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Is Jon Stainbrook ruining his trust?

For those of you who are on "the Net" and in tune with politics, you know Jon recently posted some videos of Lucas County Party Executive Director Joanne Wack where she was talking in a conversation, took snippets of the conversation and posted it on Youtube. Apparently there is 45 minutes of it, although the clips that have been posted really don't make any shocking revelations.

Fleeing shoplifter forgets son


AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A shoplifter looking to make a quick getaway from a Dutch supermarket after stealing a packet of meat left police a crucial piece of evidence -- his 12-year-old son.

In his haste the 45-year-old thief made a solo dash to his car, batting away a supermarket worker who had flung himself on the vehicles' bonnet in a bid to stop the escape.

Police chase stolen doughnut truck

It sounds like a scene out of "Wayne's World" or "Tommy Boy," but police chased a doughnut delivery truck across Benton and Tama counties Thursday at speeds of up to 100 mph after the vehicle was reported stolen in Rock Island, Ill.

Clinton 'Misspoke' About '96 Bosnia Trip

Clinton 'Misspoke' About '96 Bosnia Trip By ANN SANNER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign said she "misspoke" last week when saying she had landed under sniper fire during a trip to Bosnia as first lady in March 1996. http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jDL-ya9BTVjKPiWUuAUR_0Rs4tLAD8VK3I9G0 _____________________________

Froth of commentary and debate. No this is not the local latte

When you think about what blogs and many Internet sites like this one, does what David Simon said in a recent Salon.com article make sense? Is old media in trouble? In talking about the finale of the show "The Wire" he recently said:

Troy Neff Show: Michael Collins Will Vote NO on the Budget Strictly in Protest

Troy Neff Show: Michael Collins Will Vote NO on the Budget Strictly in Protest

Michael Collins tells Troy that he will vote no on the budget strictly in protest. He explains how the negotiations went at the law and criminal justice committee hearing in addition to mythical contracts that no one remembers negotiating.

Pay hikes granted for Lucas County officials despite austerity

Despite nearly $2 million in budget cuts, several
Lucas County elected officials gave their top managers raises at the
end of last year - some as high as 10 percent.



fred lefebvre


4,000 Americans have now lost their lives in Iraq. Has it been worth it?

Poor Give More to Charity


Charitable giving is an American tradition. Surveys consistently find that between 65 and 85 percent of U.S. families make charitable donations each year, and we give away more than twice as much per capita as the citizens of even the most generous European nations. According to the Center on Philanthropy Panel Study, the average American family that gave to charity in 2002 donated $1,917.

Twin beds may benefit marriages

LONDON, March 23 (UPI) -- British sleep researchers say the secret of a happy marriage may be separate beds -- or even separate bedrooms.

The Sleep Council reports that when couples share a bed both may be woken about six times during the night by their partners, The Times of London said. The problem is worse if one or both snores or has restless leg syndrome.

A corn flake shaped like Illinois auctions for $1,350 on EBay

A corn flake shaped like Illinois auctions for $1,350 on EBay

llinois is now a museum piece.

A trivia-company owner from Austin, Texas, purchased the flake on EBay Friday night from two sisters in Virginia for $1,350.

Monty Kerr owns TriviaMania.com. He plans to put the flake in a traveling museum along with other items of Americana.

Do you think this new online paper coming on March 31 is just an April fools joke, or will it really be released?

Yes, it will be released on March 31
10% (2 votes)
It is just a joke, and on April 1 another post will go up saying "April fools!"
45% (9 votes)
I believe it when I see it, and I cait wait...because I am tired of the other papers here including the Blade.
30% (6 votes)
And online paper!!!! That is the best thing for Toledo!!!!!
15% (3 votes)
Total votes: 20

Toledo's tax intake falls short of budget City still enters 2008 process with surplus

toledo collected less income tax revenue in 2007 than expected and ran over budget on overtime costs, but the city still finished the year with a slight surplus that is now earmarked to help balance the new budget.

The city had expected to collect $173.96 million in income taxes from withholdings, individuals, and businesses during 2007.

Lucas County Commissioner's

I was reading in the Toledo Free Press today an article Ben Konop wrote in regards to his proposal for transferring funds from the corrupt LCIC to the University of Toledo, and how this plan was thwarted by the usual suspects, Pete Gerken and Tina Skeldon-Wozniak. My first thought was, when are these goons going to be voted out of office.

Stolen Donut Delite truck draws out Iowa police in force

A squadron of police cars chasing down a doughnut van surely would draw some snickers.

Even hearing about it made Rock Island police Capt. Scott Harris chuckle a bit.

"I can't imagine what that must have looked like," he said.

A stolen van belonging to a Moline doughnut shop made an illegal bi-state journey Thursday, ending in a police chase in central Iowa.

What should be done with the trash tax?

Eliminate it
73% (36 votes)
Keep it
6% (3 votes)
Go to $0 for recyclers $10 for non-recyclers
20% (10 votes)
Don't know
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 49

Fun learning caught on video

Who said learning is not fun?

Looking for something to do? How about ice diving?

Have cabin fever? Cool it down with ice diving. Learn about Ice Diving at the White Star Quarry in Gibsonberg.

Ohio Republicans guilty of voter fraud?


As the board of election in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, where Cleveland is located, launches an investigation into illegal crossover voting in the state's 2008 presidential primary, a big open question remains unanswered: Will county officials go after the ringleaders of apparently illegal electioneering where thousands of Republican voters swore -- under penalty of law -- allegiance to the Democratic

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