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KFC and Crocs created a clog that’s covered in fried chicken with a charm that smells like it, too

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(CNN) — It was only a matter of time.

Crocs, the footwear company and frequent collaborator with unusual artists and brands, has joined forces with KFC, the fast food company that does the same (fire log, anyone?), for a perfect match.

The two brands teamed up to create the KFC X Crocs Bucket Clog, a limited edition shoe covered in a fried chicken print.

“Combining the unmistakable look of our world-famous fried chicken and signature KFC bucket, with the unparalleled comfort and style of Crocs, these shoes are what fried chicken footwear dreams are made of,” KFC CMO Andrea Zahumensky said in a news release.

Crocs CMO Terence Reilly added they were “thrilled with this ‘bucket list’ partnership with Kentucky Fried Chicken that will bring fans an unbelievably fun and fashionable take on our classic clog.”

The uniquely designed shoe has the iconic KFC red-striped bucket on the base of the Croc and comes with two attachable charms that could easily be mistaken for the real deal — they look and smell like fried chicken.

Yes, right there on the shoe.

The Crocs will be available in unisex sizes this spring. The chicken smell could very well linger into the heat of summer.

All can be yours for $59.99.

On A Mother Level: Bamboo Baby

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Sara Sampson, owner of Bamboo Baby Boutique, is pregnant with Baby #3. She’s anxious to find out the gender, while living that boy mom life as a local business owner. But pregnancy after loss comes with complex emotions. Sara had what’s called a “molar pregnancy”, and she’s sharing her experiences with miscarriage, the health complications that followed and the emotions that came on what should have been her “due date”.


Moline police search for woman suspected of stealing from Walmart

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MOLINE-- Moline police are asking for the public's help identifying a woman they say stole $100 from Walmart.

Here is the official statement from police:

"On 02/10/2020, at approximately 11:36 am, a theft of mislaid property occurred at Walmart, 3930 44th Av Drive.  The victim provided the following information -

The victim utilized the self-checkout to purchase groceries.  The victim used their debit card for the transaction and requested $100.00 in change. The victim bagged their groceries and left the self-checkout, but forgot to retrieve the $100.00 cash they withdrew from the till.  The victim returned to the till several seconds later and discovered the cash was no longer there.

Loss Prevention pulled up video of the register the victim was at. Upon reviewing the video, it shows the victim bagging their groceries and using their debit card at the self-checkout. The register till then pops out the $100.00 in change (5 - $20 bills) and the victim forgets to grab it. There are several red blinking lights, prompting the customer to retrieve the money; however, the victim departs the register, leaving the money in the change dispenser.

Another customer, described as a Hispanic female, approximately 40 years of age, wearing a tan jacket and blue shirt is observed in the self-checkout directly across from the register the victim was in. The female was scanning her own groceries, then casually walked over to the register the victim had been in and grabbed the cash from the change dispenser, which turned off the red blinking lights. The female returns to her register and continues to scan her items, placing the $100.00 cash under a bundle of bananas that was on the counter. Once the female scanned her last item, she uses a debit/credit card and pays for the groceries and pockets the cash.

Anyone with information on the female is asked to call the Moline Police Department 309-797-0406 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities 309-762-9500/P3 Tips app."

A kindergartner with Down syndrome pointed a finger gun at her teacher – the school called 911

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(CNN) – A Pennsylvania elementary school called the police after a kindergartner with Down syndrome made a finger gun at her teacher. Officials concluded there wasn’t a threat, but the girl’s mother said they went too far.

Maggie Gaines called on the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District to update its threat assessment policy after her 6-year-old daughter Margot was questioned by administrators for making a gun gesture at her elementary school teacher and pretended to shoot her.

Gaines said it was a harmless expression of anger. But Margot’s school in southeast Pennsylvania determined her actions appeared threatening, so they conducted a threat assessment.

Administrators concluded that Margot made a “transient threat” and didn’t intend to harm anyone, but they still called Tredyffrin police.

The district said calling law enforcement is part of its safety protocol. But Gaines said that in her daughter’s case, the district misinterpreted its own policy.

“It was very clear from the beginning that she didn’t understand what she was saying,” Gaines told CNN affiliate KYW. “Her having Down syndrome is one aspect of it, but I’m sure most six year olds don’t understand what that means.”

She said police filed a report on the incident that mentioned Margot by name. Tredyffrin police didn’t immediately respond to CNN’s requests for comment, but the school district told CNN that police didn’t create criminal or juvenile records for Margot.

Her mother wants clearer school safety protocol

The incident occurred in November, but Gaines didn’t take her grievances to the school board until late last month. An organization that advocates for local children with learning disabilities shared her statement to the school board.

“I am well aware that we live in a time when parents are concerned for their children’s safety in school,” she wrote in her letter to the school board, citing the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. “But I also think our society and our schools across the country have overreacted with respect to perceived threats, resulting in even finger guns wielded by kindergarteners being viewed as cause to alert authorities.”

Gaines asked board members to clarify the district’s current threat assessment protocol.

Per the threat assessment materials the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District has made available online, a team of administrators, counselors, school psychologists and other staff will oversee the assessment and consult with law enforcement to determine the risk.

The district doesn’t define what constitutes threatening behavior other than that it “appears to be a threat to students or others.”

The district said police didn’t investigate

The school district told CNN it agreed to review the safety practices after Gaines brought them up at the school board policy meeting, though it disputed her characterization of how police were involved in her daughter’s case.

“Requesting a police consultation allows agencies to confer and use the information they have to plan for appropriate supports,” the district said in its statement to CNN. “It is not the same as making a police report and asking for an investigation.”

The consultation didn’t involve police with Margot, and her school didn’t request a further police investigation, the district said.

In 2019, Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a bill that required all schools in the state to establish threat assessment teams. According to state guidelines to help schools develop their own safety measures, the most commonly reported incidents can be handled by school personnel, without law enforcement intervention.

ACLU suing Hampton, East Moline police and Rock Island sheriff’s office for false arrest and excessive use of force against college athlete

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ROCK ISLAND COUNTY, Illinois--Lawyers for Jaylan Butler, the only Black member of the Eastern Illinois University swim team, say he was "wrongfully arrested alongside an Illinois highway, held face down on the snowy ground with a gun to his forehead, and threatened by a group of police officers without justification."

Even when police officers realized they were mistaken in arresting Jaylan, they continued to detain him before forcing him to produce an identification card. Throughout the process, officers refused to identify themselves or give him any information about his arrest that would assist him in filing a formal complaint.“My dad taught me at a young age what to do when you are stopped by police officers – stop instantly, put your hands up, drop anything you are holding, and drop to your knees,” said Jaylan. “I hoped I would never have to use this advice in my life, but all that changed in seconds.”

According to the lawsuit, on February 24, 2019, Jaylan was traveling with his swim team by bus from a tournament in South Dakota.

Shortly after 8:00 p.m., the bus pulled over on a frontage road off Interstate 80 near East Moline, Illinois. Jaylan and several teammates left the bus to stretch their legs. One of Jaylan’s coaches asked if he would take a photo of a roadside sign for the team’s social media account. Jaylan took the photo and began walking back to the bus.

The lawsuit paperwork states that several law enforcement vehicles pulled up, and officers exited the cars with their guns drawn. They allegedly began yelling and swearing at Jaylan. Jaylan put his hands up, dropped his cell phone, and dropped to his knees.

Police officers swarmed around Jaylan with their firearms pointed at him, and pushed him facedown onto the snowy ground. Jaylan had no idea why the officers had appeared. While one officer handcuffed him, other officers pinned him to the ground by pushing a knee into Jaylan’s back and pressing down on Jaylan’s neck. Another officer then held his gun to Jaylan’s forehead and threatened to “blow his [expletive] head off” if he moved. The team bus driver and Jaylan’s coach were alarmed and exited the bus to tell the officers Jaylan was part of the EIU swim team.

The lawsuit states that officers quickly realized that Jaylan was not the suspect they were looking for and had done nothing wrong, but instead of releasing him and apologizing, the officers searched his pockets and placed him – still cuffed – in the back of a police vehicle. After several more minutes, the officers released him, but only after forcing Jaylan to provide photo identification.

“What happened to Jaylan is an example of the harmful police interactions that people of color experience far too often, but which receive much less attention. These officers forcibly arrested and searched Jaylan without reasonable suspicion, probable cause, or any other lawful justification. They never told Jaylan why he was being arrested, even after they realized their mistake. Instead, it’s clear they based their decision to arrest and harm Jaylan on the fact that he was a young Black man,” said Rachel Murphy, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Illinois.

His lawyers say Jaylan has struggled with the effects of this incident and begun seeing a therapist to address his trauma and depression.

“I was scared and depressed. I remember sitting in class the next day, looking at the bruises on my wrists and replaying the events of that night,” said Jaylan. “Now whenever I see a police officer, I don’t feel safe—I feel scared and anxious.”

Jaylan Butler is suing officers from the Hampton Police Department, the East Moline Police Department, and the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office for false arrest, excessive detention, and excessive use of force. Jaylan is represented by attorneys at the ACLU of Illinois and Sidley Austin LLP. The case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

Rock Island has responded to the lawsuit with this press release which reads as follows:

The Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office was served with a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of Jaylan Butler against East Moline Officer Staes, Hampton Officer Bush, and Rock Island County Sheriff’s Deputies Pena and Asquini alleging excessive force stemming from an incident on February 24, 2019. The State’s Attorney’s Civil Division has entered their appearance and will be defending Deputies Pena and Asquini.

The receipt of this complaint was the first time this Office or the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department was made aware of any incidents involving the alleged allegations. Upon receipt of the lawsuit, a preliminary fact-finding was conducted, which determined that Deputies Pena and Asquini arrived after Mr. Butler had already been detained by officers from other agencies. Deputies Pena and Asquini only had brief interactions with Mr. Butler and the other officers, leaving shortly thereafter to continue the manhunt for a fugitive in the area.

The complaint filed by the ACLU is not considered evidence and merely initiates legal proceedings. It is, at this point, an allegation that warrants serious inquiry. The State’s Attorney’s Civil Division is committed to defending the Office of the Sheriff and the deputies involved in this litigation and anticipates that a thorough discovery process will develop a more complete picture of the events that occurred on February 24, 2019.

You can read the complaint in full here.

Davenport Central graduate creates GoFundMe to erase district’s school lunch debt

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DAVENPORT, Iowa -- In an effort to erase the Davenport Community School District's school lunch debt of $8,800, a Davenport Central High School graduate created a GoFundMe to raise money for the cause.

"Nobody can be their best when they're hungry," Kevin Carlson, who created the fundraiser, says. "There's no kid that deserves to go without breakfast or lunch."

It's Iowa law that students can always eat at lunch, even if they don't have the money to pay for their meal.

"We don't take their tray away, and we don't shame any students," Coni Dobbels, food and nutrition services supervisor, says. "It's so important for them to have a well-balanced meal in order to sit in a classroom and be educated and successful."

For the Davenport school system, if a student doesn't pay for lunch, that amount goes on their student account as a negative balance. Dobbels says there are a variety of reasons that the debt increases.

"(Parents may) simply forget to fill out the free or reduced lunch program application at the beginning of the school year," she says. "Some parents are maybe not computer literate, so maybe they're intimidated by the application because it's online."

Dobbels says sometimes parents do forget to send money with their students for lunch, but usually, those parents pay back their balance.

If the district had to absorb the school lunch debt into its budget, it would affect special programs within the food services fund, like treats during holidays and parties.

"This was so heartwarming," Dobbels says. "I went onto the GoFundMe this morning and I told our intern, 'Oh my gosh this almost makes me cry!' You have no idea how much of an impact this has, not just on me personally, but also our staff and how it'll help students."

Carlson hopes the impact stretches farther than the current debt of $8,800, which the district expects to increase as the school year wraps up.

"I'd like to raise more than $10,000," he says. "I don't think, given the amount of people we're trying to involve, that $100,000 is out of the realm of possibilities."

If more money is raised, Carlson wants to make sure that money would pay for school lunch debts.

"The goal there would be to make a fund, and grow, and each year Davenport can pull from that fund," he says.

Gobbels says that every person donating is making a difference for the district.

"Some people are donating $10 and I want them to know that $10 will feed 4 people in one day," she says.

Carlson, who has a son in the district, says the fundraiser is all about helping people in need.

"You never know when someone in need. The could cover that up very well and they're holding that inside and you don't know it," he says. "This is a way to help that's not necessarily visible but it's going to help them on the back end."

Three high school girls track athletes file suit after males win their events

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) — Three high school track athletes and their mothers have filed a lawsuit in federal court to challenge Connecticut’s policy of allowing boys to compete in girls’ sports.

The suit, filed Wednesday in Hartford, said the state’s policy robs female athletes of opportunities because of the physical advantages of males.

Selina Soule, Alanna Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell claim they were deprived of honors due to boys competing in girl Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference events.

“CIAC’s policy and its results directly violate the requirements of Title IX, a federal regulation designed to protect equal athletic opportunities for women and girls,” the suit said.

Mitchell said she would have won the 2019 state championship in the women’s 55-meter indoor track competition if not for two males who took first and second place. She said she was denied the gold medal.

Soule and Smith have similar stories. They claim they have been denied medals and/or advancement opportunities.

“Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field. Forcing them to compete against boys isn’t fair, shatters their dreams, and destroys their athletic opportunities,” said Christiana Holcomb, ADF legal counsel. “Having separate boys’ and girls’ sports has always been based on biological differences, not what people believe about their gender, because those differences matter for fair competition. And forcing girls to be spectators in their own sports is completely at odds with Title IX, a federal law designed to create equal opportunities for women in education and athletics. Connecticut’s policy violates that law and reverses nearly 50 years of advances for women.”


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