Good Sam closing prompts neighboring hospital to illuminate cross

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 10:13 AM


            Grandview Medical Center has been lighting the large cross on top of its building in a gesture of support to residents after the Good Sam closing announcement. KAITLIN SCHROEDER
Grandview Medical Center has been lighting the large cross on top of its building in a gesture of support to residents after the Good Sam closing announcement. KAITLIN SCHROEDER

In the wake of the announcement that Good Samaritan Hospital will be closing, nearby Grandview Medical Center has been lighting a cross on its roof in what the hospital described as a gesture of support.

Grandview, operated by Kettering Health Network, is a little under three miles south of Good Sam, operated by competitor Premier Health.

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Premier’s decision to shut down the 85-year-old hospital by the end of the year sparked outcry, particularly from residents in the surrounding neighborhoods concerned about how the closing will affect their health and economy. The closing also means 1,600 jobs moving out of the neighborhood, though Premier said all employees should be offered other positions within the hospital network.

Grandview has a cross on its roof that was originally at the Franciscan Medical Center, formerly called St. Elizabeth’s, which closed in Dayton 18 years ago. The cross is normally lit during Christmas but has also been illuminated following the Good Sam closing.

Kettering Health spokeswoman Liz Long stated in response to an inquiry from this news outlet that “Grandview Medical Center leaders had decided to light the cross as an expression of their support for the West Dayton community. The cross, which came to Grandview from St. Elizabeth’s after it closed, is a meaningful symbol for this community.”

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Premier Health officials have said it is necessary to close Good Samaritan in order to keep the health system financially sustainable. Premier said it can’t justify operating two hospitals five miles apart in a city with a declining population and almost twice as many hospital beds as it needs.

Premier also has said that its other hospital in the Dayton city limits, Miami Valley Hospital, already serves patients and hires residents from the neighborhoods surrounding Good Sam, indicating jobs and health services will still be accessible to residents.

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Thief creates spectacle, robbing bank in dress, purple scarf and hat

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:20 PM

Pittsburth police released this photo of the suspect in a bank heist Thursday morning.
Pittsburgh Police Department
Pittsburth police released this photo of the suspect in a bank heist Thursday morning.(Pittsburgh Police Department)

Pittsburgh police are searching for a thief who held up a bank wearing a woman’s dress, a purple scarf and hat and sunglasses.

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Pittsburgh Police released these photos of a suspected bank robber wearing a dress and a purple hat and scarf  during a heist Thursday morning.(Pittsburgh Police Department)

Police say the thief robbed a local bank Thursday morning around 10:30 and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspected thief.

They’re asking anyone with information to call the FBI.

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Who is NRA head Wayne LaPierre and what did he say at the CPAC meeting?

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 1:33 PM

WATCH: NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre Talks at CPAC

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre took the opportunity to slam Democrats Thursday during a speech at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference meeting, saying they only “want more restrictions on the law-abiding.”
 

"They want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security,” LaPierre said, a week after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
LaPierre told the audience that the NRA stood ready to provide guidance to schools free of charge on how to protect students. He took another dig at the Democrats and one at the news media saying what the NRA offered was “more” than anyone else has.
 

"We share a goal of safe schools, safe neighborhoods and a safe country," LaPierre said.
 

Later he told the crowd gathered at the annual meeting for conservatives that, "Evil walks among us” when speaking about school shootings.
Just minutes before LaPierre spoke, President Donald Trump tweeted that he supports the NRA and the work LaPierre is doing.
 

"What many people don't understand, or don't want to understand, is that Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the @NRA are Great People and Great American Patriots. They love our Country and will do the right thing. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

Who is Wayne LaPierre? Here are a few things you may not know about him. 
 

  • Wayne Robert LaPierre Jr. was born on Nov. 8, 1949, in Schenectady, New York. His family moved to Roanoke, Virginia, when he was 5 years old.
     
  • He was raised a Roman Catholic.
     
  • He spent a good portion of his career as a lobbyist.
     
  • He volunteered for the 1972 presidential campaign of Democrat George McGovern.
     
  • He earned a master’s degree in government and politics from Boston College.
     
  • He was on the boards of the American Association of Political Consultants, the American Conservative Union, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
  • LaPierre became executive vice president and chief executive officer of the NRA in 1991. The NRA has 5 million members.
     
  • He once told a friend his dream job was to retire from the NRA and open an ice cream stand in Maine.
     
  • He is married. His wife, Susan, is also involved in the NRA.
     
  • He makes nearly $1 million a year in salary.
     
  • He hosts a weekly syndicated television program called “Crime Strike.” In addition, he has a weekly podcast and offers a short broadcast on gun rights every weekday.
    LaPierre says he opposes universal background checks, an assault weapons ban (as it was proposed in 2013) and any limits to access to semi-automatic weapons by law-abiding Americans.
     
  • He says he supports armed security guards in schools, creating a computerized universal mental health registry of those judged to be incompetent and Project Exile, which mandates severe sentences for all gun crimes, especially illegal possession.
    He is an author and has written several books on gun safety and gun rights.

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)(Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

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8 hot cars at the Dayton Auto Show

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:13 PM

Lighting up the Dayton Auto Show in Torch Red is the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe, with an MSRP of more than $73,000. AMY ROLLINS / STAFF
Lighting up the Dayton Auto Show in Torch Red is the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe, with an MSRP of more than $73,000. AMY ROLLINS / STAFF

Gleaming under the lights at the 2018 Dayton Auto Show, which opened today at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., are several hundred high-tech cars, family-friendly minivans and crossovers, rugged trucks and plush luxury vehicles, plus multiple attractions.

You’ll see not only great vehicles but may win something worth upwards of $9,500, plus possibly T-shirts, trinkets and gift cards for gas and merchandise from various contests.

The event is presented by the Dayton Area Auto Dealers Association. Show sponsors are the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun, Miami Valley Chevy Dealers and Dayton Area Toyota Dealers.

Here are eight hot cars at the Dayton Auto Show:

1. Corvette Grand Sport Coupe

Lighting up the Dayton Auto Show in Torch Red is the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe, with an MSRP of more than $73,000.

2. Chevrolet Equinox LT

The 2018 Dayton Auto Show is offering the chance to win a grand prize of a two-year lease on a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT, courtesy of the Miami Valley Chevrolet Dealers. The lease has an approximate value of $9,500, Dayton Auto Show organizers say. Entries are being accepted at the show through 1 p.m. AMY ROLLINS / STAFF(Wheels Editor)

The 2018 Dayton Auto Show is offering the chance to win a grand prize of a two-year lease on a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT, courtesy of the Miami Valley Chevrolet Dealers. The lease has an approximate value of $9,500, Dayton Auto Show organizers say. Entries are being accepted at the show through 1 p.m.

3. Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

This 2018 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Championship Edition, with an MSRP of $81,480 is one of only 200 manufactured. Its purchase includes two days of all-inclusive instruction at the V Series Academy in Nevada. AMY ROLLINS / STAFF(Wheels Editor)

This 2018 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Championship Edition, with an MSRP of $81,480 is one of only 200 manufactured. Its purchase includes two days of all-inclusive instruction at the V Series Academy in Nevada.

4. Chevrolet Bolt & Volt

The Chevrolet Bolt, left, and Volt are two of the many hybrids at the 2018 Dayton Auto Show. AMY ROLLINS / STAFF(Wheels Editor)

The Chevrolet Bolt, left, and Volt are two of the many hybrids at the 2018 Dayton Auto Show.

5. Honda Civic Type R

Car and Driver has placed the Honda Civic Type R on its 2018 10Best Cars list for its mix of performance and poise. The lone powertrain is a turbo 2.0-liter inline-four that funnels 306 horsepower to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. AMY ROLLINS / STAFF(Wheels Editor)

Car and Driver has placed the Honda Civic Type R on its 2018 10Best Cars list for its mix of performance and poise. The lone powertrain is a turbo 2.0-liter inline-four that funnels 306 horsepower to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox.

6. Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

American muscle? Here’s the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. AMY ROLLINS / STAFF(Wheels Editor)

American muscle? Here’s the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

7. Toyota Camry

The eighth-generation, all-new Toyota Camry occupies a special place of its own on the Dayton Auto Show floor. AMY ROLLINS / STAFF(Wheels Editor)

The eighth-generation, all-new Toyota Camry occupies a special place of its own on the Dayton Auto Show floor.

8. Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Adding an Italian note to the Dayton Auto Show floor is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. A Ferrari-derived 505-hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 drives the rear wheels; an eight-speed automatic is the only available transmission. AMY ROLLINS / STAFF(Wheels Editor)

Adding an Italian note to the Dayton Auto Show floor is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. A Ferrari-derived 505-hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 drives the rear wheels; an eight-speed automatic is the only available transmission.

HOW TO GO TO THE 2018 DAYTON AUTO SHOW

Now through Feb. 25, Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St.

SHOW TIMES:

Feb. 22, Noon-9 p.m.

Feb. 23, Noon-9 p.m.

Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

ADMISSION: $8 for adults at the door, $6 online at https://www.tix123.com/tix123/eTic.cfm?code=DAS18. Children ages 9 and younger are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

DISCOUNTS: Feb. 22-23 – Military Appreciation Days, all with military ID will gain free entry; Seniors, age 65-plus, $6 at door. Student discount with student ID, $6 at door

PARKING: Available in the Transportation Center garage, one block east of the Dayton Convention Center on Fifth and Jefferson streets. There is a covered skywalk on Level 1 that will bring you to the third floor at the Dayton Convention Center facility. $5 flat rate

INFORMATION: DaytonAutoShow.com; Facebook: Facebook.com/DaytonAutoShow; Twitter: @DaytonAutoShow; Instagram: @DaytonAutoShow

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Watch Wayne LaPierre’s speech to CPAC

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:11 PM

What You Need to Know: CPAC

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.

Click here to listen to his full speech.

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