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Celebrate National Puzzle Day with a competition in Whitehall

Jigsaw puzzle pieces.

Photo: Jeremy Drey/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

If jigsaw puzzles don't puzzle you, an upcoming competition in Whitehall might be for you.

Driving the news: The Whitehall Community Park YMCA is celebrating National Puzzle Day this Sunday with a jigsaw puzzle contest starting at 1pm.

Ohio's rise in union membership

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Map: Alice Feng/Axios

Statewide union membership grew last year compared to 2021, per new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Why it matters: The increase is further evidence of a growing labor movement involving local workers at Ohio institutions and global companies alike.

Tyler Buchanan
19 hours ago - Sports

🏈 An Ohioan worth rooting for

Joe Burrow in a Bengals hoodie before an NFL playoff game.

Photo: Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images

👋 Tyler here. Back when Bengals QB Joe Burrow was in high school, I heard a story that he battled in a marathon game of Risk that lasted nearly an entire day.

  • When Burrow finally lost, so the apocryphal story goes, he immediately reset the board and demanded a rematch.

🔌 Columbus' electric vehicle charging gap

Illustration of an unequal sign with a lightning bolt through it on pavement

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Public electric vehicle chargers are easier to find in whiter, wealthier neighborhoods, an analysis by the Axios What's Next team found.

Why it matters: Automakers and lawmakers are pushing electric vehicles (EVs) as a cleaner alternative to traditional cars.

Columbus Humane's adoptable bunnies for the Year of the Rabbit

A black rabbit with perked ears sits in a plastic dish of Timothy hay

Poseidon, an adoptable 2-year-old rabbit at Columbus Humane. Photo: Alissa Widman Neese/Axios

👋 Alissa here with some furry facts to usher in the Chinese lunar calendar's Year of the Rabbit, which started Sunday.

Hopping to the news: While most visitors at Columbus Humane expect to see dogs and cats, the shelter offers lots of other adoptable critters.

Tyler Buchanan
Jan 25, 2023 - News

Looking back at the worst blizzard in Ohio history

An Ohio newspaper clipping from 1978 reporting "Blizzard closes county, state"

From the Jan. 27, 1978, edition of the Circleville Herald, via

The worst blizzard in state history struck 45 years ago this week, knocking out power across Ohio and forcing then-President Jimmy Carter to declare a state of emergency.

Flashback: Residents suffered from wind gusts of up to 100 miles per hour, wind chills of 60 degrees below zero and snow drifts a whopping 25 feet deep.

Charted: New EV registrations in Ohio

Data: Smart Columbus; Note: December 2022 data not yet available.; Chart: Axios Visuals

Columbus leads the state in registrations of alternative fuel vehicles (AFV), according to Smart Columbus data.

  • The category includes EVs, plug-in hybrids and vehicles that run on compressed natural gas and fuel cells.

Megabus is back in Columbus after six-year hiatus

Illustration of a city bus that says "Next Stop."

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Megabus returns to Columbus Wednesday with routes to Chicago, Dayton and 12 other cities both in-state and throughout Indiana.

Driving the news: The low-cost bus carrier is expanding service in the Midwest because of a new partnership with Miller Transportation.