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Popular UD bar is literally about to ‘go solar’

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 11:51 AM

Flanagan's hopes to set a trend with its solar sandwich. Video by Amelia Robinson and Jim Ingram

A Dayton bar will soon have a 16,500 watt gift from the sun. 

Colin Pohlman, the owner of Flanagan’s Pub has been plugging away on plans for solar rooftop since buying the legendary Dayton bar nearly two years ago. 

If all goes as planned, Icon Solar of Milford will soon begin construction on the 60-panel system soon at the establishment located at 101 E Stewart St. near the University of Dayton.  

The permits were approved today. 

“Within two weeks time we could be operational,” Pohlman said.

He said the company can install the panels in as little as a day.  

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“We pretty much pulled out all the stops. This is going to be an massive array,” Pohlman said. “It going to be impressive when it is done.”

>> Flanagan's Pub changes ownership

Pohlman did not disclose the cost, but said the expense was in the five figures. 

The project is expected to pay for itself in about seven years and save the bar roughly 20 percent in its electricity costs annually. 

“Over time, the savings really add up,” Pohlman said.

Flanagan’s is the first bar to take on a solar roof project of this large of a scale, its owner said. 

>> Solar panels now operating at Antioch

Besides saving money, the project also continues in the tradition of giving back, started by pub founder Pat Flanagan, Pohlman said. 

“I think it is also inspiring,” he said. “People like to patronize businesses they know are paying back to the community and the environment.”

Pat Flanagan supported police and firefighters’ causes.  

The solar panel project is partly funded by the sale of hundreds and hundreds of “Solar sandwiches,” a combination of steak on Texas toast topped with provolone, cheddar and nacho cheeses for just $6.50.

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The solar panels are just one of the improvements Pohlman has made to Flanagan's. 

>> PHOTOS: St. Pat’s lunch crowd at Flanagan’s Pub

“We are kind of upgrading at a breakneck pace, but I am always happy to put money back into the building and business to see it succeed,” Pohlman said. 

The last change came yesterday when Flanagan’s closed for a day to replace its old bottle cooler system. 

“The old one was a relic from the ‘60s. I am surprised it survived this long,” Pohlman said. “They were tanks. They were very difficult to get out, but they served their purposes. They were good to us.”

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Judge forces David Copperfield to reveal 'Lucky #13' magic trick

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:09 AM

David Copperfield was ordered by a judge to reveal the secret of his signature Lucky #13 trick.
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David Copperfield was ordered by a judge to reveal the secret of his signature Lucky #13 trick.(Christian Alminana/Getty Images)

David Copperfield was forced to shatter his most famous illusion.

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The famed magician was ordered in court Tuesday to break the Magicians Oath in court Tuesday, the BBC reported. A judge ordered Copperfield to explain one of his most famous tricks -- the Lucky #13 -- during a trial involving a man who claimed he was injured during the stunt.

British tourist Gavin Cox, 58, filed a negligence lawsuit against the illusionist, Time reported. Cox claimed he fell while participating in the Lucky #13 trick at the MGM Grand Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in 2013, the BBC reported. In the trick, Copperfield makes 13 audience members, chosen at random, disappear on stage and then reappear at the back of the room, the BBC reported. 

Cox told NBC News that he has suffered chronic pain and brain injury and has spent more than $400,000 on medical bills.

Copperfield’s attorney argued that revealing the secret would be financially detrimental, but a Las Vegas district court ruled against the magician

A Las Vegas district court rejected Copperfield’s defense, which argued that disclosing the secret behind the trick would be financially detrimental to him. He was ordered to explain how the trick was done.

Spoiler alert: Copperfield’s executive producer testified that when the curtain falls, the 13 volunteers are taken through passageways that circle the MGM building. They exit the building and then re-enter at the back of the theater, Time reported.

“There was a duty by the defendants to provide a safe environment to the audience participants,” Cox’s lawyer, Benedict Morelli, said in the opening statements.

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'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller diagnosed with cancer, doctors say

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:42 AM

‘Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller Sentenced To Prison

Former “Dance Moms” reality TV star and Pittsburgh native Abby Lee Miller has been diagnosed with cancer.

People Magazine is reporting Miller has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma a day after undergoing emergency spinal surgery.

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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.

FILE PHOTO: Abby Lee Miller attends the Opening Night Party during the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival at Culver Studios on June 14, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Kanye West announces new albums, release dates on Twitter

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 4:58 PM

What You Need to Know: Kanye West

Kanye West has been doing a lot of tweeting lately, teasing a philosophy book and sharing his thoughts on life and creativity.

His latest set of tweets, however, is about music.

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The rapper, husband and father of three announced two new albums.

One album, called “Kids See Ghost,” will be a joint effort with Kid Cudi,  who is signed to West’s GOOD Music label  imprint. The name of the album is also the name of West and Cudi’s group.

“Kids See Ghost” will be out June 8.

“Me and Cudi album June 8th,’ West tweeted. “It’s called Kids See Ghost. That's the name of our group.” 

Before the release of that album, West will release his own seven-track album June 1.

“My album is 7 songs,” he tweeted. “June 1st.”

West also announced the release dates for albums from other artists on GOOD Music. Teyana Taylor’s album will be out June 22 and Pusha T has a release May 25.

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

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

Getting To Know Michelle Williams

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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