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Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 8:46 PM
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio — In most cases, a coffee mug would suffice as a Christmas gift for a hard-working teacher.
But Mary Sommers of metro Dayton, Ohio said the teachers who taught her son this year deserved something a little more intoxicating.
“How many coffee mugs does a teacher need?” Sommers asked. “But who doesn’t need a glass of wine after teaching a kid like mine?”
Good thing her friend just happens to work at a printing company.
As a joke and a thank you, Sommers and her husband gifted their son Jake’s teachers at Ascension School in Kettering, Ohio with bottles of white wine with personalized wine labels reading: “Our Child Might Be The Reason you Drink So Enjoy This Bottle On Us.”
The Sommers’ oldest son, Daniel Joseph “DJ” Sommers, a sophomore at Ohio State University, posted a photo of the bottles on his Twitter page and the post went viral. So far, it has had more than 5,400 retweets and 36,000 shares.
Sommers said her son is not a bad kid, but he is “that kid.”
In Jake’s case, the buckeye didn’t fall far from the tree. Somemrs said she was “that kid” when she was a student at Ascension, too.
My parents always get our elementary school teachers a present around Christmas. Typically something small like a candle or flower to say thank you. This year they got them bottles of wine & replaced the labels with their own with my brother on them... Happy holidays pic.twitter.com/hErPgrjX44— DJ Sommers (@Sommers_DJ) December 18, 2017
“My four older siblings were good kids and it was hard to live up to that, so I didn’t try,” she recalled. “(Jake) always has something to say. He’s that kid.”
DJ and Jake both said they were surprised by how much attention the post has received.
DJ said he’s been contacted by a representative from “Good Morning America” and CNN, as well as television stations from around the country.
Besides being a fun joke, DJ said the wine was also meant as a gift for the teacher who has served his family.
His sister Sarah also attended Ascension. As an eighth grader, this is Jake’s final year.
“It is a farewell from my family,” DJ said.
For his part, Jake said he thought it was pretty funny.
“I guess my teachers deserve it (the wine),” he said.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 8:32 AM
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities are investigating a deadly home invasion in Gwinnett County.
Jacob Albright with the Gwinnett County Police Department told our partners at WSB Radio the victim was found dead at the home on Scholar Drive.
Albright said a husband, his wife and their 19-year-old daughter were tied up inside the home. When the husband tried to break free, he was shot.
"This is a shocker for us because this is a quiet neighborhood," said neighbor Matthew Cook.
Cook said he came home from church and saw police in front of his neighbor's home.
He was horrified to learn that police believe home intruders shot a husband in front of his family in the middle of the afternoon.
"I would be scared, I would be worrying about my family, and say just whatever you get want, just don’t hurt us," Cook said.
Police said two men in bright construction or traffic vests got into the home without any obvious signs of forced entry.
The victim has been identified as Miguel Osorio, 44.
Neighbors said they heard multiple gunshots then screams from the women in the house.
Cook said he didn't know the man who died but said this robbery never should have turned deadly.
"I understand he was scared and everything, but they didn't have to shoot him," he said.
Police said the suspects got into a car that already had a driver inside of it. The car is described as a gold or tan SUV.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 7:04 AM
ATLANTA — A Georgia woman accused of killing her two young sons and putting them in an oven entered a not guilty plea during her arraignment Monday.
Lamora Williams was silent while prosecutors read the 14 charges against her. Prosecutors believe she may have burned 2-year-old Ke’Younte Penn and 1-year-old Ja’Karter Williams to make it difficult to determine how she killed them. The boys were found dead in October inside their southwest Atlanta apartment.
Family members previously said Williams, a single mother of four, suffered from mental health disorders. Williams initially claimed she had left her children with a caregiver.
In February, a Fulton County grand jury indicted Williams on charges that included murder, aggravated assault and concealing a death. Through her attorney, she pleaded “not guilty” to four of those charges Monday. The remainder of the charges will be addressed at her next hearing, scheduled for March 30.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 11:51 AM
— Thursday, March 1, marked the first day of meteorological spring. Astronomical spring, on the other hand, won’t begin for another few weeks.
Confused? You’re not alone.
Here are some things to know about the two seasons:
What’s the difference?
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, meteorologists follow the meteorological seasons based on the annual temperature cycle, whereas climatologists follow astronomical seasons, which are defined by the Earth’s position in relation to the sun.
What are solstices and equinoxes?
Astronomical seasons are defined with two solstices and two equinoxes.
According to the National Weather Service, the summer solstice occurs the moment the earth’s tilt toward the sun is at a maximum and when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer. The sun is at its highest point in the sky anywhere north of the Tropic of Cancer. This is the longest day of the year in those areas.
The winter solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn and marks the shortest day and longest night of the year.
Equinoxes, on the other hand, are times of the year when the earth’s axis is tilted neither toward nor away from the sun. On these days, there’s almost an equal amount of daylight and darkness at all latitudes. But days are a little longer at the higher latitudes.
Approximately when do the solstices and equinoxes occur in the northern hemisphere?
Summer solstice: June 21
Winter solstice: Dec. 22
Vernal/spring equinox: March 21
Autumnal equinox: Sept. 22
When does astronomical spring begin?
Astronomical spring begins on the vernal or spring equinox, around March 21.
Which do we typically use to define seasons?
While people have long used the sun’s alignment and other natural phenomena to mark time, meteorological seasons are more closely tied to our calendar than the astronomical seasons. For example, meteorological spring includes March, April and May. Summer includes June, July and August. Fall includes September, October and November. And lastly, winter includes December, January and February.
Meteorological seasons are also more consistent compared to astronomical seasons.
Why do we typically use meteorological seasons for our civil calendars?
The exact dates of the solstices and equinoxes can vary between 89-93 days due to the earth’s elliptical orbit and whether or not it’s a Leap Year.
Due to the consistency of meteorological seasons (each season is roughly 90-92 days long), calculating seasonal statistics from monthly numbers is much easier. According to NOAA, this data is often used to understand trends in agriculture, commerce and more.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:34 PM
— Constance Petot didn't think twice about the push button starter on her car until it almost killed her and her toddler last Valentine's Day.
"He just went completely limp in my arms. It's the most terrifying moment in my entire life," said Petot.
The busy mom was ending her work day with a conference call as she was pulling into the garage of her parents' Florida home, where she was staying.
"As I came in I wanted the garage door to be closed when the conference call started so I went ahead and pushed the button to close the door," Petot said. "And I think in my head I just told myself I had pushed this button instead of that button."
The mistake sent carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas, flooding through their home as she got 13-month-old Parker ready for bed.
The car was still on after Petot left the garage.
"My son woke up around 12:30 a.m. and was screaming," Petot recalls.
She got out of bed to pick him up.
Petot thinks her son, Parker, may have had a headache because she now knows the level of carbon monoxide at the time was high enough to have killed them within about 20 minutes.
"Once I got dizzy, I knew I needed to get out of there," Petot said. "And walked down the stairs, opened the garage door and saw that the taillight was on."
A WSB-TV investigation has tracked more than two dozen injuries and deaths around the country connected to cars with keyless ignitions being left on, with families left wondering how this could happen.
Cars with keyless ignition have no key and are designed to start with the push of a button. But it is also easier to forget to turn off the car.
The family of Bill Thomason and Eugenia (Woo) Thomason say the couple likely never realized their mistake. Their Toyota Avalon ran inside their closed garage for 32 hours as they slept.
"We know that they went to bed that night and didn't wake up the next morning," said Will Thomason, who now lives in Atlanta.
His brother Dave Thomason also lives in the metro area, and they both rushed to Greenville, South Carolina, to get to their parents, but it was too late.
"By the time they were found they were essentially brain dead," said Will Thomason. "You can't prepare for something like this."
The sons say the active retirees had just renewed their wedding vows after 50 years and adored their five grandchildren, who they won't get to see grow up.
"Oh, it's been just absolutely terrible," said Dave Thomason. "We all know that people can get killed in car accidents due to different things, but a car sitting alone, basically doing nothing but running?"
The brothers said their pain is worsened by the number of times they've now heard the same story, with reported deaths and injuries connected to running cars around the country.
The Thomason family has filed a lawsuit against Toyota, which has already settled with several of the other families.
"Hell yeah, that makes me angry. I mean, we've lost our parents," said Will Thomason.
"Nobody is in the car, it's been running for however long. The car should have an automatic cutoff. I mean, to me that's a very easy fix," said Dave Thomason.
Records show since 2011 the federal government has been studying the need for an external alert to be placed on cars that have button ignitions, but has yet to require car companies to do anything to include an external alert.
"There's probably 25 other things that car makers do ... for safety. Well, this is a life and death safety thing and it seems to me that this is an easy thing for them to address, and they aren't addressing it," Will Thomason said.
WSB-TV tested more than a dozen of the most popular cars to see what happens when you leave them running and walk away with the key fob.
Most of the cars had a dashboard display that notes that the key fob has left the vehicle. Some even emit a low interior sound, similar to the one that reminds drivers to fasten their seat belts.
However, if a driver has left the vehicle, he or she wouldn't see that display or hear that warning. Very few of the cars made an exterior noise.
The loudest warning came from the Chevy Impala, which utilizes the car's horn.
Petot didn't hear the three low beeps her car made and she's lived with the guilt ever since.
"I absolutely take responsibility for what happened," she said. "And I think that it could happen to anybody."
But she said the price for being distracted or forgetful should not be death.
"We were incredibly lucky. We absolutely wouldn't be here," Petot said while watching Parker play in their new Marietta home. "He is definitely my little hero Valentine."
Petot said the day they moved in to their new home she purchased carbon monoxide detectors for each of the rooms.