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On The Beat: 3/14

Bucher’s Almanac Local green thumbs sow spring wisdom By Jim Bucher So, is it me or has winter passed us by again? Could it be a temporary weather pattern or “climate change?” Seems like as a kid, we were out gallivanting in the snow on a regular basis from November through March. This year, as […]

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On The Beat: 3/7

First car, first love A drive on memory lane By Jim Bucher   What is it about a first car? For some it was our first true love. It was a time of freedom. Freedom from your parents lugging you around everywhere. The first time you could really feel independence. Mine was the parents’ two-door […]

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On The Beat: 2/28

7 days a week By Jim Bucher As we celebrate another Black History Month, I recall my reporting days at channel 2. Apologies first though, because this column is at the tail end of February. But can’t Black History Month be celebrated year round? Well, back in my reporting days at channel 2. My friend […]

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On The Beat: 2/21

You are 17, I was 17 By Jim Bucher When I was in high school, way back in 1977 at Dayton Christian (6 years, but I made it!), staring at the clock on the wall in Spanish III, I daydreamed about the year 2000, 23 short years away. I wondered what life had in store. Sort […]

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On The Beat: 2/14

The charitable Energizer bunnies move on Judge A.J. and Joan Wagner say goodbye By Jim Bucher Photo: May 8, 2012 DCP cover story on A.J. Wagner Hearing the news was like getting hit over the head with a shovel. (That hasn’t happened yet, but you get my drift.) My good friend A.J. Wagner is leaving […]

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On The Beat: 2/7

Angel of the Amazon By Jim Bucher The life story of Sister Dorothy Stang still resonates going on 12 years after her murder. Born and raised in Dayton, one of nine siblings, Stang was part of a traditional Catholic family, and it soon became apparent she would make the mission of the church her life’s […]

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On The Beat: 1/31

Solved The Talbott Tower Murals Case comes to a close By Jim Bucher In a recent column late last year, I asked you detective types for help solving a mystery. You see, inside the main floor of downtown’s Talbott Tower, at First and Ludlow Streets, there’s a series of murals depicting Dayton’s landmarks and industrial […]

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On The Beat: 1/24

A calling to youth Wahid Abdullah Memorial Fund continues to help college-bound students By Jim Bucher I think about Wahid Abdullah all the time. His image, as an 18-year-old heading to Ohio State University on a full ride, is etched in my memory. If he had lived, today this young man would be approaching his […]

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On The Beat: 1/17

Swearing-in Miami Valley will be well-represented at 58th presidential Inauguration Day By Jim Bucher OK, unless you’ve been living under a rock or a broken voting machine, you hopefully know by now we’re getting a new president this Friday, Jan. 20. (Was that commentary?) And I don’t really care what your politics are—that’s not the […]

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On The Beat: 1/10

My lunch with a princess On the beat with Carrie Fisher, 1956 – 2016 By Jim Bucher OK, I admit it. I’m star-struck. And I was super lucky during my TV career. Anytime a star came to town and was willing, I’d request a sit-down interview. Lots of times, the “stars” didn’t want to bother […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 5/23

By Michelle Strauss Wii the people A woman decided to go outside to take her evening smoke. Inside her residence, […]

The Docket: 5/16

Short relationships, long fights A woman and her ex-boyfriend decided they needed to meet and discuss their breakup. The woman […]

Law and Disorder: The Docket 5/9

40 oz. fight A woman was hanging out with friends when they all decided to buy some beer. She knew […]

The Docket: 5/2

Cupcake capers A man walked into a store and headed to the cupcake section. The owner suspected there would be […]

Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]