Retail Sales Were Strong In June

Americans are buying things this summer, with retail spending ticking up in June, according to the Commerce Department.

Retail spending was up 0.4% in June, and 3.4% up over last summer, exceeding projections.

Strong retail sales could be a good sign for the economy, and balance out some of the negative impact from weaker business investment.



AIDS-Related Deaths Have Dropped By One Third

AIDS-related deaths around the world have dropped sharply since 2010, according to a new report from the United Nations.

The study showed deaths from HIV or AIDS were down 33 percent globally over the last eight years. HIV infections have also gone down while the number of people living with HIV has gone up.

Still, with more than 770,000 AIDS-related deaths reported in 2018, experts say that much more needs to be done.

About 37.9 million people around the world have been diagnosed with HIV, with Southern Africa the hardest-hit part of the world.



Doctors Remove Tick From Man’s Eye

Getting bitten by a tick is bad news under even the best circumstances. Now think how much worse that would be if that bite happened on your eyeball.

That’s what happened to Chris Prater of Kentucky, who went to the doctor for eye irritation only to find out the culprit was a tick. The doctor numbed his eye, removed the parasite, and sent him home with antibiotics and steroid drops for treatment.

Prater works for an electric company and says his eye began bothering him after removing a tree. He uses bug repellant each day before work but points out that “you can’t spray your eyes”.



Primetime Emmy Award Nominees Announced

Game of Thrones has set the record for the most Primetime Emmy nominations ever for a single season.

The HBO drama captured 32 nominations when the list of actors and shows up for Emmys was announced on Tuesday.

Other shows receiving a high number of nominations are Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with 20, HBO’s Chernobyl with 19 and NBC’s Saturday Night Live with 17 nods.

The Primetime Emmys will be held on September 22nd.



Climate Scientists: Get Used To Heat Waves

Parts of the U.S. are bracing for a major heat wave this week, and climate researchers say it’s only going to get worse.

According to climate scientist Kristina Dahl, we can expect more and more days of “dangerous heat” in the coming decades if more efforts are not taken to combat climate change.

In fact, Dahl says by the year 2050 we could see the heat index over 100 degrees for an entire month at a time.



Five TV Shows That Everyone Can Agree On

People with different political affiliations have varying TV viewing habits.

A recent survey by the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California found there are five shows that Liberals, Conservatives, and Independents like to watch equally.

Those shows are America’s Funniest Home Videos, Bones, Criminal Minds, MythBusters and Pawn Stars.

Even though Pawn Stars ranked as one of the least-liked shows, the survey found that people like to “hate-watch” the program.


No Charge Against NYPD Officer in Eric Garner Death

The justice department will not bring civil rights charges against NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner. The announcement comes one day before the five-year-anniversary of Garner’s death.

The decision against civil rights charges was also announced one day before the statute of limitations was set to expire, according to PBS. Garner’s mother said she was “heartbroken over the decision.”

The AP says that prosecutors watched video of the incident “countless times” but couldn’t that Pantaleo acted willfully against the law which includes NYPD’s policy on chokeholds.

Garner’s repeated plea of “I can’t breathe” before he fell unconscious become a rallying cry for civil and social rights activists, leading to more national discussions on police reform.



9 Killed, 32 Injured in Weekend Shootings in Chicago

It was business as usual over the weekend in Chicago, where nine people were killed and 32 were injured in gun violence.

Although a majority of the fatal attacks occurred on Saturday, the first happened at 6 p.m. Friday when a 31-year-old man was shot in his head and chest, police say. Saturday’s victims included a man who was standing on his back porch; a 27-year-old man who was among five people struck by bullets in a drive-by shooting; two men who were shot while riding in a car; and a 57-year-old man who was gunned down while standing in front of the New Parie Hotel on the West Side, according to police.

After a 22-year-old was killed on the West Side Sunday, the weekend violence concluded in the early afternoon when the occupants of two vehicles fired at each other, leaving two dead.



Neo-Nazi Blogger Ordered to Pay $14M

NBC reports that neo-Nazi blogger Andrew Anglin, founder and editor of The Daily Stormer website, has been ordered to pay Tanya Gersh, a Jewish real estate agent, $14 million in damages for organizing and encouraging an “anti-Semitic troll storm” against her. The founder was also found guilty for the harassment that targeted Gersh’s husband and 12-year-old son.

Anglin’s website is considered the most extreme of all white nationalist sites. He is known for encouraging people to “party like it’s 1933” after the recent election and was also a featured speaker at the 2017 rally in Virginia that left one dead and 19 others injured.

Anglin encouraged readers to harass Gersh for her alleged “harassment” of Richard Spencer’s mother. Spencer is the nationalist who coined the term “alt-right.” A December 2016 article posted Gersh’s address and phone number, along with her son’s Twitter account info, asking readers to “send a quick message that you’re sickened by their Jewish agenda.” In addition to the $14 million, a judge ordered Anglin to take down his blog posts against Gersh.

Anglin didn’t show up for court. He’s rumored to be hiding underground. He already owes over $4 million to a Muslim radio host who filed a defamation lawsuit.



Man Charged After 1,000 Guns Found in L.A. Home

A man who federal investigators say had more than 1,000 guns in his ritzy Los Angeles mansion in May has been charged 64 different felony counts including 23 for possessing assault weapons, 17 counts of transferring guns without a license and 15 counts of unlawful assault weapons possession.

If Girard Damian Saenz is convicted of all charges, he’ll spend up to nearly 50 years in prison. It took 30 agents more than 15 hours to collect all of the guns from the man’s Bel-Air home. Feds called Saenz’s property “a hoarder’s house of weapons.” Cops don’t think he used the guns for criminal activity or terrorism.



Couple Married For 71 Years Die On The Same Day

‘Til Death Do Us Part’ has a greater meaning today.

Herbert and Frances Daigle were married for 71 years. On Friday, they died 12 hours apart from each other.

Herbert passed at 2:20 am. Frances died at 2:20 pm.

The Georgia couple had their first date at the movies. They were engaged a year later.



Jackson Calls for Blagojevich’s Release

By Nick Gale, WLS-AM 890 News

(CHICAGO) — There is a renewed effort to try and secure an early release for imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Jesse Jackson is asking President Trump to pardon Blagojevich , who is serving time for trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat.

In a letter to the president dated last Friday, Jackson and his son Jessie Jackson Jr., who also spent time in prison on fraud charges and misspending campaign cash, said, “We stand with his family as they seek a full pardon for a father and husband that has served most of a sentence that was far longer than the offense deserved.”

Back in May of 2018 Trump had considered commuting Blagojevich’s sentence, prompting his wife to do a media blitz on Fox News. Later in December the president tweeted that the situation was “very sad.”

The president got to know Blagojevich after the then impeached governor was a 2010 contestant on “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Blagojevich is halfway through his 14 year sentence.

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Were the tweets racist?

President Trump was peppered by reporters after opening an event, about products made in America, to questions. Not a single one had anything to do with the event, itself. Instead, the reporters focused on recent tweets the President made suggesting some congressional democrats should leave the country if they don’t like it.

The tweets have been characterized as racist and xenophobic; with Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing a House resolution condemning them.

The President was asked what he thought about his tweets being called racist and whether he thought they were. He said he weren’t; adding that many people agree with him.

He was also asked his thoughts on white nationalists using his recent comments for their gain.



Prosecutors detail some of what was found in Epstein raid

We’re learning more about what authorities found when they raided Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan mansion.

While “piles of cash,” a fake but expired passport, and diamonds were found, authorities at a bail hearing Monday noted a mysterious lack of financial documents, CBS News reports.

The passport was issued in the ’80s. It had Epstein’s picture, a fake name, and a Saudi Arabia address. Two of his accusers also testified.

Epstein faces charges related to child sex trafficking. The judge in case did not rule on bail – saying he need more more time to consider the decision. That means Epstein will remain in jail until at least Thursday.



Biden pushes back against “Medicare for all”

In revealing his health care platform, former Vice President Joe Biden is pushing back at “Medicare for All” supporters – arguing that they want to ax Obamacare.

Biden’s plan would instead expand on the Affordable Care Act, while also allowing Americans to buy into a Medicare-like option… by choice.

Among other ideas, Biden’s plan would also boost tax credits for health care coverage and allow residents in states without expanded medicaid premium-free access to a public option.



Can we stop hate groups and protect our first amendment?

He’ll spend the rest of his life in prison.

James Alex Fields, Jr., the man convicted for purposely ramming his car into a crowd of counter-protesters during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was formally sentenced Monday to life plus another 419 years.

Fields killed one person and injured several others in the August 12, 2017 incident. He was convicted in December on 29 federal hate crime charges.


Foster kids from drug homes doubles

This should be a very sobering statistic. More kids are being placed in foster care because of their parent’s drug use.

NPR reports the percentage of drug related foster cases has more than doubled since 2000 – to 36% in 2017. Those children were also more likely to be 5-years-old or younger.

The statistics appear to coincide with the opioid crisis. However, there are also other potential reasons – including policy changes related to increased removal, child welfare officials placing more scrutiny on drug use, or simply an overall increase in drug usage.

One idea to reverse the trend is to tie the foster system with family drug courts.



NY Giants safety, Moore, suspended

New York Giants safety Kamrin Moore has been arrested, accused of knocking unconscious a woman he was having an affair with.

The love-triangle-altercation erupted outside Moore’s New Jersey home Thursday. The victim, identified in court records only as “H.P.,” showed up after Moore declined her text messages.

The New York Post reports Moore watched as the victim and his girlfriend started fighting. After the victim was knocked down, Moore allegedly stepped on her neck, so hard it caused bruising.

She was able to escape from under his foot, got up and started pushing Moore. That’s when he’s accused of cold-cocking her. She was transported to a hospital by a friend. Moore has been suspended by the team.



Farm Aid 2019 Web Contest

WLS-AM’s “Farm Aid 2019 Web” Contest
Official Rules

A complete copy of these rules can be obtained at the offices of radio station WLS-AM (“Station”), owned and operated by Cumulus Media Holdings Inc. or one of its subsidiary companies, 455 N. CityFront Plaza Chicago, IL 60611, during normal business hours Monday through Friday or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the above address.

The Station will conduct the WLS-FM “FARM AID 2019 Web” Contest (the “Contest”) substantially as described in these rules, and by participating, each participant agrees as follows:


  1. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chance of winning.   Void where prohibited.  All federal, state, and local regulations apply.
  2. This Contest is open only to legal U.S. residents, excluding Florida and New York residents, age eighteen (18) years or older at the time of entry with a valid Social Security number and who reside in the Station’s Designated Market Area (“DMA”) as defined by Nielsen Audio, who have not won a prize from the Station in the last 30 days or a prize valued at $500 or more in the last 60 days, and whose immediate family members or household members have not won a prize from the Station in the last 30 days or a prize valued at $500 or more in the last 60 daysVoid where prohibited by law.  Employees of Cumulus Media Holdings Inc., its parent company, affiliates, related entities and subsidiaries, promotional sponsors, prize providers, advertising agencies, other radio stations serving the Station’s DMA, and the immediate family members and household members of all such employees are not eligible to participate. The term “immediate family members” includes spouses, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and stepchildren.  The term “household members” refers to people who share the same residence at least three (3) months out of the year. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Station’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
  3. Contest Period. The Contest will begin at 5:00 pm CT on Friday, July 12, 2019 and will run until 11:59 am CT on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 (the “Contest Period”).  The Station’s computer is the official time keeping device for this Contest.
  4. How to Enter. To enter:

(i)  Online: Visit the Station’s website during the Contest Period, click on the “Contest” link, click on the “FARM AID 2019 Web” Contest link, and complete an entry form.  All entries must be received by 11:59 am CT on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 to be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing.  Limit one (1) entry per person per email address.  Multiple participants are not permitted to share the same email address. Any attempt by any participant to submit more than one (1) entry by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void that entry and the participant may be disqualified.  Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification. Station is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, inappropriate or misdirected registrations, all of which will be disqualified.  In the event of a dispute as to any registration, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the participant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned the telephone number by the wireless carrier or an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address.  Potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder. All entries become the sole and exclusive property of Station and will not be returned.  Station reserves the right to contact entrants and all other individuals whose email address is submitted as part of this promotion.  No mail-in entries will be accepted.

  1. Winner Selection. At approximately 1:00 pm CT on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, Station will select one (1) entry for the Grand Prize in a random drawing from among all valid entries received by Station during the Contest Period. The winning entrant will be contacted using the email address and/or telephone number provided with the entry and may be awarded the prize (subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these rules).  Station’s decisions as to the administration and operation of the Contest and the selection of the potential winner are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Failure to respond to the initial verification contact within three (3) days of notification will result in disqualification.
  2. Verification of Potential Winner. THE ELIGIBILITY OF ALL POTENTIAL CONTEST WINNERS IS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY STATION WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE CONTEST. The potential winner must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. The potential winner may be notified by email and/or telephone call after the date of random drawing and/or winner determination. The potential winner will be required to sign and return to Station, within three (3) days of the date notice is sent, an affidavit of eligibility and a liability/publicity release (except where prohibited) in order to claim his/her prize, if applicable.  A winner who returns the affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release will be deemed to have accepted the contest prize and thereafter will not be permitted to rescind their acceptance of the prize and/or return the prize. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and/or the liability/publicity release within the required time period (if applicable), or if the prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. In the event that the potential winner of a prize is disqualified for any reason, Station may award the applicable prize to an alternate winner by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries.    
  3. Grand Prize. One (1) Grand Prize will be awarded in this Contest.  The Grand Prize is two (2) tickets to Farm Aid 2019. ARV: One Hundred and Ten Dollars ($110). Winner is responsible for all taxes associated with prize receipt and/or use.  Odds of winning the Grand Prize depend on a number of factors including the number of eligible entries received during the Contest Period and listeners participating at any given time.

There is no substitution, transfer, or cash equivalent for prizes, except that the Station may, at its sole discretion and to the extent permitted by law, substitute prizes of comparable value or cash.  The prizes are expressly limited to the item(s) listed above and do not include taxes, gratuities or any other expenses.  Any tickets and/or gift certificates/cards awarded as part of a prize will be subject to the terms and conditions set forth by the issuer and are valid only on the date(s) printed on the tickets or gift certificates/cards.  Other restrictions may apply.


  1. Entry Conditions and Release. By entering, each participant agrees to: (a) comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Station, which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Contest; (b) release and hold harmless Station, Cumulus Media Inc., and its subsidiaries, related and affiliated companies, participating sponsors, the prize suppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, and each of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a participant’s entry, creation of an entry or submission of an entry, participation in the Contest, acceptance or use or misuse of prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, exploitation or use of entry; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s acceptance, use, non-use or misuse of the prize.
  2. Except where prohibited by law, participation in the Contest constitutes winner’s consent to use by the Station and its agent of winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or biographical information (including hometown and state) for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.
  3. All state, local, federal and/or other taxes, duties, tariffs, title fees, licensing fees, or other fees for prizes awarded become the sole responsibility of the winner.  All those who win a prize or prizes valued $600 or more in any given year will be issued an IRS Form 1099 to report their winnings.
  4. General Conditions. Station reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Station’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Station in its sole discretion. Station reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Station reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Station’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
  5. Limitations of Liability. The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Station, entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use, non-use or misuse of any prize. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. In event that a production, technical, programming or other error causes more than stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be claimed, Station reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes by a random drawing among all legitimate, unawarded, eligible prize claims.
  6. Entrant agrees that: (i) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (ii) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively by the United States District Court or the appropriate state court located in the Station’s listening area; (iii) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (iv) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and Station in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the state in which the Station is located, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the state in which the Station is located or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state in which the Station is located.
  7. Entrant’s Personal Information. Information collected from entrants is subject to Station’s Privacy Policy, which is available on the Station’s website under the “Privacy Policy” link. All entry blanks, forms, devices, and materials gathered during the course of entry, as well as all information contained therein, shall become the sole property of Station to be used, disposed of or destroyed in its sole discretion.  Station is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information entered by website users, and assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to Station’s website.
  8. Contest Results. A winners list may be obtained within thirty (30) days after the Contest Period expires by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Station identified below.



CONTEST SPONSOR: Cumulus Media Holdings Inc., WLS-AM, 455 N. CityFront Plaza, Chicago, IL 60611.

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