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Published: Saturday, June 17, 2017 @ 8:48 AM
— Olympian Michael Phelps may have met the challenge of his lifetime.
For Shark Week, the Discovery Channel is presenting, "Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White." The event description is full of the hyperbole one would expect for Shark Week: "The world's most decorated athlete takes on the ocean's most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark — the race is on!"
The news release about the special was short on details, so it is unclear how the winner of 23 Olympic gold medals will participate in the event, but the hype alone will attract viewers.
The race will air July 23 at 8 p.m.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:20 PM
— 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.
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!’”
Destiny Fulfilled! Everything to Know About Newly Engaged Michelle Williams' Fiancé, Pastor Chad Johnson https://t.co/kWvsL94NfK— People (@people) April 19, 2018
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.”
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 11:12 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 11:12 AM
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.
Audio of the singer’s final public concert remains online via a recording that has been uploaded to Soundcloud.
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— 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.
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.
“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.”
>> RELATED: Pro football player Glover aims to inspire youth (June 7, 2010)
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:42 AM
— Former “Dance Moms” reality TV star and Pittsburgh native Abby Lee Miller has been diagnosed with cancer.
Doctor’s originally thought she had a severe infection. Miller is not out of the woods from the surgery yet and doctors said she plans to start chemotherapy and radiation soon.
Miller was recently transferred from federal prison to a reentry center in March.
She had been serving her sentence at a medium security prison in Victorville, California.
Miller was sentenced a year and a day in prison for bankruptcy fraud.
Investigators said Miller brought nearly $120,000 in Australian currency into the United States and not reporting it.