Super Bowl champion to speak at Miami University commencement in May

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 1:43 PM

Miami University held its 2016 Spring commencement ceremony Saturday, May 14 at Yager Stadium in Oxford. Jeff Sabo/Miami University
Miami University held its 2016 Spring commencement ceremony Saturday, May 14 at Yager Stadium in Oxford. Jeff Sabo/Miami University

An NFL player and Miami University alumnus has been tapped to speak at the college’s commencement.

Brandon Brooks, a guard for the Philadelphia Eagles, is set to address Miami graduates and families at the university’s spring commencement. The ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on May 19 at the university’s Yager Stadium.

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Brandon Brooks.(Staff Writer)

Brooks graduated from Miami in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He has since begun pursuing a master’s in business administration during the NFL’s off-season.

Brooks was “an integral part of the team that won the 2018 Super Bowl, according to the university. He was also named to the NFL’s Pro Bowl this season.

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He was a member of the 2010 Miami University football team that completed the single biggest turnaround in college football history going from 1-11 in 2009 to 10-4, a MAC championship and a Bowl title, according to Miami.

“I can never repay what Miami has done for me,” Brooks said during a visit back to Miami in 2016. “What it means to me is truly Love and Honor – love for the game, love for the school, love for the coaches and fans. And honor. It’s an honor to be able to come back to campus and give something back.”

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How to keep facebook from accessing your information 

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:21 PM

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data grab scandal started with a personality quiz app but it’s not the only Facebook App you should be worried about, according to tech experts. 

“You’ve probably given away a lot of information and unfortunately that information is used to manipulate people,” said Gayle Jenkins, the owner of DNA Computers in Kettering.

Jenkins found over 100 apps on her own Facebook account that have grabbed her profile information, friend list, posts, likes, or even photos she’s posted and photos she’s tagged in. 

A look at my phone revealed over 70 apps including “Apply Magic Sauce.”

According to their website, the app translates individuals digital footprints into psychological profiles. Jenkins showed me how to get rid of it. 


To remove or modify these Facebook Apps and quizzes using your phone:

Open the Facebook app

Click the menu (which is typically designated by three lines)

Select “account settings”

Click “apps”

Choose apps you want to delete 


To delete Facebook Apps on a desktop or laptop:

Log on to Facebook

Click the menu (the small triangle in the upper right corner)

Click “settings”

Click “apps” (located in a list on the left side of the screen)

Select an app 

Select the pencil icon to modify settings or click the “X” to delete the app


You can turn off all app access completely, but Jenkins recommends deleting apps one by one.

“if you scroll down past the apps there is a box where you can turn off Platform. Platform is the interface which allows Facebook to work with third-party websites and software. If you disable it, you can’t log into anything with Facebook anymore,” said Jenkins.

Jenkins warns of another big risk with access you grant these apps.

“If they collect enough information they could actually carry out a social engineering hack,” Jenkins said, “potentially answering your security questions or pretending to be you and call a company and request access to information about you.” 

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Dayton official: CareSource construction site fire ‘not dangerous’

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:15 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:07 PM

SKY7: Aerial footage of Caresource construction site fire

A downtown Dayton office tower being built to house to hundreds of CareSource workers caught fire Thursday, sending a large column of pitch-black smoke billowing, visible as far away as Troy and Beavercreek. 

Company officials said they do not expect the mid-day fire to delay next year's projected opening.

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Traffic in parts of downtown came to a standstill as officials blocked off streets for safety and as crowds formed to watch the spectacle. 

“Pieces of charred black material are floating off the building and landing on the street,” said Steve Brack, a GrubHub driver that was making lunchtime deliveries downtown.

Dayton fire officials said the fire appeared to involve foam roofing materials on the top of the six-story building, called CareSource Center City, located at East First and North St. Clair streets.

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The building will be first newly constructed office tower in downtown Dayton in about a decade.

According to Dayton fire officials, everyone was able to get out of the building safely, and the only people believed to have been inside at the time the fire started were construction workers.

The heavy black smoke rising over downtown may have looked dramatic, but the fire was not particularly large or hazardous, said Dayton fire Chief Jeffrey Payne.

“This wasn’t a dangerous fire because it was outside and well ventilated,” he said.

The fire started shortly after noon on Thursday and was basically extinguished within 90 minutes, officials said. The fire would have been knocked out much sooner if it had not been six stories up.

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Caresource fire

Foam insulation stacked on top of the building apparently caught fire when work being done underneath it heated and ignited the materials, said Payne. 

The biggest danger was that the burning foam would melt or warp the metal decking and overheat the supports, potentially leading to a collapse, he said. 

But though some of the metal decking did warp, no parts of the structure collapsed, Payne said.  

Crews put out the fire using the 137-foot aerial ladder truck. Firefighters also cooled the decking and hit hot spots with hoses. 

Troy Erbes, vice president of the company constructing the new building, said all employees and construction workers are accounted for and there were no injuries.  

“We had an incident on the roof of the building,” said Erbes, VP of Danis. “Some roof insulation caught on fire.”

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A time-lapse of the fire in downtown Dayton

Erbes said they are working to determine what ignited the fire. Danis and fire staff plan to sit down to discuss best construction practices and go over how to avoid future issues, fire officials said. 

CareSource’s operations were not affected by the fire, and the organization does not believe the fire will delay the construction or opening of the new building, said spokeswoman Fran Robinson.  

CareSource said in a statement it still planned to open its new downtown Dayton campus in the spring of 2019.  

Construction started last year on the building, which is expected to house more than 600 employees.  

“Family and friends of those who work in our four CareSource buildings in downtown Dayton should know that the fire did not approach any of our other buildings,” Robinson said. 

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The new tower is being built at the site of the former Patterson Co-op High School on the 100 block of East First Street. 

CareSoure has become a major employer in Dayton, anchoring downtown with its employment base of nearly 2,000 workers.  

Along with its 230 N. Main St. headquarters, CareSource bought a building it had been leasing called Ballpark Village, across from Fifth Third Field.

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Tipp City: Middle school student made threats against 2 adults, building

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:08 PM

The Tipp City Exempted Village Schools said Thursday that a middle school student faces misdemeanor charges including aggravated menacing and disorderly conduct after allegedly making written comments threatening intent to harm two adults within the building and to cause building destruction. 

Tipp City police were notified and are investigating the incident. There were no injuries. 

“The Tipp City Police Department does not deem the student to be an immediate threat to students, staff, or the community,” Superintendent Gretta Kumpf said in a written statement.

Kumpf said the district emphasized the police were confident there is no additional threat of harm from the incident. She said the student will remain out of school during the investigation. 

Police said the threats were found in a classroom, turned over to administrators and a suspect identified. The juvenile admitted to writing the threats, police stated.

Police said charges were filed after contact with Miami County prosecutors. The student is charged with two counts of aggravated menacing and one count of disorderly conduct.

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Girl, bored with sister’s soccer game, makes 65-million-year-old fossil find

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

Girl Discovers 65-Million-Year-Old Fossil During Sister's Soccer Game

An Oregon girl decided digging in the dirt was more her speed than watching her big sister’s JV soccer game. And that decision turned into a major discovery.

Naomi Vaughan found something that she called her “Moana rock” after it reminded her of the Heart of Te Fiti from the hit Disney film, last year, CNN reported.

The “Moana rock” turned out to be something that dated back at least 65 million years.

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It was actually an ancient fossil called an ammonite. Ammonites are extinct marine invertebrates, CNN reported.

Paleontologists told Oregon Live that they’re not normally found in Bend, but have been discovered more than 80 miles away.

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One paleontologist believes it came from an area further away, a town of Suplee, 112 miles east of Bend, Oregon Live reported. He believes that either there was a family connection between the two towns or that the fossil came from a school collection. 

And while well-preserved ammonite fossils can fetch big bucks -- up to thousands of dollars, Vaughan’s sample may be worth about $10 or $20.

Vaughan plans on keeping her find, Oregon Live reported.

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