Uber increases fees in Dayton 

Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

(Photo Illustration by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Taking an Uber from point A to point B now costs you more in Dayton. 

The popular ridesharing service is alerting customers of a booking fee increase. 

The booking rate increased from $1.85 to $2.20 a few weeks ago. 

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“As a reminder, the booking fee is always included in the fare you see before you request,” reads an Uber message to its users. “Booking fees support rider and driver safety initiatives, as well as other operational costs.”  

This news organization has reached out to Uber seeking additional information. 

Uber Technologies, a vehicle-for-hire company, launched its app service in Dayton on on  August 28, 2014.

Lyft, an Uber competitor, launched on December 1. 

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On a national level, Uber has found itself embroiled in controversy in recent months. 

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Ol’ Lefthander Joe Nuxhall to be featured on newest Hamilton mural

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 10:15 PM

Homegrown baseball hero Joe Nuxhall will be the subject of a mural to be painted on the side of a Hamilton sporting goods store this summer.

Nuxhall, known as the “Ol’ Lefthander,” the beloved Cincinnati Reds pitcher and later radio announcer for the team, became the youngest player in modern Major League Baseball history at age 15 in 1944.

He died in 2007 at age 79, but remains a beloved figure not only in his hometown of Hamilton, but also across the country, where his voice poured through the radio during Reds broadcasts for many years.

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The first people who saw the mural, unveiled during Wednesday’s Hamilton City Council meeting, considered it a home run.

After local artist Jennifer Acus-Smith, a StreetSpark mural organizer, showed images of the the mural, the crowd at Hamilton City Council spontaneously applauded — not a common occurrence during meetings.

Acus-Smith noted the mural’s location, the longtime Clark’s Sporting Goods at 15 S. B St., is visible from the High-Main Bridge.

The dynamic mural, which has a 3-D effect of young Nuxhall extending his left arm toward the viewer with an autographed baseball in his hand, alongside an image of an older Nuxhall, was designed by Paul Loehle, a local artist and Hamilton High School art teacher.

“I’m sure he was in that sporting goods store a few times,” Mayor Pat Moeller said.

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At the McDonald’s across the street from Hamilton’s city building, the Nuxhall mural won approving nods from older Hamilton men, including Charles W. Farthing, 85, a retired automaker who attended the former Wilson Junior High School with Nuxhall.

“He was a better ballplayer than I was — you couldn’t hit his ball,” said Farthing, who was a grade behind Nuxhall and said he faced off against him in gym class.

“It looks alright,” said Glen Bryant, 77, also of Hamilton, who said Nuxhall was “a pretty good ballplayer, and a good announcer. And he spent his life in the ballgame, which you give him credit for. Being a pitcher so young (in 1944). I was just a baby then.”

“That’s great — I like that,” said Charles Tolbert, 64, another Hamiltonian who was sitting nearby. “I like the way it’s in 3D or something like that, the way he’s holding the ball out there like that, Ol’ Lefty.”

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Two other murals to be painted this summer in the city will be images that prominently feature birds.

A second mural will adorn a parking garage above a new downtown pocket park and will depict a person releasing a dove.

Called “Taking flight,” the mural was created by Taylor Welch, an artist and architecture/interiors professional at Community Design Alliance. It will loom above the new Rotary Park at Second and High Street that’s almost ready to open. The mural will adorn a large wall on the city’s McDulin parking garage.

The “Taking Flight” mural “represents our industrial foundation, paper, from which we are taking our next steps for the future of Hamilton,” Acus-Smith said, in reference to the proposed mega-indoor-sports complex, Spooky Nook Sports at Champion Mill, which will occupy the former Champion Paper property.

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A third mural will show various bird images, including origami birds, echoing the city’s proud paper-making past.

The mural design for 212 Main St. was conjured by Canadian Annie Hamel, and features references to light bulbs and paper birds, in a nod to past city businesses and industries. She recently finished a mural project in France.

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The murals were chosen through a blind selection process, with judges not knowing names of those submitting artworks.

“We got 117 designs submitted by 63 artists from three different countries,” Acus-Smith said. “So we were very pleased by this response. We essentially doubled the number of designs that came in last year.”

Painting of murals will start in late May, with some of the work continuing through July. Thirteen artists will do the painting. This year, college students from Miami University, the University of Cincinnati, the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the Columbus College of Art & Design submitted entries.

Each mural will have its own dedication.

Icons lost in one of Dayton’s most gut-wrenching murders 18 years ago 

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

April 30, 1999---story by Franklin---Memorial Service for Roger and Larry Troutman at Shiloh Misssionary Baptist Church on Fairbanks Ave in Dayton. Shirly Murdock-DeGroat leads congregation in prayer.

This week marks nearly 20 years since the shocking death of one of the most dynamic and famous musicians in Dayton history. 

Larry Troutman shot his brother and bandmate, talkbox pioneer Roger Troutman outside of Roger Troutman's Dayton music studio as part of a murder-suicide on April 25, 1999.

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Larry Troutman was later found dead in his car from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Roger Troutman died at an area hospital. 

The brothers were part of the legendary Dayton funk band Zapp and Roger Troutman had a successful solo career.

Hits include "More Bounce to the Ounce," "Doo Wa Ditty," "I Can Make You Dance," "Heartbreaker, "Computer Love," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "I Want to Be Your Man,"  and "California Love (2Pac featuring Troutman and Dr. Dre)."

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An estimated 3,000 people attended their funeral. 

Find articles below from Dayton Daily News archives related to the case and the funeral of Roger and Larry Troutman. 

Except from the article “Troutman Brothers Shot Dead” published March 26, 1999 written by  Lou Grieco and Khalid Moss. 

On Sunday, Dayton police were called at about 7:20 a.m. to the alley between Catalpa Drive and Ravenwood Avenue behind Roger Tee Enterprises Inc., 2016 Salem Ave. Officers found Roger Troutman, who appeared to have been shot several times, Sgt. Gary White said. Witnesses told police the gunman had left in a black car.

Minutes later, dispatchers got a call about a car hitting a tree on the 2100 block of Harvard Boulevard, White said. Officers found Larry Troutman in the driver's seat of a black Lincoln. He appeared to have shot himself in the head.

"We don't know what this is about," White said. Witnesses weren't able to say anything about the dispute. Detectives planned to interview family members on whether there were problems in the family or the business.

One onlooker at the scene on Harvard was Williams. He wept as he remembered the Troutmans, who he said he had known for more than two decades. Williams said he was trying to contact Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, guitarist for the Ohio Players. Bonner taught Roger Troutman how to play guitar, he said. "He'll be upset," Williams said.

A former singer with the band, Larry Troutman had served as president of Troutman Enterprises Inc., whose interests included contracting, real-estate management and the three recording studios and a rehearsal space in the buildings near where Roger was shot. Those properties are listed in phone directories under the name Roger Tee Enterprises Inc.

Word of the shootings spread quickly Sunday through the neighborhoods along Salem Avenue. Midway through services at Omega Baptist Church, 1821 Emerson St., the Rev. Daryl Ward somberly announced them. At the taped-off crime scene near Harvard and Benson Drive, a steady stream of onlookers gathered as officers took photos and prepared to have the late-model Lincoln towed away.

The crime stunned Daytonians and music lovers around the world. 

Radio stations around the nation paid tribute to Roger Troutman and his work.

Zapp hit it big as an all-brother outfit in the late 1970s. 

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Roger Troutman's music was part of the life soundtrack of those who come of age in the 1980s and 1990s.

The list of artists that sampled the Troutmans music include : Big Daddy Kane;  BLACKstreet; George Clinton; Cypress Hill; Da Brat; Eazy-E; Notorious B.I.G.; Junior M.A.F.I.A.; Heavy D; EPMD; Jodeci; Lil' Kim; Method Man; Snoop Dogg; Janet Jackson, Ice Cube,  Tupac Shakur and  Xscape. 

Zapp continues to tour and put out music. 

Brood X cicadas set to land early in Southwest Ohio

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 12:03 PM

A loud, obnoxious brood of cicadas is due to arrive this year in Southwest Ohio, four years ahead of their predicted return of 2021.

Citing a Mount Saint Joseph University study, some of the offspring of Brood X, the batch of cicadas that hatch every 17 years, will emerge from their earthbound burrows and take to the air this summer, according to a report from our news partner in Cincinnati, WCPO-Ch. 9.

The early arrival is because some of the brood emerged early in 2000 instead of 2004 and their descendants are ready to be seen, and heard. 

That means a few hundred thousand of the gaudy fliers will be littering sidewalks and trees, brashly buzzing into people and cars in Southwest Ohio this summer, according to WCPO’s report.

Mount Saint Joseph researchers are asking people to help map the cicadas return this year. For more information, visit the MSJ Cicada Web Site.

We’ll be talking with an expert on insects from Wright State University about the potential impact of the emergence in the Miami Valley. 

Columbus Zoo mourns loss of Nanuq, his polar bear cubs still need names

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 2:50 PM

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced today the death of Nanuq, a 29-year-old male polar bear who sired four litters at the zoo.

Nanuq, who surpassed a typical zoo-kept polar bear’s lifespan by more than eight years, suffered from liver cancer and was euthanized this morning, according to the zoo’s release.

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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President and CEO Tom Stalf said in a prepared statement it’s always hard to lose an animal, “especially one as beloved as Nanuq.”

“From the time that he was rescued as an orphaned cub, he has been an ambassador to his counterparts in the Arctic, reminding us of the importance of protecting polar bears and their sea ice,” Stalf said. “The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will always remember him and continue working to protect his species.”

Nanuq, who was rescued from Alaska in 1988, mated with the Columbus Zoo’s female polar bears Aurora and Anana, which the zoo reports is an important component to helping the species survive amid climate change. Among his offspring, Nanuq sired Nora, who now resides at the Oregon Zoo, and three November 2016 cubs at the Columbus Zoo.

Carrie Pratt, curator of the Zoo’s North American region and Polar Frontier habitat: “Nanuq was incredibly special to all of us who had the wonderful opportunity to care for him, and we will miss him very much. We take some comfort in knowing that Nanuq’s legacy will live on through his offspring and those he has inspired to help polar bears in their native Arctic range.”

The November cubs need names and the zoo is asking people to vote on their favorite. You can do that online here.