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Air Force office investigating Wright State for issues stemming from visa scandal

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 2:18 PM

Wright State University.
Wright State University.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is looking into Wright State University for issues related to H-1B visa fraud that may have occurred at the school.

The university’s board of trustees is set to approve a waiver of attorney-client privilege to allow the Air Force office to access an internal audit. The board, which has approved similar waivers several times, will vote on the measure Friday morning, according to board documents and an agenda.

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The probe would make the Air Force Office of Special Investigations the fifth agency investigating Wright State for matters related to possible H-1B visa fraud. WSU has already provided the material to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio Inspector General and the Ohio Auditor.

If WSU trustees approve the waiver, the AFOSI would be granted access to the same set of materials provided to the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations, according to a board document.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations investigates espionage, terrorism, crimes against property, violence against people, larceny, computer hacking, acquisition fraud, drug use and distribution, financial misdeeds, military desertion, corruption of the contracting process and any other activities that could undermine the U.S. Air Force or Department of Defense, according to the office’s website.

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“Since this is an open and ongoing fraud investigation at this time, no investigative details are releasable at this time,” Linda Card, chief public affairs officer for AFOSI said via email.

In 2015, a federal investigation came to light of WSU’s potential misuse of the federal H-1B work visa program, which led to four administrators being suspended; two remain on paid leave.

This newspaper revealed that Wright State sponsored 19 foreign workers who came to the U.S. to work at an area information technology staffing company that paid the workers less than what local graduates typically make for similar IT work.

Immigration experts say it’s possible the arrangement violated immigration laws designed to prevent staffing agencies from trafficking in cheap labor from overseas.

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In April, WSU trustees asked the university’s attorney to make referrals for further investigations out of “an abundance of caution,” said Doug Fecher, chairman of WSU’s board of trustees. Fecher said that the probe by the AFOSI is just another result of those referrals.

Wright State’s board of trustees are set to meet at 4 p.m. today in executive session in the Wright Brothers Room of the student union. The board will meet in public session at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the Nutter Center’s Berry Room.

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Red kettle campaign $10K short; Salvation Army issues public plea 

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 9:07 PM

The Salvation Army of Clark County is about $10,000 short on donations and needs help.

The Clark County Salvation Army is asking the community to check for loose change in couch cushions and car seats to help make up for the nearly $10,000 shortfall in its red kettle fundraiser.

“It’s one of the most recognizable fundraisers in the world,” Development Director Ryan Ray said of the campaign in its 127th year.

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In an era when people pay with smartphones and often don’t carry cash or coins, Ray said he wants community members who see a red kettle to know what it represents.

“Lives are positively affected and enriched by your money. We promise and guarantee the money given is used to the best of our ability; 83 cents of every dollar given to us is invested in lives in the community to help those falling through the cracks,” Ray said.

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Utility, housing and food assistance, programs for at-risk youth and helping those in homeless shelters get back on their feet are among ways the Salvation Army reaches out.

“Here in Clark County, people oftentimes see our kettles as hope. A lot of bell ringers have seen help from the Salvation Army and they want to give back,” Ray said.

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Bell ringers are paid minimum wage, but it often can be difficult to staff the kettles. Many are likely put off by the cold weather.

“The ones you see out there are warriors. ... “One of the all-star bell ringers is at Walmart on Bechtle,” who often dances and sings as he's out ringing the bell and wishing shoppers a Merry Christmas.

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Boil advisory now in effect after water main break on Heincke Road, Miamisburg

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 7:44 PM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 9:01 PM

Miamisburg water main break

UPDATE @ 7:51 p.m.: The break has been repaired and service should be restored shortly, city PIO Gary Giles said.

INITIAL REPORT

A water main break on North Heincke Road, near Mary Francis Court, in Miamisburg has caused more than 200 homes and apartments to lose water service, city Public Information Office Gary Giles said. 

In a statement release minutes ago, those in affected residences will get a door hanger notice advising of a boil water advisory, which will be in effect at least 24 hours. Repair crews are on site. 

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A second door hanger notice will be delivered when the advisory expires. 

Heincke Road has not been closed to traffic, Giles said. 

We'll update this developing report as information becomes available. 

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Women happier after age 85 once spouse dies, psychiatrists say

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 9:04 PM



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Marriage is supposed to lead to happily ever after, right? A new report reveals women over 85 are actually happier after their partner dies.

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The Health Survey for England recently conducted a study to monitor trends in the nation’s health. To do so, researchers surveyed 8,000 British adults to ask them questions about topics, including happiness, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance and self-confidence.

After analyzing the results, they found that women have poorer mental health than men throughout much of their lives. 

About 28 percent of women aged 16 to 24 reported mental health conditions, compared to just 16 percent of men. The percentage, however, decreases for young adult women. About 18 percent of both men and women between 25 and 34 said they had mental health issues. 

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It dwindles again for middle-aged women. Of those 45 to 54, 24 percent of women experienced mental health problems, compared to only 16 to 18 percent of men. And by the time people reached 85 and over, it dropped to 14 percent for women and spiked to 19 percent for men. 

Why is that? 

Women “are still more likely to bear the brunt of domestic and caring responsibilities,” Kate Lovett, the dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, told The Times. But as they age, they tend to have fewer obligations.

“Men who are single, windowed or divorced are more vulnerable to developing depression and men who are in this age bracket may be more likely to be on their own,” she said. “Paradoxically married women are often more likely to develop depression.”

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Although the report showed women have more mental health issues, it noted suicide rates were three times higher among men than women. 

“Thankfully, women are more likely to also speak out about their mental health and seek support from services,” Stephen Buckley, spokesman for the U.K.-based mental health charity, Mind, said in the article

Want to learn more about the study? Take a look at the findings here

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Here’s why keeping a cell phone too close to your body might be bad for your health

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 8:42 PM


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Do you sometimes sleep with your cell phone? The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a warning against it, because the radiation from the devices may be harmful to our bodies.

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“Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure to the energy emitted by cell phones,” Karen Smith, CDPH director and state public health officer, said in a statement earlier this week. 

Why is it potentially dangerous?

When cellphones send and receive signals, they emit radio frequency energy, which maybe impact human health. “Children’s brains develop through the teenage years and may be more affected by cell phone use,” Smith wrote. 

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To limit the exposure, CDPH is implementing new guidelines, which include keeping the phone away from the body, reducing cellphone use when the signal is weak, decreasing the use of cell phones to stream audio or video, downloading or uploading large files and keeping the phone away from the bed at night.

They also are advising people to remove headsets when not on a call and to avoid products that claim to block radio frequency energy as they may actually increase your risk.

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"We know that simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night, can help reduce exposure for both children and adults," Smith said.

Take a look at the details of the recommendations here

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