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Mid-Ohio Comic Con Adult Costume Contest

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 12.25.2011 | Weird News

Take a look at the participants and winners of the 2011 Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con adult costume contest: ...

Columbus High Schools Face Closures From Under-Enrollment

The Columbus Dispatch | Jennifer Smith Richards | Posted 12.17.2011 | Education

The Columbus school district has closed 40 schools in the past seven years. None was a high school. But after losing thousands of students, some hi...

Video Poem: Light House

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 12.10.2011 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

As a poet, I naturally find words, sounds, images, and phrases inspiring. Equally, I adore technology, and how it allows me to further play with pace, tone, and concept. I often make video poems, and thought I'd share one with you this week.

The Bullying Style in American Politics

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Prolonged and systematic attacks on any group in an effort to take away their rights, voice, and respect in society are a hallmark of the bullying style in American politics.

Columbus, Ohio: Food Lovers' Country

Jane Black in the Washington Post | Jane Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

The once-conservative Ohio capital has blossomed into a certified food lovers' town, with serious cocktails and microbrews, pastries worthy of Paris, ...

Credit Still Tightening, Fed Governor Elizabeth Duke Says

nytimes.com | SEWELL CHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The level of outstanding credit in the American economy continues to fall as strong and weak banks alike pull back on lending, worsening...

Lisette Lee ARRESTED For 506 Pounds Of Pot On Private Jet

AP | JEANNIE NUSS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A California woman traveling with a bodyguard on a private jet was arrested at an Ohio airport with 506 pounds of marijuana sta...

Wall Street and Legalized Loan Sharks

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Don McNay

Gary Rivlan notes in his book, Broke USA, "the working poor have become big business." You wouldn't think that poor people would be a growth market, but businesses make big money off people who live paycheck to paycheck.

Armored Car And $100,000: Money MISSING After Bag Of Cash Falls Out

AP | JoANNE VIVIANO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

COLUMBUS, Ohio — More than $100,000 is missing after a bag of cash fell from an armored car into an intersection, leading several motorists to stop ...

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream: Just in Time for a Randomly Warm Spring

Claire Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Claire Thomas

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream blends French patisserie technique with American farm-to-table sensibilities and the results are delicious.

Columbus LIVE On Twitter: Local News, Sports, People

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Follow the latest in Columbus LIVE through our curated Twitter lists: local news, local sports, and local people via tweets. Do you know a tweeter wh...

'Lottery winner' causes riot at Ohio coat store

AP | MEGHAN BARR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police said a riot erupted at a coat store after an Ohio woman announced she had won the lottery and would pay for everyone's purchases – only she didn't have any money. Columbus Police Lt. Michael Deakins says 44-year-old Linda Brown announced that she would spend $500 on every person at a Burlington Coat Factory store on Tuesday, prompting customers to line up at the cashier and call their relatives.

When police arrived hours later, 500 people filled the store and another 1,000 were trying to get inside. Police said Brown was arrested on three outstanding warrants but was not charged pending a mental health evaluation. Police did not know if Brown had an attorney. Her phone number was not listed.

Burlington Coat Factory did not respond to requests for comment.

$6.4M fine in Ohio for illegal practice of law

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered two estate planning companies and their co-owners to pay nearly $6.4 million, the state's largest-ever fine for the fraudulent practice of law.

The owners and employees of American Family Prepaid Legal Corp. and Heritage Marketing and Insurance Services Inc. of Columbus committed more than 3,800 acts of unauthorized law practice by participating in a "trust mill" operation, the court said.

The ruling comes about six years after a complaint by the Columbus Bar Association against the companies was resolved when American Family, Heritage and its owners signed an agreement in which they promised to stop marketing and preparing trusts and other estate planning services.

From March 2003 to March 2005, the companies targeted Ohioans 65 and older with exaggerated mail and magazine advertising aimed at dissuading them from obtaining a will. Sales representatives who were not licensed as attorneys to advise on estate planning gave "high-pressure" in-home presentations in which customers were told they would save money by purchasing one of the companies' living trusts, the court said.

The court permanently barred the California-based companies, and co-owners Jeffrey and Stanley Norman, from marketing, selling or preparing living trusts, estate planning documents and other legal services in Ohio. Other company employees were ordered to pay fines ranging from $2,500 to $10,000.

Thousands In Columbus, Ohio Tell Congress Health Care Reform Is Urgent

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: Read what HuffPost readers have submitted. While covering the Health Insurance Reform Now! Let's Get It Done bus tour for HuffPost, Dawn Te...

Product Recalls: bunk beds, hammocks

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

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Big Mama's a Closet Priest

Advocate. | Advocate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Big Mama Capretta's hit single is number 25 on the U.S. Billboard Club Play dance chart. But here comes a big surprise -- by day, Big Mama is a...

Big Mama's A Closet Catholic

Advocate. | Advocate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Big Mama Capretta's hit single is #25 on the U.S. Billboard Club Play dance chart. But here comes a big Pride surprise -- by day, Big Mama is a...

Saved by stimulus, now facing layoff

CNN / Anderson Cooper 360° | CNN / Anderson Cooper 360° | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

President Obama at the graduation of police recruits in Columbus, Ohio. Steve Brusk CNN National Desk Editor It was a success story the W...

Obama Addresses Columbus, Ohio Police Recruits Saved By Stimulus (LIVE VIDEO)

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, who often says his $787 billion economic stimulus package will save or create millions of jobs, can point t...

Messages from the Obama Campaign Nerve Center

Hilary Lambert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Hilary Lambert

"Ohio is the tip of the spear!" That's the kickoff phrase of the Obama campaign's Red, White and Blue Teams Volunteer packets, containing instructions for the hundreds of Obama campaign workers who are hunkering down across Ohio.

Ohio Dispatch: Long Lines Early, But No Lines Now

Claudia Cruz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Claudia Cruz

Ohio got a bad rep after the 2004 Presidential Election because the long lines at the polls discouraged and disenfranchised urban working people and s...

Inspiration Comes to Ohio

Hilary Lambert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Hilary Lambert

This morning I saw Barack Obama speak on the steps of the Ohio statehouse. I finally understood something. I felt things I don't think I've ever felt.

Ohio State U Obama Campaigners Won't Take No For an Answer

Hilary Lambert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Hilary Lambert

The election countdown drumbeat was pounding well before 9 a.m. this past Wednesday at the Obama Campaign for Change office on North High Street in C...

Four Years Later

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

Columbus, OH -- Four years ago I sent everyone in my email directory a photo I took on Sixth Street here -- an abandoned brick factory with broken win...

Registering Voters

Alison Teal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alison Teal

Voting is an affirmation of life. It is a way to have a voice in your country's leadership and, through that, your country's future.