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4 killed after car hits pole in Dayton

“I don’t know what color the vehicle is, but it’s demolished,” the caller said.

It appears the vehicle was traveling south on Gettysburg Avenue and at some point lost control, likely at excessive speed, Henderson said.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is working to identify the deceased.

It’s not clear what happened in the moments leading up to the crash. Henderson urged anyone who has information to call Dayton police at 937-333-COPS (1359). Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP (7867).

The assistant chief urged the public to drive safely, noting the police department is working on long-term strategies to address issues with traffic safety in the city. Earlier Sunday, officers responded to Gettysburg Avenue on vehicles that were likely street racing, he added.

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“… This is a community issue, a community concern. As the police department, we’re part of that community,” Henderson said. “We need assistance addressing these issues. We’re losing far too many young people in our community due to accidental deaths.”

Dayton Police Lt. Col. Eric Henderson talks Monday May 2, 2022 about the one vehicle quadruple fatal accident at the intersection of N. Gettysburg and St. James Avenues Sunday night. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

Dayton Police Lt. Col. Eric Henderson talks Monday May 2, 2022 about the one vehicle quadruple fatal accident at the intersection of N. Gettysburg and St. James Avenues Sunday night. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

Dayton Police Lt. Col. Eric Henderson talks Monday May 2, 2022 about the one vehicle quadruple fatal accident at the intersection of N. Gettysburg and St. James Avenues Sunday night. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

There have been 14 fatal crashes in Dayton so far this year, with 11 in west Dayton, Henderson said. It’s a 75% increase from the eight fatal crashes reported during the same period last year.

“This is not specific to Dayton. Some of these issues are regional and even nationwide,” he added. “It’s really a lack of concern for driving safety. That’s what we need to focus on, but it’s going to take more than the police department to solve these issues.”

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Round House hits the road for ‘It’s Not a Trip, It’s a Journey’

In Round House Theatre’s “It’s Not a Trip, It’s a Journey,” four friends take a road trip to the Grand Canyon. The world premiere runs through May 8.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews ‘It’s Not a Trip, It’s a Journey’ (Part 1)

Get ready to take a road trip to the Grand Canyon just by sitting in a local theater.

That’s the premise of the new play “It’s Not a Trip, It’s a Journey,” which makes its world premiere at Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland, through May 8.

“It’s a fun time,” actor Erin Margaret Pettigrew told WTOP. “I hope that y’all join us and really strap in to go with us across America on this stage, because that’s what we’re doing and that’s how it feels. We invite you to come with us. We need you to come with us.”

Written by Charly Evon Simpson, the story follows June (Pettigrew), who convinces her friends Frankie (Cristina Pitter), Willie (Dezi Bing) and Rain (Afua Busia) to ditch New York City for an impromptu road trip to the Grand Canyon. As the four wildly different friends travel across America, they confront the reality of being Black, femme and American.

“Four Black femme friends decide to travel via car from New York City to the Grand Canyon,” Pettigrew said. “All the things start to come into play, meaning the irritation, the fun, the music, the exhaustion, the hopefulness, the expectations. … That will sit differently with Black femmes moving across America … because there’s a lot to unpack there.”

Speaking of packing, the characters all have metaphorical baggage.

“What’s the baggage we carry with us?” Pettigrew said. “The baggage that you literally are bringing and the things that are sitting on your heart, mind and soul? Are you running from something? Is it an escapism thing? Are you trying to search for something? Running toward something? Or just trying to be in the wind and experience something different?”

How does director Nicole A. Watson show a cross-country road trip on stage?

“Aesthetically, the stage is pretty bare, there’s naturally a car on stage, and there’s a road, but the road extends all the way out into the audience,” Pettigrew said. “The tip of the road points out into the audience, so you can almost touch the edge of the road in the front row. Then it runs all the way to the back of the stage and curves up toward the sky.”

Scenic designer Lawrence Moten hangs other fun elements above the stage.

“Above it is this big … extended sign that has every single road sign you can think of, that has the map of the U.S. that lights up, that has hotel signs that light up, that have different iconic things that you would see on a road trip or on the side of the road,” Pettigrew said. “The stage itself is open, it’s big, it’s bare, it’s a road, it’s a car, it’s us.”

Even the costumes symbolically evolve during the journey.

“The changes we are making physically in our clothes,” Pettigrew said. “Our costume designer Ivania [Stack] is brilliant, seeing us in New York … what we might be wearing in such a fast-paced, business city, then seeing us closer to the Grand Canyon trying to fit into that Western lifestyle. How are we changing ourselves even by our clothes?”

It’s part of the theater’s inaugural National Capital New Play Festival.

“These shows wouldn’t be thriving … if it wasn’t for the environment,” Pettigrew said. “I really have to thank everyone involved, that being Round House, our directors, our writers and everyone who decides to come into this room … and say, ‘We’re going to hold space and hold time for us to journey through these very hard but very real stories.’”

WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews ‘It’s Not a Trip, It’s a Journey’ (Part 2)

Listen to our full conversation here.

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British Airways’ glitch hits flights | Travel News | Travel

This was the latest disruption to the airline which has faced a number of IT meltdowns in recent months.

Passenger Will Karkar tweeted: “Been stuck at Heathrow for 2.5 hours unable to check in with BA due to them experiencing a ‘global IT system failure’.”

BA said: “This has now been resolved.”

Rory Boland, of Which? Travel, said: “Airlines should be offering a refund or to reroute passengers.”

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US hits Chinese officials with travel bans over ‘repressive acts’ | Uighur News

State Department accuses targeted Chinese officials of involvement in crackdown on religious minorities, among others.

United States President Joe Biden’s administration is imposing travel bans on Chinese officials whom it accuses of repressing Uighur Muslims, as well as other ethnic and religious minorities.

The US State Department announced on Monday that it is barring the officials from travelling to the US because of their involvement in “repressive acts” and crackdowns on freedom of speech and religion in China and abroad.

The department did not identify which officials would be subject to the expanded ban, nor say how many would be affected.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that the sanctions are being applied to Chinese officials who “are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, policies or actions aimed at repressing religious and spiritual practitioners, members of ethnic minority groups, dissidents, human rights defenders, journalists, labor organizers, civil society organizers, and peaceful protestors in China and beyond”.

The move adds to visa restrictions originally imposed by the administration of former US President Donald Trump over China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang, as well as repression of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong and advocates for freedoms in Tibet.

The United Nations says at least one million Uighurs have been detained in so-called “counter-extremism centres” in Xinjiang.

Rights groups have said China’s treatment of the Uighurs amounts to genocide and crimes against humanity. Beijing has rejected these allegations and says its policies towards the Uighurs, as well as other minorities, are necessary to fend off extremism.

The State Department sanctions come just days after Biden spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping amid rising US-China tensions over the war in Ukraine.

The US has raised concerns that China may come to Russia’s aid – either by giving military equipment or bypassing Western sanctions – in its increasingly brutal offensive in Ukraine, and Biden warned Xi of the “implications and consequences” of such support during their call.

The Chinese leader, for his part, stressed the need to reach a negotiated agreement to end the conflict in Ukraine, while also telling Biden that US-China relations could be negatively affected should the issue of Taiwan not be handled “properly”.

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Rights groups have said China’s treatment of the Uighurs amounts to genocide and crimes against humanity [File: Murad Sezer/Reuters]

Taiwan has been a source of tension between Washington and Beijing, which claims the self-ruled island as part of its territory. The US, though it does not have formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, is its most important international backer and arms supplier.

Meanwhile, the US Justice Department last week also announced charges against five men accused of acting on behalf of the Chinese government in a series of brazen and wide-ranging schemes to stalk and harass Chinese dissidents in the country.

The criminal cases, filed in federal court in Brooklyn, alleged longstanding efforts to dig up dirt on dissidents, intimidate them, and stifle their speech.

In 2020, prosecutors charged eight people with working on behalf of the Chinese government in a pressure campaign aimed at coercing a New Jersey man who was wanted by Beijing into returning to China to face charges.

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National Express hits back in battle for Stagecoach

National Express has insisted its proposed merger with fellow UK transport firm Stagecoach is “superior” to a rival offer from a German infrastructure investment fund.

The two transport groups agreed a £1.9 billion merger in December 2021 – only for Stagecoach’s board to decide to accept a new £595 million offer from Inframobility UK Bidco Limited, which is managed by Germany’s DWS Infrastructure fund.

In a new statement issued on Thursday (17 March), National Express said its board believed that the merger with Stagecoach “represents a superior value creation opportunity”, compared with the rival offer from DWS, which National Express said “materially undervalues” Stagecoach.

National Express added that merging with Stagecoach would create a “leading multi-modal transportation provider” in the UK, as well as delivering “significant synergies”. 

The proposed National Express-Stagecoach merger was already being investigated by the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) before the DWS bid was accepted by Stagecoach’s board earlier this month.

The decision about Stagecoach’s future will rest with its shareholders and National Express urged them to “take no action” on the DWS offer.

“The National Express board believes the combination provides Stagecoach shareholders with the opportunity to participate fully in the exciting future of the industry and the compelling growth and value creation potential of the combined group, representing a superior value creation opportunity when compared to the DWS Offer,” added National Express in its statement.

“The board of National Express therefore encourages Stagecoach shareholders to take no action in relation to the DWS offer. Further announcements by National Express will be made as and when appropriate.”

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Trucker Mandate Protest Hits DC, Snarling Local Traffic | Washington, D.C. News

By RICK GENTILO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of truckers and other motorists who have been doing rolling protests on highways encircling Washington made their way into the nation’s capital Monday, snarling already-congested traffic in a demonstration against COVID-19 mandates and other grievances.

The DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency issued a traffic advisory shortly before 2 p.m. that suggested motorists delay travel or use alternative transportation “due to ongoing demonstration activity on I-395, I-695, and I-295.”

The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department closed a number of streets and exits off the highways to prevent the protesters from coming into the city. “These rolling road closures are occurring in real-time as they are needed,” the announcement said.

The protesters, separated intermittently by the usual congested traffic, waved flags and blew their horns as they drove. When asked why they had come to protest, one unidentified couple with Montana license plates answered “freedom.”

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Area residents took to the police department’s Twitter with a number of the comments holding city officials and the police responsible for the traffic gridlock by shutting down the exits.

Authorities sent out a second advisory about two-and-a-half hours later announcing the demonstration had ended and the freeway exits were being reopened.

The truckers, some from as far away as California and Montana, have been in the area more than a week driving from Hagerstown, Maryland, to the beltway surrounding Washington to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates as well as voice frustration for other grievances.

Last week, organizers of the group met with Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Cruz joined them for a ride as they circled the Washington area.

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Porsche fleeing traffic stop hits, kills 22-year-old man on I-85 in Gwinnett County – WSB-TV Channel 2

GWINNETT COUNTY — The Georgia State Patrol said a Porsche Cayman that sped away from a traffic stop on I-85 slammed into a 22-year-old man standing on the shoulder, killing him.

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Troopers said the accident happened around 8 p.m. on Sunday near Chamblee Tucker Road.


Troopers said a trooper was attempting to pull over a Porsche that was speeding when the Porsche sped away, leading to a chase. Troopers said the driver made a rapid and improper lane change near Jimmy Carter Boulevard and lost control.

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A 22-year-old man, identified as Hugo Martinez, was standing next to his disabled car and a wrecker on the side of the highway when he was hit by the Porsche. The driver of the wrecker was able to jump over a concrete barrier to safety.

The driver of the Porsche was identified as Victor Allen Smith, 55. He is facing at least 12 charges, including felony murder and first-degree homicide by vehicle. He is also accused of DUI and driving with a suspended license.


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Travel: San Francisco’s 10 Greatest Photo Hits

San Francisco isn’t the most visited U.S. city. In fact it’s no. 5, after New York, Miami, our Los Angeles and Orlando, attracting 3.3 million visitors yearly, per the World Atlas.

But it happens to be the most photogenic, IMHO, with more photo eye candy per square mile than its competitors.

Think about it—the New York Empire State Building or the Golden Gate Bridge? Disney World or Cable Cars?

As many readers know, I’ve been talking recently here about the wave of camera thefts in the city, so I recently returned to San Francisco, left my big Sony camera at home, and ran around the city with just an iPhone 13 Pro and tiny GoPro camera to photograph the 10 greatest hits photos of the city.

Smartphones are harder to steal! And they can be turned into bricks after thefts. So let’s run down the hits.

We obviously start with the cable car, and everyone loves the shot of the car coming up the hill, with Alcatraz Island in the background, like on the old Rice a Roni TV commercial. Where to get that one? On the corner of Hyde and Chestnut. The other classic shot is the cable car coming up California Street, with the Bay Bridge behind it. That’s on California and Mason, near the Fairmont Hotel. 

There are many, many places to get a great shot of the iconic bridge, from Crissy Field or Fort Mason, looking up at the bridge, but my favorite is going across the bridge, to the Marin headlands and looking down at the bridge and city from there. Pro tip: Use your wide lens to get in the expanse of the bridge, and move your body to eliminate as much of the foreground as possible. Timing wise, sunsets are awesome, but a sunny day with sol beaming down on those red beams of the bridge are pretty cool too. 

That row of cute victorian homes, as seen on the opening credits of the Full House TV show is an easy stop, just off Alamo Square, at the corner of Hayes and Steiner. For the best shot of the homes, climb to the top of the park, and look downward. Mid-day looks great, to see the color in the homes. 

A symbol of the city since 1933 offers great, 360 degree views from the parking lot, and an even better one from the observation tower. You’ll have to pay a fee to get in, but it’s worth it. A bonus when you enter the building, which has free admission on the ground floor: you’ll get to see some amazing murals from the 1930s that were painted for the WPA project. 

You have many choices. You could go up to Twin peaks, but be careful. It’s an area that’s ripe with crime these days. I preferred the view from up here in the Coit Tower. But the best view of the skyline, hands down is a drive out of the city to Treasure Island, which is in-between San Francisco and the East Bay, off the Bay Bridge. 

On a clear morning you can look down the hill and see Alcatraz Island staring back up at you. Location: you remember it from the cable car shot, right? Hyde and Chestnut. Pro tip: Here I recommend a wide lens, as wide as possible, so if you have super wide on your phone use it.

Nothing screams tourist in SF like this honky-tonk section, but you gotta come. Your establishing shot of the sign is right here at 2820 Taylor street, you can get your cable car shot over at Powell and Mason, or Hyde and Beach, because the lines originate there. The morning sea lions are down the way off Pier 39 and if you come early in the morning, you can get beautiful shots of the boats in the reflective water. Ghiradelli square right down the street. Speaking of Photowalking, if you turn left from here, you can walk all the way, some 4 miles,  to the Golden Gate Bridge, through some wonderful San Francisco parks, most notably, Fort Mason. Pro tip: Fisherman’s Wharf is all about early morning shots. The earlier the better. Use your telephoto lens to capture the sea lions. 

The crookedest street in the world. It’s hard to get a great perspective on the zaniness of the street on a smartphone, but there are two places to try. Either on the ground looking up, or walk up and look down. Lombard is a normal street except when you get to Hyde and Leavenworth, where it zigs and zags. Pro tip: Lombard starts attracting more crowds and cars as the day gets longer. The road looks more wild when cars are streaming by it, so mid-afternoon works to your advantage. 

Another historical remnant from another time has the great clocktower, a wonderful neon sign that screams San Francisco and looks fantastic at night. Pro tip: The Ferry Building is best at nighttime, right around sunset, for the glow of the neon and the city lights. The best place to pick up shots of the building aren’t right in front or by the side, but a pier away, on the left of the building, at Pier 1.

Finally, Who;’s hungry? You may leave your heart here, but you’ll never go hungry. SF is known for sour dough and seafood in Fisherman’s Wharf, Italian pastries in North Beach and dim sum in Chinatown.

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Women’s Basketball Hits the Road to Face Alabama

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri women’s basketball (15-6, 4-4 SEC) will travel to Tuscaloosa to face off with the Crimson Tide (11-8, 2-6 SEC) on Sunday. The game is set to tip off at 5 p.m. on SEC Network.

Alabama has won each of the last three meetings between the two teams. The all-time series is knotted at seven games apiece.

Mizzou fell on the road at Mississippi State on Thursday and the Tigers will look to get back on track. Junior guard Aijha Blackwell put up another double double with 17 points, 16 rebounds and a season-high five assists. The Tigers’ 20 turnovers matched a season high. Blackwell leads the nation in rebounds per game at 13.6 and she is the only player in the nation to average more than 10 defensive rebounds per game.

Hayley Frank has averaged 18.4 points per game in SEC play while shooting over 50 percent from beyond the arc. Frank leads the SEC with a 47.2 percent mark from three on the season. Her 2.76 three-point field goals per game also puts her at the top of the conference.


For all the latest on Mizzou Women’s Basketball, stay tuned to and follow the team @MizzouWBB (TwitterInstagramFacebook).

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