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Local news anchor stands up to Facebook “fat-shamer”

Regina Fox



A local news anchor woke up Monday morning to find a “loving message” from someone on social media suggesting that she “lay off the coffee and donuts.”

A Facebook user by the name of Michael Lundquist posted on Good Day Columbus’ page saying, “TELL JESSICA TO LAY OFF THE COFFEE AND DONUTS! CAN YOU SAY MOOOO!”

Emmy-winner Jessica Ralston, who the post was directed towards, took to both Facebook and Twitter to stand up to the cruelty.


“Hey Michael. Lay off the insults. You just showed the world your complete ignorance,” she replied to his post on Facebook.

She also shared the post on Facebook with the caption, “Happy Monday. Here’s a loving message from Michael Lundquist. He likes to fat-shame women. I am sure his family is very proud of him.”

Happy Monday. Here’s a loving message from Michael Lundquist. He likes to fat-shame women. I am sure his family is very proud of him.

Posted by Jessica Ralston on Monday, October 28, 2019

Then on Twitter, Ralston wrote, “Dear Michael. I can lose weight but you will always be a miserable and ignorant vat of misery. #MeanTweets #FatShaming

Hundreds of loyal followers and people from the community defended Ralston in the comments and stood in solidarity with her against fat-shamers. Read the Twitter comments here and the Facebook comments here.

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Food & Drink

Brewery District bakery to close after 10 years

614now Staff



The Brewery District will be sans a bakery in just a few short days.

After 10 years, Kolache Republic will be serving its last pastry on Saturday, February 8.

"We are truly grateful to our community of customers, friends, family and staff who have supported us in our pursuit to bring a unique food experience to this vibrant city as Columbus’ first and only kolache bakery," wrote Kolache Republic on Facebook.

Other than deciding it was "time to hang up our oven mitts and start a new chapter," the Czech pastry shop did not provide a reason for the closure.

If you're planning on showing a lot of love for Kolache Republic before it closes, Kolache recommends calling ahead for any orders of a dozen or more.

Kolache Republic is located at 730 S High St.

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Former meteorologist Mike Davis to plead guilty on child pornography charges

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According to court records and a report from his onetime employer, former 10TV meteorologist Mike Davis will plead guilty to the child pornography charges against him.

In his trial, scheduled for January 30, Davis is expected to plead guilty to four counts of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor.

Davis is accused of uploading more than 15,000 images of suspected child pornography using a Yahoo email address. He was arrested on September 5 after the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) was tipped off to the alleged activities.

The indictment against him alleges that since 2012, Davis regularly downloaded and emailed to himself videos and images depicting young children engaging in sexual activity.

Davis originally pleaded not guilty to all charges in October 2019. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said no plea deal has been offered in the case and his office will seek jail time for Davis.

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Columbus advancing in process to become 1st hyperloop location

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For all you Hyperloop-heads out there, we've got some good news: Central Ohio was selected to advance to the second phase of the process to become the first official hyperloop certification center in the United States.

Seventeen other states submitted proposals, including Delaware, Georgia, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.

According to a release, over the last several weeks, MORPC has been meeting with several local governments to provide an update on the initial findings of the Rapid Speed Transportation Initiative (RSTI), which aims to improve connectivity across the Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh corridor.

The update also included findings on the Hyperloop Feasibility Study (also referred to as the Midwest Connect Feasibility Study) and the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) of the corridor.

Click here to learn more about MORPC's hyperloop efforts.

Click here for a hyperloop FAQ.

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