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Fiona meets her father for the first time

Published: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 6:32 PM

What a poker face! Fiona playing cards will be available for purchase starting June 14 at area Kroger stores. GREG LYNCH/STAFF
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What a poker face! Fiona playing cards will be available for purchase starting June 14 at area Kroger stores. GREG LYNCH/STAFF(Staff Report)

The summer months are known for family gatherings, but this one has to be one of the cutest ever.  Fiona and her mother, Bibi, were united with Fiona’s father, Henry, for the first time on Tuesday, July 11. This gave Fiona the chance to bond with her father, as well as give Henry time to become acclimated to fatherhood.  

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Henry quickly learned when he would get too close to Fiona, Bibi quickly intervened.  This interaction was what zoo officials were hoping for.

According to Cincinnati Zoo’s Facebook page, the quick bonding time went off without a hitch. 

There are more interactions planned for the happy family, but the zoo has not released any official times.

Fiona, the first Nile hippo born at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical garden in 75 years, was born Jan. 24 and weighed just 29 pounds. The normal birth weight for the species is 55-120 pounds.   

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Rapper XXXTentacion shot, killed in South Florida

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 5:14 PM

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Rapper XXXTentacion was shot and later died in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Monday.

TMZ first reported the 20-year-old, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy, was unresponsive and, according to a witness, did not appear to have a pulse. The celebrity gossip site reported that died shortly after, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. He was pronounced dead at 5:40 p.m.


According to People, the shooting was reported at 3:57 p.m.

“There was a shooting in Deerfield. Our officers are on the scene and we’re gathering information,” Broward County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jonathan Fishman told Miami New Times earlier Monday afternoon. “We can't confirm anything else right now but will release more information soon.”

TMZ reported that the Broward County Fire Department said Onfroy was rushed to a hospital. A graphic, censored video on the gossip site shows the scene of the shooting.

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Dispatch audio obtained by TMZ indicates the shooting was reported as a drive by. Onfroy was at a motorcycle dealership when the shooting occurred.

Onfroy recently appeared on XXL Mag’s Freshman Class issue. Winning the fan vote to appear on the cover, he posed with amaiyah, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, PnB Rock, MadeinTYO, Playboi Carti, Aminé, Kap G, KYLE and Ugly God. His second album “?” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Outside of music, Onfroy is awaiting trial, accused of domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend. According to an October 2016 arrest report, Onfroy was charged with battery and aggravated assault of a pregnant victim and false imprisonment. He pleaded no contest to charges of armed home invasion robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm and was released from jail on bail March 26, 2017. He was ordered to serve six years of probation. He was accused by prosecutors of witness tampering and was jailed again in December 2017 before being released on house arrest. 

In March of this year, Onfroy was released from house arrest so he could go on tour.

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Defense bill would block transfer of Wright-Patt jobs, senator says

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:51 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:01 PM

            The Air Force Research Laboratory headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The AFRL has a workforce of more than 10,000 worldwide, with 60 percent based here. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
The Air Force Research Laboratory headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The AFRL has a workforce of more than 10,000 worldwide, with 60 percent based here. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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.

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The Pentagon had planned to move the office, which had been at Wright-Patterson since 1987, on Oct. 1 last year, archives show.

“Keeping it at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base increases the Base’s importance as a center for commercializing defense-related technology and strengthens the science, technology, and acquisition missions of the Base,” Michael Gessel, Dayton Development Coalition vice president of federal programs.

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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President Trump proposes creation of Space Force

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:48 PM

            President Donald Trump holds a signed National Space Directive to establish a Space Traffic Management program to address the congestion of satellites and space vehicles in Earth's orbit during a meeting with the National Space Council on Monday, June 18, 2018 in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
President Donald Trump holds a signed National Space Directive to establish a Space Traffic Management program to address the congestion of satellites and space vehicles in Earth's orbit during a meeting with the National Space Council on Monday, June 18, 2018 in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

President Donald Trump said Monday that he would direct the Defense Department and the Pentagon to create a new “Space Force” — an independent sixth branch of the armed forces.

Trump has floated this idea before — in March, he said he initially conceived it as a joke — but has offered few details about how the Space Force would operate.

Trump said Monday that the branch would be “separate but equal” from the Air Force. Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would oversee its creation.

Saying that he does not want “China and other countries leading us,” Trump said space was a national security issue.

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, who has been an advocate of top Air Force leaders retaining the mission, said setting up a Space Force requires congressional action.

“Congress has asked (the Department of Defense) to study how we handle space. We still don’t know what a Space Force would do, who is going to be in it, or how much is it going to cost,” he said in an email.

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A congressionally mandated report evaluating a Space Force is due in August, he said.

“After we get the report that we required as a legislative body and the President signed off on, then this issue can be appropriately evaluated for what’s best for national security,” said Turner, chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee.

The Outer Space Treaty, which the United States signed in 1967, bars states from testing weapons and establishing military bases on the moon and other celestial bodies. It also prohibits the placement of weapons of mass destruction in orbit around Earth. But the treaty has no enforcement mechanism (indeed, the Air Force’s unmanned space plane, the X-37B, has completed several clandestine missions).

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore II, former commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson, told this news outlet space has a growing mission, but he remained neutral on who should have the responsibility.

“The space demand is going to grow in importance for the nation,” the retired three-star general said. “… I’m not going to be overly defensive of the Air Force retaining that part of the mission. I think the Air Force will continue to be an important (player) regardless of how this plays out.”

Loren B. Thompson. a senior defense analyst with the Virginia-based Lexington Institute and an industry consultant, said a Space Force could be carved out of the exiting Air Force while still keeping in within the existing institutional framework.

“This is a good idea or bad idea depending on what the president means and I’m not sure how much thought he has given to it,” he said. “If the president means we need to pay more attention to space, he is definitely right. If on the other hand, he means a military service to wage war in space, that would be premature.”

“When people hear the phrase space wars they think of Star Wars. What we have today is just bunch of satellites,” he said. “There’s no imperial battle cruiser at the Pentagon.”

Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions spread among the services may have the biggest impact of a new Space Force.

Any transfer of Air Force responsibility and resources would have to be done “in careful coordination with what they do,” said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst with the Virginia-based Teal Group told this news outlet.

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Trump has floated creating a Space Force for months, but the idea goes back at least a year to a proposal by U.S. Reps. Mike D. Rogers, R-Ala., and Jim Cooper, D.-Tenn. Rogers, chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, and Cooper, the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee, argued that it made sense to have a “Space Corps,” a separate branch of service with its own four-star general serving on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Under their plan, it would have reported to the Department of the Air Force, in similar fashion to how the Marine Corps reports to the Department of the Navy.

Last fall, that proposal was scrapped amid resistance from senior Pentagon officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, who said it would create unnecessary costs and bureaucracy.

“I oppose the creation of a new military service and additional organizational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions,” Mattis said in October in a memo to Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Some are worried that the Space Force would duplicate existing efforts. The Air Force already maintains a Space Command, for example.

In an exclusive interview with the Dayton Daily News last year, Wilson noted she was opposed to more “bureaucracy” a Space Corps would add.

“We’re moving forward to acquire better and faster, to train … space warfighters because we’re going to have to defend satellites we have in space to organize effectively and I don’t need more bureaucracy imposed by others,” she said. “I need to be able to move forward.”

“Our adversaries know that we depend very heavily on space and we’re vulnerable there, so we have to take that seriously and prepare for that,” she said. “I think the Air Force is doing that.”

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Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, dean of the Air Force Association-founded Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, described the decision to create a Space Force as “another example of ready, fire, aim,” in a Monday news briefing.

The announcement was made at a meeting of the National Space Council, at which Trump signed a new space policy directive aimed at reducing debris in Earth’s orbit. The policy sets up new guidelines for satellite design and operation, as well as tracking the growing amount of clutter in space.

But, citing the number of regulations his administration has dismantled since he took office, Trump warned the space council, “Don’t get too carried away.”

The president also reasserted plans to land astronauts on the moon again and, eventually, Mars. But his administration has provided few specifics about the architecture of its moon program or a timeline for returning to the lunar surface.

The Washington Post’s Aaron Gregg contributed to this report.

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Miami Valley looks for ways to beat the heat

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:55 AM

The Miami Valley is under a Heat Advisory until 8 p.m. Monday. 

With a heat index of 100 degrees outside, it's making any prolonged work outdoors dangerous. 

Little ones and their families at Orchardly Park were staying cool by staying in the water Monday and also remaining hydrated.

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But some people weren't playing in the sun. They were working and working to keep cool. 

Tree trimmers were in Riverside Monday morning, cutting down limbs around the Valley Worship Center on Valley Pike. 

Trimmers started the work at 9 a.m. and planned to be there for five to six hours. 

"We've been working for about an hour and a half now and I'm already hot," said Josh Patterson, tree trimmer for Tackett Tree & Shrub Service. 

Patterson said he's never experienced heat exhaustion on the job. 

"I've been doing it so long, you just get used to it." 

Thankfully, their bosses have seen to it that their coolers are overflowing. They filled coolers with ice and drinks to keep their core temperatures down. 

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But in the ER at Kettering Medical Center, this time of year doctors see an influx of patients suffering from the sun. 

"We see everything from heat-related cramps so severe you can have abdominal pain, cramping, sometimes you'll have severe nausea and diarrhea," said Dr. Nancy Pook, medical director of Kettering Medical Center Emergency Department. "It doesn't make sense right, but when you're body is shutting down sometimes different people act differently." 

Kettering lacrosse players were practicing in the heat from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday. 

Dr. Pook said they're fine as long as they take plenty of water breaks in the shade. 

But in this heat, she said it's better to get all outdoor work done in the coolest parts of the day, either early morning or late evening. 

"People with respiratory problems out in the heat really get into trouble with difficulty breathing," said Dr. Pook. "We watch out for our cardiac patients because lots of them are on diuretics, so pills that decrease their fluids inside anyway." 

Kids under the age of 4 are also at risk because their bodies can't properly regulate their temperature yet. 

Parents at Orchardly Park's splash pad had the right idea, keeping their children in the cool water. 

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The workers at Tackett Tree & Shrub Service said they're going to have to focus on getting their job done as quickly as possible. 

"A lot of times if it's too hot we'll hurry up and finish that job, move on for the day and go home," said Patterson. "But nine times out of 10, you just try to stay positive and push through." 

Dr. Pook also said that you want to take breaks in air conditioning, as you can bring your core body temperature down.

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