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Downtown falls short of expectations

Opinions on what downtown Toledo needs have been as bountiful through the years as vacant storefronts are today.

For Jessica Bosworth, a 23-year-old college-educated professional, downtown worker, and apartment dweller, the answer is simple: grocery stores.

Spending Too Little on Abstinence

Spending Too Little on Abstinence
By Tony Perkins and Moira Gaul, MPH

Soldier Sues Army, Saying His Atheism Led to Threats

FORT RILEY, Kan. — When Specialist Jeremy Hall held a meeting last July for atheists and freethinkers at Camp Speicher in Iraq, he was excited, he said, to see an officer attending.

Google Maps

I wonder why Toledo's satellite view is not updated on Google maps ?. Everywhere else seems to be. I just a search for a friends home he just purchased in Clayton, NC and Clayton has nice satellite view. Even his home in country. Just an observation

Carefully define debate on trade

IT'S easy to play bumper-sticker politics with trade. But it gets us nowhere.

Social Conservatives waste $1.3 billion on abstinence-only

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Programs teaching U.S. schoolchildren to abstain from sex have not cut teen pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases or delayed the age at which sex begins, health groups told Congress on Wednesday.

Senate passes genetic discrimination bill

WASHINGTON - People learning through genetic testing that they might be susceptible to devastating diseases wouldn't also have to worry about losing their jobs or their health insurance under anti-discrimination legislation the Senate passed Thursday.

Court upholds city law

An appellate court sided a third time with cities in their battle to enforce laws requiring municipal employees to live in the cities for which they work.

Ohio's 6th District Court of Appeals in Toledo struck down a 2006 state law prohibiting cities from imposing a residency requirement as a condition of employment.

Bull market in gold creates a strong demand for old dental work

NEW YORK - Dazzled by the bull market in gold, people are digging through drawers for old dental caps, fillings and bridgework they saved years ago and selling them at prices that would make the tooth fairy blush.

Monroe wife sues husband after alleged carrot attack

A Monroe woman is suing her husband because, she says, he threw a carrot at her during an argument, poking out her left eye.

In the lawsuit, filed in Bridgeport Superior Court on Wednesday, Pamela Vecsey says the injury from by the carrot caused a permanent loss of vision in her eye.

Questions on the “sale” of City properties for future Toledo Riverwalk…

This 'deal' is iffy . Tetra Tech can back out at any time.

Questions on the “sale” of City properties for future Toledo Riverwalk…
They say the devil is in the details and after getting access to some of the details on the possible sale of property to Tetra Tech I have to wonder, Fox Toledo has the documents on line but the basic facts?

Go Ahead and Lift the Cap

Dollars & Sense

Back in January, even before things got really nasty in the Democratic primary, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were already going after each other about taxes and Social Security.


Random thoughts inspired by today's headlines
By Maggie Thurber

District 2 Councilman D. Michael Collins was correct in demanding that Mayor Carty Finkbeiner provide city council with a copy of the Erie Street Market (ESM) business plan because it had already been provided to three members of the general public.

Xunlight Corp. raises $22M to produce solar panels

TOLEDO -- Xunlight Corporation announces it has raised $22 million to produce lightweight and flexible thin film silicon solar modules. The move is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to the area, reports News 11's Shelley Brown.

How many lawsuits have been filed against Toledo?

I know of these suits -

Karen Stranahan has filed b/c of the garbage tax.

The Midwestern Retailers Association filed on April 4th:

World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day – Saturday April 26, 2008!

By creating a healing wave of calm around the planet, World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day paints a vision of possibility for humanity each year. Subtly, quietly, providing a profound example to millions who participate or experience it through the media. An annual healing event has quietly spread across the planet. Millions worldwide have experienced the healing benefits of T'ai Chi & Qigong.

Humbugged Nation

"...if you were to peel back the changes that were made in the Consumer Price Index (the inflation rate) going back to the Carter years, you'd see that the CPI would now be 3.5 to 4 percent higher -- meaning that, because of lost CPI increases, Social Security checks would be 70 percent greater than they currently are." The preceding quote is from an excellent article in Harper's Magazine for May,

Stretched to thin

City and County leaders. Lets finish one project at a time. Let us see if the public will support these projects before spending us into a hole we can not recover from.

Trigger-happy in North Toledo

And here I thought that the ariticle/editorial had to do with the recent up tick in the number of gun shots, being heard in the area, especially in the evening.

"THE killing of a dog by a police officer in North Toledo was unjustified for a couple of very good reasons, including public safety, which police are supposed to protect.

Solar firm with UT ties expanding

A start-up solar energy firm with ties to the University of Toledo is to announce this morning that private investors will contribute $22.3 million to enable the metro area to have a second manufacturer of the alternative energy product in a year.

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