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FC Cincinnati, Liberty Center announce partnership

Published: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 3:33 PM

Jeff Berding, president and general manager of FC Cincinnati announces the partnership between the pro soccer franchise and Liberty Center.

FC Cincinnati and Liberty Center have announced a partnership that will create a year-round relationship to engage fans around Butler County with the team as the professional soccer franchise looks to enhance its Major League Soccer expansion efforts.

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Kevin Cedik, general manager of Liberty Center, and Jeff Berding, president and general manager of FC Cincinnati, gathered in front of a kiosk representing the soccer team inside of the shopping center to make the announcement.

Cedik said the arrangement will help promote the team to local soccer families and to all of the children in the area, as well as FC Cincinnati fans who live in the Butler County.

“Here at Liberty Center we will be providing a place where you can purchase merchandise and we will have ticket sales,” Cedik said. “”We will also be having some player appearances.”

To kick that off, several FC Cincinnati players will be participating in Liberty Center’s holiday tree lighting ceremony that is happening at 6 p.m. Saturday. The players will be grand marshals in the event’s parade.

Jeff Berding, president and general manager of FC Cincinnati (left), and Kevin Cedik, general manager of Liberty Center (right) are pictured in front of a kiosk representing the soccer team inside of the Liberty Twp. development. The team and mixed-use development announced Tuesday a strategic partnership designed to create a buzz with fans in the Butler County area. WAYNE BAKER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

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Berding said he has been busy studying every single strategic move for the franchise.

“I’ve been starting work at 5 a.m.” in order to secure an expansion slot in the MLS,” he said, adding that a decision is expected to be made during the next MLS owners meeting on Dec. 14 in New York City. The team is one of 12 finalists competing for four slots in the league.

Reaching out to fans in the northern suburbs and creating an opportunity to connect with the busy Liberty Center just made sense he said.

“This partnership is a chance to create a northern destination for FC Cincinnati and an opportunity for fans here to engage with the team,” Berding said. “We know we have a lot fans in this community and even farther north when you get into the Dayton market and now they will have a chance to buy tickets and merchandise and engage with some of our players on this beautiful property.”

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Cedik and Berding said there will also be an opportunity for young soccer fans to participate in soccer clinics conducted by FC Cincinnati under the new partnership agreement.

Berding said the deal also shows the strength of the FC Cincinnati brand and the market for ticket sales it has been successful in creating.

“Our partnership with Liberty Center is prove of the strength of our market. When people think of Cincinnati often times they have a tendency to just think of Cincinnati proper,” Berding said. “And this proves the case that Greater Cincinnati is just that — it’s greater. It spreads in the northern suburbs and into the southern part of the Miami Valley.”

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He added that another example of the soccer franchise’s market strength was Monday’s announcement that Mercy Health of Cincinnati has agreed to be the franchise’s jersey sponsor if they receive the nod to join the MLS.

“We have great strength in this market and yesterday’s announcement was an indication of that,” Berding said. “Soccer is a global sport, it is the one sport that has global currency. The long term payoff for the community is enormous.”

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Motorcycle crash reported on US 35 in Dayton

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 7:11 PM

Crash involving motorcycle reported in Dayton

A motorcycle was struck by a truck on U.S. 35 eastbound near Steve Whalen Blvd, Montgomery County Dispatch confirmed.

The driver of the truck was trapped, and a medic was called out.

Crews were dispatched at 6:37 p.m.

U.S. 35 eastbound is temporarily shut down, and vehicles can get off at the Keowee/Wayne Ave. exit ramp.

We have a crew on the way and will update this page when more information becomes available. 

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How 3 major retailers are reinventing to keep customers

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

Salon by InStyle opened inside JCPenney at Bridgewater Falls on Friday, June 15, 2018.

As struggling retailers strive to keep pace with online competitors, they’ve turned to reinventing various facets of their brick-and-mortar existence, or even partnering with new services to lure back digital shoppers.

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Take JCPenney, for example, which unveiled its new Salon by InStyle location Friday at its Bridgewater Falls store. The revamped salon features a variety of servicesat the Fairfield Twp. store, which is the second in Ohio and one of the first of 100 locations nationwide to get the updated salon concept this year.

The partnership between JCPenney and InStyle magazine, saw the store remodel and expand its selection of salon products, according to salon field manager Katie Kansy.

“One of the things that InStyle does is it just really just kind of hits home with that modern client that we’re looking to capture,” Kansy said. “JCPenney salons have traditionally been the JCP Salon and that drives a variety of clientele.”

The location not only added services, but also four new stylists, giving it a staff of 23. It is looking to hire at least 10 more.

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JCPenney plans to remodel its Eastgate and Florence, Ky., salons in the next six weeks, according to Jason Bittner, JCPenney’s district manager.

“We listened to our customers and they definitely wanted those elevated services,” Bittner said. “We listened to all of the customer demand and kind of prioritized based on what the customer wants. This is something you can’t get online, so when you look at a competitive advantage standpoint, the salon business for us, this is one of our biggest competitive advantages in the marketplace.”

But it’s not just JCPenney looking to broaden its appeal by renovating space or adding goods and services.


Macy’s locations at Tri-County Mall and Dayton Mall this year added the retail giant’s Macy’s Backstage, a store-within-a-store shopping experience that features savings on apparel for men, women and children, as well as deals on housewares, home textiles and decor, cosmetics, hair and nail care, gifts, jewelry, shoes, designer handbags, accessories and activewear.

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Frequent deliveries aim to give customers a new reason to come into the brick-and-mortar store and shop. Different buying teams for Backstage and for larger Macy’s help ensure the two entities have different items for sale. Backstage doesn’t use coupons or have sales, but is marketed as having prices that don’t require waiting for a sale.

There are more than 96 Macy’s Backstage locations nationwide. By the end of June, the state of Ohio will have a total of 6 Backstage locations in the following markets: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo.

Macy’s has ambitious growth plans for Backstage and said earlier this year that it will open 100 more Backstage stores in 2018 and will backing up that growth with a dedicated distribution center in Columbus.


Target last week expanded two of its time-saving new delivery and pickup services, Drive Up and Shipt, across the Midwest and Southeast, including in the Cincinnati area.

“We set out this year with an ambitious plan to bring Target guests nationwide more ways to shop on their terms,” said John Mulligan, Target’s chief operating officer. “Our guests are enjoying the convenience of these new delivery and pickup services as we’re working to redefine the Target Run and make Target America’s easiest place to shop.”

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The expansion means tens of millions of Target guests can now get same-day delivery of groceries and more with Shipt, while also speeding up their Target Runs with Drive Up, a service where team members bring online orders out to guests’ vehicles, usually within a few minutes.

By the end of June, Target will offer Shipt in more than 135 markets allowing guests to shop our in-store assortment of groceries, essentials, electronics, home décor items and other products and have them all delivered the same day.

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Cardi B, Offset pose for risque Rolling Stone cover

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 6:33 PM

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Recording artists Cardi B and Offset attend the Prabal Gurung front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 11, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Recording artists Cardi B and Offset attend the Prabal Gurung front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)(Andrew Toth)

In the year since “Bodak Yellow” arrived, Cardi B has escalated from projected one-hit wonder to ubiquitous charmer.

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Her frank talk and unapologetic attitude toward her past as a stripper have only bolstered her internet appeal; she’s landed everywhere from “Saturday Night Live” to Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show to the Grammy Awards (albeit as a collaborator with Bruno Mars).

Now Cardi, who will perform at the One Musicfest in September, is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine for the second time in eight months (it’s technically the July issue).

The risqué photo, which Cardi released on her Instagram account after it apparently leaked elsewhere, immediately sparked the usual love it/hate it fervor on social media.

To complement a feature about her “love story” with Offset, of the Atlanta rap trio Migos, Cardi is posing bottom-less, her baby bump being kissed by her baby daddy as he slouches next to her in a bell-bottomed red suit.

“This cover is so special to me and means so much! Thank you to everyone who helped put this amazing cover together! …My daughter made it to the Rollin Stone cover !!!!,” she wrote on Instagram, also confirming the baby’s sex.

During her visit to Stern’s radio show in May, Cardi B mentioned that she and Offset are building a home in Atlanta for their new family. 

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Small earthquake detected in Mexico City after national team beats Germany 

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 6:20 PM

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JUNE 17: Mexicans celebrate at the Angel of Independence after the Mexico National Team victory over Germany in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia on June 17, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez / Getty Images)
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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JUNE 17: Mexicans celebrate at the Angel of Independence after the Mexico National Team victory over Germany in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia on June 17, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez / Getty Images)(Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images)

Fans cheering the national team’s win over Germany created an “artificial quake” that tipped the Richter scale, according to reports

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Seismologists at two monitoring stations in Mexico City picked up readings when Hirving Lozano scored 35 minutes into Mexico’s 1-0 upset over defending champion Germany Sunday, according to USA Today

Officials at the California Earthquake Center told USA Today the induced quake likely generated a 2 on the Richter scale and would have gone unnoticed by the public if it were a typical earthquake. 

Germany became the third defending champion to lose in its opening match in the last 16 years. Mexico next plays Korea Republic June 23. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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