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Snow causes flight delays and cancellations that keep QC resident from home

MOLINE, Illinois - As snow and potentially record-breaking cold impact the Quad Cities, several flights were canceled in and out of Quad City International Airport on November 11.

"I'm here and I'm safe so, I'm happy," said flyer Cassie Reese who is visiting from Atlanta, Ga.

While waiting for her luggage, Reese said she was excited about the snow.

Meanwhile, several other people were stuck dealing with delayed and cancelled flights.

Many of the flights in and out of Moline, between Moline and Chicago, were cancelled or delayed due to weather.

Davenport resident, Karolyn Ingle, was supposed to fly back to the Quad Cities on November 11. Instead, she said she is stuck hanging with her friends in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

"I actually got on the airplane and I thought that we were good to go and they canceled so, we all had to get off the plane," said Ingle who is needs to get back to home and work.

Slick runways were a concern in Chicago. A plane skidded off the runway at Chicago's O'hare International Airport. A passenger caught the incident on camera. That plane was coming from North Carolina when it slid off the runway.

38 passengers and three crew members evacuated from that plane without being hurt.

"I guess i'd rather be dealing with all these delays than to be the person that was on that plane," said Ingle after seeing the video.

Back in the Quad Cities, Cassie Reese says she's happy she had an easy travel day.

But, her traveling isn't done yet.

"I'm a little nervous about driving because, I do have to go to Cedar Rapids tomorrow when it is supposed to be nine degrees.

She says she knows she'll have to be prepared for anything that comes her way.

To track flights in and out of the Quad City International Airport click, here.

 

YOUR HEALTH: New advances are helping develop a vaccine for colorectal cancer

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Surgery and chemotherapy have long been the primary treatment options for colorectal cancer.

Even then, survival rates can be low, if not detected early.

66-year old Judith May hated to accept help herself after being diagnosed with stage two pancreatic cancer.

"You do everything yourself and I had to depend on my husband who was my wonderful nurse."

But even as she fought her disease with traditional surgery and chemo, she had the nagging feeling there had to be some other treatment.

"Anything that would help it, cure it, possibly."

Jefferson University researchers in Philadelphia are hoping for just that.

They are in phase two clinical trials for a colorectal vaccine that seeks a specific molecule in cancer cells called GUCY2C.

"We can administer a vaccine in the arm, for example and those immune cells will spread out from there and seek out cancer cells in different places like the lung and the liver, where they may have spread to," said Adam Snook, an assistant professor at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center-Jefferson Health at Jefferson University.

During phase one of the study, researchers found GUYC2C in three other cancers: pancreatic, esophageal and stomach.

It could mean a later version of the vaccine would fight them as well.

The new study will include about 100 patients, followed over the course of two years.

"Our goal is that for patients with pancreatic cancer or colon cancer, that they receive the standard therapies and instead of hoping that their disease has gone after they've received their chemotherapy, that they now know that their immune system is sort of working for those weeks or months or years afterwards to hopefully prevent it from coming back."    - Dr. Adam Snook

Meanwhile, Judith stays positive.

"I play golf, we travel and just do whatever we can do. Each day that I wake up it's a blessing to me."

This pivotal phase two study hones in on targeting specific cancer molecules and destroying them.

Researchers know that cancer cells are so similar to normal cells in makeup that it is often difficult to create cancer specific therapies, but they believe it is possible to safely leverage a patient's own immune system to kill cancer cells.

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.

 

American Legion Post 227 passes on veteran honors to the next generation

MOLINE, Illinois -- 2019 brought the American Legion Post 227's largest turnout for their annual Veterans Day Program.

Several veterans in the crowd stood to be recognized at the start of the event, but three got an even greater honor.

Thomas Crane, Willis Brent and Howard Killian Junior, were all recognized with a Quilt of Valor.

A presentation of the charter for the "Sons of the Legion" was also made for the first time in the post's history.

"Sons of the American Legion are people who are not veterans but their fathers or grandfathers were veterans," explained Robert Baecke, with American Legion Post 227.  "So this is an organization that they can belong to and they can help with the activities of the American Legion itself. It's a very nice thing."

New artwork was also unveiled outside the building during the program.  The artwork consists of metal sculptures that honor the five branches of service.  Each piece was made and installed for free to the legion.

Veterans Day ceremony at Hero Street in Silvis focuses on mental health; here’s how to get help

SILVIS, Illinois -- At the Veterans Day ceremony at Hero Street Memorial Park in Silvis, the keynote speaker focused on helping veterans cope with their mental health.

Lieutenant General Thomas James gave the keynote address.  He's the commanding general for the First U.S. Army at the Rock Island Arsenal.

The lieutenant general spoke about his first-hand experiences oversees and talked about the ongoing issues surrounding veterans and mental health.

"Some of our veterans that come back, the war's not over," he said, "and sometimes these wars are internal. And we've got to make sure we focus on taking care of them and getting them the attention and the professional help that they need. "

According to the 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report, in 2017 6,139 U.S. veterans died from suicide.  By 2017, the average number of veteran suicides per day was 16.8.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says there are warning signs:

  • Hopelessness; feeling like there's no way out
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, mood swings
  • Feeling like there is no reason to live
  • Rage or anger
  • Engaging in risky activities
  • Increasing alcohol or drug misuse
  • Withdrawing from family and friends

According to the department, any of the following signs require immediate attention:

  • Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
  • Looking for ways to kill yourself
  • Talking about death, dying or suicide
  • Self-destructive behavior like drug misuse, carelessly handling weapons, etc.

The Veterans Crisis Line is available for veterans showing any of these signs.  Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.  There is also an online chat, click here, or text 838255.

‘This isn’t anything’ – Snowiest Veterans Day in almost 100 years hits QC

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- The Veterans Day Parade of 2019 will be remembered for being one of the snowiest in almost 100 years.

Snowy weather on Monday, November 11 didn't stop anybody from honoring those who have served and protected this country.  As Richard Lowe from the American Legion said, "It's not as bad as it was at the Battle of the Bulge... nobody's cold."

The American Legion has been around for 100 years and Lowe said the Davenport chapter has never missed a parade.

"The weather's not that bad for me," said parade attendee Jack Peel. "When you think about what the veterans had to go through and deal with, the cold, the heat, everything. This isn't anything."

According to the National Weather Service, the Quad Cities saw the most snowfall on Veterans Day since 1921.

97-year-old WWII veteran honored at annual John Deere ceremony

MOLINE, Illinois -- A 97-year-old World War II veteran was specially recognized for his service in the military.

Martin Navarro was on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day; on Monday, November 11, Navarro got a standing ovation at the ceremony held at the John Deere Headquarters.

"He'll tell you, on their way, he had his last rites given to him twice before he even got out of the ship," said a family member of Navarro's.  "They told him he wasn't going to make it back, so to have him here is a blessing."

Navarro was honored alongside other veterans at the ceremony, which included a 21-gun salute.  This was the fifth year for John Deere's Veterans Day ceremony.

Do you know this WWII veteran? A Kansas City woman is seeking the family of a mystery man

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (WDAF) - This Veterans Day, a Kansas City metro woman needs help finding the family of a man she has never met.

Her father served in World War II. When he died, he left behind a lot of mementos from his service, and one of them turned out to be a mystery photograph.

"Walter remains a mystery to me," Judith Meeks-Mayo told WDAF. "Who was Walter, and what happened?"

She held the photo in her hand as she spoke to WDAF. A soldier stands in the image, smiling.

"I have this picture of Walter B. Ward. Just identified with my father's handwriting on the back as: Walter B. Ward, Springfield, Missouri. Fort George Wright, Spokane Washington, June 1941."

It's been almost 70 years since this photograph of the young man standing in front of a tent was taken. It's been more than 40 years since Meeks-Mayo's father from Scotland County, Missouri died. The photo was kept safe in his desk all these years.

"Evidently, it meant something to him, and because he passed away when I was 15, I will never know. But it makes for an interesting story," Meeks-Mayo said. "I don't know how they knew each other, other than they're both from Missouri, and I'm guessing they both must have received some kind of training at Fort George Wright in Spokane, Washington."

Meeks-Mayo wants to know more; she just doesn't have much to go on. Any hope she's had of contacting Walter B. Ward's family has come from technology.

"So what I found was Walter B. Ward, 1915 to 1945," she said, reading from a website. "It shows his headstone."

The website states that Walter B. Ward is buried in Springfield National Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri. The site includes his obituary.

"It says that he had been overseas ten months and made 47 missions when they last heard from him," Meeks-Mayo reads out loud. "Lt. Ward was a photographer for months and had flown a very fast, unarmed ship, taking pictures of enemy positions. He was killed recently over Germany."

The site also has a listing of his relatives, most of whom are listed as living in Springfield. Meeks-Mayo said she believes she's found some of his family members, but she hasn't had any luck contacting them.

The labor and delivery nurse is a self-professed mystery buff. Now, she has a real life one on her hands.

"Here I have this photograph of somebody that I have no way of knowing who the family is, how to contact them." She sat across from a reporter at her kitchen table and snapped her fingers. "And - bright idea - let's contact WDAF and ask for a little help with this. Let's make it go viral and national, and maybe someone will know something."

While everyone can honor vets with American flags this weekend, Meeks-Mayo would like to honor the Ward family with a photo of their veteran.

"I would like for Walter's picture to be returned to one of his family members because they may not have any pictures of him, or very few pictures of him, and I think it would mean something to them."

If you know anything about Walter B. Ward's family, Meeks-Mayo asks you contact her via email: bbynurse_2000@yahoo.com.

 

Meet the man believed to be oldest living American World War II veteran

Lawrence Brooks, believed to be the oldest living American to have served during World War II celebrated his 110th birthday Thursday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
Born in 1909, Brooks served as a support worker in the Army’s 91st Engineer Battalion, a majority African-American unit stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines during the war.

His life nowadays is spent doting on his great grandkids.

But Lawrence Brooks also wears another hat: He is the oldest American to have served in World War II. He is 110.

Only 389,292 of the 16 million who served in the war are still alive. But, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, we are losing more than 290 veterans a day.

No matter what his age, Brooks’ legacy will continue through his family. He is a father to five children, five stepchildren, and has 12 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Brooks is even walking his daughter down the aisle next month.

In September, he celebrated his milestone birthday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Family, veterans, and current military service members joined Brooks at the museum, when he celebrated with cupcakes and a musical performance by the Victory Belles trio.

Born in 1909, Brooks served as a support worker in the Army’s 91st Engineer Battalion, a majority African-American unit stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines during the war. He reached the rank of private first class.

He was the servant to three white officers in the battalion, the museum said in a press release.

Singing group The Victory Belles give World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks a birthday card.

He had an exhilarating brush with death

In an interview with the museum, Brooks recounted a story of riding in a C-47 cargo plane from Australia to New Guinea. The plane was loaded down with barbed wire but “one of the motors went out on it,” he said.

To lighten the plane, those aboard threw much of the cargo into the ocean. Brooks threw the boxes out of the plane like his life depended on it: there were only enough parachutes on the plane for the pilot and the co-pilot.

Brooks said he joked to the aircraft’s pilot: “If he’s going to jump, I’m going to grab him.”

Thankfully, he didn’t have to resort to drastic measures.

“It was a scary moment,” he said. “But we made it.”

Gustav Gerneth, who fought on the German side in the war and was captured as a Russian prisoner of war, is believed to be the oldest living WWII vet at 113 years old.

In a statement, National World War II Museum CEO Stephen Watson said that Brooks’ life and service was filled with the kinds of “stories of bravery and determination” that the museum exists to celebrate.

Tiny deer-like animal thought lost to science photographed for first time in 30 years

(CNN) — A tiny deer-like creature about the size of a rabbit has been photographed in the wild for the first time in three decades in southern Vietnam, delighting conservationists who feared the species was extinct.

The silver-backed chevrotain, also called the Vietnamese mouse deer, was last recorded more than 25 years ago when a team of Vietnamese and Russian researchers obtained a dead chevrotain from a hunter.

“For so long, this species has seemingly only existed as part of our imagination,” said Vietnamese biologist An Nguyen, an associate conservation scientist with Global Wildlife Conservation, a nongovernmental organization, and a PhD student with the LeibnizInstitute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.

“Discovering that it is, indeed, still out there, is the first step in ensuring we don’t lose it again, and we’re moving quickly now to figure out how best to protect it,” he said in a statement.

Scientists had thought the tiny creature, which had been among a list of 25 “most wanted” lost species compiled by Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), had fallen victim to habitat loss and intensive hunting for the illegal wildlife trade. Wire snares are widely used in the region.

Details of the rediscovery were published Monday in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

After interviewing villagers and forest rangers near the beach city of Nha Trang, the team of scientists set camera traps for five months in areas where the locals said they may have seen the animal.

This resulted in 275 photos of the mammal. The team then set up another 29 cameras in the same area, this time recording 1,881 photographs of the chevrotain over five months.

Despite their nickname, chevrotains are neither mice nor deer, but the world’s smallest ungulates or hoofed mammals, according to GWC. They are shy and solitary, appear to walk on the tips of their hooves and have two tiny fangs. They typically weigh less than 10 pounds.

The species was first described by scientists in 1910, when four specimens were collected around Nha Trang. There were no scientifically verified records again until 1990, when a single animal confiscated from a local hunter in central Vietnam, further north.

“Then nothing. So little known about it that the species was one giant question mark,” said Andrew Tilker, Asian Species Officer at the GWC.

One of the biggest challenges was deciding where to start the search.

“We had these two historical localities separated by quite some distance—one in the southern part of Vietnam and the other much further north,” said Tilker.

“But we knew that many people have camera-trapped in the wet evergreen forests and hadn’t seen it, so we thought we should look at the dry forest habitat that’s really different and where not many people have looked.”

The study’s findings have implications for other species that are lost to science, Tilker said.

“To the scientific world this was a lost species, but local people had known about it. It was only by utilizing the local ecological knowledge that we were successful. That can be replicated for other species in other parts of the world,” he said.

Tilker also warned that just because this species was found relatively easily, it doesn’t mean it’s not under threat.

“This might represent the last population or one of a handful of populations, in which case we need to take action immediately to put conservation measures in place to ensure its survival.”

A police chief is killed, allegedly by one of his officers, during a training retreat

(CNN) — The police chief of an Oklahoma town was found dead during a training retreat in Florida. The suspect? One of his officers.

The body of Chief Lucky Miller of Mannford was discovered in a hotel room on Pensacola Beach, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said.

Mannford Officer Michael Nealey, 49, was arrested and will be charged with homicide, the office said.

Deputies found the body in the men’s hotel room after responding to a call about a fight Sunday night, sheriff’s spokesperson Amber Southard told CNN.

It is unclear what led to the fight, and officials have not released a cause of death.

Miller, 44, was chief of police since 2007. He had a wife and three children.

“We are heartbroken by the news,” Mannford Mayor Tyler Buttram said in a Facebook post. “Please keep both families in your prayers as we work to move forward.”

Nealey is being held without bond at the Escambia County Jail. He has a court appearance scheduled for December 5.

Meet the man believed to be oldest living American World War II veteran. He’s 110

(CNN) — His life nowadays is spent doting on his great grandkids.

But Lawrence Brooks also wears another hat: He is the oldest American to have served in World War II. He is 110.

Only 389,292 of the 16 million who served in the war are still alive. But, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, we are losing more than 290 veterans a day.

No matter what his age, Brooks’ legacy will continue through his family. He is a father to five children, five stepchildren, and has 12 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Brooks is even walking his daughter down the aisle next month.

In September, he celebrated his milestone birthday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Family, veterans, and current military service members joined Brooks at the museum, when he celebrated with cupcakes and a musical performance by the Victory Belles trio.

Born in 1909, Brooks served as a support worker in the Army’s 91st Engineer Battalion, a majority African-American unit stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines during the war. He reached the rank of private first class.

He was the servant to three white officers in the battalion, the museum said in a press release.

He had an exhilarating brush with death

In an interview with the museum, Brooks recounted a story of riding in a C-47 cargo plane from Australia to New Guinea. The plane was loaded down with barbed wire but “one of the motors went out on it,” he said.

To lighten the plane, those aboard threw much of the cargo into the ocean. Brooks threw the boxes out of the plane like his life depended on it: there were only enough parachutes on the plane for the pilot and the co-pilot.

Brooks said he joked to the aircraft’s pilot: “If he’s going to jump, I’m going to grab him.”

Thankfully, he didn’t have to resort to drastic measures.

“It was a scary moment,” he said. “But we made it.”

Gustav Gerneth, who fought on the German side in the war and was captured as a Russian prisoner of war, is believed to be the oldest living WWII vet at 113 years old.

In a statement, National World War II Museum CEO Stephen Watson said that Brooks’ life and service was filled with the kinds of “stories of bravery and determination” that the museum exists to celebrate.

Safety violations found after attacks at Iowa psych hospital

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Regulators have recommended a nearly $73,000 fine against the Iowa Department of Human Services after finding serious workplace safety violations at a state-run psychiatric hospital where several employees have been assaulted by combative patients.

Staffers at the Independence Mental Health Institute struggle to manage violent outbursts due to inadequate emergency response plans, low staffing levels, poor communication and ineffective safety shields that they’re not trained to use, according to an inspection conducted by the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 61, a union that represents hospital employees, said the institute faced an urgent “safety crisis” after employees were injured in at least four incidents over nine days in June, and filed a complaint that triggered the investigation.

The DHS-run hospital in Independence, about 40 miles north of Cedar Rapids, treats patients with severe and complex psychiatric needs.

Regulators found seven serious and three minor safety violations and proposed a $72,770 fine, which would be one of the largest against any Iowa government agency. They also ordered DHS to quickly fix the problems.

The Associated Press received details of the citations last week through an open records request.

“They deserve every penny of that citation,” Council 61 president Danny Homan said Monday. “They were cited for everything they should have been cited for. They weren’t doing training. They weren’t providing a safe workplace.”In 2018, a nurse needed surgery and suffered an impaired memory after an attack. She was later fired after exhausting her medical leave and being denied catastrophic leave.

DHS spokesman Matt Highland said the agency is reviewing the citations, which were issued in September. He said the hospital is hiring 3 1/2 new staff members authorized by Gov. Kim Reynolds earlier this year and that those hires would improve safety, which is the agency’s “highest priority.”

“DHS facilities’ mission is to serve Iowans with the greatest need, including individuals who often have aggressive behavior,” Highland said. “We train facility staff thoroughly to employ best practices that balance the safety of both patients and staff.”

Homan criticized DHS for contesting the citations rather than negotiating a resolution and accused it of moving too slowly to fill the open jobs. The date for an administrative hearing on the agency’s appeal is expected to be set Thursday.

A report outlining the violations said the hospital didn’t appoint any emergency responders and that low staffing meant that workers could be delayed or unavailable to respond to incidents.

Switchboard operators who call for staff to respond to attacks frequently work without backup and could be on break during an emergency, the report said. Available employees have no way of communicating whether they are responding, meaning those on the scene don’t know if help is on the way. Employees can’t call 911 without permission from the nursing supervisor or facility doctor, which delays access to professional assistance in the event of serious injury.

The hospital also doesn’t have procedures outlining when staff members should use restraints or shields, the citations said. The hospital gave employees shields for protection against attacks but didn’t ensure that they were the right size and didn’t provide training on how to use them, the citations said.

In one of the June attacks, a patient punched a treatment worker and slammed their head into a wall. Another worker was hit in the head after a patient escaped restraints, according to AFSCME.

A nurse who was punched in the nose and scratched was then moved to work on a sex offender unit with another worker who had already been assaulted, the union said. When that worker went to respond to another emergency, the nurse was left alone on the unit despite the hospital’s promise to not do that due to a history of sexual misconduct by patients, the union said.

The nurse quit immediately after that shift.

In October 2018, another nurse needed surgery and suffered an impaired memory after an attack that injured her head, knee and shoulder. She was later fired after exhausting her medical leave and being denied catastrophic leave.

Neil Young says his US citizenship application is being held up because he uses marijuana

(CNN) — Neil Young wants to become a US citizen and vote in the 2020 presidential election.

But the Canadian singer-songwriter says his citizenship application is being held up because he uses marijuana.

“When I recently applied for American citizenship, I passed the test. It was a conversation where I was asked many questions. I answered them truthfully and passed,” Young said in a statement on his Neil Young Archives website. “Recently however, I have been told that I must do another test, due to my use of marijuana and how some people who smoke it have exhibited a problem.”

According to guidance issued by US Citizenship and Immigration Services in April, an applicant who is found to have violated federal law on controlled substances, including marijuana, could be found to lack “good moral character” — one of the general requirements for naturalization.

That policy applies regardless of state or local laws on marijuana use.

The policy stems from a move by Jeff Sessions

USCIS told CNN it could not comment on whether Young’s application had been held up, citing privacy protections, but said the agency was required to make judgments on cases based on federal law.

“Individuals who commit federal controlled substance violations face potential immigration consequences under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which applies to all foreign nationals regardless of the state or jurisdiction in which they reside,” an agency spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.

“Marijuana remains illegal under federal law as a Schedule I controlled substance regardless of any actions to decriminalize its possession, use, or sale at the state and local level,” the statement continued. “Federal law does not recognize the decriminalization of marijuana for any purpose, even in places where state or local law does.”

Under the Obama administration, the federal government adopted a policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws, but in 2018, then Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded that policy.

Public impeachment hearings scheduled for this week: Here’s what you need to know

(CNN) — The House impeachment inquiry goes before live cameras this week with two days of public hearings, following more than a month of the Democratic-led investigation and more than a dozen closed-door depositions.

The public got a preview of what key witnesses might say based on what they said behind closed doors with the release of eight transcripts last week, but the reach and impact when three of those officials testify live on Wednesday and Friday will add a new layer to the case for impeaching President Donald Trump.

Democratic leaders behind the probe have an aggressive schedule for the rest of year — so much so that they’re aiming for a vote to send the process over to the Senate before Christmas. Here’s what Democrats plan to do between now and then.

This week

In addition to the two days of public hearings scheduled for Wednesday and Friday, impeachment monitors can also expect the committee behind the probe to continue releasing this week transcripts from their closed-door depositions.

So far, the inquiry has released transcripts from:

That means, these witnesses’ transcripts are still to come:

  • Christopher Anderson, former special adviser for Ukraine at the State Department
  • Laura Cooper, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia
  • Catherine Croft, special adviser for Ukraine at the State Department
  • David Hale, US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Tim Morrison, the top Russia and Europe adviser on the National Security Council
  • Philip Reeker, the acting assistant secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
  • Jennifer Williams, senior adviser to Vice President Mike Pence

It’s unclear if Monday’s Veterans Day holiday — which closes many federal offices until Tuesday — will have an effect on the impeachment inquiry’s plans for releasing the transcript or other developments.

Wednesday, November 13 – Kent and Taylor testify

The first two impeachment inquiry witnesses will testify together publicly on Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET: Kent, from the state department, and Taylor, the charge d’affaires at the US Embassy in Kiev.

Taylor’s testimony behind-closed-doors was among the most significant so far in the investigation. His opening statement alone was considered an explosive document, in which Taylor corroborated many of the claims made by the intelligence community’s whistleblower, whose complaint and subsequent inspector general’s report prompted the inquiry. Taylor also provided witness testimony to the events around the temporary withholding of US military aid to Ukraine and the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

In Kent’s testimony, he told lawmakers that Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani had a “campaign of lies” against the former Ukraine ambassador Yovanovitch, according to a transcript of his comments released last week. Kent’s deposition provided new insight into how Volker and Sondland worked with Giuliani on Ukraine, as well as the reactions inside the State Department to Giuliani’s efforts that Kent and others say ran counter to US foreign policy.

Friday, November 15 – Yovanovitch testifies publicly

Yovanovitch’s public hearing Friday will close out another consequential week in the impeachment inquiry. It does not yet have a scheduled time, but it’s expected to begin in the morning. Yovanovitch, who still works in the State Department, was ousted from her ambassadorship earlier this year because of what she testified were “unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives,” a reference to the effort led by Giuliani and his associates to remove her. Yovanovitch told lawmakers she also pushed the State Department to speak up and defend her amid the attacks from Giuliani and his associates, but her requests went unanswered amid concerns about how Trump might respond, possibly by using Twitter.

Next week, November 18-22

CNN reported last Thursday that Democratic lawmakers expect at least one more week of public hearings following this week. Who could be the next public witnesses was not clear going into this weekend, so expect those hearings to be announced in the coming days. Also, if any of the seven remaining transcripts haven’t been released this week, they would likely be released at this time.

While not exactly impeachment related, Congress also faces a deadline of November 21 to pass legislation to fund the government and avoid a shutdown. CNN reported last week that bipartisan congressional spending negotiators have reached a critical stage in the closed-door talks to take a potential shutdown off the table at least later this month.

Those discussions focused on a short-term measure — typically referred to as a continuing resolution, or a resolution that continues funding at current levels — until roughly mid-December, aides say. But that would be contingent on an agreement that kicks the funding process into gear. If that doesn’t happen, then lawmakers will actively look to punt things beyond a potential Senate impeachment trial. So the short answer is people working on this don’t believe there’s near-term risk for a shutdown. Still, it’s a factor lawmakers will consider over the next several weeks.

The rest of November

The House is scheduled to take a recess for Thanksgiving week, giving time for the House Intelligence Committee — which, along with House Oversight and House Foreign Affairs, are leading the impeachment inquiry — to finish a report detailing their findings and recommendations of their investigation.

December

Following the finishing of a committee report, the House Judiciary Committee would take the lead on the impeachment push — potentially in the first week of December. Democratic sources expect that committee to have a public hearing, possibly in that week, before it votes on articles of impeachment. That vote could occur in committee in the first or second week of December, the sources said.

If that timeline is followed that would set up a full House vote to impeach Trump on the week of December 16 — a historic vote that could come 21 years after President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House on December 19, 1998. That would send the process over to the Senate for a trial, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has kept much of his plans for the GOP-led chamber a mystery.

Important caveat

It’s important to keep in mind that House Democrats are wary about specifying a timeframe and have left plenty of room — at least in their public statements — for that schedule to shift, amid such a politically charged and unpredictable process like impeachment.

“I’m not going to speculate on a timeline,” House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler told CNN last week. “We want to finish the process as expeditiously as possible and thoroughly … that the American people see what the evidence is — what the contradictory evidence is if any — and if it’s going to be done, it’s got to be done right and whatever time required it takes.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told lawmakers this week they should expect to be in session the week of December 16. Hoyer cited the possible need to pass spending bills to avoid a government shutdown, but it’s also possible the time will be used to take up impeachment.

Record cold likely overnight… Below freezing temps for a few days

Only bright note in our weather today will be a slow exposure to some sunshine as we go through the afternoon hours.  However, our temperatures during the course of the day have been slowly falling and will continue to fall as we head through the nighttime hours. We’ve also witnessed enough wind to drop wind chills near the single digits!

Single digits wind chills will be common during the evening hours before dropping below zero for the rest of the night.  In fact, wind chills could be as cold as -10 in spots by sunrise tomorrow.

Actual air temperatures will be in the single digits as early as midnight.  Record low of 8 degrees set back in 1986 is definitely in jeopardy.

Mostly sunny and cold will highlight our Tuesday with highs only around 20 degrees.  Not much wind expected compared to today but enough to create single digit wind chills.

Quiet skies for most of the week with highs remaining at or below freezing through Thursday with wind chills at or below freezing through Saturday.

Upcoming weekend temperatures will be the warmest for the week with highs around the 40 degree mark.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire

HONG KONG (AP) — Following a day of violence in which one person was shot by police and another set on fire, Hong Kong’s leader pledged Monday to “spare no effort” to halt anti-government protests that have wracked the city for more than five months.

The comments by Carrie Lam are likely to fuel speculation that harsher legal and police measures may be in the works.

“I do not want to go into details, but I just want to make it very clear that we will spare no effort in finding ways and means that could end the violence in Hong Kong as soon as possible,” Lam told reporters.

Lam also refused to accept the protesters’ demands for political concessions.

“If there is still any wishful thinking that, by escalating violence, the Hong Kong SAR government will yield to pressure to satisfy the so-called political demands, I am making this statement clear and loud here: That will not happen,” Lam said, using the initials for Special Administrative Region, which describes the city’s status as a semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

“These rioters’ actions have far exceeded their demands, and they are enemies of the people,” she said.

Following Lam’s comments, confrontations between protesters and police continued into the night, with black-clad demonstrators torching at least one vehicle and blocking an intersection in the Mongkok district that has been the scene of many clashes. A taxi driver was taken away by ambulance with head wounds, although it wasn’t immediately clear how he had been injured.

The violence is likely to further inflame passions in Hong Kong after a university student who fell from a parking garage during an earlier protest succumbed Friday to his injuries and police arrested six pro-democracy lawmakers over the weekend on charges of obstructing the local assembly during a raucous May 11 meeting. All were freed on bail.

China’s ruling Communist Party has also indicated it may try to find a way to enact anti-subversion laws in the territory. Such measures were shelved previously due to public opposition.

While Beijing has dismissed reports it may replace Lam next year, the party last week issued a statement saying it would “perfect” the system to appoint and dismiss Hong Kong’s leader and top officials.

In a widely distributed video, a police officer is shown shooing away a group of protesters at an intersection Monday morning, then drawing his gun on a masked protester in a white hooded sweatshirt who approaches him.

As the two struggle, another protester in black approaches, at whom the officer points his gun. He then fires at the stomach area of the second protester, who falls to the ground. The officer appeared to fire again as a third protester in black joined the tussle.

The protester in white flees up a nearby stairway, and the officer and a colleague pin the two in black to the ground.

Police said only one protester was hit and that he was undergoing surgery. The Hong Kong hospital authority said the person was initially in critical condition but was stable after surgery.

It was the second protester shot since the demonstrations began in early June, although police have repeatedly drawn their firearms to ward off attacks. Police said they arrested more than 260 people on Monday, adding to the more than 3,300 arrests since the movement erupted in June.

Few details were available about the burning incident in the Ma On Shan neighborhood. Video posted online shows the victim arguing with a group of young people before someone douses him with a liquid and strikes a lighter. The man was reported in critical condition.

Police fired tear gas and deployed a water cannon in parts of the city and charged onto the campus of Chinese University, where students were protesting. Online video also showed a policeman on a motorcycle riding through a group of protesters in an apparent attempt to disperse them.

Police spokesman Tse Chun-chung said the shooting, burning and motorcycle incidents were all under investigation, but defended the officers’ actions as necessary for their own safety. Tse said two people were arrested in the shooting incident, including the person shot, but no one has yet been detained over the burning.

Protesters built barricades and blocked roads at about 120 locations across the city of 7.4 million and demonstrations were still ongoing, Tse said.

“Continuing this rampage is a lose-lose situation for Hong Kong. Everyone is a loser,” Tse said.

Rail service was partly suspended because of fires and obstacles on the tracks and windows were smashed at a branch of the state-owned Bank of China. Large parts of the downtown business district were closed to traffic as protesters surrounded by onlookers engaged in a standoff with police.

The protests began over a proposed extradition law and have expanded to include demands for greater democracy and police accountability. Activists say Hong Kong’s autonomy and Western-style civil liberties, promised when the former British colony was returned to China in 1997, are eroding.

The video of the shooting was posted on Facebook by Cupid Producer, an outlet that started last year and appears to post mostly live videos related to local news.

The shooting occurred in a crosswalk at a large intersection strewn with debris that had backed up traffic in Sai Wan Ho, a neighborhood on the eastern part of Hong Kong Island.

In a statement, the Hong Kong government said police had been responding to vandalism and disruptions of traffic, including protesters throwing heavy objects onto roads from above.

“During police operations, one police officer has discharged his service revolver, one male was shot,” the statement said, adding that officers also drew their guns in the Shatin and Tung Chung neighborhoods.

The statement denied what it called online rumors that police had been ordered to “recklessly use their firearms,” calling the allegation “totally false and malicious.”

“All police officers are required to justify their enforcement actions,” the statement said.

A patch of what looked like dried blood could be seen in a cordoned-off area after the shooting, as onlookers shouted insults at the police.

Masked protesters continued trying to block other intersections in the area, but police chased them away with pepper spray, hitting some bystanders as well.

On Sunday, police fired tear gas and protesters vandalized stores at shopping malls during demonstrations. They targeted businesses whose owners are seen as pro-Beijing and also damaged the Sha Tin train station.

Police said they arrested at least 88 people on charges including unlawful assembly, possession of an offensive weapon, criminal damage and wearing masks at an unlawful assembly.

Hong Kong is preparing for Nov. 24 district council elections that are seen as a measure of public sentiment toward the government. Pro-democracy lawmakers accuse the government of trying to provoke violence to justify canceling or postponing the vote.

His dad has been deployed 10 times. This is his message to other military kids

Davidson is only 9 years old, yet he’s been the man of the house eight times while his dad serves his country.

His father, Dave, is a Green Beret on his 10th deployment. The family lives in northern Virginia while Dave is stationed somewhere overseas. Davidson is used to not having his dad around, but he never forgets him.

“Sometimes it’s fine because we actually do a lot of fun things while he’s away, but it’s also sad because he’s just not here,” Davidson told CNN. “My mom sometimes breaks down and cries a lot because she misses him. And it’s not really hard for her because I help her, but it’s just she misses him.”

From 2001 to 2015, 2.77 million service members have been deployed overseas, many of them mothers and fathers leaving families behind.

Davidson sees the world matter-of-factly, approaching his dad’s deployments with the strength that many military families display.

“I don’t even know where he is, but I think he’s fine because he’s a good, strong guy,” he said.

Each family deals with the hardship in their own way. This is how Davidson’s family does it. They asked that CNN not use their last name for security reasons.

‘My mom cried and I was pretty scared that my dad was going to die’

Davidson helps his mom, Elizabeth, whether it’s holding his youngest sister or reading bedtime stories to his three younger siblings.

But Davidson does more than read books. When he was 6, he wrote a book about about what a military parent’s absence means to a child.

Davidson’s book is finally coming out just in time for this Veterans Day. It’s called “Brave for my Family” and was published under a pen name, Davidson Whetstone. His father illustrated the book.

When Davidson was 3, his dad was wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan days before Christmas in 2013.

“My Mom cried and I was pretty scared that my Dad was going to die,” Davidson wrote in the book. “We got on an airplane to Washington, DC.”

Dave was flown to Germany and then to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he underwent several surgeries. Shrapnel hit him in the face and down his right side, missing his carotid artery by millimeters. He lost peripheral vision in his right eye and shrapnel remains in his body today.

Davidson said he doesn’t remember how he felt when he learned about what happened to his dad. He just remembers being grateful to see and hug him.

“I wanted to write the book because I wanted to show other kids that they won’t have to be scared when their dads are deployed to countries that war is going on and scary things,” Davidson said.

Seeing the illustration of Dave in the hospital brings back the emotions of what happened.

“When you look at it in the book, it just looks so real,” Elizabeth said in between tears. “It brings me back to that day where I walked in and I saw him hugging Davidson and all his shrapnel wounds.”

She remembers thinking, “OK, Jesus, you’re still here and we’ll get through this.”

As Dave recovered in the hospital, a visitor showed up Christmas 2013 and promised Dave they’d do lunch sometime. In 2014, the visitor came through. The whole family went to Vice President Joe Biden’s house and broke bread.

Together they wrote a book

A few years later, the father and son decided they wanted to share their story. Dave suggested the idea of a book.

Dave was home between deployments, so he and Davidson would sit together after church on Sundays and work on the book. Davidson would write and his dad would draw. It was their time together.

Drawing had always been a passion and a way for Dave to organize his thoughts when he was young.

“After losing half the vision and near sight in my dominant eye, it became much more difficult to draw,” Dave wrote in an email from overseas.

“But, illustrating Davidson’s story gave me a strong motivation to create a meaningful representation of our family’s sacrifice and courage. It also allowed me to spend time recalling and appreciating the details of our family’s experience, and to come to terms with some things,” he wrote.

Dave said he feels grateful to have his family in his life, especially his wife, who raises their four children while he’s away.

“I can’t express how proud I am of my whole family, and how immeasurably blessed I am to have each of them in my life. I am so proud of Davidson for writing this book, but if I’m being honest, this is only a snapshot of his talents and passion as a good young man.”

‘They know that we talk openly about why he does what he does’

Dave and Elizabeth knew each other in college, but they didn’t date until later. They had a whirlwind romance, getting married in 2008. Dave went to Special Forces training. Military life is the only life Elizabeth has known from the time they met.

Several months after Davidson was born in 2010, Dave went on his third deployment. Dave has been gone for some part of almost every year of their marriage, ranging from three months to a year for training or deployment, Elizabeth said.

“I have four kids and it’s busy at home,” Elizabeth said. “When I stop and someone really wants to know about our life, it’s kind of the reality of yeah, it is sad. I do miss him, and it is hard, but I’ve done things that I never thought I could have done by myself with four kids.”

Elizabeth cares for her children and homeschools them. The family talks about why Daddy is gone so often. The older children seem to understand why.

“This is all I’ve known, that their daddy goes away because it’s for us, for our country and to keep us safe,” she said. “They know that we talk openly about why he does what he does.”

Having a partner deployed can be a challenge, especially for a family with small children.

When she had strep throat earlier this year, Elizabeth had to take all four children with to the emergency room. Their homeschool co-op set up a meal train for Elizabeth, and others in her circle sent encouraging texts.

Families find ways to stay connected

“Deployment can be a profound experience for families and most families come through it fine,” said Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, director of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University. “Military families are known for being resilient. But it also can expose families to a wide variety of challenges, and particularly if somebody’s injured.”

MacDermid Wadsworth is a professor who has studied military families for 20 years. In that time, research has shown that service members, their spouses and their families have exhibited higher rates of mental health symptoms tied to a deployment, she said. If a service member is exposed to trauma or is injured, the risk goes up.

“There’s a lot of concern about deployments that happen early in children’s lives because it’s coming at a time where kids are learning how to relate to others,” MacDermid Wadsworth said. “How kids do is very much a function of how parents do.”

Keeping in touch with the deployed family member is a big part of staying close as a family.

“There’s been enormous creativity over the last few years in helping folks to stay connected during deployment,” she said. “There are lots of examples of clever care packages and storybooks that are really well suited for kids and parents who are separated.”

The toughest sacrifices are the ones his family makes

Dave calls his family when he can, but he also sends audio recordings or videos for Elizabeth to play for the children. He has one of him reading daughter Lily James’ favorite book.

“It’s changed a little with every child I have had,” Elizabeth said. “When I just had Davidson, I had all these books that Dave would read, and we would videotape him, and I would play it for him.”

Each time Dave goes out on a mission, Elizabeth and her children pray for his safe return. He recorded himself praying, and the kids pray along with the recording when he’s not at home.

While Americans are grateful for the sacrifices that service members make for our country, it’s the sacrifices that they don’t see that are the hardest, Dave said.

“I have been wounded in combat, and I have lost close friends,” Dave wrote. “But, for me some of the toughest pills to swallow are not being there for first words, first steps, first Christmases, first birthdays, and all the moments that you’ll never have again. The hardest thing is watching my kids grow up in pictures.”

So is waving goodbye as he heads on another deployment.

“We know what It’s like to have a spouse deployed. He’s on his 10th deployment,” Elizabeth said. “We hope this book will be an encouragement to other military kids and families.”

Proceeds from the book will go toward organizations like Green Beret Foundation that support military families and wounded warriors.

People sometimes ask how they can help military families. Elizabeth says the little gestures go a long way.

“We are so strong and I feel like we’ll get it done no matter what,” she said, “but it’s so sweet when someone does the littlest act of kindness to our family because it helps so much.”

Texts of encouragement, like “I’m praying for you” or “I’m thinking about you” have comforted the military mom. And, she said, people should befriend military kids. They have to move around a lot. Davidson has moved nine times in his 9 years of life.

For other military children, Davidson has a message.

“I want people to feel brave, not afraid and happy because your dad’s going to be OK,” he said.

Man sues Madonna, saying her 10:30 p.m. concert start is too late

(CNN) -- "There's something that you all need to understand," Madonna said during her Las Vegas concert, while perched atop a piano, legs swinging. "And that is, that a queen is never late."

The mega star spoke those words to fans during the show this week, posting the video to Twitter on Saturday.

And despite the cheers that came from the crowd, not everyone agrees. One Florida fan is betting the law won't agree either.

Nate Hollander is taking the singer to court over her late start times.

Hollander filed a lawsuit Monday in Miami-Dade County court against both Live Nation and Madonna. He alleges that the change in start times for her Madame X Tour is a breach of contract made between the singer and the ticket buyer.

In August, when Hollander bought the tickets to Madonna's December 17 show at the Fillmore Miami Beach, the concert was scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m., the lawsuit alleges. But on October 23, Madonna and Live Nation changed the start time for that show and several others to 10:30 p.m., the suit alleges.

For those like Hollander, who bought tickets and now don't want to attend a concert that late, a refund has not been offered, he alleges.

And attempts to resell won't make up for the money lost, as tickets have now "suffered an extreme loss of value" because of the time change, he alleges. That makes reselling "impossible," he said.

Hollander originally bought three tickets to Madonna's Miami Beach show, spending $1,024.95, he says in the filing. But, since the show is now starting later than originally planned, he claims that he and other ticket holders "suffered actual and consequential damages including, but not limited to, loss of consideration paid and the devaluation of the ticket."

CNN has reached out to Madonna and Live Nation via email and voicemail, but requests for comment have not been returned.

Section of River Drive will be limited to one lane for median removal starting Wednesday

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

For the affected section, both westbound lanes will be closed from Perry Street to 3rd Avenue. On the eastbound side, one lane will remain open from Perry Street to Iowa Street.

The city says that the medians have been effective in their purpose of reducing speed and calming traffic on River Drive since their installation in 2010. However, they have caused difficulties for crews installing temporary flood walls in the area. The city says removing the medians will give workers more space to work with when fighting river flooding.

Removal is estimated to be complete by mid-December, pending weather and subsurface conditions.

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