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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


I can't believe this :)

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.


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.


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:

Animal Human hybrid law in U.K.

Animal House of Commons

Help with TPS and IEP

My nephew has an IEP. TPS broke IDEA( Ind. with Disabilites Act) by writing the IEP ( Ind. Education Plan) and not contacting my sister or going through all three steps. Long story but is sister is not a strong advocate. But on this one they NEVER contacted her that I or she knows of and never wrote a letter or visited as is written in the statue.

Ben “The Pit Bull” Konop gets all fired up on the Troy Neff Show

On a fairly slow news day, Ben “the pit bull” Konop joins the show for his weekly interview. Ben starts to get a little fired up when talking about Matt Sapara’s $180,000.00 salary and the good ol' boy network that makes up the LCIC board.

Ben "The Pit Bull" Konop

Mike Craig will be on Eye on Toledo from 6-7pm 1370WSPD

Mike Craig will be a guest on Eye On Toledo tonight Wed. May 21 from 6-7pm. Feel free to listen in and call with your questions. Subject Marina District and the development of Toledo. Have any questions please post them here.


Must see clips!!!!!!!

Troy Neff Show: Chris Myers & Lisa Sobecki discuss the fact-finder report

Troy and Chris chat about the TPS boards’ decision to vote on the fact-finder report Friday. On the other hand, Lisa is a little more reserved with her comments.

Are they just going to rubber stamp it just to avoid a strike during the school year, or for personal gain?

Chris Myers



From an e-mail;

SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2 - 3 pm.

Children Welcome! Please bring a chair & a snack to share..

ALSO: (list seperately if you need to)

Raymer History Walk
with Larry Michaels
Meet at Burnett Park
Starr Ave. & Spring Grove
Sat., June 14th, 3:00

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