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On the Beat: 5/24/16


Fraze on Fraze By Jim Bucher I had a wonderful conversation with Ermal and Martha Fraze’s son, Mark, from his home in Arizona. His pops, of course, owner of Dayton Reliable Tool Co., invented the pop top can, which made it super easy for beer lovers round-the-world to enjoy a cold one sans a can […]

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On the Beat: 5/17/16


My dad, my hero By Jim Bucher Ever notice life is full of “would have, could have, should have?” You know, wish I “would have” done this or “could have” or “should have” done that. Well, this particular writing is about my dad James G. Bucher, who we lost in 1997. He was a WWII […]

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On the Beat: 5/10/16


Local Browns backers brainstorm a motivational movement By Jim Bucher Cleveland Browns fans are a hearty bunch. No matter what happens on the field, which hasn’t been too positive for a long while, they support their team. Fair weather fans are few and far between. Laney Baldwin is case in point. The Dayton area resident […]

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On the Beat: 5/3/16

Where were you when? By Jim Bucher Do you ever relive memories? You know, certain things good and bad, which are seared in your brain and clear as day? For me it was when President Reagan was shot. We were in Sarasota, Florida, on a family trip. My dad refused to turn the TV on, […]

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On the Beat: 4/26/16


The ‘behind the scenes boys’ By Jim Bucher OK, you’re seeing a show at the Victoria or Schuster and it’s a masterpiece of sound and light, absolutely wonderful, perfection. It’s so engrossing you forget sometimes it’s just a show. That means the folks behind the scenes are doing their jobs flawlessly. There are two longtime […]

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On the Beat: 4/19/16

Alcohol versus pot: the debate continues By Jim Bucher During a recent conversation with my boss/publisher Paul Noah on the alcohol versus marijuana debate, he asked, “Why do fights break out at Metallica concerts where copious amounts of alcohol are consumed and at a Phish concert, more the cannabis crowd, many babies are born nine […]

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On the Beat: 4/12/16

Thoughts and things By Jim Bucher Let it blow While writing this column for all my Dayton City Paper Bucher fans, March left like a lion, nowhere near a lamb. And April showers I can deal with, but winter’s icy grip just doesn’t seem to let go. It’s Saturday April 2, and I’m in a national discount […]

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On the Beat: 4/5/16

Am I going through the “change”? By Jim Bucher As we get older, the levels of our sex hormones decline. In women, this leads to menopause. But do men go through a male equivalent as their testosterone drops? I’m a red blooded American male in the midst of middle age—is this something I’m going to […]

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On the Beat: 3/29/16

Lights, camera, Dayton! By Jim Bucher Are you like me? When out-of-town family and friends visit, I show off my city. I always plan a trip to Carillon Park, hit a brew pub, the Air Force Museum of course, and then a visit to the many wonderful Five Rivers MetroParks. Well, if you love to […]

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On the Beat: 3/22/16

What time is it? By Jim Bucher Don’t know about you, but this whole time change deal a week or so ago is still messing with me. I know, I know, you’re saying, “Oh come on, you just lost an hour of sleep is all.” Right, but when you think about it, instead of eating lunch […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23


For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16


For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]