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Clark, Champaign counties hit by outbreak linked to parasite, calves

Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 11:16 AM

An outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis linked to dairy calves is currently being investigated in Clark and Champaign counties, health officials said. Bill Lackey/Staff
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An outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis linked to dairy calves is currently being investigated in Clark and Champaign counties, health officials said. Bill Lackey/Staff(Staff Writer)

Clark and Champaign County health experts are investigating an outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis linked to dairy calves.

Three cases have been confirmed, nine cases are probable and 10 cases are suspected in both Clark and Champaign counties. The Champaign Health District, the Clark County Combined Health District and the Ohio State University Extension Office are working together on the investigation.

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Cryptosporidiosis is an infection with the microscopic parasite, Cryptosporidium, which is found in soil, food, water or surfaces that have been contaminated with feces from infected humans or animals.

Symptoms include stomach cramps or pain, dehydration, nausea, vomiting, fever and weight loss, according to the health district. 

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Blue Angels take community Key Influencers for private flight

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 8:47 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini was invited to fly along with one of the Blue Angels on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

University of Dayton professor Margaret Pinnell and Dayton police officer Jason Olson flew with the US Navy's precision aircraft team, the Blue Angels today as part of the Key Influencer program. 

Pinnell and Olson flew out of Dayton International Airport in the F/A-18 Hornet with Lt. Andre Webb, assigned to the "Golden Eagles" of Training Squadron 22. 

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According to the program's nomination form, Key Influencers are solicited by the Blue Angels and defined as "people who help to shape attitudes and opinions of youth in the community." 

"It means a lot to me," Olson told News Center 7's Kirstie Zontini. "I've been really excited about it for awhile." 

Serving as the city of Dayton's only addiction resource officer, Olson helped implement the GROW (Get Recovery Options Working) program where he and a team of specialists follow up with individuals arrested for an overdose. 

In 2017, Olson followed up on over 600 overdoses and has helped 290 families deal with addiction. 

"This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Just the experience of being up there and knowing that not a lot of other people have this opportunity was incredible," Olson said. 

Pinnell, a UD graduate and associate dean for faculty and staff development in the school of engineering, worked with the ETHOS program at the university for approximately ten years. The program places undergraduate students in developing countries to work with international community partners to find engineering solutions to basic human needs such as water, sanitation and cooking. During her time in this role, Pinnell grew the program from approximately five students a year to nearly 45 students a year and brought national recognition to the program. 

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Pinnell is also deeply involved in the K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) community, leading the development of pick-up-and-go outreach kits that make it easier for engineering undergraduate students to go into area schools to deliver high impact STEM activities. She is actively involved in Project Lead the Way (PLTW) with Chaminade-Julienne High School and has provided support to Bellbrook High School's PLTW program, and currently working with area Catholic Schools on a STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative. 

Pinnell said Webb showed her around Dayton and pointed out UD's campus, describing it as a unique experience seeing the building she works in from the air. 

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"It was phenomenal, the pilot was amazing, he made me feel comfortable through the whole entire flight," Pinnell told Zontini. "It was an amazing experience and I feel very, very fortunate to be nominated for this." 

The public can see the Blue Angels make their first appearance at the Vectren Dayton Air Show since 2014 on June 23-24. For ticketing information, visit

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Wright State trustees fire former provost who was on paid leave for 3 years

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 7:27 PM

Former Wright State Provost Sundaram Narayanan, left, and his attorney Ted Copetas, right, sit in a Wright State board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Trustees voted to terminate Narayanan’s position as a faculty member.
Former Wright State Provost Sundaram Narayanan, left, and his attorney Ted Copetas, right, sit in a Wright State board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Trustees voted to terminate Narayanan’s position as a faculty member.(MAX FILBY / STAFF)

Wright State University’s board of trustees voted to fire its former provost who has been on paid leave in a faculty position for more than three years.

Six of the board’s nine members voted this evening to fire Sundaram Narayanan effective June 30. Three board members were absent from the closed-door meeting Wednesday when trustees met with Narayanan and his attorney Ted Copetas.

“At the end of the day, Dr. Narayanan was a decision-maker at the highest levels of the university at a time that resulted in millions of dollars in losses and the board feels there needs to be accountability from our administrators … and I think in the end that’s what it came down to,” board chairman Doug Fecher said after the vote.

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Following the private meeting, trustees returned to public session and voted to accept president Cheryl Schrader’s recommendation to terminate Narayanan’s employment.

Narayanan was placed on paid leave in May 2015 when a federal investigation was launched possible violation of immigration laws at WSU.

There was nothing “happy or satisfying” about the decision trustees made Wednesday, Fecher said. Fecher said he hopes that the decision helps the university move on from the visa scandal.

How WSU trustees voted on Narayanan’s termination

Doug Fecher: Yes

Bruce Langos: Yes

Bill Montgomery: Yes

Stephanie Green: Yes

Grace Ramos: Yes

Anuj Goyal: Yes

Michael Bridges: Absent

C.D. Moore: Absent

Sean Fitzpatrick: Absent

“This was not easy. There’s nothing to be happy about,” Fecher said. “This was hopefully the end of a very long and difficult chapter in the university’s history and I’m hoping we can all begin to put this behind us and move on and learn what lessons need to be learned and put the university on the path to the success that it deserves.”

After Narayanan and Copetas met with trustees behind closed doors, the former provost declined to comment on the then-pending decision. But, before trustees voted to fire Narayanan, Copetas said he thought the meeting “went very well.”

“I thought we made our point for the board and I can only hope that they make their decision based on the evidence and the record,” Copetas said before the vote.

Narayanan was one of four university administrators initially suspended in May 2015 because of the federal probe, which a Dayton Daily News investigation revealed was related to the university’s use of H-1B temporary work visas to secure employees for an area IT staffing firm.

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University researcher Phani Kidambi, who was also suspended since May 2015 because of the federal probe, resigned from the university in August, records show.

The two others were university chief general counsel Gwen Mattison and senior advisor to the provost Ryan Fendley. Mattison was forced to retire in August 2015 with a $301,331 separation payment.

Sundaram Narayanan, former provost at Wright State University. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

Fendley was fired in August 2015, but then filed two lawsuits against the university. A breach of contract suit was settled with Wright State Applied Research Corporation paying him $13,209. A wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Fendley in the Ohio Court of Claims was decided in Wright State’s favor in September.

Copetas has not said whether he and Narayanan would file a lawsuit if the university terminated the former provost.

“We’ll have to evaluate our options after the board of trustees makes that decision,” Copetas told ;this news organization last week.

While Fecher said he hopes another lawsuit isn’t in the university’s future, he said Wright State’s leaders would handle one if it’s filed.

“That’s always a possibility,” Fecher said. “We’ll handle that if it comes. But, I don’t know that you can let that type of thing affect the kinds of decisions that you feel need to be made.”


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Storm Center 7’s Kirstie Zontini flies with U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 8:26 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

Kirstie Zontini prepares to fly with U.S. Navy Blue Angels

It was a ride of a lifetime for Storm Center 7 Daybreak meteorologist Kirstie Zontini, who suited up Wednesday afternoon with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

The flight crew is in town for this weekend’s Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Zontini took off with the team at 4:30 p.m., and is now safely back on the ground after quite the ride on an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft.

This Blue Angels jet has made its arrival at the Dayton Air Show.

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The Blue Angels are making their first appearance at the Vectren Dayton Air Show since 2014.

The fastest speed the team reaches during its performances is about 700 mph.

News Center 7 will bring you the behind the scenes look at the team and Zontini’s flight throughout Wednesday.

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Chance for showers and storms tonight, into start of weekend

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:15 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Heavy downpours and gusty winds are possible Wednesday.


  • Passing showers and storms this evening
  • Temperatures cool a bit Thursday
  • Increasing rain chances late Thursday into Friday

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This evening/overnight: Expect passing showers and a chance for a few thunderstorms through sunset, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Most showers and storms should dissipate after dark, Elwell said. 

Temperatures will hold into the 80s before falling to a low in the middle to upper 60s overnight under partly cloudy skies, Elwell said.

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Thursday: Partly cloudy skies and a break in humidity to start the day. However, a front will quickly return to the area, bringing the threat for more showers and storms by the afternoon and into the evening. Highs will reach the upper 70s. 

Friday: Mostly cloudy skies with numerous showers and storms likely especially in the afternoon. A few storms could be severe, along with locally heavy rainfall. Highs will be near 80 degrees. 

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Saturday: A mix of sun and clouds to start the weekend with a passing shower or storm possible, especially in southern counties. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.  

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Sunday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with another changer for a shower or storm, mainly in southern counties. Highs will be in the lower 80s. 

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Monday: Mostly sunny skies return with highs reaching the lower 80s. 

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