Taylor Swift’s new album gets favorable reviews

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 6:27 AM

Taylor Swift released her sixth album,
Taylor Swift released her sixth album, "Reputation," just before midnight Friday.(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)

Taylor Swift’s sixth album arrived as expected on download services just before midnight Friday, and it’s already getting a good reputation. 

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What might have been unexpected was how “Reputation” -- Swift’s 15-song album that was released after four pre-releases and a three-year album hiatus by the singer -- was received by critics, Billboard reported.

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The album had more than 400,000 pre-orders, The Associated Press reported on Nov. 3. Swift’s label, Big Machine Records, was predicting sales of more than 2 million in the album’s first week.


The reviews have been positive so far. The Los Angeles Times called “Reputation” Swift’s “most focused, most cohesive album yet.” Rolling Stone said it was an album “full of one-on-one adult love songs.”

It is “her most intimate album,” Rolling Stone continued. “A cycle about how it feels when you stop chasing romance and start letting your life happen.

“That’s a daring swerve from a songwriter who’s scored so many brilliant hits about pursuing the next romantic high,” Rolling Stone wrote.


Before the album’s official release, Swift previewed four songs from “Reputation”: “Look What You Made Me Do,” “... Ready For It?” “Gorgeous,” and “Call It What You Want.”

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“Don’t let the album title fool you,” USA Today reported. “Taylor Swift doesn’t give a damn about her bad reputation.”

The New York Times called “Reputation” a “public renegotiation, engaging pop music on its terms, not hers.” It is “fundamentally unlike any of her other albums in that it takes into account -- prioritizes, actually -- the tempo and tone of her competition.”

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Star of TV series, ‘The Verdict with Judge Hatchett,’ coming to Dayton to inspire many 

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 10:39 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

Judge Glenda Hatchett, star of the syndicated television series, The Verdict, will speak at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, July 22nd.
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Judge Glenda Hatchett, star of the syndicated television series, The Verdict, will speak at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, July 22nd.(@ 2013 Del Glass All Rights Reserved)

Her two-time Emmy-nominated show, “The Verdict”, may have been a platform for life lessons learned the hard way. However, Judge Glenda  Hatchett isn’t coming to Dayton to serve justice. She’s coming to inspire. 

A TV personality, legal scholar and author, Hatchett is coming to St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church at  10:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 22, as the guest speaker at the church’s Women’s Day Service. The celebrity visit, which has been in the works for almost a year, is open to the public “to hear her powerful message,” according to a press release.

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In 2012, during a service at Third Baptist Church in San Francisco where St. Luke’s pastor, the Rev. Renard D. Allen Jr., was then working, Judge Hatchett left a lasting impact. As soon as he began work at St. Luke, he knew he wanted her to leave the same impact on his new congregation.

“She really can’t be put in a box,” the Rev. Allen said. “It’s her presence — she’s dignified, yet down to earth. She’s classy, but comfortable. She’s highly intelligent and yet, very personable ... That’s what I remembered. She just inspired.”

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Like in many churches, the Rev. Allen said, women, while usually making up the majority of the membership, have not always been allowed space to have their voices heard in a significant way, particularly in the area of worship.

“So this is also intended to be a liberating experience for women (who are) a part of traditional congregations that should have their presence, their gifts and their value affirmed, acknowledged, and celebrated,” the Rev. Allen said. “Deeply rooted in the Christian faith, Judge Hatchett is an elegant and electrifying speaker with an ability to reach people across racial, gender, political and even religious lines.” 

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Judge Glenda Hatchett to speak at St. Luke Baptist Church

WHEN: 10:45 a.m. Sunday, July 22

WHERE: St. Luke’s, 2262 N. Gettysburg Ave., Dayton

INFO: stlukedayton.org

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Did you know one hidden gem still makes Dayton’s famous Rike’s Sloppy Joe sandwiches?

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

One of Rike's Department Store's longest-running holiday traditions began with the creation of an animated Christmas window display.  Submitted photo.
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One of Rike's Department Store's longest-running holiday traditions began with the creation of an animated Christmas window display. Submitted photo.(HANDOUT)

For some people in Dayton, hearing “Rike’s” might not stir any reaction at all. For others, however, Rike’s Department Store is a treasure trove of childhood memories from long ago. 

Formerly located where the Schuster Center stands today, the downtown Rike’s may be gone physically, but still remains a source of many people’s fond memories. One of those memories may be preserved best in the taste buds of an older generation. 

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Rike’s had dining areas on the fifth floor and on the mezzanine of the store. One of the Rike’s menu staples was the Sloppy Joe -- a long gone and missed recipe.

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However, at least one place in Dayton has kept the sloppy tradition alive. 

Visitors take in the windows of Rike's department store in 1952. Frederik Rike, owner of the Rike-Kumler Co., moved the Christmas window displays from New York City to downtown Dayton in 1945. DAYTON DAILY NEWS FILE(Contributed photo)

The Dayton Woman’s Club Dining Room is still serving up the beloved sandwiches, made-to-order, thanks to a passed-down recipe from one of the club’s former members. It’s believed the member was a former Rike’s employee.

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An elegant setting, the Woman’s Club Dining Room is open for lunch to the public on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A 24-hour advanced reservation is encouraged and business casual attire is suggested.

So whether you’ve lived long enough to taste the famous Sloppy Joe for yourself, or word-of-mouth lore about the sandwiches has become too much to handle, there’s still an opportunity to try one decades later.

Dayton Woman’s Club- 225 N. Ludlow St., Dayton

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Fairborn coffee shop abruptly closes, announces new location in Huber Heights

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:30 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

Grind House Coffee to open its first shop inside Meijer store

Grind House Coffee and Tea Company in Fairborn had a ribbon cutting at its grand opening in late April, but now, only three months later, the coffee shop has suddenly closed.

After days of being “temporarily closed,” Grind House posted to Facebook Monday afternoon that the Fairborn location will be closing for good, while a new Huber Heights location is in the works. 

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Tuesday morning, Grind House’s president and CEO, Bill Miller Jr. made an official announcement on the reasoning behind the sudden closure.

We will be reporting on details of the newest Grind House Coffee location opening in Huber Heights as soon as we get them. 

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Grind House Coffee began as an online retailer only. The brand’s first physical retail shop opened this spring at 313 W. Main St. in Fairborn. 

"As far as I can remember, everyone in my family has had a passion for coffee, From my Great Grandfather to my Daughter, the passion for coffee has spanned over 100 years,” according to the Grind House website

Miller, who grew up in Dayton and who now lives in Franklin, founded Grind House Coffee & Tea in November 2015. The company’s roasting and packing facility is located in Fairfield.

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Rugrats return: Nickelodeon green lights series, movie

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 9:24 AM

FILE PHOTO: Rugrats characters attend the Nickelodeon sponsored 90sFEST Pop Culture and Music Festival on September 12, 2015 in Brooklyn, New York. Nickelodeon announced that it will be bringing back the cartoon series for 26 episodes and a movie.  (Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
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FILE PHOTO: Rugrats characters attend the Nickelodeon sponsored 90sFEST Pop Culture and Music Festival on September 12, 2015 in Brooklyn, New York. Nickelodeon announced that it will be bringing back the cartoon series for 26 episodes and a movie. (Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)(Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)

Nickelodeon is bringing a part of our childhood back to the small, and big, screen.

The children’s television network has given the green light to bring back Chuckie, Tommy, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica, better known as “Rugrats,” E! News reported.

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Nickelodeon announced it will be producing 26 new episodes and a live action movie that will incorporate CGI characters, Variety reported.

No airdate or cast have been announced, but production has begun. The movie is set to be released on Nov. 13, 2020.

“Rugrats” originally aired starting in 1991 and ran for nine seasons over 13 years, E! News reported

It is the latest of a series of reintroductions of classic Nickelodeon shows. “Double Dare” has started new episodes. An “Invader Zim” TV movie is planned. “Blue’s Clues” is set to for reboot and a “Rocko’s Modern Life” movie is scheduled for later this year. 

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