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A twisted take

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Local author looks west for dark first novel By Tim Walker Photo: Local author Ryan Ireland has always had a soft spot for western themes When you think of writers penning intellectual novels, books that offer imaginative as well as visceral thrills, you rarely think of books published in the Western genre. Posses and cattle […]

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Eat at Sam and Ethel’s

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It’s the same menu, not the same food By Paula Johnson Photo: The dinner-plate sized blueberry pancake at Sam and Ethel’s That’s a quote from PIP (Palate In Progress) as we critiqued our breakfast at Tipp City’s Sam and Ethel’s Restaurant. We arrived on a mild Sunday morning a little after 10 to find a […]

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Pump up the give

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Charity rocks Miami Valley Music Fest By Gary Spencer Photo: Singer-songwriter Sharon Lane will perform at this year’s Miami Valley Music Festival, taking place July 31 and Aug. 1 There are rarely definites in life, but when it comes to summers, there are a couple—warm weather and music festivals topping the list. And during the […]

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One miscue on the path to glory

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Jake Gyllenhaal takes it on the chin in ‘Southpaw’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy Hope in “Southpaw”; Rating: R, Grade: D+ Jake Gyllenhaal has been working his way up the contender’s list since earning an Academy Award nomination (Supporting Actor) for “Brokeback Mountain,” which was released back in 2005. At the time, […]

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Stuck in the ’80s

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DPAA’s Rewind: Music of the ’80s By CC Hutten Photo: Grammy Award-winner Sheena Easton will perform with the DPO for Rewind: Celebrating the Music of the ’80s Rewind: Celebrating the Music of the ’80s is the grand finale of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s partnership with the City of Dayton’s Summer in the City, having […]

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To the Max

Pictured: (L-R) Harvey, Fee and Foo in new animated series, HARVEY BEAKS, coming to Nickelodeon in 2015. 
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Dayton-grown pint-sized actor voices new Nickelodeon cartoon By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Harvey Beaks and his friends Fee and Foo on the Nickelodeon show Harvey Beaks; image courtesy of Nickelodeon Max Charles is a little guy with a big career. At just 11 years old, the Oakwood native has already acted for the big screen and […]

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Turning the tables

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Dishing on service: part II By Paula Johnson Photo: The traits that make a good guest at a restaurant are the same that make someone a nice person—being nice. My previous piece, “Dishing On Service” (June 30, 2015), focused on service from the diner’s perspective and detailed some less-than-stellar server moments. I touched briefly on […]

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Smiling on the Square

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Revamped Courthouse Square a ‘God-send’ By Lisa Bennett Photo: Residents and guests gather at Courthouse Square to take advantage of the food trucks and summer activities available Would you rappel off the side of a 27-story building? Well, Friday, Aug. 14, that’s exactly what some participants of “The Square is Where Goes Over the Edge” […]

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A world of pure imagination

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Primus brings Willy Wonka to Rose Music Center By Rusty Pate Photo: Primus brings their Primus and the Chocolate Factory tour to Rose Music Center on August 4 Fans of Primus have come to expect weird and strange offerings from the group. Songs such as “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” and albums like Sailing the Seas […]

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Dayton’s next open container Entertainment District TBD By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin photo: Andrew Thompson On April 30, Gov. John R. Kasich signed into law House Bill 47, giving cities the ability to create “entertainment districts” that would be exempt from the state’s open ver stntainer law, which prohibits people from freely strolling around with adult […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]