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Dayton's Children

Mark Martel’s ‘Dayton’s Children’ reinvents By Mark Luedtke Photo: Aeronautical engineer Maude Elsa Gardner (left) and chemist Thomas Midgley Jr. (right) from ‘Dayton’s Children’; photos: Mark Martel Few people know many of the technologies they use every day were invented in Dayton. Mark Martel wants to fix that. Martel published a history of the fascinating characters […]

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On the beat: 6/28/16

Light, camera, Jake Owen by Jim Bucher First of all, show of hands: how many of you experienced the Jake Owen concert at Fraze Friday night? Wow, lots of hands in the air. Know why? Jake sold out.  It was a beautiful Ohio evening, a little warm, but perfect for an outdoor concert. Plus, Owen […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 6/28/16

Governments and religions should be measured by peace by Mark Ludetke Governments should be measured by the extent to which they limit aggression and promote peace, not by their form. The more aggression and violence employed by a state, the worse it is. The more governments reject aggression and promote peace, the better. Taxes, regulations, […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 6/21/16

A target-rich environment for mass murderers and politicians Mark Leudtke Once again, we mourn the dead in the wake of spectacular government failure, this time in Orlando. But politicians don’t mourn. Like serial killers, politicians tend to be psychopaths. Even government’s Smithsonian Magazine admits, “… you don’t have to be an ax-wielding murderer to possess […]

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On The Beat: 6/21/16

Lion King the first time, the fourth time By Jim Bucher It’s funny, sitting in the beautiful Schuster Center about five minutes before curtain, soaking in the sights and sounds of families, grown-ups and little ones giddy with excitement over the number one musical in the world, Disney’s The Lion King. Count me in as […]

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On the Beat: 6/14/16

Drivers Ed: Enough to drive ’ya nuts By Jim Bucher The rigors of child-rearing. Every day seems like a range of emotions from furious, frustrated, disappointed, discouraged and, lastly, proud. Too bad there’s not more of the latter. My youngest is 16 and the owner of a temporary driver’s permit. If you’re not aware, “temps” means […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 6/14

Same old story Mark Luedtke Dayton’s rulers have been saying the same prevarications about improving Dayton’s economy for 60 years while the city continually declines. They refuse to acknowledge crony socialism doesn’t work. It doesn’t work because it can’t work, but it makes them rich and powerful. You can’t steal money from productive people, waste […]

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The Docket

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Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim by Amanda Dee Summer fling The complainant was working in the cooler section at a convenience store when a “white male peaked [sic] her interest,” according to the report. She started “watching the male go up and down the isles [sic].” Then, “she observed him take a drink from the […]

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The Docket:6/7/16

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Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Amanda Dee Not morning people When a man walked outside his home, he saw the suspect on his property with his coffee cup. He asked the suspect what he was doing, and the suspect told him he was thirsty. The man didn’t like that response too much and responded, […]

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On the Beat: 6/7/16

Thinking Summer? Then think Summerfest By Jim Bucher By now, hopefully, you know one of our world-class venues here in the Miami Valley is celebrating its 25th anniversary. I’m talking, of course, about Fraze Pavilion. I can remember working at Channel 2 back in the day, covering the groundbreaking on a patch of land in […]

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Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]

Vitality Check: 6/14/16

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The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that […]

Spring into comics

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Comic culture in Yellow Springs By Josher Lumpkin The village of Yellow Springs is a quaint college town that manages […]