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. 

Fans want Missy Elliott statue to replace Confederate monument in Portsmouth, Virginia

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 7:48 PM

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One fan of Missy Elliott has made waves on the internet, having created a Change.org petition that has gained more than 28,000 signatures in less than a week.

The reason? Nathan Coflin wants the city of Portsmouth, Virginia, to replace a Confederate monument with a statue of Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott.

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The Washington Post reported that Coflin, a resident of Elliott’s hometown of Portsmouth, is a longtime fan of Elliott.

“I wanna show we can honor the positivity that’s happening today in Portsmouth and I think no one better suits that than Missy Elliott,” he told The Post.

“We believe it is time to finally replace the Confederate Monument in Olde Towne Portsmouth Virginia near the intersection of Court and High streets with a new statue of a true Portsmouth native hero,” Coflin wrote on the petition. “Who better to encapsulate the culture and spirit of the city enshrined in a new monument than Grammy Award winning rapper, dancer, and record producer Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliott?”

Making nods to Elliott’s 2002 single “Work It,” Coflin expressed his reasons for replacing the monument.

“Getting this statue put up will be a lot of work and you may ask yourself is it worth it? I say yes and ask you to join me in letting us work it,” he wrote. “Together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it. Let us come together in getting City Council to erect this statue in honor of Missy Elliott and all those in the great City of Portsmouth who work it each and every day.”

In response to a tweet about the petition, Elliott said “just to see this warms my heart and it's so humbling to me.”

Jay-Z dedicates ‘Numb/Encore’ performance to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 11:43 PM

Jay-Z dedicated a performance of
Jay-Z dedicated a performance of "Numb/Encore," a 2004 collaboration with Linkin Park, to Chester Bennington, the band's late member.(Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images/Getty Images)

While performing a set at Virgin V Festival in Chelmsford, England, Sunday, Jay-Z paid tribute to Chester Bennington, the late Linkin Park singer.

UsWeekly reported that the rap icon, 47, mentioned Bennington by name before performing “Numb/Encore,” a 2004 single that was a collaboration between Jay and Linkin Park.

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“Can you guys light it up tonight for Chester, Linkin Park, one time tonight?” he said. “Please make some noise so he can hear you all the way up in heaven tonight!”

Bennington died of a suicide July 20 at his Los Angeles home. He was 41 years old.

“Numb/Encore” comes from “Collision Course,” a collaborative EP released by Jay and Linkin Park in 2004. 

Linkin Park member Mike Shinoda tweeted a thank you to Jay-Z for dedicating the performance to Bennington, according to People.

“We appreciate you,” Shinoda wrote.

A video, uploaded by a concertgoer, of the performance at the festival can be watched on YouTube.

Venus Williams agrees to turn over phone records from day of fatal crash

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 7:19 PM

Tennis champion Venus Williams poses with her trophy after beating her sister Serena during their final tennis match of the 2008 Wimbledon championships at The All England Tennis Club in southwest London, on July 5, 2008.
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Tennis champion Venus Williams poses with her trophy after beating her sister Serena during their final tennis match of the 2008 Wimbledon championships at The All England Tennis Club in southwest London, on July 5, 2008.(CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Tennis great Venus Williams has agreed to turn over her cell phone records to attorneys representing a family who is suing her in connection with a June traffic accident that claimed the life of a 78-year-old man.

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In a brief court hearing on Tuesday, lawyers for Williams and those representing the family of Jerome Barson told Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Cymonie Rowe that the 37-year-old athlete had agreed to turn over records of calls from noon to 2:30 p.m. on June 9, the day of the crash, said attorney F. Malcolm Cunningham Jr., who represents Williams.

The records will be redacted in court documents so the phone numbers would be kept from public view, Cunningham said. He described the request as routine.

“It’s very typical — very standard — for this kind of litigation or any kind of litigation, actually,” he said.

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Attorney Michael Steinger filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Williams on behalf of the Barson family. In court papers, Steinger and his associates said the phone records could help show whether Williams was distracted at the time of the mid-day crash. They are also seeking Williams’ phone and any other electronic devices she had with her during the June 9 accident. That request is still pending.

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Palm Beach Gardens police say Williams was at the wheel of her SUV in the middle of the intersection at Northlake Boulevard and BallenIsles Drive when the light turned red. Linda Barson, who was driving a Hyundai Accent, drove through the green light, smashing into the side of Williams’ vehicle as Williams continued through the intersection, they said. Williams, who lives in the nearby BallenIsles Country Club, told investigators she did not see Barson’s car.

Jerome Barson, a passenger in the vehicle, was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center and died there on June 22. Williams was not injured in the crash.

Linkin Park to hold ‘special event’ to honor Chester Bennington 

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 7:13 PM

Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park perform on May 22, 2017 in Burbank, California. Linkin Park announced a
Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park perform on May 22, 2017 in Burbank, California. Linkin Park announced a "special event" to honor Bennington, who died of a suicide at age 41.(Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

A little over a month since the death of their bandmate Chester Bennington, Linkin Park announced it will host an event in Los Angeles to honor him, according to Spin.

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“Just wanted to say thank you to all our fans around the world for the tremendous outpouring of love, which has strengthened our spirit during this incredibly difficult time,” the band said on its Twitter page Tuesday. “The five of us are so grateful for all of your support as we heal and build the future of Linkin Park. We are working on a special public event in Los Angeles to honor Chester’s memory and look forward to sharing details with you soon.”

Whether the event will include a performance from the band isn’t clear. The group canceled its summer tour a day after the news of Bennington’s death.

Bennington died of a suicide July 20.

Linkin Park members said Bennington’s death “leaves a void that can never be filled” in a joint statement after his death.

On Sunday, Jay-Z paid tribute to Bennington by performing his 2004 collaboration with Linkin Park, “Numb/Encore,” at the Virgin V Festival in Chelmsford, England.

Fans continue to share thoughts about Bennington on social media, many of which are posted on the Linkin Park website.