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A walk in the park

Vile vultures fascinate nonetheless

Quick -- what's that bird? There it is on a fence, with a number of its buddies -- shoulders hunched, eyes forward, its glossy dark wings folded in, belying a wing span of five feet or so.
Village Notebook

When thinking of year-end charitable giving, think of Actors' Theatre

Before you put your holiday list away for the season, Actors' Theatre of Columbus hopes you will add one more name to it: William Shakespeare.
Smoke Signals

Candles are becoming a growing cause of fires

During 2011, candles in U.S. homes caused an estimated 9,100 reported structure fires, 90 deaths, 870 injuries, and $313 million in estimated property damage, according to the latest estimates from the National Fire Protection Association.
As it were

Inns offered respite, meeting space

When Columbus was created as the capital city of Ohio in 1812, government was quite limited in size and the early village had only a few hundred residents.
As it were

Allen fought for Urban League

Early in 1969, I set out to find out what I could about the early days of the Columbus Urban League. In doing so, I met a man who I would later find was a living legend in the African-American community of Columbus.
As it were

Food, football part of '14 festivities

In many ways, Thanksgiving Day in Columbus in 1914 was like many of the late November holidays that had preceded it over the years. The weather on the last Thursday in November was fair and temperatures were called "moderate" by local papers.
As it were

1868 fire destroyed Lunatic Asylum

On either side of Interstate 71 between East Broad Street and East Town Street are two blocks of fashionable Victorian homes with each block containing a large elliptical park. At one time, before the freeway was built, there had been a third block of homes as well. Developed in the 1870s, this was the East Park Place addition and became a very fashionable place to live. Prior to that time it had been the home for many years of the Central Ohio Lunatic Asylum.
As it were

Veterans’ care born from Civil War

The Civil War remains one of the great defining experiences of the American story. Issues of slavery, states’ rights and sectional distrust were resolved in the bloodiest conflict in our history. Millions of men fought in the four-year conflict and hundreds of thousands of them were killed or wounded.
As it were

First prison sat on donated land

There was no town on the "High Banks" opposite the village of Franklinton on the east side of the forks of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers until the Ohio General Assembly brought the town of Columbus into being in 1812.