Archive | July, 2013

Debate Forum 07/30

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Debate Center: Local school district gives principals extra authority By Alex Culpepper   Illustration by: Monte Wolverton Since the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, the issue of allowing armed teachers in schools has been a national debate. It has also been an Ohio debate leading to three school districts in the state passing […]

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The call of the wild

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The Ghost Wolves punk-leaning, rock howl to town By Tim Anderl Photo: [l to r] Jonny and Carley Wolf of The Ghost Wolves will perform at South Park Tavern on Friday, Aug. 2 Austin, Texas duo The Ghost Wolves deliver a rabid and raw sound that draws inspiration from across the musical spectrum. Blending blues, punk, […]

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Ear to the tracks

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Beat the heat with these cool new albums By Justin Kreitzer Photo: Max Sollich of Dolfish   After enduring a long stretch of rainy, spring-like weather, we have finally reached the dog days of summer here in Dayton. So grab an ice cold drink and put on these refreshing new albums and chill out with the back-porch […]

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Final stop: ‘Fruitvale Station’

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Powerful debut feature captures the complex humanity of Oscar Grant By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Director Ryan Coogler seeks redemption in “Fruitvale Station”; Rating: R Grade: A When is a day in the life, not just “a day in the life” of a character? It isn’t when that day happens to be the final day, which is […]

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Conspiracy theorist

Rolling Stone works for the FBI By: Mark Luedtke  If you believe the mainstream media, Rolling Stone really messed up when it put a flattering picture of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. He, along with his older brother Tamerlan, killed by police in an alleged shootout, is accused of killing three […]

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On the beat

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Bucher vacation revelations  By Jim Bucher   Photo: Sophie, Chloe and Jim Bucher traveling to sunny California When Dayton City Paper Editor Kyle Melton asked, “Hey Buch, what’s your next article’s topic?” I said, “Gonna write about my trip to Calfornia, but we haven’t left yet.” He responded with, “Well, how do you know anything fun […]

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Into the void

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Cadaver Dogs bring rock n’ roll mayhem to Poelking Lanes By Zach Rogers Photo: Columbus gutter rock trio Cadaver Dogs play Poelking Lanes on Wilmington Pike Aug. 3 Decades ago, Black Sabbath claimed to have sold their souls for rock n’ roll. The same could be said of the band Cadaver Dogs, from Columbus, Ohio, if […]

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Take me to the river

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Riding Miami Valley’s scenic riverways By Stacey Ritz  Photo: Lindsay and Olivia Miller of Hamilton float down the Little Miami River on a sunny afternoon; Photo Credit: Jenny Ritz/Little Miami Canoe Rental Perhaps you’d like to kick your feet up and sit back in an inflatable tube to float down the river at your leisure. Or […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

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Heavy in love By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s  It happens to the savviest of health aficionados: You fall in love and at first you are sure to keep your bod lookin’ hot for your new fling. But then, you get past the googly-eyed stage and you slip into the comfortable one. You know, the one where sexy underthings […]

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A reason to sing!

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Human Race Theatre presents Festival of New Musicals By Leo DeLuca  Photo: [l to r] Jim Poulos, Dana Mierlak, Maria Couch and Jamie Cordes in the 2011 Loft Series production of “right next to me”; photo credit: Gregg Coffin The Human Race Theatre Company (HRTC) hosts its Sixth Annual Festival of New Musicals, Aug. 2-4 at […]

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Hit the trails

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Bike and hike your way thorough the Miami Valley and Beyond By: Kevin J. Gray Photo:  Cyclist of all ages enjoying the new Mad River Bikeway extension; photo courtesy: Five Rivers MetroParks The Miami Valley has become a hub for outdoor activity thanks in part to extensive trail networks that zigzag across Miami, Montgomery, Greene […]

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Blues power

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The Lebanon Blues Festival keeps on growing  By Rusty Pate Photo:Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers perform at the 2011 Lebanon Blues Festival; photo credit: PBamber  The blues have been described many ways by many different people. In the film “Crossroads” (the Ralph Macchio version, not the Britney Spears version) Willie Brown said, “Blues ain’t nothing […]

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Miss Maha and the City

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Amplified energy of summer in the city By Maha Kashani Photo: Sign up for the Inaugural Neon Vibe 5k on Aug. 10Summer in the city means biking along the river, walking to the 2nd Street Market, relishing dinners on the beautiful patios in the Oregon District and, most importantly, enjoying the amplified energy that flows through […]

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Beer in the ballpark

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Great American Beer Tasting at Fifth Third Field  By Sara Mastbaum   Photo: At the Shock Top booth in 2012; photo credit: Nick Falzerano/DaytonDragons Whether you can debate the finer points of unfiltered IPAs, or remain a dedicated Bud fan, beer lovers can agree on at least one thing: they love a good beer event. The […]

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Debate Forum 07/23

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Debate Center: The DUI checkpoint that became a checkpoint on constitutional rights  By Alex Culpepper  On July 4, Chris Kalbaugh, a 21-year-old college student, drove to a DUI checkpoint in Rutherford County Tennessee. He was armed with a camera, and he covertly filmed his experience at the checkpoint. He later loaded the video on YouTube, and […]

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Conspiracy theorist

Government attacks bar owners to cover up its failure  by Mark Luedtke  The interaction of government and citizens is supposedly defined by a social contract, which grants government the power to steal our money and order us around at the point of a gun. In return, it provides justice and security. Of course, this is ridiculous. […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]