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“We will continue to fight,” Austin approves MLS stadium deal with Precourt

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Austin City Council gave the black and yellow light to go ahead with a deal with the owners of Columbus Crew SC to build an MLS stadium.

The 7-4 vote gave the go-ahead for Precourt Sports Venture to build a $200 million soccer stadium at McKalla Place, a parcel of city-owned land about 10 miles north of downtown Austin.

In response to this decision, Mayor Ginther released this statement:

“Major League Soccer chose Columbus as the home of the Crew SC. We were the first city in the U.S. to build a soccer-specific stadium that hosted hundreds of games and international soccer competitions. When MLS and Precourt Sports Ventures indicated they wanted a downtown sports stadium, we entered into negotiations in good faith, rallying private investors and public support – including commitments for 10,000 season ticket holders for 2019 — to develop a comprehensive stadium plan. Unfortunately, MLS and PSV have not operated with the same intentions. The McKalla Place site proposal in Austin, for example, sits more than 10 miles from the city’s center – three times the distance between the Columbus Crew’s current stadium and downtown. 

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“Clearly, the decision to move Crew SC to Austin was made long before today’s vote in Texas, with no consideration to the history of the team or the integrity of soccer in the U.S. We believe MLS and PSV have a responsibility to our fans – and to every resident in Columbus — to keep Columbus Crew SC in its home. We will continue our fight to keep the Crew where it belongs – in Columbus.

According to Columbus Business First, Austin’s Mayor Steve Adler and the City Council added a series of amendments to the term sheet including:

  • A proposed financial penalty for Precourt Sports Ventures should it back out of a $3 million deal for a rail station.
  • Affordable housing plans for the site.
  • Meeting city code regulations relating to wetlands.
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Pres. Trump honors OSU officer for stopping ISIS-inspired attack

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One of Ohio State’s finest was honored by the President in a ceremony this week for his uncommon bravery in the line of duty. Officer Alan Horujko, the OSU police officer who stopped a machete-wielding assailant’s attack on OSU campus in 2016, was awarded the Medal of Valor.

Originally established by President Clinton in June 29 of 2000, the Presidential Medal of Valor for Public Safety Officers is awarded for “Actions above and beyond the call of duty; and exhibiting exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind; or an unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life.”

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On November 28, 2016, Oficer Horujko shot and killed 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who drove a vehicle into a group of people on OSU campus before assaulting them with a machete.

Artan left a note pledging his allegiance to the Islamic State group prior to the attack.

“Thank’s to Alan’s swift action, not a single innocent person died that day. Officer Horujko, we are forever grateful,” said President Trump prior to the award ceremony.

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Bagless Bexley? Single-use plastics ban could take effect

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Single-use plastic grocery bags, straws and cutlery could become obsolete in Bexley in the next few years if a new ordinance is passed.

Ordinance 14-19 would place a ban on plastic grocery and carryout bags at all businesses within Bexley city limits and at all city facilities and city-sponsored events beginning Jan. 1, 2020. A ban on beverage straws, stirring sticks, drink stoppers and cutlery would follow on Jan. 1, 2021, reports This Week News.

Also on January 1, 2021, the ban on single-use plastics would extend to educational institutions, with the exception for plastic straws for those with special needs. Mobile businesses, like food trucks, would be another exception to the single-use plastic ban.

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Customers would be encouraged to bring their own bags, but business owners would be allowed to offer paper or other reusable bags for a 10-cent charge under the proposal. Troy Markham, chairman of council’s service and environmental committee who introduced this ordinance April 23, ensured that the 10-cent charge would not be collected by the city, but rather, would be itemized by the store to the consumer, reports This Week News.

Bexley City Council will vote for the third and final time on this legislation during the meeting Tuesday, May 28, at 6:30 PM at t Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.

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Video: Disc golfers, tiny dog vs. Agitated deer in local metro park

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According to a post on the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks Facebook page, couple of disc golfers got more than they bargained for when an agitated deer interrupted their outing:

Nice try, lil dog.

If you’re planning a visit to one of the area’s many great metro parks, keep your wits about you. And remember, while a frisbee makes an effective self-defense accessory in a pinch, it might be better to simply tuck tail and run. Those deer hoofs look sharp!

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