HIllary Clinton speaking at the Ohio Democratic Party Legacy dinner
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Inter-Party Strife Continues At Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is well underway and like Republicans last week in Cleveland, Democrats are doing their best to close a rift in the party. This week, WYSO continues talking to convention delegates and attendees to get their take on what’s happening. Before Tuesday nights delegate vote got underway in Philadelphia, we spoke with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, a delegate for Hillary Clinton. Both conventions are somewhat unique from years past. Howard Wilkinson with...
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Congressman and Civil Rights Icon Tells Ohioans They Carry A Heavy Burden In This Election

PHILADELPHIA - Rep. John Lewis, the long-time congressman from Georgia who is an icon of the 1960s' civil rights movement, came to the Ohio delegation's breakfast Monday morning for a speech that was brief but to the point.
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Beavercreek Passes Moratorium on Medical Marijuana

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On Monday, the Beavercreek city council passed a six-month ban on medical marijuana. The ordinance prohibits the city from granting any permits to grow, process, or sell marijuana until January. It doesn’t ban the use of medical marijuana at home.

 

UBUNTU Men's Chorus presents Begin to Love

Jul 26, 2016
UBUNTU Men's Chorus

This week, Niki Dakota talks with Cathy Roma, director of the UBUNTU Men’s Chorus at the London Correctional Institution. UBUNTU’s first album, Begin to Love, was released last month.

Ubuntu is a Zulu word that, according to Roma, means “I am who I am in community—I exist in relationship.” The men in the choir, she says, “Want to be there for each other and learn about the world through each other.”

Bernie Sanders strongly endorses Hillary Clinton, but some of his followers aren't ready to follow.
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The call for Democratic Party unity fell short last night as delegates backing Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton chanted each other down within minutes of the start of the first night of the DNC in Philadelphia.

It was a tough first day on the job for Cleveland Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.

Karen Kasler

One Ohio party leader who’s at the DNC as an elected delegate for Bernie Sanders says she’s very worried about the effect of the email scandal involving the outgoing Democratic Party chair. 

Former state Sen. Nina Turner of Cleveland is concerned. “The facade of unity is not going to carry out until some folks really start to address this issue and give voice to the issue.”

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The speed of summer seemx to be accelerating with the heat of Dog Days. I rest in my yard, holding the day close, binding it together with what lies around me.

In my garden pond, the three-petaled flowers of the arrowhead opened overnight, a few days before they did last year. The yellow coneflowers are a week ahead of schedule.

The zinnias and the Shasta daisies I planted from seed are finally blossoming, bright oranges and reds joining the white phlox and the pinks of the petunias. The lilies are almost done blooming now.

Ohio's delegates are seated to the right of the stage.
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The 2016 Republican National Convention has come to a close, and delegates are getting back to their districts.

Butler County Treasurer and Kasich Delegate, Nancy Nix, says this year’s convention felt much different from previous ones.

“There’s just so much, so much anger that I never felt last time," she said. "But four years ago, the establishment was in charge, everyone was unified. This time we’ve got a nationalist candidate, the establishment has been throw to the side.”

Nix says her experience has changed the way she views her place in the party.

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman endorsed Donald Trump months ago, but he’s been pretty muted in his support. That changed on Thursday.

At a speech to the Ohio delegation breakfast at the Republican National Convention, Portman offered more full-throated support for Trump, and used his name more often than speakers at the rest of the week’s  breakfasts combined.

He says Republicans know how to fix the economy as evidenced by what’s happened in Ohio.

courtesy of Dayton Art Institute

FutureFest is the 26th annual festival of six original plays, each performed once, and adjudicated by theatre professionals from across the USA. It starts tonight at 8 PM and concludes Sunday.

When we look back at the Civil War period of American History we often have a tendency to examine things that we consider to have been clear cut. For example; Ohio was a free state or Kentucky was a slave state. In his book "The Rivers Ran Backward - the Civil War and the Remaking of the Middle American Border" Christopher Phillips makes the case that things were not really like that in the border states between the Union and the Confederacy. Rather than divisions that could be described as black or white, slave or free, there were infinite shades of gray (and blue).

Anna Mullin
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Dayton Youth Radio returns today with a story from Anna Mullin, a Yellow Springs High School student who will be voting for the first time in this year's election.  She's taking her opportunity very seriously and thinks other young people should do the same.  She spoke with her parents and other community members about their experiences at the polls.

Anna Mullin is a student at Yellow Springs High School.  Special thanks to Eli Hurwitz, Library Media Specialist at Yellow Springs High School.

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