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Columbus Crew and city officials at the groundbreaking for the team's new downtown stadium on Oct. 10, 2019.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Columbus Crew SC broke ground on its new downtown stadium Thursday afternoon. Over 4,000 fans cheered as city officials and Haslam Sports Group executives dug ceremonial shovels into dirt at the Arena District site.

Brutus, an Eastern screech owl, shown off at an Audubon event on Oct. 10, 2019.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

New research from the National Audubon Society finds two-thirds of North American birds are at risk of extinction due to climate change.

Cecily King, right, and her daughter Odessa hang a sign that says "If You're Going Through Hell Keep Going" over a Columbus highway.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

You are enough. You are valuable. You are worthy.

Mantras like these have been appearing on highway overpasses and bridges across Columbus over the last few months.

Desiree Buechner was the only person at the Ohio State Fair I met who thought Columbus had an accent.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Steve Pickett is fascinated by accents. “It tells you a lot about somebody,” he says.

A Cleveland native, Pickett moved to Columbus a decade ago for business school at The Ohio State University. After arriving, however, he was struck more by what he didn’t hear.

A computer-generated image of a black hole ripping up a star. The phenomenon was spotted by a NASA satellite and an Ohio State telescope network.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

A NASA satellite and a network of robotic telescopes at The Ohio State University gave astronomers a look at a black hole ripping up a star. 

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

At first glance, the people inside Franklin County Municipal Court room 13C have little in common. There’s a man in cutoff jean shorts with tattooed arms. Behind him sits a younger woman with freckles who looks like she came from soccer practice.

The group is bound together by circumstance: All were addicted to opioids and got in trouble with the law.

CATCH Court graduate Melissa Callaway hugs her sister.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Graduates walked into the atrium of the Ohio Statehouse, greeted by cheers from their friends and loved ones. One by one, they step up to the microphone.

“I spent 37 years of my life a homeless drug addict, a victim of human trafficking on the streets of Columbus,” says Barb Davis. “I truly knew it was my destiny to die out there.”

An aerial rendering of the planned Columbus Crew stadium in the Arena District.
Columbus Crew

Columbus Crew SC executives have released a new set of renderings for the proposed downtown stadium complex, ahead of their presentation to the Downtown Area Commission on Tuesday.

Hundreds of students skipped class to rally at the Ohio Statehouse for action against climate change as part of the worldwide Climate Strike protest. 

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

It was April 1 at exactly noon when Crystal Logan got the phone call: Her daughter Jenea and her son Donell had been shot.

There are more than 35,000 Amish people living in Holmes County, Ohio.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Holmes County is a patchwork of farmland. Modest houses perch on sloping hills and laundry hangs from clothes lines, flapping in the wind.

Kerri Bond and Jodi Carter at the auction of property owned by Bond and mineral rights.
Brian Peshek / Allegheny Front

A decade ago, people in Ohio hadn't heard much about fracking for natural gas in the state. But since then, the ups and downs of the gas industry have literally changed the rural landscape of eastern Ohio.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

William Wood answers the door to his suburban Columbus home with a Glock 19 on his hip. His two toddler-aged children, Daisey and Wesley, peak out from behind his legs.  

Abdilahi Hassan started Hoyo's Kitchen on Cleveland Avenue five years ago. He opens a North Market location this week.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Abdilahi Hassan shakes hands with a contractor before getting back to unpacking boxes. It’s a busy time for the restauranteur, who’s leaping into the downtown Columbus food scene by opening Hoyo’s Kitchen inside North Market this week.

The Red Men Sioux Tribe No. 128 in the Old North is actually a social club that dates back to the 1700s.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Caitlin McGurk lives in Clintonville. Every day on her way into work, she passes a sign on High Street in the Old North: "Red Men Sioux Tribe No. 128."

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