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Pet owners speak By Jim Bucher   Photo:  The beloved Bucher family French bulldog “Ella” Being a seasoned print journalist writing for the Dayton City Paper (does a dozen or so columns make me seasoned?), I’m still learning a thing or two – which is, you can teach old dogs new tricks. How ironic is […]

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Those 19 firefighters didn’t need to die by Mark Luedtke Every year, wildfires burn an outrageous amount of territory. Homes and property are consumed by fires. Forests are wiped out. Millions of animals are killed. These fires are perennial personal, economic and environmental disasters on a massive scale. It doesn’t have to be that way. […]

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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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Parasites destroy local businesses By: Mark Luedtke Downtown bar J Alans is out of business. I spent a lot of time in that bar with owners Phil, Carla, Jeff and Junior – all of whom I like a lot – as well as the bartenders and regulars. J Alans was the cultural center for live music […]

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Caroline Shannon-Karasik’s Afterglo

Get fit at home Getting fit at home is nothing new. Hell, some of my favorite childhood memories include donning my fitness gear so I could join my mom for “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” with Richard Simmons or leg lifts with Jane Fonda. And you wondered how I got this way … (winky face) But […]

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Abandoned puppies by Mark Luedtke   Photo: [l to r] The author’s daschund and the two puppies left outside his house   On January 31 of this year, my girlfriend and I were forced to take care of two abandoned puppies. I took my dachshund out in the evening as usual, but as we walked onto […]

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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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What does the Dayton City Commission have to do with right to work? By: Mark Luedtke Right-to-work laws are determined at the state level, not the local level, so it might seem like the Dayton City Commission wasted a bunch of taxpayers’ money a couple of weeks ago when they passed a resolution unanimously opposing any right-to-work […]

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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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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]