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Dayton towing company honored by national magazine

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 1:52 PM


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A local towing company was honored by Tow Times magazine as a “rising star” business.

Tow Times magazine honored Brad Thoma and Brad McIntosh of Dayton-based Sandy’s Towing & Recovery with its annual Rising Stars Award. The company was given the award at the Towing & Recovery Management Summit in Nashville.

The Rising Star Award is given to a towing company owner or operator who is active in the industry, exemplifies talent and leadership, and is a role model to others, according to the magazine.

Owners Thoma and McIntosh also are active in Ohio towing associations and field weekly calls and questions from towing companies around the country.

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Travel tips: 10 worst airports to fly through for Thanksgiving travel

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 11:37 AM

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With holiday travel right around the corner, travelers should prepare themselves for hectic airports and crammed planes.

The Thanksgiving travel period is the busiest travel time of the year. Check out a few tips for a smooth flying experience, according to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport:

1. For protection against lost luggage, label your bags inside and out with your contact information. Be sure to include the address and phone number of your destination.

2. Do not wrap gifts that you plan to carry onboard. If a security officer needs to inspect a package they may have to unwrap your gift.

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3. Familiarize yourself with TSA (Transportation Security Administration) procedures at www.tsa.gov to ensure what you pack in your carry-on is compliant with TSA standards. Weapons may not be carried aboard aircraft. This includes replicas, toy weapons and anything that can be mistaken for a weapon.

4. Passengers should arrive to the airport two hours before their flight to ensure adequate time to park, check baggage, go through security and make it to your gate in time for boarding.

5. When using general screening, be prepared to remove blazers, coats and bulky sweaters and activate any electronic or battery-powered equipment as part of the security inspection. This includes laptops, music players, games and phones.

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Holiday spending to increase in Ohio, region

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 10:28 AM

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KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF

Holiday spending in Ohio is expected to grow 2 percent this year compared to 2016, bringing in an estimated $24.1 billion statewide — and people in the Dayton region are expected to spend more than last year.

The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and the University of Cincinnati Economics Center found the state is likely to see a 9 percent increase in holiday retail spending compared to 2015. In 2016, an estimated $23.6 billion was brought in by holiday sales. In 2015, holiday sales resulted in more than $21 billion in revenue throughout the state.

The report found that robust retail sales and the state’s implementation of a tax on sales by online retailers in 2015 caused sales and revenues to increased in 2016, for the first time in a decade. The state’s largest metro areas — Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati — will again account for more than half of the estimated holiday retail sales.

Cleveland and Dayton are projected to experience the largest percentage increases in sales from a year ago. Dayton’s holiday sales will increase 3.4 percent, bringing in $1.7 million in revenue. Last year, holiday sales brought in around $1.6 million.

Ohio’s retail industry accounts for 18 percent of Ohio’s Total GDP, and supports 1.5 million jobs — one in four of all Ohio jobs, more than any other industry.

“As a critical indicator of overall economic vitality for Ohioans statewide, we are pleased to note that the study reports that Ohio’s total wages and salaries continue to grow and consumer confidence remains strong,” said Gordon Gough, President/CEO of the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants.

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“Online shopping continues to be a growing component of retail sales, with mobile shopping playing a larger role,” according to the report. “Non-store retail sales, which include online and mobile shopping, contributed most profoundly to positive retail sales growth in Ohio in 2016.”

Nationally, online sales are expected to surpass in-store sales this holiday season, a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation found.

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About 59 percent of consumers plan to shop online this year, while 57 percent will shop at a department store, 54 percent at a discount store, 46 percent at a grocery store/supermarket and 35 percent at clothing or accessories store. The survey found 27 percent plan to visit an electronics store, 25 percent a small or local business, and 18 percent will go to a crafts or fabrics store.

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Overall spending will also likely increase this year.

“With employment and incomes increasing, consumers are more confident this year and that is reflected in their buying plans for the holidays,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said.

NRF projects that holiday retail sales in November and December this year will be up between 3.6 percent and 4 percent for a total between $678.8 billion and $682 billion. Consumers say they will spend an average $967.13 this year, according to the annual survey conducted.

“Retailers have been stocking up in expectation of this, and all signs are that this will be a busy holiday season,” Shay said. “Retailers are preparing for a rush of consumers leading into Thanksgiving and all through December, and are offering a wide array of merchandise and promotions so shoppers can find great gifts and great deals at the same time.”

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J. Crew apologizes after photo of black model with messy hair sparks controversy

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 1:13 AM

J. Crew Criticized For Photo Of Model With Unkempt Hair

J. Crew is facing criticism after a photo of one of its models and her seemingly unkempt hair surfaced online.

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One Twitter user took to the platform to express her disapproval. She uploaded the picture of the model with the caption, “J. Crew..... girl.... y’all wrong.”

Many seemed to agree with her sentiment, because the post soon went viral, racking up more than 11,000 retweets and 20,000 likes. 

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Several chimed in, accusing the fashion brand of prepping the model for the shoot without using the proper practices needed to style African-American hair. 

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Others, including the model, Marihenny Pasible, thought the look was in line with J. Crew’s relaxed and natural campaign.

Some challenged the critics, asking them to embrace the care-free look for all cultures.

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After the barrage of comments, J. Crew released a statement on Twitter.

“J.Crew strives to represent every race, gender, and background. We sincerely apologize for the styling of this model and the offense that was caused,” the company wrote. 

STEM is where the jobs are

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 10:41 AM

The National Museum of the United States Air Force held a Home School STEM Day last month. The event was meant to help students aged 5-18 learn about aviation history and science, technology, engineering and math with activities. CHUCK HAMLIN / STAFF
The National Museum of the United States Air Force held a Home School STEM Day last month. The event was meant to help students aged 5-18 learn about aviation history and science, technology, engineering and math with activities. CHUCK HAMLIN / STAFF

STEM is and will be where the jobs are, according to a government assessment.

The good news in the Dayton area is that educators are producing students ready for STEM fields, with steady growth in undergraduate STEM degrees in the past few years.

The U.S. had nearly 8.6 million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs in 2015; and from 2014 to 2024, it will add more than 2.6 million STEM openings, according to a 2017 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

STEM jobs grew by 10.5 percent from 2009 to 2015 — double the pace of non-STEM jobs, which saw 5.2 percent net growth, the report says.

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Between 2014 and 2024, the U.S. will need to fill over 2.6 million STEM job openings.

Beyond the opportunities, STEM pay is good. According to the report, 93 out of 100 STEM occupations had wages “significantly above” the national average; the average STEM wage was $87,570, compared to an average of $45,700 for non-STEM occupations.

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Sean Joseph Creighton, president of the Kettering-based Southwestern Ohio Council of Higher Education, said that demand for STEM-qualified workers is felt locally.

“Absolutely we’re seeing definite growth in this area, and I feel like we’ve been seeing it for a while,” he said.

SOCHE — a consortium of 23 colleges and universities — has invested in scholarship programs, regional STEM schools, efforts to build interest among students and training for teachers, Creighton said.

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In our region, STEM is really important because of the large cluster of advanced manufacturing and aerospace companies, he said.

Locally, the area is graduating more students in STEM fields, Creighton said.

According to SOCHE, 2,368 undergraduate STEM degrees were awarded locally in 2016, above the 2,105 awarded in 2015 — which itself was well above the 1,195 degrees awarded in 2014.

“There has been a lot more time and attention and coaching in those areas,” he said.

However, the U.S. Department of Education found that nationally only 16 percent of high school seniors are proficient in math and interested in a STEM career.

Monica Eaton-Cardone, an IT executive focusing nationally in risk management and fraud prevention, advocates for STEM education.

“Schools need to take a more comprehensive and creative approach to STEM education, with relevant training for teachers at all grade levels and rigorous efforts to engage students in these subjects,” Eaton-Cardone said. “It’s also important to give pupils — especially girls — a better understanding of STEM applications and role models.”