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Debate Forum 07/23

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Debate Center: The DUI checkpoint that became a checkpoint on constitutional rights  By Alex Culpepper  On July 4, Chris Kalbaugh, a 21-year-old college student, drove to a DUI checkpoint in Rutherford County Tennessee. He was armed with a camera, and he covertly filmed his experience at the checkpoint. He later loaded the video on YouTube, and […]

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On the beat

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Dining in Dayton from days gone by By Jim Bucher Photo: Memorabilia from the old Tropics on North Main Street    People have called me a lot of things I don’t agree with in my 30-year career in the public eye on television, some I can’t reveal in print. But the one thing you can call me […]

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Debate Forum 07/16

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Debate Center: What’s in your landfill? By Alex Culpepper Illustration by: Nate Beeler The process of extracting natural gas known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, produces a briny, liquid waste during the drilling process. Normally, these liquid wastes are stored in injection wells underground. If certain actions by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the […]

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On the beat

The beloved Bucher French Bulldog 'Ella'

Pet owners speak By Jim Bucher   Photo:  The beloved Bucher family French bulldog “Ella” Being a seasoned print journalist writing for the Dayton City Paper (does a dozen or so columns make me seasoned?), I’m still learning a thing or two – which is, you can teach old dogs new tricks. How ironic is […]

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Conspiracy theorist

Those 19 firefighters didn’t need to die by Mark Luedtke Every year, wildfires burn an outrageous amount of territory. Homes and property are consumed by fires. Forests are wiped out. Millions of animals are killed. These fires are perennial personal, economic and environmental disasters on a massive scale. It doesn’t have to be that way. […]

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Debate Forum 07/09

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Debate Forum Center:  Will the buses stop at the Fairfield Mall? By Alex Culpepper Illstration by:  Sam Rhoden For years the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has wanted bus stops close to the Mall at Fairfield Commons, and in 2011 the Beavercreek City Council voted unanimously to reject the RTA’s application for those bus stops. […]

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The cost of living By: Jim Bucher As I stand here fueling up my car – or should I say battleship (at press time, gas is hovering around $3.49 a gallon) – so I can drive to the nearest fast food chain and pick up a $6 value meal, it got me to thinking. What […]

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Parasites destroy local businesses By: Mark Luedtke Downtown bar J Alans is out of business. I spent a lot of time in that bar with owners Phil, Carla, Jeff and Junior – all of whom I like a lot – as well as the bartenders and regulars. J Alans was the cultural center for live music […]

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Debate forum 07/02

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Debate forum center: Controversy may reveal who or what can be considered a “person” By: Alex culpepper Illustration:Sam Rhoden   People who closely watch cetaceans have noticed a few things about them. They are intelligent and curious, and they have all the characteristics you would expect to find with well-developed minds. They have language, culture and […]

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Abandoned puppies by Mark Luedtke   Photo: [l to r] The author’s daschund and the two puppies left outside his house   On January 31 of this year, my girlfriend and I were forced to take care of two abandoned puppies. I took my dachshund out in the evening as usual, but as we walked onto […]

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Buch’s wild kingdom By Jim Bucher Photo: The Bucher family pet: Chinny the chinchilla We’ve had pets as far back as I remember – my parents loved Boston terriers. They had two: one before I was born named Tuffy, then during my early life, Tuffy II was a part of the Bucher household. My father […]

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Gun control talk is cheap. A sane mental health system is not.

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Guess Which Policy Prescription We Hear After Shooting Sprees? By Ted Rall It is, unfortunately, necessary to state the obvious after America’s latest mass shooting in Colorado. Like: we don’t know why James Holmes, the 24-year-old suspect, shot up that movie theater. We don’t know his mental state. Given the legal presumption of innocence, we […]

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If it Can Kill You, It Shouldn’t be a Pet

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Exotic pet debate should be about public safety By Rusty Pate Last year, a Zanesville man named Terry Thompson released 56 exotic animals from his farm before killing himself. Police were forced to kill 49 of the animals, with one presumed eaten and another dying after being captured. The incident resulted in Ohio passing a […]

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Forum Center, 5/26/12

Dnt Ansr That Txt Message N UR Car … Aamof It’s Now a Crime! (Don’t Answer That Text Message in Your Car … As a Matter of Fact it’s Now a Crime!) Governor Kasich is about to sign a recently passed statewide texting-while-driving ban which targets all drivers but is more aggressive towards those young […]

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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 […]