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Commentary Forum: 5/2

Scared to death Ohio’s battle with lethal injection By Sarah Sidlow There’s nothing like a good deadline to increase productivity. That’s what the state of Arkansas decided when it realized its supply of one of the drugs used in its lethal injection cocktail, midazolam, expires at the end of April. Cue death row executions in […]

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Debate Forum: 4/25

As if flying wasn’t stressful enough United Airlines overbooking policy up in the air By Sarah Sidlow Is there a doctor on board? Not anymore! By now, you’ve likely seen or heard about a video of a physical confrontation between United Airlines passenger David Dao and the security officer who forcibly removed him from United flight […]

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Commentary Forum: 4/18

In need of re-leaf Is marijuana a gateway drug? By Sarah Sidlow “Yeah, marijuana is a gateway drug…” Blue Ash City Council member and Ohio Patient Network Executive Director Rob Ryan told me in a recent conversation, “a gateway off of opioids.” In fact, the potential for marijuana as a treatment for opiate addiction is […]

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Debate Forum: 4/11

The curse of cursive Should schools still teach cursive? By Sarah Sidlow In school, we learned all sorts of important things that set us up for a lifetime of success. Like how to play “Hot Cross Buns” on the recorder, the difference between a rhombus and a regular parallelogram, and how to write in cursive. […]

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Debate Forum: 3/28

Killing Big Bird? Trump moves to defund public broadcasting By Sarah Sidlow Thing to know: President Donald Trump used to be a Muppet. Before he was the commander in chief; before he was the leader of the free world; he was a garbage-throwing puppet who lived in a multi-story trashcan empire called “Grump Tower” in […]

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Debate Forum: 3/14

Remove and replace? New Orleans Confederate monuments are up for removal By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Ron Rogers   Apparently, what happens in New Orleans might not always stay in New Orleans. In fact, a U.S. federal court ruled March 6 that NOLA has permission to move forward with the plan to remove three monuments many […]

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Debate Forum: 2/7

Sin cities Dayton weighs undocumented immigrant police policy after executive order By Sarah Sidlow   Phrase to know: “sanctuary city.” As in, not your imaginary safe haven where the coffee is always free and the home team always wins. If the term rings a bell, it’s probably because it’s been in the news. A lot. […]

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Debate Forum: 1/31

  The ‘art’ of the deal No room for arts in Trump’s budget By Sarah Sidlow It didn’t take President Trump very long to find the Oval Office’s Resolute Desk, or the presidential rubber stamp. In addition to other symbolic executive actions, Trump and his team have been working diligently to uphold his campaign promise […]

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Debate Forum: 1/17

Drink your haterade Should the legal ‘hate crime’ classification exist? By Sarah Sidlow Eyes on Chicago, where four young black men and women kidnapped, bound, beat, humiliated, and threatened to kill a mentally disabled teen—and filmed it for Facebook. The victim is white; he’s 18-years-old and suffers from schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder. Prosecutors said […]

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Commentary Forum: 1/10

The 2016 blooper reel What is the worst thing that happened in 2016? By Sarah Sidlow Late November, Merriam-Webster sent out a distress signal on Twitter: “‘Fascism’ is still our #1 lookup. # of lookups = how we choose our Word of the Year. There’s still time to look something else up.” Yes, that emphasis is theirs. […]

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debate forum: 12/28

Faking it Apparently, not everything on the internet is true By Sarah Sidlow Breaking news: maybe you shouldn’t believe everything you read online. Still here? Great! Read on—we won’t lie to you. According to Pew Research Center, 62 percent of adults get news on social media. Two-thirds of Facebook users get news from the site. […]

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White the power


Hawthorn Hill: The origin of East Bank hip-hop and Public Frenemy By Ben Tomkins Photo: Wood-grilled Whyte Knigght of Public Frenemy hails from Oakwood, also known as the ‘wood’; photo: Ben Tomkins For the past decade, West Dayton has spearheaded the Christian hip-hop movement. Styled as West Bank hip-hop—owing to its originations on the west […]

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Stopping the crISIS


In the Gray Zone: Recognizing the Muslims in US By Ben Tomkins and Amanda Dee Photo: Local Muslim groups address Western stereotypes; photo: Amanda Dee On Nov. 28, Ohio State University officials and news outlets initially reported third-year logistics management major and Muslim Somali refugee Abdul Razak Ali Artan as an “active shooter” when he […]

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Debate Forum: 12/13

Driving me crazy Driving services brawl over prime airport real estate By Sarah Sidlow A fight at the airport. Because air travel isn’t already stressful. Luckily, unless you’re a driver (Uber, Lyft, Taxi, or otherwise), you probably won’t end up duking it out in the parking lot. In fact, all of this fighting might actually […]

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Debate Forum: 11/8

Comey Island FBI director makes lots of enemies in announcing Hillary Emails, Part II By Sarah Sidlow ‘Twas the week before voting, and all through the place, the pollsters were rejoicing the end of this race. And then, from nowhere, the FBI wailed: “But wait! There’s more! More Clinton emails!” You’ve heard of the “Nightmare […]

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Debate Forum: 10/25

The Death of Garden Station? City eviction of Garden Station plants seeds of doubt By Sarah Sidlow It might be fair to say the City of Dayton and the folks involved with Garden Station won’t be exchanging holiday cards this year. Reminder: Garden Station is an art park and community garden at Wayne Avenue and […]

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A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]