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Digital News Editor — Columbus Dispatch
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Writer. Digital news editor for The Columbus Dispatch and Former farmgirl. Big-time scuba diver.

Five-year-old Dublin boy sends his allowance - $1 - to save the UAB football program — Make no mistake: Bennett Williams is an Ohio State football fan. But when the 5-year-old Dublin boy was looking at the logos of all 125 football teams, he noticed the fiery dragon that belonged to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He decided he liked UAB football too.

What you missed on YouTube this week: Babies, Steve Carrell, NASA parody — It's hard to sift through the thousands of YouTube videos uploaded each day. So for those who are short of time (or who can't watch YouTube at work), here are some of this week's popular clips. Actor Steve Carrell made a surprise appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, and he made the already popular Ragtime Gals an even bigger success.

World Cup, Ebola dominate social media this year — The World Cup and Ebola dominated conversations on Facebook and Twitter in 2014. Both social media giants released year-end recaps this week. On Facebook, the top global issues were the World Cup, the Ebola virus outbreak, elections in Brazil and Robin Williams. Facebook users in the United States posted the most about Ebola.

Video: Jack Hanna, Mayor Coleman join residents in community Christmas card — It's easy to find holiday magic in Columbus. From the zoo's Wildlights to BalletMet's annual performance of the The Nutcracker, each corner of the community offers its own special addition to the festive atmosphere. We wanted to help share that holiday joy, too. So we asked Columbus notables and residents to join us in some Christmas songs.

Airline travelers get happy surprise from JetBlue, Zappos — Airports can be stressful places during the holidays. For travelers in the Northeast, Thanksgiving air travel was further complicated by snow that canceled hundreds of flights. Some travelers at New York's JFK airport were given some welcome relief Wednesday, thanks to a little holiday cheer from Zappos and JetBlue.

President will pardon an Ohio turkey today — Two Ohio turkeys have been living it up in Washington this week before finding out which one would receive a presidential pardon. Cooper Farms in Mercer County provided the turkeys to the White House this year , because owner Gary Cooper is chairman of the National Turkey Federation.

Do Ohioans have the most miserable Thanksgivings? — Are Ohioans bracing for a miserable holiday Thursday? Estately , a real-estate website, claims Ohio is the most likely place to have a miserable Thanksgiving.

Columbus artist uses Starbucks cups to draw now-famous cartoons — Like many Americans, Josh Hara needs his fix of Starbucks every day. But where most people see a white coffee cup full of warm goodness, Hara sees a blank canvas. So the Columbus marketing director fills that white space with cartoons.

Facebook offers you a way to say thanks — Facebook wants to help you say thank you to a friend. The social media giant launched a new tool last week called Say Thanks. It lets you choose a Facebook friend, then generates a video of photos that you're both tagged in. Facebook users can edit the photos and posts to best represent your friendship.

Ohio State student writes note to his attacker, and gets worldwide support — An Ohio State student said he was punched in the face because he kissed his boyfriend. The tweet he posted later that night, addressing his attacker, has been retweeted and favorited more than 100,000 times and has put Cole Ledford in the national spotlight.
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Dec 18, 2014

RT @DispatchAlerts: A 5-year-old Dublin boy wanted to save UAB football. He sent them his allowance-$1. The athletic dept.had it framed.

Nov 24, 2014

RT @washingtonpost: Obama on Ferguson decision: "We need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make."

Nov 19, 2014

I'm not sure how this much snow didn't crush the car, but it's a great photo from New York. via @DispatchAlerts

Nov 19, 2014

RT @DispatchAlerts: You see a Starbucks cup. He sees a canvas. Check out these cool cartoons #100CoffeeCups. via @DispatchAlerts

Nov 12, 2014

OSU student tweets to his attacker: I'm not sorry for being gay. Support flows in worldwide via @DispatchAlerts

Nov 07, 2014

Parents hit Facebook and YouTube to raise research money for a terrible disease that is killing their kids.

Nov 02, 2014

What an inspiration. Ohio student with brain tumor plays first college basketball game, via @DispatchAlerts

Oct 30, 2014

Trick-or-treat starts soon in most communities. See when the ghosts and zombies will show up at your door.

Oct 30, 2014

The inventor of Operation was only paid $500 for the game. Now he needs money for an operation of his own.

Oct 29, 2014

@RandyLudlow Lies! Ok, well maybe he has munched on a foot or two.

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