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Ask Rocco: 08/25

How to get great abs without exercising By Rocco Castellano I was asked this question on Facebook a couple of weeks back. Now, the old Rocco would have beaten that inquiry to a pulp…verbally, of course. But the new, well-informed Rocco realized he needed to take a step back and evaluate what the question was. […]

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News of the weird: 08/25

By Chuck Shepherd Pets of the 1 Percent “The worshipful treatment of pets may be the thing that unites all Americans,” wrote an Atlantic Magazine blogger in July, describing the luxury terminal for animals under construction at New York’s JFK airport. The ARK will offer shower stalls for traveling horses, “conjugal stations” for ever-horny penguins, […]

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On the Beat: 08/25

Montgomery County Fair time again By Jim Bucher What is it about the aroma of a certain food or a particular smell that conjures up so many wonderful, vivid memories? That’s what happens to me every year, a few days before Labor Day weekend, at the Montgomery County Fair. Corn dogs, funnel cakes, sausages, hamburgers, […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 8/25

Presidential Idol By Mark Luedtke I admit I watched the entire Republican Party debate in Cleveland the other night. Not because I care for any of the candidates, they’re all crooks, but because I thought it would be entertaining. I was right. The debate was hilarious. It exemplified everything politics in America has become: shallow, […]

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On the beat: 08/18

Please tip your waitstaff By Jim Bucher   This is a subject I’ve wanted to write about for quite some time: Tipping. Many tip generously, some tip little; others leave absolute zilch. I was always taught to leave a tip based on great service from a waiter or waitress. But why do some tip and others […]

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Advice Goddess: 8/18

By Amy Alkon   Mourning Breath I was engaged to a woman 20 years ago. We were in college and in our mid-20s. I realized that I wasn’t ready to get married and called off the engagement. I loved her and wanted to stay with her, but she broke off the relationship. I’ve had relationships since […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 8/18

The rapist’s refrain: stop resisting By Mark Luedtke In the wake of another murder by a local cop, the message from our rulers is clear: Don’t resist. Trust the police. Ignore their crimes. If police do something wrong, they will be punished. Tell that to the family of John Crawford III, murdered by a Beavercreek […]

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News of the weird: 08/18

By Chuck Shepherd The Entrepreneurial Spirit! Failed European Business Models: Grande Hotel San Calogero, the planned centerpiece of a Sicilian tourist renaissance, is still nowhere close to opening—61 years after construction began. It took 30 years to build, but then developers fought for 10 years over its management, and only later was a serious drainage […]

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On the beat: 08/11

Socializing in a social media world By Jim Bucher   PUT THE PHONE AWAY! How many times have you uttered that phrase? Whether it’s your kids, grandkids or maybe even your spouse, we are addicted to electronic devices. I always joke that our future leaders of tomorrow will text across the table to hash out […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 8/11

NOAA Goes Rogue Creates imaginary data to support Obama’s political goals Mark Luedtke Illustration: Josh;   Emperor Obama has a problem. He wants to leave a destructive legacy regarding global warming that matches the rest of his legacy, but the climate won’t cooperate. According to satellite data, which remains uncorrupted so far, there has […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]