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Behind the sarcasm and humor is a message for Kanye West from Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver.
It's another round of babble from Chief Oliver, but this time he's not happy with something rapper Kanye West recently said in an interview on Saturday Night Online, an iHeart Radio show. The rapper talked about performing on stage and explained how is job can be dangerous. West said in the interview, "This is like being a police officer or something, or like war or something."
Below is Chief David Oliver's Facebook post:
Dear Kanye West,
The same day Pope Francis was named as Time Magazine's "Person of the Year", the Pope accepted a heart shaped card by Walsh University students studying in Rome.
Students and faculty arrived early at St. Peter's Square were they waited to present the handmade card and letter to the Pope.
"It was a big heart with a letter on the back of it inviting him to dinner," said Kathleen Wagner of Akron. Wagner, a Walsh University student, designed the card with Giovonna Rion of Dover. They left for a study abroad program in Rome in late October. The program is part of the university's Global Learning program.
The students had some help from the audience to get the Pope's attention.
"[Pope Francis] looked at it and he read it and then he held it up and he had the biggest smile on his face," said Wagner.
No word yet on whether or not the Pope accepted their invitation to dinner.
"Not yet. I keep checking my email and my phone hasn't left my side," said Rion.
Below is the letter the students presented to the Pope:
Dear Pope Francis,
Our names our Giovonna Rion and Kathleen Wagner and we are students of Walsh University. Walsh University is a Catholic University in North Canton, Ohio in the United States of America. Our University was founded by the Brothers of Christian Instruction in 1960 and just 8 years ago we formed a Global Learning Campus in Castel Gandolfo. We are both currently studying at our campus in Castel Gandolfo and on behalf of our whole University, present in Italy and in the United States, we would like to invite you to join us for dinner on our campus one evening before we depart back home to the United States on December 20th.
It would mean so much to all of us if you would be able to join us for dinner. We take such pride in being a Catholic University. We have all visited the Vatican on our trip already and we are even touring the Vatican School, since we are all education majors. It would just make our trip even more special if we could treat you to a meal on our campus, just to show you how much we look up to you and appreciate all you do for us and the Church. It would be such an honor for us to meet you, and we cannot even express how much we would love for you to come. We will even take requests for whatever you would like to have for dinner!
We would love for you to join us at dinner! We are very excited to hear from you! Thank you for everything you do!
Wishing you the best!
Giovonna, Kathleen, and all of the students of Walsh University
P.S. We attended Vespers on Saturday and we waved to you! We we really excited that you waved back to us, it made our whole night! Thank you!
Akron police chief James Nice is responding to a recent article pointing out that items belonging to the homeless were taken and thrown away during a sweep of an area where some were found trespassing on private property.
Nice says that wasn't the case. He says abandoned items will be thrown away, but the city had given advance notice to those who were asked to leave the area.
"There's things that are abandoned, so they are put in the trash." said Nice. "I read in the paper that the police are throwing people's things away and it's just not what it's portrayed to be."
The original article published in the Beacon Journal talked about discussions between the city of Akron and several nonprofit groups to move homeless relief away from the Northside area, where businesses and others have submitted complaints.
The article referenced a homeless man who said his property was thrown away, including his VA papers and an American flag.
"They go out and they meet with all those people. They talk to them and give them every opportunity, plenty of time to move things, but then they have to clean those sites up - both for a safety situation and sanitary conditions," said Nice.
Akron Deputy Director of Public Service Phillip Montgomery told the Beacon Journal that in response to the concerns regarding trespassing on private property, the city found a new location to distribute food, clothing and other items to those in need.
Those who have been getting together under the Y-Bridge will soon meet at another building. Community Support Services officials said it will be at one of two buildings owned by the organization: at the Department of Veterans Affairs Community Resource and Referral Center on Voris Street or at the CSS Homeless Outreach headquarters on Wolf Ledges.
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