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Charles Krauthammer, conservative columnist and pundit, dies

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:19

Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from "Great Society" Democrat to Iraq War cheerleader to denouncer of Donald Trump, has died.

He was 68.

His Thursday death was announced by two organizations that were longtime employers, Fox News Channel and The Washington Post.

Krauthammer had said publicly a year ago he was being treated for a cancerous tumor in his abdomen and earlier this month revealed that he likely had just weeks to live.

"I leave this life with no regrets," Krauthammer wrote in The Washington Post, where his column had run since 1984. "It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended."

Sometimes scornful, sometimes reflective, he was awarded a Pulitzer in 1987 for "his witty and insightful" commentary and was an influential voice among Republicans, whether through his syndicated column or his appearances on Fox News Channel. He was most associated with Brit Hume's nightly newscast and stayed with it when Bret Baier took over in 2009.

Krauthammer is credited with coining the term "The Reagan Doctrine" for President Reagan's policy of aiding anti-Communist movements worldwide. He was a leading advocate for the Iraq War and a prominent critic of President Barack Obama, whom he praised for his "first-class intellect and first-class temperament" and denounced for having a "highly suspect" character.

Krauthammer was a former Harvard medical student who graduated even after he was paralyzed from the neck down because of a diving board accident, continuing his studies from his hospital bed. He was a Democrat in his youth and his political engagement dated back to 1976, when he handed out leaflets for Henry Jackson's unsuccessful presidential campaign.

But through the 1980s and beyond, Krauthammer followed a journey akin to such neo-conservative predecessors as Irving Kristol and Norman Podhoretz, turning against his old party on foreign and domestic issues. He aligned with Republicans on everything from confrontation with the Soviet Union to rejection of the "Great Society" programs enacted during the 1960s.

"As I became convinced of the practical and theoretical defects of the social-democratic tendencies of my youth, it was but a short distance to a philosophy of restrained, free-market governance that gave more space and place to the individual and to the civil society that stands between citizen and state," he wrote in the introduction to "Things That Matter," a million-selling compilation of his writings published in 2013.

For the Post, Time magazine, The New Republic and other publications, Krauthammer wrote on a wide range of subjects, and in "Things That Matter" listed chess, baseball, "the innocence of dogs" and "the cunning of cats" among his passions. As a psychiatrist in the 1970s, he did groundbreaking research on bipolar disorder.

But he found nothing could live apart from government and the civic realm. "Science, medicine, art, poetry, architecture" and other fields were "fundamentally subordinate. In the end, they must bow to the sovereignty of politics."

Ever blunt in his criticisms, Krauthammer was an "intense disliker" the liberal columnist E.J. Dionne told Politico in 2009. And opponents had words for him. Christopher Hitchens once called him the "newest of the neocon mini-windbags," with the "arduous job, in an arduous time, of being an unpredictable conformist."

He was attacked for his politics, and for his predictions. He was so confident of quick success in Iraq he initially labeled the 2003 invasion "The Three Week War" and defended the conflict for years. He also backed the George W. Bush administration's use of torture as an "uncontrolled experiment" carried out "sometimes clumsily, sometimes cruelly, indeed, sometimes wrongly. But successfully. It kept us safe."

And the former president praised Krauthammer after hearing of his death.

"For decades, Charles' words have strengthened our democracy," George W. Bush said in a statement. "His work was far-reaching and influential — and while his voice will be deeply missed, his ideas and values will always be a part of our country."

Krauthammer was sure that Obama would lose in 2008 because of lingering fears from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and foresaw Mitt Romney defeating him in 2012.

But he prided himself on his rejection of orthodoxy and took on Republicans, too, observing during a Fox special in 2013 that "If you're going to leave the medical profession because you think you have something to say, you betray your whole life if you don't say what you think and if you don't say it honestly and bluntly."

He criticized the death penalty and rejected intelligent design as "today's tarted-up version of creationism." In 2005, he was widely cited as a key factor in convincing Bush to rescind the Supreme Court nomination of the president's friend and legal adviser Harriet Miers, whom Krauthammer and others said lacked the necessary credentials. And he differed with such Fox commentators as Bill O'Reilly and Laura Ingraham as he found himself among the increasingly isolated "Never Trumpers," Republicans regarding the real estate baron and former "Apprentice" star as a vulgarian unfit for the presidency.

"I used to think Trump was an 11-year-old, an undeveloped schoolyard bully," he wrote in August 2016, around the time Trump officially became the Republican nominee. "I was off by about 10 years. His needs are more primitive, an infantile hunger for approval and praise, a craving that can never be satisfied. He lives in a cocoon of solipsism where the world outside himself has value — indeed exists — only insofar as it sustains and inflates him."

Trump, of course, tweeted about Krauthammer, who "pretends to be a smart guy, but if you look at his record, he isn't. A dummy who is on too many Fox shows. An overrated clown!"

Krauthammer married Robyn Trethewey, an artist and former attorney, in 1974. They had a son, Daniel, who also became a columnist and commentator.

The son of Jewish immigrants from Europe, Krauthammer was born in New York City and moved with his family to Montreal when he was 5, growing up in a French speaking home. His path to political writing was unexpected. First, at McGill University, he became editor in chief of the student newspaper after his predecessor was ousted over what Krauthammer called his "mindless, humorless Maoism."

In the late 1970s, while a psychiatric resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, a professor with whom he had researched manic depression was appointed to a mental health agency created by President Jimmy Carter. Krauthammer went, too, began writing for The New Republic and was soon recruited to write speeches for Carter's vice president and 1980 running mate, Walter Mondale.

Carter was defeated by Reagan and on Jan. 20, 1981, Reagan's inauguration day, Krauthammer formally joined The New Republic as a writer and editor.

"These quite fantastic twists and turns have given me a profound respect for serendipity," he wrote in 2013. "A long forgotten, utterly trivial student council fight brought me to journalism. A moment of adolescent anger led me to the impulsive decision to quit political studies and enroll in medical school. A decade later, a random presidential appointment having nothing to do with me brought me to a place where my writing and public career could begin.

"When a young journalist asks me today, 'How do I get to a nationally syndicated columnist?' I have my answer: 'First, go to medical school.'"

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Rat slips inside ATM, eats a load of money

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:03

GAUHATI, India -- Police say at least one rat slipped through a hole in the back of an ATM in northeastern India and started eating. By the time it finished, more than $19,000 in bills were shredded.

The police superintendent in the town of Tinsukia, Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta, says that when technicians arrived June 11 to fix a broken State Bank of India cash machine they found a dead rat inside it and Indian currency notes worth nearly 1.3 million rupees, or a little over $19,000, chewed to shreds. The rat had entered the ATM through a small hole for cables.

A bank employee said Friday an investigation has been ordered.

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1 shot while driving, crashes car into pole in west Columbus shooting

Channel 10 news - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 03:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Division of Police is investigating a shooting that happened early Friday morning.

Officers were called around 3:30 a.m. to the area of Sullivant Avenue and South Wheatland Avenue in west Columbus.

One person was found in a vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital. That person is expected to be OK, according to Columbus Police.

Detectives say the victim was driving when they were shot. After being shot, the driver crashed the vehicle into a utility pole in an alley near the intersection.

Police have closed a portion of Sullivant Avenue near South Oakley Avenue while they investigate.

No suspect information has been released at this time.

This shooting remains under investigation

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

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Wondering where to vote in the NY-21 primary? We got you covered.

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
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Cuomo demands info from feds on kids separated from parents

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is demanding the Trump administration provide information on the estimated 700 immigrant children sent to foster care agencies in the state after being separated from their parents.
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Final session for 90-year-old state lawmaker and WWII vet

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A New York Republican who's one of two World War II veterans believed to be still serving in a state legislature has bid farewell to fellow lawmakers.
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Summer hike to Castle Rock: cool caves and a crazy view

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
This may be the perfect Adirondack hike for kids. And there are swimming holes nearby.
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Report explains causes of 2017 Lake Ontario flooding

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
A new report attempts to explain the causes of last year's flooding along the south shore of Lake Ontario.
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Dog show-off highlights a haven for man's best friend

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
If you ask any dog owner about their beloved friend, they'll tell you that their dog is the best at everything. He does the best tricks, is the friendliest, and the smartest of any dogs you'll ever meet. Last Saturday, North Country residents could finally prove their claims at the first annual Dog Show-Off, hosted by the Potsdam Community Dog Park.
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Betsy Kepes: two great local books for summer reading

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
Summer is a great time to catch up on reading, when the days are longer and the weather is perfect for lounging around with a great book.Betsy Kepes reads and writes near Colton and stops by from time to time to share news and reviews about what she's reading. She spoke with Todd Moe about two of her most recent favorite books. For more information check our All In Blog where Betsy will share a post about the books.
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Big friendly emu named Charles wandering around upstate NY

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
GRAFTON, N.Y. (AP) Bird sanctuary officials are asking people in upstate New York's Rensselaer County to keep their eyes peeled for a large emu named Charles.
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Legislative session ends, but Cuomo threatens to call lawmakers back

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
The 2018 legislative session ended quietly, as Democrats and Republicans in the legislature failed to agree on major issues and exited the Capitol until next January. Although Governor Cuomo is now leaving the door open to calling them back.
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This weekend in the Adirondacks

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:00
We've had some outstanding weather, but colder spots last night dipped toward the 30s, and this weekend is expected to be wet and rainy, with a chance for thunderstorms. Be prepared for wet weather by bringing along some extra dry clothing, and alternative plans to avoid mud or troublesome water crossings. Mountain streams can rise quickly with locally heavy rains. Watch the weather to avoid the worst of it; and be sure to take shelter during lightning storms. Never be above treeline or on water when you can hear thunder.
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Bates-Diop selected by Minnesota Timberwolves in second round of NBA Draft

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 21:30

Former Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round of 2018 NBA Draft with the 48th overall pick.

Bates-Diop averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds for the Buckeyes this past season.

In his final year, Bates-Diop helped lead Ohio State to 25 wins and back to the NCAA Tournament.

Ohio State's NCAA tourament run ended with a loss to Gonzaga in the second round.

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ABC orders 'Roseanne' spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 18:35

LOS ANGELES (AP) — ABC, which canceled its "Roseanne" revival over its star's racist tweet, says it will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall.

ABC ordered 10 episodes of the spinoff after Barr agreed to forgo any creative or financial participation in it.

In a statement issued by the show's producer, Barr said she agreed to the settlement in order to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members.

ABC said Thursday that the new series has the working title "The Conners" and will star John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert and other "Roseanne" co-stars.

The revival of the hit 1988-97 sitcom "Roseanne" was axed by ABC after Barr posted a tweet likening former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and "Planet of the Apes."

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Pentagon agrees to provide space for 20,000 migrant children

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 15:57

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will make space available on military bases for as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children detained after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, a spokesman said Thursday.

The request for temporary shelter — amid a growing political battle over detained migrants — was made by the Department of Health and Human Services and accepted by the Defense Department, said the spokesman, Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis.

A Pentagon memo to members of Congress, obtained by The Associated Press, said it has been asked to have the facilities available as early as July, through the end of the year. It said HHS personnel or contractors for HHS "will provide all care for the children," including supervision, meals, clothing, medical services, transportation and other daily needs.

It's not clear which bases will be used to house the children. HHS has assessed facilities on four military bases, but the Pentagon said it has not been told which, if any, of the four will be used. The Pentagon said it will have no role in operating the temporary shelters, which would be controlled by HHS.

The four bases already assessed as potential shelter locations are Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, plus three bases in Texas: Dyess Air Force Base, Goodfellow Air Force Base and Fort Bliss.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday he is not involved in decisions about housing migrant children detained after crossing the border. But he said the Pentagon will provide whatever support is requested by either the Department of Homeland Security or HHS. The Pentagon memo to Congress said that as of Wednesday it had received no request from DHS.

The children who would be housed on military bases are those who cross the border illegally by themselves, as opposed to those accompanied by adults. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep together children and parents apprehended for crossing the border illegally for at least 20 days. The order also directs the Justice Department to fight in court to permanently remove the threat of separation.

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Police looking for man missing from north Columbus

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 15:56

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus police are asking for the public’s help in finding an 82-year-old man last seen Thursday in north Columbus.

Police said Larry Crimmel was last seen around 1:30 p.m. in the area of Sharon Woods Boulevard.

He was driving a black 2003 Toyota Avalon with an Ohio license plate number 54BUGS.

Crimmel was last seen wearing a blue and white dress shirt and dark dress pants.

He has grey hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus police at 614-645-4624.

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2018-19 schedule for Columbus Blue Jackets released

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 15:44

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2018-19 regular season schedule for the Columbus Blue Jackets have been released.

The team will open the season on October 4 on the road against the Detroit Red Wings.

The home opener is on October 5 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

You can see the full schedule below the home schedule highlights.

Home schedule highlights:

  • Dec. 8 and Feb. 12 vs. Washington
  • Feb. 26 and Mar. 9 vs. Pittsburgh
  • Nov. 23 and Dec. 28 vs. Toronto
  • Oct. 18 and Feb. 28 vs. Philadelphia
  • Oct. 20 vs. Chicago
  • Oct. 30 vs. Detroit
  • Dec. 17 vs. Vegas
  • Dec. 31 vs. Ottawa
  • Jan. 10 vs. Nashville
  • Mar. 2 vs. Edmonton
Schedule provided by the Columbus Blue Jackets
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Family: Kate Spade's father dies on eve of her funeral

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 15:39

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The father of fashion designer Kate Spade died on the eve of her funeral, according to a statement released by her family shortly before her service began Thursday in her hometown of Kansas City.

The family said 89-year-old Earl Brosnahan Jr. had been in ill health before passing away Wednesday night at his home. The statement said he was "heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter."

Kate Spade was found dead by suicide in her New York City home on June 5. She was 55 and had a 13-year-old daughter. Her husband said she'd had depression and anxiety for many years.

Mourners flocked to a Kansas City church shortly before her funeral, many carrying her iconic purses.

Spade was working as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine when she launched her company with her husband Andy Spade in 1993.

Coach, now known as Tapestry, bought the Kate Spade brand last year for $2.4 billion. Kate and Andy Spade recently had started a new handbag company, Frances Valentine.

Andy Spade said earlier this month that his wife had long suffered from depression and anxiety, but that she had been seeing a doctor regularly and was taking medication.

He said he and his wife had been living separately in the 10 months before her death but saw each other or spoke every day. He said they were not legally separated and never discussed divorce.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or a Kansas City animal shelter.

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