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

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

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. 

“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. 

>> MORE: Local store says ‘yes’ to free pretzel on National Pretzel Day

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. 

Bristol Palin shares her excitement about welcoming baby no. 3 any day now

Published: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 9:52 PM

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Bristol Palin says she just can’t wait to meet her third child, and she’s due any day now. The daughter of former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took to Instagram Tuesday to share her excitement.

My world!!! I can't believe we'll be a family of 5 in a matter of days 🙈😍❤️

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“My world!!! I can’t believe we’ll be a family of 5 in a matter of days,” Palin wrote as the caption for a photo album featuring sweet pictures of her family, which includes husband Dakota Meyer, son Tripp (whom she shares with ex-fiance Levi Johnston) and daughter Sailor Grace (whom she shares with Meyer).

The proud mom announced her pregnancy back in December and found out that she was expecting a girl in March. She and Meyer are looking forward to expanding their family and welcoming their second child together. The dad of one also took time to share a family photo on Instagram on Tuesday, writing, “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”

Family is not an important thing. It's everything.

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WATCH: Adam Levine shares emotional tribute to Christina Grimmie on 'The Voice'

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 6:32 AM

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Singer Christina Grimmie performs in concert at Irving Plaza on March 10, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
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Adam Levine will always miss his mentee Christina Grimmie.

On Tuesday night, Levine and his current team on “The Voice,” Jesse Larson, Lilli Passero and Mark Isaiah, performed the Beatles hit “Hey Jude” in Grimmie’s honor.

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Before taking the stage, Levine addressed Grimmie’s parents and brother Marcus in the audience.

“I loved her so much,” he started. “I miss her. It’s unfair that’s she’s not here. And, we’re going to sing her a little song tonight and I am going to sing every word to her in her honor. Thank you guys for being here. Christina, we love you.”

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Team Adam then took the stage for a stunning and emotional performance. By the end of the performance, the audience and fellow coaches were on their feet applauding the number.

After the performance, Levine and host Carson Daly announced a new foundation that has been set up in her honor.

The foundation will work to provide assistance – both emotional and financial – for families and individuals who suffer from the devastating effects of gun violence and will support families facing breast cancer diagnosis.

Grimmie was killed in June 2016 after a man approached her after a concert in Orlando, Florida, and shot her. She was 22 years old. Levine was her coach on season 6 of “The Voice” and reportedly paid for her funeral.

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New study says country music mentions drugs more than any other genre

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 11:21 PM

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 04:  Legendary Recording Artist Willie Nelson speaks onstage at his album premier on April 4, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
Jason Davis/Getty Images for SiriusXM

According to a recent study by Addictions.com, country music mentions drugs more than any other musical genre, with the most-referenced drug being marijuana.

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Those results may come as a shock to some listeners who assumed that rap or hip-hop music might reference drugs more, but 1.6 percent of all country music surveyed by Addictions.com’s Song Meanings Application Programming Interface (API) references drugs on average, compared to less than 1.3 percent on average in hip-hop music.

Jazz music came in second place, although the study does not disclose the average percentage.

But what constitutes a drug reference? And what counts as “country” music for Addictions.com? For starters, alcoholic beverages are not classified as drugs in the study (or else, country music would win this by a landslide). According to the methodology of the study, Addictions.com “scraped song lyrics from Song Meanings API and analyzed drug mentions, what drugs were involved, and how it changed over time, and grouped drug slang words together in their respected drug categories.”

After going over the data from songs from country, rock, jazz, rap/hip-hop, pop, folk and electronic genres from 1933 until now, the drug references were grouped into seven categories: 

Pills (which includes all Opiates except Heroin, Benzodiazepines, Sleep medication, and ADHD medication), Heroin, Marijuana, LSD, Cocaine (which includes both crack cocaine and cocaine), Ecstasy (This includes MDMA and molly), and Meth.

After all that, country music came out on top, with 1.6 percent of all songs studied since 1933 referencing some sort of drug. According to the study, the top three drugs referenced in country music were marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine. 

It should be noted that most country songs decry drug consumption (with the exception of alcohol, and, very recently, marijuana). No country artists were mentioned in the study, but artists like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jamey Johnson, John Prine and many others have referenced marijuana, pills, cocaine or heroin in their songs as hazardous and not recreational.

However, once the study results are broken down into the musicians that reference drugs the most, country artists don’t even crack the Top 10. That honor goes to all hip-hop artists, most notably Kottonmouth Kings, Eminem, The Game, Lil’ Wayne and Jay-Z.

If you want to see just how many country music songs reference drugs, take a listen to the playlist below (though we would never condone the use of recreational drugs).

https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/125317395/playlist/2cMMAkvNMruYpFDQk0KMfK

Dayton streets to close for filming of Danny Glover, Robert Redford movie

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 5:02 PM

Hollywood is coming to Dayton, and that’s going to require a few closed streets. 

The city of Dayton is clarifying information it released earlier about streets that will be closed May 1 and 2 for filming of “The Old Man and the Gun” starring Hollywood heavy hitters Robert RedfordSissy SpacekDanny Glover and Casey Affleck

>> MORE: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck movie to be filmed in downtown Dayton

A portion of the film will be recorded in the old Liberty Saving’s lobby and at least one other part of the Liberty Tower.

>> MORE: This downtown tower will be part of Robert Redford’s new movie 

Redford plays an elderly bank robber now living in a retirement community in the film directed by David Lowery.

Much of the movie is being filmed in the Cincinnati area, but other Southwest Ohio cities are getting pieces of the action. Scenes for the movie are also being filmed in Hamilton. 

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Here is is information distributed by the downtown Dayton partnership: 

Portions of downtown streets will be temporarily closed early next week while crews film a movie.

 

  • Second Street will be closed between Ludlow and Wilkinson streets from 6:30 a.m. Monday, May 1, through 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 2.
  •  — The closure will expand to Second Street between Main and Perry streets from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. on May 1 only (this closure could end earlier, depending on how filming goes).
  • — Ludlow and Wilkinson streets will be closed between First and Third streets from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. on May 1 only (this closure could end earlier, depending on how filming goes).