What you missed in Columbus for Sept. 7

COVID spreads among kids in Ohio, more Bishop Sycamore drama and the death of actor Michael K. Williams, who played Omar on 'The Wire'

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016, file photo, Michael Kenneth Williams, a cast member in the HBO series "The Night Of," poses for a portrait during the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Williams, who played the beloved character Omar Little on “The Wire,” has died. New York City police say Williams was found dead Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, at his apartment in Brooklyn. He was 54.

As the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spread, Ohio reported 6,369 new cases on Saturday and 5,561 new cases on Sunday. As of Friday, 20,947 Ohioans have died due to COVID. 

The delta variant also appears to be infecting more kids. Over the weekend, the Dispatch reported that "more Ohioans under the age of 18 were diagnosed with the virus the week of Aug. 22 than at any other time in the pandemic, according to the Ohio Department of Health. At least 7,127 Ohio children tested positive for COVID-19 the last full week of August, accounting for 24.4% of all cases in the state."

Still, hospitalization rates among kids remain low in Ohio; roughly 1 percent of children with COVID have been hospitalized, the Dispatch reports.


In the latest twist of the Bishop Sycamore saga, which seems to only get weirder (and sadder) with each new development, self-described new football coach Tyren Jackson claims Bishop Sycamore High School isn't actually a school, and that any assumption of educational value is a "misconception."

"We do not offer curriculum," Jackson told WCMH-TV. "We are not a school. That’s not what Bishop Sycamore is, and I think that’s what the biggest misconception about us was, and that was our fault. Because that was a mistake on paperwork."


Columbus Navigator has a sneak peek of Understory, the new Wolf's Ridge event space inside Open Air.


After ending its losing streak with a win against Cincinnati, the Crew chalked up another loss to Orlando City on Saturday, conceding three goals and scoring two. After going down 2-0 and fighting its way back to a potential 2-2 draw (including another goal from promising young striker Miguel Berry), Lucas Zelarayan turned the ball over in the 69th minute and allowed Orlando's Junior Urso to score what turned out to be the winning goal.


Actor Michael K. Williams, best known for playing Omar in the acclaimed HBO series "The Wire" (go watch it if you haven't), was found dead in his Brooklyn home on Monday. The death is being investigated as a possible drug overdose. Williams was 54. He also starred in “Boardwalk Empire” and “Lovecraft Country."

As Omar, who toted a sawed-off shotgun as he robbed Baltimore drug dealers, Williams stole just about every scene in which he acted on "The Wire," so there's not one iconic moment. But I've always loved this scene where Omar testified in court: