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Beam collapse causes major damage to historic Avalon Theatre in Marysville

21 min 48 sec ago

MARYSVILLE, Ohio -- A beam collapsed and caused major damage to the historic Avalon Theatre in Marysville Thursday night.

Emergency crews received a call about the collapse around 10 p.m., according to Marysville Division of Fire Battalion Chief Jim Strayton.

No one was injured, although officials say a couple of cars were damaged.

Clean up started Friday around 6 a.m.

Engineers are expected to examine the stability of the rest of the building.

The exact cost of the damage from the collapse is not yet known.

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Ginther, Quinlan provide update on report recommending changes for Columbus police force

32 min 41 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Officials with the City of Columbus will provide an update on a report recommending dozens of changes for the Columbus Division of Police.

Mayor Andrew Ginther, Police Chief Thomas Quinlan, and Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission Chair Janet E. Jackson will talk about the commission's report at 10 a.m. Friday.

Earlier this year, the report made 80 recommendations after spending 18 months talking to neighbors, looking at police resources and policies

You can find the report here.

You can watch Friday's update below:

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Columbus leads the Midwest in electric vehicle sales

46 min 42 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three years ago, Smart Columbus set a goal to facilitate the purchase of 3,200 electric vehicles, which would be a 500 percent increase from where the city was in 2016.

In an update to their initiative, Smart Columbus announced last week that 3,323 electric vehicles were sold in the seven-county Columbus region from April of 2017 to February of this year.

The news means the city not only exceeded its goal, but became the fastest-growing city in the Midwest for electric vehicle adoption.

“Every industry and segment that hugs this space really got involved and that’s what made all the difference and I think that’s the specialness of Columbus. I don’t know if any other city could do it like we did,” said Jordan Davis, director of Smart Columbus for the Columbus Partnership.

With an increase in sales of electric vehicles, Columbus could also see environmental effects, which would be a benefit for the city, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transportation accounts for nearly 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA).

Electric cars can reduce some of those tailpipe emissions, creating a healthier environment for everyone, according to the EPA.

Many of the city’s frontline communities are disproportionately located near highways, suffering higher rates of respiratory conditions, reports Smart Columbus. The increase in electric vehicles in Columbus can also lead to new opportunities for growth to make the community a more attractive and prosperous place to live both as an individual and as a business, Davis said.

“We’re capable of stacking hands and breaking records and doing things for the first time and I think we need to feel that more than ever in this time of COVID, that you know, we as a community are capable of getting past these things.” Davis said.
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After conquering their initial goal, Smart Columbus is looking forward.

“We’re hopeful that these types of efforts like electrification, like autonomous vehicles, different ways we can connect with the world through technology, that those are a way for the future of the new normal in our community,” Davis said.

With some electric vehicles bought in the last three years coming off their leases, there’s a possibility to see price points open to more residents, Davis said.

There are also goals to see more vehicle body types, like pickup trucks, for example, as well as an increased use of electric vehicles for public transit and other shared-mobility initiatives.

Read more about the initiative to increase electric vehicle sales in Columbus by clicking here.

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Unemployment rate falls to 13.3%, US adds 2.5 million jobs

53 min 31 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 13.3% in May from 14.7%, and 2.5 million jobs were added — a surprisingly positive reading in the midst of a recession that has paralyzed the economy in the wake of the viral pandemic.

The May job gain suggests that businesses have quickly been recalling workers as states have reopened their economies.

Other evidence has also shown that the job market meltdown triggered by the coronavirus has bottomed out. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits has declined for nine straight weeks. And the total number of people receiving such aid has essentially leveled off.

The overall job cuts have widened economic disparities that have disproportionately hurt minorities and lower-educated workers. Though the unemployment rate for white Americans was 12.4% May, it was 17.6% for Hispanics and 16.8% for African-Americans.

Even with the surprising gain in May, it may take months for all those who lost work in April and March to find jobs. Some economists forecast the rate could remain in double-digits through the November elections and into next year.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story is below:

America's workers likely suffered another devastating blow in May, with millions more jobs lost to the viral pandemic and an unemployment rate near or even above 20% for the first time since the Great Depression.

Economists have forecast that the government will report Friday that employers shed 8.5 million more jobs last month on top of 21.4 million lost in March and April. A figure that large would raise the total losses since the coronavirus intensified nearly three months ago to almost 30 million — more than triple the number of jobs lost during the 2008-2009 Great Recession.

The economy has sunk into what looks like a deep recession, and most economists foresee unemployment remaining above 10% — its peak during the Great Recession — through the November elections and into next year.

A report Thursday on applications for unemployment benefits reinforced the picture of a bleak job market: The number of people seeking jobless aid last week was double the previous record high that prevailed before the viral outbreak occurred.

Still, that report did offer a few glimmers of hope. As restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, hair salons and other retail establishments gradually reopen, job cuts are slowing and employers are recalling some of their laid-off workers. The total number of people receiving unemployment aid rose slightly, the government said, but stayed below a peak of 25 million reached two weeks earlier. And the number of laid-off workers applying for aid, while historically high, has declined for nine straight weeks.

The economic shock, like the pandemic itself, has widened economic disparities that have disproportionately hurt minorities and lower-educated workers. More than 55% of African-Americans say they or someone in their household has lost income since mid-March, compared with 43% of whites, according to a weekly survey by the Census Bureau. For Hispanics, the figure is 60%. The pandemic has especially eliminated jobs, at least temporarily, at restaurants, hotels, retail chains and other lower-wage industries.

The street protests over George Floyd's killing that led to some vandalism and looting in dozens of cities won't affect Friday's jobs figures, which were compiled in the middle of May. But business closures related to the unrest could cause job losses that would be reflected in the June jobs report to be issued next month.

A few businesses are reporting signs of progress even in hard-hit industries. American Airlines, for example, said this week that it would fly 55% of its U.S. routes in July, up from just 20% in May.

And the Cheesecake Factory said one-quarter of its nearly 300 restaurants have reopened, though with limited capacity. Sales at those restaurants are at nearly 75% of the levels reached a year ago, the company said. Both companies' share prices rose.

Those limited gains may lead to more rehiring as companies slowly restart shuttered businesses. But economists say the pace of hiring will then likely lag as a severe recession and high unemployment hold back consumer spending, the main driver of the economy.

Erica Groshen, a labor economist at Cornell University and a former commissioner of the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, said hiring could ramp up relatively quickly in coming months and reduce unemployment to low double-digits by year's end.

“Then my inclination is that it will be a long, slow slog," she said.

Overhanging the jobs picture is widespread uncertainty about how long the unemployed will remain out of work. Most of the layoffs in recent months were a direct result of the sudden shutdowns of businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Though many of the unemployed have said they expect their layoffs to be temporary, many large businesses won't rehire everyone they laid off. And some small employers might not reopen at all if the recession drags on. Until most Americans are confident they can shop, travel, eat out and fully return to their other spending habits without fear of contracting the virus, the economy will likely remain sluggish.

Even if just one-third of the U.S. job losses turn out to be permanent, that would leave roughly 10 million people out of work. That is still more than all the jobs lost in the Great Recession. A hole that size would take years to fill. Oxford Economics estimates that the economy will regain 17 million jobs by year’s end, a huge increase by historical standards. But that would make up for barely more than half the losses.

Gwyneth Duesbery, 22, returned this week to her job as a hostess at a steakhouse where she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as the restaurant prepares to reopen. Duesbery said she is grateful for the opportunity, given that she hasn't received unemployment benefits since the restaurant closed in March and has run through her savings.

She will spend this week helping to clean the restaurant and setting tables 6 feet apart. The restaurant will be able to seat only about one-quarter of its usual capacity.

The restaurant, Bowdie's Chop House, has reservations for about 20 people for its opening night Monday and said it has drawn plenty of interest from longtime customers. Still, Duesbery worries about her health.

“I am concerned that it will expose me to potential diseases, and expose others, no matter the precautions that we take," she said. “It’s kind of uncharted waters."

Coronavirus: What you need to know

There are now 34,639 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio; 2,117 people have died from the virus and 6,264 were hospitalized, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Breakdown of Ohio cases by county >>

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in a couple of weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems are at higher risk of more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

10TV is committed to bringing you a FACTS NOT FEAR approach to our coronavirus reporting. You can count on 10TV to give you the latest developments and the impacts on you and your family. For complete coverage, visit: 10TV.com/coronavirus.

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Twitter disables Trump campaign's George Floyd video tribute

2 hours 24 min ago

Twitter has blocked a Trump campaign video tribute to George Floyd over a copyright claim, in a move that adds to tensions between the social media platform and the U.S. president, one of its most widely followed users.

The company put a label on a video posted by the @TeamTrump account that said, “This media has been disabled in response to a claim by the copyright owner.” The video was still up on President Donald Trump’s YouTube channel and includes pictures of Floyd, whose death sparked widespread protests, at the start.

“Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,” Twitter said in a statement. It did not say who made the complaint.

The three minute and 45 second clip is a montage of photos and videos of peaceful marches and police officers hugging protesters interspersed with some scenes of burning buildings and vandalism, set to gentle piano music and Trump speaking.

Last month, Twitter placed fact-check warnings on two tweets from Trump’s own account that called mail-in ballots “fraudulent” and predicted problems with the November U.S. elections. Under the tweets, there is now a link reading “Get the facts about mail-in ballots” that guides users to a Twitter “moments” page with fact checks and news stories about Trump’s unsubstantiated claims.

It also demoted and placed a stronger warning on a third Trump tweet about Minneapolis protests that read, in part, that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Twitter said that the tweet had violated the platform’s rules by glorifying violence.

Trump responded by threatening to retaliate against social media companies.

Last year, Twitter also removed a Trump tweet that featured a doctored Nickelback music video clip that took aim at former Vice President Joe Biden, after receiving copyright complaints.

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Nextdoor neighbors offer moments of Zen

3 hours 16 min ago

Many people may be looking to find a moment to pause and reflect on the events of the past couple of weeks. For some folks, that means turning off social media. Completely.

Felicia D. in the King-Lincoln neighborhood of Columbus told us on Nextdoor that she loves buying loose flowers and making her own arrangements using empty liquor bottles and wine glasses.

Courtesy: Felicia D. via Nextdoor

Doug in Valleyview Heights says, “I go to parks and ride my bike. Sometimes I take a break and have a nap. Yesterday, I was at John Bryan State Park, took a break and woke up to a puppy licking my face!”

Whether it’s working your garden, fishing, or sewing, like Erin N. of Stockbridge, mental health experts say taking a moment to rest your body and brain is critical.

Courtesy: Erin N. via Nextdoor

Mary Fristad is a psychologist and professor of psychiatry at the Ohio State University. She says there is a scientific benefit to time spent outdoors and taking in the sun responsibly for physical and mental health.

That’s what Chris of Oriole Heights does. He says he does a lot of fishing and shared a gorgeous photo with 10TV of what looks to be his favorite fishing hole.

Courtesy: Chris R. via Nextdoor
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Police investigating assault of man found unconscious in Polaris parking lot

3 hours 26 min ago

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Department is investigating after a man was found unconscious in a Polaris hotel parking lot.

Authorities found the man bleeding from the head in the parking lot of Candlewood Suites at 8515 Lyra Drive.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he is being treated for massive head trauma.

Police believe the man to be in the age range of 25-35.

Anyone with any information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Columbus Police Assault Unit at 614-645-4141 or Crime Stoppers at 614-645-8477.

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Police discover homicide victim while conducting wellness check in west Columbus

4 hours 54 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Police are investigating a homicide in west Columbus.

At approximately 3:19 p.m. on Thursday, officers went to a home on O'Reily Drive to conduct a well-being check on 58-year-old Kenneth Ramsey. Offices went to the home after Ramsey's coworkers said he had missed several days of work and they could not reach him.

Upon arrival, officers found Ramsey unresponsive inside his home. Columbus Fire medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Columbus Police Homicide Unit at (614) 645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-TIPS.

This is the 46th homicide in Columbus in 2020.

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21-year-old killed in single-vehicle crash in Fairfield County

4 hours 57 min ago

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Ohio - A 21-year-old Mount Vernon man died in a crash in Fairfield County.

The Lancaster Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the crash on Ginder Road near Sheets Road just before 10:00 p.m. Thursday.

Investigators believe Zane Tuttle was headed eastbound on Ginder Road when he lost control of his Jeep Liberty and went off the road. Troopers say Tuttle's Jeep struck a bush, went airborne and overturned before hitting a tree. The impact of the crash ejected Tuttle from the vehicle.

Greenfield Township Medics transported Tuttle to Fairfield Medical Center where he died as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash.

Troopers believe impairment is a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation at this time.

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Columbus restaurant impacted by COVID-19 now dealing with city's curfew

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 21:49

Many businesses that spent months closed because of the coronavirus had just re-opened when the protests began, and then curfew was put into place.

Several local restaurants are struggling with the decision to even stay open right now.

Walking down Parsons Avenue, you can smell the barbeque wafting in the air from Pit BBQ and Grill.

“We opened in February right before the pandemic happened. It was bad timing,” Dandre Martin said.

They were forced to close another location, and only do carry out from one shop.

“Not being able to get the full potential at the beginning, it really took a big hit on us,” Martin explained.

Martin says he was cautiously optimistic when Governor Mike DeWine announced restaurants could open, then was protests began followed by the citywide curfew. Two big financial blows to a brand new business.

“It sucks for us to have to close down earlier than what we will have to,” Martin said.

Some businesses like the Happy Greek that just re-opened saw other businesses being vandalized, and with the curfew, they decided just to close up and shut down.

Martin says he will stay open for the hours he can, and hopes to add patio seating to be able to serve more in their limited hours.

“Very frustrated. I understand why it needed to be done. We are just going to take it day by day,” he said.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther's office says the curfew has proven to be effective for keeping peaceful protesters safe, so they are keeping it in place for now. It's unclear when it might be lifted.

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'We can't be silent': Why this central Ohio woman is protesting

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 21:45

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As nationwide protests continue following George Floyd's death, people from all walks of life are speaking out about systemic racism.

In Columbus, protesters have gathered at the Ohio Statehouse for eight days. They march holding signs chanting "Black Lives Matter." 10TV has interviewed many of these protesters who agree this is bigger than Floyd's death. They are demanding an end to police brutality and racism.

Mimi Dane, 64, is one of the protesters. Dane, a retired attorney and former nonprofit president, arrives first thing in the morning to maintain social distancing. She said as a white woman, she felt she couldn't stay silent.

"We're the problem. We're the way to solve it," Dane said. "We have to work together as a community. We can't be silent. To become silent is to become complicit and we just can't do it."

10TV reached out to Kyle Strickland, the senior legal analyst and special assistant to the director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. Strickland said systemic racism refers to deep-rooted discrimination that has repeated itself again and again and becomes more and more ingrained in society during a span of generations.

"It permeates within our institutions, it’s within our laws, our policies and our practices that have this grounded foundation of biases, discrimination where you have barriers that place certain races above others," Strickland said. "So when we talk about systemic racism, it’s in our institutions, it’s in our organizations, and it permeates so much so that people see it as normal, and it’s kind of normalized, that’s how, the way things are, when, in fact, these structures have been set up to place certain races above others."

Dane believes it is very important for people in a place of privilege to remain engaged. Not only protesting and speaking out in public but actively working to bring out change.

"It's the children. Their education is dependent upon where their zip code is. Their health care is dependent upon where their zip code is. We can't stand back and let that happen," Dane said. "We just need to be engaged over and over again. Most importantly, we need to vote. We need to vote."

The National Museum of African American History and Culture has dedicated a portion of its website to "Talking about Race." They provide resources and information on how to be "antiracist." The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing by Anneliese A. Singh, Ph.D., LPC defines "antiracist" as "people who are actively seeking not only to raise their consciousness about race and racism but also to take action when they see racial power inequities in everyday life."

To educate yourself and connect with resources, click here.

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Lawsuits filed on behalf of Cedar Point and Kings Island demand parks be allowed to reopen immediately

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 19:58

SANDUSKY, Ohio - Lawsuits filed on behalf of Cedar Point, Kings Island, and Kalahari Resorts demand theme parks be allowed to reopen immediately.

The lawsuits were filed by the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law against Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton in Warren County and Erie County Common Pleas Courts on Thursday.

Cedar Fair, the parks' parent company, said in a statement that it expects to have the same opportunities granted to other businesses.

The amusement park company says it is an expert at managing risks and following protocols.

The company has already established protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that various entertainment venues could reopen on June 10. Amusement parks and water parks were not on that list.

A similar lawsuit was filed by gyms in May and a judge ordered the immediate reopening of gyms in Ohio.

The Ohio House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee added an amendment to House Bill 665 Thursday which would allow amusement parks and water parks to reopen. The parks would need to have guidance and standards set by the state Director of Agriculture with consultation from the Director of Health. The bill still has to be considered by the House and the Senate, and if approved, signed by Gov. DeWine.

The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law said Cedar Fair would join one of the lawsuits on Friday.


Coronavirus: What you need to know

There are now 34,639 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio; 2,117 people have died from the virus and 6,264 were hospitalized, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Breakdown of Ohio cases by county >>

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in a couple of weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems are at higher risk of more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

10TV is committed to bringing you a FACTS NOT FEAR approach to our coronavirus reporting. You can count on 10TV to give you the latest developments and the impacts on you and your family. For complete coverage, visit: 10TV.com/coronavirus.

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Video of ex-convict, business owner thanking police during protest praised for starting conversation

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 18:54

PATASKALA, Ohio - He was one of the hundreds of people at last Thursday night's protest in Columbus at the intersection of North High and Broad.

From the front line, Joe Thorpe recorded on his phone. His story, though, starts before the death of George Floyd. Or, Tyre King. Or, Sandra Bland. Or, Trayvon Martin. He says he, too, is a victim of racism.

"I've been beaten up by the police," he said. "[I've] been robbed by them. Literally robbed by them, numerous times."

In 2002, Thorpe served nine-and-a-half years for armed robbery. Today in central Ohio he owns his own heating, cooling and plumbing company. He's also about to publish a book.

"Obviously, we need police officers," he said. "But, at the same time, I believe that police need to police themselves as well."

The death of George Floyd brought him to the middle of Columbus last Thursday night. It brought him to the middle of the war on equality.

He was one of many who was hit with pepper spray after the situation escalated between police and protesters.

Four days later he was at another protest. This one in Pataskala. But, it's what he did before he left that has gained attention and thousands of views on social media.

"I don't know if they're going to like being on camera," he said in his recording. "I'm still going to thank them."

The man, who some would argue has every right to be angry at law enforcement, walked up to a group of officers to thank them.

"I just wanted to thank y'all for being out here," he told the officers.

"Just the fact they were over there...they weren't trying to intimidate nobody, at all. They were just over there minding their business."

No intimidation, he says. No riot gear. Just there to help.

In the video, Thorpe and the officers exchanged smiles, laughs and elbow bumps (due to COVID-19).

"I felt like it's my duty to thank [them], especially with all the tensions going on," he said.

One of those officers was Sgt. Bradley Ramsey. Thursday, the two men reunited on a Zoom call.

"I tell you, Joe is exactly what we need at this time," Sgt. Ramsey said.

Ramsey says the actions of bad officers in Minneapolis have tarnished the same badge he puts on every day.

"For [officers], we are judged by the clothes that we wear just like Joe is judged by the color of his skin," Ramsey said. "But, if you take all that stuff away, we're still human."

We're all human; a certainty that has gotten lost. A certainty that needs to be certain.

"I just think everybody needs to...if you know something's wrong, speak out against it," Thorpe said.

Dialogue. A conversation. The only way to look at each other set aside differences and heal.

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'This is the start of a revolution to really change the world': New Albany brothers discuss George Floyd's death

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 16:44

On Thursday, the nation watched the memorial service for 46-year-old George Floyd including two brothers from New Albany.

Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Minor and his 15-year-old brother Carter say while they live hundreds of miles from Minneapolis where Floyd died in police custody the incident hit home.

"Almost every incident that I've had with a police officer I'm afraid whether that's passing a car on my bike in the neighborhood when it's dark out I'm driving and I see a police car come up behind me and I know they're waiting for me to mess up so they can pull me over," Jonathan said.

"I had to put my phone down. I had more than a fear that could be anybody that could be my dad, that could be Jonathan," Carter said.

Both of them believe what's different about 2020 protests is that this time there is more support from all races.

"I think that it's amazing that we have white allies that are willing to stand up for us I think that's very necessary," Jonathan said.

They both believe officers need to change the way they police black neighborhoods.

"If you are a police officer and you get scared by just the skin color of somebody, I don't think it's the right job for you," Carter said.

Both brothers say they would like to see improvements in accountability, better psychological exams for officers to weed out any racism and they would like to stop the practice of allowing bad cops to reapply at other police departments.

They believe for real change to happen, there needs to be a collective understanding of the issues facing minorities.

"By saying things like no one is oppressed, you're adding to the problem. When I say black lives matter and you say all lives matter you are suppressing my thoughts," Carter said.

The brothers believe real change is coming, but it won't happen unless we all work together.

"This is the start of a revolution to really change the world and America," Carter said.

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Hilliard mother of black boys struggles to protect but prepare her sons

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 15:28

A mother's love and instinct to protect are universal. But for mothers of black boys in America, there is an added set of worries and fears.

Melissa Johnson's family came together through adoption 13 years ago, with the birth of Frank and then two years later, Jude.

"They are amazing - you're going to make me cry," she said. "They are smart. They are gorgeous, they have gorgeous skin, they have gorgeous eyes, they are athletic, they are funny, they fight like brothers."

From the start, she knew their lives would be different than hers.

"Holding this little newborn baby and looking at him- obviously he doesn't look like me. I don't see our family's features. And I see brown skin. And I'm like, 'This child is like any other baby, like any other child.' And I'm like, 'Wow, what will the world be for you? Because we will have to talk about prejudice. And we will have different discussions than if I had a child that had white skin.'"

But she wasn't ready for 11-year-old Jude to ask her about the killing of George Floyd.

"He's like 'Mom, I saw the George Floyd video.' I was like, ugh, I wanted to be able to watch it with them and talk about it. So my heart is sinking. And he said, 'I'm disgusted,' and he looked at me with disgust- an 11-year-old- you were disgusted and it hurt you. And I'm like, I have no explanation," she said, her voice catching. "I can't make it better and I felt bad. You have every right to be disgusted."

It didn't take Floyd's death for 13-year-old Frank to know his brown skin might make him a target.

"I always think that when I get older, things like that could happen to me," said Frank. "And I just need to be more polite, and I need to be almost more on guard I guess than other people have to be. I don't think that it's right, to have to live in fear."

"So I think racism is a horrific thing, a terrible thing," said Jude. "And it's been going on for thousands of years. And as civilization evolves, I find it truly weird and gross that we still want to do that today. Even though there are many fantastic and great black people out there."

In the movement sparked by George Floyd's death, they see hope. "I hope America, I hope the world wakes up," Melissa said. "And these protests start to drive that message home. It's time for change."

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Ohio zoos, playgrounds, museums & other entertainment facilities can open June 10

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 14:35

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a reopening date Thursday for indoor and outdoor entertainment facilities that had remained shuttered due to coronavirus concerns.

In a release, DeWine's office said the following entertainment venues can open June 10 if they follow certain safety guidelines:

  • Aquariums
  • Art galleries
  • Country clubs
  • Ice skating rinks
  • Indoor family entertainment centers
  • Indoor sports facilities
  • Laser tag facilities
  • Movie theaters (indoor)
  • Museums
  • Playgrounds (outdoor)
  • Public recreation centers
  • Roller skating rinks
  • Social clubs
  • Trampoline parks
  • Zoos

“As I’ve said, Ohioans are able to do two things at once. We can continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 while we safely reopen our economy. It is up to each of us to do what we can to keep each other safe and choose to keep six feet of social distance, wear masks, and maintain good hand hygiene.” said Governor DeWine. “The threat of COVID-19 remains and while it’s our responsibility to keep each other safe, business owners and employees should do their part to ensure customers visit safely, by cleaning and sanitizing surfaces regularly.”

DeWine also announced day camps and residential camps may open at any time. The governor's release did not include mention reopening of amusement parks.

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Man arrested and accused of flashing child and women at stores at Lennox Town Center

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 11:49

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said a man was arrested and charged for allegedly flashing people multiple times at stores at Lennox Town Center.

According to the sheriff's office, a young girl was shopping with her mother on May 27 around 4:50 p.m when the man kneeled down and exposed himself.

The sheriff's office said he approached the mother and child again and exposed himself a second time a few minutes later.

Investigators said the man then left the store and entered the Target store next door and exposed himself several times to multiple women.

Sixty-three-year-old Mark Brown was charged with public indecency on June 3 and could face additional charges of gross sexual imposition, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office said Brown was charged in Upper Arlington Mayor's Court in May 2019 in a similar incident involving a 16-year-old victim at Half Price Books on West Lane Avenue.

Brown pleaded guilty in the 2019 case and was placed on probation, the sheriff's office said.

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George Floyd to be eulogized in Minneapolis memorial Thursday

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 09:59

MINNEAPOLIS — Mourners converged in Minneapolis on Thursday for the first in a series of memorials to George Floyd, whose death at the hands of police has sparked turbulent protests around the world against racial injustice.

The afternoon event was set for North Central University, where the civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton was scheduled to be among those eulogizing the 46-year-old Floyd.

“He was a human being. He had family, he had dreams, he had hopes. The real duty of one with this type of assignment is to underscore the value of the human life that was taken, which gives the reason the movement was occurring,” Sharpton said ahead of the gathering.

Inside the sanctuary, a golden casket was flanked by white and purple flowers, and an image was projected above the pulpit of a mural painted at the street corner where Floyd was pinned to the ground by police. The sanctuary normally seats 1,000, but because of the coronavirus outbreak, the capacity was reduced to about 500.

Memorials are set to take place in three cities over six days: After the Minneapolis event, Floyd’s body will go to Raeford, North Carolina, where he was born, for a public viewing and private family service on Saturday.

Next, a public viewing will be held Monday in Houston, where he was raised and lived most of his life. Then a 500-person service will take place Tuesday at the Fountain of Praise church.

The farewells for Floyd — an out-of-work bouncer who was arrested on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store and died after a white officer pressed his knee on the handcuffed black man's neck for several minutes — come as demonstrations across the U.S. and around the globe continue.

In the U.S., where protests had been marked by bouts of lawlessness earlier in the week, relative quiet continued for a second straight night Wednesday following a decision by prosecutors to charge the three other Minneapolis officers at the scene of Floyd's death with aiding and abetting a murder.

Authorities also filed a new, more serious murder charge — second-degree, up from third-degree — against the officer at the center of the case, Derek Chauvin.

If convicted, they could get 40 years in prison.

The new charges punctuated an unprecedented week in modern American history, in which largely peaceful protests took place in communities of all sizes but were rocked by bursts of violence, including deadly attacks on officers, theft, vandalism and arson. In Minneapolis alone, more than 220 buildings were damaged or burned, with damage topping $55 million, city officials said.

Nationwide, more than 10,000 people have been arrested, an Associated Press tally found. More than a dozen deaths have been reported, though the circumstances in many cases are still being sorted out.

From Paris and London to Tel Aviv, Sydney, Johannesburg and Rio de Janeiro, Floyd's death has triggered demonstrations, with protesters decrying inequality, police brutality and other problems in their own countries.

“It’s a solidarity question. We stand with our brothers, internationally, our sisters as well, but the same thing is happening here. It’s no different,” Isaak Kabenge said in Stockholm.

The attorney for Floyd's family, Ben Crump, called the additional charges against the officers “a bittersweet moment” and “a significant step forward on the road to justice.”

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, said Americans need to “seize the moment” and confront the effects of racism, including unequal educational and economic opportunities.

“I think this is probably our last shot, as a state and as a nation, to fix this systemic issue,” he said.

Hundreds of protesters were in New York City’s Washington Square Park when the charges were announced.

“It’s not enough,” protester Jonathan Roldan said, insisting all four officers should have been charged from the start. “Right now, we’re still marching because it’s not enough that they got arrested. There needs to be systematic change.”

The mood in New York turned somber later in the day after a police officer on an anti-looting patrol was ambushed by a man who walked up behind him and stabbed him in the neck. Two other officers suffered gunshot wounds to their hands in the struggle, and the attacker was in critical condition after being shot by police.

The new second-degree murder charge alleges Chauvin caused Floyd’s death without intent while committing another felony, namely assault. It carries a heavier sentence than the third-degree charge, which is punishable by up to 25 years behind bars.

The other officers — Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao — face the same maximum penalties.

On Wednesday night, an overpowering security team — including officers from the FBI Hostage Rescue Team, the Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Prisons and, according to a senior defense official, at least 2,200 National Guard members — was out in force as thousands of peaceful protesters demonstrated in the nation’s capital.

Military vehicles were parked on streets near the White House. An FBI plane, an Army surveillance plane and a Park Police helicopter circled overhead.

At one point near the White House, protesters knelt and sang “Amazing Grace” amid officers in riot gear. “We are not going anywhere!” they chanted. There were no signs of confrontations.

Protester Jade Jones, 30, said the demonstrations would continue despite the new charges.

“That’s the least they could do,” Jones said. “It’s not going to wipe away 400 years of pain.”

In New York City, where high-end stores were looted in earlier days, some businesses fortified their property. Saks Fifth Avenue's windows were boarded up, then covered in chain-link fencing and razor wire as a line of tattooed men with dogs stood guard out front.

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Tracking severe weather in central Ohio | Thursday, June 4

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 09:53

Doppler 10 Weather Resources: Interactive Radar | Live Radar | Weather Warnings

Severe Weather Update | 11:40 a.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect until 12:15 p.m. for Champaign, Logan and Union counties.

Storm is moving NE at 25 mph. 60 mph wind gusts possible.

Ross Caruso is tracking the storm and will have a more on 10TV at Noon.

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Thursday's Forecast:

Scattered showers and storms will be possible today with highs back in the mid 80’s. Skies will be mostly cloudy, with some sunshine at times during the day. We have some non-severe storms around the region this morning before briefly drying out later this morning before more storms arrive this afternoon. Some of these storms in the afternoon could be strong with isolated damaging wind gusts.

Storms diminish after sunset and we’ll see another chance for showers and storms on Friday. It’ll be hot again, too, with highs in the mid-upper 80’s. A cold front will move out late Friday with drier weather expected over the weekend.

Highs will be in the low-mid 80’s on Saturday with sunny skies. Not as warm on Sunday with highs near 80 with more sunshine. Sunshine and dry weather sticks around for the start of next week.

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SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY GUIDE

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WATCHES & WARNINGS

Watch
A Watch indicates the possibility of severe weather in a relatively broad area. For instance, a tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. Go about your normal routines, but watch for threatening weather.

Warning
A Warning is issued when severe weather is actually occurring. For instance, a tornado warning means a tornado has actually been sighted or has been indicated by radar. The warning usually encompasses a relatively small geographic area. If a warning is issued for the area in which you live, take cover immediately!

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TORNADOES AREN'T THE ONLY REASON TO STAY ALERT

Strong Winds
Strong winds of 55 mph or more can cause significant damage even though no tornado is present. "Downbursts" are columns of air that slam to the earth and spread high winds in many directions. Downbursts can be just as damaging as tornadoes; if such conditions are present, take the same precautions as you would for a tornado.

Lightning
Lightning claims more lives every year than tornadoes. When lightning is a threat, stay indoors and don't use electrical appliances. If you're caught outside, keep a safe distance from tall objects, and try to stay lower than anything nearby. A safe distance from a tree is twice its height.

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TAKING COVER

Storms producing tornadoes in Ohio often approach from the southwest. They can travel at speeds up to 70 miles per hour and contain winds estimated at over 200 miles per hour.

Sometimes an approaching tornado will sound like the roar of a train or airplane. If you see or hear a tornado, take cover immediately. Seek shelter inside, preferably below ground level. Do not waste time opening windows; tornado-force winds will "open" the windows well before the pressure difference can cause any structural damage. Above all, protect your head and lie flat.

At Home
Get away from windows, doors and outside walls. Go to the basement. If you have no basement, go to a first floor bathroom, closet or room at the center of the house. If possible, get under heavy furniture and cover your head with blankets or pillows.

At School
Go the lowest floor or basement. Go to small interior rooms or hallways. Stay away from windows and avoid auditoriums, gyms and other areas with wide, free-span roofs.

In Public Buildings
Go immediately to the designated shelter area or to an interior hallway or small room on the lowest level. Stay away from windows. Do not use elevators. Do not go to your car.

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DeWine cancels Thursday press conference ‘out of respect’ for George Floyd memorial service

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 08:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is canceling his upcoming coronavirus briefing "out of respect" for Thursday's memorial service for George Floyd.

DeWine's news conference and the memorial were both scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. EST.

The governor's office says any updates he planned to discuss will be released to the media and posted online. ​DeWine was expected to reveal reopening details on attractions like zoos and museums at Thursday's press conference.

Out of respect for today’s memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis at 2 p.m. EST, we will not hold a press briefing this afternoon. Any updates for today will be released via press release and posted online at https://t.co/y1iQ2ChQaJ and https://t.co/3lWx4IRScb

— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) June 4, 2020

Floyd's memorial service will take place from 2-4 p.m. with Rev. Al Sharpton delivering the eulogy.

Watch the memorial service live on 10TV or the 10TV Facebook page.

Another service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6 in North Carolina, followed by two more in Houston, Texas, on June 8 and 9.

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