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TV journalist Chris Hansen accused of bouncing checks

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:30

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A TV journalist known for confronting would-be child predators has been snared himself in a police investigation alleging he wrote bad checks for $13,000 worth of marketing materials.

Former "To Catch a Predator" host Chris Hansen was arrested Monday in his hometown of Stamford, Connecticut. He was charged with issuing a bad check and released on a promise to appear in court.

Police say the 59-year-old Hansen wrote two bad checks to a local vendor for 355 mugs, 288 T-shirts and 650 vinyl decals he bought in the summer of 2017.

Contact information for Hansen could not be found. It wasn't clear if he has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.

NBC's "To Catch a Predator" ran from 2004 to 2007 and included sting operations for online child predators.

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Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman will retire after 2019

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:58

CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds play-by-play broadcaster Marty Brennaman will retire after the 2019 season, his 46th in Cincinnati.

The team made the announcement Wednesday.

The 76-year-old Brennaman joined the Reds' radio team in 1974 and soon became known for his sign-off line after each win: "And this one belongs to the Reds." He and former Reds pitcher Joe Nuxhall shared the booth for 31 seasons from 1974-2004.

He received the Ford C. Frick Award in 2000 at the Baseball Hall of Fame, the fourth Reds announcer to receive the broadcasting award along with Red Barber, Al Helfer and Russ Hodges.

Brennaman also has worked NCAA Tournament games, including 11 Final Fours. His son, Thom, also is a Reds broadcaster.

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Mason Lowe, professional bull rider, dies after being injured during competition

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:31

DENVER (CBS/AP) -- A professional bull rider died Tuesday after sustaining injuries during a competition in Denver, according to the Professional Bull Riders association. Mason Lowe was 25.

Lowe was competing at the National Western Stock Show, the association's CEO Sean Gleason said in a statement late Tuesday night. "The entire PBR and National Western sports family extends our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to Mason's wife Abbey and his family," Gleason said.

Gleason didn't provide additional details about Lowe's injuries. Lowe was ranked 18th in the world and lived in Exeter, Missouri.

A witness who was at the bull riding event told CBS Denver that Lowe was bucked off and then the bull stepped on his chest. Apparently, Lowe got up, took a few steps and then collapsed.

Another witness, Aurora resident Gerardo Alvarez, told CBS Denver: "He was thrown off the bull and while he was on the ground the back legs stomped him in the chest while he trying to get up. When he got up he immediately grabbed his chest and stumbled over to the exit and then fell to the ground again grabbing his chest before he could get out of the area. They took him out on a stretcher."

In 2015, Lowe told CBS affiliate KOLR-TV he started riding on the family farm. "My dad put me on some milk calves when I was 3, and ever since then I've been going to little rodeos and started from junior rodeos to little amateur bull ridings, and now I'm at the 'Built Ford Tough' level," he told the station.

Lowe spoke to KOLR-TV as he was making his PBR debut, which he described as a dream come true. "Now that I've made it up here," Lowe said, "I really feel like I accomplished something in my life."

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Pelosi asks Trump to delay State of the Union speech because of shutdown

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:56

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked President Donald Trump to postpone his State of the Union address to the nation — set for Jan. 29 — until the government reopens.

The White House hasn't immediately responded to a request for comment about Pelosi's request, which she made in a letter to the president.

Pelosi says the partial shutdown is raising concerns about security preparations for the speech. The California Democrat notes that the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security have been without funding for almost four weeks.

Today, I wrote to @realDonaldTrump recommending that we delay the State of the Union until after government re-opens, as the @SecretService, the lead federal agency for #SOTU security, faces its 26th day without funding. https://t.co/K2oL8WGvqo pic.twitter.com/g3fIlxDbbK

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 16, 2019

The annual speech is perhaps the president's biggest opportunity to present his agenda directly to the public.

Pelosi writes that "given the security concerns and unless government reopens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after the government has re-opened."

She's also raising the possibility that Trump deliver the message in writing, as presidents once did.

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U.S. troops killed in Syria suicide attack claimed by ISIS

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:35

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. military says a number of service members were killed Wednesday in an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria — the first instance of U.S. casualties since President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from the country last month.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the rare morning attack in the U.S.-patrolled town of Manbij in northern Syria, saying one of its members carried out a suicide attack and detonated his vest filled with explosives.

Videos released by local activists and news agencies showed a restaurant that suffered extensive damage and a street covered with debris and blood. Several cars were also damaged. Another video showed a helicopter flying over the area.

A local town council and a Syrian war monitoring group said the blast occurred near a restaurant near the town's main market, near a patrol of the U.S.-led coalition, killing and wounding more than a dozen people.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 16 people were killed including nine civilians and others were wounded in the blast. It added that at least five U.S.-backed Syrian fighters were also among the dead.

The U.S. military released a statement on Twitter that said: "U.S. service members were killed during an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria today. We are still gathering information and will share additional details at a later time."

The rare attack came days after the U.S. began the process of withdrawing from Syria, pulling out equipment from the northeast into neighboring Iraq. Trump abruptly announced his intention to rapidly withdraw the 2,000 troops from Syria just before Christmas, declaring the Islamic State group to be defeated.

The announcement took some of his closest aides by surprise, upset allies in the region, and led to the resignation of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. Since then, U.S. officials and Trump himself have suggested the withdrawal would be slower than initially thought.

The Kurdish Hawar news agency, based in northern Syria, and the Observatory, which monitors the war through activists on the ground, reported U.S. troops were among the casualties.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency, citing unnamed local sources, said a number of U.S. soldiers were injured in the blast and that the U.S. military evacuated soldiers by helicopter.

It was not the first time that forces of the U.S.-led coalition were subjected to attacks in the area, although they have been rare.

In March last year, a roadside bomb killed two coalition personnel, an American and a Briton, and wounded five in Manbij.

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Sears staves off liquidation, stores to remain open

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:08

NEW YORK — Sears will live on— at least for now.

The company's chairman and largest shareholder, Eddie Lampert, won a bankruptcy auction for Sears, averting liquidation of the iconic chain, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. The person agreed to speak on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the negotiation publicly.

Lampert is the only one to put out a bid for the whole company. The 56-year-old billionaire had sweetened his bid to more than $5 billion over the last few days through an affiliate of his hedge fund ESL. Details of the final terms couldn't be learned.

The plan still must be approved by the bankruptcy judge in White Plains, New York, who is presiding over the court case.

Lampert, who steered the company into bankruptcy protection, may be able to keep the roughly 400 remaining Sears stores open, meaning tens of thousands of jobs have been saved, at least for now.

Whether Sears, founded 132 years ago as a mail order watch business, can survive in the Amazon era remains questionable. Already, Sears has outlasted Toys R Us, Sports Authority, Bon-Ton Stores and dozens of others that were unable to survive the torrents of a massive recession and unrelenting technological change.

Sears, which also operates Kmart, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October. At that time, it had 687 stores and 68,000 workers. At its peak in 2012, its stores numbered 4,000.

Lampert, who gave up the CEO title when the Sears filed for chapter 11, says there's still potential for the company.

Industry analysts are not so sure.

"While there's no doubt that a shrunken Sears will be more viable than the larger entity, which struggled to turn a profit, we remain extremely pessimistic about the chain's future," said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail. "In our view, Sears exits this process with almost as many problems as it had when it entered bankruptcy protection. In essence, its hand has not changed, and the cards it holds are not winning ones."

To survive, Sears needs to overhaul its business, revitalize aging stores and focus on major appliance and tools sales, say industry analysts. Still, it won't be easy. Walmart, Target and others have been heavily investing in stores and expanding online. The difference is that they have the capital to keep spending.

Under Lampert, Sears has survived by spinning off stores and selling brands that had grown synonymous with the company, like Craftsman. Lampert has loaned out his own money and cobbled together deals to keep the company afloat, though critics said he has done so with the aim of benefiting his ESL hedge fund. ESL has maintained that the moves put much needed cash into the business.

Lampert personally owns 31 percent of the Sears' outstanding shares and his hedge fund has an 18.5 percent stake, according to FactSet.

Four years ago the company created a real estate investment trust to extract revenue from the enormous number of properties owned by Sears. It sold and leased back more than 200 properties to the REIT, in which Lampert is a significant stake holder.

He stands to realize a big tax gain keeping Sears alive, using the company's years of net operating losses to offset future taxable income if one of his other companies takes over the chain, says David Tawil, president and co-founder of Maglan Capital, which follows distressed companies.

Tawil and others believe Lampert wants to be in full control of liquidating Sears' assets, including real estate.

Lampert combined Sears with Kmart in 2005, about two years after he helped bring Kmart out of bankruptcy. He pledged to return Sears to greatness, but that never happened.

The company, hammered during the recession and outmatched in its aftermath by shifting consumer trends and strong rivals, hasn't had a profitable year since 2010 and has suffered 11 straight years of annual sales declines. Lampert has been criticized for not investing in the stores, which remain shabby.

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Ohio man sentenced in terrorism funding case

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:59

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — One of two brothers from Ohio who admitted giving money to a friend who sent it to an al-Qaida leader has been sentenced to five years in prison.

A federal judge in Toledo sentenced Sultane Salim on Tuesday after he earlier pleaded guilty to concealing the financing of terrorism.

His brother, Asif Salim, was sentenced in October to six years in prison on the same charge.

Salim, a former Ohio State student said in court Tuesday that the money was a loan repayment. He says he lied to FBI agents about who the repayment was for and never wanted to give money to terrorists.

Prosecutors say the money went to Anwar al-Awlaki, a key al-Qaida leader who was killed in a drone strike in 2011.

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Tribute to 9/11 workers takes shape in granite country

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:56

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A memorial paying homage to thousands of rescue and recovery workers who labored in the ruins of the World Trade Center is taking shape in Vermont, where workers are chipping at and chiseling slabs of granite that will be installed this spring at the national Sept. 11 memorial.

The new area with a path flanked by stone monoliths will also honor those sickened or who died from exposure to toxins after the towers fell.

One of the six monoliths weighing between 15 and 17.5 tons was nearly complete last week at the Rock of Ages granite manufacturing company in Barre, Vermont, a small community that has a long history of quarrying and stonecutting and dubs itself the granite capital of the world.

The Associated Press last week was given access to the work in progress. In a vast industrial building, workers fine-tuned the first rough-hewn triangular monolith measuring 8 by 12 feet. It's composed of sloping layers of thick granite slabs that resemble a rock bed more than 3 feet (1 meter) tall at one end. One worker used a torch to finish the surface, while officials from New York's Sept. 11 memorial watched in the dusty, loud space.

A stonecutter swung a sledgehammer onto the head of a maul held by another stonecutter to chop pieces off another large slab of granite for the next monolith. Large chunks of speckled rock fell to the dusty floor.

"It's a great honor for me to do this for them," stonecutter and fellow firefighter Andy Hebert said of the ground zero first responders. A badge remembering Sept. 11 hangs in his work space.

Granite from Canada was chosen because of the size of blocks available and because its greenish hue would play off the paving of the memorial plaza, architect Michael Arad said.

Steel salvaged from the original World Trade Center will be incorporated into the stone structures.

The new memorial is estimated to cost about $5 million and is being paid for by a variety of sources, including New York state, fundraising and private donations. It's expected to be dedicated May 30.

The work comes as advocates for 9/11 rescue and recovery workers step up efforts to get Congress to extend a compensation program for people who developed illnesses after getting exposed to dust from the fallen towers.

Nearly 40,000 people have applied to the federal fund for people with illnesses potentially related to being at the site. More than $4.8 billion in benefits have been awarded so far.

The program, though, is set to expire at the end of 2020. After that, people who develop new illnesses would be ineligible.

"Things like the 9/11 Museum making this monument to people injured by the toxins at the World Trade Center shows that the nation has accepted this," said Ben Chevat, executive director of 9/11 Health Watch, an organization pressing for the program to be extended. "We had to struggle to get attention for years. Now, there is an acceptance in Congress and the wider community."

Michael O'Connell, who worked at ground zero as a New York City firefighter, retired from the department in 2009 at age 33 after he was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, an immune system disorder that causes lumps in the lungs, skin, lymph nodes or other places.

The new section of the monument is "extremely important" to first responders and everyone who worked at ground zero, he said.

"To know that there's acknowledgement of those men and women that have passed and that are still sick and dying is a tremendous win for us," he said.

So many people took heroic actions on that day, the weeks and months that followed, he said.

"Our motto is 'Never forget,'" O'Connell said. "And a place like that shows that we will never forget."

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Super Bowl planners: Shutdown brings 'uncharted territory'

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:56

ATLANTA — A day after travelers waited nearly 90 minutes in snail-speed security lines at the world's busiest airport, Atlanta's mayor is concerned about the waits that could result when the city hosts the 2019 Super Bowl.

The ongoing partial government shutdown is "uncharted territory" amid planning for one of the world's biggest sporting events, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Tuesday.

"Obviously, we are in uncharted territory with the shutdown that's gone on this long, and we are preparing as best we can from our vantage point," Bottoms said.

The mayor and others at a Tuesday news conference said two years of planning have them well-prepared to protect the public.

"Our goal is for our officers to be visible, for the public to feel safe, be safe, and be able to position ourselves so that we can react immediately to whatever scenario we are confronted with," Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said. "I think that with anything you can go in with a spirit of confidence if you have prepared, and we have prepared well."

But the government shutdown is a wild card that arose relatively late in that planning process.

"Certainly there are factors that we don't control such as what's happening with our federal government shutdown and with the long TSA lines," Bottoms said. "We are continuing to encourage people to get to the airport very early."

The expected crush of travelers is significantly more than normal.

On a typical day, 60,000 to 80,000 passengers are screened at Atlanta's airport before departing, airport statistics show.

On Feb. 4, the day Bottoms calls "Mass Exodus Monday," about 110,000 passengers are expected to be departing from Atlanta's airport one day after the Super Bowl.

The partial government shutdown has meant missed paychecks for Transportation Security Administration screeners at airports nationwide.

TSA workers have been calling in sick at a rate that's been more than double what it normally is, the agency has said. That's led to a shortage of screeners at some airports across the country.

No-shows among screeners jumped Sunday and again Monday.

The TSA had a national absence rate of nearly 7 percent Monday, compared to 2.5 percent on a comparable day a year ago, the agency reported Tuesday after getting complete numbers on the absences.

A chaotic scene unfolded at Atlanta's airport on Monday, the first business day after screeners did not receive a paycheck for the first time. Mondays are typically busy for the airport as Atlanta business travelers depart for the work week, and some security lanes went unstaffed as lines backed up.

"Please plan ahead and give yourself 3 hours to clear security," Atlanta airport officials on Monday advised passengers via the airport's Twitter account.

Atlanta passengers led the nation Monday in terms of longest screening delays: The "maximum standard wait time" was 88 minutes, the TSA reported. Passengers who went through TSA PreCheck — an expedited screening program which is typically faster than regular lines — waited 55 minutes, statistics showed.

Friday could be the next big test for the nation's airports, as holiday travelers get away for the upcoming long holiday weekend (Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday). Friday is also typically a busy day for airports as business travelers head home for the weekend.

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Giant rotating ice disk draws attention, visitors

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:53

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Think of it as a crop circle, but in a river.

A curious formation that's getting attention in Greater Portland is actually a spinning ice disk that is roughly 100 yards wide.

The formation in the Presumpscot River was widely shared on social media and has drawn comparisons to an alien spacecraft, a carousel and the moon.

The oddity drew a crowd that stood mesmerized by the slow-turning disk Tuesday afternoon in Westbrook.

The ice formation is believed to have formed naturally in a part of the river where there's a circular current that creates a whirlpool effect, said Tina Radel, the city's marketing and communications manager.

Locals say they've seen smaller ice disks before, but nothing like this one, Radel said.

Rob Mitchell, who owns a nearby office building, spotted the alien-looking disk Monday morning and immediately notified the city.

Officials say the disk is spinning slowly counter-clockwise, and has served as a big raft for ducks and other birds. "The ducks were rotating on this big Lazy Susan," Mitchell said.

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Federal judge allowing open phone line during Ohio execution

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:41

COLUMBUS — A federal judge is once again allowing the use of an open phone line to his courtroom during an Ohio execution.

Tuesday's decision by Judge Michael Merz permits use of a system created in 2017 when defense attorneys tried unsuccessfully to stop an execution based on the inmate's reaction to the lethal drugs.

Under the order, attorneys for condemned killer Keith Henness and an assistant attorney general will be on the line with the judge and a court reporter in case something goes awry.

The 55-year-old Henness is set to die next month for the fatal shooting of volunteer addiction counselor Richard Meyers in Columbus in 1992.

Henness says he's innocent and received poor legal help at the time of trial. Prosecutors say Henness is lying about his innocence.

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In era of news deserts, no easy fix for local news struggles

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:38

NEW YORK — The local news industry hasn't been the subject of much good news itself, lately.

Newspaper circulation is down sharply, and so is employment in the newspaper industry. Financial cutbacks have led to the shutdown of nearly 1,800 daily and weekly newspapers since 2004.

Two developments this week brought the issue into further focus. Facebook, whose success has contributed to the news business' decline, announced Tuesday it would invest $300 million over three years in news initiatives with an emphasis in local coverage. More ominously, the hedge fund-backed Digital First Media, known for sharp cost-cutting strategies, bid to buy Gannett Co. , the publisher of USA Today and several daily newspapers across the country.

"It's a struggle every day," said Charles Sennott, a former newspaper beat reporter who co-founded The GroundTruth Project , a foundation that funds the work of journalists. "Every day we are facing the fact that American journalism is in crisis."

Sennott was buoyed this week to meet with Obed Manuel, a young reporter at the Dallas Morning News whose coverage of Hispanic immigration is paid for in part by The GroundTruth Project.

Yet there was a pall over the newsroom they toured. The Dallas Morning News announced 43 layoffs last week, 20 of them newsroom employees, to cope with persistent declines in readership and advertising revenue.

That's a familiar dynamic in the local news industry, where a positive development like Manuel's hiring can feel like a tender shoot of green struggling to rise in a barren late-winter landscape.

The statistics are numbing: U.S. weekday newspaper circulation is down from 122 million to 73 million in 15 years. The number of working newspaper journalists has been cut in half since 2004. Nearly 1,800 daily and weekly newspapers have been lost in the same period, down to a little more than 7,000.

The tally is compiled Penelope Muse Abernathy, a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina, whose study of the topic has given rise to new terminology: news deserts, refers to communities that are no longer covered by daily journalists; and ghost newspapers is a reference to publications that have become a shadow of their former selves in terms of circulation and ambition.

Social media behemoths like Facebook have cut into news readership and revenue. But Abernathy said business decisions of newspaper owners are more to blame. Metropolitan and regional newspapers cut circulation in outlying suburban and rural areas, while many weekly newspapers simply shuttered, she said.

"The country feels very divided and I think a lot of the divisiveness in the country is because people feel they are not being heard," Sennott said. There are fewer local reporters around to listen to and report on their concerns, he said.

The challenge for the news business is convincing the public — many of whom aren't particularly enamored with journalists anyway — that this loss hurts them, too, in terms of how connected they are to their communities when there is less opportunity to know what's going on.

"We are really at a tipping point now," Abernathy said. "Can we revitalize the news industry?"

Facebook is donating $2 million to Report for America, an offshoot of Sennott's GroundTruth Project that has helped pay for reporters at news organizations in Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Report for America pays part of their salaries, the news organization pays part, and donations are also solicited from the community. There are 13 reporters in place now, with a goal of 50 working by the end of the year.

Facebook is giving a $5 million grant to the Pulitzer Center for "Bringing Stories Home," which will fund at least 12 in-depth local reporting projects. Much of Pulitzer's previous work has gone to helping pay for international journalism, particularly as it affected local communities.

"This isn't going to solve the challenges facing smaller news organizations and the communities they serve but at least it's a step in the right direction," said Jon Sawyer, executive director of the Pulitzer Center.

Noted Abernathy: "It's a start."

There have been some 500 digital start-ups attempting to replace coverage offered at the 1,800 newspapers that have closed in the past decade and a half, Abernathy said. The problem is these sites mostly serve urban areas, since that's where there is enough business to provide advertising, she said. She's encouraged by foundations that support news, although much of that funding goes to international projects.

Some large news outlets like The New York Times and Washington Post have provided models to succeed in the new environment, said Ken Doctor, a news industry analyst at Harvard's Nieman Lab. The formula includes a healthy investment in journalism, the creation of innovative digital and mobile products and asking readers to help pay for them.

It helps that the Post is owned by Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world. Few smaller newspapers have anywhere near the resources or determination, he said.

Many companies that own newspapers are motivated by the typical business imperative — making money — and don't necessarily recognize or care too deeply about the public service aspect of journalism, Abernathy said.

"If you believe that (journalists) are a critical part of a functioning democracy, you cannot run this business like you run a widget factory," she said.

Some companies offer a way out, she said. The Minnesota-based Adams Publishing , in business only five years, has viewed the newspapers it has bought as long-term investments, she said. She also pointed to owners of the Pilot, in Southern Pines, North Carolina , who help fund the newspaper by buying or starting other businesses in the community like a bookstore, an arts publication and telephone listings.

"This is very much a long-term game," Sawyer said. "It's why over a third of our budget and staff is devoted to our work in middle and secondary schools, universities and community colleges. The next generation is the one we have to reach, and we believe that compelling, credible journalism is the key."

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Craft beer taps squeezed as shutdown delays new releases

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:35

MILWAUKEE — The nation's craft beer taps are being squeezed by the government shutdown, which has put new releases on hold, prevented new breweries from opening and stopped shipments of some suds across state lines.

The partial shutdown halted operations at the federal agency that regulates alcohol production and distribution. That means government employees can't issue the permits needed for the beer to flow.

"I've been joking with people that if you're going to want a new beer coming out pretty soon, you're going to have to drink your brother-in-law's home brew," said Russ Klisch, founder and president of Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee.

Brewers are increasingly nervous that they will lose money if brewery openings and seasonal beers are delayed much longer in the dispute over President Donald Trump's demand for taxpayer funding of a wall along the border with Mexico.

At Lakefront, the release of a new beer has been postponed because the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau isn't open to approve labels for the bottles and cans. The brewery can sell beer in Wisconsin, but sales in other states require federally approved labels.

The shutdown that began Dec. 22 pinches primarily craft brewers, which offer wider varieties of beer and selections that change constantly. The biggest brewers are largely unaffected because they already have government approval for their top national brands.

Lakefront offers about 30 styles of beer throughout the year, including 20 that are sold out of state. In a typical year, about six of those need label approval because they are new.

Out-of-state sales account for about 10 percent of the brewery's annual profits, Klisch said.

The end of the shutdown won't bring an immediate end to the delays. The longer the shutdown continues, the bigger the backlog the bureau will have to sort through when work resumes. That means it could still be months before labels and permits are approved.

"A big part of it will be all the plans that brewers have for 2019 will get thrown out the window," said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado.

David Rowland's plan to expand his brewery with a new location is also on hold.

"We really did expect to have our license by now or to be darned close," said Rowland, co-owner of SoMe Brewing Co. in York, Maine.

The new brewery in York Beach is ready to open, he said. But first they need a federal permit. In the meantime, they still have to pay for rent, utilities and loans for the new location.

"We're paying for a second brewery that is not open," Rowland said.

Back in Wisconsin, Mosinee Brewing Co. finds itself in a similar position. The brewery expected to be making its own beer by now, but without a permit, it is limited to selling brews from other Wisconsin companies.

It's too early to quantify the overall economic effect on breweries, said Mark GarthWaite, executive director of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild. But he said smaller brewers who are always introducing new beers — especially those that rely on sales to other states — are likely to suffer most.

Klisch said a beer or two might help the negotiations between Democratic lawmakers and Trump.

"I think if they all got a beer together and they drank one in a room, they would figure it out," he said. Then, after a pause: "A few beers. I think they need a few beers, and they'll figure out this shutdown."

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Ohio State QB Tate Martell announces transfer to University of Miami

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 22:28

Quarterback Tate Martell has announced he will be leaving Ohio State and going to the University of Miami.

Martell posted the announcement on his Twitter page shortly after midnight Wednesday.


In 2018, Martell played in six games, completing 23 passes for 269 and one touchdown. He also rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

Last week it was reported that Martell had entered the NCAA transfer portal after the Buckeyes announced the transfer of Justin Fields from Georgia.

With Martell's departure, Ohio State has three quarterbacks on the roster: Fields, Matthew Baldwin and Chris Chugunov.

Ohio State and Fields are awaiting approval of a waiver from the NCAA which would allow him to play immediately without sitting out the 2019 season.

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New member appointed to Columbus Board of Education

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:47

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new member was appointed to the Columbus Board of Education on Tuesday.

The district said the decision to appoint Jennifer Adair was unanimous and she will officially be sworn in on Wednesday.

Adair is the equal employment opportunity program manager at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services and is the chair of the North Linden Area Commission.

She is a Centennial High School graduate is a parent of a student in the district.

Adair replaces Mary Jo Hudson, who resigned in December.

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Second lawsuit filed against Mount Carmel, Dr. Husel over alleged fentanyl prescription death

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:28

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A second lawsuit has been filed against a Mount Carmel doctor who has been accused of prescribing “grossly inappropriate” lethal doses of fentanyl to 27 patients.

The latest lawsuit was filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.

It names Mount Carmel Health Systems, Dr. William Husel, Talon Schroyer – all who were named in the first lawsuit – and another nurse.

It alleges that Dr. William Husel ordered that 600 micrograms of fentanyl be given to a Columbus woman, Bonnie Austin, after she was transported to Mount Carmel West hospital on September 30, 2018 for a collapsed lung.

“Defendant Husel ordered that 600 micrograms of the drug Fentanyl in addition to a large dose of Versed be given to Bonnie Austin through her IV and told Plaintiff David Austin that his wife was brain dead. This excessive dosage was grossly inappropriate given Bonnie Austin’s condition and was either ordered negligently and not properly reviewed or was intentionally prescribed by Dr. Husel for the purpose of ending Bonnie Austin’s life,” the lawsuit states.

Attorney David Shroyer told 10 Investigates late Tuesday evening the family of Bonnie Austin expected she would make a full recovery.

He said that Austin’s husband was contacted by Mount Carmel administrators shortly after Christmas about their internal investigation into patient care concerns.

Shroyer said his client did not realize there were 26 other patients who died until Tuesday.

Husel has been fired from Mount Carmel hospital over the allegations and 20 other hospital staffers – including nurses and pharmacists – have been removed from patient care while the hospital investigates.

Columbus police and the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office are also investigating.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown to tour early states before 2020 decision

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 19:09

WASHINGTON — Sen. Sherrod Brown is launching a tour of three states that cast pivotal early votes in the 2020 presidential primary.

The move from the Ohio Democrat is a key step before he decides whether to launch a campaign for the White House.

Brown won a third term in November on the strength of a message he calls the "Dignity of Work." He plans to use that motto for his forthcoming tour, which he announced Tuesday night on MSNBC.

It includes stops in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, as well as a kickoff in his home state. The 66-year-old has yet to decide whether to join a 2020 primary field that is expected to include as many as a half-dozen of his fellow Democratic senators.

Brown said his goal is for the tour to elevate the dignity of work message as an issue in 2020, regardless of whether he's a presidential candidate in that race.

"If that's the case, whether I end up running or not, that's a victory, because it means we will govern better, we will be a better party and we'll win more elections," he said.

He said he'll tout his strong performance in last fall's Senate race in Ohio to urge fellow Democrats to embrace the approach in their campaigns.

"Some national Democrats, they've created this sort of binary choice that you speak to the progressive base or you talk to working-class voters of all races," he said. "I don't think it's an either/or, I think you do both. That's how you win in the heartland. That's how we won in Ohio. That's what I hope the narrative is for all the presidential candidates on the Democratic side."

Brown said he and wife, Connie Schultz, are likely to make a decision on a presidential run in March.

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Medical marijuana sales to begin Wednesday in Ohio

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:45

The first medical marijuana dispensaries will be opening and making their first sales Wednesday morning.

Cresco Labs CY+ Dispensary and Ohio Valley Natural Relief both located in Wintersville and The Forest in Sandusky will be opening at 9 a.m.

CY+ was the first of 56 state-licensed medical marijuana outlets to receive a certificate of operation.

Ohio approved a medical marijuana law in 2016, which allows people with medical conditions, such as cancer and epilepsy, to buy and use marijuana with a doctor's approval.

Doctors submitted nearly 4,500 recommendations in the medical marijuana patient and caregiver registry for Ohio.

The state medical board is reviewing petitions asking that opioid addiction, autism, depression and other conditions be treated with marijuana.

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Internal memos show Mount Carmel alerted staff and authorities about patient care concerns a month ago

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:07

COLUMBUS – While a civil lawsuit filed Monday alleges that a Mount Carmel doctor ordered – and that hospital staff administered – lethal doses of fentanyl to 27 patients, Mount Carmel Health Systems has known for more than a month about the allegations, 10 Investigates has learned.

Dr. William Husel, who worked with patients in intensive care, is alleged in a civil lawsuit to have ordered “grossly excessive” and “inappropriate” amounts of fentanyl to 27 patients at Mount Carmel West hospital.

All 27 patients died, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed to 10 Investigates.

Husel was fired and 20 other staffers were removed from patient care while the hospital investigates.

Both the Columbus Division of Police and the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday that they were notified in December “with regard to conduct by a medical employee.”

But internal memos, obtained by 10 Investigates, show that Mount Carmel only provided vague details to its 11,000 staffers about what was alleged to have gone on inside the Columbus hospital.

“We want to make you aware of an investigation occurring with our organization,” said one memo dated December 9. “Mount Carmel recently contacted the appropriate authorities with concerns about the care provided for certain patients. As part of the related investigation, some of our colleagues are being interviewed, and we urge colleagues to cooperate.

“Two of our colleagues who had the courage to speak up reported these concerns,” the memo states. It does not specify the doctor’s name.

A follow-up memo sent on December 13 stated: “Further investigation revealed that some of our colleagues may not have met our standards of care.”

It went on to state that these colleagues were “recently placed on paid administrative leave to protect the integrity and confidentiality of the investigative process.”

Sources tell 10 Investigates that the hospital’s internal investigation into the matter went back years. Husel has declined to comment. So have pharmacist Talon Schroyer and nurse Tyler Rudman, both of whom are named in the lawsuit and are accused of helping to facilitate and administer 1,000 micrograms of fentanyl to Janet Kavanaugh, an Ohio woman who died at Mount Carmel West in December of 2017.

Attorney Gerald Leeseberg, who represents the family, alleges in a civil lawsuit filed Monday in Franklin County Common Pleas court that the actions of Husel and others hastened his client’s death and that of 26 other patients.

“I don’t do criminal law but it certainly seems to fall under the category of homicide if there is an intentional taking of someone’s life without their permission,” Leeseberg told 10 Investigates. “There’s a part of me that feels badly for the hospital… they have an obligation to have controls in place and to ensure these things can’t happen.”

Ed Lamb, President and CEO of Mount Carmel Health Systems, was not made available for interviews on Tuesday. But in a video statement, Lamb apologized to the patients’ families.

“During the five years he was here, this doctor ordered significantly excessive and potentially fatal doses of pain medication for 27 patients who were near death,” Lamb said. “On behalf of Mount Carmel, we apologize for this tragedy. And we are truly sorry for the additional grief this may have caused this family.”

Lamb went on to say: “The actions instigated by this doctor were unacceptable and inconsistent with the values and practices of Mount Carmel. Regardless of the reasons the actions were taken, we take responsibility for the fact that the processes in place were not sufficient to prevent these actions from happening.”

Husel’s Facebook page says he began working at Mount Carmel West in 2013. Lamb said he primarily worked with patients in intensive care and that the hospital has introduced additional policies to “stop preventable medical errors.”

The Cleveland Clinic announced Tuesday that it was looking into Husel’s time there.

“We just learned about the disturbing accusations against our former resident, Dr. William Husel, and take this matter very seriously. Currently, we are conducting a thorough investigation and internal review of his work while he was employed as a supervised resident from 2008 to 2013. Multiple safeguards are in place to protect patients from medication errors including electronic health record alerts, pharmacist reviews of all inpatient orders and routine controlled substance audits,” the statement from the Cleveland Clinic read.

Mount Carmel has not identified the staffers who were placed on leave or the names of patients who were affected by this citing confidentiality concerns.

If you are a staffer who has more to tell or believe your loved one or family member was affected by this case, 10 Investigates wants to hear from you. Feel free to email us at 10Investigates@10tv.com.

Categories: Ohio News

Community leaders urge pardon for Columbus father, 30 years after his crimes

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:50

A local father says he has paid for his crimes, and deserves the chance to write a new chapter.

Mickey Tate was convicted of drugs and gun charges 30 years ago. It happened after the death of his father. Gripped by grief he couldn't process, he turned to drugs.

"It was heart-wrenching. I've always been a strong person. Always had a good life. Always was a happy person. Here's a time when I've got something i can't control. It's got me," he said.

In 1989 he was convicted on gun and drug charges.

A judge ordered him into treatment, with the possibility of seven years prison over his head if he failed.

"The judge gave me an opportunity by sending me to drug treatment. When I went to drug treatment there were 45 guys in the room. The instructor walked in and said statistics say only one out of you 45 are gonna stay clean. And I said, 'That's gonna be me.' And I haven't had anything since."

After successfully completing treatment and probation, he became a father.

"That was the most rewarding thing in my life. First time I seen somebody's eyes that was like mines, I just went crazy. I laid in the bed with him and cried. That's how stupendous it is. That's how remarkable it is to have a child."

He speaks with pride of his children and what they're accomplishing.

"I got three kids in college. My daughter works for Chase. I got two in high school and they're gonna go to college, you know?"

Along with his own children, he has coached and guided countless others over the years, sharing his mistakes, and his message.

His impact was evidenced by letters of support written on his behalf, from Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, former state lawmaker Jim Hughes, and many others.

They describe him as "an asset to the community," and an "exemplary citizen."

Armed with that support, his friend and attorney John Alden urged him to seek a pardon.

"Mickey has paid dearly for two weeks or four weeks of doing some stupid stuff with drugs. I think it's only right that he gets to put that behind him," Alden said.

Tuesday Tate went before the Ohio Parole Board and asked for clemency- legal forgiveness from the state- and a chance to escape the long shadow of his biggest mistake.

"I built my own gym in my garage and was a personal trainer. I drive Uber. I referee basketball. I do what I have to do to survive. Whether it be the state or the city or the school board, I worked for the schools they came and told me you can't work here, you got a record."

He says it's not about his pride, but about providing for his family.

"I think I have walked the walk, I've done everything they asked me to do. I just want to have an opportunity to do better for my family. It's about having the opportunity to do better."

During Tuesday's hearing, the Parole Board questioned Tate about an outstanding warrant from a zoning violation in 2001.

Tate and his attorney said they were not aware of the warrant but said they would resolve it with the court.

Because of that, the Parole Board delayed its vote on Tate's pardon request.

Once the Board votes, its recommendation goes to the governor, who has the final say.

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