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Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 9:25 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 9:25 PM
— Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines announced Saturday it is ending a discount for National Rifle Association members.
The move comes as some other businesses broke ties with the NRA amid debate over gun control in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in Florida earlier this month.
“Delta’s decision reflects the airline’s neutral status in the current national debate over gun control amid recent school shootings,” airline officials said Sunday in a statement. “Out of respect for our customers and employees on both sides, Delta has taken this action to refrain from entering this debate and focus on its business. Delta continues to support the 2nd Amendment.”
The move comes as some other businesses break ties with the NRA amid debate over gun control in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in Florida earlier this month.
Following is a list of some of the companies that have cut ties or distanced themselves from the NRA:
United Airlines -- United tweeted Saturday, "United is notifying the NRA that we will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting and we are asking that the NRA remove our information from their website."
Delta Air Lines -- Delta issued the following statement Saturday: "Delta is reaching out to the National Rifle Association to let it know we will be ending its contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from its website."
First National Bank of Omaha -- The bank announced that it would not renew a co-branded Visa credit-card with the NRA.
The Hertz Corp. -- The rental car company ended its discount program for NRA members.
MetLife Inc. -- The insurer terminated discounts that had been offered to NRA members on the NRA website
Enterprise Holdings Inc. -- The car rental company that also owns Alamo and National cut off discounts for NRA members.
Symantec Corp. -- The software company that makes Norton Antivirus technology ended its discount program with the NRA.
Chubb Ltd. -- The insurer announced it was ending participation in the NRA's gun-owner insurance program, though it provided notice three months ago.
Best Western -- The hotel chain told multiple social media users that it was no longer affiliated with the NRA, though it did not say when that decision was made.
Wyndham Hotels -- The hotel chain told social media users it is no longer affiliated with the NRA without specifying when that decision was made.
Starkey Hearing Technologies -- We have made the decision not to renew our discount program with the NRA. We will be asking them to remove our information from their website.
The NRA has released the following statement:
"The more than five million law-abiding members of the National Rifle Association have enjoyed discounts and cost-saving programs from many American corporations that have partnered with the NRA to expand member benefits.
"Since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, a number of companies have decided to sever their relationship with the NRA, in an effort to punish our members who are doctors, farmers, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, nurses, shop owners and school teachers that live in every American community. We are men and women who represent every American ethnic group, every one of the world’s religions and every form of political commitment.
"The law-abiding members of the NRA had nothing at all to do with the failure of that school’s security preparedness, the failure of America’s mental health system, the failure of the National Instant Check System or the cruel failures of both federal and local law enforcement.
"Despite that, some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice. In time, these brands will be replaced by others who recognize that patriotism and determined commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:15 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:07 PM
DAYTON — A downtown Dayton office tower being built to house to hundreds of CareSource workers caught fire Thursday, sending a large column of pitch-black smoke billowing, visible as far away as Troy and Beavercreek.
Company officials said they do not expect the mid-day fire to delay next year's projected opening.
RELATED: Dayton Fire: CareSource fire involves roofing materials
Dayton fire officials said the fire appeared to involve foam roofing materials on the top of the six-story building, called CareSource Center City, located at East First and North St. Clair streets.
RELATED: Dayton Fire: CareSource fire involves roofing materials
According to Dayton fire officials, everyone was able to get out of the building safely, and the only people believed to have been inside at the time the fire started were construction workers.
The heavy black smoke rising over downtown may have looked dramatic, but the fire was not particularly large or hazardous, said Dayton fire Chief Jeffrey Payne.
“This wasn’t a dangerous fire because it was outside and well ventilated,” he said.
The fire started shortly after noon on Thursday and was basically extinguished within 90 minutes, officials said. The fire would have been knocked out much sooner if it had not been six stories up.
Foam insulation stacked on top of the building apparently caught fire when work being done underneath it heated and ignited the materials, said Payne.
The biggest danger was that the burning foam would melt or warp the metal decking and overheat the supports, potentially leading to a collapse, he said.
But though some of the metal decking did warp, no parts of the structure collapsed, Payne said.
Crews put out the fire using the 137-foot aerial ladder truck. Firefighters also cooled the decking and hit hot spots with hoses.
Troy Erbes, vice president of the company constructing the new building, said all employees and construction workers are accounted for and there were no injuries.
“We had an incident on the roof of the building,” said Erbes, VP of Danis. “Some roof insulation caught on fire.”
Erbes said they are working to determine what ignited the fire. Danis and fire staff plan to sit down to discuss best construction practices and go over how to avoid future issues, fire officials said.
CareSource’s operations were not affected by the fire, and the organization does not believe the fire will delay the construction or opening of the new building, said spokeswoman Fran Robinson.
CareSource said in a statement it still planned to open its new downtown Dayton campus in the spring of 2019.
Construction started last year on the building, which is expected to house more than 600 employees.
“Family and friends of those who work in our four CareSource buildings in downtown Dayton should know that the fire did not approach any of our other buildings,” Robinson said.
The new tower is being built at the site of the former Patterson Co-op High School on the 100 block of East First Street.
CareSoure has become a major employer in Dayton, anchoring downtown with its employment base of nearly 2,000 workers.
Along with its 230 N. Main St. headquarters, CareSource bought a building it had been leasing called Ballpark Village, across from Fifth Third Field.
#TRAFFICALERT - Roads are closed downtown from Jefferson St. To St. Clair and from Second St. to Monument St. Due to a working fire. Please avoid the area.— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) March 22, 2018
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:08 PM
TIPP CITY — The Tipp City Exempted Village Schools said Thursday that a middle school student faces misdemeanor charges including aggravated menacing and disorderly conduct after allegedly making written comments threatening intent to harm two adults within the building and to cause building destruction.
Tipp City police were notified and are investigating the incident. There were no injuries.
“The Tipp City Police Department does not deem the student to be an immediate threat to students, staff, or the community,” Superintendent Gretta Kumpf said in a written statement.
Kumpf said the district emphasized the police were confident there is no additional threat of harm from the incident. She said the student will remain out of school during the investigation.
Police said the threats were found in a classroom, turned over to administrators and a suspect identified. The juvenile admitted to writing the threats, police stated.
Police said charges were filed after contact with Miami County prosecutors. The student is charged with two counts of aggravated menacing and one count of disorderly conduct.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 9:01 AM
BEND, Ore. — An Oregon girl decided digging in the dirt was more her speed than watching her big sister’s JV soccer game. And that decision turned into a major discovery.
Naomi Vaughan found something that she called her “Moana rock” after it reminded her of the Heart of Te Fiti from the hit Disney film, last year, CNN reported.
The “Moana rock” turned out to be something that dated back at least 65 million years.
It was actually an ancient fossil called an ammonite. Ammonites are extinct marine invertebrates, CNN reported.
Paleontologists told Oregon Live that they’re not normally found in Bend, but have been discovered more than 80 miles away.
One paleontologist believes it came from an area further away, a town of Suplee, 112 miles east of Bend, Oregon Live reported. He believes that either there was a family connection between the two towns or that the fossil came from a school collection.
And while well-preserved ammonite fossils can fetch big bucks -- up to thousands of dollars, Vaughan’s sample may be worth about $10 or $20.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 4:29 PM
SUGARCREEK TWP., Greene County — The family of a man killed in front of his three sons is asking for help to find one of those boys - who is now missing.
Federal prosecutors said Robert Caldwell was fatally shot as he left a counseling session in Riverside last August.
Investigators said Robert Caldwell was gunned down in this parking lot and all three of his sons were very close to him.
Their grandmother, Caldwell’s mom, took emergency custody that night and has custody now.
But she’s asking for help to find Jacob, who has been missing since the night of his father’s funeral.
“It’s extremely frustrating and frightening, it’s frightening,” said Sally DeThomas, mother of Robert Caldwell. “I’m very concerned about his safety, physical safety, I’m concerned about his emotional and mental health.”
DeThomas is now raising her son’s three children, but only two of them are currently living with her, as Jacob Caldwell has been missing for months.
Riverside police investigators identified his ex-wife’s boyfriend, Sterling Roberts, as a person of interest due to surveillance video in the area.
Roberts was arrested in South Carolina a few days after the killing.
Earlier this month, federal prosecutors announced murder charges against him and Robert Caldwell’s ex-wife, Tawnney Caldwell.
Four other people also face charges connected to the death.
Jacob’s aunt, Cindy Caldwell, also says she just wants the 14-year-old home.
“As far as Jacob, we don’t think he’s even going to school, getting the healthcare he needs,” Cindy Caldwell said.
Sugarcreek Twp. police, where DeThomas lives, are investigating the missing persons case for Jacob.
Sugarcreek Twp. police said they’ve had very few solid leads and that if someone were harboring Jacob they could face charges, felony charges if they’ve taken him out of state.