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Supersized kids

Ohio’s childhood obesity problem is worse than we thought By Caroline Shannon-Karasik When an individual is diagnosed with cancer, the response to heal is almost always instantaneous. Family members reach out to help. Doctors suggest treatment plans and offer advice for attacking the disease. And the Internet, schools of research and a multitude of books […]

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The Big Hat & Toy Show

Guided By Voices Classic-Era Lineup returns in classic form By Kyle Melton Upon disbanding the beloved Guided By Voices (GBV) in 2004, Robert Pollard proclaimed that he would never reform the band and that GBV were a thing of the past. After 20 years serving as both reclusive home recording enthusiasts, indie rock darlings, and […]

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NASA to Dayton: Over and out

The Space Shuttle Enterprise.

The real story about Dayton and NASA’s shuttle decision By Tim Walker Hello, NASA? This is Dayton. Do you copy? We deserve a space shuttle. We have a place for it. We’ve earned it, and we want it. Over. Of course, it’s been a familiar tale up to this point, and one with an all-too-common […]

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The gift of giving

Baked potatoes, brussel sprouts, stir fry chicken and a dinner roll is one of the meals that House of Bread guests enjoy.

DCP photographer Jessica Valle captures the essence of Miami Valley’s charitable organizations By Jessica Valle The holiday season is easily one of the most stressful times of the year for many people. Shopping, wrapping, eating, drinking … parties, office parties, hosted dinners … the list is long and endless. We at the Dayton City Paper […]

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Making art a possibility

Stivers 2011 Dance graduate Chadonn Cummings.

Stivers School for the Arts is crafting tomorrow’s creative minds By Caroline Shannon-Karasik The real world. It’s a reference point that adults use to define the life that follows high school graduation, the achievement of a college degree or that first step toward earning that very first paycheck. Sometimes it has a negative connotation. As […]

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It’s the most LOCAVORE time of the year…

A sign outside of Urban Handmade in Yellow Springs

DCP’s local holidays buying guide: Make your list, check it twice and avoid the mall like the friggin’ plague By Jennifer Hanauer Whether you are occupying Dayton or occupying a Christmas stocking, buying local for the holidays is the way to go.  Keeping your money in Dayton supports the local economy, makes neighbors out of […]

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No safety net

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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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 […]