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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 Sidlow   This past week, the Dayton City Paper team has been hard at work asking the tough questions: “When does rhythmic gymnastics start?” “How do you score points in canoeing?” and “Who was that […]

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By Ben Tomkins Car dealerships may be able to stop Tesla from selling directly to consumers in the short-term, but they will almost without question fail in the long-term. I would go so far as to say that if Tesla has already done enough research to invest in building dealerships, showrooms, or whatever the hell […]

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Car talk

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Tesla’s direct-to-consumer model: Do we like it? By Sarah Sidlow Tesla Motors is a company that’s used to pushing the envelope. It’s laid the groundwork for an affordable, long-range electric car that Actually. Looks. Cool. According to Business Insider, “The point was to make a car so awesome, so badass, so powerful that it would […]

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There are no free markets

By David H. Landon California-based automaker Tesla began selling its electric cars directly from two Ohio storefronts in 2014. Now, that number is three. This development doesn’t sit well with the 830 new-car franchise dealers across the Buckeye State. For years, Ohio law has distinguished between the roles of automotive manufacturers and auto dealers. Manufacturers […]

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Debate Forum: 8/9/16

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Car talk Tesla’s direct-to-consumer model: Do we like it? By Sarah Sidlow   Tesla Motors is a company that’s used to pushing the envelope. It’s laid the groundwork for an affordable, long-range electric car that Actually. Looks. Cool. According to Business Insider, “The point was to make a car so awesome, so badass, so powerful […]

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Debate Forum: 7/26

Get my good side States weigh public access to police footage Should recordings from police body and dashboard cameras be considered public records?   By Sarah Sidlow Should recordings from police body and dashboard cameras be considered public record? North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says “no.” Last week, he signed a controversial bill into law that many say will make it very difficult for body and […]

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Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: If all the opioid addicts in Ohio lived in one place, it would be roughly the size of Akron, the fifth largest city in the state. Those 200,000 statewide addicts are the face of a […]

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Debate Forum: 6/28/16

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From prison locks to ballot box Should felons get the vote? By Sarah Sidlow You can do it in public, or you can do it in private. You can do it with your friends, or by yourself. You can do it early; you can do it by mail. That’s right, we’re talking about voting. And […]

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Commentary Forum: 6/21/16

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‘Hate’ is a strong word, but… Is “hate speech” protected speech—and who gets to decide? By Sarah Sidlow   Check out this asshole: His name is Roger Jimenez, and he’s a pastor at Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, California. He’s the guy who delivered a 45-minute sermon praising last week’s mass shooting at an Orlando, […]

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Commentary Forum: 6/14/16

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Rape escape Oakwood native’s wrist-slap raises eyebrows By Sarah Sidlow Meet Brock. He’s clean-cut, relatively good looking, smiling. He went to Stanford University, and he can swim really fast. He has Olympic dreams. But things changed on a dime for this Oakwood, Ohio, 20-year-old, who is now preparing for six months (with a chance of […]

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Debate Forum: 6/7/16

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Revenge of the nerd? Should we rewrite whistleblower laws for Edward Snowden? By Sarah Sidlow “We can certainly argue about the way in which [Edward] Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made.” […]

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Debate Forum: 5/24/16

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The best thing since sliced bread Fast food with food stamps: delicious or diabolical By Sarah Sidlow Since 1934, qualified Americans have relied on the USDA’s food stamp assistance program to buy grocery staples like bread and milk. But, back in 1934, you couldn’t drive up to a window and leave five seconds later with […]

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Debate Forum: 5/17/16

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FacePalm Social media users a-twitter regarding possible breach of privacy By Sarah Sidlow There’s the bell. Facebook Inc. just lost the first round of what will likely be a lengthy courtroom battle against users over—shockingly (not)—privacy rights. Let’s TimeHop back to where it all began. In 2010, Facebook introduced technology that allows users to identify […]

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Debate Forum: 5/10/16

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Marooned Should Puerto Rico be able to file for bankruptcy? By Sarah Sidlow Someone’s been blowing up Puerto Rico’s cell with collections calls. Don’t worry, we didn’t understand the Puerto Rican economic crisis either, so we looked into it for you. Basically, Puerto Rico—which is, in fact, a United States territory—has a $72 billion debt […]

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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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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 […]