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Taylor Swift, The Last of Us: Here are Columbus’ top Google searches of 2023

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This year, Columbus searched for Taylor Swift tickets, read up about HBO’s The Last of Us and followed soccer matches.

Google compiled its year-in-review search data for US cities over the course of 2023. Curious what folks in central Ohio were searching for this year? Here are the top searches for Columbus according to the company:

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How to stay safe and secure on Cyber Monday

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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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Ohio becomes 1st state to break ground on electric vehicle charging station under NEVI program

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COLUMBUS — Ohio became the first state in the country to break ground Wednesday on a large electric vehicle (EV) charging station as part of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program.

Governor Mike DeWine announced this Wednesday as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) broke ground on the facility at the Pilot Travel Center along Interstate 70 at U.S. Route 42 between Columbus and Dayton.

“Ohio continues to lead in this rising sector,” said Governor DeWine. “From securing investments by manufacturers to building key infrastructure, we are truly positioning Ohioans for the electric future. This groundbreaking further demonstrates the state’s commitment to installing chargers as quickly as possible for the benefit of Ohio drivers.”

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Facial reconstruction technology helps detectives solve cold cases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – New technology is bringing years-old cold cases to life in an effort to get detectives and families closer to answers.

In August, NBC4 reported on how technology developed by animators at Ohio State University is helping the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation reconstruct faces when unidentified human remains are found.

Using her iPhone, BCI Criminal Intelligence Analyst and Forensic Artist Sam Molnar takes photos of unidentified skeletal remains, then sends them to the graphics team at OSU, which uses a program to create 3D printed skulls. Molnar can then reconstruct the face of the deceased using clay on top of the 3D print without disturbing the original evidence.

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Ohio to build 27 new electric vehicle charging stations along Interstate highways

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COLUMBUS, Ohio—Ohio has made arrangements to build more than two dozen new electric vehicle charging stations along highways around the state by 2024, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday.

The 27 new charging stations, each of which will have at least four ports, will be located at gas stations, stores, and restaurants along Interstates 70, 71, 76, 77 and 90, DeWine said at a Columbus-area news conference. Two will be in the Cleveland area – at a Shell gas station off Interstate 71 on State Route 82 in Strongsville and a Chase Bank off Interstate 77 on Rocksville Road in Independence, according to an Ohio Department of Transportation list.

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Columbus rolls out e-bike incentive program

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It will take intentional choices to move Columbus away from being a “car-centric city,” City Council member Lourdes Barroso de Padilla says, but a new e-bike incentive program’s roll out is one more step — or pedal — in the right direction.

Why it matters: The heavy focus on improving bicycle travel this summer furthers city goals of boosting residents’ health, reducing traffic congestion and lowering carbon emissions.

Riding the news: Starting today, eligible residents can apply online to receive $500-1,200 in city funding toward purchasing e-bikes at Beechwold Bicycles, Franklinton Cycle Works, Johnny Velo Bikes, Orbit City Bikes or Paradise Garage.

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Could Ohio be home to the U.S. Space Command headquarters?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Ohio politicians hope the state catches President Joe Biden’s eye as the next home for the U.S. Space Command – but they may be reaching for the stars.

As the Biden administration continues what has become a politicized search for the Space Command’s headquarters, elected officials at the local, state and federal levels want Ohio – specifically its Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton – to be the No. 1 choice.

“Our vision is that Ohio becomes a global leader in aviation, aerospace,” state Rep. Adam Holmes (R-Nashport) told fellow lawmakers Tuesday morning.

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Verizon upgrades network for Columbus customers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Verizon has recently made major upgrades to the network serving customers in Columbus, OH. These upgrades are part of a multi-year redesign of its network architecture to stay ahead of exponential data usage increases, upgrade the technology in the network, and to pave the way for personalized customer experiences.

Network upgrades in Columbus include deploying new cell sites to extend coverage and capacity in local communities. They also include adding more capacity on fiber optic cables to move more data through the network and adding bandwidth to the cellular network to accommodate new services like wireless internet service for homes and businesses.

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Council approves $550,000 to rent more portable security cameras, lights at Columbus parks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus City Council approved Monday night to spend $550,000 on more temporary lights and security camera systems to place in the city’s parks.

According to the ordinance unanimously passed by council, the Columbus Division of Police identified 25 initial locations where the portable lights and cameras can go.

This is the second straight year council has passed a measure such as this.
After several shootings at parks across Columbus last year, some of which were fatal, council approved funding for 25 cameras. The cameras are mobile and can be moved as needed.

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Wendy’s partners with Google to bring AI technology to Columbus-area drive-thru

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Wendy’s and Google are partnering up to bring an artificial intelligence experience to customers next month.

The companies announced on Tuesday that they are launching the first pilot of Google Cloud’s AI technology to be used at a drive-thru at one of Wendy’s Columbus-area restaurants.

They plan to use the information gathered to potentially expand AI technology into more drive-thrus.

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