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A retired Air Force drone is used in the classroom at Sinclair Community College.
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Sinclair Community College is unveiling its new drone test center in a Monday afternoon ribbon-cutting that coincides with a first-of-its-kind conference about unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

The renovated test center was funded with $4 million from the state and $1 million from Sinclair, and it’s meant to be used by drone entrepreneurs and educational groups from around the country. It includes manufacturing facilities and a new wind tunnel for UAS testing. Deb Norris is the VP of workforce development at Sinclair.

Miami Valley Fair Housing investigated more than 70 Fannie Mae properties from 2010, 2012, and 2014.

Fair Housing Centers in the Miami Valley and central Ohio are suing the developers and owners of five multi-family apartment complexes in metropolitan Columbus alleging violations of the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA). The FHAA is meant to protect people with disabilities from housing discrimination.

Dayton Right to Life will take part in a National Day of Protest Against Planned Parenthood on Saturday. The effort is being lead by a coalition of national pro-life groups. The local organization will hold a rally outside the Planned Parenthood health center on N. Wilkinson St. downtown.

Join Glen Helen Director and Ornithologist, Nick Boutis to search for birds throughout the Glen. Birders of all skill levels are encouraged to join the walk. Make new friends, learn new skills, and explore the beauty of Glen Helen. Saturday 8 - 10am. Meet at the Trailside Museum.

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Cleveland officials say internal disciplinary letters have been sent to 13 police officers, charging them with administrative violations for their roles in the fatal pursuit of two unarmed suspects in November 2012.

Catherine Crosby at her office in Dayton.
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 I recently took a trip to Augsburg, Germany as part of the City of Dayton’s Sister Cities delegation.  In the weeks leading up to my trip, people kept asking me if I was excited. To be honest, I was experiencing some anxiety. As an African American, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  In America, we have laws making it illegal to discriminate based on race even though many still experience discrimination. This right does not exist everywhere.  I Googled to mentally prepare for what I might experience in another country.

Janeal Ravndal reads Maureen Fry's poem, "Thunderstorm, Central Ohio."

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PNC Bank will open its new location in downtown Dayton’s Water Street District Monday.

The regional headquarters will serve as the anchor tenant for the $45 million project.  

PNC is relocating from its building on North Main to the top two floors of the new 50,000-square-foot building at the corner of Patterson Boulevard and East Monument Avenue. There also will be a branch in the building’s bottom floor.

The mixed-use development also includes retail space and 215 apartments. The project is part of the Greater Downtown Dayton plan.

colored penciles, education, art
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's public school superintendent has named a three-member panel to advise the department on evaluating charter school sponsors.

Superintendent Richard Ross says the state is committed to creating a system that evaluates charter school sponsors fairly while adhering to complex legal requirements. He says the independent panel will help do that.

The federal government is warning Ohio not to try to bring in drugs from other countries to carry out executions.

Ohio temporarily stopped executions and switched back to the single drug sodium thiopental for future ones after the January 2014 death of Dennis McGuire, who was injected with a two drug combination and appeared to gasp and choke during his execution, the longest on record in Ohio. Sodium thiopental is in short supply in the country, so last year the state applied for a license to import it.