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Lydia Coutre

(September 4, 2012) — Lydia Coutre is a senior newspaper journalism major with a minor in visual journalism at Kent State University. She is a fellow at The Columbus Dispatch, where she interned over the summer. Prior to working at The Dispatch, she interned at the Grand Haven Tribune. At Kent State, she worked in various roles for the student newspaper, the Daily Kent Stater, and contributed articles to the student general interest magazine, The Burr. She plans to pursue a career in print journalism after graduating in December 2013.


Food at risk?

(February 10, 2013) — About 43 percent of food-borne illness outbreaks can be traced to food prepared at restaurants, according to the latest available U.S. data, making ordering from a menu the single-largest source for unsafe food.


Inspections: ‘Critical’ violations not common

(February 10, 2013) — When Garrett A. Guillozet enters a restaurant for a routine inspection, he is armed with test strips, a flashlight and a thermometer.


More scrutiny of nation’s meals

(February 10, 2013) — Food-borne illnesses cost Ohioans about $2.8 billion each year.


East Side robber could get more than 73 years

(November 27, 2012) — An East Side man who pleaded guilty yesterday to robbing six people in four incidents last year could be sentenced to more than 73 years in prison.


Annual toy-safety survey: Dangerous playthings could spoil holiday joy

(November 21, 2012) — Parents hitting the stores for holiday gifts this season might want to check more than their children’s wish list.


High St. parking meters going live today

(November 19, 2012) — Columbus is taking a step toward a more walkable Downtown with 30 new parking meters going into service today at 9 a.m.


Tuition going up at Columbus State in 2013

(November 15, 2012) — Full-time students at Columbus State Community College will pay an extra $199 a year for tuition starting next summer.


2.2% water-sewer rate hike sought

(November 13, 2012) — Columbus City Council introduced legislation yesterday to increase water rates by 4 percent and sewer rates by 1 percent next year. Council members are expected to approve the measure on Monday.


Proposed water-, sewer-rate hikes would raise Columbus bills 2.2%

(November 12, 2012) — The Columbus City Council introduced legislation today to increase water rates by 4 percent and sewer rates by 1 percent next year. Council members are expected to approve the measure next Monday.


Option for 2013: BikeShare rides

(November 9, 2012) — Many restaurants, shops and attractions sit just out of reach for Downtown workers and residents: too far to walk, but not far enough to make driving and parking worth it.


Townships’ study calls them most efficient

(November 5, 2012) — Smaller, local governments are more responsive and cost-efficient than their larger counterparts, according to a study commissioned by the Ohio Township Association, which is pushing back against budget-fueled calls for consolidation.


Council studies Internet cafes

(October 31, 2012) — About 40 percent of people seeking help for problem gambling from Maryhaven say Internet sweepstakes cafes provide their game of choice.


Employers need those hired to be ‘work-ready’

(October 26, 2012) — Companies that are developing business in Columbus are placing a higher premium on the talent of the work force.


Volunteers toeing the line

(October 25, 2012) — Steve Scheel stood behind a yellow line facing the Franklin County early voting center, his arms folded over his Romney/ Ryan T-shirt. His shadow crossed the line, but his feet could not.


Delaware health director leaving

(October 20, 2012) — The Delaware Board of Health is looking for a new health commissioner as Frances Veverka leaves the position after 31 years.


Changing campaign-finance laws might not deter corruption

(October 12, 2012) — The system for monitoring campaign spending in Ohio relies on honesty, which can make it challenging to pick out bad apples.


Potency of political ads fleeting at best

(October 7, 2012) — The more you try to dodge the political ads bombarding Ohio, the harder they’ll try to find you.


Ex-officials tout importance of U.S. foreign assistance

(September 22, 2012) — The world economy $60 trillion right now is expected to blossom to $200 trillion in the next 25 to 30 years, said former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.


Special court docket serves veterans

(September 17, 2012) — On a medic run in 2006, first responder Zachary Bickenheuser saved the life of a childhood friend from a heroin overdose.


Federal expert: Future depends on fiscal morality

(September 14, 2012) — Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker asked a crowd of roughly 100 people yesterday: “Does anybody believe we don’t have a problem? Please raise your hand high.”


State might delay planned letter grades for schools

(September 7, 2012) — Plans to create a new rating system for Ohio schools should be delayed until the investigation into whether districts altered attendance data produces answers, top state legislators are saying.


Violence called a product of society

(August 31, 2012) — Advocates fighting against domestic and sexual violence face many challenges in today’s society including society itself.