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Debate 04/03: Reaching consensus… or not

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What you need to know about the census citizenship question Q: Should the 2020 U.S. Census include a question about citizenship status? By Sarah Sidlow DTR. It stands for “Define the Relationship”—that seriously sweat-inducing conversation between two people about where their relationship is heading. This week, the Department of Commerce announced it would be having “the […]

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Dayton’s Bourbon landmark

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Award winning Century Bar at the top of their game Stepping in to the Century Bar is taking a step back in time. “So set ’em up Joe, I’ve got a little story I think you should know…” By Dr. Mike Rosenberg | Photo by Michael Morris Bourbon’s popularity in the United States is booming. The […]

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Never fear, spring beer is here

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Light, bright tastes make spring an exciting time for beer drinking Spring training for beer season begins now with a wide variety of seasonal brews. By Tom Morgan Spring is here! At least in theory. To me, spring beers are dry and refreshing. While they can and do highlight the influence of yeast, the beers […]

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A dictator’s demise

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The satirical bite of “The Death of Stalin” The inner circle discover Stalin’s body… and hilarity ensues. By T.T. Stern-Enzi A healthy dose of cynicism is necessary when looking at the world of politics, either from a wide-lens historic framework or in the microscopic moment of what might seem to be a crisis point. We […]

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If Captain Lou Albano could sing…

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Fozzy with wrestler Chris Jericho at Rockstar Fozzy’s high-energy live show (L-R) Billy Grey, Frank Fontsere, Chris Jericho, Rich Ward, Paul Di Leo. Photo: Iron Mike Savoia By Allyson B. Crawford What started as a lark and a cover band has evolved into a rock and roll money-making machine. The guys in Fozzy now find […]

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The neck is the bridge to the body

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Guitar goddess Kaki King projects joy at Bellefontaine’s Holland Theatre On stage, Kaki King combines virtuoso guitar work with captivating visuals. By Tim Walker For many artists, the urge to push the envelope comes as second nature. They feel that burning drive to question, to explore the boundaries of propriety, to create something fresh and […]

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It’s good to have “Friends”

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Kyleen Downes celebrates CD release at Yellow Cab Tavern Kyleen Downes. Photo: Gary McBride By Tim Walker I don’t know who’s in charge of such things, but I’d like to register a complaint. I believe local musician Kyleen Downes was born a few decades too late. Like one of those singer/songwriters from straight out of […]

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#MeToo #MeToo #MeToo

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Moving on from pain and blame at Brightside Event Venue Co-founder of Empower HER Bridget Flaherty is curating MOVE: A Powerful Evening of Storytelling By Brittany Erwin Picture the best thing that has ever happened to you. Did you tell someone all about it with a smile plastered on your face, joy in your heart? […]

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Judge a song by its cover

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Author Ray Padgett tells the stories behind the greatest cover songs From “Hound Dog” to “Hurt,” Ray Padgett uncovers the great cover songs By Justin Kreitzer Some of the greatest, most beloved songs in rock history are cover songs and most of those songs, such as “Respect” by Aretha Franklin and “Hound Dog” by Elvis […]

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On Stage April 2018

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The stage is a world of entertainment (L-R) Paige Jacobs, Elisha Chamberlin, Amber J. Smith, and Justin Lampkins from the ensemble cast of the Sinclair Theatre production of “Blood at the Root.” Photo: Patti Celek By Tim Smith “Blood at the Root” Sinclair Theatre Sinclair Theatre tackles a controversial yet timely subject when they present […]

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Debate 3/27: Facing the music

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In Cleveland, police enjoy extra privacy guarantees, even when they break the law Q: Should public record body cam videos be censored by police prior to release? By Sarah Sidlow So that happened… It’s been a rough month for Cleveland police officer Angelia Gaston. Last week, a fellow police officer tried to have Gaston’s car […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues

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  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim Walker | Photos by Michael Morris Homelessness: it can strike anyone, anywhere, at any time. One day you’re working and paying your bills on time, trying to save a little money for a rainy day. […]

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Mulling the merits of Merit Grill

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Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, rice, and succotash were terrific. By Paula Johnson Factory Man PIP (Palate In Progress) and I arrived on a Tuesday evening to assess the merits of Merit Grill. We had been there before with friends, […]

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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 proofing, dimpling (above), shaping, and slashing. By Paula Johnson “Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” —James Beard “If thou tastest a […]

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It’s happening in Troy

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Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with three diverse musical presentations. All events are free and open to the public. Kicking things off on March 24 is jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin. The Cleveland native began her career singing in small clubs in […]

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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 firm tradition of storytelling and honoring the past. For singer-songwriter Shannon McNally, this is a trueism indicative of a recording career that dates back to her 2001 Capitol Records debut “Jukebox Sparrows.” And while she […]

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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, […]