Monthly Archives: May 2009

Social Service Agencies Feel Deceived

May 29, 2009
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Social service agencies who contract with the city of Columbus to provide needed services to those in great need feel they were misled. Originally city council approved a budget that cut their funding by 8%. However, recently the city gave them a big surprise. The funding period runs from Feb. 1 to Jan. 31....

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Blue Jackets Want County to Buy Nationwide Arena

May 29, 2009
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Owners of the Columbus Blue Jackets say they have lost $ 80 million dollars over the last seven years. Part of the problem is they do not generate enough revenue from the arena since it is privately owned. Therefore, they have asked Franklin County to purchase the Arena by adding sin taxes to cigarettes...

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Social Work Dean Wants You to “Rub His Nuts”

May 27, 2009
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Social Work Dean Wants You to “Rub His Nuts”

I fondly remember my years at The Ohio State University College of Social Work. But right now two men are making the place a laughingstock. Professor Rudolph Alexander sued Dean William Meezan and Ohio State because he felt he was being discriminated against. Now Alexander has filed two more complaints with the university. One,...

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Palin Against Saving Energy

May 22, 2009
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Alaska Governor Sarah Palin turned down 28.6 million dollars in stimulus money. “Alaskans and our communities have a long history of independence and opposing many mandates from Washington, D.C, ” she proclaimed. Mother Jones This after the state has already accepted $930 million from Washington D.C. Way to be independent. Shockingly, you are not...

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Woman Gets 3 OVI’s in 6 Days on Pain Medication

May 21, 2009
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Woman Gets 3 OVI’s in 6 Days on Pain Medication

Tammy Webb of Milford Center, Ohio has been charged with driving under the influence three times in six days. In addition, her lawyer appears uninformed when it comes to addiction. He keeps making sure that he uses the word prescription when discussing the charges. Javier Armengau, a Columbus lawyer representing Webb, said his client...

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County Auditor Stepping Down

May 20, 2009
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Today Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa said he is leaving office on July 31 after 17 years of service. Testa, a republican, was an excellent auditor. That’s probably why he kept getting elected in a county that votes largely for democrats. All three current county commissioners are democrats. One reason I believe is his...

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GOP Lawmakers Differ on Slot Machines at Horse Racing Tracks

May 19, 2009
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Today, those who approve of slot machines at horse racing tracks were at the statehouse in support of a proposal that would permit slot machines at Ohio’s remaining venues. Two state lawmakers appear to differ on who should be the deciding factor. As lawmakers appeared to soften their position on gambling, hundreds of horse...

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Who Knew OSU’s Men’s Tennis Team Was This Good?

May 19, 2009
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When discussing the minor sports at Ohio State I knew they had a excellent women’s synchronized swimming program. They have 24 national championships. But, that’s all. I did not know how good our men’s tennis team is. The third-seeded Buckeyes (36-1) advanced to their first national championship final against eighth-seeded Southern Cal (24-5) at...

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Seven Agencies Lose United Way Funding

May 15, 2009
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Today seven central Ohio agencies were told they will no longer be eligible for United Way funds. I don’t know for sure, but my guess is that this is a death knell for some of these programs. Prevention Council Community for New Direction Epilepsy Foundation Heritage Day Health Centers VOICEcorps Reading Service The Alzheimer’s...

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City Budget, Bad News, Good News

May 13, 2009
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Mayor Coleman has asked Columbus City Council to use money from the rainy day fund to plug a hole in the city’s budget. Mayor Michael B. Coleman asked City Council members yesterday to shift $11.5 million from the city’s diminishing rainy-day fund to cover a drop in early-year tax collections… …The rainy-day draw-down will...

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