Less sitting, more moving tied to living longer

(CNN) — Doing less sitting and more moving is tied to living longer, according to a new study.

Replacing 30 minutes per day of sedentary time with 30 minutes of physical activity at a light intensity was associated with a 17% lower risk of early death in a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology on Monday.

The study also found that replacing 30 minutes of sedentary time with 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise was associated with a 35% lower risk of early death.

Related: How the QC keeps moving

“If you replace 30 minutes of sitting time with 30 minutes of light-intensity physical activity — so something just like a casual stroll down the hall — that still can lower your risk,” said Keith Diaz, a certified exercise physiologist and assistant professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, who was first author of the study.

“Obviously, it doesn’t lower your risk as much as exercise, or as much as moderate to vigorous physical activity, but it still can lower risk, and to us, that was somewhat of a new finding,” he said. “Any movement for any length of time is going to give you health benefit, and this is really shifting what we know about physical activity.”

The study included national data on 7,999 people age 45 and older who wore activity monitors to track their sedentary time between 2009 and 2013. The researchers used that data to analyze and simulate the mortality benefits that could be incurred if sedentary time in the data was replaced with physical activity.

The researchers found that replacing sitting time with exercise and movement was associated with a benefit, but replacing prolonged periods of sitting with shorter periods of sitting was not.

“In our previous work, we found that if you take a break every 30 minutes, it will lower your risk from sitting,” Diaz said, but the new study didn’t show that in the data.

“We went deeper into the data to try to understand that more, and why people who took a movement every 30 minutes had a lower risk of death: It’s because they just had more opportunity to move,” he said.

The new study had some limitations, including that the researchers found only an association between physical activity and a lower risk of early death, and the finding was based on simulations.

Overall, Diaz said, he hopes the findings help encourage people to become more active in their daily lives.

“You don’t have to take 10 minutes’ break and go run up and down the stairs,” Diaz said.

“If you take a 1-minute movement break and instead of going to the bathroom closest to your desk, you go to the bathroom furthest from your desk, maybe that’s enough to help you accrue this healthful activity,” he said. “Or, if you have a meeting, walk and talk.”

Gwendolyn Thomas, an exercise physiologist and director of the Exercise Prescription Lab at Syracuse University in New York, called the new study “exciting.”

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that the average adult get 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week, she said, which can seem daunting for some.

However, “one of the things that really jumps out at me is that the basic message is: Physical activity of any intensity is needed and beneficial,” said Thomas, who was not involved in the study.

“In this article, they talk about replacing 30 minutes of total sedentary time with 30 minutes of light-intensity physical activity, and they saw a drop of 17% of lower mortality risk,” she said. “This is really encouraging and should be very encouraging to people.”

Gillette’s new ad isn’t about shaving. It’s about men in the age of #metoo

Gillette’s newest advertisement isn’t about shaving, or beards or personal hygiene.

The company’s “We Believe” ad – a one minute and 48 second spot posted to its social media accounts this week – addresses serious issues like toxic masculinity, sexual harassment and #metoo.

Gillette plays on its famous tagline and asks: “Is this the best a man can get?”

Reactions to the commercial have been mixed, and predictably extreme. Some offered praise for the progressive ad while others have threatened to boycott the razor company.

“We expected debate. Actually a discussion is necessary. If we don’t discuss and don’t talk about it, I don’t think real change will happen,” Pankaj Bhalla, Gillette’s North America brand director, told CNN Business.

He said he hopes men who watch the video will be inspired to act like role models and show younger children how to stand up to bad behavior and treat other people with respect.

Procter & Gamble, which owns Gillette, has made progressive advertising before.

The company has won accolades for advertisements such as its Always “Like a Girl” campaign and Pantene’s “Strong is Beautiful” campaign that shows NFL players braiding their daughter’s hair.

The Gillette “We Believe” includes a voice narrating over scenes of bullies, sexual harassment and masculinity.

“We can’t hide from it. Its been going on far too long. We cant laugh it off, making the same old excuses.” Then, in a direct reference to the #metoo movement, it says “Something has finally changed.” It closes with scenes of men breaking up fights, standing up for people, and being attentive fathers.

Gillette’s team consulted men across the country, conducted its own studies, and spoke to experts on masculinity, according to the company.

On YouTube and Twitter, the replies were flooded by people angry about the ad. Some men have said it was insulting, other said it was “feminist propaganda.”

Other people said the reactions to the ad proved why it was necessary in the first place.

“The ad is not about toxic masculinity. It is about men taking more action every day to set the best example for the next generation,” said Bhalla. “This was intended to simply say that the enemy for all of us is inaction.”

The company has more videos lined up as part of the larger branding effort, which includes donating $1 million a year for the next three years to organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of America.

Pritzker outlines long to-do list, says Illinois is not broken

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) -- Illinois' new governor is making it clear, he wants to see state government do a lot over the next four years.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker's to-do list is long and could grow during his first year in office.

Pritzker told the crowd at his inauguration Monday in Springfield that he sees a century of boundless opportunity ahead.

Watch: J.B. Pritzker sworn in as 43rd Illinois governor

He also outlined a plan to have state government spend more on child care, adopt a climate change strategy, raise the minimum wage, fight gun violence, and raise taxes to pay for it all.

"The future of Illinois depends on the passage of a fair income tax," Pritzker said. "Which will bring us into the 21st century, like most of our Midwestern neighbors, and the vast majority of the United States."

Pritzker is still not saying, however, what that new tax would look like, or who will pay what.

The new governor also took some jabs at Illinois' old governor. Pritzker said his leadership won't be arrogant.

"I won't hollow out the functions of government to achieve an ideological agenda," Pritzker said to applause. "And I won't make government employees the scapegoats."

Pritzker takes office immediately, but will have some time before he has to work with Illinois lawmakers. Legislators aren't due back at the Capitol until the end of the month.

Related: Galesburg non-profit gets shout-out during Governor Pritzker's inaugural speech

Ag in the Classroom returns Wednesday…with a bit of a twist!

CAMBRIDGE, Illinois- We are happy to begin another round of Ag in the Classroom, Wednesday, January 16 on Good Morning Quad Cities.

The Illinois Farm Bureau's DeAnne Bloomberg hooked me up with Cambridge FFA teacher Trenton Taber. Through him and his student Bradleigh Schaefer, the two are going to come up with ideas for us every other week on Good Morning Quad Cities. Schaefer will bring in at least one other student every week to help her out. Taber plans on helping out behind the scenes.

Wednesday, Schaefer, is going to show us how to make a garden in glove.

For instructions on the activity, see the information below:

The goal for this project is to teach students about seed germination using gloves and cotton balls.

Materials Needed:
• Clear plastic glove
• 5 cotton balls
• 5 types of seeds, 3-4 seeds of each (examples: lettuce, carrot, cucumber, tomato, broccoli)
• Pencil
• Water
• Marker

1. Write your name on a clear plastic glove.
2. Wet five cotton balls and wring them out.
3. Place 3-4 seeds of the same type on each cotton ball (or dip the cotton balls in the seeds to pick them up). You may want to
keep track of which seed is in which finger.

4. Put a cotton ball with the seeds attached into each finger of the glove. Hint: You may have to use a pencil to get the cotton
ball all the way to the tips of the glove fingers.

5. Blow up the plastic glove and close it with a twist tie.
6. Tape the glove to a window, chalkboard, or wall. You may want to hang a clothes line under a chalk tray and use clothes pins to
hold the gloves on.
7. The seeds will germinate in 3 to 5 days. Keep a plant diary and look at the seeds under a microscope.
8. Transplant the seeds about 1 ½ to 2 weeks by cutting the tips of the fingers off the glove. Transplant the cotton ball and small
plants into soil or sphagnum moss.
9. After growing to full size, plants can be made into a salad.

Americans are now more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a car accident

For the first time on record, the odds of accidentally dying from an opioid overdose in the United States are now greater than those of dying in an automobile accident.

The grim finding comes from the National Safety Council which analyzed preventable injury and fatality statistics from 2017.

The NSC also found the lifetime odds of death for this form of overdose were greater than the risk of death from falls, pedestrian incidents, drowning and fire.

Examining a variety of federal and state data the NSC found the lifetime odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose were 1 in 96. For motor vehicle accidents the odds were 1 in 103 and 1 in 114 for falls. The lifetime odds of suicide were greater, at 1 in 88.

"Too many people still believe the opioid crisis is abstract and will not impact them. Many still do not see it as a major threat to them or their family," said Maureen Vogel, spokeswoman for the National Safety Council told CNN in an email. "These data show the gravity of the crisis. We have known for some time that opioid overdose is an everyday killer, and these odds illustrate that in a very jarring way."

The NSC highlights, however, that the odds given are statistical averages over the whole US population and do not necessarily reflect the chances of death for a particular person from a particular external cause. In addition they are lifetime odds, based on dividing the one-year odds by the life expectancy of a person born in 2017.

In 2017 preventable injury deaths were 169,936 -- an increase of 5.3% from the year before and a 96% increase compared to the figures in 1992.

"The data really underscore the importance of knowing the biggest risks to our safety," said Vogel. "The Council calculates the Odds of Dying not to scare Americans but to empower them to make safer decisions and improve their chances of longevity."

The organization has highlighted these numbers in a bid to help prevent future deaths from preventable causes.

"For too long, preventable deaths and injuries have been called 'accidents,' implying unavoidable acts of God or fate that we are powerless to stop. This is simply not true," it wrote. "In the US, preventable injuries are at an all-time high."

Comparing 2017 to 2016, home and public deaths saw large increases of 6% or more being driven largely by an 11% increase in poisoning deaths (including opioid overdoses) and a 5% increase in fall deaths (primarily among the older population).

In 2018, unintentional injury was found to be the leading cause of death in the US, with more than 61,000 people aged 1 to 44 dying from this cause in 2016 -- nearly twice as many as from cancer and heart disease combined. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these deaths were predominantly a result of motor vehicle accidents and unintentional poisonings.

Last month the CDC reported life expectancy in the United States declined from 2016 to 2017 due to increased drug overdoses and suicides. One study also found that a growing number of children and adolescents in the United States are dying from opioid poisonings.

"What began more than 2 decades ago as a public health problem primarily among young and middle-aged white males is now an epidemic of prescription and illicit opioid abuse that is taking a toll on all segments of US society," the researchers wrote.

Overdose deaths reached a new high in 2017, topping 70,000, while the suicide rate increased by 3.7%, the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics reports. Illegally manufactured fentanyl was suggested to be the driving force.

From 2013 to 2017, drug overdose death rates increased in 35 of 50 states and DC, with significant increases in death rates involving synthetic opioids reported in 15 of 20 states, the CDC said in a previous statement.

A separate December report found that in 2016, fentanyl surpassed heroin as the most commonly used drug in overdose deaths in the US.

Los Angeles teachers union calls for ‘massive presence’ on day 2 of strike

(CNN) — After 32,000 educators went on strike Monday, the United Teachers Los Angeles union said they want day two of the strike to “show such a massive presence that disrupts business as usual in downtown LA.”

Union leaders called for Tuesday’s demonstration at the California Charter School’s Association to be as big as or greater than Monday’s walkout, during which thousands of educators marched from city hall to the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters, according to CNN affiliate KCBS-TV.

The union and school district have been unable to agree on how to fund smaller class sizes, bigger teacher salaries and more counselors and nurses in the district’s roughly 1,000 schools. Both sides agree that they want to achieve those goals.

The teachers’ strike is the city’s first in 30 years.

Day one of the strike cost the LAUSD $15 million, district superintendent Austin Beutner told CNN affiliate KABC-TV Monday night.

“About $15 million that would have been better spent to reduce class size, to hire more nurses, counselors, librarians… Each day we should be asking ourselves, ‘Why can’t we get this solved?’ Let’s finish this contract, let’s put that behind us, let’s move forward, let’s get back to Sacramento, where I was last week, let’s keep working for more funding so we can do more at our schools,” he said.

“We want to have fully staffed schools,” said Andrea Cohen, who’s taught at John Marshall High School for 24 years. “That means librarians, nurses, psychiatric social workers and their interns. We have 46, 45, 50 students in a class. It’s unacceptable.”

Student calls Monday class a waste of time

While the adults keep struggling to find a resolution, students were still expected to go to school during the strike Monday.

Despite the mass exodus of 32,000 teachers and staff, classes continued at all schools. LAUSD has hired about 400 substitute teachers and reassigned more than 2,000 administrators to help educate the 600,000 students.

Shannon Haber, chief communications officer for LAUSD, said schools worked out the day on a case-by-case, school-by-school basis.

At one high school, KCBS reported, ninth and 10th graders were brought to the auditorium instead of going to class.

Students at an elementary school in South Los Angeles were outside playing board games, KCBS reported.

And at another elementary school in East Los Angeles, only 89 out of 356 kindergarten through sixth graders showed up, KCBS reported. Some classrooms were left dark and students were in the auditorium all day, KCBS reported. One student even told KCBS Monday was a waste of time.

But some students still showed support for the strike.

“I wanna support the teachers and I want to see what happens after the strikes,” Evolet Vazquez told CNN affiliate KTLA-TV.

Numbers and accusations fly

While both UTLA and LAUSD have made some concessions, both the union and the school district accuse the other of giving misleading facts and figures.

UTLA leaders said on Facebook Monday night that superintendent Beutner “continued lying publicly” by saying he was willing to negotiate “around the clock.” They claim he didn’t show up to two of the three sessions teachers set up with the district that were scheduled for last Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

In LAUSD’s latest offer to the union Friday, the school district said it “would add nearly 1,200 more educators — teachers, counselors, nurses and librarians — in schools, reducing class size in thousands of classrooms.”

Class sizes in grades four to six would be limited to 35 students, and class sizes in all middle and high school math and English classes would be limited to 39 students, the school district said.

The offer would also “ensure no increase in any class size, increase nurses, counselors and librarians at all schools, along with a 6% salary increase and back pay for the 2017-2018 school year,” LAUSD said.

But union President Alex Caputo-Pearl said the offer was good for only one year and that the school district’s proposal was “woefully inadequate.”

The union wants LAUSD to pull from its $1.86 billion in reserves to increase school staffing and boost teachers’ salaries by 6.5%.

But the school district says it’s not nearly as wealthy as the teachers’ union suggests.

“School budgets in California are set in three-year increments, and from July 2018 to June 2021, Los Angeles Unified will spend $24 billion educating students. This includes its entire, existing $1.8 billion reserve,” LAUSD said.

The school district said at this rate, it might not even have enough money to meet a required 1% reserve by the 2021-2022 school year.

“Our commitment to our families is to make sure all of the money we have is being spent in schools. We are doing that,” Beutner said in a statement.

The financial situation is so bad, the Los Angeles County Office of Education is stepping in. Last week, the state-funded regulatory agency assigned fiscal experts to work with the school district on a plan to “eliminate deficit spending and restore required financial reserve levels.”

And the Los Angeles school board has ordered the superintendent to come up with a three-year “enterprise plan” to get more revenue by March 18. That plan “could include parcel tax and school bond measures, as well as strategies for increasing enrollment.”

Beutner blamed the union for the stalemate, saying it rejected the school district’s latest offer Friday and then “walked away from bargaining.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday night he’s been having “productive conversations” with both parties in the strike.

“We need to get this to a conclusion, we need to see a deal and we need to make sure that both parties are well represented in that process,” Newsom said.

Trump buys fast food for Clemson players; White House cites furloughed residence staff

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is personally paying for the meals that will be provided to the Clemson University football team during their national championship celebration at the White House on Monday night.

Earlier Monday, Trump told reporters, unprompted, that he is serving “McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King’s with some pizza.”

“I think that would be their favorite food, so we’ll see what happens,” he added.

“The President wanted to host a fun event to celebrate the College Football National Champion Clemson Tigers,” deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told CNN in a statement.

Here’s a video I shot of President Trump showing off his 300 hamburgers. pic.twitter.com/P06S6I5w07

— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) January 14, 2019

“Because the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security, much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed — so the President is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods,” he said.

Returning to the White House on Monday evening from a brief trip to New Orleans for a speech, Trump told reporters that he was providing the Tigers with the fast-food dinner — “paid for by me” — as a result of the shutdown.

“Because of the shutdown, you know we have the great Clemson team with us, the national champions. So we went out and we ordered American fast food, paid for by me,” Trump said. “Lots of hamburgers, lots of pizza.”

“We have some very large people that like eating. So I think we’re going to have a little fun,” he added.

Standing behind a table brimming with fast food, Trump promoted the dinner for Clemson as “great American food.”

“If it’s American, I like it. It’s all American stuff,” he added, noting the smorgasbord of pizza, “300 hamburgers, many, many french fries — all of our favorite foods.”

The display included boxes of Big Macs, chicken nuggets and Filet-O-Fish.

Trump closed his brief remarks in the dining room by returning to his message of border security.

“I will say the Republicans are really, really sticking together. It’s great to see because we need border security. We have to have it.”

In a series of tweets Monday morning, Trump continued to try to shame Democrats for not negotiating with him over the shutdown, though it’s not clear he’s offering anything different than when talks crumbled last week.

Trump has been making a point of telling his followers that he’s at the White House waiting — and is clearly frustrated he’s not getting credit for remaining in Washington — as opposed, presumably, to traveling to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

The President has repeatedly vowed not to budge from his demand over a border wall, but rejected an idea he floated last week that he would simply bypass Congress and fund a border wall by declaring a national emergency.

The White House is operating with a thinned-out staff caused by the partial government shutdown, now in its 24th day, and snowy Washington weather.

Much of the Executive Residence staff, who are ordinarily responsible for catering such receptions, are either furloughed or at home because of the federal government snow closure.

Walmart bans woman for driving electric cart while drinking wine from Pringles can, police say

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – A woman has been banned from Walmart after authorities said she rode around the parking lot in an electric cart while drinking wine.

The Times Record News reported that it happened outside a Walmart in Wichita Falls, Texas on Friday morning.

Police were called to the store where a witness said she had been riding the cart for hours around the parking lot. She was also allegedly drinking wine from a Pringles chips can.

Police found her at a nearby restaurant and told her she was banned from that Walmart location.

At least 30 dogs killed in fire at suburban Illinois kennel

CAROL STREAM, Ill. – At least 30 dogs died in an early morning blaze at an Illinois kennel Monday, according to WGN. The kennel's owner, along with firefighters, were able to rescue more than 20 dogs.

Officials said the fire started around 5:30 a.m. at D and D Kennel in Carol Stream. The kennel’s owner, Garrett Mercado, lives above the kennel but was not home when the fire broke out.

When he returned to see the flames, Mercado rushed in to save as many dogs as he could, leaving his hands blistered from unlatching the kennel locks. "Whoever could follow me, I was just hoping that they would," Mercado said, his voice shaking.

Mercado lost all but one of his own dogs in the fire.

Mercado has owned the kennel for about year and specializes in dogs that have been abused or have behavioral issues. "I really try to give the behavior-challenged dogs another chance," Mercado said.

The dogs he housed come from other shelters and some private owners.

Mercado and firefighters were about to save 20 dogs.

"What we encountered inside was terrible, it was really sad," said Carol Stream Fire Chief Bob Hoff.

In the confusion, some dogs bit three firefighters. Six dogs ran away but five were later found.

The rescued dogs were taken to the DuPage County Animal Care and Control.

The cause of the fire wasn't immediately clear.

In the Kitchen with Fareway: A Lightened Version of Broccoli Cheese Soup

MOLINE, Illinois -- January is National Soup Month and Fareway Food Store's Caitlyn Ferin is making a Lighter Broccoli Cheese Soup Tuesday, January 15. Here are the ingredients:

* 2 Tbsp butter or olive oil

* 1 small onion, minced

* 2/3 cup diced carrot

* 3 garlic cloves, minced

* 1/4 cup flour

* 3 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken stock

* 2 cups 2% milk

* 3-4 cups broccoli florets (about 1 medium head of broccoli)

* 1 tsp Dijon mustard

* to taste salt and pepper

* 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese

Heat butter or olive oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat until melted. Add onion and carrots and sauté until soft, about 4–5 minutes. Add garlic and stir. Add flour and sauté for 1 more minute, stirring constantly. Whisk in stock until evenly combined. Add milk, broccoli, mustard, salt and pepper and bring soup to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer for 10–12 minutes, or until broccoli is tender. Stir in cheese until completely melted.

Galesburg non-profit gets shout-out during Governor Pritzker’s inaugural speech

GALESBURG, Illinois-- Jamie Gladfelter wasn't expecting to hear his name on TV Monday. But that's what happened during Governor J.B. Pritzker's inaugural address on January 14, 2019.

"It's weird to hear your name just kind of pop-up on the screen like that," Gladfelter says. "Then my phone, as you can imagine, started going crazy."

Pritzker was recognizing the Galesburg-native as one of several hard-working entrepreneurs in Illinois.

"We had him here but to see that translate that something that we said landed on him was really awesome," says Mitch Fischer, an instructor at Main Street Codes.

This past December, Pritzker visited the non-profit where students learn how to code for websites and apps.

"(Pritzker) thought what we were doing was great," Gladfelter says. "He must've liked it causes he mentioned something about it in his speech and he said keep in touch."

Like Pritzker, Gladfelter says he's optimistic Illinois is heading in the right direction.

"I know there are some challenges but I'm optimistic about what J.B. can do," Gladfelter says. "A kid from Galesburg should feel like he has the same chance as the kid in Chicago."

That's what Main Street Codes aims to do.

"We're trying to get people to think about themselves as people who can effect the world around them and not just take what the world gives you," Gladfelter says.

Main Street Codes is hoping to attract tech businesses in the coming years by training skilled workers. Gladfelter and Fischer want to help young people envision themselves coding.

"Recently start thinking about how I can give back to my hometown of Galesburg and thought this is something the area could really use and need," Gladfelter says.

Unlikely friendship between Moline cop and gang member proves anyone can change

MOLINE-- Retired Detective Rick Ryckeghem was the voice and the face of Crime Stoppers back in the early 90's. Fast forward 25 years, that face and that voice have changed.

But as Detective Ryckeghem's health has taken a turn, the people who've supported him have stayed the same, including his unlikely friend Russ Garza. The two, sitting side by side in Rick's living room is something this visitor and former detective wouldn't have dreamed of back in the day.

"It was probably one of the oddest friendships I've ever had," admits Russ.

About 25 years back, all Russ wanted to do was stay clear of police officers like Rick.

"I was a menace to Moline, no doubt about it," says Russ.

Rick, being an in tune detective, knew who Russ was.

The two didn't see eye to eye, and that's putting it lightly.

"Honestly, I would have killed him if I had the chance back then. Wished he would take off that badge so we could get at him," says Russ.

"Luckily for him, he didn't. Now he'd be in fine shape, back then he'd be picking himself up. Call the ambulance," explains Rick.

But one day, the cop and the criminal crossed paths.

"Driving down 23rd Avenue, hanging out with a couple of friends. We pull up to the light. All I remember is seeing him pull out a gun, turn around, fire," remembers Russ.

Russ was shot.

"I reached down, grabbed my arm, and lifted it up. And that's when the blood just was everywhere," says Russ.

That day, Russ' life was changed, changed because veteran Detective Ryckeghem was assigned to his case.

"I was like oh God, not again give me a break. Not again," remembers Rick.

"He says oh my God with me, I had the same reaction," says Russ.

At first, it was all about catching who shot Russ. But Russ wasn't having it.

"He put a line up in front of me. Nope, didn't even look down at it. Nope, not on there," says Russ.

The criminal wouldn't budge. But neither would the cop.

"There was just something about him that mentally said, you might be able to help this kid," says Rick.

Despite getting practically nowhere in the case, Rick stayed on him.

"If I knew where he was at, which most of the time I did, I'd just walk in, pat him on the back. I would almost embarrass him because all his friends knew I was a cop," says Rick.

"He was like that fly when you're trying to eat, and it won't stay out of your way, that's Rick," remembers Russ.

It was a method Rick used strategically because Russ was no longer a criminal in the eyes of the detective. From there, the tables turned. The two spent time together by choice.

"Next thing you know, I'd see him every day of the week. And if he didn't come over, I'd go looking for him," says Russ.

It wasn't about cracking the case anymore. It was about cracking that criminal lifestyle Russ realized he no longer wanted.

With his days on the streets behind him, Russ is now in business and in his free time, a coach, trying to be the Rick for the next Russ.

"They just look at you like someone they can look up to and talk to," says Russ.

He remembers what life was like before his unlikely friend came along in the form of a police officer.

"Am I going to say every cop in America is great? No. But then you find the great ones," says Russ.

Who knew one of the biggest cases of this detective's career was one he never solved. And he's okay with it because he discovered something, someone, even better.


"Thanks for everything you've done for me, believing when no one else did," says Russ.

"Thank you for letting me," says Rick.

Right now Rick is battling lung cancer. Russ visits him once a week.

To this day, Russ has not disclosed who shot him.

YOUR HEALTH: A polyp removal that can save your colon

NEW YORK CITY – Almost half of all adults in the United States develop colon polyps during their lifetime,

They are often benign but can sometimes develop into cancer.

Now, one doctor says a procedure developed in Japan should be used more often in America.

It helped 50-year old Jaime Reid who is bouncing back from a health scare that could have set him back for weeks.   During a routine colonoscopy, doctors found a polyp.

While most mushroom like polyps are removed endoscopically with a surgical tool that snares the growth, Jaime's polyp was too large and flat.

The traditional option would have been to remove that section of the colon.

"It would have meant another five days in the hospital," said Reid.   "Probably a week out of work."

Instead, Jaime had a procedure called ESD or endoscopic submucosal dissection.

Using an endoscope, doctors inject fluid into the layer of the bowel next to the polyp, creating a working space.

Then doctors use the scope to deliver an electric current, like a laser.

"The scope is being used to actually draw around the lesion and cut layer by layer to get the polyps removed," said colorectal surgeon Dr. Richard Whelan.

Dr. Whelan is one of only a handful of surgeons and G-I doctors performing ESD in the United States.   He says doctors need more training, and hospitals will need to invest in specialized equipment before ESD can catch on.

For Jaime Reid, ESD meant only one day in the hospital.

"I was at work four days later. That's a success for me."

NEW TECHNOLOGY:  Endoscopic submucosal dissection or ESD is an outpatient procedure to remove deep tumors from the gastrointestinal tract.   Specially trained doctors use flexible, tube-like imaging tools called endoscopes to perform ESD.   Most patients go home the same day after treatment.   Only a few select centers across the United States perform ESD because the procedure requires a high degree of training and expertise.   Often recovery is faster and less painful than with laparoscopic or open surgical procedures.   An endoscope is inserted into the anus, and once the polyp is located, your doctor will observe the images on the screen and mark its border with a special tool passed through the endoscope.   The layer beneath is then injected with a solution to lift it away from the muscle wall; this is done to minimize damage to surrounding tissue during the procedure.   An electrosurgical knife with a high-frequency electrical current is then used to cut the tumor tissue free from the GI wall.   The electrical current stops any active bleeding; the tissue is then removed and sent to a laboratory.   Common side effects may include excessive gas, cramping, or bloating.

Dr. Whelan says Japan is about 15 years ahead of the United States in treating colon polyps.  He says it's because Japanese surgeons have more experience using ESD to treat stomach cancer, which is more prevalent in that country.

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.

Iowa to see first girls state wrestling tournament

It will be a history making weekend for girls sports in the state of Iowa. Dustin Nolan explains how the ladies will take center stage on the mats, with the first ever girls wrestling state tournament taking place on January 19th, at Waverly-Shell Rock High School. See how a local duo is eager to leave their mark.

Coin shop robbed at gunpoint on Avenue of the Cities in Moline

MOLINE, Illinois — A coin shop on Avenue of the Cities was robbed at gunpoint, according to police.

Police were called to Ace Coins around 5:15 p.m. Monday, January 14.  The store was robbed by two people, each with a gun and wearing dark-colored hooded sweatshirts.

The two were described as black males, one standing about 5-feet, 10-inches tall and the other about 6-feet tall, both with medium builds, according to Moline Police Detective Michael Griffin.

It was reported that at least one of them jumped over the counter.  They got away with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

The two left the store and fled westbound on foot before getting into a vehicle, said Detective Griffin.

There were no injuries.

Officers remained on scene canvassing the alley behind the building and taking pictures. Surveillance video from the store was being reviewed.

If you have any information call the Moline Police Department or Crime Stoppers.

Local legislator pushing for bill to protect DCFS workers

SPRINGFIELD-- With new administration sworn in in the Illinois state capitol comes new hope for a Dixon man who is fighting to keep DCFS workers safe after his wife, Pam Knight, was killed on the job. Last year a bill failed that would make the penalty harsher for crimes against DCFS workers, but one local lawmaker isn't taking no for an answer.

59-year-old Pam Knight from Dixon was beaten to death on the job while checking on the welfare of a two-year-old.

It's been more than a year since the deadly attack, and Pam's husband, Don, is making it his mission to protect workers like Pam trying to keep kids safe.

"Please, I'm asking the public, I'm asking the house to pass this bill. We need it, and we need it for Pam," said Don back in April when he asked lawmakers face to face why they turned down a bill calling for harsher penalties for people who hurt DCFS workers on the job.

The bill would enhance the penalty for injuring a DCFS worker to 4 to 15 years, much like a firefighter and police officer, boosting the charge from a battery to a felony aggravated battery. The bill was co-sponsored by State Representative Tony McCombie, and it died without discussion.

"It really is a no-brainer because every other agency has this law in place," says McCombie.

With the new administration sworn in on January 14, 2019, Representative McCombie is reintroducing the bill and hopes this time around, it will become a law.

"I've learned a little more this year, and I'm going to come at it at a different direction. And I've already reached out to members of the judicial committee to not make it so politicized," says McCombie.

She's working to protect the protectors of Illinois kids while also getting justice for Pam Knight.

The man charged with the attack, Andrew Sucher, faces up to life in prison if convicted of murder. He will appear in court next month.

Did you see the ‘law enforcement alert’ on TV Friday? This is why

STERLING, Illinois — An alert that was broadcast to people watching TV on Friday night, January 11, was launched as the Quad City Bomb Squad collected a live hand grenade that was found in Sterling.

The grenade was found on a property in the 4300 block of West Lincolnway in Sterling, Illinois, according to Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos.  That’s just north of the railroad, near Sterling Rail Services, LLC.

Sheriff Bustos said it was an “old hand grenade” that was found along with some blasting caps.  He said it’s not uncommon for people to find military ordnances like these.

The Quad City Bomb Squad responded to the property around 4 p.m. to collect the findings, said Sheriff Bustos.  Responders then transferred the grenade and blasting caps into a containment vessel and took them to the bomb squad range in Coal Valley to be destroyed.

Due to the age of the materials, Sheriff Bustos said they were concerned they may go off before being taken to the bomb squad range.

That’s why the alert was launched by Rock Island County dispatch. Multiple News 8 viewers said the alert was a “law enforcement warning” that crawled across the screen around 8:45 p.m.

Sheriff Bustos said the alert was meant to go to residents in that Sterling neighborhood, to explain why they may hear a blast.

The alert however, went to more viewers than anticipated.

Sheriff Bustos said they were auditing the alert system, checking to see if it was user-error or a system glitch.

Whiteside County Sheriff John Booker said the department was continuing to look into the discovery.

The materials were destroyed successfully.

Suspect in Jayme Closs case tried to kidnap her twice previously, complaint states

(CNN) — The suspect accused of killing James and Denise Closs and kidnapping their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme, first spotted her when he was on his way to work, as she was getting into a school bus, according to a criminal complaint released Monday by the Barron County District Attorney.

“The defendant states, when he saw (Jayme) he knew that was the girl he was going to take,” the complaint states.

But he did not know her name until after he abducted her, and only learned the names of her parents from news programs and social media posts about the killings, the complaint states.

The startling criminal complaint comes on the same day that Jake Patterson, 21, made his first court appearance in Barron County to face charges of intentional homicide, kidnapping and armed burglary. A judge ordered Patterson held on $5 million bail and ordered that a DNA sample be collected.

The judge also ordered that Patterson could not posses firearms, and could not have contact with Jayme and Patterson’s neighbors who were involved in Jayme’s escape.

Patterson faces up to life in prison is convicted of the homicide charge.

Last Thursday, Jayme was found alive about 70 miles from her home in rural northwestern Wisconsin. Patterson is accused of shooting and killing Jayme’s parents before abducting the 13-year-old from her home on October 15.

But after going missing for 88 days, Jayme was found walking down a road in Gordon, Wisconsin, in frigid weather without a coat and gloves. She had fled the home where law enforcement says she was being kept, and came across a woman walking her dog. That woman then took Jayme to a nearby home and called police.

The complaint is based on information from deputies, Jayme Closs, and Patterson, and represents the first time their perspectives have been made public.

Patterson told investigators that he had been to the house twice previously before October 15 to try to kidnap her, the complaint states.

A week prior, he drove to the home but was scared off because there were all kinds of cars in the driveway, he told investigators in the complaint. A day or two later, he again drove to the Closs home but saw the lights were on and people were walking around, so he decided not to go through with the plan, he told investigators.

But on October 15, Jayme told investigators that she got up to learn why her dog was barking and saw a vehicle coming up their driveway. The suspect then shot and killed her father at the door as she and her mother hid in the bathroom, the complaint states, and her mother held her in a bear hug.

Patterson then broke down the bathroom door and told her mother to put tape over Jayme’s mouth, but she struggled to do so, according to the complaint. He then put tape around Jayme’s mouth himself, bound her by the hands and ankles, and then fatally shot her mother, the complaint states. He dragged her out to the trunk of his car and drove her back to his home, the complaint states.

Public Defenders Richard Jones and Charles Glynn, who represent Patterson, told CNN affiliate WCCO that they understand how hard the case had hit the community.

“This is a tragic situation from every perspective. A lot of heavy hearts, a lot of thoughts and prayers going around,” Glynn said. “You’ve seen how people have come together the last few months, there’s going to be a whole lot of healing that needs to go on in this community from every perspective, and we have all the faith in the world that will take place.”

They did not share many specifics about their client’s case, WCCO reported. The lawyers have not responded to multiple CNN requests for comment.

3 months in captivity, and an escape

Once Jayme was in captivity, the suspect took her clothes and other items and destroyed them to hide evidence, the complaint states.

Jayme told detectives that Patterson would make her hide under his twin-sized bed in his bedroom when he had friends or relatives over, including repeated visits from his father. The suspect “made it clear that nobody was to know she was there or bad things would happen to her,” the complaint states.

When she was under his bed, he stacked totes and laundry bins around the bed with weights and barbells stacked against them so she could not move them without him noticing, the complaint states.

“One time, (Jayme) stated she accidentally moved one of the totes when she was told to hide under the bed and Patterson told her something bad would happen if she did it again.”

In one instance, the suspect “hit her ‘really hard’ on her back with what she described as a handle for something used to clean blinds” when he got mad at her.

The suspect would also turn music on in his room so she couldn’t hear what was happening if there was anyone else in the home, the complaint states.

After three months in captivity, on January 10, he told Jayme he was going to leave for five to six hours and made her go under the bed. When he left, she pushed the weights away from the bed, put on a pair of his shoes and walked out of the house toward a woman walking a dog.

In his confession to police, Patterson explained how he took a number of steps to carry out his plan and conceal his identity.

For one, he stole a pair of license plates and put them onto his vehicle because he did not want his own plates to be spotted. He also disconnected the vehicle’s dome light so that he would not be visible when he opened the door, the complaint states.

In addition, he wiped down the shotgun wearing gloves so there would be no fingerprints on them. He also shaved his face and his head hair prior to the kidnapping so that he would not leave any DNA evidence at the scene, the complaint states.

He thought he had gotten away with it, too, he told police — until he arrived home on January 10 to see that Jayme was not under his bed, and that her footprints were outside. He got into his car and drove around looking for her, and when he returned home he was met by police.

“The defendant stated it was at that point that he knew he was caught,” the complaint says.

Suspect expected in court on Monday

Aunts, cousins and other members of Jayme’s family will be present when Patterson makes his first court appearance, family member Angela De Andriano told CNN.

De Andriano, who is the niece of Jayme’s aunt, Sue Allard, told CNN in a phone interview that Sue, her sister Jennifer, and Sue’s son, Jake Allard, are all expected to be in court for Patterson’s appearance.

According to De Andriano, the family wants to be in court because “they want justice.”

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Monday that the case was still very active and that he could not share details of what Patterson had told authorities. He did say that Patterson acted alone and that he had a “very targeted approach and planned out attack” on the family.

“I did meet with Jayme last night, and that shy 13-year-old girl that we’ve been describing for 88 days has got a big smile on her face,” he said.

Investigators are working to piece together what happened over the last three months, including the conditions of the house and how she escaped.

Nearly three years ago, Patterson worked for one day at the same meat products facility where Jayme’s parents worked — the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Barron — the company’s president said. Patterson quit, saying he was moving from the area, according to the company.

Authorities have said they don’t believe Patterson crossed paths with Jayme’s parents there.

Fitzgerald said that he did not believe there was a connection between Patterson and the Closs family, and there was no social media contact or digital footprint connecting them. Detectives have been searching the suspect’s home for clues and evidence that could help explain what happened.

“All I know is that she was able to get out of that house and get help and the people recognized her as Jayme Closs right away,” Fitzgerald said over the weekend.

Closs was released from a Minnesota hospital Friday and is staying in Barron, Wisconsin, with an aunt.

Jayme “had a pretty good night sleep,” her aunt Jennifer Smith posted Saturday to Facebook.

“It was great to know she was next to me all night,” she wrote. “What a great feeling to have her home.”

‘Super wolf blood moon’: How to see this weekend’s total lunar eclipse

Get set for the first celestial event of 2019: The “Super Wolf Blood Moon” will rise Sunday evening, January 20. That means a supermoon and a blood moon will occur at the same time.

According to TimeandDate.com, the first full moon of the year is known as the “Wolf Moon” and is named after howling wolves.

What is a “supermoon”?

A supermoon is a full moon occurring at perigee, the moon’s closest point to Earth in its orbit. A supermoon can appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a “micromoon”, or 7% bigger than an average full moon.

As previously mentioned, the difference in size and brightness is due to the moon’s proximity to Earth. We often think of the moon orbiting around the Earth in a perfect circle, but the reality is that the orbit is more elliptical in nature. As a result, the moon can be as “close” as 225,310 miles from Earth during perigee — this is known as a “supermoon”.

On the other side of the orbit, the moon is 251,904 miles away from Earth — this is apogee, and the moon looks smaller (hence the nickname “micromoon”).

What is a “blood moon”?

We’re in for a treat: In addition to being a “supermoon”, this month’s full moon will also experience a lunar eclipse, taking on a reddish/orangish tint during transit.

Did you know that “moonlight” does not originally come from the moon? Instead, sunlight that reflects off the moon’s surface and travels to Earth.

During a lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow (known as the “umbra”); the shadow then blocks the Sun’s light from illuminating the moon as it normally does. Enough sunlight is able to reach the moon to keep it visible, but that light undergoes rayleigh scattering as it passes through Earth’s atmosphere, turning to a reddish hue (similar to the process that causes reddish skies at sunrise and sunset).

Depending on the amount of water vapor, clouds, water droplets, dirt, dust and ash in the atmosphere at the time of the eclipse, the moon will appear in various shades of red compared to previous lunar eclipse events.

When is the best time to see the Super Wolf Blood Moon lunar eclipse?

The best time to view this Super Wolf Blood Moon undergo the eclipse will be after 9:30 p.m. Sunday, January 20th; it is at this time that the moon begins to pass into Earth’s shadow.

According to Space.com, the total eclipse will begin at 11:41 p.m. EST and peak at 12:13 p.m.; the total eclipse will end at 12:43 p.m.

While the eclipse will already be happening by the time the moon rises for some residents of Alaska and Hawaii, people in the rest of the country will have a chance to see every stage of the event, depending on local weather conditions.

Tanker hauling 3,500 gallons of liquid chocolate overturns on Arizona highway

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A tanker full of liquid chocolate rolled over on I-40 Monday, causing it to spill out over the roadway, according to KNXV.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says the crash happened in the westbound lanes of the interstate near milepost 211, east of Flagstaff.

There is a river of chocolate blocking/flowing in the westbound lanes of I-40 at milepost 211, east of Flagstaff. A tanker truck carrying 40-thousand gallons of liquid chocolate rolled over. This will be a sweet cleanup! pic.twitter.com/G03eVdNQZD

— Dept. Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) January 14, 2019

The tanker was carrying 40,000 pounds of chocolate (about 3,500 gallons) of liquid chocolate that was being kept at 120 degrees Fahrenheit, DPS said in a tweet after reviewing the bill of lading.

The crash happened just before 9 a.m., according to the Arizona Department of Transportation, and all westbound lanes were blocked before reopening to traffic after 1 p.m.

It was not immediately clear what caused the tanker to roll over.