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Dem candidates weigh how tough to hit Trump on racism

Friday, August 16, 2019|Comments Off on Dem candidates weigh how tough to hit Trump on racism

Hillary Clinton took the stage in Reno, Nev., with an urgent warning about the consequences of a Donald Trump administration: “He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties. Trump is reinforcing harmful stereotypes and offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters. It’s a disturbing preview of what kind of president he’d be.” Seventy-five days later, Trump would be president-elect. As a new [...]

CBS, Viacom to reunite as media giants bulk up for streaming

Friday, August 16, 2019|Comments Off on CBS, Viacom to reunite as media giants bulk up for streaming

NEW YORK — The newly combined ViacomCBS will invest in more movies and TV shows and try to sell more advertising as it seeks to become a bigger player in the growing business of streaming video. Yet the bigger company still might not be big enough to be competitive, as larger rival Disney launches its own service in November and streaming pioneer Netflix spends even more on original shows and movies. That isn’t stopping Viacom [...]

Columbus ranks high for female entrepreneurs

Friday, August 16, 2019|Comments Off on Columbus ranks high for female entrepreneurs

Columbus has been ranked as a top city for female entrepreneurs by an online publication for small businesses. Columbus is ranked fourth for female entrepreneurs by Fit Small Business based on safety ratings, availability of professional resources and organizations, social and leisure life opportunities and market size. “Columbus is more than low-cost and safe; here, females earn nearly 5 percent more than males on average,” the report stated. The publication used data from the U.S. [...]

Trump order could weaken protections for monarch butterflies

Friday, August 16, 2019|Comments Off on Trump order could weaken protections for monarch butterflies

GREENBELT, Md. — Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his part, 3-year-old Thomas Powell flaps his arms and exclaims, “I’m flying! I’m flying!” Moore moves to release the hours-old monarch onto the boy’s outstretched finger, but the butterfly, its wings a vivid orange and black, has [...]

Library to enhance digital collection with $25,000 grant

Friday, August 16, 2019|Comments Off on Library to enhance digital collection with $25,000 grant

As the Columbus Metropolitan Library continues its efforts to curate an ever more comprehensive digital collection, library officials received some good news earlier this week to that end. The library, which operates 22 branches throughout central Ohio in addition to the main library in downtown Columubs, was awarded a $25,200 grant from Atlanta-based LYRASIS, a nonprofit membership organization, to enhance the library’s digital preservation abilities. According to library officials, the enhancement would aid the library’s [...]

Affordable housing gets foothold despite economic challenges

Friday, August 16, 2019|Comments Off on Affordable housing gets foothold despite economic challenges

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Next to a group of homes built 10 years ago on Whitney Avenue in Frayser, Tenn., two more new homes are now ready for owners. “This is a work in progress. It’s working and we are making progress,” Frayser Community Development Corporation President Steve Lockwood said of the construction. Work is ready to begin on eight additional homes in the same area of Whitney and Woodlawn Terrace. The construction is a collaboration [...]

‘Taco Tuesday’ debate hits close to home for fast-food chain

Friday, August 16, 2019|Comments Off on ‘Taco Tuesday’ debate hits close to home for fast-food chain

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — “Taco Tuesday” may be a well-known term for a themed dinner night out or at home, but as restaurants across the country have learned, it’s also trademarked. Cheyenne-based Taco John’s — which has nearly 400 locations in 23 states — put its legal stamp on “Taco Tuesday” 30 years ago and has since zinged cease-and-desist letters at offenders far and wide. Now, a recent example is stirring a debate that hits [...]

Immigration and Customs raids raise question: What about the employers?

Friday, August 16, 2019|Comments Off on Immigration and Customs raids raise question: What about the employers?

HOUSTON (AP) — The images of children crying after their parents were arrested in a massive immigration raid in Mississippi revived a longstanding complaint: Unauthorized workers are jailed or deported, while the managers and business owners who profit from their labor often go unprosecuted. Under President Donald Trump, the number of business owners and managers who face criminal charges for employing unauthorized workers has stayed almost the same, even as almost every other enforcement measure [...]

New faces, same sky-high expectations at Ohio State

Friday, August 16, 2019|Comments Off on New faces, same sky-high expectations at Ohio State

COLUMBUS — Unlike last year at this time, Ohio State’s preseason camp is being conducted without public drama over misbehaving assistant coaches, domestic violence allegations and questions about the limits of a head coach’s responsibility. It’s been all about football, and nobody could be happier than the new head coach, Ryan Day, who as offensive coordinator last year was thrust into the interim head role after Urban Meyer’s three-game suspension for mismanaging domestic violence allegations [...]

Legal News

Ohio Democrats introduce legislation in response to Dayton mass shooting

Wednesday, August 14, 2019|Comments Off on Ohio Democrats introduce legislation in response to Dayton mass shooting

By the end of last week, Democrats in the Ohio House of Representatives had introduced a series of bills proposing background checks on all gun [...]

Bribe or donation? Parent’s defense questions the difference

Tuesday, August 13, 2019|Comments Off on Bribe or donation? Parent’s defense questions the difference

BOSTON — Robert Zangrillo is accused of paying $250,000 to get his daughter into college as a fake athlete. Prosecutors call it a bribe. But [...]

Ohio AG joins coalition to protect young viewers from tobacco, authors letters to major content providers

Tuesday, August 13, 2019|Comments Off on Ohio AG joins coalition to protect young viewers from tobacco, authors letters to major content providers

In a move to eliminate kids’ passive exposure to e-cigarettes and smoking, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost joined a bipartisan coalition of 43 attorneys general [...]

Business News

Dublin sustainable energy company plans to expand

Thursday, August 15, 2019|Comments Off on Dublin sustainable energy company plans to expand

A Dublin-based company that operates sustainable power generation technology plans to ramp up its expansion in Ohio this year. SOBE Energy Solutions will begin its [...]

Local tech firm launches program for credit unions

Wednesday, August 14, 2019|Comments Off on Local tech firm launches program for credit unions

Local credit union services organization Sherpa Technologies has amped up its financial technology, or fintech, efforts with the launch of a new platform targeting credit [...]

Local firm offers herbs, information via online apothecary

Tuesday, August 13, 2019|Comments Off on Local firm offers herbs, information via online apothecary

A locally-based online apothecary aims to connect the average person with its knowledge of herbs. Lily Kunning and Idearah Roeck- Akarkarasu started the worker-owned Haven [...]

Real Estate

Demand for homes in central Ohio continues to grow to record levels

Thursday, July 25, 2019|Comments Off on Demand for homes in central Ohio continues to grow to record levels

The scorching hot Columbus housing market is not only not showing any signs of slowing down, it might be getting even hotter. A home sold [...]

BIA Foundation awards grant to Franklinton nonprofit

Wednesday, June 26, 2019|Comments Off on BIA Foundation awards grant to Franklinton nonprofit

The Building Industry Association Foundation is awarding a grant to a nonprofit company focused on mentoring and training in the building trades. Franklinton Rising will [...]

Central Ohio home sales up slightly in May

Tuesday, June 25, 2019|Comments Off on Central Ohio home sales up slightly in May

Home sales in central Ohio have ticked up slightly this year despite increasingly higher prices and a stubbornly low number of homes for sale. Homes [...]

Politics

Analysis shows 12 percent could vote without paper backup in 2020

Thursday, August 15, 2019|Comments Off on Analysis shows 12 percent could vote without paper backup in 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one in 10 voters could cast ballots on paperless voting machines in the 2020 general election, according to a new [...]

Sentries, not ‘squad’: Moderate Dems ones to watch for presidential race

Wednesday, August 14, 2019|Comments Off on Sentries, not ‘squad’: Moderate Dems ones to watch for presidential race

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Abigail Spanberger talked about rural broadband. She held court on health care, solar energy and the border crisis. But as the [...]

What’s on school menus this fall? Trade mitigation

Wednesday, August 14, 2019|Comments Off on What’s on school menus this fall? Trade mitigation

NEW YORK — School lunch menus already have Meatless Mondays and Taco Tuesdays. Now some may get Trade Mitigation Thursdays. This fall, some U.S. school [...]