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Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 6:35 PM
— Students across the nation — including here in southwest Ohio — are expected to walk out of school Wednesday, drawing attention to the issues of school safety and gun control that have dominated public debate since the Feb. 14 shooting at a Florida high school.
Wednesday’s demonstrations and others scheduled for coming days could be among the largest, most organized by American students in the nation’s history.
The walkouts are organized with a variety of intentions, all sparked by the slaughter of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Some are geared expressly toward more strict gun control, such as ones organized by the Women’s March group, while others are aimed at memorializing the dead in as non-political a manner as possible.
“We’re protesting Congress’ lack of action to protect students in schools,” Meigan Karolak, a Fairmont High School sophomore, recently told this newspaper.
Others, like Logan Cole, the student who was shot and injured last year at West Liberty-Salem High School, said he would not participate in walkouts organized in the name of the Women’s March group, instead opting to organize a memorial for the Florida dead.
“I feel like it’s a little simplistic to look at this and point out gun control as the problem,” Cole said. “I feel like it’s disrespectful to the students of the Parkland shooting to go and use their tragedy to further a certain group’s political agenda.”
Students at Madison High School in Butler County, where four were hurt in a 2016 cafeteria shooting, are encouraged by student council today to wear maroon, burgundy and silver, the team colors of the Florida high school.
National demonstrations are also planned for March 24, with a march on Washington, D.C.; and on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.
A march at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus will also be held today.
“We’re expecting between 200-250 Ohio high schoolers to come to the Statehouse,” said Micah Kraus, a senior at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati who helped organize the march. “After the parkland shooting and seeing how the students in Florida reacted, and especially seeing them go to Tallahassee and seeing them lobby at the statehouse in Florida, we saw that and realized, what’s stopping us from doing that in Ohio?”
In an open letter to school administrators, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio this week cautioned schools against infringing on the First Amendment rights of students who protest.
Linking the walkouts with protests of past generations — “students have been a driving force for social justice, perhaps most visibly in advancing the Civil Rights Movement and in ending the Vietnam War, among other examples” — the ACLU issued a clear warning.
“As students plan walkouts to press for changes in social policy, please bear firmly in mind: The Constitution forbids disciplining students more harshly for politically motivated conduct,” ACLU of Ohio Executive Director J. Bennett Guess wrote. “The ACLU of Ohio may intervene if a student who leaves school as an act of political protest faces more severe punishment because of their political beliefs.”
Guess encouraged school officials to “seize this as a teachable moment by nurturing students’ commitment to social action by removing barriers to their participation.”
“Public schools are essential in educating young people about democracy, and that includes their role in enacting it,” he wrote.
In 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Tinker v. Des Moines that neither students nor teachers “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,” but also recognized the need to prevent substantial disruption to the educational process.
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Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:32 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 2:22 AM
TROTWOOD — UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Officials continue to investigate after a person was shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning.
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Initial reports indicate the shooting occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight.
The suspect was not on scene when authorities arrived, but officials are describing the suspect vehicle as a black Lincoln SUV.
The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital on unknown conditions.
Crews are responding to the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road in Trotwood on a reported shooting that occurred early Friday morning.
The incident was dispatched around 12:20 a.m., per initial reports.
We will continue to update this story with more details.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:22 AM
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Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:30 PM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson told newly minted “technical leaders” of the Air Force Institute of Technology to never stop asking why and to be innovators who build strong and trusted relationships to solve the nation’s national security challenges.
Wilson, an Air Force Academy alumnae and former Rhodes scholar at Oxford, spoke Thursday night to more than 240 AFIT graduates among an audience of 1,200 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Among three key points of advice, the top Air Force civilian leader told graduates to be critical thinkers who challenge assumptions about why.
“You will also now serve as technical leaders and as leaders in technology and science you have to learn four important words. You have to learn to say, ‘that’s not good enough.’”
The secretary cited recent hypoxia-like incidents among pilots experiencing oxygen loss in some of the most sophisticated aircraft, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and more basic training aircraft such as the propeller-driven T-6 Texan, as an example to keep asking why and not be pressured to cut short the search for answers.
She told graduates they should not be afraid to say no, even to superiors, until a solution is known.
Wilson told them they must also be innovators.
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“Innovation doesn’t come from requirement statements,” she said. “There was never a requirement statement for a silicon chip. There was never a requirement statement for Uber. There was probably wasn’t a requirement statement for GPS.
“If you’re not making mistakes as an engineer, you’re probably only proving that what you already know really does work,” she said. “That’s not innovation. We need you to push the bounds of what you know.”
The high-flying, record-breaking Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane with a needle-like sleek shape demanded overcoming a series of technical problems, from aviators in space suits ejecting at extreme speeds and altitudes to heat-resistant glass that wouldn’t distort surveillance cameras view.
“The result was an air-breathing monster faster than a speeding bullet,” she said. “What would your innovation be?”
Developing trusted relationships is the third key, Wilson said.
“The work that you are about matters, and the people matter more,” she said.
From her time at the Air Force Academy to serving on the national security council staff, the former New Mexico congresswoman said she could count “on one hand” people she could call on at any time.
“Those kinds of relationships are built over a long period of time are priceless in your life,” she said.
The Air Force’s top leaders listen and trust each other and see things from different perspectives to address national security issues, she said.
“You have everything to gain as young officers and civilians in the Air Force to see alternative perspectives, to find your partners in crime who are going to push you and make you better because steel sharpens steel,” she told AFIT graduates.
“The United States Air Force relies on the most advanced technology to defend our nation and project power in the air and space around the globe,” Wilson added. “We’re going to lean on you. We’re going to lean hard on you as the next generation of scientists and engineers in air and space.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:21 PM
— Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data grab scandal started with a personality quiz app but it’s not the only Facebook App you should be worried about, according to tech experts.
“You’ve probably given away a lot of information and unfortunately that information is used to manipulate people,” said Gayle Jenkins, the owner of DNA Computers in Kettering.
Jenkins found over 100 apps on her own Facebook account that have grabbed her profile information, friend list, posts, likes, or even photos she’s posted and photos she’s tagged in.
A look at my phone revealed over 70 apps including “Apply Magic Sauce.”
According to their website, the app translates individuals digital footprints into psychological profiles. Jenkins showed me how to get rid of it.
To remove or modify these Facebook Apps and quizzes using your phone:
Open the Facebook app
Click the menu (which is typically designated by three lines)
Select “account settings”
Choose apps you want to delete
To delete Facebook Apps on a desktop or laptop:
Log on to Facebook
Click the menu (the small triangle in the upper right corner)
Click “apps” (located in a list on the left side of the screen)
Select an app
Select the pencil icon to modify settings or click the “X” to delete the app
You can turn off all app access completely, but Jenkins recommends deleting apps one by one.
“if you scroll down past the apps there is a box where you can turn off Platform. Platform is the interface which allows Facebook to work with third-party websites and software. If you disable it, you can’t log into anything with Facebook anymore,” said Jenkins.
Jenkins warns of another big risk with access you grant these apps.