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Bobak Ferdowsi, popularly known as NASA's "Mohawk Guy," will give two free presentations. His first is 7 p.m. tonight at Oakwood High School and on Saturday, he will speak at 2 p.m. at the National Air Force Museum. He will be talking about “Mars & Beyond: Curiosity and the Future of NASA.” These are free and open to the public.

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At least fifty people will leave from Dayton Friday evening to make their way to Washington D.C. for a protest against police brutality, joining thousands who have been demonstrating around the country in recent months.

Dayton resident Iris Blanchard, a school counselor, says she’s fed up with seeing people she knows targeted by police.

“It’s time that we put our voices in and let the justice department know, let the Obama administration know, that they need to do something, they need to act now,” she said. “Otherwise the revolution is coming. It’s coming.”

The Kmart store in Springfield has closed. As a result of the store's closure, 68 jobs will be lost.
Wayne Baker / WYSO

The recent closure of Kmart in Springfield will mean the loss of 68 jobs. The chain, which is owned by parent company Sears Holdings, has shuttered the doors on two other area stores, pushing the job loss total to nearly 200.

Losing a job at any time of the year is tough, but particularly over the holiday season. That's why Amy Donahoe, director of hiring and employer services with the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, says the chamber activated a special program to help displaced Springfield Kmart workers.

Conrad Balliet reads two poems from Ed Davis, "She Danced" and a poem on the winter solstice.

Ohio AG Wants Active Shooter Response Studied

Dec 11, 2014
Ohio Attorney General, Mike DeWine
www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says it's time to study whether police officers are adequately trained to identify whether they're dealing with an active shooter situation.

DeWine says recent police shootings across the country show this is one area that has not been looked at.

DeWine made his remarks Thursday as he directed the state police training commission to study possible updates in officer training in using force.

DeWine announced the meeting last week after demonstrations around the country over racial justice and police use of force.

Ohio Lawmaker Gets Probation In Ethics Case

Dec 11, 2014
Representative Dale Mallory - District 32
www.ohiohouse.gov

A Cincinnati lawmaker who pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor ethics law violations has been sentenced to probation.

The charges against Democratic state Rep. Dale Mallory were related to taking Cincinnati Bengals tickets from lobbyists and failing to properly report them on required disclosure forms.

Mallory was sentenced Thursday in a Franklin County courtroom to one year of probation and $600 in fines. A jail sentence was suspended. He was convicted in October.

In addition to playing a lot of great shows in 2014, Trey Stone and the Ringers have been busy recording a new holiday EP, Sing About Christmas.  The band visited the WYSO studios to debut many of the songs on Kaleidoscope and were joined by Justin Howard from the Black Box Improv Theater to talk about their upcoming holiday version of Black Box's Improv Musical show.

Trey Stone and the Ringers will perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday as part of the Black Box Improv Theater's holiday Improv Musical.

Returning guest Dave Obenour joins Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt in studio to talk about some of the artists, new and old, featured in the latest issue of Ghettoblaster Magazine, a national music and culture magazine based in part in Dayton, Ohio.

The latest issue of Ghettoblaster Magazine with Shabazz Palaces on the cover is available now at local stores.  Find Ghettoblaster online at http://ghettoblastermagazine.com/

West Carrollton city officials are considering a tax levy to help pay for an in-house emergency dispatch center.
City of West Carrollton website

The city of West Carrollton is considering changes to its dispatching service. Officials are concerned the city is getting priced out of offering an in-house emergency call center.

If the city wants to run its own operation next year, officials are expecting it’ll cost around $800,000. City Manager Brad Townsend says that isn’t feasible without residents paying a little extra. Voters could be asked to approve a levy in May at the earliest.

The Beavercreek Police Chief will not be retiring next month. According to a written statement from Dennis Evers, he says he will continue to lead the department for the “forseeable future.”

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