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Giant bunnies make glowing Midwest debut in Hamilton

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 9:21 AM

Intrude - an art installation by Australian artist Amanda Parer is on display at Pyramid Hill through Oct. 15.

“Intrude,” an internationally acclaimed public art installation, made its Midwest debut Thursday night at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton.

The display is a spectacle-sized work of five giant illuminated rabbits, with the largest more than 23 feet tall.

The exhibition will be on display through Sunday, Oct. 15.

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A host of special events, exhibitions and activities are also planned to go along with “Intrude.”

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Jim Carrey surprises Jeff Daniels on ‘Conan’

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:24 PM

Jim Carrey (L) crashed Jeff Daniel's interview on
Jim Carrey (L) crashed Jeff Daniel's interview on "Conan" Tuesday night. (Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Hulu, Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)(Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Hulu, Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)

Actor Jeff Daniels was on “Conan” Tuesday night promoting his Hulu drama series “The Looming Tower” and had his interview crashed by his friend and “Dumb and Dumber” co-star Jim Carrey.

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Uproxx reported that Carrey was in the area and is gearing up to work with late-night host Conan O’Brien on his Showtime series “Kidding.”

CNN reported that O’Brien chatted with the two about working together on the 1994 comedy movie and it’s less-successful sequel. Carrey revealed that the duo’s performance as Lloyd and Harry drew praise from Dustin Hoffman.

“Dustin Hoffman called me and he said, ‘That is the most real relationship -- buddy relationship -- I’ve seen in movies in decades,’” Carrey said.

Watch Carrey surprise Daniels on “Conan” below. The interview contains a brief sexual innuendo and a censored expletive. 

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Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams engaged to pastor Chad Johnson

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

Singer Michelle Williams has announced her engagement to pastor Chad Johnson. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Red Light Management)
Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Red Light Manag
Singer Michelle Williams has announced her engagement to pastor Chad Johnson. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Red Light Management)(Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Red Light Manag)

Former Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams is getting married.

The 37-year-old singer is engaged to pastor Chad Johnson, 40, after a year of dating.

Williams and Johnson opened up to People about their love story, which began in March 2017 at a spiritual retreat hosted by Elevate International.

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Johnson, founder of Elevate International, led the retreat in Arizona and said he and Williams were in “very similar places on a personal level.”

“I was in a horrible, dark place,” Williams said. “I just needed to go somewhere where I could get a message of hope and restoration, rejuvenation — get connected to God.”

“Michelle was coming off the heels of a really bad relationship, and I was just in a place of despair as well,” Johnson, a professional sports chaplain who has worked with the Pittsburgh Steelers and L.A. Dodgers, said.

The two kept in touch after the retreat and progressed from texts to FaceTime calls.

“We spent almost three months without even seeing each other, just building a strong foundation on the phone and through FaceTime,” Johnson told People. “It was really built on friendship and communication.”

The two went on their first date at a wedding in the Dominican Republic, had their first kiss and decided to date officially.

“I told her, ‘I’ve been looking. I don’t want to look anymore. I’m done. My search is over,’” Johnson said.

A year to the day Johnson first reached out to Williams -- on March 21 -- the two got engaged. Johnson proposed with a 5-carat ring and a video of himself with members of Williams’ family.

“I started weeping and wailing when I see all these special people,” Williams said. “Towards the end of the video, something in my head said, ‘Pull yourself together! He’s about to propose! Stop all this crying!’”

Williams said she was drawn to her now-fiance because she could be herself with him, adding that Johnson calls her by her first name.

“My first name is Tenitra; my middle name is Michelle. I felt like I could be Tenitra; just ratchet, I didn’t have to have on any makeup, if I had to have on my hair bonnet — he just made me feel very safe in being myself,” she said.

The two plan on having a wedding this summer.

“It’s gonna be … think James Bond-meets-’Midsummer Night’s Dream’ — with a little hood in it,” Williams said. “It’s gonna be very traditional. We’re doing black-tie. We want it to be small and intimate and very private.”

Find out more about Johnson’s proposal and the couple’s love story at People.com.

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Prince remembered: Listen to audio from the singer’s final concert

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 11:12 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 11:12 AM

Prince - Through the Years

For Prince fans who attended the singer’s last public concerts at the Fox Theatre last year, their memories of the show serve as a snapshot of one of the pop icon’s final public moments.

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The singer, 57, died of a fentanyl overdose April 21, 2016, just one week after the two Atlanta concerts.

Related: Prince’s last concert was in Atlanta: Read a review

Even fans who weren’t able to attend the Piano and a Microphone shows can get a glimpse into what the acoustic sets were like.

Related: Toxicology report says Prince had ‘exceedingly high’ amount of fentanyl in his body when he died

Audio of the singer’s final public concert remains online via a recording that has been uploaded to Soundcloud.

We’ve also put together a playlist of the set list from the last show on Apple Music and Spotify. The playlists only feature the songs that the singer’s estate has allowed on streaming services and they’re not the acoustic versions that were performed during the concert.

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This former NFL player is tackling Dayton community problems head-on

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Former professional football player LaVar Glover has found success off the field. Video by Amelia Robinson

While most of his peers were pondering parties and first jobs, then University of Cincinnati student LaVar Glover had his eyes set on an NFL career and registering his 15-year-old brother in high school. 

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Glover, a Jefferson High School graduate raised partly in Residence Park, said it was helping his younger brother James Phillips get back on track that helped gear him towards a life of service when his 10-year career in professional football ended. 

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“I felt all those young guys were like my younger brother,” Glover, who operated The Glover Youth Program from 2009 to 2013, said. “If I can motivate him (my brother), I can motivate others.” 

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Archived 2010 photo: LaVar Glover founded Glover Youth Program, Inc. - a residential facility that catered to mentoring males between the ages of 12-17.(Kelli Wynn/Jim Witmer)

Through the nonprofit, Glover provided boys in foster care and/or a juvenile courts system with residential placement, mentoring, life skills development and therapeutic treatment services. 

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“I felt like I had always been a humble kid, that come from humble beginnings. Growing up with lack of resources and growing up poor makes you appreciate what you've got,” Glover said. “I was always comfortable in my own skin because I didn’t have much.” 

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LaVar Glover (right) is picured here in this 2002 photo with his brother James Phillips (left). At the time this photo was taken, Glover had just signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The two are standing at the Steelers office in Pittsburgh, PA. Photo submitted by LaVar Glover.(Kelli Wynn/Contributed photo)

During his career in football, Glover, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers before being signed by the Cincinnati Bengals and the Detroit Lions. 

Following a three-year stint in the NFL, he played seven years in the Arena and Canadian Football Leagues. 

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Dayton called him home when his football days were done. 

“I wanted to be around my family,” he said. 

He said he was nurtured in the community he grew up in, recalling Little League and going to the Wesley Community Center.

“I was familiar with the community. I had a community network,” he said. “Dayton was good to me.” 

We caught up with LaVar Glover, this week’s Daytonian of the Week. 

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LaVar Glover during his time with the Cincinnati Bengals

What do you do, and how did you get involved in Community Action Partnership? 

I am the Director of Self-Sufficiency and I facilitate and coordinate “Getting Ahead In a Just-Gettin’-By World” workshops in Montgomery, Greene, Preble and Darke counties. 

[The workshop] is about building resources for a better life for those living in poverty or unstable situations. In Getting Ahead, we study poverty and near poverty through the lens of economic class to better understand how our society and the economy work. In groups of 12-14 people, we investigate the impact that poverty and low wages have on our community and what it takes to move from a just getting-by world. The idea of “Getting Ahead” means action and movement- getting ahead of where we are now, toward a brighter future. 

 I first learned of CAP through my wife (Ivy), who previously worked for CAP in the Marketing Department. 

 Becoming the Director of Self-Sufficiency was a great fit for me. I genuinely care about helping others, I am a coach at heart, and I grew up in poverty. 

Daytonian of the Week LaVar Glover with his children, Matthew and Imani. (Submitted)

What superpower would you love to have? 

I would love to be able to fly like Superman. 

What do you love about life in Dayton? 

Dayton is small but impactful. 

What do you wish people knew about CAP? 

Daytonian of the Week LaVar Glover.(Submitted)

I wish people knew all of our services and the many counties we serve. CAP is an organization that helps people become more stable with a variety of programs. Our newest programs are the Legal Clinic, Transportation Services, and Getting Ahead. We also have free Tax Services and Computer Classes, to name a few. 

What is the most important thing you learned from your NFL career? 

Make every day count. 

What advice do you give to student athletes hoping to make sports a career? 

Be humble. Be coach-able and work beyond your limits in the classroom and on the field. Prepare for adversity and fall in love with the process of being the best person you can be. 

Daytonian of the Week LaVar Glover.(Submitted)

What is the last book you read? 

“The Magic of Thinking Big” by David J. Schwartz. 

Where do you go for a great time? 

Great times for me are spent with my family at our golf courses and bowling alleys. 

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What would you change about Dayton? 

I would like to rehab all of the abandoned buildings (downtown) and homes throughout the community. Also, I would like to change the negative stigma Dayton sometimes carry throughout the community. I’m ready for Dayton Public Schools to be recognized as a great school district again. 

What should people know about Dayton? 

Dayton is on the move with re-developing the downtown areas. Dayton has beautiful real estate and is prime for business opportunities. Dayton has many resources for people in need. 

LaVar Glover (back) with his family (left to right)Matthew, Imani, Ivy, and Lil Reggie(Submitted by LaVar Glover)

LaVar Glover (center in uniform) is pictured in this 2001 photo with University of Cincinnati Football Coach (left) Rick Minter, his brother James Phillips and his mother (right). Photo submitted by LaVar Glover.(Kelli Wynn/Contributed photo)

Derrick Shepard, William Waters, LaVar Glover, Avery Cunningham, Reggie Powers, JC Baker, Derrick Adams and Joy Baker (front)(Submitted by LaVar Glover)

Daytonian of the Week LaVar Glover.(Submitted)

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