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A new type of YA fiction

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Maggie Stiefvater visits Dayton to promote new book Photo: Maggie Stiefvater (center) and fans spray paint her car in resemblance to an earlier novel By Megan Garrison Young adult fiction is a genre that, in recent years, has been synonymous with vampires, werewolves, and post-apocalyptic worlds where a hero is needed to show people a […]

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Debate Forum: 8/15

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 Titillating conversations Should public female nudity be legal? Artwork: Jed Helmers By Sarah Sidlow Does anyone remember  Chelsea Handler posing topless on a horse in an imitation of a photo of Vladimir Putin? Instagram does, probably. Twitter probably also remembers all of the nude Chelsea Handler photos they had to remove because of its policy […]

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Folk-rock road warriors

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War Radio wages at Taffy’s By Justin Kreitzer War Radio is an Indianapolis-based folk-rock band led by the husband and wife duo, Joel and LaToshia (Tosh) Everson, along with drummer Drew Cooper and bassist Dennis Furr. Their promising debut album, Tracks was released in 2014 to great praise and their fan base has grown rapidly […]

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On the Beat: 5/17/16

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My dad, my hero By Jim Bucher Ever notice life is full of “would have, could have, should have?” You know, wish I “would have” done this or “could have” or “should have” done that. Well, this particular writing is about my dad James G. Bucher, who we lost in 1997. He was a WWII […]

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My size comedy

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Brad Williams cracks Funny Bone By Don Hurst Early fans of Brad Williams know him from his guest spots on “Mind of Mencia” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” where he has performed as the captain of an all dwarf basketball team and scared the hell out of people as a live Chucky doll. He’s come a […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 4/5/16

US housing sales plummet The Fed’s credit-induced bubble is popping By Mark Luedtke It hasn’t been proven Mark Twain said he wanted to be in Cincinnati for the end of the world because it was 20 years behind the times, but the sentiment resonates and applies to Dayton, too. A recent Dayton Daily News article […]

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Whale, what do you know

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Artist Matt Kish’s “Moby Dick” inspired project takes off By Bill Franz I first met Matt Kish when he was being interviewed on The Art Show, a program on Dayton’s public television station. I was there to take behind-the-scenes photos, but Kish’s story was so interesting that I found myself listening instead of shooting. Kish […]

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Be Well, Marsha 2/2/16

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Forget me not by Marsha Bonhart In my much younger, other life, I was a model. I never graced the covers of major magazines, but I did my share of runway modeling, promotions and photo shoots. Back in those days, other than the Ebony Fashion Fair, there were few African American women who were reflective […]

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You don’t have to be Irish to have a good time

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St. Patrick’s Day Bar Guide By Megan Garrison Photo: Boston’s Bistro will offer a number of special events and live music during their St. Patrick’s Day celebration which runs March 15-17 Everyone loves St. Patrick’s Day. What isn’t to love? A sea of green, lots of beer and the occasional off-key rendition of any song by […]

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End of the world?

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Making sense of the Mayan prophecy  By Megan Garrison So today is Dec. 12, 2012. And in precisely 9 days the end of the world is supposed to occur on Dec. 21, 2012 all because of a prediction made by the Mayans. A prediction that honestly has no real scientific merit other than some loosely […]

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Star-Spangled Centerville

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American Festival offers crafts, food and entertainment By Megan Garrison There’s no denying that for the proud citizens of the US, the Fourth of July is our greatest celebration. People have large parties, family cookouts, pool parties, lots of drinking, laughing and talking. The night is topped off with firecrackers, sparklers and huge fireworks. Families […]

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Spotlight

High Fructose Corn Syrup By Megan Garrison The FDA recently rejected a bid to officially change the name of high fructose corn syrup to just “corn sugar.” While this may have seemed like a reasonable request to the members of the Corn Refiners Association, the fact of the matter is that this was definitely a […]

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One Stop Shops

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Regional Farmer’s Markets: Convenient, Friendly, Local By Megan Garrison It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon. You’ve been given a chance to sleep in and enjoy the morning at your own pace. The kids, or your roommate, are still asleep. It’s one of those perfect summer days, and you get to thinking about errands. You need to […]

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Caching In

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The Secret World of Geocaching By Megan Garrison So it’s summer. A time when kids get out of school, parents take off time from work and everyone else tries to find a moment of relaxation. For a lot of us, summer is just the time of year that the whole country gets unbearably warm and […]

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From The Past To The Present

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Heritage Festival is Sure to be Full of Fireworks By Megan Garrison Dayton has a few historical facts that make us truly unique – from the long history of the Marianist monks at the University of Dayton to the Wright brothers’ invention of the first flight. These stories become more than a simple tale to […]

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Go Organic Without Breaking Bank By Megan Garrison I admit that most people, when they hear the term “organic,” immediately think healthy, tasteless and expensive. And to be honest, who wouldn’t? The whole point of organic food is that is it not processed, not supplemented and, overall, not altered genetically. Over the course of the […]

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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 […]