‘Alt-right’ activist Richard Spencer plans visit to University of Florida

Published: Sunday, August 13, 2017 @ 8:46 PM

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File photo. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

AltRight.com co-editor Richard Spencer might speak at the University of Florida in September.

UF President Kent Fuchs released a statement saying that the National Policy Institute, which is led by Spencer, contacted the university to reserve space for a speaking event that would feature Spencer, who is a white nationalist and "alt-right" activist.

Fuchs said the organization is not affiliated with the university, and no student groups or other groups affiliated with the university are sponsoring the speech.

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The event is not finalized and it is still under discussion, Fuchs said.

University regulations allow non-university groups, organizations and persons to rent space on campus. The groups must cover rental expenses and security costs.

Fuchs said the university's administration, staff and campus police are forming a security plan if the event is finalized. The university is working with other organizations that held similar events on their campuses.

"For many in our community, including myself, this speaker’s presence would be deeply disturbing," Fuchs said in an official statement. "What we’ve watched happen in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the last 24 hours is deplorable; I again denounce all statements and symbols of hate. The University of Florida is a community of learners, educators and scholars. We encourage open and honest dialogue, and we strive to build an inclusive environment where hate is not welcome."

Fuchs said that while Spencer's views do not align with those of the university, the university has to follow and uphold the First Amendment.

Saturday marked a violent day for Charlottesville after one person died and 19 were injured following a white nationalist rally.

Spencer led a rally in May, protesting plans to remove a Confederate monument in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"Though we have a responsibility as a public university, we also have a vital duty to our students, faculty and staff to uphold our educational mission," Fuchs said.

The event would be held Sept. 12 if it is finalized by the university. 

Boston University study finds repeated hits to the head can cause CTE, without concussions

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:27 PM

Youth football players. (Photo: Boston25News.com)
Youth football players. (Photo: Boston25News.com)

Kimberly Archie was pleased to hear about the new findings on chronic brain injuries released by Boston University on Thursday. 

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Doctors at BU have found constant hits to young athletes – even without concussions – cause Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE. 

Archie says this better explains how her son died.

“I think it's great that peer-reviewed research has finally caught up to what a lot of us have known for a long time,” she told Boston 25 News. “And it seemed very suspect the way he died because the behavior was so erratic.”

Archie says her son died at age 24 from reckless driving that seemed suicidal, but she didn't understand why, until she had his brain autopsied and found he suffered from CTE after playing football from age 7 to 15.

“My son never had any brain injuries or what a lot of people like to call a concussion,” Archie said. 

The new research could change the way some sports are played. The athletic director at Walpole High School says he already plans to talk to coaches about the findings from BU, to find ways players can avoid those dangerous hits.

Ron Dowd says the new findings that hard hits can cause brain damage in several sports at a young age -- makes sense. 

“The more education, the more proof that you have is always better, you're always looking to improve” Dowd said. 

He plans to work with coaches to show players how to make tackles and plays without injuring their brain.

“You can still encompass techniques and so forth, still get your point across and not be slamming heads,” he said. 

Dowd says game rules could also be changed in the future to prevent CTE after this new research.

Archie hopes the new research helps other families avoid the loss she's had.

“It's different once you have the proof and you look back, then it becomes crystal clear,” she said.

3-month-old girl exposed to heroin, taken to hospital

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:17 PM

Crystal Cumberland. (Photo: WPXI.com)
Crystal Cumberland. (Photo: WPXI.com)

Police arrested a woman after they say she exposed her baby to fentanyl.

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But she told investigators that's not the drug she thought she was using.

The baby had to be flown to Children's Hospital from Uniontown.

Crystal Cumberland is in jail and facing charges including aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to Pennsylvania State Police in Fayette County, in November, the baby girl had to be given several doses of Narcan to revive her.

At the time, investigators thought the baby overdosed on heroin, but according to a criminal complaint, Cumberland "admitted to hospital staff to snorting a white powder to get high, which exposed the infant to fentanyl that was sold as heroin." 

Children left in freezing car while mother talked to friends in mall, police say

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:39 PM

Mother Talked To Friends In Mall While Children Left In Freezing Car

After getting calls about mothers leaving their kids in freezing temperatures, police are warning parents not to leave their children in their vehicles.

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A mother left her two young children in a car as she spoke with friends for more than 45 minutes, according to WXIN

Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer Stephen Jones found an 11-year-old girl clutching her 2-year-old brother inside a Toyota Corolla around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Castleton Square Mall. The outside temperature was 8 degrees at the time, according to WXIN

The girl told Jones she had the keys to the car but had turned it off. Jones asked her to turn on the car. 

Jones went into the mall and found the 29-year-old mother speaking with a group of her friends in front of a store. She was very apologetic. 

Jones filed a report with the Department of Child Services and warned the woman to never leave her children alone again, according to WISH

Hours earlier, police had also responded to a call that a woman left her son, 4, and daughter, 7, in a car in freezing temperatures for more than an hour, according to WISH.

Dog mauls 4-year-old girl, police say

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:14 PM

A 4-year-old girl was airlifted to the hospital Thursday after being mauled by a dog. (Photo: WFTV.com)
A 4-year-old girl was airlifted to the hospital Thursday after being mauled by a dog. (Photo: WFTV.com)

A 4-year-old girl is recovering at a local hospital after she was mauled by a family friend’s dog, police said. 

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The attack happened Thursday afternoon at the Meadows Mobile Home Park in Melbourne, police said.

Police said the girl's mother dropped the girl off to be watched by a family friend and another woman. The family friend left and the child was being watched by the other woman when the mixed-breed dog attacked the girl, police said.

The woman was able to grab the girl and run out of the house, where she screamed for help, police said. The dog kept trying to get through the door when a neighbor grabbed the child and called 911, police said. 

"I just picked her up and ran like hell with her. I told my wife, 'Call 911, we got an emergency.' That's before I even saw her wounds," neighbor Richard Hansen said. "I saw her trying to keep the door shut, so I ran over there and she said the dog attacked her."

It’s unclear why the dog attacked the child, police said.

The child had injuries to her neck, back and leg, but she will recover, police said. The woman also has not-life-threatening injuries. 

"The little girl kept saying, 'Bad dog, bad dog,'" Hansen said.

Animal services has captured the dog, as well as three other dogs, but it’s unclear what will happen to the animals.

Police said they don't anticipate filing any criminal charges against the dog owners and said they were cooperative.