A university in Ohio is getting rid of most Friday classes next fall

Published: Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

The University of Akron campus. KAREN FARKAS / THE PLAIN DEALER
The University of Akron campus. KAREN FARKAS / THE PLAIN DEALER

An Ohio college is preparing to elimante classes on at least one day of the week, giving students a three-day weekend.

Friday classes will soon be a thing of the past for students at the University of Akron. The university announced this week that it will shift to a mostly Monday through Thursday class schedule beginning next fall.

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The move, the university said, will leave Fridays open for students to get “hands-on, real world experience.” The change will condense class schedules but will not change the course loads for most students, according to the university.

Although the schedule change will mean most students will get a three-day weekend every week, the University of Akron is hoping it will prompt something else.

The university has put together a web page calling for students to use their extra day to get involved in community service, research, internships and more.

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As part of the campaign, the school is referring to the day off as “Five-Star Fridays.”

“Quality learning and student success are the primary focuses of Five-Star Fridays,” UA president Matthew Wilson said in a prepared statement. “This initiative is consistent with workplace flexibility trends, and based on my conversations with industry, UA students should be even more attractive in the workplace both during school and after graduation if they take advantage of this Friday initiative.”

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Reports of a vehicle accident on I-70 eastbound at U.S. 68

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 5:12 PM

We are hearing reports of a vehicle accident on I-70 eastbound at U.S. 68.

Initial reports involve a possible camper trailer into a median, and blocking two lanes.

We have a crew on the way, and will update this page when more information becomes available.

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WATCH: 'Permit Patty' appears to call police on girl selling bottled water in viral video

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

File photo of bottled water. A white woman who appeared to call the police on a biracial San Francisco girl selling bottled water to raise money for a Disneyland trip has gone viral, sparking the hashtag #PermitPatty.
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File photo of bottled water. A white woman who appeared to call the police on a biracial San Francisco girl selling bottled water to raise money for a Disneyland trip has gone viral, sparking the hashtag #PermitPatty.(denvit / Pixabay.com)

A white woman who appeared to call the police on a biracial girl selling bottled water to raise money for a Disneyland trip has gone viral, sparking the hashtag #PermitPatty.

>> Huge cookout held at Oakland park where cops called on black family's barbecue

According to USA Today, the girl's mother, Erin Austin, captured the alleged phone call on video, which has been viewed millions of times since it was posted Saturday. She said the incident occurred outside her apartment near AT&T Stadium in San Francisco.

"This woman don't want to let a little girl sell some water," Austin says in the 15-second clip, focusing the camera on a woman holding a phone. "She's calling the police on a 8-year-old little girl."

As the woman, identified by HuffPost as Alison Ettel, crouches behind a concrete wall, Austin adds: "You can hide all you want; the whole world's gonna see you, boo."

"And illegally selling water without a permit? Yeah," Ettel says, pointing to her phone.

"On my property," Austin interjects.

"It's not your property," Ettel replies.

>> Watch the video here

Austin and the girl's cousin, Raje Leeshared the footage with the hashtag #PermitPatty, USA Today reported.

"Make this [expletive] go viral like #bbqbecky," Austin captioned the video, referring to the hashtag used after a different woman was recorded calling the police on a black family for using a charcoal grill at an Oakland park. "She's #permitpatty."

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The posts sparked a debate about whether Ettel's actions were racist.

"For all of you saying it's not about race why didn't she stop to harass the white [men] that [were] selling tickets and teeshirts but thought calling the police on a child was okay?" Lee tweeted. "Don't answer. Just ask yourself that."

>> See the tweet here

"I didn't think in San Francisco my biracial child would have to go through something like this," Austin told KNTV.

Ettel told HuffPost that race had nothing to do with it, adding that she didn't really call the police. 

"They were screaming about what they were selling," Ettel said, claiming she had no problem with the girl, only Austin. "It was literally nonstop."

She added: "I completely regret that I handled that so poorly. It was completely stress-related, and I should have never confronted her."

The drama seemed to have a happy ending for Austin's daughter, who received four free tickets to Disneyland from a Twitter user who saw the video, Lee tweeted.

>> See the tweet here

Read more here or here.

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Heat returns this week

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 4:32 PM

A slight chance for rain is there today in the Dayton area.

It’ll be a touch warmer as most of us get in the lower 80s. Partly cloudy skies are expected and while most will stay dry, a stray shower or storm cannot be ruled out, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. 

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


  • Rain to our south Monday
  • More rain returns later Tuesday - Wednesday
  • Heat returns for the 2nd half of the week

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Tonight: Decreasing clouds are expected this evening and overnight. Temperatures will drop into the lower to middle 60s. 

>>Moon and Jupiter close this weekend

Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected. Rain should stay just to our south, though those in Butler, Warren & Clinton counties may see a stray shower. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

Tuesday: A dry start is expected with highs in the middle 80s, chance for rain returns in the later afternoon and evening. 

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Wednesday: A few showers likely, maybe a few storms as well. Highs will be in the middle 80s. 

Thursday: A hot day expected with partly cloudy skies, highs in the upper 80s.

Friday: A few more clouds are expected, It’ll be another hot day with highs in the lower 90s.

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Actress Brigitte Nielsen delivers 5th child, a daughter, at age 54

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

Getting to Know Brigitte Nielsen

Actress Brigitte Nielsen has a new baby, delivering her fifth child, a daughter, on Friday in Los Angeles, according to People magazine.

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Nielsen, 54, announced her pregnancy last month with husband Mattia Dessi. 

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“We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter into our lives,” the couple told People. “It’s been a long road, and so worth it. We’ve never been more in love.”

People reported the couple named the new baby, who weighed in at 5 lbs. 9 oz., Frida.

The star of “Red Sonja” and “Beverly Hills Cop II” has been married four times before and has four sons, the oldest 34.

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