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Air Force video shows airman's final moments on rescue mission

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 11:45

The U.S. Air Force has released aerial footage of Tech Sgt. John Chapman's final moments in 2002 as he fought against al Qaeda militants in Afghanistan. Chapman, 36, voluntarily returned to Takur Ghar mountain in an effort to save a stranded teammate on March 4, 2002. He will posthumously receive a Medal of Honor later this month for his actions.

Chapman's aircraft was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, ejecting his teammate Neil Roberts, the White House said in a news release last month. His squad would return for Roberts, but they didn't know he was already killed.

The newly released video shows Chapman running up a steep mountain slope and shows him charging an enemy-filled bunker and killing its occupants. He then moves from cover to attack a machine gun and is severely wounded but keeps on fighting. He engaged enemy positions and was killed in action.

Navy SEAL Britt Slabinski was leading the team of seven SEALs on the rescue mission, which became known as the "Battle of Roberts Ridge," one of the most controversial of the Afghan war. In May, he received a Medal of Honor for his efforts.

Slabinski said he was next to Chapman when he was shot and killed. "John went down right away and I could feel the bullets passing through my clothes," he said.

He ordered his team to pull back off the ridge, but first he checked on Chapman. "I go over to where John was and crawl right over the top of John and I'm looking for some sign of life from John. I didn't get any, any sign from him," he said.

Analysis of the surveillance footage indicated that Chapman may have been alive, raising the possibility that he was left behind. But Slabinski maintains that he saw no sign of life in Chapman.

Chapman's wife, Valerie Nessel, will join President Trump at the White House on August 22 for the ceremony.

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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium celebrates World Elephant Day with pregnancy announcement

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 09:57

COLUMBUS - The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is celebrating World Elephant Day with a special announcement.

Phoebe, the zoo's 31-year-old Asian elephant is pregnant with a calf and due in December. This calf will be the first elephant born at the zoo in 10 years.

World Elephant Day is Sunday, but the zoo has planned a number of events for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Celebrations are taking place across the globe to help raise awareness for threatened and vulnerable elephant populations in their native ranges of both Africa and Asia.

Currently, the Columbus Zoo is home to six Asian elephants. The World Elephant Day organization estimates there are less than 40,000 Asian elephants and less than 400,000 African elephants remaining worldwide.

Categories: Ohio News

Vice president headed to Ohio to promote Trump tax cuts

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 06:45

CINCINNATI — Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to Ohio next week to promote the Trump administration's tax cuts.

The White House says Pence will be in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

America First Policies, an organization that promotes President Donald Trump's policies, says it's sponsoring the event at a downtown Cincinnati hotel.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Pence also will host a fundraiser for Republican Mike DeWine's campaign for governor.

Pence has been traveling the nation in recent weeks to promote the tax cuts.

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Dog Walkers Weekly "Furr-cast" | August 11, 2018

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 06:29

Welcome back, everyone! For you first-time readers, happy to have you here!

This blog is dedicated to those dog lovers across central Ohio. Unless you have an outdoor yard, many of you probably walk your dog, or dogs, on a daily basis, and maybe even multiple times a day.

The purpose and goal of this blog is to help those dog walkers and their furry, little friends make the most out of their walks outside while being safe at the same time.

So, let's start things off with a look at what I call the "Comfort Scale."

You will notice on the images below there are certain colors that go with each time period/day of the week for the "Furr-cast." I developed this scale on my own, using several meteorological variables and some pet-friendly considerations.

You will see that the color "green" on the image above suggests that conditions are ideal for walking your pet and that there are no risks to either you or your pet, so walk all you want!

This brings me to the next level on the scale, which is a yellowish-orange color. This shows conditions are fair outside but you should still keep an eye on your pet. This is where the breed of your pet also comes into play. I'm not an expert on dogs but I know a Siberian Husky can withstand colder temperatures than a Chihuahua.

This now is up to the owner to decide if the conditions are fair enough that they could take more casual, longer walks outside.

Lastly, we have the last ranking on the scale, which shows outside conditions are poor and pet owners should keep their walks short. Dangerous weather is developing or already present and pet owners should take action to make sure that their pets are properly taken care of. This shouldn't be used to decide whether or not you should go outside; but more so an indicator that you should take shorter, more frequent walks.

Now that we have a look at the method behind the comfort scale, let's take a look at this weekends "Furr-cast."

Scattered showers & storms will be possible through the early evening, with partly cloudy skies taking shape later today. While this morning was rather soggy & dreary, the skies will open up, allowing for a pleasant evening ahead. If you would want to save your long walks for later today, that would be ideal.

Not completely humid free this morning, but it's certainly more comfortable than the past couple mornings. Morning temps in the 60's will make things more tolerable for the start of the day and will be perfect for your long walks. Sunshine will keep on pace through the day, with some isolated pop-up showers & storms over the afternoon. More clearing later at night, so longer walks are also possible around sunset. Even though it's going to be rather "seasonable" out temperature wise, please keep your furry, little friends safety at the forefront.

Pop-up showers & storms, daytime temperatures in 80's and overnight lows in the 60's. That's the recipe for the upcoming week. While timing on this next week's rain isn't known 100%, you can expect the best chances for pop-ups in afternoon and early evening hours. Better chances for rain will come during the mid-week, with more unsettled weather for the latter half.

While it's common sense to not leave your pets or children unattended in vehicles, one may be surprised by how fast things can "heat up" inside a car even with the windows cracked. It's extremely important for your pet's health that you avoid leaving them in the car. In as soon as 10 minutes, a car can heat up by nearly 20 degrees. In cases such as this and how temperatures will pan out next week, it's best to leave the pets at home rather than putting their health at risk.

Another pet safety tip is to avoid paved or concrete roads or sidewalks when temperatures are warming up, especially later in the day when the sun has already been up for several hours under mostly sunny skies. These types of surfaces can heat up extremely fast and while the air temperature isn't too hot, the grounds can be much, much warmer. In cases such as this, it's important to keep their paws on grassy, cooler surfaces. An easy test to tell if the grounds are too hot for your pets is to simply place the back of your hand on the ground for seven seconds. If it is too hot for you, then it's likely it will be too hot for your pet's paws and that it could easily damage their skin.

The "Barking Message" for next week:
  • Keep your walks shorter when temperatures are above 80 degrees. Plain and simple.
  • Avoid walks during storms, these will be most likely and intense during the afternoon hours.
  • Never leave your pets unattended in your car, even for just a few minutes with the windows cracked.
  • Avoid blacktop or concrete surfaces when we have a lot of sun and warm days. You can easily damage their paws, so stick to the grassy surfaces.

Each Friday, I will be posting a new "Furr-cast" for the weekend and week ahead and I would like to feature some of your pets on my blog. Also, if you have any suggestions or comments on my blog, I'd love to hear input. Enjoy the weekend and week ahead, furr-parents.

Categories: Ohio News

1 dead after single-vehicle crash in Pleasant Township

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 04:58

PLEASANT TOWNSHIP -- The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is investigating a crash that left one person dead in Pleasant Township.

Deputies say the crash happened Friday just after 1 a.m. on State Route 665 just east of Graessle Road.

The driver of a red 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was traveling eastbound on State Route 665 and struck a guardrail and an electric pole, according to investigators. The driver and only occupant in the vehicle was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities are withholding the driver's identity until their family is notified.

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

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Last-minute technical problem delays NASA's flight to sun

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 04:07

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A last-minute technical problem Saturday delayed NASA's unprecedented flight to the sun.

The early morning launch countdown was halted with just one minute, 55 seconds remaining, keeping the Delta IV rocket on its pad with the Parker Solar Probe.

Rocket maker United Launch Alliance said it would try again Sunday, provided the helium-pressure issue can be resolved quickly. As soon as the red pressure alarm for the gaseous helium system went off, a launch controller ordered, "Hold, hold, hold."

Once on its way, the Parker probe will venture closer to our star than any other spacecraft. The $1.5 million mission is already a week late because of rocket issues. Saturday's launch attempt encountered a series of snags; in the end, controllers ran out of time.

Thousands of spectators gathered in the middle of the night to witness the launch, including the University of Chicago astrophysicist for whom the spacecraft is named. Eugene Parker predicted the existence of solar wind 60 years ago. He's now 91 and eager to see the solar probe soar. He plans to stick around at least another few days.

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SeaTac stolen plane: Airline employee allegedly steals plane, takes off, then crashes

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 23:17

An airline employee who worked on the ground stole a plane at Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SeaTac), took off unauthorized and then later crashed, SeaTac Airport said. The Pierce County Sheriff's Office confirmed a suicidal male, age 29, was on board, and it was not a terrorist incident.

An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound. Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed.

— Sea-Tac Airport (@SeaTacAirport) August 11, 2018

The plane crashed on Ketorn Island outside Seattle. It's a small island with about two dozen residents.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff, preliminary information indicated a mechanic from unknown airlines stole the plane. The Pierce County Sheriff tweeted the person was "doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island."

Stolen horizon airplane crashed into Ketron island. Preliminary info is that a mechanic from unknown airlines stole plane. Was doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills caused crash into Island

— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) August 11, 2018

The plane belonged to Horizon Air, which is owned by Alaska Airlines. In a statement, Alaska Airlines said they are "aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400."

CBS Seattle affiliate KIRO-TV reporter Gary Horcher tweeted that all planes at SeaTac were grounded. KIRO-TV reported there was a ground stop at SeaTac until 11 p.m. PT.

Major security incident at SeaTac Airport. All planes are grounded—captain telling passengers a Horizon airliner was taken without authorization, and military jets are scrambling to intercept it. We’re working to confirm information now pic.twitter.com/AQJVzCcxum

— Gary Horcher (@GaryKIRO7) August 11, 2018

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WWII pilot's remains return home after 7 decades

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 19:16

BEATRICE, Neb. — The remains of a World War II pilot were finally buried with full military honors in his home state of Nebraska after 73 years in foreign soil.

Flight Officer Richard Lane died in combat in 1944. His family believed his remains were buried in a cemetery in the southeast Nebraska town of Filley, and they visited his grave on Memorial Day for seven decades. But the remains buried under Lane's tombstone were recently discovered to be those of another man.

The Army had mistakenly sent the wrong remains to Nebraska. Lane had been buried in a military cemetery in Belgium in a grave marked "Unknown."

Lane's family didn't learn of the mistake until a family in Idaho discovered the two soldiers' remains were switched.

"To be a small part of getting a soldier or airman's remains back where they belong — it gives me chills," said Patrick Biddy, a veteran and historian of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment who helped return Lane's remains home to Nebraska.

The remains buried in Lane's grave are now being examined at a lab at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha. Biddy is awaiting confirmation of the body's identity, but he believes the remains are of Pfc. Fred Ashley, a 2nd Cavalry reconnaissance scout from Idaho.

Lane and Ashley had no connection when they were alive. But after the war ended, their unidentified remains were brought to Nuremberg, Germany, for reburial on the same day. Their remains were buried side by side as unidentified veterans and were moved multiple times around Europe. Some were eventually mistakenly identified as Lane and sent to Nebraska.

"It was pretty easy to put together, once we got the documents," Biddy said. "Somebody must have grabbed the wrong cart. We'll probably never know (how it) happened."

The Lane family held another funeral Thursday in Beatrice, nearly 70 years after the first one. Lane's sister, his nephew and a large group of American Legion Riders welcomed his body to its final resting place.

"This is no crying time," said Lane's nephew, Wendell Lane. "This is a time for joy."

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New allegations of sexual abuse against former central Ohio mental health worker

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 19:08

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio - A mental health worker charged with sexually assaulting a young boy in Westerville has been indicted on five more counts, according to records filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Matthew Gatton was indicted this week on four counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of importuning.

The gross sexual imposition charges result from Gatton allegedly having sexual contact with at least three victims less than 13 years old between December 2015 and June 2018 according to the indictment.

The importuning charge stems from alleged sexual contact with a 12-year-old victim between June 2017 and June 2018.

Gatton was also charged earlier this year, accused of sexually abusing a child in his care. Police say the man confessed to fondling the boy dozens of times.

10TV then learned of gaps in the system allowing him to work with children even though he had been accused of inappropriate behavior.

Gatton was in the process of bonding out of the Franklin County Corrections Center on Jackson Pike on Friday after being arraigned earlier in the day.​

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Police: Woman stabbed 29 times in street in front of 1-year-old son

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 18:57

GRETNA, La. — Police in Louisiana say a mother was pushing her 1-year-old son in a stroller when her boyfriend stabbed her 29 times and left her to die in a street alongside her crying son.

Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson tells news outlets 35-year-old Traniel Gray died of stab wounds to the face, neck and body. The child wasn't physically injured and is in the custody of the state Department of Children and Family Services.

The killing occurred around 5 a.m. Thursday. Gray and 41-year-old Damone Ussin were seen walking with the stroller on surveillance cameras. Police suspect Ussin stabbed Gray and fled.

Ussin was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. He was also booked on an arrest warrant accusing him of battering Gray in July. It's unclear if Ussin has a lawyer.

Categories: Ohio News

One month after state seizure, Summer Rays residency down 20

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 17:42

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio - It has been almost one month since the Ohio Attorney General's office seized control of some sober-living houses in Reynoldsburg.

They said the owner of Summer Rays, Chuck Kirk, was abusing his authority.

Now some residents are being asked to leave.

For 18 months, James Wagy has been living in a house owned by Summer Rays.

He loaded up and left on Thursday.

"I am packing up my belongings and being evicted from my home," he said.

He is told it is because he was rude and disrespectful towards Lighthouse employees.

"Which, can't be farthest from the truth," he said.

Wagy admits to putting a "questionable" post on Facebook about a Lighthouse employee to help "lighten the mood" of residents.

"Just being aggressive with our staff," Alisha Rinehart, the chief clinical officer with Lighthouse Behavioral Health Solutions, said. "Being belligerent with our staff, verbally assaulting our staff, yelling, cursing."

She said when they started their services for Summer Rays residents about a month ago there was push back.

"When someone comes in who is not what you're used to and they look to give you structure and hold you accountable for things like your recovery and for being sober, people don't like that," she said.

Lighthouse started with 95 residents. Now, there's 75.

Rinehart says each resident is asked to agree to a list of rules. She calls them a "higher standard." And, because some don't agree, they leave.

The rules consist of, among other things, to agree to attend at least three sober support meetings per week, obtain and maintain some level of outpatient treatment and a curfew for the first three months while at the residence.

Some of the 20 residents left on their own, but about 15 of them, Rinehart says, have been asked to leave.

Those who relapse are offered treatment. Some accept it and some do not.

A couple residents, like Wagy, have been asked to leave because of that aggressive, rude behavior.

"Sober living is not treatment," Wagy said. "[Lighthouse] is trying to run this like a treatment facility and hold everybody that has multiple years of recovery to treatment rules."

Rinehart said what was in place by Summer Rays' owner, Chuck Kirk, though successful for some was not healthy for long-term recovery.

"That's not typical of what sober living looks like or a program looks like," she said. "So, we are coming in with what it should be."

Lighthouse Behavioral Health Solutions said it is helping residents obtain Medicaid, insurance, jobs, and food assistance.

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Homeless advocates oppose county-wide encampment ban in Ohio

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:19

CINCINNATI — Criminalizing homelessness by banning encampments throughout a southwest Ohio county is not the answer, advocates for the homeless said Friday.

Civil rights lawyer Joe Mead described as "troubling" the scope of an Ohio judge's order that prohibits homeless people from establishing tent cities in all of Hamilton County. Mead, of the ACLU of Ohio, said he's never heard of a county prosecutor arguing that homeless people are a nuisance in all public spaces.

County Judge Robert Ruehlman has twice extended his initial ban on encampments in downtown Cincinnati near high-profile entertainment and sports venues. When homeless camps moved just outside the restricted area, Ruehlman amended the order, first covering more of Cincinnati, and then the entirety of Hamilton County. In his Thursday ruling, he said anyone who stands in the way could be arrested.

The county prosecutor's office said the amendment — the latest development in a weekslong sweep of Cincinnati's tent cities — is enforceable only as long as there is room in shelters for the homeless.

Area shelters have filled their permanent beds but continue to accept individuals who can sleep on spare mattresses, said Kevin Finn, president of Cincinnati-based Strategies to End Homelessness. No one has been turned away.

Mead said the lawsuit doesn't name the homeless people it affects most, denying them a chance to be heard in court.

County Commissioner Todd Portune also criticized County Prosecutor Joe Deters, who filed the lawsuit against the City of Cincinnati. Portune said Friday he is working with advocates for the homeless to find a new location for the encampment, and that Deters' actions don't align with the county's policy.

Josh Spring, director of the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, said homeless people have since relocated to private land in a quickly gentrifying community, where residents who have withstood those changes welcomed them and offered to bring food, water and blankets.

Cities across the country are zeroing in on homeless camps, said Megan Hustings, president of the National Coalition for the Homeless. On Friday, local officials ordered about 20 people to leave an encampment in northern Massachusetts, citing health and safety concerns. Hustings said many people don't like being confronted with visible poverty.

Nearly all of Hamilton County's homeless population already lives in shelters, Finn said. Others live on the streets because Hamilton County doesn't have shelters that accommodate pets or couples without children, and people who experience paranoia or anxiety from mental illnesses often can't stay among upward of 200 strangers.

Substance abuse is by far biggest reason people don't go into shelters, Finn said. The facilities enforce 9 p.m. curfews, and residents aren't allowed to use drugs or alcohol on site. Some can't make it to the morning without using.

Homeless advocates filed for two injunctions that would have stopped the city from clearing out the camps. A federal judge denied both motions. Spring said advocates continue to work with lawyers to build their legal strategy.

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Man says rabid beaver attacked him, 7-year-old daughter kayaking on river

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:35

Dan Wherley and his 7-year-old daughter Layla were kayaking in Adams County, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, when their trip took a dark turn. A large beaver attacked their kayak and put up quite a fight, according to the dad's Facebook post, and the animal later turned out to be rabid.

Wherley says he, Layla and their dog were on the creek by their house, when he felt something grab his kayak. Wherley says at first, he thought it was just his dog pulling the boat, but it wasn't. "It was a big ass crazy beaver," the father wrote in the Facebook post.

"It kept trying to bite and get into the kayak after me. I kept beating it with the paddle, this went one for a few minutes. It wouldn't give up," Wherley wrote. His photos show a beaver jumping out of the water, appearing to bite an oar. The beaver battle only escalated from there.

"Finally, it swam to the opposite side of creek and turned and saw Layla on her kayak who is now 30 yards in front of me. It takes off straight after her. I yell at her to get to the shore, I jump out of my kayak to help," the father described in his Facebook post. He says the beaver made it to Layla's kayak and started to climb onto the back. "(S)he was screaming bloody murder," he wrote.

The tenacious beaver wouldn't give up. Wherley says he punched the animal and it fell into the water, but then it started lunging back at him. "I was punching, kicking and trying to get away from it. I ran to the bank with Layla and it followed me still trying to attack us," he wrote.

Wherley says the attack continued on land. He says he started pummeling the beaver with rocks, but it did not stop. "After about 5 more big rocks to the head it swam away a little bit, then came right back. I grabbed a big stick and smacked it on the head 5 times as hard as I could, and the last hit crushed it's skull."

"It sounds like a damn horror movie the way she [was] screaming and the water splashing," Wherley wrote of the short video clip he took of the rabid beaver. "I'm just glad it didn't bite either of us. Our sissy bloodhound hid safely in the weeds far away during all of this."

The dad says he contacted the Pennsylvania Game Commission about the beaver attack and they urged him to go to the hospital to get a rabies shot. One of his photos on Facebook shows the beaver, upside and apparently unconscious, with blood on his buck teeth and his fur ragged after the fight.

He says the PA Game Commission, PA Health Department and PA Department of Agriculture said the beaver tested positive for rabies -- the first reported rabid beaver ever in Adams county, according to Wherley.

Rabies is a viral disease in mammals that infects the central nervous system and, if left untreated, attacks the brain and ultimately causes death and, though rare, leads to a horrible death if left untreated. The incidence of rabies has dramatically dropped in the United States over the past 100 years, but the threat still exists.

Wherley says he has received eight rabies shots so far and has three more to go this week to wrap up his treatment.

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Mirror Lake: Ohio State unveils the revamped campus landmark

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:23

You can once again walk around Mirror Lake at Ohio State University.

The campus lake and surrounding area have been undergoing reconstruction the last two years. Changes were made following the death of a student who jumped into the lake.

The university says the renovation focused on enhancing safety and sustainability. The lake had been the site of what was known as the Mirror Lake jump, a student tradition during Ohio State Michigan week going back to 1990.

In 2015, Austin Singletary tragically died when he jumped in and broke his neck. The university since banned the event and completely reconstructed the lake.

“We've softened up the lake, we've created a soft-bottomed lake with gradual slopes down into the lake. The primary thought was to create a safer environment,” said OSU Landscape Architect Steve Volkmann.

A bench in memory of Austin Singletary is on the Neil Avenue side overlooking the lake.

A new feature of the lake is it can be drained within an hour if need be.

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Devastating toxic algae bloom plagues Florida's Gulf Coast

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:21

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. — Tons of dead fish. A smell so awful you gag with one inhale. Empty beaches, empty roads, empty restaurants.

A toxic algae bloom has overrun Florida's southern Gulf Coast this summer, devastating sea life and driving people from the water.

"I've never seen it this bad," said 31-year-old Heather Lamb of Venice. She's a hairdresser and makeup artist who styled herself as a dead mermaid and posted photos on social media to raise awareness of the problem. "I feel like it cleanses your soul to go to the beach. For me to not be able to go, it's painful. I think a lot of people take for granted when they live in Florida. Some people save their paychecks for a whole year to come here."

Red tide — a naturally occurring toxic algae bloom that can be harmful to people with respiratory problems— has spread throughout the Gulf of Mexico, drifting in the water since it began in October. Stretching about 150 miles (240 kilometers), it's affecting communities from Naples in the south to Anna Maria Island in the north and appears to be moving northward.

The algae turns the water toxic for marine life, and in recent weeks beachgoers have been horrified to find turtles, large fish like goliath grouper and even manatees wash up dead. In late July, a 26-foot long (8-meter-long) whale shark washed ashore on Sanibel Island, which is known for its pristine beaches. In places like Longboat Key, more than 5 tons of dead fish have been removed from beaches. This week, nine dead dolphins were found in Sarasota County, and marine biologists are investigating whether the deaths are related to red tide.

The Florida Wildlife Research Institute says the number of dead and stranded sea turtles is nearly three times higher than average. More than 450 stranded and dead sea turtles have been recovered in four affected counties this year, and the institute estimates that 250 to 300 died from red tide poisoning.

In Bradenton Beach, the stench was impossible to ignore.

"I can't describe the smell. It's like unbelievable. It makes you throw up," said Holmes Beach resident Alex Kuizon, who has lived in the area for decades. He held a handkerchief over his mouth and nose while talking to a reporter. Just a few feet away, hundreds of dead fish clogged a boat ramp.

Red tide is a natural occurrence that happens due to the presence of nutrients in the water and an organism called a dinoflagellate.

"Off the west coast of Florida, we have persistent red tide events that occur with some frequency," said Steve Murawski, a marine science professor at the University of South Florida.

Another algae problem plagues Florida's waterways, Murawski said, and confused and frustrated people are conflating the two. Blue-green algae affect freshwater, and Murawski said it has a direct correlation to agricultural and urban runoff.

Heavy May rains caused Lake Okeechobee to discharge water containing blue-green algae into rivers and canals. The bright green sludge oozed onto docks, dams and rivers.

"Are they in fact related? That's kind of an open scientific question," Murawski said. "If you've got large nitrogen discharges, you could actually be fueling both the harmful algal bloom and the discharge of the blue-green algae. It's an area of very active concern."

Why this year's red tide is so intense is up for debate. Some researchers have noticed aggressive blooms after hurricanes; Irma swept past Florida's Gulf Coast in the summer of 2017 and a period of red tide affected Florida after the powerful 2004-2005 hurricanes.

Regardless, those who live, work and play in the area are disturbed.

"We get a lot of Europeans this time of year and even people from the Midwest are still coming down because school hasn't started yet. They come here and they're like, 'Oh my goodness, what's this smell? It's awful,'" said Anthony Cucci, the manager of the Mar Vista restaurant on Longboat Key. As he spoke, a worker cleared away dead fish littering the small beach near the patio.

For Charlotte County resident Magdalena Rossip, Saturday was her birthday, when she usually goes to the beach to celebrate. This year, she didn't.

It was too depressing — her family's pressure washing business has dried up because no one wants to use their boat or patio.

"It's catastrophic," the 35-year-old said.

Although this isn't peak tourist season for the Gulf Coast — that's in winter — red tide is affecting tourism.

"I'm pretty surprised, because I usually meet my family down here once a year and it's usually completely different. The water's usually much clearer than it has been today," said Brandon Mullis of Tampa, building a sandcastle with his daughter on Bradenton Beach.

The smell wasn't bad on that part of the beach, but he said he wasn't planning to stay long — and would choose his resort pool over swimming in the Gulf.

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Police investigating alleged sexual assault involving children at Clintonville day camp

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:15

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus Police are investigating an alleged sexual assault involving two children at a day camp.

The incident was reported July 31.

A child reported being assaulted by another child in the restroom at Whetstone Recreation Center.

Both were participants in "Camp Whetstone," a summer day camp for kids between the ages of 6 and 12.

Columbus Recreation and Parks says it immediately notified Columbus Police and Children Services and removed the child accused of the assault.

Complete statement from Columbus Recreation and Parks:

On July 31, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department (CRPD) staff was contacted by the parent of a camp participant who stated they believed their juvenile child had been assaulted in a restroom by another juvenile camper. The CRPD staff reported this to CRPD leadership who immediately contacted the Columbus Police to file a report and Franklin County Children Services to report the incident. The accused camp participant was removed from the program and prohibited from returning. The safety and care of all program participants is a top priority of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, and we are cooperating with the Columbus Police Department and Franklin County Children Services as they conduct their investigations.

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Some still waiting to get new Ohio driver’s license weeks after applying

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:15

Some Ohioans are still waiting for their new driver's licenses after the state switched to a mailing process.

The new program started July second. Instead of getting your new license immediately at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, they're now made at a different location and mailed out. You should receive yours within 10 days of applying.

But we talked with a driver who signed up on that first day and still hasn't received it. Brian Roudabush’s temporary license is about to expire. He says he's contacted the BMV several times and is getting concerned.

“I'm getting worried about if I do get pulled over, if that document's expired, then I'm going to technically be a no-ops,” said Roudabush.

The BMV responded with this statement:

“During the first few days of the new DL/ID implementation, we became aware of a production glitch involving the magnetic stripe on the back of the cards. We have addressed that issue with our vendor and they are reprinting and sending cards to those impacted. Mr. Roudabush was one of a very small percentage of customers affected by this glitch. He will be receiving his new card in the mail soon. He is and will remain valid in our system. Since the July 2 implementation, we have had less than 1% of undelivered DL/IDs. We established procedures from the beginning of the new DL/ID implantation to account for and accommodate customers in this type of situation. Your DL-ID card will be received in the mail about 10 business days after visiting a Deputy Registrar agency. The BMV will receive any undeliverable/returned DL-ID cards and automatically re-mail the card to the mailing address on file. If the card comes back undeliverable a second time, it will be destroyed and will be the customer's responsibility to correct their address with the BMV and purchase a new card from the Deputy Registrar agency.”

The BMV says, if after 21 days you have not received your DL-ID, you can call 1-844-OHIO-BMV or click here to live chat.

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Omarosa unleashes on Trump in new book

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 14:25

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in a new book that she saw President Donald Trump behave "like a dog off the leash" at events he attended without his wife, first lady Melania Trump, at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

It's one of a long list of scandalous claims contained in her new book, "Unhinged," set to come out Aug. 14. The Associated Press purchased an early copy of the memoir, which the White House has already slammed as "riddled with lies and false accusations."

In the book, Manigault Newman, who was a contestant on Trump's "The Apprentice" reality show and later served as a senior adviser to the president, hurls a litany of charges. Trump, she eventually concluded, was "racist."

"I didn't want to believe it," she writes. "I rejected what other people said about him because they didn't know him like I did. I had to go through the pain of witnessing his racism with my own eyes, and hearing it with my own ears, many times, until I couldn't deny it any longer."

She also claims without evidence that tapes exist of the president using the N-word repeatedly on the reality show's set. She acknowledges she had never been able to obtain or hear the tapes.

Manigault Newman also charges that allies of the president tried to buy her silence. When she left the White House, she says she was offered $15,000 a month to serve in a "senior position" on Trump's 2020 re-election campaign. But that offer came along with a stringent non-disclosure agreement as "harsh and restrictive" as she had seen while working in television.

After turning down the job, she said she received a "flurry" of letters from attorneys representing the president telling her to "stay silent about Trump, or else."

Throughout the book, Manigault Newman paints a deeply critical portrait of the president, describing him as a man who "loved conflict, chaos and confusion; he loved seeing people argue or fight." She says he acted inappropriately at numerous events, including birthday parties, fundraisers and golf tournaments in Florida, and writes that being "offensive, inappropriate and off-color is normal for him."

She also alleges that Trump has exhibited signs of a "mental decline that could not be denied."

The White House responded by slamming the book and its author and chastising the press for writing about it.

"Instead of telling the truth about all the good President Trump and his administration are doing to make America safe and prosperous, this book is riddled with lies and false accusations," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, adding that, "It's sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks, and even worse that the media would now give her a platform."

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NASA sending spacecraft straight into sun's glittering crown

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 14:12

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is sending a spacecraft straight into the sun's glittering crown, an atmospheric region so hot and harsh any normal visitor would wither.

Set to launch early Saturday, the Parker Solar Probe is as heat-resistant as a spacecraft gets, essential for exploring our star closer than ever before.

The U.S. got a glimpse of the sun's glowing, spiky crown, or corona, during last August's coast-to-coast total solar eclipse. "Well, Parker Solar Probe's going to be in there," said project scientist Nicola Fox of Johns Hopkins University.

Here's why the Parker spacecraft is so tough and why scientists are so hot for this first-of-its-kind mission:

SUPERHERO-WORTHY SHIELD

Parker's lightweight heat shield is just 4 ½ inches (11 centimeters) thick. But it can withstand 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,370 degrees Celsius) as well as extreme radiation, thanks to its high-tech carbon. Although the corona reaches millions of degrees, it's a wispy, tenuous, environment and so the spacecraft won't need to endure such severe temperatures. The 8-foot (2.4-meter) shield will face the sun during the close solar encounters, shading the science instruments in the back and keeping them humming at a cool 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). As one scientist notes, this is a shield Captain America would envy.

SEVEN YEARS IN HOT PURSUIT

The spacecraft's path to the sun runs past Venus. It will fly by our solar system's hottest planet seven times over seven years, using the gravity of Venus to shrink its own oval orbit and draw increasingly closer to the sun. The first Venus flyby is in October, followed by the first dip into the sun's corona in November. There will be 24 orbits between Venus and the sun, with the final three putting Parker closest to the sun — just 3.8 million miles (6 million kilometers) out — in 2024 and 2025. That's a scant 4 percent of the 93 million miles (150 million kilometers) between Earth and the sun.

BREAKING RECORDS

The records will start falling as soon as Parker takes its first run past the sun. The current close-to-the-sun champ, NASA's former Helios 2, got within 27 million miles (43 million kilometers) in 1976. Parker will come within 15.5 million miles (25 million kilometers) in November and then start beating its own record. During its closest solar approaches, the spacecraft will hurtle through the corona at 430,000 mph (690 kph), setting a speed record.

SOLAR SCIENCE

Our yellow dwarf star is, in many ways, a mystery. The outreaching corona is hundreds of times hotter than the sun's actual surface, confounding scientists. In addition, physicists don't know what's driving the solar wind, the supersonic stream of charged particles constantly blasting away from the sun. By being right in the thick of it, Parker should provide some answers, shedding light not only on our star but the billions of others out there.

PARKER THE MAN

Sixty years ago, a young astrophysicist at the University of Chicago, Eugene Parker, proposed the existence of solar wind. Many were skeptical and told him to read up on it first "so you don't make these killer mistakes," he recalls. Vindication came with NASA's Mariner 2 spacecraft in 1962. Parker is now 91 years old and at Cape Canaveral with his family to witness his first launch — a Delta IV Heavy rocket with the spacecraft bearing his name. It's the first time NASA has named a spacecraft after someone who's still alive. In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Parker noted from a publicity standpoint, "it absolutely wipes out everything else" in his career. "At my age, it gets fatiguing. But of course, I enjoy it."

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This Columbus police officer has handed out the most distracted driving tickets

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:36

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- When it comes to distracted driving, Ohio has a serious problem.

The Ohio Highway Patrol says it accounted for nearly 13,000 crashes last year, 52 of them were deadly.

Columbus Police Officer Keith Conner has written more driving while distracted tickets than any other police officer on the force.

"My conviction rate is 99.4% which is pretty much unheard of out of 541 citations," Conner said.

We saw him in action.

In less than 5 minutes after he parked near the White Castle Headquarters on Goodale Street, he walked up to a woman parked at a stop light.

Officer Conner: "Are you reading emails?"
Driver: "No. I'm not."
Officer Conner: "What is that?"
Driver: "It's, I'm trying to get directions."
Officer Conner: "Ma'am, those are emails. I got it on camera."

For the past two years, he's been sending a loud message to drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.

Most of the time, he says he gives drivers a warning.

"If I see ya and there's a kid in the car, there really is no negotiation," Conner said. "You are going to be cited because that kid's life is worth so much, and parents need to know that that piece of plastic is worthless."

So, why did Officer Conner decide to give out these warning and make distracted driving his mission? It was actually born from personal experience.

"I was actually run off the road by a man in his late eighties who had a flip phone and I was run off the road into a bus stop," Conner said.

He says most people believe stopping at a red light gives them a green light to text.

"That is not true at all, you have to be off the roadway and car must be in park," Conner said.

So, the next time you decide to pick your phone while driving... Don't... Because you may find Officer Conner standing right next to you.

The Columbus Division of Police is so committed to making sure people are not distracted while driving they are committing a group of officers for the entire month of September to ticket people who they catch driving while distracted.

In Columbus, a ticket for driving while distracted will cost you $192 dollars.

Starting in late October, Ohio's texting-while-driving ban will be greatly expanded to include any form of distracted driving -- from talking on the phone to applying makeup.

Gov. John Kasich signed legislation Monday that makes distracted driving a secondary offense in the state. That means when the law takes effect in 90 days, police who pull over motorists for a traffic violation could give them an additional ticket if any form of distracted driving contributed to the primary offense.

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