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Commentary Forum: 6/21/16


‘Hate’ is a strong word, but… Is “hate speech” protected speech—and who gets to decide? By Sarah Sidlow   Check out this asshole: His name is Roger Jimenez, and he’s a pastor at Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, California. He’s the guy who delivered a 45-minute sermon praising last week’s mass shooting at an Orlando, […]

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Debate Forum: 6/7/16


Revenge of the nerd? Should we rewrite whistleblower laws for Edward Snowden? By Sarah Sidlow “We can certainly argue about the way in which [Edward] Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made.” […]

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Debate Forum: 4/12/16


MLB: Major League Ban Baseball’s relationship with tobacco on the rocks By Sarah Sidlow It’s one of America’s most intimate and underappreciated odd-couples: baseball and tobacco. They were infants together; they grew up together; they’ve watched the rise and fall of American heroes together for nearly a century. When the official rules for baseball were […]

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Debate Forum: 3/22/16


Oh, dad! Father helps daughter buy heroin, gets misdemeanor By Sarah Sidlow Parents will do whatever it takes for their children. So what happens when a dad goes beyond the law to help his daughter? For Jerry D. Roberts, it starts with a weekend in jail. Roberts, from New Lebanon, drove his daughter, Keri Brown, […]

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Debate Forum: 3/15/16


Time for a change? What’s the deal with Daylight Saving By Sarah Sidlow Have you adjusted to your new sleep schedule yet? In case you didn’t notice, the mystical and confounding tradition of Daylight Saving Time has struck again, and America (not including Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and most of […]

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Debate Forum 3/8/16


Dude, where’s your warrant? Drivers butt heads with police over blood draws By Sarah Sidlow The Supremes recently added another hit to their 2016 playlist: re-evaluating whether states can make it a crime for drunk-driving suspects to refuse to take blood-alcohol tests when police haven’t secured a warrant. The case stems from three individual cases, […]

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Debate Forum 2/23/16


Should cops have free speech on social media? By Sarah Sidlow Fairborn police officer Lee Cyr apparently loves a happy ending. At the moment, he’s also enjoying a bit of paid administrative leave for something he said on the Internet. After Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel killed himself on the front steps of the […]

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Debate Forum 1/26/16


Oscars the grouch Little Gold Man is now a black-and-white issue By Sarah Sidlow For the second year running, the four Oscars acting categories are conspicuously monochromatic. And by that, we mean white. Oh yeah, Hollywood noticed. There’s even a trending hashtag, “#OscarsSoWhite,” which makes it really, really serious. Recently—actually on Martin Luther King Jr. […]

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Pill-ow talk


New drug option may change the face of HIV By Ben Tomkins Photo: Truvada is now available by prescription as the first true preventative HIV drug. It’s a big world out there. We live in a society that is embracing new groups of people into the mainstream on an unprecedented scale since the Civil Rights […]

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2015: Lies


Torrent of diarrhea By Benjamin Tomkins Photo: “Trump has managed to insult twice as many people as Hitler, and that’s assuming that Hitler was categorically hated by everyone in the known universe.” There is a reason Father Time only makes it a year before he hacks his head off with a scythe and turns over […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23


For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16


For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]