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You can live in this refurbished, historic church in Oregon District

Published: Friday, August 11, 2017 @ 3:16 PM

107 Clay Street
107 Clay Street

A historic church has been turned into a stylish two-bedroom condo in the Oregon District, and now it’s for sale for just $309,000.

This 1,920-square-foot condo, located at 107 Clay St., blends 19th century church architecture with appropriate and modern stylish. Judy Seubert of Sibcy Cline, Inc. said, “Tim Patterson, whose grandfather was owner of NCR, did the refurbishing of the church in 1997.”

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A five-foot wall separated by iron gates adds privacy to the front courtyard patio. Inside the front door a vestibule with hardwood flooring leads into the foyer, which displays an arched stained glass window. Wood panels with a natural stain surround the foyer walls.

The condo also features a guest bedroom, hall bath with tub and shower, double coat closets, a laundry area and a spiral staircase to the underground, heated garage and back entrance.

Price: $309,000

Directions: Wayne Avenue to Van Buren Street to left on Clay Street

Highlights: About 1,920 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms, 2 full and 1 half baths, 19th century church converted to condominiums in 1997, 2 levels plus loft, gated entrance, private courtyard patio, wood flooring, stained glass windows, gourmet kitchen, stainless steel appliances, designer lighting, underground heated garage space with storage

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Ikea reissues dresser recall after 8th child fatality

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 11:32 AM

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016, file photo, with two Ikea dressers displayed at right, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Ikea is relaunching a recall of 29 million chests and dressers after the death of a seventh child attributed to one of the dressers tipping over. Ikea CEO Lars Petersson said the company wants to increase awareness of the recall campaign, first announced in June 2016, for several types of chest and dressers that can easily tip over if not properly anchored to a wall.
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016, file photo, with two Ikea dressers displayed at right, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Ikea is relaunching a recall of 29 million chests and dressers after the death of a seventh child attributed to one of the dressers tipping over. Ikea CEO Lars Petersson said the company wants to increase awareness of the recall campaign, first announced in June 2016, for several types of chest and dressers that can easily tip over if not properly anchored to a wall.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File/AP)

Those who own an Ikea Malm dresser should immediately stop using it if it isn't anchored to the wall, Ikea officials said Tuesday.

The recalled chests and dressers pose a serious tip-over and entrapment danger that has killed eight children so far, according to a news release. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission posted about the re-announced recall Tuesday.

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Consumers can contact Ikea for a refund or a free wall-anchoring kit. Ikea will pick up the recalled dresser for free, or will provide a free in-come wall-anchoring service. 

Due to another child dying because of the dresser, Ikea is re-issuing the recall

So far, Ikea has received 186 reports of “tip-over” incidents involving the chests and dressers, 91 of which injured children. About 17.3 million units have been made.

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There have been eight reports of children dying due to the chest and dressers tipping over, the most recent one being a 2-year-old boy in California who was trapped under an unanchored MALM three-drawer dressed that tipped over.

A list of recalled chest and dresser models can be found at Ikea.com. For more information, customers can contact Ikea at Ikea-USA.com/secureitkits or by calling 888-966-4532.

$10M sought for U.S. Air Force thermal protection systems

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 6:25 PM


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The U.S. Air Force is developing high speed vehicles and those vehicles need advanced heat protection.

University of Dayton Research Institute is seeking $10 million for the total $20 million thermal protection systems development project, and is among dozens of local requesters that want the Dayton Development Coalition to lobby for federal funds for their projects.

The Priority Development and Advocacy Committee released the list of applying projects Tuesday that it will sort through to make a prioritized list of what to ask for in D.C.

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UDRI is asking for $10 million toward a total $20 million project that will use new materials to develop, test and validate thermal protection systems for Air Force vehicles.

UD’s research arm states in the proposal that the project would directly create about one to 10 jobs in the next two years if fully funded, with an average salary of $100,000.

Ohio attorney general sues Centerville auto dealer

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 3:17 PM

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office has announced a consumer protection lawsuit against a Centerville used car dealer over vehicle titles that are alleged not to have been delivered. TOM DODGE/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office has announced a consumer protection lawsuit against a Centerville used car dealer over vehicle titles that are alleged not to have been delivered. TOM DODGE/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

The Ohio Attorney General’s office has launched a consumer protection lawsuit against South Dayton Auto & Truck Service LLC, a Centerville used car dealer accused of failing to deliver vehicle titles to customers.

The lawsuit seeks reimbursement from South Dayton Auto & Truck Service and owner Shane S. Smith, DeWine’s office said in a statement Tuesday. The action was taken after claims totaling more than $16,200 were paid from the state’s Title Defect Recision Fund to help customers resolve title complaints against the dealership, the office said.

The dealership operates at 888 E. Franklin St. Since 2014, 13 complaints have been filed against it, the attorney general’s office said.

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“Some consumers (are) saying they never received the title to a vehicle they bought from the dealership,” the office said.

The lawsuit accuses Smith and the dealership of violating Ohio’s Certificate of Motor Vehicle Title Act. DeWine’s office said the suit seeks an end to any “violations of the law,” reimbursement to affected consumers, and reimbursement to the Title Defect Recision Fund, which helps consumers when a dealership fails to provide a title as required by law.

An employee who answered the phone at the dealership Tuesday afternoon and gave his name as “Shane” said he does not have a comment.

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The company’s web site says it also offers repair and towing services.

Consumers who have title problems should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioProtects.org or (800) 282-0515.

17 retail horror stories that show working Black Friday is the worst

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 11:39 AM

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Retail workers put up with long hours, pushy customers and crowded stores during the holiday season.

For many people, working in retail is a rite of passage — often the first job teens work during high school or college. In Ohio, the retail industry supports one in four jobs. We asked our readers to share your good and bad memories and experiences during your time working in malls, shopping centers and stores.

Check out 17 stories our readers told us about working retail during the holidays:

1. “Dealing with Black Friday shoppers feel like a walk through Jurassic Park” 

“Over the course of one black Friday, I was: nearly run over in the parking lot; threatened with bodily harm by people who saw me walking into work and thought I was trying to skip the line; nearly mowed down by a small woman carrying a large leaf blower, trying to be the first across the store to get in line at the newly opened checkout; witnessed someone spit on my manager and attempt to punch him in the face; was called very hurtful things because a certain electronic device had sold out.” - Emily

2. IRATE CUSTOMERS

“Shoppers get irate and do not hesitate to get in your face and yell and scream because they stand in line so long not realizing what the employees’ day has been like! People need to realize they chose to shop during this crazy time just as some of us chose to work and enjoy being helpful … until you are put into tears by tired, restless, inpatient shoppers!” -Jenni

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3. KINDNESS FROM CUSTOMERS

“It was pleasant to be busy except one particular year I remember having a very difficult time because I was going through some personal problems and all the merriment of Christmas jingles and bright colors and joy just made me very sad in contrast to what I was feeling. I remember one customer took note of my mood and left me a little gift wrapped by my register for me to find. It was a candle and candle holder. I recall that he, too, was having a difficult time from our small talk. His thoughtfulness and the one was enough to get me through that most difficult of Seasons in 1983 and I still think about that simple act of kindness after all these years.” -Beau

4. RETURN POLICIES

“I worked for a very upscale store and a customer came in to buy a beautiful new boy’s suit. A lot of time and attention went into just the right tailoring for the young man. The next day the suit came back smeared with wedding cake from head to toes. Our no questions ask policy allowed the return. I lost the commission and the suit was thrown in the trash.” - Joyce

5. ADULTS BEHAVING BADLY

“The issues were not with the children but with the adults! Fighting over the last toys on the shelf, the color that they absolutely had to have, etc. I wanted to send them all home to bed without supper!” - Barb

6. BLACK FRIDAY RULES

“If you don’t know how to play the Black Friday Shopping game, STAY HOME. And please don’t do returns until after the peak sales time.” - Robin

7. “MADNESS”

“People getting there early, even before employees, would block our way into store because they thought we were cutting in line.” - Linda

8. RUDE CUSTOMERS 

“(A customer) kept yelling at me about how horrible and disgusting it was at my store, and how much cheaper everything was at Meijer. I finally said, “Ma’am, if you want to go to Meijer so badly, why don’t you go there? Take a left out of here and it’s 2 miles up the road.” Now doing that could have gotten me in a lot of trouble, but every customer within earshot were regular customers who knew me and knew that I’m not that kind of a person. After I said that and she started to leave, they all started applauding and told me that they would defend me if my manager got mad.” -Michelle

9. STEALING CUSTOMERS

“Working retail on Black Friday is like working at a daycare alone with 50+ children and no toys. You will be pushed, spit on, screamed at and they WILL throw things at you. Oh and you’ve been working for 10 hours, haven’t seen your family for the holiday and you don’t get to sleep for another 5 hours. You finally get the opportunity to sit down and eat a granola bar but OH NO! SOMEONE IS STEALING YOU NEED TO GET BACK OUT THERE!” - Kara

10. PUSHY CUSTOMERS

“When I was pregnant and working, we gave out $10 gift cards to the first 200 customers. I was assigned a door and when I opened it people shoved me and I got pushed into the door. I locked it and walked away in disgust. I was visibly pregnant but that $10 meant more to them.” - Jennifer

11. CHAOS 

“The best way to describe it is chaos. Preparation started 2 months in advance.” - Scott

12. MORE STEALING

“(Black Friday is like) running in a track meet for 15 hours — people popping off security tags in the fitting rooms and trying to leave store with 10 layers of clothes on.” - Paul

13. TRAMPLING CUSTOMERS

“I worked in a large department store in the Upper Valley Mall. I actually watched an older woman get trampled when our store opened for Black Friday. No one stopped to help her, they just ran right over her. We weren’t allowed to leave our position and another clerk had to phone a manager for help. She wasn’t injured, but I’m sure she wouldn’t take part in another Black Friday sale after that.” - Tosha

14. HUNGRY CUSTOMERS

“It’s non-stop. You’re constantly busy. I worked alone in a Subway inside of Walmart on Black Friday. I constantly had customers even before I was open! As I was setting up, I had people demanding to come in and leave upset because I wasn’t ready.” - Nina

15. CASHIERS ARE HUMAN

“Just remember that we cashiers are human. We have feelings. And we just work there….we don’t make the rules, we don’t set the prices, we don’t control inventory. We ring up your products and process your payment. Please don’t yell at us.” - Amy

16. TOO MANY HORROR STORIES

“Too many horror stories to really pick out just one — Primarily customers wanting something that was completely against store policy and blaming me for the policy. One said she wanted my name and was going to report me to the store manager. That’s when I threw my name tag at her and told her to have a happy holiday.” - Dave

17. CALL CENTERS

“From a call center perspective, I think the worst is a customer putting their child on the phone so I can tell the child the bad news, that they won’t get that item. Because you know, parents today can’t disappoint their children. Then repeatedly say how I (or we as a company) ruined their Christmas.” - Nikki

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