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A (dark) force to be reckoned with

Why people love to love Dark Star Books By Emma Jarman Nothing about Dark Star Books is ordinary. Not its expansive collection of new and used books and comic books that turn the quaint store into a cavernous library of titles and treasures; not the old store cat, Bart, who was trained specially to be […]

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Bachelor’s Pad

Getting older, getting wiser? A pirate looks at 36 … By Jason Webber And now I shall tell ye the accursed tale of how I inadvertently damned myself with a permanently lazy eye from playing pirates with my third-grade classmates, and what in Davy Jones’ Locker this has to do with my upcoming 36th birthday. […]

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Liar, liar

How a local group of men called the Liar’s Club inspired a Yellow Springs artist By Lara Donnelly In many parts of the country, breakfast at MacDonald’s means more than just hash browns and McMuffins. Socializing seniors are grouping together at their local Mickey D’s to swap stories and keep in touch. One such group […]

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Get out & skate

The MetroParks Ice Rink opens again this November By Valerie Beerbower Ever watch the winter Olympics and secretly wish you could zoom across the ice, deftly and effortlessly flying through the air, your sequined skirt sparkling in the spotlight as you make your final rotation on a gravity-defying triple axel and the roar of the […]

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Front Row: Free film festival

Honoring our veterans through film The Ohio Liberty Film Festival will be running November 11 through November 13, showing films that celebrate freedom and liberty. “The underlying idea is that man’s great achievements, whether artistic, scientific or intellectual, have come about through the exercise of freedom and opportunity,” said Beavercreek resident and Dayton business owner […]

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May the beard be with you

Gem City Gentlemen of the Gilded Beard: Saving the world from social tyranny, one beard at a time By Benjamin Dale In our so-called “civilized state,” in this, the modern age, beards are seen as something of an anachronism. A relic from our unwashed past in the primordial soup, a beard is thought uncouth or […]

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Welcome to Dayton?

What the Welcome Dayton plan contains — and what it doesn’t By Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell I recently watched the movie Gangs of New York and was struck by how the film’s message could not be more relevant to modern times — close-minded, paranoid views on immigration will ultimately result in disaster. The Dayton City […]

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Miss Maha’s November

Miss Maha plans out this month By Maha Kashani T-minus 61 days. Let the countdown to 2012 begin! Now that Halloween and my Wonder Woman costume are behind us, I know life is about to kick into high gear with the holiday season full-speed ahead. I can’t complain, this is one of my favorite times […]

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Giving peace a voice

Dayton Literary Peace Prize honors authors who inspire peace through the written word By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Think a bit about the word peace. What comes to mind? A long-haired hippie raising his arm high into the air and splaying his fingers to make a “V” shaped symbol? Or do you envision a room full of […]

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Bachelor’s Pad

The More The Scarier: Why Halloween friggin’ rocks By Jason Webber Keep your Independence Day, your Thanksgiving, and especially your Christmas (humbug!). Of the 365 days that make up the Gregorian calendar, there’s only one holiday that really matters — Halloween. As I type this, I have a jack-o-lantern-worthy smile and some killer pumpkin stencils […]

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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

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 […]