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Baby girl Bornean orangutan born at Columbus Zoo

in Animals/Event/Local News

Last week, the Columbus Zoo welcomed a baby female Bornean orangutan into the world, marking the first birth of the critically endangered species at the zoo in over 60 years.

The baby orangutan was born on Nov. 28 at 12:34 a.m. to first-time mother Khali, who is 17. The zoo said the baby appears to be “bright and strong.” It also reports that Khali is attentive to the baby’s needs and spends her time grooming and snuggling her baby. Khali has been bringing her baby over to the keepers for visual examinations, the zoo said.

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Beers to sip in December: 8 to taste (along with some brewery news)

in Food/Local News

This month we tried beer made with tea along with a spiced holiday ale and others.

With one exception, all are Ohio-brewed.

As usual, all should be available on local store shelves. Our photos show what the beers look like, and we note our favorite at the end.

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The Columbus Blessing Box Project is helping to end food insecurity in Ohio

in Community/Event/Food/Local News

Leave what you can and take what you need.

That is the goal of a local nonprofit organization in Columbus, Ohio that is doing what they can to put an end to food insecurity one day at a time.

The Columbus Blessing Box Project is a nonprofit organization that provides food for the community from the community.

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Get out and do something this weekend in central Ohio, Nov. 30-Dec. 4

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — From the Columbus Symphony’s “Holiday Pops” to a cappella group Pentatonix and singer Doja Cat at Nationwide Arena, here are things to see and do this weekend in central Ohio.

Blue Jackets vs. Senators
Nationwide Arena at 7 p.m. on Friday

The Columbus Blue Jackets face the Ottawa Senators.

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Northern lights: Who in Ohio has a chance at seeing the auroras Thursday\

in Enviroment/Local News

Ohio is among the states that have a chance at seeing the northern lights Thursday and into Friday, all thanks to an active bout of space weather.

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center upgraded its geomagnetic storm watch for Friday, noting that multiple coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, are expected to impact Earth in the coming days.

With three CMEs already inbound and a fourth expected, forecasters upgraded the storm watch Wednesday evening to a G3 (on a strength scale of 1 to 5).

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Columbus Symphony’s ‘Holiday Pops’ returns to Ohio Theatre with chorus, Santa Claus

in Art/Event/Local News

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Columbus Symphony’s annual holiday tradition is returning this weekend at the Ohio Theatre, with the Columbus Symphony Chorus joining in presenting the most-loved holiday songs and carols.

The symphony is presenting “Holiday Pops” with guest soprano Dee Donasco at 8 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets range from $18.70 to $88 and can be purchased in-person at the CBUSArts Ticket Center at 39 E. State St., by phone at 614-469-0939 or online here.

This weekend’s performances will feature popular holiday favorites like, “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Mary, Did You Know?” and more.

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Spaghetti Warehouse is reopening Downtown: what you should know

in Community/Food/Local News

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Excitement for Spaghetti Warehouse fans is building as reservations for the new Columbus restaurant are currently open.

After much fanfare, the pasta chain’s new digs, at 150 S. High St., will finally welcome guests Thursday and hold a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:15 p.m.

The restaurant’s website allows diners to make reservations online for parties of seven or fewer, however, groups of eight and larger are encouraged to contact the eatery.

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Columbus nonprofit’s shipment to serve families for Christmas stuck in customs

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A Columbus-based organization’s plans to spread joy were almost ruined this holiday season.

The organization, Wagons Ho Ho Ho, packs Christmas meals in wagons for families across central Ohio.

“It’s nice to alleviate some of that stress with that Christmas dinner but also giving a child this old-fashioned wagon that stays with them for years and years and years,” said Donn Ditzhazy, Board Member of Wagons Ho Ho Ho.

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Group handing out Naloxone at music events gets boost

in Community/Health/Local News

A central Ohio non-profit organization fighting the opioid epidemic is getting a boost of support this holiday season.

The organization, This Must Be the Place, travels to music festivals around the country, handing out free naloxone and offering education to those in attendance.

Columbus native William Perry co-founded the organization in January of 2022 with his wife Ingela. His story is one he says is all too common.

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How to stay safe and secure on Cyber Monday

in Community/Local News/Technology

Cyber Monday is one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. Online shopping scams accounted for almost 32% of all the scams reported to the 2022 Better Business Bureau scam tracker report.

Experts from the Better Business Bureau suggest the following:

Keep antivirus software up to date to avoid pop-up phishing scams
Price check. If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is
Always use a credit card because of the protections offered from various credit card companies
Have a clear understanding on the return policy for “closeout” or “final sale” items

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