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Nora meets polar bear companion at Oregon Zoo

dispatch.com — Nora the polar bear is making a new friend. Once a favorite among visitors to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Nora has been attracting fans at her new home at the Oregon Zoo. Last week, the polar bear was introduced to a 31-year-old polar bear named Tasul for the first time.

Justice Insider: Pub manager knocks down man with gun

dispatch.com — A would-be robber at the Old Bag of Nails on the Near East Side apparently had the snot knocked out of him Sunday night by the restaurant manager. The robber pointed a gun at the manager of the restaurant, at 17 N. Nelson Road, about 9:45 p.m.

Justice Insider: Judges leave their mark in courtroom closet

dispatch.com — Sometimes the Insider takes you on a little field trip. Today, we'll visit Chardon in northeastern Ohio. More specifically, the Geauga County Courthouse. When reporter Holly Zachariah covered a sentencing there last week, she told Common Pleas Judge David L. Fuhry's bailiff, Cindy DeMarco, that it was her first time at the 1826 Greek Revival courthouse.

Public forum on Tuesday in Columbus to explore problems, solutions in heroin crisis

dispatch.com — An 8-year-old girl rushed into a restaurant and told workers that her mom was in a car, not breathing. A wife found her 38-year-old husband dead in their home. These were just a couple recent stories of the devastation caused by a heroin epidemic hitting communities across Ohio.

Election board: Article alleging voter fraud is fake

dispatch.com — By: Kelly Lecker Franklin County elections officlals are urging voters not to believe everything they read. An article posted on the Christian Times website stated that a Columbus electrical worker found a dozen sealed ballot boxes filled with thousands of ballots for the Nov. 8 election.

Justice Insider: Thief steals Pokemon cards - all of them

dispatch.com — Who says this summer's Pokemon Go craze is dwindling? In Westerville, a man apparently still on a quest to "catch 'em all" is accused of stealing every pack of Pokemon trading cards from the Wal-Mart on East Schrock Road, Reporter Alissa Widman Neese tells us.

Public invited to tonight's community discussion on heroin

dispatch.com — The Columbus Dispatch is hosting a community forum to discuss the heroin epidemic and what can be done about it. Panelists will include people who have experienced heroin's hold firsthand. There will also be experts who will talk about how to find help, and efforts to help addicts.

Justice Insider: Was slain UDF robber a victim? Police back off that label

dispatch.com — When is a victim not considered a victim? This was the debate raging on the Columbus Police Facebook page over the past two days. On Sunday, police posted an item on Facebook about 25-year-old Courdney Deonte Sims, who police say robbed a Franklinton UDF store on West Broad Street.

Justice Insider: Plea sought in ex-prosecutor’s DUI case

dispatch.com — Here's an update on a case the Insider first brought you in March: More than five months after an assistant Franklin County prosecutor was charged with driving while intoxicated and causing a crash that injured a motorcyclist at a Downtown intersection, the case has yet to be presented to a grand jury.

Justice Insider: West Side shooting was a real pain

dispatch.com — Officers investigating a shooting on the West Side last week had quite the mess to sort out when they arrived on the scene. Columbus Police were called to the 700 block of Greenfield Drive on Aug. 22 on the report of a shooting.
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Oct 28, 2016

Children's Services had twice investigated house where toddler was killed this week  https://shar.es/1I1Kj2 

Oct 25, 2016

RT @DispatchAlerts: With Game One a few hours away, relive the last @indians World Series title with our slideshow from 1948:…

Aug 19, 2016

Sign seen today: Drop your dads off here. OSU neighborhood says please, more lewd signs at Ohio State move-in day  https://shar.es/1wXwR3 

Jul 29, 2016

She walked 8 miles to her rapist's trial to ensure his conviction. One homeless woman's story:  https://shar.es/1Z7SmK 

Jul 26, 2016

FWIW I was hoping butter sculpture would be @KingJames head on a calf. Get it? Calves? Cavs? @cavs @OhioStateFair  http://bit.ly/2aecNsH 

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