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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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Debate Forum: 12/20

School’s out forever For-profit ITT Tech loses federal funding, and everything else By Sarah Sidlow The back-to-school season was even more stressful than usual for one big group of students this year. Recently, the company that operates one of the country’s largest for-profit chains of colleges, ITT Technical Institute, announced it was closing the school’s […]

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Debate Forum: 12/13

Driving me crazy Driving services brawl over prime airport real estate By Sarah Sidlow A fight at the airport. Because air travel isn’t already stressful. Luckily, unless you’re a driver (Uber, Lyft, Taxi, or otherwise), you probably won’t end up duking it out in the parking lot. In fact, all of this fighting might actually […]

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Debate Forum: 12/6

On the offensive The Slants, the Redskins, and the law against disparaging trademarks By Sarah Sidlow The Supremes are cleaning out their summer inbox.  Among the hundreds of petitions seeking review, the High Court has hand-picked eight to address. One item up for consideration: an Asian-American dance-rock band, and possibly by extension, the Washington Redskins […]

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Debate Forum: 11/29

Tax. Period. Should pads and tampons be taxed? By Sarah Sidlow Fun fact: women on average spend more than 2,000 days on their period in a lifetime. Here’s another: women on average spend at least $70 every year on menstrual products like tampons and pads. Not having fun yet? How about a trio of representatives […]

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Debate Forum: 11/22

Suicide squad? Chelsea Manning’s second attempt raises questions By Sarah Sidlow In July, Chelsea Manning attempted to commit suicide in prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. As punishment, she was sentenced to solitary confinement. In October, as she started her first night, she attempted suicide again. Manning is a former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year […]

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Debate Forum: 11/15

Because she couldn’t just go as a cat Law professor’s blackface raises First Amendment concerns By Sarah Sidlow Costumes and bad judgment are often the bookend cornerstones of Halloween. And since 2016 seems to be a hallmark year for bad decisions, it’s no surprise that this was a headline: “Law professor placed on leave after […]

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Debate Forum: 11/8

Comey Island FBI director makes lots of enemies in announcing Hillary Emails, Part II By Sarah Sidlow ‘Twas the week before voting, and all through the place, the pollsters were rejoicing the end of this race. And then, from nowhere, the FBI wailed: “But wait! There’s more! More Clinton emails!” You’ve heard of the “Nightmare […]

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Debate Forum: 11/1

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What could possibly go wrong? Political predictions from the ones who lost By Sarah Sidlow Is this really happening? Am I stuck in a nightmare? Is it still Halloween (or maybe April Fool’s Day)? No doubt, those questions entered your mind more than once during the historic—and interminable—2016 presidential election. But imagine for a moment […]

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Debate Forum: 10/25

The Death of Garden Station? City eviction of Garden Station plants seeds of doubt By Sarah Sidlow It might be fair to say the City of Dayton and the folks involved with Garden Station won’t be exchanging holiday cards this year. Reminder: Garden Station is an art park and community garden at Wayne Avenue and […]

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Debate Forum: 10/18

Easy come, easy go Should Dayton increase its income tax? By Sarah Sidlow Fun fact: The city of Dayton maintains 5,700 vacant lots and mows them two to three times per year. Another fun fact: The city of Dayton has proposed a 0.25 percent earnings tax increase, so that they could, among other things, mow […]

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Debate Forum: 10/11

JASTAfarians So you want to sue Saudi Arabia By Sarah Sidlow Congress, it seems, has finally done something. In one of the most sweeping bipartisan efforts in recent memory, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed a bill allowing victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role the […]

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Debate Forum: 10/4

Adulting It’s hard—especially in the juvenile justice system By Sarah Sidlow Parens Patriae. No, it’s not a Harry Potter spell. It’s actually an idea: political authority carries with it the responsibility to protect its citizens—as a protector, caretaker, disciplinarian. It’s one component behind the philosophy for creating a separate juvenile justice system in the United […]

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Debate Forum: 9/27

Hands up Protesting shooting death: is it the right response? By Sarah Sidlow Charlotte, North Carolina, erupted last week in response to the shooting death of a black man outside an apartment complex. Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer who believed he was armed. Detectives have said they recovered […]

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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 […]