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2015: Lies

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Torrent of diarrhea By Benjamin Tomkins Photo: “Trump has managed to insult twice as many people as Hitler, and that’s assuming that Hitler was categorically hated by everyone in the known universe.” There is a reason Father Time only makes it a year before he hacks his head off with a scythe and turns over […]

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2015: Film

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Under the radar selections for 2015 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart star in “Clouds of Sils Maria” Every year, there are simply too many releases for a hardworking critic like myself to take in, especially when you consider how many never reach our market. Thanks to festivals and an astonishing number […]

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Drinking the stars

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The Naked Vine Guide to Champagne and sparkling wine By Mike Rosenberg Photo: “There’s nothing quite like the ritual of cracking open a bottle of celebratory bubbly.” Dom Perignon, the monk who popularized the concept of carbonated wine apocryphally stated, “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!” upon opening a bottle in the wine caves […]

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2015: Sex

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 The world is your oyster By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: “We are committed to supporting the development of safe and effective treatments for female sexual dysfunction.” – Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Raise your hand if you’re excited and maybe also a little confused about the state […]

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What you missed

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Best overlooked albums of 2015 By Alan Sculley Photo: JD McPherson, Let The Good Times Roll (2015) As I scan my list of the best albums of 2015 that didn’t get nearly the attention they deserved, I realize I like this group of albums better than the albums that made my top 10 CDs of […]

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Coming to you live, from Dayton!

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Gem City touring highlights of 2015 By Gary Spencer Photo: Weird Al Yankovic’s appearance at Fraze this summer was one to be remembered Well gang, 2015 is about to come to an end. Time flies when you’re having fun, and judging by staggering amount of good touring acts that came to the Gem City this […]

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2015: Drugs

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Disturbing trends, and the strides taken to break them By Tim Walker Photo: “The past few years have seen a massive increase in overdoses from heroin and fentanyl abuse in the Miami Valley.” If one subject dominated our local news headlines in 2015, it was drugs. Fentanyl, caps, Narcan, rigs, boy—local residents have been forced […]

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2015: Guns

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Clinton wants to make gun manufacturers financially liable for misuse of their products By Andrew Napolitano Photo: “The liability-shifting proposal is akin to punishing General Motors whenever a drunken driver misuses his Chevy and injures someone.” While the FBI continued to analyze the emails Hillary Clinton thought she deleted and her advisers pressed her to […]

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Thinking of you

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For those who are gone, but certainly not forgotten By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Christopher Lee in the “Lord of the Rings” saga Take the time to truly stop and remember those who have gone too soon, as the saying goes. Social media allows for rapid remembrance—140-character shout outs, distillations of factoids with little of the […]

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What reigned supreme in 2015?

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Dayton’s Dining Empress picks her favorite eats of the year By Paula Johnson Photo: The crepes at Crepe Boheme are a must-have sweet treat It’s that time of year again—time to sit back and reflect on my year in food. This is not the time, however, for another restau-RANT. Instead, I’m feeling the love for […]

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Six gifts a grooving

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A half a dozen of the year’s best releases By Zach Rogers Is it that time again? Has another year almost come and gone? Yes, it may be hard to believe, but 2015 is nearly over, and now it’s time to look back and reflect on the best of the best. On both a national […]

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2015: Booze

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Dayton beers it all By Kevin J. Gray and Hayley Fudge Photo: “Many critics note that kettle sours can be more one-dimensional than barrel sours, but [their] accessibility has led to a huge surge in demand for them.” It’s no surprise that 2015 continued to be a big year for craft beer not only nationally, […]

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The Business of Happiness

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Winans Chocolates and Coffees remains a community staple By Katie Christoff According to Joe Reiser, owner of Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees, his products are both an art and a science. Both chocolates and coffees require a laborious and meticulous process in order to satisfy Winans standards. The family-owned company makes its own chocolates and […]

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The not-so-big house

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Tiny house phenomenon invades Dayton By Tim Smith Photo: Tiny interior stairs; photo: Paul Kohlman, courtesy of Coles Whalen of EcoCabinsEcoCabins Someone once said that good things come in small packages, but I doubt they meant houses. Yet, the tiny house movement, where people choose to downsize from the standard home, has taken root in […]

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The art of peace

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DAI commemorates the Dayton Peace Accords By Tim Smith Photo: A selection of commemorative art, like this famous photograph by Marc Riboud, is on display at the Dayton Art Institute now through Feb. 28 Dayton has long been recognized for its achievements and contributions, and in 1995, it added the Dayton Peace Accords to its […]

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In the zone

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Local author creates buzz about Dayton’s hockey history By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Dayton Gems goalie Pat Rupp (right) played one game with the Detroit Red Wings and played with the 1964 and 68 US Olympic hockey teams. Hockey fans are a unique breed. They travel great distances to pack noisy, drafty arenas—often trekking in 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 […]