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Debate forum: 06/10

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Forum center: Coal might have an image problem By Alex Culpepper Coal is a pretty big deal in the world right now. About 40 percent of the electricity produced on the planet comes from coal. South Africa leads the world in coal-produced electricity, using coal for over 90 percent of its electricity. Poland, China, Australia and […]

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Debate forum: 06/03

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Forum center: Gay pride events go mainstream, but some say they need to stay ‘queer’ By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers Gay pride events today can trace their lineage back to an infamous night at a popular bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. In late June of 1969, NYC police raided the […]

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Debate Forum: 05/27

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Forum Center: VA’s secret list allegations will certainly create more lists By Alex Culpepper The federal government began setting up hospitals for America’s veterans in the early 1800s. They were intended as a way to help volunteer soldiers who suffered casualties during wars. Dayton was one of the first cities to have one of these […]

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Commentary Forum 05/20

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Over the limit? By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA is an interesting and distinctive beer. First of all, the brewing process requires a tremendous amount of hops to make it. It’s not produced in large amounts, and it allegedly ages well, like wine. This beer is also 20 percent alcohol, […]

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Commentary Forum: 05/13

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Forum Center: The smartphone may be the new home By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers An old saying tells us a person’s home is his or her castle. A 21st century version of that saying might become something like this: a person’s home, and smartphone, are his or her castles. It all depends on what ruling […]

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Debate Forum: 05/06

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Forum Center: States’ drug abuse? By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Bruce Plante It takes an average of 12 years for a drug to make it from a laboratory to your medicine cabinet. Yet, it took states like Ohio and Oklahoma less than a year to come up with a new drug cocktail for the purpose of executing […]

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Commentary forum: 4/29

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Debate Center: City tax may be permanent, at least until it changes again By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter The year 1984 was a big one in Dayton. The city was recovering after a big recession swept the land. People in town were introduced to Madonna. Consumers could finally get one of Apple’s personal computers. The […]

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Debate Forum: 04/22

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Forum Center: No payday for the Paycheck Fairness Act By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joe Heller The Paycheck Fairness Act failed to make its way through the U.S. Senate, falling short of the 60 votes needed for debate. The bill sought to close the wage gap between men and women and make what people earn more […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

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Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. Right now, nearly half of the states in this country have either approved it for medical use or have decriminalized it and simply issue civil fines for possession and use. Our neighbors to the north […]

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Debate Forum: 04/08

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Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The separation of church and state within political functions was apparently decided in the case Marsh v. Chambers in 1983. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing prayer at the opening of legislative and other […]

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Debate Forum: 04/01

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Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations essentially have free speech rights related to campaign finance regulation. The rhetorical question arising from this ruling has since […]

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Debate Forum: 03/25

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Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that produces luxury electric cars. The company has been around for about 10 years and is headed by South African engineer and entrepreneur and PayPal co-founder, Elon Musk. Tesla cars are limited-production and marketed toward affluent […]

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Debate Commentary 03/18

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Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under the Fifth Amendment allows citizens to protect themselves from self-incrimination, and when the police slap the cuffs on and “read you your rights,” what they’re doing is honoring the amendment. It doesn’t end there, though, […]

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Debate Commentary 03/11

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Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still hear it? By Alex Culpepper Police have been legally allowed to enter and search a private business or residence under three conditions: with a warrant from a judge who believes the police have shown a […]

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Debate Forum 03/04

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Debate Center: What does one wear to match the rifle strapped across his or her shoulder? By Alex Culpepper Earlier in February, motorists along a stretch of highway in Beaumont, Texas, were alarmed to see a man wearing a banana costume and holding a sign with an arrow on it. The banana costume and the sign […]

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Commentary Forum 02/25

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Ohio prosecutors defend warrantless GPS tracking By Alex Culpepper Ohio police actively seek technology and gadgetry to prevent crime and catch suspects who may have committed crimes. Just last year, Dayton leaders held a meeting to decide whether to hire a local company, Persistent Surveillance Systems, to send up an aircraft with a surveillance camera […]

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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 […]