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Christopher Columbus Statue Meets Grisly Fate

Another is thrown in a Virginia lake

(Newser) - It started with a chant: "Take it down." Then, a short time later Tuesday evening, protesters at Byrd Park in Richmond, Va., followed through, returning to the spot where an 8-foot-tall Christopher Columbus statue has stood since 1927 and yanking it down with ropes, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.... More »

US City That Just Canceled Columbus Day Is a Surprising One

Columbus, Ohio, will be celebrating veterans instead

(Newser) - The largest city named for Christopher Columbus has called off its observance of the divisive holiday honoring the explorer, making a savvy move to tie the switch to a politically safe demographic: veterans. Per the AP , Ohio's capital city will be open for business Monday, after observing Columbus Day... More »

Cops: Ex-Teacher Posted Tape of Pre-K 'Fight Club'

Chavay Williams is accused of egging on preschoolers in her charge

(Newser) - What happens in pre-K fight club, stays in pre-K fight club—except if the (now former) teacher posts video of it online. Ohio police say 30-year-old Chavay Williams did just that with her young charges at Columbus' Playtime Preschool, where she's accused of allowing her students to fight and... More »

Archaeologist: Santa Maria Wreckage in Danger

Barry Clifford fears looters, but government skeptics remain

(Newser) - Underwater archaeologist Barry Clifford yesterday alerted the world to what he sees as the danger of looting at the site of what could be Christopher Columbus' Santa Maria . "There is nobody watching the ship right now," he said at the Explorers Club in New York, and "somebody... More »

Columbus Can't Afford to Shoo Its Rats

With no money in health budget, city resorts to posting fliers

(Newser) - Problem: Columbus has lots of rats. Bigger problem: Columbus doesn't have money to deal with its rats. Very unsatisfying solution for residents: The Ohio capital city is posting fliers in hard-hit areas and trying to educate people about the ways of rats instead of, say, actually removing the rats,... More »

10 Safest US Cities for Families With Children

Head to Beantown, Portland, San Francisco...

(Newser) - For those looking to raise their kids in the safest possible urban environment, the Sun Belt may not be the place. Underwriters Labs has published a list of the 10 safest cities in the US for parents with children, and it's an eclectic one that includes both New York City... More »

Ohio Drivers Scramble for Cash After $200K Spill

Police trying to track down motorists, missing cash

(Newser) - Police in Columbus, Ohio have warned motorists who took part in a roadside cash grab this week that cash that falls out of the back of an armored car doesn't count as free money. A blizzard of cash coated an intersection after a bag of cash bounced out of the... More »

1 Killed as Gunman Opens Fire at Ohio State

Shootings occurred outside football stadium

(Newser) - One person was killed and two injured when a gunman opened fire on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus early today. The shootings occurred outside the football stadium of the Big Ten school. The victims were not students, reports MSNBC . It wasn't immediately clear if the gunman was injured... More »

Fake Lottery Winner Causes Store Ruckus

Ohio woman gets 'extravagant' without meds, daughter says

(Newser) - An Ohio woman may be charged with inciting panic after telling a store full of shoppers that she had won the lottery and was treating. Police had to show up at the Burlington Coat Factory to put down the ruckus when word got out, the Columbus Dispatch reports. The 45-year-old... More »

Fla. Judge May Return Muslim Teen Runaway to Family

(Newser) - An Orlando judge will hear arguments today in the case of Rafqa Bary, a 17-year-old ethnic Sri Lankan who ran away from her Muslim home because she feared her family would punish her for converting to Christianity. The judge will decide whether she should remain in state custody in Florida... More »

Obama Vows to End Cycle of Job Losses

(Newser) - President Barack Obama promised today to end the cycle of US job losses. Addressing a graduating class of police officers in Ohio, Obama called today’s unemployment report “astounding,” noting that, were it not for his stimulus package, the recruits would be among the 8.1% of Americans... More »

Text Offering 'Chicks With Drugs' Dupes Crooks

Friend of Ohio victim suggested pranking carjackers

(Newser) - Three carjackers who expected to meet “hot chicks with drugs” found cops and cuffs instead—all thanks to a prank text message, CNET reports. At gunpoint, the Ohio men robbed Alan Heuss of his BMW, cell phone, and cash. Later, when Heuss told the story to friends, one suggested... More »

Arby's Purchase of Wendy's 'Sad Day' for Thomas Family

Columbus despairs as layoffs loom

(Newser) - After years of haggling, Arby’s owner Nelson Peltz reached a deal to acquire Wendy’s yesterday, ending the involvement of the Thomas family that founded it. Wendy Thomas herself called the sale a “huge, huge disappointment,” the Columbus Dispatch reports. The family had hoped local franchisee J.... More »

Skybus Airlines Goes Bust

Low-cost Ohio carrier with $10 fares is airline industry's third casualty in a week

(Newser) - Anybody who wondered how Skybus could make money with its famous $10 airfares can stop: they didn't. The Ohio-based airline has become the latest US carrier to go bankrupt in the face of soaring fuel costs and a sluggish economy, the Columbus Dispatch reports. It made its last flight yesterday... More »

Columbus Gave Europe Syphilis

Disease originated with explorer's return from New World

(Newser) - New genetic evidence gives Christopher Columbus credit for bringing back a different sort of bounty from the New World—the scourge of syphilis. Columbus and his crew returned home with a sexually transmitted form of a disease native to South America, say Emory University researchers. Soon after, the first known... More »

Atlantis Crew Counts Down

Crew assembles in Cape Canaveral for Thursday launch

(Newser) - The crew of the space shuttle Atlantis arrived in Cape Canaveral yesterday to prepare for their Thursday launch, reports NASA repaired damage to the foam covering the shuttle’s fuel tank over the weekend and said the repair shouldn’t delay the mission, which will add European research... More »

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