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U.T. prof openly rebuffs Jacobs and administrators

More interesting news, this in the Toledo Free Press.
U.T. prof and attorney Douglas Oliver says Jacob's action stifles open debate , that
it is hypocritical for administrators to boast of diversity while punishing those who speak out with diverse opinions.

UT: Diversity or hypocrisy?
By Douglas Oliver
Special to Toledo Free Press

Crystal Dixon notes unfairness in who can say what

An interesting article in the Toledo Journal. Some interesting parts:

It’s perfectly fine for a white homosexual official at the University of Toledo to make disparaging remarks about religious peoplem, Crystal Dixon says.
It’s another matter, though, when an African American UT official with strong religious beliefs expresses an opinion on homosexuality, she says

Ashford and LMAO moment, worthy of the Irony Award

I was watching NBC 24 this evening and during their 7 PM news they were talking about the Marina District vote. They said that Michael Ashford hesitated in his response, and they asked him why. Ashford said: I think it is wrong to give taxpayer money to a private business (or developer).



Over 300 students join Former Ohio Governor Bob Taft and other elected
officials, business leaders and education reform advocates to challenge
presidential candidates to fix America's schools

Columbus, OH - As students prepare to graduate this spring, about 40,000

W. House ignored FBI concerns on prisoner abuse

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) - Top Bush administration security officials ignored FBI concerns over abusive treatment of terrorism suspects, which one agent called "borderline torture," a four-year Justice Department probe found.

Senator Byrd, God, and The Media

Democratic Senator Roberty Byrd spoke publically today about the bad news of Ted Kennedy's brain tumor.

As aired on many live news broadcasts, Byrd actually said ,"My dear, dear friend, dear friend, Ted Kennedy. ... Dear All Powerful and Omnipotent God....Keep Ted here for us and for America. ... Ted, Ted, Ted. My dear friend. I love you and miss you." — Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va

BBuut bbut my precious little suburban snowflake could have DIED!!!!!!

All I can say is WTF?

This woman from Milbury needs to get a life. Here is a link to the article. http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/959389,ducttape052008.article This was hotlinked from FARK. Long story short - Snowflake goes on field trip to Chicago. Chaperone duct tapes the hotel door. Snowflake freaks. Mom wants to sue. Again, WTF ?as I slap my forehead and sadly shake my head.



Troy Neff Show: Steven Flagg wants to set record straight

Steven wanted to address the issues on a local blog about the fact-finder report. We have linked Friday and Monday interviews.

Steven Flagg: Monday Interview Part 1

1370 WSPD Hosts Only Radio Reps On Hand For Port Authority Announcement

Rather than wait to read it in the paper Brian Wilson and I attended the announcement this morning of a new development of Toledo's riverfront. The Port Authority has acquired the former Chevron land in East Toledo. The site will be developed by Midwest Terminals of Toledo as part of a private-public partnership.

Toledo Express Airport overhaul could boost area as shipping hub

Second of two parts

Twenty years ago, Forth Worth was in a similar spot as Toledo.

Fort Worth's chief industry - the U.S. military - had left town and elected leaders were looking for another industry to support the medium-sized city on the outskirts of Dallas.

Do you feel it's OK for turnpike revenue to be diverted to help pay off $200 million in borrowing plus interest through 2030?


This week on the Toledo View...
Interviews with:

Anita Lopez, Lucas County Auditor

Vallie Bowman-English, Clerk of Toledo Courts

Ben Konop, Lucas County Commisioner

Read the hot editorial's on the Citizens View...



And on the Anonymous View...



Google ranking bump

Some belated news: Last week, through your discussion and posting of articles since the site's inception, our Google ranking went from a 3 to a 4. Yes that sounds small on a scale of 10, but it is hard to move up a number and it is a result of the interest that has been drawn here. This score does not raise over night or in a weeks time, but is the result of 6-12 months of activity.

I am not on 24/7 and a reminder about the flag option


Many times, people think I am sitting on the site 24/7 reading every single byte that passes through the server. That is not true. I have received many comments recently wondering how I allow certain things. I probably only read 30% of the stuff posted here. Some stuff just does not interest me, while other things may. I chime in where I need, and the stuff that is not interesting I just ignore.

During boom in crop prices, lawmakers harvest subsidies

With food prices soaring, it takes some gall to force Americans to pay billions of dollars to millionaire agribusinesses. Yet that's what the latest farm bill would do.

Metro area ripe for shift into global trade portal

Local officials and developers have preached the same sermon for years: The Toledo area is ideally situated to become a major freight distribution center for the northeastern United States and southern Canada.

Gay-marriage ruling splits faith leaders

Nowhere is the opinion divide on gay marriage sharper than in the nation's religious communities. And last week's same-sex marriage ruling will do little to bring agreement on the definition of marriage, a social and religious touchstone that has torn apart families, congregations and entire dioceses.

Teachers approve fact-finder report, strike authorization

Is Johnny Hildo really the President of the Toledo Board of Education?

Is Johnny Hildo at the City Paper really the president of the Toledo Board of Education? All indications point to it, given the words written in the Hildo column this week. Johnny Hildo contrasts his amoral behavior to a possibly “perfectly chaste and sober” Darlene Fisher.

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