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Debate Forum: 11/21

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Mommy Dearest So, a mother marries her own daughter. What else is new? By Ron Kozar Dateline:  Comanche County, Oklahoma.  In 2014, Patricia Spann, then 42, met up with her long-lost daughter Misty, 21.  They “hit it off,” says Patricia, and became (cough!) lovers.  In March 2016, after same-sex marriage came along, Patricia and Misty […]

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Debate Forum: 11/14

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Pick your poison Should those awaiting execution get a say in how they die? By Ron Kozar Lethal injections, gas chambers, electric chairs… whatever the method, the prisoner still ends up dead. So what difference does it make? To hear Alva Campbell tell it, it makes a big difference.  Years on death row, awaiting lethal […]

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Debate Forum: 11/7

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Non-starter State proposes changes to teen driving code By Sarah Sidlow What do pimples, teenage heart break, and bad haircuts all have in common? Like Rumspringa, Quinceneras, and the bullet ant initiation of the Brazilian Amazon, they are rites of passage. But for Ohio teens, one important American ritual of adulthood may soon change. Legislation […]

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Debate Forum: 10/31

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Oh, baby Should men have the option of paid paternity leave? By Sarah Sidlow So, you had a baby. Congratulations! When are you coming back to work? Well, if you’re a mother, your workplace may offer maternity leave (also called family leave, family medical leave, pregnancy leave). The terms of maternity leave may vary depending […]

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Debate Forum: 10/24

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Anything you can do, I can do better Do gender-specific scouting groups still make sense? By Sarah Sidlow Did you hear about the one where Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are now accepting girls? We thought so. Long considered a traditional American bastion on the order of baseball and apple pie, the Boy Scouts of […]

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Debate Forum: 10/17

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Mother knows best? When health is concerned, who gets the last word? By Sarah Sidlow Michigan mother  Rebecca Bredow went to jail for defying a judge’s order to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated. (Record scratch.) You’re probably wondering how we ended up here. Let’s back up. Rebecca Bredow and her husband, James Horne, are in […]

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Commentary Forum: 10/10

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Sex sells Did Hugh Hefner affect American society? If so, how? By Sarah Sidlow The first issue of Playboy, published in 1953, contained no date. That was just in case it wasn’t successful enough for a second issue. Twenty years later, his business would be an empire including a string of TV shows, a jazz […]

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Debate Center: 10/3

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Title IX 101 How should schools handle sexual assault cases? Artwork: caglecartoons.com By Sarah Sidlow Education Secretary  Betsy Devos has been busy. Last month, her department announced that it would be calling a mulligan on an Obama-era policy regarding sexual assault on college campuses. Quick refresher: Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 […]

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Debate Center: 9/26

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Life is but a DREAM By Sarah Sidlow DACA—you may have heard that recently. It stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It’s an Obama-era plan that answers the question, what should we do with undocumented migrants who come to the United States as children? DACA grants those who qualify temporary protection from deportation. It […]

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Debate Forum: 9/19

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It’s a draw Artwork: Jed Helmers Should drawing blood for evidence-gathering be illegal? By Sarah Sidlow Who is Alex Wubbels? Glad you asked. She’s a nurse in Salt Lake City, Utah, who recently made waves when bodycam footage of her July 26 arrest became a viral sensation. Why was she arrested? Ask Detective Jeff Payne. […]

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Debate Forum: 9/12

Don’t call it a comeback Dayton green-lights the traffic camera revival By Sarah Sidlow Everyone loves a good comeback story: Michael Jordan’s heralded return to the NBA, Aerosmith’s late ’80s Permanent Vacation re-debut, City of Dayton’s traffic camera reboot… Well, maybe not that last one. In July, the City of Dayton announced it would re-introduce […]

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Debate Forum: 9/5

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Education confrontation Parents to school district: get on my lawn! By Sarah Sidlow If your house were just a stone’s throw away from a better school district, what would you do? If you’re Kevin Kinlin, you petition the Ohio Board of Education to transfer your house into another district. When Kinlin and his wife Pamela […]

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Debate Forum: 8/29

Healthful, or harmful? These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA By Sarah Sidlow The recent death of a 25-year-old Australian bodybuilder has many wondering about how far the government should go to inform people about dietary supplements. Meegan Hefford, a bodybuilder and paramedic trainee, was found unconscious in her home, and rushed to […]

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Debate Forum: 8/22

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Which right write is right? In Charlottesville, what isn’t the debate? By Sarah Sidlow Overwhelmed by the Charlottesville news cycle recently? Likewise. Let’s catch up. On Saturday, August 12, white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a “Unite the Right” march. Turns out, a few other people were there as well: counterprotesters, opposed to the […]

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Debate Forum: 8/15

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 Titillating conversations Should public female nudity be legal? Artwork: Jed Helmers By Sarah Sidlow Does anyone remember  Chelsea Handler posing topless on a horse in an imitation of a photo of Vladimir Putin? Instagram does, probably. Twitter probably also remembers all of the nude Chelsea Handler photos they had to remove because of its policy […]

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Debate Forum: 8/8

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Blowing smoke Will raising the smoking age to 21 make a difference? By Sarah Sidlow Let’s play a numbers game: In 2015, about 15 out of every 100 U.S. adults (ages 18 and over) reported smoking cigarettes on a regular basis—that’s an estimated 36.5 million adults. Every year, cigarette smoking is the cause of more […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]