January Casino Revenues Down From December

Slot Machines
Hollywood Casino Columbus posted positive gains in January while the state's three other casinos experienced decline in revenue.
9, 2015

Three of the state’s four casinos saw declines in revenue last month. But as WOSU reports, January revenue is up compared to this time last year.

Columbus Boy To Play Piano At Carnegie Hall

Alex Van Bibber
Alex Van Bibber, 11, plays at Mozart's Cafe in Clintonville. Van Bibber will play at Carnegie Hall in March.
5, 2015

A Carnegie Hall performance many times is the pinnacle of an artist’s career. But for a Columbus pianist, it could be only the beginning. Alex Van Bibber will perform at Carnegie Hall next month. Alex is only 11-years-old.

$25K-Mo. Cols. Schools Administrator Contract Pulled From Agenda

Columbus City Schools will postpone hiring a retail executive to help revamp its human resources and communications departments.
February 2, 2015

After the data rigging scandal, new Columbus City Schools leaders promised changes that would restore accountability to and restructure operations in the district. The school board was set to vote, Tuesday, to hire an administrator who would assist in the revamp of its human resources and communications departments, but that has been postponed.

Riverside Methodist Doctor Suspended

Riverside Methodist Hospital
Riverside Methodist Hospital
January 29, 2015

A local doctor was suspended, Thursday, after a federal appeals court ruled a Cleveland University can deny his medical degree. The case centers on alleged lack of professionalism.

IKEA Announces Plans For Store In Columbus

Rendering of a proposed Ikea store in the Polaris area.
Rendering of a proposed Ikea store in the Polaris area.
January 27, 2015

Swedish retailer IKEA announced Tuesday it plans to build a store in Columbus near Polaris Mall.

Popularity Increases In Ancient Oral Health Practice

Coconut Oil
The act of oil pulling involves holding or swishing an oil, like coconut oil, in the mouth for 5 to 10 minutes. Practitioners of Ayurvedic text say it removes bacteria from the mouth, acting as a mouthwash.
26, 2015

We’ve all heard of yoga and meditation, two ancient eastern holistic healing practices. But there’s another ancient holistic medicinal text that’s catching on in the U.S., in part, because of its oral health benefits.

Pay-To-Park Zones Could Be Answer To Short North Parking Crunch

Short North
Columbus City officials soon will consider recommendations that could change residential parking zones in neighborhoods near urban districts, such as the Short North.
22, 2015

Urban living has revitalized some Columbus neighborhoods. Condos, restaurants and shops attract new residents and visitors. But there’s a downside: parking. It’s becoming more and more of a headache for the downtown area’s thriving neighborhoods. WOSU takes a look at the parking crunch and a possible solution.

Towing Companies Settle Lawsuit; Customers To Get Refunds

Central Ohio's two largest towing companies settled a class action lawsuit which claimed people were charged unlawful fees.
14, 2015

Two local towing companies have settled a class action lawsuit which claimed they charged unlawful fees. As many as 50,000 people could get partial refunds.

Franklin Co. Police Deadly Force Cases Handled Differently

Franklin County Courthouse
Franklin County Courthouse
January 14, 2015

Grand jury proceedings have come under intense scrutiny recently after two panels failed to indict police officers who killed unarmed African American men. WOSU examines how the Franklin County’s grand jury process for police-involved cases is handled differently from other cases.