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French connection

WSU instructor teaches language through cheese By Jim Hannah Photo: New Wright State University French instructor Benjamin Hirt poses at his desk among homemade cheese and freshly grown produce; Resting on the desk in his Millett Hall office is a creamy strip of handmade blue cheese – a silky, oozing, mouth-watering labor of love new […]

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Certifiably Jonathan

Ohio comedy legend Jonathan Winters honored in film By Rick Eichhorn Photo: [l-r] comedian Jonathan Winters, executive producer Matt Fortnow and comedian Robin Williams Comedian Jonathan Winters carried a buckeye in his pocket every day, everywhere he went. Ever the collector, the buckeye was most likely indicative of the strong bond he felt with his […]

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We come in peace

The Peace Corps Experience in Dayton By Tammy Newsom Photo: Sara Kacvinsky wears funeral attire from Ghana; photo: Patsy Ferrell Some readers may recall President John F. Kennedy’s famous 1961 inaugural address that served as a call to order for young volunteers entering the Peace Corps. “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can […]

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One in 43,252,003,274,489,856,000

Xenia’s Drew Brads takes speedcubing World Record By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Xenia local Drew Brads displays his collection of Rubiks puzzles I bet there was one in your basement in the ’80s. A six-colored, six-sided puzzle cube, deceptive in its apparent candor, charming in its manageable size. And if it was like mine, half […]

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The hard part is choosing

MetroParks’ offerings for playing and planning by Kristen Wicker Photo: Hikers tackle January at Possum Creek MetroPark Outdoors and in, winter offers plenty of ways to connect with nature. Skating By One of the most popular ways to experience the outdoors is skating at the MetroParks Ice Rink at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave. The […]

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Yellow Springs is as Yellow Springs does

New Antioch College Wellness Center goes green By Katie Christoff Photo: The newly renovated Wellness Center offers fitness classes such as yoga, pilates and Zumba; photo: Carly Short Yellow Springs just became a lot greener. Antioch College, a private liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, opened a newly renovated and sustainable Wellness Center in September. […]

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Local woman already regrets New Year’s resolution

Plan to bike MetroParks trails put on hold By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Beckbom’s new bike now sits unused On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Dayton cyclist Derma Beckbom, 26, expressed regret at having made the New Year’s resolution to bike the entirety of the Miami Valley’s bike paths, an endeavor that would take her over […]

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No beard, no beer

Dayton says curtains to craft industry By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Only a few area breweries remain after what industry experts are calling “The Naked Chin Massacre” A report from the future: “Can Dayton sustain double digit numbers of breweries?” This was the question on everyone’s mind in 2013, when it appeared that we would have upwards […]

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Miss Maha and the headlines

Things you might read in 2015 … or not by Maha Kashani Photo: Downtown Dayton won’t be making the fastest dying cities list in 2015; photo: Laura Loges The ball drop is merely hours away! As a new year approaches, I felt it would only be appropriate to shine some light on the stories that you […]

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Snow me the money

Downtown ski resort turns campus into local attraction By Matt Bayman Photo: “The city ended up not only paying for all of the overtime hours incurred from plowing the streets and creating Mount UD, but set aside more than $100,000 for salt to be used for future storms.” – UD student Michelle Gephardt University of […]

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News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]

Chew on this: 05/19

What to believe about coconut oil claims By Jayne Powers Coconuts are on a roll as a wonder food. I […]

The Docket: 05/19

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove D’oh! The owner of a Dayton bar contacted […]

News of the weird: 05/12

By Chuck Shepherd Marital enhancement Saudi Arabia’s very first sex accessory shop (in the holy city of Mecca) should be […]

Chew on this: 05/12

Weight loss for pudgy pets By Jayne Powers Pets, like people, get pudgy – even obese. According to the Association […]