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Wright State withdraws from holding first presidential debate

Wright State president David Hopkins announced Tuesday the university has withdrawn from hosting the first presidential debate in September.

He said Tuesday that Wright State is withdrawing as host of first presidential debate scheduled for Sept. 26, citing escalating costs for security and the inability to raise enough money.

Hopkins said in an exclusive interview that he was motivated in part by security concerns raised by the recent attack in Nice, France.

“I can’t assure the safety of our students and the community,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins informed the Commission on Presidential Debates at noon Tuesday, and hopes to recoup at least some of the $2 million fee that was paid to the commission in advance. Approximately $500,000 had been spent already on Nutter Center upgrades.

The university has raised about $3.5 million in contributions, state funding and in-kind pledges.

Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, was listed as the debate’s backup site.

The Commission on Presidential Debates posted this announcement on its website:

“In light of Wright State University’s announcement of earlier today, the September 26, 2016 Presidential Debate will be held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. The Commission very much appreciates Wright State’s efforts. Hofstra University served very successfully as a presidential debate site in 2012. On September 23, 2015, the Commission announced that Hofstra University had agreed to serve as an alternate site this debate cycle if needed. The Commission looks forward to working with Hofstra once again.”

The president of Wright State’s faculty union, Martin Kich, said canceling the debate was probably for the best.

“I think It’s unfortunate we’ve gotten two months away from it and we have to pull the plug on it. I don’t think that makes anyone look good," Kich said. "But if the alternative is we would be left with a sizeable financial liability because of this, then I think it’s the smart thing to do,” he said.

Kich said he felt the university was low-balling what the debate was actually going to cost.

“Under ideal circumstances, I think it would be a nice thing for the university to host this kind of an event, but given the financial issues the university is grappling with, from the start this seemed like a kind of dubious proposition.”

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Mega Millions jackpot hits $540M after nobody wins Tuesday's drawing

The Mega Millions jackpot has hit an estimated $540 million after no tickets matched all six numbers in Tuesday’s drawing.

According to the Mega Millions official site, there were no winners of the estimated $454 million jackpot from Tuesday’s drawing.

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Seven people matched five numbers but did not match the Megaplier, winning $1 million.

Tuesday’s winning numbers were 29-46-53-64-73 with the Megaplier 10.

The next drawing is Friday.

Do you live in one of Georgia's 10 best suburbs?

Looking for a Georgia neighborhood with high school quality, low crime rates and overall top-notch livability? A new ranking by Niche.com suggests you should consider a move to Decatur.

Using comprehensive data from the U.S. Census, Department of Education, FBI and more, Niche.com assessed the overall livability of an area for its "2016 Best Suburbs to Live in America" ranking.

Key factors like cost of living, crime rates, quality of local schools, employment and access to amenities were considered in the process.

With an overall A+ Niche grade and an A+ in education, diversity, health and fitness, the city of Decatur ranked  No. 1 among 100 Georgia suburbs and No. 63 nationally.

Decatur also scored high for families, nightlife and commute.

» View Decatur's full profile

In addition to being the No. 1 best Georgia suburb to live in, Decatur also earned top honors in Niche.com's "2016 Best Places to Live in Georgia" and was recently named one of metro Atlanta's best suburbs for millennials.

The city also ranked No. 2 in the site's "2016 Places with the Best Public Schools in Georgia," behind Gwinnett County's Buford.

Here are the top 10 of Georgia's 100 best suburbs to live in for 2016, according to Niche.com:

  1. Decatur, DeKalb County
  2. Big Creek Township, Forsyth County
  3. Alpharetta, Fulton County
  4. Johns Creek, Fulton County
  5. Northeast Cobb Township (East Cobb), Cobb County
  6. Smyrna, Cobb County
  7. Roswell, Fulton County
  8. Milton, Fulton County
  9. Vinings, Cobb County
  10. Mableton, Cobb County

How did your Georgia suburb rank?

More about the "2016 Best Suburbs to Live" ranking and methodology.

Michelle Obama doing karaoke with James Cordon!

The 'Carpool Karaoke' bit that James Cordon does has become HUGE . . . from Justin Bieber to Mariah Carey... and now, the First Lady Michelle Obama!

Michelle Obama started a Snapchat account yesterday, and she announced that James came over to the White House so they could shoot an episode.

There's no word when it will air.

Can't wait to see it!

Texas man loses leg to flesh-eating bacteria after trip to the beach

 A Texas man has lost his right leg after contracting flesh-eating bacteria during a trip to the beach.

According to KRIV, Brian Parrott, 50, of Jacinto City started to feel sick after he went swimming with his family at a Galveston beach June 12. The following Wednesday, his right leg was red and covered in boils.

Doctors amputated the leg from the knee down at Houston's Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, where Parrott remains in intensive care.

Parrott's mother, Donna Dailey, told KRIV that doctors believe the bacteria entered his system through a scratch on his foot. Parrott also suffers from diabetes, which takes a toll on the immune system, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Dailey said the family wants to share Parrott's story "to get the word out" about the bacteria.

"There's nothing more that we can do for my son, but maybe we can save somebody else," she told KRIV.According to the Chronicle, Parrott's family has started a GoFundMe campaign. 

State authorities raid Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles

The Georgia Department of Revenue has raided Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles.

Gladys Knight’s son, who runs the operation, is at the center of an investigation involving $1 million, according to Channel 2 Action News. Gladys Knight is not involved in the investigation.

All three Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles locations in metro Atlanta have been closed, Channel 2 reported. The restaurants could reopen as soon as Thursday, possibly under state control, the station reported.

Atlanta police assisted in the raid, according to Channel 2.

— Please return to AJC.com for updates.

Taco Bell offering free tacos on Tuesday

Taco Bell announced today it would offer one free Doritos Locos taco to customers on Tuesday afternoon, June 21, as part of the restaurant chain’s “Steal a Game, Steal a Taco” NBA promotion.

The special offer will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday only. Taco Bell had announced prior to the NBA Finals that it would give away Doritos Locos tacos if a team won on its opponent’s home court in the NBA Finals — and that ended up happening not once, but three times, with the Golden State Warriors winning Game 4 in Cleveland, then the Cavaliers winning Games 5 and 7 on Golden State’s home court.

No purchase is necessary, according to the promotion’s terms and conditions, and as always, the offer will be good at participating Taco Bell locations. There is, of course, a limit of one free taco per customer.

Social media, community critical of dad’s defense of ex-Oakwood swimmer

A letter written by the father of ex-Oakwood and Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, coupled with a lenient sentence has roiled social media.

Dan Turner wrote the letter before his son’s sentencing in a sexual assault case Friday.

Turner wrote his son wasn’t violent. He referred to his son’s sexual assault as “20 minutes of action” and mentioned that his son doesn’t like eating steaks any more in his letter requesting probation instead of incarceration.

“This is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life,” Dan Turner said in the letter.

This news organization was unable to contact Dan Turner for comment.

The letter was posted on Twitter by Michelle Landis Dauber, a Stanford law professor, who called it offensive and criticized the court probation report.

Dauber tweeted, “#brockturner court probation report is fetid pond of victim-blaming rapeyness.”

Local residents voiced similar concerns about the letter.

“It’s part of the problem, we still have an issue with good ol’ boy, whatever’s for fun and never owning up to your responsibility as a man with integrity,” said Joanna McGuffey of Centerville.

Jenn All, of Oakwood, said she felt there was “a little bit of a lack of accountability when it came to the letter.”

“We know them and my prayers go out to the family and it’s unfortunate that people can post whatever they want behind the scenes and be anonymous.”

Brock Turner, 20, was sentenced Friday to six months in jail in Palo Alto, Calif. He was facing up to 10 years in prison, and with good behavior, could be out in three months, the Mercury News reported. He also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and will have three years of probation following his release.

Turner’s sentencing was decried by many, including District Attorney Jeff Rosen, as too lenient, but Turner’s defense attorney said they plan to appeal.

Turner was convicted on assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person; penetration of an intoxicated person; and penetration of an unconscious person charges in March. The charges stemmed from a January 2015 incident where two people reported they saw Turner, then 19, assaulting his accuser behind a dumpster on Stanford’s campus after a fraternity party. Turner ran but witnesses stopped and held him until police arrived, according to a statement released by Rosen.

Turner is a three-time All-American Oakwood High School swimmer and Stanford swimmer who had aspired to swim in the Olympics.

Before Turner was sentenced, the victim read her impact statement in court and addressed the defendant.

“You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today,” she said.

“The damage is done, no one can undo it,” the victim’s statement reads. “And now we both have a choice. We can let this destroy us, I can remain angry and hurt and you can be in denial, or we can face it head on, I accept the pain, you accept the punishment, and we move on.”

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