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On the Beat 1/26/16

National Park Service celebrates 100 years By Jim Bucher When national parks are mentioned what comes to mind? The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, or perhaps the Great Smokey Mountains?  But what about Dayton’s very own national park?  Yep, we do have one here—and it’s a dandy. But first, a little history lesson.   The first national […]

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On the Beat 1/19

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A day at the races By Jim Bucher I’ve never been a huge gambler. Sure, I’ve battled a few one-armed bandits in my time, but I always seem to leave with less than what I had when I arrived. So when Ohio voters okayed Casinos, or ‘Racinos’ if you will, the concept intrigued me. So, after a […]

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On The Beat 1/12/16

Y2K kid turns sweet 16 By Jim Bucher Time. For some it goes too quickly during vacation. For others it crawls along at a snails pace while in school or at the job. For me I wish to travel back to the ’90s … that’s the 1990s for you jokesters out there. Those were the […]

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On The Beat 1/5/16

Be resolute with your resolutions By Jim Bucher Christmas and New Year’s Day are in the record book. The fake tree is back in the box and my lighted elf is unplugged for another year. Now it’s time to look ahead to 2016 with new hopes and opportunities, plus all those resolutions you made to […]

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On The Beat 12/29/15

2016 Buch predictions By Jim Bucher Hello, I’m back. Yes, back with my predictions for 2016. This all started two years ago when my editor asked for my predictions of what could and might happen in Dayton and the Miami Valley for the New Year. Here’s a couple of my predictions from years past. Dayton […]

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How do you shop at Christmastime?

How do you shop at Christmastime? By Jim Bucher   ’Twas a few days before Christmas and all through our house, no presents were wrapped, I feel like a louse. To be honest, I procrastinate. I don’t know if it was being in the TV news business for so long and always hitting deadline or […]

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On The Beat 12/15/15

Does anyone talk on the telephone anymore? By Jim Bucher While chatting on the phone with my boss, confidant, soothsayer, guidance counselor, psychologist and all around great guy Dayton City Paper publisher Paul Noah, the subject came up of actually talking on the telephone. “No one does, but I prefer it,” says Noah. I’ll admit […]

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On The Beat 12/8/15

Buch’s 12 gifts of Christmas By Jim Bucher I just thought of what I would do with a Power Ball Jackpot. You know, for when it reaches hundreds of millions of dollars? I mean, somebody has to win it—why not me? Well, surely I’d keep a little to survive on and to put towards college […]

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On the Beat 12/1/15

’Twas the night before Christmas in the Bucher house By Jim Bucher “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” is a holiday classic. Even in 2015, it’s the tradition in many, many families to read the poem every Christmas season, especially Dec. 24. Clement Clarke Moore is the author of this poem, also called “A Visit from […]

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On The Beat 11/24

Light(s) up your holidays There’s nothing better to get my Christmas spirit burning bright than a couple of annual “Happy Holidays” lighting events. First, it’s the annual downtown tradition celebrated by generations, the Dayton Holiday Festival, kicking off with the Grande Illumination. For those living under a rock this Friday, it all kicks off with […]

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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

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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

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