Metro-East News

Waterloo Helping Hands plans expansion

The Waterloo Helping Hand Thrift Store at 695 N. Moore St. is expanding.

According to a statement, store manager Susan Ward said the site is experiencing growing pains and can’t operate in its current footprint. A 2,000-square-foot addition will be built off of the southern end of the existing building, which was converted from a home.

“We have had such tremendous support from our generous community that we are running out of room to display our merchandise,” Ward said.

The addition also will include a basement that the store will use to keep racks of merchandise previously displayed outdoors.

Look for fundraising events to start soon in the area to help raise the money needed to build the addition.


Don’t ignore the emails you’ve been getting from LinkedIn telling you your password needs to be changed.

Someone hacked the professional networking social media site all the way back in 2012, but word on the street at the time was that only a handful of people’s accounts and passwords were stolen.

If only.

It’s actually more like 167 million compromised accounts and 117 million passwords. And it’s not surprising so many folks got hacked when you look at the top 49 most used passwords.


Macy’s has agreed to shell out $15 million to the family of a girl whose foot was mangled by an elevator in a New Jersey mall.

It happened in August 2013 when the girl, who was 10 at the time, was shopping with her mother when her right leg became trapped. Without going into the gruesome specifics, the girl spent three months in a hospital, endured 22 surgeries and experienced lung and kidney failure.

While doctors couldn’t save the girl’s pinky and second toes on her right foot, the family attorney says she’s up and walking, albeit with a slight limp.


Remember Patrick Willis?

The seven-time NFL Pro Bowl selection who made waves as a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers is most widely known for suddenly retiring from the game at age 30.

Bucking the trend that so many former pro athletes follow, Willis isn’t making the rounds in broadcast booths or sports show studios. He’s an executive vice president at Open Source Storage, a Silicon Valley company.

“People always told me when I was growing up that if you want to be something great, you have to be this physical specimen that can jump up to here and all that,” Willis told Mashable. “For me, this is an opportunity to be able to tell young kids that you can be more than just a physical specimen to be great.”

Willis famously said his reason for retiring was that he didn’t want to live the rest of his life in pain as a result of an NFL career’s worth of injuries.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND