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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

An inspection report says a young black bear that escaped its Ohio zoo enclosure by scaling a fence with electrified wires previously climbed trees wrapped with "hot wires" intended to jolt animals as a deterrent.

New Exhibit Celebrates Poindexter Village

Jun 3, 2016
An early shot of Poindexter Village in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus Historical Society

An exhibit to remember the one of the first public housing developments in the state is planned for this weekend in Columbus.

Olivia Miltner

Columbus officials announced plans Thursday to renovate the former Franklin Park Medical Center on the city's East Side.

At North Columbus Mall, Somali Women Run The Show

Jun 2, 2016

Columbus has the second-largest Somali community in the country, with more than 45,000 people. Many of them are small business owners, and a majority of the entrepreneurs are women.

Columbus Cyclists Ride Silently For Road Safety

May 18, 2016
Photo from Yay! Bikes by Ray George.

Columbus cyclists hit the downtown streets Wednesday night for this year's Ride of Silence. The event is held in cities around the world to encourage drivers and cyclists to share the road. 

Heavy Drinking Before Lake-Jump Student's Death

May 16, 2016
Ohio State University Police / Twitter

Records obtained by The Associated Press indicate numerous students were drinking heavily before a traditional cold-weather lake jump last year when an Ohio State University student died.

Columbus Awards Tax Breaks In Thriving Short North

May 16, 2016
Phong Nguyen / Flickr

The City of Columbus has long used property tax breaks to encourage economic development and revitalize struggling areas. But the city continues to hand out tax breaks to developers and owners of expensive homes in some of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods - like the Short North.

Esther Honig / WOSU

On a Wednesday afternoon a group of 50 kids file into the large gymnasium at the Dodge Recreation Center, located on the city’s west side. The sounds of laughter and sneakers echo off the high ceilings. These kids are of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, but the majority are Cambodian.

Esther Honig / WOSU

At the Columbus Police academy, Sergeant Duane Nicholson, walks down the linoleum lined halls. He opens the door to the staff breakroom and shows me the class of 2016. There’s a wall lined with a photo of each of the 39 students. Six are women and five men of color. Nicholson says this a good sign.

Barber Chris Turner
Courtesy of Chris Turner

This week Pop Columbus waxes up its mustache, slicks back its hair, and heads down to Turner's Barber Shop and Shaving Parlor for a talk with Chris Turner about classic style and a day in the life of a barber.

The competitors in the 2016 Oscars race were announced Thursday, in an event that was live-streamed from California. The winners will be announced on Feb. 28.

Prison Inmates Get Voices Heard Through Choir

Jan 13, 2016
Becca Shall, courtesy of Cathy Roma

UBUNTU choir is a group of men who are prisoners at the Madison Correctional Institution in London, a few minutes outside Columbus. The choir’s been recording its first album—and one prisoner is the composer of many of the songs. 

Ohio State University's student government has voted in support of ending the Mirror Lake jump after a student broke his neck and died while participating in the campus tradition last week.


Pop culture in Central Ohio is the focus of WOSU's new podcast "Pop Columbus", which explores everything from mustache wax, to craft beer, to tattoo'd soccer moms.

A huge and violent police operation in the Saint-Denis suburb of Paris is over. At least two people are dead and eight people were arrested, in an operation that authorities say stopped a terrorist cell that could have attacked again.

According to François Molins, chief prosecutor of France, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who police believe orchestrated the attacks on Paris, may have been in one of the apartments targeted by the raid.