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School creates program to lure surgeon

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State has agreed to create a new department to lure a star surgeon who is expected to bring $1 million in research grant money along with a team of researchers. Ohio State will not reveal the name of the doctor who, if hired, would become chairman of the new department. University documents refer to the doctor as “one of the premier academic neurosurgeons in the U.S.” Adding a Department of Neurological Surgery would give Ohio State an edge in the growing competition among colleges for prestigious faculty members. The university hopes the grant money will help attract more patients and training opportunities for students. There are three faculty members in the division of Neurological surgery at Ohio State. Making it a department would add at least seven faculty members and double its $3 million annual budget in five years. The university won’t reveal how much the neurosurgeon will earn. Part of his salary would come from a $14 million endowment set up after a medical-liability settlement involving the insurance company Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Seventy police officers break up fight following Indiana football game

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – An Indiana University police officer was hit in the head by a beer bottle and injured after trying to break up a melee following the Purdue-IU football game, police said. Seventy police officers from three different departments were sent to a parking lot just south of Memorial Stadium to break up a fight that broke out among a crowd of more than 100 people, campus police Lt. Jerry Minger said. The conflict reached its peak about an hour after Purdue’s 24-16 victory over Indiana in the Old Oaken Bucket game. Officer Brian Oliger was making an arrest when he was hit by a beer bottle, which resulted in a 1-inch gash and a bump on the back of his head. Witnesses gave a description of the man they said threw the bottle. A man fitting that description was later arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, Minger said. Two other arrests were also made in connection with the fight. Two officers used pepper spray to subdue the crowd, which dispersed after about an hour. The fight broke out when a group of tailgaters got into a dispute with another group that had gathered nearby, Minger said.

Three students headed to North Carolina die in wreck

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) -Three Lebanon Valley College students traveling to a competition in North Carolina were killed when their car crossed the median on Interstate 81 and was struck by two tractor-trailers, police said. A fourth student injured in the wreck was flown to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The student’s name and condition were not released. The students were on their way to a Tae Kwon Do competition in Winston-Salem, N.C., when the accident occurred just before 1 p.m. in Middlesex Township, officials said. Two victims were identified as Chelsey Morris, 19, of Enola, and Michael Videtto, 21, of Aldan, Delaware County, said Cumberland County Coroner Michael Norris. The third student killed was not identified pending notification of family members. Morris, the driver, was a sophomore and swim team member, said Lebanon Valley College spokesman Tom Hanrahan. Videtto, a senior, was vice president of the college’s Tae Kwon Do club.

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