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Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Of all the days of the year, Tax Day is probably the one in which you could most use a break. And while taxes generally are not that fun, there is some good news amid the tax return blues.
Some nationwide chains are offering Tax Day “freebies,” deals and discounts to take the sting out of preparing those returns.
Below is an explanation of why tax day is April 17 this year, and a list of freebies and deals for the day and beyond.
When is tax day 2018?
April 15 is Tax Day most years, but since April 15 was on Sunday and Monday is Emancipation Day in Washington D.C. so federal employees are off, Tax Day falls on Tuesday.
Emancipation Day marks the day the Compensated Emancipation Act was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The act signaled the end of slavery in the city of Washington.
Tax Day means it’s the last day to file your 2017 taxes unless you file for an extension.
What kind of freebies and deals are available for Tax Day?
Here’s a list of freebies and deals available Tuesday.
Note: Some of the deals below will not be offered at every location, not every franchise honors the deals. Call ahead to your local restaurant to make sure they are honoring the offer.
Applebee's: It’s “Dollarita” time at Applebee’s. Get $1 margaritas through April 30.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: You can celebrate making it through Tax Day by getting a free Pizookie with a minimum purchase of $9.95 on Wednesday.
Captain D's: Get the $10.40 deal on Monday and Tuesday. The deal includes six pieces of its signature batter-dipped fish, one family side and six pups.
Chili’s: Get a $5 Cuervo Blue Margarita at participating locations on Tuesday.
Chuck E. Cheese’s: Buy a large cheese pizza Tuesday through Thursday, get one large cheese pizza free.
Great American Cookies: Get a free Cookies & Cream Cookie Tuesday at participating locations. No purchase is necessary.
Hardee’s: Get a free sausage biscuits from 7 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at participating locations. Say “made from scratch,” when ordering.
Hooters: Through Tuesday, kids 12 and younger get a free kids meal with an adult purchase of $10 or more.
Piada Italian Street Food: Piada is offering free blackberry lemonades at all locations Tuesday.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop: The first 75,000 people to sign up for the Potbelly Perks loyalty program will get a free sandwich. If you are already a member, you can get a buy-one-get-one-free sandwich offer loaded to your account Tuesday.
Schlotzsky’s: Tuesday get a free small original sandwich with the purchase of chips and a medium drink.
Sonic Drive-In: Get up to five half-price cheeseburgers Tuesday at participating locations.
White Castle: Through Tuesday, get 15 percent off any in-restaurant White Castle purchase.
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Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 2:55 PM
DAYTON — Flyer, the baby bald eagle who just took her first flight Tuesday, has died.
Jim Weller, founder of Eastwood Eagle watchers, confirmed with us that the 87-day-old eagle was struck by a delivery truck while attempting to cross Interstate 75 in Dayton Sunday morning.
She flew across the highway from the north riverbank area and attempted to land but missed her perch. Weller said this is common for eagles at this age. She then flew back across the highway to the north riverbank area but she was too low, and was struck by a delivery truck.
A member of the Eastwood Eagle Watchers had witnessed the accident.
Weller said she flew outside of Carillon Historical Park for the first time Saturday.
According to Weller, 50 percent of eagles do not survive their first year. A lot goes against them, he said, such as electrical wires, automobile traffic, and planes.
Flyer had a wingspan of six feet and hatched in April, said Weller.
Her remains were recovered and taken to the Glen Helen Raptor Center in Yellow Springs. She will then be transported to Colorado Springs, Colorado to a federal eagle repository by federal law, Weller said.
Flyer’s father, Orv, and mother, Willa, were still active in her life. Orv had caught her a fish to eat and Willa was perched nearby Saturday.
Weller said her father and mother will spend about one to two weeks searching for her.
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 12:29 PM
— Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said he was “overwhelmed” by the response to a video his department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among police departments.
Since its posting at noon Wednesday, the video has been viewed more than 2 million times, shared more than 56,000 times and has generated more than 6,000 comments.
“Incredible,” Muterspaw told the Journal-News this morning.
The video also attracted the attention of country music group Lady Antebellum, whose song “Need You Now” is lip synced by Middletown Police.
The group tweeted the video was “amazing.”
Muterspaw said it took about one hour to shoot the video, and while some officers were reluctant at first, he said everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.
He said it’s important to show police officers are human.
“If we brought out some smiles, then we did our job,” Muterspaw said.
In the video, officers are seen craving doughnuts, and once the empty boxes in the office are replenished, stuffing their faces with doughnuts.
Muterspaw said police officers truly “love” their doughnuts.
“We always have them in the break room,” he said.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 7:43 PM
HUBER HEIGHTS — Perfections Beauty College held a ribbon-cutting with the city Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
This Beauty College is located at 7806 Waynetown Blvd., where the old Carousel Beauty College was located.
When Carousel Beauty College abruptly closed about two years ago, over 300 students in the Dayton region were unable to finalize their education, said City Council Member of Huber Heights Richard Shaw.
Perfections Beauty College has revamped and renovated this location and is coming in to help students continue their education that they had with Carousel.
Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:44 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 1:00 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 1:00 p.m.:
Police on scene told us one man was taken to a hospital but is in good condition after he struck an RTA pole and flipped his car on its top.
The driver was the only person involved in the accident, police said.
He lost control of his car before striking the pole.
A tow truck just left the scene and the road should open back up soon.
A road is closed after a vehicle flipped on its top and caught fire in Dayton Sunday.
Crews responded to the scene at North Broadway Street and Superior Avenue around 11:38 a.m., regional dispatchers confirmed.
North Broadway Street between Grand Avenue and Superior Avenue is closed, according to our crew on scene.
Dispatch advised people take an alternate route.
Everyone was able to get out of the vehicle, dispatch said.