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Published: Sunday, September 24, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
FAIRFIELD — A Butler County healthcare provider has launched a new class specifically for breast cancer patients.
Many breast cancer treatments can affect a woman’s ability to move her shoulders and arms and cause pain and stiffness, according to the professionals at Mercy Health.
So a new gentle movement class offered at Mercy Health Fairfield HealthPlex teaches stretching and movement techniques to improve posture, flexibility, blood flow and overall wellbeing.
The series of classes focuses on upper body mobility and lengthening to help breast cancer patients at all stages of survivorship. It is open to all women seeking simple exercises that can be practiced anywhere with limited equipment.
Breast surgeon and surgical oncologist Jacquelyn Palmer, MD will be the special guest at the first class.
Classes take place the fourth Wednesday of each month from 5 to 5:45 p.m., beginning Sept. 27 at the Fairfield HealthPlex, which is located at 3050 Mack Road.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 8:51 AM
— If you need proof that a downtown Dayton business ain’t nothing to (bleep) with, turn to RZA’s Facebook page.
The member of the legendary hip-hop squad Wu-Tang Clan gave The Barrel House, 417 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton, a shout-out for the record books on Friday night.
As we first told you in December, the bar’s owners, Gus Stathes and his fiancée Sara Levin, are major Wu-Tang fans.
They launched Wu-Tang Wednesdays with the following posted warning:
“Dear Parents and Prudes,
We will be playing unedited hip hop all day today for Wu-Tang Wednesday. Due to the nature of the music, there may be language which may offend you or your kids.
Unless of course you take parenting advice from Ol’ Dirty Bastard, in which case — WU-TANG IS FOR THE CHILDREN.”
The Barrel House’s notice somehow made it to RZA and he responded by posting a photo of the Barrel House’s sign on his official Facebook page with the sentence “Wu Tang is for the children.”
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 7:00 AM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:41 AM
UNION TWP. — Highlands at Heritage Hill at 3284 Columbia Road, Union Twp., marks the 17th time Homearama is being held in Warren County. This year’s Homearama features 10 homes ranging in cost from $1 million to more than $2 million.
Here are some of the more unique features and trends we saw during a sneak-peek tour of Homearama, which opens Saturday, July 21:
1. Multi-generational homes
Homearama, until this year, has never featured multi-generational homes. This year it features two, both of them by High Pointe Custom Homes.
“These are actually two of the first multi-generational homes that have been built in this region and in the Midwest, for that matter,” said Dan Dressman, executive director for Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati. “What it allows is two or three different families — it could be the in-laws, kids, cousins — they all live in different sections of the house … and then they’re joined together.
In the case of Heritage A (6,475 square feet) and Heritage B (2,705 square feet), a 32-foot underground hall runs between the two homes.
Constructed using a prefabricated concrete bridge structure, the hall is decorated to look like a combination beer hall/wine cellar with giant casks lining each wall, wooden picnic-style tables and benches as well as solid wood, double-arched doors with a speakeasy window into the wine room.
The Lighthouse is a 6,165-square-foot home connected by a secret passageway in a parlor room just off the entrance. A spiral staircase in that same room leads to a second-story crow’s nest.
2. Frontyard social spaces
Rather than sequester family and friends in the backyard for social gatherings, two Homearama 2018 homes put such spaces in the front of the property.
The Ashby Manor by Wieland Builders boasts a Southern style, with a wraparound front porch with a wood-burning fireplace. French doors open the space to the dining room.
The Homegrown by High Pointe Custom Homes puts a fire pit in the middle of a circular driveway in front of the residence. That rarely-found feature allows a homeowner to invite passing neighbors to sit and socialize and, on Halloween, a unique way to ensure trick-or-treaters don’t have far to go to score some candy, according to the builder.
3. Second-floor living rooms
While living rooms once were relegated to the main or lower levels, several Homearama 2018 homes add mini-gathering spaces on the second floor, giving a social aspect to an area once thought only worthy of bedrooms.
4. Refrigerators in pantries
Refrigerators, once the staple of kitchens and basement “man caves,” are fast becoming fixtures of walk-in pantries, as well, assuring meal maker or party planners additional space for lesser-used items.
5. Movie theaters, billiards rooms
Most of the homes at Homearama 2018 feature lower-level getaway spaces meant to give family and friends a place to unwind and have fun.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
HOUSTON — A cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush was shot and killed Friday in a bicycle drive-by shooting near Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Police said Dr. Mark Hausknecht, 65, was riding his bicycle near Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women just before 9 a.m. on Friday when he was shot by another bicyclist going in the other direction, Houston Police tweeted.
UPDATE on this morning's fatal shooting at 6600 Main Street: pic.twitter.com/Srgvcss4rW— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 20, 2018
The man fired two shots at Hausknecht before taking off on his bike, police said.
Hausknecht was on his way to work at the time, KTRK reported. A witness flagged down a private ambulance driving by the scene. Emergency crews rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
Investigators do not know if the shooting was random or targeted, or possibly the result of road rage.
Jim McGrath, spokesperson for former President H.W. Bush, 94, issued a statement on Twitter.
“Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man,” President Bush said in the statement. “I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our prayers.”
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:19 AM
PHOENIX — A transgender woman in Phoenix has filed a formal complaint against CVS with the Arizona Board of Pharmacy, after she said a pharmacist refused to fill her hormone prescriptions and humiliated her in front of other customers.
In a blog on the ACLU of Arizona website, Hilde Hall said it was the first time she filled the prescription for hormone therapy.
“I was finally going to start seeing my body reflect my gender identity and the woman I’ve always known myself to be,” Hall said.
Hall said the pharmacist loudly questioned her need for the medication and wouldn’t give her a clear reason why he wouldn’t fill the prescription, KSAZ reports.
“I nearly started crying in the middle of the store. I didn’t want to answer why I had been prescribed this hormone therapy combination by my doctor,” Hall wrote. “I felt like the pharmacist was trying to out me as transgender in front of strangers. I just froze and worked on holding back the tears.”
Hall also said the pharmacist refused to give her back the doctor’s note so that she could go to another pharmacy.
Hall said she called the CVS customer service complaint line twice, and when she didn’t hear back, she filed a complaint with the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy.
CVS said in a statement to CNN the pharmacist violated company policy and has been fired.
Steve Kilar, communications director with the ACLU of Arizona, said CVS spoke with Hilde over the phone on Friday after the incident.
The ACLU of Arizona issued the following statement:
“Hilde appreciates that CVS took her experience seriously. She spoke with a CVS representative today who offered a sincere apology on behalf the company and said that the pharmacist who mistreated Hilde acted outside of the company’s guidelines. Hilde hopes that CVS will make its nondiscrimination policies public, so that transgender and non-binary customers have some assurance the corporation will take appropriate action if similar discrimination occurs in the future.”