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Shop at Kroger? How you can help Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Published: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 3:24 PM


            The Kroger Co. Foundation announced this week the commitment of $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank, America’s largest food bank serving 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties, to supply operational support and meals to families affected by the floods (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
The Kroger Co. Foundation announced this week the commitment of $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank, America’s largest food bank serving 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties, to supply operational support and meals to families affected by the floods (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

The Kroger Co. Foundation announced this week the commitment of $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank, America’s largest food bank serving 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties, to supply operational support and meals to families affected by the floods.

For every social share of the #KrogerCares post, the Foundation will donate $5 to the Food Bank, up to $100,000. Additionally, Kroger is inviting customers to join giving efforts by donating through in-store programs.

“We are quickly mobilizing our resources -food, dollars, vendors, community partners, customers and associates- to do our part to help the Greater Houston community and its residents during this devastating and unprecedented storm, ” said Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs. “We know that meals matter, and it’s imperative that we help feed and support Texans during this trying time.”

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Across the country, customers can visit select Kroger Family of Stores to make a cash donation that will benefit the American Red Cross. Kroger is also inviting its 443,000 associates to join the cause as well as support fellow associates in the Houston area affected by the storm through Helping Hands, an internal fundraising effort.

“Kroger is showing extraordinary compassion and commitment to our community by stepping forward so quickly with this gift to the Houston Food Bank,” said Brian Greene, president and CEO of the Houston Food Bank. “Kroger’s donation will help us where we need it most: securing trucks, forklifts and temporary staffing. These assets are vital and essential to the Food Bank. Without them, we are unable to move food into areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. We’ve never had to respond to such widespread devastation, so our need for operational help is higher than it’s ever been.”

Along with monetary giving, Kroger will continue to aid rescue organizations, shelters and first responders with food, water and toiletries. The mobile Kroger Pharmacy is en route to the Houston region to help refill customers’ prescriptions, provide immunizations, and perform blood pressure and glucose screenings.

“This storm has ravaged our city, but I know the heart and resilience of Houstonians: we can and will overcome this,” said Marlene Stewart, Kroger’s president of the Houston division. “Kroger is working tirelessly to help support recovery, rescue and relief efforts. We will be here every step of the way.”

Police warn of 'HITMAN' text scam

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:16 AM



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A text message scam known as "HITMAN" has been affecting Pennsylvania and other surrounding states

Whitehall police put out a warning after someone reported receiving a text message from an unknown sender claiming he was hired to kill her but wished to spare her life.

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Replying to the text message will let scammers know they've reached a live person, according to police. They will then start sending the victim personal information, such as children's names or work addresses, in hopes of receiving money from them.

Police say that all of that information is easily accessed through the internet and does not add to the threat.

If you receive one of these text messages, police say the best thing to do is ignore it.

You can also file a complaint with FBI-Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Meeting scheduled to explore plans for 25-A area

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:47 AM

Public meeting planned for developing I-75 interchange

A community meeting on the future of the County Road 25A area between Troy and Piqua will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Troy Junior High School, 556 Adams St.

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The Miami County commissioners hired Burton Planning Services earlier this year to help conduct a study of the future of the area bordered to the south by Troy, to the north by Piqua, to the west by Washington Road and to the east by the Great Miami River. 

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The area also includes the undeveloped area near Exit 78 of Interstate 75.

For more information, contact ROsgood@MiamiCountyOhio.gov or DSuerdieck@Miami-CountyOhio.gov.

Adorable CIA bomb-sniffing puppy retires early

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:08 AM



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An adorable 18-month-old black Labrador named Lulu retired from the CIA Wednesday

Lulu, who was in the fall 2017 puppy class, was learning how to detect explosive odors, but the job just wasn’t for her. So, she dropped from the program, according to the Central Intelligence Agency

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“Lulu was no longer interested in searching for explosives. Even when they could motivate her with food and play to search, she was clearly not enjoying herself,” the CIA said. “Our trainers’ top concern is the physical and mental well-being of our dogs, so they made the extremely difficult decision to do what’s best for Lulu and drop her from the program.”

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When dogs retire or drop from the program, their handlers get the option to adopt them, which happened with Lulu.

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Now the pup is spending her day sniffing out rabbits and squirrels instead of bombs. She also gets to eat snacks from dog dishes and chill with her new buddy, Harry. 

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“We’ll miss Lulu, but this was the right decision for her,” the CIA said. “We wish her all the best in her new life.”

4 Michigan city council members take knee during Pledge of Allegiance

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:04 AM

Ann Arbor City Council member Sumi Kailasapathy said her act of taking a knee was in response to racial inequality. Demonstrators in New York echoed the same sentiments in a recent rally.
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Ann Arbor City Council member Sumi Kailasapathy said her act of taking a knee was in response to racial inequality. Demonstrators in New York echoed the same sentiments in a recent rally.(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Four members of the 11-member city council in Ann Arbor, Michigan, took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance before Monday night’s meeting, MLive reported.

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Sumi Kailasapathy, a third-term council member, took a page out of NFL players’ playbooks and decided to make a statement protesting social injustice.

Kailasapathy asked several City Council members to join her in the protest and Chip Smith, Jason Frenzel and Chuck Warpehoski agreed. MLive reported.
"People tell me to go back to my country and I don't know how to tell them that this is my country, this is my home, and I work very hard to take care of and support my community. If I leave, where am I going to go? " Kailasapathy told CNN.


In a blog post, Warpehoski wrote, "I can't speak to what is in each person's heart, but for me to 'take a knee' is an act of attention, of concern, and of respect," MLive reported. He also said he didn't mean to offend anyone by his actions, let alone dishonor those who have sacrificed for this country.
Kailasapathy said she believes kneeling is not disrespectful.
"If you are someone who works hard to make your community and country a better place, you have the right to be treated with respect," she said.
Kailasapathy said she does not plan on kneeling again at a meeting anytime soon, saying she just wanted to get her point across.

Since being elected to the City Council in 2012, normally stands silent during the Pledge of Allegiance , often with her head down, MLive reported. She does not recite the Pledge of Allegiance and said in March that she had no plans to do so in the future, stressing that no disrespect was intended.

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