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“F**king raghead b**ch!” Columbus woman claims racism at local stores

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In a now-viral Facebook post, a Columbus resident shared two recent encounters where she claimed she was subjected to extreme verbal acts of racism in very public places around the city.

Cynthia Cox Ubaldo was leaving the Walgreens at 161 and Maple Canyon wearing hijab on August 4 when a white man she suspected to be in his 30s yelled, “F**king raghead b**ch! Go back to your sh**hole country!”

“I ignored him and quickly got in my car, locked the doors and sped away,” she wrote.

The next day, on August 5, yet another display of verbal, racially-driven abuse played out at the Kroger Marketplace on Morse Rd.

Ubaldo wrote that she called a Spanish-speaking friend to wish him happy birthday while she shopped. This time, she was not wearing hijab (“I decided it’s too dangerous,” she wrote).

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“This is America! Speak English dumba** or go the f**k back to Mexico!” a white man shouted at her. Another man added “That Texas kid had the right idea!” as he made gun gestures with his hands.

Ubaldo said she told the men she could speak English, to which one replied, “So what, beanface? President Trump will deport your a** when his wall is done.” The other said, “Unless we help him out,” while still making the gun gestures.

“I’m still a little shaken by this. It gets worse every day. Why do so many white men feel so threatened?” she questioned in her post that has been shared more than 3.8K times and counting.

Ubaldo describes herself as an “unapologetic American Muslim, proud progressive, journalist, and activist for peace, politics, environment & animal rights.”

Read the full post below.

Yesterday evening after eating dinner at a Muslim restaurant, and wearing hijab, I stopped into Walgreens at 161 and…

Posted by Cynthia Cox Ubaldo on Monday, August 5, 2019
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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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