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Columbus Statue To Be Removed From Namesake Ohio City

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther says a statue of Christopher Columbus will be removed from the Ohio city named after him. The statue located by City Hall will be removed immediately and placed in storage as monuments to Confederates and other historical figures who repressed or oppressed other people are being dismantled… Read More

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Ohio State Announces Plan To Resume In-Person Classes This Fall

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Ohio State University will be returning to in-person classes for part of the fall semester, under a plan announced by university president Michael Drake on Wednesday. Ohio State will hold the first day of autumn classes on Tuesday, Aug. 25, and on-campus instruction will run through Wednesday, Nov. 25. After Thanksgiving break,… Read More

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Authorities Seek Franklin Co. Uber Driver Indicted for Rape

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Authorities are searching for an Ohio ride-sharing driver charged with raping a female passenger. The Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office in Columbus said Friday 28-year-old Abdirizak Abdullahi Aden has been indicted on one count of rape. The Uber driver is accused of sexually assaulting a 24-year-old woman in April. Prosecutor Ron O’Brien… Read More

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Fired TV Weatherman Pleads Not Guilty to Child Porn Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former television weatherman accused of downloading pornographic images depicting children has pleaded not guilty in Ohio to four child pornography-related charges. Sixty-year-old Mike Davis pleaded not guilty Monday in Columbus to counts of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor. The indictment alleges Davis downloaded and emailed to himself videos and… Read More

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City Denies Vice Cops Violated Rights of Strip Club Dancers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s capital city argues a federal court should dismiss a lawsuit by strip club dancers who allege malicious prosecution by two Columbus officers from a since-disbanded vice unit. Six women allege Kahoots Gentlemen’s Club was targeted in retaliation for firing a bouncer who claimed to work with police. The women were… Read More

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Craft Beer, Drag Queens Used to Boost Ohio LGBTQ Turnout

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A nonpartisan coalition seeking to boost turnout among Ohio’s LGBTQ voters in 2020 is launching a campaign that pairs voter registration with drag queens and craft beer. Craft the Vote kicks off Thursday at Land-Grant Brewing Company. Similar events will follow at craft breweries around the state. Organizer Brad Henry said… Read More

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Fired Ohio TV Weatherman Indicted on Child Porn Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A former television weatherman in Ohio has been indicted on charges related to what prosecutors say were downloaded pornographic images depicting children. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said the charges in Wednesday’s indictment against 60-year-old Mike Davis involve the four “most egregious images” of children engaged in sexual activity. O’Brien said… Read More

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Fatal Ohio Police Shooting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit against police in Ohio’s capital city over the 2016 shooting of a man by undercover officers. Columbus police say 23-year-old Henry Green, who was black, ignored commands by two white officers to drop his gun during the incident. Court documents and depositions… Read More

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Chief Recommends Firing 2 Officers in Stormy Daniels Arrest

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The interim police chief in Ohio’s capital city is recommending two officers from the department’s now-disbanded vice unit be fired for their roles in an undercover strip club operation last year that resulted in the arrest of porn actress Stormy Daniels. An internal investigation focused on allegations that Columbus officers who… Read More

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Husband-Wife Researchers Charged With Stealing Trade Secrets

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Federal authorities have announced trade secret theft charges against husband-and-wife researchers who worked for 10 years at an Ohio children’s hospital research institute. A grand jury indictment handed down in July and unsealed Monday accuses the couple of stealing cellular research they conducted at Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Research Institute in Columbus…. Read More

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‘Peter and the Wolf’ at McConnell Arts Center Sept. 14-15


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Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15, Sarah Hixon and her dance company, Hixon Dance, will present Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf at the McConnell Arts Center (777 Evening Street, Columbus, OH) with music provided by the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra. Both performances will be at 3 p.m. You can hear a brief interview with… Read More

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Ohio TV Meteorologist Faces Child Pornography Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A longtime Columbus television meteorologist arrested for possessing child pornography has made his first court appearance. A Franklin County Municipal Court judge set bond Friday for 60-year-old Mike Davis at $50,000 with conditions that he can’t have internet access or unsupervised contact with minors and must surrender his passport. Davis has… Read More

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State’s Largest School District, Teachers OK 3-year Contract

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state’s largest school district and its teachers union have approved a three-year contract that includes pay raises and some smaller class sizes. The Board of Education for the 50,000-student Columbus City Schools district approved the agreement Monday. The Columbus Education Association ratified it Sunday. The union represents more than 4,000… Read More

Columbus Bump Stock Ban in Effect After Appeals Court Ruling

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A state appeals court decision means Ohio’s capital city has resumed banning bump stocks, a gun accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to be fired rapidly. Two gun rights groups sued Columbus after it enacted the ban last year. A Franklin County judge then ruled that municipalities can’t regulate bump stocks under… Read More

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Columbus Officers Face Discipline in Stormy Daniels Arrest

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus police say five officers from the department’s now-disbanded vice unit face discipline for a raid on a strip club last year that resulted in the arrest of Stormy Daniels. The department said Wednesday that the officers could face punishment ranging from a reprimand to firing. The officers include a commander,… Read More

State Official Says Youth Behavioral Facility Clean, Safe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The director of Ohio’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has toured a youth behavioral facility after reports of alleged violence and sexual abuse against children and staff and describes its environment as clean and safe. WBNS-TV reports Director Lori Criss’s statement after recently touring Sequel Pomegranate in Columbus said… Read More

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Petitions to Get City Ticket Tax Issue on Ballot Fall Short

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say opponents of two new taxes on arts, sports and entertainment ticket sales in Ohio’s capital city didn’t collect enough valid signatures to put the matter on the November ballot. The Columbus Dispatch reports the elections board validated less than half of the 22,000-plus signatures submitted for a referendum. They were short… Read More

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Columbus Attorney Orders End to Cash Bond for Minor Crimes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The attorney for Ohio’s capital city has ordered prosecutors to stop asking for cash bonds for minor, nonviolent crimes to reduce jail populations. Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein says it’s time to address over-incarceration and overcrowded jails. Klein says the U.S. jails a disproportionate number of people compared to other countries…. Read More

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Strip Club Dancers Sue Vice Cops, Claim Retaliatory Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Six Ohio strip club dancers accusing police of malicious prosecution say they were wrongly charged under retaliation by two officers from a Columbus vice unit that was later disbanded. Their lawsuit alleges the women were charged in 2017 and 2018 because officers targeted Kahoots Gentlemen’s Club in retaliation for firing a… Read More

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Expanding To New Areas Of The State

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A dozen medical marijuana dispensaries have been given certificates of operation. Dispensaries in Northeast and Eastern Ohio have been open for a few weeks. But there haven’t been any in central Ohio, until earlier today. The chilly weather didn’t keep Columbus resident Michael Doctor from standing in line at the opening of the Columbus Terrasona dispensary…. Read More