Recession in the US 'has arrived'

"The feared recession in the US economy has already arrived, according to a report from Merrill Lynch.

It said that Friday's employment report, which sent
shares tumbling worldwide, confirmed that the US is in the first month
of a recession.

Who needs a survey?

"Exodus People are on move from Ohio, Michigan
Americans heading westward, study says

Unemployment rate at highest level since November ’05

Unemployment jumped to its highest level in more than two years in
December, fueling fears of recession and sending stocks sharply lower.

unemployment rate rose a surprising 0.3 percentage points in December
to 5 percent of the labor force. That was the highest jobless rate
since November 2005, after the Gulf Coast hurricanes slammed the

City promises

"The city of Toledo yesterday pledged to pay Erie
Street Market vendors money they are owed from sales of their
merchandise, Mayor Carty Finkbeiner announced.
The city took over day-to-day management of the Erie Street Market Nov.
13 after CitiFest Inc. announced it had run out of funds.
"The mayor understands the dilemma of the vendors down there and that

Brokers Probed by Finra on Mortgage Security Sales, Person Says

"Jan. 4 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. regulators, concerned brokerages
may have sold clients money-losing securities tied to subprime
mortgages, are seeking information about how the investments were
marketed, a person familiar with the situation said.

CitiFest, Erie Street Market and who knows what is what, what?

Erie Street Market debate postponed
Some call for public input in plan for management

UK arms sales to 'respectable' Iraq

In light of the subsequent history of Iraq, it seems
almost unthinkable that 30 years ago Britain sold millions of pounds of
military equipment to the country's Baathist government.

"Foreign Office papers, just released by the National
Archives in London, show that defence sales to Iraq in 1976 amounted to

`Gospel of wealth' facing scrutiny

The message flickered into Cindy Fleenor's living room each night:
Be faithful in how you live and how you give, the television preachers
said, and God will shower you with material riches.

Bhutto targeted by many militant groups

2 Toledo employees file suits alleging race bias

Two municipal employees have filed racial discrimination lawsuits, within a week of each other, against the city of Toledo.
Firefighter Roger Swan filed suit Dec. 14 in U.S. District Court in
Toledo claiming that he has been "subjected to a hostile work
environment due to his race." Mr. Swan is seeking both a culture of

Pagans ask for displays by parks' nativities

COLUMBUS - Zoroastrians and other pagans, both
claiming roles for their faiths in the Christmas tradition, say they
won't stop fighting to have their holiday displays placed alongside
nativity scenes in Ohio state parks.


Rice: Huckabee wrong about Bush policy - Is he?

CORALVILLE, Iowa - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stuck a toe
in the presidential race Friday, taking strong issue after Republican
Mike Huckabee accused the administration of having an "arrogant bunker
mentality" on foreign policy.

While the Mayor rows the boat, we should be expressing our opinions

Erie Street Market's future debated

City Council sets Jan. 2 vote on facility

Our screwed up system

A 10-year-old Florida girl faces felony weapons charges after bringing a small steak knife to school to cut up her lunch, according to a report on

Plugging the drain of brain's

Toledo-area network aims to fight 'Brain Drain'

Event set up to link young adults, local groups

Since his first term as Toledo's mayor, Carty
Finkbeiner has stressed the importance of retaining recent college
graduates in the city.

Part of his effort now to combat "Brain Drain," the flight of homegrown
college graduates, is promoting the Young Professionals Initiative - a
group he spearheaded last year.



The Publishers Statement in the current issue of the Toledo Free Press speaks to the effort to save COSI. While it is off to a slow start, much of the print media is planning to carry the effort into January, and beyond.

Fed taking on abusive lending practices

WASHINGTON - People taking out home mortgages may gain new protections
soon against shady lending practices as the Federal Reserve seeks to back even the riskiest borrowers, already hit hardest by the housing and credit crunches.

Voting in the 21st. century, is it safe?

Ohio electronic voting machines vulnerable to tampering in 2008

Mayor: CitiFest failed to fulfill duty

CitiFest Inc. did not live up to expectations of
managing the Erie Street Market, Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner said
after reviewing a financial audit of the organization that he ordered.

"While there is no evidence of wrongdoing or misappropriation, it is
clear that CitiFest did not meet their managerial or fiduciary

Lets Invite The Juges To Visit The Third Most Livable City

It appears that anyone who says anything negative about Toledo is viewed as being apathetic and their words are perceived as whining. I believe if an alcoholic or a drug addict wants to cure themselves they first have to believe they have an addiction.

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