Company behind ‘Fearless Girl’ statue settles gender dispute

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 12:56 AM

The Fearless Girl statue stands in New York's financial district.
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The Fearless Girl statue stands in New York's financial district.(DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

She’s a symbol of strength and gender equality for women. Since the “Fearless Girl” statue was placed in front of the Wall Street bull in March, she has drawn crowds for selfie shots and praise for exuding empowerment for women.

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It is not a small irony that State Street Corporation, the company that sponsored the statue, has agreed to pay $5 million to settle allegations that it underpaid female and black employees, CNN reported.

A Department of Labor probe in 2012 found that State Street paid 305 women who held the executive positions of senior vice president, managing director or vice president less than their male counterparts. The investigation showed that the women earned smaller base salaries, bonuses and total compensation than men.

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The findings from the audit were filed in Boston, where State Street is located, on Wednesday, along with the settlement agreement, the New York Post reported. State Street will pay the affected parties about $4.5 million in back pay and approximately $500,000 in interest, CNN reported. 

The firm has denied any wrongdoing.

"State Street is committed to equal pay practices and evaluates on an ongoing basis our internal processes to be sure our compensation, hiring and promotions programs are nondiscriminatory," the company said in a statement.

“While we disagreed with the [Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs]'s analysis and findings, we have cooperated fully with them, and made a decision to bring this six year-old matter to resolution and move forward.”

State Street Global Advisors, the corporation's investment management division, installed "Fearless Girl" across from the "Charging Bull" statue in March to call attention to its efforts to increase the number of women on its clients' corporate boards, CNN reported.

The bronze statue was immediately popular, with people visiting and snapping photographs next to it. The statue was originally slated to stay for a week, but it became so popular that thousands signed a petition to make it a permanent fixture in New York’s financial district.

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Can you ID Dayton bike thieves?

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 5:16 PM

Police are asking for the public’s help to identify three suspects stealing bicycles.

The bike thieves took two bikes in the 300 block of West First Street over a two-day span July 11 and July 12, according to a release from Dayton police.

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All three suspects appear to be younger males.

One was wearing a black tank top, black shorts and black shoes.

The second was wearing a white tank top, had a black backpack and distinctive bright blue tennis shoes.

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The third suspect was wearing a bright yellow or lime green T-shirt with black writing on the left chest and on the back of the shirt. He also was wearing gray shorts with a red stripe and black flip-flops with white on the strap.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects or who knows about the crime is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP (7867).

Got a news tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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McDonald’s giving away free french fries through the end of the year

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 5:15 PM

McDonald's is giving away free medium fries every Friday through the end of 2018, for customers who download the McDonald's app.
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McDonald's is giving away free medium fries every Friday through the end of 2018, for customers who download the McDonald's app.(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

McDonald’s is giving away free french fries for the remainder of 2018.

Every Friday until December 30, you can get an order of medium fries for free, McDonald’s announced as part of a promotion for National French Fry Day.

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In order to get the free fries, customers have to download the McDonald’s app to get the deal’s coupon.

Customers also have to make a purchase of at least $1 to redeem.

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On-ramp to I-675 N & S in Fairborn, from base Area B, reopens after crash

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 2:55 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 5:10 PM

SCENE: 3 injured on I-675 crash near Col. Glenn

UPDATE @ 4:56 p.m.:  The on-ramp has reopened.

UPDATE @ 4:35 p.m.:

One lane on the ramp to I-675 North and South, from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Area B, has reopened.

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INITIAL REPORT

Three people have been taken to a hospital following a single-vehicle rollover crash on I-675 near Col. Glenn Highway, according to the Ohio Highway State Patrol.

All three victims have been taken to Miami Valley hospital. The driver is in serious condition. The condition of the two passengers is unknown.

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Both the northbound and southbound ramps to Col. Glenn Highway are shut down.

The vehicle crash was reported about 2 p.m., according to scanner traffic. Speed and alcohol may have played a factor in the crash, according to OSP.

We are working to find out more information. We will update this developing report.

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Police lip sync battle: Which Butler County officers did it better?

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:52 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:52 PM

Police departments across the country are issuing and answering a lip sync challenge. The Middletown Police Department’s video features Officer Chris Alfrey pounding on the door of a closed Central Pastry.
(From: Middletown Division of Police Facebook)
Police departments across the country are issuing and answering a lip sync challenge. The Middletown Police Department’s video features Officer Chris Alfrey pounding on the door of a closed Central Pastry.((From: Middletown Division of Police Facebook))

Two Butler County law enforcement agencies have released lip sync challenge videos this week. Now the question is: Who is the better performer — the Middletown Police Department or the Butler County Sheriff's Office? And will any other departments take on the challenge?

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Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said numerous people, after watching other public safety departments post lip sync videos, encouraged Middletown to create their own music video.

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“Hopefully it made somebody’s bad day a better day where they could laugh a little bit,” he said.

CLICK HERE to watch Middletown Police in their lip sync battle

In the video that was released today on the department’s Facebook page, the officers poked fun at themselves by eating doughnuts. The video to Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” features officers upset that there are no doughnuts left in the break room.

Among the video's highlights: Maj. Leanne Hood throws a bagel against a wall and Maj. David Birk sings to a picture of a doughnut on his desk.

The video also features Officer Chris Alfrey pounding on the door of a closed Central Pastry.

The video ends with Muterspaw being told that one doughnut is left in the break room — only to find that a canine officer has found the doughnut first.

The Middletown Police Department has challenged the Fairfield Police Department to create their own lip sync video.

Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard said, “If I can get enough interest from my staff we certainly will.”

On Monday, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office released its answer to the lip sync challenge with a featuring “The Final Countdown” by Europe, which was recorded in the Butler County Historic Courthouse; a dispatcher belting out “One Call Away ” by Charlie Puth; and Sheriff Richard Jones dancing to “Ice, Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice with several sheriff's office employees.

“You have to be able to laugh at yourself,” Jones said, noting he failed at doing the flossing dance but he keeps trying.

The sheriff said the videos humanize law enforcement to the community as well as build morale within the ranks.

“(Officers) have difficult, dangerous jobs. It is good for everyone to have a chance to laugh,” Jones said. “And I hope people are watching it and laughing their (expletive) off.”

The sheriff’s office has challenged the Hamilton West Chester police department to the lip sync battle. There's no word yet if they plan to respond.

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