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City Attorney Says Redflex Contract Complied With City Code

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea City Attorney Says Redflex Contract Complied With City Code

Two weeks ago, it was revealed that Karen Finley, former executive for the red light camera company Redflex, pleaded guilty to bribing a number of as-yet unnamed elected officials in Columbus city government. In his initial statement on the matter, City Council President and mayoral candidate Andrew Ginther, who’s come under scrutiny due to his […]

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LGBT Activists, Allies and Families Celebrate Victory

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea LGBT Activists, Allies and Families Celebrate Victory

Just after 10 a.m. Friday morning, the announcement went out to the entire nation; the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage for every state in the Union. It wasn’t surprising then that the Union Café was where gay men and women and their straight allies, young and old, gathered to celebrate the decision. The crowd […]

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Marriage Equality Comes to Ohio

Walker Evans Walker Evans Marriage Equality Comes to Ohio

The US Supreme Court reached the long-awaited verdict today that removes all state bans of same-sex marriage, which includes the ban that the State of Ohio enacted in 2004. The decision was reached in a 5-4 verdict. “Today the Supreme Court affirmed what we have always known: we are equal,” said Equality Ohio executive director Elyzabeth […]

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Sale of Mayor Coleman’s House Comes Under FBI Scrutiny

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Sale of Mayor Coleman’s House Comes Under FBI Scrutiny

Columbus city government is once again under the scrutiny of the Justice Department this week. News outlets reported Thursday afternoon that the FBI is now investigating the sale of Mayor Michael Coleman’s former home on Haddon Road. Early reports indicated that the Coleman himself was under investigation, but the Mayor’s office said Thursday that he […]

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Bexley Council Passes New LGBT Protections

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Bexley Council Passes New LGBT Protections

Bexley was briefly the center of attention for many followers of the LGBT equality movement earlier this year when a local wedding videographer denied service to an engaged couple because they were gay. “To hear that it happened in our neighborhood that I know to be a diverse and inclusive neighborhood was an incredibly disappointing […]

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Mayor Coleman Responds to Bribery Scandal

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Mayor Coleman Responds to Bribery Scandal

The investigation into the Redlfex bribery scheme has reached the highest office in Columbus. Mayor Michael Coleman announced in statement Tuesday afternoon that his office is providing documents to federal investigators. The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the Mayor is complying with a federal subpoena. “I encourage those who receive a request for information to […]

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CPD Focuses Attention On Linden, Summer Safety Efforts

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea CPD Focuses Attention On Linden, Summer Safety Efforts

To some, it’s common knowledge that city crime regularly increases when summer arrives. To others, the supposed connection between weather and crime is nonsense. Either way, after the killing of four people in a South Linden house earlier this month, the city is taking no chances in the first days of summer. On Monday, Mayor […]

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