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Her boyfriend admitted child abuse but didn’t go to prison. She spent 15 years in prison for not reporting him

(CNN) — Tondalao Hall was arrested after her boyfriend left her baby girl with broken ribs. She didn’t hurt the child but still served 15 years over the abuse.

Hall, 35, was released Friday from the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud, Oklahoma. She tearfully hugged her children, her siblings and many friends who had been waiting for her.

“I’m blessed and I’m humbled,” Hall told reporters outside the prison.

In 2004, Hall and her then-boyfriend, Robert Braxton, were arrested on child abuse charges after she took two of her youngest children to the hospital. Her 3-month-old daughter had broken ribs and a broken femur, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, which is representing Hall.

In 2006, after serving two years in county jail, Braxton pleaded guilty to two counts of abuse. He was sentenced but given probation and released from custody, online court records show.

Hall got a much harsher penalty.

She pleaded guilty to enabling child abuse and was sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison, records show. Authorities said she failed to tell police about her boyfriend’s abuse.

Hall was denied commutation in 2018. But last month, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted in favor of recommending the commutation of Hall’s sentence. Gov. Kevin Stitt approved the request on Thursday, leading the way to her release on Friday morning, a spokeswoman with the state’s Department of Corrections said.

“First and foremost, I want to thank God for making a way and for keeping me safe and sane during this season of my life,” said Hall in a statement released Thursday prior to her release.

“Secondly, for all the people God has placed in my life, my children and my family for sticking by me. Time and space cannot accommodate the list of people who have loved, helped, and supported me through all of this, so, to everyone who has, thank you and God bless you!”

Hall’s son, Robert, who was only 18 months when she went to prison, said the decision came as a pleasant surprise for the family. He said he didn’t expect his mother to be released so quickly after the governor’s approval but was excited to have her back home.

“I’m feeling great, I thank the Lord for this day,” Robert, 16, told CNN affiliate KFOR. The ACLU said Hall’s cousin cared for her children while she was behind bars.

As Hall walked to a car surrounded by her family and attorneys, she said her only plans were spending time with her children. At some point in the future, Hall added, she would like to find a way to help other incarcerated women.

Hall’s release comes days after hundreds of Oklahoma inmates left prison in the largest mass commutation in US history. More than 460 non-violent inmates were released before their original sentences were over.

The move is one of many prison reform efforts in Oklahoma aimed at reducing overcrowded prisons while helping low-level offenders build a life of self-sufficiency rather than reincarceration.

Gender reveal stunt led to plane crash in Texas

(CNN) — Another gender reveal stunt went horribly wrong and caused the recent plane crash in Texas, according to a National Transportation Safety Board accident report released Friday.

The pilot was flying a plane at a low altitude on September 7 as part of an elaborate gender reveal for a friend, according to the report.

The pilot dumped 350 gallons of pink water from the plane, but the plane was “too low” and immediately stalled. The pilot was not injured in the crash in Turkey, Texas, about 100 miles southeast of Amarillo, The plane’s other passenger had minor injuries. The plane was designed to carry only one person, the report said.

This incident was the latest in a string of gender reveal stunts gone awry.

In October, a family in Iowa inadvertently built a pipe bomb for a party that exploded and killed a grandmother.

Last year, an off-duty border patrol agent was ordered to pay more than $8 million in restitution after his gender reveal caused a forest fire in Arizona.

Count on feeling nostalgic as ‘Sesame Street’ turns 50

(CNN) — There’s a moment early in the “Sesame Street” special marking the program’s 50th anniversary where host Joseph Gordon-Levitt, prompted by a curious Abby and Elmo, tells his two fuzzy friends that he’s 38 years old, eliciting gaps from the duo.

Elmo marches up to Abby’s ear and whispers, loud enough so the audience — and Gordon-Levitt — can hear, “Can a person be that old?”

“I don’t know,” Abby says. “I bet he knows dinosaurs.”

He doesn’t, Abby. But like most his age, he’s certainly known a big bird for a very long time.

“Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration,” airing on HBO on Saturday, honors the moments that taught generations of children the building blocks of learning through song, stories and silliness. (CNN, like HBO, is owned by WarnerMedia.)

The program features celebrity guests like Whoopi Goldberg, Patti LaBelle, Elvis Costello, Meghan Trainor, Sterling K. Brown, Norah Jones, and looks back at iconic visits from other recognizable faces. Kermit the Frog also stops by.

The celebration marks the start of the show’s Season 50, which will welcome guests like Chrissy Teigen, ballet dancer Misty Copeland and comedian Michael Che. The first regular episode of the season airs November 16.

The special will air on PBS stations on November 17, a delay that’s a result of a deal the Sesame Workshop struck with HBO four years ago. Though met with criticism, the partnership helped infuse Sesame Workshop with funds to sustain its programming for years to come, the organization said.

Its deal with HBO was recently expanded to include specials and a new late-night TV talk show series for HBO Max, called “The Not Too Late Show with Elmo.” HBO Max subscribers will also have access to the 50-year library of the show.

The pairing of “Sesame Street” with premium cable and now a streaming network demonstrates the evolution of the show from its humble roots. Launched November 10, 1969, “Sesame Street” was initially broadcast on 180 public TV stations with the goal or preparing less advantages children for school. Now, it reaches more than 150 countries and translated into 70 languages.

Time, technology and expansion have certainly changed the answer to the memorable question, “Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?” But how one gets there really doesn’t matter; what’s important is the vital program is still there to be found.

Instagram will test hiding US users’ likes

(CNN) — Posting on Instagram can come with a rush of validation when likes from friends and strangers come pouring in. But those likes will soon be hidden for some US users.

In an attempt to stamp down on competitive pressure on the platform, Instagram will hide likes for “some” users in the United States starting next week, its CEO Adam Mosseri said Friday. It’s a test that the Facebook-owned platform has already rolled out to seven countries: Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.

Now the United States will join the list.

Likes, or how many hearts a post gets, will disappear from Instagram’s feed and user profile pages. A user can still see how many likes they’ve received, but their followers won’t know the count. It’s therefore harder to compare whether your post of a cute dog is getting more traction than a friend’s photo of their cat.

Mosseri said the move is aimed at young people. “The idea is to depressurize Instagram, make it less of a competition,” he said, in remarks given at the Wired 25 Conference.

Speaking at the Wired 25 conference in San Francisco, Mosseri estimated there were about several hundred people in the audience and said some of them would definitely see their likes hidden.

Social media companies have come under pressure to take a more pro-active approach to both monitoring content on their platforms and managing so-called “screen addiction.”

Some users have so far expressed relief about the move to hide likes.

But the changes could also be a blow to smaller influencers who relied on large numbers of likes to attract brand deals. While likes may become hidden, Instagram still has another metric: the follower count. For the influencers who make content that usually get a lot of likes but don’t necessarily have large amounts of followers, they could see the competition move to a metric that they’re not performing as well in.

“We have to see how it affects how people feel about the platform,” said Mosseri, “I’ve been spending a lot of time on this personally.”

Germany, allies mark 30 years since Berlin Wall fell

BERLIN (AP) — Germany marked the 30th anniversary Saturday of the opening of the Berlin Wall, a pivotal moment in the events that brought down Communism in eastern Europe.

Leaders from Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic attended a ceremony at Bernauer Strasse — where one of the last parts of the Berlin Wall remains — before placing roses in the once-fearsome barrier that divided the city for 28 years.

“The Berlin Wall, ladies and gentlemen, is history,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said later at a memorial service inside a small chapel near where the Wall once stood. “It teaches us: No wall that keeps people out and restricts freedom is so high or so wide that it can’t be broken down.”

Noting the cruelty of the East German regime — which had torn down a previous church on the former death strip site so snipers could get a better shot at people fleeing to the West — Merkel paid tribute to those who were killed or imprisoned during the Communist dictatorship and insisted that the fight for freedom worldwide isn’t over.

“We are bereft of excuses, challenged to do our part for freedom and democracy,” she said.

In a statement issued by his office, U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated Germany on its anniversary, saying that “courageous men and women from both East and West Germany united to tear down a wall that stood as a symbol of oppression and failed socialism for more than a quarter of a century.”

“The United States and our allies and partners remain steadfast in our unwavering allegiance to advancing the principles of individual liberty and freedom that have sustained peace and spawned unparalleled prosperity,” he added.

Speaking to European leaders at Bernauer Strasse, head of the Berlin Wall memorial site, Axel Klausmeier, recalled the images of delirious Berliners from East and West crying tears of joy as they hugged each other on the evening of Nov. 9, 1989 .

The collapse of the Berlin Wall was brought about largely by peaceful protests and a stream of people fleeing East Germany that piled pressure on the country’s Communist government to open its borders to the West and ultimately end the nation’s post-war division.

Thirty years on, Germany has become the most powerful economic and political force on the continent, but there remain deep misgivings among some in the country about how the transition from socialism to capitalism was managed.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged this in a recent interview with daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, saying that “with some things, where one might have thought that East and West would have aligned, one can see today that it might rather take half a century or more.”

She also recalled that Nov. 9 remains a fraught date in German history, as it also marks the anniversary of the so-called Night of Broken Glass, an anti-Jewish pogrom in 1938 that foreshadowed the Nazi’s Holocaust.

Light installations, concerts and public debates were planned throughout the city and other parts of Germany to mark the fall of the Wall, including a concert at Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate.

Among those who had come to Berlin to celebrate were members of the Trabant Club Middle Hesse, an association that promotes the old East German car affectionately known as the Trabi.

Jens Schmidt, who fled East Germany before the fall of the Wall by driving his Trabi to Hungary and then across the open border to the West, said the club has many young members for whom learning to repair the simple but sturdy vehicles can be a lesson in history and civics, too.

“The team spirit,” he said. “It was stronger back then.”

Truck hit by train in Davenport, what we know

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Traffic near Marquette and 5th Streets in Davenport were brought to a standstill by the aftermath of a train-on-car accident.

According to Davenport police, at about 9:14 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, the truck was driving north on Marquette Street when the 23-car train was approaching the intersection at 5th street, which notably lacks the gate arms that lower to block cars from passing through. The truck attempted to make it past the train tracks, following another car, and was struck by the train.

The accident disabled the train’s lead car and damaged the truck. The truck’s only passenger, the driver, was not injured in a major way. It took about 45 minutes to remove the truck from the scene.

The intersections of Taylor and 5th, along with Marquette and 5th were closed until 11 a.m.

Warmer weekend before Polar blast

Your Saturday looks to be a beautiful fall day with pleasant temperatures. We will see a good amount of sun and with the southern winds, temperatures will rise around the 50° mark. Gusty winds won't be an issue this afternoon so it will be a good day to finish up any yard work or hang some decorations before it gets too cold!

Clouds will increase later tonight into Sunday morning which will allow for some of that daytime heating from today to linger around. Overnight lows will not be as bitter as the past few nights as they will be in the low 30s. Sunday will be much cloudier but temperatures will be able to make it in the mid 40s.

We are keeping an eye on the potential to see some snow beginning Sunday evening into Monday morning. Luckily, we shouldn't see much in accumulation and the system will clear out by Monday late morning. The bigger story will be the arctic blast of cold air we get starting Monday. Highs will be in the low to mid 20s for Monday and Tuesday. Expect windchills to be in the single digits and even colder overnight as lows will be brutal.

WQAD Sports – November 8th

  • Bettendorf bests Cedar Falls 24-14
  • North Scott falls to Western Dubuque 29-7
  • Easton Valley and West Liberty see seasons come to an end
  • Sterling Volleyball wind 3 game thriller
  • Orion Volleyball sees season come to an end with 37-2 record
  • Iowa bests SIU- Edwardsville
  • Illini pick up road win

Twins give birth to a bundle of babies on the same day

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) — Twin sisters who gave birth on the same day at a St. Louis hospital have a number of reasons to be happy.

It doesn't take double vision to see how rare the births at Mercy hospital were – when fraternal twin sisters Lisa Boyce and Lauren Kozelichki learned they were both pregnant they did not suspect that they would deliver on the same day.

"She announced to me, and told me, and we were all so excited," said Lauren Kozelichki. "Then a short week later I ended up finding out I was pregnant. So we announced to her after she told us."

For the last few months, the sisters celebrated their big news.

"So our original due dates were ten days apart," said Lisa Boyce.

The numbers looked like they wouldn't align for these sisters hoping to have babies at the same time.

"So, I went in on Tuesday and labored for a couple of days and ended up with a C-section on the 7th at 1:30 in the morning," says Boyce. "Lauren had a scheduled C-section that day because they don't let twins go past 38 weeks."

"But being a twin I always thought I had a little advantage of raising twins," says Kozelichki. "Which was awesome. I never dreamed ever that they would all be born on the exact same day."

That day was November 7, or 11-7. Thankfully there were almost ten hours between the births. The twins had the same doctor at Mercy Hospital.

"My soccer number was always five and hers was always seven," Kozelichki said. "So she was supposed to have him on the fifth and I on the seventh. But they all three came on the seventh. So seven is going to be their lucky number."

"We had no idea. It was that big of a deal until after we both had delivered," Boyce said. "Then a lot of the nurses said, 'We've never had this happen before. On the same day, with the same doctor, with twins having a twin.' So I guess that was pretty awesome."

 

Family of boy who attacked another student at Davenport West speaks out

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- The family of a Davenport West High School student charged with attacking another student said they can't stay silent any longer.

On Monday, November 4, one student repeatedly punched another student in the cafeteria, leaving the victim with a serious head injury. According to both families, the dispute began when the victim, Charlie, took an "inappropriate, but playful" photo of another student for the school newspaper. The student in the photo asked for it to be taken off social media, but began being bullied soon after.

On Friday, News 8's Bianca Reyes sat down with the family of the boy who threw the punches.

The boy's mother, Angela Hughes, said ever since the video of the fight went viral her son has been wrongfully portrayed and is a victim, himself, of cyber bullying.

"There’s been an image put out of our baby, our 15 year old, who they portrayed as like a thug or a bully," Hughes said referencing the video shared across social media. "And he is the furthest thing from that."

Hughes said up until now, the narrative surrounding the fight has been one-sided and she is ready to defend her son.

"It’s a nine second clip. And everybody got that one side of the story. But nobody knows what led up to this," Hughes said.

She claims what happened on Monday was a product of cyber-bullying.

The photo that sparked the fight shows Hughes' son laying down for a pose in the West High hallways. Behind him, in the same position, is the school's janitor. Hughes said her son described him as a "friendly, cool" janitor. However, Hughes finds a deeper issue with the photo.

"The photo, with a grown man, in the picture with my son was inappropriate. I should have been contacted immediately," said Hughes. "When the superintendent did his interview (with media) he said that the photo made him uncomfortable. But it didn’t make you uncomfortable enough to reach out to the parents involved?"

She said the school was aware of the photo and had pulled her son into the principal's office the morning of the attack to ask if he was a target of bullying. Hughes said she was never aware of that meeting and that she should have been notified.

"Once the photo is out there you can’t take it back," Hughes said. "Everybody knows that. That’s common sense."

The suspect's father, Jeffery Hickman, agreed with his wife. He said the photo needed to be shown to explain to the public that his son did not react without reason.

"By this picture going viral like that, now people are looking at him like he’s something different," Hickman said. "They’re not getting the story. They’re just getting the part where they’re thinking this kid jumps on another kid at school."

When asked if the thought of the victim dying from his injuries crossed their mind, both parents said yes.

"Has the thought crossed anybody's mind that my son could've taken his life from being cyber-bullied," Hughes asked in response. "There's two lives involved here."

The family said the spotlight on the video made their son go from being the victim, to being the suspect. Hughes said she is also appalled by the threats her son, and family, has received.

"He still has people harassing him, texting him. He has grown ups speaking about he should be injured, he should be charged as an adult, all these things," said Hughes.

"I’m just blessed that he didn’t take that (bullying) and go home and take his life," said Hickman.

The family said they did reach out to the victim's family to apologize for their son.

"My son didn’t eat or sleep until he found out whether or not that kid was okay," said Hughes.

According to Hughes, "disciplinary action" is being taken on the janitor photographed with her son. She said her son has been removed from school until his expulsion hearing on Tuesday, November 12th.

96 Sears, Kmart locations closing nationwide

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (WJW) — Fifty-one Sears stores and another 45 Kmart locations will soon be closing across the country, according to Transformco, the company that acquired the beleaguered retailers out of bankruptcy.

Sears Holdings Corporation was purchased by Transformco in February 2019.  Since then, Transformco has faced a difficult retail environment, along with other challenges, the company said in a press release Thursday.

In an effort to “position Transformco for success” by focusing on their competitive strengths and reducing operations that are struggling, the company has made the “difficult but necessary” decision to close 96 Sears and Kmart stores nationwide.

The stores are expected to close by February 2020.  Going out of business sales will begin on December 2, 2019 at many locations.

***Click here for a list of nationwide closures.***

Following the closures, Transformco will operate 182 stores across the country.

“We will endeavor to create and deliver value through a strategic combination of our better performing retail stores and our service businesses, brands and other assets, and expect to realize a significant return on our extensive portfolio of owned and leased real estate. These assets include Innovel, which provides logistics solutions to businesses and consumers, Sears Home Services as well as Shop Your Way® and financial services, and our Kenmore® and DieHard brands. These businesses will also benefit from the recent acquisition by an affiliate of Transformco of Sears Hometown – a network of more than 400 independently-owned and operated, dealer-managed smaller-format stores that are known for offering customers a range of home products, including appliances, lawn & garden, tools and sporting goods,” Transformco officials said in a statement.

The company encourages shoppers to use the store locator function on their websites to find the closest Sears or Kmart location.  They also encourage consumers to shop on Sears.com and Kmart.com.

‘Wheel of Fortune’ host Pat Sajak undergoes emergency surgery; Vanna White to step in

CULVER CITY, Calif. (WJW) – Vanna White is filling in as the host of “Wheel of Fortune” after Pat Sajak underwent emergency surgery this week.

According to a post on the show’s official Twitter account, he went in to correct a blocked intestine.

Taping was cancelled for Thursday and resumed again on Friday with Vanna’s assistance.

“He is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work,” the show noted in the post.

There was also a photo of the board with a custom message that said “Get well soon Pat!”

Our taping on Thursday was canceled because host Pat Sajak underwent successful emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine. He is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work. Taping resumed today as scheduled and Vanna White has stepped in as host. pic.twitter.com/09zYOCE4hL

— Wheel of Fortune (@WheelofFortune) November 8, 2019

Buffalo Wild Wings worker dead, 10 hospitalized after chemical incident

BURLINGTON, Mass. – A Massachusetts Buffalo Wild Wings worker is died and nearly a dozen people were hospitalized after being exposed to a chemical inside the restaurant Thursday evening.

Firefighters arrived around 5:30 p.m. and found the worker complaining of nausea, likely from inhaling fumes in the kitchen area. The incident prompted a Tier 1 hazardous material response and firefighters evacuated the building.

The deadly substance was described as a “strong cleaning agent,” according to a statement from John M. Guilfoil, a spokesman for the Burlington Fire Department.

The unidentified male worker was in serious condition when he was rushed to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, where he later died, according to fire officials. Ten other people, including customers and workers, sought treatment for difficulty breathing and a burning sensation in the eyes.

“We’re just sitting there and then all of a sudden we start smelling the whatever it was, ammonia or whatever it smelled like, and all of a sudden he inside of my nose starts burning,” a patron told WHDH. “We see the employees, like the waitstaff, everybody just flee.”

A state hazardous materials team responded around 9:30 p.m. as authorities worked to identify the chemical threat.

“Anyone who was in the restaurant at the time and believes they may be impacted by the incident should seek medical treatment immediately,” the fire department said.

Buffalo Wild Wings gave the following statement to WHDH:

“We are shocked and saddened to learn of this horrific accident at our franchise-owned sports bar and are working closely with our franchisee and the authorities while they conduct an investigation.”

Kanye West: ‘I might legally change my name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West’

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – Kanye West said he is considering changing his name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West, Newsweek reports.

He made the remark at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York Thursday.

Newsweek reports he wanted to show Americans it’s possible to achieve billionaire status after complaining that Forbes magazine did not designate him billionaire status, despite the fact that his Yeezy shoe line is expected to exceed $1.5 billion in sales this year.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, he said: “Martin Luther King didn’t get killed because he had a dream; he had something else he was gong to talk about. He talked about black empowerment, economic empowerment,” said West. “When I did Forbes, I showed them a $890 million receipt and they still didn’t say ‘billionaire.’ They don’t want us to know that we can buy land; they don’t want us to have the 100 percent ownership [that] I have at Yeezy. …When people say it’s crass to call yourself a billionaire, I say I might legally change my name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West for a year until y’all understand exactly what it is… It will be on the license plate.”

He also claimed he will run for president eventually.

Deaths of 3 infants at Pennsylvania hospital linked to preparation of donor breast milk, officials say

DANVILLE, Pa. – The preparation of donor breast milk has been linked to the deaths of three babies at a Pennsylvania hospital, officials said Friday.

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania, about 70 miles north of Harrisburg, discovered the infection in July. The infection was caused by the pseudomonas bacteria, which grows in water. Three babies died and five others fell ill over a two-month span after the discovery, according to a hospital spokesman. All of the infected babies were born prematurely.

“We have concluded that the exposure came from the process we were using to prepare donor breast milk,” said Edward Hartle, Geisinger executive vice president and chief medical officer.

Specifically, the exposure came from equipment used to measure breast milk, which “helps premature infants with their nutritional needs,” Hartle’s statement read.

“Since September 30, we have changed this process, and have been using single-use equipment to measure and administer donor breast milk,” Hartle said. “We have had no new cases of infants becoming ill from pseudomonas in the (neonatal intensive care unit) since making this change.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Health visited Geisinger Medical Center on October 18 and cited the hospital for not having a written policy for cleaning the measurement equipment.

“We immediately corrected the citation and drafted a new policy,” Hartle said.

Hartle emphasized that donor breast milk is now safe.

“We are certain the milk itself was not the cause of the exposure,” he said.

Mothers delivering premature babies will be sent to another hospital until normal operations can resume at Geisinger, the statement read.

“We would like to extend our sincere apologies to the families who have been affected by this incident,” Hartle’s statement read. “We know that the public holds us to the highest standards, and we will continue to strive to live up to those expectations as we have throughout our history, constantly improving on what we do and how we do it.”

YOUR HEALTH: Using shock waves to unclog the most clogged arteries

WYNNEWOOD, Pennsylvania – What happens when heart disease is so bad that thick plaque makes it nearly impossible to even place a stent in the arteries?

59-year old Vickey Soennichsen's heart disease had filled her arteries with plaque, narrowing them to the point that while trying to catch a train, she almost collapsed.

"I'm going up the stairs and I'm pulling myself up the stairs trying to get up to the top," she explained.

"I thought, I am just gonna die."

Thick plaque buildup constricting her arteries, was the culprit.

"When you see areas of a vessel that look like bites have been taken out, that represents atherosclerosis," explained Dr. Sarang Mangalmurti, interventional cardiologist at Lankenau Heart Institute.

Doctors trying to put a balloon or stent in face blockage from calcium that has hardened.    So for years, they drilled the vessel until they discovered shockwave therapy for coronary artery disease, or CAD.

"Instead of drilling out the vessel, we can use a very special balloon that emits ultrasonic waves to crack or fracture all that calcium," said Dr. Mangalmurti.

Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago is one of the medical facilities involved in the clinical trial.

The shockwaves are generated from emitters along the context of the angio balloon and connect to a generator.

"That emitter is sparked and that spark creates a shockwave pulse and that pulse is transmitted from the emitter out into the vessel wall," Dr. Mangalmurti explained.

Vickey's recovery was a welcome relief.

"They told me to take a week and I felt great the next day."

"From the results that we're seeing after we do the treatment, we're seeing significantly improved vessel compliance. That means the vessel has opened up after the balloon angioplasty portion of it largely because we've fractured and weakened that calcification."   - Dr. Sarang Mangalmurti

CAD therapy will continue trials with 400 patients at 50 hospitals and follow patients for several years.

Clinicians will study this until July 2022.

But Vickey is already sold on it.

"To know that somebody is watching over you and saying you're going to live, it gives you the confidence to go out and wanna do more."

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at jim.mertens@wqad.com or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at mthomas@ivanhoe.com.

QC leaders emphasize importance of counting children for 2020 Census

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Quad City leaders met at the YWCA to discuss the 2020 census with a focus on children under the age of five.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported 1 million children were undercounted in the 2010 census.  They say a lot of families complete the census, but they forget to include their children.

Leaders in the area say it’s necessary to have an accurate number so communities can receive proper funding.

“For us to miss 1 million children as was stated in 2010, 10 years is a lot for a child,” says Theresa Le of the U.S. Census Bureau Chicago.  “That is their entire childhood when you think about that.  And that’s very sobering.”

Quad City area school districts have discussed becoming a location people can go to ensure they complete the census.  Since the census application will be available for the first time online this year, they say schools have internet and computers people can access.

“I think it’s a way that schools, school districts, communities can assist in the counting because we have computer labs, we have mobile devices, we are sometimes used as polling places, so we have availability to the families,” say Dr. Mark Klaisner, President of Illinois Association of Regional Superintendent of Schools.

The U.S. Census Bureaus says if there is an inaccurate number during the count that will impact funding for certain community services.

The Salvation Army adds electronic payment options to red kettle campaign

MOLINE, ILLINOIS  --  Bells are beginning to ring across the Quad Cities. November 8th, 2019, marks the first day for The Salvation Army's red kettle campaign.

Being strapped for cash is no longer an excuse, because there is now an electronic way to donate.

"It automatically comes out with 5,10 and 25 dollars," Tim North with The Salvation Army said. "It also gives you a specific amount if you want to give something different."

The holiday campaign brings in more than 50 percent of The Salvation Army's funds for the year. The goal is to raise $825,000.

"Our kettles do okay," North said. "Last year, we were down overall." People don`t carry cash anymore. We are all becoming a society of credit cards."

"Now that they`ve launched this tap to pay option, that is no longer an excuse and it's even easier to donate," Bell Ringer Andrew Stuzke said. "That was the number one reason I heard last year, people saying they don`t have any change or cash to put in."

"We are hoping that this year will get better because of electronic payment," North said.

The same familiar bell, but with a new way to donate.

You can donate to salvation army kettles until Christmas Eve.

Man calls 911 to report stolen marijuana, winds up arrested instead

DEKALB COUNTY, Al. (WJW) – A 21-year-old man is accused of calling 911 after his marijuana was allegedly stolen while at a gas station.

According to the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office, dispatchers received the bizarre call last week.

Officers from the local police department, along with deputies, responded to the scene where they met Dante Bellamoli.

Upon further investigation, they found him to be in possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

“It probably wasn’t the best decision for this individual to choose to report stolen marijuana, but we were happy to investigate it for him,” said Sheriff Nick Weldon in a press release.

Bellamoli was arrested and is now charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Cocktail of the Week: The ‘J’ Bar’s New Old Fashioned

The J Bar in Davenport was gracious to host Jon and I for our Cocktail of the Week segment. Lead Bartender Austin Chandler showed us how to make a 'New Old Fashioned.' It involves Rye Whiskey, the J Bar Cherry Cordial, Angostura, Orange Bitters, and Burt Orange Essence.

Chandler says the cherry cordial is what makes the drink stand apart from other Old Fashions.

"It's Brandy based which gives us that nice blend of more common whiskey/bourbon based Old Fashioned and Wisconsin Supper Club brandy," he said. "We flame the orange and rub on the rim of the glass to bring that essence to the foreground of the drink. This act adds so much character to the drink and is quite the interesting show."

You can get the New Old Fashioned at The J Bar on Elmore Avenue in Davenport and at Heart of America's new Moline property, the Fifth Avenue Syndicate Bistro and Bar. Angie and Jon were there just two weeks ago. 

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