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Toledo sex trade story on national TV again

Toledo's little dirty secret will be mentioned on MSNBC this Sunday at 10PM.
Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is widespread in U.S. cities and constitutes "America's dirty little secret," said survivor Theresa Flores during NBC's The Today Show this morning.

She will be featured on the MSNBC special, "Sex Slaves: The Teen Trade," Sunday, Feb. 15 at 10 p.m. EST.

Latta oposes H.R. 1

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following
statement after he and all 178 House Republicans voted against H.R. 1,
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"Unfortunately, H.R. 1, the Democrat's spending bill, is still
fundamentally flawed and the Conference Committee did nothing to change
the fact that this is basically a pork barrel bill by the Democrat
majority in Congress and the administration. No one had time to read
this legislation which will cost American taxpayers over $1 trillion, in

Bob Latta to host courthouse conferences - Lucas County


WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will host a series
of Courthouse Conferences throughout the Fifth District during the week
of February 16th.

The Courthouse Conferences will provide constituents with an opportunity
to sit down with Congressman Latta to discuss issues that are important
to them, their families, and communities. Congressman Latta's district
staff will also be in attendance to assist with casework or issues
regarding Federal government agencies.

Courthouse Conference information is as follows:

The Mortgage Equity-Equalization Program - Tax breaks for lost value

An interesting idea.
“Finally... A Solution that Helps Main Street”

End Foreclosures.
Empower Individual Homeowners.
Turn “Toxic” Assets Into Valued Assets.

"The Mortgage Equity-Equalization Program"

West Islip, NY – A bold new program to end the mortgage foreclosure crisis was announced today. The “Mortgage Equity-Equalization Program” will end the foreclosure crisis by giving individual homeowners “credits” that are equal to the lost value of their real estate.

WGTE-TV (PBS) will cease analog broadcasts Tuesday

AP is reporting that WGTE is one of the stations that will stop analog broadcasts on Tuesday. They are the only local TV station to do so.
Nearly 500 TV stations have said they intend to shut down analog TV broadcasts on Tuesday, rather than waiting until June 12, the new deadline set by Congress. The stations are listed here by state and market. Markets can be very large in some regions, and many of them span several states.

2009 Ronald Reagan Birthday Celebration

You are cordially invited to the Toledo Metropolitan Area & Vicinity Young Republican
Club's annual Ronald Reagan Birthday Benefit to aid the Alzheimer's Association
of Northwest Ohio and honor the memory of one of America's finest leaders. The event
will be held on February 18, 2009 at The Toledo Club in Downtown Toledo, Ohio. The
social hour begins at 6pm and the program will begin at 7pm. The event will include
hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, silent auction items, a 50/50 drawing,
and more.
Tickets for the event will be $25 per person or $40 per couple, payable in advance

New name for CoSI


CoSI looking for a new name.

How about this;

W onders
A nd
S cience
T echnology
E xhibit

Nothing found on county hard drives

Tiffin Advertiser Tribune is reporting that after 20k was spent investigating the hard drives of Seneca County Commisioner's computers, nothing was found.
Attorneys for the county said the search brought forth no evidence the former Seneca County Board of Commissioners conducted any improper meetings, and do not support The Blade's allegation against the board it discussed matters relating to the demolition of the 1884 courthouse outside of public meetings.

One star of "Idiots on Ice" now blames everyone but himself

A survivor of the "Idiots on Ice" over the weekend is now blaming everyone but himself. Quotes of the decade:
"If they knew there was a danger, why in the world did they allow us to go in there?" he said.

"The sheriff kept saying that there were warnings out, ... that there was a possibility of an ice floe," Vaughn said. "Anybody local would have seen that and understood. But most of the people fishing were people who had driven quite a distance to get there. They weren't listening to the radio, and they had no reason to think that something was wrong.

MLK's niece at Lourdes college. You won't see her on mainstream media.


Her name is Dr. Alveda C.
> > King, MLK;s niece . She actually had an abortion, then became a
> > pro-life activist and leader of Gospel of Life
> > Ministries. The event is Thursday, February 12,
> > 2009. It is Free. $500.00 in door prizes.
> > Over $1000.00 worth of food. No RSVP necessary.
> > It is at the Franciscan Center at Lourdes College:
> 6932
> > Convent Blvd. Sylvania, Ohio 43560. Social Hour and
> > Appetizers: 4:30-5:30, and the Keynote Presentation
> and
> > Program: 5:30-6:30 pm. The contact person is Paige,
> >,

Lobbyist that gave Kaptur 40k now under investigation

What? Marcy Kaptur taking big bucks from a lobbying firm? I thought she denounced the special interests. Well this special interest, which she accepted big money from, is now under investigation.
A defense lobbying firm that is a top political donor to several Ohio members of Congress has been raided by federal law enforcement authorities.
Hobson got $87,500 from PMA throughout his career, while Kaptur got $40,500. During the last election cycle, PMA gave Kaptur's campaign $26,500. Kaptur's top all-time donors are unions.
Read more at:

Bob Latta's two press releases: art competition and joining the whip team


BOWLING GREEN- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) announces the
2009 Congressional Art Competition for Ohio's Fifth Congressional
District. The competition is open to all high school students who
reside in the Fifth Congressional District.

"The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent chance for high
school students across our great nation to showcase their artistic
ability, and I look forward to seeing the great artistic talent students
in the Fifth District possess," Latta said in today's announcement.

Councilman Tom Waniewski's February '09 Newsletter

Budget Challenges Continue

Jim Moody on council spending and a request

Making Your Business Recession Proof


Bill Wersell and Michael Wholihan of the Small Business Development Center, an arm of the Regional Chamber of Commerce were my guests this morning. This Saturday, Valentine's Day, they are holding an open to the public event to help small business persons get help they need in numerous areas. Bankers, real estate agents, CPA's, Wade Kapszukiewicz, Anita Lopez, and many others will be there for open forums and break out sessions. They'll explain where help is availble from local, state, and federal sources. And more importantly what you can do pre-emptively to protect yourself.

Highland Heights Neighborhood Association Meeting

Please remember to attend the Highland Heights Neighborhood Association Meeting this THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12 AT 6:30 AT THE TOLEDO HEIGHTS BRANCH LIBRARY. Come to the front door please.

Mr. MiKe Badik, City of Toledo Housing Commissioner will be on the agenda to discuss the HUD grant Toledo received to rehabilitate foreclosed homes in this neighborhood.

Also on the agenda – Neighborhood flower gardens, Spring cleanup and plans for the triangle area at South and Airport.

Please come and bring a neighbor and bring your concerns. Together we can improve our neighborhood.

Town hall meeting: swan creek watershed

WGTE Studios, 1270 S. Detroit, on Tuesday, February
10, at 8:00 p.m. to watch Liquid Assets, a national documentary
that tells the story of essential water infrastructure systems.
Then stay to be a part of the live studio audience for WGTE Public Media’s local Town Hall Meeting: Swan Creek Watershed and Local Water Infrastructure.

WGTE, with support from the Toledo Metropolitan Area
Council of Governments (TMACOG), will examine the plan for
remediation of the Swan Creek Watershed and local water
infrastructure. The Swan Creek Watershed plan details how

Toledo ranks at the bottom of best places to start a small business - surprise - goes backwards in rankings since 2005

Is this any surprise with councilmen and mayors that go after businesses and have silly plans on turning around the economy? So for the Joe McNameras and mayors out there who don't know why we are suffering and think that solar fields with capital improvement money will change things, how about making it easier to start a business, lower taxes (Tina Skeldon Wozniak), and quit trying to take over businesses or senselessly regulate them (e.g. the convenience stores)? But if they had a clue, they would already be doing this.

'Home rule' residency law up to court

This should be very interesting..
The Ohio Supreme Court might decide this spring if state legislators can overpower municipal "home rule" powers that cities got in the Ohio Constitution in 1912.

The legal arguments are whether the court can negate a law initiated by state Sen. Tim Grendell, R-Chester Township, to ban big towns like Cleveland from requiring that all employees reside in the city.

In Lake and Geauga counties, most town halls don't force all public employees to reside in a city or village.

Hey, the Mud Hens are not this bad

I think this is an insult. In talking about the ARod steroids situation:

He knew what human growth hormone could do to his warning-track power and a first-to-third speed that was never going to advance him beyond a Toledo Mud Hens' lineup card. He still decided against cheating himself and the game, and this is what he gets...

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