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Ohio military wife searching for daughter's lost 'daddy doll'

Channel 10 news - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 07:49

LEBANON, Ohio — An Ohio mom is conducting an all-out search for a very special lost doll.

Jessica Osborne posted to Facebook Monday that her daughter lost her "daddy doll" on Friday while they were at a pizza place and ice cream shop in Lebanon, Ohio, which is north of Cincinnati. She said they were at LaRosa's Pizza and Dairy Queen, as well as a nearby neighborhood when the doll was last seen.

The daddy doll is a stuffed doll of a person in camouflage with a window on the face where a child can put a picture of their military parent.

"We use it often when he trains and she isn't able to see or speak to him," Osborne posted.

She said her daughter is "devastated" by the lost doll.

After four days, the doll remains missing, but several people have commented on Osborne's post offering to replace the doll if it doesn't turn up.

Osborne isn't throwing in the towel just yet on her search.

"I'm not ready to give up yet. I wasn't expecting my post to go viral and with all the love and support we got..I have to keep looking," she said in a reply to one of her Facebook posts.

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Federal data shows opioid shipments ballooned as crisis grew

Channel 10 news - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 05:26

CLEVELAND (AP) — Newly released federal data shows how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the nation's addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012.

The data, released this week by a federal court in Ohio as part of a far-reaching opioids case, shows that companies distributed 8.4 billion hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to commercial pharmacies in 2006 and 12.6 billion in 2012. That's an increase of over 50%.

Over that seven-year period, 76 billion pills were distributed in all, according to an analysis by The Washington Post, which had sued along with another outlet, HD Media, to obtain the data. During the same timeframe, prescription opioids contributed to more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The shipments increased even after one of the companies, Purdue Pharma, was leveled with a $635 million federal fine in 2007 for falsely claiming its drug, OxyContin, was not as addictive as earlier opioids.

While OxyContin is the best-known prescription opioid, the Post analysis shows that Purdue accounted for just 3% of pills sold during that time. Three makers of generic drugs accounted for nearly 90% of the sales.

The data tracks a dozen different opioids, including oxycodone and hydrocodone, according to the Post. They account for most of the pill shipments to pharmacies.

The distribution data, maintained by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, is a key element of lawsuits filed by more than 2,000 state, local and tribal governments seeking to hold drug companies accountable for the crisis.

Drug distribution companies told The Post that the federal data would not exist without their providing accurate reports to the DEA. One company, AmerisourceBergen, said the data "offers a very misleading picture."

Cleveland-based U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, who is overseeing most of the cases, ruled Monday that the information covering shipments from 2006 to 2012 could be made public. He said in a ruling that there is "clearly no basis" for shielding older data.

His order came a month after a federal appeals court in Cincinnati vacated Polster's July 2018 decision that local and state governments, which had been granted access to the data, should not make it public.

A three-judge panel for the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals said Polster went too far in blocking the release of data that government attorneys argued could compromise DEA investigations. Polster asked attorneys from all sides Monday to suggest how DEA data collected for 2013 and 2014 should be protected.

The Washington Post and HD Media, which owns newspapers in West Virginia, went to court for access and were the first media outlets to receive the data. By Tuesday, it had not been made available to the public or other news organizations that had requested it, including The Associated Press.

In a statement, a group of plaintiff attorneys applauded Polster's decision.

"The data provides statistical insights that help pinpoint the origins and spread of the opioid epidemic — an epidemic that thousands of communities across the country argue was both sparked and inflamed by opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies," the statement said.

The first scheduled trial before Polster is set for October in lawsuits filed by Ohio's Summit and Cuyahoga counties, areas that have been hit particularly hard by the ongoing opioid crisis. It is considered a bellwether trial that could force the defendants to reach a global settlement for all of the lawsuits.

A trial in an opioid suit brought by Johnson & Johnson by Oklahoma in state court there wrapped up this week. A judge will rule on that case. Purdue and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. were named in that suit but settled before the trial.

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Dad builds 5-year-old son $30K 'Field of Dreams'

Channel 10 news - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:32

BROOKFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio boy's wish for a "Field of Dreams" has become reality two years later.

Jason Kidd initially ignored a request from his 3-year-old son to build a baseball field in the backyard of their Brookfield home in northeastern Ohio.

But a few days later he realized their backyard could fit a whiffle ball field.

Kidd estimates he has spent $30,000 on the clay infield, regulation bases, raised pitchers mounds and foul lines that he painted himself.

The family calls field "The Re-Jake," in a nod to Jacobs Field, the original name of the Cleveland Indians home ballpark.

Kidd says he first learned how to play baseball at a young age and that the field is a great way to teach his now 5-year-old son the game.

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California indictment alleges MS-13 hacked victims to death

Channel 10 news - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:25

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members and associates of the MS-13 gang committed seven murders including several in which victims were hacked to death with machetes in a Southern California forest, according to a federal indictment released Tuesday.

The indictment by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles charges 22 people linked to a subset of the gang known as the Fulton clique.

They are suspected of nearly 200 crimes in several states over nine years, the indictment said.

In one case a member of a rival gang who had been believed to have defaced MS-13 graffiti was targeted, authorities said.

The indictment alleges that on March 6, 2017, the rival was abducted, choked and driven to a remote area of the Angeles National Forest where six people dismembered him with a machete and threw the body parts into a canyon after one cut the heart out of the body.

Six killings were committed by gang members hoping to gain entry into or advance within the clique's ranks, according to the indictment.

"We have now taken off the streets nearly two dozen people associated with the most violent arm of MS-13 in Los Angeles," said Nick Hanna, the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles.

Sixteen of the 22 people indicted are charged in connection with those six slayings, which officials called so "heinous, cruel or depraved" that the defendants are eligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors have not said whether they intend to seek capital punishment.

All 22 of the alleged MS-13 members and associates are in custody. Eighteen had been apprehended over the last year on a range of federal and state charges, authorities said. Three were arrested in recent days in the Los Angeles area by a task force that included FBI agents, Los Angeles police officers and Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies. Another alleged MS-13 affiliate was arrested over the weekend in Oklahoma.

Authorities also filed two more cases under seal against juvenile defendants in federal court.

Of the 22 defendants, 19 had entered the United States illegally in the past three or four years, according to Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles.

MS-13, or La Mara Salvatrucha, was formed in Los Angeles in the 1980s by refugees from El Salvador and is linked to many slayings in certain parts of the U.S. In California, the gang has clashed with rival Nortenos gang members.

President Donald Trump has singled out the MS-13 gang as a threat to the U.S. and blames weak border enforcement for the group's crimes.

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Apollo 11 anniversary gives Ohio kids chance to learn about historic moment

Channel 10 news - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 03:53

DAYTON, Ohio - The anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission is the perfect time to teach kids about space travel, history and how far we've come in the field of space exploration in the last 50 years.

Amanda Womble and her daughter, Zariah, love to learn at the National Museum of the US Air Force.

During the summer months, it's a place where Zariah continues her education.

This month as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's moon landing, Amanda wants her daughter to better understand the historic moment.

"Trying to explain it to her I don't have the words, coming here, there's someone here who can explain better than I can," Womble explains.

The 19-acre exhibit space helps explain the beginning of flight and how the space program developed over the decades, with 360 aerospace vehicles.

"The Mercury and Gemini spacecraft, they're interesting vehicles that can show you how we got to space and what we did there and the Air Force contribution to that effort," explains Curator and Historian Dough Lantry.

Lantry says kids get to interact with the real objects that changed the history of flight.

"That should lead to children asking questions, what is it, what's it for, how fast was it, who used it, how did they make it," Lantry says.

And how did we land on the moon in 1969, with Ohioan and commander Neil Armstrong along with pilot Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

"The reason all this is important it's not just a technical achievement, it was a cultural, political, historical achievement as well," he says.

To learn more about where in Ohio you can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, click here.

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Columbus City Council proposes reducing marijuana penalties

Channel 10 news - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 03:51

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus City Council is considering legislation reducing penalties for possessing marijuana.

The Columbus Dispatch reports offenders caught with up to 100 grams would be fined $10 and those caught with between 100 and 200 grams would pay $25.

The council also said that unlike state law, possession of up to 200 grams would not lead to possible jail time.

Council spokeswoman Lee Cole says before the council takes a vote Monday on the ordinance, there will be a public hearing Thursday.

Cole says the proposal's goal is lowering fines for small amounts of marijuana possession and increasing funds for attorneys to help seal records for minor convictions, to assist jobseekers.

Cincinnati's council voted last month to decriminalize possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana.

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Local expert urges shoppers to take steps now to prevent credit card hacking

Channel 10 news - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 01:45

Amazon Prime Day gives shoppers a chance to cash in on some great deals. Cyber experts say it also gives thieves the best opportunity to hack your credit card.

With hacker’s attacking every 39 seconds, there are steps you should take the moment you are hacked to best prevent further financial ruin. However, Dr. Martin Peng, a certified financial planner and professor at Franklin University explains, you can also be smart about your credit cards now to make yourself less of a target. She spoke on 10 This Morning with some advice.

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Smart devices could pose risks to your personal privacy

Channel 10 news - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 01:10
These days we are more connected than ever. Smartphones, smart watches, even smart light switches. But how safe are these devices when it comes to your personal privacy?

"Remember that the thing about the Internet is that it connects everybody in the world to everyone else," says C. Matthew Curtin, founder of Interhack -- a local company that specializes in reducing cyber threats for individuals and businesses.

"It used to be that, if you live in a good neighborhood, you're relatively far away from the bad guys, and so on, then you don't have to worry about a lot of things," he says. "There is no such thing as a good neighborhood on the Internet."

Any device that's connected to the Internet provides an opportunity for hackers to access your personal information. It's important to remember that, when it comes to protecting your information online, a big part of that is personal responsibility.

"Your oven wants to be on the Internet," says Curtin. "And if you're not ok with the terms, where it says it's going to be collecting information and sending it back up to the vendor, it is 100% ok for you to say no."

When you use digital home assistants like Siri or Alexa, remember -- those devices are always listening.

"Do you want to record every sound that happens inside of your house, anywhere, any room?" Curtin warns. "That's probably not something you want either, but that might be something that the technology makes possible."

Curtin says it all comes down to what sort of risks you're willing to accept by using these smart devices. "We bought the thing. We put it into place. And we accepted the risk that went along with it, because we wanted the productivity gain or whatever the other thing was that motivated us to make the purchase," he says. "What else can happen? What can go wrong? And are you willing to accept that risk?"

Any device you connect to the Internet comes with terms of service. Curtin says to make sure you're familiar with those terms, and don't accept them if you're not comfortable doing so. He also recommends checking to see if each device has its own password, and to change them often.
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Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

Channel 10 news - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 18:55

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court's leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99.

During nearly 35 years on the court, Stevens stood for the freedom and dignity of individuals, be they students or immigrants or prisoners. He acted to limit the death penalty, squelch official prayer in schools, establish gay rights, promote racial equality and preserve legal abortion. He protected the rights of crime suspects and illegal immigrants facing deportation.

He influenced fellow justices to give foreign terrorism suspects held for years at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval base the right to plead for their release in U.S. courts.

Stevens served more than twice the average tenure for a justice, and was only the second to mark his 90th birthday on the high court. From his appointment by President Gerald Ford in 1975 through his retirement in June 2010, he shaped decisions that touched countless aspects of American life.

"He brought to our bench an inimitable blend of kindness, humility, wisdom and independence. His unrelenting commitment to justice has left us a better nation," Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement.

He remained an active writer and speaker into his late 90s, surprising some when he came out against Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation following Kavanaugh's angry denial of sexual assault allegations. Stevens wrote an autobiography, "The Making of a Justice: My First 94 Years," that was released just after his 99th birthday in April 2019.

At first considered a centrist, Stevens came to be seen as a lion of liberalism. But he rejected that characterization.

"I don't think of myself as a liberal at all," Stevens told The New York Times in 2007. "I think as part of my general politics, I'm pretty darn conservative."

The way Stevens saw it, he held to the same ground, but the court had shifted steadily to the right over the decades, creating the illusion that he was moving leftward.

He did change his views on some issues, however. He morphed from a critic of affirmative action to a supporter, and came to believe the death penalty was wrong.

His legal reasoning was often described as unpredictable or idiosyncratic, especially in his early years on the court. He was a prolific writer of separate opinions laying out his own thinking, whether he agreed or disagreed with the majority's ruling. Yet Stevens didn't consider his methods novel. He tended toward a case-by-case approach, avoided sweeping judicial philosophies, and stayed mindful of precedent.

The white-haired Stevens, eyes often twinkling behind owlish glasses, was the picture of old-fashioned geniality on the court and off. He took an unusually courteous tone with lawyers arguing their cases, but he was no pushover. After his fellow justices fired off questions, Stevens would politely weigh in. "May I ask a question?" he'd ask gently, then quickly slice to the weakest point of a lawyer's argument.

Stevens was especially concerned with the plight of ordinary citizens up against the government or other powerful interests — a type of struggle he witnessed as a boy.

When he was 14, his father, owner of a grand but failing Chicago hotel, was wrongly convicted of embezzlement. Ernest Stevens was vindicated on appeal, but decades later his son would say the family's ordeal taught him that justice can misfire.

More often, however, Stevens credited his sensitivity to abuses of power by police and prosecutors to what he learned while representing criminal defendants in pro bono cases as a young Chicago lawyer.

He voiced only one regret about his Supreme Court career: that he had supported reinstating the death penalty in 1976. More than three decades later, Stevens publicly declared his opposition to capital punishment, saying that years of bad court decisions had overlooked racial bias, favored prosecutors and otherwise undermined his expectation that death sentences could be handed down fairly.

One of his harshest dissents came when the court lifted restrictions on spending by corporations and unions to sway elections. He called the 2010 ruling "a rejection of the common sense of the American people" and a threat to democracy.

As he read parts of that opinion aloud, Stevens' voice wavered uncharacteristically and he repeatedly stumbled over words. For the 90-year-old who'd worried he wouldn't know when to bow out, it was a signal. "That was the day I decided to resign," Stevens said later. He also disclosed in his autobiography that he had suffered a mini-stroke. Justice Elena Kagan took Stevens' seat on the court.

The retirement of Stevens, known as a defender of strict separation of church and state, notably left the high court without a single Protestant member for the first time.

"I guess I'm the last WASP," he joked, saying the issue was irrelevant to the justices' work. Justice Neil Gorsuch, who joined the court in 2017, was raised Catholic, but attends a Protestant church.

A great-grandfather, Stevens eased into an active retirement of writing and speaking, still fit for swimming and tennis in Fort Lauderdale, where he and his second wife, Maryan, kept a home away from Washington.

He is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth and Susan, who were with him when he died. Other survivors include nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Stevens' first wife, Elizabeth, second wife, Maryan, and two children died before him. Funeral arrangements are pending, the Supreme Court said in a statement announcing his death. But he is expected to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, next to Maryan.

Born in 1920, Stevens was a privileged child of a bygone era: He met Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh at the family hotel and was at the ballpark when Babe Ruth hit his famous "called-shot" home run in the 1932 World Series.

He joined the Navy the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service with a Japanese code-breaking team. The code breakers' work enabled the U.S. to shoot down a plane carrying the commander of the Japanese Navy, and that targeted wartime killing later contributed to his misgivings about the death penalty.

After World War II, Stevens graduated first in his class at Northwestern University's law school and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Wiley Rutledge. As a lawyer he became an antitrust expert, experience he brought to Supreme Court rulings such as one ending the NCAA's control over televised college football games.

President Richard Nixon appointed Stevens, a lifelong Republican, to the federal appeals court in Chicago. Judge Stevens was considered a moderate conservative when Ford — whose nominee would need the approval of a Democratic-controlled Senate — chose him for the Supreme Court.

Stevens won unanimous confirmation after uneventful hearings nothing like today's partisan shows. Stevens' liberal bent once on the high court was "different than I envisioned," Ford acknowledged decades later, but he still supported and praised him as "a very good legal scholar."

Stevens' influence reached its height after other liberals retired in the early 1990s, leaving him the senior associate justice and the court's leader on the left. For a dozen years after, he proved adept at drawing swing votes from Republican appointees Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy, often frustrating conservative Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

Stevens' clout diminished after Roberts arrived in 2005 and O'Connor was replaced by the more conservative Samuel Alito. But he didn't lose spirit. Throughout his career, Stevens unleashed some of his most memorable language in defeat.

He wrote a scathing dissent in Bush v. Gore, the 2000 case that ended Florida's presidential recount and anointed George W. Bush: "Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year's presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law."

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Ohio State Highway Patrol competing for 'Best Looking Cruiser'

Channel 10 news - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 17:35

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking for your vote to be named the ‘Best Looking Cruiser’ in America.

Voting is underway for The American Association of State Troopers’ annual contest which features state trooper vehicles from around the country.

You can vote once from each of your devices. Voting closes July 30 at 3 p.m.

To vote for your favorite cruiser (Clearly, it’s Ohio), click here.

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Marysville couple struggles with cancer battle, infertility

Channel 10 news - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 16:10

MARYSVILLE, Ohio -- They have faced more challenges in their first few years of marriage than most will face in a lifetime.

Wednesday evening on 10TV News, Brittany Bailey will have the story of one Marysville couple trying to beat the odds.

Just months after his 2015 wedding, Doug Reed was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It turned into a cancer battle that would drag on for more than a year and change the course of his life.

"To a certain extent, your future was something that made you upset because you didn't know if you were gonna get there, if you were gonna achieve anything in the future, so your future almost made you upset rather than excited," he said.

But cancer was not the only fight he and his wife Courtney faced.

"I didn’t feel like I could complain because what he went through was so hard," she said.

Wednesday on 10TV News at 5, the couple will share their story of cancer, infertility and finding hope through heartbreak.

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Polls show sour views of race relations in Trump’s America

Channel 10 news - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 15:51

Even before President Donald Trump’s racist tweets toward four Democratic congresswomen of color, Americans considered race relations in the United States to be generally bad — and said that Trump has been making them worse.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that the congresswomen should go back to the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from, despite the fact that all are American citizens and three were born in the U.S.

Since his election, polling has shown Americans wary of Trump when it comes to race. But views of the president, racism in the U.S. and what defines American culture vary significantly based on political alignment.

What polls show:

RACE RELATIONS IN THE TRUMP ERA

In January, a CBS News poll found nearly 6 in 10 Americans saying race relations in the country are generally bad.

It wasn’t always that way. Positive views of the state of race relations in the country peaked with President Barack Obama’s inauguration, after which 66% of Americans said race relations were generally good in an April 2009 CBS News/New York Times poll. But views started to sour in 2014 following a number of high-profile shootings of black men by police officers and have continued to be more negative than positive in the Trump era.

And Americans think Trump is contributing to the problem. A Pew Research Center poll earlier this year showed 56% of Americans saying Trump has made race relations worse.

Americans gave similarly poor assessments of the president’s impact on specific racial, ethnic and religious minorities. Nearly 6 in 10 considered Trump’s actions to be bad for Hispanics and Muslims, and about half said they were bad for African Americans, according to a February 2018 poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research .

That poll also found that 57% of Americans considered Trump to be racist.

RACE AS A POLITICAL FAULT LINE

Polls show stark differences in assessments of the state of race relations and Trump’s impact by party identification, along with racial and ethnic identity and educational attainment.

In Pew’s poll, fully 84% of Democrats said Trump has worsened race relations, while only about 2 in 10 Republicans agreed. About a third of Republicans said Trump has made progress toward improving race relations, while a quarter said he has tried but failed.

Majorities of Americans who are black, Hispanic and Asian said Trump has made race relations worse, compared with about half of white Americans. Among white Americans, views diverged by education — 64% of whites with a college degree think Trump has worsened race relations, compared with 41% of those without.

RACIST LANGUAGE

Democrats in Congress immediately called out the president’s comments on Sunday as racist and divisive, while many Republicans have remained silent.

Polling shows Democratic and Republican Americans fundamentally disagree on the way people should approach offensive language in the country.

Eighty-two percent of Republicans feel that too many people are easily offended over language today, according to a poll conducted in May by Pew Research Center , compared with about half as many Democrats who said the same. A majority of Democrats said people need to be more careful with their language.

Since Trump’s election, most Americans think it has become more common for people to express racist views, and 45% said it has become more acceptable as well, according to Pew’s February poll.

Majorities of Democrats said it has become both more common and more acceptable. Among Republicans, 42% said it has become more common and 22% said it has become more acceptable.

DIVERGING VIEWS OF AMERICA’S IDENTITY

Throughout his presidency, Trump has stoked racial and ethnic division building on his campaign promise to secure the border and country. In 2017, Trump instituted a travel ban restricting entry into the U.S. for people from five predominantly Muslim countries. Earlier this year, the president declared a national emergency to appropriate billions of dollars in funds from government agencies to expand the U.S.-Mexico border wall. And most recently, Trump moved on Monday to halt protections for most Central American asylum seekers.

Trump’s response to the firestorm signaled that he thinks it’s a winning stance for him. “It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” Trump said.

In an AP-NORC poll from February 2017 , half of Americans said the mixing of culture and values from around the world is an important part of America’s identity. Fewer — about a third — said the same of a culture established by early European immigrants.

But partisans were divided over these aspects of the nation’s identity. Nearly half of Republicans, but just about a quarter of Democrats, saw the culture of early European immigrants as important. By comparison, about two-thirds of Democrats, and about a third of Republicans, considered the mixing of world cultures important to the country’s identity.

The AP-NORC poll also found 57% of Americans saying that the U.S. should be a country with an essential culture that immigrants adopt when they come. Eight in 10 Republicans preferred immigrants to the U.S. adapt to an American culture, though a similar share said they thought recent immigrants have not done so.

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Mold found at Worthington Police Department; city working to fix it

Channel 10 news - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 15:49

WORTHINGTON, Ohio - The Worthington Police Department has a mold problem. And this is not the first time.

"We've done some testing and found that there are slightly elevated levels of debris and types of mold, so we're just taking whatever steps we need to take to remediate that," said Anne Brown, public information officer for the city.

Back in June, the city brought in Lyle Environmental to do testing. According to a letter sent to the city, the results were "not alarming" and well below the threshold for concern.

But the letter also pointed out that molds were beginning to colonize in vents and air ducts and suggested that those things should not be ignored.

A detective in the office was actually the first one to notice the problem. And, right now, he is staying out of the office, working off-site.

"The employee did raise the concern, and that’s why we had a professional company come in and do the testing so that we could really see what the levels were, and, based on their analysis, it is not at a concern for most people," Brown said.

Because of that detective's concerns, the Fraternal Order of Police is involved.

"Obviously there’s health concerns for employees, and the lodge took action immediately to notify the city, through a process, the grievance process," said Keith Ferrell, president of Capital City Lodge #9.

For now, that grievance is on hold because the city is taking steps to fix the problem.

That fix includes some deep cleaning, the installation of professional-grade dehumidifiers and the replacement of the HVAC system.

"So far, the city is responding and working on that," Ferrell said. "So, I believe they’ll do the right thing. I think that’s important. You know, anything can happen anywhere, but I think the City of Worthington will do the right thing for their employees."

The short-term fixes, including the purchase of the dehumidifiers, is costing the city around $20,000. That money is coming from the Capital Improvements Fund, which allocates money for building improvement projects each year. As for the HVAC system, that was already budgeted as part of a five-year capital improvement plan. However, because of the current problems, the replacement is being moved up by a year.

But, this is not the first time the city has faced such a problem.

Back in 2007, the Columbus Public Healthy Homes program conducted a visual assessment, but no microbial testing, according to Brown. The findings showed that any mold contamination visible did not pose a significant threat.

"At that time, there was some cleaning and also some dehumidifiers that were installed, but apparently it wasn’t enough, and so, it didn’t really remediate fully, especially the HVAC system being what It was," Brown said. "We’ve discovered that wasn’t really efficient in cleaning the air, so that’s going to be a big step in fixing things moving forward."

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If you see city workers going through your recycling bins, here's why

Channel 10 news - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 15:13

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For the next eight weeks, the City of Columbus and SWACO are working together and will have crews walking around neighborhoods visiting 20,000 homes to help educate about recycling.

It's part of a grant-funded campaign called Feet on the Street. Tim Swauger, with the city, told us Columbus has a large number of participants who recycle. However, he said many of the people who recycle don't always put in the right items.

Today they walked around a southeast neighborhood in Columbus and many of the bins ended up with tags. Swauger said he knows intent is always good and it's great to see people recycling.

He said items that can't be recycled are plastic bags, wraps, large bulky items, textiles, foam or any flammable items.

Those items can get stuck in the machine processing, leak or break.

When it comes to larger items, cardboard boxes are accepted, but no plastic.

To find a recycling facility near you and where to take certain items, click here.

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Hundreds gather in Piketon for town hall on alleged radioactive contamination

Channel 10 news - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 13:55

PIKETON, Ohio - People stood in line for hours, Tuesday, wanting to make sure they and their families were safe.

"[I] wanted to see what information is available," Brandon Moore said. "What are we doing to help all these folks that are impacted or that may be impacted in the future?"

"I just want to make sure what's going on if there was any contamination there or where we're at," Steve Copper said. "I want to make sure we got everything taken care of."

"These materials are ounce-for-ounce the most dangerous materials known to man," Stuart Smith said.

Smith is with Cooper Law Firm out of New Orleans. It was his firm that filed the lawsuit in May alleging Ohio residents near a former uranium enrichment plant in Piketon were exposed to radioactive contaminants that spread to other properties but were never informed.

"We believe there were contractors, Department of Energy contractors on that plant, that allowed these materials to escape the fence line," Smith said.

Media was not allowed in the meeting room, which could hold only 75 people per fire code. Everyone else had to wait their turn as each session lasted about an hour-and-a-half.

"I think the people that worked here at the plant assumed a risk when you took the job," Rebecca Jennings said. "I don't think that necessarily holds true for the people in the community."

Jennings says she used to work at the plant.

Some people say if there was contamination and if the plant didn't notify people who lived near it, then potentially you are talking about hundreds of lives that might be at risk.

"It'd be very aggravating because you're talking about a lot of lives here that's going to be affected by it," Copper said.

The Department of Energy released this statement, Tuesday:

"The Department is committed to the health and safety of the Piketon community. All previous data has indicated that there is no threat to the public's safety. In light of the recent concerns of the community surrounding the closure of Zahn's Corner Middle School, Secretary Perry sent a technical team from the world-class National Labs to Piketon to take a comprehensive sampling of the school. That data is now under evaluation and will be released soon."

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Police: 4 taken to hospital after possible overdoses at Cedar Point

Channel 10 news - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 13:54

Four people were taken to the hospital after possibly overdosing at Cedar Point Tuesday afternoon.

According to Sandusky police, two men and two women needed medical attention shortly after arriving at the park. Two were just outside the park and the others were inside.

All four are being treated at Firelands Regional Medical Center. Their conditions have not been released.

A Sandusky police officer who was assisting them was also taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Police said the four were from Michigan and they are still investigating what caused them to become sick.

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Village Academy in Powell closing due to declined enrollment, lack of funding

Channel 10 news - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 12:52

POWELL, Ohio – Village Academy in Powell announced they will be closing its doors on Friday.

In a letter sent to parents and staff, the board of trustees said they worked to improve enrollment and minimize expenses but they are no longer able to operate.

10TV reached out to the school for additional comment but we have not heard back.

You can read the full letter from Village Academy below.

Dear Griffin Community,

It is with a heavy heart to announce that Village Academy Schools will not be able to have another academic year due to a decline in enrollment and withdrawal of contracts.

Over the past years, the School has worked to increase enrollment, minimize expenses and bolster giving by our supporters in the community. Yet our overall enrollment and giving have not reached the level needed for us to continue to operate.

Village Academy is no longer able to provide educational services that support its mission, therefore the Board of Trustees has decided that Village Academy will be closing its doors, effective Friday, July 19, 2019.

We wish our community future success,

Village Academy Board of Trustees

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Apollo 11 made possible by work done at Ohio NASA Research Center

Channel 10 news - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 12:41

Neil Armstrong had a lot of Ohioans helping him get to the moon.

Researchers at what is now called NASA Glenn Research Center helped solve some of the more complicated problems associated with the launch of Apollo 11.

It was inside the research center in Brookpark, outside of Cleveland, where engineers pioneered the use of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen as a propellant.

In fact, they had been perfecting the fuel source long before space travel became a goal.

"Before NASA was even established we were working on liquid hydrogen as rocket fuel," says Anne Mills History officer for NASA Glenn Research Center.

Years before the launch, wind tunnels that can produce winds at Mach 2 or 1,500 miles per hours, help simulate the hazards of commercial flights.

Later, they would be used to simulate the most inhospitable environments in space.

"There's a lot of risk to space travel and those risks have not gone away there's still no air, not water there is radiation the dust on the moon is like tiny pieces of shard glass," Bryan Smith, Director of Space Flight at NASA Glenn Research, said.

It was inside this research center where the early leg work of space travel began.

Led by Abe Silverstein, considered the architect of rocket propulsion, he and his team pioneered the use of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen to power what would be Apollo 11.

But using that fuel for space travel was not its initial purpose. Silverstein saw an opportunity to transform the work here into something much bigger.

Despite some push back that his team was working on projects outside of aviation, Silverstein kept the research going telling his scientists..

"We're not going to keep you from exploring these different propellants," says Mills.

Propellants that would eventually put the first man on the moon.

"We really were laying the foundation for space flight," says Mills.

On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 and it's 300-foot-tall rocket launches to space.

With Ohioan Neil Armstrong hurling into the heavens, researchers on the ground had to marvel at what they'd done when Armstrong touched down on the lunar surface.

When Apollo splashed down to earth on July 24, the United States space program became the envy of the world.

Today, NASA is looking at sustained travel to the moon.

"We want to be able to go there in a sustained way not just gather some rocks and come back we want to establish a presence there," says Bryan Smith Director of Spaceflight at NASA Glenn Research Center.

NASA's newest expedition is called Artemis. It's an ongoing spaceflight program with the goal of landing "the first woman and the next man" on the lunar surface by 2024.

It if all goes well, it would lay the foundation for private companies to build a lunar economy. NASA would like to replicate the same kind of human space travel to Mars.

It's already testing land rovers to carry people there. Inside the SLOPE or simulated Lunar Operations Lab, engineers are using tires made of nickel/titanium to help deal with the terrain of the moon and the plummeting temperatures of Mars which can reach -100 F.

"Operating at the cold temperatures is the hardest thing for us," says Kyle Johnson a NASA Engineer in the SLOPE Lab.

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Sheriff: Scioto County 16-year-old boy shot 15-year-old girl, then raped her

Channel 10 news - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 12:13

A 16-year-old boy in Scioto County has been charged with felonious assault and rape after he allegedly shot then sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl.

According to Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini, dispatchers received a call Monday around 9 p.m. from a resident on Ainsley Avenue in Wheelersburg that a girl showed up at his door saying she had been shot.

A deputy responded to the home and found the girl had been shot in the leg. She was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center.

The victim told a detective that the suspect asked her to have sex, but she refused. The suspect then made threats to shoot her if she did not comply.

After telling the suspect no multiple times, the victim said she was shot by him then sexually assaulted.

The victim said the suspect then fled the area. Authorities said the suspect was later found and detained.

Deputies and detectives were able to search a large wooded area behind the residence on Ainsley Avenue and located the weapon along with cut out pieces of the mattress along with bedding

Sheriff Donini said the suspect has been charged with one count each of rape, felonious assault and tampering with evidence.

He was taken to the Ross County Detention Center and is being held without bond.

The victim was transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for further treatment and is currently listed in stable condition.

If anyone has any information on this incident, they are asked to contact Detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091.

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Facing censure, Trump insists 'not a racist bone in my body'

Channel 10 news - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 11:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant in the face of widespread censure, President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday that his tweets suggesting four Democratic congresswomen of color return to their countries "were NOT Racist," and he appealed to fellow Republicans to "not show weakness" and to resist a House resolution condemning his words.

"I don't have a Racist bone in my body!" Trump exclaimed on Twitter, a day after declaring that "many people agree" with his assessment of the four freshman lawmakers.

"Those Tweets were NOT Racist," Trump wrote Tuesday amid a continued backlash to his weekend tweets that progressive women "go back" to their "broken and crime-infested" countries. The tweets, which have been widely denounced as racist, were directed at Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

All are American citizens, and three of the four were born in the U.S.

Trump alleged again Tuesday that the women, who strongly oppose his policies and comments, in reality "hate our Country."

The four lawmakers fired back late Monday, condemning what they called "xenophobic bigoted remarks" and renewing calls for Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings.

The episode served notice that Trump is willing to again rely on incendiary rhetoric on issues of race and immigration to preserve his political base in the leadup to the 2020 election. He shrugged off the criticism.

"It doesn't concern me because many people agree with me," Trump said Monday at the White House. "A lot of people love it, by the way."

At the Capitol, there was near unanimous condemnation from Democrats and a rumble of discontent from a subset of Republicans, but notably not from the party's congressional leaders.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said Trump's campaign slogan truly means he wants to "make America white again," announced Monday that the House would vote on a resolution condemning his new comments . The resolution "strongly condemns" Trump's "racist comments" and says they "have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color."

In response, Trump tweeted anew Tuesday about the four congresswomen: "Why isn't the House voting to rebuke the filthy and hate laced things they have said? Because they are the Radical Left, and the Democrats are afraid to take them on. Sad!"

Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, the party's White House nominee in 2012 and now one of the president's most vocal GOP critics, said Monday that Trump's comments were "destructive, demeaning, and disunifying."

Trump dug in. "If you're not happy in the U.S., if you're complaining all the time, you can leave, you can leave right now," he said.

His words, which evoked the trope of telling black people to go back to Africa, may have been partly meant to widen the divides within the House Democratic caucus, which has been riven by internal debate over how best to oppose his policies. And while Trump's attacks brought Democrats together in defense of their colleagues, his allies noted he was also having some success in making the progressive lawmakers the face of their party.

The Republican president questioned whether Democrats should "want to wrap" themselves around this group of four people as he recited a list of the quartet's most controversial statements.

"Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party," he wrote Tuesday, adding: "See you in 2020!"

At a news conference with her three colleagues, Pressley referred to Trump as "the occupant of our White House" instead of president.

"He does not embody the grace, the empathy, the compassion, the integrity that that office requires and that the American people deserve," she said, encouraging people "not take the bait." Pressley said Trump's comments were "a disruptive distraction from the issues of care, concern and consequence to the American people" — prescription drug prices, affordable housing, health care."

Omar, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Somalia, accused him of "openly violating" the Constitution and sounded the call for impeachment proceedings.

Ocasio-Cortez said Trump "does not know how to defend his policies and so what he does is attack us personally."

The Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer of New York, said his party would also try to force a vote in the GOP-controlled chamber.

Trump, who won the presidency in 2016 in part by energizing disaffected voters with inflammatory racial rhetoric, made clear he has no intention of backing away from that strategy in 2020.

"The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four 'progressives,' but now they are forced to embrace them," he tweeted Monday afternoon. "That means they are endorsing Socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats!"

Trump has faced few consequences for such attacks in the past. They typically earn him cycles of wall-to-wall media attention and little blowback from his party. He is wagering that his most steadfast supporters will be energized by the controversy as much, or if not more so, than the opposition.

The president has told aides that he was giving voice to what many of his supporters believe — that they are tired of people, including immigrants, disrespecting their country, according to three Republicans close to the White House who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

Trump singled out Omar, in particular, accusing her of having "hatred" for Israel and expressing "love" for "enemies like al-Qaida."

"These are people that, in my opinion, hate our country," he said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close ally of the president who golfed with him over the weekend, advised him to "aim higher" during an appearance on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends," even as he accused the four Democrats of being "anti-Semitic" and "anti-American."

Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, said "I don't think that the president's intent in any way is racist," pointing to Trump's decision to choose Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan, as his transportation secretary.

Chao is one of the few minorities among the largely white and male aides in high-profile roles in Trump's administration. She is the wife of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who declined comment Monday on Trump's attacks.

Among the few GOP lawmakers commenting Monday, Rep. Pete Olson of Texas said Trump's tweets were "not reflective of the values of the 1,000,000+ people" in his district. "I urge our President immediately disavow his comments," he wrote.

In an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll from February 2017, half of Americans said the mixing of culture and values from around the world is an important part of America's identity as a nation. About a third said the same of a culture established by early European immigrants.

But partisans in that poll were divided over these aspects of America's identity. About two-thirds of Democrats but only about a third of Republicans thought the mixing of world cultures was important to the country's identity. By comparison, nearly half of Republicans but just about a quarter of Democrats saw the culture of early European immigrants as important to the nation.

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