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Get paid! $700 million Equifax data breach could mean cash in your pocket

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After a a 2017 data breach that affected nearly 150 million people, courts have ordered credit reporting bureau Equifax to pay upwards of $700 million in fines and monetary relief to consumers.

For consumers affected by the data breach, personal information such as Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and even driver’s license numbers were potentially exposed.

As part of the court-ordered settlement, Equifax is paying $425 million to affected consumers to help cover the time and money spent to protect themselves from identity theft that may have resulted from the breach.

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So, just what does all of this mean for you? Well, under the settlement, people whose information was exposed in the leak will be eligible for free credit monitoring. Or, those who already have credit monitoring services can request restitution in the form of a $125 cash payment.

If you can document that time and money spent recovering from the leak cost you more than $125, you may also qualify for cash payments of up to $20,000.

To see if your information was affected by the breach, you’ll need to fill out some basic information on the official Equifax Breach Settlement page here. If you qualify, follow this link to choose the settlement option that fits your situation.

There’s only one catch: the fine print on the settlement agreement states that if a large enough group of qualifying consumers apply for relief, payouts may be reduced from the stated amount of $125 per person. Still, something’s better than nothing, right?

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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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