James Sercu gets a tattoo while behind him artist Will Eagle draws his 16th tattoo of the day at Drawing Dayton Together.
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Tattoos After Tragedy: Mass Shooting Inspires Artists to Take Action

Dayton themed tattoos have become popular across the city since the mass shooting in the Oregon District last month. People are getting Gem City designs, Dayton Strong ink, the shape of the state with a star where the city lies.

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school lockers
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Tornadoes, Shooting Add To Increasing Need For Student Emotional Support Services

Class is back in session in many Dayton area school districts. Hundreds of students in those districts were, in some way, affected by both the Memorial Day tornadoes and the Oregon District mass shooting.

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Ned Peppers bouncer Jeremy Ganger and event organizer Shannon Hous. Hous says she wanted to make sure Ganger knew just how much his actions during the mass shooting were appreciated.
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A bouncer whose actions are credited by many with saving lives during last month’s mass shooting in the Oregon District was honored Sunday. At the Antioch Shrine in downtown Dayton, Ned Peppers bouncer Jeremy Ganger received an embroidered jacket with the city skyline on the back, along with the words “Dayton’s Protector,” written over the heart. 

Thousands fill 5th Street, in the quater-mile stretch of business and entertainment venues of the Oregon District.
Jerry Kenney

People directly affected by the deadly Aug. 4 mass shooting could receive financial compensation as early as Thanksgiving. The Dayton Foundation’s ongoing Oregon District Tragedy Fund has so far collected at least $3 million in donations.

Applications for compensation open October 1. The criteria for distribution is not yet finalized.

URS Rubber Duck Regatta

Tomorrow, Saturday, at the downtown Dayton Riverscape there are two events going on. The Hispanic Heritage Festival is there from 11am to 11pm and lots of music and Hispanic food …and then the URS Rubber Duck Regatta is there beginning at 4 pm…you can see 20,000 rubber ducks fall down the river."

We've got a fun one in store this week: our theme is "Frankly, My Dear..." We'll be celebrating songs both BY Franks (Zappa, Sinatra, Morgan, etc.) and ABOUT Franks (from Pearl Bailey to Ween). Frankly speaking, you won't want to miss it.

Cathryn Essinger reads her poem "Coincidence"

Jerry Kenney

Every Tuesday, clients at United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton (URS) gather together and prepare for an excursion in sound. On this day, they’re heading out to the jungles of Africa. A therapist turns on the sound machine while clients hold their drums and wait for their cues to play.

URS offers programs meant to enhance the physical, social, and emotional needs of children, adults and seniors with developmental or acquired disabilities. The adults participating in today’s drum circle offer a glimpse into the variety of clients the organization serves.

Ohio’s Secretary of State is changing rules for the way political candidates designate their campaign treasurers on forms filed with his office. 

A group fighting to protect the state law that bails out nuclear power plants is plastering the state with fliers urging people not to sign a petition that would put a rejection of the bailout before voters, connecting the referendum effort to Chinese government interests. 

Tecumseh Land Trust

The Tecumseh Land Trust is hosting the 15th edition of its annual Harvest Auction this Friday evening at the Hollenebeck Bayley Center in Springfield. Tecumseh Land Trust Executive Director Krista Magaw stopped by the WYSO studios to talk with Excursions' Niki Dakota about the history of the auction and the Land Trust, and what attendees can expect at this year's event.

School buses line up at Centerville department of education transportation headquarters.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Ohio school report cards will be released Thursday, according to the Ohio Department of Education.  This year’s results were supposed to determine whether Dayton Public Schools would be taken over by an Academic Distress Commission. Three consecutive years of failing grades trigger a takeover, and the district has received failing grades for the past two years.