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Scene75 forced to temporarily close following shooting speculations

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Less than two weeks after it opened, Scene75 was forced to evacuate and close the facility over the weekend following a physical altercation between what they called “unruly” guests.

A fist fight broke out between two groups of people inside the entertainment facility late Saturday night. Social media posts immediately began circulating, with many speculating that there may have been a shooting.

The security team broke up the fight and decided to evacuate the visitors and close for the night.

“Not knowing the true source of their dispute or the extent of the potential harm at the time, we took the safest path we could,” said Scene75 in a Facebook statement (included below).

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10TV reports that no one was injured in the fight and that no arrests were made.

Scene75 reopened Sunday for normal business hours to “further demonstrate that good shall triumph,” they said.

Scene75’s Facebook statement went on to debunk any rumors of gun involvement, thank everyone for their patience, apologize for the scare, and ensure future visitors that continued efforts are being made to assess internal security measures.

Read the full statement from Scene75 below:

Dearest friends. I write to you tonight with a heavy heart and a shaken soul. Scene75 has been my home, my family, my…

Posted by Scene75 Entertainment Center – Columbus on Saturday, October 19, 2019
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“The time is right,” OSU president Michael Drake announces retirement

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After five years of serving the students, faculty, and staff at the Ohio State University, President Michael Drake will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Drake cited good timing as his reason for retiring. 10TV reports Ohio State trustees approved a 2.5% raise for Drake this week, bringing his annual salary to nearly $892,000.

Below is the statement he sent OSU community:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
I am writing to share with you that I have informed the board that I will be retiring from my role as president of The Ohio State University at the end of the 2019-20 academic year.
Following many months of thoughtful consideration, Brenda and I have concluded that after a combined 15 years of campus leadership, here and in California, the time is right for a change in the trajectory of our lives.
We love our work, and we could not be more proud of the great progress the university has made through your leadership and the collective focus and efforts of the entire Buckeye Nation. But time does not stand still, and what better time to pass the baton than at the completion of our 150th and strongest year ever. The Ohio State University is positioned for nothing but continued success.
As we have considered this decision, we have been reminded time and again of the literally thousands of letters and other expressions of support, gratitude and encouragement we have received from so many of you over these past many years. They are sincerely appreciated and humbling. Working with you is an honor, a privilege and a blessing.
After my term, I will remain on the faculty in an active — although undoubtedly less intense — role. For now, it’s back to the task of celebrating our sesquicentennial and doing all we can every day to make our great university even better. Thank you all so much, and Go Bucks!
Sincerely,
Michael V. Drake, MD
President

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Polaris pop-up to offer “trendiest styles”

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A new pop-up at Polaris Fashion Place will be your destination for "the trendiest styles in interior furnishings and décor" this holiday season.

According to a release, a discreetly-branded Value City Furniture will open Saturday, November 23 and run through January.

"As guests walk through the discreetly branded retail space, subtle signs and hints will reveal that the designer looks featured in each room are in fact from Columbus-based furniture retailer Value City Furniture — proving guests can have the on-trend styles they want from high-end retailers without the designer price tag," said the release.

The pop-up will be located in the center court, lower level, at Polaris Fashion Place, right in front of Santa.

Value City Furniture Polaris will highlight many bestsellers from its Designer Looks collections. These pieces are crafted with quality materials, finishes and details, like hand-stenciled finishes, solid wood surfaces, and 100 percent feathers, per the release.

Guests of the pop-up will receive a discount code that can be used for any in-store or online purchase at Value City Furniture or VCF.com.  

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CPD writing huge check for Stormy Daniels debacle

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The Columbus City Council approved settlements in three lawsuits against the Columbus Division of Police totaling almost $800,000 Monday, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Among the settlements was a $450,000 payment to adult-film performer Stormy Daniels stemming from her wrongful arrest suit against the Division's disgraced vice unit.

Charges against Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, were dropped by Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein the morning after her arrest at Sirens Gentlemen's Club in July of 2018. The law Daniels was alleged to have broken applied only to regular performers at the strip club, making her arrest improper.

Daniels garnered national attention prior to the incident in Columbus when she claimed to have taken hush money from Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to cover up a sexual affair between the actress and the then-future president. Daniels had originally sued the CDP for $2 million.

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