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Leader glad to hear residents support Brent Spence tolls

Published: Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

            Motorists cross over the Brent Spence Bridge from Ohio in Kentucky. STAFF FILE
Motorists cross over the Brent Spence Bridge from Ohio in Kentucky. STAFF FILE

Development and transportation officials well north of the Ohio River were glad to see a strong majority of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky residents favored $1 tolls to build a sister span to alleviate traffic on the Brent Spence Bridge.

That bridge is vital for Dayton-area manufacturers, as well as those of other cities in Ohio and the upper Midwest, said Phil Parker, president and CEO of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We, Cincinnati, Toledo and Detroit, will be the first to tell you that we are still manufacturing towns,” Parker said. “We are still a manufacturing sector in western Ohio, and manufacturing means you need to bring in raw materials, and you need to ship out hopefully something that’s reasonably manufactured and complete.”

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Years ago, Dayton’s chamber teamed its counterparts along the interstate to resolve three significant I-75 choke points: Toledo’s Maumee River Bridge; the so-called former “malfunction junction” in downtown Dayton; and Brent Spence Bridge.

“I think that’s common sense,” Jim Blount, Butler County historian and volunteer chairman of the Butler County Transportation Improvement District, said about tolls. “It’s the only way I see that it could be done.”

The aging span conveys Interstates 71 and 75 across the river between Cincinnati and Covington, Ky. Latest estimate of the climbing cost: $2.6 billion. The issue of tolls has been particularly controversial in Northern Kentucky, and Kentucky owns the bridge. Tolls are seen as a way to finance private investment in the project.

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“The federal government’s not going to give that much money,” Blount said. “They’ll come in for their share, but that’s usually been about 10 percent of a project, and even that’s hard to get.”

“I’m of the opinion that the Brent Spence Bridge is part of Butler County’s transportation system,” Blount added.

SURVEY: Majority of voters OK with $1 toll to fix Brent Spence Bridge

The survey, conducted in late May, was of people who voted in the November 2016 election. It included residents as far north as Butler and Warren counties, and as far south as Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties in Kentucky, as well as Indiana’s Dearborn County.

Parker said Dayton’s chamber supports the tolls with conditions:

  • There should be EZ passes that Ohio and Kentucky residents, plus possibly high-volume users, can use to drive down their toll costs so they aren’t “gouged” by tolls. Why multiple users? “You’ve got auto (manufacturer) folks in Detroit that are using it to go to Kentucky, and vice versa, and all parts south and north, so you’ve got to be reasonable if you want commerce to continue,” Parker said.
  • Tolls should not be higher than $1, and technology should be used to its maximum to keep traffic flowing as efficiently as possible through the bridge area.

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The sour truth about artificial sweeteners

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 9:20 AM

The truth about artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are used by many people trying to lose weight. They’re often touted as ‘healthy’ by food and beverage companies – but guess again.

Artificial sweeteners(Bill Boch/Getty Images)

Recent research links these chemical sugar substitutes to weight gain, heart disease and diabetes.

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So, how can something with zero calories lead to obesity and disease?

“It happens because artificial sweeteners are anywhere from a few hundred to 13,000 times as sweet as regular sugar,” said Dr. Mark Hyman of Cleveland Clinic. “It sends signals once it hits the tongue to the brain to make you hungry, to slow your metabolism, and to store calories.”

According to Hyman, artificial sweeteners may slow metabolism and affect the brain, which may cause feelings of hunger and result in eating more. He said doctors are now learning that artificial sweeteners may change bacteria in the gut which can lead to inflammation, insulin-resistance and pre-diabetes.

He recommends avoiding artificial sweeteners and sweetening food and drink with sugar instead.

“When you know what you’re adding to your food, it’s fine,” said Dr. Hyman. “It’s not the sugar that you add to your food or your coffee that’s the problem. It’s the sugar added by the food industry, it’s in massive amounts. One can of soda, a large 20 ounce can, has 15 teaspoons of sugar, you’d never put that in your coffee.”

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Dr. Hyman warns consumers to be wary of artificially sweetened drinks labeled as ‘low’ or ‘zero’ calories that claim to be healthy – because they’re not. 

For more on the health detriments of artificial sweeteners, read this study on the matter conducted by the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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Father injured in Auglaize County double shooting dies from injuries

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

One of the victims of a double shooting in Auglaize County April 11 died from his injuries Tuesday morning, according to the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.

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Dexter Lee Turner, 47, died from his injuries Tuesday morning at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Auglaize County Sheriff Allen Solomon said in a media release. 

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Dexter’s son, Alim Amir, 25, was also shot in the incident, but an update on his condition was not released. 

“Now that the case is a homicide it doesn't really change the way we have been investigating the case” Solomon said in the release. “It was a serious case to begin with and was being treated that way and now it has become even more serious.” 

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the case. 

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Ex-police officer heads to prison for failing 'integrity test'

Published: Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 4:28 AM

Former Georgia Police Officer Fired And Arrested Because Of Failed 'Integrity Test'

After suspicions rose about Chamblee, Georgia, police officer Jason Jones, the department set up an “integrity test”: Send him to impound a car with $500 inside and see if he puts the cash into evidence.

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“He pocketed the money,” Capt. Ernesto Ford told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. “He was brought in to our internal affairs where he was given an opportunity to explain himself, he was terminated and arrested at the same time.” 

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Two years later, on March 23, Jones, who’d been with the department since 2002, has pleaded guilty to theft and violation of the oath of office. He is in the DeKalb County jail awaiting transfer to state prison.

Judge Daniel Coursey sentenced him to five years, with the first to be served in custody.

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Ford said the case is disappointing. 

“Obviously we don’t expect that of our police officers,” he said.

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JUST IN: Dayton’s most awarded chef is headed to Florida

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 7:56 AM

Chef Anne Kearney to continue her culinary career in the Tampa area.

The Dayton area’s only James Beard Foundation award-winning chef is headed for Florida — for now, anyway.

“So sorry, sweet city of Dayton, but I am leaving town August 2018. Not forever, but for now,” Former Rue Dumaine chef and co-owner Anne Kearney wrote in an email to followers. 

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Kearney, who has served as a private chef and hosted some “pop-up” events at other restaurants in recent months, said she will “join a few comrades in a restaurant group with the promise of an exciting next chapter of my culinary journey. Of course, more details will follow as I better define this move. Until then I am available to create a personal meal for you and yours or aid you in creating a fantastic dining experience/event for a larger group.”

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The former Rue Dumaine, at 1061 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp., shut down permanently in July 2017 after a decade-long run. The restaurant changed its name to Bar Dumaine shortly before shutting down. 

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Kearney is the Dayton area’s most highly credentialed chef, based on her recognition by the James Beard Foundation, whose awards are regarded as the nation’s most prestigious recognition program for the food and beverage business — the equivalent of the Academy Awards of the restaurant industry.  

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In February 2016, the Beard Foundation for the sixth consecutive year named Kearney a semifinalist for its “Best Chefs in America” competition for the Great Lakes region. Kearney was the only chef from the Dayton area, and one of only three in Ohio, to be named in 2016. 

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 The Beard Foundation recognized the restaurant itself in 2008, naming Rue Dumaine a semifinalist for the foundation’s “Best New Restaurant” in the nation. And Kearney was named a James Beard Foundation best-chef award winner in the southeastern U.S. in 2002 when she co-owned the highly regarded Peristyle restaurant in New Orleans.

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Kearney still has some events planned before her August departure, including one on May 11 at Crooked Handle Brewing Co. in Springboro. She’ll be preparing beef burgers and meatless burgers for a pop-up event from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. that evening at the brewery.

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