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A Central Ohio landmark was demolished Tuesday to make room for a new healthcare center.

The abandoned Schottenstein Department Store building on Parsons Avenue soon will be home to a new center that will provide quality care to South-Side residents.

Parsons Avenue needs all the help it can get. Though it is the place to go in Columbus for meth head prostitutes. (Video at the link.)

End of the Coop

It’s the end of an era. Tonight is the last game the Clippers will play at Cooper Stadium. They’ll be playing at Huntington Park next year.

Here’s columbusING, and here’s the Dispatch. And from last year, an old post of mine with pics of the stadium.

OH-15 ads

Steve Stivers is running an ad now. His Democratic opponent Mary Jo Kilroy has already had several. Though I notice her negative ad isn’t posted to her site. Strange, that. More at The Daily Briefing.

UPDATE: Oops. That negative ad wasn’t put out by the Kilroy camp- it’s a Democratic committee ad. So that explains that.

Fascist bicyclists.

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

Port Columbus gets new airline

Some good news for all you flyboys:

Local travelers still stinging from Skybus Airlines’ demise are expected to get a welcome piece of news today, as discount carrier AirTran Airways announces it will begin flights from Port Columbus in November.

The Orlando, Fla.-based airline will offer nonstop flights to Atlanta and Orlando and Fort Myers, Fla., beginning Nov. 6. Atlanta service will be twice daily, while service to the Florida destinations will be once daily.

A bit limited but it’s a help.

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

Scrambled eggs

Regarding the interminable egg controversy surrounding the race for the OH 15th district, the state’s Fiscal Note & Local Impact Statement on the 2003 bill (H.B. 152) says:

The bill also makes other changes regarding regulation. The bill states that an owner or operator of a facility shall not be required by any political subdivision of the state, or any officer, employee, agency, board, commission, department, etc. of a political subdivision to obtain a license, permit, or other approval pertaining to manure, insects or rodents, odor, or siting requirements for installation of an animal feeding facility if the facility has any of the following:

*a permit to install
*a permit to operate
*a review compliance certificate
*a NPDES permit
*an operation and management plan that is approved by the Chief of the Division of Soil and Water Conservation in DNR or by *supervisors of the appropriate soil and water conservation district.

This provision clarifies that CAFO regulation shall fall under the Department of Agriculture.

Hmm, a clarification. (Emphasis added.)

Republican Steve Stivers, says the 2003 bill, which he co-sponsored, did not remove local control- that happened earlier. His opponent, Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy, says the bill did limit local control. It might be a little more nuanced than all that.

Is an egg farm the top issue in the race for Ohio’s 15th District? Seems like it, if you’re following the press.

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

Bus ridership up 18%

“The Central Ohio Transit Authority experienced an 18 percent increase in bus ridership on its fixed routes for the month of July,” according to Columbus Local News. That’s over July 2007. Stay high, gas prices! Keep these people off the road. Disclaimer: I have never ridden on a COTA bus. (Via RetroMetro.)

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.

Some opposition to a part of the big downtown split project: “One part of the reconstruction plan would involve tearing down two century-old buildings in the nearby Olde Towne east neighborhood.”

Columbus Zoo trip.

10TV News on another school funding measure:

The Columbus City School Board finalized its decision Tuesday evening to ask voters to support a 7.8 mil levy on the November ballot….

The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an average of $275 more each year in taxes, 10TV’s Tanisha Mallett reported.

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Six tips for structuring real estate deals to minimize tax

Real estate developers, you work in an environment where your ability to arrange deals hangs on the transaction’s tax consequence. If it can’t be....

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Apr 17, 2014 4:04 pm

Huntington doubling down on overdraft forgiveness, giving up $24M in annual

Huntington Bancshares Inc. is so confident in its  Fair Play initiative that it’s ready to forego another $24 million in annual revenue to expand....

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Apr 17, 2014 2:31 pm

Jerrie Mock, First Woman to Fly Solo Around the World, Honored with Statue

Columbus is home to an often overlooked piece of history. Today, the Columbus Foundation celebrates the 50th anniversary of Geraldine....

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Apr 17, 2014 1:39 pm

Kinder Morgan growing with continued success in Utica and Marcellus shale

Continued growth in the Utica and Marcellus shale plays has helped the largest midstream oil and gas company in North America increase its quarterly....

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Apr 17, 2014 1:38 pm

First quarter foreclosure activity up in Franklin County

Commercial and residential real estate foreclosure activity was up in Franklin County in the first quarter. The office of Franklin County Clerk....

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Apr 17, 2014 1:35 pm

Mega Spring Weekend 2014 – Vol. 5

Happy Weekend! Don’t miss your chance to dine again at one of Columbus’ best old restaurants, The Maramor. Get your tickets to Historical....

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Apr 17, 2014 1:00 pm

Honda confirms HR-V name, availability for new sport-utility vehicle

Hello HR-V. Honda Motor Co. confirmed the name of and released the first official images of the newest addition to its vehicle lineup. Its compact....

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Apr 17, 2014 12:52 pm

Top 25 cities with the most green buildings – COUNTDOWN

The U.S. EPA has come out with a list of cities that have the most certified green buildings and two Ohio cities made the grade to be included in the....

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Apr 17, 2014 12:16 pm

Dewey’s Pizza coming to Dublin for 3rd area restaurant

It took Dewey’s Pizza four years to open a second Central Ohio restaurant, but it isn’t taking that long to open its third. The Cincinnati-based....

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Apr 17, 2014 11:46 am

City seeking redevelopment ideas for former power plants west of Arena Dist

Columbus has put a portion of an electrical generation complex on the Olentangy riverfront off West Nationwide Boulevard out to bid for....

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Apr 17, 2014 11:39 am

Johnson’s Real Ice Cream getting test runs with Kroger and Roosters

Johnson’s Real Ice Cream will  begin serving from the Hills Market Downtown Friday, but that won’t be the only place you can find the historic....

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Apr 17, 2014 11:12 am

Finding water for fracking becoming ‘critical issue’ in Ohio

Finding vast amounts of water needed to frack in Ohio isn’t an issue yet for oil and gas drillers, but it could be a problem. “I know there is a....

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Apr 17, 2014 10:33 am

Hilsheimer out as CFO at Scotts

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. is replacing Larry Hilsheimer as CFO a year after the former Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. executive joined the company. ....

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Apr 17, 2014 10:09 am

DSW goes back to Shopko for new CFO Mary Meixelsperger

The new CFO at DSW Inc. is Shopko Stores Operating Co. LLC CFO Mary Meixelsperger, who takes over for Doug Probst at the Columbus-based footwear....

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Apr 17, 2014 9:52 am

Ford selling few CNG-powered F-150s

Only 200 CNG Ford F-150 pickup trucks have sold since sales began in December, showing the truck-buying public has yet to quickly embrace....

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Apr 17, 2014 9:46 am

Who is the Funniest Person in Columbus?

One study has shown that the average adult laughs just eighteen times per day. In a fast-paced, sometimes stressful modern world, this number seems....

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Apr 17, 2014 9:17 am

GCAC Presents: OHIO-WHATTA?

The 85-year old library – with a somewhat confusing name – presents its annual book festival celebrating Ohio authors. I knew I had a challenge....

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Apr 17, 2014 8:45 am

Design Digest: mode architects

Mode is a small firm with a broad portfolio that includes interior design, branding, and historic building renovations. Previously known as ON....

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Apr 17, 2014 7:36 am

Ohio’s Own: Let It Yo… (Snowville Yogurt Part II)

A little over a year ago, Snowville Creamery’s yogurt hit the market. It was offered in two flavors: plain and vanilla. True to Snowville form, the....

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Apr 17, 2014 7:00 am

Columbus Native Premiers Film at Gateway

Columbus native Michael Fitzer may be based in Louisville, but he knows where to find a good audience for an indie flick. That’s why the partner....

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Apr 17, 2014 7:00 am

Big Changes Coming to Pitablilites

Launched in 2011, Pitabilities food truck is one of Columbus’ most popular. In just three years, they have become mainstays on Ohio....

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Apr 17, 2014 7:00 am

Morning Roundup: State says beware of Uber and Lyft, Kasich and FitzGerald

Ohio warns riders about insurance implications of Uber and Lyft, poll has Kasich and FitzGerald tied in governor's race, Toyota redesigns the Camry,....

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Apr 17, 2014 6:50 am

Blue Jackets Fall 4-3 in Game One of the Playoffs

The Columbus Blue Jackets came up short against the Pittsburgh Penguins, losing 4-3 on the road in the first game of the opening round of the Stanley....

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Apr 16, 2014 10:55 pm

Pigskin Brewing Plans Taproom and Brewery at Creekside Gahanna

Last fall we featured a new startup beer brewer called Pigskin, which announced plans to renovate a warehouse space at 1400 Dublin Road to open a new....

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Apr 16, 2014 8:28 pm

Rockbridge buys historic Cliff House Resort & Spa in Ogunquit, Maine

The Rockbridge hotel investment firm has acquired the historic Cliff House Resort & Spa in Ogunquit, Maine, which overlooks the state’s south....

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Apr 16, 2014 4:40 pm

Poll finds Ohioans support renewable-energy mandates

Most Ohio voters support the state’s renewable-energy and energy-efficiency mandates, according to a poll released by Ohio Advanced Energy Economy,....

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Apr 16, 2014 4:32 pm

Sugardaddy’s Launches Firehouse Brownie

In honor of the service of the Columbus Division of Fire after last night’s fire at their Downtown location, Sugardaddy’s Sumptuous....

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Apr 16, 2014 3:38 pm

Ohio’s severe weather caused economic dip in March, Fed finds

Ohio just can’t seem to shake off the brutal winter. Severe weather held down economic activity throughout Ohio and parts of surrounding states....

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Apr 16, 2014 3:21 pm

Central Ohio’s busiest SBA lenders in 2014 – COUNTDOWN

Which lender is on pace to make the most Small Business Administration 7(a) deals in Central Ohio? That would be Huntington National Bank, for....

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Apr 16, 2014 3:10 pm

First Look: Acura TLX ready for showrooms as Honda unveils production model

The Acura TLX is almost road-ready. The production version of Honda Motor Co.’s  new Marysville-made luxury sedan was revealed Wednesday at the....

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Apr 16, 2014 2:13 pm

Craftin’ Outlaws Moves to Convention Center for Spring Fling

Alternative craft show Craftin’ Outlaws enters its tenth year with a move to a new and larger venue. The free, family-friendly event will take....

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Apr 16, 2014 12:45 pm

Huntington becomes country’s No. 1 SBA lender

Huntington Bancshares Inc. has long been Ohio’s leading Small Business Administration 7(a) lender, and can now lay claims to being the country’s....

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Apr 16, 2014 11:57 am

Pennsylvania not following Ohio’s lead on monitoring quakes near fracking

Several oil and gas drilling states are keeping a close eye on Ohio after regulators  issued new rules on monitoring seismic activity around....

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Apr 16, 2014 10:36 am

AEP moving 450 jobs to New Albany as transmission HQ leaves Gahanna

American Electric Power Company Inc. will relocate the headquarters of its transmission division to the New Albany Business Park after getting an....

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Apr 16, 2014 10:22 am

Top of the List: Recycling and waste management firms

The region’s largest waste management and recycling company bills itself as having been “clean and green” since before it was cool. It’s been....

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Apr 16, 2014 10:04 am

Huntington planning $250M stock buyback, dividend boost

Huntington Bancshares Inc.’s board of directors has approved plans to increase the company’s dividend and launch a $250 million buyback of....

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Apr 16, 2014 10:00 am

‘Spectacular’ Upper Arlington property being converted to 6 luxury-home

A development partnership has put a wooded, 6.5-acre property up for sale along Riverside Drive in the venerable Upper Arlington residential market....

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Apr 16, 2014 9:28 am

Food Truck Review: Teodora’s Kitchen

After a long, hard winter, Food Truck Season is just starting to bloom again in Columbus. This is the year to try Teodora’s Kitchen.....

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Apr 16, 2014 9:17 am

Morning Roundup: Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in London, Piada as nex

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show moves to London, Piada named among dining's next big things, Vorys moving to new space in Cleveland, Scotts sells....

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Apr 16, 2014 6:41 am

Gay Street Fire Damages Three Retail Businesses

A fire broke out in the basement of the building located on the southeast corner of Gay and High Streets earlier this evening. Columbus firefighters....

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Apr 15, 2014 10:10 pm

OSU prof Donald Tobin named dean at University of Maryland law school

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law has named an Ohio State University law professor as dean.  Donald B. Tobin will replace....

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Apr 15, 2014 3:00 pm

Board-game developer Freeze Gopher lands 2nd title with Barnes & Noble

A startup that makes board games is finding more ways to play with Barnes & Noble Inc. Freeze Gopher LLC sold almost 5,000 copies of its first game,....

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Apr 15, 2014 1:58 pm

Preview: Drauma and Alternative Fashion Week Kick-Off Show

When one hears the words “Fashion Show” or “Fashion Week” there are certain images that come to mind, these images include....

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Apr 15, 2014 1:31 pm

Tenant reps, other details emerge in Startech.com industrial deal at Pizzut

A few more details have emerged on the Startech.com industrial  deal I wrote about Friday. First, credit goes to John Myers and Rob Myers  of the....

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Apr 15, 2014 1:17 pm

AdvisorHub partners with Penton Media for information sharing

AdvisorHub Inc. has joined forces with trade magazine publisher Penton Media Inc. to extend the reach of its services for financial advisers. ....

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Apr 15, 2014 1:04 pm

Sluggish economy, increasing regulatory costs led Insight Bank to seek buye

Insight Bank in August 2012 considered raising capital to fund growth, but later that month shifted gears to a possible sale, according to a....

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Apr 15, 2014 11:55 am

Which state’s residents pay the most in taxes? – COUNTDOWN

While what you and your friend in California pay in federal taxes isn’t much of a mystery, what people pay state-by-state varies. In honor of tax....

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Apr 15, 2014 11:20 am

State plan for earthquake monitoring worries drilling industry

Tom Stewart had a day’s notice before the Ohio Department of Natural Resources released its new permitting rules that could limit oil and gas....

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Apr 15, 2014 11:07 am

Hills Market adding Johnson’s ice cream shop, Crimson Cup coffee

Two local brands are getting more business with Hills Market Downtown. The Discovery District grocery store,  which opened at 95 Grant Ave. a year....

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Apr 15, 2014 10:43 am

Former PUCO chief Todd Snitchler lands at McDonald Hopkins

Todd Snitchler isn’t moving very far from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Snitchler, who ended his three-year tenure as chairman of the....

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Apr 15, 2014 10:25 am