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Can Medical Marijuana Help Combat Ohio’s Opioid Crisis?

Travis Irvine Travis Irvine Can Medical Marijuana Help Combat Ohio’s Opioid Crisis?

As medical marijuana becomes a talking point of Ohio’s 2018 election season, some candidates are questioning whether or not our soon-to-be-launched program will help fight the state’s opioid crisis, and if Ohio should go the way of full marijuana legalization. In 2016, the state legislature also considered the possibilities of what the new medical marijuana […]

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Scenes From March for Our Lives Columbus

Anne Evans Anne Evans Scenes From March for Our Lives Columbus

March for Our Lives movements are happening throughout the country today. Thousands of people participated in the March For Our Lives in Downtown Columbus. A rally began at West Bank Park at 10am, then participants marched to the Ohio Statehouse. Marches have been organized by students and survivors of gun violence. “As a child of […]

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City Announces Proposals to Bridge Gap Between Federal and State Gun Laws

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega City Announces Proposals to Bridge Gap Between Federal and State Gun Laws

The City of Columbus is taking local action to reduce gun violence, announcing today several ordinances that would bridge the gaps between federal and state gun laws. The proposed ordinances, announced on Wednesday, March 21 by Mayor Andrew Ginther, City Council President Shannon Hardin, and City Attorney Zach Klein, would specifically target perpetrators of domestic […]

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Local Organizations Say Increased Discipline and Police Presence in Schools Could Do More Harm

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Local Organizations Say Increased Discipline and Police Presence in Schools Could Do More Harm

Today, on the month anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that took 17 lives, local organizations are gathering at the Ohio Statehouse for a press conference and vigil to raise awareness of currently pending state legislation. Students with the Voices of the Unheard, as well as the People’s Justice Project (PJP) and the […]

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Black Pride 4 Members Sentenced with Community Service, Probation

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Black Pride 4 Members Sentenced with Community Service, Probation

Members of the Black Pride 4 (BP4), the group of black trans individuals who were arrested after protesting last year’s Pride Parade, were handed their sentences on Monday, March 13. Wriply Bennet, Ashley Braxton, and Kendall Denton were sentenced with fines, community service and probationary periods but received no jail time. Deandre Miles, who has […]

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Districtwide Student Walkouts Planned as Part of Safer Together Day

Anne Evans Anne Evans Districtwide Student Walkouts Planned as Part of Safer Together Day

On March 6, 2018, the Columbus City Schools Board of Education voted on a resolution declaring Wednesday, March 14, 2018 as Safer Together Day. March 14 marks one month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead. Walkouts and events are being planned by students and […]

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Lawsuit Filed to Keep The Crew in Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans Lawsuit Filed to Keep The Crew in Columbus

Yesterday, the State of Ohio and City of Columbus jointly filed a lawsuit against Precourt Sports Ventures (the owner of the Columbus Crew SC) and Major League Soccer (MLS) as a preventative measure to keep the team from relocating to Austin. “Today I have filed a lawsuit in Franklin County to try to #SaveTheCrew and keep the […]

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