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Wright State researchers weave tweets into big cannabis data By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Developed by local researchers, eDrugTrends software combs Twitter for information and trends related to cannabis products You spent all that time agonizing over just the right phrasing, paired it with the right hashtag, and tagged the right people. Well, it turns out […]

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Debate Forum: 4/11

The curse of cursive Should schools still teach cursive? By Sarah Sidlow In school, we learned all sorts of important things that set us up for a lifetime of success. Like how to play “Hot Cross Buns” on the recorder, the difference between a rhombus and a regular parallelogram, and how to write in cursive. […]

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Debate Forum: 4/4

The carrot on the stick Should SNAP-eligible foods be limited? By Sarah Sidlow   This week, my editor sent me a link to a 49-page study by the USDA titled “Foods Typically Purchased By Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Households.” The title and promised contents sounded riveting, and I immediately read the report from cover […]

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Debate Forum: 3/28

Killing Big Bird? Trump moves to defund public broadcasting By Sarah Sidlow Thing to know: President Donald Trump used to be a Muppet. Before he was the commander in chief; before he was the leader of the free world; he was a garbage-throwing puppet who lived in a multi-story trashcan empire called “Grump Tower” in […]

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Debate Forum: 3/21

Charge or change Ohio towns try new approach to heroin overdose By Sarah Sidlow Quote of the day: “They can either seek help, or they can go to jail.” That was Miamisburg Det. Sgt. Jeff Muncy. And in case you were wondering, the “they” refers to people who survive heroin overdoses. In 2016, the city […]

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Debate Forum: 3/14

Remove and replace? New Orleans Confederate monuments are up for removal By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Ron Rogers   Apparently, what happens in New Orleans might not always stay in New Orleans. In fact, a U.S. federal court ruled March 6 that NOLA has permission to move forward with the plan to remove three monuments many […]

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Debate Forum: 3/7

In defense of brunch Should Ohio revisit its Sunday alcohol policy? By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Illustration by Dayton artist Jed Helmers. Reach him at JedHelmers@DaytonCityPaper.com. See more at JedHelmers.com. Thing to know: “blue law”—as in, a law that prohibits certain types of activities on Sundays. Because, why would you want to buy a car (or a […]

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Debate Forum: 2/28

Le disconnect Should we consider French ‘unplugging’ law in the US? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration by Angel Boligan   From the country that brought you Coco Chanel, universal health care, and the Statue of Liberty comes the latest in French fashion: the right to disconnect. Oui. Starting Jan. 1, 2017, French lawmakers introduced a series […]

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Debate Forum: 2/21

Milkshakes and manslaughter DQ manager on the hook for teen’s suicide By Sarah Sidlow When the Dairy Queen ice cream franchise conglomerate changed its slogan to “DQ: Something Different,” it probably didn’t have involuntary manslaughter in mind. But in Missouri, recent events have the two going hand-in-hand. It starts with 17-year-old Kenneth Suttner—overweight and speaking […]

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Debate Forum: 2/14

We don’t need no education (department) DeVos gets hired, DoE gets fired? By Sarah Sidlow Last week, the Senate confirmed President Trump’s secretary of education pick by the smallest possible margin, calling in Vice President Mike Pence, the official tie-breaker, to tip the scales 51-50 in favor of Betsy DeVos. Pence became the first VP […]

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Debate Forum: 2/7

Sin cities Dayton weighs undocumented immigrant police policy after executive order By Sarah Sidlow   Phrase to know: “sanctuary city.” As in, not your imaginary safe haven where the coffee is always free and the home team always wins. If the term rings a bell, it’s probably because it’s been in the news. A lot. […]

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Debate Forum: 1/31

  The ‘art’ of the deal No room for arts in Trump’s budget By Sarah Sidlow It didn’t take President Trump very long to find the Oval Office’s Resolute Desk, or the presidential rubber stamp. In addition to other symbolic executive actions, Trump and his team have been working diligently to uphold his campaign promise […]

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Debate Forum: 1/24

’Til Trump do us part At the dawn of a new era, was Barack Obama a good president? By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Illustration by Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle Real talk: Donald Trump has taken over the biggest boardroom in the land. He was put there by 61,900,651 American voters who were ready for a […]

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Debate Forum: 1/17

Drink your haterade Should the legal ‘hate crime’ classification exist? By Sarah Sidlow Eyes on Chicago, where four young black men and women kidnapped, bound, beat, humiliated, and threatened to kill a mentally disabled teen—and filmed it for Facebook. The victim is white; he’s 18-years-old and suffers from schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder. Prosecutors said […]

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Debate Forum: 1/3

What’s in your wallet? The minimum wage debate By Sarah Sidlow It’s been about three years since the “Fight for $15” became a thing. In case you missed it, it’s the most recent movement calling for minimum wage hikes across the country. It was also a hot topic on the campaign trail (is that finally […]

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debate forum: 12/28

Faking it Apparently, not everything on the internet is true By Sarah Sidlow Breaking news: maybe you shouldn’t believe everything you read online. Still here? Great! Read on—we won’t lie to you. According to Pew Research Center, 62 percent of adults get news on social media. Two-thirds of Facebook users get news from the site. […]

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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 […]