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Father of woman found burned in Upper Arlington park shares his pain

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 14:53

The family of the woman found burned in an Upper Arlington park is sharing his pain over her death.

Twenty-three-year-old Bobbie Renee Simpson's father is back in Columbus to mourn his daughter's death. Her body was discovered in Burbank Park Sunday after a passerby reported a fire.

Simpson had been picked up three times in the last year for soliciting on the west side but her father says that record shouldn't define her. He's thankful to see friends and family honor her memory.

“That’s for Nay-Nay, that’s the brightest star in the sky,” said Robert Simpson. “Why, why, why, I mean, it don’t make no sense.”

The family says there is a vigil planned for Thursday at Burbank Park to honor Bobbie Simpson.

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CCAD student dies after being hit by vehicle in Westerville

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 14:32

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – A Columbus College of Art & Design has died after being hit by a vehicle in Westerville, according to police.

Sara Rupel, of Mount Vernon, was hit by a vehicle on October 11 just after 7 a.m. in the 300 block of South Cleveland Avenue.

Police said Rupel died from injuries sustained in the crash on October 12.

A spokesperson for CCAD said Rupel was a first-year animation student and was known as Milo on campus.

The spokesperson said Rupel was active in the campus community while being involved in Queer Alliance and working as a Student Assistant for Student Affairs.

The spokesperson said this is a tragedy for the CCAD family and are providing support for any students who need it.

Westerville police have not said if any charges were filed in connection to the crash.

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Ohio man pleads no contest in killing of future mother-in-law

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 14:24

CLEVELAND (AP) — A 21-year-old Cleveland-area man has pleaded no contest in the stabbing and shooting death of his future mother-in-law.

Prosecutors say Jeffrey Scullin Jr. shot his fiancee's mother and stabbed her more than 30 times last October, five days before he was supposed to be married.

Scullin entered pleaded no contest Wednesday to aggravated murder and other charges in the killing of Melinda Pleskovic.

The plea came on the same day Scullin was set to go on trial and a day after a judge ruled against throwing out the suspect's confession.

Scullin's attorney says he still maintains his innocence.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that Scullin staged a series of break-ins during the weeks before the killing at a home in the Cleveland suburb of Strongsville where he lived with the Pleskovic family.

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Columbus Zoo sends 2 more rehabbed manatees back to Florida

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 14:20

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has sent two more rescued manatees back to Florida where they hopefully can be released into the wild this year.

The zoo says Agua and Goober, a female and male, arrived at SeaWorld Orlando late Monday.

The manatees were in poor condition when they were rescued in Florida waters. They began their rehabilitation back to health in Columbus. SeaWorld will complete the preparations needed to reintroduce them to the wild.

Twin manatees Millennium and Falcon moved from the Columbus Zoo to Miami Seaquarium in September and are to return soon to the Florida Keys area where they were found.

The Columbus Zoo has rehabbed about 30 manatees since 2001.

The federal government has declared Florida manatee populations threatened by natural and man-made hazards.

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Ohio State still improving safety measures nearly 2 years after campus attack

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 14:09

Ohio State University said it's still making safety changes to better protect students, staff, and faculty nearly two-years after a terror attack on campus.

Director of Emergency Management and Fire Prevention Robert Armstrong said one of the most noticeable changes includes the addition of locks on classroom doors.

The university said it's also improved communication options in order for students to receive Buckeye Alerts faster.

The attack unfolded on November 28, 2016, just before 10 a.m. when authorities said Abdul Razak Ali Artan rammed his car into a crowd of people and then began slashing at victims with a knife.

The attack sent 13 people to the hospital. Artan was shot and killed by an Ohio State police officer.

Ohio State rapidly sent Buckeye Alert text messages warning students and staff to shelter in place, and to run, hide, fight.

"We sent 10 text messages out that day, 95,000 texts for each message. So, we were approaching one million text messages that we sent out in about a 6 to 7 hour period," Armstrong said.

Armstrong said the first three alerts were sent in quick succession, which may have delayed reception times.

Ohio State is now urging students, faculty, and staff to sign up for a free app called Rave Guardian which can deliver Buckeye Alerts in a fraction of the time.

"It will get a Buckeye Alert out to the end user in probably about 5 seconds rather than 5-to-10 minutes," said Armstrong.

Anyone can sign up for the Ohio State app or the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency ALERT to approve push notifications and receive Buckeye Alerts warning of a threat on campus.

Ohio State said an after-action review of the attack and feedback from the community raised questions about why classroom doors don't have locks.

Ohio State is now in the process of installing locks but said the added safety measure will take time.

"There are thousands of classrooms and so our goal is to get the locks on a couple hundred every year," said Armstrong.

In the meantime, Ohio State produced an updated online training video to teach students what to do if they find themselves facing a threat on campus. To view the video, click here.

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One case of rare, polio-like illness confirmed in Ohio

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:08

Ohio health officials have confirmed that the state has had one case this year of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a rare, polio-like condition.

The Ohio Department of Health said their lone case was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The condition that mostly strikes children has seen an increase this year, according to the CDC.

The CDC announced Tuesday there have been 62 confirmed cases in 22 states.

CDC officials say they haven't found the cause. Some possible suspects, such as polio and West Nile virus, have been ruled out. Another kind of virus is suspected, but it's been found in only some of the cases.

About 90 percent of the cases are children who have suffered muscle weakness or paralysis, including in the face, neck, back or limbs. The symptoms tend to occur about a week after they had a fever and respiratory illness.

Officials said the jump in cases appears to be following an every-other-year pattern with similar waves of the illness in 2014 and 2016.

The cases in 2014 and 2016 were partly attributed to particular strains of respiratory germs called enteroviruses, which spread the most in the summer and fall.

Most people infected with enteroviruses suffer only minor symptoms like cough and runny nose. And though enteroviruses have been detected in some paralysis cases, it hasn't been found in others, CDC officials say.

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2018 Pumpkin Show giant pumpkin winner comes in at 1,607 pounds

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:59

CIRCLEVILLE -- Mark Litz knows how to grow a pumpkin.

Litz was this year’s giant pumpkin winner with a weight of 1,607 pounds. It is the second year Litz has entered the competition.

Last year’s pumpkin, owner by Cecil Weston, weighed 1,701 pounds. It was his second consecutive title.

Weston won the 2016 title with a 1,553.5 weight.

Still, though, as prodigious as the pumpkin may be, it isn't the largest of all time. That title belongs to Bob Liggett's 2014 pumpkin that weighed 1,964 pounds.

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Nearly 1 million absentee ballots requested in Ohio

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 09:47

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State election officials say nearly a million absentee ballots have been requested ahead of the Nov. 6 general election.

The Ohio Secretary of State's Office says 910,982 voters requested an absentee ballot as of Oct. 10, and 42,470 have been cast by mail or in person.

Central Ohio Voters Guide: What's on your ballot? | Nov. 2018

The office said Tuesday that four years ago at this time, 722,498 voters requested absentee ballots, with 49,306 cast by mail or in person.

Officials say 7,914 military and overseas voters have requested an absentee ballot this year, with 1,176 cast, compared to 2,421 ballots requested and 363 cast in 2014.

Voters will choose a new governor, decide a U.S. Senate race and other state and federal races, and vote on a statewide drug sentencing issue.

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Puppeteer who played Big Bird on 'Sesame Street' retiring

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 09:20

WOODSTOCK, Conn. (AP) — The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on "Sesame Street" is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show.

Caroll Spinney tells the New York Times that Thursday will be his last day on the program, which he joined from the start in 1969. In addition to Big Bird, the 84-year-old was also Oscar the Grouch.

Spinney says "I always thought, how fortunate for me that I got to play the two best Muppets?"

Spinney says the physical requirements of performing the characters had become difficult and he developed problems with his balance. He stopped doing the puppeteering for Big Bird in 2015 and now only provides the voices for him and Oscar.

His apprentice, Matt Vogel, will succeed him in the Big Bird role. He also plays Kermit the Frog.

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Marathon to bring large crowds, road closures to Columbus this weekend

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 08:49

Drivers can expect to double their travel time through downtown Columbus this weekend with more than 18,000 people in the area for the annual Nationwide Children’s Columbus Marathon and Half Marathon.

The race starts at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, October 21, with Corrals opening at 6 a.m.

Tips from organizers of the Nationwide Children’s Columbus Marathon and Half Marathon:

  • We recommend carpooling. It cuts down on traffic and parking problems for all and will save you money!
  • Check out CoGo Bike Sharing (there are several bike stations within walking distance of the start/finish), taxis or Uber and Lyft for an alternative to driving downtown. Car2GO is another option to consider although advance registration is required.
  • Tell your family and friends to ride their bikes to meet you at the Race! Yay Bikes will offer free, secure bike parking at the Start/Finish, and we have also partnered with COGO Bike Share to develop a self-guided bike tour of the course that incorporates many of COGO’s 46 bike stations. For the route, click here.
  • Make sure you know about any road closings/construction that may get in your way of being in your corral early. Check out Paving the Way's Website for the latest road construction information, including weekend work.

ROAD CLOSURES:
Starting Thursday, Oct 18, various roads in the North Bank Park area will be closed to road traffic.

Race Day:

  • Long St. will be closed between High St. to the East and Hocking St. to the West.
  • Spring St. will be closed from West St. to the East, and Hocking St. to the West.
  • Neil Ave. will be closed from Nationwide Blvd. on the North to the combined Start/Finish Line to the South.
  • Expect continued rolling closures throughout the marathon course based upon the expected time the first and last athlete passes each mile of the course.

PARKING THROUGHOUT THE COURSE:

BEXLEY​

  • ​Parking lot on the corner of Drexel and Main Streets​
  • ​Residential streets in the vicinity​

GERMAN VILLAGE​

  • ​Golden Hobby Shop located on the corner of Sycamore and Third Streets​
  • ​Residential streets in the vicinity​

UPPER ARLINGTON​ ​

  • Downtown Upper Arlington shops/Arlington Ave.
  • Residential streets in the vicinity​
  • Here’s a website that gives parking options in Upper Arlington

GRANDVIEW

  • Here’s a website that gives parking options on Grandview Ave.

HARRISON WEST

  • Residential streets in the vicinity


DIRECTIONS TO PARKING FROM THE NORTH
I-71 South to I-670 West
Exit at Third St. (on the Left)
Take Third St. to Chestnut St.
Right onto Chestnut St.
Choose a parking garage on Chestnut St.

(Alternately with this route)

Continue on Chestnut St. to High St.
Right onto High Street
Take High St. to Nationwide Blvd.
Left onto Nationwide Blvd.
Proceed on Nationwide Blvd.to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

I-71 South to I-670 West
Exit at Neil Ave.
Left onto Neil Ave.
Proceed on Neil Ave. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

St. Rt. 315 South to I-670 East
Exit at Neil Ave.
Right onto Neil Ave.
Proceed on Neil Ave. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

DIRECTIONS TO PARKING FROM THE SOUTH
I-71 North to St. Rt. 315 North
St. Rt. 315 North to Long St.
Right onto Long St.
Long St. To Hocking St. (Police will direct)
Left onto Hocking St. to Nationwide Blvd.
Right onto Nationwide Blvd.
Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

I-71 North (do not merge onto St. Rt. 315 North)
Exit at Fourth St.
Left onto Fourth St.
Fourth St. to Nationwide Blvd.
Left onto Nationwide Blvd.
Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

DIRECTIONS FROM THE EAST
I-70 West to Fourth St.
Right onto Fourth St.
Fourth St. to Nationwide Blvd.
Left onto Nationwide Blvd.
Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

I-670 West
Exit at Neil Ave.
Right onto Neil Ave.
Proceed on Neil Ave. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

DIRECTIONS FROM THE WEST
I-70 East to I-670 East.
I-670 East to Grandview Ave.
Right onto Grandview Ave.
Grandview Ave. to Dublin Rd.
Right onto Dublin Rd.
Stay on Dublin Rd. (becomes Long St.)
Long St. to Hocking St. (Police will direct)
Left onto Hocking St. to Nationwide Blvd.
Right onto Nationwide Blvd.
Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

I-70 East to Exit for Fourth St.
Turn left onto Fourth St.
Fourth St. to Nationwide Blvd.
Left onto Nationwide Blvd.
Proceed on Nationwide Blvd. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

OR

I-670 East to Neil Ave.
Right onto Neil Ave.
Proceed on Neil Ave. to available parking throughout the Arena District.

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Smoke forces Melania Trump's plane back to military base

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 07:34

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump's plane has been forced to return to a Washington area military base because of smoke in the cabin.

Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, says "everyone is fine and everyone is safe" after the plane returned to Joint Base Andrews.

Mrs. Trump had been scheduled to visit a Philadelphia hospital and meet with families of children affected by exposure to opioids while in the womb.

Grisham says the first lady's team is "evaluating" whether to make other arrangements to travel to the event.

According to TV reporters traveling with the first lady, the flight was in the air about 10 minutes when smoke filled the cabin, and then Secret Service agents rushed to the front of the plane.

It's not immediately clear what caused the problem.

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Police track down stolen doughnut van, share treats with homeless

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 07:23

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It was a lucky day for some Florida police officers who recovered a stolen van filled with Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Clearwater police posted a photo on Facebook of a group of officers standing in front of the van holding boxes of the tasty treats.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the van was reported stolen Tuesday morning in Lake City, which is 193 miles (310 kilometers) north of Clearwater. The van, loaded with doughnuts, was spotted in Clearwater on Tuesday afternoon.

The Facebook posting says the store manager donated the cargo to the officers. They saved some doughnuts to eat and handed out the rest to the area's homeless.

Authorities are still looking for the van thief.

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North Carolina trooper shot and killed, suspect in custody

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 06:12

WHITEVILLE, N.C. -- Authorities say a North Carolina state trooper has been shot and killed, and a suspect is in custody.

A North Carolina State Highway Patrol release says the trooper was shot while conducting a traffic stop around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. He died at a local hospital.

Bladen County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Larry Guyton tells news outlets the suspect was caught around 4 a.m. after authorities surrounded the woods near Fair Bluff.

The identities of the trooper and suspect have not been released.

The highway patrol says the trooper was shot on US 701 just south of Whiteville, in southern North Carolina. Fair Bluff is around 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Whiteville, close to the South Carolina state line.

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Person injured in early morning west side shooting

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 04:55

COLUMBUS -- One person was injured in a shooting in west Columbus Wednesday morning.

According to police, the injured person was taken to Grant Medical Center.

The call came in a few minutes before 6 a.m.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com as this story develops.

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Mega Millions jackpot leaps to record $868 million

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 04:42

The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to a staggering $868 million for Friday night's drawing. That's a record for the game – and the third largest in U.S. lottery history.

No ticket had all six winning numbers in Tuesday night's drawing for what was a $667 million top prize and, at the time, the biggest ever for Mega Millions. Those numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 with a Mega Ball of 9.

The estimated cash value of Friday's jackpot is $494 million. For Tuesday's, it was $380 million.

If the winner chooses the annuity option, the jackpot would be paid out over 29 years. The cash option is usually favored by the winners.

Nine Mega Millions tickets had the five white balls to win the second prize -- $1 million. And one of those, sold in Texas, had the Megaplier option, available in most states for an extra $1. That ticket is worth $5 million.

The jackpot keeps swelling because nobody has won since July 24, when 11 workers in a California office shared $543 million, the largest prize ever won on a single ticket in the game.

Mega Millions says its previous record jackpot was a $656 million prize that was shared by winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in March 2012.

"Everyone is talking about the jackpot and running out to buy tickets for tonight's drawing," Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director and Maryland Lottery and Gaming director, said in a press release about Tuesday night's suspense.

How to play Mega Millions

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 per play and there are a total of nine ways to win a prize, ranging from the jackpot down to $2. You can play Mega Millions in 46 localities: 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Powerball jackpot Wednesday

The Powerball jackpot up for grabs Wednesday night will be a hefty $345 million, with a cash value of $199 million.

The largest Powerball jackpot -- and biggest in U.S. lottery history -- was $1.586 billion, which was shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016.

Odds of winning

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.

Who buys lotto tickets?

The average American spends about $223 per year on lottery tickets, according to a survey from LENDedu. Massachusetts residents have the biggest taste for playing the odds, spending almost $763 per year on lottery tickets, the study found. North Dakotans are on the opposite end of the spectrum, spending about $44 per year on the lottery, or the lowest average figure among residents of all 50 states.

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Skydiver dies after her parachute fails to deploy; 5th death in 3 years at facility

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 04:35

ACAMPO, Calif. — A veteran skydiver was killed Sunday afternoon when her parachute failed to properly deploy. CBS Sacramento reports it's the fifth parachuting death in the past three years at the Lodi Parachute Center.

The skydiver was using her own parachuting equipment. Her name has been withheld pending family notification.

There are hundreds of jumps a day at the Lodi Parachute Center. Since 1999, 16 people have died after taking off from this facility.

"Sinking feeling, that 'here we go again,' why is it something that has been done time and time and time again that everybody knows better than, but it still happens," said one veteran jumper who asked to remain anonymous.

The center has a history of troubles and was recently served a search warrant by the FBI, CBS Sacramento reported. Authorities did not say why they're searching the business, which has been accused of lax training and various safety and maintenance violations.

Jumpers say despite the tragedy, statistically speaking, the sport is relatively safe.

"One in a 100,000 is just about the percentage-wise," the jumper said. "Nine times out of 10 it was operator error emergency procedures down to low turning your parachute to low to the ground or just not paying attention to what you're doing."

In 2017 almost half of the 24 jumpers who died in the U.S. faced malfunctions, Failure to safely land on a canopy was the second deadliest cause, according to the U.S. Parachute Association.

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Making Halloween safe for all kids

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 04:07

Grocery store aisle are loaded with the oversized bags of candy for Halloween, but local moms call for shoppers to think twice.

"You need to think about every child. For children with an invisible disability ranging from autism and ADHD to celiac and food allergies, Halloween can be a real downer," said local mom and SnackRoots Founder Sonya North.

She is among the hundred of households locally participating in the "Teal Pumpkin Project."

"If you see a teal pumpkin on a porch it means no kid will be disappointed. Safe treats are offered there for kids," North said.

For families hoping to make sure their treats are safe for any child, regardless of food sensitivities, local start-up SnackRoots lists the following examples of ways to make your Halloween celebration safe for all kids:

PASSING OUT TREATS

  • Keep decorations basic and non-threatening
  • Pass out candy on a well-lit porch or driveway
  • Make sure your pathway is clean and clear
  • Keep chocolate and candy bars separate from fruity candy
  • Teal Pumpkin - Have a stash of non-candy items available: party favors, glow sticks, bubbles, pencils, etc.

North recommends local households skip flashing lights or frightening decor.

"Quickly assess each house from the street especially if you have small children. If it looks too scary just skip it. It is not worth ruining the rest of a child's night," North said. "And for classroom Halloween parties, you can create a school list on SnackRoots.com. That way all of the treats coming in can be enjoyed by all kids in your class."

Teal Pumpkins on porches help families know that particular household is handing out allergen-safe treats. The Teal Pumpkin Project is a nationwide effort to use the symbol on front doorsteps as a sign that the home's offerings include safe foods or non-food treats, like glow sticks, stickers and other small toys. Learn more here: https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project

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AP source: Indians complain to MLB about Astros filming

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 03:55

CLEVELAND -- The Houston Astros may be defending more than their World Series title.

The champions are under scrutiny after Cleveland filed a complaint to Major League Baseball about a man associated with Houston attempting to film in the Indians' dugout during Game 3 of the AL Division Series last week.

During the Astros' series-clinching win on Oct. 8 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, a man with a cellphone standing by the photographer's pit was removed "several times" by security personnel, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. The man's credential was requested by Houston, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

MLB also says it is aware of a report by Metro Boston that a man claiming to be an Astros employee was removed from a credentialed area near the Boston Red Sox dugout during the AL Championship Series opener at Fenway Park. The Red Sox dropped the series opener but have won the past two to take a 2-1 lead.

In a statement, MLB said the matter "will be handled internally" and offered no other details.

While it's yet to be proven if the Astros were doing anything illegal, the two incidents have raised further questions about the use of electronic equipment during games and whether Houston has been cheating.

According to the Metro report, which cited multiple security sources who were on the scene, a man was removed during the third inning of Game 1 on Saturday night at Fenway Park but allowed to stay in the ballpark after another Astros staffer intervened. The report said the man had a small camera and was texting frequently, but did not have a media credential.

Houston manager AJ Hinch and Red Sox manager Alex Cora both said after Boston's 8-2 win Tuesday night in Houston they had heard about the alleged incident.

"I'm aware of something going on, but I haven't been briefed," Hinch said. "I'm worried about the game."

Cora said he has been concerned throughout the season about Red Sox signs being stolen.

"So I mean we do a good job changing sequences and paying attention to details. And we don't get caught up on the whole paranoia thing of the signs," he said. "We try to slow it down. If we feel there's something going on we switch the signs."

When asked if he felt like anything was going on the first two ALCS games at Fenway Park, Cora responded, "No, I don't."

This isn't the first time the Astros have been suspected of cheating.

Earlier this season, Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer intimated on Twitter that Houston's pitchers may have been using banned substances to improve the spin on their pitches. Bauer didn't provide any specifics but his insinuations triggered a social-media storm, which included responses from several Astros players, including pitchers Lance McCullers Jr. and Collin McHugh.

The Indians were swept by the Astros, who after winning twice at home, rolled to an 11-3 win in Game 3. Cleveland was eliminated in the first round for the second year in a row as the AL Central champions batted just .144 as a team and some of the club's top hitters, including All-Star second baseman Jose Ramirez, had brutal series. Ramirez went hitless in 11 at-bats.

Following the game, center fielder Jason Kipnis was critical of his team's performance and said he felt the Indians were overmatched.

"We were just outplayed," Kipnis said. "I wish it weren't that simple. It just seems from top to bottom we were out-scouted, out-pitched, out-coached a little bit. They really did just a fantastic job over there of being ready and prepared before the series. I don't think we were underprepared, they just went out and executed and played the way you need to play to win."

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Wendy's worker who put "Chubby" on customer receipt fired

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 03:39

GASTONIA, N.C. — A franchise owner of a North Carolina Wendy's says an employee who called a customer "Chubby" on an order has been fired.

News outlets report the Carolina Restaurant Group issued a statement Tuesday that says they apologized to customer Jimmy Shue and terminated the employee, whose identity hasn't been released. Shue says he went to the Gastonia restaurant this month and ordered two sandwiches, providing the cashier with his name "clear as day."

He says he then noticed the receipt listed his name as "Chubby," which he says was an attempt to make fun of his weight. He says another employee then hesitantly called out "Chubby" to alert him the order was ready and restaurant patrons laughed. He says he was embarrassed and left, later contacting Wendy's corporate.

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Mega Millions jackpot now $868M, 2nd largest in US history

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 23:05

The already-giant Mega Millions prize is now at $868 million after a drawing Tuesday night turned up no winners.

Lottery officials raised the estimated jackpot, which had been $667 million.

The next drawing will be Friday. If someone wins the jackpot, it would mark the second-largest lottery grand prize in U.S. history.

The record lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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