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Pope Francis jokes with cloistered nuns in Peru

Pope Francis drew appreciative laughter Sunday when he addressed cloistered nuns in a Peruvian church, Reuters reported. The nuns were given special permission to leave their convents to see the pontiff speak in Lima. Francis spoke to the 500 nuns, known as “contemplatives” because they rarely venture away from their convents, on his final day in Peru. “Seeing you all here an...
Michael Phelps reveals he considered suicide after 2012 Olympics

Michael Phelps reveals he considered suicide after 2012 Olympics

Swimmer Michael Phelps has revealed that after the 2012 Olympics, he considered suicide. “Really, after every Olympics I think I fell into a major state of depression,” he told David Axelrod at the fourth annual conference of the Kennedy Forum, an organization for mental health advocacy, according to CNN. Phelps revealed that after winning four gold medals and two silver medals...
SPECIAL REPORT: Empty beds, high costs led to Good Sam closing

SPECIAL REPORT: Empty beds, high costs led to Good Sam closing

The announcement that Good Samaritan Hospital will close before the end of the year comes as hospital networks reinvent themselves in an increasingly competitive health care landscape that values outpatient settings over inpatient stays. About half of the beds at Good Sam are empty. Miami Valley Hospital, also operated by Premier Health, is also half-empty. The number of overnight hospital stays have...
'Tide Pod Challenge': Georgia teen among those sickened in dangerous trend

'Tide Pod Challenge': Georgia teen among those sickened in dangerous trend

Don’t do the Tide Pod Challenge. Seriously. That’s the message poison control officials are urging people after a bizarre trend spread like wildfire online. The challenge involves people popping the small laundry detergent packs in their mouths and posting videos online of themselves chewing and gagging on the oozing product. Dozens of people have been taken to the hospital after...
How Dayton changed the Bombecks — and how the Bombecks changed Dayton

How Dayton changed the Bombecks — and how the Bombecks changed Dayton

Growing up in Dayton left an indelible imprint on Bill and Erma Bombeck – and they, in turn, now leave an enduring legacy in their hometown. Bill Bombeck died Jan. 12 in Phoenix, Ariz., and he soon will be buried alongside his wife in Dayton’s historic Woodland Cemetery. But the couple will live on in the hearts of many friends in the Dayton area and in the University of Dayton’s...
Drug crisis in Ohio: What solutions are making a difference?

Drug crisis in Ohio: What solutions are making a difference?

During a year of record deaths from drug overdoses in Springfield and across Ohio, glimmers of hope also exist as organizations and local governments have begun to find solutions that might make a difference. More than 30 news organizations statewide have partnered to share those solutions and help communities think about which ones might be adaptable locally. Your Voice Ohio will be holding forums...

The Kid Whisperer: What to do about the child who cries, cries, cries

Dear Kid Whisperer, I’m curious about crying tantrums. We have a strong-willed 6-year old girl who cries about everything lately. She cries over us not buying a toy or what she eats for breakfast. I offer her a hug, tell her I am sad that she is sad and tell her that it’s too loud and we can’t hear each other. I am gentle and loving. I tell her that she can come back when she cannot...
WATCH: Girls perform adorable ditty to sell Girl Scout cookies

WATCH: Girls perform adorable ditty to sell Girl Scout cookies

Two young girls from New Hampshire are using their musical talents to sell Girl Scout cookies. Lyla and Avery Holzapfel are 8 and 6 years-old. With the help of their parents, Brynne and Doug, they wrote a little ditty to make some sales, Boston25News reported. >> Read more trending news  And it's taken off. The video has several thousand views since it was posted on Tuesday.  Doug...

Parenting with Dr. Ramey: What’s dangerous about the Golden Rule

The Golden Rule advising that you should behave towards others as you’d like to be treated seems reasonable — but in fact, represents a dangerous and wrong way of thinking about the world. Lee Ross and his social psychology colleagues have called this blunder in thinking “naive realism.” Avoiding this error will make you a better parent and person. More parenting with Dr. Ramey...

D.L. STEWART: Real men wear short coats because being cold is cool

A letter writer to the chief fashion critic at The New York Times asked a question in last Tuesday’s edition. “My son is in college in Maine,” AMY, PELHAM, N.Y., wrote, “and the temperature is frequently below zero. It seems like every woman is swathed in an ankle-length black puffer coat from November to March. So why do men have so few choices in outerwear that is knee length...
Coupon deals of the week

Coupon deals of the week

Coupon availability and coupon values may vary within different regions or neighborhoods. Irish Spring Body Wash This week at Rite-Aid, Irish Spring body wash is on sale for $3.99. In most of your Rite-Aid ad inserts, you should find a coupon for this product that will drop the price down to $1.99. Also, use the $1 off one Irish Spring body wash manufacturer coupon found in most of today’s SmartSource...
Cat play is a weighty matter

Cat play is a weighty matter

Cats need daily playtime to keep them healthy and happy, according to www.humanesociety.org. The organization lists multiple benefits including mental and physical stimulation, energy release, performing preying behaviors and bonding with their humans. This is important because an Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) study shows over 50 percent of U.S. cats are overweight or obese. Unfortunately...
Top tips for selling your old stuff on eBay (and actually making cash)

Top tips for selling your old stuff on eBay (and actually making cash)

Too much clutter, too little money, too many gifts you didn't like... an eBay auction is one of the simplest solutions to all three issues. If your trash might be someone else's treasure, an eBay business is simple to start and accessible to just about anyone. "It has low start-up costs and it can be started out of your home," noted the New Life Auctions blog, written by sellers who...
Texas boy battles brain infection doctors say was caused by flu

Texas boy battles brain infection doctors say was caused by flu

Witten Ramirez is fighting for his life after doctors said he contracted a brain infection caused by the flu. Witten’s mother, Desiree, said that the whole family had the flu last week, but the 8-year-old had it worse than the others, KXAS reported. She said he was sleeping too much and stumbled when he walked. >> Read more trending news  To be safe, Desiree took him to the emergency...
Flu virus spread by breathing, study finds

Flu virus spread by breathing, study finds

Most people believe that the influenza virus is spread through the coughs and sneezes of infected people, but new research published Thursday suggests that the flu virus is spread more easily than previously thought. Medical professionals believe that the virus is spread most often by “droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk,” according to the Centers for Disease Control...
Ohio flu hospitalizations climb, prompting caution and optimism

Ohio flu hospitalizations climb, prompting caution and optimism

Ohio’s flu-related hospitalizations increased by more than 50 from the previous week, new data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health said. The increase was smaller than previous weeks, prompting some optimism and words of caution from one local expert. “While it looks like (the flu) may be leveling off, it is still significantly higher than the five year average,” said...
5 questions every woman in her 40s should ask her doctor

5 questions every woman in her 40s should ask her doctor

Women who are in their 40s are in many cases reaching a new stage in their lives. Your children may be more independent, and you might have a well-established career. It can also be a time of change, when it's easier to gain weight, and you may start to see the first signs of menopause. Being informed about the changes you may face during your 40s is an important way to protect your health for many...
Facebook hunting photos lead to wildlife charges for New Carlisle men

Facebook hunting photos lead to wildlife charges for New Carlisle men

A New Carlisle man faces multiple criminal charges for wildlife violations after allegedly posting pictures on Facebook of deer he shot but never tagged during gun season last year, according to court records. Forrest W. Parrott, 23, of 10331 Marquart Road, is expected to appear in court at 11 a.m. today. Parrott faces five counts of state ownership of and title to wild animals — prohibited...
Gander Mountain stores to reopen under new name

Gander Mountain stores to reopen under new name

Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, announced an initial list of retail stores that are scheduled to open in 2018. Camping World Holdings Inc. was chosen as the winning bidder at a bankruptcy auction for certain acquired assets of Gander Mountain and the sale was approved in a bankruptcy court hearing in May 2017. Dozens of Gander Mountain stores closed after the company filed...
Chris Pratt loved and nuzzled his sheep. Then he ate him.

Chris Pratt loved and nuzzled his sheep. Then he ate him.

The sheep on actor Chris Pratt’s farm had a glorious life on his way to the menu. “He was groomed and shorn, his hooves medicated, de-wormed, no antibiotics necessary,” Pratt, who has filmed movies including “Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2” and “Passengers” in Atlanta, said in a lengthy Instagram post. “Surrounded by laughing loving humans, including...
Clark County families preserve farmland for more than 200 years

Clark County families preserve farmland for more than 200 years

In April, Clark County turns 200 — a milestone that some hope will also be a celebration of the county’s rich agricultural history. Seven farms in Clark County have been in operation for more than 200 years and 39 farms are 100 years or older. Throughout the bicentennial year, Krista Magaw, executive director of the Tecumseh Land Trust, plans to highlight the county’s oldest farmlands...
Meet the most generous book lover in Yellow Springs

Meet the most generous book lover in Yellow Springs

Countless books of the odd and unexpected varieties are in the hands of many people who have visited Yellow Springs, thanks to Kate Mooneyham.  >> 5 things to do in Yellow Springs Mooneyham, manager of Dark Star Books in Yellow Springs, has been consistently placing a large box of FREE books in the alley behind her and her mother’s bookstore for over a year. On almost any day...
The story of the invasive callery pear

The story of the invasive callery pear

Last week while discussing the newly released Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Invasive Species list, I mentioned that callery pear was on it. I have written about the story of this invasive tree, but it’s worth doing it again because it’s really quite interesting. Callery pears were first brought to the United States from Asia back in the early 1920s. In the 1960s a new cultivar...
How to survive a break up with your best friend

How to survive a break up with your best friend

When the Four Seasons sang that bit about "breaking up is hard to do," they clearly meant romantic relationships. Breaking up with a best friend might be even harder. "Friends aren't just icing on the cake of life – they're the cake," psychologist Thelma Duffey stated in Psychology Today. "Our friends are the people we let in. They're the people who can get under...
Good Samaritan final decision made night before announcement

Good Samaritan final decision made night before announcement

Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton will close by the end of 2018. Premier Health announced on Wednesday that the hospital, based on the northwest side of Dayton, will shut down by the end of 2018. The health network — the largest private employer in the region — said the closure is “part of Premier Health’s new strategic plan.” Here’s what we know about the closure...
5 questions every man in his 40s should ask his doctor

5 questions every man in his 40s should ask his doctor

Men are notorious for not wanting to go to the doctor unless they're desperate. But routine doctor's visits – especially when you hit your 40s and beyond – can help you be as healthy as possible. Getting regular care and screenings can help your doctor catch and treat issues while they're in their earliest stages. »RELATED: 4 health questions every man in his 30s should ask his doctor...
Ragtime orchestra scores with silent film presentation in Springfield

Ragtime orchestra scores with silent film presentation in Springfield

There was a time when movies came with their own built-in mute button. They were called silent films, and if you wanted music you needed a live band in the theater. In these days of state-of-the-art sound systems, it’s hard to imagine that part of the movie-going experience wasn’t always there. The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra shows how live music added magic to the cinema experience for...
High-salt diet could cause dementia, study finds

High-salt diet could cause dementia, study finds

Consuming too much salt can be dangerous for your health. It can cause your blood pressure and cholesterol to skyrocket, but it might also cause memory loss, according to a new report.  Researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine in New York recently conducted an experiment, published in the Nature Neuroscience journal, to determine if salt was linked with memory loss. To do so, the researchers...
Amazon announces final 20 cities in the running for second headquarters

Amazon announces final 20 cities in the running for second headquarters

Officials with technology giant Amazon on Thursday announced that the company has narrowed down its list of possible sites for its second headquarters to 20 metropolitan areas. The company said it got nearly 240 proposals from across the U.S. Canada and Mexico. “All the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” Holly Sullivan, with Amazon Public Policy. “Through this...
Quitting smoking? Local Walmart stores to offer free health screenings

Quitting smoking? Local Walmart stores to offer free health screenings

Local Walmart stores are making it easier to get healthy in 2018. Dayton area Walmart stores will be hosting the first Walmart Wellness Day event of the year on Saturday. The free health screening event provides residents an opportunity to learn health information about themselves. Free screenings will measure:Blood glucose Blood pressure Body mass index Low-cost immunizations And in select locations...
‘Bad news’ for the city: 7 reactions to Good Samaritan Hospital’s closure

‘Bad news’ for the city: 7 reactions to Good Samaritan Hospital’s closure

Premier Health announced Wednesday that Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton will close by the end of the year, shocking employees and community members in the Miami Valley. Good Samaritan Hospital will close by the end of 2018, impacting about 1,600 employees. The news came as a surprise to city officials, hospital employees and patients. Premier officials said it was unsustainable to operate two...
'Girther' conspiracy hits social media as critics question Trump's height, weight

'Girther' conspiracy hits social media as critics question Trump's height, weight

On Tuesday, White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson appeared before the press to give the details of President Donald Trump’s latest physical. According to Jackson — who was appointed by former President Barack Obama — the president is in great health, but some critics wasted no time casting doubt on Jackson’s analysis. Most of the results were pretty straightforward...
Air Force expelled her in 1955 for being a lesbian. Now she gets an honorable discharge.

Air Force expelled her in 1955 for being a lesbian. Now she gets an honorable discharge.

A California woman kicked out of the military 60 years ago for being a lesbian has finally had her rights restored. In 1955, Airman Second Class Helen Grace James was targeted and investigated by Air Force officials for her sexuality, part of a massive effort to remove gay and lesbian service members known as the "Lavender Scare." Now, at 90, and living in California, James filed a federal...
Study says people would rather hang out with their dogs than friends

Study says people would rather hang out with their dogs than friends

A new study says that most dog owners would rather spend time with their pup than their friends. Fox News reported that a study of 2,000 dog owners conducted by smart dog collar company Link AKC says more than half prefer their pet over pals. Owners said they sometimes skip out on social events to be with their dog. >> Read more trending news  Eighty-one percent of those surveyed said they...
Springboro teacher’s criminal case headed back to trial

Springboro teacher’s criminal case headed back to trial

A judge today denied a Springboro teacher facing criminal charges in a drug case also involving her son treatment in lieu of conviction during a hearing in Warren County Common Pleas Court. Amy Panzeca, 48, of Springboro, is facing charges of permitting drug abuse, contributing to the unruliness of a minor and endangering children in Warren County Common Pleas Court. Judge Donald Oda II denied the...
Is feeding a cold a real thing? 5 winter health myths debunked

Is feeding a cold a real thing? 5 winter health myths debunked

You've probably heard winter health myths for years and you may have even accepted some of them as fact. From being told to bundle up, so you don't catch a cold to your neighbor swearing he got the flu from his flu shot, these myths make the rounds every winter. Mom always warned you you'd get sick if you didn't bundle up before heading out in cold weather. Her advice wasn't exactly horrible...
Before you hire an in-home health care provider …

Before you hire an in-home health care provider …

In-home health care, which most people prefer, is generally more affordable than nursing home care, but still can be expensive. Nationally, it costs about $33,000 per year for a home health aide visiting six hours per day, five days a week. Whether you’re looking for round the clock care or just a few hours a day or week, Better Business Bureau can help you pick a home care provider. &rsaquo...
Good Samaritan Hospital closing: What we know now

Good Samaritan Hospital closing: What we know now

Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton will close by the end of 2018. Premier Health announced today that the hospital, based on the northwest side of Dayton, will shut down by the end of 2018. The health network — the largest private employer in the region — said the closure is “part of Premier Health’s new strategic plan.” “Premier Health made this difficult but necessary...
Gun store thefts: 5 times firearms retailers were targeted

Gun store thefts: 5 times firearms retailers were targeted

The break-in reported Monday at a Miami Twp. gun dealer is the latest in a string of crimes involving area weapons suppliers. Authorities said they are seeking suspects after they said one weapon was missing from the Miami Armory on Kingsridge Drive after a front window was found smashed Monday morning after an alarm was set off around 6:30 a.m. It is among at least a handful of break-ins or robberies...
Is feeding a cold a real thing? 5 winter health myths debunked

Is feeding a cold a real thing? 5 winter health myths debunked

You've probably heard winter health myths for years and you may have even accepted some of them as fact. From being told to bundle up, so you don't catch a cold to your neighbor swearing he got the flu from his flu shot, these myths make the rounds every winter. Mom always warned you you'd get sick if you didn't bundle up before heading out in cold weather. Her advice wasn't exactly horrible, since...
Bankruptcy next? Bon-Ton Stores Inc. enters into forbearance agreement

Bankruptcy next? Bon-Ton Stores Inc. enters into forbearance agreement

The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., parent company of Elder-Beerman, has entered into forbearance agreements with its credit lenders. The retailer announced late Tuesday that the company has entered into forbearance agreements with its ABL credit agreement lenders and an ad hoc group of holders. The Forbearance Agreements will expire on Jan. 26, unless further extended by the parties. The forbearance period...
How much do Ohioans spend to smoke? New report shows the cost of tobacco use

How much do Ohioans spend to smoke? New report shows the cost of tobacco use

A new report out this week details the costs of smoking and overall tobacco use in the United States — and Ohio falls somewhere in the middle of the 50-state pack. Americans lose more than $300 billion per year to the costs of tobacco use, a new report from personal finance website WalletHub found. WalletHub ranked each state by looking at the money smokers spend on their habit, the money they...
White Castle will offer romantic Valentine’s Day package, reservations again

White Castle will offer romantic Valentine’s Day package, reservations again

Fast food icon White Castle once again will offer its romantic Valentine’s Day package for those in love, but on a budget. White Castle is now accepting reservations for its annual Valentine’s Day Dinner and for the first time, the chain is using OpenTable.com, or the reservation app, to allow diners to secure their spot for the traditional dinner with a twist, Cincinnati.com...
Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey's widow files wrongful death lawsuit against New York hospital

Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey's widow files wrongful death lawsuit against New York hospital

The widow of late Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey is suing the New York City hospital that treated her husband before his death in 2016. According to Reuters, Cindy Frey filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Mount Sinai Hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz of negligence while treating the musician, who had ulcerative colitis, in late 2015. >> Read more trending news  The wrongful death...
PHOTOS: Why you need to hike Clifton Gorge right NOW

PHOTOS: Why you need to hike Clifton Gorge right NOW

After a blustery day of hiking at Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, our jaws were more tired from dropping in awe than our legs were tired from the trek.  Clifton Gorge is a 268-acre preserve in Yellow Springs, protecting “one of the most spectacular dolomite and limestone gorges in the state,” according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources...
Flu outbreak forces an entire school district in Oklahoma to cancel classes for rest of week

Flu outbreak forces an entire school district in Oklahoma to cancel classes for rest of week

An entire Oklahoma school district canceled classes Wednesday through Friday after schools reported excessive flu absences among much of the staff. >> Read more trending news  Morris Public Schools said Monday's absences were at 20 percent, and Tuesday's were at more than 30 percent. Basketball teams will continue competition in the county tournament. Wrestlers will need to contact...
4 drinks that could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts

4 drinks that could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts

When you're trying to lose weight, you may not give much thought to what you drink, but those calories definitely add up! These "liquid calories" can sabotage your weight-loss efforts, and you may not feel as full as if you'd eaten the same number of calories. Many drinks also provide little to no nutrients and are often loaded with sugar, which can further hamper your weight loss....
CDC cancels nuclear disaster talk, focus switches to flu outbreak

CDC cancels nuclear disaster talk, focus switches to flu outbreak

Three days after a false report of a missile attack on Hawaii seemed the perfect time to help the public for a nuclear disaster. But instead, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed the top of Tuesday’s discussion to the flu epidemic.  The CDC did not immediately respond to questions surrounding the topic change for the public health discussion, which had been...
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