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Forum Center: What’s the deal with sanctuary cities? By Sarah Sidlow Recent events in San Francisco have rendered the phrase “sanctuary city” downright buzzworthy. Last week, a widely publicized funeral was held for Kathryn Steinle. Why? Because 32-year-old Steinle was shot and killed on a pier in San Francisco. And? Her accused killer, Juan Francisco […]

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She lied about her age, he lost everything By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers Zach Anderson is 19 years old, and is a registered sex offender. At the moment, he’s serving a 90-day sentence in jail. After that he’ll still be on a five-year probationary period during which he must live in a home where […]

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Debate Forum: 06/30

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Flag, you’re it! The future of the Confederate banner By Sarah Sidlow There’s been a lot of talk these days about a certain flag. You know… red, white, blue, some stars, some stripes—that’s right, the Confederate banner. Apparently, it’s going down, and not just to half-staff. The news—well, most of it anyway—comes straight out of […]

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Debate Forum: 06/16

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Forum Center: Butt out FDA considers e-cig regulation By Sarah Sidlow Vapes are so hot right now. Particularly popular among teenagers and young adults, these sweet-scented solo- smoke machines are creating a buzz because of their cleaner-than-tobacco profile, their purported smoking-cessation benefits, and because they’re just damn cool. The vapor pens, or e-cigarettes, often filled […]

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Debate Forum: 06/09

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Circumcision indecision Florida mom not allowed to change her mind By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers In what will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most cringeworthy court cases in recent history, Heather Hironimus has finally, begrudgingly signed a legal document agreeing to have her 4-year-old son, Chase, circumcised. Her signature marks the end of […]

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Debate Forum: 05/26

Forum Center: Oooh-oooh, I wanna be like you-ooh Should chimps be granted legal rights? By Sarah Sidlow Could chimpanzees soon enjoy the same rights as human beings? Two New York chimps and the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), an organization seeking legal rights for nonhumans, seem to think so. The chimps, Leo and Hercules, currently live […]

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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: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]