Morning News: Kings Mills coach wanted refund for racist jersey suspension; Renacci: Trump just saying what people think with "shithole" comment

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci appeared to defend President Donald Trump's reported use of the word "shithole" this week to describe Haiti and other countries.

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click to enlarge President Donald Trump at a March, 2016 campaign rally in West Chester. - Nick Swartsell
Nick Swartsell
President Donald Trump at a March, 2016 campaign rally in West Chester.

Hello all. There is snow on the way. I hope you’ve already been to Kroger to get the 1,000 loaves of bread and 500 jugs of milk you’re going to need to ride out the inevitable six inches of white stuff coming.

It’s a bit of a slow news day, so this non-newsy news item makes the cut: Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced today that, well, he will continue to be prosecutor. The Hamilton County GOP teased a statement from Deters this morning about his future. Would he run for another office? Would he retire to focus on his private law practice? Nope. Deters’ brief statement merely says he’s staying put and is “committed” to his part-time role as prosecutor “for many years.” The statement seems designed to quash rumors that Deters is eyeing greener political pastures, perhaps a judgeship. Deters’ statement doesn’t explicitly state he’ll run again for prosecutor in 2020 — just that he’s staying in office for now.

• If you have an extra $950 burning a hole in your pocket every month and want to free yourself from the drudgery of having to drive and maintain the same car, well, now there’s a solution to that. A local car dealership is offering a program where you can rent and switch between a number of higher-end vehicles — worth between $40,000 and $50,000 — for that low monthly price. Options include sporty American muscle (a Chevy Camaro or Dodge Challenger), weather-worthy sports utes (the Toyota 4-Runner) and lux options from Mercedes Benz and Cadillac. Under the Jeff Wyler Automotive Family’s Wyler FastLane program, the dealership will deliver the car of your choice to your door, all gassed up and professionally detailed. You can change it up as often as you like. Throw an extra $210 a month, you can drive any car on the lot any time you want. If they offer an option that is seven or eight hundred dollars cheaper involving used Hyundais, sign me up.

• Membership-based bargain bulk retailer Sam’s Club has abruptly closed two of its local stores, part of a nationwide move by the company closing 63 locations to “right-size its fleet.” It’s unclear whether the employees of the Oakley and Loveland locations the company has shuttered will be moved to other locations or laid off. Ten of the closed stores will later be reopened as e-commerce fulfillment centers, the company says, and some workers at permanently shuttered locations will be given work at remaining stores nearby.

• More on the Kings Mills racist basketball jersey saga: The coach of the recreational basketball team suspended for racial slurs on their jerseys subsequently asked for a refund from the league, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. After Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League spokesman Ben Goodyear sent an email to parents of the team’s high-school age players explaining why the “Wet Dream Team” had been suspended, coach Walt Gill fired back. In an email response, Gill said the slurs were variations on the players’ last names and that the situation wasn’t “handled correctly.”

“With that, I am going to ask that 65 percent of the money we spent be returned to my team and their parents," Gill wrote to Goodyear. "I wish you luck in your league."

That took Goodyear aback.

"I just could not believe that any adult would want to argue or try to justify this behavior,” he told The Enquirer.

• More sticky suburban race shenanigans: The Mason Middle School teacher who told a black student his classmates would “form a mob and lynch” him will receive cultural sensitivity counseling for those remarks but won’t be suspended, the school says. Teacher Renee Thole made that comment to the student for being off task back in December, and the student’s parent, Tanisha Agee-Bell, subsequently complained to the school’s superintendent.

“If I had just taken two seconds to think before used the world lynch, I would have not hurt a student,” Thole remarked in a district report about the incident. “I didn’t think about all of the ugliness and horrible history surrounding that word before I used it.”

Agee-Bell isn’t happy with the outcome and says Thole should be removed from the classroom.

• Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is expected to announce she will drop out of her party’s gubernatorial primary today. Whaley made some waves in the race, but the entry of former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief Rich Cordray made success in the crowded primary a much more difficult proposition. Whaley will appear with Cordray at 11 a.m. at the Dayton Public Library to announce her withdrawal from the contest and to endorse Cordray, the frontrunner. Earlier this week, Cordray announced former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, another primary opponent, would become his running mate. State Sen. Joe Schiavoni and former State Rep. Connie Pillich remain in the race at this point, as does Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill.

• U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, who is vying for the GOP’s U.S. Senate nomination against Sherrod Brown, this morning appeared to defend reported comments by President Donald Trump calling foreign nations like Haiti and El Salvador “shitholes.” Those comments, made during a discussion with the press about immigration, brought waves of condemnation from many politicians and pundits. Trump has denied making the comments.

Renacci says Trump was just saying what a lot of people already think.

“It’s difficult, I know it’s difficult for the president, because many times you want to say what you are thinking, but in the end, I know a lot of times he is saying what people are thinking,” Renacci remarked in a Fox News interview.

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