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Vaping “not fleek or fire” according to House Rep’s new anti-smoking campaign

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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty: distinguished representative for Ohio’s 3rd congressional district. Pillar of the community. Voice of America’s youth?

In cringeworthy episode of intergenerational pandering, Beatty (or possibly a 47 year-old intern with her login info) took to Twitter to plug the State of Ohio’s new anti-vaping campaign for teens:

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Or, to put it another way:

Yikes. While Beatty’s message surely rings hollow with its target audience of “radical” Gen-Z vape babies, the congresswoman’s intentions seem pure. To learn more about the new campaign and to get help leaving nicotine in the past (along with words like “fleek”) visit http://mylifemyquit.com/index.html.

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Browns or Bust: Obetz threatens to evict Crew SC if NFL players don’t make appearance

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The ins and outs of sports politics are just as messy in Ohio as anywhere. Still, one wouldn’t think that the small village of Obetz would be a hotbed for controversy that involves local government, Major League Soccer, and The National Football League. And yet, here we are.

According to a report from the Dispatch, Obetz village administrator Rod Davisson is insisting that Browns/Crew owner Jimmy Haslam bring the Cleveland Browns to his town for a mini-training camp, or a comparable event.

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If Haslam doesn’t make something happen, it seems Obetz will terminate the lease on the Crew SC’s training-facility, which is located in the same sports park that houses Fortress Obetz.

If Obetz doesn’t get what it’s asking for, the Crew would be asked to leave the training facility by December 2020. The Browns have already offered to host a youth football camp in Obetz, but apparently village officials have their sights set firmly on a larger scale event.

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“Detailed-as-Disney” Easton named #1 retail experience in America

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Just in time for its 20th anniversary, Easton Town Center has been selected by Chain Store Age Magazine as the No. 1 Retail Center Experience in America for 2019.

Al Urbanski of Chain Store Age attributes the massive success of the shopping development to local billionaire Les Wexner, “who laid down a new beat and melody for attracting consumers to retail,” wrote Urbanski.

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However, Yaromir Steiner, whose Steiner + Associates manages the property, believes its their nervousness that won them the award.

“Yes, we are doing well, but we are always looking forward to see what we need to change, how we need to adjust,” Steiner said.

Despite Easton’s genesis, the 3 million-square-foot development was called “as-detailed-as-Disney” and “Midwest’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination,” in the glowing write-up.

To read the Chain Store Age article about Easton Town Center, please click here.

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Update: City Council passes major reform on marijuana possession

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Update: Smoke ’em if you got ’em: Columbus city council passed sweeping marijuana reform laws last night, essentially decriminalizing possession of up to 200 grams.

Under the new law, the fine for possessing less than 100 grams of marijuana has been reduced to just $10, and $25 for between 100 and 200 grams. Penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and paraphernalia have also been done away with.

The new guidelines will go into effect in 30 days.

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07/17/2019: It’s not easy being green, but if Columbus City Council has its way, it might get a lot easier to hold some green.

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On Monday, July 22, the council will vote on legislation that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession in the city.

If the measure is passed, those caught with up to 100 grams of cannabis would face just a $10 fine, with amounts between 100 and 200 grams earning a $25 penalty.

The council’s proposed measure would also contradict penalties enforced at the state level, meaning possession of up to 200 grams would no longer carry the threat of jail time.

A public hearing is planned this Thursday before the possibility of this new legislation getting the green light next week.


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