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Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 9:35 AM
Wright State University has announced a $6.5 million fund raising campaign to create a new home for its historical archives.
Amanda Wright Lane, great grandniece of Wilbur and Orville Wright, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough will chair the campaign, said President Cheryl Schrader during a WSU board meeting Friday.
With the Discover Your Story campaign, Wright State will seek to transform the former corporate headquarters of the Wright-Patt Credit Union at 2455 Presidential Drive into the new home of the university’s Special Collections and Archives, according to the school.
Wright State’s archives contains the largest Wright Brothers Collection in the world, first-edition works by Dayton poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and the archives of the Dayton Daily News among other historic archives, according to WSU.
The new archives center will be solely funded by donations because of the university’s ongoing financial struggles, Schrader said. The university slashed $30.8 million from its fiscal year 2018 budget in June in an attempt to begin correcting years of overspending.
The proposed archives center will include the following amenities, according to the university:
• A reading room where students, scholars and visitors may examine historic materials in an up-close and personal way.
• An exhibit gallery housing rotating exhibitions that highlight the depth and breadth of Wright State’s collections.
• A conference room for lectures, meetings and special events.
• A classroom to welcome area school children and students from Wright State’s public history graduate program.
• An oral history recording and teaching lab where students, faculty, researchers and the community can record their stories.
• A media lab for listening and viewing oral histories and watching original film footage.
Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 9:16 AM
— Can you feel the love tonight?
A lioness is caught on video smitten with a stuffed animal from the Disney animated classic “The Lion King.”
The viral video was shot at the Oklahoma City Zoo recently. Mary Jo Robertson was there with her 5-year-old niece, KFOR reported.
The video shows the lioness coming to the glass separating her from the crowd. The lioness can see following the stuffed animal as the little girl walks back and forth, KFOR reported. She even paws at the glass to get to Simba.
Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 9:12 AM
— A stubborn jet stream pattern has made its mark on the entire country recently. While we find ourselves in a cool, rainy trough, the western half of the country is dealing with extremely hot and dry conditions.
So, what is a trough? It is "dip" in the jet stream allowing for cooler air to filter in from the north. This is why the winds have been predominately from the north over the last 24 hours.
In addition to cooling us down, the trough is also responsible for being quite the rainmaker.
For us, we've just seen scattered showers, but states closer to the Atlantic coast have been dealing with much more rain.
Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 8:05 AM
Updated: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 8:05 AM
TORONTO — Two people were killed and the suspect is dead after a gunman shot 14 people in Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood Sunday, police said.
Toronto police say a second victim has died from a mass shooting in the city's Greektown neighborhood. https://t.co/fzTblqE5cD— The Associated Press (@AP) July 23, 2018
Here are the latest updates:
Update 8:05 a.m. EDT July 23: The slain suspect was a 29-year-old man, Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit said in news release Monday morning.
The release, citing “preliminary information,” said the man “fired shots at groups of people several times” along Danforth Avenue around 10 p.m. Sunday, hitting “several people” and fatally injuring two people.
“Officers located the man on Bowden Street and an exchange of gunfire took place,” the release continued. “The man fled the area and was located, deceased, on Danforth Avenue.”
The unit, which has assigned three forensic investigators and six investigators to the case, looks into “reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault,” the release said.
Update 7:51 a.m. EDT July 23: A second victim has been pronounced dead after a gunman opened fire late Sunday in Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood, Toronto police tweeted Monday morning.
Danforth shooting #GO1341286,— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) July 23, 2018
- at this time, we have two victims who have been pronounced ^js
Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister tweeted his condolences Monday morning to the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Toronto.
“My thoughts are with everyone affected by the terrible tragedy on the Danforth last night in Toronto, and may the injured make a full recovery,” Trudeau tweeted. “The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and brave – and we’ll be there to support you through this difficult time.”
My thoughts are with everyone affected by the terrible tragedy on the Danforth last night in Toronto, and may the injured make a full recovery. The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and brave - and we’ll be there to support you through this difficult time.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 23, 2018
Update 2:01 a.m. EDT July 23: Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said the child in critical condition is an 8- or 9-year-old girl, the Washington Post reported. He described the victim who was killed as a “young lady,” according to The Associated Press.
No further information about the condition of the victims was immediately available.
Saunders said the shooter used a handgun in the rampage and was killed after exchanging gunfire with officers. The shooting did not appear to be random, Saunders said.
One witness, John Tulloch, said he heard as many as 30 gunshots, the AP reported.
A video circulating on Twitter appeared to capture the sound of gunfire.
>> Click here to watch (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.)
My evening was nice until I heard shooting right out of my place on the danforth. So scary!! The gun violence in Toronto is crazy. pic.twitter.com/eNHLlUlp6r— n💫 (@nsxoxoii) July 23, 2018
Update 1:06 a.m. EDT July 23: The child who was shot, a young girl, is currently in critical condition, according to Toronto police.
One city official, Councillor Paula Fletcher, said the shooting was not gang-related. Fletcher and Councillor Mary Fragedakis also said the gunman was emotionally disturbed.
Toronto Police Chief Saunders has updated media from scene. 14 victims were shot with a handgun. 1 female adult has died. 1 young girl in critical condition. Suspect is dead (not included in 14 victim total) Witnesses call 416-808-2222 Anonymous tips 1-800-222-8477 #GO1341286 ^sm— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) July 23, 2018
Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 7:00 AM
Updated: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 8:35 AM
MONROE — Monroe was one of the few Butler County communities to not implement a ban on the medical marijuana businesses, which are set to begin operation across the state this year.
The city will soon be home to a medical marijuana cultivation facility and a dispensary, but officials say they expect no negative impact on the growing business community where the Cincinnati Premium Outlet Mall is located as well as several major logistics and distribution hubs for companies such as Hayneedle, Home Depot and soon, Amazon.
“The police department is working with the business owners to make sure plans are understood and what their needs are and how the city can facilitate on addressing those needs,” City Manager Bill Brock said. “We have a community resource officer engaged with the businesses.”
Brock said City Council does not believe medical marijuana businesses will hinder city efforts at the Interstate 75 and Ohio 63 interchange.
“People were concerned when Hustler Hollywood opened here,” Brock said. “We’ve shown we can manage these types of businesses and that’s at the interchange and Bristol’s (Show Club and Revue) was also open then. I don’t think that business was a detriment to our efforts then.”
Bristol’s operated as an adult entertainment business from 1994 to 2005. It closed after the city’s sexual oriented business ordinance was upheld by the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, ending a five-year court battle between Monroe and WFO, Bristol’s former owner. The club’s new owner, Deja Vu, considered re-opening and expanding the near-nude club in 2006, but the size of the expansion would have exceed the legal non-conforming use of the building, according to city officials.
He said the cultivation facility is in an existing building that is being rehabbed for that purpose.
Kevin Chesar, city development director, said the cultivation facility is located almost four miles west from the interchange in a nondescript industrial building off South Salzman Road, while the proposed dispensary will be located on Cincinnati-Dayton Road which is about two miles west from the interchange.
“I do not see any correlation to the interchange with the uses,” Chesar said. “I am confident that our aesthetic, architectural and use principles that have guided and continue to successfully grow the interchange as well as the rest of our City will continue to ensure buildings and site designs that are of high quality and architecturally resilient.”
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Earlier this week, another multi-tenant commercial site that is proposed for development was reviewed by the city Planning Commission, he said.
As of July 17, the city has not received any permit applications for the dispensary, Chesar said. He added that the new building/site will have to receive Planning Commission approval prior to any approval for building permits. Chesar said he did not have any information on a construction timeline.
Longtime developer Lenny Robinson said development is taking place around the interchange as the city and private investors are working to attract more businesses and industry to Monroe.
Robinson’s group, who acquired the Corridor 75 Park in 1976, has seen an explosion of development in that area and that continues to grow as Amazon will open their new facility in the next month. He said there will be more than 5,000 people working at companies over that 800-acre development which has another 182 acres left for development.
His family has developed more than 11,000 acres in Monroe, creating thousands of jobs and $1.5 billion worth of investment in the city going back to 1946.
“The impact (of the medical marijuana businesses) is not going to change the dynamics of any city,” he said. “I believe the impact will be minimal.”
Robinson likened the medical marijuana licenses as modern day liquor licenses but was not sure about how these businesses will address their banking due to conflicts with state and federal laws.
Vice Mayor Dan Clark said he did not believe there would be any negative impacts with the opening of the two new medical marijuana businesses.
“The cultivation facility is another warehouse,” Clark said. “No one will see it because it’s not open to the public.”
Clark said, “I think people view medical marijuana positively. There’s been a change in society over the past few decades.”
He said medical marijuana has helped people with post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer and seizure disorders.