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Paradise community gathers on anniversary of Camp Fire

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — One year after Paradise burned, hundreds of people gathered in the parking lot of a former bank building in the Northern California town to pause for 85 seconds — one for each person who died.

The Rev. Richard Yale moved quietly through the crowd, wearing a blue vest with the words "emotional wellness volunteer" across the back. A man reached out and grabbed his shoulder as he passed by.

"I said, 'How are you doing?' He said: 'I'm alive, thank you.' And that was all he needed," Yale said.

The crowd held onto each other for most of the ceremony on Friday morning. Holding hands, touching shoulders and remembering the terrible day when the most destructive wildfire in California history — dubbed the Camp Fire — swept through their town and destroyed roughly 19,000 buildings.

Daynielle Raynor fled her home that day. She went back in December to say goodbye, letting her two children each open a Christmas present in the driveway of their former home. She and her husband sifted through the ashes and, somehow, found her husband's wedding ring.

Now, they live in Arizona. But they came back to Paradise on Friday for closure, she said, especially so their children could see "that the world is bigger than we are, that they are not the only ones affected."

"That's been eye-opening," she said.

In the year since the fire, crews have removed more than 3.66 million tons of debris — twice the amount that was removed from the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Twelve homes have been rebuilt so far, and the town is on track to issue 500 building permits by the end of the year.

Local officials have kept the town's traditions alive to encourage people to come back, including hosting Johnny Appleseed Days in the fall. In the spring, 220 seniors returned to Paradise High School for a graduation ceremony many thought would have been impossible just six months before. And in August, the Paradise High School football team played its first home game — a 42-0 rout that kicked off an undefeated season.

The fire's impacts have been felt far beyond Paradise. State officials say 20,000 people have moved to nearby Chico, boosting that city's population by more than 20% and putting a strain on public services.

Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. — the utility company whose equipment started the fire — filed for bankruptcy in January after facing billions of dollars' worth of potential damage claims.

The most poignant reminder of the fire's devastation was unveiled Friday when artist Jessie Mercer displayed a statue made from 12,000 keys donated by Paradise residents. The keys all belonged to things that burned, including homes, safes, jet skis and diaries. Together, they form the shape of a Phoenix, the mythical bird who dies in fire before being reborn from the ashes.

"If that is not Paradise, I don't know what is," Paradise Town Councilwoman Melissa Schuster said.

Hope was mixed with sadness for Myron Curtis. He lived in Paradise for 39 years, raising his children there before moving to Michigan to be closer to his daughter. The fire destroyed his home, photos of his wedding and baby photos of his kids. Friday, he and his wife drove through town and had trouble recognizing the place.

"It's always going to be hard to come back," he said.

But people are coming back. The town's building permit center is so busy the line often stretches outside. Friday, town officials dedicated an 8,000-square-foot (743-square-meter) building they are naming the "Building Resiliency Center," planning to house the city's building permit center and help jumpstart construction for thousands of property owners.

Paradise Mayor Jody Jones said she wants the community to "celebrate the progress we've made and look to the future and what we can become."

"We were never lost," she said.

YOUR MONEY with Mark: Three Reasons to CHEER for the U.S. Economy

When it comes to YOUR MONEY, we want to take it a step further. That's why Mark Grywacheski appears on Good Morning Quad Cities every Monday to give us his analysis of the latest business, economic, and financial news.

On Monday, November 11th, Investment Advisor Mark Grywacheski from the Quad Cities Investment Group gave us his analysis on the recently released October Employment Report and the record-breaking day for the stock market on Friday, November 8th. Here are three reasons why he says we are going into the end of the year on a strong note:

1) The October Employment Report shows the Unemployment Rate at 3.6%, which was in line with expectations and just above September's 50-year low of 3.5%

2) 128,000 New Jobs were added in October, which was above expectations by 38,000. Furthermore, August and September's job gains were revised higher by a combined 95,000 extra jobs.

"Year-to-date, the economy is averaging a very healthy 167,000 new jobs a month," explained Mark. "This is more than enough to keep driving this economy through this soft patch of economic growth we’ve been going through the past 6 months."

3) The U.S. Stock Market is breaking records with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ, and S&P500 all setting new, all-time highs on Friday, November 8th.

"We’ve had some positive news on the U.S./China Trade Dispute and the 3rd Quarter Earnings Season, but this recent surge was triggered by the very strong October Employment Report," he said. "October’s Employment Report implies the U.S. economy is stronger than it appears to be. Remember: Consumer Spending accounts for 68% of economic growth and a stronger labor market and rising disposable income fuels the spending that drives our economy forward. This indicates the current pullback in economic growth may be more short-lived than previously thought."

Smoke from Australia seen in New Zealand as the region faces ‘catastrophic’ threat

(CNN) -- Thousands of people are in the path of deadly Australian bushfires that have produced clouds of smoke seen as far away as New Zealand.

A seven-day state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales, where strong winds, high temperatures and low humidity have prompted the Rural Fire Service to issue a "catastrophic" fire warning for the greater Sydney region.

It's the worst threat level ever issued for Sydney under the current system, which was introduced in 2009. The city is home to around 4.6 million people, but the greatest fire risk lies in rural areas outside the city center. They include the greater Hunter area, Illawarra, and Shoalhaven, which are also facing "catastrophic" fire threats.

"Homes that are specifically designed and built to withstand bushfires are not done so for catastrophic conditions. Catastrophic conditions are where lives are lost, it's where people die. The risks are absolutely real," New South Wales Rural Fire Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told CNN affiliate 9 News.

As of Monday afternoon, more than 70 fires were burning across New South Wales, the fire service said.

A state-wide fire ban will remain in place on Tuesday, preventing people from lighting open fires and engaging in activities that could start a fire, like welding and grinding. Offenders risk on-the-spot fines of $1,500.

Hundreds of schools in fire risk regions will be closed on Tuesday, according to local media. As of late Monday, around 50 fires were raging across the northern state of Queensland.

Australia is experiencing one of its worst droughts in decades. The hot, dry weather has created a huge amount of fuel for the fires, which are being fanned by strong winds.

"In catastrophic circumstances, routinely, you can expect the most extraordinary of fire behavior. It is not without question that spotting activity can be well and truly over 12 miles ahead of the main fire front," Fitzsimmons said. Spotting refers to new fires lit by burning embers.

A "catastrophic" threat calls on people to evacuate ahead of time: "For your survival, leaving early is the only option," the warning states.

The damage so far has been significant. Three people have been killed in the blazes and more than 100 homes have been lost. An estimated 350 koalas died in the fires and at least a dozen are being treated for injuries.

Satellite images showed smoke billowing more than 2,500 miles across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand's South Island.

The burnt-out remains of cars and property belonging to Art Murphy and his wife Shirley are seen following bushfires in Old Bar, 350km north of Sydney on November 11, 2019. - A state of emergency on November 11 was declared and residents in the Sydney area were warned of "catastrophic" fire danger as Australia girded for a fresh wave of deadly bushfires that have ravaged the drought-stricken east of the country. (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)

Climate crisis comes front and center

In recent years, bushfires have been occurring more frequently in Australia, starting earlier in the season and spreading with even greater intensity. Experts say the cause is the climate crisis.

The blazes that are currently engulfing the country's east have focused attention on warnings issued by former senior fire officials earlier this year. They have been calling on the government to do more to combat the effects of climate change.

Greg Mullins, the former Commissioner of New South Wales' Fire and Rescue Department, has been among the most vocal critics. He and 22 other former high-ranking emergency service officials sent letters to Prime Minister Scott Morrison in April and September warning of the impact of the climate crisis on Australia and the possibility of "unprecedented fire danger," Australian media reported.

"If anyone tells you, 'This is part of a normal cycle' or 'We've had fires like this before', smile politely and walk away, because they don't know what they're talking about," Mullins wrote in a piece for The Sydney Morning Herald Monday.

Mullins said he wrote the piece reluctantly, noting that "some federal politicians dodge the question of the influence of climate change on extreme weather and fires by saying, 'It's terrible that this matter is being raised while the fires are still burning.'"

"But if not now, then when?" Mullins asked.

The Morrison government has been accused of not doing enough to address the climate crisis.

Morrison sidestepped questions this weekend when asked about climate change. On Saturday, he said "my only thoughts today are with those who have lost their lives and their families. The firefighters who are fighting the fires, the response effort that has to be delivered and how the Commonwealth has greenresponded in supporting those efforts."

On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack lashed out at Australian Greens party members who had linked the fires to climate change.

"I don't need the ravings of some pure, enlightened and woke capital city greenies," McCormack told ABC Radio National. "What people need now is a little bit of sympathy, understanding and real assistance. They need help, they need shelter.""It's climate change, there's no doubt about it. The whole of the country is going to be affected. We need to take a serious look at our future."

Carol Sparks, the mayor of Glen Innes, who was herself evacuated from the path of a fire over the weekend, slammed federal politicians for failing to directly link the fires to the climate crisis.

"It's climate change, there's no doubt about it. The whole of the country is going to be affected. We need to take a serious look at our future," the mayor, who is a member of the Greens party, told the Australian Associated Press.

"Of course it's not relevant at the moment when people's houses are burning and you've lost lives and you've lost friends and you've lost family," Sparks said. Two residents of Glen Innes were killed in the fires.

"But the overall thing is we are so dry in this country -- we haven't had rain for years in some places. We need to look at what we're going to do about that in the future," she said.

Morrison says his critics gloss over Australia's record on combating the climate crisis and claims his government has been effectively balancing the needs of Australia's economy and "taking real action on climate change."

"Australia's internal and global critics on climate change willingly overlook or perhaps ignore our achievements, as the facts simply don't fit the narrative they wish to project about our contribution," he said at the United Nations General Assembly last month.

New Hampshire grandmother is sending 100,000 holiday cards to troops around the world

(CNN) -- "I'm a grandmother," might as well be Laura Landerman-Garber's catch-phrase. It's something she repeats over and over as she tells the story of how she expanded a small family tradition into a full-blown nonprofit which will send 100,000 cards to US troops this holiday season.

But she's not just a grandma. She's a full-time clinical psychologist living in Hollis, New Hampshire, who -- in her spare time -- runs her nonprofit, Holiday Cards for Our Military Challenge, which she calls a "passion project."

This year, Holiday Cards for Our Military Challenge will send out over 100,000 cards to all five branches of the US military stationed all over the world, she told CNN.

Right now, all the cards are piling up in her basement and have formed an impenetrable wall in her garage, she says.

"The thought of someone being away at a time when in our culture, in American culture particularly, the holidays are all about gathering together... for me, I wanted to be able to reach out and just maybe give a little bit of a bridge so that person who is far away feels a little tiny bit closer to home," Landerman-Garber told CNN.

It started as a small family tradition

The project began on Thanksgiving Day 16 years ago when Landerman-Garber told her family that nobody got to eat Thanksgiving dinner until they had all written cards to military members. She called it the "ticket to turkey." With the threat of turkey on the line, of course, they all pitched in.

For 14 years, she and a few other families carried on the tradition.

Two years ago, a friend of Landerman-Garber's daughter was deployed in the Navy to the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Landerman-Garber pledged she would send cards to all the soldiers on what she then called a "boat."

She quickly learned that the USS Theodore Roosevelt is not a boat, but an aircraft carrier. To meet her goal, Landerman-Garber would have to gather over 5,000 cards."In spite of all of the divisiveness in the country right now, I really do believe they have in their hearts to do the right things, to be kind."

"I'm a grandmother now," she says. "We can do this, no problem."

With an enormous goal in sight, she began to call it a "challenge" and enlisted the help of churches, synagogues, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and politicians, she told CNN.

To her surprise, the project far exceeded its goal, gathering almost 17,000 cards for the military personnel aboard the aircraft carrier.

At first, the project only sent cards to naval troops, but after a World War II Marine veteran urged her to send cards to every branch of the military, Landerman-Garber couldn't say no.

In 2018, she expanded her project to include all five branches of the military and began the nonprofit with a goal of sending 5,000 cards to each branch in 2018.

Again, she smashed her goal, sending out almost 50,000 cards across the globe, she told CNN.

This year, it's bigger than ever

Instead of the 25,000 cards that she had planned to send this year, Landerman-Garber will be shipping approximately 100,000 holiday cards around the world.

She has received cards from 32 US states, as well as Canada and Guam.

In the cards, people often share their own holiday traditions.

Many of the 2020 presidential candidates have participated, Landerman-Garber says. She has gone out of her way to get messages from candidates including Mark Sanford, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

"I just love the idea that whether you're a presidential candidate -- and those people have a lot of experience in our country -- or you're a 3-year-old preschooler that you can send holiday cheer to someone that's away from home and let them know you appreciate what they're doing," Landerman-Garber says.

Some of the messages are priceless

The contents of the cards range from hilarious to profound.

One of the funniest, she says, is from a little girl who said, "Dear Mike, My name is Tori and my best friend's name is Victoria. She loves you and I'm just telling you that."

"Who is Mike?" Landerman-Garber says, laughing.

On the other hand, some children's messages are incredibly moving.

She recalls one that read, "Dear sailor, I'm very lonely. Are you lonely? But when somebody loves me, I feel better. How about if I love you?"

It's these types of cards that move Landerman-Garber to tears, she says, and reaffirms the reasons she puts so much work into her project.

"In spite of all of the divisiveness in the country right now, in spite of all the infighting and between fighting -- I know this sounds like a Hallmark card -- I really do believe they have in their hearts to do the right things, to be kind."

Popeyes worker accused of attacking patron who wanted refund

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — A Popeyes worker recorded throwing a woman onto the pavement outside a restaurant in Tennessee has been charged with felony aggravated assault.

News outlets report 29-year-old Deriance Ra'Shaiel Hughes was arrested Friday. The woman's attorney, Rocky McElhaney, tells The Tennessean that his 55-year-old client remains hospitalized with a shattered elbow, six broken ribs and a broken leg. He declined to publicly identify her until authorities do so.

Video shows people wearing Popeyes uniforms racing after her as the woman leaves the restaurant in Columbia last week. One person punches her, and then Hughes is seen grabbing her from behind, raising her into the air and throwing her onto the parking lot. Another uniformed person is seen cheering.

McElhaney said his client just wanted a refund after being double-billed for her meal of chicken tenders, corn and apple pies.

She called the manager, who told her to come back to the restaurant with documentation in order to get a refund, McElhaney said.

"When she got there she was treated with hostility and anger from the manager," McElhaney said. "There were words back and forth."

A separate video circulating on social media shows a heated exchange between the woman and an employee behind the counter. Another man can be heard telling the woman, who is white, "You are in the wrong place saying the n-word."

McElhaney said the woman denies using a racial slur, but said "my client was called an ugly broke-down cracker."

Neither video posted online appears to have captured any racial slurs.

"If she said something she should not have said in retaliation and the heat of the moment, we do not condone that and she regrets that, but it does not give someone the right to break somebody's body almost in half," McElhaney said.

Perfect conditions for “frost quakes” tonight

From temperatures in the 50s this past weekend to overnight lows in the single digits tonight, these are perfect conditions for "frost quakes."

That's when liquid water flows down into the ground around rock and limestone cracks. With abruptly freezing temperatures, the water can quickly freeze and expand. It's the same reason a soda can expands and eventually explodes if you put it in the freezer.

The water in all of these cracks expands so quickly, they create mini explosions…explosions of water and ice. They aren't enough to cause any damage, but the booms can sound deep and rumbly. Where they occur, they can easily to startle livestock, pets, and unsuspecting people.

They have been observed up to a mile from the source.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

Register to win tickets to see Disney on Ice presents Dream Big

Courage leads the way for Disney’s most adventurous heroes when Disney On Ice presents Dream Big comes to the Quad Cities!

Join the wayfinder Moana and the greatest demigod that ever lived, Maui, on an action-packed voyage to restore the stolen heart of Te Fiti. Explore the Land of the Dead as Miguel from Disney•Pixar’s Coco brings the festivities of Dia de los Muertos to the ice. Get tangled up in Rapunzel’s hair-raising quest to see the floating lights. Travel to the kingdom of Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and Olaf in a dramatic retelling of the sisterly love that saved a kingdom. And discover the strength, bravery and kindness that inspired generation after generation with Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora, Belle and Cinderella.

You can win tickets to the show!  3 winners will be selected to receive 4 ticket vouchers good for any of these performances: Thursday, December 5th at 7 p.m., Friday, December 6th at 7 p.m., or Saturday, December 7th at 7 p.m.

Just fill out the form below to register to win.  Deadline for entry is Sunday, December 1, 2019.

For complete contest rules, click here.

The Score Sunday – North Scott VB, Bettendorf FB, Newman FB, FCA

This Week on the Score Sunday we talk with the North Scott Volleyball Team as they ge ready for the State Tournament.  Bettendorf Football is back in the final 4 for the third straight year.  The Bulldogs prepare for West Des Moines Valley.  Sterling Newman makes their third straight trip to the quarterfinals after beating GCMS. The FCA story of the week features Wilton Volleyball Coach Brenda Grunder.

Why these people are walking 230 miles to the Supreme Court

(CNN) — Eliana Fernández has blisters on her feet and her legs ache. She’s been walking for nearly two weeks.

By the time she finishes this journey, she will have trekked 230 miles.

Her destination: the US Supreme Court, where justices will hear arguments Tuesday that could decide her fate and shape the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across the United States.

Fernández, 31, is one of the plaintiffs suing the government over the Trump administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The Obama-era program provides deportation protection and work permits to around 700,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

The Trump administration has argued the executive action that created the program was an overreach of authority.

So far, a series of lower court orders have blocked the administration’s efforts to terminate DACA, giving those who benefit a reprieve but also leaving their lives in a fragile limbo.

Now, after years of uncertainty and political stalemates, this could be the make-or-break moment for many so-called Dreamers and the program that protects them. If justices uphold the administration’s decision to end the program, those who were shielded by DACA for years could lose their work permits and become vulnerable to deportation.

There are far easier ways to get from New York to Washington. But Fernández says she’s walking — and speaking out as much as she can along the way — to make sure Supreme Court justices and members of the public know how much this matters.

She isn’t marching alone. About two dozen others have walked beside her throughout the demonstration that began in New York City on October 26, and the group’s ranks are growing as they near the nation’s capital.

Their message as they march — shouted through megaphones, chanted at rallies and written on signs and T-shirts: “Home is here.”

“Our lives are at stake,” says Fernández, a lead organizer for the Make the Road New York advocacy group who was brought to the United States from Ecuador when she was a teenager. “I hope they can see that. I hope they can see our humanity, and that we matter, and we exist, and we have contributed to this country in so many ways.

“If they don’t make the right decision, it could be devastating for thousands and thousands of families.”

She’s marching with her kids in mind

Organizers say the group has been covering 15-20 miles a day, often walking along rural highways. Marchers have passed through small towns and big cities along their route, documenting many steps of their journey on social media.

Along the way, Fernández conducts video interviews with fellow participants, asking how they’re feeling, why they’re marching and what they’ve learned. She says she’s learning her own lessons, too — about sticking together and taking action.

As she looks at the blisters forming on her feet after days on the road, Fernández says one thought crosses her mind.

“The physical pain will have no comparison to the pain that I will feel if somebody takes me away from my children,” she says. “My biggest worry since the Trump administration took over was the fear of being separated from my kids.”

She’s been calling her 12-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son on FaceTime throughout the march. They’ve been home in New York, and it’s hard to be apart from them. She missed trick-or-treating with them on Halloween this year.

Fernández flips through pictures of her kids on her phone and calls them every morning before they go to school, every afternoon when they get home from school and every night before they go to sleep. She says she’s marching for them.

“They are my everything, and they are the main reason why I became part of the lawsuit,” she says. “It was the only way that I had to fight for my family, to fight for my kids.”

She’s afraid you’ve forgotten about DACA

Carolina Fung Feng, another plaintiff in one of the lawsuits over DACA who’s walking to Washington, fears many who aren’t directly affected have forgotten about the program’s plight. It’s been frustrating, she says, to see people move on when she knows lives are still in peril.

As she marches, she’s hoping to bring awareness back to the fight to save the program and other efforts to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation.

“For some people, it’s not on their minds anymore because the program never terminated. … We want to change that and tell them, ‘No, you need to remember this and come out and support us again.'”

It is a reality Fung Feng, who was 12 years old when she came to the United States from Costa Rica, never forgets — and one she thinks of with each step she takes on her way to Washington.

How at first she was scared to apply for DACA, worried about what the government would do with the data it was collecting.

How the day she got her Social Security card, she felt like she was finally being recognized as part of the United States.

How DACA gave her a chance to build a career as an educator.

How losing it would upend the life she’s built and hurt the family she loves.

How she’s fighting for others who don’t have anything shielding them from deportation and are afraid to speak out.

“I wanted to stand up for myself and my community,” she says, “because we have a lot to lose.”

They’ve trudged through downpours and faced hecklers

Aside from the physical strain of a 16-day hike, another factor has complicated matters for the marchers: stormy fall weather.

By the second day of the march, torrential downpours left them soaked.

But Fernández and Fung Feng say they’ve been amazed by the generosity people in communities they’ve passed through have shown to a group of strangers walking in the rain.

One woman rushed out of her house with a poncho when she saw the group, and apologized she didn’t have more to give.

Another offered to do everyone’s laundry on a day when rains had drenched them.

Donors have offered them warm meals. Churches have given them places to sleep at night. Supporters have seen their signs and cheered or honked car horns in support.

Some responses to the marchers haven’t been positive, however.

Fung Feng says some passersby have shouted things like, “I voted for Trump!”

Once, just as a school bus was going by, a man shouted out, “No! You need to come here the right way!”

“That was a powerful moment,” Fung Feng says.

Children on the bus, she says, were watching.

The group responded by chanting louder, linking arms and continuing forward with their march.

A Russian professor was pulled from a river. Police said a woman’s arms were found in his rucksack

(CNN) — Russian law enforcement agencies are questioning a prominent historian over the death of a former student in the city of St. Petersburg, in a case that has grabbed headlines across the country.

Investigators opened a criminal case after the man was pulled out of the Moika River, a waterway in the heart of the historic city, early Saturday morning.

The Investigative Committee, Russia’s top law-enforcement agency, said in a statement that a pair of severed arms and a nonlethal handgun were discovered in a backpack the man was carrying, and that he had been detained as a suspect.

The suspect in the case is an academic celebrity. Russian state news agencies identified him as Oleg Sokolov, a professor at St. Petersburg State University. He is currently being treated for hypothermia in hospital.

According to his university biography, Sokolov is a specialist in the military history of France and a professor at the university’s Department of Modern and Contemporary History.

Law enforcement officials told the Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti that the dismembered body of the victim, Anastasia Yeshchenko, a former student of the professor, was found in Sokolov’s apartment.

Yeshchenko came from the southern Russian city of Krasnodar to study in St. Petersburg and had continued to work with Sokolov as a researcher, according to the state news agency TASS. It added that law enforcement officials were also looking into media reports that Sokolov beat some of his students.

TASS said that reports that Sokolov had confessed to the murder were inaccurate, citing the St. Petersburg branch of the Investigative Committee.

Russian state news agencies reported that divers searching the Moika River as part of the investigation had discovered the remains of another person in a bag.

TASS said the human remains belonged to another person, presumed to be a man, and that police were working to establish the identity of that person. It is unclear if the discovery is related to the death of Yeshchenko.

Sokolov has authored a series of monographs on Napoleon Bonaparte and the Napoleonic wars, according to the St. Petersburg State University history department’s website.

In June 2003, then-French President Jacques Chirac signed a decree awarding Sokolov the Order of Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest decoration, for his studies and enormous contribution to popularization of the history of France and its army, his university biography states.

A historical re-enactor, Sokolov has often appeared in uniforms of the Napoleonic era, and has worked as a consultant on historical reproductions for film and TV.

Sokolov was also member of the French-based Institute of Social Science, Economic and Politics (ISSEP), an academic institution founded by Marion Maréchal, the niece of Marine le Pen, France’s far-right National Rally party leader.

The institution announced Saturday that it had stripped Sokolov of his position on its scientific committee.

“We learn with horror from the press the atrocious crime allegedly committed by Oleg Sokolov,” it said in a statement.

“As professor of modern history at the University of Saint Petersburg … awarded the French Légion d’Honneur, we would never have imagined that he could have committed this horrible act.

“We are stripping him immediately of his position as a member of the scientific committee and we send all our condolences and support to the family of the victim.”

California hiker is found dead on top of a glacier after missing for days

(CNN) — A three-day search for a California hiker has ended after he was found dead on top of a glacier in Sequoia and Kings National Park.

Alan Stringer, 40, of Huntington Beach, was reported missing Monday evening when he didn’t return home after a hike, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Investigators found his body Thursday at the top of the Darwin Glacier, which is near the base of Mount Darwin.

Stringer did not tell anyone his hiking plans or potential routes, and authorities said he’d recently bought hiking equipment and took mountaineering course. His vehicle was found shortly after midnight Tuesday morning, authorities said.

A forensic analysis of Stringer’s cell phone found that he had made one call Nov. 3 — before his planned hike. Inyo search and rescue crews deployed a helicopter during the search.

Tracking accumulating snow for Monday morning

Get ready for a new round of snowfall that will likely mess with the Monday morning commute before sending frigid temperatures into the Quad Cities by Monday night. Unfortunately, this storm is likely to impact several Veteran's Day celebrations.

A developing storm system to our south will drop a strong front into the region this evening breaking out widespread areas of light to moderate snow after 8pm. Initially, the snow will be located right along the US-20 corridor near Monticello, Maquoketa, and Dubuque. As the night wears on, this band of snow will sink to the south and arrive in the Quad Cities by midnight. The snow itself won't totally leave the area until around noon Monday, making this a long-duration snow event.

Total snow accumulations of three to six inches are likely, especially on both sides of I-80. Further to the north and south, near Dubuque and Galesburg, Burlington, expect lighter amounts of one to three inches. The bulk of this snow falls overnight and during the morning hours of Monday which will cause significant impacts on the morning commute. Pavement temperatures are currently running in the upper 30s to lower 40s, so while some initial melting is likely, some slick spots will certainly develop. Bridges and overpasses will again be quite vulnerable to becoming snow and ice-covered, so use extra caution in those areas. Visibility is also likely to be reduced at times.

Another factor that will be in play for the morning commute includes strong north winds. This will cause some blowing and drifting of snow, especially on the east and west oriented roadways. This includes several of the major interstates in the region. Visibility will also be likely impacted at times too.

As the storm system pulls away, a strong area of high pressure with arctic origins will blast southward causing our temperatures to plummet into the single digits for Monday night and Tuesday morning. With a bit of wind still in place, wind chill values will easily fall into the single to double digits below zero. Highs on Tuesday will struggle to break the upper teens to lower 20s which would obliterate records for the day.

BOTTOM LINE: Prepare for three to six inches of snow, strong winds, and dangerous wind chills in the next 36 hours.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

 

Metropolitan Community Church awards veterans with Quilts of Valor

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- They're not as flashy as medals, but that won't stop Metropolitan Community Church from celebrating veterans with a unique award.

On Sunday, the church congregation gave 8 veterans from multiple military branches and wars special patriotic quilts made from recycled fabrics donated by volunteers.

The quilts used to be given to wounded veterans, but the awards are now open to all servicemen and women.

Navy Veteran Tim Kiss explains what the award means to him by saying, "It was like a big hug, from my family, from my community, and from my family who`s passed, who's passed away and is no longer with me. This isn't just for me, it represents all my shipmates whom I've lost contact with, the people who've passed away and veterans before me, who've taught me how to be a proud American, to follow through with my family`s footsteps to serve in our precious military."

 

Kansas man claims he was fired from a restaurant because he has HIV

(CNN) — A man is suing a Kansas restaurant, claiming he was fired because he has HIV — which would be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Armando Gutierrez was a server at a Big Biscuit restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas, when he found out he had HIV in December 2018. Soon after, he asked his manager to sign a form so he could get HIV medication from a state program, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court.

A day later, Gutierrez was told he was being transferred to another location and would have to work Sundays, despite an agreement made when he was hired about a year earlier that he couldn’t work that day because of “family commitments,” the complaint says.

Gutierrez was fired when he told the restaurant he couldn’t work that schedule, the lawsuit claims. The suit seeks back pay and damages.

Attempts by CNN to obtain a comment on the lawsuit from Big Biscuit’s corporate headquarters were not immediately successful.

“Almost immediately upon learning of Plaintiff’s medical diagnosis, management changed his schedule in such a way that it knew he could not continue to work,” according to the lawsuit, which is claiming discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Gutierrez was given no warning, and in the year he had worked there, he “did well and management liked his work,” according to the complaint.

Someone can’t get HIV by eating food handled by someone with HIV, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Even if the food contained small amounts of HIV-infected blood or semen, exposure to the air, heat from cooking, and stomach acid would destroy the virus,” according to the CDC.

The virus is transmitted only by certain bodily fluids, such as blood and semen, and mainly through sex or sharing needles, according to the CDC.

ADA protects against discrimination

People with HIV have been protected from discrimination by the ADA since a Supreme Court ruling in 1998, according to HIV.gov, but the number of complaints filed each year suggests it’s still happening.

“The ADA prohibits discrimination by employers, places of public accommodation, and state and local government entities,” according to HIV.gov.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said it received 195 claims of discrimination because of the infection last year, and the EEOC has itself brought lawsuits against employers for firing workers because they had the virus.

Gutierrez filed a complaint with the EEOC this year. The commission sent him a letter giving him the right to sue his former employer, according to the complaint.

Although much progress has been made in preventing and treating the virus since the AIDS crisis of the last century, about 1.1 million people in the United States were living with HIV at the end of 2016, according to the CDC, and almost 39,000 were diagnosed with it in 2017.

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A man fired arrows at people in a homeless encampment outside San Francisco, police say

(CNN) — Two men at a homeless encampment in the San Francisco Bay area were hospitalized this weekend after police say they were struck by arrows in an attempted double homicide.

East Bay Regional Park District Police said two men and one woman were fired upon with arrows while camping in a marsh area alongside the San Francisco Bay Trail in Richmond just after midnight Friday into Saturday. The two injured men underwent surgery and are in stable condition, police said.

The suspect is known to the victims, police said, but has not been identified. He faces two counts of attempted homicide, authorities said.

He is described as a black man in his early- to mid-twenties, about 5-feet 6-inches tall, 130 pounds and with an athletic build. Police described the suspect as “clean cut” with short curly black hair and brown eyes, and he was last seen wearing a gray or blue heavy jacket with white fleece and an old blue backpack while riding a purple Cannondale bicycle.

The attack occurred in Richmond, a city north of Berkeley on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay.

The San Francisco area is one of many in the US with significant numbers of homeless people because of a confluence of rising rents, lack of health services, the opioid crisis and other factors.

Last year, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a plan to direct $181 million in state funds to address homelessness, lack of affordable housing and related problems. The proposal includes nearly $20 million to be spent on beds for patients who have addiction and mental health problems, and an additional $4 million toward expanding street cleaning.

City voters also approved a ballot measure that increases taxes on rich companies to help fund the fight against homelessness.

A speeding Porsche crashed into the second story of a building, killing two people

(CNN) — Two people died Sunday in New Jersey after their speeding car lost control, launched off an embankment and flew into the second story of a building, police said.

The car, a red Porsche Boxster convertible, was “traveling at a high rate of speed” when it hit a median and eventually crash-landed into the second-story offices of Exit Realty Elite, Toms River Police said.

The car was driven by Braden DeMartin, 22, police said. DeMartin and his passenger, 23-year-old Daniel Foley — both of Toms River — were pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The two are believed to have been the only occupants of the vehicle.

The building, which the real estate agency shares with a software company and a family therapist, has been deemed “unsafe,” police said.

Isaac Kesserman, owner of the building, said no one was inside at the time of the crash.

The accident occurred on Hooper Avenue between Indian Hill Road and College Drive around 6:30 a.m. The area was shut down for about seven hours.

The crash is currently under investigation by Toms River Traffic Safety officers.

QC AIR Citizenship Honors Dinner celebrates new and old immigrants

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- QC AIR (Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees) put on its fourth annual Citizenship Honors Dinner to celebrate the area's immigrant population, both new and old.

People of many ages and backgrounds were invited to the event for a free dinner, taking place at The Center in Davenport on Saturday, Nov. 9. The food was catered from area businesses with diverse cultures, such as Davenport's Taste of Ethiopia and Silvis' Lolita's Taco House.

QC AIR president Grant Curtis explains the necessity of being welcoming to immigrants new and old by saying, "They could go anywhere in the world and become a citizen but they chose us. Really, we're being honored by their choice so we're trying to honor them. because we appreciate the choice they made."

 

Guess the Snowfall Sweepstakes 2019 – Official Rules

Guess the Snowfall Sweepstakes 2019

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN, NOR WILL A PURCHASE IMPROVE ONE’S CHANCES OF WINNING. 

ALL FORMS MUST BE FILLED OUT COMPLETELY AND TRUTHFULLY. FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION AND PROVIDE TRUTHFUL AND PERTINENT INFORMATION MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE SWEEPSTAKES. DISQUALIFICATION IS IN THE SOLE DISCRETION SPONSORS (defined below).

Sponsors will conduct the Guess the Snowfall Sweepstakes 2019 (“Sweepstakes”) substantially as described in these Official Rules (“Rules”).  Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Rules.  The Sweepstakes is intended for participation in the United States only and is void where prohibited and outside the Sweepstakes 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 “Sweepstakes Area”). The Sweepstakes 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, Hank’s Power & Equipment, 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. Sweepstakes Period: The Sweepstakes begins on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 12:01 a.m.  The Sweepstakes will conclude after eight inches of snow is measured in one day (12:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.) by the National Weather Service at the Quad Cities International Airport.  If eight inches or more of snow is not measured in a single day on or before December 31, 2019, the contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2019.
  3.  Sweepstakes Entry:  Viewers can fill out the entry form found in the contest section of WQAD.COM. The entry form includes a field where the entrant must guess the date of the first snowfall of eight inches or more inch of snow. The date of the guess must be at least five days from the date that the form was submitted.

If more than one entrant selects the correct date, a random drawing will take place for the winner from all entries who selected the correct date.  If no entrant selects the correct date, a random drawing for the winner will be conducted from all entries.  If we do not accumulate 8 inches of snow or more on or before 12/31/19.  A random drawing of all entries will occur.

All entries become the property of WQAD News 8 and will not be returned. .  Entrants will also be given the option to opt in to receiving additional information from WQAD and from the contest sponsors.  Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Multiple 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 Sponsor’s sole discretion.  Only one registered account per entry.  If multiple accounts are detected for a single entrant, the accounts will be voided and the entries will be disqualified in Sponsor’s sole discretion.  In the event of a dispute as to any registration, the authorized account holder of the email address or account used to register 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.  Sponsor reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Sweepstakes, including information on entrants obtained through the Sweepstakes, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.  Sponsor reserves the right to contact entrants and all other individuals whose email address is submitted as part of this promotion.

  1.  Prize:

There will be one winner.  The winner receives an EGO POWER+ Snow Blower from Hank’s Power and Equipment.

ARV  = $599.99

  1. Winner Notifications:  The Sweepstakes winners will be notified by email 24 hours after the first snow is measured by the National Weather Service at the Quad City International Airport or on January 1, 2020.

Winners must have a valid email address where they can be notified.  If a winner is unreachable after seven (7) days, or if that winner is unavailable for prize fulfillment, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize to another winner. If Sponsor cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, that prize will not be awarded.  All results are unofficial until winners are verified.

  1.  Prize Acceptance/Restrictions:  Only one (1) winner per household. Winners are subject to verification by WQAD 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). In order to claim his or her prize, each winner must appear in person at the business offices of WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL.  Winners will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity, and may be required to provide a completed W-9, per Section 9 below.  Failure to do so will disqualify the winner.  No entries from individuals under the age of 18 will be accepted.  If a winner is disqualified, Sponsor reserves the right to determine an alternate winner or to not award that winner’s prize at all.  Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items by any winner.  Prizes are non-assignable and non-transferrable.  Sponsor reserves 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.
  2. Publicity Release: By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant acknowledges that his/her entry in the Sweepstakes 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.
  3. Telephone and Delivery Disclaimer: Sponsor disclaims all liability for the inability of a participant to complete or continue a telephone call due to equipment malfunction, busy lines, inadvertent disconnections, acts beyond Sponsor’s control, or otherwise.  Sponsor disclaims all liability for any delays, misdelivery, loss, or failure in the delivery of any item sent by mail, courier, express, electronic transmission, or other delivery method.  Sponsor is not responsible for 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 Sweepstakes, and any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in or downloading any information necessary to participate in the Sweepstakes.

ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY CIRCUMVENT, DISRUPT, OR DAMAGE ORDINARY AND NORMAL OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES, TELEPHONE SYSTEMS OR WEBSITE, OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW.  SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW AND TO DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE SWEEPSTAKES OR ANY OTHER SWEEPSTAKES. 

  1. Taxes: Any valuation of the prize(s) stated above is based on available information provided to WQAD News 8, and 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 Sponsor at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form should be filed with the IRS.  Each winner must provide Sponsor 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.  Sponsor shall have the right, but not the obligation, to require any winner to complete and submit an IRS form W-9.  Sponsor reserves the right to withhold prizes until the completed W‑9 form is received.
  2. Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Sweepstakes or any portion hereof, 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 Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, (b) the Sweepstakes 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 Sweepstakes becomes corrupted due to interruption in wireless calling devices or wireless service for any reason, or (d) the Sweepstakes is otherwise not capable of running as planned.  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 Sweepstakes.  Any entrant who attempts to tamper with this Sweepstakes in any way or use fraudulent means to participate in and/or win the Sweepstakes shall be disqualified.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time, for any reason, including, without limitation, language, activities or behavior deemed inappropriate. Sponsor and their advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for cancellations, postponements, or delays.  Other than the prizes received by the winner, no entrant shall be entitled to receive any wages, benefits, fees or other compensation whatsoever as a result of participating in the Sweepstakes.  Sponsor shall have the sole discretion to administer the Sweepstakes and interpret and apply the Rules.  This Sweepstakes is not intended for gambling.  If Sponsor determines that an entrant is using the Sweepstakes for gambling purposes, such entrant may be disqualified and reported to the authorities.
  3. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the Rules and decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless WQAD News 8, and their respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, 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), or from participation in and/or entry into or creation of an entry for the Sweepstakes and/or the broadcast or exploitation or use of entry or any other Sweepstakes-related activity; and (c) 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. In consideration for his or her participation in the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees to hold harmless and indemnify the Released Parties from any and all claims, demands and/or causes of action of any nature or kind whatsoever, whether presently known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, that arise out of the entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes, including attorneys’ fees.
  4. Limitation of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for: (i) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information or other errors in the printing, offering or administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prize(s), (ii) 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, (iii) failure of any entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems, telephone service problems, human error, or wireless calling service, (iv) 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, (v) damage to any computer (software or hardware) resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes, or damage to mobile phone or other PDA device, (vi) theft or destruction of, tampering with, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries and/or entry information, (vii) entries which are late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, and/or unintelligible (or any combination thereof), or (viii) 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 application process, including but not limited to postage, are the sole responsibility of each entrant and the Sponsor will not issue reimbursement for any expenses.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, ATTORNEYS’ FEES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES. 

  1. Choice of Law/Forum: All entrants agree, by participation in the Sweepstakes, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of Illinois.  Illinois law shall govern this Sweepstakes, without regard Illinois’s choice of law rules.  The courts of Illinois shall be the exclusive forum for any dispute regarding any Rule or activity associated with the Sweepstakes.
  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 by 12/31/19.  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, or appear in person at that location between normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) after the a snowfall of eight inches or more is measured or after 1/1/20.  Request for winner must be received within 60 days of winner announcement.
  4. Compliance with Law: The conduct of the Sweepstakes is governed by the applicable laws of the United States of America, which take precedence over any rule to the contrary herein. Sponsor shall follow the applicable laws for conducting Sweepstakes.

 

  1. Rights Reserved: The content, information, data, designs and code associated with the Sweepstakes and Sweepstakes website are protected by intellectual property and other laws. Any unauthorized use of copyrighted materials, trademarks, or any other intellectual property of Sponsors.

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

 

Sponsors:

WQAD News 8, 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, Illinois  61265

Hank’s Power & Equipment, 1262 IL-94, Aledo, IL 61231

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Watergate redux? Trump impeachment inquiry heads for live TV

Back in 1973, tens of millions of Americans tuned in to what Variety called “the hottest daytime soap opera” — the Senate Watergate hearings that eventually led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.

It was a communal experience, and by some estimates, more than 80% of Americans tuned in to at least part of the Watergate telecasts. They were offered by ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as PBS, which won acclaim and viewers by showing not only the live hearings but also the full-length replays in prime time.

Seeing the witnesses lay out the case against the president moved public opinion decidedly in favor of impeachment.

But this time may be different.

When the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump begins its public phase on Wednesday, people will be watching on screens large and small. Many, in fact, are likely to be watching the proceedings on more than one screen, with real-time reinforcement of their preexisting views of Trump on social media platforms and other venues that did not exist in Nixon’s time.

In the Watergate era, there was no Fox News or nationally prominent conservative talk radio shows, which today are favored by many of Trump’s supporters. Nor was there the equivalent of MSNBC, which caters to left-of-center partisans.

“People now have a far greater variety of options as to how to consume this,” said professor Tobe Berkovitz, a former political media consultant who teaches communications at Boston University.

“Everyone might watch the same hearing, but then people are going to divide into camps in terms of how they want to engage with the analysis,” he said. “You’re going to pick who you want to interpret and propagandize.”

Two decades before Watergate, Americans had their first collective immersion in live telecasts of a high-stakes Washington hearing when Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., polarized the country with his relentless pursuit of suspected communist sympathizers. Joseph Welch, a lawyer representing the Army, is remembered to this day for his question to McCarthy in 1954: “Have you no sense of decency, sir?”

The Watergate hearings produced a comparably memorable catchphrase, when Sen. Howard Baker, R-Tenn., summarized the gist of the complex inquiry into a politically motivated break-in: “What did the president know and when did he know it?” A damning answer eventually surfaced after the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, as the Senate’s Watergate Committee was officially called, obtained secret Oval Office tapes that implicated Nixon in a cover-up.

In the runup to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment by the House in December 1998 and acquittal by the Senate two months later, there was a similar dramatic twist when disclosure of Monica Lewinsky’s semen-stained blue dress undercut Clinton’s claim that he had never had sex with her.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, said Americans expecting an equally dramatic moment in the upcoming impeachment telecasts may be let down, given that so much important testimony already has been presented in closed-door sessions.

“If you’re expecting revelation as opposed to confirmation, you’re going to be disappointed,” Jamieson said. “It’s going to seem anticlimactic unless something new is discovered.”

She noted another contrast between Watergate and the Trump inquiry. Nixon and his top aides struggled to communicate persuasively with the public as the investigation unfolded, whereas Trump and his advisers are making intensive use of advertising and social media “to make sure his base stays locked down.”

Will the upcoming impeachment telecasts change many minds?

Mark Meckler, an early leader in the tea party movement, predicts a lot of Americans won’t even watch the broadcasts because they’ve already reached conclusions.

Many Trump supporters won’t tune in “because they think it’s a sham process,” he said. “And I don’t think most people on the left will watch because they already know the conclusion in their minds. To them, the president has been impeachable since before he was elected.”

But Darrell West, a longtime political science professor who is now vice president of the Brookings Institution, said the telecasts will boost public interest.

“They will put human faces on the closed-door testimony,” he said in an email. “Viewers will be able to observe what people say and how they say it as well as the manner in which they answer questions.”

West acknowledged that most people have made up their minds on Trump’s guilt or innocence.

“But the testimony doesn’t have to shift very many people to be politically influential,” he wrote. “If only 10% are affected negatively by the testimony, Trump’s removal number jumps from 50 to 60%. That would represent an enormous hit for him and could lead some Republican Senators to consider a vote to remove the President.”

Arthur Sanders, a professor of politics at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, recalled that public support for Nixon’s impeachment grew as the televised Watergate inquiry progressed, while most Americans remained opposed to Clinton’s ouster at every stage of his impeachment process.

“The Democrats hope this follows the Nixon model — Trump has always hoped it follows the Clinton model,” Sanders said.

Regardless of how the TV audience shapes up, Sanders knows of some Americans eager to follow the Trump impeachment drama.

“What’s going on now is horrible for the country, but it’s the best time to teach classes on American politics,” he said. “The students are so curious, trying to figure out what’s going on — what’s normal in American politics and what isn’t.”

As for PBS, it’s not planning a repeat of prime-time impeachment replays but says the daytime telecasts will be available on demand via all of PBS’ digital platforms

Davenport releases maps and road closures for Veteran’s Day parade and median removal

 

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The City of Davenport has released a map of the Veteran’s day parade route and associated road closures ahead of Nov. 11.

The parade is set to start on Monday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. It begins the intersection of Western Ave and 4th street, before it heads south to make a rectangle by going down Western Ave, 2nd St, Main St, and finally, 4th St.

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, the city is setting a partial detour of River Drive to coincide with the removal of medians between Iowa and Perry Streets.

The city says that although the medians have been effective in their purpose of reducing speed and calming traffic on River Drive, they have caused difficulties for crews installing temporary flood walls in the area. Removal is estimated to be complete by mid-December, pending weather and subsurface conditions.

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