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Beavercreek man wins plane in charity raffle

Published: Monday, January 01, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

            Paviter Singh and his family pictured here with Wings of Hope President and CEO Bret Heinrich Dec. 23 at the Greene County-Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport. Contributed
Paviter Singh and his family pictured here with Wings of Hope President and CEO Bret Heinrich Dec. 23 at the Greene County-Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport. Contributed

A Beavercreek man is closer to fulfilling his flying dream after winning an airplane from Wings of Hope, a nonprofit providing free medical air transports in the United States and humanitarian aid in developing countries.

Paviter Singh bought the winning raffle ticket to win the refurbished 1977 Cessna 150M, which was delivered two days before Christmas when it landed at the Greene County-Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport.

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Wings of Hope President and CEO Bret Heinrich flew in from St. Louis and presented the keys to Singh and his family.

“We are so grateful to Mr. Singh and everyone who supports our mission by participating in our raffles,” Heinrich said.

The Cessna, estimated to be worth $22,500, has had two previous owners and has been overhauled with new equipment, so maintenance won’t be a major concern for at least a few years, Singh said.

Singh, who owns Dayton-based trucking business Malwa Co. LLC, is working to earn his pilot license and has a hangar at the Moraine Airpark, where he plans to park the Cessna and continue his flight lessons.

The 42-year-old, who immigrated from India to the U.S. in 1995 and moved from Philadelphia to Beavercreek in 2011, said he plans to fly “just for fun.”

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“It’s my dream to be a pilot. I love flying,” he said. “My family was so excited when I took them there.”

Singh said he first became aware of Wings of Hope and its annual raffle in 2016 when he signed up for a pilot’s magazine. That year, he bought three tickets, at $50 each, but didn’t win. This year, he bought more to increase his odds of winning — a total of six tickets at a cost of about $250.

“Wings of Hope are helping a lot of people out there. I want to continue to support them so they can help more people,” Singh said. “I really want to thank them. My dream just came true.”

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Wings of Hope said 4,000 tickets were sold, raising about $170,000 for the nonprofit’s U.S.-based medical air transport program. The program transports seriously ill people to specialized medical care facilities free of charge, according to the organization.

“Wings of Hope offers relief to the suffering, hope to the hurting, and quite literally saves lives in the United States and 11 other countries around the globe,” Heinrich said. “We believe it is our duty, our calling, to help our fellow men and women in peril regardless of race, religion or creed, and we use airplanes to do so.”

For more information about Wings of Hope, visit their website at or call (636) 537-1302.

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Soggy St. Patrick’s Day

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

Few more showers may return for the afternoon.

Clouds will linger through the day with a few breaks possible late morning/early afternoon. Scattered showers may redevelop for the afternoon, according to Storm Center 7 meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. Some spots far north may see a light max initially, then change to rain. Temperatures will slowly climb into the lower 40s. Skies then begin to clear overnight and temperatures will fall back below freezing. Some isolated slick spots are possible with any damp roads from earlier precipitation.

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

>>St. Patrick’s Day: Freezing rain could impact celebration


  • Chance of showers this afternoon
  • More sun and milder for Sunday
  • Rain/snow possible mid-week


Tomorrow: There will be sunny skies and it will be warmer with highs into the lower 50s.

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Monday: Some morning sun will give way to more clouds through the day. There will be a chance for a few showers towards the evening. It will become breezy with highs in the lower 50s.

Tuesday: Cloudy skies are expected with a few rain or snow showers early. It will be mostly cloudy for most of the day. A few more rain/snow showers may return into the night. Highs will be in the lower 40s.

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Wednesday: There will be a chance for a few passing snow showers and chilly with highs in the upper 30s.

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Startup offering to preserve brain with '100 percent fatal' procedure for $10,000

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 4:57 PM

Startup Offering “100% Fatal' Way to Preserve Brain

Need a way to hold on to your memories forever? One startup is offering a special, but fatal, procedure to help you keep your brain active.

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Researchers at Nectome, a medical company founded by MIT graduates, have discovered a way to maintain brain functionality after death with high-tech embalming, a process used to prevent a body from decay. 

“Our mission is to preserve your brain well enough to keep all its memories intact: from that great chapter of your favorite book to the feeling of cold winter air, baking an apple pie, or having dinner with your friends and family,” co-founders Robert McIntyre and Michael McCanna wrote on the business’ website.

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They will target patients suffering from terminal illnesses. The individuals will be sedated, connected to heart and lung machines, and injected with the embalming chemicals while they are alive. 

The procedure is “100 percent fatal,” the founders warned, but the solution “can keep a body intact for hundreds of years, maybe thousands, as a statue of frozen glass.”

The analysts believe their investigations will help future scientists “recreate consciousness” and retrieve information from the brain’s molecular details. 

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“You can think of what we do as a fancy form of embalming that preserves not just the outer details but the inner details,” McIntyre told MIT Technology Review.

“If the brain is dead, it’s like your computer is off, but that doesn’t mean the information isn’t there,” added Ken Hayworth, a neuroscientist and president of the Brain Preservation Foundation -- the organization that awarded McIntyre for his recent work on preserving the pig brain.

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The surgery is not yet available to the public as they are still unsure if the memories will be found in the dead tissues. However, they are inviting prospective customers to join a wait list for a $10,000 deposit, which is fully refundable. So far, 25 people have signed up. 

“When a generation of people die, we lose all their collective wisdom. You can transmit knowledge to the next generation, but it’s harder to transmit wisdom, which is learned,” McIntyre said. “That was fine for a while, but we get more powerful every generation. The sheer immense potential of what we can do increases, but the wisdom does not.”


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Don’t drink and drive. Here are 6 ways to get home safe in Dayton.

Published: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 @ 4:12 PM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 9:48 AM

Enjoy yourself, but be responsible about getting home -- don't drink and drive.
Enjoy yourself, but be responsible about getting home -- don't drink and drive.

We know that St. Patrick’s day is full of drinking shenanigans for most people. But it's no excuse to drive drunk. 

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If you happen to go too hard, here are some options to get you home safely. 

Please note: we recommend planning in advance. Arrangements with a designated driver should be decided upon ahead of time, and it's always good to know what cab service you plan to use and to call to confirm they can service your location and wait times. 

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1.) The Uber app can figure out where you are and will hook you up with the nearest Uber driver in Dayton. Just plug in where you want to go and the Uber app will then give you an estimate of the fare for the ride. Just be careful: Uber is known to experience price surges during high-demand periods. A two-mile ride that would normally cost $4-10 dollars in a normal cab can easily spike to several times that much. 

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2.) Cab Guys are a locally-owned transportation service, serving the southern Dayton suburbs. You can give them a call at 937-505-0222. Their general fee for the first three miles is $10; after that they charge an additional $2 a mile. More info: Website

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3.) Anton’s Transportation serves 13 counties in the Miami Valley, just in case you wander outside of Dayton. You can give them a call at 937-252-4756. Anton’s charges a general fee of $9 for the first three miles and an additional $2 per mile after. More info: 

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4.) Walt’s Taxi Cab Service is another local cab service in Dayton. Call them at 937-825-3861. Walt’s charges $2 per mile. Minimum charges depend on how far away from Dayton you are. 

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5.) Lyft app. Like Uber, Lyft is an app service that matches you with a friendly local driver at the tap of a button.  

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6.)  Get an old-school designated driver. If calling a taxi or using Uber just isn’t your thing, plan to assign yourself a sober, designated driver. These are the best kinds of drivers because they are reliable (we hope) and usually right there when you’re ready to go. Not to get preachy, but please drink responsibly. Don’t put yourself or other people on the road at risk. So drink and be merry — but above all, be safe.


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Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe fired two days before retirement

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 11:10 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 7:44 AM

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 13:  Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe listens during a news conference to announce significant law enforcement actions July 13, 2017 at the Justice Department in Washington, DC. Attorney General Jeff Sessions held the news conference to announce the 2017 health care fraud takedown.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 13: Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe listens during a news conference to announce significant law enforcement actions July 13, 2017 at the Justice Department in Washington, DC. Attorney General Jeff Sessions held the news conference to announce the 2017 health care fraud takedown. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fired former deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, two days before McCabe was set to retire, according to news reports.

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Sessions said in a statement released Friday night that McCabe was less than truthful while under oath several times, according to The New York Times.

“The F.B.I. expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity and accountability,” he said. “I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.”

In a statement Friday night, McCabe said his firing was politically motivated.

"This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and the intelligence professionals," McCabe said.

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In an earlier interview, McCabe rejected the allegations that he was untruthful during internal hearings, the Times reported.

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“The idea that I was dishonest is just wrong,” he said. 

“This is part of an effort to discredit me as a witness.”

McCabe is a potential witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign

Shortly after midnight, President Donald Trump tweeted about the firing, calling it “a great day for democracy.”

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McCabe, who had been with the FBI for 22 years, resigned his position in late January, but stayed on at the agency until he was eligible to retire on Sunday.

Andrew McCabe Steps Down As FBI Deputy Director(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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