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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

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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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Rollercoasters and rock and roll

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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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See the Falls. Trek the cave.

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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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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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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?

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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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Food ‘pho’ the soul

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Vietnamese comfort food at Little Saigon By Avery King Photo: Mixed vegetables with tofu in saté sauce at Little Saigon Little Saigon is a tiny, family-owned restaurant tucked away off Woodman Drive that has inspired pilgrimages from faithful foodies for ages. The one-room establishment exudes a familial spirit that spans from the handmade rolls to […]

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Tik’s Thai Grille, a Dayton original expands By Avery King Photo:The chicken satay appetizer with cucumber and peanut sauces at Tik’s Thai Grille Tik’s Thai Grille in Sugarcreek Township is one of three local Thai establishments operating under the Tik brand – named after the owner. “Mostly Thai people have nicknames and we call each […]

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EarthTalk®

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Wind power’s bright future What is the latest prognosis for wind energy to command a larger piece of the renewable energy pie? – Peter M., Akron, Ohio Photo: Wind power is currently the second-most widely used form of renewable energy, behind hydroelectricity Hydroelectric sources of power dwarf other forms of renewable energy, but wind power has […]

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]