CBS News reporter helps owner find $40,000 in lost jewelry

Ever leave a phone charger or favorite book behind at an airport? How about tens of thousands of dollars in jewelry?



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That’s what one traveler would have experienced this week if it hadn’t been for the kind actions of CBS News reporter Omar Villafranca. On Friday, Villafranca came across a box containing $40,000 worth of jewelry in a restroom at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

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“It felt heavy and when I opened the box I thought, oh my, like this is somebody’s — this is expensive,” Villafranca said.

Initially, he tried taking the box to TSA but they sent him elsewhere.

“They wanted no part of it,” Villafranca said on “CBS This Morning: Saturday.” “So I took it to a gate agent at American Airlines in their terminal. And then I just took some pictures and tweeted on it.” 

Villafranca posted pictures of the box’s contents and the gate where it could be found. “Hoping that by doing this, it makes someone’s 2020 suck less,” Villafranca said in the post.

The owner of the jewelry was found, with the airport tweeting a shoutout to Villafranca for turning in the “box of bling.”

“When I saw that tweet from DFW, I thought, oh, my gosh, that’s crazy. Oh, my God, am I crazy?” Villafranca said.

Villafranca said he spoke with the box’s owner afterward.

“He’s a gentleman who lives in Missouri. He owns his own small business,” Villafranca said. “And he told me this is something he has been building up and buying, you know, over the years. This wasn’t just a ‘one big purchase.'”

The reporter left him with one message.

“He was very thankful, and I told him, ‘listen, pay it forward, if you can. This is all I’m asking. 2020 has been rough.'”

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A shot at life: Quincy’s Narcan model marks 10 years of saving, changing lives – News – Wicked Local

This October marks the 10th anniversary of the “Quincy Model,” a program that started with every Quincy police officer carrying the overdose-reversing drug Narcan. The Quincy Police Department was a pioneer in the U.S. for having its officers carry the life-saving drug, which was once out of reach for police but now is ubiquitous as an important tool in combating deadly overdoses.

First of three parts.

On Nov. 2, 2013, Downtown Crossing in Boston was full of revelers and cops. The Red Sox and their fans were celebrating a World Series victory with a parade, and police officers from cities and towns around Boston were in town to help with traffic, security and crowds.

During the celebration, a man suddenly was in desperate need of help. His girlfriend was overdosing, and he was looking for a cop. But not just any officer could help him. The man spotted exactly who he needed, a Quincy cop, and brushed past Boston police officers who were trying to help.

“He saw ‘Quincy police’ on one of the officers’ jackets. And he said, ‘Quincy police, you guys have Narcan,’” said Quincy police officer Gregg Hartnett, who was at the scene that day.

Hartnett and other officers rushed to help the woman and administered Narcan, a drug that reverses overdoses.

“And she came back up and grabbed onto my arm and said, ‘You saved my life,’” Hartnett said.

This October marks the 10th anniversary of the “Quincy Model,” a program in which every Quincy police officer carries Narcan, and has since evolved to include a constellation of services aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic.

The Quincy Police Department was a pioneer in the U.S. for having its officers carry the life-saving drug, which was once out of reach for police but is now ubiquitous as an important tool in combating deadly overdoses.

Narcan, a brand name for naloxone, is credited with saving hundreds of lives in Quincy over the past decade. Word spread quickly that Quincy officers carried the life-saving drug, and Detective Lt. Patrick Glynn, head of the city’s drug unit, became an evangelist for what was later dubbed the Quincy Model by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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“When the program first started, one of our officers was pulled over in a marked cruiser driving down Sea Street in front of the station. There was a car behind him beeping their horn and flashing their headlights, and the officer pulled over,” Glynn said.

“‘What is this, opposite day? You’re pulling me over?’ the officer said. The guy said, ‘My buddy’s in the back seat overdosing. I know you have Narcan.’”

An epidemic

In 2008 and 2009, Quincy and the state Department of Public Health noticed an alarming uptick in the number of overdoses, primarily caused by

CBS News reporter helps owner find $40,000 in lost jewelry at Dallas airport

Ever leave a phone charger or favorite book behind at an airport? How about tens of thousands of dollars in jewelry?

That’s what one traveler would have experienced this week if it hadn’t been for the kind actions of CBS News reporter Omar Villafranca. On Friday, Villafranca came across a box containing $40,000 worth of jewelry in a restroom at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

“It felt heavy and when I opened the box I thought, oh my, like this is somebody’s — this is expensive,” Villafranca said.

Initially, he tried taking the box to TSA but they sent him elsewhere.

“They wanted no part of it,” Villafranca said on “CBS This Morning: Saturday.” “So I took it to a gate agent at American Airlines in their terminal. And then I just took some pictures and tweeted on it.” 

Villafranca posted pictures of the box’s contents and the gate where it could be found. “Hoping that by doing this, it makes someone’s 2020 suck less,” Villafranca said in the post.

The owner of the jewelry was found, with the airport tweeting a shoutout to Villafranca for turning in the “box of bling.”

“When I saw that tweet from DFW, I thought, oh, my gosh, that’s crazy. Oh, my God, am I crazy?” Villafranca said.

Villafranca said he spoke with the box’s owner afterward.

“He’s a gentleman who lives in Missouri. He owns his own small business,” Villafranca said. “And he told me this is something he has been building up and buying, you know, over the years. This wasn’t just a ‘one big purchase.'”

The reporter left him with one message.

“He was very thankful, and I told him, ‘listen, pay it forward, if you can. This is all I’m asking. 2020 has been rough.'”

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Two men convicted in 2017 Hinsdale jewelry store robbery | News – State & Regional – Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — Two Illinois men stole more than $200,000 in merchandise from a Hinsdale jewelry store in 2017, a federal jury decided this week.

According to the office of U.S. Attorney John Lausch, Jr., 26-year-old Tobias Diggs and 31-year-old Joshua McClellan were convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, transportation of stolen goods and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

A federal judge has not yet scheduled a date to determine their sentences.

Authorities said two other people participated in the robbery. A warrant has been issued for a 42-year-old man from Chicago, who is considered a fugitive, and the fourth person has not been identified.

Lausch’s office said evidence presented during the six-day trial showed Diggs pointed a gun at a woman who was working at Razny Jewelers during the robbery. Diggs also hit the woman with the weapon and dragged her by her hair to a back room, prosecutors said.

Diggs and two others then entered the store’s safe and took the jewelry.

Lausch’s office said evidence at trial showed McClellan drove the group away from the store. Prosecutors also said the men tried to sell some of the stolen items in the Chicago area and in Atlanta.

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The Pandemic Shopping List: Dolls, Detergent and Campers | Investing News

(Reuters) – Consumers have been snapping up everything from disinfectant wipes and robot vacuum cleaners to Barbie dolls and motorhomes over the last few months as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on and radically changes shopping habits.

Quarterly results from consumer products giants Procter & Gamble Co and Reckitt Benkiser this week showed demand for cleaning products, detergents and soaps remained robust, helping the companies beat sales expectations and lift their annual forecasts.

While consumers have been scrambling to get their hands on anything that could potentially slow the spread of the new coronavirus, they have also been spending on items that make living in the pandemic more manageable and comfortable.

iRobot Corp, the maker of Roomba autonomous vacuum cleaners, reported a 43% surge in quarterly revenue this week.

“Customers are prioritizing essentials that address safety and hygiene, as well as purchases that enhance life at home,” Daniel Binder, partner at Columbus Consulting, said.

Shoppers are also buying more toys to keep their children entertained. Mattel Inc’s Barbie dolls raked in over half-a-billion dollars in sales in the third quarter – the brand’s highest quarterly sales since 2003.

Americans eager to travel, but wary of hotels, restaurants and airplanes, are also spending on motorhomes. Recreational vehicle maker Winnebago Industries saw its revenue jump nearly 40% in the June-August quarter.

Mattel and P&G still expect demand growth in the holiday season, but concerns remain over the state of the U.S. economy and if Congress can pass another round of fiscal stimulus.

“Shoppers have been funding big-ticket purchases such as robot vacuums, home appliances and recreational homes with their vacation and entertainment budgets,” said Amar Singh, principal analyst at Kantar Consulting.

“However, these purchases will likely decline over the winter after government stimulus funds dries up and with the jobless rate still very high.”

(Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Editing by Sweta Singh, Bernard Orr)

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CDC director: UW-Madison COVID-19 testing, outbreak turnaround model for nation | Local News



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Dan Christensen, left, client services supervisor at UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, explains how a lab tube labeling machine works to Dr. Robert Redfield, center, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Tommy Thompson, right, interim UW System president.


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Expansion of COVID-19 testing at campuses like UW-Madison and a related drop in cases is a model for how to reduce spread of the coronavirus, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday during a visit to the university.

CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield joined interim UW System President Tommy Thompson in touring UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, which processes about 6,000 samples a week for the campus community and plans to double its capacity by January.

Weekly testing of students who live in dorms and of certain employees has helped the campus curb an outbreak in September, when hundreds of cases were reported and about 10% of students tested positive, officials say. This month, the daily average has been about 1%.



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It appears that positive tests among students, many without symptoms, persuaded them to wear masks, avoid crowds, maintain distance from others and wash their hands, Redfield said.

“The universities, they seem to have figured out … how to use testing to reinforce behavior change,” said Redfield, whose son was a transplant surgeon and researcher at UW-Madison before leaving recently for the University of Pennsylvania. “We’re hoping more and more veterinary schools will step up … and help provide expanded testing capability.”

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Alibaba News Roundup: Global Shopping Fest Kickoff and U.S. SMEs’ Digital Transformation

The Alibaba News Roundup is a weekly digest of events and happenings across the company. This week, we look at what Alibaba Group’s ecosystem has in store for the 2020 11.11 Global Shopping Festival season and what differentiates this year’s event from previous years. Also covered are different initiatives from the group’s units to help small to medium-sized U.S. companies in both B2C and B2B sectors thrive globally in a new business environment.

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Global Shopping Festival Kicks Off with Presales; This Year Features Two Shopping Windows

On Wednesday, Alibaba kicked off the 2020 11.11 Global Shopping Festival. Now in its 12th year, the event will be bigger than ever, with more than 250,000 brands and 2 million newly debuting products. The company said global brand recovery will be a key focus of this year’s event, positioning the world’s largest shopping day as a catalyst for their recovery from the pandemic. An extension of the usual sales period by Alibaba’s B2C platforms, Tmall and Taobao, is expected to help achieve this goal. Presales started on Oct. 21. A first sales window will open on Nov. 1-3 ahead, giving SMEs more exposures and opportunities to reach customers, while customers have more time to browse and snatch up deals before Nov. 11, when the second sales window opens. Click here to read more about what to expect from this year’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival.

US Pitch Fest Winners Gear Up for Alibaba’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

The nine winners of Alibaba’s Go Global 11.11 Pitch Fest are gearing up for product launches at the upcoming shopping festival. The program was a low-cost, low-risk opportunity, high-profile way for U.S. medium-sized brands to leverage the Chinese market and fine-tune their strategies. To read more about their experiences, click here.

Cainiao Ramps Up Global Logistics Infrastructure for 11.11

Cainiao Network is gearing up for a huge surge in demand for parcel delivery during the Global Shopping Festival ­– the biggest such event in the world. But 11.11 is not just about numbers and buying products. Shorter delivery time is what completes a pleasant shopping experience, and that’s where Cainiao comes in. To handle a large number of orders, the logistics company is ramping up delivery operations, pre-stocking popular items in domestic and international warehouses and is adopting more artificial-intelligence technologies. For deliveries outside China, over 700 chartered flights will support about 90% of Cainiao’s parcel deliveries. That will shave 60% off delivery time for more than half of them, due to an algorithm that calculates and consolidates parcels directed to the same destination regardless of the location of their departure. For China-bound packages, Cainiao will operate 3,000 chartered flights and long-haul cargo ships to meet the rising demand for imported goods. The delivery-related upgrades come after Cainiao announced plans in June to ramp up investments to expand its global logistics network and slash delivery times over the next three

Sacrificed Llamas Found in Peru Were Likely a Gift From the Inca | Smart News

Four well-preserved llamas killed in South America more than 500 years ago hold clues to the religious and political practices of the Inca Empire, new research suggests.

As Alexandra Topping reports for the Guardian, archaeologists who studied the naturally mummified llamas and their surroundings think the animals were sacrificed as part of a display of generosity to another group of people who had just joined the empire. The findings are newly published in the journal Antiquity.

Per the paper, Inca people adorned the llamas with valuable materials before burying them alive alongside similarly decorated guinea pigs. Other artifacts found at the site, including large ovens, indicate that the sacrifice was part of a big celebration.

“The offerings likely were part of much larger feasts and gatherings, sponsored by the state,” says lead author Lidio Valdez, an archaeologist at the University of Calgary, in a statement. “The state befriended the local people with food and drink, cementing political alliances, whilst placing offerings allowed the Inca to claim the land as theirs.”

Archaeologists began excavating the site, an Inca administrative center in Tambo Viejo, Peru, in 2018. They learned that an important road from the Nazca Valley on Peru’s southern coast stopped at Tambo Viejo, in addition to discovering architectural features including a large plaza and a religious structure.

Per Science magazine’s Michael Price, radiocarbon dating of the llamas, which were naturally mummified by the dry air, suggests they were killed between 1432 and 1459—a time of expansion for the empire. Before about 1430, the Inca were concentrated in the area around the capital city of Cusco in the Peruvian Andes. After that, the civilization expanded, both peacefully and sometimes through violence, into a larger territory. Spanish colonial accounts report that the Inca peacefully annexed the Acari Valley, where Tambo Viejo is located, around the time the sacrifice took place.

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The llamas’ sacrifice was probably part of a large celebration.

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This isn’t the first recorded instance of Inca llama sacrifice, writes Garry Shaw for the Art Newspaper. Previously, however, researchers had only found the sacrificed creatures’ bones.

The valuable animals were second only to humans as gifts to the deities. Spanish accounts describe rituals in which Inca sacrificed 100 or more llamas at a time.

“Gifts could not be just anything, but something valuable to the Incas themselves,” Valdez tells the Art Newspaper. “So, llamas were one of the valuable items they had.”

The new findings show that the mummified llamas were heavily decorated with colorful strings; their faces were painted with red lines. The site of the sacrifice also contained the orange feathers of tropical birds and black lima beans.

“This is the first of its kind. There is nothing comparable,” Valdez tells Gizmodo’s George Dvorsky. “Now we know that Inca animal offerings were highly adorned.”

Three of the llamas were white, and one was brown. The researchers also found a fifth llama, but it was badly degraded. Prior research suggests that the

With COVID-19 cases rising, Dane County contact tracing starts ‘crisis model’ | Local News

At UW-Madison, contact tracing continues to operate normally, with University Health Services handling contact tracing for any person who tests positive identified as a UW–Madison student or employee and their close contacts, spokeswoman Meredith McGlone said.

Heinrich said the county’s “crisis mode” comes even though the health department now has at least 180 contact tracers, up from seven at the beginning of the pandemic.



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At Madison hospitals, an increasing number of COVID-19 patients are coming from other parts of the state, representatives said. The hospitals are looking for traveling nurses to help with staffing demands, said Dr. Pam Wetzel, chief medical officer at UnityPoint Health-Meriter.

“We’re also seeing infections in health care workers, and that means that many members of that critical work force are out for several days,” said Dr. Nasia Safdar, medical director of infection control at UW Health.

“Capacity is tighter than we’d like but we are able to accommodate right now what we’re seeing from a staffing and a bed capacity situation,” said Kyle Nondorf, president of SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital.

Officials again stressed the importance of staying home when possible, wearing masks, maintaining distance from others and avoiding large gatherings — including during the Wisconsin Badgers game Friday night and on Halloween and Thanksgiving.

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Thousands of Arizonans to get checks, gift cards under $5M Honda airbag settlement | Business News

Cash-equivalent gift cards of $150 or $50 will be mailed to about 40,000 Arizona consumers with defective Takata airbags, but the cards can be activated only after a consumer takes his or her vehicle to a Honda dealership for free airbag replacement.

Whether consumers get a $150 or $50 gift card depends on the specific type of inflator used in their airbags.

Honda previously reached a settlement with a multi-state group, but Arizona chose not to take part because the settlement did not provide any restitution or incentives to get dangerous airbags fixed, Brnovich said.

The Arizona attorney general alleged that Honda should have warned consumers purchasing its vehicles about the airbag issues by September 2012, but consumers did not receive notice until November 2015, when federal regulators fined Takata $200 million. Takata filed for bankruptcy in June 2017.

Besides the restitution and gift-card incentives, Honda agreed to pay $650,000 for outreach to inform consumers of the recall, $100,000 to the state for other consumer outreach efforts and a $500,000 payment to the state.

Honda also agreed to refrain from deceptive or misleading advertising and set up a system for employees to report safety concerns to management.

Contact senior reporter David Wichner at dwichner@tucson.com or 573-4181. On Twitter: @dwichner. On Facebook: Facebook.com/DailyStarBiz

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