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Sultans of Swing, baby

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Baseball, jazz, and short fiction flush the floor at Wright State’s Flapper Ball By Joey Ferber Photo: Director of Wright State’s CELIA Hank Dahlman (left) and Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones at one of the Sultans of Swing games Wright State University is hosting a unique triangulation of American history. Its Spring Sultans of Swing Spring […]

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If you could churn back time

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Prairie Days celebrate 18th-century living By Terri Gordon Photo: Shooters fire off a black powder musket volley during the opening ceremony for Prairie Days As people whiz into the 21st century, harried by the demands of modern life, with smartphones, smart homes, and instant-everything, it is tempting to pine for simpler times. Times of fishin’ in […]

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American apparel

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Printing shirts and a dream at 7Thirty8 Apparel By Erin Callahan Photo: Matt Overholt quit his day job to run 7Thirty8 Apparel full-time, to ‘live his dream’; photos: Cori Morse 7Thirty8 Apparel started with a 30th birthday, a year’s worth of money saved, and a beard. Twelve years after Matt Overholt graduated high school, he decided […]

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From Toccoa to Bavaria to Facebook

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WWII paratrooper Jim ‘Pee Wee’ Martin still dives into his story at 95 By Tim Smith Photo: Jim ‘Pee Wee’ Martin tallies more than 22,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook and continues to lecture here and abroad; photos: Doug Barber A hero is defined as a person who is noted or admired for nobility, courage, or outstanding […]

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Past lives

Paul Laurence Dunbar’s grave in Woodland Cemetery marks his importance to the region and to history; photo: Terri Gordon

Woodland Cemetery tours through murder, mystery, mayhem By Terri Gordon In 1840, Dayton was growing rapidly. Its downtown cemeteries were filling fast. Town leaders decided to develop a more permanent repository—one that would accommodate the growing population, one more rural and scenic, and one that wouldn’t be consumed by the growing town. Mayor John Van […]

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Murder… they wrote

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Dayton History reopens 1896 trial of Albert Frantz By Terri Gordon Photo: Old Case File retries the Bessie Little murder case at the Old Court House July 22-24, July 29-31, and Aug. 5-7; photo: Haylie Schlater In late summer of 1896, the love affair of Bessie Little and Albert Frantz was cut short by her […]

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Chocolate selfies, Raspberry Pi

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Dayton Maker Faire showcases the creative at Carillon By Lisa Bennett Photo: Dayton Maker Faire displays historical forms of making alongside cutting edge technologies; photo courtesy of Carillon Historical Park When we think of creative people, most of us instinctively think of musicians and artists like Mozart or Picasso. But we don’t often think of […]

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Green porno

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The Talk with an entomologist By Amanda Dee Photo: NSFW Warning: The image above may be inappropriate for some readers; Two beetles copulate; photo: John Stireman John Stireman knows more positions than you can think of. As long as it’s bug-to-bug. Dr. Stireman has been teaching biological sciences at Wright State University for a decade, […]

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Here to stay

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10 years of Keeping the Tradition at SunWatch By Tim Smith Photo: Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow honors Miami Valley native culture at SunWatch Indian Village June 25 and 26; photo: Andy Sawyer A pow wow has been described as being many different things to many different people of Native American descent. It is an […]

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A Blast from the past….

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Dayton Heritage Day at Carillon Historical Park By Matt Clevenger Scenes and characters from Dayton’s past will come to life on Sunday, May 29, during Dayton History’s Dayton Heritage Day at Carillon Historical Park. Musket shooting, blacksmithing, hearth cooking, candle dipping and high-wheel bicycling are just a few of the historically accurate activities that will […]

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Everything (old) but the kitchen sink

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Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market’s annual Extravaganza By Emma Jarman For nearly 50 years, the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market has been delighting shoppers with an eclectic variety of antique, vintage and handmade goods from all around the world at their annual Extravaganza event. In a truly authentic Midwest showing of spirit, the […]

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Of cavemen and comets

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Out of this world show at Glen Helen By Lisa Bennett They travel, sometimes for millions of lonely years within our solar system, weaving about the planets unnoticed until heat from the sun’s radiation begins warming up the ice particles of their core, creating brilliant tails. Comets, otherwise known as “κομήτης” in Greek meaning “to […]

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Depth of focus

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Images inspire movies with photo archivist Gino Pasi By Jim Hannah It was just a photograph. It was just one of thousands of photographs that Gino Pasi processed in his job as archivist and collections manager at Wright State University’s Special Collections and Archives in the Dunbar Library. But this photograph—that of a beautiful young woman taken […]

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The un-nutty professor

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One archaeologist is changing everything By Lisa Bennett Once, a very long time ago, silly humans believed the world we live on was flat. So much so that they actually imprisoned and sometimes even tortured and killed people who dared to say otherwise. Crazy, right? Unfortunately, while our knowledge about the world and universe around […]

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Strings and beats

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Black Violin hits the stage at Victoria Theatre By Emma Jarman A band teacher and an orchestra teacher walk onto a golf course. What sounds like the introductory line to a bad and somewhat offensive joke is actually the beginning of the story of Black Violin. A band instructor and an orchestra director walk onto […]

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Imperial Jurassic Jaws

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra performs the music of John Williams By Emma Jarman In the world of film in music, John Williams reigns supreme. The American composer has scored countless numbers for movies, television series, Olympic fanfares, concertos and other orchestral works. He holds the second most number of Academy Award nominations behind Walt Disney […]

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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and […]

Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Have you ever heard of an emotional support mouse? What about an emotional support hedgehog, or mini pig? (Can we […]

Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]