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Return of the Living Dead

Columbuser.com has returned from the netherworld, all rested up and ready to rock your world with local stories of little-to-no import, bloggy ruminations on the state of Columbus, Ohio, and post-MSM internecine warfare.

To all those who’ve asked after the proprietor (i.e., me), I’m fine- just burned out on blogging for a while. Thanks. But that’s been my modus operandi on previous blogs- write for a while until I’ve run out of the urge to spiel, then to give up blogging as various ideas and rants pile up in my head until it inspires me to write again. So now I’m inspired. Will I quit again? Or to put it nicer, go on hiatus again? No doubt. For those who need constancy, just know: possessions are fleeting.

Special thanks to Jerid for the wonderful send-off!

Important news updates since I’ve been away: Bill Todd lost that race; Marc Dann resigned.

Wikifying Ohio’s elections

Jeff Coryell at the Ohio Daily Blog had a post up a little while back on Ohio’s mayoral elections and the difficulty of finding information on them:

Bonobo at Blue Bexley has an intriguing post up today, listing the people who have pulled petitions for Bexley mayoral and city council races. Coincidentally, I spent some time yesterday visiting county party and board of elections web sites, and googling for media stories, trying to assemble a list of significant mayoral elections on the ballot in Ohio this year….

Unfortunately, I find that the info isn’t so easy to compile! The county party and BOE sites are very inconsistent and not necessarily up to date.

I’ve found that that’s frequently the case, and not just concerning elections. That’s one reason why I’ve set up OhioWiki- to be a good source of information on Ohio. One that will drill down to a much more local level than Wikipedia does.

So I’ve taken Jeff’s list and put it in a table on a page in the wiki I’ve called Ohio elections 2007. I’ve also started a page on the Columbus mayoral race- it’s bare-bones at this point.

Hopefully the wiki can be become a good place for information on Ohio’s elections. If you have something to add, go right ahead. Registration is optional.

Sorry, no posts today due to real work intervening. Why not add something to the OhioWiki instead? OhioWiki needs editors!

I did a little rekajiggering on the site yesterday. This is a new post format, the main difference between it and a regular post being the lack of a title. I found that coming up with a post title and the style of having each post in a somewhat formal box was subtly discouraging me from writing quick one-liner posts with an interesting link, especially in cases where I don’t have anything in particular to add save for “look at this”. So this is the informal “look at this” post style. If it looks weird in your browser, hit refresh or F5 to reload the stylesheet. This post should have a very light grey background. If it’s still not right, or if it’s not quite working in your feed reader, please let me know.

A new local Columbus blog

Hi! This is a blog which will cover news, politics, and life in Columbus, Ohio. There are a number of other Columbus blogs out there, a bunch of which only started in the last few months. There’s something in the air I guess. This one aims to provide a perspective that you can’t get anywhere else. We’ll see how it goes.

I’m still tinkering behind the scenes on the layout and functionality, so it may be a bit bumpy the first couple of weeks. I’m going with a soft launch. In the meantime, there’s a blogroll to fill out, static pages to write, and WordPress code to hack.

If you want to write for the blog, let me know. In the event the site eventually makes money, you’ll start getting some of it. I know- everybody says that.

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REIT pays $33.5M for Central Ohio distribution centers

A Boston-based REIT has slid into the Columbus market with the purchase of three fully leased distribution centers for a combined $33.5 million as....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 21, 2014 2:11 pm

Cardinal Health, Henry Schein join to get medical supplies in doc offices

Cardinal Health Inc.'s $300 million business selling medical supplies to physician practices is to be acquired by Henry Schein Inc. in a....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 21, 2014 1:21 pm

New Downtown Report Details Continual Neighborhood Growth

A lot of time, effort, and energy has been invested in the revitalization of Downtown Columbus in the past decade. A lot of money has been invested....

The Walker Evans Effect

Nov 21, 2014 1:02 pm

Bank-regulator relationship under fire in Senate hearing

The relationship between megabanks and their regulators came under fire Friday at a Senate hearing chaired by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who chairs....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 21, 2014 12:12 pm

Hyde Park Restaurant Group Exploring Old Cup O Joe Space

When Cup O Joe closed its location on The Cap in October, there was immediate speculation that the Hyde Park Restaurant Group might snatch up the....

The Walker Evans Effect

Nov 21, 2014 12:07 pm

Ohio unemployment hits post-recession low in October

Ohio's jobless rate reached a post-recession low 5.3 percent in October, according to estimates released Friday by the Ohio Department of Job and....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 21, 2014 12:02 pm

Which Ohio cities have the most-expensive homes for sale? – COUNTDOWN

Central Ohio is home to six of the top 10 cities in Ohio with the most-expensive homes for sale, including No. 1. That's according to Coldwell....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 21, 2014 11:14 am

EXCLUSIVE: Hyde Park buys Cup O’ Joe liquor license at the Cap

Could Hyde Park grab another piece of the Cap? The Beachwood-based restaurant group has gradually taken more and more space at the Short North....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 21, 2014 10:27 am

PowerPhilanthropy Friday: The Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation is working to capture The Spirit of Columbus through images that showcase the determination, dedication, and commitment of....

The Walker Evans Effect

Nov 21, 2014 10:14 am

Why are master limited partnerships so popular with energy companies?

As U.S. energy production increases, so do master limited partnerships, a long-available financing tool that has become all the rage this year as....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 21, 2014 10:03 am

Pies & Pints scouting sites in Dublin, Cincinnati, Nashville

Pies & Pints is on the verge of a big growth spurt. The Columbus-based restaurant chain is opening at Easton Gateway Nov. 24 and will quickly....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 21, 2014 9:57 am

Holiday Shopping Guide 2014 No. 1 – Beautiful Things

The holidays are near! Thank you for reading our annual Holiday Shopping Guide! The 2014 Guide is presented by the The Columbus Foundation. Their new....

The Walker Evans Effect

Nov 21, 2014 7:00 am

Holiday Shopping Guide 2014 No. 1 – Beautiful Things

The holidays are near! Thank you for reading our annual Holiday Shopping Guide! The 2014 Guide is presented by the The Columbus Foundation. Their new....

The Walker Evans Effect

Nov 21, 2014 7:00 am

Restaurant Roundup: New Openings, Expansions and More

The local food scene in Columbus is usually bursting at the seams with news about new locations, openings, menus, construction updates, and more.....

The Walker Evans Effect

Nov 21, 2014 6:50 am

Grand Opening to Showcase New Market-Rate Homes in Weinland Park

Wagenbrenner Development is hosting a party on Sunday to show off the completed model home in their Grant Park development. The project, which first....

The Walker Evans Effect

Nov 21, 2014 6:50 am

Winter Guide to Local Music

It’s cold. We’re all cold. The wind is no longer giving us sweet butterfly kisses on our cheeks… it’s taking a machete to....

The Walker Evans Effect

Nov 21, 2014 6:50 am

Christmisc Ugly Sweater Pop-Up Shop Returns

Christmisc comes but once a year. You read that right. The pop-up shop known as Christmisc is returning to the South Campus Gateway once again for....

The Walker Evans Effect

Nov 21, 2014 6:50 am

Stage Left Rebrands as Ethel’s Bar, Unveils New Drinks Menu and Event

The glowing green neon lights of the Garden Theater sign have been illuminating the Short North off-and-on for almost a century. Short North Stage....

The Walker Evans Effect

Nov 21, 2014 6:50 am

Morning Roundup: OSU prez wishes TBDBITL mess had been handled already, Ohi

In today's roundup: OSU President Michael Drake wishes TBDBITL situation had been handled before his arrival, Ohio slaughterhouse ranked as the....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 21, 2014 6:20 am

National Roundup: Gap cuts profit forecast, blames apparel retail slowdown

Gap Inc. cited slowing sales, particularly at its namesake Gap stores, as it cut its earnings forecast for the rest of the year, ending in February.....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 21, 2014 6:00 am

The trends that affect the valuation of your business

When it comes time to sell your business, will you be ready? As an owner, you've spent countless hours building up the strength of your company, and....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 21, 2014 5:00 am

EXCLUSIVE: Dublin narrows city manager search to 2 finalists

It's not quite the Maize and Blue battling the Scarlet and Gray on the gridiron, but the contest for the Dublin city manager job has a familiar....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 20, 2014 5:09 pm

L Brands looking to make ‘big days much bigger’ over holiday shopping s

A good third quarter is welcome news at L Brands Inc., but the holiday season is what makes the retail business. The watchwords there remain....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 20, 2014 3:44 pm

Ohio banks, credit unions petition Rep. Stivers on retailer data breaches

Ohio financial institutions are hoping U.S. Congress will step in to prevent another costly retailer data breach. The separate trade groups....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 20, 2014 3:05 pm

Firm on hiring binge as software catches health reform’s ‘bundled payme

Increasing demand from insurers, employers and health-care policymakers to pay for better medical outcomes instead of more stuff is creating a....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 20, 2014 2:53 pm

Wexner: ‘Power of our brands’ setting L Brands apart, helping push prof

L Brands Inc. doesn't know what the holiday will bring, but at least it's entering the busy season strong. The Columbus-based retailer reported....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 20, 2014 1:49 pm

Pizzuti Teams up with Northstar Café on Lane Avenue Development

Upper Arlington’s rapidly growing Lane Avenue area is set to be the location of a new Northstar Café in the near future. Northstar owners....

The Walker Evans Effect

Nov 20, 2014 1:34 pm

FIRST LOOK: 2016 Acura ILX, ‘restyled, reengineered and reborn’

With the Acura TLX off to a fast start, Honda Motor Co. 's luxury brand will see if the ILX can follow. Honda on Thursday unveiled the 2016....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 20, 2014 1:32 pm

Mega Fall Weekend 2014 – Vol. 9

Happy Weekend! It’s cold, but at least we don’t have 70 inches of snow! We still have contests going on for Johnny Marr, and The Head....

The Walker Evans Effect

Nov 20, 2014 1:00 pm

AEP, other utilities join White House effort to promote electric vehicles

Every Ohio utility except FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) has pledged to spend 5 percent of their annual fleet acquisitions budgets to buy electric....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 20, 2014 12:30 pm

GCAC Presents: Dance Matters – Engaging Communities

OhioDance believes in the power of dance to effect change. OhioDance is a statewide service agency and a socially-concerned community organization.....

The Walker Evans Effect

Nov 20, 2014 12:17 pm

‘The young and the restless’ are key for ‘bubble’ cities like Colum

Wayne Gretzky was talking about hockey when he said, "I just skate where the puck is going, not where the puck was," but the idea also applies to....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 20, 2014 11:57 am

Brioso Coffee development to be joined by second storefront, 8 apartments

The planned Brioso Coffee roasting operation and cafe I wrote about Monday will be joined by four apartments apiece at 329 and 331 E. Long St. ....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 20, 2014 11:55 am

Ohio’s energy mandates committee moving to 1st meeting next week

Ohio legislators are closing in on the first meeting date for the closely watched renewable energy standards committee. Multiple sources said....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 20, 2014 11:31 am

Navidea’s Lymphoseek approved for sale in Europe

The European Commission has approved sales in the continent of radioactive cancer diagnostic aid Lymphoseek. Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Inc. said....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 20, 2014 10:52 am

OxiClean and Scotts teaming up on patio and deck cleaner

If only Billy Mays were alive to see this. The cleaning product he was famous for pitching in infomercials is teaming up with one of the biggest....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 20, 2014 10:47 am

DareDevil Dogs Opening Near OSU South Campus

Gourmet hot dog joint DareDevil Dogs is opening this Friday at 1437 North High Street, the former location of Commonwealth Sandwich Bar. After....

The Walker Evans Effect

Nov 20, 2014 10:40 am

Bill helping credit union insurer passes House

Legislation intended to strengthen American Share Insurance passed through the Ohio House this week. American Share is a member-owned company based....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 20, 2014 10:05 am

OSU Transit Plan Proposes Big Changes for Campus

Ohio State has been working on a transit and parking plan meant to improve the flow of car, bicycle and pedestrian traffic on campus. The....

The Walker Evans Effect

Nov 20, 2014 7:25 am

Film Review: Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

What makes the Hunger Games franchise so much stronger than the rest of the adolescent lit series out there? Perhaps more than anything – more than....

The Walker Evans Effect

Nov 20, 2014 7:25 am

Morning Roundup: Columbus' top gay-friendly workplaces, Ohio's next

In today's roundup: Columbus' top gay-friendly workplaces, Center at Powell Crossing developer sues the suburb, Howard Hanna makes another deal,....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 20, 2014 6:28 am

National Roundup: General Motors sued for fraud over recalls (Video)

Arizona's attorney general, Thomas Horne, has sued General Motors over the carmaker's string of recalls, saying customers in that state had been....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 20, 2014 6:12 am

Hey Internet, what apps should Duet Health build for its new robot?

Meet Darien. More importantly, come up with some jobs for Darien. Duet Health built the robot as a side line, to ease interaction with its patient....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 19, 2014 4:19 pm

HR-V, first new Honda in years, to hit dealer showrooms in early 2015

The Honda HR-V is almost ready for the road. The new addition to the automaker's lineup – the first new Honda in years – was unveiled Wednesday....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 19, 2014 3:40 pm

Columbus to New Orleans flight added in time for Mardi Gras

Getting to Mardi Gras from Columbus will be a little easier with Allegiant Air's addition of service between Rickenbacker International Airport and....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 19, 2014 3:01 pm

Indus Hotels buying Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn at Port Columbus

The saga of the Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Inn at Port Columbus International Airport has taken another twist 19 months after completion of a....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 19, 2014 2:37 pm

Concert Review: Interpol

Formed in 1997, New-York-based band Interpol has been releasing records since 2002. The band has been headlining festivals and sporadically releasing....

The Walker Evans Effect

Nov 19, 2014 1:56 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Pier 1 expanding its Central Ohio operations, again

Pier 1 Imports is taking even more distribution space in the region. Sources tell me the furniture and household goods retailer has signed a....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 19, 2014 1:43 pm

PHOTO TOUR: $30M Taylor House upscale apartment complex debuts off Bethel R

A year ago, we told you about Preferred Living's latest luxury apartment project that looked more like a swanky Southwestern resort than a....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 19, 2014 1:32 pm

Outlook brightened, Sunny Street Cafe goes on real estate hunt

Business at Sunny Street Cafe is looking, well, sunnier. The Columbus-based breakfast and brunch chain is seeing sales rise for the first time in....

Business First of Columbus

Nov 19, 2014 1:21 pm