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Athlete of the Week Shawnee High School

Name: Scarlet Koelsch School: Shawnee High School Grade: 12 Age: 18 Sports: Volleyball, Swimming Claim to fame/honors: My parents Words you live by: “Nothing comes easy.” Toughest opponent: Myself Biggest influence: My dad Game-day rituals: Think over my goals What’s on your bedroom walls: Tapestry When I’m bored I like to … Shop online Favorite movie: Mamma Mia Person...


Black History Month: Springfield woman overcame workplace barriers

Black History Month: Springfield woman overcame workplace barriers

In an interview last June after she was honored by the Springfield Foundation’s African-American Community Family of Funds, Springfield Realtor Lula Cosby told News-Sun columnist Tom Stafford she’d considered writing her life’s story down but hadn’t because it seemed too much like Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” She doubted that anyone would...
Supporters push Dayton, Warren County sites for World Heritage status

Supporters push Dayton, Warren County sites for World Heritage status

Supporters are trying to convince the Trump administration to nominate Dayton aviation history sites and Ohio American Indian sites, including the Fort Ancient Earthworks in Warren County, for World Heritage Site status, a move that many believe would boost the state’s tourism industry. The Ohio History Connection and other partners are working with lawmakers, such as Sen. Rob Portman, to get...
Clark County event unites women for fun, fundraiser

Clark County event unites women for fun, fundraiser

More fun and reading opportunities will result when the Women’s Giving Society’s second annual Power of the Purse returns. The fundraiser event combining food and fun will be 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center in downtown Springfield. MORE THINGS TO DO: Wonderland, Oz set to cross paths over the rainbow in Springfield Proceeds go...
Cop killings up so far in 2018; Westerville officers mourned

Cop killings up so far in 2018; Westerville officers mourned

Two Westerville police officers killed last weekend and another slain Tuesday in Chicago brought to 12 the number of cops gunned down in the line of duty this year, marking a dramatic increase in such tragedies compared to this time in previous years. The last such incident locally was New Year’s Day 2011, when Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputy Suzanne Hopper was shot and killed at...
Multi-million dollar WSU lawsuit could hinge on ‘handshake’ agreement with former president

Multi-million dollar WSU lawsuit could hinge on ‘handshake’ agreement with former president

Former Wright State University consultant Ron Wine had a “handshake agreement” with WSU’s president to pay Wine millions of dollars in performance bonuses for securing state and federal research contracts for the university, according to depositions in Wine’s lawsuit that seeks $4.5 million from the school. The depositions raise questions about how vigilant the university was...
Drizzle, fog possible tonight; warmer temps return this week

Drizzle, fog possible tonight; warmer temps return this week

Snow showers have moved out Drizzle, fog possible tonight Warmer temperatures return this week Tonight: Snow has moved out, but lingering moisture means we could see some drizzle or fog at times tonight, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. Temperatures will continue to drop tonight and overnight, with lows eventually reaching the upper 20s. Due to the dropping temperatures, an isolated...
Rain, maybe a heavy dose, headed for region early next week

Rain, maybe a heavy dose, headed for region early next week

Look for rain, perhaps heavy, beginning Monday that is expected to last through at least Wednesday, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. After a brief break, an active weather pattern will resume across the Miami Valley next week. High pressure will move off the southeastern United States and stall.  The clockwise surface wind flow around that high pressure will pump moisture-laden...
Sing out loud: 4 things to do this weekend in Springfield

Sing out loud: 4 things to do this weekend in Springfield

This weekend’s weather outlook is on the wet side, but that’s no reason to stay indoors. Here are four events to enjoy in the greater Springfield area while keeping you dry. 1. ‘9 to 5: The Musical’ The Springfield Civic Theater will be performing their rendition of ‘9 to 5: The Musical’ at the John Legend Theater in Springfield, starting on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7...
She’s Yellow Springs’ most generous book lover

She’s Yellow Springs’ most generous book lover

Countless books of the odd and unexpected varieties are in the hands of many people who have visited Yellow Springs, thanks to Kate Mooneyham. 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, folks taking a leisurely walk down the colorful back...
Flu hospitalizations hit 10,000 in Ohio, more than 230 in Clark County

Flu hospitalizations hit 10,000 in Ohio, more than 230 in Clark County

More than 10,000 Ohioans have now landed in the hospital because of the flu this season, according to Ohio Department of Health data released Friday. That includes 232 people in Clark County. Also, the number of people reporting flu-like-illnesses to doctors continues to rise, trending up three weeks in a row and climbing more than 18 percent during the reporting week. TRENDING STORY: Springfield...
Champaign County group works to revive forgotten cemetery

Champaign County group works to revive forgotten cemetery

Several groups in Champaign County are working to revive a plot of history. The Champaign County chapter of the Ohio Horseman Council, along with the Champaign County Cemetery Restoration Project, will host a cleanup at Ward Cemetery, located at Kiser Lake State Park, on Saturday, Feb. 17. Interested volunteers can meet at the parking lot near the end of Airport Road. The cleanup will start at 10...
Brown pushes union pension recovery plan in Dayton

Brown pushes union pension recovery plan in Dayton

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown visited with Teamsters members and retirees Friday to push legislation he argues could save a string of ailing blue-collar pensions. Brown, D-Ohio, visited the Harrison Twp. offices of Teamsters Local 957 to discuss the shortfalls that threaten the union pensions of 60,000 Ohioans and 1.5 million workers and retirees nationwide. Earlier this month, a 16-member bipartisan, House...
Wonderland, Oz set to cross paths over the rainbow in Springfield

Wonderland, Oz set to cross paths over the rainbow in Springfield

Pop culture crossover scenarios are a fun trip down the imagination rabbit hole, and even more fun to watch. Since Wonderland and Oz reside in the same imaginary ZIP Code, you can now watch the two young girls’ incredible adventures together with the Springfield Arts Council’s Youth Arts Ambassadors’ production of “Dorothy Meets Alice or The Wizard of Wonderland.” Over...
Wright State faculty angered by planned cuts; ‘terrible decisions’ loom

Wright State faculty angered by planned cuts; ‘terrible decisions’ loom

Wright State University’s Board of Trustees voted 7-1 to enact a mandatory furlough policy Friday, even as frustrated professors confronted the university’s leaders about proposed “draconian” cuts they say will erode the institution’s educational quality. Wright State faces declining enrollment and higher health care costs while it grapples with the outlines of millions...
Springfield nursing home investigation: Patient ODs on unlocked pills

Springfield nursing home investigation: Patient ODs on unlocked pills

Two patients allegedly gained access to unsecured narcotics and one of them overdosed at a Springfield nursing home, according to state documents obtained by the Springfield News-Sun. The Ohio Department of Health filed a statement of deficiencies for Eaglewood Care Center, 200 Villa Road in Springfield, after the alleged incident that occurred in December. Two Eaglewood residents allegedly took oxycodone...
U.S. senator on gun violence: We need more than thoughts and prayers

U.S. senator on gun violence: We need more than thoughts and prayers

In the wake of the school shooting in Florida this week that took the lives of at least 17 students, one U.S. senator in Dayton Friday said the problem needs more than “thoughts and prayers.” “It’s one school shooting after another,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said. “Politician after politician says, ‘My prayers are with the families.’ Of course our prayers...
Hearing postponed for Greenon teacher accused of sex misconduct

Hearing postponed for Greenon teacher accused of sex misconduct

A hearing to review a protection order request against an Indian Valley teacher accused of sexual misconduct with a student was continued again on Friday. A protection order request was filed in January against Larry Yowler, a 20-year Greenon employee, accusing him of touching a student’s private area and making her sit on his lap during reading time. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office...
24-hour rainfall totals over 2-inches in spots

24-hour rainfall totals over 2-inches in spots

Steady, and even heavy rain at times worked across the Miami Valley over the last 24 hours. “Some areas saw more than an inch of rain in this short period of time, leading to some standing water and minor flooding,” Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. “This rain was also accompanied by embedded thunderstorms that not only brought some gusty winds, but enhanced the...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED WEDNESDAY INCLUDED: Miles Kirk Ball, 31, address unknown, assault, criminal damaging, dismissed - prosecutor request. Brittany L. Brenneman, 34, of Urbana, OVI, speed, dismissed. Amy M. Jaskowiak, 35, of 1938 Maiden Lane, domestic violence, dismissed - prosecutor request. Ashley N. Salyer, 28, of New Carlisle, child endangering, guilty, 90 days jail with 90 days suspended, pay fine and...
‘Cinderella’s’ glass slipper fits Kuss Auditorium stage

‘Cinderella’s’ glass slipper fits Kuss Auditorium stage

You know the fairy tale — a girl is put down by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, discovers a fairy godmother, gets invited to a ball, a glass slipper, Prince Charming, happily ever after. “Cinderella” has been loved by generations and many already know it by heart. The latest version of the musical “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” has maintained the magic...
RECALL ROUNDUP: What consumer items were recalled this week?

RECALL ROUNDUP: What consumer items were recalled this week?

Hair dryers, baby clothes, and electric blankets are among the latest potentially dangerous products under recall, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  ISO is recalling Ionic Pro hair dryers after 35 reports of them sparking and smoking – and two reports of flames coming from the dryers due to a faulty cord.  Three people have been burned. The Ionic Pro 2000 and 2000W...
Springfield Then & Now: Black’s Opera House

Springfield Then & Now: Black’s Opera House

Before Black’s Opera House opened in Springfield in 1869 at the northwest corner of Fountain and Main, the Market House at High and Fountain (now the Esplanade) was the only place for entertainment in town.  Thanks to longtime merchant Andrew Black, Springfield “at last had a public hall worthy of Springfield.” Black’s Opera House cost $100,000 to construct. The theater...
Urbana man Tasered after allegedly leading police on foot, bike chase

Urbana man Tasered after allegedly leading police on foot, bike chase

An Urbana man faces multiple charges in the Clark County Municipal Court after he allegedly lead police on a chase through an Enon neighborhood that ended with him being Tasered. Jan Tomlin, 34, was arraigned on charges of theft, obstructing official business, falsification and resisting arrest on Thursday. His case was continued. READ MORE: 2nd sex misconduct accusation filed against Indian Valley...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 18-CV-0075 - The Huntington National Bank, Columbus, v. Garren Vanderpool and Amber S. Vanderpool, 2730 Conowoods Dr., et al., complaint in foreclosure for $157,867. 18-CV-0088 - Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee, v. Sheryl Dill, 422 E. Southern Ave., and 237 W. Auburn Ave., et al., complaint in foreclosure for property located at 422 E. Southern Ave., for...
Local officers gather for procession to funeral for slain Westerville officers

Local officers gather for procession to funeral for slain Westerville officers

Area law enforcement officers gathered in Dayton Friday morning before embarking to Westerville, Ohio for the funerals of two slain officers.  Police, deputies, and state troopers from multiple Miami Valley jurisdictions met at the Dayton Airport Expo Center around 8 a.m., before making the trip to the Columbus suburb. The convoy was organized jointly by the Miami County Law Enforcement Officers...
Popular Springfield restaurant to bring back seasonal food truck

Popular Springfield restaurant to bring back seasonal food truck

Springfield barbeque lovers, take notice: Rudy’s is going mobile again. Rudy’s Smokehouse, the barbeque restaurant touted as a Springfield staple, has brought back its mobile food truck for the season. The restaurant started serving from the truck on Feb. 12. DETAILS: Downtown Springfield restaurant adds featured artist, new menu items Rudy’s, whose flagship store is located at 2222...
Funerals held for Westerville, Ohio officers shot

Funerals held for Westerville, Ohio officers shot

A funeral procession and service are planned for two Ohio police officers fatally shot while responding to a 911 hang-up call in the Columbus suburb of Westerville. A viewing is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Friday for officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Westerville, followed by a funeral starting at 1 p.m. A procession through the city will follow...
Fake green cards probe leads to felony corruption charges

Fake green cards probe leads to felony corruption charges

Two men are facing felony charges as investigators with the ACE Task Force in Greene County said the men sold fake United States identification cards and Social Security numbers to a confidential informant. Camilo Panso, 40, and Brayan Blanco, 37, are due to be arraigned today in Judge Stephen Wolaver’s courtroom. The pair have been held in the Greene County Jail on $100,000 bond each since...
Chiller provides perfect icing on the cake for Winter Olympics

Chiller provides perfect icing on the cake for Winter Olympics

It’s a party four years in the making. The NTPRD Chiller will put seasonal sports at center ice with its Winter Games Celebration, where families can experience a variety of indoor ice action. The games will be 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Chiller, 301 W. Main St., during the public skate. » READ MORE: Olympic baby: Michael Phelps welcomes son The celebration is for the experienced...
Air Force will keep iconic B-52s flying through mid-century

Air Force will keep iconic B-52s flying through mid-century

The Air Force asked for $280 million in next year’s budget to upgrade and add new engines to the remaining 75 B-52s, which were first built in the 1950s and once were an iconic symbol of U.S. air power. The B-52s will fly through 2050 alongside the Air Force’s newest stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider. Built years after the B-52s, the swing-wing B-1B Lancer and bat-winged B-2 Spirit stealth...
Man dies after multi-vehicle crash on SR 347 in Perry Twp. 

Man dies after multi-vehicle crash on SR 347 in Perry Twp. 

One man has died following a multi-vehicle crash that occurred on State Route 347 at US Route 33 Thursday afternoon. Billy Cowan, 57, of Bellefontaine was identified by the Ohio Highway State Patrol Marysville Post as the fatality in the crash. According to a press release, Cowan was traveling eastbound on US Route 33, exiting onto SR 347 around 3:40 p.m. when he failed to yield at the stop sign at...
Brief break in rain before stormy pattern returns next week 

Brief break in rain before stormy pattern returns next week 

Some break in clouds, cool tonight Chance of passing rain, snow showers Saturday - mainly south Rain, potential for flooding returns next week Tonight: Lots of clouds will linger across the area with some breaks possible. Temperatures will drop to the mid-20s. SATURDAY: Clouds will increase with a chance for passing rain and snow showers, especially south of I-70. Little or no snow accumulation...
Cedarville raises money to support mothers-to-be in Clark County

Cedarville raises money to support mothers-to-be in Clark County

A little loose change can go a long way. That’s what students at Cedarville University hope to prove with their annual Blessings in a Bottle fundraising campaign to aid the Pregnancy Resource Center of Clark County. The campaign focuses on gathering donations in the form of loose change, which donors can drop into plastic baby bottles found around campus and out in the community. » READ...
Second sex misconduct accusation filed against Indian Valley teacher

Second sex misconduct accusation filed against Indian Valley teacher

A second protection order request has been filed in Clark County Common Pleas Court against an Indian Valley teacher accused of sexual misconduct with student. Second-grade teacher Larry Yowler is named in a protection order request filed Thursday alleging that he inappropriately touched a child at the school. Yowler’s attorney, Samuel Petroff, couldn’t be immediately reached for comment...
Champaign County wind farm challenges residents’ right to fight project

Champaign County wind farm challenges residents’ right to fight project

Developers of a proposed wind farm in Champaign County have challenged the ability of a group of local residents to intervene in its legal case, arguing they live outside the project’s footprint and wouldn’t be affected by the wind turbines. The wind farm, which initially included plans to build about 100 turbines across six townships, has been tangled in legal disputes that have lasted...
Work to start next month on $10.5 million Wright-Patt gateway

Work to start next month on $10.5 million Wright-Patt gateway

A new $10.5 million gateway that will consolidate two Wright-Patterson entrances into one is set to begin construction next month, a base spokesman says. A new Gate 26A, a few hundred yards from the current one, would replace a commercial delivery entrance at Gate 16A off Ohio 444, and the existing Gate 26A off Ohio 235 near the entrance to the 445th Airlift Wing headquarters. The new entrance way...
Springfield school safety expert: Even one school shooting ‘too many’

Springfield school safety expert: Even one school shooting ‘too many’

Springfield City Schools train students and staff members at length to prepare them for an active shooter situation like the one in Florida this week, the safety coordinator for the district said. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida left 17 dead. Champaign County has been affected by one school shooting at West Liberty-Salem High School in 2017. Last month German...
Parents show support for Greenon teacher accused of sexual misconduct

Parents show support for Greenon teacher accused of sexual misconduct

An Indian Valley teacher facing sexual misconduct allegations was called one of the best teachers in the district by some parents who spoke to the Greenon Board of Education Wednesday night and he should be put back in the classroom. Larry Yowler, a 20-year district employee, is on paid leave after a parent filed a protection order request in Clark County Common Pleas Court alleging her daughter told...
Local superintendent after mass shooting: ‘The kids are scared’

Local superintendent after mass shooting: ‘The kids are scared’

At about the time a gunman began killing 17 people at a Florida school Wednesday, nearly 1,100 miles away, a Dayton middle schooler was caught with a loaded gun that prompted students to dive to the floor. That came one day after a Montgomery County kindergarten student carried a loaded gun into school. And Thursday, a Butler County 14-year-old was arrested for making violent threats on social media...
Ohio says Uber owes $1.6M in taxes, penalties

Ohio says Uber owes $1.6M in taxes, penalties

The state of Ohio and Uber are in the midst of a dispute over how the company should be taxed and Montgomery County tax dollars are on the line. The Ohio Department of Taxation says Uber should be taxed as a transportation company while Uber said it is not a transportation service but instead is a “transportation network company.” The dispute reflects the growing effort to figure out how...
NRA spent millions to keep Ohio Sen. Portman in office

NRA spent millions to keep Ohio Sen. Portman in office

During the 2016 election, the National Rifle Association and its donors gave Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign $9,900 — a drop in the bucket of the $25 million Portman raised and an argument against the notion that the gun rights group had “bought” the support of the state’s junior senator. But three other numbers are also worth considering: $242,708; $1.55 million and $3.06...
Springfield man accused of selling drugs from home with 2 children

Springfield man accused of selling drugs from home with 2 children

Two people were arrested and charged with endangering children after deputies raided their Springfield home and allegedly recovered drugs and a loaded handgun. MORE: DeWine: Be wary of online love scams this Valentine’s Day RELATED: Springfield man accused of biting woman’s face during argument Earnest L. Foster...
New Chipotle CEO graduated from a Dayton-area college

New Chipotle CEO graduated from a Dayton-area college

Chipotle Mexican Grill has hired a new chief executive officer and he has roots in southwest Ohio. Chipotle has named Taco Bell’s Brian Niccol as its next leader, replacing Steve Ells, who built the fast-casual food chain. Niccol is a 1996 graduate of Miami University, just an hour from Dayton. Niccol, 43, graduated from Miami’s college of engineering and computing, serves on the advisory...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED TUESDAY INCLUDED: Rhiannon N. Schneider, 30, of South Vienna, discharge of firearm, guilty, 30 days jail, credit for time served. Sean Patrick E. Shaw, 23, of 608 E. Cassilly St., resisting arrest, guilty, 30 days jail with 30 days suspended, payment of fine and cost due March 13, fined $250; domestic violence, obstructing official business, dismissed. Luke D. Farris, 32, of 5230 Troy...
Woman wins $100,000 on Valentine’s lottery gift

Woman wins $100,000 on Valentine’s lottery gift

Don Holmes knew the $10 scratch off ticket was a winner when he saw it.  Holmes got the Casino Riches ticket Wednesday as a Valentine’s Day gift for his wife, Cynthia. "I thought it would just be $100 but it turned out to be $100,000," he said.  She didn’t believe she really won. "(The machine) went, 'Woo hoo!' And I'm like -- my hands started shaking...
You may be able to better avoid a heart attack with this common snack, study says

You may be able to better avoid a heart attack with this common snack, study says

What’s your go-to snack? If it’s yogurt, you may be in luck because it may help lower your risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a new report.  Researchers from Boston University and Harvard University, recently conducted a trial, published in American Journal of Hypertension, to determine how high intake of the food could be associated with lower cardiovascular disease...
84 children have died so far this flu season, CDC says

84 children have died so far this flu season, CDC says

As of Friday, 84 children in the U.S. have died from in the flu since October, according to the CDC.  In a news conference Thursday, the CDC said that of those who died, three-fourths of them did not receive the flu vaccine.  "We continue to recommend parents get their children vaccinated even though it's late in the season," Dr. Anne Schuchat told CNN.  Health officials...
Jennifer Lawrence to take time off from acting in order to ‘fix our democracy’

Jennifer Lawrence to take time off from acting in order to ‘fix our democracy’

Jennifer Lawrence plans to take the next year off from acting in order to devote time working with a group trying to limit the influence of money in politics.  Lawrence, 27, is a member of the board of Represent.Us, a group working to pass anti-corruption laws which limit the amount of money that can be used to influence politicians. "I'm going to take the next year off. I'm going to...
14-year-old Charlotte girl found 5 months after disappearance

14-year-old Charlotte girl found 5 months after disappearance

A 14-year-old Charlotte girl who disappeared five months ago was found in Georgia this week. Nakia Williams was last seen Sept. 7, 2017, after leaving her home on Wiegon Lane, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. Georgia law enforcement officials were able to confirm Wednesday that she was seen in Emanuel County, Georgia, and that she was possibly staying in Toombs County, Georgia, a neighboring...
Girl, 8, crossing street for bus, dies after she was hit by car

Girl, 8, crossing street for bus, dies after she was hit by car

Charges are pending for a driver who hit and killed a girl while she was walking to the bus stop with her mother. The crash happened at Rays Road and Central Drive in DeKalb County. The mother, Dawt Chin Sung, was holding Tluang Tha Men, 8, in her arms when the car struck them. Friends and relatives said they're still in shock. “Everyone is praying for them,” a friend said, asking not...
Australian priest reacts to Parkland shooting with swipe at US on church marquee 

Australian priest reacts to Parkland shooting with swipe at US on church marquee 

A rector at a church in Australia sent a pointed message to the United States this week in the wake of the shooting deaths at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, The Washington Post reported. On the marquee outside the Gosford Anglican Church, the Rev. Rod Bower posted the message, “When will they love their kids more than their guns.” In a Facebook post of a photo of...
Study: Common household chore just as damaging as smoking 20 cigarettes a day

Study: Common household chore just as damaging as smoking 20 cigarettes a day

Love to keep a tidy home? The chemicals in common cleaning sprays could be detrimental to your respiratory system, according to a new report.  Researchers from universities in Norway recently conducted a study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, to determine how cleaners may contribute to lung decline over time.  "While the short-term...
News of coach killed in Parkland shooting hit former player 'sideways'

News of coach killed in Parkland shooting hit former player 'sideways'

As the investigation into the Parkland High School mass shooting continues in South Florida, more people in the Jacksonville, Florida, area with connections to the school are coming forward to talk about the people they lost, including like assistant football coach Aaron Feis. “Hearing the stories about Coach Feis, it just, it just totally hit me sideways,” Kaden Culpepper said. Feis is...
Tennessee authorities arrest 'King Pin Granny'

Tennessee authorities arrest 'King Pin Granny'

Authorities said they have caught the “King Pin Granny” in Tennessee. A 75-year-old woman was arrested Feb. 9 in a large drug bust in Decatur County, police said. Police raided the home of Betty Jean Jordan in Parsons and allegedly confiscated more than 1,000 prescription pills, including morphine, Xanex and Oxycodone, WZTV reported. Law enforcement officials nicknamed Jordan...
Presidents Day 2018: When is it and how did the holiday get started?

Presidents Day 2018: When is it and how did the holiday get started?

To many Americans, Presidents Day means retail sales and discounts or even a day off, if they’re lucky. But what is the holiday really about? Even before then, Washington was revered as one of the most important figures in American history and his birthday became a perennial day of remembrance, according to History.com. Sen. Steven Wallace Dorsey of Arkansas was the first to propose the...
Kentucky second-grader with Down syndrome qualifies for regional spelling bee

Kentucky second-grader with Down syndrome qualifies for regional spelling bee

A Kentucky girl with Down syndrome qualified for a regional spelling bee, WLKY reported. Sosie Smith, a second-grader at Christian Academy of Louisville's Providence School, qualified after winning the bee in her class, with “joyous” the word that gave her the championship. She will compete in a regional event next week, WLKY reported. Sosie’s mother, Tara Smith, told WLKY that...
Texas school marshals allowed to carry guns on campus

Texas school marshals allowed to carry guns on campus

Officials in two school districts in Texas believe they have a deterrent for incidents like this week’s shooting at Parkland High School in Florida. Selected employees are allowed to carry guns on campus, WFAA reported. The Argyle Independent School District implemented the rule in 2014, and the Keene Independent School District followed suit the following year. Teachers packing heat is...
New York dad emerges from 61-day coma

New York dad emerges from 61-day coma

The last thing Robert Crain remembered was visiting the emergency room to have his nagging cough checked out. That was on Oct. 3, 2017. Sixty-one days later, the 47-year-old woke from a medically induced coma. And on Feb. 14, 2018, he was discharged from Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, New York. "For me, it just seemed like I woke up from a nap,'' Crain told Syracuse.com. "...
Man who falsely claimed to represent Migos, scammed Emory University indicted

Man who falsely claimed to represent Migos, scammed Emory University indicted

A man who claimed to be a booker for musicians including Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert is facing federal fraud charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Octaveon Woods, 26, of Decatur, Illinois, was indicted on money laundering and wire fraud charges Feb. 6. Woods allegedly operated companies, including Global Talent Agency and GTA Bookings, which claimed to represent “dozens of...
'Thoughts and prayers' check goes viral on Facebook

'Thoughts and prayers' check goes viral on Facebook

A Facebook post with a picture of a check without any money has gone viral on Facebook. Fern Malila, from Michigan, posted the picture Thursday afternoon. The post is a picture of a letter and the check to Michigan Rep. Jack Bergman -- which has “thoughts and prayers” written where the money amount should be. "Dear Rep. Bergman," the letter begins. "Since...
OPINION: History-making or not engaging? Readers on Obama portraits

OPINION: History-making or not engaging? Readers on Obama portraits

IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER Paintings rarely stir up much controvery or heated discussion these days, so it was pretty interesting to hear the animated chatter that greeted Tuesday’s unveiling of the official portraits of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama that will hang in theSmithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Barack Obama’s portrait was painted by...
Twin babies found dead in suitcase on side of a ditch

Twin babies found dead in suitcase on side of a ditch

Arkansas authorities are investigating the discovery of the bodies of twin babies found in a suitcase in Cross County in the eastern part of the state. >> Read more trending news  The infants were found Friday afternoon around 1:45 p.m. on Crossroad 602. The unidentified bodies were inside a purple suitcase on the side of a ditch.  The investigation is ongoing, and no suspect information...
Chemicals in nonstick pans could be causing weight gain, study says

Chemicals in nonstick pans could be causing weight gain, study says

Nonstick pans were created to make cooking a little easier. However, they may be causing more harm than good, because they have been linked to weight gain, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news  Researchers from Harvard University recently conducted a study, published in the scientific journal PLOS Medicine, to determine how using the cookware can interfere with...
FBI didn't investigate tip about Nikolas Cruz before deadly school shooting

FBI didn't investigate tip about Nikolas Cruz before deadly school shooting

At least 17 people were killed in a high school shooting Wednesday afternoon in Parkland, Florida and more than a dozen others were injured, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. The lone gunman, identified as Nikolas Cruz, 19, was a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and was taken into custody without incident after the attack, Israel said.
Melania Trump breaks with tradition again after new affair allegations

Melania Trump breaks with tradition again after new affair allegations

Once again, first lady Melania Trump gave off the impression that all is not well in her marriage to President Donald Trump when she broke presidential protocol on Friday following a report alleging the president had an affair with former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal. As the Trumps headed to Florida to meet with the victims of this week’s mass shooting at a high school, they began...
Suspect knocks out partner in crime during attempted break-in

Suspect knocks out partner in crime during attempted break-in

This probably wasn’t quite how these attempted burglars saw their night going. Surveillance video released by police in Shanghai, China, captured a break-in attempt gone horribly wrong. In the video, the men approach a business with what appears to be bricks in their hands. One person throws the brick and hits the door, but the second one’s timing was a little off. The person throws the...
Classmate of Nikolas Cruz says ‘No one has ever been a friend to him’

Classmate of Nikolas Cruz says ‘No one has ever been a friend to him’

A friend of the suspected Parkland high school shooter said Nikolas Cruz's demeanor changed after his father's death in 2005, but he had no one to turn to for help. >> Read more trending news  “We couldn't help him at all. No one had ever been a friend to him,” Ethan Trieu said. “I've known him since sixth grade, I want to start out by saying I'm not rationalizing or justifying...
Gibson guitar company, maker of the Les Paul, facing bankruptcy after 116 years in business

Gibson guitar company, maker of the Les Paul, facing bankruptcy after 116 years in business

Gibson guitar company, which has been a staple brand among various musical instruments since 1902, is facing bankruptcy. >> Read more trending news  According to the Nashville Post, Gibson’s chief financial officer, Bill Lawrence, left after six months on the job and just as $375 million in senior secured notes mature and $145 million in bank loans become due, if they aren&rsquo...
Ultra-processed foods like chicken nuggets could cause cancer, researchers say

Ultra-processed foods like chicken nuggets could cause cancer, researchers say

It’s no secret that ultra-processed foods, such as chicken nuggets and meatballs, have been connected to health issues like high blood pressure and heart disease. Now, researchers are adding cancer to the list, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news  European researchers from universities and health institutions recently conducted a study, published in the ...
‘Frustrations validate changes’: Snapchat CEO excited about redesign despite backlash

‘Frustrations validate changes’: Snapchat CEO excited about redesign despite backlash

Earlier this month, Snapchat rolled out an update full of new designs and features. While many users weren’t too thrilled about the changes, the company seems to be happy about them.  >> Read more trending news  TechCrunch reported that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel recently responded to the backlash surrounding the platform’s latest layout. Unlike many, he said, he is excited...
Florida shooting heroes: 3 coaches, teachers gave lives for students

Florida shooting heroes: 3 coaches, teachers gave lives for students

The athletic department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School lost a big chunk of its coaching staff -- and an even bigger chunk of its heart -- during the Valentine’s Day shooting that claimed the lives of its athletic director, cross country coach and assistant football coach, in addition to 14 students. All three men, Chris Hixon, Scott Beigel and Aaron Feis, have been hailed as heroes...
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo welcome second baby girl

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo welcome second baby girl

Congratulations are in order for Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo. They just welcomed their second daughter. E! News reported on Friday that the newborn is named Geo Grace Levine. >> Read more trending news  Geo Grace joins big sister Dusty Rose Levine, 2. On Wednesday, Levine gave fans a peek at his Valentine’s Day at home with Prinsloo just before she gave birth. In the Instagram...
U.S. may put tarriffs on China, other steel-producing countries

U.S. may put tarriffs on China, other steel-producing countries

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Friday urged President Donald Trump to impose steep tariffs on China and other steel-producing countries, contending they are illegally dumping steel into U.S. markets. In a 262-page report that was praised by many Ohio lawmakers, Ross charged that imported steel products are priced “substantially lower” than steel produced in the United States and...
Apple employees keep walking into glass at the new Apple Park campus

Apple employees keep walking into glass at the new Apple Park campus

The glass walls surrounding Apple’s new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, are so clear that employees are actually smacking into them and hurting themselves. According to MarketWatch, the company has even had to call emergency services to help multiple employees, some of whom suffered minor cuts to the head. “While the issue might seem humorous, there are workplace...
Two Democrats running for governor skip voting, records show

Two Democrats running for governor skip voting, records show

Democrat Jon Heavey is serious about running for Ohio governor. He poured $1.5 million into his campaign, created a snappy website and hired a team. “…I’m upset about Trump. And as a veteran with little tolerance for cowards, I’m here — quite frankly — because I’m mad as hell. Trump pretends to be ‘America First,’ when everyone knows PrimaDonny...
Statistic claiming there have been 18 school shootings in 2018 is misleading

Statistic claiming there have been 18 school shootings in 2018 is misleading

A statistic that claimed the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was the 18th this year is a misleading one, according to The Washington Post. The number appears to have originated from a nonprofit gun control group called Everytown for Gun Safety. The group tweeted the statistic Wednesday, the day of the South Florida shooting. >> Read more trending...
Who are the top 10 recipients of NRA money?

Who are the top 10 recipients of NRA money?

Following the horrific attack on a Florida high school, a comedy writer decided to call out U.S. House and Senate members who offered prayers and condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones in the shooting. Bess Kalb, a comedy writer, began answering the growing number of tweets from legislators to the victims’ families with cold, hard numbers. Kalb, using information compiled by...
Internal control ‘weaknesses’ could delay medical marijuana rollout

Internal control ‘weaknesses’ could delay medical marijuana rollout

A clerical error in grower license scoring and a review by the state auditor could delay the Ohio’s medical marijuana program. In a letter to Ohio Auditor Dave Yost on Thursday, Ohio Department of Commerce Director Jacqueline Williams offered to put the program on hold until issues are worked out. “Given the reservations raised by your office, the department remains willing to pause any...
Former deputy, crime analyst arrested, accused of soliciting prostitute, officials say

Former deputy, crime analyst arrested, accused of soliciting prostitute, officials say

A former Jacksonville Sheriff's Office employee is in the Duval County Jail after being accused of soliciting a prostitute near a convenience store.  According to a JSO report, Gilbert "Gil" Smith, 57, approached an undercover officer and asked them for oral sex in exchange for $20. Smith was taken into custody at 7:22 p.m. on Thursday. He declined to make a statement, JSO officials...
JNCO is closing for good; wide-leg jeans being liquidated

JNCO is closing for good; wide-leg jeans being liquidated

JNCO Jeans, a brand established in 1985 that gained popularity in the 1990s is closing for good. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the company announced it would be closing in a blog post on its website Thursday. It cited licensing issues as the reason for the shutdown. >> Read more trending news  “We were honored to serve our vast customer base and with harsh feelings...
Manhunt ends after homeowner finds suspect asleep in shed, holds man at gunpoint for authorities, sheriff says

Manhunt ends after homeowner finds suspect asleep in shed, holds man at gunpoint for authorities, sheriff says

The manhunt for a suspect who fired at a deputy ended when a homeowner found the man in his shed Friday morning and held him at gunpoint until authorities arrived, the Jefferson County Sheriff said.  A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy was called out to a report of a suspicious person around 3 p.m. Thursday. When he arrived, a man wearing a red flannel started firing a gun, according to...
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