Reynoldsburg police locked down the district's Livingston High School campus this morning after fights broke out among students inside. Outside, teachers are on the picket lines in a labor dispute with the district.
A police dispatcher said officers received reports of fights at the school at about 11:34 a.m. and that at least two students had been arrested. District spokeswoman Tricia Moore said the fight was between two girls and that one of them was arrested.
The district was placed on a "modified" lockdown she said, in which students remained in their classrooms and teachers switched classes.
<<Video: Fights reported inside school
A student who left the high school said officers used pepper spray to stop the fights, but police issued a statement this afternoon saying no "chemical agents" were used in the incident.
Noah Brumfield, a 10th-grader in the Bell Academy at the campus, said he left the school and found his homeroom teacher on the picket line to tell her what was happening inside. She suggested that he call his parents and his father came to pick him up.
"I just wanted to get out of there," Brumfield said.
Livingston students had planned a walkout at noon. Instead, like Brumfield, many called their parents to come and pick them up after the fight broke out.
“Everyone is freaking out,” said Michaela Cooper, 14, a ninth-grader at Bell Acedemy whose mother picked her up from school around noon. “It’s kind of scary. I want my teachers back.”
She wasn't the only one.
“I’m not going back there until the teachers come back because I don’t feel safe,” said Jaime Montague, 17, a 12th-grader at Bell Academy..
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Update: Video of March in Beavercreek, Ohio
Join us at Freedom City starting on September 22nd! Everyday during the grand jury trial, we will have activities outside the courthouse as we continue to demand justice for John Crawford and his family.
Register Here! http://www.ohiostudentassociation.org/johncrawford
The list of events include:
The Freedom Walk
- An 11 mile journey from the Beavercreek Walmart where John Crawford was killed by police officers to the courthouse in Xenia where the grand jury will be held. The walk will begin at 10am at the Beavercreek Walmart. More details once you sign up.
Rally for John Crawford
- The rally will begin at 2:30pm. We will be marching to Xenia courthouse and occupying the courthouse grounds. More details once you sign up.
Workshops and Demonstrations
- We will be hosting demonstrations and workshops to create a space for collective learning and visioning outside the courthouse from 3:30pm - 6:30pm. More details once you sign up.
- We will be hosting a mass meetings in Xenia at 7:00pm each night to recap the events of the day and plan for the next day of action until the grand jury returns with their decision.
BACKGROUND on the John Crawford Case
“I saw my son get murdered by the police. It was worse than Ferguson.”
That is what John Crawford’s father said after he was allowed to see six minutes of footage from the Beavercreek Walmart where police gunned down his son on August 5. John Crawford was shopping in the Walmart and was holding a toy airsoft rifle when another shopper called the police and described a “Black male about 6 feet tall” waving a gun.
On Sep 22nd a grand jury will review evidence to determine if there is enough probable cause to indict the officers who killed John Crawford. The Ohio Student Association is organizing a pilgrimage to leave from the Beavercreek Walmart and walk 11.5 miles through the back roads of Greene County to the courthouse in Xenia, OH where the grand jury will be meeting.
The grand jury proceedings will likely conclude within 1-3 days, and we will be staying in Greene County until the jury returns with a decision. While we are staying in Greene County we will take part in workshops and trainings to learn from each other, and make time to strategize and vision together.
With this action we hope to accomplish three goals:
1) Bring national attention and pressure to Greene County, letting them know that the whole country is watching, and the whole country wants justice for John Crawford.
2) Bring together youth organizers who have been activated by the recent string of police killings, especially young people of color, to learn from each other and strategize and vision together.
3) Create a situation that demands the attention and action of the Federal Government because John Crawford's family wants Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to takeover the case from the Ohio Attorney General.
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Columbus, Ohio - led by its' welcoming community and Mayor Michael Coleman has been steadily growing! Validating it's progress today, Forbes has ranked Columbus, Ohio as the #1 Opportunity City in America!
(Related: YourInfoDaily.com, based in Ohio, hopes to raise $45,000 to continue to make an impact, further growth)
by: Erin Carlyle, Forbes Staff
Columbus, Ohio, was supposed to be just a temporary stop in 2006 on the way East for Josh and Niki Quinn, a place to save money and plan their new business. After years of living in Los Angeles, where they launched the wholesale wallets and accessories brand Maxine Dear, the couple had decided to open a retail shop, either in Philly or New York.
A few months into their Columbus camp-out, they decided to stay put. “As we started comparing Columbus and what it had to offer with the other cities, especially when cost got factored into it, we saw that we would be able to do something right away, and on a larger scale than we would in other cities on the East Coast,” says Josh Quinn.
In particular, the couple fell in love with the Short North neighborhood, with its High Street shopping corridor, cobblestone streets and historic homes. In 2007 the Quinns opened Tigertree, an apparel, gift and home furnishings shop. They started out in a Short North alleyway, and a year later moved onto a larger High Street location. Last year, the couple bought an 1890 home just blocks away from their shop, at a price Josh Quinn describes as “on the lower end” of the $250,000 to $400,000 range.
Quinn says they have no regrets about skipping the cooler East Coast cities for the Midwest. “I’ve never seen so much pride in a city. It’s kind of jarring, initially,” he says.
It’s not just the Short North neighborhood that makes Columbus a city of opportunity. A major factor is its very low cost of home ownership (the median sales price in the first quarter was $99,900). Amenities like Ohio State, a major university in the heart of downtown, a thriving arts and cultural scene, and a top-tier hospital make it a city where people can build a career as well as a rewarding life. Columbus lands the No. 1 spot on our inaugural list of Opportunity Cities, which we developed in collaboration with Sperling’s Best Places.
Unlike major cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, where professionals in the early to middle phases of their careers (ages 25 to 39) might feel overwhelmed or lost in the shuffle, most of these cities are small enough that enterprising people can really make their mark. But they’re still large enough to offer amenities—museums, parks, and in many cases vibrant downtowns–that make for a high quality of life. Most importantly, because these places offer affordable housing, residents enjoy the opportunity to spend their energy getting creative, starting a company, or simply enjoying time off, without the pressure-cooker professional environment and stressfully high housing costs that are the hallmark of many of the nation’s biggest job centers...
... read the entire article on Forbes.com
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TOKYO—A magnitude 5.6 earthquake shook the Tokyo region early Tuesday afternoon, although no tsunami warning was issued and no impact on nuclear power plants reported.
The earthquake was centered in the south of Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, and occurred around 12:30 p.m. local time (0330 GMT).
The operations of some train lines were temporarily suspended, including the shinkansen bullet train in the northeastern Tohoku region. A few minor injuries were reported, according to national broadcaster NHK. The earthquake shook the capital more than three years after a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011.
It appears that the affordable care act is doing exactly what it should be! Today, the NYtimes.com reports that the number of Americans without Health Insurance has gone down. Read an excerpt of the article below:
by Sabrina Tavernise
Federal researchers reported on Tuesday that the number of Americans without health insurance had declined substantially in the first quarter of this year, the first federal measure of the number of uninsured Americans since the Affordable Care Act extended coverage to millions of people in January.
The number of uninsured Americans fell by about 8 percent to 41 million people in the first quarter of this year, compared with 2013, a drop that represented about 3.8 million people and that roughly matched what experts were expecting based on polling by private groups, like Gallup. The survey also measured physical health but found little evidence of change.
The findings were part of the National Health Interview Survey, a nationally representative examination that is considered a gold standard by researchers. It interviewed about 27,000 people in the first quarter, fewer than Gallup, which interviewed 45,000 people in the second quarter alone. But researchers say it is considered particularly trustworthy because federal interviewers conduct the survey in Americans’ homes. It also sets a federal level that others can use as a benchmark.
Larry Levitt, a director at the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health research organization, said the first-quarter findings “dramatically understate the effect” of the law, as almost half of the people who signed up for insurance during the open enrollment period did so in March and did not get their insurance cards until later. Private surveys have shown that there were eight million to 10 million fewer uninsured by the second quarter, he said.
“Regardless of what you think of the A.C.A., there should be no doubt at this point that the law is increasing the number of people insured,” he said.
Katherine Baicker, a professor of health economics at the Harvard School of Public Health, said of the finding: “That sounds reasonably consistent with what had been expected.”
There was a sharper drop in the share of uninsured in states that expanded Medicaid than in those that did not, reflecting the broad uptake of the government insurance program since the law took effect. The share of uninsured among 18- to 64-year-olds fell by nearly three percentage points to 15.7 percent in the first quarter in states that expanded Medicaid, compared with a drop of about one percentage point to 21.5 percent in states that did not, a decline that was not statistically significant..
.. read the full article from nytimes.com here
Breaking News: Convicted Murderer of Three, TJ Lane breaks out of prison for 6 hours - now in custody!
UPDATE 1:25 AM - TJ Lane is reportedly in custody.
UPDATE: The Warden of the jail in Lima reports that TJ Lane escaped at 7:30 pm
Lima, Ohio - T.J. Lane walked into a high school and Chardon, Ohio - and murdered three people. He showed no remorse during trial, wearing a button up with a shirt killer underneath it. He was found guilty and received three consecutive life sentences.
Today, he escaped, along with two others.
This was posted on Lima Police Department facebook page -
UPDATE on the two escaped prisoners.
The two prisoners are Thomas Michael Lane III and Clifford E Opperud. Please share these photos with all your friends. Do not open your doors for strangers. Do not pick up hitch hikers. Call LPD if you see anything suspicious. Officers are currently searching the neighborhoods in the vicinity of the north end of town. You will see law enforcement in your neighborhood. PLEASE do not tweet or post the locations of our officers.
Thomas Michael Lane III
5'8" / 125 lbs
brown hair / brown eyes
Originally from Chardon Ohio
Clifford E Opperud
5'10" 175 lbs
blonde hair, blue eyes
originally from Carlisle Ohio
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"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," Melissa Rivers said in a written statement today. "She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother."
Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.