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View from the future 1 Divine Line 2 Health drop-in center.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

A red van with cartoon decal is parked along the side of a road in the Hilltop. Several women gather outside the van, taking turns to approach for items like clothing and some donuts donated by a local bakery. 

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A 12-year-old boy is dead after police say he inadvertantly shot himself while mishandling a gun inside a Hilltop home Monday evening.

A city worker walks past vacant houses in the Hilltop neighborhood.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Columbus has released a comprehensive plan for the Hilltop neighborhood. The nearly 200-page document lays out the history of the area, recent data on everything from employment to schools and housing to crime, and a 27-point plan for its future. 

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The Salvation Army has opened a West Side drop-in center for survivors of human trafficking.

Cooper Stadium on West Mound Street fell into disrepair after the Columbus Clippers left.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Arshot Investment Corp. is reviving its efforts to redevelop the Cooper Stadium site on Columbus’ West Side, 10 years after the Columbus Clippers moved out.

Bill Huffman, volunteer with the Greater Hilltop Area Commission stands in front of old Westland Mall.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

The future of the old Westland Mall may come into focus sooner rather than later, following the recent sale of a Sears store and auto shop. Some longtime West Side residents say it's about time to look forward.

Railroad crossing sign
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Columbus Police now say it was a single-vehicle crash and not a train-involved incident that killed three people on the West Side early Friday.

Debbie Holmes / WOSU

A formerly vacant lot in the Hilltop, once filled with used needles and broken glass, will transform into a campsite for children who don't often get to see the simpler side of life.

Naloxone is an antidote that can help reverse drug overdoses.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

The Franklin County Coroner's Office has recorded a "dramatic increase" in overdose deaths, a total of 18 in one week.  

Slot machines inside Hollywood Casino in Columbus.
Kantele Franko / Associated Press

One Monday morning, the slot machines at the Hollywood Casino have already attracted a few gamblers to try their luck. Todd Gillis, 48, is one of them. 

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Police say a worker was crushed to death at a west Columbus sheet molding plant.

One Dead, Five Injured During Interrupted Burglary

Jul 17, 2015
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Police say one person has died and five others have been injured in a fight triggered by a suspected burglary in a west Columbus home.