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New report breaks down if the air where you live can make you sick

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:29

Allergies are unavoidable in pollen-prone states like Ohio. But allergies aren’t the only springtime concern residents face.

April marks the second month of Ozone Season, a time of year when particle pollution is at its highest. That particle pollution can be a combination of irritants such as dirt, dust, soot or smoke. It can come from car exhaust, power plants, factories and even construction sites.

Ozone season begins each spring as the days get a little warmer and the typical seasonal allergies grow more present, impacting the health of many people across central Ohio.

For this reason, the American Lung Association (ALA) releases a yearly report, titled the State of the Air Report, which allows anyone to check the quality of the air where they live.

The ALA also released a smartphone app, called State of the Air, giving people the option to check their conditions anywhere, at any time.

For some, like Cindy Groeniger, an American Lung Association board member, having those resources can help plan a more comfortable day when ozone levels are at their highest.

“You can tell. You can just like, cut the air with a knife,” Groeniger told 10TV. “I actually will get very short of breath and feel like I’m suffocated so, you know, it’s either go inside or I have to go into my car and make sure my air conditioning is on.”

While everyone is impacted by air quality, those with asthma, COPD, the elderly and young children are most at risk to experience symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath caused by high levels of ozone pollution.

Groeniger explained that anyone can play a role in keeping ozone levels down. Some of the easiest ways she suggested include to avoid idling in the car, allowing exhaust fumes to seep out and to avoid burning materials such as plastic, and even wood treated with chemicals.

The 2018 State of the Air Report tracked several trends in the United States.

. More than four in 10 Americans (41.4%) live in the 215 counties earning an “F” for fail, meaning those counties had unhealthy ozone or particle pollution in the years 2014 to 2016.
. Many cities experienced more days with dangerous levels of ozone in 2016, showing that ozone continues to be an urgent threat to health.
. Particle pollution levels continued to drop, especially in year-round particle pollution averages.

Find more tips for improving ozone levels here. You can read more about the ALA State of the Air Report here.
Learn more about the air quality in central Ohio by clicking here.

Categories: Ohio News

Firefighter injured after deck collapses in west Columbus

Channel 10 news - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:48

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Emergency crews took a firefighter to the hospital after he was hurt while battling a fire in West Columbus.

Firefighters were called to a working structure fire on Derrer Field Drive around 2:00 a.m. Wednesday. The fire was coming out of the top floor of an apartment building when firefighters arrived.

A firefighter was standing on a deck battling the flames when the deck collapsed. That firefighter was transported to Mt. Carmel West in stable condition.

According to the fire chief on the scene, a couple of people on the scene had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to four upstairs units. Officials did not know the total number of people displaced by this fire.

Investigators are coming to the scene to begin their efforts to determine how this fire started.

Categories: Ohio News

NY attorney general launches inquiry into virtual currencies

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's attorney general is launching an inquiry into the operations of several leading virtual currency trading platforms.
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Bolton man charged with falsifying waste water reports

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:00
State officials say a Bolton man has been charged with felony counts of falsifying environmental reports at a wastewater treatment plant near Lake George. Thomas French, age 37, was arrested Tuesday. He allegedly falsified testing reports from the town wastewater plant in Bolton, which sits in the Lake George watershed.
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Do North Country cities have the means to match New York's ambitions for downtowns?

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:00
This week, we're looking into the DRI: New York state's grant program that awards small cities $10 million to bolster their downtowns. That money gets divvied up among a bunch of projects, so to make it more impactful, the DRI and other grant programs rely on this idea of leverage: the state gives grant recipients a certain amount of money to put into a project, and those people invest additional money of their own. But in communities that don't have a lot of wealth, putting up that kind investment can be difficult for business owners.
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Cuomo sticks with unions after they split with progressive Working Families Party

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:00
The Working Families Party split up over the weekend, with some of the last remaining major unions leaving the group. The progressive political party announced it is backing Cynthia Nixon for governor, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo withdrew from consideration, saying he's sticking with the major unions, for now.
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NY Assembly renews push for early voting, easy registration

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly have again passed bills intended to make it easier for voters to participate in elections.
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Brewing a taste for chaga in Tupper Lake

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:00
Check the coffee/tea aisle at your local grocery store and you'll find lots of choices - black, green and herbal. What about chaga tea? Never heard of it? A young Adirondack entrepreneur is hoping to tap into this little-known fungal super food.
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Cuomo chooses unions over grass-roots progressives

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:00
The Working Families Party split up over the weekend, with some of the last remaining major unions leaving the group. The progressive political party announced it is backing Cynthia Nixon for governor, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo withdrew from consideration, saying he's sticking with the major unions, for now.
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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blue Jackets fall in double OT to Washington; lead series 2-1

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets lost to the Washington Capitals by a score of 3-2 in Game 3 the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Tuesday night.

It was the third time in three games that the Blue Jackets and Capitals went at least one overtime with Game 3 going to double overtime.

This was the first game of the series at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

The game started out at a fast and furious pace on the ice but neither team scored a goal in the first period.

Matt Niskanen scored for Washington in the second period to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead.

Later in the second period, a Capitals goal by Brett Connolly was reversed by officials after it was determined the Capitals were offsides.

The Blue Jackets added a goal of their own when Pierre-Luc Dubois scored, also in the second period.

John Carlson scored on the power play for Washington with a little more than five minutes to go in the second period.

Washington took 2-1 lead into the third period.

In the third period, Artemi Panarin tied it up at 2 when he scored early on.

Lars Eller scored the game-winning goal for Washington in the second overtime.

The Blue Jackets lead the best-of-7 series 2-1. Game 4 is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Nationwide Arena.

Categories: Ohio News

How late have we seen snow in central Ohio?

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:30

Even though it may feel like it, saying we're getting a never-ending parade of snow this month in central Ohio is a bit of an exaggeration. It is safe to say that this April has been snowier than usual, though.

The average snowfall for the month of April is 1.1". By the second day of this month we had 1.4".

In fact, nine of the 17 days in April 2018 have had at least a trace amount of snow, that's more than half so far. And after the 0.3" of snow we got today (April 17th) we're sitting at a total of 2.6" of snow so far this month!

This has a lot of people wondering when will it all end? Sadly it's tough to pinpoint specifics of the forecast more than a week to 10 days out but we can look for trends along with reinforcements or reversals in the overall weather pattern that far out.

Having said that, computer forecast models are hinting at the possibility of a little snow very early on Thursday but that's the last of it expected in the extended 10-day forecast.

That's good news for those of us who are ready for warmer weather...on a regular basis. But how common is late season snow in the area?

Believe it or not snow in May is not unheard of. In the 132 years that snow records have been kept in Columbus the climate records show 16 years that the month of May has gotten at least a trace amount of snow. That's 12.1% of the time!

The latest we've seen snow was back on May 15, 1904 when a trace fell. The last time we had snow in May was back in 1989 when 0.8" fell on the 7th which is actually the highest one-day snow total of any day for the month.

As I mentioned before, it's tough to nail down forecast details a few weeks out but the overall pattern looks to be trending towards average if not slightly above average temperatures for the end of April and the beginning of May.

For a little perspective, the average high during that timeframe is in the mid-60s to right around 70.

That same time frame is calling for below average rainfall. If this comes to pass that would that mean we'll have a fairly quiet stretch of dry and pleasant weather to round out what has been a brutal month so far.

This could be great news for the May flowers that we're expecting to follow our April showers. We'll keep you posted on any changes in the forecast thinking.

Categories: Ohio News

SN 659: Never a Dull Moment

Security Now - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:56

This week we discuss AMD's release of their long-awaited Spectre variant 2 microcode patches, the end of Telegram messenger in Russia, the on-time arrival of Drupalgeddon2, Firefox and TLS v1.3, the new and widespread UPnProxy attacks, Microsoft's reversal on no longer providing Windows security updates without A/V installed, Google Chrome's decision to prematurely remove HTTP cookies, the Android "patch gap", renewed worries over old and insecure Bitcoin crypto, new attacks on old IIS, a WhatsApp photo used for police forensics, and an IoT vulnerability from our "you can't make this stuff up" department.

We invite you to read our show notes.

Hosts: Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte

Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/security-now.

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Man found dead in south Columbus alley

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:17

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Police are investigating after a male was found dead in an alley in south Columbus.

Police said officers were called to an alley near East Markison Avenue and Wilson Avenue around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The person has not been identified.

No other information has been released.

The homicide unit with the Columbus Division of Police told 10TV they did not respond to the scene.

Categories: Ohio News

Dick's destroying all the guns it pulled from its shelves

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:10

Dick's Sporting Goods is destroying all the guns and accessories that it stopped selling earlier this year after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The retailer said Tuesday that it is in the process of destroying all the firearms it pulled from its shelves, rather than trying to return them to their manufacturers.

Dicks made headlines in February when, in the aftermath of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, it banned the sale of assault-style rifles and the sale of all guns to anyone under 21. Other retailers followed suit, including Walmart, which also raised its minimum-age rules for firearms.

Dick's is based in the Pittsburgh area. The company's decision to destroy the guns was first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Categories: Ohio News

Browns' Jackson: team still undecided on QB for No. 1 pick

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:07

CLEVELAND — As the NFL draft nears, the Cleveland Browns are still doing their homework on quarterbacks.

The final exam is quickly approaching, but the No. 1 pick remains an unknown to everyone, including coach Hue Jackson.

On Tuesday, Jackson dismissed reports that general manager John Dorsey has settled on a quarterback and said the top prospects — Southern California's Sam Darnold, Wyoming's Josh Allen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and UCLA's Josh Rosen — remain in contention to be selected by the Browns.

"I think they all are (in the mix) today," he said. "I think we haven't settled on that yet."

Coming off a 0-16 season, the Browns, who haven't been able to adequately fix their quarterback problem for years, are being thorough in their evaluation of what is considered a very strong QB class.

Jackson and Dorsey have attended pro days and private workouts and the team has hosted the top four quarterbacks, along with 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, at its headquarters in Berea, Ohio.

Jackson insists Dorsey hasn't made up his mind on the top choice.

"When I say this I mean it, John Dorsey and his group, they don't come up for air," Jackson said. "This is 24 hours, seven days a week, through the weekend. I've worked more on the weekends here than I ever had to be a part of this. That's what John does. There's no detail that we're going to leave unturned. So there's a lot of time being spent to get this right."

The Browns' diligence and secrecy hasn't slowed a daily assault of mock drafts and guesses as to what the team might do.

Jackson said he blocks out all the noise, and chuckled at a report than Dorsey was favoring Allen.

"Everywhere you turn, that's what everybody is talking about," he said. "I'm not concerned about those things because I know what goes on here in the building every day. I talk to John Dorsey three, four, five times a day. I think all kinds of things get said. I mean, I laughed at that. When I say John Dorsey goes dark, he goes dark.

"Whoever thinks they're finding John Dorsey, trust me, you're not finding him. So I think there are a lot of things that get said that I know aren't true. And if there was a consensus that John would've come to at this point, he would've told me. So I know that's not the case."

And while his boss hasn't made a decision, Jackson, too, remains noncommittal on who Cleveland should select.

"I'm the same way. I'm sifting through my side of it, too," he said. "Again, this has been good for me to learn even a different way of looking at it. I go back, and myself and (quarterbacks coach) Kenny (Zampese) and (offensive coordinator) Todd (Haley), we've had great dialogue and conversation and I think we're still all going through it, too.

"And there are times they want to pull me in to talk about it and I'll say, 'No. not yet,' because I want to make sure that I'm sure. I don't want to be, 'It's this one. Well, no it's that one. It's based on this.' I think you need to really know and feel very comfortable about that decision when we get there."

Regardless of whom they pick, Jackson said recently acquired quarterback Tyrod Taylor will be his starter.

Categories: Ohio News

Kucinich was paid $20K by pro-Syrian government group

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:03

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a candidate for Ohio governor, reported Tuesday earning speaking fees from a group with sympathies toward the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Kucinich, a Democrat, reported receiving $20,000 for a speech last year from the Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees. Business filings list the group as a parent organization of the pro-Assad Syrian Solidarity Movement. The report was part of an amended financial disclosure filing requested by the Ohio Ethics Commission.

The U.S. and its allies last week destroyed sites of Syrian chemical weapons that Assad is accused of using on his own people.

On its website, the Syrian Solidarity Movement praises Assad's government and criticizes what it characterizes as a "false western narrative about Syria."

Kucinich's campaign spokesman, Andy Juniewicz, said Kucinich's speech was delivered at a peace conference hosted by the association.

Juniewicz said Kucinich supports peace in the Middle East and has personally pressed Assad to admit he has chemical weapons and to pledge to abide by international agreements. He said the speech supported the idea of advancing peace in the region.

Juniewicz said the Ethics Commission wrote Kucinich's campaign Monday seeking additional information on its required financial disclosure filing.

Paul Nick, the commission's executive director, said letters requesting further information from mandatory filers don't necessarily imply wrongdoing. He said some omissions are mere oversights; other times they can rise to legal violations.

Warren City Law Director Gregory Hicks, a supporter of rival candidate Democrat Richard Cordray, also had written to complain about the filing, which he said was inappropriately vague about money Kucinich had earned through his speeches.

Hicks suggested in an interview that the omissions were meant to hide affiliations that might hurt Kucinich's reputation.

In his letter, Hicks said the former congressman has spoken over the years to the new-age Light Party of Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Burning Man, a summer cultural event that espouses "radical self-expression." Hicks also said Kucinich appeared twice in 2017 on Russia Today, a Russian government-funded television operation known simply as RT.

Hicks told Nick "there is significant evidence that Russia Today pays guests of their show," but Kucinich's campaign said Kucinich was not compensated for appearances it described as interviews.

"The inclusion of the comments about Russia Today is obviously a calculated attempt to smear Mr. Kucinich," Juniewicz said.

Kucinich's revised filing included no income from Russia Today or any of the other organizations Hicks alleged had been omitted.

Hicks acknowledged supporting Cordray's gubernatorial bid. He said neither Cordray nor his campaign asked him to write the letter.

Categories: Ohio News

Man charged with rape, kidnapping in Fayette County

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:55

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ohio – A man is in jail, accused of raping, assaulting and holding a woman against her will according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Donald Bennett, 46, of Bloomingburg, was arrested Sunday and charged with domestic violence, rape, aggravated menacing and two counts of kidnapping.

Deputies were called to a home in the 6000 block of White Oak Road in northeast Fayette County early Saturday morning to a respond to a domestic-related call.

The sheriff’s office said a woman Bennett knew was invited over for dinner Friday night.

When the woman arrived, she said Bennett was agitated and physically and sexually assaulted her according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office said when she tried to leave, he would not let her.

The sheriff’s office said Bennett is also accused of threatening the woman with a gun.

The woman was treated for injuries.

Bennett is being held at the Fayette County Jail in lieu of bond.

Categories: Ohio News

Teen arrested in death of 98-year-old Ohio woman found in closet

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:38

WADSWORTH — A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in the death of a 98-year-old woman found inside a closet at her Ohio home.

Wadsworth police Chief Randy Reinke says officers found Margaret Douglas' wallet during a search of the teenager's home on Monday.

Douglas' body was discovered by officers on April 9. Douglas was last seen alive six days earlier.

Reinke said Tuesday police focused on the teen in Douglas' death because of break-ins and other crimes committed in the area. Reinke says the teen lives near Douglas' home in Wadsworth, about 40 miles south of downtown Cleveland.

Reinke says the Cuyahoga County medical examiner's office has indicated Douglas was strangled. The city prosecutor is expected to seek charges against the teen in Medina County Juvenile Court.

Categories: Ohio News

Dom & Dave: Blue Jackets bring playoff series home, Morgan Hughes with #SaveTheCrew

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:30

You've seen them yell at each other in a poorly lit room on a shaky cell phone feed, but now, it's time to step it up.

Dom Tiberi and Dave Holmes are teaming up to discuss the top sports stories of the day among other topics.

Watch Dom & Dave every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 6:45 p.m. on 10TV.com or the 10TV Facebook page.

Tuesday, April 17 Topics

  • Columbus Blue Jackets bring their 2-0 series lead over the Washington Capitals into Nationwide Arena
  • #SaveTheCrew: Morgan Hughes, the man behind the movement, talks about the latest with Crew SC

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio Attorney General warns of scammers on Tax Day

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:07

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's that time of year again.

A time when Americans rush to pay their taxes before Tuesday's midnight deadline.

And with that mad rush brings opportunities for scammers, warns the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

A WBNS employee received a suspicious call Tuesday claiming that he and his loved ones owed thousands of dollars and demanded their personal information.

10TV News called the suspicious numbers back.

When a WBNS reporter identified himself, the woman on the other end of the line hung up.

We also checked in with the Attorney General's Office to see if the office had seen an increase in the number of scam-related tax calls.

Spokeswoman Kate Hanson told 10TV News that the office has received nearly 200 complaints in April.

In March, the Ohio Attorney General’s Help Center logged more than 340 reports of tax scams, compared to about 160 in January and 280 in February.

"It's still good to be very cautious," Hanson said. "If you get a phone call threatening you, that's likely a scam."

The Ohio Attorney General's Office also released these tips to avoid a scam earlier this month:

  • Don’t trust threatening callers. If you receive an unexpected phone call from someone who threatens to arrest you for not paying taxes, be very skeptical, especially if you never received any written notice.
  • Avoid making payments over the phone. Don’t trust someone who demands that you pay immediately over the phone using a gift card or by sending a wire transfer. These are preferred payment methods for scam artists because once sent, it’s very difficult to trace or recover the money. The real IRS won’t demand that you pay over the phone using one of these specific methods.
  • Don’t respond to illegal robocalls in any way. Don’t interact with the caller, and don’t call a number left on your phone or in a message. Responding to a scam call can result in even more calls because it lets con artists know that your phone number belongs to a real person.
  • Don’t always trust caller ID. Scammers may “spoof” a phone number, making the number on your caller ID appear to be from the IRS, even when it’s not. For example, a call may appear to be coming from a 202 (Washington D.C.) area code, when it’s actually coming from another country.
  • Check into call-blocking options. Find out if services are available through your phone carrier, your phone itself, or third-party apps to help you stop unwanted calls.

IRS or U.S. Treasury impersonation scams can be reported to the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at www.treasury.gov/tigta or 800-366-4484. Consumers also can contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioProtects.org or 800-282-0515 for help detecting a scam.

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