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3 recent plane crashes in Southwest Ohio involving experimental planes

The Miami Valley has witnessed multiple airplane crashes in the past few months. All three crashes involved where experimental planes. The small plane that crashed in a field near I-70 in Harmony Twp. on Sunday, resulted in the death of the pilot, 24-year-old Jordan A. Spier of Wilmington, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Witnesses reported seeing the plane, a Macleod homebuilt fixed wing...
Clark County plane crash: 5 things to know about experimental aircraft

Clark County plane crash: 5 things to know about experimental aircraft

A string of fatal plane crashes in the Miami Valley have involved experimental or amateur/home-built airplanes. Here are five things you should know about these airplanes. The term experimental doesn’t mean that these planes are experiments, but is the designation given by the Federal Aviation Administration. According to the FAA, if a plane is 51 percent constructed by an individual, it can...
Carrabba’s, Outback, Flemings owner to close 40 locations

Carrabba’s, Outback, Flemings owner to close 40 locations

Approximately 40 “underperforming” Carrabba’s, Outback, Bonefish Grill and Flemings restaurants will be closing by the end of 2017, according to the owner. Bloomin’ Brands Inc. said it will close restaurants across the country, but did not specify the locations that will be impacted. All four restaurants have a presence locally: • Carrabba’s Italian Grill has...
Autopsy set for man shot, killed by citizen as he struggled with police officer

Autopsy set for man shot, killed by citizen as he struggled with police officer

UPDATE @ 9:22 p.m.: An autopsy is to be performed Tuesday on a man shot and killed by a citizen as he struggled with an Indiana Conservation Officer near Rising Sun, Ind.  Indiana State Patrol officials are not releasing the name of the woman who fired the shot that hit 32-year-old Justin Holland, of Moores Hill, Ind., in his torso. He died at Dearborn County Hospital not long after he was taken...
Trump picks national security adviser; Dayton native to stay on as chief of staff

Trump picks national security adviser; Dayton native to stay on as chief of staff

President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser.   Trump announced the pick Monday at his Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago. He says McMaster is "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience." Trump said Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, a Dayton native, will continue service as chief of staff of the National Security Council. Kellogg...
Clark County Land Bank, housing partnership turn blight into home

Clark County Land Bank, housing partnership turn blight into home

A run-down house in Park Layne could have been an eyesore in the community for many years, but because of the work of the Clark County Land Bank and the Neighborhood Housing Partnership, it instead is an opportunity. Ethan Harris, Clark County Land Bank project/community engagement manager, said the house was a mess not that long ago. The Land Bank took time last week to celebrate the accomplishments...
Presidents Day: Air Force One crewmen share stories at museum

Presidents Day: Air Force One crewmen share stories at museum

Charles Palmer crisscrossed continents and flew to dozens of countries aboard Air Force One, but there was one duty every flight for one president he made sure to carry out. He made sure President Gerald Ford had a bowl of strawberries. Palmer was one of about 10 present day and former crewmen of the famed presidential fleet— spanning the Nixon to Obama administrations — to appear Monday...
Today marks 55th anniversary of John Glenn mission around the Earth

Today marks 55th anniversary of John Glenn mission around the Earth

On Feb. 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. Today marks the first time the anniversary has been marked since Glenn’s death in December. Glenn lived a storybook life under the bright and constant glare of public attention, awe and adoration. The small-town Ohio boy married his childhood sweetheart, served as a fighter pilot in two wars, a test pilot, an astronaut...
Fairborn coach under investigation calls process ‘appalling’

Fairborn coach under investigation calls process ‘appalling’

A Fairborn church pastor and school basketball coach publicly expressed frustration Monday that a Children Services investigation into him is still ongoing after more than six weeks. Aaron Chivington serves as lead pastor of Fairborn United Methodist Church, and is a part-time middle school basketball coach with Fairborn City Schools. On Facebook Monday, he claimed that he had been falsely accused...
Ohio’s millionaires list growing faster than other states

Ohio’s millionaires list growing faster than other states

Ohio was among a handful of states showing the greatest gains in the number of millionaire households last year, according to the annual Wealth & Affluent Monitor published by New York-based Phoenix Marketing International. Ohio ranked No. 31 for the number of households in the 50 states and District of Columbia that had $1 million or more in “investable assets” in 2016, up five spots...
FAA records: Victim in Clark County crash had active pilot’s license

FAA records: Victim in Clark County crash had active pilot’s license

Investigators worked Monday to piece together details of a plane crash in Harmony Twp. that killed a 24-year-old Wilmington pilot who was dedicated to aviation. Jordan A. Spier was flying Sunday evening a Macleod home-built aircraft owned by his uncle Ronald Spier. He had taken off from his uncle’s private airstrip in the 300 block of Titus Avenue before crashing shortly before 5 p.m. in a field...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

17-CV-0080 - Wells Fargo Bank, NA, v. Stephen M. Horne, 139 Wilson Ave., et al., complaint in foreclosure for $51,167. 17-CV-0081 - The Huntington National Bank, Columbus, v. Mahdi D. Wade, 2742 Windy Ridge Dr., et al., complaint in foreclosure for $132,521. 17-CV-0082 - myCUmortgage, LLC, v. Charles G. Dean, Dayton and 3125 Old Mill Road, et al., complaint in foreclosure for property located at 3125...
A look back at President Trump’s first month

A look back at President Trump’s first month

Today marks one month since President Donald Trump took office and it has been a busy month. Since Jan. 20, Trump has named a Supreme Court nominee, fired his national security adviser, fought the courts over his executive order regarding immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries and signed more than 20 other executive orders on everything from reigning in regulations to implementing a federal...

Seniors Calendar

UNITED SENIOR SERVICES 125 W. Main St. 937-323-4948 VILLA PARK 1350 Vester Ave. 937-399-3411 Tuesday-Friday: Lunch served at 11:30 a.m.; call for a reservation 24 hours in advance. Tuesday: Euchre, 12:15 p.m.; Transportation for groceries, 1 p.m. Wednesday: Quilting, 1 p.m. Thursday: Crafts, 1 p.m. Friday: Keep Moving, 1 p.m.* URBANA CHAMPAIGN COUNTY SENIOR CENTER 701 S. Walnut St., Urbana For more...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

Johnnie Estepp, 30, address unknown, receiving stolen property, guilty, 180 days jail. Alisha D. McGee, 21, of 816 Catherine St., assault, guilty, 180 days jail with 175 days suspended, 12 months probation. Jamison D. Pace, 29, of Dayton, domestic violence, dismissed - prosecutor request; assault, dismissed. Wilder O. Perez, 33, of 215 Oakwood Pl., OVI, guilty, 17 days jail, six months driver&rsquo...
Clark County, Springfield ask where you want development to go

Clark County, Springfield ask where you want development to go

Clark County residents will have a chance to share their vision for future development this week as as part of a $214,000 update to an 18-year-old land use plan. The Crossroads Comprehensive Plan — a long-term strategic vision used by the city and county as a road map for future transportation, housing and economic development projects — was last updated in 1999. Sarah Kelly, senior project...
Patchy fog possible overnight; near record warmth continues

Patchy fog possible overnight; near record warmth continues

Patchy fog possible tonight Few showers by late Tuesday Potential for strong storms to end the week Tonight: More clouds are expected with some patchy fog possible. The fog should not be as widespread as it was Monday morning. Temperatures will fall back only into the upper 40s for lows.    Tuesday: Clouds will increase with a chance for a passing shower toward evening. Temperatures...
OSP IDs driver killed in crash near Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield Twp.

OSP IDs driver killed in crash near Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield Twp.

The driver of a car pronounced dead at the scene of a crash tonight was identified as 48-year-old Gary L. Preston of Springfield, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Preston was driving a 2008 Toyota Yaris south on Uppervalley Pike (U.S. 68) just before 7:30 p.m. when he did not stop for a red light and was struck on the passenger side by a 2016 Chevrolet 2500HD pickup truck headed east on...
Assurant sees net operating income fall 30 percent last year

Assurant sees net operating income fall 30 percent last year

Assurant’s net operating income fell more than 30 percent last year, but company leaders said they have made progress in a restructuring effort that should make it more profitable in the future. The company, based in New York, reported net operating income of $276.9 million in 2016. That’s about a 31 percent decrease compared to 2015, when the company reported net operating income of $398...
SKY 7 VIDEO: NTSB investigates fatal Clark County plane crash

SKY 7 VIDEO: NTSB investigates fatal Clark County plane crash

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate what caused the plane to crash that killed Jordan Spier, 24, of Wilmington. Family members said Jordan Spier was the nephew of the plane’s owner, Dr. Ronald Spier, a Springfield surgeon. A view from Sky 7 showed the plane still down in a field near Interstate 70 in Clark County Monday with investigators remaining on the scene...
Ohio Gov. Kasich breaks with President Trump on media criticism

Ohio Gov. Kasich breaks with President Trump on media criticism

In a sign that Ohio Gov. John Kasich is continuing an independent approach, Kasich broke with President Donald Trump on his tweet that the news media is the “enemy of the American people.” “While I don’t always agree with the reporting of the press, they are vital,” said Kasich who at times has had a turbulent relationship with the Ohio news media. Kasich made the comments...
Kasich: It’s a ‘bad idea’ to phase out Medicaid expansion

Kasich: It’s a ‘bad idea’ to phase out Medicaid expansion

Calling it a “very, very bad idea,” Gov. John Kasich sharply criticized a House Republican plan to phase out federal health spending for a program Kasich has used to provide health coverage for 700,000 low-income people in Ohio. Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday as he attended an international security conference in Munich, Kasich said “we cannot turn our back on...
New Carlisle boutique gets new owner, plans to add events

New Carlisle boutique gets new owner, plans to add events

When Sarah Trimbach first started her job at World Threads, an import boutique in New Carlisle, she did so believing that it might not be for very long. Being hired on as a manager, Trimbach was told by her employers John and Carolyn Brichacek that the state of their business was unknown. RELATED: 2 new businesses to open at Upper Valley Mall “They had told me up...
Urbana seeks to make downtown roundabout safer

Urbana seeks to make downtown roundabout safer

City of Urbana leaders are asking residents for their input and suggestions as they plan to renovate the downtown roundabout on U.S. 68 and Ohio 36 in 2019. Urbana City Engineer Tyler Bumbalough said the current roundabout was created in 2009 with costs in mind and has been deemed deficient in many areas. The intersection has cut down on traffic accidents and fatal crashes, he said, but there are...
Dense Fog Advisory issued for entire region

Dense Fog Advisory issued for entire region

Dense Fog Advisory expanded for entire region until 10 a.m. Monday Visibilities less than a quarter of a mile expected  Showers return early in the week The National Weather Service has expanded a Dense Fog Advisory to cover the entire Miami Valley until 10 a.m. Monday.  Areas of dense fog could impact the Monday morning commute, with visibility expected to drop to less than a quarter...
Wittenberg sets sights on growth with new president

Wittenberg sets sights on growth with new president

Wittenberg University’s new president hopes his diverse background in corporate finance and higher education will help him lead the Springfield institution through what will likely be a transition period. Mike Frandsen was named the school’s 15th president on Feb. 10. Frandsen served almost three years as the vice president for finance and administration at Oberlin College and before that...
Davis steals the show as Springfield honors its seniors

Davis steals the show as Springfield honors its seniors

Springfield’s 88-73 loss to Trotwood-Madison on Friday was already largely forgotten by Saturday night. That’s because this was a night of celebration for the seniors, who were honored before a game against Miamisburg. And though the Wildcats have six seniors who have played this year, the loudest applause of the ceremony was reserved for Danny Davis, who had 1,706 career points (the most...
Retailers rise up against border tax

Retailers rise up against border tax

The name sounds innocuous enough — Border Adjustment Tax. But those three bureaucratic words could cripple the cherished Republican dream of overhauling the federal tax code for the first time in three decades. The 20 percent tax, which would be imposed on all goods imported into the United States, would raise the money Republicans need to dramatically lower tax rates for corporations without...

Seniors Calendar

UNITED SENIOR SERVICES 125 W. Main St. 937-323-4948 *Denotes event that requires payment or a reservation to attend. Call USS for information. Today USS closed for President’s Day. Tuesday Focus on Fitness: 9 a.m.* Samba Card Game: 9 a.m. Moving with Music: 10:30 a.m.* Pinochle: 11:30 a.m. Friendly Euchre Group: Noon USS Jammers: Noon Bid Euchre: 12:30 p.m. Aquatics 2: 1 p.m.* Aquatics 4: 2...
Athlete of the Week Urbana High School

Athlete of the Week Urbana High School

Name: Luc Russell School: Urbana High School Grade: 12 Age: 18 Sports: Bowling Claim to fame/honors: Being a State Champion Words you live by: “Just keep fighting.” Toughest opponent: Myself Biggest influence: My parents and coaches When I’m bored I like to … Go bowl Favorite movie: Kingpin Person who would play you in a movie: Will Ferrell Favorite TV show: Shark Tank Favorite...
Student of the Week Urbana High School

Student of the Week Urbana High School

Name: Adam Gaver School: Urbana High School Grade: 11 Age: 17 Extra-curricular: Football, Basketball Claim to fame/honors: Constantly in a good mood Words you live by: “Win the day.” Toughest challenge: Balancing sports and schoolwork Biggest influence: Parents When I’m bored I like to … Workout/Lift Favorite movie: When the Game Stands Tall Favorite TV show: Impractical Jokers...
Upper Valley Mall to host Clark County home show

Upper Valley Mall to host Clark County home show

The annual Clark County Home Show will move to the Upper Valley Mall this year as area home owners to start think about potential projects this spring. The show has been hosted by the Clark State Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center for the past few years, but the mall will allow a more open space for residents to browse the local vendors and companies who will attend this year, said Dan Kegley, president...
Woman removed from home was 'molded to chair'

Woman removed from home was 'molded to chair'

An overweight, elderly woman relatives describe as a hoarder, was rescued Thursday from her home after not leaving her living room chair for at least a year, according to investigators. Investigators said Foster was stuck to the chair for at least a year, where she was surrounded by feces and urine. The odor from inside was so powerful first responders could smell it from the sidewalk, according to...
Two killed in fiery Springfield crash identified

Two killed in fiery Springfield crash identified

The identities of two people killed in a fiery car crash Saturday night in Springfield have been released by police.  The driver, Charles L. Foster II, 26, of Springfield, and front seat passenger Kiarrah N. Young, 24, of Springfield, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to a Springfield Police report.  Jeffrey Brown, 28, was a back seat passenger in the car and was...
Mardi Gras event to raise money for Clark County cancer society

Mardi Gras event to raise money for Clark County cancer society

Springfield’s branch of the American Cancer Society will host its first celebrity luncheon in three years on Feb. 24 to raise money for the organization and its programs. The Bourbon Street at the Buckeye event is a Mardi Gras themed luncheon will start at noon and is expected to raise between $3,000 to $5,000, according to Michele Hemphill, who has been part of Clark County’s cancer society...
Today’s high temps break record in the Miami Valley

Today’s high temps break record in the Miami Valley

The Miami Valley is seeing record-breaking temperatures today. By sunset, the temperature at the Dayton International Airport was measured at 66 degrees. That’s two degrees higher than the record for today’s date, set in 1948.
Trump plans changes to overtime rule: How will it impact you

Trump plans changes to overtime rule: How will it impact you

Last May, then-Vice President Joe Biden swept into Columbus on Air Force Two, sampled a bit of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and announced a rule change that would allow some 4.2 million more Americans to receive overtime pay. Less than one year later, that rule’s future is very much in doubt. A federal judge in November issued a 20-page temporary injunction stopping the rule — set...
Champaign County chamber board selects new executive director

Champaign County chamber board selects new executive director

Lydia Hess has been selected as the new executive director of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Board President Tom Coles said. Hess, a St. Paris resident, has worked with the chamber in various roles since 2014 and will be responsible for promoting businesses throughout the county. She will replace Sandi Arnold, who resigned from the post after serving five years at the chamber. RELATED...
Stafford: Health care coverage costs concerning

Stafford: Health care coverage costs concerning

This may not be sweet. It will be short. You likely have seen the commercial. It’s one of those, “What’s in your wallet?” ads for Capital One and has the usual message. Dear Consumer: If you’re piling up bonus cash while using your charge card, you shouldn’t be cheated by some company that places all kinds of restrictions on what you can spend your bonus cash on...
West Liberty group home closes after license revoked, staff shortages

West Liberty group home closes after license revoked, staff shortages

A Logan County group home whose license had been revoked recently has closed after leaders say it wasn’t able to maintain a trained workforce. The Adriel School in West Liberty housed and taught about 40 kids with behavioral issues from across Southwest and Central Ohio. In the past several years, West Liberty Police had responded to the campus hundreds of times for everything from fights to...
Warm weather through weekend

Warm weather through weekend

Overnight lows fall to mid-40s Warmer than normal well into next week Chance for rain Tuesday and Thursday Highs for Saturday of 66 degrees broke a record of 64 degrees set in 1948. Scattered clouds will gradually clear overnight with lows in the middle 40s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. Sunday: Another warm and beautiful day. It will become mostly sunny for the afternoon with...
Why has the nomination process been so slow?

Why has the nomination process been so slow?

Nearly a month into his presidency, President Donald Trump’s cabinet is not quite empty. But compared to previous White Houses, it’s nowhere near full. As of Thursday — 27 days into his presidency — 13 of Trump’s nominees had been confirmed, with secretaries of Commerce, Energy, and Housing and Urban Development among those still outstanding. By contrast, during the first...
Overdose death review committees created to fight opioid epidemic

Overdose death review committees created to fight opioid epidemic

Governor John Kasich’s biennium budget calls for the creation of county overdose fatality review boards, a move aimed at giving local communities more tools to tackle the rising number of heroin and fentanyl overdose deaths. “It will help us get a greater insight into what may be causing the overdoses,” said Dan Suffoletto, spokesman for Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County....
Kurt Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean, pays tribute to late father on his 50th birthday

Kurt Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean, pays tribute to late father on his 50th birthday

The daughter of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love paid a heartwarming tribute to her late father on what would have been his 50th birthday.
Georgia family reportedly welcomes quadruplets with no fertility treatment

Georgia family reportedly welcomes quadruplets with no fertility treatment

A Newnan, Georgia, couple, who defied the odds by having quadruplets without the use of fertility drugs, now have all four babies at home. Kortney and Justin Miller have their hands full with a baby in each arm, plus an older son, Bentlee. Brothers Brandon, Brayden and Bryant and their sister, Kenlee, were born on Dec.16, weighing around 3 pounds each, at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. They're now...

H.S. Results for 2/20: Troy Christian wraps up regular season with win

James Anderson recorded 21 points with 12 rebounds for the Troy Christian boys basketball team in a 54-21 win over Northeastern to close out the regular season for both teams. Alex Lockwood and Aaron Phillips had 10 points apiece for Northeastern. Troy Christian, which finished in second place in the Metro Buckeye Conference, moved to 15-7. Northeastern fell to 13-9. SCORES LIST Boys Basketball Saturday&rsquo...
Fox News announces the death of a beloved host and 17-year network vet

Fox News announces the death of a beloved host and 17-year network vet

The Fox News family lost a beloved colleague this week with the death of journalist Brenda Buttner. Buttner was the host of “Bulls and Bears” and was a regular guest on “Your World with Neil Cavuto.” According to Fox, Buttner was employed by the network for over 15 years, and died as a result of cancer. She was a Harvard University graduate and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University...
Ten things to know about Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller

Ten things to know about Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller

This season, as in each of the past four seasons, Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller finds his name attached to almost every big-time job opening in the country — and often to jobs that aren’t open yet but may be soon. Miller’s alma mater, North Carolina State, announced earlier this month its head coach, Mark Gottfried, will not return after the 2016-17 season. As the Indiana Hoosiers...
What are platelet-rich plasma injections? Why is Tiger Woods a fan?

What are platelet-rich plasma injections? Why is Tiger Woods a fan?

The only thing worse than sustaining an injury to the body is not being able to find a therapy that will help it get better. Jeffrey James, a DO with Premier Orthopedics, believes there’s hope to that problem through a therapy called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, a newer technique designed to promote healing by using the body’s own reparative processes. Platelets are the body&rsquo...
David Cassidy reveals he has dementia

David Cassidy reveals he has dementia

After a recent concert in California, former teen idol David Cassidy got viral attention for the wrong reasons after footage of his show hit the internet. Cassidy, 66, appeared drunk, confused and disoriented during his Agoura Hills, California, show, where he often slurred his words and forgot the lyrics to his songs. Many assumed that Cassidy had relapsed to alcohol abuse after spending years...
Pilot walks away with minor injury after plane crashes into tree

Pilot walks away with minor injury after plane crashes into tree

A Federal Aviation Administration recovery team has dismantled a small vintage plane and hauled it away after it crashed in Dawsonville, Georgia, on Sunday afternoon. The FAA said the two-seater plane, which was built in the 1940s, crashed just after noon along the side of the road. The only person on the plane survived the crash with only minor injuries. "I heard a big thud and then I heard...
'Coyote Challenge' asks people to kill coyotes for free hunting license

'Coyote Challenge' asks people to kill coyotes for free hunting license

Critics are outraged over the state of Georgia's plan to invite people to hunt or trap coyotes to win a prize. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is calling it the Georgia Coyote Challenge. It starts in March and lasts through August. The challenge gives participants the chance to get a lifetime hunting license. Some biologists told WSB-TV they are stunned by this. For more than a decade...
Milo Yiannopoulos book deal canceled following remarks on pedophilia

Milo Yiannopoulos book deal canceled following remarks on pedophilia

Milo Yiannopoulos, the controversial conservative author and a leader of the alt-right movement, has had his book deal with Simon & Schuster canceled. >> Read more trending news  Simon & Schuster was set to release “Dangerous” later this year. RELATED: The American Conservative Union released a statement about Milo Yiannopoulos keynoting CPAC The cancellation of  the...
Warm weather spell is concerning to area fruit, vegetable farmers

Warm weather spell is concerning to area fruit, vegetable farmers

Area farmers say the financial impact this week's warm weather spell will have on their crops won't be known for months. Usually at this time of year, farmers are watching their fields until about mid-May, waiting for the final frost of the season.  This year's turn of weather events has farmers watching their fields, waiting for cold weather to return stay until that final frost. Temperatures...
Pet lizard waves at owner, startling moment caught on camera

Pet lizard waves at owner, startling moment caught on camera

A bearded dragon in a terrarium performs an unusual stunt: When its owner waves, the lizard waves back. The unusual waving was caught on video and has now gone viral. But the pet lizard isn’t really waving at its owner, or maybe it is. The reptiles, native to Australia, tend to wave their arms more when they’re young, but the gesture could have several meanings. It might be a sign of &ldquo...
Wright State to cut costs by leaving unfilled positions vacant

Wright State to cut costs by leaving unfilled positions vacant

Wright State University’s president has implemented a hiring freeze and has asked other administrators to reduce expenditures as the school continues to struggle with its finances. The university’s strategic hiring committee has been instructed not to approve hires unless they represent health, safety, compliance needs or demonstrate a “direct impact on revenue,” president...
Springfield, Southeastern among top 10 in final polls

Springfield, Southeastern among top 10 in final polls

Springfield (Division I) and Southeastern (D-IV) high schools both ranked among the top 10 in the final Associated Press boys high school basketball polls that were released on Monday. Springfield (19-3) finished No. 10 among D-I teams. The Wildcats finally cracked the top 10 last week and stayed there. Springfield had a seven-game win streak...
WSU freshman Custer bringing a crowd to NKU

WSU freshman Custer bringing a crowd to NKU

Wright State’s final road game of the regular season will actually feel more like a home game for freshman forward Ryan Custer. The Raiders will play at Northern Kentucky on Tuesday, and the BB&T Center is less than 30 minutes from the house Custer grew up in on the west side of Cincinnati. “My mom told me (Monday) night there were 33 people coming,” Custer said. “And I know...
Amazon lowers minimum amount for free shipping back to $35

Amazon lowers minimum amount for free shipping back to $35

Amazon has decreased the minimum amount for users to qualify for free shipping. The Verge reported that a year after the company raised the minimum amount to $49, it has now moved the point back to $35. The offer does not apply to Amazon Prime account holders, who have free two-day shipping for any order under Amazon's Prime membership program, but instead is a benefit for Amazon users who do not...
Lisa Marie Presley's daughters with grandmother after father accused of abuse, neglect

Lisa Marie Presley's daughters with grandmother after father accused of abuse, neglect

The rumor mill began turning after last week’s news that Lisa Marie Presley discovered inappropriate images of children on electronic devices belong to her estranged husband, Michael Lockwood -- especially after it was revealed that the California Department of Children and Family Services had stepped in and removed Presley's 8-year-old twin daughters, Finley and Harper Lockwood, from the family...
Trump visit may negatively impact disabled kids event at Florida airport

Trump visit may negatively impact disabled kids event at Florida airport

Unless organizers can get a commitment in the next week or so from President Donald Trump that he won’t be at his Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago club on April 1, a “Special Day for Special Kids” event at the Boca Raton airport for about 350 ill or disabled children will have to be called off, postponed or moved, an organizer says. In fact, since the president of the United States usually...
High school football players rescue Florida woman pinned down by truck

High school football players rescue Florida woman pinned down by truck

The victim, Susan Gentry, pushed her daughter out of the way right before the truck ran into her at an Orlando crosswalk.  “The tire was on her chest and was suffocating her,” Mark Gentry, her husband, told WESH.  Gentry and others tried to help, but couldn't lift the heavy vehicle off his pinned wife. As Gentry shouted for help, four high school football players, who also happened...
Final high school boys basketball state poll

Final high school boys basketball state poll

Trotwood-Madison (Division II) and Versailles (D-III) both were ranked runner-up in their respective divisions of the final Associated Press boys high school state basketball polls that were released on Monday. The final girls state polls were released last week. Voting is done by a panel of state-wide media who subscribe to AP. In order: final rank, team, first-place votes (in parenthesis), record...
10 tips to help you unplug from social media

10 tips to help you unplug from social media

Instead of rolling over and reaching for your phone, take some time for yourself. Spend some time meditating, get in some stretching or a full workout before answering a single email. Starting the day with a healthy breakfast or a nutrient-packed smoothie is good for you, so why not also nourish your mind? Instead of constantly reaching for the next best smartphone on the market, go get an older model...
More than 50 area players have signed with Ohio State since 1987

More than 50 area players have signed with Ohio State since 1987

Upon the occasion of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer offering Dunbar running back Tavion Thomas a scholarship, we thought it would be appropriate to look back on the Buckeyes to come from the Miami Valley over the past three decades. Starting with Alter standout Jeff Graham in 1987 up through Miamisburg five-star prospect Josh Myers this year, Ohio State has signed 56 players from the Dayton-Middletown-Springfield...
Trump has spent approximately $10 million in travel expenses already, report says

Trump has spent approximately $10 million in travel expenses already, report says

Before becoming president, Donald Trump spoke out against former President Barack Obama’s travel expenses on numerous occasions. >> Read more trending stories   In 2012, he tweeted: “President @BarackObama‘s vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars -- unbelievable!” President @BarackObama's vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars----Unbelievable!&mdash...
Jose Canseco wants us all to know how robots will take over the world

Jose Canseco wants us all to know how robots will take over the world

Athletes seem to be taking up some odd stances lately. If you thought Kyrie Irving's comments about the Earth being flat were out there, wait until you see what Jose Canseco has been tweeting today. Canseco, a 52-year-old former Major League Baseball player who has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs while hitting 462 big-league home runs, apparently is a believer in the idea robots...
Former Bengal arrested for assault, public indecency

Former Bengal arrested for assault, public indecency

A former University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Bengals player is in the Butler County jail facing several charges for an incident Sunday. Jerome Kyle “J.K.” Schaffer, 26, was taken into about 10:15 a.m. at a church in Chapel Road in Morgan Twp., according to the sheriff’s office. He is charged with assault, breaking and entering and public indecency, according to jail records....
Students wear blue to support classmate with autism turned away from school dance

Students wear blue to support classmate with autism turned away from school dance

What a school called a "miscommunication" has sent a woman and her son reeling, but it's brought a community together in support of them. Max Bedard was turned away from a semi-formal dance at Pelham Memorial Middle School on Friday because he was dressed "inappropriately," his mother, Michelle Bedard, told WFXT. Max is autistic and has a sensory processing disorder. ...
Bruce Springsteen gives Australian teen the thrill of a lifetime -- twice

Bruce Springsteen gives Australian teen the thrill of a lifetime -- twice

Rocker Bruce Springsteen gave an Australian teenager the thrill of a lifetime when the Boss invited him onstage to perform a song with the band, and he stole the show Thursday night at a concert in Brisbane.

Thoughts from Pinker

One of our favorite thinkers is the Harvard-based psychologist Steven Pinker, who recently answered a few questions for the UK magazine Prospect. Here are a few bits worth sharing: Are people better off today than 100 years ago? “Unquestionably! Rates of death from war, homicide and genocide are far lower, even if they’re still too high. Globally, people are longer-lived, healthier, richer...
California officer killed by gang member while responding to traffic accident, police say

California officer killed by gang member while responding to traffic accident, police say

Two police officers who responded to a report of a traffic accident in California on Monday morning were shot, one fatally, and a known gang member was injured, according to authorities. The gang member, who was not identified, was injured after he shot a semi-automatic gun at Whittier police officers and they returned fire, The Los Angeles Times reported. The shooting was reported around 8 a.m. after...
Half-eaten shark washes ashore on Florida beach

Half-eaten shark washes ashore on Florida beach

A half-eaten shark washed ashore over the weekend in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, surprising beach-goers.  Some posted graphic photos of the shark on Instagram. Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue spokeswoman Tamra Marris said the shark appeared to be a blacktip or spinner shark.  "It is unknown what type of predator bit the dead shark or how far offshore it was," Marris...

Critics getting it wrong

From The Chronicle for Higher Education: “What are the underlying intellectual, creative, and aesthetic issues that can cause even brilliant critics to misfire? An answer can be found in the tension between what we might call literary time and critical time. Critics, of course, have deadlines. A given review or essay must appear by such and such a date. But as Terry Eagleton points out in &ldquo...

Is there really an American ‘Deep State’?

Long before Donald Trump became president and his top national security adviser Michael Flynn was accused of treason, there was concern about a “deep state” in the United States. “The phrase ‘deep state’ is popping up ever more in public discussions,” wrote libertarian Jeffrey Tucker in 2014: “It refers to the apparatus of the state that thrives completely...
Eric Elwell: Spring-like warm kick starting growing season across U.S.

Eric Elwell: Spring-like warm kick starting growing season across U.S.

Chances are that our recent weather has given you a bit of a taste of spring fever. Temperatures have ranged nearly 20 to 25 degrees above normal across the Miami Valley since Friday. It is a trend that will likely continue for the rest of this week. A nearly 70-year old record fell on Saturday when the temperature soared to 66 degrees, breaking the old record of 64 degrees back in 1948. More record...
Dave Chappelle drops out of Dayton comedy show

Dave Chappelle drops out of Dayton comedy show

We have some disappointing news for those hoping to see David Chappelle on the stage of the Schuster Center 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.    The actor and comedian who lives outside of Yellow Springs will not be participating.  Gerald Belle of GAB Productions, the promoter of the All-Star LOL Comedy Tour, said he did not know why Chappelle won’t be participating in a tribute...
Uber sexism under investigation after female engineer’s ‘slightly horrifying’ story

Uber sexism under investigation after female engineer’s ‘slightly horrifying’ story

Uber has launched an investigation into claims of sexual harassment after a former female Uber engineer wrote a blog post describing her time at the ride-hailing company as “strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying.” Writer and engineer Susan Fowler wrote on her personal blog about her year at Uber as an engineer, calling the company “an organization in complete, unrelenting...
College student 'grades' apology letter from ex-girlfriend

College student 'grades' apology letter from ex-girlfriend

A woman who wrote an apology letter to her ex-boyfriend should have proofread it before sending it to him. >> Read more trending stories   Nick Lutz, the recipient of the letter, edited the letter with a red pen in the same way an English teacher would grade an essay.  Citing problems including the length of the introduction, repetition, spelling errors and the quality of her handwriting...
State lawmaker proposes changes to early voting ID process

State lawmaker proposes changes to early voting ID process

An Ohio lawmaker says she wants to make absentee voting easier by having the identification process for early voting similar to Election Day voting. But Ohio Democrats say will likely oppose House Bill 41 as it’s currently drafted. Rep. Dorothy Pelanda, R-Marysville, introduced earlier this month House Bill 41, which would allow boards of elections to require voters to show a valid form of identification...
New immigration guidelines could increase detention, deportations

New immigration guidelines could increase detention, deportations

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has drafted a sweeping set of new guidelines that would expand the nation's immigration detention system and expose many more unauthorized immigrants to deportation. Included in a pair of memos the retired Marine Corps general signed Friday, the guidelines are aimed at implementing President Donald Trump's executive orders for getting tough on illegal immigration...
Psychologists discover why we call people wrong names

Psychologists discover why we call people wrong names

Has your parent ever called you by your sibling’s name or worse, the dog’s name? Psychologists have discovered why it happens.  Inadvertently calling someone the wrong name, whether by a parent, close friend or even a partner, happens because of love, according to Quartz. The brain has a network that contains information about related people, places and things and when...
Woman writes fake doctor's note to get out of jail, police say

Woman writes fake doctor's note to get out of jail, police say

A North Carolina woman faces charges after officials said she wrote a fake doctor's note to get out of jail, according to authorities. Marla Davis, 36, reported Saturday to the Gaston County jail for a weekend sentence, The Gaston Gazette reported. The Lincolnton woman showed up with a note that she claimed was from her gynecologist. It said that she shouldn't go to jail that weekend, police said...
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