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Photographer Gary Gardiner documents life in Westerville with image a day since 2004

dispatch.com — A brush with death led Gary Gardiner to one of the most meaningful projects of his life. Twelve years ago, Gardiner - two weeks into retirement after a decades-long career as a news photographer - was in his car at a stoplight.

COSI exhibit invites kids to dive into manufacturing process

dispatch.com — Parents visiting a new exhibit at COSI might find it's the only time they don't cringe at the phrase, "Some assembly required." The traveling exhibit "How People Make Things" opened last Saturday and will run through Jan. 8.

Thurber Prize goes to writer of memoir Harrison Scott Key

dispatch.com — His memoir, "The World's Largest Man," has earned Harrison Scott Key the Thurber Prize for American Humor, it was announced Monday night in New York City. The prize is presented by the Thurber House, the nonprofit literary center located in the Columbus boyhood home of humorist James Thurber.

Helmet-cam battle footage by ex-Whitehall man part of documentary

dispatch.com — Former Army Sgt. Chris Adams reviewed some of the more graphic footage he had taken in Afghanistan - of fellow soldiers' broken and twisted bodies, of blood pooling on the ground - and wondered whether the American public could handle it.

New Albany Classic features 2016 Olympic silver medalist equestrian

dispatch.com — A question about taking time off after the Olympics drew a laugh from Beezie Madden. "Oh, no," said Madden, who competed in the equestrian competition in Rio de Janeiro. "I've already been to two competitions." Madden's appearance on Sunday in the Invitational Grand Prix at the New Albany Classic will mark her fourth competition since the games ended Aug.

$5 million from state budget to bring dinosaur exhibit to COSI

dispatch.com — The biggest creatures that ever roamed the planet were welcomed to Columbus today by some of the biggest names in the city. Mayor Andrew Ginther made the announcement that COSI has a partnership with the American Museum of Natural History to bring a dinosaur gallery and special-exhibit gallery to the science center.

Artist leaves corporate world for more tangible yield: one-of-a-kind furniture

dispatch.com — The best decision Andrew Lundberg ever made was to trade his golden handcuffs for a silver Airstream. For years, Lundberg had a well-paying job as a design director for a Columbus advertising agency and a comfortable townhouse in German Village. Life looked good from the outside.

Kids urged to play in exhibit that looks back at childhood

dispatch.com — LANCASTER - A new exhibit at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio is not only about kids but was purposely designed for kids. The collection of toys, photos and paintings that constitutes "An Ohio Childhood: 200 Years of Growing Up" comes alive for the younger crowd with activities and technology designed to change the experience from observing to participating.

Kids love annual Central Ohio tour of model-trains

dispatch.com — In their backyard, Al and Bev Mann have 550 feet of model-railroad tracks that run past a pond, a waterfall, a market and a used-car dealership, among many other landmarks. But in 2005, the first year their display was part of the annual Columbus Garden Railway Society tour, they learned that one feature of their layout is indispensable.

Thurber House names Laurie Lathan as new director

dispatch.com — Laurie Lathan has been named executive director of Thurber House, board president Martha Miller announced today. Lathan for the past four years was the executive director of the Columbus Children's Theatre. She took over her new role on Monday. Thurber House, located at 77 Jefferson Street in Columbus, is the restored home of author, cartoonist and humorist James Thurber.
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Sep 30, 2016

RT @jeffpearlman: I LOVE teaching. Love, love. And I applied to a U with an opening—& got the ol' "You don't have a PhD." Out of fru…

Sep 30, 2016

RT @ohioaj: Pew Research: Support for death penalty (49%) lowest in more than four decades  http://pewrsr.ch/2dazy7v 

Sep 29, 2016

My story today. New exhibit based on the old factory tours on "Mister Rogers Neighborhood." Looks like it could engross the kids for awhile. https://t.co/z05lZqSf6G

Sep 28, 2016

RT @sarahkendzior: Since 2005, US newspapers laid off 25,000 journalists while digital outlets hired only 7000  http://www.cjr.org/business_of_news/journalism_jobs_digital_decline.php 

Sep 26, 2016

His unit received stuffed animals in a care package and apparently the bunny became an inside joke, Monty Python related. https://t.co/4kKFNYPXyd

Sep 26, 2016

Please take a minute to read, and watch the video of these U.S. soldiers under fire. I was honored to write this: https://t.co/M64TqBU04X https://t.co/uMMVu5CpDE

Sep 23, 2016

This is pretty amazing: A horse race, big prize money, stolen cellphone and vanilla yogurt?  http://bit.ly/2cIIrzJ  https://t.co/3pvjXHAFd5

Sep 22, 2016

@pavulous Thanks, but not going to watch it. All violent deaths are a tragedy, IMO.

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