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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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Echoes of war

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Documentary featuring UD Law professor honored by Library of Congress By Tim Walker Echoes of War is a documentary which chronicles University of Dayton law professor and Vietnam War veteran Tom Hagel’s return to Vietnam with his brother, Chuck, a former U.S. Senator from Nebraska. The film was recently honored by becoming one of the […]

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NASA to Dayton: Over and out

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The real story about Dayton and NASA’s shuttle decision By Tim Walker Hello, NASA? This is Dayton. Do you copy? We deserve a space shuttle. We have a place for it. We’ve earned it, and we want it. Over. Of course, it’s been a familiar tale up to this point, and one with an all-too-common […]

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A novel idea

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NaNoWriMo: Inspiring the aspiring novelists in the Miami Valley By Tim Walker It should come as no surprise that novelists, like other writers, can be a bit … well, eccentric. They sit, after all, for hour upon hour, struggling to fill empty notebooks and blank computer screens with the thousands of words necessary to advance […]

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When enough is enough

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The Dayton Police Department is making downtown safety a priority with their Bar Safe program By Tim Walker You’re in downtown Dayton. It’s after dark. And you’re safe. To reiterate, you are in no particular danger if you choose to go out in Dayton, Ohio after the sun goes down. You, the consumer — whether […]

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11th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival

Put a little salsa in your step as you head out to this downtown Dayton festival By Tim Walker Holy cow – jalapenos are hot, hot, hot! Or should I have used the word “picante”? If there’s one thing the 11th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival is offering that appeals to me, it’s the food; and […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]