Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit over team move

December 7, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio judge isn’t dismissing a lawsuit seeking to keep the Columbus Crew soccer team in Columbus.

The Columbus Dispatch reports a judge on Monday denied the team’s and Major League Soccer’s request to dismiss the suit brought by the city of Columbus and the state of Ohio.

The lawsuit argues a Crew proposal to relocate to Austin, Texas, didn’t comply with state law saying Ohio sports teams using publicly supported facilities must give six months’ notice and allow cities or residents a chance to buy the team.

Attorneys for the team and MLS argue Crew SC doesn’t receive public financial assistance and the law interferes with the right to conduct business in interstate commerce.

The team’s owner had no comment on Monday’s decision. An MLS statement called it disappointing.

Kent State alum plans 50th commemoration of May 4 shootings

KENT, Ohio — An alumnus is planning Kent State University’s commemoration of 50 years since Ohio National Guard members fatally shot four students there and wounded nine during protests of the Vietnam War on May 4,1970.

Rodney Flauhaus tells the Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier he’s aiming to honor those killed and wounded, maintain a strong commitment to education and inspire students to speak up to support peaceful conflict resolution.

The school says its commemoration will span from next fall to the actual anniversary in 2020.

Leading the planning is familiar work for Flauhaus. The Streetsboro man was in charge of the 15th commemoration, too.

The site is now a National Historic Landmark. Officials say the shootings helped change public opinion about the Vietnam War and led to changes in military policy for civil disturbances.

Supreme Court won’t weigh county immunity

DAYTON, Ohio — The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal by Montgomery County seeking immunity in a wrongful death lawsuit involving an inmate who died in 2012 during a medical emergency.

The Dayton Daily News reports attorneys for the county’s insurance company sought the protection, previously denied by a U.S. District Court judge.

Robert A. Richardson Sr. died May 19, 2012. Attorneys for his estate allege jail employees improperly handcuffed and subdued the 28-year-old man after his cellmate sought assistance. The lawsuit said Richardson was “essentially crushed to death.”

The county’s review concluded jail employees followed procedure and provided basic care. The coroner’s office determined Richardson’s death was an “accident due to cardiac arrhythmia.”

The suit, filed in 2014, had been on hold awaiting appeals and the high court’s decision.

Groups pledge funding for Wright monument

DAYTON, Ohio — Two nonprofits have pledged funding for a proposed monument honoring the Wright brothers in southwest Ohio.

The Dayton Daily News reports The Berry Family Foundation and the Kettering Fund have both committed to help the Wright Image Group purchase land near Dayton for the “Triumph of Flight” monument. Organizers say the planned 270-foot monument will cost $22 million, including funding for operation and maintenance.

The Berry Foundation will pay for a planned option-to-buy. The Kettering Fund will fund an environmental assessment.

Chief architect Steve Brown says the monument will include a “stainless steel facsimile of the Wright Flyer III resting atop a pedestal.” Organizers would like to include a state aviation hall of fame at the base.

Efforts to build the monument have been stalled for years by funding issues.

$7M raised for visitor center at national park

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio — Officials say more than 550 individuals, foundations and corporations and a not-for-profit group have raised $7 million for Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s new visitor center.

The Boston Mill Visitor Center is set to open in the fall of 2019 in Boston Township, roughly 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of Akron. The center will provide information about programs and activities at the national park to help visitors plan their park experience.

Deb Yandala, CEO of the not-for-profit Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, says the level of support that achieved the funding goal for the center is a “testimony to the quality of our community.”

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