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Thieves Target Sandwich Fairgrounds

Posted by wlpo on August 3, 2013

Copper and scrap metal continues to be a target of thieves.

Jesse Wood and Zoe Kaatz of Sandwich are accused of stealing copper and scrap metal from the Sandwich Fairgrounds last Saturday.  Investigators say a few days later at the fairgrounds, two teenagers also stole copper and scrap metal.

Wood and Kaatz were arrested for two counts of theft and released on bond.  The teens were picked up for theft and trespassing charges and given juvenile referrals.

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Push To Allow Blood Donations From Gay Men

Posted by wlpo on August 3, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Congressmen Bill Foster and Mike Quigley have joined more than 80 members of Congress in a renewed push to end a ban on donating blood by men who have engaged in gay sex.

The lawmakers sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting an update on the agency’s reevaluation of the policy. Quigley says despite blood shortages “perfectly healthy would-be donors are turned away based solely on sexual orientation.”

The ban was established in 1983 at the start of the HIV-AIDS crisis. But lawmakers and others say there is no scientific evidence to support it. There have also been advances in blood screening technology.

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