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New Comment Policy and Penalty Box

Ok, I have been frustrated with the personal attacks that have been going from thread to thread. There is a new functionality called a penalty box, where you will be unable to access log in to the site for the period of time you are in it.

GOP Central Committee Meeting Flare Up - What's next?

I think the Lucas County Republican party is like North Korea, making a stink to let everyone know we still exist :) Of course I am joking. So the controversy is: was the letter, which according to the Blade, appears to have been posted after public closing time, did it make the 5-day deadline? Being it is reported it was posted at 4:42, is the closing time 4:30 or 5 or 5:30? Good question. Who knows?

TapURL.com - A project by a local guy

Hey everyone, I've recently put together a nifty little tool to shorten URL's. It's power by open source software and uses AJAX to push the data out. Enjoy the first alpha release: http://www.tapurl.com/

TPS may be owed money from the Ohio Department of Education

This showed up in the Columbus Dispatch yesterday. Very interesting.

Relying on charter schools to accurately report their student enrollment might cost the state Education Department $50 million.

Two courts already have said the department must pay, but the State Board of Education voted today to appeal again, this time to the Ohio Supreme Court.

GOP, DEMOCRATIC CONVENTIONS FACE OFF AS NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE'S STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BEGIN

GOP, DEMOCRATIC CONVENTIONS FACE OFF AS NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE'S STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BEGIN

Convention Leaders Make Friendly Wager on Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado
Avalanche Series

(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) - The National Hockey League's Stanley Cup Playoffs
commence this week, and the cities hosting the 2008 Republican and

Minnesota Public Education: Taxpayers funding Islamic Religious School

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The Minnesota Board of Education is allowing a taxpayer funded "public" school to keep operating even though its clearly a religious Islamic school.

Of course, if this were a Christian school getting funded by tax dollars, all hell would be breaking loose. Why the double standard?

http://www.startribune.com/local/17406054.html

Schools or War?

When Gen. David Petraeus testifies today about the status of the Iraq occupation, I'll be thinking about my neighborhood elementary school.

Because the Bridge Street School in Northampton, Mass., may have to close for lack of funds, while we continue to waste billions on a failed foreign policy.

Florida lawmakers pass take-your-guns-to-work law

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Most Florida residents would be allowed to take guns to work under a measure passed by Florida lawmakers on Wednesday.

The bill, allowing workers to keep guns in their cars for self-protection, was approved by the Florida Senate by a vote of 26-13. It now goes to Republican Gov. Charlie Crist to sign into law.

Uncle Sam's credit cards

Congresswoman. Mr.President. Someone. Put a stop to the wastefull spending. There was a GAO report on how federal employees are misusing governmental charge cards. To the tune of billions of dollars wasted. People and supervisors should go to prison of these crimes. Where is our leadership ?

Konop skips board event to hold one of his own

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080409/NEWS33/804090...

"I cannot, in good conscience, pontificate on the State of the County to campaign contributors, recipients of no-bid contracts, and assorted politicians,” Mr. Konop said in a statement.

KMH Gets two years probabion for fibbin'

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http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080409/NEWS02/360872813

I would at least have like to see her have to pay restitution for the man hours expended for her little game.

Will $4 gas affect your driving habits?

Some people call this entertainment

'The Grid' Could Soon Make the Internet Obsolete

'The Grid' Could Soon Make the Internet Obsolete

Monday, April 07, 2008

The Internet could soon be made obsolete. The scientists who pioneered it have now built a lightning-fast replacement capable of downloading entire feature films within seconds.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,347212,00.html

State swipes smoking prevention fund

The state has moved to take control of the smoking prevention fund. The administrators of the fund didn't hide the money from the state. And now they plan on burning it for they own purposes. They have pilfered this fund until they is only a small percentage left.

Summer gasoline use down for first time in 17 years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Record gasoline prices and a contracting U.S. economy will reduce summer gasoline demand for the first time in 17 years, the government's top energy forecasting agency said Tuesday.

Road repairs win out over bike path

Finkbeiner reroutes project funds to pour $250,000 into road fixes

"The Finkbeiner administration is abandoning plans for a bike path at Greenwood Park and slashing nearly all planned funding for a new dog park to direct another $250,000 toward repairing the city’s streets.

'Truth booth' at Westfield mall - P'burg Grandma says it is 'neat'

Laura Moore paused yesterday as she walked through Westfield Franklin Park, stopping briefly at a kiosk in the center of the mall to watch images of a developing fetus scroll across a television.

Hundreds angle for jobs early at Bass Pro Shops' fair

There was a point yesterday morning when the most visible sign of metro Toledo’s struggling economy stretched more than 600 feet through a parking lot in Rossford.

Hundreds of people — many unemployed for months — began lining up before dawn yesterday as outdoor retailer Bass Pro Shops began hiring 250 to 300 employees for its 150,000-square-foot store under construction in Rossford.

UT and Jacobs Screwing History Department

Last week, Lloyd Jacobs gave his speech proposing "student centered approach" to education.

"The best way to improve a failing higher education system is to revamp it in a way that customizes learning to the individual student, the University of Toledo's president, Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, told those gathered yesterday for his annual community address."

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