6 local school districts reach national academic competition

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 12:11 PM
Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 12:11 PM


            Miamisburg High School seniors Blake Boyd (left) and Brady Timpe compete in the scientific challenge at the 2017 state Destination Imagination tournament. Their team, also including Owen Clayton and Eliza Gauthier, won first place. They had to create a story — including a self-made gadget and a disguised character — about a secret mission, applying methods from cryptography and steganography to reveal secret messages. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
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Fifteen teams from local schools have advanced to the global finals of the Destination Imagination team challenge, a competition where students research, design and execute a solution to a problem.

All but one of the 15 local teams advancing are from Dayton’s south suburbs — four from Centerville schools, three each from Miamisburg and Oakwood, two from Springboro, and one each from Kettering, Incarnation Catholic School, and Tri-Village in Darke County.

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Those 15 teams first had to advance out of a regional tournament, then finished in the top three in the statewide Destination Imagination (DI) competition earlier this month. Cinda Weisgerber, Ohio affiliate director for DI, said Ohio had over 700 teams compete this year, split between elementary, middle and high school levels.

The local students will join about 8,000 others from at least 15 countries to compete at the global finals May 24-27 at the University of Tennessee.

“We are so proud of all of the teams and the hard work and creativity they displayed,” said Miamisburg schools gifted coordinator Haley Moore. “Miamisburg Destination Imagination has had an amazing season so far.”

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The national DI organization releases challenge topics in seven categories — engineering, technical, scientific, fine arts, improvisational, service learning, and the early learning challenge. Student teams generally spend a few months working on their projects under parent and teacher managers before presenting them at tournaments.

The technical challenge called for teams to design and build a stage that can move performers, then present a show featuring an opening act and a headliner, with special effects. The improvisational challenge had teams create three improvisational skits from a single story prompt, presenting each one in a different performance genre with a different stock character and props in each skit.

Five local teams came in first place in their categories and age levels at the state tournament — Springboro Junior High and Miamisburg High School in the scientific challenge, Incarnation Elementary in the fine arts challenge, Miamisburg Middle School in the improvisational challenge, and a Centerville middle school team in the service learning challenge.

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A team from Southdale Elementary is Kettering’s first-ever team to reach the global level. Their service learning challenge combined work done earlier — a schoolwide food drive that collected 2,883 items and $157 for a Kettering food pantry — with a fable-style skit about hunger’s impact on the community.

Destination Imagination officials call their tournaments “the ultimate celebration of creativity and innovation,” using project-based learning to teach students problem-solving and perseverance skills needed to succeed in school, careers and life.

School winners by grade level

Centerville, middle – 2

Centerville, secondary – 2

Miamisburg, middle – 2

Miamisburg, secondary – 1

Oakwood, elementary – 1

Oakwood, middle – 1

Oakwood, secondary – 1

Springboro, elementary – 1 (Five Points)

Springboro, middle – 1

Kettering, elementary – 1 (Southdale)

Tri-Village, secondary – 1

Incarnation, elementary — 1

Major League Baseball umpire stops woman from jumping off bridge before Pirates game

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 11:48 PM

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A Major League Baseball umpire, Jon Tumpane, stopped a woman from jumping off the Roberto Clemente Bridge before Wednesday night's Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

"Just hanging on to her and at times when she wanted to go the other way, I was like, 'not on my watch,'" Tumpane said in a press conference Wednesday night. 

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"I was able to mouth to one of the gentlemen in back, and said, 'Call 911, call 911,' and they did," he said.

Tumpane was walking across the bridge on the way from his hotel to the park, where he was scheduled to work behind the plate. 

He came across a woman in distress, apparently preparing to jump off the bridge.

He said he locked his arms in hers and offered to buy her lunch, desperately trying to coax her back to safety. 

"At that point she said, 'Just let me go, it'll be better off that way.' And I said, 'No, let me buy you lunch, we'll talk this over, it'll all work out,'" Tumpane said.

During the press conference, he said between innings he would look at the Roberto Clemente Bridge over the center field wall.

"This was an unbelievable day and I'm glad to say that she can have another day with us," Tumpane said. "This isn't about me. I appreciate the opportunity but honestly, this is for her and people that care about her. I'm just glad it's a positive story and not a sad story."

Pregnant woman bitten by brown recluse spider while sleeping

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 11:01 PM

A pregnant woman named Kendall Butler (pictured) has a large area of dead skin from a brown recluse spider bite.

A pregnant woman is still recovering from a brown recluse spider bite that happened over a month ago. 

Kendall Butler was woken by the bite. She killed the spider and took it to the hospital with her immediately.

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Doctors were able to stop the infection and keep her unborn child safe by using antibiotics. However, she does have a large area of skin on her stomach that died because of the spider’s venom.

Doctors said they don’t want to fully treat the wound yet because of the baby. Originally, the plan was to evacuate the wound and then look into skin grafts once the child is born.

Now, Butler’s doctors say the wound needs to be evacuated sooner. They will wait until July 10 when the baby is seven weeks from the due date. Experts believe she’ll be strong enough by then to be born early, just in case anything happens during the procedure.

A Green Country entomologist said that Oklahoma’s mild winter caused more dangerous insects to come out early.

Experts say people should take precautions against insects while outside, but that there isn’t much to be done indoors but have homes sprayed.

The Centers for Disease Control says that even though people fear bug spray with DEET is bad for pregnant women, it’s actually recommended with the same precautions as those who are not pregnant or lactating.

Kettering home invasion victims indicted for marijuana cultivation

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 10:28 PM

Six months after a Kettering family suffered a home invasion, the victims are charged with drug crimes that police say led to the armed intrusion.

Bobby R. Napier, 36, and Anne K. Goodrich, 44, were indicted for felony illegal cultivation of marijuana and two counts of misdemeanor endangering children, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report released Monday.

They are both ordered to appear July 11 for arraignment in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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Kettering police were called to the family’s home around 12:20 a.m. Dec. 13, 2016, after the victims told police two armed, masked men forced their way inside. The two adults quickly became the focus of a police narcotics investigation after responding officers reported they found a marijuana grow operation inside the house, Kettering police officer John Jung said in December. There also were two children, ages 16 and 2, in the house. The drugs were the suspected reason for the targeted home invasion, Jung said.

It is not clear whether the intruders were identified or arrested.

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VP Mike Pence in Cleveland promises replacement of ‘Obamacare’

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 5:34 PM

Vice President Mike Pence speaks on March 2, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
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Vice President Mike Pence said the administration is still working to pull Ohio Senator Rob Portman from “no” to “yes” on President Trump’s healthcare overhaul, which failed to receive a vote after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled it Tuesday for lack of Republican support.

Pence was visiting Cleveland and taking a tour of an area manufacturing plant before meeting with small business owners to discuss health care. 

Two Ohio gubernatorial candidates were in attendance - current Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Congressman Jim Renacci, who flew to Cleveland with Pence in Air Force Two.

According to Cleveland.com reporter Seth Richardson on Twitter, Pence said the party was, “close to achieving our signature goal of this administration of the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. I promise you we will get this thing done.”

Pence said flexibility in Medicaid was part of the president’s reform plans and said, “one size fits all is literally collapsing in terms of Medicaid.”

On stage, the Vice President said Trump was the best friend American manufacturing has ever had, claiming Trump has cut more “red tape” than “any president in American history” while taking on the Paris Climate Accord, saying the administration represents “Paris not Pittsburgh, and Cleveland not Copehagen.” 

Pence remarked on the president’s tax and military plans before stepping off stage. He promised tax cuts once the Trump health care overhaul is finished, and promised the biggest military spending increase “since the days of Reagan.”