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On The Beat: 7/12/16

Fire cracking me up By Jim Bucher I know, I know, by the time you’re reading this the 4th of July will have been over a week ago, but I’m writing my column on Independence Day eve. And the bombs are truly bursting in air. I feel like Francis Scott Key sitting in my garage […]

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On The Beat: 7/5/16

Um, go ask mommy By Jim Bucher   If you had or have kids, then this question I’m sure has come up. It did with me, but more on that in a bit. I recall in the not so distant past my own experiences wondering about the “birds and the bees” with my parents. It […]

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Local erotica writers keep the pages turning By Tim Walker Photo: NSFW Warning: The image above may be inappropriate for some readersTim Smith (top left) and Andrea Smith (bottom left) write novels that stimulate the brain; photos courtesy of the authors “The brain” may not be the first answer that comes to mind when people […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 7/5/16

Beware of sex robots By Mark Luedtke Ever since IBM’s Watson computer crushed the best Jeopardy players in history, every celebrity brain from physicist Stephen Hawking to plutocrat Elon Musk has warned about the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI). They fear AI will wipe out humans as in “Terminator.” Of course, right after Musk made […]

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Behind the bookcase

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Mark Martel’s ‘Dayton’s Children’ reinvents By Mark Luedtke Photo: Aeronautical engineer Maude Elsa Gardner (left) and chemist Thomas Midgley Jr. (right) from ‘Dayton’s Children’; photos: Mark Martel Few people know many of the technologies they use every day were invented in Dayton. Mark Martel wants to fix that. Martel published a history of the fascinating characters […]

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On the beat: 6/28/16

Light, camera, Jake Owen by Jim Bucher First of all, show of hands: how many of you experienced the Jake Owen concert at Fraze Friday night? Wow, lots of hands in the air. Know why? Jake sold out.  It was a beautiful Ohio evening, a little warm, but perfect for an outdoor concert. Plus, Owen […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 6/28/16

Governments and religions should be measured by peace by Mark Ludetke Governments should be measured by the extent to which they limit aggression and promote peace, not by their form. The more aggression and violence employed by a state, the worse it is. The more governments reject aggression and promote peace, the better. Taxes, regulations, […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 6/21/16

A target-rich environment for mass murderers and politicians Mark Leudtke Once again, we mourn the dead in the wake of spectacular government failure, this time in Orlando. But politicians don’t mourn. Like serial killers, politicians tend to be psychopaths. Even government’s Smithsonian Magazine admits, “… you don’t have to be an ax-wielding murderer to possess […]

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On The Beat: 6/21/16

Lion King the first time, the fourth time By Jim Bucher It’s funny, sitting in the beautiful Schuster Center about five minutes before curtain, soaking in the sights and sounds of families, grown-ups and little ones giddy with excitement over the number one musical in the world, Disney’s The Lion King. Count me in as […]

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On the Beat: 6/14/16

Drivers Ed: Enough to drive ’ya nuts By Jim Bucher The rigors of child-rearing. Every day seems like a range of emotions from furious, frustrated, disappointed, discouraged and, lastly, proud. Too bad there’s not more of the latter. My youngest is 16 and the owner of a temporary driver’s permit. If you’re not aware, “temps” means […]

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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

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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

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]