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the polar bear's population numbers are up five times from 40 or 50 years ago

The Senate Environment and public works committee had a meeting this week.
This quote is from the Senate minority communications director.
http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Heari...

Editorials support the Intermodal - yet silence from City leaders

Everyone seems lining up in favor of the intermodal. The silence coming from City Council and the Mayor's office is quite deafening. When will Toledo's leaders take proactive action and begin to pave the way for this? They sure took action to say they did not want the State to take money away from the Turnpike. Why is there an odd silence coming from the City leadership on this issue?

Brian Schwartz Resigns

Earlier today, Brian Schwartz resigned. What do you think about this?

Troy Neff Show: Rep. Robert Mecklenborg on bill requiring state records be kept in English

On the show, Mecklenborg talks about bill requiring state records to be kept in English.

Rep. Robert Mecklenborg

Discussions On Race At The University of Toledo - May 22, 2008

I attended the Discussions on Race at The University of Toledo on May 22, 2008. I found the discussions to be juvenile and insignificant. The only thing that got accomplished is that everyone agreed there is racism in America, but no ne had a good definition of what it is. Does anyone know what it is?

McCain has "bouts of dizziness".

Man, is he even going to be able to make it to the general election? (link)

Toledo Board of Education approves fact finder report 4 to 1

The Toledo Board of Education voted 4 to 1 early this morning after 1.5 hours in executive session. Darlene Fisher stated she supported teachers and the economic settlement based upon assurances from the Treasurer that money was available and that the budget would remain balanced through the 2010 school year - the length of the contract is two years.

County cuts rat control in favor of smoking police

County Health director David Grossman is cutting a rat control position because of lack of funding. In the meantime, Grossman is pressing ahead with his state-unfunded enforcement of smoking in bars. "They aren't getting away with it," Grossman stated. Looks like Grossman's jihad against smokers is taking front seat to rat eradication.

3 smoke-ban complaints snuffed

RULES OR NOT, SOME SCHOOLS DON'T RESTRUCTURE

I can't believe this :)
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Mothers and families all over America won today in the appeals court in Texas..............

Appeals court declares that there was no reason to remove the children from the FLDS ranch. This is a great day for children and families everywhere. At last someone did the right thing. The next step is to return the children to their mothers.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/05/22/flds.ruling/index.html

Democrats attempting to use the emergency war-funding bill to line the pockets of the country's largest abortion provider.

A conservative congressman is blasting Democrats for attempting to use the emergency war-funding bill to line the pockets of the country's largest abortion provider.

Fred's Friday Frenzy On 1370 WSPD

Friday morning an exclusive interview with James Hartung, President Toledo/Lucas County Port Authority on the intermodal facility and his vision for Toledo Express. No one else has had the line up of experts on this topic that WSPD has had and if you need to catch up there are podcasts at www.wspd.com

Ohio House passes bill requiring government business to be in English

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio House has passed a bill requiring government business to be conducted in English.

The measure passed by a vote of 54-42 over the objections of lawmakers who said the bill contradicts the country's heritage as a land of immigrants.

http://www.wtol.com/Global/story.asp?S=8367283

McCain rejects Hagee endorsement

CNN) -- In the face of mounting controversy over headline-grabbing statements from the Rev. John Hagee, CNN has learned that presumptive Republican nominee John McCain decided Thursday to reject his endorsement.

McCain Pastor: Islam Is a 'Conspiracy of Spiritual Evil'

• Sen. John McCain recruited the support of an evangelical minister, Pastor Rod Parsley, who describes Islam as "anti-Christ" and Mohammed as "the mouthpiece of a conspiracy of spiritual evil."

• Parsley is the pastor of the World Harvest Church of Columbus, Ohio.

Obama Searching for VP

Sen. Barack Obama is quietly beginning his search for a running mate.

• Former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson has accepted Obama's request to begin a screening and selection process for Obama’s VP spot.

• Johnson performed the same role in 2004 and 1984 for then-Democratic presidential nominees John Kerry and Walter Mondale.

Illustration of Obama in rifle crosshairs draws fire

A Roswell newspaper is defending a controversial cover illustration that placed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in a rifle's cross hairs.

Toledoan of the Year 2007??

I was just on the city's website and noticed an ad for Toledoan of the Year 2007 award nominations. I was kinda thrown off, thinking maybe they put the wrong year. Reading further it says to nominate somebody who made a difference in the year 2007. By the time the awards are announced this summer, 2008 will almost be half over. I don't get it....

Apartment building near museum razed

Drove by this yesterday and saw the demolition.

Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner looked on with contentment yesterday as a city bulldozer began knocking down the first "Dirty Dozen" property to be razed this year.

Toledo area healthcare coverage the nation's best

Came across a report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute that shows Toledo's Metro Statistical Area (MSA) non-elderly healthcare coverage is among the best at 92.8%. And according to the chart, this is the best coverage out of the major metro areas (7.2% uninsured rate). Will this spell the end any more discussion on the City's contribution to CareNet? While the MSA includes Monroe County MI, and the larger Toledo area, it is still pretty good.

An interesting note:

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