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Zeno’s Bar challenges smoking ban enforcement


The Dispatch wrote Bar challenges smoking ban enforcement Monday, May 19, 2008 BY MISTI CRANE The owner of Zeno’s Victorian Village, 384 W. Third Ave., will become the first to challenge the city’s enforcement of the statewide smoking ban at a hearing Wednesday. Zeno’s first encounter with the city came early on, with an investigation […]


McCain is campaigning in Columbus today

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WBNS wrote McCain Campaigns In Ohio Today Thursday, May 15, 2008 John McCain says if elected he expects Iraq and Afghanistan to see reduced violence and Osama bin Laden either dead or captured by the end of his first term that would end in 2013. The Republican presidential hopeful is looking into a crystal ball […]


New Urban Ventures / Communications Directors

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Press Release wrote Mayor Appoints Coordinator for Urban Ventures and Announces New Communications Director As Columbus moves forward in the rankings as one of the nation’s biggest and best cities, Mayor Michael B. Coleman today announced the hiring of a new Communications Director and the creation of a new position “Urban Ventures Coordinator,” to focus […]


Ohio GOP Lawmakers Propose Payday Loan Cap


The Dispatch wrote GOP bill stuns payday lenders Wednesday, April 30, 2008 By Jim Siegel After months of debate over whether to cap payday-lending interest rates at 36 percent, House Republican leaders tossed a sharp curveball yesterday by proposing a 28 percent cap. Stunning both the payday-lending industry and consumer advocates, House Financial Institutions Chairman […]


How have businesses fared since the smoking ban?

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The Chronicle-Telegram wrote ONE YEAR LATER: How have area businesses fared since the smoking ban? Michael Baker On May 5 last year, the statewide smoking ban took effect and extinguished smoking in all indoor public places. The law — passed with 57 percent of the public vote in November 2007 — was hotly contested when […]


Governor pushes for high-speed Internet in Ohio

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The Dispatch wrote Governor pushes for high-speed Internet Friday, April 25, 2008 BY MARK NIQUETTE Strickland spoke yesterday in Columbus at the first of six events planned nationwide by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the nonprofit Connected Nation to promote the importance of broadband access. The first step in Ohio has been to map […]


Governor Strickland rejects cigarette surcharge

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The Dispatch wrote Governor rejects cigarette surcharge Thursday, April 24, 2008 By James Nash A Washington-based anti-smoking group wants Gov. Ted Strickland and legislative leaders to slap a 75-cent surcharge on packs of cigarettes in order to save an Ohio foundation that discourages youth from smoking and runs a smoking quit line. Legislative leaders and […]


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