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Pin-ups won’t be removed from historical planes

Published: Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 6:12 PM
Updated: Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 6:12 PM

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An Air Force wide directive to find and remove inappropriate pictures, objects or other materials from work spaces and gathering sports won’t impact exhibits at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the base commander at Wright-Patterson said.

“I think the tradition and history at the Air Force museum is just that,” Col. Cassie Barlow, commander of the 88th Air Base Wing, said Friday. “That’s our history. We’re not going to go back and change those things because that’s part of our history and that’s an important part of our organization. I think the museum will keep the displays that they have just as they are.”

The museum’s collection has several aircraft with nose art of pin-up models. For example, a World War II-era B-24D Liberator bomber on display shows a pin-up model reclining in a blue dress and a profanity used in the name of the plane.

Perhaps the museum’s most famous plane, the B-17 Flying Fortress the Memphis Belle, also features a pin-up model. The bomber is under restoration in a hangar. Leather jackets, paintings and drawings in the public galleries have pin-ups, too, according to the museum.

In a statement to the Dayton Daily News, the museum acknowledged it occasionally received complaints about the artwork.

“At such time when an inspection is complete, the museum staff will make a reasonable assessment before any actions are taken,” the statement said. “Some aircraft and artifacts contain historical art, which the museum is professionally obligated to accurately represent as part of Air Force history.”

Aircraft nose art is a long tradition when crews would personalize aircraft with nicknames, symbols or artwork, the museum said.

The museum is part of a wide search of gathering spots on Wright-Patterson, one of the Air Force’s largest bases with 29,000 military and civilian personnel.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh called together about 200 commanders to Washington, D.C., on Nov. 28 to order a search of all Air Force installations to remove inappropriate materials, Barlow said.

The inspections are meant to “re-inculcate” the Air Force’s core values of integrity, service before self and excellence, she said.

“That’s what we owe the American people,” the base commander said. “We owe that culture in our United States Air Force of professionalism. We owe every airmen that culture of professionalism.”

The commanders’ meeting last month followed allegations of sexual misconduct or unprofessional behavior involving military training instructors and recruits at the Air Force’s enlisted boot camp at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. The Air Force’s top leaders also sent a letter to airmen last month the service anticipated 700 sexual assaults this year, or 100 more than the previous year, Air Force Times has reported.

White Allen seeks changes to 2nd dealership planned near Dayton Mall

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 3:17 PM

            White Allen is a building a Volkswagen dealership just north of the White Allen European Auto Group on Ohio 741 in Miami Twp. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF PHOTO
White Allen is a building a Volkswagen dealership just north of the White Allen European Auto Group on Ohio 741 in Miami Twp. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF PHOTO

An automobile dealership is seeking changes to plans for a second business under construction on Ohio 741 near the Dayton Mall.

White Allen wants to add two access points on the southern portion of the 3.2-acre site next to its European Auto Group across from Cox Arboretum, according to Miami Twp.

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The major modification to the final development plan of the Volkswagen dealership also calls for reducing the number of parking spaces, and changing the site and landscaping to the estimated $3 million project, township records show.

The proposed changes set to go before the Miami Twp. Zoning Commission Tuesday night seek to alter a plan the commission and trustees approved last year.

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The 20,200 square foot dealership is targeted for completion this spring, according to the company.

Upon completion, it would add to an automobile sales corridor near the mall that includes four Matt Castrucci lots on Mall Park Drive, Walker Toyota on Ohio 741 just south of the mall and Interstate Ford on Ohio 725 west of Interstate 75.



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Sorry, parents, one of this year’s hottest toys for Christmas is already selling out

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 8:48 PM

2017's Hottest Christmas Toy Already Selling Out

It’s mid-October. Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?

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If not, you may already be too late to snag one of this year’s hottest toys.

The L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise, which is sold at major retailers such as Target, Walmart, Toys ‘R’ Us and and is the equivalent of last year’s Hatchimal, is already nearly impossible to find.

So what is an L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise, you ask? Honestly, I have no idea. The L.O.L. Surprise brand taps into the insanely popular unboxing movement by allowing children (frequently elementary-school-age girls) to peel back numerous layers of surprises, such as stickers, charms and outfit accessories, before uncovering a collectible doll. The brand has been topping sales charts since it debuted in 2016.

According to the L.O.L. website, its latest offering, the Big Surprise, “provides the ultimate unboxing experience” with “50 never-before-seen surprises inside.” All of those surprises are packaged neatly inside a large, glittery copper ball that can double as a purse and is sold for $69.99.

If you can find it, that is. It’s currently sold out on, and, but you can buy it from third-party retailers on However the sales prices there start at $114.

Think you’re the only one who may have missed out? Never fear. Apparently it’s an international ordeal.

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Propane torch used to kill spiders may have sparked mobile home fire

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 8:42 AM

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A mobile home fire in Arizona may have started when a man tried to kill spiders with a propane torch, officials said.

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According to KVOA, the blaze broke out Sunday night at the home on East Blacklidge Drive in Tucson, fire officials said. An elderly woman received minor injuries when she was carried from the home, which was seriously damaged in the fire, Tucson News Now reported.

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Firefighters believe the man had been torching spiders and their webs, according to KVOA.

The man and woman have been displaced and are receiving aid from the Red Cross, KVOA reported.

2nd Street Market reveals decision on Sunday hours

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 8:02 AM

2nd Street Market to bring back Sunday hours.

Customers of the 2nd Street Market will be able to shop its vendors on Sundays again — although they’ll have to wait a while to do it.

Officials with Five Rivers MetroParks — which operates the 2nd Street Market at East Second and Webster streets in downtown Dayton — announced on the market’s Facebook page that a trial run held this summer was successful, and as a result, they will bring back Sunday hours starting June 3, 2018, and will extend those expanded hours through Dec. 31, 2018. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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The announcement was widely praised by the market’s Facebook followers, although at least two questioned why it would take more than seven months to bring back the Sunday hours.

“We have to wait until June? Boo!” one commenter said.

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Trevor Hagedorn, business operations manager for Five Rivers MetroParks, said the expansion to Sunday hours will coincide with the return of the market’s outdoor farmers’ market in June. The delay, Hagedorn said, will give vendors time to gear up to add a fourth day of operations. The market is also open Thursday through Saturday year-round.

“We want to do it well,” he said.

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This Summer Sunday Trial Run was an overwhelming success with both vendors and customers, according to surveys taken by Five Rivers MetroParks officials. The response “exceeded our three key performance indicators related to attendance, customer satisfaction and vendor sales expectations,” Hagedorn said.

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Sundays drew an average of 1,592 visitors the the market, about 50 percent more than Friday’s average attendance of 1.083, and 84 percent higher than average Thursday attendance of 867. Saturdays remain the market’s busiest day, drawing an average attendance of 4,534.

Nine out of 10 vendors reported that Sundays were profitable, and 86 percent of vendors from the pilot program plan on being a Sunday vendor in the future, according to the MetroParks surveys.

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And when customers were asked, “What can we do to improve your Market experience?” the number one reply was to stay open regularly on Sundays.

For more information, check out the 2nd Street Market Facebook page.