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Newark's 'Martin Music' set to close up shop after 71 years in business

Channel 10 news - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 15:42

NEWARK, Ohio — The music is coming to an end at Martin Music in Newark.

"Music stores are magic places," said current co-owner Doug Baker. "When you see a kid’s face light up when he realizes he can play music, it’s just the most heartwarming thing in the world, and that’s why I’m here. That’s why I’ve been trying to do this."

Baker's love for music started decades ago. And he can still remember his dreams starting to bloom while standing in a music store at age 18.

"(I thought), you know, one of these days, I’d like to retire behind the counter of a music store," he said. "So, this has been my dream, you know."

That dream started to become reality when Baker and his partner took over the shop seven years ago.

But recent years brought some financial missteps, a new space with a higher overhead and personnel turnover. Eventually, the financial burden was just too much.

"When we had to move three years ago, I decided it was time to go all or nothing, and we put it all in, and it’s just not worked out," he said. "You know, there’s a point where you have to put the shovel down and stop digging the hole you’re in, and that’s where I am."

On Sunday, the shop posted on Facebook that it would be closing its doors on July 31. The post thanked customers and called the closing an end of an era.

Customers flooded the post with comments and memories.

"So sad to hear about the closing," one user wrote. "A lot of memories when the store was in the Arcade. We would hang out and listen to 45s during our lunch hour from high school. Mr. Martin was always nice to put up with us."

Many who commented described generations of families visiting the store.

"My dad ordered his dream guitar there in 1966," one user wrote. "It was a Martin D-18. He enjoyed it all of his days, and now I am playing it, and one day it will go to my son!"

The first Martin Music Center opened in May 1948 in the old Lingafelter Castle at 2nd and Church Streets. in September 1951, owner Wayne Martin the store moved to the downtown Arcade.

Later, the shop moved to Southgate in Heath, then to a spot on 21st Street before finally ending up in its current location down the street.

On Friday, Barry Hensley stopped in for what could have been his final time in the store.

He started learning to play piano at the age of 6. By the time he was a teenager, his connection to the music store was sealed.

"I started teaching for Wayne Martin at Martin Music when I was 15 years old," he said. "My mother drove me on Saturdays and I started teaching."

These days, Hensley is still teaching in Johnstown. And he was devastated to hear the store was closing. He likened it to a family member dying.

"It’s really sad to see," he said. "I just couldn’t believe the news that they were going to go out of business. It just really took me aback."

Also visiting the store on Friday was Marie Nichols. She was looking for a few instruments to take with her to India. She has been a customer at the shop for roughly 30 years. She spends time traveling all over the world to deliver instruments to help other teachers spread their love of music.

"I don’t know what we’ll do next, but the Lord will provide something," she said.

For Paul Richards, the news has been especially hard to accept.

"It’s just going to be such a sad situation," he said. "I don’t even know how I feel about it. I’m still in shock, quite honestly."

The drum teacher has taught his students via rental space at Martin Music for 19 years. He says the shop will leave behind an empty space in the area, both literally and figuratively.

"Some of us will probably remember this as maybe one of the greatest times in our lives," he said. "People always knew that this place was around, and to see it going away, it’s really sad, it really is. It’s a loss. I think it’s a loss, I really do, and I feel it. I feel it in my heart and my soul."

Richards does see some hope on the horizon though. He and a few of the other teachers will now be teaching classes out of the Earthwork Recording Studio on the courthouse square in downtown Newark. Bill Isenhart, who performed instrument repairs in the shop, also will be continuing that service elsewhere.

As for Baker, he now wants to spend more time on his own music. He also hopes to work at another music shop someday, this time, earning the paychecks instead of writing them.

"Music and my faith are the two things, you know, this has been a ministry for me. I drive up from Zanesville every day and I say my rosary on the way to work every morning ‘cause this has been my ministry," he said. "Music will never leave me. It’s God’s greatest gift, as far as I’m concerned, and it’s proof there is God."

There is an online fundraising effort to try to raise money to save the store. Baker says he does not think it can raise enough to save the shop, but he is holding on to a glimmer of hope.

If the effort does raise enough to meet the goal but not enough to save the shop, he says he plans to donate the money to the teachers who will be continuing on with their students elsewhere.

Find the GoFundMe page here.

Categories: Ohio News

Investigation: Theft, mismanagement at Columbus Division of Fire cost taxpayers $443,000

Channel 10 news - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:45

COLUMBUS, Ohio — There are allegations of theft, dishonesty and mismanagement at the top levels of the Columbus Division of Fire and investigators say it cost taxpayers nearly half a million dollars.

They are three of the men at the top of the Columbus Division of Fire: Deputy Chief Jack Reall; his supervisor, Assistant Chief James Cannell and his supervisor, Columbus Fire Chief Kevin O'Connor.

Reall faces the possibility of termination and criminal charges, Cannell faces termination and O'Connor faces suspension.

A draft copy of the Columbus Department of Public Safety investigation lays out the allegations against each.

The investigation focuses on appropriate use and oversight of something called Company Business Vacancy (CBV) within the fire department. CBV is a code indicating an employee is working for the Division, but not in their current position.

The investigation finds that Reall "banked 890 hours of time... he was not entitled to," and "inappropriately used 469.9 hours of CBV time... and 343 hours in a manner that can only be described as falsification of payroll."

Because of the importance of his position, the city says, "Deputy Chiefs are typically back-filled when they are off work, which creates a domino effect that impacts 4 ranks below the vacancy, that must be filled by employees working... at premium pay or overtime."

The city says because of that, the total cost of Reall's alleged abuse and falsification is $442,983.36 over two years.

The investigation found seven instances where "Reall pretended to perform work for the City of Columbus while also getting paid concurrently and redundantly by the City... and other employees."

According to the city, "during the investigation, Reall went back and retroactively made changes," to his time records, "in some cases 8 months after the event."

"Reall claims he was given a warning from Chief O'Connor that others were watching him," an allegation O'Connor denies.

According to the report, Assistant Chief Cannell relied on the "honor system" for Deputy Chiefs' use of CBV time, and admitted "he never checked" behind them.

Investigators say "Cannell did not believe it was a problem until someone got caught."

They say he "encouraged the environment of non-accountability," and "feigned ignorance to the abuse of time."

They say Chief O'Connor "was given notice of these problems, but failed to take sufficient action to address" them.

The investigation makes the following recommendations:

  • Criminal prosecution for Reall
  • Termination for both Reall and Cannell, and a possible civil suit against him and Cannell "to recoup money inappropriately taken from the City."
  • Administrative charges against Reall for dishonesty, falsifying records and stealing.
  • Administrative charges against Cannell for dishonesty, falsifying records and neglect of duty.
  • Administrative charges against Chief O'Connor for failing to discipline subordinates and failing to perform his duties competently.

For O'Connor, the city recommends a 96-hour suspension.

The City Attorney's Office is currently reviewing the investigation for consideration of charges against Reall.

From there, it will go to Safety Director Ned Pettus, who will decide whether to file administrative charges against any of the three men.

Neither O'Connor or Cannell responded to requests for comment.

Jack Reall's attorney, Brad Koffel, told 10TV:

"This is not criminal conduct. This is about reconciling paid time off and third party compensable time with various time management applications inside the Division of Fire."

You can read the full draft report here.

Categories: Ohio News

Freon used in air conditioning units going away January 1, 2020

Channel 10 news - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:31

Customers who have older air conditioning units — usually 10-years old or older — will likely be paying a lot more attention to the coolant that runs through their air conditioning units.

That's because starting January 1, 2020 Freon, also known as R-22, will no longer be produced, accoriding to the Environmental Protection Agency,

It's being replaced by a more environmentally friendly refrigerant called 410A.

Because of the change, homeowners may think they need to buy a new air conditioning unit to meet the new requirements. Experts say that depends.

If your current older A/C unit continues to cool your house, there's no need to make a switch.

"If you have new equipment that uses R-22, that's absolutely fine. If that equipment fails, you're going to need to replace it with something that uses the new refrigerant," says Tadd Branum, assistant manager at Progress Supply Company, which supplies R-22 to air conditioner repair companies.

Once the supply of R-22 runs out, customers with older A/C units will have to make a choice.

The shortage of Freon come next year shouldn't make you run out to buy a new A/C unit. Experts say as long as it runs — and suppliers have enough of the old Freon there's no reason to waste your money.

"You can use it as long as it out in the market. It's not illegal, it's just going to be phased out," says Carl Sliwinski of Pickerington Heating and Cooling.

New energy-efficient air conditioning units can save you more money in the long term. In fact, many are 14% percent more efficient than standard units.

Homeowners and Consumers: Frequently Asked Questions

The following frequently asked questions will help homeowners make informed decisions when purchasing, servicing or disposing of home air conditioners or other equipment that could contain ozone.


What kinds of refrigerants can be used in my home air conditioner?

It depends on the age of your unit. If you have a home air conditioner that was manufactured before January 1, 2010, it probably uses a refrigerant called hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22 (also known as R-22).

Because HCFC-22 depletes the Earth’s protective ozone layer, EPA regulations are gradually reducing the production and use of this refrigerant. In fact, manufacturers can no longer make new air conditioners that use HCFC-22. However, HCFC-22 can still be used to service existing air conditioners.

How can I find out what kind of refrigerant my home air conditioner contains?

The refrigerant used in your home air conditioner is typically listed on the unit’s nameplate. For central air conditioners, the nameplate is usually on the outdoor condenser.

If there is no nameplate, check your owner's manual or contact the person or company that sold or services your air conditioner. If you know the manufacturer and model number, you could also call the manufacturer or check its website.

Can I still purchase a home air conditioner that contains HCFC-22?

As of January 1, 2010, EPA has prohibited the manufacture and installation of new HCFC-22 appliances. So, you can no longer purchase a central air-conditioning unit that uses HCFC-22.

However, you can continue to service your existing HCFC-22 system. You can also purchase a “self-contained” system (typically, a window unit) if is second-hand and/or was produced prior to 2010. Keep in mind that supplies of HCFC-22 are expected to become more limited in the years ahead as this refrigerant is phased out of production.

Are refrigerants available for home air conditioners that do not harm the ozone layer?

Yes, a number of ozone-friendly refrigerants are available and widely used today. The most common alternative is R-410A, which is known by trade names such as GENETRON AZ-20®, SUVA 410A®, Forane® 410A, and Puron®.

While R-410A is not ozone-depleting, it does contribute to climate change and should be handled appropriately. EPA maintains a full list of acceptable substitutes for household and light commercial air-conditioning.


Will I have to stop using HCFC-22 in my home air conditioner?

No. You will not have to stop using HCFC-22, and you will not have to replace existing equipment just to switch to a new refrigerant. The switch to ozone-friendly refrigerants is occurring gradually to allow consumers time to replace air conditioners on a normal schedule.

But, supplies of HCFC-22 will be more limited and more expensive in the years ahead as the refrigerant is phased out of production. Starting in 2020, new HCFC-22 can no longer be produced, so consumers will need to rely on reclaimed and previously-produced quantities to service any home air-conditioning systems still operating after that date.

Can I replace the condensing unit (i.e., outdoor unit) on a home air conditioner that contains HCFC-22?

It depends. EPA regulations allow owners of existing HCFC-22 home air conditioners to replace their condensing unit with a new one if it breaks or is damaged. However, the HCFC-22 condensing units must meet regional efficiency standards when tested in accordance with DOE’s recently-published test procedure.

Condensing units installed in the Southeast and Southwest are now subject to higher efficiency standards. As a result, availability of HCFC-22 condensing units may be limited in future. If you have questions about DOE’s efficiency standards for central air conditioners, contact DOE at central_air_conditioners_and_heat_pumps@EE.Doe.Gov

Appliance Disposal

How should I dispose of appliances containing refrigerants?

You have a number of options. If you purchase a new appliance, such as a refrigerator or freezer, the retailer will likely remove the old one. Many governments and private organizations also will arrange for curbside pickup of appliances. Do not tamper with an appliance before it is disposed of, such as by cutting refrigerant lines or remove compressors.

EPA requires the safe disposal of ozone-depleting refrigerants in appliances so they do not harm the environment. You can learn more through EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal program.

Categories: Ohio News

ShotSpotter technology aids in federal firearms arrest of Columbus man

Channel 10 news - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:24

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police say ShotSpotter technology aided in the federal arrest of a man in Columbus.

Members of the ATF Columbus Field Office on Thursday arrested 26-year-old Joshua Touvell on a federal weapons warrant, according to Columbus police.

Joshua Touvell (Columbus Division of Police)

SWAT officers executed a search warrant at Touvell’s residence in the 600 block of Dexter Avenue and recovered ammunition, prescription pills, cash, nine firearms, 1,254 grams of methamphetamine and 633 grams of Black Tar Heroin.

Columbus police say the case originated from ShotSpotter technology and National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) associations. On May 11, Touvell was arrested with a gun linked to an earlier weapon discharge in the city.

Touvell is being held by the United State Marshalls Service pending an ongoing investigation.

Columbus police confirm this is the first federal firearms arrest linked to ShotSpotter technology.

Categories: Ohio News

Mayor Ginther waives admission fees at Columbus pools this weekend

Channel 10 news - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:14

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has waived the $1 per person entrance fee at the city pools for July 20-21.

“We want to do all we can to help residents stay cool during this extreme hot weather,” said Mayor Ginther. “City pools are a good way to beat the heat.”

The city’s outdoor pools and spraygrounds will be open regular hours this weekend. For a list of pools, click here.

The city will also open five community centers over the weekend to give people a place to cool off during the extreme heat.

Categories: Ohio News

QuickBooks Cloud Hosting Firm iNSYNQ Hit in Ransomware Attack

Krebs on Security - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:40

Cloud hosting provider iNSYNQ says it is trying to recover from a ransomware attack that shut down its network and has left customers unable to access their accounting data for the past three days. Unfortunately for iNSYNQ, the company appears to be turning a deaf ear to the increasingly anxious cries from its users for more information about the incident.

A message from iNSYNQ to customers.

Gig Harbor, Wash.-based iNSYNQ specializes in providing cloud-based QuickBooks accounting software and services. In a statement posted to its status page, iNSYNQ said it experienced a ransomware attack on July 16, and took its network offline in a bid to contain the spread of the malware.

“The attack impacted data belonging to certain iNSYNQ clients, rendering such data inaccessible,” the company said. “As soon as iNSYNQ discovered the attack, iNSYNQ took steps to contain it. This included turning off some servers in the iNSYNQ environment.”

iNSYNQ said it has engaged outside cybersecurity assistance and to determine whether any customer data was accessed without authorization, but that so far it has no estimate for when those files might be available again to customers.

Meanwhile, iNSYNQ’s customers — many of them accountants who manage financial data for a number of their own clients — have taken to Twitter to vent their frustration over a lack of updates since that initial message to users.

In response, the company appears to have simply deleted or deactivated its Twitter account (a cached copy from June 2019 is available here). Several customers venting about the outage on Twitter also accused the company of unpublishing negative comments about the incident from its Facebook page.

Some of those customers also said iNSYNQ initially blamed the outage on an alleged problem with U.S.-based nationwide cable ISP giant Comcast. Meanwhile, competing cloud hosting providers have been piling on to the tweetstorms about the iNSYNQ outage by marketing their own services, claiming they would never subject their customers to a three-day outage.

iNSYNQ has not yet responded to requests for comment.

There is no question that a ransomware infestation at any business — let alone a cloud data provider — can quickly turn into an all-hands-on-deck, hair-on-fire emergency that diverts all attention to fixing the problem as soon as possible.

But that is no excuse for leaving customers in the dark, and for not providing frequent and transparent updates about what the victim organization is doing to remediate the matter. Particularly when the cloud provider in question posts constantly to its blog about how companies can minimize their risk from such incidents by trusting it with their data.

Ransomware victims perhaps in the toughest spot include those providing cloud data hosting and software-as-service offerings, as these businesses are completely unable to serve their customers while a ransomware infestation is active.

The FBI and multiple security firms have advised victims not to pay any ransom demands, as doing so just encourages the attackers and in any case may not result in actually regaining access to encrypted files.

In practice, however, many cybersecurity consulting firms are quietly urging their customers that paying up is the fastest route back to business-as-usual. It’s not hard to see why: Having customer data ransomed or stolen can send many customers scrambling to find new providers. As a result, the temptation to simply pay up may become stronger with each passing day.

That’s exactly what happened in February, when cloud payroll data provider Apex Human Capital Management was knocked offline for three days following a ransomware infestation.

On Christmas Eve 2018, cloud hosting provider Dataresolution.net took its systems offline in response to a ransomware outbreak on its internal networks. The company was adamant that it would not pay the ransom demand, but it ended up taking several weeks for customers to fully regain access to their data.

KrebsOnSecurity will endeavor to update this story as more details become available. Any iNSYNQ affected by the outage is welcome to contact this author via Twitter (my direct messages are open to all) or at krebsonsecurity @ gmail.com.

Categories: Technology, Virus Info

HAL Communications Cofounder, President Bill Henry, K9GWT, SK

ARRL News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:05

A cofounder and later president of HAL Communications, George W. “Bill” Henry, Jr., of Monticello, Illinois, died on July 17. An ARRL Life Member, he was 78. HAL Communications formally got its start in 1972 among hams and graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana, but the company’s history goes back a few years before.

Henry once explained that the name HAL was chosen by partner...

Categories: Amateur Radio News

EME SSTV Lunar Landing Commemorative Event Set

ARRL News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 09:57

Moonbounce enthusiasts are invited to take part in a commemorative Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) slow-scan television (SSTV) party on 23 centimeters, marking the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. The event gets under way at 2300 UTC on Saturday, July 20, at PI9CAM in the Netherlands.

“We will start to transmit several lunar landing-related images on 1296.110 MHz,” said the Moon-Net Reflector anno...

Categories: Amateur Radio News

Scouts Attending World Scout Jamboree Set to Talk with Space Station via Ham Radio

ARRL News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 09:53

Thousands of Scouts from some 160 countries who will attend the 24th World Scout Jamboree this summer in West Virginia will have the chance to witness an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact during their stay. The theme of the World Scout Jamboree, which opens on Monday, July 22, is "Unlock a new world." If all goes according to schedule, a selected group of Scouts a...

Categories: Amateur Radio News

Police: Man dies after crashing stolen box truck on I-70 ramp in west Columbus

Channel 10 news - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 09:45

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus police are investigating a fatal crash involving a stolen box truck Friday morning.

Police say the man was driving at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle as he entered I-70 eastbound ramp from Sullivant Avenue.

The truck rolled several times and the man was pinned underneath the vehicle. He was later pronounced dead by first responders on scene, according to police.

Authorities say the box truck was stolen from a Certified Gas Station shortly before the crash.

The identity of the victim has not been released at this time. The crash remains under investigation.

Categories: Ohio News

Man indicted on 6 counts after woman found in shallow grave at Alum Creek State Park

Channel 10 news - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 09:25

The man accused of killing a woman and placing her body in a shallow grave at Alum Creek State Park has been indicted by a grand jury.

Twenty-four-year-old John David Choe Bartholomew was indicted on six counts including aggravated murder, tampering with evidence, robbery and gross abuse of a corpse.

The body of 28-year-old Brittany McDowell was found July 4 by an officer with Ohio Department of Natural Resources near the pull-off area of the park.

Her cause of death was listed as gunshot wounds.

Bartholomew was arrested on July 9. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office said a tip led detectives to consider him as a suspect.

Categories: Ohio News

Michelle Obama is the world's most admired woman, according to new poll

Channel 10 news - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 08:41

More than two years after leaving the White house, former first lady Michelle Obama is still greatly admired by people around the world.

In fact, she is the most admired woman in the world, according to a new YouGov poll. Obama dethroned Angelina Jolie, who dropped two place on this year's YouGov list.

The former first lady is followed by Oprah Winfrey, Jolie, Queen Elizabeth II and Emma Watson. YouGov compiled their lists of of 20 women and 20 men by gathering open-ended nominations from people 41 countries.

Panelist were simply asked: "Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?"

On the men's list, Bill Gates continues his reign as the most admired in the world, followed by former president Barack Obama, Jackie Chan, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and billionaire businessman Jack Ma.

YouGov also broke down their global list by country. Both Obamas top YouGov's list of most admired people in America. President Donald Trump is the second most admired man in the U.S., and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is second most admired woman in the U.S.

The Obamas have appeared on the top of similar lists before. Last year, a Gallup poll said Michelle Obama was America's most admired woman. It was the first time in 17 years that someone other than Hillary Clinton was at the top of that list, according to Gallup. On Gallup's 2018 list of most admired men, Barack Obama won for the 11th year in a row.

The power couple has remained influential after leaving the White House. In 2018, they signed a multi-year deal to produce films and series for Netflix. And earlier this year, Netflix announced the first slate of projects being produced by the Obamas' Higher Ground Productions for the streaming service. They expect to make even more project announcements in the coming months, Netflix said in a press release.

Earlier this year, Mrs. Obama hit a personal career milestone: she sold 10 million copies of her book, "Becoming." It is thought to be the best-selling memoir in history.

Categories: Ohio News

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 08:01

Very low solar activity continues. Over the past week, average daily solar flux changed insignificantly from 67.1 to 67. There were no sunspots.

Average daily planetary A index changed from 8.4 to 5.9, while mid-latitude A index changed from 8.6 to 6.7. Conditions remain quiet.

Predicted solar flux is 68 on July 19-26, and 67 on July 27 to September 1.

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on July 19-2...

Categories: Amateur Radio News

US military brings back remains from World War II battle

Channel 10 news - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 07:41

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. military has brought back the remains of more than 20 servicemen killed in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.

An Air Force cargo plane flew the remains from Tarawa atoll in the remote Pacific island nation of Kiribati to Hawaii on Wednesday. Marines carried flag-draped caskets off the plane for a ceremony.

The remains are among those discovered in March by History Flight, a nonprofit organization that searches for the remains of U.S. servicemen lost in past conflicts.

They're believed to belong to Marines and sailors from the 6th Marine Regiment who were killed during the last night of the three-day Battle of Tarawa. More than 6,000 Americans, Japanese and Koreans died.

Forensic anthropologists with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency will work to identify the remains using dental records, DNA and other clues.

Categories: Ohio News

6-state trooper project to focus on Move Over law

Channel 10 news - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:31

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol in Ohio and other members of the 6-State Trooper Project will be collaborating on education and enforcement of the Move Over law.

The patrol says the high-visibility enforcement begins Sunday at 12:01 a.m. and ends July 27, at 11:59 p.m. It will include Ohio troopers and state police from Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan and West Virginia.

Ohio law requires drivers to move over to an adjacent lane when approaching vehicles with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside. Motorists should slow down and proceed cautiously, if they can't move over due to traffic, weather conditions, or lack of a second lane.

Fifty states have a Move Over law.

The trooper partnership provides law enforcement and security services involving highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.

Categories: Ohio News

Corvette goes mid-engine for first time to raise performance

Channel 10 news - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:28

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — When you first lay eyes on the new 2020 Corvette, a modern version of the classic American sports car isn't the first thing that pops into your head.

Instead, you think Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren.

The eighth-generation 'Vette, dubbed C8, is radically different from its predecessors, which for 66 years had the engine in the front. This time, engineers moved the General Motors' trademark small-block V8 behind the passenger compartment. It's so close to the driver that the belt running the water pump and other accessories is only a foot away.

Also gone are the traditional long hood and large, sweeping front fenders, replaced by a downward-sloping snub nose and short fenders. In the back, there's a big, tapered hatch that opens to a small trunk and the low-sitting all-new 6.2-liter, 495 horsepower engine.

So why change the thing?

"We were reaching the performance limitations of a front-engine car," explains Tadge Juechter, the Corvette's chief engineer, ahead of Thursday night's glitzy unveiling in a World War II dirigible hangar in Orange County, California.

With a mid-engine, the flagship of GM's Chevrolet brand will have the weight balance and center of gravity of a race car, rivaling European competitors and leaving behind sports sedans and ever-more-powerful muscle cars that were getting close to outperforming the current 'Vette.

"We're asking people to spend a lot of money for this car, and people want it to be the best performer all around," Juechter said.

GM President Mark Reuss said the C8 will start below $60,000, 7% more than the current Corvette's base price of $55,900. Prices of other versions weren't announced but the current car can run well over $100,000 with options, still thousands cheaper most than European competitors.

Corvette sales aren't huge. Through June, the company sold just under 10,000 of them. But industry analysts say the car helps the company's image, showing that it can build a sports car that performs with top European models.

GM says the new version, with an optional ZR1 performance package, will go from zero to 60 mph (96.6 kilometers per hour) in under three seconds, the fastest Corvette ever and about a full second quicker than all but one high-performance version of the outgoing Vette.

The "cab forward" design with a short hood looks way different, but GM executives say they aren't worried that it will alienate Corvette purists who want the classic long hood and the big V8 in the front.

Harlan Charles, the car's marketing manager, said mid-engine Corvettes had for years been rumored to be the next generation so it wasn't unexpected. GM also is hoping the change will help draw in younger buyers who may not have considered a Corvette in the past.

George Borke, a member of Village Vettes Corvette Club in The Villages, Florida, a huge retirement community, said he hasn't heard anyone in the 425-member club complain about the new design. "I think after 60 years it's time for a change," said Borke, who owns a current generation "C7," bought when the car was last redesigned in the 2014 model year.

The new car has two trunks, one in the front that can hold an airline-spec carry-on bag and a laptop computer case. Under the rear hatch behind the engine is another space that can hold two sets of golf clubs.

Even though it's a performance car, Juechter said the Corvette can go from eight cylinders to four to save fuel. Some owners get close to 30 mpg on the freeway with the current model, and Juechter said he expects that to be true with the new one. Full mileage tests aren't finished, he said.

Engineers also took great pains to make the new car quiet on the highway, with heat shields and ample insulation to cut engine noise.

Even though the car has an aluminum center structure and a carbon fiber bumper beam, it still weighs a little more than the current model. It's also slightly less aerodynamic due to large air intake vents on the sides to help cool the engine. The new Corvette comes with a custom-designed fast-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission with two tall top gears. It also will be made with right-hand-drive for international markets.

Higher-performance versions are coming, although Juechter wouldn't say if the C8 is designed to hold a battery and electric motor.

Workers at a GM plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, are just starting to build the new cars, which will arrive in showrooms late this year.

Categories: Ohio News

How to beat Trump? Dems divided as he rams race onto ballot

Channel 10 news - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:20

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Biden was at a soul food restaurant in Los Angeles on Thursday when he blasted President Donald Trump's "racist" taunts at a rally the night before.

"This is about dividing the country," the early Democratic front-runner, who has been criticized for his own handling of race , told reporters. "This is about dividing and raising the issue of racism across the country because that's his base, that's what he's pushing."

But Michael Fisher, an African American pastor from Compton who attended the event, warned Democrats to ignore Trump.

"They should absolutely not respond to ignorance," Fischer said. "They should stay focused on the issues."

That tension previews the uncomfortable balancing act Democrats will face in the nearly 16 months before Election Day. Trump's escalating exploitation of racism puts the rawest divide in American life squarely on the ballot in 2020. Democrats are united in condemning his words and actions, but the question of how to counter them is much more complicated.

The party's passionate left wing is pressing for an all-in battle, arguing that candidates' plans to combat racism are just as important as their proposals to provide health insurance to every American. But others question whether race should be the centerpiece of the campaign to replace Trump. Several presidential candidates, meanwhile, reject the debate as a false choice, arguing they can criticize Trump for racist tactics while still advancing proposals on health care, education, the minimum wage and more.

The emotionally charged developments shook both political parties on Thursday, a day after Trump continued his verbal assault against four minority congresswomen, this time at a raucous rally in North Carolina. The president's supporters chanted "Send her back!" after Trump criticized Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Muslim who fled to the U.S. as a child from violence-wracked Somalia.

While Trump tried to distance himself from the chant on Thursday, it echoed his own comments from earlier in the week when he said the "squad" of four young Democratic congresswomen, including New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, should "go back" to their "crime-infested places" overseas. They are all American citizens.

After successfully campaigning on health care during last year's midterm elections, Democrats hoped to adopt a similar "kitchen table" strategy going into 2020 that would focus on issues that appeal to all voters. Yet Trump has forced them into a moment of decision that could send the party in a far less certain direction.

The challenge was clear Thursday when Trump's remarks consumed the 2020 debate even as Democrats on Capitol Hill voted to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. The vote was the latest move by Democrats to highlight their work on more traditional issues that helped them seize the House majority last fall. Yet it barely made a ripple in the national debate.

"Trump is forcing the hand of Democratic Party leaders thinking they could thread the needle. They can't. He's holding Klan rallies," said Aimee Allison, who leads She the People, an advocacy group focused on women of color. "We have to be strong in the face of that and unafraid."

Democratic pollster Cornell Belcher said that to pretend racism and division aren't top-tier concerns for voters is a fallacy.

"This is just as important an issue for Democrats to engage and win on as health care, education and wages," he said, pointing out that Democrats got 9 million more votes than Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections.

"That wasn't because voters all of a sudden fell in love with Democrats. That was about the direction of this country and people being uncomfortable and alarmed with what's happening with the Republican Party under Trump."

But others question whether to follow Trump into the racial debate at all, concerned about alienating white working-class voters who may have backed Trump in the past and are uncomfortable with allegations of racism or bigotry.

"Calling him racist, which he is, I don't know if that helps," said North Carolina-based Democratic strategist Gary Pearce. He called Trump's message "profoundly disturbing, but I know it works."

In the battleground state of Wisconsin, Democratic Party Chairman Ben Wikler called on his party to take a cautious approach by explaining that Trump is using racism to distract voters from failing policies.

"Trump's use of racism as a political weapon is his only strategy to distract the public from the No. 1 issue in 2018, which was health care," Wikler said. "He can't claim that he stands for working people in 2020."

Most of the Democratic Party's crowded 2020 class weighed in on the Trump-race question — some more aggressively than others.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren left no doubt about her position: "#IStandWithIlhan against attacks from this racist president," she tweeted.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who is black, condemned Trump's attacks on the squad but also sought to distance himself from Ocasio-Cortez's description of immigrant detention centers along the southern border as "concentration camps."

"I would not choose that, because you start to begin to create historical comparisons that I do not think are constructive," he said. "But (the spirit is) pointing out the outrageous assault on humanity that's going on within our own borders . It's an assault on the humanity of all of us."

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called Trump "un-American."

"His constant attacks on women of color in Congress just show what a small, weak president he is," she said in a brief interview, while trying to pivot to the economy.

"You can talk about both," she said. "Absolutely. You have to. You have to lead on both issues."

Juan Rodriguez, the campaign manager for Kamala Harris, said the California senator would call out Trump on the campaign trail for "vile and reprehensible" comments at every opportunity but would also talk about her policy solutions.

Harris will "not be distracted by a person, who, the way she'd characterize, is weak and wants to stoke fear," Rodriguez said.

Republicans, too, are grappling with the racial debate that could have profound long-term consequences on the GOP's ability to win elections in an increasingly diverse nation.

Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, who called the chant "offensive," was among about 10 House GOP leaders who had breakfast Thursday with Vice President Mike Pence in Washington. Walker said he cautioned Pence that attention to the chant could distract voters next year from the economy and other themes Republicans want to emphasize.

Pence concurred and said he would discuss it with Trump, said another participant in the meeting who described the conversation on condition of anonymity.

Publicly, however, the overwhelming majority of Republican elected officials stood behind the president or offered tepid criticism.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested Trump's critics were going too far by accusing him of racism.

"We ought to tone the rhetoric down across the country using — throwing around words like racism, you know, kind of routinely applying it to almost everything," he told Fox Business Network.

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Ex-NSA contractor to be sentenced in stolen documents case

Channel 10 news - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:18

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former National Security Agency contractor awaits sentencing in Baltimore's federal court for storing two decades' worth of classified documents at his Maryland home.

Harold Martin's plea agreement calls for a nine-year prison sentence, but U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett isn't bound by the deal's terms when he sentences Martin on Friday.

Martin's sentencing will resolve a mysterious case that broke into the open in 2016, when FBI agents conducting a raid found stolen government documents inside his home, car and storage shed.

The case has attracted attention since hacking tools stolen from the NSA were also published by a cryptic Internet group that called itself the Shadow Brokers. Prosecutors never linked Martin to the group.

Martin's defense lawyers described him as a compulsive hoarder who never betrayed his country.

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Firefighter falls through floor during 2-alarm house fire in Newark

Channel 10 news - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:03

Newark, Ohio – The Newark Division of Fire is on the scene of a 2-alarm house fire that started early Friday morning.

Firefighters were called at 4:50 a.m. to the 200 block of Moull Street.

Flames and smoke were seen coming from the roof area of the home when crews arrived.

Chief Conner with the Newark Division of Fire told 10TV, the fire started in the basement of an unoccupied structure.

Chief Conner said a firefighter fell into the floor while fighting the fire and he was rescued and not injured. There was a second firefighter whose hand was injured and was taken to Licking Memorial Hospital and expected to be OK.

Firefighters battled the blaze during an Excessive Heat Warning, which is in effect until Saturday.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and remains under investigation.

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