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Toledo official fired over issue of medical leave

Dwayne Morehead, who campaigned hard for Carty Finkbeiner for mayor in 2005 but later claimed racial discrimination over a job reassignment, has been fired.

Mr. Morehead, 34, was an administrative specialist with the city's Board of Community Relations at an annual salary of $45,000. He was terminated for "job abandonment," said Brian Schwartz, the mayor's spokesman.

Dirty Secret: Green Cars Automakers Won't Sell You

On a recent run from Boston to Cape Cod, I test drove the 2008 Honda Accord, the latest version of this family favorite. The new Accord boasts an environmental first: a six-cylinder gasoline engine that's cleaner than many hybrid systems.

In their own voices

Shameless Plug #1- As of today I have interviewed most of the candidates running for Toledo City Council in the primary next Tuesday. We podcast these on our website at www.wspd.com. Currently you can listen to Birmingham, Cichy, Leggett, Shanahan, Shankland, Ashford, Campos, Haupricht, Collins, and Webb.

nuclear weapons and flown over US

WASHINGTON - A B-52 bomber was mistakenly armed with six nuclear warheads and flown for more than three hours across several states last week, prompting an Air Force investigation and the firing of one commander, Pentagon officials said Wednesday.

Electric rates are in flux; First Energy is challenging Ohio Supremes on fuel costs

Article published Wednesday, September 5, 2007
FirstEnergy to contest ruling on fuel charges
Electricity bills could rise if decision stands

By JON CHAVEZ
BLADE BUSINESS WRITER
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070905/BUSINESS0...

Lawmaker found dead.

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. Paul Gillmor of Ohio was found dead in his apartment in the nation's capital Wednesday, leadership aides for both the Republican and Democratic parties said.

Rep. Paul Gillmor was first elected to Congress in 1988.

Taken from CNN News.

What Do We Want in the 2008 Toledo Budget?

Anyone hear anything about the planning for next year

SERVICES OR GIGANTIC PAYOUTS

I'm getting concerned that the discriminatory practices by the Finkbeiner Administration is going to end up a disaster for the City budget. Walgreens just got nailed for mistreating of its minority employees in the amount of $20 million dollars. Is this where Mr. Finkbeiner is headed with the Griffin, Morehead, Daugherty case.

Toledo City Council declares a

Acting to head off a legal dispute that spilled over into Lucas County Common Pleas Court, Toledo City Council yesterday rolled back the calendar two weeks to allow Republican Rob Ludeman to act as president momentarily

Emergency Block Watch Meeting - Toledo Model Block Watch Area

Dear Toledo Businesses/Residents,

We are writing to spread awareness of the recently announced Emergency Block Watch meeting:

When: September 7, 2007 (Friday) at 7:00pm

Where: 3274 Upton Ave. (Bethany Lutheran Church)

Allcan.org featuring candidate interviews

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toledo, Ohio September 4, 2007

700,000 more Mattel, Chinese toys are recalled - looks like I'll be checking the kids' Barbies, now

AP NEW YORK - The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Mattel Inc., announced late Tuesday that it is recalling more than 700,000 Chinese-made toys that have excessive amounts of lead paint.

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070904/NEWS32/70...

Blade Editorial Staff chastised for editorial - Clean House at TPS

I sent the following email to the Blade Editorial Staff today. I could have posted this under another thread, but I believe it is important for all to see.

Lawsuits filed to block Ashford from Toledo City Council presidency

BLADE STAFF

The executive director of the Lucas County Republican Party and a Toledo City Council candidate both filed civil lawsuits this morning to keep Michael Ashford from assuming his duties as council president.

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?&Dato=20070904&Kategor...

Feds May Raise Cigar Tax 20,000 Per Cent

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Federal legislation may raise the tax on that Cohiba cigar you like by as much as $10 a stick. Such an increase would drive the cost beyond the reach of many cigar aficionados, and it would likely drive most of the cigar makers out of business. All this in an attempt to limit the use of cigarettes.

Toledo city Council chief, mayor have history of enmity

Where A-team Democrats and Mr. Finkbeiner are most likely to clash is the budget. The five A-teamers refused to support the 2007 budget, based on their opposition to the new $5.50 monthly trash fee.

Ex-law director backs Ashford's presidency

Barbara Herring, who served as city law director for six years, wrote in a memo to Mr. Ashford dated yesterday that the city charter does not require council to remove Rob Ludeman as president before electing Mr. Ashford to the post.

Why is the Detroit News posting a story about a Kelleys Island plane crash...

...before the Toledo Blade? I was surprised to see this article as "Breaking News" on the Detroit News website, when I had just left the Toledo Blade website and there was no mention.

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070903/UPDATE/709030381

Strippers Beat Recall

This opening paragraph caught my eye in a Blade article " A group representing strip club owners and dancers submitted petitions in support of a ballot measure to overturn a law that halts nude dancing after midnight and prohibits patrons from touching strippers."

JUDGE GOULDING PUTS CAMPAIGN DOLLARS TO WORK PROMOTING SCHOOL TRAFFIC SAFETY, DRIVER AWARENESS

Coincidence is not always kind.

Unbeknownst to Toledo Municipal Court Judge Mike Goulding, the same day he was videotaping a school safety announcement for television, the first accident of the new school year had just occurred.

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