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Lawmaker slams WSU for email warning of anti-abortion activists

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 11:56 AM

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A local lawmaker is criticizing Wright State University’s handling a planned anti-abortion event on campus today.

State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miami Twp., said Gary Dickstein, WSU’s interim vice president for student affairs, should not have sent out a campus-wide email warning people of the event. In the campus email, Dickstein said that the public university must allow the activists on campus, even if they express views that some might find offensive.

“I’m saddened it seemed as if he were taking a position on this protest when he said it ‘must’ be allowed, that it might be ‘offensive,’ and that he will ensure the group ‘behaves,’” Antani said. “This is disturbing when university campuses already seem to be a bastion of liberal ideology.”

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The campus-wide email speaks to an ongoing issue of free speech on campus that has bubbled up in recent months.

Republicans such as Antani and U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana have criticized colleges for not allowing speakers with conservative or controversial views from hosting events on campuses.

Approximately 10 anti-abortion activists from the group “Created Equal” will be in the WSU quad from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, according to a press release from the group. The group will set up 4 feet by 3 feet placards of “very graphic images,” according to the email.

“As an institution of higher education, it is imperative that we embrace diverse thoughts and ideas. Moreover, as a public university, Wright State must allow individuals or groups who wish to exercise their First Amendment rights on its campuses the opportunity to do so. This is true even when individuals and/or groups express views that some in our community find offensive,” the email states.

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Wright State encouraged people uncomfortable with the event to avoid the quad altogether or to seek support from the school’s counseling and wellness center, something Antani also criticized.

“I am disappointed Dr. Dickstein decided to send this email in the tone that he did. Students do not need counseling services because of a protest,” Antani said.

Wright State spokesman Seth Bauguess declined to respond directly to Antani’s comments. But, moving forward the university plans to notify students, staff and faculty every time an off-campus group plans to hold a demonstration on campus, Bauguess said.

“We had people in our community wanting to know about when these types of things were happening,” Bauguess said. “We decided we’re going to be more committed going forward to telling our campus about these things.”

Officials also see the demonstration as a learning experience for students who may not have realized that because Wright State is a public university, it is required to allow demonstrations and protests on campus, Bauguess said.

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Other colleges across the country have turned down controversial speakers recently. Earlier this month, Ohio State announced it would not allow known white supremacist Richard Spencer to host a campus event because of safety concerns.

In August, Wright State posted a “rules sign” near a campus rock that caused controversy a year ago. In September 2016, the rock was painted by students to say “Black Lives Matter.” Shortly after, the word “black” was changed to “white” and later to “all.”

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Woman in ICU after struck by vehicle in Kettering

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 10:42 AM
Updated: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 4:12 PM

A 41-year-old woman is in ICU after she was struck by a vehicle in Kettering Saturday morning.

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Kettering dispatchers confirmed a man struck the female with his vehicle on West Stroop Road near Stoneridge Road around 2:40 a.m.

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Police were able to locate the man who reportedly thought he had hit a deer using intersection cameras, according to Kettering Police Department Sgt. Larry Warren. He pulled over “down the street” to check his vehicle in a parking lot for damage, dispatchers told us.

The man was reported “very upset” when police told the man he had actually hit a woman instead of a deer. 

Warren said the area where the woman was struck was very dark and wooded. He said police do not know why she was crossing the street there. There was no crosswalk.

Warren describes the woman as being in “very bad shape” after the accident and remains in Kettering Medical Center.

The driver of the vehicle does not face criminal charges, Warren said.

Police are not releasing the identity of the woman at this time.

We are working to learn more and will update this story as information becomes available.

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Pool-goers experience whirlwind at Kroger Aquatic Center in Huber Heights 

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

Meteorologist Jesse Maag goes over a whirlwind that popped up Huber Heights and discusses how it was formed.

If the conditions are just right on a hot summer day, you might just come across a whirlwind like the pool-goers at the Kroger Aquatic Center in Huber Heights did Saturday.

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A whirlwind, also known as a dust devil, is a relatively small, rotating column of air initially formed from calm winds, plenty of sun, and generally dry conditions, according to News Center 7 Meteorologist Jesse Maag.

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Crystal Hagans told us an umbrella flew over her head during the whirlwind at the Kroger Aquatic Center located at 8625 Brandt Pike . Hagans said clothes, shoes and lounge chairs were picked up by the whirlwind as well.

Lifeguards were able to get everyone out of the pool and take shelter, Hagans said. They checked to make sure no one had been hurt.

“For me, it was exciting but I was surprised when it happened,” said Hagans.

The birth of a whirlwind starts with sunshine heating the ground which then heats the air immediately above it. This process is known as conduction. Once the air just above the ground is heated, it rapidly rises into the relatively cooler air above.

As it rises it creates what is called an updraft. The updraft quickly transports air from the surface several meters into the air, Maag said.

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After the updraft takes places, air from all around the base of whirlwind rushes in to fill the void left by the air previously located there. Since the air rushing towards the center of the whirlwind is also hot, it meets at the center and continues to feed the updraft.

This cycle continues until heat is lost at the surface or the overall calm surface conditions are compromised. Whirlwinds are generally harmless to adults, but on rare occasions they have been known to knock people off of their feet. It’s best for small children to steer clear of these.

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Massachusetts policeman, civilian killed in shooting 

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 2:55 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 4:07 PM

Police were on the scene of a shooting in Weymouth, Massachusetts, where a policeman died from his wounds.
Weymouth Police Department
Police were on the scene of a shooting in Weymouth, Massachusetts, where a policeman died from his wounds.(Weymouth Police Department)

A Massachusetts police officer and a civilian were shot and killed in Weymouth on Sunday morning, authorities said.

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Authorities said the officer, identified as Michael Chesna, sustained life-threatening injuries and was rushed to South Shore Hospital. He later died from his injuries.

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The Norfolk County district attorney said the suspect, identified as Emmanuel Lopes, is in custody. Lopes will be charged with two counts of homicide. The arraignment is scheduled for Monday.

Police said the officer had pulled over a car that had been driving erratically out of Rockland.

The driver then ran off and attempted to hide near Burton Place in Weymouth. The suspect then allegedly threw a rock at the officer, causing him to drop his gun.

The suspect then grabbed the officer's weapon and shot him, police said.

The shooting happened near South Shore Hospital.

Authorities blocked off parts of South Shore Hospital.

Cars at the scene being towed were involved in an accident before the shooting happened.

Government officials in the area, including Gov. Charlie Baker, put out tweets on Sunday, sending thoughts and prayers to those close to the victims.

The shooting happened just three months and three days after Yarmouth Sgt. Sean Gannon was shot and killed in the line of duty.

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These types of pet foods could cause heart disease in dogs, report says

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 11:15 PM

FDA Warns These Types of Pet Foods Can Cause Heart Disease in Dogs

Want to keep your pup healthy? You may have to avoid certain foods, because some could cause heart disease, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration. 

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The agency issued a warning this week after assessing reports that have associated certain diets with cardiovascular disease. 

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Researchers found that pet foods with peas, lentils, potatoes and other legume seeds have been linked with instances of canine dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle in dogs. The condition can enlarge the heart, often leading to heart failure.

Although the illness is typically found in larger breeds like great Danes and Newfoundlands, the FDA said “highly unusual” reports of dogs not vulnerable to the disease have contracted it. 

“That’s why the FDA is conducting an investigation into this potential link,” the organization wrote in the statement. “The FDA has been in contact with the pet food manufacturers and the veterinary community to discuss these reports and will provide updates as more information becomes available.”

For now, experts are advising pet owners to consult their veterinarians before making any changes to their pets’ diets. 

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