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If there’s something strange, in your neighborhood…

Local paranormal investigation group ParaVizionz locks down one of Ohio’s most haunted towns By J.T. Ryder Are you hearing things go “bump” in the night? A local paranormal investigations team called ParaVizionz might be able to provide an explanation. ParaVizionz is a self-described, high-level paranormal investigation and research team serving Ohio, Indiana and Northern Kentucky. […]

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Goes to the edge … and folds it neatly

Tim Bedore: Standing up against the animal conspiracy By J.T. Ryder Comedian Tim Bedore is a philosopher, a writer, a comedian; he is a man who once had the urge to kiss a wombat full on the lips. He has made numerous television appearances and his Vague But True weekly series can be heard on […]

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Harness. Energy. Block. Bad.

Kevin Nealon to perform at Funnybone By J.T. Ryder Beginning his professional career by appearing on the Johnny Carson Show in 1984 was probably the most ambitious way to start a profession. Shortly thereafter, Kevin Nealon was picked up by Saturday Night Live where he remained a fixture as the longest-running cast member in the […]

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Life is so strange when it’s changin’

A look at life, liberty and lucidity with Lynyrd Skynyrd By J.T. Ryder We may view our lives as a linear passage of time, as if we were tiredly gazing through a car window as the lackluster landscape of our lives flies by, a vista of relatively repetitive sameness that is only occasionally broken by […]

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Sizzling bacon

Vincent Holiday brings improv to Dayton By J.T. Ryder A nightmare for any comedian would be to stand in front of a waiting audience, completely awash in the piercing glare of the unflinching spotlights, without a single shred of material prepared as the audience shouts at you in a cacophony of catcalls. A nightmare for […]

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Polished rubies in a city of rough gems

The Rubi Girls present a benefit for ARC Ohio By J.T. Ryder Since mankind adopted gender specific clothing, through Shakespearian time and into modern times, the entertainment world has had a titillating fascination with jocks in frocks. Even within the realm of drag queens and divas, there are countless layers and visions of drag, from […]

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Conversational Convictions

Anthony Barwick’s Conversation Piece: A reality exchange By J.T. Ryder I was so excited about being a part of the Conversation Piece that I did something I rarely do: I arrived early. I had a week to reflect my opinions and the psychology behind them, which made me come to some rather startling epiphanies. Anthony […]

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Debate Forum Right, 7/26/11

Non-news vs. the rant By J.T. Ryder For anyone that has become attached to a child, either through a marriage or other type of domestic relationship, the denial of being able to be in contact with that child is devastating. Day after day, thousands of custody hearings are held and ruled on in this country, […]

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Giving it the ol’ college try

Former UD student launches interactive college website By J.T. Ryder The transition from the safety of your old high school to college life can be quite drastic and the plethora of choices can be overwhelming. There are entire books dedicated to the process of selecting the perfect college or university for your needs and aspirations […]

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Greg Hahn’s Great … Now Take Your Top Off

Greg Hahn Destroys The Funny Bone’s Stage… Again By J.T. Ryder Talking to Greg Hahn is like talking to an auctioneer suffering from ADHD and coming off a three-day crack binge. I actually had to slow down the tape at times just to be able to transcribe the interview. Onstage or off, Greg Hahn is […]

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Through The Looking Glass Of American Life

One-on-one With NPR’s Ira Glass By J.T. Ryder Through his nationally syndicated NPR radio show This American Life (which airs bi-weekly on WYSO), Ira Glass has become an inspirational ideal within the journalism community: A journalist’s journalist. This American Life, whose first broadcast aired on November 17, 1995 under the name Your Radio Playhouse, is […]

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A Theme For Humor

Having a cocktail with Larry Miller By J.T. Ryder Life is the one constant of our planet and life is the deep well that comedian, writer and actor Larry Miller draws from. It is life’s glimpses into a larger truth that has made Miller’s comedy much more than fanciful routines and commonplace bits. Miller, who […]

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The songs remain aflame

Zeppelin Takes Flight with Windborne and the DPO By J.T. Ryder From the resonantly crunching opening chords that fall into a tumbling torrent of drumbeats at the beginning of “Good Times, Bad Times” to the sprawling soulful blues and epically heartfelt vocal delivery of “I’m Gonna Crawl” that closes the In Through The Out Door […]

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His Mama made him wear this

Roy Wood Jr.: The Real Side Of Comedy By J.T. Ryder Hailing from Birmingham, Ala., Roy Wood Jr.’s style of comedy has made its mark, having a universality that is so unique in the world of comedy. Wood has been on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” BET’s “Comic View” as well as […]

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Debate Forum Right 01/19/11

The Adventures of a Vaccinium Person From Finland By J.T. Ryder When my middle son was in 5th grade, he was harassed mercilessly by several black students in his class, one of whom would pull his hair and call him things like beaner, spic and towel-head. I had spoken with the teacher on many occasions […]

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Nudity As A Shroud

The Nude Is Condemned To Never Being Naked By J.T. Ryder “No nude, however abstract, should fail to arouse in the spectator some vestige of erotic feeling, even if it be only the faintest shadow – and if it does not do so it is bad art and false morals.” ~Kenneth Clark We revel in […]

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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 […]