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Nightclub outside where Durham uni student died will not have licence revoked following review

A nightclub, outside where a Durham University student died earlier this year, will not be forced to close. Olivia Burt, 20, from Hampshire, suffered fatal head injuries in an incident involving a safety barrier outside Missoula nightclub, in the Walkergate area of the city, on February 7. Following a review by Durham County Council's Statutory Licensing Sub-Committee today, it will not be made to shut or significantly amend its opening hours.

However, councillors did rule that it should take up a new 'operational plan' agreed with Durham Constabulary, which had requested the panel investigate on the basis of 'public safety' and 'prevention of crime and disorder'. Speaking on behalf of the force, solicitor Chris Southey said: "The death of any young person can be very shocking and questions are asked about what caused it, with a view, sometimes, to finding a scapegoat or to find a solution in the future. "There is a danger that hindsight can be applied sloppily.

"In this case it's evident that certain processes at Missoula may be reviewed or improved. "But that doesn't mean that if the changes had been in place all would have been well or that no one ever again will suffer death inside or outside Missoula." The meeting heard concerns over crowd control at the bar had been raised early in 2017, but in the 12 months leading up to the death of Miss Burt no further problems had been recorded.

The business was praised for not having 'shied away' from the review. But Mr Southey also said on the night there had been 'ineffective communication' between management and security staff from Phoenix Security, which provided security on the doors at Missoula and other nearby venues. The bar is run by the Stonegate Pub Company (SPC), which has 700 venues visited by about 100m people every year, according to the firm, of which 160,000 head to Missoula.

Speaking on behalf of SPC, barrister Philip Colvin QC said: "My client is in the business of providing nights out that are fun and safe. "The company has taken these events to heart and it has guided all its thinking since. "As the police state, this is not to examine the cause of these events, assign blame or punish.

"It's an on-going investigation with which my client is co-operating and this is forward planning to what needs to be done to achieve reasonable safety in the future." As well as making the nightclub take up the new operational plan, which has been agreed with police, councillors also barred it from having separate VIP access and inserted a provision in the licence banning under-16s from the premises after 10pm. James Harrison

James Harrison , Local Democracy Reporting Service

Texas nightclub trying to recover after facing controversy with the LGBTQ+ community

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Bobby Rodriguez accused a security guard at Whiskey River of homophobia for not letting him into the club until he wiped off his makeup. >> See the most, least LGBTQ+ friendly cities in Texas. Bobby Rodriguez accused a security guard at Whiskey River of homophobia for not letting him into the club until he wiped off his makeup.

>> See the most, least LGBTQ+ friendly cities in Texas.

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Image 2 of 35 Whiskey River nightclub in Corpus Christi is trying to recover after the establishment was accused of discriminating against the LGBTQ+ community. Whiskey River nightclub in Corpus Christi is trying to recover after the establishment was accused of discriminating against the LGBTQ+ community.

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Image 35 of 35 Texas nightclub trying to recover after facing controversy with the LGBTQ+ community

Back to Gallery Whiskey River nightclub in Corpus Christi is making an effort to recover after a security guard was accused of homophobia for not letting a male patron wearing makeup into the establishment until he wiped it off. Bobby Rodriguez told Chron.com that he and a few friends had gone to the club.

A security guard allegedly told him that he wouldn't be let in unless he wiped off his make up as it was against the bar's gender-specific dress code "where men need to dress like men." MORE LGBTQ+ NEWS: See the photo of a Texas teacher and her wife she showed before being barred from the classroom Because he was only wearing makeup and not female clothing, Rodriguez believes the security guard's actions were discriminatory.

"I am just a male that wears makeup so they need to stop acting like if the issue was I was a male wearing female clothing when that wasn't the issue at all," Rodriguez said. "I really just feel like it was a personal problem with the security guard at the door that night because I was there before and the other guard did not have a problem with me. [sic]" Rodriguez posted about the incident on social media calling the security guard "homophobic" and causing a huge backlash for the nightclub that brought out protesters and forced Whiskey River to ask loyal customers to help boost their rating with 5-star reviews. On Thursday, May 17 the nightclub shared a post to their Facebook urging people "who believes business owners have the right to refuse service to anyone and enforce whatever dress code they see fit, even if it offends someone," to give the establishment's page a 5-star rating.

According to the Caller Times, though Angela Blohm -- the business' registered owner -- is afraid of the retaliation, she stands by her nightclub's policy, calling the allegation's "just a bunch of frivolous baloney." "Whiskey River has a standard dress code that states everyone must dress gender appropriate to the gender stated on their state-issued driver's license," Blohm told the publication. The Whiskey River Yelp! page now has a 2.5-star rating and a flood of mixed reviews, most of which pertain to the issue of the alleged discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.

Take a look through the gallery above to see which are the most, least LGBTQ+ friendly cities in Texas.

Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli is a digital producer at Chron.com.

You can read more of her stories here and follow her on twitter at @Dani_DiNapoli.

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