contains seven different events – shot put, high jump, javelin, 100-meter, hurdles, 200-meter, and 800-meter.

The six-time Olympian knows those events and Verbeck’s struggles very well. She too dealt with multiple injuries during her career.

“I might not know them personally, but I know what it’s like,” comments Joyner-Kersee. “You’re young and your career is still ahead of you.”

Joyner-Kersee, one of the greatest heptathletes of all time reached out to Verbeck not too long ago, sending her a video when she was at her lowest point. The message to Verbeck was to take it one day at a time and to eventually regain her strength.

“That really speaks to me,” says Verbeck. “Especially with all my injuries.  All the trials she’s been through she doesn’t even look at those, she just looks at her blessings.”

At Sunday’s event, Verbeck met Joyner-Kersee face to face for the first time and reminded herself that any setback she encounters in her future track career is another hurdle she just has to hop over.

Verbeck will be continuing her track career at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she will continue competing in the heptathlon.

Deadline to file taxes nearing, why one woman wishes she didn’t wait to file

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois  --  Tax deadline day is April 15th, 2019. Those who haven't filed have until Monday at midnight. There is no penalty with the IRS for filing on the last day.

"I was really stressing about being able to file on time," Rock Island resident Elise Edens said.

Edens sat down to file her taxes in March 2019. She expected it to be similar to previous years. Her filing status is single, she claims no dependents, and doesn't have property taxes. She worked three jobs in 2018, but the multiple W-2 forms wasn't the problem.

" The summer program that I help out with, when I got paid, I didn't realize that counted as an independent contracting job," Edens said.

An independent contracting job meant she needed a different tax form.

"I would have to have a 1099 miscellaneous form instead of a W-2," Edens said.

The form wasn't included in the free package for online filing. Now, she had to pay $70 for the next cheapest option. This was an expense she wasn't expecting.

"I was either going to have to borrow money from somebody in order to file it," Edens said,

So, she put it off, until the day before the April 15th deadline.

"If I had not known what I was going to have to do and I tried to file today, I would have been in a full blown panic attack," Edens said. "I'm just happy I started in March, but I should have been more prepared."

H & R Block Officer Manager Dolly Marchand said that waiting to file is common. She says it does not change the speed of the return.

"It's`s taken approximately 21 days from the day the IRS and the state fully process your return, Marchand said."

For those who can't make the deadline, Marchand said there's an option.

"An extension allows you to file until October 15th," Marchand said.

"There`s nothing wrong with electronic filing, she said. "You can also paper file, but you do have to have your paper postmarked by midnight of the 15th."

"I definitely learned my lesson," Edens said.

The Score Sunday – Nick Welch, Jackie Joyner Kersee, FCA

On The Score Sunday new United Township Football Coach Nick Welch talks about his first Head Coaching Job and what he plans for the Panther program.  Jackie Joyner Kersee talks about what made her successful in high school, and into her Olympic Career.  The FCA story of the week features a Davenport North Soccer player who is helping the freshman adapt as he plays his first season with the Wildcats.

Ohio woman allegedly starves two dogs locked in a cage, forcing one to eat the other

Canton, OH – A 25-year-old Canton woman has been charged for allegedly starving two dogs locked in a cage, causing one of the animals to eat the other after it died, according to court records.

Court records state that on or about April 5, Jessica J. Swinehart locked a beagle in a cage with a German Shepherd-mix and starved the animals. When the beagle died, the other dog ate it to survive.

When authorities found the German Shepherd, it appeared to have lost nearly two-thirds of its body weight. It was still locked in the cage with the decaying beagle.

An arrest warrant was filed April 8, and she was later arrested.

Swinehart has been charged with two counts of prohibitions concerning companion animals, a fifth-degree felony.

A future court date is pending.

Augustana students create podcast to connect with Quad Cities community

ROCK ISLAND- A student-run podcast based at Augustana College is making steps to connect different corners of the Quad Cities.

Lives of the Mind is a podcast recorded at WVIK, Quad Cities NPR. The podcast began in 2017 as a professor’s passion project, according to their website. Initially, students would interview professors about their research. The in-depth conversations took a personal approach to fields like art, journalism, insects and more.

In recent years student leaders have expanded the scope of the podcast from just research to active members of the Quad Cities community. According to the podcast’s production manager, the podcast wants to highlight hardworking members of the community who’ve turned their ideas into reality.

Their most recent podcast speaks to a history professor who studied mining in Butte, Montana. Future episodes include conversations with an Ebola first responder and a hip hop scholar, according to the production manager.

Anyone who wants to share the story of hard workers or community leaders can email livesofthemind@augustana.edu.

Illinois City breaks ground on new veteran’s memorial

ILLINOIS CITY, Illinois -- A small town of just 126 people has joined forces to give thanks to the nation’s veterans.

The Illinois City Veteran’s Memorial Committee today officially broke ground on a new memorial.

It will be located by the city’s fire department which furnished the land. The monument will feature at its heart a concrete slab with space for 350 bricks to be engraved with veterans’ names and unit information.

It will also feature six-foot marble slab engraved with emblems of all the branch services.

"We’re in a very open site along Highway 92, where anyone passing through will see this and hopefully be reminded of the sacrifices that veterans have made so that we can have the democracy we live in," said Kevin Kilkenny, President of the Illinois City Veteran's Memorial Committee.

The committee has already raised $20,000 he said, and is still working meet its goal of $24,000. It is encouraging veterans and their family members to have the name of a service member commemorated on one of the 350 bricks. Kilkenny said all veterans of all wars are welcome, and they don't have to be local to the area.

The monument is expected to be dedicated as early as this summer, Kilkenny said.

Police: Pair made laxative cookies for striking workers

UHRICHSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Police say a couple made laxative-laced cookies for striking school employees because they were tired of the noise from the picket line near their home.

Authorities in eastern Ohio say none of the striking workers ate the sugar cookies, but the couple was charged with contaminating the treats.

Police say the pair complained on Facebook about drivers honking in support of the striking bus drivers, cooks and custodians.

Investigators say they also made a video showing the laxative pills being mixed into the cookie batter.

The strike in the Claymont School District in Tuscarawas (tus-kuh-RAH’-wus) County is in its third week.

Authorities say Bo Cosens and Rachel Sharrock appeared in court Tuesday to face several charges.

Sharrock’s attorney declined to comment Friday. Court records didn’t list an attorney for Cosens.

Police: Firefighter went into store nude on dare to buy soda

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — A firefighter who police say walked naked into a Rhode Island convenience store on a dare has been placed on leave.

Police responded to a 7-Eleven in Middletown the afternoon of April 3 for a report of a naked customer. The owner said the man with a “smile on his face” purchased a soda and left in a car.

The car, with two fully clothed occupants, was pulled over. The 29-year-old passenger said she “dared” her boyfriend to go into the store nude because he said it was legal in Rhode Island.

Police say 60-year-old John Walsh, of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, was charged with disorderly conduct.

Lynnfield Fire Chief Glenn Davis says Walsh has been placed on paid administrative leave. He’s been with the department for 40 years.