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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.

The Feed

Eat Up! Columbus Event Raises $100,000 to Fight Human Trafficking

Local chefs and restaurants came together to collaborate on a seven-course dinner on November 15th to benefit Freedom a la Cart, the local social....

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Nov 27, 2014 6:00 am

Self-storage operator buying 6 facilities in Central Ohio

One of the country's largest operators of self-storage facilities is buying six locations in Central Ohio as part of a multi-state deal. CubeSmart....

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Nov 26, 2014 1:43 pm

Kickstarter campaign for earbuds gizmo closing in on $38K, nearly five time

Spoolee, a simple colorful gizmo for keeping earbuds untangled yet easy to unwind, is closing in on $38,000 as of Wednesday on a Kickstarter campaign....

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Nov 26, 2014 1:28 pm

Mega Fall Weekend 2014 – Vol. 10

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! If you are cooking, enjoy! If you are going out, enjoy! You can still enter to win tickets to The Head and The Heart.....

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Nov 26, 2014 1:00 pm

Infographic: Banks' revenue growth booming in 3Q

U.S. banks posted their biggest year-over-year growth in revenue since 2009 during the third quarter, and top-line performance - not improving loan....

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Nov 26, 2014 12:36 pm

2 big Central Ohio retailers making first forays into Mexico

While plenty of attention in the retail world is focused on China, two of Central Ohio's most prominent merchants have turned their focus south of....

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Nov 26, 2014 12:23 pm

Local Real Estate Sector Expected to Remain on Growth Track in 2015

The Columbus chapter of the Urban Land Institute released their 2015 Real Estate predictions last week, providing an industry forecast as to what may....

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Nov 26, 2014 12:18 pm

2014 Central Ohio Chapter Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

AFP Chapter Meetings: The Central Ohio AFP Chapter hosts numerous educational, professional development and networking activities each year. A....

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Nov 26, 2014 11:53 am

Energy Roundup: A look at McClendon’s big investor, natural gas from shal

The Wall Street Journal has taken a rare look into the investor backing shale pioneer Aubrey McClendon's newest venture, American Energy Partners....

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Nov 26, 2014 11:48 am

Dear Friend of Philanthropy

Dear Friend of Philanthropy, On behalf of the 325 members of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), it....

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Nov 26, 2014 11:46 am

Columbus Giving Guide promotes corporate support of nonprofit organizations

Welcome once again to our Columbus Giving Guide, our annual compendium of corporate support for nonprofit community groups. This year we publish....

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Nov 26, 2014 11:44 am

Calorie counts coming to restaurant chains’ menus in 2015

Expect to learn more about the food you're eating, whether you want to or not. The Food & Drug Administration this week finalized rules for putting....

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Nov 26, 2014 11:14 am

Optimized Care Network financing deal means big deployment of CareSpace tel

Optimized Care Network LLC is poised for rapid deployment of its telemedicine technology and care coordination nurses under a financing deal with....

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Nov 26, 2014 10:50 am

The List: 17 Columbus Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day

Ah, Thanksgiving: traditionally filled with family, friends, food and the joy of continually mounting stress levels. If for whatever reason....

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Nov 26, 2014 10:44 am

Slideshow: Who's Who in Energy from around the U.S.

To help readers connect with the movers and shakers in the ever-changing, fast-moving energy industry, American City Business Journals publications....

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Nov 26, 2014 10:14 am

Dunkin’ Donuts boosting presence in Central Ohio, new store opens on Beth

Dunkin' Donuts quietly is growing in Central Ohio. The Canton, Massachusetts-based coffee, doughnut and cafe brand may be ubiquitous in other....

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Nov 26, 2014 10:10 am

Obamacare 2015: If employer mandate applies, are your data ducks in a row?

Offering coverage is just step No. 1 of meeting the Affordable Care Act's mandate for medium to large employers to offer health insurance. It also....

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Nov 26, 2014 9:49 am

Top of the List: Central Ohio’s biggest law firms

The biggest law firm in Central Ohio has been around since the early 1900s, represents 13 of the 27 Fortune 500 companies in the state and provides....

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Nov 26, 2014 9:33 am

Morning Roundup: Mayor Coleman not thinking about Senate run, COTA ridershi

In today's roundup: Mayor Coleman says he's not focusing on a Senate run, Columbus is winning an online poll on which city should be the DNC host,....

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Nov 26, 2014 6:53 am

Restaurant Review: Cravings Carryout Cafe

Cravings Carryout Cafe isn’t necessarily a carryout establishment. There’s a little table out front, and another one inside. If you get there at....

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Nov 26, 2014 6:00 am

Mayor Coleman Will Not Seek A Fifth Term

Michael B. Coleman was tearful today as he announced that the next 13 months will be his last as mayor of Columbus. The longest-serving and first....

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Nov 25, 2014 3:31 pm

By the numbers: Port Columbus traffic edges up in October

Passenger traffic at Port Columbus International Airport edged up slightly in October from a year earlier, according to the Columbus Regional Airport....

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Nov 25, 2014 3:00 pm

Supreme Court to decide if proposed pollution rules are too burdensome for

The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh whether upcoming federal regulations on mercury and other air pollutants is too big a burden on coal-dependent....

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Nov 25, 2014 2:51 pm

Consumer financial watchdog delays payday lender regulations until 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau won't put forth new regulations for payday lenders until next year. The federal consumer financial....

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Nov 25, 2014 2:41 pm

Obamacare 2015: Yes, the Affordable Care Act applies to small employers

The Affordable Care Act's mandate for employers to offer health benefits kicks in starting Jan. 1 only for those with 50 or more full-time workers,....

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Nov 25, 2014 1:24 pm

Short North barbershop bringing in customers with rare Bitcoin ATM

A Columbus barbershop is on the leading edge of technology, but it's not with a spiffy razor or smartphone-connected blow dryer. Backroom....

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Nov 25, 2014 1:05 pm

Coleman: “It’s time to venture into new frontiers”

Michael Coleman turned 60 last week, and that milestone led to some introspection, the mayor said at a press conference Tuesday to announce that....

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Nov 25, 2014 1:04 pm

Take Our Best of 2014 Survey!

The end of the year is quickly approaching, which means that it’s time for our annual Best of Columbus survey! We need your input on the best....

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Nov 25, 2014 12:32 pm

Ugly Christmas sweaters in big demand so Christmisc opening 2 shops for hol

You can laugh at its the ugly Christmas sweaters, but don't laugh at Christmisc. The quirky seasonal pop-up shop's business is becoming a serious....

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Nov 25, 2014 12:11 pm

Construction Roundup: November 2014 — Part 2

Yesterday we gave you part one of this month’s construction roundup, and as expected, today brings us part two. As always, you can keep up with....

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Nov 25, 2014 12:02 pm

GasFrac’s president sees golden opportunity in waterless fracking in Ohio

Oil and gas companies want waterless fracking because it could work better than water fracking. Residents want waterless fracking because it saves....

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Nov 25, 2014 11:39 am

Coleman won’t seek re-election as Columbus mayor

Columbus' longest-serving mayor is ready for another challenge. Our news partners at WTVN have confirmed that Mayor Michael Coleman has decided not....

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Nov 25, 2014 10:59 am

Easton Gateway roundup: Pies & Pints, J. Alexander’s and Melt to welcome

With most of Easton Gateway's major tenants open, several of its smaller dining and shopping options are going to be around for the holidays too.....

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Nov 25, 2014 10:29 am

San Francisco, London atop wish list for nonstop flights from Columbus

Direct flights to San Francisco and London are atop the wish list of Columbus airport officials and the mayor's public-private task force working....

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Nov 25, 2014 10:16 am

Low gas prices, rosy employment picture should make for very merry holiday

Ohio may be poised for a good holiday shopping season, but could it be better than expected? That was the case last year when the annual projections....

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Nov 25, 2014 10:00 am

A Kitchen Inspired by Cultivating Tradition

The Holidays are a cherished time of year to spend with friends and family. A time to be comfortable and celebrate! Celebrate our loved ones,....

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Nov 25, 2014 6:50 am

Short North Gaining 25 Parking Meters in December

Holiday shopping in The Short North is getting a little bit easier this year with the addition of 25 new parking meters in the district on Friday,....

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Nov 25, 2014 6:45 am

Reporter Brent Warren Wins Community Shares Media Award

Community Shares of Mid Ohio hosted their “Covering the Story” media awards recognition breakfast last Thursday, honoring several local....

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Nov 25, 2014 6:45 am

Three Developers Awarded Green Grants for Cleanup Efforts

Three local Columbus development organizations were awarded over $200,000 in grants from the city’s Green Columbus Fund at yesterday’s....

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Nov 25, 2014 6:40 am

Morning Roundup: Green Columbus grants, beer + doughnuts = gold, Ebola nurs

In today's roundup: Three companies qualify for Green Columbus grants, beer-and-doughnuts shop qualifies for finals in Sam Adams mentoring program,....

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Nov 25, 2014 6:39 am

Columbus Among Three Finalists for Democratic Convention

The city of Columbus has long been trying to secure a national party convention for the 2016 Presidential Election and now it finds itself one step....

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Nov 24, 2014 8:01 pm

Dublin startup Updox adding 20 jobs in 2015, nearing profitability

Just over a year ago, Updox LLC CEO Michael Morgan predicted a good 2014. So how did the company do? Revenue this October was triple that of the....

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Nov 24, 2014 3:18 pm

Columbus named finalist for Democratic National Convention

Columbus has made the final three in the bid to land the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Brooklyn and Philadelphia also moved to the final....

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Nov 24, 2014 2:22 pm

Huntington, Park seen as good fits for Lorain National Bank

Huntington Bancshares Inc. has been floated as a possible buyer of a northeast Ohio community bank said to be eyeing a sale, but one analyst says....

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Nov 24, 2014 1:58 pm

Apeks finally lands loan for expansion after 10 banks scared off by marijua

Apeks LLC is starting construction on a sorely needed new factory about four months later than it planned. Bank after bank turned the fast-growing....

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Nov 24, 2014 1:29 pm

Restaurant roundup: Short North, Easton, Powell, Dublin, Clintonville unwra

Hungry? Good. The holiday season isn't just a boom time for retailers, there are plenty of new restaurants ready to battle for your dining....

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Nov 24, 2014 1:28 pm

COTA Ridership at Highest Level Since 2004

More and more people are riding COTA this year, thanks in part to the new CBUS Circulator route that launched in May. The Central Ohio Transit....

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Nov 24, 2014 1:24 pm

Franklin County salaries

We've updated our Franklin County salary database to include 2013 compensation. The county had nearly 7,800 employees on its payroll last year,....

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Nov 24, 2014 1:07 pm

After Archie final two – Heisman Trophy winner vs. Lombardi, Outland Trop

After eight weeks and thousands of votes, Columbus Business First's After Archie competition has arrived at its finals: Eddie George will square off....

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Nov 24, 2014 12:50 pm

6-story self-storage building planned downtown

All those residents moving downtown could soon have a place to put their stuff. Columbus developers Brexton LLC and Edwards Cos. are teaming up....

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Nov 24, 2014 12:39 pm