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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:

"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."


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.

Hotel-Motel tax increase

I was told that the Commissioners will hold a meeting on Wednesday to vote on the increase in the hotel-motel tax. I blogged about this, but was wondering if anyone else has heard it, or seen it in press....

nice story on the glass pavillion

here's a good little story on the glass pavillion. it's nice to see it getting some attention.

Kaptur and Gillmor both vote no on HB3

H.R. 3 - Promoting Life-Saving Stem Cell Research http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2007/roll020.xml

The DeGette-Castle stem cell research bill increases the number of lines of stem cells that are eligible to be used in federally-funded research. The bill authorizes Health and Human Services (HHS) to support research involving embryonic stem cells meeting certain criteria, regardless of the date on which the stem cells were derived from an embryo. Current policy allows federal funds to be used for research only on those stem cell lines that existed when President Bush issued an executive order on August 9, 2001. The bill only authorizes the use of stem cell lines generated from embryos that would otherwise be discarded by fertility clinics. The bill includes stronger ethical guidelines than the President

Development projects hit $737 million, mayor says

From Today's Blade:

Mayor Carty Finkbeiner yesterday sought to convince critics in Toledo City Council that his wearing of the economic development director's hat has been successful in his first year on the job.

Six members of council this week wrote to the mayor insisting that he hire an economic development director.

Also yesterday, the heads of the Lucas County Improvement Corp. and Regional Growth Partnership urged council to support LCIC with a contribution of $123,000 this year.

Panel will review Bihn's finances

From today's Blade:

Apparent violations of state election law involving an Oregon city councilman's campaign finance reports have been referred to the Ohio Elections Commission for possible action.

The Lucas County Board of Elections referred Councilman Sandy Bihn to the commission for apparently violating campaign finance law when she used her husband's professional credit card account to pay for expenditures, said Olga Vallejo, a campaign finance examiner. A candidate cannot use a third party's credit card for campaign expenditures, elections board Director Jill Kelly said.

Should SwampBubbles have a directory page listing all members? - edited

Yes, I think this would be useful
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I would not use it anyway
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Toledoans to Protest Troop "Surge"

From 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm Thursday evening (1-11-07), Toledoans will gather at the corner of Central and Secor to protest President Bush's decision to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq.

More about the protest on my blog.

Fisher taking on role as TPS board agitator

From this week's Toledo Journal:

Now replaced as president, Darlene Fisher gave every indication last week she intends to become an outspoken opponent of the

Szollosi humiliated her, Brown asserts

In this week's Toledo Journal:

Was Frank Szollosi mocking Wilma Brown at last week

Carty prevents WSPD from going to two press conferences now. What is your take?


School Bus Accident at Bancroft and King



WTVG-- January 10, 2007 - A Springfield local schools bus crashed at the corner of Bancroft and King in Sylvania Township. The scene has now been cleared. Police say the bus driver ran a red light.

Kristina White from Springfield Schools says the school bus crashed with a car and a Jeep just before 4 p.m.. The driver of the school bus is fine. There are no reports of any student injuries. We are told the bus was on its way to take students home. The drivers of the car and the Jeep were both sent to hospitals with minor injuries.

Will this be a watershed week?

Today's Free Press Kevin Miliken says:

This could turn out to be one of the most important weeks in the future of our state and country, as a new governor takes office, President Bush announces a new direction in his Iraq policy, and a slew of new legislators begin work in the Ohio General Assembly and Congress.

We've heard words like

Sign the gifts ban

Toledo Free Press is asking the Toledo council to implement a gift ban.

Read it here http://www.toledofreepress.com/?id=4636

Advocates seek showdown over gun rights

Today's Free Press

Bruce Beatty isn't shy when it comes to showing off the Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol he keeps strapped to his side. He's just as adamant when explaining why he has the right to do so.

What really sets off the avid Second Amendment advocate is local governments trying to impose gun laws that conflict with Ohio's constitution. Such bodies, Beatty said, have no right to enforce restrictions greater than those signed into law at the state level.

Hildo: Carty looks to give away the store

This week's City Paper:


Hizzoner blocks WSPD from press conference

Carty blocks WSPD from press conference...does anyone have details on this? One more example of someone off the rocker...it seems like there is more and more of this recently... what is going on?

Sides admit auditor post transition has stalled

Today's Blade:

Despite assurances of a smooth transition from Lucas County Auditor Larry Kaczala, Auditor-elect Anita Lopez said she has been stonewalled in the months since the election and was offered assistance only if she guaranteed the jobs of Mr. Kaczala's family members.

Ms. Lopez, who currently serves as Lucas County recorder, said she has not been able to put a transition team in place in the auditor's office and that she has been approached about making deals to protect certain positions in the office. She takes over as auditor March 13.

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