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“Hands off Guerrero Park!” Austin fending off Precourt

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Austin is accusing their city of working hard to pave paradise and put up a parking lot. In the past month, a lot of ruckus has been stirred up about Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt potentially relocating the team to Austin, TX, specifically Butler Shores Metro Park. But the park-loving community has all but put a halt to that idea.

The other location on PSV’s radar is Roy G. Guerrero Park but it’s becoming less viable by the minute—or should we say…by the protest.


Austin residents are banning together to prevent their beloved parkland from being turned into a “big-dollar corporate concessions” as one Austin newspaper contributor called it.

An op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman and the comments on Instagram stated loudly and clearly about the city’s contempt for Precourt’s intrusive plan.

“Now that Butler Park has been removed from consideration as the site of the proposed Major League Soccer stadium, attention has shifted to an even worse idea: East Austin’s Roy G. Guerrero Park, a wild slice of the Colorado River 10 minutes from downtown that has somehow survived into the 21st century in its natural condition.”

“The very fact that our civic leaders are giving attention to  the idea of turning our riverfront parks into big-dollar corporate concessions reveals much about why so many feel Austin has lost its way in its relentless pursuit of growth.”

“In an era when cities as diverse as Houston, Los Angeles, and Munich are investing millions to restore their urban rivers to some semblance of their natural condition, Austin already has such a rare bounty in the Colorado River and the wild riverfront parks like Roy Guerrero that protect it. One can only hope that Austin will not desecrate this precious community resource by selling it out to private corporate interests.”

Instead, it appears the people of Austin would rather experience Guerrero Park as it stands today and we don’t blame them—it’s beautiful.

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Crime Spree: Man accused of committing 12 crimes in 30 minutes

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In a criminal rampage worthy of the Grand Theft Auto series of video games, Columbus police say a local man racked up a dozen crimes in just 30 minutes earlier this month.

29-year-old Rodney Edward King, Jr. allegedly committed his sprint of misdeeds on Aug. 6 between 9:54 PM and 10:15 PM.

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King allegedly robbed the residents of five different apartments before throwing a rock at a cab on the street. He then threatened a COTA bus driver with a screwdriver, striking him on the foot.

King faces 10 felony charges and 2 misdemeanors, including aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, aggravated menacing and Criminal Damaging or Endangering.

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Rossi or Ratssi? Rodents force closure at Short North restaurant

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Someone is getting assigned to some “Charlie Work” after The Rossi Bar and Kitchen was served a red sticker by the Columbus Public Health Department.

The Short North restaurants was issued an emergency order yesterday because of “rodent activity in the basement prep area.” Reportedly, inspectors discovered dead rats in traps and excessive rat feces in the bowels of the 895 N. High St. building.

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Rossi will remain closed until the facility is cleaned, holes in the basement are repaired, and the rats are under control, according to a post from Tom Sussi, a local licensed and insured Private Investigator.

Sussi added that sources informed him that employees are not being paid on time.

Rats!The rodents forced a popular Short North restaurant to shut its doors.The Columbus Public Health Department…

Posted by Tom Sussi on Thursday, August 15, 2019

In an Instagram post, Rossi announced it’d be closed “for the next few days due to emergency repair.”

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Zoo welcomes “adorable, bright, alert” baby

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All anyone wants in life is to be described as “adorable, bright, alert” and the Columbus Zoo’s newest baby got those labels after only one month of life. Staff has been fawning over the female Siberian musk deer born on July 19.

The yet-to-be-named fawn was born weighing less than two pounds—normal for the breed. Her spots will soon give way to an all-over brown coat, according to the zoo.

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The zoo says the fawn and mom are currently behind the scenes while she continues to grow big and strong.

Siberian musk deer are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.

We’re fawning over this new baby! On July 19, a female Siberian musk deer was born to parents Lady Stetson (mom) and…

Posted by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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