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Daytonians reflect on fleeing the evils of Castro’s Cuba
 With the death of a towering world figure such as Fidel Castro, the world recalls the big historic moments – the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban missile crisis – that defined him. It’s easy to overlook the way the brutal dictator transformed the lives of everyday Cubans. It’s easy to overlook the smaller moments. But Bob Chabali...

Posted: 5 days ago

With the death of a towering world figure such as Fidel Castro, the world recalls the big historic moments – the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban missile crisis – that defined him. It’s easy to overlook the way the brutal dictator transformed the lives of everyday Cubans. It’s easy to overlook the smaller moments. But Bob Chabali...
She thought police and citizens needed a connection. So she did something about it.
 More information Mary Tyler The officers noticed. After talking with camp counselors, they learned about the financial distress in the boy’s family. They collected donations and went on a shopping spree at Walmart. The boy seemed stunned at first when the officers pulled him aside and presented the gifts. “Why did you do this?&rdquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

More information Mary Tyler The officers noticed. After talking with camp counselors, they learned about the financial distress in the boy’s family. They collected donations and went on a shopping spree at Walmart. The boy seemed stunned at first when the officers pulled him aside and presented the gifts. “Why did you do this?&rdquo...
Susan B. Anthony relative reflects on historic election

Posted: 26 days ago

On Election Day hundreds of women lined up to place “I Voted” stickers on Susan B. Anthony’s tombstone in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York. By the end of the day, only her name was visible and the stickers seemed to bloom into a red, white and blue bouquet. Winifred Fiedler found herself deeply moved by the story...
World in constant change, except for loyal baseball fans

4:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016

What was the world like when the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians last won the World Series? It’s a question hopeless history nerd Elena Dupree has been posing to her children. She’s a teacher; the kids are sports fans. She can’t resist the temptation to amaze them with factoids, “wanting to impart some information...
Clinical trials bring hope close to home
 
             Molly Hurd lost her mother to breast cancer at the age of 55. Her mother’s mother died at 52. Given her family history, the Eaton mother of three wasn’t taking any chances. At the age of 38, she already had undergone a preventive hysterectomy; she planned on scheduling a double mastectomy. Then came the diagnosis...

8:20 PM Tuesday, Oct. 04, 2016

Molly Hurd lost her mother to breast cancer at the age of 55. Her mother’s mother died at 52. Given her family history, the Eaton mother of three wasn’t taking any chances. At the age of 38, she already had undergone a preventive hysterectomy; she planned on scheduling a double mastectomy. Then came the diagnosis...
Little Free Library puts neighbors on same page
 When I saw my first “Little Free Library,” I wanted nothing more than to be a kid again. I yearned to go back to those days when to live was to read and to read was to live. What I would have given, as a child, to live in a neighborhood lined with birdhouse-like boxes filled with books for the taking. A place where stopping at...

4:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 03, 2016

When I saw my first “Little Free Library,” I wanted nothing more than to be a kid again. I yearned to go back to those days when to live was to read and to read was to live. What I would have given, as a child, to live in a neighborhood lined with birdhouse-like boxes filled with books for the taking. A place where stopping at...
Missing our ‘neighborhood mom’
 I can still close my eyes and see my mom and Eleanore Bertrand engaged in their lively chats over the split-rail fence separating our two yards. I might as well say “my moms.” How lucky can you be? My siblings and I had our own wonderful mother, and a second mom in “Mrs. B.” Eleanore’s recent death from cancer...

4:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 23, 2016

I can still close my eyes and see my mom and Eleanore Bertrand engaged in their lively chats over the split-rail fence separating our two yards. I might as well say “my moms.” How lucky can you be? My siblings and I had our own wonderful mother, and a second mom in “Mrs. B.” Eleanore’s recent death from cancer...
The loss of great musicians feel so profoundly personal
 Why does the world take it so much to heart when we lose our musicians? It seems that we mourn them like few other artists, celebrities or public figures — almost as if we have lost an acquaintance or, if we’re ardent fans, a close friend. Our lives are diminished when we lose a great actor, author or visual artist, but rarely...

4:00 AM Saturday, May. 21, 2016

Why does the world take it so much to heart when we lose our musicians? It seems that we mourn them like few other artists, celebrities or public figures — almost as if we have lost an acquaintance or, if we’re ardent fans, a close friend. Our lives are diminished when we lose a great actor, author or visual artist, but rarely...
From the archives: Prosecuting with pizazz
 Bill Schenck eyed the prisoner with the expert gaze of a man who can size up someone from the quirk of an eyebrow, the twitch of a neck muscle. “I can tell by the way that you’re acting that you’re thinking about running,” the prosecutor told the inmate he was escorting from Pennsylvania to meet justice in Greene County...

10:57 PM Friday, Apr. 08, 2016

Bill Schenck eyed the prisoner with the expert gaze of a man who can size up someone from the quirk of an eyebrow, the twitch of a neck muscle. “I can tell by the way that you’re acting that you’re thinking about running,” the prosecutor told the inmate he was escorting from Pennsylvania to meet justice in Greene County...
Student’s expression of appreciation is inspiring

5:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016

Gratitude is not an art often practiced these days. We are far more apt to find fault — with our political system, our schools, our communities — than to give thanks. That’s why it’s a bit startling when you first meet Levi Jackson, 17, an exchange student from Liberia. Jackson almost trips over himself to show appreciation...
Woman’s decision to help stranger leads to ultimate gift

5:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 09, 2016

As she approached the New Year, Furaha Henry-Jones resolved to make fewer decisions based on fear. She decided to trust her instincts more, to listen to the side of herself that isn’t logical. So perhaps that played into her split-second decision to do something completely uncharacteristic — offering a ride to a stranger whose...
Art provides balm for troubled world
 Art museums are for me a place of serenity and introspection, a place to escape the chaos of daily life and to commune, one on one, with a great painting. So when a friend invited me to the landmark Cleveland Museum of Art exhibit “Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse” – on display through Jan. 5 – I jumped...

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015

Art museums are for me a place of serenity and introspection, a place to escape the chaos of daily life and to commune, one on one, with a great painting. So when a friend invited me to the landmark Cleveland Museum of Art exhibit “Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse” – on display through Jan. 5 – I jumped...
Why they would welcome Syrian refugees despite attacks
 Only two months ago, the world was spurred to action by the image of a 3-year-old Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, whose lifeless body was washed ashore on a Turkish beach. Have we forgotten him already? It would seem so, if you listen to all the shouting over the proposal to welcome some Syrian 10,000 refugees into the United States. Gov. John Kasich...

5:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015

Only two months ago, the world was spurred to action by the image of a 3-year-old Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, whose lifeless body was washed ashore on a Turkish beach. Have we forgotten him already? It would seem so, if you listen to all the shouting over the proposal to welcome some Syrian 10,000 refugees into the United States. Gov. John Kasich...
Author shares tales of notorious suffrage movement with stop in Dayton
 One hundred years ago, three suffragists stopped in Dayton on a cross-country trip carrying an audacious banner: “We demand an amendment to the United States Constitution enfranchising women.” “We demand.” It was a word deemed unladylike, impertinent — even among some suffrage circles. Cleveland Mayor Newton...

4:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

One hundred years ago, three suffragists stopped in Dayton on a cross-country trip carrying an audacious banner: “We demand an amendment to the United States Constitution enfranchising women.” “We demand.” It was a word deemed unladylike, impertinent — even among some suffrage circles. Cleveland Mayor Newton...
Which great American woman should grace the $10 bill?
 In the second Republican Presidential debate, Carly Fiorina delivered a pitch-perfect defense of the face of the American woman — her right not to be judged, mocked, or even lauded for her looks alone. She was responding, of course, to Donald Trump’s now-infamous remarks in “Rolling Stone”: “Look at that face!...

10:53 PM Friday, Sep. 25, 2015

In the second Republican Presidential debate, Carly Fiorina delivered a pitch-perfect defense of the face of the American woman — her right not to be judged, mocked, or even lauded for her looks alone. She was responding, of course, to Donald Trump’s now-infamous remarks in “Rolling Stone”: “Look at that face!...
From his days on stage to his days in classroom, UD prof inspired many
 You just never know about people. Take a look at the stranger nearest to you — someone passing you on the street, or waiting in line with you at the grocery store. You may think you can sum up their life stories, just from visual cues. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from all my years as a reporter, it’s this...

4:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 12, 2015

You just never know about people. Take a look at the stranger nearest to you — someone passing you on the street, or waiting in line with you at the grocery store. You may think you can sum up their life stories, just from visual cues. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from all my years as a reporter, it’s this...
Mary McCarty: Students need 'history' lesson over Confederate flag
 Defenders of the Confederate flag have adopted the rallying cry “Heritage, not hate,” as if the two are mutually exclusive. But an historical symbol can represent heritage and hate, history as well as intolerance. Just ask a modern-day German about the Nazi flag. And ask Kettering Fairmont High School students how they feel about...

6:57 PM Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

Defenders of the Confederate flag have adopted the rallying cry “Heritage, not hate,” as if the two are mutually exclusive. But an historical symbol can represent heritage and hate, history as well as intolerance. Just ask a modern-day German about the Nazi flag. And ask Kettering Fairmont High School students how they feel about...
Climbing to the top, one obstacle at a time
 Hanna Lebamoff has been climbing over obstacles, quite literally, since her early childhood in a Chinese orphanage. As a toddler she had been diagnosed with hip dysplasia and her right leg was encased in a cast from her upper thigh to her foot. She was classified as unadoptable. Then one night at the orphanage, “she crawled out of her...

4:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 08, 2015

Hanna Lebamoff has been climbing over obstacles, quite literally, since her early childhood in a Chinese orphanage. As a toddler she had been diagnosed with hip dysplasia and her right leg was encased in a cast from her upper thigh to her foot. She was classified as unadoptable. Then one night at the orphanage, “she crawled out of her...
Readers share their favorite summer concert memories
 I’ve already seen a lot of great concerts this summer — thanks in no small part to our new music venue, The Rose Center — and I’ve seen many unforgettable concerts throughout my lifetime. Yet I’ll never be able to top the very first concert for  “I couldn’t hear a word of any of the songs,”...

4:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 25, 2015

I’ve already seen a lot of great concerts this summer — thanks in no small part to our new music venue, The Rose Center — and I’ve seen many unforgettable concerts throughout my lifetime. Yet I’ll never be able to top the very first concert for “I couldn’t hear a word of any of the songs,”...
‘Overnight change’ required decades of sacrifice
 I woke up last Saturday morning feeling as if America had changed overnight. I almost felt as if I had landed in a brand new country, knowing that marriage equality was now the law of the land in all 50 states. Again and again, we hear the amazement in the voices of newscasters about “the rapid pace of change” in the nation&rsquo...

4:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 04, 2015

I woke up last Saturday morning feeling as if America had changed overnight. I almost felt as if I had landed in a brand new country, knowing that marriage equality was now the law of the land in all 50 states. Again and again, we hear the amazement in the voices of newscasters about “the rapid pace of change” in the nation&rsquo...
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