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Trump vows veto as Democrats try to block emergency order

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 19:24

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House have teed up a vote next week to block President Donald Trump from using a national emergency declaration to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, accelerating a showdown in Congress that could divide Republicans and lead to Trump's first veto.

The Democrats introduced a resolution Friday to block Trump's declaration, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would vote on the measure Tuesday. It is sure to pass, and the GOP-run Senate may adopt it as well. Trump quickly promised a veto.

"Will I veto it? 100 percent," Trump told reporters at the White House.

Any Trump veto would likely be sustained, but the upcoming battle will test Republican support for the president's move, which even some of his allies view as a stretch — and a slap at lawmakers' control over the power of the federal purse.

Pelosi, D-Calif., said she'd honor her oath of office and uphold the Constitution, adding, "I wish he would have the same dedication to that oath of office himself." Speaking to reporters in Laredo, Texas, she said, "This is a path I would not recommend he go down. I don't expect him to sign it, but I do expect us to send it" to him.

House GOP leaders will urge rank-and-file Republicans on Monday to oppose the measure, Republican aides said. If all Democrats and at least 55 Republicans vote for it, it would pass by a veto-proof margin — a two-thirds majority. The aides spoke on condition of anonymity to describe leaders' plans.

A staff aide introduced the measure during a short pro forma House session in which Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., presided over an almost-empty chamber.

"What the president is attempting is an unconstitutional power grab," said Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, the sponsor of the resolution, on a call with reporters. "There is no emergency at the border."

Trump's declaration of a national emergency gives him access to about $3.6 billion in funding for military construction projects to divert to border fencing. But the administration is more likely to tap funding from a federal asset forfeiture fund and Defense Department anti-drug efforts first.

Trump's edict is also being challenged in the federal courts, where a host of Democratic-led states such as California are among those that have sued to overturn Trump's order. The House may also join in.

For Democrats, the vote is another chance to challenge Trump over funding for a border wall, the issue that was central to the 35-day government shutdown. It also puts some Republicans from swing districts and states in a difficult spot, as many have expressed misgivings about Trump's action despite their support for his border security agenda.

Should the House and the Senate initially approve the measure, Congress seems unlikely to muster the two-thirds majorities in each chamber that would be needed later to override a Trump veto.

Republicans who oppose the emergency declaration on the first vote might switch and rally behind a Trump veto. But an initial roll call with strong numbers of Republicans defying him would be an embarrassing show of GOP rifts.

The measure to block Trump's edict will be closely watched in the Senate, where moderates such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., have signaled they would back it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is only a reluctant supporter of Trump on the topic.

Trump's GOP allies promised they would uphold any veto denying Democrats the two-thirds votes required to overcome one.

"Democrats' angst over Congress' power of the purse is unwarranted, especially since the commander in chief's authority to redirect military funds for a national emergency is affirmed in a law passed by their own branch," said top House Judiciary Committee Republican Doug Collins of Georgia.

The battle is over an emergency declaration Trump issued to access billions of dollars beyond what Congress has authorized to start erecting border barriers. Building his proposed wall was the most visible trademark of Trump's presidential campaign.

Congress last week approved a vast spending bill providing nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles (89 kilometers) of border barriers in Texas' Rio Grande Valley while preventing a renewed government shutdown. Trump had demanded $5.7 billion to construct more than 200 miles (322 kilometers).

Trump wants to use an emergency declaration and other authorities to gain access to an additional $6.6 billion for wall building. That money would be transferred from a federal asset forfeiture fund, Defense Department anti-drug efforts and a military construction fund. Federal officials have yet to identify which projects would be affected.

Two senior defense officials said Friday that it will take months for the Pentagon to assess a still-to-come Department of Homeland Security proposal to siphon anti-drug funds to build barriers, sign contracts and begin construction. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to provide information that has not yet been made public.

Castro, the resolution sponsor, said that he has already garnered support from most of the House and has at least one GOP sponsor, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio State investigating 12 reports of possible drugging off campus

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 18:55

The Ohio State University is investigating 12 reports of criminal drugging at off-campus areas, the university said Friday.

The university said those reports have shared with local law enforcement.

The university's Department of Public Safety says they have been made aware of accounts related to possible occurrences of drugging at off-campus parties and bars.

Ohio State posted a notice on Feb. 14 that it had become aware of these reported incidents and sent out precautions to students:

  • Party responsibly
  • Do not ingest unsealed beverages
  • Do not set drinks down or leave them unattended
  • Report suspicious activity to police

Anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to report them immediately by calling OSUPD at 614-292-2121 or Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.

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Ross County commissioners declare state of disaster for road repair funding

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 18:15

In Ross County, the road less traveled is not traveled for a reason.

"I think that it's a safety thing," Richard Hatfield said.

Hatfield has lived off of Cooks Hill Road since he was born in 1957. Just a stone's throw from his driveway is a road closure that has been blocked off since before Christmas.

"Here, lately, it's getting to where they're afraid to use any heavy equipment coming across, like the fire department and their truck and the rescue units," he said.

Cooks Hill is one of many roads across the county that commissioners say are in desperate need of repairs from saturated soil and flooding conditions.

Hatfield says these repairs are long overdue.

"Oh, yes," he said.

Roads are so bad, commissioners declared a state of disaster Tuesday. While figures continue to come in for possible costs, Commissioner Steve Neal says it could reach $250,000.

"I know it's hard to try to split that up and [determine] where it should go," Hatfield said.

In a statement, Neal says: "These costs were not anticipated in our budget. We're looking for help from the state to fix these problems. If not, the county engineer will have to adjust his budget to fix these repairs and delay other resurfacing or maintenance projects that were planned for later this summer."

Neal says he hopes to hear something back from the state in the next few weeks.

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Authorities identify man found dead in southeast Columbus apartment after fire

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 18:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Division of Fire has identified the man found dead in an apartment after a fire on the southeast side of Columbus Friday night.

Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said neighbors saw smoke coming from the door and windows of an apartment in the 2300 block of Hudson Bay Way.

They knocked on the doors and windows trying to alert anyone inside and called 911.

When firefighters arrived they put out a small fire in the apartment, Martin said.

Martin said one person, identified as 52-year-old Curtis Crowder, was found dead inside.

Investigators were called to the scene.

"We do not know if the fire was a result of the occupant's death or the death was the result of the fire at this time," Martin said.

The fire department said no one else was hurt.

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10 Investigates: Has "Live PD" changed how the sheriff's office does its job?

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 16:32

High-speed chases make for great television, but tragic real-life consequences.

10TV has uncovered questions about the safety of the actions of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

The people raising those questions are high-ranking officers from the Columbus Division of Police.

"They (the Sheriff's Office) don't have a strong enough pursuit policy," said one CPD Commander. "They chase everything. And if they're coming into the city more, that creates a danger within the city of Columbus."

In an internal email obtained by 10TV, a CPD Sergeant writes, "We are seeing more and more activity from the county... they seem to play by a complete different set of rules than we do. I've seen them driving (lights and sirens) for a (no driver's license offense)."

A third Columbus Police Supervisor said, "if you're chasing a bunch of cars that don't need chased; they're going to get somebody killed."

Columbus Police sources say the problem has come to a head since the Sheriff's Office joined the popular reality crime show "Live PD."

"They never take calls in the city," a CPD Supervisor said. "Now they're showing up on our shootings and robberies. They're trying to get into extra stuff to make good TV."

10TV took those concerns to Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin.

Glenn McEntyre: "Do the cameras change behavior?"
Sheriff Baldwin: "I think they can. And that was an issue I talked about with our command staff and our deputies early on. And we have reinforced a couple of times. to make sure that you're not playing to the camera. You're there to do a job. You're paid to be in a particular area. If the camera happens to catch it, that's fine. If it's a slow night in your area, it's a slow night."

Monday starting at 5 p.m., 10 Investigates reveals the concerns of Columbus law enforcement, and why they believe "Live PD" has changed how the Sheriff's Office does its job.

Categories: Ohio News

Local health officials currently seeing increase in flu diagnoses

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 16:16

As a suburb of Cincinnati mourns the death of fourth grader Sable Gibson, a warning comes from local public health officials regarding an increase of reported flu cases.

According to Gibson’s parents, the fourth grader died after being diagnosed with both strep throat and the flu. Alex Jones, assistant health commissioner with Franklin County Public Health says although she can’t speak specifically to the suburban Cincinnati death, she says a secondary illness accompanying the flu is not uncommon.

“Anytime your immune system is weakened by the flu, or it could conversely start one of those other viruses, and then you contract flu at the same time," Jones says.

Jones says locally, the peak of flu season is typically the mid to end of winter but right, now everyone should be on alert as central Ohio is currently experiencing an increase of flu cases.

“We are seeing pretty much widespread high incidents of flu right now,” Jones said.

This public health worker says this flu season, central Ohioans have a better chance of being protected because this year’s vaccine is proving to cover more strains than last season.

“As we know, that’s the number one protector against flu in any flu season," Jones said.

Categories: Ohio News

First responders call off search of Scioto River after report of someone in the water

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 16:12

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus rescue teams searched the Scioto River in downtown Columbus after a report of someone going into the water.

The Columbus Division of Fire was called to the river around 5:15 p.m. Friday.

Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said crews will be able to search the water for about an hour in current temperatures.

Martin said the search was called off after 6 p.m. without anyone being found.

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Trump sets up abortion obstacles, barring clinic referrals

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 16:04

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday set up new obstacles for women seeking abortions, barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals. The new policy is certain to be challenged in court.

The final rule released Friday by the Health and Human Services Department also would prohibit federally funded family planning clinics from being housed in the same locations as abortion providers, and require stricter financial separation. Clinic staff would still be permitted to discuss abortion with clients.

The move was decried by women's groups and praised by religious conservatives, but it could be some time before women served by the federal family program feel the full impact.

Women's groups, organizations representing the clinics, and Democratic-led states are expected to sue to block the policy from going into effect. Administration officials told abortion opponents on a call Friday that they expect legal action, according to a participant.

Abortion is a legal medical procedure, but federal laws prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman.

Planned Parenthood, whose affiliates are major providers of family planning services as well as abortions, said the administration is trying to impose a "gag rule," and launched a full campaign to block it.

"I want our patients to know this — we will fight through every avenue so this illegal, unethical rule never goes into effect," said Planned Parenthood's president, Dr. Leana Wen.

She said the new policy would prevent doctors from referring women for abortions "even if your life depended on it."

The American Medical Association said in a statement the Trump administration is trying to impose a gag rule "for all intents and purposes."

"The patient-physician relationship relies on trust, open conversation and informed decision making and the government should not be telling physicians what they can and cannot say to their patients," said the AMA.

Planned Parenthood and other groups representing the clinics say the new requirements for physical separation of facilities would be costly and all but impossible to fulfill. Planned Parenthood said the administration is making another attempt to drive it out of business, after efforts to deny funding failed in Congress.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway dismissed that argument. "They've been saying for years they don't co-mingle their funds, so this should be easy for them," she told reporters at the White House. "Physically separate and financially separate."

Religious conservatives see the administration's action as a way to break down what they call an indirect taxpayer subsidy of abortion providers.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, called it "a major step toward the ultimate goal of ending taxpayers' forced partnership with the abortion industry."

The regulation was published Friday on an HHS website. It's not official until it appears in the Federal Register and the department said there could be "minor editorial changes." A department official confirmed it was the final version.

Known as Title X, the family-planning program serves about 4 million women annually through independent clinics, many operated by Planned Parenthood affiliates, which serve about 40 percent of all clients. The grant program costs taxpayers about $260 million a year.

Leaders of health associations representing black and Latino health care providers and patients joined Wen at a news briefing to decry the new rule They said women from their communities make up more than half the beneficiaries of Title X grants and would be disproportionately harmed by the changes.

But abortion opponent Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said the administration rule "does not cut family planning funding by a single dime, and instead directs tax dollars to entities that provide health care to women but do not perform abortions." Her organization is a political advocacy group that backs anti-abortion candidates.

An umbrella group representing family planning clinics, including those not affiliated with Planned Parenthood, said the administration is trying to impose its ideology.

"This rule intentionally strikes at the heart of the patient-provider relationship, inserting political ideology into a family planning visit, which will frustrate and ultimately discourage patients from seeking the health care they need," Clare Coleman, head of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, said in a statement.

Although abortion remains politically divisive, the U.S. abortion rate has dropped significantly, from about 29 per 1,000 women of reproductive age in 1980 to about 15 in 2014. Better contraception, fewer unintended pregnancies and state restrictions may have played a role, according to a recent scientific report. Polls show most Americans do not want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion.

The Trump administration's policy echoes a Reagan-era regulation that barred clinics from even discussing abortion with women. It never went into effect as written, although the Supreme Court ruled it was an appropriate use of executive power.

The policy was rescinded under President Bill Clinton, and a new rule took effect requiring "nondirective" counseling to include a full range of options for women.

The Trump administration is now rolling back the Clinton requirement that abortion be discussed as an option along with prenatal care and adoption.

Categories: Ohio News

OHSAA investigating after hockey player, parents claim nothing done amid racial slur use

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 15:20

Fights are part of hockey, but there's now an investigation into what sparked one at the end of the Olentangy Berlin High School game against Troy Saturday.

A player claims he was called a racial slur and nothing was done about it.

His parents, Jamie and Teresa Stevenson said this isn’t the first time a racial slur has been used against one of their sons in a hockey game. They want it recognized and they want change.

“If there’s a way that the league can really put down some policy and make sure the first people in that line of defense have to be the referees, they’ve got to be equipped to do something, even if they don’t hear it,” said Jamie.

The OHSAA is investigating and said the coaches and referees said they didn’t hear it. They said it’s the policy for a player to be disqualified if such a comment is heard.

The Stevenson’s son was ejected from the game along with four Troy players, all for fighting.

Categories: Ohio News

How do children die from the flu? Ohio girl's death raises concerns

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 15:13

In a tragic story that's making headlines across the country: A fourth-grade girl from Ohio died just one day after being diagnosed with strep throat and influenza.

According to a Facebook post from Mason City Schools, Sable Gibson was diagnosed Tuesday morning, went into cardiac arrest Tuesday afternoon and died Wednesday evening.

Also this week, reports came in of a New Jersey toddler who died from the flu earlier this month.

While this year's flu season has been milder overall than last year's, to date 41 children have died across the country from flu-related causes.

The number of flu-related deaths varies widely from year to year, but even during a relatively mild flu season the illness claims thousands of lives. The CDC reports that over a three-decade period starting in the mid-1970s, the number of flu deaths in the U.S. ranged from a low of about 3,000 a year to as many as 49,000 in a bad year.

Last year's flu season was particularly deadly, claiming the lives of more than 80,000 Americans, including a record 185 children.

While most people will recover from a bout with the flu, complications can arise, some of which can be severe or fatal. The illness can turn deadly for anyone, but it is most dangerous for adults over the age of 65 and children under the age of 5.

How can the flu lead to death?

The influenza virus itself can lead to death if it leads to serious breathing problems and severe dehydration. However, the more common scenario is a complication from the infection, explains Dr. Claire Bocchini, an infectious disease specialist at Texas Children's Hospital.

She says bacterial pneumonia is the most common complication from the flu that leads to death.

"This happens because the flu virus injures the lungs and causes inflammation that then makes it easier for bacteria to invade the lungs and cause a very serious infection," Bocchini told CBS News. "The bacterial infection can make it hard for children to breathe, and their lungs struggle to get enough oxygen for their body."

Another complication that can lead to death is sepsis. This occurs when the body overreacts to an infection. Sepsis can affect multiple organ systems, sometimes causing organ failure and resulting in death.

Other rare complications from the flu that can be fatal include infection of the heart (or myocarditis), which can cause sudden death or heart failure, and infection of the brain (or encephalitis), which can lead to seizures and dangerous swelling of the brain.

Young children and older adults are most at risk for these complications, as well as pregnant women and anyone with chronic medical conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, and neurologic conditions.

When to seek emergency medical attention

If the flu becomes severe, it's important to seek medical attention right away to prevent further complications.

According to the CDC, emergency warning signs in children include:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

In teenagers and adults, warning signs can include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, confusion, dizziness, and severe or persistent vomiting.

If you or your child have these symptoms, it is important to get medical treatment right away.

How to protect your family

The best defense against the flu is to get the flu vaccine. The CDC recommends everyone age 6 months and older get a flu shot each year. If you or your child have not received the flu vaccine yet this year, experts say it is not too late. Flu season peaks in winter but can linger into the spring.

While the flu vaccine doesn't guarantee that you won't get sick, doctors say it does reduce the chances, and if you do get sick it may be less severe.

If you have a young child who develops flu-like symptoms, such as fever, body aches and fatigue, it is important to see your pediatrician to see if an antiviral medication such as Tamiflu (also available as generic oseltamivir), Relenza or Rapivab is needed.

Other steps the CDC recommends to prevent flu include:

  • Avoid close contact with others, including hugging, kissing, or shaking hands.
  • Move away from people before coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue then throw it away, or cough and sneeze into your upper shirt sleeve, completely covering your mouth and nose.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as toys and doorknobs.
Categories: Ohio News

Proposed Ohio law would require teens to learn to interact with law enforcement at traffic stops

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 14:08

When it comes to learning how to properly interact with law enforcement during a traffic stop, the Ohio Department of Public Safety provides driving instructors with a video and these few tips:

  • Pull over at the nearest intersection
  • Roll down the driver's side window
  • Keep hands in plain view
  • Present drivers license and registration and insurance
  • Be cooperative and polite
  • Do not argue with the officer
  • Obey officer's direction

But State Senator Sandra Williams believes the state isn't doing enough to educate young drivers, so she proposed additional education.

Under Senate Bill 16 introduced this week, the measure would require the State Board of Education to adopt a model curriculum on traffic stops and other police interactions that would be taught in grades 9-12. The Department of Public Safety also would be required to adapt aspects of the curriculum for use in driver education classes seeking drivers licenses or learners permits.

Under the proposal, high school students would learn about their constitutional rights on issues like unlawful search and seizures, the rights of passengers in a car and the right to videotape law enforcement.

Williams says in her research provided by the Ohio Highway Patrol, 423 people were charged with obstruction of official business in 2018. From 2013-2017, 1,882 people were charged with the same crime.

"At times, these instances have led to unnecessary, deadly outcomes for both law enforcement and civilians. Many members of law enforcement believe that charges such as these can be avoided with increased public awareness on what to do when stopped by law enforcement," she said.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant Misty Waller agrees.

"Our job is difficult. We are in a difficult position most of the time and I think the more people understand where we are coming from, the easier it is for them to understand what they need to do," she said

The bill also requires law enforcement to be refreshed on proper behavior when dealing with citizens.

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Columbus Post Office hiring up to 100 city carrier assistants

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 14:07

The Columbus Post Office is hosting two job fairs as they are looking to hire up to 100 people to fill City Carrier Assistant positions.

The starting salary is $17.29 per hour with some benefits. The post office says these positions may lead to full-time employment.

The first job fair will be held February 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2200 Innis Road. The second will be March 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 850 Twins Rivers Drive.

For those unable to attend, the Postal Service has an employment website. For more information, click here.

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

ARRL News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 13:06

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.




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Chicago judge sets $1 million bond for R. Kelly

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 11:53

CHICAGO — A judge on Saturday gave R. Kelly a chance to go free while the R&B star awaits trial on charges that he sexually abused four people, including three minors.

Watch: R. Kelly was set to appear in court Saturday after being indicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. set bond at $1 million, meaning that the 52-year-old Grammy winner must post $100,000 to be released or remain behind bars until he is tried on the allegations that date back as far as 1998 and span more than a decade.

Kelly turned himself in late Friday and spent a night in jail before being taken to the courthouse. He stood with his hands behind his back and said to the judge, "How are you?"

His attorney, Steve Greenberg, said Kelly is not a flight risk and told the judge, "Contrary to the song, Mr. Kelly doesn't like to fly." One of Kelly's best-known hits is "I Believe I Can Fly."

The bond equals $250,000 for each of the four people Kelly is charged with abusing, the judge said.

Greenberg said Kelly "really doesn't have any more money," suggesting that others had mismanaged his wealth. Still, he said he expected that Kelly would be able to come up with enough money for bail.

Asked later how Kelly could find the cash, Greenberg said, "That's none of your business."

The judge called the allegations "disturbing." The singer-songwriter looked down at the floor as the judge spoke.

Kelly's DNA was found in semen on one of the accuser's shirts, and semen found on one worn by another was submitted for DNA testing, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx said.

Kelly met one of the accusers when she was celebrating her 16th birthday party at a restaurant and another when he signed an autograph during his 2008 trial on child-pornography charges, Foxx said.

Prosecutors said they have a video of another accuser that shows R. Kelly having sex with her when she was 14.

A fourth accuser told prosecutors that she thought she was going to braid R. Kelly's hair, but that he instead tried to force her to give him oral sex. The woman, who was 24 at the time, was able to pull away, but Kelly ejaculated on her and spit in her face, Foxx said.

After the hearing, Greenberg told reporters that he thinks all four of the accusers are lying.

"He did not force anyone to have sex. He's a rock star. He doesn't have to have nonconsensual sex," Greenberg said.

Watch: Michael Avenatti, who says he represents six people in the case and released a tape to prosecutors, and Kelly's attorney speak to media members following an appearance in court Saturday (Note: Viewer discretion advised for language)

Kelly has been trailed for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves. He was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

Robert Kelly, who was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, has consistently denied any sexual misconduct. He broke into the R&B scene in 1993 with his first solo album, "12 Play," which produced such popular sex-themed songs as "Bump N' Grind" and "Your Body's Callin'."

He rose from poverty on Chicago's South Side and has retained a sizable following. Kelly has written numerous hits for himself and other artists, including Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga. His collaborators have included Jay-Z and Usher.

The jury in 2008 acquitted Kelly of child pornography charges that centered on a graphic video that prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13. He and the young woman allegedly seen with him denied they were in the 27-minute video, even though the picture quality was good and witnesses testified it was them, and she did not take the stand. Kelly could have gotten 15 years in prison.

Charging Kelly now for actions that occurred in the same time frame as the allegations from the 2008 trial suggests the accusers are cooperating this time and willing to testify.

Because the alleged victim 10 years ago denied that she was on the video and did not testify, the state's attorney office had little recourse except to charge the lesser offense under Illinois law, child pornography, which required a lower standard of evidence.

Each count of the new charges carries up to seven years in prison. If Kelly is convicted on all 10 counts, a judge could decide that the sentences run one after the other — making it possible for him to receive up to 70 years behind bars. Probation is also an option under the statute.

Kelly was charged a week after Michael Avenatti, the attorney whose clients have included porn star Stormy Daniels, said he gave prosecutors new video evidence of the singer with an underage girl.

At a news conference Friday, Avenatti said a 14-year-old girl seen with R. Kelly on the video is among four victims mentioned in the indictment. He said the footage shows two separate scenes on two separate days at Kelly's residence in the late 1990s.

During the video, both the victim and Kelly refer to her age 10 times, he said.

Avenatti said he represents six clients, including two victims, two parents and two people he describes as "knowing R. Kelly and being within his inner circle for the better part of 25 years."

Legally and professionally, the walls began closing in on Kelly after the release of a BBC documentary about him last year and the multipart Lifetime documentary "Surviving R. Kelly," which aired last month. Together they detailed allegations he was holding women against their will and running a "sex cult."

#MeToo activists and a social media movement using the hashtag #MuteRKelly called on streaming services to drop Kelly's music and promoters not to book any more concerts. Protesters demonstrated outside Kelly's Chicago studio.

In the indictment, the prosecution addressed the question of the statute of limitations, saying that even abuse that happened more than two decades ago falls within the charging window allowed under Illinois law. Victims typically have 20 years to report abuse, beginning when they turn 18.

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Patriots Owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:10

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution after he was twice videotaped paying for a sex act at an illicit massage parlor, police in Florida said Friday.

Jupiter police told reporters the 77-year-old Kraft hasn't been arrested. A warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified. Kraft has denied wrongdoing.

Police said details about the charges against Kraft will not be released until next week.

The charge comes amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking from Palm Beach to Orlando. Hundreds of arrest warrants have been issued in recent days as result of a six-month investigation and more are expected. Ten spas have been closed and several people charged with sex trafficking have been taken into custody.

Police said they secretly planted undercover cameras in targeted massage parlors and recorded the interactions between men and the female employees.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Kraft said they "categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further."

The Patriots won the Super Bowl earlier this month in Atlanta over the Los Angeles Rams, their sixth in the last 18 seasons, making them the most successful team in pro sports during that span. In four other seasons, they made the Super Bowl.

Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said he was shocked to learn Kraft, who is worth $6 billion, was paying for sex inside a strip-mall massage parlor, the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.

"We are as equally stunned as everyone else," Kerr said.

The Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, which would prosecute the case, had no comment.

Kraft lives in Massachusetts and has a home in the Palm Beach area. He is a frequent guest of President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club. Though a Democrat, he is friendly with Trump.

Kraft's wife Myra Hiatt died in 2011. He has been dating 39-year-old actress Ricki Noel Lander since 2012.

The NFL did not immediately respond to a message Friday seeking comment. Under league policy, players, owners, coaches and other employees can be punished for "conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in" the NFL.

"Ownership and club or league management have traditionally been held to a higher standard and will be subject to more significant discipline when violations of Personal Conduct Policy occur," the policy says.

Most people charged for the first time for soliciting a prostitute in Florida are allowed to enter a diversion program, said attorney David Weinstein, a former prosecutor. Kraft would probably have to perform 100 hours of community service and pay to attend an educational program about the negative effects of prostitution and human trafficking, he said.

Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey, whose agency has been involved in the investigation, told reporters earlier this week that the prostitutes are victims who have been trapped into the trade.

"These girls are there all day long, into the evening. They can't leave and they are performing sex acts," Currey said, according to TCPalm. "Some of them may say tell us they're OK, but they're not."

Kraft, who made his initial fortune through a packaging company, was a Patriots season ticket owner when he purchased the team's previous stadium in 1988, then used his leverage to buy the team in 1994 for $172 million to keep if from moving to St. Louis.

He hired Bill Belichick to be his coach in 2000 and the team subsequently drafted quarterback Tom Brady, launching their nearly two decades of success.

But there also have been issues involving team actions under Belichick.

In 2007, the Patriots were caught filming signals from New York Jets coaches; New England was suspected of doing so against other teams, as well, and that was confirmed later on. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell fined the Patriots $250,000 and stripped them of their 2008 first-round draft pick. Belichick was fined $500,000, the most an NFL coach ever was fined.

In the 2014 AFC championship game, the team — specifically, star quarterback Tom Brady — was accused by the Indianapolis Colts of doctoring footballs.

The NFL concluded that Patriots employees were involved in deflating the footballs and Brady was "at least generally aware" it was being done. After lengthy legal battles, Brady served a four-game suspension at the beginning of the 2016 season and the Patriots were fined $1 million — the heftiest for a team in league history. New England was stripped of a first-round and a fourth-round draft choice.

Neither Kraft nor Belichick were implicated after the investigation.

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Carole Perry, WB2MGP, is First Recipient of Award Named in Her Honor

ARRL News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 09:45

ARRL congratulates Amateur Radio educator Carole Perry, WB2MGP, for being the first recipient of the newly established Carole Perry Educator of the Year Award, presented on February 9 by Orlando HamCation®. The award, to be given annually in Perry's name, recognizes outstanding dedication in educating and advancing today’s youth about Amateur Radio.

A fellow and director of the Radio Club of Ame...

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Mount Carmel: 5 patients affected by excessive doses could have improved with treatment

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 09:43

COLUMBUS – Mount Carmel Health System announced Friday that it has identified an additional patient who has received an excessive dose of pain medication – now bringing the total number of patients affected to 35. The hospital also said it has identified five cases where the patients’ conditions may have improved with treatment.

The hospital did not identify who those patients were but said: “We also have been investigating whether any of the affected patients received excessive doses of pain medication when there was still an opportunity for treatment to improve their immediate condition. We are aware of five cases in which this possibility is a concern, and we are reaching out to the loved ones of these patients to share this information.”

The hospital’s statement went on to say:

These events are heartbreaking, unacceptable and inconsistent with the values and care processes of Mount Carmel. As we work to understand how this happened, we continue to implement meaningful changes to ensure they never happen again. So far, we have:
• Added a new protocol to set maximum appropriate doses for pain medication in our electronic medical record system;
• Implemented a new escalation policy for deviations in our pain medication protocols;
• Restricted the ability to bypass pharmacy review of medication orders;
• Increased clinician education on standards and practices regarding end-of-life care;
• Implemented numerous other initiatives to ensure patient medication safety;
• Initiated a review of our culture of safety initiative to identify what needs to change; and
• Engaged independent experts who are assisting us with this process.

All told – 35 patients are believed to have received excessive doses of pain medication between 2014 and 2018. The hospital fired ICU intensivist Dr. William Husel, who treated these patients, and placed 23 employees including 14 nurses, 6 pharmacists and three additional employees that included members of management on leave. One pharmacy manager, Janet Whittey, is no longer with Mount Carmel. The hospital has declined to say if she was fired or quit.

This announcement by Mount Carmel comes one day after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it would not be terminating Mount Carmel West from participating in the Medicare program – as was originally indicated in a January letter to Mount Carmel. Prior to Friday’s announcements, it was known that thirty-three patients who died attended Mount Carmel West; one attended Mount Carmel St. Ann’s in Westerville. It was not clear Friday morning where the 35th patient attended. Twenty-nine of the patients received potentially fatal doses, the hospital has said.

Last week, CMS released documents on Mount Carmel West and Mount Carmel St. Ann’s. State health inspectors working on behalf of CMS found that the hospital failed to establish a system to monitor or prevent large doses of medications from being accessed via an override. In 24 of the 27 patient cases reviewed, Dr. Husel used an override function on the hospital’s medication dispensing machine to access large doses of pain medications – including fentanyl.

This story will be updated.

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Past ARRL Western New York Section Manager Bill Thompson, W2MTA, SK

ARRL News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 09:39

Bill Thompson, W2MTA, who headed the ARRL Western New York Section from 1980 until 1999, died on February 16. An ARRL Life Member, he was 87.

Formerly of Newark Valley, New York, Thompson was licensed in 1952. He was a Marine Corps Veteran of the Korean Conflict and later was employed by IBM in various posts. In 2009, Thompson was honored with ARRL’s Knight Distinguished Service Award, which rec...

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Listen for 4U1ITU during ITU Conference Preparatory Meeting

ARRL News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 09:36

This week and next week, a number of radio amateurs from around the globe are attending the ITU Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM) in Geneva, in advance of World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) this fall.

Already, there has been a lot of activity from the International Radio Club, 4U1ITU, including a casual effort in the ARRL International DX Contest (CW) last weekend where, despit...

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Google Doodle celebrates "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin on his 57th birthday

Channel 10 news - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 09:31

Crikey! The February 22 Google Doodle is dedicated to the original crocodile hunter, Steve Irwin. Irwin, who died in 2006, would've turned 57 years old on Friday. February 22 is also National Wildlife Day this year, coincidentally.

Google's interactive doodle shows several drawings of Irwin in his element – with crocodiles, on a boat with his dog, preforming a wildlife show, and with his children and wife.

Irwin died at age 44 in September 2006, while filming an underwater scene for a television series. A stingray's stinging barbs pierced his heart. His daughter, Bindi, was just 8 years old at the time, and his son, Robert, was 3. In 2017, over a decade after his death, Irwin's widow, Terri, and their children announced they were returning to Animal Planet, with a new show premiering in 2018.

The family has carried on Irwin's conservation work in Australia, running a zoo, a wildlife preserve and supporting projects that try to save endangered animals worldwide.

On Friday, Terri Irwin commented on the Google Doodle, tweeting: "Many thanks to @Google for commemorating Steve's life so beautifully on this special day." Son Robert said it was the "perfect way to celebrate his birthday, sharing everything he did to make the world a better place."

Thank you for always being my guiding light. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4mFgmDGTxA

— Bindi Irwin (@BindiIrwin) February 21, 2019

Daughter Bindi, now 20 years old, shared her own tribute to her father on his birthday. "Thank you for always being my guiding light," she tweeted, sharing a photo of herself as a baby with her dad and a koala.

Google has also released a trends page, showing the global interest and search terms people use around wildlife, CNET reports. A special feature was also added to Google Assistant. Just say "Hey Google, crikey" and the assistant will give you facts about Irwin and his work.

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