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Mark Rozell

Mark Rozell

News reporter to speak Sunday at All Souls

BELLVILLE — Irv Oslin, a long-time news reporter, will be the guest speaker at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 25 Church St. Oslin was a reporter at a small-town daily newspaper in Ashland County for 17 years. During that time he covered local government and the crime beat. He retired in 2013 and continues to write freelance.

Oslin will speak on the topic “Fake News Is Real (But It’s Probably Not What You Think).” He will discuss how news gets tainted by economic and political influences. He plans to draw on his personal experiences in his message.

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Mark Rozell will speak about Religion at AU lecture

ASHLAND — On March 25, Mark Rozell will speak about “The Religion Factor in Explaining Support for Presidents and Presidential Leadership,” at 7 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the Ashland University campus. The event, which is part of AU’s Faith and Society lecture series, is free and open to the public.

Rozell is the founding dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on various topics in U.S. government and politics, including the intersection of religion and politics, the presidency, interest group politics and federalism. This will be the sixth lecture in the Faith and Society Lecture Series, which is designed to give AU students the ability to hear experts discuss critical topics of faith and its implications in contemporary society. The Hilda Bretzlaff Foundation is the sponsor for the lecture series.

Those with questions regarding the event can contact Dr. Mark Hamilton, associate professor of philosophy, at or 419.606.0197.

K.E. McCartney St. Patrick’s Day luncheon set

MANSFIELD — The 25th annual “K.E. McCartney St. Patrick’s Day Memorial Luncheon” is Saturday, March 9. Doors open at 11 a.m., with lunch served at noon. The program starts at 1 p.m.

The luncheon is at the Kenneth E. McCartney Memorial Building in downtown Mansfield, 16 S. Park St. This year’s keynote speaker is Harry “Butch” Reynolds, a former Ohio State University track and field athlete, world record holder, Olympic gold medalist, world champion, and has been inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.

Tickets are $40 and may be purchased at the door, the day of the event. Please contact Amy Essick via e-mail at if you have any questions.

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