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Hats off, Hara

Hara Arena hosts its last hurrah Aug. 27; photo: Jim Bucher

By Jim Bucher What is it about a place that conjures up so many memories? As a born-and-raised Daytonian, it’s always tough to see a piece of your personal past disappear. Too many times I’ve reported on the demise of a local company. It seems never-ending. So, you can imagine the heartbreak this past Friday […]

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On The Beat: 7/26

Who ya’ gonna call…again? By Jim Bucher OK, I’m the first to admit  I  wasn’t really big on a “Ghostbusters” reboot. It wasn’t the female cast, but rather “how dare they even think about touching one of my all-time favorites.” It amazes me how fanatic fans get so hyped-up over a movie. Theatregoers dressed as […]

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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


Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of 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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The government and abstinence-only sex education By Sarah Sidlow It’s an awkward subject, sex. Especially when you’re talking to a 9-year-old. Or their parents. Where do you begin? What tone do you use? What do you leave out? Luckily, the government is here to help. Since 1981, the federal government has had an influence on […]

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Debate Forum: 6/28/16

Criminal Minds

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


‘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


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


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


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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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


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


For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]