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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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Creepy and kooky in Troy

The Hometown Halloween Festival is one for the ages … all ages By Emma Jarman Holiday season has officially begun. Halloween, the first in a slew of decorated and celebrated events famous for keeping hearts warm through the cold months, is upon us. While the day of the dead has yet to attain the premature […]

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Not your average haunted house

Local paranormal investigation team hosting Ghost Tours of Troy By Natasha Habib If haunted hayrides just aren’t scaring you enough, try visiting buildings haunted by real spirits during Ghost Tours of Troy on the evenings of October 28 and 29. Local ghost-hunting team Cryptic Investigations hosts the tours. Cryptic Investigations has been investigating homes and […]

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New kid on the block

It’s hip to be square at Blokhedz in Yellow Springs By Natasha Habib Kyle Peterson thinks there’s a different sense of accomplishment kids get from seeing what they’ve built with their own hands rather than hitting a “save” button on a video game. “Nothing can substitute for hands-on play and action,” said Peterson. There are […]

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Harvesting that crop

Fall harvest presents nutritious, delicious bounty By Valerie Beerbower Autumn has arrived in the Miami Valley, bringing with it the foliage wardrobe change, football season and the reemergence of hooded sweatshirts and jackets from their dusty corner of the closet. Customers at the PNC 2nd Street Market in downtown Dayton also will notice a rotation […]

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Goes to the edge … and folds it neatly

Tim Bedore: Standing up against the animal conspiracy By J.T. Ryder Comedian Tim Bedore is a philosopher, a writer, a comedian; he is a man who once had the urge to kiss a wombat full on the lips. He has made numerous television appearances and his Vague But True weekly series can be heard on […]

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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or […]

Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a […]

The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event […]

Jingle ’Burg

Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on […]

Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too […]

News of the weird: 12/9

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – TMI Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 […]