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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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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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On The Beat 11/17

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Yes, Jimmy. There is a Santa Claus. By Jim Bucher Photo: Doc Claus has played Santa in the Dayton area for 50 years   OK, we all know Santa is real, and for you naysayers out there, well, bah humbug. But I’ve always wondered how he can be in so many places at the same […]

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On the Beat 11/10/15

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Dayton video is music to my ears By Jim Bucher Photo: “Dayton Music Video” premieres Nov. 17 at Top of the Market   From idea to reality. This story is one I love to write about. You see, an idea sparked imagination, creativity, team work … and it promotes the city and region I and […]

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On The Beat 11/03/15

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Memories of the Dayton Peace Accords By Jim Bucher Where were you 20 years ago on Nov. 21? Many here in Dayton and the Miami Valley knew what was happening out at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, yet lots of folks did not. It was a monumental occasion for the warring factions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. […]

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On the Beat 10/27

Too much TV? By Jim Bucher I don’t know about you guys out there in Dayton City Paper readership land, but I love some good TV. No, I don’t let it rule me; rather, I rule it. In other words, “Not a couch potato am I.” What am I, Yoda? But there’s nothing like appointment […]

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Irish Homecoming

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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 […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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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 […]

The woes of legal weed

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

The graying of green

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

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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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, […]