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Conservatives Happier Than Liberals

Individuals with conservative ideologies are happier than liberal-leaners, and new research pinpoints the reason: Conservatives rationalize social and economic inequalities.

Toledo council delays sale of Erie Street Market

Toledo City Council agreed yesterday to keep the Erie Street Market operating for the rest of the year, but postponed a vote on a purchase agreement to sell the building and other city-owned land for a development that would drastically change the city's downtown and Warehouse District.

TV video shows Philly officers kicking, hitting 3 suspects


PHILADELPHIA - A half-dozen police officers kicked and beat three men pulled from a car during a traffic stop as a TV helicopter taped the confrontation.

The video, shot by WTXF-TV, shows three police cars stopping a car Monday, two days after a city officer was shot to death responding to a bank robbery.

What McCain expects from federal judges

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- John McCain has long rankled social conservatives with his stance on issues such as campaign finance reform and support for some embryonic stem cell research. On Tuesday, he sought to reassure those voters of his conservative credentials as he outlined his philosophy for appointing judges to the federal bench.

Police hunt serial bottom-pincher


Police are hunting a serial bottom-pincher who has targeted women and girls in a city centre.

The Turkish or Greek-looking man has indecently touched 19 victims, aged 13 to 43, in Manchester over the past 12 months.

The incidents were reported to have happened mainly between 7am and 8am in the Tib Street area.

Indiana denies 12 nuns the right to vote, due to lack of photo ID


About 12 Indiana nuns were turned away Tuesday from a polling place by a fellow sister because they didn't have state or federal identification bearing a photograph.

Civil Disobedience

Rev. Al Sharpton To Lead Citywide “Slowdown” And “Pray In” Tomorrow

• Reverend Al Sharpton will lead a citywide "pray-in" tomorrow at six locations around New York City.

• Participants in tomorrow’s "pray-ins" should be prepared to go to jail to protest the acquittals of the three detectives.

Troy Neff Show: Ohio State Senator Mark Wagoner

In an exclusive interview, Mark sheds some light on the Marc Dann sex scandal, if impeachment will happen, and the future for the Ohio Democratic Party.

Mark Wagoner

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Troy Neff Show: Toledo City Councilman Mike Collins

Mike joins Troy to give an inside look into yesterday's City Council Committee meetings. The debate inside council took over two hours to complete.

Mike Collins

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Famed actress investigates 'Green Porno' (it's not what you think!)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- When it comes to sex, Isabella Rossellini is an animal. A spider. An earthworm. A fly.

They're just some of the creatures the actress impersonates in her new project, "Green Porno." The series of short films, commissioned by the Sundance Channel, is a showcase of how small creatures get down to the business of reproducing............................

La. warden says his prison has an unpaid guard: a black bear

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The way the warden sees it, the more than 400-pound black bear living in the middle of the sprawling Louisiana State Penitentiary is an extra layer of security.

Warning: non political: Do not read if you are offended...

I wanted to post this before the uproar, but I think it is an honest, legitimate question....

Any of you toledoans try the new Mario Kart for the Wii?

I know this is a silly posting, but I was wondering what you thought.....do you like the wii wheel??? What do you think about the tracks???

Should Marc Dann Resign?

Updates Booksmarks and Ignore User


So I have made a few improvements in the last couple of days, including the ability to log in with your username or e-mail address, a log in screen instead of a generic Access denied page, a new Bookmark feature where you can bookmark the stories that interest you, and the Ignore User option where you can choose to ignore a user's content.

Los Angeles man wins right to use wife's last name

OS ANGELES (Reuters) - All Michael Buday wanted to do was take the last name of his wife, Diana Bijon, when they married.

But it took two years, a lawsuit alleging sex discrimination and a change in California law before he picked up his new drivers license in the name of Michael Bijon on Monday.

Study: Restaurant tobacco bans influence teen smoking

BOSTON - A Massachusetts study suggests that restaurant smoking bans may play a big role in persuading teens not to become smokers. Youths who lived in towns with strict bans were 40 percent less likely to become regular smokers than those in communities with no bans or weak ones, the researchers reported in the May issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

I thought this was a breaking news and political blog...

Seriously, nothing personal, but I could give a shit less about fat monkeys and soccer playing goldfish. Chris, I hope you clean this stuff up, or you can drop me off the list of members to this site.

The fish that plays football and limbo dances

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hey say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but apparently you can teach a two-year-old goldfish to bend it like Beckham.

Comet the goldfish may be the world's most intelligent fish after its owner, Dean Pomerleau, trained it to perform a range of aquatic activities.

Comet can play football, basketball and even limbo dance under a bar.

Chunky monkeys put on diet at Japanese park

Tourists visiting the Ohama Park in the Japanese city of Osaka have hurled so many titbits to the resident troupe of monkeys that some are so obese they can hardly walk.

Some visitors assume the roly-poly monkeys are pregnant
Fat monkeys at Ohama Park in the Japanese city of Osaka

The monkeys have been put on a low-fat diet

Talking Trash

It's 10 AM, and I'm getting antsy. When my garbage was collected on Wednesdays I would heard the garbage truck wheezing up (hydralics?) between 8:00 and 8:30 AM, and I would get up to make sure the garbage men didn't leave busted bags in their wake (maybe once did I have a complaint). When I saw that we were changing to Monday collection it was just another thing to remember.

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