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Advice goddess: 01/06

By Amy Alkon All of meh I’m a 30-something woman, and my best friend is a guy. We talk and text day and night, and I truly adore him. All our friends think we should be dating, but I don’t feel sexually attracted to him. I agree that we’d otherwise make a perfect couple. Can […]

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News of the weird: 01/06

By Chuck Shepherd Cliche come to life For her Advanced Placement World History class at Magnolia (Texas) West High School in December, Reagan Hardin constructed an elaborate diorama of a Middle Ages farm – which her dog ate on the night before it was due. Veterinarian Carl Southern performed the necessary scoping-out on Roscoe, extracting […]

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Ask Rocco: 01/06

A traveler’s workout By Rocco Castellano Photo: Frozen Butt Hang participants set up hammocks and tents above the forest floor Part of what I do as fitness expert and business coach is travel. That means I have to work out in different gyms, fitness facilities and sometimes in my hotel room. Usually I will book […]

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The Docket: 01/06

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove The following is a collection of real local police reports filed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day of various years. Can it After a physical argument with her boyfriend, a woman went next door to her son’s apartment to […]

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Ask Rocco: 12/30

New year … new you! By Rocco Castellano New Year, New You. That is the dumbest slogan I have ever seen. Every year, personal trainers, gym owners and supplement companies decide it’s the new year… so you should start thinking about being a new you. It’s literally the same thing every year. You make a […]

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News of the weird: 12/30

By Chuck Shepherd Perspective Although elephants, rhesus monkeys, cobras, cows and water buffalos are regarded as sacred by many of India’s Hindus, the animals most certainly do not live idyllic lives, according to a November BBC News dispatch. As “growing populations are swallowing up habitat,” the divine symbols are forced to the cities, where they […]

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Advice goddess: 12/30

By Amy Alkon You delete me I’m trying to get over my ex, but I’m constantly checking his Twitter and Facebook pages, and I get really upset. I’ll see pix of women or see that he’s gone to some event and wonder whether he met anyone there. It’s crazy-making, but I can’t seem to stop […]

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The Docket: 12/30

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Cracking the case (1) Numerous officers were called to an entrance ramp along U.S. Route 35 where a man was overdosing on heroin. Two citizens noticed the man passed out and attempted to get inside the vehicle, eventually busting out one […]

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The Docket: 12/23

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove The following is a collection of real police reports from Christmas past, filed on Christmas Day on various years right here in the Miami Valley. Roast his chestnuts At 8 p.m. on Christmas, undercover officers located a known male prostitute loitering […]

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Advice goddess: 12/23

By Amy Alkon Lawn and order How can I get the guy I’m dating to shave his neck beard? He shaves his face but not this thick scrubby hair he has all down and around his neck. Mercifully, the hair is relatively short; it isn’t Amish-length or otherwise truly beardy. But it really is not […]

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Ask Rocco: 12/23

Eat, drink and be f**king merry … please By Rocco Castellano The one thing I can’t stand during the holiday season is when the exercise, diet and nutrition Nazis come out of the woodwork like cockroaches at night to proclaim that you need to “be careful” during the holidays. I have to get it out […]

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News of the weird: 12/23

By Chuck Shepherd Language of love People advertising for love interests via online dating sites have apparently become picky about how they describe their sexuality. To the usuals (male, female, gay, heterosexual) have been added recently (as reported by NPR in December after surveying OkCupid.com) “asexual,” “androgynous,” “genderqueer” (evidently not the same as “gay”), “queer” […]

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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or professions in the U.K. may believe it difficult to reach “like-minded” suitors. Hence, Carla Valentine established Dead Meet earlier this year and told Vice.com in October that she has drawn 5,000 sign-ups among morticians, coroners, […]

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The Docket: 12/16

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: Orlando Bloom as Legolas in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A- That escalated quickly A 19-year-old female was asked by her boyfriend if he could borrow her car, to which she agreed. The boyfriend […]

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Conspiracy Theory 12/16/14

White victims matter too By Mark Luedtke On Jan. 18, 2014, a Fairfield, Ohio cop killed a young, unarmed man named Caleb Surface. Nobody protested. Nobody rioted. No media or political agitators flew to Fairfield to instigate trouble. Nobody cared because Surface was white, not black. That’s the norm. Fewer than one in four people […]

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Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a strategic planner in advertising), so I find it sad that she watches so much television – maybe two hours of it upon coming home from work. She could be spending her time doing so many […]

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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 […]