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Ex-track coach's lawyers to question ex-top Texas officials

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 4:49 PM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 4:49 PM

A former University of Texas president, former athletic director and former football coach Mack Brown all are scheduled to be questioned under oath next week in a sex and race discrimination lawsuit filed by former women's track coach Bev Kearney, who was forced out after the school learned she had a romantic relationship with one of her athletes a decade earlier.

Kearney's attorneys have identified former President Bill Powers and former athletic director DeLoss Dodds and Brown as key figures in how the school reacted to Kearney's relationship and how its disciplinary response differed from actions taken against former football assistant Major Applewhite, who was allowed to stay on the job and later promoted despite a relationship with a student trainer on a team bowl game trip after the 2008 season.

Kearney, who is black, was forced to resign in 2013 under threat of being fired. Applewhite, who is white, was ordered to undergo counseling, but was allowed to keep his job. He was later promoted and stayed on Brown's staff until Brown was forced out after the 2013 season. Applewhite, who also played quarterback at Texas, is now the head coach at Houston .

Kearney's lawyers have questioned why the school publicly announced Kearney's discipline, but Applewhite's incident, which school officials have called consensual, didn't surface until nearly five years later when the Daily Texan student newspaper filed a public records request for his personnel file. University regents said they didn't know about the Applewhite incident until 2013.

"Why did Texas sweep the misconduct of Applewhite, a white male, under the rug, but publicly punish Kearney, an African-American female? It's time for the decision makers to explain themselves," Kearney attorney Jody Mask told The Associated Press.

Dodds and Powers are scheduled to be deposed Monday and possibly into Tuesday. Brown's deposition is scheduled for Tuesday. All three are still on the Texas payroll and have been represented by school attorneys.

School officials have said Kearney "crossed the line" as a coach with her relationship with a student athlete.

"All actions taken by Texas were lawful and appropriate" the school said in a statement Friday. "We are continuing to respond to this lawsuit through the proper legal channels and will not discuss it through the media."

Applewhite didn't immediately respond to a request for comment made Friday through the University of Houston.

Kearney was one of the most successful women's track coaches in the country and was considered for a significant raise in 2012 until the 2002 relationship with one of her runners was reported to school officials. She now lives in California.

Kearney's lawyers are accelerating evidence gathering after a two-year delay. Witness interviews had been on hold while the university pursued appeals to block the lawsuit. Those moves began shortly after Kearney's lawyers first informed Texas they would seek depositions from Dodds, Powers, Brown and others, including women's athletic director Chris Plonsky. The Texas Supreme Court ruled in June the lawsuit could proceed.

Applewhite is the only person deposed so far. His interview and documents previously released to Kearney's lawyers were sealed by a court order, requested by the university on the grounds that it was needed to protect private student information. It is likely the school seeks to keep the latest round of depositions private as well. Kearney's lawyers have said they will ask the trial court to lift the protective order.

Kearney's lawyers have said they are willing to discuss settling the case. Texas has already spent about $500,000 to defend the lawsuit, according to financial records obtained by the AP.

Current track coach Mario Sategna took personal leave in 2016 and was later placed on administrative leave as the school conducted an ethics and conduct investigation.

The reason for the investigation was never made public. Sategna was allowed to return to work in January after the school said its concerns had been addressed. The state attorney general's office has ruled school officials can keep the results of that investigation secret.

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FRONT-ROW VIEW: What visitors are saying about Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 10:37 AM

Be right next to the pole as air show pilot Sean D. Tucker makes a ribbon cut and fast passes.

Rain started to fall on and off at the Dayton Air Show around 11 a.m. as crowds started to grow with spectators. 

Marvin Napier, of Huber Heights, stood underneath the wing of the Orbis Flying Hospital aircraft to shield his two young children from the rain. 

The Porter family of Bloomington, Ind. arrived early for today’s start to the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.(Staff Writer)

"The rain is better than 95 degree heat where you're sweating. With the clouds, the planes will fly lower so it's a win-win," he said. 

This is the first time he's taken his kids to the air show. They're excited for the Blue Angels and Sean D. Tucker.

Chris and Sandy Porter, of Bloomington, Ind., arrived bright and early to secure front-row seat at the air show. Sitting in a blue and white U.S.A. law chair, Sandy Porter said she and her husband made the drive up last night to meet with her family members from Columbus.

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“It’s more just about being together with family. That’s what it’s all about,” she said.

Rain or shine, the family comes to the Dayton Air Show. She said they’re especially excited to see the Blue Angels this year.

John Klatt's Scramin' Sasquatch is a 1929 Waco taperwing biplane equipped with a jet engine at Vectren Dayton Air Show. Klatt appears to be flying over Blue Angel #3 as he approaches show center on Friday, June 22, 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

An air show spokeswoman said officials anticipate less heat-related health issues from spectators this year because of chillier temperatures.

Terry Weaver drove from Pennsylvania to watch the Dayton Air Show, but he hasn't been here in years. In 2013, he and his son came to the air show when a pilot and wing walker died in a fiery crash. 

"We saw everything. It's burned into my memory," he said. "My 9-year-old son, he hasn't wanted to come back." 

Weaver said he was excited to finally come back for the show this weekend.

 

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U.S. House candidate Katie Arrington seriously hurt in wrong-way crash

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:35 AM

South Carolina congressional candidate Katie Arrington is in the hospital with serious injuries after being involved in a fatal car wreck Friday night.
Kathryn Ziesig, AP
South Carolina congressional candidate Katie Arrington is in the hospital with serious injuries after being involved in a fatal car wreck Friday night.(Kathryn Ziesig, AP)

Katie Arrington, a Republican congressional candidate in South Carolina is in the hospital with serious injuries after she was involved in a deadly wrong-way car crash Friday night.

Arrington was traveling in the passenger seat with a friend, when another driver traveling in the wrong direction hit their car, WSOC reports.

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The driver of the other vehicle died at the scene, according to Sheriff's Capt. Roger Antonio. The driver of Arrington’s car, her friend Jacqueline Goff, also sustained serious injuries.

Arrington and Goff were driving to Hilton Head, where Arrington was scheduled to receive an award Saturday morning, her campaign posted on Twitter.

Arrington has suffered a fracture to her back, broken ribs and a partial collapse of a main artery in her leg.

She will have undergo surgery and will require more procedures and weeks of recovery, CNN reports.

Arrington is alert and recovering at the Medical University of South Carolina and her family is by her side.

President Donald Trump expressed his sympathies to Arrington via Twitter.

Arrington defeated U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in his re-election bid last week.

Sanford also expressed his well-wishes to Arrington on Twitter.

Arrington’s Democratic opponent, Joe Cunningham, announced Saturday morning that he's suspending his campaign out of respect for Arrington's recovery.

“As we all know, Katie Arrington is an extremely strong woman and has tremendous faith and an incredibly supportive family," her campaign said on Twitter.

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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 plans to offer more than two dozen soft serve flavors:

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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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Amber Alert canceled after 2 Urbana boys found safe

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM

Jamie Rollins, suspect in Champaign County, Ohio, Amber Alert
Jamie Rollins, suspect in Champaign County, Ohio, Amber Alert

UPDATE @ 12:08 p.m.:

An Amber Alert has been canceled after two Urbana boys were found safe.

The suspect and vehicle still have not been found.

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An Amber Alert is active for two boys reported abducted from Urbana.

They were reported missing at 7 a.m. from Maplewood Circle after their grandparents awoke to find them gone, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

The first boy is Justin Wallace Jr., 7, a biracial boy with black hair who stands 4 feet 5 inches and weighs 72 pounds. There was no further descriptive information available.

The second boy is Aaron Rollins, 9, a white boy with brown hair and hazel eyes who stands 4 feet, 11 inches and weighs 72 pounds. He was last seen wearing a maroon and white T-shirt and camo high-top tennis shoes.

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The suspect, Jamie Rollins, 39, is the non-custodial mother. She is believed to be driving a taupe Kia Optima with Ohio plates 347YSL. She is described as a white woman with red hair and blue eyes who stands 5 feet 3 inches and weighs 223 pounds.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts or who spots them is urged to call 911.

For more information visit the Ohio Amber Alert website.

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