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Not again! $330k set aside for Goodale Park Fountain repair

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Sure, the dancing baby elephants that sit atop the fountain in Goodale Park are cute as heck. But, that doesn’t change the fact that the fountain itself has been nothing but trouble from day one.

First, installation of the new fountain in 2012 caused a major leak in the pond. The city shelled out $144,600 in an ill-fated attempt to remedy the issue.

The Friends of Goodale Park then spent another $8,500 to install a rubberized lining around the base of the fountain, which finally plugged the leak once and for all.

Now, Columbus City Council has approved another $330,000 in funds for additional repairs to the fountain, which has been broken since 2017.

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The issue that this new round of funding hopes to address has to do with the fountain’s water pumps, which propel water from the elephant sculptures’ trunks when functioning properly.

The old pumps, which were installed under the surface of the pond water, have broken down and proven difficult to repair and maintain. With this new funding, the existing pump system would be replaced with a new one, which would be installed outside the pond.

Will this new (and very costly) pump system do the trick? If history is any indication, we’ll hold our predictions until the elephants are spewing a steady stream from their adorable little trunks.

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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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