Thanks to all the good people in Franklin County who supported Issue 1, the Metro Parks operating levy. It passed with about 58 percent in favor. [Full story] The Whittier Peninsula is so hot right now! Earlier this morning (well, not earlier enough, in birding terms), I saw palm, yellow-rumped and magnolia warblers, as well as tree swallows and Baltimore orioles. [Park homepage] Those interested in curing cancer by bike should check out Pelotonia, a grassroots bike tour through Central and Southeast Ohio. It's huge news already, even though the rides aren't until Aug. 28-30. [Learn more] (Shari Lewis photo)