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On The Beat 3/1/16

Memories of St. Patrick’s Day By Jim Bucher Years ago on St. Patrick’s Day here locally I’d be out on the town with a live TV camera in tow covering the festivities between 5 and 7a.m. on the Ch. 2 morning news show. I’ve sworn to write a book one day—the things that happened on and […]

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Debate Forum 3/1/16


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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Debate Forum 2/23/16


Should cops have free speech on social media? By Sarah Sidlow Fairborn police officer Lee Cyr apparently loves a happy ending. At the moment, he’s also enjoying a bit of paid administrative leave for something he said on the Internet. After Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel killed himself on the front steps of the […]

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On Your Marc 2/23/16

First Four? It must be Dayton By Marc Katz Well, sure, the University of Dayton would take that new little first-round NCAA game planned in 2001 to start off the men’s basketball tournament. We knew it was just going to involve a couple of obscure-named small colleges that didn’t have a chance of winning another […]

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On The Beat 2/23/16

Death and taxes, taxes, taxes! By Jim Bucher When tax time is looming, Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote about death and taxes is often mentioned. His “Nothing is certain except death and taxes” quote is one of the most enduring quotations from the inventor, politician, writer and founding father. Me personally? Well, normally I receive a ‘refund,’ […]

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On The Beat 2/16/16

The bread and milk mystery By Jim Bucher People still to this day come up to me and say, “Hey Buch, loved when you worked at Channel 2 out in the snow and cold covering the event live on TV.” Hours on end, I and other reporter types would file our reports every 10 minutes […]

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Debate Forum 2/16/16


Do you feel a draft? As women enter military combat roles, should the draft be rewritten? By Sarah Sidlow On Dec. 3, 2015, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the Department of Defense would lift all gender-based restrictions in military services. Translation: women are now eligible to serve in combat roles. The announcement was a […]

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Debate Forum 2/9/16


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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On Your Marc 2/9/16


Marc Katz introduces the good ol’ days of sports journalism By Marc Katz You learn a lot of stuff when you become a sports writer. Some of it isn’t even related to sports. The late, revered sports editor Si Burick used to insist on leaving the tip if he also paid for the meal. “If […]

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On the Beat 2/9/16

And they’re off By Jim Bucher It’s official. The 2016 presidential race is in full swing. But wait—hasn’t it been underway since the day after President Obama’s second inauguration? Pretty much. Seems like we’ve been talking about it for years, but as of this writing, the Iowa Caucuses are wrapping up. It’s gonna be a long […]

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On the Beat 2/2/16

It’s Groundhog Day Rosie and the Groundhog Day tradition By Jim Bucher So, today (that is, Tuesday, Feb. 2) is a big day in the meteorology world. No, it’s not the launch date for a new high-tech weather satellite or some new atmospheric app, but by the time you read this, we will know for […]

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Debate Forum 1/26/16


Oscars the grouch Little Gold Man is now a black-and-white issue By Sarah Sidlow For the second year running, the four Oscars acting categories are conspicuously monochromatic. And by that, we mean white. Oh yeah, Hollywood noticed. There’s even a trending hashtag, “#OscarsSoWhite,” which makes it really, really serious. Recently—actually on Martin Luther King Jr. […]

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Debate Forum 1/19


Monkey see, monkey sue The case for macaque copyright By Sarah Sidlow It’s a jungle out there in copyright land and all the monkeys are getting in on it. If you’ve recently seen a winsome little monkey on your newsfeed, chances are it’s not your ex. This magnetic macaque is at the center of a […]

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On the Beat 1/19


A day at the races By Jim Bucher I’ve never been a huge gambler. Sure, I’ve battled a few one-armed bandits in my time, but I always seem to leave with less than what I had when I arrived. So when Ohio voters okayed Casinos, or ‘Racinos’ if you will, the concept intrigued me. So, after a […]

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On The Beat 1/12/16

Y2K kid turns sweet 16 By Jim Bucher Time. For some it goes too quickly during vacation. For others it crawls along at a snails pace while in school or at the job. For me I wish to travel back to the ’90s … that’s the 1990s for you jokesters out there. Those were the […]

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Debate Forum 1/12/16


Cattle call An armed militia in Oregon: crazies or Constitutionalists? By Sarah Sidlow Are your friends talking about the mess in Oregon? Here’s what you need to know. A militia group going by the name Citizens for Constitutional Freedoms is engaged in the armed takeover of a vacant building in a federal wildlife refuge in […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

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 […]