Ohio briefly, Nov. 20

Air Force awards cybersecurity contract

DAYTON (AP) — The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a nearly $50 million contract to a defense contractor to research ways to protect weapons systems from cyberattacks.

The Dayton Daily News reported Colorado-based Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. will conduct the research at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The contract is set to expire in 2023.

Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, former Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, has previously told the newspaper that addressing vulnerabilities in weapons systems is “paramount.”

Justice issues another apology

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio Supreme Court justice and Democratic gubernatorial candidate has issued another apology on Facebook after a post Friday outlining his sexual history with women drew widespread condemnation.

William O’Neill’s latest post Sunday morning said he admits he was wrong and he was headed to church to “get right with God.” He apologized to his two daughters and two sisters and said he realizes he’s hurt family, friends and strangers with his “insensitive remarks,” while damaging the national debate on sexual harassment and abuse.

O’Neill deleted his original post from Friday that he said was intended to be a defense of Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who critics say should resign after a woman accused him of groping her.

O’Neill also apologized Saturday on Facebook.

Kings Island’s WinterFest making return

MASON (AP) — A southwest Ohio amusement park is reviving its once-popular winter festival after a 12-year absence.

Kings Island’s WinterFest is returning Friday and will run through Dec. 30.

Park spokesman Chad Showalter told WLWT-TV that parkgoers have been asking for years when the event would return.

Crews are stringing up more than 5 million lights to transform the park for the winter season and a new cooling system has been installed to keep the ice rink frozen in any weather.

Seventeen rides will operate during WinterFest.

Showalter said people who remember the old festivals will be able to pass the memory on to their children and grandchildren.

1.5M free needles given out in Columbus

COLUMBUS (AP) — Officials say more than 1.5 million free needles have been handed out to 3,000 drug users in Columbus as health advocates work to stop the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases.

The Columbus Dispatch reported the Safe Point syringe access program administered by Equitas Health has been busy since it began operating in January 2016 with its two centers at near capacity.

Advocates are seeking to prevent new HIV and hepatitis C infections spread by drug users sharing needles.

Participants can obtain 150 syringes every two weeks and are assessed on their needle use at each visit and whether they have access to naloxone, an opioid reversal drug used to treat overdose victims.

Many of Safe Point’s clientele have been referred to drug and alcohol counseling.

Ohio woman one of 32 Rhodes Scholars

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati woman has been named one of 32 Rhodes Scholars from the U.S.

The Rhodes Trust says 21-year-old Camille Borders, a senior at Washington University in St. Louis, was chosen from more than 850 applicants who received endorsements from their schools to study at Oxford University in England.

A biography provided by the Rhodes Trust says Borders is a history major whose senior thesis examines the lives of black women after slavery.

The biography says Borders founded Washington University Students in Solidarity to address police brutality and racial profiling and was active in protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal shooting of a black man by a white officer.

She will be reading for a master’s degree in social and economic history.