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Conspiracy Theorist

Socialism is as destructive as ever By Mark Luedtke I typically think everybody remembers the collapse of the Soviet Union as vividly as I do, but the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this month reminded me otherwise. People who weren’t yet teenagers, people under the age of 37, have no personal […]

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On the beat

December holi-daze By Jim Bucher We all know the big December holidays, right? The biggies: Christmas and New Year’s Eve, of course. (Well, the spotlight is sort of split with New Year’s Day.) But how about some not so popular or less celebrated holidays – like themed or special wacky days? Maybe you’ve never heard […]

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News of the weird: 12/2

By Chuck Shepherd Update Indonesia’s holy “Sex Mountain” on the island of Java is still performing its incomprehensible function of making Muslims feel prosperous and optimistic if they have intercourse with strangers, as reported in November by Australia’s “SBS Dateline” TV program. A reporter journeyed to Mount Kemukus (near the heavily populated Surakarta) to observe […]

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Advice Goddess: 12/2

By Amy Alkon Moby dickhead In social situations, my boyfriend will often pretend to have read books I know he hasn’t. He doesn’t just fake it with some casual “Yeah, I read that.” He will try to say something deep and philosophical but can end up not making much sense. He’s too smart to need […]

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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ tax records to help build public support for the country’s vast welfare state. Thus, reported Foreign Policy magazine, Finnish society gets a “yearly dose of schadenfreude” … “opening the door for a media frenzy of […]

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The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove explored Dayton police reports of Thanksgivings past. Below are just a few of these festive tales – they may just make you feel thankful for what you’ve got. Thankful for jails Police responded to a […]

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Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the back, hanging on to him – sexy and fun! But then he came home with a Vespa, the little Italian scooter. It just seems so girly. The tiny wheels make it look like a toy, […]

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On the beat

DCP readers and their turkey traditions By Jim Bucher This is a companion piece to last week’s On The Beat column, regarding how businesses sometimes get a little slaphappy by putting up the Yuletide decorations up and offering holiday sales before Labor Day. OK I’m, funnin’ a bit, but we may see that soon enough. […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

To ticket or not to ticket By Mark Luedtke The people hate red light and speeding cameras, but our rulers love them. Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras claimed, “Since 1991, there have been a total of 35 election contests in Arizona, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas [and] Washington. With […]

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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team left standing, rewarded for months of grueling practices, to the cheers of adoring, frenzied fans. The “world series” of professional team computer games was settled on a stage in a packed, 40,000-seat stadium in Seoul […]

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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 […]