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Kanye West says he wants to ‘forgive and stop hating’ local graduate

Kanye West said the local graduate’s mugshot on his next album cover is an act of forgiveness.

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The rapper on Saturday tweeted screen grabs of a text message between himself and another person about 1972 Middletown High School graduate Jan Adams.

Adams performed breast reduction, tummy tuck and liposuction procedures on West’s mother a day before she died in 2007.

>> Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: A relationship timeline

The coroner's report determined there was no sign of "surgical or anesthetic misadventure" in the death of 58-year-old Donda West

An autopsy cited coronary artery disease coupled with complications from the surgery as the cause of death, national news and entertainment outlets reported.

>> Twitter says Kanye West lost followers because of ‘technical inconsistency’

Adams’ mugshot is from a 2006 DUI arrest. 

West wrote: 

 “This is my album cover... this is plastic surgeon Jan Adams. 

the person who performed my moms final surgery

Do you have any title ideas? I want to forgive and stop hating”

>> Your complete guide to May’s First Friday event in downtown Dayton

>> Chance the Rapper defends Kanye West, says ‘black people don’t have to be democrats’

These 3 projects to make Dayton better just won funding

A dozen projects entered the ring; three rose to the top.

Audience members at Thursday night’s UpDayton Summit picked three winners after listening to pitches. 

Each project selected at the 10th annual event will receive $3,000 in seed money and a year of support from UpDayton staff, leaders and volunteers.

UpDayton’s mission is to spur economic growth in the Dayton region by attracting and retaining young creative talent.

The 10th annual year for the Summit, the event has been a catalyst for monumental projects, including Dayton Inspires, Longest Table Dayton and the mural pedestrian bridge that connects the Oregon District and South Park neighborhoods.

>> Check out this year’s official UpDayton Summit X teams and projects 

Here are the winners: 


The Wall of Perseverance. 

The opioid epidemic has left a gaping wound across our community. Thousands of us have lost loved ones to the grip of addiction. The Wall of Perseverance project invites everyone impacted by this crisis to come together to construct a memorial wall and to place upon it mosaic tiles in honor of each of our loved ones. By uniting around this symbol of both loss and determination, maybe, together, we can begin to heal.

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


West Dayton Strong STEAM Lab

West Dayton Strong is an initiative working to support youth in DeSoto Bass whose exposure to trauma while living in an area with low opportunity hinders their ability for educational success. The STEAM Lab will use hands-on learning opportunities to spark young people’s interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, agriculture and math. Volunteers will work with the West Dayton Strong team to design the lab, connect with youth in a fun learning environment, and help build a sense of community.

>>Who is Amaha Sellassie


Story Chain 

Reading aloud to children builds their vocabularies, increases their chances of academic success later in life, and strengthens their relationships with their caretakers. But for many incarcerated parents, providing these benefits to their kids isn’t an option. Story Chain wants to fix that. With the help of libraries, community centers, and volunteers, Story Chain will provide parents in detention facilities with children’s books to read aloud, coaches to help them rehearse and record, and mp3 players to send home.

Tank’s owner sheds light on recent changes: ‘Calm down. Don’t panic.’ 

The owner of an iconic Dayton restaurant said she wants everyone to take a breath. 

Debra Tankersley said she is not closing Tank’s Bar and Grill despite public speculation sparked by newly reduced hours. 

MORE: Tank’s Bar and Grill slashing some late-night hours; customers react

In fact, Tankersley, the widow of Tank’s founder Dan “Tank” Tankersley, said she has spent $25,000 on improvements over the last two years and plans to make more including a new front door in the style of the existing one. 

 “I want Dayton to calm down. Don’t panic,” she said.

Tankersley said Tank’s will be around for years and years and years to come and appreciates her customers’ passion. 


The restaurant just launched a new interactive website to replace its old antiquated  one and will soon roll out a mobile app that will allow customers to place orders. 

>> The Dayton Arcade is opening to the public and you can see inside 

“I am hoping it makes it easy for people to get on our website and see our real menu,” she said. 

Since it opened in 1987 in the former home of Walnut Hills Bar, Tank’s has become an iconic Dayton institution.

Tankersley announced on Facebook Saturday that the restaurant is reducing the hours it is open. 

Some took it as a sign that the restaurant would close. 

Tankersley said nothing could be farther from the truth. 

She said she simply could not justify keeping the restaurant open late nights every night because business is often too slow.  

The restaurant — which serves dinner, lunch and all-day breakfast — had been open 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily for many years. 

>> What are the best restaurants and bars in Dayton? 

 In October, Tank’s announced it would close at 1 a.m., and its kitchen would close at midnight on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Its hours Wednesday through Saturday remained the same, with the bar closing at 2:30 a.m. and the kitchen at 2 a.m. 

Starting Monday, the hours were changed to the following:  

Sunday through Thursday — 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (the bar will close at 11 p.m.) 

Friday and Saturday — 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday (the bar will close at 2 a.m.)

Tankersley said she is sensitive to the needs of customers who would eat at the restaurant late nights, including those who work in the theater community, second shift workers  and restaurant workers. 

She and her 48-member staff are planning to hold special late nights to help accommodate their needs. 

>> Dayton responds to the passing of Tank's owner, Dan Tankersley

The reduced hours were out of necessity, Tankersley said. 

“They (customers) can still can get their Tank’s fix,” she said.  But I can’t stay open every day hoping they will be coming in to get their Tank’s fix.” 

Get a sneak peek of the Dayton Arcade and 6 more of downtown’s coolest places to live this weekend

Members of the public will be able to walk inside of the Arcade in downtown Dayton for the first time in several years. 

>> PHOTOS: Downtown Dayton Arcade through the years

The rotunda of the historic nine-building complex will be open during the Downtown Housing Tour organized by the Downtown Dayton Partnership and set for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Tour-takers will enter from Ludlow Street.

>> Developer: Downtown Dayton Arcade will DEFINITELY re-open

The Dayton Arcade will be one of seven participating locations you can tour.

Val Beerbower, a DDP spokeswoman, said the tour stop will be a great way for people to learn about plans for the Arcade’s redevelopment. 

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Cross Street PartnerThe Model Group and McCormack Baron Salazar plan to transform the “dead mall” into a mixed-use facility that includes housing, retail and innovation space.

>>MORE: 10 spring and summer festivals we just cannot wait for

There will be renderings of design plans, and Cross Street Partner representatives will be there to answer questions, Beerbower said. 

>> 8 things you probably never knew about the Dayton Arcade

“(People) will be able to walk in and check it out for themselves,” she added. 

 Opened in 1904, the Arcade closed to the public in the early 1990s. 

>>PHOTOS: Dayton Arcade wins $5 million in tax credits

>>PHOTOS: Must-see transformations done by new partners of the Dayton Arcade

The housing tour is part of of the Summer in the City program. The self-guided tour also includes some of  Dayton’s hottest new places to live, from renovated factories to brand-new brownstones.

1. Water Street Flats

The Water Street District is now renting luxury apartments and townhomes with high-end finishes, including quartz countertops, walk-in closets, and pendant lighting. The community is located on the Great Miami River with walking access to RiverScape MetroPark. 

Watch the activity from a balcony or the swimming pool and sundeck.

>>3 brand spanking new places to live in downtown Dayton

2. Delco Lofts

One of Dayton’s most iconic historic buildings has been renovated and converted into luxury loft apartments! 

>>PHOTOS: Look inside the Delco Lofts in downtown Dayton

Located across the street from RiverScape MetroPark, next to Mad River bike trail, and adjacent to Fifth Third Field, this six-story former warehouse is now more than 100 marketrate apartments, with local brewpub Lock 27 on the first floor.

>>You’ll LOVE the killer views from this new downtown Dayton apartment up for grabs

3. Monument Walk

Monument Walk is a private enclave of 16 luxury townhomes brought to you by Charles Simms Development. Ideally located in the theatre district, you’ll love to call this exclusive, designer community home. Four finished floors feature 3 bedroom + loft area, elevatorready, and an attached two-car heated garage. 10 units sold already

>>PHOTOS: Look inside the new Wheelhouse Lofts in Dayton’s Oregon District

>>Dayton’s newest housing: 4 under-the-radar projects to know about

4. First Place Luxury Apartments

First Place Apartments’ amenities define luxurious living with a rooftop pool, fitness room, spacious floor plans and closet space, pet grooming and exercise area, parking garage, security, individual storage units, and more. The prime location puts residents within walking distance to restaurants, entertainment, and everything downtown Dayton has to offer.

>>PHOTOS: Must-see transformations done by new partners of the Dayton Arcade

5. Sneak Peek: Creative Housing at the Dayton Arcade project

Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of downtown Dayton’s oldest historical properties. Cross Street Partners, The Model Group, and McCormack Baron Salazar are leading the redevelopment. Get a glimpse of the first phase, which will include residential units and the rotunda space. Note: The building has been out of service for nearly 30 years and has experienced water penetration resulting in damage. Enter at your own risk.

>>MORE TO KNOW: 10 things to know about the Dayton Arcade's redevelopment

6. St. Clair Lofts

St. Clair Lofts at Merchants Row offers upscale urban apartments, boasting high 12-foot ceilings, 10-foot windows, well-equipped kitchens, and washers and dryers. Residents enjoy a 24-hour fitness center, outdoor patio with grill, coffee bar, and a community room. Unique retail shops include a salon and spa, key shop, children’s soccer studio, hair and skin care retailer, salvage shop, bakery, and a men’s clothier. Great location just steps from the Oregon District and the future Levitt Pavilion.

>>Levitt Pavilion’s summer concert schedule is about to be announced — and you can be the first to know

7. City View

This newest community by Charles Simms Development features 14 three-story townhomes. Located on the corner of Fourth St. and Patterson Blvd, this community is the prime location for downtown Dayton living. Open floorplans, oversized windows, attached two-car garage, 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths and a rooftop terrace. 

>>Gone lickety-split: New downtown Dayton homes sell out

Start your tour at any of the three information stations (see map), or start at any housing tour stop.  A map can be found on the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s website. 

>> Have you noticed this sleeping giant in downtown Dayton?


What: Downtown Housing Tour organized by the Downtown Dayton Partnership

When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5. 

Where: Various housing units in downtown Dayton. Visit Downtown Dayton Partnership’s website for a map. 

A free shuttle will be provided. 

Cost: Free

Buy a beer, get a tree: don’t miss this ‘mad’ giveaway this weekend

Let’s say you like beer AND you like trees -- why not put them together?

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Lucky's Taproom Eatery and Cincinnati-based MadTree Brewing are teaming up for a Arbor Day celebration at the taproom, located at 520 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District. 

“We like trees and we like the environment,” server Jill Donovan said.

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The MadTree Giveaway for Arbor Day is set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 27. 

Those who buy a pint of MadTree’s PSA infused with grapefruit and cedar will be given a cedar sapling to plant.

>> RELATED: Dayton's craft beer walking trail is growing

The pints will be sold for $5 each. There are a limited number of trees. 

Want to go?

WHAT: MadTree Giveaway for Arbor Day 

WHERE: Lucky's Taproom Eatery, 520 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 27 

COST: Each pint of PSA infused with grapefruit and cedar is $5

Cedar Point rolls out record-breaking new hybrid coaster 

It seems that even roller coasters can be vengeful. 

For proof of that, turn to Steel Vengeance, Cedar Point’s new 75-mile-per-hour roller coaster. 

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The Sandusky amusement park bills it as the world’s first “hyper-hybrid” coaster and calls it a “massive wooden structure with smooth, steel track.”

The park’s official opening date is May 5. 

A media preview of the coaster is happening  today. 

The Cleveland Plain Dealer shares some of the ride's memorable elements: a 205-foot first hill, a 90-degree first drop and four inversion, that twist in and out of the ride's massive wooden frame. 

The ride also features 27 seconds of airtime, the most on any coaster anywhere, the Plain Dealer shares. The ride features a new technology of restraint that uses a lap bar, not an over-the-shoulders harness, with an added element that pushes against your legs, holding your body in place.

>>PHOTOS: Cedar Point’s brand new record-breaking thrill ride Steel Vengeance

The ride replaces the Mean Streak, which debuted in 1991 and was once the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world. The park is also home to Millennium Force, which is consistently ranked among the very best roller coasters in the world.

Like Kings Island in Mason, Cedar Point is owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.

Kings Island is already open for the season. 

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Here are a stats about the three train coaster: 

Height: 205 feet 

Speed: 74 mph 

First Drop: 200 feet 

Inversions: 4 

Length: 5,740 feet 

Duration: 2 minutes, 30 seconds 

>> New food coming to Kings Island 

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These Daytonians are going to be immortalized in our city’s own Walk of Fame

A three-time Oscar nominee, a husband and wife crime fighting team, and the woman who gave Marvel’s “Black Panther” its eye-popping look are among the next class to be immortalized in the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame.

>> Wright State grad plays pivotal role in much-anticipated Marvel movie 

The inductees will be celebrated at a luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Sinclair College Conference Center, 444 W Third St. in Dayton. 

Tickets for the luncheon are available on the Dayton Walk of Fame website.

Individual tickets are $70. 

Inductees will be on hand during the Walk the Walk street party 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m in the Wright Dunbar Historic Business District May 18. 

The street party ends at 9 p.m. 

The Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame’s memorial stones are on West Third Street in the  business district between Broadway and Shannon streets and along William Street.  

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The 2018 honorees are: Hannah Beachler, Major General George R. CrookDr. Richard A. DeWallRobert C. Koepnick, Dayton police sgt. Lucius J. Rice and police officer Dora Burton Rice, and Julia Reichert

Below are their bios from the Dayton Region Walk of Fame. 


Groundbreaking media production designer 

Hannah Beachler grew up in Centerville, Ohio, majored in fashion design as an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati and then went back to school at Wright State University in 2005 to earn a B.F.A. from WSU’s Motion Pictures Program. She began working on films as a set dresser in small movies and horror films. Her talent and attention to detail quickly brought her assignments as a production designer. She won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film for Fruitvale Station and the Audience Award for the Best Film at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. In 2017 she was nominated for an Emmy and won the Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design for a video for Beyoncé. Her most recent success came as the first-ever female black production designer for a Marvel film. That film, Black Panther, is breaking box office records and is one of the most talked about films of the season. She returns home to spend time at WSU talking to students about her career and mentoring many young filmmakers. 

 >> Emmy-award winner: ‘I am proud and grateful beyond words to be from Dayton’


Leader in the U.S. military and civil rights activist 

George R. Crook was born and raised near Taylorsville, now a part of Huber Heights, Ohio. He graduated from West Point in 1892. He is recognized as a major figure in U.S. military and civil rights history. He had an active career in the Civil War capped by his Division causing General Robert E. Lee to surrender at Appomattox. He was an important commander in the Indian Wars that followed the Civil War. While serving as the Commander of the Department of the Platte in 1879, Crook arranged to have himself sued on behalf of the Ponca tribe. The case resulted in a major civil rights victory when Chief Standing Bear was recognized as a person under the law and therefore Native Americans were entitled to equal protection under U.S. law. Sioux Chief Red Cloud remarked after Crook’s passing that, “He, at least, never lied to us. His works gave us hope.” 

>> This local McDonald’s is getting a huge makeover -- and table service

DR. RICHARD A. DEWALL (1926-2016) 

Pioneer heart surgeon 

Dr. Richard DeWall came to Dayton in 1966 and spent 50 years of his life here. He is credited with inventing the first workable, portable heart-lung machine. Dr. Doug Talbott recruited him to Dayton, and Mrs. Virginia Kettering invited him to initiate an open-heart surgery program at Kettering Hospital, where he performed the first successful open-heart surgery in the area. He established the general surgery residency-training program, serving as its director from 1970-1976 and also acted as a consultant to the National Institutes of Health. The winner of many national and local awards, his proudest accomplishment was his role in the founding of Wright State University School of Medicine because he wrote the original proposal for what would become the medical school. He also helped establish the Wright State School of Medicine Foundation. He said, “With the bubble oxygenator (the name of his invention), you are dealing with maybe several hundred patients a year. With a medical school, when you get it expanded, you’re dealing with thousands.” 

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ROBERT C. KOEPNICK (1907-1997)

Nationally known sculptor, talented teacher 

Robert C. Koepnick, a native Daytonian, was born in 1907 and lived virtually all of his life in the Dayton Region. He was a sculptor of national reputation and maintained a studio in Lebanon, Ohio until shortly before his death. He was a prolific, versatile sculptor who worked in wood, bronze, stone, aluminum, and terra cotta. He studied with Carl Miles, the noted Swedish sculptor. He headed the sculpture department at the Dayton Art Institute for almost 30 years, with the exception of a five-year period during World War II when he worked for the Aeromedical Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, helping to design gloves and oxygen masks that made it possible for pilots to fly at ever increasing altitudes. His works are displayed in many states, and he has exhibited in distinguished museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy of Design, and the Dayton Art Institute. At least 17 of his major works are displayed in Dayton. He once remarked that, to his amazement, “I really marked up this world.” 

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 Long serving pioneer Police officer and community activist policewoman 

In 1896, when he was 20, Sgt. Lucius Rice moved from North Carolina to Dayton where he met his future wife Dora, a first cousin of the renowned poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar. He served in the Ohio National Guard, distinguishing himself at Lake Erie in 1908 and winning government marksmanship medals. After being honorably discharged from the military, he was appointed to the Dayton Police Department. He became the second African-American man to serve on the Dayton police force and was one of the longest serving Dayton Police officers of the 20th century, serving more than 30 years. He was the first African-American lawman to be appointed a plainclothes detective. He was the first African-American in Dayton to become a police supervisor when he was promoted to sergeant in 1916. During his career, he served with distinction and sacrifice, often working 12-hour days, wounded twice, and then tragically lost his life in the line of duty in 1939. 

>>  RELATED: In the face of humiliation, this Dayton native smashed police barriers -- and was just honored at this ceremony

Dora Rice first played the role of homemaker until her children were older when she became a community activist in her church, serving Wesleyan Methodist Church as treasurer for 20 years and as church organist for over 22 years. Then she chose to join her husband in law enforcement. In 1929 she was appointed to the Dayton Bureau of Policewomen, becoming the first African-American policewoman in Dayton. She served for 10 years before resigning for poor health and died six months after her husband was killed. Sgt. Rice is remembered by the Dayton Police History Foundation as a local legend and his wife as a civic activist and Dayton Police Woman. 


Pioneering independent filmmaker and educator 

Julia Reichert, a graduate of Antioch, has been called the godmother of the American independent film movement. She is a three-time Oscar nominee. Her film Growing up Female was the first feature document of the modern Women’s Movement. Recently it was chosen for inclusion in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. One of her films (with Steven Bognar) premiered at Sundance and won the Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filming. She writes, directs, and produces. She is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a member of the advisory board of the Independent Feature Project. She is the co-founder of the New Day Films, a 42-year old social issue film distribution co-op, author of Doing it Yourself, the first book on self-distribution in independent film, a professor of motion pictures at Wright State University and a grandmother. 

 >> Why this local filmmaker win won a  $50,000 grant (January 20, 2016) 

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