Fiona, zoo staff ‘breaking up’ after 6-month relationship

Published: Saturday, July 29, 2017 @ 10:35 AM

It's a bittersweet chapter in the story of Fiona, the prematurely born hippopotamus at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. 

The 6-month-old animal now weighs more than 400 pounds, but her successful development means her caretakers, who have doted on the baby in water and land since she was born, cannot share space with her out of safety concerns.

Fiona the hippo explores the outdoor habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo

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That's according to the latest update on the zoo's popular Fiona blog. The 10th installment was published Friday under the headline, "Breaking Up is Hard to Do." 

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"At this point, we rarely share space with her anymore as there is not often a need and both Fiona and our care team need to understand that at this point in our relationship, it's just better for everyone if there are safety barriers in place between us," the blog reads. 

Fiona goes for a swim

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The caretakers are still feeding Fiona bottles three times a day, encourage her to eat fruits and vegetables and they continue to massage her mouth and check her dental development, but human interactions with the growing animal are decreasing. 

"She still seems to enjoy interacting with us but has definitely learned that she is a hippo and prefers to spend her time with [mom and dad] Bibi and Henry," the blog reads.

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Rumpke trash truck crashes into nursing home in Xenia; driver hospitalized 

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 10:54 AM

Trash truck strikes nursing home in Xenia

UPDATE @ 10:55 a.m.: 

No employees were in the wing that contained offices when a Rumpke trash truck crashed into the Greenewood Manor nursing home in Xenia Thursday morning. 

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A Rumpke spokesperson said the company is still in the process of gathering information and will release new details when they are available. 

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Our crews remain on the scene and we’ll continue to update this story with the latest. 

UPDATE @ 9:35 a.m.:

The driver of a Rumpke trash truck was transported to an area hospital after crashing into the Greenewood Manor nursing home in Xenia Thursday morning. 

The driver is being treated for non-life threatening injuries, Xenia police said. 

No one inside the nursing home was injured. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

FIRST REPORT

A trash truck has crashed into a nursing home on Dayton Xenia Road in Xenia Thursday morning. 

Fire crews were initially dispatched to the Greenewood Manor at 711 Dayton Xenia Road around 8:45 a.m. on reports of a fire alarm from the building. 

While crews were still responding, dispatchers said a trash truck had crashed into the building. 

Initial reports indicate one person was injured in the crash and the wing where the crash occurred has been evacuated. 

Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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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

WSU provost fired

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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Vandalia offers tips about Air Show traffic

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 10:48 AM


            The Navy Blue Angels set to headline at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. Expect traffic delays around the Dayton International Airport. CONTRIBUTED.
The Navy Blue Angels set to headline at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. Expect traffic delays around the Dayton International Airport. CONTRIBUTED.

Thousands of people come each year to the Vectren Dayton Air Show, but the city of Vandalia is offering tips to minimize traffic delays in the area.

The Vandalia Police Department will have an all-hands-on-deck mentality this Air Show weekend, according to Communications Manager Rich Hopkins.

The police department will be in the control of traffic flow that comes in and out of the Air Show at the Dayton International Airport.

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“Make sure your passes are visible,” Vandalia Lt. Dan Swafford said, “either in your windshield or rear-view mirror.”

There will be multiple side streets that will be closed off periodically between National Road and the Air Show entrance to minimize traffic issues. Inverness Avenue will be closed the whole duration of the Air Show to through traffic.

The officers are instructed to divert the traffic to Interstate 75 to keep the residential and commercial streets open for normal traffic flow.

The traffic will get dicey at a few points in the day, officials said. There’s just no way to avoid backups when thousands of vehicles descend on the same stretch of roadway at the same time, according to the police department.

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The city advises travelers to leave early, give plenty of time for their travels and make sure to follow the signs and instructions advised by the police officers.

The city does advise that all normal businesses will be open, just expect heavy delays with the traffic on Northwoods Boulevard and Dixie Drive.

For information on road closures, contact Lt. Swafford at (937) 415-2262.

Vandalia streets to consider avoiding during the the Vectren Dayton Air Show:

1. National Road

2. Inverness Avenue

3. Northwoods Boulevard

4. Dixie Drive

Source: City of Vandalia.

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REPORT: Transportation issues costly for Dayton drivers

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 10:39 AM

Cox Media Group Ohio archive photo
Cox Media Group Ohio archive photo

Deteriorating roads and congestion are costing Dayton area motorists $1,700 per year, according to TRIP, a national transportation research group.

Regional and county leaders will be on hand at the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission today as TRIP announces the findings of a new report titled “Modernizing Ohio's Transportation System: Progress and Challenges in Providing Safe, Efficient and Well-Maintained Roads, Highways and Bridges.” 

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The report examines needed transportation projects and the funding required for infrastructure improvements, according to a news release. 

News Center 7 consumer reporter Rachel Murray will attend today’s event and find out more about the costs to motorists and how regional leaders are working to fix roadway problems.

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