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Chance for storms continues today

The chance for showers and storms continues today, some of which could be strong to severe with gusty winds, lightning and thunder, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. Highs will be in the middle to upper 80s, with heat index values in the 90s. Few showers and storms today Some could be strong to severe More dry time expected this week Tonight: Dry weather conditions expected...


Overnight storm destroys new outbuilding near South Charleston

Overnight storm destroys new outbuilding near South Charleston

A storm passing through early this morning knocked down trees and ripped apart an outbuilding near South Charleston. Meanwhile, about three dozen residents in Huber Heights are waiting to have power restored after a storm brought down a large tree and snapped a utility pole Friday morning. Steve Gladman, who lives in the 5700 block of Platsburg Road near South Charleston, he heard the storm move...
Clark County stress hand washing, other tips at fair to stop swine flu

Clark County stress hand washing, other tips at fair to stop swine flu

Clark County Fair organizers and the Ohio Department of Agriculture want fair visitors to take precautions against the spread of swine flu. That’s in hopes of preventing a situation that happened at the Clinton County Fair — where pigs infected with the H3N2v strain of the virus were found. The Clark County Fair began Friday and continues until next Friday. Organizers hope to beat last...
Stafford: Helping a friend and looking into the future

Stafford: Helping a friend and looking into the future

If Clark State Community College awarded honorary degrees in mechanical ineptitude, I would have asked my wife to hang mine over the fireplace for me by now. You’ve heard of Mr. Handy? I’m so unhandy my nickname should be “Wrists.” So a couple of weeks ago when my friend Denny recruited me to help bleed the air from his brake lines, I assumed he was planning on bleeding them...
Power restored to most after 24 hours of severe weather

Power restored to most after 24 hours of severe weather

From its height of more than 22,000 Dayton Power and Light customers without power, only a handful are without service as of early evening on Saturday. Efforts to restore power resulted in more than 400 DP&L line crews being deployed in the field, according to DP&L. Strong storms in the past 24 hours have wreaked havoc in the Miami Valley, causing damage to trees and property and knocking power out...
Chance for storms continues through Sunday

Chance for storms continues through Sunday

The chance for showers and storms will continue overnight; however, the chances look to be best south of the Miami Valley. Those of south of Interstate 70 still could see a few showers or storms overnight. Lows will be in the middle 70s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Storms possible through Sunday evening More dry time expected after Sunday chance for rain returns Thursday Sunday...
Springfield church may face fines after cutting trees in historic area

Springfield church may face fines after cutting trees in historic area

A Springfield church could face fines after allegedly violating the city’s municipal code by cutting down trees in a historic district without first going to a review board. Dove Pentecostal Assembly sits at the corner of South Fountain Avenue and East Pleasant Street in the South Fountain Historic District. It made cut down several trees on its property recently, causing the city to send an...
Chipotle food scare highlights issue that impacts thousands annually

Chipotle food scare highlights issue that impacts thousands annually

Chipotle is grappling with more cases of foodborne illness, an issue that causes one in six Americans to get sick annually after consuming contaminated foods or beverages. The company’s stock has taken a hit this week following foodborne illness issues at a restaurant in Virginia and a report of rodents scurrying around at one of their restaurants in Texas. Chipotle executives told Business...
Ohio Auditor: Withhold funding for giant online school

Ohio Auditor: Withhold funding for giant online school

State Auditor Dave Yost has asked the Ohio Department of Education to withhold “a significant portion” 2017-18 funding for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), the embattled online school at the center of multiple lawsuits over how many students attended the school. Yost doesn’t want the money paid until ECOT’s enrollment can be verified. ECOT has received more than...
Judge denies UD’s motion to dismiss ‘hazing’ lawsuit

Judge denies UD’s motion to dismiss ‘hazing’ lawsuit

A visiting judge on Friday “denied in total” the University of Dayton’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging hazing brought by an ex-football player who said he suffered a brain injury after hard drinking during the 2014 “Mad Dogs” event for freshman team members. Judge Peter Handwork from Lucas County heard arguments from Max Engelhart’s attorneys and lawyers representing...
Butler Tech moves ahead with rapid expansion plan

Butler Tech moves ahead with rapid expansion plan

The big changes at one of Ohio’s largest career school systems keep coming. Though it’s less than two years old, Butler Tech’s leading edge Bioscience Center in West Chester Township is already expanding its classroom space for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. And school officials are moving on additional plans to add to the two-story building and adjacent class buildings to the...
Rain can’t dampen excitement at first day of Clark County Fair

Rain can’t dampen excitement at first day of Clark County Fair

Heavy storms passed through the first day of the Clark County Fair on Friday morning, but fairgoers seemed not to notice. For Susan Delong of Xenia, there was fair food to be eaten and shows to watch. “We were a little concerned about the weather,” said Delong, who attends the Clark County Fair every year. “But my granddaughter was showing a pig so we had to be here.” MORE...
Students test skills in Springfield by building spaghetti bridges

Students test skills in Springfield by building spaghetti bridges

Using a pound of dry spaghetti noodles, students from the Miami Valley were able to build bridges that held 5 pounds, 10 pounds and even 30 pounds of weight Friday morning at the Clark State Performing Art Center. The students were taking part in the Johns Hopkins University Engineering Innovation program at Clark State Community College. The four-week program teaches students different kinds of engineering...
400 pounds of pot seized, 2 arrested in ‘large-scale’ Dayton to Columbus drug ring

400 pounds of pot seized, 2 arrested in ‘large-scale’ Dayton to Columbus drug ring

A task force investigation into a large-scale marijuana distribution network between Dayton and Columbus netted 400 pounds of pot and two arrests. Victor Guadiana, 54, of South Houston, Texas, and David Garcia-Barajas, 25, an illegal immigrant, were arrested Thursday night, Ohio Attorney Gen. Mike DeWine, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations Special...
Camp keeps Springfield kids learning to stop summer slide

Camp keeps Springfield kids learning to stop summer slide

Learning didn’t stop this summer for 72 Lincoln Elementary School students. The Bobcat Summer Adventure Camp, a six-week enrichment program for kindergarten through sixth grade sponsored by the Springfield Promise Neighborhood, supplemented what the students learned in summer school with reading and writing activities with themes on the natural world, the arts and athletics. DETAILS: Clark County...
Local ‘Ninja’ to be on NBC

Local ‘Ninja’ to be on NBC

Dan Arnold and family enjoy sharing their interest — and Dan’s success — in the “American Ninja Warrior” competition. Arnold, a nursing home administrator by day, was a participant in the most recent season’s competition that airs on NBC television. His training for the competition included working out on a “Ninja Warrior” obstacle course set up in the...
Chipotle food issues: Does your local restaurant have violations?

Chipotle food issues: Does your local restaurant have violations?

Chipotle’s stock has taken a hit this week following foodborne illness issues at a restaurant in Virginia and a report of rodents scurrying around one of their restaurants in Texas. Chipotle executives told Business Insider that the chain temporarily closed a restaurant in Sterling, Va., after a small number of customers reported symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, dehydration and...
Springfield woman charged after boy, 10, allegedly missing for 7 hours

Springfield woman charged after boy, 10, allegedly missing for 7 hours

A Springfield woman is accused of child endangering after an Amber Alert was nearly issued for a 10-year-old boy who was allegedly missing for more than seven hours on Tuesday evening. Jana Chanel Stanhope, 29, of 2503 Virginia Ave., faces two counts of child endangering. Stanhope plead not guilty in the Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday morning. MORE CRIME: Springfield man accused of unlawful...
Updated Clark County Fair logo weaves family, fair history together

Updated Clark County Fair logo weaves family, fair history together

Twenty-five years have passed since the Clark County Fair logo was created so the time seemed ripe to wash it down, brush it off and groom it like an animal headed for the show ring. That the groomer is artist Jerid Smith, who raised the fair’s Grand Champion Hog in 1990, seems fair, in both senses of the word. That he used his favorite artistic tool, a computer, to breathe new life into an...
Clark County Fair hog project, swine flu teach about risks in life

Clark County Fair hog project, swine flu teach about risks in life

Our children love their animals: two dogs, six chickens, a pond full of fish and currently three market hogs. It’s no secret that the market hogs are what they are: hogs going to market. From day one, the kids all know this. Do they like bidding farewell to their beloved animals at the Clark County Fair? No. Have they given them the best possible — albeit short — life they can? Absolutely...
Clark County Fair Schedule: Find out what’s happening every day

Clark County Fair Schedule: Find out what’s happening every day

2017 Clark County Fair Schedule of Events Everyday: Krantz Antique Truck/Tractor/Equipment Exhibit (By the Entertainment Tent) Midway opens at noon and closes at 11 p.m. Paratus Helicopter Rides daily, $20 per person RELATED: Clark County Fair lowers price, plans more promotions, entertainment Friday, July 21 4, 6, 8 p.m.: Shark Encounter 5, 7, 9 p.m.: Pork Chop Review noon to 11 p.m.: Mechanical...
How to score a FREE Chipotle burrito this summer (hint: it’s kinda fun!)

How to score a FREE Chipotle burrito this summer (hint: it’s kinda fun!)

OK, you’re going to have to do a little work for this offer, but it’s worth it for a deal, right? Chipotle is offering buy one get one free burritos as part of a new collaboration that is connected to an iconic hip-hop act. Yes, that’s right. Now you have to know more, right? Know up front you will need to invest about 3 minutes of online play time to get this offer. 1. Visit the...
Country star, sharks highlight Clark County Fair entertainment

Country star, sharks highlight Clark County Fair entertainment

You won’t need a beach when Clark County gets its own shark week beginning Friday, July 21. Shark Encounter will bring live sharks to the midway for daily shows and highlights the Clark County Fair’s 2017 entertainment schedule. RELATED: Clark County Fair to see big changes at animal auctions this year Add in performing pigs and hogs, an exhibit devoted to one of the area’s leading...
Clark County Fair to see big changes at animal auctions this year

Clark County Fair to see big changes at animal auctions this year

For the first time, animals at the Clark County Fair will be sold on a single day at the inaugural Clark County Champion Showcase and Junior Fair Auction. In previous years, animal auctions took place over three days. This year, the one-day auction will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 28, in the Expo Center. RELATED: Mini indoor tractor pull makes debut at Clark County Fair “The bottom line...
Mini indoor tractor pull makes debut at Clark County Fair

Mini indoor tractor pull makes debut at Clark County Fair

Don’t call them lawn mowers. The vehicles competing in the Clark County Fair’s first mini indoor tractor pull may have started out that way but they certainly don’t act like it. READ MORE: Clark County Fair lowers price, plans more promotions, entertainment “It’s pretty much taking the original and making it a high performance vehicle, I guess you could say,” said...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED WEDNESDAY INCLUDED: Brittany J. Fent, 30, of 738 S. Broadmoor Blvd., assault, dismissed - prosecutor request. Carey Beth Goney, 24, of 914 Homestead Ave., domestic violence, assault, dismissed. Bobbie Lee Hagen, 29, address unknown, criminal damaging, dismissed - prosecutor request. Pauline E. Harris, 56, of 102 E. Main St., Apt. 401, theft, guilty, 10 days jail with 10 days suspended...
Clark County Fair lowers price, plans more promotions, entertainment

Clark County Fair lowers price, plans more promotions, entertainment

The 2017 Clark County Fair has more shows, more attractions and more free music — and it’s all for the lowest admission price that fairgoers have seen in a number of years, according to Dean Blair, executive director of the fairgrounds. “It’s more bang for the buck,” Blair said. General admission has dropped to $6, which is thought to be the lowest price since 1998. Parking...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 17-CV-0401 - The City of Springfield, Ohio, City Hall, 76 E. High St., v. Roosevelt Stembridge, 410 Willow Dr., et al., complaint for all defendants to be required to set forth interest or claims on the real property located at 915 W. Liberty St., that property be sold and the amount due plaintiff, $3,480, be paid from the proceeds, and that all liens on the property be...
Carlisle baby alive at birth, prosecutor says after teen mom in court

Carlisle baby alive at birth, prosecutor says after teen mom in court

An infant whose remains were found buried last week in a Carlisle backyard died more than two months ago but was alive at birth, not stillborn, court records and prosecutors revealed Friday. Brooke Skylar Richardson, the 18-year-old mother now charged with reckless homicide, spent just more than two minutes in a Warren County courtroom Friday. On Friday evening, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell...
Air Force awards big contract to UDRI

Air Force awards big contract to UDRI

The University of Dayton Research Institute has received a seven-year, $43 million Air Force contract to develop nonmetal materials for airplanes, spacecraft and ground vehicles. Researchers at UDRI’s campus and at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will investigate adhesives, sealants, elastomers, textiles, and composites, among other materials, according to...
Bacon cravings push pork prices higher

Bacon cravings push pork prices higher

Your love of bacon is causing pork-belly prices to reach record highs. As more and more people reach for a pack of bacon at the grocery store, pig farmers are struggling to keep up the demand, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Pork-belly, the part of the hog used to make bacon, have risen around 80 percent in 2017. Americans bought 14 percent more bacon at stores in 2016 compared...
Ohio unemployment rate ticks up

Ohio unemployment rate ticks up

Ohio’s unemployment rate rose slightly in June, back up to 5 percent from 4.9 percent in May. The number of unemployed in the state has gradually risen by about 10,000 people in the past year, even as the state added 56,800 jobs from June 2016 to June 2017. Non-agricultural wage and salary employment increased 11,500 over the month, to 5,528,800 in June, the state reported Friday morning. UNFILLED...
2016 Clark County Fair Queen advice: Make the most of fair week

2016 Clark County Fair Queen advice: Make the most of fair week

Lea Kimley was shocked when she was crowned 2016 Clark County Fair Queen. Then she was just plain busy. “It’s really overwhelming,” Kimley said. “As soon as you get the hang of it, fair week is over.” Kimley attended a long list of events as queen, both at the fair and after it ended. Her reign also helped her meet one of her best friends. Kimley, 19, met Pickaway County&rsquo...
Stabbing victim, suspect both recorded deadly incident, police believe

Stabbing victim, suspect both recorded deadly incident, police believe

Middletown police have seized cell phones from the deceased and the accused in the latest Middletown homicide because both were allegedly filming events surrounding the fatal stabbing. Zachary Fields, 19, of Shafor Street, is charged with murder in the death of Nick Kriner, 34, early July 14, according to police and court records. He called 911 after the fatal stabbing and said to dispatchers that...
Tree falls on Arcanum home as severe weather moves through

Tree falls on Arcanum home as severe weather moves through

The Miami Valley is under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 8:15 a.m. Storm damage has been reported in the area. Huber Heights crews are working to clear and tree that fell across Rip Rap Road Westbound Kemp at Grange Hall Road in Beavercreek is shut down for a tree across the roadway as of 8:10 a.m. At 10877 North Kessler Road in Piqua, a DP&L pole is reportedly on fire...
Springfield wants hazardous waste dump named a Superfund site

Springfield wants hazardous waste dump named a Superfund site

The city of Springfield wants the Tremont City Barrel Fill — which has 1.5 million gallons of hazardous waste near the city’s drinking water source — to be placed on the Superfund list to ensure federal action. Springfield city commissioners unanimously passed a resolution two weeks ago backing a reduced $24 million clean-up plan two weeks ago at the closed dump that has industrial...
Troopers make more drug arrests, impaired driving up in Clark County

Troopers make more drug arrests, impaired driving up in Clark County

Ohio troopers are making more drug arrests this year, a trend local leaders say they expect to see in Clark County, too. Felony drug arrests by troopers statewide are up 12 percent compared to this time last year, according to statistics from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Troopers in Clark County have made 36 felony drug arrests so far in 2017, but that number will likely go up, said Lt. Brian Aller...
Storms return overnight, into early Saturday morning

Storms return overnight, into early Saturday morning

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Randolph and Wayne Counties in Indiana until 7 a.m., according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. A few showers and storms late tonight. Expect weather to become more active in the early morning hours of Saturday, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Threat for strong weekend storms Heat advisory, 1-7 p.m., for Butler...

Tensing decision will be a challenge for community, experts say

Two area experts agreed with the decision by Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters this week to not pursue a new trial against former University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing. Deters said it was his decision alone not to try Tensing again after two hung juries on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges for killing black motorist Sam Dubose, 43, who was stopped for missing a front license plate...
Son of Cold War U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers to appear at AF Museum

Son of Cold War U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers to appear at AF Museum

Francis Gary Powers Jr. was often questioned about his father, but the answers were lacking. The son of the most famous Cold War pilot, Francis Gary Powers Sr., who was shot down in a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union in 1960, wanted answers so he decided to find them. “I didn’t do research to vindicate my father,” said Powers, 52, founder and chairman emeritus of The Cold War...
I-70 fatal crash: Police investigate why semi hit Beavercreek van

I-70 fatal crash: Police investigate why semi hit Beavercreek van

Passing motorists attempted to save two children with ties to Beavercreek in the few minutes before Indiana State Troopers arrived at the Interstate 70 crash that killed them Tuesday, a trooper said. The crash killed Finley and Brennen Bereda, ages 1 and 5, and sent their mother and driver Christina Bereda, 33, and sibling Jordan, 3, to hospitals in Indianapolis. Christina Bereda has been released...
Clark County groups combine for hazmat training

Clark County groups combine for hazmat training

Firefighters and area health officials spent Thursday morning training to react in case of a major chemical spill or similar emergency. The exercise, which lasted most of the day, was designed to give rescuers and staff at the Springfield Regional Medical Center hands-on experience with how to deal with emergencies involving hazardous materials, said Ken Johnson, deputy director of the Clark County...
Ohio Gov. John Kasich says death of Linkin Park singer ‘a sad day’

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says death of Linkin Park singer ‘a sad day’

You wouldn’t expect a state governor to release a statement on the passing of a new metal/rap band’s singer, but John Kasich was touched enough by the death of Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington’s death to release a statement on Twitter. “I’m still a big fan of Linkin Park,” Kasich tweeted on his personal account. “Met Chester in Columbus and he was...
New 'Justice League' trailer, movie poster revealed at Comic-Con

New 'Justice League' trailer, movie poster revealed at Comic-Con

Superhero fans, rejoice: A new "Justice League" trailer and movie poster have been revealed at Comic-Con in San Diego. Time reported that the trailer released Saturday "hints at the appearance of a mysterious hero," possibly Superman or a Green Lantern.  The poster, which features Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher)...
WATCH: Gal Gadot cheers up teary-eyed girl dressed as Wonder Woman at Comic-Con

WATCH: Gal Gadot cheers up teary-eyed girl dressed as Wonder Woman at Comic-Con

A young Wonder Woman fan has something to smile about after sharing a heartwarming moment with actress Gal Gadot at Comic-Con in San Diego. According to "Entertainment Tonight," a girl dressed as the superhero seemed to have tears in her eyes when she met Gadot during a "Justice League" autograph signing Saturday. Gadot immediately smiled at the young fan, took her hand and offered...

TODAY’S MODERATOR: A new kind of 911

The abuse of 911 services has been much-covered, especially so-called “frequent flyers” who more or less use the calls as their primary health care. In many cities, costs are out of hand. According to The Atlantic, Memphis is trying a new approach. “Since April, the city has been engaged in an experiment to take some pressure off the emergency dispatch system. A committee of civic...

A Lighter Look: Anticipating the joys of grandmotherhood

I was talking with my friend whose daughter was expecting her first child any day. With the new world of grandparenthood looming, she was anxious with excitement. Her words betrayed varying emotions, which we all know can take hold any time while feeling the angst of the unknown. I appreciated her honesty as she wondered, “Will my daughter still need me?” Her fear that this new little...
Neighbor amazed to see group of teens cleaning up neighborhood

Neighbor amazed to see group of teens cleaning up neighborhood

When a man learned why a group of Georgia youth were cleaning up their neighborhood, he started recording. Al Grant, of Taylor County, is praising 14 young men for taking initiative and doing good for the community. When Grant asked the young men who made them come out and clean, they responded in unison, nobody." "We aren't in trouble," one man said. "It just feels good to give...
Tree falls in strong storms, but you’ll never guess what's inside

Tree falls in strong storms, but you’ll never guess what's inside

A chainsaw was no use for crews trying to clear a tree from a roadway following Friday’s strong storms in Urbana. “It laid across the road there, nobody could get in or out,” said Sonny Iman about the fallen tree on Reynolds Street.  And, it was full of honeybees, so the Urbana mayor called on a local beekeeper. “They are not allowed to kill them ... so they wanted to...
Body cam footage of officer shooting two dogs released

Body cam footage of officer shooting two dogs released

Body camera footage was released Thursday of the Minneapolis Police officer who climbed a fence and shot two dogs while he responded to a false alarm. The graphic, point-of-view video shows Officer Michael Mays take aim, then fired at Ciroc hitting the dog in the jaw as it slowly walked toward him during the incident July 8. Another dog, Rocko, then runs into the frame and Mays fires twice striking...
Pence calls for Obamacare repeal during Columbus visit

Pence calls for Obamacare repeal during Columbus visit

The Ohio GOP is anything but united these days: four well-known Republicans are jockeying to be governor, John Kasich recently took a public swipe at Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is walking a tightrope over health care reforms and state Treasurer Josh Mandel faces a primary opponent in the U.S. Senate race. Despite these squabbles, more than 1,000 Republican Party faithful packed...
Atlanta group protests CNN coverage of Trump

Atlanta group protests CNN coverage of Trump

About 30 people gathered outside CNN’s Atlanta headquarters Saturday to protest the network’s coverage of President Donald Trump. “Beware fake news” and “CNN. Criminal News Network” were some of the messages they delivered to people walking nearby and to fellow political conservatives watching the demonstration via live feed on Breitbart.com. The...
Woman bit by shark off Florida Keys

Woman bit by shark off Florida Keys

A 40-year-old woman was bit on her foot by a shark in the Florida Keys and airlifted to the hospital Saturday. A good Samaritan reported the shark attack around 12:30 p.m. to the U.S. Coast Guard, according to WTVJ. The woman, who has not been identified, said it was a small shark. She is in the hospital in good condition.
Police break window to rescue dogs from hot car

Police break window to rescue dogs from hot car

Boston police officers and firefighters broke into a car Thursday evening to save a couple of dogs trapped inside. Boston 25 was there when police pulled the dogs from the car and put them into a police cruiser. A woman told us she was out for a run on Columbia Road in South Boston when she saw the dogs inside the car. She said she checked the temperature on her phone and it was 87 degrees outside...
Car drives off with nozzle in tank, sparking gas station fire

Car drives off with nozzle in tank, sparking gas station fire

A quick-thinking attendant prevented a small fire at a Southwest Austin gas station from becoming much, much worse, Austin fire officials said. The fire at an Exxon station at U.S. 290 and FM 1826 was confined to a single pump. It was reported just before 8 p.m. Friday. The Austin Fire Department said a car drove off with the fuel nozzle still in its gas tank, ripping the pump out of the ground and...
Bear spotted climbing fence at Florida apartment complex

Bear spotted climbing fence at Florida apartment complex

A bear climbed over a fence Thursday at an apartment complex near the St. Augustine Outlets, according to reports. A woman who sent in a video showing the bear's climbing skills said she saw it at around 9:45 p.m. near the Old Town Villages Apartments. The complex is a few miles from the St. Augustine Outlets. In the video, the bear was seen walking along the side of an apartment building and a fence...
Verizon backpack giveaway 2017: Some locations giving away free backpack with school supplies

Verizon backpack giveaway 2017: Some locations giving away free backpack with school supplies

Certain Verizon Wireless Zone locations will be giving away free backpacks full of school supplies on Sunday.  Through the “School Rocks Backpack Giveaway” program, Wireless Zone, along with TCC and the Culture of Good, have prepared more than 235,000 backpacks to be handed out to children in locations around the country. The backpacks are free on a first come, first serve basis....

State adds 11,500 jobs in June

Ohio’s unemployment rate rose slightly in June to 5 percent, as the state added 11,500 jobs. The number of unemployed in the state has gradually risen by about 10,000 people in the past 12 months, even as the state added 56,800 jobs, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported Friday. Government employment led job growth for the month. State employment was up by 6,000 and local government...
Louis Tomlinson heeds dying mother's wish, reconciles with ex-bandmate Zayn Malik

Louis Tomlinson heeds dying mother's wish, reconciles with ex-bandmate Zayn Malik

Louis Tomlinson said he honored a special request from his dying mother last December: The One Direction member reconciled with former bandmate Zayn Malik. >> Read more trending news The Sun reported that before her death from leukemia at age 42, Johannah Deakin initiated a secret reconciliation between her son and Malik, who had not spoken to one another for a year.  “My mum said...
Prince George marks his fourth birthday with official photo

Prince George marks his fourth birthday with official photo

Prince George celebrates his fourth birthday on Saturday, and the royal family released photographs of the beaming child, the Independent reported. >> Read more trending news The son of Prince William and his wife Kate is third in line to the British throne. In a statement, Kensington Palace said that "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share a new official portrait of Prince...
Minnesota man has collected nearly 3 million soda can tabs

Minnesota man has collected nearly 3 million soda can tabs

A Minnesota man has been collecting the tabs from aluminum cans for nearly 30 years, and he is closing in on a major milestone. In a Plexiglas box that is the size of a Dumpster, Jim Spinler has collected nearly 3 million tabs. >> Read more trending news “There’s 2,650,000 in there right now,” the 75-year-old Spinler told the Owatonna Peoples Press. “With the box...
Kentucky must pay attorney fees for couples who sued Kim Davis

Kentucky must pay attorney fees for couples who sued Kim Davis

A federal judge ruled Friday that Kentucky taxpayers must foot the bill for more than $220,000 in attorney fees for the couples who were denied marriage licenses by the Rowan County clerk, WKYT reported. >> Read more trending news In July 2015, four couples -- two same-sex and two opposite-sex filed suit against Kim Davis, who had refused to issue marriage licenses. Davis cited her religious...
Scientists will battle mosquito population by releasing 20 million of them

Scientists will battle mosquito population by releasing 20 million of them

Mosquitoes are an annoying pest, particularly during the summer. Now, scientists in California are working to shrink the population of the pesky insects that carry disease. >> Read more trending news How? The scientists will be releasing 20 million of them in California. If that sounds counterproductive, there is a method behind it. The plan is to release millions of sterile male mosquitoes...
First woman enlists to become a Navy SEAL

First woman enlists to become a Navy SEAL

A woman will be training with other potential candidates as she tries to become te first female Navy SEAL, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news The midshipman and another woman have enlisted and hope to join the Navy’s special operations teams. The Navy declined to identify the candidates, citing security considerations, NPR reported. The latter candidate was in boot camp for...
Canadian rock legend Kenny Shields dies 

Canadian rock legend Kenny Shields dies 

Kenny Shields, the lead singer of Canadian classic rock ‘n’ roll band Streetheart, died Friday after cardiac surgery in Winnipeg, CBC News reported. He was 69. >> Read more trending news Shields and Streetheart charted during the 1970s and 1980s with hits like “Action,” “Hollywood,” “Here Comes the Night,” and a cover of the...
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ champion dog Pudsey dies

‘Britain’s Got Talent’ champion dog Pudsey dies

Former “Britain’s Got Talent” winner Ashleigh Butler announced the death of her beloved dog, Pudsey on Friday, ITV reported. >> Read more trending news Butler, who won the 2012 season title on the ITV television show with Pudsey -- a mix of border collie, bichon frise and Chinese crested -- posted an emotional tribute on her Instagram account. “My handsome man is gone...
Woman, deputies aid 4 children left in car in Walmart parking lot

Woman, deputies aid 4 children left in car in Walmart parking lot

A Virginia woman and three sheriff’s deputies helped make four children comfortable, providing them with formula and diapers after they were left alone in a car in a Walmart parking lot, WTVR reported. >> Read more trending news  Crystal Richards-Jackson said she noticed three Hanover County deputies making multiple trips to a car parked outside a Walmart in Mechanicsville. Four...
Your eyes will fry under normal sunglasses during 2017 eclipse, here’s why

Your eyes will fry under normal sunglasses during 2017 eclipse, here’s why

The nation is preparing for the Aug. 21 “Great American” total solar eclipse, which is the first in 99 years to cross coast-to-coast. That means buying special eclipse glasses because normal sunglasses – even those with the darkest lenses – aren’t enough to protect eyes from damaging rays. It’s not that the sun is any stronger during an eclipse...

COMMENTARY: Congress shouldn’t mix planets and politics

In a 2009 panel on all-things science, noted self-proclaimed nerd Neil deGrasse Tyson shocked his audience in his answer to a politically loaded question. When asked which political party was better for science, Tyson remarked that Republicans were in fact more reliable providers of science funding. While many on the right cheered this response, his answer relies on the false presumption that being...
Hit the decks of Oasis of the Seas for perfect solar eclipse view

Hit the decks of Oasis of the Seas for perfect solar eclipse view

Want the perfect spot to view the Aug. 21 total eclipse of the sun? How about on the deck of a cruise ship, surrounded by miles of ocean! There’s still time to book the seven-night Total Eclipse Cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas, sailing from Port Canaveral on Aug. 20. The party kicks off the following day with eclipse-themed activities, including dance parties, trivia, enrichment lectures...
Great American eclipse: Celestial mechanics or act of God?

Great American eclipse: Celestial mechanics or act of God?

Man has always looked to the cosmos for answers, with delight, in fear, and for signs. In August, the boldest sign the universe can bring — a midday midnight — will be on display for millions of people as a total solar eclipse paints a black ribbon coast-to-coast. It is mechanical, an alignment predictable to the second, an event ripe for scientific study. Yet, it is also an...
Florida man pleads for return of wife's ashes stolen in burglary

Florida man pleads for return of wife's ashes stolen in burglary

A Maitland, Florida, man said Friday that he feels like he lost his wife a second time after her ashes were stolen in a home burglary just weeks before a planned trip to Hawaii to spread them on the beach. Frank Schieber bought his Maitland home with his wife, and “love of my life,” Nancy in December. Four weeks ago, she died of cancer. But before she did, Nancy asked her husband to take...
Inmate at Georgia jail, nurse passed letters, had sexual relationship, officials say

Inmate at Georgia jail, nurse passed letters, had sexual relationship, officials say

A former Fulton County jail nurse is accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate and sending him letters detailing “her enjoyment of sex with him,” according to a Fulton County Sheriff’s Office incident report.  Aleah Risby, 23, was released from the Fulton County jail on a $7,500 signature bond late Thursday, Fulton County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan...
Great American Eclipse: Economic boon or bust for towns in path?

Great American Eclipse: Economic boon or bust for towns in path?

The tiny town of Herculaneum, Missouri, canceled the Fourth of July this year. It’s saving its celebrations for the Super Bowl of celestial events — a total solar eclipse that will turn the Mississippi River-hugging burg of 4,000 dark for a full two minutes, 32 seconds on Aug. 21. Scores of cities from Oregon to South Carolina are planted in the 70-mile-wide path of totality...
Jimmy Kimmel shares update on infant son following heart surgery

Jimmy Kimmel shares update on infant son following heart surgery

A few months ago, Jimmy Kimmel revealed that his newborn son, Billy, was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease. The newborn was found to have a “hole in the wall of the left and right side of his heart.” Kimmel broke down on his show as he described his son going into surgery and described the wait as “the longest three hours of my life.” May 1, 2017 announcement: ...
Car thief suspects caught on camera arrested in same clothes in Springfield

Car thief suspects caught on camera arrested in same clothes in Springfield

Two men caught on camera stealing a car in Richmond were still wearing the same clothes when they were arrested in Springfield, deputies said. Richmond, Indiana, police on Tuesday notified the Clark County Sheriff’s Office that a stolen black Pontiac G6 could be in the Springfield area. A short time later, a deputy spotted the car near Springfield High School, according to the sheriff&rsquo...
Owl in wheel of plane delays flight out of Portland airport

Owl in wheel of plane delays flight out of Portland airport

A flight out of Portland International Airport was delayed last week when flight crew saw a owl in a plane. KGW reported that a barn owl was in the wheel well of a small PenAir plane. The plane was at the airport overnight and was stored in an older hanger that typically has owls around it, according to an airline spokesman. Crew members found the owl during pre-flight checks, according to KGW...
Prince George celebrates his fourth birthday with official portrait

Prince George celebrates his fourth birthday with official portrait

Prince George will be celebrating his fourth birthday on Saturday. In anticipation of the little prince’s day, Kensington Palace has released a new portrait of George. E! Online reports that the photo was taken by Chris Jackson of Getty Images, who takes many photos for the royal family. “The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this lovely picture as they celebrate Prince George&rsquo...
Charlize Theron opens up about the night her mother shot her father in self-defense

Charlize Theron opens up about the night her mother shot her father in self-defense

When Charlize Theron was 15 years old, her mother shot and killed her alcoholic father in self-defense. It was a traumatic experience for the Oscar-winning actress, who has infrequently discussed what happened that night in public. According to PEOPLE, Theron opened up about the evening her father died in a new interview with Howard Stern to promote her film “Atomic Blonde.” &ldquo...
Linkin Park cancels tour following death of Chester Bennington

Linkin Park cancels tour following death of Chester Bennington

Following the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, the rock band has canceled its upcoming tour. Concert promoter Live Nation issued a statement on Friday: The band’s U.S. tour to support new album “One More Light” was slated to kick off a summer run of arenas and amphitheaters with Machine Gun Kelly on July 27 in Boston. Bennington, 41, died of a suicide by hanging Thursday...
Beyonce’s wax figure restyled and ‘adjusted’ after criticism 

Beyonce’s wax figure restyled and ‘adjusted’ after criticism 

Beyonce’s wax figure at Madame Tussauds in New York took a brief break and returned restyled and “adjusted” Friday after fans said it looked nothing like the star. The New York Times reported that the statue wasn’t on display Thursday afternoon. A museum representative would not answer questions about why the figure was no longer displayed, only saying that it was ...
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