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Students, districts, ACLU prepare for Ohio’s school walkouts

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 6:35 PM

Students, districts, ACLU prepare for Ohio’s school walkouts

Students across the nation — including here in southwest Ohio — are expected to walk out of school Wednesday, drawing attention to the issues of school safety and gun control that have dominated public debate since the Feb. 14 shooting at a Florida high school.

Wednesday’s demonstrations and others scheduled for coming days could be among the largest, most organized by American students in the nation’s history.

The walkouts are organized with a variety of intentions, all sparked by the slaughter of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Some are geared expressly toward more strict gun control, such as ones organized by the Women’s March group, while others are aimed at memorializing the dead in as non-political a manner as possible.

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“We’re protesting Congress’ lack of action to protect students in schools,” Meigan Karolak, a Fairmont High School sophomore, recently told this newspaper.

Others, like Logan Cole, the student who was shot and injured last year at West Liberty-Salem High School, said he would not participate in walkouts organized in the name of the Women’s March group, instead opting to organize a memorial for the Florida dead.

“I feel like it’s a little simplistic to look at this and point out gun control as the problem,” Cole said. “I feel like it’s disrespectful to the students of the Parkland shooting to go and use their tragedy to further a certain group’s political agenda.”

Students at Madison High School in Butler County, where four were hurt in a 2016 cafeteria shooting, are encouraged by student council today to wear maroon, burgundy and silver, the team colors of the Florida high school.

National demonstrations are also planned for March 24, with a march on Washington, D.C.; and on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.

A march at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus will also be held today.

“We’re expecting between 200-250 Ohio high schoolers to come to the Statehouse,” said Micah Kraus, a senior at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati who helped organize the march. “After the parkland shooting and seeing how the students in Florida reacted, and especially seeing them go to Tallahassee and seeing them lobby at the statehouse in Florida, we saw that and realized, what’s stopping us from doing that in Ohio?”

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In an open letter to school administrators, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio this week cautioned schools against infringing on the First Amendment rights of students who protest.

Linking the walkouts with protests of past generations — “students have been a driving force for social justice, perhaps most visibly in advancing the Civil Rights Movement and in ending the Vietnam War, among other examples” — the ACLU issued a clear warning.

“As students plan walkouts to press for changes in social policy, please bear firmly in mind: The Constitution forbids disciplining students more harshly for politically motivated conduct,” ACLU of Ohio Executive Director J. Bennett Guess wrote. “The ACLU of Ohio may intervene if a student who leaves school as an act of political protest faces more severe punishment because of their political beliefs.”

Guess encouraged school officials to “seize this as a teachable moment by nurturing students’ commitment to social action by removing barriers to their participation.”

“Public schools are essential in educating young people about democracy, and that includes their role in enacting it,” he wrote.

In 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Tinker v. Des Moines that neither students nor teachers “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,” but also recognized the need to prevent substantial disruption to the educational process.

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Today’s highlights of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:40 PM

The gates have opened for the 2018 Dayton Air Show.

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HIGHLIGHTS: F-22 Raptor takes over Dayton skiesCincinnati’s Redline Aerobatic TeamJet-powered WACO biplane |  Tuskegee Airmen P-51C MustangOracle biplane doesn’t believe in the laws of physics |

Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Gates close at 6 p.m., and will be open again from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

3:35 p.m. U.S. Navy Blue Angels

2:55 p.m. Jet Waco

The Jack Link’s Beef Jerky “Screamin’ Sasquatch” Jet Waco is a highly modified 1929 Taperwing Waco that can fly vertically and has a loud roar to please the crowds.

2:40 p.m. Tora, Tora, Tora

This is the dramatic recreation of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.

 

2:30 p.m. CareFlight Dedication

2:15 p.m. Heritage Flight

2 p.m. U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor

This is a rare appearance in Dayton of the world’s most formidable stealth fighter, which can reach supersonic airspeeds of Mach 1.5 without using the afterburner.

1:47 p.m. Sean Tucker

Sean Tucker, one of the world’s best aviators and recognized as one of the Living Legends of Flight, learned to fly to conquer a fear of flying. He serves as chairman of the Young Eagles Program and works with at-risk children through the Every Kid Can Fly program. He also offers the Sean D. Tucker Young Eagles Essay contest for a chance to win a flight with him ahead of the air show.

1 p.m.: Vicky Benzing

The accomplished pilot, skydiver, aerobatic performer and air racer brings her high-energy and action-packed routine to Dayton for the first time.

 

12:30 p.m.: U.S. Army Golden Knights

The Golden Knights paratroopers, formed in 1959, last appeared in Dayton in 2015. They thrill spectators with intricate canopy work along with their etreme-precision skydiving formations and landings.

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12:24 p.m.: P-51C Red Tail Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen” - Watch Here

The aircraft inspires spectators in the air as well as on the ground.

Noon: Redline Tease

The Cincinnati-based aerobatic team returns to the Dayton skies with their formation flying.

 

9 a.m.:

Gates are open for today’s 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The first acts take to the skies at noon and fly through 4:15 p.m.

Blue Angels show off jet at Air Show

Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Gates close at 6 p.m., and will be open again from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Here’s how to avoid a major two-day road closure in Huber Heights

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:09 PM

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A major thoroughfare in Huber Heights will be closed for two days.

Bellfontaine Road will be closed Monday and Tuesday between Chambersburg Road and Taylorsville Road for instillation of a new water main across the roadway, according to the city.

There will be no local through access, but there will be local access to homes and businesses in the area, primarily from the Taylorsville Road side, said Clerk of Council Anthony Rodgers.

Traffic will be detoured to Brandt Pike.

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RTA offers express shuttle service to Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 1:50 AM

The Greater Dayton RTA will provide transport to the Vectren Dayton Air Show this weekend. 

Air conditioned buses will run an express shuttle service on a continuous loop from the U.S. Air Force Museum parking lot and Wright Stop Plaza directly to the air show's main gate. 

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The park-and-ride service will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Shuttles leave approximately every 10 minutes. 

Round-trip cost is $3 and free for children 5 and younger. Cash is the only payment method accepted. 

The regular fare structure applies from the downtown Wright Stop Plaza location. 

For more information, call 937-425-8300 or visit www.iriderta.org.

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New ice cream shop opening in former Dairy Queen to hold hiring event this weekend

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

The Sweet Retreat to replace DQ on Smithville Road in Belmont.

A new independent ice cream shop coming to a former Dayton Dairy Queen is gearing up for opening with a hiring event this weekend.

The Sweet Retreat plans to open in the next few weeks and will hold open interviews on Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Interviews will take place first come, first served. 

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The shop will offer employment opportunities in both back and front of the house as employees are needed for food operations and as cashiers.

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The Sweet Retreat, a new ice cream shop in a former Dairy Queen space in Belmont slated to open summer 2018. (Source: The Sweet Retreat Facebook)

The ice cream shop coming to 2613 S. Smithville Road in Dayton’s Belmont neighborhood is the brainchild of Simon Wiley and Chris Tobias, who attended the same grade school and high school.

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The Sweet Retreat, a new ice cream shop in a former Dairy Queen space in Belmont slated to open summer 2018. (Source: The Sweet Retreat Facebook)

The Sweet Retreat, a new ice cream shop in a former Dairy Queen space in Belmont slated to open summer 2018. (Source: The Sweet Retreat Facebook)

The Sweet Retreat will replace the former Dairy Queen on Smithville Road in Belmont. MARK FISHER/STAFF(MARK FISHER/STAFF)

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