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Former Ohio State Buckeyes Coach Urban Meyer apologizes to family, Jaguars over viral video

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Jacksonville Jaguars, and former Ohio State Buckeyes, coach Urban Meyer said Monday that he apologized to his team and family after a video surfaced online showing an unknown woman dancing in front of him.

Meyer said the moment — which appeared to take place at the Urban Chophouse, a restaurant he owns in the Short North — was a “distraction.”

“I just apologized to the team and the staff for being a distraction. It’s stupid,” Meyer said. “I explained everything that happened and owned it. I should not have put that myself in that kind of position.”

Meyer, who coached Ohio State from 2012 to ’18, was back in the state last week when the Jaguars played the Cincinnati Bengals. He said he didn’t return to Florida with the team so he could visit with family.

He said he went to the restaurant with them when a group came over to take photos and tried to get Meyer to come onto the dance floor. A video of a woman in the group with Meyer was posted online.

“I should have left,” Meyer said.

When asked by a reporter, Meyer said he also apologized to his family.

“Of course I did,” he said. “They were upset.”

The Jaguars are off to an 0-4 start in Meyer’s first season, including the 24-21 loss to the Bengals.

Listen: 911 call released of hiker saying he saw Brian Laundrie near North Carolina border

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**Related Video Above: Authorities search Brian Laundrie family home in Florida last month.**

(WJW) — The 911 call from a Florida hiker who said he saw none other than Brian Laundrie over the weekend near the Appalachian Trail has been released

Sunday, Dennis Davis spoke with FOX News, and other outlets, saying he swears he saw Laundrie, who is currently missing after his fiancé Gabby Petitio was found dead in Wyoming, driving a white truck near the North Carolina border around 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

On Monday, NewsNation reporter Brian Entin released the 911 recording of Davis’ call:

Davis reportedly saw Laundrie while in a parking lot near the trail, he even had a short conversation with him.

“I ran into Brian Lauer [sic] just a little while ago,” Davis tells the dispatcher at the start of the 911 call.

“He was waving his arm out of his truck, like, telling me to slow down and pull up beside him and when I stopped … he was talking wild,” Davis said. “He said that his girlfriend loved him and he had to go out to California to see her. He asked me how to get to California.”

While Davis later told FOX News he was 100% sure he had seen the missing man, he told the 911 dispatcher “I’m 99.99% sure that was him … I’m telling you it was him.”

Davis reported the sighting to multiple authorities, but so far, the Haywood County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office is the only group that told FOX News they have searched the area looking for Laundrie. The sheriff’s office also reportedly received at least 10 other Laundrie sightings over the weekend.

Laundrie, who is wanted by authorities, was reported missing by his family last month after he had returned home from a cross-country trip without Petito. The search — which TV’s Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman has even gotten involved in, with him handing over evidence to authorities Monday — continues.

Need your Ohio driver’s license reprinted? It’s now a whole lot easier

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(WJW) – The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is now giving drivers with valid Ohio credentials the chance to reprint their driver’s license or identification card online.

In the past, customers could only get a driver’s license or ID renewal by going to the BMV. According to officials, the new service will save about 500,000 BMV visits per year.

“This priority project of InnovateOhio is another example of our work to change the culture of state government to be more customer-service friendly,” said Lt. Governor Husted, Director of InnovateOhio. “Instead of having to take a trip to the BMV, customers can now order an exact reprint of their license from the convenience of their home.”

The reprint will be an exact copy of the last-issued credential. If you want to make changes to your name, address or other identifiers on the license, you still need to make a trip to a Deputy Registrar License Agency.

Only one reprint is available between the initial issuance and renewal of an Ohio credential or between renewals of an Ohio credential.

Customers who need to visit their BMV can also use the “Get in Line, Online” service, which works like a virtual queue that lets them check in and get a spot in line before walking into the office.

Investigators say dog involved in deadly attack on 1-year-old had previously attacked mail carrier

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AKRON, Ohio (WJW) – Akron police are investigating the deadly mauling of a 16-month-old girl by at least one of two pit bulls.

Officers were called to a home in the 300 block of Westmoreland Street on Sunday morning after receiving 911 calls that a toddler had been mauled by two dogs inside the home.

Little Kavay Louis-Calderon was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The police chief of Akron was among those who responded to the scene. 

“I watched the family and they’re destroyed by this, they’re absolutely destroyed by what happened. Nobody wanted this to happen to this child,” said Chief Steve Mylett.

The investigation revealed that an uncle was babysitting the girl on Sunday morning, and at some point, the 20-year-old uncle got into a heated argument with a woman on the enclosed front porch of the home.

“The little girl was left inside the house with the two family pets and as this disturbance, fight, was occurring outside, it’s believed that the dogs reacted and turned their aggression to this beautiful 16-month-old little girl,” said Chief Mylett. 

Investigators say one of the dogs was already classified as a vicious animal, as the result of an earlier attack on a postal carrier.

Some Akron residents are questioning why the dog was not impounded at the time the letter carrier was bitten several times, and why the owner allowed an animal with history of violence to be left alone with a 16-month-old toddler. 

“Once they bit that mailman, they should have never kept them around a child, never, because that told you something,” said Jerry Smith.

When asked if criminal charges would be filed against the owner of the dogs, Chief Mylett said, “I’m reluctant to lay blame or responsibility on anybody right now. At this point, the family is mourning the loss of a 16-month-old baby. But rest assured, we’re going to get to the bottom of what happened.”

The two dogs were impounded by animal control officers at the scene, and it is likely one or both of them will be euthanized once the investigation is completed.

County building lit pink for national breast cancer awareness month

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County Administrative Building on Truxtun Avenue was lit pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual campaign to raise awareness on the impact of breast cancer. The Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center is offering free mammograms and screenings throughout October. Links For Life kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Saturday with its annual Lace’n It Up Fun Run.

You can find a list of events and activities throughout October hosted by Links for Life on their website.

Ex-Facebook data scientist alleges social network fed the Capitol riot, chooses profits over safety

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NEW YORK (AP) — A data scientist who was revealed Sunday as the Facebook whistleblower says that whenever there was a conflict between the public good and what benefited the company, the social media giant would choose its own interests.

Frances Haugen was identified in a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday as the woman who anonymously filed complaints with federal law enforcement that the company’s own research shows how it magnifies hate and misinformation.

Haugen, who worked at Google and Pinterest before joining Facebook in 2019, said she had asked to work in an area of the company that fights misinformation, since she lost a friend to online conspiracy theories.

“Facebook, over and over again, has shown it chooses profit over safety,” she said. Haugen, who will testify before Congress this week, said she hopes that by coming forward the government will put regulations in place to govern the company’s activities.

She said Facebook prematurely turned off safeguards designed to thwart misinformation and rabble rousing after Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump last year, alleging that contributed to the deadly Jan. 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol.

Post-election, the company dissolved a unit on civic integrity where she had been working, which Haugen said was the moment she realized “I don’t trust that they’re willing to actually invest what needs to be invested to keep Facebook from being dangerous.”

At issue are algorithms that govern what shows up on users’ news feeds, and how they favor hateful content. Haugen said a 2018 change to the content flow contributed to more divisiveness and ill will in a network ostensibly created to bring people closer together.

Despite the enmity that the new algorithms were feeding, Facebook found that they helped keep people coming back — a pattern that helped the Menlo Park, California, social media giant sell more of the digital ads that generate most of its advertising.

Facebook’s annual revenue has more than doubled from $56 billion in 2018 to a projected $119 billion this year, based on the estimates of analysts surveyed by FactSet. Meanwhile, the company’s market value has soared from $375 billion at the end of 2018 to nearly $1 trillion now.

Even before the full interview came out on Sunday, a top Facebook executive was deriding the whistleblower’s allegations as “misleading.”

“Social media has had a big impact on society in recent years, and Facebook is often a place where much of this debate plays out,” Nick Clegg, the company’s vice president of policy and public affairs wrote to Facebook employees in a memo sent Friday. “But what evidence there is simply does not support the idea that Facebook, or social media more generally, is the primary cause of polarization.”

The “60 Minutes” interview intensifies the spotlight already glaring on Facebook as lawmakers and regulators around the world scrutinize the social networking’s immense power to shape opinions and its polarizing effects on society.

The backlash has been intensifying since The Wall Street Journal’s mid-September publication of an expose that revealed Facebook’s internal research had concluded the social network’s attention-seeking algorithms had helped foster political dissent and contributed to mental health and emotional problems among teens, especially girls. After copying thousands of pages of Facebook’s internal research, Haugen leaked them to the Journal to provide the foundation for a succession of stories packaged as as the “Facebook Files.”

Although Facebook asserted the Journal had cherry picked the most damaging information in the internal documents to cast the company in the worst possible light, the revelations prompted an indefinite delay in the rollout of a kids’ version of its popular photo- and video-sharing app, Instagram. Facebook currently requires people to be at least 13 years old to open an Instagram account.

Clegg appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday in another pre-emptive attempt to soften the blow of Haugen’s interview.

“Even with the most sophisticated technology, which I believe we deploy, even with the tens of thousands of people that we employ to try and maintain safety and integrity on our platform,” Clegg told CNN, “we’re never going to be absolutely on top of this 100% of the time.”

He said that’s because of the “instantaneous and spontaneous form of communication” on Facebook, adding, “I think we do more than any reasonable person can expect to.”

By choosing to reveal herself on “60 Minutes,” Haugen selected television’s most popular news program, on an evening its viewership is likely to be inflated because, in many parts of the country, it directly followed an NFL matchup between Green Bay and Pittsburgh.

Haugen, 37, is from Iowa and has a degree in computer engineering and a Master’s degree in business from Harvard University — the same school that Facebook founder and leader Mark Zuckerberg attended.

Haugen, 37, has filed at least eight complaints with U.S. securities regulators alleging Facebook has violated the law by withholding information about the risks posed by its social network, according to “60 Minutes.” Facebook in turn could take legal action against her if it asserts she stole confidential information from the company.

“No one at Facebook is malevolent,” Haugen said during the interview. “But the incentives are misaligned, right? Like, Facebook makes more money when you consume more content. people enjoy engaging with things that elicit an emotional reaction. And the more anger that they get exposed to, the more they interact and the more they consume. “

Lebanon man accused of rape arrested, mistaken for ride-share driver

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — After months of investigation, Metro police have arrested a Lebanon man accused of kidnap and rape of a woman who mistakenly got into his truck thinking it was a ride-share.

Police have charged Randall Johnson, 49, with aggravated kidnapping and rape for the incident that happened on May 24, 2021.

According to investigators, the woman got into his pickup truck in downtown Nashville thinking it was a ride-share. She was taken to a remote area where she was allegedly sexually assaulted by Johnson.

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Randall Johnson, charged with kidnapping and rape (MNPD mug)
Randall Johnson, charged with kidnapping and rape (MNPD mug)

Possible meth lab reportedly discovered at Bal Harbour high-rise, prompting evacuation of 3 floors

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Three floors of a high-rise in Bal Harbour are being evacuated after police reportedly discovered the components of a meth lab inside of a unit.

7SkyForce HD hovered above the scene as first responders entered the Majestic Towers, located at 9601 Collins Ave., just after 4 p.m., Monday.

Several Bal Harbour Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units were also seen pulling up to the condominium, which is located one block south of Bal Harbour Shops.

MDFR officials said they responded to a hazmat situation, possibly in reference to a chemical assignment, and some floors are being evacuated as a safety precaution.

Bal Harbour Police has requested the Miami-Dade Police Bomb Squad to respond due to the volatility of the materials found in the unit.

At around 5 p.m., 7News cameras captured firefighters on the ground and several MDFR vehicles parked near the condominium.

The unit where the materials to make meth were reportedly discovered is located on the 15th floor of the roughly 20-floor building.

Crews are working to evacuate the floor where the materials were found, as well as the floors directly above and below it.

Police have not confirmed the reports of the possible meth lab, as they continue to investigate.

Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.

Bubba Wallace earns 1st victory in rain-shortened race

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TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Bubba Wallace became just the second Black driver to win at NASCAR’s top Cup Series level when rain stopped Monday’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Wallace had driven through a crash and to the front of the field five laps before the second rain stoppage of the race. NASCAR tried to dry the track for nearly 45 minutes, but up against sundown and the rain not showing any signs of ceasing, the race was called off.

Wallace had been waiting atop his pit stand for NASCAR to make a decision and exploded in celebration with his crew when the race was called. Wallace is in his first season driving for 23X1 Racing, a team owned by both Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan.

He’s the first Black driver to win at NASCAR’s elite Cup level since Wendell Scott in 1963 — a race where he wasn’t declared the victor for several months. NASCAR at last presented Scott’s family with his trophy from that race two months ago.

Wallace broke down in tears after he’d returned to his parked No. 23 Toyota. The car number was picked for co-owner Jordan, who wore 23 in the NBA.

“This is for all the kids out there that want to have an opportunity and whatever they want to achieve, and be the best at what they want to do,” Wallace said as he choked back tears. “You’re going to go through a lot of (BS). But you always got to stick true to your path and not let the nonsense get to you.

“Stay strong. Stay humble. Stay hungry. Been plenty of times when I wanted to give up.”

In June 2020 at Talladega, NASCAR discovered a noose in the garage stall assigned to Wallace. The finding came just a week after NASCAR had banned the Confederate flag at its events at Wallace’s urging.

The FBI investigated and found that the noose was tied at the end of the garage door pull and Wallace was not a victim of a hate crime. The entire industry rallied around him, though, and stood in solidarity with Wallace at his car at the front of the grid before the race.

3 robbers ambush Davie teen at gunpoint as he biked to school

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A teenager in Davie got robbed while riding his bicycle to Western High School on Monday morning.

The student’s father said three people jumped out of a car and ambushed his son at gunpoint on Appalachian Trail near Altavista Terrace.

They got away with his backpack.

If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

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