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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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40 things to know about Oktoberfest

DCP’s complete guide to DAI’s 40th Annual Oktoberfest By Kevin J. Gray This year marks the 40th Annual Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest. In honor of that tremendous milestone, Dayton City Paper presents you with 40 things to know about Oktoberfest. Consider it your comprehensive guide to DAI’s Oktoberfests, past and present. 1  Oktoberfest is an […]

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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or […]

Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a […]

The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event […]

Jingle ’Burg

Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on […]

Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too […]

News of the weird: 12/9

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – TMI Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 […]