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On Restaurants | Blaze Pizza offers pies in a flash

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 5:48pm
A build-your-own pizza shop with a fast-casual vibe has opened in Columbus. Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza opened at 1708 N. High St. on Feb. 6 in the former Red Robin space. It is the company’s 70th location nationwide, its first in Columbus and its second in Ohio.

Man visiting terror suspect charged with making threatening gesture toward jail guard

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 4:55pm
A man visiting a Franklin County jail inmate accused of aiding terrorists was arrested himself after deputies say he made a threatening gesture at a guard. Abdiqani A. Aden, 18, is charged with a misdemeanor count of aggravated menacing. A deputy wrote in charging documents filed yesterday that Aden held his fingers and thumb out like a gun and gestured as if shooting, while speaking in a foreign language.

Study shows importance of watching for signs in children of a bipolar parent

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 4:34pm
A child whose mom or dad has bipolar disorder is more likely to have episodes that could point to a bipolar diagnosis in the future, and pediatricians should be alert to those signs, according to the lead author of a new study. The research compared 391 Pennsylvania children with a bipolar parent to 248 children without a parent with diagnosed bipolar disorder. The study was published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Kasich after Netanyahu speech says Israel is a 'tremendous' ally

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 4:07pm
Ohio Gov. John Kasich spent 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, but when he finally returned to the House floor Tuesday, it was his future, not his past, that sparked questions. Kasich, who’s perpetually on lists of potential 2016 Republican contenders, has said consistently that he has not made any decision on whether run. But his appearance on the House floor during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress Tuesday nonetheless caused questions about whether he was trying to emphasize his foreign policy credentials in preparation for a run.

One killed, another injured in Madison County hit-skip

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:44pm
The State Highway Patrol is investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed one man and seriously injured another as they worked to repair a semi along I-70 in Madison County early this morning. According to crash investigators, Douglas Griffin, 29, of Cleves, in Hamilton County, pulled over onto the berm on eastbound I-70 at around 3:30 a.m. because of mechanical problems.

I-70 reopened on East Side following fertilizer spill

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:03pm
All westbound lanes on I-70 on the East Side have been reopened after a fertilizer spill from a tractor-trailer forced a morning shutdown. Columbus police responded at 8:50 a.m. to the spill near the Livingston Avenue exit, a dispatcher said. The Ohio Department of Transportation said the green substance on the road is fertilizer.

Secret Service task force raids several central Ohio businesses

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:00pm
A Secret Service task force raided a number of central Ohio businesses this morning as part of an investigation into skimming, money laundering, tax fraud and identity theft. Law enforcement made several arrests during the searches, according to the Secret Service in the southern district of Ohio. Charges are being filed in federal court in Columbus. The Internal Revenue Service, the State Highway Patrol, the Ohio auditor’s office, postal inspectors, Homeland Security investigators and Ohio Casino Control were among the agencies involved.

House passes $7 billion budget that adjusts Ohio driver training, credit card options

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:43pm
A two-year, $7 billion state transportation budget unanimously passed the Ohio House of Representatives this morning. About $5.7 billion of that budget is for the Ohio Department of Transportation, with $5.04 billion earmarked for highway construction and maintenance. The budget also will require Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles deputy registrars to accept credit and debit cards by July 1, 2016, and includes higher standards for driver training school instructors.

Gas leak closes Downtown street

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:34pm
A gas leak has closed a Downtown street near OhioHealth Grant Medical Center this morning. A Columbus Division of Fire dispatcher said E. State Street is closed at S. 6th Street because of the leak. The hospital had not been evacuated as of 11:30 a.m.

Leonardo DiCaprio to play Billy Milligan in film

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:07pm
Leonardo DiCaprio is getting closer to playing a role he's eyed for nearly 20 years — that of Billy Milligan, who was the first person to successfully use multiple-personality disorder as a defense in a court of law.

Recyclable or not?

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:38am
Emily Bennett’s household is a recycling machine. There are four bins in a kitchen cupboard in her Upper Arlington home: one is for trash, two are for recyclables and the last is for plastic bags, which are returned to the grocery store. Bennett knows that Rumpke, which contracts with most central Ohio cities that have curbside recycling programs, doesn’t accept plastic bags. But a recent review of the family’s recycling bins by The Dispatch revealed that the Bennetts were unaware that some of the items they place by the curb are not being recycled.

Freezing rain, flooding, then snow? Get ready for wild weather ride

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:32am
Winter won’t officially end for another two and a half weeks, and the weather in central Ohio today and up until the weekend will only reinforce what the calendar is saying.

Columbus College of Art and Design president gone after less than a year

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:43am
Less than a year after he was hired, the president of the Columbus College of Art & Design is leaving. Thomas White and the college agreed to split ways, according to a brief news statement from the chairman of the board of trustees.

Akron bridal shop linked to Ebola survivor will sell building

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:57am
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio bridal shop that was linked to an Ebola survivor and later announced plans to close has put its building up for sale.

DeWine sues BP over $33 million from Ohio’s fuel-tank clean-up fund

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:48am
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing BP, alleging that it improperly obtained $33 million from a state fund to clean up leaks from underground fuel tanks. The lawsuit, filed yesterday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, says the energy company received money from the Petroleum Financial Assurance Fund at the same time it was receiving insurance money for the same leaks.

Ohio Politics Now: Will Ohioans keep their health care subsidies?

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:18am
When the Affordable Care Act became law, Ohio chose not to set up a state exchange for insurance, opting to go with the federal one. But now, a case to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday could put at risk the subsidies that more than 234,000 Ohioans get to afford their health insurance. Two Democrats plan to introduce legislation this week that would set up a state exchange in Ohio, Dispatch reporter Jim Siegel writes.

Justice Insider: Cacophony of noises disappears in night

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:53am
There are “unknown disturbances,” as they are often dubbed in the parlance of police, and then there are truly unknown disturbances.

Wording of trial brief ‘insensitive,’ mayor says

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 7:18am
CLEVELAND — Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson issued an apology yesterday to the family of Tamir Rice, saying city lawyers used insensitive language in a trial brief responding to a lawsuit filed after the 12-year-old was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer in November.

Judge cuts prison terms for Amish

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 7:15am
CLEVELAND — Eight members of an Amish sect received reduced prison sentences yesterday in the wake of a federal-court ruling in Ohio that they did not commit a hate crime when they cut off the beards and hair of fellow members of their faith.

Bad weather postpones tornado siren test to Friday morning

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:45am
A statewide tornado drill has been postponed because of the potential for real severe weather on Wednesday morning when it was originally planned. Instead, Franklin County tornado sirens will sound on Friday morning.