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Iran arrests 46 in fresh crackdowns on Instagram models

Iranian authorities have arrested dozens of people in fresh crackdowns on models and associated colleagues posting "immoral images" online.

The official IRNA news agency reported Monday that officials in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, some 1250 kilometers, or 630 miles, south of the capital Tehran, arrested eight women and 36 other people in the photography, beauty salons and wedding businesses who used Instagram to share what they considered indecent images and clips.

Police said they were "damaging public virtue through the organized spreading of anti-cultural" activities.

Iran conducts regular similar crackdowns to combat western cultural influence which draws the ire of the Islamic Republic's hard-liners.

Lebanon must investigate torture claims by actor, HRW says

The New York-based Human Rights Watch called Monday on Lebanese authorities to investigate allegations of torture made by a well-known actor who was detained and later exonerated of charges of spying for Israel.

Ziad Itani, a stage actor from Beirut, was arrested in November and released four months later. The charges were dropped in the widely publicized case in which details of the allegations were leaked to the media.

Collaborating with Israel, which is formally at war with Lebanon, can be punishable by death.

The watchdog said Itani's case was worrisome because of the combination of tactics used to pressure him. They included being held incommunicado, torture, forcing him into a confession under duress and threats of rape and physical violence to his family, the group said.

The combination is "very disturbing," said Bassam Khawaja, a HRW Lebanon researcher. "Even more disturbing is that no one has taken the time to investigate."

Lebanon's State Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud said he has received no formal complaints, either from Itani or the judge that carried out the investigation.

Lebanon has passed a new law criminalizing torture in November, with procedures to investigate allegations.

Khawaja said Itani's case is a test for the authorities' readiness to implement that law. Allegations of torture are common in Lebanon, yet there have been no reports in recent years of such cases going to trial.

There were no signs the new procedures were followed, Khawaja added.

Itani made his allegations to the military court's investigative judge nearly a month after he was detained, which should have triggered an investigation.

Even though the judge noted the allegations and ordered "an examination," the judge's final report, reviewed by HRW, made no mention of torture or any call for an investigation.

"We have written to both the prosecutor and the military court with the allegations. They have an obligation under both international law and Lebanese law to investigate these allegations. Saying 'I haven't received a complaint' is unacceptable," Khawaja said.

Itani tweeted on Monday that he intends to fight on. "This is the start of the road. I know I am facing political, security and media systems and electronic armies that can do anything to me. But I hope they excuse me because I will continue to my last breath."

Upon his release, Itani, who hails from a prominent Sunni family, was received at home with a hero's welcome. Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a Sunni, hugged Itani after his release from prison, calling his arrest a "mistake."

The security officer who built the case against Itani — the former head of the anti-cybercrime unit— and a hacker have been charged with falsely accusing Itani, and could each face up to ten years in prison.

Madonna back in Malawi; now considering soccer academy

Madonna has returned to Malawi to celebrate the first anniversary of a medical facility named after one of the four children she adopted children from this southern African country.

The pop star on Monday visited the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. Her charity funded the facility, whose highlights include the first successful separation of conjoined twins in Malawi.

Madonna met the mother and aunt of the twins. She says they have been through a lot and it was good to "give them hope."

The pop star is considering a new project in Malawi, thanks to adopted son David Banda.

The plan? Establish a soccer academy. David Banda says he dreams of Malawi making it to the World Cup.

Bruce Willis says ‘Die Hard’ isn’t a Christmas movie

Despite an ongoing debate among fans, Bruce Willis says “Die Hard” is not a Christmas movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Willis made the declaration at the end of “The Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis,” in which comedians and past co-stars -- and his ex-wife, Demi Moore --  joked about the 63-year-old. Dennis Rodman was also at the roast, but his jokes reportedly bombed.

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“’Die Hard’ is not a Christmas movie!” Willis said to close the roast, Variety reported. “It’s a (expletive) Bruce Willis movie!”

THR reported that Willis replied “We’ll see,” when he was asked about how some fans may receive the declaration.

Related: ‘Die Hard’ is a Christmas movie, screenwriter says

The 1988 action movie takes place on Christmas Eve, which has led many fans to claim the movie is a Christmas film. In 2017, one of the film’s screenwriters, Steven E. de Souza, appeared to suggest that “Die Hard” is a Christmas film. He responded in part on Twitter to a debate about the film with, “#DieHardIsAChristmasMovie.”

Willis’ Comedy Central roast airs on Comedy Central July 29 at 10 p.m.

Miamisburg’s haunted history to come alive during brewery’s full-moon tapping party

Christmas in July is so last year. This summer, it’s all about getting spooky— at least according to Star City Brewing Company. 

The brewery in Miamisburg is taking full advantage of the full moon to pull-off its first ever Halloween in July, completed with a “spooooky full moon tapping party.”

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A full day of spooky celebrations will take place on Saturday, July 28, leading up to the tapping of the 2018 DRAFT-Dayton award-winning recipe from Miamisburg native Mike McCaffrey, “Highland’s Finest.” 

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The spooky tie-in is all in the brew’s name. Highland’s Finest is a reference to the famous “Coffin Dodger” of Miamisburg.

“Library Park used to be the old town cemetery. In the late eighteen hundreds, the population was relocated to Hill Grove Cemetery, but they missed one that was later found during construction. A cast-iron coffin with a viewing window, the sharp dressed man now forever known to us as the ‘Coffin Dodger’ and became the first member of Highland Cemetery in 1965,” according to a Star City Brewing Company Press Release. 

Justin Kohnen, owner of Star City Brewing Company, said the brewery wanted to do a special tapping and just couldn’t stop coming up with ideas for the event. 

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The afternoon will begin with a guided graveyard and ghost tour, beginning at the Highland Cemetery, 723 Upper Miamisburg Road at 12:30 p.m. Attendees will then be welcomed back to the brewery for “their first glass of Highland’s Finest, a guided ghost stories tour through the historic Peerless Inn where the brewery is housed, followed by a music-filled evening.”

“In addition to the tours and tapping, we’ve got a great night of music from David Payne, Akillis Green and Harold Hensley, plus food from the Wicked Wich of Dayton,” Kohnen said. “Halloween in July, it’s going to be a hoot!”

Tickets for the ghost tour are available at the brewery or at


WHAT: Star City Brewing Company’s Halloween in July

WHEN: 1 p.m.- 11 p.m. Saturday, July 28

WHERE: Star City Brewing, 319 N. 2nd St., Miamisburg

INFO: Facebook

Saudi Arabia bans many video games after children's deaths

Saudi Arabia says it's banning a long list of popular video games after allegations surfaced that two children killed themselves after being encouraged to do so in an online game.

The Saudi General Commission for Audio-Visual Media said Monday it was banning 47 games, including Grand Theft Auto V, Assassins Creed 2 and Witcher, for unspecified violations of rules and regulations.

The ban was in response to the deaths of a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy who reportedly killed themselves after playing the so-called "Blue Whale" social media game, though the agency did not say what the connection was.

Also known as the Blue Whale Challenge, participants are said to be given a series of tasks to complete, capped with killing themselves at the end.

NEW SWEET TREATS: Your guide to the newest confections, ice cream in Dayton

For those of us with a sweet tooth begging to be satisfied, all the new sweet shops in Dayton are sure put a smile on our face. We’ve rounded up all of the newly opened (or soon to be opening) ice cream, bakery and candy spots in and around town. 


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Jubie’s Creamery: Features hand-dipped and soft-serve ice cream (all made in-house), sundaes, shakes, concretes, create-your-own-cookie sandwiches, and a variety of cones along with other specialty items.

Location: 471 W. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn

Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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The Sweet Retreat: Launching in the next week or two, this shop will offer more than 20 flavors of soft-serve ice cream along with pizza and sandwiches.

Location: 2613 S Smithville Rd., Dayton

Hours: TBA

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La Puf Sweets: Here, you’ll find a number of classic confections and bakery goodies. From cotton candy to scratch-made marshmallows, to cupcakes and cookies, you’ll find just about everything you could want here.

Location: 1003 Shroyer Rd., Dayton

Hours: Monday to Friday 12 to 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Sunday

>> New bakery and candy shop to host grand opening in the Oakwood area this weekend

Partial to Pie: A first of its kind in Dayton, this bakery specializes in pies exclusively, and will also offer quiche and other sweet treats. The made-fresh sweets will use local ingredients and suppliers, including local milk, cheese and butter.

Location: 200 Shroyer Rd., DaytonHours: Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., closed Sunday>> Opening date set for new Dayton pie shop

Scratch Bakery: Your new destination for petite desserts, this new bakery features beloved recipes from Moore Dessert Please and Sweet by Kristy. There will soon be gluten-free and vegan options.

Location: 29 E. Main St., Tipp City

Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sunday

>> Dayton bakery owner to open second location in Miami County

Spoonful: This full-service cookie dough shop sells dough by the scoop or pint -- or in a cup or a cone. They have multiple toppings to create all the sweet concoctions you can think of.

Location: 36 D South Main St., Miamisburg

Hours: Closed Monday, Tuesday to Thursday, 1 to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 1 to 9 p.m., Sunday 1 to 7 p.m.

>> This new cookie dough shop is bringing sweet treats to Miamisburg

Do you know of any new sweet shops coming to Dayton? Let us know!

Wookies wanted: Star Wars costume contest during special screening at Air Force Museum

If that Wookie costume is collecting dust in your closet, now is the time to shake it out.

The Air Force Museum Theatre is hosting a Star Wars costume contest during the screening of the 2017 action blockbuster “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22.

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Costumes will be judged in three individual categories: best child, best villain and best hero; and in two group categories: best family and best team. Categories are limited to 10 contestants each, so you must register before the contest. You can register at Check-in for the costume contest begins at 3 p.m. in the museum lobby. 

Every costume contest participant will also receive an official Air Force Museum dog tag.

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The museum also emphasized that no weapons are permitted. However, lightsabers are definitely allowed. 


WHAT: Star Wars costume contest

WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday, July 22

WHERE: Air Force Museum Theatre, 1100 Spaatz St., Dayton


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