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    Ohio State Fair ride accident kills one, injures six

    UPDATE @ 8:07 p.m.

    One person is dead and six injured after an accident on a ride at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday night in Columbus, Ohio, according to

    UPDATE @ 8 p.m.

    There are at least five injuries reported following the ride accident tonight during the opening day of the Ohio State Fair, the Columbus Dispatch reported.


    Numerous emergency responders are on scene at the Ohio State Fair tonight for a report of a serious ride malfunction.

    The fair opened today.

    A caller to the News Center 7 newsroom said he heard a loud boom from the ride called the “Fire Ball” and that there were multiple injuries. However, his report has not been confirmed.

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    Fake doctor ran clinics in Georgia and across U.S. for 15 years

    A woman pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to pretending to be a doctor while running clinics throughout the country during the last 15 years.

    Prosecutors said Isabel Kesari Gervais, 60, used multiple aliases while offering naturopathic medicine, which the federal government says uses homeopathic and detoxification methods, among other things, to help patients heal themselves.

    She entered her plea in an Alabama federal court and admitted to running clinics in Arkansas and Kansas as well as Georgia. Gervais had “no legitimate medical degrees or training,” according to a news release from federal prosecutors.

    The American Medical Association recently said 18 states offer naturopathic medical licences. Georgia is not one of them.

    The prosecutors said Gervais — often using variations on the names “Dr. Rose Starr” or “Debra Lynn Goodman” — ran the Chiron Clinic on Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta.

    Georgia business records show a “Debrah L. Goodman” registered The Chiron Clinic Atlanta LLC to an office inside Northside Hospital during April 2004. The business dissolved in May 2008.

    “At all the clinics, Gervais falsely represented herself as a licensed doctor with extensive experience and various degrees who used naturopathic medicine to cure people of various illnesses, including cancer,” the release said.

    To stay out of trouble, authorities said, she abandoned rental properties and changed locations all while adopting new aliases.

    According to the indictment, she made charges on the credit cards of Alabama patients totaling about $9,000. She operated that clinic in Hoover out of an herb shop.

    “She promised patients, including cancer sufferers, at the Hoover clinic that she could provide various medical services, including DNA tests that she did not have the technology to conduct,” prosecutors said.

    She had “Dr. Rose Starr” business cards and advertised with that name online and on the radio in Alabama, the indictment said.

    Gervais pleaded guilty to one charge each of wire fraud affecting a financial institution, aggravated identity theft and making false statements.

    She faces a maximum of 37 years and fines up to $1.25 million.

    She already agreed to forfeit $108,146 she gained from the illegal activity.

    Gervais has been in Alabama’s Shelby County Jail since March 24, according to the jail’s online database. Prosecutors said she is set to be sentenced in November.

    Want to improve your memory? Have a drink after studying

    If you suffer from a bad memory, there could be a simple solution to help improve it. Just grab a drink after studying something new, because scientists say booze could boost your ability to retain information. 

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    A group of scientists from the University of Exeter conducted a study to determine how alcohol consumption can affect the brain. To do so, they randomly split a group of 88 social drinkers into two groups and told them to either drink as much as they wanted or not at all. Then they were each given a word-learning task. 

    After analyzing the data, they determined that those who drank alcohol could remember more of what they learned than those who did not. 

    “Our research not only showed that those who drank alcohol did better when repeating the word-learning task, but that this effect was stronger among those who drank more,” Celia Morgan, study researcher, said in a release.

    While researchers aren’t sure of the cause, they believe alcohol consumption may influence long-term memory. 

    “Alcohol blocks the learning of new information and therefore the brain has more resources available to lay down other recently learned information into long-term memory,” Morgan said. “The theory is that the hippocampus -- the brain area really important in memory -- switches to ‘consolidating’ memories, transferring from short into longer-term memory.”

    Despite the results, scientists noted that the negative effects of heavy alcohol consumption should be considered. 

    Man accused of smuggling deadly cobras into U.S. inside potato chip cans

    Customs officials said they seized three highly venomous king cobra snakes that were being smuggled into the country earlier this year inside potato chip cans.

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    The two-foot-long snakes were shipped from Hong Kong to California in March and were intended for Rodrigo Franco, 34, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    A crocodile, three alligator snapping turtles and five diamond back terrapins also were seized from Franco over the past year, the Times reported.

    Officials searched Franco’s Monterey Park home in March and found a tank with a crocodile and turtles inside his children’s bedroom, according to the Times.

    Franco was charged with one count of illegally importing merchandise into the United States. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in federal prison, authorities said.

    Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

    69 years ago today, Truman ordered 'right and just' desegregation of US armed forces

    Sixty-nine years ago on July 26, 1948, President Harry Truman issued an executive order abolishing racial discrimination in the United States armed forces.

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    “It is hereby declared to be the policy of the President that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin,” executive order 9981 stated.

    While the issued order established the President’s Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services, or the Fahy Committee, segregation in the military wouldn’t officially end for months.

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    The number of black Marines grew quickly, from 1,525 to 17,000 in May 1949.

    Full integration, according to the Truman Library, didn’t happen until the Korean War in 1953, “when heavy casualties forced segregated units to merge for survival.”

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    Before executive order 9981, blacks and other minorities serving in the military were segregated into separate units, often performing menial tasks.

    Segregation within the armed services came to an official end in November 1954 with the deactivation of the 94th Engineer Battalion, the country’s last black military unit.

    Read executive order 9981 below:


    Establishing the President's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity In the Armed Forces.

    WHEREAS it is essential that there be maintained in the armed services of the United States the highest standards of democracy, with equality of treatment and opportunity for all those who serve in our country's defense:

    NOW THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States, by the Constitution and the statutes of the United States, and as Commander in Chief of the armed services, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    1. It is hereby declared to be the policy of the President that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin. This policy shall be put into effect as rapidly as possible, having due regard to the time required to effectuate any necessary changes without impairing efficiency or morale.
    2. There shall be created in the National Military Establishment an advisory committee to be known as the President's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services, which shall be composed of seven members to be designated by the President.
    3. The Committee is authorized on behalf of the President to examine into the rules, procedures and practices of the Armed Services in order to determine in what respect such rules, procedures and practices may be altered or improved with a view to carrying out the policy of this order. The Committee shall confer and advise the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of the Navy, and the Secretary of the Air Force, and shall make such recommendations to the President and to said Secretaries as in the judgment of the Committee will effectuate the policy hereof.
    4. All executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Committee in its work, and to furnish the Committee such information or the services of such persons as the Committee may require in the performance of its duties.
    5. When requested by the Committee to do so, persons in the armed services or in any of the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall testify before the Committee and shall make available for use of the Committee such documents and other information as the Committee may require.
    6. The Committee shall continue to exist until such time as the President shall terminate its existence by Executive order.

    Harry Truman

    The White House
    July 26, 1948


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    HBO doc 'Baltimore Rising' explores life after Freddie Gray

    The producers and participants in "Baltimore Rising" say national and local media sensationalized the protests that erupted after the death of Freddie Gray, but that their new documentary humanizes the narrative.

    Activists Kwame Rose and Makayla Gilliam-Price appeared alongside director Sonja Sohn Wednesday at the Television Critics Association's summer meeting to discuss the documentary premiering on HBO in November.

    Those activists and Baltimore Police Lt. Melvin Russell say media coverage of the participants in protests against police brutality have created deeper divides in society.

    He urged the media attending Wednesday's meeting to create more "relational equity" to engender trust among community members and police.

    Jury: Michael Jackson estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million

    A jury on Wednesday found that Michael Jackson's estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million in royalties and production fees from "Billie Jean," ''Thriller" and more of the superstar's biggest hits.

    The award from a Los Angeles Superior Court jury fell short of the $30 million the legendary producer sought in the lawsuit filed nearly four years ago. The Jackson estate had put the figure at about $392,000.

    The jury of 10 women and two men had been deliberating since Monday.

    "This lawsuit was never about Michael, it was about protecting the integrity of the work we all did in the recording studio and the legacy of what we created," Jones wrote in a statement. "Although this (judgment) is not the full amount that I was seeking, I am very grateful that the jury decided in our favor in this matter. I view it not only as a victory for myself personally, but for artists' rights overall."

    Jones claimed in the lawsuit that Jackson's estate and Sony Music Entertainment owed him for music he had produced that was used in the concert film "This Is It" and two Cirque du Soleil shows that used Jackson's songs.

    The lawsuit said the entities had improperly re-edited the songs to deprive Jones of royalties and production fees, and that he had a contractual right to take first crack at any re-edit or remix.

    The Jackson camp held that Jones should only be paid licensing fees for songs used in those three productions. Jones claimed he was entitled to a share of the overall receipts from them. The estate had no immediate comment on the verdict.

    The trial centered on the definitions of terms in the two contracts Jackson and Jones signed in 1978 and 1985.

    Under the deals, for example, Jones is entitled to a share of net receipts from a "videoshow" of the songs. The Jackson attorneys argued that the term was meant to apply to music videos and not feature films.

    Jones took the stand during the trial, and was asked by Jackson estate attorney Howard Weitzman whether he realized he was essentially suing Jackson himself..

    Jones angrily disagreed.

    "I'm not suing Michael," he said. "I'm suing you all."

    The defense attorneys pointed out that Jackson's death in 2009 has already been lucrative for Jones, who made $8 million from his share of their works in the two years after the singer's death, versus $3 million in the two years previous.

    "You don't deserve a raise," Weitzman said during closing arguments. "You can't have any more of Michael Jackson's money."

    Jones insisted he was seeking his due for the work he has done rather than merely seeking money.

    His attorney Scott Cole accused the defense of using "word games and loopholes" to deny Jones, the Hollywood Reporter said.

    The producer worked with Jackson on the three-album run widely considered the performer's prime: "Off the Wall," ''Thriller" and "Bad."

    Jackson's hits from those albums including "Billie Jean," ''Thriller" and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" are among the songs Jones claims were re-edited.

    The lawsuit initially set the amount Jones sought at least $10 million, but his attorneys later arrived at $30 million after an accounting of the estate's profits from the works.


    Associated Press Writer Andrew Dalton contributed to this report.

    Steven Spielberg opens up about life, filmmaking in HBO doc

    Steven Spielberg isn't afraid to talk about his flops.

    Filmmaker Susan Lacy says the celebrated director opens up about his life and career in "Spielberg." It's a new documentary premiering October 7 on HBO.

    Lacy told the Television Critics Association on Wednesday that she conducted 17 interviews with Spielberg for the film.

    She also spoke with his parents, sister and frequent collaborators, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Liam Neeson and Tom Cruise.

    Lacy says "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" is Spielberg's least favorite film in that franchise. She said he also acknowledges some mistakes in "1941."

    She suggested that the traditionally private filmmaker may have chosen to open up after turning 70 last year, though she began working on the film in 2015.

    HBO exec: Slave drama 'Confederate' announcement mishandled

    HBO's programming chief said the cable channel erred in how it unveiled plans for a series envisioning modern Southern slavery, but he defended "Confederate" against sharp criticism it drew on social media.

    "I would file this under, 'hindsight is 20-20,'" programming president Casey Bloys said Wednesday. HBO was misguided in expecting that "we would be able to announce an idea that is so sensitive and requires so much care and thought on the part of the producers in a press release."

    If HBO got a do-over, it would have given producers the chance to publicly detail why they wanted to do the series, an understanding that HBO executives had gained before greenlighting the series from "Game of Thrones" masterminds David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

    Benioff and Weiss, who are white, also will serve as showrunners on the series. They'll work with Malcolm Spellman ("Empire," the forthcoming "Foxy Brown") and Nichelle Tramble Spellman ("Justified," ''The Good Wife"), husband-and-wife TV veterans who both are black and who will be fellow executive producers and writers on the new series.

    "Confederate" will take place in an alternate timeline where the Southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, forming a nation in which legalized slavery has been modernized. The show won't be "whips and plantations," Bloys said.

    It's important to draw a line between America today and its past and try to advance the discussion on race relations, Bloys told a TV critics' meeting Wednesday. He said he's placing his faith in the producers and their passion, calling it a risk worth taking.

    He said the more producers can weigh in about why the project is important, the more it will make sense. While people may still not like the idea of the show, at least they'll understand the motivation behind it, Bloys said.

    "All we ask is that people judge the final product," he said.

    As part of its announcement last week, HBO described the story as following "a broad swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone," including freedom fighters, politicians, abolitionists and executives of a slave-holding conglomerate.

    In an interview with the creative team posted to address the backlash that quickly followed, Nichelle Tramble Spellman told Vulture that the drama isn't going to be "the big 'Gone With the Wind' mansion." She said it is "present day, or close to present day, and how the world would have evolved if the South had been successful seceding from the Union."

    "Confederate" isn't expected to start production for at least a year. Bloys noted that Benioff and Weiss are hard at work on the final season of "Game of Thrones," with the premiere date yet to be settled. The fantasy drama's seventh and penultimate season just began showing.

    HBO announces five-part miniseries on Chernobyl accident

    HBO says production will begin next year on a miniseries about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

    The five-part series will star Jared Harris as a Soviet scientist tapped by the Kremlin to investigate the accident.

    The series will dramatize the events of the 1986 Ukrainian nuclear catastrophe that resulted in widespread radioactive fallout. Thirty people were killed and more than 100,000 had to be relocated.

    HBO announced at the Television Critics Association's summer meeting on Wednesday that production on "Chernobyl" is set to begin in Lithuania in spring of 2018.