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Good news about those campus rats

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Last fall, Columbus sent out patrols to monitor the number of rats taking up residence near Campus. And it looks like those numbers are pretty low: evidence of rats was found at just six of the 773 homes in the area. Which is good news for Columbus, as that means rodent numbers are down from previous years.

The rat patrol is part of a pilot program that started in 2008, which looked into the number of rats in Campus, the Short North, and Downtown. And since the Campus statistics are looking good, they’ll move onto the next neighborhood (Franklinton) in a couple weeks. (deb)

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Previously Oct. 1, 2014

Rat patrol back on near OSU campus

In 2008, a pilot program ended that kept an eye on rats near Campus, the Short North, and Downtown. In an attempt to remain proactive about the situation, the city has amped up its coverage of the campus area and are patrolling for rats (an eight-inch rat has already been found!). Health departments workers are keeping a keen eye on any evidence of the creatures and if they see any, will leave information with surrounding residents on how to keep the rodents at bay.

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You might recognize new pop-up in the Short North

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Sprint, jump, jog to the Short North for day 1 of Lululemon’s yearlong pop-up. The popular athletic apparel company is now open at 640 N. High St.

Depending on the success of the pop-up, Lululemon could be a permanent installation on High Street.

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You could personally welcome Lululemon to the neighborhood by attending the grand opening event this Sunday, July 21 which will feature an outdoor yoga session.

This is Lululemon’s second stint in Short North with the first having been from 2008-2010 before the Easton and Polaris stores opened.

Lululemon Short North will be open from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Sundays.

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No butts about it, Ohio raises smoking age to 21

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In a move that nicotine-addicted members of Gen-Z are sure to find totally “un-lit,” state lawmakers have raised the legal age for tobacco sales to 21.

The bill, which passed as part of the new state budget, would have included a provision exempting people who turn 18 before October 1 from the new restrictions—but Governor Mike Dewine vetoed that portion of the law.

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Products such as cigarettes, rolling papers, vaping products and chewing tobacco are now only available for legal sale to those 21 and up.

Sorry, kids. You’ll just have to wait a few more years to start wasting money on products that damage your health in countless ways!

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New construction at I-70 split means more traffic for now

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Changes coming to a busy stretch of highway near Children’s Hospital could lead to serious-short term traffic headaches.

According to a report from 10TV, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has announced two changes to I-70 downtown which are set to begin this August.

First, traffic moving in both directions of I-70 will be shifted to the westbound bridge that carries traffic from the east side, past downtown, for one year. The bridge will host one westbound lane, as it does right now, along with the two eastbound lanes of I-70.

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In the next phase, Parsons Avenue will close between East Main Street and Mooberry Street for 60 days to demolish the existing roads, eventually re-building I-70 east over Parsons Avenue. Drivers should use Grant Avenue instead.

ODOT officials say that bringing I-70 to the top layer will eliminate the need for lane changes that lead to congestion and can cause accidents.

These changes mark the first of many planned projects for roadways in this area.

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