19-year-old wins $500,000 in lottery, gives it to his parents

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 6:20 PM

Teen Wins $500,000 In Lottery & Gives It To His Parents

One teen struck gold while playing the lottery in Lansing, Michigan, but instead of using the money to buy lavish gifts for himself, he decided to give most of the winnings to his parents.

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The Lansing State Journal reported that the 19-year-old won $500,000 playing Michigan’s Golden Wild Time scratch-off game after buying the ticket at a Sunoco gas station. He immediately decided to help out his parents by giving them the money, according to Michigan State Lottery officials.

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The Michigan state lottery website said the winner wanted to remain anonymous. 

“I’m going to keep about $5,000 for myself to invest, and I’m going to give the rest to my parents,” said the teen. “My parents have done so much for my sister and me, helping them takes a big weight off of their shoulders and mine.”

He said he’s glad he can help alleviate some of his parents’ financial burdens.

“It’s just incredible,” he said. “I can’t get the smile off my face.”

Missing Florida woman found because she saved her scent with kit

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 3:46 PM

Missing Florida Woman Found Because She Saved Her Scent With Kit

A Florida woman with dementia, who was missing for hours, was found within five minutes of a K-9 being dispatched all because she saved her scent. 

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Deputy Justin Williams and a K-9 named Ally tracked down the missing, endangered elderly woman Tuesday using a scent preservation kit she made two years ago. 

The kits require people to swab under their arms with a sterile pad and seal it inside a container. If the person ever goes missing, the unique smell captured can easily be tracked by a K-9. 

“The woman was returned home safely and K9 Ally was rewarded with a special treat, a tasty vanilla ice cream cone,” the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook

Facebook ads: How Facebook tracks more than your likes to target what you see

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 7:36 AM

5 Things About Facebook You Didn't Know You Could Do

Tech watchers have lifted the veil from Facebook, giving users a glimpse of how the social media giant tracks nearly everything that interests its customers.

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Facebook touts 1.32 billion active daily users and 2.01 billion monthly active users and the social media company knows that its users like more than crazy cat videos.

And the longer those billions of users stay on the site, the more data Facebook collects, using it to target advertising back to the users, The Next Web reported.

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But you can see what data Facebook sees by doing a little digging to find your ad preferences. 

Your ad preferences lists, click here

The page lists your interests broken down to news and entertainment, people and hobbies. It also remembers which ads and sponsored content you’ve clicked on. But it goes deeper than that. if you click on the box that says your information, then click your categories, Facebook knows what browser you use, what your political views are, if you travel and if you like to shop among other facts about your life.

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While you can edit some parts of the page, don’t think it will lessen the amount of ads that show up on a page. It will just take the ads targeted to your likes from the rotation, replacing them with more generic ones, The Next Web reported

You can also tell Facebook not to share your data with other companies, Reader’s Digest reported.

1 dead, 7 injured after ride malfunctions at Ohio State Fair

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 8:37 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 5:27 AM

Ohio State Fair Ride Accident Kills One, Injures Six

One person is dead and seven others were injured after a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday.

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The Associated Press reported that a swinging and spinning amusement park ride called the Fire Ball malfunctioned on the opening day of the fair. People were thrown into the air following the malfunction. At least seven people were injured.

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Battalion Chief Steve Martin, a Columbus Fire Division spokesman, said some or all of the victims were reported to have been thrown from the ride, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Martin told the AP that five of the seven people reported injured were in critical condition and two were in stable condition at area hospitals. The person who died, a man, was one of the people thrown when the malfunction occurred, Martin said.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said in a statement that he is “terribly saddened” about the accident and ordered fair rides were shut down pending additional safety inspections.

The Ohio State Fair tweeted a statement about the incident early Thursday.

The fair announced it will open gates at 9 a.m. Thursday, and other activities will resume as scheduled. 

Ohio State Fair ride accident: 5 things to know about the Fire Ball ride

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 5:07 AM

Ohio State Fair Ride Accident Kills One, Injures Six

A man was killed and seven people were injured while riding the Fire Ball at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus on Wednesday.

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Here are five things to know about the ride: 

1. The Ohio Department of Agriculture issued a permit for the Fire Ball to Amusements of America, a carnival operator, on Wednesday, according to state documents obtained by WHIO

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2. The Fire Ball swing riders 40 feet about the fair midway — the area where games, rides, entertainment and food booths are grouped — and spins them at 13 revolutions per minute, according to the company website

3. The state’s chief ride inspector, Mike Vartorella, said he and his four-person crew signed off on the Fire Ball. Vartorella called the Fire Ball "a spectacular piece" of equipment on Wednesday. 

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4. The Fire Ball received a “satisfactory” rating on its daily inspection report on Wednesday. The inspection report includes a total of 25 points of inspection that must be reviewed daily, including checking the attachment brackets on the seat, making sure the ride will not start with a seat fault light on, and checking operational controls, according to state documents obtained by WHIO.

5. The Fire Ball debuted in 2002 and is one of Amusements of America’s most popular thrill rides, according to the company’s website.