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Debate Forum: 5/3/16

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Down, Periscope When crimes are live-streamed, who it responsible? By Sarah Sidlow In this century, the law has been thrown into a footrace with technology. Matters of privacy, taste and culpability are in the spotlight, and a digital-native generation is driven by an online community of praise in the form of “likes” and action in […]

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Debate Forum: 4/26/16

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Drive me crazy NY bill suggests textalyzer tech for distracted drivers By Sarah Sidlow Term to know: Textalyzer. As in, technology that detects whether your cell phone is to blame for your car accident; like a breathalyzer for texting. And New York Senator Terrence Murphy and Ben Lieberman, co-founder of Distracted Operators Risk Casualties (DORCs) […]

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Debate Forum: 4/19/16

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Marijuana, don’t you wanna? National pot peer pressure By Sarah Sidlow Woah, weed. Who knew one little leaf could be so polarizing, so political, so unbelievably complicated? With (cough) 4/20 in the air, and state elections looming through the haze in November, let’s get an update on where we stand at the global, national and […]

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Debate Forum: 4/12/16

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MLB: Major League Ban Baseball’s relationship with tobacco on the rocks By Sarah Sidlow It’s one of America’s most intimate and underappreciated odd-couples: baseball and tobacco. They were infants together; they grew up together; they’ve watched the rise and fall of American heroes together for nearly a century. When the official rules for baseball were […]

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Debate Forum: 4/5/16

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The “end” of an era? Florida girl faces misdemeanor for pinching schoolmate’s butt By Sarah Sidlow Please forgive the following puns. It’s too easy… If you’re walking the halls of Milwee Middle School in Longwood, Florida, you’d better keep your hands to yourself. Unfortunately, it seems those words of wisdom didn’t reach one 12-year-old female […]

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Debate Forum: 3/29/16

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I’m too text-y Can/should laws protect us from our own stupidity? By Sarah Sidlow Word to know: petextrian. As in, someone who is texting while walking, typically prone to walking into things like walls, parking meters, light poles and traffic. It turns out, texting pedestrians reported more than 1,500 serious injuries in 2010, more than […]

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Debate Forum: 3/22/16

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Oh, dad! Father helps daughter buy heroin, gets misdemeanor By Sarah Sidlow Parents will do whatever it takes for their children. So what happens when a dad goes beyond the law to help his daughter? For Jerry D. Roberts, it starts with a weekend in jail. Roberts, from New Lebanon, drove his daughter, Keri Brown, […]

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Debate Forum: 3/15/16

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Time for a change? What’s the deal with Daylight Saving By Sarah Sidlow Have you adjusted to your new sleep schedule yet? In case you didn’t notice, the mystical and confounding tradition of Daylight Saving Time has struck again, and America (not including Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and most of […]

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Debate Forum 3/8/16

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Dude, where’s your warrant? Drivers butt heads with police over blood draws By Sarah Sidlow The Supremes recently added another hit to their 2016 playlist: re-evaluating whether states can make it a crime for drunk-driving suspects to refuse to take blood-alcohol tests when police haven’t secured a warrant. The case stems from three individual cases, […]

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Debate Forum 3/1/16

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Can you hear me now? What’s been missing from the presidential debates? By Sarah Sidlow It’s hard to believe there could be anything more we would want to hear from this season’s cast of presidential hopefuls. Yet, as time marches closer to party noms and then the general election, the drudgery of debates is (thankfully) […]

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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 […]