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News of the Weird

News of the Weird By Chuck Shepherd Those Ingenious Western Spies! In January, Saudi officials detained a vulture from Tel Aviv University (part of endangered-species research), calling it a spy and alarming its Israeli handlers that the bird might face a gruesome execution as an espionage agent. Then, a day later, Iran reportedly detained an […]

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Law and Disorder – 02/02/11

Do’s and Dont’s of your Identification. By Isabel A. Suárez Dear Isabel, I see the government intruding in my life every day.  My grandfather told me about Nazi Germany and how he always had to carry identification around with him to prove who he claimed to be. The police could stop him for no reason […]

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The end of the dead tree book?

Kindles and Kobos and Nooks. Oh, my. By Timothy Walker Constant readers, ones rarely seen without a book or a newspaper in hand, certainly aren’t going anywhere. You see them on the bus, in the cafeteria, in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. I myself am involved in a lifelong love affair with books, […]

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A Country Divided

Local author Raul Ramos y Sanchez debuts his provocative, eye-opening second novel, ‘House Divided’ By Nicole Wroten Miami Valley author Raul Ramos y Sanchez paints an almost-too-real picture of revolution in the sequel to his critically acclaimed first novel, “American Libre,” in “House Divided.” Ramos y Sanchez’s second novel picks up where the first left […]

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News of the Weird – 02/02/11

News of the Weird By Chuck Shepherd Do Ask, Must Tell (and Show): The Turkish military’s legendary homophobia (rare among NATO countries) comprises both zero-tolerance for homosexuality by service personnel and the requirement of rigorous proof by anyone applying for exemption from service by claiming to be gay. (Homosexuality is the only disqualifier from compulsory […]

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The Advice Goddess – 02/02/11

The Advice Goddess By Amy Alkon – FIRST QUESTION — Speed Hating I met a guy online, and after two four-hour phone conversations, he declared he felt a “deep connection.” We had a romantic date, during which he made repeated declarations of his feelings. The next morning, he sent a somewhat angry text, observing that […]

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News of the Weird – 01/26/11

News of the Weird By Chuck Shepherd Two hundred boredom “activists” gathered in London in December at James Ward’s annual banal-apalooza conference, “Boring 2010,” to listen to ennui-stricken speakers glorify all things dreary, including a demonstration of milk-tasting (in wine glasses, describing flavor and smoothness), charts breaking down the characteristics of a man’s sneezes for […]

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The Advice Goddess – 01/26/11

The Advice Goddess Amy Alkon FIRST QUESTION — You Make Loving Fund My wife and I have been married four months after dating a year. She’s 40; I’m 34. Before we married, we agreed (because of our values) that the man pays the daily living expenses (rent/mortgage, bills, taxes, groceries). She said I should never […]

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Law and Disorder – 01/26/11

Stranded in my driveway, branded a fool? By Isabel A. Suárez I own a sports car that has transmission problems, which needs to be completely replaced.  Due my current financial situation, I cannot afford to have the repairs done in the near future. I have been told by my insurance company that I need to […]

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Toons – 01/19/11

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International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]

Meet the artist

Abby Rose Maurer on lines, light and the movement of drunk people By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Artist Abby Rose Maurer in […]

Addressing dress

Decked Out! explores culture through costume and adornment By Susan Byrnes Photo: Visitors to the Experiencenter look through a zoetrope, which […]