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Arson Investigation Fuels Arrest

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  The investigation into the November 7, 2015, fire at 76 Westfield Place in Athens has lead to the arrest of Lisa Michelle May, age 34. According to Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn, On December 16, 2015, Athens County Prosecutor’s Office investigators executed a search warrant at 70 Westfield Place with the assistance of the Ohio… Read More

Document Brings OU and Athens Together In Fight Against Sexual Assault

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Ohio University and the City of Athens joined together to provide guidance on a problem both areas saw over the last semester. In a new appendix to the city-university Memorandum of Understanding, signed by OU President Roderick McDavis and Athens Mayor Paul Weihl, both agencies gave “clear guidance to Ohio University Police Department and Athens… Read More

Ohio Attorney General Confirms Movie Theater Antitrust Probe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s attorney general is confirming that 10 states are investigating the country’s biggest movie theater chains for alleged antitrust violations. Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio and the other states are examining whether AMC, Cinemark and Regal have taken action to keep competitors and new theaters out of the market. DeWine… Read More

OU Professor Emeritus and Activist Passes Away


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Robert N. Rhodes, Professor Emeritus of African American Studies, passed away on Dec. 4. He began his career as an activist and concluded it at Ohio University, where he inspired generations of students. “The Department of African American Studies mourns the passing of Robert Rhodes, former faculty and chairperson,” says Dr. Robin Muhammad, Professor and Chair of… Read More

Theme Parks Will Feature Enhanced Security


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Officials at Disney, Universal and SeaWorld’s Florida theme parks say they are adding enhanced security measures, including metal detectors, inside and outside of venues ahead of the busy holiday season. All three parks will be using metal detector screening. Disney will be randomly selecting guests for secondary screening, and wouldn’t say how long the measures… Read More

Cleveland Police Officers To Get Training After Federal Decree

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Many small police departments operating within Cleveland will get some of the training Cleveland officers are required to receive through a federal consent decree. Cleveland.com reports city police officials have offered to include the departments in the extra training because they want people to know they’ll be treated the same in Cleveland,… Read More