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Work Hard, Play Hard: Columbus recognized for work-life balance

Regina Fox

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We may have been named one of the gloomiest cities in America, but at least we’re striking a healthy balance between work and play under that cloud of gray!

In its third annual study, SmartAsset identified Columbus to be the fifth best city in the country for work-life balance.

To find the cities with the best work-life balance, SmartAsset compared data for the 100 largest cities across the following 10 metrics: entertainment establishment density, dining establishment density, bar density, housing costs as a percentage of income, average number of weeks worked per year, average number of hours worked per week, average commute time, percentage of workers with commutes over an hour, unemployment rate and labor force participation rate.

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Columbus, Ohio ranks in the top 25% of all 100 cities for five out of the 10 metrics. Housing costs as a percentage of income in Columbus are about 29%, the ninth-lowest in the study overall, and the percentage of workers with a commute longer than one hour is 3.1%, the 14th-lowest in the study overall.

With the extra time and money saved, SmartAsset figures Columbus residents might choose to eat out at one of the city’s restaurants, which comprise more than 8% of its total establishments.

Click here to read the full study.

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Kahoots suit blames disbanded Vice unit for closure

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The fallout from Columbus' embattled former vice squad continues, as a new lawsuit has been leveled against officers by the owners of Kahoots.

According to WOSU, Icon Entertainment Group, which owned club operations at the now-closed gentleman's club on Kenny Road, has sued former Columbus Vice officers Steven Rosser and Whitney Lancaster. The suit claims that Rosser and Lancaster's improper enforcement activities are the reason that the club went under.

Rosser and Lancaster were among the officers who arrested porn star Stormy Daniels at Columbus' Sirens Gentleman's Club in 2018. In addition to this new suit, several former Kahoots dancers sued Rosser and Lancaster for unlawful arrests, claiming the officers targeted the dancers in retaliation for the club firing a police informant.

The Columbus Vice Unit was disbanded in the spring of 2018 following multiple FBI investigations into its officers' conduct. Rosser and Lancaster are still employed by the department in other roles.

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Dublin will never be the same with new pedestrian bridge, opening soon

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Get those walking shoes ready because we have an official open date for the pedestrian bridge connecting the city of Dublin's historic district to the Bridge Park development.

According to 10TV, the new bridge spanning the Scioto River will open to the public on March 13. A community celebration and dedication will take place that day from 7pm- 11pm at the West Plaza.

Opening celebrations for the new bridge will land right between Dublin's annual State of the City address on March 12 and the "Greenest, Grandest" St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 14.

“We couldn’t be prouder to open this pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Scioto River, which has been a vision of the Dublin community and Dublin City Council for decades,” says Megan O’Callaghan, Deputy City Manager and Chief Operating Officer in a news release.

“We know the end result is something Dublin residents can be extremely proud of. From the sleek main tower and suspension design to the 'S' shaped bridge deck and special lighting features, this is truly a unique bridge that will serve as one of Dublin’s defining City icons.”

For all the latest info on the bridge and its progress, click here.

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Man identified in apparent fall at Ohio State construction site

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Update: The body discovered at a construction side on Ohio State University's campus has been identified.

Fox8 reports foul play is not suspected in the death of Corey Ray Bias, 20, of Johnstown. He was a third-year political science major.

A call came in on Friday morning about a man appearing to be on some scaffolding about five or six stories up and then falling off.

Columbus fire crews arrived at the site near Neil and West 11th avenues around 6:30am, but Fox8 reports it appeared he had been on the ground for some time and was not breathing.

Both Ohio State and Bias' high school in the Johnstown-Monroe Local Schools are making counselors available for students.

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01/17/2020: A body was discovered at a construction site on Ohio State University’s campus Friday morning.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio State University Police were first called the area of Neil Avenue and 11th Avenue near the dorm Mack Hall around 6:30am.

The university said there is no ongoing threat.

No additional details were released as the investigation continues.

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