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Commentary Forum: 05/19

Forum Center: Trouble in Texas By Sarah Sidlow Recently, in Garland, Texas, two gunmen opened fire. Their target: the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest, organized by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). According to AFDI President Pamela Geller, the contest was held as a demonstration of free speech. “After [January’s] Charlie Hebdo massacre – […]

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Debate forum: 05/05

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: 04/28

Forum Center: We’ll always have Havana By Sarah Sidlow President Obama announced in December that the United States would end its 54-year embargo against Cuba. American-Cuban relations have been tense for the last half-century, punctuated by Cuba’s inclusion on the United States list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1982. But last week, Obama declared he […]

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Debate Forum: 04/21

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: 04/14

Forum Center: Ohio’s latest smoking gun By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers No permit, no training requirement and no searches for gun owners? It may just happen – that is, if House Bill 147, introduced to the Ohio statehouse by Republican representative Ron Hood of Ashville, passes. If HB 147 is successful, Ohio would join Alaska, […]

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Debate Forum: 04/07

Forum Center: Indiana wants me, Lord I can’t go back there By Sarah Sidlow The recent approval of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has businesses, political leaders and social groups up in arms on the grounds that it is anti-gay. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act says, essentially, that the government cannot “substantially burden” a […]

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Debate Forum: 03/31

Forum Center: A cure for apathy? By Sarah Sidlow Let’s make this clear: President Obama did not call for a constitutional amendment that would make voting mandatory. However, during a March appearance in Cleveland, Ohio, Obama did muse that mandatory voting was one strategy that could be useful in offsetting the power of political spending. […]

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Debate Forum: 03/24

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: 03/17

Forum Center: ‘Sooner’ or later… By Sarah Sidlow The University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) chapter closed last week after an incendiary video of members singing racist lyrics surfaced online. “There will never be a n***** in SAE,” the members chant in the video, “You can hang him from a tree, but he can […]

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Debate Forum: 03/10

Forum Center: One for the road By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers One Republican and one Democratic Ohio senator have found something they can agree on: outdoor refreshment areas. Senators Bill Seitz (R) and Cecil Thomas (D) have introduced Ohio Senate Bill 95, which would allow adult drinkers to consume alcoholic beverages in outdoor entertainment districts […]

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News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]

Chew on this: 05/19

What to believe about coconut oil claims By Jayne Powers Coconuts are on a roll as a wonder food. I […]

The Docket: 05/19

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove D’oh! The owner of a Dayton bar contacted […]

News of the weird: 05/12

By Chuck Shepherd Marital enhancement Saudi Arabia’s very first sex accessory shop (in the holy city of Mecca) should be […]

Chew on this: 05/12

Weight loss for pudgy pets By Jayne Powers Pets, like people, get pudgy – even obese. According to the Association […]