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Ticket Tax Opposition Group Falls Short on Signatures for Ballot Measure

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ticket Tax Opposition Group Falls Short on Signatures for Ballot Measure

Looks like the ticket taxes, as introduced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) last summer and passed by Columbus City Council in December, are here to stay. The two 5 percent fees were enacted on July 1, and the group hoping to overturn them on this year’s ballot has failed to submit enough valid […]

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Council Reduces Penalties for Low-Level Marijuana Possession

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Council Reduces Penalties for Low-Level Marijuana Possession

Columbus City Council has taken marijuana reform into their own hands. The Council on Monday night voted unanimously to reduce penalties for marijuana and paraphernalia possession as well as fund a record-sealing program aimed at ending barriers to employment for those who already have convictions. “We are not endorsing drug use. But while folks in […]

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Year-Long Revision of Police Policies is Just the Beginning, Participants Say

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Year-Long Revision of Police Policies is Just the Beginning, Participants Say

Following the criticism and controversy that has encircled the Columbus Division of Police over the last several years, the City has been in the process of reforming the department’s priorities, practices and procedures.  With the help of the Community Safety Advisory Commission, a 17-person group comprised of local interested parties, and California-based Matrix Consulting Group, […]

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Policing the Police with Columbus Community Cop Watch

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Policing the Police with Columbus Community Cop Watch

Columbus Community Cop Watch isn’t waiting for a new police chief. And they’re not waiting for the Columbus Division of Police to review and implement recommendations from the Community Safety Advisory Commission. They’re not waiting on reform. Founded by Hana Abdur-Rahim, Cop Watch is a grassroots approach to creating more transparency in the policing of […]

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West Egg Cocktail Supply Announces Upcoming Closure

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega West Egg Cocktail Supply Announces Upcoming Closure

Aspiring mixologists will soon need to find a new venue to explore the craft of cocktail making. West Egg Cocktail Supply, a local business catering to booze enthusiasts, will close its doors come August 3. The business started in October of 2017, launching within the Cactus Consortium at 909 W. Fifth Ave. Owned by sisters […]

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Restaurant Roundup: News from Blaze, Jeni’s and more

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Restaurant Roundup: News from Blaze, Jeni’s and more

Columbus has so many new restaurants, expansions, menu updates and other changes, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with everything. That’s why our Restaurant Roundup series was designed to keep you informed with the latest and greatest updates. Here’s what’s new in the local dining scene: Blaze Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza has launched two new pizza […]

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Ice Cream Shop CRMD (Creamed) Opens in the Short North

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ice Cream Shop CRMD (Creamed) Opens in the Short North

Move over, all you mom and pop ice cream shops, CRMD (Creamed) is incoming. Owned by husband and wife team Kristina Duong and Benjamin Stoyka, CRMD is bringing an LA attitude to the ice cream business. It’ll open in the old PM Gallery space in the Short North on July 20. Though they’re Ohio natives, […]

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