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.

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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.” 

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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)

Boys raise money to throw homeless pizza party

Published: Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 3:21 PM



Alex Wong/Getty Images
(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Two young brothers in Michigan spent their summer raising money to throw a party featuring their favorite food for people in need.

The Graves brothers, Caleb, 10, and Jacob, 7, raised over $1,500, which they gave to Degage Ministries, MLive.com reported. The organization serves two low-cost meals daily for the homeless and those in need.

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The Graves brothers hosted a pizza party Friday at Degage, and invited the area's homeless community to attend. The 30 pizzas were donated by a local restaurant, so the money the brothers raised with help fund the ministry's community outreach programs. 

About 100 people attended the pizza party, according to Degage.

Air Force museum celebrates National Aviation Day with activities

Published: Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 12:42 PM

During Family Day Aug. 19, visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Force will learn about achievements in aviation and aerospace from the Wright brothers’ first flight to modern Air Force technology. Activities include hands-on demonstrations, build and fly balsa gliders, presentations and storytime. (Contributed photo)
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
During Family Day Aug. 19, visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Force will learn about achievements in aviation and aerospace from the Wright brothers’ first flight to modern Air Force technology. Activities include hands-on demonstrations, build and fly balsa gliders, presentations and storytime. (Contributed photo)(National Museum of the U.S. Air Force)

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is hosting educational activities until 3 p.m. today, Aug. 19, as part of its celebration of National Aviation Day. All activities are free and open to the public.

During “Family Day,” visitors can learn about major events and breakthroughs in aviation history, from the Wright brothers’ first flight to modern Air Force developments. Families can participate in activities including hands-on demonstrations, building and flying balsa gliders, presentations and Storytime, according to a media release.

The hands-on aviation and space demonstrations are geared toward all ages. A variety of activities showcasing Air Force technology past, present and future, such as: wind tunnels, nanotechnology, and more, will take place in the STEM Learning Node located in the Space and Research & Development Gallery.

Until 3 p.m, visitors will also be able to build and fly their own balsa glider, helping them learn about the controls of flying an aircraft. This will take place in the center of the second building (while supplies last). 

Presentation topics include "spy" satellites, drones, X-planes and presidential aircraft. Two will begin 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., and last about 45 minutes each, and will be held in the STEM Learning Node located in the Presidential Gallery. Doors will remain open throughout the presentation for those who may be unable to stay.

Younger visitors can enjoy a Storytime program at 1:15 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node located in the Presidential Gallery. This will include stories of flight as well as a hands-on craft project.

No reservations are necessary. Visit the museum's website at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil, or call the Education Division at 937-255-4646 for additional information.

Lose the belly pooch: 7 do’s and don’ts to accomplish a flat stomach 

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 4:15 PM
Updated: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 4:15 PM

Even after you've managed to drop some pounds, your stomach may still have a persistent pooch Fat in this location has been linked to an increased risk of serious issues With the Flat Belly Diet, reduce belly fat by increasing your consumption of monosaturated fatty acids The diet's emphasis on magnesium may reduce inflammation and the level of bad bacteria in your stomach In addition to taking a look at the Flat Belly Diet, consider these dietary changes to help reduce abdominal fat Peppermint and chamom

When you're trying to lose weight and get in shape, belly fat can be one of the hardest problems to address. 

Even after you've managed to drop some pounds, your stomach may still have a persistent pooch.

In addition to making it harder to get into your jeans, belly fat may also have a negative impact on your overall health. Fat in this location has been linked to an increased risk of serious issues such as diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer.

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The Flat Belly Diet

If you're looking for a diet that helps you achieve a flat stomach, there's one designed just for that purpose – the Flat Belly Diet. Created by a former Prevention magazine editor and a registered dietitian, the diet aims to reduce belly fat by increasing your consumption of monounsaturated fatty acids. The diet's creators say these types of fats target abdominal fat and promote fullness, so you'll lose overall weight as well as belly fat.

You'll find monounsaturated fats in foods like olive oil, nuts, seeds and chocolate.

FILE — Sliced almonds (Karsten Moran/The New York Times)(KARSTEN MORAN/NYT)

WebMD doubts claims that the diet specifically targets belly fat, but the site’s experts note that if assists in overall weight loss, you should also lose belly fat. Dr. Oz, on the other hand, said that the diet may work. He touts the diet's emphasis on magnesium, which he says may reduce inflammation and the level of bad bacteria in your stomach. This type of bacteria has been linked to weight gain.

What to add to your diet

In addition to taking a look at the Flat Belly Diet, consider these dietary changes to help reduce abdominal fat.

 Peppermint and chamomile tea: These types of tea help ease digestion and help your body dissolve gas, which can reduce bloating, according to Health.com.

Constipation distends your belly, so a daily dose of fiber in the morning can keep your digestive system moving.. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

 Fiber-rich cereal: Constipation distends your belly, so a daily dose of fiber in the morning can keep your digestive system moving. Prevention.com says high-fiber cereals that contain two types of fiber – insoluble (from bran) and soluble (from psyllium) – are good choices.

 Yogurt: It contains probiotics, which can help balance the bacteria in your stomach and prevent bloating. Health.com says yogurt is also packed with protein, so it can help you feel full.

File photo. (Photo illustration by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)(Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

 Cucumbers: According to Health.com, cucumbers help reduce swelling and bloating due to their high water content and quercetin, a flavonoid antioxidant.

What to limit

 

Alcohol: Some types of alcohol are loaded with calories. According to Time.com, these calories can't be stored for later, so your metabolism has to focus on the alcohol rather than on burning fat.


Sodium: Sodium makes you retain water, which increases your belly bloat. Stop salting your food, but also look at the salt content on pre-packaged foods, which are an even greater source of sodium for most people, according to Prevention.com.

Did you know Dayton’s got one of the longest-running slam poetry nights in Ohio?

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The Dayton Poetry Slam is held on the first and third Sundays of each month at Yellow Cab, 400 E. 4th St., Dayton. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates
The Dayton Poetry Slam is held on the first and third Sundays of each month at Yellow Cab, 400 E. 4th St., Dayton. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

Imagine the whole crowd in their underwear…

Public speaking is not a fear that everyone wishes to conquer, and for very few it comes naturally. Somehow, Dayton has been lucky enough to find many of those who can call it their art.

On the first and third Sundays of every month, you can find Dayton Poetry Slam at The Old Yellow Cab Building offering up a stage where everyone is welcome to share their poetry through regular open mics, slams and writing workshops.

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The Dayton Poetry Slam is held on the first and third Sundays of each month at Yellow Cab, 400 E. 4th St., Dayton. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

Recently, I attended an open mic along with over 100 of Dayton’s finest literary artists and listeners, 20 of whom shared their work. On the night I joined, writers of different styles and levels of experience were encouraged from the crowd as they took the stage with ceremonious shout-backs and words of support. It is an electric atmosphere where everyone can feel safe participating. 

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The Dayton Poetry Slam is held on the first and third Sundays of each month at Yellow Cab, 400 E. 4th St., Dayton. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

I also got a chance to chat with the four organizers of Dayton Poetry Slam after the event. Link Schreiber, Johnathon Gallienne, Quiet Storm, and Proph3ssorX, all equally talented, all agreed in describing the DPS community as a dysfunctional family that functions with the same goals -- to create, together, a place where honesty and openness are at the forefront of building a future for our community’s poets and writers. 

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The Dayton Poetry Slam is held on the first and third Sundays of each month at Yellow Cab, 400 E. 4th St., Dayton. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

Link, who has been a part of the event for over a decade, reminds us that Dayton Poetry Slam is not new to the Dayton scene, having traveled between different venues over the years before finding its current home a couple of years ago. It is the third longest-running open mic in Ohio

On August 20, the community will be throwing its 18th Birthday Bash! If you are looking to participate in the slam, Johnathon Gallienne assures that, even to a newbie, honesty and creating space for individuals to find their own outlet is valued above all else. 

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The Dayton Poetry Slam is held on the first and third Sundays of each month at Yellow Cab, 400 E. 4th St., Dayton. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

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If you are looking to join as a spectator, Proph3ssorX, an MC for the event, guarantees a “real nice time and a warm welcome.”

Each event takes a recommended cover at the door that is donated directly to the feature artist, which changes at each event. It is artists supporting artists. Quiet Storm says that their main goal for the future is to expand through local marketing and word of mouth, growing the audience with each event. 

Want to go?

WHAT: Dayton Poetry Slam’s 18th Birthday Bash

WHEN: Show starts at 7:30 p.m. August 20; reader sign-ups start at 7 p.m.

WHERE: The “Old” Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th Street, Dayton

COST: Suggested donations taken at door