Air Force Museum program to spotlight International Space Station

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 9:34 AM


            A view of the International Space Station. Family Day at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Nov. 18 will commemorate the station’s 17th anniversary with a variety of free, interactive activities. (Courtesy photo/NASA)
A view of the International Space Station. Family Day at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Nov. 18 will commemorate the station’s 17th anniversary with a variety of free, interactive activities. (Courtesy photo/NASA)

Commemorate the 17th anniversary of a continuous human presence in space and learn about the greatest engineering feat in modern history – the International Space Station – during Family Day Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Designed for children and adults of all ages, Family Day offers several interactive opportunities for all to enjoy. Visitors will be able to learn about spaceflight, living in space and rocketry through a variety of demonstrations and hands-on activities. NASA Solar System Ambassador Tyler Hines will be hosting a demonstration station.

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“Storytime” begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery in the fourth building. Preschool and primary-grade children and their families are invited to listen to space-related stories, followed by a hands-on activity.

All activities are free, and no advanced reservations are necessary. For additional information visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Education/Family-Day or call the Education Division at 937-255-4646.

Some materials for the program are being provided by the Air Force Museum Foundation Inc. (Federal endorsement is not implied).

In support of Family Day, the foundation-operated attractions will offer a discounted rate for the Virtual Reality Simulators spacewalk mission and the 3D movie “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.”

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.

The 45th annual Dayton Holiday Festival kicks off today

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 4:22 AM

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The holiday season kicks off in Dayton today with the annual Grande Illumination and Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights.

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This year marks 45 years celebrating the Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by Dayton Power & Light.

The event will be held at Courthouse Square and surrounding buildings from 4-9 p.m. with the tree-lighting ceremony at 7:45 p.m. and the parade immediately following. Hundreds of thousands of lights will illuminate the 45-minute parade, which will feature a variety of floats, entertainers, animals and several surprises.

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Activities planned include the live reindeer display, musical entertainment, carnival rides and games, holiday crafts and games, horse-drawn wagon rides, the Tike's Shoppe and a gingerbread house contest.

A complete list of festival events is available online, as well as a calendar of other downtown holiday events.

PARADE ROUTE: 

The parade will begin at 7:50 p.m. at Second and Wilkinson streets. It will proceed east on Second Street to south on Main Street, then to west on Fourth Street. When at Fourth and Perry streets, the parade floats will disband and stage for escort to their designated storage area.

Streets to Be Closed for Dayton Holiday Festival:

  • Closed from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.:  Third Street between Main and Ludlow
  •  Closed from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Second Street between Perry and Vista View 
  • Closed from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Wilkinson Street between Second and Third,  Ludlow Street between First and Second
  •  Closed from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Main Street between First and Fifth, Second Street between Jefferson and Perry, Third Street between Jefferson and Perry, Fourth Street between Jefferson and Ludlow, Wilkinson Street between Maple and Fourth, Southbound Red Cross Lane between First and Second, Southbound Stafford Street between First and Second

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The Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by DP&L, is a program of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, the City of Dayton, Montgomery County and the Mrs. Virginia W. Kettering Dayton Holiday Festival Fund.

Troopers: Naked couple crashes car while having sex; baby was in back seat

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:25 AM

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Washington State Patrol.(David Ryder/Getty Images)

A naked couple, having sex in their car while their baby was in the back seat, crashed while driving, the Washington State Patrol said.

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The man was driving on Highway 7 near La Grande in Pierce County, naked and having sex with a woman who also was naked, when he missed a curve, went off the road and struck a tree, State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova said.

The crash occurred Wednesday at 6 p.m. troopers said.

Witnesses told troopers both the man and woman were naked when they got out of the car, The Everett Herald reported. Troopers said they were also both impaired.

The woman wasn't wearing a seat belt. She was taken to the hospital with several broken bones. The 3-month-old child in the back seat was not injured.

The man was arrested and booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, vehicular assault and child endangerment, the Herald reported.

Troopers said the man has three prior DUI convictions.

Chrissy Teigen asks Springfield for a “Christmas miracle”

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 5:24 PM

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Chrissy Teigen, wife to Springfield native John Legend, has asked the city for what she calls a “Christmas miracle.”

The model and her husband visited Springfield this week for Thanksgiving, and apparently left an important item behind.

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“I left my Nintendo at the Courtyard Marriott in Springfield please I need a Christmas miracle. I need my moons back,” Teigen tweeted.

She has made her love of Nintendo and the game Super Mario Odyssey known on social media. Obtaining moons are a part of said game.

So if you happen to stay at the Marriott hotel on South Fountain Ave. in the near future, be sure to check for a small electronic device. You might just become a Christmas hero.  

South African court increases Oscar Pistorius' jail term

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 3:34 AM

Oscar Pistorius' jail sentence was increased to 13 years, 5 months.
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Oscar Pistorius' jail sentence was increased to 13 years, 5 months.(Foto24/Getty Images)

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal increased the jail sentence for former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius to 13 years, 5 months, the BBC reported Friday.

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Pistorius was originally sentenced to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. 

"The sentence imposed by the … [High Court] with respect to murder is set aside and substituted with the following –- the respondent’s imprisonment for 13 years and five months," Justice Legoabe Willie Seriti said. 

He said Pistorius should have been sentenced to 15 years, but the Supreme Court of Appeal took into account the time he had already served, News24 reported. 

Pistorius was arrested on Valentine’s Day in 2013 –- the day of the killing.

North Gauteng High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa initially sentenced Pistorius to five years for culpable homicide in 2014, News 24 reported.

Pistorius served only 10 months of the five-year sentence in prison before being released and put under house arrest.

The state appealed the culpable homicide conviction, and it was later replaced with murder by the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2016, and Masipa handed down a six-year jail term, News24 reported.

Previously, the six-time Paralympic gold medallist had made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics, in 2012 in London, running on prosthetic "blades.”

He had his legs amputated below the knee as a baby, the BBC reported.