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Raising the Bar

A Case of a Liquor License Lost By AJ Wagner A few weeks back the Dayton City Paper had a debate about liquor licenses and the City of Dayton’s request to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission not to renew the licenses of five different bars.  This week, Ohio’s Tenth District Court of Appeals in Columbus […]

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Threatening Behavior

When Public Record Goes Private By AJ Wagner Section 149.43 of the Ohio Revised Code, with few exceptions, makes public records public. The theory behind this “Sunshine” law is that the public owns the records so they should have complete access to them. A recent case from the Ohio Supreme Court, however, laid out some […]

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The Bars That Bind

On The Job, With a Conviction By AJ Wagner One of the issues facing many of those looking for employment is a criminal record. A conviction for committing a crime can often have far reaching and long lasting consequences for employment and advancement within a company. Two weeks ago Leaders for Equality and Action in […]

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Traffic Update

Reconsidering Camera Fiascos By AJ Wagner This is a follow up to my suggestion a few weeks ago that the traffic cameras for speed and red light violations are unconstitutional. I had a paragraph in that story about a 91-year old man who paid his tickets and was still towed. I was not totally correct. […]

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What Second Amendment?

A Gun in the Car, Ohio V. King By AJ Wagner Guns are legal. The right to have a gun is enshrined within The Bill of Rights in both the United States and the State of Ohio Constitutions. Limitations on gun possession should, therefore, be rare. A decision last year by Ohio’s Second District Court […]

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Running Over the Constitution

A $40,000 Speeding Ticket By AJ Wagner It was eighty-three years ago next week that the Saturday Evening Post took on the issue of speed traps with the Norman Rockwell cover illustration “Welcome to Elmville.” The illustration, which appeared a few months ago at the Dayton Art Institute, depicts a small town policeman hiding behind […]

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Forum Right, 4/10/12

For the General Population: The Law Left a Solution By AJ Wagner In January I did a piece for my Law and Disorder column in which I described a case involving the search of a man’s penis. I set forth the standards for a strip search which come from a United States Supreme Court Case […]

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Easy Riding

Tips for Safe, Responsible Bicycling By AJ Wagner The City of Dayton 2025 Bicycle Action Plan opens with this statement: “A simple, accessible, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation, the bicycle continues to be a pivotal part of the City of Dayton’s vision for an active citizenry, vibrant economy, and engaging street life. Every day, […]

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U$A: The Best Elections Money Can Buy

Montana Indicts the U.S. Supreme Court By AJ Wagner The Supreme Court of Montana told the Supreme Court of the United States what it thought of its decision in Citizens United v Federal Elections Commission – the decision that said corporations were entitled to the protections of the First Amendment when it comes to campaign […]

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Forum Right, 2/21/12

Can’t Rent Out Your Rights By A.J. Wagner It is seldom as easy as saying “I have Constitutional right!” because the likely response is, “So do I!” When a court hears these two statements, or something similar, a fair amount of analysis is brought to bear on the two sides with the outcome dependent on […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]