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Northbound 315 ramp reopens to Medical Center Drive in OSU campus area

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The northbound State Route 315 exit ramp to Medical Center Drive/King Avenue reopened Wednesday.

New Cannon Drive, between King Avenue and the exit ramp, also reopened.

Construction work on Cannon Drive near the Wexner Medical Center will continue through 2019.

Detour signs will be posted. Dates are weather dependent and subject to change. These closures support the Cannon Drive Relocation project. Additional details and project updates will be shared on the Cannon Drive web page.

It is not a coincidence that the ramp opening comes as Ohio State students begin to move in this week on campus.

The entrance ramp to SR-315 from Cannon Dr. and 12th Ave. will remain closed through a portion of November, according to Ohio State University spokesman Dan Hedman explained.

The project will straighten and elevate Cannon Drive, supporting future growth of the university and the Medical Center, according to the Ohio State University website. It will do that by:

  • Creating 12 acres of developable land
  • Serving as future flood protection
  • Creating an eventual north-south connection between King and Lane Avenues
  • Enhancing green space in the Olentangy River corridor

One of the main goals, according to Hedman, is to limit traffic in the area to allow patients and visitors easier access to campus during construction.

Students and staff inconvenienced by the changes have the option to use the Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) for free.

The MedCenter Express provides 3-minute pickup intervals during peak hours (shift changes) with direct service to the Herrick Drive Transit Hub.

For more information, please visit the Cannon Drive Relocation website. (https://fod.osu.edu/cannondrive)

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Christine Hallquist, transgender candidate, wins nomination for Vermont governor

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Vermont made history Tuesday night, with Christine Hallquist, a transgender candidate, winning the Democratic primary in the race for governor. Hallquist will face Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who held off his challenger despite backlash from his own base over gun restrictions he signed into law earlier this year.

If Hallquist is successful in November, she would become the nation's first transgender governor from a major political party.

Hallquist, 62, defeated three other Democrats. Her platform included higher-paying jobs for Vermont residents, health care for their families and better education for their children.

She took to Twitter late Tuesday night to thank supporters, writing "this is Vermont's victory!"

On to November! Thank you all for your support - this is Vermont's victory!

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— Christine Hallquist (@christineforvt) August 15, 2018

Earlier Tuesday, Hallquist was interviewed on CBSN's "Red & Blue" with Elaine Quijano, and said "it will be historic for the nation" if she were to be nominated.

"I'm proud to be the person to help the nation widen its moral compass," she added. "Vermonters are going to elect me for what I'm going to do for Vermont."

"Vermont has always been a leader in civil rights," she said. "We have some of the best transgender protection laws in the country. It's a state that's really welcomed me with open arms."

Hallquist, a former electric company executive at Vermont Electric Co-op, has said that she is running for governor based on her managerial ability and with a progressive campaign that focuses on economic development for rural Vermont.

In her interview, Hallquist said she "has a long vision for Vermont" and wants to make internet access available to everyone.

"I will connect everyone and every business with fiber optic cables so every Vermonter can be connected to the internet," Hallquist said. "What we're seeing in rural Vermont and rural America is the same thing that happened in the 1930s ... when the cities had electricity, rural America did not. Sixty percent of the land mass in Vermont can't connect to the Internet -- and it's so critical for business."

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— Christine Hallquist (@christineforvt) August 15, 2018

Hallquist also spoke about health care and her economic agenda during her CBSN interview.

"Let's stop making profits on people sick and dying. Let's approve Medicare for All. Let's get people to a living wage. There's been a systematic attack on the working class for over 30 years now. And so we've got to change this."

The Associated Press reports that she had won support from The Victory Fund, a political action committee that backs LGBTQ candidates. They have called her a "game changer."

The Victory Fund's president and CEO also took to Twitter on Tuesday night to congratulate Hallquist.

"Christine's victory is a defining moment in the movement for trans equality and is especially remarkable given how few out trans elected officials there are at any level of government," Annise Parker wrote.

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Afghan officials: Taliban attack in north kills 30 troops

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A Taliban assault on two adjacent checkpoints in northern Afghanistan killed at least 30 soldiers and police, officials said Wednesday, as life gradually returned to normal in parts of the eastern city of Ghazni after a massive insurgent attack last week, with sporadic gunbattles still underway in some neighborhoods.

Mohammad Safdar Mohseni, the head of the provincial council in the northern Baghlan province, said the insurgents set fire to the checkpoints after the attack late Tuesday in the Baghlan-I Markazi district. Dilawar Aymaq, a parliamentarian from Baghlan, confirmed the attack, which targeted a military checkpoint and another manned by the so-called local police, militias recruited and paid by the Interior Ministry.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, Afghans emerged from their homes and some shops reopened in Ghazni, where the Taliban launched a coordinated offensive last Friday, overwhelming the city's defenses and capturing several neighborhoods. Afghan forces repelled the initial assault and in recent days have struggled to flush the insurgents out of residential areas where they are holed up.

The U.S. and NATO have launched airstrikes and sent military advisers to aid Afghan forces as they fight for the city, which is just 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the capital, Kabul, and has a population of some 270,000 people.

Arif Noori, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said Wednesday that "life is getting back to normal" after at least 35 civilians were killed in recent days. But he said wounded people are still arriving at the city's only hospital, which has been overwhelmed by the casualties.

Hundreds of people have fled the fighting in Ghazni, which has killed about 100 members of the Afghan security forces.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in the southern Zabul province early Wednesday, killing four police, according to the provincial police chief, Mustafa Mayar, who said another three officers were wounded. He said seven attackers were killed and five were wounded during the battle, in which the Taliban used artillery and heavy weapons.

The Taliban have seized several districts across the country in recent years and carry out near-daily attacks targeting Afghan security forces. The assault on Ghazni was widely seen as a show of force ahead of possible peace talks with the United States, which has been at war in Afghanistan for nearly 17 years.

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Report: Pennsylvania priests abused over 1,000 children

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A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while he was visiting her in the hospital after she'd had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the boy's mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who sexually abused him.

Those children are among the victims of roughly 300 Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania who molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1940s, according to a sweeping state grand jury report released Tuesday that accused senior church officials, including a man who is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C., of systematically covering up complaints.

The "real number" of abused children and abusive priests might be higher since some secret church records were lost and some victims never came forward, the grand jury said.

While the grand jury said dioceses have established internal processes and seem to refer complaints to law enforcement more promptly, it suggested that important changes are lacking.

"Despite some institutional reform, individual leaders of the church have largely escaped public accountability," the grand jury wrote in the roughly 900-page report. "Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all."

Top church officials have mostly been protected and many, including some named in the report, have been promoted, the grand jury said, concluding that "it is too early to close the book on the Catholic Church sex scandal."

In nearly every case, prosecutors found that the statute of limitations has run out, meaning that criminal charges cannot be filed. More than 100 of the priests are dead. Many others are retired or have been dismissed from the priesthood or put on leave. Authorities charged just two, including a priest who has since pleaded guilty.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the investigation is ongoing.

The investigation of six of Pennsylvania's eight dioceses— Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton — is the most extensive investigation of Catholic clergy abuse by any state, according to victim advocates. The dioceses represent about 1.7 million Catholics.

Until now, there have been just nine investigations by a prosecutor or grand jury of a Catholic diocese or archdiocese in the United States, according to the Massachusetts-based research and advocacy organization, BishopAccountability.org.

The Philadelphia archdiocese and the Johnstown-Altoona diocese were not included in the investigation because they have been the subject of three previous scathing grand jury investigations.

The grand jury heard from dozens of witnesses and reviewed more than a half-million pages of internal diocesan documents, including reports by bishops to Vatican officials disclosing the details of abusive priests that they had not made public or reported to law enforcement.

The grand jury concluded that a succession of Catholic bishops and other diocesan leaders tried to shield the church from bad publicity and financial liability. They failed to report accused clergy to police, used confidentiality agreements to silence victims and sent abusive priests to so-called "treatment facilities," which "laundered" the priests and "permitted hundreds of known offenders to return to ministry," the report said.

The conspiracy of silence extended beyond church grounds: police or prosecutors sometimes did not investigate allegations out of deference to church officials or brushed off complaints as outside the statute of limitations, the grand jury said.

Diocese leaders responded Tuesday by expressing sorrow for the victims, stressing how they've changed and unveiling, for the first time, a list of priests accused of some sort of sexual misconduct.

James VanSickle of Pittsburgh, who testified he was sexually attacked in 1981 by a priest in the Erie Diocese, called the report's release "a major victory to get our voice out there, to get our stories told."

The report is still the subject of an ongoing legal battle, with redactions shielding the identities of some current and former clergy named in the report while the state Supreme Court weighs their arguments that its wrongful accusations against them violates their constitutional rights. It also is expected to spark another fight by victim advocates to win changes in state law that lawmakers have resisted.

Its findings echoed many earlier church investigations around the country, describing widespread sexual abuse and church officials' concealment of it. U.S. bishops have acknowledged that more than 17,000 people nationwide have reported being molested by priests and others in the church.

The report comes at a time of fresh scandal at the highest levels of the U.S. Catholic Church. Pope Francis last month stripped 88-year-old Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of his title amid allegations that McCarrick had for years sexually abused boys and committed sexual misconduct with adult seminarians.

One senior American church official named in the grand jury report is Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who leads the Washington archdiocese, for allegedly helping to protect abusive priests when he was Pittsburgh's bishop. Wuerl, who was bishop of the Pittsburgh diocese from 1988 to 2006, disputed the allegations.

Terry McKiernan of BishopAccountability.org said the report did a good job of highlighting the two crimes of church sex abuse scandals: the abuse of a child and the cover up by church officials that allows the abuse to continue.

"One thing this is going to do is put pressure on prosecutors elsewhere to take a look at what's going on in their neck of the woods," McKiernan said.

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Kroger to sell its goods to Chinese shoppers through Tmall

2 hours 52 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Kroger will start to sell some of its products to Chinese shoppers through a website owned by internet giant Alibaba, the latest move by the supermarket chain to boost its digital business.

Cincinnati-based Kroger is working to catch up with Walmart and with Amazon.com, which bought grocer Whole Foods last year. In recent months, Kroger launched an online delivery service, upped its investment in a British online grocer and agreed to buy a meal-kit company.

Kroger Co. said Tuesday that it will sell items from its store brand Simple Truth on Alibaba's Tmall site, including Simple Truth nuts and multivitamins. The online store will open Wednesday, Kroger said.

Many American companies sell their goods on Tmall as way to reach Chinese customers without havening to open physical stores in the country. Costco, for example, sells Kirkland vitamins, nuts and other products on the site.

Kroger Co. shares rose 2.3 percent Tuesday.

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Federer wins, Serena loses in Cincy tourney

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MASON, Ohio (AP) — Roger Federer made a successful return to the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday.

The day wasn't so great for Serena Williams.

Federer advanced to the third round with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Peter Gojowczyk, and Williams was eliminated by eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova in a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 second-round loss.

Federer and Williams were making their first appearance at the tournament since they each won the title in 2015. Williams opened with a straight-set victory against Daria Gavrilova.

After a first-round bye, Federer extended his Cincinnati winning streak to 11 matches since losing to Rafael Nadal in the 2013 quarterfinals.

"It doesn't feel like I have been away for so long here from Cincinnati," Federer said. "I guess the wheel keeps turning. It's not like I missed two years of tennis. It was a great pleasure to be back."

The second-seeded Federer, refreshed from a month off after losing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, became the tournament favorite when Nadal withdrew on Sunday night.

Williams also was knocked out in her last tournament at San Jose two weeks ago after reaching the Wimbledon final. Cincinnati was her fifth tournament since she had a baby last September. She has dealt with blood clots and recently said she has been struggling with postpartum emotions.

"You know, this is a long comeback," she said. "I just began. I just started — definitely at the very, very beginning. I'm getting there, and I'm going to just continue to work hard, and hopefully, I'll start winning more matches."

Karolina Pliskova and Nick Kyrgios also advanced Tuesday in early tournament action.

Pliskova moved into the second round by snapping a seven-match losing streak against Agnieszka Radwanska with a 6-3, 6-3 win.

"It means a lot because it was against her, and, like, you know, I never beat her," Pliskova said. "We played so many times. I think I always played her at her best level the matches before, so it was always tough."

Kyrgios, a finalist last year in Cincinnati, overcame physical problems to fight off qualifier Denis Kudla for a 6-7 (2), 7-5, 7-6 (9) victory.

"This year has been tough," Kyrgios said. "I started the year very well. Then, obviously, I hurt my elbow. Then I had an ongoing hip injury. We have been definitely thinking about the options with my hip. You know, there is only so much you can do before you have to, you know, I guess, get surgery or something like that. You know, right now I'm just managing it."

No. 11 seed David Goffin advanced with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Leonardo Mayer became the first player to reach the third round on the men's side with a 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory over 16th-seeded Lucas Pouille.

Denis Shapovalov also reached the third round with an upset, knocking off 14th-seeded Kyle Edmund, 6-4, 7-5.

Australian Open semifinalist Hyeon Chung won the last five games to beat Jack Sock 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Sock has lost eight straight matches since winning in Rome on May 13.

Two-time Cincinnati semifinalist Milos Raonic advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 win over qualifier Dusan Lajovic. Robin Haase also made it to the second round, defeating Filip Krajinovic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina was tested by wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova before reaching the third round with a gritty 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 win. Sixth-seeded Caroline Garcia also reached the third round with a 6-4, 6-5 win over wild card Victoria Azarenka, but 12th-seeded Daria Kasatkina suffered a first-round upset at the hands of qualifier Petra Martic, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Elise Mertens scored a 6-4, 6-2 first-round win over Magdalena Rybarikova. Ashleigh Barty stopped wild card Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-5.

Maria Sakkari upset Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka 6-3, 7-6 (8). Ekaterina Makarova cruised past qualifier Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-2.

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Turkey increases tariffs on some US goods, escalating feud

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey said Wednesday it is increasing tariffs on imports of certain U.S. products, including rice, cars, alcohol and coal — escalating a feud with the United States that has helped trigger a currency crisis .

The Turkish government said it will impose extra tariffs on imports of products including rice, vehicles, alcohol, coal and cosmetics. Tariffs on American cars were doubled to 120 percent while tariff on alcoholic drinks to 140 percent.

Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Twitter that the tariffs on certain products were increased "within the framework of the principle of reciprocity in retaliation for the deliberate economic attacks by the United States."

The tariffs come a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would boycott U.S. electronic goods, singling out iPhones. He suggested Turks would buy local or Korean phones instead, although it was unclear how he intended to enforce the boycott.

The Turkish lira has dropped to record lows in recent weeks, having fallen some 42 percent so far this year. It recovered a bit, by 4 percent to around 6.12 lira per dollar Wednesday, after the government took steps to shore up the currency by reducing the daily limit in bank foreign currency swap transactions.

Also helping was Turkey's decision to release two Greek soldiers from prison on Tuesday, increasing prospects for improved relations with the European Union.

Fundamental concerns about the economy persist, however.

Investors are worried that about Erdogan's control over the central bank and his pressure to keep it from raising interest rates. Higher rates would slow economic growth, which he wants to egg on, but are urgently needed to support the currency and tame inflation, experts say.

The currency drop is particularly painful for Turkey because it has accumulated a high debt in foreign currencies.

Attention will turn Thursday to an address by the finance minister to foreign investors for clues on any change in economic policy.

Erdogan has reacted to the financial instability by blaming foreign powers, in particularly the United States, a longtime NATO ally, which he says is waging an "economic war" as part of a plot to harm Turkey.

Washington has imposed financial sanctions on two Turkish ministers and doubled steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey, as U.S. President Donald Trump tries to secure the release of Andrew Brunson, a 50-year-old American pastor being tried in Turkey on espionage and terrorism-related charges.

On Wednesday, a court rejected an appeal for Brunson's release from detention and for a travel ban against him to be lifted, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. A higher court was however, was scheduled to review the appeal, the agency said.

Although he was released to home detention, Brunson faces a prison sentence of up to 35 years if he is convicted on both counts at the end of his ongoing trial.

The evangelical pastor, who is originally from Black Mountain, North Carolina, has lived in Turkey for 23 years and led the Izmir Resurrection Church.

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Motorcyclist dies after crashing into tractor-trailer in southern Ohio

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati police say a motorcyclist was killed when her bike struck a tractor-trailer making an improper U-turn.

Authorities say 21-year-old Jordan Alexander was heading east on Columbia Parkway in Cincinnati Tuesday afternoon when she struck a tractor-trailer making a U-turn from the center lane.

Alexander was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer wasn't injured.

Lt. Steve Saunders says police will file charges against the driver of the truck.

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Woman shoots intruder who broke into Whitehall home

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COLUMBUS - One person is in critical condition following a shooting in Whitehall.

According to Columbus Police, a man broke into a home in the 4000 block of Beechcreek Road around 2:30 Wednesday morning. A woman who was in the home alone shot the intruder, according to a sergeant at the scene.

Police arrived and found the man inside the home. Emergency personnel transported the man to Grant Medical Center in critical condition.

At this point, police are trying to determine how the man got into the home.

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City councilwoman says Crew deal "isn't right" for Austin

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 19:12

He's a familiar face with a familiar hashtag.

Morgan Hughes might just be the biggest advocate in Columbus dedicated to saving the Crew.

With the Austin City Council set to vote on a matter, Wednesday, that if passed would almost certainly take the Crew out of Columbus, Hughes is relieved he's getting some backup in Austin.

"She wants what is best for the people," Hughes said.

She's another advocate in Austin who happens to sit on the council.

"My job on the council is to do the best deal for the city of Austin, not the best deal for soccer," Leslie Pool said in a recent council meeting.

Pool has what some people call an unpopular opinion about soccer in her state's capital city.

"It feels like something isn't right," she said.

Earlier this week Pool was in Columbus hearing central Ohio's side of the argument about relocating the Crew down south.

She says she paid for her own plane ticket.

"It just seemed like the right thing to do and I'm really glad I went," she said on the phone, Tuesday.

After touring Mapfre Stadium and the Arena District, Pool says she doesn't think Austin can handle the parking and volume of people that come with an MLS soccer team.

"What was clear to me that you have there in Columbus that we don't have here and I don't think we could create it is the infrastructure in place to move large numbers of people throughout that Arena District at any given time," she said.

Wednesday, Austin City Council is expected to vote on terms with Precourt Sports Ventures, including the potential 24-acre piece of land that the proposed stadium would sit on. Pool says the proposed area only has one entrance.

Pool has taken hits on social media for her trip to Columbus. One person called it a waste of money and time when she should be more focused on the citizens she represents.

She says it's her due diligence to research the topic, thoroughly, and a big part of that is Columbus, Ohio.

"I would hope that if the shoe were on the other foot, if the roles were reversed and Columbus was coming to Austin to take something of ours that a delegation or at least one council member would think that it was important enough to go check things out on the ground for herself and come down here and talk to us about the economic impacts and the effects on our community," she said.

Another thing she says she's unsure of: Anthony Precourt. She says his demands in Austin are far-fetched, including free land and absolving him from paying property taxes. He also wants the city to put money into maintaining the stadium, according to Pool.

She wants measures to be in place to protect Austin taxpayers so that Precourt doesn't do to them what he's done in Columbus.

"I'm glad that people in Austin are discovering this now because they're people just like we are and they don't deserve to be put through the things we've been put through," Hughes said.

Pool says she'd like to take this matter to Austin voters and let the majority decide if they even want a pro team.

"Then, we do it organically," she said. "We grow the community around it and then we get our own team and we don't take one from another community that has already invested significant finances and elements of their day-to-day existence."

Pool says it's unclear if the council will get around to voting on the matter Wednesday, saying there's still much to go over.

Bottom line, she says what's proposed right now doesn't work for the city of Austin.

"The deal needs to be a whole lot better than it already is," she said.

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Suicide survivor becomes youngest face transplant recipient in U.S.

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 18:00

Katie Stubblefield was just 18 when she put the barrel of her brother's .308-caliber hunting rifle below her chin and pulled the trigger. She survived, but the injury resulted in the loss of her face.

As a teen, Stubblefield struggled with health issues, problems in her love life, and major family moves. In 2014, during her senior year of high school, her world upended. After dealing with the effects of her family relocating for the second time in just a couple of years, chronic gastrointestinal troubles led her to have her appendix and gallbladder removed. A few months later, she and her boyfriend broke up.

Hurt and angry, Stubblefield went over to her brother Robert's place, went to the bathroom and used his gun to shoot herself.

The series of events is what set Stubblefield on a path to become the youngest ever recipient of a face transplant at 21. Now, she is featured in the cover story of National Geographic magazine's September issue titled "The Story of a Face," which details what led to the attempted suicide. She is also featured in National Geographic's full-length documentary "Katie's Face."

Five weeks after the incident, Stubblefield was brought to Cleveland Clinic. She lost parts of her forehead, her nose and sinuses, her mouth (except for the corner of her lips), and the bones that make up the jaws and front of the face. Her eyes remained but they were badly damaged.

"It was not great," Brian Gastman, the first clinic doctor to see Stubblefield, told National Geographic. "Her brain was basically exposed, and I mean, we're talking seizures and infections and all kinds of problems. Forget the face transplant; we're talking about just being alive."

Gastman said that in his 27 years of training and practice this was one of the worst face traumas he'd ever seen. Stubblefield also suffered a traumatic brain injury with damage to her frontal lobe, optic nerve, and pituitary gland.

Stubblefield doesn't remember the suicide attempt or any of the surgeries that followed to help mend her face. Her parents had to tell her what happened, and it shocked her.

"I never thought of doing that ever before, and so on hearing about it, I just didn't know how to handle it," she told National Geographic. "I felt so guilty that I had put my family through such pain. I felt horrible."

In 2017, it was decided that Stubblefield would undergo a face transplant. The procedure was Cleveland Clinic's third of its kind and the 40th known in the world.

Full and partial face transplants, still considered experimental surgeries, involve replacing all or parts of a person's face with donated tissue from a deceased donor.

The world's first face transplant was performed in France in 2005. The recipient, Isabelle Diniore died last year at the age of 49, 11 years after the surgery.

The procedure performed on Stubblefield included transplantation of the scalp, the forehead, upper and lower eyelids, eye sockets, nose, upper cheeks, upper jaw and half of lower jaw, upper teeth, lower teeth, partial facial nerves, facial muscles, and skin -- effectively replacing 100 percent of her facial tissue, according to a press release issued by Cleveland Clinic.

"Knowing this patient now has the opportunity to live a functional life because of her face transplant is the greatest reward," Dr. Gastman, said in a statement. "With a new nose, lips, palate, eyelids and jaw, she now has the full opportunity to re-integrate into society and have a future just like any other young adult. This surgery can give her back the self-esteem and confidence she lost."

There is the chance of numerous complications, including that her body will reject the new face and it will have to be removed. Like all other face transplant recipients, Stubblefield will be on anti-rejection medication for the rest of her life.

But she intends to pick up where she left off, she told National Geographic, going to college and perhaps pursuing a career in counseling.

"So many people have helped me; now I want to help other people," she said. She hopes to speak to teenagers about suicide and the value of life.

For immediate help if you are in a crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are confidential.

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Ohio State wants lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by dive coach dismissed

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 17:06

The Ohio State University is asking that a federal lawsuit filed against The Ohio State Dive Club be dismissed, claiming the university club is immune from litigation and that the venue where it was filed – U.S. District Court in Indianapolis – is improper, 10 Investigates has learned.

The response, filed by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office, which represents OSU, comes weeks after the federal lawsuit was filed against the Ohio State Dive Club, USA Diving and Will Bohonyi – a former assistant club dive coach at Ohio State and Indiana University who is accused of coercing and sexually abusing his divers.

Bohonyi has not been charged but is being investigated by authorities.

“The Eleventh Amendment provides that a state may not be sued without its consent, and accordingly, bars Plaintiffs’ claims before this Court. Neither the State of Ohio, Ohio State, nor the Ohio State Diving Club has consented to be sued in federal Court,” the response states. “Plaintiffs’ claims against the Ohio State Diving Club arise from Defendant Will Bohonyi’s employment at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, and none of the conduct underlying these claims occurred in Indiana; accordingly, venue also is not proper in Indiana.”

The lawsuit, filed by a former Ohio State club diver, Estee Pryor, and two other amateur divers who attended Indiana University, alleges that Bohonyi groomed the divers into sexual relationships, trading his continued coaching for sex while at least two of the divers were underage.

While 10 Investigates is not naming two of the other divers, Pryor has given her consent to be publicly identified.

The two other divers alleged that they were sexually coerced by Bohonyi while they dove for Indiana University. Bohonyi was also employed by dive clubs at IU and OSU that were both sanctioned by USA Diving – which is based in Indianapolis.

Both Pryor and her attorney have alleged in a federal lawsuit that Bohonyi sexually abused her in 2014 and that USA Diving and The Ohio State University turned a blind eye towards the alleged abuse and failed to thoroughly investigate. Bohonyi, they alleged, also continued to coach underage divers privately even though he was banned from coaching by USA Diving in 2015.

The university has said it moved quickly to investigate and terminate Bohonyi.

Bohonyi has declined to speak to 10 Investigates on two separate occasions – telling 10 Investigates outside his apartment “no comment.” Additional calls placed to numbers linked to him have not been returned. It is not clear if he has an attorney.

In a lengthy interview with 10 Investigates that aired August 3, Pryor said that her sexual relationship with Bohonyi began in July of 2014 when she was 16. After a teammate learned of her relationship with Bohonyi, she reported it to the Ohio State Dive Club head coach John Appleman. The university has said it investigated and fired Bohonyi in August of 2014.

That same year, Pryor said she reported the incidents to Ohio State University Police, which began to investigate. That investigation was closed at Pryor’s request.

During an interview with 10 Investigates, Pryor said she was harassed and felt pressured by the diving community and powerful people with connections to OSU to not pursue charges in 2014.

Pryor said: “If there is one thing I can tell you, it is … it is your everyday people that justify these actions. And everyday people plus institutions equals justification for perpetrators,” Pryor told 10 Investigates in a lengthy interview.

In response to an open records request, Ohio State provide a copy of that record to 10 Investigates where Pryor has said she asked that charges not be pursued in 2014. The copy sent to 10 Investigates is heavily redacted including any names or signatures.

10 Investigates also asked Pryor about why she chose to close the investigation in 2014. She says she felt outside pressure and was harassed, which is why she didn’t go forward with criminal charges at the time.

OSU Police reopened the case in 2018 at Pryor’s request and is working with the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, the university has said.

When asked if people might second-guess her for now pursuing charges four years later, Pryor told 10 Investigates:

“I would say when you have sexual games, when you involved a turkey baster, when you have his sexual needs met, through anal and vaginal sex, and when you have the community blaming you, and when you have someone telling you that you owe them this... because you cost him his job and his life and his career ... they don't know what it was like.

"These people with status, fame, wealth, money connections get away with it. And that bothers me. Because I was an everyday person and I got into a situation like this because someone like him had that much effect on the community. And had that much effect on an institution. And that institution did not protect me,” Pryor told 10 Investigates during a lengthy interview Thursday.

One of their sexual encounters, they allege, occurred in Maryland at a USA Diving sanctioned meet.

10 Investigates also has learned that despite Ohio State Police being given nude photos of Estee Pryor when she was a minor – the department failed to contact state or federal prosecutors in 2014.

Her attorney Robert Allard said: “If these people knew what they were doing if the people in HR had any education whatsoever about what did and did not constitute a crime -- it should have been very obvious immediately that crimes were committed in multitude.

“What's unique about this case, is that the coach took the minor across state lines to molest her in Maryland. That is a federal crime under the Mann Act. And that was information that was expressly conveyed to Ohio State when Estee reported the abuse,” her attorney Robert Allard told 10 Investigates. “They were either willfully incompetent or they covered up a crime. There is not a third option.”

A university spokesman has denied this assertion, stating that the university moved quickly to investigate and fire Bohonyi within weeks.

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1 dead after shooting in east Columbus

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 17:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio – One person is dead after a shooting in east Columbus, according to police.

Columbus police said officers responded to an apartment complex in the 1200 block of Brookway Avenue for a report of shots fired around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said a male was found in a yard and taken to a local hospital where he died.

Officers are still looking for a suspect.

Police said another person was treated for injuries at a hospital and that the injuries were not gunshot wounds.

The identity of the person who was killed has not been released.

This is the 67th homicide in the city of Columbus this year, according to police.

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Photo of John Lennon and Paul McCartney's sons brings Beatles fans flashbacks

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 16:48

John Lennon and Paul McCartney's sons came together and posed for an epic selfie, giving Beatles fans a blast from the past on Monday. Sean Ono Lennon posted photo of him and James McCartney on Instagram -- and followers couldn't help to point the striking resemblance between them and their legendary dads.

Lennon uploaded the picture with the caption: "Peakaboo..." The photo now has more than 26,000 likes on social media platform, with many commenters getting overjoyed over the reunion.

"How fantastic to see John and Paul's sons together, love this XX," wrote one user. Another said, "The spitting images of your parents!"

Some are even seeking a musical collaboration in the near future. One person wrote: "PLEASE MAKE A SONG FOR US."

Peekaboo...

A post shared by Sean Ono Lennon (@sean_ono_lennon) on Aug 13, 2018 at 7:52am PDT

Sean is the son of Lennon and Yoko Ono. He also has a brother, Julian, who is the son of Lennon and the late singer's ex-wife Cynthia Lennon. James is McCartney's fourth kid under his first marriage with Linda McCartney, who died in 1998. James has four other sisters.

Lennon has been on a Beatles' kids photo tour of sorts. Last week, he snapped a picture with George Harrison's son, Dhani, leaving fans to wonder if there's more to come -- or hope for a reincarnation of the iconic boy band.

"Now you guys get Dhani and Zack in the new band! Beatles the Next Generation!" said one commenter.

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Zach Smith meets with investigators at Ohio State

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 16:19

Former Ohio State football assistant coach Zach Smith met Tuesday with investigators who are looking into how coach Urban Meyer handled allegations in 2015 of domestic abuse involving Zach and his ex-wife, Courtney Smith.

In a statement sent to 10TV, his attorney said Zach “spent several hours with investigators today and did not refuse to answer a single question.”

His attorney also said the lawyers conducting the interview were "thoroughly prepared and very exhaustive in their questioning."

Zach Smith has denied being abusive with his ex-wife and has never been charged. But a court granted his ex-wife a domestic protection order on July 20, which led to his firing by Ohio State.

Meyer initially told reporters at Big Ten Media Days on July 25 that he didn't know anything about abuse allegations made in 2015.

In a statement released via Twitter, Meyer admitted that he knew about the 2015 incidents and insisted he followed proper protocol.

Meyer is on paid leave until the investigation is finished, which is expected to take about a week.

Courtney Smith met with investigators on Monday.

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Report IDs over 300 "predator priests," more than 1,000 child victims

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 15:36

HARRISBURG, Pa. — More than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — were molested by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses, while senior church officials took steps to cover it up, according to a landmark grand jury report released Tuesday.

The grand jury said it believes the "real number" of abused children might be "in the thousands" since some records were lost and victims were afraid to come forward. The report said more than 300 clergy committed the abuse over a period decades, beginning in the mid-1950s.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the two-year probe found a systematic cover-up by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican.

"The cover-up was sophisticated. And all the while, shockingly, church leadership kept records of the abuse and the cover-up. These documents, from the dioceses' own 'Secret Archives,' formed the backbone of this investigation," he said at a news conference in Harrisburg.

Significantly, the report faulted Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the former longtime bishop of Pittsburgh who now leads the Washington archdiocese, for what it said was his part in the concealment of clergy sexual abuse. Wuerl, one of the highest-profile cardinals in the United States, released a statement Tuesday that said he had "acted with diligence, with concern for the victims and to prevent future acts of abuse."

The grand jury scrutinized abuse allegations in dioceses that minister to more than half the state's 3.2 million Catholics. Its report echoed the findings of many earlier church investigations around the country in its description of widespread sexual abuse by clergy and church officials' concealment of it.

Most of the victims were boys, but girls were abused, too, the report said. The abuse ranged from groping and masturbation to anal, oral and vaginal rape.

"Church officials routinely and purposefully described the abuse as horseplay and wrestling and inappropriate conduct. It was none of those things. It was child sexual abuse, including rape," Shapiro said.

The panel concluded that a succession of Catholic bishops and other diocesan leaders tried to shield the church from bad publicity and financial liability by covering up abuse, failing to report accused clergy to police and discouraging victims from going to law enforcement.

Yet the grand jury's work won't result in justice for the vast majority of those who say they were molested by priests as children. While the probe yielded charges against two clergymen — including a priest who has since pleaded guilty, and another who allegedly forced his accuser to say confession after each sex assault — the other priests identified as perpetrators are either dead or will avoid arrest because their alleged crimes are too old to prosecute under state law.

"We are sick over all the crimes that will go unpunished and uncompensated," the grand jury said.

The document comes at a time of renewed scrutiny and fresh scandal at the highest levels of the U.S. Catholic Church. Pope Francis stripped 88-year-old Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of his title and ordered him to a lifetime of prayer and penance amid allegations that McCarrick had for years sexually abused boys and had sexual misconduct with adult seminarians.

Wuerl has come under harsh criticism over his response to the McCarrick scandal, with some commentators questioning his claims of surprise and ignorance over allegations that McCarrick molested and harassed young seminarians.

Wuerl replaced McCarrick as Washington's archbishop after McCarrick retired in 2006.

The Pennsylvania grand jury, convened by the state attorney general's office in 2016, heard from dozens of witnesses and reviewed more than a half-million pages of internal documents from the Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton dioceses.

Some current and former clergy named in the report went to court to prevent its release, arguing it violated their constitutional rights to reputation and due process of law. The state Supreme Court said the public had a right to see it, but ruled the names of priests and others who objected to the findings would be blacked out pending a September hearing on their claims.

The identities of those clergy members remain under court seal.

A couple of dioceses decided to strip the accused of their anonymity ahead of the report and released the names of clergy members who were accused of sexual misconduct. On Friday, the bishop of Pittsburgh's diocese said a few priests named in the report are still in ministry because the diocese determined allegations against them were unsubstantiated.

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Police target potential human trafficking at Worthington massage parlor

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 15:07

Worthington police say they have identified two potential victims of human trafficking at a massage parlor.

Police, agents from the Ohio Bureau of Investigation and the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force raided the Asia Good Luck Massage Spa in the 2100 block of West Dublin Granville Road just before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said several tips from concerned citizens launched the year-long investigation that police said uncovered evidence of illegal sexual activity and potential human trafficking.

At the Up-Towne Flower Shop a few doors down, James Spurell said he's 100 percent certain women were living in the massage parlor.

"Nobody ever dropped workers off or picked up workers. And they brought in food, oh, a couple times a week," said Spurell.

Police confirm they found evidence that suggests two women were living at the business and not allowed to come and go of their own free will. The Salvation Army and Asian American Community Services are offering support to the workers, while police begin their investigation.

Police said no one is facing criminal charges at this time, but said they have several persons of interest and said the woman who leased the space owns several massage parlors across the country.

"It's disgusting. The people who perpetuate it, as far as I'm concerned, prison would be treating them kind," said Sgt. Jim Moran with the Worthington Division of Police.

Moran said investigators will seek a nuisance abatement to temporarily shut down the business while the investigation continues.

Neighbors who reported their concerns to police said they don't want to see women exploited in their community, or anywhere.

If you suspect someone may be a victim of human trafficking, you can contact the Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or Text 233733.

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Local doctor tests Tobacco 21 enforcement; says 9 stores sold to underage teen

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 15:00

A local doctor took research into his own hands when asking the Franklin County Board of Health to enforce city ordinance Tobacco 21.

"I don't like surprising people like this, but I had to get their attention," said Dr. Rob Crane, a family medicine physician for Ohio State. "I came to the same board meeting and made a presentation, down on one knee begging for their help and they ignored me."

Tobacco 21 makes the legal age to purchase tobacco products 21 years of age in Bexley, Upper Arlington, New Albany, Grandview and Dublin.

"In those five cities there is no real enforcement because the Franklin County Health Department hasn’t stood up to do it," said Dr. Crane.

Crane says he's spent the last 16 months asking the Department to run youth-based stings as a way to see if retailers are following the law.

"They don’t want to be involved in stings. I’ve told them, this is not James Bond," he said.
So, Crane worked with Christal Welch, a 19-year-old college student to see how many stores would sell to her.

Of the 18 stores they went to in the central Ohio area, nine sold to her overlooking her age or not checking ID.

"I was shocked," Welch said. "Half the time they would ask 'are you old enough?', and I would say yes, but they didn’t ask for my ID. Other times, they would look at my ID that says I’ll be 21 in 2019, and they still sold it to me."

Tuesday, Welch and Dr. Crane presented their findings to the Franklin County Board of Health.

"I think his goal is also our goal," said Health Commissioner Joe Mazzola. "For us right now we don’t have a direct role in the enforcement procedures for most of the cities that have passed Tobacco 21 in our jurisdiction. But, certainly, we are looking to work with more local communities as they consider raising the age from 18-21."

Mazzola says the department has spent time researching enforcement tactics to ensure they make an informed decision.

"What we’ve been doing is looking at around the state of Ohio, looking around the nation really for best practices and information about the effectiveness for local health departments to do active enforcement for tobacco 21 ordinances and so that takes time," said Mazzola.

Mazzola says the commission will make a formal recommendation to the Franklin County Board of Health over the next couple months.

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Nurse says he was sexually assaulted by former Ohio State doctor

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 14:38

Another man comes forward, saying he was sexually assaulted by a former Ohio State University doctor, Richard Strauss. He's not an athlete, but a nurse.

Brian Garrett worked in an off-campus clinic Strauss opened in 1996. He said the clinic did not seem legitimate, lacking supplies and medical charts.

Garrett says Dr. Strauss had him stand in on an exam where Strauss fondled a patient’s penis until he ejaculated. Then he says Strauss examined him for heartburn and he himself was abused.

“Next thing you know, he’s undoing my pants and pulling my pants down,” said Garrett. “Just laying there in shock, why? What is he doing? I just said I have heartburn.”

Garrett is very upset that leadership at Ohio State may have known about the abuse and didn’t take action. He is considering taking legal action but is not yet part of a lawsuit.

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Heath man gets life in prison for murder of infant daughter

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:56

NEWARK — A Heath man convicted of murder in the death of his 3-month old daughter who was found dead on a closet shelf has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years.

A judge in Newark sentenced 26-year-old Ryan Mosholder on Monday after the Heath man pleaded guilty to murder and child endangering charges.

Heath police say Mosholder's daughter, Bri'Anna, was found dead in an apartment in March. Licking County's coroner determined she had severe head trauma, fractured bones and bruises all over her body. Prosecutors said Bri'Anna's fatal injuries resulted from Mosholder striking or shaking her.

Defense attorney Andrew Sanderson said Mosholder's addiction to methamphetamines affected his actions. Mosholder declined to comment.

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