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Why Ohio Police can take your assets without a criminal charge Do you forfeit? By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Jay McDonald, president of Ohio Fraternal Order of Police   Assets. We love to flaunt them; we love to hold on to them. And sometimes, apparently, the government likes to grab them. But a Columbus-based nonpartisan coalition is pushing […]

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Debate Forum: 12/6

On the offensive The Slants, the Redskins, and the law against disparaging trademarks By Sarah Sidlow The Supremes are cleaning out their summer inbox.  Among the hundreds of petitions seeking review, the High Court has hand-picked eight to address. One item up for consideration: an Asian-American dance-rock band, and possibly by extension, the Washington Redskins […]

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Debate Forum: 11/29

Tax. Period. Should pads and tampons be taxed? By Sarah Sidlow Fun fact: women on average spend more than 2,000 days on their period in a lifetime. Here’s another: women on average spend at least $70 every year on menstrual products like tampons and pads. Not having fun yet? How about a trio of representatives […]

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Debate Forum: 11/22

Suicide squad? Chelsea Manning’s second attempt raises questions By Sarah Sidlow In July, Chelsea Manning attempted to commit suicide in prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. As punishment, she was sentenced to solitary confinement. In October, as she started her first night, she attempted suicide again. Manning is a former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year […]

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Debate Forum: 11/15

Because she couldn’t just go as a cat Law professor’s blackface raises First Amendment concerns By Sarah Sidlow Costumes and bad judgment are often the bookend cornerstones of Halloween. And since 2016 seems to be a hallmark year for bad decisions, it’s no surprise that this was a headline: “Law professor placed on leave after […]

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Debate Forum: 11/8

Comey Island FBI director makes lots of enemies in announcing Hillary Emails, Part II By Sarah Sidlow ‘Twas the week before voting, and all through the place, the pollsters were rejoicing the end of this race. And then, from nowhere, the FBI wailed: “But wait! There’s more! More Clinton emails!” You’ve heard of the “Nightmare […]

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Debate Forum: 11/1

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What could possibly go wrong? Political predictions from the ones who lost By Sarah Sidlow Is this really happening? Am I stuck in a nightmare? Is it still Halloween (or maybe April Fool’s Day)? No doubt, those questions entered your mind more than once during the historic—and interminable—2016 presidential election. But imagine for a moment […]

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Debate Forum: 10/25

The Death of Garden Station? City eviction of Garden Station plants seeds of doubt By Sarah Sidlow It might be fair to say the City of Dayton and the folks involved with Garden Station won’t be exchanging holiday cards this year. Reminder: Garden Station is an art park and community garden at Wayne Avenue and […]

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Debate Forum: 10/18

Easy come, easy go Should Dayton increase its income tax? By Sarah Sidlow Fun fact: The city of Dayton maintains 5,700 vacant lots and mows them two to three times per year. Another fun fact: The city of Dayton has proposed a 0.25 percent earnings tax increase, so that they could, among other things, mow […]

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Debate Forum: 10/11

JASTAfarians So you want to sue Saudi Arabia By Sarah Sidlow Congress, it seems, has finally done something. In one of the most sweeping bipartisan efforts in recent memory, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed a bill allowing victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role the […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]