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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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Second Wright State provost candidate drops out; new applicant to visit

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 10:19 AM

A second candidate for the Wright State University provost job has withdrawn her name from consideration.

Jennifer Bott, dean of Ball State University’s college of business, will not visit campus today and Thursday as initially planned, the university announced today.

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Bott becomes the second provost candidate in a week to pull her name from consideration at last minute. Wayne Vaught, dean of the college of arts and sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was also a finalist for the job but he also withdrew from consideration on the day he was scheduled to visit.

Bott is also a finalist for the provost job at Western Michigan University, according to an announcement on the school’s website made Friday.

Another candidate will visit Wright State on Thursday and Friday. Joshua Powers, associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of higher education leadership at Indiana State University will be the last finalist now, according to WSU.

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Previously at ISU, Powers served as the chairman of the department of educational leadership, administration and foundations. Powers has also served as special assistant to the chancellor of Indiana University-Bloomington and assistant director for operations for the University of Virginia’s Newcomb Student Union, according to Wright State.

Outgoing Wright State provost Tom Sudkamp has said he plans to step down from his role in June but has not said whether he will return to a faculty position, retire or seek other job opportunities.


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Itchy eyes? Dayton ranks in worst cities in nation for allergy sufferers

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 10:16 AM

If your allergies are acting up, it may feel particularly intense thanks to dramatic swings in temperatures As the weather turns cooler, pollen counts drop. When warm weather returns, so does the pollen Re-exposure to an allergen in the same season can lead to intensified allergic responses since the immune system is primed Here are six strategies from Atlanta Allergy & Asthma to get some relief from seasonal allergies Adjust when you spend time outside Over-the-counter (OTC) Prescription medication Aller

Pollen counts are spiking this week in Dayton, which was ranked one of the worst cities in the United States for allergy sufferers.

Pollen counts in Dayton will be high from Wednesday through Sunday, ranking 9.8 and higher. Pollen counts between 9.7 and 12 tend to affect most individuals who suffer from allergies to the pollen types of the season. Symptoms may become more severe during days with high pollen counts, according to Storm Center 7.

It’s not uncommon for allergy sufferers to experience harsh symptoms in the region. Dayton ranked No. 7 for the most challenging places to live with spring allergies in 2018, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The rankings are based on pollen counts, use of allergy medicines and availability of board-certified allergists.

In 2016, Dayton ranked No. 11.

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“This report helps people in these areas be more aware of what may contribute to their allergy symptoms so they can work with their health care providers to get relief. With the right treatment plan, seasonal allergies can be managed for better quality of life,” said Kenneth Mendez, president and CEO of AAFA.

Why is spring such a bad time for allergies? Tree pollen is highest in the spring. It can even start as early as January or February in parts of the country. Grass pollen also starts to appear later in the season. Symptoms can include sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes and a runny nose. Those with allergic asthma might also have asthma flare-ups.

To reduce your exposure to seasonal allergens, use an air conditioner and a dehumidifier to keep air clean, cool and dry; stay indoors, especially in the morning when pollen counts are highest, and on windy days; keep windows closed in your home and car; and shower after spending extended periods of time outdoors.


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SWAT on scene of standoff at same Perry Twp. home as March standoff

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:31 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 9:45 AM

Swat on standby Wolf Creek Pike

UPDATE @ 9:45 a.m.:

SWAT crews have arrived at the scene of an apparent standoff at a Perry Twp. home Wednesday morning. 

The standoff is currently occurring at the same house as a previous standoff on March 31, according to dispatch records. 

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Two people were arrested in the March 31 incident, however, it was not clear if Wednesday’s incident is connected to the previous incident. 

Several officers continue to block both directions of South Wolf Creek Pike near Keener Road for the incident. 

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 


South Wolf Creek Pike is currently blocked in both directions between Keener and Air Hill roads in Perry Twp. due to police activity. 

Reports multiple deputies and officers are currently blocking the road, but additional details about the incident were not available. 

Wolf Creek Pike shut down

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JUST IN: Pizza Hut to expand Dayton-area footprint with 2 new locations

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:06 AM

New Pizza Hut restaurants coming to Beavercreek, Kettering

The Ohio-based franchisee for Pizza Hut has signed leases for two new Dayton-area restaurants after determining that the region is  under-served by the national pizza chain.

“We are expanding in Dayton, and we are very excited,” Carol Magazzeni, director of marketing and public relations for Hallrich Inc., based in Stow in northeast Ohio. Hallrich purchased the rights to operate Pizza Hut restaurants in the greater Dayton market from the Pizza Hut corporate company in June 2017.

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Hallrich has inked deals to open restaurants in the former Papa Murphy’s pizza restaurant at 1195 N. Fairfield Road in Beavercreek, and in a former United Dairy Farmers convenience store at 900 E. Dorothy Lane at Ackerman Boulevard in Kettering, Magazzeni said.

The Beavercreek Papa Murphy’s restaurant, located across from Beaver-Vu bowling alley north of U.S. 35, shut its doors in December 2017 as the result of a dispute between a franchise owner and corporate, according to a sign posted on the door of the restaurant. 

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The Kettering space is adjacent to a newly opened OinkADoodleMoo barbecue restaurant, formerly Dayton Beer Company’s initial tasting room and brewery. Pizza Hut operated a carryout store for many years in the Fountain Square shopping center on Far Hills Avenue, but it shut down several years ago.

A new Pizza Hut is coming to this former UDF convenience store on East Dorothy Lane and Ackerman Boulevard. MARK FISHER/STAFF

“We found two un-serviced areas, and we are happy to bring delivery and convenient pick-up service to Beavercreek and Kettering,” Magazzeni said.

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With the addition of Montgomery, Clark, Greene, Warren, Darke, Logan and Champaign counties, Hallrich now operates about two-thirds of the Pizza Hut restaurants in Ohio, the franchisee’s spokeswoman said. 

Beavercreek officials approved a zoning permit for the North Fairfield Road location on Tuesday, April 24. That location will likely open before the Kettering location, although specific timelines have not been set, Magazzeni said.

A new Pizza Hut is coming to the former Papa Murphy's restaurant on North Fairfield Road between U.S. 35 and Dayton-Xenia Road. MARK FISHER/STAFF

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The new Pizza Hut locations will join an already competitive Dayton-area pizza market, which has long been dominated by venerable hometown chains such as Cassano’s Pizza King and Marion’s Piazza; by national chains such as Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Little Caesar’s and Papa John’s; and by the dozens of smaller chains and single-store independents that call the Miami Valley home. 

 In recent years,  other smaller, mostly regional chains have invaded those established market players’ turf, including LaRosa’s, Godfather’s, Dewey’s and Jet’s, among others.

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More recently, “fast-casual” pizza chains that focus on customized, fast-baked pizzas have added a new layer of competition. Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza has led that surge locally, and Seattle-based MOD Pizza operates two Dayton-area restaurants. A third competitor, Cleveland-based PizzaFire shut down its only Dayton-area location late last year. LaRosa’s also has closed two of its Dayton-area locations since late 2016.

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