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Maritime Radio Historical Society’s K6KPH will be Active for International Marconi Day

ARRL News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:47

K6KPH, the amateur station of the Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS), will be among those active on International Marconi Day (IMD), Saturday, April 21 (UTC). Organized by the Cornish Amateur Radio Club, IMD takes place each year on the weekend closest to Marconi's birthday, April 25.

K6KPH will operate on CW on 80, 40, 20, 17, and 15 meters. Since K6KPH transmits from the original Marcon...

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Man who claimed dismembered woman died during sex found guilty of murder

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 05:12

TARRANT COUNTY, Texas -- A Texas jury on Monday convicted a man of killing a college student who was found dismembered, burned and with her heart cut out -- rejecting a defense attorney's argument that her client panicked only after the woman died during consensual sex.

Jurors in Fort Worth deliberated less than three hours before finding Charles Dean Bryant guilty of murder in the death of Jacqueline Vandagriff, a 24-year-old student at Texas Woman's University in Denton.

Hours later, he was sentenced to life in prison by the same jury.

Bryant, 31, also was found guilty of tampering with evidence and was sentenced to an additional 20 years on that conviction. The sentences will be served concurrently. The jury deliberated the sentences for about an hour Monday afternoon.

Defense attorney Glynis McGinty argued that Vandagriff died accidentally during consensual sex with Bryant. She said a plastic tie was placed around Vandagriff's neck, causing asphyxiation. Prosecutors countered that there's no evidence the two had sex.

McGinty said Bryant committed a crime by panicking and disposing of the woman's body in September 2016, but he did not commit murder.

But prosecutor Lucas Allan told jurors that contrary to defense claims, Bryant didn't "freak out" because Vandagriff died. Bryant deliberately killed her and calmly dismembered her body while cutting out her heart, Allan said.

"Why cut out the heart? What does it have to do with disposing of a body? He cut her heart out," the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Allan as telling jurors Monday. "I want that image to sink in."

Social media accounts, surveillance video and cellphone pings all put Vandagriff and Bryant, a fitness trainer, together at a bar in Denton and eventually at his home, reports CBS DFW. Investigators say there's also evidence someone had started digging a hole in Bryant's backyard. The spot is where officials say Bryant initially tried to bury Vandagriff.

Vandagriff's remains were found in a kiddie pool near Grapevine Lake two nights after the fatal encounter, the station reports. Her purse was found in the trash at Bryant's home.

Investigators later learned that a former girlfriend had a protective order against Bryant for allegedly stalking and harassing the woman.

Categories: Ohio News

Columbus Blue Jackets host fan festivities around 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:26

You're invited!

The Columbus Blue Jackets are inviting fans to take part in various game-night festivities surrounding the 2018 Blue Jackets Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Nationwide is presenting the pre-game parties on the Front Street plaza in front of Nationwide Arena starting three hours before each game.

On Tuesday, April 17, fans can enjoy music, attractions, drinks, and watch an hour-long edition of FOX Sports Ohio's Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The party officially kicks off at 4:30 p.m.

The Fan's Common Man & T-Bone will get an early start as they broadcast live from the plaza from 3-6 p.m. prior to games 3 and 4.

Game tickets are not required to attend the plaza parties.

Doors to Nationwide Arena will open at 6 p.m. for games 3 and 4.

All fans attending Round 1 home games will receive a playoff-themed T-shirt and rally towel.

Here is the complete schedule for the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Series against Washington:

Categories: Ohio News

Starbucks faces image crisis after arrest of 2 men

Channel 10 news - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 03:40

NEW YORK (AP) — Three years ago, Starbucks was widely ridiculed for trying to start a national conversation on race relations by asking its employees to write the words "Race Together" on coffee cups. The initiative, though it backfired, was in line with the company's longstanding effort to project a progressive and inclusive image.

The company is now through the looking glass, trying to tamp down a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia. How could Starbucks, which once urged its employees to start conversations about race with customers, now be under fire for its treatment of black people?

The episode highlights the risks large corporations run when they tie their brands so closely to social messaging. In 2015, then-CEO Howard Schultz shrugged off the "Race Together" fiasco as a well-intentioned mistake and pressed on with his public efforts to engage in the debate over race in America. His successor, Kevin Johnson, is now scrambling to keep the Philadelphia incident from shattering the message Schultz was going for: Starbucks is a corporation that stands for something beyond profit.

"The more your brand is trying to connect emotionally to people, the more hurt people feel when these kinds of things happen," said Jacinta Gauda, the head of the Gauda Group, a New York strategic communications firm affiliated with the Grayling network. "They are breaking a promise. That's what makes it hurt deeper."

Beyond racial relations, Starbucks has staked much of its brand on its dual promise of providing good customer service and treating its employees well, said John Gordon, a restaurant industry analyst with Pacific Management Consulting Group. The Seattle company has a reputation for well-managed stores, "a point of difference that allows them to sell primarily drinks and coffees that have a higher cost," he said.

But in a multinational company with more than 28,000 stores worldwide, there has "to be a situation every day where some human being handles things wrong. You can't have that many employees and not have something stupid happen," Gordon said. "Even with a huge operations manual that lays out what to say and what to do, you can't cover everything."

Still, Starbucks has set its own high bar.

Last month, the company claimed it had achieved 100 percent pay equity across gender and race for all its U.S. employees and committed to doing the same for its overseas operations, an initiative publicly backed by equality activist Billie Jean King. The company also touts the diversity of its workforce, saying minorities comprise more than 40 percent of its employees in the U.S.

In 2016, Starbucks promised to invest in 15 "underserved" communities across the country, trying to counter an image of a company catering to a mostly white clientele. One of those stores opened in Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of the 2014 protests that erupted following the police shooting of Michael Brown, one of several such killings that moved Schultz to launch the Race Together campaign.

Those efforts are in stark contrast to the video that went viral over the weekend showing the two black men being arrested by police who were called by an employee. Officials have said police officers were told the men had asked to use the store's restroom but were denied because they hadn't bought anything and they refused to leave.

On Monday, about two dozen protesters took over the Philadelphia shop, chanting slogans like, "A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black." The hashtag #BoycottStarbucks trended on Twitter.

Johnson, who called has called the arrests "reprehensible," arrived in Philadelphia this weekend to personally confront the crisis. He said he hopes to meet with the two men who were detained in the next couple of days and apologize to them face-to-face. And he promised to revamp store management training to include "unconscious-bias" training.

"I watched the video, which was hard to watch. That is not what Starbucks is about. That is not representative of our mission, our values and our guiding principles," Johnson said.

Gauda, who has developed workplace inclusion and diversity strategies for corporate clients, cautioned that any unconscious-bias training should not be treated as "special subject" but incorporated as a core part of its employee training. She warned Starbucks against treating Philadelphia as a one-off affair, urging the company to investigate whether there were any warning signs.

"I would suspect that this particular issue is something that has occurred before," Gauda said. "The company is in crisis mode now, but they should not look at this as an isolated issue."

Gauda and other corporate communications experts said they were impressed that Johnson immediately took a hands-on approach to addressing the crisis, saying his efforts would pay off in an age where corporations are under the glare of social media.

"I'm actually surprised he is handling it the way a CEO should be handling it. He went in head first and he took the blame for it," said M.J. McCallum, vice president and creative director of Muse Communications, an advertising and communications agency with an African-American focus. "I definitely applaud that. Most people won't jump on the bomb."

"Starbucks has a great reputation. They stand for a better culture. They have stores in inner cities," McCallum said. "I think he realizes what this one incident can do for his brand."

Categories: Ohio News

Despite local outcry, Hopkinton rejects tougher wind laws

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:00
A controversial wind farm in St. Lawrence County got a reprieve last night. Board members in the town of Hopkinton voted against a strict new law that would have pushed wind farms at least a half-mile away from local homes and the boundary of the Adirondack Park aAnd limited the amount of noise that turbines can give off.
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Schools worry about proposed changes to small school grants

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:00
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) Small schools in Vermont say they may be forced to close once lawmakers change how the state disperses small school grants.
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Can $10M change the game for the North Country's small downtowns?

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:00
Small cities across New York have been competing for $10-million state grants to jump start improvements to their struggling downtowns. Communities are nominated by the state Regional Economic Development Councils. So far in the North Country, plans entered by Watertown, Plattsburgh, and Glens Falls have won grants under the two-year-old Downtown Revitalization Initiative, or DRI. Potsdam hopes to be next. Each community lists its own priorities, but the state favors splashy anchor projects, including a new farmer's market building in Glens Falls and a riverside city center in Plattsburgh. And there's no free ride. Communities are required to use the state money to pull in local financing. This week, we're taking a look at whether this push and pull can really change the game for the North Country's small downtowns.
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Chicago man sentenced for defrauding Laurentian Aerospace

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:00
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The head of a Chicago investment firm has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for conspiring to defraud a northern New York company out of $2.5 million.
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Nearly $3M more in flood relief for 5 upstate counties

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Nearly $3 million in additional relief funding is going to communities in five upstate New York counties along Lake Ontario to help them recover from last year's flooding.
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North Country at Work launches photo and story archive

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:00
Have you ever seen a picture of a 600-pound sturgeon? How about an 1890s butter plant, or a mail boat making the rounds on Cranberry Lake? Those are the sorts of things you'll find in our freshly launched North Country at Work website, a place built to explore the photos and stories we've been collecting from around the region for the last few years.
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Democrats in state Senate now officially reunited

North Country Public Radio - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:00
Monday marked the first day that the former breakaway Democrats in the New York State Senate were working with the mainstream Democrats after they agreed to reunify earlier this month.
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ODOT urges drivers to 'Move Over'

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:56

You can't understand the why if you don't understand the who.

"Being out on Rt. 33 when we're on the berm, or what not, you can feel the cars going," Jeremy Wheeling said.

Wheeling is one "who." He's married with three children.

"It only takes one second for something to happen and then that changes our whole life forever," Raymond McCandlish said.

McCandlish is another "who." He's married and has two granddaughters.

His job is dangerous.

"Safety is 80 percent of what we do," McCandlish said. "And, 20 percent I'm trying to concentrate on the job."

His job is dangerous because a lot of his work days consist of him standing on the side of Ohio's roadways.

He's worked for the Ohio Department of Transportation for 28 years. Wheeling just celebrated one year. Both men rely on drivers to do the right thing.

"We always got to have one eye paying attention back here, because somebody's not going to be paying attention," Wheeling said.

While they're working guardrails, ditching or fixing the berm or potholes, they worry.

"It's not if you're going to be hit, it's when," McCandlish said.

McCandlish remembers when the "Move Over" law first went into effect in 1999. Originally, it was for law enforcement and emergency responders. In 2013, it expanded to every vehicle with flashing lights.

Still, they say it's not enough.

"It seems like every week, there's something," McCandlish said.

Last year, there were 152 incidents involving ODOT crews. Workers say what they see the most is distracted driving.

"It's gotten better," McCandlish said. "Until everybody started getting the telephones and you see them texting all the time."

The memorial inside ODOT headquarters honors the men and women of ODOT who have died while on the job. 162 of them.

Matt Bruning with ODOT says that number is not only the number of casualties from those drivers who do not "Move Over," but it is factored in.

They are the "Who" that make the "Why" so important.

"I'm like every other working person out there," Wheeling said. "We have kids and families we'd like to go home to. So, when you see the signs move over and slow down, we would appreciate it if you actually followed that."

According to ODOT, 23 highway workers are killed every month across the country.

In Ohio, the law says you have to get over if there are flashing lights on a stationary vehicle on the side of the road.

If you can't get over, you are to slow down and be prepared to stop. Failure to comply can cost you up to $1,000 in fines.

Categories: Ohio News

Back in the Saddle #1274 - Geek News Central Audio

Geek News Central - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:16

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Two charged after body found in basement of southwest Franklin County home

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:11

HARRISBURG, Ohio – Two people are now facing criminal charges in connection with a body found in the basement of a home on High Street in Harrisburg Monday evening.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said the landlord found the body inside a duplex in the 1000 block of High Street. Sheriff’s investigators said the initial investigation indicated the victim died from a drug overdose.

The identity of the person who was found has not been released.

Court documents obtained by 10TV show Angela M. Nichols, 36, and Andrew Nichols, 32, were each charged with tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. Both will be arraigned Wednesday morning.

Criminal complaints filed in court reveal the defendants are accused of hiding the victim’s body, cleaning the area where the victim died with Clorox, and disposing of both the victim’s vehicle and cell phone.

Investigators said based on decomposition, it’s possible the victim’s body was concealed in the home for about a month. The Franklin County coroner is performing an autopsy in an attempt to determine the exact cause of death.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is also on scene.

According to @OHFCSO - the landlady to the building on S High Street found the body of a male in the basement. It is a duplex building with other tenants. It’s not clear if it was a tenant who was found. @10TV #10TV

— Bryant Somerville (@Bryant10TV) April 17, 2018

Categories: Ohio News

Police: Reports of people being shot with paintballs in north Columbus

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:54

Columbus police say a prank popping up in north Columbus is no laughing matter.

Since April 1, Columbus officers have responded to 16 calls of paintball attacks. They mostly are happening in the Linden area.

Sgt. Dana Hess of the Columbus Division of Police says there are reports of people getting shot with paintballs as they walk down the street. She says cars are even racing up the street shooting paintballs at each other.

Hess says the paintballs are not only dangerous outside of a controlled environment but also become a public safety concern because the way the paintball guns look.

"There's a controlled environment for these types of toys," Sgt. Hess said. "And when they are using them out on the street, they can resemble real firearms which can clearly be dangerous from a police officer's perspective as we are responding to a call."

Sgt. Hess says anyone caught using a paintball gun on the street will be charged at the highest level the law allows.

Categories: Ohio News

Nationwide manhunt underway for accused killer grandma

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:58

There is a nationwide manhunt for a grandmother, who is considered armed and dangerous. Police say surveillance video shows 56-year-old grandmother Lois Riess, targeting 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson in a Ft. Myers bar.

The two women looked alike, a fatal coincidence for Hutchinson. She was later found shot to death in her condo. Detectives say Riess murdered her, then stole her white Acura, credit cards and her identity.

"Suspect Riess, although she may look like anyone's mother or grandmother," said Carmine Marceno, Lee County undersheriff. "She's an absolute cold-blooded murderer."

Riess is also suspected in her husband's shooting death in Minnesota in late March. David Riess was found murdered in the couple's home.

Riess, who reportedly loves to gamble, stopped at different casinos before driving to Ft. Myers earlier this month and meeting Hutchinson.

"It's just evil that flowed through. Because how can you go around killing people for no other good reason other than to keep yourself out of prison," said Danielle Jeffreys, Hutchinson's cousin.

Investigators say Riess has since driven 1,300 miles along the Gulf Coast until her last known sighting in Corpus Christi, Texas.

"As her resources go away she may become more desperate and God forbid may strike again," said Marceno.

Police believe Riess killed both victims with the same gun, and may still have it.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio University police issue crime alert after reported rape

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:41

ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio University police have issued a crime alert after a student reported she was raped.

Police said the female student said she was raped between the hours of 11:30 p.m. on April 14 and 1 a.m. on April 15 near Brown Hall.

A suspect description was nor provided.

Police said there are resources for sexual assault sexual assault survivors.

Confidential and non-confidential campus or community resources can be found by clicking here.

Categories: Ohio News

'Night Court' star Harry Anderson, 65, found dead in home

Channel 10 news - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:21

Harry Anderson, the actor best known for playing an off-the-wall judge working the night shift of a Manhattan court room in the televised comedy series "Night Court," has been found dead in his North Carolina home.

Anderson was 65.

A statement from the Asheville Police Department said officers responded to a call from Anderson's home early Monday and found him dead. The statement said foul play is not suspected.

On "Night Court," Anderson played Judge Harry T. Stone, a young jurist who professed his love for singer Mel Torme, actress Jean Harlow, magic tricks and his collection of art-deco ties.

He also appeared on the series "Tales From The Crypt."

Anderson is survived by two children from his first marriage to Leslie Pollack, and by his current wife Elizabeth Morgan.

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Deleted Facebook Cybercrime Groups Had 300,000 Members

Krebs on Security - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:38

Hours after being alerted by KrebsOnSecurity, Facebook last week deleted almost 120 private discussion groups totaling more than 300,000 members who flagrantly promoted a host of illicit activities on the social media network’s platform. The scam groups facilitated a broad spectrum of shady activities, including spamming, wire fraud, account takeovers, phony tax refunds, 419 scams, denial-of-service attack-for-hire services and botnet creation tools. The average age of these groups on Facebook’s platform was two years.

On Thursday, April 12, KrebsOnSecurity spent roughly two hours combing Facebook for groups whose sole purpose appeared to be flouting the company’s terms of service agreement about what types of content it will or will not tolerate on its platform.

One of nearly 120 different closed cybercrime groups operating on Facebook that were deleted late last week. In total, there were more than 300,000 members of these groups. The average age of these groups was two years, but some had existed for up to nine years on Facebook

My research centered on groups whose singular focus was promoting all manner of cyber fraud, but most especially those engaged in identity theft, spamming, account takeovers and credit card fraud. Virtually all of these groups advertised their intent by stating well-know terms of fraud in their group names, such as “botnet helpdesk,” “spamming,” “carding” (referring to credit card fraud), “DDoS” (distributed denial-of-service attacks), “tax refund fraud,” and account takeovers.

Each of these closed groups solicited new members to engage in a variety of shady activities. Some had existed on Facebook for up to nine years; approximately ten percent of them had plied their trade on the social network for more than four years.

Here is a spreadsheet (PDF) listing all of the offending groups reported, including: Their stated group names; the length of time they were present on Facebook; the number of members; whether the group was promoting a third-party site on the dark or clear Web; and a link to the offending group. A copy of the same spreadsheet in .csv format is available here.

The biggest collection of groups banned last week were those promoting the sale and use of stolen credit and debit card accounts. The next largest collection of groups included those facilitating account takeovers — methods for mass-hacking emails and passwords for countless online accounts such Amazon, Google, Netflix, PayPal, as well as a host of online banking services.

This rather active Facebook group, which specialized in identity theft and selling stolen bank account logins, was active for roughly three years and had approximately 2,500 members.

In a statement to KrebsOnSecurity, Facebook pledged to be more proactive about policing its network for these types of groups.

“We thank Mr. Krebs for bringing these groups to our attention, we removed them as soon as we investigated,” said Pete Voss, Facebook’s communications director. “We investigated these groups as soon as we were aware of the report, and once we confirmed that they violated our Community Standards, we disabled them and removed the group admins. We encourage our community to report anything they see that they don’t think should be in Facebook, so we can take swift action.”

KrebsOnSecurity’s research was far from exhaustive: For the most part, I only looked at groups that promoted fraudulent activities in the English language. Also, I ignored groups that had fewer than 25 members. As such, there may well be hundreds or thousands of other groups who openly promote fraud as their purpose of membership but which achieve greater stealth by masking their intent with variations on or mispellings of different cyber fraud slang terms.

Facebook said its community standards policy does not allow the promotion or sale of illegal goods or services including credit card numbers or CVV numbers (stolen card details marketed for use in online fraud), and that once a violation is reported, its teams review a report and remove the offending post or group if it violates those policies.

The company added that Facebook users can report suspected violations by loading a group’s page, clicking “…” in the top right and selecting “Report Group”. Users who wish to learn more about reporting abusive groups can visit facebook.com/report.

“As technology improves, we will continue to look carefully at other ways to use automation,” Facebook’s statement concludes, responding to questions from KrebsOnSecurity about what steps it might take to more proactively scour its networks for abusive groups. “Of course, a lot of the work we do is very contextual, such as determining whether a particular comment is hateful or bullying. That’s why we have real people looking at those reports and making the decisions.”

Facebook’s stated newfound interest in cleaning up its platform comes as the social networking giant finds itself reeling from a scandal in which Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm, was found to have acquired access to private data on more than 50 million Facebook profiles — most of them scraped without user permission.

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