The law, which breezed through the Ohio House and Senate and was signed by Gov. John Kasich in June, allows patrons who have concealed-carry permits to bring guns into bars, restaurants, stadiums and other places that serve beer, wine and liquor, adding Ohio to the list of 44 states that have similar laws.
Fans of the Arena District and the local hockey team will hail this potential deal as a home run for the city and as a sign that Columbus is going to remain a vibrant, growing metropolis with a thriving business district and numerous entertainment options.
Critics will scream about the city and the county buying an arena it doesn’t need. They are going to be spitting mad over their tax dollars — or at least the tax dollars of their gambling-addicted neighbors — bailing out a professional hockey team they don’t care about.
Both sides have a point, but that one line — the team would agree to remain in Columbus through at least 2039 — continues to resonate. In today’s volatile pro sports climate, it’s difficult to overstate the significance of that statement.
Buckeye Forum Podcast No. 112 | The Intern Edition: Dispatch political reporter Alan Johnson talks to public affairs interns Ben Geier and Alex Stuckey about their experiences covering stories for the paper.
The Downtown traffic project starting this fall will be affecting us for a long time — it’s a three-year production that will close 15 highway ramps — so we wanted to give it a name that was a little more L.A. dramatic (a la “Carmageddon”) and a little less Midwest nice.
Voting is finally under way for the name. In the lead at the moment? It’s a tie between “Conehenge” and “The Rampture.”
A Cleveland man convicted of murdering an elderly woman more than a decade ago was released from prison this afternoon.
David Ayers’ case was highlighted in the Dispatch series “Test of Convictions,” which exposed Ohio’s flawed evidence-retention and DNA-testing systems. The series has led to the exoneration of three men and proved the guilt of four others.
The Dispatch reviewed more than 300 cases with the Ohio Innocence Project and highlighted 30 prisoners as prime candidates for testing, including Ayers.