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Debate Forum 12/22/15

Bruce Plante Cartoon: OK Ten Commandments Monument ruling

Of God and government By Tim Walker Recent polls state that 83 percent of Americans self-identify as Christians. God is everywhere, they say, and they may be right—you can’t pick up the newspaper these days, it seems, without seeing His (or her) name. Oklahoma state officials voted recently to remove a massive Ten Commandments monument […]

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Kettle to kitchen

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Dayton duo craft beer-centric menu By Kevin J. Gray and Hayley Fudge Photo: Antipasta at Spent Grain Beer and food pairing is old news. The new dining trend is using beer as an ingredient in dishes. Two local brothers, Tony and Drew Trick, have teamed up to open the first local restaurant with this concept […]

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Mystik mantra

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Jonny Dreads and the Mystiks bring the message of reggae to Peach’s By Miranda Brooks Photo: Jonny Dreads and The Mystiks will play Saturday, Dec. 26 at Peach’s in Yellow Springs The roots of American reggae can be found in the soil of rhythm and blues and jazz. The Jamaican-born genre emerged in the 1960s, […]

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What the heck is Kwanzaa?

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Answers to a question you may have been afraid to ask By Lauren Adams Photo: Larry Crowe performs tambiko—the ritual of pouring libation is an essential ceremonial tradition and a way of giving homage to the ancestors It is a question many of us have. Like most holidays, many think Kwanzaa is a religious celebration, […]

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Finding Ida

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Early Dayton seamstress gave wings to aviation By Katie Fender Photo: Courtesy of Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University In 2003, the U.S. House voted 378-3 to officially recognize Dayton, Ohio as the “birthplace of aviation.” This meant that finally, after 100 years, Dayton regained its title from North Carolina. With the title back […]

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Look for the book

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A gift-giving guide for the culinary artist in your life By Paula Johnson Photo: “The Joy of Cooking” by Irma S. Rombaur ’Tis the season when we’re all trying to figure out that perfect gift that’s useful, meaningful and memorable. You know, something instead of those socks that heat up, light up and recharge your […]

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One good hit deserves another

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Dustin Lynch discusses his expanding career in country By L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: Dustin Lynch will play Thursday, Dec. 17 at Bogarts in Cincinnati Dustin Lynch draws on everything from Incubus to Mutemath to hip-hop in his music. But country music’s “new hat” says he will never stray far from his primary influences. “Garth Brooks, […]

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Lost ‘In the Heart of the Sea’

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Ron Howard valiantly strives to stay afloat By T.T. Stern-Enzi Back in 2013, during the opening weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival, I settled upon a unique double feature, an intriguing two-fer from Ron Howard. The far more highly buzzed of the two films was “Rush,” his biopic examination of the relationship between James […]

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It takes a village

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Hayner’s Handmade Christmas showcases Troy talent By Joyell Nevins Photo: The log cabin built by the late Frank Copeland and submitted by family member Victoria King at A Handmade Christmas, on display now through Jan. 3 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center The latest exhibition at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is more about the heart than […]

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The elf and the monologue

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David Sedaris’ “SantaLand Diaries” at the Human Race By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tim Lile in “The SantaLand Diaries,” now through Dec. 19 at the Loft Theatre; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Many of us are right in the midst of the holiday season, where pressures mount, often unimaginably. Situations may put us on the edge of […]

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The Docket: 7/11

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Steal anything At a local auto-parts store, a car radio was shoplifted. The thief suspiciously perused through the aisles and […]

The Docket: 7/4

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By Michelle Strauss Pissed off Just a few weeks ago, someone broke into a local residence. The trespasser-turned-burglar began his raid, […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/27

A game of telephone Last week, on a particularly scorching hot afternoon, a man was driving his ex-girlfriend home. The […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/20

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By Michelle Strauss  Music man In a local apartment complex, alarms went off and alerted the police that a robbery […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/13

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  What a mouthful Believe it or not, in a local residence, a boyfriend kept his girlfriend’s dentures hostage. Earlier […]