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Debate Forum: 08/19

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Forum Center: Waiting for death might be cruel and unusual punishment By Alex Culpepper The Eighth Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Part of this liberty insurance was protection from cruel and unusual punishment, and the country had good reason to include this portion of the amendment […]

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Debate Forum 07/29

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Forum Center: Federal judge claims a computer is the same as a file cabinet By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers The protocol for searching through digital evidence with and without warrants has been tested in an increasing number of cases. In June, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously law enforcement cannot search cellphones without a warrant. […]

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Debate forum: 07/15

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Forum Center: Enforcement of No-Fly List may face long delays By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers Shortly after 9/11, the FBI received from the U.S. Attorney General a new office called the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC). Its charter and purpose is to develop and maintain a database list of suspected terrorists. When the TSC uses the database […]

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Debate forum: 06/24

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Forum Center: Ice cream truck music threatens to divide the Union By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers A common song to hear jingling from an ice cream truck on a summer’s day is “Turkey in the Straw.” The tune has its Scots-Irish heritage and is quite old, but an NPR story a couple months ago […]

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Debate Forum: 05/27

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Forum Center: VA’s secret list allegations will certainly create more lists By Alex Culpepper The federal government began setting up hospitals for America’s veterans in the early 1800s. They were intended as a way to help volunteer soldiers who suffered casualties during wars. Dayton was one of the first cities to have one of these […]

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Commentary Forum 05/20

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Over the limit? By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA is an interesting and distinctive beer. First of all, the brewing process requires a tremendous amount of hops to make it. It’s not produced in large amounts, and it allegedly ages well, like wine. This beer is also 20 percent alcohol, […]

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Debate Forum: 05/06

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Forum Center: States’ drug abuse? By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Bruce Plante It takes an average of 12 years for a drug to make it from a laboratory to your medicine cabinet. Yet, it took states like Ohio and Oklahoma less than a year to come up with a new drug cocktail for the purpose of executing […]

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Debate Forum: 04/22

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Forum Center: No payday for the Paycheck Fairness Act By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joe Heller The Paycheck Fairness Act failed to make its way through the U.S. Senate, falling short of the 60 votes needed for debate. The bill sought to close the wage gap between men and women and make what people earn more […]

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“Marijuana is not a drug. It’s a leaf.”– Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Does Colorado’s transition apply in Ohio? By Ben Tomkins Photo:  Legally-purchased recreational marijuana from a Colorado dispensary ; photo: Ben Tomkins My first two thoughts about writing a piece on the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado were, first, “I suck at taking pictures and I’m going to ruin this,” followed immediately by, “I’m buying weed.” […]

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Debate Commentary 03/18

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]