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A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce as four Palestinians were killed in a heavy exchange of fire in the southern town of Rafah.Full Story >
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Ukrainian authorities said Friday that at least 10 government troops were killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists in an area near the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but international inspectors...Full Story >
A team of several dozen international investigators descended Friday on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine to begin combing an area now designated as a crime scene.Full Story >
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The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large...Full Story >
The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large parts of the...Full Story >
The founding chapter of an international fraternity at Miami University fraternity is closing.
The university said Friday that Beta Theta Pi has decided to close its Alpha chapter effective immediately following an investigation of allegations including alcohol abuse, a pattern of misconduct and hazing.
"Some of the concerns involve alcohol, serving it to minors, overuse of alcohol and some other conduct violations. The specifics of which I really just don't know," says Claire Wagner, a spokesperson for Miami University.
Miami and the general fraternity leadership have been monitoring the chapter for some time and observed a pattern of irresponsible behavior and lack of leadership, the university said.
"The national headquarters and the officers at that level talked to some of the members of the fraternity and talked to some Miami officials and did their own investigation that included very many members and said this is a culture," adds Wagner. "This seems too broad to fix with just saying we are going to stop events or something or sanction you. We need to close this down and start anew."
The decision to close the fraternity came Friday and now more than 30 members of the fraternity are forced to move out of the house by March 4.
The university is helping students with housing and meal plans immediately so they can move to campus starting at 5 p.m. Saturday. Upper class members have the choice of moving to campus or to other off-campus housing.
"Accountability and personal responsibility are core values at Miami, especially for those who lead student organizations," said Mike Curme, interim dean of students. "We expect our Greek organizations to model these values and adopt the highest standards of leadership and behavior."
The President of Interfraternity Council Sam Crockett says the situation is unfortunate.
"It is unfortunate that you do end up having cases like this where we aren't able to be proactive and instead have to be reactive and our goal is really to stop that before it gets to that point," said Crockett.
Crockett hopes that this serves as a warning to the other Greeks so that this doesn't happen again.
"We will be conducting more educational programs on hazing prevention, on alcohol awareness, which are all things we normally do anyway but this really gives us context to be able to say, 'this is real,'" he adds.
Beta Theta Pi will be shut down for two years but will work toward rebuilding the chapter for the fall of 2016.
The university said that its officials strongly endorsed the decision. It said it has zero tolerance for hazing.
Thursday, July 31 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:48:50 GMT
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife. Police say the man entered the store on North Bend Road with the knife around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.Full Story >
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife.Full Story >
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.Full Story >
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.