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LOCAL

*Ferguson police issued an Endangered SILVER Advisory Alert for a missing 65-year-old man named Larry M. “Mike” Scherffius.  Reports say he has epilepsy and severe seizures and the mental capacity of a 12-year-old.  He also needs to take multiple medications.

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*It's Give STL Day, a 24-hour, online giving event. The minimum donation requirement is $10.  The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours & to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible. 100% of the donation is tax deductible!  Between now and 8:59am donors who contribute can win Cardinals tickets.


FYI: For Lunch and Dinner go to any Sybergs or Helen Fitzgeralds to help the Gateway Pet Guardians. They will have adoptable dogs at the door to greet you as well as a donation station at each location….10% of the food sales from all locations will be donated to Gateway Pet Guardians  

https://www.givestlday.org

NATIONAL

*California School Shooting Plot Is Thwarted-

An alert student has prevented a mass shooting in Calexico, California.  The unnamed student went to the principal on Friday to report hearing of a plot to mass murder people at the school. Police responded immediately and several students confirmed the rumor.  Police said 3 students had created a well thought out, very specific plan, all have since been arrested!  Police say bullying may have been a factor, but that it’s no excuse for planning to take lives. Great Job to the student who spoke up!

Source: KYMA


U.S. Military Will Graduate Two Transgender Troops-

The U.S. military’s lack of policy is sidelining two transgender cadets.

The two cadets will be able to graduate from their military academies but will not be allowed to serve. Transgender students at the Army and Air Force academies will be allowed to graduate after passing exams but will not be permitted to be commissioned, because the Pentagon has not yet established procedures for accepting new transgender troops.

Source: WTSP


*During Wednesday's meeting between President Trump and Russian diplomats, a photographer for the Russian state-owned news agency was allowed into the Oval Office, which has former U.S. intelligence officials concerned about a possible security breach.  Officials believe surveillance or listening devices could have been smuggled into the Oval Office while hidden in cameras or other electronics. The questions from the former intelligence officials emerged after photos of the Trump meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov began appearing online.

 (The Washington Post)

Russia’s Putin Reacts To Comey Firing Then Plays Hockey-

It appears that FBI Director James Comey’s firing is not really news for Vladimir Putin.

As he was preparing to take the ice for a hockey game, Putin was asked to comment on the U.S. development. The leader said the firing will have "no effect" on U.S.-Russia relations. It's the Russian president's first remarks since Comey was relieved of his duties Tuesday by President Trump. Putin told CBS News "we have nothing to do with that." Putin added President Trump is acting in accordance with his competence with his law and Constitution.

Putin then hit the ice with hockey fans for a game. 

Source: CBS News


Lifestyle

Vermont May Be The Newest State To Okay Recreational Marijuana Use-

Yet another state is poised to become a “weed” state.

Lawmakers in Vermont have approved legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. They now become the first legislative body in the country to approve such a bill. The eight other states, and Washington, D.C., had their laws get on the books through voter referendum.

The bill passed the state house Wednesday and had already been approved by the Senate. The Green Mountain State measure now goes to the desk of Republican Governor Phil Scott. The first term Republican governor has repeatedly has expressed concerns about marijuana and highway safety. He has the choice to sign the bill, veto the bill, or allow it to become law without his signature. Scott has declined to say what he will do.

Source: USA Today


Microsoft Unveils A Watch To Help Parkinson’s Patients-

Microsoft unveiled a prototype watch that can calm tremors stemming from Parkinson's disease.  The Emma Watch vibrates in a certain way to disrupt the feedback loop between the brain and hand during shaking.   While only a prototype, the watch's designers are working with neuroscientists to start trials with people suffering from the disease. The watch uses sensors and artificial intelligence to monitor symptoms.

Source: Mashable


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