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Radio station pulls classic holiday song out of respect for #MeToo movement

Out of respect for the #MeToo movement and in response to listeners’ concerns, a Cleveland, Ohio, radio station will not play “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” this holiday season. The 1940s-eara song playfully recounts an exchange between a woman singing that she has to leave a man’s house (“I really can’t stay”) while he tries to persuade her not to go (“but baby it’s cold outside.”) At one point during the exchange the woman sings, “say, what’s in this drink?” While the man asks, “Can I move in closer,” and tells her, “Gosh your lips look delicious,” among other suggestive comments. ... Read More

Accidental Amputation Leads To $213,000 Penalty for Ohio Manufacturer

The cost of exposing workers to the risk of accidental workplace amputations and other serious injuries can be high for employers that fail to comply with occupational safety regulations, as one Ohio manufacturer has found. ArtiFlex Manufacturing, a multiservice manufacturing and engineering firm, is facing $213,411 in penalties after a worker suffered a partial finger amputation on the job at the company’s Wooster, Ohio plant. The accident prompted an investigation of workplace safety conditions, which found that ArtiFlex exposed workers to amputation hazards with improperly guarded machinery. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “investigators determined that the ... Read More

Ohio Expands Distracted Driving Ban

Ohio’s ban on distracted driving will soon encompass more than smartphones and other handheld devices. Starting in October, the state will crack down on all types of driver distraction, from texting while driving to applying makeup behind the wheel. A bill signed into law by Governor Bill Kasich will make all forms of distracted driving a secondary offense punishable by fines up to $100. As a secondary offense, Ohio police who pull over a driver for a traffic violation could add a distracted driving penalty if any kind of distraction contributed to the primary offense, according to Cleveland.com. According to ... Read More

No injuries reported in Ohio hot air balloon crash

A hot air balloon participating in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Balloon Classic in Canton, Ohio, cashed into a high-tension power line while trying to land Saturday evening, sparked and caught fire, causing about $2,000 worth of damage to the balloon. The pilot was the only one aboard the balloon. No injuries were reported. The Canton Fire Prevention Bureau is investigating the cause of the crash. “It just sounded like a cannon,” said Diane Fete, who captured the immediate aftermath of the accident on camera. “It blew up… and it broke in half. There was fire in the balloon ... Read More

NTSB: Cleveland Plane Crash That Killed Six Likely Caused by Pilot Fatigue, Inexperience

A pilot’s inexperience combined with fatigue were likely causes of a 2016 plane crash that killed all six people aboard when it plunged into Lake Erie, federal investigators say. On Dec. 29, 2016, pilot Frank Fleming, who was the CEO of Superior Beverage Company in Columbus, Ohio, took off from Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland in a Cessna 525. With him were his wife Sue, 46, sons Jack, 15, and Andrew, 14; family friend Brian Casey, 50; and Mr. Casey’s daughter Megan, 19. The family and their friends had flown to Cleveland to celebrate Mr. Fleming’s birthday at a Cavaliers game. ... Read More

Meat packing plant slapped with fines following worker deaths, injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) slapped Fresh Mark, a Canton, Ohio-based meat packing plant, with more than $200,000 in fines and penalties following the death of an undocumented Guatemalan immigrant working at the facility and injuries to other workers whose body parts were ripped off by either working with unsafe equipment or in unsafe conditions. Two weeks after the fines were handed down, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided the business and arrested 146 people as part of a yearlong investigation into Fresh Mark’s hiring of undocumented immigrants. In December, Doming Ramos, a 49-year-old undocumented Guatemalan died after ... Read More

Whistleblower Accuses CVS Caremark of Medicare Drug Pricing Fraud

A recently unsealed lawsuit filed by a whistleblower against CVS Caremark accuses the corporation of overcharging Medicare and Medicaid for prescription drugs. The bombshell lawsuit could potentially return hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to the government health care programs if the whistleblower’s False Claims Act allegations hold up in court. Sarah Behnke, who worked as an actuary for Aetna, claims CVS Caremark was good at negotiating lower prices with drug manufacturers as Aetna’s pharmacy benefit manager, but it did not pass those savings on to the government. The purpose of having companies such as Aetna, which provides ... Read More

Amputation After ATV Accident: Former NFL Player Describes Journey

Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi opened up about the all-terrain vehicle accident he had that led to the amputation of most of his left hand. In a video for The Player’s Tribune,  posted by Sports Illustrated, Mr. Massaquoi said he and his friends went out to ride their ATVs on their usual trails one day in April of last year when he made a sharp turn and lost control of the ATV. “… before I knew it, my ATV loses control. The next thing I feel is something just feels like an explosion just went off in my ... Read More

Whistleblower Suit Against Progressive Ends With $2 Million Settlement

A whistleblower False Claims Act lawsuit led to a settlement between the U.S. and two insurance companies accused of sticking Medicare and Medicaid with claims the insurers were supposed to cover. The companies named in the whistleblower lawsuit — Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, and Progressive Garden State Insurance Co. of West Trenton, New Jersey — are part of the Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, one of the nation’s largest auto insurance providers. When an individual has Medicare or Medicaid and other private health insurance, each type of coverage is known as a “payer.” The insurance company that ... Read More

Don’t delay melanoma treatment, prompt surgery saves lives, research shows

According to U.S. News and World Report, researchers with the Cleveland Clinic have found that delaying treatment of melanoma even one month reduces a patient’s chance of survival. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, on average, killing one American an hour. “The ideal timing for melanoma treatment, predominantly surgery, had yet to be determined — until now,” said primary investigator Dr. Brian Gastman. He is director of melanoma surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Gastman and colleagues used the National Cancer Database to identify and study the data of 153,218 adult patients who were diagnosed with ... Read More