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How single-payer health care plays in the New York governor's race

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 22:00
Single-payer health care for New York has become an issue in the race for governor. Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon say if she's elected, she'd enact single-payer for New York. Not all of her opponents think that’s a good idea.
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NY21: Cobb says "people want access" to debates

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 22:00
A debate over debates is emerging in the North Country’s race for Congress.
Categories: News

Pitcher plants survive poor soil by turning trapped insects into potting mix

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 22:00
Most carnivorous plants, such as the pitcher plant commonly found in Adirondack bogs, live in poor soils. Unwary insects are drawn to a sweet bait to supplement their diet. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss these botanical oddballs, which may live as long as 50 years.
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Suspect killed in deputy-involved shooting in Fayette County

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 20:27

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ohio - A man is dead after a deputy-involved shooting in Fayette County Wednesday afternoon, according to the sheriff's office.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office said a man was approached by a detective with the sheriff's office around 4:00 p.m. along Rockwell Road in northern Fayette County.

The sheriff's office said the man was a suspect in a crime, but did not release what kind of crime.

The man then took out a gun and was shot after orders to drop the weapon, according to the sheriff's office.

The man who was shot was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Ohio Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation.

The identities of the suspect and the deputies involved have not been released.

Categories: Ohio News

Family to remember loved one, share hope for International Overdose Awareness Day

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 19:15

In a span of about 12 hours this week, Franklin County experienced five deaths due to overdose.

Five families that are now experiencing heartache, grief and a lack of understanding.

Kayla Fitzpatrick knows that feeling.

"I think when something like this, unnecessary deaths, happen it leaves the families with questions," Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick lost her 33-year-old brother Justin Wilson on June 30.

He was an artist, performer, writer and an addict.

Fitzpatrick said he struggled with addiction since he finished high school. Rehabs worked for only a short time. She says he even had to be revived by Narcan.

"I can count on my hands how many times," she said. "But, it always brought him back. But, just this time it just didn't work for him."

Then it didn't on June 30.

Thursday, Aug. 30, is International Overdose Awareness Day. It's a day to remember for Fitzpatrick.

"There are so many lives that are ended when they could have had much more of a story and they could have used what they have gone through to help others," she said.

Fitzpatrick and her family are having an event in Columbus on Thursday called JustinTimeAwareness. It is to remember Justin for who he was. Not just the addict, but the artist, the singer, the performer and the writer.

It's a day for them, but they are offering an outstretched hand to anyone who needs it.

"[The event is] open to anybody who wants to come," she said. "Anybody that needs support. Anybody that wants to come and share their story, we'd love to hear it."

Thursday's event will be at Jimmy V's Grill and Pub located at 912 South High Street in Columbus. It begins at 7 p.m. You can find out more about the event by clicking here.

Categories: Ohio News

New Illinois law allows medical marijuana pain prescriptions

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 19:01

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Doctors in Illinois can now prescribe marijuana as a painkiller thanks to a new law intended to counter a growing opioid abuse epidemic.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the bill into law Tuesday allowing physicians to temporarily prescribe cannabis for pain relief, effective immediately.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that 11,000 people have died from opioid overdoses since 2008. In 2016, opioid abuse killed nearly twice as many people as traffic accidents.

Rep. Kelly Cassidy was the House sponsor. The Chicago Democrat says the plan reforms pain treatment and provides more options to patients.

The law creates a pilot program which includes safeguards against the abuse of medical marijuana.

Categories: Ohio News

"Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D" to be remastered for IMAX

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 18:55

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's estate and IMAX are partnering to digitally remaster "Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D" into IMAX 3D.

The partnership was announced Wednesday, which would have been the singer's 60th birthday. It will be released in IMAX theaters across the U.S. for one week, beginning Sept. 21.

The estate's co-executors say Jackson loved to give his fans the "latest and greatest in technology and entertainment experiences."

The short film, directed by John Landis, premiered in Los Angeles in 1983. The 3D version was first shown at the 74th Venice Film Festival in 2017.

The remastered release precedes the launch of Amblin Entertainment's fantasy film, "The House with a Clock in Its Walls," starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett.

Jackson was 50 years old when he died in June 2009.

Categories: Ohio News

Brotherhood: Ohio State releases Oregon State football trailer

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 18:20

The Ohio State University released it's first hype video of the season, releasing it Wednesday before this weekend's tilt with Oregon State.

The theme of the video is Brotherhood and feature's interim coach Ryan Day with the team early.

"It's gotta be every guy, the Buckeyes against the world!"

Ohio State kicks off with the Beavers at noon Sept. 1.

Categories: Ohio News

Paraplegic man killed by police; father faces drug charges

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 17:54

HARBESON, Del. — A paraplegic man who was shot and killed by Delaware troopers executing a search warrant at his home had a long criminal history that included convictions for drug trafficking, robbery and resisting arrest, court records show.

Delaware State Police said Wednesday that Robert Knox, 50, of Harbeson was lying in bed and reached for a handgun while troopers were in the home early Tuesday. A struggle over the weapon followed and two troopers fired their weapons at Knox, who later died at a hospital.

The incident is being investigated by the state police homicide unit.

Knox's father, Andrew A. Knox, 82, was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and maintaining a drug property. He was released on $13,000 unsecured bail. A defense attorney who is expected to represent Knox said Wednesday that he was waiting to hear back from the family.

State police said Wednesday that Knox's arrest followed a three-week long drug investigation in southern Delaware that also resulted in the arrest of Andrew Ayers, 54. Ayers, who was arrested at a house in Milton, was being held on $100,200 secured bond.

Police said they recovered four handguns at the Knox residence, along with about 1.8 pounds (815.8 grams) of powder cocaine, 2.6 pounds (1,196.9 grams) of marijuana, 2.4 ounces (68.2 grams) of crystal methamphetamine, and 1.8 ounces (51.9 grams) of crack cocaine.

At the house in Milton, officer seized about 14 ounces (395.6 grams) of marijuana, along with crack cocaine and a loaded handgun. Ayers is facing drug delivery and gun charges. It was not immediately clear whether he has lawyer.

The elder Knox has previous convictions for possession with intent to sell drugs, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, burglary, theft and conspiracy.

Robert Knox was convicted of drug possession in 2015. He was convicted in 2003 of trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to deliver, delivery of a narcotic, reckless endangering and resisting arrest. He was also convicted of cocaine trafficking and conspiracy in 1994, and on robbery charges in 1988 and 1989.

According to a newspaper article at the time, Knox and his father were arrested in February 2003 after police found drugs and guns in the father's home. According to the article, Robert Knox tried to flee the scene in a car, driving toward police officers, two of whom shot at the car in self-defense.

Juanita Knox, Andrew's estranged wife, said she had spoken to him Tuesday, but she did not provide any other details.

"I really don't know the ins and outs of it yet," she said when asked about the shooting.

Knox said her son was paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident in 2013.

Categories: Ohio News

Ex-medical examiner gets 8 years in opioids-for-sex case

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 17:28

ATLANTA — A highly regarded former Georgia medical examiner has been sentenced to serve eight years in prison for trading opioid prescriptions for sex in what former colleagues say is a sad and shocking turn for a man they knew as an ethical and dedicated public servant.

A forensic pathologist and former medical examiner, Joseph Burton, 73, handled cases from seven metro Atlanta counties, including some of the region's most high-profile murders.

Burton and seven others were indicted on conspiracy charges in February. Prosecutors say Burton, who had a medical expert consulting business but didn't see patients, wrote more than 1,500 prescriptions from July 2015 to August 2017 without a legitimate medical purpose.

Burton wrote many of the prescriptions to women in exchange for sexual favors, and he was aware that many of the recipients sold or bartered the prescriptions and pills, prosecutors said. Once he knew the Drug Enforcement Administration was investigating him, he tried to falsify records, prosecutors said.

Burton pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to illegally distribute drugs. Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross for a 14-year sentence, while Burton's attorney asked for less than four years.

Ross, who previously served as a homicide prosecutor, said she has great respect and appreciation for the work that medical examiners do. She said she took into account Burton's health and his past work in giving him a sentence below the guidelines.

Burton's stunning fall is largely the result of a massive stroke he suffered in 2010 that damaged his brain's frontal lobe, his lawyer Buddy Parker said. A doctor's report submitted to the court says Burton suffers from mild vascular neurocognitive disorder, impairing his executive functions, which include "taking the time to think before acting, resisting temptations, and staying focused."

Although he knew what he was doing was wrong, he couldn't control his behavior, Parker wrote in a court filing: "Burton's moral compass has been destroyed by cardiovascular disease."

Burton briefly addressed the court before he was sentenced, apologizing and saying he doesn't know why he did what he did.

"I failed everybody, including myself," he said.

Prosecutors argued that his continued professional activity following the stroke contradicted his claims of reduced mental capacity. He continued to practice as a forensic pathologist, owning and operating his own business and testifying on complex matters in hundreds of cases, prosecutors said. He billed $45,000 per case or $500 an hour for his services.

Parker submitted a dozen character letters written by former district attorneys, defense attorneys and others who worked with Burton. They describe him as brilliant, fair and professional, with many saying he was among the best expert witnesses they ever encountered.

Prosecutor John DeGenova argued that all of those people knew him in a limited professional capacity years ago. Burton, he said, thought that "his reputation, his stature and his intellect would keep him from having to deal with these consequences."

Parker argued that Burton's past contributions mattered and noted that Burton's behavior had already cost him everything.

"He's lost his medical license. He's lost his practice. He's lost his reputation as one of the greatest pathologists in this country," Parker said.

One of his greatest contributions was in the recognition and diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome, work that led to laws in Georgia and other states that require autopsies whenever there is no obvious cause of death for a child, former DeKalb County district attorney J. Tom Morgan wrote in a letter.

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter recalled that Burton's testimony and expertise helped secure the conviction of Charles Thomas White III even though no body had been found. Burton's "walk through of the work up of the crime scene was integral to convincing the jury that the victim was dead and had died at the scene," Porter wrote.

Burton also worked on the infamous Atlanta child murders case, investigating the killings of black boys and young men from 1979 to 1981.

Some of the letters described a string of tragedies — the 1987 stabbing death of his only son, his stroke and a serious automobile accident — that took a tremendous toll on him. Some recalled recent interactions that left them surprised and saddened at his diminished state. Most of the letter writers said they were unable to reconcile the man they knew with the behavior that landed him in court.

Burton pleaded guilty in July to similar charges in Cobb County and still faces charges in Cherokee County.

Categories: Ohio News

Chief Wahoo protester sentenced in theft of federal funds earmarked for Native Americans

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 17:02

CLEVELAND — A man who has held protests saying the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo mascot is racist has been sentenced in federal court for stealing money from federal grants aimed at helping Native Americans.

Robert Roche received four months in prison followed by four months of home confinement on Wednesday. A judge ordered him to pay $77,000 in restitution, the amount he was accused of stealing.

The 71-year-old Roche, of Cleveland, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from programs receiving federal funds in May.

U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a statement the money Roche stole was intended for mental health and wellness programs.

Roche's attorney wasn't immediately available for comment.

Major league baseball announced in January that Chief Wahoo will be removed from players' uniforms starting next year.

Categories: Ohio News

Instagram’s New Security Tools are a Welcome Step, But Not Enough

Krebs on Security - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 16:59

Instagram users should soon have more secure options for protecting their accounts against Internet bad guys.  On Tuesday, the Facebook-owned social network said it is in the process of rolling out support for third-party authentication apps. Unfortunately, this welcome new security offering does nothing to block Instagram account takeovers when thieves manage to hijack a target’s mobile phone number — an increasingly common crime.

New two-factor authentication options Instagram says it is rolling out to users over the next few weeks.

For years, security experts have warned that hackers are exploiting weak authentication at Instagram to commandeer accounts. Instagram has long offered users a security option to have a one-time code sent via text message to a mobile device, but these codes can be intercepted via several methods (more on that in a bit).

The new authentication offering requires users to download a third-party app like Authy, Duo or Google Authenticator, which generates a one-time code that needs to be entered after the user supplies a password.

In a blog post Tuesday, Instagram said support for third-party authenticator apps “has begun to roll out and will be available to the global community in the coming weeks.

Instagram put me on a whitelist of accounts to get an early peek at the new security feature, so these options probably aren’t yet available to most users. But there’s a screenshot below that shows the multi-factor options available in the mobile app. When these options do become more widely available, Instagram says people can use a third-party app to receive a one-time code. To do this:

  1. Go to your Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap Two-Factor Authentication.
  3. If you haven’t already turned two-factor authentication on, tap Get Started.
  4. Tap next to Authentication App, then follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. Enter the confirmation code from the third party authentication app to complete the process.

Note that if you have previously enabled SMS-based authentication, it is likely still enabled unless and until you disable it. The app also prompts users to save a series of recovery codes, which should be kept in a safe place in case one’s mobile device is ever lost.


Instagram has received quite a lot of bad press lately from publications reporting numerous people who had their accounts hijacked even though they had Instagram’s SMS authentication turned on. The thing is, many of those stories have been about people having their Instagram accounts hijacked because fraudsters were able to hijack their mobile phone number.

In these cases, the fraudsters were able to hijack the Instagram accounts because Instagram allows users to reset their account passwords with a single factor — using nothing more than a text message sent to a mobile number on fileAnd nothing in these new authentication offerings will change that for people who have shared their mobile number with Instagram.

Criminals can and do exploit SMS-based password reset requests to hijack Instagram accounts by executing unauthorized “SIM swaps,” i.e., tricking the target’s mobile provider into transferring the phone number to a device or account they control and intercepting the password reset link sent via SMS. Once they hijack the target’s mobile number, they can then reset the password for the associated Instagram account.

I asked Instagram if there was any way for people who have supplied the company with their phone number to turn off SMS-based password reset requests. I received this response from their PR folks:

“I can confirm that disabling SMS two factor will not disable the ability to reset a password via SMS,” a spokesperson said via email. “We recommend that the community use a third-party app for authentication, in place of SMS authentication. We’ll continue to iterate and improve on this product to keep people safe on our platform.”

Fraudulent SIM swaps illustrate the value of moving away from SMS-based authentication when more secure options are available. Doing so makes one less likely to be targeted by these phone number hijacks, which are generally perpetrated by determined, well-organized attackers.

The hard truth is that if an attacker wants control over your mobile number badly enough, he will get it. And if he does, he will likely gain access to far more than your Instagram account: Someone who hacks your phone number can then compromise any account that allows authentication or password resets via text message or automated phone call.

In May, KrebsOnSecurity documented the case of a Boston man who had his Instagram account hijacked after a crooked T-Mobile employee transferred his phone number to another device without authorization. Additionally, authorities in California and Florida have recently arrested several men accused of conducting similar attacks, and according to charging documents all of these individuals routinely worked with associates at mobile phone stores to carry out their heists.

In case you missed it, KrebsOnSecurity ran a story earlier this month about the sound security advice allegedly offered by one of the most accomplished SIM swappers of late, who recommended using Internet-based phone services like Google Voice in lieu of relying on mobile phone providers for multi-factor authentication.

Standard disclaimer: If SMS-based authentication is the strongest form of extra security a Web site offers, this is still far better than relying on just passwords for login security. If app-based options are available, take advantage of that. If the site in question offers hardware-based security keys, even better. Twofactorauth.org lists multi-factor authentication options for hundreds of sites, including probably many that you use on a daily basis. Take a moment this week to strengthen your login options.

Categories: Technology, Virus Info

Prison mass-exposure emergency sends hospital into disaster response mode

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 16:18

Wednesday's mass-exposure emergency at Ross Correctional Institution forced nearby Adena Medical Center into "Code Yellow" disaster response mode.

It was an extraordinary emergency both in terms of the number of patients rushing to the hospital at once -- two dozen in all.

On top of that, there was the danger of contamination and exposure to the hospital and staff.

"The sickest folks that were exposed to the substance came in unconscious and not breathing," Adena Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Kirk Tucker said. "So they couldn't control their airway. The less ill, if you could call it that, had nausea, a lot of them were very sweaty, lightheaded. They would describe heaviness in the arms and legs and numbness in their hands and feet."

Tucker says the symptoms indicated exposure to a massively toxic opioid, possibly Fentanyl.

"What you're dealing with is something with minimal contact -- you reach and touch a surface and touch your eye, you're absorbing that stuff. And its potency is tremendous."

It required extreme caution, and prompted the hospital to activate its emergency command center, and disaster response mode.

"The physician leading the charge actually had a ventilator hood with a filter and pump on his back, and he met folks at the door. The people arriving to us for care were decontaminated at entry. So they basically went through a shower fully clothed, shoes on before they could come into the emergency department for care."

Tucker says the state health department rushed in 600 doses of Narcan, the treatment that stops an overdose.

Leaving the hospital required a triple-shower decontamination process.

"We were on essentially a lockdown -- you're not allowed to leave the ER until you were decontaminated. Because, obviously, we're concerned about their homes, their cars, their families ... and the other folks here in our hospital. This was a very serious event today and it involved a lot of people, but I can tell you right now, this could have been a lot worse. The rapid response of the staff there at the correctional institution, first responders and then the ER being ready for what they were about to receive, at this volume, all at once, probably saved a life or two today."

One patient, the prisoner, has been admitted to the hospital.

One other person is being held for observation.

Both are expected to be OK.

Categories: Ohio News

Watchdog report shows Ross Correctional Institution needed to address drugs inside prison

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 15:24

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WBNS) – State inspectors with a prison watchdog group found that the Ross Correctional Institution needed to improve its control of illegal substances coming into the prison, according to a 2016 report reviewed by 10 Investigates.

That 2016 report provides a window into the prison and may be of high interest after 29 people, including an inmate, guards and nurses were treated Wednesday for symptoms of overdoses after being exposed to an unknown substance at the RCI, a state prison in Chillicothe.

Most were treated or released from an area hospital.

Synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil carry an exposure risk that can lead to an overdose with human contact.

The 2016 report was issued by the Correctional Institutional Inspection Committee, a state watchdog group for correctional facilities.

The report noted that in 2015, more than 10 percent of the inmates tested positive for an illegal substance, which was significantly more in comparison to 2014.

The same report also found that the percentage of inmates who tested positive in 2015 was the highest in the state that year.

Inmates there tested positive for drugs like marijuana and Suboxone, which is designed to help ween heroin users off opiates.

The same year of the report, inspectors noted that Ross Correctional Institution also tested more inmates than other Ohio prisons "indicating the institution is working to identify inmates who are participating in the use of illegal substances.”

The CIIC noted that there is a 2017 inspection but it has not been made public. 10 Investigates is requesting a copy.

The problem with illegal substances like drugs coming into correctional facilities isn't new -- but it has evolved amid the country's opioid crisis.

In July, 10 Investigates found that 40 of Ohio's 88 county jails have purchased body scanners in an effort to stop illegal contraband like fentanyl or heroin from entering correctional facilities. Several counties like Fayette, Franklin and Montgomery – to name a few – have had inmates die from suspected overdoses while in jail.

The body scanner devices work like x-ray machines to scan incoming inmates who might be trying to smuggle drugs into a correctional facility.

When it comes to the number of Ohio state prisons with body scanners - the numbers drop.

State health department records show only the WORTH Center in Lima and the Pickaway Correctional Institution are listed as having body scanners.

Calls and emails placed to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction seeking clarity and updated information were not returned.

Categories: Ohio News

Lab: 13 pounds of white powder seized is sugar, not fentanyl

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 15:09

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff's office thought it made a huge drug bust, seizing 13 pounds of fentanyl worth $2 million on the street. The powder was found in a home along with other drugs and paraphernalia. A field test indicated it was the powerful opioid, justifying a host of charges against three suspects.

Most of those charges soon evaporated when a state lab concluded that whatever the powder was, it wasn't fentanyl.

The sheriff's office then sent the powder to a private lab, and the results arrived this week.

New Hanover Sheriff's Lt. Jerry Brewer tells WECT-TV that the powder seized in July includes no illicit ingredients, and is nothing more than "a combination of simple and complex carbohydrates." In other words, sugar, worth about $8 at the grocery store.

Categories: Ohio News

Columbus Zoo hosting hiring events to fill seasonal job openings

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 13:48

POWELL, Ohio – The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is hosting several hiring events to fill seasonal openings.

The zoo is hiring for positions in areas including retail, security, food and beverage, rides and maintenance.


Seasonal Job Fair: Thursday, September 6 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Zoo’s Lakeside Pavilion

Retail Open Interviews: Thursdays in September (Sept. 13, 20, 27) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Zoo’s Junior Zookeeper Gift Shop

Rides and Attractions Open Interviews: Tuesdays in September (Sept. 4, 11, 18, and 25) from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

The Zoo says they are offering a special fall bonus to team members working in rides and food and beverage. Rides employees can earn a $1 bonus for every hour worked if the employees work 100 hours between Sept. 3 and Oct. 28. Additionally, they can receive a $100 sign-on bonus if they are hired by Sept. 15 and work 200 hours by Dec. 15.

Food and beverage employees will have the opportunity to earn a $2 bonus for every hour worked between Aug. 19 and Nov. 3. In order to receive this benefit, food and beverage team members must work at least 100 hours through the week of Oct. 28. The bonus will be paid to qualifying team members after Nov. 3.

Categories: Ohio News

Browns linebacker Kendricks charged with insider trading

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 13:44

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been charged with using insider trading tips from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Co-defendant Damilare Sonoiki was paid $10,000 in kickbacks in the scheme from 2014-2015, as well as perks like tickets to Philadelphia Eagles games and tagging along to a music video shoot or nightclub appearances, said U.S. Attorney William McSwain. Kendricks won the Super Bowl with the Eagles last season before signing with the Browns in June.

Sonoiki had been working as a junior analyst at an unnamed investment bank in New York, prosecutors said. An IMDB profile lists him as a writer on the popular TV series "Black-ish" as well as other movies and TV shows.

In a statement released by his lawyer Wednesday, Kendricks said he was sorry and takes full responsibility for his actions.

"While I didn't fully understand all of the details of the illegal trades, I knew it was wrong, and I wholeheartedly regret my actions," he said in the statement. He also claimed he didn't take any of the profits for himself but didn't elaborate on where the money went.

"I am committed to repaying all of the funds gained illegally and accept the consequences of my actions," he said.

Kendricks said he has been cooperating with authorities since the investigation began.

McSwain declined to say when the investigation started, saying those details would come out in court.

The Browns didn't know the extent of Kendricks' involvement in the federal investigation when they signed him to a one-year, $2.25 million contract, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. The person said the team was under the impression that Kendricks was not the focus of the probe or had done anything illegal.

Kendricks could face further discipline from the team, including potential dismissal. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

A message seeking comment from the federal defender representing Sonoiki wasn't immediately returned.

McSwain along with representatives from the FBI and the Securities Exchange Commission— which filed a separate complaint — said Kendricks and Sonoiki used coded language in messages to try to hide their actions. McSwain said Sonoiki, who had limited trading powers at the time, would gave non-public information to Kendricks about acquisitions and other deals that would affect the price of securities for at least four different companies.

Stephanie Avakian, co-director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement, said in one message when Sonoiki was asking for payment, he told Kendricks that he liked Philadelphia bread used in cheesesteaks more than the bread in New York and asked that Kendricks bring him some.

They also had a conversation pretending to be talking about changing the number on Kendricks' jersey to 80, meant to signify the amount of money that should be deposited into a new trading account, she said.

If the men are convicted, they could face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $5.25 million as well as the seizure of any profits made from the insider trading.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league is reviewing the situation.

The Browns said in a statement they are aware of the charges and said Kendricks will not travel with the team to Detroit on Thursday for the game against the Lions.

The Browns signed Kendricks as a free agent in June, bringing on the Super Bowl winner to upgrade their linebacker corps following an 0-16 season. Kendricks spent six years with the Eagles, who drafted him in the second round in 2012 after he played at California.

The 5-foot-11, 240-pounder recorded a team-high eight tackles in last season's NFC Championship against Minnesota and had four in Philadelphia's Super Bowl win.

Categories: Ohio News

Blood pressure drug recalled over potentially life-threatening label mix-up

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 12:54

A potentially life-threatening label mix-up has led to a nationwide recall of a high blood pressure medication, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Accord Healthcare Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of 12.5 mg hydrochlorothiazide tablets after a 100-count bottle of the drug was found to contain 100 tablets of another drug, spironolactone.

Both medications are used to treat high blood pressure, but the FDA warns that taking spironolactone instead of hydrochlorothiazide could pose the risk of hyperkalemia, or an unsafe increase in potassium levels, in some people. This can result in "adverse events that range from limited health consequences to life-threatening situations in certain individuals," the FDA said in a statement.

So far, Accord has received no reports of anyone getting sick.

The company became aware of the mix-up through a complaint reported from a pharmacy.

Only a single lot of the drug, labeled PW05264, is being recalled.

"Based on findings of both preliminary and interim investigations carried out at the manufacturing site, Accord believes that no other lots of Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets are involved in this mix-up," the FDA says.

Accord is reaching out to wholesalers, distributors and retailers by letter and is arranging for return of all recalled products.

The hydrochlorothiazide tablets are light orange to peach colored, round, and debossed with an "H" on one side and a "1" on another side.

If the tablets in a bottle of Accord hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg do not match this description, or if consumers are unsure, they should return to their pharmacy or health care provider for confirmation, the FDA said.

Consumers or pharmacies with questions regarding this recall can contact Accord Healthcare, Inc. by phone at 1-855-869-1081 or e-mail at rxrecalls@inmar.com.

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Categories: Ohio News

Coroner reports spike in overdose deaths in Columbus over 12-hour period

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 12:33

The Franklin County Coroner’s Office has seen a surge in overdose deaths over a 12-hour period in Franklin County.

Between the hours of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 12:44 a.m. Wednesday there were five apparent overdose deaths located in the south and southwestern area of Columbus.

The coroner's toxicology team is conducting testing to confirm if the overdose deaths are fentanyl-related.

The coroner urges Franklin County residents with family or friends that might be at risk for an overdose, please take the necessary steps to have Naloxone available for them.

The general public can obtain naloxone at any pharmacy without a prescription at a cost or with health insurance.

Franklin County Public Health along with Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) will also provide free naloxone with a brief training.

To locate these sites please visit: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/projectdawn.

Other distributors of naloxone can be found through the Columbus Public Health website: https://www.columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=2147486631.

Categories: Ohio News

Person working near power lines dies after electrocution in east Columbus

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 12:06

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One person is dead after an electrocution incident in east Columbus on Wednesday.

Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said a member of a small company was working on a tree near a power line in the 6000 block of Forestview Drive.

A tree limb hit a power line just after 1 p.m., Martin said.

The name of the person who died has not been released.

Categories: Ohio News


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