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QC Paws animal shelter hosts “Rock n’ Roll Bingo” to help pets

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- People tested their knowledge of classic songs to help an area animal shelter Saturday night.

Rock Island County's QC Paws (Pets Are Worth Saving) held their second annual "Rock n Roll Bingo" night to help raise money for the shelter at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Shelter employees say that fundraising events like this are an important source of money for general operations, emergencies, and helping to keep spay and neuter costs low for hopeful adopters.

The organization also launched new merchandise just in time for the holiday season. QC Paws Christmas sweaters can be bought online and all proceeds go to the shelter.

Sportscast November 9, 2019

Illinois High School Football Playoffs Week 2.

Annawan-Wethersfield scores late touchdown to beat Forreston.

Morrison runs past Hiawatha.

Knoxville scores 20 unanswered points for win.

Newman scores big win over GCMS.

Princeton shuts out Hall for second time this season.

Mercer County falls to Clifton Central.

Kewanee held scoreless against Coal City.

Sterling season ends with loss to St. Rita.

East St. Louis scores in bunches end Rock Island's season.

MTI Score Standout.

Augustana Men's Basketbal opens season against defending champ UW Oshkosh, falling 74-67.

Illinois comes back from 25 down to get their 6th win of the year.

Iowa falls to Wisconsin by 2.

Agustana Football rolls to win on Senior day.

St. Ambrose beats St. Francis by 10.

Dawson Smith from Rock Falls runs to a State Runner-Up Finish.

Storm hockey beats Evansville.

People’s Choice Awards 2019: Watch for Ariana Grande and Avengers

(CNN) — The E! People’s Choice Awards will be stacked with actors, comedians and musical acts that promise for an interesting night. Trophies will be given to standouts in movies, TV shows, music and pop culture, voted on by the public.

The annual awards show, airing Sunday, is set to feature musical performances by Grammy-award winning Alessia Cara and the Grammy-nominated country singer Kelsea Ballerini.

That’s only the beginning.

Comedians David Spade and Rob Riggle will present awards, along with “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland, “Riverdale” star KJ Apa, and “The Good Place” actress D’Arcy Carden.

Also handing out trophies will be a mix of pop culture familiars, including Brittany Snow, Jacob Tremblay, Asante Blackk, Jenna Dewan, Joey King, Kelly Rowland, Karamo Brown, Lucy Hale, Sean Hayes and Terry Crews.

We’ll even get some stars from the sports world. World Cup-winning soccer player Alex Morgan and tennis player Coco Gauff will be in attendance.

As for the “Icon” awards, Jennifer Aniston will receive the People’s Icon, Gwen Stefani the Fashion Icon and Pink will be honored with the People’s Champion award.

Fans voted in 43 categories over the course of six weeks, ending Oct. 18.

Here is a look at who is nominated for a 2019 E! People’s Choice Award:

THE MOVIE OF 2019

“Avengers: Endgame”

“Toy Story 4”

“Captain Marvel”

“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”

“The Lion King”

“John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum”

“Us”

“Spider-Man: Far From Home”

THE COMEDY MOVIE OF 2019

“The Upside”

“Yesterday”

“The Hustle”

“Men in Black: International”

“Long Shot”

“Little”

“Good Boys”

“Murder Mystery”

THE ACTION MOVIE OF 2019

“Avengers: Endgame”

“Spider-Man: Far From Home”

“Captain Marvel”

“John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum”

“Shazam!”

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”

“Dark Phoenix”

“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”

THE DRAMA MOVIE OF 2019

“Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood”

“Rocketman”

“Five Feet Apart”

“Glass”

“Us”

“Triple Frontier”

“After”

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”

THE FAMILY MOVIE OF 2019

“Toy Story 4”

“The Lion King”

“Aladdin”

“The Secret Life of Pets 2”

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”

“Pokémon Detective Pikachu”

“The Angry Birds Movie 2”

THE MALE MOVIE STAR OF 2019

Robert Downey Jr., “Avengers: Endgame”

Chris Hemsworth, “Avengers: Endgame”

Tom Holland, “Spider-Man: Far From Home”

Will Smith, “Aladdin”

Keanu Reeves, “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum”

Samuel L. Jackson, “Captain Marvel”

Dwayne Johnson, “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”

Adam Sandler, “Murder Mystery”

THE FEMALE MOVIE STAR OF 2019

Millie Bobby Brown, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”

Scarlett Johansson, “Avengers: Endgame”

Zendaya, “Spider-Man: Far From Home”

Sophie Turner, “Dark Phoenix”

Jennifer Aniston, “Murder Mystery”

Brie Larson, “Captain Marvel”

Lupita Nyong’o, “Us”

Tessa Thompson, “Men in Black: International”

THE DRAMA MOVIE STAR OF 2019

Taron Egerton, “Rocketman”

Cole Sprouse, “Five Feet Apart”

Zac Efron, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”

Lupita Nyong’o, “Us”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood”

Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood”

Sarah Paulson, “Glass”

Samuel L. Jackson, “Glass”

THE COMEDY MOVIE STAR OF 2019

Ali Wong, “Always Be My Maybe”

Kevin Hart, “The Upside”

Rebel Wilson, “Isn’t It Romantic”

Adam Sandler, “Murder Mystery”

Liam Hemsworth, “Isn’t It Romantic”

Dwayne Johnson, “Fighting With My Family”

Mindy Kaling, “Late Night”

Noah Centineo, “The Perfect Date”

THE ACTION MOVIE STAR OF 2019

Robert Downey Jr., “Avengers: Endgame”

Chris Evans, “Avengers: Endgame”

Tom Holland, “Spider-Man: Far From Home”

Halle Berry, “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum”

Keanu Reeves, “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum”

Sophie Turner, “Dark Phoenix”

Brie Larson, “Captain Marvel”

Dwayne Johnson, “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”

THE ANIMATED MOVIE STAR OF 2019

America Ferrera, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

Tom Hanks, “Toy Story 4”

Kevin Hart, “The Secret Life of Pets 2”

Beyoncé, “The Lion King”

Ryan Reynolds, “Pokémon Detective Pikachu”

Chris Pratt, “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”

Tiffany Haddish, “The Secret Life of Pets 2”

Awkwafina, “The Angry Birds Movie 2”

THE SHOW OF 2019

“Game of Thrones”

“WWE Raw”

“Stranger Things”

“The Walking Dead”

“The Big Bang Theory”

“Riverdale”

“This Is Us”

“Grey’s Anatomy”

THE DRAMA SHOW OF 2019

“Grey’s Anatomy”

“This Is Us”

“Chicago P.D.”

“Game of Thrones”

“Stranger Things”

“Big Little Lies”

“Riverdale”

“The Walking Dead”

THE COMEDY SHOW OF 2019

“The Big Bang Theory”

“Saturday Night Live”

“Modern Family”

“The Good Place”

“Grown-ish”

“Veep”

“Orange Is the New Black”

“Schitt’s Creek”

THE REALITY SHOW OF 2019

“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”

“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”

“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”

“Queer Eye”

“Bachelor in Paradise”

“Vanderpump Rules”

“Jersey Shore: Family Vacation”

THE COMPETITION SHOW OF 2019

“American Idol”

“RuPaul’s Drag Race”

“America’s Got Talent”

“The Masked Singer”

“The Bachelor”

“The Voice”

“The Bachelorette”

“The Challenge: War of the Worlds”

THE MALE TV STAR OF 2019

Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones”

Cole Sprouse, “Riverdale”

Norman Reedus, “The Walking Dead”

Finn Wolfhard, “Stranger Things”

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us”

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

KJ Apa, “Riverdale”

THE FEMALE TV STAR OF 2019

Mandy Moore, “This Is Us”

Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”

Sophie Turner, “Game of Thrones”

Danai Gurira, “The Walking Dead”

Camila Mendes, “Riverdale”

Lili Reinhart, “Riverdale”

Maisie Williams, “Game of Thrones”

Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”

THE DRAMA TV STAR OF 2019

Zendaya, “Euphoria”

Norman Reedus, “The Walking Dead”

Sophie Turner, “Game of Thrones”

Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”

Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”

Maisie Williams, “Game of Thrones”

Lili Reinhart, “Riverdale”

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

THE COMEDY TV STAR OF 2019

Leslie Jones, “Saturday Night Live”

Kristen Bell, “The Good Place”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Tiffany Haddish, “The Last O.G.”

Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”

Jameela Jamil, “The Good Place”

Yara Shahidi, “Grown-ish”

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

THE DAYTIME TALK SHOW OF 2019

“The View”

“Red Table Talk”

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”

“The Wendy Williams Show”

“Live with Kelly and Ryan”

“TODAY”

“Good Morning America”

“The Real”

THE NIGHTTIME TALK SHOW OF 2019

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

“Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen”

THE COMPETITION CONTESTANT OF 2019

Buddy Valastro, “Buddy Vs. Duff”

Hannah Brown, “The Bachelorette”

Kodi Lee, “America’s Got Talent”

T-Pain, “The Masked Singer”

Colton Underwood, “The Bachelor”

Tyler Cameron, “The Bachelorette”

Tyler Oakley, “The Amazing Race”

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

THE REALITY STAR OF 2019

Khloé Kardashian, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”

Kyle Richards, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”

Lisa Vanderpump, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”

NeNe Leakes, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”

Jonathan Van Ness, “Queer Eye”

Kandi Burruss, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”

Kylie Jenner, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”

Antoni Porowski, “Queer Eye”

THE BINGEWORTHY SHOW OF 2019

“Game of Thrones”

“Orange Is the New Black”

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

“The Umbrella Academy”

“Queer Eye”

“Outlander”

“13 Reasons Why”

“Stranger Things”

THE SCI-FI/FANTASY SHOW OF 2019

“Stranger Things”

“Shadowhunters”

“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”

“Supernatural”

“The Flash”

“The Umbrella Academy”

“Arrow”

“The 100”

THE MALE ARTIST OF 2019

Shawn Mendes

Post Malone

Ed Sheeran

Drake

Travis Scott

Khalid

Lil Nas X

Bad Bunny

THE FEMALE ARTIST OF 2019

Ariana Grande

Taylor Swift

Cardi B

Halsey

Billie Eilish

Miley Cyrus

Camila Cabello

P!nk

THE GROUP OF 2019

Jonas Brothers

BTS

5 Seconds Of Summer

Panic! At The Disco

CNCO

Imagine Dragons

The Chainsmokers

BLACKPINK

THE SONG OF 2019

Jonas Brothers, “Sucker”

Ariana Grande, “7 Rings”

Lil Nas X feat., “Old Town Road”

Khalid, “Talk”

Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber, “I Don’t Care”

Sam Smith, Normani, “Dancing with a Stranger”

Billie Eilish, “Bad Guy”

Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, “Señorita”

THE ALBUM OF 2019

Ariana Grande, “Thank U, Next”

Khalid, “Free Spirit”

Billie Eilish, “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?”

Lizzo, “Cuz I Love You”

Jonas Brothers, “Happiness Begins”

Ed Sheeran, “No.6 Collaborations Project”

Juice Wrld, “Death Race for Love”

Taylor Swift, “Lover”

THE COUNTRY ARTIST OF 2019

Luke Combs

Blake Shelton

Carrie Underwood

Luke Bryan

Thomas Rhett

Kane Brown

Kelsea Ballerini

Maren Morris

THE LATIN ARTIST OF 2019

Daddy Yankee

Anuel AA

Maluma

Karol G

Bad Bunny

J Balvin

Natti Natasha

Becky G

THE MUSIC VIDEO OF 2019

Daddy Yankee & Snow, “Con Calma”

Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, “ME!”

BLACKPINK, “Kill This Love”

Ariana Grande, “7 Rings”

Billie Eilish, “Bad Guy”

BTS feat. Halsey, “Boy With Luv”

Sam Smith, Normani, “Dancing With a Stranger”

Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, “Señorita”

THE CONCERT TOUR OF 2019

BTS, “Love Yourself, Speak Yourself”

Lady Gaga, “Enigma”

Ariana Grande, “Sweetener”

P!nk, “Beautiful Trauma”

Justin Timberlake, “Man of the Woods”

Jennifer Lopez, “It’s My Party”

Cher, “Here We Go Again Tour”

THE SOCIAL STAR OF 2019

Emma Chamberlain

The Dolan Twins

David Dobrik

Rickey Thompson

The Ace Family

Shane Dawson

Liza Koshy

Tana Mongeau

THE BEAUTY INFLUENCER OF 2019

James Charles

Nikita Dragun

NikkiTutorials – Nikkie de Jager

Jeffree Star

RCL Beauty – Rachel Levin

Desi Perkins

Jackie Aina

Bretman Rock

THE SOCIAL CELEBRITY OF 2019

Ariana Grande

Taylor Swift

Ellen DeGeneres

Miley Cyrus

Kim Kardashian West

Cardi B

Shawn Mendes

Justin Bieber

THE ANIMAL STAR OF 2019

Jiffpom

Doug the Pug

Nala Cat

Tuna The Chiweenie

Juniper The Fox

Marutaro

tecuaniventura

Lil BUB

THE COMEDY ACT OF 2019

Kevin Hart

Joe Rogan

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias

Trevor Noah

Ken Jeong

Amy Schumer

Colleen Ballinger

Wanda Sykes

THE STYLE STAR OF 2019

Kim Kardashian West

Rihanna

Celine Dion

Lady Gaga

Gigi Hadid

Cardi B

Jennifer Lopez

Harry Styles

THE GAME CHANGER OF 2019

LeBron James

Megan Rapinoe

Coco Gauff

Drew Brees

Alex Morgan

Stephen Curry

Serena Williams

Simone Biles

THE POP PODCAST OF 2019

“Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness”

“Armchair Expert Podcast with Dax Shepard”

“Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe”

“Whine Down with Jana Kramer”

“Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives Breakdown” with Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider”

“Scrubbing In with Becca Tilley and Tanya Rad”

“WTF with Marc Maron”

“The Joe Rogan Experience”

The E! People’s Choice Awards air at 9 p.m EST, on E!

Quad Cities community honors the life and death of ‘Happy Joe’ Whitty at Saturday events

The Quad Cities community gathered for hours at two events on Saturday to honor the recent passing of local icon 'Happy Joe' Whitty.

At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, hundreds of people packed Bettendorf's St. John Vianney Catholic Church for the funeral service. His burial at Davenport's Mount Cavalry Cemetery followed the funeral.

Family, friends, and the general public honored the life of the legendary restaurant founder and community icon. In a speech, Joe's son, Larry, cemented his thanks to his father and the community surrounding him, saying, "The other day my siblings and I were recently thanked for sharing our dad. Happy Joe. And I was kind of touched by that. I thought, how do you share a person with the community? So I was thinking back and such a gracious comment, that was given to me. And we didn't really deserve credit for it. He did it on his own. We were the benefactors of that graciousness, that kindness, that care."

Later in the day, starting at 4 p.m., the Whitty family held a celebration of life party at Jumers Casino to look to the future and continue Happy Joe's legacy. The general public was invited in for free ice cream, beer, and of course, Happy Joe's pizza.

Instead of collecting money or gifts, Happy Joe's family asked for donations to be made out to the Happy Joes Kids Foundation, the business's nonprofit that dedicates itself to helping kids with special needs.

Happy Joe's family says it was an opportunity to bring people together and hear untold stories about the man they know and love.

Warner Bros. Studio evacuates because of nearby wildfire

(CNN) — The Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, near Los Angeles, was evacuated Saturday.

The Barham brush fire has burned 34 acres in the Hollywood Hills and is 15% contained, a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

A firefighter suffered a non-life threatening injury to an arm and leg, fire officials said.

“There are no structures damaged or imminently threatened,” the fire department said. Officials encouraged residents to stay inside their homes and have not issued evacuation orders.

More than 230 fire department personnel are assigned to the fire, the statement said.

 

League of Legends World Championship draws on the Super Bowl and Olympics for opening ceremony spectacle

(CNN) — Every year, the world’s biggest computer game, League of Legends, puts on a show at its World Championship esports finals. In 2017, it flew a giant dragon into a bird’s nest during during the Beijing finals using augmented reality. Last year, it had a virtual Korean pop band. This year, the events team has opted for hologram-like projections.

The finals, held in a Paris arena, have sold out over 15,000 seats, according to Riot Games. More are tuning in online to see two teams face off. G2 Esports represents Europe, a region that won the championship in 2011 when the games first started but hasn’t secured victory at Worlds since then. FunPlus Phoenix, a relatively newer group, represents China, which had a team win the crown last year.

They’re competing over a largely crowd-funded prize that hasn’t been finalized yet. (Last year’s prize pool totaled up to $6.45 million.)

But before they face off, Riot’s opening ceremony aimed to be pure spectacle. The events team drew inspiration from other major sporting and music events.

“We watched the Super Bowl half time show, and we picked it apart: Hey, I really love the way they’ve made the moment happen,” Adam Mackasek, Riot Games’ associate manager of esports events, told CNN Business. “Same thing when there’s an Olympics. We really try to dive deep on award shows through the entire year for how they shoot their content.”

For Sunday’s finals, Riot’s events team put in one of the world’s biggest orders for a metallic, mesh material called holonet, which can be used to put on hologram-like images. Mackasek describes holonet as akin to “a movie screen, but there’s a bunch of holes in it that makes things look 3D.”

“When we held our first World Championship it was literally in a conference room with hundreds of people watching, and a million people watching online,” said John Needham, Riot’s head of global esports. “Now, when you look at where we are in our sport, we’re filling 20,000 person arenas and we have 100 million viewers online. So it’s just been massive growth.”

Many parts of the opening ceremony got the hologram treatment. When artists performed, they sometimes appeared to be under the magic spell of characters from the “League of Legends” video game. Various performers appeared to teleport around the stage and dancers performed with a character’s blades.

Riot is also capitalizing on its brand deal with Louis Vuitton, as female performers of the fictional hip hop group True Damage will wear designer clothes.

The hologram effect will be there throughout the finals. Depending on which five-man team takes home the championship, Riot will switch out the holographic images of the players in the background.

Mackasek said his team had considered sticking with augmented reality like last year’s viral Korean pop hit, or even using lasers. They always want to change things up with new technology, he said.

“We don’t want people to feel like they know what they’re going to see. It challenges us not to take the safe route,” he said. “No one ever thought they would see a dragon land in a bird’s nest. No one expected a digital pop group dance on stage with an actual pop group.”

Michael Bloomberg files to run in Alabama Democratic primary

(CNN) — Michael Bloomberg on Friday filed to run in Alabama’s Democratic presidential primary in 2020.

Representatives of Bloomberg submitted paperwork with the Alabama Democratic Party in Montgomery to put his name on the ballot for the Super Tuesday contest on March 3. A party spokesman said they are reviewing the paperwork.

The reason Bloomberg is filing in Alabama is strictly because of the state’s early filing deadline. The state’s filing deadline is Friday.

Bloomberg also plans to file in Arkansas’ Democratic primary before the state’s Tuesday deadline, Bloomberg spokesman Howard Wolfson told CNN Friday evening.

Candidates for president hoping to be on the ballot in Arkansas must file before Tuesday, November 12, according to the Arkansas Secretary of State. Wolfson said that Bloomberg plans to make that deadline as part of his possible 2020 run.

Wolfson also told CNN in a statement that the former New York City mayor plans to skip the first four primary contests.

“If we run, we are confident we can win in states voting on Super Tuesday and beyond, where we will start on an even footing,” Wolfson said in a statement that was first reported by The Washington Post.

“But the late timing of our entry means that many candidates already have a big head start in the four early states, where they’ve spent months and months campaigning and spending money. We have enormous respect for the Democratic primary process and many friends in those states, but our plan is to run a broad-based, national campaign.”

The move is the clearest sign to date that the former mayor is seriously considering following through with something he has been weighing for weeks.

If he runs, Bloomberg would be embarking on a strategy that has never been successful: bypassing the first four states on the Democratic calendar. Party officials in Iowa and New Hampshire expressed disappointment over the decision, which was particularly curious given the influential role of independent voters in New Hampshire.

Despite filing the paperwork in Alabama, Bloomberg has yet to make a final decision on a run, a Bloomberg spokesman told CNN on Thursday.

Bloomberg’s possible entrance comes as former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign struggles to break out of the Democratic field and as Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a liberal lawmaker who has railed against billionaires like Bloomberg, rises in the Democratic primary campaign. A possible Bloomberg bid would be sure to dramatically shake up the Democratic primary process.

Bloomberg has privately expressed concerns about the strength of the 2020 field, according to a person familiar with his thinking. And a Democratic strategist who has previously worked with Bloomberg said the former mayor is reconsidering his options, in part, because of the outcome in this week’s elections in Virginia, where investments from his gun control group helped Democrats win control of the General Assembly.

A CNN/Des Moines Register poll in March found that Bloomberg was one of the least popular candidates considering running for the Democratic nomination. The poll found 27% of Democratic likely caucusgoers viewed him favorably, compared with 38% who had an unfavorable view.

Bloomberg publicly entertained a 2020 bid earlier this year, traveling the country to meet with voters and determine whether a run was possible. He told reporters during this public speculation that he was seriously considering a bid, to the point that he had decided he would self-fund a campaign.

But Bloomberg decided in March that he would not run for president, even though he had been leaning toward it for months.

Bloomberg, however, has begun to rethink that decision, in part, because he does not believe any of the current candidates are positioned to defeat Trump.

THIS WEEK: Arguing over health care and enrolling in Obamacare

MOLINE, Illinois – Enrollment for 2020 health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, runs until December 15, 2019 in Iowa, Illinois, and across the nation.

Mateo Tiry-Ortiz is Community Health Center's Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator in charge of the group's Affordable Care Act enrollment program.

"Let's be honest, health insurance is not the most fun conversation to have and there's a lot of decisions that have to be made," said Mateo Tiry-Ortiz, Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator for Community Health Care.

Community Health Care is offering free counseling to people in the Quad Cities enrolling in ObamaCare.

Why should you get enrollment help and what do you need before the December 15 deadline?  Find out in our NEWS 8 THIS WEEK EXTRA on Facebook at WQADJim Mertens.

The enrollment period opened just as Democratic candidates put health care front and center on the 2020 political stage.

The Warren Plan

"If somebody else has a better plan to deal with that $11 trillion that families are going to pay over the next 10 years, then they should put it out," said Massachusetts Senator and Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.

Senator Warren's recently released Medicare for All plan has $20.5 trillion of new federal spending over ten years.

She says the middle class wouldn't pay more in taxes.

Other Democrats in the Presidential race are skeptics.

"Well, the math is certainly controversial," Pete Buttigieg told ABC News.

"I promise you, you couldn't even get it passed," said former Vice President Joe Biden.

Even Sen. Bernie Sanders, who helped author the original "Medicare for All" plan, has doubts.

"I think that that would probably have a very negative impact on creating those jobs or providing wages, increase wages and benefits for those," he told ABC News.

"So I think we have a better way."

Scott County Democratic chair Elesha Gayman and Republican chair Dave Millage talked about health care issues in today's political arena.

Local Political Leaders Weigh In

Democrats say it's a system that still needs fixing.

"Health care is a huge concern for people," said Scott County Democratic Party chairperson Elesha Gayman.  "People are still going bankrupt."

Democrats say they will make health care one of the key issues of 2020.

"I think the consensus is our health care system needs to be reformed," Gayman added.

Republicans don't necessarily buy that.

"Do the people really want their health insurance or health care delivery system changed?" asked Scott County Republican Party chairman Dave Millage.

"I don't think they do."

Millage says America should scrap one-size-fits-all federal programs that hurt open competition and don't create cost effective savings.

"I don't buy that health care is that big of an issue to the electorate. 186 million people have private insurance. For the most part, they're happy with their insurance."

Adding Up the Numbers

The debate is heating up right now as Iowa and Illinois families are looking at their 2020 options for the Affordable Care Act.

49,210 Iowans are covered by Obamacare.

In Illinois, 312,280 people are enrolled.

A political cartoon from 1949 after President Harry Truman included National Health Care in his sweeping "Fair Deal" proposal.

This year rates are falling for some people.

"We're seeing hat kinda stabilize now with what the premiums are but what one of the things we looked at is we're seeing an increase in some of the tax credits as well," said Tyra-Ortiz with Community Health Care.

He says it's important that people meet with a consultant, or carefully look at the different options, before the December 15 deadline.

Heavily criticized by Republicans, some components have become very popular including mental health and preventative care coverage, coverage for adult children, and coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Democrats see it as more than a health care safety net.

"Health care should absolutely be a human right," said Gayman.

 

Tracking snowfall potential and bitter cold

Clouds moved in overnight and will stick around all afternoon. This has kept overnight lows not as bitterly cold and will allow temperatures today to get to the mid 40s. Winds will gradually increase as we head into the evening which will cause that wind chill to be in effect. Get any last minute outdoor preparations done today because snow and cold will be here before you know it.

Snow will begin tonight around 9 PM and become more widespread overnight. New snowfall totals show hometowns north of I-80 could see 2-4 inches of snow. South of the I-80 corridor will see around 1-2 inches. Snow showers will end by noon. Make sure you take some extra time for your morning commute tomorrow.

After snow, settles in the cold. We will actually hit our high temperature quite early in the day as we gradually drop to our overnight low of 10° on Monday night. Wind chill values are expected to be in the single digits above and below zero through Tuesday. Actual temperatures will be 20-30° below our normal temperature for this time of year. It will definitely feel like January… be sure to have those hat, gloves, scarfs, winter coats all ready! Stay warm!

Two Oklahoma soccer coaches accused of assaulting teen referee

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (KFOR) - Two youth soccer coaches have been suspended following an alleged assault on a teenage referee at an Oklahoma tournament.

The Oklahoma Soccer Association received a misconduct report after the incident allegedly occurred at the Turkey Shootout Tournament in Edmond on Sunday. Two teams of 11-year-olds were playing, one from Lawton and the other from Midwest City.

A video of the incident appears to show one of the Midwest City Soccer Club coaches shoving a teenage referee. The video was posted to the social media page “Offside” on Tuesday and has gotten thousands of views.

The creator of "Offside," Brian Barlow, says there's a referee shortage because of similar incidents.

“A lot of times that referee is a kid himself or herself and they're going to make mistakes. Listen I am a seasoned referee and every single game I make a mistake. The kids are definitely going to make a mistake,” said Barlow.

The Oklahoma Soccer Association has suspended both coaches until a disciplinary hearing can take place.

The Oklahoma Soccer Association sent the following statement to KFOR:

Oklahoma Soccer Association (OSA) does not tolerate any physical action toward soccer officials of any age and is especially concerned with allegations of referee assault perpetrated by an adult toward a minor referee. OSA received a misconduct report of such an incident occurring on November 3, 2019, in Edmond, Oklahoma. OSA has also received video of the alleged incident. Pursuant to OSA’s disciplinary policy provided by the United States Soccer Federation, OSA immediately suspended both the Head Coach and Assistant Coach from participating in any, and all soccer activities, pending a disciplinary hearing. This means that neither coach may participate in any team practices, meetings, games, coaching activities or attendance at soccer events. The hearing will allow for due process, and if allegations are proven, OSA can impose discipline from a six-month to a lifetime ban from participating in any United States Soccer Federation activity. Eliminating referee abuse and assault is among OSA’s highest responsibilities and behavior of this type will not be tolerated.

The Midwest City Soccer Club released this statement.

“We were made aware of the incident through social media yesterday and have suspended both coaches. The incident has been referred to our protest and disciplinary committee. They will be working alongside the Oklahoma Soccer Association, Edmond Soccer Club and Oklahoma State Referee Association for a resolution. We do not and have never condoned referee abuse within our club and will take a proper stance in this incident.”

Terminally ill firefighter gets one last ride home

Firefighters in a New York town gave one of their own a collective and poignant salute Tuesday as he took his last ride on the fire truck home.

Gus Buczek, a 62-year-old firefighter and Marine veteran suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer, was transferred from a cancer center into at-home hospice care.

Members of the South Line Fire Company, a volunteer fire department in Cheektowaga, New York, a suburb of Buffalo, lined up outside the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center as Buczek was being discharged.

After firefighters had an chance to hug Buczek and say a few words to him, they gave him a seat of honor in the captain’s chair in the fire truck for his last ride.

“It was a high honor to bring him home,” said Tim Kopp, the department’s chaplain, told CNN,

A fixture of the company

The noticeably thinner Buczek being wheeled out of the hospital was a stark contrast to the strapping Marine veteran who joined the volunteer fire company seven years ago.

Buczek had immediately turned heads when he opted to enter a two-week crash course in firefighting, rather than to take a less rigorous course that met weekly, Kopp said.

“He had kept in shape,” Kopp said.

Buczek caught the attention of CNN affiliate WKBW, who told the story of the then-54-year-old easily outpacing other recruits decades younger than him.

A sociable former bartender, Buczek became a fixture of the South Line Fire Company.

“He’s the one guy you can call on to help you with anything,” South Line’s assistant chief Michael Altenburg told WKBW before choking up.

“Especially for someone who’s been so active in the company, it’s a terrific loss,” Kopp said. “He was always there.”

‘It’s the hardest thing I’ve had to do’

Seven years ago, Buczek told WKBW that his bonds with his fellow firefighters were tight.

“You got a family at home and then you got a family here,” he said.

The words find an even deeper resonance today.

“People don’t realize that when you become a volunteer firefighter, you take on a second family,” Kopp said. “It’s no different than losing one of your close relatives.”

Kopp said he’s having a tough time picturing the fire hall without his friend there.

“This has been the hardest thing for me to do as chaplain,” Kopp said. “It’s not what I looked forward to when I took the position.”

Pennsylvania woman accused of faking cancer received over $10K in donations, authorities say

Jessica Smith is accused of faking a cancer diagnosis to collect donations, according to police in Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy: Chester County District Attorney’s Office via KYW)

A Pennsylvania woman faces theft charges for allegedly faking cancer and collecting donations exceeding $10,000 through GoFundMe and Facebook, according to a complaint obtained by CNN affiliate KYW.

Chester County resident Jessica Smith, 32, started a GoFundMe page and a Facebook fundraiser claiming she had been diagnosed with hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) and was “facing tremendous medical bills, travel costs, and paying for the care of her children and missed work,” according to the criminal complaint filed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Chester County. Smith said she was receiving chemotherapy at Penn Medicine, the complaint said.

All the money raised by the fundraisers — which totaled more than $10,000 — was deposited into Smith’s joint bank accounts with her husband, according to the complaint.

In a statement to CNN, GoFundMe maintained that misuse of the platform is very rare.

“In this case, the campaign was reported to our team and we are working with local law enforcement to assist in the investigation,” said GoFundMe spokeswoman Meghan Scripture. “All donations will be refunded to the donors in full and the user has been banned from the platform.”

Smith’s formal charges are theft by deception and receiving stolen property. Her lawyer, Michael DiCindio, told CNN he had no comment at this time.

Uwchlan Township Police Department launched an investigation in June when a friend of Smith’s filed a report alleging that she did not believe Smith had cancer.

Smith’s husband came forward a month later to report the same to police, stating that his wife is covered on his medical insurance through his employer, the complaint said. He provided documentation proving that Smith’s medical bills had not even met the $1,250 deductible, according to the complaint.

Terri Coleman, who helped interview Smith twice for The Ever Evolving Truth podcast, said she was suspicious of Smith very early on.

The podcast invited Smith for an interview after comments circulated on Facebook accusing Smith of lying about her cancer diagnosis.

“We found her to be very vague when discussing her cancer treatment and diagnosis,” Coleman told CNN of the July interview with Smith. “She had no documentation to prove her claims and she told us so many things that turned out to be lies.”

The complaint states that while Smith was a patient at Penn Medicine, she never received chemotherapy there.

Penn Medicine told CNN that they don’t comment on patient matters.

A court docket shows Smith was arraigned Monday and will return to court next week for a preliminary hearing.

Pot or not? Busts highlight growing confusion over hemp

Officers Greenidge and Ganshaw from the @NYPD75Pct used precision policing and relentless follow-up, along with a great working relationship with @FedEx and other local law enforcement officials, to confiscate 106 pounds of marijuana that was destined for our city streets. pic.twitter.com/OnRyLsH90D

— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 5, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — The CBD craze might be leaving the war on drugs a bit dazed and confused.

The extract that’s been showing up in everything from candy to coffee is legally derived from hemp plants, which look and smell an awful lot like that other cannabis — marijuana. They’re so similar, police officers and the field tests they use on suspected drugs sometimes can’t tell the difference.

Case in point, New York City police boasted on social media this week about what seemed like a significant drug bust: 106 pounds (48 kilograms) of funky, green plants that officers thought sure seemed like marijuana.

But the Vermont farm that grew the plants and the Brooklyn CBD shop that ordered them insisted they’re actually industrial hemp, and perfectly legal. And, they said, they have paperwork to prove it.

Nevertheless, when the shop’s owner brother went to the police station to straighten things out, he was arrested. Police said a field test had come back positive for marijuana.

Shop owner Oren Levy said that’s likely because hemp often tests positive for a permissible, trace amount of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the chemical in cannabis that causes people to get high.

Field tests used by law enforcement officers can detect THC but aren’t sophisticated enough to specify whether a shipment is legal hemp or low-grade illegal pot, and drug-sniffing dogs will alert on both.

“He was a hungry cop. He thought he had the bust of the day,” said Levy, whose Green Angel CBD NYC sells oils, teas and other products containing the extract. He said he fears the seizure could force him out of business.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is also found in marijuana but does not have an intoxicating effect. Some people say it provides them with pain and anxiety relief.

“I can’t believe I’m going through this for a legal business,” Levy said. “I can’t believe my poor brother got locked up.”

Oren and Ronen Levy are not alone.

Since the U.S. government removed industrial hemp last year from the list of illegal drugs, a number of similar cases have cropped up across the country.

In July, a man who said he was delivering 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of hemp to a Minnesota CBD-oil processing company was arrested in South Dakota after authorities there said it tested positive for THC. The substance “looked and smelled like raw marijuana,” a state trooper said.

In January, Idaho authorities arrested a truck driver and seized nearly 7,000 pounds (3,175 kilograms) of what they believed to be marijuana, even though the company shipping the material said accompanying paperwork made clear it was industrial hemp.

At least two other truckers and two security guards involved in transporting what they said was industrial hemp have been arrested and charged with felony drug trafficking. In May, the U.S. Agriculture Department sent a memorandum instructing states not to block the transportation of hemp that contains 0.3% or less THC.

The Nov. 2 Brooklyn bust that landed Ronen Levy in handcuffs stemmed from a tip from a FedEx worker who suspected the load of plants on their way from Fox Holler Farms in Fair Haven, Vermont to Levy’s shop were marijuana, New York City police said.

“We got information about a large package of drugs. We got it in here. We field tested it as marijuana, called the individual in. He was placed under arrest,” said NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan.

“It is currently at the lab at this point to make a final determination, was it hemp?” Monahan said. “The individual had no bill of lading justifying its delivery.”

Ronen Levy, who runs his own CBD business catering to pets, pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of felony criminal possession of marijuana. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on Nov. 19.

The police department drew attention to the bust by posting pictures on its official Facebook and Twitter accounts showing the officers in a room full of the seized plants. Oren Levy and the farm fought back with posts of their own.

Fox Holler Farms said in a statement posted on its Facebook page that the shipment bound for Levy’s shop was fully compliant with Vermont, New York and federal laws.

The farm’s lawyer, Timothy Fair, said that before the hemp shipment left Vermont, it was tested at FedEx’s request by a local police department. The level of THC was less than half the allowable threshold, he said.

A FedEx spokeswoman said even if the plants were hemp, they should not have been shipped using its service. The company’s service guide lists hemp plants, leaves, oil and CBD derived from hemp among its prohibited items.

Oren Levy said he would’ve gone to the police station himself but couldn’t because he was recovering from a recent surgery. Soon enough, Oren Levy said, Ronen texted him: “I think I’m getting arrested.”

“They treated him like a drug dealer,” Oren Levy said. “He’s never been to jail in his whole life. He still hasn’t slept. He’s paranoid.”

‘Baby Trump’ balloon slashed at Alabama appearance

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A towering Baby Trump protest balloon was knifed and deflated by someone unhappy with its appearance during President Donald Trump’s Saturday trip to Alabama, organizers said.

The incident occurred during Trump’s visit to watch the University of Alabama football game. The balloon, which is over 20 feet (6.1 meters) tall, was set up in a nearby park.

Jim Girvan, the organizer of a group that “adopts” out Baby Trump balloons for protests, said a man charged the balloon with a knife and cut an 8-foot-long (2.4-meter-long) gash in the back. Girvan said the unidentified man was arrested. Tuscaloosa police did not immediately respond to a request for more details.

The orange, diaper-clad, cellphone-clutching caricature of the president is often taken to Trump appearances as a way to protest him.

Baby Trump first rose over London when local activists brainstormed a way to troll Trump. Now several groups raise money to bring balloon replicas around the U.S.

Robert Kennedy, a volunteer “baby sitter” who brought the balloon to Tuscaloosa, said the balloon immediately began to sag after it was cut.

The day had been going mostly smoothly, Kennedy said. Some people yelled “Trump 2020” as they passed while others posed for selfies with the balloon. But then Kennedy said a man sidled up on the back of the balloon and attacked it with a knife. He ran away but was caught by police officers, Kennedy said.

Kennedy said he’s accompanied Baby Trump to many appearances and never witnessed an attack on the balloon, although someone did stab a Baby Trump balloon in London earlier this year.

“It is rare to get that kind of anger,” Kennedy said.

A Texas substitute teacher was fired and arrested for allegedly assaulting a student

(CNN) — A former substitute teacher faces an assault charge after she allegedly beat a student at a Texas high school on Friday, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office said.

The incident, which unfolded in a foreign language class at Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas, was captured by other students in cell phone videos that later circulated online. That footage shows the substitute teacher repeatedly punching the sophomore girl in the face before throwing her to the ground and stomping on her head.

Students alerted school officials and the teacher was immediately removed from the classroom, the Hays Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded, and after interviewing students and reviewing several videos, the teacher, identified as 32-year-old Tiffani Shadell Lankford, was arrested.

Lankford faces a charge of aggravated assault, the sheriff’s office said. She was booked in the Hays County Jail and appeared Saturday morning in court. She was read her charges and bond was set at $10,000, according to Hays County Sheriff’s Deputy Stephen Traeger.

CNN is unable to determine if she has legal representation.

Lankford was immediately fired, the school district said, adding that it was cooperating with the investigation.

“Under no circumstances is that behavior tolerated at Lehman High School or in Hays CISD,” Principal Karen Zuniga said in the school district’s statement. “We take the safety and security of our students seriously. We took swift action when this incident occurred and will do everything necessary to protect our students.”

Lankford had worked for Hays CISD since late August, the district said, and had worked in a classroom 17 times before this incident. The district noted that all substitute teachers are required to pass a criminal background check.

“There is absolutely no excuse or circumstance that can justify what you see unfold on the video,” Tim Savoy, a spokesman for Hays CISD said. “It is unconscionable what this adult did to one of our students.”

The student was taken to the hospital by her father, the sheriff’s office said.

He was one of the first prisoners released under Trump’s criminal justice reform law. Now he’s accused of murder.

(CNN)– Joel Francisco was 14 years into a life sentence for selling crack cocaine when he got his second chance.

A landmark piece of criminal justice reform legislation, passed with the support of President Donald Trump and rare bipartisan backing, had made Francisco newly eligible for an older law that reduced the sentences for convicted crack dealers.

Behind bars, the former gang leader had made “significant efforts toward post-conviction rehabilitation” and had separated himself from the “proverbial ‘herd'” while “committing himself to a law-abiding life,” he wrote in an application for his release.

In February, with the approval of federal prosecutors and a district court judge, Francisco became one of the first federal prisoners to walk free as a result of the First Step Act.

Last month, he was handcuffed again, accused this time of stabbing to death 46-year-old Troy Pine at a Providence, Rhode Island, hookah lounge.

More than 4,700 inmates have been released from prison under the law since its signing late last year, according to the Department of Justice, and federal officials believe Francisco is the first among them to be accused of murder.

While an outlier, his case is raising questions and resurfacing concerns from detractors of the legislation.

“This case is upsetting but it’s not a surprise,” said Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican who was one of the bill’s biggest critics on Capitol Hill. “Letting violent felons out of prison early as the First Step Act did leads to more crime and more victims.”

Other lawmakers who supported the bill called the incident a tragedy, but hoped that it wouldn’t stand in the way of more progress.

“If you’re looking at reforming the criminal justice system you cannot pick an individual criminal act to then raise the question as to whether or not you do reforms to the system,” said Rep. Karen Bass, a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

For police in Providence, Francisco was a known quantity. Nicknamed the “crown prince” of the Latin Kings gang by prosecutors — and “Joey Crack” on the street, according to the Rhode Island US attorney’s office — Francisco had a reputation for violence.

At age 19 he was convicted of assault with intent to murder. And by 2004, he’d become the top target in a multi-agency drug trafficking investigation codenamed Operation Royal Flush.

Francisco was arrested that year alongside several other accused dealers and charged with possession with intent to sell cocaine and crack cocaine.

He was convicted at trial and received a mandatory life sentence on the crack cocaine count as a result of two prior felony drug convictions.

His release this year raised eyebrows among police leaders who knew him.

“I hope that he’s been rehabilitated. However, I have serious doubts, having known him the way I did all those years,” Providence police Commander Thomas Verdi told the Providence Journal at the time. “He had a propensity for violence.”

Francisco soon moved into a small brick apartment connected to the Providence church where his father was a pastor. In a brief interview last month, Samuel Francisco told CNN that he’d been trying to get his son’s life on track.

Francisco is not yet represented by an attorney on the murder charge.

Francisco’s release came under a provision of the First Step Act aimed to make up for a disparity in federal sentencing that had seen convicted dealers of crack cocaine face far greater prison time than sellers of the powdered form of the drug.

The sentencing gap, which had an outsized impact along racial lines, was narrowed by legislation in 2010, but it wasn’t until the 2018 law that people who had been imprisoned before 2010, like Francisco, became eligible for the reform.

As of last month, 1,540 men and women have been released just as a result of the drug resentencing provision, according to the Department of Justice. Thousands more have been released early under a different part of the First Step Act that recalculated how prisoners earn early release credit for good time served, and the Justice Department is in the final stages of releasing a tool that will help match inmates with recidivism reduction programs.

By the time he applied for early release, Francisco had studied resume writing and job interview skills. He’d logged 360 hours of culinary arts classes and earned certificates for coursework in conflict management and drug abuse.

But by July, Joel Francisco was back in police custody, accused of trying to break into his ex-girlfriend’s house. To defenders of the legislation, the incident was a missed red flag.

According to a police report, Francisco’s ex-girlfriend called authorities in the early morning hours after hearing someone tampering with her bedroom window and trying to cut through the screen.

When patrol officers arrived, they say they found Francisco standing on the front porch of the house. An “unknown object” he tossed into the bushes was determined later to be a black folding knife, police wrote in a narrative.

There were conflicting stories about Francisco and his ex’s interactions leading up to the incident, however, and after the arrest, the ex-girlfriend submitted paperwork to withdraw her complaint, state prosecutors said.

Still, prosecutors saw enough evidence of a crime and moved forward with charges. Francisco entered an initial not guilty plea, and had planned to fight the case, his lawyer told the Providence Journal. The lawyer did not respond to multiple requests for comment from CNN.

In an interview, Francisco’s ex-girlfriend, who did not want to be named, said Francisco may have struggled to transition back into a world outside prison.

“A person that does a long sentence as him should not just be released, and should be released with some type of mental help and to get them established, because the only thing I can think of is this person is still in his jail-zone in his mind,” she said.

Although Francisco was under supervised release as part of the terms of his reduced sentence, word of the July arrest, on state charges, did not make it to federal prosecutors in Rhode Island, according to a Justice Department official.

Francisco’s probation officer elected not to inform the local US attorney’s office, who could have then moved to revoke his release, instead opting to provide counseling to Francisco, according to the head of Rhode Island’s district court, which oversees the local US probation office.

After a review, the court determined the probation officer’s move was “appropriate and consistent with current district practices,” Chief Judge William E. Smith said in a statement.

Investigators are now attempting to determine why, as police allege, Francisco grew violent late on the night of October 2.

It’s the same question that the family of Troy Pine is asking as well.

“I don’t want to wish that man any ill will. I don’t want any harm to come to him. I just want answers,” Pine’s nephew, Jay Chattelle, said in an interview.

Chattelle, just months younger than the uncle he called a hardworking and lovable “ladies man,” expressed concern over Francisco’s early release. But said he still supported the reforms put in place by the First Step Act, and advocated for more work to be done to prepare prisoners for re-entry into society.

“It’s a flawed system. It’s a beautiful program to get people to come home that don’t need to be dying in jail, don’t need to be living their life in jail, but there have got to be more steps. Some people have to be held accountable,” Chattelle said.

Chattelle’s message of forgiveness and progress, in a case with no parallel, have resonated beyond Providence.

At an oversight hearing on the First Step Act before the House Judiciary Committee last month, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a top Democrat in Congress, read aloud a letter that Chattelle had written about his uncle’s death.

“Anyone who speaks my uncle’s name,” Jeffries read from Chattelle’s letter, “please speak it in a way that will draw people together and bring help to people in these communities, including human beings who have been locked up for too long. Speak it in a way that brings healing to people who need it.”

Police: Man arrested in Las Vegas for Des Moines killing

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say a man has been charged in the last month killing of a Des Moines man.

Des Moines police say in a news release that 39-year-old Nicky Joe Beery, of Des Moines, was charged in a warrant Saturday with first-degree murder in the death of 43-year-old James Moss Jr.

Moss found injured at a home early the morning of Oct. 5 and was pronounced dead later at a hospital. Police have not said what caused his death.

According to the news release, Beery was arrested Thursday in Las Vegas on a material witness warrant in the case. He was charged after being questioned Friday by Des Moines detectives who traveled to Las Vegas.

Atlanta student found dead had filed a police report on unwanted touching days before she vanished, authorities say

(CNN) — A Clark Atlanta University student who was found dead in a park had filed a police report describing unwanted kissing and touching days before she went missing, authorities said. The man she filed the report against has now been accused of her murder.

Alexis Crawford, 21, vanished from her off-campus apartment more than a week ago and was found dead in a park in nearby Dekalb County on Friday.

Police identified the suspects as Jordyn Jones and Barron Brantley — both 21. One of the two suspects led investigators to where her body was found, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields told reporters.

“While a motive has not been clearly established, the department did take a police report from Alexis Crawford on October 27, and this is a few days prior to her being reported missing,” Shields said. “In this report, Alexis described unwanted kissing and touching from Barron Brantley.”

Jones is the victim’s roommate and friend, police said. Brantley is the boyfriend of Jones.

Brantley was booked into the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta on Friday and is accused of murder along with three probation violations and “hindering person making emergency telephone call,” according to information from the Fulton County Jail.

He had been booked into that jail five times in the past two years, Tracy Flanagan, a spokesperson for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, told CNN.

Jones was booked Saturday and faces a murder charge, according to jail records.

Last communications

Crawford’s roommate told police she saw her around midnight November 1 before going to bed, a police report said. She was not in the apartment the next morning when the roommate left for class, and the front door was locked with a dead bolt, the roommate told police.

Crawford’s iPhone, identification and debit card were missing from the apartment. Her phone charger and keys were found inside the apartment on the end table by the couch, the police report said.

Her sister told police they last spoke around 8:44 p.m. on October 30, when Crawford asked her sister what she planned to do over the weekend. Her sister said she wasn’t doing anything and Crawford stopped responding to texts after that, her sister told police.

Her mother told police she was in good spirits and laughing when they spoke that night. The next day, the family reported her missing.

The ‘apple of their eye’

Her family is devastated, said Rev. Markel Hutchins, who is advising the Crawfords. He described her as the “apple of their eye.”

Hutchins spoke with her parents after hearing about her death and says they are grieving.

“Alexis’ mother was literally unable to speak. All that she could do was listen as I tried to console and comfort her,” Hutchins said. “Alexis’ father said, ‘If they wanted to take somebody’s life they could have taken mine. They didn’t have to kill my baby, they didn’t have to kill her.’ ”

In the heartbreak, the family is thankful for the support from the local community as well as from people all over the country, he said.

Shields extended her condolences to the family and says she wishes things turned out differently.

“The case has come to one of the saddest conclusions possible and has been absolutely heartbreaking,” the chief said. “To Alexis’ family, our hearts go out to you. I am so truly sorry that we could not provide you with a better ending.”

Clark Atlanta President George French Jr. sent a letter Friday to the university family expressing his condolences and said extra counselors would be provided.

“Our deepest prayers and thoughts are with her family,” French wrote. “Tonight we mourn together.”

Mercury putting on rare show Monday, parading across the sun

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mercury is putting on a rare celestial show next week, parading across the sun in view of most of the world.

The solar system’s smallest, innermost planet will resemble a tiny black dot Monday as it passes directly between Earth and the sun. It begins at 7:35 a.m. EST.

The entire 5 ½-hour event will be visible, weather permitting, in the eastern U.S. and Canada, and all Central and South America. The rest of North America, Europe and Africa will catch part of the action. Asia and Australia will miss out.

Unlike its 2016 transit, Mercury will score a near bull’s-eye this time, passing practically dead center in front of our star.

Mercury’s next transit isn’t until 2032, and North America won’t get another viewing opportunity until 2049. Earthlings get treated to just 13 or 14 Mercury transits a century.

You’ll need proper eye protection for Monday’s spectacle: Telescopes or binoculars with solar filters are recommended. There’s no harm in pulling out the eclipse glasses from the total solar eclipse across the U.S. two years ago, but it would take “exceptional vision” to spot minuscule Mercury, said NASA solar astrophysicist Alex Young.

Mercury is 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers) in diameter, compared with the sun’s 864,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers.)

During its 2012 transit of the sun, larger and closer Venus was barely detectable by Young with his solar-viewing glasses.

“That’s really close to the limit of what you can see,” he said earlier this week. “So Mercury’s going to probably be too small.”

Venus transits are much rarer. The next one isn’t until 2117.

Mercury will cut a diagonal path left to right across the sun on Monday, entering at bottom left (around the 8 hour mark on a clock) and exiting top right (around the 2 hour mark).

Although the trek will appear slow, Mercury will zoom across the sun at roughly 150,000 mph (241,000 kph).

NASA will broadcast the transit as seen from the orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory, with only a brief lag. Scientists will use the transit to fine-tune telescopes, especially those in space that cannot be adjusted by hand, according to Young.

It’s this kind of transit that allows scientists to discover alien worlds. Periodic, fleeting dips of starlight indicate an orbiting planet.

“Transits are a visible demonstration of how the planets move around the sun, and everyone with access to the right equipment should take a look,” Mike Cruise, president of the Royal Astronomical Society, said in a statement from England.

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