Sobczak: Toledo trash fee plan a 'procedural roadblock'

"Mark Sobczak, president of Toledo City Council,
said yesterday a contingent of councilmen were playing political games
and called a proposal to take the authority to establish the city's
monthly refuse fee away from the Finkbeiner administration a
"procedural roadblock."


Although Mr. Collins yesterday said he would support Mr. McNamara's
proposal, he cautioned against assuming that means he is against the
trash fee.

Ohio health dept to spend $60,000 to study tobacco habits of gay teens

I have to wonder WHY? I assume they smoke for the same reasons non-gays smoke (only perhaps more so, since they deal with intolerance more than most do) - stress, calming effect, pleasure, etc. To spend a crazy amount of money on something like this for to get obvious results is aburd. One big step would be to be more tolerant & understanding of gays.


Speakeasies in Cleveland

Like it or not, this is what happens when you start banning things. The activity you want to stop just goes underground. "They have succeeded in creating this underground, sleazy, cash-only business that cannot be regulated, taxed or secured by police."

Cleveland underground clubs allowing smoking, sex


Downtown Toledo market tough for restaurants

"BELLACINO’s Pizza & Grinders, open for three years, quietly closed about a month ago.

Down the street, the City Grill opened seven months ago, and nearby a Subway franchise has opened.

Ashford: Mayor has record of bias

"Toledo's African-American community is frustrated
with the city, at least one black minister is praying for the city, and
Councilman Michael Ashford says Mayor Carty Finkbeiner has a record of
Mr. Ashford, reacting yesterday to the finding of the Ohio Civil Rights
Commission that Mr. Finkbeiner retaliated against three black employees

Is the U.S. Failing in Afghanistan?

"It was malice in wonderland at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
on Thursday as Bush Administration envoys insisted things are getting
better in Afghanistan, while angry lawmakers from both parties cited
facts and figures showing just the opposite. Even the senior Republican

George Wallace spoke the truth

Here it is election year and the preceding polls ask us who to vote for. Well, George Wallace, the former governor of Alabama, once said, "There's not a dime's worth of difference between the Democrats and Republicans." Here's a take from overseas on American politics.

Ronald Reagan Birthday Benefit for Alzheimer's Association

I hope to see you at the Reagan Birthday Benefit! It is for a good cause.

Ronald Reagan Birthday Benefit for Alzheimer's Association
Sponsored by Toledo Young Republicans Club

"We can't help everyone, but we can help someone."

Ronald Reagan

The Key To The Massa's House

By: Bishop Stephen Ward

On January 21 members of the African-American community gathered at the Kitchen For The Poor in support of a chapter of the SCLC being formed here in Toledo. While that press conference was going on...at another MLK event, the massa issued keys to the city.

'Probable cause' for bias found in cases

"The staff of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission
found "probable cause" that the administration of Mayor Carty
Finkbeiner discriminated against three black city officials when they
were fired last year.

Fostoria is in a state of growth, according to Mayor John Davoli-$500,000 in the general fund

If little Fostoria can have half a million dollars in the piggy bank , why can't Toledo?
Ok , I know the answer. It 's all about the city leaders .

FOSTORIA — Fostoria is in a state of growth, according to Mayor John Davoli.

"We are a city expanding, we're not a city in decline," he said Friday at his annual "state of the city" address.

President Bush Seeks Broader Wiretapping Authority

President Bush wants Congress to broaden
the government's powers to eavesdrop on private conversations without
court approval. VOA White House Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, a
controversial public surveillance law is set to expire February 1.

Stimulus plan is suppose to make things better?

"COLUMBUS — Ohio and other red ink-bleeding states
had hoped the federal government would rush to their rescue as it did
five years ago, but they found nothing for them in the $150 billion
economic stimulus package proposed by President Bush and House leaders
this week.

Mayor says Rose's call to defeat tax 'uncaring'

"Mr. Finkbeiner said the tax, which raises $57.7
million a year, is essential to providing police and fire protection
and unlimited trash collection.

First enacted in 1982 and renewed regularly since then, it was last renewed in 2004 with just over 51 percent of the vote.

Pastor Got $1.5 Million in Clinton Earmarks Before Endorsement

Pastor Got $1.5 Million in Clinton Earmarks Before Endorsement
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) secured more than $1 million in federal funding last year for a Harlem-based non-profit whose leader gave her presidential campaign a major endorsement last weekend.

Here a rebate there a rebate, everyone is a winner!

"WASHINGTON - Retirees living off Social Security are frustrated that they won't get tax rebate checks
through a bipartisan economic stimulus package before the House. Senate
Democrats Friday began efforts to include them.

Port Authority President Hartung is urged to give back 3.5 percent raise


Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority President James Hartung got a 3.5 percent raise from his board of directors yesterday, but several local leaders urged him to give it back.

Toledo's CitiFest officially dissolved

Kind of sad, but hey, when my household is facing a financial crunch, first thing to go is the social stuff. Same should apply to the city. This is a good call.


Finkbeiner $500-a-ticket fund-raiser event hints at re-election bid

In a sign that Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner is considering a run for re-election, he hosted a $500-per-ticket campaign fund-raiser last night just before hosting the public "Celebration of the City" in the same building.

It was the first fund-raising event of his current term as mayor, but he said last night he won't decide whether to run again until next year.

Man commits suicide after taking smoking cessation drug (drugs is drugs)

http://tinyurl. com/ynnvv6

Man 'killed by anti smoking drug'
By Lucy Thornton 21/01/2008

A grieving wife claims her husband killed himself after taking a new
anti-smoking drug.

Dad-of-two Wayne Marshall, 36, was found hanging shortly after
finishing a 13-week course of Champix.

Wife Emma, 28, said: "He went downhill so quickly. He stopped going

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