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Benjamin Marrison: Changes to Dispatch coming on Monday

dispatch.com — When we redesigned The Dispatch two years ago, the newsroom goal was to take full advantage of the new format and provide the best possible reading experience. And your reaction to it provided evidence that the vision was a success. We didn't necessarily design it in a way that was easy to print.

Child-care bills rival mortgage

dispatch.com — Two-year-old Evie Vargo is a sweet, even-tempered toddler, and her parents would love to have another just like her. But Joe and Janna Vargo feel less certain about the wisdom of duplicating their daughter's annual child-care bill, which already costs more than a year of public-college tuition.

Affluent districts pay less in school taxes by this count

dispatch.com — If New Albany-Plain school district residents paid an average amount of their income to fund local education, in relation to all Ohio districts, the district not only could stop worrying about budget cuts, it could more than double spending.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @OhioPoliticsNow: Tax effort index shows Ohio's affluent districts have a greater capacity to fund schools than what they are paying. dispatch.com/content/storie…

Jan 25, 2015

Affluent districts pay less in school taxes by this count -- check your district shar.es/1b8iQ0 via @DispatchAlerts

All-Star Skills Competition: Blue Jackets' Ryan Johansen steals the show

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — Ryan Johansen played to the masses, tugged at heartstrings and turned 1990s nostalgic on Saturday night, making the NHL All-Star Skills Competition the latest stop on his ascendency to becoming one of the league's stars. The Blue Jackets center earned major style points and won the breakaway challenge, igniting a sold-out crowd early at Nationwide Arena.
Jan 25, 2015

#NHLAllStar Skills Competition: Blue Jackets' Ryan Johansen steals the show shar.es/1b8ykW via @DispatchAlerts

Jan 25, 2015

RT @DispatchAlerts: All-Star Skills Competition: Blue Jackets' Ryan Johansen steals the show bit.ly/1yXRxOR

Ohio State men's basketball: Buckeyes hope to gain momentum at home

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — With his team at .500 in the Big Ten standings and looking up at half the conference, Thad Matta said a few days ago that every team he has coached at Ohio State "has found its stride" at some point during a season.

NHL All-Star presence testifies to John H. McConnell’s passion

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — Forty years ago, Columbus required "Ohio." It was unimaginable that this city could, or would, play host to an NHL All-Star Game. The hockey capital of the world for a weekend? Moo.  Old Columbus had an inferiority complex, a fear of impinging on Ohio State's sports hegemony and a singular skyscraper.

Contractor acted fairly to correct overcharge

NHL: Commissioner Gary Bettman unveils new World Cup event

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — The NHL has long espoused to be something far more than its 30 teams playing a seasonal schedule on a single continent. On Saturday, the league and the players union announced the return of the World Cup of Hockey, taking the "first step in our joint vision for international hockey," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said during a news conference at Nationwide Arena.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @smitchcd: Dispatch: World Cup of Hockey to return in 2016, NHL outdoor games for next season finalized: bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/storie… #CBJ

Game preview | Men's basketball: Ohio State vs. Indiana

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — 1:30 P.M. TODAY Where: Value City Arena TV: CBS (Channel 10) Radio: WBNS-FM (97.1) Records: Ohio State 15-5 overall, 4-3 Big Ten; Indiana 15-4, 5-1 >> Follow @buckeyextra on Twitter, because it's the right thing to do >> Here's where you can order national championship newspapers, posters and the book Next Man Up Notable: Ohio State coach Thad Matta is 8-4 vs.

Michael Arace commentary: Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky deserved better fate

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — The Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky was to make his first All-Star appearance Sunday night at Nationwide Arena, his building. Rarely do stars align like this for any player, anywhere. Never will they again for Bobrovsky. It is not to be. A day before the All-Star break, Bobrovsky suffered an injured groin.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @smitchcd: Dispatch: Michael Arace commentary || Injured #CBJ G Sergei Bobrovsky deserved better #NHLAllStar fate: bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

Jan 25, 2015

RT @DispatchAlerts: Michael Arace commentary: Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky deserved better fate bit.ly/1yfiOsn

Johansen Steals The Show

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — Ryan Johansen played to the masses, tugged at heartstrings and turned 1990s nostalgic last night, making the NHL All-Star Skills Challenge the latest stop on his ascendency to becoming one of the league's full-fledged star. The Blue Jackets center earned major style points and won the breakaway challenge, igniting a soldout crowd early in Nationwide Arena.
Jan 24, 2015

Puck-rakers: Team Foligno rolls, but #CBJ Ryan Johansen steals the show at #NHL All-Star Skills Competition bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/blogs/…

NHL All-Star Game: With Flyers, Voracek blossoms into points leader

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — In many ways, Jake Voracek hasn't changed from the free-spirited, pleasant guy who grew up in the Blue Jackets' organization. At Thursday's NHL All-Star media day, Voracek was two parts shy and one part Spicoli as he fielded an endless stream of questions about his triumphant return to Nationwide Arena.

Ohio State fans brave cold weather to support their champions

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Undaunted by frigid temperatures, fans filled the lower levels of Ohio Stadium from end zone to end zone to celebrate Ohio State's national championship this morning. The event honored the Buckeyes' triumph in the inaugural College Football Playoff, but speakers starting with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith deflected the praise back to the estimated crowd of 45,000, calling them "The Best Damn Fans in the Land."

Ohio State bills for band investigation and defense pushing $1 million

dispatch.com — Ohio State University has spent a combined $900,000 in a follow-up investigation of the marching band and defending itself in a lawsuit filed by fired band director Jonathan Waters. Records provided by the university on Friday show that a task force hired to examine the culture of the embattled band included five firms and charged a total of $698,175.
Jan 24, 2015

RT @RandyLudlow: Ohio State bills for band investigation and defense pushing $1 million #TBDBITL shar.es/1bKi8e via @DispatchAlerts

Jan 24, 2015

Ohio State bills for band investigation and defense pushing $1 million #TBDBITL shar.es/1bKi8e via @DispatchAlerts

All-Star Skills Competition Assignments

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — Team Foligno: F Phil Kessel (Toronto); F Jonathan Drouin (Tampa Bay); F Jiri Sekac (Montreal); F Zemgus Girgensons (Buffalo). Team Toews: F Tyler Seguin (Dallas); F Mike Hoffman (Ottawa); D Aaron Ekblad (Florida); F Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis). Breakaway Challenge Team Foligno: F Alex Ovehckin (Washington); F Claude Giroux (Philadelphia); F Ryan Johansen (Columbus); G Brian Elliott (St.

World Cup Of Hockey Is Back

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — The NHL and NHL players' association today announced the return of the World Cup of Hockey, a renewal of an international hockey event that takes a back seat only to the gold medal glare of the Olympic Games. The event will be staged at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, beginning Sept.
Jan 24, 2015

Strong Bettman quotes on performance by Columbus, Blue Jackets in hosting #NHL All-star Game bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/blogs/…

Jan 24, 2015

Puck-rakers: On eve of #NHL All-Star Game, league, players annouce return of World Cup of Hockey bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/blogs/…

NHL All-Star Game notebook: Nick Foligno makes Blue Jackets' Ryan Johansen first pick in draft

bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com — The NHL All-Star player draft Friday night at the Greater Columbus Convention Center was a made-for-television event that made for good TV, thanks to an ultra-loose vibe and, perhaps, a copious amount of empty beverage cups scattered about the set.
Jan 24, 2015

Dispatch: Another round, please? | #NHL draft divvies up teams - Team Foligno vs. Team Toews - w plenty of laughs bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/storie…

Jan 24, 2015

#NHLAll-Star Game: Home cooking as #CBJ Nick Foligno makes Ryan Johansen first pick in draft shar.es/1bKKnk

Upper Arlington man to IRS: "I'm not dead."

dispatch.com — Siegfried Meinstein discovered that he was dead in April. He seems to be handling the news well. "It isn't really a problem in my daily life," he said, sitting at a table in his Upper Arlington assisted-living facility. "Everybody accepts my money."
Jan 23, 2015

RT @JeannieNuss: I couldn't help but quote @montypython after reading this @LoriKurtzman gem about a man trying to prove he's not dead dispatch.com/content/storie…

Jan 23, 2015

I couldn't help but quote @montypython after reading this @LoriKurtzman gem about a man trying to prove he's not dead dispatch.com/content/storie…

Jan 23, 2015

RT @Carol_Lease: #IRS refuses to believe that #UpperArlington man is alive, but still takes his tax payments. #gofigure ow.ly/HQcwZ

Jan 23, 2015

by @LoriKurtzman obv MT @Josh_Jarman: Best story you'll read today: WWII vet works to convince IRS that he's not dead shar.es/1bz7w3

Jan 23, 2015

#IRS refuses to believe that #UpperArlington man is alive, but still takes his tax payments. #gofigure ow.ly/HQcwZ

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Officials quietly agree to renew food-service pact with Aramark

dispatch.com — State prison officials quietly agreed nearly three months ago to renew a two-year contract with their often-criticized food-service contractor, Aramark Correctional Services, to continue to prepare meals for nearly 51,000 inmates. Aramark took over prison kitchens in September 2013 and has had problems with maggots in kitchens and unserved food, staffing and food shortages, and inappropriate employee conduct with inmates.
Jan 24, 2015

Prison officials quietly agree to renew food-service pact with troubled contractor Aramark shar.es/1bKi1v via @DispatchAlerts