Ohio

Occupancy rates at Columbus, Ohio, area hotels are up 6.4 percent during the first six months of 2011 compared to a year earlier, a positive sign that tourism to the city is rebounding, officials said. At the same time, revenues from hotel/motel tax collections are up about 6.7 percent (to…

Courtesy NPS The Washington Monument remains closed following Tuesday’s earthquake as officials continue to assess damage to the famed monument, the National Park Service (NPS) said. Cracks in the monument were discovered in the wake of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake. No timetable has been announced for when the landmark might reopen. “We are bringing…

A Central Ohio dining institution has closed after nearly two decades serving up home-cooked comfort food. “We would like to inform all of our customers of almost 17 years that we are now closed,” Miller’s Essenplatz Restaurant said on its website. “We have made many friends and are grateful to…

“54 Columns” in Atlanta Atlanta ranks in the top 25 arts destinations nationwide, according to a new list from AmericanStyle lifestyle magazine’s readers. The city ranked No. 9 on the list of Top 25 Big Cities. By naming Atlanta to the list, readers suggest the city as a top destination…

Fluffy, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s record-holding python, died Tuesday of what the zoo described as an “apparent tumor.” A necropsy performed by The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine found that Fluffy had “a mass on her ovary,” the zoo said in a news release. The 24-foot-long, 300-pound…

COLUMBUS, Ohio — “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” The story of Christopher Columbus — for the most part — is well known. With three ships — the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria — and about 90 men, he set sail from Europe in search of a “western route to the Orient.”…

COLUMBUS, Ohio — “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” The story of Christopher Columbus — for the most part — is well known. With three ships — the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria — and about 90 men, he set sail from Europe in search of a “western route to the Orient.”…