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Fiona the hippo turns 3 months old

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 1:08 PM

Fiona goes for a swim

Fiona — the world’s favorite prematurely born hippopotamus — turned three months old today.

The early days of cuddling the tiny, fragile hippo are long gone, Jenna Wingate, the Cincinnati Zoo’s Africa Keeper, told our media partner WCPO.

Here are three updates about Fiona that Wingate shared with WCPO:

1. The ‘dung shower:’ Apparently, male hippopotamuses mark territory by slinging feces around with their tails in what Wingate called a “dung shower.”

Fiona has taken an interest in the action exhibited by her father, Henry, whom zookeepers have introduced her to, along with mom Bibi.

“Fiona is now getting access to that, and she shows quite an interest in it for whatever reason,” Wingate said.

>>MORE: Premature hippo a happy hit for zoo after gorilla death

2. One sassy toddler: Fiona eats about two liters of formula five times a day. Zookeepers introduced grain to her diet this weekend and started training her to associate feeding time with a clicker that they can use when she’s 600 pounds and too dangerous to approach.

In this April 12 photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Fiona a prematurely born hippopotamus, swims in her quarantine enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Cincinnati. (Courtesy Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens via AP)(Staff Report)

“She’s very sassy. She’s very feisty. If she doesn’t want to do something, you’re not going to make her,” Wingate said. “We kind of act like she’s a toddler, and if she doesn’t want to come, we’re like, ‘Bye, Fiona!’ We’ll pretend we’re walking away and she’ll be like, ‘Wait, I want to be with you guys!’ and then she’ll come with us. She has her very big, very own personality already.”

>>GROWING UP: Fiona goes for a swim -- and the internet goes crazy

3. Too big to snuggle: “There’s a big difference just in her energy and she’s much stronger and healthier now, so there was a lot of worry and she would kind of lie there and wouldn’t do a whole lot,” Wingate said. “She’s too big and a little bit dangerous to actually cuddle and snuggle, but she does like to lie on our feet or use our leg as a pillow now.”

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Humidity builds with threat of storms to start Memorial Day weekend

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:39 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Temperatures climbing with the chance for storms over the next few days.

Mainly clear skies are in the forecast this evening with temperatures holding in the lower 80s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Air Pollution Advisory in effect for Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties
  • Increasing clouds, warmer night ahead
  • Scattered T-storms expected to start holiday weekend
  • Mainly dry and hot for Memorial Day

WHIO Weather App will keep you weather aware 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST:

Tonight: Skies will become partly cloudy as increasing humidity arrives. Temperatures will rise overnight, holding in the middle 60s.

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Saturday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with scattered thunderstorms developing by afternoon. Highs will climb into the lower to middle 80s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy skies and humid conditions are expected with a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm. Temperatures will climb into the upper 80s with a heat index in the lower 90s.

Memorial Day: Lots of sunshine is in the forecast for Monday but it will remain hot and humid. Highs will top out near 90 degrees with a heat index from 90 to 95 degrees. 

  • Fun fact: The hottest Memorial Day on record is 95 degrees back in 1895!

>> 5-Day Forecast

Tuesday: Expect partly cloudy skies with muggy conditions and a high near 90 degrees.

Wednesday: Skies will become mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms developing. Highs will drop back into the middle 80s. 

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Family of woman slain in drive-by shooting frustrated with lack of info from police

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:48 PM

Family of woman slain in drive-by shooting hold vigil

The family of Sherrell Wheatley is frustrated that Dayton police have not given them any new information about the drive-by shooting that left the 62-year-old woman dead. 

As many as 60 family members and friends turned out Friday evening to remember Wheatley, who was felled by gunfire the evening of May 19. 

Homicide investigators have offered no public statements about a suspect or person of interest in the slaying. 

Wheatley was struck down in the 800 block of North Euclid Avenue as she was walking near a home police believe was targeted in the gunfire. 

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At the vigil, family and friends were given the chance to share their memories of Wheatley and several people took the opportunity to speak, said Janett Jones-Gilliard, a cousin. 

As many as 60 people turned out Friday evening, May 25, 2018, to remember Sherrell Wheatley, a mother and grandmother gunned down by stray gunfire on May 19. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

"We have no idea," she said, when asked about where the investigation is at this point. 

"Haven't heard a word" from police about the case, she said. 

"We miss her. We love her," Jones-Gilliard said of Wheatley. 

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Senate defense bill has $66M less for Wright-Patt project than House

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:43 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:43 PM

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

The Senate Armed Services Committee has set aside $116 million for a National Air and Space Intelligence Center complex expansion at Wright-Patterson, millions less than a House version in a defense bill, but a spokeswoman says U.S. Sen. Rob Portman will advocate for the full amount.

The $182 million project would vastly expand NASIC, add new computer labs and equipment and relieve overcrowding as the agency has grown to more than 3,000 workers over the past 15 years, authorities have said. The secretive intelligence agency provides assessments of air, space and cyber threats to national political and military leaders.

“This is important for the political and national security work done at NASIC and good for the base,” Portman said.

In a House version of the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, the authorization bill combined what had been two years of funding for the project — $116 million one year, and $66 million for the next — into one year.

Portman spokeswoman Emily Benavides said Friday while the Senate version wasn’t expected to impact construction, the senator would advocate for the full amount when it takes up the issue in June.

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The Air Force had initially asked for the funding in two separate amounts over different years.

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, whose district includes Wright-Patterson, had advocated for the funding in one year in the House legislation.

The House Armed Services Committee member said in an interview sit was a “big win” for the base “which gives us the assurance this is a project that will go forward.”

As national decision makers and others have demanded more intelligence, NASIC’s workforce has increased by about 1,500 employees, or 100 a year between 2000 and 2015, according to the agency.

The building would bring employees in six different locations into one facility. An expansion would add 900 seats to house intelligence analysts and engineers and add labs.

NASIC expects the Army Corps of Engineers to award a final contact by 2020 with a 2½-year construction schedule. Total funding in future years will determine the size of the expansion, however the Air Force has said NASIC has a deficit of 255,000-square-feet, she said.

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Grand jury indicts defendant accused of using pruning shears to stab a man

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

James Freshour (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)
James Freshour (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)

A Montgomery County grand jury Friday indicted 53-year-old James Freshour of Dayton stemming from an attack earlier this month during which he used pruning shears to stab a man.

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Freshour was arrested at the scene.

He remains in the county jail on two counts of felonious assault. He is scheduled to be arraigned May 31, according to online court records.

The 55-year-old victim was taken to a hospital from the incident, which occurred May 1 at a rooming house on Clover Street, Dayton police said.

We checked with Miami Valley Hospital on Friday evening, and the victim is no longer listed as a patient.

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