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WSU grad, Centerville football coach killed in crash

Updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 @ 3:22 PM
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 10:43 AM
By: Drew Simon -

An assistant coach for the Centerville Elks High School football team was killed in a crash on Interstate 70 that closed a portion of the highway for more than three hours Sunday morning.

Francois Hagenimana, 24, an alumnus of Centerville High School and a resident of Kettering, was driving west in the eastbound lanes on I-70 in a Toyota Scion when his vehicle collided head-on with a Honda Accord driven by Jason Fricke, 28, of Westerville around 3:09 a.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither driver had passengers.

"At this point in time the investigation does look like we did have somebody that was going the wrong way," said Lt. Matthew Cleaveland of the state patrol.

Several 911 calls were received before the crash from drivers reporting a wrong-way driver on the interstate, Cleaveland said.

It was unknown at press time whether alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.

Hagenimana was in his first year as an assistant coach with the Elks and had recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He wanted to become a Navy SEAL.

Hagenimana attended Ashland University, where he played corner and safety. He graduated in 2012.

Fricke is a 2010 engineering graduate of Wright State University. He was on I-70 returning to Westerville after visiting friends in the Dayton area, his friends told News Center 7.

Friends also said Fricke was a great friend and "was the kind of guy that would give the last dollar in his pocket and the shirt off his back just so he could bring happiness to someone else."

The speed limit on the stretch of I-70 was increased to 70 miles per hour in July. The change has not resulted in an influx in crashes along the interstate, but the State Highway Patrol will review a long-term study of crashes over time as the speed limits continue to change across the state, Cleaveland sad.

Under a new law, going into effect today, any roads designated as rural divided highways will now have a speed limit of 60 mph while rural expressways without traffic signals will have a speed limit of 65 mph. Rural freeways across the state will move to a speed limit of 70 mph.

"You can only imagine both vehicles going around the speed limit of 70 mph and when you get a head-on crash with those kind of speeds it's usually pretty bad," Cleaveland said.

After the initial impact, each vehicle veered right, sending one car into the wire barricade and the second into a grassy embankment. Both vehicles were heavily damaged in the wreck.

Valerie Carson, of the Cleveland area, was returning home from Kansas City, where her family had attended a funeral over the weekend. She was devastated to see the destruction.

"It just hurt me so bad, because I could only imagine that that person was either going home or maybe leaving home and may have said goodbye to a family member," Carson said. "Who knows that when you say goodbye, it could be the last time you say goodbye."

Carson, along with dozens of other drivers, sat in their vehicles on the highway while officials cleaned up the crash.

The Ohio Department of Transportation was summoned to the scene to place lighted arrow boards directing drivers off east I-70 at the U.S. 40 exit.

The highway was reopened to drivers just before 7 a.m.

Gennifer Flowers not formally invited to presidential debate, Trump campaign says

Updated: Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 4:43 AM
Published: Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 4:15 AM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Gennifer Flowers not formally invited to presidential debate, Trump campaign says
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UPDATE: Gennifer Flowers, who had a relationship with former President Bill Clinton, may not be invited to the presidential debate after all.

Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, weighed in on the controversy Sunday.

"We have not invited her formally, and we do not expect her to be there as a guest of the Trump campaign," Conway said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Meanwhile, on Fox News, Trump's running mate said Trump's tweet was just a joke.

"Gennifer Flowers will not be there," Republican vice presidential nominee and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said. "The tweet was actually mocking effort by Hillary Clinton and her campaign to distract voters."

ORIGINAL STORY: Hillary Clinton's campaign is firing back after rival Donald Trump threatened to bring a woman who had a relationship with former President Bill Clinton to Monday's presidential debate.

According to Politico, the Republican presidential nominee tweeted Saturday, "If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Jennifer [sic] Flowers right alongside of him!"

That tweet was later deleted and reposted with the correct spelling of Gennifer Flowers' name.

>> See the tweet here

Trump was responding to an earlier tweet from Cuban, a billionaire and Clinton supporter, who said he will be sitting in the front row at the debate.

>> See Cuban's tweet here

Flowers seemed game, writing, "Hi Donald. You know I'm in your corner and will definitely be at the debate!"

>> See her post here

Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri slammed Trump in a statement. 

"Hillary Clinton plans on using the debate to discuss the issues that make a difference in people's lives," Palmieri said, according to Politico. "It's not surprising that Donald Trump has chosen a different path."

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The Associated Press reported that it was "unclear whether Flowers would actually attend."


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WATCH: Jose Fernandez reunites with grandmother in heartwarming 2014 video

Updated: Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 4:14 AM
Published: Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 3:24 AM
By: Nicole Moschella

            WATCH: Jose Fernandez reunites with grandmother in heartwarming 2014 video
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) with his grandmother, Olga Fernandez, (center) after the game on Opening Day in Miami, Florida on March 31, 2014. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) (Allen Eyestone)

Grab the tissues.

In 2014, the Miami Marlins arranged for Jose Fernandez’s grandmother, Olga, to travel to the United States to see her grandson pitch in the major league for the first time in six years.

>> Watch the video here

During an interview, Fernandez talked about how much his grandmother meant to him while he was living in Cuba as a child. He showed off a tattoo he got in his mother and grandmother’s honor.

“My mom doesn’t know as much about baseball as my grandma. My grandma is a baseball freak,” he said. The interviewer than asked if he could send his grandmother a message, what he would say. “Everything that I do is for her. I am going to keep working hard and one day, hopefully, she is going to see me here.”

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He was very frank when asked what she would say to him if she were there: “I don’t think she would be here.”

As he talked in front of the camera, his grandmother and mother walked into the room and completely blew Fernandez away.

>> PHOTOS: Remembering Jose Fernandez

The two embraced for some time. “Oh, my God,” he said.

“I wanted to show her everything I did during the season, because she couldn’t be with me,” he said. He also revealed that it was his grandmother who taught him how to catch a baseball.

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Later, Olga witnessed her grandson with the Rookie of the Year award and saw him play baseball at Marlins Park. During the game, Fernandez joked that his grandmother would probably have some pointers for him after the game.

Fernandez died in the early hours of Sept. 25 after a boat he was riding crashed into rocks in Miami. He and the two other passengers died as a result of the crash.

Sports world pays tribute to Arnold Palmer, dead at 87

Updated: Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 2:54 AM
Published: Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 2:03 AM
By: WPXI-TV and FanBuzz

            Sports world pays tribute to Arnold Palmer, dead at 87
Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer dies at age 87

Arnold Palmer, one of the greatest golfers who ever lived, passed away at the age of 87 on Sunday night.

>> Golf legend Arnold Palmer dead at 87

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The sports world, stunned by his passing, expressed its sadness with heartfelt messages on social media. 

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Golf legend Arnold Palmer dead at 87

Updated: Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 2:54 AM
Published: Sunday, September 25, 2016 @ 6:57 PM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Golf legend Arnold Palmer died Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh of complications from heart problems. He was 87.

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Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed Palmer's death. Johnston said Palmer was admitted to the UPMC Hospital on Thursday for some cardiovascular work and weakened over the last few days.

"Today marks the passing of an era," said Johnston, Palmer's longtime agent at IMG. "Arnold Palmer's influence, profile and achievements spread far beyond the game of golf. He was an iconic American who treated people with respect and warmth, and built a unique legacy through his ability to engage with fans."

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Palmer ranked among the most important figures in golf history, and it went far beyond his seven major championships and 62 PGA Tour victories. His good looks, devilish grin and go-for-broke manner made the elite sport appealing to "Arnie's Army," golf fans and others. And it helped that he arrived about the same time as television moved into most households, a perfect fit that sent golf to unprecedented popularity.

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Beyond his golf, Palmer was a pioneer in sports marketing, paving the way for scores of other athletes to reap in millions from endorsements. Some four decades after his last PGA Tour win, he ranked among the highest-earners in golf.

"Thanks Arnold for your friendship, counsel and a lot of laughs," Tiger Woods tweeted Sunday night. "Your philanthropy and humility are part of your legend. It's hard to imagine golf without you or anyone more important to the game than the King."

He would hitch up his pants, drop a cigarette and attack the flags. With powerful hands wrapped around the golf club, Palmer would slash at the ball with all of his might, then twist that muscular neck and squint to see where it went.

"When he hits the ball, the earth shakes," Gene Littler once said.

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Palmer was part of golf's "Big Three," with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. His last PGA Tour title came in the 1973 Bob Hope Desert Classic. He won four times at the Masters, twice at the British Open and had one victory at the U.S. Open. The only major to elude him was the PGA Championship, where he was runner-up three times. He finished second in the U.S. Open four times and was inducted into theWorld Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.

Palmer was named "Athlete of the Decade" for the 1960s in a national Associated Press poll. Palmer, who helped found the Golf Channel decades later, also helped during the formative years of  the Champions Tour, where he won 10 times, including five majors.

"It is not an exaggeration to say there would be no modern-day PGA Tour without Arnold Palmer. There would be no PGA Tour Champions without Arnold Palmer. There would be no Golf Channel without Arnold Palmer," PGA Tour Commisioner Tim Finchem said in a statement.

On the golf course, Palmer was an icon not for how often he won, but the way he did it.

Palmer's lone victory at the U.S. Open came in 1960 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Englewood, Colorado. Palmer erased a seven-stroke deficit on the final day, shooting a final-round 65 to defeat Nicklaus by two shots. Six years later, he blew a seven-shot lead on the back nine to lose the U.S. Open to Billy Casper.

Palmer won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour four times, played on six Ryder Cup teams and captained the team twice. He said that the turning point in his career came when he won the 1954 U.S. Amateur title at the Country Club of Detroit.

The USGA tweeted that "we are deeply saddened" by Palmer's death, calling him "golf's greatest ambassador."

"I'm pleased that I was able to do what I did from a golfing standpoint," Palmer said in 2008, two years after he played in his last official tournament. "I would like to think that I left them more than just that."

"Arnie's Army," began at Augusta National with a small group of soldiers from nearby Fort Hood, and grew to include a legion of fans from every corner of the globe.

Palmer stopped playing the Masters in 2004 and hit the ceremonial tee shot every year until 2016, when age began to take a toll and he struggled with his balance.

But then, the standard he set went beyond trophies. It was the way he treated people, looking everyone in the eye with a smile and a wink. He signed every autograph, making sure it was legible. He made every fan feel like an old friend.

Palmer never liked being referred to as "The King," but the name stuck.

Nicklaus tweeted that he was "shocked to hear that we lost a great friend."

Palmer was equally successful off with golf course design, a wine collection, and apparel that included his famous logo of an umbrella. He bought the Bay Hill Club & Lodge upon making his winter home in Orlando, Florida, and in 2007 the PGA Tour changed the name of the tournament to the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Palmer was born Sept. 10, 1929 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the oldest of four children. His father, Deacon (who Palmer called Pap), became the greenskeeper at Latrobe Country Club in 1921 and the club pro in 1933.

Palmer joined the PGA Tour in 1955 and won the Canadian Open for the first of his 62 titles. 

Tom Callahan once described the difference between Nicklaus and Palmer this way: It's as though God said to Nicklaus, "You will have skills like no other," then whispered to Palmer, "But they will love you more."

Only four other players won more PGA Tour events than Palmer — Sam Snead, Nicklaus and Woods.

Palmer's first wife, Winnie, died in 1999. They had two daughters, and his grandson Sam Saunders plays on the PGA Tour. Palmer married Kathleen (Kit) Gawthrop in 2005.

Palmer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 by President George W. Bush. He has written several books, and a new one, A Life Well Played: My Stories, is scheduled for an October 25 release by St. Martin's Press. He revealed his secret for longevity, writing in his last book that "I can honestly say that my work ethic has been one key to living a long and happy life."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.