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Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 11:29 AM
— It’s a better-than-safe bet that sports betting will become an issue for Ohio lawmakers at some point.
But they will most likely take up the issue at their own pace. After Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling allowing states to make laws allowing sports betting, Southwest Ohio legislators don’t think Ohio will take any action quickly.
Sports betting today is illegal in Ohio. Even after the new Supreme Court ruling, states are free to allow or disallow wagering on sports.
In Ohio today, however, the General Assembly already has a full calendar from here to Memorial Day, said Ohio Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg. A vote for a new Ohio House speaker was set for Tuesday.
“There are other things that are top of mind,” Antani said.
“We can work up a bill as fast as the General Assembly wants to move,” said Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Twp. “But I think I know my colleagues well enough to say that they will be thoughtful, they will be deliberate in their process here.”
“This is a clean slate,” Coley added. “We can move in any direction people want to move.”
However, he identified three immediate “major” concerns with sports betting.
Consumer protections should be in place, so that the books who take bets are clearly able to pay winners, he said.
Legislation must somehow attempt to address “problem gaming” and addiction to gambling, Coley said.
And he added, “You don’t want to damage the brand that sports has.” Legislation must address the concerns that some will have of athletes “throwing games” or of gambling influencing performance.
Plus, state government will need to collect taxes and handle an array of other imperatives.
“Something as big as this is not something we should do quickly,” Antani said. “We should take our time, vet the issue, talk to members of the public — and we should talk with the different sports franchises and see what they want to do as well.”
Added Antani: “If we’re going to do this, it should be done right.”
Coley said he expected that he and his colleagues will have a “cursory discussion” on the issue Tuesday or Wednesday.
“It’s kind of all over the map,” Coley said. “People who are strongly for it, people who are strongly against it.”
There’s also the question of technology. Coley expects some states will allow people to bet with their mobile phones.
“It’s important for us to hear from the public,” Antani said. “We as legislators are representatives of the people.”
Antani said he has heard only “a little” from constituents and colleagues on the issue. “A couple of people have made some Pete Rose jokes.”
As new as it is, the issue is already creating division. Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray has said he would consider allowing sports betting, while a spokesman for current Gov. John Kasich has indicated that the issue is not a priority for him.
Greene County’s Mike DeWine, the Republican candidate for governor and Ohio’s attorney general, has typically opposed expanding gambling in Ohio, a spokesman for DeWine has noted.
Penn National Gaming, which owns the Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway racino — one of Penn’s four Ohio casinos — released a statement saying the company was pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision to end the federal ban on sports betting.
“Sports betting could be another amenity at our Hollywood properties and help generate additional visitation, as well as drive incremental tax revenue for Ohio,” Penn said in a statement e-mailed to this media outlet. “We welcome the opportunity to discuss legal sports betting with legislators in Columbus and other key stakeholders.”
Gambling is already big business in Ohio. Statewide gaming revenues totaled $71.8 million in April, up less than a percent from 2017.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 2:58 PM
— Delta’s Indianapolis-to-Paris flight begins Thursday.
Delta, with joint venture partner Air France KLM, last year announced that it will bring nonstop trans-Atlantic service from Indianapolis to its European hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle starting May 24, 2018.
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“Indiana and the Indianapolis metropolitan area have long been an important part of our route network and we are honored that Delta will be the first U.S. carrier to take Indiana nonstop to Europe,” Bob Cortelyou, Delta’s senior vice president-network planning, said in the announcement last September.
Delta offers service from Indianapolis to 13 destinations and 37 peak-day departures, the airline said. With the new service to Paris, customers from across the Hoosier State and the region will have one-stop connections at Paris-Charles de Gaulle to more than 100 destinations in Europe, Africa, Middle East and India.
Delta’s on-board experience between Indianapolis and Paris will be on Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, equipped with 25 fully lie-flat seats in Delta One, 29 seats Delta Comfort+ and 171 seats in the Main Cabin.
Every seat has access to wi-fi, free personal in-flight seat-back entertainment screens as well as power ports. Complimentary meals and beverages will also be provided in all cabins of service.
Delta’s Indianapolis-Paris service will be scheduled to operate as follows:
DL500 Indianapolis (IND) at 6:20 p.m. Paris (CDG) at 8:45 a.m. (next day)
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 8:16 AM
— It’s time to book your next vacation.
Discount airlines flooded regional airports with cheap, new flights to destinations across the world. WOWair, Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air added new flights in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton — lowering airfare for eager travelers in the region. There are plenty of cheap flight options to take advantage of this summer.
» WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: How to book cheap flights
Here are five of the best flight deals this news organization found at local airports:
1. Head to the beach from Dayton
The ocean is calling. Book a ticket from the Dayton International Airpot to Punta Gorda Airport in Florida for a week-long beach vacation. From Monday, June 18 to Monday, June 25, travelers can pay as letter as $185 round-trip for a ticket on Allegiant Air. Allegiant flights to Punta Gorda are available on Mondays and Fridays.
» Your next weekend trip: 20 things to do, see, eat in Cincinnati
2. Jet off to Iceland for less than $300
It’s cheaper than ever to hitch a flight overseas from a local airport. Icelandic discount airline WOW air introduced service at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport earlier this month. Leave the Cincinnati airport on July 4 at 12:50 a.m. Your WOW basic ticket to Reykjavik, Iceland will cost you $109.99. You’ll leave Iceland on Wednesday, July 25. Your ticket home will cost you $159.99. You spend a total of $270 on your roundtrip travel.
3. Spend some time in the Lone Star State
Frontier is offering one-way fare to Austin, Texas from Columbus for as low as $59 if you purchase the tickets by May 31. The deal is valid on tickets for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Frontier offers best deals on their website every week.
4. Bon voyage! Paris is waiting for you
You can actually afford international travel if you look for the right deals. Head off to Paris from Cincinnati with WOW air. You can leave July 30 and return Aug. 13. Your roundtrip fare could be as cheap as $610. WOW air fare varies by date so make sure to shop around to get the best deal.
5. Go to Myrtle Beach for less than $100
Fly from the Dayton International Airport to Myrtle Beach for as low as $100 roundtrip in July. Allegiant serves several cities from Dayton including: Daytona Beach, Orlando and Tampa, among others.
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Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 11:11 AM
— The University of Dayton will soon build another campus building, this one expected to serve as home to the Dayton Development Coalition, the Dayton Foundation and the college’s Fitz Center for Leadership in Community.
This is not just another campus building, but a new structure in the southern part of the city that has long been ripe for development potential — and has seen plenty of development already.
Here are four things to know about the announcement:
The to-be-constructed building at 1401 S. Main St. will be located between Emerson’s Helix Innovation Center and Universal 1 Credit Union. It will be 38,000 square feet and will include offices for each organization along with shared meeting spaces, according to UD.
The university plans to launch construction this year. Once construction starts, the new facility will take only a year to build, said UD provost Paul Benson.
2. The process is far along
But it’s not quite final yet. The last details are being worked out.
Both the foundation and the development coalition have signed letters of intent to lease space in the new facility, UD said Friday. Both the foundation and the coalition are today located downtown in the Kettering Tower, Dayton’s tallest building.
The new building will put the coalition within steps of General Electric’s $51 million EPIScenter, which opened in 2013, and Emerson’s $35 million Helix Innovation Center built in 2016.
3. Growing is what UD does
Building and expanding have become UD hallmarks in nearly the past two decades.
We are proud to further partner with @DaytonFdn and the Dayton Development Coalition, now under one roof. A new academic and office facility at 1401 S. Main St. will house these community partners and the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community. Read more: https://t.co/ysM4ZchlL8 pic.twitter.com/eCjCIitDvX— University of Dayton (@univofdayton) May 18, 2018
Land purchases more than a decade ago set the stage for the EPIScenter and the Emerson Helix buildings.
In 2005, UD — then under the leadership of UD President Daniel Curran (today, UD president emeritus) — finalized the purchase of 49 acres of NCR Corp. property for $25 million. The property ran from Brown Street to the Great Miami River.
Then, more than four years later, UD purchased 115 acres, including NCR’s former world headquarters at 1700 S. Patterson Blvd. and the 48-acre Old River Park property, for $18 million.
That land today is home to UD’s second biggest building (the former NCR HQ) and is considered the university’s “River Campus.”
By 2009, UD had already invested more than $200 million in new construction and renovation just in the past decade.
4. The former fairgrounds are nearby
Meanwhile, the just-announced building will be close to the former Montgomery County Fairgrounds off South Main, across from Miami Valley Hospital.
UD and Premier Health jointly own those fairgrounds — and the future awaits that property.
The 38-acre fairgrounds redevelopment is one of the most anticipated projects in recent Dayton history. Though Premier and UD have not made a final decision for the fairgrounds, they’ve proposed a number of ideas that include housing, retail and green space.
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 9:59 AM
— Three big Ohio cities are among the top 10 cities with the most workers seeking to move to jobs elsewhere, according to a list from Glassdoor, a job and recruiting web site.
Cincinnati is No. 9 and Cleveland is No. 10 on that list, according to Glassdoor. Columbus finds itself ranked at No. 6.
A city in Rhode Island led that list of the most workers applying elsewhere for employment, the company said.
“The college town of Providence, R.I. topped the list of cities with the highest percentage (52.2 percent) of candidates in the metro applying for jobs elsewhere,” the site said. “Specifically, this means that more than half of job seekers in Providence are applying to jobs in other areas.”
The percentage of job seekers in Cincinnati applying for jobs in others cities was 36.2 percent, according to Glassdoor. In Cleveland, that percentage was 35.3 percent. Columbus — home of course to Ohio’s biggest university, Ohio State University — the percentage was 41.4 percent.
One of the cities to which job-seekers in Cincinnati were most likely to apply, interestingly, is Dayton, according to the study.
In fact, among the top 10 job destinations for applicants in Cincinnati is Dayton, the study said, second only to New York City.
The top two hoped-for destinations among job seekers are San Francisco, California and New York City, the study claims.
Glassdoor said the information is based on applications on its own web site, based on a sample of more than 668,000 online job applications started on Glassdoor from January 8 to 14 this year, for the 40 largest metro areas in the United States.