WOSU News Archives For: December 29, 2005

Toledo ‘Not Abandoned’ in Ash Borer War

12:00AM
December
29, 2005

The State of Ohio continues to wage war on the Emerald Ash Borer – a tiny insect that’s caused the destruction of millions of Ash trees in the Great Lakes region. But a spokeswoman for the state agriculture department disputes a report that says eradication in the heavily infested Toledo area has been abandoned for lack of money.

Year in Review: Crime and Courts

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December
29, 2005

All this week, we’ve been reflecting back on the top stories of 2005. We now turn to the biggest events in central Ohio. It was an extraordinary year in the courtrooms of Columbus. The Highway Shooter case ended, as did a decades old rape case, and a well respected businessman was ordered to prison. WOSU’s Mike Thompson has part one of his year in review series.

Year in Review: Politics and Government

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December
29, 2005

2005 was a busy year in politics in central Ohio. There was yet another challenge to the Columbus smoking ban. The city’s mayor entered the race for governor and then withdrew and politicians and activists maneuvered for what will certainly be a big political year in 2006. WOSU’s Mike Thompson looks at politics and government in part 2 of his year in review series.

Year in Review: The Economy

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December
29, 2005

2005 saw signs of economic recovery in central Ohio, but also signs of trouble. Rising health care costs caused labor strife. Declining enrollments forced officials to announce school closings. Several local leaders stepped aside during the year. 2005 also demonstrated the generosity of central Ohioans as they raised and donated millions of dollars to help victims of natural disasters. WOSU’s Mike Thompson completes his three-part series looking back at the top stories of 2005.

Investigation Begins in Officer-Involved Shooting

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December
29, 2005

A Franklin County sheriff deputy fatally shot a Somali immigrant in Columbus Wednesday when he allegedly lunged at officers with a knife. Four Franklin County deputies were under orders to pick up 23-year-old Nasir Abdi and take him to a psychiatric center, but he resisted.