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The future is here, driverless shuttles now cruising Scioto Mile

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Since drivers in Columbus suck so much, maybe you’ll be more comfortable aboard a driverless vehicle.

Ohio’s first self-driving shuttles and world’s largest autonomous and connected vehicle testing facility is now operating along the Scioto Mile, transporting passengers between the Smart Columbus Experience Center, COSI, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, and Bicentennial Park.

According to the DriveOhio website, the all-electric vehicles, which have a top speed of 25 miles per hour, are outfitted with a powerful array of sensors, cameras and intelligent software to map the route and monitor the environment.

If you’re weary of the technological advancement, rest assured because there is a train attendant on board at all times.

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According to The Lantern, the project comes from the combined work of DriveOhio, a new initiative within the Ohio Department of Transportation designed to help bring smart mobility investments and jobs to the state; Smart Columbus, an initiative focused on improving economic growth and quality of life through technological advancements; and Ohio State University.

The launch is the first of a three-phase deployment that will eventually include self-driving shuttles serving multiple routes.

“We’re proud to have the first self-driving shuttle in Ohio being tested on the streets of Columbus,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “This pilot will shape future uses of this emerging technology in Columbus and the nation. Residents win when we add more mobility options to our transportation ecosystem – making it easier to get to work, school or local attractions.”

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Standard Hall, two others reportedly closed

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According to multiple news outlets, including 10tv.com, the beleaguered Short North hot spot Standard Hall is once again closed temporarily after one of its employees allegedly tested positive for COVID-19.

The original Facebook and other social media posts that led to the news reports have been removed from Standard Hall's social media sites.

Standard Hall was one of the first establishments to reopen once COVID restrictions were lifted and was immediately one of the first to close due to violations. It reopened just three weeks ago.

The state does not require a restaurant to close after an employee tests positive but strongly recommends it. In this case, two other Corso Ventures establishments are reportedly closed because the same employee was within both places: the Short North Pint House and Short North Goody Boy. The now deleted Facebook post supposedly said they were closing all three for a short time to deep clean each of the establishments.

You can stay tuned for updates here or on Standard Hall's Facebook page.

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Toledo officer killed; Statehouse flags to fly half staff

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Governor Mike DeWine issued a statement this morning after Toledo police officer Anthony Dia was killed in the line of duty this morning around 12:30 a.m.

DeWine has ordered Statehouse and Lucas County flags at half staff through his funeral service, expected next week.

"Fran and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death last night of Toledo Police Officer Anthony Dia in the line of duty," DeWine stated. "We extend our sympathy to his wife and 2-year-old child, his other family members, and his colleagues in the Toledo Police Department.  To honor the life and service of Officer Dia, I have ordered that the flags in Lucas County and at the Statehouse be lowered to half staff beginning tomorrow and through his funeral service."

You can read the in-depth account, including witness statements and video of the event on the Toldeo Blade website here.

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CAPA cancels Cinema Columbus film festival

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COVID continues to wreck havoc on anything remotely resembling a gathering as CAPA and its event partners today announced the cancelation of Cinema Columbus 2020, a new Columbus film festival celebrating new and diverse cinematic works from around the world.

While new dates have not yet been determined, the first annual Cinema Columbus will be rescheduled for 2021.

“This was to be the inaugural year for Cinema Columbus, but with all the challenges of 2020, we felt that a fledgling festival would not be best positioned for success,” stated CAPA President and CEO Chad Whittington. “We thank the Drexel TheatreGateway Film CenterWexner Center for the Arts, and community partner Film Columbus for their commitment to this event and look forward to launching this important cinematic celebration in 2021.”

Learn more here.

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