What we learned while making the February issue, from BalletMet's Backstreet Boys-affiliated costume designer to the Reynoldsburg Democrats' massive door-knocking campaign

As magazine editors, we write about an ever-changing array of topics month after month, from crime to crème brûlée. Here are some of the most interesting things we learned while researching our February issue, with links to the full stories.

1. In the campaign leading up to the November 2019 election, Reynoldsburg Democrats knocked on 20,000 doors.

2. According to researchers at the University of North Carolina, nearly 1,800 newspapers closed nationwide between 2004 and 2018.

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3. When Marie Kondo’s philosophy for tidying up took off, some thrift stores were so overwhelmed with used items that they asked people to stop dropping off stuff.

4. The costumes for BalletMet’s new production of “Alice”—of Wonderland fame—were created by a former clothing designer for the Backstreet Boys.

5. More than 40 percent of Ohio House bills passed in 2019 had a Democrat as a sponsor, compared to 20 percent in the previous two sessions.

6. Downtown has 15 residential projects underway that will add 1,514 units, plus another 3,200 units if another 19 proposed projects move forward.

7. Motts Military Museum in Groveport has one of only two “life masks,” which require covering a subject’s face in plaster, ever made of Abraham Lincoln.

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