Have you seen this Kettering native’s newest MTV show? 

Published: Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 12:23 PM

MTV orders ‘Ridiculousness’ companion series with Rob Dyrdek
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MTV orders ‘Ridiculousness’ companion series with Rob Dyrdek(Times Inc.)

The hits just keep coming for one of Kettering’s hardest working sons. 

Skateboarding icon and reality TV star Rob Dyrdek has yet another show. 

MTV begun airing “Amazingness,” the fourth of Dyrdek’s shows on its network in December.

A MTV NEWS story describes the show as “an irreverent and hilarious competition series which features the pro skateboarder (who serves as host and executive producer) introducing the world to the most ridiculously talented young people around.”

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The show follows “Fantasy Factory,” “Rob and Big” and “Ridiculousness,” which returned in December as well. 

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Researchers find meteorites from Michigan meteor

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:11 AM

WHIO Weather Camera Network caught a possible meteor Wednesday night in Miamisburg.

Researchers with the American Meteor Society found two meteorites just days after a meteor lit up the sky across part of Michigan, according to a tweet from AMS.

Meteorites from Michigan meteor. Photos from WDIV ClickonDetroit.com

“We are happy and excited to report, two meteorites from the Jan. 16th fall have been found in Michigan,” the Thursday tweet said. “Congratulations to Robert Ward and Larry Atkins on the first two reported finds.”

VIDEOS: Meteor spotted in Ohio, Michigan, Canada

Meteorites from Michigan meteor. Photos from WDIV ClickonDetroit.com

According to a report from WDIV-TV in Detroit, another team from Longway Planetarium and the Farmington Community Stargazer also recovered a meteorite and planned to share more details about its discovery Friday.

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WDIV-TV reported the meteorites were found near Charlotte, Michigan and near Whitmore Lake.

Ohio flu hospitalizations climb, prompting caution and optimism

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:31 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:15 PM


            Nurse Debbie Parker prepares flu vaccine for patients at the Montgomery County Public Health Clinic in downtown Dayton. Flu numbers continue to climb in 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Nurse Debbie Parker prepares flu vaccine for patients at the Montgomery County Public Health Clinic in downtown Dayton. Flu numbers continue to climb in 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Ohio’s flu-related hospitalizations increased by more than 50 from the previous week, new data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health said.

The increase was smaller than previous weeks, prompting some optimism and words of caution from one local expert.

“While it looks like (the flu) may be leveling off, it is still significantly higher than the five year average,” said president of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, Bryan Bucklew. “It has been above average since it started.”

From Jan. 7 through Jan. 13, the state reported 1,805 people in Ohio were hospitalized with influenza-like illnesses. Of those, 458 of those were in Montgomery County.

For the previous reporting period, Dec. 31 through Jan. 6, the state recorded 1,750 flu-related hospitalizations.

The 2017-2018 numbers for reported flu cases and hospitalizations due to the flu have been above the five-year average. While the smaller week to week increase is encouraging to health officials, the flu is unpredictable.

MORE: Hospitalizations explode: Flu season may be worst in years

“It’s been a strong flu season,” Bucklew said. “Our hope would be that instances of flu are lower because of their early start.”

Area hospitals have put restrictions on visitors and local health officials throughout the region have encouraged people to get a vaccine and take precautions to prevent the spread of the flu.

Those restrictions are still in effect, according to Bucklew.

MORE: Flu cases rampant in Ohio: 5 things you need to know

With influenza being at its highest level in almost all states, other organizations are taking steps to prevent spread of the flu.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine, decided to change some Mass traditions to keep parishioners healthy.

TIME said the diocese announced Jan. 18 it is suspending sharing wine during communion and holding hands during Our Father.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops urges “priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion” to practice good hygiene and to instruct church-goers not to drink from the chalice if they are sick.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which includes the Miami Valley, has not taken an official position on the matter, with a spokesperson saying that they leave “the running of a parish up to the pastor.”

The University of Dayton is relying on its students to use “common sense” when it comes to Mass and flu season.

“We’re still offering the chalice; we’re not putting out any kind of memo. We are relying on students to stay home if they are sick,” said Kathy Sales, associate director of campus ministry.

Ohio college president related to suspect in California captive children case 

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:15 PM

13 Siblings Held Captive In California "House of Horrors"

UPDATE @ 12:04 p.m. (Jan. 19):

An Ohio Christian college President related to the father accused of shackling his own children in their California home has taken a leave of absence from his position, according to the New York Post.

Dr. Randy Turpin, president of Valor Christian College in Canal Winchester, near Columbus,  is the brother of David Turpin, the father accused in the case.

This news organization received a statement from the college this afternoon.

“The Valor Christian College community joins with millions of Americans who are shocked and saddened by these terrible stories from California and we are praying for the full recovery of all involved,” the college said in a prepared statement

UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m. (Jan. 16): Officials said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon that the 13 siblings taken from a California home after they were held captive by their parents for an undisclosed period of time are recovering.

The siblings, who range in age from 2 to 29, were in stable condition Tuesday.

“They’re very friendly, they’re very cooperative and I believe that they’re hopeful that life will get better for them after this event,” said Mark Uffer, CEO of the Corona Regional Medical Center.

Riverside County Sheriff's Department Capt. Greg Fellows said Louise Anna Turpin, the mother of the children, was “perplexed” when police arrived at the family’s home Sunday. Authorities said they had received no prior calls to the house and said there were no early indications that either Linda Anna Turpin or her husband, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin, had any history of mental illness.

Original report: A California couple was arrested Sunday after 13 siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were allegedly held captive in a home, with several children “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.

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In a news release, the Sheriff’s Department said David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment. Bail was set at $9 million apiece, according to the news release.

Riverside County Sheriff's Department Capt. Greg Fellows said Louise Anna Turpin, the mother of the children, was “perplexed” when police arrived at the family’s home Sunday. Authorities said they had received no prior calls to the house and said there were no early indications that either Linda Anna Turpin or her husband, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin, had any history of mental illness.

Original report: A California couple was arrested Sunday after 13 siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were allegedly held captive in a home, with several children “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.

>> Read more trending news

In a news release, the Sheriff’s Department said David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment. Bail was set at $9 million apiece, according to the news release.

David Turpin’s parents, James and Betty Turpin of West Virginia, told ABC News they were surprised and shocked at the allegations, KABC reported.

According to the California Department of Education website, David Turpin is listed as principal of the Sandcastle Day School, which was operated out of his home. The address listed for the school is the same residence where the 13 victims were discovered, CNN reported.

The school opened March 21, 2011, according to the website, and was categorized as a private school for students in grades one through 12.

Daytonian makes splash on magazine cover, calls mom ‘doyenne of Dayton, Ohio’

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:33 AM

CBS star Allison Janney was inducted into the Dayton Region's Walk of Fame. Video by Amelia Robinson

One of Dayton’s favorite daughters graces the latest cover of a magazine that makes it into 22 million homes. 

Oakwood-raised movie and television star Allison Janney and Anna Faris, her co-star on CBS’s “Mom,” are on the cover of this Sunday’s “Parade” magazine. 

Oakwood-raised actress Allison Janney and Anna Faris, her co-star of CBS' "Mom" on the cover of the Jan. 21 edition on Parade magazine.(Parade)

>> Allison Janney: “Dayton spawns great people” 

You’ll be able to find Parade this Sunday in the “Dayton Daily News” and thousands of other newspapers around the country.  

“Mom” airs at 9 p.m. on Thursdays on WHIO-TV Channel 7.

Janney talks about feminism and her mom in the Parade story: 

Janney’s mom, Macy, was a former actress who decided to forego an acting career to raise her family—“back when that’s what women did,” she says. But Macy was “the doyenne of Dayton, Ohio,” with a strong feminist stance who was on the boards of multiple entertainment, arts and educational programs. Today, Janney loves it when people tell her, “You sound just like your mom.” 

 

Janney, a former Miami Valley School student, recently won a Golden Globe for

for playing LaVona Harding, figure skater Tonya Harding’s mother, in the dramatic dark comedy “I, Tonya.”

>> MORE: Famous Dayton actress reacts for glory in Tonya Harding film 

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Faris and Janney play daughter and mother on the CBS show “Mom.”

MORE HIGHLIGHTS FROM PARADE: 

Scaring boyfriends: Faris says her mom, Karen, was “crazy loyal,” “ferocious,” encouraged her imagination and always instilled in her the idea that “you will never be dependent on a man.” She adds, “I think that scared some boyfriends—I mean, not that I had boyfriends.” 

Telling her story. One of Faris’ side projects is her podcast, “Anna Faris Is Unqualified,” which she started as “a weird hobby” with her producing partner, Sim Sarna, in 2015. “I worked hard to be independent,” says Faris, who separated from actor Chris Pratt in August 2017 after eight years of marriage. “So the podcast has given me a lot of freedom. I’m not waiting for the next role to come around.” 

>> Dayton favorite Allison Janney wins first Golden Globe for movie role

Award buzz. Janney is soaking in awards buzz after winning a Golden Globe for her supporting role as the mother of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding (played by Margot Robbie) in the movie I, Tonya. A former figure skater herself, Janney says she well recalls the 1994 incident depicted in the film—in which Harding’s rival Nancy Kerrigan was attacked and sidelined by a thug hired by Harding’s ex-husband and her bodyguard. “I was floored that that sort of thing could happen in the world of figure skating—a very refined, elegant sport rocked by this crazy incident.”

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