New city ambulance: No Profit and destroys private business

But so far, basic life-support ambulances - which began their full operation last month - haven't brought in any profit and are projected to cost the city nearly $1 million over the next five years to lease six rigs.

Rumpf = from 22 to 6 runs
MedCorp = from 40 to 12

"They're absorbing [business] left and right," Mr. Bage said. "It's to keep a couple of firemen from being laid off."

Carryout wins right to open - contributes to poor safety?

"Councilman Wilma Brown, one of those who opposed issuing the permit, said she was trying to represent the community. "If we're ordered to do it, I guess we have to do it," she said.

Ms. Brown said the case shows that council cannot base denial of a permit on the fact that a store intends to sell beer and wine.

Ohio lawmakers push autism coverage bill

"I just feel like taxpayers shouldn't have to pick up the tab," said Tamara Heydt, a mother of two autistic children, 9-year-old Gavin and 11-year-old Garrett. "My insurance should have to pay for it. Insurance companies pay for other neurological disorders. I feel like it's discrimination."


Bush message to Musharraf

WASHINGTON - President Bush, personally intervening in the political crisis in Pakistan, told President Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday he must hold parliamentary elections soon and step down as army leader.

War bonuses would be paid to vets

COLUMBUS - It's time Ohio began rewarding the new generation of military veterans by providing them bonuses, much the way it gave back to veterans dating to World War I, state Treasurer Richard Cordray said Tuesday.

Beware the money changers

Grassley probes televangelists' finances

Hunting party for Cheney

House Republicans seek debate on Cheney issue

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. House voted along party lines Tuesday to send a resolution calling for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney to the House Judiciary Committee, where it likely won't see daylight any time soon.

Wading into to the waters filled with alligators

Gay couples would be allowed to register their "domestic partnership" with the clerk of Toledo City Council under an ordinance to be introduced tomorrow.

Councilman Joe McNamara, a Democrat, said the ordinance does not create same-sex marriage and won't cost the city a penny, but would bring economic development benefits to Toledo.

Arrogance of power, round two

Mayor Carty and his dog Scout

November 1, 2007 - Your tax dollars pay for city offices located inside One Government Center. People who work there are prohibited from bringing their pets to work for a number of reasons, including health and safety. Yet, Mayor Finkbeiner brings his dog nearly every day. 13abc's I-Team reporter Ronnie Dahl has been investigating whether he's breaking the rules.

Pets are not allowed in One Government Center. But assistance dogs are and that seems to be how Scout is gaining access to the mayor's workplace.

Scout was on his way to becoming an assistance dog when a medical condition sidelined his career. He developed arthritis in his elbow and that disqualified him from being a working assistance dog. So, the mayor adopted the yellow lab.

He's now a regular fixture at One Government Center, attending press conferences, taking walks with city employees and even enjoying curbside service at pickup time.

Bishop's Lies Bought by Toledo Blade

After reading The Blade's recent article on Jim Bishop, I am dumbfounded that a man running for judge could be so arrogant to simultaneously act as a defense attorney for his wife Maureen Bishop, in the same court that he was appointed prosecuter. I would call that a major conflict of interest when your fellow co-workers are prosecuting a case against you.

Bush: No attorney general if not Mukasey

WASHINGTON - President Bush sought to save Michael Mukasey's troubled nomination for attorney general Thursday, defending the retired judge's refusal to say whether he considers waterboarding torture and warning of a leaderless Justice Department if Democrats don't confirm him.

Bush tells Dems war denial is dangerous

WASHINGTON - President Bush compared Congress' Democratic leaders Thursday to people who ignored the rise of Lenin and Hitler early in the last century, saying "the world paid a terrible price" then and risks similar consequences for inaction today.

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:


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


"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.


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.

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