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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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First Look: Fox in the Snow Café in Italian Village

The Fox in the Snow Café hosted a soft opening this past weekend at 1031 North Fourth Street in the heart of Italian Village. Owners Jeff Excell....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 21, 2014 6:51 am

Morning Roundup: Marathon medal mishap explained, Columbus targeting blight

In today's roundup: A long and winding road for this year's Columbus Marathon medals, Mayor Coleman wants to get tough on owners of blighted....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 21, 2014 6:36 am

National Roundup: Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

Renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died yesterday at his home in Connecticut from complications due to cancer. The Dominican-born fashion....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 21, 2014 6:21 am

MSc Human Resources and Organisations

MSc Human Resources and Organisations Our faculty and students give an overview of the MSc Human Resources and Organisations programme. To find....

Columbusite

Oct 21, 2014 3:34 am

Photos: LeBron Leads Cavs to Preseason Victory in Columbus

The Cleveland Cavaliers topped the Chicago Bulls 107-98 in a special preseason exhibition game at the Schottenstein Center here in Columbus tonight.....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 20, 2014 9:58 pm

CCS Board to Vote on Bonus for Former Principle Involved in Data Scandal

As Columbus City Schools continues to work on restoring public trust, it will be making some interesting moves at its board meeting tomorrow night.....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 20, 2014 5:41 pm

CCS Board to Vote on Bonus for Former Principal Involved in Data Scandal

As Columbus City Schools continues to work on restoring public trust, it will be making some interesting moves at its board meeting tomorrow night.....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 20, 2014 5:41 pm

Could 'Notorious RBG' be a customer of Columbus’ Look Human?

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a way of spiking sales for Columbus startup Print Syndicate LLC. The justice whose fiery dissents in favor of voter....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 20, 2014 5:01 pm

Veterans Memorial demolition set for Downtown Commission

Franklin County and the nonprofit Columbus Downtown Development Corp. are ready to present plans to the Downtown Commission for a new memorial for....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 20, 2014 2:51 pm

American Realty Capital leads Avnet warehouse sale/recapitalization

Exxcel Project Management has sold off the recently completed Avnet Inc. bulk industrial project in Obetz as part of a recapitalization that keeps....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 20, 2014 1:57 pm

Film Review: St. Vincent

My theory is this: first time feature filmmaker Theodore Melfi is a wizard. It seems improbably, sure, but I can think of no other explanation for....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 20, 2014 1:47 pm

EXCLUSIVE: 6 apartment complexes sold for $240M

Lone Star Funds has bolstered its presence in the Central Ohio market with the purchase of six apartment complexes for nearly $240 million. ....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 20, 2014 1:44 pm

Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic latest to deploy HealthSpot telemedicine b

The Cleveland Clinic is the first hospital system to try out HealthSpot Inc.'s vision for placing its telemedicine booths in retail pharmacies for....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 20, 2014 1:32 pm

Porter Wright getting new managing partner

The second-biggest law firm in Columbus soon will have a new managing partner. Bob Tannous will take over for Robert "Buzz" Trafford at Porter....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 20, 2014 1:26 pm

Scotts buys pest-control business in bid to boost lawn-service unit

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. has acquired its first home service pest-control business. The Marysville-based company acquired Indiana-based Action....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 20, 2014 1:08 pm

Worthington Industries makes another deal in CNG market

Worthington Industries Inc. has acquired majority interest in a compressed natural gas fuel system manufacturer, giving the Columbus company....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 20, 2014 1:03 pm

Businesses call AEP’s price-guarantee request 'unfair' and ‘har

A group of 12 big Ohio electricity users says American Electric Power Company Inc.'s proposed coal-plant price guarantee is "unfair to shopping....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 20, 2014 10:28 am

$80 oil? No problem for shale drillers who planned ahead, experts say

Remember way back in July when crude oil sold for more than $100 a barrel? Over the past four months, the price has fallen more than $25 a barrel,....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 20, 2014 10:03 am

Review: Parables and Politics & Elijah Pierce’s Art

Elijah Pierce is one of the best known artists associated with Columbus. His works are held by major collections and his legacy continues to....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 20, 2014 7:10 am

Opinion: RiverSouth is Ideal for Innovation District

As Brent Warren reported on Thursday, Troy Miller spent his final days on Columbus City Council studying the feasibility of creating an Innovation....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 20, 2014 7:10 am

Morning Roundup: Ebola-infected nurse mulling legal action, Polar Vortex II

Ebola-infected nurse considering her legal options, Texas hospital apologizes for its handling of the Ebola case, another polar vortex-heavy winter....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 20, 2014 6:34 am

SLIDESHOW: Sold-out Columbus Marathon kicks off from new location at North

It was near-perfect conditions for the approximately 18,000 participants who gathered Sunday for the 35th running of the Columbus Marathon. This was....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 20, 2014 6:06 am

Olde Towne Tavern Owners Launching The Walrus Downtown

The South Fourth Street corner of Downtown has become its own mini-district in recent years with the success of multiple local bars and restaurants....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 19, 2014 9:56 am

NGA Human Resources – Katowice

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Columbusite

Oct 19, 2014 6:24 am

Columbus Crew Heading to 2014 Playoffs

The Columbus Crew has officially clinched a spot in the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs, returning to the postseason for the first time in three years. With....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 18, 2014 6:22 pm

Treat to Try: Hazelnut Pumpkin Praline Dacquoise

In the mood for pumpkin, but don’t want to have another pumpkin roll? Try the Hazelnut Pumpkin Praline Dacquoise at Pistacia Vera. This....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 18, 2014 3:55 pm

Strut the Salon Opens on Parsons Avenue

The new Village Point building on Parsons Avenue has had little trouble attracting new tenants. The Fitness Loft and Alchemy Juice Bar opened earlier....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 18, 2014 10:58 am

Blue Jackets Douse Flames 3-2 at Nationwide Arena

By Rob Mixer – BlueJackets.com The Calgary Flames were determined to make this a far more interesting outcome than it appeared after 40 minutes....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 18, 2014 9:49 am

Treat to Try: Loralie’s Baking Co. Brownies

Lots of people don’t like cake, but it’s hard to find a person who won’t eat a brownie. Always the first to disappear at potluck....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 18, 2014 9:30 am

Wot I Fink About: HUMAN RESOURCES

Wot I Fink About: HUMAN RESOURCES Links to this amazing game here! Kickstarter:....

Columbusite

Oct 17, 2014 3:30 pm

Library seeking approval of main branch renovation plans from Downtown Comm

The Columbus Metropolitan Library will bring its plans for the renovation and expansion of the main library at 96 S. Grant St. before the city's....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 17, 2014 3:02 pm

Three Crosswoods sold at sheriff’s sale

There's been another office property transfer in the Crosswoods Center mixed-use park north of Worthington. Three Crosswoods at 200 E. Campus View....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 17, 2014 1:08 pm

Climate change is a national security issue, analyst says

Climate change is threatening national security, and states like Ohio are not helping, according to the head of think tank who spoke at Ohio State....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 17, 2014 12:43 pm

Ranking Ohio’s biggest shopping centers – COUNTDOWN

As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, shoppers in Central Ohio have no fear. The region is home to four of the biggest shopping....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 17, 2014 11:43 am

The Smithery Showcases the Handmade Aspect of Artist-Made Gifts

What does it take to open your own storefront, filled with many of your own handmade items? Persistence and dedication, say Anne Holman and Jen....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 17, 2014 10:17 am

Columbus airport officials outline 10-year, $91M capital plan for Rickenbac

Rickenbacker International Airport may not have a well-defined strategic direction, but it has a spending plan. Columbus airport officials are....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 17, 2014 10:10 am

Crew Signs New 17-Year-Old Player Ben Swanson

The Columbus Crew today announced that it has signed midfielder Ben Swanson as a Homegrown Player. Swanson’s career with the Black & Gold....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 17, 2014 9:53 am

Morning Roundup: OSU investigated its Office of Compliance, Columbus Marath

In today's roundup: Ohio State investigated its Office of Compliance, parking app can help Columbus Marathon runners, a bank that waited 130 years to....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 17, 2014 7:06 am

Ebola update: Northeast Ohio businesses and schools closing, Frontier Airli

Several northeast Ohio businesses and schools have closed temporarily because of feared exposure to Ebola patient Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 17, 2014 6:52 am

Restaurant Roundup: 10 Restaurant, Beer and Hot Sauce Updates

Day in and day out, Columbus Underground brings you the latest in local dining and restaurant news. But sometimes there are smaller updates worthy of....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 17, 2014 6:10 am

Exit your business on your terms. Here’s how.

If that M&A activity comes to fruition, it may spell opportunity for the owners of private freight companies who are ready to transition out of their....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 17, 2014 5:51 am

Theatre Review: The Lion King Returns Triumphant

The Lion King returned to the Ohio Theatre this week for its second run in Columbus, having enjoyed a sold-out run in 2004. Absolutely a breathtaking....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 16, 2014 10:39 pm

Concert Review: The Airborne Toxic Event

Sometime ago, way back in early 2011, I remember declaring on my Facebook page that Airborne Toxic Event were going to be a hugely famous band that....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 16, 2014 8:59 pm

Have you voted yet?

Early voting has started but the hours are shortened because of Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted's attempt to discourage voters. Make certain....

Ohio 15th District

Oct 16, 2014 6:42 pm

SuperChef’s Breakfast & More expands to Village Square in Gahanna

The new SuperChef's Breakfast & More puts the emphasis on more. "It's an expanded space, expanded hours, a full bar, a bigger menu," owner Ryan....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 3:58 pm

After extensive renovations, Prohibition Gastro Lounge opens in Powell

A more than 100-year-old building in Powell may have inspired Prohibition Gastro Lounge, but that same building kept the doors from opening months....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 3:14 pm

Crawford Hoying, F2 Development start construction on Hilliard apartments

Dublin-based Crawford Hoying Development Partners has started construction on a suburban apartment project with the partners of F2 Development. ....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 2:57 pm

Ohio State sophomore named a finalist in $5M 43North business plan competit

An 18-year-old Ohio State University sophomore is vying for a $1 million prize but his biotechnology startup gets healthy funding for a year in any....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 2:28 pm

Theatre Review: Evo Takes You on an Emotional Journey

The company of Shadowbox Live dazzles in their reincarnation of the 90s off-broadway rock musical Evo. Many of the banners throughout the stage were....

The Walker Evans Effect

Oct 16, 2014 2:23 pm

Another blow to the solar industry as PUCO nixes in-state sourcing rule

It's official: Ohio power companies no longer have to get half of their renewable energy from in-state providers. A law signed in July made clear....

Business First of Columbus

Oct 16, 2014 1:35 pm