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Debate Forum 3/8/16

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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Debate Forum 12/29/15

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Subtext 2015’s language ends with a 💥 By Sarah Sidlow Hold the phone! No, literally, hold your phone. Within that device lies 2015’s Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year. Now, you may be thinking the possibilities are seemingly endless; your phone holds all sorts of technology, information and access that one wouldn’t have dreamed imaginable 10 […]

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Debate Forum 12/15/15

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Semantics and sensibility What the %$&? does “sensible gun legislation” mean? By Sarah Sidlow Hey, have you heard anything about guns lately? Your answer is probably somewhere between “um, yes” and “please stop talking about guns already.” It’s true—guns are back in the headlines. Why? Recent deadly shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., at a Planned […]

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Debate Forum 12/1/15

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Need a light? Should the government ban smoking in public housing? By Tim Walker Cigarette smoking, it might be said, is a dying habit. The percentage of American adults who smoke has now reached an all-time low, according to a study released last year by the Centers for Disease Control. The percentage of adults over […]

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Debate Forum 11/17/15

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Does Alma Matter? Should the University of Missouri’s president have resigned? By Tim Walker   In a move which calls to mind the 1960s and the days of civil rights unrest, anti-war protests and student activism, students attending the University of Missouri were recently successful in their demands that University of Missouri System President Tim […]

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Debate Forum 11/03/15

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Sticks and stones… By Tim Walker Immigration, legal and otherwise, is a hot-button issue in politics these days. With inflammatory rhetoric coming from both sides, the influx of non-native persons to the United States—and the effectiveness of immigration policies designed to deal with them—have become major issues in the current presidential campaign. Early in their […]

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Debate Forum 10/27

Monopolies, or monoplease? By Tim Walker What if the consumer is shopping for the cheapest price on his monthly digital cable service? Or the best deal on satellite radio? Or, in the state of Ohio, he wants a number of options when visiting a casino? In each of these situations, choices are limited. Why? These […]

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Debate Forum: 10/20

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What is reasonable? By Tim Walker On Nov. 22, 2014, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was playing with a pellet gun in a city park in Cleveland, Ohio when he was shot twice by police officer Timothy Loehmann, one of two officers who responded to a 911 call which alerted officials to the young man’s actions. Rice […]

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Debate Forum: 10/13

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Is ‘good enough’ good enough? By Timothy Walker James Harrison is a pro linebacker in the National Football League. The Kent State graduate has won two Super Bowl rings during his career, has been to the Pro Bowl multiple times, and has played football professionally since being signed as an undrafted rookie by the Pittsburgh […]

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Debate Forum: 10/06

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U.S. considers dipping toes into international oil exports ‘Texas Tea’ party?   By Tim Walker Photo: The broasted combination platter at Mel-O-Dee drive in The U.S. House of Representatives has announced that they will vote this month on a bill to lift the decades-long ban on U.S. crude oil exports. Ending the ban, which was […]

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Debate Forum 09/29

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CEO for POTUS? By Tim Walker Americans no longer trust politicians—as if they ever did. In April of 2015, the Pew Research Center released the results of a poll, which stated that fewer than one in four Americans trusted the federal government “most of the time.” Similarly, a 2014 Harvard Institute of Politics survey revealed […]

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Poetry – For the Kitty Stretching in the Sunlight with Questionable Motives

For the Kitty Stretching in the Sunlight with Questionable Motives Kitty is pretty and sits in the sun, Her black fur is temptingly warm and inviting. If I were to stroke her would she come undone? Who knows, who knows? What Kitty is thinking I cannot suppose. For though she lies still On the warm […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]