Archive | November, 2012

The end of the tunnel

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Riley discuss suicide in their EP series By Nick Schwab The saying goes: “Oh, to be young again.” Children have it so easy. They don’t yet realize that the mirthful and sunny side of life has a depressing underbelly. It works in music, too. Certain music can be likened to one’s carefree childhood, as it […]

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One gigantic life

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Author Bill Roorbach visits Books & Co. By Stacey Ritz Giants come in all forms. Some giants develop in the physical sense, while others achieve the bigger than life status from within. Bill Roorbach, author of the newly released novel “Life Among Giants” shared, “I’ve been dreaming these characters for nearly 40 years. And having […]

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Simple and consistent

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Christopher’s Restaurant offers quality home cooking By Tom Baker There are two things I’ve learned since having my first child: First, simplicity is best, whether it is in discipline or in cooking – you’ve got to get the point across and dinner done quickly. The second, that eating together at a table with family or […]

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The surreal theatrics of “Anna Karenina”

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Joe Wright’s stagey adaptation of Tolstoy By T.T. Stern-Enzi Rating: R  Grade: A- To fully appreciate what director Joe Wright and screenwriter/playwright Tom Stoppard have wrought with their adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic tale of adultery among the 19th century Russian aristocracy, audiences should prime themselves with Wright’s surreal battlefield interlude from “Atonement.” Working from […]

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If a tree falls …

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What really happened to the trees along Riverview Avenue By Marianne Stanley “Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught, will we realize we cannot eat money.”  Cree Indian Proverb For more than half a century, 16 trees stood sentry on Riverview Avenue, along […]

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Miss Maha and the City

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Great ways to enjoy Dayton in December By Maha Kashani With the holidays upon us and everyone being pulled in every which direction, I’ve decided to put a new spin on the year-end edition of my column. Welcome to the inaugural “list” edition of Miss Maha and the City. 2013 is almost here! Before that […]

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Health, Wellness & Fitness

8 steps to turn a “dud” checkup into a get-younger tune-up By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Splashed all over the media, a new report says you can cross “get an annual checkup” off your to-do list. Scientists in Denmark announced that yearly doctor visits didn’t help 182,880 people live longer or sidestep […]

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Debate Forum 11/27

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RIP … “Twinkie the Kid” Last Wednesday, the maker of Twinkies, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread placed the brands up for sale. A bankruptcy judge cleared the way for Hostess Brands, Inc., whose workers have been on strike, to fire those 18,500 workers and wind down its operations. A last-ditch effort to end a strike […]

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Quiet noise

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Six Organs of Admittance bring beautiful obscurity to Ohio By Zach Rogers Photo credit: Christopher Altenburg of MonsterFresh.com The music of Six Organs of Admittance, the name given to the noisy psych-folk project of Ben Chasny, is airy, melodic and ear-biting all at the same time. It leaps out of the speakers, wrapping itself around […]

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Beat pusher, crowd shaker, savvy money maker

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Local DJ Tony DeSaro is a key figure in Dayton’s notoriously fragmented dance music scene By Wu W.A.N.G Tony DeSaro is about making things happen. This Dayton DJ’s name is everywhere these days, whether he’s involved with high-profile music events throughout the Midwest, particularly Dayton and Columbus, or playing “hella tight” sets at a house […]

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Law and Disorder

A Dickens of a decision: The Supremes look at the white ghosts of the past, present and future By A.J. Wagner Cathy Shanklin, Executive Director of the Dayton Dialogue on Race Relations, lamented out loud a few weeks ago that it has become difficult to engage groups for dialogue on race because of the feeling, in […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

The great Great Miami Boulevard boondoggle by Mark Luedtke The I-75 ramp to Salem Boulevard will be shut down for five years, so the city built an alternate route for motorists traveling south toward downtown Dayton to access Salem Boulevard. They replaced the existing Great Miami Boulevard between Main and Grand, then extended it to […]

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Midwest movie hub?

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Drawing the film industry to the Miami Valley By Kevin J. Gray Earlier this year, representatives from film advocacy groups in Dayton, Cincinnati and Cleveland joined forces in Columbus to persuade lawmakers to increase the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, a substantial tax credit for films that shoot and hire within Ohio. The efforts worked […]

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Debate Forum, 11/20

Was General Petraeus ousted because of his Benghazi narrative? Despite the fact that world events seem to be spiraling out of control, the national media on Friday was focused on catching a glimpse of former CIA Director General David Petraeus as he slipped onto Capitol Hill to testify before the House Intelligence Committee. The question […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Petraeus affair Exposes Orgy of Government Abuse by Mark Luedtke The salacious story of General Petraeus’s affair with mistress Paula Broadwell is burning up the airwaves, but most of the coverage is superficial as usual. The media and their sources are using the sex scandal to distract us from dangerous issues that the government wants […]

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Law and Disorder

A sign of the times Does the punishment fit the crime? By A.J. Wagner It was around 1986 when I was first interviewed for the evening news. I was an Acting Judge in Dayton Municipal Court and I had just sentenced a prostitute to a blood test for AIDS. AIDS was fairly new back then […]

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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]