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News of the weird: 08/18

By Chuck Shepherd The Entrepreneurial Spirit! Failed European Business Models: Grande Hotel San Calogero, the planned centerpiece of a Sicilian tourist renaissance, is still nowhere close to opening—61 years after construction began. It took 30 years to build, but then developers fought for 10 years over its management, and only later was a serious drainage […]

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Debate Forum: 07/14

Forum Center: Hit the road, frack New York bans controversial practice By Sarah Sidlow To frack, or not to frack? For some time, that has been the question. Questions also include: what the frack is fracking? Fracking—high-volume hydraulic fracturing for those keeping score at home—involves blasting huge amounts of water, sand and chemicals (dubbed by […]

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Advice Goddess: 6/30

By Amy Alkon   Owe, Baby, Baby My girlfriend always cries that she’s “broke.” I just ended up buying her groceries and paying to have her car fixed, and then I discovered by accident that she’d recently paid hundreds of dollars for hair extensions, beauty products and a facial. She isn’t the first girlfriend I’ve […]

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The Docket: 05/26

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove A lot at steak A loss-prevention officer witnessed a man stick a pack of steaks down the front of his pants and then attempt to leave the store. The officer chased down the man, who retreated back into the store, dumped the steaks […]

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See the Falls. Trek the cave.

Miami County Park District’s Charleston Falls Preserve By Janell R. Ward Photo: Charleston Falls Preserve features a 37-foot waterfall; photo: Terry Netzley How long has it been since you’ve seen wild Geraniums, Blue Bells and Solomon Seal flowers? Charleston Falls Preserve may have what you’ve been missing. This family-friendly park offers a relaxing habitat along […]

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Rollercoasters and rock and roll

Hands-on learning at Boonshoft’s “Design Zone” By John Hamilton Photo: The “Design Zone” exhibition will be available until Sunday, May 3 at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Like any good parent out there, I’m sure you’re more than worried about how to educate and enlighten your child. You want to make sure they get a […]

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The Docket: 02/10

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood Officers responded to an assault call where a 51-year-old woman was apparently struck in the face with a large wooden board after she asked the man in the neighboring apartment to turn off his loud music. […]

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The Docket: 02/03

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Be mine? Officers responded to a trespassing complaint after a convenience store worker said a woman came into her apartment. The woman had followed the female store worker home multiple times and she believed she was being stalked. While the worker was in […]

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Got milk?

Cerreality: new works by John O’Donnell By Ashley Jonas Photo: John O’Donnell, “Cereal Study 3 (Fruit Loops)” I thought it appropriate to sit down and eat a bowl of Trix in preparation for writing this article. As I poured the brightly colored cereal into my bowl, I noticed the sound it made. It was eerily […]

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Do the dead have favorite watering holes?

Inside Bellbrook’s haunted pub By Avery King Photo: The half-pound cheeseburger and fries at McIntosh’s Pub McIntosh’s Pub & Grub, located at 6 E. Franklin St., is a brown brick building near downtown Bellbrook. It looks unassuming, but the locals tell tales about this neighborhood mainstay, stories of unexplained happenings. In honor of Halloween, the […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]