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OSHP: Stark County man killed in rollover crash

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SUGAR CREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WJW) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred in Stark County Saturday afternoon.

OSHP says a 49-year-old man was traveling southbound on Justus Avenue in Sugar Creek Township in a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban around 1:15 p.m.

Troopers say his vehicle traveled left of center and then off the left side of the roadway. The driver reportedly overcorrected and traveled off the right side of the roadway.

Officials say the vehicle rolled over several times before the driver was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

OSHP says the man was not wearing his seatbelt and alcohol use is suspected to be a factor in the crash.

This incident remains under investigation.

Major indoor events returning to Cleveland

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CLEVELAND (WJW) — The Huntington Convention Center in downtown Cleveland has been closed for thirteen months due to COVID-19, but the major event venue is open once again — with some upgrades. 

“We were all set that day to host a Bernie Sanders rally down on the show floor when everything came to a stop,” said the center’s Director of Public Relations and Marketing, Dave Johnson. “The county was able to apply for and then allocate over 2 million dollars in CARES Act funding that we were able to utilize to upgrade safety enhancements in the building.”

The upgrades include temperature checks, COVID safety signage, and an upgraded air filtration system. Indoor event capacity in Ohio also remains at 25 percent.

“Everything from antimicrobial installations on high touch surfaces, elevators, escalators, no-touch doors,” said Johnson.

Safety is a collaborative plan between the Huntington Center and clients who have events here.

Kicking off the reopening weekend: the Today’s Bride Show that used to run at the IX Center before it closed.

“Our average show is 250 exhibitors at the IX Center in January. This is 112 exhibitors currently so it’s approximately half and that helps keep our attendance numbers down to the 25 percent rule for both attendees and staff being here in this particular venue of this size,” said Show Manager Jennifer Fyffe.

This big event allowed couples to plan for their big event with a more personal touch.

“I wanted to come for the experience. You can’t get the physical experience of like being with her and looking at the different places, online,” said Aniya Saleem.

“I feel comfortable being around so many people because there’s so much space that I’m not shoulder to shoulder — because I’m still not comfortable being that close to so many people,” said Deanna Fyffe.

Jennifer Fyffe says the industry was decimated the past year but is working to rebuild. 

Everyone is optimistic the next year and a half is going to be really booming for all these businesses and they’re gonna need to rehire and build again so that’s really good for the economy here in Cleveland,” she said.

Between the NFL Draft and events like these, the city seems to be coming back too. 

“It’s a sense of enthusiasm and excitement to see downtown Cleveland buzzing today,” said Johnson.

He says 2022 looks to be a record-breaking year for business between what was scheduled before the pandemic, events that have been postponed, and the number of consumer-based events they now are hosting since the IX Center closed.

Man killed at Hopkinsville gas station, suspects sought

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HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WKRN) – Police in Hopkinsville are searching for two men after an elderly man was murdered at a gas station Saturday morning.

According to police, the man was shot and killed just before 9 a.m. Saturday at the Valero Gas Station on E. 9th Street. Officers are now searching for two men who fled the scene.

Police say they are searching for 26-year-old David Rashawn King. He reportedly fled the scene with another man in a red Toyota Solara 2d convertible with a tan colored top.

Anyone with information should call police at 270-890-1300.

SoBe Wine & Food Fest founder defends COVID-related requirements for 2021 attendees

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Despite an executive order banning vaccine passports in Florida, full vaccination is still going to help foodies get into one of the year’s most talked about events in South Florida.

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival draws masses of culinary enthusiasts to South Florida. When it takes over the sand in May, there is no hotter ticket in town.

“Our commitment from the get-go has always been that we are going to produce the safest and most comfortable festival,” said Lee Schrager, the festival’s founder.

This year, Schrager is requiring ticket holders to either be fully vaccinated or produce a negative polymerase chain reaction test, or PCR test, to be allowed into festival events.

Those rules were set before Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order banning businesses from requiring proof of vaccination earlier this month.

“I respect the governor and appreciate what he has done for our state to date, but I also feel, as an event producer, as a citizen of Florida and Dade County, that we should be entitled to require attestation that you have been vaccinated or have proof of a negative test,” said Schrager.

In the executive order, DeSantis wrote, “…so-called vaccine passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy.”

The governor also said vaccine passports would create two classes of citizens.

Despite DeSantis’ move, Schrager said the festival’s entry rules are not changing, at least for now.

“We stay steadfast in our commitment that safety is our number one priority, and we are going to play this out to the very end,” he said. “We’re working with the governor’s office to ensure that safety is our number one priority.”

It’s not even clear the admission rules Schrager set violate the order, since a negative test will also get you inside.

One thing is for sure: guests will have to keep their masks on when not eating at the festival. It runs May 20-23. For more information, click here.

SoBe Wine & Food Fest founder defends COVID-related requirements for 2021 attendees

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Despite an executive order banning vaccine passports in Florida, full vaccination is still going to help foodies get into one of the year’s most talked about events in South Florida.

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival draws masses of culinary enthusiasts to South Florida. When it takes over the sand in May, there is no hotter ticket in town.

“Our commitment from the get-go has always been that we are going to produce the safest and most comfortable festival,” said Lee Schrager, the festival’s founder.

This year, Schrager is requiring ticket holders to either be fully vaccinated or produce a negative polymerase chain reaction test, or PCR test, to be allowed into festival events.

Those rules were set before Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order banning businesses from requiring proof of vaccination earlier this month.

“I respect the governor and appreciate what he has done for our state to date, but I also feel, as an event producer, as a citizen of Florida and Dade County, that we should be entitled to require attestation that you have been vaccinated or have proof of a negative test,” said Schrager.

In the executive order, DeSantis wrote, “…so-called vaccine passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy.”

The governor also said vaccine passports would create two classes of citizens.

Despite DeSantis’ move, Schrager said the festival’s entry rules are not changing, at least for now.

“We stay steadfast in our commitment that safety is our number one priority, and we are going to play this out to the very end,” he said. “We’re working with the governor’s office to ensure that safety is our number one priority.”

It’s not even clear the admission rules Schrager set violate the order, since a negative test will also get you inside.

One thing is for sure: guests will have to keep their masks on when not eating at the festival. It runs May 20-23. For more information, click here.

SoBe Wine & Food Fest founder defends COVID-related requirements for 2021 attendees

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Despite an executive order banning vaccine passports in Florida, full vaccination is still going to help foodies get into one of the year’s most talked about events in South Florida.

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival draws masses of culinary enthusiasts to South Florida. When it takes over the sand in May, there is no hotter ticket in town.

“Our commitment from the get-go has always been that we are going to produce the safest and most comfortable festival,” said Lee Schrager, the festival’s founder.

This year, Schrager is requiring ticket holders to either be fully vaccinated or produce a negative polymerase chain reaction test, or PCR test, to be allowed into festival events.

Those rules were set before Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order banning businesses from requiring proof of vaccination earlier this month.

“I respect the governor and appreciate what he has done for our state to date, but I also feel, as an event producer, as a citizen of Florida and Dade County, that we should be entitled to require attestation that you have been vaccinated or have proof of a negative test,” said Schrager.

In the executive order, DeSantis wrote, “…so-called vaccine passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy.”

The governor also said vaccine passports would create two classes of citizens.

Despite DeSantis’ move, Schrager said the festival’s entry rules are not changing, at least for now.

“We stay steadfast in our commitment that safety is our number one priority, and we are going to play this out to the very end,” he said. “We’re working with the governor’s office to ensure that safety is our number one priority.”

It’s not even clear the admission rules Schrager set violate the order, since a negative test will also get you inside.

One thing is for sure: guests will have to keep their masks on when not eating at the festival. It runs May 20-23. For more information, click here.

Wearing masks could save at least 14,000 people from COVID-19 deaths by August, model predicts

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(CNN) — An influential COVID-19 model has predicted the total number of US deaths from the virus by August 1, a number that researchers say will be impacted by how many Americans continue to wear masks as vaccinations continue.

A model from the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME) predicts about 618,523 people will have died from coronavirus in the US by August 1. If 95% of the US population wore masks, the projection drops to 604,413 deaths.

In the worst-case scenario, in which fully vaccinated people return to pre-pandemic levels of mobility, the prediction grows to 697,573, the IHME forecasted. The projection factors in the rate of vaccine distribution as well as the concerning spread of more transmissible variants.

All 50 states are on track to open vaccines to Americans 16 and older starting April 19. Though the increased inoculations are an important step in defeating the virus, health experts warn the country is in a race against variants, like the B.1.1.7 first identified in the UK, that have the potential to cause another surge in cases.

The US on Friday reported at least 80,157 new cases, the third day in a row and the fourth day in the last week with at least 75,000 or more cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Overall, more than 561,000 people have died from coronavirus to date, according to the tally.

Vaccines are an effective tool against virus spread, but they are not perfect and should be supplemented by precautions like wearing masks and avoiding indoor gatherings, said Dr. Anthony Fauci.

“I don’t think I would — even if I’m vaccinated — go into an indoor, crowded place where people aren’t wearing masks,” the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases told Business Insider.

Pfizer looking to expand vaccinations to Americans as young as 12

To date, the youngest Americans eligible for the vaccines are 16.

But on Friday, Food and Drug Administration acting commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said the agency will evaluate “as quickly as possible” Pfizer’s request to expand the emergency use authorization of the drug maker’s COVID-19 vaccine to include people ages 12-15.

“While the FDA cannot predict how long our evaluation of the data and information will take, we will review the request as expeditiously as possible using our thorough and science-based approach,” Woodcock said on Twitter.

Dr. Syra Madad, senior director of the System-wide Special Pathogens Program at New York City Health + Hospitals, told CNN on Saturday that making the vaccine available to the 12 to 15 age group excited her as a parent.

“We should all be very hopeful,” said Madad, a fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. “This is very welcome news. We know that children are vulnerable to infection and hospitalizations… They certainly are rising in cases.”

The pharmaceutical company said it will seek similar rulings by other authorities around the world in coming days.

“These requests are based on data from the pivotal Phase 3 trial in adolescents 12 to 15 years of age with or without prior evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection, which demonstrated 100 percent efficacy and robust antibody response after vaccination with the COVID-19 Vaccine,” Pfizer said in a statement.

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are up, CDC director says

Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are increasing — particularly for younger people — while deaths are going down, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a White House briefing Friday.

Increases in cases and emergency room visits are being seen in younger adults, many of whom have not been vaccinated, she said.

Those ages 18 to 25, 26 to 54, and 55 to 64 have increasing numbers of emergency department visits, she said, while people aged 65 and older have decreasing visits, “likely demonstrating the important impact of vaccination in protecting against disease requiring hospitalization.”

Walensky said that while those are national statistics, the trends are magnified in some areas of the country.

With the spread of the more transmissible B.1.1.7 variant as well as the lower proportion of younger people who have been vaccinated, the surge that experts fear could greatly impact younger Americans.

“We have to think about the B.1.1.7 variant as almost a brand-new virus,” Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine said earlier this week. “It’s acting differently from anything we’ve seen before, in terms of transmissibility, in terms of affecting young people, so we have to take this very seriously.”

Concerns of adverse reactions

In Colorado, following reports of adverse reactions, three drive-up vaccination sites will stop offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Saturday.

The sites are Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs and Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, according to a press release from Centura Health.

The health care network reiterated CDC guidance that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and effective, but said the decision was made due to the nationwide shortage of the vaccine and instances of adverse reactions that occurred at a vaccination event at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park earlier this week.

The Dick’s Sporting Goods Park vaccination site had to shut down early on Wednesday after at least 11 of the more than 1,700 people receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine experienced adverse reactions.

However, officials in Wake County, North Carolina, plan to resume administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as soon as Monday, after pausing Thursday when 18 people at the PNC Arena experienced “mild to severe reactions immediately” following their vaccinations.

The decision comes “following a thorough internal review that further supports the findings of the CDC and the N.C. Department of Health & Human Services. The findings align with those from other similar events across the country, which indicate no issues of concern,” it said in a statement.

The CDC, in a statement to CNN, said it’s aware of the various incidents related to the J&J vaccines reported in Iowa, Colorado, Georgia and North Carolina.

At this time, the CDC and FDA “are not recommending health departments stop administering any lots of COVID-19 vaccine,” the statement said. “CDC has performed vaccine lot analyses and has not found any reason for concern.”

Madad told CNN on Saturday that the adverse reactions are “consistent with side effects that we normally see after vaccination.”

“Right now, the benefits certainly outweigh the risks, but more information hopefully will come out to the general public,” she said.

Wearing masks could save at least 14,000 people from COVID-19 deaths by August, model predicts

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(CNN) — An influential COVID-19 model has predicted the total number of US deaths from the virus by August 1, a number that researchers say will be impacted by how many Americans continue to wear masks as vaccinations continue.

A model from the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME) predicts about 618,523 people will have died from coronavirus in the US by August 1. If 95% of the US population wore masks, the projection drops to 604,413 deaths.

In the worst-case scenario, in which fully vaccinated people return to pre-pandemic levels of mobility, the prediction grows to 697,573, the IHME forecasted. The projection factors in the rate of vaccine distribution as well as the concerning spread of more transmissible variants.

All 50 states are on track to open vaccines to Americans 16 and older starting April 19. Though the increased inoculations are an important step in defeating the virus, health experts warn the country is in a race against variants, like the B.1.1.7 first identified in the UK, that have the potential to cause another surge in cases.

The US on Friday reported at least 80,157 new cases, the third day in a row and the fourth day in the last week with at least 75,000 or more cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Overall, more than 561,000 people have died from coronavirus to date, according to the tally.

Vaccines are an effective tool against virus spread, but they are not perfect and should be supplemented by precautions like wearing masks and avoiding indoor gatherings, said Dr. Anthony Fauci.

“I don’t think I would — even if I’m vaccinated — go into an indoor, crowded place where people aren’t wearing masks,” the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases told Business Insider.

Pfizer looking to expand vaccinations to Americans as young as 12

To date, the youngest Americans eligible for the vaccines are 16.

But on Friday, Food and Drug Administration acting commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said the agency will evaluate “as quickly as possible” Pfizer’s request to expand the emergency use authorization of the drug maker’s COVID-19 vaccine to include people ages 12-15.

“While the FDA cannot predict how long our evaluation of the data and information will take, we will review the request as expeditiously as possible using our thorough and science-based approach,” Woodcock said on Twitter.

Dr. Syra Madad, senior director of the System-wide Special Pathogens Program at New York City Health + Hospitals, told CNN on Saturday that making the vaccine available to the 12 to 15 age group excited her as a parent.

“We should all be very hopeful,” said Madad, a fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. “This is very welcome news. We know that children are vulnerable to infection and hospitalizations… They certainly are rising in cases.”

The pharmaceutical company said it will seek similar rulings by other authorities around the world in coming days.

“These requests are based on data from the pivotal Phase 3 trial in adolescents 12 to 15 years of age with or without prior evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection, which demonstrated 100 percent efficacy and robust antibody response after vaccination with the COVID-19 Vaccine,” Pfizer said in a statement.

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are up, CDC director says

Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are increasing — particularly for younger people — while deaths are going down, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a White House briefing Friday.

Increases in cases and emergency room visits are being seen in younger adults, many of whom have not been vaccinated, she said.

Those ages 18 to 25, 26 to 54, and 55 to 64 have increasing numbers of emergency department visits, she said, while people aged 65 and older have decreasing visits, “likely demonstrating the important impact of vaccination in protecting against disease requiring hospitalization.”

Walensky said that while those are national statistics, the trends are magnified in some areas of the country.

With the spread of the more transmissible B.1.1.7 variant as well as the lower proportion of younger people who have been vaccinated, the surge that experts fear could greatly impact younger Americans.

“We have to think about the B.1.1.7 variant as almost a brand-new virus,” Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine said earlier this week. “It’s acting differently from anything we’ve seen before, in terms of transmissibility, in terms of affecting young people, so we have to take this very seriously.”

Concerns of adverse reactions

In Colorado, following reports of adverse reactions, three drive-up vaccination sites will stop offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Saturday.

The sites are Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs and Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, according to a press release from Centura Health.

The health care network reiterated CDC guidance that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and effective, but said the decision was made due to the nationwide shortage of the vaccine and instances of adverse reactions that occurred at a vaccination event at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park earlier this week.

The Dick’s Sporting Goods Park vaccination site had to shut down early on Wednesday after at least 11 of the more than 1,700 people receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine experienced adverse reactions.

However, officials in Wake County, North Carolina, plan to resume administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as soon as Monday, after pausing Thursday when 18 people at the PNC Arena experienced “mild to severe reactions immediately” following their vaccinations.

The decision comes “following a thorough internal review that further supports the findings of the CDC and the N.C. Department of Health & Human Services. The findings align with those from other similar events across the country, which indicate no issues of concern,” it said in a statement.

The CDC, in a statement to CNN, said it’s aware of the various incidents related to the J&J vaccines reported in Iowa, Colorado, Georgia and North Carolina.

At this time, the CDC and FDA “are not recommending health departments stop administering any lots of COVID-19 vaccine,” the statement said. “CDC has performed vaccine lot analyses and has not found any reason for concern.”

Madad told CNN on Saturday that the adverse reactions are “consistent with side effects that we normally see after vaccination.”

“Right now, the benefits certainly outweigh the risks, but more information hopefully will come out to the general public,” she said.

DeBrincat, Blackhawks rally to beat Blue Jackets 4-3

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alex DeBrincat had a goal and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3. Kevin Lankinen stopped 23 shots for the Blackhawks, who had dropped five of the last seven while battling Nashville and Dallas for the fourth playoff spot in the Central Division. Carl Soderberg, Wyatt Kalynuk and Dylan Strome also scored for Chicago. Michael Del Zotto, Cam Atkinson and Patrick Laine had goals for Columbus, and Elvis Merzlikins made 24 saves.

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Keller shines, Pirates end 6-game skid, tag Davies, Cubs 8-2

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mitch Keller pitched five efficient innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates used an early burst to chase Zach Davies in an 8-2 win over the Chicago Cubs. Keller bounced back from a rough 2021 debut by allowing one run. The 25-year-old struck out seven and walked just one as the Pirates ended a six-game losing streak. Colin Moran, Bryan Reynolds and Jacob Stallings all drove in two runs during Pittsburgh’s seven-run outburst in the second against Davies.

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