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Teresa Gabriel Selected as New Leader of African American Communtities in Toledo?

Carlton Finkbeiner said in the news media that his new Assistant Chief of Staff appointee, Teresa Gabriel, is his bridge to African Americans. Is the Mayor admitting that prior to this appointment he has ignored African Americans or treated them unfairly and now he wants their forgiveness? Is he admitting that he needs to correct the wrongs he and his staff have done to African Americans?

Americans value free time over money: survey

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Having enough free time is more important to most Americans than being rich, according to a new poll.

Rite Aid to close 5 Pharm stores

Rite Aid Corp., which is buying 12 area Pharm stores, will close three in metro Toledo and two others.

BREAKING NEWS!!!!! Florida moves to ban Truck Balls

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- The Florida Senate today debated and passed an amendment to impose a $60 fine on Truck Nutz, the novelty vehicle adornment attached to trailer hitches that resemble the dangling southern end of a northbound bull.

Automated Trash Program Details - Did the city expand the test area? Includes photos and Instructions

I came home today, apparently the City stopped by, because we had new 96 gallon cans for the automated trash pickup pilot. While I like this, I was surprised because I did not think we were in the test area. I have attached photos and a scan of some of the brochures that were included with the cans. My initial impression was they were large, as tall as our grill.

Has anyone seen the new signs??!?!

Has anyone seen the new "Toledo Pride" signs at the city entry points? I just saw one at the Secor/ Bancroft intersection and was wondering if they had been replaced in other areas. I didn't get the greatest look at it, but it was blue in color and stated "International Award Winning City" (or something close to that).

Clinton Advisor: Indianans "Shit", "Worthless White N*rs"

Troy Neff Show: Frank Szollosi Takes Issue with Jennifer Johnson

Troy and Frank Szollosi do a week in review of Toledo politics every Friday.
In this weeks interview, Frank takes issue Jennifer Johnson, the Manager of Real Estate for the City of Toledo, with her information on the Erie Street Market Tetra Tech deal

Frank Szollosi

Troy Neff Show: Breaking News from Michael Miller of the Toledo Free Press.

Troy gets a call from Michael Miller of the Toledo Free Press to address the suspension of associate vice president for Human Resources at the University of Toledo, Crystal Dixon. Crystal wrote an article in the Toledo Free Press “Gay rights and wrongs: another perspective” which lead to her suspension.

Husband and wife are now in a "Civil Partnership, due to husbands sex change.

When Emma Martin and Linda Packer married in a civil partnership, they were taking part in a social revolution that has been enshrined in law since 2005.

But theirs was a particularly modern relationship, as the couple had tied the knot previously as husband and wife.

Woman, 75, gets phone call about her funeral arrangements

METHUEN — Rose Griffin is not dead, so the call from someone trying to arrange her funeral was a bit of a shock. The Methuen woman got the call at a late hour Friday night from someone looking for her son, who was not there.

When an irate Griffin used her caller ID to call back, the man informed her he was a funeral director trying to make arrangements for her son's dead mother.

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking. ~J.K. Galbraith

It's not easy to think for yourself sometimes. Often it's easier to listen to the people "in charge" tell you what they want you to believe without any critical questions being asked. No one wants to appear to be an ass after all. But without the critical questions and often negative appraisal we are left with people following like lambs to the slaughter.

Troy Neff Show: Another Show Full of Interviews You Can't Miss

Yet again the newsmakers make the Troy Neff Show the most in depth, informative, and fair morning talk show on the airwaves.
First up Jennifer Johnson, the Manager of Real Estate for the City of Toledo, gives Troy the inside scoop on the Erie Street Market Tetra Tech deal.
Then Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken gives his thoughts on the LCIC and the Dog Warden.

Lucas County Dog Warden Warns of Escalating Dog Bite Numbers

A 13-year old West Toledo boy suffered puncture wounds and a broken arm this week due to a pit bull attack. The injuries required surgery. The boy also suffered lacerations to his ear. This is just one of a recent rash of dog bite incidents that increase as the weather gets warmer.

Trash-to-power plant proposed in Erie Twp.

Erie Township officials hope to replace the city's landfill with a "plasma arc gasified" power plant in the next two years.

SunCrest Energy LLC, a Michigan company, signed a host-community agreement with the township to operate the proposed 100-megawatt plant. The $500 million facility would create 140 jobs.

US Air Force calls for mission to combat global warming

"The US air force will this week call for the world's top scientists to come together in a 21st-century Apollo-style programme to develop greener fuels and tackle global warming. It wants universities, governments, companies and environmental groups to collaborate on a multibillion-dollar effort to work out greenhouse gas emissions of existing and future fuels.

Still no 'mission accomplished'

President Bush declares the end of major combat in Iraq aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in 2003

The banner was said to have been the Navy's idea

President Bush did not say "Mission Accomplished" on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln off San Diego on 1 May five years ago. But the banner above him did.

And the picture of those two words said more than the 1,829 words of his speech.

America's Most Polluted Cities Revealed

Pittsburgh, America's "Steel City," snagged a second designation — albeit a negative one — this week when, for the first time, the American Lung Association designated it the most air-polluted U.S. city.

Great Minds Think.............................................For Themselves

Sheep follow the leader. People should think for themselves. Take the facts as you know them and make up your own mind. Attend meetings so you can see for yourself what the politicians say and how they behave. For too long citizens have relied on what politicians say in front of a microphone or camera when we all know quite often they are covering something up.

Dinosaur dung sells at NYC auction for nearly $1,000

NEW YORK (AP) - A pile of dinosaur dung 130 million years old sold at a New York auction Wednesday for nearly $1,000.

The prehistoric deposit fetched $960, said a spokeswoman for Bonhams New York. Its pre-auction estimate was $450.

The fossilized dung is from the Jurassic era, the auction house said. It looks like a rock on the outside and a colorful mineral inside.

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