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“I am embarrassed,” Les Wexner claims to be victim of Jeffrey Epstein

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Leslie Wexner, who has been highly scrutinized lately for his mysterious relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, is now claiming to be a victim.

In a letter to members of his namesake foundation, Wexner alleged that Epstein, who was arrested last month and charged with sex trafficking involving girls as young as 14, misappropriated more than $46 million of his fortune while functioning as Wexner’s financial manager.

“I am embarrassed that, like so many others, I was deceived by Mr. Epstein,” Mr. Wexner wrote Wednesday. “I know now that my trust in him was grossly misplaced and I deeply regret having ever crossed his path.”

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In the letter, Wexner explained that he separated from Epstein in 2007 after he was charged with multiple counts of molestation and unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Epstein had been in control of Wexner’s personal finances since 1991.

It was during the 2007 separation that Wexner claimed he discovered the missing funds, calling it a “tremendous shock” to he and his family. He added that this situation “pales in comparison” to the allegations against Epstein now.

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to charges that he and his employees paid dozens of underage girls to engage in sex acts, reports The New York Times. Wexner maintains that he knew nothing about Epstein’s illegal activity.

For more coverage, visit nytimes.com and wsj.com.

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Ohio House bill gives students’ wrong answers religious protection

Mike Thomas

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House Republicans in the Ohio legislature have passed a bill that would allow public school students to turn in factually incorrect work as long as it supports his or her religious beliefs.

According to ABC 6, the House passed the "Student Religious Liberties Act" on Wednesday. Under the law, teachers would be unable to penalize students for presenting work that is scientifically wrong—as long as the incorrect work is based in the student's personally-held religious beliefs.

Every Republican in the House supported the bill, which now moves to the Republican-controlled Senate for approval.

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Update: Bexley’s single-use plastics ban far from in the bag

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Update: Just when Bexley thought they had a new ban in the bag, state lawmakers are swooping in to disrupt things.

An ordinance to outlaw single-use plastic grocery bags was passed by Bexley City Council in May, but two new bills could block it from ever going into effect.

According to The Dispatch, both House Bill 242 and Senate Bill 222 would bar local governments from imposing a “fee, assessment or other charge” on the use of “auxiliary containers” such as bags, boxes, and cups given out by restaurants and retailers.

If even one of the bills pass, the ban on plastic bags in Bexley could be squashed. Visit dispatch.com for more information.


05/29/2019: A ordinance banning single-use plastic bags was passed by the Bexley City Council last night by a 6-1 vote.

The ban will apply to all businesses within Bexley city limits and at all city facilities and city-sponsored events beginning Jan. 1, 2020

A ban on beverage straws, stirring sticks, drink stoppers and cutlery will begin in 2021.


05/23/2019: Single-use plastic grocery bags, straws and cutlery could become obsolete in Bexley in the next few years if a new ordinance is passed.

Ordinance 14-19 would place a ban on plastic grocery and carryout bags at all businesses within Bexley city limits and at all city facilities and city-sponsored events beginning Jan. 1, 2020. A ban on beverage straws, stirring sticks, drink stoppers and cutlery would follow on Jan. 1, 2021, reports This Week News.

Also on January 1, 2021, the ban on single-use plastics would extend to educational institutions, with the exception for plastic straws for those with special needs. Mobile businesses, like food trucks, would be another exception to the single-use plastic ban.

Customers would be encouraged to bring their own bags, but business owners would be allowed to offer paper or other reusable bags for a 10-cent charge under the proposal. Troy Markham, chairman of council’s service and environmental committee who introduced this ordinance April 23, ensured that the 10-cent charge would not be collected by the city, but rather, would be itemized by the store to the consumer, reports This Week News.

Bexley City Council will vote for the third and final time on this legislation during the meeting Tuesday, May 28, at 6:30 PM at t Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.

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Major downtown ramp to close permanently soon

Regina Fox

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Dear Third Street drivers, enjoy the Interstate 70 ramp while you can because soon, it'll be but a distant memory.

Starting Monday, November 25, the Third Street ramp to I-70 east in Downtown will close permanently as part of ODOT's project to improve I-70/71.

https://twitter.com/ODOT_Columbus/status/1194370732286992384

The ramp must close to make way for a new exit ramp from I-70 east to Parsons Avenue, reports ODOT, which is expected to open next month. The Parsons Avenue ramp will replace the 18th Street exit ramp, which will also close permanently in December. 

When the project is complete in 2021, another new ramp from Fulton Street will restore access to I-70 east. In the meantime, downtown drivers headed east will have to use alternate routes. See below for suggestions from ODOT:

From German Village:

  • East on Livingston Ave. to Kelton Ave. OR to Alum Creek Dr. to I-70 east

From the Brewery District:

  • South on High St. to west on Greenlawn Ave. to I-71 north to I-70 east

From Olde Towne East:

  • East on Main St. to Miller Ave. OR to Alum Creek Dr. to I-70 east

From the Arena District:

  • West on Spring St./Dublin Rd. to SR 315 south to I-70 east
  • West on Spring St. to Neil Ave. to I-670 east (to I-71 south to I-70 east)

To see a rendering of the project once all phases are complete, click here.

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