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Fraze: the second half By Jim Bucher Right around Major League Baseball’s All-Star break, I get to thinking how the summer has flown by. Next thing you know, it’ll be back-to-school sales. Oh wait, that’s already happening. Sorry, kids. Even though summer may be winding down, the season at Fraze Pavilion is just gearing up […]

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The manufactured illegal immigration crisis By Mark Luedtke After Barack Obama was elected, his then-Chief of Staff, now-Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, stated, “You never want to let a serious crisis go to waste.” But rulers need not wait for a serious crisis when they can manufacture one. Most Americans correctly identified President Obama and his […]

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Beware the sucker economy By Mark Luedtke Yahoo trumpeted, “The Dow Jones industrial average is trading above 17,000 for the first time after the U.S. government reported a big gain in hiring last month.”  The stock market keeps rising forever with nary a glitch. To bulls, the unprecedented, positive run since the 2008 crash shows […]

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A visit from a dear friend puts life in perspective By Jim Bucher Sometimes it takes a different perspective and outlook to truly make you appreciate your city, and life in general. This happened to me just recently, when a dear friend paid a visit to the Gem City. Mark Viviano worked as a colleague […]

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The town you’ve never heard of By Jim Bucher Well, if you haven’t guessed it, I’m a local history buff. Years ago, covering people, places and things around the Miami Valley on local TV, I stumbled upon a story of a small town that is long gone, but which had a fascinating history; one that […]

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Congratulations, it’s a parking garage By Mark Luedtke Photo: Construction begins at the intersection of Patterson Boulevard and the Great Miami River I bet if you were free to build anything you want on a prime piece of Dayton real estate – say, the intersection of Patterson Boulevard and the Great Miami River – you would […]

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Schizophrenic Middle East policy By Mark Luedtke Iraq as we knew it is gone. In a modern blitzkrieg, fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also called ISIL), allied with Sunni militias and carved the Sunni Triangle out of Iraq. Formerly called al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) – the main enemy U.S. […]

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We have lost a gentle soul By Jim Bucher James Oliver Bozdech passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014, after a brief illness. Who was Jim “Boz” Bozdech? For those who knew him, this article will not do the man justice; but for those who didn’t know this wonderful human being, here’s a bit on […]

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America has gone to the police dogs By Mark Luedtke The topic of dangerous dogs has been in the news quite a bit lately, but the news rarely covers the most dangerous dogs of all: police dogs. The German shepherd was a ubiquitous symbol of the Nazi police state, so much so German shepherds were […]

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Pet Adoption 101 By Jim Bucher As a long-time pet owner, currently with a dog, two cats and two kids, I can sort of speak from experience on adopting pets. But instead, I’m turning this column over to an expert. Meet Jessica Garringer, the Marketing and Development Project Manager for the Humane Society of Greater […]

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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]