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Wu-Tang Clan member gives monster shout-out to Dayton bar’s warning to ‘parents and prudes’

If you need proof that a downtown Dayton business ain’t nothing to (bleep) with, turn to RZA’s Facebook page. 

The member of the legendary hip-hop squad Wu-Tang Clan gave The Barrel House, 417 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton, a shout-out for the record books on Friday night. 

>> Downtown business issues warning to ‘parents and prudes’ about new weekly event

As we first told you in December,  the bar’s owners, Gus Stathes and his  fiancée Sara Levin, are major Wu-Tang fans.

They launched Wu-Tang Wednesdays with the following posted warning:

“Dear Parents and Prudes,  We will be playing unedited hip hop all day today for Wu-Tang Wednesday. Due to the nature of the music, there may be language which may offend you or your kids.  Unless of course you take parenting advice from Ol’ Dirty Bastard, in which case — WU-TANG IS FOR THE CHILDREN.”  

>> Local breweries join together to form ‘Dayton Ale Trail’ passport — and there’s a reward at the end

The Barrel House’s notice somehow made it to RZA and he responded by posting a photo of the Barrel House’s  sign on his official Facebook page with the  sentence “Wu Tang is for the children.”

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Dayton gridiron hero LaVar Glover on walking away, playing golf and building bridges after the NFL 

While his college football teammates were shaking it up and shutting down bars, Dayton football hero LaVar Glover was sharing a bedroom with the 15-year-old brother he was trying to set on the right path. 

Glover, now the director of self-sufficiency at Community Action Partnership, talked to Amelia Robinson about his unconventional life for the latest episode of the “What Had Happened Was” podcast. 

>>This former NFL player is tackling Dayton community problems head-on

They dished about card games and Glover’s decade-long football career. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers before being signed by the Cincinnati Bengals and the Detroit Lions before playing for the Arena and Canadian Football leagues. They also talked about his childhood in Dayton and how he coached kids in Kettering and gave up his foster program. Now Glover tries to help people build bridges to successful futures.



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“What Had Happened Was” is a podcast for Dayton, powered by You won't believe the stories that come from right here. Host Amelia Robinson shares the best tales from the Gem City, Land of Funk and Birthplace of Aviation: Dayton, Ohio. 

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Episode 13: 

Dayton’s mysterious walled falls, a phantom driver and how Dayton became the ‘Gem City’


Episode 12: The Fosters’ Sherri Saum on super hot husband and having her magazines confiscated in Kettering

Episode 11: Radio pioneer and DCDC leader on burning crosses and fighting for herself

EPISODE 10: Tom Archdeacon talks Miami vices, wedding rings and LeBron’s mom 

EPISODE 9: Cackle vs. Cancer — the world with Alexis Larsen and Kristen Wicker

EPISODE 8 : Dead in Dayton — a mayor trapped in a brothel, a former slave claps back, and a gypsy queen cliffhanger

EPISODE 7: Tusks, Fireball and belly shirts with the magical McKibben Brothers

EPISODE 6: Sweet sticky things with John “Turk” Logan

EPISODE 5:  Watch for 10,000 ‘leprechauns’

EPISODE 4: The Yellow Springs vagina tree’s knobby side

EPISODE 3: All funked up with Ohio Players’ Diamond Williams

EPISODE 2: Bourbon, Beards and Joe Head

EPISODE 1: The Rubi Girls explain

Carillon Park’s baby bald eagle takes her first flight — and we have the pictures!

A baby bald eagle that hatched at the end of April at Carillon Historical Park took its first flight this week. 

Jim Weller, the founder of Eastwood Eagle watchers, has been keeping an eye on the bald eagle family since January and witnessed the first flight of the eaglet dubbed, Flyer. 

“It happened in a split second,” said Weller. “I said ‘there she goes, there she goes.’” 

A gust of wind eased Flyer from her nest at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday as she was "wingercizing," hopping up and down in her nest to gain strength. 

“She tried to grab the branch of a nearby tree, but the small branch gave way under her weight and she was forced to release it,” Weller said. “She then made a large semicircular left turn as she lost altitude.” 

»»RELATED: Now is the perfect time to get a rare glimpse at nesting bald eagles in Dayton

Flyer landed on the ground and Weller stayed after the park closed to make sure she was safe. 

“The Glen Helen Raptor Center suggested that I watch for mom and dad to care for her and just after six, mom arrived and perched on a tree near where Flyer had secluded herself,” Weller said. “Knowing that mom was there, I then left the park giving mom and eaglet space without human presence.” 

Baby Flyer’s parents, Orv and Willa, built a nest in January directly above Wright Hall, home to the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world’s first practical airplane. The location the pair chose for their nest at the park is a rare chance for the public to watch bald eagles up close. 

For 70 years, bald eagles were absent in Dayton. The last-known nest was abandoned in 1938, Weller said. It wasn’t until 2008 when a pair later named Cindy and Jim appeared near Eastwood MetroPark.

Weller believes there is a good chance Flyer is the granddaughter of the pair. Cindy was electrocuted and died in 2016. 

As Flyer took the first flight, “I thought to myself, Cindy would be proud to see her granddaughter flying off like that,” Weller said. 

Weller initially didn’t see any signs of Flyer when he returned Wednesday but in the afternoon heard the eaglet calling from the heavy underbrush on the hillside above the park. 

The following day Flyer was spotted on the rooftop of the park’s James F. Dicke Family Transportation Center. “Her presence on the rooftop proved that she could fly with enough strength to rise several stories high.” Weller said. “After several hours she flew the entire length of the park and landed on the ground near the park entrance on Carillon Boulevard.” 

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She continued to make short flights and navigated back to the transportation center “which proved she remembered her way back and that she could negotiate her way as she flew,” Weller said. 

She eventually took up a perch in a tree near the nest she was born in. “Eaglets will eventually return to the nest as that is where food has magically appeared all their lives,” Weller said. 

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There’s still time to watch the bald eagle family as Flyer stretches her wings and becomes more independent. 

“She is learning much about flying and landing,” Weller said. “She will most likely stay in the trees of the park for a week or two as she hones her skills. Mom and Dad will continue to bring her food until they have taught her to fish on her own in August and September.” 


Jim Weller, founder of the Eastwood Eagle Watchers, posts photographs and stories on the blog, 

He can be found many weekday mornings at Carillon Historical Park sharing his knowledge about bald eagles with visitors. He recommends bringing a pair of binoculars to watch the eagles or a camera with a telephoto lens for photographs. 


Where: Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton. 

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. 

Admission: Adults: $8 (ages 18-59), Senior: $7; Children (ages 3-17): $5. Children under 3 and Dayton History members: free 

More: For information about Carillon Historical Park call (937) 293-2841.

Here’s why birds are being painted along downtown Dayton bridge 

Jes McMillan’s plan is going up with the birds.

>>  Why this woman wants part of East Dayton branded to reflect one of its biggest strengths

The owner of Crane Studio Market and founder of the nonprofit Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton along with a crew that includes Vincent DetrickIleana Del Campo-GrayKate Edmondson and Amy Dallis are painting a mural on the train overpass near the intersection of  Keowee and First streets. 

When complete, the mural will feature flying birds and the words: “East Dayton Arts District.” 

As we told you in April, McMillan hopes to market the area near the bridge, drawing attention to the art galleries and studios in the area.


The swath of Dayton bordered by East Monument Avenue, North Findlay Street, Xenia Avenue, Wayne Avenue and Webster Street includes Color of Energy Gallery, Missing Peace Art Space, Stivers School for the Arts, High Street Gallery, Crane Studios Market, TL Brown Photography, LLC, city wide studios, Gem City Catfe, Yellow Cab Tavern, Hamilton Dixon’s studio, Dayton Society of Artists, Proto BuildBar, Marsha Pippenger’s gallery and the Front Street Building and the Davis-Linden Building, both of which include numerous art studios and creative spaces.

>> Investment breathes new life into unique Dayton artists’ space

A recent winner of UpDayton’s Summit for her ideas for an opioid memorial, McMillan said she hopes the mural is complete by Tuesday, July 24.

The street near the bridge is blocked to vehicle traffic. 

Funds for the project were donated by the East End Community Services and collected during a fundraiser at Fifth Street Brewpub, McMillan said. 

“This is an intense paint,” she told this new organization. “It is going to last forever.”

The opioid memorial has morphed from a wall to a three-dimensional installation. 

McMillan said the project is being supported by a list of organizations that include the University of Dayton; UpDayton; East End and Mission of Mary farm.

>> Three questions with Stephen Mackell, Mission of Mary farm manager 

It’s located at a site inside of Lincoln Hill Gardens, a five acre site in the Twin Tower neighborhood at the former site of Lincoln Elementary School at 401 Nassau St., McMillan said. 

>> Lincoln School site turned into urban garden

Downtown Dayton salon wants you to be ‘blown away’ by its new products  

 A millionaire’s question stuck in Joshua S. Ladner’s mind: why don’t you have your own products? 

Ladner said the well-known woman (he asked that she remain unnamed for her privacy) raved about his shop, Salon J. Ladner at 45 S St Clair St. in downtown Dayton, as he did her hair. She asked why it wasn’t selling its own products. 

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“She kind of opened the door and put it in my brain,” Ladner, a stylist for 10 years, said. “(I thought) ‘you can totally do this’.”

Two years after beginning to research the idea, Ladner, his husband Vince Ladner (a retired Air Force chief master sergeant) and sister Jessica Lippy launched Blown Away by J Ladner last weekend. 

“We really tried to focus on creating higher-end products at an affordable price,” Joshua Ladner said. “I hope everyone is ready to be blown away by J Ladner.”


>> RELATED: 10 of your biggest salon etiquette questions answered by Dayton's beauty pros

The line includes products ranging from $17 to $24 each. 

>> Kettering grad on a roll with ‘Today’ show song and new single released 

Ladner said the products were not tested on animals and are alcohol and paraben free. 

“These products have your back,” he said. 

“I want them (staff members and customers) to know that anything is possible,” Ladner said. 

The Ladners opened  Salon J. Ladner shortly after moving to Dayton from Tampa, Fla. five years ago. Its tagline is “Join the Hair Journey. 

“Hair is the one accessory we have every day,” Ladner said. “Get up and slay your life.” 


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Grape Seed Extract helps prevent split ends and contains antioxidant properties for healthier looking hair.”• You Do Hue Violet Conditioner

 Descriptions: “Tones highlighted, blondes and gray hair.

You Do Hue Violet Conditioner adds brilliant color and highlights with shine and body. May also be used as a deep color enhancement conditioning treatment.

Grape Seed Extract contains antioxidants for healthier looking hair and scalp.”

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Description:  “Replenishing antioxidants nourishes and protects.

The secret to transform hair is made from Marula Oil to rebuild and revive dry damaged hair weakened by everyday stress. A mild sulfate free and paraben free cleanser that gives instant hydration with humectants and pro-vitamin B-5 for shine and softness. Packed with antioxidants and nutrients. 

 Marula Oil nourishes hair and skin 

 Argan Oil conditions, softens and adds shine 

 ProVitamins B5 antioxidant adds shine.”

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• Jetsetter Conditioner

Description:  “Strengthens and Hydrates. 

A gentle and soap free conditioning creme that delivers intense hydration with botanical extracts for extra moisture and conditioning. 12 Bio-nutrients for strengthening and instant detangling for smooth and frizz free tresses. The high level Oleic Acid found in Marula Oil is essential to maintain healthy skin and hair. 

Vitamins A, E, C and aloe, helps to soothe scalp.

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This dry powder is the perfect answer for the days you don't have time for a traditional shampoo. A simple application renews and revives hair giving you fuller, more voluminous hair that has body and movement.

Down N Dirty removes oily patches around the hairline and blends effortlessly with your natural color. Give your thirsty strands a break and promote full, touchable, natural-looking hair with this unique volumizing dry shampoo. Good for all hair types.”

Over 2 million views and a shout-out from Lady Antebellum. Middletown Police lip sync challenge video is dominating the Internet

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said he was “overwhelmed” by the response to a video his department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among police departments.

MORE: Police lip sync battle: Which Butler County officers did it better?

Since its posting at noon Wednesday, the video has been viewed more than 2 million times, shared more than 56,000 times and has generated more than 6,000 comments.

“Incredible,” Muterspaw told the Journal-News this morning.

The video also attracted the attention of country music group Lady Antebellum, whose song “Need You Now” is lip synced by Middletown Police.

The group tweeted the video was “amazing.”

Muterspaw said it took about one hour to shoot the video, and while some officers were reluctant at first, he said everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.

He said it’s important to show police officers are human.

“If we brought out some smiles, then we did our job,” Muterspaw said.

MORE: Police officers across the country compete in viral lip sync battle

In the video, officers are seen craving doughnuts, and once the empty boxes in the office are replenished, stuffing their faces with doughnuts.

Muterspaw said police officers truly “love” their doughnuts.

“We always have them in the break room,” he said.


Pickle-flavored cotton candy? Ohio candy store to sell new item

Pucker up! Grandpa Joe’s is offering a new pickle-flavored, sweet treat.

Grandpa Joe’s, which has locations in Miamisburg and Middletown, just added a new sour treat for candy lovers. Co-owner Tiffany Kelly said customers “love their pickles.” The candy shop saw a surge in popularity after introducing pickle-flavored soda at the store.

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Grandpa Joe’s was founded by Christopher Beers in Pittsburgh, and has two locations in Pennsylvania. Tiffany and Bill Kelly opened the third location with Beers in 2017 when a space in downtown Miamisburg became available. Then they added another location in Middletown.

The candy stores have more than 200 bottles of specialty sodas. Flavors include everything from Coca-Cola to Flying Cauldron Butter Scotch Beer and specialty sodas that tastes like ranch dressing and buffalo sauce.

The store also offers bulk candy orders and gourmet chocolate candies.


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This $2 million Warren County estate is a rural paradise with a resort-style pool

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Woman found near Washington Twp. pool in serious condition

UPDATE 2:40 p.m.: The 44-year-old female victim is in serious condition at the hospital, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE @ 10:55 p.m. -- July 18: The condition of the woman found unresponsive, at the side of an in-ground swimming pool at a private residence on Ladera Trail in Washington Twp., is still not known.

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Washington Twp. fire personnel arrived and took over medical treatment. They took the woman to Kettering Medical Center.


A 44-year-old woman has been taken to a hospital after what is being called an accidental near drowning at a private residence in Washington Twp.

Officials tell us the woman may have fallen into an in-ground pool at the home in the 1700 block of Ladera Trail. Medics were able to find a pulse as they took her to a hospital, officials said. Her condition was not immediately known.

SEE ALSO: Dayton mayor comments on child’s drowning

Family members were performing CPR on the woman when medics arrived, said officials, who were told the woman was in the water less than a few minutes.

The call was dispatched just before 8:30 p.m., according to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch. 

Stay with for breaking news. 

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Tree brings down line, breaks power pole, knocks out power in Dayton neighborhood

As many as 68 Dayton Power & Light customers remain without power this morning because of a fallen tree that took down a line and broke a power pole in the 1900 block of Weaver Street in Dayton Wednesday night.

"We've got some extensive repairs we have to make," said Tom Tatham, DP&L operations director. 

SEE ALSO: Family that loses children in crash welcomes new baby

The first call about the outage came in about 5:50 p.m. Thursday, he said. 

A DP&L crew was on the scene Thursday. Stay with for breaking news. 

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