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Coffee service at Rock Island High School teaches students basic skills for life

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- At Rock Island High School the students are working to fuel their teachers with something you can't find at just any coffee shop.

Every Friday, the students make and hand out coffee, tea or hot chocolate to the staff.

According to Rock Island High School's website, the students are in the Functional program, which focuses on independent living.  In the program they learn math skills, scheduling, reading, and other basic life skills.  Making in-person deliveries, these students are also practicing hospitality and social skills.

The program started due to a PRIME grant from the Rock Island - Milan Education Foundation.

Money from the beverages goes back into the program.  The goal is to start expanding the program to include selling muffins.

Click here to learn more about the Rocky Grind and the Functional Program.

Dogs and walkers stroll 1.5 miles to support animal shelter at 17th Mutt Strut

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MILAN, Illinois -- Milan residents might've seen quite a few dogs walking down the Hennepin Canal Pathway on the morning of  Saturday, September 14th.

The Quad City Animal Welfare Center hosted the 17th annual Mutt Strut at the Milan American Legion at 9 a.m. There were also side activities, such as vendors, puppy pools, games, and silent auctions, of which all proceeds went back in to support the Welfare Center. Additionally, the shelter brought out many of its animals for potential adoptions.

The event of the day was the strut itself, a voluntary 1.5 mile walk down the Hennepin Canal Pathway. Participants could bring their dogs on the journey, walk one of the shelter's.

Since the Quad City Animal Welfare Center relies on donations, they hope that the Mutt Strut will help them continue to support the operations that their animals depend on.

Five teens accused of stealing bikes from shed in Davenport neighborhood

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — Five teenagers were arrested and accused of stealing bikes out of a shed.

The burglary was reported in the 4300 block of Washington Street on Sunday evening around 11:20 p.m., according to a statement from the Davenport Police Department.   Bikes had been reportedly stolen out of a shed.

Police said five teens on bikes were spotted at the intersection of Kimberly Road and Marquette Street, about a half-mile away from where the bikes had been stolen.  In addition, they had items police said may have been related to other burglaries.

The teen boys, a 13-year-old, a 16-year-old and three 14-year-olds, were arrested and taken to a detention center.  They were charged with third degree burglary and fourth degree theft.

If you have any information, call the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125.

Vandalism reported at Dixon park’s concession stand building

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DIXON, Illinois — Police are trying to figure out who vandalized a concession stand building at a park in Dixon.

The vandalism was reported Saturday, September 14.  The building is located at the soccer fields at Meadows Park.

If you have any information you are asked to call 815-288-4411.

Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ad wins Emmy for outstanding commercial

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Nike’s gamble to partner with athlete-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick paid off Sunday as the company won an Emmy for outstanding commercial at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

The commercial, titled “Dream Crazy,” features Kaepernick alongside other sports legends including Serena Williams and LeBron James, who have reached beyond their personal achievements to support and advance political and social causes.

The ad was released in September 2018 days before the start of the NFL season. Kaepernick was one of the faces of Nike’s 30th anniversary commemoration of its iconic “Just Do It” campaign.

Despite some intense response to the ad — like people burning their Nike shoes and a Missouri college dropping the brand — the company’s stock hit an all-time high. Nike also gained tens of thousands of Instagram followers after announcing the campaign.

Since the commercial aired on televisions around the world, Nike has released several other socially and politically charged ads featuring an array of athletes from different backgrounds.

Most recently, Nike partnered with the Toronto Raptors in their release of a team-branded hijab for Muslim women athletes.

Backstreet Boys surprise Down syndrome group with meet-and-greet before Louisville concert

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(CNN) -- When a group of special-needs adults in Louisville, Kentucky, made a video of themselves lip-syncing to a Backstreet Boys song, they expected friends and family would love it. But the response they got was larger than life.

Down Syndrome of Louisville, an organization serving individuals with the genetic disorder, created a music video for the 1999-smash "I Want It That Way."

The heartwarming video became an instant hit in their community, garnering thousands of views on YouTube.

Then Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys caught wind of the video and retweeted it to all his followers, writing: "I see you guys. GREAT VIDEO!! I'm working on a way to get you to meet us."

And that's when things really got exciting.

The Backstreet Boys, who are currently on their "DNA World Tour," called Down Syndrome of Louisville to ask if the lip-sync stars would like to attend their show on Friday at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. They even offered to meet them ahead of the concert.

"There were screams, one of them actually fell on the floor," Julie Torzewski, the group's executive director, told CNN. "They're uninhibited in their emotions, this is what makes them so special. They just embraced the moment, it bought them so much joy."

Before the concert on Friday, Down Syndrome of Louisville gathered for a Backstreet Boys dance party. Singer Kevin Richardson even sent them a heartfelt video message.

"The passion, the joy, the soul that you put in that video was inspiring," Richardson said in the video.

That night, 12 members of the group, whose ages range from 18 to 40, attended the concert and spent time with the boy band singing and taking photos.

"The experience felt great, said Sam Roach, one of the members. "It was one thing I've always wanted, to see them."

"I'm thankful for being there and just having a great time," he added.

After the show, Nick Carter tweeted: "It was so awesome to meet you. Told ya I'd make it happen."

Rod Stewart reveals 3-year battle with prostate cancer

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Rod Stewart has revealed he has successfully been treated for prostate cancer after fighting the disease for three years.

The British music legend, whose hits include “Maggie May” and “I Don’t Want To Talk About It,” went public with his illness at a fundraising event for the Prostate Project and European Tour Foundation charity in Surrey, England on Saturday night.

Stewart, 74, told the crowd he was given the all-clear in July after being diagnosed with prostate cancer during a routine check-up in 2016.

“No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody,” the father-of-eight said. “I’m in the clear, now, simply because I caught it early. I have so many tests.”

He also urged other men to get their prostates checked regularly to ensure early detection of the disease and increase their chances of survival.

“Guys, you’ve got to really go to the doctor, finger up the bum, no harm done.”

Prostate cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed type of cancer worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, with 1.3 million cases in 2018.

While the condition is more likely to affect men over the age of 50, it can be diagnosed at a younger age.

Stewart’s health revelation comes after British actor Stephen Fry shared his own experience with the disease.

The 62-year-old comedian and presenter is the latest celebrity to join the “Men, We Are With You” campaign by charity Prostate Cancer UK, which is aimed at raising awareness.

“A prostate cancer diagnosis is a scary thing — you never expect it’s going to happen to you,” Fry said in an interview on the charity’s website. “Thankfully, mine was caught early enough that something could be done but I know that it isn’t the same for everyone.”

Health experts support treatment for kids with peanut allergy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Government experts on Friday backed an experimental treatment for children with peanut allergies that could become the first federally approved option for preventing life-threatening reactions.

The treatment is daily capsules of peanut powder that gradually help children build up a tolerance.

The outside panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted overwhelmingly in favor of the treatment from Aimmune Therapeutics. The nonbinding vote amounts to an endorsement for approval.

The FDA is expected to make its final decision by January.

The panelists said the medication was an important option for parents and children dealing with peanut allergies. However, several also said they had concerns because the pill has to be taken continuously to maintain its effect.

An estimated 1.6 million children and teenagers in the U.S. would be eligible for the medication, to be sold as Palforzia, which is intended for ages 4 to 17.

Peanut allergy is the most common food allergy in the country and the standard treatment involves strictly monitoring what children eat. That approach doesn’t always work and accidental exposure is common, sending 1 in 4 children with peanut allergies to the emergency room every year.

Parents at Friday’s meeting urged approval of the drug, describing the anxiety of watching their children’s diet and daily routine, even avoiding public places and transportation because of possible peanut residues.

“These are constant and real fears with extreme consequences,” said Cathy Heald of Dallas, whose 12-year-old son Charlie took part in a study of the treatment.

Heald said her son’s improved tolerance allowed him to travel overseas by himself for the first time.

“The peace of mind this treatment brings is invaluable” said Hill, whose trip to the meeting was paid by Aimmune.

After one year, about 66% of study participants who took the pills could tolerate the equivalent of three to four peanuts, compared to just 4% of patients who received a dummy treatment. At the beginning of the study, most participants could not tolerate even a minuscule amount of peanuts.

But the benefits of the treatment came with risks. More than 9% of patients taking the pills reported severe allergic reactions, more than twice the number in the placebo group. And 11% of patients dropped out of the company’s study due to side effects.

“The effectiveness of the treatment has, in fact, not been demonstrated,” said Dr. John Kelso, of Scripps Clinic in San Diego, who voted against the treatment.

The California-based company has previously said it expects the first six months of treatment to cost $5,000 to $10,000 and $300 to $400 a month after that. The company declined to elaborate on price earlier this week.

Aimmune is pursuing other treatments for common food allergies, including eggs. The company does not yet have any products on the market.

10-year-old Texas girl contracts brain-eating amoeba while swimming

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A weekend swim left a young girl fighting for her life when she contracted a brain-eating amoeba with a 97% fatality rate.

Lily Mae Avant, 10, swam in the Brazos River and Lake Whitney in Bosque County near Waco over Labor Day weekend, according to CNN affiliate KWTX-TV.

Then, on September 8, Lily “began having a headache, and it was quickly followed by a fever,” according to a Facebook page created to support the girl. Her family thought it was a viral infection at first, but after visits to the family doctor and Lily having trouble sleeping, the family knew something was wrong.

“She was incoherent, unresponsive and was quickly swept up and taken to the ER,” the family wrote on Lily’s Facebook page.

Lily was then flown to Cook Children’s Health Care System in Fort Worth where a spinal tap found she had contracted Naegleria fowleri.

“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare,” the girl’s aunt, Crystal Warren, told KWTX Friday. “For this to happen to her when there were so many other people in the same waters on the same days we just don’t understand why it was her.”

Chris Dowdy, principal at Valley Mills Elementary School, confirmed to CNN that a 5th-grade student was “putting up a fierce battle for her life, caused by this awful amoeba.”

“She is an outstanding student, but more importantly, she is just a tremendous person,” Dowdy said. “Everyone in our community, state, and even the entire country is praying for this sweet child.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the amoeba is a single-cell living organism commonly found in warm freshwater like lakes and rivers. The amoeba enters the body through the nose, travels to the brain and destroys brain tissue, according to the CDC.

Between 2009 and 2018, the CDC says only 34 cases of the Naegleria fowleri infection were reported in the US. Only four people out of the 145 known cases survived between 1962 and 2018.

Warren told KWTX she’s hopeful her niece “will be number five to survive.”

Vettes on the River Receives Funds from the Three Degree Guarantee

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Tom Pospisil  from Eriksen Chevrolet was on-hand to present a check of $520 for the July Three Degree Guarantee to Vettes on the River.

Accepting the check were Jerry Porter, Sherry Cassatt, and Jack Brown representing Vettes on the River.

Vettes on the River is an all-Corvette car show with judging done by Quad Cities veterans. All proceeds from this annual event are donated to local Quad Cities veterans’ organizations. Corvette drivers come from all over the country to gather along the Mighty Mississippi River in LeClaire, Iowa, and show off their pride and joy while supporting veterans.

If you would like to learn more about the Vettes on the River or on how to participate, please click here.

If your charity or organization would like to be considered for the Three Degree Guarantee, please click here.

After bankruptcy filing, Purdue Pharma may not be off hook

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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners expressed sympathy but not responsibility for the nation's opioid crisis as the company filed for bankruptcy protection late Sunday night, part of a move to settle some 2,600 lawsuits — most from state and local governments.

"Like families across America, we have deep compassion for the victims of the opioid crisis," Sackler family members said in the statement, which called the settlement plan a "historic step towards providing critical resources that address a tragic public health situation."

But the filing may not get either the drugmaker or the Sacklers off the legal hook.

About half the states and lawyers representing at least 1,000 local governments have agreed to the tentative settlement, which the company says could be worth $10 billion to $12 billion over time and would include at least $3 billion from the Sackler family. The deal also calls for handing the company over to trustees and giving future profits from OxyContin and drugs in development to creditors.

Purdue Pharma headquarters stands in downtown Stamford, Connecticut on April 2, 2019. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, are facing hundreds of lawsuits across the country for the company's alleged role in the opioid epidemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans over the past 20 years. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

But some of the states that are holding out made it clear last week that they intend to object to the deal in bankruptcy court and seek to continue their lawsuits against members of the Sackler family in state courts.

"My office is prepared to hold the Sackers accountable, regardless of whether or not Purdue declares bankruptcy," Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said in a statement last week.

It will be up to the Robert Drain, the federal bankruptcy judge in White Plains, New York, to sort out what happens now — including whether those state lawsuits against Sackler family members can continue. Even if he stops them, he could consider the claims they raise in his court.

For Purdue and the Sacklers, the effort revolves around getting more states to agree to the settlement, which could make a settlement more likely.

"We are hopeful that in time, those parties who are not yet supportive will ultimately shift their focus to the critical resources that the settlement provides to people and problems that need them," the families of late company owners Mortimer and Raymond Sackler said in their statement. "We intend to work constructively with all parties as we try to implement this settlement."

The Sackler family was listed by Forbes magazine in 2016 as one of the 20 wealthiest in the U.S. In a court filing last week, the New York attorney general's office contended that the family had transferred $1 billion to itself through a Swiss and other hidden bank accounts.

As some states agreed to the deal last week, others expressed frustration amount of money, saying the family should guarantee more — and that the tentative settlement didn't hold the family or company sufficiently accountable for their roles in causing an opioid crisis that has killed more than 400,000 Americans in the last two decades.

In court filings, the family and the company have pushed back against accusations that the company played a central role in causing the national crisis by overselling the benefits of its powerful prescription painkillers and downplaying the addiction risk. The company's drugs represent a small fraction of the prescription opioids shipped over the years — and most fatal overdoses have been linked to illegal opioids such as heroin and illicitly made fentanyl.

Steve Miller, chairman of Purdue's board of directors, said on a conference call with reporters that an admission of wrongdoing is not part of the deal.

"The alternative is to not settle but instead to resume the litigation," he said.

He said as legal battles linger, the company's costs grow, leaving less for the plaintiffs in lawsuits.

"The resumption of litigation would rapidly diminish all the resources of the company and would be lose-lose-lose all the way around," he said. "Whatever people might wish for is not on the table now."

One likely result of the company's filing is that it will be removed from the first federal trial over the toll of opioids, scheduled to start Oct. 21 in Cleveland. After a series of smaller settlements, claims remain in place against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries along with drug distributors and one pharmacy chain, Walgreens.

Energy prices spike after Saudi oil attack, US blaming Iran

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Global energy prices spiked on Monday after a weekend attack on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia caused the worst disruption to world supplies on record, an assault for which President Donald Trump warned that the U.S. was "locked and loaded" to respond.

U.S. officials offered satellite images of the damage at the heart of the kingdom's crucial Abqaiq oil processing plant and a key oil field, alleging the pattern of destruction suggested the attack on Saturday came from either Iraq or Iran — rather than Yemen, as claimed by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels there.

Iran for its part called the U.S. allegations "maximum lies."

The Houthis on Monday warned of more attacks on Saudi oil facilities and urged foreign companies doing business in the kingdom to stay away from its energy sites. Yahia Sarie, a rebel spokesman, said facilities such as the Abqaiq oil processing plant and the oil field hit this weekend could again "be targeted at any time."

In Vienna, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry condemned what he called "Iran's attack on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" in an address to the International Atomic Energy Agency's general conference.

"This behavior is unacceptable and they must be held responsible," Perry said of Iran. "Make no mistake about it, this was a deliberate attack on the global economy and the global energy market."

He added that "despite Iran's malign efforts, we are very confident that the market is resilient and will respond" and said that Trump has authorized the release of strategic oil reserves should the U.S. need them.

But actions on any side could break into the open a twilight war that's been raging just below the surface of the wider Persian Gulf in recent months.

Already, there have been mysterious attacks on oil tankers that America blames on Tehran, at least one suspected Israeli strike on Shiite forces in Iraq, and Iran has shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone.

Benchmark Brent crude gained nearly 20% in the first moments of trading Monday before settling down to over 8% higher as trading continued. A barrel of Brent traded up $5.33 to $65.55.

That spike represented the biggest percentage value jump in Brent crude since the lead up to the 1991 Gulf War that saw a U.S.-led coalition expel Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's forces from Kuwait.

A picture taken on September 15, 2019 shows an Aramco oil facility near al-Khurj area, just outside the Saudi capital Riyadh. Saudi Arabia raced to restart operations at oil plants hit by drone attacks which slashed its production by half, as Iran dismissed US claims it was behind the assault. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. benchmark West Texas crude was up around 8%. U.S. gasoline and heating oil similarly were up over 8% and 7% respectively before markets opened in New York.

Saturday's attack halted production of 5.7 million barrels of crude a day, more than half of Saudi Arabia's global daily exports and more than 5% of the world's daily crude oil production. Most of that output goes to Asia.

At 5.7 million barrels of crude oil a day, the Saudi disruption would be the greatest on record for world markets, according to figures from the Paris-based International Energy Agency. It just edges out the 5.6 million-barrels-a-day disruption around the time of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, according to the IEA.

Saudi Arabia has pledged that its stockpiles would keep global markets supplied as it rushes to repair damage at the Abqaiq facility and its Khurais oil field.

Trump said the U.S. had reason to believe it knows who was behind the attack — his secretary of state had blamed Iran the previous day. He assured his Twitter followers that "we are ... locked and loaded" depending on verification and were waiting to hear from the Saudis as to who they believe was behind the attack and "under what terms we would proceed!"

The tweets followed a National Security Council meeting at the White House that included Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

A U.S. official said all options, including a military response, were on the table, but said no decisions had been made Sunday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the internal deliberations.

Trump's "locked and loaded" comment mirrors similar remarks he made following Iran shooting down a U.S. military surveillance drone in June. However, the president said he pulled back from retaliating against Iran at the last minute.

U.S. officials also offered highly detailed satellite photos of the Saudi sites that show damage suggesting the attack came from the north, where Iran or Iraq are, rather than from Yemen to the south. Iraq's prime minister has denied the attack came from his country, where Iranian-backed Shiite rebels operate. Iraqi Premier Adel Abdel-Mahdi said he received a call Monday from Pompeo, without elaborating.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Sunday called U.S. allegations "blind and futile comments."

"The Americans adopted the 'maximum pressure' policy against Iran, which, due to its failure, is leaning toward 'maximum lies,'" Mousavi said.

On Monday, Mousavi dismissed as mere "speculation" media reports about a possible meeting between Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly later in September. The U.S. has said it will remain open for talks with Iran but Mousavi said a Trump-Rouhani meeting was not on the agenda.

The U.S. satellite photos appear to show the attack on Abqaiq may have struck the most-sensitive part of the facility, its stabilization area. The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies has said the area includes "storage tanks and processing and compressor trains — which greatly increases the likelihood of a strike successfully disrupting or destroying its operations."

Stabilization means processing so-called sour crude oil into sweet crude. That allows it to be transported onto transshipment points on the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, or to refineries for local production.

The attack "damaged five to seven spheroids and five out of ten stabilization towers," said Fernando Ferreira, the director of geopolitical risk at the Washington-based Rapidan Energy Group.

Five "or so stabilization towers appear to be destroyed and will have to be rebuilt — this will take many months," Ferreira said. "The sophisticated attack now seems likely to reduce Abqaiq's 7 (million barrels of crude oil a day) capacity for an indefinite period" measured in months.

Saudi Aramco did not respond to questions from The Associated Press regarding damage at Abqaiq and the satellite images.

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