AF Marathon numbers down from 2017 on first day of sign up

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 12:16 PM

            The 2015 Air Force Marathon begins. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO
            Ty Greenlees
The 2015 Air Force Marathon begins. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO(Ty Greenlees)

The number of runners who signed up on the first day to run the 2018 Air Force Marathon dropped compared to the first registration day in 2017, figures show.

Marathon statistics show 3,337 people signed up Jan. 2 compared to 5,015 on the first day to register in 2016, according to Marathon Director Rob Aguiar.

“In the running industry now, the first day of registration is not what is used to be say 10 years ago when you had less races and when you had to register quickly on that day to make sure you got in,” Aguiar said.

Runners are “more cautious” today than in the past, he said.

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“They don’t want to commit right in the beginning if something happens,” he said. “… Folks are waiting, making sure they’re healthy, making sure their schedule permits.”

Air Force Marathon runners compete in 5K and 10K races and half- and full-marathons. The half-marathon led the pack at with 1,065 participants signed up as of Tuesday, Aguiar said. The 10K had 881 runners and the 5K counted 715, thus far.

Organizers created a new “premium” medal in 2018 for runners who complete the 5K, 10K and the half-marathon.

Despite the influx of runners last year on the first day of registration, the final number of participants reached 13,679 in 2017, the first time the race did not have at least 15,000 runners since 2012. Mirroring a trend from prior years, runners from all 50 states and 14 countries competed in the 2017 contest.

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Competitors have more contests to choose: In 2012, 26,370 were counted in the United States versus 30,400 in 2016, according to Running USA.

This year’s marathon includes a 5K race at Wright State University on Sept. 14 and the 10K, half- and full-marathons starting and finishing at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 15.

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Prisoner who escaped, jumped into Great Miami River identified

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:03 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 1:14 PM

            Derek Cope has been identified by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office as the inmate who escaped custody during court transport Tuesday.
Derek Cope has been identified by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office as the inmate who escaped custody during court transport Tuesday.

UPDATE @ 1 p.m.:

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office has identified Derek Cope as the inmate the escaped custody during court transport.

The Fairfield Police Department was at the Butler County Resolutions facility on South Second Street in Hamilton returning inmates after court appearances when Cope fled, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Cope, 32, jumped into the river to try and avoid capture but was apprehended a short time later.

“Inmate escaped & in custody after jumping into the river. He had about 10 minutes of freedom..” the Butler County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.

“Maybe he was trying to cool off from this heat, but he is back in custody where he belongs,” said Sheriff Richard Jones.

Cope is being held for burglary and theft out of Butler County Area II Court for failure to comply with a court order out of Hamilton Municipal Court and contempt of court from Fairfield Municipal Court. Additional charges are possible after today’s escape.

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UPDATE @ 12:15 p.m.:

The prisoner is back in custody, according to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.

The sheriff tweeted at 12:12 p.m.: “Think the heat had anything to do with him jumping in the river? He is tired but safe and back in custody…Nice try…”


Police are trying to locate a Butler County prisoner who jumped into the Great Miami River after escaping.

The man was in the process of being dropped of at the Resolutions facility on Second Street in Hamilton when he ran from a Fairfield Police transport van, according to Butler County Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer.

Dwyer told the Journal-News that the prisoner jumped in the river and may be trying to swim to shore.

The man is handcuffed and wearing a yellow jumpsuit, according to Dwyer.

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Homemade bottle bomb found along Island MetroPark bikepath

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:59 PM

MetroParks rangers are investigating after a homemade bottle bomb was found along a bike path in the Island MetroPark Tuesday morning.

MetroParks rangers are investigating after a homemade bottle bomb was found along a bike path in the Island MetroPark Tuesday morning. 

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Rangers responded to the bike path near Kettering Field around 11 a.m. after a park technician found the device during a routine patrol, Lt. Mark Arendt of the Five Rivers MetroParks, Ranger Division said. 

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The device was found partially burnt-up and was apparently filled with a black powder, Arendt said. 

Rangers were not sure how long the bottle was there or when it was initially detonated. 

“It’s a very dangerous situation,” Arendt said. “We wouldn’t want someone to stumble upon this and get hurt. Or we wouldn’t want the person actually messing around with this device to get hurt either.” 

The bottle and powder will be analyzed to determine what the device actually contained, Arendt said. 

No injuries were reported. 

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Recording of crying immigrant children separated from parents at border sparks outrage

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:46 AM

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A recording of crying immigrant children who reportedly were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border circulated online Monday, sparking outrage among critics of the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration.

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The eight-minute audio clip, first published Monday by ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news site, was recorded at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection center last week, the outlet reported. Children can be heard calling for "Mami" and "Papa" as one girl asks to call her aunt. One man, identified by ProPublica as a Border Patrol agent, can be heard saying of the sobs: "Well, we have an orchestra here. What's missing is a conductor."

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According to ProPublica, the person who secretly recorded the audio gave it to civil rights attorney Jennifer Harbury, who then passed it along to the news site.

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According to The Associated Press, the "zero tolerance" policy, which started last month, "sought to maximize criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally," leading to more adults in jail, separated from their children. 

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At a White House press briefing Monday afternoon, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she had not heard the recording, which one reporter played on speaker phone during the briefing. She said the children are treated humanely and given meals, education and medical care. 

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Nielsen said recordings and photos from the border facilities that have circulated online "reflect the focus of those who post such pictures and narratives."

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Actress Amandla Stenberg comes out as gay in Wonderland magazine interview

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:58 PM

Actress Amandla Stenberg came out as gay in an interview with King Princess for Wonderland magazine.  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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Actress Amandla Stenberg came out as gay in an interview with King Princess for Wonderland magazine. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)(Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Amandla Stenberg, an actress who gained fame as the ill-fated Rue in “The Hunger Games,” has come out as gay.

Known as a vocal supporter of social justice issues from the erasure of non-normative sexualities to the Black Lives Matter movement, Stenberg has previously said she identified herself as bisexual in public. She also said that she would also use the word pansexual to describe herself, meaning she is not limited in who she likes in terms of biological sex, gender or gender identity. At the time, she said identifying as bisexual was easier for those unfamiliar with pansexuality to understand.

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In a conversation with musician King Princess for Wonderland magazine, Amandla said she is out and proud.

“So happy to say the words Yep, I’m Gay in official print,” Stenberg wrote on Instagram Sunday.

“Let’s get real right out of the gate,” King Princess said. “I don’t know if the people in the back heard you, are you gay?”

“*Insert Ellen DeGeneres’ TIME Magazine cover squat and wide smile* ‘Yep, I’m Gay,’” Stenberg replies.

Stenberg also discusses the emotional moments she’s had when she realized what her sexuality was.

“I was so overcome with this profound sense of relief when I realised that I’m gay – not bi, not pan, but gay – with a romantic love for women,” she said. “All of the things that felt so internally contrary to my truest self were rectified as I unravelled a long web of denial and self -deprivation. Like, ‘Oh, maybe there’s a reason why I kissed my best friends and felt ashamed growing up.’...

“I was flooded with a sense of calm and peace because everything that I struggled with or felt discomfort around finally made sense to me, and once those floodgates opened and years of pent up pain and shame were released, I found the freedom to live my best life waiting for me just underneath.”

For more on Stenberg’s interview with King Princess, including representation of black queer women on screen, queer icons and her upcoming projects, go to

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