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After giving birth, New Zealand leader craves mac-n-cheese

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:21

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was regaining her strength with macaroni and cheese on Friday and planned to spend at least one more night in an Auckland public hospital with her newborn girl.

Ardern on Thursday became just the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office. Many hope the 37-year-old will become a role model for combining motherhood with political leadership.

Tributes have come in from around the world, including from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and from Google, which posted an image in the shape of a heart on its New Zealand homepage along with the message "Congratulations!"

Ardern posted an Instagram message on Friday thanking "our wonderful midwife Libby."

"Not only is she incredible at what she does, this morning she made me macaroni and cheese because she heard me mention a wee craving yesterday," Ardern wrote.

Ardern has not yet made a public appearance since giving birth or announced a name for the girl. She'd earlier said the quest to come up with a name had been going "terribly."

Ardern's partner Clarke Gayford spent Thursday night with Ardern at the hospital. He plans to become the primary caregiver for the child when Ardern returns to work following a leave of six weeks. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has taken over as the acting prime minister.

The last leader to give birth while holding office was late Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who in 1990 gave birth to Bakhtawar. The daughter this week congratulated Ardern on social media, noting that Ardern's baby was born on Benazir Bhutto's birthday. Bhutto, who would have turned 65, was assassinated in 2007.

Speaking to media from the town of Nelson, Ardern's parents Ross and Laurell Ardern said the baby had been very active during the night and had kept their daughter awake. Laurell Ardern said she'd been poring over photos.

"The baby was looking up at Jacinda and it looked like she was in awe of her and I couldn't get over how alert it was just after being born," she said. "So, I'm dying to see it and hold her and just see what's she's like."

Laurell Ardern said she'd had people come up to her saying that her daughter had been an inspiration, including one woman who worried a job was too hard for her, but then thought 'Well, if Jacinda can do it, I will do it.'

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said the birth and the way the country had greeted it would be seen as inspirational by advocates for gender equality and women's empowerment.

"This is a sign of our maturity as a country and its acceptance that combining career and family is a choice which women are free to make," Clark wrote in an email. "Let's also celebrate Clarke as a modern man who is happy to be the full time parent of a young child."

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Charles Krauthammer, conservative columnist and pundit, dies

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:19

Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from "Great Society" Democrat to Iraq War cheerleader to denouncer of Donald Trump, has died.

He was 68.

His Thursday death was announced by two organizations that were longtime employers, Fox News Channel and The Washington Post.

Krauthammer had said publicly a year ago he was being treated for a cancerous tumor in his abdomen and earlier this month revealed that he likely had just weeks to live.

"I leave this life with no regrets," Krauthammer wrote in The Washington Post, where his column had run since 1984. "It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended."

Sometimes scornful, sometimes reflective, he was awarded a Pulitzer in 1987 for "his witty and insightful" commentary and was an influential voice among Republicans, whether through his syndicated column or his appearances on Fox News Channel. He was most associated with Brit Hume's nightly newscast and stayed with it when Bret Baier took over in 2009.

Krauthammer is credited with coining the term "The Reagan Doctrine" for President Reagan's policy of aiding anti-Communist movements worldwide. He was a leading advocate for the Iraq War and a prominent critic of President Barack Obama, whom he praised for his "first-class intellect and first-class temperament" and denounced for having a "highly suspect" character.

Krauthammer was a former Harvard medical student who graduated even after he was paralyzed from the neck down because of a diving board accident, continuing his studies from his hospital bed. He was a Democrat in his youth and his political engagement dated back to 1976, when he handed out leaflets for Henry Jackson's unsuccessful presidential campaign.

But through the 1980s and beyond, Krauthammer followed a journey akin to such neo-conservative predecessors as Irving Kristol and Norman Podhoretz, turning against his old party on foreign and domestic issues. He aligned with Republicans on everything from confrontation with the Soviet Union to rejection of the "Great Society" programs enacted during the 1960s.

"As I became convinced of the practical and theoretical defects of the social-democratic tendencies of my youth, it was but a short distance to a philosophy of restrained, free-market governance that gave more space and place to the individual and to the civil society that stands between citizen and state," he wrote in the introduction to "Things That Matter," a million-selling compilation of his writings published in 2013.

For the Post, Time magazine, The New Republic and other publications, Krauthammer wrote on a wide range of subjects, and in "Things That Matter" listed chess, baseball, "the innocence of dogs" and "the cunning of cats" among his passions. As a psychiatrist in the 1970s, he did groundbreaking research on bipolar disorder.

But he found nothing could live apart from government and the civic realm. "Science, medicine, art, poetry, architecture" and other fields were "fundamentally subordinate. In the end, they must bow to the sovereignty of politics."

Ever blunt in his criticisms, Krauthammer was an "intense disliker" the liberal columnist E.J. Dionne told Politico in 2009. And opponents had words for him. Christopher Hitchens once called him the "newest of the neocon mini-windbags," with the "arduous job, in an arduous time, of being an unpredictable conformist."

He was attacked for his politics, and for his predictions. He was so confident of quick success in Iraq he initially labeled the 2003 invasion "The Three Week War" and defended the conflict for years. He also backed the George W. Bush administration's use of torture as an "uncontrolled experiment" carried out "sometimes clumsily, sometimes cruelly, indeed, sometimes wrongly. But successfully. It kept us safe."

And the former president praised Krauthammer after hearing of his death.

"For decades, Charles' words have strengthened our democracy," George W. Bush said in a statement. "His work was far-reaching and influential — and while his voice will be deeply missed, his ideas and values will always be a part of our country."

Krauthammer was sure that Obama would lose in 2008 because of lingering fears from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and foresaw Mitt Romney defeating him in 2012.

But he prided himself on his rejection of orthodoxy and took on Republicans, too, observing during a Fox special in 2013 that "If you're going to leave the medical profession because you think you have something to say, you betray your whole life if you don't say what you think and if you don't say it honestly and bluntly."

He criticized the death penalty and rejected intelligent design as "today's tarted-up version of creationism." In 2005, he was widely cited as a key factor in convincing Bush to rescind the Supreme Court nomination of the president's friend and legal adviser Harriet Miers, whom Krauthammer and others said lacked the necessary credentials. And he differed with such Fox commentators as Bill O'Reilly and Laura Ingraham as he found himself among the increasingly isolated "Never Trumpers," Republicans regarding the real estate baron and former "Apprentice" star as a vulgarian unfit for the presidency.

"I used to think Trump was an 11-year-old, an undeveloped schoolyard bully," he wrote in August 2016, around the time Trump officially became the Republican nominee. "I was off by about 10 years. His needs are more primitive, an infantile hunger for approval and praise, a craving that can never be satisfied. He lives in a cocoon of solipsism where the world outside himself has value — indeed exists — only insofar as it sustains and inflates him."

Trump, of course, tweeted about Krauthammer, who "pretends to be a smart guy, but if you look at his record, he isn't. A dummy who is on too many Fox shows. An overrated clown!"

Krauthammer married Robyn Trethewey, an artist and former attorney, in 1974. They had a son, Daniel, who also became a columnist and commentator.

The son of Jewish immigrants from Europe, Krauthammer was born in New York City and moved with his family to Montreal when he was 5, growing up in a French speaking home. His path to political writing was unexpected. First, at McGill University, he became editor in chief of the student newspaper after his predecessor was ousted over what Krauthammer called his "mindless, humorless Maoism."

In the late 1970s, while a psychiatric resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, a professor with whom he had researched manic depression was appointed to a mental health agency created by President Jimmy Carter. Krauthammer went, too, began writing for The New Republic and was soon recruited to write speeches for Carter's vice president and 1980 running mate, Walter Mondale.

Carter was defeated by Reagan and on Jan. 20, 1981, Reagan's inauguration day, Krauthammer formally joined The New Republic as a writer and editor.

"These quite fantastic twists and turns have given me a profound respect for serendipity," he wrote in 2013. "A long forgotten, utterly trivial student council fight brought me to journalism. A moment of adolescent anger led me to the impulsive decision to quit political studies and enroll in medical school. A decade later, a random presidential appointment having nothing to do with me brought me to a place where my writing and public career could begin.

"When a young journalist asks me today, 'How do I get to a nationally syndicated columnist?' I have my answer: 'First, go to medical school.'"

Categories: Ohio News

Rat slips inside ATM, eats a load of money

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:03

GAUHATI, India -- Police say at least one rat slipped through a hole in the back of an ATM in northeastern India and started eating. By the time it finished, more than $19,000 in bills were shredded.

The police superintendent in the town of Tinsukia, Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta, says that when technicians arrived June 11 to fix a broken State Bank of India cash machine they found a dead rat inside it and Indian currency notes worth nearly 1.3 million rupees, or a little over $19,000, chewed to shreds. The rat had entered the ATM through a small hole for cables.

A bank employee said Friday an investigation has been ordered.

Categories: Ohio News

1 shot while driving, crashes car into pole in west Columbus shooting

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 03:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Division of Police is investigating a shooting that happened early Friday morning.

Officers were called around 3:30 a.m. to the area of Sullivant Avenue and South Wheatland Avenue in west Columbus.

One person was found in a vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital. That person is expected to be OK, according to Columbus Police.

Detectives say the victim was driving when they were shot. After being shot, the driver crashed the vehicle into a utility pole in an alley near the intersection.

Police have closed a portion of Sullivant Avenue near South Oakley Avenue while they investigate.

No suspect information has been released at this time.

This shooting remains under investigation

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com on this developing story.

Categories: Ohio News

Bates-Diop selected by Minnesota Timberwolves in second round of NBA Draft

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 21:30

Former Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round of 2018 NBA Draft with the 48th overall pick.

Bates-Diop averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds for the Buckeyes this past season.

In his final year, Bates-Diop helped lead Ohio State to 25 wins and back to the NCAA Tournament.

Ohio State's NCAA tourament run ended with a loss to Gonzaga in the second round.

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ABC orders 'Roseanne' spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 18:35

LOS ANGELES (AP) — ABC, which canceled its "Roseanne" revival over its star's racist tweet, says it will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall.

ABC ordered 10 episodes of the spinoff after Barr agreed to forgo any creative or financial participation in it.

In a statement issued by the show's producer, Barr said she agreed to the settlement in order to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members.

ABC said Thursday that the new series has the working title "The Conners" and will star John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert and other "Roseanne" co-stars.

The revival of the hit 1988-97 sitcom "Roseanne" was axed by ABC after Barr posted a tweet likening former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and "Planet of the Apes."

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Pentagon agrees to provide space for 20,000 migrant children

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 15:57

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will make space available on military bases for as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children detained after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, a spokesman said Thursday.

The request for temporary shelter — amid a growing political battle over detained migrants — was made by the Department of Health and Human Services and accepted by the Defense Department, said the spokesman, Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis.

A Pentagon memo to members of Congress, obtained by The Associated Press, said it has been asked to have the facilities available as early as July, through the end of the year. It said HHS personnel or contractors for HHS "will provide all care for the children," including supervision, meals, clothing, medical services, transportation and other daily needs.

It's not clear which bases will be used to house the children. HHS has assessed facilities on four military bases, but the Pentagon said it has not been told which, if any, of the four will be used. The Pentagon said it will have no role in operating the temporary shelters, which would be controlled by HHS.

The four bases already assessed as potential shelter locations are Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, plus three bases in Texas: Dyess Air Force Base, Goodfellow Air Force Base and Fort Bliss.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday he is not involved in decisions about housing migrant children detained after crossing the border. But he said the Pentagon will provide whatever support is requested by either the Department of Homeland Security or HHS. The Pentagon memo to Congress said that as of Wednesday it had received no request from DHS.

The children who would be housed on military bases are those who cross the border illegally by themselves, as opposed to those accompanied by adults. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep together children and parents apprehended for crossing the border illegally for at least 20 days. The order also directs the Justice Department to fight in court to permanently remove the threat of separation.

Categories: Ohio News

Police looking for man missing from north Columbus

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 15:56

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus police are asking for the public’s help in finding an 82-year-old man last seen Thursday in north Columbus.

Police said Larry Crimmel was last seen around 1:30 p.m. in the area of Sharon Woods Boulevard.

He was driving a black 2003 Toyota Avalon with an Ohio license plate number 54BUGS.

Crimmel was last seen wearing a blue and white dress shirt and dark dress pants.

He has grey hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus police at 614-645-4624.

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2018-19 schedule for Columbus Blue Jackets released

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 15:44

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2018-19 regular season schedule for the Columbus Blue Jackets have been released.

The team will open the season on October 4 on the road against the Detroit Red Wings.

The home opener is on October 5 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

You can see the full schedule below the home schedule highlights.

Home schedule highlights:

  • Dec. 8 and Feb. 12 vs. Washington
  • Feb. 26 and Mar. 9 vs. Pittsburgh
  • Nov. 23 and Dec. 28 vs. Toronto
  • Oct. 18 and Feb. 28 vs. Philadelphia
  • Oct. 20 vs. Chicago
  • Oct. 30 vs. Detroit
  • Dec. 17 vs. Vegas
  • Dec. 31 vs. Ottawa
  • Jan. 10 vs. Nashville
  • Mar. 2 vs. Edmonton
Schedule provided by the Columbus Blue Jackets
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Family: Kate Spade's father dies on eve of her funeral

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 15:39

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The father of fashion designer Kate Spade died on the eve of her funeral, according to a statement released by her family shortly before her service began Thursday in her hometown of Kansas City.

The family said 89-year-old Earl Brosnahan Jr. had been in ill health before passing away Wednesday night at his home. The statement said he was "heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter."

Kate Spade was found dead by suicide in her New York City home on June 5. She was 55 and had a 13-year-old daughter. Her husband said she'd had depression and anxiety for many years.

Mourners flocked to a Kansas City church shortly before her funeral, many carrying her iconic purses.

Spade was working as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine when she launched her company with her husband Andy Spade in 1993.

Coach, now known as Tapestry, bought the Kate Spade brand last year for $2.4 billion. Kate and Andy Spade recently had started a new handbag company, Frances Valentine.

Andy Spade said earlier this month that his wife had long suffered from depression and anxiety, but that she had been seeing a doctor regularly and was taking medication.

He said he and his wife had been living separately in the 10 months before her death but saw each other or spoke every day. He said they were not legally separated and never discussed divorce.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or a Kansas City animal shelter.

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3 generations of family face drugs charges after suspected overdose of Dublin teen

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 15:27

A 17-year-old Dublin girl is dead of a suspected drug overdose. Three generations of a Grandview family are facing charges in connection with her death.

According to Grandview Police, they are all members of a family drug trafficking enterprise:

Sixty-seven-year-old Shirley Alexander, her son 44-year-old William Alexander, and his son, 20-year-old Caleb Alexander.

According to court records, all three live in the same home in the 1200 block of Broadview Avenue in Grandview.

In just the last year, police have responded to four suspected overdoses at the same address.

The most recent in March ended with the death of a 17-year-old girl.

911 Caller: "Apparently my son came home and there's this female in our basement. We don't know if she's dead or alive. But she's unresponsive. She shows up at our house every once in a while and crashes here without us even knowing in our basement. I don't know what's going on. They just told me to call- they woke me up and told me to call 911."

That girl, 17-year-old Haleah Myers was a former student at Dublin Coffman and Dublin Scioto High Schools. She died 4 days later of a suspected overdose.

Evidence uncovered when police responded to the home led to the arrests Wednesday of all three Alexanders.

Caleb Alexander is charged with Felony Tampering with Evidence. Court records say he admitted to throwing "used hypodermic needles in the trash can" that night and tossing white powder into the toilet, which "testing verified as heroin."

William Alexander is charged with Felony Possession of Narcotics. Police say the night of Myer's suspected overdose, they found "white powder" that lab results found to be Fentanyl. And "In the previous three overdose calls, (he) was either the person who called 911 for help or he was the person overdosing."

Shirley Alexander is charged with Permitting Drug Abuse, also a felony. Police say she owns the home, and was allowing "her son and grandson to traffic drugs out of it." They say she was in the home during each of the overdose calls. Thursday in court her attorney said she has no criminal record and is not a drug user. But police say she was no victim: They say search warrants show she was "supplying her son and grandson money to purchase the (drugs)."

Police call this is an ongoing investigation. They say additional charges could be filed, and more arrests could be made.

They expect Haleah Myer's autopsy report with an official cause of death, soon.

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Detectives seize cocaine, heroin and guns from Whitehall home

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 14:36

An investigation into trafficking drugs in Whitehall resulted in the seizure of several drugs and an arrest.

The Whitehall Division of Police along with the Columbus Division of Police InTac Unit executed a search warrant on Thursday.

Detectives seized 91 grams of cocaine, 51 grams of heroin and 82 grams of marijuana. They also found $41,044 in cash and 15 guns, seven of which are reported stolen.

Thirty-four-year-old Earl Hines was arrested and charged with possession of drugs. Police said he could later be indicted on having weapons under disability and receiving stolen property.

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Ohio teachers want cost of living allowance restored

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 14:04

On Thursday, a group of about fifty Ohio teachers, mostly from the Cincinnati area, protested in front of the State Teacher's Retirement System's building on East Broad Street.

The teachers carried signs and chanted, "Restore Our COLA now." Last year, trustees voted to freeze the cost of living allowance for retired teachers for at least five years.

The purpose of COLA is to allow retired teachers to keep up with the cost of inflation. Mike Mulcahy taught math for 35 years before he retired in 2006.

"The benefits come to me, and then they decide 'oh we were just kidding about that.' We're going to take your COLA away," said Molcahey.

In April 2017, STRS trustees voted to suspend the cost of living allowance for five years. The boards says the freeze was part of a long-term plan to financially strengthen the retirement system, which is currently 75 percent funded.

"The board is looking out for the new teacher as well as the retiree, and they're trying to balance it and make sure it's a fair and equitable solution for all," said Nick Treneff, STRS Director of Communication Services. STRS estimated if it didn't suspend COLA, it would have taken 50 years for the retirement system to be 100 percent funded.

Prior to the protest, the president of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers spoke at the STRS Board Meeting, and challenged the trustees financial forecast.

"I believe that you are not using accurate investment returns and actuarial projections. You should not be waiting for five years to revisit the COLA issue. I would like to remind you, the STRS funds are not your money," said Julie Sellers.

To learn more about the STRS decision to freeze COLA, click here.

Protestors said it's not right for STRS to fund the system off of the back of retired teachers.

"If they do not restore the COLA before 2022, the average teacher in Ohio right now, the average retired teacher, will lose $12,000 a year every year for the rest of their life, even if they restore the COLA," said retiree Bob Buerkle.

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Summer Quest: Camp saves kids and mothers in recovery

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:54

A summer camp in downtown Columbus is helping children learn the dangers of addiction while allowing their mothers to get treatment for opioid addiction.

It's called Summer Quest and it's funded by Franklin County ADAMH, the Ohio Department of Mental Health, and Amethyst -- a local drug and alcohol treatment recovery program which operates under Alvis.

Every child who attends has a mother battling addiction. Thirty-two children ages five to 17 participate.

It's free and mothers who've sent their children say without the camp, they wouldn't be able to help themselves,

"This is the best me I've ever been this is the happiest I've ever been I did not know this was possible, " says Joy Preston.

Preston says she began drinking at age nine with her adopted mother and turned to any drug she could find afterward.

Stephanie Fowler says she was addicted to crack cocaine. She decided to get help after losing her children, her house, and her job.

"I knew I needed help when my life became unmanageable I started losing everything," she says.

The camp is run by Laura Sutter. She says the main goal of the camp is to break the cycle of addiction. To make sure the children of these moms don't follow in their footsteps.

"These kids have been through a lot. They've seen a lot; they've hurt a lot. They've been part of their mother's addiction," she says.

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Governor orders probe of abuse claims by immigrant children

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:41

WASHINGTON — Virginia's governor ordered state officials Thursday to investigate abuse claims by children at an immigration detention facility who said they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced the probe in a tweet hours after The Associated Press reported the allegations. They were included in a federal civil rights lawsuit with a half-dozen sworn statements from Latino youths held for months or years at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center. The AP report also cited an adult who saw bruises and broken bones the children said were caused by guards.

Northam, a Democrat, said the allegations were disturbing and directed the state's secretary of public safety and homeland security and the Department of Juvenile Justice to report back to him "to ensure the safety of every child being held there."

Children as young as 14 said the guards there stripped them of their clothes and strapped them to chairs with bags placed over their heads.

"Whenever they used to restrain me and put me in the chair, they would handcuff me," said a Honduran immigrant who was sent to the facility when he was 15 years old. "Strapped me down all the way, from your feet all the way to your chest, you couldn't really move. ... They have total control over you. They also put a bag over your head. It has little holes; you can see through it. But you feel suffocated with the bag on."

In addition to the children's first-hand, translated accounts in court filings, a former child-development specialist who worked inside the facility independently told The Associated Press this week that she saw kids there with serious injuries. She spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to publicly discuss the children's cases.

In court filings, lawyers for the detention facility have denied all the allegations of physical abuse. The incidents described in the lawsuit occurred from 2015 to 2018, during both the Obama and Trump administrations.

Many of the children were sent there after U.S. immigration authorities accused them of belonging to violent gangs, including MS-13. President Donald Trump has repeatedly cited gang activity as justification for his crackdown on illegal immigration.

Trump said Wednesday that "our Border Patrol agents and our ICE agents have done one great job" cracking down on MS-13 gang members. "We're throwing them out by the thousands," he said.

But a top manager at the Shenandoah center said during a recent congressional hearing that the children did not appear to be gang members and were suffering from mental health issues resulting from trauma that happened in their home countries — problems the detention facility is ill-equipped to treat.

"The youth were being screened as gang-involved individuals. And then when they came into our care, and they were assessed by our clinical and case management staff ... they weren't necessarily identified as gang-involved individuals," said Kelsey Wong, a program director at the facility. She testified April 26 before a Senate subcommittee reviewing the treatment of immigrant children apprehended by the Homeland Security Department.

Most children held in the Shenandoah facility who were the focus of the abuse lawsuit were caught crossing the border illegally alone. They were not the children who have been separated from their families under the Trump administration's recent policy and are now in the government's care. But the facility operates under the same program run by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. It was not immediately clear whether any separated children have been sent to Shenandoah Valley since the Trump administration in April announced its "zero tolerance" policy toward immigrant families, after the lawsuit was filed.

It also was not immediately clear when federal authorities first learned of the abuse claims and whether any action was taken. Spokespeople for the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, did not respond to multiple requests for comment Wednesday and Thursday.

Robert Carey, who served as director of Refugee Resettlement under the Obama administration, said Tuesday he only heard about the complaints at the Shenandoah center after he left office in January 2017. Had he known, Carey said, he "would have been all over that trying to figure out what needed to be done, including termination of contracts."

Following AP's report about the abuse accusations, Virginia's two Democratic senators said Thursday they would seek to investigate conditions inside the Shenandoah facility.

In a tweet, Sen. Tim Kaine said: "Deeply troubled by this report. We need answers on what happened at this facility, and my staff and I are going to demand them."

Deeply troubled by this report. We need answers on what happened at this facility, and my staff and I are going to demand them. https://t.co/kqEFYQSPOt

— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) June 21, 2018

Sen. Mark Warner said at a public forum on immigration issues that he will seek to visit the detention center.

The Shenandoah lockup is one of only three juvenile detention facilities in the United States with federal contracts to provide "secure placement" for children who had problems at less-restrictive housing. The Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility in California has faced litigation over immigrant children mischaracterized as gang members. In Alexandria, Virginia, a multi-jurisdiction commission overseeing the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center has said it will end its federal contract to house young immigration detainees when it expires in September.

The Shenandoah detention center was built by a coalition of seven nearby towns and counties to lock up local kids charged with serious crimes. Since 2007, about half the 58 beds are occupied by male and female immigrants between the ages of 12 and 17 facing deportation proceedings or awaiting rulings on asylum claims. Though incarcerated in a facility similar to a prison, the children detained on administrative immigration charges have not yet been convicted of any crime.

Virginia ranks among the worst states in the nation for wait times in federal immigration courts, with an average of 806 days before a ruling. Nationally, only about half of juveniles facing deportation are represented by a lawyer, according to Justice Department data.

On average, 92 immigrant children each year cycle through Shenandoah, most of them from Mexico and Central America.

Wong said many of the 30 or so children housed there on any given day have mental health needs that would be better served in a residential treatment unit. But such facilities are often unwilling to accept children with significant behavioral issues, she said.

Wong and other managers at the Shenandoah center, including Executive Director Timothy J. Smith, did not respond to phone and email messages seeking comment this week.

Financial statements reviewed by AP shows the local government commission that operates the center received nearly $4.2 million in federal funds last year to house the immigrant children — enough to cover about two-thirds of the total operating expenses.

The lawsuit filed against Shenandoah alleges that young Latino immigrants held there "are subjected to unconstitutional conditions that shock the conscience, including violence by staff, abusive and excessive use of seclusion and restraints, and the denial of necessary mental health care."

The complaint filed by the nonprofit Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs recounts the story of an unnamed 17-year-old Mexican citizen apprehended at the southern border. The teen fled an abusive father and violence fueled by drug cartels to seek asylum in the United States in 2015.

After stops at facilities in Texas and New York, he was transferred to Shenandoah in April 2016 and diagnosed during an initial screening by a psychologist with three mental disorders, including depression. Besides weekly sessions speaking with a counselor, the lawsuit alleges the teen has received no further mental health treatment, such as medications that might help regulate his moods and behavior.

The lawsuit recounts multiple alleged violent incidents between Latino children and staff at the Shenandoah center. It describes the guards as mostly white, non-Spanish speakers who are undertrained in dealing with individuals with mental illness. The suit alleges staff members routinely taunt the Latino youths with racially charged epithets, including "wetback," ''onion head" and "pendejo," which roughly translates to dumbass in Spanish.

A 16-year-old boy who said he had lived in Texas with his mother since he was an infant ended up at Shenandoah in September after a police officer pulled over a car he was riding in and asked for ID, which he couldn't provide. As one of the few Latino kids who is fluent in English, the teen would translate for other detainees the taunts and names the staff members were calling them. He said that angered the guards, resulting in his losing such modest privileges as attending art classes.

"If you are behaving bad, resisting the staff when they try to remove you from the program, they will take everything in your room away — your mattress, blanket, everything," he said. "They will also take your clothes. Then they will leave you locked in there for a while. This has happened to me, and I know it has happened to other kids, too."

The immigrant detainees said they were largely segregated from the mostly white juveniles being held on criminal charges, but they could see that the other housing units had amenities that included plush chairs and video gaming consoles not available in the Spartan pods housing the Latinos.

In their sworn statements, the teens reported spending the bulk of their days locked alone in their cells, with a few hours set aside for classroom instruction, recreation and meals. Some said they had never been allowed outdoors, while the U.S.-born children were afforded a spacious recreation yard.

The Latino children reported being fed sparse and often cold meals that left them hungry, though meals of American fast food were occasionally provided. Records show Shenandoah receives nearly $82,000 a year from the Agriculture Department to feed the immigration detainees.

The lawsuit said the poor conditions, frequent physical searches and verbal abuse by staff often escalated into confrontations, as the frustrated children acted out. The staff regularly responded "by physically assaulting the youth, applying an excessive amount of force that goes far beyond what is needed to establish or regain control."

In the case of the Mexican 17-year-old, the lawsuit said a staff member who suspected him of possessing contraband threw him to the ground and forcibly tore off his clothes for an impromptu strip search. Though no forbidden items were found, the teenager was transferred to "Alpha Pod," described in the lawsuit as a unit within the facility designated for children who engage in bad behavior.

The lawsuit said Latino children were frequently punished by being restrained for hours in chairs, with handcuffs and cloth shackles on their legs. Often, the lawsuit alleged, the children were beaten by staff while bound.

As a result of such "malicious and sadistic applications of force," the immigrant youths have "sustained significant injuries, both physical and psychological," the lawsuit said.

After an altercation during which the lawsuit alleged the Mexican teenager bit a staff member during a beating, he was restrained in handcuffs and shackles for 10 days, resulting in bruises and cuts. Other teens interviewed as part of the court case also reported being punished for minor infractions with stints in solitary confinement, during which some of the children said they were left nude and shivering in cold concrete cells.

Academic studies of prison inmates kept in solitary confinement have found they often experience high anxiety that can cause panic attacks, paranoia and disordered thinking that may trigger angry outbursts. For those with mental health issues, the effects can be exacerbated, often worsening the very behaviors the staff is attempting to discourage.

A Guatemalan youth sent to the center when he was 14 years old said he was often locked in his tiny cell for up to 23 hours a day. After resisting the guards, he said he was also restrained for long periods.

"When they couldn't get one of the kids to calm down, the guards would put us in a chair — a safety chair, I don't know what they call it — but they would just put us in there all day," the teen said in a sworn statement. "This happened to me, and I saw it happen to others, too. It was excessive."

A 15-year-old boy from Mexico held at Shenandoah for nine months also recounted being restrained with a bag over his head.

"They handcuffed me and put a white bag of some kind over my head," he said, according to his sworn statement. "They took off all of my clothes and put me into a restraint chair, where they attached my hands and feet to the chair. They also put a strap across my chest. They left me naked and attached to that chair for two and a half days, including at night."

After being subjected to such treatment, the 17-year-old Mexican youth said he tried to kill himself in August, only to be punished with further isolation. On other occasions, he said, he has responded to feelings of desperation and hopelessness by cutting his wrists with a piece of glass and banging his head against the wall or floor.

"One time I cut myself after I had gotten into a fight with staff," the teen recounted. "I filled the room with blood. This happened on a Friday, but it wasn't until Monday that they gave me a bandage or medicine for the pain."

The lawsuit alleges other immigrant youths held at Shenandoah have also engaged in cutting and other self-harming behaviors, including ingesting shampoo and attempting to choke themselves.

A hearing in the case is set for July 3 before a federal judge in the Western District of Virginia.

Lawyers on both sides in the lawsuit either did not respond to messages or declined to comment, citing strict confidentiality requirements in the case involving children.

The child development specialist who previously worked with teens at Shenandoah told AP that many there developed severe psychological problems after experiencing abuse from guards.

"The majority of the kids we worked with when we went to visit them were emotionally and verbally abused. I had a kid whose foot was broken by a guard," she said. "They would get put in isolation for months for things like picking up a pencil when a guard had said not to move. Some of them started hearing voices that were telling them to hurt people or hurt themselves, and I knew when they had gotten to Shenandoah they were not having any violent thoughts."

She said she never witnessed staff abuse teens first-hand, but that teens would complain to her of injuries from being tackled by guards and reveal bruises. The specialist encouraged them to file a formal complaint.

Though lawyers for Shenandoah responded with court filings denying all wrongdoing, information contained in a separate 2016 lawsuit appears to support some of the information contained in the recent abuse complaints.

In a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against the Shenandoah center, a former staff member said he worked in a unit called "Alpha Pod" where immigrant minors were held, "including those with psychological and mental issues and those who tend to fight more frequently."

The guard, Trenton Farris, who denied claims that he punched two children, sued the justice center alleging he was wrongly targeted for firing because he is black. Farris said most staff members at the facility are white, and that two white staff members involved in the incident over which he was fired went unpunished.

Lawyers for the center denied the former guard's claims, and the case was settled in January.

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First lady's 'I don't care' jacket causes a stir

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:29

First lady Melania Trump boarded a flight to a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents wearing a jacket that read "I really don't care, do u?"

The green hooded spring military jacket has the words written graffiti-style on the back.

When asked what message the first lady's jacket intended to send, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "It's a jacket. There was no hidden message."

Mrs. Trump wore a different pale yellow jacket when the plane landed in McAllen, Texas, for a visit to the Upbring New Hope Children's Center, which houses 55 migrant children.

The youthful jacket sharply contrasts with the first lady's typically bold, foreign-flavored wardrobe. In public appearances, the first lady has worn designs by Dolce & Gabbana, Del Pozo, Christian Dior, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy and Valentino, often with daringly high Christian Louboutin heels.

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Plea deal possible in murder case over woman set on fire

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:05

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge in the trial of a man who authorities say caused his ex-girlfriend's death by setting her on fire has told attorneys in the case to consider the possibility of a plea agreement.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the judge made the reminder Wednesday to defense and prosecuting attorneys in the case of 42-year-old Michael Slager. He is charged with aggravated murder in 33-year-old Judy Malinowski's death.

Slager previously was sentenced to 11 years in prison on aggravated arson and felonious assault charges. Malinowski was doused in gasoline and set ablaze in August 2015 in Gahanna. She died last year.

The prosecutor says he won't discuss a potential plea with Malinowski's family without "a reasonable" proposal from the defense.

Slager's attorney says he can't disclose discussions with his client.

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Girl, 9, fatally shot while sitting inside car in Cleveland

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:02

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old girl sitting in a car while her mother went inside a building to pick up her son has been shot and killed in Cleveland.

The girl has been identified as Saniyah Nicholson, of Maple Heights. Cleveland police say she was shot in the forehead about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police say the girl was sitting in the car with an adult sister when she was shot. Police have not said whether the sister was wounded.

Cleveland City Councilman Joe Jones says he was told by Cleveland police that the girl was shot when a group in a car traded gunfire with a group on foot.

No suspects have been arrested.

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Report: 13 bald eagles found dead in Maryland died by poisoning

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:58

FEDERALSBURG, Md. -- Thirteen bald eagles found dead on a Maryland farm in February 2016 died by poisoning, according to a report obtained by Annapolis radio station WNAV.

In March 2016, officials had said the animals did not die of natural causes, but no further explanation was made available. WNAV reports that they received necropsy reports on the animals from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) last week which indicates the bald eagles died from poisoning by carbofuran, a toxic pesticide.

According to the station, carbofuran was banned by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 and that decision was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2011.

WNAV cited Cornell University's Pesticide Management Education Program's description of carbofuran's effects on birds: "Carbofuran is highly toxic to birds. One granule is sufficient to kill a small bird. Bird kills have occurred when birds ingested carbofuran granules, which resemble grain seeds in size and shape, or when predatory or scavenging birds have ingested small birds or mammals which had eaten carbofuran pellets."

The station shared the USFWS report with the Washington Post which reports that authorities have yet to determine who poisoned the bald eagles.

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Police: Man accused of exposing himself, grabbing woman in northwest Columbus

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:16

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus police need help identifying a man accused of exposing himself, masturbating and grabbing a woman’s buttocks in northwest Columbus.

The Columbus Division of Police describes the man as possibly Asian with a ponytail.

The first incident reported in northwest Columbus occurred February 17 at about 1 a.m. at a Shell Gas Station at 2800 Bethel Rd.

The following incidents proceeded:

  • June 4 at 11:42 p.m. at 2800 Bethel Rd. Shell Gas Station
  • June 11 at 11:43 p.m. at 4865 Sawmill Rd. Hydro Spray Carwash
  • June 17 at 9:24 p.m. at 2800 Bethel Rd. Shell Gas Station

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Huffman in CPD's Sexual Assault Unit at 614-645-0106 or mhuffman@columbuspolice.org.

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