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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 9:34 AM
Commemorate the 17th anniversary of a continuous human presence in space and learn about the greatest engineering feat in modern history – the International Space Station – during Family Day Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Designed for children and adults of all ages, Family Day offers several interactive opportunities for all to enjoy. Visitors will be able to learn about spaceflight, living in space and rocketry through a variety of demonstrations and hands-on activities. NASA Solar System Ambassador Tyler Hines will be hosting a demonstration station.
“Storytime” begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery in the fourth building. Preschool and primary-grade children and their families are invited to listen to space-related stories, followed by a hands-on activity.
All activities are free, and no advanced reservations are necessary. For additional information visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Education/Family-Day or call the Education Division at 937-255-4646.
Some materials for the program are being provided by the Air Force Museum Foundation Inc. (Federal endorsement is not implied).
In support of Family Day, the foundation-operated attractions will offer a discounted rate for the Virtual Reality Simulators spacewalk mission and the 3D movie “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.”
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:51 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:01 PM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — A manufacturing technology office with 55 jobs could not be transferred from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson to the Pentagon under a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act expected to pass the Senate today.
The initiative with oversight for the entire military identifies manufacturing needs critical to national defense and gives grants to support manufacturing production so the capability remains viable in the United States, officials have said.
The Pentagon had planned to move the office, which had been at Wright-Patterson since 1987, on Oct. 1 last year, archives show.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, sponsored a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act to keep the jobs at Wright-Patt.
Brown and three of his congressional colleagues had sent a letter last August to Secretary of Defense James Mattis warning the move could lead to “disorganized and haphazard development” of future programs and put at risk dozens of active projects.
Charlie Ward, chief of the AFRL manufacturing and technologies division, said in a statement there were no plans to move the manufacturing and industrial technologies division to Washington.
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Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:06 PM
— Hurricane Maria, the Category 4 storm that devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017, is estimated to have resulted in up to 5,000 fatalities in its aftermath.
Maria caused the longest blackout in U.S. history, leaving the entire island of 3.3 million people, including those in hospitals and nursing homes who relied on respirators, without power.
"Indirect deaths resulting from worsening of chronic conditions or from delayed medical treatments may not be captured on death certificates," Harvard University researchers said in a May 2018 study, which contended that the official government death toll of 64 is a "substantial underestimate."
According to the study, this makes Hurricane Maria more than twice as deadly as Hurricane Katrina.
Following the Harvard report, more than 400 pairs of empty shoes were placed outside the capital building in San Juan, part of a growing memorial to the hundreds of people presumed dead during or in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello told CNN there would be “hell to pay” if officials do not release the updated death toll.
The Category 5 storm hit the U.S. Virgin Islands in mid-September and eventually downgraded to a Category 4, but not before it plowed through Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017, flooded the streets, collapsed homes and left the entire territory without power.
Though it’s been several months since the disaster, the U.S. territory could still use your help. Here are some ways to give assistance to Puerto Rico.
Support Puerto Rico tourism
Tourism makes up 10 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product. While many resorts and attractions are still struggling to reopen their doors to tourists, about 80 percent of Puerto Rico’s hotels and restaurants officially began serving customers again in April. Many resorts, including the Dorado Beach Resort, which is a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, and the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort are set to open in October.
"Tourism dollars means that more than 50,000 people will keep their jobs and businesses will keep running," New York Magazine reported.
And while you’re in Puerto Rico, be sure to visit the farmers markets, which have suffered from buyer loss due to post-hurricane island flight.
Your Puerto Rican adventures can do some good, too.
"Rappelling down San Cristobal Canyon supports conservation efforts in the area, a snorkeling trip to a coral reef or mangrove forest might include collecting data on local flora and fauna, and nighttime kayaking to the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay helps fund initiatives to reduce light pollution," Travel and Leisure reported, adding that most tours are under $15 and can be booked online.
You can also plant trees while in the area by signing up with Para La Naturaleza in Cabo Rojo or Barranquitas, or help clean up the coast and help the ecosystems in Manatí.
The official Islands of Puerto Rico website says, "Thank you in advance for your interest in visiting Puerto Rico and supporting our recovery by simply vacationing on the island."
You can donate funds to a variety of nonprofits and aid organizations working to help Puerto Rico recover. Here are some reputable sites to consider giving monetary donations to:
Charity Navigator can be used to learn more about the organizations before donating. Note that sending money via text message may seem convenient, but according to The Associated Press, that’s not the case. Charities often have to wait on phone companies to release the money.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:55 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — Parole has been denied for a Middleton man convicted 20 years ago of killing Cheryl Durkin and cutting up her body in the basement of a Middletown house.
James Lawson was found guilty of murder on Dec. 13, 1999. He was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
On June 5, Lawson had his first parole hearing. The results were released today.
“After weighing the relevant factors the board does not consider the inmate suitable for release at this time,” the decision sheet from the hearing states.
Lawson’s next parole hearing has been set for 2028.
Durkin’s family, led by her sister Karla Edwards, met with the parole board before Lawson’s hearing this month and delivered a petition to keep him behind bars with 1,010 signatures.
Edwards sent a message to the Journal-News after the parole board’s decision was released.
“Thank God. Parole denied for 10 years,” she said.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 5:07 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:50 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 12:41 p.m. (June 18): A Miami Twp. firefighter called 911 for help when he drove up on the single-vehicle accident at Danner Avenue and Richley Drive that ended in the death of the driver.
The caller, who told the 911 dispatcher his name was not important, described the accident as a vehicle that had hit a tree head-on.
The firefighter also told the dispatcher the driver was alone in the gray Lexus.
The victim's name and age will be released when next of kin is notified, a Montgomery County Coroner's official said.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office responded to a crash in Dayton early Monday morning.
The crash was reported at 2:50 a.m. at Danner Avenue and Richley Drive.