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‘It just dragged me:’ Pit bull bites third-graders after escaping from Seattle home

pit bull escaped a Seattle home and bit a third-grade girl inside nearby St. Therese Catholic Academy on Thursday. 

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St. Therese Catholic Academy is an elementary and middle school.

“(It) jumped on one of my friends and started attacking me,” said Doris Dickerson, the 8-year-old who was attacked and bitten on her head and hand. “It just dragged me.”

Dickerson is related to KIRO 7 reporter Michael Spears. Her mother took her to the hospital, where she spent much of the day. She was released Thursday night with stitches in her face and hand.

All three students are expected to be OK.

“Screaming and then my teacher was trying to get the dog away from me,” said Dickerson, who had been in a hallway on a bathroom break when the dog got inside the school.

Police said two dogs managed to get loose from a nearby residence and entered the school grounds as students were ending their recess period. Two other students also received several minor bites. 

Animal control investigators are conducting a follow-up investigation. Click here for more information on the incident from the Seattle Police Department.

Huggable moment: Kindergartners' daily greeting goes viral

Hugs can go a long way toward making someone’s day happy.

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That’s the idea behind a viral video shot at a kindergarten class in northwest Wisconsin, KARE reported. It was a huggable moment by students that has been viewed more than 10 million times on social media.

The reaction to the video on Facebook, shot at an elementary school in the tiny village of Birchwood, surprised Nicole Schlapper, the teacher who came up with the idea.

“It’s incredible,” Schlapper told KARE. “Within a few days it went crazy.”

The video shows Schlapper’s students choosing the way they wanted to be welcomed to class. The choices included a handshake, a fist bump, a wave, a high-five or a hug.

On the day Schlapper recorded her video, the assigned greeter was 5-year-old Colin Baker. In the video, most of his classmates chose to hug Colin.

“He’s so loving,” Schlapper told KARE. “He loves hugs.”

Schlapper told the television station she began using the greeting this school year, and said she liked the idea that her students had a choice.

“I think some mornings for them at home might not be easy,” Schlapper told KARE. “Maybe they don’t want a hug that day, maybe just a simple wave is all they need. We just want it to be a good, positive start to the day.”

Georgia teacher's assistant accused of pushing child to floor

Georgia police said they are investigating after a paraprofessional at McNair Discovery Learning Academy was arrested on simple battery charges.

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The incident happened Dec. 7.

Carlas Smith, 47, is accused of using her hands to push a 10-year-old student in the chest, causing the victim to fall to the floor, according to DeKalb County police. The woman initially approached the child in a provoking way, according to a warrant.

The warrant did not provide any other details on what led up to the incident.

Smith was arrested Thursday and later appeared before a judge.

Some parents said the woman was friendly and competent, especially on field trips. Her arrest is something they never expected.

"I think it's upsetting," one parent said.

DeKalb County Schools has not commented on the incident.

Florida law requires 'In God We Trust' to be displayed in all schools

A bill signed into law by Florida Gov. Rick Scott in March now means students will see “In God We Trust” displayed at all schools in the state.

WPTV reported that the law requires the state motto to be shown in a “conspicuous place.”

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According to state statute 1003.44, “Each district school board shall adopt rules to require, in all of the schools of the district and in each building used by the district school board, the display of the state motto, ‘In God We Trust,’ designated under s. 15.0301, in a conspicuous place.”

According to the Florida Department of State, “In God We Trust” was adopted by the state legislature as part of the state seal in 1868. It was officially designated as Florida’s state motto in 2006.

Year after serious car crash, Miamisburg girl flies off to national leadership program

A year ago, 17-year-old Jordan Zahora was recovering from a serious head injury. 

At the end of July, the Bishop Fenwick High School senior boarded a plane on a her way  to take part in the Economics for Leaders program at Brown University in Providence, R.I. 

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Only 40 students from around the nation were selected for the Foundation for Teaching Economics program. Amy Zahora could not be prouder of her daughter. 

“She’s gone through so much and she overcame everything,” the Miamsburg resident said of her daughter. “She’s just a good, determined kid.”

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Jordan suffered a skull fracture and concussion during a July 4, 2017, car crash, her mother said. 

The two-car crash happened after the Centerville-Washington Twp. Americana Festival. 

Despite daily headaches for nearly a year, Amy Zahora said her daughter studied hard and earned her nearly 4.3 grade-point average. 

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“She’s a tough kid. She’s a good kid,” Amy Zahora said. 

Jordan Zahora stopped playing volleyball due to the accident, but now is involved in bowling and tennis at Fenwick, a Catholic school in Middletown. 

She is president of her school’s Spanish National Honor Society and is a member of the National Honor Society and Kairos youth ministry. 

Amy Zahora said Fenwick encouraged Jordan to apply for the Economics for Leaders program and is supporting her trip. 

“It’s just going to be a really good learning experience for her,” she said. “To be at Brown University — that is an experience all in itself. But it is also teaching her to be a leader.”

During the weeklong Economics for Leaders program, students are exposed to economic reasoning principles and given strategies to employ these concepts.

From a press release: 

 “Additionally, participants achieve a heightened awareness of the impact of their decisions have on others and the responsibility that awareness imposes. Economics for Leaders is an unparalleled learning and growing opportunity. Students who have attended  Economics for Leaders programs in prior years have called it ‘the experience of a lifetime.’”

Officials: Georgia PE teacher resigns after accidentally showing porn in class

A physical education teacher in Georgia resigned after he accidentally showed pornographic images in class, WSB reported. 

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The sixth-grade teacher meant to show Sandy Springs Charter Middle School students an instructional video Tuesday from his personal laptop, WSB reported. 

Instead, officials said, “a few seconds” of porn were displayed on the screen. 

Fulton County Schools officials investigated the teacher, who eventually submitted a letter of resignation, WSB reported. 

“It is our expectation that teachers and staff maintain a safe and appropriate instructional environment for all students,” a Fulton County Schools official said in a statement to the news station. “Our focus will continue to be student achievement and the safety or our students and staff.”

The teacher’s name was not released

$1 million up for grabs in ‘Natty Light’ contest to pay off student loans

Area students could get their loan debt paid off if they enter to win a contest from a beer company known as a favorite among the college crowd.

Natural Light, Natty Light as it is sometimes called, is giving away $1 million to help students pay off their debt. Anheuser-Busch, which produces the beer, is running a contest and ad campaign centered around the Super Bowl and Dayton and Cincinnati will be two of the 10 markets targeted.

A 30-second ad will air during the Super Bowl this Sunday in Dayton and Cincinnati that will try to stoke nostalgia among college students and grads, according to Business Insider.

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“We took a look at ten of the most Natty-centric cities where our beer is loved and there are thousands of students, and took on the mission to protect their epic college memories,” Chelsea Phillips, vice president of value brands for Anheuser-Busch said in a prepared statement.

The Dayton region is home to the University of Dayton, Wright State University and the University of Cincinnati, Miami University and Ohio State University are both only around an hour or so away.

To enter the contest, students and grads are asked to post a video on social media that explains their inspiration for attending college.

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In the post, they are asked to include the hash tags #NattyStories and #Contest and a green tab found on all cans inside a limited-edition 36 pack of Natural Light, according to the company.

Through May 6, the company will select 25 students who will each be awarded $40,000. To help spread the word about the contest, Natural Light has teamed up with Jake Johnson, an actor on the Fox sitcom called “New Girl” which stars actress Zooey Deschanel.

Below are the 10 markets considered “Natty-centric” cities where Natural Light’s commercials will air during the Super Bowl. People entering do not have to live in or be a graduate of a college in any of the markets though.

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• Johnstown, Pennsylvania

• Dayton

• Lexington, Kentucky

• Madison, Wisconsin

• Columbia/Jefferson City, Missouri

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• Columbus/Tupelo, Mississippi

• Montgomery, Alabama

• Kansas City, Kansas

• Cincinnati

• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Family, South Charleston community grieving death of 8-year-old boy

An 8-year-old South Charleston boy died last week in a possible bathtub drowning.

A visitation for Grady Neff, a student at Miami View Elementary School, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Clark County Fairgrounds Mercantile Annex Building.

“Everybody that knew Grady loved him,” the family said in a statement. “He was always the biggest personality in the room with a smile, or a wave or a hug.”

MORE: Southeastern school to start building new gym soon

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has ruled out anything criminal, Lt. Kristopher Shultz said, but are continuing their investigation to see what might have caused the possible drowning.

“Anytime you have a child that is involved in a situation, it’s sad,” he said. “Anytime we have a situation with a child involved in any kind of incident, accident, whatever it may be it, is always heartbreaking for us and the public.”

Grady had a seizure and his death is a tragedy, the family’s statement says.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office records show calls were made to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office about 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11. A woman, screaming, told dispatchers that a child had drowned in the bathtub.

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Grady was taken to a Columbus hospital, Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahia Ortiz said. She couldn’t release any more information and said an autopsy could take 10 weeks to complete.

“Our heart goes out to the family,” Shultz said. “South Charleston is a very tight community so our heart goes out to them with that because they are are a very tight-knit group of people. It’s a tragic situation.”

Southeastern Superintendent David Shea said Neff was an outstanding student and the students and staff at the school are mourning his loss.

“He was a great, great kid that we all loved,” Shea said.

The school has counselors available this week and some students have used them, he said.

VIDEO: Dayton gym teacher drags kindergartner across floor

Video of a Dayton Public Schools teacher who reportedly “grabbed a student by the wrist during gym class at Rosa Parks Early Learning Center, twisted his arm, and dragged him across the gym floor” was obtained Tuesday by the Dayton Daily News and WHIO.

MORE: Dayton teacher fired for ‘dragging’ kindergartner across gym

David Cameron was accused of dragging the kindergarten boy “on or about” Nov. 28, 2016, according to a March 15 letter DPS Treasurer Hiwot Abraha wrote Cameron detailing the specifications of the grounds for termination.

The school board approved a resolution to terminate Cameron during a meeting in August.

The Dayton Daily News and WHIO obtained the letter and video using Ohio’s public records laws.

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“The kindergarten student expressed that you were hurting him, yet you did not release him,” the letter states. “On Feb, 23, 2017, you were present at an administrative hearing regarding the charges and specifications surrounding this matter. It was noted in the hearing that you have been counseled previously regarding appropriate student disciplinary procedures.”

Cameron initially requested a hearing before a referee appointed by the Ohio Department of Education, according to the resolution from the meeting. But the document says Cameron “withdrew his request and waived any right to a hearing” before the Aug. 2 meeting.

Cameron was placed on leave for several months after the incident.

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Springboro council OKs $380 million Austin South deal

The Springboro City Council gave the green light Thursday on development of the $380 million Austin South Springboro.

The council voted after developer Larry Dillin unveiled the project publicly for the first time.

With two members absent, the council approved a resolution 5-0 authorizing City Manager Christine Thompson to sign the development agreement with Dillin’s companies.

Those companies are VisCap - the company under which Dillin is developing and leasing on both sides of Austin Boulevard since taking over for developer Randy Gunlock and RG Properties - and Springboro Landing Associates - the company owning the 63.7 acres in Springboro city limits and 3.5 acres in Miami Twp.

“This is a wonderful thing for Springboro,” Mayor John Agenbroad said.

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Now the city and Dillin’s companies begin a contingency period of 90 to 180 days expected to lead to arrangement of financing for the project. Annexation of the Miami Twp. land into Springboro is among the contingencies.

By late spring 2018, the project could be breaking ground.

It comes as Dillin concludes work at Austin Landing, a mixed-used development at Austin Boulevard across from the new project site along Interstate 75.

RELATED: Austin South could spur $350 million in development

Springboro is to finance more than $32 million to pay for roads and other infrastructure.

Dillin, his investors and the companies moving to the development are expected to put in as much as $350 million, according to the development agreement released this week.

Upscale senior and multi-family housing, a hotel and retail are among the uses anticipated in the first phase of the 67-acre development on the southeast corner of Interstate 75 and Austin Boulevard, in Springboro and Miami Twp.

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Dillin and the city reached agreement after setting aside terms of a settlement reached by the city and the prior developer, R.G. Properties, in a lawsuit about plans to build a WalMart there.

RELATED: Springboro ready to negotiate on property across from Austin Landing

The development agreement sets a schedule of payments to Miamisburg City Schools, starting in 2021. Payments of more than $3 million would be in lieu of taxes on the improvements that are to be diverted through tax incremental financing to help pay for the development.

The development is to be accessed off Austin Boulevard by an entrance across from one leading into Austin Landing and allowing no left turns for westbound motorists. A full entrance would be built off 741, Main Street in Springboro.

Dillin is also expected to be involved in redevelopment of Springboro’s central crossroads, Main Street and Central Avenue, Ohio 73 in Springboro.

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