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Local coffee shop closes its doors

Night Sky Coffee House and Eatery in Troy has closed its doors, the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce has confirmed.

Executive Director Sabra Johnson did not immediately know why the business at 18 North Market St. has closed its doors.

A letter reportedly posted on the business’ door provided few clues:

“We appreciate all of our patrons for making Night Sky a positive environment to visit, conduct business or just have a cup of coffee. Due to unforeseen activities in our lives and here at Night Sky, we will be closing the business as of 1/29/13.”

Customer expressed sadness on the business’ Facebook page.

“What?!??!? I’ve had so many amazing memories at that place, the food was amazing, and it was the most chill place to just hang out. So sad!!,” Facebook user Jillian Ann Carter wrote.

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Picture posted to Night Sky’s Facebook page of a Saturday night.

“Oh my. And my chocolate covered espresso beans and coffee beans come from there every week. How will I stay awake at work now??? Only good coffee house in the area. I am sad,” user Nance Sorensen wrote.

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Pittsburgh Steeler to stress education over the NFL dream

As a Cleveland native, its hard for me to say anything nice about a Pittsburgh Steelers player.

This is not the case when Will Allen is the subject.

The Dayton native and Steelers safety will give area kids a realty check Wednesday.

The Wayne High School grad will stress the importance of a college education at Wogaman Elementary and Louise Troy PreK-3 School as part of his work with After-School All-Stars Ohio.

He is a statewide ambassador for the national program that provides free, after-school programming to more than 700 school children between Columbus, Dayton and Toledo.

Spokeswoman Nicole Staples said many disadvantaged youth cling too tightly to dreams of making millions in the NBA or NFL.

“It is really important to get them to think about education and not rely on being a professional athlete,” she said.

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Wayne High School graduate and NFL Pittsburgh Steeler Will Allen joked with Wayne High School AD and head football coach, Jay Minton in 2011. Allen launched an after-school life skills program to help Dayton kids. (Staff photo by Jim Noelker)

Staples said Allen has a degree in communications from Ohio State University and plans to seek an advance degree once his football degree is over.

He played in the Super Bowl in 2011.

Click here for more on our 2013 Super Bowl coverage.

Allen will discuss the importance of being a good student and being responsible, Staple said.

“He’ll help inspire them and show them positive role model,” she said.

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Centerville grad, Wright State alumna applauded for work on Sundance-winning film

Hannah Beachler might hear the Miami Valley’s applauds even though she lives miles away.

Raised in Centerville, the 2005 graduate of Wright State University’s motion pictures program was the production designer for Fruitvale.

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Hannah Beachler (Source: Facebook)

It is the first film since 2009 “Precious” to win the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival.

Beachler, now a New Orleans resident, expresses her excitement in an article posted on Wright State’s website.

“I worked with the director and we really came up with the tone of the movie, the look of the movie,” Beachler reportedly said. “And I designed the sets and worked on locations. I paint the canvas the story takes place on.”

Produced by Forest Whitaker and starring Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale is the real-life story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant on his last day of life.

The film was directed and written by first-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler.

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Brandon Phillips chows down at Jay’s hits UD area clubs

Indications are that fun was had by those who attended the Reds Caravan yesterday at the Museum of the United States Air Force.

Read Record crowd, and marriage proposal, greets Reds Caravan

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Staff photo by Ken-Yon Hardy at Reds Caravan

Seems all-star second baseman Brandon Phillips enjoyed Dayton right back.

Here’s what he tweeted about Jay’s Seafood in Dayton’s Oregon District Saturday night:

#BPFoodNetwork… Dinner at #JaysSeafood in #Dayton w/ the crew and it’s DELICIOUS! WOWWWW… #ItsAMustHave 👍

And the praise for this town continued into the next morning.

#SpecialThanks to @MilanosDayton & @TimothysBar for showing me & the crew some LOVE tonight!! Will be back fasho!! #GreatTimes

Despite all that fun, Phillips still had energy to greet his fans:

GoodDay #RedsCaravan… ROCKSTAR BUS IS BACK! Final stop #Dayton, OH at National Museum of the USAF for Q&A and autographs from 10:30a-1:30p

He was the second celebrity to eat in Dayton this past week. Reality TV star Kris Jenner ate at Coco’s last week.

What do you think? Where would you take a celebrity to celebrate in the Dayton area? Don’t say the airport.

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Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner’s family to release details of historical perspective

As we told you yesterday morning, funk legend Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner died Saturday.

The Hamilton born guitarist and singer for Dayton’s groundbreaking Ohio Players was 69.

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File photo: Hamilton native Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner was the lead singer and guitarist of the Ohio Players since he joined the band in 1971.

His family has posted the following on the Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players Facebook Page:

Yesterday, Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner passed away quietly in his hometown of Trotwood-Dayton, OH. While his family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn his passing they celebrate fondly his memory, music, and legacy.
Sugarfoot, or Foot, or Sugar, was the founding and cornerstone artistic talent of OHIO PLAYERS and the face and sound of the OHIO PLAYERS brand, which he knit together and launched in 1964 with former members of The Ohio Untouchables. With a career spanning 56 years, he passed barely short of his 70th birthday.
Humble yet charismatic, soft spoken and of few words, the weight of his thoughts, lyrics, and music has influenced countless other artists, songs, and trends. He will be missed but not forgotten as his legacy and music lives on. More details and an official historical perspective of his career will soon be forthcoming.

Several hundred have comment on the Facebook page.

New of Bonner’s passing has also been reported in several national outlets, including Spin.com.

Here is a portion of the site’s piece partly describing Bonner’s influence on contemporary music:

Though Bonner was touring a version of the Players up until his death, you will hear their contemporary legacy most loudly in bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers (who covered “Love Rollercoaster”), disco revisionists Escort (who evoke them on their recent self-titled LP), and in more than 200 rap songs that sample them. In the hip-hop world, nothing has been more indelible than 1973’s “Funky Worm.” After appearing in songs on N.W.A.’s landmark 1988 album Straight Outta Compton, sampling, interpoliting, and evoking “Funky Worm“‘s swirling, buzzing Moogs became the sound of an entire generation of West Coast hip-hop producers. The tradition is still alive today, as you can even hear a funky worm replay in the coda of Kendrick Lamar’s recent “m.A.A.d. city.”

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Ohio Players frontman Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner reportedly dead

Funk legend Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner has died, according to friends and musicians.

“He was a great person with a lot of wisdom not just in music, but in life,” said Keith Harrison of the bands FAZE-O and the Dazz Band.

Bonner, who helped make Dayton the Land of Funk, reportedly had cancer and died Saturday.

Harrison said the Ohio Players and Bonner, a front man and guitarist, took FAZE-O under its wings.

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File photo: Hamilton native Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner was the lead singer and guitarist of the Ohio Players since he joined the band in 1971.

He received word of Bonner’s passing from Marshall “Rock” Jones and another Ohio Players band member.

“He was an extraordinary person,” Harrison said of Bonner.

Dayton musician Ronald Frost, a friend of Bonner’s, said that Bonner will be remembered for his kindness and heart.

“He was one of the nicest people I have ever met,” Frost said.

Frost’s father, keyboardist Ronald Nooks, is also a member of the Ohio Players.

“He was a good friend of my dad’s,” Frost said.

Based in Dayton, the Ohio Players rocketed onto the international stage in the 1970s with string of funk hits, including “Fire,” “Skin Tight” and “Love Rollercoaster.”

From the Dayton News Dayton Black History archives:

1968: The Ohio Players form around guitarist Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, drummer Greg Webster, bassist Marshall Jones, trumpeter Ralph “Pee Wee” Middlebrooks and saxophonist Clarence “Satch” Satchell. The core musicians went through a number of line-up changes before perfecting the band’s horn-heavy brand of dance music that combined a streetwise attitude, sexual innuendo and versatile musicianship that helped define the funk aesthetic.
“People thought we were pimps, and that was part of the concept of the Players in the beginning, but we were also trying to say we actually played our instruments,” Bonner said in a 2003 interview for the DDN. “We were players, we weren’t trying to be lead singers, but we became one of the first crossover singing bands. We got so tired of having singers leave us that we decided we’d just do the singing ourselves. I used to play with my back to the audience in the old days. I didn’t want to see them because they were distracting. Then the first time I turned around and opened my mouth, we had a hit record with Skin Tight . That’s amazing to me. That was a highlight for me.”
The group became a constant presence on the radio charts after recruiting Williams and Beck and signing to Mercury Records in 1974. Between September 1974 and July 1976, the group hit the Top 40 pop charts six times. The biggest hits, Fire and Love Rollercoaster, both reached No. 1 on the pop and R&B charts.
While the Players were known for songs dripping with sexual innuendo and a string of provocative albums covers adorned with scantily clad models, Williams and Bonner admit they can’t relate to the overtly explicit lyrics found in much modern rap, R&B and pop songs.
“In my opinion the state of modern music and radio is destroying the kids,” Bonner said. “There is no New School because they don’t even want to go school. There is nothing but the Old School and new fools. It’s a shame the way these artists are preaching badness to a drum beat. It’s not that they’re rapping, but what they’re rapping about, that bothers me.”
“Radio used to draw the line with what an artist could say,” Williams added. “The music was being played on the radio because it was good music - what a concept! If you have to bleep out every other word, I would consider that bad music. I think radio has a responsibility, likewise the artists do, as we did when we wrote what we considered good music. We used concepts and words that implied certain things in songs like Skin Tight, FOPP and Sweet Sticky Thing, but they were used at a level of intelligence where it still left a lot to the imagination. It wasn’t so explicit we’re embarrassed to hear it 30 years later.”
The Players’ clever wordplay and explorations of bedroom politics were far from pornographic, but rather an accurate reflection of the changing sexual climate in the United States in 1970s. Three decades later, songs such as FOPP and Skin Tight still sound as fresh and powerful as ever and that is the reason for the Ohio Players continued popularity.

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Kardashian mom Kris Jenner in town as part of fight with Centerville company

Reality TV star Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian clan, was in Dayton this week to give a deposition related to a federal breach of contract lawsuit filed by Centerville-based B&P Company.

The 100-year-old company hired Jenner to promote its popular product Frownies, a non-surgical anti-aging forehead facial patch.

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Kris Jenner from email banner

The lawsuit revolves around plastic surgery Jenner had in June 2011, mere months before her daughter Kim Kardashian’s infamous 72 day marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries.

The ‘work’ came a month after B&P says Jenner endorsed Frownies in a Mother’s Day interview.

“My kids love it. Kim, Kourtney and Khloe have used the patches, so there’s sort of something for everybody… (Bruce Jenner) actually steals my Frownies. He’s always using my stuff,” Jenner said according to the lawsuit filed in August 2011.

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Frownies and a facelift are at the center of a lawsuit between Centerville’s B&P Company and reality TV star Kris Jenner. (Source: Frownies)

Jenner’s $305,000 contact with B&P was to extend from March 1, 2011 to March 1, 2012, documents say.

Several motions and responses have been filed in the case.

Here’s the gist of the on-going case from the latest documents filed in November:

In June 2010, Defendant TLK Fusion Entertainment, LLC (“TLK”) contacted B&P to explore an endorsement deal with Ms. Jenner to promote B&P‟s Frownies product line. B&P and TLK then negotiated the terms of an agreement. After entering into the agreement to promote the B&P Frownies product “Beautiful Eyes in a Bag,” Ms. Jenner publically underwent a facelift procedure, which was among other things, in breach of the Agreement with B&P. Thereafter, B&P filed its Complaint against Jenner Defendants and TLK for rescission, fraud and deceit, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith & fair dealing, unjust enrichment and Indebitatus Assumpsit. In response, Jenner Defendants filed an Answer, Affirmative Defenses, and Counterclaim against B&P (“Answer and Counterclaim”). On October 23, 2012, Jenner Defendants filed an Amended Counterclaim against B&P adding claims of fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation against B&P.

Contacted Friday Jenner’s local attorney David Carr Greer said he could not say much about the case.

He said it is set for trial January 2014.

B&P Company owner Kathy Wright said she and representatives from her company met with Jenner in downtown Dayton Tuesday.

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Kathy Wright of B&P Company. The company that makes Frownies has been in the Dayton area 35 years. Does Wright look like Jenner or is it just me? (Source: Frownies)

Wright, who says she is sometimes mistaken for Jenner, said Jenner is just like she is on her E! TV show “Keeping up with the Kardashians.”

Jenner didn’t go unnoticed during her visit in town.

She had dinner Tuesday night with Greer and other attorneys in a private dinning room at CoCo’s Bistro. We overheard a group of women at Wednesday’s night Restaurant Week sneak peek party gab about seeing Jenner at the often busy near downtown eatery.

Coco’s owner Karen Wick posted about the star’s visit on Facebook page.

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Coco’s owner Karen Wick at her recently relocated restaurant (Staff photo by Ty Greenlees)

“She was in with attorneys (don’t know why). I did indeed meet her. She’s very pretty, gracious and complimentary of Coco’s. A nice experience for us,” Wick wrote.

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Memorial service today for Dayton independent horror filmmaker

A celebration of life service will be held today for Dayton independent filmmaker Andy Copp.

The 40-year-old died Saturday.

“Andy Copp was a creative and talented filmmaker known internationally for his contributions to the underground horror scene. But beyond his success in film, he was also known as a kind, thoughtful and generous person.,” FilmDayton Executive Director Megan Cooper said via email. “He shared himself with the community through his films, art, writing and the founding of the annual charity event Hororarma. Through his 10 year tenure at DATV, he shared his talent and love of film making with countless people in our community.”

An “exploitation film aficionado,” Copp - a friend and fan of the late local horror host Barry “Dr. Creep” Hobart - was interviewed numerous times by the Dayton Daily News.

Here is what he said in 2007 about the grindhouse movies genre:

“Grindhouse movies had almost no budget and because of that they were forced to be creative in how they did things,” Copp said told DDN writer Dave Larsen. “But then they also were forced to use sex and violence to draw people in. It was almost like a carnivalbarker experience. They used that as ballyhoo to grab their audience.”

Copp has several film credits and directed at least five movies - The Mutilation Man, Freakshow Deluxe, Black Sun, Atrocity Circle (his grindhouse-inspired film) and 2009’s “Quiet Nights of Blood and Pain.”

He shot his first film, Mutilation Man, on 16 mm, Super 8 film and video and described it as “an exorcism” to Athens Banner-Herald writer and fellow filmmaker Andrew Shearer.

Shearer wrote of Copp:

“He was a great friend, teacher and brother because of the space left inside him after the exorcisms. Without the darkness, most of us would never have known the light that was Andy Copp.”

Copp was a production assistant at DATV and has taught film classes at Sinclair Community College. He wrote a DVD review column for the Dayton City Paper.

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DATV sent a message about Copp’s passing to supporters Tuesday.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family,” the public access station said. “We thank you for your support and ask for your prayers during this time of sorrow. Andy has been a valuable member of the DATV family since 2004.”

Copp co-hosted and Produced “80s Hot Traxxx” on DATV.

Contribution can be made in Copp’s memory to DATV. Services are set for 7 p.m. Friday at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4104 Needmore Road. Visitation is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Will the Two-Buck Chuck Upchuck hit the Dayton area?

Local fans of “Two-Buck Chuck” can stand down.

Jon Horvath, a manager of the Trader Joe’s location in Kettering, says there has been no price increase for Charles Shaw wine here.

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Associated Press photo by Eric Risberg

According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Trader Joe’s stores in California will increase the price of Charles Shaw wine from $1.99 a bottle to $2.49 a bottle.

“It has no bearing on us,” Horvath said of the West Coast increase.

Chuck here has never sold for 2 bucks due partly to the state’s mandatory minimum markups from producer to wholesaler and from wholesaler to distributor rules.

Horvath says the popular wine’s price will remain $3.79 here.

Customers in California have called the increase “Inflation Chuck” or “Upchuck.”

Trader Joe’s sold about 5 million cases of the wine last year, according to the Associated Press.

Charles Shaw maker Bronco Wine Co. reportedly said it could keep the wine’s price so low because it owns 45,000 acres of vineyard that were insulated it from fluctuations in grape prices.

The company suffered bad crops in 2011 and 2012.

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Area man wins American Idol golden ticket to Hollywood

Tipp City’s Caleb Flynn couldn’t hold back the excitement when he learned he earned a ticket to Hollywood after auditioning for the 12th season of “American Idol.”

The music pastor at Living Word Church in Vandalia said judge Mariah Carey said his performance inspired and uplifted her spirit.

He received a “yes” vote from each of the show’s four judges during his appearance that aired on FOX the week beginning Jan. 17.

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A Minnesota native, Flynn moved to Tipp City two years ago. His wife, Ashley Flynn, is a native of the Miami County community.

The 26-year-old was featured in the episode taped in Chicago about a half-dozen times.

In one scene, judge Nicki Minaj told Flynn that she and the other judges had been waiting all day for him.

“Good things come to those who wait,” Flynn recalled responding.

Flynn sang “Lean on Me” and the Bruno Mars hit “Grenade” for the celebrity judges.

He said the process was long, but worth it.

“(There were) tons of hours waiting, but it was tons of fun,” the graduate of Lee Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., said. “I would love to do it again.”

The reality show episodes shot in Hollywood will air in a few weeks.

Flynn could not say if he made it to the “American Idol” stage.

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Kiddy rap! 6-year-old Dayton area girl’s 49ers video goes viral

Sarah Redden sang about the San Francisco 49ers DYT-style.

The video for the song the now 6-year-old Dayton (DYT) area girl and her brother wrote about 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick has gone viral.

Andrew Redden said his football and basketball-loving sister has received invitations to appear on the “Today” show, “Good Morning America” and Michelle Beadle’s new show “The Crossover.”

Redden planned to return a call to the “Ellen Show” today.

“She (Sarah) doesn’t want to do any of the interviewing stuff right now,” Redden, an 18-year-old Miami University freshman, said by phone.

He said the pint-sized rapper is relatively shy.

The video posted about a month ago already has nearly a half million YouTube.com hits.

The cutie pie wears Kaepernick inspired tats as she performs “Kaepernicking - Colin Kaepernick -San Francisco 49ers Theme Song.”

“Tatted up as you see, everyone look at me,” she sings. “Straight from the DYT. Reppin’ 49ers as I’m rappin’ organically.”

Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will do battle at Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3.

Redden said he and his kid sister have been Kaepernick fans since the QB played for the University of Nevada Wolf Pack.

The song Redden said was done just for fun and inspired by a song about the Steelers is now being sold on iTunes. Sarah has received thousands of tweets and messages.

“She liked making the song and the video and I like producing the video,” he said. “We didn’t think it would be this big.”

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, speaks with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during the NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Her video was featured on today’s Good Morning America. Sports’ commentator and TV host Michael Strahan ate it up.

“I think she has a future,” Strahan said. “I am signing her to a record label I don’t even have.”

Click here to see the GMA segment.

Below is Kaepfornia Gold Rush, the most recent video from Sarah.

What do you think? Who will win the Superbowl?

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What would MLK say, are gay rights the modern civil rights?

In the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s day, gay rights was an issue barely discussed.

But if he were alive today, King would have been a friend to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and questioning community, said the Rev. Mike Castle, the openly-gay pastor of the recently merged Cross Creek and Oak Creek United Church of Christ congregations.

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This is an undated photo of civil rights martyr Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (AP Photo)

“This would be a no-brainer for him,” Castle said. “I would imagine his beloved people would include gay and lesbian and bisexual, and transgender people.”

Moreover, Castle said his studies of King lead him to believe that King would support same-sex marriage.

“I think he would have evolved there,” he said. “I don’t think it would have been totally embraced from day one.”

However, the Rev. Allen Foster Sr. of Discipleship Ministries of Dayton has a slightly different take. He doesn’t think King would condone the act of homosexuality. Instead, the civil rights leader would support gay people enjoying the same rights as others, he said.

He would be for anyone’s rights,
Foster said. Castle’s church will recognize King during its Sunday service. In past years it has held large community events surrounding the King Day holiday to be celebrated Monday.
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Michael Luther King, Jr. with his wife Coretta Scott King at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. News-Sun file photo by Howard O. Weber
While a touchy topic, many advocates call the gay rights movement the modern civil rights movement. Those who say King would have been a champion often point to King’s relationship with his adviser Bayard Rustin, the openly gay civil rights worker credited with organizing the March on Washington.
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Mike Castle
King is only known to have written publicly about gay issues once. In a 1958 Ebony magazine advice column, CNN says he wrote the following to a boy questioning his sexuality:
“The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired,” King wrote. “You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.”

Thoughts about homosexuality even among members of the clergy and political ranks have changed dramatically since then.

President Obama last year publicly supported same sex marriage. He was backed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People who considered it an issue of justice and civil rights.

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As their mothers watch, newlyweds weather anchor Sam Champion of “Good Morning America, ” second from right, and artist Rubem Robierb cut their wedding reception cake in Miami Beach, Florida, Dec. 31, 2012. (Steve Rothaus/Miami Herald/MCT)

As reported by Metro Weekly, the organization resolved:

“The NAACP Constitution affirmatively states our objective to ensure the “political, education, social and economic equality” of all people. Therefore, the NAACP has opposed and will continue to oppose any national, state, local policy or legislative initiative that seeks to codify discrimination or hatred into the law or to remove the Constitutional rights of LGBT citizens. We support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Further, we strongly affirm the religious freedoms of all people as protected by the First Amendment.”

Michael Long author of the 2012 book “Keeping it straight? Martin Luther King, Jr., Homosexuality, and Gay Rights” told CNN that King would have been a champion of gay rights because of his Christian views.

“Dr. King never publicly welcomed gays at the front gate of his beloved community. But he did leave behind a key for them - his belief that each person is sacred, free and equal to all others,” Long reportedly said.

Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

What do you think, would Dr. King support gay rights if he were alive today?

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Music spun by ‘Rock god’ now broadcasted exclusively on local station

95.3 The Eagle is going to rock even more.

The FM radio station announced this week that ’80s rock god Dee Snider will be featured each weekday morning between 6-9 a.m.

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Dee Snider

Nick Roberts, Cox Media Group Ohio radio director of programming, said the former Twisted Sister singer is the station’s official “rock authority” in the morning.

“Dee was one of the most influential rockers of the ’80s, and we are proud to have him on The Eagle,” Roberts told me. “He’s loud. He will wake you up for sure.”

Based in the New York area, Snider also will appear on the season of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” set to premiere March 3. Snider raised $326,000 for the March of Dimes on last year’s season of “Celebrity Apprentice” and is set to return to the all-star season this spring.

Many Eagle listeners are already familiar with Snider’s musical taste.

The station also has added his nationally syndicated show “Dee Snider’s House of Hair,” which airs from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturdays.

The Eagle, like Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV, is a Cox Media Group Ohio company. 95.3 The Eagle recently transitioned to an ’80s rock format serving the Dayton area.

Snider, an actor, movie producer and writer, has appeared on several TV shows including CMT’s “Gone Country”; MTV’s “Rock The Cradle” and A&E’s “Growing Up Twisted.”

He recently starred in the Broadway hit “Rock Of Ages.”

Snider gained fame with Twisted Sister. The heavy metal band’s biggest hits include “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.”

What do you think?

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Local man invites others to kids’ playdate at gun and knife show

A local man’s post on a popular children’s playgroup event listserv brings up an interesting question: When it is appropriate to expose children to guns and how should one do so?

Scott Pulaski said he posted an invitation to the Dayton Gun and Knife Show at Hara Arena for Jan. 26 because he thought the event would be a good outing for members of The Family Network, a well-established group for moms and dads of toddlers.

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.(AP Photo/The Deseret News, Ben Brewer, File)

Read: $500M program aimed at curbing gun violence

The post, which has been spell checked for clarity, says:

“It is an opportunity to immerse yourself in gun culture. We will be there for about an hour then we will get lunch at a nearby restaurant to be determined that day. Finally, there really isn’t much to do for kids at the show. I carry (my son) and let him see what there is to see.”
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Screen shot of post

Pulaski, who practices practical preparedness (‘doomsday’ readiness), said he took his 2 1/2-year-old son to an area gun show a week ago and together they explored what is out there.

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Archive photo of the Bill Goodman’s Gun and Knife Show at Hara Arena.

“It was amazing,” he said. “We had a great time.”

Pulaski said he inherited a few guns, but does not believe anyone should own an assault weapon.

He said he is leery of guns, but is researching buying a handgun for his family’s protection.

Pulaski is not the only one.

This from my colleague Kyle Nagel:

In Ohio, the number of firearm background checks performed by the FBI set a monthly record with 102,531 in December 2012. That broke the previous record, set just a month before, of 74,534 in November 2012. Although the number of background checks doesn’t exactly correlate to the number of guns sold, the number of checks performed for Ohioans in 2012 (629,215) was a 34 percent increase from the previous record (468,974 in 2011).

Pulaski said he feels that families should be prepared for national disasters like Sandy and attacks like the Newtown school shooting.

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Jimmy Greene holds a photo of his daughter, Ana Marquez-Greene, 6, one of the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, as he comforts his wife, Nelba Marquez-Greene, during a news conference to call for a national dialogue on gun violence, in Newtown, Conn. (Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times) …

Tarasa Hurley, the new member representative for The Family Network, said anyone of the group’s 75 members can post to the the group’s BigTent.com page.

The play dates and activities posted are not necessary endorsed by the 25-year—old group or its board.

Hurley said she personally would not be interested the trip to the gun show.

“I can’t see a gun and knife show being a good place for a curious 2-year-old,” she said.

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Local veteran attending Oscars for film exposing disgusting acts

Lebanon resident Kori Cioca will live out the dream of many Americans.

She has been invited to attend the Academy Awards because she appeared in a movie.

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Kori Cioca (photo by Amelia Robinson

It was not for a role Cioca wanted.

No one would want the role.

“There will be a bunch of celebrities there, but here I am a victim of something so disgusting,” she said. “It is scary for me, but I am proud to represent the military sexual trauma (community).”

The 28-year-old has a pivotal role in the Oscar nominated documentary feature “The Invisible War.” She will attend the Feb. 24 awards show with film producers.

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Watch WHIO-TV reporter Yuna Lee’s interview Kori Cioca during the 5 p.m. channel 7 newcast.

The Kirby Dick’s film about sexual assaults in the military also spotlights the work of s Congressman Mike Turner, R-Centerville.

Watch WHIO-TV today at 5 p.m. to see News Center 7 Reporter Yuna Lee’s interview with Cioca.

Cioca said Turner has helped her in her fight with the military over benefit issues.

She left the Coast Guard in 2007 after a commanding officer raped her, she said. Cioca was severely traumatized by the attack that left her jaw pulverized.

She still has physical pain today and has spent years fighting the military for proper treatment.

After the Invisible War appeared at the Sundance Film Festival, Cioca began getting assistance for medical treatment through the Dobkin Family Foundation.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear oral arguments in the case Cioca v. Rumsfeld, a lawsuit filed on behalf of Cioca and 27 other military rape victims.

Cioca said Invisible War’s producers worked hard to make the film a reality, and deserves the Oscar.

“It is an honor to stand next to them,” she said.

She said she is happy her story can help other sexual assault victims stand up and come forward.

Cioca said she doesn’t march, but telling her story is something she can do to help other victims.

As for the Oscar night dress, Cioca is looking.

“I don’t wear dresses so I am frantically trying to find something,” she said.

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Raw fish and drugs: Walgreens selling sushi

At some corners of “Happy and Healthy,” shoppers can pick up both allergy medicine and raw seafood.

That’s right babe, Walgreens is selling sushi.

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File photo of sushi. Walgreens is selling it.

Here is how Los Angeles Magazine nightlife blogger Caroline “on Crack” Pardilla described it in her post, “New Hollywood Walgreens Has the Best Liquor Section EVER…for a Walgreens” (that’s the actual title):

As the first flagship Walgreens on the West Coast and the 8,000th store of the company, this newest offering, which opened last month, goes above and beyond your typical drugstore. This, the most beautiful Walgreens I’ve ever seen, has daily hand-rolled sushi, a fro-yo bar and a soda fountain with 130 different Coca-Cola drinks. But the feature that got me oohing and ahhing nonstop was (surprise, surprise) its liquor section.

It is all part of Walgreens’ push to change the public’s perception of what “drug store” means, according to Time magazine.

It is not the first fishy Walgreens.

A year or so ago a new “flagship” Walgreens in Chicago began selling sushi, artisanal cheeses, manicures and “a $2,000 bottle of cognac.”

A flagship Walgreens was approved for Philadelphia in June. Others are planned.

We are checking with the corporate office to see if they have plans for similar Walgreens in the Miami Valley.

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Sneak peek: 3 new beers and big samples from 10 restaurants for $30, support to Bellbrook victim’s fund

This party will support a few good causes.

A raffle will be held during the sneak peek of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Winter Restaurant Week 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 to benefit the Skylar Kooken Memorial Fund.

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Meadowlark Restaurant, 5531 Far Hills Ave., will take part in the sneak peek. 2011 archive photo by Jan Underwood of Pork Jezebel.

The 16-year-old Bellbrook resident and her friends Sophie Kerrigan, 17, and Julianna Hawk, 14, were killed in a November pickup truck accident on Wagner Road.

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Budweiser Black Crown (PRNewsFoto/Anheuser-Busch)

The girls and three other teens were on their way back to Bellbrook after picking Hawk up from a party.

Amy Zahora, executive director of the non-profit trade association, said a portion of proceeds from the sneak peek to be held at Watson, 2590 E. Whipp Road in Centerville, will also benefit the charity Womanline Counseling Center.

Ten Dayton area restaurants will participate, offering ample samples of dishes that they plan to serve during restaurant week — Jan. 27 to Feb. 3.

Three-course meals and meal deals will be offered at participating restaurants that week for $20.13, $25.13 and $30.13.

But first things are first.

Zahora said 10 restaurants will participate in the sneak peek, including Amelia’s, Station House, Christopher’s, Coco’s, Jay’s, Meadowlark, Fleming’s, The Pour Haus, The Dock and Mamma Disalvo’s.

“What’s more fun than walking around and trying different restaurants?” she asked. “It is a lot of fun if you like to try a lot of different restaurants at a low price.”

Tickets include food, music and two drink. They are $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

Click here for more information.

The sneak peek is being sponsored by Dayton’s Buckeye Vodka.

Three beers will be introduced to the area:

Budweiser Black Crown, Beck’s Sapphire and Kona, a beer from Hawaii

Tickets can be purchased at Watson’s, DayAir Credit Union Centerville, Kettering and York Commons branches; Flemings at the Greene and Womanline in downtown Dayton.

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Gun Day chair: MLK would agree, if blacks had guns there would have been no slavery

Gun Appreciation Day chairman Larry Ward apparently thinks the film “Django Unchained” could have been a documentary.

Ward addressed charges that it is distasteful to hold “Gun Appreciation Day” on Jan. 19, just days before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Gun Appreciation Day

“I believe Gun Appreciation Day honors the legacy of Dr. King. We are looking for a peaceful protest,” he said Friday morning on CNN. “I think Martin Luther King would agree with me if he were alive today that if African Americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country’s founding, perhaps slavery might not have been a chapter in our history.”

Gun owners and supporters are encouraged to take copies of the U.S. Constitution, American flag and “hands off my gun” signs into local gun stores and gun ranges that day “to send a loud and clear message to Congress and President Obama.”

The protest was intentionally planned to coincide with President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

READ: Biden seeks video game industry input on guns

Maria Roach, founder of United for Change USA, appeared on the show with Ward to promote a Stop Gun Appreciation Day petition on Signon.org. The petition will be delivered to Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association.

She said Ward has a right as an American to hold Gun Appreciation Day, but she called it selfish and self-serving “theater” being used to bring in donations and new members.

Roach found Ward’s comments about MLK outrageous. Roach said they made no sense. Slaves, like guns, were considered property and MLK was known for his nonviolent stance, she said.

“If you speak to - and I’ve spoken to many people, thousands of people - they are outraged that you would plan your event two days before an American icon’s day that we celebrate nationally who was murdered. He was slain by a rifle,” she said.

Gun rights and gun reform have been hot button issues since a gunman claimed 28 lives in Newtown, Conn. last month. The bulk of the slain were children.

Area residents packed Springboro’s board of education meeting yesterday.

READ: Discussion on arming teachers draws 500

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Jim Bucher leaves Channel 2

WDTN and one of the area’s most recognizable local television personalities have parted ways.

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2001 photo of Jim Bucher (photo by Skip Peterson)

Here is what reporter and cameraman Jim Bucher said to me in a Facebook message today:

“WDTN has been a wonderful employer for almost 30 years, but alas all great things must come to an end.
We have mutually agreed to part ways and wish nothing but the best for my TV 2 family.
I will now be pursuing other options possibly in TV or otherwise.
To all the folks in the Miami Valley that let me tell their wonderful stories, a big thank you. It’s been fun. Here’s to lots of laughs and love …

Bucher posted a similar message on his own Facebook page.

Contacted earlier this week about swirling rumors that Bucher was no longer with the station, WDTN General Manager Joe Abouzeid said he could not say whether or not Bucher was still employed at the station.

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Jim Bucher with Doug Mann at the Dayton Visual Art Center’s 14th Art Auction (Photo by Peter Wine)

He again said today that it is against company policy to comment of such personnel matters.

Bucher is perhaps best known for his “Bucher’s Beat” segment.

Some sources say Bucher’s desk was empty last Friday, the same day two Fox 45/ ABC 22 anchors - Shannon Sims and Dan Carroll - learned they had been terminated.

Read: Local TV stations fires 2 anchors

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In this archive photo, Jim Bucher, dons a peacock suit in honor of the stations switch from ABC to NBC. He is at Deeds Point with Orville and Wilbur. STAFF PHOTO BY BILL REINKE.

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Mike Turner’s film about military rape gets Oscar nod

Congressman Mike Turner, R-Centerville, is getting a taste of Hollywood.

“The Invisible War,” the Kirby Dick’s film about sexual assaults in the military that spotlights Turner, has been nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Documentary Feature.

Turner spokesman Tom Crosson said the film helped bring rape in the armed forces to the attention of military and political leaders in a way that has resonated.

He congratulated Dick and producer Amy Ziering.

“This nomination is recognition of those efforts to bring to light an issue that has been bubbling under the surface,” Crosson said.

He said Turner was honored to take part in the film, but will not be among those lucky enough to attend the awards ceremony next month.

“We will certainly be rooting for them from the couch in Dayton,” Crosson said.

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Here’s what Turner said about the honor on his Facebook page:

Congratulations to everyone involved with this documentary! As co-chair to the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas we will continue our work in Congress to preserve and enhance the rights of those affected by sexual assault.
Today The Invisible War received an The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences/ The Oscars nomination for Best Documentary.
We are so honored and proud! We share this achievement with all the brave survivors who came forward with their personal stories - this film, and the change that it is making, would not have been possible without you.”

Turner has a pivotal role in a film, the Audience Award winner for best documentary at 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

Sparked by the case of U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach of Vandalia, Turner has pushed for stronger protection of sexual assault victims in the military.

The film was screened in September at the Dayton Art Institute.


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America’s Got Talent coming to region

Think you’ve got talent?

If your answer is yes, make your way across I-70 Jan. 19 or 20.

“America’s Got Talent” will hold open auditions in Columbus at the Greater Columbus Convention Center as part of its nationwide search for season eight contestants.

Auditions are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The registration site says all those who show up are guaranteed to be seen. Click here for registration information in Columbus.

The NBC talent competition is open to any age and practically any talent.

Richard and Nick Olate of Olate Dogs - a fast-paced dog act - won last year’s $1 million grand prize and a headlining Las Vegas show.

Vicki Crawford, a season spokeswoman, told us thousands are expected to try out in Columbus, one of several cities auditions will be held.

Competitors will have 90 seconds to showcase talents to the series’ producers in the hopes of being able to preform before the show’s judges.

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From left, Chasity Duckett, Becca Lindsey and Taylor Glaze pass the time by singing together in the hallway at the Memphis Cook Convention Center as they wait to audition for America’s Got Talent in Memphis, Tenn., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. Auditions will be held in Columbus Jan. 19 and 20. AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mike Brown)

Radio personality Howard Stern is the only judge so far to confirm that he will return to the show.

Nick Cannon will once again host the show.

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Lap-dancing stripper’s organs donated after fatal fall from balcony

The stripper who fell from a 15-foot balcony while preforming a “jump” lap dance at a club in Cleveland’s Flats has died, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer and other sources.

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Lauren Block, 22, died Thursday morning at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Block was reportedly giving a New Jersey customer a “jump” lap dance on the balcony of Christie’s Cabaret on Jan. 2 when she fell and suffered devastating head injuries.

ABC News posted a statement from her family on its website:

Block’s family released the following statement:

“We would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support and prayers for Lauren. She … is an organ donor, and we hope this will enable her to save many lives and live on through others. We would like to express our gratitude to the staff at MetroHealth. They worked tirelessly to do all they could to save her life. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time. We know that she’s in God’s hands.”

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Pete Rose reality show to air Sunday

Baseball’s “hit king” is looking to swing his way back into America’s heart.

The sneak preview of the first two episodes of disgraced former Cincinnati Reds player and manager Pete Rose’s reality show “Pete Rose Hits and Mrs” starts at 10 p.m. Sunday on TLC.

Sunday’s episode will re-air at 10 and 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Click here to view photos of Pete Rose in Liberty Twp.

The 71-year-old’s wedding to 31-year-old former Playboy Playmate Kiana Kim is at the center of the show.

Rose says he wanted to do the reality show because he thinks his life with Kim and her two children - Cassie, 14, and Ashton, 11 - is interesting, and they are his new love.

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The switch hitter played in the major leagues from 1963 to 1986. He was a manager from 1984 to 1989.

On the heels of pesky allegations that he bet on the Reds, Rose agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989.

The Baseball Hall of Fame later voted to ban those on the permanent ineligibility list from induction.

Our Hal McCoy says Rose should not be allow into the hall of fame as a manager, but deserves a spot as a player.

Click here to hear why.

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And the Oscar will go to one these movies…

Oscar night on February 24 surely will be a big night for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. The movie nabbed 12 nominations.

It should also be a busy night for Silver Linings Playbook’s cast and crew. That movie got nominations for best picture and in all four acting categories.

Silver Linings Playbook is only the 14th movie and the first in 31 years, since Reds in 1981, to have nominees in all four acting categories.

The biggest surprise is that wild card Beasts of the Southern Wild and its tiny star QuvenzhanĂ© Wallis snuck in there for best picture and best actress. She’s the youngest best actress nominee in history.

Watch trailers for the best picture nominees below.

Click here for gallery of all the nominations.

Argo Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers

“Lincoln” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers -

“Les MisĂ©rables” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, Producers

“Silver Linings Playbook” Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, Producers

“Life of Pi” Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers

“Amour” Nominees to be determined

“Django Unchained” Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers

“Zero Dark Thirty” Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers

What movie do you think will win? What movie was the best movie of 2012?

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Dayton goes from second most unhappiest place to work to happiest in a year

Dang, a year can change a lot if you believe bogus data from an online career site.

CareerBliss.com has declared Dayton the “Happiest Cities To Work” in 2013, according to Forbes.com.

But the most content workers of all are in Dayton, Ohio. With an index score of 4.02, employees in Dayton said they are more than satisfied with the people they work with and their daily tasks.
“The people you work with has a great impact on happiness,” Miller says. “In the cities that ranked highest, co-workers and one’s direct manager had a great influence on how that city fared compared to others.

But don’t get so excited folks.

I love when people say nice things about the Dayton area (this is a great city and region despite what the haters say) , but last year CareerBliss.com declared the city the second unhappiest place to work.

Here’s what Forbes said last year:

In the No. 2 spot is Dayton, Ohio. Dayton earned an index score of 3.66. Workers there are most dissatisfied with their growth opportunities and compensation, and most satisfied with their colleagues and daily work tasks.

The city was also declared the third “Best Cities to Find a Job” for 2013.

I call hogwash.

I am no scientist, but I question CareerBliss.com’s methods.

And Forbes.com doesn’t exactly have a great track record when it comes to this city.

It called Dayton the nation’s most affordable city in 2012, but in 2008 we were among the nation’s fastest dying.

Hmmmmm?

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Subway employee allegedly threatened to kill customer for requesting ketchup on Philly cheese steak

Holding to his convictions that ketchup DOES NOT belong on a Philly cheese steak recently landed a Florida man a spot in the unemployment line, according to Orlando’s WFTV and UPI.

Police were called to the scene. See stupid 911 calls below.

Luis Martinez said he wanted American cheese, onions and ketchup on his cheese steak, but Subway restaurant employee Lawrence Ordone wouldn’t do it.

“He wants ketchup on the Philly cheese steak and I have never put — we don’t even have ketchup at Subway — I’ve never put ketchup on anybody’s sandwich,” Ordone told the TV station.

The men got into a verbal spat that almost turned physical.

During the confrontation, Ordone allegedly pushed down a chair and threatened to kill Martinez in front of his wife.

Yeah, that’s a lot of anger.

Martinez called 911,but Ordone was gone by the time police arrived.

No charges have been filed.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper had big fun with the story in his show’s RidicuList segment.

911 call over chicken nuggets

Woman call 911 because her boyfriend won’t marry her

Lady Calls 911 Over Chinese Food Order Dispute

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McDonald’s testing chicken wings

McDonald’s might soon go beak-to-beak with KFC.

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The fast food giant is expanding its test of so-called “Mighty Wings” to the Chicago market this week after a successful run in Atlanta last year.

Read: McDonald’s expands test flight for chicken wings

The wings are expected to be sold in three, five or 10 pieces with prices likely starting at $3.

The burger giant has found success with McNuggets and Chicken McBites, but time will tell if it can work its magic with wings.

Would you buy chicken wings from McDonald’s, which drive-thru has the best wings?

What do you think?

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Free cheesecake today

There are better ways to sample something new than to sample it free of charge.

Wright Cheesecake will offer free samples of its new”Game Day” cheesecake while supplies last today between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., owner Kauhnya Wright said.

The cheesecake’s secret blend includes pretzels and beer, she said.

Wright’s business is located at 120 W. Second St., inside the Liberty Tower building.

It opened its doors Dec. 3.

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Staff photo by Ken-Yon Hardy

We will feature Wright Cheesecake and two other ‘sweet’ new places in the Miami Valley in the coming weeks.

Where is your favorite place in the region to pick up a sweet treat?

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Local TV stations fires 2 anchors

The local TV scene has experienced yet another shake-up.

Fox 45/ ABC 22 has fired two of its news anchors.

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Fox 45 evening anchor Shannon Sims and morning anchor Dan Carroll have been released from their contracts.

Fox 45/ABC 22 officials could not be reached for comments.

Sims said Monday she was surprised Friday to learn that she had been terminated. She is hopeful about the future and believes another door will soon open.

“I enjoyed representing the station and the community,” she said, noting that she is exploring her options.

Sims quickly earned a name for herself in the Dayton community after being hired about a year and a half ago.

She was recently named Omega Psi Phi Delta Alpha chapter’s citizen of the year for raising $1,000 to purchase ties for 180 students at Dayton Boys Prep Academy

Sims emceed several area events, including the recent NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet. She is a mentor for the Community Action Partnership’s teen girl group, and has appeared in the Red Cross’ celebrity fashion show.

During her 18 months at 45/22 Sims had three co-anchors: Don Hammond, Chris Heath and Jack Atherton. Atherton joined Sims after Heath was fired in October.

Carroll signed a three-year deal to anchor morning newscasts for 45/22 with former Fox19 co-worker Meghan Mongillo in late 2011.

Mongillo is still listed as an anchor on the station’s web site.

“They told me the ratings were not what they hoped they would be,” Carroll told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I don’t know if I’m done with TV or whatever. I’ve got to figure something out.”

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Oops! NBC’s Today show mixes Dayton up with Steubenville

NBC’s Today show apparently doesn’t know the difference between its small Ohio towns and its medium-sized Ohio towns.

During a story this weekend about the on-going Steubenville High football rape scandal, the show mistakenly imposed a photo of Dayton’s skyline in place of a picture of Steubenville’s behind Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s head.

It was not only the wrong picture, it was an outdated one. Notice Patterson Co-op High School in the background in the photo below.

Read: Demolition continues at downtown high school

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DeWine speaks in front of the wrong city just before the 1:49 mark.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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New area restaurant serves up pancakes mixed with ham, topped with baked beans

Pancakes mixed with country ham, corn and parley and then topped with maple syrup and baked beans might not seem tasty, but tasty they are.

Might tasty.

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Savory pancakes at Urban Harvest in Clayton (Photo by Amelia Robinson)

“Savory Pancakes” ($7) is one of several unique menu items served at Clayton’s Urban Harvest Restaurant and Catering, 8331 N. Main St. in the Randolph Plaza.

The sweet and, well, savory pancakes are on the Saturday brunch menu, as is Goetta ($7), a Cincinnati staple that includes pork and oats.

The regular lunch menu also has several combinations you don’t find everywhere - fried green tomatoes and cucumbers, bacon wrapped hot dogs, turkey pot pie, fried chicken livers and the Garden Harvest Press.

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Urban Harvest in Clayton opened in November (Photo by Amelia Robinson)

The press is “roasted zucchini, yellow squash and red bell peppers stacked with provolone cheese and topped with garden herb pesto on toasted bread.”

Staffers said Savory Pancakes were the brainchild of chef-owner Matthew DeAngulo. They didn’t know how he came up with them.

DeAngulo was the founding chef at Olive restaurant in Dayton. He opened Urban Harvest in November.

Click here to read more about the restaurant’s opening.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays. It focuses on “Midwestern casual food” and emphasises local fresh ingredients.

What do you think? Would you give pancakes topped with baked beans a try? What is the strangest food combination you have come across.

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The steak and cheese Monty Cristo sandwich is on Urban Harvest Saturday brunch menu. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)

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Should boys mocking alleged rape victim in Steubenville High football video be punished?

And you thought the Steubenville High football rape scandal could get no worse.

The Anonymous arm calling itself “KnightSec” last month hijacked the Steubenville High School Big Red football team’s website and said it would release personal information about team members and staffers if there were no public apology to a 16-year-old girl allegedly raped by two football players last summer, according to Salon.com.

The deadline passed and KnightSec followed through yesterday, releasing a video said to be of Steubenville athletes.

There are now calls for the main “comedian” heard in the video to be expelled from Ohio State University where he is reportedly now a student.

Click here to read post on Ohio State’s fan page.

Warning: the 12.28 minute video posted on YouTube.com and linked here is disturbing and cruel.

While one boy in the background says the girl was raped and he feels bad, others joke and laugh about the alleged victim.

No one intervenes.

Several twisted jokes were made about the girl being dead asleep despite being sodomized and otherwise violated.

“That’s how you know she’s dead because someone (urinated) on her,” the main comedian says. “She is deader than Caylee Anthony.”

That boy later tweeted comments about the rape.

“There won’t be any foreplay for a dead girl,” he says on the video.

The boys in the video have not been charged with any crime.

The comments on the released video go beyond appalling to plain wicked.

This clearly isn’t another case of boys being boys, but do you think the boys in the video broke any laws?

Two teens are charged in the case.

Trent Mays faces charges of rape, kidnapping and illegal use of minor and nudity-oriented material, according to The Herald Star in Steubenville.

Steubenville’s Ma’lik Richmond faces counts of rape and kidnapping.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has become involved in the case due to the prosecutor’s ties to the famed Ohio football team.

He told CNN today that because of connections with the football team, his department is involved in both the investigation and prosecutions of the football players.

“We are actually handling the prosecution and we will actually handle the case when it goes to trial on Feb. 13,” he said. “This is not unusual when there are conflicts with the local prosecutor.”

What do you think?

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Dayton restaurateur dies

Charles R. Poston, founder and previous owner of Hasty Tasty Pancake House, Char-Burger and several other eateries, has died.

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Read: Gone but not forgotten: What I miss most from the Dayton dining scene

“He was a very good guy. I’ve known him for 30 or 35 years,” Mike Hackman, Hasty Tasty’s current owner, said of Poston. “He would do anything for a person.”

The 86-year-old died Monday following complications from heart disease, his obituary in today’s Dayton Daily News says.

A former employee of Parkmoor, Poston opened the Hasty Tasty in 1952.

We last visited the kitschy Americana diner in December with California-based humorist and chef Charles Phoenix.

Read ‘Retro daddy’ searches for vintage Dayton

At one point Poston’s collection of restaurants included 10 Hasty Tasty locations, eight Char-Burger locations, The Fireplace Inn and Cattleman.

All but the original Hasty Tasty at 3509 Linden Avenue (the one owned by Hackman) have been closed.

Hackman bought that restaurant in 1990 from Lemmie Summer, the man Poston sold it to. Poston and his wife Mabel often stopped by the restaurant to eat and visit friends, Hackman said.

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“He was in the restaurant business most of his life,” Hackman said.

His obituary speaks to his love of the Dayton area:

“He loved his work and was generous to his employees. He worked hard at his craft to please the public. He always thought of what others needed and helped when he could. He gave much to many and will be missed by the people who touched his life.”

Poston is survived by his wife, Mabel; two brothers, Raymond and Gene Poston; four children, Sharlene Barrington, Rick Poston, Barbara Culbertson, and Tina Scheidler; and several other relatives.

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Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tobias Funeral Home in Beavercreek. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Park Cemetery.

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Sprint don’t jog, Air Force Marathon expected to sell out in April

Run don’t walk if you plan to participate in the 2013 Air Force Marathon.

As my colleague Barrie Barber told you yesterday, a record 5,100 runners took advantage of a special discount by registering for the marathon on New Year’s Day.

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United States Air Force 16th annual Air Force Marathon last September at the National Museum of the USAF (Contributed Photo by Charles Caperton)

Read: Air Force Marathon sets one-day registration record

About 15,000 slots are available for the 26 mile race set for Sept. 21. Last year’s race sold out in May.

Organizers expect slots to be filled by April this year. That’s just a guess,” Daryl Mayer of 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs told us today. “It may sellout even sooner than that.”

The race - a qualifier for the Boston Marathon - is one of the least expensive marathons in the Midwest, he said.

See pricing chart below.

“It’s a legit course,” he said. “Last year we had so many people come to us after April wanting to get in - desperately wanting to get in - , but there wasn’t anything we could do.”

The only option once the slots are filled is to run as a member of a charity’s team or hope to have a registration transferred from a register runner who cannot participate.

The event pumps more than $12.7 million local impact, according to the Greene County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Read Jehovah’s Witnesses event to have $14M impact

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School district labels Elvis musical too racy, cancels show

Elvis’ hips and love of ‘necking’ are still causing trouble.

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(AP Photo, file)

In a very Footloose-like move, the much anticipated Herriman High School (Utah) production of the Broadway musical “All Shook Up” was nixed after school district officials deemed it “too racy” and not conforming to a new district policy, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The musical is in part based on William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and contains Elvis Presley songs with steamy lyrics like:

“A well I bless my soul What’s wrong with me? I’m itching like a man on a fuzzy tree My friends say I’m actin’ wild as a bug I’m in love I’m all shook up Mm mm oh, oh, yeah, yeah!”

And who can forget this hotter than jalapeno peppers on a summer day part:

“She touched my hand what a chill I got Her lips are like a volcano that’s hot I’m proud to say she’s my buttercup I’m in love I’m all shook up Mm mm oh, oh, yeah, yeah! ”

Pure pornography.

The school district changed its policy in August after a lobbying group complained about a school production of “Dead Man Walking.”

The Elvis play was canceled after one parent complained.

“What was communicated to us, they were upset with sexually explicit language and some other aspects of the play,” Sandy Riesgraf, Jordan district spokeswoman, told the newspaper. “What they deemed cross-dressing.”

Parent Jill Fishback basically called that baloney.

“I’m at a loss,” Fishback said. “They’re singing Elvis songs. A girl dresses up as a boy and kisses a boy. … It’s not promoting homosexuality. It was supposed to be a farce.”

What do you think? Did the school district over-reach or was their action justified?

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Dayton native lands role in “A Haunted House” movie

A 2000 Colonel White High School grad has landed a small role in what may be a big hit for Marlon Wayans.

Former Dayton resident Dion Lack (Roderick Lacking) has several scenes in “A Haunted House” to be released nationwide January 11.

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Dayton Dion Lack(center) in scene from “A Haunted House.”

You may recognize Lack from the 2010 Doritos’ Super Bowl commercial “House Rules” by Joelle De Jesus of Hollywood, Calif.

Lack, who moved to LA in 2001, was smacked after eating an overprotective little boy’s Doritos.

Click here to checkout the comedian’s Youtube.com channel.

He plays a “thug” in “A Haunted House.” The R-rated horror spoof film is directed by Michael Tiddes. It stars Essence Atkins, Cedric The Entertainer and Nick Swardson

Lack’s back appears in one of the film’s more racy trailer scenes.

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Ohio pizza joint workers stand up against ‘bigot,’ applauded

Customers and employees of Mikey’s Late Night Slice, a popular spot in Columbus’ Short North Arts District have received more than a few virtual pats on the back for taking a stand against a man on an anti-gay tear this weekend.

Joel Diaz, chief development officer for AIDS Resource Center Ohio in Dayton, Columbus and elsewhere in the state, details the story on the Huffington Post. Diaz worked in Dayton Thursday and was interviewed for a segment on the website.

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Same-sex couples in Maryland are now legally permitted to marry under a new law that went into effect after midnight on Tuesday. Maryland is the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to approve same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

After a fun night in the Arts District, Diaz said he and a friend went to the pizza stand. It was cold and Diaz writes that he and his friend were holding hands, standing close together and laughing when a man in front of them told them to cut the “gay (expletive)” out.

Diaz wrote:

I was a bit startled by his words but I didn’t expect what happened next. Almost every single person in that line made it known to him it was not OK for him to speak to us like that. By happenstance my friend John, who is also gay, was standing in front of him and as he continued his rant about being disgusted by us we both let him know that this was our city too and that we were not about to stand down to his bigoted ideas, especially not in one of the gayest neighborhoods in town. As he continued it was actually the straight people in line who spoke up that were so awesome
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I didn’t expect to see allies so willing to chime in and let this guy know that his hate speech wouldn’t be tolerated. The best part though was as he grew more irate and vocal the guys who work the truck stopped what they were doing and leaned towards the window and told him they would not serve him because he was spewing hate. They said they support everyone in our community and that he should get out of line because they would not be serving him. He begrudgingly got out of line and walked away escorted by a friend who had been hanging back.
As I walked away with my pizza all I could think about was “THAT’S IT!” Every person who spoke up to defend us including the pizza guys representing their business was doing their part to make hate a thing of the past.

Diaz’ Facebook post about the incident has received more than 10,300 likes and 1,500 shares by Thursday.

Mikey’s Late Night Slice’s Facebook response has received more than 3,000 likes.

Here’s a little of what the business has to say:

We are humbled by the attention that this whole thing has gotten us. But we feel that the greatest recognition belongs to our neighborhood as a whole, here in the Short North. By accounts, there was no shortage of locals willing to speak up and intervene when the incident occurred. It is so wonderfully comforting to know that the hearts of our neighbors are filled with kindness and tolerance.

A post on Reddit.com received more than 266,000 views, according to Diaz.

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John Boehner to Harry Reid: “Go f— yourself”

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner apparently didn’t take too kindly to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s little “dictatorship” crack last week.

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John Boehner does not like being called a dictator. ( Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Politico.com, in the article “The fiscal cliff deal that almost wasn’t,” says Boehner, R-West Chester Twp., let Reid know as much when they met in the lobby of the White House on Friday.

“Go f— yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present.
Reid, a bit startled, replied: “What are you talking about?”
Boehner repeated: “Go f— yourself.”

Well, you can’t say the U.S. Representative from Ohio’s 8th congressional district holds in his feelings.

What do you think? Were the harsh words justified?

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Don’t give up donuts completely, overweight people live longer, study says

Keep your resolution to get healthier, but you might not want to give up those jelly donuts all together.

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Mmmm, donuts (Dayton Daily News)

Your excuse comes straight from the government this time.

Controversial research recently published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says overweight people live longer than those with clinically normal body weights.

Obese and extremely obese people die earlier than those with normal weight, the research from a group led by Katherine Flegal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics says.

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Homer approves of this study (submitted)

The study, involving 2.8 million individuals and 270,000 deaths, looks at the relationship between Body Mass Index and mortality,

Mortality was significantly lower for overweight people - those with BMI of 25 to 30 - than those with normal weight - BMI of 18.5 to 24.9.

Here is a section of the report:

>Conclusions and Relevance

Two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese — those with a BMI of 30 or more.

What do you think? Do you think the report is correct?

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Kettering woman looking for ‘angel’ that rescued her after bloody fall

Her injury occurred last spring, but Gail Siler remembers the day and “paralyzing pain” like it was yesterday.

And she can’t forget Maureen, the good Samaritan in the dark green Volkswagen Jetta that dropped everything to help her, and how she didn’t have a chance to thank her.

Gail slipped on a pile of “helicopter” maple tree seeds at about 7:20 a.m. May 2 on Judith Street in Marinole Park. She landed on the pavement with a hard thud after going airborne.

“This all hurt like hell, and as I laid there taking stock of my injured body parts I looked at my left hand, which was at one angle while the left part was at another,” Gail recalled. “Have you ever wondered how you would react to great pain? I have and now I know. I reacted like a sniveling coward, barely about to get myself into a sitting position, let alone getting to my feet and limping home.”

Bleeding from multiple cuts, Gail said she tried to get to her cell phone which was in the bag attached to that injured left wrist, but “every time my left arm moved the two broken ends in there clicked together.”

That’s when Maureen in her dark green Volkswagen Jetta showed up.

“She stopped,” Siler said. “This was a really kind thing she did. Not everyone would have done that.”

Maureen at first tried to call Gail’s sleeping husband. When that didn’t work, she rushed to Gail’s house a block away to get him.

In the short time Maureen was gone, a man with a dog spotted Gail sitting in the street holding her arm and just kept on walking.

A school bus drove by. The driver apparently didn’t notice the injured woman.

Soon Maureen came back with Gail’s husband in tow. An ambulance was eventually called. Maureen left shortly after EMTs arrived.

“I was so distracted I didn’t ask her her last name,” Gail said. “I would at least like to say ‘thank you’.”

Gail had surgery to repair her damaged arm. A metal plate now holds two pieces of her bone together. She has recovered, but does special exercises at home to strengthen her hand and arm.

She only had a vague description of Maureen. The woman who helped Gail was white and 40 to 45 years old. She had short brown hair and was wearing jeans with a tucked-in shirt.

What do you think? Do you know the samaritan that helped Gail?

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