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Extra! Extra! For 2011

In 2011: Casey Anthony was acquitted; Osama bin Laden was killed; Jerry Sandusky was arrested; Kim Kardashian married Kris Humphries; Prince William married Kate Middleton; and the recession reigned supreme.

Top 10 news stories of the past year By Mark Luedtke 1. Unemployment National unemployment hovered around 9 percent all year. In November, unemployment dropped to 8.6 percent to great fanfare, but even this was bad news because most of the drop came from 315,000 unemployed workers giving up and dropping out of the system. […]

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A visit to Leaf & Vine

The humidor at the Leaf & Vine.

Bar and cigar room a classy throwback in time By Matt Bayman To truly enjoy a cigar, it takes patrons at the Leaf & Vine in Troy about an hour. “Smoking a cigar is all about taking time to sit back and relax for a while,” said Patty Rose, co-owner of the pub, adding that […]

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The return of Hobart Arena

The Casting Crows at Hobart in 2009. Photo courtesy of Anthony Weber.

Troy complex hosting top country, Christian and classic rock bands By Matt Bayman Since 2010, Hobart Arena in Troy has hosted three of the five artists that were nominated for the 2011 Country Music Award’s “New Artist of the Year,” including its winner, The Band Perry. Along with other country artists, such as Luke Bryan, […]

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Do as the minimalists do

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are Dayton minimalists.

Two Daytonians get out of the clutter and pen an inspiring book on minimalism in our maximized world By Annie Bowers “I have nothing to wear,” I thought to myself as I stood staring at the racks of clothes hanging in my closet. We’ve all been there — surrounded by so much clutter that it […]

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Bachelor’s Pad

Jason Webber and Hugh Grant in

Jason, Actually Bumbling and stumbling in my first year in Dayton By Jason Webber So there I am sitting on the sofa in the traditional post-Thanksgiving food coma with my ex-girlfriend’s new husband when it occurs to me — my life is rather odd — and not just because I’m good buddies with my ex’s […]

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Be a lean, mean, green machine in 2012

A Greener You at the PNC 2nd Street Market.

Make a new start in the New Year and get a little greener By Valerie Beerbower You know the drill: Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth. Don’t let your car’s engine sit idling. Switch off lights if you’re not in the room. Recycle. If nothing in a children’s television show montage about […]

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Shop small. Buy big. Give unique.

Shop in Yellow Springs.

Get all of your holiday shopping done locally in Yellow Springs By Lara Donnelly Forget Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Maroon Wednesday, or whatever colorful offers of bargains you’ve seen cropping up in “big box” stores and online retailers. This holiday season, Dayton-area residents and visitors have the chance to give gifts from that really stand […]

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Made in Dayton

A Handmade Dayton booth set up for Steph’s Jewels at a craft/handmade show

Local craftinistas take over popular website Etsy By Sara McKinniss Etsy. For some, it might sound like a trendy celebrity baby name, but it’s quite the opposite. Etsy.com is an e-commerce website where independent artists and creatives buy and sell handmade goods all across the world. The site launched over six years ago, but is […]

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Beauty in St. Anne’s Hill

A Victorian Renaissance in downtown Dayton by Mark Luedtke Most Daytonians know the story of the reclamation of the Oregon District, but St. Anne’s Hill is a lesser-known, historic Victorian neighborhood being restored by motivated residents. Just a mile east of the Oregon District, St. Anne’s Hill is bounded by Keowee and Dutoit Streets on […]

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What a character

Some recent work by Dayton comic artist Jay King, better known as “Rusty Shackles”

Digital artist combines pop culture savvy, comic art skill and music fandom for business By Tim Anderl When self-taught digital comic artist Jay King fell in love with food blogger Brandy Voiles (now Brandy King), their whirlwind courtship landed King in the land of square-shaped pizza – Dayton. Operating under the moniker Rusty Shackles, King […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]