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NY Times: Unapproved parody video shown at pro-Trump rally

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A graphically violent parody video, shown at a meeting of President Donald Trump’s supporters at his Miami resort, depicted a likeness of the president shooting and stabbing his opponents and members of the news media in a church, The New York Times reported Sunday.

In the video, Trump’s critics and media members are portrayed as parishioners fleeing his gruesome rampage. The fake Trump strikes the late Sen. John McCain in the neck, hits and stabs TV personality Rosie O’Donnell in the face, lights Sen. Bernie Sanders’ head on fire and shoots or otherwise assaults people whose faces are replaced with news organization logos.

The video was shown last week at an American Priority conference at Trump’s Doral Miami resort, the newspaper said. Trump was not there. Event organizer Alex Phillips told the Times the video was played as part of a “meme exhibit” and was not associated with or endorsed by the conference “in any official capacity.” ”American Priority rejects all political violence,” he said, and is looking into the matter.

The video includes the logo for Trump’s 2020 campaign but Tim Murtaugh, spokesman for the re-election organization, told the Times the “video was not produced by the campaign, and we do not condone violence.”

In a statement posted on American Priority’s website, Organizer Alex Phillips said “an unauthorized video was shown in a side room” at the festival, but that “this video was not approved, seen, or sanctioned” by the festival’s organizers.

In the video, Trump’s face is superimposed on a killer’s body as he shoots people in the face and otherwise assaults them. Among the targets: former President Barack Obama, Black Lives Matter, Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Rep. Adam Schiff, who as Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is leading the impeachment inquiry of Trump.The setting for the massacre is the “Church of Fake News,” capturing Trump’s familiar refrain about news stories and organizations that he considers to be fake news.

Late Sunday, the White House Correspondents Association issued a statement saying it was “horrified” by the video.

“All Americans should condemn this depiction of violence directed toward journalists and the President’s political opponents,” said Jonathan Karl, WHCA president. “We have previously told the President his rhetoric could incite violence. Now we call on him and everybody associated with this conference to denounce this video and affirm that violence has no place in our society.”

CNN, The Washington Post, BBC, PBS, NBC and Politico are among the news organizations depicted as victims of the fake Trump’s violent fury.

The White House declined immediate comment.

Sections of River Drive in Davenport closed due to rising river waters

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Mississippi River rose a few feet over the weekend, and several parts of River Drive are under it.

According to a spokesperson from the City of Davenport, many sections the street are impassable and are expected to remain so until later in the week.

Affected parts include: between Gaines and Myrtle streets and between Perishing Avenue and Perry Street.

Eastbound River Drive is currently being detoured at Marquette Street to 3rd Street, and the westbound lane is being detoured at 4th Street.

The river is expected to crest Monday, October 14 at around 17.3 feet, and then recede to 16 feet over time. However, it is possible for the remain high or rise again due to wet weather patterns.

The Fort Worth officer who killed a woman in her own home has resigned, and the mayor calls the shooting unjustified

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The officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson in her home Saturday morning has resigned, Fort Worth interim police chief Ed Kraus said Monday. The officer may face criminal charges, Kraus said.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said the killing of Jefferson was unjustified.

“I’m so sorry. On behalf of the entire city of Fort Worth, I’m sorry,” Price told reporters Monday. “To Atatiana’s family, it’s unacceptable. There is nothing that can justify what happened on Saturday morning. Nothing.”

Two seconds after he shouted commands outside a house, the officer opened fire into what looks like a dark room.

Moments later, Atatiana Koquice Jefferson died in the bedroom of her own home with her 8-year-old nephew nearby.

Now Texans are outraged over the death of another black person killed at home by a white police officer.

“There was no reason for her to be murdered. None,” said Lee Merritt, an attorney for Jefferson’s family and the family of Botham Jean, an unarmed black man killed at home by a Dallas police officer. “We must have justice.”

Police responded to Jefferson’s house around 2:25 a.m. Saturday after a concerned neighbor noticed her doors were open in the middle of the night.

The neighbor, James Smith, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he called a non-emergency police number for a safety check. He said he was worried because he knew Jefferson was at home with her nephew.

Officers searched the perimeter of Jefferson’s house and saw “a person standing inside the residence near a window,” Fort Worth police said.

“Perceiving a threat, the officer drew his duty weapon and fired one shot striking the person inside,” police said. Officers then went inside and gave emergency medical care.

Jefferson died at 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the bedroom of her home, the Tarrant County medical examiner said.

The officer didn’t announce ‘Police!’ prior to shooting

Police have released one minute and 17 seconds of the officer’s body camera footage leading up to the shooting.

The video shows the officer approaching an entrance to the home, where the screen door is closed but the solid door behind it is wide open. The room inside is lit.

The officer then walks around the house and approaches a window, shining a flashlight into what appears to be a dark room.

“Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” the officer screams. He does not identify himself as police.

Within two seconds of starting his verbal commands, the officer fires a shot through the window while he’s in the middle of saying “show me” for the second time.

That’s when the edited video footage provided by police stops.

“The Fort Worth Police Department is releasing available body camera footage to provide transparent and relevant information to the public as we are allowed within the confines of the Public Information Act and forthcoming investigation,” police said.

Police have not named the officer, who joined the department in April 2018. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

“The officer did not announce that he was a police officer prior to shooting,” Lt. Brandon O’Neil told reporters Sunday. “What the officer observed, and why he did not announce ‘police,’ will be addressed as the investigation continues.”

O’Neil confirmed that Jefferson’s 8-year-old nephew was inside the room at the time of the shooting.

“The members of the Fort Worth Police Department share your very real and valid concerns, as do the members of this city and people across the country,” O’Neil said.

CNN requested the unedited body camera footage but has not received it.

Critics slam the photo of a gun

Immediately after the edited clip of the bodycam footage, a black screen appears with words “still frame 1 where weapon was located inside bedroom.”

Fort Worth police then show a photo of a room completely blurred out, except for a gun. Police did not say whether Jefferson was holding a gun at the time she was shot.

Critics like Merritt, who is representing Jefferson’s family, said he’s concerned about police “villainizing” Jefferson or “turning her into a suspect, a silhouette, or threat.”

He said an independent law enforcement agency should take over the investigation.

“We don’t think that Fort Worth Police should be investigating it on their own,” Merritt said.

A doting aunt who took care of her ailing mother

Just before she was killed, Jefferson was playing video games with her nephew, Merritt told CNN.

She had moved into her ailing mother’s home earlier this year to take care of her, the attorney said. Jefferson’s mother was in a hospital when her daughter was shot by police.

Merritt said Jefferson graduated from Xavier University in 2014 with a degree in biology and worked in pharmaceutical equipment sales.

“She was very close to her family,” Merritt said on a GoFundMe page benefiting Jefferson’s family. “Her mom had recently gotten very sick, so she was home taking care of the house and loving her life. There was no reason for her to be murdered.”

Merritt said the funds collected “will go directly to funeral cost and other expenses associated with this tragedy.”

Echoes of Botham Jean

Jefferson’s Fort Worth house is about 30 miles west of the Dallas apartment where Jean was killed last year.

An off-duty Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, allegedly mistook Jean’s apartment for her own and shot Jean, thinking he was an intruder. Guyger was convicted of murder this month and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Smith, the concerned neighbor who called police to Jefferson’s house, said that he now regrets trying to help.

“I feel guilty because had I not called the Fort Worth Police Department, my neighbor would still be alive today,” he told CNN affiliate KTVT.

Community activist and pastor Michael Bell said it’s a harsh reality that “you don’t know if you will survive a wellness check call.”

“African Americans, we have no recourse … This has to stop,” he said.

“We’re trying to obey the law, raise our families and get our kids into school, and we don’t know if we’re going to survive long enough to do that.”

Tracking a few showers by morning… Breezy once again

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Bountiful sunshine filled our skies once again as temperatures are climbing their way around the upper 50s.

By this evening, clouds will be slowly increasing as a weak disturbance slides in from the west.  This will carry just a few showers for parts of the area, which will arrive before sunrise on Tuesday.   So, temperatures won’t be as chilly with overnight lows in the 40s.

Any leftover showers will end by rush hour tomorrow morning, leaving behind mostly cloudy and breezy conditions for the rest of the day.  Temperatures will actually get a slight boost with highs around 60.

However, passage of this disturbance will briefly send down a chilly wind for Wednesday and highs around 50 degrees.

Fortunately, temperatures improve nicely in the coming days with upper 60s heading into the following weekend.  This push toward warmer numbers may lead to a shower come Saturday morning.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

Here’s a look at the hour-by-hour forecast from the StormTrack 8 Weather App!

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California pushes back school start times for middle and high school students

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(CNN) — Students in California, rejoice. You’ll soon be able to sleep in a little more.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Sunday that pushes school start times later. Under the new law, middle schools will start classes at 8 a.m. or after, while high schools will start classes at 8:30 a.m. or after. Optional early classes will still be allowed.

The law applies to public and charter schools, though rural school districts are exempt. The new start times go into effect by July 1, 2022, or when a school’s collective bargaining agreement with its employees expires, whichever is later.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino, who authored the bill, cheered the news in a Facebook post on Sunday.

“Our children’s health and welfare win!!! Thank you Governor Newsom for signing SB 328 to push high school and middle school start time later in the morning. This will have a tremendous benefit to student health and academic performance.”

Doctors say early start times are unhealthy for students

California’s move is in line with research and guidance from the nation’s top health organizations.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Medical Association all recommend that middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later to help ensure that students arrive awake and ready to learn.

But more than four in five public middle and high schools in the US start earlier than that, according to a 2015 CDC study.

Simply telling teens to go to bed earlier isn’t ideal either.

Due to shifts in their biological rhythms, adolescents become sleepy later at night during puberty and need to sleep later into the morning, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says. But a combination of poor sleep habits and early school start times means that most young people aren’t getting enough sleep.

AASM recommends that children aged 6 to 12 sleep nine to 12 hours a night, while teenagers should get eight to 10 hours of sleep. Only about one in four high school students nationwide got eight or more hours of sleep, according to a 2017 CDC study on youth risk behavior.

Getting less than the recommended amount of sleep is associated with problems in attention, behavior and learning, AASM says. Adolescents who don’t sleep enough are at increased risk of car accidents, obesity, diabetes and hypertension. They’re also more likely to engage in self-harm or experience suicidal thoughts and attempts.

Davenport’s Adler Theatre places second in national award for its marquee

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Adler Theatre has been recognized nationally and won a second place award for an unusual, if easily-seen, reason.

According to a post from the City of Davenport, the theatre’s new marquee, a 2018 installation, received a second place award in the 2019 Signshop competition held by Sign of the Times magazine, a resource for the sign industry. The award was for the category of “Best Original Design and Fabrication, Illuminated by a large shop” category.

The marquee is a modern update of its original design when the theatre first opened in 1931. The city worked with the Ohio design business Wagner Electric Sign Company to renew the original design with electronic message boards, LED lights, and an Art Deco-era aesthetic that matches the theatre’s interior colors.

Patient dies after being left unattended for more than an hour in Pennsylvania ER waiting room

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YORK, Pa. - Officials have confirmed the death of an ER patient at WellSpan York Hospital in August after the person was left unattended in the waiting room for more than an hour.

The hospital was found out of compliance with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Rules and Regulations for Hospitals, during an unannounced onsite monitoring visit by the Department of Health.

According to the report by the Department of Health, the patient was brought into the Emergency Department at 9:59 a.m. on August 16th, with nausea and diziness.

Video from the hospital showed EMS personnel speaking with the pivot nurse but the patient wasn't taken to the pivot nurse's desk, nor was the nurse seen speaking or examining the patient, reads the report.

From around 11:09 a.m. until 12:20 p.m. there was no movement seen from the patient, according to the report.

The reports also states that the patient's status was updated to "left without being seen" at 12:05 p.m. after failing to respond to their name being called three times.

The patient was pronounced dead at 1:31 p.m. after he was found unresponsive in the ER waiting room and resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful .

In a statement from WellSpan York Hospital's Vice President of Medical Affairs, Allan Birenberg M.D., he wrote:

“This was a rare event that occurred in our emergency department at WellSpan York Hospital. We take seriously our commitment to provide safe, timely, compassionate care to everyone who walks through our doors. In this instance, we did not meet the high standards to which we hold ourselves every day. We have reviewed what happened and taken immediate steps to correct any issues which contributed to this event.  We are committed to doing our very best, every day, for every patient, and we will continue to work hard to make sure that happens. To that end, we continue to redesign our processes to ensure access to high-quality, timely care for all.”

You can read the full Department of Health report here.

Here’s what you need to know about the Democratic debate on October 15th

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio — On Tuesday, October 15, the top 12 front-runners for the Democratic party will take the stage at Otterbein University, just outside of Columbus.

The debate will begin at 7 p.m. Central Time and will air on CNN and stream online on CNN.com.

The 12 candidates chosen to take part in the debate had to meet certain donor requirements by October 1, according to Time Magazine.  Each one had to have donors in at least 130,000 donors in at least 20 states with 400 unique donors per state.  In addition, each candidate had to have at least 2% support in polls approved by the Democratic National Committee.

These are the candidates taking the stage:

  • Joe Biden
  • Cory Booker
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Julián Castro
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Kamala Harris
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Beto O’Rourke
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Tom Steyer
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Andrew Yang

 

Charity bobblehead honoring “Iowa Legend” Carson King unveiled, up for pre-order

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Carson King’s sudden internet fame is going to be immortalized with a bobblehead made to contribute to the same cause he championed.

Early in the morning on Monday, October 14th, exactly one month after his initial claim to fame, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum revealed it’s newest product: a bobblehead of the “Iowa Legend”. The company says it was inspires by King’s story and wanted to team up with him to do even more good. The statue is priced at $25, with an additional $8 for shipping, and is currently in pre-order, as the first stock is expected to ship out in January. $5 from every sale will be given to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital King Family Fund, the same hospital that Carson King presented the famous 3 million dollar check to.

The bobblehead features an exact replica of the sign that began first drew attention to King when he held it up and was caught on camera in the background of ESPN’s College GameDay on September 14th, which turned a joke attempt at some free beer turned into 3 million dollar donation to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

According to the Hall of Fame, King was incredibly honored by the gesture, saying, “It’s amazing that a regular guy wanting to do something nice can spark a movement of generosity. To be honored with a bobble head that will continue to help raise money for worthy projects is enough to leave a guy speechless.”

Jennifer Aniston tells Variety why a ‘Friends’ movie will never happen

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(CNN) — With TV shows like “Sex and The City” and “Baywatch” making the leap to the big screen, fans of 90s sitcom “Friends” had been hoping (and praying) that a movie was in the pipeline.

Sadly, Jennifer Aniston — who played Rachel Green throughout the sitcom’s 10 seasons — has now squashed hopes of a reboot.

In an interview with Variety, the 50-year-old actress revealed that although there was some interest in a movie, producers wouldn’t allow it.

“Our producers wouldn’t want it, wouldn’t let us,” she told the publication. “Look, it’s not been without our desire to, because our fans have wanted it so much.

Asked if her former castmates Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay) Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing) and David Schwimmer (Ross Geller), would be open to reprising their roles, she continued: “It depends. I mean, we haven’t all sat in a room. But would we have loved to have done something together? Yeah. It would have been fun. We could have redesigned it for a couple of episodes. But whatever. Maybe it’s better this way, but we’ll never know.”

Aniston said she was surprised that fans are still watching reruns of the show on Netflix, 25 years after it first premiered.

“It’s a phenomenon that I am amazed by. To have a whole new generation of children adoring the show as much as they did back in the day when it was airing for the first time is incredible.”

Aniston’s comments come just months after Adam Sandler, her co-star in the new Netflix comedy “Murder Mystery,” called on her and the cast of “Friends” to “make a f***ing’ movie”

“‘Friends’ was a powerhouse,” he told People in June.

Marta Kauffman — who co-created the show with David Crane — has said in the past that a reboot ran the risk of ruining the show’s legacy.

“One, the show is about a time in your life when your friends are your family. It’s not that time anymore,” she told Rolling Stone magazine in 2013.

“All we’d be doing is putting those six actors back together, but the heart of the show would be gone. Two, I don’t know what good it does us. The show is doing just fine, people love it. (A reunion) could only disappoint.”

CNN has reached out to Kauffman’s representatives for comment.

It’s Indigenous People’s Day, where you can celebrate in the Quad Cities

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois-- Monday, Oct. 14 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, and more and more cities and states are choosing to celebrate that day instead of Columbus Day.

The Native American Coalition of the Quad Cities and Sage Sisters of Solidarity planned a celebration at the Singing Bird Nature Center at Black Hawk State Park. It starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m. on Monday.  Organizers say there will be native people performing dances songs from their cultures. There will also be native foods, displays and storytelling.

"Our lives and our history and our ancestors, our lives began before any European contact was made here, and people don't realize that," says Regina Tsosie, president of the Native American Coalition of the Quad Cities. "So we want to start a discussion about what life was like before 1490."

Tsosie says the day is a chance to teach others about native cultures and the struggles indigenous people have faced in the past and continue to face today.

"Our families were persecuted for being who they are," she says, "for being proud of their identity, for speaking their language, for living their culture."

Jo Ironshield, a board member for Sage Sisters, says indigenous people often work to share their culture every day and says days like today can create a mix of emotions.

"Indigenous day... it's a celebration but it also... it kind of like removes a scab," she says. "It opens that wound... because there's also bad things coming out of it too."

Ironshield and Tsosie say they hope people who come to the event leave with a better understanding of local indigenous groups and their history.

‘Serial stowaway’ arrested again for trying to board a flight in Chicago with no travel documents

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The woman who has been nicknamed a "serial stowaway" for her repeated attempts to sneak onto flights without boarding passes was arrested again, Chicago authorities said.

Marilyn Hartman was taken into custody Friday night after she tried to pass through Chicago's O'Hare International Airport security without a boarding pass or identification, the Chicago Police Department said in a news release.

The Illinois woman was charged with one felony count of criminal trespass to a registered area/airport and is scheduled to appear in court Sunday morning, the release said.

Hartman was still on probation from a previous trespassing incident, which prohibited her from going to O'Hare or Midway airports without a boarding pass, according to the release.

Friday's arrest adds to a stack of at least five others for Hartman.

Last year, she was arrested in O'Hare after British officials had detained her in London. She was charged with a misdemeanor count of trespassing and a felony count of theft after she successfully traveled from Chicago to London without a passport or boarding pass.

She was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after that trip.

Those who have followed her arrests said the success of her evasive maneuvers depends on her ability to blend into a crowd as a seemingly harmless, elderly white woman.

She's done this before

Hartman made national headlines in August 2014 when she was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for boarding a flight from Mineta San Jose International Airport without a ticket. She pleaded no contest to the charges and was sentenced to probation.

The next day she was rearrested at Los Angeles International Airport. She was seen arriving at the airport and scouting out passenger terminals.

"Airport Police officers did not observe Hartman attempting to purchase an airline ticket and she did not have a ticket or boarding pass in her possession when arrested," the airport had said in a statement.

Later that month, Hartman was given a warning in Phoenix for trying to enter a Sky Harbor Airport security checkpoint without a ticket. Days later, she was arrested in an airport terminal for criminal trespass.

She was arrested in Florida in 2015 and at O'Hare in 2016 for violating her probation, which forbid her from entering airport property. She was sentenced to six months of house arrest in a mental health facility for violating court orders to stay away from airports, CNN affiliate WBBM reported.

At the time, the Chicago Police Department described Hartman as "a habitual trespasser and stowaway."

Recount of Davenport mayor’s race ballots is underway

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A manual recount one week after the primary election will determine which two candidates move on from Davenport's primary in the mayor's race.

The third-place finisher in the mayor's race, Dan Portes, requested the recount after he finished just eight votes behind Alderwoman Rita Rawson.

Alderman Mike Matson won the primary with 33 percent of the vote, but officials will recheck roughly 6,500 ballots to determine who his opponent will be in November.

The recount started Monday morning, October 14.  The process could take roughly 40 hours to complete.

Girl dies after being flung from a ride at a New Jersey festival

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A 10-year-old girl died after she was thrown from a ride Saturday at the Deerfield Township Harvest Festival.

The girl was ejected from a ride called “Extreme” at 6:18 p.m. and suffered serious injuries, New Jersey State Police said in a statement.

She was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m. The girl has not been identified and the cause and circumstances of her death are still under investigation, police said.

Police said the “Extreme” is a Wisdom Super Sizzler amusement ride that spins passengers in a horizontal circle.

Skelly’s Amusements, the company that operates rides at the festival, said it was fully cooperating in the investigation, in a statement posted on Facebook.

“We are absolutely heartbroken. Words cannot express our feelings and we extend our deepest sympathies to the individual’s family and loved ones. We ask that you keep them in your thoughts,” the statement said.

Festival organizers canceled a parade that was scheduled for Sunday, October 13, but said other activities will go on as scheduled, according to its website.

“The festival will be open today to offer a place for the community to come together in wake of this tragedy,” the statement said.

It said that rides and festival games will be closed until they are inspected by state officials.

Girl Power?

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Women in Iowa have unprecedented political power. This year, 45 women served in the state legislature — a 29 percent increase over 2018. These women include Marianette Miller Meeks who is...

Munchie Mondays: Getting ready for National Pasta Day

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General Manager Rory Kelly from Your Pie in Davenport appeared on "Good Morning Quad Cities" Monday, October 14, to talk about a national food holiday coming later this week.

Your Pie is mainly known for pizza, but that's not what was cooking in the kitchen.

National Pasta Day is on Thursday, October 17. So Rory made one of the pasta dishes off the Your Pie menu.

According to the National Today Calendar, pasta has been an Italian tradition for hundreds of years. You can find more fun facts about pasta by clicking here.

You can also find more about Your Pie by clicking here.

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