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FaceApp transforms selfies via neural network

For better or for worse, a lot of us have gotten used to selfie face filters in apps such as Snapchat and Facebook Messenger that can add silly extremes to our photos and videos, such as sticking a unicorn horn on our head or turning us into superheroes. But FaceApp, an increasingly popular app that debuted in February for iOS and Android, is different; depending on the photo, it can convincingly...

When sending flowers just won’t do

Flowers. Don’t send them. My former colleague, Tim, lost his beloved Uncle Bill this week. People sent flowers. That’s what they do at times like these. Tim says don’t do it. Not because he didn’t adore his uncle. Oh, how he adored him. Still does. “He’s the man who influenced me to become a journalist,” he says, marking his own life journey with clarity....
WASSO Kitchens Tour is Saturday

WASSO Kitchens Tour is Saturday

Some of Springfield’s hottest kitchens will welcome fans in this weekend. The 11th annual Women’s Association of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (WASSO) Kitchens Tour will highlight five different spaces, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 29. The tour is a fundraiser with proceeds benefitting the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. “We’ve got a variety of kitchens,” said event...
Katharine the great white shark lurking in waters off central Florida coast

Katharine the great white shark lurking in waters off central Florida coast

  Katharine, the great white shark, has surfaced again in Florida waters, this time pinging off the coast just north of Port St. Lucie. Katharine, who has been swimming up the east coast of Florida since January, started her northward trek parallel to Lake Worth on January 13. In the months that have followed, she has moved up the coast as far north as Orlando on January 27 before heading back...
Woman with Down syndrome competes in Miss USA state pageant

Woman with Down syndrome competes in Miss USA state pageant

A woman with Down syndrome is shattering all precedents and is set to compete for the title of Miss Minnesota. According to KARE, she is believed to be the first person in the country to compete in a Miss USA state pageant. >> Read more trending news Mikayla Holmgren, 22, of Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, has never let Down syndrome stop her from doing what she loves. She applied online...
Watch: Hilarious selfie with panda doesn’t go as planned

Watch: Hilarious selfie with panda doesn’t go as planned

  A zoo keeper trying to take a selfie with a panda at a zoo in China learns the hard way that wild animals, like pandas, are often unpredictable. In a video posted by ABC, the keeper attempts to take a picture with the black and white bear, but it isn’t cooperating, instead the panda bites her head and pulls her hair.  The panda grabbed onto her head for a few seconds until another...
Woman claims Fitbit burned her arm after it ‘exploded’

Woman claims Fitbit burned her arm after it ‘exploded’

A Wisconsin woman said she suffered second-degree burns on her arm after her Fitbit tracker “exploded” while she read a book, ABC News reported. >> Read more trending news  Dina Mitchell said she had owned her Fitbit Flex 2 for about two weeks when the fitness tracking device allegedly caught fire on her arm Tuesday night. "I was literally just sitting and reading...
What’s under your feet at the playground?

What’s under your feet at the playground?

The playground: a universal source of fun for children. It’s also a place to burn calories, make new friends and develop skills like how to judge risks and make decisions. A good playground challenges and engages children but is also designed to keep them safe. One of the best ways to lower the chances of serious injuries is to make sure there is safe surfacing under and around the equipment...
State cracking down on lead hazards in homes

State cracking down on lead hazards in homes

There are hundreds of homes in Ohio that have paint and other entities that are poisoning children with lead and state health officials want them left unoccupied until abatement issues are addressed. The Ohio Department of Health is working to compile a list of residential properties across the state that have unaddressed lead hazards. They are also urging local health departments in Butler, Clark...
Clark County native finds success in costume design, on red carpets

Clark County native finds success in costume design, on red carpets

A 2008 Shawnee High School graduate was recently recognized for career as a costume and fashion designer. Megan Knowles was noted as a distinguished alumni in a Sinclair Community College address on April 17 that for her work that includes designing dresses for red carpet events. Knowles grew up in Clark County. She started designing dresses as a hobby and work has been featured in five red carpet...
Nurse midwives help women beyond childbirth

Nurse midwives help women beyond childbirth

Stacy Hudepohl hopes to expand the perception that certified nurse midwives simply exist to help women through natural childbirth. “A midwife is very similar to a nurse practitioner in that we care for women throughout their entire lifespan,” said Ms. Hudepohl, a certified nurse midwife, who practices with the Center for Women’s Health & Wellness in Mason. “We care for young...
Biking, blading and boarding? Protect yourself

Biking, blading and boarding? Protect yourself

With spring in full swing, you’re probably heading outside with your friends and family to spend time bicycling, in-line skating or skateboarding. But before you head outside, make sure you take a few safety precautions to avoid common problems that will land you in the ER. “Each year we see injuries associated with biking, in-line skating and skateboarding that include head injuries,...
Luxury retailer Jimmy Choo up for sale 

Luxury retailer Jimmy Choo up for sale 

Luxury retailer Jimmy Choo is on the market. >> Read more trending news  The BBC reports the high-end shoe brand is seeking offers, but has not yet received any bids.  Jimmy Choo believes a sale would “maximize ... value for its shareholders,” a company statement said Monday. Right now, the British brand has a market value of nearly $900 million and operates...
Springfield dad arrested after baby overdoses, revived with Narcan

Springfield dad arrested after baby overdoses, revived with Narcan

A Springfield man has been charged with endangering children after his 1-year-old son appears to have overdoses and was revived with Narcan — a trend Clark County leaders say is happening more often as the epidemic deepens. Samuel J. Mosley, 38, was arrested Friday and pleaded not guilty Monday to the third-degree felony charge in court. He faces a possible one to five years in prison if convicted...
Sam’s Club introduces 300 new products, including wine

Sam’s Club introduces 300 new products, including wine

Sam’s Club has relaunched its private brand, adding more than 300 new products this year. The warehouse club revamped its Member’s Mark brand, which represents $10 billion in sales for the division of Walmart. The new product line covers everything from food products to general merchandise. In addition to redesigning the brand’s labels, the club has also introduced 300 new items...
Florida mother of 7 donates kidney to co-worker

Florida mother of 7 donates kidney to co-worker

VENICE, Fla. — A 45-year-old Florida mother of seven donated one of her kidneys to a 26-year-old co-worker, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reported. >> Read more trending news “I said, heck, he can have one of mine,” Christine Higbee said. “I have seven kids — if I need one, I can borrow one of theirs.” Higbee donated her kidney to Zack Pacyna, who has worked...
New program seeks to reach Clark County overdose patients, save lives

New program seeks to reach Clark County overdose patients, save lives

A new program set to launch next month will allow overdose patients to receive immediate help from a mental health professional at the emergency room, which local health leaders say could save lives. The warm hand-off program will place a licensed chemical dependency therapist and a peer support recovery specialist at the emergency room at Springfield Regional Medical Center to speak with addicts...
New ‘oldest person in world’ is 117, explains secret to longevity

New ‘oldest person in world’ is 117, explains secret to longevity

Violet Mosse-Brown of Jamaica is officially the oldest living person in the world, at 117 years of age. Mosse-Brown earned the title after the death of Emma Morano of Italy, who died earlier this week at 117 years, 137 days old. Mosse-Brown has a simple secret to her longevity. “Really and truly, when people ask what me eat and drink to live so long, I say to them that I eat everything, except...
Businesses donate $40K for new gym floor at Springfield Salvation Army

Businesses donate $40K for new gym floor at Springfield Salvation Army

The Clark County Salvation Army soon will have a new gym floor after local businesses banded together to fund the $40,000 project. It’s been 35 years since the organization replaced its tile floor, said Ryan Ray, resource development manager with the Salvation Army. Now, it may add new programs once the floor is completed. “It wasn’t something that we could do years ago, but thanks...
Final vote looms on 4,500-home development in Warren County

Final vote looms on 4,500-home development in Warren County

The trustees of this Warren County community will become the final body to decide the fate of a development that would reshape Turtlecreek Twp. — a sports complex anchoring a 4,500-home planned community, nearly doubling the local population and potentially attracting $1.5 billion in private investment. RELATED: 12,000 residents, $1.5B in investment expected at Union Village At 8 a.m. Tuesday...
Clark County receives mixed results for air quality

Clark County receives mixed results for air quality

Clark County received mixed results on its air quality, according to a recent report from the American Lung Association. The county received an F grade for its ozone quality, but received an A grade for short-term particle pollution, according to the Association’s State of the Air 2017 report. RELATED: Springfield leader wants lifetime warranty on hazardous waste cleanup Clark County received...
Missing Alabama teen found safe in Texas 16 months later

Missing Alabama teen found safe in Texas 16 months later

An Alabama teen who vanished without a trace two years ago after taking out the trash has been found. Alissia Freeman, who was more than 1,000 miles away in El Paso, Texas, reached out to her mother, Vickie Metcalf, on a video call Monday after being out of contact with her family since she disappeared on Dec. 13, 2015. She was 17 at the time. “Alissia told her parents she was going outside...
14-year-old recovers, smiles 2 months after being shot in head

14-year-old recovers, smiles 2 months after being shot in head

A 14-year-old girl is going home following a long hospital stay. Police say two teenage boys shot her in the head and left her for dead in a canal near their school. Deserae Turner of Smithfield, Utah, was found in extremely critical condition Feb. 17, KSL reports. Two 16-year-old boys are accused of luring Deserae to join them after school, then shot her in the back of her head. Prosecutors...
Police officer helps boy tie necktie in heartwarming viral photo

Police officer helps boy tie necktie in heartwarming viral photo

A police officer is going viral after teaching a boy how to tie a tie when he was “too embarrassed” to ask for help. X’zavier was at the Indiana Statehouse recently to receive the “Youth of the Year” award from his local Boys and Girls Club, according to Inside Edition. X’zavier was escorted to the ceremony by his aunt, Victoria Mada, and her sister. After...
Beloved school crossing guard begins fight with cancer after losing mom, sister to disease

Beloved school crossing guard begins fight with cancer after losing mom, sister to disease

A beloved crossing guard is saying goodbye to her students, for now, as she begins a battle with cancer. Sanjuana Torres has been a part-time crossing guard at the Rusk School in Houston, Texas, for 30 years. She knows just about every child’s name, and they love her. “She’s family. She’s everything. She was our first friend,” one student told KHOU. Torres recently...
10-year-old boy with autism arrested at school

10-year-old boy with autism arrested at school

Luanne Haygood, the mother of a 10-year-old boy with autism, is angry that her son was arrested earlier this month at his Florida school for allegedly punching and kicking his teacher six months ago. Okeechobee County school resource officers put the child in handcuffs at Okeechobee Achievement Academy, but Haygood said the school district isn’t properly equipped to deal with autistic children...

Spring cleaning your computer

As you’re doing spring cleaning around the home, don’t forget about your computer! It needs taken care of, too. Here are a few things you should consider doing to keep your computer in tip-top shape: Run a malware scanner to remove junk: Along with having an anti-virus installed, consider a secondary anti-malware program. They can catch things missed by your anti-virus, in addition to...
Clark County residents clean up downtown Springfield

Clark County residents clean up downtown Springfield

More than 100 people participated in cleaning up downtown Springfield, with volunteers picking up litter, sweeping, mulching and planting in an area spanning 30 blocks. The Clark County Solid Waste District organized its eighth annual downtown cleanup Saturday, with 106 volunteers participating from 8 to 11 a.m., making it the largest turnout in the event’s history. Organizers worked with local...
Girl's tearful plea to find missing dog answered

Girl's tearful plea to find missing dog answered

An Ohio girl's tearful plea asking the public to help find her missing dog went viral this week. Now there's good news: Buddy the dog has been found and reunited with his family.Laura Wallace posted a video of her 5-year-old daughter Madison's emotional plea and a photo of Buddy on her Facebook page on Wednesday. She had no idea that the video would go viral, being viewed over 9 million times. >...
Springfield groups ready for second Minority Health Fair

Springfield groups ready for second Minority Health Fair

Organizers of the second annual Minority Health Fair hope this year’s event is as successful as the first. More than 200 people attended the event last year, according to NAACP President Denise D. Williams. Four participants, however, are etched into Williams’ memory still. A LOOK BACK: First minority health fair planned “I believe we had the mammogram bus, and we...
Rob Lowe debuts as KFC’s newest colonel Sunday

Rob Lowe debuts as KFC’s newest colonel Sunday

Meet the new KFC colonel — actor Rob Lowe. >> Read more trending news The actor has played many roles through the years — as Sam Seaborn in “The West Wing” and Chris Traeger in “Parks and Recreation,” for example — but the former Brat Pack member who also starred in “St. Elmo’s Fire” is branching out into fast food. Lowe will portray...

D.L. STEWART: Enjoying Major League Baseball by the numbers

In the latest example of fascinating Major League Baseball statistics, studies show that a 29-year-old centerfielder saves an average of four fewer runs per season than a 28-year-old centerfielder, The New York Times reported this week. While you may wonder why a prestigious newspaper would use valuable space to report stuff like that, baseball fans take such statistics seriously. And no statistic...
Adult summer camp with alcohol, no counselors, debuting in new cities this year

Adult summer camp with alcohol, no counselors, debuting in new cities this year

Chances are, it’s been years since you attended summer camp. If you’re looking to relive the glory days, it’s not too late.  >> Read more trending news According to WILX, Camp No Counselors is the first adults-only summer camp, and it will debut in Michigan in June. The camp will take place June 22-25 in the Manistee National Forest in Newaygo, Michigan. Crafts...
Study: Diet drinks can lead to stroke, dementia

Study: Diet drinks can lead to stroke, dementia

Diet sodas — one of America's favorite caffeine-delivery systems — appears to be just as unhealthy as their sugary cousins The Washington Post reports that a new study refutes the theory that diet drinks are a better option than those made with sugar or corn syrup. The new study in the journal Stroke says people who drink diet soda are three times as likely as those who don&rsquo...
Married man sends fake email alleging plane hijacks to avoid vacation with mistress

Married man sends fake email alleging plane hijacks to avoid vacation with mistress

An Indian man was arrested Thursday after he sent police an email falsely claiming that he overheard a conversation that detailed plans of scheduled plane hijackings.  He sent the emails in an effort to get out of a planned vacation with his online girlfriend, police said. According to CNN, Motaparthi Vamshi Krishna, 32, sent Mumbai police an email Saturday in which he claimed to be a woman who...
RETAIL ROUND-UP: 3 stories about Cabela’s, RadioShack, Starbucks

RETAIL ROUND-UP: 3 stories about Cabela’s, RadioShack, Starbucks

If you missed out on some of your retail and business news this week, here’s what you need to catch up on before the weekend. Early on in the week, another teen clothing retailer announced it was closing 400 stores nationwide — including some locations in Ohio. Clothing store rue21 announced it is planning on closing hundreds of stores, including stores in Mason, Hamilton and Cincinnati...
Starbucks barista rants about unicorn Frappuccino drink

Starbucks barista rants about unicorn Frappuccino drink

A man claiming to be a barista at a Starbucks had some pointed criticism about the company’s limited-edition unicorn Frappuccino drink. Braden Burson of Monument, Colorado, posted a video on Twitter and begged customers to stop ordering the drink, USA Today reported. The video has since been deleted off Twitter, but is still gaining plenty of views on YouTube. Burson, who said the new pink-and-blue...

Organize for your loved ones while you still can

Today’s column may make you squirm a bit because it’s about death. The statistics regarding death are the same for all of us. We have a 100 percent chance of dying. Death is a big reason why people hire me. I have worked with clients who were very near to their own death, spouses whose partners had fallen ill or passed away, and adult children whose parents died leaving a mass accumulation...
Why it’s important not to rush to kill those dandelions

Why it’s important not to rush to kill those dandelions

My mother-in-law and I had a brief conversation this past weekend about the person who decided that lawns should be green. I totally agree with her that lawns don’t have to be all green. When my husband Rick and I were getting ready to plant grass seed for our new lawn, I first asked him what color he thought the lawn should be. Of course, he gave me that look that all spouses are familiar with...
IKEA offering $20 coupon when you donate unwanted furniture Saturday

IKEA offering $20 coupon when you donate unwanted furniture Saturday

IKEA and Goodwill will partner Saturday to host a national furniture take-back event. During the event, which is part of the IKEA’s Earth Day celebration, customers may donate used furniture via a Goodwill truck in the IKEA parking lot. In exchange, IKEA will give customers a coupon for $20 off a $150 IKEA purchase. The coupon is valid from Saturday until May 21. IKEA West Chester’s furniture...
Photographer captures loving relationship between grandfather with Alzheimer's and cat

Photographer captures loving relationship between grandfather with Alzheimer's and cat

A photographer in Japan has captured the special relationship that has formed between her grandfather, who has Alzheimer's, and a kitten that she rescued. Akiko DuPont says that her grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2009, and his demeanor changed over the subsequent years, according to KTVU. Her grandfather lost interest in life and became grumpy. Enter Kinako, a four-month-old...
Heart-warming video of military dad meeting baby girl for first time

Heart-warming video of military dad meeting baby girl for first time

A military dad finally got to meet his 4-month-old baby girl for the first time after returning from a 6-month deployment overseas. Sgt. Scott Cartwright met 4-month-old Jacqueline Eloise at John Glenn International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, Monday as his troop returned home from Kuwait. “It was overwhelming. I still haven’t wrapped my head around it yet,” Cartwright told WSYX....
5 things we learned about Kroger’s future in the region

5 things we learned about Kroger’s future in the region

Kroger’s growth trajectory continues to skyrocket in the Miami Valley, as the grocery retailer invests millions of dollars into new locations and hires hundreds of new workers this year. Tim Brown, president of Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division, on Thursday gave the keynote address at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce annual meetin. Brown’s roots run deep with the Midwest grocery...
Homeless Girl Scouts get their own troop

Homeless Girl Scouts get their own troop

A group of homeless girls in New York have found the family they’ve been searching for thanks to Girl Scout Troop 6000. Troop 6000 was started exclusively for homeless girls by a single mother who felt she disappointed her children when she lost her housing. “I felt ashamed,” mom Giselle Burgess told the “Today” show. “I felt like I let them down.” The ...
13 years after finding wedding ring in pond, woman tracks down owner

13 years after finding wedding ring in pond, woman tracks down owner

A woman has been reunited with her wedding ring more than a decade after it slipped off her finger into a pond. Trisha O’Quinn and her grandfather were fishing at their family pond in Sayre, Oklahoma, 13 years ago when they came across a frantic couple. Jenni and Eric Easter also were fishing when Jenni’s wedding ring slipped off her finger and into the water. “We helped them...
$7.6M safety updates underway at Indian Lake

$7.6M safety updates underway at Indian Lake

A $7.6 million project is underway to repair the dam and replace the spillway at Indian Lake to fix safety issues that could have caused serious damage. The 700-foot spillway catches water that flows over the dam and directs it to the Great Miami River, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website. Indian Lake will be one of the first places in Ohio to have a labyrinth design spillway...
VA Choice program extended, allows veterans more care options

VA Choice program extended, allows veterans more care options

The VA is working to replace the VA Choice Program with a less cumbersome approach to allow veterans to receive services more easily from private health care providers, a top agency official says. The work on a replacement comes as President Donald Trump signed legislation Wednesday that extended the program beyond an Aug. 7, three-year sunset date until the remaining funds are depleted. In 2014,...
Google launches 10,000-person study to predict how and when people get sick

Google launches 10,000-person study to predict how and when people get sick

Verily Life Science — a Google life sciences company owned by Alphabet — is finally kicking off the massive study it first announced three years ago. » RELATED: The hottest features from the new Google Earth mobile, desktop launch this week  In partnership with both Duke University School of Medicine and Stanford Medicine, the landmark study, part of its Project Baseline, aims...
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