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Miss Maha and the City

Yeah, Summer’s over … fall into Fall! by Maha Kashani Photo: A skull waves during the 2013 Dia de los Muertos Parade; photo: Kevin Bonnett The days are getting shorter, the weather cooler and the leaves have begun to change color. Fall is in the air! Can you believe it? It’s time to break out […]

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Law and Disorder 09/16/2014

To war or not to war by A.J. Wagner Does the Congress or does the president get to declare war? After announcing the four steps he is taking, the president said, “My administration has also secured bipartisan support for this approach here at home. I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL. But […]

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Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins v. Collins, wrote of the death penalty: “Bruce Edwin Callins will be executed [tomorrow] by the state of Texas. Intravenous tubes attached to his arms will carry the instrument of death, a toxic fluid designed […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Government does not work us by Mark Luedtke Arguably the most successful lie rulers have brainwashed the people into believing is that government works for us. People frequently say we have to remind government agents they work for us. They say we pay their salaries. Police cars proclaim, “To Protect and Serve.” But this is […]

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TIFF Spotlight: Father’s Day in Scandinavian films

Fathers muddle through a couple of festival entries By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Andreas in “A Second Chance”; photo: Henrik Petit For the last couple of years, I have indulged in a fascination with Scandinavian crime fiction, both on the page and on screens – large and small. I’ve marveled at and championed […]

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Miss Maha and the City

Goodbye summer, hello fall by Maha Kashani Photo: Enjoy authentic brats and metts during Oktoberfest at the Dayton Art Institute; photo courtesy of DAI I hate to break the news, but with Labor Day now behind us, summer is technically over. That being said, don’t fret! Summer was here and gone in a flash, but […]

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Law & Disorder

Blowing smoke and much more by A.J. Wagner About a year ago the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) published a study titled “The War on Marijuana in Black and White.” What they found: Finding No. 1: Marijuana possession arrests increased between 2001 and 2010. From 2001 to 2010, across the United States, annual drug arrests […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

Four healthy vacation ideas by Caroline Shannon-Karasik One of the best things about vacation time is many of our everyday routines go out the window. There are no meetings to attend or rush hour to tackle; breakfast becomes brunch and reading a book while intermittently napping is the norm. But, while time away from home […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Summary execution for a tax evader by Mark Luedtke There are two, and only two, ways one can obtain the property of another. The first is through voluntary means. You can either exchange something for the property, or the owner of the property can give it to you. The second is theft. If the theft […]

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Miss Maha and the City

Summertime in the city By Maha Kashani Photo: Explore the Oregon District during the Taste of all Things Oregon; photo: Josh Mayes; Summer is in full swing! After being hammered with arctic conditions this past winter, I trust everyone is making the most of this beautiful weather, including all the great opportunities to soak up the […]

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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ […]

The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove […]

Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the […]

HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, […]

News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]