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Can suburbs throw out everything but the SINK?

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Suburban cities like Dublin, New Albany and Hilliard are developing walkable amenity-filled urban centers in hopes of enticing more millennials and empty nesters. The goal is to move away from endless single-family homes and focus on creating spaces that feel more like the Short North, Arena District or the area around the Columbus Commons.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission predicts that the population of Franklin County and the six outlying counties (Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Madison and Union) will grow from 1.8 million to 2.3 million by 2050. Terry Foegler, Dublin’s director of special initiatives for the Bridge Street District noted that the 80 percent growth will come from households with one or two people and no children. A fierce competition is heating up for cities trying to entice the two groups, and the stakes are very high. Cities that manage to pull millennials and empty nesters away from downtown and into suburbia will gain a slew of new residents, their property and payroll taxes as well as the businesses that carter to younger demographics.

Most of these projects are still underway and it will take some time to see if the newest batch of YP’s will be willing to make the move the edges of central Ohio.

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Horny hoodlums snatch $2,000 worth of merchandise from adult store

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Columbus Police are seeking the public's help in identifying four individuals who stole lingerie and other, um, "goods" from the Lions Den store at 1144 Alum Creek Drive late Monday night:

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Staff at the store estimated the value of the stolen goods at around $2,000.

Is that a banana in your pocket, or did you just rip off a $600 "item" from Lion's Den? Police are asking anyone with information to contact detectives at 614-645-2072, or to email [email protected]

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Local thief steals shotgun from very unexpected place

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One thief gave new meaning to the word "brazen" late last night by committing a burglary in the last place you'd expect.

Police are on the lookout for a suspect who broke into a Clinton Township police cruiser over night, making off with a shotgun. The vehicle was parked at the police station at the time of the theft.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Criminal Investigations was called to the Clinton Township Police Department at 3820 Cleveland Avenue early this morning in response to the robbery.

Police say they are dusting for fingerprints and using a K9 dog to help identify a suspect. The ATF has also been notified about the situation.

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First-of-its-kind high school helps students break cycle of addiction

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Students recovery from substance use disorders often relapse upon leaving treatment and returning to their old school. A newly opened school on the city's east side seeks to help young people break the cycle of addiction through dedicated care and attention.

Heartland High School is Ohio's first school specifically for students recovering from addiction. The inaugural class consisting of 8 students will receive a recovery-centered education that aims to create a sense of belonging, self-confidence and purpose.

The purpose of a recovery high school is to give students in recovery a high-quality education in a safe and supportive environment that is specifically conducive to substance use recovery.

Heartland High School will receive and maintain a charter issued by the state board of education. Students will be awarded a state-recognized diploma upon graduation.

Heartland High School is located at 760 E. Broad Street in Columbus. For more information, visit heartlandhighschool.org.

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