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Your rights as a worker: Their rights as an employer By A.J. Wagner The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) requires employers to post, in a conspicuous place for employees to see, a notice of rights for workers. The notice tells workers the following: Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), you have the right to: • Organize […]

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The Arcade, I presume?: Do the feasibility study  By A.J. Wagner At the opening of the May 2 meeting called by Dayton Metro Library for public input into the library’s building plans, we were informed that discussion of the Arcade or any other option would be limited. After all, we were told the Arcade advocates were […]

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Hide and seek: Considering Fourth Amendment protections By A.J. Wagner The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath […]

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Who’s in charge here?: Democracy inaction  By A.J. Wagner It was an interesting day for democracy in Dayton and across the country last Wednesday, April 17. A day of decisions and non-decisions that tell a tale of democratic systems and how they work or not. In the United States Senate, by a vote of 54-45, a […]

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If at first you don’t succeed, stop: Taking litigation too far By A.J. Wagner Every once in a while, there appears before a court someone who can’t take “No” for an answer. Or, sometimes there are individuals who sue everyone for everything regardless of the lack of merit of their claim. These are called vexatious […]

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Spring. Finally: Time to review bicycle laws in Dayton  By A.J. Wagner It is time to pull the bike off the hooks in the garage, inflate the tires, check the chains, test the gears and the spokes and get out on the road. Last year, while I was riding leisurely down the street, a driver passed […]

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Should William Pace be on the ballot?: Oversight causes controversy By A. J. Wagner It is written plainly in the City of Dayton Charter Article II Section 7 (F): “Any person whose name has been submitted for candidacy by any such petition shall file his acceptance of such candidacy with the election authorities not later than […]

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Gideon v. Wainwright: Happy anniversary! By A.J. Wagner It was 50 years ago last week when the Supreme Court of the United States decided the landmark case of Gideon v. Wainwright. This was the case that decided that criminal defendants have a right to legal counsel. So, I contacted Montgomery County’s Public Defender, Rudy Wehner, to […]

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Picture this! And take that! By A.J. Wagner I have long advocated that the use of speed and red light cameras is unconstitutional as they are currently configured in Dayton. This past week, a court in Cincinnati agreed with my assessment when it issued a permanent order against the Village of Elmwood. What follows are […]

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Caveat emptor: The pros and cons of the housing market  By A.J. Wagner The last few years have been tough on realtors. After the recession hit in 2008, houses declined significantly in value. The foreclosure crisis flooded the market with low-priced abandoned homes. Now it’s spring, a time when many think about buying a home. What […]

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A love letter to the Dayton Voice & Dayton City Paper By A. J. Wagner Part of the reason I write for the Dayton City Paper is that I was always a fan of the courage and sacrifice it takes to run an independent paper and give it away for free. What follows is a […]

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Doggone it: Something smells  By A.J. Wagner What follows is taken directly from the unanimous decision of the United States Supreme Court in the case of Florida v. Harris, which is the topic of this week’s Debate Forum on pages 6-7. The Justices considered how a court should determine if the “alert” of a drug-detection […]

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The new Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness  By A.J. Wagner It started in New York State. After years of trying to deal with men and women addicted to drugs, Governor Nelson Rockefeller gave up. He was tired of the heroin users clogging the sidewalks, tired of the murder rate that was four […]

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Control yourself: The law can’t do it for you By A.J. Wagner When I was 12 years old, my dad got me a gun. He taught me how to shoot, clean and treat a gun in a safe and careful manner. I kept the gun on the back of a shelf in a closet in […]

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The Fourth Amendment from 10,000 feet: Things are looking down By A.J. Wagner “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place […]

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Just kidding: The hoax, the prank and the law  By A.J. Wagner Assume, for this column, that Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o was a victim. That Ronaiah Tuiasosopo stole the identity of Diane O’Meara and convinced Te’o that she was a woman named Lennay Kekua. That Te’o fell in love with this made-up creature and believed […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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

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

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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, […]