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What’s in your wallet? The minimum wage debate By Sarah Sidlow It’s been about three years since the “Fight for $15” became a thing. In case you missed it, it’s the most recent movement calling for minimum wage hikes across the country. It was also a hot topic on the campaign trail (is that finally […]

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Black and white and seen all over

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The Black and White Show at Village Artisans Gallery By Joyell Nevins Photo: Village Artisan Sue Brezine shows some of the works from The Black and White Show running through Aug. 31; photo: Kristen Shroyer What’s black and white and read all over? It could be this newspaper, or it could be the latest exhibition at […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson is the new guy in the office. Just a month into his new job left vacant by retired House Speaker John Boehner, Davidson snagged his first win: a block on the provision that would require […]

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Hot and cold

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The effects of pornography on relationships By Don Hurst Pornography is a global $97 billion a year industry. That wasn’t a typo. That was a B as in billion. To put that in perspective, in 2015, McDonald’s only generated a paltry $25 billion in revenue. Men spend more money on porn than on Big Macs, […]

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Con-dumb?

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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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Seed you there!

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40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of nonprofit organizations–mostly civic clubs such as Kiwanis and Rotary Club—in Troy, Ohio, came together to host the first Strawberry Festival. The handful of vendors gathered up all their strawberries, baked them into pies, folded them […]

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“One Hell of an Amen”

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Brantley Gilbert performs miracle song at Nutter By Lisa Bennett Photo: Brantley Gilbert performs Friday, Feb. 19 at Wright State’s Nutter Center; photo: James Minchin There’s an old adage that says “We only grow in the dark.” It means simply, that the greatest challenges in life are there to teach us, test us and make […]

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On Your Marc 2/9/16

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Marc Katz introduces the good ol’ days of sports journalism By Marc Katz You learn a lot of stuff when you become a sports writer. Some of it isn’t even related to sports. The late, revered sports editor Si Burick used to insist on leaving the tip if he also paid for the meal. “If […]

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What a character!

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John Witherspoon at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: John Witherspoon performs Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. at Dayton Funny Bone For 40 years, John Witherspoon has been stealing the show with his memorable roles in blockbuster movies, music videos and TV shows. From Willie Jones […]

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2015: Lies

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Torrent of diarrhea By Benjamin Tomkins Photo: “Trump has managed to insult twice as many people as Hitler, and that’s assuming that Hitler was categorically hated by everyone in the known universe.” There is a reason Father Time only makes it a year before he hacks his head off with a scythe and turns over […]

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2015: Sex

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 The world is your oyster By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: “We are committed to supporting the development of safe and effective treatments for female sexual dysfunction.” – Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Raise your hand if you’re excited and maybe also a little confused about the state […]

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Debate Forum 12/29/15

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Subtext 2015’s language ends with a 💥 By Sarah Sidlow Hold the phone! No, literally, hold your phone. Within that device lies 2015’s Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year. Now, you may be thinking the possibilities are seemingly endless; your phone holds all sorts of technology, information and access that one wouldn’t have dreamed imaginable 10 […]

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2015: Drugs

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Disturbing trends, and the strides taken to break them By Tim Walker Photo: “The past few years have seen a massive increase in overdoses from heroin and fentanyl abuse in the Miami Valley.” If one subject dominated our local news headlines in 2015, it was drugs. Fentanyl, caps, Narcan, rigs, boy—local residents have been forced […]

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2015: Guns

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Clinton wants to make gun manufacturers financially liable for misuse of their products By Andrew Napolitano Photo: “The liability-shifting proposal is akin to punishing General Motors whenever a drunken driver misuses his Chevy and injures someone.” While the FBI continued to analyze the emails Hillary Clinton thought she deleted and her advisers pressed her to […]

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Flip your wig

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Chicago’s The Flips get personal at Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The Flips will perform Thursday, Dec. 17 at Blind Bob’s The best art—so they say—is created out of personal devastation and torment. This is certainly the case for The Flips’ songwriter and front man Nick Sintos. The band’s second album, Better Days, released Nov. […]

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Debate Forum 11/17/15

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Does Alma Matter? Should the University of Missouri’s president have resigned? By Tim Walker   In a move which calls to mind the 1960s and the days of civil rights unrest, anti-war protests and student activism, students attending the University of Missouri were recently successful in their demands that University of Missouri System President Tim […]

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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]