Archive | August, 2013

M.O. with Mayor Leitzell

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Why risk Dayton?  By Gary Leitzell   Photo: “Media outlets like the Dayton City Paper took the lead and promoted the positive aspects of the area …” -Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell; photo: Bill Franz One of the greatest misconceptions in the region is that downtown Dayton is not a safe place to visit. There are still some […]

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Investigating the secrets of the ‘Closed Circuit’

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Steven Knight asks, ‘Who’s watching the watchers?’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi   Screenwriter Steven Knight has the narrative nose of an investigative journalist. His screenplays for films like “Dirty Pretty Things” and “Eastern Promises” took audiences down dark alleyways complete with noirish thrills and gritty kink that tapped into our desire for raw voyeuristic experiences beyond […]

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Meeting people is easy

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A beginner’s guide to the Dayton music scene By: Kyle Melton & Gary Spencer   Photo: Local favorites Nightbeast throw down on their home turf at Blind Bob’s; photo: Jacob Bonham Media; cover photo: Buffalo Killers at Canal Street Tavern by Jordan Frei If you’re looking to find out about one of Dayton’s great hidden treasures, look […]

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On the beat

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It’s great ’n Dayton!  By Jim Bucher  Photo: The Deeds Carillon welcomes visitors at the south end of Dayton, courtesy of bikedayton.wordpress.com   I’m just as guilty as the next guy. It’s easy to take shots at the place we call home. To some, it’s just their nature, nothing will ever make them happy. For others, they […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

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Cycling in the city  By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Photo: Bike tours of Dayton are fun and great for your health; photo: Andrew Thompson I’ve never been much of a cyclist. Even when I was first learning to ride a bike, I was slow to the party. My sister, who is two years younger than me, was learning to […]

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Dayton by the pint

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A beer drinker’s guide to downtown By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Exposed brick and high celings define the room at Toxic Brew Company  in the Oregon District; photo: courtesy of Toxic Brew Company The Dayton craft beer scene has seen steady growth over the last decade and nowhere more so than downtown. The Oregon District has […]

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True or false?

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Debunking downtown Dayton myths By Jacqui Theobald   Photo: Dancing to the big band sounds of the Hal Harris Orchestra performing at the Fiver Rivers MetroParks RiverScape pavilion; photo: Bill Franz “Do you still like living downtown?” People continue to ask, even after 10 years. Actually we love living in downtown Dayton. For us, and many […]

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Miss Maha and the City

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Best bets for living in downtown Dayton By Maha Kashani Photo: View from Sixth Street Lofts When I tell local suburbanites that I live in downtown Dayton, I usually get a standard response. It’s a slightly puzzled face or, “Really? Downtown Dayton?” Yes, really. I live in downtown Dayton, and I love it! After a short […]

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The Faces of Dayton

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Photos by: Bill Franz and Andrew Thompson Take a walk around downtown Dayton. History seems to be everywhere, but so too does the air of possible futures. Without a doubt, Dayton is running headlong into a new era where its storied past meets waves of new ideas emerging around every corner. The character of the […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Dayton following Detroit down the looting hole  by Mark Luedtke  Eric Peters argued the Soviets conquered the U.S., “One of the hallmarks of the Soviet System was top-down central planning – with ‘incentives’ provided by the government. Natural market mechanisms were crippled. You got what the government decided you needed – at whatever price the […]

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Goodbye, goodbye

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Bonneville and Vanity Theft bow out at Canal Street By C.C. Hutten   Around 10 years ago, 13-year-old Alicia Grodecki of Dayton-based band Vanity Theft walked into The Attic for a show featuring an indie pop/rock band compiled of a few guys from her high school. What she didn’t know that night, was that soon […]

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Debate Forum 08/27

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Debate Center:Is Governor Christie playing it straight with gay conversion therapy? Illustration by: Dayton artist Elliot Ward By Alex Culpepper  Supporters of gay rights can claim another victory with the decision by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to ban what is known as gay conversion therapy. The governor made it official last week by signing legislation […]

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Melt The Sky

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Red Hot Rebellion deliver 100,000 megawatts of rock n’ roll By Tim Anderl Photo: Red Hot Rebellion release Melt the Sky at Blind Bob’s Aug. 30; photo: courtesy of Red Hot Rebellion   “Melt The Sky,” the title track from Red Hot Rebellion’s (RHR) new EP was conceived last summer when vocalist/bassist Jim Tramontana became obsessed with […]

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On the beat

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Life’s little irritations Photo: Bucher lawn maintenance: Large rocks protecting the driveway By Jim Bucher   As I am now back and refreshed from my vacation in sunny California, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. It’s tough with that jet lag and three-hour West Coast time difference, but then got to thinking, […]

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Taxation without representation is alive and well  by Mark Luedtke  America’s Founding Fathers fought a war to put an end to England’s taxation of the American colonies without allowing the colonists representation in the English Parliament. Today, Americans gleefully tax others without representation. In a practically secret election on Aug. 6, Butler Township residents created […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s AfterGlo

Sugar: Not so nice after all By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s What’s a major culprit behind a laundry list of illnesses and diseases including digestive upset, high blood pressure and obesity, and packs the addictive power of drugs like heroin and cocaine? Sugar, says the featured article in the August issue of National Geographic. Yep, that’s right – sugar! […]

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The next sound you hear will be…well, I don’t know what it will be but I know what it won’t […]

Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]

Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, […]