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Forum Center, 3/20/12

Teachers in Ohio’s Lowest Performing Schools Face Retesting A provision in the Ohio budget will require thousands of teachers in Ohio’s lowest-performing schools to take new licensing tests for the first time. The testing would affect teachers in their core subject areas in any school whose performance has been ranked in the bottom 10 percent […]

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Miss Maha’s March

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Fun Things to Do Around Dayton This Month By Maha Kashani Well, I survived Dayton “Knockout.”  I took a few punches to the face in front of hundreds and hundreds of people, but we raised a lot of money for the Aids Resource Center of Ohio in addition to bringing some well-needed awareness to Dayton […]

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Bands to Watch


Sixteen Local Bands to Keep an Eye Out For By Kyle Melton, Tim Anderl and W.C. Ruffnel In any given year, the Dayton indie scene seems to be boiling over with young talent just waiting to be discovered by local audiences and those beyond the boundaries of the Gem City. As we move into another […]

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Forum Center, 2/14/12

Federal Birth Control Mandate Vs. Religious Freedom A recent decision by the Obama administration is putting it at odds with the Catholic Church and the social issue conservatives. The political battle lines have been drawn over a provision in the 2010 healthcare bill which required health insurance to cover basic preventative services dealing with pregnancy […]

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Staying True To Style

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Dayton’s Althea Harper Brings New York Style Insights to Main Street By Kate Eviston When one thinks of style — in terms of fashion — many words, in varying capacity, come to mind.  There are volumes and volumes devoted exclusively to both the history of fashion and the progression it continues to undergo.  There are […]

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The Big Pink’s Future This and 4AD Records

By Jason Webber Once upon a time, in the late ’80s/early ’90s to be exact, there was a magical world called 4AD Records, a mystical land where Pixies, Breeders, Cocteau Twins and other creatures played melodic and dreamy alternative music that touched the souls of millions of misfit listeners. But as the years passed, a […]

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My House and Me

Well, I have been pretty busy with trying to finish Grad school which is why I haven’t been posting blogs very often. I also have been very preoccupied with trying to navigate through the end of my marriage as well as what the hell I am going to do about my mortgage. Now I am […]

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Do as the minimalists do

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are Dayton minimalists.

Two Daytonians get out of the clutter and pen an inspiring book on minimalism in our maximized world By Annie Bowers “I have nothing to wear,” I thought to myself as I stood staring at the racks of clothes hanging in my closet. We’ve all been there — surrounded by so much clutter that it […]

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Half the sky!

So, a question that I get on a regular basis from men and women is often about my choice of study for my Master’s degree….it is “Why Women’s Studies?” It puzzles me because I guess I have taken it for granted knowing that women are still not on equal ground with men when it comes […]

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Fracking Frack

Ohio is a battleground state on many issues but most recently the energy crisis has reached our front door. Here are some links about the current situation. Along with Natural Gas drilling worries our state will also be opened to an oil pipeline from the tar sands in Canada. We have a lot of work […]

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The color of steel

Mike Elsass in his gallery, Color of Energy

One DCP writer’s account of painting with a master — Mike Elsass By Annie Bowers The scent of acrylic paint, polyurethane and incense lingered in the air at the old warehouse. Industrial fans hummed, and someone down the hall was using the freight elevator; I could hear the distinctive creak of the lift’s gate and […]

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Women, War & Peace

PBS has put together a five-part series that is inspiring and heartbreaking. These may be some of the most important stories of our time. Please check out the website for the videos. The recent Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Women Waging Peace Network members Leymah Gbowee and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia. Their amazing […]

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Immigrant discrimination

The debate about laws concerning immigration continues in Washington but the damage has already been done for millions of people in our country. The face of immigration has been Hispanic families for the past decade which excludes them as part of the real face of the U.S. Avoiding assumptions about legal status is yet another […]

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We Can’t Wait.   Rome is burning….    

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December 7

It may sound odd coming from a thirty (something) year old but today is a very special day for me and my WWII friends. Yes, my dear friends who I interviewed in New Mexico when I worked for a newspaper. I had the honor of doing a feature story about World War II Veterans. I […]

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Elian 18 yrs old

Wow, time has gone by so quickly….interesting story. “Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban boy who survived a perilous raft journey that killed his mother and became a symbol of troubled relations between the United States and Cuba, is now an adult.”

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]