Archive | March, 2012

Pack A Bag And Go

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The Curious Travels of Scott Ford By Annie Bowers “Ok, I have to know … did you fly to Dayton for free?” I asked Scott Ford, a world traveler, current media sensation and founder of the innovative new travel website packabagandgo.com. He replied confidently, “Yes …” and then added with a grin, “The hotel was […]

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On Consignment

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Secondhand Treasures in Troy By Matt Bayman Consignment shops are the perfect fit for the current economy. On one hand, people need extra money, and consignment shops can help make this happen. On the other hand, consumers with money are looking to spend it more wisely and may choose to buy something used from a […]

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Veterans Museum Brings Piece of World Trade Center Home

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Local Welding Institute Instrumental in Building of New York City Complex By Matt Bayman Since 1930, the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology in Troy has trained more than 85,000 students in the art of welding. The school is considered the largest and best of its kind in the United States, and teachers have trained men […]

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Do It Yourself, Dayton

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Creative Projects to Vamp Up A Dull Scenario By Kate Eviston DIY projects are springing up faster than wildflowers. The idea originally stemmed from home improvement projects in the ‘50s but has grown vastly to include décor, art and style.  When I see something I like, I instinctively want to buy it.  But why not […]

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Under an Open Sky and Figures of Rhetoric

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A Duel Exhibition at the Rosewood Gallery By Jud Yalkut The airy but incisive vision of the delicacy of branches and bird forms in the snowy whiteness of space of Paula Willmot Kraus’ “Under an Ohio Sky” is in sharp contrast with the fragmented and rough aspects of post-Constructivist figural sculpture by Emily Trick in […]

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Pho Mi

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Vietnamese, Pho Real By Tom Baker Before we break down the dining experience at Pho Mi (pronounced like “duh”), let’s talk briefly about comfort food.  These are traditional, nostalgia evoking items:  For me it’s buttered noodles, mashed potatoes, casseroles and most anything my grandmother made me.  It’s richness of flavors, textures and histories, and I […]

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How Poetry Can Matter

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Making Poetry Public By Jordan Mills Pleasant For the most part, the term “poetry” falls on deaf ears — even for the average reader in 2012, the term is less significant than it once was. Over the course of the last 50 years, poetry has in many ways been relegated to a very specialized part […]

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Sounds of Violence

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British Metal Stalwarts Onslaught Bring Thrash Attack to Dayton By Gary Spencer When most people think about classic thrash metal from the 1980s certain names come to mind.  Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer are among the most famous artists associated with the genre.  But just like with nearly every other musical genre or era, there […]

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Forum Right, 3/27/12

No Good Relations Between Wolves and Sheep By Mark Luedtke Most Americans don’t yet realize that the state is a predatory institution and the police are its fangs. But many blacks do. It begins with taxes. Taxes are the modern version of tribute conquerors have always demanded from the conquered. They are not voluntary. They […]

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Forum Left, 3/27/12

Progress Depends on People By Ben Tomkins The lasting value of the declaration of intent by the Dayton police department and prominent members of the Dayton community will prove to be as valuable as the signers choose to make it.  That’s about all I have to say about this particular aspect of the topic.  Either […]

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Forum Center, 3/27/12

“Declaration of Intent” Signing an Effort to Improve Police-Community Relations After the death of 20-year-old Kylen English, which occurred under bizarre circumstances while English was in police custody last July, there was an outcry from many in the community questioning the role the police may have played in his death. According to the police, English […]

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You Want It All? You Want MusicNOW!

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Festival Offers Rare Convergence of Music’s Best and Most Adventurous By Tim Anderl Creating an annual music festival designed to bring the world’s most creative composers and artists together for never — or rarely — before seen collaborations is an undertaking of incredible magnitude.  For Bryce Dessner, a former Cincinnati boy, composer and guitarist for […]

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I Finally Gave Into the Feeling

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Me & Mountains Release Feral on Vinyl By Kyle Melton In 2009, Me & Mountains burst onto the Dayton scene with a highly polished indie pop/rock sound that quickly caught the attention of audiences around town. Their self-titled debut EP evidenced a band with an uncanny penchant for infectious composition and no-frills arrangements, channeling the […]

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Forum Right, 3/20/12

Teachers Aren’t the Problem By Mark Luedtke On the surface, Gov. Kasich’s plan to retest teachers in failing schools might seem like a good idea. Teachers should know their subjects, so why not retest those in failing schools, right? But that kind of superficial analysis, the kind that makes good sound bites, produces bad policy. […]

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Forum Left. 3/20/12

Ludicrously Obvious Facts We Don’t Want to Face By Ben Tomkins I am constantly amazed at the lengths to which people in this country will go to avoid dealing with an obvious but unpleasant reality. Everyone in this country knows our elementary and high school students tend to underperform against other industrialized countries, particularly Asian […]

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Forum Center, 3/20/12

Teachers in Ohio’s Lowest Performing Schools Face Retesting A provision in the Ohio budget will require thousands of teachers in Ohio’s lowest-performing schools to take new licensing tests for the first time. The testing would affect teachers in their core subject areas in any school whose performance has been ranked in the bottom 10 percent […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]