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Book depository funds misused for years; 400k gone

Inside the Northwest Ohio Regional Book Depository, more than a million old books and journals line cardboard trays stacked on shelves a staggering 30 feet into the air.

A modified forklift sits at the ready to transport employees to the upper shelves when requests come in from area universities for the rarely used books that are stored there.

It is, by all accounts, a low-tech operation. Yet it was in the near anonymity of the quiet operation in Perrysburg's Levis Park that depository manager Michael McHugh, a Bowling Green State University employee since 1995, allegedly used the university's money to buy more than $400,000 worth of computers, printers, digital cameras, Palm Pilots, and other high-tech gadgets. When his purchases raised no eyebrows at BGSU, investigators say he then sold the electronics on the Internet auction site eBay or kept them for his own use.

On Used Cars, Terrorists, and Small Businessmen

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If you did not see History Mike's posting on Ram Auto and how some innocent people got caught up, please stop over and look.

http://historymike.blogspot.com/2007/01/on-used-cars-terrorists-and-smal...

Court upholds affirmative action ban 3 universities in Michigan must comply

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday rejected a bid to give three universities in Michigan more time to comply with parts of the state's new law banning some types of affirmative action programs.

The universities say they are complying or attempting to comply with Proposal 2, which bans the use of race and gender preferences in public university admissions and government hiring.

The measure was approved by voters in November and went into effect Dec. 23.

I completely missed the boat. Next Nanny issue. Literally....

Legislation would ban spanking young children
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/4482082.html
The Sacramento Bee
SACRAMENTO, CALIF.

TPS Superintendent Candidate has Controversial Past

Turns out that one of the finalists for the TPS Superintendent job has a history... links:

WSPD: Controversial Past for TPS Superintendent

WSFA: Purcell Resigns from Montgomery County Schools

WSFA: Purcell responds to criticism.

Hotel-motel tax going up to 10% to fund arena

Pete Gerken said himself, we have been doing things wrong in this area. Why is it that they use the same old approaches to doing things, raise taxes? There is no creativity here at all. Expect the same results.

10% hotel tax, that seems like a lot. It will be interesting to see if the hotels do suffer.

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070118/NEWS33/70...

Father Robinson Dodges A Bullet

The civil suite against Father Robinson and associates (Catholic Church, etc.) has been dismissed due to a statute of limitations. As much as I'd like to see this case taken to trial, I don't think it ever will be. Moreover, the allegations are very strange, to say the least. Has anyone ever heard of a satanic abuse case that was definitely proven? Even if the statute for a civil case has expired, what about criminal charges? Has the statute expired there as well?

Toledo leaders move to create citywide wireless internet network

ToledoTalk has a good thread on this at:
http://www.toledotalk.com/cgi-bin/comments.pl/19/3445
Maggie also has a good link.

Some topics will overlap between the sites, like this one.

Today's announcement:

Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner said the city has issued a request for proposals to establish a citywide wireless internet network.

Board ready to winnow superintendent applicants

Today's Blade:

Fourteen more people - including ousted leaders of the St. Louis and the Montgomery County, Alabama, public school systems, and even a former general partner of the New York Yankees - have added their names to the applicant pool for Toledo Public Schools superintendent.

The list of candidates who want to lead the 29,400-student district now stands at 22 - which includes the first eight people who applied by the district's Nov. 30 "soft deadline."

Coalition launches Ohio constitutional amendment to fund schools

Looks like we are going to have a vote on funding the schools. The article says the critics say that it will be a hidden tax increase. The proposal was submitted by a coalition of teacher unions, school boards, school administrators, and parents.

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070117/DEVELOPIN...

Fox Toledo takes issue with Wilson's portrayal of mediation

I happened to be watching Fox Toledo news at 10 and I saw a 1-3 minute editorial by Karl Rundgren on Wilson column in this week's edition of the Toledo Free Press. Fox 36 did not post the editorial on their site (yet), so don't quote me on any of this. Karl basically they said they did not report the WSPD/Mayor incident until it went to court. They wanted to remain neutral and thought the problem was driven more by egos on both sides. They maintained they would report it once it became a legal issue. They thought that if WSPD was serious, they would follow suit, which they did. They also took issue with the mediation portrayal in the article. The article says Fox 36 wanted exclusive rights, but they said the mediation proposal specifically says they would share the video with other interested parties. You can read the proposal at:

Constitution 1 Finkbeiner 0

Finkbeiner gets it handed to him by Federal Court. His poor excuses on selective media coverage press conferences were exposed. We all thank WSPD for fighting for what is right. Will Carty comply? Final order will be determined on 1/21.

the cloud of dark smoke

the cloud of dark smoke you see is from the exhaust fumes of the family cars leaving toledo. the title "little detroit" is becoming more appropriate as this city literally pushes its middle class to the 'burbs.

i can't wait to hear the scare mongering by our politicians. say it with me...."higher taxes, less services, higher taxes, less services".

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070116/NEWS16/70...

Kucinich: Congress to pursue media fairness doctrine

The Presidential candidate said that the committee would be holding "hearings to push media reform right at the center of Washington.

51,000 opt out of Detroit schools

Today's Detroit News:

Nearly a third of Detroit's students -- or about 51,000 -- are attending charter schools and suburban public districts, causing enrollment and budgets at other districts to surge while Detroit Public Schools shrinks.

About 5,000 Detroit residents left for other schools this fall alone, according to recently released enrollment records, a continuation of declines that have ravaged district funding but resulted in more options for students.

UT MLK Day event honoring or politics?

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I am listening to WSPD and I hear Carty talking about the Iraq war at the UT MLK day event. Remember last year Marcy Kaptur was critizing other B-team Democrats at the UT Martin Luther King event? So, are local politicians using this special holiday for their own purposes? Maybe the event is too long or needs to refocus its mission. It just does not seem right. Anyone attend? Your impressions? Oth

Strickland vows to work for prosperity

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Local family uses Irish setter to paint house

The Hinckley family has developed a novel, labor-saving approach to paiting their house - they use their 4-year-old Irish setter Sheila to do the work.

"Pretty basically, we just pour the paint on her, stick her by the house, and wait for her to fling herself dry," chuckled Gary Hinckley. "It's not the most efficient use of paint, but it's funnier than hell to watch. Plus, Sheila seems to get quite a kick out of it."

RIP: Trevor Whittaker, Little-Known "Eighth Rolling Stone" (1942-2007)

Just in:

(London) British musician and sometime member of the Rolling Stones Trevor Whittaker died today of pneumonia. The unofficial "Eighth Stone" was 64 years of age.

Whittaker was active in the London rhythm and blues music scene that spwaned the Stones and many other sixties rock acts. A multi-instrumentalist, Whittaker occasionally filled in for members on tour, and performed on a number of Stones recordings.

Smokers Take Another Hit

OK - so now we have the Anti's wanting to take over the nation. This whole 'big brother' thing is way outta control...read on and weep. Weep that we are losing our rights to FREE CHOICE - more and more and more and faster.

http://www.wtol.com/Global/story.asp?S=5934261

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