Race, kids basketball event kick off NCAA week

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 10:18 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 10:18 AM

A free youth basketball event and a 4-mile road race, both set for Sunday, will kick off Dayton’s week of NCAA basketball tournament activities, according to the First Four Local Organizing Committee.

Basketball event

The second annual Hoopla Challenge, set for 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Chaminade-Julienne High School, is aimed at families with young children. Boys and girls in grades 2-8 can participate in a basketball shooting challenge, with one boy and one girl from each grade winning an iPad, according to Mike Lehner, assistant director of development at C-J.

Because the event is indoors in C-J’s gym at 505 S. Ludlow St., the event will be limited to the first 400 kids registered. Preregistration is available at daytonhoopla.com.

Matt Farrell, one of the leaders of the LOC, said kids can also win tickets to NCAA First Four tournament games at the event, as well as iTunes gift cards.

Lehner said kids will get free pizza thanks to a donation from Marion’s Piazza, will win T-shirts for making shots, and can watch Sunday’s conference championship games and the NCAA tournament selection show on TVs in the C-J gym and cafeteria.

Running race

The First 4 – 4 miler will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at UD Arena, 1801 S. Edwin C Moses Blvd. Preregistration is available at www.keysports.net until noon Friday, and race-day registration will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday. Either costs $25.

Runners and walkers will check in at UD Arena, and will race across the Stewart Street bridge, down Patterson Boulevard past Carillon Park and back to the Arena, with awards for the top three in each age group. After the race, there will be food and a St. Patrick’s Day-themed party in the Arena parking lot, according to Key Sports President Anthony Trimble.

Local chairman

The University of Dayton announced plans to extend the term of Local Organizing Committee chairman J.P. Nauseef, who is in his second year at the helm of the volunteer group.

UD President Daniel J. Curran cited Nauseef’s “passion, enthusiasm and can-do attitude” in announcing the move. Nauseef deflected credit, saying the LOC is a group effort that relies on a broad range of dedicated volunteers.

After this year’s NCAA tournament is finished, the local organizing committee will talk to the NCAA about the possibility of reviving an event like Dayton’s 2012 Selection Sunday festival, for 2014 and beyond.

NCAA games

UD Arena will host 10 games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament next week. It starts with the First Four – two games each next Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. There will be a full day of four second-round games on Friday, March 22, and two third-round games Sunday, March 24.

Teams and matchups will be announced on CBS at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Monica Lewinsky rips Roger Ailes for launching 'culture of exploitation'

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 1:30 AM

Monica Lewinsky penned an op-ed piece in the New York Times ripping former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who died last week.

She opened her piece by saying her words are not meant to be another obituary for Ailes, but "I hope, instead, an obituary for the culture he purveyed — a culture that affected me profoundly and personally,” she wrote.

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She continued, “Just two years after Rupert Murdoch appointed Mr. Ailes to head the new cable news network, my relationship with President Bill Clinton became public. Mr. Ailes, a former Republican political operative, took the story of the affair and the trial that followed and made certain his anchors hammered it ceaselessly, 24 hours a day.”

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She emphasized that their tactic worked like a charm. The Clinton-Lewinsky scandal hooked viewers as it unraveled, turning casual viewers into Fox loyalists. Fox cemented itself as the No. 1 news station, where it has remained for the last 15 years. Lewinsky also said that last year, the network made about $2.3 billion.

Lewinsky called it “a culture of exploitation,” and she railed on the environment fostered at Fox News and other cable news networks that use titillating stories to drive ratings.

"Their dream was my nightmare. My character, my looks and my life were picked apart mercilessly,” Lewinsky wrote. “Truth and fiction mixed at random in the service of higher ratings. My family and I huddled at home, worried about my going to jail — I was the original target of Kenneth Starr’s investigation, threatened with 27 years for having been accused of signing a false affidavit and other alleged crimes — or worse, me taking my own life. Meantime, Mr. Ailes huddled with his employees at Fox News, dictating a lineup of talking heads to best exploit this personal and national tragedy."

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Lewinsky said the firing of Ailes after sexual harassment allegations, and more recently the firing of disgraced former Fox News ratings king Bill O’Reilly following multiple sexual harassment allegations and some $13 million in settlements paid to women, shows that Fox News’ culture extended beyond the ratings game.

“The irony of Mr. Ailes’s career at Fox — that he harnessed a sex scandal to build a cable juggernaut and then was brought down by his own — was not lost on anyone who has been paying attention,” Lewinsky wrote.

Police search for vehicle’s occupants after pursuit in Kettering and Moraine

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:31 AM

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Police are looking for multiple occupants that fled from a vehicle after a police pursuit through parts of Moraine and Kettering early Wednesday morning. 

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A Moraine officer attempted to stop a vehicle he observed traveling north in the southbound lanes on South Dixie Drive around 12:15 a.m., according to police scanner traffic. 

Three people were observed by both Kettering and Moraine officers fleeing from the vehicle after it came to a stop near Heritage Point Drive in Kettering. 

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Initial reports indicate one person was taken into custody shortly after the vehicle stopped. A second person was located and taken into custody on South Patterson Boulevard near Carrollon Park. 

We’re monitoring this developing story and will update this page as new details become available. 

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Overheating equipment blamed for small house fire in Oakwood

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 11:37 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:05 AM

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A house recently purchased and currently under renovation suffered ‘very minor’ damage after a piece of equipment overheated. 

Firefighters said a floor sander overheated and filled the house with smoke, but only damaged a small portion of a floor. 

No injuries were reported.  

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Firefighters have responded to a report of a house fire on Orchard Drive in Oakwood late Tuesday night. 

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Crews from Oakwood and Kettering were dispatched to the house in the 200 block of Orchard Drive around 11:25 p.m. for an initial report of a smell of smoke in the area. 

Scanner traffic from the scene indicates firefighters kicked open a door and found heavy smoke conditions inside. 

Officials told our crew they believe the house is vacant and no one is inside. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Deceased Dayton boy once claimed he was molested by school janitor

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 4:39 PM

The Dayton mother accused of shooting and killing two of her children said she did it to “save them from the evils of the world,” according to court documents.

Claudena Helton’s children, Khmorra, 8, and Kaiden, 6, died Sunday at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Those court documents do not shed light on what Claudena Helton meant by the statement.

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But a Trotwood police report obtained by this news organization states that her 6-year-old son claimed to have been the victim of a sexually related offense at his school last winter. Legal authorities said this week that the complaint was investigated and charges were refused by prosecutors because of insufficient evidence.

In February, Trotwood police opened an investigation after Kaiden said he was touched inappropriately by a school janitor, and that the janitor sexually pleasured himself in front of Kaiden, according to a Feb. 14 police report. Kaiden was a student at Mother Brunner Catholic School, 4870 Denlinger Road.

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Spokesman Dan Andriacco said the Archdiocese of Cincinnati first heard about the case when police came to the school to investigate a complaint made by Claudena Helton.

“The janitor was immediately put on leave until the police resolve this,” Andriacco said Monday. He said the worker is “a longtime employee.”

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This news organization could not reach the uncharged employee, whose name was not listed in the police report nor provided by the school.

The principal of Mother Brunner received an email Monday from an investigator in the Montgomery County prosecutor’s office saying they’re not going forward with the case, Andriacco said.

Trotwood police Capt. Dan Heath said charges in the case were refused on the first presentation to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office because of insufficient evidence.

The boy’s claim also was being reviewed by CARE House and children services. Representatives of all the groups were supposed to meet with Claudena Helton last week to discuss how and whether to proceed, Heath said, but the meeting had to be rescheduled because not everyone could attend. Their meeting was rescheduled for Monday, but that meeting did not take place since Helton now is incarcerated, Heath said.

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“There will be a debriefing about what course, if any, to take on this,” Heath said.

The case is not officially closed, Heath said.

Andriacco said all archdiocesan employees are vetted when hired. He said there were no sex offenses or offenses involving children in the janitor’s past.

“I don’t see any reason why (the janitor) would not return,” Andriacco said. “It’s always been the expectation that as soon as this was cleared away, he’d be returned to service.”