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A rose by any other name

A lesson in branding and trademarking By A.J. Wagner Way back in 1998 the owners of this newspaper were contacted by lawyers for the Village Voice, a nationally circulated newspaper out of New York, asking them to cease and desist in the use of the name The Dayton Voice. That’s what the Dayton City Paper […]

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My name is Ronald McDonald and I approve this candidate

Corporations allowed to ‘invest’ in political candidates in an exercise of free speech By A.J. Wagner The soul purpose of a corporation is to make money for their shareholders. Corporations have no morality other than to make money. That is their heart and soul. Corporations do not donate to charity. They will exchange money for […]

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Is Facebook on its way to the Supreme Court’s agenda? By A.J. Wagner Judges tend to be older. One cannot become a judge in Ohio without six years under their belt as a lawyer and the electorate usually looks for someone with experience when casting their vote.   So a few gray hairs help a judicial […]

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Finders keepers?

You found a wallet, but is it yours? By A.J. Wagner A young man found a wallet beneath the bleachers at his high school. The wallet contained $500, about $200 worth of Japanese yen, the owner’s home address and some pictures of the owner. The young man shared his bounty with some other friends and […]

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Wrongful entrustment

How parents can get arrested when their child commits a crime By A.J. Wagner Scott Finfrock was a bad driver and his mother paid the price. Scott did not have a valid Ohio driver’s license but that didn’t stop him from driving. In 2009 he had a serious motorcycle accident while fleeing the police. Almost […]

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A moderate mediator

The role of mediation in the Dayton court system By A.J. Wagner You might call it “Judge Judy justice.” It is scheduled to happen every Wednesday at Dayton Municipal Court when Magistrate Barbara Doseck or Magistrate Colette Moorman hear the cases of Small Claims Court. These are the cases where one person sues another for […]

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The whine zone

Fighting for the right to make wine By A.J. Wagner According to Myrddin Winery’s website, “Wine is sexy! Wine is food! Wine is at the heart of many of our most meaningful experiences. Wine is a never-ending quest to harness nature within the confines of a (most often) 750 ml bottle.” Myrddin Winery, a small […]

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Intelligent creation?

The argument over evolution and creationism in public schools By A.J. Wagner For those who contend that the U.S. is a Christian nation, this paragraph, taken from the Treaty of Tripoli, is an obstacle of great consequence. “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian […]

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Three looks at sentencing

Taking emotion out of the courthouse By A.J. Wagner 1. Vengeance It was surprising for me to read an article in The New York Times at the end of last month in which Thane Rosenbaum, a law professor from Fordham University, argued that vengeance is a moral cause. That’s not something usually seen from a […]

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When a crime isn’t a crime

How does a person get indicted? By A.J. Wagner It was so kind of Rupert Murdoch to volunteer to serve as the example for this week’s article wherein we answer the question, “How does a person get indicted?” Short answer: It’s not easy. Even the most obvious crimes must go through a process filled with […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]