What you missed in Columbus for April 4

Ukrainians accuse Russia of executing civilians; Zelensky addresses the Grammys; Ohio State Fair adds two big concerts; Abercrombie gets the Netflix documentary treatment; and more from the weekend

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks on screen during the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Ukrainians are accusing Russia of indiscriminately executing civilians in the suburbs of Kyiv. The New York Times interviewed Serhiy Kaplishny, a coroner in Bucha, who helped arrange for a mass grave at a local church and recently picked up dozens of bodies in his van. "Thirteen of them were men whose hands had been tied and who had been shot at close range in the head," the Times reported. "[Kaplishny] said he did not know the circumstances of their deaths but believed, based on their apparently recent deaths, that they were prisoners killed before the Russian Army withdrew."

"They were civilians," Kaplishny told the Times.


At the 2022 Grammy Awards on Sunday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to the audience in a pre-recorded video. "Support us in any way you can,” Zelensky said. "Any, but not silence."

Scoring big at the awards ceremony last night was Olivia Rodrigo, who took home trophies for Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance, though she didn't sweep the major categories. Jon Batiste won for Album of the Year while Silk Sonic won both Song and Record of the Year. Here's Pitchfork's recap of the night.


The Ohio State Fair added two new marquee concerts: Country legend Willie Nelson will perform on Friday, Aug. 5, and hip-hop legend Ice Cube will perform on Thursday, Aug. 4. Both concerts go on sale this Friday, April 8.


After a tournament filled with huge upsets, the men's NCAA basketball tournament will conclude with a national title game between two collegiate heavyweights, North Carolina and Kansas, who battle for the championship tonight. In the women's tournament, South Carolina defeated UConn in last night's final. 


The Columbus Crew suffered their first loss of the season, falling to Nashville at home 1-0 on Saturday night. According to the Dispatch's Jacob Myers, the Crew outshot Nashville 19-6, but none of those chances led to much-needed goals.

Some of the Crew faithful also sent a message to team owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam, who also own the Cleveland Browns, which recently signed quarterback Deshaun Watson to a five-year, $230 million contract, despite 22 sexual misconduct civil suit complaints pending against Watson. (Two grand juries previously declined to indict Watson on criminal charges.) During the 22nd minute of the match, in Lower.com Field's Nordecke section, fans raised 22 signs reading, "We Believe Jane Doe."


On April 19, Netflix is releasing a new documentary, "White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch," focusing on allegations of exclusionary practices at the New Albany-based company. Watch the trailer below.