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Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 3:33 PM
— In a couple of days, the 2018 Winter Olympics will get underway. Years of planning, building and qualifying -- along with some international intrigue when it comes to who will be competing -- will all come together in a pageant of national pride in a stadium in the northern part of South Korea.
What can you expect from this year’s games? Here are a few things to look for as you watch the 2018 Winter Olympics.
1. It’s going to be cold: Pyeongchang is in the northeast corner of South Korea. The opening ceremonies are scheduled for 8 p.m. local time (6 a.m. Eastern) Friday and will likely see a temperature of between 15-20 degrees F. February is the city’s coldest and driest month. American athletes will have battery-heated parkas for the ceremony.
2. Something new: You’ll see some new events in these Winter Olympic Games. Look for big-air snowboarding, the Alpine team competition, a mixed-gender slalom, mixed doubles curling, and mass-start speedskating.
3. The two Koreas: Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, has allowed athletes from his country to cross the Demilitarized Zone and enter South Korea to participate in the games. He is also sending his sister to represent the country. Athletes from North and South Korea will march under the Korean Unification flag during the Opening Ceremony. There will also be a Korean women’s hockey team made up of members from both countries.
4. North Korea will be there, but what about Russia: Russia was banned from competition in this Winter Olympics because of issues of doping. However, 169 athletes from Russia will compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.” They will march in the Opening Ceremony under the Olympic flag, and the Olympic anthem will be played, should they win medals.
5. Hey, who is the new guy: There are six nations making their Winter Olympics debut this year. Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore are all participating in their first Winter Games.
$900 million: The amount generated in national ad sales for the Pyeongchang Games.
$19.6 million: The amount spent on cybersecurity and X-ray screening for the games.
$13 billion: The estimated cost of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
$4,683: The average price of a weeklong trip to Pyeongchang for the Olympics.
242: The number of athletes on the U.S. team; it’s a record.
45: The age of German speedskater Claudia Pechstein. She will be the first woman to compete in seven Winter Olympic Games.
39: The age of Team USA Hockey player Brian Gionta.
17: The age of Vincent Zhou, the youngest U.S. Olympian.
14: Number of hours Pyeongchang is ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone.
Here’s a refresher on how to watch the games.
When do the Olympics begin?
The first events, ski jumping and curling, are scheduled for Thursday. The Opening Ceremony takes place on Friday. The games end on Feb. 25, when the Closing Ceremony will be held.
How you can watch the Opening Ceremony The Opening Ceremony begins at 8 p.m. local time in South Korea – that’s 6 a.m. ET. If you want to see the ceremony live, you can catch it on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. Those services are available on streaming devices, including Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Roku. NBC will broadcast an edited version of the ceremony at 8 p.m. ET. Katie Couric and Mike Tirico will host the Opening Ceremony.
Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 11:07 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 11:07 PM
Ash eruption at the volcano’s summit increased in intensity Tuesday, with an ash cloud spewing as high as 12,000 feet above sea level, according to the USGS.
Ashfall and air pollution associated with a volcanic eruption have been reported as far as 18 miles downwind of Kilauea in Pahala.
Summary of #HVO #Kilauea VAN/VONA: Ash eruption at summit has increased in intensity. NWS radar & pilot reports show top of the ash cloud is as high as 10,000-12,000 feet above sea level. Ashfall and vog has been reported in Pahala (18 mi downwind). #KilaueaErupts pic.twitter.com/ChzRdu0Ch7— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) May 15, 2018
A red warning means a “major volcanic eruption is imminent, underway or suspected with hazardous activity both on the ground and in the air,” the USGS said.
"At any time, activity may become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent," the agency tweeted.
USGS declares "Red/Warning" for Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano.https://t.co/7SkX0paOQx— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) May 15, 2018
"At any time, activity may become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent."
The eruption on Kilauea began more than a week ago and has forced thousands of people from their homes, destroyed nearly 40 structures, including dozens of homes, and created 18 fissures in the ground surrounding the volcano.
Lava has inundated almost 120 acres and damaged 50 utility poles.
Hawaii authorities are warning residents in areas around the volcano to be prepared to evacuate with little or no advanced warning.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:40 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:40 PM
PUNA, Big Island, Hawaii — An “explosive eruption” happened at Kilauea's summit on Hawaii's Big Island early Monday, prompting officials to warn residents to protect themselves from ash fallout as the Kilauea volcano eruption continues into its third week.
More than 40 structures have been destroyed in the eruption that started May 3. It has since inundated almost 325 acres around Kilauea with lava and lead to concerns about laze, a toxic mixture of lava and haze that forms when hot lava hits ocean waters.
Update 12:35 p.m. EDT May 21: Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said early Monday that a small explosion happened just before 1 a.m. local time at the Halemaumau crater at Kilauea's summit.
The explosion shot ash about 7,000 feet into the air.
"Additional explosive events that could produce minor amounts of ashfall downwind are possible at any time," USGS officials said.
The Hawaiian County Civil Defense Agency warned residents to be aware of ashfall after the "explosive eruption."
Update 12:38 p.m. May 20: Lava from the Kilauea volcano has crossed Highway 137 and entered the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaii County Civil Defense said Sunday. A second lava flow is about 437 yards from the highway, the Star Advertiser of Honolulu reported.
Big Island residents may now have to contend with laze -- a mixture of lava and haze -- that forms when hot lava hits the ocean, CNN reported.
After making contact with the water, the laze sends hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air.
Laze can lead to lung, eye and skin irritation, CNN reported.
"This hot, corrosive gas mixture caused two deaths immediately adjacent to the coastal entry point in 2000, when seawater washed across recent and active lava flows," the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory wrote on its website.
Officials have told people to avoid areas where lava meets the ocean, CNN reported.
Powerful eruptions accompanied by thunderous booms punctuated the air Friday around Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island.
The volcano spewed lava bombs the size of cows as molten rock flowed from several of the 22 fissures that have opened around the volcano.
Hawaii officials have warned some Big Island residents that fast-moving lava is approaching an area near homes that were previously destroyed by eruptions from Kilauea volcano. https://t.co/CsQ7Tk0uWx— AP West Region (@APWestRegion) May 19, 2018
Update 2 a.m. EDT May 19: Fast-moving lava isolated about 40 homes in a rural subdivision, forcing at least four people to be evacuated by county and National Guard helicopters, the Star-Advertiser of Honolulu reported.
According to the Hawaii County Civil Defense, police, firefighters and National Guard troops were stopping people from entering the area.
Update 11:30 p.m. EDT May 18: Hawaiian authorities have sent the National Guard, police and fire units into the East Rift Zone in Puna, according to the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency.
“There are approximately 40 homes in the area that are isolated. Officials are gaining access by helicopter to the area to assess how many people are there and if they need assistance. All persons in that area are asked to stay where they are and wait for further instructions,” the agency said on its website.
The Hawaii Volcano Observatory has confirmed another fissure opened on Friday, bringing the total number of fissures to 22.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes as Kilauea continues its violent eruptions.
Update 8:30 a.m. EDT May 18: More lava is spewing
from the Kilauea volcano as the 21st fissure opened Thursday, CNN reported.
Meanwhile, state officials have been handing out masks to protect people who live near Kilauea, ABC News reported. About 18,000 masks have been distributed, CNN reported. The safety measure protects residents from breathing in pieces of rock, glass and crystals that fall as the volcano continues to erupt, ABC News reported.
Update 10:45 p.m. EDT May 17: Lava is erupting from points along the fissure system on Kilauea volcano, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, but the agency is calling it a “low-level eruption” at this point.
Kīlauea daily status report: 4 am explosive eruption at summit with traces of ash in local community. Low-level eruption of lava continues from multiple points along NE end of active fissure system. https://t.co/K6mzCqRT0E— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) May 17, 2018
Although lava is still spattering from Fissure 17, the flow has not advanced significantly over the past day, the USGS said.
There are currently 18 fissures that have opened due to seismic activity on Kilauea’ over the past two weeks.
Volcanic gas emission are still elevated throughout the area and residents are urged to remain on alert.
“This eruption is still evolving and additional outbreaks of lava are possible. Ground deformation continues and seismicity remains elevated in the area,” the USGS reported late Thursday.
Rain on the Big Island Thursday helped the situation with the ashfall, but volcano experts are warning the situation on Kilauea is still very dynamic.
Original report: Several schools were closed as ash continued to fall Thursday due to elevated sulfur dioxide levels. Officials warned people in the area to take shelter and protect themselves from the falling ash.
"The resulting ash plume will cover the surrounding area," officials with the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said in a 5 a.m. alert. In a subsequent update, USGS officials said the ash plume was moving to the northeast.
The plume could be seen in an image taken from a webcam at the USGS’ Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
"Driving conditions may be dangerous so if you are driving pull off the road and wait until visibility improves," the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency warned.
Michelle Coombs, of the Hawaii Volcano Observatory, told Hawaii News Now that the situation remained “very, very active and very dynamic,” on Thursday.
“The potential for larger explosions is still there,” she said.
Officials with the USGS warned Tuesday that an eruption of Kilauea's volcano appeared "imminent."
The eruption on Kilauea began May 3. It has since forced thousands of people from their homes, destroyed nearly 40 structures -- including dozens of homes -- and created more than two dozen fissures in the ground surrounding the volcano.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
WASHINGTON — With the 2018 midterm elections months away, experts are eyeing two scenarios for House Republicans: One: they lose the House majority. Two: They keep the majority, but it shrinks.
For U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, the first scenario is a nightmare.
The second could make him one of the most powerful people in Washington.
Jordan, who saw his two endorsed GOP candidates for Ohio U.S House seats fall in the May 8 primary elections, nonetheless has not lost any political capital with their defeat. Most of the roughly three dozen members of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus, which he founded, are in safe seats heading into November.
Instead, it’s House GOP moderates who are more likely to lose their seats, meaning that even with the primary defeats of Melanie Leneghan and state Rep. Christina Hagan in Ohio, Jordan stands to gain ground next year, providing, of course, that House Republicans keep their majority.
That may not mean that Jordan becomes the next House speaker — an idea the Urbana Republican floated in the aftermath of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to retire at the end of this Congress. But it may mean having enough votes to be the deciding factor in what does and doesn’t pass the House.
That power was on display Friday when Jordan and the Freedom Caucus helped defeat a Republican farm bill over an immigration dispute.
Should the GOP hang onto the majority, said one Ohio Republican political strategist, Jordan “has a little more influence, absolutely. He can prevent us from getting to 218 (votes necessary to pass a bill) or he can help us to get 218. And we’ll need him every time we need to get to 218.”
Kyle Kondik of the University of Virginia Center for Politics said there is a ceiling on Jordan’s power.
“I have a hard time seeing how Jordan will have the votes to be speaker,” Kondik said. “It’s not like he needed one Melanie Leneghan to do that. He probably needed 50 Melanie Leneghans.”
In the odd math of politics in Washington, however, ultraconservatives like Jordan gain when the party loses seats.
“The reality is the only time we really have power with Republicans is when it’s close,” said Tom Zawistowski, a tea party leader from Portage County in northeast Ohio. “The worst thing that happens is we hold all the state offices and a supermajority in the House and Senate because then they don’t need you, they don’t need your vote…you’re better off with 51 votes in the Senate, because if they have 60, they can tell (Kentucky Sen.) Rand Paul to go pound salt.”
Jordan, a former wrestler elected to the House in 2006, founded the House Freedom Caucus in 2015. Since then, that caucus – which numbers only two or three dozen – has held an out-sized influence on the House Republican caucus, which often needs their votes in order to reach the 218 majority threshold.
Their lack of support for a GOP replacement bill to the 2010 health law known as Obamacare contributed to Ryan’s decision to pull the bill. More recently, the group was among those who voted against a mammoth spending bill. But they were also key in the passage of the 2017 tax overhaul, which Jordan calls one of the few legislative achievements of this Congress.
In 2015, the Freedom Caucus’ demands were one of the reasons then-Speaker John Boehner decided to resign. Boehner, in an October 2017 interview with Politico, called the group “anarchists” who “want total chaos.” He’s been quoted as calling Jordan a “legislative terrorist.”
Whether it is as speaker — Ryan has endorsed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California for the speakership — or in some other capacity, Jordan’s focus is on pushing the agenda to the right.
“What we’re trying to do is impact policy in a way that we told voters we are going to do, in a way consistent with the mandate entrusted to us in 2016,” Jordan said.
The Republican speaker battle won’t take place if Democrats capture the House in November. But conservative groups are already touting Jordan for the post.
Noah Wall, vice president of advocacy for FreedomWorks, a tea party-affiliated organization, said his organization has received 25,000 signatures on a petition they’ve circulated calling for Jordan to run for speaker. He called Jordan “kind of a cult hero” to the group’s activists.
But others in the party see him as more of a divisive figure.
“With Jim Jordan, everyone has a strong opinion of him,” said one Ohio Republican political strategist who spoke on a condition of anonymity. “Nobody is ambivalent. Nobody doesn’t care. And the problem with that is there are 30 people who love him and a whole bunch of people who don’t like him.”
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 1:09 PM
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — An Ohio mother threatened her children and punched one of them in the eye, police said.
Zipporah Thompson, 27, was recorded in a video Sunday threatening her children ages 2 and 1, according to WFMJ.
“Your father don't want y'all and don't care about y’all,” Thompson said in the video handed over by the father to police. “I'll punch you in the face. Do you want me to punch you in the face?”
Thompson is seen in the video turning around the camera to punch the 2-year-old boy in the eye, making the child cry, according to WFMJ.
When officers arrived at her home no one answered the door, according to WFMJ. Shortly later, Thompson arrived and got out of a Jeep. When officers tried to arrest her, she banged her head on the police cruiser and tried to blame the officer, according to WFMJ. She then tried hitting her head against the inside of the car once put inside it.
Thompson was arrested and charged with child endangerment.