Sgt. Michelle Hercules: Strength and beauty

She doesn’t look nearly as tired as she must be. Sergeant Michelle Hercules works the night shift for the Miami University Police Department so she can finish her master’s degree in political science during the day. The Hamilton native’s days start at 9:30 p.m. when she gets to work. On Mondays and Wednesdays, when she gets off at 7:30 a.m., she has time for a nap before coming back to campus and going to her 1:15 class. But, on Tuesdays and Thursdays when she gets off at 7:30 a.m., she has only about an hour to grab a cup...

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Tom Dutton ‘remembered for his legacy, not his disease’

When Tom Dutton first got diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he received a balloon from his students that said, “Thinking of you.” Janice Dutton, his widow, now has that balloon displayed on her fireplace mantle. It stayed inflated for months, hovering around his hospital room and then his living room when he came home. “Have you ever heard of a helium balloon doing that?” Janice said. “Like that balloon rose above the gravity pulling it down, Tom rose above his cancer.” Over 100 people gathered in the Dolibois Room in Shriver Center Saturday afternoon to celebrate Dutton’s life. He was a...

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Senior Brian Carlsen, 22, remembered for bright spirit

Brian Carlsen, 22, died Sept. 23 peacefully at home in Euclid, OH. He was a supply chain major at Miami, graduating in December of this year. W. Rocky Newman, supply chain and management professor in the Farmer School of Business, had Carlsen in his class the day before he passed. “He was a good student, very good natured. He always contributed to the class,” Newman said. “It seemed like he was really looking forward to putting his degree to work.” Carlsen, best known for his upbeat spirit, graduated St. Ignatius high school in 2013.  Melyssa Jackson, a student at the University of Cincinnati, went to the neighboring all-girls’ school, St. Joseph’s Academy. “Brian was the guy that everyone knew personally, or knew of,” Jackson said. “He was such a people-person with a smile that legitimately lit up the room. I always called him Brian Carlsen, first name and last name always. He just truly was a gem.” The service for Carlsen was this morning at 10 a.m. in...

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Architecture program ‘never going to replace’ Tom Dutton

The death of Miami University architecture professor Tom Dutton has left a gaping hole in the communities where he lived and worked. “We’re never going to replace Tom,” said Mary Rogero, interim chair of Miami’s Department of Architecture and Interior Design. “I don’t know that we can.” Dutton was the founder and director for the Center for Community Engagement in Over-The-Rhine (OTR), located just north of downtown Cincinnati. Dutton, 65, died on June 13 of this year. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October. He was active in issues related to affordable housing, poverty and racial equity....

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Oxford gets a Burger King

After deliberating for nearly an hour, Oxford’s city council unanimously agreed to allow a Burger King to be built in town. Drive-thru establishments require an extra permit, so that was the main topic of debate at the meeting. The building, which will be located at 5093 College Corner Pike, will be approximately 2,800 square feet and will take the place of two residential buildings between an auto parts store and an insurance office. The council’s main concerns were if the new building would fit certain environmental standards, parking limits and sign limits. The council decided to have the restaurant remove three parking spots in front of the dumpster since they wouldn’t be needed. They also decided the restaurant needed to go from five proposed signs to two. The conern behind the number of signs was due to light pollution and tree coverage.  Planned hours of operation will be 6 am to midnight everyday. No open date has been set for the location.                 ...

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