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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: 

JES MCMILLAN 

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.

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AMAHA SELLASSIE & TIFFANY L. BROWN 

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

JONATHAN PLATT 

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. 

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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. 

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“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.” 

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Jobless and nearly homeless, Rachel Dolezal still isn't sorry for posing as black

It’s been two years since it was revealed that former NAACP branch leader Rachel Dolezal is actually white. Not only is she on the brink of homelessness, having been unable to find a job, but she’s still maintaining that she did nothing wrong by posing as an African-American woman.

“I’m not going to stoop and apologize and grovel and feel bad about it,” she told the Guardian. “I would just be going back to when I was little and had to be what everybody else told me I should be — to make them happy.”

>> Rachel Dolezal announces memoir 'In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World'

Dolezal stepped down from her position in 2015 when her parents revealed that she was not actually African-American. While she eventually admitted to being “biologically born white to white parents,” she argued that she identifies as African-American, saying that race is “not coded in your DNA.”

She claims to have applied for more than one hundred jobs, but that no one will hire her, aside from those within the reality television and pornography industries. Even her memoir, “In Full Color,” which is due to be released in March, was turned down by over 30 publishers before one picked up the book. She currently relies on food stamps and help from friends in order to get by. She told the Guardian that she will probably be homeless next month.

“Right now, the only place I feel understood and completely accepted is with my kids and my sister,” she said. “The narrative was that I’d offended both communities in an unforgivable way, so anybody who gave me a dime would be contributing to wrong and oppression and bad things – to a liar and fraud and a con.”

Dolezal says her memoir is her way of telling her side of the story and opening up a dialogue about race and identity.

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“The times I tried to explain more, I wasn’t understood more. Nobody wanted to hear, ‘I’m pan-African, pro-black, bisexual, an artist, mother and educator,’” she told the Guardian. “People would just be like, ‘Huh? What? What are you talking about?'”

But would she ever consider simply telling people that she’s white?

“No. This is still home to me,” Dolezal said. “I didn’t feel like I’m ever going to be hurt so much that I somehow leave who I am, because I’m me. It really is who I am. It’s not a choice.”

Read the full story at the Guardian.

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