What you missed in Columbus for March 29

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Lt. Governor Jon Husted is experiencing “the Twitter relationship” after referring to COVID-19 as the “Wuhan virus”.

On Friday, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Twitter and …

Unsurprisingly, the tweet was up immediately proportionate, with users on the platform who point out the racism and xenophobia associated with the publication and who have sparked such spur an increase in violence against Asian-American and Pacific islanders (AAPI) community last year.

“What scares the most is the trickle effect it has. If a random person on the internet calls it the Chinese virus, I am not so upset or worried. ” Philip Kim said in an Alive interview in April 2020 As he talks about former President Donald Trump’s insistence on the use of terms like “Wuhan virus” and “Chinese virus,” those phrases are being pushed forward by Republican politicians like Husted. “When the person with the largest platform in the world spits out this kind of racism, it’s absolutely scary. His words have a powerful effect and can change the course of history. “

In subsequent posts on the social media site, Husted tried to qualify his original statement by writing, “To be clear, the above tweet only referred to the Chinese GOVERNMENT.”

Logged in in the days before Husted, Alive spoke to Senator Tina Maharath on a new bipartisan bill she put in place to create a state commission and bureau for Asian-American and Pacific Islander affairs.

“I would hear really bad things from my own constituents and other Ohioans who weren’t comfortable enough to go to law enforcement or their own senator,” Maharath said. “I heard stories about people who were labeled a virus, asked to return to China, or that it was their fault. … It is not a comfortable position for someone to be placed in, and no one should feel that way. They should feel safe here, but they live in fear because of the color of their skin. “

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Over the weekend, the Columbus art scene mourned superfan Matthew Bush.

“I am very sorry to hear of Matthew Bush’s death,” wrote Kyle Siegrist, owner of Lost Weekend, on Facebook. “He was a huge fan of Columbus music and pretty much anyone who did any kind of artistic creation. One of the nicest, most selfless and nicest people you could ever meet. He was really “aces”. It was an honor to know him. Columbus is a little darker today without Matt’s smile shining on it. “

Similar honors came from all over the music, art and film worlds, with radio stations and film festivals offering condolences and telling stories of his commitment to the local scene.

“In a micro-sense, Matt was our Ace Flyer distributor for many years, every Saturday morning marathon since 1990 (he often arrived at 1am to stake out his seat), and a reliable resident of the middle front row seat of the theater during the show, ”wrote the Ohio Science Fiction and Horror Marathons Facebook account. “But in a macro-economic sense he was one of the nicest souls we have ever met, a completely selfless, giving person who tirelessly promoted the work of his friends and acquaintances, purely out of the goodness of his heart and one way or the other Way was known by seemingly everyone in the general Columbus art scene. “

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The opening speech is due to begin today at the trial of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes as Floyd pleaded, “I can’t breathe” and “I’m about to die.” “” Floyd’s death in May 2020 at Chauvin’s hands sparked protests against black lives across the country for months. also here in Columbus.

Chauvin, a Minneapolis Police Department officer since 2001, was released after Floyd’s death and has since pleaded not guilty of accidental second-degree, third-degree and second-degree homicide.

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Nearly 15 years after Brian Shaffer disappeared from a campus bar in Ohio, authorities are still looking for answers. Recently the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation posted an age-appropriate photo of Shafferwho disappeared in the since-closed Ugly Tuna Saloona on April 1, 2006, a disappearance that has since fueled countless Reddit threads and debated among true crime fanatics and savage conspiracy theories.

In the years since then, Columbus has been the scene of other unsolved disappearances, including Tyler Davis, who went missing near Easton in February 2019 and its case also remains open.

More: The Disappearance of Tyler Davis and the Rise of the True Crime Complex