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Women’s marches kick off with focus on 2020 and progressive policies

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(CNN) — Demonstrators are gathering for the Women’s March in Washington and related rallies across the country Saturday, with many of the movement’s supporters looking to channel two years of momentum and common cause against President Donald Trump into progressive policies.

The national Women’s March group was to kick off late Saturday morning at Freedom Plaza in the US capital.

In addition to that march, rallies and demonstrations were to be held across the country by different groups — some affiliated with the national Women’s March Inc. organization and others that aren’t.

It is the third year for the women’s marches. The first, in January 2017, started as a display of resistance to Trump’s election. In 2018, the movement shifted to focus on midterm elections.

The Washington organizers in particular say this year is about not only commemorating victories such as unprecedented wins for the Democratic Party by women of color in the midterms, but also agitating for progressive laws and positions they say will benefit women across race, class, sexual orientation and other identities.

That includes pushing for a policy document they call the “Women’s Agenda,” addressing issues including immigrant rights, violence against women, civil rights and liberties, and climate justice, among others.

“The agenda is specifically focused on legislative and policy actions that are achievable by 2020,” Women’s March Chief Operating Officer Rachel Carmona said.

Jessica González-Rojas, executive director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, described the agenda as a policy tool that organizers in different cities can use to take on issues that matter to their communities.

What makes it unique is how it takes typically gender-neutral issues such as immigration and offers policy solutions that specifically benefit women and families, she said.

“It’s about looking at different identities among women and femmes and the policy solutions to address attacks on those identities,” she said.

In New York, demonstrators packed part of Foley Square for a “Women’s Unit Rally” on Saturday. Organizers said they aim “to demand equal justice for black women, immigrant women, women of color, and gender nonconforming people.”

Scheduled speakers there include New York City first lady Chirlane McCray, women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem and US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman lawmaker whose following among progressives nationwide has made her one of the most high-profile Democrats in the House.

Concerns about diversity, inclusion and allegations of bigotry

The marches come as concerns about diversity and inclusion have rattled groups across the country. Allegations of bigotry against leaders of Women’s March Inc., the national group formed by organizers of the 2017 march, threaten to overshadow the work of grassroots activists.

One of the national group’s leaders was been criticized in particular for her association with the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan, who has led the black nationalist group since 1977, is known for hyperbolic hate speech aimed at the Jewish community, and made remarks such as “the powerful Jews are my enemy” in February.

The group has released numerous statements condemning anti-Semitism and vowing to learn from its missteps through training and discussions — pledges that people associated with the group say are underway.

Author advocates for ‘younger generations,’ says there’s a trick to bridging the gap

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MOLINE, Illinois -- Author Mark C. Perna is attempting to bridge the gap between generations with his book "Answering Why."

Perna made a visit to the Quad Cities in mid-January to speak about his book and give his thoughts on how to connect with Generations Y and Z, or as he calls them, the "younger generations."

He said the "younger generations" are a tremendous resource, it's just a matter of learning how to connect.

"Our challenge though as parents, educators and employers is getting them to want something," he said. "They're looking for the answer why."

Click here to check out the book for yourself.

How much snow fell; timeline of tumbling temps tonight

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This will go down as the third biggest snowstorm of the Winter season so far, but we are far from done as our attention turns to a very chilly night ahead.

Snowfall reports coming in on Saturday morning were right in the forecast range of 4-8 inches that James, Andrew, and I forecast. As expected, the winds really gusted up, causing some drifts to be reported in the 14-18 inch range around Muscatine.

We will still have poor road conditions on those east-west thoroughfares...mainly the ones that have the ability for the wind to blow across them. But as road crews lay road salt, these will improve as the afternoon wears on.

From this point forward, we will focus on the bitterly cold temperatures. You'll definitely want to shovel and snow-blow the drive now because it gets downright frigid tonight. Temperatures will drop to around zero overnight with chills as cold as -10 degrees.

We'll only bounce back into the teens on Sunday with a very fluffy inch of snow possible.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

The Score Week 3

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Part 1

Rock Island beats united Township in overtime 56-53.  Hear UT's Coach Ryan Webber mic'd up and Rocks talk about their big win.

Moline scores a 14 point win over Alleman to stay perfect in the Western Big 6.

Galesburg falls at Quincy

Central wins the  battle of Davenport over West 78-42. Hear from the Blue Devils after the win.

Assumption holds serve at home against Pleasant Valley 50-42.

Wethersfield rolls past rival Annawan 72-33.

Kewanee beats Erie-Prophetstown with a buzzer beater 56-55.

Bureau Valley runs past St. Bede 67-39.

Pleasant Valley Girls win their 15th game this season. Hear Coach Jenny Goetz's pregame speech.

Davenport Central Girls cruise past West 52-38.

Geneseo Girls with a win at the Kewanee MLK Tournament.

Bureau Valley Girls beat Orion 56-50.

The Score Part 2

Watch Brea Beal become the all-time leading scorer in the Western Big 6.

Stocking Stat of the night.

Puppy born with upside-down paws undergoes life-changing surgery

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STILLWATER, Okla. – A hound puppy that had a rough start to life is now getting the treatment he needs thanks to veterinarians at Oklahoma State University.

Milo was just 5 weeks old when he was surrendered to an animal rescue organization. Veterinarians knew something had to be done when they noticed that Milo's front paws were turned upside down.

“We evaluated Milo with our state-of-the-art CT scanner and identified his problem to be congenital dislocation of both elbows,” said Dr. Erik Clary, associate professor of small animal surgery. “With both elbows out of joint, Milo was unable to walk. Try as he may, the best he could do was an inefficient and seemingly uncomfortable ‘army crawl.’”

Clary said Milo's condition is very rare and very debilitating.

Milo underwent corrective surgery earlier this month at Oklahoma State University's Veterinary Medical Hospital.

“Milo’s surgery was complicated,” said Clary. “For each of his elbows, we had to go into the joint and restore the alignment. Then we placed a pin across the joint to keep it straight while his growing bones continue to take shape and his body lays down the internal scar tissue that will be needed for long-term stability. All in all, Milo was under anesthesia for about 3 to 3 ½ hours.”

For now, Milo is in a front body splint to prevent him from using his front legs. In about three weeks, veterinarians will remove the split and take out pins from Milo's legs. If his elbows stay in place for the first three weeks, he has a good chance at walking normally one day.

"He's loud, and he's opinionated but he's also so sweet and cuddly," said rescuer Jennie Hays. "He's just a great little puppy."

Hays runs Oliver & Friends Farm Rescue and Sanctuary in Luther. She said Milo was surrendered to her by a breeder, and they quickly learned of his rare condition.

"He wouldn't have had any quality of life past another month or two, so it was definitely required," Hays said.



For now, he's doing well but as you can imagine, it's hard on the little guy to stay still.

Though life has tried to knock him down, Hays says Milo is fighting back.

"Just his will to live. He loves life," she said.

Hays has not decided yet if Milo will be up for adoption when he recovers.

Surgery and rehab are estimated to cost the rescue more than $4,000.

If you'd like to donate to the rescue, you can visit their Facebook page.

Police seize 78-year-old’s stolen ring from pawn shop – but say she still must go to court

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A wedding ring police say was stolen off the finger of a sleeping 78-year-old woman turned up at a pawn shop, but officials say it’s not as simple as just giving the owner her ring.

Oklahoma City police seized the ring as evidence.

In similar cases, after the investigation is done, typically both parties – the original owner of the stolen property and the pawn shop – will have to go to court, even if a good Samaritan offers to pay the pawn shop the money it lost.

“On cases like this, we are required to let that go before a judge and let a judge determine who gets the property, what the financial interest in it is for both sides and how that can be worked out,” said MSgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Department.

Police said the process can take a while.

“It came in. It was out for sale for a couple of days,” said Rachelle Zellers, assistant manager at Cash America Pawn.

The stolen wedding ring worth $30,000 is finally found but still not back on the finger of its original owner.

"Right now, all I want to do is get those rings back to my mom," daughter Trela Wishon told KFOR Friday, "because she's in the hospital right now, she's not expected to live, and she's so wishing she could have those rings back, and she's not getting them yet."

After seeing the ring on the news, employees at a pawn shop on Northwest 23rd immediately recognized it and called police.

“I was just so excited to know that I have this precious wedding ring," Zellers said.

Philip Church, of Super Pawn, has worked in the pawn industry for 35 years now. He said pawn shops have a good relationship with police departments to help make sure the goods they purchase aren’t stolen.

“We try to qualify the customer. We ask them certain questions. And, every now and then, you can kind of tell when something may not be theirs,” Church said.

Church said pawn shops are required to send police serial numbers and descriptions of each item purchased. They must hold on to it for 10 days before it can be sold.

“That way, if someone reports something stolen, a red flag will come up, and they’ll be able to locate the item,” he said.

Now, the shop that found the ring said it just wants the ring to go back to its original owner.

“That she gets it back as soon as possible and she understands that we're not holding anything against them,” Zellers said.

Police said they have a suspect in the case. So far, no arrests have been made.

9-year-old Galena boy pronounced deceased after drowning

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GALENA, Illinois- a 9-year-old boy was pronounced dead after he had “gone under the water for an extended amount of time.”

Friday, January 18, Galena police received several 911 calls about a boy that had drowned at 2000 Territory Drive, rural Galena.

When police arrived they learned that a 9-year-old boy had gone under the water for an extended amount of time and was pulled from the pool unresponsive.

CPR was done on at the scene and the boy was transported to the Midwest Medical Center by Ambulance.

The Midwest Medical Center later pronounced the boy as deceased.

Police are still investigating.

YOUR HEALTH: Perhaps your best medical treatment is in the kitchen cabinet

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ORLANDO, Florida – Prices for most name-brand prescription drugs have risen 208% from 2008 to 2016.

That is causing up to one in five people to either skip their much-needed medication or cut it in half to reduce costs.

But now researchers are looking towards a cheaper and more natural alternative starting with heart disease treatments.

One in four deaths in the U.S. is due to heart disease.

This study used mice treated with sesame oil.  The results are promising.

"The extent to which sesame oil prevented atherosclerosis was over 80% and it was stunning because even the best pharmaceutical agents do not go that far," explained Sampath Parthasarathy, a Cardiovascular professor at Florida Central University.

Atherosclerosis, or the build-up of plaque in the artery walls, is usually caused by high cholesterol and chronic inflammation.

Current drug treatments, like statins, only treat the high cholesterol.    The anti-inflammatory benefit of sesame also opens it up to treat other diseases.

"Inflammation is the basis for many chronic diseases, arthritis, Crohn's disease, even Alzheimer's," said Parthasarathy.

This has led to a clinical trial for those suffering with Crohn's disease, possibly providing a less harsh and cheaper alternative to medications, like Humira.

NEW TECHNOLOGY:   Dr. Sampath Parthasarathy has been researching the health benefits of sesame oil, saying a lot of the components that make up the oil are derived from sesaneol which is in a lot of medicine.  The studies that have been conducted have been on mice and other animals, and they have positive results.   Researchers are very hopeful, but they need to look at additional factors.

"Each injection is about is about five to ten thousand dollars," said University of Central Florida researcher Michael Rohr.

"The great thing about sesame oil extract is that it's cheap and easy to prepare and the side effects are much less compared to the other types of drugs," he added.

"So if kitchen is beneficial, some day you may not even need to go to the clinic," according to Parthasarathy.  "From the kitchen to the clinic that is my message."

The researchers are currently recruiting for the Crohn's trial and expect to have it up and running in early 2019.   Participants must be between 18 and 75 and not have a nut allergy.

For more information about the clinical trial, call (407) 266-7120.

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at

Knox College students restoring 55-foot whale skeleton for display in science building

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GALESBURG, Illinois -- Students at Knox College are restoring a 55-foot whale skeleton that will go on display in the atrium of it's science building.

It will be the centerpiece of the Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center, which is currently undergoing the first installment of a 40 million dollar renovation project.

"It's bold; you'll be able to see it clear across campus," said Nick Gidmark, assistant professor of biology at Knox College, who's spearheading the project. "And symbolic of the fact that we do really incredible things at Knox."

The whale was struck by a boat and washed ashore on the East Coast in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy. The skeleton was displayed at a facility in New Hampshire for several years, outside and exposed to the elements, before Gidmark picked it up in a U-HAUL and brought it back to Galesburg last August.

Some of the bones were badly damaged or lost over the years.

"It was really one giant jigsaw puzzle," said Gidmark. His class is using 3D scanning and printing technology to fill in the gaps.

"We're kind of identifying all the bones and identifying everything that's missing," said senior in biology Kiana Arango. "And my job in particular right now is I'm in charge of scanning this guy right here," she said, gesturing at the whale's massive cranium.

In the next stages of the project, the art department at Knox College will do a resign coating over the skeleton, while the theater department will stage the final lighting design. The college hopes to complete the project by Homecoming 2019.


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