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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

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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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On The Beat: 3/15/16

What’s cookin at the Dayton Home and Garden Show By Jim Bucher Any cooking show fans out there in Dayton City Paper land? If so we have a fun and tasty event coming up this weekend. First, have you heard of the television show Chopped on Food Network? In each episode, four chefs must take […]

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Broadway-bound Buch By Jim Bucher I just departed from the Victoria Theatre Association’s 2016-17 season announcement feeling excited and pumped on the lineup. But before the schedule is shared here, I thought I’d tell a few tales about season announcements from the past. My association with the Victoria Theatre dates back to the early ’90s. […]

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On The Beat 3/1/16

Memories of St. Patrick’s Day By Jim Bucher Years ago on St. Patrick’s Day here locally I’d be out on the town with a live TV camera in tow covering the festivities between 5 and 7a.m. on the Ch. 2 morning news show. I’ve sworn to write a book one day—the things that happened on and […]

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On The Beat 2/23/16

Death and taxes, taxes, taxes! By Jim Bucher When tax time is looming, Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote about death and taxes is often mentioned. His “Nothing is certain except death and taxes” quote is one of the most enduring quotations from the inventor, politician, writer and founding father. Me personally? Well, normally I receive a ‘refund,’ […]

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On The Beat 2/16/16

The bread and milk mystery By Jim Bucher People still to this day come up to me and say, “Hey Buch, loved when you worked at Channel 2 out in the snow and cold covering the event live on TV.” Hours on end, I and other reporter types would file our reports every 10 minutes […]

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On the Beat 2/9/16

And they’re off By Jim Bucher It’s official. The 2016 presidential race is in full swing. But wait—hasn’t it been underway since the day after President Obama’s second inauguration? Pretty much. Seems like we’ve been talking about it for years, but as of this writing, the Iowa Caucuses are wrapping up. It’s gonna be a long […]

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On the Beat 2/2/16

It’s Groundhog Day Rosie and the Groundhog Day tradition By Jim Bucher So, today (that is, Tuesday, Feb. 2) is a big day in the meteorology world. No, it’s not the launch date for a new high-tech weather satellite or some new atmospheric app, but by the time you read this, we will know for […]

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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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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]