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Explosives fail to bring down Ohio’s tallest bridge

A third attempt to demolish the remnants of the state’s tallest bridge failed Sunday so crews will use cranes to dismantle the former Jeremiah Morrow Bridge in Warren County. Ohio Department of Transportation Press Secretary Matt Bruning said they are finished trying to blow the old bridge down. “After a demolition blast on Sunday morning, crews will now begin manually dismantling the...


Zika virus suspected in Clark County

Area health officials took steps Saturday to prevent the spread of the Zika virus after a Clark County resident began showing symptoms. Clark County Health Commissioner Charlie Patterson said the unidentified person recently returned from a trip to a “Zika hot spot” and there is no evidence that the disease has been transmitted locally. State and local health officials were canvassing...
Some communities saw 3-plus inches of rain in 24 hours

Some communities saw 3-plus inches of rain in 24 hours

More than 3 inches of rain fell over the last 24 hours in some parts of the Miami Valley and Southwest Ohio. Flash flooding was a problem for some, especially in communities south of Dayton in Warren, Butler and Clinton counties. Auglaize County  1.94: Minster  Butler County  3.42: Mount Carmel  2.21: Saint Paris  Clark County  2.08: Lawrenceville  2.18: Wilmington ...
Clark Co. health officials report 1 suspected Zika virus

Clark Co. health officials report 1 suspected Zika virus

A traveler returning home in Clark County has contracted what is believed to be the Zika virus, according to the Clark County Combined Health District. The individual traveled from a “Zika hot spot” and upon return exhibited a rash and other symptoms consistent with Zika, according to Clark County Health Commissioner Charlie Patterson.  “It was almost like someone was reading...
Stafford: Learn about cancer while applauding survivors

Stafford: Learn about cancer while applauding survivors

OK, class, I know it’s late in the school year, but Mr. Stafford needs you to settle down and take your seats. We’re starting today with a little quiz. Save your groans. The torture won’t last long this time. Just three questions, true or false, easy-peasy. But there’s a catch, a reason you might want to put down your cell phones for a moment: Your life may depend on your answers...
Teen charged in Bellfontaine school threat

Teen charged in Bellfontaine school threat

A Bellfontaine High School student was arrested Thursday night and alleged to have made threats against the high school. The Bellfontaine Police Department announced on their Facebook page they arrested a 16-year-old and said that the community is safe. The student is alleged to have uploaded a video onto Facebook Thursday threatening to harm other students and caused many to fear he was going to...
SBDC exec to place more emphasis on existing businesses

SBDC exec to place more emphasis on existing businesses

The new executive director for the Small Business Development Center in Springfield said the agency will likely place more emphasis on growing existing businesses in Clark County. The agency has placed an emphasis in the past in helping small businesses get off the ground, said Rob Alexander, who took over as executive director of the SBDC. That kind of work will still occur, he said, but he argued...
Urbana saves $1.5 million on new elementary due to low contractor bids

Urbana saves $1.5 million on new elementary due to low contractor bids

Urbana Local Schools expects to save over $1.5 million on projected construction costs on the new elementary school as contractors bids were lower than what district leaders expected, Superintendent Charles Thiel said. For instance, Thiel said the school budgeted about $1.4 million for roofing. The bids came in at almost $200,000 lower. The school expects to save over $100,000 on cabinets and its...
Scattered storms possible overnight; flood advisory in effect for some

Scattered storms possible overnight; flood advisory in effect for some

A Flood Advisory is in effect until 1:45 a.m. for Butler, Preble and Wayne (Indiana) counties, issued by the National Weather Service. Radar indicated scattered thunderstorms with heavy rain moving northeast across the area. Minor flooding of low-lying and poorly drained streets, highways and underpasses will occur. In addition, farmland near creeks, streams and drainage ditches will experience minor...
Commentary: Dairy cows or canaries?

Commentary: Dairy cows or canaries?

Those Wisconsin dairy cows at the center of another trade kettle now boiling between the United States and Canada, a friend suggests, aren’t really black-and-white Holsteins. They’re tiny, yellow canaries, he opines, and their tweets — not President Donald J. Trump’s — are a warning that America’s reign as the world’s ag export superpower is fading and U.S...
No deal to extend Premier, UnitedHealthcare contract

No deal to extend Premier, UnitedHealthcare contract

Premier Health and UnitedHealthcare have not reached an agreement in  negotiations that would have preserved health plans for thousands of residents in the region, Premier officials said. Dayton-based Premier Health, the largest health system in Southwest Ohio, and UHC, the nation’s largest health insurer, did agree Friday to extend Medicare Advantage coverage until the end of this year...
Springfield police investigating body found in duplex as suspicious

Springfield police investigating body found in duplex as suspicious

SPRINGFIELD -- (UPDATE @ 11:05 p.m.) Police are trying to determine whether the woman lives in the duplex where she was found dead. They are also trying to determine her age.  The Clark County coroner's investigator has arrived. Springfield police have opened a death investigation after a woman’s body was found in one side of a duplex in the 200 block of North Race Street. The discovery...
Fire official closes Hotel Dayton because of damage from heavy rains

Fire official closes Hotel Dayton because of damage from heavy rains

The Hotel Dayton has been closed for tonight because of water damage from the heavy rains that hit the area.  Battalion Chief Terry Overton, Harrison Twp., said roof contractors were working and did not anticipate the coming storms.  The heavy rains sent water through the roof, into the ceiling and onto wires in the building, so power to the hotel is being shut off and the facility is being...
Springfield church hosting death penalty discussion

Springfield church hosting death penalty discussion

A Springfield church is one of three stops in a statewide lecture series for a group seeking to stop executions. Ohioans to Stop Executions will present An Evening with Shane Claiborne: Voices of Experience on the Death Penalty at Central Christian Church, 1504 Villa Road beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, May 1. The event will examine the arguments for and against capital punishment under a Christian faith...
For Kettering Army Ranger, service was ‘all he lived and breathed’

For Kettering Army Ranger, service was ‘all he lived and breathed’

Cameron H. Thomas joined the Fairmont High School swim team and practiced mixed martial arts because he wanted to become an Army Ranger, his father said. It was the future soldier’s passion. “It’s all he lived and breathed,” Andre L. Thomas, 58, said of his 23-year-old son. “Whatever he set his mind to, he did.” Army Ranger Sgt. Cameron Thomas, who grew up in Kettering...
Nationwide search on for escaped Tri-County Jail inmate

Nationwide search on for escaped Tri-County Jail inmate

A nationwide search has begun for an inmate who remains on the loose after escaping from the Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg on Thursday evening. The inmate who escaped is Staling Santos-Reyes, who was in jail on a $300,000 bond from a Madison County case. MORE: Springfield woman charged in fight over ATVs, alleged beating threat Santos-Reyes was on trash duty at the time he fled the jail...
Dole settles civil suits related to listeria outbreak

Dole settles civil suits related to listeria outbreak

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. has settled two separate civil lawsuits related to a listeria outbreak last year tied to the company’s Springfield plant. Court documents filed in U.S. District Court show the company recently reached settlement agreements with plaintiffs in two separate cases. The terms of both agreements were not disclosed. The most recent case was filed after Ellen H. DiStefano...
Sheriff reassigns, suspends Sidney HS SRO for inappropriate comments

Sheriff reassigns, suspends Sidney HS SRO for inappropriate comments

A Shelby County Sheriffs deputy who reported Thursday that he made inappropriate comments to a female student at Sidney High School has been reassigned and suspended without pay. Deputy Anthony Cipollone worked as a school resource officer at the high school and has been with the sheriff’s office since July 2015, according to a release from Chief Deputy James Frye. An internal investigation...
Moody’s gives thumbs up to pension cuts for teachers

Moody’s gives thumbs up to pension cuts for teachers

The State Teachers Retirement System decision to cut the cost of living allowance is bad news for teachers and retirees but good news for school districts, community colleges and public universities, Moody’s Credit Outlook reported this week. STRS voted April 20 to indefinitely suspend cost of living allowances as a way to reduce its unfunded liabilities, which ballooned when the system changed...
Tremont City barrel fill: What’s really going on?

Tremont City barrel fill: What’s really going on?

Local leaders have fought for decades to get a proper clean-up at the Tremont City Barrel Fill site in northern Clark County — which they worry could seep into Springfield’s drinking water supply — including hand-delivering a letter to President Barack Obama’s staff during his visit to the city in 2012. A local activist group is hosting a meeting Wednesday to discuss the future...
Miamisburg candy store now selling pickle juice soda

Miamisburg candy store now selling pickle juice soda

Are you ready for Pickle Juice Soda Pop? Miamisburg-based Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop is now selling dill pickle-flavored pop in stores and online. The vintage-style store at 42 South Main St. in downtown Miamisburg has more than 200 bottles of specialty sodas. “If you’re the kind of pickle lover who relishes all things pickled, this is gonna be a really big dill. Pickle Juice Soda...
Hundreds volunteer for Clark County Service Day

Hundreds volunteer for Clark County Service Day

Hundreds of volunteers came together Friday to participate in the 2nd Annual Clark County Service Day. The day helped nearly 20 nonprofits in the area with cleaning, landscaping, organizing and painting projects. A year ago, the county held its first service day. It was organized by the United Way of Clark, Champaign and Madison Counties. More than 500 people performed community service projects on...
School bus drops first-grader off at home; not babysitter’s

School bus drops first-grader off at home; not babysitter’s

A Champaign County grandparent is upset after she says her 7-year-old granddaughter was dropped off by the school bus and left alone at the wrong location. Sandy Whitmore is the grandmother of first grader at Graham Elementary School, Jocelyn. She was recently sent to school with a note that said she needed to be dropped off at her babysitter’s house instead of at home, Whitmore said. She waited...
Urbana, YMCA try new agreement to manage pool

Urbana, YMCA try new agreement to manage pool

The Champaign Family YMCA is getting an early start selling summer passes to Urbana’s Municipal pool, after reaching a new agreement in which the YMCA will manage the pool’s daily operations. The city has managed the pool since it first opened in the late 1960s, said Kerry Brugger, director of administration for Urbana. This year, the YMCA will take over the day-to-day operations, freeing...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 17-CV-0237 - HSBC Bank USA, N.A., as Indenture Trustee, v. Michele M. Pelfrey, New Carlisle, et al., complaint in foreclosure for property located at 3586 Ruby Dr., for $104,462. 17-CV-0238 - Progressive Specialty Insurance Company v. Jacquelyn A. Schielke, 1318 Broadway St., complaint for $2,997. 17-CV-0239 - Jeanne McGinnis, 2040 Tanager Road, v. Springfield Regional...
Ohio’s largest 100 employers in 2017: Walmart tops the list

Ohio’s largest 100 employers in 2017: Walmart tops the list

Walmart is back on top as Ohio’s biggest employer, regaining the No. 1 spot from the Cleveland Clinic, which usurped the giant Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer last year, according to a new list of the state’s top 100 employers. Walmart — with 173 retail operations, including nearly two dozen in the Dayton area — has 50,500 employees in Ohio, according to the Ohio Development...
ODNR grants extension to comment on Clark County gravel pit request

ODNR grants extension to comment on Clark County gravel pit request

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is giving citizens another month to comment on Enon Sand and Gravel pit plans to expand its mining operation. “Due to public interest, the date for public comments to be accepted was changed from April 21 to Monday, May 22, according to ODNR. Enon Sand and Gravel wants to mine about 60 feet deeper on parts of its nearly 400-acre property near Hustead...
Clark County health commissioner: Get screened — and save your life

Clark County health commissioner: Get screened — and save your life

I saved my life today. Well, not all by myself. I had help from many people. Dr. Alan Gabbard, his staff, and the helpful staff at the Springfield Regional Outpatient Center made my thoughts into reality. Let me start at the beginning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends: “Regular screening, beginning at age 50, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer.” Colorectal...
Clark County: Beyond the first 100 days

Clark County: Beyond the first 100 days

It’s hard to believe that Commissioners Richard L. Lohnes, Lowell R. McGlothin and I have been serving together as Clark County Commissioners for 100 days. It can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day management, such as contracts, copies and budget approvals, but — while we have to assure those things are done responsibly — all three of us are working hard to stay focused on...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED WEDNESDAY INCLUDED: Lakesha L. Bradford, 35, of 1901 Michigan Ave., wrongful entrustment, guilty, six months driver’s license suspension, fined $100. Shawnda Lee Cochran, 27, of 1126 Rodgers Dr., assault, dismissed. Leonard Crank, 23, of New Carlisle, OVI amended to physical control, guilty, 180 days jail with 170 days suspended, 12 months probation, 12 months driver’s license...
PHOTOS: Nearly $1M Washington Twp. home for sale

PHOTOS: Nearly $1M Washington Twp. home for sale

A Washington Twp. house that features panoramic views of a wooded lawn is on sale for nearly $1 million. The home, located at 10765 Falls Creek Lane in the Waterbury Woods subdivision, is listed for $999,000 by Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors. It sits on three-fourths of an acre property on a cul-de-sac. The 8,350 square feet of living space features a grand foyer, walk-out lower level, large windows...
UD to award record number of undergraduate degrees this spring

UD to award record number of undergraduate degrees this spring

The University of Dayton will award around 1,575 undergraduate degrees this spring, setting a new record, the school’s vice president for enrollment said. The record is largely thanks to a tuition guarantee put in place four years ago, said Jason Reinoehl, vice president for strategic enrollment management. The previous record was 1,432 set in May 2016, according to UD. RELATED: UD business...
Local community leader: ‘This has gone on too many times’ 

Local community leader: ‘This has gone on too many times’ 

DAYTON —Laith Waleed Alebbini, a 26-year-old Dayton resident accused of trying to provide material support for the terrorist group ISIS was arrested this week.  FBI agents took Alebbini into custody on Wednesday at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport before he could travel to Syria to join ISIS fighters there, according to authorities.  "My first reaction is...
Bellefontaine student charged with inducing panic

Bellefontaine student charged with inducing panic

BELLEFONTAINE — A 16-year-old student was recently charged with inducting panic, according to the Bellefontaine Police Department Facebook page Friday morning.  The social media post states the charges are related to online video threats.  The Facebook post states: “Both he and his family were cooperative with police investigators. No real firearms were involved in this...
JUST IN: Pizza shop that posted anti-Hillary sign to shut down

JUST IN: Pizza shop that posted anti-Hillary sign to shut down

The Springboro pizza restaurant that triggered both a backlash and a wave of support last November after posting an anti-Hillary-Clinton message on its message board days before the presidential election will shut down effective Sunday, its owners announced on social media. Posting on the Active Springboro Community Facebook page, Austin Kaiser, who co-owns Campioni’s Pizza with his brother...
Flash flood watch for parts of Miami Valley through Saturday morning

Flash flood watch for parts of Miami Valley through Saturday morning

Heavy rain and the threat for severe weather are affecting the Miami Valley this evening. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 2 a.m. for Butler, Clinton and Warren counties An areal flood advisory is in effect until 3:15 a.m. for Butler and Warren counties A flash flood watch remains in effect until 11 a.m. Saturday for Butler, Clinton, Greene, Montgomery, Preble and Warren counties...
Pentagon: Kettering soldier may have been killed by friendly fire

Pentagon: Kettering soldier may have been killed by friendly fire

The father of a Kettering soldier killed in Afghanistan said his son knew the risks of war but was driven to become an Army Ranger.   “We had talks about the possibility of losing his life and he always said that he’d rather die defending his country and defending his family then dying in a car accident or cancer,” said Andre L. Thomas, 58, Rixeyville, Va.   The Pentagon...
Humane society, Dayton firefighters rescue cat stuck in pipe

Humane society, Dayton firefighters rescue cat stuck in pipe

It took hours and special equipment for rescuers to free a cat today with its head stuck in a pipe embedded in a cement block in Dayton. The Humane Society of Greater Dayton responded to a report the cat had been stuck for hours. When they arrived, the cat had worn down its nails clenching at the ground trying to escape. The pipe was too thick to easily remove the cat, which was scared. Humane society...
Nationwide search for escaped Tri-County Regional Jail inmate

Nationwide search for escaped Tri-County Regional Jail inmate

Escaped inmate Staling Santos-Reyes remains loose. He had been on a work detail in the jail at the time of his escape. He was on trash duty, and was being escorted outside by jail staff when he fled on foot, according to a media release. He scaled a fence during his escape. Santos-Reyes is a 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. He is 40 years old and his  last known address...
Central State taken off fiscal watch as Wright State edges toward it

Central State taken off fiscal watch as Wright State edges toward it

As Central State University exits fiscal watch by the state, Ohio’s higher education chief warned that Wright State University could be on the brink of entering it. Chancellor John Carey visited CSU early Thursday to make the university’s improved financial position official. “You went through some very rough times and made some very difficult decisions for the benefit of the campus...
Drive thru victim reports robbery at knifepoint

Drive thru victim reports robbery at knifepoint

A man working at the Oooh Ooh Drive Thru in Springfield told police a man threatened him with a knife and fled with cash around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, according to a report by the Springfield Police Division. The man told police he was in the drive-thru portion of the business at 1359 W. First St. when he heard the front door bell go off. A man wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black sun glasses...
Airfare decreases at local airports

Airfare decreases at local airports

Average airfare at airports in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati has dropped in the past year, but still remains among the highest in the United States. Five airports in the region rank in the top 50 most expensive in the country, including Dayton International Airport, John Glenn International Airport and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, according to the most recent data released...
Frisch’s introduces new, limited-edition cheeseburger

Frisch’s introduces new, limited-edition cheeseburger

Frisch’s Big Boy has introduced a new hamburger to its menu — the Primetime Chili Cheeseburger. The Cincinnati-based fast casual restaurant added the Chili Cheeseburger to its menu this month. The burger features premium ground beef, melted cheddar cheese and is topped with Frisch’s famous chili with beans. The restaurant said the sandwich is available for a limited time. Frisch&rsquo...
Auto lender to military service members must pay $1.25M penalty

Auto lender to military service members must pay $1.25M penalty

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken action against an Ohio auto lender to pay refunds and credits the federal agency says were due to hundreds of consumers, and pay an additional $1.25 million penalty, records show. The CFPB alleged Mason-headquartered Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp., which specializes in vehicle loans to military service members, violated a consent...
End of an era as Ringling Bros. gears up for last two shows 

End of an era as Ringling Bros. gears up for last two shows 

It’s the end of an era.  After 146 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding up the big tent forever, shuttering the ticket windows and putting the animals out to pasture. The circus has been a staple of American entertainment since the mid-1800s, wowing audiences with an array of exotic animals, breathtaking acrobatics, comedy and costumes. But reign of the ringmaster...
Body found in Grand Canyon likely boy swept away with step-grandmother

Body found in Grand Canyon likely boy swept away with step-grandmother

Grand Canyon National Park officials said Friday that a body found is likely that of a 14-year-old hiker who went missing in the park two weeks ago with his step-grandmother. According to the New York Post, Jackson Standefer of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was swept away along with LouAnn Merrell when the two were crossing a creek on April 15 and slipped into the water. After a week of intensive...
Florida principal under fire for allegedly telling staff to put white students in same class

Florida principal under fire for allegedly telling staff to put white students in same class

A Florida principal earned a swift reprimand after allegedly instructing her staff to put white students in the same class. Christine Hoffman is principal of Campbell Park Elementary in St. Petersburg. Her school is majority African-American, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Earlier this year, Hoffman reportedly sent an email to school staff with instructions on assembling classrooms for...
Deshaun Watson buys mom new car for birthday after getting drafted by Texans

Deshaun Watson buys mom new car for birthday after getting drafted by Texans

Deshaun Watson is officially a professional quarterback as he was taken 12th overall in this year’s NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. Most guys might go blow some signing money on some ridiculous gifts for their posse or buy themselves a huge house, but not Watson. He went out and hooked his mom up with a sweet ride: Watson will tell you that everything he gets and has worked for is because...
Mom who lost son to opioid overdose shares heartbreaking photo

Mom who lost son to opioid overdose shares heartbreaking photo

A Calgary mother wants the world to see the destructiveness of drugs. As her son lay dying in a hospital bed from an overdose of fentanyl, a man-made opioid, Sherri Kent climbed into the bed to comfort him and held his hand. Kent posted a photo of the emotional moment on Facebook in hopes of warning others to stay away from the deadly drug. Her son, Michael, was just 22 years old. ...
11 zingers from Hasan Minhaj's White House Correspondents' Dinner speech

11 zingers from Hasan Minhaj's White House Correspondents' Dinner speech

Comedian Hasan Minhaj ripped into President Donald Trump and coverage of his administration in a sweeping address at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Minhaj, a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah," was announced earlier this month as entertainment for the sold-out event at the Washington Hilton. The president did not attend, instead...

Fantasy sports may be regulated in Ohio

With more than 57 million players in the U.S. and Canada, the industry around fantasy sports betting is putting on a full court press to get Ohio and other states to declare their industry legal. State Reps. Jonathan Dever, R-Cincinnati, and Robert McColley, R-Napoleon, introduced House Bill 132, which would declare the fantasy sports betting legal and assign the Ohio Casino Control Commission the...
At least 5 dead, dozens injured as tornadoes hit eastern Texas

At least 5 dead, dozens injured as tornadoes hit eastern Texas

Tornadoes tracked across parts of Texas on Saturday, leaving behind a swath of damage, injuring dozens of people and killing at least five, according to multiple reports. Preliminary reports to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth indicated that as many as three tornadoes raked over parts of Henderson, Van Zandt and Rains counties in eastern Texas. Crews will survey the damage Sunday to...
Neighbor, officers save 2 women from house fire

Neighbor, officers save 2 women from house fire

A Massachusetts woman whose home burned down early Saturday is thanking a neighbor and two police officers for saving her life. Karmen Forrester woke up to the screaming of her roommate and best friend, Shelby Hansen, who had escaped before realizing Forrester was home. With the flames rapidly spreading, Forrester’s only way out was a second-floor window, where she stood, trembling, too afraid...
Will Ferrell reprises role as George W. Bush for 'Not The White House Correspondents Dinner'

Will Ferrell reprises role as George W. Bush for 'Not The White House Correspondents Dinner'

Comedian Will Ferrell reprised his role as former President George W. Bush on Saturday night to thunderous applause at “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” hosted by Samantha Bee. The event was taped as journalists gathered at the Washington Hilton for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump addressed a crowd in Pennsylvania. "...
Delta investigates pilot's actions during altercation between passengers

Delta investigates pilot's actions during altercation between passengers

Delta Air Lines said it has returned a pilot to duty after investigating his actions during an altercation between passengers on a jetway after a flight. Video of the altercation was posted on entertainment website TMZ.com, showing a pilot trying to break up a fight between two passengers on a jetway. The pilot can be seen grabbing a passenger by the arm. He appears to slap his hand down on the...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. pays tribute to dad on what would have been his 66th birthday

Dale Earnhardt Jr. pays tribute to dad on what would have been his 66th birthday

Dale Earnhardt Jr. took a moment Saturday morning to pay tribute to his father on what would have been Dale Earnhardt’s 66th birthday. “Happy Birthday dude,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrote on his Instagram page alongside a photo of himself as a child with his dad. It had already been quite a week for the younger Earnhardt. He announced Tuesday that he would be retiring at the end of the...
Climate protesters march to edge of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Climate protesters march to edge of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

An estimated 500 people marched to the edge of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club Saturday, hoping to turn up the heat on a president they say has turned his back on the threat of climate change. “The time for denial is over,” said Patrick Ferguson, an event organizer. “The time for climate solutions is now.” Protesters gathered at George S. Petty Park in West Palm Beach...
Child carriers recalled after reports of children falling through openings

Child carriers recalled after reports of children falling through openings

Thousands of child backpack carriers were recalled this week after the company that makes them got reports of children falling through the carriers’ leg openings. In a recall notice issued Thursday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said at least four children have fallen from Osprey’s Poco, Poco Plus and Poco Premium child backpack carriers. At least one of the children suffered...
Missing cop faked his death, fled to Mexico, police say

Missing cop faked his death, fled to Mexico, police say

A Texas police officer who was originally reported missing is believed to have attempted to fake his own death and to have fled to Mexico, officials said Friday night. Austin police Officer Coleman Martin, 29, is facing a Class A misdemeanor charge of “false report,” as a result. Martin’s wife told KVUE-TV on Saturday that “Cole recently received a new prescription medication...
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg visits Dayton to talk opioid epidemic

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg visits Dayton to talk opioid epidemic

One of the most powerful men in the world was in Dayton to talk to local people about an issue devastating Dayton families.  Facebook CEO  Mark Zuckerberg is touring the midwest and stopped in Dayton today, April 29. Dayton has been hit hard by the heroin crisis.  Zuckerberg said in January that he was challenging himself to visit people in all 50 states. He posted the following...
Shark bites woman at South Carolina beach

Shark bites woman at South Carolina beach

A woman was injured Saturday when a shark bit her foot in the waters off South Carolina’s Folly Beach, according to multiple reports. The woman, a 36-year-old surfer, was headed back to shore on her surf board when she was bitten on the left heel around 11 a.m., officials told WCBD and The Post and Courier. Folly Beach firefighters told WCIV that the bite was about 5 inches in...
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner: What time, what channel, who’s hosting, live-stream

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner: What time, what channel, who’s hosting, live-stream

The annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner is set for Saturday, and while most of Washington’s journalism elite will be on hand, one of its usual guests – the president of the United States -- won't be there. President Donald Trump will not attend the dinner, which customarily includes a roast of sorts of the commander in chief. The White House announced that Trump will be at...
Finns pay tribute to rock band Kiss

Finns pay tribute to rock band Kiss

Heavy metal fans in Finland decided to rock ’n’ roll all night and honor the band Kiss. >> Read more trending news Fans placed masks on four giant statues in the capital city of Helsinki to honor the hard-rock group, Yahoo reported. State-owned railway operator VR invited four fans of the band to paint black-and-white Kiss masks for the imposing figures that stand guard outside...
8-month-old gets liver transplant from godmother

8-month-old gets liver transplant from godmother

He’s known as “Finn the Mighty Warrior” on a Facebook page devoted to him, and this 8-month old fighter continues to battle against two rare liver conditions. >> Read more trending news But Finn O’Sullivan won’t have to fight alone. The infant, in need of a transplant, found a match — not from a relative, but from his godmother, ABC News reported...
Woman pulls gun, says barber took too long to give son haircut

Woman pulls gun, says barber took too long to give son haircut

An Ohio woman who believed a barber was taking too long to cut her son’s hair pulled a gun, telling the hairstylist that “I’ve got two clips,” WJW reported. >> Read more trending news According to Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County, the incident occurred April 14 at Allstate Barber College in Cleveland. While a barber in training was cutting the 7-year-old boy&rsquo...
Young ballet dancers meet idol Misty Copeland

Young ballet dancers meet idol Misty Copeland

A group of young ballerinas from a Chicago dance troupe received a thrill of a lifetime when they appeared on Steve Harvey’s talk show Friday, the Huffington Post reported. >> Read more trending news The ballerinas from the Mayfair Performance Company on Chicago’s south side were surprised and delighted when Harvey introduced the dancers to their role model — ballet star ...
Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, Ciara welcome baby girl

Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, Ciara welcome baby girl

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, pop singer Ciara, welcomed their daughter, Sienna Princess Wilson, who was born Friday night, ESPN reported. >> Read more trending news Sienna weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, according to Ciara’s Instagram post. It's the couple's first child together, CNN reported. They married last July and used Instagram in October...
Dumpster-diving woman turns trash into cash

Dumpster-diving woman turns trash into cash

When school loans loom, post-college graduates have to make up ways to earn money to pay them off. >> Read more trending news So a Texas woman goes Dumpster diving to find makeup, and then sells it to help pay those loans, WGN reported. Shelbi, who did not provide her last name, works full time in environmental regulations. At night, she and a friend go undercover, looking for makeup. "...
Texas parents concerned about bathroom cameras in park

Texas parents concerned about bathroom cameras in park

Concerned parents are questioning why cameras were installed in a public restroom at a Texas park. >> Read more trending news Patrick McGrath thought teenagers were joking about security video cameras mounted inside the bathrooms at the Springtown Park, until he saw them for himself, KDFW reported. "To see who's going in is what they're trying to get after," he said, "so...
Disabled teenage girl denied trip to Disneyland

Disabled teenage girl denied trip to Disneyland

A 14-year-old California girl who attends a special education class was denied a chance to go to Disneyland on a school field trip because the bus transporting the students did not have a wheelchair lift, her parents claim.  >> Read more trending news Madison Wolanyk was born with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and autism and needs a wheelchair, KGTV reported. When her class at Hilltop...
Mom writes school, says daughter is ‘done with homework’

Mom writes school, says daughter is ‘done with homework’

We know what you’re thinking: Where was this mom when we had stacks of homework to do as kids? >> Read more trending news  Bunmi Laditan, a mother, author and blogger, sent an email to her 10-year-old daughter’s school, WJW reported, telling officials that “my kid is done with homework.” Laditan told teachers she is allowing her daughter Maya to cut down on...
Woman accused of embezzling $9,000 one pizza at a time

Woman accused of embezzling $9,000 one pizza at a time

A Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, woman is accused of embezzling close to $9,000 from Mazzio’s Pizza. Officials said Diana Pruett managed to pull in the money one pizza at a time through refunds. A manager at the store discovered something suspicious with the number of returns and refunds. Police were called in. When they contacted Pruett, she reportedly admitted to officers that she faked returns and...
Fiona goes for a swim, internet goes crazy

Fiona goes for a swim, internet goes crazy

On Friday, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden shared a video of Fiona, the premature hippo that was born at the zoo earlier this year, taking a swim, and the internet couldn’t have been more excited. Fiona has become quite the online sensation over the past several months, with fans from all over the world closely following her journey. Her care team said hopefully this June zoo visitors...
Professor: ‘10 concerts’ Facebook meme may reveal answer to security questions

Professor: ‘10 concerts’ Facebook meme may reveal answer to security questions

If you’ve opened your Facebook app recently, your feed has likely been flooded with statuses of your friends posting “10 Concerts I’ve Been To, One is a Lie.” A meme prompted the engaging challenge, in which people ask their friends to comment which concerts they truthfully attended. But national security and information experts – locally and nationally – warn it...
Biopic  in  works  will look at troubled life of Bobbi Kristina Brown

Biopic in works will look at troubled life of Bobbi Kristina Brown

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s life seemed made for television. As the daughter of legendary rhythm and blues singers Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, she was destined for greatness. But her life came to a shocking end in 2015 when she was found facedown in a bathtub. In part, her death was caused by drugs, including morphine and alcohol. Now a made-for-television movie is coming that will detail Brown&rsquo...
Baby revived with naloxone, mom facing charges

Baby revived with naloxone, mom facing charges

A Pittsburgh-area mother is facing charges after police said her 10-month-old ingested heroin and fentanyl. Laurel Hopta, 27, was charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. Police said when they and paramedics arrived at the Aleppo Township home, they saw Hopta standing outside fully dressed in warm clothing, clutching her baby, who was wearing only a diaper. The baby was showing all...
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