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Million Dollar Quartet brings legendary ’50s rock to the Vic By Tim Walker It was December of 1956, and rock and roll was new. The Korean War had ended three years before. Montgomery, Alabama, ended race-based seating restrictions on its bus lines that month, and the next day Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. proudly rode […]

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Debate Forum: 4/5/16

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The “end” of an era? Florida girl faces misdemeanor for pinching schoolmate’s butt By Sarah Sidlow Please forgive the following puns. It’s too easy… If you’re walking the halls of Milwee Middle School in Longwood, Florida, you’d better keep your hands to yourself. Unfortunately, it seems those words of wisdom didn’t reach one 12-year-old female […]

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Debate Forum: 3/22/16

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Oh, dad! Father helps daughter buy heroin, gets misdemeanor By Sarah Sidlow Parents will do whatever it takes for their children. So what happens when a dad goes beyond the law to help his daughter? For Jerry D. Roberts, it starts with a weekend in jail. Roberts, from New Lebanon, drove his daughter, Keri Brown, […]

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‘Pot roast and kisses’

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The Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band at Oddbody’s By Tim Walker “Hell Naw.” “Pot Roast and Kisses.” “Pickin Pawpaws.” “Raise a Little Hell.” To the uninitiated, these might sound like prime examples of modern catchphrases lifted from the Appalachian dialect. To one of the many loyal fans of Reverend Peyton’s music, however, these […]

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Aged and defined

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Zakk Knight brings award-winning blues to Taffy’s in Eaton By Tim Walker Zakk Knight is a busy man. The 21-year-old guitarist, songwriter and performer is on a mission, and that mission today is getting ready to perform a sold-out show in his own hometown. “I don’t play Indianapolis too often with my full band,” Knight […]

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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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Reinventing the message

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Marion Meadows’ unique jazz stylings at Gilly’s By Tim Walker Photo: Marion Meadows will perform Saturday, Feb. 20 at Gilly’s; photo: Dave Love Jazz musician Marion Meadows is calling from Hawaii. I, on the other hand, am in Dayton, Ohio on a cold winter day, the temperature outside a balmy 21 degrees. “Hawaii? I have […]

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Debate Forum 2/9/16

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Does gun-free mean safety? Tim Walker We, the people of these United States, are a nation of gun-owners. The Second Amendment to our Constitution, ratified in 1791, grants all American citizens the right to arm themselves, and this right is a cornerstone of our Bill of Rights, one which cannot be infringed upon by our […]

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Violence in our streets

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Author Daniel Baker offers unique perspective on social unrest By Tim Walker “Blood in the Streets: Racism, Riots and Murders in the Heartland of America” is a recently published book by local writer and retired Dayton Police Officer Daniel L. Baker. The book deals with timely subjects that easily could have been ripped from today’s […]

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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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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]