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🔒Wolf’s Ridge Brewing opens Understory concept near OSU

Mar 31, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA;  Understory Lounge is part of the new concept from Wolf's Ridge Brewing Co., Understory Lounge, which is open now, Understory Commons and event space, which will open in mid-April. Housed in the historic Open Air School in Old North Columbus.

Mar 31, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Understory Lounge is part of the new concept from Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Co., Understory Lounge, which is open now, Understory Commons and event space, which will open in mid-April. Housed in the historic Open Air School in Old North Columbus.

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing opens Understory, which has three distinct venues, in the former Open Air School near campus.

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The Mid-Ohio Farm grows fresh produce and educates the community with urban plot on the Hilltop.

The Mid-Ohio Farm grows fresh produce and educates the community with urban plot on the Hilltop.

Hoping to reap what they sow, Mid-Ohio Farm officials expect even more full bellies and enlightened minds as an expansion project begins this month.

A program within the Mid-Ohio Food Collective, the initiative is a seven-acre urban farm based on the Hilltop that grows fresh produce, provides agricultural education and promotes special farming techniques.

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“As a basketball player growing up, my dream has always been to play in the NBA,” he wrote in a message posted to social media. “At this time, I am going to chase that dream and enter my name into the NBA Draft!”

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Fathieh Abdellatif, left, and one of her daughters look up at a photo of Mohammad Abdellatif at Al Aqsa, a new Middle Eastern bakery on the Northside of Columbus. For over a decade Fathieh and her husband Mohammad worked out of the family home, Mohammad passed away last September from COVID and was not able to see this dream of theirs come true.

Fathieh Abdellatif, left, and one of her daughters look up at a photo of Mohammad Abdellatif at Al Aqsa, a new Middle Eastern bakery on the Northside of Columbus. For over a decade Fathieh and her husband Mohammad worked out of the family home, Mohammad passed away last September from COVID and was not able to see this dream of theirs come true.

Two new Columbus storefronts are providing their take on international cuisine, specifically desserts.

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Finding the right expert can be challenging and fraught with pitfalls if testimony is inaccurate or contradicts that of other witnesses, attorneys and judges say. It also can be extremely helpful in helping jurors reach a verdict.

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Khris Goins (he/him) founded and runs Black Trans Men of Ohio, one of the only statewide trans organizations for men of color. He will be honored with the Living Heritage Award, presented by TransOhio, on International Transgender Day of Visibility Thursday for his work and advocacy. He is pictured at Stonewall Columbus where he has an office on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

Khris Goins (he/him) founded and runs Black Trans Men of Ohio, one of the only statewide trans organizations for men of color. He will be honored with the Living Heritage Award, presented by TransOhio, on International Transgender Day of Visibility Thursday for his work and advocacy. He is pictured at Stonewall Columbus where he has an office on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

Since the launch of Black Transmen of Ohio in late 2020, Goins has connected men with basic free resources like hair clippers and vital gender-affirming care like emergency kits of free HRT hormone replacement therapy supplies and hygiene essentials.

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Bree'Ana Melick's small dog, Charlie, is friends with Sean Baltimore's big dog, Diesel, seen at Central Bark dog park in Whitehall last month.

Bree’Ana Melick’s small dog, Charlie, is friends with Sean Baltimore’s big dog, Diesel, seen at Central Bark dog park in Whitehall last month.

Belle or Bella hasn’t budged from the top spot as the most-popular dog name in the county for the last eight years, and the rest of the top five remain about the same as recent years, too.

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Former Mt. Carmel doctor William Husel (right) talks with members of his defense team at his 14-count murder trial Monday, March 21, 2022.

Former Mt. Carmel doctor William Husel (right) talks with members of his defense team at his 14-count murder trial Monday, March 21, 2022.

Husel’s team had been expected to present at least two other expert witnesses, however, those witnesses will no longer be called.

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Grisham Blake, in front of his home, he bought in Whitehall in October 2020, Thursday, March 24, 2022. While Columbus-area real-estate has been simmering for several years, Whitehall housing has been boiling over, appreciating at a much greater rate than the region.

Grisham Blake, in front of his home, he bought in Whitehall in October 2020, Thursday, March 24, 2022. While Columbus-area real-estate has been simmering for several years, Whitehall housing has been boiling over, appreciating at a much greater rate than the region.

Whitehall is benefitting from being one of the last places in central Ohio where a shopper can still buy a home for under $200,000. Its stock of modest ranches, bungalows and Cape Cods built in the middle of last century provides an affordable destination for first-time buyers or those looking to downsize.

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Monique McCoy, left, Veggie Van manager, gives a high five to Chantantie Miller, right, in the Hilltop, Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Miller used to travel down town to get fresh produce but now can come just around the corner to the Veggie Van, an initiative of Local Matters, that is a mobile grocer and food education program on wheels.

Monique McCoy, left, Veggie Van manager, gives a high five to Chantantie Miller, right, in the Hilltop, Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Miller used to travel down town to get fresh produce but now can come just around the corner to the Veggie Van, an initiative of Local Matters, that is a mobile grocer and food education program on wheels.

The parking lot the van is in now used to be a Big Bear Store supermarket, and then it was a Giant Eagle, said Monique McCoy, the mobile market manager. She remembers shopping there, but now people have to go to Kroger, about a mile and a half west on Broad Street.

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The South Columbus post office, 445 E. Innis Ave., was one of three branches in Greater Columbus audited by the USPS office of Inspector General in January.

The South Columbus post office, 445 E. Innis Ave., was one of three branches in Greater Columbus audited by the USPS office of Inspector General in January.

On the morning of Jan. 11, auditors found more than 34,000 pieces of undelivered mail at the South Columbus post office at 445 E. Innis Ave., the vast majority being letters, according to a draft report of an audit released online this month.

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A postscript on a letter from Michael Swango to Jennifer Harp-Yanka. Harp-Yanka's father, Dick Harp, a former OSU police officer, investigated Swango

A postscript on a letter from Michael Swango to Jennifer Harp-Yanka. Harp-Yanka’s father, Dick Harp, a former OSU police officer, investigated Swango

The case hung like a shadow over Dick Harp, and his daughter saw this. While her father focused on the ways he’d been thwarted in his investigation, Jennifer Harp-Yanka came to focus on what made Swango a killer.

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(BLUN03 BLUNDO SQUILLANTE 5/26/04) Dispatch photo by Fred Squillante.   Put Put golf.  Miniature golf.  Used in photo illustration.

(BLUN03 BLUNDO SQUILLANTE 5/26/04) Dispatch photo by Fred Squillante. Put Put golf. Miniature golf. Used in photo illustration.

If the sun isn’t shining, Columbus still offers a chance for kids to meet some butterflies, interact with Marvel heroes, go ice skating or swimming or trampolining, or play games of all sorts.

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The facility, which opened in January, is smaller than Amazon’s traditional fulfillment centers but manages to house every step of distribution under one roof, from the moment a customer completes a purchase to that product going out for delivery.

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Leon Zhu, a trained ramen chef, measures out a handful of noodles to cook at Kyushu Ramen on West Fifth Avenue.

Leon Zhu, a trained ramen chef, measures out a handful of noodles to cook at Kyushu Ramen on West Fifth Avenue.

The entire process for making the tonkotsu, or pork bone broth, takes 20 hours. It is the base for most of the 10 signature ramen bowls – from classic shoyu to spicy miso – offered at Kyushu.

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Republican members of the Ohio Redistrict Commission: (Top to bottom, right to left) Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Frank LaRose,  House Speaker Bob Cupp Auditor Keith Faber and Senate President Matt Huffman.

Republican members of the Ohio Redistrict Commission: (Top to bottom, right to left) Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, House Speaker Bob Cupp Auditor Keith Faber and Senate President Matt Huffman.

Republicans on the Ohio Redistricting Commission effectively scrapped legislative maps crafted by two hired mapmakers Monday evening – instead, asking staff to adjust previously passed maps that the Ohio Supreme Court rejected as unconstitutional.

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Mar 26, 2022; Pickerington, Ohio, USA;  Gege Wright, 16, from Christo Rey High School, shops for a dress with her mother, Lynette Berry, at The Fairy Goodmothers free prom dress give-away event at the Pickerington Library.

Mar 26, 2022; Pickerington, Ohio, USA; Gege Wright, 16, from Christo Rey High School, shops for a dress with her mother, Lynette Berry, at The Fairy Goodmothers free prom dress give-away event at the Pickerington Library.

To help students lower the cost of proms, library staff got in touch with Fairy Goodmothers, a Columbus-based volunteer organization that collects and donates dresses to high school youths. The group provided more than 500 gowns — donated to the library by area residents or local retailers, mostly new and some gently used.

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Panelists for the Columbus Conversation, "How can we empower and advance women in Columbus?" are, clockwise from top left: Sue Zazon, Dr. Mysheika W. Roberts, Janet Jackson, Sandra Anderson and Barb Smoot.

Panelists for the Columbus Conversation, “How can we empower and advance women in Columbus?” are, clockwise from top left: Sue Zazon, Dr. Mysheika W. Roberts, Janet Jackson, Sandra Anderson and Barb Smoot.

Hosted by Dispatch Opinion and Community Engagement Editor Amelia Robinson, the free discussion will be streamed live on the newspaper’s Facebook page and published later on Dispatch.com.

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Ohio State held its annual pro day on Wednesday with 11 former players going through workouts at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

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“Choosing to play for Coach Holtmann has been the best decision for me not only as a player but as a person,” Liddell wrote in a statement posted to his official Twitter page. “I will cherish the time and commitment of Buckeye Nation. I hope the feeling is mutual! With that, I’d like to announce that I will be hiring an agent and entering the 2022 NBA Draft.”

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