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Homeward Bound: Paul Simon bid a fond farewell to his fans with a final tour stop in Montreal

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:00
Multiple Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Paul Simon brought his "Homeward Bound - The Farewell Tour" to Montreal's Centre Bell last Wednesday night, backed by a 16-piece rock-pop-folk-jazz-world-music ensemble to help close out his iconic seven-decade career.
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Did a North Country DA give lawmakers the final push to pass justice reform? It's complicated.

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:00
Six months after she left office, the former district attorney for St. Lawrence County is still under investigation by a state disciplinary board.
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Stefanik draws fire for handling of family separation at border

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:00
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is drawing fire for her handling of the controversy of children detained separately from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border.She declined requests for an interview yesterday but a spokesman says she was working behind the scenes to help resolve the crisis.
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Mayor learns more than 200 separated migrant children in NYC

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:00
NEW YORK (AP) New York City's mayor says he was surprised to learn a children's center in Harlem is caring for 239 migrant children separated from their parents by federal immigration officials.
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Court voids rules letting charter schools certify teachers

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A New York court has thrown out rules that would have let some charter schools certify their own teachers.
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Dig it: Archaeologists scour Woodstock '69 concert field

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:00
BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) This is the digging of the Age of Aquarius.
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Key issues fall off the table on the final day of the session

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:00
Lawmakers busily passed bills on the final day of the 2018 legislative session, but as the final evening approached they were unable to reach agreement on many major issues.
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Preview: "Our River, Our Town" solstice party in Canton

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:00
The first full day of summer will be celebrated along the Grasse River in Canton tonight with food, music, and dancing. Grasse River Heritage, which owns and manages the park on Coakley and Falls Islands near downtown, will hold a Summer Solstice event to raise money for the maintenance of trails, the historic iron bow bridge, sculpture park and educational programs. The event starts at 6 pm tonight at Bend-in-the-River Park, and will include music by "Bee Children," an indie rock band based in Canton.Louis Tremaine, president of the park's board of directors, says it's a great way to mark the start of summer and enjoy an evening at the river. But he says tonight's event has a slight twist in terms of location.
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Dog show-off highlights a haven for man's best friend

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 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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The curious boreal nuptials of the spotted salamander

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:00
The first warm, rainy night of spring is the best time to spot this amphibian, while they migrate to forest pools for mating. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss this northern forest native and its curious boreal nuptials.
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Head-on crash kills woman in Union Township

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 20:37

UNION TOWNSHIP - The Granville Post with the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash in Union Township.

It happened on State Route 37 just north of US-40 around 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Alan Schubert, 48, of Somerset, was driving a Jeep Cherokee going southbound on SR-37. A Chrysler 200 driven by Kristen Bergund, 34 of Columbus, was driving northbound on SR 37. Schubert went left of center and struck Bergund's vehicle head-on causing her vehicle to go off the side of the road.

Bergund was pronounced dead at scene.

Schubert was taken to a local hospital.

Bergund and Schubert were both wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Gahanna Girl Scout troop helps build nature park

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:57

Girl scouts in Gahanna say they aren't afraid to get their hands dirty.

Troop 678 spent more than a year helping build a brand new park for the community.

"It feels really good that it's all done and how much work we've put into it," troop member Makenzie Fabing said.

For Troop 678, a vine cutting ceremony Wednesday night meant a whole lot.

"There's so much stuff to do and it's not just like come here for a couple minutes, you can be here for a long time," Fabing said.

These Gahanna Girl Scouts helped build this nature park.

In fact, they came up with the idea.

"It's the best project that we've been part of in the last 7 years that I've worked in Parks and Rec this is the coolest thing we've ever done," Gahanna Parks and Recreation Specialist Zac Guthrie said.

The troop partnered with the city and with help from volunteers and donors they turned a half acre lot filled with poison ivy into a green space.

"People think girl scouts are more girly girl, but we get our hands dirty," Fabing said.

The Woodside Green Nature Play & Explore park has an obstacle course, tunnels, fort building, climbing and much more.

"There's a Big Walnut Creek is right beside us, we have miles of connected trail, so it's really inviting people to get outside and play and that was really the girl scouts vision too is get out and come out and play," Guthrie said.

The park is meant to get the community outside and explore.

"I think it's gonna be a really good, uhm, new area in Gahanna," Fabing said.

The green space took more than a year to piece together.

The girl scouts enjoyed every minute.

"I loved working with them to make it actually happen and it was a great time," Fabing said.

Now that it's done families can play here for years to come.

Girl Scout Troop 678 earned its Bronze Award for building the park.

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Road to Recovery: An update from Chris Bradley | June 20

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:18

10TV Chief Meteorologist Chris Bradley shared an update on his treatment and road to recovery on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, Chris said the numbers in his leukemia test results have dropped from 43 percent to 20 percent this month.

Chris says he needs the numbers to drop below 5 percent to move on to his bone marrow transplant.

"Keep those prayers coming! They are working!" Chris wrote in his post.

In March of 2017, Chris was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. He recently learned he was no longer in remission after undergoing a stem cell transplant.

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Man wanted in connection with string of burglaries in southern Ohio

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:25

An Ohio man with a very distinctive face tattoo is wanted in a string of burglaries.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office said Anthony “Popeye” Ward has felony warrant through Brown County and is wanted for questioning in several breaking and enterings.

The sheriff’s office said Ward is traveling with a woman named Dottie Worthington and are driving a Black Chevy Cruz.

The lower half of Ward’s face his covered by a tattoo resembling the bite mask worn by Anthony Hopkins in ‘Silence of the Lambs.’

Anyone that knows there location contact the Brown County Sheriffs Office 937-378-4435 or the Adams County Sheriffs Office at 937-544-2314.

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Mother of 4-year-old boy arrested, admits she dumped body

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:06

DALLAS (AP) — The mother of a 4-year-old boy whose naked body was found on a South Texas beach last year admitted to authorities that she beat him and denied him medical care after he suffered a head injury from running into a wall, then drove to Galveston in the middle of the night and dumped the body in the water, according to court documents.

Galveston police identified the child as Jayden Alexander Lopez. Authorities had named him "Little Jacob" after no one came forward to report him missing.

Galveston police chief Vernon Hale announced Wednesday that the child's mother, Rebecca Rivera, and her girlfriend Dania Amezquita-Gomez, had been arrested and charged with fabricating or tampering with physical evidence.

An affidavit says Rivera, in an interview on Tuesday, told authorities she woke up in the middle of the night after her son had died, carried his body to her vehicle and drove to Galveston with her other young child and Amezquita-Gomez.

According to an affidavit, she said she put her dead son into the water because he went to the beach previously and he liked the water.

Last month, in an interview with authorities, Amezquita-Gomez acknowledged being in the vehicle but did not give any other details about where they went or about the dead child being in the vehicle, according to the affidavit. She reported being too drunk to remember the details.

Rivera admitted that she abused the boy, saying "she was stressed out and took this out on Jayden by striking him with 'whatever I could find,'" according to the court documents.

Rivera told authorities that about two weeks before the boy's death, he had bumped into a wall, causing a head injury. Rivera told police she used alcohol to clean the injury but she and her girlfriend began to argue, causing the alcohol to spill onto the child's face.

According to the court documents, she said her child's face started to swell, and over the next two weeks his health "deteriorated." He reportedly complained of stomach aches and became visibly more lethargic, the mother told police.

Rivera also told police her girlfriend blamed the child for problems in the couple's relationship, the affidavit says.

Jail records did not list attorneys for either woman.

Bryan Gaines, a supervisory senior resident agent with the FBI, called the crime "appalling" at a press conference Wednesday announcing the arrests.

"No one reported Jayden as missing. No one was looking for Jayden. Jayden had no advocate other than us," he said. "Someone took a beautiful, innocent child and discarded him in the ocean as if he was a piece of trash."

Investigators made the unusual move of releasing a photo of the face of the dead boy earlier this year, hoping it would generate new leads about his identity. Authorities had previously released a sketch of the child with a phone number to call with tips. Police on Wednesday said tips led to a possible name for the boy and a DNA comparison led to the positive identification.

Lois Gibson, the forensic artist who created the sketch, said she was at home when she heard news of a break in the case.

"I cried, I cried with relief," said Gibson, who works as forensic artist at the Houston Police Department.

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Gun groups prepare to file suit against Columbus, Cincinnati for "unlawful" gun laws

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:03

Two pro gun groups in Central Ohio are filing suit against the city of Columbus for what the city calls "common sense" gun laws.

Columbus City Council passed the legislation in April and it took effect last week. The laws implement stricter gun legislation that ban bump stocks and firearms accessories, prohibit the sale of imitation guns to minors, better protect domestic violence victims and ban gun sales in neighborhoods.

The two groups taking action are Ohioans for Concealed Carry and Buckeye Firearms Foundation.

10TV has learned the groups are asking for a preliminary injunction against the new laws, as well as a temporary restraining order.

The groups are arguing two main points:

  • It's unlawful to ban bump stocks because of Ohio's Code 9.68 that gives people the right to, in part, keep any firearm, part of a firearm, it's components and ammunition. The groups say bump stocks are considered components.
  • Part of the law takes certain state and federal felonies, like possessing firearms if you've been convicted of a crime, and turns them into misdemeanors.


The groups also say it's an inappropriate and unlawful expenditure of Columbus city funds to implement these new laws. They are looking for a ruling saying the laws are unlawful and they are looking to be compensated by the city of Columbus for legal fees.

Ohioans for Concealed Carry and Buckeye Firearms Association are also filing suit in Cincinnati due to the city's similar legislation on bump stocks.

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Facebook campaign to help separated children seeks $1,500, raises $13 million

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:52

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In an outpouring of concern prompted by images and audio of children crying for their parents, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are donating to nonprofit organizations to help families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Among those that have generated the most attention is a fundraiser on Facebook started by a Silicon Valley couple, who say they felt compelled to help after they saw a photograph of a Honduran toddler sobbing as her mother was searched by a U.S. border patrol agent. The fundraiser started by David and Charlotte Willner had collected more than $13 million by Wednesday afternoon.

The Willners, who have a 2-year-old daughter, set up the "Reunite an immigrant parent with their child" fundraiser on Saturday hoping to collect $1,500 — enough for one detained immigrant parent to post bond — but money began pouring in and within days people had donated $5 million to help immigrant families separated under the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy that criminally prosecutes all adults caught crossing the border illegally.

"What started out as a hope to help one person get reunited with their family has turned into a movement that will help countless people," the couple said in a statement released by a spokeswoman Wednesday. The couple, who were early employees at Facebook, declined to be interviewed. "Regardless of political party, so many of us are distraught over children being separated from their parents at the border."

The money collected from more than 300,000 people in the United States and around the world will be given to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, a Texas nonprofit that that offers free and low-cost legal services to immigrants.

After days of mounting pressure, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the process of separating children from families at the border. The order keeps families together while they are in custody, expedites their cases, and asks the Department of Defense to help house them but it is not clear what will happen to the families who have already been separated.

"The photos of the little girl crying while her mother is body searched/removing her shoe laces has rocked me to my core," Natalia Barnes, of New Zealand, wrote on RAICES's Facebook page. "Please tell us you will be able to reunite that baby with her mother!!"

RAICES said Wednesday it will use the funds not only to reunite families and provide legal services, but to start a joint reunification fund for the more than 2,300 migrant children that have been separated from their families at the border with Mexico since May.

"We've been occasionally crying around the office all day when we check the fundraising totals," RAICES wrote on Facebook. "This is such a profound rejection of the cruel policies of this administration. Take heart."

Donations have also been pouring in at the American Civil Liberties Union, which has focused on defending immigrant families, said Mark Wier, the ACLU's chief development officer.

The ACLU has raised $2.5 million online from more than 40,000 people since June 14, when celebrity couple Chrissy Teigen and John Legend donated $72,000 each to the organization in honor of Trump's 72nd birthday.

"We've also seen people launch more than 200 peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns on the ACLU's website alone," he said.

The outpouring is similar to the promulgation of the Trump administration's first so-called Muslim ban in January 2017, when the ACLU received $24 million in online donations in two days, Wier said.

RAICES, which has 50 lawyers, said it also plans to hire more attorneys, train more volunteers and even set up a network of therapists and psychologists to help children when they leave detention, Jenny Hixon, RAICES's development director, told the Washington Post.

"It's not just the funding. We're getting literally thousands of people contacting us, wanting to volunteer. Many are like, 'I'll come to Texas,'" Hixon said.

Markus Klofelt, a father of two from Stockholm, Sweden, said he felt compelled to help after seeing his Facebook newsfeed filled with news about families being torn apart.

"As parents and out of humanity and morality, we felt we needed to be part of this campaign," Klofelt said.

The technology consultant said the news in Sweden has also been overwhelmingly about what is happening in the United States even though Europe is also struggling to deal with an influx of refugees from Africa and the Middle East.

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Canada becomes second nation to legalize marijuana

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:33

TORONTO (AP) — Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country's youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.

The Senate gave final passage to the bill to legalize cannabis on Tuesday, legislation that will make Canada only the second country in the world to make pot legal across the country.

Trudeau said provincial and territorial governments need the time to prepare for retail sales.

"It is our hope as of October 17 there will be a smooth operation of retail cannabis outlets operated by the provinces with an online mail delivery system operated by the provinces that will ensure that this happens in an orderly fashion," Trudeau said.

The prime minister said at a news conference that the goal is to take a significant part of the market share away from organized crime.

"Over the following months and indeed years we will completely replace or almost completely replace the organized crime market on that," he said.

Canada is following the lead of Uruguay in allowing a nationwide, legal marijuana market, although each Canadian province is working up its own rules for pot sales. The federal government and the provinces also still need to publish regulations that will govern the cannabis trade.

"The legislation is transformative," said Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, adding it "marks a wholesale shift in how our country approaches cannabis, leaving behind a failed model of prohibition."

She urged Canadians to follow the existing law until the Cannabis Act comes into force.

"The law still remains the law," Wilson-Raybould said.

Many questions remain unanswered, including how police will test motorists suspected of driving under the influence, what to do about those with prior marijuana convictions and just how the rules governing home cultivation will work.

The Canadian provinces of Quebec and Manitoba have already decided to ban home-grown pot, even though the federal bill specifies that individuals can grow up to four plants per dwelling.

"Provinces can set their own laws. If individuals are challenging that law, they can challenge it," Wilson-Raybould said.

Trudeau said the government won't discuss pardons of past convictions until legalization is in effect.

"There's no point looking at pardons while the old law is in the books," Trudeau said.

Trudeau said they are going to treat it like wine and tobacco, noting that few people will cultivate it at home, but it's necessary to fight organized crime.

Trudeau promised to legalize it during the 2015 election and had set a goal of July 1 for it. The provinces pleaded for more time.

Canadian marijuana stocks have rallied in anticipation of legalization and jumped again on Wednesday.

In the neighboring U.S., nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana. California, home to one in eight Americans, launched the United States' biggest legal marijuana marketplace on Jan. 1.

The news was greeted with enthusiasm by marijuana advocates in the U.S.

Don Hartleben, who manages Dank of America, a retail cannabis store just south of the border in Blaine, Washington, said Canada's legalization was not only politically exciting, but a potential business boon for him.

Many of his customers are Canadian tourists who are terrified of trying to bring pot across the border, he said. If more use marijuana when they're in Canada, more will use when they're on vacation in the states.

"People ask me all the time, 'Isn't legalization in Canada going to hurt your business?'" he said. "I tell them, 'No! The more it's legal, the more people are going to feel safe to buy my product.'"

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Key issues fall off the table on the final day of the session

North Country Public Radio - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:00
Lawmakers busily passed bills on the final day of the 2018 legislative session, but as the final evening approached they were unable to reach agreement on many major issues.
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Columbus City Council holds hearing on aggressive panhandling

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:37

Columbus City Council is looking to impose legislation that would address the issue of aggressive panhandling.

On Wednesday, members of council gave members of the community a chance to offer feedback on proposed legislation that was based on community input from a March 2018 hearing.

The new legislation enforces the following:

  • Knowingly touching or grabbing another person or their property without consent, while attempting to engage in distribution
  • Knowingly following another person while attempting to engage in distribution after receiving affirmative communication that the person is unwilling/unable to participate
  • Coming within 3 feet of an individual actively using an ATM
  • Obstructing a highway, street, sidewalk, railway, waterway, elevator, aisle, hallway, entrance, or exit to which the public has a reasonable expectation of passage


Columbus police say panhandling and aggressive panhandling has increased, and the opioid crisis is a contributing factor.

“This ordinance doesn't ban panhandling it adds provisions,” Columbus City Council Pro Tem Michael Stinziano said.

“I think it's important that people feel safe in their neighborhoods and they don't feel like they are be aggressively addressed.”

Columbus City Council is slated to vote on the new ordinance Monday.

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