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Return of holiday production takes poignant turn for cast

dispatch.com — Although she buried her granddaughter just days ago, Delores Booker said her faith has banished any thoughts of leaving the upcoming production of Black Nativity. "No, no, no, honey," Booker said after 14-year-old Destinee Booker was shot on Nov. 28 on the South Side.

Family: ‘Voice’ finalist Chris Jamison just warming up

dispatch.com — Michelle Jamison knows where her son will be for the next two weeks but has no idea after that. Chris Jamison, a student at Capital University in Bexley who took a break from school for the NBC singing contest The Voice, finished third on Tuesday during the seventh-season finale.

Staging 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' has deep meaning for director

dispatch.com — Linda Hunt knew she would enjoy directing A Charlie Brown Christmas. But she had no idea that it would be such an emotional experience. Hunt helped bring the holiday classic to the stage for the Pickerington Community Theatre. The animated TV version first aired in 1965 and is now among the most-popular animated holiday specials.

Choir spreads joy to all - with and without hearing

dispatch.com — Ezra Somnitz couldn't hear the Christmas carols on Saturday, but the 18-month-old wasn't held back. Just minutes into a performance by the seasonal choir Signs of Christmas, Ezra - who was born deaf - began squawking and clapping with delight while perched on his father's lap at the Grove City Library.

Syndicate celebrates 100 years of comics with new exhibit

dispatch.com — In the 1920s and '30s, when Mort Walker was growing up, top newspaper cartoonists were treated like modern rock stars or sports heroes. "Some of them were like their own personal franchise," said Brian Walker, one of Mort's five sons. "They lived in big mansions and were superstars.

Elves off their shelves in time for various holiday festivals

dispatch.com — This weekend, community holiday festivals fill the calendar. At least a dozen are scheduled between today and Sunday throughout central Ohio. Most feature activities such as caroling, a tree-lighting ceremony and, of course, a visit from St. Nick.

Santa Claus, light shows create festive atmosphere

dispatch.com — Ripping open gifts isn't the only thing that might prompt your children to shout for joy this holiday season. The area features a plethora of family-oriented events designed to delight, from twinkling lights to living Christmas trees and life-sized Nativity scenes. Wildlights COLUMBUS ZOO AND AQUARIUM, 4850 W.

Chris Jamison thankful for his ‘crazy journey’ on The Voice

dispatch.com — Chris Jamison is far from home this Thanksgiving - and for that, he's thankful. The Capital University student has survived a "crazy journey" of auditions and three weeks of live eliminations on The Voice, and is now one of just eight finalists remaining on the NBC singing competition.

Ohio chef shares yo-yo skills, enthusiasm online

daytondailynews.com — By KEN GORDON The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio - Walking the dog and rocking the baby bore Nathan Martsolf. He prefers the challenge of some jazzed-up alternatives to the classic yo-yo tricks. "Instead of on the floor, I like walking the dog on my arm," the Whitehall resident said during a recent demonstration, whipping his aluminum green yo-yo and moving it smoothly across his forearm.

COSI's renovated planetarium reopens after a decade abscence

dispatch.com — With just a few clicks of a mouse, Ty Owen can take people inside the rings of Saturn, through the human bloodstream and back to the edge of a black hole. On a recent weekday morning, the manager of theater programs for COSI Columbus was demonstrating the museum's new digital-projection system in the renovated planetarium, scheduled to reopen on Saturday after a decade of sitting vacant.
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Dec 19, 2014

I could never be vegan or vegetarian, because I don't like "veg" enough.

Dec 19, 2014

I thought I was just writing about the Black Nativity musical. It ended up more about loss and resilience: bit.ly/1wt57tU

Dec 19, 2014

RT @nickygumbel: 'Comparison is the thief of joy.' - Theodore Roosevelt

Dec 17, 2014

Great run by Chris Jamison on #TheVoice and thanks to his mother and sister for answering their phones last night!: bit.ly/1zsKjna

Dec 16, 2014

I have done this, too. RT@slicksickle: I Google the number, if it seems like a worthwhile source, I call back. Must've been about something.

Dec 16, 2014

Yes, this: RT @MrRed2721: @kgdispatch If its a number I don't know, then I don't call back. If its a contact in my phone, I'll call back.

Dec 16, 2014

As all smart men do, I go by my wife's rule: When home phone rings and no msg left, she says, "Must not be that important."

Dec 16, 2014

Opinion noted. RT @gobux216: @kgdispatch I think you're wrong on this one. I expect to be called back if I don't leave a message

Dec 16, 2014

@cbinkley OK, reporters are exempt. All you others, though. If I don't leave a msg, that means "never mind!" (or I'm texting you!)

Dec 16, 2014

Anyone else bothered when you call someone, don't leave a message, and they call you back blindly?

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