What you missed in Columbus for July 26

Four injured in another Short North shooting, the Laughing Ogre takes home an Eisner and more from the weekend

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
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Four people were injured in a shooting that took place in the Short North in the early morning hours on Saturday — the second week in a row a shooting has taken place in the neighborhood. Police were called to the scene on North High Street near Skully’s around 2:30 a.m., where officers said they found more than 30 shell casings, including large rifle casings. Three of the injured self-transported to local hospitals, while the fourth was treated on the scene. Police are still looking for multiple suspects.

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In far brighter news, local comics shop the Laughing Ogre won the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award at Comic-Con over the weekend.

The shop appeared to take the national win in stride, writing on Twitter, “We are so thankful for the win and for all of your support!” You can also watch Laughing Ogre’s Eisner application video, which it posted here.

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The contract between the city and the police union moved one step closer to becoming reality over the weekend when the police union voted to approve the new deal, which includes a 14 percent pay raise over the next three years for officers. As the final step in the process, the contract now requires approval by City Council, which could come as early as tonight (Monday, June 26) in the final council meeting before a month-long summer break.

Mayor Andrew Ginther will join new Police Chief Elaine Bryant, along with community leaders, to discuss the agreement at 11:30 a.m. today (Monday, July 26). The discussion will be livestreamed on the city's YouTube channel here.

“This is the most progressive contract in a generation,” Ginther said in a press releas. “Through good faith collective bargaining since late last year, we crafted a contract that provides an incentive for longtime officers to retire, rewards officers committed to service, change and reform, and attracts new, more diverse candidates to join our efforts to reform policing in Columbus.”

The Dispatch compiled highlights of the potential new police union contract here, and you can read about the turbulent history of police-city contract dealings in our January feature here.

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The Columbus Crew continue to be as hot as the weather (i.e. very), stretching an unbeaten streak to six games with a 1-0 road win over Atlanta United FC on Saturday. The deciding goal arrived in the 65th minute courtesy Jonathan Mensah, who picked a fine time to deliver his first score of the season. The Crew’s next match is set to take place on Friday, July 30, when the team visits New York City FC.

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This week is Black Restaurant Week across the nation, and Columbus Navigator has a full list of participating local restaurants here.