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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 Susan McFadden By Dave Gil de Rubio The Irish have always had a strong cultural base rooted in song and storytelling. And while the tradition is often steeped in images of cable-knit sweaters and caps, […]

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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 mid-life crisis from his girlfriend Susan (Danielle Ruddy), and his best friend Michael (Philip Drennen). By Sarah Monroe What’s the big deal about turning 30? It’s just like turning 20 but ten years later, so […]

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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 Tim Walker In June 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 523 into law, thereby making Ohio one of 29 states that have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana. The new law, which took […]

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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 true marijuana liberty. By Brice Keller Since September of 2016, Medical Marijuana has been legal in Ohio with a statutory right to an affirmative defense against simple marijuana possession when meeting a few factors set […]

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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, and Mike Emmons. Photo: Jennifer Taylor By Mike Ritchie Evil Eye Gypsy has been around for almost a decade, taking stage-filling form in 2010, playing their first gig in 2012. For three years, member-wise they […]

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Is the Pope Catholic?

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Political cartoonist Ted Rall’s graphic Pope Francis biography Kettering native Ted Rall has published over 21 books, his cartoons and editorial column are widely syndicated, and he appears regularly as a cable news commentator. By Tim Smith Ted Rall is one angry dude. The award-winning graphic novelist, political cartoonist, and journalist has made a career […]

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Raising the steaks

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The Pine Club maintains great steak house standard While you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, I highly recommend The Pine Club’s bone-in rib eye (above) and Nantucket Cape scallops. by Paula Johnson It Certainly Ain’t Broke—If You Understand It My first visit to The Pine Club was an absolute disaster. Steak house […]

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The Israeli invasion

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Marbin’s jazz fusion sounds at Trolley Marbin (L-R) Dani Rabin, Blake Jiracek, Danny Markovitch, and Jon Nadel. By Katie Fender The Israeli jazz fusion group Marbin is one of those bands everyone wants to be the first to discover. Marbin creates a unique type of music that when someone hears it they think, I need […]

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Could Ohio be the next Colorado?

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September 8th is in sight, but what’s in store? Colorado retail dispensaries vary from slick corporate style storefronts to shops that retain the “hippie head shop” motif By Ben Tomkins It looks like Ohio will be opening up medical marijuana to the public this September 8th, and it’s about time. For those of you who […]

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Flying high at the movies

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The top 10 weed flicks from the past two decades On screen, the Dude (Jeff Bridges) favors White Russians, but there seems to be a 420 attitude at work, too. By T.T. Stern-Enzi The move towards the legalization of weed owes a debt of sorts to its pop cultural presence at the movies. We’ve come […]

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Debate 4/17: Green certified

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How should workplaces handle medical marijuana? Q: Should a medical-marijuana patient be prevented from using medical marijuana at work? By Sarah Sidlow When the leaves change color in Ohio this year, a few more of them may be green. The state’s medical marijuana law is expected to go into effect in September, allowing residents with […]

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Think Deeper

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ThinkTV’s unwavering local commitment continues A vital fundraising event, each year sponsors, volunteers, and our viewers join together to make the Great TV Auction a success. By Tara Pettit In a hyper-informational decade where society is barraged with media on a continuously streaming basis, the question of whether meaningful, quality content actually exists is a […]

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Shhh… it’s “A Quiet Place”

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Horror-thriller transforms the dark into an emotionally gripping place Evelyn (Emily Blunt) quiets her daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) By T.T. Stern-Enzi Families in peril tap into our most primal protective natures. We are far more likely to be drawn into the survival dynamic on display between a tight-knit nuclear unit than all of the spatial […]

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Through cracked lenses

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David Sedaris’ dark humor illuminated at Springfield’s Kuss Auditorium The cracked lenses aren’t in David Sedaris’ spectacles… By Allyson B. Crawford We are living through a world of tension. Each day, we all step over political landmines, trying not to destroy what’s left of our friendships and family relationships while remaining true to our own […]

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Humor and hard times

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Depression-era “Brighton Beach Memoirs” prevails with warmth and wit Brothers (L-R) Stanley (Richard Buchanan) and Eugene (Eric Deiboldt) By Jacqui Theobald Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical memoir is reflective of the human condition, touching both senior playgoers and those new to the theatre. In this highly energetic production directed by Marya Spring Cordes, Eugene is 15 years […]

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Every song a story

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Country music legend Rodney Crowell at The Victoria Theatre Singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell left his guitar in his other suit. By Dave Gil de Rubio Rodney Crowell is a storyteller. Sure, he’s got a resume a mile long that includes a couple of stints as a key member of Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band, a couple of […]

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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

775_5586162

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

The graying of green

1420_5772728

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, […]