WOSU News Archives For February 2004

Voters to decide COSI levy

12:00AM
February
27, 2004

Franklin County voters Tuesday will decide whether to pay higher property taxes in exchange for free admission to COSI.Officials at the downtown Columbus science museum needs the money to keep it operating as it is now. If the levy passes, Franklin County residents will be admitted free of charge. The levy amounts to an extra $15 per year for a $100,000 house.

Columbus Diocese: 26 clerics accused of abuse

12:00AM
February
27, 2004

The Catholic Diocese of Columbus has released statistics on priests accused of sexual abusing children. As part of a national study on priests sexual abuse, the Columbus Diocese reports between 1950 and 2002 – 26 priests and deacons affiliated with the diocese were accused of sexual abuse.

Coleman unveils plan for Broad and High,

12:00AM
February
27, 2004

Some people considered it the crossroads of Ohio. Certainly, the intersection of Broad and High streets in downtown Columbus next to Capitol Square was a focal point for Columbus until the current dilapidation of the northeast corner. Now it could become a marquee location again if a developer follows through with a $15 million plan announced by Mayor Michael Coleman Thursday night.

Sniper task force probes incident in Morrow County

12:00AM
February
25, 2004

Investigators are looking into circumstances surrounding a highway shooting reported on Interstate 71 north of Columbus. A dispatcher with the Delaware post of the Ohio Highway patrol says the incident was referred to the task force investigating other highway shootings around Central Ohio.

Battle over sprawl moves inward – Part 2

12:00AM
February
24, 2004

In the past year, the battle over central Ohio sprawl has moved in from the outlying areas to the suburbs. Battles over sprawl are not only being fought between developers and farmers trying to protect open spaces. They are being fought between residents of new suburban sub-divisions and others just down the road.

Battle over sprawl moves inward – Part 1

12:00AM
February
24, 2004

In the past year, the battle over central Ohio sprawl has moved in from the outlying areas to the suburbs. Battles over sprawl are not only being fought between developers and farmers trying to protect open spaces. They are being fought between residents of new suburban sub-divisions and others just down the road.

Columbus school officials face questions about defecit

12:00AM
February
19, 2004

Columbus Public Schools hosted the first of six community meetings Wednesday evening to get public response to the district’s budget deficit and proposed solutions to balance the budget. Columbus school teachers, parents and others questioned the superintendent and board members for more than an hour about proposed cuts to sports, music programs and teachers.

Mayor Coleman annouces team to plan city’s growth

12:00AM
February
19, 2004

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and a group of more than 3 dozen community and business leaders will try to set a path for future growth.

Columbus Schools and teachers union OK separation plan

12:00AM
February
13, 2004

The columbus teachers union and public schools officials have finalized a separation plan for teachers. Teachers who earn at least $55,000 per year are eligible to sign up for the districts early leave plan.

Rail tanker leaks acid, forces evacuation

12:00AM
February
10, 2004

A tanker holding 23,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid leaked at a Columbus rail yard, prompting authorities to close the yard and evacuate nearby businesses and homes.