Columbus airport to be renamed after John Glenn

Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ 4:45 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ 5:21 PM

Airport to be renamed after John Glenn

The main airport in Ohio’s capital will be renamed John Glenn Columbus International Airport to honor the American hero if a bill moving swiftly through the Statehouse becomes law.

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, is spearheading the name change to honor Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth and a four-term United States senator. Rosenberger said Tuesday that he has lined up support from Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina, Gov. John Kasich, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Franklin County commissioners and others.

“I had a chance to catch both Sen. Glenn and Annie Glenn yesterday at a function before they took off and said ‘Would you mind if we did this?’ And of course he is extremely humble and would never look to seek anything like that but was extremely touched,” Rosenberger said. “I think it is very befitting for his honor.”

Glenn, now 94, has lived a storybook life. The small-town Ohio boy married his childhood sweetheart, Annie Castor, and served as a fighter pilot in two wars, a test pilot, an astronaut and a U.S. senator.

In 1998 he returned to space on a nine-day mission aboard the Discovery space shuttle, becoming the oldest American in space. Last year, Ohio State University elevated the John Glenn School to the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

Glenn is now the last of the original Mercury 7 astronauts still living.

Rosenberger said he expects minimal cost to the name change because he anticipates signs would be changed out as needed over time.

“I can’t think of a more appropriate or fitting honor than to have John Glenn’s name on central Ohio’s largest airport,” said Dale Butland, who served on Glenn’s Congressional staff. “He’s been called the last genuine American hero and when you think of everything he was a part of — WW II, Korea, the early space program, his friendship with the Kennedys, and 24 years in the U.S. Senate — I’m not sure we could have held the last half of the 20th century without him.”

The Ohio House will vote on the bill Wednesday, Rosenberger said.

Chilly morning; dry stretch continues

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 3:32 AM


  • Chilly morning
  • Sunny skies this week
  • Staying dry for several days

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Today: After a chilly morning in the low 40s, highs will climb back to the upper 60s, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Clear skies will allow for a lot of sunshine this afternoon.

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini

Thursday: A beautiful afternoon is expected with highs around 70, which is normal than normal. There will be lots of sunshine during the day and a few clouds at night. It will stay dry.

>> County-by-County forecast

Friday: It won’t be as cool in the morning with temperatures around 50. Highs will reach the low 70s and there will be sunny skies.

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Saturday: A beautiful start to the weekend with highs in the low to mid-70s with sunshine.

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini

>> Warming trend continues; lower temps arrive next week

Sunday: The day will start quiet. Highs will reach the mid-70s and it will become breezy with clouds increasing. A few showers late at night are possible.

Man shot in Harrison Twp. taken to hospital

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 1:02 AM

Montgomery County deputies are investigating a reported shooting that occurred late Tuesday night.

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The incident occurred in the 4300 block of Fair Oaks Road around 11:55 p.m.

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The victim called 911 and reported he had been shot in both in legs. He said the shooter then ran out of the apartment.

Additional details are expected to be released this morning.

We will update this story as it develops. 

Video showing high school cheerleaders yelling racial slur prompts investigation

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 3:53 AM

Cheerleaders (stock photo).
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Cheerleaders (stock photo).(Jupiterimages/Getty Images)

Administrators in a Utah school district are investigating a disturbing video that appears to show a group of cheerleaders shouting a racial slurKSTU reports. The 10-second recording, which was posted to Instagram, features a group of teenage girls who individually and as a group repeatedly yell a profane phrase with the N-word while laughing.

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“We are shocked by the conduct of these students and the contents of the video,” read a statement from the Weber School District. “School officials have started an investigation and the matter is being taken very seriously. We are trying to determine when the video was made, where it was filmed, why the students would engage in such conduct, and how the clip ended up on social media.”

School officials first became aware of the footage on Monday after it began making rounds on social media. While they confirmed three of the girls in the video are cheerleaders, there is no indication the footage was filmed during extra-curricular activities. The IT department has been instructed to look into whether the clip was created with a video-editing app capable of generating the offensive phrase.

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“The video was then possibly uploaded into an app that plays it backwards, producing an entirely different-sounding phrase. In this case, a very derogatory, offensive racial slur,” the district explained, adding that the girls may have actually been saying the phrase “surgeon cuff” and playing it backwards.

Other students were quick to point out that, forwards or backwards, the intent was the same.

Weber School District spokesman Lane Findlay told the Desert News that the students could be expelled or kicked off the cheerleading squad, saying, “All of those things would be on the table. Obviously, they knew what they were doing. It’s just completely inappropriate.”


Major Wright Patt gateway to close for weeks starting today

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 9:43 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:17 AM

Major Wright Patt gateway to close for weeks

For the second time in less than three years, a major Wright-Patterson gateway used daily by thousands of commuters will close for three weeks, according to base officials.

Gate 12A, near the Air Force Materiel Command headquarters and off Ohio 444 in Fairborn, is scheduled to close today through Nov. 10.

Crews will repave the road into the gate entrance and exit, shutting traffic in both directions. The gateway was last closed in 2015 for a $920,000 security upgrade.

Motorists should expect delays, a project official said. Fourteen thousand commuters — counting those both in and out — travel the gateway each day, Wright-Patterson figures show.

During the work, two traffic lanes will be kept open to both the Hope Hotel and Convention Center and Ogden Avenue, which leads to a base pass and ID office, said Ronald E. Lee, 88th Civil Engineer Group chief project manager.

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The closure this time will mean Gate 15A, near Ohio 844, will be open 24 hours temporarily. An influx of traffic during the closure is expected at Gates 1A, off Springer Road, and Gate 26A, off Ohio 235 near Ohio 4.

Drainage problems caused potholes and eroded the roadway in front of the gate, where the $125,000 reconstruction project will install a new catch basin, drainage piping and mill out old pavement and repave the roadway, Lee said.

“We’re actually going to make pavement repairs outside the gate,” he said. “The gate itself is not going to be touched.”

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Along with potentially causing heavier traffic for commuters to get on and off the base, a downtown Fairborn restaurant manager expected a sharp downturn in lunch patrons in the midst of the work.

“We’d see a big impact in a negative way,” said Kadir Kurt, manager of the Fairborn Family Diner and Restaurant on North Broad. He estimated 60 to 75 percent of lunch patrons drive from Wright-Patterson. “Our lunch business would go down a lot,” he said.

Matthew P. Owen, executive director of the Fairborn Area Chamber of Commerce, said some businesses might temporarily experience a minor downturn, but Fairborn businesses closer to gates staying open could see an influx of customers, such as those exiting from Gate 26A onto Ohio 235, which leads into downtown.

“It’s three weeks, and I think people who are loyal to a restaurant or a certain business are going to find a way to get there,” he said. “We hope that’s the case.

“I would think that if I want to get somewhere and I want to patronize a business, you can get there,” he added. “You may take a little bit longer to get out, but you can get there.”

Wright-Patterson is the largest single site employer in Ohio with more than 27,000 employees and has a more than $4 billion estimated regional economic impact.