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John Glenn, the 'last true national hero,' dead at 95

Published: Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 3:32 PM

Rembering John Glenn

“The Right Stuff” author Tom Wolfe once said of John H. Glenn Jr. that he is “the last true national hero America has ever had.” 

America lost that true hero on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, when Glenn died at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus at age 95. 

He is survived by his wife Annie, his two children, Lyn and Dave and two grandchildren. 

Glenn lived a storybook life under the bright and constant glare of public attention, awe and adoration. The small-town Ohio boy married his childhood sweetheart, served as a fighter pilot in two wars, a test pilot, an astronaut and a U.S. Senator.

» PHOTOS: Scenes of John Glenn in Dayton through the years

He blasted to American hero status on Feb. 20, 1962, when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Then, in a spectacular return to space, he joined the crew aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1998, which made 134 orbits and racked up 3.6 million miles during its nine-day mission.

Leslie Uggams listens to John Glenn at a Wilberforce press conference in 1970.

Glenn, 77 at the time, became the oldest human to experience space travel. 

Glenn grew up in New Concord, Ohio, where his parents owned a plumbing business and ran a boarding house for college students. 

His father gave him his first taste of aviation when he bought them both a ride in a WACO biplane, which was built in Troy. 

» PHOTOS: How John Glenn progressed from American hero to public servant

At age 21, he enlisted in the Navy, transferred to the Marine Corps and worked his way into a fighter unit. His accomplishments included combat duty in two wars, two flights as an astronaut, four terms in the U.S. Senate and building a public affairs program at Ohio State University. But when asked what achievement he was most proud of — a question he got often — Glenn’s answer was his enduring marriage to Annie, his lifelong companion.

John Glenn during a campaign stop with Joe Shump and Annie Glenn inside Arcade Square in 1983.

They met as toddlers in a playpen in New Concord, were married in their hometown on April 6, 1943, and appeared together well into their 90s, usually holding hands.

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In April 1959, NASA selected him as one of the first seven astronauts in the Project Mercury space program. At 9:47 a.m. on Feb. 20, 1962 – five years after the Soviets had put a man into outer space – Glenn was strapped in atop an Atlas rocket with 367,000 pounds of thrust, blasting the Ohioan and the Friendship 7 capsule off the Cape Canaveral launch pad and into orbit 162 miles above the earth. 

“Godspeed, John Glenn,” said fellow astronaut Scott Carpenter as Americans watched transfixed and worried.

When Carpenter died in 2013, Glenn became the last surviving member of the Mercury 7.

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After his 1962 orbit, Glenn served in an advisory role to NASA before shifting to business and public affairs. Robert F. Kennedy was among those who encouraged him to run for U.S. Senate, where he was elected in 1974 and served until 1999.

Glenn was often mentioned as a possible running mate for Democratic presidential candidates, and he ran for president in 1984, just as just as “The Right Stuff” made him even more of a household name. But Glenn’s presidential campaign faltered and he carried a campaign debt from his efforts for years afterward. 

In recent years, Glenn campaigned for Democratic presidential candidates Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama as well as for Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate and Ted Strickland for governor. 

In November 2011, he and the crew of the first moon landing were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. The medal, first awarded in 1776 to Gen. George Washington and John Paul Jones during the American Revolutionary War, goes to an individual who performs an outstanding act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the United States.

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Reports: Explosion at Middletown coke plant

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 12:04 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 12:25 AM

There have been numerous reports of several loud explosions Saturday night at AK Steel Corp.

Middletown dispatch confirmed they received reports of a possible explosion, but said they are not aware of the cause of the noise reported, nor where it may have occurred.

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Witnesses said the blasts happened sometime around 11:20 p.m.

We are working to learn more about what happened, and whether there were any injuries.

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Woman dies as tornado hits Kentucky home; first tornado fatality of 2018

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 9:07 PM

Tornado (stock photo)
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Tornado (stock photo)(Willoughby Owen / Moment / Getty Images)

A woman was killed and her husband injured Saturday afternoon when a possible tornado struck their home on Dot Road in southern Logan County, WHOP AM/FM radio in Hopkinsville, Ky., reported.

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The tornado entered Logan County around 3:45 p.m. from Robertson County, Tennessee.

The woman’s name was not released. Her death marks the first of 2018 during a tornado.

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House releases Democrats’ rebuttal to GOP memo on alleged government surveillance abuses

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

 House Intelligence Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks at the Council On Foreign Relations .
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 House Intelligence Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks at the Council On Foreign Relations .(Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The House Intelligence Committee Saturday released the Democrats’ rebuttal to the Republican memo alleging the FBI and Department of Justice engaged in questionable tactics in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia. 

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The 10-page memo, released two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked it and after wrangling between Democrats and DOJ officials, was authored by ranking Intelligence Committee Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) in response to one by House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), and disputes allegations that illegal tactics were used to get warrants to surveil a former Trump campaign aide.

“The Democratic response memo released today should put to rest any concerns that the American people might have as to the conduct of the FBI, the Justice Department and the FISC. Our extensive review of the initial FISA application and three subsequent renewals failed to uncover any evidence of illegal, unethical, or unprofessional behavior by law enforcement and instead revealed that both the FBI and DOJ made extensive showings to justify all four requests,” Schiff said in a statement Saturday after the release of the memo.

Trump tweeted a response to Schiff’s document release Saturday, calling the Democrats’ memo “a total political and legal bust.” He also repeated his claims that special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign is a “witch hunt.”

The president released the Nunes memo last month, which contained information purporting to show that the FBI and DOJ did not provide complete information when requesting a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant to watch one-time Trump campaign member and foreign policy advisor Carter Page.

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The release of both memos came over the objections of investigators in the intelligence communities.

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Teen held in slaying of Dayton mom in front of two kids

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 10:26 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 11:52 AM

Connected to Lorenz Avenue homicide

A 17-year-old male accused of fatally shooting a Dayton mother in front of two young children will remain in custody following a detention hearing Saturday morning. 

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The teen, who was arrested and placed in detention Friday, is suspected of killing 22-year-old Keyona Murray, who was shot in the head in a home on the 100 block of Lorenz Ave. in Dayton on Feb. 16. 

 Neighbors and a 911 caller who reported Murray’s shooting said the gunfire came from outside the home, in a back alley. 

 Murray, who died at Miami Valley Hospital, was shot in front of her 2-year-old child and her 2-year-old nephew. A candlelight vigil was held for her earlier this week outside the home where she was wounded. 

On Saturday, the teen suspect denied a charge of murder and felony burglary at hearing in Montgomery County Juvenile Court. 

Keyona Murray, shot and killed in an incident Feb. 16, 2018, at a home in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue in Dayton. (Courtesy/Miami Valley Crime Stoppers)

The teen will appear in court for a preliminary conference on the morning of March 9 before Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi. Police said the suspect was taken into custody after being found at a residence on Gard Avenue in Dayton. 

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The suspect has a fairly lengthy criminal record , according to juvenile court officials. 

The suspect successfully completed about three months of probation on about Jan. 25 related to a misdemeanor theft charge in Greene County, juvenile court officials said.  

Court officials previously said he had been in trouble before on charges that include delinquency by reason of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. 

He served probation in 2013 related to an attempted burglary charge. In 2015, he was given probation again, with a suspended commitment to the state juvenile correctional system, after another burglary charge. Both charges were felonies.  

In addition to the murder charge, the suspect faces a pending felony-level burglary charge.  

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Janice Meadows, who has lived on Lorenz Avenue for 30 years, called 911 on Feb. 16 after hearing gunshots outside.  

“I knew the gunshots were close from how loud it was,” she said. “I thought someone was shooting toward my house — it sounded that close.”  

Meadows lives a couple doors down from where Murray was shot. Murray moved into the rental home around the end of summer, she said.  

“We’re really sorry we didn’t have time to get to know them,” she said. “It’s such a tragedy.” 

Meadows says it’s a safe neighborhood because the residents know each other and most have lived there for many years. 

Sometimes, she said, small groups of people hang out on the streets or corners, but neighbors will call the police if there’s too much activity. 

 “We’ll call because we’ve got children and grandchildren,” she said.

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