NASIC wants more space beyond latest $116M project

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 5:30 AM


            U.S. Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
            Ty Greenlees
U.S. Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

A secretive intelligence agency has pushed for a bigger expansion at Wright-Patterson beyond the $116 million building slated to rise at the local Air Force Base within the next few years.

The National Air and Space Intelligence Center has lobbied Congress for another additional $66 million in future years, budget documents show.

The agency has added about 100 employees a year since 2000, creating overcrowded work spaces. Some employees share desks, work a second shift and in scattered spaces, according to NASIC.

NASIC has exceeded its work space by about 30 percent, said Michelle Martz, an agency spokeswoman. “The primary need is absolutely focused on overcrowding,” she said in an interview. “… We don’t have enough space for the people that we have.”

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Among its chief missions, NASIC analyzes ballistic missile threats to the United States and briefs the nation’s leaders on its findings, a job that has gained more scrutiny recently with concerns over North Korea’s nuclear-missile ambitions.

The first phase of the expansion would add 148,000-square-feet of space. A second phase, if it were to receive funding, would add another 107,000 square feet, according to the agency.

“There’s no guarantee the second phase will follow,” said Michael Gessel, Dayton Development Coalition vice president of federal programs. “That will require strong (support) from the community, the Air Force and the congressional delegation.”

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract to build the $116.1 million expansion was expected to be awarded between the late summer of 2019 and winter of 2020, with a 30-month construction timeline, according to Martz. Congress must still appropriate money in the defense budget for the project.

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The expansion would be the second at the facility that routinely has members of Congress tour the Wright-Patterson campus. In October, the secretive intelligence agency had a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for a $29.5 million foreign materials exploitation facility for a 58,000-square-foot building to dissect adversaries weapons technology.

NASIC has about 3,200 employees and about a $450 million budget, according to the agency.

In another pending military construction project, the Air Force Research Laboratory has asked for a $30 million lab at the Airmen Systems Directorate at Wright-Patterson.

The nearly 3,900-square-foot facility would seek funding in fiscal year 2020, according to an Air Force budget document.

A timeline for construction has not been determined, Wright-Patterson spokesman Daryl Mayer said Tuesday.

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2 injured in collision involving semi on U.S. 127 in Darke County, near Ansonia

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:26 PM

Crash at U.S. 127 and Ohio 242 in Darke County on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.: U.S. 127 North and South will remain closed as deputies investigate the collision involving a semitrailer and a passenger that sent two people in the car to a hospital. 

Both victims were in the car, which appears to have failed to yield and pulled into the path of the semitrailer at the intersection of Reed Road and state Route 242, according to the preliminary Darke County Sheriff's investigation. 

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The semi hit the gas tank section of the car and it spun to a stop in the roadway. The driver of the semi was not injured. 

Both victims had to be extricated and were loaded onto one CareFlight helicopter for the trip to a hospital. Their injuries were said to be serious, but not life-threatening, according to a sheriff's sergeant on scene.

INITIAL REPORT

As many as two people have been taken to a hospital from a collision near Ansonia involving a passenger vehicle and a semitrailer. 

The conditions of the victims is not known, but an initial report indicated that one or two of the victims may have been trapped in the wreckage for a time. 

Darke County sheriff's deputies, medic units and two CareFlight helicopters were dispatched sometime after 8 p.m. to the accident reported at U.S. 127 and state Route 242. 

The scene is just west of Versailles, east of Ansonia. 

Traffic in the area is affected until further notice. 

We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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Georgia restaurant owner accused of assaulting employee over wrong order

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 11:01 PM

Attorneys Kayla Bumpus (left) and Muwali Davis (right) speak about Ju’Nea Turner’s case during a news conference Wednesday. (RAISA HABERSHAM / RAISA.HABERSHAM@AJC.COM)
Attorneys Kayla Bumpus (left) and Muwali Davis (right) speak about Ju’Nea Turner’s case during a news conference Wednesday. (RAISA HABERSHAM / RAISA.HABERSHAM@AJC.COM)

Attorneys for a former Gwinnett County, Georgia, restaurant employee said their client was fired after a video posted on Facebook appeared to show the owner assaulting her after a customer complained about an incorrect order.

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At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Ju’Nea Turner said she suffered bruises on her breast during the alleged assault. which was captured by a customer’s cellphone.

Turner and her attorneys, Muwali Davis and Kayla Bumpus, have now filed a warrant application, allowing her to seek assault and battery charges against the owner, listed on the restaurant’s website as Mr. Lee.

A hearing is scheduled for June 13. 

The viral video, which has been online since the incident occurred on Friday, shows the former Doo’s Seafood and Deli employee yelling at Lee after he accused her of incorrectly filling an order. The owner said the customer’s refund would be taken out of her paycheck, Turner’s attorneys allege. The customer claimed in the video that Lee’s wife placed the incorrect order. 

“I was just trying to make sure I wasn’t financially punished for someone else’s mistakes,” Turner said at the news conference. 

WARNING: Video contains explicit language

Seconds into the cellphone video, the owner appears to knock food out of Turner’s hand and shove her in front of the complaining customer, the employees and the other customers inside the Snellville business.

The cellphone camera was not pointed at the employee or the owner when the physical contact occurred. 

Surveillance footage from a different angle shows that the owner grabbed the food tray from Turner and then pushed against her left shoulder.

“What happened to her was something that no one should have to endure, particularly a woman and a mother who just came to work, and that was her only intent,” Davis said at the news conference. 

Turner said she refrained from retaliating since she has a 2-year-old and a 7-year-old to feed. 

“It’s unfortunate on the day of the incident that the offender was not arrested immediately,” Davis said. “And I’m certain that, if the roles were reversed, that she would have been taken out in handcuffs. For us, this is a matter of both class and race.” 

Gwinnett County police responded to the scene but said the “parties involved in the dispute did not wish to pursue the case further,” Cpl. Wilbert Rundles told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Rumbles said Lee did not suffer any injuries during the assault. 

“The officers explained to each party how to request a warrant hearing from a judge, which is a common resolution and procedure in this type of case, if they changed their minds on the case,” Rumbles said. “Both parties were accepting of the officers’ handling of the call and the call was closed.” 

Davis said this was the first physical incident between his client and Lee, but said Turner has witnessed Lee assaulting other employees. Davis has encouraged other witnesses to come forward concerning Friday’s incident and any other alleged assaults. 

“We believe that this is a pattern and our intention is to stop that pattern,” he said. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution tried to contact Lee for comment Wednesday afternoon, but was unsuccessful.

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Gravesites overrun for Civil War veterans at Miami County cemetery

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:48 PM

Jackson Cemetery just outside Piqua is home to Civil War veterans and many African-Americans who were born slaves but died free.

The cemetery has been a historical landmark for the last 10 years.

However, of concern to Piqua resident Della Shaffer is that some of these historical gravesites are overrun by brush.

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She knows of nine veterans buried here and has seen at least five headstones in the woods.

“I think it’s very disrespectful and it’s kind of sad to think this is their final resting place after giving service to our country,” Shaffer said.

“We are Americans. These are veterans of the Civil War. These are men that served under Abraham Lincoln.

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“I would love to have this cleared up by Memorial Day out of respect for them. But sometimes things take time,” she said.

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Stay away from dangerous sunscreen pills, FDA warns

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:53 PM

The FDA issued a warning about companies marketing dietary supplements as sunscreens. ‘There’s no pill or capsule that can replace your sunscreen,’ the agency said in a statement.
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The FDA issued a warning about companies marketing dietary supplements as sunscreens. ‘There’s no pill or capsule that can replace your sunscreen,’ the agency said in a statement.(Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

The Food and Drug Administration issued warnings Tuesday addressing dietary supplements that claim to protect the public from sun damage.

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“There’s no pill or capsule that can replace your sunscreen,” the agency wrote. “We’ve found products purporting to provide protection from the sun that aren’t delivering the advertised benefits. Instead they’re misleading consumers, and putting people at risk.”

The warning letters were aimed at four companies and accused them of “illegally marketing pills and capsules labeled as dietary supplements that make unproven drug claims about protecting consumers from the harms that come from sun exposure without meeting the FDA’s standards for safety and effectiveness.”

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The FDA specifically called out the following products for putting people at risk:

The agency said the companies need to reverse any federal violations associated with their products.

A representative with Napa Valley Bioscience told Time in a statement that their product “is made with ingredients that published clinical studies show protect skin from damage,” and is useful for supplemental protection and for users with sensitive skin.

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“However, to be abundantly clear: the sun is dangerous, and UV rays damage your skin. We don’t market Sunsafe Rx as a sunscreen, and we certainly don’t tell consumers that they don’t need any other protection from the sun or that they don’t also need to use a topical sunscreen,” the company said. “Everyone should exercise caution when exposed to the sun.”

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And one in five Americans are at risk of developing the condition in their lifetime.

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The FDA is also researching the effectiveness of current sunscreens on the market as some research has purported some ingredients popular in conventional sunscreens may seep through the skin, though human harm due to this hasn’t been concluded.

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