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Here comes the sun

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Springfield Arts Council celebrates 50 years of free art By Katrina Eresman It’s 7 a.m. on a Friday in the middle of June, and there are lawn chairs lined up everywhere. Veteran’s Park, home of the Springfield Summer Arts Festival, used to be called Cliff Park for obvious reasons. Against these cliffs, which house bits […]

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Stompin’ the yard

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Lebanon’s Stompin’ in the Street festival returns By Joyell Nevins Don your cowboy hat, pull on your cowgirl boots and boogie down to Lebanon, Ohio, this weekend for its annual “Stompin’ in the Street” country music festival Saturday, June 11. “Country music is a good genre for Lebanon,” says Jo Wise, Main Street Lebanon executive […]

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Smooth grooves in the sunshine

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Dayton Jazz Festival revisits Dave Hall Plaza By Timothy Walker It’s beautiful in downtown Dayton. The weather is warm and pleasant, local residents are out and about and there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than sitting in the sun and grooving to some cool jazz tunes while enjoying a nice bite to eat. […]

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Faith-based mission

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Chart-topping Newsboys spread the word at Fraze By Rusty Pate Newsboys have been helping to define the contemporary Christian genre of music for nearly three decades. Consisting of Jody Davis on guitar, Jeff Frankenstein on keyboards and bass, Duncan Phillips on drums and former DC Talk singer Michael Tait on vocals, their last 14 albums […]

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2016 summertime flings

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Who should audiences crush-on at the multiplex and in the art houses? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Back in the day, the hip-hop poet laureate The Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith) summed up the mellow of the season with “summer summer summertime / time to sit back and unwind.” Truer words were never spoken, especially for those […]

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Here they go again

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Whitesnake revives greatest hits at Rose By Allyson B. Crawford Whitesnake, the iconic band fronted by British singer David Coverdale, will once again roll through the Miami Valley, stopping for a gig at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Wednesday, June 15. The band played Rose last year during its Purple tour. This year, […]

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The village people

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Street Fair celebrates Yellow Springs By Gary Spencer As the adage goes, nothing is certain in life except for death and taxes. But there are perhaps a handful of things that are almost as sure of a thing, and ones that are much more positive than dying and forcefully giving your money to the government. […]

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Not that old navy

160416-N-RR852-051 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (April 16, 2016) Special Warfare Operator 1st Class T.J. Amdahl and Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Brandon Peterson, both members of the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, parachute over Neyland Stadium during Knoxville's Navy Week. The Navy Week program is designed to raise awareness about the Navy in areas across the country that traditionally do not have a naval presence, and to bring America's Navy closer to the people it protects through community relations projects, speaking engagements, science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) demonstrations and media interviews with flag hosts and local areas Sailors. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bobby Northnagle/ RELEASED)

Celebrate Navy Week at Dayton Airport June 13-19 By Don Hurst The last time Ohio was the focal point for any naval engagement was September 10, 1813, when American ships threw down with the British in the Battle of Lake Erie. It’s not surprising then that a Google search of “Dayton” and “Navy” brings up […]

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Fooler house

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Special Engagement with Dave Coulier at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin This is far from Dave Coulier’s first visit to the Gem City. In fact, as a hockey-playing kid in Detroit, he used to travel with his home team down I-75 to play the Dayton Gems. “That was a big trip for us,” […]

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Song’s Sushi sings

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Off the beaten path, Japanese and Korean dishes rule By Paula Johnson LA love After taking in the film “City of Gold,” a documentary about Pulitzer-Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold, it was a given that I was going to eat somewhere. The film is basically Gold’s love letter to his city of Los Angeles […]

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It’s always sunny

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Area indie band Speaking Suns rocks Bob’s By Matt Clevenger “Progressive pop-rock.” “Experimental rock-folk indie.” “Indie pop rock-and-roll soul.” Writers have described the Speaking Suns in many different ways, but labeling the Yellow Springs-based group’s unique sound is still difficult, even for its own members. “It’s hard to describe,” Speaking Suns guitarist/vocalist Jake Diebold says. “I […]

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Debate Forum: 5/31/16

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Game of thrones What should be the final word in the single-sex restroom debate?By Sarah Sidlow Bathrooms have a special place in the annals of American history. They have served as sketchpads for graffitists, informative community bulletins (“for a good time call…”), public places of procrastination and porcelain cornerstones of protest. Now, once again, the […]

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On the Beat: 5/31/16

The transgender foot in the proverbial mouth disease By Jim Bucher I, like many of my friends, are very sensitive to others. Hope you are too. But I have had a few faux pas in my life. For instance, a few years ago when I was brought home from the nursery at Grandview Hospital the […]

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Queer Couplings

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Between the sheets of queer lit, now and then By Dr. Pj Carlisle This is not just another LGBTQI reading list. It’s a raucous, cross-talking, ethnically diverse, queer queue of books for anyone. A party in the streets that lingers, surges, seethes. Not a top-10 parade of bestsellouts. These books, in their couplings—like the hook-up […]

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Cinco de my oh my!

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Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant sizzles By Paula Johnson Probably the worst day of the year to decide on the spur of the moment to eat at a Mexican restaurant would be Cinco De Mayo. It’s a celebration the entire nation of Mexico pretty much ignores but north of the border we all go loco for. Fortunately […]

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Rum and revolution

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New York’s Stonewall Inn becomes a national monument By Paula Johnson Throughout history, many a social movement began with someone slamming a tankard of ale on a tavern table with one fist, the other raised high, shouting, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!” or words to that effect. Think the […]

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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 […]