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On The Beat: 3/7

First car, first love A drive on memory lane By Jim Bucher   What is it about a first car? For some it was our first true love. It was a time of freedom. Freedom from your parents lugging you around everywhere. The first time you could really feel independence. Mine was the parents’ two-door […]

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On Your Marc: 3/7

Local Raider Wright State’s Mark Alstork explains the benefits of playing ball close to home By Marc Katz Now that we’ve had this colossal Best Movie mishap, I don’t feel so nervous writing about a Wright State men’s basketball player even though last weekend’s Horizon League Tournament could have ended the Raiders’ season. After all, […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 3/7

Obamacare forever Republicans’ secret love affair with socialized medicine Mark Luedtke Just as rulers planned, Obamacare forced insurance rates to skyrocket, and insurance companies are pulling out to avoid going bankrupt. The plan gets more unpopular by the day. Although voters gave Republicans more than one job, for the last six years, repealing Obamacare was […]

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Debate Forum: 2/28

Le disconnect Should we consider French ‘unplugging’ law in the US? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration by Angel Boligan   From the country that brought you Coco Chanel, universal health care, and the Statue of Liberty comes the latest in French fashion: the right to disconnect. Oui. Starting Jan. 1, 2017, French lawmakers introduced a series […]

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On Your Marc: 2/28

More alternative facts By Marc Katz Are we still talking about fake news, alternative news, personal opinions, and lies? Yes, we are. I’m going to tell you something that was told to me 48 years ago—actually typed on a piece of scrap paper that has since turned to dust on a typewriter that I’m assuming […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 2/28

Goodbye $5 footlong By Mark Luedtke As we left Wal-Mart this morning, my girlfriend noticed Subway was advertising footlong subs for $6. Not long ago, those subs cost $5. It’s getting harder and harder for the government to deny the price inflation we all feel in our bank accounts. Every day the Dayton Daily News […]

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On The Beat: 2/28

7 days a week By Jim Bucher As we celebrate another Black History Month, I recall my reporting days at channel 2. Apologies first though, because this column is at the tail end of February. But can’t Black History Month be celebrated year round? Well, back in my reporting days at channel 2. My friend […]

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Debate Forum: 2/21

Milkshakes and manslaughter DQ manager on the hook for teen’s suicide By Sarah Sidlow When the Dairy Queen ice cream franchise conglomerate changed its slogan to “DQ: Something Different,” it probably didn’t have involuntary manslaughter in mind. But in Missouri, recent events have the two going hand-in-hand. It starts with 17-year-old Kenneth Suttner—overweight and speaking […]

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On The Beat: 2/21

You are 17, I was 17 By Jim Bucher When I was in high school, way back in 1977 at Dayton Christian (6 years, but I made it!), staring at the clock on the wall in Spanish III, I daydreamed about the year 2000, 23 short years away. I wondered what life had in store. Sort […]

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On Your Marc: 2/21

Guns and Gatorade don’t mix Josh Holden’s story proves sports are nothing like war By Marc Katz Sports are a battle, and a war, and hand-to-hand combat, if you listen to those of us who write and talk about the games. But they’re not, really. They’re just… games. War is war. I know a guy […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]