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Man found dead in southeast Columbus apartment; death considered suspicious

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus police are investigating after a man was found dead in southeast Columbus.

Police said officers were called to an apartment in the 4600 block of Refugee Road around 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday for a well-being check.

Curtis Moorer, 61, was found dead inside.

The Franklin County Coroner's Office conducted an autopsy but the cause and manner of death are still being investigated, according to police.

If anyone has any information about what may have happened, they are asked to call Columbus police at 614-645-4730.

Categories: Ohio News

Man tied to gun that killed 2 Westerville police officers gets 5 years

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:05

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for providing the gun used in a shooting that killed two Westerville police officers earlier this year.

Prosecutors sought the 5-year prison term for defendant Gerald Lawson, saying Lawson knew that Quentin Smith, his lifelong friend, had a violent past that prohibited him from buying or owning a gun.

Federal judge Edmund Sargus handed down the sentence Thursday.

Defense attorneys wanted six months of house arrest, followed by three years of probation.

Westerville officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were shot Feb. 10 responding to a 911 hang-up call at a townhome in the Columbus suburb where Smith lived.

Smith was indicted in March on charges that carry the possibility of a death sentence. He has pleaded not guilty.

Categories: Ohio News

What happens if you win Mega Millions' $970 million jackpot?

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:28

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Despite the terrible odds — one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home — someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the Mega Millions jackpot, which now stands at $970 million. It could happen as soon as Friday night, when the next drawing is held.

That would leave most of us disappointed but some lucky winner beset by a host of questions.

Here are some answers for someone holding that prized lottery ticket for what would be the second-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

I'VE WON. NOW WHAT?

Lottery officials recommend winners take a deep breath, put their winning ticket in a safe spot and consult with a reputable financial planner before popping over to the lottery headquarters. Their first decision is whether to take the cash option, which would now be $548 million, or an annuity, with one initial payment and annual installments over 29 years. Nearly all winners opt for cash, but the annuity has advantages, as it reduces the tax bill a little and offers a stable flow of income that climbs by 5 percent annually.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO CLAIM THE JACKPOT?

States have different rules, so depending on where you purchased the ticket, you have from 180 days to a year.

DO I GET MY MONEY INSTANTLY?

No, you can't just cash one of those oversized checks shown in all the winner photos. Payment speed also varies by state, but a week or two is common. Carole Gentry, a spokeswoman for the Maryland lottery, said the requirement is seven to 10 days in that state.

CAN I KEEP MY NAME SECRET?

Winners can remain anonymous in six states — Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina. In Arizona, people who win more than $600 can keep their names secret for 90 days after claiming prizes, but after that names are public record. In Michigan, winners are anonymous unless they win Mega Millions or Powerball prizes.

WHAT ABOUT TAXES?

For winners of $5,000 or more, all states automatically deduct 24 percent in federal taxes but state taxes vary widely. Some big states, including California, don't withhold taxes from lottery winnings, and some like Texas don't have individual income taxes at all. For the others, the state takes a bite, especially in New York, where a winner would need to pay a state tax of 8.8 percent. Residents of New York City would pay an additional tax of 3.9 percent. In general, taxes eat up nearly half of winnings.

Melissa Labant, a tax policy expert at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, said winners should realize that while taxes are initially withheld when prizes are awarded, more money will likely be due at tax time as people suddenly are in up to a 37 percent tax bracket.

"That catches people off guard," she said. "You have to be prepared to write another check to the IRS in April."

WHAT ARE MY TAXES IF I DON'T LIVE IN THE STATE WHERE I BOUGHT THE TICKET?

This can get complicated, but for the most part winners pay taxes where they bought the ticket and then can get a credit on their taxes in their home state. The final tax bill can depend on if the state where you live taxes at a higher or lower rate than where you purchased the ticket. Rules vary by state, so this is a good topic for that financial planner.

Categories: Ohio News

Ross County Sheriff's Office looking for runaway teenager

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:38

ROSS COUNTY - Authorities are asking for help locating a 16-year-old Ross County girl.

According to the Ross County Sheriff's Office, 16-year-old Greenlee Hopper ran away from a home in the 1500 block of Trego Creek Road early Thursday morning.

She is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes. She was last known to be wearing gray sweatpants, a gray Columbia jacket and pink shoes.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at 740-773-1185.

Categories: Ohio News

More attractions added to Dayton Air Show for 2019

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:15

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Five more attractions will be featured at the 2019 Dayton Air Show, along with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team announced earlier.

Show officials say the British Sea Harrier, Shockwave Jet Truck, GEICO Skytypers and aerobatic pilots Skip Stewart and Jacquie B are the latest attractions added to the show set for June 22-23 at Dayton International Airport.

The Sea Harrier was operated for many years by the British Royal Navy and is similar to the Harrier "Jump Jet" flown by the U.S. Marine Corps. The Sea Harrier lifts off like a helicopter, hovers in midair and then flies at nearly the speed of sound.

Air show officials plan to announce more attractions over the next few months. Officials said the 2018 show drew an estimated 62,000 people.

Categories: Ohio News

Disney on Ice Frozen coming to the Schottenstein Center in April

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 08:47

Anna and Else will skate into Columbus next year.

Disney on Ice presents Frozen will be at the Schottenstein Center April 17 - 21 next year.

TICKETS

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, October 30 at 10 a.m. at the Schottenstein box office, ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.

ABOUT THE SHOW

Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will transport you to Arendelle. Be a part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter.

Join snowman Olaf, mountain man Kristoff and loyal reindeer sidekick Sven as they help Anna in a race to bring back summer. Encounter Everest-like conditions and mystical trolls as you sing along to Academy Award®-winning songs like Let It Go.

Hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the whole family will delight in appearances by stars from Toy Story, Finding Dory, The Lion King and the Disney Princesses. Experience magic at every turn at Disney On Ice presents Frozen - the show worth melting for.

Categories: Ohio News

No winning Powerball tickets sold; jackpot grows to $430 million

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 08:26

The Powerball winning numbers selected Wednesday night were 3, 57, 64, 68 and 69 and the Powerball is 15. The jackpot was $378 million, up from $345 million earlier Wednesday.

Powerball says no tickets matched all the numbers, and the new jackpot will be $430 million. The next drawing is Saturday night.

The last Powerball winning jackpot was Aug. 11.

The $378 million wasn't the only monster jackpot this week: The Mega Millions grand prize has climbed to $900 million.

The odds of winning a jackpot remain abysmal at 1 in 258.9 million for Mega Millions and 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball.

Categories: Ohio News

Shoe-shiner who gave $200K in tips to children's hospital dies at 76

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 08:16

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A part-time shoe-shiner who donated more than $200,000 in tips over 30 years to a Pittsburgh children's hospital died early Tuesday.

Albert Lexie died of an undisclosed health condition, according to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center officials. He was 76.

Every Tuesday and Thursday for more than three decades, Lexie left his home in Monessen around 5 a.m. to shine shoes at UMPC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh over 30 miles away. He donated his tips to the hospital's Free Care Fund, which helps support under- and uninsured children in western Pennsylvania.

Lexie gained national acclaim as his donations grew. He made an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," and he was honored at a Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Monessen High School gave Lexie an honorary diploma and a class ring on what the man's hometown declared as "Albert Lexie Day" in 1999.

Lexie was given the 1997 Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Citizens, and he was later added to the Hall of Fame for Caring Americans in Washington, D.C.

In this March 14, 2014, photo, Albert Lexie, left, who shined shoes at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for more than 30 years, is honored at a special retirement celebration. (Bill Wade/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

He told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette upon his retirement in 2013, "I wanted to see the kids get well ... I made myself happy."

UMPC Children's Hospital President Chris Gessner said Lexie was an "inspiration for us all."

"He's a perfect example of how just small, incremental acts of kindness can have a really significant impact over time," Gessner told the Post-Gazette.

Lexie's family could not be reached for comment. His funeral will be held Friday morning in Monessen.

Categories: Ohio News

Facebook's election 'war room' takes aim at fake information

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 05:13

MENLO PARK, Calif. — In an otherwise innocuous part of Facebook's expansive Silicon Valley campus, a locked door bears a taped-on sign that reads "War Room." Behind the door lies a nerve center the social network has set up to combat fake accounts and bogus news stories ahead of upcoming elections.

Inside the room are dozens of employees staring intently at their monitors while data streams across giant dashboards. On the walls are posters of the sort Facebook frequently uses to caution or exhort its employees. One reads, "Nothing at Facebook is somebody else's problem."

That motto might strike some as ironic, given that the war room was created to counter threats that almost no one at the company, least of all CEO Mark Zuckerberg, took seriously just two years ago — and which the company's critics now believe pose a threat to democracy.

Days after President Donald Trump's surprise victory, Zuckerberg brushed off assertions that the outcome had been influenced by fictional news stories on Facebook, calling the idea "pretty crazy ."

But Facebook's blase attitude shifted as criticism of the company mounted in Congress and elsewhere. Later that year, it acknowledged having run thousands of ads promoting false information placed by Russian agents. Zuckerberg eventually made fixing Facebook his personal challenge for 2018.

The war room is a major part of Facebook's ongoing repairs. Its technology draws upon the artificial-intelligence system Facebook has been using to help identify "inauthentic" posts and user behavior. Facebook provided a tightly controlled glimpse at its war room to The Associated Press and other media ahead of the second round of presidential elections in Brazil on Oct. 28 and the U.S. midterm elections on Nov. 6.

"There is no substitute for physical, real-world interaction," said Samidh Chakrabarti, Facebook's director of elections and civic engagement. "The primary thing we have learned is just how effective it is to have people in the same room all together."

More than 20 different teams now coordinate the efforts of more than 20,000 people — mostly contractors — devoted to blocking fake accounts and fictional news and stopping other abuses on Facebook and its other services. As part of the crackdown, Facebook also has hired fact checkers, including The Associated Press, to vet new stories posted on its social network.

Facebook credits its war room and other stepped-up patrolling efforts for booting 1.3 billion fake accounts over the past year and jettisoning hundreds of pages set up by foreign governments and other agents looking to create mischief.

But it remains unclear whether Facebook is doing enough, said Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters For America, a liberal group that monitors misinformation. He noted that the sensational themes distributed in fictional news stories can be highly effective at keeping people "engaged" on Facebook — which in turn makes it possible to sell more of the ads that generate most of Facebook's revenue.

"What they are doing so far seems to be more about trying to prevent another public relations disaster and less so about putting in meaningful solutions to the problem," Carusone said. "On balance, I would say they that are still way off."

Facebook disagrees with that assessment, although its efforts are still a work in progress. Chakrabarti, for instance, acknowledged that some "bugs" prevented Facebook from taking some unspecified actions to prevent manipulation efforts in the first round of Brazil's presidential election earlier this month. He declined to elaborate.

The war room is currently focused on Brazil's next round of elections and upcoming U.S. midterms. Large U.S. and Brazilian flags hang on opposing walls and clocks show the time in both countries.

Facebook declined to let the media scrutinize the computer screens in front of the employees, and required reporters to refrain from mentioning some of the equipment inside the war room, calling it "proprietary information." While on duty, war-room workers are only allowed to leave the room for short bathroom breaks or to grab food to eat at their desks.

Although no final decisions have been made, the war room is likely to become a permanent fixture at Facebook, said Katie Harbath, Facebook's director of global politics and government outreach.

"It is a constant arms race," she said. "This is our new normal."

Categories: Ohio News

Baby born after Michael starts life in Walmart parking lot

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 05:07

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Their home full of soggy furniture and mosquitoes, Wilmer Capps was desperate to find shelter for his wife and their son Luke, born just three days after Hurricane Michael ravaged the Florida Panhandle.

So Capps, wife Lorrainda Smith and little Luke settled in for the longest of nights in the best spot they could find: The parking lot of a Walmart store shut down by the storm.

On a starry night, mother sat in the bed of the family's pickup truck; her child sat in a car seat beside her. Dad sat in the dark and pondered how it could be that his son's first night out of a hospital could be spent outside a big-box retailer because of a lack of help.

"It really upset me, man, because I've always been the type of person who would help anyone," Capps said in an interview with The Associated Press, which found the family outside the store Monday night. An AP photographer accompanied them on a journey from the lot to a hospital and met them again at a hotel where donors later provided them a room.

Luke is healthy and so is Smith, his mom. But she said her newborn deserves better than the stormy life he's had so far.

"We had everything. Full-time job, a place to live. One day we had it all, the next we had nothing," said Smith. "This is not what I thought I'd be bringing him back to."

The story of Luke's birth is just one amid the chaos that life has become in areas of the Florida Panhandle hit hardest by Michael.

With the hurricane bearing down on their native home of Panama City, Capps and Smith sent their three other children to stay with relatives. Doctors had planned to induce labor on Oct. 11, the day after Michael made landfall between here and Mexico Beach, wiping out a wide expanse of buildings and timber.

Smith went to the hospital as planned that day, courtesy of a ride in a police car along streets crisscrossed with downed trees and powerlines. Smith said workers at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center told her they couldn't deliver a baby that day, so she walked several miles home after being unable to find a ride back.

Anya Mayr, a Gulf Coast Regional spokeswoman, said the hospital has operated only as an emergency room and hasn't admitted patients since Michael. About 560 people have been treated for injuries ranging from storm wounds to heart attack and chainsaw cuts, she said, and more than 170 have been transferred to other hospitals by ambulances and helicopters.

Labor pains started the next day, so Capps drove Smith to a hospital about 80 miles to the north in Dothan, Alabama, which was flooded with coastal refugees from Michael. She gave birth at 1 a.m. last Saturday, three days after Michael's landfall.

Discharged from the hospital and unable to find a hotel room nearby, the couple drove back to Florida, where conditions had improved only slightly since Michael.

Still unable to stay at their storm-damaged home amid oppressive heat and bugs, Capps settled on the Walmart parking lot because they were low on gas and were fearful of driving at night with a curfew in place. The store has a reputation for letting travelers sleep in the parking lot overnight, and Capps knew it.

"I had no choice, (Luke) would have had a heatstroke. When he started acting like he was getting sick from the heat and wouldn't eat, that's when we went to Walmart," Capps said. "There was kind of a breeze there, there was no bugs biting us. I said 'We're all right now."

Police officers who showed up after the AP photographer realized the couple's plight and escorted them back to Gulf Coast Regional, where workers checked out Luke but couldn't provide a bed for the night, frustrating Capps. Fearful of safety and sanitation problems at a shelter suggested by workers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the family returned to the Walmart lot.

There, they met a security guard who helped secure them a hotel room in nearby Panama City Beach with air conditioning, water and power Tuesday night. Capps doesn't know how long the aid will last, but he intends to repay the donation.

Pulled back from the brink after doubting the kindness of humanity on that night in the parking lot, Capps still has little money and no permanent home. But things are looking up because of the kindness of strangers.

"These people have been a godsend, because otherwise, we'd be back in the parking lot tonight," he said.

Categories: Ohio News

Woman killed, child injured in Marion house fire

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 01:33

MARION - A woman is dead and a child is in the hospital following an overnight house fire in Marion.

The first fire crews arrived at the scene on E. Fairground Street just before 1:00 a.m. on Thursday. They spotted heavy smoke and flames coming from a two-story home.

When firefighters were able to get inside, they found two victims upstairs. A 67-year-old woman was located in the hallway of the home. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Firefighters also found a four-year-old boy in an upstairs bedroom. Medical units transported the boy to a Columbus hospital where he was last listed in critical condition.

Fire officials tell 10TV they believe the fire started on the ground floor of the home, but say it is too early to determine what started the fire.

There is extensive damage to the home.

An official with the Division Of State Fire Marshal is responding to the scene.

Categories: Ohio News

Couple fights for distracted driving bill in Granville

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 21:31

GRANVILLE, Ohio - After losing their son in a crash involving a distracted driver, Cathy and Doug Richeson of Granville are hoping to gain stricter distracted driving guidelines in their hometown.

It has been four years since Nathan Richeson was killed while changing a flat tire at the hands of a distracted driver.

“We don't want other families to go through what we're going through,” Cathy said.

Cathy said her son Nathan was focused and had a strong work ethic, but his death could have been prevented.

“If we would have been killed Nathan would be here to represent us.”

On Wednesday, members of the Granville Village Council introduced ordinance 19-2018 also known as "Nathan’s Law."

The ordinance would amend a current law on the books by banning communication devices or cell phones while operating a motor vehicle.

In other words, Nathan’s Law would ban texting while driving in the village that lost one of their own in that exact manner.

“I hope the village council and the residents in Granville see that this is a solid necessity and that it is passed,” Cathy said.

The council is scheduled to vote on the law on November 7th.

The Richeson's are also on the board for the Maria Tiberi Foundation - an organization founded by 10TV sports anchor Dom Tiberi and his wife Terri in honor of their daughter Maria.

Categories: Ohio News

Columbus man brings back 'Star Wars' yard decoration for Halloween

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It appears Bill Plessinger has started a Halloween tradition.

Last year, he built an Imperial Walker from the Star Wars franchise and put it on display in the front yard of his home. It took him 3 months to build.

Plessinger said it was something he had wanted to do for a few years.

The Imperial Walker stands 17-feet tall and you can check out the display on West Beaumont Road.

Categories: Ohio News

3 hurt in south Columbus crash

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:42

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three people are hurt after a crash in south Columbus, police said.

Columbus police said the crash happened in the 4500 block of U.S. 23, just south of I-270, shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday.

One person was taken in life-threatening condition but police said that person's condition has since been upgraded and is no longer in life-threatening condition.

Two others were taken to a hospital in stable condition.

U.S. 23 was closed in the area of the crash but it has since reopened.

A separate crash on the ramp from I-270 eastbound to U.S. 23 in south Columbus is causing traffic backup as well, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Categories: Ohio News

Woman accusing former Ohio State running back Bri'onte Dunn of rape testifies

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 19:04

The woman accusing former Ohio State running back Bri'onte Dunn of rape took testified in his trial Wednesday.

Dunn is charged with three counts of rape from the August 2017 incident, which he adamantly denies.

Before the jury was allowed into the courtroom, the defense argued jurors should hear about a previous allegation of rape she made against a different man.

"When the police arrived to investigate a (2016) rape that you had told your boyfriend about, are you telling us right now under oath, that you lied to the police?" asked defense attorney Joe Landusky.

"Yes," answered the woman, who 10TV is not identifying.

"And you told them that no sexual activity had taken place?" asked Landusky.

She answered, "Correct."

The defense argued this constituted a false allegation of rape, and that jurors should hear it.

The judge disagreed, and the jury was seated.

In opening statements, Landusky said this was about a woman spurned, not sexually assaulted.

"She fell in love. She said you are now my boyfriend, I love you, I want to have your baby. I want to be the wife of an NFL football player. Because my client didn't say goodbye in an appropriate way, he has now become a rapist."

The 26-year-old woman said she and Dunn dated briefly in the summer of 2017.

She says they were broken up on August 20, 2017, when he called her at four in the morning for a ride.

She testified, "I said where do you want me to take you? He said back to your apartment. I said no, you're not coming back to my apartment. We're not seeing each other anymore. I don't feel comfortable with you staying there."

She said she he agreed to call an Uber from her apartment.

Instead, she testified, he got into bed with her.

She says twice he tried to initiate sexual contact, the first time, stopping at her request.

"He was touching me, groping me outside of my clothes. I told him to stop again. That time he didn't stop."

She says he initiated intercourse, saying "I screamed and he stopped and pulled away"

"He noticed I was crying he was like, what's wrong? I was like, I told you I didn't want to have sex. I think he said I'm sorry, and got off of me and rolled over."

After going into the bathroom, she said she returned to her bed and lay down with Dunn.

She said a few hours later, he woke up.

"I was expecting and hoping he would come talk to me about what happened. But he just left."

She reported the incident to police that day and underwent a sexual assault exam.

She admits she continued to contact Dunn, in hopes he would apologize.

"If I believed he was really sorry about it, I wouldn't have reported it."

She said she also told Dunn she would tell police she had lied.

Asked if she had lied to police, she said, "No."

The defense also played two recorded phone calls of the accuser asking to meet with Dunn after the alleged rape.

In the recordings, Dunn tells her to leave him alone.

She offers to drop everything, and tell people in the football community that she lied.

Thursday, Dunn is expected to testify in own defense.

Categories: Ohio News

Circleville police searching for missing 20-year-old woman

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 17:15

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – Circleville police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman.

Police said 20-year-old Courtney Young was last seen Sunday evening on East Mound Street in Circleville.

Young is 5-feet 2-inches tall and weighs 100 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes.

Police said they do not suspect anything suspicious at this time.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to call Circleville police at 740-474-8888.

Categories: Ohio News

Columbus police on scene of barricade situation on the near east side

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 16:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Police are on the scene of a barricade situation on the near east side of Columbus.

The scene is in the 500 block of North Ohio Avenue.

Columbus police said the situation is related to a shooting that happened around 5 p.m. Wednesday. No additional details on the shooting were released.

Stay with 10TV for updates on this developing story.

Categories: Ohio News

Drug-resistant salmonella hits Ohio

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 15:49

Ninety-two people from 29 states have been sickened in a Salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Twenty-one people were sick enough that they had to be hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

According to the CDC, seven cases have been reported in Ohio.

The CDC has not identified a common source of contaminated chicken. Rather, it says there's evidence that many types of raw chicken products from a variety of sources contain the strain known as Salmonella Infantis that is making people ill.

Testing revealed that the Salmonella strain involved in the outbreak is resistant to many types of antibiotics.

Investigators have identified the outbreak strain in raw chicken pet food, raw chicken products, and live chickens, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry.

The CDC says consumers do not need to avoid eating properly cooked chicken, and it its not advising retailers to stop selling raw chicken products.

How to protect yourself and your family from Salmonella

Health officials say the outbreak should serve as a reminder to always cook raw chicken carefully and thoroughly, as it may contain germs can that spread around food prep areas and make people sick.

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service advises that all raw chicken products, including chicken breasts, whole chickens, and ground poultry such as chicken burgers and chicken sausage, should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F to kill harmful germs. Leftovers should also be cooked to 165°F.

Health experts do not recommend washing raw poultry or meat, as bacteria in poultry and meat juices can spread to other foods, utensils, and surfaces.

To prevent cross-contamination, thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils with warm, soapy water after they touch raw chicken. If possible, use a separate cutting board for raw chicken and other raw meats.

Additionally, the CDC does not recommend raw diets for pets, as this can make animals, as well as people handling the raw food, sick.

Finally, to prevent the spread of germs, wash your hands frequently, especially before and after preparing or eating food, after contact with animals, and after using the restroom or changing diapers.

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Social media game encourages self-harm and suicide

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 15:31

The Momo Challenge is a mystery game that is gaining popularity across the world. Some say it's a hoax, but a 10-year-old in Galion says it almost made her take her own life.

"It was creeping me out," said Ashlynn Hill, a fifth grader.

The Momo Challenge starts with videos on YouTube that show a dark-haired, bulgy-eyed girl character named "Momo." The videos entice people to text specific phone numbers to chat with her through WhatsApp, a free texting and video calling app.

Once in a conversation with her, she encourages you to self-harm, even commit murder.

"One of the things it asked me to do was to kill someone else. And I did not feel right with that," Ashlynn said. "It didn’t make me feel safe at all. It felt like the game itself was going to come out of my iPad or something."

Despite "The Momo Challenge" being promoted as "mystery gaming," Ashlynn says the game felt very real to her.

"I thought you had to listen to it," she said.

After several days of texting with "Momo," Ashlynn's mom says she got a call from her school.

"[They] said that Ashlynn was with the counselor and that she had had a plan to kill herself," said Kimberly Clark. Clark says she went to the school and immediately took her daughter to the closest hospital.

After an evaluation, Ashlynn was transported to a juvenile mental health facility.

"...because at the hospital Ashlynn had admitted to trying to suffocate herself and that she had plans of getting a rope and hanging herself," Clark explained.

Ashlynn spent six days in that facility and is now on medication for depression.

Dr. Megan Schabbing, director of psychiatric emergency services for OhioHealth at Riverside Hospital says even social media games can be considered as cyberbullying.

"Children who have not yet figured out who they are or what they are all about are at such a high risk of being influenced," Dr. Schabbing said.

She says it's best to monitor your child's social media access and know exactly the games they are playing and how they work.

"It may seem as if your child is just playing a game, but unless you are there checking in frequently to know exactly who they are interacting with, and how these apps are working, you don’t really know what’s going on," said Dr. Schabbing. "Not having your child even engage in any activity online that you’re not fully aware of the potential implications — that’s a good first step."

For tips on managing your child's access to social media, click here.

Categories: Ohio News

22 burger chains given "F" over antibiotics -- only 2 get "A" rating

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 15:04

Twenty-two of the top 25 U.S. burger chains -- including McDonald's, Burger King, White Castle and Five Guys -- received a failing grade in a review assessing their practices and policies on antibiotics use in their beef products. Only two chains were given an "A" rating.

The scores were published Wednesday in a report called "Chain Reaction IV: Burger Edition," which was produced by the Center for Food Safety, Consumer Reports, Food Animal Concerns Trust, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Friends of the Earth, and Natural Resources Defense Council.

The report says 22 chains received "F" grades "for lacking any announced policy to source beef raised without the routine use of antibiotics."

Wendy's received a "D-" because 15 percent of its beef is sourced from producers that cut the use of tylosin, an antibiotic, by one-fifth, it says.

Only two chains -- Shake Shack and BurgerFi -- received an "A" rating. "Both companies currently serve only beef raised without antibiotics," the report says.

The report notes that while Fuddruckers, Steak 'n Shake and Farmer Boys -- which received "F grades" -- have no antibiotics policies, they offer a burger option made of beef raised without antibiotics.

Overuse of antibiotics in livestock can cause resistant bacteria to spread, putting humans at risk of developing life-threatening infections. The report says many meat producers give animals antibiotics to encourage quicker growth or stave off disease, calling it a routine practice.

"When antibiotics stop working, diseases become harder to treat, life-saving surgeries riskier to perform, and a scrape on the knee can even turn deadly," Jean Halloran, director of Food Policy Initiatives in the advocacy division of Consumer Reports, said in a news release Wednesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls antibiotic resistance "one of the biggest public health challenges of our time." The World Health Organization (WHO) calls it "one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today."

"Each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die," the CDC says.

The WHO says antibiotic resistance is a natural occurrence accelerated by the misuse of antibiotics in both animals and humans.

In a statement, McDonald's spokesperson Lauren Altmin said "preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics for future generations is highly important" to the company.

"In 2016, McDonald's fully implemented its pledge to no longer serve chicken treated with antibiotics important to human medicine in its US restaurants, which led to the 2018 implementation of an antibiotic use policy for broiler chicken in markets around the globe. McDonald's is currently finalizing a global antibiotics policy for beef, to begin roll out before the end of 2018," Altmin said.

In-N-Out Burger said it "remains committed to beef that is raised without the use of antibiotics important to human medicine. We've had many discussions with our suppliers to explore ways to accomplish this goal."

The report urges burger chains and lawmakers to take action.

"While restaurants and major meat producers have critical roles to play in stopping the overuse of antibiotics, the government must also act to achieve the kind of lasting, industry-wide change needed to fully protect public health," the report says.

"Policymakers should only allow beef producers to use medically important antibiotics under the guidance of a licensed veterinarian, and to treat animals diagnosed with an illness or to control a verified disease outbreak," it says.

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