Tweet goes viral; chemistry test in Tipp will be about video game

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 7:10 AM

TIPP CITY – A bet involving a popular video game and a chemistry exam brought widespread attention to Tippecanoe High School.

A tweet of teacher Mike McCray’s bet with students in which he agreed to make the course final exam about the Fortnite game if students got 6,700 retweets went viral.

The reaction sparked articles about the bet on gaming sites, NPR and Rolling Stone, among others.

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“I didn’t really have any idea whether 6,700 retweets was a very attainable thing. I knew nothing about Fornite, either,” McCray said.

“To be honest, we didn’t think 6,700 (retweets) was attainable at all,” said student Jackson Yeager, who was in on the bet with fellow students Gabe Parsons and Jillian Zuzolo.

It didn’t take long for the retweets to exceed 7,000.

McCray will uphold his end of the bet. The exam in late May won’t be about Fortnite, but will be influenced by it.

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“I’ve got several questions in mind, extended response questions, that incorporate elements of Fortnite into the test. The creators of the game have actually contacted me and they gave me some ideas,” McCray said. “They said it had been a long time since high school chemistry, suggested questions including one about a storm cloud.”

The students now are working on getting McCray to try his hand at the video game. He’s willing to give it a try.

Parsons hopes he can convince the game developers to help in another way beyond the questions.

“In the game, you can change the way your guy looks. I want them to make one of Mr. McCray,” he said.

Exceeding the retweets goal wasn’t enough for some who heard of the bet.

“Everybody now wants to see the test,” Parsons said.

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All participants were surprised by the reaction. “We did it as a joke, and it turned into so much more,” Zuzolo said.

“You always hear about how stuff spreads, but to actually be a part of something that spreads on the internet that widespread … it is kind of scary almost,” McCray said.

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WATCH: Huber Heights pool-goers run as winds whip up dust devil

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

Meteorologist Jesse Maag goes over a whirlwind that popped up Huber Heights and discusses how it was formed.

If the conditions are just right on a hot summer day, you might just come across a whirlwind like the pool-goers at the Kroger Aquatic Center in Huber Heights did Saturday.

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A whirlwind, also known as a dust devil, is a relatively small, rotating column of air initially formed from calm winds, plenty of sun, and generally dry conditions, according to News Center 7 Meteorologist Jesse Maag.

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Crystal Hagans told us an umbrella flew over her head during the whirlwind at the Kroger Aquatic Center located at 8625 Brandt Pike . Hagans said clothes, shoes and lounge chairs were picked up by the whirlwind as well.

Lifeguards were able to get everyone out of the pool and take shelter, Hagans said. They checked to make sure no one had been hurt.

“For me, it was exciting but I was surprised when it happened,” said Hagans.

The birth of a whirlwind starts with sunshine heating the ground which then heats the air immediately above it. This process is known as conduction. Once the air just above the ground is heated, it rapidly rises into the relatively cooler air above.

As it rises it creates what is called an updraft. The updraft quickly transports air from the surface several meters into the air, Maag said.

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After the updraft takes places, air from all around the base of whirlwind rushes in to fill the void left by the air previously located there. Since the air rushing towards the center of the whirlwind is also hot, it meets at the center and continues to feed the updraft.

This cycle continues until heat is lost at the surface or the overall calm surface conditions are compromised. Whirlwinds are generally harmless to adults, but on rare occasions they have been known to knock people off of their feet. It’s best for small children to steer clear of these.

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Sidney man found guilty in fatal Amish buggy crash in Shelby Co.

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 12:27 PM

Steven Eugene Hunter (Shelby County Jail)
Steven Eugene Hunter (Shelby County Jail)

A Sidney man who struck an Amish buggy from behind, killing a woman and injuring three other family members, has been found guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide.

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The crash happened on State Route 47 at the Shelby-Logan County Line April 20. 

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On Friday in Shelby County Common Pleas Court, Steven Hunter, 43, entered a plea of no contest to the charge.

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Killed in that crash was Sarah Schwartz, 23. Her husband, Henry, son, Elmer, and daughter Ester were critically injured but survived. All four were ejected from the buggy.

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Shelby County Prosecutor Tim Sell said Hunter was drunk and high on marijuana when he drove his SUV into the buggy in April.

Hunter had no license after a previous DUI conviction. He fled the scene but was later caught about a mile away.

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Woman in ICU after struck by vehicle in Kettering

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 10:42 AM
Updated: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 4:12 PM

A 41-year-old woman is in ICU after she was struck by a vehicle in Kettering Saturday morning.

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Kettering dispatchers confirmed a man struck the female with his vehicle on West Stroop Road near Stoneridge Road around 2:40 a.m.

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Police were able to locate the man who reportedly thought he had hit a deer using intersection cameras, according to Kettering Police Department Sgt. Larry Warren. He pulled over “down the street” to check his vehicle in a parking lot for damage, dispatchers told us.

The man was reported “very upset” when police told the man he had actually hit a woman instead of a deer. 

Warren said the area where the woman was struck was very dark and wooded. He said police do not know why she was crossing the street there. There was no crosswalk.

Warren describes the woman as being in “very bad shape” after the accident and remains in Kettering Medical Center.

The driver of the vehicle does not face criminal charges, Warren said.

Police are not releasing the identity of the woman at this time.

We are working to learn more and will update this story as information becomes available.

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Kettering center for drug-withdrawal babies celebrates first year

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 3:27 PM


            Brigid’s Path, the state’s first crisis care nursery for drug-addicted newborns is set to begin treating infants by the end of October. Executive Director Jill Kingston is seen in one of the facility’s 24 private nurseries. Six babies a day were admitted to Ohio hospitals in 2015 for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a consequence of an escalating statewide opioid epidemic. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
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Brigid’s Path, the state’s first crisis care nursery for drug-addicted newborns is set to begin treating infants by the end of October. Executive Director Jill Kingston is seen in one of the facility’s 24 private nurseries. Six babies a day were admitted to Ohio hospitals in 2015 for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a consequence of an escalating statewide opioid epidemic. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF(Chris Stewart)

Brigid’s Path, a $2 million Kettering facility specializing in the treatment of babies experiencing withdrawal, is preparing to celebrate its one-year anniversary.

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Depending on the opioid used by a mother, a baby’s withdrawal will typically begin within the first 48 hours of life but may stretch to 96 hours, said Dr. Stephen Hunter, a neonatologist at Dayton Children’s Hospital and Brigid’s Path’s medical director.

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Jill Kingston, the co-founder and executive director of Brigid’s Path, 3601 S. Dixie Dr., said the drug scourge led her to create the organization, which opened last September.

“I was a stay-at-home mom, but I felt a calling to something more,” she said, adding that she was working in foster care when the opioid epidemic increased.

But when Brigid’s Path opened last September, it had an immediate impact on the situation, she said.

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“September to December was really hiring nurses, training and licensing. Getting everything set-up to be ready to treat babies,” she said. “And then on Dec. 29 our first baby arrived and we’ve been treating babies since that time. Our outcomes have been amazing.”

She added, “we are right at 20 babies and we are seeing that the average length of stay is about one month. It depends where their family is and what needs to be done by the family to get them home. Some babies have stayed as long as three months.”

Kingston explained that when a mother is using any kind of opiate while pregnant, the baby is born and goes through withdrawal.

“So, we never say that the baby is addicted. But, sometimes the baby is born dependent because of that drug supply being cut off at birth and they go through very difficult times where you might see them shake and tremor,” she said. “They sweat more and have feeding problems breathing problems just special needs they have to go through.”

The non-profit has several goals in place in terms of how to help mothers and their babies, which they’ve been able to meet.

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“We’ve been able to keep all of our babies out of foster care, which was one of our goals,” Kingston said. “We wanted to keep moms and babies together by wrapping around mom and supporting her so she can do well in recovery as well as getting the housing and everything in place, so she is stable and well. Not all babies are able to go home right away, but they have been able to go home with family members or safe families, so it has been amazing since we have opened.”

Calling the organization a “collaborative effort” involving citizens, businesses and many private donors, Kingston said it has been heartwarming to see so many entities pitch in to make it work.

“Kettering Health Network has donated an electronic medical records system, and the Premier Health System provided a two-year, $75,000 grant,” she said. “Then Children’s Hospital has donated our clinical director to us for her time as well as partnering with to lease our nurses. They also let us use their transport team, so when a baby transported from any hospital in the area they bring the baby here. We also use their pharmacy for medication for our babies.”

Costs at Brigid’s Path are not reimbursed by Medicaid, but Kingston said she and otgers are working on changing that.

“We do need Medicaid and we are working on that at the federal and state level,” she said. “We cannot right now because we are a newborn recovery center and that does not exist in the Social Security Act as something that can receive funding. We are going to start working with the child welfare system to see about funding. But right now everything is just donations from individuals and foundations.”

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