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Pickerington marching band members breathe sigh of relief after finding flight to California

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 03:28

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Nearly 75 marching band members from Pickerington Central and Pickerington North now have a flight to get them to California.

Approximately a third of the two bands were stuck at John Glenn International Airport Friday morning working to find new flights to get to Pasadena for their Rose Bowl performance after their American Airlines flight to Texas was canceled.

Several dozen band members and chaperones were supposed to be on a connecting flight to Dallas before making it to California. Thursday weather conditions in Texas canceled 7,000 flights; 400 of the canceled flights were American Airlines. The snowball of cancellations left 74 students and chaperones scrambling to find new flights.

10TV spoke to Greg Benson, the Pickerington Central Band Director who said all students and chaperones are now booked on a direct American Airlines flight to California on Friday afternoon.

Benson says this means they should be able to meet all their obligations, including playing in the Parade of Roses.

The band’s first performance in California is scheduled for Saturday.

American Airlines issued a statement about the incident:

“After the cancellation of one of our American Airlines flights to California for the Rose Parade, carrying 74 students and chaperones from the Pickerington Marching Band, we are very grateful to American Airlines for finding a way to rebook our students and chaperones on a new direct flight to California. While the process was long and did look questionable at times, we are extraordinarily grateful for the accommodations of American Airlines, specifically our representative Angel C. that stayed on the phone with us for over six hours to resolve the situation and provide our students with the opportunity of a lifetime to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade."

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

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Nearly 2,000 AEP customers without power in Licking County

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 20:49

LICKING COUNTY - Crews with American Electric Power are working to determine the cause of a power outage in Licking County.

The area outage map shows about 1,900 customers are without power.

According to AEP, they believe the power will be restored at 3:30 a.m. Friday morning.

View reported outages and track restoration times on AEP Ohio's website.

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Nation's oldest World War II vet dies in Texas at age 112

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 19:15

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A family member says the nation's oldest World War II veteran who was also believed to be oldest living man in the U.S. has died in Texas.

Richard Overton was 112. Shirley Overton, whose husband was Richard's cousin, says the Army veteran died Thursday evening at a rehab facility in Austin.

Overton had been recently hospitalized with pneumonia.

Overton was in his 30s when he volunteered for the Army and was at Pearl Harbor just after the Japanese attack in 1941. He once said that one secret to his long life was smoking cigars and drinking whiskey, which he often was found doing on the porch of his Austin home.

In 2013, he was honored by former President Barack Obama at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Rose Bowl tickets still available

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 18:38

Most fans would love to make the trip to California to watch the Buckeyes play in the Rose Bowl. AAA sold out of their packages, that would set you back about $2900 per person.

“We sold about 80 packages. We're sending 170 out to Pasadena. I think all the other packages are selling well too,” said AAA spokesperson Bill Purpura.

But over at Main Event Tickets, they say not only are tickets still available, you can get into the game for $125. Ryan forgacs says the cost of getting to California is keeping many fans at home.

“Right now you can get tickets for under face value,” Forgacs said.

Most people say they will save their money and watch from home.

“In the comfort of my home on my big screen tv,” said fan Derrek Downard.

Ohio State University was given 22,000 tickets, and they sold out.

Forgacs said the ticket to the parade is actually a harder ticket to get right now.
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2 hospitalized after shooting in east Columbus

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 18:18

COLUMBUS - Two people are hospitalized after a shooting in east Columbus, according to police.

It happened just before 8 p.m. in the 1600 block of East Livingston Avenue.

Police told 10TV both victims were taken to Grant Medical Center. One is in critical condition and the other person is expected to be OK.

Authorities do not have any suspect information at this time.

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

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After the sudden death of elephant calf, Columbus Zoo names it Ellie

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 17:44

COLUMBUS - The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium named the 3-week-old baby elephant that died Wednesday afternoon.

The zoo recently announced to the public a chance to name the elephant and received over 44,000 votes.

In a Facebook post, the zoo said, "Thanks to input from many of you, our elephant care team, and the Koblentz family—longtime supporters of the Zoo who helped select the name options, the Zoo will honor her with the name that overwhelmingly received the most votes. We will always remember how Ellie touched our lives and inspired us to continue our support for and work on behalf of elephants globally."

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Missing Colorado woman's baby to stay with maternal family

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 17:23

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (AP) — A 1-year-old Colorado girl whose father is accused of killing her mother will stay with her maternal grandparents for now.

A judge granted temporary custody to the maternal grandparents during a closed hearing Thursday.

The girl's father, 31-year-old Patrick Michael Frazee, was arrested Dec. 21 on suspicion of killing her mother, 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth.

Frazee and Berreth were engaged.

Berreth's body hasn't been found but police say they believe she is dead.

A court summary of Thursday's hearing says Frazee's mother filed a motion to intervene in the custody case and made an unspecified placement request. The summary didn't say whether she had asked for custody. The court delayed action on her requests.

Patrick Frazee's next court appearance is Monday. The next hearing in the custody case is Jan. 3.

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Federal workers face grim prospect of lengthy shutdown

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 17:20

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days, maybe four. That's how long Ethan James, 21, says he can realistically miss work before he's struggling.

So as the partial government shutdown stretched into its sixth day with no end in sight, James, a minimum-wage contractor sidelined from his job as an office worker at the Interior Department, was worried. "I live check to check right now," he said, and risks missing his rent or phone payment. Contractors, unlike most federal employees, may never get back pay for being idled. "I'm getting nervous," he said.

Federal workers and contractors forced to stay home or work without pay are experiencing mounting stress from the impasse affecting hundreds of thousands of them. For those without a financial cushion, even a few days of lost wages during the shutdown over President Donald Trump's border wall could have dire consequences.

As well, the disruption is starting to pinch citizens who count on a variety of public services, beyond those who've been finding gates closed at national parks. For example, the government won't issue new federal flood insurance policies or renew expiring ones.

Trump and congressional leaders appear no closer to a resolution over his demand for $5 billion for the border wall that could now push the shutdown into the new year. The House and Senate gaveled in for a perfunctory session Thursday, but quickly adjourned without action. No votes are expected until next week, and even that's not guaranteed. Lawmakers are mostly away for the holidays and will be given 24-hour notice to return, with Republican senators saying they won't vote until all parties, including Trump, agree to a deal.

The president spent part of the day tweeting about the shutdown, insisting "this isn't about the Wall," but about Democrats denying him "a win."

"Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?" he asked in one tweet, citing no evidence for that claim. That earned him a reprimand from Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, who tweeted: "Federal employees don't go to work wearing red or blue jerseys. They're public servants."

Roughly federal 420,000 workers were deemed essential and are working unpaid, unable to take any sick days or vacation. An additional 380,000 are staying home without pay. While furloughed federal workers have been given back pay in previous shutdowns, it's not guaranteed. The Senate passed a bill last week to make sure workers will be paid. The House will probably follow suit.

The longer the shutdown lasts, the more government activities will grind to a halt. It's already caused a lapse in money for nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice.

Many national parks have closed while some have limited facilities. The National Flood Insurance Program announced it will no longer renew or issue policies during the shutdown.

"I think it's obvious that until the president decides he can sign something — or something is presented to him — that we are where we are," said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who opened the Senate for the minutes-long session. "We just have to get through this."

House Democrats tried Thursday to offer a measure to re-open government, but they were blocked from action by Republicans, who still have majority control of the chamber until Democrats take over Jan. 3.

"Unfortunately, 800,000 federal workers are in a panic because they don't know whether they'll get paid," said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., who tried to offer the bill. "That may make the president feel good but the rest of us should be terribly bothered by that, and should work on overtime to end the shutdown now."

Government contractors like James, placed indefinitely on unpaid leave, don't get compensated for lost hours.

James said the contracting company he works for gave its employees a choice: take unpaid leave or dip into paid time-off entitlements. But James doesn't have any paid time off because he started the job just four months ago. His only option is forgoing a paycheck.

"This is my full-time job, this is what I was putting my time into until I can save up to take a few classes," said James, who plans to study education and become a teacher. "I'm going to have to look for something else to sustain me."

Mary Morrow, a components engineer on contract for NASA, is in the same predicament. In addition to caring for a family largely on her own, she's got a mortgage.

"I have three teenage boys, it's near Christmas time and we just spent money, there are credit card bills and normal bills and it's really nerve-wracking," she said. "It's scary."

As federal employees tell their stories on Twitter under the hashtag #Shutdownstories, Trump has claimed that federal workers are behind him, saying many have told him "stay out until you get the funding for the wall.'" He didn't say whom he had heard from, and he did not explain the incongruity of also believing that most are Democrats.

Steve Reaves, president of Federal Emergency Management Agency union, said he hasn't heard from any employees who say they support the shutdown.

"They're all by far worried about their mortgages," Reaves said.

Reaves said the shutdown could have consequences that stretch beyond a temporary suspension of salary. Many federal government jobs require a security clearance, he said, and missed mortgage payments or deepening debt could hurt their clearance.

David Dollard, a Federal Bureau of Prisons employee and chief steward for the American Federation of Government Employees Local 709 union in Colorado, said at least two agency employees lost their homes after the 2013 shutdown suspended their salaries. Bureau of Prisons employees are considered essential, and must work without pay. The agency is already understaffed, Dollard said. Shutdown conditions make everything worse.

"You start out at $44,000 a year, there's not much room for anything else as far saving money for the next government shutdown, so it puts staff in a very hard situation," he said. "We've got single fathers who have child support, alimony. It's very hard to figure out what you're going to do."

Candice Nesbitt, 51, has worked for 1 ½ years for the U.S. Coast Guard, the only branch of the military affected by the shutdown. About 44,000 Coast Guard employees are working this week without pay; 6,000, including Nesbitt, have been furloughed.

Nesbitt worked for a contractor but took a pay cut in exchange for the stability of a government job. She has a mortgage, is the guardian of her special needs, 5-year-old grandson, and makes about $45,000 a year, she said. Any lapse in payment could plunge her into debt. "It shakes me to the core," she said.

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Son wanted in Gahanna woman’s stabbing death

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 16:36

The Gahanna Division of Police has filed a murder warrant for a man's arrest after his mother was found stabbed to death at her home on Chadwood Drive.

Lynda Perry's son, 27-year-old Jeffrey Perry, has been identified as the suspect in her death.

According to police, the suspect was estranged to his family mother until November of this year when he came from California to live with her.

Investigators believe Perry is traveling back to California in his mother's vehicle, a 2005 black Jeep Cherokee with an Ohio license ENW8600.

Anyone with information on Perry's whereabouts is urged to contact Gahanna Police at (614) 342-4240.

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2 dogs that escaped man's euthanasia request find new home

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 15:24

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Two dogs that escaped death when a northwestern Indiana veterinarian refused their owner's request to have the healthy canines euthanized have found a new home together with an Illinois couple.

A rescue group said that the man who had owned Sam, a pointer, and Cosmo, a Lab mix, got divorced and was moving in with his girlfriend, who said she was allergic to dogs.

He visited the veterinarian in Portage and requested a "convenience euthanasia," which is when owners have healthy pets euthanized for personal or convenience reasons, said Penny Emerson, president of Begin Again Rescue Co. in Valparaiso. The man had owned the dogs for 10 years.

"Apparently there was a change in his life plans, and they weren't a part of that. It was really sad," Emerson told The (Northwest Indiana) Times .

But the Portage vet refused the euthanasia request because the dogs were healthy, friendly and playful, Emerson said. The duo was transferred into the care of Begin Again Rescue Co. in Valparaiso in June and eventually taken to Peoples Animal Welfare Society in Tinley Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Eric and Tiffany Dybas of Lockport, Illinois, later adopted Sam and Cosmo after hearing about their story.

Emerson said Eric Dybas told her recently that the canine companions are getting on well in their new home.

"He said Cosmo and Sam sleep in the bed with them and have free rein of the house and a nice yard, so they got a happy ending," she said.

The practice of "convenience euthanasia" has decreased in recent years because pets are now seen more as family members than property, said Dr. Matt Cantrell, a veterinarian who's a member of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association.

But such requests remain a "difficult situation" many veterinarians deal with, he said. The reasons pet owners have given for "convenience euthanasia" include moving, getting new furniture, shedding, divorce, job loss, property damage or the owners not wanting the responsibilities that come with pet ownership.

Cantrell said many vets intervene on behalf of the animal, like the one who saved Sam and Cosmo.

"None of us want to end a pet's life unless it is to prevent suffering," he said.

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Boy, 12, survives avalanche that buried him for 40 minutes

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 14:26

PARIS (AP) — A 12-year-old boy in the French Alps was found alive and uninjured after being buried under an avalanche for 40 minutes, an event his rescuers are calling a true "miracle."

French police in the town of Bourg Saint-Maurice said the boy was skiing off piste at the La Plagne ski resort in a group of seven skiers Wednesday when he was swept away.

The boy started going down ahead of the others and was the only one caught when a large section of snow detached and roared down the mountain, police said. He was dragged at least 100 meters (110 yards) by the force of the avalanche.

Rescue workers flew in a helicopter to the avalanche scene, which was at 2,400 meters (7,875 feet) altitude. A sniffer dog found the boy, whose winter jacket was not equipped with an avalanche detector.

Rescue workers described the operation as "miraculous" because they said chances of survival are minuscule after 15 minutes under the snow. Police said among the reasons the boy survived is that his airways were not blocked by snow.

"We can call it a miracle. A day after Christmas, there was another gift in store," Captain Patrice Ribes said.

The boy was still sent to a local hospital for a checkup.

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'Heartbeat Bill' override fails in Senate; lawmakers vow another vote in January

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 14:03

Abortion rights advocates are calling it a win, at least for now, after the "Heartbeat Bill" failed to win a veto override in the Senate, preventing it from becoming law.

Even if it had passed, it would not have banned abortions after a heartbeat was detected after six weeks because legal challenges would have followed.

The Senate needed 20 votes to pass the bill. The final vote was 19-13.

Earlier in the day, the House overwhelmingly voted to override the Governors' veto of the bill by a vote of 60-28.

"Putting womens' lives at risk is what a ban on abortion does, so we feel good that our voice was heard," said Iris Harvey, President of Ohio Planned Parenthood.

Supporters of the bill believe it will pass during the next general assembly and are not concerned about legal challenges that will likely follow.

"At the time you have a heartbeat, you have a life. If you have a life, you can't say 'Oh, there is justification to end human life," said State Representative Ron Hood, (R) 78th District.

Senate President Larry Obhof was asked about the millions of dollars it could take to defend the bill in court.

"I think Ohio taxpayers would like us to protect unborn life and I think opponents are very presumptuous to think they could win a legal challenge," he said.

While the "Heartbeat Bill" did not make it past the veto, another abortion measure was signed earlier. Governor John Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 145, which prohibits dilation and evacuation procedure, also known as D&E. It is used in most abortions between 13 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Governor-elect Mike DeWine has said he will sign the "Heartbeat Bill" if lawmakers approve it.

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One suspect arrested, one on the run in connection to Weinland Park shooting

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 12:30

Columbus Police have identified two men charged with federal gun crimes in connection to an August shooting that left two young girls wounded.

One of the men, Keveante Smoot, is in custody and the other, Cornelius Allen, is on the run. Columbus Police said multiple people fired shots into the crowd at a Short North Reunion at Weinland Park.

Federal agents are now involved in the search for suspects related to the incident.

On Aug. 11, four people at the park that night were shot, including the two girls, a 10-year-old and 5-year-old Da'Nautica Wilson.

The girl’s mother, Sophia Harrison, said she remembers the question Da'Nautica asked her.

"’If I'm such a good girl, then why would they want to shoot me?’ I said, ‘They didn't mean to shoot you. It was probably on accident,’” Harrison said.

A bullet shattered a bone in Da'Nautica's leg, forcing her to start her kindergarten school year with a walker.

Smoot and Allen aren't charged with the actual shootings at this time, but police said their DNA connects them to guns that were recovered from the shooting.

"What we know is that Cornelius Allen had a gun at the park with his DNA on the trigger," said Columbus Police Detective Scott Polgar. "We know Keveante Smoot had a gun in his car when he went to the hospital with his DNA on the trigger. We're awaiting lab results from our crime lab to determine if the shell casings found at the scene match the guns we have collected."

He said investigators found casings from four different guns at the scene.

"Somebody went there with a laser scope and an AK-47 and shot over 20 rounds into a crowd of people and kids," Polgar said.

"We need the community's assistance in this situation," said ATF Special Agent Roland Herndon. "We cannot stand and allow children to be shot in parks while they are playing."

Da'Nautica said all she wants is an apology.

"Don't take them to jail, tell them to say sorry," she said.

Police want answers and help from the public.

"Stand up for our community, and I'll help," said Polgar.

Police said they believe the shooting was gang-related and that Allen has ties to the Short North Posse street gang.

Authorities said both Smoot and Allen are charged with felony possession of a firearm and could face up to 10 years in prison.

Police and U.S. Marshals are still looking for Cornelius Allen. Police are offering a $2,500 reward for Allen's arrest. Anyone with information can call 1-800-ATF-GUNS.

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MLB prospect Brady Singer pays off parents' debt for Christmas

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 12:02

Major League Baseball prospect Brady Singer surprised his parents with a heartwarming gift on Christmas – he paid off all of their debt. A video of the emotional moment has gone viral.

Singer, who was taken by the Kansas City Royals with the 18th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, according to CBS Sports, shared a video of his parents on Twitter Christmas morning. In the video, Singer's mom opens a card he had just given them and begin to read it aloud.

"Dear Mom and Dad, I just wanted to say thank you for everything you've done to help me reach my dreams," the letter said. His mom immediately teared up as she read what came next.

"There's absolutely no way I could've done this all by myself. Both of you constantly took off of work and spent every dime you made just to put a smile on my face," Singer wrote. "My smile and appreciation for both of you has never stopped and it never will."

"I will always remember traveling around Florida for baseball, trying to cheaply eat and save money, but I never could because you both always wanted me to have the best stuff to help me pursue my dreams. The money you both spent on traveling, gear, hotel, food and all of those Gatorades I drank is much more than I could ever give you," the letter read.

His mom then took a pause. She looked at Brady's dad in shock before finishing the letter. "I am paying off the loan from the bank. Also, I paid off all your debt as well," Singer's letter revealed.

"What?!" she exclaimed, shocked by her son's generous gift.

She continued to read his sweet note: "Now, instead of trying to save money every weekend to replace the savings account you drained traveling to see me play baseball, you can spend it on yourselves."

Today is very special to my heart. To give back to the two people who have given up everything to support my brother and I. I can’t thank them enough. Love you Mom and Dad pic.twitter.com/AFHi2Xma0c

— Brady Singer (@Bsinger51) December 25, 2018

"Because you deserve the very best, I want you both to know how much I appreciate you and how none of this would be possible without you," his mom read. "Your giving hearts helped to shape my tiny dream into a reality. I love you both more than you could ever imagine and will never forget what you both have done."

"Now let's go celebrate. Merry Christmas. Love always, Brady," Singer ended the letter.

The video of his mom and dad receiving the surprise gift has been viewed over 10 million times on Twitter.

Singer officially signed a rookie contract with the Royals in July, CBS Sports reports. He received a $4.25 million signing bonus, which helped cover the generous Christmas gift.

In his Twitter post, Brady explained why he did it: "Today is very special to my heart. To give back to the two people who have given up everything to support my brother and I. I can't thank them enough," he wrote. "Love you Mom and Dad."

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Ohio State, Washington welcome a more traditional Rose Bowl

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 11:43

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — It will be a Rose Bowl of firsts when No. 5 Ohio State faces No. 9 Washington.

The Buckeyes and Huskies will meet for the first time in the Granddaddy of Them All, despite each team making its 15th appearance. The Big Ten and Pac-12 champions will meet for the first time since 2014 and for the first time since the introduction of the College Football Playoff the following year. Urban Meyer and Chris Petersen will each be making his first appearance in the game as a head coach.

New additions to old traditions mean the Rose Bowl is no consolation prize for teams that had national championship aspirations.

"I think this is how it's supposed to be," Washington running back Myles Gaskin said Wednesday as the teams visited the Disneyland Resort.

For Ohio State (12-1), visits to Pasadena have been few and far between in spite of their success this century. The Buckeyes won their ninth conference title since 2002 this season but are playing in the Rose Bowl for just the second time in that span.

Jim Tressel led Ohio State to a 26-17 win over Oregon in the 2010 Rose Bowl for his only appearance in the storied game, and Meyer's third Big Ten title team is bringing him to California for the first time. Ohio State won the inaugural CFP after the 2014 season, and the Buckeyes defeated Southern California in the Cotton Bowl last season with the Rose Bowl hosting what would be an instant classic semifinal between Georgia and Oklahoma.

Meyer is set to retire after the Rose Bowl and said his career would have felt incomplete without leading a team in the first and oldest bowl game.

"To never have the opportunity to coach in the Rose Bowl and say I'm done, that would have been very hard," Meyer said.

Washington (10-3) is making its first visit to the Rose Bowl since the 2000 season after winning its second Pac-12 title in the past three seasons. Gaskin said it would be a refreshing change of pace to enjoy the perks associated with the game, including a trip to the two Orange County theme parks and dinner at a Beverly Hills steakhouse, instead of the more regimented focus going into the semifinal at the Peach Bowl in 2016.

Gaskin struggled to recall what the Huskies did two years ago.

"We didn't go to Disneyland," Gaskin said. "I ain't go on no roller coasters, either, so it's definitely different. It's definitely a lot more fun."

Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller prefers the current itinerary to what Buckeyes coach Woods Hayes put together in the 1950s, 60s and 70s by having his players stay sequestered at a monastery instead of a hotel and often skip the annual Beef Bowl dinner at Lawry's Prime Rib.

"That would be a little too quiet," Fuller said. "If I wanted to step out and go to the mall or something, I don't know if a monastery would be close to a mall or anything like that."

Both Fuller and Gaskin said the Rose Bowl still resonates with younger generations of football players, though their memories of the game might be more likely to include Texas quarterback Vince Young than games between the Big Ten and Pac-12 representatives.

Fuller said the importance of the Rose Bowl helped Ohio State get over the disappointment of not being selected for the CFP in "probably, like, five minutes. Definitely disappointed that we couldn't made it, but going to the Rose Bowl is a blessing. Winning a Big Ten championship is a blessing, too, so I really can't ask for anything else out of this season," Fuller said.

"I would say we know how important, how big this game is," Gaskin said. "I think we're going to learn some more history of it as this week goes on, but just being able to say we're playing in the Rose Bowl is great enough."

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Evacuation order lifted in Logan neighborhood following gas leak

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 11:40

LOGAN, Ohio - The Hocking County Emergency Management Service says the evacuation order following a ruptured gas line in the city of Logan Thursday has been lifted.

Officials said a gas line on North Spring Street north the city had ruptured and roads were closed in the area.

Logan Police and Fire evacuated a half-block area, including residents on Warner Avenue, North Street, Poplar Street, Angle Avenue, Jennison Avenue and Spring Street.

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He promised: LeBron James is the AP's male athlete of 2018

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 11:15

LeBron James went to the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive year. He changed addresses again, leaving his Cleveland home for the second time to join the Los Angeles Lakers in the biggest move of free agency over the summer. He remained arguably the dominant player in the basketball, adding even more glitz on a legacy that reached epic status long ago.

It was, by any measure, a fantastic year for James.

And even without a title, it may have been his most significant year.

For the third time, James has been selected as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year — after 2018 saw him continue to excel on the court, open the "I Promise" school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and further use his voice as an activist who bristled at being told to "shut up and dribble."

"I would describe it as a success because I was able to inspire so many people throughout the year," James said. "I got to go back to China, to Paris, to Berlin, I opened up a school. And all these kids I was able to see, all over the world and in my hometown, I was able to inspire, to make them think they can be so much more than what they think they're capable of being. That was my outlook for 2018."

James received 78 points in balloting by U.S. editors and news directors announced Thursday, while Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts was second with 46. Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was third, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was fourth and Triple Crown winner Justify was fifth.

On the court, James remained dominant. He averaged 28.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 8.4 assists in 2018 between his time with the Cavaliers and Lakers, playing in 102 games through Thursday.

"In addition to being on everyone's short list as one of the league's all-time greatest players, LeBron is among the hardest working players and is a thoughtful and impactful leader," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. "He serves on the executive committee of the Players Association even as he builds an impressive media company of his own. And what's most inspiring, and no surprise given his talent and focus, is how he's done all of this while embracing his unique opportunity to positively impact communities in need."

James becomes the third man to win the award at least three times, joining Lance Armstrong (a four-time winner from 2002 through 2005), Tiger Woods (1997, 1999, 2000 and 2006) and Michael Jordan (1991, 1992 and 1993).

Armstrong won the Tour de France in each of his years as the AP recipient, — though he was later stripped of the titles in a doping scandal. Woods won at least one major and was the PGA's Player of the Year in all four of his AP-winning years. Jordan's three awards coincided with his first three NBA championships in Chicago. And James' first two times getting the award were in 2013 and 2016, years where his fingerprints mussed up the Larry O'Brien Trophy in a title celebration.

And James' closest rivals in the AP balloting this year — Betts and Ovechkin — also won titles in 2018.

James' year included no championship, no scoring title, no MVP award. But some of the people closest to James still considered 2018 to be his finest year yet.

"I like to talk about generations," said Miami guard Dwyane Wade, one of James' best friends. "There will never be another Michael Jordan because he was the first to be a global superstar, the first to take the NBA to another level. There will never be another LeBron James, and a lot of it is from what he's done away from the game. Him understanding his voice has been so refreshing and so important to the culture and his friends."

The "I Promise" school is perhaps James' most prized accomplishment yet. It opened in July for 240 third- and fourth-graders, a public school in Akron that is perhaps like none other. Families — not just the kids — get support there, whether it's by helping put food on the table or providing adult education or even legal assistance.

And this is just the start. James and his LeBron James Family Foundation have enormous plans for the school in the years ahead.

"It is already such a success," James said. "And it's something that I never thought was possible until we made it happen. So yes, it's been a pretty good year."

A busy year, too.

He had a documentary series called "Shut Up and Dribble," which discusses the role athletes have in the current political and cultural climate. His show "The Shop," featuring James and friends talking about life in the backdrop of a barbershop, has been enormously popular. James has faced criticism in recent days for posting rap lyrics that included the phrase "Jewish money," for which he apologized, and even rival coaches have spoken out about how he's used his fame for good.

"To this day, he hasn't missed a step," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said earlier this year. "He hasn't fallen off the ledge and he's been a brilliant example for millions of kids, especially kids with lesser opportunity and haven't had the same advantages as others."

On the court, he was already an icon.

Off the court, he's looking to be one as well in the years ahead.

"The next star is out there," James said. "And I'm not just talking sports. Doctor, nurse, pilots, they're out there. The one thing they need is knowing that people care about them and care about their lives. I believe it's part of my job, and I take it very seriously, to try to tap into that."

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Male Disney Cruise worker claims harassment by female boss

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 09:51

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A middle-aged male former labor analyst at Disney Cruise Line claims his younger female manager created a hostile work environment by bullying him about his age, bragging about sleeping with married men in the office and passing him over for promotions, according to a federal lawsuit.

Anthony McHugh claims in the lawsuit filed last month that his former female manager discriminated against him because of his sex and age, a scenario that legal experts say is rare given the genders of the employee and supervisor.

The unidentified female supervisor called McHugh a "stuffy old fart" in front of staff, moved his office to a windowless space, wouldn't provide him with an iPhone or tablet like she did for staff younger than 40 and passed him over for promotions even though he says he was more senior and qualified, the lawsuit said.

Disney Cruise Line said in a statement that the claims in the lawsuit are without merit and "we will respond to them in court." The Florida-headquartered cruise line is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co. and operates four ships.

McHugh's attorney, John Zielinksi, said they wouldn't comment for the time as the lawsuit is being litigated. The lawsuit doesn't say how old the supervisor or McHugh were, other than McHugh was older than 40 and the manager was younger than 40. Zielinski didn't respond to an email asking his client's age.

Experts in workplace law say it's uncommon for a female manager to be accused of sex discrimination against a male underling and creating a hostile workplace. The vast majority of cases are brought by women.

Rebecca Pontikes, an employment lawyer in Boston, said it is "rare to have this exact scenario."

"It's not rare to have a sexual harassment scenario with male harassed for being gay or a transgender man," Pontikes said in an email. "It's also not unheard of to have a case with male on male sexual harassment where you have this sort of behavior among men."

The law protects workers against discrimination because of their sex, said Stephanie Bornstein, a law professor at the University of Florida.

"That means, if a man believes he was discriminated against or experienced a hostile work environment because he is a man, he can allege sex discrimination," Bornstein said in an email. "'Because of sex' also includes 'because of gender stereotypes' — meaning feminine or masculine dress or behavior."

Complaints of age discrimination have become more common as the workforce has gotten grayer with the aging of Baby Boomers, both Pontikes and Bornstein said. Federal law protects workers age 40 and older from discrimination.

In the complaint, McHugh, a labor analyst who had worked at Disney for 18 years until he was fired last year, said all of the top executives and senior managers in the division he worked in were female and didn't reflect the gender makeup of the division's workforce. Starting two years ago, his female senior manager bragged about the married men she had slept with in order to embarrass McHugh and said she booked "sex rooms" on Disney Cruise ships where she would "entertain" partners, according to the lawsuit.

"Further, the senior manager sought to embarrass plaintiff by sharing with the plaintiff the various sex acts that she participated in with her many partners," the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit also claims the manager stole drugs McHugh took for attention deficit disorder and anxiety. McHugh said he was fired last year after complaining about his manager's behavior to the human resources department. The given reason for his dismissal was using illegal substances. He was replaced by a younger woman, and every leader on his work team over age 40 was "either systematically terminated or resigned" during the manager's tenure, according to the lawsuit.

Employment discrimination cases, more often than not, don't make it to a jury. They are either settled or dismissed on a procedural motion, Bornstein said.

If McHugh's case reaches a jury, he may have a greater challenge than a female plaintiff.

"Of course, because it is less common, it may be harder for a male employee to convince a jury or judge that what he experienced was caused by discrimination based on his sex or gender, rather than caused by some other reason, simply because it is a less common occurrence," Bornstein said.

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'Heartbeat Bill' veto override fails; lawmakers successfully override two other vetoes

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 09:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate failed to override Governor John Kasich's veto of the so-called "Heartbeat Bill" The House earlier successfully overrode the measure.

It bans abortion after the first fetal heartbeat is detected.

The House voted Thursday to override the veto during rare post-Christmas voting sessions. The following Senate vote was 19-13, short of the 20 votes needed to override the veto.

The term-limited governor, who leaves office next month, said in a veto message that the bill is unconstitutional and he wanted to avoid a costly and unsuccessful court battle. It was his second veto of similar legislation since 2016.

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A bill broadening gun-owner rights has become law in Ohio, after the Republican-led state Legislature overrode Kasich's veto.

The Senate voted 21-11 to reject Kasich's decision to strike down the bill. That followed a House override earlier in the day.

The legislation expands gun access for off-duty police officers and allows pre-emption of local gun restrictions, among other things.

Senators had hoped to address Kasich's objections by stripping its so-called stand-your-ground language, but he vetoed the legislation anyway.

Kasich opposed language shifting the burden of proof in self-defense cases from defendants to prosecutors. He also criticized lawmakers for refusing to debate a "red flag" law allowing gun rights to be temporarily stripped from people who show warning signs of violence.

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A disputed bill that increases death benefits and insurance coverage for slain public safety officers' families while also providing pay raises to Ohio elected officials has become law over the governor's objections.

The Republican-led Ohio House overrode GOP Gov. John Kasich's veto 70-16 on Thursday. Its action followed a successful veto override in the Senate earlier in the day.

In his veto message Friday, Kasich called the bill's intent to help police and firefighter families "praiseworthy." But he said he couldn't support "the last-minute rush to include a controversial pay raise" without adequate public debate.

Kasich had urged lawmakers to send the original bill to his successor, Republican Gov.-elect Mike DeWine, when the new legislative session begins in January.

One fellow Republican lawmaker called the veto hypocritical and "Grinch-like."

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The father of a former state representative has been appointed to temporarily fill his son's seat, addressing a key vacancy in the Ohio House ahead of lawmakers' attempts to override vetoes by the governor.

Ellis Hill of Zanesville, the father of former state Rep. Brian Hill, was seated during a rare post-Christmas voting session on Thursday.

The younger Hill's appointment to the state Senate had left a potentially crucial vacancy in the House as leading Republicans attempt to reverse several vetoes delivered to them by GOP Gov. John Kasich.

Brian Hill filled a Senate vacancy created by the election of Republican Troy Balderson to Congress.

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CenturyLink: Service disruptions could be affecting Columbus area

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 09:20

COLUMBUS -- Internet provider CenturyLink says its customers in the Columbus area might be affected by service disruptions.

10TV has received multiple reports from people who say they have lost their connection.

"Ensuring the reliability of our network and communications services is our primary concern, and we are dedicated to minimizing impact to our customers," a CenturyLink spokesperson said. "Our technicians are working to restore services."

CenturyLink offers service in the Columbus area and the Toledo area.

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