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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates in Columbus

The response to the Coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve rapidly, day-by-day. Below is a list of news and updates relating to Columbus and the State of Ohio’s response to the pandemic. Find a general timeline of events, resources for aid, a list of cancellations and more. This list will continue to be amended as new […]

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Coronavirus Update: Case Demographics, CARES Funding & More

The Numbers COVID-19 cases — As of Tuesday, Sept. 22, 20,496 cases and 483 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported or are probable in Columbus and Worthington. Countywide, 27,538 cases and 659 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health. Statewide, 145,850 cases and 4,635 deaths have been confirmed […]

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Here’s What the CDC Eviction Moratorium Means for Local Renters

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a national moratorium on evictions on September 2; the order went into effect two days later and will run through the end of 2020. The news of the moratorium has been greeted with relief by local housing advocates and service providers, many of whom feared a spike […]

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DeWine: “No Ohioan Should Have to Pay…Just to Cast a Ballot”

By Marty Schladen Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday said he did not agree with a decision by the legislature, which is controlled by his fellow Republicans, not to pay postage on mail-in ballots. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Ohioans are expected to rely heavily on mail-in voting as they did in the primary. But as officials prepare […]

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Photos: Columbus Crew SC vs. Nashville SC

It was another home win for Columbus Crew SC on Saturday night as they extended their lead atop the Eastern conference with a hard-earned 2-0 defeat over first-time visitors to MAPFRE Stadium, Nashville SC. A goal-less first half came and went with Crew SC asking most of the questions but failing to capitalize on a […]

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Julius Tate’s Family, Supporters Call for Justice and His Diploma

Starting Sept. 2, Julius Tate Jr.’s family and a community of supporters have marched, calling for justice in his case. The “March Against Columbus” ended on Thursday, Sept. 17 with a march and candlelight vigil, where Tate’s family once again honored him at the location where he was killed. The conclusion to 16 days of […]

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Good Flicks at Home, in Theaters and Drive-Ins

Aside from a couple of stinkers, this weekend offers a bunch of solid viewing options at home, on the big screen and at the drive-in. It’s a particularly good week for people looking to start spooky season a little early, but thrillers, family dramas and much-needed upbeat fare also awaits. Antebellum Available via VOD. by […]

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OSU Gets Approval to Build Combined Heat and Power Plant

The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved a proposal from Ohio State University to build a combined heat and power plant on its main campus. The natural gas-powered facility, which was opposed by the Sierra Club and several other environmental organizations, will be located on about one acre of OSU-owned land at the northeast corner […]

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Mega Weekend – Oktoberfests, Doo Dah Parade, 13th Floor, and More!
spooky season

It is going to feel like fall this weekend! If you are doing outdoor movies, or drive-ins, make sure to take blankets and bundle up! There are several Oktoberfest events this weekend. Get your Sleepy Hollow Drive-in tickets. We’ve added a shipping option for Coffee Festival Curated Take Home Boxes! Have a fun one! LIVE MUSIC -The Westland Drive-In: Parker Louis & […]

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5 Must Have Fashion Trends for Fall

Fall is one of the most anticipated seasons of the year in the fashion industry, and this fall is no exception, especially with the “new normal” of dressing mostly for at home/remote working and learning. But what does that entail, you ask? It is a matter of wear-now layering, fashion basics with a sprinkle of trend, and, […]

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Opinion: Beyond the Protests

There are two competing ways of understanding the “Black Lives Matter” movement: The narrative from the left tells the story of ordinary people, driven by conscience, coming together, across racial lines, at great personal risk, to put an end to a brutal and hypocritical institution, one with a sustained and documented history of targeting black […]

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Coronavirus Update: Big Ten Football to Resume this Fall
Ohio State Buckeyes Football vs. Florida Atlantic University Football

The Numbers COVID-19 cases — As of Wednesday, Sept. 16, 19,845 cases and 480 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported or are probable in Columbus and Worthington. Countywide, 26,555 cases and 655 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health. Statewide, 140,518 cases and 4,555 deaths have been confirmed […]

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Bites & Sips: Oktoberfest in a Box, Beer Releases, Reopenings & More

Grab a snack (or a drink). It’s the biggest Bites & Sips ever! Despite the pandemic, there is plenty to eat and drink around Central Ohio. From celebrating Oktoberfest to getting your very own White Castle boombox case, read on for the rundown. Schmidt’s Oktoberfest in a Box – Plus a Very Special Cream Puff Flavor […]

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Melt Expands to Melt House of Fitness
melt house of fitness

“We lucked out!” Meredith Mundell, Director of Marketing and Instructor Development at Melt House of Fitness. “We had been maxing out our wait lists, and our students wanted more of us. Now, with this new space we are happy to get more of our members in to our in-person classes.” The expansion into a former window […]

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Dr. Acton’s Harassment May Hinder Search for New State Health Director

By Tyler Buchanan Gov. Mike DeWine acknowledges that whoever takes over as state health director may face a torrent of criticism just as Dr. Amy Acton did earlier this year. That’s not a challenge unique to Ohio, the governor also said, vowing the state would continue searching for a permanent replacement to lead the department of […]

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Work Underway on Four-Story Building on Near East Side

Construction crews are busy at 1001 Atcheson St. on the Near East Side, where an 80-unit apartment building is on track to open by next fall. The four-story building is a project of the Woda Cooper Companies (formerly the Woda Group), a Columbus-based developer of affordable housing. To be known as Atcheson Place Lofts, the […]

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Investigations Into Resident Complaints of Police Stifled by Officer Aversion

The results of an investigation by the law firm BakerHostetler, in which the firm was charged with reviewing complaints by residents against Columbus police officers during protests early this summer, appears to have been stifled by some officers unwilling to share complete information during the investigation. Mayor Andrew Ginther said during a Tuesday press conference […]

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Punk Pigs Moving into Former Home of Baba’s

Grilled cheese and anarchy are on deck at Punk Pigs, 2515 Summit St. in Old North. A soft opening is expected some time this week for the new joint that’s the brainchild of Paddy Wagon food truck frontman Zach James. Had there not been a global pandemic, Punk Pigs might not have come into existence. […]

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People Can Save More Than Food When They Reduce Their Food Waste

How often do you buy vegetables, only to let them rot in the refrigerator? How often do you buy boxes or cans of food but never use them? How often do you cook too much food and throw the leftovers in the garbage? If you’re like most people, you’re probably doing these things more often […]

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State Reported Close to 7,000 COVID-19 Cases Last Week

By Jake Zuckerman The coronavirus’ spread slightly waned last week in Ohio as the seven-day moving average of newly reported cases dipped below 1,000. All told, 4,415 Ohioans have died from COVID-19. More than 14,300 have been hospitalized of the more than 137,000 residents who have been infected, according to Sunday data from the Ohio Department […]

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NEXT: Zoom Globalization

A curious phenomenon has been happening at our CreativeMornings Columbus event series. Ever since we moved into Zoom, a number of people from outside Columbus have been attending our events. We’ve had participants from Detroit and New York, but also from Mexico City and Stockholm as well. In May, I hosted a design event over Zoom that […]

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Timeline: A Look Back at the Events That Led to Today’s Scioto Peninsula Groundbreaking

Today’s groundbreaking on the Scioto Peninsula is being celebrated as a milestone for Downtown Columbus, but it was a long time in the making. The seven-acre first phase of the project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2022, with the full 26-acre site perhaps being built-out in about a decade’s time. Here’s […]

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Leaders Celebrate Scioto Peninsula Groundbreaking at Uncertain Time for Downtown

Work will officially get underway today on a major new mixed-use development on the Scioto Peninsula. Now known as The Peninsula, the first phase of the new development will bring a 200-room hotel, 250,000 square feet of office space, 329 residential units and 1,400 parking spaces to about seven acres of land directly west of […]

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Q&A: Morgan Harper on Columbus Stand Up! and Transitioning from Politics to Activism

When Morgan Harper first started her campaign for Ohio’s third congressional district against incumbent Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, she consistently called it a grassroots effort to bring in new leadership that could impact the lives of working people. When that campaign came to an end earlier this year, Columbus was already in the throes of a […]

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Grant to Expand Reproductive Health Programming in CCS

Nationwide Children’s Hospital was recently awarded a $2.5 million grant to support and expand its school-based teen healthcare services within Columbus City Schools. With partners including CCS, The Ohio State University, the City of Columbus and CelebrateOne, Nationwide Children’s will lead the initiative. 7,000 seventh and eighth-grade students in Franklin County are expected to be […]

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Local Roaster Uses Coffee to Support Global Conservation Efforts

Conservation Coffee is a melding of loves for Founder Jesse Winters – a love of animals and nature, and a love of coffee. Working at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium developed Winters’ appreciation of animals and the science and conservation efforts surrounding the zoo’s mission. He had seen other coffee roasters on the market that […]

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The Columbus Coffee Festival Returns with a “Curated Take Home Box Experience”

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