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Wright State could make firing decision on former provost today

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 9:34 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 9:15 AM

Former Wright State provost Sundarum Narayanan is on paid leave from the university.
Former Wright State provost Sundarum Narayanan is on paid leave from the university.

Wright State University’s board of trustees is expected to meet today to decide whether to fire long-suspended former provost Sundaram Narayanan.

But, new documents obtained by this news organization through a public records request show Wright State president Cheryl Schrader wanted the board to terminate Narayanan’s position as a faculty member earlier this month. In a letter dated May 21, Schrader asked trustees to fire Narayanan at the board’s June 8 budget meeting.

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Trustees are expected to meet with Narayanan and his attorney at today in a closed-door executive session in the Wright Brothers Room of the student union. An agenda for the meeting does not specifically mention Narayanan but states that trustees will discuss employment matters and the evaluation of university personnel.

Narayanan has been on paid leave for more than three years during a federal investigation of possible violation of immigration laws. 

He 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 in possible violation of immigration rules.

Schrader’s recommendation came just over a month after a special hearing board was convened to determine whether Narayanan was guilty of “substantial and manifest neglect of duty.” The board reviewed more than 1,000 pages of document’s related to Narayanan’s case, according to a May 3 letter from the special board to Schrader.

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The special board of six university employees unanimously agreed that Naraynan “failed to execute proper oversight” while serving as provost, according to a letter from the special board to Schrader dated May 3. But, the six employees believe the university “did not meet its burden of proof” to find Narayanan guilty of “substantial and manifest neglect,” according to the May 3 letter.

Two members of the special board voted that Narayanan should be fired and four members of the board voted that Narayanan should be suspended without pay.

In her May 21 letter to trustees, Schrader said that she agreed with the minority of the special board.

“In my judgment as President, based upon my career and experiences in academia including both faculty and administration roles, I find that I firmly agree with the minority of the hearing board members, that there IS sufficient evidence,” Schrader wrote.

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WSU board of trustees chairman Doug Fecher has said trustees will listen to what Narayanan and his attorney have to say during the Wednesday meeting before making a final decision on his employment. Fecher didn’t rule out the possibility of trustees making a decision the same day though.

“I’d like to hear what they have to say and then the board will have to go from there,” Fecher said last week. “Until I hear what’s said at that meeting, I can’t comment.”

Attorney Ted Copetas, who represents Narayanan, previously told the Dayton Daily News he could not comment on what plans they have if the former provost is fired.

“We simply hope to convince the board (of trustees) to follow the recommendation of the hearing board, which is based on facts and evidence,” Copetas said. “We’ll have to evaluate our options after the board of trustees makes that decision.”

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Toronto shooting: 1 killed, suspect dead after gunman shoots 14 in Greektown, police say

Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 2:19 AM
Updated: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 2:19 AM

Plainclothes police officers work the scene of a shooting in Toronto on Sunday, July 22, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Plainclothes police officers work the scene of a shooting in Toronto on Sunday, July 22, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)(Nathan Denette/AP)

One person was killed and the suspect is dead after a gunman shot 14 people in Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood Sunday, police said. A child was among the injured, police said.

Here are the latest updates:

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.

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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.

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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.

Police say it is “too early to say whether the shooting is terrorism,” The Associated Press reported.

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.

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Some Ritz products recalled for potential salmonella presence

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 3:21 PM

Mondelez Global LLC has voluntarily recalled some Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products (not pictured) due the potential presence of salmonella in an ingredient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Mondelez Global LLC has voluntarily recalled some Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products (not pictured) due the potential presence of salmonella in an ingredient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Some Ritz products are being voluntarily recalled due to the potential presence of salmonella.

Mondelez Global LLC announced the voluntary recall in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands Saturday.

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The affected products are some Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products. According to a news release, the products contain whey powder as an ingredient, and the whey powder supplier has recalled the ingredient due to potential salmonella.

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Salmonella infection can lead to death for young children, frail people, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms of infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

The specific products under recall are below. Images and UPC numbers of specific products are at the Mondelez International website.

  • Ritz Bits Cheese Big Bag, 3 ounces, best when used by dates 3/7/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 1 ounce, best when used by dates 3/7/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 12 pack carton, best when used by dates 3/8/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 30 pack carton, best when used by dates 3/3/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 1.5 ounce, best when used by dates 3/8/19 through 4/13/19.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 3 ounce Go Packs, best when used by dates 3/7/19 through 4/12/19.
  • Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches, 10.8 ounces, best when used by dates 1/14/19 through 2/11/19.
  • Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches, 1.35 ounces, best when used by dates 1/14/19 through 2/11/19.
  • Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches With Cheese, 10.8 ounces, best when used by dates 2/5/19 through 2/6/19.
  • Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches With Cheese, 1.35 ounces, best when used by dates 2/5/19 through 2/6/19.
  • Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches With White Cheddar Cheese, 10.8 ounces, best when used by dates 2/4/19 through 2/5/19.
  • Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches With White Cheddar Cheese, 1.35 ounces, best when used by dates 2/4/19 through 2/5/19.
  • Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches With Cream Cheese, 10.8 ounces, best when used by dates 2/6/19 through 2/8/19.
  • Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches With Cream Cheese, 1.35 ounces, best when used by dates 2/6/19 through 2/8/19.
  • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety, 20 pack, best when used by dates 2/1/19 through 2/4/19.
  • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety, 40 pack, best when used by dates 1/31/19 through 2/5/19.

Customers with the impacted products should discard the products. There have been no illnesses reported to the company related to the recalled products.

No other Mondelez Global LLC products are in the recall. For more information, customers can contact the company at 1-844-366-1171 24 hours a day.

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Hit or miss showers likely through mid-week 

Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 3:05 AM

Temperatures will stay below normal this afternoon.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Hit or miss showers through mid-week
  • Muggy conditions continue
  • Temperatures gradually rise this week

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>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: Lots of clouds around this morning with a stray shower possible and temperatures rising out of the 60s. Some isolated areas of fog are also possible. 

“The Miami Valley is still under the influence of a low pressure system to our south, so a few hit or miss showers are likely today, mainly in the afternoon”, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

 It will be a cooler than normal afternoon in the upper 70s, but still quite muggy. Chance for showers diminish tonight, but clouds linger. Staying mild and muggy with lows in the middle 60s and the possibility of a few areas of patchy fog redeveloping.

>> Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

TOMORROW: Tuesday will be very similar to Monday with mostly cloudy skies and the slight chance for a few passing showers, mainly in the afternoon. Highs for the day around 80 degrees and muggy.

>> County-by-County Weather

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies with the slight chance of a passing shower again, especially east. A few rumbles of thunder are also a possibility with any shower. Highs for the day reach into the lower 80s and still muggy.

THURSDAY: Sun and some clouds for the day, a bit warmer and muggy with highs in the middle 80s. An approaching cold front may bring a few showers or storms later in the day.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny and warm with lowering humidity. Highs peak around 80 degrees.

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Firefighters battling house fire in Xenia

Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 5:08 AM



Sam Javanrouh
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We are responding to a report of a house fire on Omard Drive in Xenia.

No other information is available at this time. We have a crew on the way, and we’ll bring you the latest information when it becomes available. 
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