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Former Gang Member and Officer Recreate Bon Jovi’s ‘Living on a Prayer’ In Heartwarming Message of Unity

The video is a message of hope and unity, showing that “together, we are better”

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One former gang member who has devoted his life to protecting youth from going down the same path he did has teamed up with a police officer in the most beautiful and inspirational way. Will Keeps and Des Moines Police Officer Mike Moody combined musical talents to create a heartwarming music video of Jon Bon Jovi’s ‘Living on a Prayer.’ The video is a message of hope and unity, showing that “together, we are better.”

Will’s story is truly inspirational. He was molested at the young age of 7 by his stepfather. Looking for safety and a sense of family and belonging he turned to a life of gangs. He witnessed the murders of his friends and was left for dead himself.

Will used music for healing and his talent eventually led him to follow a better path. Will has devoted his entire adult life to keeping children and youth out of gangs, primarily through education. Will raised money for his education program “Starts Right Here” and built a school in Des Moines for at-risk youth.

Will is a model example of working across party lines to help his community. He has maintained relationships with not only the Des Moines Police Department but also Iowa Republicans including Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg who both appear in this music video.

In the music video, Will and Officer Moody sit on the steps of “the porch” inside Will’s school. The porch is significant to Will as a safe place where conversations are had. Will and Officer Moody hope their video provides lightness and a sense of Hope during tumultuous and divisive times because “together, we are better.”

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  1. Glenda Baker

    March 19, 2021 at 8:40 am

    This is so beautiful. God bless them both.

  2. Brian J Foust

    March 19, 2021 at 8:41 am

    THAT was great !! I hope your message is heard because we cant keep going the way we are heading….who would have ever thought a gang member and a cop…lol…..beautiful together

  3. Debbie

    March 19, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Wow! What a fantastic duo! Their voices match so perfectly to make such a beautiful and powerful song! I expected to hear something pretty ok, but they blew me away! What a great story upon a story. I hope this gets heard EVERYWHERE! They are an inspiration to everyone! And thank you, Leo, for showing this. They need to be heard.

  4. Shirley

    March 19, 2021 at 9:25 am

    Amazing! This is what life is all about.

    Stop the hate and love one another…..

    We are all part of the same connection no matter where we come from❤️

    They should also make more music together. I would buy it!!!!

  5. Steve Rosenkranz

    March 19, 2021 at 9:43 am

    That was amazing. Thank you so much for sharing their video. You have no idea how much I needed that. The world needs more understanding, caring, and compassion, and I am grateful to Mr. Keeps and Officer Moody for sharing theirs.

  6. jbs

    March 19, 2021 at 9:48 am

    Heartwarming, a cool rendition of the song and a lifelong friendship created. Great article.

  7. Lane A. Katz

    March 19, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Awesome and an amazing great message! It is great to see an act of Kindness! An Act of Kindness and togetherness goes a very long way! Live with Passion!

  8. Mary

    March 19, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Beautiful

  9. eileen dover lee

    March 19, 2021 at 11:35 am

    BEAUTIFUL harmony! It’s SO WONDERFUL that they show that no matter our backgrounds we can help each other! toward each other That’s the way God intended us to be. Thank you for making this inspiring song and video, and God Bless you for pulling our lost and hurt ones into the light of love and acceptance . Please continue with this GREAT work!!

  10. Susie Tippit

    March 19, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    I can’t watch the video, seems to be buffering to the extreme, cancel culture at it again

  11. Anne Penwright

    March 19, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    What a beautiful message. I had forgotten the words … and I’m inspired to “live on a prayer” thanks to these exceptional young men. Adults, yes … nut young enough to make our world a much better place. Thanks for sharing this beautiful, inspirational message.

  12. Terry

    March 19, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful! It made me cry & I got chills just listening to it…..stunning version…..it needs to be on a CD or we need to be able to download it.

  13. thomas lino deconcini

    March 19, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    GOD BLESS YOU BOTH <

  14. Steve Blankenship

    March 20, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Freaking great post and very inspirational Leo! Muchas gracias señor!

  15. Dianna

    March 24, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    This is beautiful and it represents two people of the opposite worlds to come together. Unity
    Please make more videos and cover music to get the word out that this can be done

  16. T M

    March 25, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Real unity, not that fake stuff the left spews.

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Got Lunch? Navy Nuclear Engineer Attempted to Hide Classified Docs in Peanut Butter Sandwich

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One of the Navy’s nuclear engineers “with access to military secrets has been charged with trying to pass information about the design of American nuclear-powered submarines to someone he thought was a representative of a foreign government who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent, the Justice Department said Sunday” reports the Associated Press.

A criminal complaint has been filed against Jonathan Toebbe, 42, who was arrested with his wife, Diana, 45, in West Virginia. The Justice Department says Toebbe placed a removable memory card at a prearranged “dead drop”.

“The FBI recovered a blue memory card wrapped in plastic and placed between two slices of bread on a half of a peanut butter sandwich, court documents say. The records on the memory card included design elements and performance characteristics of Virginia-class submarine reactors” reports the AP.

Toebbe faces espionage-related charges for trying to sell government secrets to a contact he believed represented a foreign power for almost an entire year. The Navy declined to comment Sunday, and “the FBI says the scheme began in April 2020 when Jonathan Toebbe sent a package of Navy documents to a foreign government and wrote that he was interested in selling to that country operations manuals, performance reports and other sensitive information.”

Authorities say the FBI used Toebbe’s outreach to begin the almost yearlong operation. An undercover agent emailed with Toebbe for weeks and eventually sent him about $10,000 in cryptocurrency as a sign of good faith and trust.

Toebbe’s package had a return address in Pittsburgh and “Was obtained by the FBI last December through its legal attaché office in the unspecified foreign country” reports the AP. “The court documents don’ explain how the FBI came to receive the package or from whom.”

The package also included a letter that said, “I apologize for this poor translation into your language. Please forward this letter to your military intelligence agency. I believe this information will be of great value to your nation. This is not a hoax.”

Only weeks later, agents watched Toebbe make the drop at an agreed-upon location in West Virginia, “with Diana Toebbe appearing to serve as a lookout for her husband during a dead-drop operation for which the FBI paid $20,000.”

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The Justice Department describes those submarines as “cruise missile fast-attack submarines, which incorporate the latest in stealth, intelligence gathering, and weapons systems technology.” The memory card also included a typed message that said, in part: “I hope your experts are very happy with the sample provided and I understand the importance of a small exchange to grow our trust.”

The FBI conducted similar dead-drop exchanges over the next several months, including one in August in eastern Virginia for which Toebbe was paid roughly $70,000. In that instance, prosecutors say, he concealed in a chewing gum package a memory card that contained schematic designs for the Virginia-class submarine.

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CA Signs Law Requiring Large Retailers to Have Gender-Neutral Toy and Child-Care Sections

The new law applies to any CA retail store with more than 500 employees

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California’s Governor Gavin Newsom has just signed a “final batch of legislative actions weighed for the year.” Among them is a new law that will take effect in 2024, mandating all retail stores with 500 or more employees must have a gender-neutral toy and child-care product section.

California became the first state to adopt such a law. The Los Angeles Times reports the stores “must sell some toys and child-care products outside of areas specifically labeled by gender. Retailers can continue to offer other toys and child-care goods in traditional boys and girls sections if they choose to.”

Assemblyman Evan Low, a Democrat from Campbell, introduced the legislation to steer the retail industry away from marketing children’s products under “traditional gender” stereotypes; meaning “boy” and “girl.”

Low said the daughter of one of his staff members inspired the bill when the girl questioned why she had to go to the boys section to find certain toys, reports the Los Angeles Times. “Children have a very unique way of saying things that provide some common sense. I think it’s important that we as a state are demonstrating our values of diversity and inclusion.”

“Part of it is to make sure if you’re a young girl that you can find a police car, fire truck, a periodic table or dinosaur,” said Low. “And then similarly, if you’re a boy if you’re more artistic and want to play with glitter, why not? Why should you feel the stigma of saying ‘Oh, this should be shamed’ and going to a different location?” added Low.

Professor of psychology at UC Santa Cruz, Campbell Leaper, claims “we know from a variety of different research once they have those categories in their heads and if you label something for girls or boys, children will often ignore it if it’s labeled for the other gender.”

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