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JDC Shot of the Day: From the sand to the cup

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SILVIS, Illinois -- The John Deere Classic Round 3 shot of the day goes to Bud Cauley, for his work on Hole 8.

Cauley was stuck in a sand trap, forcing him to wedge from the sand to the green, but the pro did one better and landed right in the bottom of the cup.

The Florida native ended Round 3 at 11 under par, heading into the final round tied for 14th place with six other pros.

Video of Trump kissing a campaign aide leaves both sides claiming vindication

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(CNN) -- President Donald Trump's legal team posted a video of him kissing campaign aide Alva Johnson that they say clears him, but that her side says proves her accusation of forcible kissing.

Johnson, a former Trump campaign staffer who lives in Alabama, alleged in a lawsuit filed in February that Trump grabbed her hand and forcibly kissed her without her consent in Florida in August 2016. Johnson also claims she was underpaid compared to male campaign staffers. The White House and the Trump campaign have denied Johnson's allegations.

A short clip of a longer video taken by a Trump campaign volunteer and released by Trump attorney Charles Harder earlier this week allegedly shows the encounter.

"And I've left my family for eight months for you," Johnson is heard saying in the video before Trump kisses her on what appears to be her cheek.

"For eight months for you," she repeats. "We're going to get you into the White House, I'll see you in February."

In a court filing Wednesday, Harder argued that the video shows Trump kissing Johnson in a manner inconsistent with her allegations.

"The two have a very brief, innocent interaction that is mutual -- and not forcible," Harder wrote, adding that the video indicates that Johnson's allegations "are entirely false."

But in a court document filed after the video's release, Johnson's legal team argued that "the video shows exactly what Ms. Johnson alleged happened to her: an unwanted kiss from Defendant Trump."

Johnson's lawyer, Hassan Zavareei, said in a statement to CNN on Friday: "To this day we have still not received the original unaltered video. There is no way to verify whether the video was cut."

Last month, US District Court Judge William Jung dismissed the lawsuit, tossing out Johnson's case and saying it was a political dispute.

"As currently stated, the Complaint presents a political lawsuit, not a tort and wages lawsuit," Jung wrote in the order. "Plaintiff will receive a fair day in court, but the Court will try a tort and wages dispute -- not a political one. If Plaintiff wishes to make a political statement or bring a claim for political purposes, this is not the forum."

The judge allowed for Johnson to file a reframed complaint. "The Court dismisses the Complaint without prejudice. Plaintiff may file an amended complaint within thirty days consistent with this order," he wrote.

But both parties have continued to file motions, including the video in question. On Friday, the judge agreed to both parties' request to extend the deadline to July 29.

"This is a political case with its own political agenda that would impact Donald Trump and paralyze his presidency. To do that is wrong," Harder said in court.

US District Judge William Jung responded that he felt Johnson deserved a hearing on her battery claim.

"As for the battery case, she is owed her day in court, I don't see that going away," Jung said.

Johnson is not the first or only woman to accuse Trump of unwanted sexual advances. She and 14 other women have made varying levels of sexual misconduct accusations against the President.

In October 2016, an "Access Hollywood" video from 2005 leaked that caught Trump saying that he felt entitled to "grab (women) by the p---y" without consent.

Johnson's team wrote in the initial complaint that after the "Access Hollywood" tape was publicized in October 2016, Johnson sought legal counsel for guidance over the kissing incident. About a week after the tape's release, Johnson quit the campaign, according to the lawsuit.

Zavareei told CNN that Johnson came out publicly with her allegation of sexual misconduct against Trump because she "decided that she couldn't be silent anymore," adding that "she tried to hire a lawyer immediately after the 'Access Hollywood' tape came out."

Police: Husband mistakes wife for intruder, fatally shoots her

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YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an overnight fatal shooting in Ypsilanti Township.

Investigators told Action News a 30-year-old man mistook his 31-year-old wife for an intruder and shot her.

It happened Thursday morning around 2:30 inside the couple’s shared home on Desoto Avenue off the I-94 Service Drive.

The couple’s two young children, ages two and four, were inside the home at the time according to police.

According to investigators, the couple suspected an attempted home invasion earlier in the day.

“So he’s a little bit on edge, goes to sleep, thinks his wife is next to him. When wakes up again, sees what he thinks is someone who is in his home, grabs his weapon and pulls the trigger,” said Derrick Jackson with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Jackson, the couple’s 4-year-old first spoke to a 911 operator, explaining their mother couldn’t breath. Then the husband took the phone, indicating he had shot his wife in the chest.

The 31-year-old woman died from her injuries.

Sheriff’s deputies believe this was a tragic accident, one that’s shaken the small neighborhood where it happened.

“I was so shocked,” said Alexandria Fullbright, who lives down the the street. “There was police cars all down the street, there’s tape, detectives.”

The man was taken into custody following the shooting. Jackson said he was released Friday afternoon. At this time no charges have been filed.

The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office sent the report back to the Sheriff’s Office to get more information on the case.

Man accused of hurling incendiary devices at Washington ICE facility fatally shot by police

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(CNN) — An armed man was fatally shot early Saturday during a confrontation with police after he hurled incendiary devices at a Washington state immigration detention center, Tacoma police said.

The shooting occurred about 4 a.m. local time outside the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Northwest Detention Center, where the man attempted to set the building and parked cars on fire, according to police spokeswoman Loretta Cool.

Authorities did not immediately identify the man who was armed with a rifle, saying in a statement the “medical examiner will release the identity of the victim when it is appropriate.”

It was not known whether the man fired at the officers, Cool said. Authorities are examining footage from surveillance cameras at the detention center as part of the investigation, she said.

The assault on the privately-run immigrant detention facility came amid protests over ICE plans to begin the previously postponed raids across the country on Sunday. The goal is the arrest of thousands of migrant families who already have court orders to be removed, according to US officials.

A peaceful rally against the raids at the Tacoma detention center had ended about six hours before the shooting, Cool said.

The immigration enforcement action has sparked protests in nearly a dozen American cities, drawn criticism from mayors and immigrant rights advocates, and unleashed waves of fear among undocumented immigrants across the country.

The motive behind the armed man’s pre-dawn attack in unclear.

“We don’t know the motivation,” Gov. Jay Inslee told CNN Saturday. “I’m going to keep an open mind about this as the investigation proceeds and I hope that calm can be the order of the day.”

Inslee said he did not know whether the attacker was targeting detainees or staff.

“We know at this moment there is tremendous anxiety in our community,” he said. “We know there is tremendous anger about the inhumanity going on at the border. I know seeing children in cages as we have seen is extremely heartrending to all of us. I know at the moment we have to hope that we can remain calm.”

Inslee, a Democratic presidential hopeful, said the Trump administration is “intentionally trying to create anxiety and fear” among undocumented families.

The Tacoma facility, which holds nearly 1,500 detainees, has been the scene of more than a dozen hunger strikes in recent years — each involving from a dozen to hundreds of detainees, over complaints of inadequate food and medical care, among other issues.

Police said the man set a vehicle ablaze in the center’s parking lot and attempted to ignite a propane tank with a flare to set the building on fire. Officers called out to the man and shots were fired, according to a police statement. It’s not known whether the man fired on the officers, Cool said.

The gunman died at the scene; four officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave per department policy. The incident is under investigation.

This weekend ICE is moving forward with an operation targeting migrants with court-ordered removals that was previously called off in June.

The agency at the time planned to arrest and deport families in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco.

The raids triggered pro-immigrant protests across the country over the weekend, including a rally and march to ICE headquarters in Chicago on Saturday, CNN affiliate WLS reported.

NYPD sergeants’ union urges members to stand with ICE agents

In New York, the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association urged its 13,000 active and retired members to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with ICE agents conducting arrests throughout the weekend, according to a post on the union’s Twitter account.

“They are members of law enforcement just like you and we must never participate in the politics being applied upon our duty to uphold the law,” union president Ed Mullins said in a memo circulated among its members on Friday.

Mullins encouraged members “to NOT leave any I.C.E. Agent abandoned if in need of assistance and to stand shoulder to shoulder with each agent so that they too can return home safely to their families.”

He also asked members to contact the union should they “encounter any resistance” from the NYPD or the city in assisting agents in need of help.

Responding to the union’s memo, the NYPD said in a statement Saturday that it “does not participate in civil immigration enforcement. Our Department has worked tirelessly to engage immigrant communities and include them in our policing process.”

Democratic New York Mayor Bill de Blasio this week used the impending raids as an opportunity to amplify his calls to abolish ICE.

“This is a policy of fear and division — and more proof that we need to abolish ICE,” de Blasio said in a tweet Thursday. “Our city is stronger, safer and more prosperous than ever BECAUSE of our immigrant communities. We will do EVERYTHING we can to protect them.”

Pence: Border facility conditions are unacceptable

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Vice President Mike Pence saw the overcrowded conditions facing migrant adults and children in Customs and Border Protection custody firsthand Friday, becoming the highest-ranking member of the Trump administration to visit two federal detention centers in Texas ahead of controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids targeting undocumented immigrants this weekend.

“To be honest with you, I was not surprised by what we saw,” Pence told reporters Friday, citing the humanitarian crisis and congestion. “This crisis is real, the time for action is now.”

Joined by a group of reporters, Senate Republicans and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, Pence visited two facilities in the Rio Grande Valley: the Donna Processing Facility, temporarily housing families, and the McAllen Border Patrol Station, housing single adults who have been found crossing into the United States illegally.

In Donna, Pence saw oversized, air-conditioned facilities, with children and their parents lying on cots, watching animated movies and eating snacks.

In McAllen, it was a much different scene: Pence toured a swelteringly hot room called a sally port with hundreds of men, a strong smell of sweat and overcrowding so extreme there was no room for cots, the migrants left to sleep on concrete beneath mylar blankets.

“The Vice President’s office specifically instructed CBP to not clean up or sanitize the facility beyond what is routine so the American people could see how serious the crisis at our border is (overcrowding, lack of resources, beds),” an administration official said in an email, noting there were Secret Service concerns over Pence entering the sally port, but the Vice President’s office pushed for press access.

‘Time for Congress to act’

Asked by CNN whether the conditions for the detained single adult immigrants were acceptable, Pence said no.

“No, it’s not. That’s the reason why we demanded that Congress provide $4.6 billion in additional support to Customs and Border Protection,” the vice president said in an interview following both tours and a roundtable with Border Patrol officials. “The McAllen station, where our cells are overflowing … ought to be a very clear message to every American that the time for action is now and the time for Congress to act to end the flow of families that are coming north from Central America to our border is now.”

Pence’s visit comes ahead of Sunday’s scheduled ICE raids targeting migrant families with court-ordered removals that had previously been called off by President Donald Trump. The upcoming ICE operation is expected to target approximately 2,000 people and take place over several days in major cities across the nation.

Advocacy groups have been hosting “Know Your Rights” trainings and circulating fliers and social medial posts with guidelines about what they say immigrants should do if ICE agents show up at their door.

Pence would not answer four repeated questions from CNN on whether the Sunday ICE raids will separate families.

“The upcoming efforts are going to focus exclusively on individuals who have been fully adjudicated and ordered by a judge to be deported,” he said.

Pence said ICE will prioritize immigrants with deportation orders who have also committed crimes in the US, though he was vague on whether those who had not committed crimes could be targeted as well.

“These will be individuals who are facing a deportation order, and the priority that Homeland Security and ICE will be placing will be on those individuals that have also committed crimes in this country, and represent a threat to our communities,” he said.

In McAllen, Pence did not engage directly with any of the men, but he did speak with some of the children and mothers in Donna, asking them if they were well cared for. They all nodded yes. Children told him their journey to the United States by foot took two and three months. In Donna, there were rooms filled with health supplies, snacks and changes of clothes for the migrants, many of whom had arrived at the facility with shoes and pants crusted in mud from the journey.

Donna was one of the facilities built to accommodate the recent large increase of family crossings. Standing in a supply room in front of a wall stacked with Kool-Aid Jammers, Pence asked officials whether the children in custody are receiving adequate meals and snacks. They answered affirmatively. The level of care at Donna hasn’t necessarily been the case for children at other facilities.

Yazmin Juarez, a mother whose toddler died weeks after they were released from ICE custody in 2018, recalled the death of her child in emotional testimony before a House panel Wednesday.

“I watched my baby girl die, slowly, and painfully, just a few months before her second birthday,” she said through an interpreter, later beginning to cry recounting her 19-month-old daughter being admitted to the ICU.

And in testimony from Elora Mukherjee, attorney and Clinical Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, at a House Oversight Committee hearing on the border on Friday, Mukherjee said that in her interviews with hundreds of immigrant children and families that many children in custody are embarrassed to use the toilets because “they are open” and have no privacy.

“In Clint, we talked to girls who were so embarrassed that boys could see them while they were using the toilet,” she said. “We talked to a boy who tried not to eat because he was so embarrassed to use the toilet.”

‘This isn’t human’

The men in the sally port in McAllen told CNN they had been in Customs and Border Protection custody for more than 40 days. They said they hadn’t had access to showers or toothbrushes. They yelled before reporters that they were hungry.

“This isn’t human. I’m not a terrorist,” one man said.

Patrol agent in charge Michael Banks disputed some of those characterizations. He said a trailer with showers had arrived Thursday, though it was possible some of the men had not bathed yet. He said there were 88,000 disposable toothbrushes on site and that the migrants got three hot meals a day from local restaurants. He said the space, which, despite the heat, does have air-conditioning, was cleaned three times a day. He said none of the migrants had been there longer than 32 days.

The trip came weeks after unannounced inspections of Border Patrol facilities by an internal Department of Homeland Security watchdog found extreme overcrowding and children younger than 7 being held in custody for longer than two weeks — far more than the allotted 72 hours — among other “urgent” issues discovered. The watchdog found additional violations of detention policy, such as a lack of hot meals, inadequate access to showers and limited access to a change of clothes.

Additionally, images of squalid conditions and thinly stretched resources found in news reports and congressional Democrats’ descriptions of their own visits have captured the nation’s attention.

Pence said there should be the “same standard of care” for both families and single adults, defending the disparate conditions.

“What you saw today was a very clean facility where people were being detained indoors, and then you saw a temporary facility that was constructed because this facility is overcrowded. And we can’t keep people in a cell beyond what the rules and regulations allow for, but everyone in that temporary facility is getting health care, they’re getting hygiene and the Customs and Border Protection is doing their level best in an overcrowded environment and a difficult environment to address this issue, but Congress has got to act,” he said.

The images of the vice president walking through the Donna facility Friday stand in stark contrast to photographs of overcrowded conditions facing families with children by DHS inspector general just weeks before. Overcrowded conditions have eased considerably following the movement of most migrant children to Health and Human Services facilities thanks to new funding from Congress. There was a 28% drop in numbers of migrants apprehended at the border in June, in part due to the season, but also, Pence said, because of support from Mexico.

Pence said he had read the report, but added, “I can’t account for that,” when pressed by CNN about images of conditions similar to those of the McAllen facilities for families with children featured in the DHS inspector general’s report.

“The facility you saw today represents the level and the standards of care that we are working to bring to all those caught up in this crisis. Remember, it was just a few short weeks ago that Congress finally acknowledged the crisis and gave us an additional $4.6 billion in humanitarian aid. Now we’re going to continue to improve, we’re going to continue to provide care at the standard the American people expect,” he said, calling on Congress to overhaul asylum laws and close what he characterized as legal loopholes.

Officials say the overcrowding among children has largely been alleviated because of the supplemental funding that Congress just passed. As a result, most have been moved out within the 72-hour time limit to HHS facilities.

Though Pence’s office also extended invitations to Senate Democrats for the Friday visit, none were in attendance, underscoring the highly politicized situation as the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border unfolds. A group of congressional Democrats will tour the area Saturday.

Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii had told CNN Thursday she did not want to be part of a politicized trip.

“I don’t want to participate in what is basically the Trump show, the Trump-Pence show. What do you think they are going to see? You have a President saying, ‘Everything’s just fine. These facilities, these detention centers are just being run great.’ Yeah, that’s what they’re going to see. But we know from all of the reports that things are not great,” she said.

Two golfers share the lead heading into final round of the John Deere Classic

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SILVIS, Illinois (AP) — Cameron Tringale and Andrew Landry topped the John Deere Classic leaderboard Saturday, with a half-dozen guys right behind them.

Winless on the PGA Tour, Tringale shot a 6-under 65 to match Landy at 16-under 197 at TPC Deere Run. Landry had a 67. He won the Valero Texas Open last year for his lone tour title.

"Some golf courses you can leaderboard watch, but this is not one of them," said Landry, with eight players within two shots of the lead. "You want to stay with your game plan."

Bill Haas, the 2011 FedEx Cup champion, and Adam Schenk were a stroke back. Haas shot a 64, tying the best round of the day. Schenk had a 66.

Nick Watney also had a 64 to join 2016 winner Ryan Moore (65), Dylan Frattelli (65) and Vaughn Taylor (66) at 14 under. Chris Stroud (66), Lucas Glover (69) and Roger Sloan (67) were 13 under.

Second-round leader Jhonattan Vegas stumbled to a 76 and fell to 8 under.

Tringale bogeyed the first hole, but that only motivated him to post his lowest score of the tournament.

"The bogey on the first hole was a shot in the leg," Tringale said. "But I was able to get out of there myself and birdie the next two, which gave me some momentum."

Landry looked as if was in trouble after bogeys on the 11th and 12th holes. He then birdied Nos. 16 and 17 — only to miss a 10-foot putt that would've given him the outright lead.

Haas, who hasn't won since 2015, was a passenger in a car last February when driver and friend, Mark Gibello, was killed on a winding road outside Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. Gibello's Ferrari clipped another car and slammed into a pole. Haas walked away largely unscathed.

Haas has struggled this season, finishing 48th or worse in each of his last six starts. He had seven birdies in a bogey-free third round.

"I don't know if it ever leaves you. But at the same time, I'm just trying to be the best I can be out here," Haas said.

Moore, who has five PGA wins, finished birdie- eagle-birdie.

Perhaps the biggest surprise on a day when so many players moved into position to win Sunday was that Vegas won't be among them.

After just one bogey in his first 40 holes, Vegas missed an 8-foot putt for par on the 5th — and a pair of poorly-hit pitches at the par-4 sixth led to a double bogey. Vegas then stuck his tee shot on the par-3 seventh hole within five feet of the cup before pushing his putt left.

Trucking company in Rock Island closes abruptly with ‘no notice,’ worker says

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois — A Davenport man said he’s out of a job and pay after the trucking company he worked for abruptly closed.

A Minnesota-based company, LME, Inc., posted a notice to its website on Friday, July 12 announcing the closure.  The company, which has locations around the Midwest, said they would no longer make pickups or deliveries “due to unforeseen circumstances and have ceased operations.”

An employee from LME’s Rock Island location said he was shocked by the closure.  Scott McCaughey, who was with the company for about a month, said he found out about the closure on Thursday, July 11, when he arrived back at the company’s location on 5th Street.  His terminal manager told him the company was closing immediately, but there was no indication as to why.

“They gave us no notice at all,” said McCaughey.

McCaughey also said he was expecting pay to be deposited into his bank account Friday, but the money never showed up.

Workers at other LME locations across the Midwest also reported not getting their scheduled pay.  According to a report by WHO, the Des Moines, Iowa location also closed abruptly on Thursday.

WHO reported that the shutdown comes about a month after the company started paying on a $1.25 million settlement in union workers in Minnesota after an abrupt layoff in 2016.

The closure will impact scheduled deliveries, according to LME’s notice.  Another company will be hired to make any scheduled deliveries and delays are expected.

WQAD News 8 has contacted LME but was unable to reach anyone for comment.

Notice from LME4me.com

Charming Charlie is closing all of its stores

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Charming Charlie has fallen victim to the ongoing retail apocalypse.

The women’s fashion accessory retailer has filed for bankruptcy for the second time in two years and announced Thursday it will close all of its stores.

Charming Charlie has more than 260 stores in 38 states and employs more than 3,300 people. It was founded in 2004.

Liquidation of its stores is expected to last nearly two months. Sales on its website have already stopped.

In a Delaware bankruptcy court filing, Charming Charlie disclosed that it has only $6,000 in cash on hand.

It tried perusing other funding, but Alvaro Bellon, the company’s chief financial officer, said in a filing that it became “abundantly clear that those alternative sources were not viable, or not available on the timeline required by the company.”

The company previously filed for bankruptcy in 2017. Despite closing 100 stores after emerging from bankruptcy in April 2018, Bellon said the brand “continued to face challenges that make it impossible for Charming Charlie to continue.”

Bellon said the “continuing decline of physical consumer traffic” to its brick-and-mortar stores precipitated to its demise.

At its peak, it had nearly 400 stores across the United States, Middle East and Canada.

This year, US retailers have already announced 6,000 store closures. That number exceeds last year’s total of 5,864 closure announcements, according to a recent report from Coresight Research.

Thousands more store closings could be on the way in the coming years as online shopping replaces purchases at physical stores.

River Drive Lane closures scheduled to shift

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — Traffic closures on River Drive Lane in Davenport are going to shift within the next few days.

Earlier in July, the City of Davenport released a statement outlining its plans for work on the street and the Skybridge.

On Monday, July 15th, the westbound detour to Brady Street is expected to open back up, and be replaced an eastbound detour to Ripley Street, which will be in effect for approximately four to five days.

Work on River City Lane and the Skybridge is planned to be complete by Friday, July 19th.

This baby was born on 7-Eleven Day at 7:11 pm, weighing 7 pounds and 11 ounces

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(CNN) — 7-Eleven Day typically means free Slurpees for everyone, but this year’s celebration turned out more special than usual for one Missouri family.

Rachel Langford of St. Louis gave birth to a baby girl on July 11 — yes, 7/11.

That’s not all, baby J’Aime Brown was born at 7:11 pm, weighing seven pounds and 11 ounces.

Langford, who also has a six-year-old son, told CNN she kept on seeing the numbers 7 and 11 during her pregnancy, but didn’t think it meant anything.

“I thought it was weird at first, and I didn’t know that (the numbers) meant so much,” she said. “A lot of the times (during the pregnancy) I would look at the clock and it was 7:11.”

Although a bit “freaked out,” both mom and baby are doing well.

Langford says she even plans on telling the convenience store chain about the coincidence.

Motorcycle group rides for children’s therapy

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — A brotherhood of motorcyclists rode out in force on Saturday morning to support an area children’s therapy center.

District 15 of ABATE of Iowa, a non-profit dedicated to motorcyclist rights, got on their bikes and rode through the streets of Davenport to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities’s newest branch in West Davenport.

The center primarily focuses on providing therapy services and support to children with developmental problems.

The riders drove out as early as 10 a.m., but events continued through the rest of the day, including food, auctions, and live music.

Here’s how much the top golfers will win at the John Deere Classic

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SILVIS, Illinois — The 2019 John Deere Classic brings a $6 million purse to split up among the top golfers.

After four days of play, the champion can expect a check for $1,080,000 on Sunday, July 14.

Cut day during the tournament left 80 golfers in the running for a prize payout. 

According to the PGA Tour’s distribution formula, the top 70 golfers at the classic will get a percentage of the total purse.  Golf News Net reported that in a $6 million purse, the runner up will get about $648,000 and third place will get about $408,000.  Down at 70th place, $12,000 is the prize amount.

Here are the prizes for each place:

  1. $1,080,000
  2. $648,000
  3. $408,000
  4. $288,000
  5. $240,000
  6. $216,000
  7. $201,000
  8. $186,000
  9. $174,000
  10. $162,000
  11. $150,000
  12. $138,000
  13. $126,000
  14. $114,000
  15. $108,000
  16. $102,000
  17. $96,000
  18. $90,000
  19. $84,000
  20. $78,000
  21. $72,000
  22. $67,200
  23. $62,400
  24. $57,600
  25. $52,800
  26. $48,000
  27. $46,200
  28. $44,400
  29. $42,600
  30. $40,800
  31. $39,000
  32. $37,200
  33. $35,400
  34. $33,900
  35. $32,400
  36. $30,900
  37. $29,400
  38. $28,200
  39. $27,000
  40. $25,800
  41. $24,600
  42. $23,400
  43. $22,200
  44. $21,000
  45. $19,800
  46. $18,600
  47. $17,400
  48. $16,440
  49. $15,600
  50. $15,120
  51. $14,760
  52. $14,400
  53. $14,160
  54. $13,920
  55. $13,800
  56. $13,680
  57. $13,560
  58. $13,440
  59. $13,320
  60. $13,200
  61. $13,080
  62. $12,960
  63. $12,840
  64. $12,720
  65. $12,600
  66. $12,480
  67. $12,360
  68. $12,240
  69. $12,120
  70. $12,000

Inaugural Hurts 5K charity run takes off

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BETTENDORF, Iowa — Bettendorf residents saw 1980’s flashbacks running down the street on Saturday morning.

Bettendorf’s area Hurts Donuts sponsored an 80s-themed 5K charity run to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society at 9 a.m. The event was open to public registration and featured free donuts and coffee, a costume contest, and the run itself.

A portion of the proceeds from the run are being donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Hurts Donuts hopes to make this an annual event and get area residents to run ’til it hurts every year.

Instagram introduces new feature to discourage bullying comments

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Instagram is fighting back against instant bullying by making people think twice before they post a comment.

A new feature on the social media platform asks people if they are sure they want to make a comment containing flagged words like "fat" and "ugly."

Jeannine Luby teaches a social media course at King's College in Wilkes-Barre. She has mixed emotions about the update.

"I don't believe that software can teach them values. I think right now we're getting into this swipe left, swipe right mentality. We want really easy fixes, and this isn't an easy thing," Luby said.

While Facebook flags profanity, it doesn't detect all forms of cyberbullying.

Now, Instagram has flagged certain hurtful words and asks users if they are sure they want to post comments using those terms.

In a statement, Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri said, "From the early tests of this feature, we have found that it encourages some people to undo the hurtful comment once they have a chance to reflect."

However, Luby said a better fix is offline.

"No matter what technology comes along or what software, we are people and we really need to be connecting kindly in person and then that's what we'll do online," she said.

In the next couple of weeks, Instagram will be rolling out another new feature to block bullies. Users will soon be able to restrict certain accounts, making it so that those accounts need approval before their comments are public.

75-year-old Florida man kicks alligator, saves dog

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Buddy Ackerman says the 8-foot gator came from a retention pond near his Palm Harbor condominium earlier this week and grabbed the dog while they were out for an early morning walk.

He kicked the gator until it let go of the golden retriever. Neither animal was injured.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Florida wildlife officials came and trapped the gator later that day.

Goat yoga classes return to 2019 Iowa State Fair

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For fans of ancient meditation practices and small bovids: Goat yoga is returning to the Iowa State Fair.

Fair officials say in a news release that the class, which was introduced to the fair last year, will resume this at the state fair on Aug. 12, 14 and 17 in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center.

The class will include yoga poses not only with baby goats, but also piglets, ducklings and chicks. New this year will be an exclusive Iowa State Fair Goat Yoga mat for the first 250 registered participants.

Tickets are $20 and are open to any age. Click here to get tickets.

Here’s how storms and hurricanes get their memorable names

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(CNN) — A hurricane may seem less threatening it when it’s called “Barry.”

But don’t be fooled — the powerful tropical storm is projected to flood portions of Louisiana and drench much of the lower Mississippi Valley until next week.

Barry is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane Saturday morning and will affect millions of Americans from the Gulf Coast through the Mississippi Valley.

So how does the process of naming storms work? Here’s a breakdown:

There’s a list of names to pick from
A United Nations World Meteorological Organization committee compiles a list of names, according to the National Hurricane Center.

One list is created every six years for Atlantic hurricanes. The only time that list may change is when a hurricane or storm is so deadly or costly, the future use of its name would be inappropriate for sensitivity reasons.

And no, they’re never named after a particular person or in a particular alphabetic sequence. The names are selected to be familiar to the people in each impacted region, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

“Obviously, the main purpose of naming a tropical cyclone/hurricane is basically for people easily to understand and remember the tropical cyclone/hurricane in a region, thus to facilitate tropical cyclone/hurricane disaster risk awareness, preparedness, management and reduction,” the organization says.

If more than 21 named tropical cyclones occur in a season, storms will begin taking names from the Greek alphabet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Think: Hurricane Alpha, Beta, Gamma).

The names are meant to be remembered
Officials adopted short, distinctive names to be able to describe a storm quicker and avoid errors.

“These advantages are especially important in exchanging detailed storm information between hundreds of widely scattered stations, coastal bases, and ships at sea,” the center says.

For a couple hundred years, hurricanes in the West Indies took their names from the calendar of saints.

For example, there was “San Felipe” the first and “San Felipe” the second, both which hit Puerto Rico in 1876 and then 1928.

In the US, hurricanes and tropical storms were tracked by the year and order in which they occurred until the mid-1900s, NOAA says.

That was both time-consuming and confusing.

So the US began using female names for storms and later added male names for all Northern Pacific storms. At the time, meteorologists believed that female names were appropriate for storms due to “such characteristics of hurricanes as unpredictability.”

When, in the 1970s, women began speaking up against the practice and society began becoming increasingly aware of sexism, the male-female system was adopted, a 2014 report states.

No, tornadoes don’t get similar treatment
The only natural phenomena that are marked with the human-like feature are tropical storms and hurricanes.

Other major phenomena — tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and blizzards — don’t get the same treatment.

Bicycle lane markings pop up throughout Moline

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MOLINE, Illinois — The City of Moline is continuing its effort to increase safety for cyclists on its roads.

Last spring, the city council made motions to begin marking safe paths for bicycles on many of Moline’s most trafficked roads. Working with the cycling community, the city designated five routes where dedicated bicycle routes would be the most helpful for both drivers and bikers.

The current bicycle routes include two east/west paths on 12th Avenue and Coal Town Road, as well as three north/south routes on 60th Street, 41st Street, and 14th/16th Street.  Click here to see a map of these Moline bikeways. 

Local residents may start seeing markings on these roads that resemble two chevrons above a bicycle. This marking is commonly called a “sharrow”, which means that the road is shared by drivers and cyclists at the same time. As a driver, be aware that bicycles have the same rights as cars to driving lanes, per state law. As a cyclist, it is highly recommended to use these routes due to the specific safety markings.

More bicycle routes are planned for development as the city continues to expand its initiative to make its streets safer for those more vulnerable travelers.

Barry strengthens into Category 1 hurricane as it nears landfall in Louisiana

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(CNN) — Barry strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Saturday morning as it crawled toward the Louisiana coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The center of the storm as of 11 a.m. ET was about 40 miles south of Lafayette, Louisiana, and about 50 miles west of Morgan City, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and creeping at 6 mph.

The storm — the first hurricane to hit the US this year — was unloading powerful winds and heavy rain ahead of its expected landfall Saturday.

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Rainfall poses the greatest threat. Barry’s slow trek means residents from the Gulf Coast through the lower Mississippi Valley will see extended periods of heavy rain that could prompting flooding that lasts into next week, forecasters said.

There were also concerns about dangerous coastal storm surge and a risk of tornadoes from southeast Louisiana to south Alabama.

Though heavy, sustained rain still threatens the New Orleans area, fears among residents and forecasters there relaxed as a predicted storm surge on the unusually high Mississippi River happened late Friday at a lower level than anticipated, according to the National Weather Service in New Orleans. The developing factors had called to mind for some the death and destruction wrought in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, though the weather and flood-infrastructure circumstances are not the same.

A hurricane warning is in effect along part of the Louisiana coast, while inland areas, including the lower Mississippi Valley, are under tropical storm warnings. Storm surge warnings along the coast extend from Intracoastal City, south of Lafayette, to Biloxi, Mississippi, and along Lake Pontchartrain.

Tropical-storm-force winds will extend up to 175 miles outward from the storm’s center.

More than 62,000 customers across Louisiana were without power on Saturday morning, utility providers said. Hundreds of flights in New Orleans were canceled, and some cruise ship departures were in flux.

The real danger is the rain, governor says

Top of mind as Barry nears land is the heavy rains and related flooding it’s expected to usher in.

“We are talking about 18-24 hours after landfall, the rain will still be coming down and will be the issue,” CNN Meteorologist Michael Guy said.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said some areas could see up to 25 inches of rain.

“Nobody should take this storm lightly just because it’s supposed to be a Category 1 (hurricane) when it makes landfall,” the governor said. “The real danger in this storm was never about the wind anyway, it’s always been about the rain, and that remains a very significant threat.”

When the ground is as saturated as it already is in the region, the governor said, the risks are endless. “It doesn’t take much wind to cause a tree to fall or a utility pole to fall,” he said. “These hazards are going to present themselves all over the state.”

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In Morgan City, where the hurricane is expected to make landfall, officials and city workers are worried about lingering water. The fishing and oil hub is about 70 miles southwest of New Orleans and south of Lafayette.

With up to 30 inches of rain projected this weekend for the region, Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi worried it may be more than the city’s drainage system can take.

“We can handle the first 5 inches, but after that, we can pump 1 inch per hour. If we get rain greater than that, it will exceed our capacity to pump it out,” he told CNN.

Evacuations ordered and National Guard members called up

Across the region, cities and parishes have issued mandatory evacuation orders, especially in low-lying areas and those outside public levee protection, along with voluntary evacuation warnings for other places, the governor said. For the first time since their construction, all major floodgates on the Mississippi River are closed, he added.

The state’s forces also have mobilized in anticipation of search and rescue missions, he said.

A rescue already was underway midmorning Saturday — and more calls for help had come in — in coastal Terrebonne Parish, east of Morgan City, the US Coast Guard said. At least a dozen people needed to be saved along Island Road, effectively a bridge that traverses the marshy bayou that opens into the gulf.

Four people and a cat were picked up by a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and taken inland to Houma, Louisiana, Coast Guard Petty Officer Lexie Preston said. A 24-foot Coast Guard response boat also was launched from Morgan City to help with rescues.

Following President Donald Trump’s state of emergency declaration, Louisiana officials activated 3,000 National Guard members in anticipation of Barry, the governor said. And despite the state’s long-honed expertise in facing this sort of threat and its enhanced post-Katrina storm defenses, residents were urged to be prepared.

Canceled flights, cruises and a concert

More than 200 flights were canceled as of Saturday morning in and out of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.

Three Carnival Cruise Line ship departures scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and Monday are in limbo following the closure of ports in New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama. The cruise line said it will update passengers Saturday morning.

Meantime, the Rolling Stones postponed a Saturday concert to Monday.

“Hang on to your tickets,” the legendary band tweeted. “We’re here with you — we’ll get through this together.”

Mississippi River threat dissolves

Officials earlier this week had warily eyed the Mississippi River as it far exceeded its usual midsummer levels owing to this year’s historic storms throughout the valley. Barry had been expected to produce a storm surge of 2 to 3 feet at the river’s mouth and push the waterway’s height to about 19 feet in New Orleans, frighteningly close to the top of levees that protect up to 20 feet.

Those fears have calmed since late Friday, when the surge crest happened and pushed the river only to 16.9 feet, the weather service’s New Orleans office tweeted. The risk of overtopping was minimal, the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said.

Barry’s heavy rain is predicted to push the river level up again on Monday, but only to 17.1 feet, forecasters said.

Storm triggers latent Katrina fears

For some in New Orleans, Barry — on the heels of a swift, strong rainstorm Wednesday that flooded some homes and businesses — brought to mind Katrina, when the failure of federal levees let Lake Pontchartrain and other adjacent waterways spill into the city while at the same time rendering the municipal drainage system useless to pump that water out.

Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, who lives in the city’s Broadmoor neighborhood, flew out ahead of Barry, leaving behind neighbors with vivid memories of the 2005 destruction, she said.

“This storm is stressing them out,” Gulliver-Garcia told CNN. “Trauma stays in your body, and Katrina left a lot of trauma behind.”

Most New Orleanians, though, opted to stay put. Herman Grady evacuated during Katrina, but this time, he’s staying back.

“I’m tired of running,” the 72-year-old told CNN affiliate WDSU.

Many residents aren’t eager to endure the expense and effort of leaving, compared with what could be a few uncomfortable hours or days without power or other amenities. Many also want to stay home so they can bail water if it rises, then dry out floors and drywall as soon as it recedes so mold doesn’t take root and worsen damage.

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