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Daughter's bedside ceremony grants dad dying wish

Published: Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 1:56 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 1:56 PM

It has always been one Missouri father’s dream to walk his daughter down the aisle.

But when Johnny Wells was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, he was told he wouldn’t live to see 10-year-old Nakeol’s wedding day. (Via KETV)

Nakeol is obviously too young to get married, but the family came up with a way to grant Johnny’s dying wish.

“They came up with the idea to have a little ceremony where she could make promises to be faithful to the man she would be married.” (Via KCTV)

During a bedside ceremony in Johnny’s hospital room, Nakeol donned a white dress and a bouquet of flowers and promised to search until she found the perfect man to marry. (Via KSPR)

“Do you promise your dad that you will search until you find a godly man to marry?” “Yes.” “Do you promise you will save yourself until you find a man that loves you as much as your daddy loves you?” “Yes.” (Via YouTube / Gena Hedgpeth)

And Johnny gave his daughter something very special to mark the occasion.

“He gave me a ring. And it’s a diamond ring with two hearts.” (Via KMEG)

Nakeol promised her father that she will wear the ring until her wedding day.

Nakeol’s special day with her dad sparked positive feedback online and beyond, with many people wishing they had done the same thing. (Via YouTube / Gena Hedgpeth)

Nakeol says she is going to watch the video of the special ceremony before her real wedding and will have her flower girl wear the same dress she wore that day.

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UPS trucks purposely avoid left-hand turns

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 4:37 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 4:37 AM

            UPS trucks purposely avoid left-hand turns

UPS trucks rarely make left-hand turns.

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By favoring right-hand turns — unless making a left is absolutely necessary — UPS carriers save millions of gallons of fuel each year, and avoid emissions equivalent to over 20,000 passenger cars, CNN reported.

The practice began in the 1970s when UPS implemented a "loop dispatch," scheduling deliveries in a right-turning loop and starting with one side of the street first.

"Left-turning traffic typically has to turn against a flow of oncoming vehicles," Tom Vanderbilt, author of the book Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do, told CNN.

"This can not only be dangerous, but makes traffic build up, unless you install a dedicated left-turn 'phase,' which is fine but basically adds 30 or 45 seconds to everyone else's single time," he said.

study on crash factors in intersection-related accidents from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Association shows that turning left is the cause in 22.2 percent of crashes, as opposed to 1.2 percent for right turns. About 61 percent of crashes that occur while turning or crossing an intersection involve left turns, as opposed to just 3.1 percent involving right turns.

Left turns are also three times more likely to kill pedestrians than right ones, the New York Times reported, according to data collected by New York City's transportation planners.

"A left-hand turn is also less fuel efficient," Jack Levis, UPS Senior Director of Process Management told CNN, "because your car's idling longer, which is also not good for your vehicle."

UPS does not ban left turns outright, says Levis: "We will make left-hand turns, but not ones that are unnecessary. We don't need to go in circles all day long by making only right-hand turns. We have tools analyze the number of left-hand turns for each route, and we can work out which ones are avoidable."

Successful liftoff for SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket heading for ISS

Published: Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 9:36 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 9:38 PM

            Successful liftoff for SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket heading for ISS

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Sunday morning after it abruptly scrubbed the planned launch on Saturday.

The rocket lifted off at 9:39 a.m. in the first launch from NASA's historic moonshot pad launch since 2011

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This is SpaceX’s tenth resupply mission to the International Space Station.

The private space flight company is owned by billionaire investor Elon Musk who tweeted out that the dragon spacecraft is due to dock with ISS on Wednesday. 

Sunday’s launch marks the first successful lift off for Space X following two separate disasters. An explosion on the launch pad last fall destroyed a rocket and another attempt in June of 2015 ended badly when the rocket exploded shortly after takeoff.

Melania Trump stepping up as first lady at Florida rally

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 3:05 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 3:05 PM

            Melania Trump stepping up as first lady at Florida rally

First lady Melania Trump, in one of her few public appearances since her husband took office, appeared by his side at a campaign-style rally this weekend in Melbourne, Florida.

Wearing a bright red dress, the first lady spoke before her husband, leading the crowd in the Lord’s Prayer before launching into a short introduction of the president.

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 Mrs. Trump pledged to remain “truthful, no matter what the opposition is saying about me” and to work on behalf of women and children.

“I’m committed to creating and supporting initiatives dear to my heart, which will have impact on women and children all around the world,” she said.

So far Trump has not made public any specific initiatives as first lady, although she did reopen the White House visitor center and announce the decision to keep Michelle Obama’s kitchen garden.

She also made a passing reference to the ongoing protests over her husband’s presidency and his initiatives so far.

“The America that we envision is one that works for all Americans and where all Americans can work and succeed, a nation committed to a greater civility and unity between people from all sides of the political divide,” she said.

The first lady has not moved to Washington. She is remaining in New York until the Trumps’ 10-year-old son finishes out the school term.

Melania Trump: 'Honor' to Stand Before You

First lady Melania Trump introduces Pres. Donald J. Trump at Florida campaign-style rally: "The America we envision is one...committed to a greater civility and unity between people."

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Retailers rise up against border tax

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 8:17 PM

The name sounds innocuous enough — Border Adjustment Tax. But those three bureaucratic words could cripple the cherished Republican dream of overhauling the federal tax code for the first time in three decades.

The 20 percent tax, which would be imposed on all goods imported into the United States, would raise the money Republicans need to dramatically lower tax rates for corporations without adding trillions of dollars to the federal debt during the next decade.

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But though House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is among the leading advocates of the idea, it has run smack into opposition from major retailers such as Target and Best Buy and automotive companies like Honda, which employs more than 14,000 people in Ohio.

“By definition, if you are putting a 20 percent tax on everything imported that’s a pretty good start for a higher purchase price,” said Edward Cohen, vice president and lobbyist for Honda in Washington, D.C.

“Until we see the whole bill, I can’t tell you exactly how this will come out,” Cohen said. “A border adjustment tax could have significant negative impact on our customers if the rest of the bill doesn’t offset it.”

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In a meeting at the White House Wednesday, executives of major retailers made similar points, warning the import tax would punish American consumers by raising the prices of electronics and other goods manufactured abroad. But without the $1 trillion raised by the tax during the next decade, hopes of lower corporate tax rates could slip from the grasp of Republicans.

“You could do comprehensive reform without the border adjustment,” said Alan D. Viard, a resident fellow of tax policy at the American Enterprise Institute and former professor of economics at Ohio State University. “You probably would have higher tax rates.”

The border adjustment tax, which some financial analysts say is not much different from a sales tax or a value-added tax, is just one part of a sweeping House Republican plan unveiled last June designed to scrub away scores of loopholes and preferences from the tax code and substitute a far more simple system.

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The election of President Donald Trump has given Republicans their big chance. If they can use their Senate and House majorities to win approval of a tax bill this year, they have a president who will sign it into law.

“I am convinced we will do tax reform” this year, said suburban Columbus Rep. Tiberi, R-Genoa Twp., who remains undecided about a border tax. “We have a long way to go and if President Trump is not for whatever we do, it will never become law.”

Last month, aides to Trump said the administration was considering a 20 percent border tax on Mexican imports to finance the construction of a border wall. The tax is a variation on the House Republican plan to levy a border tax on imports from all countries.

Republicans claim a major revision of the tax code would jolt an economy they believe has recovered too sluggishly from the depths of the 2009 recession. They maintain it would simplify a tax code so complex that 90 percent of Americans need help in filling out their income tax returns.

And they contend lowering the corporate tax rate while offering corporations a one-time low tax on cash held abroad would unleash new investment in plants and technology. 

“The goal is to bring people together to pass pro-jobs tax reform,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who talked about overhauling the code Thursday with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “I think this is the best way to get the economy moving and raise wages.”

But Democrats, many of whom acknowledge the tax code has become mind-numbingly complex for ordinary Americans, warn the tax reductions talked about by congressional Republicans would provide the wealthiest of Americans with a substantial tax savings while raising prices for average Americans.

They argue a border tax would add complexity to the code, not make it simpler. And they fear such massive tax cuts included in the GOP plan would add trillions of dollars in new debt.

“It loses an enormous amount of money and basically all of that money goes to the top 1 percent,” said Harry Stein, director of fiscal policy at the Center for American Progress, a Democratic-leaning non-profit organization in Washington.

So to solve the deficit quandary, Ryan and other Republicans have backed the border tax.

“The revenue impact of the border adjustment is pretty significant within a 10-year window,” Viard said. “Over the long haul it should be revenue neutral.”

In Ohio, lawmakers are being tugged in competing directions. Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, whose district is near Honda’s assembly plant in Marysville, said, “The people who have a supply chain in the United States love it and the people who have a supply chain outside the United States hate it.”

“The reason we haven’t done tax reform is 30 years is it is really complicated and the last thing we want to do is screw it up and make prices rise,” said Stivers, who also is undecided about the border tax.

Portman, while saying he has “some concerns” about a border tax, said he did not “want to be negative about any proposal out there because we should be encouraging reform.

“But I don’t want to spend the next year squabbling about this,” Portman said. “I want to find a common ground.”

Details of Republican tax plan

*Reduces current six income tax brackets to three

*The new brackets will be 33 percent, 25 percent and 12 percent

*Increases standard deduction from $6,300 a year to $12,000 for singles

*Increases standard deduction from $12,600 to $24,000 for married filing jointly

*Eliminates the Alternative Minimum Tax

*Eliminates all deductions except home mortgage interest and charitable

*Reduces corporate income from 35 percent to 20 percent

*Reduce tax on small pass-through companies from ordinary income to 25 percent

* Reduces taxes on capital gains and dividends to a maximum of 16.5 percent