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‘The talk’ by Jim Bucher When my colleagues at Dayton City Paper informed me a while back they were putting together another Sizzlin’ Sex issue, I was a bit perplexed. I mean, when you think of me, the words “sizzlin’” and “sex” don’t exactly come to mind. But, as a father of two girls, you […]

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Debate Forum: 08/19

Forum Center: Waiting for death might be cruel and unusual punishment By Alex Culpepper The Eighth Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Part of this liberty insurance was protection from cruel and unusual punishment, and the country had good reason to include this portion of the amendment […]

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Forum Center: 08/12

Forum Center: What to do when dogs commit homicide By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Mike Keefe If it seems news reports about people dying from dog attacks are appearing with more frequency, that’s because attacks are increasing. Known by legal experts as “canine homicides,” these attacks accounted for about 17 deaths per year in this country […]

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Debate Forum 08/05

Forum Center: Are gun-free zones really safety-free zones? By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers Newtown, Conn.; Aurora, Colo.; Santa Barbara, Calif. and Fort Hood, Texas; were scenes of recent mass shootings. They all have at least one other thing in common, too: they are all gun-free zones. After the shootings, debate about guns was in the news, […]

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Debate Forum 07/29

Forum Center: Federal judge claims a computer is the same as a file cabinet By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers The protocol for searching through digital evidence with and without warrants has been tested in an increasing number of cases. In June, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously law enforcement cannot search cellphones without a warrant. […]

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Debate forum 07/22

Leaky borders have flooded the country with immigration debates By Alex Culpepper Immigration is in the news again, but that shouldn’t be a surprise in a country with a history of 400 years of people coming and going. They have come from virtually everywhere and for every reason; sometimes they’ve been viewed suspiciously, and other […]

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Debate forum: 07/15

Forum Center: Enforcement of No-Fly List may face long delays By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers Shortly after 9/11, the FBI received from the U.S. Attorney General a new office called the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC). Its charter and purpose is to develop and maintain a database list of suspected terrorists. When the TSC uses the database […]

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Debate forum: 06/08

Supreme Court loses faith in the contraception mandate By Alex Culpepper Photo: ©2014 Rob Rogers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Reprinted with permission The April 1 Debate Forum introduced the case before the Supreme Court regarding the owners of Hobby Lobby and their objections to providing coverage for certain types of contraceptives. The question then was centered on whether a […]

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Debate forum: 07/01

Forum Center: Watch out, your neighbor’s dog may be able to sue you By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers So, dogs have been hanging with us for a long time. They apparently were drawn to our campfires, food and generally curious nature. For at least the last 15,000 years, they’ve partnered with us to get scraps […]

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Debate forum: 06/24

Forum Center: Ice cream truck music threatens to divide the Union By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers A common song to hear jingling from an ice cream truck on a summer’s day is “Turkey in the Straw.” The tune has its Scots-Irish heritage and is quite old, but an NPR story a couple months ago […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]