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“Zach Smith did not beat Courtney Smith” Brother speaks out

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“Zach Smith may be a lot of things, but a woman beater is not one of them.”

That was one of the main takeaways from a post by Zach’s brother, Carter.

Carter wrote that he doesn’t blame people for reacting to the reports against his brother or attaching themselves to one point of view.

“That’s the world we live in,” he wrote.

But he did want his readers to understand how damaging this behavior has been to his family.

“My family name and my grandfathers family [Earle Bruce] name has been drug through the mud by people looking for a click and a second chance at a career.”

He said that the annual Earle Bruce charity event happened in the midst of all this and translated into the event garnering the lowest amount raised since its inception.

Carter added that his company lost two local clients which made up for 54 percent of their revenue days after the Brett McMurphy report hit Facebook.

He said he’s suffered on a personal level, as well.

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“I have lost my two biggest role models in a matter of 4 months: One to death and the other to public ridicule.”

He blamed the media spectacle Brett McMurphy and the National media created for “negatively impacting” and even “ruining” peoples’ lives.

“Zach Smith never beat Courtney Smith,” he wrote. “That is the first and foremost fact that needs to be said.”

He outlined a time he had witnessed Courtney coming home after “one too many cocktails” and waking up the couple’s infant by slamming doors and screaming.

Carter claims Courtney ran at Zach and rather than attacking back, Zach removed himself from the situation to tend to the crying baby.

He said true abuse is the only thing that matters and affairs, sex toys, etc. is to be judged only by God.

“All I am trying to illustrate is that the situation isn’t as black and white as you may think (exactly the reason Powell Police and the Prosecutor never brought charges against Zach),” he wrote. “Please before you post that next post, take a second and think about what you might not know. Think about the collateral damage that could be done.”

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You may recognize OSU spring graduation speaker from CNN, best-seller shelf

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A man who delivers international headlines is now making local ones after being selected to give the spring commencement address at the Ohio State University.

You may recognize Fareed Zakaria from hosting Fareed Zakaria GPS (Global Public Square) for CNN Worldwide, or from his his biography on the inside cover of his three New York Times best-selling books. Or maybe you’ve seen his byline in The Washington Post or The Atlantic.

“An award-winning journalist and best-selling author, Dr. Zakaria is a leading voice in our national discourse on global and domestic affairs,” President Michael Drake said in the announcement, per The Lantern. “His extensive knowledge of our broader world will enrich and inspire our graduates as they embark to make a meaningful difference in communities near and far.”

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This will not be Zakaria’s first time addressing an OSU audience. Back in 2016, he delivered the keynote speech at the Fisher Centennial, marking the 100th year of the Max M. Fisher College of Business.

Zakaria is a Yale University graduate and earned his doctorate from Harvard University.

He will be among many other prominent individuals who have had the honor of sending Ohio State graduates out into the world, like Barack Obama in 2013, Archie Griffin in 2015, Neil Armstrong in 1971, John Glenn in 1984 and 2009, Woody Hayes in 1986, and Barbara Walters in 1971 to name a few.

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Bank of Pizza: New food ATM arrives at Ohio State

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First it was bacon, now it’s pizza.

The Ohio State University has unveiled a new vending machine that can pump out 12″ ready-to-eat pizzas in about three minutes.

Toppings include pepperoni, cheese, and veggie and run students $9 a pie.

This machine, created by Cincinnati-based company Pizza ATM, is located in the North Dining Room in Morrill Tower.

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Students with meal plans have full reign of the Pizza ATM every day from 11am to 8pm while students without meal plans can access it Monday through Friday from 11am to 4pm.

Uh oh, banks. There's a new ATM in town. 🍕

Posted by The Ohio State University on Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Xavier and Case Western Reserve students are already using the ‘za machines. There are also 500 Pizza ATMs throughout Europe.

Will these machines catch on? Are they the first step in phasing out dining hall/restaurant employees? Let us know in the comments below.

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OSU appoints first-ever female police chief

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As the first female to be promoted to Chief of Columbus Police steps down, Ohio State University appoints its first-ever female chief of police.

Kimberly Spears-McNatt has taken over the chief helm after holding the interim position for six months.

She was named OSU deputy chief in 2016, but before that was the first female police chief of the Upper Arlington Police Division.

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Spears-McNatt, an Ohio State alumni and Franklin University Master’s holder, has served on the OSU force for nearly 25 years.

“I graduated from Ohio State and began my law enforcement career on the Columbus campus,” Spears-McNatt said, per 10TV. “The safety of our campus community remains my top priority and I look forward to moving our agency forward with a focus on education and community engagement.”

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