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Texas man loses leg to flesh-eating bacteria after trip to the beach

 A Texas man has lost his right leg after contracting flesh-eating bacteria during a trip to the beach.

According to KRIV, Brian Parrott, 50, of Jacinto City started to feel sick after he went swimming with his family at a Galveston beach June 12. The following Wednesday, his right leg was red and covered in boils.

Doctors amputated the leg from the knee down at Houston's Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, where Parrott remains in intensive care.

Parrott's mother, Donna Dailey, told KRIV that doctors believe the bacteria entered his system through a scratch on his foot. Parrott also suffers from diabetes, which takes a toll on the immune system, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Dailey said the family wants to share Parrott's story "to get the word out" about the bacteria.

"There's nothing more that we can do for my son, but maybe we can save somebody else," she told KRIV.According to the Chronicle, Parrott's family has started a GoFundMe campaign. 

Taco Bell offering free tacos on Tuesday

Taco Bell announced today it would offer one free Doritos Locos taco to customers on Tuesday afternoon, June 21, as part of the restaurant chain’s “Steal a Game, Steal a Taco” NBA promotion.

The special offer will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday only. Taco Bell had announced prior to the NBA Finals that it would give away Doritos Locos tacos if a team won on its opponent’s home court in the NBA Finals — and that ended up happening not once, but three times, with the Golden State Warriors winning Game 4 in Cleveland, then the Cavaliers winning Games 5 and 7 on Golden State’s home court.

No purchase is necessary, according to the promotion’s terms and conditions, and as always, the offer will be good at participating Taco Bell locations. There is, of course, a limit of one free taco per customer.

Cincinnati Reds to celebrate Pete Rose Weekend

Cincinnati Reds fans will get a welcome distraction from an abysmal season next weekend. The Reds will induct the Hit King, Pete Rose, into their Hall of Fame on Saturday at Great American Ball Park before a game against the Padres.

The induction ceremony is one part of a series of events dedicated to the most famous former Red.

Friday: A pregame ceremony will feature members of the Big Red Machine celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1976 World Series Champions. Players scheduled to attend include: Santo Alcala; Bob Bailey; Johnny Bench (Sunday events); Jack Billingham; Dave Concepcion; Pat Darcy; Dan Driessen; Rawly Eastwick; George Foster; Cesar Geronimo; Ken Griffey, Sr.; Don Gullett; Mike Luml; Will McEnaney; Fred Norman; Tony Perez; Manny Sarmiento; Don Werner; Joel Youngblood; and Pat Zachry.

Reds players and coaches will wear 1976 uniforms for the 7:10 p.m. game against the Padres. All fans in attendance will receive a 1976 team photo. Fans can purchase a 1976 World Series replica ring ticket package.

Saturday: The induction ceremony will take place on the field before a 4:10 p.m. game. All fans in attendance receive a Pete Rose poster.

Sunday: Rose’s No. 14 jersey will be retired in a pregame ceremony. All fans in attendance will receive a Pete Rose print.

Local Chick-fil-A to give away $1,000 a day in free food

The Chick-fil-A restaurant at 1482 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp. will shut down in late July for reconstruction, but franchise owner Marla Davis has decided to keep her nearly 100 employees on the payroll during the month-long hiatus while they focus on community service and outreach.

“Our goal is to give back to the community that has graciously supported us and made it necessary for our restaurant to expand,” Davis said this morning. “As a team, we will creatively give away $1,000 a day in free food, $30,000 total.”

When news of the $1 million renovation and expansion project and month-long shutdown broke last year, employees were apprehensive about being out of work, Davis said.

“I did not want them to have to go on unemployment,” she said. “I want them to know they’re my team, my family.”

Davis also is the franchise owner of the Chick-fil-A that opened in December at the Cornerstone of Centerville, and the Washington Twp. restaurant’s catering operations will transfer there during the renovations. The Washington Twp. store has the smallest kitchen of any of the Chick-fil-As in Dayton or Cincinnati, but ranks in the top 25 among the chain’s 1,600 restaurants in catering sales, Davis said.

Lauren Weaver, operations director of the Washington Twp. restaurant and Davis’ daughter, said employees are relieved at the decision and have already begun brainstorming outreach ideas.

“There’s a lot of excitement,” Weaver said. “They’re really getting behind the project.”

Those with ideas for outreach projects can email the store at 01535@chick-fil-a.com.

Trooper saves infant after woman rolls vehicle

An Ohio Highway Patrol trooper rushed to put out a fire after a woman rolled her vehicle during a pursuit, and after putting out the flames he discovered an infant hanging from a seat belt in a back seat.

“I opened up the door and there’s a 4-month infant hanging from the seat belt in the back seat in a car seat,” Trooper Sean Eitel told WBNS.

Eitel had been pursuing the vehicle after he said spotted the driver, Brandy Wilson, 35, driving erratically on Ohio 16 in Newark, a city about 30 miles east of Columbus.

Wilson pulled away from Eitel during the pursuit and sped up, eventually running a stop sign and striking a utility pole, Eitel said.

Wilson’s vehicle burst into flames and Eitel grabbed a fire extinguisher, not knowing that the baby was trapped inside.

“She started going towards the back of the car,” Eitel said, describing what Wilson was doing after the flames were extinguished. “An then I could hear her say ‘My baby!’”

The infant boy was rescued from the vehicle after Eitel cut the seat belt free. The child was left with family while the mother was taken into custody on a series of charges.

Wilson was charged with driving under suspension, reckless operation, failure to yield, failure to comply and two counts of child endangering.

50 Cent issues apology after bullying autistic airport worker

 Rapper 50 Cent is apologizing for posting a video accusing a Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport worker with autism of being high.

“While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, I am truly sorry for offending the young man,” the rapper told Page Six in a statement. “It was certainly not my intent to insult him or the disability community, which is a source of great strength in America. I have apologized personally to him and his family.”

Jungle Jim's and Arrow Wine have pulled Effen, the vodka 50 Cent promotes, off of their store shelves.

According to TMZ, the family has hired an attorney. 

>> Local stores yank 50 Cent-sponsored vodka from shelves after 'bullying' incident First report:

50 Cent really looks more like two bits in a viral video.

The rapper who made appearances in Dayton and Cincinnati last weekend put his foot in his mouth when he posted a video on Twitter accusing a young worker at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport of being high.

According to WKRC in Cincinnati, Andrew Farrell, a teenage contract worker at the airport, has social anxiety and mild autism.

He was on his way to clean a gate when he was approached by 50 Cent.

The TV station interviewed the young man and his parents.

“It hurts to watch that. It’s painful,” Farrell’s stepfather Ken Kramer said. “You come up, and you start talking to a kid you know nothing about. That’s not fair. That’s a slap in the face.”

They want an apology and, according to TMZ, have hired an attorney and want $1 million for bullying. 

The Ruderman Family Foundation, a national leader in disability inclusion, has denounced the rapper.

“50 Cent’s recent taunting of Andrew Farrell, a young man with disabilities, at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is reprehensible and has no place in our society,” said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation. “I’m sure 50 Cent would not want anyone to publicly humiliate his friends and family in the manner he humiliated this young man with disabilities who was just minding his business while doing his job.”

IHOP coming to Bechtle Avenue in Springfield

By the numbers

80: Estimated jobs created by new IHOP location in Springfield.

60: Parking spaces IHOP is requesting for new restaurant.

$2.9 million: Money being spent on three new retail stores on North Bechtle Avenue, including a $2.1 million Hobby Lobby location.

An IHOP restaurant is coming to a new shopping center on Bechtle Avenue in Springfield as the busy retail corridor continues to rebound after a slow down during the Great Recession.

The national breakfast chain, also known as the International House of Pancakes, will build a new restaurant in an outlot at 2206 Bechtle Ave., near the new Hobby Lobby development.

Over the past six months, more than $2.9 million has been spent on new retail stores on Bechtle Avenue.

The shopping center north of Walmart was originally planned in 2006, but the recession slowed the development, said Stephen Thompson, Springfield’s planning, zoning and code enforcement administrator.

“It’s good to finally see these projects come to fruition,” Thompson said.

The new IHOP could break ground as early as May 16, said Jamila Gilbert, marketing director for the developer of the Miami Valley region’s IHOPs. A late summer opening has been targeted, she said.

The restaurant will be IHOP’s newest prototype, called the Rise and Shine Design, Gilbert said. The lot will be about 1 acre and could include a more than 8,400-square-foot restaurant, according to city planning records.

It was announced last year that seven IHOP restaurants were planned for the Miami Valley market but not all of the locations had been released.

The Miami Valley’s IHOPs are being developed by Las Cruces, New Mexico-based Prestige Development Group, which is still in the process of closing on the Bechtle Avenue property.

The first of those restaurants opened in Beavercreek late last year. Each site will create as many as 80 jobs, development officials told this news organization last year.

“We’re excited to be developing in the region again,” Gilbert said.

The restaurant filed a variance to increase the number of parking spaces at its location and will appear before the Board of Zoning Appeals on May 16. The restaurant wants 60 parking spaces, more than the typical 46. City staff will be recommended approval of the variance, Thompson said.

It’s the latest in a string of developments on Bechtle Avenue. Hobby Lobby spent about $2.1 million to construct a new 55,000-square-foot location on North Bechtle Avenue, while Kay Jewelers recently opened a new $163,000 location inside the Bechtle Crossing shopping center at 1654 N. Bechtle Ave.

Dollar Tree is also currently building a $658,000 location in one of outlots in front of the Hobby Lobby development. The former Dollar Tree and Ashley Furniture locations are both being demolished to build a Dick’s Sporting Goods later this year.

The corridor also includes several major retailers such as Walmart, Home Depot, Kohls, Meijer and Lowes.

IHOP operates multiple franchise restaurants in the Columbus and Cincinnati markets. But prior to the opening of the Beavercreek restaurant, the closest IHOPs to Springfield were in Columbus, Grove City and West Chester.

The IHOP will be a good addition to the corridor, Springfield resident Rick Boop said. The city needs more breakfast spots in town, he said, especially in light of the recent Perkins closings.

“A lot of people liked those (restaurants),” Boop said.

Springfield resident Lauren Davey has never eaten at IHOP but believes it will be good for the area. She also hopes to see another breakfast spot enter the market.

“We should get a Waffle House first though,” she said.

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