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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

Admin Edit: Copyrighted images.

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.

Ohio axes 554 jobs at agency for food stamps, unemployed

COLUMBUS - The state agency that oversees food stamps and health insurance for the poor is eliminating about 554 jobs to comply with Gov. Ted Strickland's order that the agency reduce spending by $67.5 million.

The cuts at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services aren't expected to hurt services or programs, said Michael Colbert, the agency's chief financial officer.

Troy Neff Show: Crystal Dixon Update

On Monday’s show Michael Miller calls to give us a Crystal Dixon update. Due to the astonishing response to our last post(Troy Neff Show: Breaking News from Michael Miller of the Toledo Free Press) Troy takes time to answer questions from UT student, Pink Slip and Chuck (caller)

Why no thread about Marc Dann? Or are Democrat scandals passe?

"COLUMBUS - Democrats promised to hold themselves to a "higher standard" in 2006 as they rode Republican scandal into office, so some are openly questioning whether the new Democratic regime has surrendered the moral high ground with its first major scandal."

Illinois smoking ban tamps down puffing at pipe convention

ST CHARLES — There will be no indoor smoking at a large convention for pipe smokers in Illinois.

A new Illinois law bans smoking in public places. That's taken some of the steam out of this weekend's Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana Show in St. Charles.

The Toledo View This Week

This week's edition of the Toledo View...

In celebration of Mother's Day this month, we have interviews with:

Shenikwa Stratford, NBC 24 News Anchor and Robin Ross, Mary Kay Director.

We also have an interview with:

Greg Dempsey, Central Catholic High School Football Head Coach.

Man jailed 123 times for domestic violence

WTVG -- According to police, this time around 29-year-old Deon Brown is charged with domestic violence, and accused of beating his baby's mother.

Denomination Wrestles With Pastor’s Statements

Just as Senator Barack Obama has spent this week trying to stem the damage to his campaign from statements by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., the small, theologically liberal Protestant denomination both men belong to, the United Church of Christ, has been grappling with the impact of the controversy upon its members.

Minister dragged out of McCain townhall meeting

Clive businessman Marty Parrish was escorted from Sen. John McCain's town hall meeting by Des Moines police and members of the Secret Service after asking McCain if he had called his wife Cindy an expletive in 1992.



Please Read. My Friends 3 yr Daughter was Abducted!
If you have seen her please contact the local athorities! She could be in danger. Please tell everyone you know.


WEIGHT:45 lbs.
HAIR:Brown, Shoulder, Curly

Would It Be Cheaper Per Family If We Paid For Our Trash Pickup Through Real Estate Taxes?

The complaints I see about the changes in trash collection seem to be coming from an older generation (which I might consider myself part of) rather than those who actually pay for the "service". If you aren't earning an income you aren't paying for the collection of your trash, except for the "recycling fee".

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.

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