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You ain’t seen nothin’ yet By Jim Bucher Back in your parents’ or grandparents’ day, movies were shown in ornate movie palaces. Most films were in living black and white. Then, color film made a splash. Next, television showed up in most of our homes and the movie biz took a hit. So, film studios […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15


Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. Right now, nearly half of the states in this country have either approved it for medical use or have decriminalized it and simply issue civil fines for possession and use. Our neighbors to the north […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Is Paul Ryan a Democrat operative? By Mark Luedtke By all accounts, Republicans were set up for a wave election this November. As of this writing, Real Clear Politics predicts Republicans win 47 Senate seats to 46 for Democrats, 24 governorships to 18, and 232 House seats to 187. The rest are toss-ups. Famed statistical prognosticator […]

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AMPAS' Documentary Series Examines The Wartime Experience

Talk show icon returns home By Jim Bucher Photo: Groundbreaking TV talk show host Phil Donahue returns to Dayton on April 10 Once upon a time, TV talk shows were full of big name stars plugging a new movie or a best-selling author pushing a new book. They basically all looked the same. That is, until […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Government exacerbates income inequality By Mark Luedtke President Obama thinks income inequality is the biggest problem facing Americans. The Pope thinks it’s the most important issue in the world. The two men recently met to discuss it, but if they were honest, the solution would be readily apparent to both of them. Obama’s policies, and […]

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Debate Forum: 04/08

Cartoon Out Of Hand Invocations

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The separation of church and state within political functions was apparently decided in the case Marsh v. Chambers in 1983. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing prayer at the opening of legislative and other […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Big-bang cultists steal our money By Mark Luedtke Unless you live under a rock, you probably saw headlines proclaiming scientists discovered evidence proving the cosmic inflation theory of the big bang. The big-bang theory claims the universe sprang into existence from nothing over 13 billion years ago. The simple big-bang theory had lots of problems, […]

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Debate Forum: 04/01

Hobby Lobby

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations essentially have free speech rights related to campaign finance regulation. The rhetorical question arising from this ruling has since […]

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Fifteen million reasons By Jim Bucher With all the talk about the first four NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games played here at the University of Dayton Arena and bringing over $4 million to community coffers, we must not forget about a best-kept secret. It adds three times that amount to our area economy every year […]

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Debate Forum: 03/25

Tesla edcart 3.14 Color

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that produces luxury electric cars. The company has been around for about 10 years and is headed by South African engineer and entrepreneur and PayPal co-founder, Elon Musk. Tesla cars are limited-production and marketed toward affluent […]

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The Docket: 3/21

Regional police blotters, reported and interpreted By Ehron Ostendorf Editor’s Choice Hot case A fire lieutenant responded to a car […]

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 […]