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The Dayton City Paper Mayoral Candidate Debate Introduction by Alex Culpepper Photo: [l to r] Dayton Mayoral Candidates: Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell, A.J. Wagner and Nan Whaley; photo credit: Andrew Thompson   In November, Daytonians will have the opportunity to decide who will take the helm as mayor of Dayton. Before that can happen, though, […]

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Debate Forum, 4/30

Debate Forum Center: Columbus teacher dismissed by Catholic Church By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Sam Rhoden In March, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the U.S. v. Windsor case, which will decide whether the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is constitutional. The media reports and polling numbers surrounding the case revealed Americans are truly softening their stances […]

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Debate Forum, 4/23

Debate Center: Is there a way to unplug the pressure cooker that is the United States?  By Alex Culpepper Newtown, Conn.; Aurora, Colo.; Fort Hood, Texas; Blacksburg, Va.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Boston, Mass. – all these places have one particular characteristic in common: they are sites of mass carnage generating huge casualties. Even though they share […]

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Debate Forum, 4/16

Debate Forum Center: Facebook posting can make you liable for libel By Alex Culpepper For the most part, Facebook is a place where users promote themselves, share what they’re doing at the present moment or maybe what they did the previous night and generally write about anything from the mundane to the sublime. It is […]

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Debate Forum, 4/9

Debate Forum Center: Genuine product protection or seedy backroom deal?  By Alex Culpepper The recent passage of the measure to prevent a government shutdown allows U.S. lawmakers to step back and exhale for a moment. On March 26, President Obama signed H.R. 933, and with it comes funding to keep the government operational through September. This […]

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Debate Forum, 4/2

Debate Forum Center: Pay your tax or get the axe  By Alex Culpepper As part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collects money for the U.S. government in the form of tax payments from citizens. In many cases, people send in their tax bills around the time of the tax return […]

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Commentary Forum 3/26

Forum Center: Shall the ‘truth serum’ set you free from Fifth Amendment rights?  By Alex Culpepper James Holmes is the man accused of walking into an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater on July 20, 2012, taking out his guns and opening fire, killing 12 people and wounding dozens more. After the incident, he was promptly arrested and […]

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Debate Forum, 3/19

Debate Forum Center: Medicine or marketing?  By Alex Culpepper Doctors and pharmaceutical companies in the United States have worked together for a long time. After all, both are in the business of helping patients prevent, manage and even cure health problems. For the past several years, both have teamed up in another way to spread the […]

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Debate Forum, 3/12

Debate Center: Should voting really be this controversial?  By Alex Culpepper The period in the United States from Reconstruction through the 1960s hosted a great deal of historic events and changes. Repression and racism were rampant, while at the same time African Americans attempted to exercise their rights to vote. Even if one could get to […]

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Commentary Forum, 3/5

Commentary Forum Center: Court will decide whether Freshwater can teach with holy water  By Alex Culpepper People refer to it as the “Scopes Monkey Trial,” but it is officially known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes. Basically, this 1925 case charged John Scopes, a Tennessee high school science teacher, with teaching evolution in […]

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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]