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Parents, county in court over transgender teen's therapy

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 3:25 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 3:24 PM

A debate over who can best help a transgender boy has split an Ohio family, prompting a county agency to take custody of the teen and argue he should receive therapy at a hospital instead of the Christian-based therapy sought by his parents.

A visiting judge in Juvenile Court in Cincinnati will decide whether the 16-year-old will continue therapy at a hospital or whether his parents, who don't believe he's transgender, can seek Christian-based therapy, the Enquirer reported .

Arguments in the case will continue Thursday after the judge closed the courtroom to the public Tuesday.

The Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services filed a complaint and was granted temporary custody of the teen early this year after he emailed a crisis hotline and said one of his parents had told him to kill himself and that he could only receive Christian-based therapy, according to Juvenile Court documents. He currently lives with his grandparents.

The teen told authorities his parents once forced him to sit in a room and listen to Bible scriptures for six hours and refused to allow him to adopt a male appearance, the complaint says.

Before the hearing was closed Tuesday, an attorney for the parents said allegations in the county complaint are not true.

A therapist told the teen's father in October 2016 that the teen lacks "the coping skills to manage the home situation," prompting his mother to send an email saying she and her husband would seek a Christian therapist, according to the complaint.

The teen's parents halted therapy at the hospital late last year but then resumed it because of his anxiety and depression.

The teen tried to read a letter to his parents during a meeting at Children's Hospital in December 2016, prompting his mother to stand up, point a finger at him, and scream, "You're a liar," according to the complaint.

The teen began shaking and curled up into "the fetal position," the complaint says.

Nestle Japan launches ruby chocolate KitKat ahead of Valentine's Day

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:57 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:58 PM

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Nestle Japan on Thursday unveiled a new, pink KitKat var, which is to be sold ahead of Valentine’s Day in a handful of stores in Japan and South Korea, as well as online.

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Dubbed the KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Ruby, the chocolate is made using ruby cacao beans, which give the treat a naturally pink color. The beans also give the chocolate “a fruity flavor reminiscent of berries,” according to Nestle Japan.

The pink chocolate variety made its debut in September by Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut. It was touted as an alternative to the traditional chocolate varieties of white, milk and dark chocolates.

The new KitKat flavor was created by chef Yasumasa Takagi, the owner of Tokyo’s Le Patissier Takagi. In a news release, he said his creation “allows you to enjoy the characteristic fruity fragrance and subtle acidity of the ruby cacao to the fullest.”

The flavors “have never been experienced before,” Takagi said.

The KitKat bars will be sold at KitKat Chocolatory stores in Japan and South Korea starting Friday. Chocolate fans in the U.S. and other countries can purchase the chocolate online.

Nestle Japan employees said 5,000 bars of the chocolate treat will be available for sale from Jan. 19 to Jan. 25. Each bar costs ¥400, or $3.60.

The variety will also be part of the KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Valentine’s Assortment, alongside bars of KitKat Sublime’s Bitter, Milk and White flavors for ¥1,800, or $16.20. A larger assortment also includes the KitKat Sublime Matcha and Raw flavors as well for ¥2,400, or $21.60.

The boxes of assorted chocolate bars will go on sale starting Feb. 1. 

Polar bears enjoy snow day at North Carolina Zoo

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:09 PM

Nikita (front) and Anana enjoy the snow day at the North Carolina Zoo. (Photo: North Carolina Zoo)
Nikita (front) and Anana enjoy the snow day at the North Carolina Zoo. (Photo: North Carolina Zoo)

Polar bears at the North Carolina Zoo got to enjoy the blanket of snow that covered the park Wednesday.

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Nikita, 11, and Anana, 18, were fed whole fish as a special snow day treat, the zoo said

The zoo was closed Thursday and will remain closed Friday because of the heavy snowfall.

Another meteor? Reports come in of bright flash across Ohio, Indiana night sky

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:14 AM

Another meteor may have lit up the sky late Wednesday.

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Several reports have come into WHIO-TV's newsroom of a bright flash that shot across the sky just before midnight Thursday. People from Englewood, Ohio; Marysville, Ohio; and Randolph County, Indiana, have said they saw the bright flash, with some saying it was bright blue or blue-green.

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The American Meteor Society received several reports of a meteor in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky.

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A meteor also was spotted in Ohio, Michigan and Canada late Tuesday.

Montreal man fools police with detailed snow car sculpture

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:52 PM

A man in Montreal made a car out of snow (not pictured), tricking police.
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A man in Montreal made a car out of snow (not pictured), tricking police.(Ryan Remiorz/AP)

A Montreal man was able to briefly dupe police with his creation after a snowstorm Monday.

KMSP reported that Simon Laprise created a sports car out of snow in a snow removal zone. The sculpture, which he posted photos of on Facebook, looked like a real car that had been parked during a snowstorm and was covered in powder.

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Laprise, a 33-year-old machinist and artist, modeled the car after the DeLorean DMC-12, famously featured in the “Back to the Future” movies, KMSP reported. The final detail that made it so life-like was the Laprise’s incorporation of an actual windshield, which he found across the street.

Once he completed his duplicate, Laprise hid out of view and waited for the police.

A police car soon drove up to investigate the car in a snow removal zone. The officer soon realized the car was made entirely of snow.

Laprise got a “ticket” with a note that read, “You made our night hahahahaha :)”

By the next morning, snowplows had removed the sculpture from the snow removal zone.