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Ace of Cups nixes show after band member supports Stanford rapist

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Local bar and music venue Ace of Cups cancelled an upcoming performance by all-female Dayton band Good English after their drummer, Leslie Rasmussen, wrote a letter exalting the character of convicted rapist and former Stanford swim-team member Brock Allen Turner.

Turner was convicted of sexually assaulting his victim behind a dumpster outside a frat party where both he and the victim had been drinking. He said the victim consented, while she said she did not consent, having blacked out.

He was sentenced to six months in jail, which is being called a “shockingly light” prison term by media outlets and women’s rights activists.

In her letter, Rasmussen, who is a lifelong friend of Turner, writes, “Brock is not a monster. He is the furthest thing from anything like that, and I have known him much longer than the people involved in this case.

“I am so sick of hearing these young men are monsters when really, you are throwing these barely 20-somethings into camp-like university environments, supporting partying, and then your mind is blown when things get out of hand.”

Rasmussen has since been condemned as a rape-apologist by media outlets and activists, and music festivals and venues across the country have dropped Good English for Rasmussen’s statements.

 

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Update: Tree bar to reopen following “emergency,” renovations

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UPDATE: Given the numerous unsubstantiated stories circulating around the unexpected closure of local venue Tree bar last weekend, we’d like to take this opportunity to share an update posted today on the bar’s Facebook page:

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In spite of rumors to the contrary, we’re glad to see that Tree Bar will continue on in a new and improved form. Here’s to many more years of fun in this much-loved venue.

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OP: Columbus is better than Boston, change my mind

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I’m no hockey expert, but then again, I’m not ignorant to the sport. I’m aware of what boarding is, I know when an icing call should be made, and I can see a high stick from a mile away. C’mon, give me some credit, I’m a mid-20s-year-old boy who owns an X-Box—I’ve played NHL a time or two. I say all that to say this: Columbus is so much better than Boston.

Don’t misconstrue my vast hockey knowledge with my bold statement. I’m not saying Columbus is better than Boston in the sense of athletes on the ice (although my 2013 franchise mode on NHL says Columbus is the best damn hockey team six years running), I’m saying our city is better. Our fans are better. Our beer is better. Have you ever actually enjoyed a Sam Adams lager? Hell no.

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I understand I can’t make these claims without backing them up, so I did some unbiased research and my results were incredible. If you aren’t sitting down, you might want to now.

And as if that database of information wasn’t persuasive enough, here’s an entire press conference of unbiased sports experts carefully explaining their case.

It’s compelling, I know.

The facts go even deeper. Have you ever seen a Bostonian on the moon? Or orbit the planet? Point one for John Glenn and Columbus. Neil Armstrong isn’t from Columbus, but he’s a tried and true Ohioan and that counts in our books. Half point to Columbus? We’ll take it. All the numbers are adding up and it’s clear as day: Columbus is better than Boston.

The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Boston Bruins on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Boston. The game will be aired on NBCS.

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Butts banned! No smoking in UA, Delaware parks

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If you’re planning a trip to one of the many fine public parks in Upper Arlington or Delaware, you’ll have to leave the cancer sticks at home.

City Councils for both municipalities passed bans on smoking in city parks on Monday. Both bans apply to the use of e-cigarettes as well as traditional tobacco products.

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Under the new laws, smoking on public land would be considered criminal trespassing.

Are these new smoking bans a breath of fresh air, or are you wondering what legislators were smoking when they came up with these laws? Share your opinion in our poll:

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