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the cloud of dark smoke

the cloud of dark smoke you see is from the exhaust fumes of the family cars leaving toledo. the title "little detroit" is becoming more appropriate as this city literally pushes its middle class to the 'burbs.

i can't wait to hear the scare mongering by our politicians. say it with me...."higher taxes, less services, higher taxes, less services".

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070116/NEWS16/70...

Kucinich: Congress to pursue media fairness doctrine

The Presidential candidate said that the committee would be holding "hearings to push media reform right at the center of Washington.

Swam Bubbles Opinion Poll: The Iraq War:

Get out now
43% (21 votes)
send 21,000 more troops, with congressional approval
12% (6 votes)
George Bush doesn't need to get approval and can increase troop levels now
29% (14 votes)
I don't know/ other/ I'm not telling
4% (2 votes)
A bi-partisan effort should already be in place for oversight and continuation of the war.
12% (6 votes)
Put other resonses in the comments section (so don't vote for this one!)
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 49

51,000 opt out of Detroit schools

Today's Detroit News:

Nearly a third of Detroit's students -- or about 51,000 -- are attending charter schools and suburban public districts, causing enrollment and budgets at other districts to surge while Detroit Public Schools shrinks.

About 5,000 Detroit residents left for other schools this fall alone, according to recently released enrollment records, a continuation of declines that have ravaged district funding but resulted in more options for students.

UT MLK Day event honoring or politics?

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I am listening to WSPD and I hear Carty talking about the Iraq war at the UT MLK day event. Remember last year Marcy Kaptur was critizing other B-team Democrats at the UT Martin Luther King event? So, are local politicians using this special holiday for their own purposes? Maybe the event is too long or needs to refocus its mission. It just does not seem right. Anyone attend? Your impressions? Oth

New local photography blog

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I have been working on a new blog, Toledo Perspectives, that I plan to use to showcase more of my local photos, editorials, and blatherings. Reciprocal links are always appreciated, and feel free to leave me suggestions on Toledo-related subjects that you believe need more visual coverage.

$1.87 a gallon

I just filled up my gas tank at $1.87 a gallon. OMG, somebody pinch me; wake me up! Can this really be true or is it just a dream?

Strickland vows to work for prosperity

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COLUMBUS

Local family uses Irish setter to paint house

The Hinckley family has developed a novel, labor-saving approach to paiting their house - they use their 4-year-old Irish setter Sheila to do the work.

"Pretty basically, we just pour the paint on her, stick her by the house, and wait for her to fling herself dry," chuckled Gary Hinckley. "It's not the most efficient use of paint, but it's funnier than hell to watch. Plus, Sheila seems to get quite a kick out of it."

Where is Kaptur?

I remember people saying how powerful Marcy Kaptur is in Washington and how much she will bring back now that the Democrats are in charge of Congress. I would think that Marcy would have a leadership position on a major committee or even chairing it or something. Has anyone heard where she is or what she is doing? I do not recall hearing any stories of her getting a leadership position, but maybe

RIP: Trevor Whittaker, Little-Known "Eighth Rolling Stone" (1942-2007)

Just in:

(London) British musician and sometime member of the Rolling Stones Trevor Whittaker died today of pneumonia. The unofficial "Eighth Stone" was 64 years of age.

Whittaker was active in the London rhythm and blues music scene that spwaned the Stones and many other sixties rock acts. A multi-instrumentalist, Whittaker occasionally filled in for members on tour, and performed on a number of Stones recordings.

Smokers Take Another Hit

OK - so now we have the Anti's wanting to take over the nation. This whole 'big brother' thing is way outta control...read on and weep. Weep that we are losing our rights to FREE CHOICE - more and more and more and faster.

http://www.wtol.com/Global/story.asp?S=5934261

WSPD's Brian Wilson on Friday hinted at legal action against the Mayor. If they filed a 1st Amendment suit, would you agree?

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Yes
58% (32 votes)
No
38% (21 votes)
I don't know
4% (2 votes)
Total votes: 55

Where did Recall Billy go? Does anybody know what's up with that?

Does anybody remember the guy that was so upset last year that he wanted to start a recall effort, but then found that a year had to pass first?

Owner says building by ballpark is being sold

After six years of promises to turn a vacant building at Monroe and Huron streets next to Fifth Third Field into a restaurant, Toledo businessman and newspaper editor Myron Stewart put the building up for sale - for $360,000 more than he paid Lucas County for it.

Mr. Stewart, who is a partner in local Church's Chicken franchises, said yesterday that the building at 519 Monroe St. and the vacant lot next door have already been sold.

06 survey may sway TPS board on levy vote

The Toledo Board of Education has a little more than a month to debate whether it will ask voters in May to support a new levy, and a mere 185 voters may be unwittingly swaying the argument.

The board has debated putting a levy on the ballot for nearly a year. Its last attempt in August was shot down by members Darlene Fisher and Robert Torres.

In the survey, which was obtained yesterday by The Blade, 71 percent of the respondents, or 132 people, initially said they would vote against a Toledo Public Schools levy.

Read the entire article:

Is Toledo following in Detroit's footsteps with regard to public education? Or is Toledo leading the way....?

Excerpt from the article...."The board also approved three finalists in the superintendent search, including current Superintendent William F. Coleman III.

The board was heckled during the meeting, and at least one person was ejected after an argument with another audience member.

Some parents were suspicious that the board delayed getting to the issue so they wouldn't have to deal with the angst and emotion of the audience."

Suspect sentenced in murder case

January 12, 2007 - The suspect in a 7-month-old murder case has been sentenced. It is a sentence the judge says will send a message to local gangs.

Keith Jones pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges and apologized to the family, but his remorse wasn't enough to avoid the maximum sentence.

The judge sentenced Jones to fifteen years behind bars. Police say Jones killed Brett Mayne in June 2006. Mayne was shot in the head after confronting teens outside her home. Mayne died after three months in a coma. Police say the teens were members of a gang and family members say they hope this sentence will help another family avoid tragedy.

The Value of a Dog

The Toledo Blade ran this story in hard copy, then naturally refused to allow access via their web site. Anyway, when I read this story it pissed me right off.

I like dogs. Dogs are nice, and they're real good company. A man or woman can do a whole lot worse than to share their bed with a dog.

I suggest using Dr. White in the next sales demonstration and allowing the anonymous neurosurgeon to officiate. The demonstration after that, we

Boxer's Low Blow

Today's NY Post:

Boxer:
"Who pays the price? I'm not going to pay a personal price," Boxer said. "My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young."

Then, to Rice: "You're not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family."

Breathtaking.

Simply breathtaking.

We scarcely know where to begin.

The junior senator from California ap parently believes that an accom plished, seasoned diplomat, a renowned scholar and an adviser to two presidents like Condoleezza Rice is not fully qualified to make policy at the highest levels of the American government because she is a single, childless woman.

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