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Orca back to feeding, frolicking after carrying dead calf

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 17:36

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — Researchers say an endangered killer whale that drew international attention as she carried her dead calf on her head for more than two weeks is finally back to feeding and frolicking with her pod.

The Center for Whale Research in Washington state says it watched the orca, known as J35, chase a school of salmon in Haro Strait west of San Juan Island on Saturday afternoon.

The whales have been struggling because of a lack of salmon, and J35's calf died soon after birth on July 24. The mother carried the baby on her head for at least 17 days, in an image of grief that struck an emotional chord worldwide.

She finally abandoned the carcass as it decomposed.

Center for Whale Research founder Ken Balcomb says he is immensely relieved to see J35 returning to typical behavior.

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Charlottesville victim's mother: 'So much healing to do'

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 17:05

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The mother of a woman killed when a car plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally last summer said Sunday there's much healing to do a year after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Heather Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, laid flowers at a makeshift memorial at the site of the attack in downtown Charlottesville. With a crowd gathered around her, she thanked them for coming to remember her daughter but also acknowledged the dozens of others injured and the two state troopers killed when a helicopter crashed that day.

"There's so much healing to do," Bro said. "We have a huge racial problem in our city and in our country. We have got to fix this or we'll be right back here in no time."

The vigil was one in a series of largely peaceful community events held in Charlottesville over the weekend to mark the one-year anniversary of the rally, one of the largest gatherings of white nationalists and other far-right extremists in a decade.

Some 115 miles (185 kilometers) away in Washington, Jason Kessler, the principal organizer of last year's "Unite the Right" event, led what he called a white civil rights rally Sunday afternoon in Lafayette Square in front of the White House.

President Donald Trump wasn't home — he has been at his golf club in New Jersey for more than a week on a working vacation.

Kessler said in his permit application that he expected 100 to 400 people to participate in his event, though the number appeared it might be far lower. Just before 4 p.m., a contingent of about 30 white nationalists began marching through the streets.

Counterprotesters assembled ahead of the rally's scheduled start vastly outnumbered Kessler's crowd. By midafternoon, more than 1,000 people had already gathered in Freedom Plaza, also near the White House, to oppose Kessler's demonstration and they too planned to march to Lafayette Square.

Makia Green, who represents the Washington branch of Black Lives Matter, told Sunday's crowd that: "We know from experience that ignoring white nationalism doesn't work."

Earlier this month, Facebook stunned and angered counterprotest organizers when it disabled their Washington event's page, saying it and others had been created by "bad actors" misusing the social media platform. The company said at the time that the page may be linked to an account created by Russia's Internet Research Agency — a so-called troll farm that has sown discord in the U.S. — but counterprotesters said it was an authentic event they worked hard to organize.

Government and police officials in Washington have expressed confidence the city can manage the events without violence; the mayor and police chief have promised a massive security mobilization to keep protesters and counterprotesters apart.

Earlier in the day in Charlottesville, more than 200 people gathered in a park to protest racism and mark the anniversary. The group sang songs and listened to speakers, among them Courtney Commander, a friend of Heyer's who was with her when she was killed.

"She is with me today, too," Commander said.

Last year on Aug. 12, hundreds of white nationalists — including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members — descended on Charlottesville in part to protest the city's decision decided to remove a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park.

Fighting broke out between attendees and counterprotesters. Authorities eventually forced the crowd to disperse, but a car later barreled into the crowd of peaceful counterprotesters.

A state police helicopter later crashed, killing Lt. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates.

Law enforcement officials faced blistering criticism in the aftermath of last year's rally for what was perceived as a passive response to the violence that unfolded. A review by a former U.S. attorney found a lack of coordination between state and city police and an operational plan that elevated officer safety over public safety.

The anniversary weekend was marked by a much heavier police presence, which also drew criticism from some activists.

At one point Sunday, demonstrators marched through Charlottesville, chanting, "Cops and Klan go hand in hand," and "Will you protect us?"

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Omarosa says she secretly taped her firing, plays audio

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 14:25

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman said Sunday she secretly recorded conversations she had in the White House, including her firing by chief of staff John Kelly in the high-security Situation Room. It was a highly unusual admission, which immediately drew fire from allies of the president and national security experts.

Parts of her conversation with Kelly were played on the air when she appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" to promote her new book, "Unhinged," which will be released next week. The Associated Press independently listened to the recording of the conversation between Manigault Newman and Kelly, which she said was one of many she'd surreptitiously recorded for her own protection.

In her book, Manigault Newman paints a damning picture of President Donald Trump, including claiming without evidence that tapes exist of him using the N-word as he filmed his "The Apprentice" reality series, on which she co-starred.

Manigault Newman said in the book that she had not personally heard the recording. But she told Chuck Todd on Sunday that, after the book had closed, she was able to hear a recording of Trump during a trip to Los Angeles.

"I heard his voice as clear as you and I are sitting here," she said on the show.

But the other recording she discussed Sunday could prove equally explosive.

"Who in their right mind thinks it's appropriate to secretly record the White House chief of staff in the Situation Room?" tweeted Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee.

In the recording, which Manigault Newman quotes extensively in the book, Kelly can be heard saying she can look at her time at the White House as a year of "service to the nation" and referring to potential "difficulty in the future relative to your reputation."

Manigault Newman said she viewed the comment as a "threat" and defended her decision to covertly record it and other White House conversations, describing it as a form of protection.

"If I didn't have these recordings, no one in America would believe me," she said.

The Situation Room is a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF, where the nation's most consequential foreign policy decisions are made, and staff are not permitted to bring in cell phones or other recording devices.

"I've never heard of a more serious breach of protocol," said Ned Price, who served as spokesman of the National Security Council in the Obama administration. "Not only is it not typical, something like this is unprecedented."

Price said there is no one checking staffers for devices at the door, but there is a sign outside the room making clear that electronic devices are prohibited.

"The Situation Room is the inner-most sanctum of a secure campus," he said, describing the breach as part of a culture of disregarding security protocols in the Trump White House. He also questioning why Kelly would ever choose to have such a meeting there.

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the tape, but has tried to discredit the book. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called it "riddled with lies and false accusations" and Trump on Saturday labeled Manigault Newman a "lowlife."

Katrina Pierson, an adviser to Trump's re-election campaign who served as a spokeswoman for his 2016 campaign, said she had never heard Trump use the kind of derogatory language Manigault Newman alleges. She said in a statement that she feels "pity for Omarosa as she embarrasses herself by creating salacious lies and distortions just to try to be relevant and enrich herself by selling books at the expense of the truth. 'Unhinged,' indeed."

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also questioned Manigault Newman's credibility in an interview Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

"The first time I ever heard Omarosa suggest those awful things about this president are in this book," she said, noting Manigault Newman "is somebody who gave a glowing appraisal of Donald Trump the businessman, the star of the 'The Apprentice,' the candidate and, indeed, the president of the United States."

Conway said that, in her more than two years working with Trump, she has never heard him use a racial slur about anyone.

Manigault Newman had indeed been a staunch defender of the president for years, including pushing back, as the highest-profile African-American in the White House, on accusations that he was racist.

But Manigault Newman now says she was "used" by Trump for years, calling him a "con" who "has been masquerading as someone who is actually open to engaging with diverse communities" and is "truly a racist."

"I was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation," she said. "I had a blind spot where it came to Donald Trump."

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Billboards oppose Confederate flag sales at northeast Ohio fair

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 13:40

WELLINGTON, Ohio — A coalition opposed to the sale of Confederate flags at a county fair in northeast Ohio has posted billboards objecting to those sales.

Jeanine Donaldson, executive director of the Elyria and Lorain YWCAs, said the Fair-minded Coalition of Lorain County has posted three billboards in Lorain County with funding from the Lorain YWCA, The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria reported.

The billboards include the phrase: "Indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Keep Your Pledge! SAY NO to the Confederate Flag at the Lorain County Fair." They also show an image of the American flag.

Donaldson said the Fair-minded Coalition was formed in 2016 under the YWCA's social justice umbrella which addresses the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

"Once the Ohio State Fair banned the sale of the flags in 2015, we thought other counties would do likewise," Donaldson said. "It seemed like a no-brainer."

Lorain County Fair president Ron Pickworth said every organization can make its own decision about the flag sales.

He said he believes people should have the right to buy Confederate flags and that those sales will be allowed at this year's fair, which will start Aug. 20.

"It's part of freedom of speech to let it continue to be sold," he said.

Lorain County Commissioner Matt Lundy, a Democrat, called on the fair board to ban the sale of the Confederate flag in 2015 calling it, at the time, "a symbol of hatred and division." He says he still believes the flag should not be sold or displayed at the fair.

"We need unity in this country, not division and hate," Lundy said Friday.

Pickworth said the flag vendor plans on returning to the fair this year.

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Police arrest suspect in Gotham bar shooting

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 08:53

MARION - Police have arrested a suspect in a shooting inside the Gotham bar that left one man injured last month in downtown Marion.

Police received a tip Sunday just after 12:00 a.m. that the suspect, Lloyd Hinton was inside a home in the 200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

The occupants of the home did not initially cooperate and a search warrant was obtained for Hinton, according to investigators.

Before the search warrant could be served, Hinton exited the home and was arrested without incident and taken to Multi-County Correctional Center for his warrant stemming from the shooting.

Several others were charged with misdemeanor offenses from the incident inside the home. Qwan Moore, 20, of Columbus was found with possession of marijuana and heroin and was charged with Felony Obstructing Justice and Underage Consumption. He also was charged for bringing drugs into the Multi-County Correctional Center.

Alle Reed, 20, of Marion was charged with Felony Obstructing Justice and Underage Consumption.

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New law seeks comprehensive approach to Alzheimer's disease

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 08:08

BOSTON — A new Massachusetts law seeks to make improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's and dementia.

The measure was approved by the Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed last week by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, who noted the impact Alzheimer's has on people, whether they have the disease or are caring for someone with it.

The law requires doctors, physician's assistants and nurses to receive training on the diagnosis, treatment and care for people with Alzheimer's.

It also requires that doctors report an initial diagnosis of the disease to a family member of the patient, and provide the family with information and treatment options.

Democratic Rep. Danielle Gregoire, who sponsored the bill with Democratic Sen. Barbara L'Italien, said Massachusetts is the first U.S. state to develop a "comprehensive approach" to the crisis.

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NASA spacecraft rockets toward sun for closest look yet

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 06:33

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft zoomed toward the sun Sunday on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before.

As soon as this fall, the Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the sun's corona, or outer atmosphere, that was visible during last August's total solar eclipse. It eventually will get within 3.8 million of the surface in the years ahead, staying comfortably cool despite the extreme heat and radiation, and allowing scientists to vicariously explore the sun in a way never before possible.

No wonder scientists consider it the coolest, hottest mission under the sun, and what better day to launch to the sun than Sunday as NASA noted.

"All I can say is, 'Wow, here we go.' We're in for some learning over the next several years," said Eugene Parker, the 91-year-old astrophysicist for whom the spacecraft is named.

Protected by a revolutionary new carbon heat shield and other high-tech wonders, the spacecraft will zip past Venus in October. That will set up the first solar encounter in November.

Altogether, the Parker probe will make 24 close approaches to the sun on the seven-year, $1.5 billion undertaking.

For the second straight day, thousands of spectators jammed the launch site in the middle of the night as well as surrounding towns, including Parker and his family. He proposed the existence of solar wind — a steady, supersonic stream of particles blasting off the sun — 60 years ago.

It was the first time NASA named a spacecraft after someone still alive, and Parker wasn't about to let it take off without him. Saturday morning's launch attempt was foiled by last-minute technical trouble. But Sunday gave way to complete success.

The Delta IV Heavy rocket thundered into the pre-dawn darkness, thrilling onlookers for miles around as it climbed through a clear, star-studded sky. NASA needed the mighty 23-story rocket, plus a third stage, to get the diminutive Parker probe — the size of a small car and well under a ton — racing toward the sun.

From Earth, it is 93 million miles to the sun, and the Parker probe will be within 4 percent of that distance at its closest. That will be seven times closer than the previous spacecraft.

"Go, baby, go!" project scientist Nicola Fox of Johns Hopkins University shouted at liftoff.

It was the first rocket launch ever witnessed by Parker, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago. He came away impressed, saying it was like looking at the Taj Mahal for years in photos and then beholding "the real thing" in India.

"I really have to turn from biting my nails in getting it launched, to thinking about all the interesting things which I don't know yet and which will be made clear, I assume, over the next five or six or seven years," Parker said on NASA TV.

NASA's science mission chief, Thomas Zurbuchen, was thrilled not only with the launch but Parker's presence.

"I'm in awe," Zurbuchen said. "What a milestone. Also what's so cool is hanging out with Parker during all this and seeing his emotion, too."

Parker, the probe, will start shattering records this fall. On its very first brush with the sun, it will come within 15.5 million miles, easily beating the current record of 27 million miles set by NASA's Helios 2 spacecraft in 1976. Zurbuchen expects the data from even this early stage to yield top science papers.

By the time Parker gets to its 22nd, 23rd and 24th orbits of the sun in 2024 and 2025, it will be even deeper into the corona and traveling at a record-breaking 430,000 mph.

Nothing from Planet Earth has ever hit that kind of speed.

Even Fox has difficulty comprehending the mission's derring-do.

"To me, it's still mind-blowing," she said. "Even I still go, really? We're doing that?"

Zurbuchen considers the sun the most important star in our universe — it's ours, after all — and so this is one of NASA's big-time strategic missions. By better understanding the sun's life-giving and sometimes violent nature, Earthlings can better protect satellites and astronauts in orbit, and power grids on the ground, he noted. In today's tech-dependent society, everyone stands to benefit.

With this first-of-its-kind stellar mission, scientists hope to unlock the many mysteries of the sun, a commonplace yellow dwarf star around 4.5 billion years old. Among the puzzlers: Why is the corona hundreds of times hotter than the surface of the sun and why is the sun's atmosphere continually expanding and accelerating, as Parker accurately predicted in 1958?

"The only way we can do that is to finally go up and touch the sun," Fox said. "We've looked at it. We've studied it from missions that are close in, even as close as the planet Mercury. But we have to go there."

The spacecraft's heat shield will serve as an umbrella, shading the science instruments during the close, critical solar junctures. Sensors on the spacecraft will make certain the heat shield faces the sun at the right times. If there's any tilting, the spacecraft will correct itself so nothing gets fried. With a communication lag time of 16 minutes, the spacecraft must fend for itself at the sun. The Johns Hopkins flight controllers in Laurel, Maryland, will be too far away to help.

A mission to get close up and personal with our star has been on NASA's books since 1958. The trick was making the spacecraft small, compact and light enough to travel at incredible speeds while surviving the sun's punishing environment and the extreme change in temperature when the spacecraft is out near Venus.

"We've had to wait so long for our technology to catch up with our dreams," Fox said. "It's incredible to be standing here today."

More than 1 million names are aboard the spacecraft, submitted last spring by space enthusiasts, as well as photos of Parker, the man, and a copy of his 1958 landmark paper on solar wind.

"I'll bet you 10 bucks it works," Parker said.

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Police look for answers in unsolved 2016 homicide in west Columbus

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 06:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Division of Police is searching for information that will help them solve a homicide case in west Columbus.

On October 27, 2016, at 8:45 p.m. police were dispatched to a home in the 100 block of Columbian Avenue on a report of a shooting.

When police arrived they found David Lee Hodge, who had been shot several times. He was taken to Mount Carmel West hospital where he later died.

Investigators said prior to the shooting, the unidentified suspects broke out windows to gain entry into the home. Once inside, the suspects went upstairs and were confronted by Hodge and another witness who also resided in the house.

The confrontation resulted in David Lee Hodge being shot by at least one of the suspects while on the stairs, leading from the first floor to the second. The suspects then fled the scene, possibly in a Silver Nissan Rogue.

Authorities believe Hodge may have known the suspects.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477).

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1 critical after stabbing in west Columbus

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 05:17

COLUMBUS - One person is in critical condition after a stabbing in west Columbus, according to police.

Authorities told 10TV the stabbing happened Sunday just after 3:17 a.m. on North Terrace Avenue.

The victim was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition.

Stay with 10TV and on this developing story.

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1 seriously injured after shooting in west Columbus

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 23:21

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Division of Police says two brothers are injured after a shooting in west Columbus.

The shooting happened Sunday just before 12:30 a.m. in the 300 block of South Central Avenue.

The two male shooting victims were transported to Grant Medical Center. One is in serious condition and the other is expected to be OK, according to investigators.

Central Avenue is shut down both ways in the area as police investigate the shooting.

Stay with 10TV and on this developing story.

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Short North restaurants feeling strain of sidewalk construction

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 20:57

The Short North now has a painful reputation of frustrating construction and inaccessibility.

"The biggest thing is parking," said Juliet Newbury, assistant general manager at Hubbard Grille. "We get complaints all the time."

Newbury says they get customers who are often late for their reservations because of the lack of parking availability. Offering valet is nearly impossible.

"With all the construction on High Street, we can't have a valet with the bus stops and all that, so it has to be tucked on Hubbard which people can drive right by and people not know we have valet," she said.

The Eagle, a restaurant located across the street from Hubbard Grille, has been hit worse by the construction. The sidewalk leading to their front door is lined with orange barricades.

"It seems like the pathways change on a daily and weekly basis. We try to put signage out, we try to talk to our guests but, all in all, a hindrance is a hindrance," said Jarod Klever, general manager for the southern comfort restaurant.

The Eagle has seen a 20 percent dip in the number of customers this summer, compared to the same time last year. To make matters worse, the completion date continues to change for the project.

"For example our front walkway was supposed to be done about two-and-a-half weeks ago. And we're now going on a full month of not having a sidewalk," Klever said.

According to the city of Columbus' website, construction activities are scheduled to continue through November 2018. The final phase of construction occurs in 2019.

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Police: 4 injured in shooting in north Columbus

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 20:28

COLUMBUS -- Police say four people have been injured in a shooting near Weinland Park, north of downtown Columbus.

Police said three victims walked into Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and one was transported to Nationwide Children's Hospital. All are listed in stable condition.

Police said there are no suspects in custody at this time.

The call came into police at about 9:45 p.m.

Stay with 10TV and as this story develops.

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35-year-old Portsmouth man killed in Fayette County shooting

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 19:39

UNION TWP -- A Portsmouth man was killed as a result of a shooting in a Fayette County mobile home park early Saturday morning.

Raymond E. Baker, 35, was shot and killed in the first block of Jamison Road at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. Baker was found outside the residence.

Baker was taken to a local hospital and later was pronounced dead.

Detectives are being assisted by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and are continuing the active investigation to identify the suspect and establish a motive, the sheriff said in a press release.

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School bus with 42 on board flips after hit-and-run on New Jersey Turnpike, police say

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 19:18

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Police say there were no fatalities or serious injuries after a hit-and-run crash around 5:30 p.m. caused a school bus to flip over and block multiple lanes of traffic. The other vehicle in the crash reportedly sped off from the scene, CBS New York reports.

Authorities say 42 adults and children were taken to area hospitals and their injuries are considered non-life-threatening.

The bus overturned Saturday in East Brunswick. The bus was heading back to Newark from the Mayor's Family Reunion/Picnic at the Black Bear Lake Country Club in Millstone, N.J.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka went to a hospital after the crash to meet with families involved in the crash.

New Jersey State Police closed both local and express lanes of the turnpike for about an hour to deal with those injured and clear the road to resume traffic.

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Columbus police looking for 11-year-old high-risk endangered runaway girl

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 17:20

COLUMBUS -- Police are asking for the help of the community in searching for an 11-year-old high-risk endangered runaway girl.

Police said Victoria Clark left the area of Courtright Road and East Livingston Avenue Saturday.

She is described as 4-foot-11-inches tall and 112 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.

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Maryland puts Durkin on leave amid football investigation

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 16:20

Maryland placed head coach DJ Durkin on administrative leave on Saturday while the school scrutinizes allegations of poor behavior by the football staff, apparent misdeeds that came to light following the death of a player on the practice field.

In an open letter, athletic director Damon Evans wrote: "At this time, the best decision for our football program is to place Maryland Head Football Coach DJ Durkin on leave so we can properly review the culture of the program."

Offensive coordinator Matt Canada will serve as interim coach.

Earlier Saturday, the head of the football team's strength and conditioning staff was placed on paid leave while the school investigates claims he verbally abused and humiliated players, according to a person briefed on the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Maryland had not announced the decision regarding Rick Court.

Maryland has also placed two athletic training staffers it did not identify on leave as it investigates the death of Jordan McNair. The 19-year-old offensive lineman was hospitalized May 29 after a team workout and died June 13. Dr. Rod Walters, a former college athletic trainer, has been hired by Maryland to investigate the circumstances. A report is expected by Sept. 15. McNair's parents are being represented by Baltimore attorney Bill Murphy, whose firm is also investigating.

In his open letter, Evans wrote: "The external review into the tragic death of Jordan McNair continues, and we have committed to releasing publicly the report being prepared by an independent and national expert."

ESPN reported that head football athletic trainer Wes Robinson and director of athletic training Steve Nordwall were placed on leave by Maryland.

An ESPN story Friday quoted unidentified players, former players and former members of Durkin's staff, who contended Court and Durkin created a toxic culture within the program.

"The safety and well-being of our student-athletes is our highest priority," Evans wrote. "These alleged behaviors are not consistent with the values I expect all of our staff to adhere to and we must do better.

Durkin is starting his third season at Maryland. The 40-year-old former Michigan defensive coordinator is 11-15 in two seasons after receiving a five-year, contract worth $12.5 million in December 2015.

Durkin brought Court to Maryland to lead the strength and conditioning staff in 2016. Court had been the head strength coach at Mississippi State since 2014 under coach Dan Mullen. Court also worked with Durkin at Bowling Green in 2005 and '06, when Durkin was an assistant.

Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald expressed support for Court on Saturday. Fitzgerald's first two seasons with the Bulldogs coincided with Court's time leading the strength program at the school.

"He worked us hard," Fitzgerald told the AP. "They were definitely tough workouts, but ultimately he wasn't out to get anybody. He wasn't out to hurt anyone. His job is to make us physically fit and ready for the season and that's exactly what he did. From what I remember, he never really went over the line or did anything crazy like that."

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Rain pouring, Trump rages on Twitter and hangs with bikers

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 16:12

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — As rain dumped on his New Jersey golf club, President Donald Trump raged on Saturday, lashing out at his Justice Department on Twitter before welcoming members of a "Bikers for Trump" fan group to the manicured grounds.

Dozens and dozens of gleaming Harleys, Hondas and other motorcycles descended on the central New Jersey property for what had been billed as an outdoor photo-op with Trump. But pouring rain and flash-flood warnings scrambled the plan, sending soggy bikers inside a crystal-chandeliered club house ballroom, where Trump signed autographs and posed for selfies and his guests booed reporters.

It was a classic, chaotic Trump scene reminiscent of his ramshackle early campaign. The president was continuing an extended working vacation away from Washington.

The day began on Twitter at 8:36 a.m. with a broadside against the FBI, which Trump accused of stonewalling a public records request for former Deputy Attorney General Andrew McCabe's text messages.

"What are they hiding?" the president asked, threatening that he "may have to get involved" personally in internal FBI business and warning, "DO NOT DESTROY."

Why isn’t the FBI giving Andrew McCabe text messages to Judicial Watch or appropriate governmental authorities. FBI said they won’t give up even one (I may have to get involved, DO NOT DESTROY). What are they hiding? McCabe wife took big campaign dollars from Hillary people.....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2018

.....Will the FBI ever recover it’s once stellar reputation, so badly damaged by Comey, McCabe, Peter S and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, and other top officials now dismissed or fired? So many of the great men and women of the FBI have been hurt by these clowns and losers!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2018

Trump appeared in a better mood when he greeted the bikers, who chanted "Four more years!" and "USA!" as he entered the ballroom. Rain streamed down the windows and pools formed on the empty golf greens outside.

He quickly pointed out the sopping-wet media, which sparked jeers and calls to "tell the truth." And he thanked the group, saying they'd been with him since the beginning and calling their motorcycles "the most beautiful bikes anyone's ever seen."

He later walked into the crowd of supporters, shaking hands, posing for selfies and signing autograph.

At one point, Trump returned to the podium to poll those in the crowd on their views of the press, prompting more jeers. One joked that the press pool should be thrown out in the rain.

The president largely ignored reporters' shouted questions, except for one about former White House adviser and reality star Omarosa Manigault Newman and her new book, which includes scandalous — and often unsupported — accusations against Trump.

The president leaned over and cupped his hand around his mouth as if to whisper.

"Lowlife. She's a lowlife," Trump said.

He ignored a question about ongoing trade negotiations with Mexico, which prompted some in the crowd to shout, "Build the wall!"

The White House had said about 180 bikers would be attending the event, including military veterans and members of law enforcement agencies, as well as members of the New Jersey chapter of Bikers for Trump, whose members frequently attended Trump's campaign rallies, sometimes facing off with anti-Trump protesters.

Later, when the rain had eased, Trump walked outside the residence, where the bikers had gathered with their motorcycles on the drive. He posed for more pictures, stood for the Pledge of Alliance and urged the bikers to rev their engines.

"Let's hear those engines now," he called out, gesturing for them to go louder as the motors roared.

Earlier in the day, Trump's wrath poured down on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the president's alleged enemies in the FBI, including ex-FBI Director James Comey, McCabe and Peter Strzok, an FBI agent who was removed from Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election after Mueller learned he'd expressed distaste for Trump in personal text messages.

Trump branded them all "clowns and losers" who had hurt "So many of the great men and women of the FBI."

Trump also revived his frequent attacks on Sessions, calling him "scared stiff and Missing in Action." He criticized Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, who served as the initial DOJ contact for Chris Steele, the former British intelligence officer commissioned by an American political research firm to explore Trump's alleged ties with the Russian government.

Trump marked the one-year anniversary of deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, with a tweet saying he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence."

Last year, Trump said there was "blame on both sides" for the violence that broke out when white nationalists descended on Charlottesville to protest the removal of Confederate statutes and marched through town shouting racist slurs. Trump said then that the group included "fine people."

In Saturday's tweet, Trump said the "riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division."

"We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!" he wrote.

The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2018

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Drunk driver arrested after nearly striking volunteers, children setting up for wellness walk

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 15:41

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus police said a man was arrested after nearly hitting a group of volunteers, including children, setting up for the National African American Male Wellness Walk.

The incident happened just after 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of South 18th Street and East Livingston Avenue, according to police.

Police said 32-year-old Matthew Mileigh Brown was driving a Buick LeSabre when it ran through a road closure barricade and into volunteers setting up for the walk.

Once inside the road closure, the Buick struck a tree, an RV, two golf carts and two tables set up in the area. It then proceeded through a road closure to Parsons Avenue where it continued southbound.

The CPD helicopter was able to find Brown near the intersection of Parsons Avenue and East Markinson Avenue where two officers caught up to him near Marion Road.

One of the officers, Officer Connair, executed a PIT maneuver and took Brown into custody.

Police said Brown was arrested for OVI and other traffic charges.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Patrol: Man dies after defect causes semi-truck to crash in Fairfield County

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 13:29

BERNE TWP., Ohio -- One man is dead after a single-vehicle crash Saturday morning in Fairfield County.

The Lancaster Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash that left 36-year-old Edward A. McClung dead. The crash happened just after 9 a.m.

OSHP said a 2001 Freightliner truck, driven by McClung, was traveling east on US-33 when it apparently suffered a vehicle defect which led to McClung losing control in the roadway. The truck traveled off the left side of the roadway into the median and overturned in the westbound lanes. McClung was ejected from the vehicle.

McClung was taken to Fairfield Medical Center and later transferred to Grant Medical Center where he died of his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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List grows of people said to know of Ohio St. doctor's abuse

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 12:58

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Several former students and student-athletes at Ohio State University have described sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of Dr. Richard Strauss, who worked at the university from 1978 until he retired in 1998. Interviews with Strauss' victims and lawsuits filed on their behalf have named several Ohio State officials alleged to have known about the abuse but done nothing about it. Among those:

OFFICIAL: John Daly, Ohio State head tennis coach, now retired

Allegation: Regularly joked about Strauss' alleged misconduct in front of players and training staff, telling players to work hard "or you will be sent to Dr. Strauss," according to a July 26 lawsuit in federal court in Columbus. Was told by one player he would never again get medical treatment from Strauss, and didn't take action on the complaint, according to the lawsuit.

Response: Has not responded to messages left about the allegations.

OFFICIAL: Andy Geiger, Ohio State athletic director, 1994-2005

Allegation: During the 1994-95 wrestling season, two wrestlers met with Geiger to complain about "voyeuristic and lewd conduct" of men in the locker rooms and saunas of Larkins Hall, where the wrestling team practiced. Those complaints also included inappropriate behavior by Strauss, according to a July 17 class-action lawsuit in federal court in Columbus. The wrestlers presented Geiger with drawings of changes to the wrestling and gymnastics locker room to enhance safety and student-athlete privacy, the lawsuit said. Geiger promised to look into the situation, but OSU did nothing to make the athletes safer, the complaint said.

Response: Geiger told the AP he doesn't remember any complaints about Strauss. He says he did speak with former wrestling head coach Russ Hellickson about the coach's complaint about voyeurism in the showers at Larkins Hall.

OFFICIAL: Ted Grace, former director of Ohio State Student Health Center, 1992-2008

Allegation: Ex-student Steve Snyder-Hill complained about Strauss after an invasive 1995 exam of his genitals and rectum and inappropriate questions about Snyder-Hill's sex life, according to an AP interview with Snyder-Hill and a July 26 federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Snyder-Hill and nine other men. Snyder-Hill said Grace told him by phone that Strauss denied his allegations and that the university had never received complaints about Strauss before, "although we have had several positive comments," according to a follow-up letter sent by Grace.

Response: Grace now leads student health services at Southern Illinois University. He has declined to comment through a spokeswoman there.

OFFICIAL: Jim Jordan, ex-assistant wrestling coach from 1987 to 1995 and now a Republican U.S. congressman running for House speaker

Allegation: Several ex-wrestlers say he knew about Strauss' abuse when he was an assistant coach at Ohio State, as well as the lewd behavior in Larkins Hall.

Response: Jordan has repeatedly denied knowing of any abuse and said he would have reported it if he'd heard of it. "Conversations in a locker room are a lot different than people coming up and talking about abuse," Jordan told Fox News on July 6.

OFFICIAL: Russ Hellickson, head Ohio State wrestling coach, 1986-2006

Allegation: Included in a list of Ohio State employees who were made aware of abuse by Strauss, meaning the university "had actual knowledge of the serial sexual assault, abuse, and molestation committed by Dr. Strauss" and thus were required to promptly investigate the allegations, according to the July 26 lawsuit.

Response: In a video statement and in two emailed statements, Hellickson has said he never ignored abuse of wrestlers. He says he confronted Strauss about his excessive showering and hands-on examinations, and has also said he had numerous conversations with an official in charge of campus recreation and other university administrators about Larkins Hall. But, Hellickson has said, nothing changed for years until the team moved to a new training facility near the end of his tenure. Hellickson's supporters include several wrestlers critical of the university for its response to the Strauss allegations.

OFFICIAL: Frank Zubovich, former head track coach, now retired

Allegation: Was told by students about Strauss' behavior, including one senior track and field athlete who told Zubovich that he would not see Dr. Strauss again; Zubovich is alleged to have done nothing, according to the July 26 federal lawsuit.

Response: Has not responded to messages seeking comment.

Allegations of knowing about Strauss and failing to act have also been raised against four now deceased officials: former athletic director Hugh Hindman; assistant athletic director Richard Delaney; associate sports information director Steve Snapp; and athletic trainer Billy Hill.

In addition, former Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee and former vice president of human resources Linda Tom have said they don't remember receiving any complaints about Strauss when they were at the school in the 1990s.

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