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Out of the loop? Proposed Hyperloop would go around Columbus

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A feasibility study for the proposed Hyperloop connecting Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Chicago was released Monday, marking an important step in bringing the revolutionary new commuter rail to light.

Unfortunately for Columbus residents hoping to traverse the Midwest inside of a capsule moving at 700+ mph, this particular plan leaves our city out of the loop (literally).

The full $1.2 million feasibility study from members of Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating AgencyHyperloop Transportation Technologies,  and transportation firm Transportation Economics and Management Systems marks the first time passenger ticket prices for the new transit system have been discussed.

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The report stops short of providing estimated rider fares, but says, “fare levels are expected to be lower than the Northeast Corridor high-speed rail fares,’’ adding, “fares will be similar to or lower than the level of fares that Amtrak typically charges in the Midwest for its 79 mph service.’’ The report also states that Hyperloop fares will be about 60% of comparable air fares.

According to the the report, the proposed route that circumvents Columbus in favor of Cleveland is the most profitable one. The Hyperloop is also said to be self-sufficient and would not require any public funding.

For a full rundown of everything contained in the Hyperloop feasibility report, check out this post from Cleveland.com.

For the latest on the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Committee’s alternate Hyperloop plan that does include Columbus, click here.

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New Polaris gym raising the Barre

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A recently-opened Polaris gym wants to raise the barre on your fitness this year.

Pure Barre, the largest barre franchise in North America, opened its doors in Columbus on January 9 at 1513 Gemini Place.

The new studio will offer members a low-impact, total-body workout using a ballet barre and small pulsing movements to strengthen and tone. Each Pure Barre class is designed as an intense workout that improves endurance, flexibility, and balance. 

Pure Barre Polaris is owned and operated by Amanda and Nathan Bradish, who both graduated from Ohio State University and have lived in Columbus for almost 10 years.

“Barre is a low impact, high intensity workout that is safe on joints while also toning and strengthening your muscles,” said Amanda. “Any age and fitness level can benefit from barre because of its low impact. I’ve been waiting for Pure Barre to finally come to the Polaris area, so I’m excited to combine my passions and be the one to bring it to the neighborhood.”

To give the Columbus community an opportunity to become familiar with the Pure Barre experience, the studio will celebrate its opening with free classes on Feb. 22-23.

Pure Barre Polaris is open daily. The studio can be reached online at www.purebarre.com or by phone at 614-787-5559.

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Brewery District bakery to close after 10 years

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/Kolacherepublic/posts/3438844786142628

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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