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Top things to do this weekend, Jan. 30-Feb. 1

Super Bowl XLIX is THE reason for parties this Sunday. For those not into Roman numerals, Guitarist Jack White will be shredding, John Mellencamp brings his Midwestern sensibilities to town, Ohio State presents dance and song, and you have the chance to jump into a lake - Buckeye Lake, that is. Here are the best bets for the weekend.

3 women, 3 faiths: Film showcasing Jerusalem to be at COSI in February

A film that takes viewers above — and beneath — some of the most sacred places in Jerusalem has the potential to draw together Jewish, Christian and Islamic believers to discuss the historical, cultural, political and social issues surrounding the city they all love, a local rabbi said. “I found it inspiring,” said Rabbi Mitchell Levine of Congregation Agudas Achim in Bexley, who viewed the giant-screen 3D Jerusalem documentary with a group of local interfaith leaders at COSI Columbus.

Bakken crude oil rolls over Ohio rails

Millions of gallons of some of the most volatile crude oil in North America are being transported on rail lines through Ohio each week, according to reports that the state had kept secret until this week. The railroad-company reports show that 45 million to 137 million gallons of Bakken crude oil come through Ohio each week from North Dakota oil fields on the way to East Coast refineries. Two million to 25 million gallons a week come through Franklin County alone.

Ohio Politics Now: Higher ed costs, charter schools, toxic algae on GOP agenda

House and Senate Republicans laid out their agenda yesterday including charter school reform, decreasing the growth in college tuition, creating a college grant program for high-demand jobs, and combatting toxic algae, Dispatch reporter Jim Siegel writes. “Higher education is rapidly pricing itself out of the marketplace for average Ohioans. We’ve got to stop that trend,” said Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina.

Driver indicted in crash that killed 2 pedestrians at Broad and High

A 62-year-old man has been indicted in connection with the deaths of two pedestrians at Broad and High streets Downtown. Terrance Trent is charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault. The indictment says that Trent was speeding and driving his pickup truck erratically when he ran a red light at the intersection on Dec. 12.

Drivers urged to be cautious with freezing rain forecast

Freezing rain moving into central Ohio is expected to cover most of Ohio before the morning is over and temperatures begin to rise and melt it. While road crews have been applying salt and brine to central Ohio streets and highways ahead of the front, the National Weather Service’s freezing rain advisory urges extreme caution when walking and driving this morning.

February a packed month for history-minded couple

Anthony Gibbs thought he was auditioning for a job. He had no idea it would be a tryout for something much bigger. In the spring of 2006, Gibbs came to the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library as one of many folks hoping to be hired as part of the library’s summer reading program. As he performed as abolitionist John Parker, then as a Civil War soldier, he caught the eye of Keisha Jenkins, one of the members of the library panel.

Could Columbus schools data scandal sink mayoral hopes of Ginther, Boyd?

Former Columbus Schools Superintendent Gene Harris had just been convicted for ignoring data rigging in the district when two of her former bosses on the school board matched up in the race for Columbus mayor. Andrew J. Ginther, a Democrat who is the Columbus City Council president, and Terry Boyd, a Republican business professor, served on the Board of Education in 2004 when a whistle-blower was trying to expose data tampering in the district.

Better campsites, fewer old cabins recommended in state parks audit

Ohio should create more campsites for RVs and motor homes in state parks and dump 29 less-profitable cabins, a new performance audit by state Auditor Dave Yost recommends.

Union wants Ohio Supreme Court’s Judith French off case, alleging bias

Ohio’s largest state-worker union accuses state Supreme Court Justice Judith L. French of showing potential bias in favor of fellow Republican officeholders in remarks she made at a campaign rally last fall.

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