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May 28, 2017

 Mona Chalabi (@MonaChalabi) is the Data Editor of The Guardian US and a columnist at New York Magazine. As well as co-producing a four-part documentary series about vaginas , Mona has written for TV shows on National Geographic, the BBC and VICE. Mona draws.

Writing a novel can be an arduous endeavor. "Crossing the Street" by Molly Campbell went through numerous rewrites before the author felt that she had gotten it right. This is the story of Beck Throckmorton. Beck works as a barista at Starbucks-this is merely a cover for her real occupation writing steamy erotica that she publishes.

It's a Bird...It's a plane... it's the Super 5k of all! The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is fighting animal homelessness and on Saturday they are having a 5k run or walk. Afterwards they have flying high dog acts, a kids zone, food truck rally, beer and wine garden, live music and so much more!

Ruby the Rabbitfoot
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After the release of last summer's Divorce Party, Ruby the Rabbitfoot is back on the road for the second leg of her tour.  Ahead of her appearance at MOTR in Cincinnati, she chatted with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about album, songwriting and more. 

Ruby the Rabbitfoot will perform at MOTR in Cincinnati on Thursday, May 25th. 

tornado wall cloud national weather service Photo taken near US 35 and I-75, just west of Dayton, at around 7 p.m. Wednesday
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Authorities say tornadoes that touched down in three southwest Ohio counties have caused damage while 15 people trapped by flooding had to be rescued from a park.

Suspected tornado damage was reported Wednesday night in Clark, Greene and Miami counties. A gas station was destroyed in Clark County and some residents of a nearby damaged apartment complex were evacuated.

No serious injuries have been reported.

Lori Gravley reads Marian Schwilk-Thomas' poem, "Abundance of Silence."

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Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman expects President Donald Trump’s budget will go through big changes in Congress, though perhaps not quite as big as in the past.

President Trump’s 2018 budget includes major cuts in social welfare, research and environmental programs, builds a wall along the southern border, and presumes a rate of growth based on tax cuts that will balance the budget in 10 years.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, along with officials from Clark County and the city of Springfield, Tuesday unveiled a new Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab in downtown Springfield.

The lab will be dedicated to testing drug evidence seized by law enforcement agencies in Clark County and statewide. Officials say it will be staffed by two highly trained and experienced drug-chemistry scientists, who will test complex combinations of drugs, including heroin, fentanyl, and other synthetic street opioids.

Dayton Police say a woman told them she fatally shot her two children to save them from the world's evils.

Detective Rod Roberts wrote in court documents that police interviewed Claudena Helton after the May 18 shooting. Her 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son died Sunday.

Municipal Court Judge Christopher Roberts set bond Monday at $1 million for Helton and scheduled a preliminary hearing for May 30. A public defender entered not-guilty pleas for Helton to charges of attempted murder and felonious assault.

National Overdose Deaths—Number of Deaths from Opioid Drugs. The figure above is a bar chart showing the total number of U.S. overdose deaths involving opioid drugs from 2002 to 2015. Included in this number are opioid analgesics, along with heroin and il
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Health officials in both Montgomery and Clark Counties say this year in on pace to double the number of opioid-overdose deaths seen last year. If trends continue, the Montgomery County coroner's office says there could be more accidental overdose deaths in just the first half of 2017 than any previous full year on record.

 

In 2016 Montgomery County officials reported nearly 350 overdose deaths – a record-high. This year, the county has already reported around 300 deaths.

 

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