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Beware the sucker economy By Mark Luedtke Yahoo trumpeted, “The Dow Jones industrial average is trading above 17,000 for the first time after the U.S. government reported a big gain in hiring last month.”  The stock market keeps rising forever with nary a glitch. To bulls, the unprecedented, positive run since the 2008 crash shows […]

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A visit from a dear friend puts life in perspective By Jim Bucher Sometimes it takes a different perspective and outlook to truly make you appreciate your city, and life in general. This happened to me just recently, when a dear friend paid a visit to the Gem City. Mark Viviano worked as a colleague […]

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The town you’ve never heard of By Jim Bucher Well, if you haven’t guessed it, I’m a local history buff. Years ago, covering people, places and things around the Miami Valley on local TV, I stumbled upon a story of a small town that is long gone, but which had a fascinating history; one that […]

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Congratulations, it’s a parking garage By Mark Luedtke Photo: Construction begins at the intersection of Patterson Boulevard and the Great Miami River I bet if you were free to build anything you want on a prime piece of Dayton real estate – say, the intersection of Patterson Boulevard and the Great Miami River – you would […]

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Schizophrenic Middle East policy By Mark Luedtke Iraq as we knew it is gone. In a modern blitzkrieg, fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also called ISIL), allied with Sunni militias and carved the Sunni Triangle out of Iraq. Formerly called al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) – the main enemy U.S. […]

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We have lost a gentle soul By Jim Bucher James Oliver Bozdech passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014, after a brief illness. Who was Jim “Boz” Bozdech? For those who knew him, this article will not do the man justice; but for those who didn’t know this wonderful human being, here’s a bit on […]

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America has gone to the police dogs By Mark Luedtke The topic of dangerous dogs has been in the news quite a bit lately, but the news rarely covers the most dangerous dogs of all: police dogs. The German shepherd was a ubiquitous symbol of the Nazi police state, so much so German shepherds were […]

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Pet Adoption 101 By Jim Bucher As a long-time pet owner, currently with a dog, two cats and two kids, I can sort of speak from experience on adopting pets. But instead, I’m turning this column over to an expert. Meet Jessica Garringer, the Marketing and Development Project Manager for the Humane Society of Greater […]

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High gas prices give me gas! By Jim Bucher OK, time for my ongoing rant against the oil companies and high gas prices. But first, a couple of observations: How come gas goes up 30 cents in two minutes, but drops a couple of cents every week? By the time it gets to something I […]

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‘Black Mayors, White Majorities’

Author includes former Dayton mayor  Rhine McLin in new book By Leo DeLuca Photo: Author Ravi K. Perri with his new book, “Black Mayors, White Majorities”; photo: The Blade/Dave Zapotosky Former Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin is a central subject in “Black Mayors, White Majorities,” a new book by Ohio native Ravi Perry (Ph.D, Brown University, 2009). […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]