5 things to know about Mike Turner’s soon-to-be ex-wife Majida Mourad Turner

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 5:07 PM

Dayton area Congressman Mike Turner and Majida Mourad were married on Dec. 19 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton. Photo by Cydney Hatch with Afton Photography
Dayton area Congressman Mike Turner and Majida Mourad were married on Dec. 19 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton. Photo by Cydney Hatch with Afton Photography

It seems love did not last long for Congressman Mike Turner and his second wife.  

Married less than two years, the former Dayton mayor has filed for divorce from Majida Mourad Turner.

>> MORE: Dayton Congressman Mike Turner files for divorce

Turner and his former wife Lori Turner have two daughters, Jessica and Carolyn.  They divorced in 2013.

Mike and Majida Turner were married during a private ceremony on Dec. 19, 2015, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton.


Congressman Mike Turner poses for a photo with his fiancee, Majida Mourad, and his daughters Carolyn, left, and Jessica at the Dayton Art Institute’s Art Ball 2015 on June 13.

Here are 5 facts about Majida Turner you may not know. 

She’s a beauty

The Toledo native was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill in 2015.

The “proud Ohioan” eschews traditional workouts at the gym for activities that keep her out and about, such as bike riding.

“I don’t like to feel like I have to work out,” she explains. “I like to just go out and be active.”

She has a background in politics and government

Majida was a member of President George W. Bush’s transition team staff and was aide to former U.S. Rep. Sonny Bono, R-Calif., and then his wife former U.S. Rep. Mary Bono, according to the Columbus Dispatch. 

From 2001 to 2005, she was a senior advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy. In that role she focused on the United States Department of Energy international relations in the Middle East, Australia, Russia and a host of European and Asian countries, her United States Energy Association bio says. 

She had a long resume

Majida  is  vice president government affairs at Tellurian Inc. (The Abraham Group), according to her Linkedin page. 

She was  vice president of government relations at Cheniere Energy Inc.  when she married Turner.  That role is still listed as current on her Linkedin page. 

She is listed as an honorary board member of The American Foundation for Saint George Hospital in McLean, Va. 

Salad and Diet Coke are her things

Majida told the Hill that she is really into family — and her lifelines are “salad and Diet Coke.” 

>> MORE:  What you need to know about Mike Turner’s bride-to-be

She was on Turner’s arm

Majida was her congressman husband's date at community events like the Dayton Art Institute’s annual Art Ball. 

Rep. Mike Turner with then fiancée Majida Mourad at the 2015 Art Ball.(Amelia Robinson)

Congressman Mike Turner and his wife Majida were married Saturday, Dec. 19 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton. From left to right Charine Mourad, niece of the bride, the bride and groom, Carolyn Turner, daughter of the groom and Jessica Turner, daughter of the groom. Photo by Cydney Hatch with Afton Photography(Cydney Hatch with Afton Photogra)

Fairborn man (and his maroon hat) in new Emilio Estevez movie

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Former U.S. Marshal and Huber Height police officer “Hickory” William Taylor is taking the film industry by storm. Video by Amelia Robinson

When “Hickory” William Taylor was done with law enforcement, he was done with law enforcement. 

“I didn’t want to arrest people anymore,” the former U.S. Marshal and Huber Heights police officer said. “I had 38 years of that, and I was done.”

Instead of tracking down suspects, Taylor now owns Cape House Collectibles in Beavercreek with his wife Kathy. He also dabbles in the film industry as an extra. 

Taylor has appeared in about a dozen films since retiring in 2014. 

His knit, maroon hat has appeared in about five films, including  “Shoes” from Jamestown- based filmmaker Ramsey Stoneburner and Emilio Estevez’s “The Public,” which is set to open Jan. 31 at the  33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

>> Retired local police officer plays really ‘bad cop’ in Matthew McConaughey’s upcoming movie

“I was on the set for 14 days, which is a long time for an extra,” Taylor said of Estevez’s film. “We did things in that movie that I never thought I’d do at 60 years old.” 

He didn’t elaborate to prevent spoilers.  

The son of Dayton native Martin Sheen, Estevez filmed “The Public” in Cincinnati. 

Fairborn area resident "Hickory " William Taylor was an extra in the Emilio Estevez film "The Public" filmed and set in Cincinnati.

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The film is set in Cincinnati and stars Estevez, Alec BaldwinJena MaloneJeffrey WrightTaylor SchillingMichael Kenneth Williams and Che "Rhymefest" Smith.

The movie centers around a police standoff  with homeless library patrons who have staged a sit-in during a life-threatening cold snap. 

>>  LEARN MORE: Estevez dramedy about library standoff to film in Cincinnati

“I am one of the homeless guys. The movie is about us,” Taylor said about his role in “The Public. “There is no place to go and they are throwing us out of the library.”

The Fairborn area resident, one of a several local actors picked as extras in the movie, said he loved hearing stories from Williams, who joined the extras as they ate. He also said he enjoyed working with Estevez, who called him “Doc” during filming.

“He is just like a neighborhood guy. There was not a bit of pompousness in him,” Taylor said of Estevez.

Taylor said he enjoys the small, but important part he has played in “The Public” and other movies.

Most of the time extras are like furniture. We are the background crowd or a guy eating a hamburger,” he said. “The guys appreciate us because they wouldn’t have a movie without us. It would just be actors talking to each other.”  

Taylor has long been interested in acting.

Before joining the Huber Heights police department at age 20, he was an extra in the “Blue Brothers” when he was 19. 

His son and namesake is now studying theater.

An undercover detective for part of his career, Taylor said law enforcement was not always an easy job.  

He recalled the day he was shot at 23 times by a suspect. 

Fairborn area resident "Hickory " William Taylor was an extra in the Jametown filmmaker Ramsey Stoneburner's "The Shoes. He is in the maroon hat. The movie was filmed in Xenia.

Taylor said he helped following the Oklahoma City bombing and a list of hurricanes that include Katrina and Irma. 

On the set of the upcoming John Travolta film “Gotti,” a biopic about crime boss John Gotti, Taylor said he met John Gotti Jr. and actors playing people he helped transport during his time as a U.S. Marshal. 

After ending a law enforcement career started in 1990, Taylor said he decided he wanted to spend the rest of his life doing things he enjoyed. 

“I’ve seen so much ick in my life. I just decided I didn’t want to see that anymore,” he said. 

>> James Franco movies finish filming in Hamilton

Taylor played a moonshiner in James Franco’s yet-to-be released “The Long Home” and a chef in a scene shot in this region for the Robert Redford movie “The Old Man and the Gun” with Redford, Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacey. 

>> RELATED: Downtown Dayton has been taken over by Danny Glover, Robert Redford movie

Dayton filming has begun for "The Old Man and The Gun.The movie stars Robert Redford, Danny Glover, Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek. Video by Amelia Robinson and Lisa Powell.

Taylor said tons of opportunities have opened up for Dayton actors since Ohio started offering the Motion Picture Tax Credit in recent years.

Everyday people are seizing the opportunity to appear in movies as supporting actors and work behind the camera, he said.

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“There are some super talented people,” he said. “They go work a movie and then they go back to their beauty salon and do hair.”

As for himself, Taylor said the maroon hat helps. 

“My buddies give me crap about it. They say the hat needs an agent,” Taylor said. “You have to stand out and you have to be fearless, too.”

Fairborn area resident "Hickory " William Taylor was an extra in the Emilio Estevez film "The Public" filmed and set in Cincinnati.

Fairborn area resident "Hickory" William Taylor was an extra in "Donnybrook," a Tim Sutton movie film in the Cincinnati area.

6 reasons why you're not losing weight – even though you're trying

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 3:26 PM

Top 5 Obese and Overweight States in America

How many friends or colleagues have said to you they're trying to lose weight in the past week? Or perhaps you're that friend or co-worker.

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We often tell others – and ourselves – that we're aiming to shed a few pounds, but we don't see the results we'd like. If this describes you, you're certainly not alone.

The latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that more than 36 percent of U.S. adults are obese. Furthermore, a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that approximately half of overweight and obese adults say they are trying to lose weight.

Many of these people try for months or years, often failing to see the results they'd like. If this problem sounds all too close to home, here are some questions to ask yourself.

Little Debbie snacks might be undergoing a chance in product.(Jeff Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images)

1. Do you snack between meals?

You may think you're careful about counting your calories. You eat a balanced diet, and not too much.

But while your meals may be healthy enough and not too large, what about the snacks you eat between them?

Dr. Melina Jampolis, a board-certified physician nutrition specialist, recently wrote for CNN, saying that many of her patients have calorie "amnesia."

"People frequently forget about the little things during or between meals that add up calorically and can interfere significantly with weight loss," Dr. Jampolis writes.

To remedy this problem, Dr. Jampolis recommends keeping a precise calorie journal. This way you'll know exactly how much you're consuming and where you can cut back.

2. How active are you?

Even if you're eating healthy, you may not be nearly active enough. If you're one who drives to work, sits all day at a desk, drives home, sits on the couch and then crawls into bed, you may want to re-examine how much you're moving.

While 10,000 steps is usually the recommended daily minimum for healthy adults, if you're trying to lose weight, this may not be nearly enough.

According to a 2014 report in U.S. News and World Report, an analysis of some 10,000 people (who on average lost 66 pounds and kept them off for at least five years) revealed that they increased their number of daily steps by about 4,000 on average. They maintained this routine for at least 16 weeks, but even that only brought their weight down by an average of just over 3 pounds.

So, if you're serious about weight loss, you'll want to consider starting a regular cardio or gym routine to burn calories at a faster rate.

3. Is your weekend diet too relaxed?

Most of the time when dieting, it's normal to take a routine break, often on weekends.

If you do this, maybe you should examine how much of a break you're giving yourself, according to rippedbody.com. When you drop your diet Friday evening through Sunday evening – aka all weekend – it might be countering the benefits of your strict weekly discipline.

Remember, a few beers, late night snacks and rich desserts can add up quickly. Try being more disciplined about treating yourself. Maybe just one day a week from now on?

(Jan Willem Geertsma/Freeimages)

4. Do you drink enough water?

Most of us don't realize how important drinking an adequate amount of water is to our health and weight loss.

According to Health Line, a 12-week weight loss study showed that people who drank half a liter (or 17 oz) of water 30 minutes before meals lost 44 percent more weight. Additionally, drinking water has been shown to burn calories at an increased 24 to 30 percent over a period of 1.5 hours.

And remember, drinking other beverages – especially soft drinks, which are loaded with sugar – doesn't provide the same effect.

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5. How are you sleeping?

It may seem unrelated, but studies have shown that inadequate sleep is correlated with obesity.

A survey of scientific studies from around the world revealed that "short sleep duration may be associated with the development of obesity from childhood to adulthood." According to the research, adults who sleep too little have a 55 percent greater risk of becoming obese, whereas children see a disturbing 89 percent greater risk.

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6. Are your medications part of the problem?

According to Dr. Jampolis, not all physicians are adequately trained in obesity medicine and nutrition. She cautions that some may inadvertently prescribe medications that lead to weight gain or hinder weight loss.

"Benadryl, Ambien, benzodiazepines, older antidepressant and antipsychotic medications, Paxil, beta-blockers (for high blood pressure), several diabetes medications including insulin, sulfonylureas and thialidazones, and some contraceptive methods, especially Depo-Provera," all have been linked to weight gain.

If you're struggling to lose weight and you're taking one of these medications, you may want to discuss the issue with your doctor.

The questions listed above highlight some of the most commons reasons people don't see the results they desire when trying to shed pounds.

There are, of course, other possibilities as well. If none of the above seems to fit your situation, you may want to speak with a registered dietitian or your doctor to analyze your specific case.


5 tips to keep your holiday packages safe from porch pirates

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:08 PM

Best ways to protect your holiday packages from porch pirates Online holiday shopping is convenient, but, in some cases, those online deliveries open up opportunities for thieves to prey on packages left at your doorstop. To avoid the threat of "porch pirates," a name for those thieves, you can ask a friend or neighbor to receive your packages for you. If you can't receive packages at work or a neighbor is unavailable,  you can try Doorman, a service that lets you arrange for a package to be held at a wa

Online shopping has made life easier for a lot of us – and is especially handy during the holidays – but it’s also created more opportunities for thieves to prey on parcels left on our doorsteps.

So beware the so-called porch pirate. They count on our being lax but a little preparation can help thwart their plans and leave them empty handed, said Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall , a company that specializes in cyber security.

“A more sophisticated porch pirate might send you an SMS message or email with malware,” Miliefsky said. “That would let them gain access to your computer or smartphone, and they could install a RAT (Remote Access Trojan). Then they can eavesdrop on your orders and deliveries.”

They also might be able to locate you through the geolocating feature on your phone, he said. That would tell them when you are away from home, the final link in their well-laid plan.

“If they know you aren’t home and that a package is scheduled for delivery, it’s going to be easy for them to steal it,” he said.

There are, however, ways around even cyber criminals. Miliefsky offers these tips for outwitting porch pirates and keeping packages safe:

• Get permission to ship all your packages to work. That way they aren’t left unguarded at your doorstep for hours where anyone walking by could snatch them. If this arrangement works out, be sure to tell all your friends and family also to ship packages to your work address.

• Ask a friend or neighbor to receive your packages for you. You might not be home on work days, but plenty of people are. Trusted friends who are retired or who work at home might be happy to let you have packages delivered to them for safe keeping.

• If a neighbor can’t receive your packages and you can’t get them at work, another option is available. Miliefsky suggests trying Doorman, a service that lets you arrange for a package to be held at a warehouse until you arrive home. Then you can arrange delivery for evening hours that better suit you.

• Disable geolocation on your smartphone so that thieves – or other hackers for that matter – can’t track your location. No need to make it easier on them.

• Set up a live recording video camera aimed at your porch. That could allow you to spot a theft as it happens and alert law enforcement, or at least provide you with video later that might help identify the thieves.

5 Hallmark holiday movies that feature a piece of the South

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:05 AM

Best Hallmark Holiday movies that feature the south "Angels Sing" - In this oldie-but-goodie filmed in Austin and Bastrop, Texas, a mysterious man helps a fellow rediscover joy after a long-ago tragedy. "Christmas in Conway" - This Hallmark Hall of Fame film doesn't need snow to tug at the heartstrings. Set in Conway, South Carolina, it was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina and debuted in 2013. "Coming Home for Christmas" - Though this holiday favorite is filmed in Canada, the movie, about a nanny and

Made for watching by the roaring fire, cocoa in hand, slippers on feet, the delightful, wintry scenes of Hallmark Channel holiday movies are not typically fit for Southern settings. It only makes sense: how are you going to have the Christmas Festival of Ice and similar “Winter Wonderland” themes set in Charlotte, or Atlanta or Rocky Top, Tennessee?

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What's surprising is that there are some wonderful Hallmark holiday movies that were either filmed in Southern locations or set in some of the beautiful places of the South. 

Here are some Hallmark holiday favorites that are set elsewhere but filmed in the South:

"Christmas In Homestead"

The movie takes place in the fictional "Christmas-obsessed town of Homestead, Iowa," but the 2016 romantic comedy was filmed on location in Dahlonega, Georgia. Setting a Christmas movie (about a famous actress who falls in love while shooting a holiday movie in a small town) in Dahlonega wouldn't have been all that far-fetched, either. The town is fairly Christmas-happy itself, hosting a month-long gala each year with an old-fashioned Christmas parade, visits with Santa and a Christmas market on Candy Cane Lane.

Yes, that's Willie Nelson and Harry Connick, Jr. both featured in the 2013 Hallmark classic filmed partly in Austin, "Angels Sing."(Contributed/For the AJC)

"Angels Sing"

In this oldie-but-goodie filmed in Austin and Bastrop, Texas, a mysterious man helps a fellow rediscover joy after a long-ago tragedy. If it doesn't air during the season, catch it on DVD. It features a star-studded cast of music heavyweights, including Harry Connick, Jr. and Willie Nelson.

"Christmas in Conway"

This Hallmark Hall of Fame film doesn't need snow to tug at the heartstrings. Set in Conway, South Carolina, it was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, and debuted in 2013. The premise: a sweet husband pulls out all the stops to give his ailing wife a ride on a Ferris wheel in their backyard for Christmas.

And two Hallmark holiday movies only set in the South but filmed elsewhere:

"Coming Home for Christmas"

It's common knowledge that so many Hallmark movies are filmed in Canada and British Columbia that perennial co-star Danica McKellar is considered to have honorary citizenship in both places.

This instant Hallmark holiday classic is a prime example. While the fictional Ashford Slate where McKellar's character takes up residence as a nanny and party planner is in Virginia (and certainly portrays the host family's First Family of Virginia/Junior League/debutante attitudes correctly), don't look for any Virginia landmarks on set. "Coming Home for Christmas" was filmed at a multimillion-dollar mansion in Canada.

“The Christmas Cottage”

Still in her 20s, the heroine of The Christmas Cottage has given up on love to concentrate on her interior design career in Raleigh, North Carolina. While most of the romantic action takes place in a family cottage nearby, renowned for its romantic and Christmas magic, the film was made in British Columbia.