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Flag bearers line Centennial Bridge to honor America’s military members

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DAVENPORT, Iowa - On June 14, the United States flag turned 241-years-old. A local woman had a dream of honoring the people who fight for America's freedom by lining the Centennial Bridge with American flags.

More than 130 people lined the Centennial Bridge just before 8 a.m. to help Karen Buchanan make her dream come true this morning.

Cars honked and spectators cheered as they passed by and took a look at all of the red, white, and blue.

After marching into position, the flag bearers stood holding their flags high.

For over an hour, the flags were held with pride and honor.

The goal was to pay respect to the nation's veterans and soldiers who fight for American freedom every day.

Buchanan said her dream came true and she feels that the event came at a time where so many people in the Quad Cities community are searching for an outlet to show patriotism.

"A lot of people want to express patriotism right now, they want to show our country is great, our country is wonderful and they don't get an outlet to do that really and this is an outlet where they get to physically be a part of it. " said Buchanan.

It was the first time the "Fly the Flag High" event was held, and Buchanan said she hopes to continue to grow the event.

She said long-term goals are to someday line the new I-74 bridge in honor of the nation's military.

Fun fact: Flag day became an official holiday back in 1949 when President Trumann signed an Act of Congress. However, the holiday stems from the anniversary of the Flag Resolution in 1777.

Honduran woman says federal officials took her daughter while she breastfed the child in a detention center

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(CNN) — The undocumented immigrant from Honduras sobbed as she told an attorney Tuesday how federal authorities took her daughter while she breastfed the child in a detention center, where she was awaiting prosecution for entering the country illegally.

When the woman resisted, she was handcuffed, Natalia Cornelio, the attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, recalled from her interview with the woman, who had been detained under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy to refer anyone caught crossing the border illegally for federal prosecution.

Since the policy was announced in May, some 500 children have been separated from their parents within the last month, according to Miguel A. Nogueras, an assistant federal public defender for the Southern District of Texas in McAllen, citing an unofficial count by an attorney in his office.

Some parents who are under arrest tell public defenders they don’t know what happened to their children, Nogueras said. Some parents also claim they have been told their children are being taken to be bathed or cleaned up, then the adults don’t see them again.

“The government is essentially torturing people by doing this,” Cornelio said.

In an interview outside the federal courthouse in McAllen, Nogueras said: “It depends on who the agent is on that day. They’ll be told, ‘We’re going to separate your kids so they can bathe.’ And that’s not true.”

He added: “It’s really hard to look in the eye of a mother or father who would plead for you — help me get my child back.”

‘My daughter is here’

Inside the crowded federal courtroom, another undocumented Honduran immigrant stood in shackles Tuesday pleading with a judge preparing to sentence him for illegally entering the United States.

Authorities had separated Oman Rodriguez-Avila from his 8-year-old daughter when they caught him and other immigrants crossing the border a day earlier.

“I would ask that you give me a short sentence because my daughter is here,” he told a judge in Spanish, speaking through a translator.

The federal judge sentenced Rodriguez-Avila to 15 days in jail because Rodriguez-Avila was previously convicted for the same misdemeanor offense in 2012 and deported.

In a statement released Wednesday, Carlos Diaz, a US Customs and Border Protection spokesman, disputed the claims against immigration officials.

“Nothing could be further from the truth and these allegations are unsubstantiated,” he said in an email.

In Texas, Cornelio recalled how quickly the tears flowed when the Civil Rights Project interviewed immigrants, whose children had been taken from them, after their arrest for illegally entering the country.

“All the women would start crying and would need to take a couple of minutes before being able to continue talking about it,” Cornelio said.

This week, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department’s Southern District of Texas said her office could not comment on the number of parents who had been separated from their children or how families were separated because of the zero-tolerance policy.

‘It should never happen’

Children generally are separated from parents who are awaiting prosecution for crossing illegally, so prosecuting more parents will result in the separation of far more children from their parents at the border than before the policy took effect.

Those children become the charges of the Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (specifically, the Office of Refugee Resettlement).

In an interview with NPR last month, when asked what he would say to people who say it would be “cruel and heartless” to separate a mother from her children, White House chief of staff John Kelly said: “I wouldn’t put it quite that way. The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever. But the big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States, and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long.”

The administration said it seeks to reunite the families as much as possible after court proceedings, but it puts the onus largely on the parents to locate their children within government custody and seek their return.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the administration’s policy last month.

“So, if you cross the border unlawfully, even a first offense, we’re going to prosecute you,” Sessions told a gathering of the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies. “If you’re smuggling a child, we’re going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law. If you don’t want your child to be separated, then don’t bring them across the border illegally.”

The new policy does not apply to asylum seekers who enter the United States through an official port of entry without paperwork; those people would only be placed into immigration proceedings.

It has long been a misdemeanor federal offense to be caught illegally entering the country, punishable by up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine. But previous US administrations generally didn’t refer everyone caught for prosecution. Those who were apprehended were put into immigration proceedings and faced deportation from the country, unless they qualified to pursue an asylum claim.

Supporters of the new program credited it with reducing the number of crossings and repeat offenders, while critics said it overwhelmed the courts and US attorneys’ offices with low-level crimes that made it difficult to use resources to go after serious and dangerous crime, like drug smuggling and cartels.

Nogueras said he has seen a shift in the caseload. During the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, public defenders in the federal courthouse in McAllen handled about 20 to 30 cases a day involving defendants facing charges for minor crimes, he said.

On Monday, public defenders handled 170 cases of undocumented immigrants who were charged with illegally entering the country and about 120 on Tuesday. At least 60 children have been separated from their parents over the past two days, according to the federal public defenders in McAllen.

“I’m outraged about it. I’m angry. It should never happen,” Nogueras said. “I don’t think that this represents the values of the American people.”

‘Nationally important facility’ coming to Downtown Davenport

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DAVENPORT- Downtown leaders are trying to continue the momentum of developments that have opened up recently.

The Quad Cities Chamber held its annual Downtown Davenport Partnership meeting Tuesday morning, June 12. Leaders say The Current Iowa hotel and the new Scott Community College Urban Campus were two big projects for the downtown area.

Chamber leaders say those developments along with the city's partnership to get more lights in the area have helped to make it grow.

"This is a really big systemic thing that we've been working on forever," partnership Executive Director Kyle Carter said Tuesday. "To see a lot of that come to fruition, the Adler Marquee, it all stacked up really well this year, and we have a lot to be excited about."

Carter also hinted at a surprise business coming to East 2nd Street right next to the Great River Brewery. He would not go into detail, only calling it a "nationally important facility."

CHEF SCOTT: Vietnamese crab cakes

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BETTENDORF, Iowa – It's time to kick up the flavor and serve some unique crab cakes.

"The Vietnamese are known for their banh mi, which essentially means bread," explained Chef Brad Scott, director of Scott Community College's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center.

"So what we're going to do today, we're going to upscale that a little bit with some spicy crab cakes."

1. Mix 2 lbs of crab meat (both lump and white) into a bowl
2. Mix together 1 Tbsp Jalapeno, onion, parsley, cilantro, and ginger into the bowl
3, Mix together some torn basil and torn mint
4. Add 1 tsp fish sauce
5. Add 1 Tbsp of corn starch
6. Add 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
7. Add 1 egg
8. Add 1/2 cup bread crumbs
9. Mix together, let rest for five minutes
10. Form small balls and bread with Panko crumbs
11. Add 1/2 cup corn oil to a fry pan and heat
12. Add each crab cake, fry for three minutes each side
13. Slide croissants, add mayo
14. Serve crab cakes on top, add a slice of tomato

"I like to serve this with some thinly sliced cucumber, thinly sliced tomato, and spinach," said Chef Scott.

Add sopa noodles to complete the meal.


Quad Cities Music Guild “A Chorus Line” Sweepstakes Official Rules

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WQAD News 8 (“Sponsor”) will conduct the Quad Cities Music Guild “A Chorus Line” Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) in accordance with these Official Rules (“Rules”).  Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Rules.  The Sweepstakes is intended for participation in the United States only and is void where prohibited and outside the Sweepstakes Area set forth below.  Do not participate if you are not eligible and located in the United States at the time of entry.

  1.  Eligibility:  Entrants must be legal US residents, at least 18 years old or above, as determined by Sponsor and reside in the Davenport, IA – Moline, IL – Rock Island, IL Designated Market Area as defined by The Nielsen Company (the “Sweepstakes Area”). The Sweepstakes Area includes 17 counties in Iowa and Illinois.  In Illinois – Jo Daviess, Carroll, Whiteside, Bureau, Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Warren and Knox. In Iowa – Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Muscatine, Louisa, Des Moines, and Henry. Employees of WQAD, Quad City Music Guild (“Sponsor”), and Tribune Media Company, employees of other television or radio stations, and members of the immediate families of such persons are not eligible to participate and win.  The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren, and any other person residing at the same household whether or not related.  Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
  2. Sweepstakes Period: The Sweepstakes begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. CT and runs through Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CT (the “Sweepstakes Period”).
  3.  Sweepstakes Entry:  Viewers can fill out the entry form found in the contest section of WQAD.COM.

Limit one entry per person.  Received entries become the property of WQAD News 8 and will not be returned.  Entrants will also be given the option to opt in to receiving additional information from WQAD and from the Sweepstakes prize providers.  Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Multiple entries by means of software-generated or other automated processes will be disregarded.  Detection of said automated entry will lead to such entries being voided in Sponsor’s sole discretion.  Only one registered account per entry.  If multiple accounts are detected for a single entrant, the accounts will be voided and the entries will be disqualified in Sponsor’s sole discretion.  In the event of a dispute as to any registration, the authorized account holder of the email address or account used to register will be deemed to be the registrant.  The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.  Sponsor reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Sweepstakes, including information on entrants obtained through the Sweepstakes, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.  Sponsor reserves the right to contact entrants and all other individuals whose email address is submitted as part of this promotion.

  1. Winner Selection and Notification:  On or about June 1, 2018, Sponsor will select one winner by random drawing from among all eligible entries. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Sponsor will attempt to notify the Sweepstakes winner via telephone or email on June 29, 2018. Winner must have a valid email address where he or she can be notified.  If the potential winner: (a) is unreachable after seven days, (b) is not in compliance with these Rules, (c) does not meet the eligibility requirements, (d) does not provide required documentation and sign any required documents by the deadline established by Sponsor, or (e) is unavailable for prize fulfillment, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize to another winner selected by random drawing from among remaining eligible entries. Sponsor will conduct up to two alternate drawings. If Sponsor cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, the prize will not be awarded.  All results are unofficial until winners are verified.
  2.  Prize:

There is one prize. 2 tickets to see “A Chorus Line” at the Quad City Music Guild at Prospect Park in Moline on Friday, July 6, 2018.

The approximate retail value of the prize is $32

  1.  Prize Acceptance/Restrictions:   Winner is subject to verification by WQAD of the winner’s name, age, address, phone number, and Social Security number (where the prize value is equal to or greater than $600.00). In order to claim his or her prize, winner must appear in person at the business offices of WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL during regular business hours by 7/5/18. Prior to receipt of prize, winner will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity, and may be required to provide a completed W-9, per Section 9 below.  Prize cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items by any winner.  Prize is non-assignable and non-transferrable.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value, including cash, for prize, for any reason.  Costs of transportation and accommodations, where applicable, and any other cost not specifically included in the prize are the sole responsibility of the winners.  Properly claimed prize will be awarded, provided a sufficient number of eligible entries are received, but in no event will Sponsor award more prizes than are provided for in these Rules.
  2. Publicity Release: By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant acknowledges that his/her entry in the Sweepstakes constitutes that entrant’s consent to use, publish, reproduce and for all purposes, including publicity, promotion and advertising, in any media (including without limitation, the Internet, television or offline promotions), winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state, and any portion thereof, each extending throughout the universe and in perpetuity without further compensation, credit or right of review or approval, except where prohibited by law.
  3. Taxes: Any valuation of the prize stated above is based on available information provided to Sponsor, and the value of prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law.  All taxes, including federal, state, and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Any person winning over $600.00 in total prizes will receive a 1099 form from Sponsor at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form should be filed with the IRS.  Winner must provide Sponsor with valid identification, and a valid taxpayer identification number or Social Security number for total prizes valued at $600.00 or more, before prize will be awarded.  Sponsor will have the right, but not the obligation, to require winner to complete and submit an IRS form W-9.  Sponsor reserves the right to withhold prizes until the completed W‑9 form is received.
  4. Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Sweepstakes or any portion hereof, or to disqualify any individual implicated in any of the following actions, if for any reason:  (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, (b) the Sweepstakes or any website associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper processing of entries per these Rules, (c) the Sweepstakes becomes corrupted due to interruption in wireless calling devices or wireless service for any reason, or (d) the Sweepstakes is otherwise not capable of running as planned.  By entering, entrants represent that they are eligible and agree to be bound by and comply with the Rules and the decisions of any judges, which are final on all matters pertaining to the Sweepstakes.  Any entrant who attempts to tamper with this Sweepstakes in any way or use fraudulent means to participate in and/or win the Sweepstakes will be disqualified.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time, for any reason, including, without limitation, language, activities or behavior deemed inappropriate. Sponsor and its advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for cancellations, postponements, or delays.  Other than the prize received by the winner, no entrant will be entitled to receive any wages, benefits, fees or other compensation whatsoever as a result of participating in the Sweepstakes.  Sponsor will have the sole discretion to administer the Sweepstakes and interpret and apply the Rules.  This Sweepstakes is not intended for gambling.  Neither the failure of Sponsor to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Rules nor the failure, delay or omission by Sponsor in exercising any right with respect to any term of these Rules, will be construed as a waiver or relinquishment to any extent of Sponsor’s right to assert or rely upon any such provision or right in that or any other instance. If there is any conflict between any term of these Rules and any marketing or entry materials used in connection with the Sweepstakes, the terms of these Rules will govern.
  5. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to release, discharge, and hold harmless Sponsor, Tribune Media Company, prize providers, and their respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, death or property damage resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, delivery, possession, misuse or use of a prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), or from participation in and/or entry into or creation of an entry for the Sweepstakes and/or the broadcast or exploitation or use of entry or any other Sweepstakes-related activity; and (b) that the Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to prize.
  6. Limitation of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for: (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information or other errors in the printing, offering or administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prize(s), (b) any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation or transmission at any website, or wireless calling service, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other conditions, (c) failure of any entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems, telephone service problems, human error, or wireless calling service, (d) mechanical, technical, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions, or failures of any kind, including but not limited to failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed transmission of entries, traffic congestion, viruses, sabotage, satellite failures, electrical outages, on telephone lines, on the Internet, at any website, or application or lost or unavailable network connections or natural disasters or acts of God or man, which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Sweepstakes,  (e) communication line, hardware and/or software failures, malfunction of phones (including wireless phones/handsets), phone lines, other communications malfunctions, unavailable network connections, cellular equipment towers, telephone systems or wireless service, (f) damage to any computer (software or hardware) resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes, or damage to mobile phone or other PDA device, (g) theft or destruction of, tampering with, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries and/or entry information, (h) entries that are late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, and/or unintelligible (or any combination thereof), or (i) any change of email address, mailing address, telephone number and/or any other contact information provided by entrant.  Any expenses incurred by the entrant during the entry process are the sole responsibility of each entrant and the Sponsor will not issue reimbursement for any expenses.
  7. Dispute Resolution: By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. All entrants agree, by participation in the Sweepstakes, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of Illinois.  Illinois law will govern this Sweepstakes, without regard Illinois’s choice of law rules.  The courts of Illinois will be the exclusive forum for any dispute regarding any Rule or activity associated with the Sweepstakes.
  8. Official Rules: To request a copy of the Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL by 7/30/18.  Written copies of these Rules are also available during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at WQAD’s business offices or online at
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  10. Rights Reserved: The content, information, data, designs and code associated with the Sweepstakes and Sweepstakes website are protected by intellectual property and other laws. Any unauthorized use of copyrighted materials, trademarks, or any other intellectual property of Sponsor.


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Win Tickets to see A Chorus Line at Quad City Music Guild

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For the first time on the Music Guild Stage, A Chorus Line explores the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, vying for a spot in a Broadway show. With music by Marvin Hamlisch, it features one powerhouse number after another. Memorable musical numbers include “What I Did for Love, “One,” “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror,” and “I Hope I Get It.”

A Chorus Line was instantly recognized as a classic.  An unprecedented box office and critical hit, the musical received twelve Tony Award nominations and won nine, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Dazzling dance and beautiful music, you won’t want to miss it.

Quad City Music Guild’s performance of A Chorus Line will be on July 6 – 8 and July 12 – 15 at Prospect Park Auditorium in Moline, IL.  Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Thurs, Fri and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.    Tickets are $16 for adults and $11 for children.  Call 309-762-6610 for reservations.

You can win tickets to the show!  Register to win 2 tickets to opening night on Friday, July 6, 2018.  One entry per person.  Deadline for entry is Thursday, June 28th at noon.

Click here for complete rules.

Dixon Police K9 sports bulletproof vest thanks to charity sponsor

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DIXON, Illinois — Dixon Police Department’s K9 Hery has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by The Marshall Family of Dixon, IL and embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love – Trained to Serve – Loyal Always”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,800 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.4 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

New York attorney general sues Trump Foundation

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NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s foundation served as a personal piggy bank for his businesses, legal bills and presidential campaign, New York’s attorney general said Wednesday as she sued the charity and its directors–Trump and his children Eric, Donald Jr., and Ivanka.

The Donald J. Trump Foundation “was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” Democratic AG Barbara Underwood said as she sued to dissolve the foundation and seek $2.8 million in restitution.

The lawsuit says the foundation illegally helped support the Republican’s campaign by raising money at a nationally televised fundraiser in January 2016, then allowing campaign staffers to dictate how the money was spent in grants.

Foundation attorney Sheri Dillon and a Trump Organization spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment. She still represents the foundation.

Underwood’s predecessor, Democrat Eric Schneiderman, began investigating the foundation in 2016 following Washington Post reports that foundation spending personally benefited the presidential candidate. Schneiderman ordered the foundation to stop fundraising in New York.

The Trump campaign, at the time, said the foundation intended to cooperate with the investigation. The campaign had previously called Schneiderman “a partisan hack” who backed Trump’s 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

Widower of ‘Marry My Husband’ author speaks out one year after her death

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It’s been more than a year since author Amy Krouse Rosenthal died of ovarian cancer shortly after writing a viral essay in which she encouraged readers to consider marrying husband Jason after her passing.

Now Jason Rosenthal is speaking out, in a TED talk he gave at the TED 2018 conference as well as an interview with Today.

Asked whether he’ll remarry, he said, “I have no idea. I don’t know.” But he says several women did reach out after reading his late wife’s column. “A group of women reached out to me and professed their commitment,” he told Today, per People. “Some of it provided a nice bit of levity and some humor.”

He says one of the women even promised to outlive him.

As for the TED talk, Rosenthal recounted his grief and said he’s learning to smile again after losing his partner of 26 years, Today reports.

His father also died just four months after Amy, leading him to wonder, “How much can the human condition handle? What makes us capable of dealing with this intense loss and yet carry on? Was this a test? Why my family and my amazing children?”

But Amy had made it clear to the world at large that he needed to persevere.

“Because Amy gave me very public permission to also find happiness, I now have experienced joy from time to time,” he said in the talk.

“Pay It Forward” salutes Quad City Veterans Outreach Center in Davenport

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One can at a time, Sandy Van Atta is helping veterans.

“We opened this in honor of our father, who was a World War II veteran,” she recalled recently.

Sandy and her sister Lola opened the Quad City Veterans Outreach Center in 2016.  After outgrowing their space, they moved to a storefront location at 2720 W. Locust Street in Davenport.  Phone: (563) 529-4782.

“We were really surprised by the need,” she continued.  “The need is mainly your next door neighbor.”

The Center offers a food pantry and much more.

“This side over here is where we keep our non-perishable items,” she said.

It’s an all-volunteer operation.  Businesses and individuals also pitch in with donations.

“This is new stuff coming in,” she gestured.

There’s clothing, household items, even a walk-in barber shop.  These days, the Center serves more than 600 clients.

“There’s a lot of homeless,” said Helen Rider, Davenport.  “There’s a lot of people that are looking for jobs.”

Reasons enough for Helen to nominate the Center for a Pay It Forward award.

“All of that is exactly what it means to be listening, caring and doing what’s right, which is our core values at Ascentra Credit Union,” said Megan Guldenpfennig.  “For that reason, on behalf of Ascentra, I would love to present you with $300, so you may Pay It Forward to them.”

While Sandy gets ready for an event at the Center on Saturday, June 16, 2018, Helen enters with a big surprise.

“On behalf of News Eight and Ascentra Credit Union, I would like to Pay It Forward for all the work you do at the Veterans Center,” Helen said.

“We’ll be able to buy even more food for the pantry giveaway on Saturday,” Sandy said.

She’s grateful for a kind community that continues to step up for veterans.

“It’s our way of saying thank you for your service,” Sandy concluded.  “If you’re needy or not, you’re always welcome here.”

Can-by-can, Paying It Forward in Davenport.

For more information on the Quad City Veterans Outreach Center, check

Burlington dog that survived in woods alone for 3 years reunited with long-lost family

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — After three years of wondering if their family dog, Ginger,  was alive, the George family from Ucross, Wyoming got the answer in Sioux Falls on Wednesday.

It all began in August of 2015 in Burlington, Iowa.

In a hotel room in Sioux Falls nearly seven hours away from Burlington, is where we found Kandi Glick, her boyfriend Grant and a dog Glick rescued.

“We started getting a lot of calls saying there was a dog running loose in town,” Glick said. “People said they saw a deceased dog, so I’d go to the spot where they’d say it was and it wouldn’t be there.”

Glick runs the Des Moines County Regional Humane Society. She couldn’t find the deceased dog … because the dog was alive and well … but let’s rewind …

“I actually made a phone call to the husband and said, ‘Hey, were you in Burlington, Iowa about three years ago, this is going to be the weirdest phone call you ever get,'” Glick said.

On the other end was Jennifer George’s husband BJ. The Georges had gotten calls and emails like this before.

“My mom, the dog was originally hers and she had passed away about four months earlier,” George said.

BJ was on a business trip in Burlington and Jennifer didn’t want to leave the dog at a kennel, so they brought her along and she escaped from the house the family was renting …

“Literally 15 minutes we were in the neighborhood looking and never saw a glimpse,” George said.

Jennifer stayed behind and searched for their dog for days with the help of the community. but she was gone. Until last week when Glick started getting calls.

“This is really funny to say, but McDonalds saved her life. people dumped food at the car wash and it’s McDonalds, it’s Taco Bell, it’s Burger King and she was digging every night in the trash,” Glick said. “The water that people that people washed their cars with, it’s just amazing she survived we don’t know how she did it.”

Glick set up a trap with hot dogs and captured a dog on Saturday who looked a lot like the Georges’ missing dog. Glick scoured a missing pets Facebook page she runs for a post with a phone number from three years ago. She found it. But when the family got the call they were skeptical.

“Her undercoat had grown out, she was twice as big as she is now, she had a lot of matting on her and of course, after three years her face has aged, so it just didn’t look like the same dog,” Glick said.

Ginger, shortly after her rescue.

But a trip to the groomer– revealed what would be key.

“She had on–Jennifer remembered– a purple and lime green collar,” Glick said.
“I think I was speechless,” George said.

It’s a little faded now but the collar held up on the inside — purple and lime green. And through a hail storm on Wednesday, Jennifer and her 10-year-old daughter Samantha made the eight hour trek from Ucross, Wyoming for the best family reunion.

Ginger was a little confused, but after about 45 seconds, she recognized Samantha and started to get cozy with both her and Jennifer, offering plenty of love and kisses.

George said this reunion is all thanks to Glick.

“She’s just an angel,” George said. “What she does …is she reunites families and she gave us back this dog that meant so much to us and without her people wouldn’t have these moments.”

George credited the power of social media for making all of this happen, with Glick finding the old post with BJ’s phone number on it and calling. Glick said folks in Burlington were so thrilled she had found the family and that it was the Georges’ dog that had been gone for three years, many people donated money for Glick and her boyfriend Grant to make the trip to Sioux Falls to meet up with Jennifer and Samantha.


Inside a Texas Wal-Mart where the US is holding 1,400 immigrant children

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The strangeness of the largest migrant children’s center in the United States, near the border with Mexico, shows up in the details.

Here, there are 1,469 boys, ages 10 to 17, housed inside the 250,000-square-foot shell of a former Walmart superstore. None of the 313 bedrooms have doors. Or ceilings, so that children lying in their beds look up past where their walls end to the scaffolding of the superstore roof high above. The hundreds of children neatly lined up for their supper of barbecued chicken or sandwiches file past murals of presidents, including one of Donald Trump, alongside with a curious quote from him in Spanish alongside the English: “Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.”

On Wednesday, following a controversy over turning away Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, when he tried to visit the facility on June 3, the US government’s Office of Refugee Resettlement opened the Casa Padre shelter in Brownsville to a tightly controlled news media visit.

Merkley had sought to look into the conditions under which the shelter’s children, who either crossed into the United States unaccompanied or were separated from their parents at the border, are being held. He linked his concerns to the new “zero-tolerance” border policies announced last month by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling for taking away children and prosecuting parents who cross the border with them illegally.

In just the first two weeks after Sessions announced that policy, 658 children crossed the border with their families and were presumably taken into ORR custody, according to Customs and Border Protection testimony before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on May 23. In April, the Department of Health and Human Services told The New York Times that around the same number of children, “approximately 700,” had been taken from families at the border in the entire six preceding months.

With that increase, as of Wednesday, ORR spokesman Brian Marriott said, the office was holding 11,351 children in more than 100 shelters across 17 states.

At the Casa Padre shelter, which opened last year, the surge in numbers has been palpable. In March, the nonprofit Southwest Key Programs, which also operates 26 other shelters in Texas, Arizona and California, had a capacity of 1,186, according to a licensing document posted in the shelter. More recently, as children flooded into the system, they had to get a variance from Texas regulators to boost its capacity temporarily to 1,497. The average population of the shelter has jumped by nearly 300 in less than a month, said Martin Hinojosa, director of compliance for Southwest Key Programs.

Today, the shelter is almost at capacity again. Five cot-like beds have been squeezed into bedrooms built originally for four.

Juan Sanchez, the founder and president of Southwest Key Programs, refused to discuss the “zero-tolerance” policy.

“Our goal is to reunite these children with their families as soon as we can do that,” he told reporters Wednesday. He said that more than 70% of the 5,129 children at Southwest Key Programs shelters were unaccompanied, rather than separated from their parents. However, he conceded that the number of children separated was rising.

Reporters allowed to visit the Casa Padre shelter had to agree to preconditions, including that no cameras, phones or recording devices were allowed. Officials also declined to allow interviews with children or employees of the shelter.

The massive shelter retains a warehouse vibe — noisy but highly organized, with scores of staffers leading skeins of boys to various activities. In recreation rooms, some boys watched a soccer match on TV; some took part in a tai chi class; others played pool or foosball (in one case with a cue ball). Still others sat in classrooms. Because of the crowding, the boys attend school in six-hour morning or afternoon shifts, five days a week. The bedrooms reporters were shown seemed antiseptically clean.

Nearly all the boys are Central American or Mexican, Hinojosa said. Last year, 95% of all children detained at the border and transferred to ORR custody were from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, according to data from Customs and Border Protection. Children and families from those countries have been fleeing grinding poverty, gang violence and some of the highest national homicide rates in the world.

Though they have a variety of scheduled activities to keep them busy, the boys spend almost all their time indoors at the former superstore, aside from one hour a day outside for PE and another hour of free time they can spend on the basketball courts or soccer fields adjacent to the shelter building. Many of the boys stared at the visitors with obvious curiosity, greeting reporters with “Hola” or “Buenas tardes” as they walked by.

There are several banks of telephones at the shelter. Hinojosa said that children at the shelter are able to call their families, and that Southwest Key Programs, as part of its intake process, works to find out how to get in touch with family members. Parents held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities may not have phone access or be reachable, he acknowledged, but he said that “a majority of separated children have other family here they can call.”

Alexia Rodriguez, a vice president and legal counsel for Southwest Key Programs, said that, in cooperation with ORR, “a system is being set up” to connect separated children with their parents. She was unable to provide further details on Wednesday.

The boys at Casa Padre stay there an average of 49 days before being placed with a sponsor — usually a relative — reunited with parents or deported, said Sanchez, Southwest Key’s president. The average for all ORR shelters is 56 days and rising.

How much of the surge in children housed at Casa Padre is due to the new family separation policy is not yet clear. From October through May, the Border Patrol apprehended 32,372 unaccompanied minors, up about 1,300 from a year earlier. Meanwhile, apprehensions of “family units,” as the agency calls children traveling with parents, fell to 59,113, down nearly 2,000 from the previous year.

These numbers don’t include families or children who have shown up at a legal port of entry and applied for asylum. At least some such families say their children have also been taken away.

Southwest Key Programs, which has operated immigrant children’s shelters since 1997, has received more than $807 million in federal grants over the past three fiscal years for services for immigrant children. It currently houses 5,129 kids, almost half the number in the shelter system altogether.

Sanchez, who also is featured on a large wall mural at Casa Padre, declined to discuss whether harsher border policies are benefitting or straining Southwest Key.

Asked about reports that the Department of Health and Human Services is considering easing the shelter capacity crunch by using Fort Bliss, near El Paso, or other military bases as locations to house 1,000 or more children in tents temporarily, Sanchez said of the organization, “We’re not going to do tent cities.”


Photographer works as chef at South Pole to capture incredible photos, videos

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DENVER – If you've wondered what it's like at the South Pole, one Denver photographer spent nearly a year there and took some unbelievable photographs.

Hunter Davis "wintered over" to the South Pole Station in Antarctica where he served as a sous chef for a group of scientists while also taking tremendous pictures and videos.

Davis worked six days a week and when his shift ended he ventured out into temperatures around 100 degrees below zero to take pictures and video.

Davis said getting a picture in those elements required him to pack his camera into a styrofoam box full of towels and warm water bottles with only a little hole for the lens to poke out of.

The South Pole features six months of pure darkness and six months of daylight.

"It's like being on a spaceship because you go out at noon and the Milky Way is right above you and the Auroras are right there," Davis told KDVR.

Davis said that once you're at the South Pole, you're there for at least 10 months with no flights coming in or out. "It's quicker to evacuate the space station than it is to be evacuated from the South Pole station," Davis said.

Only 47 other people were there with Davis, from scientists to other workers.

Davis studied photography at the Art Institute of Colorado and MSU Denver. He also takes stunning photographs of Colorado - you can see more on his website.


Poll finds most parents and kids agree they disapprove of Trump

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WASHINGTON — In some ways, President Donald Trump has brought Tammy Kennedy and her daughter, Sue Ann, together on politics.

They don’t agree on every issue— Tammy supports abortion rights, for example, while Sue Ann opposes them. Even so, the two agree on most issues and disapprove of the way Trump is doing his job.

“I think we’ve talked about him in terms of immigration,” said Tammy, 51, of Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration that has resulted in the separation of some parents and children at the borders. “I can’t imagine my child being ripped away from me.”

“We do agree on his performance,” Sue Ann, 18, said.

They’re part of a majority of American young people and their parents who disapprove of the job the president is doing, a poll shows. The survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV found that 57 percent of parents and 73 percent of young people ages 15 to 26 disapprove of the president’s performance.

The common ground doesn’t end there. The generations also agree that politics have become dysfunctional, and both say they’re dissatisfied with the two-party system.

On issues broadly, a 55 percent majority of young people and their parents say they usually see eye to eye, and 31 percent say they debate things diplomatically. Just 9 percent say they avoid talking politics, and only 5 percent say their debates turn into “World War III.”

And most say they agree with each other on a wide variety of individual issues, including feelings on the economy, health care, immigration, racism and abortion.

Still, hotheadedness abounds over politics, as anyone who has access to the internet knows. The survey showed that online, especially, politics seeps into interactions with extended family members. Twenty percent of young people and their parents say they have done the virtual equivalent of uninviting a family member — by blocking them or unfriending them — because of a disagreement over politics. An equal percentage of both generations say they have been blocked or unfriended.

Mackenzi Curtis, 22, said she stopped following one older family member, who’s in his 60s, on Facebook over his posts about the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Several students became gun control advocates after a gunman killed 17 people on Feb. 14.

“I was thinking they’re pretty much bullying a teenager that’s been through a traumatic experience,” Curtis, a mother of two in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, said. “I think it has a lot to do with the difference in generations.”

Eleven percent of respondents say they have had a holiday gathering ruined over politics, while about an equal percentage say they’ve decided not to attend a family event for the same reason. Seventeen percent say political disagreements inspired a relative to skip a family event.

The two generations are equally likely to engage on social media on the Nov. 6 elections, the study found. A quarter of parents and young people say they’ll post or comment on the midterms, and similar percentages say they share memes about the races. That’s a key data point for the campaigns trying to rev up and drive voters to the polls.

By any measure, Trump revolutionized Twitter as a political instrument before his 2016 upset over Democrat Hillary Clinton and during his presidency. Ahead of the 2018 midterms, both parties are leveraging the power of social media, engagement and relationships as Republicans defend their congressional majorities and Democrats try to topple them.

Among parents and young people who say they aren’t of the same mind, young people say they tend to disagree with their parents most about racism, while their parents say the largest area of disagreement is gun control. Both generations tend to point to Trump and LGBT rights as sources of contention.

The generations say it can be hard to sway the other generation when differences exist, but not necessarily impossible.

Few young people and parents — only 11 percent overall — say they are always able to persuade each other to change his or her views, but another 53 percent say they can sometimes do it. Just 6 percent say they can always be persuaded, but 44 percent say they sometimes can be.

Larry Kapenstein, a 64-year-old retired postal worker in Middletown, Pennsylvania, said Trump most recently displeased his family by uninviting the Philadelphia Eagles — this year’s Super Bowl champions — to the White House. But while they agree on Trump, Kapenstein said one of his children can be hard to convince on taxes. He’s coming to terms with where chunks of his paycheck go. And that can lead to the question of who’s to blame for that.

Hint: Voters and the politicians they elect.

“He just doesn’t understand why we have to pay taxes,” Kapenstein said. “He’s just getting into the working world, but he just doesn’t get it.”


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