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Have a basket of fun at new hotel opening in Newark

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We all know what “barrel of fun” means, but soon the Longaberger building in Newark will be giving life to a new term: “basket of fun.”

The famed “basket building,” formerly the office space for the handcrafted basket seller, will be transformed into a 150-room luxury hotel set to open in about two years, reports ABC6.

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Heritage Ohio board member Steve Coon purchased the Longaberger building in 2017 when the basket company went out of business. It has been vacant since 2016.

Coon Restoration and Ceres Enterprises have partnered up for the project, which has yet to be given a price tag. Coon told the 200-person crowd at Monday night’s Heritage Ohio Conference that he and his partners will be seeking state and federal tax breaks as well as grants, reports 10TV.

Developers intend to keep the history of the building intact during restoration.

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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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