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The Myth of Marriage

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A Young Woman’s View on 21st Century Marriage By Emily Kaiser Marriage, in my opinion, and I think in many others as well, is not what it used to be. My generation is constantly bombarded with divorce. More of my friends’ parents are divorced than together, and that includes my own. When I think about […]

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Folkin’ Around

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Cityfolk offers multicultural fun for everyone By Tim Anderl Music and dance are pleasing and peculiar parts of the human experience.  As such, both have long been used as tools for establishing commonality between people.  In fact, poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.”  He understood that […]

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The Party’s Over

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The Push to Remove Party Influence from Ohio’s Voting Districts By Tim Walker Our government. One that is “of the people, by the people and for the people.” This is a powerful idea, first articulated to us by Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address in 1863, and it’s a concept that is unfortunately almost universally […]

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Playing the Odds

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Area Internet Sweepstakes Cafes: Legal or Not? By Mark Luedtke The sign on the sidewalk outside of Roy Smith’s Internet sweepstakes cafe in Middletown says win a TV. The sign on the window advertises Las Vegas-style games and cash prizes. The inside looks similar to a college computer lab, but friendlier. Computer monitors line tables. […]

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Water Water Everywhere

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Which Drop to Drink? by Mark Luedtke Miami Valley Water Resources Next to air, water is the most important substance necessary for human life. Fortunately for the residents of the Miami Valley, nature provides them some of the best natural water resources in the world. Not only is the region blessed with wonderful rivers and […]

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Living Dead People

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Zombie Walk Originators Reveal Their Plan Photos By Kristen McFarland “Zombies are the liberal nightmare. Here you have the masses, whom you would love to love, appearing at your front door with their faces falling off; and you’re trying to be as humane as you possibly can, but they are, after all, eating the cat. […]

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Why Wilbur Mattered

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The Indispensables Two Wrights made the airplane. But they were driven by Wil. Remembering the death of Wilbur Wright, 100 years ago this week. Story and art by Mark Martel At rare intervals a few truly indispensable individuals take us where no one had gone before. A century back in Dayton it was Kettering, Patterson, […]

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For The Love Of Wine

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Twenty Years of Drinking for a Good Cause By Natasha Habib Once a year, Fleurs et Vin brings wine from all over the world to Dayton, Ohio. As approximately 1,000 attendees sample more than 300 different wines and food from 25 local restaurants, they help support local charities. On Fleurs et Vin’s 20th anniversary, drink […]

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In The Running

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What to Expect from AJ Wagner By Annie Bowers Who is AJ Wagner? He’s a businessman, a writer, a retired judge, an educator, a husband and father, a community activist … and a man with a plan. He believes in Dayton: the neighborhoods, arts and entertainment, educational opportunities, entrepreneurism and most importantly, the potential for […]

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Twenty Something and Way Ahead of the Curve

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Talking with Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Concertmaster Jessica Hung By Joe Aiello You’re in your early twenties looking for a job. You know the drill: apply for listed openings, or maybe just cold turkey, submit a resume or complete an application. If you get an interview, do your best to impress. Then wait to see if […]

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Ready, Aim, Buyer?

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One Woman’s Journey into Gun Ownership By Emily Kaiser Magazine, frame and hammer. Sure, no problem. I knew what all those were. A magazine was something I flipped through on a lazy Saturday afternoon, filled with glossy pages of beautiful models showcasing new designer collections. A frame was something I hung on my walls, with […]

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Prolific Jazz Renaissance Man

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Wynton Marsalis with The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at the Schuster By Khalid Moss Return with me, young readers, to the hippy-dippy ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s when cell phones, I-Pads or Twitter accounts did not exist. In other words, when jazz was king. In Dayton, back then, you could visit four or five jazz clubs […]

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Speaking of Mac Miller

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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

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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

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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

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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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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]