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Your guide to finding the best lawn care pros this summer

The “Agony and the Ecstasy” may be a literary classic, but it's also an on-point description of owning a house with a lawn. Yes, it offers a wonderful play space for the kids and a respite from the workaday world for the adults. But when the heat climbs and the brown spots start showing and the lawn guy who signed up in cooler months starts ghosting you, your lawn can turn into real...
What Had Happened Was podcast: The Fosters’ Sherri Saum on super hot husband and having her magazines confiscated in Kettering

What Had Happened Was podcast: The Fosters’ Sherri Saum on super hot husband and having her magazines confiscated in Kettering

She didn’t wear combat boots — and maybe that made all the difference.  Amelia Robinson chatted with actress Sherri Saum for the latest episode of the What Had Happened Was podcast.  The world knows Saum best for her role as Lena Adams Foster on the groundbreaking TV show “The Fosters,” but many in these parts know her best as the daughter...
Bill’s Donut Shop to close for renovations

Bill’s Donut Shop to close for renovations

One of the area’s most well-known places to grab a doughnut will close for a week in July. Bill’s Donut Shop on North Main Street in Centerville will close at 3 p.m. July 1 and reopen at 3 p.m. July 8, co-owner Jim Elam told this news organization. The store will be getting some renovations while it’s closed for a week, Elam said. New air conditioning units will be installed as will...
Here’s how to identify (and get rid of) venomous spiders in your home

Here’s how to identify (and get rid of) venomous spiders in your home

Most people aren't too happy when they encounter a spider, and that's especially true if the creepy-crawly you come across happens to be venomous. Although it's understandable to be anxious about venomous spiders, it’s important to know the difference between a harmless spider and a dangerous one. Here are some important tips from experts on dealing with venomous spiders and what to do if you...
Pope Francis criticizes Trump administration for migrant family separations

Pope Francis criticizes Trump administration for migrant family separations

Pope Francis criticized the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border in an interview published Wednesday by Reuters. “It’s not easy, but populism is not the answer,” he said. The pope told Reuters that he agreed with statements made last week by Catholic bishops in America who called the family separation policy...
Mom warns of sunless heatstroke after toddler almost doesn't wake up from nap

Mom warns of sunless heatstroke after toddler almost doesn't wake up from nap

A Canadian mother is warning other parents about the dangers of indoor heatstroke after her daughter endured a frightening ordeal. Jennifer Abma of Edmonton, Alberta, told "Today" that she was keeping her daughters inside when a heatwave hit their town. Her 3-year-old daughter, Anastasia, went upstairs to take a nap a few weeks ago after playing with her 1-year-old sister. An hour...
Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer

Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer

There's a health warning about a chemical found in most sunscreens. A new study found that when that chemical comes into contact with sun and chlorine, it can become toxic. If you flip over your sunscreen, chances are avobenzone is first ingredient you'll find. In fact, Boston's WFXT went into a couple of drug stores and found the vast majority of the sunscreens on the shelves have this...
‘Limb pit’ found on Civil War battlefield in Virginia tells of horror stories

‘Limb pit’ found on Civil War battlefield in Virginia tells of horror stories

The bullet probably hit the Union soldier as he was fleeing. It may have struck his cartridge box first, which sent it tumbling through the muscle of his right buttock, broke his right leg and buried itself sideways in his thigh bone just below the hip. His buddies probably carried him as they retreated before the storm of Rebel gun and cannon fire. At the field hospital, the harried surgeons probably...
‘Are you dead, sir?’: Video shows ER doctor mocking, berating patient with anxiety

‘Are you dead, sir?’: Video shows ER doctor mocking, berating patient with anxiety

A California hospital has permanently removed an emergency room doctor from its roster after she was caught on video mocking a man who was likely in withdrawal from his anxiety medication.  Samuel Bardwell, 20, went to El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos June 11 after suffering a panic attack after basketball practice, his father, Donald Bardwell, told the San Francisco Chronicle. Donald Bardwell...
Recording of crying immigrant children separated from parents at border sparks outrage

Recording of crying immigrant children separated from parents at border sparks outrage

A recording of crying immigrant children who reportedly were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border circulated online Monday, sparking outrage among critics of the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration. The eight-minute audio clip, first published Monday by ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news site, was recorded at...
Massive Toys ‘R’ Us giraffe mascot given away through liquidation sale

Massive Toys ‘R’ Us giraffe mascot given away through liquidation sale

Toys “R” Us mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe has a new home. The toy store chain is undergoing the process of liquidating all of its stores after filing for bankruptcy earlier this year. The retailer sold off its 16-ft., 550-pound fiberglass statue of the giraffe mascot to a children’s hospital. Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey acquired the statue through...
Tipp City actress lands first big-screen role in new Jennifer Aniston movie

Tipp City actress lands first big-screen role in new Jennifer Aniston movie

One of Tipp City’s daughters plays the object of Jennifer Aniston’s son’s affection in a newly released movie.  Carrie Wampler, 21, plays Army medic Jenny Smith in the Alexandre Moors directed film “The Yellow Bird.”  Wampler has appeared in a number of  TV shows and in commercials since her family made the permanent move to Hollywood about...
Seven-Day Menu Planner

Seven-Day Menu Planner

6/24 Family Sunday Serve the family Pine Nut-Stuffed Pork Loin With Pineapple Salsa (see recipe) and be ready for compliments. Serve the juicy pork with brown rice and fresh asparagus. Add whole-grain rolls. For a delectable dessert, try peach cobbler with a dab of vanilla ice cream. Plan ahead: Save enough pork and cobbler...
Bob Dole's final mission takes place each Saturday at the National World War II Memorial

Bob Dole's final mission takes place each Saturday at the National World War II Memorial

Each Saturday, before Bob Dole sets off on his latest vocation, he has cornflakes, a little sugar on top, and a bottle of chocolate Boost. It takes less time to get dressed now that the 94-year-old finally allows a nurse to help him, but it remains a rough half-hour on a body racked by injury and age. The blue oxford has to be maneuvered over the dead right arm and the shoulder that was blown away...
World Health Organization declares gaming disorder official condition, publishes diagnosis criteria

World Health Organization declares gaming disorder official condition, publishes diagnosis criteria

Parents may think their children are addicted to video games. now The World Health Organization has declared it a new mental health condition.  Specifically, the WHO has listed gaming disorder as a condition in the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases, CNN reported. The WHO announcedlast year that it was going to include the disorder in the latest edition. Dr. Vladimir...
On Father’s Day, John Legend shared photo of Chrissy Teigen — pumping breast milk — with sweet message

On Father’s Day, John Legend shared photo of Chrissy Teigen — pumping breast milk — with sweet message

John Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, are a unique brand of couple goals. On the one hand, they're relatable — Teigen has a history of sharing real moments on her social media accounts, like a photo of stretch marks on her thighs and, more recently, one of her in postpartum underwear after the birth of the couple's second baby on May 17, 2018. Then, on the other hand, they're...
Did Kroger make the list? America’s top 13 favorite grocery stores

Did Kroger make the list? America’s top 13 favorite grocery stores

Some grocery chain have shoppers who are majorly loyal to their stores. Marketforce surveyed nearly 13,000 U.S. consumers, and asked them about their grocery shopping habits including brand preference, customer experience and brand awareness. About 48 percent of customers were very satisfied with their customer experience during their last grocery visit, according to the survey. 1. Publix Super Markets...
Parents' warning after 2-year-old climbs pool safety ladder goes viral

Parents' warning after 2-year-old climbs pool safety ladder goes viral

An Attleboro, Massachusetts, couple recently realized the ladder designed to keep their 2-year-old boy from accidentally drowning in the swimming pool didn’t work.  Keith and Tonya Wyman share the fear any parent would experience after what could have been a tragic accident. “If I turned my back for a minute, he would have been right in,” Tonya said.  Their son, Cody...
The movement to honor Ida B. Wells gains momentum

The movement to honor Ida B. Wells gains momentum

CHICAGO — Across the top, the grave marker at Oak Woods Cemetery reads BARNETT. Along the bottom, "Crusaders for Justice." On the left, there is her name: Ida B. Wells, beside her husband's. This stone is the rare marker in Chicago that honors Wells, a hero in an unending battle against racial injustice who died in 1931. Born into slavery in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Wells became...
Celebrate Father's Day with these 10 so-bad-they're-good dad jokes

Celebrate Father's Day with these 10 so-bad-they're-good dad jokes

Happy Father's Day! Twitter users around the world are using the hashtags #DadJokes and #FunnyThingsDadsSay to celebrate their dads with baffling wisecracks and head-scratching words of wisdom. >> Read more trending news  Check out 10 of the best-worst jokes below: 3. "It's not a dad bod. It's a father figure." – @chrismakespuns 4. "Was going to go to the...
'At Last': School receptionist celebrates summer break with viral intercom serenade

'At Last': School receptionist celebrates summer break with viral intercom serenade

A school receptionist's stunning ode to summer is going viral. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  According to USA Today, Regina Ballard, who works at North Lincoln High in Lincolnton, North Carolina, took to the school intercom Wednesday to welcome summer break with a joyful rendition of Etta James' "At Last." The performance, which was captured...
Springfield mosque hosts holy month festivities; more to come this weekend

Springfield mosque hosts holy month festivities; more to come this weekend

The Masjid Al-Madina Mosque in Springfield has commenced festivities for celebration of Eid-Al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Shawwal, the tenth month of the lunar Islamic calendar. All celebratory events at the mosque are funded through community fundraisers and charitable donations, according to Mohammad Ashraf, president of the Miami Valley Islamic Association of Springfield...
Not a hoax: There is a tick that causes red meat allergies 

Not a hoax: There is a tick that causes red meat allergies 

Burger lovers, rib grillers, Taco Tuesday fans−listen up. The Center for Disease Control's May 2018 report that diseases transmitted by fleas, mosquitoes and ticks have tripled in recent years was bad enough, but this is even worse. One type of tick bite causes an allergy to red meat. The actual ailment is galactose-alpha, or alpha-gal. It's transmitted by the Lone Star Tick,...
Retail sales increase in May, expected to continue growing this year

Retail sales increase in May, expected to continue growing this year

Consumers are still spending more money in 2018’s growing economy. May retail sales are up 0.7 percent when seasonally adjusted, building on the 0.5 percent increase in April, the National Retail Federation reports. Compared to last year, May’s sales were up 5.6 percent. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants. “The economy is looking strong and households...
Food truck rally next week to benefit local Alzheimer’s Association

Food truck rally next week to benefit local Alzheimer’s Association

Teams across the Miami Valley will participate in activities they love to honor those living with Alzheimer’s disease on the Longest Day Ever. The Miami Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association invites the entire community to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s and participate in The Longest Day activities and events happening in the area on June 21. Funds raised from The Longest...
WATCH: Bear, 5-year-old boy jump together at Nashville Zoo in adorable viral video

WATCH: Bear, 5-year-old boy jump together at Nashville Zoo in adorable viral video

An adorable video of a bear jumping with a 5-year-old boy at Tennessee's Nashville Zoo is going viral. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  According to WZTV, Patrick Parker recently took his son, Ian, to the zoo, where they saw an Andean bear named Luka. Ian jumped happily when he saw Luka, who copied Ian's moves from the other side of a glass divider. >...
Why a major paper on the Mediterranean diet was just retracted and replaced

Why a major paper on the Mediterranean diet was just retracted and replaced

Fads in nutrition come and go, but one diet in particular has been widely heralded for its benefits to health — the "Mediterranean diet," rich with vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts and olive oil. For decades, researchers have shown that people in Mediterranean countries seem to show lower rates of heart disease. And in 2013, one landmark study gave the strongest proof yet in one of the...
Albert Einstein decried racism in America; his diaries reveal a xenophobic, misogynistic side

Albert Einstein decried racism in America; his diaries reveal a xenophobic, misogynistic side

In 1946, Albert Einstein stood in front of students at the oldest historically black college in the United States and decried the oppression of African Americans. "There is separation of colored people from white people in the United States. That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. I do not intend to be quiet about it," he said during a commencement...
Raccoon released after scaling 25-story skyscraper, capturing hearts nationwide

Raccoon released after scaling 25-story skyscraper, capturing hearts nationwide

A raccoon's captivating climb up the side of a 25-story Minnesota high-rise came to a happy ending Wednesday after the fuzzy daredevil was released back into nature after reaching the top of the building. Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 13: Officials with Wildlife Management Services, a pest control business based in Brooklyn Park, said they released the raccoon Wednesday afternoon on private property...
What’s replacing traditional malls, stores? Trampoline parks, apparently

What’s replacing traditional malls, stores? Trampoline parks, apparently

With retailers like Toys “R” Us and Elder-Beerman disappearing from the region, some unorthodox entertainment concepts could be bouncing on in. Trampoline parks and other entertainment concepts are filling vacant tenant spaces as traditional brick-and-mortar retailers struggle to find a way to fight online shopping trends. More indoor trampoline parks are opening worldwide and existing...
Jefferson's Monticello gives Sally Hemings her place in presidential history

Jefferson's Monticello gives Sally Hemings her place in presidential history

You cannot see Thomas Jefferson's mansion, Monticello, from the small room burrowed into the ground along the south wing of his estate. When the door is closed, you can't see anything at all, because it is a windowless room, with a low ceiling and damp walls.  But this was, very likely, the room inhabited by Sally Hemings, the enslaved woman who bore six of Jefferson's children, a woman about...
Stung by a jellyfish on vacation? Here’s what you should do

Stung by a jellyfish on vacation? Here’s what you should do

Contrary to popular belief, you really shouldn’t pee on a jellyfish sting. Jellyfish stings are on the rise in Florida, according to The Weather Channel. More than 600 people were treated for jellyfish stings over the weekend along Florida’s central Atlantic coast, according to lifeguards on the beaches. Here’s what you need to do if you suspect you’ve been stung by a jellyfish...
No minimum-wage workers can afford a 2-bedroom apartment anywhere in the US, study finds

No minimum-wage workers can afford a 2-bedroom apartment anywhere in the US, study finds

The economy's booming. Some states have raised minimum wages. But even with recent wage growth for the lowest-paid workers, there is still nowhere in the country where someone working a full-time minimum-wage job could afford to rent a modest two-bedroom apartment, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Not even in Arkansas, the state with the...
Dogs may love ice cubes, but ice cubes don’t love them back

Dogs may love ice cubes, but ice cubes don’t love them back

Teddy likes chomping on ice cubes. Most dog parents I talk to say their dogs also enjoy the “cube.” A dropped ice cube is Teddy’s prey. First, he pounces on the frozen goodness. If it slides away, Teddy tracks it, nose to the floor. The pooch places a front paw on the cube to stop it from sliding. When Teddy has it firmly in his mouth he takes his catch to the living room. He&rsquo...
Kid busted for an illegal lemonade stand?!? Company wants to help get your kid out of hot water

Kid busted for an illegal lemonade stand?!? Company wants to help get your kid out of hot water

Here is a fact that will pucker your face: kids have had their lemonade stand shut down for not having the right permit.  It doesn’t happen often, but we are as serious as a barrel of rotten lemons when we say children have had their lemonade stands shut down and/or have been fined by the long arm of the law for permit issues.  Most recently — as far as we can tell ...
Women smashing their way into upcoming firefighter challenge 

Women smashing their way into upcoming firefighter challenge 

Women are about to smash a glass ceiling, and it should come as no surprise.  These ladies carry hammers and axes. Jake Preston, the organizer of the annual Hunks and Ladders calendar, said this year’s Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Challenge will be co-ed for the very first time.  That means female firefighters will battle for glory at the event set to start at 3 p.m. Saturday, July...
Sweet Japanese kabobs make quick meal

Sweet Japanese kabobs make quick meal

Little work is needed to make these Japanese kabobs. Known in Japan as yakitori, they’re made with a sweet Japanese barbecue sauce. Serve the chicken over sesame-flavored rice to complete this 20-minute dinner. In Japan, clouds of aromatic smoke waft off the grill at yakitori stands, making these chicken kabobs a popular stopping off place for an after-work snack. I’ve added vegetables...
Folks behind one of Dayton’s most beloved festivals now serving lunch TODAY 

Folks behind one of Dayton’s most beloved festivals now serving lunch TODAY 

You don’t have to wait until the dog days of summer to enjoy the tastes of one of Dayton’s favorite festivals.  Dayton Liederkranz-Turner, the German club behind Germanfest Picnic set for Aug. 10, 11 and 12 at RiverScape MetroPark, introduced a new Monday lunch a week ago.  Patricia Kister, a loyal member of the club located at 1400 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s St...
Real Change Dayton: Giving directly to panhandlers not the best way to help those in need

Real Change Dayton: Giving directly to panhandlers not the best way to help those in need

Officials say a little change can go a long way in the right hands.  Real Change Dayton — the campaign launched in June 2017 to encourage people to donate to nonprofits rather than panhandlers — has collected more than $1,500 through its retired parking meters placed in downtown Dayton, website and a text-to-give campaign (text “REALCHANGE” to...
Game warden saves fawn's life with emergency C-section on highway

Game warden saves fawn's life with emergency C-section on highway

An Oklahoma game warden saved a fawn’s life after responding to a report of a deer hit by a car on Highway 123. According to the Oklahoma Game Wardens Facebook page, Game Warden Ryan Walker arrived at the scene to find a doe and fawn dead on the road. He reportedly noticed movement around the doe’s stomach and realized the deer was pregnant and still had a fawn trapped inside...
Warren County seeking $800K grant that could alter its opioid response

Warren County seeking $800K grant that could alter its opioid response

Warren County hopes to join Montgomery, Preble and Darke counties as beneficiaries of new federal grants designed to help fight the opioid epidemic. Warren County is applying for a $800,000 federal grant to study first responder relationships and processes when children are involved in drug-overdose calls. The commissioners agreed to make the application after a debate about whether the county should...
Southern Living names this resort best in the South

Southern Living names this resort best in the South

Southern Living recently polled its readers to discover their picks for the top places to visit in the South. Blackberry Farm, in Walland, Tennessee, south of Knoxville, took home the top prize. Southern Living noted, "Blackberry Farm emanates hospitality, from its farm-to-table offerings to the porches on guest cottages." Blackberry Farm is a luxury hotel and resort...
Mosque, church collaboration aids Springfield Soup Kitchen

Mosque, church collaboration aids Springfield Soup Kitchen

As a radiologist, Dr. Mubin Syed helps his patients heal during the week. On a recent weekend he helped people he doesn’t know. Syed was one of several members of the Miami Valley Islamic Assn. who partnered with Champion City Vineyard Church at Masjid Al-Madina Mosque recently to help out Springfield’s less fortunate. TRENDING ONLINE: Fatal Ohio 235 crash in Clark County: What you need...
Florida pet owners wary of deadly toads after heavy rains

Florida pet owners wary of deadly toads after heavy rains

Recent heavy rains across Florida are good for yards and snapping droughts, but they also set up a possible lethal hazard for pets, WPLG reported. >> Read more trending news  Toxic bufo, or cane toads, are becoming more common in south and central Florida after recent thunderstorms. The toads expel toxic material from their glands which can cause convulsions and seizures in pets, ...
Local man broke through Anthony Bourdain’s facade during hectic Dayton visit

Local man broke through Anthony Bourdain’s facade during hectic Dayton visit

Downtown Dayton resident Mike Colvin had misgivings about meeting Anthony Bourdain when the celebrity chef, author and TV star brought his “Guts and Glory” tour to the Schuster Center on Nov. 18, 2012.     In that setting, a VIP meet and greet, Colvin said it seemed a little weird to meet the man who had his dream job and got to eat and drink himself around the...
New nonstop flight starts today at Dayton airport

New nonstop flight starts today at Dayton airport

United Airlines’ new nonstop flight from the Dayton International Airport to Houston starts today. Dayton was one of eight cities chosen by United for new nonstop routes, according to the city. The new flights will began on Friday. The addition of Houston will be the 17th nonstop destination from Dayton airport. Dayton airport is currently served by Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Allegiant...
How to keep snakes out of your yard

How to keep snakes out of your yard

Forget about "Snakes on a Plane," we're more concerned with snakes in the yard. Even though snakes are nowhere near as prevalent as our irrational fears would have us think (assuming you don't live smack dab in the middle of rattlesnake territory), if you're a homeowner with a bit of landscape or yard under your direction, you may encounter snakes on occasion. » RELATED: 6 venomous...
Hospitals could be banned from requiring nurse overtime. What would that mean for patients?

Hospitals could be banned from requiring nurse overtime. What would that mean for patients?

The Ohio House passed a bill on Thursday that would ban hospitals from requiring nurses to work overtime in most cases. The Ohio Nurses Association said the bill won’t just help nurses, but that it could also make hospitals safer for patients. ONA CEO Lori Chovanak said long shifts can lead to exhaustion and unintended medical errors. “It’s directly related to fatigue,” Chovanak...
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