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Debate Forum 10/22

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Debate Center: Sales and privacy in Google’s terms of service  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration by: Dayton artist Elliot Ward When talk of endorsements comes up, it usually involves famous people who tell how great a product is, just like Shaquille O’Neill endorsing Gold Bond or Tina Fey with Garnier. The whole point is to get […]

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Debate Forum 10/15

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Debate Center: Does Amish family get fair treatment from court-sanctioned medical care?  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward Sarah Hershberger is a 10-year-old girl who lives in northeastern Ohio, and she has leukemia. She has been undergoing chemotherapy at Akron Children’s Hospital, and doctors say with the treatment she has an 85 percent […]

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Debate Forum 10/08

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Debate Center: Do we get the government we deserve?  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Ed Gamble So, we finally have a government shutdown. Although Capitol Hill scrambled for last-minute deals and eleventh-hour bargains, the shutdown train kept rolling. There were meetings, phone calls, briefings and discussions, but all efforts were futile. We could rightly call some of […]

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Debate Forum 10/01

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Debate Center: The Affordable Care Act has a day in court  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration:Dayton artist Elliot Ward   Sometimes when news turns to issues of religious freedom, it involves the Catholic Church. In most cases, the problem centers on the church facing a challenge to their religious positions in the form of an employee who has […]

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Debate Forum 09/24

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Debate Center: Perfection in simplicity or rare delicacy? Illustration: ElliotWard    By Alex Culpepper   Somewhere deep in the shadowy past of humanity, someone discovered the starchy, wet grains sitting in the corner of a mud hut rendered a mushy drink that left him or her relaxed, tingly and euphoric. This unlikely genius further found he or she […]

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Debate Forum, 9/17

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Massachusetts family believes the Pledge challenges their patriotism By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Elliot Ward A man named Francis Bellamy wrote The Pledge of Allegiance in 1891. In part, it owes its existence to Christopher Columbus and the Civil War. Bellamy composed the Pledge as part of a program to promote patriotism and complement the opening […]

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Debate Forum 09/10

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Debate Center: Another reason to smile for that driver’s license photo  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward.   By some reports, 26 states use what is known as facial recognition software to ID suspected criminals. Beginning this summer, Ohio joined those states by using the facial recognition software in a program called the Ohio […]

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Debate Forum 09/03

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Debate Center: Rapists in many states can have child custody rights  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward.    A woman in Massachusetts is involved in a legal battle to overturn a state court order requiring the father of her child to assume partial parental responsibilities. She is doing this because he was also […]

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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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Commentary Forum 08/20

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Commentary  Center: Twitter takes a seat at the Washington lobbying table Illustration by: Dayton artist Elliot Ward   By Alex Culpepper On Aug. 9, Twitter became the latest Internet/tech company to form a Political Action Committee (PAC), complete with a lobbyist and a Washington, D.C., office. Called Twitter#PAC, it joins companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft, […]

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Debate Forum 08/13

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Debate Center: Some schools are handing out more than just free lunch  By Alex Culpepper Illustration by: Ted Rall Most schools in the country provide some form of sex education, whether it’s abstinence-based, safe-sex contraceptive information or both. Here in Ohio, an amendment nearly made its way into the budget bill last spring that would have […]

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Debate Forum 08/06

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Debate Center: Has the government blown the whistle on the whistle-blowers?  Illustration by:  Signe WilkinsonBy Alex Culpepper Bradley Manning released for publication to WikiLeaks several official documents about the United States’ actions in the Iraq and Afghan wars, as well as detainee files from Guantanamo Bay. Manning now faces sentencing after a military court found him […]

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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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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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Debate Forum 07/16

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Debate Center: What’s in your landfill? By Alex Culpepper Illustration by: Nate Beeler The process of extracting natural gas known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, produces a briny, liquid waste during the drilling process. Normally, these liquid wastes are stored in injection wells underground. If certain actions by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the […]

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Debate Forum 07/09

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Debate Forum Center:  Will the buses stop at the Fairfield Mall? By Alex Culpepper Illstration by:  Sam Rhoden For years the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has wanted bus stops close to the Mall at Fairfield Commons, and in 2011 the Beavercreek City Council voted unanimously to reject the RTA’s application for those bus stops. […]

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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 […]