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Vacant-home law loved, hated

The increasingly controversial proposed Toledo law to require owners of vacant buildings to register and pay a fee was vehemently denounced yesterday by a number of opponents and applauded by others during a lengthy City Council committee hearing.

If approved, the fee starts at $100 for residential buildings and increases the longer a property is vacant.

First Solar CEO cashes half his stock in $257 million deal

First Solar Inc.'s second-largest shareholder sold half his shares, a signal that the world's biggest solar company may soon fizzle.

Big Woof

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So now Hizzoner wants $20 grand to enclose part of Ottawa Park as a dog park?

Couple questions -

Do we really need this?
Cant you already take your dog to any of the metroparks, or have I been breaking the law all this time?
What will $20K buy us, just the fencing?
What extra maintenance will be needed? How much will that cost?

Intermodal Comes To Wood County Along With 2-3,000 Jobs

I attended a meeting this afternoon at the Wood County offices to hear about the Intermodal facility being built in North Baltimore. This is not a dream, it is a reality. A big, fat, $80 million reality for Wood County. There were a number of Lucas County people there from the private sector, I saw none that I recognized from the Toledo administration or Lucas County.

Toledo Council to weigh $4.2M Tetra Tech deal

A proposed $4.2 million deal to sell Toledo-owned property along Swan Creek downtown for an eventual river walk development could face tough scrutiny today from some councilmen who think the city might shoulder too much risk.

man accused of switching water bottle's UPC_code with $500 TV

KIRKSVILLE - A Kirksville man faces a felony indictment after trying to purchase a LCD television for less than $3 by allegedly replacing its UPC code with that of a water bottle.

Reginald Newman, 44, was indicted Monday by the Adair County Grand Jury and has been charged with attempted stealing by deceit.

Go Ahead and Lift the Cap

Dollars & Sense

Back in January, even before things got really nasty in the Democratic primary, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were already going after each other about taxes and Social Security.

Xunlight Corp. raises $22M to produce solar panels

TOLEDO -- Xunlight Corporation announces it has raised $22 million to produce lightweight and flexible thin film silicon solar modules. The move is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to the area, reports News 11's Shelley Brown.

My husband just got pulled over by two troopers for a vehicle inspection ???

On the way to his aunt's house, my husband noticed someone on the side of the road with two troopers on Holloway between Garden and Salisbury. On his way back he was stopped, and the troopers informed him that they were doing random safety inspections (he drives a 2004 vehicle).

Summer gasoline use down for first time in 17 years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Record gasoline prices and a contracting U.S. economy will reduce summer gasoline demand for the first time in 17 years, the government's top energy forecasting agency said Tuesday.

Road repairs win out over bike path

Finkbeiner reroutes project funds to pour $250,000 into road fixes

"The Finkbeiner administration is abandoning plans for a bike path at Greenwood Park and slashing nearly all planned funding for a new dog park to direct another $250,000 toward repairing the city’s streets.

Foreclosure action filed on former Hillcrest Hotel

For the Umpteenth time - can someone PLEASE explain why the HELL the City of Toledo keeps sticking its head and OUR tax dollars into private enterprise???

http://www.toledobiz.com/news1.htm

Default on $4M outstanding mortgage used to pay revenue bonds

New Casino in Ohio ? Jamie Farr says Yes !

The Resort/Casino will include in phase one:

• Phase one total square footage will be 2,000,000 sq. ft. • 12,000 sq. ft. Kids Quest/Arcade
• Total Casino floor space of 180,000 - 220,000 sq .ft. • A full scale pet resort facility
• Suite style hotel of approximately 1500 rooms • 8,000-10,000 sq. ft. specialty retail
• International full service destination spa • 4000- 5000 slots
• 40,000- 60,000 sq. ft. conference center • Approximately 100 table games
• 3000 car parking garage • 20 table plus poker room

Merci, Jean LeCain

Clarification on a miniscule amount of money and the essential trash fee

Dear Citizens,

I would like to clarify a few things for you. In the 3/22 Blade I said:

Colleges get $66 million in earmarks

Many earmarks to Ohio colleges were sponsored by more than one lawmaker.

Of those that were directed to individual schools, Republican Sen. George V. Voinovich and Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, of Toledo, tied for the most, with 16. Voinovich's name was on $13.3 million, and Kaptur's was on $12.5 million.

Poor Give More to Charity

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Charitable giving is an American tradition. Surveys consistently find that between 65 and 85 percent of U.S. families make charitable donations each year, and we give away more than twice as much per capita as the citizens of even the most generous European nations. According to the Center on Philanthropy Panel Study, the average American family that gave to charity in 2002 donated $1,917.

A corn flake shaped like Illinois auctions for $1,350 on EBay

A corn flake shaped like Illinois auctions for $1,350 on EBay

llinois is now a museum piece.

A trivia-company owner from Austin, Texas, purchased the flake on EBay Friday night from two sisters in Virginia for $1,350.

Monty Kerr owns TriviaMania.com. He plans to put the flake in a traveling museum along with other items of Americana.

City finds $1.1M for beefing up budget

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The cash-strapped City of Toledo found more than $1.1 million to help revise and alleviate cuts in the 2008 general operating fund budget, which was presented four months ago and must be passed within 11 days....................

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080321/NEWS16/78...

Another GOP scandal

National Republican Congressional Committee officials acknowledged publicly today that they have found discrepancies in their books of more than a million dollars and evidence that the NRCC's former treasurer, Christopher Ward, made "several hundred thousand dollars" worth of unauthorized wire transfers out of the committee that appear to have ended up in Ward's own bank accounts...[

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