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Smoke? Or just hot air?

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Regional vapor shops here to stay By Tim Walker Photo: According to the CDC, the number of adults and teenagers who smoke cigarettes is Page steadily decreasing, while e-cigarette use is on the rise Modern-day fad or not, “vaping” is going on everywhere you look these days. In bars and restaurants, at the mall and […]

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Snow White for generation Z

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Local author’s dark fantasy series By Tim Walker Photo: Local author Rob E. Boley is in the process of releasing a nine-novel series, The Scarey Tales What happens when you combine a love for off-the-wall fairy tales, comics and old-time Universal Studios monsters, a penchant for fantastic fiction, and a real talent for storytelling and […]

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Welcome to Night Vale 

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Popular cult podcast, live in Cincinnati By Tim Walker  Photo: Cecil Baldwin will narrate as Cecil Palmer in a live performance of Welcome to Night Vale, May 13 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati; photo: Whitney Browne Actor Cecil Baldwin has found his dream job, and thousands of regular listeners around the world are infinitely […]

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The man in the tall black hat

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Troy-Hayner remembers Lincoln this month By Tim Walker Photo: Seward Johnson’s “Return Visit” sculpture will be unveiled on May 3; photo: R. Glubischer In May, the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center will feature a unique and fascinating exhibit entitled Remembering Lincoln. Filled with local connections, artwork and memorabilia, the exhibit is scheduled to coincide with the anniversary […]

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Debate Forum: 04/21

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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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Living off “The Grid”

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Martha Moody’s dystopian vision of Dayton in “Sharp and Dangerous Virtues” By Tim Walker Imagine: the year is 2047. In Dayton, Ohio, in a future not so far away, the United States has had to adapt in order to survive. After hundreds of years reigning as a global superpower, the U.S. is still recognizable, but […]

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A celebration of diversity

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4th Annual Dayton African-American Cultural Festival by Tim Walker “Well, we only have about 30 minutes on stage at this year’s Festival,” said Big Gil, laughing, “But we’ll have some people up on their feet and dancing, I can guarantee you that.” Gil “Big Gil” Frazier, trombone player and a fixture of the Dayton music […]

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Local author makes a statement

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Darius Stephens’ controversial novel,  “just another ‘n’” by Tim Walker “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7 Darius Stephens is more than just a writer. He’s a man on a mission, and he’s doing everything right. The 45-year-old Dayton native has just published his first novel, “just another ‘n,’” […]

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Life After the Track

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Ohio helps former racing dogs live healthy lives by Tim Walker “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” Josh Billings   The dog. Is there any animal more loving, more loyal, more devoted, than the dog? The drive from Dayton to Charleston, West Virginia is a […]

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The Sky’s the Limit

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Annual Air Show Returns to Dayton July 7 & 8 By Tim Walker It’s summertime in the Miami Valley, and to the area’s many aviation-loving residents and visitors, that can only mean one thing – that the time for the Vectren Dayton Air Show, presented by Kroger and one of the Miami Valley’s largest and […]

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The Party’s Over

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The Push to Remove Party Influence from Ohio’s Voting Districts By Tim Walker Our government. One that is “of the people, by the people and for the people.” This is a powerful idea, first articulated to us by Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address in 1863, and it’s a concept that is unfortunately almost universally […]

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Ladies First

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Women in Jazz Festival Celebrates 30 Years By Tim Walker Full disclosure, here: I am a true lover of jazz music. My all-time favorite albums include Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue and John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. I’m crazy about Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Give my cell phone a call and you’ll find my […]

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Living Dead People

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Zombie Walk Originators Reveal Their Plan Photos By Kristen McFarland “Zombies are the liberal nightmare. Here you have the masses, whom you would love to love, appearing at your front door with their faces falling off; and you’re trying to be as humane as you possibly can, but they are, after all, eating the cat. […]

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In Conversation with the Archdiocese

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Most Reverend Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr Speaks By Tim Walker Women’s rights and the concept of a woman’s reproductive freedom — rights and freedoms that many take for granted at this point — have suddenly become hot-button issues in the 2012 Presidential election campaigns. Statements and misstatements by various candidates and political pundits on both […]

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Ready For The End

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Doomsday Preppers in the Miami Valley By Tim Walker “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.”  Hebrews 11:1 You just can’t argue with faith. Be it faith in a person’s religion, faith in the Cleveland Browns or faith in a belief that civilization as […]

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We Wear The Mask

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The Short Life of Paul Laurence Dunbar By Tim Walker   “We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes, – This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties.” From “We Wear the Mask”, by Paul Laurence […]

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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]