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The cost of living By: Jim Bucher As I stand here fueling up my car – or should I say battleship (at press time, gas is hovering around $3.49 a gallon) – so I can drive to the nearest fast food chain and pick up a $6 value meal, it got me to thinking. What […]

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Buch’s wild kingdom By Jim Bucher Photo: The Bucher family pet: Chinny the chinchilla We’ve had pets as far back as I remember – my parents loved Boston terriers. They had two: one before I was born named Tuffy, then during my early life, Tuffy II was a part of the Bucher household. My father […]

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Back on the beat with Ashley Martin By: Jim Bucher During my career at a certain TV station in town, my duties morphed into a bunch of things. One of those things was to profile “up and comers.” So, now it’s cool here in the Dayton City Paper to continue to highlight what’s great in […]

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The Bob Barker of Dayton radio By Jim Bucher Photo: Rick LaBeau handling the hosting duties for the weekly  broadcast of Mix 107.7’s Saturday Night Mix; photo credit: Rick LaBeau If Rick LaBeau were on a baseball team, he’d be called a utility player. You know, a guy that can pinch hit, run bases and play almost […]

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Some good out of the bad By Jim Bucher Photo: 2013 recipient of the Wahid Abdullah Memorial Fund Scholarship, Da’Montae Quincy, with Jim Bucher It happens way too often. We hear about it almost daily, someone’s life taken by the hands of another. This happened 20 years ago. It was summer 1993: a promising young high […]

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Is it time to just be happy and gay? By Jim Bucher As a follow-up to last week’s Dayton City Paper, Pride Edition, it got me thinking of how things have changed but continue to, sorta, be the same. I can remember when (yes, I was living back then) the west side of Dayton was […]

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One-woman cheerleading squad for Dayton By Jim Bucher Come on, I know you hear it all the time from young and old, “I can’t wait to get out of Dayton, nothing to do here, no jobs, no opportunities, etc. etc.” Very rarely do you hear, ”Hey guess what, I’m moving my wife, kids and the […]

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Summertime film fun By Jim Bucher With the theatre season winding down at the Victoria and Schuster Center, it’s now time to heat things up for the summer with some cool films back up on the big screen where they belong. Yes, the Cool Films Series is back at the Victoria with some of Hollywood’s […]

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May days By Jim Bucher You all know the saying “April showers bring May flowers,” right? But is it true? Well, I think those are flowers, but I can’t see them through the weeds. So, what other “things” happen for the rest of May? Glad I asked. Well, some of these May days you’ll have […]

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There goes the neighborhood(s)  By Jim Bucher As a born and raised Daytonian living in the same house my grandfather raised my dad, aunt and uncle, then me and my brother, now I’m doing the same with my kids. I’m pretty knowledgeable on the subject of, “What in the heck happened to our once proud […]

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News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]

High expectations

Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest returns to Troy By Melissa Markham Photo: The Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Festival […]

Troy, unplugged

Fall Farm Festival at Lost Creek Reserve By Tammy Newsom Photo: Visitors take a wagon ride down Scarecrow Lane at […]

Law & Disorder: Blowing up our democracy

Lawmaking for sale By AJ Wagner Last week, I noted how Republicans won’t be formally approving President Barack Obama’s war […]

The bold and the beardless

A clean-shaven Matisyahu at Bogart’s By Alan Sculley Photo: Matisyahu will perform on Sept. 26 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati Aside […]

Advice goddess

By Amy Alkon   Doody-bound You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and […]