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  1. Columbo

    Columbus: Bicycling Developments and News

    First E-Bikes Arrive in Columbus Lime has placed the first rentable e-bikes onto the streets of Columbus. E-bikes, also called pedal assist bikes, are equipped with a battery that provides a pedal-activated power boost. Lime started offering the bikes, which it calls Lime-E, as an option in certain markets in January, but Columbus riders until now could only choose between the company’s traditional bikes and its electric scooters. The new Lime e-bikes cost $1.00 to unlock and 15 cents a minute to ride (the same price as a scooter), while non-electric Lime bikes cost five cents a minute to ride. All three can be located and rented via mobile app and returned anywhere within the service area, which includes most central Columbus neighborhoods. Lime has also placed bikes in Worthington and Dublin. MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/first-e-bikes-arrive-in-columbus-bw1
  2. Topgolf Polaris opens tomorrow: https://www.columbusnavigator.com/topgolf-columbus-open/ https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/10/15/topgolf-columbussets-opening-date-for-its-columbus.html
  3. Columbo

    Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion

    https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/10/16/17958492/what-can-we-really-make-of-five-games The Jackets are 3-2-0 after their opening five games. Not too bad considering key d-man Seth Jones is out and they lost Dubinsky after two games. They've had some really good periods of play. And they've had some really bad periods of play. Just kind of inconsistent. The CBJ are playing tonight after a five-day break since a blowout loss at Tampa last Saturday. This would be a good time for the Jackets to start playing better - five of the next six games are in Nationwide to finish out the month of October. Then they go on their three-game California road swing.
  4. COTA union, board OK three-year contract; driverless buses off the table COTA drivers and maintenance workers and the agency’s board have agreed to a three-year contract that calls for 3 percent raises each year. The contract also includes a provision that calls for on-demand service, in which union operators will drive smaller vehicles in neighborhoods or to employment centers that connect to fixed routes. That service, designed to compete with ride-sharing services such as Uber, will begin next year. ... The contract includes no language on the future of driverless buses, an issue that has prompted union members to pre-emptively rally against them. MORE: https://www.dispatch.com/news/20181017/cota-union-board-ok-three-year-contract-driverless-buses-off-table
  5. https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2018/10/97773/nick-bosa-will-not-return-to-ohio-state-this-season-instead-focusing-on-nfl-draft-per-report Disappointing news - before his injury Bosa was on track to have a historically great year - but I can't disagree with his decision. This was basically a season-ending injury (his dad said he would have been out until at least mid-December). It would have been great if he could have returned for a CFB playoff game - but with so little time to return to game shape - and with a top 5 draft pick in the balance if he re-injures himself - its a smart move to shut it down and focus on getting healthy for the draft combine.
  6. Columbo

    Columbus Crew Discussion

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    Columbus: Crime & Safety Discussion

    https://www.dispatch.com/news/20181012/homicide-rate-down-in-2018-but-detectives-mission-remains-same So far this year, there have been 17 percent fewer homicides in Columbus versus the record-breaking number in 2017: As of 10/10, there have been 83 homicides versus 99 homicides through Oct. 10 in 2017 At the current rate, Columbus would have an estimated 106 homicides by this year’s end versus the record-high 143 homicides in 2017
  8. https://www.dispatch.com/news/20181015/new-columbus-school-closing-plan-would-spare-marion-franklin-linden-mckinley After getting feedback in a series of public meetings, Columbus City Schools has a new school-closing plan that does not include closing Marion-Franklin High School or Linden-McKinley High School. Here is the new plan: Convert South High School into a middle school and keep Marion-Franklin open as a high school. Co-locate Buckeye Middle School (grades six through eight) in Marion-Franklin, having two separate schools with unique administrations on the same site. Convert Linden-McKinley, which currently includes grades seven through 12, into a separate middle school and high school within the same building, keeping the school open. The middle school would include grades six through eight and have its own principal and staff. Convert South High School, also grades seven through 12, into separate schools for middle- and high-school students within the same building. The middle school would include grades six through eight. Close Seibert Elementary, on the South Side regardless of what reconfiguration of other South Side schools is chosen.
  9. https://www.columbusnavigator.com/discount-liquor-warehouse-columbus/ https://www.dispatch.com/news/20181011/ohio-liquor-control-to-open-clearance-store-in-columbus The Ohio Division of Liquor Control will be transforming the closed Giant Eagle store at 777 Neil Avenue in Victorian Village into a liquor warehouse starting on Oct. 18 called Last Call. Items that would normally be tossed into the state’s warehouses will be up for grabs at clearance sale prices. Last Call will run October 18-21 and October 25-28.
  10. Columbo

    MLB: General News & Discussion

    Baseball's Final Four (aka the League Championship Series) is underway: ALCS: Astros and Red Sox are tied 1-1 with the series going back to Houston for the next three games. NLCS: Brewers and Dodgers are tied 1-1 with the series going back to LA for the next three games
  11. Four Top-10 teams got defeated yesterday: -- #2 Georgia lost 36-16 at #13 LSU -- #6 West Virginia lost 30-14 at Iowa State -- #7 Washington lost in OT 30-27 at #17 Oregon -- #8 Penn State lost at home 21-17 to Michigan State In a key Big Ten matchup, #12 Michigan routed #15 Wisconsin 38-13 in the Big House. And at the bottom of the Big Ten, two teams continued their nightmarish seasons: The Scott Frost era in Nebraska starts 0-6 (a first in Nebraska history since 1890). It looked like the Huskers would get their first win at Northwestern yesterday. But NW came back from a 14-point deficit in the 4th quarter and had a 99-yd game-tying TD drive that scored with 21 seconds left to force OT. Rutgers, despite winning their opening game over Texas State, might be worse at 1-6 than Nebraska. Rutgers endured another embarrassing loss yesterday at Maryland in which Rutgers had an unbelievable passing stat line that was 2/17 for 8 yds with 5 interceptions!!
  12. Columbo

    Columbus: I-70/I-71 Split Project

    Above is a photo of the Grant Avenue bridge work from https://www.dispatch.com/news/20181014/torn-up-south-3rd-street-to-slow-downtown-traffic-through-holidays The article also included these updates about the project: South 3rd Street between Main and Mound streets: Two lanes are shifted to the left until Friday. Starting Saturday, two lanes will shift to the right for two weeks. Mound and 3rd streets: The northwest corner of the intersection is closed until Friday. Mound and High streets: The northeast corner of the intersection is closed until Friday. Fulton Street: Traffic is one-way eastbound between South 5th Street and Grant Avenue, and reduced to one lane until Oct. 31. The street is closed between Grant and Washington Avenue until Oct. 31. The Grant Avenue bridge over Interstates 70/71 is scheduled to be finished by Dec. 31.
  13. An update to the renovation of this fire-damaged church in today's Dispatch: Long-planned historic church renovation and new apartments in the works for Italian Village Kevin Lykens, the developer behind the Wonder Bread and Budd Dairy renovations, plans 34 new apartments in Italian Village. The developer behind the Budd Dairy project is proposing a new-build apartment project just behind it, on Fourth Avenue. The Bethany, a 34-unit, four-story apartment building, would be located at 245 E. Fourth Avenue. The project is on scheduled for review at Tuesday’s Italian Village Commission meeting. Developer Kevin Lykens said the project is named for the Bethany Baptist Church next door. Lykens also bought that abandoned historic church, which had been planned for renovation by an earlier owner before being damaged by a fire three years ago. He plans to start renovating it into seven townhomes along with a carriage house within the next month, after receiving final permits. MORE: https://www.dispatch.com/news/20181012/long-planned-historic-church-renovation-and-new-apartments-in-works-for-sixth-st-in-italian-village
  14. Columbo

    Columbus Crew Discussion

    What's next after Friday's announcement? https://www.dispatch.com/sports/20181013/crew-cuts-whats-next-after-announcement-of-local-ownership-group-intent-on-keeping-crew-sc-in-columbus For Columbus: Friday’s news, while on its surface appearing quite sudden, follows months of collaboration and meetings between potential investors and league leadership, including MLS Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott, in Columbus. The Dispatch reported about a late March meeting between Abbott, Columbus Partnership CEO Alex Fischer and potential investors in Columbus, and those visits continued. Currently, the Columbus Partnership, Dee and Jimmy Haslam and the Edwards family are making “significant progress” toward sale but are not quite across the finish line. A source with knowledge of the situation said there is not yet a firm timeline or deadline with respect to a sale, but that there could be one soon. For now, “as quickly as possible” is the default. But the parties would not have been in a position to make Friday’s announcement without confidence in a deal being completed. A completed deal before or around the first of the year would allow a buffer period between a purchase and the start of the 2019 MLS season. A sale, the source said, will most likely involve the buyer group purchasing Columbus’ MLS rights directly from MLS with Precourt transferring his league equity to Austin. For the Lawsuit: The “Art Modell Law” on which the Columbus and Ohio lawsuit against PSV and MLS is based includes two key requirements: six months’ notice of intention to cease playing home games at Mapfre Stadium, which the city and state have argued has never been given by PSV and MLS, and an opportunity for locals to purchase the team. The latter certainly appears to have been met. Judge Jeffrey M. Brown has not yet handed down a ruling on PSV and MLS’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit. He might not have to. It was believed after the motion to dismiss hearing that Brown might hold off on handing down an immediate ruling to allow for any potential deals to come together. For Austin: MLS indicated Austin FC will begin play “no later than 2021” at the privately financed McKalla Place stadium in north Austin. Before that happens, PSV and Austin first need to hammer out the final lease and development agreement for a stadium on the 24-acre, city-owned McKalla Place site. Also unchanged by the Columbus news are the efforts of the IndyAustin PAC to collect signatures for a ballot initiative that would require PSV to pay the equivalent of property taxes and cover infrastructure costs, among other items. The group is aiming to get enough signatures in time to be on the May 2019 ballot. Meanwhile, the USL’s Austin Bold is set to kick off at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack next season.
  15. Columbo

    Columbus Crew Discussion

    What a difference a year makes!