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News of the Weird, 4/19/11

By Chuck Shepherd Laney Wallace, 16, won the beauty contest at the 53rd Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas, in March and the next day fulfilled the first duty of her reign: to behead and skin a western diamondback. “You have to make sure you don’t pop the bladder,” the 2011 Miss Snake Charmer said shortly […]

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Legal aid?

Options for free legal help (when you’re not a criminal) By Isabel Suarez Concurring: Tim Carlin My husband left me (and our two children) four months ago. I have been a homemaker for the last 12 years of our marriage. He has not provided us with any support, nor has he paid the mortgage or […]

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Advice Goddess 4/19/11

Nodding Off Hill I’ve been married for 10 years. I’m 43, well-educated, financially well-off, and fit. My husband and I are wonderful friends, and I love him dearly. However, for reasons he won’t tell me, he decided eight years ago that he was no longer interested in sex. He says it’s “too much work.” He […]

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News of the Weird

By Chuck Shepherd A 200-exhibit installation on the history of dirt and filth and their importance in our lives opened in a London gallery in March, featuring the ordinary (dust), the educational (a video tribute to New York’s Fresh Kills landfill, at one time the world’s largest), the medical (vials of historic, nasty-looking secretions from […]

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The legality of illegals

A legal standpoint on illegal aliens By Isabel Suarez Concurring: Tim Carlin For years now I have been listening about our country’s ever-growing immigration issue. Is our government doing anything about it? From my experience, having worked since 1992 with Latino immigrants, I have nothing but respect for them. These individuals are the hardest working […]

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Advice Goddess 4/12/11

This American Strife My boyfriend of 10 months asked me for my idea of a romantic evening, and I said I think it’s really romantic to make dinner together. He asked for specifics, and I ended up pretty much describing what my last boyfriend and I used to do: have wine and cheese, burn this […]

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Advice Goddess 4/5/11

Too-Big Love I’m an older woman (almost 50) in a six-year live-in relationship with a 25-year-old guy. The problem is he wants to sleep with other girls. I understand his need to be with other girls, especially at his age. Although I consented, I love him and cannot bear the thought of this. When he […]

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News of the Weird

Gen. Than Shwe of Myanmar, leader of Asia’s most authoritarian regime, made a rare public appearance in February but dressed in a women’s sarong. Most likely, according to a report on AOL News, he was challenging the country’s increasingly successful “panty protests” in which females opposed to the regime toss their underwear at the leaders […]

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The wheels on the bus…

How safe is public transportation? By Isabel Suarez I ride the bus daily because I lost my license, and need to get to work. Unfortunately, it is not the experience I remember as a young man. Years ago, our parents would allow my friends and I to ride downtown and eat lunch. Given my daily […]

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Advice Goddess

Miffed Connection Two years ago, “Beth,” this attractive woman I see around, gave me her number and mentioned three times that she hadn’t been asked out in a long time. I called to ask her out and…silence. She then said, “I can’t…as I think I may have something else to do.” Well, that was that, […]

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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 […]