Moline superintendent asks for patience as district develops plan for Franklin Elementary School

MOLINE - Hundreds of parents and students packed the auditorium at Woodrow Wilson Middle School to find out what's next for their students at Franklin Elementary School.

"What are you going to do with our kids and how long are they going to be out of that school and where are we gonna go in the meantime?" asked Lesley Delille, parent.

Nearly 270 students couldn't go to school on Monday after a fire caused significant damage to the building.

"Me and him just kind of hung out together, went and got ice cream and just made a day of it but we can't do that everyday," said Anthony Lyons, parent.

The school will be closed for the rest of the week while the district puts together a plan.

"Our goal is to have all the students in the staff in one building somewhere," said Lanty McGuire, District's superintendent.

Moline's superintendent says they will start to look at possible buildings on Tuesday.

"What we learned from this whole situation is that we're gonna have to be flexible because I would like to say that we're gonna be in that building tomorrow," said McGuire.

Once a building is found, the district will work with the MetroLINK to figure out a busing system.

People in the community are helping.

One Moline student has started a gofundme page to help raise money for supplies. Also, the Moline High School Volleyball team is collecting donations at their game Tuesday night, September 26th.

The Moline High School has also decided to make Franklin Elementary staff and students the grand marshals of the homecoming parade on Saturday.


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joins team to kneel before anthem

The Dallas Cowboys team, including owner Jerry Jones, knelt on the field before the national anthem was played during the Monday Night Football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona.

The demonstration was intended as a statement for equality and a representation of unity, according to ESPN’s sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

During the national anthem, the teams, in separate locations on the field, both stood with arms linked or holding hands.

No member of either team was shown in the televised broadcast kneeling or sitting during the anthem. Neither team has ever had a player kneel during the anthem.

Show of disrespect’

The latest chapter in the controversy came Friday night when Trump told those attending a political rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire any “son of a bitch” who stages a protest during the national anthem.

The President’s focus remained on sports Saturday morning, as he tweeted he was rescinding a White House invitation for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors because two-time league MVP Steph Curry was “hesitating” in accepting the presidential offer. (Curry actually had flat-out declined the invitation.)

Hours later, the President went back in on athletes following in the knee prints of Kaepernick, who has said he refuses to stand during the anthem because he cannot “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

Read Trump’s two-part tweet: “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”

Trump went on to make the protests his cause du jour — or more accurately, de deux jours — as 15 of his next 23 tweets over the weekend addressed the demonstrations.

His stance gained traction among his base and some NFL fans, who took to social media to tell athletes to stick to sports and skip the politics. Others used hashtags such #standforouranthem and #standfortheflag, tweeting that they were going to follow Trump’s advice to tune out.

NFL ratings have seen a modest decline in recent years, and the league finished at the bottom of a fan experience survey conducted by J.D. Power earlier this year. About 12% of those surveyed said they had watched fewer games than they had in previous years. Of those respondents, more than a quarter blamed the national anthem protests for their decline in viewership.

Ahead of the Sunday matchup between the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers — during which Steelers offensive lineman and ex-Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva declined to stay in the locker room with his team during the anthem — fans told CNN they disapproved of players kneeling.

“(It’s a) show of disrespect, not only for those who have fought and died for our country but for those serving,” Derek Zumbahlem said. “I disagree with it.”

Bears fan Amit Sud, too, said he felt players should stand. “I do respect the players’ rights to take the knee. However, Soldier Field has history,” he said.

‘That offends everybody’

Within the NFL there was a starkly different response, which was also reflected on social media and in some fan bases. Trump’s criticism seemed to galvanize the league’s players and coaches.

In some cases, team owners showed up on the sideline to lock arms with their players. Trump supporter Shad Khan, who owns the Jacksonville Jaguars, was one of them. Trump friend Robert Kraft stood in the owners box, hand over heart, before his New England Patriots played, but he said he was “deeply disappointed” in Trump’s remarks.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees called Trump’s remarks “unbecoming of the office of the President,” while Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy said the President “is just acting like a jerk.”

Miami Dolphins safety Mike Thomas asked, “You’re the leader of the free world, and this is what you’re talking about?”

The Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans followed the Steelers’ lead, staying in the locker room for the anthem. Most teams chose to lock arms in a show of unity, but even among those squads, some players opted to kneel. The Baltimore Ravens’ Terrell Suggs and the Denver Broncos’ Von Miller lent their considerable star power to the protests, kneeling along with dozens of others players.

“What you just saw was a variety of responses with the theme of unity,” an NFL front office source said. “All across the league, owners, coaches and players came together to decide what was best for them. … If Trump thought he could divide the NFL, he was wrong.”

Sports commentator Bob Costas told CNN the response among players and coaches was “universal” and said, “There’s almost no one in the NFL who wants to support or rationalize the tone or content of President Trump’s remarks.”

Asked why he felt Trump’s words united the league when the protests have been going on for more than a year, Costas compared the President’s remarks on the anthem protests to his words after white nationalists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Well, when you call people sons of bitches across the board, that offends everybody. White and black, they’ve stood shoulder to shoulder on those fields, in those locker rooms. What kind of a statement is that to make?” Costas said.

“And I don’t think it’s irrelevant that clearly the President had more passion and conviction for those remarks than he did — when he finally got around after equivocating — to distancing himself to some extent from white nationalists and neo-Nazis. He clearly had more fervor for this than for that.”

Teen who allegedly killed mom’s ex-boyfriend to stop beating won’t be indicted

NEW YORK — A grand jury declined to indict a New York City teen accused in the choking death of his mother’s abusive ex-boyfriend, court officials said Monday.

Luis Moux, 18, was charged with manslaughter in August after he allegedly choked his mother’s ex-boyfriend to death, police said, after the teen spotted Stanley Washington beating his mother inside their Bronx apartment.

The 43-year-old ex-boyfriend showed up at the University Avenue apartment around 4:30 a.m. to talk to the mother and allegedly attacked the 37-year-old woman, police told WPIX.

Moux heard what was happening and rushed out of his bedroom, pulling Washington off of his mother, police said. He allegedly put Washington in a chokehold, killing him.

Police sources said the mother, who had briefly passed out, woke up to the sight of her son standing over her ex-boyfriend.

Washington had 26 prior arrests, police sources said. Two of them were for instances of domestic violence against Moux’s mother.

Campbell’s Island Monument Historic Preservation Project receives funds from the Three Degree Guarantee

Tom Pospisil  from Eriksen Chevrolet was on-hand to present a check for $500 for the August Three Degree Guarantee to the the Campbell’s Island Monument Historic Preservation Project of the Mary Little Deere-Fort Armstrong Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).

Accepting the check were Kathy Elliott and Kitty Humphrey from he Campbell’s Island Monument Historic Preservation Project of the Mary Little Deere-Fort Armstrong Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).

The Mary Little Deere-Fort Armstrong Chapter of NSDAR, located in Moline, Ill., has taken on the restoration of the Campbell’s Island monument. The monument, established in 1906, honors Lt. John Campbell and his fellow soldiers for their efforts during the Battle of Rock Island Rapids – one of the most western battles of the War of 1812. The restoration project aims to restore the monument by completing masonry tasks, replacing sidewalks and replacing lower parameter fence. The goal is to preserve the historic landmark for future generations so that they may understand the efforts made by early settlers.

If you would like to learn more about the Campbell’s Island Monument Historic Preservation Project and the work by the Mary Little Deere-Fort Armstrong Chapter of the NSDAR, please click here.

If your charity or organization would like to be considered for the Three Degree Guarantee, please click here.

Russian couple suspected of killing and eating up to 30 victims

KRASNODAR, Russia – Russian police appear to have discovered one of the country’s most grisly cases of cannibalism after pictures of dismembered bodies were found on a phone belonging to one of the main suspects, Russia’s state media reported Monday.

The gruesome case in the southern Krasnodar region has led to the arrest of a 35-year-old man and his wife, both of whom are alleged to have murdered as many as 30 people since 1999 and consumed parts of the bodies, Russian media reported. Police have identified seven victims so far.

First images from Russian ‘cannibal couple’ apartment emerge https://t.co/LEeoyERoE6 pic.twitter.com/KhMggHpltJ

— RT (@RT_com) September 25, 2017

The crimes were uncovered when a cell phone, which included images of the man posing with a dismembered female victim, was found on a street in Krasnodar earlier this month. The remains of the woman were found in a bag nearby the following day, according to the official news agency RIA Novosti.

At first, the man denied having killed the woman, claiming he had found the remains and had taken photographs of himself with them, before losing his phone.

A source told state news agency RIA Novosti that many of the details of the case were yet to be confirmed, but added that “at the moment, law enforcement had discovered a glass jar with a canned hand.”

“According to the owner of a cell phone that had been lost before, this is one of those hands with which he made a selfie,” the source told RIA Novosti.

The source told RIA Novosti that so far the man had admitted to only two murders — that of the female victim identified in the cell phone photos, and of another person in 2012.

CNN has reached out to the Investigative Committee in Moscow for confirmation of the details of the case, the latest in a string of serial killings in Russia.

Earlier this year, former policeman Mikhail Popkov was charged with 60 additional murders in addition to 22 that had already resulted in convictions. He carried out the killings over nearly twenty years.

Iowa Gov. Reynolds reminds students to apply for college financial aid

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds spent the morning with students in Des Moines, reminding high school seniors and their parents to apply for college financial aid.

With the average student loan debt for graduates last year coming in at more than $37,000, Reynolds says she certainly knows that every dollar counts.

This Sunday, October 1, is the first day that families can fill out FAFSA forms for college.


She beat cancer at 2 and again at 15 — and just fulfilled her dream of becoming pediatric nurse

ATLANTA — A Georgia woman who beat cancer twice is now living her dream as a pediatric nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta — the same hospital where she received treatment as a child.

Montana Brown, 24, was first diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, when she was only 17 months old, according to the Times Enterprise. Brown was treated at CHOA for a year before she was released.

Brown relapsed at the end of her freshman year of high school and required another year of treatment before she was considered off-therapy.

On Sunday, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta shared Brown’s story in a Facebook post:

“As a child, Montana beat cancer—twice. First at age 2 and then again at 15. Along the way, she dreamed of growing up to become a pediatric nurse. This week, notably during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Montana fulfilled that dream by joining our nursing team!”

Brown’s first day was on Sept. 18. After she completed her first shift, she shared a message on Facebook:

“I just want to take a minute to say THANK YOU to everyone who called and texted me today. As some of you may not know, today was my first official day at CHOA. Every time someone said “Welcome to Children’s!” or I looked down at my badge and saw that CHOA logo, it brought tears to my eyes. I’m so overwhelmed with this amazing life that God has chosen to give me. Never in a million years did I think that at the age of 24 I would have achieved my biggest and wildest dream – to work at the hospital I was treated at as a child/teenager. It’s amazing and crazy and awesome and I’m SO excited to work for such an inspirational organization!!”

Illinois lawmakers send abortion bill to Governor Rauner

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois -- Democratic lawmakers have sent a bill that would expand abortion coverage to the desk of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.

The bill would allow Medicaid recipients and state employees to use their health care, which is paid for my taxpayers, to pay for abortions.

The plan would also keep abortion legal in Illinois, regardless of any future rulings by the Supreme Court.

Governor Rauner has 60 days to make a decision on the bill.


Pride of the Wapsi set to open pumpkin patch and corn maze this weekend

LONG GROVE, Iowa -- Looking to officially kick off the Fall season? Look no further than Long Grove, Iowa, where the Pride of the Wapsi is set to open it's pumpkin patch this weekend, September 30.

Pat Dierickx and his family have been working hard to prepare for opening weekend.

"What gives my wife and I a great deal of pleasure is all the hard work we put in growing pumpkins, producing a non-traditional row crop in Iowa," said Dierickx.

But the pumpkin patch isn't the only attraction opening this weekend at the farm known as "The Farm for Family Fun."

The Pride of the Wapsi's corn maze is also scheduled to open.

The design of this year's maze, which will take a team of three around four hours to complete, was chosen as a celebration of 180 years of John Deere.

You can learn more about the Pride of the Wapsi and all of the fun they have to offer here.


YOUR HEALTH: Early warning signs to prevent a stroke

PHILADELPHIA – Each year, more than 300,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with carotid artery disease.

If left unchecked, it can lead to stroke because tiny pieces of plaque break away and flow to the brain.

Strokes run in Frank Leuzzi's family, so when doctors discovered a 90 percent blockage in his left carotid artery, he became a clinical trial patient for Trans-carotid Artery Revascularization or T-CAR for short.

"We do it completely under local, the patient is completely awake," explained Dr. Paul DiMuzio from Philadelphia's Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

"We put the sheath directly into the carotid right through there on either side."

This groundbreaking procedure eliminates the need to go through the groin.
Instead, surgeons use a small clavicle incision to implant the stent and open up blood flow.

"It's still technically demanding," said Dr. DiMuzio.   "We have to be very careful not to cause any dislodging of the plaque.  But the way it protects the brain while we're doing the stent is called flow reversal."

The stent is deployed and for patients like Frank, who lost his father to a stroke, it's a quick lifesaving procedure.   He was awake during the whole surgery and he recovered very quickly.

"This new procedure, within a week, week and a half, he was totally back to normal," his daughter Marianne Leuzzi remembered.

"He never complained of being in pain, didn't even take Tylenol.  You feel better so much faster."

"I see how my dad did and it's wonderful."

The FDA approved T-CAR last year after testing at 30 centers around the country.

It's important to know that signs of a stroke include a change in vision or speech and weakness on one side of the body.   It typically occurs in older adults and strokes do run in the family.

NEW OUTLOOK: The TCAR is a small incision made above the collar bone to expose the common carotid artery. There is then a soft, flexible sheath that is tucked into the carotid artery and connected to a system that will turn the flow of blood away from the brain to protect against plaque that may come loose during the procedure. The blood is filtered and returned through a second sheath placed in the femoral vein in the patient`s thigh. Because the flow reversal method does not rely on a distally placed filter to capture emboli before they reach the brain, it collects both small and large debris. This is a less invasive endovascular technique to treat blockage in the artery caused by stroke   (Source: http://silkroadmed.com/the-tcar-procedure/ )

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 jim.mertens@wqad.com or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at mthomas@ivanhoe.com.


Secret iOS 11 features you’re probably not using

If you’re still dismissing pop-ups from apps asking for reviews, or writing your Wi-FI password on a Post-It note, you’re not living your best life.

In addition to a new design and big features like augmented reality support, Apple has added a number of solid smaller changes and settings options to iOS 11, the latest mobile software for iPhones and iPads.

From recording your FaceTime calls to silently communicating with Siri, here are some hidden iOS features worth trying:

1. Add the buttons you want to control center

This is one of the best changes in iOS 11. You can customize what shortcuts appear in the new and improved Control Center by going into Settings. Add shortcut buttons for things like screen recording, voice memos, and the magnifier tool.

2. Share your complicated Wi-Fi password

A friend comes over for tea and wants to ‘Gram your delicious homemade cookies. iOS 11 has a quick way to share your password. When someone is using the same Wi-Fi network your phone is on, you’ll get a notification. By tapping “send password,” they can hop on the network without having to manually enter complicated passwords, like “Sup3rs3cr3tp@$$1984.” This only works with other devices running iOS 11 or macOS High Sierra — and when Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned on.

3. Use the camera to scan QR Codes

It’s a bit late to the party, but Apple has added QR support to its mobile software. Turn on the camera, point it at any QR code and a pop-up notification will offer to open it in Safari. QR codes have been around for years and are mostly used for marketing purposes — or they have specific uses inside third-party apps like Snapchat.

4. Stop apps from begging for reviews

If you dislike the pop-up windows from apps constantly asking you to leave a review, you can banish them forever. Go to Settings, followed by iTunes & App Store. Finally, tap the switch for In-App Ratings & Reviews.

5. Take Live Photos of video calls

You’re on a FaceTime call with your grandparents and they do something adorable, like smooch. Now you can relive that moment in a proprietary image format invented by Apple. To take a Live Photo of someone during a FaceTime call, you’ll need to press the white button in the bottom left corner of the screen. Both participants need to have iOS 11 running and Live Photos turned on for it to work. The other person will get a notification that they’ve been Live Photo-ed.

You can prevent someone from taking Live Photos of you by turning of the option in FaceTime’s settings. However, they can still use screen recording during a call (sans audio) and you won’t be notified.

6. Type questions for Siri and try a makeshift Dark Mode

This new accessibility feature, intended for people who aren’t able to speak to Siri, lets you type your questions and requests instead. But if you turn it on, Siri will no longer work with spoken requests.

Other new accessibility features include Smart Invert, which swaps colors so backgrounds get darker and text lighter, while leaving elements like images untouched. It can be used as a makeshift “Dark Mode,” making your screen easier on the eyes.

Meanwhile, a new image scanning feature means iOS 11 can now detect text in an image and read it out loud. It will also do some basic image recognition to describe what’s in an image.

7. Save webpages as PDFs (and mark them up!)

Sometimes you want to share an article but with your incredibly important thoughts scribbled on top. Maybe with arrows for emphasis. In Safari, you can select the share button at the bottom of the screen and scroll to the right until you find the Create PDF option. The next screen will show a tiny marker icon in the top right corner. Tap and start annotating.

8. Start writing notes on an iPad

When inspiration hits, you don’t want to lose time unlocking your iPad and opening the Notes app. If you tap the Apple Pencil on the iPad’s lock screen, you can start writing a note right away. It’s one of a number of tweaks meant to make note-taking easier on the iPad, including making handwritten words searchable as if you had typed them.

9. Doodle on screenshots

Now when you take a screenshot (Power button + Home button), it will appear as a thumbnail in the bottom corner of your screen. Tap to start marking it up and then send it off to a friend or save it to your camera roll.

10. Make Live Photos do more

If you swipe up on a Live Photo, a new menu appears with options to add some pretty routine effects. Loop turns it into, well, a loop. Bounce reverses it mid shot, and Long Exposure uses the frames captures to create a photo that looks like it had a slow shutter speed. As long as you’re playing with pictures, check out the updated photo filters.

11. Silly Messages Tricks

In the last big iOS update, Apple added a ton of features to Messages like stickers and balloons. It’s still tinkering with the format and has added a line of apps along the bottom of messages. You can tap around to see which of your existing apps have Messages stickers and integrations. There are also two new animation effects, spotlight and echo. Spotlight darkens everything but puts a bright light on your latest text. Echo covers the screen in floating copies or your message.

Franklin Elementary School fire displaces students for at least a week

MOLINE - School will be closed for the rest of the week for students at Franklin Elementary School after a fire damaged the building.

4th grader Macy spent her day playing games on her tablet instead of sitting inside a classroom learning.

"I`d be doing social studies," said Macy.

Sunday morning firefighters arrived at Macy's school, Franklin Elementary to find smoke coming from the building.  Macy's grandmother saw the whole thing.

"As soon as he opened the door you could hear the alarm going on from inside and then shortly thereafter you could see smoke coming out," said Macy's grandmother, Pat Gormanly.

Inside the school, there's smoke and water damage.

"It's been very challenging, very emotional many students were here yesterday many of the teachers were here. It`s a big loss," said principal, Michele Pittington.

The District's superintendent, Lanty McGuire, says they believe the fire was caused by an electrical issue. Now the district has to find a spot to fit 270 of its student plus staff.

"We`re looking at all different kinds of options to find a building. If somebody volunteers to let us use their building where we can set up classroom space. I know some of the churches have volunteered some parts of their buildings but our goal is to try to keep this building whole," said McGuire.

Not to mention replacing all the supplies that were inside. For some of the teachers, it's years' worth of supplies they bought and collected that are now gone.

"These teachers put a lot of their heart and soul into developed materials and bought materials outside of what the district has bought so all that stuff is pretty much shot right now," said McGuire.

For Macy she just wants to get back inside a class, wherever that may be, "As long as we still get to be able to learn somewhere I guess then I`ll be happy."

People in the community are helping. One Moline student has started a gofundme page to help raise money for supplies. Also, the Moline High School Volleyball team is collecting donations at their game Tuesday night, September 26th.

Tonight, the district will hold a meeting for parents to update them on the situation. It will be at Woodrow Wilson Middle School starting at 7:30 p.m.


Relief from the heat still on track this week

It was another day of the 90s here in the Quad Cities! Most of us saw plenty of sunshine, but a few showers developed this afternoon. A shower or two will still be possible tonight along with more cloud cover. Lows will be in the 60s.

We’ll see a decent amount of clouds on Tuesday, and it’s still going to be warm with highs in the mid 80s. By the late afternoon, a cold front will approach us, and it will spark a line of showers and storms. After the rain and cold front pass that evening, we’ll feel a huge drop in temperatures.

For the rest of the week, highs will only be in the low to mid 70s! More sunshine will return through the upcoming weekend as well. Enjoy the nice taste of fall!

Meteorologist Taylor Graham


Burlington man arrested during traffic stop

BURLINGTON, Iowa -- At approximately 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 25, the Burlington Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the 500 block of South Garfield St.

During the stop, a search warrant was conducted on the vehicle.

One of the vehicle's occupants, Robert Elizah Walker, of Burlington, was found to be in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun, which had been reported stolen out of Michigan.

Walker, 18, was also in possession of marijuana that had been packaged for distribution.

He has been charged with possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute, a class D felony, carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor, and fourth degree theft.

Pending a court appearance, Walker is being held at the Des Moines County Correctional Center on no bond.

Target raises minimum wage to $11 an hour, $15 by 2020

(CNN Money) — Target is giving its workers a raise.

The company announced Monday that it would increase the minimum hourly wage for all workers to $11 next month.

Target also committed to a $15 minimum wage by the end of 2020.

The company says the increase will also apply to the more than 100,000 hourly workers it is hiring for the holidays.

Related: New study casts doubt on the benefit of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage

Target has been steadily raising its minimum wage for the past few years. Last year, it hiked the amount to $10 an hour.

The $11 wage is higher than the minimum wage in 48 states, and it matches amounts in Massachusetts and Washington, Target says.

It’s also much higher than the current federal minimum wage of $7.25.

Iowa grocers work to change 5-cent bottle deposit law

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa grocers are pushing to change the state’s bottle deposit law in hopes of shifting the recycling effort out of their businesses.

The 1978 law requires consumers to pay a five-cent deposit when purchasing beverage containers. Consumers are refunded the deposit when they return the container to a store or redemption center.

The Iowa Grocery Industry Association is working to replace the law with an expanded statewide recycling and litter control program, The Des Moines Register reported .

Association President Michelle Hurd said grocers no longer want to handle unsanitary cans and bottles.

Opponents of the law repeal fear that litter would increase. Hurd said repeal legislation would still address litter and recycling.

The state recycles about 86 percent of its beverage containers, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Rep. Andy McKean, R-Anamosa, said he supports legislation that would improve and expand the bill but eliminate the redemption requirement for grocers. McKean said he wants to increase deposit and handling fees, add additional beverage containers to the program and encourage residents to use local redemption centers.

“This would assist our struggling redemption centers and encourage the opening of additional centers,” McKean said. “It would be a positive step for the environment, economic development, and would make it possible to remove cans and bottles from Iowa grocery stores.”

At least one lawmaker is expressing doubt over the repeal plan after hearing from Iowa residents.

“I think repealing the bottle bill would be extremely difficult,” said Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton. “When the repeal was floated last session, I heard from constituents en masse that they would be opposed to it.”

The Legislature will consider a bill to replace the current bottle deposit program with a broader recycling and litter reduction program when it convenes in January.

Steelers player who stood for national anthem now has top-selling NFL jersey

Alejandro Villanueva’s jersey just became the hottest buy in the NFL.

It’s the top seller in the league after the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle broke with his team and walked out of the tunnel for the national anthem.

The Steelers had decided as a group to stay in the locker room. They were one of three teams to sit out the anthem after President Trump said NFL owners should fire players joining the protest. Trump referred to a player who disrespects the flag as a “son of a bitch.”

On Monday, Villanueva’s No. 78 jersey was outselling big names like Marshawn Lynch and Aaron Rodgers on the NFL Shop.

Villanueva was a captain and an Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan and received several medals for his service, including the Bronze Star.

Protests during the national anthem began last year when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest the treatment of black Americans, especially by the police.

Kaepernick’s jersey also hit the top spot after he began the protest.

He pledged to donate all the money he made off jersey sales.

According to the agreement between the league and the players union, players get two-thirds of the money from jersey sales. The rest goes to the union, and some of that goes into a pool for all NFL players.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders suggested Monday that NFL players protesting police brutality should focus their protests on police officers on the sidelines of NFL games rather than kneeling during the national anthem.

“I think if this — the debate is really for them about police brutality they should probably protest the officers on the field who are protecting them instead of the American flag,” Sanders said.

She later clarified that she wasn’t suggesting people protest police, but was pointing out that it is inappropriate to protest the flag over their concerns.

“No, no that’s not what I’m saying. I was kind of pointing out the hypocrisy of the fact that if the goal is and the message is one of police brutality, then that doesn’t seem very appropriate to protest the American flag. I’m not sure how those two things would be combined,” Sanders said.

She also defended President Donald Trump’s remarks criticizing NFL players who kneel for the national anthem.

“This isn’t about the President being against anyone,” Sanders said. “This is about the President and millions of American being for something,” like “honoring our flag.”

Sanders then cited an op-ed by former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, who wrote that “what is right about America is worth defending, and if it’s worth defending then it’s worth honoring.”

Pressed about the President’s characterization of certain NFL players as “sons of bitches,” Sanders said she believes “it’s always appropriate for the President of the United States to defend our flag, to defend the national anthem and to defend” the men and women in the military who fought to defend what they stand for.

“We certainly respect the rights that people have,” Sanders said. “This is about the President being for respect in our country, through symbols like the American flag, like the national anthem.”

The rancor began Friday evening, when Trump used an expletive to describe players who took part in protesting the anthem during a campaign rally in Alabama. He threw gasoline on the flames Saturday and Sunday, writing on Twitter that the league was suffering a decline in viewership because of the political protests.

His remarks struck many as stoking racial resentments because the players he criticized were black and their protests were meant to highlight racial injustice. But Trump told reporters his objections had nothing to do with race.

Copperhead snake bites woman multiple times inside LongHorn Steakhouse

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. – A Virginia mother is recovering after a copperhead snake bit her as she walked into a LongHorn Steakhouse in Spotsylvania County earlier this month.

Rachel Myrick was with her 13-year-old son, her boyfriend, friends and family at the time of the September 12 incident, according to WTVR. Myrick was in the restaurant’s foyer when the roughly 8-inch-long snake struck, biting her three times in the foot and toes.

“I freaked out,” Myrick told The Free Lance-Star.

The mother, who was wearing sandals, initially thought she had been stung by a bee, but she quickly realized the excruciating pain in her left foot was more serious.

“I got bit! I got bit!” she recalled yelling.

“There was no question what it was,” said boyfriend Michael Clem – it was a copperhead snake.

Rachel Myrick and Michael Clem with CBS 6 reporter Melissa Hipolit

Clem called the rescue squad as Myrick stood crying and screaming in disbelief.

“They say that your life can change in a moment … and they’re absolutely correct,” she said.

LongHorn Steakhouse spokesperson Hunter Robinson told WTVR by email that as soon as the restaurant was made aware of the situation they also contacted 911 and assisted Myrick.

“Our primary concern is for the wellbeing of Ms. Myrick and we want to provide any assistance we can,” Robinson wrote.

Once paramedics arrived, Myrick was transported to Mary Washington Hospital.

Myrick was released from the hospital on Sunday. The bites caused swelling that spread past her knee, and also some swelling on her hip and left thigh.

Courtesy: Rachel Myrick

Now using crutches, Myrick faces a three-month recovery.

“There’s very little that I can do. I can’t work. I can’t take my kids anywhere,” she said.

As for how the copperhead got in the restaurant’s foyer, Robinson said they are still investigating.

“This was a highly unusual incident, and we are working with our facilities team to see how this may have occurred and we are taking steps to prevent it from happening again,” said Robinson.

Copperheads are one of three venomous snakes found in Virginia, but are the only species found in every county, according to the Virginia Herpetological Society.  Wildlife experts said their bites are typically not fatal to humans but can be very painful.  If you are bitten, you should get medical attention immediately.