What you missed in Columbus for Sept. 27

Bob Dylan schedules a Columbus tour date; COVID polarization; a Buckeye quits the team mid-game; Zardes carries the Crew; and more from the weekend.

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Bob Dylan will perform at the Palace Theatre in Columbus on Nov. 6.

First, a bit of good news: Bob Dylan is coming back to town. The living legend will visit the Palace Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 6, as part of the Rough and Rowdy Ways Tour. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. via bobdylan.com and range from $59-$129.

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Housing advocates are telling city leaders that the pledged $10 million (of a $50 million bond package) isn't nearly enough to overcome Columbus' affordable housing shortage. "Every time you see a new apartment complex, a new condo complex, that represents a missed opportunity to develop mixed-use housing," Cathy Levine, co-president of B.R.E.A.D., told the Dispatch.

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Citing a Pew Research Center poll, the New York Times reports that as of last month, 86 percent of Democratic voters have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine compared with 60 percent of Republican voters. "Because the vaccines are so effective at preventing serious illness, Covid deaths are also showing a partisan pattern. Covid is still a national crisis, but the worst forms of it are increasingly concentrated in red America," writes David Leonhardt.

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Today, Axios, the news startup launched a few years ago by former Politico journalists Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen and Roy Schwartz, debuted its Columbus newsletter, which is helmed by local journalists Tyler Buchanan, formerly of Ohio Capital Journal, and Alissa Widman Neese, formerly of the Dispatch. Interested readers can sign up here.

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Ohio State routed Akron on Saturday night by a score of 59-7 at Ohio Stadium. The game served as the quarterback debut of true freshman Kyle McCord, who threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns. The decisive win against the overmatched Zips wasn't the only headline, though; Ohio State linebacker K'Vaughan Pope reportedly quit the Buckeyes mid-game. Pope, who hasn't seen a lot of playing minutes, was escorted to the locker room during the second quarter and later sent a series of angry tweets.

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The Columbus Crew got a much-need home win on Saturday, defeating Montreal 2-1. Crew forward Gyasi Zardes scored both goals — the first on a mid-air volley off a brilliant cross by Derrick Etienne Jr., and the second an absolute banger with his left foot from outside the box. The Crew will face Cruz Azul in the Campeones Cup at Lower.com Field on Wednesday night.