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Debate Forum 10/15

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Debate Center: Does Amish family get fair treatment from court-sanctioned medical care?  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward Sarah Hershberger is a 10-year-old girl who lives in northeastern Ohio, and she has leukemia. She has been undergoing chemotherapy at Akron Children’s Hospital, and doctors say with the treatment she has an 85 percent […]

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Debate Forum 09/10

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Debate Center: Another reason to smile for that driver’s license photo  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward.   By some reports, 26 states use what is known as facial recognition software to ID suspected criminals. Beginning this summer, Ohio joined those states by using the facial recognition software in a program called the Ohio […]

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Commentary Forum 08/20

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Commentary  Center: Twitter takes a seat at the Washington lobbying table Illustration by: Dayton artist Elliot Ward   By Alex Culpepper On Aug. 9, Twitter became the latest Internet/tech company to form a Political Action Committee (PAC), complete with a lobbyist and a Washington, D.C., office. Called Twitter#PAC, it joins companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft, […]

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Debate Forum 08/06

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Debate Center: Has the government blown the whistle on the whistle-blowers?  Illustration by:  Signe WilkinsonBy Alex Culpepper Bradley Manning released for publication to WikiLeaks several official documents about the United States’ actions in the Iraq and Afghan wars, as well as detainee files from Guantanamo Bay. Manning now faces sentencing after a military court found him […]

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Debate Forum 07/23

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Debate Center: The DUI checkpoint that became a checkpoint on constitutional rights  By Alex Culpepper  On July 4, Chris Kalbaugh, a 21-year-old college student, drove to a DUI checkpoint in Rutherford County Tennessee. He was armed with a camera, and he covertly filmed his experience at the checkpoint. He later loaded the video on YouTube, and […]

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Debate Forum 07/09

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Debate Forum Center:  Will the buses stop at the Fairfield Mall? By Alex Culpepper Illstration by:  Sam Rhoden For years the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has wanted bus stops close to the Mall at Fairfield Commons, and in 2011 the Beavercreek City Council voted unanimously to reject the RTA’s application for those bus stops. […]

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Debate forum, 6/11

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Debate Forum Center: Supreme Court says your DNA is not private matter  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Chris Britt In 2003, a woman was raped and robbed in Salisbury, Md. Her assailant was never caught. That is, until 2009, when Alonzo King was arrested for an assault in a town near Salisbury. At that time, Maryland had […]

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Debate Forum, 4/23

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Debate Center: Is there a way to unplug the pressure cooker that is the United States?  By Alex Culpepper Newtown, Conn.; Aurora, Colo.; Fort Hood, Texas; Blacksburg, Va.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Boston, Mass. – all these places have one particular characteristic in common: they are sites of mass carnage generating huge casualties. Even though they share […]

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Commentary Forum 3/26

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Forum Center: Shall the ‘truth serum’ set you free from Fifth Amendment rights?  By Alex Culpepper James Holmes is the man accused of walking into an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater on July 20, 2012, taking out his guns and opening fire, killing 12 people and wounding dozens more. After the incident, he was promptly arrested and […]

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Commentary Forum, 3/5

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Commentary Forum Center: Court will decide whether Freshwater can teach with holy water  By Alex Culpepper People refer to it as the “Scopes Monkey Trial,” but it is officially known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes. Basically, this 1925 case charged John Scopes, a Tennessee high school science teacher, with teaching evolution in […]

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Debate Forum, 2/5

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Will it be surveillance, or will they just be watching us?  By Alex Culpepper If there are not enough reasons already to look your best when you step out, just know that you might be caught by a new camera here in town – and that camera might be attached to an aircraft flying overhead. […]

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Debate Forum, 12/25

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This is the end … maybe Sadly, this might likely be the final installment of the debate series. You all are surely reading this from some smoking bunker while you get pissed on looted booze. Perhaps you’ve managed to fleece some cigarettes from a shattered convenience store as well. So it seems the Mayans were […]

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Forum Debate, 12/11

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Is making Plan B a non-prescription drug a good idea?  The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recently recommended that pediatricians treating teenage girls should consider writing “just-in-case” prescriptions for the morning-after pill so their teenage patients would already have the Plan B pill on hand in the event it was needed. The AAP is now […]

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Debate Forum, 12/4

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Should there be a law requiring genetically engineered foods to be labeled? Last month in California, a statewide ballot initiative to label genetically engineered food known as Proposition 37 was defeated on Election Day. The initiative was defeated by voters statewide 53 percent to 47 percent. Those voters who opposed Proposition 37 were worried that […]

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Debate Forum 11/27

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RIP … “Twinkie the Kid” Last Wednesday, the maker of Twinkies, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread placed the brands up for sale. A bankruptcy judge cleared the way for Hostess Brands, Inc., whose workers have been on strike, to fire those 18,500 workers and wind down its operations. A last-ditch effort to end a strike […]

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Debate Forum, 11/20

Was General Petraeus ousted because of his Benghazi narrative? Despite the fact that world events seem to be spiraling out of control, the national media on Friday was focused on catching a glimpse of former CIA Director General David Petraeus as he slipped onto Capitol Hill to testify before the House Intelligence Committee. The question […]

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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 […]