WOSU News Archives For October 2003

City to purchase downtown Lazarus site

12:00AM
October
27, 2003

One week after Federated Department Stores annouced it was closing the landmark downtown Columbus Lazarus store, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman annouced the city plans to buy the property and develop it.

Weekend anti-violence events put on hold

12:00AM
October
24, 2003

Celebrity weekend events promoting anti violence in Columbus have been put on an indefinite hold. Event planners for the first annual “peace and unity in our community” rally and concert say low interest and ticket sales are responsible for the cancellation.

Researchers measure variations in atmospheric radiation

12:00AM
October
24, 2003

A new study is measuring radiation on aircraft to help predict how radiation levels change as a result of atmospheric effects.

Board recommends Columbus water rate hike

12:00AM
October
23, 2003

Columbus City Council will soon consider whether to and by how much to increase water and sewer rates. The city’s sewer and water advisory board recommends increases for the upcoming year. The board recommends a 9.5% increase for sewer rates, a 7.5% increase for water rates, and a 5% increase for storm water rates. For the average home user, the proposed increase translates into about $3.21 per month.

Critics call proposed adoption center an orphanage

12:00AM
October
22, 2003

Adoption advocates and a local group are clashing over what is best for foster children. A local group hopes to build a home for children without families to live while awaiting adoption. Some people call the proposed project a new version of an old institution – the orphanage.

Lake Erie invaders pass harmful agents up food chain

12:00AM
October
22, 2003

Alien invaders to Lake Erie are helping some harmful chemicals move from lake sediment to sport fish that humans eat.

US Supreme Court won’t hear Ohio school funding case

12:00AM
October
20, 2003

The U-S Supreme Court says it won’t hear school districts’ appeal of Ohio’s long-running school-funding lawsuit. The court denied a request by the Coalition for Equity and Adequacy in School Funding to file a federal appeal of the 1991 DeRolph lawsuit.

Brain Drain affects Columbus

12:00AM
October
20, 2003

While the rest of the Columbus job market is stabilizing, the area continues to lose jobs in the professional, scientific and technology sector. Bill Lafayette of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce says salary pressure is forcing companies to ship technical jobs overseas – to India, China and Russia.

U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear school-funding case

12:00AM
October
20, 2003

The U-S Supreme Court says it won’t hear school districts’ appeal of Ohio’s long-running school-funding lawsuit. The court denied a request by the Coalition for Equity and Adequacy in School Funding to file a federal appeal of the 1991 DeRolph lawsuit.

Downtown Columbus Lazarus to close

12:00AM
October
17, 2003

A Columbus landmark will close its doors in about 10 months. Federated Department Stores announced this morning it will close the downtown Lazarus store next August. The news stunned workers and shoppers at the City Center Mall.