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Debbie Holmes

Sherri Sims knew exactly what she wanted in her new home.

Jeff Ivers owns 43 acres of land in Perry County, surrounded by Perry State Forest. A mining company proposed building a 545-acre strip mine over the forest.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

“I water my horses out of this creek down here,” Jeff Ivers says, resting his hand on his horse’s nose.

He looks out over his land: 43 acres, surrounded on three sides by Perry State Forest, with a small creek running through it.

The Cultural Significance Of Drag

Feb 28, 2019
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Famed Columbus drag queen Nina West will compete in Season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, which premieres tonight on VH1.

Andrew Levitt, who performs nationally as Nina West, has been in the business for nearly two decades.  

Coming up, Levitt joins us to talk about the cultural significance of the art of drag and how it has evolved.  

E.J. Thomas is the director of Mid-Ohio Habitat For Humanity, and says many low-income families can't afford housing considered "affordable."
Nick Evans / WOSU

This is the first of a two-part series on affordable housing in Columbus. Read part two here.

Mattias Minarsch leads a group of about half a dozen Habitat For Humanity volunteers putting the finishing touches on a home in Linden.

Lisa Sebring holds up a photo of her son Adam, who died at Mount Carmel West five years ago.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

It’s been five years since Lisa Sebring's son Adam died at Mount Carmel West.

“He was 23 when he passed away,” Sebring says. “Six foot five, 270 pounds full of sunshine.”

Hannah Beachler attends the 10th Annual Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards at Exchange LA on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles.
Richard Shotwell / Invision/Associated Press

An Ohio native who designed the “Black Panther" movie set is a nominee in the 91st Academy Awards ceremony that takes place Sunday in Los Angeles.

Ohio State

Ohio State's Public Safety office said it mistakenly sent out an "active attacker" alarm just after noon on Monday afternoon.

The Columbus Zoo recently lost its Asian elephant calf to an infection.
Grahm S. Jones / Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

At the end of last year, the Columbus Zoo faced the loss of three giraffes and an Asian elephant calf over the span of six weeks. The deaths were unconnected, and zoo officials say an external review committee found there was nothing they could have done to save the animals.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Technically, Columbus city elections are non-partisan, but both major parties usually put up slates of candidates for mayor and city council. Not so this year: No Republicans are running for a municipal office.

That means Democrats like Mayor Andrew Ginther are virtually assured re-election.

Bill Keller has lived for nine years in Courtyard Estates, a Clintonville mobile home community that's under threat of being developed into apartments.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

The entrance to mobile home community Courtyard Estates is tucked off a discreet alleyway adjacent to Leland Avenue in Clintonville. More than 60 senior citizens call this trailer park home; some have been here for decades.

Clare Roth / WOSU

Columbus city leaders and law enforcement officials gathered at the police academy auditorium on Wednesday to celebrate Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs’ tenure as the city’s top police officer.

Dr. Peter Edwards, co-owner of Columbus Crew, examining a patient.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

While Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam made more headlines for helping save the Columbus Crew, the purchase group was also led by a prominent local investor: orthopedic surgeon Dr. Peter Edwards.

The campus of Mount Carmel West in Columbus on Jan. 30, 2019.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Since Mount Carmel Health System announced the firing of a doctor over "excessive" pain medication dosing, hospital executives and family members of patients have given their perspectives. But largely out of fear for losing their jobs, employees who worked alongside him remained silent - until now. 

Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press

Update Jan. 30: The Ohio State University will reopen Thursday, but classes that start before 11 a.m. are canceled. Columbus City Schools has canceled all classes and activities Thursday as well, although Mayor Andrew Ginther's "State Of The City" address will continue as planned.

Jordan Renda started crafting haunted houses in high school in his parents’ basement. When escape rooms got big, he saw an opening.

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