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Official verdict: Hope Creek can be saved

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ROCK ISLAND- The audit of the county-run nursing home is finished and the final report says there's some hope.

Hope Creek is more than $3.5-million in short-term debt.

Rock Island County hired the company "Management Performance Associates" to look at the nursing home's finances as well as the nursing home market in the area.
Hope Creek can be turned around according to MPA.

The consulting firm found the care center could save  $2-million by reducing staff.

It also found Hope Creek needs better leadership, MPA will present its findings to the county board in the coming weeks.

After that, it's up to board members to decide what sort of action.

 

2020 presidential candidate Gov. Jay Inslee tours Davenport after flood damage

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DAVENPORT, Iowa – Presidential candidate and Washington Governor Jay Inslee was in downtown Davenport Wednesday morning to analyze the historic flood damage for himself.

He began the day speaking with elected officials about how the flood has hit the city as a whole.

Gov. Inslee then checked out the storefronts swallowed by the high waters.  He talked with business owners of Dress for Success, The Half Nelson, and Front Street Brewery about what they dealt with during and after the barrier breached.

“There are the people who are building this community up,” said Inslee.  “They are building new businesses, they’re having a resurgence of these riverfront communities.  Now they want to wall them off to this beautiful riverfront, this just won’t do.”

He also put the tragedy that happened in downtown Davenport into perspective.

“When your house just keeps burning down every season, when it gets worse by the decades you don’t just get buckets,” Inslee said. “You get something to prevent the fires in the first place, and our house is on fire.”

Presidential candidates, Representative Beto O’Rourke, and Montana Governor Steve Bullock, will be in Davenport next week to see the flood damage as well.

2-year-old run over by lawnmower in Carbon Cliff

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CARBON CLIFF- A child has been airlifted to an Iowa hospital after being run over by a lawnmower.

According to the Rock Island sheriff, May 15, around 3:34 p.m. a 2-year-old was backed over by a riding lawnmower.

Early reports indicate the child’s leg was severely injured and possibly severed.

They have been flown to an Iowa hospital by helicopter.

Beaux Arts Fair moved for flooding

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QUAD CITIES- The Beaux Arts Fair was supposed to be held at the Figge Art Museum until flooding forced a move.

A last-minute decision moved the bi-annual fair to the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds on Sunday, May 12.

Hundreds of artists and art lovers turned out to the fairgrounds.

It's a chance to check out locally created art or buy something to take home.

One artist said they're glad the art fair committee made sure the show went on this spring.

The Beaux Arts Fair is held twice a year.

This year is the fair's 66th year with another show planned for later this fall.

 

Police questioning four in pregnant Chicago woman’s disappearance

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CHICAGO — Police are questioning four people in connection with the disappearance of a 19-year-old pregnant woman from Pilsen.

Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui was nine months pregnant when she went missing April 23 after leaving Latino Youth High School in Pilsen. Her family said after she left the school, she went to a home in the 4100 block of West 77th Place for a stroller exchange she set up on Facebook.

Hours later that same day, a 46-year-old resident of the home on West 77th Place called police and claimed she had just had a baby boy. The baby was not breathing and paramedics performed CPR. The baby was transported to Christ Hospital. Neighbors confirm to WGN they saw a woman come running outside screaming, holding a newborn baby, claiming it was hers.

However, Ochoa-Uriostegui's family said DNA evidence shows it was the 19-year-old's baby. They said the baby has brain damage and is not expected to survive.

Police have not confirmed any connection yet between that baby's birth and Ochoa-Uriostegui's case. Ochoa-Uriostegui's due date was May 5.

Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, neighbors near the home told WGN they witnessed Chicago police officers enter the home and bring four adults — two women and two men — outside and into squad cars.

Neighbors said it was a 46-year-old woman who lives there, her boyfriend, the woman's daughter and another man in his 20s.

Chicago police said just after 1:30 a.m. May 8, they found a vehicle matching the description of Ochoa-Uriostegui's car on West 77th Place, miles from her home.

Neighbors said police came door-to-door last week, questioning them about the Honda Civic deserted down the street with parking tickets piling up on it.

A neighbor showed WGN a Facebook chat from April between Ochoa-Uriostegui and the woman who lives in the home on West 77th Place. In the chat, the two women were communicating about baby clothes.

The woman told Ochoa-Uriostegui's, “my girl has all brand new boy clothes her son never wore” and to private message her for more info.

This investigation remains ongoing.

YouTuber James Charles has lost nearly 3 million subscribers since his feud with Tati Westbrook

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(CNN) — James Charles started the week flying high at the Met Gala. Now his career seems to be in free fall.

The 19-year-old YouTube beauty blogger had around 16.5 million subscribers Friday, according to the website Social Blade. That number had fallen to about 13.8 million by Monday afternoon and shows no signs of slowing down.

So why is Charles experiencing a sudden drop in subscribers?

It appears to stem from a feud between Charles and his longtime mentor and fellow beauty guru Tati Westbrook.

The drama started in April when Charles posted an ad for Sugar Bear Hair supplements to his Instagram story. Turns out, that brand is a huge competitor for Westbrook’s supplement brand, Halo Beauty.

She accused him of being unsupportive and said she felt betrayed. Charles later apologized to Westbrook in a statement posted to his Instagram story.

Then on Friday, Westbrook broke her silence and posted a 43-minute video to YouTube explaining the feud and her decision to cut off her friendship with Charles.

In the video, she accused Charles of spreading lies about her and called him out for saying hurtful things about other people in the beauty community. She also mentioned an inappropriate comment he made about wanting to hook up with a straight waiter at a restaurant, disregarding his sexual orientation. Charles identifies as gay.

Charles apologized again to her and her husband in a YouTube video on Friday and addressed the points made by Westbrook in her video.

“To Tati and James Westbrook I’m sorry for everything that is going on, everything that I’ve put you through over the past few weeks,” Charles said.

“Most of my career over the past few years has been about me making mistakes and trying to learn and grow from them. I haven’t always done the best job of that, I can admit that,” he added. “But I have always tried.”

The internet seems to have sided with Westbrook for now. She appears to be gaining subscribers just as fast as Charles is losing them.

Here’s a live subscriber count, just in case you’re trying to keep track.

Flooding prompts late start for Celebration Belle cruises

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MOLINE, Illinois -- The Celebration Belle is open for cruising, now that some of the Mississippi River has receded.

High waters held them back from their normal start date.  Typically the cruises hit the water in April, but in 2019 they didn't get out until mid-May.

The Celebration Belle is just one business that's been affected by flooding.  Click here to see our full flooding coverage.

PHOTOS: Heritage Church battles flooding inside old KONE building 

The Celebration Belle can hold up to 750 riders and cruises each week, Tuesday through Saturday.

8 in the Air: I-74 Bridge workers are waiting on arch pieces stuck in St. Louis

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Crews working on the Interstate 74 Bridge are back at it after flooding caused weeks of delays.

According to Danielle Alvarez, the project manager with the Iowa Department of Transportation, work was at a standstill because of swift river currents.  Crews weren't able to move the large cranes in those conditions.

As progress continues, workers are waiting for arch sections, being delivered by two barges on the Mississippi River.  As of Wednesday, May 15, however, the arch sections are stuck in St. Louis until the river becomes safe for barge traffic and the Coast Guard releases the locks.

The new bridge is set to open to traffic 2020.

Tennessee 8-year-old accidentally shoots mother during college baseball game

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MILLINGTON, Tennessee- A woman is in critical condition after she was accidentally shot by her 8-year-old son at a college baseball game in Millington, Tennessee.

According to the Millington Police Department, officers were called to the U.S.A Baseball Stadium Tuesday just after 6 p.m. for reports of shots fired.

When officers arrived, they learned the woman’s young son had been playing in a vintage World War II jeep that was on display as part of a Veterans Appreciation Day at the stadium,  when he found a handgun inside.

The child, who thought the gun was a toy, picked it up and fired a shot, striking his mother.

The Millington Police Department found the owner of the unsecured weapon and charged Charles McFarland Jr., 76, with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.

The woman remains in critical condition at this time.

The mom and her son were attending the University of Memphis and University of Tennessee at Martin baseball game, along with 2000 other fans who turned out for the annual Babe Howard Baseball Classic.  The game was suspended after the incident.

Planned Parenthood sues state over sex education fund denial

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A lawsuit challenging a new Iowa law that prohibits federal funding to be used by Planned Parenthood to teach sex education has been filed against Gov. Kim Reynolds and the state.

On the last day of the legislative session, Republican legislators pushed through language in a budget bill that banned Planned Parenthood of the Heartland from receiving money from two federal grants that have been paying for youth sex education programs.

It was the latest effort by conservative lawmakers to end all streams of government funding for the organization, which as part of its family planning efforts also performs abortions. They said other organizations could provide the information.

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the measure into law May 3.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa filed the lawsuit Wednesday in state court in Des Moines for Planned Parenthood. It seeks to block the law temporarily until a court can consider whether it’s constitutional.

The lawsuit argues the law violates the organization’s free speech, due process and equal protection rights.

Reynolds spokesman Pat Garrett says, “Governor Reynolds is 100% pro-life and believes taxpayer dollars shouldn’t fund an organization that provides abortion.”

Murder conviction reversed on stand-your-ground instruction

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man convicted last year of murder in the death of a man on a city street will get a new trial because of changes made by Iowa lawmakers in a 2017 stand-your-ground law.

The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Miguel Angel Lorenzo Baltazar must get a new trial because instructions to the jury in his 2018 trial indicated that a defendant claiming self-defense is not justified in using deadly force if an alternative course of action was available.

The Iowa Legislature made effective on July 1, 2017, a new stand-your-ground law that removed that language and added that citizens have no duty to retreat before using force. The shooting involving Baltazar was 27 days after that law became effective.

Appeals court justices concluded the jury instructions were wrong and his conviction must be reversed, but since evidence was sufficient to support Baltazar’s conviction, a second trial is justified.

Court documents say Baltazar shot Jeffrey “Pumba” Mercado because he thought Mercado was armed as he approached on a Des Moines street, but police found no weapon on his body.

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Report: America just had its lowest number of births in 32 years

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America’s fertility rate and the number of births nationwide are continuing to decline.

The number of births for the United States last year dropped to its lowest in about three decades, according to provisional data in a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Even though the number of births we’ve seen in 2018 is the lowest that we’ve seen in 32 years, the total fertility rate is at a record low,” said Brady Hamilton, a natality expert at the center and first author of the report.

The report, published Wednesday, showed birth rates declined for nearly all age groups of women younger than 35 but rose for women in their late 30s and early 40s.

From 2017 to 2018, the birth rate dropped 7% among teenagers aged 15 to 19; 4% among women 20 to 24; 3% among women 25 to 29; and 1% among women 30 to 34, according to the report.

The birth rate rose 1% among women aged 35 to 39 and 2% among women 40 to 44. The rate for women 45 to 49, which also includes births to women 50 and older, did not change from 2017 to 2018.

Overall, the provisional number of births in 2018 for the United States was about 3.79 million, down 2% from the total in 2017, according to the report. The finding marks the fourth year that the number of births has declined, after an increase in 2014.

A falling fertility rate

The new report was based on birth certificate data from 2018, processed by the National Center for Health Statistics. Although it was able to show trends in birth rates, it cannot say why they have occurred.

“These data provide the official statistics on birth for the United States,” Hamilton said. “The data allow you to monitor patterns, in terms of birth-related health issues for infants and mothers, such as cesarean delivery, preterm or low birth weight rates.”

The provisional data — which will be finalized later in the year — showed that the total fertility rate for the United States last year was 1,728 births per 1,000 women, a decrease of 2% from 2017 and a record low for the nation.

While birth rate compares the average number of births during a year per 1,000 people in a population, total fertility rate is defined as the expected number of births that a group of 1,000 women would have in their lifetimes, according to what birth rates were by age for that year.

The total fertility rate in 2018 was below what is considered the level needed for a population to replace itself: 2,100 births per 1,000 women, according to the report.

“The rate has generally been below replacement since 1971 and consistently below replacement for the last decade,” the authors wrote in the new report.

The total fertility rate for the United States in 2017 was 1,765.5 per 1,000 women.

The data also showed the preterm birth rate in the United States rose for the fourth year in a row to 10.02%, from 9.93% in 2017.

That rise was due to an increase in late preterm births, in which a child is born at 34 to 36 weeks gestation; early preterm births, in which a child is born at less than 34 weeks, have declined slightly, according to the report.

The rise in the preterm birth rate might be linked with the rise in births among women in their late 30s and early 40s, since a later maternal age is a risk factor, said Dr. Rahul Gupta, chief medical and health officer for March of Dimes, a nonprofit focused on the health of mothers and babies. He was not involved in the new report.

“The continuing shift toward increased maternal age at first birth is something that does increase the risk. However, it does not fully explain the increase in the preterm birth rate. So that’s one of the challenges here, I think, for the nation,” he said. “There is a lot more work that needs to be done as the preterm birth rate continues to rise.”

Preterm birth, or premature birth, is when a baby is born too early. The earlier a baby is born, the higher the risk of death or disability, so reducing preterm birth is a national public health priority, according to the CDC.

‘There is still reason for concern’

From a public health perspective, the data showed some improvements in first trimester prenatal care and cesarean section births, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, who was not involved in the new report.

“One of the more interesting statistics was the fact that cesarean sections were down,” he said. The overall cesarean delivery rate decreased from 32% in 2017 to 31.9% last year in the United States.

An overuse of elective cesarean section, or c-section, has become of concern because the procedure can pose maternal risks, including infection or postpartum heavy bleeding.

C-section is a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby by making an opening in the mother’s lower abdomen area. Although the procedure can be planned, many occur when life-threatening childbirth problems arise.

The report also showed that 77.5% of women received first trimester prenatal care in 2018, up from 77.3% in 2017. That rise indicates possible improvements in overall access to health care.

“That was good, to see that percentage of women getting first trimester prenatal care is up,” Benjamin said, adding that as the Trump administration explores changes to health care that create barriers to insurance coverage, this trend might be affected.

“We look at the whole range of maternal-child health care as a great barometer of access to care, because there has been an emphasis over many years of making sure that women and children — even low-income women and children — get access to health care,” he said. “That’s through the original welfare programs and through Medicaid and through many states’ health care programs and the federal children’s health insurance program. So there’s been a national effort to make sure that women get the care that they need.”

Notably, the data showed an increase in early prenatal care among both black and white women, said Dr. Heather Burris, an attending neonatologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, who was not involved in the new report.

Yet “there is still reason for concern,” she said, because a large disparity persists between black and white women’s receipt of early prenatal care, according to the report.

The data showed that last year, 67.1% of black women received first trimester prenatal care, compared with 82.5% of white women, 81.8% of Asian women and 72.7% of Hispanic women.

Meanwhile, the percentage of women receiving early prenatal care dropped between 2017 and 2018 among American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander women, according to the report.

The report also showed racial disparities in preterm birth rates, Burris pointed out. The overall preterm birth rate in the United States rose from 9.93% to 10.02%, according to the report, and disparities in that rate remain.

“Black infants are more than 50% more likely to be preterm and more than 200% as likely to be born low birth weight than white infants,” Burris said. “These ongoing disparities are of grave concern because they are largely responsible for the large black-white disparity in infant mortality.”

North Carolina man wanted for beating, robbing 92-year-old WWII veteran

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police are looking for a man who's accused of robbing, beating and holding a 92-year-old veteran at gunpoint.

Authorities said the man pictured in surveillance images stole the elderly man's credit card and used the card inside of several retail stores.

His daughter, Diana Brown, couldn't believe someone would do this to her father, a WWII veteran who remains active even at his age.

"He held [a gun] to Daddy's temple the whole time he was walking behind him," Brown said.

She said the man broke into her father's home around 6 p.m. April 29 in Winston Salem's Sunnyside-Central Historic District.

She said the man kicked her father in his back, held a gun to his head and forced him into a closet.

"Anybody that will go into somebody's home is one thing, but when you go in and purposely hurt them when you don't have to — I mean he's 92," Brown said.

The veteran's daughter recounted the scary moments.

"Daddy said he could hear him and that's when he went inside of my daddy's bedroom and ransacked that and took two of my dad's watches and the credit card," Brown said.

Investigators discovered the man's credit cards were used at various stores. Brown said her father's credit card statements showed that the robber spent hundreds of dollars shopping at Hanes Mall.

"He went on a shopping spree and didn't give Daddy another thought," she said.

Now, Brown just hopes somebody will come forward with information to catch this man.

"I just pray to God somebody will recognize him because he needs to be off the street, and if he's not caught it's not going to be the last. It's going to be some other poor person that's going to be terrorized," Brown said.

Majority of sunscreens would flunk proposed FDA safety tests, report to say

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Nearly two-thirds of all sunscreens evaluated by the Environmental Working Group would not pass safety tests proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration, the consumer advocacy group will announce next week.

The group will release its analysis as part of its 2019 Guide to Sunscreens, a yearly report on sunscreen safety that the nonprofit began in 2006.

This year the group said it analyzed the ingredients and performance of more than 1,300 products with sun protection factor, or SPF; 750 of those are marketed as beach and sport sunscreens. The analysis involves only a fraction of the sunscreen products sold in the United States today, which the FDA estimates to number over 12,000.

As the group has reported in the past, over 60% of the products evaluated do not offer adequate sun protection or contain potentially harmful chemicals. What makes this year’s report different, said Director of Healthy Living Science Nneka Leiba, is that the 2019 products were judged using FDA safety guidelines proposed in February.

“Even though we’ve come up with similar results in our guide before, comparing it to the FDA’s actual proposed standards is really strong,” Leiba said. “So the fact that 60% of the market seemingly wouldn’t be considered safe and effective by the FDA is a huge deal.”

The big deal of skin cancer

Skin cancer strikes more Americans each year than all other cancers combined. Melanoma, the deadliest form, accounts for only 1% of all skin cancers, but most of the deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. Its statistics show that the rates of melanoma have been steadily rising over the past 30 years; worldwide, melanoma is the 19th most diagnosed cancer.

While many people today turn to sunscreens as their first choice for sun protection, it wasn’t until recently that sunscreen ingredients were regulated by the FDA, said Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, acting medical director of the American Cancer Society.

“We couldn’t even be certain what was in the product until the FDA came out with some rules that define how to test sunscreens and how to label them,” he said.

The need for additional testing

In February, the FDA called for additional testing of a dozen common sunscreen ingredients after finding that high levels of four of them — avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule and octocrylene — can enter a person’s bloodstream after just one day of use. The chemicals remained in the body for at least 24 hours after the last sunscreen application.

The most-studied chemical in sunscreens, oxybenzone, has been linked to damage to coral reefs and marine life, as well as lower testosterone levels in adolescent boys, hormone changes in men, and shorter pregnancies and disrupted birth weights in babies. Researchers, however, caution about assuming a direct cause-and-effect relationship without further studies.

The Environmental Working Group found that over two-thirds of the sunscreens in its 2018 report contain oxybenzone, often with varying mixtures of the other common chemicals.

The FDA study did not show that oxybenzone and the other ingredients can cause health issues, experts stress, only that the chemicals could be absorbed. The FDA, the American Cancer Society and the Environmental Working Group, among others, recommend that consumers continue to use sunscreen appropriately.

If concerned, experts suggest that consumers look for products with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which studies show are not absorbed into the skin.

In a statement in February, the national trade council for sunscreen, cosmetic and personal care products said the findings might confuse consumers and discourage the use of sunscreen. “The presence of sunscreens in plasma after maximal use does not necessarily lead to safety issues,” said Alex Kowcz, chief scientist for the Personal Care Products Council.

The problem with 100+ SPF coverage

In the proposed rules, which are in the public comment phase, the FDA also calls for a cap on SPF levels on sunscreen products. SPF applies only to the UVB rays of the sun, which burn the skin. Sunburns are a leading cause of melanoma.

The FDA says there is no good data showing that sunscreens can protect past a level of 60+ SPF, and therefore labeling sunscreen at levels higher than 60+ could be misleading by providing a false sense of sun protection.

The Environmental Working Group’s new report will examine how many of the products tested were labeled as SPF 50 or higher.

Some sunscreens boost SPF to 100+ and higher but can fail to adequately protect against equally dangerous UVA rays, which age and damage the DNA in skin cells, contributing to skin cancer.

“Using a sunscreen with poor UVA protection on a vacation is similar to taking a trip or two to a tanning salon,” said David Andrews, senior scientist with the group.

Only sunscreens labeled as broad-spectrum protect against both types of ultraviolet light. The FDA’s proposed guidelines say sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher must be broad-spectrum, offering protection against UVA rays.

In addition, the FDA wants the extra UVA protection to rise along with UVB protection. So as a product moves toward SPF 60+, so too grows the level of UVA protection.

Based on its modeling, the Environmental Working Group believes 25% of all sunscreen products on the market today would fail the new FDA standards for UVA protection.

Concerns about spray sunscreens

The possible danger posed by spray and powder forms of sunscreen application is another area of FDA concern. Sprays are potentially combustible, and both sprays and powders can enter the lungs if particles are small enough.

Environmental Protection Agency studies of particle pollution, the fine film of water and dust/chemical/soot/acid particles that hangs in the air, show that anything 10 micrometers in diameter or less poses the greatest health problems because they can enter the lungs.

“Once inhaled, these particles can affect the lungs and heart and cause serious health effects in individuals at greatest risk, such as people with heart or lung disease, people with diabetes, older adults and children (up to 18 years of age),” the EPA says.

Based on data from studies and input from the Personal Care Products Council and several other manufacturers, the FDA is planning on placing sprays under the “generally accepted as safe” or GRASE category, as long as they are tested to be sure that particles are too large to be inhaled. Powders, however, require additional testing to be placed into that category, the FDA says.

Spray sunscreens are on the rise, says the Environmental Working Group. Due to the lack of definitive testing, the group recommends that all sprays be avoided.

The standards set in the proposed FDA guidelines could easily be changed by lobbying efforts and additional data, Leiba said. But the group, which has been petitioning the FDA for increased scrutiny for years, is heartened that many of their safety suggestions are being evaluated.

In the meantime, consumers should continue to protect their skin from the sun and choose sunscreens with the lowest risk, she said.

“It’s been a while since I’ve seen the FDA really showing their concern about sunscreen,” Leiba said. “If the FDA’s doing that, it really means that consumers need to take heed.”

“So long, sucker!” Video shows lawyer shooing raccoon off boat, into water

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It’s a hard video for an animal lover to watch: An apparently scared raccoon skitters along the bow of a boat as a man shouts at him, threatening to push him into the water, until the animal finally slips off the edge. A subsequent video shows the raccoon trying to stay afloat in the water.

Florida lawyer Thomas Cope posted the videos on Facebook, where they went viral—and led to outrage.

Cope says the raccoon stowed away on the boat, only coming out when it was 20 miles offshore. The animal is presumed to have died at sea, and some viewers of the video called the whole thing “disgusting” and “despicable,” the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Cope has since apologized, and the state has launched an investigation.

“The animal was running around the boat hissing and growling, making it impossible for me or my friend to drive the boat,” Cope said in a statement. “Knowing raccoons can be rabid and unpredictable, the only realistic option we could think of in the moment was to get the raccoon off the boat.”

He added that he felt bad for the raccoon, though he can be heard in the video telling it “so long, sucker” as it fell into the water and he referred to it as a “trash panda” in the post caption, per the Orlando Weekly.

A source tells WFLA that Cope originally posted the videos to a private group for boaters, but they were shared widely outside of that group.

The incident was reported to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which says anyone with further information should call the state’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-3922. (These raccoons weren’t rabid, just tipsy.)

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Pregnant Alabama inmate says she doesn’t remember sex in prison; family wants answers

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COOSA COUNTY, Ala. – A woman who has been in an Alabama jail for 17 months is 8 months pregnant, and her family is saying they want the matter investigated, AL.com reported.

Latoni Daniel has reportedly been in jail for over a year now, charged with capital murder in the shooting death of an 87-year-old man. According to AL.com, she was her boyfriend’s getaway driver in the incident.

The attorney representing Daniel said he believes she was raped in jail, possibly while under the influence of sedatives. She told her attorney she has no memory of a sexual encounter.

According to AL.com, Daniel was on medication to treat seizures, but her family said she never had seizures before going to jail.

The family told AL.com they just want answers and that two wrongs don’t make a right.

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