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Forum Center: 08/12

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Forum Center: What to do when dogs commit homicide By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Mike Keefe If it seems news reports about people dying from dog attacks are appearing with more frequency, that’s because attacks are increasing. Known by legal experts as “canine homicides,” these attacks accounted for about 17 deaths per year in this country […]

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Debate Forum 07/29

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Forum Center: Federal judge claims a computer is the same as a file cabinet By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers The protocol for searching through digital evidence with and without warrants has been tested in an increasing number of cases. In June, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously law enforcement cannot search cellphones without a warrant. […]

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Debate forum: 07/15

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Forum Center: Enforcement of No-Fly List may face long delays By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers Shortly after 9/11, the FBI received from the U.S. Attorney General a new office called the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC). Its charter and purpose is to develop and maintain a database list of suspected terrorists. When the TSC uses the database […]

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Debate forum: 07/01

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Forum Center: Watch out, your neighbor’s dog may be able to sue you By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers So, dogs have been hanging with us for a long time. They apparently were drawn to our campfires, food and generally curious nature. For at least the last 15,000 years, they’ve partnered with us to get scraps […]

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Debate forum: 06/24

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Forum Center: Ice cream truck music threatens to divide the Union By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers A common song to hear jingling from an ice cream truck on a summer’s day is “Turkey in the Straw.” The tune has its Scots-Irish heritage and is quite old, but an NPR story a couple months ago […]

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Commentary Forum: 05/13

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Forum Center: The smartphone may be the new home By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers An old saying tells us a person’s home is his or her castle. A 21st century version of that saying might become something like this: a person’s home, and smartphone, are his or her castles. It all depends on what ruling […]

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Debate Forum: 04/22

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Forum Center: No payday for the Paycheck Fairness Act By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joe Heller The Paycheck Fairness Act failed to make its way through the U.S. Senate, falling short of the 60 votes needed for debate. The bill sought to close the wage gap between men and women and make what people earn more […]

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Debate Forum: 04/08

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Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The separation of church and state within political functions was apparently decided in the case Marsh v. Chambers in 1983. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing prayer at the opening of legislative and other […]

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Debate Commentary 03/18

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Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under the Fifth Amendment allows citizens to protect themselves from self-incrimination, and when the police slap the cuffs on and “read you your rights,” what they’re doing is honoring the amendment. It doesn’t end there, though, […]

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Commentary Forum 02/25

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Ohio prosecutors defend warrantless GPS tracking By Alex Culpepper Ohio police actively seek technology and gadgetry to prevent crime and catch suspects who may have committed crimes. Just last year, Dayton leaders held a meeting to decide whether to hire a local company, Persistent Surveillance Systems, to send up an aircraft with a surveillance camera […]

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Debate Forum 02/11

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Debate Center: Federal court hits delete on FCC’s net neutrality rules Illustration: Monte Wolverton By Alex Culpepper The Internet may be about to change. Back in January, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. ruled the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can no longer enforce network neutrality, often called “net neutrality.” Net neutrality requires Internet service providers […]

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Debate Forum 01/21

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Debate Center: Judge aims to write the ending to blogger’s story of scandal Illustration: Elliot Ward By Alex Culpepper What do Chen Wei of China, Mojtaba Lotfi of Iran, Nikolai Yarst of Russia and Roger Shuler of Alabama all have in common? Answer: They are all journalists who have been imprisoned. The first three are among hundreds […]

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Debate Forum 01/07

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Debate Center: Texas court seizes Fourth Amendment issue By Alex Culpepper  Illustration:Dayton artist Elliot Ward.   Normally, the police cannot just come to a house, walk in and begin searching for evidence, even if a person has been suspected of a crime. Under the Fourth Amendment, the police need probable cause and a search warrant, […]

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Debate Forum 12/03

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Debate Center: Ohio gun bill seeks to break new ground in self-defense  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Paul Fell Killing in self-defense has had a varied heritage throughout history, depending on where in the world you lived. The notion of “personal defense” was even different from what we have today. In ancient Rome, if one person […]

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commentary forum 11/19

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State lawmakers seek a red light on traffic camera programs  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Elliot Ward.   Up until a few years ago, the only driving-related photograph Ohio’s drivers worried about was the one on their driver’s license. Since then, the state has set up what are called speed and red light cameras to take […]

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10/29 Debate

Debate Center: Texas school district decides teacher is the wrong classroom model  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward Cristy Nicole Deweese, a Texas resident, began modeling when she was 12 years old. After she entered college years later she landed modeling gigs for Playboy magazine. While working for Playboy, she posed in videos, […]

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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 […]