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The University of Kentucky investigation. My view.

From Moderator Hank Nuwer:

I just read this. Why in heck isn’t the Lexington police listed as investigator? This is a city’s homicide, not just a campus issue. So so wrong for only UK to investigate. I am hoping the paper got it wrong and Lex. police are on the case before the trail goes cold..
“Thomas “Lofton” Hazelwood, 18, of Henderson, the UK student found unresponsive at the FarmHouse Fraternity likely died of alcohol toxicity, according to Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn. Toxicology tests are pending and UK police are investigating.” (WHY NOT LEXINGTON DETECTIVES????)

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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