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    Tulsa’s Crime Prevention Network kicks off a new program Wednesday morning, dubbed “Coffee With Cops.” The inaugural event will feature a chance to speak with TPD Chief Chuck Jordan. CPN is a non-profit which runs programs like Crime Stoppers and Alert Neighbors. Its executive director is former city councilor Karen Gilbert, who was chosen to lead CPN last September. “We’re super excited that (for) our very first ‘Coffee With Cops,’ our special guest will be Police Chief Chuck Jordan. He’s agreed to come out and be here so that people, residents of Tulsa, can come by and have a cup of coffee with him and share their concerns with him,” she told KRMG Monday. “There’s no agenda for the program, all we want is for people to swing by our office and meet and greet with Chuck Jordan.” The event runs from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. at the CPN office, which is located on the ground floor of Promenade Mall (41st and Yale), at the west end. Gilbert says they plan to make this an ongoing program. The coffee is free, thanks to Chick-Fil-A which is sponsoring the event along with CPN. 
  • An apparent dispute between employees of a Tulsa salvage yard turned deadly Thursday afternoon. KRMG was told the men were employees of Superior Salvage, though the incident actually took place across the street in a parking lot. Witnesses said one man had a knife, the other a gun - however, TPD lead homicide detective Sgt. Brandon Watkins could not confirm the presence of a second weapon. He did tell KRMG at the scene that the shooter was lawfully in possession of a gun. “The one who did the shooting, he did have a concealed carry permit on him, yes,” Watkins said. However, he added, that doesn’t mean the investigation’s over. “We’ve got to figure out what happened first,” he said adding that a concealed carry permit “is not a ‘get out of jail free’ card.” As of late Thursday afternoon, no names had been released by police. This was the third homicide in Tulsa in about 16 hours, but as Watkins noted, they were completely unrelated. “Couldn’t be more unrelated,” he said.
  • In August of 1920, the center of the political universe in the United States became Nashville, Tennessee - because that’s where the decision on whether woman would win the right to vote in all local and national elections in the nation would be made. Thirty-five states had ratified the 19th Amendment, so one more was needed to reach the ¾ majority of states needed (there were 48 states at the time). A book called “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote” by Eileen Weiss, published in March of 2018, came out in paperback this month. [Hear our full interview with Eileen Weiss here, or click the player below] Weiss uses a narrative style to tell a story that is essentially a political thriller. It’s history, but reads more like a novel with well-drawn characters and plenty of drama. Anyone looking for an interesting, insightful read for National Women’s History Month need look no further.
  • Dozens of Tulsans gathered at the Islamic Society of Tulsa Friday afternoon to send a message of support to the local Muslim community. Many carried signs calling for an end to “othering” and the violence perpetrated on people for their religious beliefs. As members of the mosque exited their Friday prayers, several were surprised to see the crowd gathered outside. One young lady, who identified herself as Nora, told KRMG they were tears of happiness, on a day when there had been all too many tears of grief. “Forty-nine people died...it hurts,” she said. “So when you see people who want to mend the pain a little bit, it makes you cry. Well, it made me cry.” Rev. Chris Moore of Fellowship Congregational Church in Tulsa said he helped organize the event, and sadly, didn’t even have to make signs. He still had some left from previous vigils, including one held in the wake of the recent massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.  “We reject the language of white supremacy, we reject the ethos of ‘othering’ that seems to be going on very heavily. We reject this notion that there are some people who count and other people that don’t count. That is so prevalent now, not only in our political language, but that bleeds into everything else, that it needs to be identified, and lifted up, and rejected.” Rev. Shelby Scott is rector at Saint Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Broken Arrow. He told KRMG he and members of his church have had “many interesting dialogues and relationships and dinners together” with the Islamic community. “As people of goodwill and faith, we need to stand together,” he told KRMG. “I have great love and respect for our Islamic community.” Several members of the Muslim community went around to the people gathered, thanking them individually. And many, perhaps, shared the sentiment Nora expressed. “This definitely made me feel a lot better.”
  • Documentaries produced by Jenks High School students won a number of prizes in this year’s C-SPAN StudentCam competition. A Broken Arrow student also won an honorable mention. This year’s theme was “What Does it Mean to be American? Choose a constitutional right, national characteristic, or historic event and explain how it defines the American experience.” The annual contest is sponsored by the C-SPAN Education Foundation.  The following information comes from a news release sent to KRMG (click on the title of each documentary to watch): Jonathan Godfrey and Jackson Cropper will receive $1,500 as second prize winners for their documentary, 'Forging a Path: Striving to Become a More Perfect Union,' about equal opportunity. Their winning video will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. ET and throughout the day on April 15. Raley Weeks and Michael Thompson will receive $1,500 as second prize winners for their documentary, 'The American Rat Race.' Their winning video will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. ET and throughout the day on April 3. Matthew Murrie will receive $1,500 as a second prize winner for the documentary, 'Our Selfless Arms,' about sacrifice as a national characteristic. The winning video will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. ET and throughout the day on April 11. Halle Frieden and Grace Mills will receive $750 as third prize winners for their documentary, 'The Epic of America,' about the American dream. Summer DeWeese will receive $750 as a third prize winner for the documentary, 'Soup or Salad and What it Means to be an American.'  Charlotte Suttee will receive $250 as an honorable mention winner for the documentary, 'The United Individuals of America,' about American individualism.  Anderson Acebo, Max Trost and Justin Blevins will receive $250 as honorable mention winners for their documentary, 'Nothing Small About Small Businesses.'  Destiny Sevrinus and Emily Alley will receive $250 as honorable mention winners for their documentary, 'Materialism.'  The following student from Broken Arrow High School has won an honorable mention prize: Chloe Dean will receive $250 dollars for the documentary, 'America and All Its Voices.
  • When MODUS first began operating as a branch of Youth Services of Tulsa, the goal was to provide rides for young Tulsans who need to get to important destinations. “About 15 to 20 percent of young people in Tulsa lack the transportation to the medical and social services that they need to get to to succeed,” MODUS Executive Director Leslie Neal told KRMG Monday. “So, that could be counseling sessions, that could be doctor’s appointments, that could be job training, certain educational opportunities, and so on.” But, Neal says, she soon learned that those rides were providing more than just transportation. For some of those young people, it was one of the few indications they had that someone cares enough to help them. [Hear the full interview with MODUS Executive Director Leslie Neal HEHear the full interview with MODUS Executive Director Leslie Neal HERERE] “They know that someone is taking time out of their day to go show them that they care about that youth, and go pick them up from their house to make sure that they get to where they need to go,” she said. “It increases the likelihood that that person’s going to continue to go back to those services, because they know someone is sitting there waiting, and making sure that they get there.” For adults seeking a volunteer opportunity, MODUS might be a good fit - especially for those who don’t have a lot of spare time. “It’s kind of a micro-volunteering opportunity, if you will,” Neal told KRMG. “It could take about 30 minutes to complete a trip for a young person, but it could make a world of difference for this youth, who otherwise would not be able to access services.” MODUS has also gone to TPS high schools to teach them about using the Tulsa Transit system, an effort that Neal says led to a major boost in the use of public transportation by students. In the future, she hopes to establish programs for other demographics, including people who are physically unable to drive.
  • Tulsa’s Gathering Place opened six months ago, and in that time it has already gained an international reputation. KRMG sat down with Park Director Tony Moore and Director of Marketing Katie Bullock to get their take on those first months, and some background on what Tulsans can expect next. [Hear the full interview with Tony Moore and Katie Bullock of Tulsa’s Gathering Place HERE] The short answer is - quite a bit. Beginning with a number of events planned for Spring Break, and a musical festival featuring Oklahoma musicians, the plan moving forward includes a full calendar of events and activities which the team hopes will become annual traditions in themselves. Pet lovers will be glad to hear about “Dog Day Wednesdays,” with more details coming soon. And the park continues to work on addressing parking and traffic issues, the only real area of concern for most customers. “We’re working with some initiatives with the city,” Moore told KRMG. “We’re close, I’m not in a position to say yet until it’s inked and dried. But we’re working on some additional parking options, and we’re also rethinking the satellite parking.” Moore said all the upcoming events and festivities will remain free of charge. “Thank you to the City of Tulsa,” he added, “thanks to George Kaiser Family Foundation, thanks to all the eighty donors that gave to make this a free experience for Tulsans and for Oklahomans.”
  • Tulsa has a long and storied reputation when it comes to top-notch musical talent. Saturday, March 9th that tradition gets another boost with the presentation of the 2nd Annual We Are Tulsa Music Awards. Co-founder Ryan Paquette tells KRMG despite all the legendary names that have come out of Tulsa haven’t meant a lot of attention from record companies for artists in the area. “A lot of these A&R (artists and repertoire) guys will fly over us, they never stop here,” he said Wednesday. “The left and right coast, they just don’t... the light is not shined here any more.” But it’s possible the WATMAs could change that trend. “It was interesting, I was looking at the ticket orders,” Paquette said. “We’ve got Bungalow Records, we’ve got Sony, we’ve got A&R reps from Nashville. And I’m kinda leaking this out to all the musicians, saying ‘guys, guess what? They’re coming, they’re looking again.” [Hear the full interview with Ryan Paquette and Andrew Mikus of We Are Tulsa Music Awards here, or click on the player below] The 2019 show is at the IDL Ballroom, doors at 6:00 p.m., show at 7:00 p.m. Expect to see a red carpet, and fashions ranging from tuxedos and formal gowns to heavy metal drag - and pretty much anything in between. The show will include six live performances, and video screens will help introduce the nominees to the audience. There will be more live music at the pre-party, which kicks off at Enso at 4:00 p.m., as well as the after party at the Unicorn Club. Advanced tickets are sold out, but there will be about two hundred “walk-up” tickets available. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  • Thursday afternoon, the 911 dispatch center in Tulsa began having problems with its phone system. TPD Public Information Officer Jeanne Pierce tells KRMG the calls connected, but the dispatchers could not hear, nor talk to, many of the callers. It affected callers in Tulsa, Tulsa County, and Sand Springs. AT&T was notified of the problem, and had the situation resolved within a couple of hours. But in the meantime authorities asked that people call the non-emergency numbers of area agencies for help. They are: Police: (918) 596-9222 Fire: (918) 596-9964 EMSA: (918) 596-3000 County: (918) 596-5601 It’s recommended that citizens have those numbers handy anyway, for non-emergency situations, as well as for outages like the one experienced Thursday.
  • First Lady Melania Trump’s office announced today she will visit an elementary school in Tulsa on Monday, March 4th. Contacted by KRMG, her communications coordinator declined to offer details on the visit, referring us to the press release issued this afternoon. Here’s what we received by email: The Office of the First Lady is today announcing Mrs. Trump’s participation in a three-state tour to Oklahoma, Washington State, and Nevada to promote the three pillars of her initiative Be Best, which includes the well-being of children, online safety, and opioid abuse. On Monday, March 4, the First Lady will travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma to visit an award-winning elementary school that focuses on incorporating character education throughout its curriculum. Mrs. Trump will then visit a tech company near Seattle, Washington to receive a tour and briefing on some of their programs and applications meant to teach children online safety, as well as technology innovations meant to help children with disabilities. On Tuesday, March 5, the First Lady will give remarks and participate in an opioids town hall in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Whether it is social media and technology or drug and alcohol abuse, children in our country and around the world are faced with many challenges,” stated First Lady Melania Trump. “Through Be Best I will continue to shine a spotlight on the well-being programs that provide children the tools and skills required for emotional, social and physical well-being and promote successful organizations, programs, and people who are helping children overcome some of the issues they face while growing up in the modern world.”
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    Russell Mills came to Tulsa in 1991 with an AA degree in Broadcast Journalism and a new family. He worked in local television for more than 20 years as a show producer, assignment editor, and online content director. He built one of the first television news websites in the country and helped pioneer streaming audio and video, especially as it related to weather and live news coverage on the Internet. Russell says working for KRMG fulfills a longtime dream. "I worked in newsrooms for a long, long time before finally getting the chance to get out and cover the news in person. I can't tell you how much I love doing just that -- driving toward the big story to talk to the people involved gets my adrenaline going like almost nothing else in life." Russell grew up in Bozeman, Montana then spent several years as an "itinerant musician and restaurant worker," living in Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and California before finally starting college at 28 and discovering broadcasting as a possible career path. He is married to Shadia Dahlal, a nationally-known Middle Eastern Dancer and instructor, and has two stepchildren. You can connect with Russell via TwitterFacebook, or Linked In

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  • Tulsa’s Crime Prevention Network kicks off a new program Wednesday morning, dubbed “Coffee With Cops.” The inaugural event will feature a chance to speak with TPD Chief Chuck Jordan. CPN is a non-profit which runs programs like Crime Stoppers and Alert Neighbors. Its executive director is former city councilor Karen Gilbert, who was chosen to lead CPN last September. “We’re super excited that (for) our very first ‘Coffee With Cops,’ our special guest will be Police Chief Chuck Jordan. He’s agreed to come out and be here so that people, residents of Tulsa, can come by and have a cup of coffee with him and share their concerns with him,” she told KRMG Monday. “There’s no agenda for the program, all we want is for people to swing by our office and meet and greet with Chuck Jordan.” The event runs from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. at the CPN office, which is located on the ground floor of Promenade Mall (41st and Yale), at the west end. Gilbert says they plan to make this an ongoing program. The coffee is free, thanks to Chick-Fil-A which is sponsoring the event along with CPN. 
  • Apple is expected to announce Monday that it’s launching a video service that could compete with Netflix, Amazon and cable TV itself. It’s a long-awaited attempt from the iPhone maker, several years after Netflix turned “binge watching” into a worldwide phenomenon. The new video service is expected to have original TV shows and movies that reportedly cost Apple more than $1 billion — far less than Netflix and HBO spend every year. Also expected is a subscription service consisting of news, entertainment and sports bundled from newspapers and magazines. Apple is making the announcements at its Cupertino, California, headquarters during an event likely to be studded with Hollywood celebrities. The iPhone has long been Apple’s marquee product and main money maker, but sales are starting to decline. The company is pushing digital subscriptions as it searches for new growth. Making must-have TV shows and movies that are watchable on any device has propelled Netflix into a force in both Silicon Valley and Hollywood.
  • Special counsel Robert Mueller delivered the results of an investigation into possible collusion in the 2016 presidential election to Attorney General William Barr on Friday, ending a two-year saga that, at times, pitted the president against his own Justice Department.  >> Read more trending news  On Sunday, the Department of Justice delivered a summary to the House Judiciary Committee.  >> Barr: Mueller found no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy Update 10:25 p.m. EDT March 24: President Donald Trump was at Mar-a-Lago, his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, when he first learned the details of what Attorney General William Barr said in his summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report for Congress, according to the Associated Press. The AP cited White House spokesman Hogan Gidley, who briefed reporters aboard Air Force One as the president was flying back to Washington. “This is very good,” Gidley said the president told him. The president watched TV in his office aboard Air Force One and made phone calls according to CNN, which described the atmosphere during the flight as “jovial.” Update 8:25 p.m. EDT March 24: Vice President Mike Pence weighed in on Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Mueller report Sunday, issuing a statement calling the report “a total vindication of the President of the United States.” “After two years of investigation, and reckless accusations by many Democrats and members of the media, the Special Counsel has confirmed what President Trump said (all) along; there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election,” Pence said. “This total vindication of the President of the United States and our campaign should be welcomed by every American who cherishes the truth and the integrity of our elections,” he said. Update 7:45 p.m. EDT March 24: Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein called Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary on the Mueller report “inadequate.” Feinstein said in a statement Sunday that Barr’s summary “demonstrates why Congress needs to obtain the full report and underlying evidence.” She also said she’ll call on Barr to release the whole report and underlying material to Congress for proper Congressional oversight of the investigation. Feinstein said Barr was obviously biased in his summary of the report. “Mueller elected to describe the facts, leaving it to Attorney General Barr to decide whether the president committed a crime. However, months ahead of his nomination,  Barr wrote a 19-page memo concluding the president couldn’t commit obstruction, so it’s no surprise he reached the same conclusion now,” she said in the statement. Update 7:00 p.m. EDT March 24: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement on Attorney General William Barr’s summary of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s report. Pelosi and Schumer said Barr’s letter “raises as many questions as it answers.” The pair are calling for the Justice Department to release the full report. “The fact that Special Counsel Mueller’s report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public,” Schumer said on social media. The statement calls into question Barr’s ability to be objective about the Mueller report. “Given Mr. Barr’s public record of bias against the Special Counsel’s inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report,” according to Pelosi and Schumer’s statement. “And most obviously, for the president to say he is completely exonerated directly contradicts the words of Mr. Mueller and is not to be taken with any degree of credibility,” the statement said. Update 6:00 p.m. EDT March 24: The Mueller report is divided into two parts, according to the summary Attorney General William Barr sent to Congress Sunday. The first part of the report describes the Mueller team’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and outlines Russia’s attempts to influence the election, including the crimes committed by people associated with the Russian government, Barr said. A primary focus for the Mueller team was whether any Americans, and specifically associates of President Donald Trump, worked with the Russians in interfering with the election, which would be a federal crime. “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” according to the Mueller report. >> Related: Mueller report: Trump claims 'Complete and Total’ exoneration The second part of the report, according to Barr’s summary, focuses on whether Trump obstructed justice.  The Mueller report leaves “unresolved whether the president’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction,” Barr said in his summary. “While the report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” on obstruction allegations, Barr said. Mueller left a decision on obstruction of justice charges against Trump to the Justice Department. Barr confirmed he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided that Trump’s conduct did not constitute a crime. >> Related: What is in the Mueller report? Update 5:20 p.m. EDT March 24: The Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler, responded to President Donald Trump’s statement Sunday afternoon that the Mueller report offered him “complete and total exoneration.” Nadler disputed Trump’s characterization of the report, clarifying what Mueller actually said in the report. “The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,’” Nadler said Nadler also confirmed his plan to call Attorney General William Barr to testify before the committee. “In light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department following the Special Counsel report, where Mueller did not exonerate the President, we will be calling Attorney General Barr in to testify before (the House Judiciary Committee) in the near future, Nadler said on Twitter. Update 5:10 p.m. EDT March 24: Attorney General William Barr detailed the resources special prosecutor Robert Mueller used during his two-year investigation in his summary of the report to Congress. Barr said the Mueller team “employed 19 lawyers who were assisted by a team of approximately 40 FBI agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants, and other professional staff. The Special Counsel issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, obtained more than 230 orders for communication records, issued almost 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, made 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses.” Barr said Mueller’s report also does not recommend any further indictments. Update 4:50 p.m. EDT March 24: President Donald Trump and members of his administration feel vindicated by the Mueller report. Trump just sent his first tweet on the report since Robert Mueller sent it to the Justice Department on Friday. “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!,” the president wrote. His press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued this statement after Attorney General William Barr sent a summary of Mueller’s report to Congress Sunday afternoon. 'The Special Counsel did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction. AG Barr and DAG Rosenstein further determined there was no obstruction. The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States.” Update 4:15 p.m. EDT March 24: The summary included these points: -The investigation by special prosecutor Robert Mueller did not find President Donald Trump or any of his campaign team coordinated with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, according to a summary Attorney General William Barr sent to Congress Sunday. -The probe also did not find sufficient evidence that the president illegally obstructed justice, but the Mueller team stopped short of exonerating the president, according to The Associated Press.  -Barr’s summary said Mueller did not reach any conclusions on the president’s conduct. -Barr also said in the summary that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein did not consider constitutional questions relating to criminal charges against a sitting president in reaching their conclusion, the AP reported. UPDATE 3:30 p.m. EDT March 24: Rep. Jerry Nadler said the Department of Justice issued a letter saying it is “determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgement” in terms of the findings in the report. Related: What is in the Mueller report? Nadler tweeted quotes from the letter, which can be read in full here. UPDATE March 24 3:10 p.m. EDT: Congress has been told to expect a Mueller report summary with in the hour, The Associated Press reported, according to two unnamed sources familiar with plans from the Justice Department. UPDATE 2:30 p.m. EDT: President Donald Trump has been relatively quiet leading up to the release of the report, according to The Associated Press. Sources not authorized to speak publicly claim Trump is relieved no new indictments have come from the probe. The AP reported that Trump has been in Palm Beach, Florida, over the weekend, golfing and spending time with family. He’s also been less engaged on Twitter, only posting “Good Morning, Have A Great Day!” and “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Sunday morning. UPDATE 9 p.m. EDT March 23:  Attorney General William Barr scoured special counsel Robert Mueller’s confidential report on the Russia investigation with his advisers Saturday, deciding how much Congress and the American public will get to see about the two-year probe into President Donald Trump and Moscow’s efforts to elect him, according to The Associated Press. Barr was on pace to release his first summary of Mueller’s findings on Sunday, people familiar with the process said. UPDATE 1:50 p.m. EDT March 23: Congress will not receive a summary of Mueller’s findings  Saturday, multiple media outlets have reported. The Washington Post cited a “senior Justice Department official” for this information, while Politico tweeted that “two sources familiar with the discussion” confirmed the news. President Trump flew Friday to his Mar-a-Lago resort with senior White House officials and lawyers, The Washington Post reported. Original report: The delivery of the report to Barr officially concludes the probe that has cast a shadow over the Trump administration from its earliest days. >> Read more trending news  Trump, who flew to Florida on Friday, has not yet commented on the report. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House would not be seeing the report -- at least not for now. Barr, in a one-page letter, told Congressional leaders he would be able to advise them of the “principal conclusions” of the report as soon as this weekend. In the letter, Barr confirmed that there was no requests made by Mueller to take a specific action – such as subpoenaing a witness – that was not granted by the DOJ. “There were no such instances during the Special Counsel’s investigation.' Related: Read the letter William Barr sent to members of Congress It is up to Barr how much of the report Congress or the public will be able to see. Trump has said he would not care if the report was released to the public. According to an anonymous DOJ source, there will be no further indictments born out of the investigation, meaning Mueller’s work is done. Related: Who has Robert Mueller already indicted in his investigation? Since the investigation began in May of 2017, Mueller’s team of prosecutors has indicted or accepted plea deals from 35 people. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, issued a joint statement, saying “it is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress. . . . The American people have a right to the truth.” The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • As you age, cognitive health is key. According to a new report, there are foods that can keep your brain in tiptop shape at any age. Researchers from the National University of Singapore’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine recently completed a study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, to determine the association between mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and mushrooms.  MCI is defined as “the stage between the cognitive decline of normal aging and the more serious decline of dementia,” the authors said in a statement. People with MCI may exhibit memory loss and forgetfulness or have trouble with their language, attention and visual perception abilities.  For the assessment, the team examined 600 Chinese adults, over the age of 60, for six years. They tracked their diets, conducted interviews and administered standard neuropsychological tests, which measures a person’s cognitive abilities. >> Related: Sleep deprivation could cause the brain to eat itself After analyzing the results, they found eating mushrooms proved to be beneficial. In fact, those who consume more than two standard portions of mushrooms weekly may have a 50 percent reduced chance of having MCI. A portion was defined as three quarters of a cup of cooked mushrooms. “This correlation is surprising and encouraging. It seems that a commonly available single ingredient could have a dramatic effect on cognitive decline,” co-author Feng Lei said. They noted six mushrooms in the study: golden, oyster, shiitake, white button, dried and canned mushrooms. However, they said other types may also have positive effects. The scientists believe there is a specific compound in all mushroom varieties that reduce the prevalence of MCI.  “We’re very interested in a compound called ergothioneine (ET),” he said. “ET is a unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which humans are unable to synthesize on their own. But it can be obtained from dietary sources, one of the main ones being mushrooms.” >> Related: Mushrooms may fight off aging, study says The analysts said other compounds in mushrooms may also be advantageous.  The team now plans to test the effects of the pure compound of ET and other plant-based ingredients. They hope to identify other foods that could be linked with healthy brain aging and reduced risk of age-related conditions. 
  • A long-range rocket launched from the Gaza Strip hit a residential building in central Israel on Monday, injuring at least seven people -- including two infants -- The Times of Israel reported. It was the farthest rocket attack since the 2014 Gaza war, Reuters reported. The rocket landed in the town of Mishmeret, located 50 miles from the Gaza Strip, The Times of Israel reported. Emmanuel Nahshon, the spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, said the home in Mishmeret was hit by a rocket from Gaza. There was no confirmation from Palestinian spokesmen, Reuters reported. The attack comes 10 days after rockets were fired toward Tel Aviv, according to The Associated Press. 

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  • Without enough votes from Republicans in the Congress, Democrats in the House are expected to fall short on Tuesday in their bid to override President Donald Trump's veto of a plan which would block his national emergency declaration from funneling billions of dollars from the Pentagon to construction of a wall along the southern border with Mexico. While both the House and Senate approved the plan to reverse the President's emergency declaration, neither chamber had enough votes for a veto override, which will allow Mr. Trump to move money around within military construction accounts in the Pentagon, shifting at least $3.6 billion from that funding into a border wall. 'The Republicans in the House voted overwhelmingly in favor of a secure border,' the President said when he vetoed the resolution earlier this month. 'Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution - I have the duty to veto it,' Mr. Trump added. 'Whether we can succeed with the number of votes is not the point,' said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 'We are establishing the intent of Congress,' as Democrats argue the President is wrongly defying the Legislative Branch, and its spending decisions on the border wall. 'Both Houses of Congress, in a bipartisan way, sent him a bill that said this is how we’ll address border security,' the Speaker told reporters. 'He defied the Constitution with his action.' Still not spelled out by the Trump Administration is what military construction projects would lose money in order to funnel extra money to a border wall. The Pentagon last week gave lawmakers a 21 page document which listed dozens of projects that could lose money - but officials repeatedly emphasized that no decisions had been made on exactly what projects might see their money stripped in order to fund the wall. “I hope they will take that into consideration before the vote to override the President’s veto,” said Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI). But even with questions still unanswered about what home state projects might be scrapped, Democrats have seemingly made no headway in driving a wedge between GOP lawmakers and the White House on the issue, as the Tuesday vote arrives in the House with no expectation that Democrats will come close to the needed two-thirds super majority.
  • A day after Congress was told the Mueller investigation had not found evidence of coordination or conspiracy involving Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 elections, a leading GOP Senator vowed to fully investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, arguing that President Donald Trump may have been the victim of overzealous investigators inside the Justice Department. 'The double standard here has been striking and quite frankly disappointing,' said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who told reporters at the Capitol on Monday morning that it's time to find out more about how the investigation began during the 2016 campaign, how it meshed with the probe into Hillary Clinton's emails, and whether there had been bias inside the Justice Department and FBI against President Trump. While Graham said he would conduct oversight via the Senate Judiciary Committee, the South Carolina Republican also said he wants a more formal review by the Justice Department, and U.S. Attorney General William Barr. 'What I want to do is see if he'll appoint a Special Counsel,' Graham said, as he argued that President Trump had been unfairly targeted. Graham said he would look at the role of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch - who tried to step back from the Clinton email investigation, which led to the broader involvement of former FBI Director James Comey. 'What was the conflict that made Loretta Lynch so unable to preside over the Clinton email investigation?' Graham asked. While Graham ticked off the boxes of a series of questions which have dominated conservative talk radio over the past two years, the ally of the President made clear he agreed with the Mueller report findings on one very key issue - that the Russians were responsible for the hacking of the Democratic Party in 2016. “It was the Russians - it wasn’t some 300 pound guy sitting on a bed somewhere,” Graham said, making reference to a quote by President Trump, who at times has rejected assertions that Russian Intelligence was responsible for the hacking of emails from Clinton campaign and DNC officials. Graham said he also wanted answers on how the Obama Administration handled the initial developments in the Russia investigation - which came during the 2016 campaign. 'Nobody went to President Trump to tell him, there may be some people in your orbit that are connected to the Russians and working with the Russians,' Graham said at a news conference. At the White House, President Trump kept his comments limited about the Mueller report, saying he would not oppose the release of the details of the report, if that’s what Attorney General Barr wants to do. Asked during an event in the Oval Office whether the Special Counsel had done his job honorably, Mr. Trump responded: 'Yes, he did.' “I wish it could have gone a lot sooner, a lot quicker,” the President added.
  • A day after the outlines of the Special Counsel investigation were delivered to the Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court kept alive one part of the Russia probe, refusing to hear arguments in the so-called 'Mystery Case' involving an unknown foreign company owned by an unidentified foreign government, which is trying to get out of a subpoena for grand jury testimony involving the Mueller investigation. In a simple order issued by the Justices on Monday morning, the Court refused to allow arguments on efforts to block the grand jury subpoena, in a case which has proceeded with dramatic secrecy through the courts over the past few months. 'The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied,' the order stated, in the case officially known as 'In Re Grand Jury Subpoena.' The unidentified company has argued that federal laws don't allow foreign governments or businesses to be ensnared in criminal cases in the U.S. - while the involvement of prosecutors from the Special Counsel's office was finally revealed in recent weeks, it's still not clear what company, what country, or what information is at play in this grand jury subpoena fight. The lack of information about the case has left legal experts grasping for clues - and now with the Mueller investigation wrapping up its work - it’s not clear how long legal battles like this one over testimony will continue in the courts. The unknown company at the center of this dispute has been paying a fine of $50,000 for every day that it does not comply with the grand jury subpoena for information. It’s been estimated those legal penalties topped $2 million in late February, and would continue to mount with today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Armed with his Attorney General's summary of a lengthy report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, President Donald Trump was up early on Monday morning celebrating the findings of that probe, joining GOP lawmakers in Congress in declaring that his campaign had been cleared of any questions of wrongdoing. 'The Special Counsel did not find that the Trump Campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian Government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump Campaign,' the President tweeted early on Monday, quoting from a letter sent Sunday by Attorney General William Barr to Congress. The four page letter from Barr - summarizing the findings of the Mueller investigation - found no conspiracy existed between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, even as Russian intelligence hacked Democratic Party emails, and 'despite multiple. offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.' 'But as noted above, the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts,' the letter from Barr noted. In Congress, Republican lawmakers gleefully joined the President in heralding the findings, trying their best to undercut any ongoing efforts by Democrats to further dig into the details of the Mueller report - which the Attorney General said he would strive to make as much public as possible in the weeks and months ahead. 'There was NO collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump or his campaign,' said Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK). 'Facts trump the liberal circus, every time,' said Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA). 'Democrats in Congress should follow his lead and allow the President to govern as he was elected by the American people to do,' said Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL). 'After two years the case is closed.' As for Democrats, they quickly dug into the details of the Barr letter and focused on getting the details of the Mueller report made public, zeroing in on Barr's description that Mueller had made no conclusions about whether President Trump had obstructed during the Russia investigation. 'The Special Counsel states that 'while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,'' Barr quoted the Mueller findings. 'There must be full transparency in what Special Counsel Mueller uncovered to not exonerate the President from wrongdoing,' said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the head of the House Judiciary Committee, who vowed to press for more documents and hearings about the Mueller investigation. 'Questions remain related to evidence of obstruction of the investigation into Russian election interference,' said Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL). The findings - as related by the Attorney General on Sunday - clearly made any chance of impeachment proceedings against the President in Congress much less of a possibility, both easing the political pressure on Mr. Trump, and at the same time giving him a public boost which his campaign quickly jumped on for supporters. The President was already scheduled to take his message on the road for a campaign rally on Thursday in Michigan.
  • Attorney General William Barr told Congress on Sunday that a sweeping investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of coordination between Russian Intelligence and the Trump Campaign in 2016, as Barr said there was not enough evidence to pursue allegations of obstruction of justice against President Donald Trump, though Mueller left open that question in his report. In a four page letter summarizing the major findings of the Mueller investigation, the Attorney General said, 'the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.' On the question of whether the President obstructed justice by impeding the investigation into the underlying matter, Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had concluded from the Mueller findings that, 'the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.' Republicans said the Barr summary showed the investigation had found nothing which could lead to the President's prosecution or impeachment. 'No collusion and no obstruction,' said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 'The cloud hanging over President Trump has been removed by this report.' The White House immediately declared victory as well. “The Special Counsel did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction,” said Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a statement.  “Attorney General Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein further determined there was no obstruction. The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States,” Sanders told reporters. While the letter was immediately hailed by Republicans as the end of the investigation, it also left Democrats with some tantalizing tidbits which they are sure to pursue on the obstruction issue, specifically one line cited by the Attorney General in his Sunday letter to the Congress. 'The Special Counsel states that 'while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,'' the Attorney General wrote, in quoting the Mueller report’s section about the issue of obstruction of justice. 'Special Counsel Mueller clearly and explicitly is not exonerating the President, and we must hear from AG Barr about his decision making and see all the underlying evidence for the American people to know all the facts,' said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Other Democrats also made clear they want more than just the four page summary written by the Attorney General, as Nadler vowed to bring Attorney General Barr in for hearings. You can read the full four page letter from Attorney General Barr at this link. As for the possibility of the Mueller report being made public, Barr told Congress in his letter that he would still try to err on the side of transparency. “I am mindful of the public interest in this matter. For that reason, my goal and intent is to release as much of the Special Counsel's report as I can consistent with applicable law, regulations, and Departmental policies,” Barr wrote.