Brock Turner angrily referenced at Stanford graduation

Published: Sunday, June 12, 2016 @ 9:23 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 12, 2016 @ 9:23 PM

Students graduating from Stanford University and women's rights advocates used the US school's commencement ceremony on Sunday to again express their anger over the six-month jail sentence given to a former student for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.

A handful of students demonstrated during "Wacky Walk," a rambunctious, slow-moving stroll by graduating students dressed in zany costumes that precedes the official graduation events. Organizers said they wanted to show solidarity to the woman sexually assaulted on campus last year by former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner.

The victim's emotional statement to the court about how the assault devastated her life was widely shared online, attracting national attention to the case.

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Kings Island to open Soak City Waterpark this weekend

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

You're just a hop, skip, and a short drive away from some of the wettest and wildest water parks Ohio has to offer. (Video by Tabatha Wharton)

MASON — This weekend nearly every pool across the region will come alive when they open for business Memorial Day weekend.

None of them will offer the thrills that water can provide more than Kings Island’s Soak City.

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Admission to the popular amusement park includes admission to the water park, which features more than 50 water activities, including 36 water slides, tropical lagoons, rushing rivers and surfable waves, plus sand volleyball courts where you can work up a sweat.

Kings Island's Soak City Water Park. GREG LYNCH / STAFF(Greg Lynch)

The most recent addition to the park, Tropical Plunge, is a complex of six different water slide experiences towering nearly seven stories. One slide sends riders twisting and spiraling through an enclosed chute featuring four intense 360-degree loops across 449 feet of slide before they’re released out into a pool of water and dueling 337-foot long tube slides that zip riders through an enchanting series of drops and turns.

“Tropical Plunge has become the star attraction in Soak City Water Park. It features six different water slide experiences. Three of the slides on the 65-foot tall complex begin with you climbing inside an aqua-launch chamber where you wait anxiously for the floor to drop out from underneath your feet, sending you into a high-speed, almost vertical free fall through a series of flat loops and S-curves in a translucent flume. Mondo Monsoon is a four-person thrill ride that has riders clinging to their raft as they swing around a dark curve into a free-fall tunnel of fun. And then there’s Tidal Wave Bay. It’s 650,000 gallons making it one of the largest wave pools around,” said Chad Showalter, Kings Island director of communications.

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The 35-acre waterpark has continued to reinvent itself since open

ng in 1989 as WaterWorks.

From July 13-15, the park will be launching a new Island Nights Glow Party event from 8 to 11 p.m. featuring food and live entertainment, select Soak City attractions, island games and activities.

The popular Gold and Platinum Pass Slide Nights will return this season on July 5 from 8 to 10 p.m. and Aug. 1 from 8 to 10 p.m.

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“Last year, we upgraded the dining experience at Soak City with Island Smokehouse, the all-new fast casual dining option in the park,” said Showalter. “The breadth of attractions offered in Soak City (is a draw). There’s something for all ages. Plus, it’s included free with park admission to Kings Island, providing guests with two parks for the price of one.”

WANT TO GO?

What: Soak City Waterpark at Kings Island

Where: 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason

When: Opens May 26

More information: (513) 754-5700 or visitkingsisland.com

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School, business closings and delays

Published: Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 3:12 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 3:12 AM

How districts decide when to close schools

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Bars filling up with Super Bowl viewers despite weather

Published: Sunday, February 01, 2015 @ 6:53 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 01, 2015 @ 6:53 PM


            Rainy weather and dropping temperatures didn’t stop viewers of this year’s Super Bowl from coming out to enjoy the game, and Oregon District bars were already filling up Sunday evening.
Rainy weather and dropping temperatures didn’t stop viewers of this year’s Super Bowl from coming out to enjoy the game, and Oregon District bars were already filling up Sunday evening.

Rainy weather and dropping temperatures didn’t stop viewers of this year’s Super Bowl from coming out to enjoy the game, and Oregon District bars were already filling up Sunday evening. But some opted to stay home amid rainy conditions and the threat of freezing precipitation overnight into Monday morning.  

“Normally on Super Bowl Sunday, we go over to a Super Bowl party or stay home and have a lot of snack foods,” said Dirk Roburn, Sr., who was at Blind Bob’s Bar on Fifth Street downtown. “This year we decided to come down to Blind Bob’s. We really don’t care who wins the game this year, so it’s more about food and fun than the game I guess.”

Andy Rowe, a manager at the bar, said he anticipates filling more take-out orders than usual this year because of the weather.

“A lot of people like to party at home, and we do an increased amount of carry-out sales,” Rowe said. “ People like their chicken wings and their stuffed burgers.”

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WPAFB army captain wants video to send message

Published: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 @ 5:03 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 07, 2015 @ 2:33 PM


            Army Capt. Sarah Cudd was 'five feet from failure' during a 12-mile test march when fellow soldiers encouraged her to finish, according to an ABC News video.
Army Capt. Sarah Cudd was 'five feet from failure' during a 12-mile test march when fellow soldiers encouraged her to finish, according to an ABC News video.

UPDATE May 7

John Bedell talked to Army Capt. Sarah Cudd who is the woman shown in a viral video of her finishing a combat medic certification. Her colleagues cheered her on, and she was able to finish the test. Cudd will discuss the message she hopes that the video will send to others.

FIRST REPORT

Army Capt. Sarah Cudd was 'five feet from failure' during a 12-mile test march when fellow soldiers encouraged her to finish, according to an ABC News video. Capt. Cudd works at the veterinary treatment facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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