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Konop to introduce


Lucas County Commissioner Ben Konop will introduce a Web site today that allows anyone to access or edit information for 445 nonprofit organizations and government entities countywide.

Fencing question

I noticed this morning that my neighbor acorss the street seems to be in the midst of putting up one of those wooden privacy fences, in her front yard. She's already got 4 poles sunk and holes dug at intervals for the rest of them.
Am I wrong in thinking that those fences are a bozo no-no for front yards?
I always thought they were backyard things.

GOP candidates debate in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa - Nine Republican presidential contenders sought to reach out Sunday to a dissatisfied GOP electorate in the nation's first caucus state, using a televised debate to try to strengthen ties to conservatives while attacking the Democratic field.

House OKs new taxes on oil companies

WASHINGTON - Declaring a new direction in energy policy, the House on Saturday approved $16 billion in taxes on oil companies, while providing billions of dollars in tax breaks and incentives for renewable energy and conservation efforts.

So...hmmmmnn...how'd you all make out with the bird flu?

BEST thing I've read in months! Swiped from another blog, written by one WinstonSmith:

Unreasonable search and seizure

Last night the Gestapo in Oregon stopped over 770 vehicles wholesale and without probable cause just to check IDs and harass the occupants. The result was TWO arrested for DUI, which was the ostensible reason for the stops.

The Abu Ghraib whistleblower's ordeal

By Dawn Bryan
BBC News

"The US soldier who exposed the abuse of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison found himself a marked man after his anonymity was blown in the most astonishing way by Donald Rumsfeld.

When Joe Darby saw the horrific photos of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison he was stunned.

What has Carty done right?

In light of the recent faux paux associated with Mayor Finkbeiner, the dog/handicap violation, associated with certain people "defending" the mayor, as well as two years of headline grabbing screw-up's linked directly to Carty, it has caused me concern and inspired a question from me.

What has Carty done FOR the community?

When a Crack-Head Strikes

I apoligize in advance if this is deemed "too personal", however the events of tonight must be shared on a broad spectrum.

Court rules Perz not liable for probe cost in Noe case

From the Toledo Blade: A local Republican who took money from Tom Noe to attend a presidential fund-raiser in 2003 won a challenge to the order that she pay for portions of the Ohio Ethics Commission

Q&A With Lindsay Webb D6 Candidate


Q: There were a number of questions that I asked Miss Webb including: What one public policy issue is most important to you and why?

A: I am familiar with some of your posts on line and I have general sense
of your conservative position. I also know that you live in the DC
metro area and as such, cannot vote in District 6. The primary is

Q&A With Tom Waniewski

Q: What one public policy issue is most important to you and why?

A: Thanks, Matt.

Newt on Detroit

From Newt Gingrich's Newsletter: Winning the Future

"The time has come for us to have a deep conversation about donkeys and elephants and the future of America. Maybe having that conversation from the warthog rooting gallery is a pretty good place to start.

Police officer with Toledo charged with drunk driving

A veteran Toledo police officer was charged with drunken driving Thursday after she was stopped about 1 a.m. on southbound I-75 near Detroit Avenue for not staying within her lane while driving, the Ohio Highway Patrol said.


Keeping small businesses in Toledo

"WTVG--August 2, 2007 - The big companies get the headlines, but Toledo's effort to keep and help small companies expand is vital to the local economy. Every job counts, every company counts, and Toledo is prepared to offer whatever it can to keep them all working.

13abc catches Carty parking in handicap spot, left dog in car

13abc is reporting that Carty was ticketed for parking in handicap spot and he also left dog in car. Carty said he parked there because his dog was in the car and the spot had shade and the spaces were empty. He said he was getting treatment for a partially torn Achilles tendon. He said he would pay the ticket. He did not have a handicap sticker.

What the heck happened to Toledo Talk?

I checked out Toledo Talk today and it's completely different. I don't understand what jr is trying to do with his site. Did I miss something and he advertised his change of direction or is it a sneak attack to disorient his readers?

I remember he made some kind of pronouncement about content a year or so ago. What's up?


Hilarious Follow-Up

Another coincidence? Probably, but I'm still amused!

Caption: John Irish still advising hand-picked candidate:

Recall effort facing

Recall effort facing

Cat population vexes local authorities

Cat population vexes local authorities
By Chase Purdy
Toledo Free Press Staff Writer

Each year, more than 8,000 homeless cats enter Lucas County shelters. Some local authorities question whether tax money is effectively combating the problem, as animal shelters are underfunded and understaffed.

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