Archive | August, 2011

Debate Forum Topic, 8/30/11

U.S. immigration policy changed by Obama executive order Last week the Obama administration announced that it would exercise “prosecutorial discretion” by suspending deportation proceedings against many illegal immigrants who, according to the administration, “pose no threat to national security or public safety.” The new policy is expected to help thousands of illegal immigrants who came […]

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A Rasta monster

The Dayton Reggae Festival is a celebration of music and art By Benjamin Dale Few can resist the inexorable pull of reggae. The sheer joy and exuberance conveyed via smooth, offbeat drumming and rollicking basslines remain an unrivaled concoction for good vibes, mon. Originating in 1960s Jamaica, reggae took cues from the Caribbean styles of […]

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Onstage: September 2011

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp WSU grad Nick Verina will reprise his role as “Young Ben” in Stephen Sondheim’s celebrated musical “Follies” starring Bernadette Peters on Broadway. A Streetcar Named Desire makes a stop at X*ACT (Xenia Area Community Theatre) It only seems appropriate that during the 100th anniversary of Tennessee Williams’ […]

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Life is so strange when it’s changin’

A look at life, liberty and lucidity with Lynyrd Skynyrd By J.T. Ryder We may view our lives as a linear passage of time, as if we were tiredly gazing through a car window as the lackluster landscape of our lives flies by, a vista of relatively repetitive sameness that is only occasionally broken by […]

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Into the light

Women in art come Out Of The Shadows at Miami Art Museum By Jud Yalkut Unlike most exhibitions which feature women artists, whether from a feminist or political point of view, the new and massively important Out of the Shadows: The Rise of Women in Art at the Miami University Art Museum in Oxford, Ohio […]

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Debate Forum Right, 8/30/11

Prosecutorial discretion: Just another way to say “administrative amnesty” By David H. Landon In 1660, six Landon brothers from Herefordshire, England boarded a ship bound for Boston and the New World. Although there are no clear records available, upon their arrival, they probably didn’t face a cumbersome immigration bureaucracy. At that time there was no […]

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Ha Ha Pizza

Seriously delicious pizza is no laughing matter at this Yellow Springs eatery By Tom Baker About 15 years ago I was told that the reason Ha Ha Pizza got the name was the “magic” mushrooms they’d put on the pizzas. I guess you might buy that considering the reputation of Yellow Springs, but I can […]

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Guided by Vices

The best of 2011 so far By Christopher Schutte There are any number of things that make being a music critic a pretty good gig (my parents are so proud). First and foremost, you get to listen to virtually everything that’s released and you don’t have to pay for it. You also get “press” access […]

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Miss Maha’s September

Miss Maha plans out this month by Maha Kashani Although I’m sad that summer seemed short-lived this year, I’m ridiculously excited for fall! My top three favorite things about fall, in order: 1) Fashion. Jewel tones, layers and boots, oh my! 2) Football. Bengals, Bears, Fighting Irish and thanks to a certain someone in my […]

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Advice Goddess, 8/30/11

Guru, Interrupted My husband is extremely analytical, to the point where he has a negative or argumentative response to almost anything I say—including positive or even insignificant things. Then, when he makes some remark, unless I respond with “I agree” or “uh-huh,” he debates me. I’ve repeatedly asked him to stop making everything an argument, […]

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Let me see you smile

Chicagoan Ernie Hendrickson comes to South Park Tavern By Gary Spencer It’s no secret that America’s rich musical traditions continue serve as fertile material from which countless artists continue to draw. For Chicagoan Ernie Hendrickson, most of his life has been spent mining American music and drawing inspiration for his own music. For fans of […]

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Converting trash to cash

Leave it to citizens, not politicians, to clean up a city By Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell During my first year as Southeast Priority Board (SEPB) chairperson, a young man from my neighborhood who also held a Priority Board seat asked me to Google “RecycleBank” and look at what this company was accomplishing in other American […]

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Identity accessories

Keeping your head warm is just a bonus By Jane A. Black Pilgrim, Santa, Robin Hood, witch, cowboy, pirate, cop. Can you picture them in your head? On your head? Their hats, I mean. Without the topper, the costume is simply incomplete; the distinctive character is obscured. Without the pointy black hat, how do you […]

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A day in the life of a demolition derby driver

The Montgomery County Fair introduces a whole new world to one DCP writer By Emily Kaiser Pulling up to the driveway of Todd Mabe’s house, I knew he was a notorious demolition derby driver, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. As I parked behind a car most people would haul away as junk, I […]

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The Debt

Post-Holocaust thriller pays off a debt in more than pedestrian fashion By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R, Grade: B Film opens up infinite possibilities to the audience; the best are the what-ifs that transport us out and away from the narrative before us, into worlds of alternatives, with no debts at all to the reality and […]

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A moderate mediator

The role of mediation in the Dayton court system By A.J. Wagner You might call it “Judge Judy justice.” It is scheduled to happen every Wednesday at Dayton Municipal Court when Magistrate Barbara Doseck or Magistrate Colette Moorman hear the cases of Small Claims Court. These are the cases where one person sues another for […]

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