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Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 1:07 PM
HAMILTON — A CSX train is blocking the Laurel Avenue crossing in Lindenwald.
Due to an issue with the crew, the train may not be able to be moved for up to eight hours, according to a late morning social media post by Hamilton Police Department.
“Our Traffic division is aware of this and monitoring the situation,” according to the post. “Officers will handle it accordingly.”
Police suggest Belle Avenue as the closest alternate route past the train.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 3:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6:22 PM
TONIGHT: Cloudy, breezy and cold with temperatures falling through the 30s this evening, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. Chance of a few passing rain or snow showers before sunset, then a few flurries or snow showers possible into the early overnight hours. No snow accumulation expected. Drying out through the night with temperatures falling into the mid to upper 20s by morning.
WEDNESDAY: Another breezy and cold day for Wednesday. Temperatures will only reach the lower 30s for the afternoon, but feel like the 20s due to the winds. Clouds linger with a few flurries possible to redevelop late day into the early evening. No snow accumulation expected.
“Clouds will slowly decrease into the night, and it will be cold with temperatures falling into the lower 20s,” Vrydaghs said.
THURSDAY: A lot more sunshine on tap for Thursday, along with some milder temperatures. Winds will shift out of the south as high pressure takes over. Temperature will climb into the lower 40s for the afternoon.
FRIDAY: Plenty of sunshine to round out the work week and milder with highs near 50 degrees. Some more clouds arrive into Friday night as a cold front approaches from the northwest.
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy and breezy with showers developing. A mild day with highs around 50 degrees.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6:16 PM
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Camels were once prized across the Middle East for transportation, for use in war, for food and even as companions, as guides and partners. Now they’re prized for a whole different set of reasons, including their beauty and racing abilities, and are celebrated at annual camel festivals across the region.
But it was a little surprising when news reports began surfacing that at least 12 camels have been disqualified from a camel beauty pageant in Saudi Arabia after their handlers were caught using Botox on them.
Because a “perfect pout” is so valuable, camel owners will go to great lengths to ensure their camel has the proper assets, including “a full, droopy lip and large features,” The National reported.
“They use Botox for the lips, the nose, the upper lips, the lower lips and even the jaw,” Ali Al Mazrouei, 31, a regular at Gulf camel festivals and the son of a top Emirati breeder told the online site.
“It makes the head more inflated so when the camel comes it’s like, ‘Oh look at how big is that head is. It has big lips, a big nose,’” features the camels are prized for. They’re also prized for small ears and some handlers have been known to take matters into their own hands and perform plastic surgery on the ears to achieve a perfect ear.
It’s no wonder camel handlers are so serious about the appearance of their beasts and willing to risk disqualification to enhance their features: $57 million is at stake in prize money at this year’s festival.
Some 300,000 visitors have attended the second annual festival since it started in early January. It runs through the end of the month.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:12 PM
HONOLULU — Forgetting a password to a social media account can be embarrassing, and that memory lapse caused some anxious moments in Hawaii when a missile alert was sent by mistake.
When the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent the incorrect alert on Jan. 13, panic gripped the state. It took Hawaii Gov. David Ige 17 minutes to take to Twitter to reassure the public that the alert was a false alarm.
The reason, he admitted Monday, is that Ige forgot his Twitter password, The Washington Post reported.
“I have to confess that I don’t know my Twitter account log-ons and the passwords, so certainly that’s one of the changes that I’ve made,” Ige said after he gave his State of the State address, the Post reported.
There is NO missile threat. https://t.co/qR2MlYAYxL— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) January 13, 2018
The missile alert was sent at 8:07 a.m., and Ige was informed by the state’s adjutant general that it was false two minutes after it was sent, the Post reported. Ige posted to Twitter at 8:24, tweeting, “There is NO missile threat.”
The governor posted to his Facebook account 23 minutes after the alert was sent. Ige did not say if he had forgotten his Facebook login credentials, the Post reported.
“I was in the process of making calls to the leadership team both in Hawaii Emergency Management as well as others,” Ige told reporters Monday. “The focus really was on trying to get as many people informed about the fact that it was a false alert.”
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:53 PM
CAMPBELLSBURG, Ind. — A 14-year-old Indiana boy was accidentally shot and killed by his older sister Sunday as they and their father prepared to go target shooting.
Rex William Pruett was shot at his father’s home in Campbellsburg, a small Indiana town located about 50 miles northwest of Louisville, Kentucky. Rex, a seventh-grader at Orleans Junior-Senior High School, died a short time after his father rushed him to a hospital.
“The father received a phone call and, while he was on the phone, the daughter, in what appeared to be unintentional, shot her brother with a .22-caliber revolver,” Indiana State Police spokesman Chad Dick told The Times-Mail in Bedford.
Officials at the boy’s school, where his sister is a ninth-grader, said that extra counselors were brought in Monday to help students cope with the tragedy. Police investigators waited to release the boy’s name until those measures were in place.
“The first-period teachers had a written statement to read about the incident and then, for any students that need additional help, we have counselors standing by,” Orleans Community Schools Superintendent Gary McClintic told the newspaper.
Chris Stevens, principal of the siblings’ school, showed a news crew from WAVE 3 News in Louisville Rex’s locker, which was adorned Monday with photos and letters from his classmates.
“This does remind you quite a bit of Rex,” Stevens told the station. “There were a lot of tears and a lot of smiles today.”
Stevens said that faculty members and administrators have made it clear to students that the shooting was accidental. When Rex’s sister returns to class, they will offer her their support, he said.
Family and friends also offered the girl their support on Facebook, where she described her younger brother as “such a sweet little boy.”
“Much love, Rexy, much love. We will all keep you in our hearts,” the girl wrote.
Stevens described the rural community as one in which guns are part of everyday life.
“In our elementary, at the sixth-grade level, we have a gun safety course that all of our students are allowed to go through,” Stevens told the news station.
McClintic, who said he taught Rex’s father when he was a teacher, described the boy’s family as a good one that had been involved with Orleans’ public schools for multiple generations.
“It’s hard on the community, just as much as it is on the school,” McClintic told The Times-Mail.
Johnny Henderson, pastor of Lost River Missionary Baptist Church in Claysville, said that Rex and his family attended services there the morning of the shooting.
“He was an outstanding young man,” Henderson said.
The pastor said the Pruett family needs support, not criticism over the shooting.
“They need support and people to pray for them for peace and comfort,” Henderson said. “They still have a hard time going forward. They still have a funeral to go to.