Memorial planned for astronaut, U.S. Sen. John Glenn

Published: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 @ 5:15 PM

John Glenn: American Hero

UPDATE @ 2:54 p.m. (Dec. 9):

President Barack Obama has ordered flags at half-staff through the burial of John Glenn on all public buildings and grounds.

UPDATE @ 12:36 p.m. (Dec. 9):

Late space hero and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn will lie in state in the Ohio Statehouse and a memorial service is being planned at Ohio State University, the Associated Press reports.

Hank Wilson of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs in Columbus said the date and time are still being worked out but the public viewing and other services are expected to take place early next week. A “celebration of life” will be at OSU’s Mershon Auditorium.

Burial is being planned at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington.

UPDATE @ 3:20 p.m. (Dec. 8):

John Glenn has died at the age of 95 at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

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Photos: John Glenn through the years

INITIAL REPORT:

John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth and who later became a U.S. senator for Ohio, has been a patient at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University for a little more than a week, according to several reports.

According to those same media reports, the reason for his being admitted has not been made clear, but Hank Wilson, a spokesman for the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State, said it does not necessarily mean Glenn has cancer.

“Anybody who’s 95, any illness is always bad, Wilson said.

According to Cleveland.com, Glenn’s health has declined the last few years and he had heart valve replacement surgery in 2014.

Late Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, urged the public to send love to the Glenn family while also respecting the family’s request for privacy.

“Connie and I ask Ohioans to join us in sending our love to John and Annie Glenn and their children and to respect their family’s privacy at this difficult time.”

According to the Associated Press, when Glenn spoke at the renaming ceremony for the Columbus, Ohio, airport, he said some of his eyesight had been lost because of macular degeneration and a small stroke.

Glenn, born July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio, enlisted in the Navy as an aviation cadet in March 1942 following the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.

On April 6, 1943, he married the former Anna Margaret Castor, his childhood playmate and high school sweetheart. They went on to have two children, Carolyn Ann Glenn and John David Glenn, and have two grandchildren.

Before making history in space, Glenn set the transcontinental speed record from Los Angeles to New York in July 1957: Three hours and 23 minutes.

Glenn received orders for combat duty in Korean War in 1953, flying 63 missions with Marines and 27 missions as an exchange pilot with the U.S. Air Force.

He became a Marine test pilot in 1954. In 1965, Glenn retired from the Marine Corps as a colonel.

Glenn made history as the first American to orbit Earth in 1962, piloting the Mercury-Atlas 6 “Friendship 7” spacecraft and completing three orbits during the five-hour flight.

Initially running for the U.S. Senate in 1964, he was forced to bow out of the running in the primaries when he suffered a head injury in an accident. Once he recovered, he became a vice president then president at Royal Crown Cola.

He became a Democratic senator representing Ohio in 1974 and served until 1998, completing four terms. He became the oldest man to fly in space when he served as a payload specialist on the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1998. That 9-day mission was accomplished in 134 Earth orbits.

Reported by Kelcie Willis, Cox Media National Content Desk. Dayton Daily News Staff Writer Laura A. Bischoff contributed.

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All aboard: Disney Cruise Line looks for workers to man its ships

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 2:16 PM

Exclusive to the Disney Dream in Disney's Oceaneer Club, kids are transported to a far away galaxy at Star Wars: Millennium Falcon, a Force-filled play area inspired by the spacecraft from the legendary saga where they harness the power of the Force. (Disney)
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Exclusive to the Disney Dream in Disney's Oceaneer Club, kids are transported to a far away galaxy at Star Wars: Millennium Falcon, a Force-filled play area inspired by the spacecraft from the legendary saga where they harness the power of the Force. (Disney)(Disney)

If you’ve dreamed of working on the high seas, then Disney is looking for you.

The cruise line that Mickey built is hiring youth activities counselors to live and work on its fleet of cruise ships, Metro reported.

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The hours are long, according to Metro, at 80 hours a week, but the job offers fun and amazing ports of call in Mexico, Barcelona and Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.

The job posting opened in December, but it appears that the cruise line is still recruiting.

But not anyone can apply or be hired. You have to have two years’ recent experience working with children in a “high-volume, fast-paced recreational/camp environment.”

Among the other qualifications:

  • Must be able to command the attention of large groups of children
  • At least 20 years old
  • Work a seven-day 70-84 hour work week with limited time off
  • Adhere to Disney Cruise Line appearance guidelines

It would also help to be bilingual in Spanish or Portuguese and have experience working with children with special needs.

If chosen, cruise line cast members live with a roommate on board the ship and also must be willing and able to follow and lead the shipboard emergency procedures.

The positions are for any of the four Disney ships: the Wonder, Magic, Fantasy or Dream, and Disney’s private Bahamian island, the Liverpool Echo reported.

Click here to apply.

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Ohio woman charged with felony animal cruelty after one dog decapitated, others starved

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 2:14 PM

Tina Marie Jackson. (Photo: Middletown Jail)
Tina Marie Jackson. (Photo: Middletown Jail)

A Middletown woman has been jailed and charged with felony animal cruelty after several dead dogs were found in her backyard, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

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The county dog warden’s office received information last week advising that there were dead dogs in the yard at the residence in the 1300 block of Oxford State Road.

Four dogs were observed by the humane officers when they arrived on Friday. Two of the dogs were found in doghouses, another one was found in a black plastic tote along with a decapitated dog’s head, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The owner, Tina Marie Jackson, said she ran out of dog food and she never provided bedding in the doghouses to keep the dogs warm. She did not offer an explanation for the decapitated dog.

Necropsies were conducted on all four dogs, and three were found to have no food in their stomachs, and the cause of death was ruled starvation. There could not be any determination on a cause of death for the dog with the severed head due to lack of evidence in the specimen.

“I am beside myself,” said Sheriff Richard Jones. “Owning one animal and treating it like trash is appalling but this woman had four. I am disgusted that these poor animals suffered and I am glad Ms. Jackson is behind bars.”

Jackson, 39, was arrested and charged with three counts of felony animal cruelty to companion animals. She is currently housed in Middletown City Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. Jackson is scheduled to be back in court Monday for a preliminary hearing.

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Parkland students march at Capitol calling for tighter gun control laws

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:14 PM

VIDEO: Florida Students March on Tallahassee

About 100 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School poured into the state Capitol this morning to call for tighter gun control laws in the wake of last week’s massacre on their school campus.

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The students arrived at a Tallahassee high school to extended applause late Tuesday after a 400-mile trip on three buses, The Associated Press reported.

The students told about 500 students and parents waiting for them that they are fighting to protect all students.
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Florida sheriff details proposal to arm teachers, school employees

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 1:52 PM

Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood. (Photo: WFTV.com)
Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood. (Photo: WFTV.com)

In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood wants certain teachers to be secretly armed with concealed weapons. 

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“The day of waiting for Tallahassee or Washington, D.C., to protect our kids is not coming,” he said

Chitwood provided more details on how this would work, saying it would be an extension of a program that’s been tested for the past year in Polk County. 

“That’s the only way you’re going to stop these guys, because they’re going to kill themselves,” Chitwood said. 

It would be modeled after the so-called Sentinel program. Candidates would become special deputies, who are screened and trained by officials with the sheriff’s office to stop any threat on campus. 

The Volusia County school superintendent said that is a conversation that needs to be had with the community and the school board. 

None of the five school board members returned requests for comment -- but parents in Ormond Beach had plenty to say. 

“If they’re armed, teachers might not go into the school,” said Brianna Clark, a parent. 

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