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Smoking bans boost drink-driving accidents

PARIS (AFP) - A ban on smoking in American bars has caused the number of accidents from drunken driving to surge, researchers have discovered.

US jurisdictions with a smoking ban have seen, on average, a nearly 12-percent rise in the number of drink-related accidents at the wheel, they say in a study released on Wednesday.

nbc 24 up on it -finkbeiner is not

did you see the nbc 24 report on carty's 100 business list not being accurate...some of the businesses that carty put as working with the city is no longer Janney's Ace...I drove past the old Janney's Ace and have loved what they did with the place...they leveled it...nothing but a bunch of stones and dirt.

Federal Reserve Announces Dynamic Maps and Data on Nonprime Mortgage Loan Conditions

The Federal Reserve System on Tuesday announced the availability of a set
of dynamic maps and data that illustrate subprime and alt-A mortgage loan conditions
across the United States.

Middle East nation may invest here, mayor says

Toledo officials have been courting a Middle
Eastern nation to invest in the city as part of its economic
development efforts, Mayor Carty Finkbeiner said yesterday.


The mayor declined to identify the nation when asked after a
presentation he hosted yesterday regarding regional economic

Washington Local Schools due to get overdue $500,000 held by Toledo

Washington Local Schools soon will receive more than $500,000 that was collected over the past seven years on its behalf by the city of Toledo but never transferred to the school system, Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez said.

Ms. Lopez said after taking office she learned the school district had approved a 100 percent tax abatement Dec. 11, 2000, for what was then DaimlerChrysler Corp.

Truckers Clog New Jersey Turnpike in Price Protest

April 1 (Bloomberg) -- Truckers clogged the New Jersey
and other highways today, slowing traffic to as low as
20 mph (32 kph) as part of a nationwide protest against surging
diesel fuel prices, a spokesman for the highway said.

Another paper


What do you think of this paper?

I ran across this for the first time today.

BP, Husky Energy confirm joint ventures finalised

LONDON (Thomson Financial) - British Petroleum Plc. and Husky Energy Inc. confirmed that the formation of two joint ventures have received the necessary regulatory approvals on schedule.

Awards that the City of Toledo can apply for

Since Toledo seems to be on an award application spree, I figured I would help out. Here are some awards I found:

Bicycle Friendly Community status.

3rd-graders aimed to hurt teacher

WAYCROSS, Ga. - A group of third-graders plotted to attack their teacher, bringing a broken steak knife, handcuffs, duct tape and other items for the job and assigning children tasks including covering the windows and cleaning up afterward, police said Tuesday.

Congress grills oil execs on high prices

WASHINGTON - Top executives of the five biggest U.S. oil companies were pressed Tuesday to explain the soaring fuel prices amid huge industry profits and why they weren't investing more to develop renewable energy source such as wind and solar.



Seventeen of the nation's 50 largest cities had high school graduation rates lower than 50 percent, with the lowest graduation rates reported in Detroit, Indianapolis and Cleveland, according to a report released Tuesday.

Mega Casino in Ohio?


So what are anyone's thoughts about a mega casino in Ohio?

Should we have any casino gambling at all?

What about the idea of allowing only one? Is that fair?

Philadelphia Goes Batshit Insane

By performing this act, the city has just told people to stop paying their mortgages. They also told people to stop paying their property taxes.

(Renters, of course, being second-class citizens, must still pay their rents or they will be evicted.)

Elliot Spitzer exclusive undercover video

This just popped up on YouTube. It is undercover video of Elliot Spitzer before becoming wrapped up in the prostitute investigation. If you look close, I think Kwame Kilpatrick is in the video too.

Photo Slideshow of the New Cedar Creek Toledo Campus Church

I found this slideshow and thought you may enjoy it. You can see the inside of the new Cedar Creek church.

"AMERICA BLOOMS" - Finkbeiner's latest 'feel good' award.

Finkbeiner's latest ?

A $1000 entry fee has been appropriated thru Department of Parks.

Toledo will be entered in another sham contest. It is called "America Blooms". This time the judges will come to Toledo to see for themselves. Three judges will be escorted around Toledo for three days sometime about July 1.

New Casino in Ohio ? Jamie Farr says Yes !

The Resort/Casino will include in phase one:

• Phase one total square footage will be 2,000,000 sq. ft. • 12,000 sq. ft. Kids Quest/Arcade
• Total Casino floor space of 180,000 - 220,000 sq .ft. • A full scale pet resort facility
• Suite style hotel of approximately 1500 rooms • 8,000-10,000 sq. ft. specialty retail
• International full service destination spa • 4000- 5000 slots
• 40,000- 60,000 sq. ft. conference center • Approximately 100 table games
• 3000 car parking garage • 20 table plus poker room

Troy Neff Show: Opening Day Arrives

Troy Neff Show: Opening Day Arrives

The Opening Day of the baseball season is always a special day. Troy interviews Tom Hamilton and Ernie Harwell.

Ernie Harwell, the long-time voice of the Tigers.

Bellevue man facing charges for having sex with a table

BELLEVUE -- Police say a man in Bellevue was caught on tape having sex with a picnic table.

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