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Whitehall 2-year-old on life support; 2 charged including mother

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:41

WHITEHALL, Ohio – A mother and a man are charged after a 2-year-old boy was injured in Whitehall, according to documents filed in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Court records show on Tuesday afternoon in an East Broad Street apartment, 27-year-old Tyreese Gray became frustrated with the child and “forcefully pulled him off the bed” before pushing the child to the bathroom.

The child did not want to go into the bathroom and Gray grabbed him by the head, turned him toward the door and smacked him in the back of the head, according to court records.

This caused the boy to then hit his head when he fell into a vanity.

The boy suffered severe injuries and is now on life support according to court documents.

Gray is charged with felonious assault.

According to court records, the child’s mother, 20-year-old Jquanna Davis, is charged with endangering children.

She is accused of failing to provide medical care to the child multiple times when emergency medical care was needed and allowed the child to be in the care of Gray who hurt the child on several occasions.

Both were arraigned on Wednesday.

Categories: Ohio News

Church helped former priest accused of abuse get Disney job

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:44

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A sweeping grand jury report into child sexual abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania said church officials gave a former priest a positive reference to work at Disney World, even though they'd fielded at least one allegation about him sexually abusing a boy.

The ex-priest, Edward Ganster, left the priesthood in 1990, moved to the Orlando area and went on to work at Disney World before he died in 2014.

The report said Ganster worked at the theme park for 18 years. Ganster drove the train at the Magic Kingdom, according to an obituary in the Orlando Sentinel, which said Ganster worked there for 15 years.

Disney World did not respond to a request for information.

Ganster, who became a priest in 1971, was working at St. Joseph's Church in Easton in the late 1970s when a woman complained to a monsignor that Ganster had gotten in bed with her 13-year-old son on an overnight trip and "hurt" him, the report said. The boy also told his mother that "something happened" in the confession booth, it said.

The monsignor told her Ganster would be given counseling and Ganster was promptly reassigned, the report said.

About a decade later, Ganster was on sick leave at a Catholic mental health hospital as he sought to leave the priesthood and get married.

Ganster wrote the Diocese to say he would apply for a job at Disney World and wanted to use the Diocese as a reference, the report said.

Allentown's bishop, Thomas Welsh, wrote to Orlando's bishop that Ganster's problems were "partially sexual" and that he couldn't reassign him. A monsignor separately assured Ganster that he would get a positive reference.

"I am quite sure that the Diocese will be able to give you a positive reference in regard to the work you did during your years of service here as a priest," the monsignor wrote, according to the report.

A diocese spokesman, Matt Kerr, said he knows of no reference letter, or if one was written.

"That should not have happened," Kerr said. "It would not happen today."

More than a decade after Ganster left the priesthood, a man contacted the Allentown Diocese to report that Ganster had victimized him when he was 14 and an altar boy some two decades earlier, the report said.

Ganster fondled, groped and beat him repeatedly, once dragging him across a living room floor by his underwear and once beating him with a metal cross, the report said.

Years later, in 2015, the mother of another victim contacted the Allentown Diocese to report that Ganster abused her then 12-year-old son in 1977, the report said.

Categories: Ohio News

Drug manufacturer recalls thyroid medication

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:28

A drug manufacturer is recalling thyroid medication because the drug was made with active ingredients, which were not sourced to proper FDA standards.

Westminster Pharmaceuticals issued the voluntary recall for all lots of Levothyroxine and Liothyronine 15 mg, 30 mg, 60 mg, 90 mg, & 120 mg tablets.

To date, the company has not seen any reports of injury nor illness related to the recall.

The products that are being recalled are in 100-count bottles.

Patients taking these medications are urged to replace their pills with a new bottle.

For the full list of recalled medications, click here.

Anyone with questions or concerns can call Westminster’s Regulatory Affairs department by phone at 888-354-9939.

Categories: Ohio News

Target to open new store near New Albany in 2019

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:13

Target has announced plans to open a new store next year near New Albany.

The store will be part of the new development near the intersection of Hamilton Road and State Route 161.

It will be Target’s 16th store in the Columbus metro area. The store will hire approximately 125 employees.

“We look forward to opening our newest store in Ohio to serve both the Columbus and New Albany communities. This full-size Target store will feature our latest design thinking to offer guests a shopping experience that’s even easier and more inspiring,” said Mark Schindele, senior vice president, Target.

The store will also offer Order Pickup, which allows guests to order on and pick up the items at the store in less than an hour.

Categories: Ohio News

Statewide alert issued for boy abducted out of southwestern Ohio

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:55

MIAMISBURG - A statewide alert has been issued for a child that was abducted, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said on August 13 around 4 p.m., Atticus Phillips, 2, was reportedly abducted from the 500 block of East Maple Street.

Phillips is described as a white, has blondish hair, hazel eyes, is about 3-foot tall, and weighs approximately 35 to 40 pounds.

Phillips was reportedly abducted by his mother Kelsy Hannah, 20. She is described as 5-foot-7, weighing 210 pounds, with red hair and green eyes, according to the dispatch center.

Hannah is believed to be possibly driving a 1999 gold Chevrolet with Ohio an Ohio registration GGJ3645.

She may have fled to other family members residences in Montgomery County, Kentucky, or Tennessee.

According to the sheriff's office, the child may be in an immediate threat of danger.

Anyone who sees the child, suspect, or vehicle is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office at 225-4357 or call 911.

Categories: Ohio News

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

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:34

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. (

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Austin City Council votes to move forward with MLS stadium

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:16

The Austin City Council has decided to move ahead with a stadium plan that could prompt Columbus Crew SC to leave its home city after 22 years.

Austin delayed the vote a week, but the council passed the vote 7-4 to enter formal and final negotiations with Crew owner Anthony Precourt.

Precourt bought the Crew in 2013 and has been pushing for a move to Austin since 2017. If successful, the move would uproot a bedrock MLS franchise and give the league its third Texas team. The Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas are the others.

The Austin metropolitan area has just over 2 million people and remains the largest city in the country without a major sports franchise.

The stadium plan is strongly supported by Austin Mayor Steven Adler, but some council members have resisted giving Precourt 24 acres to build a privately funded, 20,000-seat stadium. Critics call it a giveaway by Texas’ capital city and argue Austin could better use the space for parkland or affordable housing.

Precourt initially wanted downtown space for a picturesque venue on the river. Austin refused to make such a deal and instead has considered a tract of land near new retail and condominium developments north of downtown.

Some Columbus fans are fighting to keep their team at home. The fan group Save the Crew has gathered thousands of future ticket pledges and produced its own design for a potential new stadium in downtown Columbus, while hoping new investors will offer to buy the Crew.

Precourt also faces a lawsuit from the state and city seeking to block the move. It cites an Ohio law that owners of teams that use tax-supported facilities and accept state financial assistance must give at least six months’ notice and allow local investors the chance to buy the team. The law was enacted after the NFL’s Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996.

Statement from Save The Crew spokesperson David Miller:

"No matter what happens in Austin, TX, the future of Columbus Crew SC will be determined in Columbus, where we have over 11,000 pledges for 2019 season tickets, a vision for a new downtown stadium a short walk from the Ohio Statehouse, and over 350 businesses of both local and national caliber ready to step in and support this team. The only thing missing is new, local ownership.

“Columbus is a soccer community through and through, and we are eager to support this team, in this city, for generations to come. Glory to Columbus.”

Statement from Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther:

“Major League Soccer chose Columbus as the home of the Crew SC. We were the first city in the U.S. to build a soccer-specific stadium that hosted hundreds of games and international soccer competitions.

When MLS and Precourt Sports Ventures indicated they wanted a downtown sports stadium, we entered into negotiations in good faith, rallying private investors and public support – including commitments for 10,000 season ticket holders for 2019 -- to develop a comprehensive stadium plan. Unfortunately, MLS and PSV have not operated with the same intentions. The McKalla Place site proposal in Austin, for example, sits more than 10 miles from the city’s center – three times the distance between the Columbus Crew’s current stadium and downtown.

Clearly, the decision to move Crew SC to Austin was made long before today’s vote in Texas, with no consideration to the history of the team or the integrity of soccer in the U.S.

We believe MLS and PSV have a responsibility to our fans – and to every resident in Columbus -- to keep Columbus Crew SC in its home.

We will continue our fight to keep the Crew where it belongs – in Columbus.”

Statement from Precourt Sports Ventures:

“Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV) is extremely pleased that Austin City Council has voted to authorize negotiations and execution of agreements with PSV for a privately funded Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium and park at McKalla Place.

We wish to express our gratitude to the Austin City Council for passing today’s momentous resolutions. We thank council for acknowledging the groundswell of support to help bring MLS to Austin.

We have been incredibly honored to work alongside the growing community of volunteers, families, and supporters who have proudly persevered to make this historic vote possible. Your efforts have helped make a difference at each step of the pursuit and we wish to thank you very much for your support.

We also wish to extend our special thanks to Mayor Adler, Mayor Pro Tem Tovo and all council members for their ongoing leadership and vision, and to all city staff who have worked diligently with Council to prepare for the passage of today’s important resolutions.”

Categories: Ohio News

Mark Wahlberg discusses Columbus and car dealership on the "Late Show"

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:43

Actor Mark Wahlberg made an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Tuesday night to discuss his latest movie and they ended up discussing his new business venture in Columbus.

Recently, Wahlberg opened Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet at 3900 West Broad Street, the former location of Bobby Layman Chevrolet.

Colbert brought up the dealership and took a playful jab at the city asking if Wahlberg was planning to go into the witness relocation program when choosing Columbus.

Wahlberg responded by talking about his love of cars and the city.

“I love being in Columbus, we’re about to open a Wahlburgers there, we’re already in Cleveland and we have the best deals,” Wahlberg replied.

At that point, Colbert asked Wahlberg to sell him a vehicle. Check out the full interview below.

Categories: Ohio News

President Trump to headline Republican state dinner in Columbus

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio — President Donald Trump will return to Ohio later this month to headline the Ohio Republican Party's state dinner.

The president's appearance at the Aug. 24 event in Columbus was announced Wednesday by Chairman Jane Timken.

The visit is a coup for Timken, a Trump loyalist who ousted the state GOP's previous chairman in January after the president personally intervened on her behalf.

Trump also will attend a fundraiser while he's in town for U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, who's seeking to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown this fall.

The president last visited central Ohio on Aug. 4 to rally for U.S. House candidate Troy Balderson, a Republican state senator. The race between Balderson and Democrat Danny O'Connor is still too close to call.

Categories: Ohio News

Memorial bench honoring fallen Westerville police officers vandalized 

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:30

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- A memorial bench set up to honor two fallen Westerville police officers is now covered in scratches and curse words.

The bench outside of McVay Elementary School serves a remembrance for Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli. It was installed at the school last week.

A parent noticed the vandalism Wednesday and reported it to the school. Photos show curse words and racial slurs etched on the panels.

Damage to a memorial bench honoring fallen Westerville police officers | Photo edited to censor curse words and racial slur)

The bench has since been removed for repair.

Officers Joering and Morelli were killed in the line of duty in February. Their funeral drew in thousands of people, including law enforcement agents across the country.

Categories: Ohio News

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles experiences statewide computer network outage

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:04

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is experiencing a statewide computer network outage, leaving driver’s unable to get their licenses and plates.

According to a Facebook post, the network outage happened Wednesday morning. The post advised customers that you should call ahead before visiting your local deputy registrar.

Technicians are working to fix the problem, but there is no time given when everything will be restored.

Stay with 10TV and on this developing story

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A rising concern? After straws, balloons get more scrutiny

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 08:35

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans' love of balloons be deflated?

The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat them. So as companies vow to banish plastic straws, there are signs balloons will be among the products to get more scrutiny, even though they're a very small part of environmental pollution.

This year, college football powerhouse Clemson University is ending its tradition of releasing 10,000 balloons into the air before games, a move that's part of its sustainability efforts. In Virginia, a campaign that urges alternatives to balloon releases at weddings is expanding. And a town in Rhode Island outright banned the sale of all balloons earlier this year, citing the harm to marine life.

"There are all kinds of alternatives to balloons, a lot of ways to express yourself," says Kenneth Lacoste, first warden of New Shoreham, Rhode Island, who cites posters, piñatas and decorated paper.

Following efforts to limit plastic bags, the push by environmentalists against straws has gained traction in recent months, partly because they're seen as unnecessary for most. Companies including Starbucks and Disney are promising to phase out plastic straws, which can be difficult to recycle because of their size and often end up as trash in the ocean. A handful of U.S. cities recently passed or are considering bans. And the push may bring attention to other items people may not have considered — like festive balloons.

"The issue of straws has really broadened the marine debris issue," says Emma Tonge of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. People might not realize balloons are a danger, she says, because of their "light and whimsical" image.

Balloons are not among the top 10 kinds of debris found in coastal cleanups, but Tongue says they're common and especially hazardous to marine animals, which can also get entangled in balloon strings.

Chelsea Rochman, an assistant professor of ecology at the University of Toronto, says people should think systemically about waste and pollution, but that efforts to bring attention to specific products shouldn't be dismissed as too minor.

"If we said that about everything, we wouldn't get anything done," she says.

Already, a few states restrict balloon releases to some extent, according to the Balloon Council, which represents the industry and advocates for the responsible handling of its products to "uphold the integrity of the professional balloon community." That means never releasing them into the air, and ensuring the strings have a weight tied to them so the balloons don't accidentally float away.

Lorna O'Hara, executive director of the Balloon Council, doesn't dispute that marine creatures might mistake balloons for jellyfish and eat them. But she says that doesn't mean balloons are necessarily causing their deaths.

Clean Virginia Waterways still thinks balloons can be harmful. Included in its report last year: A photo of a soaring bird with a deflated balloon trailing behind it.

The report addresses the "rising concern" of balloons, which also often use helium, a non-renewable resource. It notes the difficulty of changing a social norm and that even typing "congrats" in a Facebook post results in an animation of balloons. It even claims the media play a role and that some groups conduct balloon releases "just so reporters will cover the event."

"We don't want to say don't use them at all. We're saying just don't release them," says Laura McKay of the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.

Some states such as California ban balloon releases for other reasons. Pacific Gas & Electric, which serves northern and central California, says metallic balloons caused 203 power outages in the first five months of this year, up 22 percent from a year ago.

Lacoste thinks other towns, particularly those along the coasts, will also ban balloons as people become more aware of environmental issues. He notes that plastic bags were once seen as harmless, but many places now ban them.

Categories: Ohio News

Back to School: College savings plan changes

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 07:51

Back to school can get expensive from clothes to supplies and that's before they head off to college.

This year there are changes to those college savings plans.

A financial expert breaks it all down for 10TV.

As kids head back to school, parents you may want to think years ahead - to college.

"If you have a child that's 5 or 6 of age and you're looking to pay for college. You're looking to pay $200,000 for undergrad," says portfolio manager and owner of Libertas Wealth Management, Adam Koos.

This year there are changes to college savings plans like the 529.

The biggest change is an increase in the state of Ohio tax deduction, which has risen from $2,000 to $4,000.

"If you have 3 kids and you put away $4,000 then you can write off that on your tax return for every child, it's a huge increase," Koos explains.

Also new this year is what you can use that money for, including religious and private high schools and elementary schools.

But if your child decides not to go to college, there are options of what to do with those savings.

"There is a 10 percent penalty for the money you take out but you can transfer it to any family member at no cost," Koos explains.

And if your child gets scholarships, you can take that money out dollar for dollar without penalty.

Koos says the important thing to do, which may be tough for some parents, is to put yourself first.

"What you need to do is a financial plan to make sure your retirement is taken care of, then max out the tax deduction for the 529 plan and look at other avenues for college savings," he says.

Koos says regardless of how much you're able to save, it all adds up, even if it's $50 a month.

"Let's say it grew and you have $8,000, that can pay for a lot of books, a laptop, food," he says.

To open up a 529 plan you need a social security number but Koos says you can start saving before your child is even born if you open it up in your name then transfer it to your children.

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Weed-killing chemical linked to cancer found in some children's breakfast foods

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 07:48

A new report found glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical that some health authorities link to cancer, in a number of popular breakfast foods and cereals marketed to children.

The study by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) discovered trace amounts of the most widely used herbicide in the country in oats, granolas and snack bars. Thirty-one out of 45 tested products had levels higher than what some scientists consider safe for children.

Recently, some scientists, doctors and activists around the world have worked to keep glyphosate out of crops due to concerns that it is a dangerous carcinogen.

"We're very concerned that consumers are eating more glyphosate than they know," said Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs at EWG. He has been working to improve food safety standards for more than a decade. He said he and his team at EWG had a lab test involving "45 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats" and found glyphosate – the active ingredient in the Monsanto weed-killer Roundup – in all but two.

"I was shocked," said Dr. Jennifer Lowry, who heads the Council on Environmental Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"We don't know a lot about the effects of glyphosate on children," Lowry said. "And essentially we're just throwing it at them."

EWG used its own, more stringent standards to conclude that products with excessive levels of the herbicide included Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, Cheerios, Quaker Dinosaur Egg Instant Oats, Great Value Instant Oats, and Back to Nature Classic Granola. Glyphosate was even found in a few organic products, though most had non-detectable levels.

The World Health Organization says glyphosate is a "probable carcinogen," and California lists it as a chemical "known to the state to cause cancer."

Monsanto disputes that, saying in a statement, "glyphosate does not cause cancer" and "has a more than 40-year history of safe use."

Of EWG's study, Monsanto says "even at the highest level reported… an adult would have to eat 118 pounds of the food item every day for the rest of their life in order to reach the EPA's limit" for glyphosate residues.

But just last week, a jury in California ordered Monsanto to pay one man $289 million in damages after he claimed the company's weed killers caused his cancer. EWG's Faber is skeptical of EPA's glyphosate limits.

"We don't think it does enough in particular to protect children," Faber said.

"It is time now for them to step up and do their jobs to ban glyphosate," said Zen Honeycutt, who heads Moms Across America, a group formed to raise awareness about toxic exposures. Her family switched to an organic-only diet after her three sons developed allergies and other health problems.

"We want to trust that what is in the grocery store is safe and the shocking reality is that in many cases it's not," Honeycutt said.

In a statement, Quaker said: "We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products. Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any limits of the safety standards set by the EPA and the European Commission as safe for human consumption." General Mills told CBS News: "Our products are safe and without question, they meet regulatory safety levels. The EPA has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow."

Categories: Ohio News

1 critical after motorcycle and car collide in south Columbus

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 05:28

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Division of Police says one person is in critical condition after a collision between a car and a motorcycle.

Investigators say the crash happened Wednesday just before 7 a.m. near the Jackson Pike Jail.

One person was transported to Grant Medical Center in critical condition, according to police.

One lane on Jackson Pike which is also State Route 104 was closed while they processed the scene.

The road reopened just before 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The crash remains under investigation.

Stay with and 10TV for more on this developing story.

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Police: Ohio woman shoots police officer husband, kills herself

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:59

Authorities say a woman has shot and wounded her police officer husband in Ohio and then fatally shot herself.

The shootings occurred Monday afternoon at a home in Painesville, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Cleveland.

Painesville Police Chief Dan Waterman said Tuesday that 27-year-old Gates Mills police officer Dylan Hustosky called 911 Monday afternoon to report that his wife, 29-year-old Kayleigh Hustosky, had shot him in the arm.

A SWAT team was summoned when Kayleigh Hustosky didn't respond to police phone calls. She was found dead several hours later after a robot and drones failed to detect any movement inside the home.

Dylan Hustosky was flown to a Cleveland hospital where he's in stable condition.

The couple's 3-year-old son was away visiting relatives when Dylan Hustosky was shot.

Categories: Ohio News

AG Mike DeWine unveils body armor grants, FOP critical of delay

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:53

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the state's injured worker fund is setting aside a portion of its safety grant funding to help local police agencies pay for bulletproof vests.

The Republican gubernatorial nominee advanced the plan Tuesday. It follows an Associated Press report in June on a union grievance stating more than 50 Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents are wearing expired bulletproof vests despite pleas to management to get the vests replaced.

DeWine says the grant program with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation will make up to $40,000 available to a local law enforcement agency with a 25 percent local match.

The Fraternal Order of Police says it is grateful for the added financial help but "dismayed" that DeWine is politicizing a police safety issue.

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Twitter suspends Alex Jones' account for week after tweet company says incites violence

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:50

Twitter says it is suspending the account of far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week after he violated the company's rules against inciting violence. The New York Times reports that Jones tweeted a link to a video calling for supporters to get their "battle rifles" ready against media and others.

Jones won't be able to tweet or retweet from his personal account for seven days, though he will be able to browse Twitter.

The Twitter account for his "Infowars" show was not affected.

Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify have taken down material published by Jones, reflecting more aggressive enforcement of hate speech policies after online backlash.

But Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company's decision last week not to ban Jones, saying Jones hadn't broken any rules.

And the Times says Twitter's weeklong suspension of Jones' Twitter account "stops short of a full ban of Mr. Jones from Twitter and leaves many questions unanswered about what actually gets people booted off the service. The company's policy calls for the short-term suspension of an account after repeated violations, but Twitter declined to clarify how many offenses would terminate Mr. Jones's account permanently."

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Christine Hallquist, transgender candidate, wins nomination for Vermont governor

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:44

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!

Join us→

Donate→ #vtpoli #victory #bluewave #tearitupsister #firsttransgov

— 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."

— 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.

Categories: Ohio News

Oak Hills mobile home clubhouse catches fire near Grove City

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:42

GROVE CITY, Ohio - Firefighters are investigating what caused a mobile home park clubhouse to catch fire early Wednesday morning.

Multiple fire crews were called just before 6 a.m. to 5965 Harrisburg Georgesville Road on a report of a fire.

Firefighters from Jackson Township, Columbus, and Madison County fire arrived to find smoke coming from the Oak Hills mobile home park clubhouse building.

Officials say they quickly contained the fire, but there is significant damage to the roof.

it is unclear how the fire started, but it appears to have started in the rear of the structure, according to investigators.

The fire remains under investigation.

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