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We started writing these Daily Distraction posts as a way to provide our readers some form of distraction on a daily basis (hence the name!) not long after the coronavirus became a presence in our lives. Admittedly, these days it's getting more difficult to focus and...

Wait, Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan actually told reporters that he hadn't yet watched video footage of the incident in which his officers tear gassed a crowd that included City Council President Shannon Hardin and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, among others? Really? How in the world is that kind of willful ignorance allowed to...

What were we saying? Oh, right, I was trying to find some song or video or article that could at least temporarily take your mind off of the awfulness currently enveloping the...

Ah, just a second. Have you seen the footage of CPD officers pepper-spraying student journalists with Ohio State's newspaper, The Lantern? Or heard the audio of the students identifying themselves as journalists to officers ("We're members of the press," and thus exempt from curfew) only to be met with an "I don't care"? Or the officers who have pepper-sprayed and fired non-lethal projectiles at journalists and fleeing protesters alike? I mean, if that's how police will respond when they know they're being filmed, then what about those times that they're not...

C'mon, focus Downing. What's a song that's been rolling around in your head of late, something more than the theme song to "Puppy Dog Pals," which runs on a constant loop as you're trying to write in the morning. What about...

So a Dispatch reporter asked Mayor Ginther about racism in the police department and, after acknowledging its existence, he really turned the question around and added that problems with racism exist elsewhere, including "in your newsroom." The buck stops... somewhere else, I guess. With leaders like this who needs...

OK, OK. Here's a video of some hamsters eating tiny burritos.