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Cedar Point rolls out record-breaking new hybrid coaster 

It seems that even roller coasters can be vengeful.  For proof of that, turn to Steel Vengeance, Cedar Point’s new 75-mile-per-hour roller coaster.  The Sandusky amusement park bills it as the world’s first “hyper-hybrid” coaster and calls it a “massive wooden structure with smooth, steel track.” The park’s official opening date is May 5. ...
Lemon-glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts available for one week only

Lemon-glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts available for one week only

Krispy Kreme is offering its signature doughnuts with lemon glaze, but only for a week. Participating shops of the doughnut chain are offering the flavor from April 23 to April 29. The glaze was one of four options customers could vote for. The others, Food and Wine reported, were caramel, maple and blueberry. >> Read more trending news  According to a news release,...
Luxury accessories store opens TODAY at Monroe outlet mall

Luxury accessories store opens TODAY at Monroe outlet mall

The region’s first Shinola Outlet opens today among the mix of more than 100 stores at Cincinnati Premium Outlets in Monroe. Founded in 2011, the Detroit, Mich.-based company offers a variety of watches, leather goods, bicycles, journals and accessories for men and women. The Shinola store will be joined at the outlet mall this summer by luxury brand Kate Spade. MORE: Kate Spade store to open...
‘Safety alert’ Facebook post an example of good intentions gone awry

‘Safety alert’ Facebook post an example of good intentions gone awry

In the age of social media alerts, viral Facebook posts and public shaming, something occurred in our own backyards last week that can serve as an example to everyone: What you see on social media rarely tells the entire story. Take it with a grain of salt. I first saw this Facebook post Thursday afternoon in a group for Wellington moms. “SAFETY ALERT!!!” it began. “Ladies, my husband...
WOW air offering $69 flights to Iceland from Cincinnati this summer

WOW air offering $69 flights to Iceland from Cincinnati this summer

Icelandic low-cost airline WOW air is offering $69 one-way fares from Cincinnati and 12 other cities to Iceland during the summer and the fall. The first introduced $69 one-way fares in 2017 and is excited to bring them back in time for summer and fall vacation planning. The discounted flights will be available from Baltimore/ Washington, D.C. (BWI), Chicago (ORD), Cleveland (CLE), Cincinnati (CVG)...
Old Navy to open 60 new stores, remodel 150

Old Navy to open 60 new stores, remodel 150

The parent company of Old Navy is planning to open 60 more stores this year. Gap Inc., which operates the discount apparel brand, told CNBC it will also be remodeling about 150 Old Navy stores over the next few months. Most of those remodels will include upgrades to fitting rooms, bathrooms and check out areas and around 10 percent of those stores will be a full makeover. The new stores will...
5 local country artists to watch — and where you can watch them

5 local country artists to watch — and where you can watch them

This Wednesday, four hot local country music acts will take to the stage to raise money for Moms 4 Miracles. M4M is a component fund of The Dayton Foundation that supports children with cancer around the Dayton-area. The musical acts include Clark Manson, Kate Hasting Band, Wyatt McCubbin and Ashley Martin. These are among the biggest names in local country music. We spoke with Nancy Wilson...
'Tick explosion' coming this summer, expert warns

'Tick explosion' coming this summer, expert warns

Now that summer is just around the corner, experts are warning that ticks will be coming back in full force. One tick expert in New England told Boston's WFXT that the warmer weather will cause what he called a "tick explosion." The tiny, pesky and possibly harmful arachnids are about to spring into action, and everyone should be extra vigilant. "They're up and looking for...
Racial disparities in school discipline are growing, federal data show

Racial disparities in school discipline are growing, federal data show

WASHINGTON — Black students faced greater rates of suspension, expulsion and arrest than their white classmates, according to federal data released Tuesday, disparities that have widened despite efforts to fix them. The findings, drawn from the Civil Rights Data Collection, come as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering curbing the department's role in investigating racial disparities...
20-year-old bear attack survivor bitten by shark while surfing

20-year-old bear attack survivor bitten by shark while surfing

Dylan McWilliams loves nature, but nature doesn’t always love him back. The 20-year-old Grand Junction, Colorado, resident was surfing off the Kauai coastline in Hawaii Thursday morning when he suddenly felt searing pain in his calf. He told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that he looked down to see what appeared to be a tiger shark between 6 and 8 feet long. “At first, I panicked,&rdquo...
How did Winans get to Springfield? The coffee shop’s story started in 1933

How did Winans get to Springfield? The coffee shop’s story started in 1933

Who doesn’t love the taste and aroma of a great cup of coffee? Downtown Springfield has a spot you’re sure to like. RESTAURANT: Winans Chocolates & Coffees LOCATION: 32 N. Fountain Ave., Springfield CONTACT: https://www.facebook.com/WinansSpringfield/ TELEPHONE: (937) 717-0268 At the start of the 20th century, Charles and Katie Walton owned a pastry shop in Bryan, Ohio. Their daughter...
Ohio among states battling sudden rise in Hepatitis A cases

Ohio among states battling sudden rise in Hepatitis A cases

The number of Hepatitis A cases in Ohio and neighboring states has spiked since January, the Ohio Department of Health is reporting. The are currently 31 cases in the state, the highest since 2015, the Greene County Public Health said in a release Tuesday. In comparison, there were four cases during the same period in 2017, two in 2016 and five in 2015, according to the release.  Hepatitis A...
‘Summer of Love’ in Springfield: Why this weekend event will be great for the ears and the eyes

‘Summer of Love’ in Springfield: Why this weekend event will be great for the ears and the eyes

The saying goes “If you remember the 1960s, you weren’t really there.” With the music that came out of the era, who could forget? “Glen Burtnik’s Summer of Love Concert” offers note-for-note recreations music revue-style up through Woodstock. It will be in the Clark State Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28. This is the finale concert of the Springfield...
Camping World RV super retail center in Huber Heights to generate at least $1.7M for city 

Camping World RV super retail center in Huber Heights to generate at least $1.7M for city 

Camping World Holdings, a network of RV retail locations, plans to build a super retail center in Huber Heights. Plans are underway to expand the company footprint with additional locations in several high traffic, outdoor-centric markets, with the new SuperCenters in Georgia, Illinois and Huber Heights. The centers are planned to open later this year. Specific locations have not yet been announced...
Study: Even mild head injuries increase risk of Parkinson's disease

Study: Even mild head injuries increase risk of Parkinson's disease

Even mild head injuries dramatically increase an individual's risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a new large-scale study on veterans. The new research, published this month in the academic journal Neurology, looked at data collected from 325,870 former members of the U.S. military ranging from 31 to 65 years of age. Researchers discovered that individuals who experienced a concussion...
To stop porch thieves, Amazon will put packages in cars

To stop porch thieves, Amazon will put packages in cars

To stop porch thieves from stealing packages after delivery, Amazon is now testing a new concept where they’ll put customers’ packages in their parked cars. Amazon is rolling out the program in 37 cities for customers with new compatible vehicles. With Amazon Key In-Car, Prime members with compatible vehicles now have the convenience of having packages delivered inside their cars when...
Amazon working on home robot, report says

Amazon working on home robot, report says

Amazon.com Inc. may be gearing up for its next big project: a home robot. The rumor comes from a Bloomberg report published Monday in which sources familiar with the plan revealed that the company has started work on the domestic robot under the code name Vesta. >> Read more trending news  According to the sources, Vesta has apparently been in the works for years, but new...
Veteran receives penis, scrotum transplant in surgery doctors hail as a medical first

Veteran receives penis, scrotum transplant in surgery doctors hail as a medical first

An Afghanistan war veteran who had his genitals blown off by a roadside bomb is the recipient of a donated penis and scrotum that doctors hope will restore his ability to function normally, after a 14-hour surgery that doctors hailed as a medical first. The veteran, who asked to remain anonymous for privacy-related reasons, received the tissue transplant from a team of 11 doctors - nine plastic surgeons...
Special Forces veteran’s missing dog found safe after crash

Special Forces veteran’s missing dog found safe after crash

A service dog missing for more than two days after he ran off when the vehicle his owner was driving became involved in a crash in Kettering has been found and reunited with his owner. Officials say Zeus, a German short-hair Pointer — two years old, weighing about 60 pounds — and his owner, a Special Forces veteran, were involved in a two-vehicle crash that ended with their vehicle into...
Sears CEO offers tentative deal to buy Kenmore, real estate assets

Sears CEO offers tentative deal to buy Kenmore, real estate assets

Sears shares are jumping after CEO Eddie Lampert offered to buy one of its units through his hedge fund, ESL Investments. In a letter to the company’s board of directors, Lampert said he would buy the unit through his hedge fund. The letter notes that Kenmore, SHIP and PartsDirect have substantial value and that divesting one or more of them would enable the company to improve its debt...
With Elder-Beerman closings, can local malls survive?

With Elder-Beerman closings, can local malls survive?

The closure of six area Elder-Beerman locations in the next few months could spell trouble for area malls who have relied on customer traffic and high-price leases from the longtime department store. Bon Ton Stores Inc., the parent company of Elder-Beerman, announced last week it was going out of business after it could not attract a buyer during its bankruptcy proceedings. The closure will mean more...
Kroger completes $2 billion sale of convenience stores

Kroger completes $2 billion sale of convenience stores

The Kroger Co. announced it has completed the sale of its convenience store business unit to EG Group for $2.15 billion. Kroger announced in October 2017 its intention to explore strategic alternatives for its convenience store business, including a potential sale, in conjunction with Restock Kroger. In February, Kroger and EG Group announced an agreement for the sale of Kroger’s convenience...
Family finds their dog poisoned by methamphetamine and cocaine

Family finds their dog poisoned by methamphetamine and cocaine

A Washington family is warning others, after their boxer somehow got poisoned by meth.  They noticed something was off with their two-year-old pup “Allie” and rushed her to the pet ER Friday.  The Veterinary Specialty Center in Lynwood – where they brought Allie - says cases where pets get poisoned by pot or illicit drugs is going up. Now about 25 percent of its cases...
Sears to close another store in Ohio

Sears to close another store in Ohio

Sears will close another store in Ohio. The stores will close in July and liquidation sales will begin on Friday at most stores, Business Insider reported. Sears at 7401 Market St. in Youngstown, Ohio will close. The latest closures add to the list of the 166 stores that Sears had previously said it would shut down this year. » STORE CLOSINGS: Sears to close 50 auto centers Sears Holdings, which...
Café giving away free burger TODAY to celebrate Earth Day

Café giving away free burger TODAY to celebrate Earth Day

Northstar Café is celebrating its 14th Earth Day today by giving away a free vegetable burger. The giveaway starts at 3 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. at all Northstar locations, including Liberty Center, Easton and Westerville, as well as Beechwold and Short North. The restaurant’s signature burger is made with organic brown rice, black beans and beets. “We...
What is Earth Day? 5 things to know

What is Earth Day? 5 things to know

Sunday is Earth Day 2018, and more than one billion people across the globe are expected to celebrate with environmentally friendly events. But what exactly is Earth Day? Here's what you need to know: >> Read more trending news  The first Earth Day celebration took place 48 years ago, in 1970, after a devastating oil spill in America brought environmental issues to the forefront of public...
Stray dog named Publix rescued, then adopted by his guardian angel

Stray dog named Publix rescued, then adopted by his guardian angel

A stray dog who lingered around a former Publix grocery store in metro Atlanta for a year has finally found a loving home. The story behind the adoption is heartwarming. The animal shelter PAWS Atlanta posted Publix's story Friday on its Facebook page. Shelter staff said a woman came rushing to the office Thursday as it was closing, asking if they had Publix. >> Read more trending news ...

Did you want extra tarantula on that hamburger?

When it comes to food, there aren’t a lot of things I won’t try. But I draw the line at eating any species I ever had as pets. There are some exceptions. Although as a child I briefly had a pair of rabbits given to me on Easter, I eventually bent the rule and sampled jugged hare on a trip to England. And I will order duck a l’orange, even though one summer a pair of mallards lived...
Mother says preschool banned daughter, other students from using term ‘best friend’

Mother says preschool banned daughter, other students from using term ‘best friend’

A Georgetown, Massachusetts, preschool is causing controversy by banning students from using the term “best friend.” WFTXT reported that mother Christine Hartwell said she is outraged after a teacher at Pentucket Workshop Preschool told her 4-year-old daughter she couldn’t call one of her classmates her “best friend.” The preschool defends its stance, saying banning the...
Immunotherapy plus chemo doubles lung cancer survival, study says

Immunotherapy plus chemo doubles lung cancer survival, study says

Chemotherapy and radiation are common treatments for lung cancer. However, immunotherapy may be able to help double a patient’s survival, according to a new report. Researchers from New York University’s Perlmutter Cancer Center recently conducted a study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, to determine which treatments were most effective for those newly diagnosed...
Ohio gets $26M federal grant to target opioid crisis

Ohio gets $26M federal grant to target opioid crisis

Ohio received $26 million in federal funding to assist with the state’s opioid crisis response. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the second round of opioid state targeted response grants were released this week. The federal government awarded $485 million that was divided among the states and territories for efforts to prevent misuse of opioids in the first place, to expand...
Can I still use my gift card at Elder-Beerman? 5 questions answered for customers

Can I still use my gift card at Elder-Beerman? 5 questions answered for customers

Elder-Beerman’s parent company announced the going-out-of-business sale begins today for its 212 stores and e-commerce website. Bon-Ton Stores Inc. is closing all stores after only liquidators submitted bids for the retailer at a bankruptcy auction earlier this week. Bon-Ton’s liquidation sales are expected to run for about 10 to 12 weeks. Bon-Ton currently has 250 stores, 38 of which...
LA Fitness apologizes for racial profiling incident at New Jersey club

LA Fitness apologizes for racial profiling incident at New Jersey club

LA Fitness issued an apology after two black patrons were wrongly accused of not paying at a New Jersey club and were asked to leave, CNN reported. Tshyrad Oates posted videos of the encounter, which occurred Sunday in Secaucus, New Jersey, on Facebook. Oates said he had a guest pass and his friend was a current member. Oates said in his Facebook post that a manager told them they were banned...
7-year-old cat who walked 12 miles to owners who gave him away finds forever family

7-year-old cat who walked 12 miles to owners who gave him away finds forever family

A 7-year-old cat given away by his family walked 12 miles back home -- only to be given away again. WRAL.com reported that, according to an April 4 Facebook post from the SPCA of Wake County, Toby, a fluffy orange and white cat, was given to another family but found his way back to his home. >> Read more trending news  “When he arrived, he was met with heartbreak,” ...
This month is your chance to start a more active lifestyle. Here’s how.

This month is your chance to start a more active lifestyle. Here’s how.

Keeping your heart healthy takes more than just a balanced diet and a few super foods. Exercise is just as important, and the American Heart Association is urging Americans to get out and get active in the month of April. AHA’s Move More Month encourages more Americans to get out and walk their way to better health. » TRENDING: What you should know about a crash in Springfield which left...
What would Prince want? Two years later, his estate is a mess and his legacy unclear

What would Prince want? Two years later, his estate is a mess and his legacy unclear

CHANHASSEN, Minnesota — Near Influence Hallway, past Paisley Park's platinum album-lined entry, our tour group is led to Prince's inner sanctum, a two-story atrium painted sky blue with clouds — his take on heaven. A trio of doves flutter in an ornate cage. They don't cry. They coo. The late artist's residence and recording complex sprawls alongside a well-traveled highway, 20 miles from...
Pier 1 Imports to close up to 25 stores

Pier 1 Imports to close up to 25 stores

Pier 1 Imports Inc. will close up to 25 stores in the next two years, the company announced during its quarterly earnings call. Net sales decreased 1.4 percent to $469.2 million, according to a company statement. Alasdair James, president and CEO, said the company’s financial performance was impacted by the hurricanes in Texas and Florida. E-commerce sales reached 26 percent. “We saw improved...
This Clark County restaurant is about as ‘mom and pop’ as it gets

This Clark County restaurant is about as ‘mom and pop’ as it gets

Sometimes, a bit of throwback history can make an eatery even more interesting to visit. That would certainly be the case at this one. Restaurant: Sis’s Restaurant Location: 2 W. Pleasant St., Catawba Contact: Facebook for “Daily Specials” Telephone: (937) 828-0061 Catawba was a common stagecoach station in the mid-1800s. This corner building in its downtown still has the actual...
Elder-Beerman store closings: Everything we know now about local impact

Elder-Beerman store closings: Everything we know now about local impact

After several last ditch attempts to save one of America’s oldest retailers, Bon-Ton Stores Inc. joined the ranks of companies that have succumbed to the retail apocalypse. Bon-Ton Stores Inc. officials announced on Wednesday morning that a joint bidder, including a group of the bankrupt retail chain’s bondholders, won the auction for the company’s asset — signaling the...
15 memories at Elder-Beerman that influenced your lives

15 memories at Elder-Beerman that influenced your lives

It’s official: Elder-Beerman’s parent company is headed for liquidation. Bon-Ton Stores Inc. officials announced a joint bidder, including a group of the bankrupt retail chain’s bondholders, won an auction for the company’s asset. The retailer, established 135-years-ago in Dayton and the city’s last hometown department store, will liquidate all stores. The Dayton...
College students create app making it easier to track diabetes

College students create app making it easier to track diabetes

When it comes to diabetes, the numbers are staggering -- 30 million Americans are estimated to be living with the disease, 1.4 million new cases are diagnosed annually in the United States and about 25 percent of those patients don’t know they have the disease. Those numbers caught the attention of some Harvard students who came up with an easy way for people to track their blood sugar levels...
Amazon, Best Buy team up to change the way you watch TV

Amazon, Best Buy team up to change the way you watch TV

Amazon and Best Buy announced a collaboration to bring the next generation of Fire TV Edition smart TVs to customers in the United States and Canada. Best Buy will launch more than ten 4K and HD Fire TV Edition models from Insignia and Toshiba, beginning this summer. The newly designed smart TVs come with the Fire TV experience built-in, uniquely bringing together live over-the-air TV and all your...
This new tool in Springfield is a unique (and easier) way to test your liver health

This new tool in Springfield is a unique (and easier) way to test your liver health

A liver biopsy is a painful procedure. A long needle goes through the skin into the liver and pulls out a core of liver tissue. It’s risky, invasive and expensive. But what if another option existed? Now, it does. HEALTH NEWS: $8B Mercy merger part of trend toward massive health systems Mercy Health in Springfield recently acquired a medical instrument called FibroScan. The tool is extremely...
Farewell Elder-Beerman. Share your memories about the closing retailer

Farewell Elder-Beerman. Share your memories about the closing retailer

It’s official: Elder-Beerman’s parent company is headed for liquidation. Bon-Ton Stores Inc. officials announced a joint bidder, including a group of the bankrupt retail chain’s bondholders, won an auction for the company’s asset. The retailer, established 135-years-ago in Dayton and the city’s last hometown department store, will liquidate all stores. What are your...
Elder-Beerman closing disappoints local mall officials

Elder-Beerman closing disappoints local mall officials

Miami Valley Centre Mall officials said the closure and liquidation of all Bon-Ton stores is disappointing for the local shopping center. The mall, located in Piqua, issued a statement today after Bon-Ton Stores Inc. officials announced a joint bidder, including a group of the bankrupt retail chain’s bondholders, won an auction for the company’s asset. Elder-Beerman opened in Piqua...
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