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Genie, you’re free By Jim Bucher As I write this column, news is breaking of comedian Robin Williams’ death by suicide. But why would the actor/comedian take his own life? He struggled with addiction throughout his life and recent revelations Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease adds more questions than answers. But the news was […]

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Buch, all over the map By Jim Bucher It’s time for my views and observations from around the valley. So, as the old movie line goes: Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. City of Dayton leaders I know we had other pressing issues – not sure what those were – and some […]

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Muse Machine sings the movies By Jim Bucher We have such talent here in Dayton and the Miami Valley, but don’t take my word for it. You can experience it firsthand as the best of the best high school students from all over our area converge for the Muse Machine’s summer concert, this Thursday evening […]

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Fraze: the second half By Jim Bucher Right around Major League Baseball’s All-Star break, I get to thinking how the summer has flown by. Next thing you know, it’ll be back-to-school sales. Oh wait, that’s already happening. Sorry, kids. Even though summer may be winding down, the season at Fraze Pavilion is just gearing up […]

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A visit from a dear friend puts life in perspective By Jim Bucher Sometimes it takes a different perspective and outlook to truly make you appreciate your city, and life in general. This happened to me just recently, when a dear friend paid a visit to the Gem City. Mark Viviano worked as a colleague […]

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The town you’ve never heard of By Jim Bucher Well, if you haven’t guessed it, I’m a local history buff. Years ago, covering people, places and things around the Miami Valley on local TV, I stumbled upon a story of a small town that is long gone, but which had a fascinating history; one that […]

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We have lost a gentle soul By Jim Bucher James Oliver Bozdech passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014, after a brief illness. Who was Jim “Boz” Bozdech? For those who knew him, this article will not do the man justice; but for those who didn’t know this wonderful human being, here’s a bit on […]

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Pet Adoption 101 By Jim Bucher As a long-time pet owner, currently with a dog, two cats and two kids, I can sort of speak from experience on adopting pets. But instead, I’m turning this column over to an expert. Meet Jessica Garringer, the Marketing and Development Project Manager for the Humane Society of Greater […]

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High gas prices give me gas! By Jim Bucher OK, time for my ongoing rant against the oil companies and high gas prices. But first, a couple of observations: How come gas goes up 30 cents in two minutes, but drops a couple of cents every week? By the time it gets to something I […]

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What makes summer great in Dayton? By Jim Bucher Well now, that was some winter, wasn’t it? I know, I know, it’s been over for quite some time, but now summer has officially begun. In the past, NCR’s Old River Park on Patterson Boulevard was the place for me to begin and end the season. […]

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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]