Smales is giving away free pretzels -- here’s how to get yours 

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Smales Pretzel Bakery, the iconic business at 210 Xenia Ave., is making a $35,000 improvement that it hopes will make a major difference. (Video by Amelia Robinson)

Smales Pretzel Bakery is making an offer you can really sink your teeth into. 

The iconic Dayton bakery, now in its  fifth generation, will celebrate National Pretzel Day on Wednesday, April 26 by giving away a free soft pretzel to all who visit the shop located at at 210 Xenia Ave.

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Owner Emma Smales said no purchase is necessary, but she’s hoping the shop’s fresh-baked pretzels win new customers. 

“It is National Pretzel Day, the most important day of the year,” she said. “We want people to have a good Wednesday, to get through the rest of the week, and maybe bring in people who haven’t tried us before to get them hooked.”

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Pretzels are normally 90 cents each. 

Smales said there will be plenty to go around next Wednesday. 

The bakery bakes about 100 pretzels at time. 

Emma Smales is the fifth generation of her family to own Smales Pretzel Bakery in Dayton. (Source: Smales Pretzel Bakery/Facebook)

“We will be making them until the end of the day,” she said. 

Smales opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. 

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The business was founded by her German-born great-great grandfather Rudie Schaaf in 1895 and refined by his daughter, for whom she is named.

Emma took over the family business last year and has made significant upgrades

Smales now accepts credit cards. 

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

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 7:55 PM

Singer Lisa Marie Presley (L) and musician and estranged husband, Michael Lockwood, attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures'
Singer Lisa Marie Presley (L) and musician and estranged husband, Michael Lockwood, attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Mad Max: Fury Road" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on May 7, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Lisa Marie Presley is suing her former manager, Barry Siegel, for “reckless and negligent mismanagement” of her inherited estate, but her estranged husband was quick to call her so-called mountain of debt a lie.

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Presley inherited $100 million from her rock ‘n’ roll father Elvis Presley back in 1993. Today, she said she only has $14,000 left, alleging that Siegel’s poor investment decisions whittled down her cash reserves. He sold off 85 percent of her share in the Elvis Presley Enterprises company in 2005, saying it “cleared up over $20 million in debts she had incurred and netted her over $40 million cash and a multi-million dollar income stream.”

Presley, however, said she lost millions in the deal. Siegel has counter sued, claiming she is to blame for squandering much of her own fortune, and he’s demanding $800,000 in damages for non-payment.

Presley is now $16 million in debt amid her ongoing divorce from estranged husband Michael Lockwood. That figure was revealed after a judge ordered her to pay $50,000 of Lockwood’s  $450,000 in attorney’s fees, which she claimed she could not afford. Lockwood, however, claimed Presley isn’t being truthful about her debt.

According to Lockwood, Presley claimed to be making $104,000 per month in 2016 and that she owed the IRS $1.67 million, which Lockwood says would mean she owes more than she made in income that year. Additionally, Presley did fudge the numbers when it comes to the English manor she owns, according to documents obtained by TMZ. While she has claimed to be way behind on mortgage payments for the property, Lockwood believes it’s still worth something and accused her of leaving that out of her calculations.

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The pair married in 2006 and welcomed twin daughters two years later. In 2016, Presley filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences and claiming Lockwood was a bad father who “took advantage” of her financially.

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

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:11 PM

Britney Spears’ Ex-Husband K-Fed Wants an Increase in Child Support

After seeing how successful her four-year Las Vegas residency has been, Britney Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline is asking for an increase in child support.

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Federline’s attorney reportedly sent the pop singer a letter recently indicating that he would like to renegotiate the $20,000 monthly payment he currently receives from her for their two sons, Preston, 12, and Jayden, 11. 

Married from 2004 to 2007, the former couple decided on that amount after Spears lost sole physical and legal custody over the children and was placed in a still-ongoing conservatorship under the care of her father during their highly-publicized 2008 divorce. However, now that her residency has grossed over $137 million in four short years, Federline is looking to cash in, believing the success of her show was “in part because the boys have been in her life.”

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“Kevin has always been supportive of Britney’s recovery and has always recognized what a great mother she has been,” a source familiar with the situation told US Weekly. “Britney’s entire world are the boys, period. She just lights up when she is with them.”

However, Federline additionally feels he’s entitled to an increase in child support in order to “recognize the sacrifices he has made because he has gone above and beyond what most people would do in this situation.”

Both Spears and Federline are reportedly hoping to reach an agreement outside of court, with the insider adding, “Britney won’t be involved with any of the legal discussions regarding the increase request. She will let her dad, Jamie, and the lawyers hash it out. However, Jamie isn’t just going to fork over what he would consider an outrageous demand.”

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Emma Chambers, 'Vicar of Dibley' actress, dies at 53

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:04 PM

FILE - In this file photo dated April 27, 1999, British actress Emma Chambers on the des carpet in London.   The actress known for her roles in TV series
FILE - In this file photo dated April 27, 1999, British actress Emma Chambers on the des carpet in London. The actress known for her roles in TV series "The Vicar of Dibley" and the movie "Notting Hill", Chambers has died of natural causes at the age of 53, according to an announcement from her agent John Grant, Saturday Feb. 24, 2018. (Peter Jordan/PA FILE via AP)(Peter Jordan/AP)

British actress Emma Chambers, best known for her role as Alice Tinker on the hit BBC show "The Vicar of Dibley," has died.

She was 53.

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The news of her death was announced Saturday, but the BBC reported that Chambers died Wednesday evening. Chambers died of natural causes, the BBC reported.

Chambers was well-respected for her comedic talents. She starred on "The Vicar of Dibley" from 1994 to 2007, earning a British Comedy Award in 1998, the BBC reported. Chambers also appeared in the film "Notting Hill" with Hugh Grant.

Chambers is survived by her husband, actor Ian Dunn, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:32 PM

Remembering Actress Nanette Fabray

Award-winning actress and comedian Nanette Fabray has died at the age of 97, Variety reported Friday.

Fabray was known for her charm, energetic exuberance and multi-talented performances in musical theatre in the 1940’s, as well as movies and TV in the 1950’s.

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A publicity photo of Nanette Fabray in 1950.(Wikicommons)

She won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical “Love Life” in 1949, according to her biography, and three Emmy Awards in the mid-1950s for her work on Sid Caesar’s television show “Caesar’s Hour.”

She co-starred with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in the 1953 movie “Band Wagon” and played Grandma Katherine Romano on the hit show “One Day at a Time” from 1979 to 1984, among many other roles over her long career.

A photo from the 1953 movie trailer for ‘Band Wagon,’ starring from left to right, Oscar Levant, Cyd Charisse, Jack Buchanan, Fred Astaire and Nanette Fabray performing the final music and dance number ‘That's Entertainment!’(Wikicommons)
Nanette Fabray, left, with Phyllis Diller, attend the Friars Club of California celebration honoring comedian Sid Caesar for his 80th birthday on October 6, 2002. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

She was also a longtime advocate for the deaf after overcoming a serious hearing problem of her own. She was awarded the President’s Distinguished Service Award and the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award for her long efforts on behalf of the hearing impaired.

Fabray’s son, Dr. Jamie MacDougall, according to The New York Times, confirmed she died at her home in Palos Verdes, California on Thursday.

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