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How it’s really done

Idle Hour Ranch sets the exotic animal standard By Emma Jarman Photo: Sam the Giraffe playing around If you get off Interstate 75 at exit 73, just three miles west of Troy, Ohio, you might see a few things. There’s a lot of open space, a few trees, wooden farmhouses, barns and silos dotting the skyline; […]

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American Craft Beer Week!

Dayton Big Blues & Brews returns By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Volunteers with the Doug Epple Foundation pour craft beer samples at the 2012 Big Brews and Blues Friday, May 17 marks the official start of the outdoor beer festival season with the fourth annual Big Brews and Blues. This event raises money for Diabetes Dayton, […]

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Coming into its own

The Renaissance of the Oregon District By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: A view of the Oregon District businesses at night along Fifth Street; photo credit: Andrew Thompson Amongst the 20,000 residents, 40,000 students, 42,000 employees and 7 million visitors in the Greater Downtown Dayton area, you want to find the one seat that was meant just […]

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Bringing Back the Witch’s Broom

The “Yellow Brick Road Map” to the Dayton Arcade Library  ARCADE LIBRARY COVER STORY: PART A By Paul Noah Publisher, Dayton City Paper Just after the $187 million library levy passed, Hollywood storyboard artist and long-time friend J. Todd Anderson met with me in early December 2012 and insisted I permit him to proceed and […]

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I’ll Be Your Mirror

The Dayton Visual Arts Center’s Annual Art Auction By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Richard Mantia, Bridge to Maussane, 2012, acrylic on canvas  Every April, Daytonians celebrate the city’s most talented artists in one of the most fun events of the season. Several hundred artists, collectors and art enthusiasts mingle over food, drink and artwork in downtown […]

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Dayton – The Brain Drain

And what UpDayton is doing about it By Zach Rogers Photo: Dayton’s young creatives at the 2012 UpDayton Summit. The brain drain. Sounds awful, right? Well, it is and it’s a crisis that’s been affecting the Dayton region for far too long. It’s time to put a stop this menace, and with the creation of UpDayton […]

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The new home of aviation on film

The First Annual Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: The new two-projector system at the Air Force Museum Theater offers crisp 4K images The best film festivals offer attendees an experience beyond merely paying to watch a film on a big screen in a packed house. Films can transport us to other […]

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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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News of the weird: 06/30

By Chuck Shepherd   What Cannibals Can Teach Us Researchers studying the human-brain-eating Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea reported […]

Advice Goddess: 6/30

By Amy Alkon   Owe, Baby, Baby My girlfriend always cries that she’s “broke.” I just ended up buying her […]

The Docket: 06/30

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   Man sorry for accidentally lurking nude At 6:30 […]

Chew on this: 06/30

Back-of-the-envelope nutrition By Jayne Powers   From picking quality carbohydrates to protein powders and dietary supplements, there are scores of […]

Advice Goddess: 6/23

By Amy Alkon Rise And Spine My fiancé is good friends with his ex-girlfriend from college. (We’re all in our […]

30 feet of Abe

Lincoln’s legacy lives on in Troy By John Hamilton Photo: A monumental “Modern Man” discusses the Gettysburg Address with a […]