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2 Ohio zoos take top 5 spots in USA Today poll

614now Staff

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If you’ve spent any time at all in Central Ohio, this news will come as no surprise: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium landed among the top five zoos in the nation in USA Today’s recent 10Best readers poll.

Results from the poll included a writeup touting the Columbus Zoo’s wildlife from eight regions from around the world and the the manatee habitat that is a rarity outside of Florida as selling points.

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Feel a little slighted that our hometown zoo only made #5 on the list? Scope out the competition for yourself – the top-ranked zoo is just a 2 hour drive away. With some big help from adorable viral sensation of baby hippo Fiona, the Cincinnati Zoo took the top spot in the readers poll.

Did USA Today’s 10Best poll get it right? Let us know in the comments.

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Easton loses home furnishing store

Regina Fox

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Home style enthusiasts will have one less place to shop in Easton now that Z Gallerie at 4194 Easton Gateway Dr. has permanently closed.

No reason for the closure was cited. The store specialized in fashion-forward furniture and decor ranging from traditional to bold.

The number for the Columbus location has been forwarded to the Louisville, KY store, which is now the closest Z Gallerie location to Columbus.

Dozens of other stores remain open across the United States. Z Gallerie has a strong online presence, as well. To learn more, visit zgallerie.com.

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Tee Jaye’s on Tee Vee: Fox News coming to area restaurant this week

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Biscuits and gravy with a side of political commentary? It seems that's what's on the menu this week at the Tee Jay's Country Place restaurant on Morse Road.

Following Tuesday's Democratic Presidental debate at Otterbein University on Tuesday, a reporter from the Fox News show "Fox and Friends" will be on hand at Tee Jaye's from 4am- 9am Wednesday morning to "hear what you thought of the debate and your thoughts about the next election," according to a post on Tee Jaye's Facebook page:

Are your friends and family sick and tired of your political ramblings? Try your hand at punditry over a barnyard buster this Wednesday. Just try not to leave with egg on your face!

The debate will also be covered by CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and the New York Times among many, many other news organizations.

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Popular Grandview shop vandalized over the weekend

Mike Thomas

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Staff at popular Grandview shop The Butcher and Grocer were met with an upsetting scene upon arriving at work Sunday morning. The glass front door of the shop was shattered, and cash stolen from inside.

Thanks to the mess caused by the break-in—and having no cash drawer to run a register—Butcher & Baker was forced to close for business Sunday. In spite of the setback, management clearly have not lost a sense of humor:

Butcher & Baker have regrouped and are operating for their usual hours. Anyone with information about the break-in should contact Grandview police.

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