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Gas price impact after attack on Syria

Published: Friday, April 07, 2017 @ 4:09 AM
Updated: Friday, April 07, 2017 @ 1:03 PM

Oil prices were trading sharply higher after the United States launched a missile attack on Syria Thursday night. Oil rose in usually quiet after-hours trade by a dollar per barrel to $52.70 after news spread of roughly 50 Tomahawk missiles being launched from two U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea. 

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"As we've seen in the past, oil prices hate turmoil,” Patrick DeHaan, a GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst said on Thursday. “Tonight's surge in prices comes as questions remain about military action in Syria moving future. Geopolitical tensions have surged tonight between some of the world's largest oil producers, and the market, with concern abounding, will likely send oil prices higher. It is too early to know how severe or how long the impact to oil prices may be."

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Thursday’s missile strike in Syria brings forth risk and uncertainty on a global scale, Dan McTeague, senior Canadian petroleum analyst said. Oil's rise is based on geopolitical circumstance and as a benchmark commodity and hedge, it is likely its value will rise in proportion to developments, he said. 

"While there is not yet an imminent major impact to North American gasoline prices, the situation could rapidly change, we're monitoring it and will keep consumers informed," DeHaan added.

Here is what Glen Duerr, Cedarville University assistant professor of international studies said on the impact of the attack on gas prices:

“It depends on the next 48 to 72 hours in terms of a Russia response. If it’s simply a limited attack, I think it will have a limited response on the stock market and on oil prices. A lot depends on major oil supplies in the region. Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia are all very, very close in proximity to Syria so it depends on what Russia’s doing. Russia’s also a major supplier of oil, but in general if there’s no major response, if there are diplomatic back channels that are open between the U.S. and Russia that downplay this issue than we’ll see minimal impact, especially in the next week or so.

“I would image a small spike, but we’ve also seen a recent increase as well, about 25 cents (per gallon) in the Miami Valley.”

Earlier this week, GasBuddy reported average retail gasoline prices in Dayton rose 18.4 cents per gallon averaging $2.29 per gallon on Sunday

Father and son graduate together, plan to continue their educations together this fall

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8:30 AM

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A father and son plan to continue their educations after walking across the stage together to claim their degrees.

Earlier this month, thousands of graduates and their families packed into the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for Broward College’s graduation.

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Among the sea of graduates was father and son Francis and Samson Fagunleka. The family moved to the United States from Nigeria six years ago.

Francis said education has always been a high priority for him and his children.

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“I don’t want my children to be in the streets,” Francis told WSVN. “I want them to emulate successful people, and the only way for you to get there is through education.”

The two enrolled at the same time and both plan to continue on to Nova Southeastern University in the fall.

When she first ‘liked’ his Instagram photo, he had no idea she would soon become his wife

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:48 AM

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Scott and Laura Ulrich’s love story is beautiful, but a little unusual. Their journey started with a simple “like” on Instagram, and now the happy couple is married and enjoying life together in Atlanta.

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This coffee-brewing, city-living, cat-loving couple proves that anything can happen if you meet the right person, and you’re willing to be a little bold. According to Laura:

Scott and I went to the same college, Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. I knew who he was, but he didn’t even know I existed. I remember when I saw him for the first time, he had the most beautiful eyes that I had ever seen. We spoke for maybe two minutes, then he walked away.

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In that moment, Scott had no idea that he was speaking to his future wife for the first time, but Laura knew he was special from that very first moment:

I joked with my friends that I was going to marry Scotty Ulrich… well, I was sort of joking.

A year went by, and their brief conversation turned into nothing more than that. They both transferred to Georgia State University around the same time, and that’s when things started to get interesting. Laura explained that timing and location was all they needed to get the ball rolling.

It has been a little over a year since I had thought about Scott, but then randomly one day while I was in the car with a friend, Scott’s name popped into my head and I just had to see what he was up to. I quickly realized that he was also living in Atlanta. I followed him on Instagram, and shortly after we started liking each others pictures. Then I did something bold and a little out of character for me; I sent him a message telling him that we should be friends.

Scott may not have known who Laura was before, but she definitely caught his attention with that message.

I knew I wanted to take this pretty girl on a date, but I had just gotten into a car wreck and my car was totaled. I ended up buying her a train ticket, and asked her if she wanted to grab coffee with me. We were pretty much inseparable after she entered the station. It was a date that we never wanted to end.

Laura looks back on the day that she decided to check up on Scott via Instagram, and stresses to others that sometimes you have to step outside of your comfort zone to get some of the most special things in life.

Piece of advice: don’t ask your friends to set you up with someone. There’s is no one better to set you up with someone then [sic] yourself. If you never try, you never know. And you are probably much more incredible then you think you are. So I think people should go for it. You have nothing to lose. Be bold.

HS athlete with epilepsy fighting to bring cannabis oil on campus

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:30 AM

A high school athlete is at the center of a cannabis oil debate. He is one of 1,700 patients to sign up throughout the state for medical marijuana, but his high school says he can't bring it on campus.

WSBTV’s Rikki Klaus spoke with CJ Harris, who is currently traveling with the Warner Robins High School basketball team.

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He played at Lambert High in Suwannee over the weekend. His family credits medical cannabis oil for keeping CJ seizure-free the last several months.

"It's hard because you don't know if this is your last breath your child is taking. You just don't know," father Curtis Harris told Klaus. 

Harris said he couldn't be more proud of his 17-year-old son, CJ.

Klaus looked on as the Warner Robins High School basketball player hit the court in Gwinnett County over the weekend. But epilepsy kept stealing CJ's thunder, and his prescription pills weren't working.

"I wake up every morning and I pray, ‘Please don't let nothing happen today. Please don't let nothing happen today,’" CJ told Klaus.

Harris said his son has had about 15 seizures, and hit his head half a dozen times.

CJ’s last seizure was in early January.

In mid-January, CJ started taking medical cannabis oil, legal in the state of Georgia for two years now.

Harris said it's worked, so far.

"He's going from having two seizures a month or one seizure a month, and now he hasn't had any? That's like, wow," Harris said.

But CJ has had to miss class, just so he can take his noon dose. 

The medicine is forbidden on his campus. It violates federal law. For Harris and his son, it's a huge inconvenience.

"So I've got to come pick him up every day, check him out of school, bring him to the house," Harris said.

Klaus contacted the Houston County Board of Education, which sent her a statement that reads, in part:

"Per the Safe and Drug Free Schools federal law, the oil may not be brought onto school grounds."

State Rep. Allen Peake, who is responsible for advocating for and ushering in Georgia's medical marijuana program, said cases like this are going to become more and more common, since state law conflicts with federal law.

"CJ's case is not going to be isolated. There are kids all over the state who are going to be facing the same issue, particularly now that autism is added to the list of qualifying conditions," Peake told Klaus.

Harris said the medicine was allowed at his son's old school, a private school in Macon. He wants that same freedom for CJ at Warner Robins.

Peake said school administrators need to get courageous, do what's best for the students and allow cannabis oil on campus. 

Police find 2 overdosing adults, child in car nearly crashed over hillside

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:21 AM

A car with a young child in the back seat nearly flipped over a hillside Monday in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood as the driver and another adult were overdosing, police said.

The car was still running and in drive when police found it crashed off Cloverdale Street shortly after 5:30 p.m. Police said it looked like it was going to tip at any moment and the child was screaming for help.

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According to a criminal complaint, a man and a woman were overdosing on heroin and were slumped over in the front of the car. Officers administered Naloxone to both people, one of whom was turning blue.

Police found that there were “stamp bags littered on the front center cup holder and the front passenger floor,” the complaint said. Hypodermic needles were also in the front of the car.

Both adults and the child were safely pulled from the car.