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Published: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 11:07 AM
Sparked by the Harvey Weinstein sexual harrassment scandal, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged women to share their experiences with sexual harassment and assault.
Since then, #MeToo has become a battle cry that all too many women seem to know intimately.
Daytonians are not an exception.
The following “me too” stories are all local. They were collected for and read at PUSH Dayton’s recent stage production, “All the Sex Monologues.”
Content Warning: the following stories contain graphic details and accounts of sexual assault and harassment.
“My friend and I were in the front row at a concert with the crowd smooshing us into the rail. The guy behind me was pressed right against my a** and kept grinding on me. I asked him to stop and then kicked him in the knee. He moved, but his friend took his spot and grabbed the back of my jeans by the loop and stuck his hand in my pants. He grabbed me, all the way down. Security kicked him out. I was 16.”
“(I) found out recently that my mom lost her virginity to her stepdad at age 12.”
“When I was 17, I was at a friend's house, and we were all drunk. He'd passed out on the couch. His roommate started kissing me. He was in his mid 20's and very attractive, so I kissed him back. Eventually I said I was tired and was going to go to the bathroom, then to bed. He followed me into the bathroom, pushed me onto my knees, grabbed my hair and made me suck his d***. Then he pulled me up, turned me around, pushing me hard against the counter. I remember telling him no, but he was drunk, I was drunk, and he wouldn't stop. I must have yelled loud enough, because my friend came into the bathroom and stopped it. I still remember how embarrassed and guilty I felt for leading him on.”
“In high school, I was voted best boobs. The wrestler I was dating and three other guys held me down in a car while my boyfriend pulled my shirt over my head and made me flash them all. Another wrestler reported it but nothing came of it.”
“My husband and I were at a hotel, and he was drunk and wanted to have sex. I didn't. He pushed me over the bed, pulled my pants off and held me down. I cried the entire time. I went in the bathroom and called my mom after he was passed out. She found me an apartment and I moved two days later.”
Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 8:41 AM
WESTERVILLE — A funeral procession and service are planned for two Ohio police officers fatally shot while responding to a 911 hang-up call in the Columbus suburb of Westerville.
A viewing is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Friday for officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Westerville, followed by a funeral starting at 1 p.m.
A procession through the city will follow the funeral. Schools are closed for the day.
The two veteran officers were shot after entering a residence early Saturday afternoon. The officers returned fire, wounding 30-year-old Quentin Smith.
Smith has been charged with aggravated murder. He remains hospitalized.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who is in Dayton today, said the “entire state” mourns the loss of Morelli and Joering.
“In the days since their passing, we’ve heard stories of their incredible service to their community, their fellow officers and their families. We can never repay them or their loved ones for their service and sacrifice, but today we honor their memory and lift up the entire Westerville community and all those who knew them,” he said.
Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 1:52 PM
FAIRBORN — Wright State University’s Board of Trustees voted 7-1 to enact a mandatory furlough policy Friday, even as frustrated professors confronted the university’s leaders about proposed “draconian” cuts they say will erode the institution’s educational quality.
Wright State faces declining enrollment and higher health care costs while it grapples with the outlines of millions of dollars in cuts to avoid deficit spending and being put on a state fiscal watch, officials said.
“We must continue to be realists together while we maintain our passion for this university,” Douglas A. Fecher, chairman of the Board of Trustees, told dozens of faculty members and others gathered for the board meeting Friday. “We simply do not have access to the same level of resources that we once had in the past.”
Fecher said ignoring the economic situation will not make it go away.
“It will demand more hard choices and hard sacrifice,” he said. “Terrible decisions remain and they must be made.”
Last June, Wright State cut nearly $31 million out of its fiscal year 2018 budget in response to years of overspending, and to raise its reserve fund to $6 million. WSU needs to cut an additional $10.5 million because of enrollment issues, and to cover additional scholarship and fellowship costs, this newspaper has reported.
Members of the American Association of University Professors and faculty members rallied against the cuts Friday, saying they have diminished Wright State’s core mission of education by reducing instructors and classes and creating uncertainty and anxiety among faculty, staff and students.
Senate Faculty President Travis E. Doom told the board he and other faculty members have had questions from students about whether they would be able to complete their degree programs and how the cuts would impact their studies.
“This term, the university remarked in a prepared statement that there is no chance that Wright State University is going to close,” he said. “The fact that the university felt the need to make this statement is chilling. The fact that our community thought this was newsworthy is horrifying.”
The AAUP has said the administration has offered a three-year contract with no raises, reduced benefits and higher health care costs amounting to a pay cut.
Nearly 90 percent of AAUP members eligible to vote have voted yes on a strike authorization if a deal is not reached, according to the union. Unresolved bargaining issues include employment security and furloughs, teaching workloads, maintaining summer teaching opportunities, and proposals that would cut pay and health benefits, the labor organization says.
Dan Slilaty, a WSU mathematics professor and AAUP member, said Wright State had gone on a “budget-cutting spree” that protects administration and trustee priorities and “slashes” the university’s core mission.
He said about 580 faculty members who teach at the university account for about 17 percent of its budget.
“What we the faculty demand is that all future cuts to the university’s budget be made in the irresponsible, multi-million dollar athletic budget and the extreme salaries and bloat of the upper administration and in risky side ventures,” he said to audience applause.
“If a strike is the only way in which meaningful shared governance is going to happen, if a strike is the only way to stop this reckless disregard for the core mission of the university, then I will vote for a strike, and I believe my colleagues will as well,” he added.
Wright State has made no decision on furloughing employees, but the policy enacted Friday allows the university to impose unpaid days off work for non-union employees should they become necessary.
Any furloughs of AAUP members would have to be contractually negotiated, said Marty Kich, president of the Wright State chapter of the labor organization.
The university and the AAUP are headed to fact-finding in April, he said.
RELATED: Wright State swimming, diving supporters hire consultant to try to save teams Wright State Trustee Bruce Langos, the sole no vote on enacting the policy on mandatory furloughs, said non-bargaining unit support staff have taken enough cuts.
He added the university should spend more time finding new revenue sources.
“I think we have a high probability that we’re going to end up on fiscal watch and we need to make sure that we’re focused on that revenue growth,” he said in an interview. “We can’t put the entire problem on the backs of the employees. We need to be generating revenue.”
David M. Butkovinsky, a long-time WSU accounting professor and AAUP member, told trustees the cuts would hurt both students’ education and the retention and recruitment of faculty.
Published: Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 11:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— If all goes as planned, downtown Dayton will soon have its very own speakeasy.
Construction is underway for Kette's Kandies Spirited Treats, a Prohibition-era speakeasy-themed cocktail bar behind the Century Bar, 10 S. Jefferson St. in the Fire Blocks District.
A Facebook page promoting the long-awaited space has just been launched to wet our whistles.
Kette's will operate in a 2,000-square-foot space behind the Century, one of downtown Dayton’s oldest bars.
Joseph Head, the Century’s co-owner, expects Kette’s will be open for business this winter or early spring.
>> RELATED: What are the oldest bars in downtown Dayton?
Between 1909 and 1913, the Century’s site was the home of Kette & Sons whiskey company.
The whiskey company’s building was destroyed by fire during the Great Flood of 1913. Seeing prohibition looming, the Kettes got out of the whiskey business and opened a candy store.
Plans for the Kette’s Kandies Spirited Treats have changed significantly since Head first announced the project in late 2015. Preliminary construction began in spring of 2016.
Early plans called for Kette's decor to feature "repurposed bar wood" and tables and chairs different from that of The Century Bar next door.
Instead, the owners are going for a swanky cocktail bar with Kette’s. The speakeasy will have seating for up to 80.
There will be cocktail tables, a granite bar with chandeliers hanging above, a red velvet seating area and a special section for Century’s so-called “bicentennial” members.
Kette's will focus on mixology, while Century specializes in whisky and bourbon.
Even though the over-the-top speakeasy won’t be open for a few more months, that doesn’t mean you have to wait for its beer.
Kette's Pride, a rye whiskey barrel-aged porter, is the result of a collaboration between the Century and Warped Wing Brewing Co. It will be sold in the brewery’s taproom nearby at 26 Wyandot St.
The porter will be the only beer sold in the cocktail-driven, roaring ‘20s themed speakeasy and poured from a “barrel.”
Head said a whiskey barrel-aged beer was intentionally selected to honor the Kette family.
“It was a tip of the hat to a long-standing family in Dayton,” he said.
Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 11:04 AM
SPRINGBORO — The Springboro City Council authorized the city manager to pay $190,000 for 5.8 acres of residential property on Lytle-Five Points Road and shift $200,000 in city funds to pay for the land.
The votes during Thursday’s council meeting came on two legislative items added to the agenda and approved on first readings.
Supporters say the new park would help serve residents in an area where most of the city’s growth has happened.
The land is at 525 W. Lytle-Five Points Road, at the southwest corner of Lytle-Five Points and Crosley Road, in Clearcreek Twp.
City Manager Chris Pozzuto said the seller was Gary Gibson. Property tax records indicate the owners, Gibson and his wife, live nearby on Crosley Road.
The land is valued at $76,270 by the Warren County Auditor’s Office. A home on the property has been removed and a sign indicated it was still up for sale on Friday.
During Thursday’s council work session before the formal meeting, Councilwoman Janie Ridd asked what would happen if the Clearcreek Twp. Board of Trustees decided not to collaborate with the city on the park.
“We have a lot of options,” Pozzuto said, including leaving the land as green space or reselling it.
Previous discussion of the land purchase was in executive session.
On Thursday, the council adjourned into another executive session before returning to approve the purchase during an open meeting.
“While the city has over 400 acres of park land / public open space, most of it lies in the west and southwest parts of the city. There aren’t any public parks in the northeast area of the city, where most of the residential growth has been over the past 10-15 years,” Pozzuto said in a email this morning.
Before the votes, Pozzuto indicated the land could be developed as a park or left as green space.
With Councilman Jim Chmiel absent, the vote on each item was 6-0.
“This will allow the city to develop a park close to many of the newer neighborhoods that have been developed recently. The hope is to create a passive park that would contain open space, picnic shelter(s), playground(s), a small paved walking trail, etc.,” Pozzuto added Friday.
The city’s North Park is 2.4 miles away, across Ohio 741, Main Street in Springboro.
The property sale price is $190,000, with $10,000 for a title search and other work done in anticipation of the sale, according to Pozzuto.