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Elderly Dublin man narrowly survives deadly weekend hike

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A weekend outing with his grandsons nearly ended in tragedy for one Dublin man according to a report from the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Rescuers found 80-year-old James Clark of Dublin at 1:15 AM Friday morning on a Mount Washington trail in New Hampshire. Clark was found in the fetal position with signs of hypothermia, and was treated at a hospital for what authorities say were non-life-threatening injuries.

Clark had to be carried about 1.7 miles down a trail after his two teenage grandsons went ahead without him. Clark said that the plan was for the boys to go on at their own pace, as they had done the previous two days while climbing the highest peaks in New York and Vermont.

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Mount Washington was the third leg of a five-day trip for Clark and his grandsons. According to reports, he was unable to continue due to extreme cold temperatures on the mountain.

Unfortunately, other weekend hikers were not as lucky as Clark. On Friday, 69-year-old William Whittenaur of New Hampshire died following a medical emergency on a New Hampshire trail.

Likewise, Sandra Lee of  New Jersey succumbed to an unknown medical condition while hiking on one of the state’s trails, and was pronounced dead at the hospital

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Ohio legislation could bring marijuana possession fines down to $10

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It’s not easy being green, but if Columbus City Council has its way, it might get a lot easier to hold some green.

On Monday, July 22, the council will vote on legislation that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession in the city.

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If the measure is passed, those caught with up to 100 grams of cannabis would face just a $10 fine, with amounts between 100 and 200 grams earning a $25 penalty.

The council’s proposed measure would also contradict penalties enforced at the state level, meaning possession of up to 200 grams would no longer carry the threat of jail time.

A public hearing is planned this Thursday before the possibility of this new legislation getting the green light next week.


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Extreme, dangerous heat could be coming to central Ohio this week

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Freeze some ice packs, buy a spare fan, and get that rickety old AC unit serviced now—serious heat is on its way to the region later this week.

If forecasts from meteorologist Ross Ellet of 13 ABC in Toledo are accurate, central Ohio could be in for a scorching 111-degree day sometime between Thursday and Saturday. Note that this figure reflects the heat index, or the temperature it “feels like.”

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While our own NBC4’s forecast shows a slightly more conservative estimate, the projected heat index for Friday is still in the triple-digits at 107 degrees.

Extreme heat can be dangerous and even life-threatening, especially for the elderly and the very young. Be sure to check on vulnerable neighbors who may be without air conditioning during this summer heat wave, and keep your pets indoors and well-hydrated.

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“Egregious, sickening behavior,” Les Wexner breaks silence about Jeffrey Epstein

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L Brand founder Les Wexner has finally broken his silence after an alleged link was made between him and his former business manager Jeffrey Epstein.

In a statement sent to employees, Wexner claimed he severed ties with Epstein 12 years ago and was unaware of the allegations against him.

“I would not have continued to work with any individual capable of such egregious, sickening behavior as has been reported about him,” Wexner said.

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Epstein, a 66-year-old millionaire financier and registered sex offender, has been charged with sex trafficking dozens of minors between 2002 and 2005. Wexner hired Epstein to manage his multi-billion-dollar fortune in 1987.

Read more about the alleged link here.

You can read the full letter from Wexner below, per 10TV.

Dear associate,

I would never have guessed that a person I employed more than a decade ago could have caused such pain to so many people. My heart goes out to each and every person who has been hurt. I severed all ties with Mr. Epstein nearly 12 years ago. I would not have continued to work with any individual capable of such egregious, sickening behavior as has been reported about him. As you can imagine, this past week I have searched my soul … reflected … and regretted that my path ever crossed his.

When Mr. Epstein was my personal money manager, he was involved in many aspects of my financial life. But let me assure you that I was NEVER aware of the illegal activity charged in the indictment.

We all know that what is being reported about Mr. Epstein will receive significant news coverage. I fully expect that this will remain in the news for some time to come. And we don’t know what twists and turns these events will take … but I can assure you that I will continue to act in the company’s best interest as this unfolds, and I ask you to do the same. I am proud that our company has long-held core values – those values have never been more important than today, and I ask that we all wave them higher now than ever before.

Best regards,

Les

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