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On the beat: 08/18

Please tip your waitstaff By Jim Bucher   This is a subject I’ve wanted to write about for quite some time: Tipping. Many tip generously, some tip little; others leave absolute zilch. I was always taught to leave a tip based on great service from a waiter or waitress. But why do some tip and others […]

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On the beat: 08/11

Socializing in a social media world By Jim Bucher   PUT THE PHONE AWAY! How many times have you uttered that phrase? Whether it’s your kids, grandkids or maybe even your spouse, we are addicted to electronic devices. I always joke that our future leaders of tomorrow will text across the table to hash out […]

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On the beat: 08/04


Memories of ‘The Godfather’ Dale Huffman By Jim Bucher Photo: Dale Huffman, Bob “Scoop” Phillips and Jim Bucher; photo: Skip Peterson I lost a dear friend recently. The community lost a local legend. You knew him as Dale Huffman, writer for the Dayton Daily News, covering just about anything and everything going on in his […]

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On the beat: 07/28


Comedian Jimmy Pardo: Never not funny By Jim Bucher Photo: Comedian Jimmy Pardo will perform July 25at Wiley’s Comedy Club In life, I’ve noticed there’s a handful of people you meet that make an impression on you. They can be friends, acquaintances or someone who you don’t talk to for a while, but when you […]

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On the beat: 07/21

Rocker Bryan Adams gets ‘Reckless’ at Fraze By Jim Bucher   I didn’t realize it, but rocker Bryan Adams and yours truly have lots in common: He’s a wonderful singer; I can sing in the shower. He’s performed with big name musicians; I’ve listened to many of those stars. OK, he’s a guy, I’m a […]

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On the beat: 07/14

Mindi Abair: not your father’s jazz band By Jim Bucher   I hope you checked out my column last week on jazz musician Brian Culbertson coming to Fraze this Thursday night. He would be reason enough to spend an awesome night at the outdoor venue, but when teamed with saxophonist extraordinaire Mindi Abair well, then […]

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On the beat: 07/07

Brian Culbertson jazzes up Fraze By Jim Bucher   Culbertson and Abair… sounds like a law firm right? But what I’m actually talking about is jazz. I’m talking about pianist Brian Culbertson and saxophonist Mindi Abair’s performance at Fraze Pavilion Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. “I love the Fraze,” Culbertson says. And he’s played […]

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On the beat: 06/30

Parallel parking could be kaput By Jim Bucher This is the biggest news since the return of the Twinkie. OK, maybe it’s not that big of a deal, but it’s pretty darn close. This affects all of us who have a child at or near the driving age. The dreaded parallel parking portion of the […]

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On the beat: 06/23

My luck without women By Jim Bucher So, my assignment this week is answering a question: In all your years on the beat as Dayton’s TV guy, have you been approached by women who were more than a bit romantically interested? Well, that’s a bit personal isn’t it? And, certainly, if something did happen, I would […]

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On the beat: 06/16

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Some weird moments with Weird Al By Jim Bucher Photo: Weird Al Yankovic will perform Sunday at Fraze Pavilion A few weeks ago, I was perusing the TV dial — wait who says “dial” anymore? OK, I was scanning the 350 satellite channels and ended up watching the umpteenth version of the Odd Couple 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


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 […]