Local contractor to help build shuttle exhibit

Published: Friday, September 07, 2012 @ 4:03 PM
Updated: Friday, September 07, 2012 @ 4:03 PM

An expanding space shuttle exhibit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force took a major step toward launch with the selection of an Ohio contractor to build a $1.5 million full-scale mock-up of the rocket-powered space glider.

Display Dynamics Inc. of Clayton will construct a payload bay and an engine tail assembly to connect to an existing crew compartment trainer, a life-size flight simulator of the nose, cockpit and lower mid deck of a space shuttle. The work is scheduled for completion by September 2013.

The crew compartment trainer, now displayed in the museum’s Cold War Gallery, arrived aboard NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft last month at the Air Force museum from its prior home at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The simulator, built by Rockwell International Corp. in 1979, prepared more than 300 astronauts, including 75 from the Air Force, for missions aboard the shuttle fleet between 1981 until 2011.

The trainer will be a centerpiece of the museum’s drive to expand science, technology, engineering and math education through the museum. The exhibit will include a “learning node” or 60-seat amphitheater-style, multimedia classroom, to teach science-related topics.

Workers began reinstalling about 1,500 pounds of equipment, such as squeezing in cockpit seats through narrow hatches, into the crew compartment trainer Friday. The cargo was removed and shipped separately to cut down on the 23,000-pound weight of the shuttle simulator when it was airlifted to the museum’s runway.

By 2015, when construction of a $48 million fourth hangar at the museum is complete, the exhibit will be moved to a new Space Gallery.

Congress set aside $3 million for the transportation and construction of the space shuttle display.

7 things to know now: Manchester bomber; Trump meets pope; bodies found in Everest tent; Jon Stewart

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 7:00 AM

Renee Rachel Black, right, is comforted by Sadiq Patel  in front of flower tributes at Albert Square central Manchester, England Wednesday May 24 2017. Police confirmed that more than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the  Manchester Arena late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and the world today.

What to know now:

1. Suspected bomber named: Police in England said Tuesday that Salman Abedi, 22, was the suicide bomber who killed 22 and injured nearly 60 when he detonated a bomb at an arena in Manchester. Abedi did not act alone when he attacked the crowd as they left a concert by pop singer Ariana Grande, the country’s home secretary said. Manchester police have arrested four men in connection with the bombing.

2. Trump meets pope: President Donald Trump met and exchanged gifts with Pope Francis Wednesday. The two had never met in person but exchanged tweets during the past year. Pope Frances attacked Trump’s plan for a wall along the U.S./Mexico border, and Trump said the pope “would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President” if and when the Vatican is attacked by the Islamic State group.

3. Brennan testifies: John Brennan, the former director of the CIA, told Congress Tuesday that he personally told Russian officials to stop meddling in the U.S. election. Brennan said he could not say whether anyone in Trump’s campaign had colluded with Russian officials, but he warned the Russians amid growing concerns over their contacts with people in Trump’s campaign.

4. Bodies found in tent: The bodies of four climbers were found inside a tent on Mount Everest Wednesday, according to authorities in Nepal. The tent had been pitched at the highest camp on the mountain. The bodies were discovered when a team of rescuers arrived to remove the body of a Slovak climber who died over the weekend. Ten people have died on Everest this climbing season.

5. No Jon Stewart show: HBO will not be producing a new show from comedian Jon Stewart. The show, a short-form digital animated project, proved to be too difficult to produce and distribute “given the quick turnaround and topical nature of the material," a joint statement from Stewart and HBO read. The statement said the network has other projects planned with Stewart.

And one more
Sean Hannity said Tuesday that he would no longer talk about the 2016 shooting death of Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee employee. The move came after Fox News removed a story about Rich’s death from its website, claiming "it was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting." The report suggested a link between Rich and the publication by WikiLeaks of thousands of emails from the DNC. Hannity had talked about Rich’s death but said he would no longer do that after Rich’s family requested that he stop.

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Dayton’s highest paid city employees: I-Team Payroll Project

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Dayton’s deputy city manager Stanley Earley. Staff photo

The city of Dayton paid 90 employees more than $100,000 last year, compared to 68 the year before, according to the I-Team Payroll Project searchable database of public employees.

RELATED: Kettering’s highest paid employees

RELATED: Montgomery County’s highest paid employees

Local governments make payroll with your money, which is why the I-Team has assembled and made available a searchable database of pay for public employees.

The city’s second highest paid employee last year was Stanley Earley, who left the city in March to take a job with Howard University in Washington, D.C. Earley’s pay included a $130,433 payout through the city’s “executive savings plan.”

RELATED: Large payouts go to Dayton city execs

Earley also received $8,729 for unused vacation, which employees can cash out upon separation. This is less than police Maj. David Wolford, who cashed out $17,214 in unused vacation pay and $29,450 in sick leave; or police Lt. Kenneth Beall who cashed out $19,968 in vacation and $21,632 in sick leave.

An I-Team investigation this year found the ability to cash out unused sick and vacation leave is a rare perk in the private sector, though local governments are on the hook for tens of millions of dollars worth of these payments.

SPECIAL REPORT: Taxpayers on hook for $444M in unused state worker leave

The five highest paid Dayton employees last year were:

1. Shelley Dickstein, city manager: $184,649

2. Stanley Earley, deputy city manager/chief financial officer: $181,327

3. Tammi Clements, deputy city manager: $146,780

4. Terrence Slaybaugh, director of aviation: $142,371

5. Richard Biehl, police chief: $141,035

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 3:53 AM

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Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Sgt. Mark Bowron is updating conditions every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

RELATED: Find the lowest gas prices in your neighborhood with our Pump Patrol

Major Highway Incidents

  • No issues have been reported. 

RELATED: Check for delays or cancellations before heading to the airport

Surface Street Incidents

  • At Washington Twin and East Lexington roads near Eaton, semitrailer involved crash reported at 7:15 a.m. 

WEATHER: Showers, storms return today, warmer weather ahead for the weekend

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 


  • I-75 south near North Main Street in Dayton, lane closure May 1st – 26th. Two southbound lanes will remain open.
  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.
  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • I-75 south Ramp to Northwoods Boulevard, ramp closure May 25th between of 9 am and 3 pm. The suggested detour from ODOT is: I-75 south to US 40 to I-75 north to Northwoods Boulevard
  • I-70 between I-75 and SR 202, Nightly lane closures May 15th – June 6th between 6 pm and 6 am. Two lanes will be closed starting at 9 pm. 
  • I-70 between Airport Access Road and Taywood Road, Lane closures April 3rd - June 30th. Two lanes will remain open.
  • US 35 east Ramp to Perry Street, ramp closure April 1st – May 30th. The official detour is: US 35 east to Jefferson Street to South Patterson Blvd. to Stout Street to Perry Street.
  • Ludlow Street Ramp to westbound US 35 in Dayton, ramp closure May 12th – August 9th. The suggested ODOT detour is: Washington Street to US 35 west.
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • Hoover Avenue between Gettysburg Avenue and Elmhurst Road in Dayton will be closed starting April 3 until early June for water line construction. The construction will also impact the intersection of Hoover and Gettysburg avenues and drivers should expect congestion and delays. Detours will be posted. 
  • Bridgewater Road between Taylorsville Road and US 40, bridge closure May 15th – September 12th. The official detour is: Bridgewater Road to Taylorsville Road to Rip Rap Road to Little York Road to Brown School Road to US 40
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 


  • SR 202 between Ross Road and US 40, road closure May 22nd through 31st. The official detour is: US 40 to I-75 to SR 571 to SR 202
  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Roadbridge closure April 12th – October 12th. The official ODOT detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson Road to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua-Troy Road.
  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 


  • Gate 19B on National Road at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is closed until mid-June for a $1.3 million security upgrade. Drivers should expect delays around the base at the three gates remaining open, Gate 16B off Kaufman Avenue, Gate 1B off Springfield Street, and Gate 22B at I-675 and Col. Glenn Highway. Gate 22B will be inbound traffic only during the morning commute. 


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, ramp closure April 19th – October 31st. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • SR 56 at Silvers Road, road closure May 22nd through the 26th. The official detour is: SR 4 to SR 29 to SR 187 to SR 56.
  • SR 565 between SR 29 and Houston Pike, Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.


  • SR 571 between US 36 and Jaysville-St. Johns Road, road closure May 25th through June 2nd. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721
  • US 36 between US 127 and SR 48, Lane closures April 24th – June 30th. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 721 between US 36 and Covington-Gettysburg Road, bridge closure March 20th – June 3rd. The official detour is: US 36 to SR 48 to SR 718.
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Fairview Avenue, Daily lane closures April 24th – September 1st between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.


  • US 36 between Berwick Drive and Dugan Road, road closure April 10th – July 10th. The suggested ODOT detour is: SR 814 to SR 296 to US 68.
  • US 36 between SR 814 and McMahill Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 54 between SR 4 and Brigner Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 55 between Elm Tree Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 296 between SR 29 and SR 814Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.


  • Amsterdam Road between CR 25A (Sidney) and Heiland Kies Road, road closure May 15th– August 15th. The official detour from ODOT is: Amsterdam Road to CR 25A to SR 274 to Heiland Kies Road to Amsterdam Road

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Student didn't think he'd graduate, teacher proves him wrong

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 3:00 PM

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A Georgia high school senior was brought to tears after his teacher surprised him with his cap and gown.

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Jamias Howard, 19, is a student at Griffin High School and is ecstatic about this Saturday, when he will be graduating high school.

Griffin High School special needs teacher Kimberly Wimbish told WSB-TV that she was just doing her job, ensuring that all of her students succeeded. But to Howard, what she’s doing is far from that.

A semester before graduation, Howard was no longer able to make it to class. Wimbish didn’t go into details as to why, but said Howard had some problems.

Although Howard was devastated by the fact that he had only a handful of credits left to complete before graduation, Wimbish didn’t give up on him.

Each day after school, the teacher volunteered her time and met with Howard. She met him at the park, Burger King --anywhere.

"Sometimes, you have to meet them where they are to get them where they need to be,” Wimbish said.

Based on the struggles Howard has had -- and dropout statistics -- Wimbish wanted to make sure he was going to finish. She wanted him to know that he was worthy of help and that someone was in his corner.

“I want so much for these babies,” Wimbish said. “They have to have a fighting chance.”

Wimbish said this is just what she does every day, but to the children her actions mean much more – as evidenced by a video Wimbish posted on her Facebook page Friday evening.

The high school teacher drove by Howard’s house and surprised him with his cap and gown. Howard had made it to the end and was going to be graduating.

Running to the car, Howard tells his teacher in the video, “I love you so much.” Then, she reminds him of when rehearsal is and starts to wipe tears from his eyes.

Howard will be graduating Saturday at 9 a.m. at Griffin Memorial Stadium.