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One dead, several injured in hazmat situation near University of Texas campus

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Austin firefighters responding to a hazardous materials call found a man thought to be in his 20s dead in anapartment Wednesday afternoon. It was unclear if the victim is a University of Texas student, firefighters said.

Paramedics took two people to University Medical Center Brackenridge in connection with the incident at 21 Pearl Apartments in West Campus near 21st and Pearl streets. Three others were treated at the scene, Austin Fire Division Chief Palmer Buck said.

Firefighters responded to the hazardous materials call at about 3:22 p.m. They found the man in cardiac arrest and attempted to resuscitate him, Buck said. Firefighters also found indications of hydrogen sulfide inside the apartment.

Buck said the first firefighters found a “warning sign” outside of the victim’s apartment but Buck did not elaborate further.

The manner and cause of death of the man will be determined by the Travis County medical examiner’s office.

Residents of the apartment building, mostly UT students, have remained outside of the building for about an hour.

At 4:30 p.m., Pearl Street remained closed from 21st to 23rd streets, officials said.

Taste of Greene County crowns more than 30 winners

A little cold can't keep the foodies away.

Despite the weather, about 1,500 people attended the 19th Annual Taste of Greene County on Sunday, April 10, at Wright State's Nutter Center. The event showcased the culinary offerings of two dozen restaurants, bakers and caterers.

“We had a great variety of restaurants, and options of items to sample,” said Dawn Mader, operations manager for Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce. “In addition to the restaurants, we had great volunteers who helped make the event a success.”

The annual tasting provides an opportunity to sample items from local restaurants, and it gives restaurants an opportunity to try out new dishes.

Ele Cake Company debuted three new cakes, which they plan to offer in the future. The Holiday Inn in Fairborn won Best Entrée with Fish Tacos. “They have a newly renovated restaurant, and recently completed hotel renovations," Mader said.

Taste of Greene County was presented by the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce, Greene Memorial Hospital, Soin Medical Center and Kosins Tents & Events.

Mader said the date for next year’s Taste of Greene County will be announced this summer.

Here are the winners of Sunday’s event:

Best Beverage: 1st place, Smoothie King; 2nd place, City Barbeque; 3rd place, McAlister's Deli 

Best Breakfast: 1st place, IHOP; 2nd place, Bob Evans; 3rd place, Mimi's Cafe

Best Appetizer: 1st place, Bar Louie; 2nd place, Giovanni's Fairborn; 3rd place, The Oilerie Dayton

Best Soup/Salad: 1st place, Packy's Sports Bar and Restaurant; 2nd place, Giovanni's Fairborn; 3rd place, Bravo Cucina Italiana

Best Sandwich: 1st place, Dibella's Subs; 2nd place, McAlister's Deli; 3rd place, City Barbeque 

Best International Cuisine: 1st place, Bravo Cucina Italiana; 2nd place, Giovanni's Fairborn; 3rd place, Jeet India Restaurant

Best Entree: 1st place, Holiday Inn Dayton Fairborn; 2nd place, bd's Mongolian Grill; 3rd place, Chicago Gyros and Dogs

Best Dessert: 1st place, Ele Cake Company; 2nd place; Cake, Hope, and Love; 3rd place, Giovanni's Fairborn

People's Choice: 1st place, Giovanni's Fairborn; tied for 2nd place, Bravo Cucina Italiana and McAlister's Deli 

Best Decorated Booth: 1st place- McAlister's Deli, City Barbeque, Cake, Hope, and Love

Sponsors Choice Award: City Barbeque

High winds take down dairy's cow statue

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Damages are widespread this evening after high winds knocked down trees across the area.

At Young’s Jersey Dairy, the famous cow statue that sits atop the restaurant’s sign was blown down, according to a post on the dairy’s Facebook page.

The restaurant reports that after 40 years of being on the sign, the cow survived the ordeal and repairs will get underway on Monday. Near Young’s Jersey Dairy, a large tree fell across U.S. 68, blocking traffic in both directions.

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It was not the only damage caused by strong winds Saturday.

Reports also indicate that part of a roof blew off a building at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

A National Weather Service employee reported that a semitrailer was blown over and overturned on Interstate 75 in Shelby County, near exit 99. This happened around 6:20 p.m.

In Huber Heights, large trees fell on two houses, with downed trees knocking out the entire power grid in the city. A tree that fell on a house on San Juan Court in Huber Heights caused extensive damage.

At University of Dayton Arena, a large tent in place for a winter guard tournament at the facility, was blown over.

At a Shell gas station, a roof over the pumps toppled around 7 p.m.

In South Charleston, a barn collapsed today due to high winds in the 10000 block of Chenowith Road.

Trees are blocking roadways in all parts of the region, including Dayton, Trotwood, Miamisburg, Brookville, Jefferson Township, German Township, and multiple power lines have been taken down by felled trees and branches, leading to thousands of power outages.

People post political comments on Facebook for 'self-affirmation,' study says

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Growing tired of the endless Bernie memes or Trump posts on your Facebook feed?

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A set of studies have found the reason why your social media connections feel the need to post their views.

The Huffington Post reports that a Harvard study found that sharing personal beliefs or feelings on social media works as a release for people because it rewards them for letting something out rather than keeping it in. “Expressing beliefs that are important to you functions as a self-affirmation,” psychology professor Joshua Hart of Union College told The Huffington Post. “It reminds you of the values that are central to your identity, and this gives you a psychological boost.”

A study by the Pew Research Center found that the people posting their opinions on social media are “less likely to share their opinions in face-to-face settings” because people are more likely to feel safer giving out their retorts when behind a computer screen rather than in person. “They’re expressing themselves in a forum where they’re likely to get a reaction, whether it’s the one they want or not,” Hart told The Huffington Post.

Hart said most people who post are also looking for the approval of others and “become more confident in their beliefs” when more people like, retweet or comment on the post. The Huffington Post said that there is not very much difference between Republicans, Democrats and independents regarding the number of posts with the leading posts on your own feed most likely factoring in based on your location.

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Sneaker collection sparks SWAT situation

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A sneaker collection was at the center of a three-hour standoff with Pittsburgh police Saturday.

Two juvenile suspects allegedly tried to steal a large number of tennis shoes from a home in Lawrenceville. 

Police responded to the scene just after 6:30 p.m. 

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Police entered the home and didn’t find any additional suspects, although they originally thought two more suspects were inside. The incident ended around 9 p.m.

Nobody inside the house was injured. 

Anti-Trump movement: What happens next?

On Thursday, a group of conservatives aimed at keeping Donald Trump from becoming the Republican nominee for president, met in Washington D.C. to test the winds on a plan or plans to stop the New York billionaire’s run for the White House.

Organized by conservative activists Bill Wichterman and Bob Fischer along with right-wing radio host Erick Erickson, and  held at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, “Conservatives Against Trump” had some two dozen participants – most all of whom said they would not talk specifics on the record about what happened.

The only officiall response from the group came from a press release posted by Erickson on his website, the Resurgent. 

The Statement read:

“We are a group of grassroots conservative activists from all over the country and from various backgrounds, including supporters of many of the other campaigns. We are committed to ensuring a real conservative candidate is elected. We believe that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump, a Hillary Clinton donor, is that person.

"We believe that the issue of Donald Trump is greater than an issue of party. It is an issue of morals and character that all Americans, not just those of us in the conservative movement, must confront.

"We call for a unity ticket that unites the Republican Party. If that unity ticket is unable to get 1,237 delegates prior to the convention, we recognize that it took Abraham Lincoln three ballots at the Republican convention in 1860 to become the party’s nominee and if it is good enough for Lincoln, that process should be good enough for all the candidates without threats of riots.

"We encourage all former Republican candidates not currently supporting Trump to unite against him and encourage all candidates to hold their delegates on the first ballot.

"Lastly, we intend to keep our options open as to other avenues to oppose Donald Trump. Our multiple decades of work in the conservative movement for free markets, limited government, national defense, religious liberty, life, and marriage are about ideas, not necessarily parties.”

While most held their tongue about the meeting, some shared some general themes discussed there. Here are a few of the things discussed at the meeting on Thursday, according to some participants.

The suggestions

1. Getting a third party on the ballot. "It's certainly not too late," Rep. Trent Franks, (R-Ariz.) and a Ted Cruz supporter, who attended the session said.  "You could get another party on the ballot. A candidate could be picked as late as August. … It would have to be a movement conservative.  I was there to listen.  I am worried about the kind of damage that Trump could cause to our party. … As a conservative, I can’t trust Donald Trump to do the right thing,” Franks told The Washington Post. “However, I can trust Mrs. Clinton to do the exact wrong thing. Therefore, if it comes down to a one-on-one contest, I would vote for Trump."

2. Working prior to the convention to support Ted Cruz, thus eliminating the need for another candidate or a fight on the convention floor.

3. Probably not working so hard for Ohio Gov. John Kasich would need more than 100 percent of the delegates left to be allotted to get to the 1,237 number needed for the nomination.

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4. According to Fox News, a plan was floated to possibly send a last-minute candidate to the convention in Cleveland if no candidate reaches the 1,237 delegate mark.

Also on Thursday

Trump has said that “riots would result” if his path to the nomination is blocked at a contested Republican convention this summer in Cleveland. Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan, warned against talk of riots, and said he believes that a contested convention is now more likely to happen. It will be the first since 1976. Ryan, as Speaker, is in charge of running the convention.

>>What is a contested convention and will the Republicans have one?

What's coming?

What’s happened already

1. According to reporting by the New York Times, by the end of February,  at least two campaigns had  drafted plans to overtake Trump in a brokered convention.

2. Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, (R-Kty.), has a plan that would have lawmakers break with Trump explicitly before the general election.

3. Kasich advisers say the Ohio governor is shooting for a convention battle in which he believes he can win.

4. Tech CEOs and business billionaires traveled to an island off the Georgia coast two weeks ago to take part in the American Enterprise Institute World Forum, a meeting held annually. The main topic of the meeting, though not intended to be so to begin with, was how to stop the Trump candidacy. Those attending the meeting included: Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk all attended. So did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan, GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Ben Sasse (Neb.), who recently made news by saying he “cannot support Donald Trump.”  Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.), Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas) and almost-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Calif.),  Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.), Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas) and Diane Black (Tenn.).

5. Republican Party donors are debating whether or not to continue funding the dump-Trump effort. Some of those donors – New York hedge-fund manager Paul Singer and members of the Chicago Cubs-owning Ricketts family – are expressing  doubts over the effectiveness of their spending on anti-Trump advertising.

6. According to reporting from Politico, anti-Trump groups have outlined a state-by-state bid to keep Trump from getting the 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the Republican nomination. That would force a contested convention this summer in Cleveland. 

Sources: The New York Times; The Washington Post; Politico; Fox News; The Resurgence; The Blaze

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