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BlackBerry Shuts Down for Hours

OTTAWA, April 18 — Technical problems at Research in Motion cut off wireless e-mail service to millions of users of its BlackBerry hand-held devices in the United States for more than 10 hours overnight.

Melamine in pet food expands recall


Melamine in pet food expands recall


Virginia Tech Rampage Hits Home

Say some prayers tonight for the family please.

A former Toledoan who graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School in 1980 died in the shooting yesterday at Virginia Tech.

Kevin Granata's parents were informed of his death last evening, and they and other family members are in Virginia, said his brother, Paul Granata of Toledo.

Retooling Labor: Unions reach out to different sets of workers, offer new services to offset membership losses

TOLEDO ? Trying to stop the erosion in union membership, leaders of organized labor are looking beyond their core auto and steel industries to recruit service workers making low wages and professionals worried about losing their health care. The new faces of unions are immigrants working at construction sites, hospital nurses, parking-lot attendants, mechanics and casino dealers ?

Do we really want Socialized medicine

I recently read on Maggie Thurber

Reminder: Scalia at UT on Tuesday

College of Law to welcome U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on March 13, 2007

The University of Toledo College of Law is honored to welcome United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as part of its Centennial Speaker Series. He will give a public talk on March 13, 2007, at 2 p.m. in Doermann Theater on The University of Toledo campus.

Justice Dept.: FBI Misused Patriot Act

Read very, very carefully. There is an affirmation of many claims that have been made over the last few years. The FBI Director says he is to 'blame' for this. That seems to me to be an acknowledgment (?)

Libby Found Guilty in CIA Leak Case

Libby Found Guilty in CIA Leak Case

By Amy Goldstein and Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, March 6, 2007; 12:22 PM

State Educational Rankings from US Chamber of Commerce

US Chamber of Commerce came out with their state-by-state rankings of education; Ohio faired decent, Michigan worse.

You can get a cool interactive report card at:
The full report can be found at:

Overall the Chamber ranked Ohio a B and Michigan a C.

Ohio ranked 11th and Michigan 29th.

Scores broken out:
Academic Achievement: B
Academic Achievement of low income and minority students: C
Return on Investment: C

Terrorists and Republicans

Aww...a match made in heaven

From the article:

Terrorism charges brought Friday against the administrator of a loan investment program claimed that he secretly tried to send $152,000 to the Middle East to buy equipment such as night vision goggles for a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan.

Al Gore

I can't not post this. - Al Gore

Irony at its finest......"Mexican anger over US 'trespass'"

Mexican anger over US 'trespass'
A builder constructs a section of US-Mexico border fence - file photo
Many Mexicans see the border barrier as offensive
Mexico's Congress has condemned what it says is a border violation by US workers building a controversial barrier between the two countries.

Slavery Ties Sharpton to Thurmond

This must be the new hot news since the Anna Nichole/Brittany stories have started to fade...

Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is not the Man of Steel

You can read my oped piece that appears in today's Atlanta Journal Constitution here

tax day = election day?

New & notable legislation:

Campaign protection costs

Came across this blurb from the Wall Street Journal about Bush's 2008 budget.

"It calls for $53.6 million to protect 2008 presidental candidates."

Just wondering what people think of this...

Drinkers turn in the barrel coming......

MMMMM........ain't nothing quite like the aroma of oppression ...enjoy the socialist state.

Kaptur fails?

I read the article in the paper today regarding the shipyard and I have have to ask about the power Marcy Kaptur has in Washington. The grant she promised did not come through does anyone know what she is doing in Washington? It seems like such a senior member of Congress would have power in a Democraticly controlled congress. Does anyone have any information?

Climate scientists feeling the heat

Scientists long have issued the warnings: The modern world's appetite for cars, air conditioning and cheap, fossil-fuel energy spews billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, unnaturally warming the world.

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

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