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E.Coli outbreak in 11 states linked to chopped romaine lettuce

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have linked store-bought chopped romaine lettuce from a growing area in Yuma, Arizona, to an E.coli outbreak that has sickened dozens of people in 11 states, the agency reported Friday.

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Twenty-two people have been hospitalized, including three who developed a type of kidney failure, according to the CDC.

The states impacted include: Washington, Idaho, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

No deaths related to the outbreak have been reported.

The agency has not yet identified the grower or a common brand, yet, and is urging people not to eat chopped lettuce from the Yuma area.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection vary, but often include severe stomach cramps and (often bloody) diarrhea. Most people get better in five to seven days. Infections can be mild, but can also be severe and even life-threatening.

If you think you have E. coli, the CDC says to talk to your health care provider or public health department and write down what you ate in the week before you get sick.

People started reporting illnesses that are part of the outbreak between March 22 and March 31.

DNA fingerprinting is being used to identify illnesses that are part of the same outbreak. Some people might not be included in the CDC’s case count if officials weren’t able to get bacteria strains needed for DNA fingerprinting to link them to the outbreak.

To reduce your risk of an E. coli infection, you can:

  • Wash your hands. Wash hands after using the restroom or changing diapers, before and after preparing or eating food, and after contact with animals.
  • Cook meats thoroughly to kill harmful germs.
  • Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables before eating.
  • Avoid raw milk, other unpasteurized dairy products, and unpasteurized juices.
  • Don’t prepare food or drink for others when you are sick.

Heinz introduces Mayochup, mayonnaise-ketchup combo, so when will you be able to find it?

Checking calendar ... no it isn’t an April Fools’ Day joke. Heinz is actually introducing a mayonnaise and ketchup mix called Mayochup.

Fox News reports that Mayochup is also known as fry sauce, fancy sauce and a multitude of other names with sauce worked in.

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But Heinz is mixing it’s two signature products Heinz Ketchup and Heinz Real Mayonnaise for the newest release.

The bad news is for those who want to try it, it is only available in the Arab Gulf states, Fox News reported. But hope is not lost. 

It will be launched in the U.S. if it gets 500,000 votes.

As of Thursday afternoon, 55 percent of the more than 461,000 votes are in favor of the new mashup with three days left to cast your lot.

Heinz Real Mayonnaise was recently released and is made with 100 percent cage-free eggs.

 

Wawa Day: Get free coffee on chain's 54th anniversary today

Want some free coffee? If you live near a Wawa convenience store, you can get a complimentary caffeine fix on "Wawa Day," a celebration of the chain's 54th anniversary.

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According to a Wawa news release, customers can get "free cups of any-size coffee" Thursday at any of the company's 790-plus stores in Pennsylvania; Florida; Washington, D.C.; New Jersey; Delaware; Maryland; and Virginia.

Wawa "expects to give away 2 million free cups" of java throughout the day, the company said.

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The press release continued: "In April of 2014, Wawa celebrated its 50th anniversary in convenience retailing and marked the milestone with the first Wawa Day event and the launch of The Wawa Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit organization founded to encompass most of Wawa's charitable giving. At its inception, Wawa and The Wawa Foundation set a goal to donate $50 million to causes supporting health, hunger and everyday heroes by 2018. During its 2018 Wawa Day celebration, Wawa and The Wawa Foundation are pleased to announce that they have met this goal as of early 2018, and over the past four years have donated $50 million to causes surrounding health, hunger and heroes throughout Wawa’s operating area."

Read more here.

Dog rescued from New York subway tunnels after 3-mile journey

A dog ran for miles on subway tracks in Brooklyn after it narrowly avoided being hit by a train, WCBS reported.

Around 3:40 a.m. Monday, the dog took off running after nearly getting hit by a train. The train slowed to 10 mph, following the dog for nine stops, according to WCBS. It lasted 40 minutes and the dog ran more than three miles through the tunnels before he was able to be pulled to safety, WCBS reported.

Because of the subway pup, trains were backed up, but luckily it was early and before rush hour, track inspector Edlin Cruz told WCBS.

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Cruz was the man who rescued the dog.

“I sprung into action. I got his attention, showed him a little bit of caring. He was scared, hungry,” Cruz told WCBS.

>> Pet pot-bellied pig named Molly cooked, eaten by new owners after adoption from shelter

The dog, a pit bull, had no collar or identification and was handed over to the ASPCA. Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers named the dog Lucky, WCBS reported.

>> One lucky dog: Deaf K-9 started off as unadoptable shelter dog 

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this story.

Dayton gets ‘wild’ props after landing on National Geographic list

Dayton has a lot to brag about — especially when it comes to our green spaces. Now, National Geographic is giving us another reason to boast about our beauty.

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A recent article published by National Geographic listed Dayton at number 7 in a list of theTen U.S. Cities that Have the Most Green Spaces.” 

The qualifications that landed Dayton on the list were a city in the U.S. with a population of 600,000 or less, had the most parks to their name and that made for a great vacation spot. 

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“If you are traveling to a city, why not make sure it’s one that would make it easy to stroll through a park on your way to dinner, or pass by nature as you head to a matinee? ... These urban destinations have everything you’d expect in a city, plus some extra green space to stumble onto as you wander,” the article reads.

>> 12 top hiking trails in Dayton and nearby

Highlighted in Dayton’s listing was the West Milton Cascades tucked right under downtown West Milton. The falls, along with Dayton’s other green spaces, caught the magazine’s attention for its close proximity to urban attractions around the area.

Other cities that made the list included Madison, Wisconsin; Ventura, California; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Olympia, Washington. 

We bet you haven’t tried cotton candy flavors like THIS before (and you can get it at this local market)

This local market is putting a major spin on a childhood classic this spring. 

Sugar and Spun Gourmet Cotton Candy hit the shelves of Dorothy Lane Market, which has locations in Oakwood, Springboro and Washington Square, two weeks ago. 

Head of grocery manager Phil Issenmann said he’s personally already a fan.

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Flavors include pina colada, peanut butter and jelly, cinnamon bun, strawberry shortcake and a decadent salty peanut butter. Issenmann said the gourmet fluff has the same “dissolve-as-soon-as-you-pop-it-in-your-mouth” texture that classic cotton candy has. However, he’s excited for these new flavors to give customers an “off the wall” experience of the novelty snack.

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“We came across Sugar and Spun at a fancy food show and really liked it ... for now, it’s just a special item we’re featuring for spring. But, if we get a lot of requests from customers, we could add it as a regular item,” Issenmann said. 

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For a limited time, the Sugar and Spun brand is available at every DLM location. It is currently priced at $6.99 a tub.

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

Jes McMillan is trying to connect the dots that make up the art community on Dayton’s east side, and she says it is about more than just art.

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The founder of the nonprofit Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton as well as Jes McMillan Mosaics is the chef architect of a grassroots effort that would see a swath of Dayton bordered by E. Monument Avenue, N. Findlay St., Xenia Avenue, and Wayne Avenue and Webster Street officially deemed the East Dayton Arts District.

>> Art project aims to restore pride in Dayton neighborhood

“It is creating an umbrella of the art that is already there,” McMillan, an humanitarian artist,  said. “All of this (art) is happening in east Dayton.  How do we put the name out so we can get longer term support?” 

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McMillan owns and manages Crane Studio Market, a relatively new space that holds 14 independent galleries and shops at 221 Crane Street, also the home of Mike’s Bike Park. 

WHY AN EAST DAYTON ARTS DISTRICT? 

It was there at a show by Mikee Huber, an artist with a studio inside of Crane Market, that McMillan said it dawned on her how little people outside of Dayton’s art scene know about the rich collection of art experiences found in east Dayton. 

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Through her day job, Huber has connections to many people who work at or around Wright Patterson Air Force Base. 

McMillan said that most of the people at Huber’s show had no idea about the diversity of art in Dayton until attending the show. She said the east side is starting to boom and the word needs to get out about the art that can be found there. 

“Dayton is an amazing city. We have so many artists here,” she said. “We need the suburbs to know what’s going on here.” 

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The East Dayton Arts District 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.

Organizers are working on the project with the city of Dayton officials. 

Last month, they were given the green light to paint a mural with the words “East Dayton Arts District” across the Keowee and First Street train overpass. 

Fundraising efforts are underway for the project expected to be complete in June. 

A POINT OF PRIDE

McMillan said she hopes that the designation helps build pride in east Dayton as it fights to rebound from financial downturns and against the the opioid crisis that has impacted many lives.

McMillan knows the neighborhood’s struggle intimately. 

Raised in Dayton and several local suburbs, her mother, CarolAnn McMillan, died of a drug overdose at age 34. 

CarolAnn McMillan gave birth to her daughter at age 14 and, in the ’90s developed a drug problem after breaking her leg. 

“I am coming from the streets that I am serving,” McMillan, who is now 35, said. “I am them, they are me.”

East Dayton Arts District is just one of her ideas for east Dayton. 

The graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh plans to present her idea for a opioid memorial at this year’s UpDayton Summit, set for 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 26 at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North.  

Winning ideas win support from the organization tasked with retaining young professionals in the Dayton area. 

The memorial could help  the Dayton area be the “capital of healing” instead of the “overdose capital of America,” as it was dubbed by NBC News and others, McMillan said. 

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Though her work including what she has done with Mosaic Institute — an organization located inside of Cranes Market that offers free mosaic instruction — McMillan has done mosaics with a people ranging from Miamisburg students to inmates to senior citizens to the differently-abled. 

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“It really showed me that art has the power to transcend the powers of division,” she said. “Everybody can sit down at the table for collaborative creativity.” 

The East Dayton Arts District is not exactly a new idea, but it is an idea for which time has come. 

“It will recognize both new artists and those long established,” she said. 

“There are so many of us that love this city. We are young and we are positive and we are progressive,” she said. “It also honors the groundwork laid.” 

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Best Places to Live 2018: Did your city make U.S. News' annual list?

It’s another good day to live in Austin, Texas

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Last year, Austin knocked Denver from the No. 1 spot on U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” And this year, it didn’t budge

>> Florida beach named nation's best in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

As in years past, the publication ranked the 125 largest cities in the country based on a variety of factors and data. Five indexes were used to compile the list: job market, value, quality of life, desirability and net migration. Cities were graded on each of these indexes on a 10-point scale, which were then averaged for an overall score. 

Overall, Austin earned a 7.7 out of 10. Of the measurements, Austin scored highest in the net migration category with 9.4. Austin also scored high in the desirability index with an 8.9. 

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The top 10 cities are:

1. Austin

2. Colorado Springs, Colorado

3. Denver

4. Des Moines, Iowa

5. Fayetteville, Arkansas

6. Portland, Oregon 

7. Huntsville, Alabama

8. Washington, D.C. 

9. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

10. Seattle

>> See the full list here

Austin Mayor Steve Adler took to Twitter to share the good news:

It’s not all sunshine in the greatest place to live in the U.S., however. Or maybe it’s too much sunshine, in at least one category. U.S. News and World Report noted Austin’s higher-than-average housing costs, its notoriously bad traffic, issues with segregation and those hot, hot summers as negative factors. 

Royal wedding: Trump not invited, Obamas not going either, report says

Cancel that shipment of monogrammed “Harry & Meghan” towels from the White House.

CNN is reporting that President Donald Trump is not invited to the royal wedding on May 19 in Windsor, England.

>> Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seek charity donations over wedding gifts

Former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle won’t be there either, despite having a close and apparently fun-loving relationship with groom-to-be Prince Harry in particular. Though it’s not clear if the Obamas were invited and just have something else to do that day (though seriously, what could be more important than watching the current fifth-in-line to the throne say “I do” to former “Suits” actress and American Meghan Markle)?

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Apparently, the lack of invite is nothing personal where the current president and first lady Melania Trump are concerned. A White House official told CNN that no elected U.S. officials were invited to the nuptials at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

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In fact, a spokesman for Kensington Palace (where Harry and Meghan live, along with their neighbors, Prince William and Kate and their kids) told CNN that “world leaders and political figures would not be invited in their official capacities."

“It has been decided that an official list of political leaders — both UK and international — is not required for Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding,” the palace told CNN.

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Hmm … Technically, the Obamas no longer have “official capacities” as political figures, so maybe they did make the cut?

“The royal source would not say whether they had been invited,” CNN said.

Best Pizza in Every State: The winners are…

Everyone knows there’s amazing pizza to be found in every state, and several of your best spots claim to be “the best.”

But which places actually take the top spot?

The Daily Meal compiled a handy list that breaks down the best pizza in every state, as well as Washington D.C.

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According to The Daily Meal

In Massachusetts, Area Four in Cambridge has been called the best in the state.

In Pennsylvania, Philadelphia’s Pizzeria Vetri is tops.

In Georgia, Duluth is the home of O4W, while Charlotte can boast North Carolina’s best, Pizzeria Omaggio.

For Florida, Delray Beach’s Scuola Vecchia Pizza has the best pizza for the Sunshine State.

Memphis’ own Hog & Hominy has the best pizza for Tennessee.

Empire Slice House in Oklahoma City is the best for Oklahoma.

No one can mess with Texas’ Home Slice Pizza in Austin.

Seattle is home to Washington’s best Serious Pie.

For Ohio, nothing can beat Crust in Cleveland.

New York is known for its pizza, but John’s of Bleecker Street is known as the best.

For the full list, click here.

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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