James Sercu gets a tattoo while behind him artist Will Eagle draws his 16th tattoo of the day at Drawing Dayton Together.
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Tattoos After Tragedy: Mass Shooting Inspires Artists to Take Action

Dayton themed tattoos have become popular across the city since the mass shooting in the Oregon District last month. People are getting Gem City designs, Dayton Strong ink, the shape of the state with a star where the city lies.

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Tornadoes, Shooting Add To Increasing Need For Student Emotional Support Services

Class is back in session in many Dayton area school districts. Hundreds of students in those districts were, in some way, affected by both the Memorial Day tornadoes and the Oregon District mass shooting.

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The first time I had Tony Horwitz on the program he had just published his landmark work of non-fiction "Confederates in the Attic." Tony gave a wonderful interview that day. I loved that book so much that I had him on the show again for the paperback release. Over the years I did four interviews with Tony. His partner, the novelist Geraldine Brooks has made three appearances in the Book Nook.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio will close two locations Sept. 20.

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My Sunday  morning is quiet and lazy. Clear sky, the air soft and mild. An occasional breeze follows the butterflies: a giant swallowtail, two monarchs, three yellow tiger swallowtails, four cabbage whites.

The butterfly effect seems to move the floppy leaves of the castor beans and push the drifts of zinnias and cannas. The sidle of the flowers and foliage soothes me, and  I allow my ultimate concerns to settle into the deep time of wings and blossoms.

Ed Davis reads his poem "Epitaph"

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley speaking to reporters near the site of the shooting rampage.
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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley joined a group of Congressional Democrats in Washington Monday to lobby for tighter gun regulations. The group that included Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is calling for passage of a bill to expand background checks for gun purchases.

The bipartisan proposal known as H.R.8 would expand background checks to cover private firearm sales.

Mayor Whaley urged the Senate to bring the House bill to a vote.

The Environmental Defense Fund sees Ohio as going in the opposite direction of most other states when it comes to supporting green energy.

An advocate for patients in Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program says he thinks more needs to be done to better serve patients. And he thinks he’s being retaliated against for speaking out about those concerns.

Thank you Dayton Police sign at Ghostlight Coffee
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Police officers who killed the gunman responsible for a mass shooting in the Oregon District last month were honored in a White House ceremony on Monday.

At the event, President Trump praised the six police officers, saying they displayed “nerves of steel” during the attack that left nine people dead and dozens more injured. The officers shot and killed the gunman before he could enter Ned Peppers bar, less than 30 seconds after the  attack began.

Ohio's public universities are teaming up to create one simplified process for students and staff to commercialize their research and inventions. 

Stats + Stories: Who’s Behind All These Gig Economy Jobs?

Sep 7, 2019
Siddharth Suri is a computational social scientist whose research interests lie at the intersection of computer science, behavioral economics, and crowdsourcing.
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WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

The Internet is ubiquitous, as are the algorithms and programs that shape our experiences. They invisibly guide what ads we see, what search results we get, and what content is flagged as inappropriate in social media spaces. What is also invisible, though just as ubiquitous is the human labor that holds it all up. A new book calls such labor “ghost work” and it’s the focus of this episode of Stats & Stories. Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelists John Bailer Chair of Miami University’s Department of Statistics, and Richard Campbell, former Chair of Media Journalism and Film. Their is Computational Social Scientist and Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research AI, Siddharth Suri. He and anthropologist Mary Gray, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research are authors of the new book Ghost Work: How to stop Silicon Valley from Building a new Global Underclass.