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Study Links Lack of Sleep to Weight Gain in Babies

April 8, 2008 · A new study found that infants and toddlers who slept less than 12 hours a day were more than twice as likely to be overweight by age 3, further evidence that how much we sleep affects how much we weigh.

Researchers from Harvard University interviewed moms and weighed 915 babies — beginning at birth and then again at 6 months and 3 years of age.

Health Care Horror Stories (serious news alert)

By PAUL KRUGMAN
Published: April 11, 2008

Not long ago, a young Ohio woman named Trina Bachtel, who was having health problems while pregnant, tried to get help at a local clinic.

Unfortunately, she had previously sought care at the same clinic while uninsured and had a large unpaid balance. The clinic wouldn’t see her again unless she paid $100 per visit — which she didn’t have.

2008 career and money

The Results Are In!
Our thanks go to all who participated in this year's survey.

1. What do you think about the disparity in salaries between celebrities and everyday workers?
I don't think they should be paid as much 86%
I think it's fair that celebrities are paid so well 14%

2. Which of the following job industries seems most appealing to you?
Medicine/Health 42%

McCain Shifts on Aid to Some Mortgage Holders

"Senator John McCain, who drew criticism last month after he warned against broad government intervention to solve the deepening mortgage crisis, pivoted Thursday and called for the federal government to aid some homeowners in danger of losing their homes, by helping them to refinance and get federally guaranteed 30-year mortgages.

lost in translation, awkward signs from around the world :)

http://www.asylum.com/2008/04/09/lost-in-translation-awkward-signs-from-...

Ever been in a foreign hotel and seen a sign that directed you to "Slip carefully"?

We've been there. English is a tricky language, and translating it can be just about impossible............................

Man finds fly in soup

A man was eating at a local diner and found a fly in his soup. Health investigators were called and discovered that it was a button from the man's shirt. In other news...

Randolph College Students Take Trip to Chicken Ranch Brothel

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Randolph College Students Take Trip to Chicken Ranch Brothel

Atlanta, GA 4/11/2008 04:53 PM GMT (FINDITT)

A group of Randolph College students took a field trip to the Chicken Ranch, a Nevada brothel, which drew a lot of controversy.

Ohio's most stolen car is......

Stolen Vehicles

It's Friday night and it's been another long week of meeting deadlines and dealing with the staff. You walk into the parking garage and look for your car―but it is not there. While having your car stolen is not the end of the world (although it may feel like it at the time), it is upsetting, time-consuming, costly, and a complete hassle.

Woman, 90, Disrupts Bingo at McDonald's

INDIANAPOLIS — A 90-year-old woman accidentally backed into a McDonald's restaurant, disrupting a bingo game and sending a couple to the hospital with minor injuries.

VACATION IN FLORIDA !

I just got in Toledo after having driven all day from Delray Beach, Florida.
What a great vacation I had. I recommend Florida to anyone.

My plane landed in Orlando about a month ago and I have been having a ball ever since.
Up one coast and down the other.

Florida has it all - you name it.
Fishing, swimming, Disneyworld, Golf, great weather !!!!

Is bottled water healthier?

It's ironic. In many parts of the world, there is no clean drinking water. Here in the U.S., pure, drinkable water flows out of every tap, and yet Americans buy a staggering amount of bottled water. We pay big bucks for it, too — more than $15 billion a year.

Brr... 52nd coldest March ever on record

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http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/2008/mar/national.html

You global warmers better get on the stick!! Im cold!!

Chevron, Total seek oil deal in Iraq

" BAGHDAD - Oil giants Chevron Corp. and Total have confirmed that they are in discussions with the Iraqi Oil Ministry to increase production in an important oil field in southern Iraq.

The discussions are aimed at finalizing a two-year deal, or technical support agreement, to boost production at the West Qurna Stage 1 oil field near Iraq's second-largest city of Basra.

Strickland vows to veto energy plan

COLUMBUS - Gov. Ted Strickland yesterday vowed to veto a just unveiled Republican energy regulation plan if it reaches his desk.

"The bill allows immediate and unfettered access for FirstEnergy to go to market, exposing businesses and consumers in Cleveland, Toledo, and Akron to the risk of skyrocketing electricity prices," he said.

Who makes the best cars?

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Overall, the best cars sold in the U.S. are made by Honda. That's the conclusion of a recent analysis conducted by Consumer Reports that looks at the reliability, performance, fuel economy, comfort, interior fit and finish, and ergonomics of 262 vehicles we've recently tested.

Petraeus Points to War With Iran

The neocons may yet get their war on Iran.

Ever since President Nouri al-Maliki ordered the attacks in Basra on the Mahdi Army, Gen. David Petraeus has been laying the predicate for U.S. air strikes on Iran and a wider war in the Middle East.

lc gop central committee meeting - postponed

the republican central committee meeting was postponed...maybe until the beginning of may...darn I was looking forward to the fireworks.

Troy Neff responds to Fred LeFebvre

Troy responds to Fred Lefebre’s personal attacks on swampbubbles.

To: Fred

E-mail: troy@troyneff.com

Check out more interviews @:
troyneff.com

Troy Neff Fox Toledo: What if Mudville Wasn't Downtown?

Earlier this week Fifth-Third Field celebrated its sixth anniversary. Since then thousands of fans have packed the Hen House cheering on the Mudville 9.
Troy looks at what if the Mud Hens had not come downtown to roost in this edition of Rant and Rave.

Should Olympic athletes show their political views at the games ?

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