What you missed in Columbus for Nov. 8

Tragedy strikes Astroworld in Texas, Bob Dylan performs in Columbus, the Crew miss the MLS playoffs and at long last it's Infrastructure Week

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Bouquets of flowers decorate a fence surrounding the Astroworld Festival grounds on Nov. 6, 2021, in Houston.

Tragedy struck on Friday when eight people were killed and hundreds injured in a crowd surge at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival in Houston, Texas. Authorities are currently investigating what caused the surge, which took place shortly after the rapper hit the stage at 9 p.m.

Over the weekend, videos circulated on social media of audience members begging the camera crews filming the event to stop the concert while Scott continued to perform for nearly 37 minutes after officials declared a “mass casualty” event.

Among the eight killed was University of Dayton senior Franco Patino, who was described by his brother Julio as having a “big heart” in an interview with Rolling Stone.

“He was the type of person that was going to be there for you and help you feel included,” Julio said. "He was just spreading happiness and joy wherever he went.”

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On Friday, the House voted 228-206 to pass the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, with 13 Republicans voting in support of the legislation, including Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio. Six Democrats voted against the bill, which had previously been linked with a separate economic package dubbed the Build Back Better Act. Congress is expected to take up Build Back Better next, though its prospects for passage remain in question.

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The Columbus Crew closed out the season with a win over the Chicago Fire, but it wasn’t enough for the team to sneak into the MLS playoffs, giving the MLS champs an unexpected early start on the offseason. In case you missed it, here’s Alive Crew columnist Chris DeVille on a down year for the team, as well as some hope for the future.

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Bob Dylan performed at the Palace Theatre on Saturday and the Columbus Dispatch has a review of the concert here.

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Ohio State survived its game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday, winning 26-17 in an error-prone performance that likely won't instill much confidence in Buckeye faithful as the college football season moves into its final weeks. The Buckeyes next face Purdue on Saturday before finishing the regular season against a pair of teams currently ranked in the top 10: No. 8 Michigan State and No. 9 Michigan.

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Also, say goodbye to the sun for the winter. Daylight Savings Time ended on Saturday, dropping clocks back an hour and ushering out sunlight beginning around 5 p.m. most days. As a slight silver lining, here’s a clip from “What We Do in the Shadows,” a series on which I’ve recently become hooked.