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FBI searching for Ohio inmate who used deception to be released from jail

Channel 10 news - 2 hours 35 min ago

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation are looking to locate a man they consider to be armed and dangerous after he was released from jail.

Authorities say Don Woodson Ellis Jr., used a fake name to deceive deputies and was released from the Lucas County Corrections Center Wednesday night.

When released, he was wearing a black T-Shirt, light blue jean shorts, and white tennis shoes with dark laces.

Ellis ReleaseDon Woodson Ellis Jr.being released from the Lucas County Corrections Center Wednesday night. - FBI

Ellis was arrested on federal bank robbery charges following an alleged robbery on Monday in Toledo, according to the FBI.

Officials say Ellis should be considered armed and dangerous and if you see or have information about his whereabouts call 911.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com on this developing story.

Categories: Ohio News

Hanging Up on Mobile in the Name of Security

Krebs on Security - 2 hours 50 min ago

An entrepreneur and virtual currency investor is suing AT&T for $224 million, claiming the wireless provider was negligent when it failed to prevent thieves from hijacking his mobile account and stealing millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies. Increasingly frequent, high-profile attacks like these are prompting some experts to say the surest way to safeguard one’s online accounts may be to disconnect them from the mobile providers entirely.

The claims come in a lawsuit filed this week in Los Angeles on behalf of Michael Terpin, who co-founded the first angel investor group for bitcoin enthusiasts in 2013. Terpin alleges that crooks stole almost $24 million worth of cryptocurrency after fraudulently executing a “SIM swap” on his mobile phone account at AT&T in early 2018.

A SIM card is the tiny, removable chip in a mobile device that allows it to connect to the provider’s network. Customers can legitimately request a SIM swap when their existing SIM card has been damaged, or when they are switching to a different phone that requires a SIM card of another size.

But SIM swaps are frequently abused by scam artists who trick mobile providers into tying a target’s service to a new SIM card and mobile phone that the attackers control. Unauthorized SIM swaps often are perpetrated by fraudsters who have already stolen or phished a target’s password, as many banks and online services rely on text messages to send users a one-time code that needs to be entered in addition to a password for online authentication.

Terpin alleges that on January 7, 2018, someone requested an unauthorized SIM swap on his AT&T account, causing his phone to go dead and sending all incoming texts and phone calls to a device the attackers controlled. Armed with that access, the intruders were able to reset credentials tied to his cryptocurrency accounts and siphon nearly $24 million worth of digital currencies.

According to Terpin, this was the second time in six months someone had hacked his AT&T number. On June 11, 2017, Terpin’s phone went dead. He soon learned his AT&T password had been changed remotely after 11 attempts in AT&T stores had failed. At the time, AT&T suggested Terpin take advantage of the company’s “extra security” feature — a customer-specified six-digit PIN which is required before any account changes can be made.

Terpin claims an investigation by AT&T into the 2018 breach found that an employee at an AT&T store in Norwich, Conn. somehow executed the SIM swap on his account without having to enter his “extra security” PIN, and that AT&T knew or should have known that employees could bypass its customer security measures.

Terpin is suing AT&T for his $24 million worth of cryptocurrencies, plus $200 million in punitive damages. A copy of his complaint is here (PDF).

AT&T declined to comment on specific claims in the lawsuit, saying only in a statement that, “We dispute these allegations and look forward to presenting our case in court.”

AN ‘IDENTITY CRISIS’?

Mobile phone companies are a major weak point in authentication because so many companies have now built their entire procedure for authenticating customers on a process that involves sending a one-time code to the customer via SMS or automated phone call.

In some cases, thieves executing SIM swaps have already phished or otherwise stolen a target’s bank or email password. But many major social media platforms — such as Instagramallow users to reset their passwords using nothing more than text-based (SMS) authentication, meaning thieves can hijack those accounts just by having control over the target’s mobile phone number.

Allison Nixon is director of security research at Flashpoint, a security company in New York City that has been closely tracking the murky underworld of communities that teach people how to hijack phone numbers assigned to customer accounts at all of the major mobile providers.

Nixon calls the current SIM-jacking craze “a major identity crisis” for cybersecurity on multiple levels.

“Phone numbers were never originally intended as an identity document, they were designed as a way to contact people,” Nixon said. “But because of all these other companies are building in security measures, a phone number has become an identity document.”

In essence, mobile phone companies have become “critical infrastructure” for security precisely because so much is riding on who controls a given mobile number. At the same time, so little is needed to undo weak security controls put in place to prevent abuse.

“The infrastructure wasn’t designed to withstand the kind of attacks happening now,” Nixon said. “The protocols need to be changed, and there are probably laws affecting the telecom companies that need to be reviewed in light of how these companies have evolved.”

Unfortunately, with the major mobile providers so closely tied to your security, there is no way you can remove the most vulnerable chunks of this infrastructure — the mobile store employees who can be paid or otherwise bamboozled into helping these attacks succeed.

No way, that is, unless you completely disconnect your mobile phone number from any sort of SMS-based authentication you currently use, and replace it with Internet-based telephone services that do not offer “helpful” customer support — such as Google Voice.

Google Voice lets users choose a phone number that gets tied to their Google account, and any calls or messages to that number will be forwarded to your mobile number. But unlike phone numbers issued by the major mobile providers, Google Voice numbers can’t be stolen unless someone also hacks your Google password — in which case you likely have much bigger problems.

With Google Voice, there is no customer service person who can be conned over the phone into helping out. There is no retail-store employee who will sell access to your SIM information for a paltry $80 payday. In this view of security, customer service becomes a customer disservice.

Mind you, this isn’t my advice. The above statement summarizes the arguments allegedly made by one of the most accomplished SIM swap thieves in the game today. On July 12, 2018, police in California arrested Joel Ortiz, a 20-year-old college student from Boston who’s accused of using SIM swaps to steal more than $5 million in cryptocurrencies from 40 victims.

Ortiz allegedly had help from a number of unnamed accomplices who collectively targeted high-profile and wealthy people in the cryptocurrency space. In one of three brazen attacks at a bitcoin conference this year, Ortiz allegedly used his SIM swapping skills to steal more than $1.5 million from a cryptocurrency entrepreneur, including nearly $1 million the victim had crowdfunded.

A July 2018 posting from the “OG” Instagram account “0”, allegedly an account hijacked by Joel Ortiz (pictured holding an armload of Dom Perignon champagne).

Ortiz reportedly was a core member of OGUsers[dot]com, a forum that’s grown wildly popular among criminals engaging in SIM swaps to steal cryptocurrency and hijack high-value social media accounts. OG is short for “original gangster,” and it refers to a type of “street cred” for possession of social media account names that are relatively short (between one and six characters). On ogusers[dot]com, Ortiz allegedly picked the username “j”. Short usernames are considered more valuable because they confer on the account holder the appearance of an early adopter on most social networks.

Discussions on the Ogusers forum indicate Ortiz allegedly is the current occupant of perhaps the most OG username on Twitter — an account represented by the number zero “0”. The alias displayed on that twitter profile is “j0”. He also apparently controls the Instagram account by the same number, as well as the Instagram account “t”, which lists its alias as “Joel.”

Shown below is a cached snippet from an Ogusers forum posting by “j” (allegedly Ortiz), advising people to remove their mobile phone number from all important multi-factor authentication options, and to replace it with something like Google Voice.

Ogusers SIM swapper “j” advises forum members on how not to become victims of SIM swapping. Click to enlarge.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

All four major wireless carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon — let customers add security against SIM swaps and related schemes by setting a PIN that needs to be provided over the phone or in person at a store before account changes should be made. But these security features can be bypassed by incompetent or corrupt mobile store employees.

Mobile store employees who can be bought or tricked into conducting SIM swaps are known as “plugs” in the Ogusers community, and without them SIM swapping schemes become much more difficult.

Last week, KrebsOnSecurity broke the news that police in Florida had arrested a 25-year-old man who’s accused of being part of a group of at least nine individuals who routinely conducted fraudulent SIM swaps on high-value targets. Investigators in that case say they have surveillance logs that show the group discussed working directly with mobile store employees to complete the phone number heists.

In May I wrote about a 27-year-old Boston man who had his three-letter Instagram account name stolen after thieves hijacked his number at T-Mobile. Much like Mr. Terpin, the victim in that case had already taken T-Mobile’s advice and placed a PIN on his account that was supposed to prevent the transfer of his mobile number. T-Mobile ultimately acknowledged that the heist had been carried out by a rogue T-Mobile store employee.

So consider establishing a Google Voice account if you don’t already have one. In setting up a new number, Google requires you to provide a number capable of receiving text messages. Once your Google Voice number is linked to your mobile, the device at the mobile number you gave to Google should notify you instantly if anyone calls or messages the Google number (this assumes your phone has a Wi-Fi or mobile connection to the Internet).

After you’ve done that, take stock of every major account you can think of, replacing your mobile phone number with your Google Voice number in every case it is listed in your profile.

Here’s where it gets tricky. If you’re all-in for taking the anti-SIM-hacking advice allegedly offered by Mr. Ortiz, once you’ve changed all of your multi-factor authentication options from your mobile number to your Google Voice number, you then have to remove that mobile number you supplied to Google from your Google Voice account. After that, you can still manage calls/messages to and from your Google Voice number using the Google Voice mobile app.

And notice what else Ortiz advises in the screen shot above to secure one’s Gmail and other Google accounts: Using a physical security key (where possible) to replace passwords. This post from a few weeks back explains what security keys are, how they can help harden your security posture, and how to use them. If Google’s own internal security processes count for anything, the company recently told this author that none of its 85,000 employees had been successfully phished for their work credentials since January 2017, when Google began requiring all employees to use physical security keys in place of one-time passwords sent to a mobile device.

Standard disclaimer: If the only two-factor authentication offered by a company you use is based on sending a one-time code via SMS or automated phone call, this is still better than relying on simply a password alone. But one-time codes generated by a mobile phone app such as Authy or Google Authenticator are more secure than SMS-based options because they are not directly vulnerable to SIM-swapping attacks.

The web site twofactorauth.org breaks down online service providers by the types of secondary authentication offered (SMS, call, app-based one-time codes, security keys). Take a moment soon to review this important resource and harden your security posture wherever possible.

Categories: Technology, Virus Info

CDC: Food left at unsafe temperature led to Powell Chipotle sicknesses

Channel 10 news - 4 hours 10 min ago

POWELL -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says tests show a foodborne disease called clostridium perfringens is suspected of leading to 647 reports of sicknesses at a Powell Chipotle, according to Delaware General Health District.

The disease occurs when food is left at an unsafe temperature.

A specific food has not been able to be identified as the source of illness. Ongoing food and stool testing is being conducted by the CDC lab.

"I am extremely proud of our team," said Delaware County Health Commissioner Shelia Hiddleson. "This investigation included countless hours of phone calls and interviews along with multiple inspections. We are also appreciatives of our community for being very cooperative during this investigation and for understanding our work in protecting the public's health. We are also thankful for the work of our partners at the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC."

In response to the outbreak, Chipotle CEO Brian Niccol said all employees will be retrained on food safety and wellness protocols.

AUG. 16, 2018 CHIPOTLE UPDATE: Stool sample results returned by CDC test positive for Clostridium perfringens.

Click here for more information on C. perfringens: https://t.co/jPDeUmeRwb pic.twitter.com/eA5EZi7bmq

— Delaware Health Dist (@DelawareHealth) August 16, 2018

Categories: Ohio News

Missing Ohio hiker survived 6 days on Mount St. Helens eating berries and bees

Channel 10 news - 4 hours 57 min ago

COUGAR, Wash. — An Ohio man who was missing on Mount St. Helens was found Wednesday on a flank of the peak nearly a week after he set out on a day hike and survived by eating berries and bees, authorities and the man's relatives said.

Matthew B. Matheny, 40, of Warren, Ohio, was in good condition, talking and did not appear to have suffered life-threatening injuries but was flown to a hospital to spend the night as a precaution, the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

His parents told reporters outside the Vancouver, Washington, hospital that he was being treated for dehydration and would stay overnight, adding that he ate berries and killed bees that he also ate.

Matheny, 40, was not familiar with the terrain, got lost and had not seen anyone since Aug. 9, they said.

Friends last saw Matthew Matheny when he borrowed a car and headed to Blue Lake Trail on the southwest side of St. Helens. They reported him missing after he failed to return, prompting a search. A sheriff's deputy found the borrowed Subaru Outback at the trailhead on Saturday.

About 30 search-and-rescue personnel, assisted by helicopters, tracking dogs and a drone operated by the sheriff's office searched for him daily.

Searchers on Tuesday decided to focus on a 1-square-mile (2.6-square-kilometer) area based on cell phone signals and a computer model that sought to predict Matheny's movements.

Blue Lake Trail is a short walk through meadows and tall fir trees to Blue Lake, according to the Washington Trails Association, Beyond the lake, hikers can access other trails and ridges, leading to views of Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams.

Matheny was found below a different trail, authorities said.

"He was in the free forest at this point. He lost the trail, he fell down the steep back," said Paul Pepper, another member of the rescue team.

Categories: Ohio News

U.S. Dept. of Education opens investigation into OSU's handling of Strauss claims

Channel 10 news - 5 hours 47 min ago

COLUMBUS -- The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation based on allegations against Dr. Richard Strauss, a physician employed by the Ohio State University from the mid-1970s to 1990s, according to a news release from OSU.

Several wrestlers have accused Strauss of sexual abuse. The investigation will examine whether the university is responding "promptly and equitably" to complaints and reports by former students and student-athletes, including allegations that employees knew or should have known about sexual misconduct accusations.

“We welcome the involvement and careful oversight of OCR and look forward to providing any information we can,” said Gates Garrity-Rokous, vice president and chief compliance officer for OSU. “We responded promptly and appropriately to the allegations received in April about Dr. Strauss. We are confident in the independence and thoroughness of the investigation we launched then as well as our ongoing commitment to transparency.”

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com for the latest on this developing story.

Categories: Ohio News

Weather and Tides Could Hamper Second Market Reef Youth Team Landing

ARRL News - 6 hours 3 min ago

A second group of young operators will attempt a landing at Market Reef on August 18 for a week of operating from the Youth on the Air station, OJ0C, at the remote lighthouse outpost. They hope to take part in the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW) event.

The Market Reef lighthouse is located so low that waves can roll over the entire DXCC entity. With no jetty, landing can be ha...

Categories: Amateur Radio News

Kroger begins testing driverless grocery deliveries

Channel 10 news - 6 hours 13 min ago

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Kroger will begin testing grocery deliveries using driverless cars outside of Phoenix.

The biggest U.S. grocery chain said the project will begin Thursday in Scottsdale at a Fry's supermarket, which is owned by Kroger.

Same-day or next-day delivery orders can be made online or via a mobile app.

The Toyota Prius will be used for the deliveries, manned by a human to monitor its performance. During phase two in the fall, deliveries will be made by a completely autonomous vehicle, called an R1, with no human aboard.

Kroger Co., based in Cincinnati, is partnering with Nuro, a Silicon Valley startup founded by two engineers who worked on autonomous vehicles at Google.

That Google project is called Waymo, which started its own pilot program last month at Walmart stores in Phoenix.

Categories: Ohio News

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - 6 hours 52 min ago

“Dummy Loads” is the topic of the new (August 16) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Jo...

Categories: Amateur Radio News

New Honda Odyssey is top minivan in passenger-side small overlap and latch testing

Channel 10 news - 7 hours 31 min ago

TORRANCE, Calif., -- The 2019 Honda Odyssey leads all tested minivans in recent ratings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including being the only minivan to achieve a "GOOD" rating for both the driver and passenger sides in IIHS' strenuous Small Overlap Front Crash Test. In addition, the institute recognized Odyssey with its top rating of "GOOD+" in its testing of Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) to determine the relative ease to safely install child safety seats in a vehicle. No other tested minivan earned above an "ACCEPTABLE" rating from IIHS in LATCH testing.

Odyssey qualifies as a 2018 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK when equipped with available Honda Sensing® and LED headlights. Honda Sensing is now standard on EX and above trims, accounting for 99 percent of 2019 Odyssey sales.1

"Minivan buyers list safety as one of their greatest purchase considerations, and the Odyssey continues to be a top performer in independent safety ratings, further distancing itself from segment competitors," said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Automobile Sales. "If you're in the market for a minivan and you care about safety, there is simply no better choice than the Honda Odyssey."

A small overlap crash occurs when just the front corner of the vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole. IIHS began rating vehicles for occupant protection in a driver-side small overlap front crash in 2012 and added the passenger-side test in 2017 to make sure occupants on both sides of the vehicle get equal protection.

LATCH is a system of attachment hardware for child restraints that is intended to simplify installation. Child restraints installed with LATCH are more likely to be put in correctly than restraints installed using the vehicle safety belt, IIHS research has shown.

According to IIHS, even with LATCH, installation errors are common. The Institute's LATCH ratings are based on key ease-of-use criteria that have been shown to minimize mistakes in installing lower attachment straps and top tethers. The top tether keeps the child seat from pitching forward in a crash, and all forward-facing restraints need them.

Among 2018-19 minivans evaluated, the Odyssey was the only one to earn a "GOOD+" rating for LATCH ease of use. The "GOOD+" rating is for vehicles that meet the criteria for a "GOOD" rating and provide additional seating positions with easy-to-use LATCH hardware. The eight-passenger 2019 Odyssey offers five LATCH-equipped seating positions, three in the second row and two in the third row.

1 American Honda Sales Data

About Honda

Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through more than 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan. Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017, more than 90 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

About Honda Safety Leadership

Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies designed to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders and pedestrians. The company operates two of the world's most sophisticated crash test facilities, in Ohio and Japan, and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety.

Categories: Ohio News

Bayer dumped Monsanto name, but not its costly troubles

Channel 10 news - 8 hours 53 min ago

For Bayer, the cost of buying Monsanto is proving higher than the $66 billion it paid for the U.S. agrochemical company. The German pharmaceutical giant is grappling with a tide negative publicity regarding Monsanto's Roundup weed killer, and getting punished by investors in the bargain.

Two months after completing its purchase of Monsanto, Bayer is looking at a drawn-out legal scrimmage over claims the herbicide produced by U.S.-based Monsanto causes cancer.

Shares of Bayer have slumped this week after Monsanto was hit with a $289 million verdict in favor of a groundskeeper dying of cancer who blames Roundup for causing his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Somewhat higher than the $277 million set aside by Monsanto to pay for the litigation, Friday's federal jury ruling is only the first of thousands of unresolved claims related to the weed killer.

Bayer plans to appeal the ruling, which found Monsanto liable for the groundskeeper's illness and lost wages, as well as for its failure to alert the public to Roundup's risks. Monsanto argues that its product is safe, even as researchers, attorneys and regulators for years debated whether the herbicide causes cancer.

"With another 2,000-plus cases pending, this looks potentially ruinous for Bayer," Bernstein analysts led by Jonas Oxgaard wrote in a client note. Still, "The scientific evidence appears to be on Monsanto's side, and in our view an appeal is likely to reverse the ruling," they added.

Bayer is likely to pull Roundup from gardening uses, according to the investment bank.That could cost the company $200 million in revenue. Bayer is expected to continue selling Roundup to farmers.

The German conglomerate's acquisition of Monsanto made the drugmaker the world's biggest seller of seeds and agricultural chemicals. In use for more than four decades, Roundup's major ingredient is a chemical called glyphosate, now the most widely used herbicide on the planet.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said last year that glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in people. By contrast, the World Health Organization labels the chemical as "probably carcinogenic to humans."

Adding fuel to the potential public relations fire for Bayer and Monsanto, an advocacy group on Wednesday released the findings of a study that found glyphosate in a number of popular oats-based cereals and granola bars.

The problems for Bayer aren't limited to Roundup. The Canadian government on Wednesday said it would restrict the outdoor use of certain chemicals linked to the deaths of aquatic insects and bees, including the company's clothianidin pesticide, and could decide later in the year to phase out another Bayer product, imidacloprid. Both belong to a class of pesticides that the European Union has proposed banning.

During an investors' call in late May, Bayer CEO Werner Baumann said buying Monsanto position the company to help farmers worldwide "produce healthy, safe and affordable food in a sustainable manner."

Still, looking to avoid linking its brand to protesters and genetically modified crops, Bayer in June confirmed that it would shelve the Monsanto name, and acknowledged the public's unease with the U.S. company's products.

After falling more than 10 percent on Monday as investors mulled the implications of Friday's verdict, Bayer shares steadied the following day only to slide another nearly 4 percent on Wednesday.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio awards $1.1 million to help protect firefighters' health

Channel 10 news - 8 hours 58 min ago

More than 100 Ohio fire departments will share $1.1 million in grants intended to help protect firefighters from carcinogens and other health hazards encountered in their work.

The Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation said Wednesday that it has awarded the money under the bureau's Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program.

The funds will help departments buy safety gear, exhaust systems and specialized washing machines. The machines are used to help clean off harmful residue that can collect on firefighters' gear during a blaze. The bureau says some residue can cause cancer, respiratory disease and other health issues.

The grant program provides a 5-to-1 match up to $15,000 for employers with annual payroll of at least $500,000. No match is required for employers with less than $500,000 in payroll.

Categories: Ohio News

PA Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning

Channel 10 news - 9 hours 8 min ago

Six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania joined the list this week of those around the U.S. that have been forced to face the ugly truth about child-molesting priests in their ranks.

But in dozens of other dioceses, there has been no reckoning, leading victims to wonder if the church will ever truly take responsibility or be held accountable.

"It happens everywhere, so it's not really so much a question of where has it happened, but instead, where has word gotten out, where is information about it accessible?" said Terry McKiernan, founder of BishopAccountability.org, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit group that tracks clergy sexual abuse cases.

Since the crisis exploded in Boston in 2002, dioceses around the country have dealt with similar revelations of widespread sexual abuse, with many of them forced to come clean by aggressive plaintiffs' attorneys, assertive prosecutors or relentless journalists.

In a few instances, namely in Tucson, Arizona, and Seattle, dioceses voluntarily named names.

Dioceses in Boston; Los Angeles; Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Denver; San Diego; Louisville, Kentucky; and Dallas have all paid multimillion-dollar settlements to victims. Fifteen dioceses and three Catholic religious orders have filed for bankruptcy to deal with thousands of lawsuits.

Still, only about 40 of the nearly 200 dioceses in the U.S. have released lists of priests accused of abusing children, and there have been only nine investigations by a prosecutor or grand jury of a Catholic diocese or archdiocese in the U.S., according to BishopAccountability.org.

In many of the dioceses that have been examined, the numbers have been staggering: in the six Pennsylvania dioceses, 300 abusive priests and more than 1,000 victims since the 1940s; in Boston, at least 250 priests and more than 500 victims.

All told, U.S. bishops have acknowledged that more than 17,000 people nationwide have reported being molested by priests and others in the church going back to 1950.

Phil Saviano, a Massachusetts man who said he was sexually abused by a priest in 1960s beginning at age 11, said he hopes the grand jury report in Pennsylvania will prompt attorneys general in other states to conduct similar investigations. He said he doubts dioceses will release names unless forced to do so.

"My personal feeling is that none of them are going to come forward voluntarily. It's always going to take some pressure from the public, the parishioners or legal authorities," said Saviano, whose story was one of many exposed by The Boston Globe in its 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning series and later in the Oscar-winning movie "Spotlight."

Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston lawyer who estimates he has represented 3,000 clergy sex abuse victims from around the world since the 1990s, said he has sent letters detailing about two dozen allegations of abuse against priests from dioceses in Michigan, Ohio and Rhode Island and received similar responses from all three.

"They say, 'We feel very sorry for your clients, but it's outside the statute of limitations,'" Garabedian said, adding, "The church knows there is no legal recourse, so the church says it will not act responsibly and will not act appropriately."

In many states, statutes of limitations allow people abused as children to file civil claims up until only age 21 or slightly older. In Massachusetts and other states hit hard by the crisis, those statutes were amended after the scandal erupted. But in many other states, the laws have remained unchanged.

The Pennsylvania grand jury said that in almost every case there, the statute of limitations for bringing criminal charges has run out.

Echoing what was discovered in Boston and other places, the grand jury report accused senior church officials of hushing up allegations against priests, in some cases by shuffling them from parish to parish.

In a statement, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People expressed sorrow over the Pennsylvania findings and said: "We are committed to work in determined ways so that such abuse cannot happen."

In recent years, the U.S. bishops have adopted widespread reforms, including mandatory criminal background checks for priests and lay employees, a requirement that abuse allegations be reported to law enforcement, the suspension of priests while they are being investigated, and permanent removal from ministry when accusations are substantiated.

The Rev. Thomas Reese, a Jesuit priest who is a senior analyst for the Religion News Service, noted such reforms but said the Pennsylvania grand jury report should be a "wake-up call" to other dioceses that they need to hire outside groups to do independent investigations, then must publish the results. But he said he is doubtful that will happen.

"A lot of bishops feel, 'Hey, that was done before I got here. I regret that it happened, I'm sorry that it happened, but we've changed, this is no longer happening under my watch because of the procedures we've put in place,'" Reese said.

"If they had just gotten all of the dirt out at the very beginning, all at the same time, then we wouldn't be suffering death by 1,000 cuts. It's just place after place, and frankly, it's the same story in every place."

Categories: Ohio News

University of Akron to phase out 80 degree programs

Channel 10 news - 9 hours 12 min ago

The University of Akron will phase out 80 degree programs as it adjusts to changing demands.

The changes announced by UA Wednesday were based on declining program enrollment. Board members received an academic program review that examined the university's 414 degrees and degree tracks.

Ten Ph.D. programs, 33 master's programs, 20 bachelor's programs and 17 associate's programs will be eliminated in the next few years.

Administrators say the school will focus on "key areas of strength and opportunity." The programs include polymer science, biosciences and cycbersecurity. UA will hire 32 new instructors for the degree tracks.

University spokesman Wayne Hill says there won't be any faculty reductions. Students in the affected programs will be able to finish their degrees.

The school's fall 2017 enrollment was about 22,000 students.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio high court won't hear appeal from dismantled e-school

Channel 10 news - 9 hours 18 min ago

The Ohio Supreme Court dealt a big blow to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow with a ruling last week and now it has decided it won't hear another appeal that had been filed by the same dismantled online charter school.

In that appeal, ECOT argued the State Board of Education violated the Open Meetings Act when deciding to order that the massive school repay $60 million in state funding in a dispute over how student participation was tallied. The court Wednesday declined to hear the case.

Last week, the court sided with the state in a separate and closely watched ECOT case, ruling Ohio had authority to calculate the school's funding using participation data, not just enrollment.

The state says ECOT had over 11,000 students when it closed in January.

Categories: Ohio News

Young girl, scolded for taking a knee during pledge, gets endorsement from Hillary Clinton

Channel 10 news - 9 hours 20 min ago

Inspired by banished NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Baltimore middle schooler Mariana Taylor, 11, wanted to protest sexism and racism in America by taking a knee, an act that wasn't well received by her teacher. In February, as Taylor began kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance, the instructor reprimanded her in front of the class, saying she was required to stand. The confrontation left Taylor in tears.

"Mariana became upset right then and there. She was allowed to leave the classroom upset, the teacher did not suggest any kind of support that she go to the guidance counselor. It wasn't until her second teacher could not calm her down that she was supportive of Mariana," Mariana's mother, Joanne Taylor, told CBS Baltimore.

The incident caught the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in May and now, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who expressed support for the girl.

It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you're 11! Keep up the good work Mariana. https://t.co/vnGheuWyJ0

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 15, 2018

"It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you're 11! Keep up the good work Mariana," Clinton wrote in a tweet Wednesday, highlighting a NowThis video that features Taylor recently testifying before a school board on July 10.

Clinton's tweet comes at a time where President Trump has reignited criticism toward NFL players who don't stand for the national anthem, suggesting threats of suspension for their acts. Dozens of players over the last two seasons have sat, locked arms or kneeled during the anthem as form of protest against racial inequality and police brutality.

In the video, Taylor defends her actions by citing a nearly half-century Supreme Court case called Tinker v. Des Moines.

"It is in my rights to be allowed to kneel ... students are allowed to take stands as long as it's not disruptive to the classroom, and I feel that my confrontation was more disruptive than kneeling itself," she said. "And we need this policy change so other kids don't go what I went through."

The ACLU said the Supreme Court has already established that students and teachers do not lose First Amendment rights when they enter a school. The organization is now putting pressure on the school system to review its policies.

"The ACLU urges Baltimore County and all Maryland schools to review and update their policies to honor respectful student activism in the future, like silently 'taking a knee' during the Pledge of Allegiance," said Jay Jimenez, a legal associate for the ACLU of Maryland.

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) told CBS Baltimore in May that they weren't aware of any punishment handed down to Taylor or any other student protesting the pledge.

"We know of no BCPS student who has been reprimanded or punished for non-participation in patriotic observances," BCPS said. "We fully support students' rights and encourage student voice as articulated in board policy."

Categories: Ohio News

Mother yanks 2 children from electric toy car before it catches on fire

Channel 10 news - 9 hours 28 min ago

Video footage shows fire consuming a child's electric toy vehicle, as two kids were playing in it.

"I think that was the really scary thing because they were buckled in and they are both little so neither of them could have gotten themselves out," Michelle Kline told CBS Boston.

Fortunately, Kline was feet away as her kids started driving up the small hill in her neighbor's North Andover yard.

"It was just kind of that hot electrical smell and saw some smoke coming out of the little hood," she said.

She rushed over and got her 16-month-old and 3-year-old out of the vehicle. Kline said within two minutes the toy was charred and all that was left was a small bucket of charred plastic and metal.

The family recently bought the $500 'SPORTrax Awesome XL' model as a birthday present for their 5-year-old and 3-year-old. Kline said the manufacturer wouldn't talk with them, but did talk with the fire inspector. "They did say to the fire inspector, that they did put a lot of fail-safes into the car to protect people from this happening, which is again is part of the reason we did purchase this car," Kline said.

North Andover Fire Chief Bill McCarthy said it appears the fire started where the batteries are, but it's hard to tell because there's not much left. Concerned about this happening to other children, the department notified the Consumer Product Safety Commission, fire marshal, distributor and manufacturer.

"Just to see if this is an isolated incident with this one particular vehicle or is at potential issue that it's happened somewhere else," said McCarthy.

The Kline kids are OK.

"Last night when he was going to bed he said goodbye to his jeep on the front lawn," Kline said of one of her children.

They are now relegated to playing with the old school pedal bike. The manufacturer did not return a request to comment.

Categories: Ohio News

Columbus ranks 23rd in study for nation's top tech-talent

Channel 10 news - 10 hours 27 min ago

COLUMBUS - A recent study compared some of the economic pillars of cities nationwide and ranked Columbus #23 for top-ranked tech talent markets. The study's senior economic advisor said factors for the city's growth include higher salaries and better jobs.

"We came out with our annual tech talent survey which looks at the top markets in the United States that have either self-created tech talent or tech talent that moves into the market from either university or from employers moving into the market," said CBRE Senior Economic Analyst Spencer Levy. "This survey is really important because it's used as somewhat of a guide by many of the largest tech employers of the world."

The study examined specific groups like millennials and women working in technology. Local tech company owner Michelle Kerr said Columbus sees many women in the industry but has room for growth.

"When I was a little girl I never anticipated that I would be in technology," said President of Lightwell Michelle Kerr. "I actually went to school in finance and accounting."

Kerr said in her early work at Procter and Gamble, she saw the power of tech in business. Now she owns a company that hones in on using tech to fine-tune manufacturing processes. She said she sees the growth of more women also embracing the digital world throughout Central Ohio.

"I think we're doing pretty well. I think the one thing that is great about Columbus is not only we are very supportive of women and have a lot of resources advocating for women, we're also very entrepreneurial," said Kerr. "We have a tremendous entrepreneurial spirit here in Columbus."

She hopes with more exposure of technology to grade-school girls, the city will see the percentage of females in her industry grow.

"It's at the high end of the range but that by no means suggests that 25-percent is the right number or even a good number because certainly Ohio and other places are doing things to improve that number," said Levy.

Levy acknowledges large employers, including Amazon, look at Central Ohio as a place to do business. He recommends the city highlight the abundance of tech skills.

"A lot of cities like Columbus -and like Pittsburg which is also on the list- would suggest that they have the talent. They have the infrastructure. They also sometimes lead with cost. I would suggest the smaller markets while lower cost, don't lead with that factor, because high-quality talent is the scarcity that Ohio and other small markets should lead with."

To see the rankings and details on how analysts compile their list click here.

Categories: Ohio News

Husband arrested in case of missing pregnant wife, 2 young daughters

Channel 10 news - 10 hours 42 min ago

The husband of a missing, pregnant Colorado woman was arrested Wednesday evening in connection with her disappearance and that of their two young daughters, police in Frederick, Colorado say. He hasn't been charged and is being held in the Weld County, Colorado jail.

CBS Denver reports Chris Watts confessed to killing Shanann Watts, 34, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and daughters Bella, 4 and Celeste, 3. The station says investigators were seen removing items from the family's home. A truck was also taken.

CBS News has not independently confirmed that Chris Watts admitted to police that he killed Shanann, Bella and Celeste. Authorities didn't say anything about the whereabouts or conditions of the three.

CBS Denver detailed what it learned:

Heartbreaking news to share. CBS4 confirms the family of Shanann Watts has been notified by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation that Chris Watts confessed to officers that he killed his wife and their two little girls. https://t.co/Y0Me7UwjGd

— Tim Wieland (@CBS4Tim) August 16, 2018

The station says Shanann Watts' family was also told he agreed to bring officers to the bodies.

A relative of Shanann Watts provided this statement tonight. The husband is being held by police. https://t.co/My4xSGrxth pic.twitter.com/8DNpr4xLEN

— Tim Wieland (@CBS4Tim) August 16, 2018

Frederick Police told a news conference earlier Wednesday that officers went to check up on Shanann and the girls in their home around 1 p.m. Monday after a concerned friend said she hadn't heard from Shanann.

One of her friends posted on Facebook that Shanann left her phone, purse, car seats and children's medicine at home Monday morning, CBS Denver reported.

The home of Chris and Shanann Watts and their two young daughters in Frederick, Colorado on August 15, 2018 CBS DENVER

By Tuesday afternoon, the CBI issued an endangered missing alert for all three.

Chris Watts told "Today" Wednesday morning he was living a "nightmare." He said the last time he saw his family was early Monday morning before leaving for work.

The FBI was assisting the CBI and local authorities with the investigation.

Categories: Ohio News

2018-08-26 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 23:34
Date: Sunday Aug 26, 2018
Time: 6:24 AM
Duration: 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 10°
Approach: 10° above SE
Departure: 10° above ESE

2018-08-28 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 23:34
Date: Tuesday Aug 28, 2018
Time: 6:15 AM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 26°
Approach: 11° above S
Departure: 23° above ESE

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