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We are and always will be the United States

I didn’t care for the first Obama girl video, but this one tickles me. Fish and live bait, heh. And that chorus is really catching. “Red states… and blue states.” That could be a hit.

Politics aside, it is an incredible day for the country, in that so many say they didn’t think they’d live to see this day. Yet here it is. So movies can no longer signal that they take place in the future by having a black president.

But despite all of that, politics as usual will resume in 3.. 2.. ?

This is kind of cool. It’s like the Columbus version of Koyaanisqatsi. Bexley’s in there too. (Via RetroMetro.)

Byrne/Eno

The name of my favorite band is Talking Heads. (Hah.) After 30 years, David Byrne and producer Brian Eno have a new record out. “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today.” Here’s the single:

I’m not sure what I think about that yet. Definitely a different sound from their other collaborations. Oddly, it reminds me of the 1974 Hollies classic “The Air That I Breathe.”

I like that song. (Via Lefsetz Letter.)

CAPA’s new season is now on the web. Here’s a post about it.

Top 10 Reasons Why I Love Living in Columbus, Ohio in the Summertime

Things to do this weekend. Most interesting to me is Art al Fresco in the Short North tomorrow. I’m not quite sure what that is.

Columbus Zoo trip.

Wexner Center’s 15 minutes

The Wexner Center for the Arts is going to present Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms starting September 13. I caught Andy Warhol: A Retrospective at MOMA in 1989, just a couple years after his death. Great show. Pop Art, unlike a lot of art these days, is immediately accessible (as they say). That’s what makes it “pop.” Make sure you go, if you’re into that kind of thing at all. (Via Mad-Cow Town Forum.)

A look at Clear Creek Metro Park, near Lancaster.

Cool, the Brewery District. I feel like a beer.

The Olympics have started- they’re something like 13 hours ahead. Anybody going to watch?

Oktoberfest moving is

German Village’s Oktoberfest is moving again:

Oktoberfest will take place Sept.5-7 at Genoa Park and Amphitheater, between the banks of Scioto River and COSI. It will run from 5 p.m. to midnight on Sept. 5, noon to midnight Sept. 6 and noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 7…

That’s not even in German Village. (Via RetroMetro.)

Vinyl isn’t dead in Columbus. Or is it coming back like a zombie?

Lisa the Waitress has things to do this weekend. There’s a Waterfire on the Mile event this Saturday. Never been. Maybe I’ll go.

Eric’s found an interesting web app. I’ll need to play with it later.

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Ikea facts and figures: The origin of the name, its $1.5B restaurant busine

Yes, we get how much everyone loves to shop at Ikea. But how much do you really know about the Swedish home furnishings retailer? Central Ohioans....

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Jan 27, 2015 2:35 pm

Mayor Coleman on Ikea: Voters’ ‘No. 1 retail wish’

With less than a year to go before stepping down as mayor, Michael Coleman apparently is ready to live the good life lounging in....

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Jan 27, 2015 2:27 pm

OSU Wexner Medical Center building in Kingsdale instead of leasing from Con

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center plans to start construction this summer on its fourth CarePoint multispecialty clinic at the....

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Jan 27, 2015 2:04 pm

Ikea scouted several sites before finding ‘just the right spot’ at Pola

Ikea did an extensive search of the Central Ohio market before deciding that the former Germain Amphitheater site at Polaris was the right fit for....

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Jan 27, 2015 1:27 pm

Cities that get the most bang for the buck on education spending – COUNTD

The Ohio city that has the most efficient spending on education also is home to the wealthiest school district in the state. Personal finance social....

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Jan 27, 2015 1:01 pm

First Marysville-made Acura ILX rolls off production line today

The Acura ILX isn't just getting a new look, it's getting a new assembly plant. Production of the entry-level luxury sedan will shift from Honda....

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Jan 27, 2015 12:23 pm

Huntington taking over JPMorgan branches inside Meijer stores

Huntington Bancshares Inc. will double the number of branches it operates inside Meijer stores this year as JPMorgan Chase & Co. drops 37 locations....

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Jan 27, 2015 10:55 am

Sintel gets financing, clearance for Staybridge Suites

The developer of a Staybridge Suites planned for 3121 Olentangy River Road has secured financing and final city design approvals. Sintel Hotel....

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Jan 27, 2015 10:43 am

Drake: Ohio State willing to help host Democrats in 2016

As the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee tours the three finalist cities this week before deciding which will host the 2016 convention,....

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Jan 27, 2015 10:33 am

OSU planning honorary degree for Obamacare advocate Kathleen Sebelius

The state's biggest university plans to honor the woman who oversaw one of the biggest changes to U.S. health-care policy. Ohio State University....

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Jan 27, 2015 10:25 am

Chevrolet of Dublin sold to Dan Tobin Buick GMC

The newest Chevrolet dealer in Central Ohio is already out of the market. Dallas-based Roundtree Automotive Group LLC has sold Chevrolet of....

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Jan 27, 2015 10:15 am

COTA Ridership at Highest Level Since 1986

In November, COTA announced that ridership had broken a decade-high level, eclipsing the peak set in 2004. Today, COTA announced even higher levels....

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Jan 27, 2015 9:38 am

Donatos Black Brick Bar to Feature Craft Beer and Live Music

Last September, Elford Development submitted a proposal that called for the demolition and reconstruction of the Donatos building in the Short North.....

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Jan 27, 2015 8:07 am

Morning Roundup: America's Most Promising Companies, church sues JPMorg

In today's roundup: Two Ohio companies named among America's Most Promising, Indiana church takes on JPMorgan Chase, third Columbus company gets B....

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Jan 27, 2015 6:58 am

National Roundup: Facebook denies it was hacked after outage (Video)

Facebook and Instagram suffered an outage for about an hour early this morning, which a company spokesperson attributed to "a change that....

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Jan 27, 2015 6:57 am

Fulcrum Creatives joins Jeni's with B Corporation certification for soc

Another Columbus company has secured "B Corporation" status, certifying it meets standards for social and environmental performance,....

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Jan 27, 2015 6:54 am

Print Syndicate named among America's Most Promising Companies

Print Syndicate LLC has had a very good year, and that's put the Columbus company on Forbes' radar. The magazine includes the online retailer in....

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Jan 27, 2015 6:41 am

Retail Analyst Says Columbus is Ready for IKEA

IKEA is announcing today that Columbus will be getting its very own store in 2017, and local retail Analyst Chris Boring of Boulevard Strategies says....

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Jan 27, 2015 5:00 am

5 for $20 Challenge: One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice

For the second leg of the 5 for $20 Challenge, I had to find a recipe that used a pound of 85% lean ground chicken.  After a fairly exhaustive....

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Jan 26, 2015 10:45 pm

IKEA Coming to Columbus in 2017

Columbus Underground readers have long discussed the desire for the world’s largest furniture retailer IKEA to set up a local store. IKEA even....

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Jan 26, 2015 5:43 pm

Ikea eyes Polaris for 3rd Ohio store

W hispers that trendy furniture and housewares retailer Ikea is sniffing around Central Ohio for a store site are expected to turn into reality....

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Jan 26, 2015 5:28 pm

Another driller pulling back spending in Utica shale

Hess Corp. spending in the Utica shale play will drop 42 percent this year, as the oil and gas giant joins the cavalcade of cautious companies....

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Jan 26, 2015 4:44 pm

Hockey fans full of praise for Columbus (but not the cannon)

Columbus Blue Jackets fans love the cannon blast after every home goal. Visitors, not so much. Apart from the replica Civil War cannon scaring....

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Jan 26, 2015 4:15 pm

OSU Wexner Medical Center set to launch Brain and Spine Institute in former

Ohio State University and Wexner Medical Center trustees will be asked this week to approve a $14.3 million specialty Brain and Spine Institute in....

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Jan 26, 2015 2:05 pm

CCAD launching post-production studio to get students into movie business

The Columbus College of Art & Design is bringing a digital post-production studio to campus in a move President Tom White hopes will help make CCAD a....

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Jan 26, 2015 1:50 pm

Vote to end Medicaid expansion could be vote to close lawmaker’s local ho

Ohio Hospital Association CEO Mike Abrams is hoping math overcomes ideology in the trade group's top lobbying issue for 2015: Keeping expanded....

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Jan 26, 2015 1:39 pm

Exel cutting 278 jobs at Easton warehouse, but expects to hire workers else

Exel Inc. will lay off 278 workers at an Easton-area customer service and fulfillment center operated by Thirty-One Gifts LLC, the third-party....

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Jan 26, 2015 1:26 pm

OSU to begin work on $59M renovation of Pomerene, Oxley halls for Big Data

A multi-year renovation of two prominent Ohio State University campus buildings is nearing a start date. Design work will begin on Pomerene and....

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Jan 26, 2015 1:10 pm

New Councilmember Jaiza Page Wants to Impact Columbus Neighborhoods

On January 20, Jaiza Page was sworn in as the newest Columbus City Councilmember, replacing Hearcel Craig, who was elected to the Ohio House of....

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Jan 26, 2015 12:41 pm

ESPN wants this year’s College Football Playoff dates moved

The College Football Playoff is under pressure from ESPN to move this year's semifinal games from New Year's Eve to a more ratings-friendly day,....

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Jan 26, 2015 12:16 pm

Central Ohio banking veteran Roger Blair dies at 71

Roger Blair, executive vice president of First Community Bank and a veteran of Central Ohio's banking community, passed away Jan. 25 after a....

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Jan 26, 2015 12:08 pm

Ohio sues federal government over Obamacare taxes

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine sued the Obama administration on Monday along with Warren County and four state universities over a combined $6.25....

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Jan 26, 2015 12:01 pm

Publisher eyeing Groveport, energy consultant considering Dublin lead slate

A New York publisher's plans to open a logistics operation in Groveport and an energy consultant considering moving to Dublin led a flurry of new....

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Jan 26, 2015 11:48 am

Ohio Machine Picks up Seven Players in MLL Draft

Local pro lacrosse team The Ohio Machine added seven new players on Friday in the league’s annual draft. Selected players include University....

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Jan 26, 2015 11:41 am

Top of the List: Central Ohio’s top residential remodelers

The No. 1 residential remodeler in Central Ohio has been perfecting its craft for more than three decades, has its own radio show on 610 WTVN and....

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Jan 26, 2015 11:36 am

Honda predicting record 2015 with improved Acuras, new HR-V, redesigned Pil

The question at American Honda Motor Co. isn't if the company will hit record U.S. sales in 2015 – it's by how much. Honda (NYSE:HMC) Executive....

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Jan 26, 2015 11:13 am

Wasting Money

Recent information about the attendance records of Ohio's charter (aka 'community schools') schools have made taxpayers upset.  It appears that....

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Jan 26, 2015 10:32 am

Bodega Sold to New Ownership

Short North bar Bodega has new ownership as of last week, though fans of the establishment should expect few changes to be made. Former co-owner....

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Jan 26, 2015 9:46 am

Morning Roundup: Columbus shines during All-Star Game weekend, Thirty-One G

In today's roundup: NHL All-Star Game allows Columbus to shine, Thirty-One Gifts is expanding in Canada, report says climate change poses a risk to....

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Jan 26, 2015 6:44 am

National Roundup: Google cell phone service could upend industry (Video)

Traditionally, a mobile-phone user subscribes to a single carrier that provides voice, text, and data service through its own infrastructure, but....

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Jan 26, 2015 6:31 am

5 for $20 Challenge: Carbonnade

The first protein we chose to use in the 5 for $20 Challenge was the package of two beef chuck tenderloin steaks. These weighed in at about 13....

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Jan 25, 2015 8:23 pm

Locals Protesting Nationwide Arena Purchase During All-Star Game

The Columbus Coalition for Responsive Government announced plans to protest the 2012 purchase of Nationwide Arena by the Franklin County Convention....

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Jan 25, 2015 2:46 pm

From Ashtabula to Xenia – Ohio homeowners' insurance costs vary widel

Ohio is relatively free of big natural disasters, so our homeowners' insurance policies are relatively cheap. But a new report shows those costs can....

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Jan 25, 2015 11:33 am

Climate change putting Ohio farmers and manufacturers at risk, report says

Ohio's agriculture and manufacturing industries are threatened by rising global temperatures, according to a new report by a business group....

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Jan 25, 2015 11:15 am

Thirty-One Gifts expanding in Canada

Thirty-One Gifts shows no signs of slowing down in 2015, with its latest expansion taking it farther west in Canada. The direct-sales juggernaut....

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Jan 25, 2015 10:50 am

Three to Go: An Art Field Trip in Columbus

I cleared out some space on my calendar on Friday so I could enjoy a mini art field trip. My intention was to catch up on some area artists and....

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Jan 25, 2015 8:52 am

Renovation and New-Build Proposed for Corner of Oak and Wilson in Olde Town

Plans have been presented to the Near East Area Commission to build a two-story, mixed-use building on a vacant lot at the southeast corner of Oak....

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Jan 25, 2015 8:03 am

Bettman: 'John H. McConnell is in our thoughts today'

Amid all the NHL All-Star fanfare in Columbus, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made sure to acknowledge the hometown Columbus Blue Jackets' founding....

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Jan 24, 2015 8:44 pm

Big crowd turns out to celebrate Buckeyes' national championship – PH

Despite frigid temperatures, Ohio State Buckeyes fans turned out in droves Saturday morning at Ohio Stadium to celebrate the team's national....

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Jan 24, 2015 8:14 pm

Theatre Review: Psycho Beach Party has Stellar Acting but Falls a Bit Flat

Rare do I see a show that leaves me asking, “What the…?” (Insert word of choice there). While watching the opening night of Columbus....

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Jan 24, 2015 7:30 pm