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North Country at Work Live!: the "no bull" way to get your cow pregnant

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 22:00
Keene Valley resident Marcy Neville is a well-known house painter, but she also has a small homestead. In October of 2018 she told a story at Keene Valley at Work: Live! about the first time she tried to get her milking cow pregnant - without a bull.
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Midsummer Reading Call-in starts 10 am. Help build the list.

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 22:00
It's summer - too hot to dig postholes. But not too hot to sit on the beach with a good book. Jessica Lawrence is joined by book mavens John Ernst and Chris Robinson to share what they're reading this summer and to take calls and email suggestions from listeners for the best books to while away a long summer day. Call in toll-free 1-877-388-6277, email jessica@ncpr.org or add your picks in a comment below. We compile all your suggestions with recommendations from hosts, staff and friends in a summer reading list on this page later in the week.
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Bear that broke into Vermont home last weekend euthanized

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 22:00
UNDERHILL, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding people to avoid attracting bears after a bear that broke into a home in Underhill last weekend had to be euthanized due to public safety concerns.
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New York first state to ban cat declawing

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York has become the first state to ban the declawing of cats.
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New York leads nation in nonprofit jobs, wages

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state leads the nation in nonprofit jobs and the wages they support.
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Advocates seek stricter limits to solitary confinement

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 22:00
Advocates of ending solitary confinement in New York's prisons ended the 2019 legislative session disappointed that changes made to the practice did not go further, and they say they'll be back to fight for more progress.
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9-year-old girl raising money for Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper injured in wrong-way crash

Channel 10 news - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 18:57

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who was nearly killed in a wrong-way crash last month has been upgraded to stable condition.

A good Samaritan pulled Trooper Jason Phillips from his vehicle on I-71 in Morrow County after the crash.

A report shows the other driver, Michael Marchak, was under the influence of methamphetamine.

Ashley Hobson and her 9-year-old daughter Ryliee could not get over the images from the crash.

“Just gut-wrenching, mostly, more than anything,” Ashley said.

Phillips, 23, is among the youngest troopers in the state, having just graduated from the academy in November.

He was called out to investigate a wrong-way driver. OSHP says it was that vehicle that hit Phillips.

Ryliee decided she wanted to do what she can to help Phillips.

“It's a donation and all the money will be given to the state trooper,” Ryliee explained.

They are selling ribbons at Pizzaburg in Mount Gilead. The restaurant is also donating 30 percent of their sales and all tips to the trooper and his family.

“It feels good. We're very supported from the community members so we are supportive of them,” said Pizzaburg owner, Jason Bentz.

This isn't the first time Pizzaburg and Ryliee have joined up for a fundraiser. They raised nearly $4,500 for the two Westerville Police officers who were killed.

“It made me feel really happy inside,” Ryliee said of donating to the fallen officer’s families.

It also melts the hearts of troopers in the area.

“A little girl like this, it's just amazing and makes you smile. It's unbelievable. She is just stepping it up for everybody,” said Trooper Matt Whims.

While they are hoping to get a lot of donations for Trooper Phillips and his family, mom Ashley says she's happy no matter what they raise.

“I'm very proud of her and just the way she likes to help,” Ashley said.
Categories: Ohio News

Deal sealed on federal budget, ensuring no shutdown, default

Channel 10 news - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 17:47

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and congressional leaders announced Monday they had struck a critical debt and budget agreement. The deal amounts to an against-the-odds victory for Washington pragmatists seeking to avoid politically dangerous tumult over the possibility of a government shutdown or first-ever federal default.

The deal, announced by Trump on Twitter and in a statement by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, will restore the government's ability to borrow to pay its bills past next year's elections and build upon recent large budget gains for both the Pentagon and domestic agencies.

"I am pleased to announce that a deal has been struck," Trump tweeted, saying there will be no "poison pills" added to follow-up legislation. "This was a real compromise in order to give another big victory to our Great Military and Vets!"

The agreement is on a broad outline for $1.37 trillion in agency spending next year and slightly more in fiscal 2021. It would mean a win for lawmakers eager to return Washington to a more predictable path amid political turmoil and polarization, defense hawks determined to cement big military increases and Democrats seeking to protect domestic programs.

Pelosi and Schumer said the deal "will enhance our national security and invest in middle class priorities that advance the health, financial security and well-being of the American people."

They claimed credit for winning more than $100 billion worth of spending increases for domestic priorities since Trump took office.

Nobody notched a big win, but both sides view it as better than a protracted battle this fall that probably wouldn't end up much differently.

However, it also comes as budget deficits are rising to $1 trillion levels — requiring the government to borrow a quarter for every dollar the government spends — despite the thriving economy and three rounds of annual Trump budget proposals promising to crack down on the domestic programs that Pelosi is successfully defending now. It ignores warnings from deficit and debt scolds who say the nation's fiscal future is unsustainable and will eventually drag down the economy.

"This agreement is a total abdication of fiscal responsibility by Congress and the president," said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a Washington advocacy group. "It may end up being the worst budget agreement in our nation's history, proposed at a time when our fiscal conditions are already precarious."

A push by the White House and House GOP forces for new offsetting spending cuts was largely jettisoned, though Pelosi, D-Calif., gave assurances about not seeking to use the follow-up spending bills as vehicles for aggressively liberal policy initiatives.

Fights over Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall, other immigration-related issues and spending priorities will be rejoined on spending bills this fall that are likely to produce much the same result as current law. The House has passed most of its bills, using far higher levels for domestic spending. Senate measures will follow this fall, with levels reflecting the accord.

At issue are two separate but pressing items on Washington's must-do agenda: increasing the debt limit to avert a first-ever default on U.S. payments and acting to set overall spending limits and prevent automatic spending cuts from hitting the Pentagon and domestic agencies in January.

The threat of the automatic cuts represents the last gasp of a failed 2011 budget and debt pact between former President Barack Obama and then-Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, that promised future spending and deficit cuts to cover a $2 trillion increase in the debt. But a bipartisan deficit "supercommittee" failed to deliver, and lawmakers were unwilling to live with the follow-up cuts to defense and domestic accounts. This is the fourth deal since 2013 to reverse those cuts.

Prospects for an agreement, a months-long priority of top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., became far brighter when Pelosi returned to Washington this month and aggressively pursued the pact with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin , who was anointed lead negotiator instead of more conservative options like acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney or hardline Budget Director Russell Vought.

Mnuchin was eager to avert a crisis over the government's debt limit. There's some risk of a first-ever U.S. default in September, and that added urgency to the negotiations.

The pact would defuse the debt limit issue for two years, meaning that Trump or his Democratic successor would not have to confront the politically difficult issue until well into 2021.

Washington's arcane budget rules give each side a way to paint the numbers favorably. Generally speaking, the deal would lock in place big increases won by both sides in a 2018 pact driven by the demands of GOP defense hawks and award future increases consistent with low inflation.

Pelosi and Schumer claimed rough parity between increases for defense and nondefense programs, but the veteran negotiator retreated on her push for a special carve-out for a newly reauthorized program for veterans utilizing private sector health care providers. Instead non-defense spending increases would exceed increases for the military by $10 billion over the deal's two-year duration.

In the end, non-defense appropriations would increase by $56.5 billion over two years, giving domestic programs 4% increases on average in the first year of the pact, with a big chunk of those gains eaten up by veterans increases and an unavoidable surge for the U.S. Census. Defense would increase by $46.5 billion over those two years, with the defense budget hitting $738 billion next year, a 3% hike, followed by only a further $2.5 billion increase in 2021.

Trump retains flexibility to transfer money between accounts, which raises the possibility of attempted transfers for building border barriers. That concession angered the Senate's top Appropriations Committee Democrat, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who said he has "many concerns" with a memorandum outlining the agreement that promised there will also be no "poison pills," new policy "riders," or bookkeeping tricks to add to the deal's spending levels.

The results are likely to displease many on both sides, especially Washington's weakening deficit hawks and liberals demanding greater spending for progressive priorities. But Pelosi and McConnell have longtime histories with the Capitol's appropriations process and have forged a powerful alliance to deliver prior spending and debt deals.

The measure would first advance through the House this week and win the Senate's endorsement next week before Congress takes its annual August recess. Legislation to prevent a government shutdown will follow in September.

Categories: Ohio News

Trump concedes he may watch 'a little' of Mueller testimony

Channel 10 news - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 17:39

NEW YORK (AP) — He won't watch. Well, maybe just a little bit.

President Donald Trump on Monday feigned indifference to Robert Mueller's upcoming congressional testimony, an eyebrow-raising claim for a media-obsessed president who has been concerned for months about the potential impact of the former special counsel's appearance.

Much of Washington will stop in its tracks Wednesday as Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill for at least five hours, a nationally televised event that for many Americans will be their first detailed exposure to the former special counsel's findings on Russia's 2016 election interference.

"No, I'm not going to be watching — probably — maybe I'll see a little bit of it," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. "I'm not going to be watching Mueller because you can't take all those bites out of the apple."

That was a shift from Friday, when Trump insisted that he would not watch any of Mueller's back-to-back appearances before two House committees.

Either way, the president has continued to wage war on the former special counsel's credibility, sending out a series of tweets Monday in which he deemed Mueller, without evidence, "highly conflicted" and said that "in the end it will be bad for him and the phony Democrats in Congress who have done nothing but waste time on this ridiculous Witch Hunt."

Trump's Twitter account may well be the main vehicle for the White House to respond to Mueller's testimony.

Though the probe did not establish charges of criminal conspiracy or obstruction, there has been growing concern among those close to the president that Mueller's appearance could push undecided or reluctant Democrats toward impeachment. Even so, there appears to be little evidence of an organized White House response plan to the hearings.

The president has a light schedule Wednesday morning, when Mueller begins speaking, before heading to West Virginia for evening fundraisers. The TVs aboard Air Force One are likely to be tuned to coverage of the hearings, and the president is expected to watch or be briefed on most of the proceedings, according to four administration officials and Republicans close to the White House. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss internal plans.

When Mueller was originally scheduled to appear last Wednesday, before a one-week postponement, the president's campaign scheduled a rally that night in North Carolina so Trump could offer a rebuttal. That won't happen this time, though the president's personal attorneys, including Rudy Giuliani, may issue their own statements, and talking points could be circulated among conservatives.

There is also an expectation within the White House that House Republicans will pepper Mueller with tough questions, though they may be less comfortable taking a swipe at the decorated war hero from the chambers rather than via Twitter or Fox News.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham has yet to make an on-camera appearance after nearly a month in the job. But Kellyanne Conway, senior counselor to the president, previewed the attack lines Monday.

"Well, I want the taxpayers to see the way the Democratic Congress is spending their money day in and day out. A do-over of the do-over of the do-over," Conway said on Fox News. "Now they want Bob Mueller, they want to drag him before Congress and have him read out loud. Bob Mueller book on tape, courtesy of the taxpayer, I don't think so. They also think you're stupid, America, that you can't read the report for yourself."

The nation has heard the special counsel speak only once — for nine minutes — since his appointment in May 2017.

This time, the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee will question Mueller in separate hearings on the report.

Mueller plans to begin with an opening statement that a spokesman said would be similar in substance to his May 29 statement from the Justice Department podium. In that statement, he cautioned Congress that he would not go beyond the text of the report if called upon to testify and explained his team's decision to neither seek an indictment of the president nor exonerate him on obstruction of justice allegations.

Responding to a request from Mueller about limitations or potential privilege issues, a senior Justice Department official, Bradley Weinsheimer, told Mueller in a letter that the department expects that he will not stray beyond his report when he testifies. Weinsheimer also told Mueller that he should not discuss the redacted portions of his report or the actions of people who were not charged.

While the report did not find sufficient evidence to establish charges of criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to swing the election, it said Trump could not be cleared of trying to obstruct the investigation.

Because the report was dense and, at times, lawyerly, Trump allies have long fretted that while few lawmakers and Americans read the report, they might be swayed by Mueller's in-person testimony.

The president has spent months concerned about the prospect of the media coverage that would be given to Mueller, who Trump believes has been unfairly lionized across cable news and the front pages of the nation's leading newspapers for two years, according to three White House officials and Republicans close to the White House.

Before the report's release, Trump had feared a repeat — but bigger — of the February testimony of his former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, which dominated news coverage and even overshadowed his nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam.

That worry has faded some in recent weeks. White House officials believe that the public has grown tired of the Russia story line and is growing more convinced that it has been propped up by Democrats and media figures frustrated that Mueller didn't topple the administration.

Categories: Ohio News

Records: State, county knew of problems at Columbus psychiatric facility for teens

Channel 10 news - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 16:03

COLUMBUS (WBNS) – Both state and county children’s services agencies have known about problems inside Sequel Pomegranate for years, records show, but the private facility has faced little recourse.

Instead, the agencies often issue individual plans of correction.

Child advocates, parents and former teenaged residents of the facility tell 10 Investigates that approach misses the larger picture – that the issues there are systemic.

The state’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services licenses Sequel Pomegranate, the privately-run psychiatric and behavioral health facility for teens.

In past two years, the department has recorded several incidents and issued plans of correction for issues including the improper use of restraints on teens and the overuse of antipsychotic medications.

“They lay you over on your side and then they give it to you in your side, that's why they call it the booty juice,” said one former Pomegranate teen, interviewed by 10 Investigates on Monday. “They basically are like we are going to knock you out with the booty juice. And then go straight to sleep.”

The teen asked that her identity be concealed. 10 Investigates confirmed through records that she has attended Sequel Pomegranate. While she claims she was never injected with antipsychotic medication, she claims the use of drugs like Haldol was quite common during her stay there.

When asked directly if she has seen kids be injected, the teen said: “yes.”

10 Investigates found a 2018 plan of correction issued by OHMAS in which the state agency criticized Sequel Pomegranate for its use of restraints and medications.

Inspectors noted that "there were multiple incidents where youth was placed in a restraints ... without sufficient documentation."

The state also found "youths stating that after receiving shots, that they felt sleepy and stating they needed to lay down and sleep. One youth... pleaded with staff not to give the shot, but was given the shot while being held down."

A spokeswoman for Sequel Pomegranate referred 10 Investigates to previously issued statements. The first of which was issued on July 11 and alleged that teens sometime make up allegations in order to get out of the program. A follow-up statement issued to 10 Investigates by Sequel Pomegranate’s outside counsel, Catherine Cownie, read in part:

“Sequel Pomegranate takes every allegation of assault or violence seriously and strictly complies with its legal and ethical responsibilities to report and investigate such incidents. Sequel Pomegranate always cooperates with regulatory, law enforcement, and oversight agencies charged with investigating such allegations. However, Sequel Pomegranate’s obligations to the children and adolescents in their care prohibit them from publicly commenting on such allegations.

As a covered entity under HIPAA, Sequel Pomegranate is prohibited from disclosing an individual’s protected health information without consent of the individual or, if the individual is a minor, their parents. Obviously, this includes information about diagnosis and treatment, but it also includes information that would confirm the specific child is receiving, or has received, care in one of its facilities. As such, if an allegation includes any information that could be used to identify an individual, Sequel Pomegranate is legally prohibited from making any comment without proper authorizations or releases.”

A months-long investigation by 10 Investigates found that children and staffers inside the facility have been exposed to incidents of violence and sexual abuse. In some cases, children have attacked each other. In others, staffers and teens have been both the victims and perpetrators.

Our investigation included a review of more than 400 calls for police service dating back to 2017, police reports, 911 calls, police body-camera footage, and state incident reports submitted to both Franklin County Children’s Services and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, which licenses Sequel Pomegranate.

Among our findings, since 2017:

  • There have been 125 incidents of kids going absent without leave
  • Police have responded to 77 disturbances calls, 36 assault reports and 14 alleged sexual assaults
  • There have been substantiated cases of teen-on-teen violence and teen-on-teen sexual assaults
  • There have been 24 incidents of staffers being accused of improper restraints; 11 of those staffers were either fired or retrained
  • Police reports detail injures to staffers by teens, “riots” and kids in the ceiling of the facility


Franklin County Children’s Services said that the incidents at Sequel Pomegranate were not acceptable but the agency has no plans to suspend its contract with Sequel Pomegranate – each year the facility gets about $5 million from FCCS.

Sequel Pomegranate houses about 90 children in its in-patient facility.

Categories: Ohio News

IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Seeks Student CubeSat RF Hardware Proposals

ARRL News - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 15:34

The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) has announced the MTT-Sat Challenge for groups of students developing RF hardware for CubeSat applications. The MTT-Sat Challenge is a worldwide competition for teams of undergraduate and graduate students to design and build RF hardware for small satellites. The most promising designs will undergo space environmental qualification testin...

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Nearly 10,000 without power due to equipment issue at Grove City substation

Channel 10 news - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 15:25

Nearly 10,000 AEP Ohio customers are without power Monday night after an equipment issue at the Grove City substation.

AEP Ohio said this issue is separate from the outage that affected Grandview over the weekend.

The power is expected to be restored between 9 and 10 p.m. Monday.

You can get updates from AEP Ohio’s outage map here.

Categories: Ohio News

Columbus teachers prepare to picket city council

Channel 10 news - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 15:23

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus city teachers put their pleas to paper on Monday.

Dozens stopped in to the Columbus Education Association throughout the day to prepare signs, make phone calls and send out text messages. They are hoping to get the word out to their fellow teachers about the planned picket outside Monday's city council meeting.

"(City council members) are part of the school funding problem in Columbus, and they should not be giving tax abatements to wealthy corporations that don’t need them," said John Coneglio, president of the Columbus Education Association.

The school district confirms that, between 2000 and 2015, city tax abatements totaled approximately $146 million. But leaders then pointed out that those abatements expire in 10 to 15 years, depending on the terms. The district projects that between 2016 and 2029, it will see $150 million in property tax revenue from those properties that might not have been developed without the initial tax abatement.

10TV also reached out to city leaders for comment but did not receive a reply by the deadline.

"The priority of the city is to make sure wealthy corporations get tax abatements and that our students are in buildings that don’t have air conditioning, have leaky roofs, mold, mice, things like that," Coneglio said.

Meanwhile, the union is still in contract negotiations with the district.

After a "cooling off" period, during which negotiations did not actually stop, both sides plan to be back at the bargaining table twice this week and three more times next week.

"The right of collective bargaining is that striking is part of our rights, and it’s another tool in the toolbox to get what our Columbus students deserve," Coneglio said. "I don’t think anybody wants to go on strike, but everything is a possibility."

Back in May, the union voted to authorize leaders to give a 10-day strike notice if negotiations stall. But both sides say, so far, talks are still going well. The last and only strike for Columbus teachers happened back in January 1975.

The district released the following statement: “The District and the Union will continue to negotiate in good faith, and negotiations have continued on a positive path.”

Teachers are asking for more pay and benefits but also smaller class sizes. They say their main focus is on the students.

"We want the schools that Columbus students deserve, and that’s more wraparound services, an end to the school-prison pipeline by having meaningful discipline programs that will put our kids on the right path. We want safe schools, we want more nurses, part-time counselors, social workers, those types of things," Coneglio said. "Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions, so when we say that we want smaller class sizes, it’s because we know we can meet the individual needs of students when you have smaller class sizes."

The current contract expires on Aug. 18. The first day back to school for students is Aug. 22.

Categories: Ohio News

Groveport man sentenced to 13 years in fatal shooting of wife

Channel 10 news - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 14:55

A Groveport man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison in the fatal shooting of his wife.

Sean Newman had originally been charged with murder in the death of Ashley Newman but pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter in court on Monday.

The shooting happened on December 31, 2017 shortly before midnight. Authorities said Sean told a relative he accidentally shot Ashley while playing with a gun inside their home.

Ashley was taken to Grant Medical Center where she died shortly after.

Police say after Ashley was shot in the head, Sean left their home. Authorities found Sean a short time later after they say he intentionally crashed his car in a suicide attempt.

After entering his guilty, the prosecution and defense made a joint recommendation for the 13-year prison sentence which the judge accepted.

Categories: Ohio News

What You Should Know About the Equifax Data Breach Settlement

Krebs on Security - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 13:27

Big-three credit bureau Equifax has reportedly agreed to pay at least $650 million to settle lawsuits stemming from a 2017 breach that let intruders steal personal and financial data on roughly 148 million Americans. Here’s a brief primer that attempts to break down what this settlement means for you, and what it says about the value of your identity.

Q: What happened?

A: If the terms of the settlement are approved by a court, the Federal Trade Commission says Equifax will be required to spend up to $425 million helping consumers who can demonstrate they were financially harmed by the breach. The company also will provide up to 10 years of free credit monitoring to those who had their data exposed.

Q: What about the rest of the money in the settlement?

A: An as-yet undisclosed amount will go to pay lawyers fees for the plaintiffs.

Q: $650 million seems like a lot. Is that some kind of record?

A: If not, it’s pretty close. The New York Times reported earlier today that it was thought to be the largest settlement ever paid by a company over a data breach, but that statement doesn’t appear anywhere in their current story.

Q: Hang on…148 million affected consumers…out of that $425 million pot that comes to just $2.87 per victim, right?

A: That’s one way of looking at it. But as always, the devil is in the details. You won’t see a penny or any other benefit unless you do something about it, and how much you end up costing the company (within certain limits) is up to you.

The Times reports that the proposed settlement assumes that only around seven million people will sign up for their credit monitoring offers. “If more do, Equifax’s costs for providing it could rise meaningfully,” the story observes.

Q: Okay. What can I do?

A: You can visit www.equifaxbreachsettlement.com, although none of this will be official or on offer until a court approves the settlement.

Q: Uh, that doesn’t look like Equifax’s site…

A: Good eyes! It’s not. It’s run by a third party. But we should probably just be grateful for that; given Equifax’s total dumpster fire of a public response to the breach, the company has shown itself incapable of operating (let alone securing) a properly functioning Web site.

Q: What can I get out of this?

A: In a nutshell, affected consumers are eligible to apply for one or more remedies, including:

Free credit monitoring: At least three years of credit monitoring via all three major bureaus simultaneously, including Equifax, Experian and Trans Union. The settlement also envisions up to six more years of single bureau monitoring through Experian. Or, if you don’t want to take advantage of the credit monitoring offers, you can opt instead for a $125 cash payment. You can’t get both.

Reimbursement: …For the time you spent remedying identity theft or misuse of your personal information caused by the breach, or purchasing credit monitoring or credit reports. This is capped at 20 total hours at $25 per hour ($500). Total cash reimbursement payment will not exceed $20,000 per consumer.

Help with ongoing identity theft issues: Up to seven years of “free assisted identity restoration services.” Again, the existing breach settlement page is light on specifics there.

Q: Does this cover my kids/dependents, too?

A: The FTC says if you were a minor in May 2017 (when Equifax first learned of the breach), you are eligible for a total of 18 years of free credit monitoring.

Q: How do I take advantage of any of these?

A: You can’t yet. The settlement has to be approved first. The settlement Web site says to check back again later. In addition to checking the breach settlement site periodically, consumers can sign up with the FTC to receive email updates about this settlement.

The settlement site said consumers also can call 1-833-759-2982 for more information. Press #2 on your phone’s keypad if you want to skip the 1-minute preamble and get straight into the queue to speak with a real person.

KrebsOnSecurity dialed in to ask for more details on the “free assisted identity restoration services,” and the person who took my call said they’d need to have some basic information about me in order to proceed. He said they needed my name, address and phone number to proceed. I gave him a number and a name, and after checking with someone he came back and said the restoration services would be offered by Equifax, but confirmed that affected consumers would still have to apply for it.

He added that the Equifaxbreachsettlement.com site will soon include a feature that lets visitors check to see if they’re eligible, but also confirmed that just checking eligibility won’t entitle one to any of the above benefits: Consumers will still need to file a claim through the site (when it’s available to do so).

ANALYSIS

We’ll see how this unfolds, but I’ll be amazed if anything related to taking advantage of this settlement is painless. I still can’t even get a free copy of my credit report from Equifax, as I’m entitled to under the law for free each year. I’ve even requested a copy by mail, according to their instructions. So far nothing.

But let’s say for the sake of argument that our questioner is basically right — that this settlement breaks down to about $3 worth of flesh extracted from Equifax for each affected person. The thing is, this figure probably is less than what Equifax makes selling your credit history to potential creditors each year.

In a 2017 story about the Equifax breach, I quoted financial fraud expert Avivah Litan saying the credit bureaus make about $1 every time they sell your credit file to a potential creditor (or identity thief posing as you). According to recent stats from the New York Federal Reserve, there were around 145 million hard credit pulls in the fourth quarter of 2018 (it’s not known how many of those were legitimate or desired).

But there is something you can do to stop the Equifax and the other bureaus from profiting this way: Freeze your credit files with them.

A security freeze essentially blocks any potential creditors from being able to view or “pull” your credit file, unless you affirmatively unfreeze or thaw your file beforehand. With a freeze in place on your credit file, ID thieves can apply for credit in your name all they want, but they will not succeed in getting new lines of credit in your name because few if any creditors will extend that credit without first being able to gauge how risky it is to loan to you. And it’s now free for all Americans.

This post explains in detail what’s involved in freezing your files; how to place, thaw or remove a freeze; the limitations of a freeze and potential side effects; and alternatives to freezes.

What’s wrong with just using credit monitoring, you might ask? These services do not prevent thieves from using your identity to open new lines of credit, and from damaging your good name for years to come in the process. The most you can hope for is that credit monitoring services will alert you soon after an ID thief does steal your identity.

If past experience is any teacher, anyone with a freeze on their credit file will need to briefly thaw their file(s) at Equifax before successfully signing up for the service when it’s offered. Since a law mandating free freezes across the land went into effect, all three bureaus have made it significantly easier to place and lift security freezes.

Probably too easy, in fact. Especially for people who had freezes in place before Equifax revamped its freeze portal. Those folks were issued a numeric PIN to lift, thaw or remove a freeze, but Equifax no longer lets those users do any of those things online with just the PIN.

These days, that PIN doesn’t play a role in any freeze or thaw process. To create an account at the MyEquifax portal, one need only supply name, address, Social Security number, date of birth, any phone number  (all data points exposed in the Equifax breach, and in any case widely available for sale in the cybercrime underground) and answer 4 multiple-guess questions whose answers are often available in public records or on social media.

And so this is yet another reason why you should freeze your credit: If you don’t sign up as you at MyEquifax, someone else might do it for you.

What else can you do in the meantime? Be wary of any phone calls or emails you didn’t sign up for that invoke this data breach settlement and ask you to provide personal and/or financial information.

And if you haven’t done so lately, go get a free copy of your credit report from annualcreditreport.com; by law all Americans are entitled to a free report from each of the major bureaus annually. You can opt for one report, or all three at once. Either way, make sure to read the report(s) closely and dispute anything that looks amiss.

It has long been my opinion that the big three bureaus are massively stifling innovation and offering consumers so little choice or say in the bargain that’s being made on the backs of their hard work, integrity and honesty. The real question is, if someone or something eventually serves to dis-intermediate the big three and throw the doors wide open to competition, what would be the net effect of that on consumers?

Obviously, there is no way to know for sure, but a company that truly offered to pay consumers anywhere near what their data is actually worth would probably wipe these digital dinosaurs from the face of the earth.

That is, if the banks could get on board. After all, the banks and their various fingers are what drive the credit industry. And these giants don’t move very nimbly. They’re massively hard to turn on the simplest changes. And they’re not known for quickly warming to an entirely new model of doing business (i.e. huge cost investments).

My hometown Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) seems to suggest the $650 million settlement was about half what it should be.

“Americans don’t choose to have companies like Equifax collecting their data – by the nature of their business models, credit bureaus collect your personal information whether you want them to or not. In light of that, the penalties for failing to secure that data should be appropriately steep. While I’m happy to see that customers who have been harmed as a result of Equifax’s shoddy cybersecurity practices will see some compensation, we need structural reforms and increased oversight of credit reporting agencies in order to make sure that this never happens again.”

Sen. Warner sponsored a bill along with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma.) called “The Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act,” which calls for “robust compensation to consumers for stolen data; mandatory penalties on credit reporting agencies (CRAs) for data breaches; and giving the FTC more direct supervisory authority over data security at CRAs.

“Had the bill been in effect prior to the 2017 Equifax breach, the company would have had to pay at least $1.5 billion for their failure to protect Americans’ personal information,” Warner’s statement concludes.

Update, 4:44 pm: Added statement from Sen. Warner.

Categories: Technology, Virus Info

A legacy of love: How Chris Bradley's family is remembering him, carrying his cause forward

Channel 10 news - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 13:18

As Chris Bradley might say, there are more sunny days than cloudy in the Bradley-Krauss household these days.

"We really miss Chris being a part of our lives," said his husband Jason Bradley-Krauss. "I miss his sense of humor. I miss his companionship."

"Driving directions," whispered their daughter Maria, 12, with a giggle.

"He really was much better at driving directions than I am," said Jason with a laugh.

Chris passed away nearly 8 months ago on December 5. Jason, and his children Spencer and Maria sat down with 10TV in Chris's favorite room, the sunroom overlooking his garden.

They shared their thoughts about their life together and their loss. All of it- the good times and the bad- in the public eye.

"But he really handled that so beautifully I think," said Jason. "He truly just loved people."

And people loved Chris. When he announced that he was transitioning to hospice care, hundreds of neighbors gathered to sing Christmas carols.

"They all came onto our yard and they started singing, and we opened all the windows," remembered Spencer, 15. "And my dad was sitting up on this couch. And he just had a giant smile on his face. It was...it was good to see that."

"Chris spent 20 years asking central Ohio to be his friend, and in his illness and in his death, they showed up," said Jason. "He was so humbled by it. He really was. He was so humbled by it. He was...he was really proud of the impact that he had had in his community. But he was also really proud of the community."

Ask what they miss about him, the answers are many.

"I guess just the comforting of him, of his presence," said Maria. "Because growing up he was always there. It was either dad, dad, or both dads there. And now it's like, you only have one dad. But he's still really great. But the other one is just not there anymore."

They are forever a family of four, learning how to be three.

"I don't think in grief you can push it aside, or leave it behind you," Jason said. "I think you have to wrap your arms around it and boldly step forward. And understand it's going to be painful. And understand you're going to feel the loss in every single step. But it's the only way I can think of moving forward, is to carry that love with me. I don't want to let it go. I didn't want it to end. And it never will."

They remember him with books filled with his dad jokes. And photos of moments to precious to forget, like a photo of Spencer holding his Chris' hand at the end.

"I love looking at it. Because that was one of the last pictures of me and him," Spencer said. "Sometimes I feel sad when I look at it. Sometimes I feel relieved that his fight is over, and that he's in a better place now."

Chris shared his walk with cancer with all of us, in hopes of inspiring others to fight. A legacy his family hopes to carry forward.

"Chris lived for 53 years," said Jason. "And he lived big in those 53 years. And he accomplished an awful lot in those 53 years. And we're really proud of what he did and who he was. And what he meant to us."

Amid the outpouring of public support after Chris's death, his family established "The Chris Bradley Fund" through the Columbus Foundation.

In August, to mark his birthday, they will make the first financial gifts from that fund.

They will be awarding two causes close to Chris's heart: Pelotonia, the charity bike ride that supports cancer research at the OSU James Cancer Center, and King Avenue United Methodist Church, the family's home church, to help support and grow the church's inclusive programming.

If you'd like to support Chris's fund, click here.

Remembering Chris Bradley


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Categories: Ohio News

Feds announce 4 guilty pleas by alleged central Ohio MS-13 members

Channel 10 news - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 12:49

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The government has announced four guilty pleas by alleged members and associates of the MS-13 gang in Ohio, including two men who could receive life sentences.

The four are among 29 individuals charged in central Ohio in recent years in a racketeering conspiracy that includes five killings as well as attempted murder, extortion, money laundering, drug trafficking, assault and other charges.

The charges include a 2006 killing in Perry County and killings in Columbus in 2008, 2015 and 2016. U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman announced the guilty pleas Monday.

The government says El Salvador-based MS-13 consists chiefly of immigrants or descendants of immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Authorities say the gang has more than 10,000 members and associates operating in at least 40 states, including Ohio.

Categories: Ohio News

Final ride inspections being done days before Ohio State Fair begins

Channel 10 news - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 12:22

Inspectors with the Ohio Department of Agriculture are finishing up ride inspections, just two days before the Ohio State Fair starts.

Director Dorothy Pelanda said they have 78 rides to inspect. Chief inspector, Michael Vartorella, said they start their inspections by checking the structure first and work their way up.

For example, while checking the Giant Wheel, they check each connection point and each gondola. With that ride, along with others, they will check the metal thickness, they make sure the ride is leveled and that the blocking is correct.

After they have checked everything that involves the structure, they will then move to checking operational procedures.

"Every day there is a requirement that myself and another inspector will be here throughout the fair making sure the pre-open inspections are done correctly," Vartorella said.

He said operators are required to check the ride the morning of each day before anyone gets on it to make sure it is working properly. If they see any errors or have any concerns, they are to report it immediately.

"Safety is number one, as you know immediately after taking the helm, I instituted new rules and regulations," Director Pelanda said.

She said they are confident with the new ride company they have hired and with the fact they ask specific questions before allowing a ride to operate.

Director Pelanda said they ask if there have been any changes to the ride since the last time it was inspected, has the ride every received any bulletins or notices from the manufacture and they ask about any past repairs. If any of the questions are answered with a yes, she says they will stop inspections until they have received all documentation. The operator is required to acknowledge the concern in writing and has 14 days to fix the problem.

"I will say to you, I have no qualms about shutting down a ride," Pelanda said.

Categories: Ohio News

DeWine declares state of emergency in 63 counties over roads damaged by heavy rainfall

Channel 10 news - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 12:11

Governor Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency in 63 counties where severe weather caused serious damage to highways in June.

According to DeWine’s office, the 63 counties suffered damage to roads and bridges last month due to significant rains.

"Continued heavy rains on top of the saturated ground and flash flooding caused significant damage to roads all over the state," said Governor DeWine. "This emergency proclamation will allow the Ohio Department of Transportation and local governments to access federal emergency relief funds that are needed to help fix road damage caused by these weather events."

Counties included in Monday's proclamation are: Adams, Ashland, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Butler, Carroll, Clermont, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Delaware, Erie, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Geauga, Greene, Guernsey, Hamilton, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Huron, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lake, Lawrence, Licking, Lorain, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Portage, Preble, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Union, Vinton, Warren, Washington, and Wayne.

Categories: Ohio News

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