Quotation

Chief building inspector resigns for new job

Christopher Young, Toledo's chief building official for the last year and a half, has turned in his resignation to move to a smaller city in the Northwest.

Mr. Young, 45, said he wanted a position that focused on new building inspection, rather than also on nuisance inspection.

"I gave it the college try. It's a little too stressful for what I'm looking for," Mr. Young said.

YOUR turn in the Barrel, drinkers and fatasses

Obesity worse for cancer than smoking, says landmark study (and alcohol and red meat are a danger too)
31st October 2007

Being overweight increases the risk of getting cancer more than smoking does, it was revealed today.
A landmark study found that being overweight, drinking alcohol and eating red meat can all increase the risk of the deadly disease.

TPS Board Report

You can download the audio file at:

http://toledopoliticians.com/10_30_2007_tps_audio

My technology failed me. My Newton battery died and I had to take notes on paper, go figure. I want to thank Twila Paige for bringing my recorder to the meeting and getting it started. I knew I would not be able to make it until around 7 or so, so she allowed you to hear the whole meeting.

Mayor says he's 'not pleased' with LCIC effort

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071030/NEWS33/710300...

"The LCIC, as it is now, has not lived up to the city's expectations since its inception," said Mr. Finkbeiner, who sits on the organization's executive committee. "My concerns are a lack of job creation over there, and it seems like there's too much of doing things as political favors."

Senators Clash With Nominee Over Torture and Limits of Law

President Bush's nominee for attorney general, Michael B. Mukasey, declined Thursday to say if he considered harsh interrogation techniques like waterboarding, which simulates drowning, to constitute torture or to be illegal if used on terrorism suspects.

CNN Reports Obama Under Fire

CNN Reports-

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) -- Democratic Sen. Barack Obama kicked off a series of local outreach gospel concerts Friday in Charleston, South Carolina, that unexpectedly came back to bite his campaign.

The concerts were meant to boost black voters' support for his presidential nominee bid -- the kind of events that would normally fly under the national radar.

BOMB EXPLODES AT LIBBEY HIGH SCHOOL

According to a story in the Toledo Blade:

Four students were arrested yesterday after they were accused of detonating a chemical bomb in the basement of the field house at Libbey High School in South Toledo, authorities said

Student hounds prof running for Congress

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - A politically conservative student armed with a video camera and a Web site is trying to force a Democratic congressional candidate out of his teaching job at Central Michigan University.

Economic development chief resigns

By JOE VARDON
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Shawn Ferguson, the embattled chief of economic development for Lucas County, resigned late yesterday to head off being fired today.

County Commissioner Pete Gerken said he planned to seek Mr. Ferguson

Bush Asks for $46 Billion More for Wars

Monday October 22, 2007 7:16 PM

By ANDREW TAYLOR

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush asked Congress on Monday for another $46 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and finance other national security needs. ``We must provide our troops with the help and support they need to get the job done,'' Bush said.

Toledo's software spurs complaints

Several Toledo employees have weighed in on the debate over whether the city should expand a controversial $5.5 million billing program that began in its utilities department early last year - or pursue Mayor Carty Finkbeiner's proposal for more encompassing, and costly, financial software.

They include employees who handle water and sewer bills.

Here we go again... four years later.

This is starting to look like the leadup all over again to the Iraq invasion back in 2003. The rhetoric is beginning, using words like "obvious" and "World War III". Leading the pack is non other than Dick Cheney. It's getting very, very scary. And, by the way, gas prices are going up again.

From the AP:

Decision to end SWAT day shift raises alarms

Concerns are being raised about Toledo police's decision to eliminate the day shift of a specialized team of officers trained to respond to crisis situations, such as school shootings and hostage situations.

Obama wants official fired for comments

WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama said Friday the head of the Justice Department's voting rights division should be fired for saying voter ID laws hurt the elderly but aren't a problem for minorities because they often die before old age.

Scientist apologizes for hurtful remarks

NEW YORK - James Watson, the 79-year-old scientific icon made famous by his work in DNA, has set off an international furor with comments to a London newspaper about intelligence levels among blacks.

The renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where Watson served as chancellor, suspended his administrative responsibilities Thursday following the outcry, the laboratory said in a news release.

Religious conservatives face hard choices

WASHINGTON - Religious and cultural conservatives, a political force skeptical of the leading Republican presidential candidates, are caught in a tug of war between pragmatism and ideology.

"My head and my heart are fighting with each other," said Phil Burress, an Ohioan who has lobbied hard for federal and state bans on gay marriage.

The vexing choices facing these voters:

CAN JOBE GET A FAIR TRIAL IN TOLEDO?

Jobe's lawyers want judge to move trial out of county

Water meter readers may look for code violations

Toledo's water meter readers, who visit every home in the city four times a year, soon may be asked to keep an eye out for housing code violations for the city's Department of Neighborhoods.

Ann Arbor to replace lights with LEDs

DETROIT - How many Ann Arbor city workers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Soon, none.

Instead, they will be installing light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, to replace about 1,400 street lights.

Turkey's Kurds fear Iraq incursion to fuel conflict

SIRNAK, Turkey (Reuters) - Perched on a hillside overlooking the mountainous northern Iraqi border, Kurds in the southeastern Turkish town of Sirnak are nervously monitoring preparations for a possible cross-border military operation.

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