Overnight Defense: Trump says he’s leaving Walter Reed, ‘feeling really good’ after COVID-19 treatment | White House coronavirus outbreak grows

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Overnight Defense: Trump says he’s leaving Walter Reed, ‘feeling really good’ after COVID-19 treatment | White House coronavirus outbreak grows | Dems expand probe into Pompeo speeches

THE TOPLINE: President Trump is expected to leave Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday evening after three days of treatment for COVID-19.

Trump, whose oxygen levels dropped as recently as Saturday and who is on several medications following his coronavirus diagnosis, tweeted that he is “feeling really good” and that Americans should not allow COVID-19 to “dominate your life,” downplaying a virus that has killed more than 210,000 people in the country.

“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good!” Trump tweeted. “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”

Caveats: While Trump urged Americans not to be afraid of the virus, the president has access to medical resources unavailable to most in the country. For example, Trump was given an experimental Regeneron antibody cocktail under a compassionate use agreement that is not available to the public.

There is also the risk Trump could experience a setback while he receives treatment at the White House and have to return to the hospital, something that could be damaging for both his health and his re-election chances. Trump is 74 and overweight, putting him at higher risk for serious coronavirus complications.

What Trump’s doctors say: White House physician

Garden oasis in downtown Omaha grows food and community | Home & Garden

A once-empty plot of land at 13th and Leavenworth Streets is growing food, flowers and community.

Amy Walstrom, who works downtown, has watched the transformation of the Sacred Seed Pop-up Garden on her daily walks. After the Warren Distribution building there was torn down in 2017, the lot has changed from a weedy patch to a haven for pollinators and birds — and people.

“It’s lovely,’’ Walstrom said. “The colors, the variety of plants. The fact that they have labeled what all the different plants are, so if I wanted to duplicate them in my own yard it won’t be so difficult.’’

Janis Regier of Natural Therapy first had the idea for a garden after the Warren building was demolished and approached Polina Schlott, whose husband, Bob, owns the property. The Schlotts liked the idea, with the caveat that the land could someday be sold or developed. Hence the reason it’s called a pop-up garden.

The first year was rough, but then the community started to build. The Nature Conservancy became involved, as did people at Kaneko, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and No More Empty Pots. Kinghorn Gardens helped with the layout as well as Taylor Keen, founder of Sacred Seed. Many others have come

Garden grows memories after miscarriages

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Tucked away at the backside of Maplewood Cemetery, past rows and rows of tombstones and markers, is a garden. Flower arrangements adorn spots here and there, but what truly grows in this garden are memories and love.

God’s Little Angels isn’t a place to bury but instead exists more for mothers and families of miscarriage infants to plant seeds of pain and loss, but all the while tending to their place in this garden to eventually produce closure.

“The elderly have cemeteries for closure. There’s not a place for women or any parents to go and grieve,” said Whitney Andrews, the admission director at Clearview Healthcare, which oversees assisted living facilities like Mills and Mayfield Health and Rehab. Andrews shared that she and her husband experienced a miscarriage and understands the loss and hurt.

“Here, you have a place they can go and reflect, and there is something showing that it was a life. You leave the doctor’s office or hospital and just go home to an empty house. There’s no proof this baby ever existed,” she said. “So for a lot of women, having that closure and place to go for the whole family is healing to the community, as well as the family.”

The idea of the memory garden was planted around five years ago when Peggy Morris’ daughter suffered a miscarriage.

“I didn’t know what they would do,” Morris, the environmental manager at Mills, recalled. “When I got to the hospital, they asked if I’d like to hold him and then they asked if we’d like to bury him. They’ve got a little cemetery there in Paducah. I didn’t know anything like this ever existed.”

The experience touched her. Then later at a meeting of the nursing facilities’ spiritual life committee, the topic

Number of Covid cases grows among people who attended White House ceremony

The number of people from President Donald Trump’s inner circle who have tested positive for the coronavirus is growing, with at least seven confirmed cases tied to an event in the Rose Garden last weekend.

On Saturday, Trump officially announced Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice at an outdoor ceremony attended by more than 150 people, many who did not wear masks or social distancing.

In addition to the president and first lady, at least five other who were at the ceremony have been confirmed to have Covid-19: former top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway, Republican Sens. Thom Tillis from North Carolina and Mike Lee from Utah, Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins and a White House journalist.

Conway is the latest to confirm she was infected.

“Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19,” she said in a statement Friday night. “My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians. As always, my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic.”

Trump, who is being treated at Walter Reed Hospital, where he is receiving experimental treatment and expected to remain for several days, revealed in a tweet his and Melania Trump’s diagnoses early Friday, sending everything from the upcoming presidential election to the Supreme Court confirmation into question.

Democrats were quick to call for a delay in Barrett’s confirmation hearing, but Republicans pushed back and said they intend to move forward with the process. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a tweet Friday that the hearings remain scheduled to begin Oct. 12 and raised the possibility of virtual hearings.

“We now have two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who have tested

New garden grows monument to sexual assault survivors

Eganville – On a day which resonates in the memory of Renfrew County, a group gathered at the memorial to honour survivors of sexual violence and mark a new chapter with a garden planted adjacent to the pebble monument.

“We decided to grow the monument,” Joanne Brooks, the executive director of the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County, explained to the small gathering. “It is a metaphor for the seeds.”

The monument, which graces the hill of Centennial Park along the Bonnechere River in a large pebble flower, has been the subject of vandalism several times and the response was to educate and try to create something beautiful instead of putting in security cameras, she explained.

“There have been four acts of vandalism that we know of,” she said.

This is upsetting on many levels, including the fact there are ashes under the glass domelike orb at the centre of the monument, and having a garden by the monument is being done to beautify and educate. Ms. Brooks pointed out this monument is akin to the one in Petawawa but vandals have never touched one.

However, instead of focusing on the vandalism, organizers decided to do something positive instead. Responding by planting flowers and bulbs, which will bloom in the spring, seemed the best response, she said. A stone will also be installed in the new garden and should be in place by Thanksgiving. The stone will read, “in honour of the strength, courage and reliance of survivors of sexual violence.”

The day chosen for the unveiling of a new garden was the anniversary of the day in 2015 when Nathalie Warmerdam, Anastasia Kuzyk and Carole Culleton were killed. Family members were present for the memorial gathering and had a chance to lay one of the flowers on the