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Columbus Clippers game postponed due to weather

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 11:05

COLUMBUS - The Columbus Clippers game that was scheduled for Sunday has been postponed due to weather.

Today's game with the Durham Bulls has officially been postponed. A make-up date has not been decided at this time.

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— Columbus Clippers (@CLBClippers) April 15, 2018

The game will be made up as a double-header when Columbus travels to Durham in August. That date has not been announced.

For ticket exchange information, visit their website here.

The Clippers return tomorrow vs. Pautucket at 6:35 p.m., a Sugardale Dime-A-Dog Night.

Categories: Ohio News

Operator who took 911 call from trapped boy to return to job

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 10:40

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 911 operator who took one of two calls from a teen who became trapped beneath a minivan's rear bench and died will return to work Wednesday.

A Cincinnati police spokeswoman says it's not clear whether the 911 operator will face any discipline because an internal investigation is continuing.

Police are trying to find what went wrong.

Sixteen-year-old Kyle Plush died Tuesday after becoming trapped inside a minivan despite calling 911 twice for help and giving his location.

Two Cincinnati police officers and a Hamilton County sheriff's deputy searched but failed to locate him.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the city's 911 system has been plagued with problems over the past few years.

Family and friends will gather to remember the teen Sunday. His funeral is Monday.

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"Something has gone terribly wrong": New details on trapped teen's death

Categories: Ohio News

Columbus launches 5K run for brain cancer research

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 09:00

Sunday's weather could not dampen the determination of the many people taking part in the Head for the Cure 5K. This is the first year Columbus has hosted the race.

"These are the dark days, but we know the sun comes out tomorrow," said brain cancer survivor Sam Mierzejewski. "The rainy weather today for many is like the first days fighting, but brighter days are ahead."

This race began a long time ago for many participants. For some, it started with a headache. For others, it was sudden speech problems or blurry vision followed by a diagnosis. At least 10 of the runners in the inaugural Columbus Head for the Cure 5K remember the moment when a doctor said, "You have Cancer".

"I was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008 that impacted my brain stem. I went through chemo, radiation, brain surgery and now I'm at a big milestone for brain cancer survivors. This is my 10-year anniversary this March so I can cut down on my MRIs, so that's a good thing," said Mierzejewski.

With each stride on Sunday, Sam Mierzejewski is grateful. In March, the former Upper Arlington Police Sergeant marked a decade of cancer survival with his family and friends. Now, he continues to offer support for others. "The sun will come out tomorrow. I guess that's what we want to say," said Mierzejewski. He's glad Central Ohio helped to raise more than $21,000 for research and better treatment of brain cancer. Race Executive Director Jenna Hielman said the race will return next spring.

Experts at The James said brain cancer is a complex disease leaving each patient with different cancer that behaves differently and calls for a tailored, individualized treatment plan. Effective brain cancer detection and treatment is crucial, they said. So their nationally-renowned experts identify and understand cancer at the biologic and genetic levels, unlocking the molecular code of a patient’s disease and pinpointing what makes each cancer grow — then discovering what stops it. They said fundraising for that research helps.

Today's weather could not dampen the determination of the many people taking part in this Head for the Cure 5K. This is the first year Columbus has hosted the race.

"These are the dark days, but we know the sun comes out tomorrow," said brain cancer survivor Sam Mierzejewski. "The rainy weather today for many is like the first days fighting, but brighter days are ahead."

For some of the race participants, this race began a long time ago with a headache for some, it was sudden speech problems or blurry vision followed by a diagnosis. At least 10 of the runners in the inaugural Columbus Head for the Cure 5K remember the sickening moment when a doctor said, "You have Cancer".

"I was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008 that impacted my brain stem. I went through chemo, radiation, brain surgery and now I'm at a big milestone for brain cancer survivors. This is my 10 year anniversary this March so I can cut down on my MRIs, so that's a good thing," said Mierzejewski.

With each stride today Sam Mierzejewski is grateful. In March, the former Upper Arlington Police Sergeant marked a decade of survival with his family and friends and continues support for others. "The sun will come out tomorrow. I guess that's what we want to say," said Mierzejewski. He's glad Central Ohio helped to raise more than $21,000 for research and better treatment of brain cancer. Race Executive Director Jenna Hielman said the race will return next spring.

Experts at The James said brain cancer is a complex disease leaving each patient with different cancer that behaves differently and calls for a tailored, individualized treatment plan. Effective brain cancer detection and treatment is crucial, they said so their nationally-renowned experts identify and understand cancer at the biologic and genetic levels, unlocking the molecular code of a patient’s disease and pinpointing what makes each cancer grow — then discovering what stops it. They said fundraising for that research helps.

To learn more about brain cancer and the work of experts at the OSUCCC The James, click here.

To learn more about the Columbus inaugural Head for the Cure 5k click here.

Categories: Ohio News

Credit card signatures may become a thing of the past for retailers

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 06:57

You may not have to sign a receipt the next time you make a purchase, according to CNN.

Starting this weekend, major credit card companies like Visa, Mastercard, and American Express have moved away from having customers use their signatures for purchases.

Although, retailers in the United States and Canada will still have the final say on whether they will require customers to sign off on payments processed in their stores from credit, debit or cellphones.

Eliminating the signing of receipts will make the checkout process more efficient not only for shoppers but also for retailers, says Laura Townsend, senior vice president of operations for the Merchant Advisory Group, which supports the industry move.

Categories: Ohio News

200 million eggs recalled because of salmonella concerns

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 06:32

RALEIGH, N.C. — More than 200 million eggs distributed to restaurants and grocery stores in nine states have been recalled because of bacterial contamination.

A notice posted on the Food & Drug Administration website Friday said the eggs shipped from a North Carolina farm may be tainted with salmonella. The bacteria can cause nausea, diarrhea and, in rare cases, death. Twenty-two illnesses have been reported.

"Consumers with these eggs shouldn't eat them," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Twitter. "Throw them away or return them to place of purchase for credit or refund."

The notice said Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms was voluntarily recalling the eggs "through an abundance of caution." A company spokesman didn't immediately respond to a message seeking further comment Sunday.

The eggs reached consumers in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, according to the notice.

The recall came about after the illnesses were reported in states along the East Coast, and the FDA inspected the farm in eastern North Carolina's Hyde County that produces about 2 million eggs per day. Gottlieb said the agency's testing connected the recalled eggs to the people who got sick.

The notice lists varieties of a Food Lion store brand as well as some cartons available as the Great Value brand, which is sold at Walmart. The recall also lists eggs that were distributed to the Waffle House restaurant chain.

Food Lion has pulled the recalled eggs from shelves of the approximately 400 stores where they were available, said spokeswoman Emma Inman.

"The eggs that are in the stores today are safe," she said by phone. She said she didn't have information on whether Food Lion customers were among those who got sick.

Company officials at Walmart and Waffle House didn't immediately respond to messages Sunday seeking comment.

Categories: Ohio News

Germany closing in on deal to buy 1st weapons-capable drone

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 06:04

BERLIN — Germany is close to finalizing a deal that will see the country buy its first weapons-capable drone aircraft — an Israeli designed model — from European aerospace giant Airbus, according to a government response to lawmakers.

The deal, worth nearly 900 million euros ($1108.53 million) including training and maintenance costs, has been politically contentious because of fears that having combat drones might make Germany more likely to participate in offensive military action abroad.

"At the moment the aim is for Parliament to consider (the deal) and for the subsequent signing of the contract to occur soon, before the current binding offer expires," Germany's defense ministry said in a written response to questions from the opposition Left party. The terms of the offer are binding until May 31, meaning Parliament would have to approve the agreement in the coming weeks.

The government's response, dated April 12 and obtained by The Associated Press late Friday, adds that the agreement foresees the deployment of drones to a theater of operations by about mid-2020.

"We now have confirmation that Parliament is expected to sign off on the purchase of weapons-capable drones, likely in mid-May," said Left party lawmaker Andrej Hunko said Saturday.

"It's the starting point for Germany to get its own combat drones," he said. "We oppose this because combat drones loosen the constraints on warfare, they lower the threshold for military operations and they have nothing to do with national defense."

Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is keen for Germany to acquire the kind of combat drones already widely used by its allies, but the center-left Social Democratic Party blocked a deal in Parliament in the run-up to last year's elections. After agreeing to extend their governing coalition with Merkel's center-right Union bloc for another four years, the Social Democrats dropped their objections to buying the drones without armaments but it's unclear whether they will support arming the aircraft, which would require a separate agreement.

The drones are a variant of the Heron TP made by Israel Aerospace Industries. They are used for reconnaissance missions but can also be equipped with a lethal payload such as U.S.-made Hellfire missiles.

German weekly Der Spiegel has reported that Berlin favors Israeli-made Jedi missiles because the explosion caused by the warhead can be adjusted to minimize collateral damage.

Categories: Ohio News

Police searching for identity theft suspect in central Ohio

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 05:05

NEW ALBANY, Ohio -- Police are searching for a man who they suspect opened multiple fraudulent accounts in parts of central Ohio.

On Sunday, December 24, 2017, police received an identity theft complaint involving a credit card account at Target in Reynoldsburg.

The victim told officers that he had been contacted by Target about a credit account that was opened using his personal information at the store on 2437 Taylor Park Drive.

Officers were also informed by the victim that his personal information was used at Home Depot locations in Dublin and Reynoldsburg and that a total of $10,000 was spent at these stores on various items.

Police contacted a Home Depot store manager who informed them that on December 20, 2017, at 2:03 p.m., a man purchased close to $4,000 worth of items using the victim’s information.

Then, on December 26, 2017, two accounts at Verizon Wireless were opened in his name, as well as a T-Mobile account on January 5, 2018. Best Buy and Sam’s Club accounts were also opened.

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers released a photo of the suspect, who is described as a black man between the age of 25 to 35, 5’10, 200 lbs., wearing a long ponytail.

If you have any information, you can give an anonymous tip to Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS. You can earn a cash reward.

Categories: Ohio News

Police find one person dead in apartment on West Broad Street

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 19:50

COLUMBUS -- One person was found dead in an apartment in the 2000 block of West Broad Street Saturday afternoon, according to police.

According to Columbus Police, at about 3:40 p.m. Saturday, police were asked to check on the well-being of a person at the apartment.

A man was found in the residence and appeared to be lifeless. Police said the person was pronounced dead at the scene.

There are no known suspects or motives and the man has not been positively identified, nor has next of kin been notified.

Police are classifying this as the 26th homicide of 2018.

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

Categories: Ohio News

Giant Eagle recalls romaine lettuce items potentially contaminated with E. coli

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 18:51

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Giant Eagle, Inc. is voluntarily recalling several items prepared with romaine lettuce sold in its Giant Eagle, Market District and GetGo locations across Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana.

Giant Eagle said the recall is in response to a CDC notice on romaine lettuce sourced by a supply partner in Arizona. The lettuce may be contaminated with E. coli.

Escherichia coli O157:H7 is a bacterium that causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools.

There are no reported illnesses among customers associated with the recall, according to Giant Eagle.

The ready-to-eat products were packaged from April 9 to April 13 and were sold in clear plastic containers. They include items prepared with romaine lettuce and sold in the catering, restaurant and salad bar areas.

Giant Eagle said customers who have purchased the affected product should dispose of it or return it to their local Giant Eagle or Market District. Customers may bring in the receipt to receive a refund on their purchase.

ITEMS RECALLED:

GREAT TO GO CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD 11.8 oz. 81571201542

GREAT TO GO CHICKEN BACON COBB SALAD 11.5 oz. 81571201541

GREAT TO GO CHEF SALAD 10.3 oz. 81571201545

GREAT TO GO GARDEN CHICKEN SALAD 10.7 oz. 81571201543

GREAT TO GO GARDEN SALAD WITH BALSAMIC 6 oz. 81571201504

GREAT TO GO GARDEN SALAD 1 each 81571201533

GIANT EAGLE CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD 9.03 oz. 27746100000

GIANT EAGLE GREEK SALAD 8.87 oz. 26746100000

GIANT EAGLE GARDEN MEDLEY SALAD 10.32 oz. 20746100000

GIANT EAGLE STRAWBERRY SALAD WITH CANDIED PECANS 11.2 oz. 22657600000

GIANT EAGLE GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD 10.97 oz. 21746100000

GIANT EAGLE COBB SALAD 12.74 oz. 24746100000

GIANT EAGLE BUFFALO CHICKEN SALAD 11.94 oz. 26681100000

GIANT EAGLE ITALIAN STYLE SALAD 10.97 oz. 23746100000

GIANT EAGLE CHEF SALAD 11.45 oz. 25746100000

LARGE GIANT EAGLE CAESAR SALAD FROM CATERING 1 each 25684200000

SMALL GIANT EAGLE CAESAR SALAD FROM CATERING 1 each 24684200000

LARGE GIANT EAGLE GARDEN SALAD FROM CATERING 1 each 23684300000

SMALL GIANT EAGLE GARDEN SALAD FROM CATERING 1 each 22684300000

MARKET DISTRICT CAESAR SALAD 1 oz. 27593400000

MARKET DISTRICT GRAB AND GO GRILLED CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD 14 oz. 28593400000

MARKET DISTRICT GREEK SALAD 17 oz. 24593500000

MARKET DISTRICT GRAB AND GO GARDEN SALAD WITH BALSAMIC 13 oz. 21593500000

MARKET DISTRICT GRAB AND GO GARDEN SALAD WITH RANCH 13 oz. 20593500000

MARKET DISTRICT GRAB AND GO GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD WITH BALSAMIC 17 oz. 23593500000

MARKET DISTRICT GRAB AND GO GRILLED CHICKEN GARDEN SALAD W RANCH 17 oz. 22593500000

MARKET DISTRICT GRAB AND GO GRILLED CHICKEN COBB SALAD 16 oz. 29593400000

MARKET DISTRICT CHICKEN SALAD WITH CANDIED WALNUTS AND GRAPES 14 oz. 27681200000

GIANT EAGLE CAESAR SALAD WITH CREAMY CAESAR DRESSING 29.6 oz. 21757300000

GIANT EAGLE ITALIAN STYLE SALAD WITH ITALIAN DRESSING 26.56 oz. 21657600000

GIANT EAGLE GARDEN SALAD WITH RANCH DRESSING 28.16 oz. 25657600000

MARKET DISTRICT SANDWICH BOXED LUNCH 1 each 23657300000

MARKET DISTRICT SALAD BOXED LUNCH 1 each 24657300000

GIANT EAGLE BUFFALO CHICKEN WRAP WITH RANCH 9.9 oz 25092800000

MARKET DISTRICT COMBO BOXED LUNCH 1 each 25657300000

GIANT EAGLE BUFFALO CHICKEN WRAP 9.92 oz. 25681100000

MARKET DISTRICT BIG BOX LUNCH 1 each 26657300000

Categories: Ohio News

Gun rights advocates rally at state capitols across US

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 16:07

DOVER, Del. — Gun rights supporters — many carrying rifles and ammunition — gathered at state capitols across the U.S. on Saturday to push back against efforts to pass stricter gun control laws that they fear threaten their constitutional right to bear arms.

From Delaware to Wyoming, hundreds gathered at peaceful protests to listen to speakers who warned that any restrictions on gun ownership or use eventually could lead to a ban on gun ownership, which is guaranteed under the Second Amendment.

"If you have a building and you take a brick out every so often, after a while you're not going to have a building," said Westley Williams, who carried an AR-15 rifle as he joined about 100 people braving blustery weather in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for a pro-gun-rights rally in front of the state supreme court building.

Dave Gulya, one of the organizers of a rally in Augusta, Maine, said about 800 people showed up to make the point that "we are law-abiding."

Saturday's protests were planned in dozens of state capitols less than three weeks after hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, New York and elsewhere to demand tougher gun laws after the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17. Organizers of those protests demanded a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and called for universal background checks on potential gun owners.

During a pro-gun-rights gathering in Atlanta on Saturday, more than a quarter of the estimated 180 rally-goers carried weapons, as well as flags and signs saying "Don't Tread On Me" as they listened to speakers talk about the right to bear arms. A few people wearing "Black Lives Matter" T-shirts showed up at the rally and made videos, but didn't interact with the rally-goers.

The coalition behind the gun rights rallies describes itself as a collection of patriotic-based groups that "come from all walks of life, including Three Percent groups and local militias."

The Three Percent movement vows to resist any government that infringes on the U.S. Constitution. Its name refers to the belief that just 3 percent of colonists rose up to fight the British.

Such groups lack the following of more mainstream Second Amendment advocates such as the National Rifle Association.

A group called the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans spread word of the rallies on social media.

Categories: Ohio News

Cleveland police raid marijuana factory in city neighborhood

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 15:33

CLEVELAND — Cleveland police alerted by odors emanating from a building's exhaust system has raided a large indoor marijuana grow operation in an inner-city neighborhood.

Cleveland.com reports police during a raid Friday found around 250 plants and 300 pounds of harvested marijuana inside a building outfitted with grow lights worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A man identified as the operator of the grow site was arrested. Cleveland police district Commander Brandon Kutz says investigators will confer with Cuyahoga County and federal prosecutors about possible charges.

An employee at a business across the street from the building said the operator told people he made and repaired furniture when he moved there a year ago. The employee says the neighborhood often reeked from the smell of marijuana.

Categories: Ohio News

2 seriously injured in crash at US-30 and I-71

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 14:45

RICHLAND COUNTY -- Two people were seriously injured when an SUV carrying a trailer struck a semi Saturday afternoon in Richland County.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the serious two-vehicle crash on U.S. 30 at Interstate-71 around 12:48 p.m. Saturday.

The crash occurred when a 1997 Peterbilt Semi Tractor towing a flatbed trailer loaded with steel beams exited I-71 North to U.S. 30.

According to OSHP, the semi failed to stop at U.S. 30. A 2008 Ford SUV towing a utility trailer was eastbound on U.S. 30 and struck the side of the semi. The impact forced the SUV underneath the semi.

Both occupants in the SUV were trapped and were extradited by Mifflin Fire and EMS. Shelly Smiths Towing assisted in freeing the vehicles to remove the occupants.

The driver of the SUV; 28-year-old Bradley Abell, and his passenger; 24-year-old Jessica Connell from Stevensville, Maryland were transported to OhioHealth Mansfield with serious injuries.

The driver of the semi; 40-year-old Kenneth Sexton from Mansfield was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

Categories: Ohio News

Storm blasts central US with snow, ice and wind, killing 3

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 04:31

MINNEAPOLIS — A storm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes has buffeted the central U.S. with heavy snow, winds, rain and hail, forcing flight cancellations, creating treacherous road conditions and killing at least three people, including a sleeping 2-year-old Louisiana girl.

In the Upper Midwest, the early spring storm brought snow to a region pining for sunshine and warmth. Around 400 flights were canceled at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which grounded all flights Saturday afternoon as heavy snow made it difficult to keep runways clear and planes deiced, while blizzard conditions forced the airport in South Dakota's biggest city, Sioux Falls, to remain closed for a second straight day.

The Minnesota Twins home game against the Chicago White Sox was snowed out Saturday, marking the first back-to-back postponements of baseball games in the stadium's nine seasons. Sunday's game was also called off because of the storm. The Yankees and Tigers were rained out Saturday in Detroit.

Authorities closed several highways in southwestern Minnesota, where no travel was advised, and driving conditions were difficult across the southern half of the state. The National Weather Service predicted that a large swath of southern Minnesota, including Minneapolis and St. Paul, would get 9 to 15 inches of snow (23 to 38 centimeters) by the time the storm blows through on Sunday.

"It's a cool experience for me, the best Minneapolis experience," Niko Heiligman, of Aachen, Germany, said as he braved the snow Saturday to take a walk along the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. "I'm only here for the weekend, so I guess that's how it goes. There's snow and it's cold. So it's good."

The storm is expected to persist through Sunday in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan before moving into New York state and New England.

Up to 18 inches (46 centimeters) of snow had fallen by early Saturday in parts of northern Wisconsin, with another 14 inches (36 centimeters) expected by Sunday evening. Winds of up to 55 mph (88.5 kph) caused blowing and drifting snow, along with ice shoves in Green Bay.

The National Weather Service also warned of potential coastal flooding along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin and Illinois, where Chicago residents were warned that waves could reach as high as 18 feet (5.5 meters).

Snow and wind gusts of up to 50 mph (80 kph) were whipping through parts of South Dakota for a second straight day Saturday, causing blizzard conditions that made travel all but impossible. While the blizzard warning was lifted in the western part of the state, it remained in effect for much of southern and eastern South Dakota.

No travel was advised in Sioux Falls, where police said the blowing snow made it hard to see anything. Several inches of snow fell in various parts of the state, including 18 inches (46 centimeters) in the eastern South Dakota city of Huron.

The storm and powerful winds knocked out power to thousands of customers in Michigan, which was expected to get more snow and ice through the weekend.

One of the three storm-related deaths occurred Friday on snow-covered Interstate 80 near Chappell in western Nebraska, where the State Patrol said an Idaho truck driver lost control of his semitrailer and slammed into a semi that had become stranded. Rollo Ward, 61, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, died at the scene.

A storm toppled a tree onto a mobile home early Saturday in Haughton, Louisiana, killing a sleeping 2-year-old girl inside, according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office.

A woman was killed in Wisconsin early Saturday when she lost control of the minivan she was driving on a slippery highway near Lewiston and struck an oncoming SUV. Three passengers in the minvan and the SUV driver were hospitalized with injuries.

In Arkansas, a tornado ripped through the tiny Ozark Mountain town of Mountainburg on Friday, injuring at least four people and causing widespread damage. Video showed uprooted trees, overturned cars, damaged buildings and downed power lines. Powerful winds also damaged several buildings at the University of Central Arkansas. No injuries were reported.

The storm made its mark in Texas, too, where hail the size of hen eggs fell on areas south of Dallas and Fort Worth, according to meteorologist Patricia Sanchez. In Austin, fire officials said strong winds helped spread the flames after lightning struck two houses that suffered heavy damage.

Categories: Ohio News

Honey bees dying in Ohio; beekeepers hope new legislation brings attention to industry

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 04:06

CANAL WINCHESTER - Legislators in the Ohio House passed a bill last month, giving apiary owners legal immunity from claims of injury by bee sting.

Some central Ohio beekeepers say it's a preventative measure, but more importantly, it could bring awareness to the honey bee industry.

"If you realize, one-third of everything we eat is dependent upon honey bee pollination," beekeeper Barry Conrad said.

Conrad is selling 250 packaged bees to other beekeepers and new ones, hoping they'll pollinate more crops and make honey in Ohio.

"It's a 3-pound package which is 10,000 bees and a queen and that's what you need to get a colony up and running again," Conrad said.

Conrad says just last year, the state lost 60 percent of its bees.

"Bees are, along with all pollinators rather, are having a hard time surviving so it's important to keep more people keeping bees," Conrad said.

Conrad says he's trying to do his part by maintaining 75 hives across central Ohio.

He's been beekeeping for the past 35 years.

Conrad says he hopes new legislation in the state will bring attention to the industry.

"If we lose the honey bee well, we lose the best things that we eat," Conrad said.

According to State Representative Dick Stein, who sponsored the legislation, House Bill 392 shields beekeepers in the event that an individual claims injury by a specific bee from the beekeeper’s property, which can lead to thousands of dollars in legal fees to defend.

Legislators say it is nearly impossible to assign liability to these beekeepers for several reasons: Bees can forage up to two miles from their colony, each colony could have close to 60,000 bees, most bees will not attack unless provoked, and many feral bees can be in the same proximity as registered bees, making it difficult to distinguish which bee it is.

State lawmakers also say the bill works to strengthen the pollinating industry in Ohio, which adds $600 million to the farming sector every year.

On Conrad's Hive and Honey Farm, the bees are always busy at work.

So is the beekeeper, who is spreading the word to keep the bees buzzing.

House Bill 392 will now be sent to the Ohio Senate for consideration.
Categories: Ohio News

South Africa bids farewell to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 04:00

JOHANNESBURG — Millions of South Africans prepared to say goodbye to anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as her emotionally charged official funeral began Saturday in Soweto, where she lived until her death on April 2 at 81.

Thousands of mourners packed a 40,000-seat stadium to bid farewell to the powerful figure who will be buried as a national hero, after a lively debate over how she should be remembered.

Often called the "Mother of the Nation" and "Mama Winnie," Madikizela-Mandela fought to keep South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle in the international spotlight while her husband, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned.

Condolences have poured in from around the world in remembrance of one of the 20th century's most prominent political activists.

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, who attended the funeral, said on Friday that Madikizela-Mandela was responsible for making the anti-apartheid movement "a global struggle."

"She never stopped fighting. She never stopped serving," he told reporters. "She never left the belly of the beast."

Many memorializing Madikizela-Mandela have recognized her as a political force in her own right.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called her an "international symbol of resistance" whose extraordinary life had an impact on millions of people around the world.

"In apartheid South Africa, the combination of patriarchy and racism together meant that black women confronted enormous obstacles from the cradle to the grave - making her own achievements all the more exceptional," he said Friday at a memorial in New York, not mentioning Nelson Mandela at all.

The young Madikizela-Mandela grew up in what is now Eastern Cape province and came to Johannesburg as the city's first black female social worker. Not long after, she met African National Congress activist Mandela and the couple married in 1958, forming one of the most storied unions of the century.

After Mandela was imprisoned, Madikizela-Mandela embraced her own leadership in the freedom struggle with steely determination and at great personal sacrifice.

For years, she was routinely harassed by apartheid-state security forces, imprisoned and tortured. In 1977, she was banished to a remote town to separate her from the heart of the movement she led in Soweto.

It took a toll. When Madikizela-Mandela returned from exile she became involved with a group of young men known as the Mandela United Football Club, who were widely blamed for violence in Soweto.

They were accused of the disappearances and killings of at least 18 boys and young men and the group's leader was convicted of killing a 14-year-old boy, nicknamed "Stompie," who was accused of being a police informer.

In 1991, a court found Madikizela-Mandela guilty of the boy's kidnapping and assault and sentenced her to six years in jail. She appealed and was found guilty of being an accessory, and the sentence was reduced to a fine and a suspended prison term. Madikizela-Mandela denied any knowledge of any killings.

Mandela divorced her in 1996, claiming infidelity and saying that after his release from prison, his wife made him "the loneliest man."

Though she fought fiercely for democracy, Madikizela-Mandela floundered in a political career after the first free elections in 1994. Mandela fired her as one of his deputy ministers and her stints as a lawmaker, a post she held until her death, were lackluster.

At her official memorial service on Wednesday, family members and supporters defended her legacy against detractors.

"She gave everything she had," said ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte. "For those of you whose hearts are unforgiving, sit down and shut up. This is our hero. This is our heroine."

Categories: Ohio News

Police search for suspect in east Columbus shooting

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 03:47

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- One man is injured after a shooting in east Columbus.

Investigators say the shooting happened Friday just before 9 p.m. in the area of Graham Street and Hildreth Avenue.

When police arrived they found Lamont Williams suffering from a gunshot wound to his left elbow.

Williams told police he was arguing with his girlfriend when a man intervened.

The suspect left in a vehicle returned a short time later and began shooting at him, according to police.

Lamont Williams was taken to a local hospital and is expected to be OK.

Police are still looking for the suspect.

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

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1 person is dead after NE Columbus shooting

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 21:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One person is dead after a shooting in northeast Columbus Friday night, according to police.

Police said officers responded to the 4700 block of Larkhall Lane around 11:05 p.m.

The person died at Grant Medical Center almost an hour later.

Investigators say the suspect left the crime scene and was wearing all black.

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Trump: U.S., allies strike Syria to stop chemical weapons

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 21:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States, France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for an apparent chemical attack against civilians and to deter him from doing it again, President Donald Trump announced Friday. Pentagon officials said the attacks targeted the heart of Assad's programs to develop and produce chemical weapons.

Explosions lit up the skies over Damascus, the Syrian capital, as Trump spoke from the White House.

Syrian television reported that Syria's air defenses, which are substantial, responded to the attack. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said there were no reports of U.S. losses in what he described as a heavy but carefully limited assault.

Trump said the U.S. is prepared to sustain economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until he ends what the president called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

"The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children, thrashing in pain and gasping for air. These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead," Trump said.

Mattis, however, said the assault was a "one-time shot," so long as Assad does not repeat his use of chemical weapons.

The strikes were carried out by manned aircraft and from ships that launched cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea.

Mattis disclosed that the U.S. had not yet confirmed that the most recent suspected Syrian chemical weapons attack, on April 7 in the Damascus suburb of Douma, included the use of sarin gas. He said at least one chemical was used — chlorine, which also has legitimate industrial uses and had not previously triggered a U.S. military response.

Mattis said the targets selected by U.S., British and French officials were meant to minimize civilian casualties.

"This is difficult to do in a situation like this," he said, in light of the volatility of chemical agents.

At a Pentagon news conference alongside Mattis, and with British and French military officers beside them to emphasize allied unity, Gen. Joseph Dunford said the attacks targeted mainly three targets in western Syria.

Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said missiles first struck a scientific research center in the Damascus area that he said was a center of Syrian research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological warfare technology. The second target was a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs. He said this was believed to be the main site of Syrian sarin and precursor chemical production equipment.

The third target was a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and an important command post, also west of Homs, Dunford said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said in London that the West had tried "every possible" diplomatic means to stop Assad from using chemical weapons. "But our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted" by Syria and Russia, she said.

"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime," May said. "This is not about intervening in a civil war. It is not about regime change."

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement that a target of the strike was the Syrian government's "clandestine chemical arsenal."

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons.

The decision to strike, after days of deliberations, marked Trump's second order to attack Syria. He authorized a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missiles to hit a single Syrian airfield in April 2017 in retaliation for Assad's use of sarin gas against civilians.

Mattis estimated the latest air campaign was about twice the size of the 2017 strike. He added that the U.S. expects the Syrian government and its allies to conduct a "significant disinformation campaign," which the Pentagon would rebut with additional information Saturday morning.

The air campaign could frustrate those in Trump's base who oppose military intervention and are wary of open-ended conflicts.

Trump chastised Syria's two main allies, Russia and Iran, for their roles in supporting "murderous dictators," and noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin had guaranteed a 2013 international agreement for Assad to get rid of all of his chemical weapons. He called on Moscow to change course and join the West in seeking a more responsible regime in Damascus.

"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path, or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace," Trump said. "Hopefully, someday we'll get along with Russia, and maybe even Iran — but maybe not."

The U.S. missile strike a year ago, which targeted the airfield from which Syrian aircraft had launched their gas attack, was meant to deter Assad from further use of chemical weapons. Since that did not work, a more intense attack would aim to degrade his ability to carry out further such attacks, and would try to do this by hitting Syrian aircraft, military depots and chemical facilities, among other things.

The strikes that hit early Saturday in Syria came hours before inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were set to arrive to inspect the site of the apparent attack.

A broader question is whether the allied attacks are part of a revamped, coherent political strategy to end the war on terms that do not leave Assad in power.

The strikes appear to signal Trump's willingness to draw the United States more deeply into the Syrian conflict. Just weeks ago, Trump said he wanted to end U.S. involvement in Syria and bring American troops home to focus on the homeland. The participation of British and French forces enables Trump to assert a wider international commitment against the use of chemical weapons, but the multi-pronged attack carries the risk of Russian retaliation.

Dunford said the U.S. did not coordinate targets with or notify the Russian government of the strikes, beyond normal airspace "de-confliction" communications.

In his nationwide address, Trump stressed that he has no interest in a longtime fight with Syria.

"As other nations step up their contributions, we look forward to the day when we can bring our warriors home," Trump said. "And great warriors they are."

The U.S. has about 2,000 troops on the ground in Syria as advisers to a makeshift group of anti-Islamic State fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces. They are in eastern Syria, far from Damascus. A U.S.-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes in Syria since September 2014 as part of a largely successful effort to break the IS grip on both Syria and Iraq.

Jarrod Agen, Vice President Mike Pence's deputy chief of staff, said Pence called congressional leaders from his hotel suite in Lima, Peru, to notify them of the president's plan to address the nation about the Syrian air strikes.

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Landry signs $75 million contract extension with Browns

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 20:57

CLEVELAND (AP) — Before throwing Jarvis Landry a pass, the Browns made a huge commitment to him.

Cleveland signed the star wide receiver to a five-year, $75 million contract extension on Friday night, locking up a game-changing player they're counting on for the future.

A three-time Pro Bowler acquired last month in a trade with Miami, Landry was at the team's headquarters Friday as the Browns continued preparations for an NFL draft that may re-shape their franchise.

"Jarvis Landry is the type of football player we want on this team for a long time," general manager John Dorsey said. "Obviously, he's an accomplished playmaker, that's why we went after him in the trade but in his short time as a Brown we can already see the type of leadership and competitiveness he's going to bring to his teammates. We are very pleased that we've been able to secure him to a long-term contract."

Landry led the NFL with 112 catches last season and scored nine touchdowns, two more than Cleveland's entire receiving corps.

The 25-year-old will make an immediate impact for a Cleveland team that lost all 16 games last season and is 1-31 in two years under coach Hue Jackson.

"I've always dreamed of two things: taking care of my family and playing football," Landry said. "I've become a product of hard work, sacrifice, persistence, and mental toughness. Jerry Rice said the thing that made him so great was the fear of failure. I've been afraid of failure my whole life. I've endured my share, but in each and every discomforting time I've failed, I've also grown, I've also learned, I've also found success."

The Browns have the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks and are expected to select a quarterback. However, that pick is likely to spend at least one season backing up newly acquired QB Tyrod Taylor, who will have Landry as a target.

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Police say missing boy has been found safe

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 20:12

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Division of Police said an 8-year-old boy reported missing on Friday is safe.

Police said Noah Leake was found with a family member and has returned home.

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