The king of Valentine’s candy in Ohio? Heart boxed chocolates

It’s official: Ohioans still love the classic heart-shaped boxes of candy which have been the cream of the Valentine’s crop for decades. According to statistics released by CandyShop.com, 53,000 of the familiar red classic are expected to be purchased and given out this year on Valentine’s Day to romantics throughout the state. Out of the candies which usually come standard in the...


Study seeks to address burnout, turnover among child welfare workers

Study seeks to address burnout, turnover among child welfare workers

Ohio has been selected to participate in a national research project aimed at decreasing workforce turnover at child welfare agencies. The research will take place over the next four years in Montgomery, Clark, Champaign, Hamilton, Knox, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties. It’s being conducted by the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development, part of the U.S. Department of Health...
Morris continues to climb KR’s career girls basketball charts

Morris continues to climb KR’s career girls basketball charts

One scouting report describes Kenton Ridge High School junior Mikala Morris as a “power-post prospect with deceptive quickness” and a “blue-collar banger on the glass.” The scouting report could use a tweak, just like Morris has done to her game this season. As the lone six-footer on the Cougars’ roster, the 6-foot-2 dominating post presence knew she had to step up. So...
Silo collapse in New Carlisle: Facts and figures you should know

Silo collapse in New Carlisle: Facts and figures you should know

Officials are still cleaning up following a grain silo collapse which happened late Sunday night in New Carlisle. The collapse caused 10,000 tons of corn to spill onto Ohio 571, a major road in the city. The roadway is expected to be blocked until Wednesday at the earliest. Until the road is cleared, the Ohio Department of Transportation is recommending drivers take Ohio 201 to U.S. 40, then to Ohio...
2 injured while breaking up Springfield dog fight

2 injured while breaking up Springfield dog fight

Two people were transported to a local hospital after being bit by dogs while attempted to break up a fight between two dogs Tuesday.  Officers responded to the 300 block of East College Avenue around 12:45 p.m.  According to investigators, a person was walking a dog in the area, when the dog began to charge toward another dog on a property in the area.  The two dogs began fighting...
Unemployment up slightly in Clark County, job growth slow in Ohio

Unemployment up slightly in Clark County, job growth slow in Ohio

The unemployment rate in Clark County climbed to 4.5 percent in December as the state continued to see slower job growth than it has seen in previous years. MORE: Clark County to educate patients about pain pill alternatives Clark County’s unemployment rate rose last month from about 4.2 percent in November, according to information from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Champaign...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED MONDAY INCLUDED: Adrianne S. Allen, 32, of 638 S. Clairmont Ave., assault, innocent, continued, public defender appointed, bond $5,000; two counts OVI, driving under suspension OVI suspension, marked lanes, open container, innocent, continued. Ronald Edward Cantrell Jr., 27, of 1415 Mound St., assault, innocent, continued, public defender appointed, bond $1,000. Miles C. Copley, 28, of...
Springfield woman charged with biting police officer

Springfield woman charged with biting police officer

A Springfield woman is accused of kicking police and medics who were trying to take her to the hospital. Adrianne Allen, 32, of Springfield, is charged in Clark County Municipal Court with assault. She pleaded not guilty Monday and her bond was set at $5,000. READ: Springfield man allegedly beaten with bricks, near bike path Police said in an affidavit they stopped to check on Allen in October as...
State considers punishing cities that use traffic, red-light cameras

State considers punishing cities that use traffic, red-light cameras

State lawmakers are holding hearings today on a bill that would cut state funding to cities using speed and red-light cameras. House Bill 410, sponsored by Cincinnati Republican Rep. Bill Seitz and Oakwood Rep. Jim Butler, would require cities to file all traffic camera cases in municipal court and would reduce state funding to cities by the same amount cities collect in traffic camera revenue. The...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 18-CV-0027 - Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee, v. Colleen C. Applin, 533 E. Southern Ave., et al., complaint in foreclosure for $62,917. 18-CV-0028 - Federal National Mortgage Assn., v. Charles L. Adams, 701 Villa Road, Unit 57A, et al., complaint in foreclosure for property located at 117 W. Grand Ave., for $71,322. 18-CV-0029 - Dana Enochs, Cable, v....
Wittenberg basketball: Ten things to know about 17-game win streak

Wittenberg basketball: Ten things to know about 17-game win streak

Coach Matt Croci never envisioned a season like this for the Wittenberg Tigers. No one did. North Coast Athletic Conference coaches voted the team third in the preseason poll. The Tigers didn’t enter the national rankings until Jan. 1. Since then, they’ve climbed from No. 17 to No. 10 to No. 5 to No. 3 in the most recent poll released by D3Hoops.com on Monday. “We lost...
Air Force museum to reopen after shutdown

Air Force museum to reopen after shutdown

The world’s largest military aviation museum reopens today after a government shutdown shuttered the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. RELATED: Thousands head back to work at Wright-Patt as shutdown ends The museum had opened for four hours Saturday in the midst of the shutdown until closing at 1 p.m. that day. A spokesperson had said the museum would remain open until it received a federal...
JOB ALERT: Kroger hiring for management, digital tech jobs

JOB ALERT: Kroger hiring for management, digital tech jobs

The Kroger Co. announced it is actively recruiting experienced retail, digital and technology professionals for corporate and store management roles across stores. “We want retail and digital and tech talent to know that we’re hiring,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s group vice president of human resources and labor relations. The company is also investing an incremental $500 million...
Employers to recruit at Springfield job fair

Employers to recruit at Springfield job fair

Local employers like CareSource and Assurant will be recruiting in Springfield this Friday. CareSource Life Services is holding a job fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Faith United Methodist Church at 102 W. High St. Life coaching, job readiness training and resume support will be available. Some of the employers who will be there include: Assurant CareSource Interim Healthcare Mama Rosa&rsquo...
Rate of alcohol-related ER visits up nearly 50 percent

Rate of alcohol-related ER visits up nearly 50 percent

The number of alcohol-related emergency department visits is sharply up over the last decade, driven in part by more women abusing alcohol. The National Institutes of Health reported that between 2006 and 2014 the number of people annually brought to the emergency room for alcohol-related problems jumped from 3 million to 5 million. “These findings are indicative of the detrimental effects...
Regional airport adds new Starbucks, other new dining options

Regional airport adds new Starbucks, other new dining options

John Glenn Columbus International Airport is adding another Starbucks location and several other new dining options for travelers. The airport added its fifth Starbucks location near baggage claim, operated by global restaurateur HMSHost. Other new dining options will open in Concourse C in the second quarter of 2018, the airport announced. Donatos, with a full-service menu and bar, will replace Johnny...
South Vienna woman accused of firing gun at Wayside Tavern incident

South Vienna woman accused of firing gun at Wayside Tavern incident

A South Vienna woman is facing multiple charges in connection to a shooting that left one person with a gunshot wound outside of a Springfield Twp. bar last September. Rhiannon N. Schneider, 29, has been charged with one count each of having weapons under disability, discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises and receiving stolen property. She’s scheduled to appear in court at 10...
Staff cuts and bankruptcy: 7 things we learned about retail last week

Staff cuts and bankruptcy: 7 things we learned about retail last week

The retail industry is shaking things up in the first month of 2018. Gander Mountain reopened some stores under a new name, while Amazon narrowed the list of contenders for its second headquarters in North America. Here’s what happened last week in retail: Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, announced an initial list of retail stores that are scheduled to open in 2018. In early...
3 Clark County schools get new treasurers

3 Clark County schools get new treasurers

Two Clark County school districts have new leaders in charge of their finances. Tecumseh Local Schools recently hired Denise Robinson to be its treasurer. She previously served as treasurer for Northeastern Local Schools. READ MORE: Winter storm scraps Tecumseh ROTC run to benefit Honor Flight “I feel very welcomed here by the administration, staff and the board of education and I look forward...
It’s back. Graeter’s partners with brewery again for ice cream beer

It’s back. Graeter’s partners with brewery again for ice cream beer

Graeter’s Ice Cream and Kentucky-based Braxton Brewing Co. have partnered up again to bring back the highly popular Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout beer. The Cincinnati-based ice cream company will re-launch its Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip flavor beer with Braxton with a few changes to the original recipe. The new batch will have more pure black raspberry puree in the beer. Also...
Popular clothing retailer launches gender-neutral collection for kids

Popular clothing retailer launches gender-neutral collection for kids

Abercrombie & Fitch has launched its first gender-neutral clothing collection for children. The New Albany, Ohio-based clothing retailer has launched the abercrombie kids Everybody Collection, which is available in stores and online. The first collection features 25 styles, including tops, bottoms and accessories. » MUST-READ BUSINESS NEWS: Amazon raises price of Amazon Prime monthly memberships...
Plan might find new use for Douglas Hotel, longtime Urbana eyesore

Plan might find new use for Douglas Hotel, longtime Urbana eyesore

A plan to redevelop a long-vacant hotel in downtown Urbana could also provide new life to two elementary schools that would otherwise be slated for demolition. The Urbana City School District, the city of Urbana and the owners of the former Douglas Hotel are working on a proposal that could turn the vacant inn, as well as North and South Elementary Schools in Urbana, into affordable senior housing...
Tsunami advisory dropped after 7.9 magnitude earthquake off coast of Alaska

Tsunami advisory dropped after 7.9 magnitude earthquake off coast of Alaska

All tsumani warnings and advisories have been dropped following this morning’s earthquake. A tsunami warning has been downgraded to a tsunami advisory along the Alaska coast, according to the National Weather Service. The tsunami watch along the Washington, Oregon, and California coasts has been cancelled by the NWS. Police continue to ask residents to remain in place at high ground, with another...
Snow flurries tonight; Find out when it will hit 50 again

Snow flurries tonight; Find out when it will hit 50 again

Rain showers turn to snow flurries tonight Warming up toward weekend Rain returns Saturday TONIGHT: Cloudy, breezy and cold with temperatures falling through the 30s this evening, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. Chance of a few passing rain or snow showers before sunset, then a few flurries or snow showers possible into the early overnight hours. No snow accumulation expected...
Clark County Pet of the Week

Clark County Pet of the Week

Meet Dolly. She is an adorable Pit mix whose personality is the size of Texas. Dolly is playful and loving and lives for a good gossip. She enjoys her walks and playtime so much. Dolly has a favorite blanket and definitely cannot have enough toys. She does okay with most dogs, but really, is looking for a home to be pampered in by herself. Dolly is vaccinated (including rabies), wormed and spayed...
Champaign County Pet of the Week

Champaign County Pet of the Week

Fabio is a 3-year-old male Lab mix. He is a medium-sized dog at 55 pounds. Fabio was surrendered to us by his owner. He is a playful boy who has a lot of energy and loves to take walks. Fabio is up to date on vaccinations (including rabies) and has tested negative for heartworm. He is scheduled to be neutered. Come visit Fabio at the Paws Animal Shelter, 1535 W. U.S. Highway 36, in Urbana. You can...
DP&L working to restore power; 1,000 remain in dark after thunderstorms

DP&L working to restore power; 1,000 remain in dark after thunderstorms

There are more than 1,000 reports of power outages in the region after thunderstorms Monday night boiled up quickly and delivered lightning that left more than 8,400 without power at one point. Dayton Power & Light crews will be working through the night to restore power, said Kelly Millhouse, DP&L operations director. At 7:00 a.m. (Jan. 23), the Dayton Power & Light online outage map was showing...
Clark County economic development agency approves $782K budget

Clark County economic development agency approves $782K budget

Board members for the Community Improvement Corp. of Clark County reviewed goals from the past five years and approved the agency’s 2018 budget last week. The CIC promotes economic development in Clark County and is connected to the Chamber of Greater Springfield. The approved the agency’s 2018 budget at more than $782,900, about 10 percent higher than last year. It expects some additional...
3 police officers help man in distress: ‘God puts us ... where he needs us,’ one says

3 police officers help man in distress: ‘God puts us ... where he needs us,’ one says

Providence was evident in a trio of law enforcement officers who came to the aid of a man stricken earlier this month while dining with his wife in Tipp City.  The man, himself a nurse, became ill Jan. 11 at Hinders Sports Bar & Grill.  The three officers -- Miami Twp. Detective Dan Wessling, Tipp City Sgt. Marc Basye and West Carrollton Officer Chris Fairchild -- were at a table nearby...
New Carlisle road closed for days to clean up 10K tons of corn

New Carlisle road closed for days to clean up 10K tons of corn

A grain silo collapsed in New Carlisle late Sunday night, dumping 10,000 tons of corn onto Ohio 571 and closing the road at least through Wednesday. The collapse happened about 11:40 p.m. Sunday at the Miami Valley Feed & Grain & Drive-Thru at 880 W. Jefferson St. The cause of the collapse isn’t known. A section of the roadway near Scarff Road will be closed through at least Wednesday, according...
NW superintendent can return after allegations of ‘intimidating’ staff

NW superintendent can return after allegations of ‘intimidating’ staff

The Northwestern Local superintendent who’s been on paid administrative leave since November might return to work on Feb. 1, according to an agenda released by the school late Monday. Jesse Steiner was placed on paid administrative leave on Dec. 21 but has been paid not to report to work since Nov. 27. He remains on leave. School board members now are set to vote on his return on Wednesday...
Northwestern superintendent may return Feb. 1 after investigation

Northwestern superintendent may return Feb. 1 after investigation

The Northwestern Local superintendent has been paid more than $20,400 since he was told not to come to work in late November, according to the district. Jesse Steiner was placed on paid administrative leave on Dec. 21 but had been paid not to report to work since Nov. 27. He remains on leave and no school board members could provide any timeline for when their investigation into allegations of unprofessional...
Ohio inmate wants to be killed by firing squad

Ohio inmate wants to be killed by firing squad

Attorneys for a condemned killer whose execution was stopped last year after 25 minutes of unsuccessful needle sticks are once again recommending the firing squad as an alternative. The execution could also proceed if the state adopts a closely regulated lethal injection process that includes a headpiece to monitor the brain activity of death row inmate Alva Campbell and medicine to revive him if...
Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement to return to Dayton in 2020

Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement to return to Dayton in 2020

A coveted National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony of aerospace legends will return to Dayton in 2020, the organization announced Monday. The enshrinement will be in the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. this year, and at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum Denver, Colo., in 2019 , the organization said. The site of the Dayton event was not announced, but in 2016 &mdash...
Springfield woman accused of not treating 3-month-old with broken leg

Springfield woman accused of not treating 3-month-old with broken leg

A Medway woman has been accused of delaying care for a 3-month-old child with a broken leg. Gloria Hoessli, 22, pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangering in Clark County Municipal Court on Monday. Her bond was set at $20,000. MORE: Springfield woman accused of hitting 6-year-old in head with belt On Dec. 26, investigators were called to Dayton Children’s Hospital where a 3-month-old...
President Trump signs bill ending government shutdown

President Trump signs bill ending government shutdown

A Senate standoff that partially shuttered the federal government for nearly three days ended Monday when Senate Democrats agreed to support a bill to re-open the federal government through Feb. 8. Sen. Sherrod Brown joined 31 Democrats and independent Angus King of Maine in backing the spending bill, which they did under the condition that the GOP permit debate on a bill to provide protection for...
The Great Blizzard of 1978: Why we can’t forget it

The Great Blizzard of 1978: Why we can’t forget it

When I was just 4 years old, I can remember seeing something I had never seen before. While I was very young, I can remember this event very clearly, as most of my family and neighbors back then do. In fact, it was the first time in recorded history that snow fell in the town I was born, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Yes, it snowed as far south as Miami on that Jan. 19, 1977. To my knowledge, other than perhaps...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 18-CV-0022 - Caliber Home Loans, Inc., v. Rachel I. Dillon, Medway, et al., complaint in foreclosure for property located at 11571 Wilts Lane, Medway, for $118,028. 18-CV-0023 - Ohio Edison Company, Akron, v. DT Contracting, LLC, by and through its Statutory Agent Darren Myers, Jackson Center, complaint for $5,552 for damage to property due to negligent excavation. 18-CV-0024...
WATCH: Amazon’s first ‘store of the future’ opens today

WATCH: Amazon’s first ‘store of the future’ opens today

Amazon’s first store, which has no checkout lanes, opened today in Seattle. The new concept Amazon Go will give consumers “the world’s most advanced shopping technology so you never have to wait in line,” according to the online retail giant. Some industry experts are calling the concept the future of brick-and-mortar retail. So, how does it work? Consumers use the Amazon...
Looking back in Springfield: A 1900s ice storm

Looking back in Springfield: A 1900s ice storm

This winter has been a bit more aggressive than what we’ve seen locally in a few years, but thus far, we’re grateful we aren’t seeing storms like this one, the aftermath of which is shown here.   The icy image is undated and the exact location is unknown. But we know it comes from the late 1920s or early 1930s, and is the work of Frank Braun, who later lived in South Charleston...
Lead in schools: What we know now

Lead in schools: What we know now

Water in more than a dozen local school buildings was found to have elevated levels of lead in the past two years. About one in every 10 schools tested statewide had at least one fixture over the EPA’s action level. This finding led local school districts to replace some water infrastructure. After the Flint, Mich. water crisis, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) began a $12...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED THURSDAY INCLUDED: Levi L. Black, 35, of Tipp City, OVI, guilty, 30 days jail with 27 days suspended, three days credit for time served for driver’s intervention program, six months probation, 12 months driver’s license suspension, fined $375. Nathaniel Byrd, 36, of 702 W. State St., OVI, guilty, 30 days jail with 27 days suspended, three days credit for time served for driver&rsquo...
Wright State union: Faculty offered 0% raise; to protest this week

Wright State union: Faculty offered 0% raise; to protest this week

Members of Wright State University’s faculty union are planning a rally this week as contract negotiations continue with the administration. The faculty union is planning to rally in the Millett Hall atrium at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a Friday email that updated faculty on contract talks. Rudy Fichtenbaum, national president of American Association of University Professors, will speak...
WWE releases pro wrestler over rape allegation

WWE releases pro wrestler over rape allegation

Eric Arndt, who performed under the name Enzo Amore, was released by World Wrestling Entertainment on Tuesday following allegations he raped a woman in October while in Phoenix. According to Joseph Currier of the Wrestling Observer, the Phoenix Police Department confirmed it had responded to a local hospital over a sexual assault that occurred on Oct. 19, 2017 at The Clarendon Hotel and Spa. ...
Meryl Streep, Jordan Peele, Guillermo del Toro and more react to 2018 Oscar nominations

Meryl Streep, Jordan Peele, Guillermo del Toro and more react to 2018 Oscar nominations

Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis were at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles Tuesday to announce the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards. “The Shape of Water,” “Get Out,” “Dunkirk” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” were among the films receiving multiple nominations. >> Read more trending news  Some of the...
Portman warns Trump: killing NAFTA will kill jobs in Ohio

Portman warns Trump: killing NAFTA will kill jobs in Ohio

With President Donald Trump threatening to scrap a trade deal with Canada and Mexico, Sen. Rob Portman Tuesday said it would be “a mistake” to terminate a pact that allows manufactured goods and agriculture products to cross the borders of those countries largely free of tariffs. In a conference call with Ohio reporters Tuesday, Portman said killing the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement...
Should adolescence last until age 24? A group of scientists think so

Should adolescence last until age 24? A group of scientists think so

Adolescence is thought to end at about age 18, but a group of scientists wants to extend it to 24, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news  Researchers from hospitals and research institutions in Australia recently conducted an experiment, published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, to determine the span of years that should define adolescence. Traditionally...
Former Centerville standout reportedly moving to Miami

Former Centerville standout reportedly moving to Miami

Tito Odenigbo, a Centerville graduate, is reportedly planning to transfer to Miami (Fla.) for his senior season of college football.  The former Elk played 27 games at defensive tackle for Illinois over the past three seasons, including five starts.  He had 29 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, last season.  247Sports reported Odenigbo’s decision, which the Palm Beach Post reports...
Baby drowns, toddler injured in bathtub when woman walks away, police say

Baby drowns, toddler injured in bathtub when woman walks away, police say

A 14-month-old baby girl is dead and a 3-year-old girl is clinging to life after deputies said their mother put them in the bathtub and walked away. >> Read more trending news  The incident happened Tuesday at a home in Fernandina Beach, Fla. Deputies arrived and started CPR immediately, authorities said. They tried everything they could, but the 14-month-old girl didn't make it. The 3-year-old...
Deputies: 2 arrested after 3-month-old child, 51 pounds of heroin, found in SUV

Deputies: 2 arrested after 3-month-old child, 51 pounds of heroin, found in SUV

Deputies in Mississippi arrested two women Monday night on suspicion of drug trafficking after authorities said they found 51 pounds of heroin and a 3-month-old child in an SUV the women were driving. A deputy pulled over a Ford SUV on Interstate 20 in Rankin County on Monday night for an unspecified traffic violation. Authorities said that during the stop, the deputy became suspicious that the SUV...
Mary J. Blige receives record-setting Oscar nominations for ‘Mudbound’

Mary J. Blige receives record-setting Oscar nominations for ‘Mudbound’

Mary J. Blige shed happy tears when she learned she earned her first-ever Oscar nomination Tuesday morning. >> Read more trending news  “My phone rang at about 5:30 a.m. and it was my publicist, Amanda, and she was screaming,” she told USA Today. “And I don’t know what it is so I’m screaming and I’m crying! It’s just a really emotional time. We&rsquo...
Cincinnati Reds announce promotional giveaways for coming season

Cincinnati Reds announce promotional giveaways for coming season

Looking for an extra reason to head down to Great American Ball Park this summer to see the Cincinnati Reds in action?  Check out their newly released list of “super Saturday giveaways.”  It’s an interesting mix of old- and new-fashioned items, including the obligatory bobblehead of Tucker Barnhart to commemorate his winning a Gold Glove last season and something called...
‘On its last legs’: Why election boards are seeking new voting machines

‘On its last legs’: Why election boards are seeking new voting machines

Voting equipment in many Ohio counties, including Butler County, is becoming obsolete as replacement parts are more difficult to obtain and software continues to age. State Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Hudson, said he knows of at least one county board of elections that has used parts from an auto supply store. He said replacing voting machines before the 2020 presidential election is vital to ensure votes...
14-year-old accidentally shot, killed by older sister

14-year-old accidentally shot, killed by older sister

A 14-year-old Indiana boy was accidentally shot and killed by his older sister Sunday as they and their father prepared to go target shooting. Rex William Pruett was shot at his father’s home in Campbellsburg, a small Indiana town located about 50 miles northwest of Louisville, Kentucky. Rex, a seventh-grader at Orleans Junior-Senior High School, died a short time after his father rushed him...
Florida DA seeks death penalty in Tampa serial killings

Florida DA seeks death penalty in Tampa serial killings

Florida prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty for a 24-year-old man they say is responsible for randomly killing four people in a Tampa neighborhood will face the death penalty, according to news reports.  Howell Emanuel Donaldson III was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Benjamin Mitchell, 22; Monica Hoffa, 32; Anthony Naiboa, 20; and Ronald Felton, 60.  &ldquo...
#BlackPantherChallenge sends internet into frenzy

#BlackPantherChallenge sends internet into frenzy

“Black Panther” is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and thousands of children may have a chance to see it for free thanks to the #BlackPantherChallenge.  Earlier this month, Frederick Joseph, of New York, launched a GoFundMe to help students from the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem “see a black major cinematic and comic book character come to life,” he...
James Franco, ‘Wonder Woman’ among Oscar nomination snubs

James Franco, ‘Wonder Woman’ among Oscar nomination snubs

Nominations were announced for the 90th Academy Awards‬‬ Tuesday, and although a number of actors and filmmakers and films have multiple noms, some names expected to be called were snubbed. >> Read more trending news  According to The Hollywood Reporter, James Franco was considered by many to likely be nominated for his role  in “The Disaster Artist.&rdquo...
What is equity? 15 terms every new home buyer should know

What is equity? 15 terms every new home buyer should know

Dreaming of $1 million mansions and browsing every lakefront listing in your home town is the fun and games type of real estate search. But when you actually become a potential buyer, the rules change. At this point, you need to know the nitty gritty, also known as the real estate terms that have bearing on your purchase. It's easy to gloss over the legalese being tossed around, or even the alphabet...
NFL reportedly has plan to protect Tom Brady's jersey

NFL reportedly has plan to protect Tom Brady's jersey

The NFL doesn’t want any thievery going on after the Super Bowl like last year’s theft. The jersey of New England quarterback Tom Brady was stolen after the Patriots’ comeback victory. When it was eventually found, it was discovered that the thief had stolen from the Denver Broncos when they won Super Bowl 50. Now, the NFL reportedly has a plan in place to protect...
Bengals QB Dalton finalist for NFLPA Community Award

Bengals QB Dalton finalist for NFLPA Community Award

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is one of five finalists for the NFL Players Association’s Byron “Whizzer” White Community MVP. The other finalists are Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. ›› Bengals Report Card...
Inspiration for 'Rosie the Riveter,' Naomi Parker Fraley, dies

Inspiration for 'Rosie the Riveter,' Naomi Parker Fraley, dies

The woman who many believe empowered housewives to leave their kitchens and enter the workplace left empty when men went to fight in World War II has died. Naomi Parker Fraley was discovered in 2015 to have been the inspiration for the “Rosie the Riveter” poster tha decades earlier had become the symbol in which women realized “We Can Do It.” >> Read more trending...
Police plan to ramp up security at Jackson Browne concert in Florida after threat

Police plan to ramp up security at Jackson Browne concert in Florida after threat

There will be increased security during singer-songwriter Jackson Browne’s concert Tuesday evening at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts after a threat was made at a northwest Indiana church known for its progressive stands on racial and social justice issues, the Orlando Police Department said. Police said banners with racist and anti-gay messages were discovered Sunday attached...
Clotilda: Last-known slave ship uncovered after East Coast ‘Bomb Cyclone’

Clotilda: Last-known slave ship uncovered after East Coast ‘Bomb Cyclone’

Years of research and a particularly strong winter storm has led a reporter in Alabama to what is likely the remains of the last ship to carry slave cargo from Africa to the United States. Writer Ben Raines of al.com reported Tuesday that what is left of the slave ship Clotilda, “lies partially buried in mud alongside an island in the lower Mobile-Tensaw Delta, a few miles north of the city...
Hawaii governor couldn't correct missile alert sooner because he forgot Twitter password 

Hawaii governor couldn't correct missile alert sooner because he forgot Twitter password 

Forgetting a password to a social media account can be embarrassing, and that memory lapse caused some anxious moments in Hawaii when a missile alert was sent by mistake. When the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent the incorrect alert on Jan. 13, panic gripped the state. It took Hawaii Gov. David Ige 17 minutes to take to Twitter to reassure the public that the alert was a false alarm. The reason...
Former Stanford safety Michael Thomas named PFF NFL Special Teams Player of the Year

Former Stanford safety Michael Thomas named PFF NFL Special Teams Player of the Year

Michael Thomas entered the NFL with a solid resume coming out of Stanford. Four-year letterman. All-Pac-10 honorable mention. Fifty-one career starts. But the safety had to earn his place in the NFL, doing the less-glamorous work to ensure he could maintain a job at the game’s highest level. His efforts have officially been recognized. Thomas, a member of the Miami Dolphins, ...
Report: Maryland to hire former LSU OC Matt Canada

Report: Maryland to hire former LSU OC Matt Canada

It looks like former LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada has found a new landing spot. He’ll soon be named to the same position at the University of Maryland according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg. The move comes less than a month after he mutually parted ways with LSU.  Earlier this week, it was reported that Canada was a candidate...
6-year-old North Carolina girl dies three days after flu diagnosis

6-year-old North Carolina girl dies three days after flu diagnosis

A 6-year-old North Carolina girl is the latest person in the state to die from the flu. Normally, information about her would not be released because of privacy laws, but her parents want people to know her story. >> Read more trending news  Emily Muth was diagnosed with the flu last Tuesday. Her parents, Nathan Muth and Rhonda Muth, took her to an urgent care center in Cary, North Carolina...
Mississippi State is ‘championship’ team under Joe Moorhead, say Penn State players

Mississippi State is ‘championship’ team under Joe Moorhead, say Penn State players

MOBILE, Ala. — Penn State defensive back Marcus Allen remembers a time when Joe Moorhead couldn’t get the job done. Hired from Fordham in late 2015, Moorhead was charged with rebuilding a stagnant Nittany Lions offense, and the unit was having a rough practice. Allen and the rest of the defense celebrated each big play with gusto. Moorhead noticed. “I like...
Changes to Facebook concern local small businesses

Changes to Facebook concern local small businesses

Many local small businesses are concerned about how changes to the Facebook News Feed algorithm will impact their ability to reach customers. Two weeks ago Facebook announced it will change the News Feed to focus more on content from friends and family.  The switch could mean small businesses who rely of Facebook for marketing purposes will be demoted from customers’ News Feeds.  Eighty...
James Washington compares self to Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant

James Washington compares self to Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant

James Washington is certain to go down in the history books at Oklahoma State. The Stamford, Texas native finished his tenure in Stillwater as the team’s all-time leader in receiving yards after hauling in 74 catches for 1,549 yards and 13 touchdowns this fall, capping his career totals at 4,472 receiving yards and 39 touchdown catches. With the NFL now on the horizon...
Giants hire Michigan State football alum Pat Shurmur as head coach

Giants hire Michigan State football alum Pat Shurmur as head coach

The NFL’s New York Giants announced on Monday that they have hired Pat Shurmur as their new head coach for the 2018 NFL season. The former Michigan State player and coach will take over a team that went 3-13 in 2017. Shurmur was previously a member of the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff, where he spent the last two seasons. In 2016, he was hired as the team’s tight ends coach...
Chad Johnson Jr. to make a visit to LSU

Chad Johnson Jr. to make a visit to LSU

If Chad Johnson Jr. has the same sort of skill as his father, then LSU may be in some luck. Johnson, the son of former NFL great Chad Johnson, better known as Chad “Ochocinco,” is set to make an unofficial visit to LSU on Feb. 4 after participating in the annual SPE Camp in nearby Sulphur, La. The younger Johnson measures up at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds and is one of the top...
UCF players to irked Auburn fans: ‘Sorry they chose the wrong team’

UCF players to irked Auburn fans: ‘Sorry they chose the wrong team’

MOBILE, Ala. — Plenty of SEC folks will tell you UCF has taken its “national title” schtick too far.  A parade at Disney World?  Banners hanging on campus?  A public battle with Wikipedia? If you ask Shaquem Griffin, he’ll tell you the opposite. “I don’t think it’s enough,” he told SEC Country during...
Report: Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski used teammate’s gun in suicide, more details emerge

Report: Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski used teammate’s gun in suicide, more details emerge

Disturbing details regarding the final day and hours of the life of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski have been revealed, per The Seattle Times. Hilinski, who committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Jan. 16, was found dead at his old apartment prior to police arriving by teammates, who forced their way into the apartment after no one answered...
Jordan Peele makes history with ‘Get Out’ Oscar nomination

Jordan Peele makes history with ‘Get Out’ Oscar nomination

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, “Get Out,” has earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director. The nomination puts him among just four other black directors nominated for the award. >> Read more trending news  The Los Angeles Times reported that John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood”), Lee Daniels (2009’s “Precious”), Steve McQueen (2013&rsquo...
SI: TCU among standout teams at risk of regressing in 2018

SI: TCU among standout teams at risk of regressing in 2018

After a 6-7 campaign in 2016, TCU took a major step forward last season. In 2017, a senior-laden group nearly doubled its previous win total, notching a record of 11-3 following an Alamo Bowl victory as part of a season that also included a Big 12 Championship appearance. With much of its talent now headed for the exits by way of graduation, TCU may be in for a regression of some kind...
American veterans group claims NFL is censoring Super Bowl ad

American veterans group claims NFL is censoring Super Bowl ad

More than a week before Super Bowl LII, the group AMVETS is furious after the NFL reportedly censored an ad with the hashtag #PleaseStand. In an open letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Marion Polk, national commander of the American Veterans , aired his frustrations. He thanked Goodell before ripping him with “deep disappointment” for his staff’s reported refusal...
Gus Malzahn details Auburn’s spring football schedule

Gus Malzahn details Auburn’s spring football schedule

As National Signing Day approaches in the first week of February, the attention in college football will soon turn toward spring practice, and Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has provided some insight into how the Tigers will run their schedule. In what will be the earliest spring practice start date in Malzhan’s tenure on the Plains, Auburn will begin spring practice on...
Alabama recruiting question of the day: Will the Crimson Tide sign 3 more DBs?

Alabama recruiting question of the day: Will the Crimson Tide sign 3 more DBs?

The early signing period has passed and Alabama is trying to obtain another No. 1 recruiting class come February. With recruiting ramping up, SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner  will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day every day of the week. You can ask him your questions on  Twitter or on  Facebook. ...
Year 1 done: Auburn freshman Malik Willis learned importance of being QB ‘all the time’

Year 1 done: Auburn freshman Malik Willis learned importance of being QB ‘all the time’

Malik Willis undoubtedly made the most of his first season with the Auburn Tigers. For starters, the Atlanta native enrolled early, which excited his high school coach John Ford. It wasn’t long before Willis was eliciting Nick Marshall comparisons, more so based on his strong spring campaign rather than his matching No. 14 jersey. “To be able to get there early and learn what...
Evacuation lifted in Fairborn neighborhood after natural gas leak

Evacuation lifted in Fairborn neighborhood after natural gas leak

Residents of a Fairborn neighborhood have been allowed to return to their homes following a large gas leak on Brehm Boulevard.  Vectren crews will help residents reignite their furnace pilot lights, officials said.  Vectren crews continue to work in a Fairborn neighborhood where a construction crew struck a natural gas line Tuesday.  A work crew was digging out a basement for a new...
Former Nebraska QB Tanner Lee hoping to make most of late Senior Bowl invite

Former Nebraska QB Tanner Lee hoping to make most of late Senior Bowl invite

MOBILE, Ala. — Former Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee wasn’t supposed to be at the Senior Bowl this week, but some good fortune came his way after a late withdrawal. When Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph withdrew from the game on Jan. 17, Lee got the news that he’d be the replacement quarterback for the North team. It was especially big news for Lee...
Las Vegas releases early Heisman Trophy odds for Clemson QB Kelly Bryant

Las Vegas releases early Heisman Trophy odds for Clemson QB Kelly Bryant

There’s probably at least a small fracture of the Clemson fan base that wonders whether or not junior Kelly Bryant will be the starting quarterback for the Tigers next season. Las Vegas appears to be confident he will be. According to Bovada, Kelly is an early favorite to be a Heisman Trophy candidate in 2018. In their early Heisman odds released Tuesday, Kelly received 15-to-1...
PE teacher strips naked, chases students around playground

PE teacher strips naked, chases students around playground

Parents at a Los Angeles elementary school are furious amid allegations that a physical education teacher stripped naked and chased a group of students around the school playground. CBS Los Angeles reported that a construction worker passing by Carthay Center Elementary School on Friday captured the aftermath of the incident. The video, obtained by the news station, shows the unidentified teacher...
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