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.

» RECENT HONOR: Columbus airport to be renamed after John Glenn

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.

» How valuable was John Glenn's 1962 mission?

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.

Bullied boy's confessional video resonating across the globe

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 6:47 PM

File photo.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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Holding back tears, a Tennessee boy asked a simple question. 

"Just out of curiosity -- why do they bully? What's the point of it," said Keaton Jones. 

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Keaton's confessional video about bullying has been watched more than 17 million times. His mother posted it on Facebook after Keaton asked to make a video about bullying. She was picking him up early because he was afraid to go to lunch. 

"They make fun of my nose, they call me ugly, they say I have no friends," he said. 

He said that the bullies poured milk on him during lunch. 

At the end of the video, which is not even 90 seconds, Keaton shared a message that has been resonating with people around the world. 

"People that are different don't need to be criticized about it, It's not their fault," he said. "If you are made fun, don't let it bother you. They suck."

Tears were streaming down the 11-year-old's face. 

The video has been shared nearly 350,000 times on Facebook. It's all over Twitter. People are demanding change and celebrities are tweeting in support of the middle school student, including members of the Tennessee football team. 

Along with messages of support, the video has also resulted in memes, shared to Keaton's mom's Facebook page.

The family said they have been overwhelmed with the response, and his sister said on Twitter that the messages have brought joy to Keaton.

Members of the Tennessee football team are working to organize a meeting at his school to stop the bullying and raise Keaton's spirits. 

Even with all the attention, Keaton's mom said there's still a lot of work to be done. 

"I'm humbled by the voice my boy has been given, but he's still just a little boy, and he's a little boy who desperately wants acceptance, that I have to try to find a way to navigate him through the difference in true acceptance and attention," Kimberly wrote on Facebook. 

Clouds and more snow expected over coming days

Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 5:19 AM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 4:50 PM

VIDEO: Snow falls on public square in Troy

Mainly clear skies are expected this evening, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will fall into the 20s.

>> PHOTOS: Winter comes early

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clouds return tonight
  • Chance for snow returns this week
  • Low temperatures remain

>> How much snow fell on Saturday?

More snow is expected during the coming work-week in the Dayton area.

>> What are the chances for a White Christmas?

DETAILED FORECAST

Overnight: Clouds build in overnight, which will be cold with lows in the lower to middle 20s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the middle to upper 30s. There is the chance for a passing light rain shower in the afternoon, but most look to stay dry with a better chance for snow coming overnight into Tuesday. 

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5-Day Temperature Trend(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

>> County-by-County Weather 

Tuesday Lake-effect snow showers are expected. Highs will be in the upper 20s.

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Wednesday: A few flurries are possible. It's also going to be a cold day, with morning temperatures in the middle teens. Highs will only be in the middle to upper 20s. 

Thursday: The chance for more snow returns with highs in the middle 30s.

Friday: A few flurries are possible with highs in the lower 30s.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

Should Ohio legalize recreational marijuana? Issue could be heading back to voters

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 3:10 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 5:48 PM

Ohio’s medical marijuana users won’t be able to have firearms

Ohioans may be voting again on full legalization of marijuana.

Jimmy Gould, a backer of the 2015 statewide ballot issue, is expected to announce Monday that he and others are backing the “Free Market Adult Consumption of Marijuana” ballot issue in November 2018.

Ian James, Gould’s business partner at Green Light Acquisitions, LLC, said the amendment will seek to legalize adult use of marijuana and allow those 21 and older to own and operate cultivation, processing and dispensaries. It would be separate from Ohio’s new medical marijuana law, James said.

More details are expected to be released Monday at a press conference in Columbus.

Related: Marijuana campaign admits mistakes

To put a proposed constitutional amendment before the voters in November, the group would need to collect valid signatures from 305,592 registered Ohio voters by early July. Although that is a large number, it’s a hurdle the group has cleared in the past and James owns a petition circulating company.

Gould, James and other investors were the driving force behind ResponsibleOhio, the 2015 marijuana legalization issue that voters rejected by nearly a 2:1 margin. It was opposed by business, health, civic and political leaders as well as pro-marijuana advocates.

The group is also among the 97 applicants who were not awarded one of the 12 large-scale grower licenses for medical marijuana that the Ohio Department of Commerce announced last week.

Related: Ohio announces first set of marijuana grower licenses

“We plan to challenge the entire process and seek a complete review of all scores and re-assessment by new graders, with proper oversight, because this process is severely broken,” Gould said in a written statement after learning his company was not selected.

The statement hinted at another ballot initiative.

In November 2015, voters rejected the ResponsibleOhio ballot issue calling for legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. But strong public support for medical marijuana as well as the threat of another ballot issue prompted lawmakers to craft a legal medical marijuana law.

Related: Springfield, Yellow Springs to get large scale marijuana operations

In June 2016, Kasich signed a bill into law that authorizes use by patients with 21 conditions, including cancer or chronic pain, in the form of edibles, oils, patches and vaporizing. Patients and their caregivers will be allowed to possess up to a 90-day supply. Smoking or home growing it is barred.

The Medical Marijuana Control Program is jointly managed by the commerce department, pharmacy board and state medical board. Regulators have been busy writing rules and guidelines for growers, processors, testing labs, dispensaries, patients and caregivers as well as reviewing and scoring applications for licenses. It is expected to be fully operational by September 2018.

Child survives double fatal crash in Greene Co.; Victims ID’d

Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 5:26 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 5:20 PM

Child survives double fatal crash in Greene Co.; Victims ID’d

UPDATE @ 5:20 p.m. (Dec. 10)

We're waiting to learn more information about a young girl who survived a crash that killed two of her family members.

The girl, who was restrained in a child seat, was taken to Dayton Children's Hospital with injuries described by troopers as not life-threatening. Troopers today said they did not have any updates on how she is doing, or if she is still in the hospital.

>> One dead after 2-vehicle crash in Butler County

The crash killed Carl A. Perry, 49, who was driving a pickup truck that overturned and crashed into a tree on Ohio 308 in Spring Valley Twp. The crash also claimed his passenger, 73-year-old Linda J. Davis.

It was snowing at the time of the crash and they were traveling on a downhill grade, but troopers have not yet confirmed the accident was weather-related. They did say alcohol is not a factor.

UPDATE @ 9:35 p.m.

A young girl is the lone survivor of a double fatal crash this evening in front of Camp Jabez in Spring Valley Twp.

Carl A. Perry, 49, of Xenia, was identified as the driver of a 2004 Ford F-Series pickup truck who was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Linda J. Davis, 73, also of Xenia, was taken with life-threatening injuries to Miami Valley Hospital, where she died, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Xenia Post.

>> Woman critically injured in Harrison Twp. crash

At the time of the crash, reported around 5 p.m., it was snowing and the pickup was headed north in the 3100 block of Ohio 380. The pickup struck a sign, overturned, struck a fence and then struck a tree.

“They were going down a downhill grade, so obviously it struck the tree with a significant amount of force,” Sgt. Richard Milstead said.

A young girl was restrained in a child seat. She suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

>> Suspect in car that crashed into house, killing mother and son, is indicted

Neither adult was wearing a seat belt, according to the highway patrol.

Alcohol is not suspected in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Xenia Police Department, Spring Valley Twp. Fire and EMS, Xenia Twp. Fire and EMS and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.

The Greene County coroner has been called to a multiple-injury crash this evening in front of Gospel Mission on Ohio 380.

According to reports, there were as many as three people in a vehicle who were injured. At least one person was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, and another to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

It has not been confirmed whether the crash was weather-related.

FIRST REPORT

A serious-injury crash this evening has shut down a portion of Ohio 380 in the Spring Valley area.

The single-vehicle crash was reported shortly after 5 p.m. in front of Gospel Mission, 3191 Ohio 380. There were reports there were children in the car, and that occupants initially were trapped.

>> Woman critically injured in Harrison Twp. crash

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office said they were unable to confirm the severity of injuries.

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