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TARTA diesel costs could drive service cuts, hike in fares

By DAVID PATCH
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Record-high gasoline prices may be prompting more Toledo-area commuters to try the bus, but at the same time, even pricier diesel fuel could lead to higher fares and reduced service.

Olympic torch relay evokes memory of Australian hoax

SYDNEY (AFP) - The arrival of the troubled Olympic torch relay in Australia next week will revive memories of a 1956 stunt in which a hoax runner fooled crowds with a homemade torch topped by flaming underpants.
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Teensy thief crawls in mail flap

VIENNA (Reuters) - A thief broke into the headquarters of Austria's ruling political party by wriggling through a post flap in the front door, a party official said on Friday.

The burglar squeezed through the 35x35cm hole early on Thursday and stole laptops, mobile phones, notebooks and cash before crawling out, Catherina Straub, spokeswoman for the Social Democrats, said.

Palm Beach County man robs truck, dies when it runs over his head

ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Palm Beach County authorities say a man who jumped out of a stolen U-Haul truck died after it ran over his head.

A sheriff's office report says Willie Lee Thomas III was taken to a hospital early Monday morning where he was pronounced dead.

Congress set to import more foreign workers

I emailed my Congressperson about this -
Congress Set to Import More Foreign Workers.

Exclusive General Patraeus Testimony

Protesters take CNN to task over commentator's China remarks

LOS ANGELES - Chinese-Americans rallied outside CNN's Hollywood office on Saturday to demand the firing of commentator Jack Cafferty for calling China's goods "junk" and its leaders a "bunch of goons and thugs."

Cafferty made the comments during an appearance on "The Situation Room" that aired April 9.

Sawmp Bubbles get together???? - Updated

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Date will be: Sunday, the 27th at the Distillery 7:00.
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anyone interested in getting together over some drinks, so we can meet each other? i'm a visual person, and i get confused as to who's who, so i'd like for us to meet each other. :) anyone interested? :)

Horrid Movie "Expelled"Reviews - People In Movie Refused Entry

Horrid Reviews - People In Movie Refused Entry
(Sorry to repost this - but I doubted anybody'd see it in older post).
Submitted by starling02 on Sat, 2008-04-19 20:59.

Coming For Drinkers

The war on ‘passive drinking
Tags: Crime, EU, public health, Alcohol
European Union and United Nations officials are plotting to make drinking as socially unacceptable as smoking.

Your drink could endanger others, claim UN and EU officials

What is Bartow's status with Stainbrook? Appears not to be what Stainbrook says.

I went to my mailbox and saw a Republican newsletter and of course I was interested. I picked up and noticed it was titled "Rogue Elephant". I was also intrigued that it was sent and paid for by Matthew Bartow. The newsletter was a pro-Stainbrook, including a letter from Jon and a note encouraging your vote. It also included some Republican history. You can read the letter yourself below.

The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online

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This site contains Darwin's complete publications, thousands of handwritten manuscripts and the largest Darwin bibliography and manuscript catalogue ever published; also hundreds of supplementary works: biographies, obituaries, reviews, reference works and more.

http://darwin-online.org.uk/

Ohio Media Suffers Collective Amnesia on AG Marc Dann's Party

From BizzyBlog:

Ohio's Old Media needs a collective medical intervention to battle Chronic Reporting Amnesia (CRA).

Ohio's Democratic Attorney General, who has been no stranger to controversy since his election in November 2006, is in major hot water over the conduct of two employees on his staff:

'Expelled ', the movie , debuts Friday the 18th - the largest US.opening of a documentary - updated

Smaller Trailer:

The Toledo View

This week on the Toledo View:

Toledo Public Schools Superintendent John Foley sets the record straight about TPS, Scott High School and much more!

Pastor John Walthall talks about the state of 'the church' and how the church at-large has compromised their position within the community and abroad.

Also controversial editorials entitled:

Ann Arbor braces for overflow of pilgrims

ANN ARBOR - Tickets have been sold out for weeks. Hollywood star Richard Gere and Grammy-winning singer Bobby "Don't Worry Be Happy" McFerrin are in town. A group of Chinese students is planning a protest. Scores of people from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, both Buddhist and otherwise, are making the pilgrimage to Crisler Arena.

The buzz is all about the Dalai Lama.

Would You Vlog Naked?

A campaign to turn YouTube naked is gathering momentum on the web – with even Hilary Clinton (not the real one) adding her support.

Begun last week by a user known as Chris3ff, the Naked Vlog campaign has seen dozens of site contributors ditch their clothes and discuss everything from their trip to the dentist to the US presidential election.

cop allegedly breaks into car, falls asleep

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - A Malaysian cop was arrested after he allegedly broke into a Mercedes Benz to steal its stereo but then dozed off on its luxurious seat, a news report said Friday.

Pope meets with Catholic University presidents

If a university claims to be Catholic, then it should uphold the Church's teachings. Followers can/should disagree with the teachings, but the Church should have its unique standards.
Searching for Truth
by Ken Blackwell

Religion in American culture and politics returns to the news this week in a big way with the visit of Pope Benedict XVI.

Detroit's Mayor and job security

Kilpatrick: Ousting me would be danger to city
Mayor meets with county leaders at morning summit

BY KATHLEEN GRAY • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • April 18, 2008

UPDATED AT 7:05 P.M.

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said today that he should remain in office because the alternative would put a city and state in economic turmoil even more at risk.

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