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Debate forum: 05/05

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Forum Center: Stayin’ alive By Sarah Sidlow “The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.” So begins a recent story published by […]

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Debate Forum: 04/21

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Forum Center: Can we reschedule? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers As more and more states slowly begin the process of legalizing marijuana for medical and, in some instances, recreational use, many have begun to question whether the drug’s federal schedule classification should be reconsidered. Currently, marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug – the highest rank […]

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Debate Forum: 03/24

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Forum Center: Slow-pokes, keep right By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers Left-lane hogs got you down? Have you recently gotten stuck behind a truck on your morning commute? Well, a current proposal in the Ohio House may change all that. House Bill 100 proposes a requirement that vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds be driven […]

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Debate Forum: 03/03

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Forum Center: What the truck? By Sarah Sidlow Last November, 52-year-old Mike McDonald had a very, very bad day. While on his morning commute to work on High Knoll Drive, McDonald spotted a pool of water at the bottom of a hill. Not thinking much of it (it was probably melted snow, he thought), McDonald […]

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Debate Forum: 02/17

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Forum Center: Offensive or comprehensive? By Sarah Sidlow President Obama made waves last week with his comments about the ability of religious faith to inspire not only acts of good, but acts of evil. During his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama urged his fellow Christians, who make up a majority of the United […]

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Debate Forum: 02/03

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Forum Center: The death debate By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers You’ve just been told you have six months to live. Because your brain tumor is so large, doctors prescribe full brain radiation – a procedure that will result not only in the loss of your hair, but first-degree burns on your scalp. At 29 […]

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Debate Forum: 01/13

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Forum Center: That toy is not a toy! By Sarah Sidlow Lately, there has been no shortage of news reports of incidents involving unarmed citizens being fatally shot by police officers who suspect them of carrying concealed weapons. A number of these stories have involved citizens – particularly young, African American males – carrying toy guns […]

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Debate Forum: 01/06

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Forum Center: Next time, please RSVP By Sarah Sidlow The following letter from U.S. Congressman Michael R. Turner’s office was received by Dayton City Paper reader Mark Smith in September. It outlines the decision of the House of Representatives to pass a resolution condemning President Obama for failing to comply with the National Defense Authorization […]

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Debate Forum: 12/30

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Debate Center: A little friendly fire(ball)  By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers Since the 1930s, comic book giants DC and Marvel have engaged in a friendly rivalry. You know, a friendly fireball to the face, a Batarang through the spleen a … whatever Aquaman does… That rivalry has recently come into the public eye to a greater […]

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Debate Forum: 12/23

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Forum Center: Is PC passé? The DCP political correctness debate By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers In a unanimous October vote, the Seattle, Washington, City Council voted to recognize Columbus Day, a federal holiday, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Seattle isn’t the first city to do so, having followed the lead of a similar April vote in […]

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Debate Forum: 12/9

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Debate Center: The eyes have it By Sarah Sidlow The country may still be recovering from the upheaval which came as a result of the recent Grand Jury decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of a teenager. The event has caused citizens, law enforcement officials and even […]

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Debate Forum: 11/04

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Debate Center: Blame the messenger? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers The Washington Supreme Court has elected to hear a case by three Seattle women who claim they were raped multiple times as teenagers and argue the classified service Backpage.com not only made it possible, but profited from it. The case began in 2012 in Pierce […]

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Commentary Forum: 10/28

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Debate Center: Lost Angeles By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers  Last week, the Supreme Court decided it would consider a legislative push by the City of Los Angeles that would allow police to inspect hotel and motel guest registries without obtaining search warrants or permission from judges. This is the latest in a series of […]

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Forum Center: So goes the nation By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers With only hours to go before early voting was scheduled to begin in some counties in Ohio, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an emergency order effectively postponing it by a week. In short, this cut the early voting days in Ohio from 35 days […]

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Debate Forum: 09/23

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Forum Center: The president may be taking the fight to Islamic State By Alex Culpepper Islamic State is no longer the little brother of al-Qaeda. The Jihadist group has grown powerful as of late and is making some noise in Syria and Iraq. Since its separation from al-Qaeda, Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, […]

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Debate Forum: 09/02

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Forum Center: Reactions to police using lethal force on unarmed citizens at odds By Alex Culpepper Before Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Ferguson, Mo., police in early August, there was Amadou Diallo from the Bronx section of New York City. Diallo was shot at 41 times by New York police while in front […]

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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 […]