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Religious conservatives face hard choices

WASHINGTON - Religious and cultural conservatives, a political force skeptical of the leading Republican presidential candidates, are caught in a tug of war between pragmatism and ideology.

"My head and my heart are fighting with each other," said Phil Burress, an Ohioan who has lobbied hard for federal and state bans on gay marriage.

The vexing choices facing these voters:

Perrysburg Mayor's Statement about TARTA as posted on City of Perrysburg's Website

STATEMENT OF CITY OF PERRYSBURG MAYOR NELSON EVANS ON THE MATTER OF THE TOLEDO AREA REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY 1.5 MILL REPLACEMENT LEVY PROPOSAL ON THE NOVEMBER 6, 2007 BALLOT

$500 dollar - No more Outdoor Smoking at Chicago's Parks, Playgrounds, or Beaches

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Only 4 hours away from Toledo and the outdoor smoking bans are now to protect the envrionment and the children. The National Smoke Nazis are definately a high performance political marketing machine.

http://cbs2chicago.com/local/smoking.ban.beaches.2.377241.html

What questions should Board of Education candidates be asked???

There are a couple of debates scheduled for the Toledo Public School board candidates and I'm curious...

1) Will you attend or watch them on tv, either live or otherwise?

2) What questions would you like asked?

3) If you could ask only one candidate a question, who would you pick and what question would you ask?

Please share your thoughts...

Kaczala's Kicks Off Campaign

Somewhere in his busy schedule of vandalizing local property I'm told Larry Kaczala squeezed in a fundraiser last week at 20 North Gallery.

Any word on if Cpt. Noe was able to sneak out his liscene-plate stamping stipend to help build Larry's coffers--for old time sake?

How Much Information about public officials that deal with children do we really want to know?

I had a parent call me this morning regarding her concern about the Lucas County Juvenile Detention Center. It seems that she has a child at the detention center and was concerned because she called the center to speak to the person who runs the children

CAN JOBE GET A FAIR TRIAL IN TOLEDO?

Jobe's lawyers want judge to move trial out of county

Water meter readers may look for code violations

Toledo's water meter readers, who visit every home in the city four times a year, soon may be asked to keep an eye out for housing code violations for the city's Department of Neighborhoods.

Ann Arbor to replace lights with LEDs

DETROIT - How many Ann Arbor city workers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Soon, none.

Instead, they will be installing light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, to replace about 1,400 street lights.

Chris Myers Announces Technology Initiative to Improve Open Communication for TPS Board

MEDIA ALERT October 17, 2007

CONTACT: Chris Myers

chris at myersforschoolboard.com

Chris Myers Announces Technology Initiative to Improve Open Communication for TPS Board

BIRTH CONTROL IN MIDDLE SCHOOLS DOES THIS SEND THE WRONG MESSAGE?

Panel to Consider Birth Control Prescriptions at Maine Middle School
Wednesday, October 17, 2007

http://www.foxnews.com/index.html

Turkey's Kurds fear Iraq incursion to fuel conflict

SIRNAK, Turkey (Reuters) - Perched on a hillside overlooking the mountainous northern Iraqi border, Kurds in the southeastern Turkish town of Sirnak are nervously monitoring preparations for a possible cross-border military operation.

Graduation rate for TPS tops urban average rate

Graduation rate for TPS tops urban average rate

By IGNAZIO MESSINA
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Toledo Public Schools' graduation rates exceeded the state urban average, an alliance of Ohio's big school systems said.

Secrecy shrouds disciplined teachers

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Secrecy shrouds disciplined teachers
Parents face high hurdles in finding information about educators punished for misconduct. Education Department officials insist many records are private.

By Jill Riepenhoff and Jennifer Smith Richards
The Columbus Dispatch

Hastings to film TV special in Toledo

COMEDY
Hastings to film TV special in Toledo
By Joel Sensenig
Special to Toledo Free Press

There's a simple reason comedian Drew Hastings chose the Glass City for his upcoming Comedy Central special: Toledoans laugh at his jokes

Read the story here: http://www.toledofreepress.com/?id=6498

Historian claims many in U.S. military are in rebellion

Gabriel Kolko, a Dutch military historian, says that many U.S. military figures are in rebellion against the administration and that they believe the White House is "out of control".

Neighborhood Forum - Meet the candidates

Neighborhood Forum - Meet the candidates

Want to know what Law Enforcement is planning for your neighborhood regarding crime?

Want to know what your District Council Candidates, District 4 and 6 are planning for your neighborhood streets, alleys, trees, abandoned properties, rodents, and other problems?

UAW, Teamsters Endorse Judge Mike Goulding

Judge Mike Goulding is proud to announce that both the UAW and the Teamsters have now endorsed his campaign to keep serving the citizens of Toledo, Ottawa Hills, and Washington Township on the bench at Municipal Court. These endorsements recognize the superior job Judge Goulding has done in working to Keep Our City Safer.

He's Ba - aaaack!!!

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http://www.drudgereport.com/flashir.htm

"In a dramatic and dazzling career rebound, controversial radio host Don Imus has secured a deal returning him to the airwaves on December 3 -- this time on the nation's most listened to talk station"

Didja ever doubt it?

Ron Paul Supporters Prove CNBC's Ratings Stink

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OpEd News--After the most recent Republican Party debate on CNBC, the network ran a post-debate poll, which was promptly removed after too many Ron Paul supporters voted. In all seriousness, the explanation for removal is that Ron Paul supporters voted.

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