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A new type of chocolate? Yes, and an Oakwood shop just received a shipment of it

Oakwood chocolate shop Madame Delluc Artisan Chocolatier will introduce the Dayton area to new type of chocolate starting Friday, May 25.

“Ruby Chocolate” was developed by Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut, and his firm has a long-standing relationship with Mary Chocolatier, the Belgium-based company whose chocolates are sold by the Madame Delluc shop at 2510 Far Hills Ave. in Oakwood, according to Francoise Walusis, founder of the Oakwood shop.

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The pink color comes naturally. Ruby chocolate gets its pinkish color from the red bean of a specific type of cocoa plant grown in Brazil, Ecuador and Ivory Coast.

Walusis described the taste as fruity, with a berry-like sweetness that lingers. 

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“I’m still learning about it, and everything I read, it’s a bigger deal than I thought,” the Madame Delluc owner said.

The ruby chocolate is available in only one product in the Oakwood shop: the “Truffe Champagne Rose,” in which the ruby chocolate enrobes a center of dark chocolate mousse. The truffles are then rolled in powdered sugar, mostly obscuring the pink hue of the ruby chocolate, although the berry flavors that Walusis described do come through in the aftertaste.

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The special ruby-chocolate-enrobed truffles will sell at the shop for $3.25 per piece. Other truffles that are enrobed with “regular” milk, dark or white chocolate cost $2.15 per piece.

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For more information, check out the Madame Delluc Artisan Chocolatier web site

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The 4 best parts of the 40th annual Taste of Cincinnati — and some have nothing to do with the food

As the Taste of Cincinnati enters its 40th year, organizers work per usual to keep the event new while also retaining those popular elements that keep hungry Cincinnatians returning.

See below for what’s new at the Taste along with reassurances that your favorite parts aren’t going anywhere.

1. Music Bash

Apparently, 45 live musical acts on five stages is not enough. To ensure Taste-goers have more live music than they know what to do with, organizers are inaugurating a special, separate “Music Bash.” The lineup is The B-52s (“Love Shack”), Rick Springfield (“Jesse’s Girl”), and Loverboy (“Working for the Weekend,” “Lovin’ Every Minute of It.”) The Bash will take place on May 27 at 5 p.m. at the Sentinel Street entrance onto 5th St. Tickets are $29.99.

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2. New to the Taste

While food vendors at the Taste can fluctuate wildly from year to year, organizers say it’s slowed down a bit for 2018, allowing for a bit of continuity. That being said, there will be seven brand-new vendors offering their delicacies at the Taste this year. They are: Bridges (Nepalese), Dewey’s Pizza (craft pizzas, calzones, and salads), Quite Frankly (homemade beef franks and specialty sandwiches), Rovey’s Turkey (turkey burgers, sandwiches, dogs, and tacos), S.E.A. Cuisine Food Truck (Southeast Asian tacos, steak, sandwiches, rice, and salads), Sis’s on Monmouth (American comfort food), and Slice, Slice Baby (pizzas, calzones, and Italian subs).

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3. Best of Taste

About a month before the Taste, mystery judges visited the upcoming vendors and handed out awards for best dishes in various categories. Alfio’s Buon Cibo, an Italian eatery, did particularly well, winning first place both for Best Restaurant Dessert (chocolate raspberry tiramisu), and Best Restaurant Entrée (veal short rib ravioli). Other first-place winners include Island Frydays for their jerk chicken pasta (Best Appetizer), Tickle Pickle for their mac and cheese with crushed BBQ grippos (Best Soup-Salad Side), and the Silver Ladle for their Silver Ladle Salad (Restaurant Best GoVibrant!). GoVibrant! items are those who meet the American Heart Association’s standards for low fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Food trucks also got into the Best of Taste action. Adena’s Beefstroll cleaned up with their Ma’s meatball sub (Food Truck Best Entrée) and The Stroll (Best Food Truck Appetizer). Other winners include Packhouse for their jalapeno mac and cheese (Best Food Truck Soup-Salad Side), streetpops for their pineapple passionfruit streetpop (Best Food Truck GoVibrant!), and SugarSnap! for their “Make It A Sundae” Brownie (Best Food Truck Dessert).

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4. Other Highlights

As if there wasn’t enough food, courtesy of Findlay Market, there will actually be a “Taste within the Taste.” Over 20 vendors – some from Findlay Market, others “foodpreneurs” from Findlay Kitchen, will provide the Taste of Findlay Market, a diverse grouping of “bites” that will be available all weekend.

Students from the Art of the Piano Festival, otherwise known as the classical “rock stars” of today and tomorrow, will perform on the main stage on May 26 at noon.

The Cincinnati Pops Poptet, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s rhythm ensemble, will perform a series of standards and showtunes on the main stage on May 27 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Last but certainly not least, local media celebrities will compete in the annual soapbox GoVibrant! Veggie Races on May 25 from noon-1 p.m.

WANT TO GO?

What: Taste of Cincinnati

When: May 26-28

Where: Fifth St., downtown Cincinnati

Cost: No admission cost

More Info: www.tasteofcincinnati.com

Dayton is the setting of new Stephen King novel about ‘the mind of evil’

Based on early reports, the Gem City plays an important role in a Stephen King book that dives “into the mind of evil.”

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The author who dazzled a sold-out Victoria Theatre crowd here in August 2016 makes Dayton a key setting of his new book “The Outsider (Scribner, $30),” according to an article from Rob Merrill of the Associated Press. 

The crime/horror at first centers around Detective Ralph Anderson’s arrest of Little League coach Terry Maitland in Flint City, Okla.

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According to Merrill, there is “a mountain of evidence that he (Maitland) murdered — maybe even ate? — an 11-year-old boy in a town park.”

The coach denies committing the crime, and there is evidence that things are not exactly as they seem. 

He was at a conference during the murder and can even be seen on a videotape. 

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Holly Gibney, a character featured in King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy (“Mr. Mercedes,” ″Finders Keepers and ″End of Watch”) makes her way into what Merrill calls the “real heart” of the book that’s said to travel inside the mind of evil. 

Merrrill writes: 

“She (Gibney) gets called in to check out a lead in Dayton, Ohio, and the stage is set for the rest of the novel — a clash between the Skeptics and the Believers. Holly carries the torch for the latter group, having gained some perspective on the matter thanks to the horrific crimes of Brady Hartsfield in that aforementioned trilogy.”

The cultures of Mexico and Texas also play a vital part of the book, according to a New York Times review.  

Color us intrigued and already terrified. 

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Man delivers own baby on side of highway after wife goes into labor

A Lowell, Massachusetts, man had a special delivery to deal with on the highway: his own baby.

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Samuel Beyene's wife Rahel Estifanos called him at work Wednesday morning, saying she was having contractions.

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"We start driving, and all of a sudden, she says, 'Oh my God, something is pushing. Something is coming out,'" Beyene said. "I say, 'OK, we’re almost there. We have 10 minutes to go.' She says, 'No, no, no, Sammy, you don’t know there's something coming out.' And I look down and I see the head."

Before they could make it to the hospital, Beyene pulled over on the side of Route 93.

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Wilmington police dispatchers told Beyene on the phone that they were on their way, but their new baby, Lidya, was impatient.

"Slowly but surely, I pull the baby up," Beyene said. "All of a sudden, the baby is in my hand."

The mother and baby are happy and healthy, resting at Winchester Hospital. 

Now that the stress is over, Beyene can joke about the situation.

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"We're gonna give her a little nickname, 93, at the bottom," Beyene said. "Lidya 93, since she was on the highway."

'The Chew' canceled: ABC kills foodie talk show amid Mario Batali allegations

ABC’s appetite for afternoon talk show “The Chew” is over after seven years.

Instead, a third hour of “Good Morning America” will air at 1 p.m. starting this fall. 

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“The Chew,” currently hosted by Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Michael Symon, replaced “All My Children” in 2011. Former co-host chef Mario Batali was fired late last year after several women alleged he sexually harassed them at his New York restaurants. Batali is now under criminal investigation by the New York Police Department.

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The chat/food show’s ratings have fallen sharply this season to its lowest levels since its debut.

New episodes of “The Chew” will continue to air through the summer.

Details on who will host this third hour of “GMA” will be released later.

JOB OPENING: The Oregon District is looking for someone to help shape its future

Here’s your shot to help shape the future of one of Dayton’s most visited districts .

The Oregon District Business Association is looking for its first executive director. 

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Below is the job description from the OBDA’s website, theOregonDistrict.org.

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The Oregon District Business Association (ODBA) is seeking an imaginative, creative, and outgoing person to fill the permanent part-time position of Executive Director of our non-profit neighborhood business organization. 

The ideal candidate will be a strong leader who has a commitment to growing the Oregon District business community. Candidate will have experience in event planning, project/budget management, community development, social media and marketing. The Executive Director will be the primary ambassador to the community and must be an independent, self-motivating individual, who is able to communicate and work effectively with the community, committees and board of directors.

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WATCH: Adoptive mom's heartwarming video shows older boys including shy son in basketball game

A video and message posted by a Green County, Oklahoma, mom is spreading quickly on social media.

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Christy Rowden posted the video Monday afternoon after a heartwarming moment at a park.

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Rowden said she was at the park with her two children that afternoon when a bus of students from Oologah Upper Elementary pulled up and started playing on the basketball court.

Rowden’s 7-year-old son was adopted from Uganda. Rowden said he can be shy and, as a result, stood back as the older boys played basketball.

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Soon after, the fifth-grade boys reportedly came up to her son, Asher, introduced themselves and invited him to play.

The boys quickly welcomed him into their game, cheering him on and giving high-fives.

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Rowden said the moment brought a tear to her eye, especially since she is the mom of a black boy in a mostly white community.

Rowden shared the post to remind people that there is still good in the world and to thank the children who were so kind to her son.

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Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins announces pregnancy

The late Aaron Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, announced Tuesday that she's expecting another child.

Jenkins took to Instagram to announce the pregnancy and didn't reveal who the father of the baby is.

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"Many of you have had speculated that I may be expecting another miracle which is very accurate," Jenkins wrote in her Instagram post. "We are beyond excited about the new addition and chapter we will soon begin."

Jenkins revealed she'd be having another daughter, saying she "couldn’t be a luckier woman to have such a perfect little girl that’s prepared to become the best big sister, and even more blessed to welcome another baby girl to our home."

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The pregnancy comes just over a year after Hernandez's death, when he hanged himself in prison on April 19, 2017.

Hernandez's suicide note to Jenkins featured him calling her his "soul-mate" and saying she would be "rich" after his death.

Mom with cancer sees twin daughters graduate in special ceremony before her death

When twin sisters Morgan and Regan McVey graduate Thursday from Talawanda High School in Oxford, Ohio, it will actually be their second commencement ceremony.

Earlier this year, the school provided a special moment for the seniors and their mother, who was diagnosed with cancer last fall.

As the school year moved into its second semester, it was evident their mother, Carey McVey, would not live to see the graduation ceremony.

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“Mr. (Tom) York and others arranged to give us a mini graduation ceremony,” Regan said of the school’s principal. “We had our caps and gowns and got our actual diplomas. Mom got to see them.”

“That was one thing she wanted to see,” Morgan added.

Their mother died in February. She was 43 years old, according to her obituary.

The diplomas were on a table at their home until last week when they were returned to the school so the seniors could receive them again at Thursday’s ceremony.

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The gesture, the twins said, reinforced their decision to attend the Oxford school.

The McVey twins were unknown to their classmates when they started at Talawanda High School four years ago after finishing the eighth grade at Queen of Peace School.

“We had to make new friends here. We did not know anyone,” Morgan McVey said.

The high school choice took some discussion between the sisters.

“Regan wanted to go to Talawanda. I wanted to go to Badin,” Morgan said.

Now, they both said they are happy with their decision.

“The school really supported us through it all,” Morgan said, referring to her mother’s cancer diagnosis and her death.

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While the family tragedy will forever be linked to their senior year of high school, they said they did not let it affect their personalities or interactions with others, although classmates were often surprised by that.

“We are always happy. We joke around a lot. We talk a lot. People forget. Then they say, ‘Your mother… .’ It’s definitely been an experience,” Regan said.

Both young women have been cheerleaders all four years of high school and both have been involved in dance all four years, with Regan on homecoming court her junior year and prom court this spring.

Both, also found satisfaction in passing on their own love of dance by teaching it to younger children at area dance studios.

The fact they are twins earned them a memorable experience outside of school, too.

As their senior year dawned, they appeared in a television commercial promoting the Big Ten conference. The theme of the promo was twins and they auditioned last spring in Chicago, which led to a two-day video shoot, also in Chicago.

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The commercial appeared on the Big Ten Network and ESPN as well as other television channels. For Morgan, it was a strange feeling the first time she saw it aired.

“I did not know it was out. I was in bed with my television on and saw my face. It just popped up,” she said.

They said they are thinking about using it as a stepping stone to doing some modeling, but they know that profession is a difficult one to get into and then only lasts a certain time. They are planning a careful route of going to college to train for teaching professions and then see what happens.

Regan McVey is looking at early childhood education while Morgan is opting for a degree in integrated language arts for grades 7-12. They plan to attend Miami University Hamilton in the fall to start their college careers.

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Morgan said no one in their family teaches, but she hopes to emulate some of the good teachers she has had at Talawanda.

Regan opts for younger students after her work with young dancers.

“I like little kids. I think it’s interesting to teach them when they are young,” she said.

The sisters are among 21 members of the graduating class recognized with the President’s Award for Educational Achievement.

The twins agree high school at Talawanda has been a great experience. Their mother and their father, Shane, were both Talawanda High School graduates.

This Dayton student just got a college diploma before graduating high school

Ashli Garnett has had a busy week or so. 

The Dayton teenager earned a college diploma on May 6 from Sinclair Community College. 

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This Wednesday, the Dayton teen will walk across the stage to receive her diploma from Paul Laurence Dunbar Early College High School.

The 18-year-old is the first Dunbar student to earn an associate's degree at Sinclair Community College as part of a partnership between the Dayton Public Schools high school and the college designed to better prepare students for their post high school lives. 

Ashli, a track standout, will enter Southern University at New Orleans this fall as a junior. 

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She loved the challenge that came with her college studies. 

“The brain is a muscle and you have to work it out like every other muscle,” Ashli told this news organization. “The whole thing was amazing. It helped me reach this independence and maturity level.”

In 2014, Dunbar launched its partnership with Sinclair Community College.  

Through the program, students are given the option of earning an associate’s degree while pursuing high school diplomas.

Dunbar has about 590 students. About 110 are taking college courses in the high school or on Sinclair’s campus. 

Funding comes from Ohio’s College Credit Plus, which helps student take college courses from community colleges and universities. 

Dunbar Assistant Principal Tiffany Ray-Bozeman said Dunbar students have earned thousands of college credit hours since the program launched, including the 386 earned by 39 of the high school graduating seniors this year. 

Bozeman said the partnership helps students and their parents financially. 

It also helps them in terms of preparedness, she said.

Bozeman said students are given skills to conquer the anxieties that often come with freshman year and navigating college life. 

“They get all those bumps and bruises done here with our support,” she said. 

Bozeman said Ashli, the daughter of Christopher Garnett and Shanaun Simpson of Dayton, is a standout who remained active at Dunbar while studying at Sincair. 

She is Dunbar’s 2018 salutatorian, sings in the choir and is on Dayton Public Schools’ Student Senate. 

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Garnett, who plans to study communications in New Orleans, also has a job and volunteers at 5K races, many of them charitable.   

“I always try to stay busy,” said Garnett, who earned her associate’s degree in liberal arts.

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