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School named after Confederate president to be renamed after Barack Obama

A Mississippi school that was named after a Confederate president is to be renamed next year after former U.S. President Barack Obama after an Oct. 5 vote by the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees.

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Davis IB Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi, has operated for years under the namesake of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. But by the time the 2018-2019 academic year rolls around, the school will be renamed Barack Obama Magnet IB Elementary School.

The decision was announced Tuesday after months of discussion. Parents of students who attend the school, including PTA President Janelle Jefferson, expressed excitement and approval, saying the new name is more appropriate for the school, which has a population of 97 percent black students.

“Jefferson Davis, although infamous in his own right, would probably not be too happy about a diverse school promoting the education of the very individuals he fought to keep enslaved being named after him,” Jefferson said, according to The Clarion Ledger.

Jefferson said the new name reflects “a person who fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves.”

The decision came soon after the Mississippi State Board of Education requested Gov. Phil Bryant declare Jackson Public Schools in a state of emergency for lack of certified teachers and proper procedures, among other issues, Newsweek reported. If Bryant approves the request, the school board will be disbanded, according to The Clarion Ledger

The potential for the disbandment led board members to encourage PTA members at three schools in the Jackson Public Schools system to consider renaming at a hastened pace. 

There’s no word on the renaming developments of two other schools in the county: George Elementary, named after Confederate Gen. James Zachariah George, and Lee Elementary, named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

As of January, at least 19 U.S. schools had been named after Obama, according to Education Week.

Arby’s expands sale of deer meat sandwich, tests elk meat

Arby’s’ “We have the meats” slogan is right on target. 

The fast food chain, known for its slow-roasted roast beef sandwiches, began selling limited-edition venison sandwiches a year ago in select markets. 

The company announced this week the “100 percent deer meat” sandwiches will be available nationwide in the chain’s 3,300 locations later this month. 

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The sandwiches, which were originally offered at locations in heavy deer hunting states, including Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, will be available everywhere starting Oct. 21, USA Today reported. 

“The positive response to our limited offering of venison last year was so widespread and passionate that we knew we had to find a way to offer it nationwide,” Jim Taylor, chief marketing officer of Arby’s said in a news release. “On October 21, we want hunters and meat enthusiasts across the country to visit their local Arby’s and enjoy this amazing sandwich. It’s a perfect example of the level of innovation coming from our teams and our commitment to creating experiences that guests can only get at Arby’s.”

When Arby’s first introduced the venison sandwich at 17 U.S. locations last year, the sandwich sold out within hours. 

Arby’s brand president and chief marketing officer, Rob Lynch, said customers should expect similar demand for the sandwiches when the offering expands to the new locations.

“If people are interested in trying the sandwich, the only way to guarantee they can get one is to get there when we open or a little before and make sure they are in line, just like the folks last year,” he said in a news release.

The venison sandwich features a thick-cut venison steak marinated in garlic, salt and pepper. The meat is topped with crispy onions and a juniper berry sauce.

Beginning Oct. 21, Arby’s will also start testing a limited-edition elk sandwich. The elk sandwich will be available initially in only three restaurants in the popular elk hunting states of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. 

Where to score some deals today for National Coffee Day

Brew, ink, java, joe. Whatever you call it, a cup of coffee is how many start their day.

While it seems every day is National Coffee Day, with 2.25 billion cups of coffee consumed daily across the world, the official celebration is set for today, Sept. 29.

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Here are some National Coffee Day deals and discounts that you can score in the Dayton-area:

Cinnabon: You can get a free 12-ounce coffee on Friday at Cinnabon locations.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Any guest who purchases a medium or larger cup of Dunkin’ Donuts signature hot coffee will receive an additional medium hot coffee for free.

>> MORE DETAILS: Dunkin’ Donuts to offer BOGO deal for National Coffee Day

McDonald’s: Get a free McCafe Latte or a Frappe by downloading the My McCafe App.

>> RELATED: McDonald’s unveils 3 new espresso drinks; more coffee beverages coming

Pilot Flying J: The travel centers will be giving away free cups of small coffee or another hot beverage of choice if you show an online coupon available at http://pilotcoffee.pilotflyingj.com, or on Pilot Flying J's Facebook page.

Starbucks: Starbucks is not offering any special Coffee Day deals on Friday.

Trendy raw cookie dough shop being sued for making people sick

A raw cookie business that’s gotten a lot of attention for its social media presence and intriguing photos has suddenly found itself in the middle of a lawsuit.

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Two Manhattan College students have filed a class-action lawsuit against Dō, alleging that the business’ product caused food poisoning, Eater New York reported.

The crux of the lawsuit is that Dō’ states on its website that raw cookie dough is “completely safe to consume” and specifically says, “That means no chance of food-borne illness or the risk that comes along with eating raw flour products.”

The business further described consuming their pasteurized egg and heat-treated flour product as “worry-free.”

If what is alleged is true, that is not the case.

Dō has responded publicly to the suit, telling Eater, “We stand behind the safety of our products and our representations about our products. We will fully and faithfully defend ourselves against any and all false accusations.”

Grub Street reported that the plaintiffs are named as Julia Canigiani and Katherine Byrne. They claim they both got sick even though they ordered different things.

Canigiani and Byrne alleged that Dō has fraudulently concealed, negligently misrepresented and unjustly enriched itself off of an unsafe product and are consequently suing for upward of $5 million in damages.

Budget shortfall leads school to ask parents to donate toilet paper, other supplies

A budget shortfall sparked a call for toilet paper donations at schools in Washington state, according to the Kent Education Association.

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“Due to the Kent School District budget crisis, some schools have been unable to purchase paper goods,” read a flyer, which was distributed to parents. “Educators are working to take some of the pressure off of the school’s budget by collecting necessary paper supplies.”

One line printed on the flyer reads “the end is near,” suggesting the schools, serving nearly 28,000 students, could run out of paper.

Donations are being accepted at Kent schools Oct. 9 through 12. In addition to toilet paper, construction paper, paper towels, reams of copy paper and facial tissue are being accepted.

The Kent School District, which has 41 schools, confirms it began the year with a nearly $7 million budget shortfall. Superintendent Calvin J. Watts said the shortfall was not a result of misusing district funds, but a miscalculation of enrollments.

Parents are asking for an itemized budget so they can see where the money went.

“Thirty-three percent of my taxes are going to the local school,” Lisa Adams, a parent of three students in Kent schools, told KIRO. “The superintendent had said it was a miscalculation of resources and funds ... How do you miscalculate $7 million?”

A budget passed last month fixes the hole by cutting $2.9 million in personnel and $1.4 million in operating costs.

World's biggest Chick-fil-A with 5 floors, rooftop deck to open in 2018

Popular chicken chain Chick-fil-A will open its largest location, a five-story restaurant with a rooftop terrace, in early 2018, Chick-fil-A announced Monday.  

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But hungry Southerners hoping to eat at the massive restaurant, a 12,000 square-foot space, will have to travel to lower Manhattan’s Financial District.  

It will be the third Chick-fil-A location in New York City.

In a press release, Nathaniel Cates, design manager for restaurant development at Chick-fil-A, said the new location will have floor to ceiling windows and will allow lots of natural light. Visitors dining on the rooftop deck will have views of the Freedom Tower. A “monumental” staircase will connect the five stories.

The restaurant, located less than half a mile from Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial, will seat 140 guests across three levels. Two levels will house kitchen space. A semi-private multi-purpose space will feature white boards and cork boards for group trainings or meetings, according to the release.

“We are always thinking about how to make the dining experience feel as comfortable as possible for our customers,” Cates said

There is no opening date for the restaurant yet.

See illustrative designs of the restaurant below.

Former Blue Jacket theater set for demolition in Greene County

It’s been 10 years since the Blue Jacket theater group performed at Caesar’s Ford Park, and now the dilapidated buildings are slated to be torn down.

A padlock on the front gates keeps the public out of the park at 520 S. Stringtown Road. The structures, which were built in the 1970s, have not been maintained and now pose safety hazards, Greene County officials said.

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“It’s a sad end of an era, but the future is bright,” said Brandon Huddleson, Greene County administrator.

Rezod LLC has been awarded the $308,851 contract to demolish the buildings and clear the way for reopening the 65-acre park and exploring new recreational options for residents.

To pay for the three-month project, county commissioners approved spending $208,000 out of the general and capital funds, and the park district is providing $100,000. County officials have not said when the demolition work will begin.

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Memories of the Blue Jacket theater

Many people, like Kevin Carsey of Beavercreek, earned lifelong memories working at the amphitheater and seeing the life of Blue Jacket, a famous American Indian who lived in the Greene County region, portrayed in the open air.

“It is a sacred land,” said the 39-year-old father of two. Carsey got chills as he recalled walking the trail toward the back of the property and being near the area that was dubbed “the medicine wheel.”

“At the end of the show, the actors would say ‘look around you at the forest and listen to the streams nearby’ … The spiritual piece of that is just huge for those of us who worked at the theater,” he said.

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Carsey and others want an opportunity to visit the park and the buildings before they are torn down. Carsey said there was always a ceremony at the beginning of the shows to show respect for the Americans Indians who once lived in the region. He hopes the county allows a similar ceremony before the demolition work begins.

Elizabeth Gutierrez Burke, 33, of Riverside, started acting in the shows when she was 12. When she wasn’t acting, she would work as an usher, and her siblings also participated in the shows.

“We weren’t just a cast, we were a family that transcended seasons,” Burke said. “That show will always be a part of every cast and crew member to grace that stage.”

‘A beautiful piece of property’

The strong sentimental ties the community has to the park are not lost on Greene County Parks and Trails Director Chrisbell Bednar.

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“A lot of people grew up out there,” Bednar said. “They had their summer job out there. A lot of people have great, fond memories of being part of the show or seeing the show.”

Bednar said the seats that make up the amphitheater will be disassembled and removed before demolition in an effort to preserve them for future use. She said measures will be in place to try to avoid damaging the concrete that forms the seating area, but the iconic light tower, which shined down onto the large outdoor stage, will have to come down.

“It’s a beautiful piece of property,” Bednar said. “We want to make it a multi-use facility for various programs throughout the year. Cycling and equestrian groups have made inquiries, and they need a big facility, but right now we can’t open it to the general public.”

The Xenia-Jamestown Connector Bike Trail passes through a portion of the park, and building new trails to connect to it is part of the ongoing conversation about what to do after the demolition work is over.

Florida teacher suspended after students flashed breasts, twerked in classroom, report says

A Duval County teacher is suspended without pay after students allegedly flashed their breasts and twerked in his classroom.

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District officials began investigating after a school secretary heard about alleged inappropriate activity inside Brent Sawdy's seventh grade classroom on May 2.

Students had just gotten back to Lake Shore Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida, after a field trip when Sawdy told them they could work on school work or talk with friends in class, a police report says.

Sawdy put on a movie and worked quietly at his desk while the students talked, according to the report.

The report says the students got bored and someone suggested playing "Dirty Dare."

They began the game by daring each other to kiss one another, according to the report.

During the game, two girls allegedly exposed their breasts and a boy licked or kissed the girls' breast, the report says.

One student said she saw a student twerking on a boy and another student "sat on all the boys' laps" in the classroom.

When asked about what happened, Sawdy said he did not hear anyone say anything about playing "Truth or Dare" and did not see students do anything questionable.

He said he saw a male student slap a girl's leg. He took the student outside and told him that kind of playing could get him in trouble, he told investigators.

Investigators determined that Sawdy failed to provide adequate supervision in his classroom.

He was suspended without pay, according to documents.

Gap, Banana Republic closing 200 stores

Gap Inc., which owns Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and two other brands, will close hundreds of stores to make way for new ones. 

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According to The Associated Press, the clothing retailer plans to close 200 Gap and Banana Republic stores in the next three years. The company plans to open 270 new Old Navy and Athleta stores during that time. 

The move supports efforts to leverage Old Navy and Athleta, which have reported rising sales, while Gap and Banana Republic have reported drops in sales.

Gap Inc., like many other retailers, has seen the impact of consumers’ preference to shop online, making it difficult for some brick-and-mortar stores to report significant earnings.

According to the AP, Old Navy is on track to surpass $10 billion in sales in the next few years, and Athleta is expected to exceed $1 billion in sales.

Read more at The Associated Press.

Chipotle to start offering queso dip at all restaurants

Chipotle Mexican Grill will start offering queso dip at all restaurants next week.

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The fast-casual restaurant chain announced it was going to “fulfill the wishes of queso lovers from coast to coast” by adding queso to its menu at all stores on Sept. 12.

The company has been testing queso in 350 restaurants in Southern California and the Colorado area.

Customers can order queso on their entrée or on the side in two sizes with chips. Prices vary slightly by city, but range from $1.25 to add it to an entrée to $5.25 for a large side order, the company said in a statement.

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“Although queso was the No. 1-requested menu item, we never added it to our menu before now because we wouldn’t use the industrial additives used in most quesos,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and CEO at Chipotle. “Additives make typical queso very consistent and predictable, but are not at all in keeping with our food culture. Our queso may vary slightly depending on the characteristics of the aged cheddar cheese used in each batch, but using only real ingredients is what makes our food so delicious.”

Chipotle, which opened its first restaurant in Denver in 1993, now operates more than 2,300 restaurants.

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