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Origins of Christmas songs By Jim Bucher I assume (when you do that though, you make an ASS out of U and ME.) you’ve all heard a Christmas carol – or three – by this time of year. On local radio stations, satellite radio or maybe even on your own playlist … But have you […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Downtown Dayton housing insanity By Mark Luedtke With apologies to The Who: Meet the new housing bubble. It’s the same as the old housing bubble, but worse. In September, 2013, the most expensive home in Manhattan cost $130 million. By May, 2014, somebody paid $147 million for a New York mansion. Similar bubbles are expanding […]

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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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On the beat

World exclusive: Santa speaks to the DCP By Jim Bucher So what do I have to lose? I logged on to northpole.com and found the “contact us” section. I did just that. To whom it may concern: Hello, my name is Jim Bucher and I’m sure you guys are super busy right now, but is […]

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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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Conspiracy Theorist

Frigid, inside and out By Mark Luedtke Global warming frauds aren’t like us. They pretend they’re compassionate while skeptics are cold-hearted, but the opposite is true. WhatsUpWithThat.com quoted one fraud, the late Stephen Schneider, pretending compassion motivates scientists to lie about global warming. “‘On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the […]

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The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 13; photo: Miamisburg Parks and Recreation What’s in a name? An officer pulled over a vehicle for having a cracked windshield. The driver of the car had […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]