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Debate Forum: 07/14


Forum Center: Hit the road, frack New York bans controversial practice By Sarah Sidlow To frack, or not to frack? For some time, that has been the question. Questions also include: what the frack is fracking? Fracking—high-volume hydraulic fracturing for those keeping score at home—involves blasting huge amounts of water, sand and chemicals (dubbed by […]

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Debate Forum: 03/17

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Forum Center: ‘Sooner’ or later… By Sarah Sidlow The University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) chapter closed last week after an incendiary video of members singing racist lyrics surfaced online. “There will never be a n***** in SAE,” the members chant in the video, “You can hang him from a tree, but he can […]

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Debate Forum: 01/20

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Forum Center: When journalism becomes activism By Sarah Sidlow French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo recently made international headlines when its cover, which is known for lampooning political or religious figures, bore an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. However, it was not the cover itself that made the world pay attention, but the reaction of two Islamist extremists, […]

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Debate Forum: 12/2

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Forum Center: The Internet as a public utility? (or, just google it)  By Sarah Sidlow The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently came under fire for having weak rules in place for regulating the way Internet Service Providers (ISPs) (such as Time Warner Cable, Comcast and AT&T) do business. The video streaming service Netflix, in a widely reported […]

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Debate Forum: 09/09

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Forum Center: Obama and striking workers raise an issue about wages By Alex Culpepper Photo: Robots… I’m lovin’ it [Illustration by Jed Helmers] During the Labor Day weekend, President Obama was out speaking to crowds about Labor Day issues. Part of his speech was a rally for increased wages, especially the minimum wage. He also […]

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Debate Forum: 09/02


Forum Center: Reactions to police using lethal force on unarmed citizens at odds By Alex Culpepper Before Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Ferguson, Mo., police in early August, there was Amadou Diallo from the Bronx section of New York City. Diallo was shot at 41 times by New York police while in front […]

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Debate Forum: 08/26

Birth of Prostitution

Should prostitution arise from the underground? By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Mike Lester First and foremost, one must accept the definitional difference between human sex trafficking and consensual prostitution in for the purposes of this week’s debate. No person should be coerced into, or participate under duress, an act of prostitution. This week’s debate question is […]

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Debate Forum 01/14


Debate Center: Public debates about secret actions Illustration: Nate Beeler By Alex Culpepper A book comes out this week titled “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI.” In this book, author Betty Medsger unfolds her research and interviews she had with a group who, in 1971, actually burglarized a Philadelphia FBI office and […]

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Debate Forum 01/07


Debate Center: Texas court seizes Fourth Amendment issue By Alex Culpepper  Illustration:Dayton artist Elliot Ward.   Normally, the police cannot just come to a house, walk in and begin searching for evidence, even if a person has been suspected of a crime. Under the Fourth Amendment, the police need probable cause and a search warrant, […]

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Debate Forum 12/03

Stand Your Ground

Debate Center: Ohio gun bill seeks to break new ground in self-defense  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Paul Fell Killing in self-defense has had a varied heritage throughout history, depending on where in the world you lived. The notion of “personal defense” was even different from what we have today. In ancient Rome, if one person […]

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Debate forum 11/26


Debate Center: New law may be primary problem for minority party candidates  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward.   The Ohio Libertarian Party has some problems with Governor John Kasich’s latest executive decision. Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 193 into law earlier this month. In the law, the new ballot access rules have […]

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Debate Forum 11/12

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Debate Center: Stimulus rollback has created a food stamp fight  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Signe Wilkinson As part of the federal stimulus package in 2009, Congress voted to increase benefits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, as a measure to fight recession. As of Nov. 1 of this year, those extra […]

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Debate Forum 11/05


Debate Center: Ohio’s new untested execution lethal drug mixture  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward   The United States has a history of executing convicted criminals who have committed the most antisocial of crimes. For a long time, hanging was the preferred method, used either formally or informally. By the 20th century, the electric chair […]

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10/29 Debate

Debate Center: Texas school district decides teacher is the wrong classroom model  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward Cristy Nicole Deweese, a Texas resident, began modeling when she was 12 years old. After she entered college years later she landed modeling gigs for Playboy magazine. While working for Playboy, she posed in videos, […]

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Debate Forum 10/22


Debate Center: Sales and privacy in Google’s terms of service  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration by: Dayton artist Elliot Ward When talk of endorsements comes up, it usually involves famous people who tell how great a product is, just like Shaquille O’Neill endorsing Gold Bond or Tina Fey with Garnier. The whole point is to get […]

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Debate Forum 10/15


Debate Center: Does Amish family get fair treatment from court-sanctioned medical care?  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward Sarah Hershberger is a 10-year-old girl who lives in northeastern Ohio, and she has leukemia. She has been undergoing chemotherapy at Akron Children’s Hospital, and doctors say with the treatment she has an 85 percent […]

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Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


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Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]