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Debate Forum: 7/4

Government stinks Should we fine or be fine with poop? Artwork: Jed Helmers By Sarah Sidlow As a professional, no-nonsense journalist, I’m always looking for a good opportunity to write about pressing issues in our community. Like poop. That’s what the city of Oakwood was talking about in order to pass an amendment to the […]

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On Your Marc: 6/27

Sparky Anderson and an appendix Prepping for surgery, not dinner By Marc Katz I know a lot of people remember June 14, 1979, the day Sparky Anderson managed his first game for the Detroit Tigers when he should have been in the middle of his 10th year with the Reds. I can’t believe that day […]

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Debate Forum: 6/27

Baby, you’re a firework …but you can’t light one Artwork: Pat Bagley By Sarah Sidlow July 4 is coming, and that means we’re gearing up for a weekend of grillin’, chillin’, and callin’ the cops on the neighbors when they set off fireworks. Why? Because in the state of Ohio, at least for now, it’s […]

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On Your Marc: 6/20

Winning feels good The Dragons keep marching in By Marc Katz It was legendary broadcaster Vin Scully—with plenty of others to follow—who said, “Losing feels worse than winning feels good.” Imagine how the Dayton Dragons felt last season, when they lost 93 out of 140 played. Imagine how they feel this year, when they’ve already […]

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Debate Forum: 6/20

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Preserve, protect, de-friend Is Trump’s Twitter a public forum? Artwork: Nate Beeler By Sarah Sidlow Newsflash: President Trump loves Twitter. A lot. And his fondness for the Little Blue Bird has raised a lot of questions: Can tweets be official statements? Should Trump be using his personal account in the capacity of the president? What […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 6/20

Bust warning ‘Big 5’ tech giants predict the crash By Mark Luedtke Friday, June 9 was a bad day for tech giants and therefore everybody in the stock market. Yahoo writes, “The so-called ‘big five’—Apple, Alphabet [Google’s mother company] Class A shares, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon [FAAMGs]—lost more than $97.5 billion in market value between […]

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On the Beat: 6/20

Ch. 7’s Ken Jefferson keeps sharing stories By Jim Bucher I don’t know about anyone else, but I miss the wonderful storytelling of former WHIO Channel 7 anchor/reporter Ken Jefferson. In all my years on local TV, I strived to be a better writer. Not sure if that was accomplished, especially with the prose and […]

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On Your Marc 6/13

Field of vision Reporting ‘the best attainable version of the truth’ By Marc Katz Years ago, when I was still an everyday working journalist, I remember a friendly athletics director—Jim Jones at Ohio State—who used to say, “Never get in an argument with someone who buys ink by the barrel.” That was his way of […]

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Debate Forum: 6/13

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The guns on the bus… RTA allows licensed weapons By Sarah Sidlow Forget bus fare—riders hoping to board Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) buses must now also show proof of a valid Ohio Concealed Handgun License with their ticket to ride. That is, if they want to bring a gun aboard. You read that […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 6/13

Failure, for some Another successful terrorist attack By Mark Luedtke Not long ago, Great Britain passed the West’s most oppressive spy law. Even the mainstream media acknowledges that. Last November Newsweek wrote,  “The U.K.’s Investigatory Powers Bill, also known as the Snooper’s Charter, is an extraordinary document. It grants the state the ability to harvest […]

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On Your Marc: 6/6

The thinker Gord Lane reflects on hockey, life off the ice By Marc Katz Long after the lights flickered off at Hara Arena following a Dayton Gems practice, and well after many of the players had already stripped their gear, showered away the day’s sweat, and were on their way to a mid-day beer at […]

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Commentary Forum: 6/6

Portlandia Free speech, hate speech, loud jerks By Sarah Sidlow When one loud jerk started verbally harassing two young women on a train in Portland, Oregon, three good Samaritans stood up to stop him. The loud jerk was yelling racist slurs. One of the young women is African-American; the other was wearing a hijab. Two […]

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On The Beat : 6/6

Where are they now? Back on the beat with Marsha Bonhart, Grammar Queen By Jim Bucher You have no idea how many folks come up and ask me, “Hey, whatever happened to so and so?” At the top of the list is my friend and former colleague, Channel 2’s anchor/reporter and all-around nice person, Marsha […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 6/6

Spies and lies Obama surveilled Trump By Mark Luedtke Rulers of both parties hate it when President Trump tweets. Every time he tweets, he exposes seedy truths at the core of government, secrets other rulers have long protected. Every time he does it, critics howl. But every time, he’s proven right. Every tweet erodes government’s […]

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On Your Marc: 5/30

A perfect 10 Diver Greg Louganis wins gold at 1994 Olympics, comes out a year later By Marc Katz Greg Louganis climbed up the ladder to the 15-meter platform at the 1987 Pan-American Games in Indianapolis, and I was skeptical. Because the games were so logistically close, the Dayton Daily News decided to send a […]

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On The Beat: 5/30

‘A prescription for change’ Equitas Health’s mission continues By Jim Bucher If you grew up in the ’80s, then you remember the AIDS epidemic. There was so much confusion, uneducated knee-jerk reactions, and suffering—bottom line, it was predominantly killing tens of thousands of gay men. Something I’ll never forget. With all the wild rumors, government […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]