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Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:21 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:25 AM
Ohio State University is set to make a final decision this week on whether it will allow a prominent white supremacist to speak on campus.
In September, Richard Spencer, president of the white supremacist think tank the National Policy Institute, was denied space to speak on campus this fall, the university said. But, after an attorney for Spencer threatened to file a lawsuit, Ohio State officials said they would consider alternatives for the request.
OSU senior vice president and general counsel Christopher Culley sent a letter to Spencer’s attorney notifying him of ongoing deliberations at the university. Kyle Bristow, an attorney who describes himself as a member of the “alt-right,” has threatened to file lawsuits against Ohio State if the university did not allow Spencer space to speak.
“The university has reviewed this request and has determined that this request cannot be accommodated without substantial risk to public safety,” OSU’s Culley wrote in an Oct. 13 letter to Bristow. “However, the university is currently considering other alternatives.”
In the letter, Culley told Bristow that Ohio State officials would be in touch by the end of this week on a final decision. Besides releasing the letter, an Ohio State spokesman said officials have declined to comment further at this time.
A representative for Spencer had originally requested rental space for the white supremacist to speak at Ohio State between Oct. 12 and Oct. 26. Ohio State cited safety concerns in its original denial of the request, issued last month.
Bristow had also threatened to file a lawsuit against the University of Cincinnati but on Friday, UC president Neville Pinto sent out a campus-wide email stating that Spencer would be allowed to visit.
“As a state institution, we must adhere to the foundational rights embedded in the First Amendment. That includes protecting speech of all types at all times—even, perhaps especially, words that are blatantly hateful or offensive,” Pinto wrote. “After all, we cannot silence those with whom we disagree without opening the doors to our own voices being silenced by those who disagree with us.”
Spencer is also known as having been one of the organizers of August’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville that descended into violence.
He has been denied requests for space to speak at Penn State University, the University of Florida and at Michigan State University. After Michigan State denied Spencer’s speaking request, his event organizer filed a lawsuit against the school in United States District Court
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Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:58 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:16 AM
DAYTON — A neon sign caught fire early this morning outside Quincy’s restaurant.
Crews were called around 3:30 a.m. to 865 N. Main St. The road was closed at Miami Boulevard for a few hours as Dayton fire crews were on scene.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:00 PM
— A Flood Watch is in effect through 10 a.m. Sunday for the entire region.
Today: Rain may be heavy at times, especially toward the evening. A few thunderstorms are possible in the evening and overnight. Isolated damaging winds and flooding will be the main threat tonight. Rainfall amounts of 1 inch to 3 inches will be possible by Sunday morning. Temperatures will rise into the lower to middle 50s into the evening, then will fall late tonight as a cold front passes.
Sunday: Any rain early will end quickly then clouds linger. Flooding still possible as rivers and streams continue to rise. Highs will be in the lower 50s and it will be windy at times. There will be gradually decreasing clouds through the night and chilly with temperatures falling into the lower 30s. Watch for isolated slick spots late with any leftover standing water.
Monday: There will be a lot of sunshine and mild with highs in the lower 50s.
Tuesday: There will be mostly sunny skies with mild temperatures in the upper 50s.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 9:57 AM
— A member of the International Committee of the Red Cross said that in the past three years, 21 staff members have resigned or were fired for “paying for sexual services,” CNN reported.
Two other staff members suspected of sexual misconduct also did not have their contracts renewed, according to Yves Daccord, director general of the ICRC.
"This behavior is a betrayal of the people and the communities we are there to serve. It is against human dignity and we should have been more vigilant in preventing this," Daccord said.
Daccord said staffers are required to adhere to the ICRC’s code of conduct, which bans paying for sexual services. The organization has more than 1,700 staff members worldwide, CNN reported.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 10:33 AM
TURTLECREEK TWP., Warren County — The death of a 62-year old man found dead Friday morning on his neighbor’s property is not considered suspicious.
Neighbors found the man between 10:30 and 11 a.m. in the 800 block of North Nixon Road in Turtlecreek Twp., Lt. Shaun Embleton of Warren County Sheriff’s Office said.
The name of the deceased man was not released Saturday, pending notification of family.