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“Truth is not being told,” Fred Lee’s lawyer questions sexual assault allegations

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The lawyer representing Actual Brewery owner Fred Lee, who is being accused of multiple instances of sexual abuse, released a statement claiming the cover story Columbus Alive broke about the allegations is “highly inflammatory, exaggerated, and irresponsible” among other things.

“For an article titled ‘Multiple Women accused …founder Fred Lee of sexual assault,’ only 3 describe what could ARGUABLY be considered sexual assault, and their credibility is in very much in question by their own behavior (behavior that is inconsistent with being a victim of sexual assault),” wrote William Settina.

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He also went on to include what he believes are several other reason why the article is inflammatory, including two of the victims being “sufficiently comfortable” with Lee to ride in his car after the claimed assaults and many of the allegations taking place “several years ago, as far back as 2012.”

Settina confirmed by email this statement from his office.

“There will be more to come. The truth is not being told,” he wrote.

Below is the full press release.

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Short North parking to change once again this fall

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As part of the Columbus Division of Parking Service's commitment to continually review the Short North parking plan’s performance and making improvements accordingly, hourly rates in some areas will be changing.

Effective Oct. 7, rates in the mobile pay only zones will decrease or increase by 25 cents to 50 cents per hour from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM based on a zone’s average on-street parking occupancy data.

The specific 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM changes by zone can be viewed on the Mobile Pay Only Zone Rate Change Map at columbus.gov.

Hourly rates at all Short North parking meters will remain unchanged at $1 per hour from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and $2 per hour from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

“This latest update reflects our continual evaluation of data and community feedback to optimize parking accessibility and efficiency in the Short North,” said Robert Ferrin, Assistant Director of Parking Services. “We want to continue to be responsive to the community by appropriately setting rates so parking is available for the arts district’s residents and their guests, businesses and visitors.”

According to a Department of Public Service release, the Short North parking plan’s overall compliance rate is averaging 85%.

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A note from the (614) Editorial Staff

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There is no place for hate at (614). 

The editorial team has made the unanimous decision to remove the content formerly published on this page. The gravity of removing a post from our site is something we take very seriously, but we feel it is necessary in this case to ensure we are not continuing to give a platform to this group. We denounce all of the messages made by the Proud Boys, and furthermore, apologize to anyone who was belittled, attacked, or isolated by those words we wrongfully chose to publish.

The content did not meet our editorial standards and here’s why:

  • We did not challenge the voice of this group, and as gatekeepers it is our duty to do so. We failed in this regard.
  • We allowed an anonymous person to make a broad and inaccurate statement without context that is not consistent with our voice or purpose.
  • We did not work hard enough to seek out and obtain respected voices from within our community to offer a critical lens on this sensitive topic.

We can and will do better and here’s how: 

  • We plan to slow down our historically quick-to-publish style.
  • We plan to establish more editorial oversight by and between our content team to promote sound journalism. This includes ongoing training and education to both better our team and the information we present to you, our audience.
  • We plan to employ a more thoughtful approach to future stories and work harder to get fair and honest points of view.

It is with the utmost sincerity that we apologize for allowing our platform to promote groups that are involved in hate speech.

Thank you all for your support over the years and we will strive to always seek the truth, to keep you informed, engaged, and entertained. We understand your trust in us has been eroded, and we will work hard to regain that trust.

The (614) Editorial Staff

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PENZONE becomes first salon in Columbus to offer CBD beauty products

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Just weeks after the manufacturing and sale of CBD products became legal in Ohio, Columbus' premier spa had adopted the natural remedy to offer new experiences for the local community.

PENZONE Salons + Spas and Seventh Sense Botanical Therapy have partnered up to offer self care products infused with CBD. This is the first and only salon and spa in Columbus to offer such goods.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is an active ingredient in cannabis derived from the hemp plant touted for its therapeutic effect on conditions like pain, insomnia, and anxiety. CBD products can contain just .3% THC under Ohio law.

According to a release, Seventh Sense products are crafted with high-quality botanicals and CBD to create a full self-care routine that lets the customer reach new levels of wellness.

Among the products are eye cream, facial moisturizer, face oil, lip balm, muscle balms, foot cream, and bath bombs. They will be offered at all PENZONE locations and LIT Life + Yoga.

PENZONE was recently named Salon of the Year at the North American Hairstyling Awards—not a bad 50th anniversary present. Click here to read more about the salon.

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