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Poll: Michelle Obama named America's most admired woman

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 09:13

Former first lady Michelle Obama has been named America's most admired woman of 2018, according to a Gallup poll. This is the first time in 17 years that someone other than Hillary Clinton was at the top of the list, according to Gallup. As for the most admired man, former President Barack Obama won for the 11th year in a row.

The annual survey asks Americans to name the man and woman they admire most, living anywhere in the world. Michelle placed first, with 15 percent of people naming her, followed by Oprah Winfrey, who was mentioned 5 percent of the time. Hillary Clinton and Melania Trump followed with 4 percent mentioning each.

Gallup attributes the switch at the top of the women's list to the fact that Clinton "more fully retreated to private life after a long career as first lady, U.S. senator, secretary of state and two-time presidential candidate." Michelle Obama is currently touring the U.S. to promote her best-selling autobiography, "Becoming," putting her back in the spotlight despite the fact that her role as first lady is over.

Queen Elizabeth also made the top 10 for a record 50th time. Other world leaders, activists, entertainers and one Supreme Court justice rounded out the list.

Gallup Poll: Most Admired Woman, 2018

Michelle Obama 15% mentioned
Oprah Winfrey 5%
Hillary Clinton 4%
Melania Trump 4%
Queen Elizabeth 2%
Angela Merkel 2%
Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2%
Elen DeGeneres 2%
Nikki Haley 1%
Malala Yousafzai 1%
Nancy Pelosi 1%

As for the most admired man, former President Barack Obama's 11-year winning streak leaves him one first-place finish short of tying former WWII commander and President Dwight Eisenhower for the most times being most admired man, Gallup writes.

This year marks the 13th time since the poll began in 1946 that the incumbent president did not win. However, President Trump did make the list, coming in second, with 13 percent of people surveyed mentioning him.

Other former presidents, former presidential candidates, religious leaders and two American billionaires rounded out the list of the top 10 most admired men.

Gallup Poll: Most Admired Man, 2018

Barack Obama 19% mentioned
Donald Trump 13%
George W. Bush 2%
Pope Francis 2%
Bill Gates 1%
Bernie Sanders 1%
Bill Clinton 1%
Dalai Lama 1%
Joe Biden 1%
Elon Musk 1%
Mike Pence 1%

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Dog dies, family of five escape house fire in south Columbus

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 08:48

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Division of Fire is investigating what caused a house fire Thursday in south Columbus.

Firefighters were called to a home located in the 4800 block of Grimm Drive at 9:30 a.m.

Investigators say five people lived inside the home and were able to exit without injury. Unfortunately, the family dog died in the fire.

Most of the damage was contained to the interior of the house and the fire remains under investigation, according to the fire chief on scene.

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Despite #MeToo, rape cases still confound police

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 08:06

NEW YORK (AP) — The #MeToo movement is empowering victims of sexual assault to speak up like never before, but what should be a watershed moment for holding assailants accountable has coincided with a troubling trend: Police departments in the U.S. are becoming less and less likely to successfully close rape investigations.

The so-called "clearance rate" for rape cases fell last year to its lowest point since at least the 1960s, according to FBI data provided to The Associated Press. That nadir may be driven, at least in part, by a greater willingness by police to correctly classify rape cases and leave them open even when there is little hope of solving them.

But experts say it also reflects the fact that not enough resources are being devoted to investigating sexual assault at a time when more victims are entrusting police with their harrowing experiences.

"This is the second-most serious crime in the FBI's crime index," said Carol Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project in Philadelphia, "and it simply doesn't get the necessary resources from police."

Police successfully closed just 32 percent of rape investigations nationwide in 2017, according to the data, ranking it second only to robbery as the least-solved violent crime. That statistic is down from about 62 percent in 1964, despite advances such as DNA testing.

The FBI provided The AP with a dataset of rape statistics dating back to the early 1960s — a table that includes more complete data than the snapshot the bureau releases each fall.

The grim report card has prompted debate among criminal justice experts, with some attributing the falling clearance rate to an antiquated approach to investigations.

"You'd figure with all the new technology — and the fact that the overwhelming majority of victims of sexual assault know their attacker — the clearance rates would be a lot higher," said Joseph Giacalone, a former New York City police sergeant who teaches at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

"It's almost as if forensics and DNA has let us down," he said.

Experts agree that sexual assault is one of the most confounding crimes police confront. Many investigations lack corroborating witnesses and physical evidence. A significant chunk of complaints are reported months or years after the fact. Researchers believe only a third of rapes are reported at all.

Historically, some detectives also discouraged women from pursuing tough-to-prove charges against boyfriends, husbands or close acquaintances. The declining clearance rate could mean that investigators in some places are finally classifying rape investigations properly, said Kim Lonsway, research director at End Violence Against Women International.

Rather than hastily "clearing" certain tough-to-solve cases, she said, some police departments have begun "suspending" them, meaning they remain open indefinitely. That leaves open the possibility there could someday be an arrest.

"This may be an indicator of some positive things," Lonsway said.

The FBI's clearance numbers provide an incomplete picture of how often rapists are brought to justice. That's because they also include "exceptional clearances," where police close an investigation without charging anyone, for reasons beyond the department's control. That could be because a victim stopped cooperating or the suspect died or is incarcerated in another state, among other reasons.

The figures do not specify the percentage of rape cases that are exceptionally cleared compared with those resulting in arrests, but state data can fill out the picture in some places.

In Detroit, for instance, police investigated 664 reported rapes last year but made just 44 arrests, according to Michigan data. Another 15 cases were closed for other reasons. That would give Detroit a clearance rate of 8.9 percent, even though only 6.6 percent of reported rapes resulted in an arrest.

Sam Gaspardo said that when she reported in 2011 that she had been sexually assaulted, police in Woodbury, Minnesota, lacked a sense of urgency.

Investigators in the St. Paul suburb expressed frustration that she delayed reporting the attack for more than a year and couldn't recall the precise date. One time, when she phoned to follow up her case, she was put on hold indefinitely.

"To me, it felt like it was invalidated," Gaspardo said. "I was just completely dismissed."

Woodbury Police Cmdr. Steve Wills acknowledged Gaspardo's complaint fell through the cracks and was not investigated for years, something he called "a system failure."

"Obviously, we own that," Wills said.

Wills said authorities have "no reason not to believe" Gaspardo but decided a few weeks ago they could not prove her alleged attacker had forced her into intercourse.

He acknowledged police would have been in a far better position to investigate the case had they begun looking into the matter immediately.

"It can make a person so angry," Gaspardo said. "Are women supposed to start wearing body cameras when they're alone in a room with somebody?"

Many police sex assault units have heavy workloads and insufficient staffing, said Kevin Strom, the director of RTI International's Center for Policing Research & Investigative Science, a research center based in North Carolina.

"I think that has a major impact in terms of influencing the ability of law enforcement to successfully clear these cases," he said.

The clearance rate in rape cases dropped steadily in the 1960s, plateaued at nearly 50 percent through most of the 70s, 80s and 90s, then began a steady yearly decline that persisted through last year, according to the statistics collected by the FBI.

In 2013, the FBI significantly broadened the definition of rape in its Uniform Crime Reporting system to include oral penetration and attacks on men. After the revision, the number of rapes counted in the system soared from an average of around 84,500 per year between 1995 and 2012, to nearly 126,400 in 2016. The clearance rate after the adjustment continued to tick down, falling from 38 percent to 32 percent.

The number leapt again to 166,000 in 2017, a year when sexual assault got unprecedented national attention in the wake of allegations made against President Donald Trump and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Both men deny assaulting anyone.

Rape complaints in New York City, for instance, surged 24.5 percent as the #MeToo movement took off, according to city crime statistics.

"I think that has a major impact in terms of influencing the ability of law enforcement to successfully clear these cases," he said.

The NYPD, the nation's biggest municipal police force, transferred three dozen investigators to the special victims division in April, trimming a detective's average caseload from 77 to 64. The department also started an advertising campaign encouraging sexual assault victims to come forward.

"We believe that the stigma has been removed to a degree," said Lori Pollock, the department's chief of crime control strategies, "so people are much more comfortable — especially in domestic situations — to come forward and report rapes that are happening now and rapes that have happened in the past."

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Car crashes into a building leaving one man dead in east Columbus

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 06:20

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Division of Police is investigating a fatal crash that happened late Wednesday night.

Officers were called at 11:11 p.m. to East Livingston Avenue and College Avenue in east Columbus.

Investigators say the driver of a 2004 Chevrolet Impala traveling northbound on College Avenue lost control of the vehicle as it approached East Livingston Avenue. The car traveled off the western edge of the roadway and hit a building.

First responders pronounced the driver, 21-year-old Shaun Fullen Jr. dead on the scene, according to police.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Man charged in sex assault at fire camp agrees to plea deal

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 04:45

SALT LAKE CITY — An Idaho inmate accused of sexually assaulting a woman after he was sent to work at a wildfire base camp in Utah has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery.

The woman approved the plea deal so she could avoid having to testify in the case, prosecutor Kevin Daniels said Monday.

"After speaking with her and her family, she felt this would hold him accountable to a certain degree while not requiring her to testify," Daniels said.

Ruben Hernandez, 28, was charged with felony rape in Utah after the woman reported that he assaulted her on Aug. 29 when she rejected his advances in a remote area about 80 miles (129 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City.

He was part of a program in which low-level offenders nearing parole are temporarily released to help cook and clean at wildfire base camps supervised by two Idaho correctional officers.

Defense attorney Richard Gale said the plea deal is fair and reflects Hernandez's level of culpability. "We wish the best for the victim," Gale said.

Hernandez could face up to a year in jail when he is sentenced.

Daniels said he plans to ask for the full sentence as well as restitution for therapy or medical bills. Hernandez must also serve out the remainder of his Idaho prison sentence on a drug charge.

Idaho prison spokesman Jeffrey Ray said there has so far been no change to the date Hernandez is eligible for parole, May 2019, or the year when he his full sentence is set to finish, 2023.

An internal review of the incident concluded that officials need to do more to minimize interactions between inmates and other workers at fire camps, Ray said. That includes sending additional prison staff to supervise the inmates at the camps and have them do more frequent checks on the prisoners, he said.

The review discovered that at the Utah fire the inmates' tents were initially secluded. But as the fire grew, more tents were set up around them, he said. The inmates' tents should have been moved again to another secluded area, the review found.

Idaho pulled all its inmates back behind bars after the case was filed in August and announced they would review the way they select, train and deploy those inmates.

Most states in the U.S. West have similar programs. In California, hundreds of minimum-security inmates fought on the front lines during the state's devastating wildfire season this year.

Utah ended its inmate program after men were injured a decade ago. Since the charges were filed, they have closed loopholes that allowed Idaho inmates to help at the Utah wildfire, Daniels said.

Hernandez had been sent to Utah to work on the Coal Hollow Fire. Like many wildfires, it was managed by a special team of federal and state agencies, so county authorities weren't aware that Idaho inmates were part of the force of about 200 at the time of the assault.

The lightning-sparked blaze scorched about 47 square miles (122 square kilometers).

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Team to skip events with ref who told wrestler to cut dreads

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 04:41

BUENA, N.J. — A New Jersey school district says its wrestling team will no longer compete in events officiated by a referee who told a wrestler to lose his dreadlocks or forfeit his bout.

The announcement came during an emergency meeting held Wednesday with the Buena Regional school board and members of the community. The groups that assign referees have already said they wouldn't assign the ref until further notice.

Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson had his dreadlocks cut minutes before the match Dec. 19.

Johnson, who is black, had a cover over his hair, but referee Alan Maloney, who is white, said that wouldn't do. Maloney didn't respond to requests for comment.

WCAU-TV reports the high school's wrestling coach and athletic trainer discussed the incident with board members behind closed doors Wednesday.

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Canadian man arrested in US for disturbing flight crew on outbound Ohio flight

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 04:39

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Canadian man is facing charges in the U.S. for allegedly interfering with crew members and attendants while on a flight from Ohio to Los Angeles.

The FBI said in a statement issued Wednesday that 49-year-old Ian Stewart Smallwood of Ontario was taken into custody after the plane was diverted to Albuquerque. It was not immediately clear if Smallwood had an attorney.

The charge stems from Dec. 21. According to a criminal complaint made public this week, Smallwood was accused of being verbally belligerent during the flight.

He allegedly intimidated one of the flight attendants while she was preparing service in the galley at the front of the plane. Other passengers were also seen out of their seats, asking Smallwood to move out of the way and sit down.

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Ohio boy rescued from fire that killed father dies

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 04:30

TOLEDO, Ohio — A 2-year-old boy who was rescued from a fire in Ohio that killed his father has died.

The Lucas County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Carter Jones' death Wednesday. The office did not say when he died or the cause of death.

Firefighters pulled Carter and his 49-year-old father, Gregory Jones, from a burning apartment in Bedford Friday.

Gregory Jones died at a Bedford hospital shortly after his rescue. Carter was flown to a hospital in Toledo for medical treatment before his death.

Bedford Fire Chief Dave Nagy says the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it appears to have started in the kitchen.

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Children's hospital launches "Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams" to brighten spirits on Christmas

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 04:24

No matter how kind the nurses and doctors, a hospital can be scary -- and a lonely place for a child to spend the holidays.

"We literally brought Christmas here yesterday," said Margie O'Connor, whose daughter Theresa is finishing a round of chemotherapy for leukemia She'll be at Beaumont Children's Hospital in suburban Detroit for another month.

"I miss going to school, the social part of it," Theresa said. "Just like seeing outside."

Nighttimes are the hardest for the 17-year-old. "Nighttime, I feel like there's not as many people and it just gets me feeling sad, I guess," she said.

To brighten spirits this holiday season, the hospital launched "Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams." Armed with flashlights and friendly smiles, hundreds have turned up to send a message of comfort in the form of light beams.

"It gives a connection to anybody outside of the hospital and also gives them with a sense of hope because they know that random people that they don't even know are coming and shining the lights for them," Theresa said.

Message received -- and returned.

"It's just an acknowledgment, I think, for the kids, a way to bounce the light off of one another," Margie said.

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Alert issued for missing Ohio man who suffers from Dementia

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 04:22

LAKE COUNTY, Ohio - The Lake County Sheriff's Office is asking people across Ohio to be on the lookout for a missing adult.

Dwight Swanson, 69, drove away from his home on Broadmoor Road in the city of Mentor on Wednesday afternoon. He did not return.

Mr. Swanson has been diagnosed with Dementia and law enforcement is concerned for his safety.

Swanson is described as a black male, 6'00" tall, and 170 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Police believe he is driving a black 2006 Chevy Cobalt with OH plate number HNN8981.

Call 911 if you see Mr. Swanson or spot his vehicle.

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Police: Ohio couple broke into home, washed clothes, made coffee

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 04:17

UNIONTOWN, Ohio — Police in northeastern Ohio say a couple broke into a home, washed their clothes, took a shower and made some coffee before the homeowner's relative confronted the pair.

Authorities near Uniontown also say they found jewelry, a computer and credit cards from the house inside the couple's truck.

Richard Nippell, of Plain Township, and Camri Cantwell, who is listed in Stark County jail records as homeless, are charged with robbery.

Both were being held in jail Wednesday. Court records don't indicate whether either has an attorney.

Police say the couple broke into the home Monday and that the woman who lives there returned and noticed the truck.

They say she then called a relative who came over and held the couple at gunpoint until police arrived.

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Cincinnati Zoo's premature hippo Fiona hits big milestone

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 04:08

CINCINNATI— The Cincinnati Zoo is celebrating another milestone for its famous premature baby hippo.

The zoo said Wednesday that Fiona has hit 1,000 pounds (454 kilograms).

The zoo acknowledges reaching that weight mark is more of a sentimental milestone since full-grown female hippos weigh about three times that. Senior keeper Jenna Wingate tells WVXU radio that it's "a big deal" because the zoo didn't know whether she would survive at birth.

Born nearly two months early in January 2017, she was 29 pounds (13 kilograms). That's about a third the size of a typical full-term Nile hippo. She also was unable to stand or nurse.

A zoo staffer hand-milked her mother Bibi, and Smithsonian's National Zoo helped develop a special formula. Nurses from Cincinnati Children's Hospital put in a hippo IV.

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Legal marijuana industry had banner year in 2018

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 03:36

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream.

Liberal California became the largest legal U.S. marketplace, while conservative Utah and Oklahoma embraced medical marijuana. Canada ushered in broad legalization , and Mexico's Supreme Court set the stage for that country to follow.

U.S. drug regulators approved the first marijuana-based pharmaceutical to treat kids with a form of epilepsy, and billions of investment dollars poured into cannabis companies. Even main street brands like Coca-Cola said they are considering joining the party.

"I have been working on this for decades, and this was the year that the movement crested," said U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat working to overturn the federal ban on pot. "It's clear that this is all coming to a head."

With buzz building across the globe, the momentum will continue into 2019.

Luxembourg is poised to become the first European country to legalize recreational marijuana, and South Africa is moving in that direction. Thailand legalized medicinal use of marijuana on Tuesday, and other Southeastern Asian countries may follow South Korea's lead in legalizing cannabidiol, or CBD. It's a non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana and hemp plants and used for treatment of certain medical problems.

"It's not just the U.S. now. It's spreading," said Ben Curren, CEO of Green Bits, a San Jose, California, company that develops software for marijuana retailers and businesses.

Curren's firm is one of many that blossomed as the industry grew. He started the company in 2014 with two friends. Now, he has 85 employees, and the company's software processes $2.5 billion in sales transactions a year for more than 1,000 U.S. retail stores and dispensaries.

Green Bits raised $17 million in April, pulling in money from investment firms including Snoop Dogg's Casa Verde Capital. Curren hopes to expand internationally by 2020.

"A lot of the problem is keeping up with growth," he said.

Legal marijuana was a $10.4 billion industry in the U.S. in 2018 with a quarter-million jobs devoted just to the handling of marijuana plants, said Beau Whitney, vice president and senior economist at New Frontier Data, a leading cannabis market research and data analysis firm. There are many other jobs that don't involve direct work with the plants but they are harder to quantify, Whitney said.

Investors poured $10 billion into cannabis in North America in 2018, twice what was invested in the last three years combined, he said, and the combined North American market is expected to reach more than $16 billion in 2019.

"Investors are getting much savvier when it comes to this space because even just a couple of years ago, you'd throw money at it and hope that something would stick," he said. "But now investors are much more discerning."

Increasingly, U.S. lawmakers see that success and want it for their states.

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. states now have legalized some form of medical marijuana.

Voters in November made Michigan the 10th state — and first in the Midwest — to legalize recreational marijuana. Governors in New York and New Jersey are pushing for a similar law in their states next year, and momentum for broad legalization is building in Pennsylvania and Illinois.

"Let's legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last week.

State lawmakers in Nebraska just formed a campaign committee to put a medical cannabis initiative to voters in 2020. Nebraska shares a border with Colorado, one of the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana, and Iowa, which recently started a limited medical marijuana program.

"Attitudes have been rapidly evolving and changing. I know that my attitude toward it has also changed," said Nebraska state Sen. Adam Morfeld, a Democrat. "Seeing the medical benefits and seeing other states implement it ... has convinced me that it's not the dangerous drug it's made out to be."

With all its success, the U.S. marijuana industry continues to be undercut by a robust black market and federal law that treats marijuana as a controlled substance like heroin. Financial institutions are skittish about cannabis businesses, even in U.S. states where they are legal, and investors until recently have been reluctant to put their money behind pot.

Marijuana businesses can't deduct their business expenses on their federal taxes and face huge challenges getting insurance and finding real estate for their brick-and-mortar operations.

"Until you have complete federal legalization, you're going to be living with that structure," said Marc Press, a New Jersey attorney who advises cannabis businesses.

At the start of the year, the industry was chilled when then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a policy shielding state-licensed medical marijuana operators from federal drug prosecutions. Ultimately the move had minimal impact because federal prosecutors showed little interest in going after legal operators.

Sessions, a staunch marijuana opponent, later lost his job while President Donald Trump said he was inclined to support an effort by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, to relax the federal prohibition.

In November, Democrats won control of the U.S. House and want to use it next year to pass legislation that eases federal restrictions on the legal marijuana industry without removing it from the controlled substances list.

Gardner and Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren have proposed legislation allowing state-approved commercial cannabis activity under federal law. The bill also would let states and Indian tribes determine how best to regulate marijuana commerce within their boundaries without fear of federal intervention.

If those provisions become law, they could open up banking for the marijuana industry nationwide and make it easier for cannabis companies to secure capital.

Blumenauer's "blueprint" to legalize marijuana also calls for the federal government to provide medical marijuana for veterans, more equitable taxation for marijuana businesses and rolling back federal prohibitions on marijuana research, among other things.

"We have elected the most pro-cannabis Congress in history and more important, some of the people who were roadblocks to our work ... are gone," Blumenauer said. "If we're able to jump-start it in the House, I think there will be support in the Senate, particularly if we deal with things that are important, like veterans' access and banking."

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Veto overrides, Ohio speaker vote may mark rare sessions

Channel 10 news - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 22:42

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State lawmakers in Ohio are reconvening for rare post-Christmas floor sessions where some of Gov. John Kasich's vetoes could be overridden. A long-brewing speakership fight also could finally be resolved.

The action begins on Thursday, when both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate are scheduled to meet. Whether a series of Kasich vetoes are overridden depends on a host of factors.

Among them is how effective the Kasich administration and other advocates have been in fighting to preserve the state's Medicaid expansion. Also up for possible veto override votes is legislation on a heartbeat abortion restriction and expanded gun-owner rights.

One key issue will be whether all lawmakers opt to return from what was supposed to be a holiday break to participate in the potential votes.

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9 killed on Ohio roads during Christmas holiday weekend

Channel 10 news - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 22:37

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says nine people were killed in traffic crashes around Ohio during the Christmas weekend.

The patrol says three people died in drug or alcohol related crashes during the five-day holiday period that began last Friday.

It also says three fatalities were related to the lack of seatbelt usage.

During this year's Christmas travel period, troopers arrested 404 drivers for operating a vehicle while impaired. They also made 164 drug arrests and issued 635 safety belt violations.

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American man first to solo across Antarctica unaided

Channel 10 news - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 21:35

An Oregon man became the first person to traverse Antarctica alone without any assistance on Wednesday, trekking across the polar continent in an epic 54-day journey that was previously deemed impossible.

Colin O'Brady, of Portland, finished the bone-chilling, 930-mile (1,500-kilometer) journey as friends, family and fans tracked the endurance athlete's progress in real time online.

"I did it!" a tearful O'Brady said on a call to his family gathered in Portland for the holidays, according to his wife, Jenna Besaw.

"It was an emotional call," she said. "He seemed overwhelmed by love and gratitude, and he really wanted to say 'Thank you' to all of us."

O'Brady was sleeping near the finish line in Antarctica late Wednesday and could not immediately be reached for comment.

The 33-year-old O'Brady documented his nearly entirely uphill journey — which he called The Impossible First — on his Instagram page . He wrote Wednesday that he covered the last roughly 80 miles (129 kilometers) in one big, impromptu final push to the finish line that took well over an entire day.

"While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life, they have quite honestly been some of the best moments I have ever experienced," O'Brady posted.

The day before, he posted that he was "in the zone" and thought he could make it to the end in one go.

"I'm listening to my body and taking care of the details to keep myself safe," he wrote. "I called home and talked to my mom, sister and wife — I promised them I will stop when I need to."

Though others have traversed Antarctica, they either had assistance with reinforced supplies or kites that helped propel them forward.

In 2016, British explorer Henry Worsley died attempting an unassisted solo trip across Antarctica, collapsing from exhaustion toward the end of the trek. Worsley's friend and fellow English adventurer Louis Rudd is currently attempting an unaided solo in Worsley's honor and was competing against O'Brady to be the first to do it.

Besaw said O'Brady plans to stay on Antarctica until Rudd finishes his trek, hopefully in the next few days.

"It's a small club," she joked. "His intention is to wait for Louis and have kind of a celebratory moment with the only other person on the planet to have accomplished this same thing."

O'Brady described in detail the ups and downs along the way since he began the trek on Nov. 3. He had to haul 375 pounds (170 kilograms) of gear largely uphill and over sastrugi, wave-like ridges created by wind.

"Not only am I pulling my ... sled all day, but I'm pulling it up and over thousands of these sastrugi speed bumps created by the violent wind," he wrote in an Instagram post on Nov. 12. "It's a frustrating process at times to say the least."

On Nov. 18, he wrote that he awoke to find his sled completely buried from an all-night blasting of wind and snow. That day he battled a 30 mph (48 kph) headwind for eight hours as he trudged along.

"There were several times I considered stopping, putting my tent back up and calling it a day," he wrote. "I wanted so badly to quit today as I was feeling exhausted and alone, but remembering all of the positivity that so many people have been sending, I took a deep breath and focused on maintaining forward progress one step at a time and managed to finish a full day."

On Day 37, or Dec. 9, O'Brady wrote about how much he's changed, along with a selfie in which he looks almost in pain, snow gathered around his furry hat.

"I'm no longer the same person I was when I left on the journey, can you see it in my face?" he wrote. "I've suffered, been deathly afraid, cold and alone. I've laughed and danced, cried tears of joy and been awestruck with love and inspiration."

Though O'Brady had initially thought he'd want a cheeseburger at the end of his nearly impossible journey, Besaw said her husband has been fantasizing about fresh fish and salad because he has mostly been eating freeze-dried foods.

As for what's next for O'Brady, who also has summited Mount Everest, Besaw said she's not entirely sure.

"We are just so in the moment celebrating this right now," she said. "Then we'll see what's next on the horizon."

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2018-12-27 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 19:34
Date: Thursday Dec 27, 2018
Time: 6:07 AM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 73°
Approach: 73° above NNW
Departure: 11° above NE

2018-12-28 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 19:34
Date: Friday Dec 28, 2018
Time: 5:18 AM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 12°
Approach: 12° above ENE
Departure: 10° above ENE

2018-12-28 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 19:34
Date: Friday Dec 28, 2018
Time: 6:51 AM
Duration: 4 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 22°
Approach: 18° above NW
Departure: 11° above NNE

2018-12-29 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 19:34
Date: Saturday Dec 29, 2018
Time: 6:02 AM
Duration: 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 20°
Approach: 20° above NNE
Departure: 10° above NE


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