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Performers in Traces.

Traces is the “new” kind of circus By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Ever tried to hula-hoop? You know those oversized plastic toy rings that are twirled around the waist, hips, neck … heck, whatever limb it can fit around? It was so popular in the 1950s that it resulted in the hula-hoop’s induction into the National Toy […]

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Mama Bombeck

Erma Bombeck

Before she made the world laugh, Erma Bombeck wrote, loved and mothered in Dayton. By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Matilda Wormwood, the 5-year-old main character in Roald Dahl’s “Matilda,” taught herself to read at the age 3 as a result of her unbound love for the written word. When Lucy Pevensie discovers a doorway to the magical […]

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When enough is enough

The exterior of Hammerjax, located at 111 E. Fourth Street in downtown Dayton.

The Dayton Police Department is making downtown safety a priority with their Bar Safe program By Tim Walker You’re in downtown Dayton. It’s after dark. And you’re safe. To reiterate, you are in no particular danger if you choose to go out in Dayton, Ohio after the sun goes down. You, the consumer — whether […]

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Through His Eyes

Nostalgia and social consciousness in “American Chronicles” by Norman Rockwell at DAI By Jud Yalkut Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) has to be one of the most notorious American artists and also one of the most often reviled. His ubiquitous 323 cover paintings for the Saturday Evening Post from 1916 through over 47 years brought his work […]

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Look out below

Dayton’s own Team American Chucker is lord of the gourd at national Punkin Chunkin competition By Mark Luedtke Medieval knights and battles are popular shows on the History Channel, and Renaissance festivals have become a modern American tradition — Americans love the romance of the medieval period. Many dream of donning armor, riding a fine […]

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If there’s something strange, in your neighborhood…

Local paranormal investigation group ParaVizionz locks down one of Ohio’s most haunted towns By J.T. Ryder Are you hearing things go “bump” in the night? A local paranormal investigations team called ParaVizionz might be able to provide an explanation. ParaVizionz is a self-described, high-level paranormal investigation and research team serving Ohio, Indiana and Northern Kentucky. […]

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The Dangerous Dames of Dayton

Suffragette City: The history of Dayton’s League of Women Voters By Jolene Pohl Some have said they were “a little un-ladylike” and there were riots in the streets of Washington, D.C. because of them. Despite the uproar, the purple and gold flags waved high with the women who called themselves suffragists. Imagine stepping up to […]

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Being the change

How two regular guys are changing the way Dayton works out By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Let’s get one thing straight: There’s nothing “drop-and-give-me-20” about this girl. In fact, as a long distance runner and hot yoga lover, I’m prone to exercise that is a bit more — shall we say, internal? So, when I was invited […]

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I’m Antioch. Yes, I’m the real Antioch.

How two institutions with historic ties (and the same name) still confuse the crap out of us… By Caroline Shannon-Karasik and Tim Walker   Antioch. What comes to mind when you hear that word? For some, it’s the Antioch Shrine Center in downtown Dayton on East First Street. For most, it’s the famed Antioch College […]

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Gearing up for the great outdoors

Last of summer festivals conclude with the most active of the season: Get in gear with the Buck Creek Bash and Gearfest Dayton By Emma Jarman With summer winding down and the inevitability of indoor activities trumping the great outdoors for the coming six months, it’s hard to come to terms with winter weight gain […]

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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 […]