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Debate Commentary 03/18

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 Forum 03/04

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

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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Debate Forum 01/28

DEBATE CENTER: Is it high time for more discussion about alcohol and marijuana? Illustration: Chris Britt By Alex Culpepper  The 1936 movie “Reefer Madness” is a cult classic that portrays the lives of urban youth getting hooked on marijuana and becoming raving lunatics, who in some cases go insane, commit suicide or even kill someone else. […]

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Debate forum 12/10

Debate Center: Company seeks new name for anonymous blogger: Defendant  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration by:  Dayton artist Elliot Ward The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is in place to protect people who speak or publish criticisms of government, other people, businesses and so on. It protects opinions that may make people feel awkward, angry […]

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commentary forum 11/19

State lawmakers seek a red light on traffic camera programs  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Elliot Ward.   Up until a few years ago, the only driving-related photograph Ohio’s drivers worried about was the one on their driver’s license. Since then, the state has set up what are called speed and red light cameras to take […]

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Debate Forum 11/12

Debate Center: Stimulus rollback has created a food stamp fight  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Signe Wilkinson As part of the federal stimulus package in 2009, Congress voted to increase benefits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, as a measure to fight recession. As of Nov. 1 of this year, those extra […]

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Debate Forum 10/22

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 10/08

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, 9/17

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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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 […]