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Speaking of Mac Miller

Criticism, In An Age When Criticism is Dead By Ben Dale Mac Miller is finding unlikely success as a white rapper in a hip-hop culture that normally excludes such anomalies.  Boosh. Though the idea is a rehash, there is something markedly different about Mr. Miller, a certain je ne sais quoi that distinguishes him from […]

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In Conversation with the Archdiocese

Most Reverend Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr Speaks By Tim Walker Women’s rights and the concept of a woman’s reproductive freedom — rights and freedoms that many take for granted at this point — have suddenly become hot-button issues in the 2012 Presidential election campaigns. Statements and misstatements by various candidates and political pundits on both […]

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The Tragic Case of Maria Lauterbach

Is This How We Treat Our Female Soldiers? By John Lasker Painfully, this is a question Mary Lauterbach of Vandalia has been asking since her daughter, US Marine Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach, was brutally murdered in December of 2007 by a fellow Marine she had accused of raping her. Maria’s story, no doubt, is well-known […]

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Pack A Bag And Go

The Curious Travels of Scott Ford By Annie Bowers “Ok, I have to know … did you fly to Dayton for free?” I asked Scott Ford, a world traveler, current media sensation and founder of the innovative new travel website packabagandgo.com. He replied confidently, “Yes …” and then added with a grin, “The hotel was […]

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Surviving St. Patrick’s Day

If you’ve ever hit the streets of Dayton during its annual Celtic Festival you know this city takes its Irish heritage and holidays seriously. And if you’ve ever taken a peek outside on March 17 — you know St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. The rich Irish culture typically bound inside local Irish hot spots […]

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Dayton’s First, First Four Festival

NCAA March Madness Kicks Off In Dayton By Maha Kashani It’s almost that time of year when it seems as though everyone comes down with a case of Spring’s most popular catching disease, caused by one of the world’s most-watched sporting events: March Madness Fever. Who would have ever thought that the cobblestone streets of […]

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Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz

Celebrating and Promoting Music Education By Khalid Moss Beavercreek, Ohio is a medium-sized mid-western town, incorporated in 1980, that boasts a population of more than 37 thousand hardworking folks. Like most cities, times are tough. Voters routinely reject school levies and additional budget cuts have already been announced as a way of preparing for the […]

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Bands to Watch

Sixteen Local Bands to Keep an Eye Out For By Kyle Melton, Tim Anderl and W.C. Ruffnel In any given year, the Dayton indie scene seems to be boiling over with young talent just waiting to be discovered by local audiences and those beyond the boundaries of the Gem City. As we move into another […]

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Esther Price Candies

The Gem City’s Cherished Chocolate Experts By Annie Bowers Oh, how sweet it is to walk into a locally owned company and realize exactly why they have become one of the top ten gift box chocolate companies in the country. From the moment I entered the Wayne Avenue Esther Price facility, I felt as though […]

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We Wear The Mask

The Short Life of Paul Laurence Dunbar By Tim Walker   “We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes, – This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties.” From “We Wear the Mask”, by Paul Laurence […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]