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The ninja master next door

How Stephen Hayes discovered the secret art of the ninja and brought it back to Dayton By Mark Luedtke Photo: Stephen K. Hayes of Quest Center for Martial Arts in Centerville To  Japan It all began with a book. When Stephen Hayes was a student at Kettering Fairmont High School, a friend gave him a […]

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Top Secret

Troy’s Mission Impossible: Mumford & Sons By Matt Bayman Photo: Mumford & Sons bring their “Gentlemen of the Road Stopover” tour to Troy Aug. 30-31, closing out the event on Saturday night  Forbidden words in public. Phone calls made behind closed doors. Secret meeting locations and hidden agendas. This may sound like a plot from a […]

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Frame by Frame

Gem City Comic Con expands to Nutter Center By Kate E Lore Photo: Cosplayers Phoenix Kasai (Rogue) and Nataniel Grauwelman (Gambit); photo credit: Scott D. M. Simmons My overeager feet nearly trip themselves. The parking lot at the Nutter Center feels like a vast ocean and I am anxious to reach the horizon. Charging forward, the […]

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I think this should happen

The Arcade: Dayton’s public library By J. Todd Anderson Photo: A view from a window on the upper floor of the Arcade; photo credit: Nancy Roach Editor’s Note: For over two decades, the Arcade has stood vacant at the heart of downtown Dayton. Once serving as a vibrant commercial and social hub of the region, its […]

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Setting the standard

Schuster Center celebrates 10 years of inspiration and innovation By Emma Jarman Photo: Marian and Dr. Benjamin Schuster signing the girders of the Schuster Performing Arts Center in 2003; photo credit: Andy Snow Dayton’s Schuster Performing Arts Center does more than just make Dayton home for artfully-minded residents; for many, it is home. The Dayton Philharmonic […]

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Recreating pioneer gold

Indian Creek Distillery: oldest stills in America By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Joe Duer [pictured] and his wife, Missy, produce Staley Rye Whiskey using the recipe and techniques of their forefathers; Photo credit: Tyler Lukacs Indian Creek Distillery at Staley Mill Farm, located north of Dayton in New Carlisle, is an anachronism. Grasp the iron latch […]

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The illustrated adventures of Mr. Ted Rall

A conversation with the man behind the panels By Zach Rogers Photo credit: Paul Noah Illustrations: Ted Rall In a way, boredom is the best muse for a creative individual, and sometimes it can do wonders for both your drive and passion. Just ask Ted Rall, a native of Kettering who broke free from the […]

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Coming for to carry me home

The regional impact of The Emancipation Proclamation and The Underground Railroad By Leo DeLuca Photo: Abraham Lincoln [third from left] at the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet; photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Less than four years after campaigning for the United States Presidency on Dayton’s Old Courthouse steps, Abraham Lincoln issued […]

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The way we love

Dating in the digital era By Stacey Ritz photo: Kelly and Rob Fisher met online and are now married; photo credit: Stacey Ritz “I was in an online relationship for about three years and then just like that, it was over.” Keith Rowman explained while thumbing through his text messages. “I thought I had found my […]

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Altered Realities

The many visual worlds of Jud Yalkut By Shayna McConville Photo credit: Tyler Lukacs “I wanted to be a cartoonist or a scientist,” Jud Yalkut prophesized in his youth. Now, over half a century later, Yalkut is living his dream. It does not, however, involve a science laboratory or the animation studios of Disney. Yalkut […]

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News of the weird: 03/03

By Chuck Shepherd The Unhoneymoon A Saratoga Springs, New York, resort has begun accepting totally defeated husbands and wives for […]

The Docket: 03/03

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Plausible deniability Officers responded to a nuisance call. […]

Advice Goddess: 3/3

By Amy Alkon The Wicked Witch of the Westin There’s a girl who works at the hotel where my co-workers […]

Chew on this: 03/03

Eating has a mind of its own By Jayne Powers How food and eating manifest themselves in our lives and […]

Homegrown harmonies

National Sing-Off Live Tour in Troy By Tara Pettit Photo: Street Corner Symphony will perform at Hobart Arena as part of The […]

Chew on this: 2/24

Be your own nutrition sleuth By Jayne Powers Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity You may have read the […]