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MBA for mom who went to all classes with quadriplegic son

WDTN News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:58

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California university has awarded an honorary degree to the mother of a quadriplegic student after she attended every class with him and took his notes while he pursued his Master of Business Administration.

Judy O’Connor, a retired elementary school teacher, pushed her son Marty in his wheelchair for him to receive his degree during commencement Saturday at Chapman University in the Los Angeles suburb of Orange.

Then a choked-up graduation announcer said the school’s faculty, administrators and board of trustees had decided to give her an MBA. The idea for the surprise honorary degree came from her son.

A stunned but composed Judy O’Conner blew a kiss to the crowd giving her a standing ovation.

“I’m a geek. I love being in school,” she said before the ceremony. “I’m not going to lie. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

Marty O’Connor received an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and was working as a salesman for a packaging industry company in 2012 when he fell down a flight of stairs and was paralyzed.

“After I got hurt, I didn’t know which end was up. I didn’t really have a direction,” Marty O’Connor said in a story on the school’s website. “I needed that mental challenge and wanted to add some professional value to myself.”

His mother was living in Florida but moved to Southern California to help her son do his MBA.

He uses an iPad, laptop, voice-recognition software and a special mouth stylus to communicate, but could not take notes or write the answers to tests. So his mother did.

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Free admission to Kings Island for military and veterans

WDTN News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:15

MASON,Ohio (WDTN) – Kings Island will offer free admission to active and retired members of the U.S. military for Memorial Day weekend.

The free admission period runs Friday, May 26 through Memorial Day.

A valid military ID must be present at Kings Island.

The following groups qualify for free admission:

  • Active military
  • Retired military
  • National Guard
  • Veterans with honorable or medical discharge
  • Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with government issued ID.

Military personnel can also buy admission at a special price of $32 for up to six family members at the park.

Free admission to active and retired members of the U.S. military over Memorial Day weekend. Learn more —

— Kings Island (@KingsIslandPR) May 23, 2017

Don’t forget about the new Mystic Timbers attraction.

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Manchester bombing victim, 8, was “a beautiful little girl”

WDTN News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:49

LONDON (AP) — The names of the 22 victims killed by a suicide bomber at a Manchester concert on Monday night have not been officially released, but here what’s known about them so far:


Saffie Roussos, aged 8, was the youngest of the 22 victims identified so far.

In a statement, the head teacher of the Tarleton Community Primary School that she attended in the village of Tarleton, Lancashire, described her as “simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair.”

The head teacher, Chris Upton, said her death was “a tremendous shock to all of us.”

“The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking,” he said.

The schoolgirl had been at the concert with her mother, Lisa Roussos, and sister, Ashlee Bromwich, in her 20s, from Leyland, Lancashire. They are both now in separate hospitals being treated for injuries, friends said.


Georgina Callander, a student, was a mega fan of Ariana Grande, with a picture of the two circulating on social media as her name emerged as the first confirmed victim.

Peter Rawlinson, deputy of the Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy in Croston, northwest of Manchester, where Callander was a former pupil, told The Associated Press that her family had confirmed the death.

Rawlinson says Callander “was academically a very gifted student, very hard-working. Just lovely to speak to.”

The school posted a photo of Georgina on its website, smiling and look smart in her school uniform. It said she died of wounds from the attack and described her as “a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff.”

Runshaw College in Leyland, Lancashire said Callander expressed “enormous sadness” at her death, saying she was on the second year of her health and social care course.

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Police department looks to expand Explorer program

WDTN News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:39

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The West Carrollton Police Department is recruiting people to join the Explorer Post #433.

Participants learn law enforcement skills, experience ride-a-longs with police officers and practice interviewing techniques and testifying in court.

The group meets once a month for two hours.

Officers Bobbie Selmon and Maureen Flaute say they are hoping to recruit 20 to 25 people between the ages of 14 and 20-years-old.

The police department says participants wanting to obtain their Ohio Peace Officer’s certifications are encouraged to join.

For more information fo to the West Carrollton Facebook page.

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NFL changes rule to allow using ball as prop, group celebrations

WDTN News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:34

CHICAGO (AP) – The NFL wants to bring back a little bit of Broadway back to an end zone near you next season.

After years of limiting how -and how much – players could celebrate following touchdowns, the league decided to loosen up its rules, allowing players to again use the football as a prop,celebrate as a group and roll around or flap their arms like snow angels on the ground again if they choose.

In an email from Commissioner Roger Goodell sent to fans in an effort to deliver “a more exciting game experience,” the commissioner said the new guidelines came after conversations with more than 80 current and former players.

Asked whether he celebrated the new guidelines approved at Tuesday’s spring meetings, Goodell laughed.

“I did,” he said. “I can’t tell you how.”

Goodell said the moniker “No Fun League” had been thrown around since he was an intern in the league office. He welcomed the looser guidelines, also endorsed by Falcons President Rich McKay, who heads the NFL competition committee.

“The pendulum had swung a long way” in restricting players too much, McKay added.

The league, however, will continue to penalize any celebration deemed offensive or in bad taste, including those that embarrass opponents or mimic the use of weapons. If celebrations are deemed a violation by on-field officials, players could still be penalized under existing unsportsmanlike conduct and taunting violations, as well as fined.

“Everybody has a different idea where the line is,” the commissioner said.

There is no set time limit on how long such celebrations can continue. But the league is placing an emphasis on speeding up the pace of games. The 40-second play clock will begin once an official signals a touchdown and teams will have to snap the ball for their extra-point play at the end of the clock.

League officials will review celebrations during the preseason and anticipate providing guidance as the regular season progresses. Former player Jon Runyan, who is in charge of on-field disciplinary actions, will hear any appeals for players.

“I actually think it will be easier” for officials to determine which celebrations are appropriate, said Alberto Riveron, the league’s new senior vice president for officiating. “But some things will still be open to interpretation.”

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BCI crime lab unveiled in Springfield

WDTN News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:40

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – A new crime laboratory for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is now open in Springfield.

Attorney General Mike DeWine joined Clark County and Springfield leaders to unveil the project Tuesday afternoon. The facility is located in the Springfield/Clark County Public Safety Building on Fountain Avenue.

The laboratory will focus on drug testing from local law enforcement agencies in Clark County and elsewhere in the state. It features new, state-of-the-art chemistry instruments. Two drug chemistry scientists will work there. Springfield is funding the salary of one scientist.

There are three other crime laboratories in Ohio. They are in London, Richfield and Bowling Green. The state’s Drug Chemistry Unit will expand to test an increasing number of opioid submissions. Six scientist positions will be added to the unit.

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Ohio coroner runs out of room for bodies due to spike in opioid ... - CBS News

Local News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:40

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