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High water blocks some roads; troopers urge driver safety

Heavy rains made for tough driving conditions Saturday, but high water remains a concern through the weekend. Lower lying and more rural roads are at a greater risk of flooding, such as Ohio 68 in Beavercreek, and Ohio 725, which is closed until further notice between Peniwit and Lower Bellbrook roads. “We just want motorists to take a little extra time in planning where they want to go,&rdquo...


School expert: How to help at-risk students and know where ‘the line’ is

School expert: How to help at-risk students and know where ‘the line’ is

Schools aiming to minimize violent incidents should teach students and staff how to reach out to at-risk students, as well identify which types of warning signs are most serious, an Ohio school psychologist says. Local schools have fortified doors, added cameras and in some cases armed staff in recent years, but Erich Merkle, past president of the Ohio School Psychologists Association, said interpersonal...
Veterans Memorial Park in Springfield makes progress on $450K upgrades

Veterans Memorial Park in Springfield makes progress on $450K upgrades

A recent donation from a Springfield group is helping Veterans Memorial Park’s progress in 2018. The overall cost to make improvements at Veterans Memorial Park is an estimated $450,000 and about $380,000 remains to be raised based on contractors. RELATED: Veterans Memorial Park to receive $400,000 upgrade “The donation makes a huge impact on our fundraising effort and allows us to move...
‘Biodigester’ farm in Bath Twp. raises stink among neighbors

‘Biodigester’ farm in Bath Twp. raises stink among neighbors

Residents on Herr Road in Bath Twp. say they can’t go outside their homes on days when the smell emanating from a neighboring farm is strong. The smell they say, started around 2014, when Pitstick Farms started trucking in biosolids and other materials from nearby wastewater treatment plants and turning it into energy and useable fertilizer. “The stink goes far. Far and wide. And it&rsquo...
Troy groups disagree on historical significance of 1800s church

Troy groups disagree on historical significance of 1800s church

Miami County Family Abuse Shelter leaders are ready to move forward with expansion of the Franklin House in downtown Troy despite continuing opposition to the agency’s plans to demolish an 1830s church for the project. TRENDING: MAP: Here are all the new businesses that came to downtown Dayton last year The debate on the future of the former Trinity Episcopal Church, which is owned by the nonprofit...
Springfield urges use of licensed contractors after complaints

Springfield urges use of licensed contractors after complaints

The city of Springfield urges residents to use reliable, licensed contractors after receiving complaints about unlicensed businesses advertising on social media. Within the past week, a number of posts on Facebook Marketplace were posted about furnaces and air conditioning sales and installation services in Springfield, said Shannon Meadows, the city’s community development director. READ MORE...
City reviews sale for potential downtown farmers market

City reviews sale for potential downtown farmers market

A historic building in downtown Springfield may become the new indoor, retail space for a farmer’s market. Springfield city commissioners have submitted a 14-day ordinance to approve the sale of Myers Market, at 101 South Fountain Avenue, to SpringForward for $100,000 according to a request for commission action by Assistant City Manager and Director of Economic Development Tom Frazen. RELATED...
Stafford: After 20 years, Springfield woman has prayers answered

Stafford: After 20 years, Springfield woman has prayers answered

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...
Marsy’s Law could be problematic for Clark County judicial system

Marsy’s Law could be problematic for Clark County judicial system

A new statewide law approved by voters last year providing more rights to victims of crimes may have an impact on the local court system, Clark County officials said. MORE: Ohio may crack down on prostitution to fight opioid crisis The new law, which came into effect on Feb. 5, gives victims or anyone harmed by a crime the right to receive notifications, give input in court proceedings and receive...
Ohio EPA orders Dayton to take action on groundwater concerns

Ohio EPA orders Dayton to take action on groundwater concerns

The Ohio EPA and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base only learned this month that test results showed the city of Dayton’s firefighter training center on McFadden Avenue was a potential source of groundwater contamination, state and base officials say. The disclosure comes as the city is trying to pressure Wright-Patterson to act more quickly on preventing contamination to city water supplies. Dayton...
Greenon to host public forum for new school building Feb. 26

Greenon to host public forum for new school building Feb. 26

Greenon Local Schools will host another community forum to hear residents’ opinions about what they want to see in the district’s new $50 million school. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at Indian Valley Intermediate School. The forum will allow residents to get updates on the current progress for the new school and will be a place for them to “ask questions...
Schools look to upgrade safety measures in wake of Florida shooting

Schools look to upgrade safety measures in wake of Florida shooting

Educators and security experts have warned for years that if an attacker is determined to get into a school, he can do so. The goal has been to make it more difficult, and to teach students and staff how to react if it happens. But that may not be enough anymore. Continued school shootings and repeated local threats — last week brought more incidents of students bringing guns to school and a...
Heavy rain moves out but flood alerts continue

Heavy rain moves out but flood alerts continue

The heavy rain threat will come to an end overnight as the storm system moves to our east, but a few lingering showers will be possible through daybreak Sunday, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will be steady in the middle to upper 40s overnight. Flash Flood Warning until 2:15 a.m. Sunday for part of Warren County Flood Watch until 10 a.m. Sunday for entire region Flood...
Ohio investigators test evidence from 14,000 backlogged rape kits

Ohio investigators test evidence from 14,000 backlogged rape kits

Nearly 14,000 rape kits were tested by the State Crime Lab after State investigators proposed they would seven years ago. The kits provided thousands of pieces of evidence that could lead to suspects but it was difficult to keep up with them all, state leaders said. New rules went into place in reviewing the kits for evidence to ensure a backlog like this doesn’t happen again, according to state...
Check for recall announcements for golf carts, pots, candles & more

Check for recall announcements for golf carts, pots, candles & more

A kettle, fire pit, bleeding candles and golf carts are among the new recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission: The handles on some Whirlpool KitchenAid electric kettles could come loose and cause the liquid inside to burn you.  There are three reports of minor burns and a total of 79 reports of the handles separating.  OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Student named people he wanted...
Weekend to bring more rain, threat for strong storms

Weekend to bring more rain, threat for strong storms

While much of the area is getting a break from steady rain Friday night, another wave will arrive toward daybreak. Storm Center 7 meteorologists have been tracking multiple rounds of rain since Wednesday with several more to go. Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said the heaviest rain will arrive late Saturday. “We’ll likely see steady rain pick up Saturday morning with a break in the...
Feds: Hamilton men scammed local Sam’s Clubs out of $50K of rewards points

Feds: Hamilton men scammed local Sam’s Clubs out of $50K of rewards points

Two Hamilton men with the same last name have been charged with scamming southwest Ohio Sam’s Club stores out of more than $50,000 worth of fraudulently acquired cash rewards points. Joshua C. Leavell, 25, and Cabel D. Leavell III, 59, also have been accused of generating more than 750 fraudulently refunded AutoZone gift cards. RELATED: Grand jury to hear cases against 4 accused of having ATM...
Retired Centerville police chief focus of investigation

Retired Centerville police chief focus of investigation

Centerville police chief Bruce Robertson’s recent retirement came amid an ongoing investigation into allegations of criminal conduct, according to city officials. “There were allegations of criminal conduct, therefore we’re following up with conducting an internal investigation into those allegations,” City Manager Wayne Davis said in response to questions from the Dayton...
Mercy Health merger: Facts and figures to know about the company

Mercy Health merger: Facts and figures to know about the company

Mercy Health, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest employers in the state, has announced it intends to merge with Bon Secours Health System, an East Coast-based health network. The merger will create one of largest health networks in the nation when the deal is finalized. Here are facts and figures about the company to keep in mind as this story develops. » DETAILS: Springfield&rsquo...
Weekend rain brings more flooding worries, could topple trees

Weekend rain brings more flooding worries, could topple trees

Widespread showers Saturday possibly laden with thunderstorms Saturday night will add to the region’s flooding risk and push already swollen local rivers to a crest on Sunday – all adding to woes south along the Ohio River. A National Weather Service flood watch extends until 10 a.m. Sunday in Butler, Clark, Greene, Montgomery, Preble and Warren counties. But a more severe flood warning...
Teen accused in Springfield school threat makes court appearance

Teen accused in Springfield school threat makes court appearance

The Springfield High School student charged in connection with a school threat that caused local schools and schools across the country to take safety precautions made her first court appearance Friday. The 17-year-old junior stood before Clark County Juvenile Court Judge Robert Vaughn and cried as the judge told her she was being charged with inducing panic, a felony in the second degree. READ: Springfield-Clark...
Mardi Gras madness: Crawfish boil coming to O’Conners in Springfield

Mardi Gras madness: Crawfish boil coming to O’Conners in Springfield

Enthusiasm is boiling over as this Irish pub’s yearly Cajun transformation is coming. O’Conners Irish Pub will celebrate the spirit of Mardi Gras with its annual crawfish boil on Saturday, March 3. Participation is by pre-order only and tickets cost $20 each and will be available through Saturday, Feb. 24. Tina Ramsey, co-owner of O’Conners with husband Joe, said this is one of the...
K99.1FM named finalist for national radio award

K99.1FM named finalist for national radio award

K99.1FM has been recognized for its commitment to the community. The National Association of Broadcasters announced the finalists for the 31st Annual Crystal awards and WHKO-FM (K99.1FM) in Dayton was selected. The award recognizes radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Ten winners will be selected from the 50 finalists. Winners will be announced at the April...
Wright State: University can overcome $6M in surprise costs

Wright State: University can overcome $6M in surprise costs

Wright State University is facing a new hurdle in its attempt to stick to its budget for the first time since 2011, but school leaders believe they can still reach their targets. Members of the school’s board of trustees were told Friday that WSU has gone $6 million over budget on employee health benefits this fiscal year. It marks at least the third time in the last year that an unexpected...
School shooting: Judge rules interrogation of accused teen can be used in court

School shooting: Judge rules interrogation of accused teen can be used in court

An interrogation of the West Liberty-Salem High School shooting suspect can be used against him in court, a Champaign County judge ruled. Ely Serna, who was 17 years old when he allegedly brought a shotgun into the school and fired multiple times in 2017, could understand his rights and willingly waived them before speaking with Champaign County Sheriff’s Office Det. Glenn Kemp, Champaign County...
New Springfield art exhibit offers fresh look at everyday life

New Springfield art exhibit offers fresh look at everyday life

When viewing the works of artist Christopher Burk from a certain distance the first time, you may ponder if it’s paint or photography on display. The answer is oil or gouache paint the Columbus-based artist has used to capture urban scenes from his city — designed to make viewers see things they pass by without notice in a new way. “Christopher Burk: Illuminating the Everyday&rdquo...
New jobs, new stores and closings rocked local retail this week

New jobs, new stores and closings rocked local retail this week

Consumers are spending big in 2018. An improving economy kept January retail sales nearly as good as the holiday season’s strong showing. The National Retail Federation announced sales increased 5.4 percent in January compared to last year at the same time. READ MORE Bon-Ton Stores Inc., parent company of Elder-Beerman, is starting going-out-of-business sales at some of its store this week...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED WEDNESDAY INCLUDED: Joseph Adkins, 61, of London, OVI, guilty, 53 days jail with 50 days suspended, three days credit for time served for driver’s intervention program, 12 months probation, 12 months driver’s license suspension, fined $375. Bryan L. Arnold, 28, of 1571 Lexington Ave., domestic violence, dismissed - prosecutor request. Thomas Bray, 44, of East Liberty, domestic...
Northwestern Superintendent: Threat against school not as it seems

Northwestern Superintendent: Threat against school not as it seems

Update: 12:15 p.m. Northwestern School superintendent Jesse Steiner said the student who made an online post that was perceived to have threatened the school did not mean to. READ: Springfield student arrested in Facebook threat: 4 things to know Steiner said the online post was taken out of context, and the student did not intend to harm anyone. “At no point was anybody in danger,” Steiner...
Dayton web curating company gets Silicon Valley shoutout

Dayton web curating company gets Silicon Valley shoutout

If you have worthwhile content, a sizable social media following and the vision to monetize all of that, then Arielle Jordan would like a word with you. Jordan, of Miamisburg, is the creator of Curafied, a new Internet platform that enables users to place what they believe is expert, valuable content behind a paywall for publication in a user-friendly, ad-free environment. Users on Curafied &mdash...
3 things to know about Dayton, Wright-Patt and drinking water

3 things to know about Dayton, Wright-Patt and drinking water

Dayton city leaders said this week they’re concerned about two potential threats to well fields along the Mad River from firefighting foam contaminants. One potential source of contamination is at the city’s firefighting training center on McFadden near the Tait’s Hill well field. The other potential source of contamination is from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where a tainted...
‘Bad Art’ is good for Champaign County Arts Council

‘Bad Art’ is good for Champaign County Arts Council

URBANA — If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, “Bad Art by Good People” can surprise when non-artists contribute works for a good cause. Voting is underway for Champaign County Arts Council’s seventh annual fundraiser, with 14 local non-artists and one high-profile celebrity contributing works. A dinner and art auction for the pieces will be 6-10 p.m. Friday, March 2 at...
Kroger exec: No plans for downtown Dayton store right now

Kroger exec: No plans for downtown Dayton store right now

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods has waged a full-out war between grocers — signifying an upcoming transformation of the grocery shopping game in major markets across the U.S., including the Southwest Ohio region. The Dayton Daily News asked Tim Brown, president of Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division, what local customers can expect from Kroger as the grocery industry continues...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 18-CV-0090 - Cristina M. Thomas, 1280 Kenwood Ave., v. Speedway LLC, 1314 E. Main St., and Ohio Department of Medicaid, Westerville, complaint in excess of $25,000 for injuries suffered due to fall on Oct. 6, 2016. 18-DP-0117 - Heather Kennedy, 3454 Folk Ream Road, Lot 80, v. Jodi Kennedy, 120 N. Fountain Ave., petition for domestic violence civil protection order. 18-DS-0118...

RAIN TOTALS: Flooding risk remains high through the weekend

Consistent rainfall that fell Wednesday into Thursday dropped around 0.25-inches to 1.5-inches of rain across the area, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.  With more rain expected Saturday and Sunday, the threat for flooding stays high through the weekend.  Here is how much rain fell in parts of the region over the last 24 hours as of 8 a.m. Friday:  Butler County...
Wright State $6 million over budget on employee benefits

Wright State $6 million over budget on employee benefits

Wright State University is continuing to deal with financial problems as the school has so far overspent its budget for employee benefits by millions this year. The university has spent $6 million on employee health benefits that were not planned for in its fiscal year 2018 budget, according to financial documents presented to the board of trustees in a meeting this morning. Trustees are expected...
Springfielders could be among Ohioans self-diagnosing illnesses online

Springfielders could be among Ohioans self-diagnosing illnesses online

Has a sudden pain in your side or a splotch on your skin that wasn’t there yesterday ever sent you running to WebMD or Google instead of your primary care provider? If so, you may be one of the increasing number of Ohioans turning to the internet to diagnose what ails you. According to a survey of 3,000 adults conducted by Tinker Law Firm, almost 38 percent of Ohioans surveyed admitted they...
Icelandic discount airline adds more flights at Cincinnati airport

Icelandic discount airline adds more flights at Cincinnati airport

Icelandic low-cost airline WOW air is adding a fifth weekly frequency to its scheduled service at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Due to strong demand, WOW air is increasing its service frequency from four days a week — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday — to five days a week throughout the summer travel season, June 4 to Sept. 17. The new frequency will...
JUST IN: Could a new Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers be coming to The Greene?

JUST IN: Could a new Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers be coming to The Greene?

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers may be re-thinking its plans to build a restaurant near the Mall at Fairfield Commons and instead locate its second Dayton-area location in the shadow of The Greene Town Center. According to documents filed with the city of Beavercreek’s planning commission, a new Raising Cane’s is in the works adjacent to the Waffle House on Indian Ripple Road, directly...
Ex-Logan County superintendent guilty in child sex case out of jail

Ex-Logan County superintendent guilty in child sex case out of jail

The former Indian Lake superintendent who pleaded to a count of gross sexual imposition is out of jail while awaiting sentencing. Patrick O’Donnell, who was found guilty of the charge after entering an Alford plea just before opening arguments in the trial against him were to begin earlier this month, was allowed out of jail on the same bond he posted while he was charged. An Alford plea isn&rsquo...
Mercy merger won’t affect Springfield, Urbana hospitals, officials say

Mercy merger won’t affect Springfield, Urbana hospitals, officials say

Mercy Health — Springfield’s largest employer — will merge with an East Coast hospital network to become one of the largest health systems in the U.S. The merger with Bon Secours Health system would include 43 hospitals and more than 10 million patient visits annually. The deal won’t affect local facilities, hospital officials said, including Springfield Regional Medical Center...
Swollen waterways prompt flood watch, warnings along Great Miami R, other spots

Swollen waterways prompt flood watch, warnings along Great Miami R, other spots

As a Flood Watch remains in effect for the southern Miami Valley counties through Sunday morning, creeks, streams and fields will likely flood, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. “Creeks and streams, if not already, will likely be out of their banks through the weekend,” she said. “Fields will also be flooded with the heavy rains that arrive Friday and Saturday...
Springfield Chamber opens annual expo to public, offers more exposure

Springfield Chamber opens annual expo to public, offers more exposure

The Chamber of Greater Springfield showed off Springfield’s best in business to a much bigger crowd than usual on Thursday. The chamber opened its annual business expo to the general public this year, a first for the organization. More than 30 Springfield-area businesses participated, with specializations running from restaurants to printing companies. Most years, attendance for the event hovers...
Springfield student arrested after Facebook threat: 4 things to know

Springfield student arrested after Facebook threat: 4 things to know

A student at Springfield High School has been arrested after police said she made a Facebook post about a school shooting that went viral, including in multiple states. Here’s four things you should know about the ongoing case. A post made by a fictitious account on Facebook sparked widespread concern among students and parents shortly after it was posted on Wednesday evening. “I will...
8 hot cars at the Dayton Auto Show

8 hot cars at the Dayton Auto Show

Gleaming under the lights at the 2018 Dayton Auto Show, which opened today at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., are several hundred high-tech cars, family-friendly minivans and crossovers, rugged trucks and plush luxury vehicles, plus multiple attractions. You’ll see not only great vehicles but may win something worth upwards of $9,500, plus possibly T-shirts, trinkets and gift...
$10K reward offered for information in case of missing CDC employee

$10K reward offered for information in case of missing CDC employee

The family of a missing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worker has partnered with Crime Stoppers to offer a reward for information in the case. Timothy Cunningham, 35, was reported missing Feb. 16 after he called in sick to work Feb. 12 and has not been seen or heard from since, according to Atlanta police. Police said Cunningham's parents went to his home and found his wallet...
Florida school shooting survivor's mother says her family has received death threats

Florida school shooting survivor's mother says her family has received death threats

The mother of Florida school shooting survivor David Hogg is speaking out after her family received death threats because her son and another survivor were accused of being crisis actors. Hogg and fellow students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have made frequent media appearances to call for action on gun control after police say Nikolas Cruz killed...
Florida sheriff rejects calls from state lawmaker for his ouster after Parkland school shooting

Florida sheriff rejects calls from state lawmaker for his ouster after Parkland school shooting

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel attacked Rep. Bill Hager’s call for his ouster as “riddled with factual errors, unsupported gossip and falsehoods,” in a response issued late Saturday night. >> Read more trending news  State. Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday calling on him to remove Israel for “neglect and incompetence&rdquo...
Student boxer dies in amateur charity event, after collapsing during fight

Student boxer dies in amateur charity event, after collapsing during fight

A Tennessee college student died in the middle of an amateur boxing match Friday night in Knoxville, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  University of Tennessee junior Tanner Wray, 20, collapsed on the mat as he was walking to his corner in the second round of his fight in the 38th annual Ace Miller Memorial Boxing Tournament. Wray, an aerospace engineering and science...
Daredevil squirrel makes Olympic dash onto ski slope, snowboarder misses it by inches

Daredevil squirrel makes Olympic dash onto ski slope, snowboarder misses it by inches

A squirrel became an unwitting Olympic participant on Saturday when the furry rodent dashed onto the parallel giant slalom snowboarding course and barely missed being run over or sliced in half by Austrian snowboarder Daniela Ulbing. >> Read more trending news  Unfortunately for Ulbing, she wasn’t quite as lucky as the squirrel. Though she won the heat that was almost thwarted...
Rare yellow cardinal a ‘one in a million’ gem for birdwatchers in Alabama

Rare yellow cardinal a ‘one in a million’ gem for birdwatchers in Alabama

  Birdwatchers and biologists have been on the lookout for a rare, yellow cardinal that’s been spotted around central Alabama in Shelby County in recent weeks, AL.com reported. >> Read more trending news  The bird has been getting a lot of attention recently after  resident Charlie Stephenson first noticed it at her backyard feeder and posted a picture on social media...
Woman dies as tornado hits Kentucky home; first tornado fatality of 2018

Woman dies as tornado hits Kentucky home; first tornado fatality of 2018

A woman was killed and her husband injured Saturday afternoon when a possible tornado struck their home on Dot Road in southern Logan County, WHOP AM/FM radio in Hopkinsville, Ky., reported. The tornado entered Logan County around 3:45 p.m. from Robertson County, Tennessee. The woman’s name was not released. Her death marks the first of 2018 during a tornado.
World’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, restricts late-night access 

World’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, restricts late-night access 

Hartsfield-Jackson International announced it will soon begin restricting access to the airport between the hours of 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. >> Read more trending news  Starting March 2, the world’s busiest airport said access to the terminals, parking decks, SkyTrain and rental car center during that overnight period will be restricted to ticketed airline passengers; people meeting...
Lisa Marie Presley sues ex-manager contending he lost her $100 million fortune

Lisa Marie Presley sues ex-manager contending he lost her $100 million fortune

Lisa Marie Presley is suing her former manager, Barry Siegel, for “reckless and negligent mismanagement” of her inherited estate, but her estranged husband was quick to call her so-called mountain of debt a lie. >> Read more trending news  Presley inherited $100 million from her rock ‘n’ roll father Elvis Presley back in 1993. Today, she said she only has $14...
Kasich declares emergency over Ohio flooding

Kasich declares emergency over Ohio flooding

Gov. John Kasich issued an emergency declaration today for 17 counties in southern and eastern Ohio affected by flooding amid continued downpours. The  emergency declaration allows the governor to use state resources, including activating the National Guard. Counties affected are Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Clermont, Columbiana, Gallia, Hamilton, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson...
House releases Democrats’ rebuttal to GOP memo on alleged government surveillance abuses

House releases Democrats’ rebuttal to GOP memo on alleged government surveillance abuses

The House Intelligence Committee Saturday released the Democrats’ rebuttal to the Republican memo alleging the FBI and Department of Justice engaged in questionable tactics in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia.  >> Read more trending news  The 10-page memo, released two weeks after President...
Perilous times for historically black colleges

Perilous times for historically black colleges

Two years ago, Amelia Smith received the one thing she thought she always wanted – a blue envelope from Spelman College. She had been accepted to what many consider the finest black college in America. Her grandmother went to Spelman. So did her mother. And her aunt. And her sister, who’s a senior there now. So Smith wasn’t surprised when she was accepted, too.  She is just...
Red Cross says 21 staffers paid for sexual service in past 3 years

Red Cross says 21 staffers paid for sexual service in past 3 years

A member of the International Committee of the Red Cross said that in the past three years, 21 staff members have resigned or were fired for “paying for sexual services,” CNN reported. Two other staff members suspected of sexual misconduct also did not have their contracts renewed, according to Yves Daccord, director general of the ICRC. "This behavior is a betrayal of the people...
What covering the 2017 NRA convention was like

What covering the 2017 NRA convention was like

Last year’s National Rifle Association convention brought 80,000 people to downtown Atlanta, and on opening day I interviewed some of the nicest people I’d ever met. Given the heated protests that preceded the April 2017 event at the Georgia World Congress Center and the “fake news media” narrative some have embraced, I thought covering it might be awkward. Nope. Everyone I...
Deputy who failed to engage Parkland shooter had solid work history

Deputy who failed to engage Parkland shooter had solid work history

For years, Scot Peterson loved working as a school resource deputy with the Broward Sheriff’s Office in South Florida. He was dependable. He intervened in conflicts as a mediator. He was awarded school resource deputy of the year about four years ago and was recognized at a Parkland City Commission meeting. He volunteered to help with a lockdown drill at a Catholic school four years ago...
Senior at Parkland high school recalls moments when gunman opened fire

Senior at Parkland high school recalls moments when gunman opened fire

A high school senior spoke about her terrifying experience in the building at a high school in South Florida where a gunman opened fire last week, killing 17 people, WFOR reported.  Samantha Fuentes said she bruised her eye and cut her forehead during the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. She also suffered gunshot wounds to both legs, WFOR reported. &ldquo...
3 rental car companies cancel discounts for NRA members

3 rental car companies cancel discounts for NRA members

Three car rental companies have discontinued discounts and deals for National Rifle Association members, The Dallas Morning News reported. The moves by Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental, all owned by Enterprise Holdings, were done in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead. The car rental companies will end their discounts...
McDonald's manager in Cleveland accused of firing shots at customers

McDonald's manager in Cleveland accused of firing shots at customers

A McDonald’s manager in Cleveland allegedly fired shots at three women in a car at the restaurant’s drive-thru, police said. Cleveland police said they have issued an arrest warrant for the man after the alleged incident Wednesday morning, WJW reported. According to a police report, the women were buying a smoothie at the drive-thru window. When one of the women opened her water...
Could blood and urine test be used to diagnose autism?

Could blood and urine test be used to diagnose autism?

A newly developed blood and urine test could potentially detect autism in young children. That’s according to new research from scientists in the United Kingdom and Italy who conducted tests searching for damage to proteins previously known to be higher in children with autism spectrum disorders. The study, published this week in the academic journal Molecular Autism, tested 38 children...
Indiana man's casket discovered missing from gravesite after wife's death

Indiana man's casket discovered missing from gravesite after wife's death

An Indiana woman is angry after learning her father’s casket is missing from his gravesite, WISH reported. Mary Helen Samson Bovenschen died Feb. 18 at the age of 88. She was to buried next to her husband, Charles Bovenschen, who died Nov. 4, 2006 at age 80. But the couple’s daughter, Sandi Vasel, was stunned when speaking to a funeral home employee after her mother&rsquo...
Proposed bill in California would provide a choice in driver's license photos

Proposed bill in California would provide a choice in driver's license photos

Have you ever met anyone who liked their driver’s license photo?  Of course not.  Photos on driver’s licenses always seem to show a person at his or her worst, but a bill proposed in the California state legislature would give drivers a choice, KABC reported. The bill would allow drivers to have multiple photos taken, and would allow them to choose a favorite for the...
Teen admits to killing Tennessee couple, setting apartment on fire

Teen admits to killing Tennessee couple, setting apartment on fire

A Tennessee man was arrested in connection with the deaths of a Memphis couple who was found dead in an apartment that caught fire Thursday afternoon. Aareon Berryman, 18, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, aggravated arson, possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture or sell, and possession of ecstasy with the intent to manufacture or sell...
Convicted murderer mistakenly released from jail 

Convicted murderer mistakenly released from jail 

The Georgia jail that mistakenly released a convicted murderer said no one will be disciplined for what happened. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office realized a mistake was made after the murder victim's family saw the murderer on the streets. "Sounds like somebody didn't relay the right information or didn't look," one DeKalb County resident said. Jail officials said they didn't...
President Donald Trump admits to trying to hide his bald spot

President Donald Trump admits to trying to hide his bald spot

Over the years, much has been speculated about President Donald Trump’s hair, but he’s never admitted to having a reason for choosing his particular hairstyle other than the fact that it’s the way he “likes it.” However, on Friday, that all changed when he finally admitted to having a bald spot — and trying to hide it. “Oh, I try like hell to hide the bald...
Teen admits to killing Memphis couple, setting apartment on fire

Teen admits to killing Memphis couple, setting apartment on fire

An arrest has been made after a Memphis couple was found dead in an apartment that went up in flames Thursday afternoon. >> Read more trending news  Aareon Berryman, 18, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, aggravated arson, possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture or sell, and possession of ecstasy with the intent to manufacture...
Britney Spear’s ex K-Fed wants child support increase amid star’s Vegas success

Britney Spear’s ex K-Fed wants child support increase amid star’s Vegas success

After seeing how successful her four-year Las Vegas residency has been, Britney Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline is asking for an increase in child support. >> Read more trending news  Federline’s attorney reportedly sent the pop singer a letter recently indicating that he would like to renegotiate the $20,000 monthly payment he currently receives from...
New tests, including blood check, could help doctors diagnose autism

New tests, including blood check, could help doctors diagnose autism

A newly developed blood and urine test could potentially detect autism in young children. >> Read more trending news  That’s according to new research from scientists in the United Kingdom and Italy who conducted tests in search for damage to proteins previously known to be higher in children with autism spectrum disorders. The study, published this week in the academic journal ...
Dogs separated at adoption randomly find each other at crowded market

Dogs separated at adoption randomly find each other at crowded market

A couple strolled through downtown Seattle’s iconic, bustling Pike Place Market food stands on a clear winter Saturday when their dog started running through the booths.  "We noticed a puppy who looked very similar in age and appearance to [our dog] Maui, and once they saw each other they got really excited and started playing together," owner Kaitlyn Hawkins told...
Autistic boy reported missing north of Logan County is found deceased 

Autistic boy reported missing north of Logan County is found deceased 

An extensive search began following the report just after 3 p.m. Friday that a 13-year-old autistic boy was missing from his home on Township Road 55 near Ada, Ohio, according to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office. Samuel Rowold was identified as non-verbal and believed to be wearing only a T-shirt and sweatpants and was shoeless when he went missing, deputies said. Divers discovered his body...
Man accused of beating wife, an online exhibitionist, to death with absinthe bottle

Man accused of beating wife, an online exhibitionist, to death with absinthe bottle

An Alabama man charged with killing his wife, whose slaying last month unveiled her double life as an online exhibitionist, is accused of beating her to death with a bottle of absinthe, court records show. The partially-clothed body of Kathleen Dawn “Kat” West, 42, of Calera, was discovered lying in the road in front of her home just after 5 a.m. on Jan. 18, Calera Police Chief Sean...
Actress Nanette Fabray, Tony, Emmy-winning star of stage and screen, dead at 97

Actress Nanette Fabray, Tony, Emmy-winning star of stage and screen, dead at 97

Award-winning actress and comedian Nanette Fabray has died at the age of 97, Variety reported Friday. Fabray was known for her charm, energetic exuberance and multi-talented performances in musical theatre in the 1940’s, as well as movies and TV in the 1950’s. >> Read more trending news  She won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical “Love Life&rdquo...
Envelope with white powder sent to Sen. Portman’s office

Envelope with white powder sent to Sen. Portman’s office

Hazmat crews are testing white powder that was on an envelope received at U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s office in Columbus on Friday, according to 10TV . RELATED: Vanessa Trump taken to hospital after white powder scare Crews were called to 37 West Broad Street in downtown Columbus just before 4.p.m. Friday. Battalion Chief Steve Martin said the incident remains under investigation at this time...
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