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Debate Forum 3/8/16

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Dude, where’s your warrant? Drivers butt heads with police over blood draws By Sarah Sidlow The Supremes recently added another hit to their 2016 playlist: re-evaluating whether states can make it a crime for drunk-driving suspects to refuse to take blood-alcohol tests when police haven’t secured a warrant. The case stems from three individual cases, […]

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Debate Forum 3/1/16

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Can you hear me now? What’s been missing from the presidential debates? By Sarah Sidlow It’s hard to believe there could be anything more we would want to hear from this season’s cast of presidential hopefuls. Yet, as time marches closer to party noms and then the general election, the drudgery of debates is (thankfully) […]

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Debate Forum 2/23/16

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Should cops have free speech on social media? By Sarah Sidlow Fairborn police officer Lee Cyr apparently loves a happy ending. At the moment, he’s also enjoying a bit of paid administrative leave for something he said on the Internet. After Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel killed himself on the front steps of the […]

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Whip artistry: a how-to By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Gery and Barbara demonstrate whipping tricks with flowers, decks of cards, candles and more; photo: Bill Franz   There are a few things you should know about learning to use a bullwhip. The first, as with any new skill honed, is patience. Almost always, this is easier […]

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Learn to ‘Savor Your Sunday’

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Stivers students’ shows at Coco’s By Miranda Brooks Photo: The final two Savor Your Sunday events are Feb. 21 and Feb. 28 at Coco’s Bistro Stivers School for the Arts lives up to its name. Integrating arts education with academic excellence, the one-of-a-kind public school has become a strong staple within the Dayton community. Stivers […]

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Debate Forum 2/16/16

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Do you feel a draft? As women enter military combat roles, should the draft be rewritten? By Sarah Sidlow On Dec. 3, 2015, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the Department of Defense would lift all gender-based restrictions in military services. Translation: women are now eligible to serve in combat roles. The announcement was a […]

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Debate Forum 2/2/16

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Pure Michigan Who’s to blame for Flint’s water crisis? by Sarah Sidlow Flint, Michigan: long known for its cars, high crime rates and two—count ‘em, two—states of financial emergency in one decade, is in the soup again. This time, there’s something in the water. Hint: it’s lead. The city is currently in a state of […]

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Debate Forum 1/26/16

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Oscars the grouch Little Gold Man is now a black-and-white issue By Sarah Sidlow For the second year running, the four Oscars acting categories are conspicuously monochromatic. And by that, we mean white. Oh yeah, Hollywood noticed. There’s even a trending hashtag, “#OscarsSoWhite,” which makes it really, really serious. Recently—actually on Martin Luther King Jr. […]

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Debate Forum 1/19

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Monkey see, monkey sue The case for macaque copyright By Sarah Sidlow It’s a jungle out there in copyright land and all the monkeys are getting in on it. If you’ve recently seen a winsome little monkey on your newsfeed, chances are it’s not your ex. This magnetic macaque is at the center of a […]

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Art imitates life

Real-life ‘Guy’ stars in musical about music Every once in a while, a performance comes along that changes the way audiences look at theater—and, perhaps, themselves. Once is one such piece. It’s a stage adaptation of a 2007 film by the same name, written by John Carney and featuring music and lyrics by Glen Hansard […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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