What you missed in Columbus for April 5

Ohio’s ‘stand your ground’ law goes into effect Tuesday, COVID-19 cases continue to rise and more from the Easter weekend

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Eddie Moncrief, left, and Katie Harriman, right, stand on High St. in front of the Statehouse, Harriman holding a sign in protest of the "Stand your Ground" law, Tuesday, June 9 , 2020. Despite being the hottest day of the year so far, protesters continue to come out and show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Although there have been less crowds on the streets, many online events have been scheduled and more protests are scheduled for Friday and this weekend.

The “stand your ground” law passed by Ohio Republicans in December goes into effect on Tuesday, April 6. The controversial law removes the legal requirement that a person retreat from a situation before using deadly force. The Dispatch has a rundown of how the new rules apply here.

Supporters of the bill say the new law gives needed protections to people caught in life-threatening situations, while opponents counter that these types of laws increase the number of gun deaths and make people of color less safe. In July 2020, the SPLC produced a report titled “Stand Your Ground” Kills, which explores how these NRA-backed laws promote racist violence.

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Despite the ramping up of vaccine access, COVID-19 cases in Ohio have continued to rise. In the week ending Sunday, Ohio reported 12,389 new cases, an increase of 4.4 percent over the previous week. According to the Dispatch, the worst weekly outbreaks in Ohio on a per-person basis were in Belmont, Hancock and Clark counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Cuyahoga County, with 1,685 cases; Franklin County, with 1,607 cases; and Summit County, with 784. 

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Avishar Barua, executive chef and general manager at Service Bar, survived the first week of “Top Chef” despite landing in the bottom three with his “chukar fried chukar." Revisit our profile of Barua before the next episode airs on Thursday, April 8.

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In other local reality TV news, singer and Columbus native Deshawn Goncalves advanced to the final 12 on “American Idol." Goncalves will learn next week if he’ll be one of the eight performers advancing to the next round.

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If you stopped paying attention to the men’s NCAA tournament either when Ohio State lost or after your bracket got busted (two events that are intrinsically linked for many in Columbus), the championship game takes place tonight when Baylor squares off against undefeated Gonzaga, which squeaked by UCLA on Saturday with one of the all-time great buzzer beaters in college basketball history. The game tips off at 9:20 p.m.

On the women’s side, Stanford held on to defeat Arizona in the title game on Sunday, winning by a score of 54-53. Stanford secured the title, the school’s first since 1992, when Arizona missed a shot at the buzzer. "That's the way basketball is," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said following the game. "If you've got a faint heart or weak stomach, then don't coach."