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Retial stores that sold ground beef linked to an E.coli Outbreak in MI, OH, MA and MO.A partial list of stores involved in the 1.8 million pound ground beef recall linked to an E.coli outbreak that has sickened at least 11 people in four states has been published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS). It’s a small list for a big recall, but the agency is not permitted to list restaurants, only retail stores, and the list may not yet include all locations.

So far, here are the retail locations that are part of the recall. Gordon Food Service Marketplace Stores in FL, IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, PA, TN, and WI.; Surf N Turf Market in Sebring, Florida; Giorgio’s Italian Deli in Stuart, Florida;  M Sixty Six General Store in Orleans, Michigan and Buchtel Food Mart on Buchtel, Ohio.

 

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Confirmed E. Coli Case in Mass Prompts National Beef Recall

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Monday confirmed that a Western Massachusetts resident has E. coli, according to MassLive. That case, along with others across the country, has prompted Wolverine Packing Company and the US Department of Agriculture to recall 1.8 million pounds of beef.

From MassLive:

The beef produced between March 31 and April 18 and distributed for use in restaurants in Ohio, Michigan, Missouri and Massachusetts. The recall notice notes that none of the beef in question was distributed to the Department of Defense, the National School Lunch Program or for catalog or internet sales. 

Products that are subject to are marked with the number “EST. 2574B” and will have a production date code in the format “Packing Nos: MM DD 14” between “03 31 14” and “04 18 14.”

 

The recall was ordered after the Massachusetts resident, along with five Michiganders, four Ohioans and a Missourian became ill with E. coli

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Earth Watch Report  –  Environmental Pollution

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Officials are seen at the scene of a leak from a crude oil pipeline on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Colerain Township, Ohio. A Colerain Township fire official said the leak has been contained and that there is no immediate danger to the public. Capt. Steve Conn told The Cincinnati Enquirer oil leaked into a creek and collected in a marshy wetland, and it wasn’t clear whether it reached ponds and the Great Miami River. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Gary Landers) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES

Environment Pollution USA State of Ohio, [Glen Oak Nature Preserve] Damage level Details

 

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Environment Pollution in USA on Tuesday, 18 March, 2014 at 11:48 (11:48 AM) UTC.

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A large oil leak was found overnight in a crude oil pipeline that runs through Glen Oak Nature Preserve in Colerain Township, fire officials said this morning. It’s not clear yet how big the leak is, but it is contained, said Capt. Steve Conn, spokesman for Colerain Township Fire Department. Hazmat crews and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency are on scene. About a dozen homes are in the area. “We won’t know the scope of it until daybreak when we can get a good visualization,” Conn said. “There is no immediate danger to the public.” The oil leaked into a creek and ran down and collected in a marshy wetland area near East Miami River Road, he said. Authorities are not sure yet if it spilled into ponds or the Great Miami River. Residents in the area reported smelling petroleum for several days, Conn said. The pipeline runs hundreds of miles, he said, but the exact path is not yet clear. He also was not sure if it’s a national or local one. The EPA is working with the pipeline company to clean up the spill. Crews were called to the area late Monday after receiving an 8:19 p.m. report that oil was dumping into the lake area of a nearby gravel pit on East Miami River Road, Hamilton County emergency communication reports state. Colerain fire crews hiked into the woods and located the leak coming from a pipeline about 11 p.m., Conn said.

 

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Up to 10,000 gallons of oil spills into conservation area in Ohio

– Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Photo: Adam Gerard/cc/flickrDeveloping…

A nature preserve in Ohio has added its name to the long list of victims of oil spills.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency estimates that as much as 10,000 gallons of crude spilled in the Oak Glen Nature Preserve due to a pipeline leak.

Though the leak was reported around 8 PM Monday, area residents say they’d smelled petroleum or days.

The Mid-Valley Pipeline is owned primarily by Sunoco, and runs from Longview, Texas to Samaria, Michigan.

An investigation by the Colerain Township Fire Department Monday evening found that the spill “posed a significant threat” to the environment and wetlands of the preserve.

Reuters reports:

Some oil reached a wetland a mile (1.6 km) away and on Tuesday, clean-up crews were preparing to vacuum the wetland, located 20 miles north of Cincinnati.

The oil did not appear to have reached the Great Miami River, though tests were still being completed, the EPA said.

“Sunoco Logistics emergency response crews and contractors have contained a crude oil release on the Mid-Valley 20″ pipeline outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. Recovery of the released product has begun,” according to a statement released by Sunoco. “The pipeline was immediately shut down remotely on either side of the release area. Initial estimates are that 240 barrels were released. The cause of the release is under investigation.”

Crews estimate clean-up could take weeks.

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Officials are seen at the scene of a leak from a crude oil pipeline on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Colerain Township, Ohio. A Colerain Township fire official said the leak has been contained and that there is no immediate danger to the public. Capt. Steve Conn told The Cincinnati Enquirer oil leaked into a creek and collected in a marshy wetland, and it wasn’t clear whether it reached ponds and the Great Miami River. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Gary Landers) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES

CINCINNATI (AP) – Environmental authorities and cleanup workers raced Tuesday to clean up oil in a southwest Ohio nature preserve where thousands of gallons leaked from an interstate pipeline.

Crews were vacuuming oil from a wetlands area, and other work was underway on barriers to ensure the oil didn’t spread. Authorities said the oil pipeline was shut off. There were no immediate reports of injured animals, and water utility officials said there was no threat to the public water supply.

An Ohio Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman said more people were arriving at the scene to deal with the cleanup and investigation. An environmental cleanup contractor was called in for the effort with the U.S. EPA, state agencies, and local authorities west of Cincinnati.

“There are a lot of folks who are trying to everything done that needs to be done,” spokeswoman Heather Lauer said. “They’re assessing, and trying to get rid of the oil that is already out.”

Officials said the oil had been contained, but workers were building barriers to make sure potential rainfall didn’t spread the oil, Lauer said. She also said there was work being done to make an access road for heavy equipment.

Officials estimate that 240 barrels leaked, the equivalent of about 10,000 gallons. The oil ran into an intermittent steam nearly a mile long and into an acre-sized marshy area.

The 374-acre preserve is part of the Great Parks of Hamilton County system. Described by the parks department as an area of rugged hills with wildflowers and woods, the preserve also hosts native animals from crayfish to deer. Parks spokeswoman Jennifer Sivak said the preserve was closed Tuesday to the public while the cleanup continued.

 

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Steubenville case: Four more charged, including superintendent, volunteer coach

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“How do you hold kids accountable, if you don’t hold the adults accountable,” asks Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine during a press conference to discusses new developments in the special grand jury investigation into the Steubenville teen rape case.

The charges were announced Monday by the state’s top prosecutor, who decried “blurred, stretched and distorted boundaries of right and wrong” by students and grown-ups alike.

“How do you hold kids accountable if you don’t hold the adults accountable?” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine asked.

Superintendent Michael McVey, 50, was charged with tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice in the aftermath of the incident at the center of the case: the sexual assault of a drunken 16-year-old girl by two high school football players after a booze-fueled party in August 2012.

An assistant coach, Matthew Belardine, 26, was charged with allowing underage drinking, obstructing official business and making a false statement.

Two school employees, strength coach Seth Fluharty, 26, and elementary-school principal Lynnett Gorman, 40, were charged with failure to report child abuse.

The indictment did not contain details of what each person allegedly did.

“What you have is people who were not worried about a victim. They were worried about other things,” DeWine said.

“People made bad choices and the grand jury said there are repercussions.”

A small city of 19,000 about 40 miles from Pittsburgh, Steubenville and its high-school football team, Big Red, became the center of a firestorm last year after the rape allegations surfaced.

Though charges were brought against two players, activists questioned why more people weren’t charged — including other students who sent photos, videos of texts about the assault, or adults who may have known about it but didn’t report it.

After Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, were convicted of rape and sentenced to at least a year in juvenile prison in March, a grand jury was convened to determine if anyone else broke any laws.

Jason Cohn / Reuters file

Harding Stadium, home of the Steubenville High Big Red football team.

It met 18 times and heard from 123 witnesses, ultimately issuing six indictments.

Last month, it charged William Rhinaman, 53, the Steubenville schools’ technology director, with tampering with evidence and obstructing justice. His 20-year-old daughter, Hannah, was charged with a theft unrelated to the rape case.

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Published on Nov 20, 2013

Following the Scotia Sea Activity, we will see these quakes in new locations!

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Earthquake Ohio: 3.5 magnitude earthquake strikes southeastern Ohio

November 20, 2013

 Ohio earthquake news came from the southeastern part of the state on Wednesday (Nov. 20). The Ohio earthquake was near Athens, where students at the university there immediately reacted on Twitter. Many OU students were trying to figure out what had happened and it spurred quite a few online discussions. According to a report from The Columbus Dispatch, the U.S. Geological Survey reported it measured in at a 3.5-magnitude.

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M 3.5 – 4km ESE of Nelsonville, Ohio

2013-11-20 17:59:40 UTC

Earthquake location 39.439°N, 82.190°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-11-20 17:59:40 UTC
  2. 2013-11-20 12:59:40 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-11-20 11:59:40 UTC-06:00 system time

Location

39.439°N 82.190°W depth=7.9km (4.9mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 4km (2mi) ESE of Nelsonville, Ohio
  2. 14km (9mi) NNW of Athens, Ohio
  3. 46km (29mi) SE of Lancaster, Ohio
  4. 56km (35mi) WNW of Vienna, West Virginia
  5. 90km (56mi) SE of Columbus, Ohio

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Tectonic Summary

Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region

Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes. Here and there earthquakes are more numerous, for example in the New Madrid seismic zone centered on southeastern Missouri, in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska seismic zone of eastern Quebec, in New England, in the New York – Philadelphia – Wilmington urban corridor, and elsewhere. However, most of the enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake. The earthquakes that do occur can strike anywhere at irregular intervals.

Earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains, although less frequent than in the West, are typically felt over a much broader region. East of the Rockies, an earthquake can be felt over an area as much as ten times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the west coast. A magnitude 4.0 eastern U.S. earthquake typically can be felt at many places as far as 100 km (60 mi) from where it occurred, and it infrequently causes damage near its source. A magnitude 5.5 eastern U.S. earthquake usually can be felt as far as 500 km (300 mi) from where it occurred, and sometimes causes damage as far away as 40 km (25 mi).

Faults

Earthquakes everywhere occur on faults within bedrock, usually miles deep. Most of the region’s bedrock was formed as several generations of mountains rose and were eroded down again over the last billion or so years.

At well-studied plate boundaries like the San Andreas fault system in California, often scientists can determine the specific fault that is responsible for an earthquake. In contrast, east of the Rocky Mountains this is rarely the case. All parts of this vast region are far from the nearest plate boundaries, which, for the U.S., are to the east in the center of the Atlantic Ocean, to the south in the Caribbean Sea, and to the west in California and offshore from Washington and Oregon. The region is laced with known faults but numerous smaller or deeply buried faults remain undetected. Even most of the known faults are poorly located at earthquake depths. Accordingly, few earthquakes east of the Rockies can be linked to named faults. It is difficult to determine if a known fault is still active and could slip and cause an earthquake. In most areas east of the Rockies, the best guide to earthquake hazards is the earthquakes themselves.

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Veterinarians, health officials and dog owners are alarmed by the mysterious recent deaths of four dogs in Ohio. Some experts suspect the dogs may have died a few days after exposure to a virus that’s normally found in pigs.

Three dogs in the Cincinnati area and a fourth dog near Akron died in August after exhibiting symptoms that included vomiting, bloody diarrhea, weight loss and lethargy, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

“We feel obligated to make sure pet owners are aware this is happening,” Erica Hawkins, communications director for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, told the Dispatch. “Supportive therapies can be helpful if started early enough.” [10 Deadly Diseases That Hopped Across Species]

The three dogs from Cincinnati died last month after staying in the same kennel. The Akron dog that died was one of several in the Akron-Canton area that showed the same symptoms. A stool sample from the Akron dog tested positive for canine circovirus, a recently isolated virus.

A new virus emerges

Circoviruses are spherical viruses (grouped within the family Circoviridae) that are commonly found in birds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publication Emerging Infectious Diseases. Until recently, the only mammals known to carry circoviruses were pigs.

But in 2012, a 1-year-old dog in California was brought to the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital after being kenneled for three weeks. The dog had bloody diarrhea and was vomiting; because of the poor prognosis, the dog was euthanized and its tissue was sampled to determine the cause of death.

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New virus afflicting dogs can be deadly

No cases have been reported in the area

BY TANYA IRWIN
BLADE STAFF WRITER
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Symptoms associated with a new virus are similar to those exhibited in dogs that died in Cincinnati and others that were sickened in the Akron-Canton area over the last several weeks.

The illness is believed to be canine circovirus. Affected dogs have exhibited similar symptoms including vomiting, bloody diarrhea, weight loss, and lethargy.

Several Toledo-area veterinarians said they had not seen any cases resembling the disease but are keeping an eye out for it.

“We haven’t seen this in our practice and I hope we never will,” said Dr. Jennifer Tate, a veterinarian at SylvaniaVET.

Officials at the Toledo Area Humane Society and Lucas County Dog Warden’s Office also said they have not seen any cases.

“We have seen the information and have reached out [online] to see what other shelters are experiencing,” said Dr. Deb Johnson, a veterinarian and director of operations at the humane society. “We have not seen any cases of this here.”

One area vet said the virus might be difficult to diagnose since the symptoms — bloody diarrhea and vomiting, extreme lethargy, neurological problems, and a lack of appetite — are common to many illnesses.

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Ariel Castro’s house of horror leveled in Cleveland

Neighbors, victims and family clapped and cheered on the street as the heavy equipment clawed away at the roof and walls of Ariel Castro’s house where he kept three women captive for more than a decade.

Jennifer Lindgren and Doug Stanglin ,
USA TODAY 11:03 a.m. EDT
August 7, 2013

One of his victims brought yellow balloons in memory of other missing children.

 

CLEVELAND — Demolition crews leveled Ariel Castro’s former house of horror Wednesday not long after one of three young women held captive there for 11 years brought a bundle of yellow balloons in memory of other missing children.

Cheers erupted on Seymour Avenue as the heavy equipment clawed away part of the roof and walls of the rundown house where Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were rescued after years of living in chains.

Crews reduced the two-story house to rubble in a little more than an hour. The demolition was carried live online and also drew crowds of neighbors and onlookers.

Castro, 53, pleaded guilty last month to 937 charges including rape, kidnapping and aggravated murder charges in connection with the abduction of the three young women, who were rescued May 6.

Knight, who also spoke at Castro’s sentencing in a moving condemnation of his crimes, made a brief statement and asked God to grant strength to those still missing and told their families to have hope. She says the yellow balloons represented those still out there waiting to be found.

 

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>By Greg Botelho, CNN

updated 10:26 PM EDT, Thu August 1, 2013

Ariel Castro's sentencing for the kidnapping and rape of three women in Ohio will be issued Thursday, August 1. During the trial, the prosecution presented images from inside the house that reveal the disturbing conditions in which they were held. A model of the house was also included. Ariel Castro’s sentencing for the kidnapping and rape of three women in Ohio will be issued Thursday, August 1. During the trial, the prosecution presented images from inside the house that reveal the disturbing conditions in which they were held. A model of the house was also included.

(CNN) — From the outside, the home at 2207 Seymour Avenue looked like most any other in Cleveland’s Westside neighborhood.

From the inside, it looked like hell.

There were the makeshift alarms rigged to the front and back doors. The porch swing blocking a stairway. Heavy fabric obstructing the kitchen and the second floor. A plastic toilet in a bedroom. Doors without handles, but with padlocks, dead bolts and slide locks. Solid wood covering second-floor windows, assuring no light would enter even on bright, sunny days.

And there were the restraints — duct tape, plastic zip ties, metal chains fastened to a basement pole and bedroom walls — to ensure that Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus wouldn’t leave.

But, despite Ariel Castro’s efforts, they did.

On May 6, Berry alerted passers-by by banging on the front door then crawling out with her 6-year-old daughter. Police officers arrived and went upstairs, where Knight jumped into their arms — holding them tight and thanking them for ending her 11 years of terror. A pale, quiet DeJesus emerged from a room a short time later.

Today, all three women are free. And Castro is paying a price for what he did: life in prison without parole and 1,000 years, as finalized in a Cleveland court Thursday.

Castro sentenced to life plus 1,000 years

The sentence follows a deal in which Castro agreed to plead guilty to 937 charges to avoid a trial and a possible death penalty. The prosecution didn’t have to present evidence Thursday, but they did — laying out in vivid detail the twisted torment that Knight, DeJesus, Berry and Berry’s young daughter, fathered by Castro, went through — in testimony, impact statements and a sentencing memorandum.

“The days never got shorter,” said Knight, the lone victim to speak in court. “The nights turned into days. The days turned into years. The years turned into eternity.”

Lured into home, restrained and assaulted

It started on August 22, 2002, when Castro saw the then 21-year-old Knight at a Family Dollar store. She was trying to find the social worker in charge of her son, then not even 2½ years old, Cleveland police Det. Andrew Harasimchuk testified.

Knight asked around for directions, and Castro responded that he knew where to go. Knight knew his daughter, Emily, so she took up his offer for a ride.

They ended up at the Seymour Avenue home Castro had bought a decade earlier. Did Knight want to go inside to get a puppy for her son, Castro asked? She did, and went in.

But instead of giving her a puppy, Castro tied her up with an extension cord.

A few hours later, Knight was taken down to the basement, where she was restrained with a chain and with plastic ties around her wrists, said Harasimchuk, his department’s lead investigator on the case. Castro put a motorcycle helmet over her head.

And then he sexually assaulted her — for the first of what would be scores of times.

Michelle Knight: ‘After 11 years, I’m finally being heard’

The following April, Castro spotted Amanda Berry walking along a Cleveland street in her Burger King. She was 16; he was 42.

Did Berry know his son, who’d also worked at Burger King? What about his daughter Angie? Berry said she knew them both, and she accepted his offer for a ride after he told her Angie was at Castro’s home.

Berry went in, but saw no sign of her friend, ending up in an upstairs bedroom. Berry asked to go home and when Castro didn’t comply, she tried to run away — her exit stopped when she slammed into a closet instead.

Then Castro sexually assaulted her, putting duct tape over her wrists, legs and mouth and a motorcycle helmet over her head. Berry was carried to the basement and tied to a chain attached to a center support pole.

A third, eerily similar chapter of this story played out about a year later.

This time the victim — Gina DeJesus — was younger, at age 14. And she was even closer to Castro’s family, as one of his daughter Arlene’s best friends.

That spring afternoon, DeJesus and Arlene Castro had been together and hoped to spend the afternoon at DeJesus’ house. When that plan didn’t pan out, the two walked separate ways.

Ariel Castro spotted the two together, then apart. He admitted driving past his daughter to get to DeJesus. She got in the car after he asked for help finding his daughter, then got out of it when he asked for help carrying a speaker from his home into his car, testified Harasimchuk.

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Vinton County Woman Wants Possessions Back After Bank Tried To Repossess Wrong House

 

Monday July 22, 2013 5:32 PM
UPDATED: Tuesday July 23, 2013 10:03 AM
 

An Vinton County woman is looking to get her belongings back after a bank incorrectly broke into her house and took them.

Katie Barnett says that the First National Bank in Wellston foreclosed on her house, even though it was not her bank.

“They repossessed my house on accident, thinking it was the house across the street,” Barnett said.

Barnett, who had been away from the house for about two weeks, said she had to crawl through the window of her own house in order to get in after she used her own key that did not work.

Some of the items in her house had been hauled away, others were sold, given away and trashed.

It turns out the bank sent someone to repossess the house located across the street from Barnett’s house, but by mistake broke into hers instead.

“They told me that the GPS led them to my house,” Barnett said. “My grass hadn’t been mowed and they just assumed.”

She called the McArthur Police about the incident, but weeks later, the chief announced the case was closed.

 

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Donna Leinwand Leger, USA TODAY 5:05 p.m. EDT July 12, 2013

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Ariel Castro, the 52-year-old former school bus driver accused of holding three Cleveland women captive for more than a decade, faces nearly 1,000 rape, kidnapping and sexual abuse charges as he goes on trial next month.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted Castro on 977 charges Friday, prosecutor Timothy McGinty said.

In addition to the 512 counts of kidnapping, 446 counts of rape and seven counts of sexual abuse, Castro is also charged with two counts of aggravated murder for allegedly beating one of the women so severely that she lost a pregnancy. He also faces six counts of assault, three counts of child endangerment and one count of possessing criminal tools.

The two aggravated murder charges stem from a single instance during the fourth pregnancy of Michelle Knight, who was the first woman to disappear. One aggravated murder charge alleges premeditation. The second murder charge alleges that the murder took place during a kidnapping.

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Thank You from Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus & Michelle Knight

HennesPaynterComm HennesPaynterComm

Published on Jul 8, 2013

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight would like to say thank you to people from Cleveland and across the world who have offered support to them. They are extremely grateful for the tremendous outpouring of kindness they have received and wished to put voices and faces to their heartfelt messages with this video.

The women still maintain a strong desire for privacy and ask that everyone continue to respect their wishes in that regard going forward. Thank you.

VIDEO INFORMATION:

:00 – :33 Amanda Berry (Survivor)
:43 – :47 Gina DeJesus (Survivor)
:49 – 1:08 Felix DeJesus (Gina’s Father)
1:091:43 Nancy Ruiz (Gina’s Mother)
1:483:30 Michelle Knight (Survivor)

NOTES ABOUT THE VIDEO THANK-YOU
The video was filmed on July 2, 2013 at the law offices of Jones Day in Cleveland, Ohio. Visible in the background of the video is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The male off-camera voice heard in the video is that of Howard Fencl (pronounced FEHN-sill), vice president of Hennes Paynter Communications. The attorneys, public relations firm, social media strategist and videographer involved in the production of this video are all working pro bono on behalf of the three women.

For information about the Cleveland Courage Fund, established to help survivors Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Amanda’s daughter, please visit http://www.clevelandcouragefund.org.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Nuclear Event

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01.07.2013 Nuclear Event USA State of Ohio, [Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station] Damage level Details

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Nuclear Event in USA on Monday, 01 July, 2013 at 11:46 (11:46 AM) UTC.

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A nuclear power plant in northern Ohio has been shut down because a coolant pump malfunctioned – but officials say there’s no threat to public safety. The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station has been shut down since Saturday night after trouble with one of its four reactor coolant pumps. Jennifer Young, a FirstEnergy spokesman, said the plant automatically shut down after the apparent electrical problem with a motor. There were no injuries. Workers were trying to solve the problem, and Young said she didn’t know when the plant would start back up. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it is monitoring the situation. Electric customers will see no power interruption.

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Davis-Besse still shut down today

Details emerge about what caused unplanned closure

BY VANESSA McCRAY
BLADE STAFF WRITER

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station remained shut down Sunday after one of its four reactor coolant pumps experienced trouble.
The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station remained shut down Sunday after one of its four reactor coolant pumps experienced trouble.

OAK HARBOR, Ohio — The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station remained shut down today as more details emerged about what caused the unplanned closure.

Workers identified a problem with electrical wiring that connects a terminal box to the motor that powers one of the plant’s four reactor coolant pumps, said Jennifer Young, a FirstEnergy spokesman.

The wiring requires repair, and testing of the motor continues, she said. She did not know when the plant would restart or what caused the wiring problem.

“That will be a longer investigation. That’s not an answer that I expect we will have quickly,” she said.

The plant automatically shut down about 9:20 p.m. Saturday. No injuries occurred, and there are no threats to public safety, Ms. Young said.

“We are still able to provide adequate cooling to the reactor,” she said.

Ms. Young said testing of the motor will be completed today, which will allow workers to determine what, if any, additional work is required.

She declined to estimate when the plant could be back in operation, saying the start time is “considered competitive information.”

“It could impact the price of power when any plant is down,” she said. “So that’s why in the competitive marketplace we can’t share estimated … return-to-service dates.”

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Davis-Besse to stay offline for a few weeks

Emergency shutdown of plant caused by a wiring problem

BY VANESSA McCRAY
BLADE STAFF WRITER
 
The Davis-Besse nuclear power station in Oak Harbor will remain out of operation for a couple weeks while a wiring problem is fixed. The Davis-Besse nuclear power station in Oak Harbor will remain out of operation for a couple weeks while a wiring problem is fixed. ASSOCIATED PRESS Enlarge

OAK HARBOR, Ohio — The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant likely will remain out of operation for a couple weeks while repairs related to an emergency shutdown Saturday night continue, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Corp. reported Monday.

Workers identified a problem with wiring connected to the motor that powers one of the plant’s four reactor-coolant pumps, said Jennifer Young, a FirstEnergy spokesman. She said she did not know what caused the wiring problem.

“That will be a longer investigation. That’s not an answer that I expect we will have quickly,” she said.

Ms. Young said motor testing took place Monday, which will help determine when the plant will restart.

While inspecting the equipment, Ms. Young said workers found another problem to correct. A weld overlay will fix a flaw on a recirculation line that provides lubrication to the seal on the same pump, she said. The recirculation flaw was not a factor in the shutdown.

 

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