Marion’s Piazza named ‘Best Pizza Place in Ohio’ by web site

Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 10:08 AM

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Marion’s Piazza has been named the “Best Pizza Place in Ohio” by a digital media company’s web site.

In a story entitled “The Best Pizza Places in Every U.S. State, Mapped,” the digital media company proclaims Marion’s as the best in the Buckeye state. The web site says it serves “quintessential travelers, foodies, leisure seekers and culture hunters from around the world.”

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“Founded in 2016 in Vancouver, Canada, VIVA Lifestyle and Travel is the fastest-growing digital media company for Millennials in the world. We work with hundreds of Contributing Writers, Videographers and Photographers around the world who seek out and curate insider experiences for the quintessential Millennial Traveler,” the web site says.

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Marion’s Piazza has been named the “Best Pizza Place in Ohio” by a digital media company’s web site. FILE(Staff Writer)

There is no mention of what criteria were used in making the digital company’s selections of the best pizza places in each state, other than to proclaim that the web site “tracked down the best spots across the country for you to feast on. … you won’t be able to resist our selection.”

>>RELATED: Marion’s Piazza named ‘No. 1’ on ‘Hot 100’ list (October 2017)

Marion’s is no stranger to national recognition. Less than three months ago, the Dayton-based pizza chain was named No. 1 in Pizza Today’s “Hot 100” list — a position it has held four out of the last five years.

Each year, the magazine ranks the largest independently owned pizza operations in the U.S. based on sales. And this year, Marion’s came in first, with just under $21 million in sales.

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The magazine uses gross sales as its sole criteria, measuring all pizzerias with nine or fewer restaurants in the “independent” category. Marion’s operates nine pizza restaurants in the Dayton/northern Cincinnati area.

Marion’s Piazza was the only Dayton-area pizza chain to be named to the “Hot 100” list. It ranked second for a few years before finally breaking through to No. 1 in 2013.

>>RELATED: Marion’s named No. 1 independent pizzeria in the country (October 2013)

Pizza Today’s editors said the list “is a testament to the ingenuity, diligence and skill of the pizzeria owners who make the grade.”

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Florida man sets girlfriend on fire during argument, police say

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:19 PM

(Palm Beach Post)
(Palm Beach Post)

A 55-year-old Gainesville man was charged with attempted murder after setting his girlfriend on fire Wednesday night, according to authorities

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Roosevelt Kitchen is currently being held at the Alachua County Jail on a $1 million bond, The Gainesville Sun reports. 

Police said they found the woman in a neighbor’s bathtub with “melted skin” from the gasoline poured on her, according to The Sun. 

At about 11 p.m., Kitchen got into an argument with his girlfriend of four years after they were both drinking and using narcotics, police told The Sun. 

The woman then left the apartment, returned and left again to sit on a neighbor’s porch, The Sun reports.

After Kitchen saw her, he approached her on the porch with a red gasoline can and doused her with it. A witness told police he heard Kitchen ask “Anyone got a lighter?” before he pulled one from his pocket and set the victim on fire. 

The woman and her neighbor were unable to put out the flames and took off her burning clothes instead, police said

She was taken to a hospital for her injuries and told authorities that Kitchen had threatened to set her on fire before. 

Read more at The Gainesville Sun

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Hit-and-run accidents are on the increase; AAA advises to be more alert

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 8:43 PM

Hit and run crashes on the rise
Hit and run crashes on the rise

More than one hit-and-run accident occurs every minute on U.S. roads, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. 

In 2016, these types of accidents resulted in 2,049 deaths, which is the highest recorded number and a 60 percent increase since 2009. 

Hit-and-run accidents are on the rise in Ohio as well, with a 26 percent increase from 2015 to 2016.

Fatal hit-and-run accidents in Ohio were 39 in 2012-13, 35 in 2014, 45 in 2015, and 57 in 2016 (and 7,032 injuries.) 

Because such incidents are on the rise, AAA is suggesting to drivers to be alert. If you’re involved in a hit-and-run accident, AAA suggests you follow these steps: 

1. Assist the injured and call 911. 

2. Make sure the scene is visible to approaching vehicles. If possible, move vehicles out of the path of traffic and use hazard flashers, flares, and reflective triangles. Find a safe place to remain until emergency services arrive. 

3. Call police and file a report. If police do not come to the scene, you can visit a local police department or your automobile insurance agency and file a report. 

Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, said, "We can't forget that cars can be deadly when they come into contact with pedestrians, cyclists or other cars. It is incumbent on each and every one of us to stay alert, be aware of our surroundings, and always stay on the scene if involved in a crash." 

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AAA found these common characteristics of hit-and-run accidents: 

  • An average of 682,000 hit-and-run accidents have occurred nationwide each year since 2006,
  • Nearly 65 percent of fatalities in such accidents were pedestrians or bicyclists (nearly 20 percent were pedestrian deaths in the past decade), 
  • Hit-and-run deaths in the U.S. have increased an average of 7.2 percent each year since 2009,
  • New Mexico, Louisiana and Florida have the highest rate of fatal hit-and-run accidents. New Hampshire, Maine, and Minnesota have the lowest rates. 

"Hit-and-run crashes in the United States are trending in the wrong direction," Yang said.

To decrease the chances of being involved in an accident with a pedestrian or bicyclist, drivers should: 

  • Be aware: Pedestrians can walk into a vehicle’s path at any point
  • Be cautious: Look out for small children and be alert to areas where there are likely to be more pedestrians, including school zones, playgrounds, bus stops and intersections 
  • Be patient: Give a pedestrian or cyclist plenty of space when you’re trying to pass
  • Be vigilant: Always yield to pedestrians. 

"It is every driver's legal and moral responsibility to take necessary precautions to avoid hitting a pedestrian, bicyclist or another vehicle,” AAA spokeswoman Cindy Antrican said. “While no one likes being involved in a crash, leaving the scene will significantly increase the penalties for drivers, whether they caused the crash or not."

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Historic summit between North and South Korea focuses on denuclearization

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 9:09 PM

South Koreans hold up placards of South Korean President Moon Jae-In and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un during a rally welcoming the planned Inter Korean Summit in front of Presidential Blue House on April 26, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. 
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South Koreans hold up placards of South Korean President Moon Jae-In and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un during a rally welcoming the planned Inter Korean Summit in front of Presidential Blue House on April 26, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

A historic summit between the leaders of North and South Korea got underway Friday in what could lead to an end to the decadeslong rivalry and years of suspicion and antagonism between the two countries.

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The two nations seemed on the brink of war just a few short months ago, but now in an extraordinary about face, South Korean President Moon Jae-In and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un are meeting at the Presidential Blue House in the Joint Security Area in the border village of Panmunjom.

It’s the first time since the Korean War ended in 1953 that a leader of North Korea has crossed into the southern section of the Demilitarized Zone, news outlets reported.

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Moon, an advocate of peace between the two countries, and Kim, supreme leader of the communist north since 2011, are expected to focus on three main topics --denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, a peace settlement and improved relations, but denuclearization is expected to dominate the discussions, according to The Associated Press.

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It’s unclear whether the closed-door meeting between Moon and Kim will lead to any progress in persuading the North Korean dictator to shut down his nuclear weapons program, something that has eluded the South and world leaders for years.

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The summit precedes a meeting between United States President Donald Trump and Kim, which is expected in May or June.

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Who’s removing political signs from public property? Government officials

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 9:41 PM

Political signs being stolen for violating laws
Political signs being stolen for violating laws

Political signs are being removed from residential yards in Washington Twp. - and local officials are the ones taking them, says NewsCenter 7's Sean Cudahy. 

One of the biggest violations local officials see are signs being placed on the grassy spots between the road and the sidewalk, which is public property and in violation of the law. 

Township officials have workers going out and pulling up signs if they're placed in the public right of way. 

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You can find a political sign for every candidate and just about every issue on the May 8 ballot. 

Washington Twp.'s development director said they've seen an influx of signs to their offices, which is typical for the weeks leading to an election.

But it's about zoning rules - not your politics - when your sign gets pulled up by government officials. 

"I really don't care for them, they're kind of tacky because people put a whole bunch of them in one area a lot of times, where just one would probably suffice," said Travis Charles of Washington Twp.

"I'm glad these workers are cracking down. If you put them out on public property, then if they get ripped up, they get ripped up."

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