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Northwest Ohio

According to Bizjournals, Toledo ranks as one of the worst cities with job losses

Bizjournals today released its analysis of economies and job losses and Toledo is #3 behind Dayton and Detroit.
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Dayton’s streak is by far the worst in the nation, according to a bizjournals analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. No other U.S. market has amassed a losing streak of more than 13 quarters, and only five markets besides Dayton have been declining for more than eight straight quarters.

Joe the Plumber takes on GOP chair

Joe is now taking on against Steele.
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Joe the Plumber criticized Republican National Chairman Michael Steele over the weekend for trying to repackage the GOP.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/19801.html

Ohio House Votes to Implement Freeway Photo Radar

Of course this is only for saftey.
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The program allows the state to lower the speed limit in "construction zones" on freeways so long as there is one designated worker present. A private, for-profit company will station speed camera vehicles in these zones to photograph motorists and generate a $250 ticket -- plus an unspecified fee -- mailed up to ninety days after the alleged offense took place.
http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/27/2708.asp

Joshua Benton speculates if students won't pay for Facebook, they won't pay for a city reporter

Josh Benton talks about his presentation at Maumee Valley.
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I gave a talk to a high school in Toledo on Friday, which gave me a chance to do some ad hoc focus-grouping of how teenagers engage with media. (To put the demographics in perspective, this is a private school that, beyond some scholarship kids, is mostly upper-middle class and up.) We covered a lot of interesting ground: They don’t care much about blogs or Twitter, for instance, and they get more news from The Daily Show and Colbert than anywhere else.

Conservancy Executive Director Receives Appointment by Governor

Perrysburg, Ohio (March 9, 2009) – Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has
appointed Kevin Joyce of Sylvania, Ohio, to the Great Lakes Compact Advisory
Board.

The advisory board was established by the Ohio General Assembly to develop
recommendations for legislation to implement the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence
River Basin Water Resources Compact. The purpose of the compact, which was
adopted by the eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces and
signed into law by President Bush, is to conserve and manage the water
resources of the Great Lakes watershed.

Toledo ranked third by Site Selection magazine for development in 2008

While still behind Dayton and Akron, Toledo is third in the category of metros 200k to 1 million in population. That covers a large swath, so it is an achievement. Toledo had 38 development projects last year. One also has to wonder what Dayton is doing since Toledo would appear to have a better position than Dayton. Imagine how much further we could be if we could cooperate and work better as a region, which is what Dayton is claiming to be a few of the factors of its success.

Toledo is 10th manliest city

Not everything is bad. Toledo was ranked 10th in manliness by Sperling. For the manly methodology and other details see the link below.
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HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Step aside men of Motown, Sin City and the Big Apple. Nashville now ranks as the manliest city in America. Mars Snackfood US announced today the release of "America's Manliest Cities" - a study commissioned by COMBOS® Brand in partnership with Bert Sperling, the research expert behind the popular "Best Places to Live" studies.

3 Lucas County agency chiefs get raises despite economic crisis

Some in Lucas County, with fresh new levies passed last year, have bumped up their salary.
The Commissioners are angry.
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As Lucas County prepares to slash staff and freeze wages, the leaders of three agencies that assist many of the county's most at-risk residents are enjoying pay raises.

Miller v. Stainbrook or is it Toledo Blade v. Miller?

According to The Blade story in Saturday's edition, Michael Miller, Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief, sparred with Jon Stainbrook, reported buddy of John Robinson Block, at Maumee Valley Country Day School.

If you haven't already, read about it here:

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090307/NEWS16/90...

Burglar steals from corpse in Toledo funeral home

Someone just earned a trip to hell.
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TOLEDO (WTOL) - Toledo police say he stole from the dead, taking the belongings straight from a casket.

http://www.wtol.com/Global/story.asp?S=9958280

West Virgina is happy to receive Toledo glass collection

I wonder if the Toledo Museum of Art was offered this collection. Has anyone heard of it?
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WESTON -- Museum volunteers say the United Steel Workers Flint Glass Division Museum in Toledo, Oh. had to shut down last month for financial reasons.

http://www.wboy.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=53852

Webber Postings roundup

Why my actions do not measure up to the Stainbrook level

Brian Schwartz and even Lisa Renee said when the whole blog post situation came out that my actions were similar to Jon Stainbrook which is why I deserve criticism. I disagree with this statement because of why I seek information and for what purposes. Jon Stainbrook seeks information/documentation to entrap people to humiliate them later, like the secret recordings of Lynn Olman and Joanne Wack. In both of those cases, evidence was obtained by entrapping the person into saying something then posting the evidence later.

Joe the Plumber is now suing Ohio

More Joe the Plumber news, and you thought he was gone :)
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It would be a heckuva lot more dramatic if Joe the Plumber announced he was representing himself in the lawsuit.

Entering the courtroom with legal briefs in one hand and plunger in the other. Vowing to flush the legal system clean of impropriety and wrong doing.

http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2009/03/06/joe-the-plumber-now-jo...

http://www.columbusdispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/03/...

Representative Sears Announces Passage of State Transportation Budget

COLUMBUS - State Representative Barbara R. Sears (R- Sylvania) today
announced the recent passage of House Bill 2 from the Ohio House of
Representatives. House Bill 2 will establish the state's two year
transportation budget.

The legislation passed the House yesterday with a vote of 53-45. The
bill will appropriate approximately $9.5 billion, including more than $2
billion in federal stimulus funds, over the next two years to various
state agencies. Specifically, the transportation budget establishes the
funding for the Departments of Transportation, the Ohio Department of

Moody Comments On Wilkowski Plan

Wilkowski Economic Recovery Plan

Short On Specifics...Short On Solutions

Blogging in shades of clear gray

Since I did not do a good job at explaining my reasonings of the postings, I spent some time talking about them in the Free Press column this week titled "Blogging in shades of clear gray". Below is a slightly fatter version of that column. The Free Press had to get a certain word count so this one is a bit heavier.
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SB meets da' Boor!

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090305/COLUMNIST03/9...

Article published March 05, 2009
Can Carty's flak explain trouble with 'bubbles'?

A few years ago, Mayor Carty Finkbeiner wanted to bring Wi-Fi to Toledo, even before - by his own admission - he'd brought himself to the Internet.

At the time, Hizzoner's city hall aerie had no functioning computer, a tidbit I gleaned from the mayor's then-spokesman, Brian Schwartz - and what made me think back on all of this is the current mayoral spokesman, Jason Webber.

Road rage suspect cleared of charges

WOOD COUNTY, OH - Felony charges against a Tennessee man accused of stabbing Toledo radio personality Troy Neff during a road rage incident in December have been dropped.

Last week the case against Jeffrey T. Hardeman, 42, was dismissed after the Wood County grand jury failed to return formal indictment against the Knoxville, Tenn., man.

Why it is wrong to say someone lied through hearsay

Lisa Renee, in the comments on her post about the PIO postings, made an interesting leap that I was saying two stories to her and the media based on very shaky reasonings. She went and posted on her blog some of the tidbits of information on the conversation I had with her but the interesting thing was the timing. Only an hour after I taped the interview on 13abc, Lisa made the pronouncement that I changed my story, which was really strange since she was not there and she said it before the broadcast.

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