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Debate Forum: 11/15

Because she couldn’t just go as a cat Law professor’s blackface raises First Amendment concerns By Sarah Sidlow Costumes and bad judgment are often the bookend cornerstones of Halloween. And since 2016 seems to be a hallmark year for bad decisions, it’s no surprise that this was a headline: “Law professor placed on leave after […]

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Debate Forum: 11/8

Comey Island FBI director makes lots of enemies in announcing Hillary Emails, Part II By Sarah Sidlow ‘Twas the week before voting, and all through the place, the pollsters were rejoicing the end of this race. And then, from nowhere, the FBI wailed: “But wait! There’s more! More Clinton emails!” You’ve heard of the “Nightmare […]

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Debate Forum: 11/1

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What could possibly go wrong? Political predictions from the ones who lost By Sarah Sidlow Is this really happening? Am I stuck in a nightmare? Is it still Halloween (or maybe April Fool’s Day)? No doubt, those questions entered your mind more than once during the historic—and interminable—2016 presidential election. But imagine for a moment […]

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Debate Forum: 10/25

The Death of Garden Station? City eviction of Garden Station plants seeds of doubt By Sarah Sidlow It might be fair to say the City of Dayton and the folks involved with Garden Station won’t be exchanging holiday cards this year. Reminder: Garden Station is an art park and community garden at Wayne Avenue and […]

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Debate Forum: 10/18

Easy come, easy go Should Dayton increase its income tax? By Sarah Sidlow Fun fact: The city of Dayton maintains 5,700 vacant lots and mows them two to three times per year. Another fun fact: The city of Dayton has proposed a 0.25 percent earnings tax increase, so that they could, among other things, mow […]

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Debate Forum: 10/11

JASTAfarians So you want to sue Saudi Arabia By Sarah Sidlow Congress, it seems, has finally done something. In one of the most sweeping bipartisan efforts in recent memory, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed a bill allowing victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role the […]

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Debate Forum: 10/4

Adulting It’s hard—especially in the juvenile justice system By Sarah Sidlow Parens Patriae. No, it’s not a Harry Potter spell. It’s actually an idea: political authority carries with it the responsibility to protect its citizens—as a protector, caretaker, disciplinarian. It’s one component behind the philosophy for creating a separate juvenile justice system in the United […]

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Debate Forum: 9/27

Hands up Protesting shooting death: is it the right response? By Sarah Sidlow Charlotte, North Carolina, erupted last week in response to the shooting death of a black man outside an apartment complex. Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer who believed he was armed. Detectives have said they recovered […]

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Debate Forum 9/20

‘Just doing my job’ Obama strongly suggests pipeline pipes down By Sarah Sidlow Word to know: “Dakota.” It’s the name of two states in the U.S., as well as the name of an indigenous Native American tribe. Translated in the Yankton-Yanktonai and Santee dialects of the Lakota Sioux language, it means “friendly.” Ironic, considering the […]

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One bubble fits all?

Michigan takes a second look at single-party voting By Sarah Sidlow Pass the popcorn. With Ohio just weeks away from early voting, the battleground Buckeyes are glued to their northerly neighbors and the debate over straight-ticket voting. Missed the headlines? Here’s a recap: Straight-ticket voting, also called straight-party voting, is an option that allows a […]

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The Docket: 7/11

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Steal anything At a local auto-parts store, a car radio was shoplifted. The thief suspiciously perused through the aisles and […]

The Docket: 7/4

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By Michelle Strauss Pissed off Just a few weeks ago, someone broke into a local residence. The trespasser-turned-burglar began his raid, […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/27

A game of telephone Last week, on a particularly scorching hot afternoon, a man was driving his ex-girlfriend home. The […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/20

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By Michelle Strauss  Music man In a local apartment complex, alarms went off and alerted the police that a robbery […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/13

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  What a mouthful Believe it or not, in a local residence, a boyfriend kept his girlfriend’s dentures hostage. Earlier […]